Monday, August 6, 2012

New Running Gear & Slow Cooker Winner!

Hi Guys!
Hope you all had a good weekend!

I have been struggling to get in my long runs for my half marathon training because it's just been so hot.  According to my training plan I was scheduled to run 10 miles on Sunday.  I knew I wouldn't be able to do that without water so I went out an bought a fuel and water belt.  #runningnerd.

After debating between two different styles I picked the Nathan swift energy belt.  It was a little pricey ($35 at Dick's sporting goods) but I really needed it! 
It holds 8 oz of water, has a mesh pocket for energy gels, keys, and maybe a cell phone.  The belt part is a little bit stretchy so I figured that would be more comfortable since it would move with me.

At about 6:30 yesterday, I filled up the little water bottle, took an energy gel, and strapped on the fuel belt and headed outside.  I was feeling pretty inspired after watching the some of the Olympic running events that I wanted to push myself to complete the 10 miles. I also had a brand new playlist so that really helped too.

It was sprinkling a little bit when I left my house, but I didn't mind since it was still pretty hot and humid out.  At about mile 6, it started to rain a little heavier.  I had a feeling that might happen so I put my ipod in a plastic bag so it didn't get damaged.  Running in the rain isn't bad if you're in the mood for it.  Honestly, it was fine because it cooled me off.

I finished 10 miles in 1 hour and 42 minutes with an average pace of 10:13.  I just realized Nike + shows you your splits along with the negative of positive change.  Very helpful and interesting.  I was surprised that mile 4 was my fastest, I would have thought it would be mile 1 since I usually start out fast and then burn out.

After the run, I came home and started filling the bathtub with cold water.  While it was filling I stretched and foam rolled.  I recently purchased a purple Thera-roll (reminds me of Thera-flu), which is the second firmest version, and has ridges in it to get deeper into your muscles.  I like it, but I will say it doesn't roll as easily as the regular ones, so you have to roll a little slower.

When the tub was full I dumped in all the ice cubes we had and then sat in there for about 10-15 minutes.  It wasn't as cold as I would have liked but it did the trick!  I'm not sore today at all!  Yay!

Now on to the Slow cooker winner!!  Slimkicker chose Martha's challenge!
Congrats Martha!  To collect your prize, please email

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my giveaway!