Tune Belt Review and Giveaway

Tune Belt provides neoprene armbands and belts that carry and protect phones and devices of all sizes. As a runner, I always take a couple devices with me when I hit the road and as a blogger, I take even more- typically my phone, camera, and music player. I’ve had some challenges carrying all these items when running so when the good folks at Tune Belt contacted me and asked if I would try one of their armbands, review it, and give away one to a lucky reader, I happily complied!

Read on to find out how to enter for a chance to win one of these custom, super comfortable sport armbands from Tune Belt!

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Race Recap: Nike Women’s Half Marathon (SF)

(photo credit: Run Nike Women Series)

(photo credit: Run Nike Women Series)

Round 5 of the Nike Women’s Marathon, my fourth in SF, accomplished this past Sunday and I am happy to report that it went SO MUCH better than I expected given my litany of injuries this past year.  I had such a great time and was reminded of how much I really and truly love running.

If you are familiar with the Nike race series, you know that this year they changed everything for their San Francisco race for the first time in 10 years. They removed the full marathon and completely changed the course.  I ran my first full at Nike SF in 2011 and once was just fine (as it was SO AMAZINGLY DIFFICULT!), ran their SF half in 2012 and again in 2013 so I was eager to see just how different it would be this year.

Going into this race, I was more than nervous and worried.  My last two halfs (The Town’s Half Marathon and the 2nd half of the San Francisco Marathon) went horribly. I hit the wall at mile 4 and every part of my body hurt and screamed, “QUIT! QUIT! QUIT!”  This Sunday however, with the race I have been obsessed with even before I ever started running, I felt absolutely great and loved every single minute of it!  Continue reading

Recap: Peak Hike for Prevention

In 2001, I decided to use my energy to start fundraising for cancer research and to that end, found The Breast Cancer Fund which aims to prevent breast cancer altogether by raising awareness and eradicating exposure to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments that link to the disease. The first event I ever participated in was The Breast Cancer Fund’s Bike Against the Odds, raising $1500 in 2001, then I came back to accomplish their Peak Hike for Prevention three times: in 2002 ($1300 raised), 2009 ($1100 raised), and then again this year, 2014.  Continue reading

Review and Giveaway: OrthoLite Fusion Insoles

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A few weeks prior to the SF Marathon, the good people of OrthoLite contacted me and offered to give me a pair of their Fusion Insoles to try out, review, and giveaway on my blog- I happily complied as I have never tried insoles before but have always wondered…

Since the race was right around the corner, I didn’t want to introduce anything new into training nor did I want to break the cardinal rule, “Nothing new on race day!”  so when the race was over, I popped the insoles out of the box and into my running shoes the very next day and gave them a spin.

I completely wish I had broken that cardinal rule! Since getting back on the asphalt post-injury, the bottoms of my feet have been in excruciating pain, especially during any run longer than 6 miles so you can imagine how my feet felt on additional 7 miles to go! Since using the OrthoLite Fusion insoles, that problem is solved and has been replaced with ultimate comfort. Ahhhhh…  (read on to find out how you can enter win your very own pair! 3 lucky winners will be chosen!!!)

Happy Feet!

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Today’s Reason: Setbacks

It’s okay, I intentionally laid here and did actually get back up again and finally cross that finish line. How symbolic.

Well, it happened again. Yet another injury. Yet another round of doctor-ordered rest in order to recover. And, needless to say, yet ANOTHER removal of running from my life.

I took a break from blogging because I literally had to, the concussion I suffered from a minor car accident a few weeks ago gave me only one option to heal: “brain rest”. That is, no reading, no writing, no chores, no planning, no texting, no emailing, no social media, no video games, and most of all, no serious thinking. At first, I found that prescription hilarious and now, after 4 weeks of this, I find it torturous. Hence this post. In rebellion.

So, if you’re counting, this means that I’ve been constantly injured since last November- fractured rib to knee injury and now this ridiculous concussion. That’s 11 months, nearly a year to date. I’m 100% over it and even though I don’t totally feel like my normal self just yet, 3 weeks from today is the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco and as of tomorrow, training begins. I’m pissed off at all these injuries, done with resting, and determined to start DOING all the things I love again. Continue reading

Training with Whole Foods (& Nike SF Entry Giveaway!)

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Thanks again to Whole Foods Northern California, I am very pleased to announce this week’s giveaway: 2 lucky winners will each receive a guaranteed spot to register for the exclusive and awesome Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco AND a $50 gift card to Whole Foods! As you may already know, I am a HUGE fan of NWM as it was my very first marathon, I am also a HUGE of fan of Whole Foods for providing some of the healthiest and yummiest grocery store food stuffs available- now that I’m training for my 5th Nike, that’s just the kind of fuel I need.  Keep on reading to find out how to enter…

(Please note that this give away is just for a guaranteed spot to register for the race, NOT a paid entry- winners will have to pay for their own entry, transportation, commemorative schwag, etc.)

Whenever I go shopping at Whole Foods, my first stop is their weekly publication (always hung conveniently by the entrance), “The Whole Deal” which contains coupons, recipes, plus lots of money and time-saving tips. As a parent, savings is good and as a runner, their high quality, natural and organic products are even better: good input = good output.  Continue reading

Rapid Race Recovery

Yes, I am addicted to racing (here are 13 reasons why); however, races are extremely hard on my body. In training I don’t push myself like I do on a race course- I can run 13 training miles and feel completely fine after, but run a half marathon race and afterwards, I’m never fine. My typical post-race disposition is beyond sore, stiff, fatigued and ravenously hungry with many chafe spots and blisters to contend with. After my last race, this was certainly the case. And I have another half marathon this Saturday.

If you’re counting, that’s just 2 weeks off in between races. Since I still really want to continue my back-to-back-races obsession while still recovering smartly from my injury, I’m making it a point to be a lot more thoughtful about my recovery process, making sure I do all the things I need to in order to heal as quickly as possible, inside and out. Continue reading