Wednesday, May 29, 2013

i'm a kindrunner! what kind of runner are you?

if you all are anything like me, you've got a pile of running shoes that are laying around your house. just off the top of my head i can think of 4 pairs of mizuno wave riders. they have too many miles to keep running on them, but they still look great and are fine to wear to the gym or walk in. i usually just end up taking them to goodwill at some point or sometimes my local running store takes up shoes to send to some people who need them. 

anyways, enter the best idea ever... KINDRUNNER.

their new site is launching on june 1st and i cannot wait! i love when a company comes out of no where and meets a need. but on top of meeting that need, they are reducing the buildup in landfills and getting shoes to people who might not have them otherwise. LOVE IT. i am so happy to be serving as an ambassador for this innovative company!

i'll have more details on june 1st, but here's the gist of how everything will work...
  • ship your used sneakers to kindrunner [free shipping]
  • they pass these shoes along to their partners [like Soles4Souls]
  • they'll credit your account with kindness cash rewards for each pair you send in
  • you can use the credits to buy new shoes! 
as if all this weren't reason enough to hop onboard... they are also a full service online running store! they have a combined 40+ years of experience in the field, so you're sure to get great advice on all your shoe needs! 

check back on june 3rd, and i'll have all the nitty gritty details for you!

also, head over to their website and enter your email address for a chance to win free running shoes for a year for you and a training friend!

Kindrunner Facebook Page (giveaways and announcements!)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

cradle to the grave 30k, pisgah forest, nc

cradle to the grave 30k trail race
pisgah forest, nc

i survived the cradle to the grave 30k on saturday! so if you read this post you know that i was waffling about the race BIG TIME. saturday morning i get up and it is POURING the rain. i just laughed to myself, what else can you do?

we got packed up and headed down to brevard. we got a little lost but made it to the cradle of forestry just fine. i've been in pisgah forest before, but never this part. it continued to pour while we checked in and picked up our packets. 

the shirts for the race are super nice, columbia omni freeze, gender specific shirts (they retail for $50!). 

i don't really have any rainy day running gear, so i was just hoping that we'd have tree cover for most of the race. i wore my Earth Fare Athlete Ambassador shirt and capris, and Brooks Cascadias [ps - brooks is my favorite for trails shoes!].

the 30k was supposed to start at 8am and the 5K at 830am. i walked over to the start line and they announced that they were delaying the start by 10 minutes to wait on some people who were still coming in. that's frustrating. 

the race ended up actually starting about 15-20 minutes late. i had no way to let brad know because i had no cell service AND i didn't want to even get it out because i was already afraid i was going to ruin it in the rain.

the race itself? it was HARD. 

notable moments:
  • lots of water crossings. some had wooden footbridges, some had logs that you had to balance on single file, and then the granddaddy of them all, one with just a tow rope. it was really funny because it made me think of this picture that i saw when i was reading scott jurek's eat and run of him doing something similar [stream v. river, 30k v. 100 miles of course though!]. i thought it was so cool and i couldn't wait to tell brad all about it!
  • going up pilot mountain. holy hell. 
  • coming down pilot mountain. i still can't run because it's so muddy and there are too many roots!
  • sink holes. 
  • beautiful scenery
  • great aid stations. there were 3 that was stopped at two times each, so 6 aid stations. i had already been to them all once when i see a different one. apparently i was brain dead and stopped, thinking it was for us. nope, it was for a mountain bike race that was also going on, whoops! 
  • strawberry fig newtons taste amazing after about 15 miles. 
  • looking up around mile 18 and seeing brad on the trail waiting for me. i thought i was hallucinating. 
  • mentally this race was a continuous struggle. i mean, add 10 minutes to my finish time and you have my marathon time. that'll mess with your head!
finishing was a great feeling as always. the post race party was one of the best i've seen, especially for a local race. one of my favorite local restaurants, Hob Nob, gave the all the racers a free meal, and we got a free beer from one of my favorite local breweries, Oskar Blues. not bad!

i was a little muddy :)

and some other great news? brad got first place in his age group in the 5K! so proud of him!

we came home and i made myself take an ice bath. bleh. 

then we laid on the couch for the rest of the day and watched about 10 episodes of breaking bad. great day!

Friday, May 17, 2013

i chose to run

i'm all over the place right now and i'm SO THANKFUL that i've got the next 4 days off at home to attempt to get my life in gear. do you ever just get in a funk and can't exactly put your finger on the problem? in my case i don't think i have enough fingers to put on all the things that i need to get right! *disclaimer - these are all little things that are fixable, so i hope i don't come off all "woe is me" but it really helps me to write this all out, so i'm doing it!*

first of all... i'm over analyzing more than usual, and considering i'm already the queen of over analyzing, color me a mess. case in point...

i have been battling in my mind for two weeks whether or not to run the cradle to grave 30k tomorrow.

this morning when i woke up, i made a big decision... i was going to take a DNS tomorrow. factors in this decision included:  i haven't trained adequately, brad is running the 5k so he's going to be hanging out waiting on me for hours, i haven't trained, i've been in a shit mood, i am worn out, i haven't trained, i'm drowning in a sea of allergies that are making my throat feel like i swallowed a fire ball, my uterus is being a punk, and oh, did i mention... I HAVEN'T TRAINED.

when i finally allowed myself to make the decision i expected to feel relieved. whew, i don't have to run almost 19 miles tomorrow. but i didn't feel like that. i felt bummed. i'm going to miss out on running all those beautiful trails. 

so i did what any rational person would do... i changed my mind :)

as soon as i allowed myself to think that i didn't have to run tomorrow everything became really clear. i don't HAVE to run tomorrow. i GET to run tomorrow.

is there a chance that i might finish dead last? absolutely, but that's not what's bothering me. i think the biggest thing that's had me down is knowing that i should and could have prepared better. but you know what? i didn't. i made that choice (or rather lots of little choices), so now i have to live with it. but either way... i'd rather be running.

and just think of all the time i'll have to over analyze every aspect of my life while i'm doing it! 

Friday, May 10, 2013

.: kona kase review :.

I was beyond pumped when this little package of awesomeness arrived on my doorstep!

loved the packaging, the quality of samples and the inspirational quotes and paperwork inside.

this one is on my desk pinboard now. love it.

what was inside? lots of goodies!

the KIND bar was gone in about 5 seconds. YUM.

i was impressed with the quantity and quality of the samples.

my biggest disappointment? there wasn't anything that i would use while working out. i was expecting some gels, or chews, or electrolyte drink.

want to try it for yourself? use the code FF2 at checkout and get your kona kase for $10!!

I received a Kona Kase via FitFluential, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

rearview mirror:::: april 2013


i didn't really think it was possible but i managed to log less miles in april than i did in march. yikes. however, may is off to a great start, so i'm not too upset.

.:weight training:.

getting back into this has been HARD but i feel so much better already! but the number one thing i've got to do in may is get back into training in the mornings. it's better from every angle minus having to get up. it's an easy, no brainer decision... but a hard one to execute.


i'd recommend sh*t my dad says if you want something quick, easy, funny and entertaining. brad and i listened to the audiobook on our way to KY and were in stitches the whole way.

do the right thing was alright, made some good points. but political autobiographies aren't really my thing. tinkers was just eh.

sarah's key had been on my 'to-read' list for a while and it was a great book. sad, but definitely worth reading.

.:2013 goals:.
we joined a connect group at church (we actually did this in january, but i wanted to give it some time to make sure it was a good fit) and i am almost finished with my 90 day devotional book.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Under Armour Women::: What's Beautiful 3.0

*this post is sponsored by Under Armour through FitFluential*

Last May I participated in Under Armour's first What's Beautiful campaign and I had a great time. I met a lot of amazing women and was inspired to post and work on my goal (at the time it was to complete 12 half marathons in 2012--done!). I even won a gift card for my participation! 

Under Armour has just launched the 3.0 version of the campaign and I have set a goal of joining Team World Vision to run the Indianapolis Half Marathon to raise money and awareness for people in Africa that do not have access to clean drinking water. 

So how does the campaign work?
  • Click on this link to get signed up: Under Armour What's Beautiful 3.0
  • Set a goal, upload a picture and take some time to look around the site. 
  • Check out some of the other women who are participating [a good place to start is the 'top performers' tab. 
  • Over the next 8 weeks, you can post about the things you are doing to work towards your goal, you can participate in challenges that UA posts or that the other women post. 
  • Work towards your goal, encourage others, and INSPIRE. Yes it's a competition, but I promise you that you'll find a great community full of support. 
What else is in it for you? 

Costa Rica? Yoga? Spa? Don't mind if I do!