Archive for March, 2012
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
I love trying out new workout clothes. Especially shorts. I don’t know what it is, but I just love it. Every time I buy some new stuff it’s like Christmas morning all over again. And that first time you try it out? Ohh nothing beats that feeling.
That’s why I was SO siked when RaceReady sent me some clothes to review!
The shirts fabric is pretty awesome. It’s really soft and almost silky and seriously lightweight. I don’t think I’ve tried on a running shirt that was as lightweight as this one. I really like the feeling of it on. The only sad part is that it’s not exactly made for tall people. For me personally, I like my running shirts a little longer so I don’t have to mess with them while I workout. I’m 5’9 and it was a few inches too short for me so I think this would be perfect for all your normal sized people out there.
I of course still wear it because I love the fabric so much but it’s more on days I’m feeling frisky at the gym and don’t mind if my bellybutton pops out for a second or two. *(I did hear from RaceReady and apparently they are making the shirts at least an inch or two longer this spring! Score!)
The shorts. Ohhh do I love these shorts. They are light, just the right length and the best part??? They are loaded with POCKETS! That’s right. Finally a company has understood that we runners have about 29302 to carry while we run so they loaded these bad boys with pockets galore. I apologize in advance for the bile that’s about to rise up in your throat after viewing this next picture.
See that? Those are ALL pockets! I love it! I can put my keys, phone, snacks, chap-stick and whatever else I fancy in those. They velcro at the top to ensure all your crap actually stays in the shorts instead of falling out and leaving a little trail behind you. There’s even more pockets on the side!
Check out how sneaky you can be with these. .. Oh whoops, hang on, let me get some GU out for the rest of this run. Seriously how awesome are all these pockets? Makes me want to take everything I own with me on my long runs. If you are running outside, these are the shorts you want to be in.
If you are lucky enough not to be a gorilla like myself, this shirt is perfect for you. And if you enjoy working out in shorts, these shorts are perfect for you. If you do get a pair and we run together, be aware that I may need to put additional stuff in your pockets. Hope you don’t mind carrying a banana, flip flops or a towel.
Thanks RaceReady! That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
***RaceReady did not sponsor this review. All of the opinions above are 100% mine and come from my busted brain.
Monday, March 19th, 2012
A lot of people ask questions about how to workout when you’re lacking motivation. We all have those days when going to the gym or for a run is about the last thing you want to do. You know what I’m talking about. I typically workout 5-6 days a week so working out is part of my normal routine. That’s not to say that I don’t have those days when I would rather stab my eyeballs with pencils then go to the gym.
Yesterday was one of those days. The weather was beautiful and I was exhausted. I decided I would go to the gym later in the evening after I read some of my 23902 page book. After reading 2 sentences however, I fell asleep. For a good hour. The worst part is, it was one of those naps that you’re more tired after you wake up then before you fell asleep. Needless to say going to the gym sounded as appealing as setting my arm on fire.
Yes, I am naturally that beautiful after sleeping for an hour in the middle of the day. As you can see, I clearly did not want to workout. I tried to convince myself that sleeping for an hour really should count as working out but then I realized that it actually didn’t…
So, what’ s a girl to do when she knows she has to workout but is so unmotivated to go? Step one for me is to put on my gym clothes. That doesn’t require much effort so that normally helps. Sometimes, I need to sit in my gym clothes for a good 15-20 minutes before I actually make it down to the gym. Trust me, sitting in your gym clothes and then willingly changing out of them and not going to the gym will make you feel awful, so go ahead throw them on, take your time and head to the gym.
When I got to the gym. I still felt really unhappy that I had to workout. I was tired, had not motivation and would have rather slept another hour on the couch. When I get down to the gym on days like this I make a deal to do 30 minutes and then I’m out. That could mean 10 minutes on 3 different machines to make it go by fast, 15 on two different machines or 30 on one. Sometimes I need to mix it up to get motivated. Normally though after I get on a machine and commit to 30 minutes I realize how happy I am that I made myself workout. Once you actually get started, I promise you it gets better and 30 minutes turned into an hour.
And that’s how its done. Afterwards I feel awesome. One thing to keep in mind on days you have trouble getting to the gym is to think of how good you’ll feel post-workout. Especially on days like this, when you push yourself to get out there and stay healthy. My motto is simple and it’s completely original: Just do it. Seriously, that’s it, just do it.
So to recap, put on your gym clothes, think about how great you’ll feel after and make a promise of a minimum amount of time. It works for me every time. Of course there will be days that it straight up sucks, but be happy with yourself that you went at all.
That’s all the nonsense I have for now! How do you motivate yourself to workout on days like this??
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Blech. That’s all I have to say about my doctor’s appointment at The Running Institute. Let’s be honest here, I went in expecting to be told to take time off, but actually hearing it is a whole nother thing. I’m still trying to process everything he told me so that’s why it’s taken me a few days to blog about it (thank you everyone for asking how I am though!). So let’s cut to the chase: what’s wrong with my trusty ole ankle?
Apparently I have an extra bone in my ankle. The official name of this condition: Os Trigonum Syndrome. See this:
That bone is not normal to have. Naturally that means I would have it. In both ankles. However, the bone in the right ankle is actually split/chipped. So this extra bone is now causing me even more problems since the stupid thing is chipped. Which means that it’s causing me all sorts of issues with the surrounding tendons and whatever else is there: in my case probably the other 23902 extra bones I have in my body.
Treatment Part 1: 2 full weeks off of running in addition to my 2 weeks I have already taken. Somehow Dr. Chin knew from the start how stubborn I am because he kept repeating to me: “Kelsey seriously, 2 weeks no running. I’m not even kidding, not even 1 mile.” OK OK, I get it. Sorta.
Treatment Part 2: Rework my training plan. I was following this Hal Higdon program and adding additional rest weeks between long run weeks. Apparently though, running back to back days for weeks is not great for injury prone new runners (aka me) so this program is not right for me. Also noted was that I am over training. For a my first half in June and my first full in October I shouldn’t be at 13+ miles right now for a long run but more around 6-7. I’m definitely not going to cut down to that much but I will cut down obvi.
Treatment Part 3: Change up cross training. What?? When I’m not running I live on the bike and elliptical. Sadly I can’t do those everyday either since they both do the same motion over and over again similar to running. Looks like I’ll have to come to terms with my hatred of swimming. Maybe someone could put a bowl of Caesar salad in-front of me on a string and I’ll just swim towards it over and over?
Treatment Part 4: Eat more protein. I’ve had this issue in the past and know that I need to eat more protein. I’m not vegetarian, but I stick to chicken and fish, only 1-2 times a week and don’t really make a point to supplement protein otherwise. All I can say is in 2 weeks plan on me looking like this:
My reaction: Obviously I’m not too happy about this. And obviously I blame my parents for making me this way! Why did you have to put an extra bone in me Ma and Pa?? WHY??? Seriously though, it could be worse, but knowing that stupid lil bone is there for good makes me angry. I don’t really enjoy talking about this so I probably won’t blog about this much because that means I actually have to think about it.
If you are looking for a doctor though, I highly recommend Dr. Chin at the Running Institute. He spent 2 hours with me people. 2 hours with me! Annnnnddd he was even nice to me the entire time despite all the dirty looks I gave him and the 45 minutes I spent arguing with him. ..
What does this all mean you ask? It means I have been officially diagnosed as a freak of nature with my extra bones.
That’s all the nonsense I have for now! Tell me something good! What exciting plans do you have this weekend??
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Last night as I was
half asleep on the couch, I picked up my phone to browse on the ole Facebook. I don’t spend much time on that site other than to promote my blog of course. As I was checking in on all my BFF’s from elementary, middle and high school that I still speak to on a daily basis, I jumped up, screamed and did a dance. PartyDog was oober surprised and was like ‘what’s your prob babygurl?” (Ok maybe he didn’t say those exact words, but let’s imagine shall we?) This is what caught my eye:
People, THAT’S ME! (As you can see, they picked me for all my voluptuousness and curves.) Sometimes I forget that I did the photo-shoot with Fleet Feet for this women’s half marathon but when I saw this I peed my pants all over our pretty rug we have at home. It’s ruined, but don’t even worry about that, I’ll just make PartyDog buy me a new one. Or maybe we should just put plastic down on the floor considering the amount of times I pee myself from excitement.
So yes! The women’s only half-marathon is on June 24 and the start is in Grant Park! There’s a 5K option too so there really are no excuses why you can’t run this with me. I mean look at my busted face up there, I haven’t run a half marathon before but I’m promoting it like I’m a pro and do them all the time. So please, I beg of you, someone join me for 13.1 miles (or 3.1!). I promise to be extremely annoying and to pee myself upon crossing the finish line from excitement of actually finishing without dying (that’s assuming that actually happens).
Check out more info about the race: http://www.womenshalfchicago.com/ and then tell me you’re running with ME!