Weeks 21 and 22 recap – plus BondiBand sale

I’ve kicked off the first 2 weeks of 2018 with 6 miles so far plus strength work. Not a great showing, I know, but the weather has been brutal and the treadmill/dreadmill messes with my head. I’m working on it…

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My first run of the year was a quick 2 miles on the dreadmill.

You know those BondiBand headbands I always wear when I’m running? Well, now I’m a Bondi Band Ambassador! I’m really excited. And, in case you missed my New Year’s Day announcement, it’s in the bottom right corner… 12 in 12 in 12!

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In week 22, I did one dreadmill mile plus pushups, situps, calf raises and squats. I continued with strength work the rest of the week. But, as my tank says today, don’t ever ask me to do burpees!

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Life and errands tried to get in the way of my second run in week 22, but me and my running buddy did it. Definitely a #MomSquad kind of day… we opted for a shorter distance but it still felt good, and the weather was kinder! Some calf tightness, but no pain or numbness… probably because I used the roller and stretched a bunch beforehand. I topped it off with a nice long soak before leaving for my Framily’s annual ski trip weekend.

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Another announcement: BondiBand, the company that makes my favorite headbands to wear while running, is also expanding into other workout gear! Get 10% off with code RUNTRAVELDREAM or $5 off with BBWEAR. Shop at: http://bit.ly/2FEYbCH.

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Weeks 21 & 22: 6 miles ran

13 days til FIRST 10K

 53 days til 1st Half-Marathon –> I’m running for St. Jude, please support me!

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5 last-minute gifts under $20 for the new runner in your life

Elite Mini Muscle Roller – $12.99

I personally swear by my muscle roller now. At first, I thought it was just runner folklore, but it has really saved my life. I had such bad calf cramps that my foot would go numb for most of the run. Since I’ve started rolling beforehand, I’ve had ZERO numbness! It’s also great post-run to avoid knots and aches.

LED Safety Light 2-Pack – $12.49

Now that it’s winter and it gets dark at basically noon every day (sorry, I’m a little bitter), most runners will end up running in the dark at least a few times a week. These clip-on lights are great to keep them visible to cars (and other people) during runs.

The Complete Runner’s Day-By-Day Log 2018 Calendar – $14.99 (on sale for $10.39)

When training for fitness or for a race, staying accountable to yourself is one of the best motivators. I find that when I’m logging my runs and training, I’m the most successful and consistent about running. It’s especially nice to look back and see how far I’ve come in a short amount of time.

Road ID Sprint Shoe ID & the Silicone ID Bracelet – $19.99 each

We often don’t want to think about the bad things that could happen, but runners must be prepared for the worst, especially if they run alone. If a runner faints or gets hurt, the RoadID can help identify him or her and allow their loved ones to be notified of their whereabouts. Be safe, not sorry!

 

 

 

BONDIBAND Fab $5 Collection – $5 Each

These days, I don’t run without one of my BONDIBANDs. It keeps the sweat out of my eyes and from running down my face. It also keeps my ears warm during the colder temps. I bought one years ago that I swore by, but I recently ordered two customized bands — one with the Run. Travel. Dream. logo and another that reminds me that I’m “stronger than yesterday.” Great product!

 

 

2.5+ miles, new swag & my reasons for running

I was scheduled for 2 miles today, but I ran with my running buddy and we pushed out about 2.75 miles (although my Garmin didn’t sync right away, so I only got credit for 2.5). This was my longest run and fastest pace for anything over a mile since restarting training. My ankle brace was too tight and did cause me some numbness, which is honestly the only reason I stopped. I could have gone longer. Progress!

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I followed my run with a 1-hour back and leg massage that was much needed. Although, I still have 110 squats (see squat challenge post), 110 sit-ups and 55 pushups waiting for me tonight.

My customized Run. Travel. Dream. Bondi Band came in today! I also got one with one of my personal running mottos: Stronger than Yesterday.

My running skirt from Skirt Sports came also. I’m so excited to run in this. It has shorts underneath.

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I added a new race to the calendar today as well: the Montclair 5K Doughnut Run. I heard about it in a Facebook running group. It’s exactly as it sounds — doughnuts at each mile. And it sold out in less than 4 hours!

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On a different note, I was reading an article recently that suggested that every runner should know WHY they are running, because it helps with motivation, especially on the crappy days. I realized that despite setting on this path of half marathon training, I hadn’t fully fleshed out my true reasons for running.

So, here goes my 5 reasons (I’m sure I have a few more):

  1. I’m competitive and there aren’t many sports (attainable for me) that you can compete in in your late 30s (and older).
  2. To get back into shape — lose weight, improve endurance and get stronger.
  3. Because I hate that my injury sidelined me 3 years ago. I wanna prove that this injury can’t beat me.
  4. The runner community is amazing. I like the sense of belonging to something bigger, and being inspired by the other runners. It has even brought me closer to friends who run.
  5. Races will give me another excuse (as if I need one) to travel.

 

What are YOUR reasons for running?