Friday, January 20, 2017

Gryffindor...

I was back with my running group (well two of us) for this morning's run...

We did almost 3.5 miles at a slow and steady conversational pace, and took our usual post-run selfie...

Despite running this morning and having over 15 thousands steps...

I still had a pretty sedentary day...
77%???!!!😱

I was really surprised at the sedentary % to be honest. I didn't realize I sat at my desk for such long periods today...
(I was playing around with different things on Garmin connect and saw those graphs and I really love them!!! It's nice to be able to display running and activity statistics in different formats).

Today was another hard day but this recent meme totally made me laugh today (and I definitely needed to laugh)...

What would your Hogwarts House be?

What do you think your sedentary percentage was today?

Did you run today? How was it?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Putting It In Writing...

I started to use my Commit30 planner today...

I didn't get very far to be honest but I can't begin to tell you how nice it was to check off all the days that I've kept up my blogging and running streak...
(I like it when the calendars match 😊)

I was thinking about getting a different colored pen for each of the monthly goals I set but maybe that will make it too messy? We'll see. It definitely needs more... pizzazz (so stickers and other fun stuff will be coming soon).

Even though my goal is to blog every day and run at least a mile every day for the entire year, breaking those streaks down into monthly goals makes them more manageable. But, because that means having the same goals listed every month, I decided to add a third goal (that will more than likely change each month). For January, I am going to try something new. I haven't figured out what that "something" will be yet so if you have any suggestions please let me know (I could count the Pure Barre class I did last weekend as my "something new" for this month, but it kind of feels like cheating since I did it already). 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I Had Nothing More...

It was late. I was tired. But I gave it all I could...

Summary of today...

I'm going to keep it short today guys. I'm still dealing with my family crisis so please continue to pray and think positive thoughts. I hope all is going well with your training and running :) 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Do What You Can...

I finally settled on a training journal! I know that we are more than halfway through the month but it took me forever to decide which one I really wanted and then I had to wait for standing shipping & handling to bring it to me...

The Commit 30 planner is not specific to running but it's perfect for all the streaks I'm currently doing and is an easy way for me to track my workouts (week by week AND month by month)... 

It also has a mini "vision board" with different areas of focus so you can monitor your overall goals for the year... 
(I'm probably going to change some of the categories)

It may not be the perfect training planner but I think it will work really well with helping me stay focused on different aspects of my running (and blogging) life. And one of my favorite things about the planner is that each month starts with a quote...

I was really glad when I got home and saw the Commit 30 planner in the mail. And since one of the things I committed to this year was my running streak, I made sure I didn't skip today's run...

And finally I was able to end my day by adding this to the list of three things that made me smile...
(This is currently taking place in my body 🙈)

Have you ever used the Commit 30 planner?

What are some of the 30 day commitment challenges you've done in the past? (or are currently doing)

Are you doing a running streak right now? How is it going? (my legs are in a steady state of tired now)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Engineered for Endurance...

We all have our running "go to" brands. The ones we rely on for accuracy, comfort or safety. The brands with products that are permanently on our wish lists. And while I have different brands that I depend on for different things, my "go to" brand for running tights is CW-X. Without a doubt they are the best running tights I've ever worn!

I'm not going to go into all the magical technical details about their patented support web because you can read all about it on their website [link at the end of the post]. But what I will do is give you my personal (unpaid and therefore unbiased) review.

{As a little disclaimer, I did get a pair of running pants to tryout. But CW-X didn't ask me to review or promote it. I'm doing that on my own because I love their products, and they work really well for me}

Back in the dark days (let's call that period "pre-CW-X") I wore a knee brace and used KT tape and a variety of different warps when I ran. During my pre-CW-X days I needed the knee brace, and then that progressed into being too scared to run without it. But one day (let's call that "the day my knees fell back in love with me") I heard about CW-X and found my way to their website to check them out. I did hours of research on their line of running tights since I wasn't 100% certain what type of support I needed. I also looked at a few reviews, and stopped people after races to ask them if they thought the tights were a good deal (they all said yes). But at the end of the day, when I went to buy my very first pair I chose the tights that had the most symbols beside it cause I figured the more stuff the tights can do the better...