Why I Run

It’s been one of those weeks over here.  You know the kind I am talking about … one where life throws you some curves that you weren’t expecting.  Not only did I start a new rotation which alone brings a little bit of anxiety and stress but Chris brought home some news from work that was unexpected and that I am still wrapping my head around.  Vague-blogging much?  Needless to say I am feeling a tad bit stressed and needing to find an outlet.

 

So I went for a run.

 

Running Gear

 

Running for me is the best therapy.  It relieves my stress and clears my head.  I do my best thinking when I am on a run.  It’s just me and the pavement.  When I have some big things to work out I ditch the music and find solitude in the silence.  Lately I haven’t had as much time for running as I would like.  I haven’t ran a race since the beginning of PA school.  I haven’t been training for a single thing.

 

#Running

 

But there is beauty in that too.  I run just to run.  No expectations.  No requirements.  No guilt.  I get to do something that is not only good for my physically but necessary for me mentally.  I am not someone who relishes in the unknown.  I like to have a plan.  I like to be able to prepare.  But life doesn’t always follow the rule book and being able to adjust accordingly is critical.  I am working on that flexibility and trying hard to find the excitement in the possibility as opposed to fear in the unknown.  Until then at least I have my sneakers and a pretty awesome family to help me along the way.

 

Big Nasty Mud Run During


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Why do YOU run?

 

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IGNITE Your Life

Happy Monday friends! I hope you had a great weekend :) I lucked out and had the weekend off which was exactly what I needed in order to recover from my first week of clinicals. I was TIRED by the end of Friday! Fortunately this weekend I had the chance to be a little active which always puts me in a better mood!

Since it’s a brand new week I wanted to share a brand new product with you guys today. I had the chance to try out the PUMA Ignite shoes as part of my partnership with FitFluential and I am LOVING them!

A little bit about the PUMA Ignite features:

ENERGY RETURN: Full length IGNITED foam midsole’s PU blend offers high rebound cushioning
STEP IN COMFORT: IGNITE foam provides instant comfort where you need it most
LONG-LASTING PERFORMANCE: Foreverfoam is used in the heel to disperse impact and provide extra durability

I have had the Ignites now for about a month and I have to say I am SUPER impressed! So far I have done a variety of training in them – everything from sprints, to CrossFit style workouts, to being on my feet all day at the hospital. They haven’t failed me yet! As someone who tends to pronate I have been pleasantly surprised by how good these fee. The PUMA Ignites are incredibly lightweight and the Foreverfoam makes me feel like I am walking on clouds! I wasn’t sure how I would like an all black shoe but I am even totally digging the color :)

So if you’re in the market for a versatile and lightweight running shoe I highly recommend checking these out! I mean if they’re good enough for Usain Bolt they should probably be good for us too 😉

Do you have a favorite kind of runnign shoe? Have you tried a lightweight one?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of PUMA.

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Getting Back into Running

I did something the other day that I haven’t done in I don’t even know how long … I laced up my running shoes and hit the pavement.

 

Getting Back into Running

 

I used to love running.  I even have ran a few races.  But for some reason PA school has sucked the running out of me and I am finding that I am missing it.  Did you know I haven’t ran a race since last February?!  Insane.  SO one of my goals for the year is to get back into running.  I am not setting mileage goals, heck I haven’t even registered for a race.  I have my eye on a few this spring but I am going to see where the pavement takes me.  Instead I decided I want to run for the love of running.  Why?  Because I NEED it.

 

Running provides me some “zone out’ time.  I instantly feel the stress start to creep out of my shoulders when I am on the road.  Half the time I don’t even run with music because I just get lost in my thoughts.  Thoughts that I don’t always have time to think about with my crazy schedule.  Running is a form of therapy for me and I owe it to myself to make it a priority.  Even if it’s just a couple times a week.  I’m not picky … just a little bit goes a long way.

 

Don’t get me wrong.  I am still LOVING my Insanity MAX30 workouts and I have goals in regards to building muscle this year.  Those things aren’t going to fall by the wayside.  Instead I want to mix things up and have a healthy rotation of different kinds of workouts.  Variety is the spice of life and it sure adds spice to mine.  AND it keeps me from getting bored 😉

 

So how did that run go you might ask?  In one word: humbling.  I am not a natural born runner.  I have had to work HARD to decrease my times and increase my distance.  I envy those that it comes easily too because that will never be me.  But that doesn’t matter.  All that matters is that I run for myself and push a little harder to maybe get a little better.  I was pretty proud that I help a sub-10 minute pace for my three miles but it was hard.

 

Getting Back into Running 2

 

Here’s to falling back in love with running!

What’s your favorite way to workout?  How about to relieve stress?  For me the best stress relievers are running and yoga :)

Better Your Best

One of the most challenging aspects of going to PA school is finding time for working out.  Gone are the days where I had unlimited time to commit to the gym.  When I could go to whatever fitness classes I wanted.  What I consider to be a successful workout has also changed. What my “best” is right now is a world away from what it used to be.  However, being a “healthy living blogger” it can be hard not to fall into the comparison trap with other people I follow on social media.  Is my best as good as theirs?  I’ll answer that in a second.

 

better your best

 

The ASICS brand motto is “better your best” which really resonates with me right now.  What IS my current best?  Like most things in life there is a season and cycle of change.  What MY best is right now may be very different than what yours is.  That’s what I love about the motto – it’s about finding what’s best for YOU and identifying with that rather than focusing on comparing to others.  So IS my best as good as theirs?  My answer …. WHO CARES.  My current goal is to do the BEST I can in all things …. be the best mom I can be.  The best wife I can be.  The best student I can be.  And work the best I can towards achieving my fitness goals.  What everyone else is doing, while inspirational, is irrelevant.

 

So when ASICS invited me to try out their new Gel-Electro33 natural running shoe I was all over it.  I have to admit I’ve wanted to try a more natural running shoe for awhile but just hadn’t taken the plunge.  The Gel-Electro33 is a lightweight, flexible shoe with pronation support.  The fact that I seriously pronate my left foot has been one of the reasons I held out on a natural running shoe.  ASICS solved that problem for me!

 

According to ASICS:

By working with the natural mechanics and geometry of the foot, the execution of Fluidaxis™ for overpronators provides an incredibly natural but super stable ride.  The deep Fluidaxis flex grooves have been adjusted and moved more laterally to align with the subtalar joint of overpronators.  

 

ASICS Gel-Electro33

 

I have worn these shoes now for mid-distance runs, HIIT training, and weights and they are awesome and versatile shoes for all the above.  Here are some of the pros and cons for the shoes:

 

PROS

  • Super lightweight – definitely the lightest running shoes I own
  • Great support – didn’t feel like my ankle had any problems
  • Comfortable – they felt like running on a cloud
  • Stylish – awesome color … I love me some neon pink!

 

CONS

  • The only con I have is that without the right socks the back of the shoes rubbed on my Achilles.  However, once I wore the right socks this was a non-issue.

 

I really loved these shoes and they have been my “go-to” since I got them in the mail!  ASICS wants to help one lucky reader better their best too!  I’m giving away a pair of the ASICS Gel-Electro33 shoes to one lucky reader :)  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below!
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I am off to get ready for FitBloggin‘!  Hope you all have a great Thursday :)

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Big Nasty Mud Run

As I shared with you guys yesterday, Chris and I did the Big Nasty Mud Run on Saturday in Bloomingdale, Georgia.  The Big Nasty is put on by FCA Endurance and this was the 5th time they have done it.  I love running races hosted by FCA Endurance because proceeds always go to a really good cause and their events are well planned and executed.  The Big Nasty was no exception.  Chris and I were in the 8:20 military wave and we got out to the site at around 7:45AM.

 

Upon arrival I knew that they had everything under control.  There were plenty of port potties available and duct taping stations for your shoes.  Duct tapping your shoes is critical for this particular race so having some available to runners was awesome.  Packet pickup was incredibly smooth and the whole thing took us only a few minutes.  The added bonus about the Big Nasty Mud Run is that if you have children who are over 3 they have child care for free on site!  WIN.  Before I knew it, it was time to head to the start so Chris and I grabbed one quick picture before gearing up.

 

Big Nasty Before

 

 

I have to admit I was a little nervous as we were waiting to go.  I wasn’t sure what to expect or if I was in good enough shape to not hold Chris back TOO much.  Since we were on a team we had to stick together.  Knowing I had him along with me gave me the boost of confidence that I needed.

 

The very first thing you did was run over a hill of dirt and dive into a hug mud pit.  We saw people losing shoes left and right before our wave so I was glad to have my tightly taped to my feet.  The mud was like thick soup.  You wouldn’t walk through it, you pretty much had to swim.  Fun times.

 

Big Nasty Mud Run

 

 

From there it was pretty much alternating obstacles and running.  The obstacles were all pretty manageable for me and I only opted out of doing one of them which was fine because only one member of the team had to do it.  It basically involved shimmying upside down on a PVC pipe.  Once I saw how much Chris struggled I was glad I opted out … last thing I needed before going back to school would be an injury 😉

 

Some of the other obstacles included swimming and going over barrels, jumping over walls, climbing ladders and cargo nets, wading through a muddy creek (that never seemed to end), and so much more.  This tire carry happened near the end of the race and I was SMOKED.

 

Big Nasty Mud Run During 2

 

 

There were times where there was not a dry spot on my body.  I had mud EVERYWHERE and it took a couple of showers to finally get all of it out of my ears ha.  The best part of this race was doing it with Chris.  Once of my favorite things about our marriage is that we push each other to try new things and stay active.  We have ran 2 half marathons together, several smaller races, and now this mud run.  I also love that he is as much of a cheese-ball as I am :)

 

Big Nasty Mud Run During

 

This is really embarrassing but somehow we didn’t see a photographer at the finish and we didn’t get a picture in our muddy glory.  This is sad because the last obstacle involved swimming through almost a football field size thing of mud.  Oh well … I know better for next time!  Total the race consisted of ~5 miles and 30 obstacles.  We finished around 1:14 which was right in middle of the overall pack.

 

I had a lot of fun doing the mud run and totally plan on signing up when they do it again in September!  If you’re local you should come get muddy too :)

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