After the Sick

The day after New Years, I started to feel like I was getting a cold. That was a Friday. Saturday I felt okay, but a little tired. I had a 5K the next morning, so I went to bed early that night. Sunday morning when I woke up I wasn’t feeling 100% but I (irresponsibly) decided to run anyway.

By the time I got home from my race, I was feeling exhausted. I immediately showered and got back into bed. By late afternoon, I was full blown sick. Coughing, runny nose, sneezing, headache, body aches. You name it, I had it.

I wound up taking 2 days off of work to get some rest. By Wednesday, I was feeling better so back to work I went. But I had decided to take the rest of the week off from any running or working out. Saturday I went for my first run in a week. And boy was it rough.

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I did just over 2 miles, but it was a slow going 2 miles. Sunday was more of the same, just on different trails.

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And last night (Monday) I did a treadmill 5K and finally felt back to my usual self. Tonight will be another treadmill night, which I’m ok with. I’m learning to embrace the dreadmill.

That’s what you’re supposed to do, right? Embrace the suck.

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Game Changer

About a month ago, I received an email from Under Armour Running asking if I would like to test out a new pair of shoes. Because I have a brain, of course I said yes. I mean, I love shoes. Who wouldn’t want new shoes?!

Full disclosure: I have been a die hard Nike street running shoe wearer for 3 years now. I swear by them. So for me to try out a new pair of shoes was a little off. I was pretty sure I was going to hate them.

Boy was I wrong. They. Are. Perfect. They’re light (like my Nike Free’s) but the back of the ankle is made of the same material as the entire rest of the shoe and flexes with the movement of my leg/foot. It’s not hard and stiff and they don’t rub. AND they are wide enough across my toes that they aren’t smooshed.

And look, they even sent me a pair in my #1 favorite color!

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In short. These are my new favorites. I love literally everything about them. I wore them for my first race of 2015 (mentioned in my previous blog post) and was in heaven the entire time. No pain during or after.

Under Armour Speedform Gemini are where it’s at. Thank you Under Armour Running for my shoes! I wear them running, to the gym, to the store….pretty much everywhere.

New Year. New Me.

No, not really. My goals just got bigger, that’s all.

2015 started out with me being pretty sick. I’m not sure if it was the flu or just a really bad cold. But it hit me hard. I’ve spent this week recovering and as long as I feel well enough, I’m going to get in my first run since last Sunday.

Last Sunday was race #1 of 2015. It was a 5K at the Camarillo Airport, which is fairly easy as it’s just an out and back. I wound up running it 2 seconds slower than my fastest time, which I will totally call a win since I was already starting to feel sick that morning.

Also, this 5K was my good friend Danica’s first race ever! She did AMAZING!10917084_10155081147445192_8840039347808387051_n

My next race is the http://banditultratrailrun.com/ Starting my trail runs small, then gradually working my way up.

Speaking of working my way up. I’ll be working my way up to this in December. http://www.coastaltrailruns.com/mc_malibu_canyon.html

Little lady. Big Goals.