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Logging Miles in the Winter

December 31, 2016

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy…” – Elle Woods

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(Photo by the Grand Forks Herald)

When Jared gets home from work, he can usually tell if I squeezed in a workout that day due to my demeanor. Unfortunately, running in the middle of winter is tough to do when you live in North Dakota. Here are some things I do to allow me to log my miles even if there is snow on the ground.

1. Find a running buddy
I have a dog, Argo, that LOVES to go running with me. Knowing that he will eat our entire house if he is not exercised is great motivation for me to get moving.
(I have been using this hands-free leash for months and it prevents one arm from getting sore.)

2. Learn to love the dreadful treadmill

My rule is that if the temperature (with windchill) is above zero degrees, I will run outside. If it is below, I will run on the treadmill.

A few years back, we purchased this treadmill and it has held up great! We already had one functioning treadmill but when our neighbors moved away, we jumped in and bought a second one. Why? So Argo and I can run side-by-side in the basement!

Treadmill training is brutal so I have little tricks to save me from boredom. These include only allowing myself to watch my favorite television shows while on the treadmill and covering up the display so I can’t look at my distance or time.

3. Lower those expectations
When I run on the treadmill, I do it at a SLOW pace. When I run outside in the winter, as to not fall on my face, I shuffle my feet. The things I just listed simply make me run slower. On my outdoor runs, I just run for a certain amount of time OR miles but never both. If I tracked both, I would be too discouraged by my pace after seeing my miles per minute report.

4. Get some great gear!

Do you remember the show What Not To Wear? If you saw what I wear running, you would want to nominate me for a similar style makeover. If I had to pick two game-changing pieces I wear outside, it would be my facemask and pants.

Facemask
We all know what a facemask does, I don’t need to tell you that. I love my Cold Avenger mask and it makes a huge difference. It manages extra moisture away from skin and allows for 100% free breathing where other masks eventually freeze up. It also comes in two pieces so if you become too warm, you can take of the ventilator.

Tights
I was gifted North Face windproof pants a few years ago and have worn them faithfully since. If they were waterproof, I would actually wear them downhill skiing in addition to running. The only downfall is that they have an unflattering waistline that digs into my hips. I have yet to find a pair of pants that tops these.

5. Set a goal 

Runners are naturally crazy people. Some of us crazies will actually run races in the middle of winter. I have set a goal to run a half marathon in January. Although I will have to travel five hours to get to the start line, I look forward to the experience! Someday, I will run the Antarctica full marathon but until then, the midwest will suffice.


(Photo by the Grand Forks Herald.)

Running without pain.

December 8, 2016

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I couldn’t walk without pain.

I trained responsibly for the Fargo Half Marathon. I followed a training plan, actually rested on my off-days, cross-trained, and did strength training. However, after the Fargo Half, I was in quite a bit of pain. Although my entire body ached, my shins were screaming the loudest.

After a two-week rest, my shins were still wounded. I wanted to begin running again but I didn’t want chronic shin pain throughout the summer. In a last-stitch effort to save my favorite hobby, I visited our local running shop, See Dick Run, to get a running analysis and shoe recommendation.

(Before going to See Dick Run, I was running in the Brooks running shoes. Specifically, the Glycerin 11s.)

When I arrived at the shop, the salesmen, Adam, did a quick ipad recording while I ran down the sidewalk. Afterwards, we analyzed the clip, chatted about my goals, and he suggested I try on the ugliest running shoes I had ever seen… The Hoka One One Cliftons.

I wanted to hate these shoes because I couldn’t imagine wearing them in public. They make me look like I am trying to add two inches to my beastly height of 5’2 (and ¾… can’t forget that ¾ inch.) Nevertheless, when I laced them up and went for a run down the sidewalk, my outlook changed.

These shoes are magical. They made me feel as though I was walking on clouds! In the following months that I wore my Hokas, I was finally able to run a full marathon (26.2 miles). This was a goal I had previously never accomplished due to injuries.


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A few weeks ago, my shins started to hurt again and I knew it was time to visit See Dick Run. This time, the owner, Richard, was in the shop with his adorable daughter. I tried on a few different types of Hokas but ended up sticking with the Hoka Cliftons.

If you haven’t tried the Hoka brand of shoes or have not been into our local running shop, please give them a shot. See Dick Run has a treadmill in the shop so you can even try running in them before you make your purchase. The staff is very welcoming and supporting a small business is one way to help your community!

Summary
Who: Richard, Adam, and YOU…treat yourself!
What: Hoka shoes
Where: See Dick Run
Why: Because Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life.

Running Gear – Staples

October 28, 2016

When I was in high school, I felt chest pain every morning I woke up and knew I had a race that day. I loved running but hated racing. Thankfully, a trainer from my gym introduced me to one of his professors who offered sports psychology consults. After a few consults, we came up with a game plan to help my race anxiety. One of the things she encouraged me to do was to set out my running clothes the night before a race. This is a habit I have continued for the last 8 years.

I am going to run a 10k tomorrow and as I was laying my clothes out, I realized how much my wardrobe has changed over the years. Finding the perfect race gear is a lot of trial and error. What works for one person, my not work for another. These are my current staple pieces:

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 // Hat // Socks // Bra // Long Sleeve // Pants // Blister Guard // Shorts // T-shirt // 

Links provided for the convince of my Secret Santa! Ho ho ho! 🙂

Hat
Brand: Nike
Why I like it:
Ok… I lied. This is the only thing that hasn’t changed over the years. This nike hat I have is over 10 years old and it still fits great, washes easily, and protects my dark hair from the hot summer sun.

Socks
Brand: Asics
Why I like it:
These socks have a tab on the back that protects your skin from the back of your shoe. That is a place I normally get blisters so this is a simple way to prevent them.

Bra
Brand: Moving Comfort
Why I like it:
The straps are adjustable. Before the race, I strap “the girls” down by simply tightening the straps. After I am done running, I will loosen them. As a breastfeeding mom, this also comes in handy.

Long Sleeve
Brand: Nike
Why I like it: 
This top is a favorite because….1. it doesn’t ride up 2. the half-zip makes it breastfeeding friendly 3. there are thumb holes which are great in the fall when you forget to wear gloves

Pants
Brand: Nike
Why I like it:
The pants are high-rise which helps support my middle-region. They have enough stretch so they are easy to get on and still allow you to breathe. They are not too loose so they don’t fall or sag during the run.

Blister Guard
Brand: Baid-Aid
Why I like it:
They have a great seal! I never have to worry about them falling off during a race. I actually wrap each toe with a bandaid before half and full marathons so my toe nails don’t fall off mid race.

Shorts
Brand: Lululemon
Why I like it:
These shorts are high-rise and once again, I love that middle-region support.They are also long enough so that my athletic thighs don’t rub when I run. As with most running shorts, there is a little pocket that allows me to hold my car key while I run.

T-shirt
Brand: Lululemon
Why I like it: 
This is a thin top which is perfect for the summer months and also for layering. It does a great job of staying in place and does not ride up when I move.
(TMI: It is nice and long so if I pee my pants while running, I can pull my top down to cover it up!)

What gear would make your list?

Jude Grey – April Fools – Part 2

October 11, 2016

In honor of Jude’s birth week, I did my best to recall our pregnancy and his entrance into this world.

Spending Time on the Inside – Part 1 
April Fools – Part 2
Crazy Karla – Part 3
Happy Birthday – Part 4

I like a good prank. I actually REALLY LOVE a good prank. When I realized that I would be around 13 weeks around April Fool’s Day, I thought this was a great time to share our pregnancy. Is she immature enough to joke about a pregnancy? Did she not know it was April Fool’s Day? Only time would tell.

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At 20 weeks I was able to start working out again. Instead of running miles and miles, I began doing more weight lifting and cardio machines. I tried a few different belly support bands but I didn’t think any of them were worth the money I spent. At 27 weeks, I had to stop running completely because I was uncomfortable with the pulling I could feel. I missed the running but enjoyed walking multiple miles a night. As I got closer to my due date, Jared would be forced to walk with me in case I went into labor on the gravel road. The poor guy would work a full 14+hour day doing construction and then would have to walk with me for over an hour after work.

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Sometime between getting pregnant and having Jude, we did a hospital tour. We were shown the nursery, where to check in after-hours, and the birthing rooms. The nurse giving the tour brought up a few things that I knew I wanted to do immediately after Jude was born. These included skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding. I always saw birth plan templates on Pinterest, but after the tour, I felt as though my wishes would be respected, so I never made one. Thankfully, I also ended up not needing one.

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My due date was October 10th and at my doctor’s appointment on the 9th, the doctor told me there was a little progress. For the record, I doubt there was ANY progress but he just wanted to boost my morale. In hindsight, I am surprised I took the lack of progress so well. At that point, I was so sore from getting kicked in the ribs all day and my acid reflux was out of control. I left that appointment still pregnant with my (lack of) progress report.

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On October 12th, I woke up at 11:00pm to go to the bathroom. It took about an hour to realize that I wasn’t peeing my pants and it was actually time to have a baby!

Spending Time on the Inside – Part 1 
April Fools – Part 2
Crazy Karla – Part 3
Happy Birthday – Part 4