Friday, September 20, 2013

Medical Scare

I have been distracted lately... a mind has been else where.

Why because I was dealing with some swollen lymph nodes and the surgeon scheduled me for a lymph node biopsy and rule out lymphoma that throws your world through a loop.

Tuesday morning I went to the OP surgery center. I was soo nervous....beyond belief.
Putting on my best smile.

On the upside, I got to try out my new spectacles from Zenni....LOVE them and the price for them.

The procedure went well and the nurses and surgeon were great. Tuesday night was rough with some pain. The incision was in the crook of my neck. I took Wed off work because of lack of sleep and just didn't feel great.

Back to work Thursday . I went in to the office and knew I had a long day starting at 730am all the way through a meeting into the night that lasted till 730pm. What made my day better? Getting a call from the surgeon saying that the pathology report was negative!!!!!

~~Happy Dance Happy Dance~~~

Such a weight lifted off my shoulders and Terri and my loved ones. We were so worried.

What now?
Well I have to wait till next Tuesday to run, yes I am counting the days.
I am signing up for the Christmas Story 10K in Cleveland that runs to the Christmas Story home and back and you can get a medal with a leg lamp on it.!!
Also looking at some other runs and races for the fall.
I am also trying out a new App on my IPhone ..Strava, Have you tried it yet? If not here is the link Strava

What races are you running?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fitness Survey

It’s Fitness Survey time! Thanks to Sara at She cooks, She crafts , She runs for hosting.
  1. What type of workout have you not tried but want to? PX90.
  2. Favorite song(s) to workout to. 80's anything
  3. What is one thing on your list of fitness things to accomplish? Under 26 for a 5K
  4. Favorite Sports Bra. Any that hold these babies tight.
  5. What piece of fitness advice would you give someone just starting out? Enjoy it. Start slow and build up. 
  6. What is your favorite thing about Fall sports? (increased training, races, etc) Races and  love running in the cooler weather.
  7. Does your pace improve as the weather cools down? By how much? Yes, it does , maybe 30 secs faster, not exactly sure.
  8. Does your schedule change with cooler temperatures? Do you run more? Longer distances? No schedule change except maybe more afternoon runs and not early morning. Still gun shy to run in the dark after my broken ankle last year. I do run more and tend to pick up the distance.
  9. How much, if any, does your attire change with cooler temps? At what temperature do you begin to layer? Probably 40′s-50′s I’m in pants or capris, with a long sleeve. 20′s-30′s I’m in a jacket as well, with gloves and sometimes a hat. Below that and I am wearing a fleece pullover and lined pants.
  10. What is the best time of day for your workouts? I love early morning runs. It is quiet, less crowded and it just feels good.
  11. Post a picture of your most recent workout. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Holy Moly

It is September 10th and it is 96 degrees outside. I was in the office early today for meetings on the Wellness program and out later than usual. I was hoping to get a run in today but it is humid, so I will go first thing in the morning with lower temps. It is supposed to be another hot one Wednesday and then back down to normal temperature the rest of the week into the 60's.

Terri and I started the Fall Hiking Spree in our area this past weekend. We have one hike down and we are hoping to get in a few more this weekend with lower temps. Terri is looking forward to getting her first hiking staff and I am anxious to get a new staff shield.

Signed up yesterday for a 5K on Sunday. I missed running it last year as we were on a cruise! The year before in 2011, I placed 1st in Athena division and also 3rd in my age group. I am excited to run it this year knowing that my speed has improved even more so and I am a more knowledgeable runner.

Work is picking up and I am researching on getting my certification in Personal Training and also Nutritional education. Those combined with my nursing degree and also Holistic Health Advisory Certification I will be set with the Health and Wellness Advisor position that I am doing right now.

I recently agreed to give a new Running GPS site a try, Strava Running. If any of you are on there, friend me at Jen Ressler or leave me your sign on to friend you.
More to come on my opinions on Strava after I give it a nice try. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Quiz

Rachel- passed along this quiz . Join me in answering on your own blog post if you wish

1. Who is your running shoe twin? I am not sure, I used to wear Mizuno Wave Riders but after Achilles tendinitis, I switched to more support with Brooks Adrenaline. 

2. When do you pause your watch on a run? I don't wear a watch. I use Run keeper on my phone and rarely pause it. 

3. What is worse – being called a jogger or hearing someone call a 5K a “marathon”? Being called a jogger. I am a runner. Period. Whether I run slow or fast , I am a runner.

4. What is your preferred running shorts inseam length? I do not heart booty shorts. Must cover some of my inner thighs.

5. Spitting when you run – gross or necessary or neither? Ohh necessary! I am  a spitter or extra saliva, not snot rockets or hockers. Just extra  saliva.

6. What is more exciting randomly seeing a friend on a run, or hitting a goal pace/workout? Randomly seeing a friend on the run

7. What has been your worst running injury (something that happened on a run or something caused by running)? It would have to be breaking my ankle Oct 2012 when I was on an early morning run and either hit a rut in the road or slipped on wet leaves about 1 mile into my run. Rolled my ankle and went down. I got up , walked it off some and finished for a 3 mile run. Later could not walk on it and swelled to the size of half a softball.

Not running for few months.

8. What is your perfect running temp? Anywhere from 40-60's. Fall is the best weather time for me.

9. Do you follow a running plan or make your own? I pretty much run to the beat of my own feet...LOL

10. Preference – treadmill, road, groomed trail, or technical trail? Road or groomed trail/towpath.

Happy Friday

My Road ID Review

Recently I was given the opportunity to review Road ID  product of my choice. I have wanted one for awhile and just procrastinated on get Road ID even though I thought it was a good idea
We all know safety is a big deal for runners. It is a dangerous place out there sometimes and being safe is so important.

Source-Road ID

I was sent an E Gift card to go online and personalize my own Road ID.
I immediately went online and got started.  The site was really easy to navigate and there were several options to choose from.  I chose the wrist ID sport because I thought I would use it most.  I started to build my ID by measuring my wrist with a dollar like instructed, chose my size and went on to the next step, filling in all kinds of information!  I wasn't really sure what I wanted to put in here, I mean there is a lot to choose from, but the site gave perfect examples of what to put, how to abbreviate things and gave suggestions I wouldn't have thought of.  AND you can see what it will look like while you type.

Source-Road ID
Source - Road ID

Once I was done filling everything out (including my name, city, birth year, 3 emergency contact phone numbers, and any allergies or medical history I might have), I got a preview and hit submit.  The site said it would take 7 – 10 days to get to my house. It came pretty quick.
I have since worn it on every run ! It is very comfortable and I love the feel and knowing I am safe. It doesn't rub and takes pretty quick to dry from my sweaty skin. I have not noticed that it holds odors either.

Here is the back side of my ID, since I do not want to show my personal information. The straps come in a variety of colors to chose from and you can even just order extra straps if you want to be fashionable and change out every once in awhile!

I also got a  Road ID visor which has a lot of reflective materials for safety and the cool max material for quick drying. I was unsure on the elastic strap in the back and no adjust ability but it is actually very comfortable . It has become my go to visor now!
Per Road ID: 

The Road ID Visor, custom made by Headsweats, is based on the most popular visor design in the triathlon market. Made from COOLMAX® fabric, this sweet-looking lid wicks away moisture for optimum comfort and performance. And at only 1.3 ounces, you don’t have to worry about it weighing you down. As an added safety feature for those of you training at dusk or dawn, we integrated highly-reflective piping around the front bill and sides of the hat to help motorists see you in the dark. One size fits all.

During my order I also purchased  a Road ID as a gift for Terri , so when she is bike riding she will feel safe and secure as well.

I am so happy with my Road ID and feel blessed to have been able to get my ID and do a review for them.

I recommend Road ID to all my active friends and family who walk, run, bike, and swim. What ever activity you do, stay safe and get a Road ID!

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**I was given this product free in exchange for my review. Thoughts and opinions are all my own and I was not required to give a positive feedback**