Okay so it’s been a while since I’ve been on here. Major fail by me… the past few months I have spent hibernating, eating cookies, and staying indoors out of the wind, and cold.

Although the past month and half, I have swam, been learning the flip turn, and how to have a more efficient freestyle stroke. Signed up for the Tour de Cure Century ride, signed up for an olympic distance triathlon, found a new job, have I mentioned boyfriend. Yes I have a wonderful boyfriend whom fixes my bike, I mean whom I can ride with and run with.

I will get back on here more often and tell you about my adventures of my training, attempts, minor accomplishments, successes, and failed attempts. 🙂

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The Boyfriend and I

Here is my weekend forecast:

Saturday:

Shamrock Crit. A local bike race. The boyfriend is racing, and I will be spectating his race, then I will be volunteering with some awesome girls that I met at a group bike ride last week.

Sunday:
Shamrock Full Marathon…. Ohhhh eeeeem geeee.
My training is not where it should have been. I was going to defer this race, but B talked me into it, and I talked myself out of it. I developed some type of winter asthma that killed me after my first solid month of training, then I got sick, and I was sad… long story short, I went from having a 5 hr goal to the goal of finishing, setting my PR, and possibly doing another Full in Richmond in November this year. We shall see. Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach is put on by J & A racing, which is a GREAT organization. So I just couldn’t say No.

Any tips or suggestions, or words of motivation will be helpful. I have already picked up some nutrition and cut my toe nails… what else? 🙂

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I found this picture from my friends over at Final Kick Running and Triathlon Club facebook.

Which guy or gal are you!? I have to admit, the days I bike to work, I’m that guy, I even have a fitness ball in my cubicle!

Over the past few weeks of training, I have noticed a numbness almost a loss of feeling in my legs and feet. This occurs when I am riding my bicycling, running sometimes, laying down, and even lounging at the beach. I thought it was the most peculiar thing ever. CaptureAnd I never thought it could happen to me. Well here I am 24  years old, super active and combating poor circulation, and muscle fatigue.

After some chats with some friends, I learned about COMPRESSION SOCKS. What a miracle item. I have been running for about 10 years, and I was sure I knew all I needed and wanted to know about running, and all of the fun accessories, injuries and all in between. Oh boy, I was wrong. I have fallen in love with my bright compression socks. I even wear them while I am reading, cooking, and going on a drive for over an hour.

There are so many benefits to wearing compression socks, my first and foremost is how quickly it helps your muscles recover and increase of blood circulation! Secondly how bright and stylish they are. You are surely to be noticed and that is definitely a safety benefit!

ProCompression offers a lot of bright colors and options for you to choose from. I seriously wish I could replace all of my socks with them. They’re comfortable, and built for the athlete. I currently only have the Orange Marathon Sock and the Neon Yellow Sleeve. I love both.  I really do not think you could be disappointed in this product at all! I have enjoyed sporting my compression sleeve to the office underneath my dress slacks, and showing them off.  I think I have made a new staple in my wardrobe!

After a good brick workout last week this is how I decided to spend the rest of my morning!

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Love these!

Socks vs. Sleeves. It’s really up to you! I personally think the sleeves are great for triathletes. You can wear them in the water, and transition right into your bike and then run! this allows you to go sockless if you desire to for your cycle! You can use the ProCompression socks in any sport, workforce, or area of relaxation! I dare you to give it a try!

They also have a sock of the month, which is a new design which is a limited time offer. I always check out their new sock!

Another great thing about ProCompression is they are from right here in the USA! Go over to their website and check them out! http://www.procompression.com/

at least my legs look good and feel great!

at least my legs look good and feel great!

Like them on Facebook you can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/procompression

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For those of you who haven’t heard of compression socks, what do you do to help circulation and muscle recovery? Do you have a pair of lucky socks? Do you have a pair of ProCompression socks? How many do you?

Here is a chance for you to win a pair of ProCompression Socks! ProCompression Sock Giveaway

For those of you not wanting to wait to see if you’re the lucky winner, and want to get a pair right away. Shoot on over to their website ( http://www.procompression.com ) and use the coupon code PCBLG for 40% off and FREE SHIPPING!  What a great deal for everyone! Let me know which one you get!

So as many of you know I have been training pretty regularly for my first Triathlon, which was supposed to be on August 18th… I got an email confirmation from the race director on Sunday. They officially canceled the race that I have been training for and  gathering my support team for. 

I’m devastated, pretty sad. This is the second race this year for me that was canceled, what’s up with that!

The Norfolk Sprint Triathlon was canceled due to lack of volunteers. They did not want to put on an unsafe event. Then they threw this in the email to which makes me wonder… “We re-worked the run course to improve that from 2012 to 2013, and we will re-work the cycling course for 2014 to not include so many intersections.  So we will 100% be back next year with a much improved event.  So put it on your radar.”

First the Virginia Beach Tough Mudder, now this.

Soooo, for the GREAT news for me. I am registering for a new Triathlon.  September 8th is the new date! A few more weeks, a little more distance on this course, but I’m pretty excited to have something pretty close to race in! 

With this race being later I may be able to wear a wetsuit for the 750 meter open water swim. I need to get in some practice time in a wetsuit first. 

So with the bad, the good comes! This is a bigger race too. The course should be amazing since its in Williamsburg. I’m doing the Patriot Sprint Triathlon. I’m looking forward to it.

PS I’m getting over a cold, so this is probably a good thing, since training hasn’t been up to par. Wish me luck!

For most athletes, it is very typical we are carrying something.. gu, gel, a key or two, cell phone, ipod, money, the kitchen sink!?? You can’t possibly have enough hands for all of that stuff, so if you’re a girl they end up in your sports bra, your hand, and where ever else you may find a place to stash them that is semi comfortable. Bring on the heat, and everything does not stay put, you’re drenched in sweat and things are slipping out of your hand. Now you’re no longer concentrating on your run… this has been a problem of mine many times over.

There is a solution!  The SPIBelt!

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I found all the nutrition in my house and put it in (there is still room!)

I received the SPIbelt and was super excited about the fact that I could fit so much in it.. I immediately tried it out, put a couple of Gu’s, my cell phone, my ipod, some chews, my key, and it still zipped. I was pretty amazed. I think put it on, adjusted the size to me. It fit very well. It has two adjustable sides, which is perfect for that day in the winter you have all your extra layers on!

So I tested it out on my run next. With not as much nutrition this time.  Lets face it, I love to eat, but I am not having a picnic on my run. I fit my two gu’s and my cell phone in it and headed out the door for a good 5 miler. It didn’t bounce or move around, it was snug and very comfy. I had to leave the zipper a little undone for my headphone cord to come out (this is only a minor set back). They do have a SPIbelt with a hole in it, which you can use for your headphones.

I do a lot of cycling and for those of you who know there are special cycling jerseys with pockets in the back, well those get pretty expensive. So on my evening causal ride I throw on my SPIbelt and slide my phone in and im off on a nice ride. It takes zero time to put on, and I actually forget that it is so reachable.

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I could still fit the kitchen sink and I bet it wouldn’t move around either!

I know some of my readers are all about the arm bands and armpockets…  this is an alternative for those who do not think that they could stand something on their arm while they work out. Also if  it’s super sunny out, avoid that possible tan line and put on your SPIbelt!

Here’s how you can find what other products they have, specials, and where other people love this just as much as me!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SPIbelt

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPIBELT

Website:  http://www.spibelt.com/products/spibelt (seriously go check out the other awesome products, I have a  few on my wish list)

I love all the colors they offer, and the fact that they even have sizes for children.  I am planning on using my SPIbelt during my first Triathlon here in two weeks. I think it’s going to be a great tool to use to store my nutrition and hold my bib number. Who doesn’t want a speedy transition time, I believe that the SPIbelt is going to assist me in having a super smooth and quick transition. Stay tuned for my recap of the Triathlon (only 19 days!)

So for all of you that made it down here, go ahead and enter to win your very own SPIbelt! I’m super stoked about being able to pass this along to all of my readers!   Tell me what you currently do on your long workouts.

SPIbelt Giveaway  click here

US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.

First off, Thank you all for reading my blog and staying tuned in 🙂 I hope everyone had a great weekend and got some miles in!

I started off my birthday weekend with a wonderful group ride on Saturday 45. 63 in 2 hours and 47 minutes a personal record too! Though of course my bike did not get the memo that we were celebrating my birthday and I had a flat tire Saturday morning.  I luckily had everything I needed for the flat to be changed, and a nice biker helped me change the tube. 5 minutes flat.. I was super thankful, because if it were me there would have been some tears shed, and I would have not been able to get that many miles in. How long did it take you to change your first flat?

I then got to spend some time on the beach after my ride with some good friend.

Sunday I got another ride in with another group, an of course my bike hand another flat! This time it was the back tire, and the guy who works at the bike shop had the shop open so he was so helpful and changed it super quickly and we were off riding. Sunday I got almost 17miles in an hour and 5 minute. Not bad, and some good sprinting too! I also met two awesome women who we exchanged numbers, and hopefully we will be training for a tri together soon.

The weather wasn’t to good on Sunday for my beach bash, so some friends and I went to a local place right on the Bay, and enjoyed the sun and some drinks. We even got some mexican food afterwards. I got so many present related to my love for fitness, and even one for the LSAT.  Here are a few of my favorite, I got a bike seat cover from Japan, a RoadID braclet, a bicycle necklace, and so many more.

Love these people!

 

So what you’ve all been waiting for….

 

The winner of the Armpocket giveaway is….. Sarah S.  Thank you all for participating! Sarah please email me at dixiehouse@live.com

 

 

Have a good day everyone!

It’s Thursday, or for those of us who look forward to the weekend for our long workout days, it’s FRIDAY EVE! 

So here’s some fun motivation quotes to get you there!

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DO GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

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Bad day? You’re so close to getting in a good mood, go ahead lace up those shoes!

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Am I the only one that smiles after a good challenging workout, or through my workout? I sure hope not!

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Are you asking yourself is it worth it, well keep reading.

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It is always worth it! Go set a goal right now!

This is my favorite quote of all time.

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I thought this was great! We are all gifted at something, it may take a little time to figure it out, but keep your head up and keep trying. Share your knowledge and have some fun!

First off, have you check out my giveaway yet…do this first if you haven’t. It’s my birthday present to one of you lucky readers! CLICK HERE!!

It’s not actually my birthday, yet. It’s like 4 days away (I’m really not counting down)  So I celebrate all week long right? How many of you do this too? Come on I know I’m not alone.

To start off my 7 day celebration I went up to Washington, DC and hung out with a few friends. My favorite part of my trip, this is hard to choose just one, I would say it was parking in

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Saturday fun!

Chinatown walking around eating a chocolate crepe with strawberries and drinking bubble tea. Have I mentioned I love food, because I do, having cheat days are fun in moderation! 🙂 After our adventure in DC we made our way to Old

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Towne Alexandria where we shopped and had a few drinks. I found the best gift to myself there…. are you ready for this. Cycling earrings from a fair trade shop called Ten Thousand Villages.

First off I love Ten Thousand Villages and have for years, there are none close to where I live, probably a good thing. I took a picture of them as soon as I bought them, and put them right on!

During my visit with my friends, we biked to the dunkin donuts down the road. I love every minute of it. I felt like a little kid with her friends having a great time! I have learned to enjoy the nice easy rides, as long as my long hard rides or my sprints. I suggest you enjoy a causal ride to take in the scenery or find a riding partner to go find a new favorite juice bar!

So I got home late Sunday, and didn’t feel the best, could tell I was fighting a cold for a little while and it had caught up with me.  With that said I took some time to rest, and let my body recover, which meant not getting up and going swimming before work for about a week or a little more. I got back to the pool on Tuesday, and with my congestion it hurt a little but boy did it feel good to glide through the water.  I don’t want to take more than 3 days off again, ever!

My younger sister is in town for the day today and tomorrow, so we are going to do a little birthday celebration. I’m pretty sure she baked me a cake as she loves to bake and dreams of her own bakery.  I’m really excited.  I’m not doing to much for my birthday this year other than I’m going to do a practice run through of my Sprint Tri on Saturday, and then for my birthday group ride on Sunday I think I might bake cupcakes for everyone afterwards. I’m going to think about it. I’m looking forward to being another year wiser and stronger!

 

When is the last time you went out for an enjoyable bike ride to take in the outdoors? What is your favorite accessory? What do you do when you get sick and don’t feel like working out?

I have another fun product review for you guys coming soon.. so stay tuned!

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my personal favorite color

I have a fabulous offer for all of my readers… are you ready for this. I hope so!

Get 40% off ALL merchandise at procompression.com, including their brand NEW Neon Calf Sleeves and Team PC Gear such as hats and running visors!

Simply enter coupon code JULY at checkout. You’ll save 40% and get free US shipping.

I personally love all of their bright colors they offer. This is perfect for you late evening night runners. You can never be bright enough, it’s always a good thing to be seen.

Hurry over to their website and get yourself a pair or three! 🙂 Hurry, coupon code JULY expires August 4, 2013.

If you haven’t already like them on facebook here https://www.facebook.com/procompression  and on twitter at https://twitter.com/ProCompression

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sock of the month!

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my armpocket!

These days we all have the leisure to run with our phone or some form of music device. Enter the problem of where do I carry it?  There are a couple of choices, your left hand, your right hand, your sports bra (my old spot) your pocket in your shorts… I’m not sure where else. Though there are issues with each of these. We sweat and holding technology in our hand just gets a bit difficult in the summer heart. In my case my phone would constantly slip, be drenched in sweat. On one of my runs, I got caught in the rain with my phone, and it was a bad day for my phone which suffered through water damage.

Solution- Armpocket!

  • There are many amazing features of this product. My favorite is the memory foam padding that is slip resistant. I did a 7 mile run in July here in VA, everything was completely drenched in sweat including the armpocket… and it didn’t slip at all. I love how it’s comfortable and does the job still!
  • Did I mention water resistant? This is amazing how many of us actually look at the weather before going out on the morning run, not me… my feet hit the ground and I go. This is great because now  I can be in clear mind about my phone if it does rain!
  • My next favorite feature is the color selection!  They are a company that knows about their clients and their active lifestyles! No  one arm is the same as the next guys or gals. With that in mind they have created armpocket with different sizes to fit YOU! And to make it even sweeter, you can add some flare if you will to your outfit with a color armpocket! I personally love running in multi color outfits, so Splash was perfect for me!
  • So lets get down to the pockets! There is a lot of room in this small accessory. Personally I was able to fit my android, ipod, some cash and a gu and zip it up! Amazing! There are two pockets for your id’s, cash or card which is super handy on those hot summer days and you see a lemonade stand!
  • Your phone, you don’t want it bouncing around in this spacious pocket right, well no worries they thought of that too! There’s a little bungee in there to keep your touch screen phone close to the front so that you can utilize the touch window on it. Very handy for changing songs or wanting to know your mileage on that app.
  • If you are worried your phone is to big, because of the otterbox, or that you just carry to much stuff, no worries, there are larger sized armpockets just for you!  Check out the other sizes i-15, i-20, i-25, i-30, i-35 and the Nighthawk!

For those of you who are all about the Eco-friendly accessories and will have nothing other than that, no worries! They made this snazzy armpocket out of environmental friendly products, which makes me love this even more. This doesn’t take away how durable this product is. I strongly recommend it.!

The only downfall to this product is the zippers, they bounce around a bit and make a good amount of noise. This is a minor thing in the overall product. I strongly recommend this product to all of the athletes,  busy moms, causal walker, hard working dads, and all of your friends!

Now the people at Armpocket have agreed to do a giveaway all of my fabulous readers. So please go ahead enter in the rafflecopter giveaway.

If you have any questions about this product I can help you, or point you in the right direction.

Go check them out:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Armpocket

Twitter: https://twitter.com/armpocket

Website: http://www.armpocket.com/

 Armpocket Giveaway! 

US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.

Tell me why you want the Armpocket!

Beach to Battleship 140.6

Beach to Battleship 140.6October 17th, 2015
Time to take on the biggest physical and mental challenge !

Mileage 2015

Running 2015
(does not include treadmill)

Miles this Month: 12
Miles this Year: 88.5

Cycling

Miles this Month: 120
Miles this Year: 381.2

Swimming

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