Friday file: Sunday night edition

I know, I’m sorry.   I left the blog vacant for a week because I’ve just been tired.  Last weekend was a huge running weekend for me.  That kind of threw my whole week off because I ran both Saturday and Sunday. I wasn’t at home to get stuff done around the house or get ready for work.  That one day of prep kind of pushed everything off.  Daily life has been busy this week.

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I ran two half marathons back to back.  I’ve been working with a running coach because I am really improving.  I see progress which is really something I haven’t seen in the year I’ve been taking my running seriously, again.  I ended up running the second half marathon faster than the first AND the first half marathon has been my fastest half since having Tiny Tot.

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Yesterday, I ran the Run Houston! at Minute Maid Park with instructions to really go for it.  I ran my fastest 10k in 1:12:53 since having Tiny Tot.  Though it was a struggle, I got the result I was hoping for especially since the weather is warming up.

I’m getting into the thick of marathon training now so things are starting to get busy…and it’s conference season so things are going to get a little busy.  I didn’t expect to find myself in a training cycle so soon but I had an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.

Enough of the running talk, let’s talk about some non-serious things.

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You may not know this but I wake up frequently throughout the night. Sometimes this is a huge problem for me because I do wake up so early in the morning. Getting rest tops my priority list so I’m always trying to find ways to get more restful sleep. I could take melatonin but I think I would be worried about not waking up on time. I’ve tried many things like drinking tea before bed, cutting off the electronics, sleep machines, etc. My friend recommended that I try some oils and I kind of wasn’t feeling it.

I was definitely one of those people who poked fun at people for using oils as a solution. Hippy solutions have always been funny to me.  I finally decided to give it a try and guess what?  It actually worked with just doing some lavender at night.  This even worked very well for Tiny Tot.  I decided to do more research on oils and have been pleasantly surprised by the results.  Now I’m kind of hooked. Anyways, this is the night time diffuser blend that has really rocked me to sleep.  Lavender, RC, and grapefruit keep me sleeping the whole night.

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I’ve probably over-invested in fitness gear the past few weeks, but I think I definitely need a shake up and maybe some extra motivation. In full disclosure, I am an ambassador for Headsweats. I’ve been wearing Headsweats since I started running and I haven’t switched. I was surfing the website the other day for a new reflective visor and found these crusher hats. I’m a fan of the trucker hat, but the crusher is a lightweight version of the hat. That’s a perfect solution for wanting to wear a hat during the summer without frying my head. I start to sweat from my head so I like to keep it light and airy.

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On the weekends, I love to watch Netflix when I have a little time in life. I love watching documentaries and I love sports. I found a Netflix original called Roumula 1: Drive to Survive. A documentary about sports is definitely my JAM> I didn’t really like the show, but I was hooked after two episodes. I ended up watching all of it when I was recovering from my races.

These are the things I’ve been feeling this week.  Hopefully, things will kind of settle down for this week so I can get back to the business of blogging and podcasting.  I’m still looking for suggestions on things to talk about on the podcast.  What do you want to hear? Drop me something in the comments or send me an e-mail.

Friday File: heart rate monitor and the workout

Friday File: heart rate monitor and the workout

Happy Friday!  It’s been a long and adventurous week for me. Life has kept me busy the past two weeks and I’ve been trying to change some of my habits.  There a lot of change happening among the chaos in my life. This week I’ve been trying to get my Garmin Fenix watch of unproductive fitness mode into something that made me feel better.  Do you pay attention to your heart rate zones when you work out?  I have always paid attention to my heart rate but never in the area, I should be working.  I always assumed that if… View Post

Friday Five (on Saturday): Motivation Edition

Friday Five (on Saturday): Motivation Edition

Yesterday was a crazy, long day for me so I didn’t have a chance to get my blog post done.  I hope you don’t mind that I’m posting a Friday Five on a Saturday.  I hope everyone had a great week.  I’ve been watching the Olympics all week long and it’s great to see people going after their dreams.  It’s been a good week so I have no complaints.  I ate my prepped meals and really enjoyed what we had for dinner.  See, it does pay to try something new. On to my list.  I got some new stuff to… View Post

Giveaway: Keep a cool head with Headsweats

Giveaway: Keep a cool head with Headsweats

Disclaimer: I am a Headsweats ambassador.  The views about this product or solely my own and not influenced by the company. It’s your chance to win a Headsweats hat or visor.  The only hats/visors I wear are Headsweats.  I don’t know what it is about this brand but it feels light on my head and collects my sweat like no other. I can’t think of one run that I’ve done without a Headsweats hat or visor. That’s a lot of running, right? My closet is full of these hats and visors and I want to share this great product with… View Post

Forgotten Five Things Friday: Halo Top, LilleBaby and …

Forgotten Five Things Friday: Halo Top, LilleBaby and Kinedu

Happy Earth Day!  I wanted to get out and run this morning because I haven’t run in two weeks due to concentrating on returning to work at the gym.  I’m ready to get back outside and I thought Earth Day would be the best time to do it.  Well, life had other plans and I didn’t make my run.  It was just too warm for me to get out there.  I’ll try later because I’m not going to waste the day. I missed my Five Things Friday so I’m going to give them to you on Saturday today.  Normally, I… View Post