Saturday, March 21, 2015

Abs: End of February #Progress

   
End of February Abs.

     Disclaimer: I have dyed my hair and cut it since this picture and I have NOT cleaned my bathroom. I could use a lift and need an upgrade on my phone. But other than that, I'm good to go.

     When I think about it. OMG. Are you kidding me?? I'm still getting up the nerve to post pics of my abs. I shutter at the thought. Bikini Season......I love/hate you soooooooo much.

     I posted a few months ago that I would hold myself accountable and that's exactly what I'm doing. Still painful but I'm doing it. 

     The truth in this pic (although I tried to be all cute and color coordinated like a big purple dinosaur), is that I had just eaten a HUGE plate of Chicken Pot Pie. I mean, seriously. WHO does that?? WHO posts a pic right after that?
Again. I've lost my mind. #PleaseForgiveTheOuteyBellyButtonInsanity.

      I have now been challenged by a friend to post progress pics by April 6th of our before and After Abs....I work out. It's going to be okay. I keep telling myself this over and over. I'm going to SMOKE him. And then have him for dessert. (I KNOW that you are reading this so yeah, go on with your bad self. I"m gonna smoke ya. ) #JinStyle....Okay, I know that you are laughing now.

      I'm just gonna say it out loud.  I'm going to win the challenge. I'm going to show the most progress. I'm competitive like that. I told him that I would NOT eat another fattening thing from now until April 6th and I meant it. I won't.  So this is pretty exciting.  Most anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE a good challenge. I'm going to win. Hands down. I'm going to win the challenge that MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING and it's going to be fun. Hey playa.......yo girl is #winning.

     In the mean time, my long term goal (or not so long term) is to be able to run in a sports bra this summer and to be able to count those abs. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Just like that. Totally gonna happen. 
Me and my kettlebell have become besties. At 42 years old, I have decided to date a kettlebell. #WhatTheWhat? Watch out world. I'm getting buckwild! LOL.

     Jussssssssssst kidding people. I'm having fun with it. I love setting goals. I really did set a goal to have abs by the summer and I want them. I've never really had them before and I want to see hard work pay off. So yeah, race proofs will be in a sports bra?!?! Again, I shutter at the thought but I'm going for it.

***** What is your challenge??
*****What are you scared of??

      Truth be known, I'm scared to death of showing off my tummy but hey, I've worked hard and I'm going for it. After three kids.....I can't even imagine.

      I challenge everyone who is reading this to try something that they would not  normally do and I don't mean eat Chicken Pot Pie. ;)

Happy Running and Happy Working out!



    

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tuscaloosa Half Marathon: "PR" does NOT stand for "PRETTY ROTTEN"

2015 Tuscaloosa Half Marathon
Official Time 2:02:01
     Last Saturday was a pretty big day for me as I ran the 2015 Tuscaloosa Half Marathon in Tuscaloosa, Al. Tuscaloosa is home of my Crimson Tide Football and aside from Orlando, Florida, it's pretty much my favorite place on Earth. And oh yeah, I set a PR.

     I'm a HUGE Alabama Football fan so this race was a NO BRAINER for me. I ran it a couple of years ago and I gotta be honest, I was SO disappointed in the Inaugural medal and the course. Don't get me wrong, I didn't complain about the race at the time. I'm always happy to get out there and make the most of any experience so I definitely still "liked" the race but it just needed a little work.

     The Inaugural medal was a medal with a pic of a running shoe and Indian Feather?! I get it. There IS Indian history with "Tuscaloosa". But come on, I wanted my Crimson Tide represented!!!  The course. We didn't even come close to the stadium...I stopped by there on my way home to grab a pic with my medal. Boo.
The one and only pic that I took during the race.
Stadium Selfie. <3

     Since the Inaugural year, there have been BIG changes to this race! And changes that are for the better for sure. First, the course. We ran through the campus! Right past Bryant-Denney Stadium....I was a happy girl!  The medal....OMG. It's freaking BEAUTIFUL. It has Houndstooth. It has a Crimson Elephant. The lanyard was Crimson. Two Words: ROLL TIDE.
The Bling!!!!
     I started the race with my running buddies....these guys are the guys that I've been running with for years. I can honesty say that I think I have the best group of running friends out there!! Talk about keeping you knocked down a notch....these guys are fast. I try to keep up but most days I just can't. However, it's good that I can't because they push me and I need that.
Running with the #CoolChicksOldGuys
Me, Richard, Scott and Charlie!
     Although, we all started out together, I ended up running this race with my friend, Scott. We ran the Inaugural race together and I PR'd then. I had it in my mind that I was going to try to do it again this year. Im feeling strong right now. I've been working out like a beast and I felt like my endurance level is just there. I knew I had it in me. He could have ran alot faster than my PR but he stuck with me and pushed me to the end.

     Here's what went down:
     We started the race. 28 degrees. Okay that's a little bit chilly. It was going to warm up pretty quick so we made the decision to shed off all of our layers. Yiiiiiiiikes. The first couple of miles were just not fun. I couldn't feel my digits. He ran with his hands in his pants pockets. Somebody remind me why we do this to our bodies??

     By mile four or so, I started warming up and thawing out pretty good. But hey, I forgot to mention that there will some pretty big HILLS on those first few miles. Holy Tuscaloosa!!

     By mile 6, he asked me how I was doing. I really felt great. Keep going!!

     I had pace and distance on my watch set but I didn't want to look at the time.  The mile markers didn't have the time on them either so I was glad for that. I couldnt' handle the defeat until the end. I wanted to have a good race. He was tracking our time.

     Mile 7,8,9....uneventful. Keep running.

     Mile 10. I fell apart. NOOOOOOOO. Oh yes I did. I got to the point where I was wheezing. CRAP. I was mad. I kept telling him to go on. He kept saying No. He would hang with me. I was slowing down and I knew it. Bottom line. I'm stubborn as all get out and I don't want to admit that sometimes I just need my inhaler. I'm going to have to start running with it and I can't get that into my head.

     The same thing happened to me after Mercedes, Talladega and during Tower of Terror 10 Miler. I need to NOT be a crazy person and take care of myself. In my mind, I'm invincible and things like this aren't supposed to happen to me. UGH.  Just BREATHE already.

     Mile 11, 12, 13. I'm still just mad. Scott is telling me that I'm gonna smash my PR and I'm still mad.

     He's telling me that I'm doing great and I'm mad.

     We cross the Finish Line and I dont' even want to the see the time. I"m MAD.

WHY AM I MAD???
I set a PR. I did great. Holy crap. I've gotten faster. My hard work is paying off.

I'm still just mad.

I'm not proud. Dangit.

My watch said 2:01:58 and my official time was 2:02:01. I beat my PR by more than 6 minutes.
My watch time.


     So all day after the race was over, I just sat and looked at that medal. Cheesy I know. But it really bothered me. No one in my house has even seen my medal yet. No one asked to see it and I didn't show it to any of them. No one asked how my race was and I didn't tell them about it.

I felt PRETTY ROTTEN all day.

I sat and I thought. And I thought. And I thought.

     Here's what I know: I care so much about having a "good" race. I love that fact that I'm fast enough to set a PR. Really I do. But I'm so in love with running that I get mad when I don't have a "good" race.

     I felt like garbage from mile 10 on and it just hurt my feelings. The rest of my day, I was a mess. Yep. I admit it. I cried like a baby. I know that is just the craziest thing on earth to admit to but it's true. I hurt my own feelings and I'm sensitive to that.

     It has taken me a few days to get over it all. In the end, I'm super proud of my PR. I don't feel "Pretty Rotten" anymore. I'm more grateful than ever to have great friends and I love my bling!!

     I'm done beating myself up about it all. And good grief, now that I know I can run so close to 2 hours, I'll have to break that two hour mark one day!! I'm not sure if Scott will put up with my whiny-ness again for another PR and I don't blame him if he didn't but I'm thankful that he stayed with me today....definitely wouldn't have PR'd without him :)

So thankful to Scott for pushing me to the end!

Happy Running and Happy PR!


Friday, February 13, 2015

ZENSAH: #WhiteToBright Project


Welcome to my ZENSAH #WhiteToBright Project!

      I was asked to throw together a quick little outfit using ZENSAH "White" calf sleeves by my friend @redheadbabymama!.....I thought about this for a bit and realized that "white" pieces of running gear are just something that I don't purchase too much of.  I have two solid skirts and ZERO white shirts (unless they are race event shirts and then they are covered with logos.). Wonder why I don't buy any white?? Borrrrrrring. I like BRIGHT outfits!!!

     This might be just a little bit of a challenge for me!

     What I came up with was something cute and SIMPLE. I chose to pair my calf sleeves with solid Black shorts, a super cute red top, a houndstooth visor (because I'm from Alambama, ya'll) and my white running shoes.

     Most runners own a pair of black shorts....mine are LuLulemon. My visor is from my local Alabama College Football Spirit store. My shirt is a Champion/runDisney shirt that I purchased from the Health and Fitness Expo at Walt Disney World. My shoes are Brooks Adrenaline GTS15.


The completed look!
     Why did I choose these items??
I chose them because I like to color coordinate. The houndstooth visor gave me a little bit of playful pattern, the red shirt was BRIGHT and the I absolutely loved the White Block Font to match up with the calf sleeves. The Black Shorts?? Well. One can never go wrong with Black and most runners own a pair of solid black shorts.

     So there you have it. I would have probably never picked out White Calf Sleeves when given so many different options to purchase from ZENSAH. However, now that I have taken on the #WhiteToBright Challenge, I will totally be re-thinking my current wardrobe and how I can turn those whites into BRIGHTS!!!

How Do I like them??
     I have been wearing these calf sleeves alot since I received them!! I only own one other pair of socks from a different company (I like those too) but sleeves are just a little bit different. To me, they are not as tight and they are great to go for a quick run in! One thing that I do like about the sleeves vs. socks is that I can take these on and off when I need to without taking off my socks. I can now see why runners are believers in compression items....I am too. :)

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!!
ZENSAH has given me a pair of White Calf Sleeves to give to you!! Leave a comment here and let me know that you want to win them!! It's THAT easy!!

I will pick a random winner by the end of next weekend, so hurry!

For more information on these Calf Sleeves and other great compression products from ZENSAH, please visit ZENSAH.com and be sure to follow the Hashtag #WhiteToBright to see other ways to use your white sleeves!!

Disclaimer: I was provided a pair of white calf sleeves to coordinate and outfit with and also one pair to give to you!! Thank you ZENSAH!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Try Not to Judge Please #ILoveMyBusy


What you might see me post online may seem like my life is simply beautiful and full of nothing but goodness.  And most days it is.....but when you have someone (who doesn't know you at all) say that "all you do is leave". 

HERE WE GO. Get to know me a little....you're a little bit on my nerves. 

There's a lot that goes on behind my scenes. 

You are right. I do make time for ME and I don't apologize for that. 

Here's an example: 

It's almost 3:30pm, I worked out hard today. One hour of CrossFit and 3.1 on the treadmill after I got my kiddos off to school and I'm JUST NOW making a quick sandwich with the end pieces because I forgot that we are out of bread. Terrible. Just terrible. 

Please don't follow my example on this one.... Most days I try to eat and recover after a good workout but today was not the case. I was headed home after my workout....got a text from my Mom. Had to run by and see her at work, I was supposed to stop by a printing company for a 5k that I'm working on. That didn't happen. The guy was gone to lunch. I missed him.  I'll go tomorrow.  I volunteered to bring dinner for a lady at church who is fighting cancer....I gotta get to the store. 

Meanwhile my hubs calls..."Hey Gramma wants you to take her to get her nails and hair done."

Detour. 

One of my kids left their track clothes at home. Go to the school. Detour again. 

Pick up my Gramma,  go grocery shopping for the church dinner. Keep in mind that I'm not cooking dinner for my own family....we will grab leftovers at home. Take her to hair appointment. I run over to the tanning bed. That's right. I laid there IN SILENCE for 15 minutes. Go back and pick her up. 

Get home and start cooking the church dinner...it needs to be delivered by 5pm. Inhale a sandwich, I'm jumping in the shower, gotta go run and pick up my girls by 5 too. Conflict of time! 

I have to hurry. My Gramma's Physical Therapist will be stopping by 4:00. 

My boy has a Basketball tournament tonight. We need to eat dinner and have homework done by 6:00. At the latest, 6:15. 

Hey, this is kinda my day everyday....BUSY. Family of 6. 

So when my hubs calls and says, "How could you forget to this? How could you forget to do that?" He's a crazy person so I tune him completely out. I mean like, I REALLY TUNE THAT NONSENSE OUT. 

Goooooood grief!!! I'm doing good to keep my head on straight and chug down as much coffee as I can. 

But guess who is not complaining?!?? Ummmm. That would be me.

I'm glad that I was home to get my kids off to school. I'm glad that I got to see my Mom. I was texting my sis while I waited for my Gramma. That nice lady at Church will have a home cooked meal....her life is terribly different than mine right now. I chatted with my Bestie on the phone on my way home from my workout. I listened to my girls go nuts about how sore they are after track practice. I have a good tan going on. I get to see my boy tear it up tonight on the Basketball court. My Gramma looks fabulous. And yeah, I'm still a little hungry but I'll throw a protein bar in my purse and will be just fine. I'm typing this while I'm drinking a cup of coffee and most likely will Instagram something ridiculous. 

Here's to being busy and yes, here's to getting ready to leave to go on another race trip. I am the most "here" person that I know...So please try not to judge and always try to make time for a good lunch. :) 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tiux Compression Socks Totally ROCK!!


Welcome to my Tiux Compression Sock Review!
     One of the things in the world of running gadgets that I have never invested in has been....get ready to sit down for this one. COMPRESSION SOCKS!!!! I know. I know. Whhhhyyyy???

     I'll tell you why. BECAUSE COMPRESSION SOCKS ARE PRICEY!!!

     Look no more. I have found a pair that are reasonable and super cute too. Meet my new TIUX Compression Socks.

     It's been cold here in Birmingham, Alabama so I had originally wanted to test them out last weekend on my long run. Ummmm no way. It was in the 30's when I started running. I needed long pants, gloves, hats. I wanted to be able to show them off in my review, not just have them on underneath my long pants. Unfortunately, the complete review would have to wait. ugh.

     So I ran long and then I put them on while I was laying around on the couch. WOW. No wonder my running friends just rave about compression socks. I could feel the magic happening in my calves. They felt tight, yet very comfy. No soreness after my long run.
A little R&R with my new Tiux Compression Socks.
Long run....I love you now!

      Fast forward to Tuesday and I'm still dying to get out there and test out my new socks. I decided to go for a 3.1 mile run in them to test the waters. My opinion?? I LOVED THEM!! I was totally feeling like a ROCKSTAR zipping around my local park!!
I kicked butt on my run tonight!
My new socks are giving me attitude.....and I like it!
Fast 5K--I'm giving credit to my new socks!

     I felt fast. And my legs felt GREAT!!!! I'm a believer in my new Tiux Compression Socks.

A little more information on Tiux Compression Socks:


Design Features
Wide top band for comfort.
Calf support and stabilization.
Achilles tendon protection to prevent blistering and irritation.
“Y” heel for contoured perfect fit.
Padded footbed provides cushion and shock absorption.
Seamless toe for maximum comfort.
Breathable mesh instep to keep your feet cool and dry.

Graduated compression (20-25 mmHg) to increase blood circulation.
Constructed with premium technical fabrics for superior moisture management and breathability.
200 thread count for ultimate durability,comfort and fit.
Left and right anatomical design.
Benefits
Enhance performance by accelerating blood flow to provide more oxygen to your muscles, while flushing out metabolic wastes.
Reduce muscle fatique and damage by minimizing muscle vibration.
Recover faster and improve muscle repair with increased blood circulation.
Prevent blood pooling in the feet.

     Oh and did I mention that they are ONLY $35?!?! That in itself will make me want to buy another pair!!

     This may not be a big deal to alot of people, but I SO appreciated the socks being labeled with Left and Right. I know that I'm not the only person on earth who gets a little delirious after they run. I would never put them on the right feet if it were left up to me. ;)

Left and Right Labels. ;)
     Overall, I loved my new socks and I like that they are black. I can wear these with lots of different outfits! That's kind of important to me....the cute factor. ;)

     Feel free to visit Tiux.co to grab a pair for yourself!

Disclaimer: I was given a pair of  Tiux Compression socks in exchange for my honest review. I give them an extra dose of Bamagirlruns love because I think that they are just groovy baby!




Road Runner Sports Runner Of The Month---Hey! That's Me!


     Every once in a while, I'm totally caught off guard with a major surprise. I'm not really "good" at surprises. I never know how to react....I want to scream. And Shout. And Let it all Out! (See what I did there?)

     But seriously, I really was taken by total surprise a few weeks ago when I received an email from Road Runner Sports  asking me if I minded being featured as their February Runner of the Month. Would I mind?!?!? Are you kidding me??? I was SOOOOOOO flattered that they (one of the largest sports stores) wanted ME. WOAH. I have no words!!! I have been ordering my running shoes from them for years. They are lightning fast with their shipping and have an awesome VIP program. 

     To me, I'm just a girl who jumps on the treadmill most days, takes a few workout classes, cooks dinner every night and runs my kids around to ball games, practices etc. However, I do run a lot of races, I train hard and I'm a social media butterfly so I GET it. I want to inspire people. I want to encourage others to just get out there and do it. Whatever "iT" is for you. Running is totally my thing and I love it whether I run outside by myself, on the treadmill, or at an organized race. I love it all and can't get enough. 

     To say the words "Thank You", may not seem like enough but seriously, THANK YOU. I'm beyond excited to work with Road Runner Sports. I'm feeling like a true VIP!!! I even ordered a new Road Runner Hoodie and can't wait to sport that around after my workouts! 



     For the month of February, I will be featured on their Facebook Page and Instagram account. I hope that you will check it out and then go buy your new kicks from Road Runner Sports! :) 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Running With My Funk. #ME


Rarely do I ever post too much about my personal life here on my blog but lately, I've just been in a mental funk. When I get that way, I usually turn to running. I love that about myself though. I turn.

I hate conflict. I hate drama. And I hate people that act dumb. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm a total goof by nature. That's not what I'm talking about here. 

I am struggling with a lot of personal issues. I'm struggling with just being "me". 

I like "me". I think I'm a pretty cool chick. 

I wear ALOT of hats in my house. We are a family of six plus two dogs and I do it all. Blah blah blah....every Mom does it all. That's not a news flash. And I'm not complaining. 

But "Me" is tired. Not the Mom "me". Not the wife "me". I'm talking about the Kristin "Me". Mentally worn out. 

I just realized that most people online don't even know me by my real name. Who IS that girl? 

I love to race, I love to seek out new adventures, I love to just dream. But what I love and what everyone else need from me are two different things. 

Over the last few weeks, I've been shut down and I really hate that. Mentally, I just can't go there. 

I love my job. I love my life and my fam. But I do not love being shut down. 

I do not wanna be in a mental funk so I'm releasing that. I'm not running from this. I'm running WITH my funk. I don't know all of the answers nor do I care to right now. 

I am going to stay on top of my game though. I won't give in to negativity. And I will keep dreaming big. 

I love most of the hats that I wear in life but I've got room on the hat rack for a couple more that mean something to me.  

I know that everyone goes through ups and downs in life and I'm totally prepared for the ride. Until I figure out how to get a grip on my hat rack situation, I'll keep pushing forward. 

So today I put on my favorite purple pants and took it to the gym. I needed to vent. I needed some "me" time. I got my "me" time and I got a clear headed workout. I've got a fire lit and I'm not backing down anytime soon.  I still like "me". Issues and all. I'm gonna keep that feisty "me" girl around for a while! 

That Kristin is a tough cookie and I like her. :) 

Happy Running and Happy "Me". :)