Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Hooray for Happy Hoo Ha's!!
This is the ONLY anti-chaffing skin cream for women by women!!
From their story on the Reflect Sports website:
"We are committed to providing custom quality products for women with active lifestyles," stated Jena Schuster and Laurie Mellott, owners of Reflect Sports. The two women balance a life of family, work and fitness.
"All the creams on the shelf are designed for men or are generic in their use; women have different parts and I wanted something that is specifically for me and my girlie parts. We actually had to use our husbands' nut cream for a long ride because we couldn't find one made for a woman," stated Laurie.
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I am heading out on a ride this afternoon with my Tri-Training-Partner-In-Crime, Michelle and I am looking foward to testing out Hoo Ha Ride Glide!
I will be back with a full review AND a chance for YOU to get your own Hoo Ha Ride Glide!!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Tale of Two Suits
The TYR suit (left) and the Speedo suit (right)
Last week I hit my local sporting store to pick up some running shorts since they were having a sale. While there I saw a cute TYR swim suit and decided that I needed to get it.
I was in love the with colors of the suit~BLACK and HOT PINK but not in love with the size (dang those things run small, talk about a kick in the ego!) nor was I estatic about the fit. or the price ($68.00) but I got it anyway since I don't have a "real" swimming suit for SWIMMING. With the sale, I got 50% off my Nike Tempo running shorts with that purchase so I figured I was saving somewhere right??
I got home and tried the suit on again and I was still not in love with it. But I kept the tags on it and stashed it aside.
Saturday morning I brought it back to the sporting goods shop and decided to try on a couple different sizes but settled on the one I had deciding against the return.
Then today while out and about doing errands with Lola I stopped into TJMaxx to see if I could score some good stuff. You never know what you will find there!!
...and there it was!
...a black Speedo swim suit with white trim ON THE SALE RACK!
Whoa, could it be? Could I score a nice simple swim suit on sale?
And the OH! WOW! another one!! A Nike suit in pink and black.
WOW WOW WOW! The Shopping Gods were smiling on me today!!
I ran into the fitting with with Lola with my shopping cart full of stuff from Target and tried them both. The Nike suit was too big but the Speedo suit was JUST RIGHT! The adjustable straps allowed me to get the fit just right!
A perfect fit. And a perfect price!
This suit was originally $65.00 but would you like to know what I paid today??
Take a guess!!
Yup, you read that right. It was marked down to just $7.00 dollars.
It was the only one there-trust me I looked for MORE!
So needless to say that TYR suit is going back tomorrow. I will lose the sale price on the Tempo shorts so maybe those will go back too BUT I could not be happier with the suit I got today.
It was comfy, cute, simple and ON SALE!! Who could ask for anything more???
Monday, August 23, 2010
Run for the Fallen 65k~A day to remember!
We parked and then walked through the mass of people and I immediately ran into Nancy & Bob Kelley. The Kelley's are the parents of Capt. Christopher S. Cash, the soldier I was running in honor of today. We exchanged hugs and took a couple of pictures together~and this was the second time today I was holding back my emotions and tears.
Capt. Christopher Scott Cash Sr., died June 24, 2004, in heavy fighting in Iraq while serving in the N.C. National Guard. He was one of three U.S. soldiers who died in Baqubah, a town 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. He left behind a wife, Jennifer and two sons, Christopher Jr and Matthew.
In 2004, Nancy and Bob founded the Captain Christopher Scott Cash Memorial Scholarship Fund and in 2005, they started The Run for Cash 5k.
Captain Christopher S. Cash
Each and every soldier being honored today was represented by a picture, brief biography and a pair of crossed American flags. In the middle of the pictures was the symbol of the fallen soldier; The gun, boots, dog tags topped with the helmet.At this time, I met up with Jim from Dailymile.com. Jim is a local runner who will be completing his 15th marathon this fall. I was excited to finally meet this super supportive and positive guy in person! I also got to meet Patty, Jim's wife. Jim then introduced me to another Dailymile local runner, Chris.
The route of the 65k the Run for the Fallen would follow today
Jim and I wave to my husband, Casey as he drove by in Wells. What a photog!
Chris, Jim and Me wave to Jim's wife Patty as she drove by. Another talented photographer!
My husband had asked me early in the morning why I chose to run this particular run as it was not a race. I has a hard time putting my answer into words but summed it up by saying that I wanted to do something BIGGER than me.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
A Run with a purpose
Friday, August 20, 2010
Flight of the Bumblebee & Yoda's Wisdom
Several years ago, as the story goes, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Admin) developed an interest in the bumblebee. The lab folks reckoned that the little insect held some secrets of flight that might provide answers to questions about operating in space. After all, they asked, how could such small wings produce efficient lift for a relatively large and hairy torso? And how could a round body, and a flight position that violated so many principles of aerodynamics, move so effectively through the air? Indeed, there was MUCH to learn from the little hummer.
So the scientists set about studying the bumblebee to discover it flying secrets. As scientists always do, they hypothesized about, scrutinized, examined, dissected, measured, timed, filmed, observed, compared, quantified, thought about and debated the bumblebee. After weeks of study they came to but one conclusion: Bumblebees are not capable of flight!
Fortunately, no one told the bumblebee. The silly insect goes right on believing that flight is normal for them despite what the best minds in the scientific world know as fact.
The bumblebee thinks it can fly. Actually, the thought of anything else never even crossed it's tiny mind. They just keep on flying.
We can all learn from the bumblebee. The single most critical piece of the multi-sport puzzle is believing in yourself and your capacity to succeed.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Oh Crap!! Oh Crap!!
For several weeks I have been nursing a muscle strain in my lower left leg which has been limiting my running miles. Back in late July when a couple tornadoes came rolling through the area (yeah, TORNADOES in Maine) I decided that a fun run would be to get out and check out the damage. So I got out early to see what happened~did lots of jumping over tree debris and when I hit the mean streets of Saco I decided that a jaunt up North Street's cobbled sidewalks would be a good idea. I love running North Street...well the next day is when the nagging pain started. And it just got worse, to the point where walking was uncomfortable. SO rest, rest, rest and finally last week the leg was 100% better. YAY!! So I got in a couple good runs and even hit the run portion of the Mainiac tri course and banged out a sub-23 min on a 3.2 mile run and then did a 4 mile cool down on the beach sand. I was back and feeling good.
I was busy busy with the TRI for a Cure on Sat. I ran to the gym Sunday, got in a great workout. Felt awesome. Then Monday OH CRAP! my RIGHT lower leg started hurting. Are you kidding me???
Hey leg! I have a 64k I am running in 6 days and you decide YOU want to act up???
I have been lucky to be pretty much injury free the entire time I have been running and working out. I did not understand for the life of me why I was having pain all of a sudden. Is it my form? Is it my shoes? When the left leg was hurting I figured I just moved the wrong way jumping over tree limbs and branches or the uneven running on North St. but when my RIGHT leg started hurting Monday, I really got nervous. Then it hit me while laying awake in the middle of the night.
On Sunday I was using the new calf raise machine at the gym~it has kind of a funny angle compared to the standing calf raises I usually do. I recalled a weird feeling in my arch of my right foot so I am thinking that THIS is the culprit of my pain.(s) Sure enough, upon review of my training logs, I had used the same machine back in July just before the left leg started hurting.
So here I am taking yet another break from running so my leg will heal. I am supposed to run a long, long run on Sunday-The Run for the Fallen-and I'm so sad that I am not 100% for this run as it has been something I have been looking forward to all summer. I am still going to go and do what ever I can. In the mean time I will focus on swimming, cycling and weight training.
Oh Crap! Part Two:
Now for the funny crap. Not so funny at the time but in hind sight I guess you can call it funny.
My in-laws have always had boxer dogs as long as I have been around. They have actually had boxers for well over 30 years and always more than one. The last couple of years have been tough for them as they lost Riley (only 6 years old), then Delilah (12.5 years old) and most recently they had to put down Reaghan (8 years old), it has has been a very sad time. They gave away their dog food, toys and other doggie items to friends and a local shelter. Grandma said that if they ever got another dog it would have to fall out of the sky and into her lap. It was just too much work and it was just too sad to say goodbye. Their dog days were done.
Until yesterday. Poppa (my father-in-law) was out and about with Grandma and Lola when he came across a sign "BOXER PUPPIES FOR SALE" on the the side of the road. They stopped to inquire within but no one was home. So they placed a call to the number on the sign and left a message. Both Poppa and Grandma spoke with the woman selling the puppies later that day.
Grandma called me just before dinner time-they were driving out to see the puppies and wanted Lola and me to come along.
When we got there Lola was a ball of energy and squealing with delight to see SO many dogs and puppies~4 boxer puppies, the boxer Mommy-dog and another small doggie were all running about. Grandma held the female reverse brindle puppy that she picked and Lola ran all over with all of the other dogs; playing with them, patting them, running, running and running some more. Lola wanted to go and play with Mommy-dog but since I did not know this dog I grabbed Lola and held up up on my hip while she wiggled to get out of my grasp.
And then I smelled it.
Oh CRAP! Literally...
Lola has stepped in a giant, fresh, soft doggie doodie. It was ALL OVER her foot. And it was all over ME. And it was all over the camera hanging off my wrist.
Doggie poop was covering my daughters feet and legs and it was all over my entire right butt cheek.
My father-in-law lovingly informed me that there was NO WAY I was getting into the van like that.
The people selling the puppies were nice enough to bring me out a bunch of paper towels and gave me a garden hose.
After stripping Lola down and hosing off her shoes and pants, I sprayed the crap off of my backside. Then I cleaned up the camera.
It's time to go!
Grandma said goodbye to her new puppy and we all got into the van.
Then I took off my shorts and rode home in my undies~wrapped up in Lola's blanket.
Let's just say hubby gave me quite the look when I got home and ran into the house with no pants on.
Talk about a crappy day!
Here are some pics of our visit with the puppies before the Sh!t hit the fan-(sorry, I couldn't resist)
Grandma saying goodbye to her new "baby"
Lola patting one of the puppies
I would love to hear name suggestions for the new puppy! Let me know what you think :)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tri for a Cure~It's Race Day!
Part of the rocks/trail I climbed
over to get a better view of the swim area
Then I noticed a bunch of people climbing the side of the hill to watch the swimmers so I decided to join them. After watching a couple waves, I climbed back up the hill and met up with the rest of the family.
A much better view from the hillside (top) and the Tri athletes awaiting their swim wave (bottom)
There was a short run from the swim to the actual bike transition area~some athletes were running with wetsuits, some barefoot and some covered in sand and dirt from what I assume is a fall during that first short transition. There was one young athlete that stopped several times to fight waves of nausea/dry heaving. My heart went out to this young lady~I can just imagine the mix of nerves and adrenaline following the swim!
The athletes make their way from the swim to the bike transitionThen we made our way over to the bike transition area so I could watch and maybe pick up a tip or two. I witnessed a mother and daughter team dressed alike at the transition -I don't know their "story"-Is the Mother a survivor? Is the daughter?-but the daughter was obviously an athlete and had done this before. She was so patient helping her Mom out in the transition area, getting her gear together, her helmet on and getting Mom onto her "cruising" bike while the daughter jumped onto her very nice tri bike. It brought tears to my eyes. Someday would Lola and I be doing races? Could I get my Mom in a place physically where we could do something like this together? Or even the three of us?
Bike Transition (obviously)
Taking a break with Lola from dancing-we have some sweet moves!
We then moved onto another area to watch the bike portion of the race. On our way there we stopped at the event field where a few of the vendors were set up and got ice cream for the girls. Lola and I danced around like fools to the super loud music because that's what we do!
Then we watched the bikes for a while-cheering everyone on!
The athletes start the 15 mile bike portion of the Tri just after transition
It was getting late in the day and it was time to get going. I really did not want to fight traffic like we had coming into the event. Lola was getting restless, Sara and Emma were getting bored and I could tell my Mom was getting tired too.
The framed pic from Mom and Dad. I have yet to figure out the perfect spot for it!
I will definitely be a part of Tri for the Cure next year-as a volunteer and hopefully an athlete as well. As soon as I find out when registration is for the 2011 event you bet I will be up at midnight to get online. Maybe I will be one of the lucky ones and get a spot. If not, I will be cheering on everyone who does get in.
Oh and by the way, I'm still waiting for a call from Maine Cancer Foundation telling me I won that beautiful green bike! I hope they get their phones fixed soon because that I can't image WHY they have not called me yet!!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Working out is important but even more important is the fuel you are putting into your body! It is important to get control of what you are eating no matter what goal you are trying to reach-whether it is to lose weight, lose fat, gain muscle or get lean and even increase your fitness and endurance. When you eat clean, nutrient dense foods your body (and waistline) will thank you.
Eating clean is actually quite simple-try to get foods as close to nature as you can. Fresh fruits and veggies are always a great choice. Pick whole grains over processed grains. Grill up lean proteins like fish, chicken, and pork or beef tenderloins. Beans are also a perfect staple-they are economical and so versatile! Read labels on any kind of packaged or boxed foods and if you don't know what it is, then don't eat it!
So the plan for today's meals are:
- Breakfast: 1/2 of an Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin English muffin toasted with all natural peanut butter, water.
- Post Workout: blueberry & banana protein shake
- Lunch: 1/2 cup whole wheat linguine pasta with cherry tomatoes, basil and grilled chicken, tossed greens with vinaigrette
- PM Snack: string cheese & Gala apple
- Dinner: Grilled Steelhead Trout (recipe below), Ginger Infused Mushroom Quinoa*, tossed salad with Ginger Lime dressing.
*Thank You to Mostly Fit Mom for sharing this dish on YOUR blog and another Thank You to The Happy Pantry for sharing the recipe. This dish sounds amazing and I can't wait to try it out tonight!!
I recently discovered Steelhead Trout and fell in love! Wild caught salmon is getting SO expensive so my local fish monger suggested I try the trout-It is very similar in taste/appearance as salmon.
Place fish skin side down onto grill or grill pan/saute pan. Grill/cook apx 5-7 mins depending on thickness of the fish. Flip to finish. Serve with your favorite side dish and salad.
So what are YOU eating today???
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tri for a Cure~Day One
Saturday was Day One at the 3rd annual Maine Cancer Foundations Tri for a Cure. This woman's only sprint triathlon ( a 1/3 mile swim, 15 mile cycle and 3 mile run) is a celebration of strength and spirit.
Back in June I was contemplating cutting my triathlon teeth on this particular tri but since registration filled in 8 mins (back in February) I was not able to participate as an athlete as this amazing event this year so I decided that I would volunteer instead. I am SO glad I was able to be a part of it all!
Saturday morning I skipped my normal workout regime to head up to the Southern Maine Community College campus for 7:30am to start my volunteer duties. The email I got from Mari said that I would be helping with the Kid's Fun Run and I was psyched. I am so passionate about kids being active and healthy so this was a perfect assignment for me.
The AquaRun and Kid's Fun Run gang~what a great crew!I would be working in the registration tent and then at the finish line to "tag" the first, second and third place girls crossing the finish line.
Willie, me and Alexa-All Smiles!
The group of volunteers I worked with were all so nice and everyone worked together to make sure the flow of people was as smooth as can be.
The Kids Fun Run ages 4-6 sprinting for the finish line!
I was so happy to see so many kids getting involved~for the Kid's Fun Run there were 3 races; aged 4-6, ages 7-9 and ages 10-12. This year there was also a Youth AquaRun with an open ocean 100 yard swim then a 1 mile run. The Maine Cancer Foundation partnered with Foundations Multisport for the Youth Aqua/Run. Foundations Multisport has started a Healthy Habits Youth Triathlon Series.
I was excited to meet Erika DeGeorge and Charles Melton on Saturday~we chatted about getting kids active and healthy. During our chat I discovered that they are both active in my local community and that Charles is the Race Director for my first tri on 9/25, The Mainiac!!
Mari Miya-Volunteer Coordinator (left)
Abby Bliss-Race Director (center)/
Julie Marchese-Race Director (right)
Holly, Tri Athlete and Wendy, Tri Athlete & Volunteer
When I arrived early that morning CycleMania had several bikes at their tent that I was drooling over and I liked the green bike in the pic the best. Later that day I discovered that this bike was being raffled off! Of course I filled out 7 tickets and hoped for the best! Who knows...after winning some Anti Monkey Butt from Heather last week maybe just maybe I would win this too!!
After the races were done, I ventured out with Tri for a Cure volunteer and participant, Wendy and her son Colby to hit the Expo. There were all kinds of vendors with goodies galore~including ice cream sundaes. I scored some pink pom-poms, a Frisbee and sippie cup for Lola from the Bank of America tent. There was all kinds of stuff-too much to list it all but I think my favorite item was a Tri for the Cure bag filled with all kinds of lip balm, suncreen, samples and coupons! (Thanks Louise)
Could this be my new tri bike???? I'm crossing my fingers!
I am so glad I decided to volunteer for this event~I met some amazing people-volunteers, athletes, survivors. It was such a positive event and I can't wait to do it again next year. Hopefully next year I will be participating in the Tri as well!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
My (dear) ASICS
The joy was short lived.
When Zucchini Attack!
When zucchini attack...HUG EM!
We certainly have a bumper crop from our garden this year~it seems we are just overflowing with zucchini, yellow squash and cukes right now...and I could not be happier! I just love 'em all. The cherry tomatos have been coming in for a while and now the BIG tomatos are starting. Ahhhh, summer and the bounty of the garden.
Casey has been working hard to keep up with everything and we are already making plans to make next years garden a lot bigger!! We have been busy making pickles, breads, muffins, squash and zucchini boats-you name it, we are making it!
Now it's really time to get creative with our cooking stills and see what else we can come up with!
Last night I made a Garden Pasta Salad and it was delish (and easy!).
Garden Pasta Salad
- 1 box of whole wheat bowtie pasta or tri color pasta cooked
- 1 1/2 cups zucchini-raw, chopped
- 2 med cukes, chopped (we leave the skin on)
- 2 big handfulls of cherry tomatos, halved
- 2 stalks celery, sliced
- 1 bell pepper (any color) chopped
- 2 green onions chopped
- * you can use any kinds of veggies you like, we just used what was on hand
- 1/4 cup of your fav italian dressing (we like Newmans Own Lighten Up Italian with Lemon, Drew's Classic Italian or even just home made vinegrette)
- 2 tbsps your favorite mayo (we like Vegenaise)
- dash of italian seasoning, pepper and celery salt
Mix pasta, veggies and dressing. Let chill out in the fridge for an hour or so. Enjoy!
As I come up with more creative ways to use up our veggies I will keep you all in the loop!