Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wordless Wednesday Packing for Ragnar Vermont

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Staying Safe with Road ID!

I received a Road ID as part of being a BibRavePro (ambasaador).  Check out to read and write race reviews.

Staying safe during a run is a full time job. There are so many facets, from headlamps during early morning runs to hydration belts or vests to prevent dehydration. We get the proper gear and the proper clothing, we run in groups, we vary our routes, we avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. We plan our runs meticulously, making sure to get enough miles but not too many. We cross train and we stretch.
But, what if?
What if we pass out for no reason? What if we have a heart attack? What if, despite our preparation, someone isn't paying attention and we get hit by a car? We don't even have to be alone. I can guarantee that most of the peeps I run with don't know my husband's number and I am also fairly sure that they don't know I'm allergic to penicillin. Honestly, we talk about poop a lot on our runs, but not so much about our allergies. 

I have a TON of Road IDs. Ok, maybe only 5, all the slim silicone stretch bands, and it is so easy to forget to put them on for a run. Even though they are super cute in a multitude of colors. They all have the cute little badges on them as well. I love them all, and they all have the hubs' info on them, as well as my allergy info. I just have to remember to wear them. 

Enter the Sidekick ID for Garmin and Fitbit. Y'all, this was a game changer for me! I wear my watch It is my step counter, my running watch, my timepiece. And now it is my savior if something goes wrong. And not just for my runs. For everything. 

Each Sidekick can be personalized with 6 lines, so you can probably even add some inspiration. Mine says Believe and Try Everything! It also comes with 2 easy to use straps that attach it to your watch. I used the spare to attach a couple fun badges. 

Like I said, I wear it all the time. If I had passed out from the heat at that crazy outdoor wedding we went to at the end of July, and the hubs wasn't around, I would be good to go. 

Everyone who exercises should have one of these, especially if you have a medical condition or an allergy. Don't leave it to chance, it's such a little thing that makes such a monumental difference!

Head over to Road ID using this link and get 20% off of your next purchase! They even have Pet IDs!

Which Road ID will you be getting?

Friday, August 9, 2019

Fiction Friday

I’ve been thinking about starting this weekly post for awhile, and at first I wasn’t sure if it had a place on a fitness blog. I ultimately decided (obviously) to start it up because self care is so important and for me, reading is part of my self care. At least twice a week, I set aside time to just read. On Tuesdays I volunteer at a local used bookstore, which gives me three hours of mostly uninterrupted reading time. On Wednesday’s I hang out at Panera for an hour after I teach yoga, and I eat breakfast and read. Sometimes, especially if the book has caught my attention, I’ll sit at Starbucks after I window shop and read some more.
My plan is to write about what I’ve been reading on Fridays that I don’t have a Flat Mama to share.
This week, I’ll be sharing three books. The two I just read and the one I’m just starting. I have very eclectic taste, and way too many books on my TBR shelves. (To Be Read)

I have two of those bookshelves in my front room. The one you can’t see holds books I’m keeping, like Stephen King novels, Little House series, fitness books, etc 
The left side of the shelf behind me holds classics and the right side, the entire right side, are books I plan to read. Some were bought new, a very few, and the rest came from the used bookstore or from Little Free Libraries. If you’ve never heard of them, google it! You’ll be glad you did!

Earlier this week I finished Sweet Tea and Sympathy, a fluffy and predictable romance that took place in Georgia. It was adorable and I couldn’t put it down. I took it from a Little Free Library on a whim, and read it to get a prompt from the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge checked off. (A title with Sweet in it). There were time that I could not put it down, and I read it fairly quickly. I love books like this, I use them as a palate cleanser after a serious or emotional book. I donated this to the used bookstore I volunteer at once I was done with it. 
From Goodreads:
From beloved romance author Molly Harper (Half-Moon Hollow and The Nice Girls series) comes the first title in her new rom-com women’s fiction series, Southern Eclectic, which features the lives, losses and loves of the McCready family as they manage their family’s generational funeral home and bait shop (you read that correctly) on the shore of picturesque Lake Sackett, Georgia.

Type-A Margot Cary is the leading event planner for the crème de la crème of Chicago high society. No request is too extravagant for her to execute with trademark perfection. That is, until an unfortunate incident involving a shrimp tower, live flamingos, and a shellfish allergy puts her on the black list of the rich and social and out of a job. With the lights about to be shut off in the trendy condo she can no longer afford, and her savings account dwindling, Margot’s situation is near to desperate.

In steps her birth father’s side of the family (who she’s never met), the McCreadys…the McCreadys of the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop in small town Georgia—and as luck would have it, they’re looking for an event planner and don’t care about her reputation among the A-list crowd. As Margot tackles small town life—where everyone knows everything about everyone—and builds a relationship with a father who she’d never known, she discovers the comforts that community, a rather large extended family, and a rugged, unpretentious country man can offer...

I moved on to A Study in Charlotte, a book that features the great great great grandkids of Sherlock Holmes and Watson. It was a quick read, more of a YA book, but only because it was  so good! I love a good mystery, especially one that I cannot figure out. This book keeps you guessing and the relationship between the teenaged Holmes and Watson keeps you guessing as well. I donated this book after I read it, to a local Hospital.
From Goodreads:
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

I’ve just started this book so I haven’t got much to say yet, although it started off with a bang, which is always a good way to start. A bunch of my Litsy pals have it in their stacks, I gotta it at a Little Free Library. I’ll be traveling with this, so I’m guessing it will end up being left out in the airport for someone else to enjoy. Airports should really have a spot for donated books! Wouldn’t that be amazing!
From Goodreads:
When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left

I am already on page 83, and I only out it down because I had errands to run! 

What book do you recommend? I will add it to my TBR list!
Are you on Litsy? I am Barkingmadrun on the app, I use it almost every day and I am addicted to the fun swaps!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Training Update

This week I am back into the swing of things, recovering from the wedding and the week following it! I’m trying to get back into a groove, and mostly failing, but I’m trying!

Monday I taught yoga at the pool. It was a decent  day for it, which I loved, and I even walked here and back. An entire half mile round trip!

Tuesday I coached twice. 
The half marathon program had a track workout on the schedule, so we did 400s. I was aiming for three miles total but my runner wanted four, so that’s what we did. 

The 5k program season ended the week after the wedding, and Tuesday was the official 5k Run. We chose a pub run at the Carolina Beer Temple. It was really hot and miserably humid, but everyone finished! Nice job ladies!

Wednesday I taught yoga, and then ran a million errands. It may have involved some Panera and some mall walking. 

Thursday was hill repeats. I had two ladies from my group join me that day and they crushed those hills. They ran all the way up every one, and that doesn’t always happen for my group since they are usually beginner runners!

Friday was a rest day. A girl had to rest up for he long run after all.
Saturday I was planning on 14. My calf had been tweaky all week but I was determined, even if there was lots of walking involved. I woke up nauseous, and humidity was at 100%. My runners were doing 6 but wanted to walk the final mile, which was fine with me. My friend Toni met up with me for the back 8, which instantly became 6, and then 4. I ended up with 10.3 and I’m fine with that. I will attempt 14 again this weekend and the weekend after that is Ragnar, which means trail miles. 15 of them. Plus all of the walking  around in between.  
Anyway. 10.3 miles on Saturday, 5 I ran and 5 I walked.

Sunday was a rest day. I trimmed some bushes and went to the movies with the hubs. Overall an amazing day!

What was your favorite workout this week?

Friday, August 2, 2019

Keeping Nugget Safe with Stunt Puppy

I received a Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo Harness as part of being a BibRave Pro (ambassador). Check out to learn more about being a Pro and and write race reviews. 

Nugget is my little ShihPoo. She's the sweetest and the cutest, but not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I say this with total love. You can't find a better dog, unless you want a dog that will follow commands. Nugget will not (cannot?) sit, stay, come, give you her paw. None of it. Sometimes when you ask her to sit she will lay down. Seriously. She will, however, come running when you say the word treat. Girlfriend likes her treats, y'all. 

Getting these pics were hard! I had to push her butt down!

She loves going for walks but hates having her harness put on. Her old harness, that is. It's pink and cute but she is not a fan. After you put it on, she stands super still, as if moving even one inch will cause certain death. If you put the leash on her, she will lay down like a lump and you will have to either 
A. drag her, which is just mean 
2. pick her up and carry her outside.

Option 2 is what we do every.single.time. Once she is outside, she is fine, and walks like a pro. A pro that pulls. Having your 13 pound pup pulling on her leash is not the end of the world. Bad manners? Absolutely. But not a hardship. 

Enter the Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo harness. 

After I got it on her, and adjusted the straps (more on that later!) I put her down on the floor and she did the whole standing still thing. Once she realized it wasn't the enemy, she moved around a bit! Score! I put the leash on in the living room as a test. She had to walk through the kitchen and past the dining room and the library to get to the front door, and she did it! What?!?

She loves her new harness, and the Martingale Style leash attachment loosens and tightens depending on how tight you pull the leash. So if she pulls, it tightens a bit and she knows to stop pulling. Our walks are even more fun now! An added bonus:  Since the leash attaches at the shoulders, she won't get tangled up around her legs!

Adjusting the straps was a breeze! There's a little buttony thing (totally a word) that you hold down with your finger and the strap easily slides through the clip. It was so easy! There are loops that slide up and down the excess strap to hold it in place and keep it from flapping. 

OK, so let's talk about the reflective strips. I took that pic in a dark room so you could see how bright the reflection is! The 3M Scotchlite reflective panels are reflective at up to 500 feet! nice! The fabric is water repellent as well, so if you have one of those dogs like mine... she must run through every.single.puddle…. this harness is for you!

I'm looking forward to so many walks with this harness, on the road and on the trail! It's so durable! Be sure to check out Stunt Puppy for all of their amazing products! I have so many of them, and my son and I are about to order some new collars as well! 

The Go Dog Glo Harness is currently available in blue or grey, what color will you get?