It’s My Site and I’ll Vent if I Want To!

So… I’ve been without my iPhone since noon today due to the AWESOME iOS 8 update. My iPad updated just fine, but my phone? Nope… It went through the download process and started to install. All seemed fine until it came back up in the recovery mood and got stuck in a recovery loop. After I realized it had been sitting like that for a couple of hours (I was working at the same time!) I tried to make it stop installing or restart or something. I couldn’t reset it by holding down the home and power buttons, it just sat there ignoring me… taunting me with a white screen and a little black apple logo in the middle.

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So it was time to send it into DFU mode.  Meaning I got to wipe my phone completely! No big deal, I backed it up. But then in the middle of the process (it has to be connected to the computer) iTunes crashed. And when I restarted it, it said it was corrupt. So I got to re-install iTunes!

And then I finally got my computer to say it recognized a phone in recovery mode, did I want to reinstall everything?
Yes.
Okay, downloading the OS.
Which it has been doing for the past 6 hours.

It’s crazy, and probably slightly pathetic, how vulnerable this makes me feel. And I’m just done for the night… had it. So I’ll try again in the morning and go get some sleep. But then I have to wonder, “How will I wake up in the morning? My iPhone is my alarm. Am I supposed to use a regular alarm clock? How uncivilized!”

To leave this post on a less downer note… I’ve been watching The Office on Netflix lately and I really loved this quote from Pam in the finale.

It’d be great if people saw this documentary and learned from my mistakes. Not that I’m a tragic person. I’m really happy now. But…it would just…just make my heart soar if someone out there saw this and she said to herself “be strong, trust yourself, love yourself. Conquer your fears. Just go after what you want and act fast, because life just isn’t that long.

Build Your Running Body [Book Review]

This may be it… the definitive running book that covers every aspect of the runner’s body and how to train each area.
Build Your Running Body
by Pete Magill, Thomas Schwartz, Melissa Breyer

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Want to know just how complete this is? The book is BIG… 434 pages… divided into 25 chapters, each one covering how to “Build Your… [insert topic here]” to help all distance runners, milers to ultramarathoners. And these chapters are PRECISE. Like “Build Your Motivation” and “Build Your Connective Tissue” and “Build Your Brain.”

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Since the book is a beast and I can’t get through it all with a fine-tooth comb and still post a review in a timely manner, let’s just focus on one of the sections: Build Your Running Muscles.

The section starts off describing the different kinds of muscles in the body and the different kinds of muscle fibers. Then we move into the science of how to progress to get stronger the right way, not specific exercises yet… just information about how we must walk before we can run, and beginners working on the strength need to spend 2-4 weeks doing body-weight only exercises before incorporating weights.

Next we move into info on stretching and the 4 different kinds of stretching that exist, the whys and whens and hows of using stretching in your running program. I used to think there was just dynamic and static stretching… but there are more. There is Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Although, these kinds seem to need some assistance.

Finally it is time to hit the photo illustrations of actual movements to work our running muscles. And the first movements it demonstrates, are ones that you may not think immediately as “I’m working my muscles!” – Walking, Walk/Jog, Easy Run, Beginner Fartleks… and so on, into Hill Strides and Downhill Running. Because really, the act of running is building our muscles. But there is more to do beyond just running… oh no, it can’t be that simple!

Now we are introduced to The Runner 360, a complete strength program for runners, especially for people who don’t want/have a lot of equipment and might prefer to take care of their workout at home or outdoors. The whole routine is supposed to take about 12 minutes, but I think that comes once you know all the steps and have them memorized as opposed to constantly looking back at the book to figure out what is up next.

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Want a traditional weight room experience? Oh yes… we have a routine for that too. Photos and descriptions of all the exercises with recommendations on the order to do them in if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced are all included. And this is not the end, next we move into stretching. Lots of info on stretching, since we already established there are 4 types of stretching!

See?! It’s very comprehensive. And this is just my paraphrasing! The downside of this thoroughness is that it’s overwhelming… I am not quite sure where I should start! And if I’m working to build all my running components, then am I going to be spending all day long workout out? Does it fit into a normal person’s life?

There is an awesome 9-page chart toward the back of the book about injury rehab/prevention. It lists all the ailments you could possibly think of and then some, provides a description of that issue and then gives a list of the exercises that will help fix it. There are also some notes for each one such as certain problems where icing isn’t recommended or when you should see a doctor.

The book is awesome, especially if you are all geeky because there is a lot of science and big words in it! I am really impressed with this book, each time I pick it up and flip through it something else catches my eye and educates me. The book costs $13.88 in paperback on Amazon or you can pick up the Kindle version for $10.99.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.

Multi Flask

I was sent a Multi Flask by Precidio Design to test and review on the site. I was kind of intrigued by the description so I was willing to give it a go.

This newly, launched all-in-one system makes it easy to bring all kinds of healthy drinks on the go — without cluttering up the cabinets with eigth different bottles.

Simply enjoy your favorite drinks in one easy to carry bottle.

This complete drinking system allows you to create healthy, delicious fruit-infused drinks, power shakes and sports drinks, filtered drinks and all forms of hot & cold beverages in your best flavors. Equipped with a glass inner for hot beverages, a plastic inner that can be insulated or not for cool drinks, an infuser and a novel agitator cap for powder drinks, Multi Flask is the purest way to drink healthy.

The one-flask-six-functions system is dishwasher safe, making it easy to create drinks on the fly with minimal clean up.

One of the most exciting features of Multi Flask is that you can enjoy the benefits of glass safely with its patented inner glass design and protective, silicone shock-absorbing base. Enclosed in an indestructible Tritan outer shell, Multi Flask is the one bottle you need today.

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I unpacked it and was a little overwhelmed with all the parts. I had to go to the Multi Flask website to figure out what each one was and how they all worked together. It’s not often that I need instructions to figure out how to drink from a vessel.

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And after having it for a month, here’s what gets used regularly:

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That’s the Tritan Outer, the Agitator and the Sport lid. The agitator is useful for shaking up powdered drinks and helping them get mixed up well.

Odds are you would never use this bottle while running, unless you really don’t mind holding on to something. It would work fine for sitting at a desk or in the car or around home or even while using some kind of cardio machine and keeping it in the drink holder.

I suppose if I lived somewhere with more humidity and I had drinks that sweat a lot, I would use the Tritan inner and outer in combination more or when winter comes I would actually consider using the tea strainer/glass inner for hot drinks… but those haven’t been useful to me as of yet. And the idea of fruit-infused water sounds pleasant, but it also ends up being too much bother. I’ll just drink my water straight from the fridge dispenser. (Well, I’ll put it in a bottle or cup first, I’m not THAT uncivilized.)

And while the marketing-ese says it replaces 8 bottles cluttering the cabinets, you essentially end up with four bottles/bottle-ish-objects to store and some random littler pieces to stash… which is kind of harder to figure out where to put everything than if I had 8 different bottles.

So it still seems like a cool theory in concept, but I found that all the “features” aren’t really useful for me. It retails for $26.99 online.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.

My Thinning Years [book review]

I was given the opportunity to be the first “stop” of a digital book tour for a new book by Jon Derek Croteau called My Thinning Years. The book is about the author’s life, growing up in a household where his father doesn’t accept him and his battle to learn how to accept himself. The subtext of the book is “Starving the Gay Within” – meaning it talks about the author’s struggle to come to grips with his homosexuality and the eating disorder he developed along the way in this battle.

My Thinning Years

While I’m not a man, I’m not a homosexual and I had parents that loved/accepted me… it’s still amazing how strongly I identified with elements of this book, particularly when he developed his eating disorder. From my experience, I think most people who develop an eating disorder feel out of control with some element(s) of their life and so they take the control back by controlling their body in some way.

The book paints a heartbreaking portrait of how difficult it was for the author to constantly be in flux with who he is. From the time he was young he knew he liked artistic endeavors, yet his father pushed him into sports. Despite injuries from the sports, his father still required him to be involved in many sports that made his life miserable. No child should have to feel completely unloved by a parent! And while he had a good relationship with his mother, his father didn’t condone having the close, confiding relationship with his mother and his mother had a hard time standing up to her husband.

And I had learned the hard way that when I told my mom things that I didn’t tell my dad, I’d just get her into trouble. Suffering in silence was the only option.

After the author dropped out of college (almost immediately after starting) he moved back home and to feel more in control of his own life he developed an eating disorder and an obsession with running. He would run miles upon miles with very little food to fuel him. Logically, people shouldn’t be able to physically do that… but I’ve been there and some other issues are fueling the fire inside to keep running. Because it just feels better to run on empty than to deal with the emotions and pain inside.

The inner dialogue began in my head. I wondered how many miles I could run without stopping. How little can I eat, I wondered, without running out of energy on a run? … I’d run in the rain, during thunderstorms, at five in the morning, and at eleven at night, oftentimes both. It didn’t matter, nothing could stop me. I never missed a day. As I soldiered on, something happened to me: I came to feel like a super hero.

The book is written in such a way that you really do feel how deep the pain went as well as feel such joy for the author when he has successes. Battling an eating disorder is hard… doing it as a man must be more difficult because they are not really recognized as having ED issues as much. In all my years of treatment, I only encountered one guy. He spoke about how hard it was to be in treatment as the only male. It makes me happy inside to know the author has found peace and a balance in his life, with friends/family that love him.

Now for some things I feel necessary to mention… if the reader is in the throes of an eating disorder or very early in the recovery process, this book could be triggering. I would recommend holding off for a while OR reading it with a support person to talk it over. I’m always scared to mention my crazed ED practices on the blog because I don’t want anyone with an eating disorder to stumble on those and think of them as suggestions or a how-to. This book is kind of descriptive in how he experienced ED. And if you or someone close to you is battling an eating disorder… please seek help. It may be one of the hardest things you’ve ever done in your life. Making the call to a treatment center was super hard. But I’m glad that I did it, even with the difficult moments in treatment and the fact that I still consider myself recovering and question if I’ll ever be recovered. Getting that help and learning to experience my life (the good and the bad) has been worth it. YOU are worth it… always remember that!

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Friday Fête

I have a sore hip flexor.

That means there hasn’t been any of this since Tuesday:

And that makes me sad.

I have read a lot online about this pain and much of the info I see says that it can come from glutes not firing properly. (I could also have a hip fracture or bubonic plague. Because every health search on the internet can lead to the plague.) So I’m stretching and doing more glute strenghtening. In fact, I need to do more strength training in general. I’m sooooooooo bad about implementing it into my life. I let the day-to-day complexities wear me down and I don’t give myself that time. I scratch in time for early morning runs, but I don’t figure in other workouts anymore.

I’ve done the new Strava 26.2 workout on Fitstar twice this week though and I really like it. I think it’s a good counter-balance to all the running and I’m going to make a point to do it twice a week for the next several weeks. I wouldn’t mind trying P90X3, since those workouts are all just a half hour. (And we own it now.) PiYo intrigues me, but I don’t have that. And I’d like to do yoga more. And I’d like to attend Barre classes, and do pilates, and meditate… there aren’t enough hours in the week to do all these things I want!

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I’m supposed to run a half marathon a week from tomorrow and I want my hip to feel right for that! But then I also kind of let my mind wander to thinking that if I just skipped it, my life would be so much easier. It would mean that:

  • I wouldn’t have to load the kid into the car and travel for a race,
  • I wouldn’t have to decide how much of the school day the kiddo will have to miss (I know, she’s only two… she can miss a day. But she loves it and learns so much!),
  • I wouldn’t have to pack for two people,
  • I wouldn’t have to drive for 2.5-3 hours each way,
  • I wouldn’t end up with a kid who is furious after being stuck in a carseat,
  • I wouldn’t have decisions to make regarding work events the day before the race…

It would also mean:

  • I’d be disappointed. I’ve wanted to do this race again for several years!
  • I’d be depriving my kid of the chance to potentially see some cousins.
  • I’d be letting myself out of living my own life because I have a child.

I guess I’ll wait until next Thursday to make my final decision. If my hip still feels like it does now, I don’t think it will support me for 13.1 miles. I will try to KT Tape it up and take it out for a run to see how that feels tomorrow morning.

Anyone had hip flexor pain before? How long did it last? What was the issue?

Parenting: Ultimate fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants

My kid turned 2 a little bit ago. How did that happen? She’s already two-years-old! I’m so cliched now, time really does fly by! According to her school she’s no longer a toddler… and according to those annoying BabyCenter emails I still regularly get about her development stages, she’s no longer a toddler… she’s a “preschooler”.

She’s a lot of fun, she is saying the greatest things. She’s learning Spanish at school… so that means I need to learn some Spanish so I’m not stumped when she talks to me. So far I’ve been good, she’s said “Hola” and “Adios” to me and I know what those mean. She got a slide and a babydoll for her birthday. She will throw the baby down the slide and then say, “Is okay baby?” My stomach growled the other day and she said, “Mommy toot.” When we turn on the Nutribullet or the vacuum, she yells “Fire hole!” (AKA fire in the hole!)

"Brush the baby's hair."

“Brush the baby’s hair.”

She’s also a lot of work. It’s hard to balance my own desires for hobbies/entertainment along with my responsibilities as a fulltime employee and taking care of her needs as her mother. When she has a toddler meltdown it is mentally and emotionally draining. I don’t want to see my child sad or angry. But I also know that it’s my (shitty) responsibility as a parent to not give in to her every whim so she doesn’t grow up to be a shitty adult. (And also to potty train her so she doesn’t grow up to be a “shitty” adult… and potty training is a “shitty” process in many ways!)

This is "Jack Rabbit" and he needed to go potty. Yes, he's a giraffe (despite not having a long neck) but his name has been declared as "Jack Rabbit."

This is “Jack Rabbit” and he needed to go potty. Yes, he’s a giraffe (despite not having a long neck) but his name has been declared as “Jack Rabbit.”

But it’s also scary to think about the future. I’m not sure how I would parent a kid in this current day if they were a pre-teen/teen and the world is bound to be drastically different by the time I’ll actually be parenting a kid in that age range. I know I will want to give her advice, because some aspects of those horrible feelings of pre-teen/teen life are still very prominent in my mind. Yet I know that I thought my mom couldn’t possibly relate to what I was going through because she did it so long ago… and she had me 10-years earlier in her life than I had A. I’m even further removed! But the truth is, even though both she and I could remember what we did/felt at certain ages, we don’t know how to be that age at any given time other than when we were that age.

I saw an article the other day:  Why Today’s Parents Have No Business Giving Their Kids Advice – the headline is clickbait and overly dramatic… parents do have business giving their kids advice. But it’s also true in a way. The most we can do is give guidance because we’re not living in that daily situation at that age. And if you start thinking too much on that it feels too metta. I did, however, like the reminder that I need to work on instilling good manners and values in her and hope that she’ll be able to apply those in her life.

But it’s still terrifying to think this adorable little girl (who used to be my adorable little baby) will someday be an amazing child/teen/adult.

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Clearing the Brain’s Cobwebs

I’ve mentioned that I’m trying to incorporate meditation into my life. It’s hard! Really hard… and some resources I’ve found lately have verified that I’m not just crazy bad at meditation. (Headspace talks about managing your expectations, Dan Harris’ book goes into the difficulties of starting.)

This was a badass endeavor. I resolved to do it every day. I started getting up a little early each morning and banging out ten minutes, sitting on the floor of our living room with my back up against the couch. When I was on the road, I meditated on the floor of hotel rooms. It didn’t get any easier. – Dan Harris

I need to find ways to alleviate the stress in my life though, it’s having a really negative impact on my health lately. I’ve let stress get the better of me before and the outcome was ending up in an eating disorder treatment program.

Running can be a great tool for your mental well-being, provided you use it the right way. See, when I first tried to run… I started and failed several times. Why? Because I was always trying to do it as something I thought I “should do” to be healthy and that it was “good exercise.” But it wasn’t until I tried doing it for reasons greater than just myself (charity fundraising) that it finally stuck. And once I got to that point, I could actually use it for myself in a way that was constructive. Lacing up the shoes and hitting the pavement was a tool to clear my brain and gather a new focus.

Yoga is that way for me. Yes, yoga is a fantastic way to be more flexible and fluid. It’s a great form of exercise as well. But for me, I never actually thought of yoga as working out, but more as something that helped put me in a good place. I guess that’s why I never have been tempted by the idea of doing Bikram yoga… that just sounds like it would be too draining. I want my yoga to leave me feeling settled and soothed. Which is why I need to make a push to incorporate it into my life more. It’s so important and I love the way I feel after a practice.

The thing that is the most important to remember is that whatever you’re doing for your physical well-being, doesn’t have to be bad for your mental state as well. If you hate going out for a run… then don’t be a runner! Find something else. If going for a swim fills you with dread, try something different! There’s a whole world of possibility out there! Find what works for your mind/body/soul!

This post is sponsored by Silk Soymilk. To learn more about Silk Soymilk, visit their Protein Power page or their Learn More page. Thanks, as always, for supporting my blog and reading sponsored content. My family appreciates it a lot.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hoka One One Huaka Review [& a Giveaway!!]

Minimal shoes were all the rage for a while. And now it seems like maximum cushion is the hip thing. Do you know what this means? Nothing but good things for us runners… there are more options on the market! We’re all different people and have different needs. Even an individual can have different needs depending on what kind of running they’re doing. This has been the case for a long time with trail shoes, racing flats, etc.

I’ve been running in pretty minimal shoes and zero drop shoes for a while. But everyone I know that has tried super-cushioning raves about it. Most of them are trail runners, but road runners have been chiming in too. So when I was given the opportunity to try a pair of shoes from Hoka One One I was down for a little experimentation. BTW – you pronounce it Ho-kah Oh-nay Oh-nay… not like the number one.

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I love running on trails, but I don’t get to do it as often as I would like so in order to test these shoes I wanted to run on roads like I normally do. I looked through their road models and elected to go with the Huaka, a lightweight shoe with a 2mm heel-to-toe differential (I’ve been running in zero-drop for about 3 years now). I also chose the purple color from the three available options because I like purple and it was the only option that didn’t say “Hoka” really big on the side… which, honestly, I thought looked kind of goofy.

A maximalist racing flat? That might be the best way to sum up the Huaka, a lightweight speed merchant with a highly cushioned midsole and an energetic ride. Although it’s high off the ground like other Hoka shoes, it has the lowest heel-toe offset of any Hoka model and a rockered profile, allowing for a natural, efficient and very smooth ride.
– Brian Metzler, Competitor.com

I loved the bright colors and how light the shoe felt (7.5 oz). The shoe comes with regular shoelaces as an option, but it came pre-laced with a “race lace system” so I went with those… since that is a feature of the shoe… for my testing. The tongue on the shoes is very thin, not much cushion there, but it is comfortable. I found the collar around my ankles was a little stiff. And I felt taller wearing the shoes!

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My husband told me they looked like those fraudulent shaping shoes, which I gotta kind of agree with him to a certain extent. They do look kind of goofy. But we don’t buy our running shoes (solely) for the looks.

Running in them was definitely different. I didn’t feel this magical “Look at me, I’m floating on clouds!” moment. In fact, it took 3 runs in the shoes for my cadence to even be back to normal, the first couple runs my cadence was slower than usual (170 vs. 185) and I felt a little more awkward. I’m using to being lower to the ground. But after completing about 21 miles in them over the week I got my stride back in line. Other than that, I’m not sure I noticed anything really different about running in the shoes that made them feel super special. Also, sometimes when I was turning corners in them I felt the stiff collar kind of hit my ankle in an uncomfortable way.

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All said, they probably won’t become my regular running shoes. But I’m not going to write them off completely. It would be interesting to take them out for a short recovery run after a hard effort to see how that feels. I’m still debating if I’ll wear them for a downhill race in a few weeks or if I’d be better off sticking with the more familiar.

Here’s your chance to try a pair of Hoka One One for yourself. I’m giving away a pair of shoes! Any pair of Hokas you want. If you win, you get to look at the shoes and pick the model you feel would suit you best. Ways to enter:

  • Follow me and/or Hoka One One on Twitter
  • Like me and/or Hoka One One on Facebook
  • Tweet about the giveaway
  • Comment on this blog post (Earns you the most points)

You do need to enter via the Rafflecopter widget, it just makes it way easier for me to manage entries! Entry period ends August 31. I will pick a winner within 3 days of the closing and will contact the winner via email. If the winner does not respond within two weeks, a new winner will be selected.

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Good luck! And as it says inside the shoes… Keep Running!

#JadeTheBoxer – My Other Kid

On September 8, 2010 we brought home a boxer puppy. She had been bought from a breeder by a woman who quickly realized she didn’t have time in her life for a rambunctious boxer pup, so the original owner was looking for a good home for the dog fast. And somehow, we lucked into being the receiving end of that woman’s buyer’s remorse. We brought the dog home (that the woman had been tentatively calling Diva), renamed her Jade and she became our spoiled baby. With her own hashtag…

When Jade was a new part of our family, she needed lots of training because she was a baby. Not potty-trained and no obedience skills, so we took her through two 8-week puppy obedience courses at a PetSmart store. She was always kind of stubborn, but never fully BAD in class. Instead of laying down obediently in class, she would sprawl out across the floor on command. She was never good at the HEEL command. And since she was our baby, we did kind of let her get away with all sorts of stuff. We never really trained the barking at the door out of her and she is a little TOO loving at times, getting right up in your face and kissing a lot.

In 2012 we welcomed another new member to our family, our daughter A was born in August and we were concerned about bringing home a tiny infant around this big ol’ dog. Jade has always been very gentle with me, but she sometimes doesn’t seem to know her own size and she gets rowdy at times when she shouldn’t. But the two love each other so much. In fact, I’m hard pressed to get a photo of my daughter where the dog isn’t in the background somewhere, and most frequently right at A’s shoulder.

But part of having this new family member that Jade is super protective of, she seems to have gotten more agitated with people that ring the doorbell, or when neighborhood dogs are barking. We need to get Jade’s manners in check, so we’ve been working with a trainer once more. This time we’re doing in home training and trying to figure out the door barking issue. It’s hard work and sometimes I am so tired of dealing with Jade refusing to do her “homework” that I just want to throw my hands in the air and walk away. But that’s kind of like having a child at times too. There are crappy moments, but you deal with them because the good times are so worth it.

I telecommute so I work out of the home all day, so Jade has been my officemate for a while, I even have a dog bed in my office where she hangs out. I try to bounce ideas off her, but she seems to approve everything I say. I don’t know that I can trust her judgment.

Jade has been sick a few times, stomach issues that have landed her in doggy hospital for several days. Those moments tore me up inside, I was so concerned for her. One time was right before I was supposed to run the OC half marathon in California, so even though we’d been planning on leaving her at the vet’s office to be boarded, it felt really different doing it when she was sick. I was almost prepped to call off my participation in the race, to hover over her at home.

I’m grateful she hasn’t had more illnesses, but the ones she’s had have been so sad to see how my vibrant and cheerful doggie got so beat down. I recently learned that ticks can carry diseases that can make your dog very ill. (Don’t laugh if that seems super obvious to you, I don’t even think there are ticks here in the desert, but there are other ways for dogs to fall ill.) We’ve taken Jade to the mountains a few times where she could have possibly picked up a tick and that would really be awful. But I’m glad to know there are solutions available from K9Advantix® II with educational videos they have provided to help educate pet parents on how to help keep our animals safe.

Just like it’s my job as a parent to teach my kid how to be a good member of society and keep her safe from harm, it’s also my role as a pet parent to watch out for Jade and teach her manners. Jade has been an important part of our family since we brought her home and I intend to keep her that way for as long as possible… even if it means I have to force her to do her homework!

The bond between you and your dog is a special one, and you’ll go to great lengths to keep your furry family member safe and healthy. K9 Advantix® II is a once-a-month topical application for dogs and puppies that REPELS and kills ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes.  Visit http://petparents.com/products  to learn more.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of K9 Advantix® II. The opinions and text are all mine.

Friday Fête

Let’s round-up some stuff from my inbox that I’ve found interesting lately. None of this is compensated, it’s just sifting through all the stuff in my JillWillRun email – which I can hardly keep on top of lately – I mentioned once that I get weird weird weird pitches in there now for a wide range of products that I would never even dream of reviewing/discussing on my site or maybe not even to my closest friends. It’s kind of a bummer; I’m sure there are even more interesting things that land there and get lost amongst the sea of weird. (Seriously, weird uses for marijuana and vapor cigarettes and all sorts of pitches. Not just regular junk mail, but PR people pushing their client’s wares.)

Lightweight Support Shoes

I was given the chance to review some shoes from Mizuno, the Wave Paradox shoe. Well, it’s a lightweight support shoe and I run in neutral shoes. So I worked out a deal for my pal and co-founder of TheRUNiverse.com Chris to take them on for a trial. Well, I was super happy to learn that not only did Chris like the shoe, but they seem to be the fix for his recent running shoe woes. His previous shoes were changed after the model was “upgraded” (I’ve had that happen to me!) and he was on the lookout for a new pair. His verdict? They are one of the lightest support shoes I’ve worn, and they feel wonderful on my feet.” So if you’re in the market for a new lightweight support shoe or just want to try a different model to switch things up, check out his full review over on TheRUNiverse.com and take a look at the Mizuno Wave Paradox. (Plus they look pretty sweet!)

Mizuno Wave Paradox

A Mindful Tri

Do people ask you when you’re going to do a triathlon? I get that a lot… and I really don’t have a desire to do a triathlon. Well, until I learned about the Wanderlust 108. The three events for this will consist of a five kilometer run, a meditation / lecture session, and a large-scale 90-minute yoga class. Right now there are two of them scheduled: September 13 in Brooklyn, NY and September 28 in Atlanta. They need to have one on the western side of the country, because I really want to attend! I was actually surprised to see it is only $58 or $48 to attend (depending on the location). There are 5K runs here in Vegas that cost near that much, just for the run. Of course, you add in travel cost/time it’s not as cheap… but it still sounds like my kind of tri. Before I had a kid I did yoga about 4 times a week (usually in the home, I didn’t get to classes as often as I would like). And post-baby I’m sad to admit that it’s probably more like once a month. I really need to refresh my practice. (I also easily got in 4 runs a week and now I battle to get my 4 runs. I had a lot I did more frequently before I became a mommy.)

Wanderlust 108 - a mindful triathlon

Columbia Store Opening

A Columbia store is opening in Las Vegas on August 22 at 9am and the grand opening celebration continues through August 24. It will be opened at the Premium Outlets South – 7400 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 9, Las Vegas, NV 89123. Their Omni Freeze Zero line is kind of interesting, your sweat activates it to keep you cooler. I still have a couple of months of heat living here in Vegas.

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Alex’s Million Mile – Run. Walk. Ride. 2014

One month, one cause, one million miles – to find a cure for childhood cancer. Cancer sucks!

Look, A Contest!

CrunchLive contest… you can snap a pic and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #anytimeanywhere to show where you want to do it…. you know, workout. Get your mind out of the gutter! Winner gets two round-trip flights on Virgin America, an iPad and a year subscription to CrunchLive.com. (Which has a bunch of fantastic workouts. You can try a free trial on the site too.

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