Remembering Running Series, Part 1

Remember when you didn’t love running? Remember when you thought running 5 or 10 or more miles was crazy? I do.

Do you remember when you couldn’t imagine finishing a 3 mile run without walking? Do you remember how hard that first long run was and how you didn’t think you’d be able to do it? I do.

How bout the first person who introduced you to running?

I have so many memories about running, some good, some not so good and I’ve kept a journal for years. Sometimes I like to go back and look at my notes and see what type of training I was doing and how it was working but I also use it for motivation.

Sometimes it’s good to reflect and to go back and remember why it is that you love to run especially when you’re having a hard day or you need a little push to get your mojo back.

So, that’s why I’m starting the “Remembering Running” series. Each week for the next few weeks I’m going to post about a running memory and then you can leave your memories in the comments or you can post your memory on your own blog and do the same thing. I hope you all will play along with me.

So here goes, this is the first in the series, Remembering Running :

Do you remember who first introduced you to running?

I was a freshman in high school and my best friend was a girl named Emily. She lived next door to my Grandmother and I had known her for pretty much my whole life but we didn’t become friends until middle school.

Emily was much cooler than I was and she was hilarious. That’s probably the main reason that I was drawn to her. Y’all know I love me some people! Emily was also the first person to introduce me to bodily humor, fart jokes, poop jokes and the like. She was a rebel of sort, you know, back when we were 12.

Emily was almost 6 feet tall and I was extremely jealous of how athletic she was. She was an excellent swimmer, a great basketball player and she loved to run. It was Emily who convinced me that I should go out for the track team.

I wasn’t very athletic. I played softball with my cousins and I rode bikes and skateboards and I could water ski pretty well but running was not my forte.  You know how it goes when you’re young and impressionable, you just jump right in and do it anyway. And besides, Emily was on the track team and that made the track team seem so cool.

So I signed up for the 400 and the 800 because that’s what Emily ran and I wanted to run with her. Unfortunately I was horrible but because the 800 was the longest distance in track and nobody wanted to run that far, I got on the team. I look back and just crack up at how we all thought the 800 was so flippin far, the 800!

I would love to tell you that I made improvements and went on to break all kinds of school records but in reality, I quit more races than I finished, I threw up on my coach on more than one occasion and I only managed to improve my time by mere seconds, three to be exact. Overall. Just three! That’s probably why when the team held tryouts the next year, I wasn’t invited back.

Despite my colossal failure on the track team, I did love running and I continued to do it on my own. I ran by myself for years before I ever attempted to race just because I truly enjoyed it.

I moved away from Tennessee many years ago and I’ve only seen Emily a handful of times since then but without her encouragement and that freshman aura of coolness that she had, I would never have started running when I did and I want to thank her for that. It’s been almost a lifetime love affair.

So, now it’s your turn.  I challenge you Silent Assassin and Running with SD Mom.

Do you remember who first introduced you to running?

#FuelYourBetter Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer Review

Hey y’all, happy Thursday!

***Disclaimer: This post is a review for Vega Sport. I was given the opportunity to participate in this review through my Sweat Pink ambassadorship and the #FuelYourBetter Campaign and I was provided with a box of Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer to try for the purpose of this review. I received no other compensation for this review and the opinions expressed about the product are 100% mine and my opinions, as always, are honest and unbiased.***

Remember how I said I had something new to tell you about? Well the exciting thing that I’ve been alluding to for several post is Vega Sport and the #FuelYourBetter campaign. I was lucky enough to be chosen to review one of their products through my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship and I really want to tell you what I think about it.

If you’re new to the blog you may not know this, but I suffered from a pretty serious case of the ‘dead butt syndrome’ earlier this year. In April it finally forced me to take quite a few weeks off and I also had to opt out of some races. I was not a happy camper. Okay, let’s just be frank and honest here, I was a beeyotch and even my dogs wanted to run away, but thankfully, I got better. Unfortunately, I also lost some of my endurance and stamina. It’s been a nightmare trying to get it back and I won’t lie, sometimes running just plain sucked.

#FuelYourBetterSo, I was pretty excited when I was chosen to review a product for Vega Sport. I had heard a lot about them and I really, really wanted to try their products. Fortunately as part of the #FuelYourBetter campaign I was given the option to choose which product I wanted to review.

Part of the reason my endurance and stamina is low is because I really don’t like to eat anything before I run in the morning, so I really wanted to try the Vega Sport Pre Workout Energizer.

#VegaSportPWEFrom the Vega Sport website:
Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer is a pre-workout drink mix sporting a unique blend of 13 synergistic plant-based performance-improving ingredients, like green tea, yerba mate, coconut oil and rhodiola, specifically selected to:
• Provide immediate and sustained energy
• Increase endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity
• Enhance mental focus and recovery

VegaSport Pre Workout Energizer Nutritional InfoI like the fact that Vega Sport uses all natural, plant-based products. I also like the fact that it’s so easy, all I had to do was mix the product with 8 oz. of water and drink it 20 minutes before my workout. Easy Peasy!  It also comes in two flavors, Lemon-Lime and Acai Berry, I chose the Acai Berry and I really liked it.

Mixing the product was easy enough but it did seem to take a bit longer to completely dissolve than some powders, but that was hardly an issue. The taste was surprisingly really good and I’m pretty picky so that’s a big bonus in my book.

In my opinion, what makes this product so interesting is that is has two types of carbohydrates to provide both instant and slower burning fuel. That’s basically the kick in the butt I need to get going and then the fuel I need to keep going instead of calling it quits at mile 2 and crying like a baby and then calling MacGyver to come get my sorry butt and take me home. This maybe only happened once by the way…

The best part is that it actually worked! I’ve taken the product for 6 days in a row now and every single day I have had energy left at the end of my run. I haven’t used it for a run over 6 miles yet but I plan on doing that very soon, (as soon as the sun dies…kidding!) I will tell you this though, on the second day that I used it, I ran 5 miles at a pretty good speed in wicked humidity. I came home, took the dogs for a one mile walk and then landscaped my yard for 4 and half hours. I had energy and stamina galore but no anxiousness or anxiety like you would get from some other products on the market. If a jittery buzz is what you’re looking for this is not the product for you.

I love that I got the chance to use this while my Mom is here too because she happens to be an Olympic Champion, (in shopping), and I can usually never keep up with her. She’s consistently captured the Gold medal for like 50 years or so and no one’s come close to her record. What? You didn’t know shopping was an Olympic sport? Okay, okay, it’s not, but she is a firecracker and keeping up with her is hard-core. (That’s why I have hidden all of the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer from her, she doesn’t need it, trust me, but I do!)

But seriously, if you want a good natural source of energy to assist you with intensity and endurance during your workout, you should try it out and get #vegafueled. You can find out more about Vega Sport here and you can also locate stores that carry the products.  As far as pricing goes, it is a little pricey at $29.99 for 12 packs but I think it’s worth it and I will definitely be purchasing more as well as some additional products.

So tell me,

Have you ever tried Vega Sport Products before?

Are you familiar with the #FuelYourBetter Campaign?

How important are all natural and plant-based products to you?

WTF Wednesday – I got pneumonia at the Dollar Tree

It’s Wednesday already? Jeez, time is flying by this week.  Besides lots of running, a little strength training here and there, my regular work schedule, and hanging out with Mom, I have been busy! It makes me dizzy just to think about it. It’s amazing how many things there are to take care of around the house and with two houses, it gets a little overwhelming sometimes.

housecleaning
Last night, I was working on my landscaping, more specifically pulling out the weeds. Normally my lawn looks pretty decent but in the summer it grows like crazy and I have to weed it constantly, as in bi-weekly. It’s a royal pain in my ass and not because of the weeds but because of the mosquitos. We have a love-hate relationship, I hate them and they love me. I put on some repellant with 40% deet and I swear, you would have thought it was mosquito pheromone because they loved it. Those son-of-a-bitches bit me right through it!

Mosquito dick
It’s pretty insane when you have to make a choice between cancer and Chikengunya. Either one sucks but the mosquitos here are pretty bad all year, even in the winter. I kid you not, I almost contracted malaria putting up my Christmas lights this year! I think it’s safe to say I’ll continue to use the repellant even though it’s obvious it isn’t working.

Anyway, while I was contracting diseases from mosquitos, Mom said she would water the plants. Somehow between the water can on the table and the plants on the bakers rack, a distance of about 2 feet, she managed to get her foot wrapped around the chair, trip herself and fall into the plants. I am relieved to know where I get my clumsiness from and that I come by it naturally, but clearly I have to choose more carefully when doling out the chores to her because currently she looks like a victim of a terrible accident and I have to keep reassuring people that I did not beat up my Mother!

Going down yelling Timber

                        She’s going down, I’m yelling Timber!

We are still searching for the perfect sectional sofa but so far no luck. We’ve looked everywhere, furniture stores, discount stores, classified ads and even craigslist. Apparently I’m a little picky.

I am also a little irritated and I have a bone to pick with some of you people who advertise on craigslist. If you post an ad and you sell something, delete the damn ad. If you don’t delete the ad and I call you, don’t you get all pissy with me, it’s your fault you didn’t delete the ad! Oh, and also, for that dude who feels the need to post his ad 4 or 5 times, every single day, nobody wants your free dirt so you can go ahead and delete your ad too. It’s obviously not working.

Take your ad off craigslist
Also this week Mom and I stopped by the Dollar Tree for some cleaning supplies. I needed something with some serious power and I knew exactly what to get and where to get it, for cheap. Unfortunately we scoured the entire store and couldn’t find it anywhere so as we were checking out I asked the cashier, “excuse me could you tell me where to find the ammonia.” And she replied, “I know we have some pneumonia but I have no clue where it is.”

The dollar tree

                              HOLLLLLAAAAAA!

Oh yes, she did.

I looked at Mom who was already about to bust out with a huge old gut wrenching laugh and I whispered under my breath, “Don’t you dare bust out laughing, she looks like she could kill us.” So Mom went running outside, as if that weren’t obvious, and she left me standing there to complete the transaction. The worst part was, I had to pay for everything! At least it was the dollar tree and not Macy’s but I’m pretty sure you can’t get pneumonia at Macy’s anyway.

WTF? Oh yeah, it’s Wednesday!

So, what’s the strangest thing that happened to you this week?
Are you clumsy?
What’s your biggest pet peeve about Craigslist?