Tech tuesday because I seriously love my gadgets.

I am the luckiest person I know. For real.

I'm so luckyYou probably won’t think so when I tell you what happened in the last few days but Im’ma tell you anyways cause that’s the kind of girl I am.

First, on Sunday when I was out running, just after mile 5, silence. That may not seem like a big deal but it is because I had my iPhone on and I was listening to Pandora and I had the Runkeeper app tracking my run. When I left the house at 7AM, the phone was at 100% but after less than an hour, silence.

phone fail
Just after mile five the battery was at 1%, wtf! So, yeah, it died. Fortunately I run that route almost every single day so I knew how much farther I had to go to get to my six miles.  And I knew what time I left that morning so all I had to do was quickly run into the house and look at the clock when I got home thus determining my time and pace. Easy peasy.

Except it wasn’t because I had to first enter the code to open the garage door and then I tripped over the dogs who were waiting on me to walk them and finally I made it to the kitchen where there are two clocks and both of them displayed a different time.

Oh GodI was able to make a fairly good estimate and I just had to live with it.  Do you know how hard that is for someone with OCD and a stat addict?  HARD.

Y’all know what happened later in the day right? Yeah, I lost my Motiv Ring. So on Monday morning I had to rely strictly on my phone for my stats. I mean I could have charged my Garmin but I didn’t and that’s probably why at mile 2.4, crickets.

The phone battery diedThe technology Gods are laughing at me, hard.

In light of all this trouble I was having I decided to dig out my trusty old Garmin 620 yesterday and charge that bad boy up. While searching through all of my electronic gadgets I happened to find my Lumo lift and my Lumo Run. I totally forgot I had the Lumo Run. Seriously. I know, that’s bad.

A year and a half ago MacGyver bought me the Lumo Run and at the time I wasn’t running because surprise, I was injured. So, I put it in my ‘electronics drawer’ which is basically a pile of gadgets and cords in a box. Yesterday, I found it and I am so excited to use it. I remember when I first got it I was so upset that I couldn’t use it because it has so much info. You can read more about the Lumo run here.

Anyway, I was having a real hard time focusing on work yesterday so I went outside to finish cleaning up the back patio and maybe to add a few more lights.

light display
That picture above might just be the end result I was going for but I’m nowhere near that yet. It’s so magical, but I digress, as I was outside preparing to sweep the back patio I moved a plastic lawn chair over to the side and as God is my witness, there it was, right there just lying there on the ground.

MY MOTIV RING!

Crazy Dance
I mean, how freakin lucky am I? It was right there. I was so excited to have it back and also to realize that I racked up 541 active minutes last week. I still can’t believe it. I found my ring!  I FOUND MY RING!

Anyway, because I don’t trust my iPhone right now, this morning I decided to go ahead and run with the garmin as well, just to be on the safe side. But guess what? The iPhone worked for all 5 miles and it was pretty fun to compare the stats between the runkeeper app and the garmin. (They were almost identical.)

And now I’m back on my gadget kick so for the rest of the week when I run, I’m going to use the Lumo run and the Garmin and some of the other tech gadgets I have. I forgot how much of a stat geek I am. And also how lucky.  Really lucky.

What tech devices do you use to track your exercise and what do you like the most and the least about it?

Tuesday Tips, Staying comfortable, even when it’s hot!

It’s no secret that it’s hot in Florida, everyone who’s ever been here knows that but you do tend to get used to it and you adapt.  I’m always giving runners advice on how we stay cool when running in the Florida heat but I often get asked how we stay cool and comfortable in general, especially with the humidity.

Florida

As I said, we adapt to the heat and humidity.  We develop ways to stay comfortable and cool and for those of you who wonder how I do it, here are some of my tips.

Keep your head cool.  It’s the number one thing I tell people.  You may think wearing a hat is hot but actually it keeps the sun off of your face and helps to cool you down.  If you don’t like wearing hats, wear a visor.  I wear one every day when I run.  Every. Single. Day.

I have a pretty small head but I live in this one, even when we go out on the boat.

Cool your engine first.  Just like a car, your body needs fluids to keep it cool.  I munch on fruit like watermelon and strawberries throughout the day and I also drink lots of water.  Staying hydrated is key.

Cotton is king.  I love my cotton underwear.  It breathes and its super light.  That’s really important here in Florida.  No one likes to have something sticking to them underneath their clothes.  It’s not only unsightly, it’s really uncomfortable.

Wear Sports Bras under all the things.  I wear sports bras as much as possible.  If you see me in anything other than an evening dress, chances are I probably have on a moisture wicking sports bra underneath.  You can get the same support with a sports bra as you do with a really good bra but a sports bra is much more comfortable in my opinion and the moisture wicking option is a must!

This is one of my personal favorites. Focusing on a comfy, moisture wicking base layer isn’t just for women either. Choosing the right men’s underwear, like these, make all the difference for guys too!

Forego the heavy makeup.  Makeup tends to run down your face when it’s hot and that’s why I stick to a light moisturizer with sunscreen instead of foundation and I use very minimal makeup.

makeup running

This is not pretty.

Dress for comfort.  I love light colors and really thin fabrics.  I don’t like to feel restricted by clothing and being able to move in it is a must and that’s why I prefer clothing that’s light and airy.  Long flowy cotton dresses look just as nice as a tight pencil skirt and it’s much easier to step out of my SUV!

Be mindful of your feet.  High heels sure do look nice, especially with a really nice outfit, but let’s face it, they aren’t the most comfortable.  I recycle my old running shoes and wear them when I’m running errands, garage sale-ing on the weekend, or shopping. When the occasion calls for something other than my running shoes, I wear cute flat sandals as much as possible.  Lately, I’m living in my Sperry Calla Jade sandals in Blue, LOVE!

running in heels

This is a broken ankle waiting to happen.

Misting sprays for your face.  I have a couple of these and I keep one in my purse at all times.  Not only does that mist feel great on your face, it gives you a nice little glow as well.

Lower your temperature with your wrists.  If you find yourself out running around during the day and the heat is getting to you but you certainly cannot take a dip in the pool, just run your wrists under really cool water for 10 – 15 seconds.  This trick actually lowers your whole body temperature and it keeps it cool for up to an hour!

What are your tips for staying cool and comfortable?

Tuesday, two places to put your money, do it!

Hey y’all.  Last Tuesday I told you about the Defend Six, a safety wearable that alerts you when someone is approaching.  The kickstarter campaign launched last night.  It’s an all or nothing campaign and they have 30 days to raise the funds to get this thing going.  I am providing the link here.  If you can’t help fund the product, please help spread the word.  Every little bit helps.  This is a product we could all use and I would love to see it out there on the trails!

Defend Six

Most of you are probably aware of Gabe Grunewald and her cancer battle.  During the summer she continued to train and race, all while enduring chemotherapy treatments.  Sadly, the treatments did not work.  Gabe posted a message on her Instagram page recently about her latest cancer treatments and what’s next for her.  Despite everything she’s gone through she remains an optimist and an inspiration.

The last thing in the world anyone in Gabe’s position should have to deal with is finances.  Thankfully AthleteBiz has set up a fund for Gabe to help offset some of the expenses she and her husband will undoubtedly incur.  You can donate here.  If anyone can beat this, it’s Gabe, she truly is awe inspiring.

Lastly, just in the last week two runners were struck and killed by automobiles.  The first, Janet Pickney, 66 of Atlanta, Georgia, and just yesterday Linda J. Evans, 66 of Columbus, Ohio.  I’d like to extend my condolences to both women’s families.

Be careful out there.  Be mindful of vehicles, and stay safe.

Tell me one thing you do to protect yourself while out running.