Older runners, you can do it! There are no limits.

Over the weekend tragedy almost struck twice.  On Saturday after my long run I decided to trim up the ferns in the back of the Nokomis house.  All was going well until I realized my Motiv ring was once again, missing.

Oh my God

I was sure it wasn’t going to fall off.  I had checked several times and it seemed tight enough on my finger and yet here it was missing.  I looked all through the ferns and y’all have no idea how many ferns are in the back of this house.  TONS.  There was no way I was going to find it in there so I thought maybe it might be in the trash can where I had been throwing all of the cut branches.  It was a long shot and the huge can was full but I had no choice other than to dig through it all.

found it

I FOUND IT!

Laying somewhat close to the top of the can amidst all the fern leaves, boom, there it was.  I put that baby back on my finger and vowed never to lose it again.

On Sunday we went over to Englewood to visit with the family.  We weren’t sure how long we would be over there so we took the dogs with us.  On the way over MacGyver stopped at TJMaxx so I could run in quickly and look for something I I’ve been looking for but they didn’t have it.  Then I saw that the thrift store in the same plaza was going out of business and having a big sale so I asked MacGyver to sit in the car with the dogs just a bit longer so I could go check it out.

By the time we got to Englewood Hank was itching to get out of the car and he nearly pulled my arm off as I held onto the leash.  We finally got the dogs settled and as we were talking with my in laws, I reached down to twist my ring around as I often do, and that’s when I realized, IT WAS GONE!

son of a bitch

MacGyver instantly recognized the look on my face and asked what was wrong.  When I told him he said he couldn’t believe that I lost it again.  This time, I had absolutely no idea where it would be and MacGyver thought that maybe I had lost it in one of the stores that I had been in.

I decided to go out and check the car in case it had fell out in there and MacGyver and his dad followed me outside.  As I went to open the door, I looked down on the ground and low and behold, a shiny Motiv ring was laying in the grass.

Holy shit

That’s what I said!

Can you believe that?  I lost that damn ring twice and each time I found it.  MacGyver said if I lose it again and I’m lucky enough to find it, he’s going to screw it to my finger!  And I have no doubt that he’d try.

Now, let’s talk running because this weekend, I rocked my running shoes my friends.  On Saturday I woke up feeling sad because I haven’t raced in a while and it’s on my list of things to do this year, but since I haven’t registered for anything yet I decided to just go ahead and run a half marathon on my own.

half marathon

Boom! Nailed it!

It was slow and steady but my goal was to keep the pace consistent and I checked my splits after and it was super consistent, like within a few seconds each mile.

On Sunday, I woke up feeling great but since I had run two back to back long runs last week, I didn’t want to do that again.  Instead I wanted to run a progression run of 8 miles.

progression run

Progression run = PROGRESS

I didn’t look at my splits until I was finished.  I just tried to run based on how I felt and again, nailed it. As far as running goes, this was definitely my week.  I’m not sure why I’m so motivated lately but a lot of inspiring stories have come across my facebook feed and across other accounts and they have inspired me.

Did you see the story about Molly Friel?  Shes the California woman who recently qualified for the Olympic trials by running a 2:43:57 in the California International Marathon.

Molly FrielHere’s the thing, Molly Friel is 50 years old.  FIFTY!  So, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too old, ever.  You can do anything you set your mind to.

If you need additional proof, look no further than Andrea Linck.

Andrea LinckWhat Andrea did is just as amazing.  She sat out to run a marathon, and not just any marathon but her very first marathon.  And then she won.  No, really, she won!  Her first marathon.  Go girl, go!

So you see, anything is possible.  You just have to get out there and run.

Switching gears because that’s how I do, do any of you live in Hawaii?  What the hell is going on with that notification system and how many people had heart attacks before realizing it was a mistake?  Damn Hawaii, get it straight!

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever lost something multiple times and couldn’t believe you found it?  What was it?

Plaids and a ring

It occurred to me that I might have a problem this weekend when I realized that I yell for MacGyver’s assistance anytime I need to get something that would require me having to use a stool or a ladder but I will scale a tree taller than my house all by myself to put up Christmas lights. Every time.

tree with lights
I got about 15 feet up the tree and I was trimming like a boss until I missed a step and fell into the pond. I know, I am graceful like that. It wouldn’t have been so bad except that it was freezing cold out, probably like 50 degrees. I nearly died. Okay not died but I did get very cold and I had to change clothes.

After all that I didn’t feel like working on the pond anymore but I did manage to finish the lanai.

lanai lights
Since it was so cold this weekend I got to do something I’ve been waiting almost a year to do. Last year late in winter MacGyver and I had gone to a pet store and I happened to find a clearance section full of some great things. So Sunday morning when I woke up I decided it was time to take advantage of the cool weather and show off my clearance finds.plaid chucksDo they make chucks in buffalo plaid? If they do I need them.

I spent a lot of the weekend in running clothes. I ran 11 miles on Saturday. You may not have noticed and I really haven’t been all that vocal about it but I’ve been increasing my long runs by a mile every week in the hopes that I’ll be ready to run a half marathon in the next month or so. I think I’m pretty close. I just want to be confident that I can run a full half without suffering from a migraine hence the reason I’m trying to get to 13 or 14 miles before I commit to a race.

There is a method to my madness. My migraines are debilitating and since I don’t take the evil Topiramate anymore, I have to really monitor everything I do. It’s really just that simple but complicated at the same time. I have to make sure I monitor everything from my shoes to my salt tablets but it’s working and that’s all that really matters right?

I felt fine after Saturday’s run so I ran 6 more on Sunday and that brought my total to 17 for the weekend and 32 for the week, 37 if you count the miles I walked.

I only ventured out once other than running and that was for a quick trip to Walmart of Sunday and then late last night MacGyver and I got all settled in and watched The Walking Dead. I have this habit of spinning my Motiv ring around on my finger when I’m nervous or anxious and believe me when I tell you that last nights episode definitely made me anxious. I won’t spoil it for you but when I was watching it and went to spin my ring, that’s when I noticed that tragedy had struck.


My Motiv ring is gone. Forever. MacGyver and I looked everywhere but we couldn’t find it and I am just heartbroken. I plan on heading outside today to look again, probably at lunch time but I’m not holding out much hope. Wish me luck!

Have you ever lost a ring? (I’ve lost many…)
Did you watch The Walking Dead?

The Motiv Ring and my review.

Happy Halloween!  I’m dressed as a running blogger who is writing a review on a new fitness tracker.

I’ve been wearing a Garmin watch for years.  The thing is, I use that watch for tracking things related to my morning run and that’s pretty much it.  A few years ago, I decided to add a fitbit HR to the mix to get an idea of how active I am outside of running, and I wasn’t very.

Jimmy Fallon

So I decided to up my steps and within a short period of time 10,000 steps a day became an obsession, running or not.  I also started tracking my heart rate and my sleep and the fitbit HR was great at that.  There were only a few things that I hated about the fitbit HR, mainly that I was always worried about it getting wet and the fact that I had a permanent white spot on my wrist that started to look like a very ugly tattoo, especially in the summer.

Tan lines

Yeah, not a fan of that.

When I first heard about the Motiv Ring, I was immediately intrigued.    A fitness tracker inside a ring and also available in slate gray and my personal favorite rose gold, show me where to buy it!  Unfortunately, it wasn’t available and I had to wait for almost a year.  If you know me, patience is not my virtue!

Asiz Ansara

I had no choice so I waited and then in September of this year, it was time, I bit the bullet and I ordered.  Surprisingly, the first thing that came was a sizing kit.

Motiv Ring Sizing Kit

Apparently, your fingers change sizes throughout the day, so they send you a sizing kit.  Once you find the right size, you are instructed to wear the ring for 24 hours to make sure you have the perfect fit.  I chose a large size because I wanted to wear the ring on my pointer or middle finger and so I wore the size I chose for 24 hours and it was fine.  Done.  Time to order.

The ring came shortly after I went to the Motiv website and chose my size.

Motiv RingThe ring is made of a very lightweight titanium and I chose rose gold.  It’s not as heavy as you would think and it didn’t take long for me to get used to it.  It is bulky looking though, and if you have short fat fingers like I do, it won’t do much for you aesthetically.   That being said, it’s a lot more attractive than the fitbit HR because, hello, it’s a ring!

If you are used to seeing the time and pressing a button to see your stats like I was, the ring will take a little getting used to.  It doesn’t have a display, instead it syncs to your phone and you view your stats in the app.

motiv app

To sync it you just twist the ring on your finger.

motiv stats

As far as tracking steps, not all steps are created equal and the Motiv ring places emphasis on the ‘active minutes’.  Don’t worry, it still tracks all of your steps but it tells you your active minutes which is really what you need to focus on if your objective is to get or stay heart healthy.  I also had to play around with the app to get used to it and it took a little bit of time for the Motiv ring to get used to my heart rate and activity.  I set my goal at 300 minutes a week because I focus on 60 minutes, 5 days a week.  Last week, I nailed it with 351 total minutes!

stats

The Motiv ring tracks your heart rate too and gives you the overall average and it tracks your sleep.  I have to say the sleep tracking is not really all that accurate and I haven’t been too impressed with that feature.  The fitbit HR was much more accurate so if you’re buying a fitness tracker specifically to track your sleep, go with a fitbit HR or another tracker.

motiv app stats

A lot of those nights I got up multiple times and one of them it tracked my early morning reading as sleep because I read in bed.

Other than the sleep tracking, the Motiv ring is awesome and did I mention that it’s water resistant?  I’ve taken a shower with it every day, washed the dishes, swam and still it works perfectly.  In fact, it tracked my swimming workout!

 

Lastly, and this just may be because I’m hard on things but the ring does scratch.  I’ve had mine less than a month and its already gotten quite a few scratches on it.  Like I said though, I’m hard on things so it may just be me.  Overall, if you are concerned with your active minutes and overall how healthy your lifestyle is, I highly recommend the Motiv Ring.  I absolutely love mine and at 199 dollars, it’s certainly affordable.

ring

This review is not sponsored.  I purchased the Motiv ring myself and! all opinions are my own.  To learn more about the Motiv Ring or to order one, you can visit their website.

Tell me about your favorite activity tracker and why it’s your favorite.