Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Updates, Goodies, and Articles

Updates: It's been way too long since I've updated the basic layout and pages for HtGR, so I spent yesterday and today getting some of that done. Besides the new header and the new color (I'm still getting used to the purple - the blog has been pink since 2012!), I've updated my About Me and What I'm Reading pages. Definitely check them out...some of you may be featured on there!

Goodies: Last week I wrote a review for Vega Sport's sugar free pre-workout energizer. I had such a good experience with it, and the other Sweat Pink Ambassadors had such good things to say about their other products, that I've decided to try them out exclusively for marathon training.

Before I made that kind of commitment though, I wanted to try what else they had to offer. I reached out and requested some samples, and Vega did not disappoint! I returned from my weekend away to this lovely collection of goodies!
I can't wait to try these out!
Articles: As summer heats up, there's been a lot of talk in the running community about how we keep ourselves motivated to run despite the humidity and soaring temperatures. Most people jump to recommend signing up for a race...but what about runners who don't really like racing?
This article from Runner's World addresses just that. Even though I love racing, I don't like to race in summer, so I found the recommendations insightful. Also, it's a good reminder that there's an entire population of runners who just love to run and don't really like the race experience or covet bling, and that's totally fine! It's too bad you don't see more writing out there geared toward those runners.
Also on my reading list this week was this article from the Women's Running Community on Facebook. Now that training is looming (more on that later this week), I'm scheduling in all my runs for the twenty weeks or so, and of course that leaves me wondering when is the best time for cross/strength/core-training. I love these four exercises because they're simple enough to do at home, but very effective.

Share a helpful or interesting running article in the comments!
Share a new blog you've been loving that I should check out!
Are you particularly loyal to a specific brand for training/fueling?

ABK

18 comments:

  1. I love your new blog look :D

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  2. I love the new look! It's wonderful!

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  3. The new blog looks awesome! Vega is also super awesome! I got to try their protein bars and I seriously loved them!

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    1. I can't wait to try the protein bars...they look SO delicious!

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  4. Thanks for sharing those articles about runners who don't like to race! I think I fall into that category somewhat, but then again I could just be comparing myself to others. Compared to the bloggers I follow, I barely race at all. Also, thank you for the awesome feature on your What I'm Reading page. I am glad I can make you laugh, and to be considered a blogger who is not "fake"- well, that is really important to me! Okay I found I new blog yesterday when I was supposed to be working. I have no explored it too much yet but the few posts I read were right up my alley! http://www.runningwithhaynes.com/

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    1. I feel like we're the same person - a little anti-social, fond of inappropriate card games, and pro-wine! hehe I have to spread your glory!

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    2. I SAY THE WORD GLORY ALL THE TIME!!! lol we are the same :)

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  5. Oh I love the new look. :) Also, I love runningwithhaynes as well.

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    1. Yay, thanks!

      I'm following runningwithhaynes now, too. I'm already hooked!

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  6. I really like the purple and the updated banner!!!

    The picture of Archie in your shirt on your About page is too cute!

    I don't think running in the summer weather is toooo bad. The worst part is really just watching your pace slow down, or at least it is for me. I am so bummed out about my long run pace right now, but my shorter runs are still getting progressively faster which gives me hope for the fall!

    Do you read GlitterandDust.com? It's not new but I really like it.

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    1. My asthma and heart-rate really don't like humidity in summer. I have a really hard time breathing and have a hard time running my full routes without breaks. I love that you're still getting faster despite the heat - that's awesome! I have PR'd a race in summer before, so I KNOW it makes me stronger, but regular training runs are like eeerrrgh haha.

      I just started following glitteranddust!!

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    2. Asthma would be terrible to run with in the summer! Such a bummer that you have to deal with that. I know during the spring my allergies absolutely wreck some of my runs.

      I think you'll like Kristen's blog a lot. She's smart and really dedicated to training!

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  7. Hi there! I like the new purple! I find that the warmer weather motivates me much more. I have a hard time wanting to go out when I am the least bit chilly (of course I regret it half way through the run)!

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    1. I really prefer winter running...maybe because "winter" in Florida is 40s-50s, which is just lovely to run in, and there's no snow! It's so refreshing!

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  8. Thank you!
    I feel like a fraud when I whine about my outdoor running, I struggle with my breathing with the humidity. And well it is already 80* at 7am around here, summer months are not conducive to outdoor running at all.

    Love the purple!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one! I was beginning to think I was :o)

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