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Week 51/52- Yeah No

I struggle with December.

I lose all motivation to do much of anything active. I don’t know if it’s the holidays, if it’s the cold, the fact that I always seem to get sick in December. This December seemed to be more funk-a-delic than usual.

I have run twice in the last 2 weeks for a total of 5ish miles. I started 2 Beachbody workouts but didn’t finish either. One time was because the phone crashed but I didn’t bother restarting it either. 😛

I’ve been reminded that work is chaos around the holidays. So very busy. I learned that you can check into Urgent Care in the middle of night even though they don’t open until 8. I almost went to Urgent Care a few times, it was a rough week.

It wasn’t all bad though. I had a nice chill Christmas with the family. I might finally be starting to feel better- knock on wood. I upgraded my computer- maybe blog post will be more consistent. If I can figure out how to get the new one working that is. Just when you think you are tech savvy. Or when you realize how many passwords you don’t have memorized or logged anywhere. Oops.

All in all, I am kind of in denial that 2019 is almost here, wasn’t I just in San Diego? It should still be October. I have big plans for 2019, I just feel like I needed a little more cushion before it started. Double oops.

How was your week?
Do you struggle with December or is it just me?

BibRave, Product Review

How to WIN Laundry Day

Disclaimer: I received an entry to Oakland Running Festival as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Nobody likes to smell… Or at least I hope not.

There have been a few times I have finished a long run in the middle of summer and kind of scared myself. I only do laundry once a week so I always tried to plan my long runs around laundry day but sometimes life happens. As I only have space for one laundry hamper everything goes into the same one which then makes me wonder what kind of cross contamination is going on with my laundry.

Plus I have a tendency to only wear the clothes that are on the top of drawers so that means the same shirts, shorts and pants. Over and over and over again. Anyone else do that?

Like this- 4 different runs, same pants

So yeah, sometimes I was concerned about how clean my clothes were. I always follow all the directions- wash on cool or cold, inside out, gentle cycle, line dry, etc. but still I wondered.

Enter WIN Detergent.

WIN is specifically designed for the materials found in active wear. Most laundry detergents are designed to be multipurpose. Which is great but sometimes our running gear could use a little help.

From the website-

  • The very properties that allow fabrics to wick moisture away cause them to attract oils.
  • As bacteria from your skin consume those oils, they create gases which give synthetics that telltale sweaty smell.
  • WIN has ingredients not found in most supermarket detergents that are optimized to remove oils from synthetics.
  • Not only do those oils cause odor, they impede performance. By removing them, WIN makes your apparel wick better and last longer.

I’ve been using WIN, the scented version, for about a month now. It has a very light scent- in fact I can barely smell it. But then my nose doesn’t always work so well. But I can say that my clothes have no lingering running funk smell on them! Woo hoo!

I really gave WIN a test when I left my race clothes from Holiday Half in a plastic bag for the next few days because I was still traveling. Oh boy. It passed the test!

Now the directions say to use half a cap for regular loads and a full cap for large loads. I tend to use more than directions call for. That’s more due to my brand new piece of crap washing machine than anything about WIN.

And WIN is available on Amazon and you can ship it with Amazon Prime! Sorry, joined the Prime crowd this past month and may love it a little too much. 😛

Use discount code RAVE4WIN to save 20% off any WIN purchase through January 15, 2019.

Do you wash your gear right away or let it wait?

Run!

Rambling On 47

It’s the last Friday of the year, how did that happen?

I know I owe you a weekly recap for last week but that will wait until next week. It’s not like there was much to report.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas! My day was pretty chill, I love low key holidays. We’re a comfy clothes and relax all day kind of family.

I’m debating racing a New Year’s Day 5k. Well, it wouldn’t be racing, it would be participating. I’ve had a helluva GI flare or something this week so I’m on the fence.

My computer has turned into a hunk of junk and I was really hoping for some good after Christmas sales. Yet- crickets. Boo. I wasn’t impressed with the Black Friday ones either.

I signed up an Amazon Prime trial to get the free shipping but then forgot to cancel. Not too mad though as I’m currently binging Grimm again.

Any computer buying tips?

What are you watching?

BibRave, Run!

Follow Me to Wildflower

Disclaimer: I received an entry to Oakland Running Festival as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I bet your thinking of flowers right now. Pretty colors lining the roadways and filling fields. But if you’re from my neck of the woods, Wildflower means something else.

Wildflower means triathlon.


Even before I was a runner, I knew what Wildflower was. Well, let me rephrase- I knew of it but had no real cognizance of a triathlon was. Even once I did pick up running, it was a little hard to grasp. And people think runners are crazy. Even once I fully understood the concept of a triathlon, it was another few years into my running adventure before I really grasped just how big Wildflower really was. This thing pulls a huge crowd and some big names.

Now, we live California and drought is a problem so Wildflower didn’t happen in 2017. Then in 2018, I saw that it was back, advertising as being bigger and better than offer. And they offered a 10K trail run- no swimming or cycling- where do I sign up???? Oh wait, it was only a week after the Big Sur Marathon. Dang, probably shouldn’t be registering for races 5 days after a hilly marathon. So I just had to hope that all the extras were here to stay for years to come.

Cue 2019- Wildflower is looking more awesome and it partnered with BibRave. Yay, happy dance!



So what does The Wildflower Experience have to offer? How about these race options?

Triathlon-
Long Course
Aquabike Course
Olympic Distance Course
Off Road Sprint
On Road Sprint
Trail Run ( 10.7 miles(
5K Run
10K Run
Stand Up Paddleboard
Open Water Swim

Want to embrace the “Woodstock” of it all? They offer camping packages. Tent or RV? Sure. Don’t want to bring your RV? They can supply one for you. Want a pre- set up tent with a legit bed in it? Yep, got that too. The cutest thing was the retro tin trailers but wow those sold out fast. 😀

As for what race I am doing, well, that’s the 10.7 mile trail run. Let’s do this! Don’t worry, haven’t gone crazy- I know I would fall off a bike.

Want to join me?? I’ll drive!

Register for running events here*- https://wfexp.com/bibrave

And triathlon events here*- https://wfexp.com/bibravetri

No codes needed, the discounts are built into the links.

*only applies to races not camping

Run!, Slacker, Training

Week 50- Disneyland

After last week’s race, my Garmin told me I needed a ridiculous amount of time to recover. It was something like 50ish hours.  Yes, I was sick but really?   After a couple of days, I realized it have been smarter than me.  

But, wait- what about Monday?  Hello Disneyland!!!!


My mother and I hit the park first thing in the morning and stayed until 7:30ish.  Our plan was stay until closing but I just couldn’t.   We rode all our favorite rides and some new ones.   Wow, the Jungle Cruise driver was snarky- funny but not what I was expecting.    😛   We even got to ride the Matterhorn twice in row- who knew they did bonus rides sometimes? I learned you should sit in the very back row on Star Tours- so much better! We finally found moderately decent food. Spent too much money on souvenirs. Took lots of pictures. Both ships were moving for the first time that I’ve ever seen. You could glimpse Star Wars land from the highest points of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

By 6, I was exhausted and my feet and legs were throbbing. Man, I feel old. I couldn’t fight the mob of strollers any more- aren’t kids still in school? Then, as we are making our way out of the park at 7:30, an announcement comes over the loudspeaker that they are going to dim all the lights so they can light up the castle. 😯🤬 That wasn’t on the schedule and there’s no way I could fight my way back through the crowds.😢

Tuesday- Shopping/ Travel

We were supposed to go to Universal Studios. However we both realized we would be phoning it in; we were both exhausted. So instead we fought LA traffic and hit a large mall on the way back north. Dude, just walking around the mall made my feet hurt and tired me out.

Wednesday- Rest

I almost ran but I wasn’t feeling well. I knew my heart rate was crazy high the entire race and my resting heart rate was still oddly high. I’d rather rest and get 100% healthy than push for some junk miles and get sick again. I was sick long enough. Plus I had a Ton of laundry to do.

Thursday/ Friday –
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s back to work I go.  I still felt crappy on Thursday but was starting to feel better on Friday and what do you know, my resting heart rate was coming back down towards normal. What does it say about me that I am calmer at work?

Saturday- HaHa
I could have run but I didn’t.  I tried to Christmas shop but I failed.  I am really struggling this year.   Nothing like the final countdown!

Sunday- 3.1 miles
I do know how to run!  I meant to run more but it was cold and again more shopping fails took up time.   My goal was to keep this run all in the green or lower according to the heart rate monitor on my watch.  Yeah, I need to work on that.   It actually felt good to get out there.  I’m still wheezing but thanks to my asthma, that will likely accompany me on all my runs for the next month. 

I also did a Beachbody Transform 20 workout last week but I can’t remember what day.   So 2 activities, not great but I do actually feel slightly healthy for the first time in a month so win!

How was your week?