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Running, music, and stockings…oh my.

11 Nov

You guys, it’s time. Do you have your Christmas music on? I do. It’s snowing. It’s blowing. Turn it on.  Have yourself a merry little Christmas…sigh. I love this song. I want to decorate so bad right now, but I always wait until the day after Thanksgiving to do it. The Wizard of Oz is always on when I decorate too. It’s my tradition. I LOVE it!

Today was World Run Day. I’m not going to go run outside, because I’m not that crazy… yet. So, I ran a 5K race on the treadmill. My mom asked me if I won. Duh. The crowd went wild!

worldI did an ab workout before I ran this morning. Les Mills Hard Core Abs. Pretty much the only ab workout I’ve ever liked doing.  I’ve been running with no music lately, just watching Fox News. I like to be depressed when I run I guess…today I jazzed it up a bit and created a fun playlist (no I did not run to Silent Night):

  • Diamonds (Rihanna)
  • Bridge Burning (Foo Fighters)
  • How We Do (Rita Ora)
  • Arlandria (Foo Fighters)
  • Whistle (Flo Rida)
  • We Run the Night (Havana Brown)
  • Titanium (David Guetta & Sia)
  • Everybody Love Me (OneRepublic)
  • Back and Forth (Foo Fighters)

I used Slim Sanity’s treadmill workout:


I’m not a super fast runner, so the last round was a little tough, and I had to stop and walk for a bit until I reached 3.1. I would not have to walk at all if I was outside running, but the treadmill plays dirty tricks with my head. Treadmill running is tougher than running outside for me. Is it for you?


Oh, and since I ran my “race” all by lonesome I will not be showing you how incredibly gorgeous I look in the morning…here’s a compression stocking shot right before I started LMP.


http://www.procompression.com/marathon-sock/ I LOVE them. How about some argyle print stockings?


Be the first in your group to sport the completely new Argyle Marathon socks! These high-performance, graduated compression socks are perfect for training, racing and recovery.

Great Features:

– Promotes blood flow for faster recovery
– Built-in "Stabilizer Zone" for optimal support

– Advanced fibers keep you dry

– Made in USA

– mmHg rating 22-26
– Subject to availability

These are listed for $50.00, BUT here is a limited time offer for this month (Christmas gifts!):

Special Offer: Only $30, plus FREE shipping!

Coupon code SOM112 is valid for any Argyle Marathon socks at procompression.com. Don’t wait, inventory is limited and this offer expires November 30, 2012. Sorry no back-orders. 

I want the blue ones…TYRELL!

Just run.

9 Oct

Have you ever thought about running? Are you a runner? Were you a runner? Do you want to run? Then read this.

In February of this year I decided to sign up for a half-marathon. If you are a regular reader of mine, you already know this and I might sound like a broken record, but hold on and bear with me. Ok?

I went for my first run AFTER I signed up. It took alot for me to step outside and do this. I live in a very small town and everyone knows everyone (and if they don’t, they just make things up). Small town humor…anyways! I thought everyone is going to be wondering, “What the heck is she doing? Why is she running? Is she in trouble? Is something chasing her?”  I was nervous about looking stupid. My self-conscious almost got the best of me, but I laced up my shoes and went out and never looked back, except to watch for cars, and straighten out that occasional wedgie. Too much information? Hey, it happens! Alot!

Coming back from your very first run is one of the best feelings in the world. From then on, after every run, you will have that same feeling. I guarantee it. It is hard to describe. If you are/were a runner, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

You don’t need a bunch of gadgets and supplies to run. All you need is a good pair of running shoes. That’s it. We were made to run. Think about how much running you did as a kid without even thinking about it. You don’t have to be a fast runner. I’m not. I don’t give a hoot. I just like to run. That’s it. It clears my mind. Not that there’s alot to clear…

So, are you already thinking about going for your first run or thinking about getting back into it? Here is what I take on my runs:

  • My phone. I use it for two things: I like to listen to books and I use the Nike Running app.



  • Arm band-to hold my phone.
  • Nathan Quickdraw Handheld Bottle carrier-for long runs.nathan 
  • PRO Compression socks.


Want a pair of these? Go to Pro Compression and use coupon code SOM102 for 40% off all Pink socks, including Marathon and Trainer Low styles. PLUS, for each purchase completed using this code, they will donate $1 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Sounds like a done deal right? Now go shopping!

  • Running gloves (when it’s cold). These were a gift from my husband. I luff him.

glovesI do have a thumb. It must be camera shy. 


So, are you ready to start running? You can do it! If I can do it, you can do it. And you will love it. Give it time and do it right. Here is a perfect schedule for a beginner. Follow it faithfully and you will be just fine. Trust me. Once you fall in love you will officially be in the club. Just go ahead and take the first step.


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