Since today is my 1st Blogiversary, I wanted to celebrate in a big way by giving away a signed copy of Train Like a Mother! These are the awesome ladies who also authored Run Like a Mother. In TLAM, Dimity McDowell and Sara Bowen Shea offer up realistic training plans that are helpful and add a big dose of humor, which every mom needs….I know I do!
Here’s a quick description of the book that Amazon.com provided (where you can buy this book, btw, if you don’t win it):
Since the publication of their first book, Run Like a Mother, the authors have built up an engaged, vibrant tribe of women runners–more than 10,000 fans on Facebook and an average of 2,500 daily visitors to anothermotherrunner.com–who are clamoring for another book. At its core, Train Like a Mother will comprehensively cover how to train for a race, including training plans for four race distances (5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon) for both beginner and more experienced runners; the importance of recovery; pre- and post-race nutrition; strength training; injury prevention (and rehab); and everything busy women need to know to add racing to their multitasking schedules. It is all presented with the same wit, empathy, and tone the avid fans connect and identify with.
The book is divided into 13.1 chapters -the distance of a half-marathon, the sweet spot for many mother runners -narrated by both Sarah and Dimity. Like the first book, Train Like a Mother chapters have plenty of sidebars, including Practical Motherly Advice (helpful information about training and race-related advice), Take It from a Mother (advice and answers from the growing tribe of running moms), and Racy Talk (entertaining, race-related stories from the authors and other moms). The .1 sections are entertaining “commercial breaks” celebrating the sport of running and the added thrill of racing.
If you are like I was, I know you’re going to be so excited to finally get your hands on this book! (Don’t forget it will be signed too!)
Have a piece of virtual cake (click it) and get signed up for the giveaway!:)
Ok my fellow sweaty runners! I told you that I’d be doing reviews and giveaways soon and here is my first one! (Bear with me as I am new to this and learning as I go.) Thanks to Rebecca from Bondi Band who has graciously agreed to help me out!
“The simple premise of Bondi Bands is to offer comfy, colorful, and creative headbands to fit every lifestyle and personality. By using stretchy and breathable material, we allow Bondi Bands to fit virtually every head size comfortably and fashionably.” ~Bondi Bands
You may already be familiar with this cute yet extremely hard working little pieces of material. If you aren’t, I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of my husband and me sporting them at different runs. We are both really bad sweaters and since we live in the Deep South, we don’t catch much of a break as far as the weather goes.
Jason and me sporting our Bondi Bands!
We first discovered Bondi Bands last summer when we were looking for a way to control our profuse sweating while we were running. I may be a girl but when I run, I don’t “glisten” – I SWEAT! After realizing that a cap is great for shade but not so much on sweat control, my husband and I decided to try out Bondi Bands. The “No Slip, No Drip” catchphrase caught our attention. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have sweat pouring into my eyes and blinding me while I run?! YES! We looked up their site and I found that they have a HUGE selection. They not only have headbands but they also have wicking hats, wicking ponytail hats, wicking pigtail hats, swim caps, wicking neck gators, and wicking sweat towels. They offer styles for men, women, children and even your dog!! You can get them made of lycra that will help with light sweat wicking. If you need extra help, you can get the heavy wicking ones that, according to Bondi Band’s website, “Will absorb every bit of sweat you have to give them!”
This Bondi Band was working some serious overtime at the Crescent City Classic!
Since I’m on headband overload (not that I mind!), Rebecca at Bondi Band sent me a brown wicking ponytail cap with the word “RUN” on it. LOVE IT! It’s thick and my ponytail fit perfectly and looked super cute. I simply cannot wait for cold weather to get here because it’s going to be a staple when I go out for my runs. I have another brand ponytail hat that I wore last winter and it’s not nearly as thick and the hole for the ponytail isn’t designed as well. I already know which one is my favorite.
Here's my super-cute wicking ponytail hat that Bondi Band sent me!
Sporting my Bondi Band wicking ponytail hat
Here’s what I really like, besides the fact that they hold my sweat back like the Hoover Dam. They are cute! I love all of the different styles!! They have so many colors/patterns/sayings to choose from! We stood at the Bondi Band booth at the Crescent City Classic expo for much longer than most booths simply because I couldn’t decide on the ones that I wanted but somehow I managed to finally pick 2. I also like that they are wide and you can wear them like that or you can fold them for a different look. My hair stays in place when I run, which is a major plus, especially on windy days. I’ve even worn my Bondi Band underneath my cap so I can have shade buy also not have to worry about the sweat. Keep in mind that you don’t have to save these for just your workouts! You can wear them anytime! Another wonderful thing about the folks at Bondi Band is that they are a company that gives back! I love this! Each year they donate 10% of their pretax profits to charity. For 2011, they have chosen the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Here’s what my husband, Jason, has to say about Bondi Bands:
“I have been using Bondi Bands for about a year and couldn’t imagine running in the Mississippi heat without one. It’s not uncommon for me to head out to the track right after work in a t-shirt and my scrub bottoms, not taking time to change into my running clothes. Rest assured, however, I will take time to put pop in my ear buds and put on my Bondi Band…every time. Basically it does what the Sham Wow does on the infomercials…just on my forehead during a run. It never fails to amaze me when I wring it out after a run at just how much sweat it holds, knowing that it would have all been running in my eyes if I hadn’t been wearing one!!! I have been basically running in the same Bondi Band for the better part of this past year and it continues to do an excellent job of absorption. I did make a point to swing by the Bondi Band booth while in New Orleans at the Crescent City Classic Expo to pick up another one to put in a rotation. The selection was great with a multitude of colors and witty sayings (ie…In my dreams I’m a Kenyan), all for around $8. Of course with all of the options and designs, i picked plain black…it matched my shoes. In conclusion, if you sweat…and I’ll bet you do…I think you too would be well served to pick up a Bond Band!”
Here's our Bondi Band collection. You can see that several have the "used look". I will admit, I don't wash after wearing everytime but if I did, I'd just throw them in the wash with my workout clothes.
The answer is, there is no proper way to wear a Bondi Band. Some people wear them rolled, others fold them in half, but most wear them wide open. Try different styles for yourself and see what you like the best.
1. Put headband on and pull out hair from back
2. Pull up from top of fabric, until above eyebrows and over ears
3. Fold back of headband under, and leave the front FLAT
4. Relax and look cool caring for your Bondi Band
Fashion Light Wicking Material: Hand Wash/ Hang Dry
Heavy Wicking Material: Washer/Dryer
No fabric softner for all products.
You can find Bondi Band by clicking the following links:
Hi everyone! No race reports from last weekend. We had considered running one on Saturday but decided to skip it and take the kids (and Flat Stanley – my nephew’s book project) to the Jackson Zoo and State Capital. It was such a fun day and even though we could have run the race that morning and then gone on our trip, we might have felt a little less than energetic by the time we got home that night.
Buckled in and ready for an adventure with our family!
Since I don’t have a race recap to give you, I thought I’d ramble on about a few things that have gone through my thoughts this week while I was running or during my few and far between moments of quiet time around here.
Isn’t it amazing how you can run one day and feel like you are most likely the worst runner that’s ever stepped foot on the earth and then, a couple of days later, you go for a run and feel like you could go on forever? This was my experience a few days ago and then on Monday. Last week it was hot and I mean super hot. (I’m sure you get so tired of hearing me fuss about heat but, guess what, it’s only going to get worse because summer is coming, haha!) I decided to go for a run on Thursday afternoon. Jason said to bring the kids, along with the jogging stroller,and he would just meet up with me after he finished up his run because he was already running at the same place. I’d been talking to my friend,Stephanie that day, who’s just beginning her journey as a runner, and she said she’d love to come along and run with me. We’ve tried several times to get together for a run with no success, so I was thrilled that we’d actually get to go. She’s still doing running with walking mixed in and I thought, since it was so warm, it would be a great day for me to take it slow and enjoy getting back to the basics. We all met up as Jason was finishing and I could tell by the sweat pouring off of him that it was going to be a lot hotter of a run than I had anticipated. I grabbed up my Ipod and ushered Steph over to our starting point, making sure to only put one earbud in my ear so we could visit a little while we ran but I could still hear my music too. I, probably like at least a few of you, don’t like running “unplugged”! For some people, they’d rather hear their breathing and feet hitting the road and stay in tune with their body. For me, I’d rather have something moving me along, especially on those runs when I start to struggle. Sometimes it just takes turning on that certain song and I can switch off my left brain that’s trying really hard to convince me to stop and switch my right brain on and push through until I feel strong again. I think if I only had my labored breathing and sluggish sound of my feet to listen to during that time, I’d probably not be able to make it.That being said….we weren’t more than 2 or 3 mins into our run and my Ipod stopped. (Noooooo!!) I was in shock at first but then remembered what was going on. Now that I have my Nike watch keeping up with my running, I don’t bring my Ipod inside after every run and plug it in to recharge it/upload. I had a miniature freak out and then decided I shouldn’t set a bad example for my new-at-running buddy. I did complain outloud (just a bit!) but decided that we’d probably visit more without the music anyway. Problem was, since she was walking/running and I was running/running, we weren’t together the entire time. I would run with her and then when she’d stop for a walk break, I’d run ahead and then turn around and come back to meet her. By that time, she’d be ready to run a little more and then we’d repeat the process. (Did I mention it was really hot that day?) By the time we had about a mile left, she told me to go on ahead and finish my part of the run out. I did it but was suffering from the torture of having no music and lack of air to breathe. After I finished, I trotted back to Steph and walked back with her. Jason had been taking pictures of us as we started our run out and was taking some of us coming back too. I was so thankful he didn’t snap any of me after I’d finished because it would have been ugly, lol! I gave Stephanie a quick hug and told her goodbye and was secretly a little happy that she didn’t stick around to see my misery in full force. I was nearly lying down on the back of Jason’s car, eyes clenched shut in pain because so much sweat had gotten in them, and feeling like I had probably just done the worst job in the world at being a good example of a runner. Honestly, for a day or two, I really began to wonder if I was losing my running mojo. That’s not a good feeling, by the way.
Just beginning our run. Pretty sure at this point my Ipod had already fizzled for the day.
Zach and Zoe relaxing in the jogging stroller.
I was pretty disgusted with how my run turned out that day but, keeping in mind that a bad run on one day can make your next good run feel great, I headed out on Monday to try again. I was thankful for much cooler temps and a chance to redeem myself frommy less than impressive performance a few days before. It was a cloudy, unseasonably cool day and it felt wonderful! I went there knowing I was going to run more than 3 miles but also knew that I couldn’t run as far as I wanted because our cat was at the vet and had to be picked up by 5:30. It was already almost 4pm so I scrapped my dreams of running 7 or 8 miles and opted for a little over 4-ish. The run that day was one of those that I didn’t want to end. I felt great, the weather felt great, my Ipod worked great…everything was..well, great. I’m not sure if it was truly the best run I’d had in a while because it wasthat good or if it just was in comparison to the train wreck of a run from Thursday. Either way, I finished feeling strong and excited that probably weren’t as bad as I had thought they were. I’ve said over and over that the heat is basically my kryptonite. Now I just need to remind myself of this when I have a bad run on really hot days!!
Now here’s something I’d like to ask you about: How do you run? Do you startle people when you approach them from behind because of your stealth-like stepping or is there no need to say a word because your feet do all the “talking” as you clip-clop along? Unfortunately for me, I’m in the second category. As I mentioned on the Run Like a Mother page today, I feel like a Clydesdale when I’m running (and not in the glorious, majestic way). I make somuchnoise and I know it’s not a good thing but I don’t know how to stop! Believe me, I’ve tried. Yesterday, while out running with my husband (who’s not only a faster runner than me but a stealth-stepper too), he was trying to help show me (again) how to take those ever elusive lighter steps. I tried and tried but no matter how I changed my stepping, the noise stayed! What’s the deal? His theory is that I’m pressing down with my foot (into the road) instead of pushing the pavement away. Seriously, I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to this. I know what I need to be doing but somehow I can’t implement it. I’ve heard that Chi Running was helpful in learning how to run lighter and wearing Vibrams can help too. I’m sure I’m losing a lot of energy by pounding it into the pavement and I’d probably even knock off some of my time if I could ever figure it out. Have any of you had this experience and how did you fix it? I’d love to hear any suggestions that you might have for me!! I’m going to post a pic of my feet while I’m running. Maybe you can see a problem that I don’t?
How's my driving?
I forgot to mention that our run yesterday (besides obsessing over every step I took) was a really good one again. It was another cool afternoon and the company wasn’t so bad either. 🙂 I love being able to run with Jason although I know he probably feels like he’s going at a snail’s pace, he never complains, only encourages me and that means a lot to me.
So, those are a few of my thoughts this week. Zach is already out of school for the summer and my older kids have next week and they’ll be finished, which means our Florida vacation will be just around the corner! Our racing will significantly slow down during the heat of the summer but I’m sure I’ll still have more than enough to blog about. I’ve still got to fill you in on our Nike watches, some of my supplement/eating tips and I’ve got to keep you up to date on my quest to become a quiet runner (and faster one too).
In regards to my Ipod dependence that I mentioned earlier, I wanted to see how many of you have (or don’t have) a music dependency when you run. So, here’s a quick poll I’ve set up just for you:
One more thing! My blog has had over 3000 hits as of this week since I created my first post on March 22, 2011. This is so exciting for me (even though I’m sure some blogs get that many a day, lol) because when I started out, I figured I’d have mostly family and a few friends reading it. I never dreamed that I’d have as many readers as I do and I want to thank YOU for that! I also appreciate all of my other fellow bloggers that have linked my site to theirs, Rod’s Racers for promoting my blog and Facebook page and to the ladies at Another Mother Runner for profiling my blog on their site and sending a lot of new readers my way.
Thanks again to all of you for being such an encouragement to me! (And for looking over my writing errors that I’m quite certain I miss sometimes.) 🙂