Hey Peeps. Happy Thursday. Are you in shock yet that Kelly O has continued the blog post regularity domination? I actually just ordered a fun old fashioned sand in the hourglass timer for my desk- because I work hard on aiming for a 10-15 minute time slot when I do my posts. Sometimes what takes so long is I have tried in the past to make my visuals always match my story...that's not always necessary.
So- timer is on and I will share a picture of my cool old fashioned sand timer when it arrives. I love getting packages in the mail. HINT HINT OH MY DID I JUST TYPE THAT MY BIRTHDAY IS COMING UP AND I HAVE AN AMAZON.COM WISH LIST? Stop. Just stop.
So today on FitFluential.com we have featured my BFFs from NakedMe Tea. CLICK HERE to check out the post and SEE THE GIVEAWAY! I love the mini-brew teapot they sent me and I'm telling you, although I love my morning cup of coffee, I do tend to drink more tea-- I do the NakedMe Tea and then alternate that with my other fav loose leaf green tea from Sugimoto. (CLICK HERE for that) Plus it's another way to drink your water during the day vs. strictly doing a bottle of water chug a lot. I use room temp water so I can chug faster.
Anyway, I have a lot of history to catch you guys up on from all the time I have not been shooting my videos and doing my blogs. And a HUGE thing I've had to deal with the past year and a half (and then you add to that the past 4-5 years of dealing with this hormonal imbalance issue- whoa!) has been random injuries. And I have learned a lot and CHANGED because of them-- to fix the pain and issue but now I am also incorporating things in to my days that are here to stay- so I can PREVENT PAIN and prevent injury. When I consider how much time has been lost with me nursing this injury or that, it makes me feel like a lot of time on the bench. A lot of time thinking about my goals and not getting there. I am so a billion times OVER THAT. I want to live my life! Not just get through the days....that's not me.
The above is a totally non-sexy shot of me in full on Chicago Winter sweats and Uggs- with compression socks underneath. These ones are from Swiftwick, a client of FitFluential. Do you use compression? I never understood it until I started running but - and remember, I'm not a marathon person but I HAVE INSANE CALVES that are INSANELY TIGHT and very I'd almost say overdeveloped. Always have been that way-- in fact my calves being so tight are the reason that a year ago from last Fall- I thought I had an Achilles problem-- I'd run and have pain in the backs of my ankles shooting up my calves. Dr. Victor Prisk finally diagnosed in Columbus months later - and showed me how to do calf stretches for this 3x a day. He's an orthopedic surgeon so he knows his stuff. Doing the stretches 3x a day-- 5x each leg, 30 seconds each, has kept me healed. My calves are still crazy tight.
But. I LOVE being able to run. I don't see myself being a marathon person but I love to run and just do for time, what I love. I love sprints. I love how I feel when I run. So taking care of myself to be able to run- is key. Also-- using the best shoes on the market for ME and my supination feet (everyone pronates, I supinate) is KEY. The first shoes I ever bought were ASICS and a pair of SAUCONY. Since connecting with them via FitFluential I have also now used Mizuno. I want to be honest -- I really like all three of these brands. For me I tend to like shoes with solid cushioning I don't want a minimalist running shoe. I need padding and support so all of these brands work for me.
What are your favorites? How often do you run?