If your @vineyardhalf training is hitting you with some aches and pains, we've got some hot tips from @megsandsoph for you: Warm down stretches 🙌🏽 Here's some info from Soph on why warm down stretching is important, and some useful stretches to try: "My first reason is that it helps reduce your muscles from becoming sorer and stiffer in the hours or days following training. By moving through a full range of motion post-exercise, you reduce the risk of muscle and joint adhesions and stiffness, which otherwise can degrade our ability to move later on. For example; have you ever woken up the day after your first run and not been able to move let alone sit on the toilet… yeah been there done that and do not recommend it, team – cooldown + stretch!
Secondly, it helps you to literally unwind and begin the recovery process and relaxes your entire mind and body simultaneously. Breathe deeply because your muscles need oxygen to relax. I find the exhale an easier way to get deeper into a stretch.
Tip: when you stretch only stretch until you feel a gentle pull, not until you feel pain. 👉HIP FLEXORS = LUNGE 👉CALF + HAMSTRING STRETCH = DOWNWARD DOG 👉QUAD STRETCH 👉GLUTES (BUTT) = PIGEON POSE"
Get full details over on the blog, link in our bio 🏃🏽♀️ #vineyardhalf
1 33 minutes ago
Nordstrom Zella cropped leggings
Size medium (8-10)
Pink and gray ombre leopard print
Hidden pocket in front waistband
Gently worn, washed in cold.
Originally $58, $20 through my Poshmark closet.
Link in bio.
Under Armour All Season Gear crop pants, size M (8-10)
These are a red/orange pattern that looks better in person, I think! The photo with the UA logo probably shows it best. ****Pay attention to the photos that show how the waistband is laying!** You can tell these pants have been worn, but it shouldn't impact the fit, and I think the wrinkle is from having been folded on a shelf for a long time.
Worn only a few times, washed in cold.
82% polyester, 18% elastane
Originally $55, listed for $30 in my Poshmark closet. Link in bio.
Ok so this -40 degree weather has been ridiculous the past two weeks. I had enough yesterday and today and went for a freaking run anyway (because the colder the better 🥶) Yesterday it was so cold my phone stopped working 10 minutes in. Legit, it had a frozen meltdown. I dressed for the weather-think Michelin man, layers of clothing. I figured that I better get some km’s under my feet as I have races the next two weekends.
It honestly was beautiful. There is nothing I love more than super quiet trails packed with snow and air so cold it stings your cheeks.
Love A xx
2 131 hours ago
Lululemon Run: Inspire Crop II black with bright pink, orange and purple quilt pattern colors on the waistband.
Almost excellent condition: gently worn, washed in cold. **Pay attention to the photos that show how the waistband is laying!** You can tell these pants have been worn, but it shouldn't impact the fit. I think this is from having the drawstring tightened while wearing the leggings.
Size label has been removed
Photos with the pink are stock to show fit
A little down time in San Juan, Puerto Rico for me during winter break! ⛱☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️⛱
It is beautiful here the Carribean Sea is turquoise, the sand is white and powdery, the sun is hot and the sea breeze fierce and steady!
It felt like -45 just 2 weeks ago at home and here a lovely 82 that is a 127 degree difference!!!😂
Tonight was a night I didn’t want to run. I wanted to sit on my butt and see my husband after being out of town all weekend. But, I did it and I’m glad I did. It was a tough run, but I finished it.
1 163 hours ago
Slightly obsessed with my air-fryer🙊🙋🏻♀️I guess better late than never for jumping on this train. Air-fried potatoes, garden turkey burger, and carrots for din tonight! .
Had a productive Presidents’ Day consisting of a morning gym session, too many loads of laundry, meal prep, and dinner made!✔️Who else agrees we need 4 day work weeks?🤷🏻♀️😅
Had some time to kill this evening so I decided to stop at @olentangyriverbrewingco for a couple brews. Really enjoyed their Belgian Aloha, a Belgian Tripel with hibiscus.
56 days until #bostonmarathon
15 miles total today, 6:29 average
85 miles til 100.
It’s #MedalMonday again. Almost always a day of ‘recovery’ for me. Damn though - I brought it home this weekend! A PR and BQ plus lots of hardware! Solid performances under very subpar conditions! Hung with incredible people and certainly made some amazing memories. What a weekend! Now back to sleep
Only a couple of days left! We are excited to announce a GIVEAWAY of two Ultratrainingwheels HATS and GoUltima sample packs, one for you & one for your running buddy or adventuring bestie (swipe right to see the prizes). ****
To enter you have 4 things to do: 1. “like” this post, 2. follow @ultratrainingwheels 3. follow @goultima 4. tag a friend/wingman/bestie who’s always up for a new adventure & challenge in the comments below. ********* #ultratrainingwheels#goultima#giveaway#runningbuddies ***This giveaway will end Wednesday February 20, 2019 at 9:00PM PST. Winner(s) will be chosen randomly on Thursday, February 21st in the morning, PST and notified later that day. Prizes will be mailed out once a valid address is provided. Open to residents of the contiguous US; must be 18 years or older. This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
When #asthma is a huge drag...It’s not that I don’t want to play outside in the cold (ok, maybe a little 🥶 ), but that I can’t take the risk
Take this morning, for instance. It was 8 degrees. ❄️ I parked in front of a coffee shop, walked 20 steps to find out it was closed, walked back to the car and coughed my lungs out for 10 minutes
I may be a big party pooper, but the risk of an asthma attack isn’t worth it. Even once I get through it, I’ll be worn out for days. My life requires me to show up on the daily, so sometimes that means saying “no” to the super fun things that might crush me
I wish it could be different. I miss out on a lot. But, ask me out to play once it’s 50 degrees, and I’ll be all in. In the meantime, please be patient - I didn’t choose asthma. For some reason, it chose me
photo credit: This Runner’s Recipes
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We’ve got some fun St. Paddy’s gear rolling in. Stop in or stay tuned for some fun and festive gear. 🙌
1 384 hours ago
5:00 Uhr aufgestanden. Fahrt nach Hamburg. Meeting. Fahrt zurück. Ankunft 23:15 Uhr. Zwei Möglichkeiten: Abend gemütlich ausklingen lassen und schlafen - oder in die Laufschuhe und Sport machen 🏃♂️Entgegen meines Naturells habe ich nicht angefangen Für und Wider abzuwägen, sondern bin ohne groß nachzudenken in die Sport Sachen rein. Der Rest ergab sich von allein. Ein Lauf mit motivationalen Höhen und Tiefen - aber vor allem dem üblichen Endergebnis: Erschöpfung, Zufriedenheit und Stolz! Gute Nacht 😴🌙
I feel like I truly earned this one! My last race was Big Sur and I absolutely loved it, but I wasn’t going for a particular time or anything & I stopped along the way and took a million photos of the gorgeous California coastline.
For this one, I trained for 7 weeks (way less than I’m comfortable with) & my goal was to simply finish.
Cut to me on race morning entering the corral & heading straight for the 4:35 pace group.😝 I figured if I could stay near them for most of the way it gave me some cushion to finish in <5 hrs.
Felt great at mile 13 & stopped to take a selfie with my kids + hubby who recharged me with their hugs & cheers. ❤️
Looked at my watch, which said I was running 9:35 pace, realized I felt great, and thought, ”Hey! I might squeak in under 5 hours afterall!”
Things started hurting a bit around 16, so when hubby said they might go to the 17.5 mark I said OK! Cause I knew I could push if I had a goal of seeing them! 😍
Mile 20, realized I still had a lot in the tank & if I kept pushing I could PR. Passed by several water stops cause I couldn’t afford to lose time. (I’ve never been offered so much hydration on a course in my life! 🤣)
Anytime I was hurting I reassessed my pain on the scale I always use. 0 = no pain, 10 = childbirth! This helped me reduce my number from 8-9 to about a 2 every single time. 🤣 Hills =don’t think, just go. Do not walk. Do not stop or your legs will seize up. It hurts. No it doesn’t. Just go. A sign reminds me “pain is temporary, race results are forever.” 🤣 These are the crazy thoughts that go through our heads at 20ish miles. 😝
At mile 22 I texted hubby I was going for 4:40, which seemed a stretch, but if I proclaimed it, it would help me reach it! In the back of my mind I was thinking what if I could go FASTER? 😬
Everything hurt, but I refused to leave anything out there. The last hill at 26 was just TORTURE. I must‘ve looked AWFUL cause I got so much encouragement! 🤣 Saw my boys right before crossing the finish UNDER 4:40! 😭 (Do you stop your watch in a long bathroom line? If so, I ran 4:29!) Official time = 4:39. Either way I’m HAPPY!
My legs don't feel bad from yesterday's race, I did a little 2 mile jog after work and my feet are a bit sore but everything felt better once I'd loosened up towards the end of the run 🏃♀️
I might try 3 miles tomorrow 😁
Some info below on foot strike during running 🏃🏻 . 💥💥In addition💥💥 type of foot strike 👟 may be dictated by type of injury a runner is presenting with. .
For example, in a study where the runners were dealing with anterior compartment syndrome (severe pressure and pain) of the front lower leg, when the runners switched to a forefoot style landing, the anterior compartment syndrome resolved. Basically, it decreased the amount of load that the tibialis anterior had to absorb and the compartment did not get excessively tight.
Read more about foot stoke below ⬇️ Reposting @peakformhealthcenter:⠀
"We get a lot of questions about proper foot strike during running 🏃🏻; more often than not we hear runners say the specifically avoid heel striking because they “know it’s bad” . Is it?⠀⠀
In our office we get our runners to land with their foot as close to the body as possible... we let the foot fall the way it is going to fall.⠀⠀
Running with your feet close to your body allows for:⠀⠀
✅ Decrease in braking forces⠀⠀
✅ Decrease strain to the muscles and joints ⠀⠀
✅ Maintain forward momentum⠀⠀
We do believe that an EXCESSIVE heel strike, and EXCESSIVE forefoot strike, and/or EXCESSIVE pounding of the feet can lead to injury. If a runner demonstrated that style of foot strike after working on other cues, then we work on actually changing the foot strike pattern.⠀⠀
Want to reduce your chance for injury, increase running efficiency, and ultimately improve your performance? Schedule a gait analysis at buff.ly/2RUnFkx today!⠀
Oh Jacob. You don’t even have to ask, I’ll always have your back. I knew when we met you’d be one of my best friends and change my life for the better. I got you, always. 📸: @briican
5 10110 hours ago
Wee Are From Space Black Cashew
$42 orig, listed for $20 in my Poshmark closet. Link in bio.
Lululemon Cool Racerback tank
Color pattern is called Wee Are From Space Black Cashew
Please pay attention to pics 5 and 8. This item was rarely worn, and washed in cold. I think the straps are a little curled from having been folded for a long time. When it's on, it lays flat.
More info in the pics!
Now just a couple of hundred of miles away from the Florida coast and a few thousand feet in the air, looking down on the vast ocean far below.
No matter how many times you have done it before, I still find it such an odd feeling being in an aeroplane and looking down on the world. Everything seems so insignificant and so small. It’s times like these that you put your own life it to perspective.. We all get so caught up in the moment and life in general sometimes, that we start to take for granted all the things that are good in the world and the fact we are even alive to be able experience it.
It’s so easy to focus on negativity in your life, the news, politics, people that may upset you, things that are out of your control - perhaps in the past...and I’m done with it.
Earlier today, I started reading a very interesting book about the man that founded Nike. There was a time in his life when he was a 24yr old college graduate and had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. One day (whilst out on a run) he decided he was going to get on a plane, see the world and try and start a business in Japan selling trainers.
50 years later he had created one of the most recognised brands on the planet. It’s never too late to stop dreaming.
We won’t all end up creating companies worth billions of dollars but what I took from it was the difference having a can-do attitude can have.
Mums (and Dads for that matter) who have sacrificed work for your kids, you have my total respect. How on Earth do you guys fit in running??? 🤷♀️ .
I’m in the middle of a couple of days off for half term, day tripping like absolute pros. However I only got a run in tonight for an emergency dash to Aldi to pick up some nappies before bedtime (according to my husband, if I ran home carrying them it was practically the same as training with the SAS🙈) .
One more day off tomorrow and then I’ll be back to run commutes which slot in perfectly to my running, working and mumming life. So yep, massive high 5 to all you Mums and Dads who must be getting up at crazy hours in the morning or late night miles once the little ones are in bed. 🙋🏼♀️
Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be bent out of shape 😆
Disclaimer, I snapped this pic hours after I peeled myself off the couch from my run 😂 Today's long run had 12 miles of progression built into it and it started off wonderfully (also, sunny/shorts & sports bra weather). Then a storm rolled in really quickly and I was starting to get down on myself for struggling to hit paces, until I saw a grown male cyclist get knocked clear over from the wind 😳 Tried to hang on through some hail & eventually snow but I threw in the towel when it oddly felt like I was sprinting yet the numbers on my watch wouldn't budge 😑 Finished up my last couple miles on the treadmill and better for it! Flexibility is always key, especially this time of year. Do what ya can. Adapt to the conditions & things you cannot control. You're doing great 😎 As coach says, running or really anything in life, rewards consistency not perfection.
Couple random points: Congrats to everyone who raced Black Canyon today!! We were so bummed to miss it this year. Also, these @runinrabbit shorts - my first pair of winners & 😍👌🏼 Lastly, loving all the @runarete launches!! 💙
17 miles in the bank at 7:01, 12 at 6:45 (last mile 6:22🤘🏼). Wind: 50 mph 😑