Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oofos to the rescue!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos recovery sandals to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a Bibrave Pro, and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!

When I found out we had the opportunity to opt in to review the OOFOS as part of their Project Pink campaign I jumped at it!   First of all, I was excited to be a part of supporting breast cancer research, and OOFOS are almost all I wear other than my running shoes!

We were given the choice of reviewing a pair from their Project Pink line  This line is a collection of sandals that with every purchase OOFOS will donate $10 to the Dana Farber Breast Cancer Foundation for breast cancer research.  My Mom and Grandmother are both breast cancer survivors so this cause is very important to me and to my family. 

I first tried OOFOS in 2015.  I was suffering from severe heel pain from Plantar Fasciitis.  I had travelled to California to Disneyland to run the Dumbo Double Dare.  My feet were killing me!  I saw OOFOS at the expo and tried them on.  I was hooked immediately!  I bought my first pair that day and I now own 6 pairs! As a nurse I wore the clogs to work and I wear the flip flops everywhere else!

Some of the technology that makes OOFOS so amazing is that they absorb 37% more shock with every step.  The arch support is awesome!  They also provide support to your ankles, knees, hips and lower back.  They are waterproof and machine washable too!  I will say that my PF is now gone and my OOFOS played a huge role in that!

I recently suffered a stress fracture during marathon training and my OOFOS have been a life saver during this time also.  I traveled to Chicago for the marathon.  Sadly, I wasn't able to run but was able to watch my daughter complete her first marathon.  I wore my OOFOS the whole time I was there.  We walked so many miles!  I had minimal foot pain from the fracture.  My OOFOS provided awesome support!  They were just what I needed to feel great and have a great time!

If you haven't tried oofas I can't encourage you enough!  They are heaven on your feet!  I couldn't live without them! Feel the OO!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Amazing Grass is pretty amazing!

This picture below was my last really long run before Chicago Marathon.  I had been training for this race since the end of January.  Putting in so many miles of speed work, easy runs, tempo runs, hill sprints, track workouts, and long runs every weekend. 

I thought I was doing everything right!  I would do strength training about twice a week, core work a few times a week, stretching and rolling.  As the miles increased I began to notice how fatigued I was getting.  I thought it was just due to the fact that I was running almost 200 miles a month. I began to slack on strength training.  I always kept the hard days hard and the easy days easy, but I began to feel so tired that I would just skip my strength training.  I also didn't realize that I was slacking on nutrition.  Once I started tracking my food I realized that on some days I was barely getting in 1200 calories and when you're burning around 1000 per run or more where does that leave your body?  You're unable to rebuild and recover.  Your body begins to pull nutrients from other places like your bones and those areas begin to weaken. 
I suffered a stress fracture during that last run on September 17th.  I'm sure that bone was already under stress and weakening.  I had a stress reaction on my shin back in June on the same leg.  I'm not so sure that it wasn't fractured also.  It took around 6 weeks before I was able to run comfortably on it again.  I didn't get to run Chicago and I'm currently working on strengthen other areas to prevent this from happening again!  First and foremost my nutrition!

I say all this to say that during these last couple of months I have began to pay close attention to my nutrition.  I was asked to review Amazing Grass effervescent and they've made a huge difference.  I'm really bad at getting in the amount of vegetables I need.  I'm a work in progress!  These effervescent are an easy and delicious way to get in your daily dose of greens. They are made with an organic blend of alkalizing greens including wheat grass, barley grass, and alfalfa.  Plus blend of over 30 antioxidant-rich superfoods.  They also support a healthy immune system.  Since I've began adding these to my diet I've noticed an extreme increase in energy as well.  I was given the lemon-lime flavor and also the berry flavor.  The berry is my absolute favorite!  I just slip it into my water and there I have my Greens on the go! I could not have asked for a better time to for these to land in my mailbox!!  Please use this link to find out more and order your own!

Is this not the cutest travel bottle also!  Sporting my favorite city!! Get your travel bottle here!


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