Friday, November 25, 2011

Tryptophan Titans: 30 Day Shred week 2

I had a good Thanksgiving in St. Louis. After chowing down some good eats and treats, I got a few family members to burn off some calories doing level 1 of The 30 Day Shred. Getting family in on a post-thanksgiving workout is becoming a tradition! What better way to cancel out all the guilt of overeating than with a good workout? With getting prepared for the holiday, this is only the second time I've had time to do the DVD in a week, it was still a good challenge. I feel like it incorporates some of the strength exercises I did in physical therapy like lunges, and agility exercises like jump rope. I'm curious to see how much more difficult level 2 will be, but I'll wait until I finish 10 days at level 1 to move on. I did a two mile run/walk on Tuesday. My tendon usually gets sore on the third day after activity, so I expected to be pretty sore Thursday, but I felt pretty good. My goal is to do another mile run/walk before the end of the week. Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving, and it's not too late to get up and get a workout in!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: week 1

I may be the last person on the planet to have tried and reviewed Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, but I'm doing it anyway. I'll be chronicling this for you got it, thirty days! The workouts consists of 3 mins strength, 2 mins cardio, 1 min ab intervals. Abs are the least enjoyable. I've tried and failed my own ab program before. But I need to do something. Since my mileage has been so drastically reduced, my pants and jeans are fitting a little tight and I can't wait to race home from work and throw on my sweats lately. Jillian recommends one 20 minute workout each day. My plan is to do 20 minutes three to four days a week while continuing to increase my mileage with runs one to two times per week. The workout has three levels. As you feel you've mastered one level, you progress to the next. It's completely up to you. I've started at level one. It was a moderately challenging, but I think as I get back into the cardio groove, I'll master level one quickly. I think I've gained about 7 pounds since I injured myself in August. My goal is to lose ten pounds by mid January. Since average weight loss is 1 -2 pounds per week, I think my goal is realistic. It's getting cooler by the day here, so in addition to learning about fun new hair care products for the winter, I'm learning how to workout at indoors with a DVD!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Volunteering at the Girls on the Run 5K

I woke up at o'dark thirty this morning to pay it forward at the Girls on the Run Chicago 5K. This was my first experience as race volunteer at a bigger run. I'm glad I picked this race to test the volunteer waters. I ran it two years ago, so I was already familiar with some of the details of the race.
It's kind of cool watching the girls arriving on their school buses and lining up to run a 5K. The first part of the morning I was at the Runner Information booth. I spent most of my time directing people to the port-a-potties. After the start of the race, I wanted to get in handing out the medals to the girls. That was definitely more fun! Volunteers, friends, and family cheered runners across the finish line inside Toyota Park.
A few ladies from the running group were there, we had a great time. The Girls on the Run 5K is a feel good race for a great cause!


New Era's VIP Grand Opening Party

New Era's Chicago flagship store is open for business. I checked out the grand opening party on Thursday night. Good tunes, a swag bag, and an open bar, I was all about it. My goal was to find one running related product in the store, I did not. But I did find lots and lots of hats!
It's actually a really nice store, their largest location open to date. If there's a man in your life who likes caps and sports related apparel, definitely check for a location near you for some unique Christmas gifts.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fleet Feet Sports Fashion Show

TGI almost Friday! It has been a busy past two weeks with lots of fun filled activities, a meet and greet with Chicago Blogger Network, and covering a natural hair event for the Examiner. Last night I checked out Fleet Feet’s See and Be Seen fashion show at Second City.
Fleet Feet employees, local athletes, and a few Chicago newscasters modeled the latest gear for cold weather running. My fave brands Brooks and Under Armour were in the show, and a few other lines I had never heard of like Craft, Saloman, and Skirt Sports (loved the Tough Girl Top). It was all nice, practical stuff I wouldn’t mind owning. Fleet Feet closed out the show with its most interesting piece, Nike’s Vapor Flash Jacket. It glows. Ok, not really, it reflects. But if one evening while in your car you happen upon a pack of runners wearing this jacket, you may think you’re witnessing an alien invasion.
After the show, we were treated to a little party at the Piper’s Alley store to eat, consume alcohol and shop, of course.
We each got a swag bag filled with some pretty decent running swag, arm warmers, a safety light, a tech fabric cap and other goodies. Items I will actually use while running outdoors this winter. Combining two loves, running and shopping into one event was not a bad deal at all! The entire night benefited Gilda's Club, which offers free support for everyone living with or affected by cancer. The fun continues this weekend; I’ll be volunteering at the Girls on the Run 5K. I ran the race a couple of years ago, so I’m looking forward to another inspiring experience. Thanks again for commenting on the Gtabbers giver-away post. Rebecca, be sure to e-mail your mailing address at info@margauxonline.net!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Grabber Hand Warmer Give-a-way

I’m feeling well enough to run twice a week, up to about a mile and a half each run. Great news, I’m able to start building my mileage just in time for Winter weather! My threshhold for outdoor running in Chicago is about thirty degrees. Then, I usually break down and renew my gym membership. The really terrible weather, ice and blizzard like conditions, usually doesn’t hit until after the new year. My essentials for surviving last winter were long running pants, long socks, a half zip pullover, knit cap, and my Pearl Izumi running gloves. We’ll be breaking out the cold weather running gear soon enough. What are your best tips for outdoor winter running? Post your comment and a super cool random winner will get a 10 pack of Grabber hand warmers! They fit inside your gloves and will stay warm your entire run. A winner will be posted 11/7!
**** Thanks for commenting with your suggestions folks! Rebecca, you're getting a big bag of hand warmers : ) Let me know your mailing address at info@margauxonline.net!***