Oklahoma City Memorial Race Recap Part 2

So bright and early Bruno Mars serenaded me awake at 4 a.m.  One good thing about race mornings is I’m instantly awake when my alarm goes off!  Quickly got dressed and made our way downstairs to get some breakfast and much-needed coffee!  I ate a half of a bagel with peanut butter, half a banana and half a cup of coffee and saved the other banana and half a bagel for closer to the race just in case of a delay since the weather was supposed to be bad.  When I first woke up, I went out on the balcony of our hotel room and the weather wasn’t bad yet.  Just humid and slightly windy.

Once dressed and ready to go, we headed downstairs to wait for my sister-in-law then hop on the shuttle.  About half way to the start line, it started to rain a little but not bad.  After getting off the shuttle we immediately made our way to the portopotties to get that out of our way.  At this time they weren’t saying anything about a delay so I went ahead and threw away the other half of my bagel and banana.  Big mistake!  Shortly after that they called for the first delay of the day, saying that the storm was getting ready to come through and where we should take cover at.  We found a place on our side of the street and took a seat on the ground.  The wind picked up but nothing really happened CORRECTION, it was lightning, but other than that nothing.  A lady we sat next to said her husband mentioned hail where they lived but it being short-lived.  So we sat there a little longer, then they announced that they were delaying it even longer due to a storm system behind this one.  At this time a police officer came over and mentioned we could go into the bottom floor of the Federal Building and take cover.  Seats AND bathrooms in there!  SCORE!  So we headed in there to wait out the rest of the storm.  It was in there that they mentioned if it didn’t clear up by 9 am they were going to cancel it.  My friend Jennifer immediately got a little upset because she had been training for this day and did NOT want them to cancel it.  Eventually they announced we were on for an 8:15 am start time.  Nearly 2 hours later!  BUT at least the show was on the road!  YAY!

The outside of the memorial

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The starting line

 

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FINALLY getting ready to line up for the race after the delay

 

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The corral area!  OVER 26,000 runners in the 5k, half marathon, marathon, AND marathon relay.  Absolutely AMAZING!  This picture is showing from where we were at going towards the back of the pack.

 

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From where we were at to the starting line.

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With the delay, it seemed like they got us out of the corral fairly quickly.  I was a little nervous at this point as my stomach was starting to growl now.  I downed some sports beans about 8 am, hoping that would hold me over.  At this point since it had poured, it was even more humid than it was earlier!  For myself it started out pretty good despite the humidity.  Since this wasn’t my first time, I got to enjoy the crowd a little more and take it all in.  Watching the fireman as they walked in their full uniforms and tanks, reading people’s shirts and the crowd and their signs.

One hang up in the course of the run, about 4 miles in, Jennifer’s phone was saying only 10% battery life left.  I’m guessing that when we were in the bottom floor of the Federal Building, my phone kept searching for a signal so I turned it on airplane mode, she however didn’t, so I’m thinking that sucked the life out of her battery.  So she quickly turned off all her apps but her music.  This one little thing managed to save her enough battery that she was able to make it til about the last 1.5-2 miles of the race.  Jennifer was also nervous about her knee as she had been having some pain with it during her training runs and never made anything past 12 miles.  With some encouragement from myself, friends and family, she just did what she could leading up to the run, iced her knee and took some NSAIDS.  With her phone dying and shutting down her Nike + running app, I kept giving her updates about where we were at on the course.  There is nothing worse than wondering where you are at in the course of your run.  At one point I told her we were half way, and I thought she might kill me!  HA!  I think she was hoping we were further along!  Sorry Jenn!  I’m not sure at what mile marker her knee started hurting but I do know towards the end it was bothering her.  For most of the way, Alisha and I ran ahead of Jennifer by 5-10 feet but once we reached the 12 mile mark, I told Alisha lets fall back and keep with her as she had never made it further then 12 during her training runs.  I wanted to be her mental support if she needed it.

Somewhere around this time Jennifer’s phone finally died, and knowing how much she relies on her music to distract her and get her through, especially when I know her knee was hurting her, I told her I could 1) sing to her or 2) she could have my phone and listen to my music.  Now keep in mind Jennifer and I listen to music during our runs that are quite a bit different from one another to say the least!  She opted for #2!  Good choice!  HA!  I don’t understand why she wouldn’t want to listen to me sing?!?!  😉

Once we crossed the finish line, I immediately hugged Jennifer, as this was a HUGE accomplishment for her.  She had JUST started running last July!  She was in tears as I knew she would be, heck I was the same way and I am not too emotional on things like this.  My time was 2:29:21.  This was a great run, good enough, that I felt like I could have went on.  Maybe this is a sign for me?  Who knows!

One of the perks at the finish line of the Oklahoma City Memorial race?  TONS of food!  I don’t think Carl’s Jr cheeseburgers have ever tasted so good!   This is definitely guilt free bingeing at it’s finest!  Well earned!

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Since Jennifer’s phone had died, she asked me to text her husband to let him know we had finished and then she of course had to take some “selfies.”  HA!  Love this girl!  So proud of her!


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And YES!  I’m STILL smiling after my race!  I love running and the feeling it gives me!  Two half marathons down this year, two more to go in June alone!

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Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon Race Recap

So on Sunday, I had my second half marathon of the year, however this is the second time I have run this race.  This race is amazing!  I absolutely LOVE it, I can’t say that enough!

So my race weekend started out on Saturday.  I live in the Tulsa area, so I left my house around noon on Saturday to head and pick up my friend Jennifer and we headed to Oklahoma City.  This was her first half marathon and with both of us being working moms, this weekend was our “mini vacation.”  No kids, no husbands, what do we do with ourselves?!?!  HA!  I think it’s safe to say we enjoyed ourselves, but it was also nice to return home to our babies (yes the husband is in this category!).

Once we made it to Oklahoma City, our first stop was the race expo.  I have been to a few of them and never been all THAT impressed, but this one was AWESOME!  Lots of stuff to really look at and buy if you wanted.  Lots of sign ups for drawings, free items and even free pancakes!  YUM!

So first thing we took care of business and went and got our packets.  Can’t run without a bib, right?  Since this was day #2 of the expo, I was assuming it would be packed, but the lines really weren’t that long, and the ease of it was awesome!

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As you can tell Jennifer managed to snap a picture of me.  Needless to say even with the cheesy grin, I was a little excited!

 

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After the expo, we headed to our hotel.  Both of our husbands traveled for work for about a year, so with that being said and my husband’s hours logged in hotel rooms, Embassy has since then ranked high on our list for great hotels!  We got the top floor.  There was a wedding going on and some sorority meeting of some sorts of some older women.  It was funny to watch them take “selfies.”  Goes to show selfies are popular now amongst all age groups!  Love it!

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Upon check in, we learned about the shuttles transporting runners to the starting line as well as the manager’s reception!  SCORE!  Manager’s reception= FREE drinks AND snacks!  Granted drinking isn’t the best thing before a race, but ONE drink wasn’t going to hurt us.  PLUS when do we have time to get out of the house for a “girl’s weekend” and no kids?!  The answer?  NOT VERY OFTEN!  So we got checked in, made it up to our room, got settled in.   While Jennifer was changing, I snapped a shot of the t-shirt.

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So after the manager’s reception we headed across the street to Chili’s for a quick dinner then back to the hotel to relax and get to bed at a decent time!  4 a.m. wake up is no joke!  One of the things I picked up at the expo were these new Brook’s racking socks.

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Granted you aren’t suppose to wear or try anything new before a race, but with the weather predicted, these were better than my old cotton socks.  These socks felt sooo good and were extremely comfy!  Finally fell asleep around 9:30 or so.  I will leave out the fact that somewhere after I dozed off that I woke up shortly due to some racing their crotch rockets up and down the road.

 

Check back tomorrow for the rest of my race recap!

 

Do you have any “traditions” the night before a big race?

 

2nd Half Marathon Prepping and Apera Bag Giveaway- Winner Announced!

First off…

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I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Easter and get to enjoy it with your families.  I have enjoyed seeing all the Easter pictures on Facebook this morning! Here are a few pictures of our egg hunt this morning.  It was rather fun to watch as Taylor got very excited and kept shrieking in delight and of course Sis, with her big heart, kept leaving ones for him to find and helping him.  Love her tender heart!  (You should see her when she sees the foster care commercials on T.V.  She is a puddle of tears!)

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He saw Daddy’s trucks in the front and got all excited here.  He LOVES trucks!

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My Mini Me!  <3

 

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Of course we had to have several egg hunts until my son lost interest in it.  He became more interested in helping Daddy work on the truck.

 

So this week marks my last week of tapering for my 2nd half marathon this year.  The Oklahoma City Memorial half.   This will be the one that my friend Jennifer has been training for since she started running last June.  I’m so excited to get to be a part of this with her.  I know how my reaction was when I completed it last year, so I’m curious to see what her’s is.  This is by far the best race I have ever completed.  The crowd outcome is amazing.  The  sentimental value behind the race itself and overall it is just a humbling experience.  I simply can’t wait to run it again this year.  I’m going to try to keep all my runs around 3 miles this week, every other day and still incorporate the 21 Day Fix and T25 in there and then after my 2nd half is over, I’m planning on starting T25 entirely on April 28th.  I’m also getting my daughter started on her training for her 5k that she has coming up May 9th.  She is determined to take 1st in her age group this race!  I told her we had about 3 weeks to prepare so that she would take her goal serious.  She did pretty good on her first training run last night!

So after the Easter festivities this morning, I got around to drawing the name for the Apera Sprint Pack.  The winner is Stephanie C!  Congrats!  Be on the lookout for an email from me!

 

Happy Easter everyone!  <3

Apera Bag Review and Giveaway!!

So are you in the market for a new gym bag or a tote for “racations” or overnight trips?  Then I have the bag for you!  This bag is AWESOME!  I was recently contacted by one of Apera’s wonderful spokespersons about checking out their bags and seeing what I thought.  Stacy sent me the Performance duffel in pink (as I requested of course!  You know I LOVE pink!).  I had mentioned to her about being an avid runner and frequently traveling overnight to a location for a race.  I had looked at this one before Stacy even mentioned it, but I wanted her opinion as well.  Her and I were on the same page!  I love when you get a great salesperson that knows just what you need, don’t you?

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Well let me tell you, this bag has everything!  I don’t know about you, but when I workout, I sweat, and when I say sweat, I SWEAT!  I make dri-fit clothing really work!  So I want a bag that isn’t going to hold the odor of my stinky gym clothes and/or shoes.  I want something that is antimicrobial and Apera bags are made of just that!  From Apera’s website:  “Apera bags are designed to be healthier – with built-in antimicrobial product protection to inhibit the growth of bacterial odors, separation of your wet, sweaty gear from your dry stuff, and venting air to keep your bag dry and suppress odor.”  What does that say to me?  PICK ME!

Another thing that I loved about the Performance Duffel is that there are TONS of pockets.  When I pack my race gear, most of the time my bag is half full after I put my running shoes in there. The Performance Duffel has these wonderful side pockets (one on each side) that are the perfect size to store your shoes!  How awesome is that?  According to their website it says the side pockets will hold up to a men’s size 11 1/2 shoe.  Now granted I have some big feet, but they aren’t quite THAT big, but I will take it!

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Plus it has this awesome, heavily padded strap that is adjustable and super comfy to carry, even when I stayed at my friend’s apartment and had to park a ways from her apartment and had to carry my stuff in.

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The other great thing about the Performance Duffel is there is even a smaller bag inside that you can put wet items in so that it protects the rest of your articles from it.  There are lots of little pouches on the outside as well to store things.  I managed to pack all of my race gear (shoes, socks, running tights, sports bra, tank, jacket, bandana/hat, fuel/hydration belt, water bottle, fuel), plus a change of clothes for after the race, some pajamas, toiletry items and all of my allergy medications!  Allergy meds in itself for me require another bag almost!  Ok, just kidding, but it sure feels like it.  I had also stuffed in my iPad for the car ride home for my daughter and my iPhone charger.  Even with all that there was STILL room to spare!

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Another great thing about Apera Bags is for every three bags that they sell, they will donate one bag to a Special Olympic athlete.  How cool is that?!?  Such a great cause!  I don’t know about you, but I also LOVE a GOOD DEAL!  Speaking of good deals Apera is having an AMAZING deal going on right now!  They are offering 40% off their entire BLUE LINE of bags, meaning any of their bags that are blue in color are 40% off. Also ALL of their Duffel Packs are 40% off as well, any color!  STEAL!

Apera also does a monthly giveaway!  The winner gets to choose the bag and color of their choice!  Definitely enter THIS monthly drawing!

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So would you like to win an awesome bag from Apera?  Well I was offered the chance to do a giveaway on my blog for one of their Sprint Packs!  Sweet!  Keep scrolling to go to my Rafflecoptor to get signed up to enter my giveaway contest.

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Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by Apera  and while I received a free bag to review, I received no other compensation for this post and my review is 100% my own, honest opinion.

21 Day Fix and Running

So as many of you know I have several upcoming half marathons and I have already completed one in March with another coming up in two weeks.  During the last couple months of my training, I had been taking part in a 21 Day Fix Challenge Group with some of my customers and fellow coaches.  From a runner’s stand point it was a doable program to follow while still training for a longer race distance.   There are daily workouts for the 21 days, some being “active rest days” with Yoga Fix and Pilates Fix.  I typically run 3-4 days a week with one of them being a long run on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule with family activities and what not.  There was never a workout, I didn’t feel like I couldn’t get a run in later in the day due to fatigue.  The 21 Day Fix is a wonderful all around program for any runners wanting to get closer to racing weight!

For me, I think the hardest workout was Total Body Cardio Fix and not so much was it hard/difficult, but it was always the one that left me sore the next day!   I’m not sure what it is about that workout as you feel great after it’s done, but you will DEFINITELY feel it the next day in a good way!

When it came to the 21 Day Fix nutrition and running, I gauged my number of containers be determined how I felt that day.  If it were a day that I was only doing the 21 Day Fix, then I would stick to the alloted number of containers for my correct calorie bracket.  If I had a run scheduled that day, I would for the most part stick to the alloted number of containers for my correct calorie bracket, however if I was feeling hungrier then usual do to the extra calorie burn from a workout PLUS run, then I would bump up my calorie bracket to the next level.  This  usually just means adding an extra container to the majority of the containers. Some running days I would eat all the extra containers, some days I may only eat an extra green or purple.  I just let my hunger be the judge.  I always made sure to fit in all of my reds (protein) though.  Never at any point though did I feel like I needed MORE containers than that.

When it came to my long run days when I needed fuel however, I did not count that fuel towards any containers.  Following a long run, I just made sure to fuel up afterwards with some protein, most of the time being Shakeology.  Shakeology has always been my go to pre-run fuel and post-run fuel.  Pre-run I usually only do a half of a serving so that I’m not loaded down, but post-run I do a FULL serving.  It helps curb that ravenous desire for food all day long post long runs!  HA!  It’s better than my arm right?

 

A Smorgasbord of Thoughts!

Oh boy…it has been a tiring Monday that’s for sure.  Not a whole lot happening, just allergies coming alive again, work, exercise and now a 8-year-old with an attitude.  Draining is the best word to describe it.

So my Monday started out kind of lax.  My first patient wasn’t until 11 a.m, so I got the kids to the babysitter and school and got to enjoy a nice run at the gym with my sweet husband.  He struggled as it had been a week since he had time to run and myself, well it was better but still frustrating.  My cough and allergies seemed to be getting better until Saturday came.  Then I noticed the dreaded tell-tale sign for me….sinus drainage.  BIG TIME sinus drainage.  What gives?  I had a steroid shot a little over a week ago and am still on my antibiotics.  I am STILL taking my daily OTC allergy meds, my prescription allergy medication AND my nasal spray.  After all this, why are my allergies still kicking my ass?!?!  ARGH!

So this morning while waiting for my husband to arrive at the gym, I broke down and called an allergy clinic and made an appointment.  I go next Tuesday.  They are evening doing allergy testing the same day!  I simply can’t wait to get these under control.  The downside is I can’t take my oral allergy medications for the 5 days leading up to the doctor appointment.

The whole day has been kind of gloomy here in NE Oklahoma, making it rather difficult for me to wake up (even more so with all the allergy meds in my system).  Even my patients today were tired and fatigued.  Just one of those days I guess!  Work was fairly busy today considering that the rest of the week is looking slow.

And finally is the 8 year old going on 16 attitude.  She has her moments.  Lately it had been better, but tonight she just said some things that was NOT right and pissed me off.   She was wanting to play my iPad (she recently got a new app that a couple of her friends play) and she was asked to pick up the living room as it looked like a toy store blew up in there again and she was grumbling some stuff to herself while smiling at my husband.  I know she did not mean what she said, but just the fact that she had the nerve to say it.  Let’s just say she spent the rest of her evening on the couch watching baseball with the family and NOT playing the iPad like she wanted and is grounded for the rest of the week.  This comes after spending the majority of her weekend at her friend’s house getting out of her chores.  I know I know, it’s only going to get worse when she gets older and the hormones hit, but some days I feel like they are already setting in.

 

Today also marks the start of a 10 day clean eating and exercise group.  I think this marks the LARGEST group we have had to date.  So many people referring friends and family and wanting their support so it was hard to say no and just made it one big happy group.  In this group they are given a menu and daily exercise to follow.  I love these groups!  I love getting people started in a healthy way of life and watching them transform themselves and often their families way of life!  A BEAUTIFUL thing!

 

Now there was a thought!

Well I meant to blog today and I had it all written out….in my head that is. I came home from work and life happened and my “soft copy” got lost in the commotion. But you know what? I had a wonderful evening spending it with my family! I now type this up on my iPad as I lay in bed waiting for my husband to get out of the shower.

As moms, we often get down on ourselves for not completing everything on our “to do list.” I vote that we get rid of this thinking! I don’t feel bad about not doing something to spend time with my family. Now if it’s exercising, I will make sure it’s fit in somewhere, but little things like this…NOPE.

Night all!

Color Me Rad 5k Race Recap and 21 Day Fix Update

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So on Saturday, March 29th, I ran in my 3rd “color” type run, this one being the Color Me Rad 5k.  These are always fun running with my daughter as they are not timed.  This was however my first 5k running with my son in his jogger.  I have done many runs pushing the jogger but never any actual races.  I wasn’t quite sure I felt up for the challenge, however I had forgotten about the race and it being a week for our usual Bountiful Basket, so I had went ahead and ordered the basket which has a pick up time of 9:30 A.M.  Race time was 10:10 A.M.  Whoops!  Luckily my wonderful husband said he would go pick up the basket so I offered to take the kids with me, so he wasn’t standing in line waiting for a basket while chasing a toddler around.  HA!

So we met my friend Jennifer and her friend Stacey and followed one another there since parking with the Color Run last year was kind of chaotic.  Parking for this even wasn’t quite as bad.  We got there with about 30-40 minutes to spare so we got in my usual port-o-potty run before race and got some pictures.

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As you can tell my littlest of minions wasn’t quite so photogenic this early, but he warmed up.  I’m sure he was thinking all these people were crazy wearing tutus and what not.   Of course, big Sis had to get the traditional bunny ears picture in.

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I love this picture!  I went to take it and at first he protested but then he started giggling and pushed his cheek into mine.  Awww!  I love this little booger!

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During the race, I didn’t really want to push myself too much, plus it had been awhile since Sofie had run, so we just kept it nice and slow.  Not to mention since my allergies were still bothering me and I was still coughing, I just took it easy.  I avoided all the color stations I could, however there were two that I had to go through, the first and the last one.  The first one I just ran down the center of it and no one bothered to get Taylor and I, however the last one, I’m sure they saw an unscathed individual so they said “HEY!  Let’s get her!”  The got both Taylor and I and he was just a giggling.  I wasn’t quite sure how he would do with it.  Throughout the race, everyone kept cheering “go baby!”  “Run, baby, run!”  “Hey the baby is beating us!”  One little girl in a stroller saw me run past her mom with Taylor in his jogger and she started telling her mommy to run.  Her mom just laughed and said “no way!”  All in all it was a good race, PLUS it was Jennifer’s friend Stacey’s FIRST 5k!  She did awesome!  I can’t wait to see her progress.  Actually that night, she signed up for another 5k!   GO STACEY!  One thing I was surprised with was the fact that they handed out color to BOTH of my kids!  In the paperwork, it stated that only the paying individuals got a color packet.  Both of my kids were in heaven!

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Taylor inspecting his packet, trying to figure out what this yellow stuff was for.

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The “after party,”  Sofie powdering Jennifer and Stacey up. <3

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Taylor enjoying his cold bottle of water after all his hard work!  HA!  He was starting to clap at people as they ran by.  It’s rough being cute!

 

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Sofie attempting to powder us as I took a photo.  Didn’t quite work Chickadee <3

 

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Taylor starting to poop out!  Way too much fun!  Oh by the way, this was my first race wearing my new Under Armor Marbella sunglasses.  These are designed specifically for women.  These things are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  I normally don’t like this style of shade, but these are so comfortable and actually fit my head perfectly!  Way to go Under Armor!

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And of course my last two pictures of this super, über, little guy enjoying his own little “powder party” while Sis was enjoying the big party with Jennifer and Stacey!

 

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Who needs others to have a party when you are having fun?!

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So after all the fun was to be had and I got us home, cleaned up and Mr. Taylor into bed, I went to the urgent care, while my husband watched the kids, to get looked at since I still kept coughing and my side was starting to hurt from coughing so much.  Other than the usual Allergic Rhinitis, I had bronchitis.  Yay…..this was not surprising to me as this is what I figured.  I got my usual steroid shot in the fanny to calm my allergies down and then some antibiotics and cough syrup.  By Monday I was starting to feel better enough to get back into the swing of things with my second round of the 21 Day Fix.  My husband was ready to get back into the swing of things eating better as well.  It’s always easier when I have my other half on board that’s for sure!  Yesterday went far better since I could actually taste things once again.  I did however attempt to go for a run and struggled way too much, so I decided to hold off on the running a little longer until the coughing subsides some.  I did manage to get in my 21 Day Fix workouts yesterday AND today though so I’m happy with that.

 

 

QOTD:  Have you ever done a “color” type run?