Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dr. Cool Cooling Shirt Review!

Disclaimer: I received this product free to review. I received no other compensation. All opinions in this post are mine and mine alone!

Living on the Gulf Coast is wonderful! But living here means it is hot and humid in the summertime. So this runner is always on the look out for running clothes that will be cool for the summer!

I was excited when Dr. Cool Recovery contacted me and asked me to review their cooling shirts. A shirt that actually cools you down as you sweat? It sounded too good to be true!

I was hoping for a tank but at the time they didn't have any available. So I chose the women's couch shirt! I LOVED the saying on it! I've been injured before and being stuck on the couch really does hurt!

So what makes these cooling shirts so special? Here's what their website says about their cooling apparel:

"As you work up a sweat, Dr. Cool shirts make sweat work for you by reducing your fabric’s surface temperature up to 30%. Unlike traditional wicking technologies the moisture and sweat activated material delivers three distinct functions – wicking, moisture circulation, and regulated evaporation. Other workout shirts degrade over time, but the cooling benefits of Dr. Cool's chemical-free shirts will never wash out."

I'm going to be honest when I tell you that I didn't believe any shirt would help me stay cool here on the Gulf Coast. It's so hot here and I sweat so much when I run that it looks like I just stepped out of the shower when I'm finished. And the fact that this shirt was black (I hardly ever wear black in the summer time here since black attracts the sun) made me almost dread trying it out. And there are sleeves on this shirt! I ALWAYS wear tanks in the summer! But I knew it would be the ULTIMATE test to try this shirt!

So I set out for my morning run. It was hot. It was humid. I was sweating. But...I wasn't as hot as I expected in a black short sleeve shirt! And the shirt wasn't sticking to me like I'm used to my run shirts doing. It was actually not bad! I could tell that the shirt was doing what it was supposed to do! I was sold!

As far as washing the shirt can wash it in cold water and tumble dry low. Like all other wicking material you are not supposed to use fabric softener. The shirt washed great for me and worked just the same the next time I ran in it! :-)

Be sure to check out Dr. Cool Recovery's website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

QOTD: What is your favorite thing to wear while running in the heat?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gulf Coast Half Marathon Training...Week 2!

Currently training for:
Gulf Coast Half Marathon
Senior Bowl Charity Run 10K
Battleship 12K
Double Bridge Run 15K
Disney Princess 5K
Disney Enchanted 10K
Disney Princess Half Marathon

This week Jenny wanted to run 8 miles. I was a little worried about 8 miles in the heat and humidity! But I knew we could do it! It just may not be pretty!

We decided to run down by the bay. I hadn't run there in a while and it is one of my favorite places to run!

A blogger friend, Jen from Marathon Mom, was also in town for her graduation for her doctorate degree! She needed to run 14 miles for marathon training. So she came and met up for our 8! It was so good to meet her in person! And running together made it even better!

Jenny's husband Eric came and ran too! He's much faster than us but he stayed with us until mile 4 when we turned around. He kept going another mile before turning back around.

The run was great at the beginning. We were running right by the water and there was a nice breeze! But once we got away from the water it was hot and very humid!

Despite that we kept a great pace! We talked and talked! Jen and Jenny had lots to talk about because Jen lives in Minnesota and Jenny is from there!

The last two miles were a little frustrating. We saw so many people out running that morning! But this one guy was in front of us and every time we tried to pass him he wouldn't let us! It was like he didn't want to be passed by girls! Lol! You can see him in this picture below.

Finally the sidewalk split into two by the water and we went on the opposite sidewalk from him and were able to get in front of him. It was so frustrating that he was so rude and wouldn't let us pass him! Jenny looked and he made us slow our pace by 24 seconds! In run time that's a lot!

Overall the run was great! I felt amazing the entire run. I just struggled with breathing a little due to the humidity. But I was very happy with our pace and run!

It was so great running with Jenny and Jen!!! Running with friends always makes a run so much better!

After pictures Jen went on her way to finish the rest of her 14 miles. She ended up doing great!

Jenny, Eric, and I went to our local coffee shop for some coffee! Coffee after a long run is one of my favorite ways to refuel!!!

It was a great morning and amazing way to start my Saturday!

QOTD: What is your favorite way to refuel? Are you a coffee drinker?

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Weekly Chase #133!

I can't believe it! Today my first born child turns 10 years old!!!! My Hayden is double digits!!! I cannot believe he has been in our family for 10 years already!!! He has blessed our lives in so many ways and made our world so much more happier! I love my sweet boy!!!

On Friday the boys and I met Andy for lunch at a new restaurant in town...the Chicken Salad Chick! I fell in love! I love chicken salad and this place has so many different kinds! I got the Barbie-Q (bbq flavored). I also LOVE that they offer healthy sides! I got fresh fruit! AND you also get a cookie with your meal (I mean who doesn't need that little taste of sweet after a meal)! It was under 500 calories for the entire meal! Yes!

That left me plenty of calories for an afternoon Starbucks frappuccino after I ran errands and paid some bills!

The day ended with an amazing sunset! God was showing off again!!!

Saturday morning I met Jenny and her hubby for an 8 mile run. Jen from Marathon Mom was in town for graduation and came to meet us to run! She needed to run 14 miles so she ran 8 with us! I loved meeting her and am so glad we got to run together too!

The rest of Saturday was spent at the beach! The birthday boy wanted to go to the beach so that's what we did! But when we got there some thunderstorms starting rolling in. We got rained on a few times but the lightning was way out so we were safe. And both boys got stung (not bad) by jellyfish. But we still had a blast!

After church on Sunday I did lots of shopping! I had to shop for the birthday boy and do grocery shopping for the week. I also baked a cake per the birthday boy's request. That night Andy's family met us at Cracker Barrel (the birthday boy's request) for a celebratory birthday dinner! Then they came to our house for cake! Fun times!

Now it's time for the Weekly Chase! It's a new week and I have new goals to achieve! I hope you will link up your own goals with me too! And feel free to use the badge below in your post too! You can grab the badge HERE! :-)

Road Runner Girl

Here are last week's goals!

  • Goal #1: Run every day! Yep! I hit day 425 this week!
  • Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Yes!
  • Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. I did so much better this week logging everything!
  • Goal #4: Incorporate some weight training into my routine. I didn't do too well on this this week. I forgot to do most of my exercises each day. :-(
  • Goal #5: Clean the house. I didn't get everything done but I made a dent in it!

Here are my goals for this week!

Goal #1: Run every day! Keeping the streak alive of course!!!

Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Gotta prevent injury as much as I can!

Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. I plan on logging everything this week! Need to stay accountable!

Goal #4: Incorporate some weight training into my routine. I plan on doing all the challenge exercises this week!

Goal #5: Make Hayden's birthday a special day! We have plans to go to the splash pad park with friends. I really hope he has a fun day celebrating!!!

So that's the plan for this week! Good luck to you on accomplishing your goals this week!

QOTD: What are your goals this week?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fitness Friday...July 24th Edition!

Wow! This week has flown by! We have had a ton of down time this week but that has been good. We needed it with being on the go every day the past two weeks with Stephanie and her kids being here. I will house has been soooo quiet with them gone. We are missing them!

Monday was a fun day for me and my boys! The boys went to Grandma's house for the day. They went swimming and ate lots of yummy stuff including ice cream! I went to the beach with Jenny and Leigh for Jenny's birthday! And Brittney surprised Jenny in Starbucks before we headed to the beach! Brittney lives in Birmingham and drove here that morning so she could celebrate Jenny's birthday with her! It was the best surprise ever!!! We had a fun day!!!

Tuesday was spent at home doing laundry, cleaning the house, and catching up on emails and blog posts.

Wednesday we had more down time at home. Hayden decided to make his own version of "Mickey Waffles!"

We met Andy for lunch and for dinner since he had to work late that night. I love that he always works so hard to provide for us!

Thursday I had a professional development class for work. My friend Erika and I rode together! It's always more fun to attend these classes with friends!

Now...I have some exciting news for y'all! I have my own app!!!! can download the roadrunnergirl app in the Apple App Store now for FREE!!! It includes my blog posts, Instagram, and Twitter feeds! You can also write comments! Don't ever miss my posts again! I feel super blessed to have my own app! Wow! Search for it in the app store with the word "roadrunnergirl." And thanks for downloading! :-)

Now it's time for Fitness Friday! I had a great week of runs this week! But I've been pushing hard. My goal today is to run easy and only run 1.5 miles. We will see if I actually listen. I'm so bad about getting out there and feeling great and pushing farther than I intended. As a run streaker I really need to take these "rest days" (easy one miler days).

  • Friday- #plankaday 2:10, 2.06 mile run in 16:44 average pace 8:08

  • Sunday- 2.06 mile run in 16:54 average pace 8:12
  • Monday- #plankaday 2:05, 100 second wall sit, 2.26 mile run in 18:37 average pace 8:14

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 2:15, 2.06 mile run in 16:56 average pace 8:12

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 2:05, 2.06 mile run in 16:57 average pace 8:14

  • Thursday- #plankaday 2:05, 100 mountain climbers, 2.06 mile run in 17:22 average pace 8:25

Like I said earlier, the runs were good this week. But I can tell my body is tired and needs a little bit of rest. I haven't been a very good streaker lately because I've been pushing every single run. I need to have a few easy runs of 1-1.5 miles each week in order to stay strong and injury free. 

I'm still doing the FitFluential 100 challenge but didn't get to it every day this week. I'm doing what I can when I can (#wycwyc)! 

Saturday morning Jenny and I are running 8 miles. I'm hoping for another great long run. It's gonna be another hot and humid morning but hopefully the run will be great! 

QOTD: What was your best run or workout this week? Is the heat and humidity extreme in your area too?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Reduce Dash Tumbler Review!

Disclaimer: I received this product free to review. I received no other compensation. All opinions in this post are mine and mine alone!

I absolutely LOVE the company Reduce! I use their WaterWeek water bottles every single day! I love their love of the environment and commitment to green! 

So I was thrilled when they contacted me and wanted me to review more of their products!

Being the coffee lover that I am, I chose the 16 oz. Dash Tumbler

First of all...look how cute it is!!! I LOVE the purple squares! It also comes in black hatching and blue beads!

This tumbler has the following features:

• Double walled insulation keeps drink warmer longer
• Fits most car cup holders
• Open and Close lid helps limit spills
• BPA free plastic inside and out

My FAVORITE part of this tumbler is the lid. 

I've had so many coffee cups that have spilled on me because the lid didn't close properly. This one snaps into place when it's open. So when you are tilting your head back to get that very last drop of coffee there is no issue of the lid closing on you. Love! 

This tumbler is perfect for coffee on the go! On our way to the pool I enjoyed my coffee in the car during the drive. The tumbler fit perfectly in my cup holder. And it was super easy to drink out of. I didn't have to worry about spills. I will be using this tumbler often! Especially when I start back to work this fall!

Another amazing feature of this only costs $7.99!!!

Be sure to check out all the products Reduce has to offer! You can also follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook!

QOTD: Do you drink coffee on the go?



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