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Posts Tagged ‘Running’

April 1, 2014

Afternoon Trails + Dog Advice

Hello, hello! How has the first of April been goin’ for you so far? Any good pranks get you?

As much as I was tempted to *attempt to* pull something on you guys today, I refrained and stuck to making fun of myself instead with this morning’s What’s My Accent video. Thank you for the input by the way! It looks as though I have somehow acquired a somewhat Northern accent while living up here in the mid-west. Perfect.

Anyways, today I made my way back home to the Detroit airport right before Noon and became ridiculously excited when I needed my sunglasses on the car ride home. The past few times I have flown back in from anywhere south has put me in a less than awesome mood when I came home to grey skies and cold temperatures.

Lucky for me, spring finally decided to make a slight appearance today!

Before I get too spring happy, I have to remind myself that the sunshine and temps in the fifties are not a guaranteed thing. Knowing the last winter snowfall is behind us would be nice though. Here’s hoping today was just a preview of the nicer weather ahead!

After a quick stop at Subway for the usual veggies on veggies on turkey wheat sub for lunch, I arrived home around 1 p.m. and couldn’t help but to regroup with a quick cat nap. My weekend away was for sure a whirlwind and I can’t wait to share more about it with you tomorrow.

With the sunshine beaming through my window and an anxious pup by my side, I woke up in a great mood and took the nudge that an afternoon run on the trails might be the best way to get things going.

running with roadie

Ahhh! I just love the feeling of a new season in the air. With most of the snow melted and the sight of grass on the horizon, Roadie and I set out on our four mile running loop through the trails happy as can be.

While I was away, Scott told me that Roadie actually ran away for a couple of hours yesterday. He has done it a handful of times this winter, and I really think it is because he doesn’t get the normal running time I have given him in the past seasons down south.

Thank goodness he came home! I actually feel really bad for the guy, knowing his walks and runs get greatly affected by the freezing weather during these long winter months.

(More on this at the bottom.)

So, with the feeling of spring in the air today, I made sure to spend some extra time with him outside.

running trails with roadie

I wasn’t expecting to be able to comfortably run the trails yet (remember the snowy mess I stumbled upon just a few weeks ago?), but became pleasantly surprised at mostly gravel in sight when we approached the two mile mark. Off to the trails we went!

Struck by nature’s beauty, I ended up turning off my music, enjoying the sounds of the river, and taking a video of my surroundings.

running trails trees

running trails with roadie 2

It’s crazy how much things can change in just a month’s time around here!

Although we hit a bit of a snowy hiccup in the middle, both Roadie and I really enjoyed being outside and back to our normal running path today. We made our way back to the house and I didn’t even get mad when he wanted to sniff and “mark” every little sight of grass on the way.

running trails with roadie 3

In Need of Dog Advice

As the day goes on, I can’t help but to keep thinking about why he keeps running away. It makes me really sad and nervous to think that one day he might get out again and not be able to find his way back home.

Back in Orlando, we used to be able to walk him without a leash and he would stick right by our sides! We took him to the dog park almost every weekend and when it wasn’t too hot out, it wasn’t uncommon for him to go for a couple of long walks and even a run a day! He might have been spoiled and went just about everywhere with us.

Ever since moving up to Michigan, I have felt guilty for not being able to spend as much time with him outside. During the extremely cold and snowy months, it’s hard to be outside for more than ten minutes at a time, so you can imagine how much this has affected his normal every day outings.

We have playtime in the basement and I try to make up for it with plenty of snuggles, but deep down I know he still doesn’t understand what happened and why he can’t go back to how things used to be.

He is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met, but at the same time can be very aggressive, and that side hadn’t come out until we moved.

Roadie with two toys

Since our move, he has become extremely protective and we can’t trust him around many people. We don’t even try to let him off the leash anymore, as he will most likely chase after someone, something, or even run away!

Anyone that comes through our front door doesn’t stand a chance unless they are properly introduced outside, and if they are a guy, it’s still a toss up on how long it will take for him to stop showing his teeth. I get really nervous when new people come into our home for the first time, as never know how he will react.

It’s great to know he protects me and is able to ward off strangers who might pop up at our front door, but at the same time I can’t quite put my finger on where this sudden change in personality came from. Is he suffering from some sort of cabin fever or winter depression?

It sounds kind of silly, but it has become a real concern and it makes me sad that we can’t take him out to public events anymore. I used to take him with me into pet stores, around town in the car, and even to public parks and markets. But now, I am afraid we just can’t trust his questionable behavior.

He has his annual check up at the vets later on this week, so I will make sure to bring this up to him. But I have to ask… have any of you ever dealt with this before?

Is there such thing as doggie winter depression?

And is there anything I can do to help him revert back to his old non-aggressive habits?

If so, please share your stories or suggestions in the comment section!

All right, I better get going. I have a lot of unpacking, straightening up, laundry, and pet snuggles to get to. See ya in the morning!

February 12, 2014

Reebok ZQuick Giveaway

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

It’s no secret that I am a fitness shoe junkie. I love trying out the latest and greatest, and seem to fall for the majority of running shoes I test out.

I do, however, give honest feedback and appreciate every shoe I try for a different reason. Without a doubt, the new Reebok ZQUICK running shoe is unlike any other I have ever seen.

Reebok ZQuick Sneaker Review

Reebok is extremely excited about the launch of this shoe that happened just last week. In fact, you may have read about a handful of bloggers attending their Launch Party or might even catch one of their commercials currently airing during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

I thought it was pretty neat to see these three incredible athletes show exactly how “unnaturally quick” they are in one of them.

Yup… that’s these shoes ya’ll.

Reebok ZQuick Zrated tire bottom 2

When I received my pair in the mail, the first thing I noticed was the Z-Rated tired inspired bottoms. Through rubber grids, they are designed to keep you in control, provide traction, and keep your foot in place with the inner bootie.

Reebok ZQuick lining 2

Over the past week or so, I have tried them in several different ways and love them.

Reebok ZQUICK sneakers for gym

(Reebok Studio Contrast Stripe Tank, PWR Legging, and ZQuick running shoes in Foggy Grey/Purple Vibe)

Here are a few reasons why:

• low-cut for mobility: allows your foot to move naturally while keeping it stable

• extremely lightweight: feels light and flexible enough to also serve as an all-purpose gym shoe

• inner bootie lining: soft bootie fit system designed to keep your foot in place with comfort

And according to Reebok, some additional features to highlight:

• no-sew upper: light and flexible NanoWeb PU cast for breathable protection and support

• inspired by high performance Z-rated tires: designed for uncompromising quickness

• speed control: helps you start, stop and turn on a dime

• underfoot grooves: allows midsoles to flex and expand, increasing ground contact

• light, low profile: EVA midsole designed with new geometry for outstanding handling

• CRTek high abrasion rubber: placed in key wear areas for durability

I have to admit that before actually wearing them, I doubted how great these shoes would be for running. For how flexible and lightweight they are, it just doesn’t seem right. I mean, all the good running shoes out there are packed with support which causes them to feel heavy and clunky right?

Eh. I guess they all don’t have to!

Reebok ZQuick giveaway 2

When placing my order, I asked for a size 7.5 because I prefer my running shoes to fit a little looser in order to avoid blistering. For this one, however, I didn’t take into account the inner bootie magic that holds everything in place. I could have for sure used the size 7, which is my actual street shoe size.

I have taken them for a couple of spins on the treadmill and I am very impressed with how they hold up. Just for fun, I set my incline at a ridiculous number and power walked for a few minutes to see just how powerful the grip is.

ZQuicks on treadmill

Pretty flipping strong. I have yet to take them out on a long distance run (dang you, insanely cold temperatures outside!) but I plan to do so when I see the roads plowed more to my liking.

In the mean time, I keep grabbing this shoe for group fitness classes and even weight training. They seem to be the perfect gym and travel shoe for someone who doesn’t want to pack more than one!

Also, I really do like the bootie lining. It feels like my foot isn’t going to go anywhere and the bottoms can endure just about anything with the set of “tires” they’ve got goin’ on. You could definitely say I am a fan!

Reebok ZQUICK Giveaway

Now it’s your turn to score a pair! Thanks to the generous folks over at Reebok, one lucky (male or female) Housewife Glamour reader will win a pair of ZQUICK running shoes in the color of their choice!

Reebok ZQuick colors*Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Colors subject to availability.

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post sharing what color combo you are eying and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Midnight Sunday, February 16th E.S.T. to enter the giveaway. Winners will be announced first thing Monday morning, the 17th.

*Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post below! You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.

Good Luck!

February 4, 2014

Running In Circles

I was going to share something food related today, but I guess all of that can wait until tomorrow’s WIAW. Today, my heartstrings are tugging at my typing fingers and telling them to share everything about my recent run, so I’m just going to roll with it and see where it goes.

I only had about a half an hour to complete a workout yesterday. I could have easily skipped it since I was going to get plenty of cardio in during dance practice, but I didn’t want to. I could have popped in a workout DVD or completed one of my already put together at-home workouts, but I didn’t want to do that either. I wanted to run.

Running is an outlet for me and during the freezing winter months in Michigan, I miss the luxury of running comfortably outside to clear my head a few times a week.

So, with a glimpse of the sunshine beaming down onto the snow, I wanted to take advantage of it by getting out there and enjoying the (somewhat) sunny (pretend) warm afternoon outside.

front yard snow

Running Through Challenges

Geared up and ready to set out on a quick stroll around the neighborhood, I put on my Winter Workout Playlist to warm up with a walk.

ready to run in the cold

From my view, the roads looked plowed enough to run without having too many issues, and I was pumped to get out there!

Challenge #1: Scott pulled into the driveway right as I was leaving it. As much as I wanted to take that half hour and spend it with him, I charged forward.

Challenge #2: Knowing I was on a time schedule, I mapped out an exact route in my head to complete about two and a half miles in twenty minutes. About three minutes into my run, I realized the sidewalks and roads were no longer plowed, and definitely not runnable.

snowy sidewalk

I took a chance and ran on the street, dodging ice patches, slush, and the occasional passing car.

Challenge #3: About half way to my half way mark, I found my path was completely blocked by snow.

snowy running path

Part of me wanted to press forward, but I knew my stubbornness wasn’t worth me risking slipping and twisting an ankle since I was also in a hurry. So I turned around.

I was running with the Armour39 performance monitor, so I was already frustrated that I couldn’t track a consistent, normal run. Eventually, I got over it and kept tracking it anyways.

Challenge #4: My music stopped playing at an audible level.

This has happened before, due to the cold temperatures. Apparently my iPhone is also a Florida native who doesn’t always perform it’s best in freezing climates.

Not having music doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I am a person who thrives off of it. I mentioned last week that I literally have music playing at every moment when I am home, unless I am reading or watching television. During any type of workout, I have to have music I am into playing or it totally throws off my kick booty outlook.

I know, I’m super high maintenance about it. Now you see the challenge.

There I was, only about half way done with my allotted time to run and ready to get back home and move on.

I’m not sure why, but at that exact moment I felt like snapping a photo of my awesome “running track”.

running in the snow

Before you think I am overly dramatic about this one twenty minute run, I promise there’s a purpose in sharing it with you. Read on!

For the remaining ten minutes, I finally saw the reality that workouts don’t always go the way we plan. Days don’t always go the way we plan. Jobs and relationships don’t always go the way we plan. Life doesn’t always go the way we plan.

Listening to nothing but slushy crunching from my footsteps, it only took ten minutes to have an entire new perspective about what is going on in my life.

Running In Circles

In a sense, the title of this post is literal. Due to blocked off sidewalks to my “normal” running path, I did turn around and run in circles around my house until my time was up.

In another, the title of this post subtly mirrors what all of us do every day: deal with the viscous cycles of life’s ups and downs.

Without getting too deep in this one post, I’ll simply say that this year has been one of many challenges.

When Scott lost his job three weeks before our wedding day in Orlando, I thought the next year would be the hardest on both of us, as well as our relationship. And it was.

After moving up north, away from family, friends, and everything I knew, this past year and a half has proved to challenge me and us more than ever.

Just like all of you, I have my good days and bad days. But our futures are only ours to change. The only thing you can change about your future it is your perspective. So that’s what I did.

In just ten short minutes, I blocked whatever negativity I am forced to deal with out and just went for it. I appreciated the fresh and freezing air, even though my nose was running uncontrollably. I stopped getting frustrated with snowy sidewalks and used the random snow patches as obstacles I could jump and hurdle over whilst looking like and idiot. I’m pretty sure what neighbors did see me now refer to me as “that crazy runner lady” and I am now proud to hold that title.

And I think the best part of it all was that I didn’t even know how far I ran. It didn’t matter.

Just for fun, I took a look at my Armour39 app stats and saw the following:

Armour39 stats after running

(The left screen shot was taken after my final full speed running step and the right two were taken after I was finished with my cool down walk.)

Do you see it? Look at the 11 minute mark. That’s when I turned around and everything changed. That’s when my perspective lightened. That’s when I said a big “screw you” to the challenges and just went for it. I gave it my all and was on a natural high for the rest of the night as a result.

You might be thinking, “it was just a freaking twenty minute run, Heather.” And you’re right. But you’re also wrong. Nothing is just anything. Things are what you make of them. And through this crazy year of ups and downs I have learned that every day is a gift.

When I got home from practice yesterday, Scott and I turned off the television and had actual conversations. We talked about our days and he showed me two videos he stumbled upon earlier.

Got your tissues ready? Okay… I warned you.

This Is the Most Beautiful Thing You Will Ever See

Cancer Sufferer Leaves Emotional Final Video to Daughter

Okay, I’m bawling again.

I don’t know if this is all stemming from my run or if it also has to do with a group text that continuously happens between a few friends and I, but I guess my entire purpose of this post is for you to take away two things.

1) You don’t have to keep running in circles. You are the only one who can change your path, and in a sense, your future.

2) You’re not alone. No matter what you are going through, there is someone out there who can relate and knows what that feels like. And things can always get worse. Find your support system and keep them close!

proverbs verse lean on one another

I have a hard time remembering these things myself. So I encourage you (and me) to keep those two points in mind whenever you feel like you might be running in circles just “going through the motions” on a run, at work, in your relationships, and in life. You don’t have to. And you’re missing out on what life could be. What it’s supposed to be.

Well friends, I think I better stop there. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read my running reflections. Maybe now you get why the heck I run so much. Me time. Thinking time. Reflecting time.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day with a positive attitude! Because I’m sure we could all use one to bounce off of. See ya tomorrow!

December 9, 2013

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Review

*Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. Although I was compensated for this review, all thoughts are honest and opinions are my own!

If you frequent the blog, you have probably noticed that I have a slight love affair with fitness apparel… especially shoes. When I got the opportunity to participate in a FitFluential campaign to review the latest and greatest running shoe from Mizuno, you better believe I hopped right on board!

I have seen the brand new Wave Rider 17 pop up on blogs and social media pages everywhere in the healthy living community, and have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of a pair of my own. (FYI: They were just released to the public December 5th!)

Ever since my visit to the running store back in Orlando to get myself a “big girl” pair of running shoes (to train in for long distance runs), Mizuno has for sure been my go-to long distance running brand. For the past two years, I have sworn by my Wave Enigma’s and put them on my feet any time I feel more than five miles coming on.

(You might have even seen them featured under my Amazon Favorites on the right hand sidebar if you’re an observant one!)

While I have never been able to try out the *award winning* Wave Rider 16 sneakers, the main difference in the new model is the weight. They feel unbelievably light and the company took that as well as few other factors into consideration from customer feedback when designing the new version.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 review

The Facts

• This is a neutral running sneaker, made for long distance runs. Of course, you could throw them on for a quick mile around the neighborhood, but it’s nice to know they would be a good fit for the six to eight or so miles I like to conquer at a time on the weekends.

• It’s made to feel super light. So light, that it only weighs 7.4 ounces!

• There’s an upgraded sock liner, made to provide more comfort than previous Wave Rider versions.

Lateral forefoot sculpting for smooth touchdown and transition.

Blown rubber forefront (outsole) with deep flex grooves for optimal flexibility and cushioning.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Review Collage

My Review

I received my box of fresh sneaks early this morning and couldn’t wait to test them out right away. I already had plans to take a body sculpting class at the gym, so I threw them on to end my workout for the day with a 5K on the treadmill.

wearing Mizuno Wave Rider 17 sneakers

I am kinda bummed I wasn’t able to fit in a longer run before submitting a review, but I plan to fight the cold weather and take them out on a 5+ mile run outside so I can share more thoughts with you later on this week.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 on treadmill

For now, I can tell you I already love them. They feel much more supportive than the Wave Sayonaras I reviewed back in the summer, but just as light.

Earlier this afternoon I noticed a comment via Instagram to look out for changes in this model’s toebox. It is widened, and to me felt comfortable enough to wear for long distances without my toes feeling scrunched up. I ordered a size 7.5, where I normally wear a street shoe size of 7. It probably wouldn’t have hurt to go ahead and go up another half a size to feel more room at a size 8.

Overall, I was very happy with the fit of the Wave Rider 17 and didn’t have any issues with rubbing or blisters. The amount of cushioning felt just right in the middle too… not too firm, but supportive enough in the heel (where I like to feel it the most) to push me through a good run.

I love the new sleek design, which to me doesn’t scream “bulky running shoe” like some of my previous running shoes have. Be sure to check back in a week or so after a long distance run, but all in all I give the Wave Rider 17 Running Shoe two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Wave Rider 17 Mizuno Review

See ya tomorrow bright and early!

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