Lots of Shrieking and Squealing with the Wubble Bubble Ball!

Last week the boys had the opportunity to test out the Wubble Bubble ball, and all I can say is that all of the excitement and squealing was contagious! It started as they ripped open the box and discovered that the ball would be 3ft in diameter by the time it was all pumped up! The Wubble Bubble comes with a pump to inflate it, and it takes about 2 minutes to fully inflate. The pump required 4 D batteries (not included in the package). You can use the same pump to deflate the ball for storage.

James Wubble… 

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Collapsed Arches: What Are They?

So, I mentioned that my recent toenail issue was due indirectly to collapsed arches. While I knew what a collapsed (or fallen arch) was, I wasn’t really sure about exactly how they “collapsed.” Your arch should normally look like an “arch.” When you have been pregnant, carried a lot of extra weight, are a mason (or anyone else who carries large objects for your job), you can develop arches that drop closer to the ground.

Collapsed arches

Generally, the arch collapses due to weakness in (or an injury to) the posterior tibial tendon. Collapsed arches can also result in a host of other injuries in your body including plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and arthritis. This is why it’s so important to correct the problem before too much damage is done! A visit to the podiatrist for an exam of your foot (and or x-rays) can help determine resulting injury from collapsed arches. They can be treated initially with any of the following (in my case I am going with orthotics):

  • rest; cessation of activity that results in pain
  • use of custom orthotics
  • icing
  • taking NSAIDs (like ibuprofen)
  • use of a walking boot
  • losing weight (if excess weight is a factor)

In more extreme cases, surgery may be considered. In this case, joints can be fused, tendons replaced (with another tendon from the foot), or bones can be realigned.

In my case, I am hoping the orthotics will help support my arch and get my feet healthy again. I would prefer not to have to wear them for life. I am also going to use stretching and strengthening exercises for my foot and lower leg muscles. Fingers crossed, I’ll get my feet straightened out soon! ;-)

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Moms Don’t Get Sick Days

Most of the time I would say this is true. Yesterday, however, mom had to take a sick day. I got the nasty 24 hour fever that my boys had a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday afternoon I started feeling a little off. After dinner I came home and took the hottest shower I’ve ever taken and proceeded to wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat. Not fun! It’s weird because the virus doesn’t come with any other symptoms besides the headache and a fever. Towards the end of the day yesterday I started feeling better, and today I feel pretty normal.

Sick Days

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Armpocket Armband Review

Happy Monday! I know, I still cant’ believe it’s Monday again already! Although I was sad to not be running the Cape Cod Half marathon this weekend (damn toenail removal!), it was so beautiful here. I went for two shorter trail runs in Beebe Woods with my greyhound, and it felt great to be running again. I just did a few miles to make sure it wasn’t irritating my nail bed. I promise to be smart and not push it! ;-)

Armpocket i-35

I am super excited to share that I recently became an Armpocket ambassador. Armpocket armbands are a great way to carry your smart phone, ID, money, GU, and anything other small items you usually carry along on your run! I tested out the model for the Samsung Galaxy S5. The arm band comes in 3 different sizes: small, medium, and large, so you are ensured of the proper fit…. 

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Exciting ZOOMA Cape Cod News!

 ZOOMA Ambassador 2015

I am super psyched to announce that I will be a ZOOMA Cape Cod ambassador for 2015–my fourth year with this AMAZING race series. It’s been so fun to watch the race grow over the last few years, and it’s truly a one of a kind race experience. Aside from the hills, I loved everything about it! This year’s race will be held on Saturday, September 26, and registration is now open. Stay tuned for a discount code to get you 10% off the half marathon or 10k. I’m sure the race will sell out again in 2015, so register early!

In another news, I went for a short run yesterday to test out the toe. It was actually kind of a fun run– a family run. … 

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Running Reads: 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower

80:20 Running

The book 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower had me at the title! Who wouldn’t like to run slower and get faster on the road? :-) Matt Fitzgerald is a running and fitness expert from New Hampshire (yeah New England!). He is a runner, triathlete, and very well published writer. In 80/20 Running, he discusses the concept of running 80% of your runs at a lower intensity and only 20% at a higher intensity…. 

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What to Listen to on a Long Run

What to Listen to on a Long Run

When you start running more than an hour at a time, boredom can sometimes enter the equation. Don’t get me wrong—some long runs seem to fly by, and you’re done before you know it. Others, however, seem to drag on and on and on. There are definitely things you can do to help pass the time on a long run, especially when you are feeling tired in the final miles…. 

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Stay Sun Safe This Fall!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face and Body Stick

Here is my seasonal PSA to remember to be sun safe. Although the days are getting shorter and cooler, it’s still important to pay attention to sun safety. Many of us put in a lot of miles during the fall racing season, so make sure you use sunscreen and protect your skin while out on the roads. Wear a hat or visor, sunglasses, and remember to wear a high SPF sunscreen. I have always loved Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer. Neutrogena has a Face + Body Stick that’s perfect to stash in your running bag!… 

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Favorite Things Friday – Things I’m Loving

It’s been quite a while since I did a Favorite Things Friday post, and I have a lot of things to share this week–both running and non-running related!

Running related:

I Run This Tank

Lucy Activewear- I am totally loving my new Lucy Activewear I received a few months ago. I received the I Run This Tank in a neon yellow print (I heart chevron in such a big way!), and it’s super comfy. I am not comfortable running in a sports bra only (because of the nursing boobs right now), so this is such a perfect lightweight tank to wear over a sports bra. It’s barely there, super cute, and breathable. I also love the Lucy endurance tights I received. There is no shortage of pockets on these pants (think GU, smart phone, keys, etc.). They are also very comfy and have a drawstring, so you never have to worry about those babies falling down! … 

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Training Update and a Giveaway!

So the training update is that there is no training update. :-( Since my left big toenail was removed two weeks ago (surgically), it’s taking a while to heal. I had a quick follow-up with the podiatrist this past Monday, and he pushed me to do soaks 2-3 times a day to speed up the healing. I’m super bummed, because this pretty much means that the Cape Cod Half Marathon is out for me this year! Even if I am running then, I don’t want to push it with 13 miles. The last thing I want to do is cause more toenail issues!

It’s so frustrating that just when things were starting to feel good, I have this damn toenail issue! That being said, I am glad that my orthotics will be cast next Monday, and hopefully that will help prevent this problem from recurring!

Woman's Guide to Having it All

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