Skirt Sports Sewing Room

Skirt Sports Sewing Room

It all began with the Gotta Go Skirt. If you missed out on the Kickstarter and fun of being able to pee wherever you want during your run, check it out here. In fact, you can still get your hands on a Gotta Go Skirt! With Skirt Sports Sewing Room, your ideas can become a reality! You designed them, and now if they are funded, you can own them!

Right now, there are five products in the Sewing Room that you can fund. The Cruiser Bike Girl, Happy High Waist Skirt, No Chub Rub Skirt, Out & About Dress, and the Serendipity Sarong. The first two are presently over 30% to their funding need, while the others are at various percentages in being funded presently.

Cruiser Bike Girl

The Cruiser Bike Girl skirt is a take on the former Cruiser Bike skirt that Skirt Sports offered in the past. It was a classic that became the top-selling cycling skirt that was discontinued two years ago. Fans of this skirt have been yearning for it’s return! Skirt Sports would love to bring this style back, but with some tweaks to improve upon the original design. Improvements include a redesigned waistband, draw-cord and ultra comfortable grippers on the leg openings. If you would like to learn more about this style and fund it’s return, head here for all the details and to check it out.

Happy High Waist

The Happy High Waist Skirt is a more modest take on the popular, Happy Girl Skirt. The difference is, the Happy High Waist would be a higher-rise version of the skirt. The waistband would be 2-inches wide and sit at your natural waist. This means, say goodbye to those muffin tops! You’ll still get a comfortable compression shortie of 7″ and three pockets for stashing all of your fuels and such. It’s another skirt that you can wear from morning until night with it’s comfort and stylishly flattering design. Check out all the details and fund the product here.

What you need to know about all of the Sewing Room products:
— Funding perks, you get a 10% discount as well as free shipping!
— Funding of all products ends on October 4, 2016.
— No discount codes, coupons, or gift certficates can be used on these products.
— Your credit card will be charged on October 4th if the funding goal is met.
— The products funded are expected to ship on May 1, 2017.

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Be sure you check out all five of the products in the Sewing Room. If you love one (or more), fund it! Then, be sure to share away on social media to help it reach 100% funding! Deadline to reach full funding is October 4, 2016, so sharing the love is so important to get these skirts made!

Note: I am a Skirt Sports Ambassador, so I blog and promote their products via social media. That said, I am a huge fan irregardless of being an Ambassador, and I love spreading the skirt love!

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The Weekly Pursuit #16

I’ve got a mixed reaction of “so glad the weekend is over” and “where did my weekend go?” happening right now. Let’s just say it was more good than the other side of the coin, but jeez, things were a little testy for a period of time there. Makes me more thankful for good friends.

On Friday, I woke up with back pain. Not only was my night not so restful to begin with, that wasn’t exactly the way I like to wake up. I decided that while I really hated to call out of work, that sitting all day would not help matters. I had a group to lead the next morning for 12 miles and back issues would not be a good thing to be dealing with on a long run. So, I rested up all day. Mostly sleeping and laying around just trying to relax (with back patches and my heating pad). Meanwhile, I was praying that I would be better for the Saturday morning long run.

ten mile trio

With the girls after our 10 miles.

When I woke up for my run the next morning, my back seemed to have calmed down. I was extremely thankful and prayed that it would at least be okay through the end of the run. Then, I would take the remainder of the day and Sunday off as a rest day to ensure it had some time to rest. I am not good at taking rest days less than my usual two (usually Wednesdays & Fridays), so taking a Sunday off would be interesting. LOL!

Unfortunately, Saturday morning didn’t exactly go off as planned. There were some communication and other issues with meeting up with fellow runners, so sufficient to say, stress entered into things. These days, I’m rarely really upset or stressed, as I try to maintain a good balance, but things particularly got to me…sometimes life just doesn’t go as planned and all that jazz.

My back on the other hand, was doing well. So, I was thankful for that for sure. Later than planned, I headed out for what ended up being 10 miles with two of my group girls who are also friends. I was so appreciative of them being there through the insanity of the morning, and the run helped the stress melt away. Well, that along with the fact I was literally melting. The weather was muggy and just icky hot. It was a push at times to keep running when all I wanted to do was stop. The heat and humidity this training season has been so rough for us here in Central Florida.

Winter Park Peacocks

Mama peacock and her babies spotted in Winter Park during our run.

I was truly happy when we got back to the school (our meetup location) and the run was done. After getting some water and using the awesome iced towels our Program Director brought us, the three of us got some much deserved smoothies. It was the treat we used as our motivation in those last miles. Then, it was off for a relaxing dip in one of the girl’s pool. And boy was that so amazing!

The remainder of Saturday was spent heading over to see my parents and just relaxing with them and the birds and guinea pigs. We also rented God’s Not Dead 2 from Redbox and watched it. I think it was just as good as the first movie. Loved how some of the characters carried over. I highly recommend renting it if you have yet to see it!

blessings

Sunday was continued relaxing and sleeping in. The one day with no alarm clock having to be set! Church and just hanging around was such a nice way to spend the day. Then, before I knew it, the evening had arrived meaning that the weekend was almost over. Darn it, I would love just one more day! 🙂

The Weekly Pursuit

Anyway, looking back at last week’s goals…

1. Logging my food daily. Did great with this one like I have been doing.

2. Hydration. A lot better hydrating than I did the previous week.

3. Listening to God. He and I are doing pretty good I think. I’m ever-learning and trying to put Him first.

4. Reading ‘Mornings with the Holy Spirit.’ I admit, I am behind on this one, got to do better.

5. Cleaning my bedroom. Big fat no on this one. I did get some trash out, but so much to take care of still.

This week’s goals..

1. Logging my food.
2. Hydration.
3. Listening to God.
4. Reading ‘Mornings with the Holy Spirit’ daily.
5. Clean my bedroom.
6. Resting when I need to, listening to my body.

How was your weekend?
What are your goals for the week?

Fall Training Update

13.1 half marathoner

The Fall racing season is upon us. My first half marathon is in 45 days, the Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon. That race is the beginning of six months of race fun. Mostly half marathons, as I’ve pretty much got one a month between October and March 2017.

In all honesty, I’m a bit disappointed that I haven’t been training for a full marathon this year. It’s kind of weird, as I’ve run five marathons since joining Orlando Galloway in June 2012. My first, then second marathon in 2013, followed by one in 2014, and two in 2015. This training season has been my first without a full 26.2 on my schedule. I can’t say that it hasn’t been a mixed bag of emotions and thoughts on that. Part of me is good with the time off from marathon training, as the rest from that is good. But, I also miss it a lot.

2016 has been the year of taking it a bit easier, and to a non-runner, saying that means running half marathons is probably funny. I just can’t see myself NOT running half marathons and marathons. Running has changed me in so many ways, I can’t imagine life without it.

13.1 Bible verse

This weekend, I’ll be running 13 miles with some of my marathon runners. Two of the girls in my pace group are running their first marathons this year. One has her last long run, her 26 miler for Chicago Marathon, and the other, is doing 23 miles for the NYC Marathon. I’m excited for both of them, the journey to your first marathon is like nothing else. I know they will never forget that first marathon finish line and the miles that got them there.

training for a half

The reason I am a bit ahead in my training miles is that as a group leader, we make sure to get our group their needed mileage. Myself and one of my co-group leaders are experienced marathoners (our third group leader has yet to run 26.2…yet LOL), so we want to be sure to be with them through as much of their mileage as we can. Also, I’m actually hoping to get in more than the usual 14 miles of training mileage done before my first half. Getting up to 16-18 miles would be great. I know it will help my endurance and have me better prepared.

So, October is Lighthouse Loop Half, November is Space Coast Half Marathon, and December is the Jeff Galloway 13.1 in Atlanta, GA. I’m nailing down my January race, but it will likely be the Shark Bite Half Marathon. February is set on my schedule for the 26.2 with Donna Half Marathon, and March is the Swamp House Half. That’s not even counting any 5ks or 10ks, holiday runs and such I might throw in there. Gotta do the races while the weather is good! I’m excited to get the racing season going next month.

13.1 training

How is your training going? What are your Fall race plans?

NYRR Changes for 2017

NYRR

NYRR announced today via email some of the changes ahead for 2017. Specifically, changes in regards to lottery and entry fees for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon and 2017 United Airline NYC Half. Per NYRR: Due to rising event expenses and the inclusion of processing and administrative costs associated with the non-guaranteed entry drawing and race registration process, the entry fees for the TCS New York City Marathon and United Airlines NYC Half will increase in 2017.

The United Airlines NYC Half will now be $130 for NYRR members and $145 for non-members. The TCS NYC Marathon will be $255 for NYRR members and $295 for non-members within the United States. Non-U.S. residents entry fee will be $358 for the 2017 event.

The application period for the United Airlines NYC Half opens on October 26, 2016, and closes on December 1, 2016. The drawing for the NYC Half is on December 8, 2016. The 2017 United Airlines NYC Half race day is March, 19, 2017.

The TCS NYC Marathon application period opens on January 17, 2017, closes on February 17, 2017. The big drawing is scheduled for March 2, 2017. And, the big dance, aka the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon will be held on November 5, 2017.

New York City

So, which race are you entering the lottery for in 2017? This girl is more than anxious to run the five boroughs for a second time in 2017! New York is calling and I am more than ready to come back! 🙂

The Weekly Pursuit #15

It’s that time, the time for The Weekly Pursuit. As I write this post, I’ve been watching and thinking about 9/11/01 most of the day. Right now, it’s Sunday evening and 102 Minutes That Change America: 15 Years Later has been on the History Channel. I just can’t turn away. I can’t stop re-watching the events of that horrific day and feeling that sickening feeling deep in the pit of my stomach. I feel as though despite it being 15 years later, it’s so ingrained in my mind and heart.

NYC World Trade Center lights tribute

Of course, despite tragedy, life goes on. I’m thankful for my faith and the many blessings the Lord has given me. I decided to go to church Sunday evening rather than Saturday night, and it was such a good decision. I needed to hear my Pastor and be around my congregation today, it just meant so much. I was even asked to serve as a communion steward during the service. I walked into church early and was asked if I would like to serve. Being able to be a part of my church in that way was a blessing.

Going backwards a bit, last week was a pretty good week. I got in my three runs and two cross-training days at the gym. Even though it was a shorter work week with the Monday holiday, I was still tired by the time it was Friday. There’s never a substitute for the weekend and/or days off. And, I haven’t had anything but a three of four day in a row long weekend sort of thing since my November vacation up to New York. I’m definitely looking forward to going up to Atlanta in December!

Ended up doing a total of 9.6 miles on Saturday with two girls from my group. We ran 8 miles of it and walked for a mile and .60. Well, it could have been a bit more than 8 miles of the run/walk portion, but that’s about my best estimation. We were going to do 8 miles from the get-go, then when we hit about 3 miles and were going to head back, we decided to head a bit off the planned route in hopes of adding the mile or so that way. What happened was that I missed the turn, so our mileage was off. It was all good though, the three of us were in good spirits and enjoyed walking through some neat neighborhoods we generally don’t run through. It’s inspired me to try to create a new route hitting that area. I think running is an adventure to begin with, so hey enjoy the journey!

Saturday run trio

Saturday, after the run.

Despite taking care of a few errands, the rest of my Saturday consisted of a nap (I have to admit that I love naps these days LOL), and then watching Law & Order: SVU. I love watching ION on Saturdays when I have no plans for a good part of the day as they run a marathon of the show. It’s truly the best Law & Order series hands down, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, the original Law & Order is great, but it has nothing on SVU. 🙂

And Sunday, well I sort of mentioned it at the get-go of this post. I woke up, turned on the TV to watch documentaries and such about September 11, 2001. I knew that my day would be consumed by memories of that day and the days following it. The entire terrorists attacks were horrible, but the attack on New York City always shook me more. As a New York born girl, it is always in my heart. I may have lived in Florida more of my life, but New York means so much to me. That’s why I loved running the NYC Marathon so much, and why I yearn to go back in 2017.

Watching the re-enactment of Flight 93, brought tears to my eyes. I was thankful that I was leaving for church soon after that. I truly needed time with God today.

the weekly pursuit

Looking back at last week’s goals…

1. Logging my food. I did great with this, logged every single day!

2. Relationship with God/Listening to Him. This is getting better and better each day. I believe that Sunday really stepped things up as well.

3. Hydration. I did good most of the week, so could have been better on some days.

4. Reading ‘Mornings with the Holy Spirit’ daily. Not as consistent as I need to be with this one.

5. Get meds refilled. Got it done right after work on Tuesday, so I was good to go!

6. Gym workouts 2x and run 3x this week. Check, check on this goal!

Moving on to this week’s goals…

1. Logging my food daily.
2. Hydration.
3. Listening to God.
4. Reading ‘Mornings with the Holy Spirit.’
5. Cleaning my bedroom.

Psalms 61:2

What are your goals for this week?

Remembering September 11th

Never Forget 9/11/01

It’s been 15 years. 15 years since the horrific events of September 11, 2001. It’s so hard to believe that it’s been that long since America was attacked. The images that came across my television screen that day still linger in my mind.

I was home recovering from gallbladder surgery, and when I awoke that morning, the world was under attack. Seeing one of the World Trade Center towers smouldering and then a second plane hitting the South tower, I was stunned. Like everyone else, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, it just didn’t seem real.

Firefighters American Flag 9/11/01

Sadly, it was all too real. The terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 would take 2,996 lives and over 6,000 people would be injured. Of those who died that day, 343 were firefighters, 72 were law enforcement officers, and 55 military personnel. America has never been the same since that day.

Today, I want to remember those lives that were lost, as well as honor the heroes who emerged that day and in the days following the attacks. I may not know if my words can ever truly show the love that I feel deep inside my heart for the families who were closely impacted as well as those heroes.

9/11 cross

I will NEVER forget. Thank you and God Bless.

8 Things Running Has Taught Me

Things running has taught me

Running has taught me so many things about life and myself. It’s amazing what something I couldn’t have ever imagined myself doing years ago has changed my life so much and in many ways. For me, it’s not all about medals and P.R.s (although those are nice), there is more to running and what it has taught me. Running has taught me…

1. I am capable of more than I ever imagined. Who knew I could run a mile, let alone 26.2 miles? Before I became a runner, these are things I NEVER considered possible. It began with one mile, evolved into three, then thirteen-point-one… Running isn’t always easy, but you truly do learn what you are capable of both physically and mentally. You physically run those miles, but it’s just as much a mental sport as it is a physical one.

2. I can do all things through Christ. For me, being capable of running goes hand in hand with my faith. I know that with God’s strength, I have and continue to be able to do this crazy sport I love. Despite the struggles I have in my life, running has come to mean so much. My faith in God has gotten only stronger through my running. I thank God each day that I can get out and run.

I can do all things through Christ

3. True friends are with you through the ups and downs. Running with the same people each week, mile after mile and for hours makes the best friendships. These are the people who see you through the best of times and worst of times. Running brings you true friendships that can last for a lifetime.

4. Feel the fear and do it anyway. It’s scary thinking that you are training for your first half marathon or full marathon. Heck, even my first 10k had me nervous back in 2011. Running has taught me to embrace that fear and just go out there and do it. That doesn’t mean all those miles still aren’t scary, but it can be conquered. And, if I can conquer 26.2 miles, what other things in life that I fear are able to be overcome?

Running friends

5. It isn’t about being fast. Running is much more than being fast or winning. Getting to that starting line and then to the finish line, that’s what matters. No matter your speed, you are a runner if you run. What happens in between the two can and will change your life.

6. There’s nothing a good run can’t solve. A run helps clear your mind, and in turn gives you answers to questions and issues you may have had before you laced up and headed out the door. Just takes a few miles…if you can’t solve a given problem while you are out for a run, well, you may never get a solution.

7. Enjoy the journey. Sure, we train for a particular race or races, but it’s about the journey, not the destination. All the work you put in during the journey to that race is to be enjoyed. Those are the memories you will keep forever WITH the memories you create on race day. It’s all wrapped up in one awesome package.

enjoy the journey

8. You have to create your own motivation. Some days motivation will come easy, others it will take everything you’ve got to get out of bed. You have to learn to motivate yourself, because sometimes, there will be no one but that reflection in the mirror to convince you to run. Self motivation is tough, but you become truly successful in whatever you pursue with it.

What has running taught you? Share in the comments!

It’s PCOS Awareness Month

September is PCOS Awareness Month. You may or may not know that I have PCOS. PCOS stands for Polycystc ovary syndrome. I was diagnosed with it back when I was in high school after having issues that my doctor suspected were symptoms of PCOS. After struggling for a couple of years with them, it was nice to finally know what it was and start getting treated for it.

PCOS Awareness Month

PCOS is a common disorder of the endocrine system among women of reproductive age. The cause of PCOS is unknown, but it’s a hormonal imbalance in which the ovaries make more androgens than normal. Insulin may also be linked to PCOS, as many women with PCOS tend to have too much insulin in their bodies because their bodies have issues using it. An excess amount of insulin can increase the production of androgen, a male hormone that females also make. If you have high levels of androgen, it can lead to weight gain, excessive hair growth, acne, and ovulation problems.

Symptoms of PCOS do vary from woman to woman. Symptoms can include:
— infertility
— cysts on the ovaries
— irregular/infrequent/absent menstrual periods
— weight gain or obesity (usually around the waist)
— acne, oily skin or dandruff
— increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs or toes
— sleep apnea
— pelvic pain
— anxiety and/or depression
— skin tags or patches of skin on the neck, arms, thighs that are thick and dark brown/black

PCOS: 1 in 10

Unfortunately, there’s no single test to diagnose PCOS. The doctor will inquire about your medical history, order blood tests, order a sonogram, pelvic exam and do a physical exam. Once you are diagnosed with PCOS, your doctor will likely prescribe a medication to regulate your menstrual cycle. This usually involves birth control pills or a skin patch that contains a combination of estrogen and progestin. You may also be prescribed meformin, an oral medication for type 2 diabetes in order to improve insulin resistance. Also, if you aren’t already activity exercising, the doctor will recommend you do moderate exercise activities. Weight loss of even 5 percent of your body weight can improve your condition.

PCOS Awareness

During my teen years and into my 20s, I struggled with my weight. While it’s not ALL because of PCOS, I learned that having it did make things a bit more difficult. I’ve been on birth control pills for my PCOS since that diagnosis when I was about 17 years-old. I’ve also tried some other hormonal treatments, but thankfully, once I did lose 80lbs between late 2008 and August 2009, I noticed that my PCOS wasn’t as bad.

The thing for me is that I never know which one of my issues is causing a particular symptom. Between PCOS, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Depression/Anxiety, it all seems to run together. A number of the symptoms are the same, especially with PCOS and my thyroid. So, I tend to just try to deal with most of it. The major issues of PCOS with my cycle are managed with the pill. I’ve been regular for years now which is great. Never knowing if/when you will have a menstrual cycle or if it will be a horrible one is not fun. I have no clue if it will affect my eventually wanting to have a baby. Some people with PCOS can’t conceive, and some are fine and able to. That’s definitely a struggle for anyone ready to get pregnant when they have PCOS.

If you think you have, or have already been diagnosed with PCOS, there are some great resources online to help support you. Of course, you need to be seen and treated by a doctor in order to get the correct treatment regime for you. However, you can check out these websites for help and support.
***PCOS Awareness Association***
***PCOS Foundation***
***PCOS Challenge***

PCOS Awareness

Do you, or someone you know struggle with PCOS?

The Weekly Pursuit #14

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are off work today and either doing something fun with family and friends, or are relaxing at home with a TV show marathon or the like. Labor Day is considered the “unofficial end of summer” and celebrating that with family time and parades has become the norm in the last few decades.

Happy Labor Day!

But, did you know that Labor Day’s history is actually a quite violent one? Back in the late 1800s, work environments were hazardous, with workers having to work 12 or more hour workdays for meager pay. It was so bad that even children could be found working in factories and plants, some as young as 5-years-old. On September 5, 1882, thousands of workers, 10,000 to be exact took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City. The march was organized by the New York Central Labor Union as a tribute in the form of a parade to American workers.

Push ahead to May 11, 1894, when a strike hit involving 4,000 workers due to wage cuts. This pitted the American Railway Union vs. the Pullman Company and the federal government. The boycott/strike triggered a nationwide transportation nightmare for both freight and passenger train traffic. This turbulent act lead Congress to pass an act on June 28, 1894, making the first Monday each September legally known as Labor Day. So, that’s your bit of history lesson. 🙂

Sandhill cranes

Been seeing a lot of Sandhill cranes on my runs lately. Cool birds.

This past week has been pretty good for me. I have been doing well with my eating and workouts. And, my hard work to stay on my plan is paying off, I’m down two pounds! Getting back to my goal weight again, just gotta work hard and it will pay off. It does feel good to know I’m following my plan and seeing the results from it.

Mind you, it’s been tough at times. I go through moments in the day where I am hungry. Or, think I’m hungry. Either way, I want a snack. Convincing myself that I don’t need a snack can be difficult, but I’m pushing through. Weight loss and healthy choices aren’t going to be easy but in the end, so worth the results. It’s a mind strength thing as much as anything else. I relate it to pushing through a tough long run like a marathon. You want to stop, to quit but you know you have to make it to that finish line.

This past holiday weekend has been pretty good. Started off Saturday morning like always with a run. It was an OYO, on-your-own weekend due to the holiday. That means it’s not a required run, due to folks possibly being out of town and all. Most of my group was staying in the area, so we met up in Apopka to run hills. I was actually looking forward to the change in scenery and even the challenge of hills.

My running group

Most of the group after Saturday’s Apopka hills run.

There were about ten of us, including me who showed up to run. We were doing a just under 7 mile route. I felt pretty good at the start of the run. About halfway through, my legs were beginning to complain. Was definitely glad that I wore compression sleeves with how my calves were feeling. I began to slow down a bit and even felt a bit winded. I suppose doing Clermont hills last Sunday and then Apopka hills six days later was a push. Don’t get me wrong, hills are good, but here in Florida since I don’t run them a lot, two days in the same week with hills was quite the workout!

The remainder of the weekend has been spent with family and our feathered and furry creatures. My birds came with me to the parents this time since I was staying over two nights. They have been enjoying their visit with Rocket and Blue, my parents birds. Blue especially seems to love them, he’s only seen them once before since he’s the newest member of the flock. All the birds have been singing and chatting with one another. My parakeet, Angel is happily tweeting as I write this post.

Birds visiting

All four birds visiting during the weekend.

It’s been a nice weekend and I’m not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow morning. Ha. Well, thankfully the day will start with a run and that always makes the day great. It’s also a four-day work week AND pay day this coming Friday. So, I suppose things already look pretty bright for the week ahead! 🙂

The Weekly Pursuit

Looking back at last week’s goals…

1. Logging my food. Success! Doing very well with this, which is part of the reason my weight loss is finally happening. I know food logging is important for that.

2. Read ‘Mornings with the Holy Spirit’ daily. I didn’t do well on this until the tail end of the week. So, I’m improving!

3. Listening to God, being thankful to Him. I feel like I need to work harder on this one this week. Feeling close to Him, but I know my relationship can and needs to be stronger. I’m always thankful to Him as I know without Him, I am lost.

4. Hydration. I have been doing well on my water intake! When I’m hungry, I’m drinking more H2O. It’s of course not as tasty as a snack, but better for me.

Looking ahead to this week’s goals…

1. Logging my food.
2. Relationship with God/Listening to Him.
3. Hydration.
4. Reading ‘Mornings with the Holy Spirit’ daily.
5. Get meds refilled.
6. Gym workouts 2x and run 3x this week.

Love the Lord

How was your holiday weekend?
What are your goals for this week?