Oh the chaf…

Not so much!!

Thanks to Pjuractive 2Skin anti-chafing gel for reaching out to me on Instagram last month to ask if I would be interested in trying their product.  Heck yeah!!

The victim of  chafing in the past, Ummm I have scars, I was more than interested! Pjuractive 2Skin is a silicone-based anti-chafing gel that provides a protective film on the skin. According to the company website, the gel penetrates the cells of the skin, eventually strengthening the skin. The gel is water and sweat-resistant, long lasting, like all day long, and invisible. The product can be used EVERYWHERE.  With age, my skin has changed and I need an anti-chafing product in several areas like my thighs, under my arms, under sport bra straps and the side ribcage area, but also that area where the thigh connects to THAT area.

My first run with 2skin was in early February, a nice Florida morning dripping with humidity…No chafing!!

I also used the product during the 26.2 with DONNA Booby Trap Challenge.  I ran back to back 10 and 5ks…No chafing!!  Also, our first 80+ degree Half Marathon the following day…No chafing!!

Took it on a few short training runs…No chafing!!

How about the Gasparilla Ultra Challenge…2 Days + 4 Races = 30.4 miles.  Confident to raise my arms at each Finish…No chafing!!

And this past weekend at the Chattanooga Challenge where the temps were cooler…No chafing!!

I’m in love with this gel–it’s colorless and is easy to apply. It holds up during the short and long runs, the hot and humid runs, and the cooler, dryer runs.  There is no residue, and it rinses off easily in the shower.  I want you to give it a try and find out for yourself use code MYKINDOFFIT10 for 10%  Pjuractive 2Skin.

Let me know…

Is chafing a problem for you??  What is your favorite anti-chafing product??  Will you try a new product if you have a discount code vs. not having one??

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A New Year… A New Plan

Starting the year off right…

I plan to add yoga and strength training BACK into the running rotation for 2018.  I have been having little twinges of injuries past and have been on TOTAL neglect mode with any type of cross training.

So here it goes… First week of January

Monday – I said I was re-introducing strength training into the rotation and it’s happening the first day of the year!!  I don’t know if many of you follow the Beachbody social media accounts, but there is a new workout coming later this month by Autumn Calabrese, 21 Day Fix, they put a teaser out on BOD called A Little Obsessed (ALO)…well here I go!!

Day 1 of ALO –  Cardio Core… no weights, no bands, no sliders!!  I opted for bodyweight in order not to sacrifice form with a new program.  Pretty sure I’ll feel this tomorrow.

Tuesday – Another running rest day, but I’m in for AOL

Day 2 of ALO – Booty Burn… not gonna lie, the exercises are meant to TARGET the booty!!

Wednesday – Today was the day that I would see if this cross training and running routine was going to pan out.  Let’s just say that the legs were slowing down in mile 2 and I began to wonder why I let the cross training fall by the wayside??!!

Day 3 of ALO – AAA (Arms, Abs and A$$)… I used 8 lb weights for the upper body exercises

Thursday – Resolution 5k on base this afternoon!! I’m skipping Day 4 of ALO – Cardio since I was running the 5k.  I also added 10 minutes of abs and an 8 minute stretch video once I got to the house.

Friday – REST

Saturday – 10.04 miles.  Long run before next weekend’s Louisiana Marathon’s Half and Quarter Note!!  Look at us all bundled up it was 34 degrees in Florida!!  Brrrrrrrrrrr!!

Sunday – Yoga.  I finally broke the plastic on the Yoga for Runners video that I purchased 2 months ago.  I did Yoga for Recovery and it was just what my lower body needed after those AOL workouts. This video includes exercises for the ankles and feet and focuses on the lower body.

So here it goes…Second week of January

Monday – REST

Tuesday – 3.11 miles and Day 5 of ALO – Legs.  I finally found the day to add Day 5 of ALO and let me just say that my knees were pretty cranky with all the lunges…ALL.THE.LUNGES!!  This preview is only 5 days, so I’m closing it out due to our races this coming weekend.  The mama to this baby, 80 Day Obsession, starts 15 January.  I will not be doing the 80 days straight, but I will do ALL 80 days.  I just have to figure out what days each workout will work best for.  Fingers crossed!!

Wednesday – Yoga.  Yoga for Recovery…again!!  I’m loving this stretch for the feet.

Thursday – 2.26 miles.  This run wraps up the week…Ready to Rendezvous in Baton Rouge!!

And guess what…

I’m part of the 2018 Fitletic Brand Ambassador Team!! This was the third year I put in for it and they finally selected ME!!  You rarely see me without one of their belts while running…it holds all the stuff.  Once I get my discount code, I’ll be sure to share in case you want to try one for your self!!

Friday –  Travel Day.

Saturday and Sunday – Race Weekend…stay tuned for that recap!!

Let me know…

How did you start the New Year?? Anything NEW for 2018??

All the Stats… 2017 the Year in Review

With all that happened towards the end of the year 2017 brought many highlights, a Vegas Wedding and a surprise surgery to mention a couple.
Let’s start with races ran…
30 races
5k – 9
6k – 1
8k – 1
10k – 4
12k – 1
15k – 2
Half – 10
and the two that I didn’t get to start…
DNS – 2  Chicago Marathon and 30A Half Marathon (due to surgery and recovery)
AG placements
1st in AG at Running the Highlands Half Marathon
2nd in AG at Fit 2 Fight 10k
2nd in AG at Semper Fi 5k

 

 

Timing
Fastest Half – The Half at the Louisiana Marathon  2:20:51
Fastest 15k – Pensacola Double Bridge Run  1:33:31
Fastest 10k – 30A 10k  1:03:37
Fastest 5k – Semper Fi 5k   30:36

 

 

Monthly Miles
August and September yielded the most/same miles this year, of course it was during marathon training.

 

 

Yearly Miles
I am counting running and walking miles this year since the month of October and first week of November I was limited to walking.
Running  950.3
Walking  103.0
Total =  1053.3

 

Favorite Races
Louisiana Marathon – Hands down has the best Finish Line Festival that we’ve seen!
Gasparilla – Our favorite challenge weekend…SO.MANY.RUNNERS!!!  And great medals!!
ChattanoogaWe were able to meet up and run with a few long time runner buds and watch our dear friend finish her first marathon!!
Hotlanta  – Even though this race is in June and HAWT, we plan to go back.  It was such a great weekend and I hope the lady with the cooler of icee pops will be along the greenway!!
Graffiti Bridge 5k – This was the best fun leaving our mark on the Graffiti Bridge in Pensacola!!
Chicago Int’l 5k – Since I was sidelined from the Chicago Marathon due to a medical issue, being able to walk the 5k was a welcomed gift!
Battleship 12k – This was hands down the most patriotic race we have ever attended/ran…this community truly supports it’s military members/families.
*Sadly the first five listed were all recapped in the same post earlier in the year… then I got my act together!!

 

 

Instagram Best Nine
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1 – Gasparilla Ultra Challenge
2 – Ho Ho Hustle 10k
3 – Sports Bra Squad
4 – The Hubs’ Chicago Marathon finish
5 – Las Vegas training run
6 – Christmas Prop at the Park
7 – Vegas Wedding
8 – Chicago Int’l 5k finish
9  – Panama City Beach Half finish
Most Special Day in 2017
Mr. & Mrs. Delahaya
July 26, 2017
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Most Viewed Blog Post
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 Let me know…
Any goals or special plans for 2018??  I’m trying to figure mine out!!
Happy New Year!!

Running and Recaps…

The last two weeks have flown, not to mention we are pretty much through with the current week!!!  Why is there so much hustle and bustle during December??  Well, I’m about to impart my hustling and bustling on you and I promise to keep it short!!

The first week of December gifted me with 20.5 miles run…

Tuesday – 3.10 miles

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Thursday – 4.10 miles

You can’t tell it in the picture, but I am SOAKED!!  When I started out it was sunny however, 2 miles in the rain started to fall becoming a downpour and bringing the darkness…ugggghhh!!

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Saturday – Ho Ho Hustle 10K – 6.24 miles

Can you say…WINTER in Florida??!!  Well, it only lasted a few days.  While the rest of the south was getting all the SNOW we only had the almost freezing temps, 34 degrees  at race start!!  Brrrrr!!  This was the second running of the Ho Ho Hustle 5/10k in downtown Fort Walton, Florida.  It was an easy out and back flat course.  No medals for this one, only locally made ornaments were given for Overall and AG winners.  Runners were encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.

Of course we had to dress to impress for this run…it was a themed kinda run.  We wish we would’ve thought of all the onesies everyone else seemed to be wearing.   I shoved all my hair up in that tree to try and get the star on top to stand up…runner problems!!

Sunday – 7.06 miles

I call this… Drunkin’ Blow-ups!!

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The second week of December gifted me with 23.62 miles run…

Tuesday – 2.14 miles

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Thursday – Santa 5k and 2.02 training miles – 5.12 miles

And yes… A Santa selfie at the Santa 5k!!  This Santa arrived on his bicycle when his sleigh broke down, hence the bike helmet… I knew you wanted to know!!

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Saturday  – Inaugural Running Highland Oaks Half Marathon – 13.10 miles

We woke up at 4a for a 1.5 hr drive to Dothan, AL to participate in this inaugural race, dedicated as we are.  Driving in it was dark, but as the sun came up and we were able to see some of the course around us and I may have said a few cuss words.  NOTHING BUT HILLS!!  I have since learned that Golf Course = Hills.  Yes, we ran about 11.5 miles of this course on a golf cart path.  I took it like a champ though… the GIANT hill at mile 6 was a blow to the gut, I walked that hill like I was going plant a flag on top of it!!  All was good until about mile 11 and then I just wanted to be done.   I will say that all my effort got me 1st in my AG!!!  Yes, there were only 2 of us and I’m counting it as a WIN!!

The course was gorgeous, I can only imagine all the blooming glory in the Spring/Summer.

 

 

Sunday – 3.26 miles

And smooches to you all!!  I ran in the leftover makeup and lipstick from my office Christmas party the night before.  I figured why wash my face if I’m just gonna sweat!!

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That’s it for now… I’m working on my race wrap up for 2017 and hope to get it posted next week!!

Merry Christmas!!!

 

Post Hysterectomy – Weeks 4 and 5

Week 4 Check Points

Encouraging words for the week – It may be hard to believe, but you are in the home stretch of recovery! Weeks of preparing and recovery are behind you, and the future holds healthy days ahead.

I left a lot of the info in for the HysterSister checkpoints this week just so you could see what information is passed.

SPOTTING AND ODOR
Any vaginal bleeding that you experienced in the first couple weeks should be slowing down or perhaps completely gone by now, though you may still notice some spotting. You may also notice some unpleasant vaginal odor, but remember that douching is not allowed, regardless of the discharge and smell.

An increase in spotting or bleeding can be a sign that you are doing too much too soon. Also, an odor that lasts for more than a couple days, or that is accompanied by fever and/or colored discharge, could indicate an infection.

MINI PERIODS

If you had a partial hysterectomy and kept at least one ovary, bleeding at this point could indicate you are having a mini period. If you have concerns, you can check with your surgeon about the possibility of continued periods post-hysterectomy.

INTIMACY

You and your partner may have a lot questions about resuming intimacy after your hysterectomy. “Is my vagina shorter?” “How do I deal with a hesitant husband?” These are normal concerns, and your surgeon and HysterSisters can help you with these questions.

PREPARING FOR YOUR POST-OP APPOINTMENT

If you keep a notebook and pen close by, you can write down any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your surgeon at your upcoming post-op appointment. You might ask about returning to work, starting hormone replacement therapy (HRT), resuming bathing, and handling menopause symptoms.

GETTING FIT

Right now, you may also be thinking about how to make better choices for better health in the future. You can begin by slowly lengthening the distance and speed you are walking, learning Kegel exercises, and learning to eat well. You may also want to consider adding vitamins and supplements as recommended by your doctor.

STAYING OPTIMISTIC

If you find yourself crying and even throwing a few temper tantrums, don’t be discouraged. You have been through a lot and your body simply needs time to heal and adjust to all the changes. When you check in with your HysterSisters on your Progress Recovery thread, you’ll likely find they have shed some tears and stomped their feet a time or two as well!


Luckily, I really haven’t had any issues during recovery!!  I have started HRT and have been prescribed a compounded cream that I apply to my forearms or inner thighs every night before bed.  I’m pretty sure that I have the Getting Fit down!!   Next week, Week 5, I am scheduled for my post op exam…fingers crossed everything is as it should be!!!


Monday –  2.4 miles

WALK only this evening!! Those Run/Walk intervals (7.45 miles) on Sunday had my legs all sore and stuff!!

Today was my first day back to work in a month, all my stuff was where I left it!!

I have been trying to remember to use the Charity Miles app this month for Team RWB, how is that working out…not so much!! I have to remember to turn it on!!!

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Tuesday – 5.03 run miles / .38 walk miles

It’s all about balance…LIFE!!  The Hubs worked from Panama City today which meant were were able to put in a little road work together this evening!!

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Friday – 3.10 run/walk miles

Last night was the Hubs’ birthday so I traveled to Pensacola for dinner and the weekend!!  On Friday morning his company hosted a Veteran’s Day 5k in which the proceeds went to the USO of Northwest Florida… so of course we participated!!

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Saturday – 5.38 run miles / .42 walk miles

We ran the streets before breakfast at Polonza Bistro in Downtown Pensacola this morning.  Of course we had cawfee, macchiatos to be exact and I enjoyed the Toad in the Hole!  My plate consisted of two fried eggs in homemade sourdough toast topped with arugula, bacon, parmesan, and red wine vinaigrette… I added avocado!!  Delicious if I must say!!

 

 

After Breakfast we headed to Spanish Fort, Alabama for packet pickup for the Battleship 12k.  I have wanted to run this race the last 2 years and it’s finally happening, mind you this is only the third year for it and we are forgoing the Pensacola Half Marathon to do so.  I wanted to run a NO KIDDING military related race for Veteran’s Day this year.  The Pensacola Half Marathon does recognize current and retired military members by placing a service badge on your bib, but it is NO WHERE NEAR as patriotic as the Battleship 12k.

 

 

Sunday – 7.45  run/walk interval miles

There is so much to say about this race that it will have its own post up next!!

We participated in the Circle of Remembrance with Wear Blue to Remember, met up with some runner buds, some old, some new and we posed at the finish line.

 

Week 5 Check Points

You should be on your way to feeling well again! Here are some things that may be good to add to your to-do list as your energy starts to return.

SHOWING THANKS

WALKING

RETURNING TO WORK

GETTING BACK INTO YOUR CLOTHES

BABY STEPS – Continue to be patient with yourself and your recovery. Take each day one at a time and don’t expect too much too soon.


I cannot begin to say how THANKFUL I am for everyone that has checked in on me, texted, called, sent a card and commented on my posts.  I say THANK YOU to all of you!!

You know that I have been walking and somewhat running and that it has been going well.  I also have been back at work for a week now and everyone has been wonderful.  I have been living in stretchy pants and dresses, unless I’m walking, for the most part at home!!  I has been nice to actually get dressed and go to work, I’ll admit that I didn’t wash my hair much the month that I was off!!!


 

Monday –  Post Op Exam Appointment

That’s a big ‘ol thumbs up… 5 weeks post-op and the doctor just cleared me for ALL the things!!! I am so excited that I can finally do all the twisty stretches, add back all the miles, and lift the heavy things!!

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Tuesday – 2.01 run miles / .50 walk miles

Is reverse negative splits a thing?? Would that make them positive splits if read backwards or are they still negative, just in reverse??!! I managed 2 miles straight, no intervals at 10:21 then a 10:48…what, whoa🐎?! Added a .5 mile walk for a total of 2.5 miles.

 

 

Thursday – Turkey Trot 5k  (3.06 miles)

I trotted for my turkey!!! Turkey Trot 5k this afternoon was a little short, but I ran those 3.06 miles straight!! This race was put on by the Tyndall AFB Fitness Center, no medals but when you cross the finish line they give you a number, if they draw your number you get a turkey!!

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Saturday – 27th Annual Draggin’ Tail 18 Mile Challenge

Draggin’ Tail bay-be!! Let’s get this straight…I am NOT running 18 miles!! I am going for 5-6 run miles, kissing the Hubs off for his remaining 12 miles, and turning around for 5-6 run/walk intervals back to the start where I will sit and wait for Ricky G!!

 

In the end… I walked away with 12.22 miles in 2:22 and the Hubs pulled off 3d in AG for the 18 miler in 3:22.

Let me know…

Have you heard or do you use this invite-only blogger Tailwind group??  It is being used by bloggers to boost Pinterest and Blog traffic??  Does anyone still use Pinterest??  I did not know Pinterest could be used to boost blog traffic??  I’m still unsure!!

 

Post Hysterectomy – Week 3

 

Moving it along to Week 3!!  I want to catch everything up before I attempt the Panama City Beach Half Marathon on 2 December.

So here it goes….

These were my checkpoints for Week 3 on the HysterSister website:

BEING A PATIENT PATIENT

INCISION AND TUMMY CARE

VAGINAL CUFF AND INTIMACY

HEMATOMA

ACHY BACK

DRIVING

PAPERWORK

I won’t go into detail with the checkpoints, there are paragraphs for each one on the website.  My incisions are healing well (photos below) and hopefully will continue to do so. Luckily, I will get short term disability for my time off, so I did complete my paperwork that.  Hematomas, achy back, and driving haven’t been an issue.  The Hubs googled Vaginal Cuff and said he wish he wouldn’t have done that!!!

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And my training went as follows…

Monday – 2.30 miles

I was duped into thinking that it was still chilly in the FL…there was no need for the long sleeves and capris.  My current mantra…Stronger Everyday!!  Thank you Karin @runnergirl_1210 for the perfect @momentumjewelry wrap.

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Tuesday – 4.02 miles

Working my way up…4.02 miles this morning!!  I get to WALK a leg of the @teamrwb Old Glory Relay🇺🇸 this Friday, not nearly all the miles as last year but this patriot and veteran will contribute what I can.

 

 

October was quite EVENTFUL…Not being able to run the Chicago Marathon that I trained so hard for, major surgery, walking 2 5ks, and lots of love from my social media family!! Thank you for your support during this eventful month…Love and Hugs😊💕

Total October Miles – Picture is from last week’s Run to Margaritaville 5k, somewhere around Mile 1.

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Wednesday – 5 miles

I made it!!!  5 miles walking…done, just a small goal I set for myself.  I don’t care what anyone says, walking is HARD!!  Honestly…I ran about .25 miles at the end just to see what it felt like.  Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!!

 

Thursday – Rest Day

Friday –  6+ miles

I was well enough that I was able to participate in Team RWB’s Old Glory Relay!!  I completed 2 legs and my next post will have all the deets and pics from this event…Spoiler Alert!!  Can you pick me out in the photo below??

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Saturday – 7.15 Run/Walk Intervals and .30 mile Walk = 7.45 total miles

Prepping for next weekend to make sure I won’t get swept at the @battleship12k ❤️🇺🇸💙

 

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Let me know…

Have you ever had to wait it out for recovery after surgery??  How did it go??  Were you a patient patient???

 

Post Hysterectomy – Week 2

Well I made it to Week 5 post-op, but I’m backing it up a little to keep you in the know as to what I’ve been up to!!

I was told about the site HysterSisters and it’s been a great help.  I receive an email each week with checkpoints and links to other information if needed.

Topics covered for Week 2:  PERSISTENT CONSTIPATION (using stool softeners), BLADDER ISSUES (such as urinary tract infections and bladder spasms), CONTINUING INCISION CAREFIGHTING THE FRISKIES (not even outercourse is allowed!!  I never knew this word existed!!), INSOMNIA (nightmares are common after surgery), GOOD BODY MECHANICS, ASSISTANCE FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  NURTURING YOUR SPIRIT, and KEEPING TRACK OF SYMPTOMS (to take to the doctor at your next appointment).

If you read my last post My Post Hysterectomy (non) Running Life… then you know that the doctor cleared me to walk…YAY!!!  And I wasn’t going to waste any time getting back on the road!!

Monday – 2.29 mile walk  So you ask…What is it you’re doing with all this down (recovery) time??? Well, I can tell you so far…

*I’ve added songs to my 5k walking playlist – the one above by Amy Stroup
*I’m not only contemplating changing the color of my hair, but also getting BANGS!!
*Wanting so sign up for ALL the races in 2018
*Thinking I need a RETURN to running gift, you know like a PUSH gift, but in line for a runner…say a Garmin 935
*Where to vacation after recovery, why not?? It’s not like I’m sitting on a beachor       drinking mimosas for breakfast

Tuesday – 1.50 mile walk  How cool is this Ink n Burn shirt!!

Wednesday – 3.10 mile walk  Sporting the shirt I trained my ‘GUTS’ out for on this one!! Counting this as my trial 5k for Sunday’s Run to Margaritaville 5k (walk).

 

Friday – 3.11 mile walk  I almost ran today…but I just froze and raised my hand hoping someone would stop to help.  I was charged by a large momma dog and her pup on the route I ran in the mornings during summer training and had never once encountered a loose animal. Luckily, the owner pulled up, called them and they jumped right in the truck. Come to find out, I pass their house on my way out and back, never knew there were dogs there!! But that didn’t stop my walk…got it done!!

Sunday – Run to Margaritaville 5k!!  Walked the Run to Margaritaville 5k with 1beachteacher in 51:38 while the Hubs ran the Half in 1:57!! Ummmm, it was just a tad bit chilly this morning on the beach, we’re wearing gloves!!  This race was a disappointment after last year.  They had a full on breakfast post race last year, this year there was coffee and bananas, however after waiting for a 1:57 half marathoner… 1 banana left!!  Not right!!  There were still others out on the course, sure they could have a beer but I bet they were hungry!

 

Let me know…

What are your upcoming running/racing plans??  What is your Bucket List Race??  Do you have a pre-race routine, at the house and the start line??  

See you soon with Week 3…you’d think I would have had this done with all that time off from work??!!