Feb 212017
 
 February 21, 2017

 

I’m sorry. This is just too funny not to mention.

As I was reading articles about how to organize clutter before a big move, I came across a website that offers a hypnosis for moving house stress. It’s $12.95. I mean, for the love of.. what will they think of next!?

I promise to post more fitness articles soon. I’ve been dealing with this “moving house stress” stuff 🙂

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Feb 182017
 
 February 18, 2017

For all you runners, I think you’d understand. (thanks kym!)

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Feb 152017
 
 February 15, 2017

With Amy:

And Treadmill:

This is how I plan to lose the few pounds I gained!

  • Amy’s meals (under 350 calories) for dinner
  • Lots of water!
  • No eating after 6pm
  • And 2 miles on treadmill, every night

One good habit I do have going is my Saturday long runs, usually about 9 miles.

Shouldn’t be too hard to lose, but with company visiting and travel the next month, things could get difficult. Stay tuned!

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Feb 132017
 
 February 13, 2017

It’s full name is Roomba 980 and my husband bought this little devil for me. We are moving soon and our old vacuum cleaner broke down.

 
Check out Roomba 980 on Amazon for best deal 

Roomba 980 ready to roll
Roomba in docking station
Side Brush
Three-Stage Cleaning System
Virtual Wall Barriers

 
I never thought I would ever want a robot cleaning up our house. I considered this kind of gadgets a luxury. I was alright with the old upright, but it did stop running and my husband said it’s time we get a new one and he, being a man, brought home Roomba.
 

This thing is a real game changer. Here is my review.

 
First thing first, it really looks slick. It works with an app and the operating is really intuitive. Just set up the wifi connection and you’re ready to roll by pressing CLEAN.

There is one thing that I think is the most important to mention – Scheduling. You are able to set on which days at what time the Roomba does the cleaning. You don’t have to be there, just schedule it when you’re working and sure enough you come home and the cleaning is done.

Roomba is able to charge itself – it is able to find its way to the docking station, plugs itself in and when it is recharged, it goes back to cleaning, until it’s through. You don’t have to do anything, you don’t have to be there when it’s done. You only need to empty it’s bin and clean it once in a while – and Roomba tells you when, so you don’t have to keep it in mind.

The actual cleaning is very effective. The suction is strong enough and it adjusts automatically when it needs to. There is this Carpet Boost, so it automatically boosts up on carpets and they get cleaned very well. It has a side brush for corners and wall edges and it also works well. There is no problem with chairs, with legs of furniture, wires; all these Roomba handles perfectly.

It learns. Roomba creates a map and when it hits a new obstacle, it pauses for a moment and updates the map. After the first cleaning, Roomba knows the place and chooses the most effective strategy to clean it. The cleaning is very organized – it doesn’t move randomly up and down, but it chooses the most effective path and it remembers where it cleaned already and knows where to go next.

There are two virtual wall barriers – you can use these to prevent Roomba from going where you don’t want it. I use them around cat’s place.

It never stopped at one spot and froze, it never went “crazy” like I expected some robotic errors or whatnot, but it always seems like it knows what it’s doing. When Roomba comes near stairs, it doesn’t fall off them, it just knows it’s stairs.
It doesn’t jam.

It is not completely silent, but I guess that’s well understood. It is, though, less noisy then an upright vacuum cleaner – at least the one we had.
 

All in all

 
As I said, I never thought about owning this kind of gadgets, I saw them as something pricey that I can perfectly do without. But now that I see how much time can be saved – because, well, you need to clean up and I used to do it quite often – When you can get the vacuum cleaning out of your way, even for this price, it is worth it.
 


 
If you want to get one yourself and you like my review, please use the link above. If you do, Amazon will actually reward me with some pocket money.

Well, guess I’m about to give up my regular job and become rich on these things 😉

*Let’s spend less time cleaning up and focus on more important things, like running!

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Feb 102017
 
 February 10, 2017

Sometimes you’ve  got to go through hell to get to heaven.” – Dean Karnazes

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Feb 072017
 
 February 7, 2017

I never knew there was such a prominent link between being “a little bit” thirsty and having a BAD run.

But experts now say that if you are more than two percent dehydrated on a warm day, your performance goes down, down, down.

Here’s what to do to stay on top of it:

1) drink first: The rule of thumb is 8-16 ounces an hour or two before a run.

2) go cold: It’s a fact that the colder the beverage, the lower your body temperature goes, and therefore you can exercise longer. So opt for ice water before your run, and take a little extra with you in case you keep on going 🙂

3) be consistent: Here’s an interesting thought. While you are running (or biking, treading, etc) set your watch to beep every 15 minutes in order to rehydrate. Taking a few sips at frequent intervals avoids stomach sloshing. (I had the worst experience with this during my last race!)

4) just swish: If you can’t stand to swallow a sugary drink, new research says that swishing it around in your mouth can trick your brain into thinking it’s rehydrating! But beware, for runs over a half hour, try to find a drink you can swallow because although you may trick your brain temporarily, it ain’t stupid!

I hope these hydration tips gave you something to think about. Happy sipping!

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Feb 052017
 
 February 5, 2017

So in my brief history of racing (close to 3 years now), this was probably the one I was most disappointed by.

There were several factors that I should have considered, and I’m disappointed with myself that I didn’t think of them.

Here’s where everything fell apart:

1. I got to the “starting line” late. So I was in the last row (practically) and didn’t even hear the gun go off. It took a good :40 seconds of walking before I was able to get to a “run.”

2. Didn’t have a great warm up.

3. The majority of the course was hills – not good for a person who rarely does hill workouts.

4. My stomach. I dont know what happened. But around mile 2, my stomach started gurgling – really loud (I could hear it with my iPod on!) And the cramps – brutal.

5. My ego got the best of me. When I was about to cross the finish line, I saw 24:15, and I thought “well this just stinks. why push it now. my workouts are faster that this.” And with that, I strolled to the finish line, when I probably should have gunned it.

So.. I will redeem myself in another 5K coming up next month. I will, I will. Hopefully.

Finish time: 24:49 Pace: 7:59

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Feb 022017
 
 February 2, 2017

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” -MLK, jr.

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Jan 312017
 
 January 31, 2017

We’ve all been there. We’re having a great run and then – out of nowhere- a cramp sets in, or the foot starts hurting, or a hill is a lot harder than you remembered. What to do, what to do.

Many people suggest reciting a mantra, and keeping your attention and focus solely on the mantra. Some recite phrases, others scriptures.. I like quotes. My mantra for the week is:

“Believe. Believe you can do it, believe you deserve it, believe you will get it.

It may not take the pain away, but a few minutes (or even miles) of a mantra distraction is a good thing. By focusing on the repetitve phrase, it’s amazing how you can block out negative thoughts that make the pain (or the hill) that much more unbearable.

So if you had a mantra, what would it be?

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Jan 302017
 
 January 30, 2017

“THE MIND IS EVERYTHING. WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME.” – BUDDHA

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