Hello, Three Day Weekend!

Boy oh boy, I am excited for the long weekend! How about you? Any fun plans? For most, this means that school is beginning and summer is ending. Say it ain’t so!

On a positive note, that Labor Day Weekend kicks off the official start of Football season.

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Guess what I am doing all weekend and into next week? I’ll give you a hint, it has to do with a furry animal. Yep, that is right…I’m dog sitting once again for a family friends pup named Cooper. I am becoming a dog sitter professional. Hit me up!

I typically just dog sit for my own family, so it will be a nice change to play with another pup. Kasa and Reese will be uber jelly. Sadly, the weather in the suburbs of Seattle isn’t looking so good. Rain and in the 60s. Blah!

However, there is a perk dog sitting for a couple who has an “in” at a local brewery. FREE BEER! I’ve been formally instructed to take advantage of the keg. Cheers to that.

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Let’s switch gears to another topic: the gym. My mom made the leap and joined the local gym and I am so proud of her. Joining a gym can be scary if you haven’t been for a while. But it is the first step towards changing your lifestyle and physique. I am so happy for her that I decided to quit my own gym and join hers so that we can go together when we want. It is always fun to have a workout buddy!

Here are some benefits to working out with a buddy:

1. You are held accountable.

2. Makes workouts fun.

3. You can talk about gossip during cardio. (duh!)

4. You can compete with one another.

5. You have a spotter. This increases safety!

6. Motivation.

7. Time goes by faster.

Honestly, I hope to keep her motivated and on track. I won’t be a drill sergeant, because obviously everyone’s fitness level varies over time.

On another note, I cannot wait to share my review of the Flipbelt.

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Stay tuned for my in depth review of this awesome fitness product.

What are you up to this weekend?

Do you workout with a friend or family member?

Do you prefer a “fancy” gym or a gym with basic equipment?

XO, Tara

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Post Triathlon Recap

I know you’ve been on the edge of your seats waiting for me to recap about last Saturday’s triathlon. I’m always amazed at how good you feel after completing a triathlon. I can definitely pat myself on the back after doing all that before 9:30 a.m. I haven’t done that since last August.

Despite the few bad dreams the night before, I wasn’t that nervous.I was doing it with three other people so that helped calm the nerves.

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Pre-race smiles. 

Prior to the swim, my fellow triathlete asked me which leg is my weakness, I said the swim. I basically said that I “black out” during the swim, then I wake up and it’s time to peddle. She laughed.

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The crew. 

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Three. Two. One. Black out!

Overall, the swim went okay. I didn’t get kicked in the face which is always a good thing. I kept my head in the game and didn’t panic.

I felt strong during the bike. I had no problems using my tri bike for the first time in a triathlon. I’ll admit, I didn’t clip in this time, but I will next time. I didn’t want to throw too much into the mix and risk falling over like a noob.

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13 miles down. It’s time to run.

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Not the best, back end shot.

I racked my bike, grabbed my FITTIE and hit the trails. I don’t prefer trail running, I love hitting the pavement. I mean, after biking 13-14 miles your legs are like jello and running on trails even tougher due to the uneven ground. Plus, they literally just made the trail a few weeks prior to the race. Awesome. Not.  

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Time to pass this lady. Which I did. 

Since you weren’t allowed to run with music, I had to focus all my attention on picking people off. I’d pass one person, then focus on the next, and so on. Like usual, I left nothing in the tank and sprinted the last few hundred yards.

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I survived!

My official time was 1:34:30.

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My “fam club”= my rock. 

Everyone single person in our crew did amazing!!

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What happens after a triathlon? A shower, rest, beer and party time.

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The celebration. 

It was a fabulous day with good friends. So many accomplishments! It’s amazing what you body can do with some training. I highly recommend doing a triathlon. You’ll be happy with the results.

I potentially will be doing a duathlon in September with some friends. A duathlon is a run, bike, run race. I’ll have no anxiety about blacking out for the swim. Score.

Have you done a Triathlon?

If you do, what is your strongest leg?

Any tips for me?

XO, Tara

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Currently- Fifth Edition

Hello Thursday!

It’s been a loooonnng time since I’ve shared what I’m currently loving!

Current show:

The Killing. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s an AMC and now Netflix series. Yup, I’m getting sucked in once again. Plus, the series is based in Seattle. Word. Unfortunately, I heard that there are only four seasons. Boo.

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Current book:

I just finished Looking for Alaska by John Green. I’m in need of a new book immediately.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart was suggested by my own mom. She highly recommended it and Good reads gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I think I’ll listen to her since she is an avid readers. I think she picked the correct profession. Any guesses? (Hint, hint, she’s a librarian)

Current excitement:

The upcoming Lake Sammamish Triathlon on Saturday, August 23rd.

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Current obsession:

Protein Pancakes. Nuff’ said.

Current music:

Country, country and more country.

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Current mood:

Content! Dog sitting has been quite pleasing with no problems. *knock on wood!* 

What are you currently loving?

Have you watched The Killing?

Have you read John Green’s books?

Any recommendations for me?

XO, Tara

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The FITTIE Pack Review

Happy Tuesday!

I’m so excited to share with you the latest fitness accessory that made its way into my life. It is called the FITTIE Pack.

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Newman Dalton, the Founder/CEO of the FITTIE pack wanted to create a simple piece of gear to carry the necessities that any active individual would want.  By golly, I am thoroughly impressed with what he came up with. Not only is the FITTIE lightweight and comfortable, but it can hold a variety of items without weighing you down.

The FITTIE made its debut this past weekend while out on a training ride.

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While out on my ride, I literally forgot that I had the FITTIE attached to my chest. I was able to put my iphone, ID/debit card, earbuds and keys inside the front pouch with no problem. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I hate carrying anything while biking, running, hiking, etc., and the fact that I didn’t even notice that I was wearing the FITTIE pleases me. Double thumbs up in my book.

Here’s a close up of the FITTIE pack.

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The back side has a larger pouch for goodies. I.e., FOOD!

The FITTIE pack had it’s second debut the following day on a training ride. Dude, I must be hooked. Next up, running and hiking with the FITTIE. If it feels like I’m wearing nothing while cycling, then I’ll be uber happy while out running or hiking.

Oh by the way,  there’s another perk of the FITTIE, it comes with reflective tape on the front and back. You can never be too safe!

Overall, I highly recommend the FITTIE! I’ve had a positive impression from this piece of gear. I encourage you to try it out for yourself.

Have you tried the FITTIE pack?

Do you like trying new fitness accessories?

Do reviews encourage you to try new products/accessories/gear?

Have a great day!

XO, Tara

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Disclaimer: This is a personal blog and I did not receive monetary compensation for this product review. This review is based on personal use and results.

Seahawks Game Day

Before I start rambling about the Seahawks, let’s recap on last night.

First off, it was eye lash time. Wooot!

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My lovely full lashes are back!! Yes, it’s an addiction, but I am okay with it. Football is another addiction….

Remember the Seahawks? That football team that went to the Superbowl last year and won…. Oh ya the Seahawks! Football season is upon us and of course pre-season is happening as we speak. The Seahawks played the San Diego Chargers last night.

Let’s recap on the evening. What game? SEAHAWKS V. CHARGERS

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By half time, the score was 24 to 7.

Wilson came out after the first half and Pryor went in for the second half. The Chargers is unfotunately manage to score which up’d the score to 27-14. Of couse, the Hawks are still feeling good. As I am writing this, the Hawks scored. AWESOME!!

The game ended with a Seattle Seahawks win: 41 vs 14. 

Do you watch NFL preseason?

Or the regular season?

What sport do you love to watch???

XO, Tara

 

Crazy for Zucchini

ITZ FRIDAY!! {insert} Happy Dance!

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Kk, enough with the uber cute dancing kitties, let’s talk zucchini. Is your garden going crazy with zucchini?? The zucchini plants in my parent’s garden are going wild. I went to check the garden on Wednesday evening and discovered something shocking.

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Okay, I understand that it doesn’t look that big in the picture; however, take a guess at how long this baby was?

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Let’s take a closer look.

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Just shy of 20 inches long.  Holy moly batman.

Can this be a weapon? I honestly pondered this for a mere 2 minutes. It had some serious weight. What am I to do with a 20 inch long zucchini? Just take pictures and obsess over this massive vegetable? Apparently I’m one for one then. The first thing that comes to mind is to bake a ton of zucchini bread.

I did manage to pick some zucchini’s that were of normal size.

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I was lucky enough to give some of the zucchinis away to some lucky families!

Whats on the books for this weekend? Lots of zucchini bread baking! Oh, and I forgot to mention I’m dog sitting once again for an entire week. I get to chill out with these munchkins…

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Bring on the good ol’ times! With all the complaining that comes with it, I do enjoy watching them. 🙂

Along with dog sitting, I need to keep up with my training since I only have 8 more days until the Lake Sammamish Triathlon. I’ve been biking every day at the gym due to the weather not cooperating and I got a run in yesterday afternoon before the rain kicked in.

The count down is on.

What are your weekend plans?

Do you like zucchini?

Do you bake with zucchini?

Are you a enjoy growing veggies?

XO, Tara

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5 Ways To Avoid Runner Injuries

Good morning!

I have a great guest post from Techwood Consulting to share with you today. I’m convinced that you will find this article very informative and helpful. I picked up some good tips.

Top 5 Ways To Avoid Runner Injuries In Race Season

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If you’re a runner, you probably know a thing or two about running-related injuries, and chances are they’ve hindered you a few too many times from training for that big race. Shin splints, runner’s knee, iliotibial band syndrome – all of these ailments are common, but can be avoided.

Preventing injuries is an easy thing to do if you do a little studying beforehand. Below are some rules to follow to help prevent those nasty shin splints and sore ankles.

1) Don’t underestimate the power of a good shoe.

A shoe that fits your feet and needs can turn an uncomfortable run into a satisfying one. Ill-fitting sneakers will cause a slew of injuries, from blisters to sore ankles, and making sure you have the perfect pair of running shoes is one of the easiest steps to preventing pain.

Most sports stores have employees who can help you find the perfect shoe based on your running habits, and you can find plenty of information online that’ll help you find the perfect running shoe.

2) Listen to your body.

This rule is simple enough, but people often ignore it. It may be tempting to push yourself toward a certain goal, but if a part of your body begins to hurt during your run, Do. Not. Continue.

When something begins to hurt, go home, ice it, stretch it, and let it rest for a day or two before continuing or else that shin splint is going to have a harder time repairing itself in the long run.

3) Invest in a Chiropractor

Preventative care in the form of weekly chiropractor visits can make all the difference while training for a big race Knowledge is power when it comes to running injuries. For avid runners, chiropractic care can be used for injury prevention because it emphasizes proper alignment of the spine and pelvis. Chiropractic care is designed to improve joint mobilization, making sure that all joints in the body are functioning properly. As a runner we’re used to visiting a professional only when something goes wrong. Chiropractors used many innovative techniques, such as the Active Release Technique, that keep your body in healthy alignment so that you can perform at your best and be free to nagging pains and ailments

4) Discover the power of stretching.

This may seem like a “well, duh” sort of rule, but you’d be surprised how many people let stretching fall by the wayside. Sometimes when returning from a run, your first thought is to grab some water and cool down. Then the next thing you know, you’re sitting on the couch and the idea of stretching has completely escaped you.

However, avoid stretching before a run – try a warm up walk/jog instead – and save the leg reaches for post-run. The stretches you need to do to help prevent injury are quick and easy, so there’s no excuse not to do them as soon as you get home from your run.

5) Alternate your workouts.

Try running every other day or every two days, and on the days that you don’t run, do some weightlifting. Building up your muscles can improve your posture, which in turn will prevent injuries. Also try adding activities like swimming and biking to change things up.

Don’t let something as simple as refusing to give your body some rest or the proper stretching it needs keep you from training for race season. After all, how are you going to win first place if you’re stuck at home icing that Achilles tendon? Stay smart, and take care of your body.

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Honestly, these tips are crucial. I’ve definitely made mistakes and have learned over the years about the importance of a good shoe, not over training, stretching, listening to my body always and seeking help from a healthcare professional when needed. Let me tell you, it only took me like four plus years to figure this all out. Hopefully after reading this, you’ll make the necessary changes to steer clear of the pain.

Have you been injured before due to over training, the wrong shoe, etc?

What is your favorite shoe?

How often do you stretch?

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

XO, Tara

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