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Heart Sweat Lipstick

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Women.  We love to work out, we love to give our workouts all we’ve got and we all know we like to look good doing it.  That’s what Heart Sweat Lipstick is all about.  It’s no secret I love to run or hit the mat and get a good sweat in and I love looking my best.  Yes, in years past you could’ve called me a lulu-head and these days I can’t get enough Athleta.  I love getting ready for race day with a new running outfit and crossing the finish line feeling my best.

A few months back Brooke approached me from Heart Sweat Lipstick asking me if I’d like to work with her to help promote her concept.  Considering how much I like a good workout and enjoy looking my best I couldn’t really say no!  Brooke sent me over my own Heart Sweat Lipstick dri-fit and a few stickers…

Heart Sweat Lipstick Dri Fit

Heart Sweat Lipstick Dri-Fit

Heart Sweat Lipstick Stickers

Heart Sweat Lipstick Stickers

The best part? You can win your own Heart Sweat Lipstick gear! Just leave a comment telling me why you love to give your workouts your all while looking your best!

And speaking of workouts, I’m finally back on track.  The holidays definitely threw me for a loop, throw in a snow storm and freezing cold temperatures it’s the perfect storm to miss more than a few runs.  Usually once I start missing runs I feel really bad about it but then as time goes on I embrace the extra downtime and I don’t feel so bad.  Eventually I really miss my runs and start itching to get back out running.  I never go too long without a run!

Monday morning I started the week off right with an easy 3.5 miles.  The air was cold but smelled and felt delicious and since it’s been over a week since the storm has passed the side walks were finally cleared.  It felt good to get my run on!  My pace wasn’t anything spectacular but I felt good and that is what counts.

My goal is to get back to running 3 or 4 days a week.  This past month I was only running about 2 days a week.  Even though I’m not training for anything particular I still like to be consistent with my runs and just reduce the mileage if necessary.  To me it’s easier to bump up my mileage on each run a little bit at a time  rather than adding more running days to my training plan.  I’ll likely end up running a half this spring so I’d like to have a good base for whatever 2013 brings.  Today was the perfect start to the year.  I’ll be back out there tomorrow morning for another solid run!

Tell me your favorite way to sweat to win your own Heart Sweat Lipstick gear!

The Joy of a Cool Run and Fall Temperatures!

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Many of you may have read my post on Friday Hot Summer Running Brings Fast Times in the Fall! If you missed it you should go check it out.  Part of my inspiration for that post was my boyfriend Michael.  He struggles with running in the heat.  He can never stay hydrated well enough and usually hits a wall and bonks miles before we are done.  He’s training for Chicago Marathon with me and has struggled with training all summer due to the amount he sweats.  He lost 12 pounds over a 12 mile run this summer.  That’s pretty crazy.

Michael

A couple of weeks ago we did a 16 mile run, it was cooler but still sunny and pretty warm.  Michael hit the wall and bonked after mile 13.  After that run a fire lit underneath him.  He was determined to figure out how many ounces of water he needed to consume in order to stay hydrated and finish a long run.

Here was the plan:

Consume one Clif Bar Shot Blok every 3 miles.

Drink 8 oz. of water per mile.  (yes, you read that right)

Sip Gatorade over the course of the run and as needed.

We set out on our run.  We started with about a 6 mile run to the east of the apartment then loop back and head out for the remaining 14 miles.  Michael dropped a 12oz. water bottle in a flower-pot when we set out on the 6 mile loop.  He carried three 7oz. bottles in his fuel belt.

Fuel Belt

By mile 6 he consumed 2 of the 7 oz. bottles on his belt and refilled them with the stashed water bottle and consumed his first 2 shot bloks.  We kept on running, along our route there is water fountains about every 3 miles.  We stopped to fill up at each of them.  Every 3 miles he ate his Shot Bloks.  As we approached the 13 mile mark I asked him how he was feeling.  He looked great.  He had good color in his face, was holding a pace of about 8:50 min/mile and looked strong.  Luckily he felt the same with some achy and tired muscles.

He filled up his fuel belt again at mile 14 and then again at mile 17.  At mile 17 he finished the whole sleeve, all 6 Shot Bloks.

Clif Shot Bloks Cran Razz

Michael was able to completely finish his first 20 mile run and our last long run before tapering!  He said he felt good minus the sore and achy muscles!  When he got home he weighed himself, and had only lost 1 lb.!

The fact that it was a cool 60 degrees out that morning really helped Michael’s cause.  He was able to run without sweating for a couple of miles in the beginning of the run and also maintain a more manageable sweat rate.  His hydration, and planning completely made a difference as well. Without the cool weather our pace would not have been sub 9 miles.  In fact it probably would have been closer to 9:15min/mile or 9: 20min/mile.  A lower sweat rate and cooler temperatures allowed him to exert less energy and run faster!

Multiple factors contributed to Michael’s success on Sunday but it also supports Friday’s post that Hot Summer Running Brings Fast Times in the Fall!

Did you notice the difference on your runs and races this weekend with the cooler temperatures?!