I did not write this, but as a Skirt Sports Ambassador and someone who really belives in the Skirt Sports ethos, I wanted to share a story that was shared with the ambassadors.
A few weeks ago we lost longtime Skirt Sports Ambassador Lisa Young Morrissey after an incredibly brave fight against Glioblastoma Multiforme 4. Lisa truly embodied what it means to be a Skirt Sports Ambassador.
Those who had the chance to meet Lisa, know her strong spirit, inner strength and generosity. Lisa remained strong, positive, focused and determined as she fought this disease. Even before her battle with cancer, Lisa had fought many life battles. She was a warrior and a survivor for many years. And she didn’t waste any time feeling sorry for herself, because she knew that didn’t help.
Lisa wanted to be a mom all of her life. That is one of the first things that I learned about her. She fought to have kids and when she could not deliver her own, she fought to adopt, getting in just under an age cutoff to adopt her two sons. She loved those boys and her world revolved around them, not in a bad helicopter way, but in a positive, strong, supportive, loving way. One of the early conversations I had with her right after her diagnosis, she said to me, “I just want to live to see my boys grow up.” And although she won’t be here on earth to do that, I know she will be watching over those boys and that she has instilled in them what they need to go on.
While Lisa was in her final days, she communicated messages to her twin sister, who recorded them and I want to share two with you today.
To all my friends: Live! Life is for the living. Please live your life to the fullest.
The other message that I recorded was: Better days are coming for you. Better days are coming for all of you.
So let’s honor Lisa by living life to the fullest and continuing to represent the true embodiment of what it means to be a Skirt Sports Ambassador. Be the best athletes and people that we can be, fight to overcome the challenges that we are presented with, value our differences and love each other despite of them, support others as they face their challenges and strive to be a positive role model for others. And know that you have the strength to get through whatever you are faced with and that better days will be on the other side. Skirt love to all!
I do not often accept guests posts. But I was intrigued as skin care is something I know as someone who is active I need to be more on top of. I actually learned some things from this that I am going to start adopting. Please check out the author Diane Wells work at https://ripped.me/
Nothing beats that incredible feeling of your entire body being invigorated with fresh air, sunshine, and the effort exerted during your daily run. However, as wonderful and healthy this habit may be, your skin is under tons of stress, both from all the sweat, sometimes poor choice of fabric for your wardrobe, and of course, the weather conditions.
That is why every avid runner needs a trusty skin care routine that will not only nourish your skin post-workout, but that will serve to safeguard your lovely complexion from damage and premature sighs of ageing. Let’s see what you can do to minimize the negative environmental effects and provide your skin the support it deserves to stay vital and resilient!
Time your runs well
Seasons do matter when it comes to creating your running schedule. Your skin needs time to adapt to changed temperatures and other weather occasions, such as rain, snow, wind, or sun, hence the need to consider moving your routine around to help your skin stay safe.
For instance, you can keep an eye on the forecast to make sure that you don’t set your winter run for the time of day when there’s heavy snowfall, especially if you’re not equipped for such circumstances. Then again, summers are particularly harsh anywhere between 10am and 5pm, so it’s best so run early in the morning or later in the evening. Both scenarios demand insect repellants, proper hydration, and of course, sun protection!
Dress for the occasion
So many people dress only based on their looks for their jogging session, and they end up with
chafing, irritated skin, sunburn, or excessive body odor. The fabric of your clothes, their durability, and how much of your skin they actually cover all matter in making your training comfortable and skin-friendly.
There are various high-quality clothing pieces that are designed specially to keep you safe from the sun, and they are labeled as protective, along with their UV protection factor. Also, don’t stick just to your sports bra, as covering as much as your body as possible is the best way to go. Make sure to pick fabrics that prevent your skin from chafing, and use creams such as Gold Bond Friction Defense, for an extra layer of comfort and safety.
Don’t skip the sunscreen
No matter the time of year or the forecast, any time spent outside leaves you exposed to sun damage, even though this is most apparent during summer. Don’t let the clouds or the cool wintery days fool you, they are no guarantee that you will not cause any damage to your skin, and especially your face, as the most exposed part of your body.
You can start by using rich, season-specific moisturizers with a high degree of sun protection such as the Neostrata protective creams and make it an all-year-round habit. Enriched with antioxidants and other healthy ingredients, these hydrating skin potions are an excellent way to keep your skin safe and prevent premature wrinkles and sun spots.
Don’t neglect your lips
Your lovely pout deserves the same amount of attention as the rest of your face, and since they tend to be even more sensitive, perhaps even a bit more regular nourishment to prevent chapping. Just like you’d use facial masks to keep your complexion energized and vital, you can use homemade lip masks with honey to give them an extra level of care.
In addition to proper prevention, keep a nourishing lip balm always with you, and look for ingredients such as shea butter or coconut oil that promise to keep them moist and safe. A great example is the eos Active Lip Balm with a lemony fresh scent and an added touch of SPF for your outdoor adventures.
Manage your nutrition
In addition to your topical concoctions and wearables, your diet plays an essential role in skin care for runners, and especially when it comes to your hydration. Of course, most if not all runners always have a ready and full bottle of fresh water always by their side, but you should also tailor your daily menu to focus on feeding your skin from within.
Protein-packed foods such as eggs, fish, and lean meat are great for protecting your skin’s
natural elasticity and collagen production. Add to that antioxidant-rich fruits and fiber-loaded veggies for a healthy GI tract and lots of immune system support, and your skin will have a much better chance at preventing environmental factors from harming its youthful glow.
With just a handful of lifestyle tweaks and some new healthy habits to infuse your running sessions with more skin-friendly options, your training routine will become yet another way to rejuvenate your skin and stay sun-safe all year long!
Note: I am invited to race with the team at Race to Remember in trade for some social media love. This will not change the fact that I do love this race.
Memorial Day brings a lot of family based traditions but at the root of Memorial Day is our chance to honor the sacrifice of our nations Military.
Race to Remember offers a chance for runners to come together to run to honor our nations heroes this Memorial Day by running and walking either on-site or virtually in a half-marathon, 10K, 5K or kids race.
The funds from this race go to Race to Remember, which was founded with the ultimate goal to raise funds to provide scholarships to local military families. They also go to PureKraze which is a local non-profit with the mission to provide homes to veteran families who are facing homelessness.
I have participated in this race for a couple years now, and I love the small community feel of this race. It really does end up being a group of friends that have come together to make a difference for a common cause. The race is well organized and supported by a group of dedicated volunteers.
The race follows the Vancouver Waterfront out to Beaches Restaurant. The 5K turns around right on at the foot of Columbia Way and comes back to the start line at the Vancouver Remembrance Wall. The 10K continues down Columbia Way before turning back. And the half marathon is a scenic loop of Vancouver. I have always been a fan of the Vancouver Waterfront Courses, they are basically flat, very scenic and enjoyable.
And remember. If you can not make it to the race, you can join them virtually.
I have met and heard many stories while doing my volunteer work with Honor Flight and The USO of our nations heroes and their sacrifices so this is something that hits close to home. Also I have seen first hand the efforts of Race to Remember to honor our nations heroes. It is something I am proud to be involved with and I am proud to represent the team and race on Memorial Day.
Disclaimer: I am invited to race for free in trade for a little assistance in promoting the races. Any opinions listed in here are that of my own as always.
We Race to Remember.
We Race to Honor.
We race to give back to those who have given so much to us.
I have been honored to be a part of the crew at Race to Remember for a couple years now. This organization led and founded by a friend; Claudia Cardenas works to honor local area Veterans through multiple outreach projects.
In her own words.
“Race to Remember” is the name of our nonprofit, formed in Vancouver Washington 2009 after our founder Claudia Cardenas lost her fiancé Jason Vinyard a 20yr Army Veteran serving at Ft. Vancouver at the time of his passing. “Race to Remember” mission is to support and honor our past and present military heroes. We host several events throughout the year including three races. During every event we host or participate in we remember and honor those who fought for our freedom. Outside of racing we organize military care packages; and engage with the community by coordinating such projects as “Soldier in the Classroom”, “Thank You Cards” and “Books for Soldiers”. Our immediate goal is to form partnerships with local business and other veteran organizations to help us best serve veterans in our communities. Our long term goal is to establish a college scholarship for the Fallen Heroes children and spouses.
The season for Race to Remember starts on May 19th, 2018 as Race to Remember will be hosting a race to kick off the Hazel Dell Armed Forces Day Parade. “The Hazel Dell Parade” always takes place on the 3rd Saturday of May which is Armed Forces Day. The Hazel Dell Parade started in 1964 and is presented by the Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association. In 2017 the lineup featured more than 120 local business & organizations, including 28 middle and high school bands
This 2.2 mile race will kick the parade off, starting from NE 88th in Vancouver near Target, this race will follow the route of the parade. Runners and walkers are invited to participate.
Proceeds from this race will not only go to Race to Remember, but also Lift for the 22 which provides free gym memberships to our veterans to allow them an athletic outlet to heal and connect back into their community.
I really love giving away things…… Especially when it comes to one of my favorite of things… COFFEE!!
As the case as of late, I am teaming with some amazing Instagramers for this, so follow the directions and enter!!! COFFEE!!
Prize: $100 Starbucks Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck
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Pull up an Appletini (Yes, if you are a wrestling fan you know what the reference is from)…..
When I sat down to write my “Why I Run” piece a couple weeks ago. I did not expect it to be so cathartic or therapeutic. I really just wanted to share the what got me started on this crazy journey.
And I see it in the evolution of my blogging. When I first started to share the racing journey (before I crashed the you know what out of this two years ago) I really was just talking about the battle with my weight and honestly all the luggage that I was carrying, and then it was how running changed me and I wanted to get faster, thinner and fitter, then we talked a lot of products and then it kind of circled back towards the things I have learned while being on this journey.
Just like running. I started this just to lose weight. Then I became (and okay still am a bit) a bling whore, and then the ambassadorships and using those as a chance to share my story. Now I am at a point that it has circled back to the point where I do it to try and help people like I was helped while exploring new places and challenges a long the way.
Its all about the evolution. Even though I hate change in general and have been trying to get in myself back in that comfort zone box lately (before you say anything, I will be the first one to admit I had a crisis of confidence again. Sometimes things just suck.) , seeing the words spill out on paper (or on computer, whatever suits your fancy) helped me realize that, you know what. Things are always changing. I am always being challenged. Even when I do not realize it.
Speaking of challenges. Someone I respect. (I shant say who) challenged me to get my trail shoes back on and see the world from the trails. It does not even need to be in a racing form, just a chance to see my running world through a different lense. Last week I spent a good two hours on the trails here in Portland and it was amazing. Its a workout without a workout.
I don’t know how to explain it. I am evolving professionally right now to. I defiantly feel like I am finding my voice as a social media manager. But I am also finding that I know where I can be better and trying to find ways to improve.
But real talk… Sometimes it still sucks.
Sometimes you get told no way too much.
Sometimes you just make stupid decisions.
Sometimes you get told you suck.
Sometimes you get told to get your ass back in line doing what people expect you to.
Ohh.. Lets have some more Giveaway Fun!!
Time for another shot at 100.00 at Target.
Prize: $100 Target Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck
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