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Just because I have been a good mood since I have been back from SF.

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How To Find The Best in Running Gear

I am pleased to invite Diana Wills back to the blog to share some of her wisdom about running gear. Please check her out at https://ripped.me/

Best Running Gear

One of the most important things when speaking about running is to prepare properly. It is much easier to concentrate on running when you have prepared everything in advance. Make sure to acquire all the necessary gear according to the time of the year.

 

It is important to be consistent and not let any obstacles keep you away from the running track. It is possible to run in any weather conditions, so don’t let a rainy day or low temperatures forestall your intention to go to run. No matter the weather conditions, take some of this running gear into account before you engage in running.

Footwear

You can’t speak about running without high-quality footwear. Some comfy and quality running shoes will make your jogging easier and protect your joints at the same time. Appropriate foot cushioning will also protect your knees, prevent hip and back pain, and also improve your overall body performance.

 

Best Running Gear

One of the most important things when speaking about running is to prepare properly. It is much easier to concentrate on running when you have prepared everything in advance. Make sure to acquire all the necessary gear according to the time of the year.

 

It is important to be consistent and not let any obstacles keep you away from the running track. It is possible to run in any weather conditions, so don’t let a rainy day or low temperatures forestall your intention to go to run. No matter the weather conditions, take some of this running gear into account before you engage in running.

Footwear

You can’t speak about running without high-quality footwear. Some comfy and quality running shoes will make your jogging easier and protect your joints at the same time. Appropriate foot cushioning will also protect your knees, prevent hip and back pain, and also improve your overall body performance.

 

Take some time while picking up the right pair of running shoes because it will make a great difference if you take a pair which fit your feet perfectly. They will make your feet feel lighter, reduce the onset of blisters and make it easier to improve your running endurance.

Compression Gear

Regular running training is very beneficial for your health. But if you want to make the difference and gain improvement on every training session, you should try out some quality compression clothing. While it is not realistic to expect miracles if you purchase compression socks, tights or pants, you will experience some noticeable benefits.

One of them is the feeling of reduced soreness after an intensive run. Also runners feel more rested 48 hours after the run. One of the most significant benefits is improving the performance through enhancing the aerobic threshold. Sometimes it is crucial to show more endurance in the last couple of minutes of the race and good compression gear will help you achieve that.

Hydration

Every good runner has to learn how to hydrate properly during a long run. Your body loses a lot of sweat and you need to know how much rehydrating is optimal to get the most out of your run. You should take some things into consideration while deciding how much you should drink during the run.

A smart thing to do is to weigh yourself before and after the run. Don’t hydrate during that run and the difference in your weight will detect how much water you lose. So, make sure to drink 16 to 24 ounces of water for every pound you lose. Carry your water bottle wherever you go in order to follow this advice.

Headband

It is a well-known fact that you should look pretty in order to feel better. While they have some obvious advantages for every runner, headbands can be a significant fashion detail that makes your fitness appearance a little classier. You can choose among many colors and shapes and even make your hair according to the headband.

But of course, the primary reason why you should wear a headband is its functionality. It will keep the sweat from your eyes and the hair from your face. Some headbands are real 21st century gadgets with installed headphones for the unique running experience. And unlike the headphones, you can be sure that these will not fall off your ears while you run.

Gadgets

One of the reasons why people engage in running more than ever is because gadgets make it more fun. Pick your favorite songs for the ultimate running playlist, put your earphones in your ears and lift off for a good run. There is no better way to prepare for a new day than to run in the sunrise listening your favorite songs.

While gadgets make running more fun, they make it more efficient, too. There are many mobile apps you can use to monitor some important parameters like distance, speed, burnt calories, heart rate, time, etc. Follow these parameters in order to optimize your running strategy and improve your overall results.

 

You should find some space for running in your weekly schedule in order to live a healthy life. And if you want to take to make the most out of it, you should prepare yourself first. It is more fun to run nowadays than it was ever before, so don’t wait. Put on your comfy running shoes, your good compression gear, put the earbuds in your ears and go out for a good run.

Take some time while picking up the right pair of running shoes because it will make a great difference if you take a pair which fit your feet perfectly. They will make your feet feel lighter, reduce the onset of blisters and make it easier to improve your running endurance.

Compression Gear

Regular running training is very beneficial for your health. But if you want to make the difference and gain improvement on every training session, you should try out some quality compression clothing. While it is not realistic to expect miracles if you purchase compression socks, tights or pants, you will experience some noticeable benefits.

One of them is the feeling of reduced soreness after an intensive run. Also runners feel more rested 48 hours after the run. One of the most significant benefits is improving the performance through enhancing the aerobic threshold. Sometimes it is crucial to show more endurance in the last couple of minutes of the race and good compression gear will help you achieve that.

Hydration

Every good runner has to learn how to hydrate properly during a long run. Your body loses a lot of sweat and you need to know how much rehydrating is optimal to get the most out of your run. You should take some things into consideration while deciding how much you should drink during the run.

A smart thing to do is to weigh yourself before and after the run. Don’t hydrate during that run and the difference in your weight will detect how much water you lose. So, make sure to drink 16 to 24 ounces of water for every pound you lose. Carry your water bottle wherever you go in order to follow this advice.

Headband

It is a well-known fact that you should look pretty in order to feel better. While they have some obvious advantages for every runner, headbands can be a significant fashion detail that makes your fitness appearance a little classier. You can choose among many colors and shapes and even make your hair according to the headband.

But of course, the primary reason why you should wear a headband is its functionality. It will keep the sweat from your eyes and the hair from your face. Some headbands are real 21st century gadgets with installed headphones for the unique running experience. And unlike the headphones, you can be sure that these will not fall off your ears while you run.

Gadgets

One of the reasons why people engage in running more than ever is because gadgets make it more fun. Pick your favorite songs for the ultimate running playlist, put your earphones in your ears and lift off for a good run. There is no better way to prepare for a new day than to run in the sunrise listening your favorite songs.

While gadgets make running more fun, they make it more efficient, too. There are many mobile apps you can use to monitor some important parameters like distance, speed, burnt calories, heart rate, time, etc. Follow these parameters in order to optimize your running strategy and improve your overall results.

 

You should find some space for running in your weekly schedule in order to live a healthy life. And if you want to take to make the most out of it, you should prepare yourself first. It is more fun to run nowadays than it was ever before, so don’t wait. Put on your comfy running shoes, your good compression gear, put the earbuds in your ears and go out for a good run.

The Golden Gate Bridge And The SF Marathon

I was really on the fence about writing this, I hate writing anything negative about races in general but after sitting back and reflecting on it, I realized I had to write it.

I have been a very proud ambassador for The SF Marathon for the last four years. It is the first marathon that took a chance on me and made me feel like I had the voice and a story to share. It is something I will never be able to say thank you for enough.

The race always showed its runners’ first attitude. It was the race I told my friends about. I bragged on it frequently.

And then there is the Golden Gate Bridge. For someone not from SF this is the highlight of the entire event.

That was until this year.

It started at the end of the race last year. Actually a month after

SF Chronicle posted the article: Golden Gate Bridge terror fears put SF Marathon on shaky footing

The short of it is GGB Authority had concerns about safety and security. It sounded like at this point everything was up for consideration. The Marathon continued to advertise the bridge as one of its focal points and life went on.

Until earlier this year.

First off, Rock N Roll Marathon who is the only other race that had been using the auto deck of the bridge had to move everyone to the sidewalk for their event earlier in 2018. The change was advertised early and it does not look like it precluded anyone’s enjoyment of the race.

If you checked out the websites you could see that the outlines of the course map for the first-half marathon did not include the out and back section of the bridge, but yet in all the advertising, the bridge was still in play. People had been signing up assuming they would be indeed running the bridge.

That was until a couple weeks ago when reports from CBS News in SF and the Chronicle confirmed that GGB auto deck

Taking the Bridge (From my Go Pro)
was unavailable for the runners, the full marathoners would get to run the bridge on the sidewalk. The first-half marathoners would be forced into a new course.

For the record the first reports did not come from the race themselves, it came from people asking on Facebook and Twitter.

The bridge means a lot to a lot of people running. It meant a lot every time I ran it, because it was truly a once in a lifetime magical experience. (Okay for me twice). All it takes is looking at some of the comments in the SF Marathon social media to realize how much it means to some people.

I ran the sidewalk last year as they forced the last coral on to it, it was not a safe experience for me. I get trying to stagger the starts and only needing to let so many runners on the bridge. It sucks but I can see the problems that will happen there.

I have a hard time watching friends get their heart broken by the event.

Now here is my question.

Should of it been been handled differently?

I can’t really say. I am not in those shoes where I have to make a decision. But I do have a pretty hard time with the fact that when I was down there for the G1 USA Special last weekend I stumbled upon this billboard in the middle of downtown with them still advertising.

I won’t be running. I also know several friends who have decided that because of the way this played out they will not be running. I am taking a deferral and giving a chance to see if changes happen in 2019.

I do know that there is a small sect of runners who will be getting together on Saturday to run the bridge and I encourage you to join them. Look for the runners_4_goldengate on Instagram and they will hook you up.

I tried to present this in a way that layed out the timeline as I saw it and a bit about how I felt. I know I have some marathon friends who have already shared their disagreement with me for not staying positive. I get it, but I also see this from the outsider who plans their entire year to run those two miles that is the Golden Gate but I feel like I will give them the benefit of the doubt and see where it goes from there.

Race to Remember Memorial Day Recap

I am behind on blogs.
I know.
I have been pretty much lacking the motivation or time to work on a lot of what I know I need to work on. That being said, here I go.

I have always said the 10K distance is my achilles heel. I never seem to find my pacing for it. But I also know that for me, its something I want to work on. So when the opportunity came up to run Race to Remember’s Memorial Day Event I decided to challenge myself and see where I was at in a 10K. I talked about it earlier this year. I am not racing as much this year. But I am making the races I do mean something, and this race means a lot to me. Running with the team at Race to Remember gives me a chance to continue my goal to pay it forward as Race to Remembers goals is to honor the lives of our soldiers and our veterans.

The check-in process for this event is smooth, and you can check in the day of.  This is a no-frills race that focuses on bringing the money to veterans based charities.

The start which was at the Veterans Memorial in Vancouver which made for a perfect backdrop. The race featured a half marathon which went out an hour earlier than the 10K and 5K.

This is where this review is going to become complicated so bear with me. Due to a miscommunication the flagger at an important part of the course sent the 5 and 10K runners in the wrong direction within the first mile. This miscommunication forced the 5K into a 2 miler and the 10K into almost a 13K. Claudia, who is not only my friend but a tremendous race director apologized for the problem right away and tried to make it right with runners which shows something I already knew, she has a passion for using this platform to making a difference. I can tell how hard this she took this.

As for me, I decided at the last second to run with the flag, that is something that I love to do even though it, in reality, adds an extra layer of resitance to the run. The route we took was amazing. We went through the Fort Vancouver Historical site (this is the part we should not of done, but oh well it was amazing) and then down the Vancouver waterfront. This is one of my favorite places to run. I caught some really good speed on my intervals until I got to about a 3 miles in, then I needed to shorten it up. I took shorter intervals which still kept the speed right.

There was plenty of support on the course with water and Gatorade.

One of the bike medics caught me and turned me around before I could get too far over the 10K mark. (Some ended up at 15K).

The end of the race features a small spread of food and a beer garden. This is the first year they did age group awards (and I came in third no matter how slow I was).

I did go back out for the Honor Mile which is a mile in honor of those local military lives that have been lost. Carrying the flag

I have talked about this frequently, the Race to Remember races are small. They are put together by a race director driven to give back to the community.  There might of been an issue with this race but it was a solvable issue and something the race already plans on moving foward from.

 

Note: I was given a free race entry in trade for my recap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nordstroms Giveaway

And we did it again!!

 

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Prize: $100 Nordstrom Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 7/10 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email. Please email becky@ohmygoshbeck.com with any questions regarding the giveaway.

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Starbucks Giveaway is BACK

I am a little behind…. But indeed the Starbucks Giveaway is back!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $100 Starbucks Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 7/3 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email. Please email becky@ohmygoshbeck.com with any questions regarding the giveaway.

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Skirt Sports Ambassador Reminds us “Why”

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!

Target Giveaway

I am behind on blogs again.

It is what it is…

But its time for another Instagram Giveway

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GIVEAWAY STARTS: June 8 @ 6 PM PST

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Prize: $100 Target Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

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Guest Post : Every Runner’s Skin Care Essentials

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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/

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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

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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

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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!