Monday, July 29, 2013

FrogFuel Review and Giveaway

I am always looking for other ways to fuel myself during my runs/ work outs. When I saw this product I couldn't wait to try it. 

I decided that on Sunday I would give FrogFuel a try for my 4 mile run. The taste was interesting. It definitely was something I wasn't expecting. It kind of reminded me of a certain energy drink (not naming any names here). I like how it was liquid and not gel. It was easy to drink. It also didn't leave any weird after taste in my mouth.

I took off on my run. About a mile or two in, I could tell it was helping me push through some of the hills in my neighborhood. Unfortunately, I felt like I was dragging closer to the end of my run. I definitely think FrogFuel helped me with the majority of my run. 

Here's why I think you should try FrogFuel:
1. It's hydrolyzed. Faster absorption means better performance and quicker recovery!

2. It's a Pure Collagen Protein - Improved skin, muscle mass and tone, increased joint flexibility, healthier bones, arteries, hair, nails and eyes.
3. Contains Taurine - Help rebuild muscles faster!
4. Berry flavored!

5. No Mixing. Just open it up and drink.
6. 60 Calories - sugar, fat, gluten, and lactose free.
7. Enhanced Aminos. 
8. Shelf life of 2 years without refrigeration.

Check out their website for info: FrogFuel

To make things fun be sure to check out this quiz to see what your fuel level is and then leave me a comment with your answer. :)

My Quiz result says:

Free Spirit

Hanging out in the gym just isn’t your style, you are the free spirit of the fitness world! Although you have a preferred fitness method, you will always choose variety over routine. From cycling to yoga sessions on the beach, you love squeezing in a workout wherever and however you can

And now for the main reason you came here....

FrogFuel is letting one of my readers have a chance to win 3 FrogFuel 1oz Protein Shots. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway information and disclaimer:  The giveaway starts at 12:00 am EST on Monday, July 29th and ends at 12:00 am EST on Monday, August 5th.  Open to US residents.  Winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter. I will contact the winner and they will have 48 hours to respond to me with their mailing address. I was not compensated for this giveaway.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 2


I wasn't able to get to the gym due to work but I did do a little Insanity at home. Something is better than nothing. :)


I got up did 3 miles in the neighborhood. During the run I thought I was running a little slower than normal. but when I finished I looked at my avg pace and was surprised I was actually in a race pace. I'll take it. :)

Later in the evening I went down to Big Peach Suwanee to run with the running group. I decided I would only 3 miles. I didn't want to over do it. Plus it gave me a chance to demo some compression sleeves from Zensah. LOVE THEM! I didn't feel any spin pain in my left leg (I normally have some kind of shin split if I over do it).


I decided to switch it up. Instead of doing strength training on Thursday, I decided to do it on Wednesday. I did chest and back. After lifting I went up up to the treadmill to run my 2 miles. I felt great afterwards. I may actually keep my strength training days on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays.


Since I woke up with a headache, I was a little late getting out there to run my 3 miles.  Around 11:20, I crawled out of bed to go for a run. It wasn't a super fast run or a super slow run. I was pleased with my time and avg pace.

I was suppose to go for a run with the Big Peach group, but I decided to skip the second run of the day. I just wasn't feeling it.


Off Day! :) I love this day.


I had to work today so I basically did my cross training at work. Walking is considered cross training, right? If so, then cool. If not, well, nothing I can do now.


I really didn't want to get out there to run 4 miles. I was still really tired from having to work on Saturday. I did get out there though. I can't say it was an easy one or even fun one, but I got it done. That's all that matters right?


Week 2 was much better than week 1. Week 3 is going to be a little crazy. I am going to be out of town starting on Wednesday so I am probably going to be switching up a few things. I am going to try my best not to miss a run day.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Half Marathon Training Recap: Week 1


I was suppose to go to the gym to work on my strength training, but after a weekend at the lake I was still completely drained. So I skipped my work out.


I woke up not really wanting to go for a run, but I knew once I got out there I would feel a lot better. I did my 3 miles. It was a bit humid out but I lived and definitely felt better afterwards. :)


Instead of running 2 miles or doing something else, I decided I would go to the gym to lift weights. I guess you can say I was making up for Monday.


I had 3 miles scheduled. Normally, I would just run outside but I decided I wanted to do something different. I headed off to the gym to get my run in. Instead of dong the 3 miles, I decided I needed to go ahead and complete my Running Mad virtual 10K run. I did 6.2 miles in 54 min. I was proud I didn't even stop on the treadmill. I didn't even slow own the speed. I actually upped it to 7.5 for the last bit of my run. I also was planning on going to the group run in Suwanee in the evening to run another 3 miles, but I decided to stay home since I was feeling a bit sore from lifting the day before.


Rest Day! :)


Since I had a wedding to go to that day, I decided I would only do my ab work out, which is part of the 30 Day AB Challenge.


I woke up not wanting to really run my 4 miles, but after fighting with myself for a few minutes I finally got out the door. It was a hot one, but I am glad I got out there.


Week 1 of my half marathon training is complete. I am hoping I will get back into the training groove soon. It seems after the Peachtree I just haven't felt like training.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Half Marathon Training

After multiple suggestions I decided to go with the Hal Higdon's half marathon training program. I felt like it fit my schedule better than the others even though I may have to switch up a day up every other week.

Monday started week 1 of my training. So far it just feels like a normal week for me. I imagine it will get a little bit harder as I progress. I am definitely up for the challenge though! :)

A long with that program, I am doing the 30 day ab challenge. That's definitely a work out. I usually do it after my runs or work outs. I am slowly starting to see a little results. :)

I hope to do a recap of the previous training week at the beginning of each new week.

Do you have any races you are currently training for? If so, how is it going?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The ABC's of Me! :)

A local running friend, Jen, tagged me in the ABC's of Me. I guess, it's time you learn a little something about me, huh?

A.  Attached or Single: Attached!! :)

B.  Best friend: Alysha B, but I also have other friends that I consider best friends too.

C.  Cake or Pie: Hmm...CUPCAKES!!!! 

D. Day of the week: Saturday or Sunday. It really depends on which day I am not doing anything.

E.  Essential item: My phone. I never leave home without it!

F.  Favorite color: Blue. 

G.  Gummy bears or worms: Gummy bears!

H.  Hometown: Norcross, GA

I.  Favorite indulgence: I love ice cream or cookies. LOL

J.  January or July: July.. it's summer time!!

K.  Kids? I have a furbaby named Angel.

L.  Life isn’t complete without: happiness and friends

M.  Marriage date: Not married

N.  Number of brothers/sisters: 3 brothers (2 older and 1 younger)

O.  Oranges or apples: Apples

P.  Phobias? Heights. I won't ride roller coasters because of that.

Q.  Favorite quote: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs

R.  Reason to smile: family and friends

S.  Season of choice: Summer :)

T.  Tag 5 people: Brandi at Girl on the Run, Jill at MRScrashmattb Thinks Aloud, Ari at The Pace of it All, The Rushing Herd at The Rushing Herd, and Jennifer at runlikeagrrl

U.  Unknown fact about me: I like to watch stupid reality TV shows, lol

V.  Favorite vegetable: Ooo that's a tough one. I like a few.

W.  Worst habit: biting my nails

X.  X-ray or ultrasound: X-Ray

Y.  Your favorite food: Sushi but I also like pasta

Z.  Zodiac sign: Leo

There you have it the ABC's of me. If you like to do it, then awesome. If not, no big deal!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Peachtree Road Race Recap

Hard to believe this race came and went just like that. It feels like I just signed up for it. I am already excited about signing up for next year! Why? Because it will be my tenth Peachtree Road Race.  :)

Enough with that let's move on to the recap...

All week they were calling for rain on race day. I was seriously dreading it. I have never ran in the rain before and really don't want to especially a crazy downpour like they were expecting. So on Wednesday, after looking at one of the groups I belong to on Facebook, I decided I was going to duct tape my shoe to try and prevent as much water from getting into my shoe as possible. But with it the chance of rain, I also had to decide if I wanted to wear my normal running shoes or an older pair. I decided I would wear an older pair that I knew would be okay to run 6.2 miles in. Good thing I chose them. More to come on that.

I woke up at 3:15 AM the morning of race day. I was running on 3 hours of sleep (I can never sleep the night before a race anyways). Since my Mom was volunteering before the race, we needed to get down there around 4:30 for her to check in and definitely beat the road closure. We parked at Phipps Plaza which is right across the street from Lenox Square Mall. I was able to take a short power nap before having to get up and tape my shoes up.

By the time I got my shoes all taped up, it was time for me to make my way to my start wave. My wave was set to start at 7:45. It was raining a little bit when I was walking over to it, but as soon as I got there it had stopped and luckily it held off until I was walking back to Marta. 

Please excuse my fuzzy photos. My iPhone was in a zip-lock bag to keep it from getting wet.

Mile 1: Was a little crowded. I had to deal with a few people not moving over to the right hand side. Once I was able to get around them the race seemed to fly on by.

Mile 2: Saw one person receiving medical attention. From what I heard it was a heart attack. I really hope they are okay.

Mile 3: I knew I was getting close to Cardiac Hill. I never slow on this hill. A lot of people are usually stop mid way and walk up. 

Mile 4: I knew I only had 2 more miles to go.

Mile 5: I was already planning my tenth Peachtree Road Race. Hey, I had to think of something other than the run.

Mile 6: I knew I was going to come in under an hour as long as I didn't cramp up at the end. A few years back, I cramped in both of my calf muscles right at the end. Sucked majorly!

Mile .2: I finished strong.

Official time: 55:03

Not my fastest PRR, but I did beat my time from last year which is perfectly fine by me.

Credit to MarathonFoto for the pictures

Since I wasn't raining when I finished, I decided I would stick around Piedmont Park to wait on my Mom and my other friends running the race.

When I turned to go into the park, I didn't notice how muddy this park was from all the rain until I started making my way through the park. Yuck! It was awful walking through it.

I headed over to the Atlanta Track Club for some yummy Waffle House food and a cold water. Oh, and I can't forget this... 

I love free stuff!!! :)

I caught up with Jill after she finished along with Katie and Marcia. It was my first time meeting Katie and Marcia. :)

While making my way around the park with Jill, Katie, and Marcia, Jen texted me asking where I was so I met up with her and Brandi for a photo.

They decided to go as ducks because it was suppose to be raining during the race.

And since Brandi ended up having her Peachtree medal with her so I asked to get a picture with it...

After saying bye to Brandi, Jen and I waited for my Mom, which didn't take long. My Mom and I took a picture up on the hill (to avoid going back into the mud pit) before making our way to Marta.

As I mentioned earlier in the post, I am so excited about next year. :) If you ever want to participate in the world's largest 10K then I highly suggest coming to Atlanta for the 4th of July. It's really a blast. I mean, why else would I keep running it? Registration opens up in the middle of March as a lottery system.

And now for the reason a lot of people run this race...

This is the "finishers medal".

Did you participate in a 4th of July race? Or did you run on your own?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Peachtree Road Race Eve

It is the day before the Peachtree Road Race. For the first time in the 9 yrs I have been running it, I will have to run in the rain instead of the heat/humidity. If I had to choose which one to run in, I would choose the heat. I am really not looking forward to running in the rain. Not just any rain...its going to be pouring tomorrow. Not fun. Unfortunately, I am not going to be running in my normal shoes. I am going to be switching back to an older pair (even though I really don't want those ruined either) to run in. I am going to apply duct tape around the ventilation to try and keep as much of the water out of my shoe.

As far as what I am wearing, I think I am going to stick to the original idea. Tank top and shorts. But since they are encouraging us to wear Boston colors, I pulled out my yellow Under Armour shirt just in case I decide that the tank top isn't going to work. I am going to get soaked no matter what I decide to wear.

I'm going to try and make the best out of this run. If I don't finish under an hour, I'll be a little upset but I will manage. I am not going to try and run crazy fast. Slipping and sliding on wet pavement is not fun.

9th shirt here I come!!!!!

I plan on working on my Peachtree Road Race recap this weekend sometime.  So be on the look out for it. :) I will also post before and after on Twitter with pictures (assuming it isn't pouring when I want to take pictures). If you aren't following me yet, what are you waiting for? AUTgrGrl for Twitter.

Have you ever ran in pour conditions? This is my first. I would have ran in really rain back in March, but the race was called due to lightning in the area.

Monday, July 1, 2013


OMG, its here...July is really here! It feels weird not posting my monthly training plan. :( I have one more official run day tomorrow. An easy 2 miles. Nothing too crazy. I will also be finishing up my 30 Day Squat Challenge as well. Hard to believe I stuck with it. My legs look so toned from it. :) Next up is my 30 Day Ab challenge.. yay!

This is a short post since I really don't have much to say. Hope everyone has a great week. And if you are running on Thursday -- good luck!!! Stay hydrated! :)