Powered by gHP Sport

I’m EXCITED to announce my new sponsorship with gHP Sport!

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When the vice president of gHP Sport reached out to me a couple of months ago, little did I know it would be a game changer. He asked me if I would like to try gHP Sport, a dietary supplement of eight amino acids. Unlike other companies who have reached out to me to try their products, Michael Cooper did not ask me for anything in return. He simply sent me information on gHP Sport and the science behind amino acids. I thought, why not? So, I said, “Sure! Send me some.” However, I did warn him that I hated taking pills of any kind and often forgot to take my vitamins.

My gHP Sport arrived about a month out from my big 100 mile race, Javelina 100. I was also doing a runstreak, where I was running every day for one year straight. I had a little over a month to go, which means I would have to run even after my 100 mile race. I was nervous for that day! I figured gHP couldn’t hurt and if it provided any advantage for muscle recovery and cell repair.

Now for the results (unsolicited from gHP):
After taking gHP Sport for just a few days, I immediately noticed I was sleeping so soundly and my digestion improved. Within a few more days, I had increased energy and my workouts felt great, whether it was before work at 4 am or 6 pm at night after work. I must be honest, as much as I hate taking pills (and these took me a couple of days to get used to), I kept with it.

Fast forward to my first 100 mile race and taking gHP Sport regularly. Not only did I complete 100 miles and earn my first buckle, I had the energy to jump across the finish line!

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Now for the best part: After my 100 mile race, I was able to go up and down stairs without assistance and I was able to sleep all night without any pain relievers (ibuprofen or Tylenol). This is HUGE as I remembered how I felt after running 100k earlier this year … I could barely walk, sit, or sleep!

I was also able to run the very next day to keep my runstreak alive. Not only did I run, I felt amazing (after my 100k, I could barely run a 20 min mile. I was shuffling for sure. After my 100 miles, I ran a 12 min pace no problem!)

I’m telling you, the only thing that had changed between my 100k race (and several other ultras this year) was taking gHP Sport every day. It has simply been amazing!!

This product has some great reps too! Major League Baseball player, David Price, for one:

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I contacted Michael Cooper again and told him how impressed I was and he wanted me (ME!) to represent gHP Sport. Of course I said yes! Anything to spread the word to all my friends. Within days, the team at gHP Sport created an Ad with me (again, ME! like really??) and gave me a coupon code to offer it to any of my friends or followers. If you want to order it for yourself, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! I say that with 100% conviction because again, I hate taking pills of any kind. And, not only are they are safe, THEY WORK! They also come with a 30 day money back guarantee!

To Order: Go to gHP Sport and enter happyTRIgirl in the coupon code field for 15% off!

Want to know more? Read on:

What is gHP Sport?

Created by an internationally renowned Cambridge and Harvard educated British MD, gHP Sport is an all natural combination, or “stack”, of pure, free-form crystalline amino acids that encourage ones body to produce agents that start the natural process of cell repair and regeneration. Improved sleep, increased energy, improved stamina, increased muscle mass, and a dramatic improvement in athletic recovery time are just a few of the benefits one can quickly experience from taking gHP Sport.

The science behind this product is so unique and effective that it carries international patents to protect it, and it is the only product of its kind that is NSF “Certified for Sport” for use by professional athletes. The NSF “Certified for Sport” designation is only granted to a product that has passed rigorous testing and been proven to contain no banned substances based on the internationally recognized World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) Banned Substance List and Guidelines: http://www.nsfsport.com. Therefore, particularly in Major League Baseball, gHP Sport has become a staple in the locker rooms of Professional sports teams helping players with their performance and recovery.

7 KEY BENEFITS OF gHP Sport

• Enhance Athletic Performance
• Accelerate Recovery Time
• Improve Sleep
• Superior Stamina
• Increase Energy
• Whole Body Healing
• Strengthen Immune System

Try for yourself and see the difference! If you have questions, please shoot me an email at runallthetrails@gmail.com
 

Javelina Jundred Race Report

As I sit here contemplating on how to tell you about how it is to run 100 miles, I must make one thing clear …

I still can’t quite wrap my head around the notion that I actually DID IT!  Although it was very real in the moment with so many highs and lows, when I finished – all I could think was, “Holy crap … I did it!”

So, the best I can do to explain my 29 + hours of running, is to break it down into segments.  This race is perfect for that anyway because it is an alternating 15.3 loop course through the Arizona desert, with the last loop being a bit shorter at 9 miles.

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My day started at 3 am on October 31st.  My awesome pacers (Jen, Rebekah, and Mikey) started their day too … sorry guys! A cup of coffee, a mini bagel with peanut butter and a banana was my fuel. Dressed and out the door to the trail by 4:30 am.

Pemberton Trail is at McDowell National Park (right outside of Fountain Hills, AZ). The main hub is tent city, aka – Javelina Jeadquarters.  Jeadquarters is where all the action is: a DJ, all the food, vendors, tents, and spectators.  It is also the start and finish line.  I rented a tent with two cots for everyone to hang out in when I was away on the trail.

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Start time was 6 am and I was nervous! I was looking around for any of my running friends and couldn’t find any.  Finally, Steve found me! Huge sigh of relief as he hugged me and said he would run with me for a bit. Steve and I ended up running about 9.5 miles of the first loop together and the time just whizzed by.  He is truly a remarkable friend and am grateful he slowed down to my pace to run with me (he went on to run a 22 hour race overall, which is just stellar!)

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I finished loop 1 feeling good and my pacers/crew were waiting for me as I came through Jeadquarters.

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Jen, Rebekah, and Mikey were all on top of it as they filled my hydration pack, gave me some headphones for music, my GoPro and sunglasses (it was very sunny and starting to get really warm).

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Loop 2:

I was feeling great, listening to my music, running the opposite direction this time.  The miles seems to click by and I passed the aid stations and stuck to my own hydration and nutrition.  Somewhere toward the very end of loop 2 I started to really feel the heat and my head was hot.  I was tired of carrying the GoPro and I hated my music.  It had to go.  I also left my phone behind because I didn’t want any extra weight, but I did take a small hand-held bottle of water to carry in addition to my Gatorade Endurance in my hydration pack.

Loop 3:

The wheels started falling off.  AND FAST.  The first part of loop 3 was the hardest.  Uphill, with large rocks embedded in the trail and smaller rocks, which were loose.  I was walking and not feeling great.  It was hot and my stomach was starting to turn on me.  I was stopping at all the aid stations to take in extra fluids, like coke and ginger ale, as well as water.  I also took salt tabs at each aid station to make sure I was getting enough sodium.  Towards the end of this loop, I was hurting.  Bad.  My stomach was a mess and I felt so sick.  I kept trying to talk myself out of it, but my body was yelling at me and winning the fight.  I saw some friends along the trail and I cried … “this is so hard.”  Emily, my sweet inspirational rockstar of a friend, passed me at the final aid station for loop 3, which was her first aid station for loop 4.  I told her I was dying in this heat.  Emily said she knew how I was feeling .. but encouraged me to keep going and promise her I would.

Ok … I promise.  (But, I still had doubts)

I finished loop 3 and knew I would change out my socks, shoes, shirt and hat.  It was also getting dusk, which meant I would get a pacer.  I came into Jeadquarters so low and depleted, I started crying right away.  Rebekah whisked me into the tent and changed out my socks and shoes.  Then my shirt and hat. I was still an emotional wreck.  Trying to smile and stay positive, but wanting to crumble at the same time.

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I dillydallied during this pit-stop, not knowing if I could continue.  All of a sudden, Rebekah put my daughter, Kylie, on the phone with me.  I started to cry again as I told her I was having a tough time and didn’t know if I could make it 100 miles. She kept saying, “yes you can, I know you can.”  I told her I loved her and thanked her for calling .. it meant the world to me.

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Loop 4:

Dusk.

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Thankfully, I had Jen with me for Loop 4.  She knew I wasn’t feeling well and just stayed upbeat and positive the entire time.  I was running extremely slow and then it hit … I had to puke.  WHAT?! I never throw up in a race.  Like EVER.  I didn’t have a lot to throw up, but whatever was in me, came up.  Then I had the dry heaves.  I felt so bad for Jen and I was crying all over again telling her I couldn’t make it.  She kept pushing me just to make it to Jackass Junction (the mid-way aid station).  I continued slowly and was so nauseous.  I went from extreme hot temperatures and stripping off my coat, to extreme shivers in the matter of minutes.  I had no idea what the hell was going on with me.  Somehow I managed to make it Jackass Junction and went straight for the medical tent.

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They had me sit and take in some ramen broth.  I must have been there 30-40 minutes, but in that time, I downed 4 cups of broth and a few boiled salted potatoes.  I also closed my eyes for a few golden minutes.  I told Jen I may have to call it after the 4th loop and be happy with a 100k buckle instead of the 100 mile buckle.  I was writing my DNF in my head the 2nd half of that loop as I still felt weak and miserable. I was crying just thinking about letting everyone down, especially my crew who flew all this way to run with me.  I would be quitting.  I never quit, but the end seemed so far out of reach.  Jen reassured me that everyone would understand and my health was more important.  She encouraged me to get to Jeadquarters and see how I felt.

Coming into Jeadquarters, I saw Mikey dressed and ready to go.  I thought to myself, ‘okay, one more loop.’  (*HUGE sigh … I can do hard things)

Loop 5:

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This loop can be described as sleep walking, hallucinations, with a side of grilled cheese and broth.  Mikey was the excellent pacer for this loop because I literally wanted to curl up in a ball and go to sleep.  It was pitch black out and our headlamps were the only source of light on the trail.  I was seeing things that weren’t there and asked him if I could close my eyes and he could guide me.  The answer was no.  However, he did get me to Jackass Junction and fed me 1/2 grilled cheese sandwich and some ramen broth.

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That put new life into me and we bolted through the second half of that loop, jamming to tunes from his iPhone.

Loop 6:

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Rebekah was dressed and ready and I couldn’t let her down.  This was, after all, my last 15.3 mile loop.  By now, all my pacers had worked out finish times and what it would take to get me to finish by noon on Sunday.  There was a bit of anxiety that came with that and I felt the pressure to keep the pace up to make it.  Was I really going to make it?

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The sun started to come up on this loop and that gave me a new energy.  I had less than a marathon to run and was thankful that only my knees and quads were starting to talk to me (if they could talk, imagine a pissy tone … yeah, that’s the one).

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Rebekah ran ahead of me for most of the loop and kept me moving by timing my runs and walk breaks.  I always tried to run a little further than what she told me to run just for my own mental game.  So, if she said we were going to run for the next minute, I would try and run for the next two minutes.  Anything to keep me going.  It worked!

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As I reached the end of loop 6, I was tearing up.  Was this true … I only had 9 miles to go?  As I came through Jeadquarters, I was given a glow necklace to signify I was on my last loop.  I was crying tears of joy.  Jen was ready and smiling to take that victory loop with me.

Loop 7:

Victory loop.  I had just over 3 hours to complete these 9 miles by cut-off time.  It was go time.

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AND, I went for it on this last loop.  Everything hurt but I didn’t care.  I could see that buckle now and I wanted it sooner than twelve o’clock.  The bottoms of my feet felt raw, like they were being poked with needles from all the rocks on this course.  But, they hurt whether I walked or ran … so I RAN. My pacers/crew had figured out my magic jam was broth and potatoes and had those for me at every aid station.  I just didn’t think about it — I did what they said.  And, I have to say, it worked.

Coming into Jeadquarters, the finish line was indescribable.  All the colors of emotion flooding my mind.  The cheers, claps and screams from my friends and bystanders who didn’t even know me.

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I DID IT! What I once thought was impossible, was no more.  100 miles (100.9 to be exact) were all mine, and I loved sharing them with many others along this course.

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The true rock stars of this 100 miler belong to my awesome crew and pacers: Rebekah Leoni, Michael Stribling, and Jennifer Sewell (pictured below left to right):

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They were truly the best #Gteam and were there for me every step of the way.  My buckle was earned because of them!

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Huge shoutout to these awesome peeps who made my first 100 miler unforgettable: Steve and Malia Clemons, Emily Eliason, Joshua Moulthrop, Angelina Francavilla, Amy Eichelberg, Amanda Yu, Tony Nguyen, Jacette Valenzuela, Eric Compton, Greg Durbin, Shane Kaniela, Shannon Dempsey, Sara DeMuch, Leslie Platz Gray, John Schultz, Traci Porter-Cook, Missy Schield, and my sweet daughter, Kylie.

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And — Last but not least, THANKS to Jamil Coury the race director of Javelina for putting on such a great race and ALL the volunteers, who truly made this race happen!! It could not have happened without those wonderful volunteers!!

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(***photo credits to: Steve Clemons, Tony Nguyen, Amanda Yu, Rebekah Leoni, Michael Stribling, Jennifer Sewell, and Sara DeMuch***)

Five things Friday

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week.  Mine was crazy busy with work and going into a long training weekend (my biggest ever), but first — I want to share five things this Friday!!

First up:

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Can we just talk about my shoe problem? I might have a slight Brooks Running addiction. AND – these were just the shoes in my workout room.  Rest assured, I am donating several of these to Girls on the Run! Do you have a favorite pair? I tend to try them all and rotate depending on my terrain, clothes (matchy-matchy), and distance.

2. That’s it.®

These bars are so yummy and only have two ingredients! All fruit, no preservatives. Oh … and no fat, non GMO, Gluten free, Kosher, Vegan, and Raw. They are the perfect on the go snack when whole fruit is not readily available.

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3.  Sizzlefish.

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This box is truly amazing. Sent right to my door with dry ice. We’ve already made three meals using the perfect portion sizings. AND – I like the fact that they come in portions, because as I’ve learned – I eat way more than this when we cook an entire salmon filet. Do I like fresh – heck yes! BUT – this is perfect to have on hand when you are in a hurry or need something quick and easy AND nutritious.

The package I received was the Paleo Prime Plus:

Have you tried Sizzlefish? If so, what did you think?

4.  OMGOSH!!! Javelina Jundred is now only 35 days away ….

Well, technically right now (at the time of this writing) … 35 days, 23 hours and 14 minutes.

Here is a photo from last year, when I was lucky enough to pace one of my besties to his first 100 mile finish.

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5.  The awesome running socks I’m wearing are by TIUX.  I am giving away a pair and the winner will be announced later today.  See my Instagram account for your chance to win your own!

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Have a wonderful day friends! Who’s running this weekend? Who’s racing? Who’s cheering?

Whatever you are doing, make it a good one! xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite thing Friday: TIUX Graduated Compression Socks

My Favorite thing this FRIDAY is:

My NEW Compression socks by TIUX

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When TIUX Compression socks reached out to me and asked me if I’d like to review them, of course I said yes! I love compression socks and have tried just about all of them. And, they came in my two favorite colors: Pink and Yellow (with lavender feet) — Bonus!

TIUX website reads:

Premium compression socks without the traditional retail markups.

We know compression socks are over-priced and over-marketed.
So we made our own to prove that it doesn’t have to be this way.

So, they made the same quality product and only charge the customer a fraction of what other compression socks are charging.

I can say this with certainty as I’ve tried them: THEY ARE LEGIT. Compression in all the right places, no awful toe seams to mess with your shoes or your feet, great colors and best of all — my legs felt great!  Oh — and did I mention, I took them for a long trail run my first time out?  No blisters, no chafing, just compression sock goodness.

You know what else I loved?  The packaging.  I’m all about the packaging people!

tiux Look at this cute box!

Tiux boxThe box slides open to reveal the socks!

Tiux pink and yellow socksTA-DAH!

I’ve been asked what I love about compression socks.  It’s how they make my legs feel: which is AWESOME! I like them before, during, and after long runs.  Here is what TIUX says:

Why Wear Graduated Compression Socks?

Graduated compression socks have a higher compression at the ankle and gradually decreases towards the calf. Graduated compression will enhance circulation and increase the level of oxygenated blood to your legs, while pumping deoxygenated blood back to your heart. Stimulating blood flow helps athletes improve performance, reduce muscle fatigue and recover faster.

Benefits of Wearing Compression Socks

Muscle Stabilization

Provides muscle stabilization to decrease the risk of injuries and muscle tears. Minimizing muscle oscillation reduces soreness and fatigue so you can recover faster from a strenuous training session.

Enhanced Proprioception

Improves agility and muscle efficiency with a heightened sense of body awareness. Greater movement efficiency will elevate your performance and reduce injuries.

Increased Arterial Inflow

Improves performance with greater blood flow to the muscles. Delivering oxygenated blood to the legs reduces muscle fatigue and speeds up recovery.

Increased Venous Return

Accelerates the rate of blood flow back to the heart to help alleviate swollen and achy legs. As deoxygenated blood is pushed up the leg, metabolic substances are removed to help muscles recover faster.

Want more info?  Visit TIUX here: TIUX.co

Happy Running!

Pay it Forward for Jack #beaHERO4CHaDKids

Happy Monday Friends!  I know I have neglected my blog for some time, but I thought I would kick it back into full action with a story that touched my heart.  What better way to celebrate than to pay it forward!

 

Recently, my friend Sarah wrote to me and I want to share her story:

“When Jack entered the world three years ago we were unsure what his childhood would look like. Born with a congenital giant melanocytic nevus [read more about that HERE], the dream of having a healthy boy was shattered when we learned hours after he was born there was something wrong. His first year of life was a rough one, punctuated by MRI’s, surgeries, tissue expansion, injections and infections. It was a scary and difficult time for our family, but it was made easier by the care we received at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock (CHaD). Through the skillful care of Dr. Stotland, Jack’s nevus was removed. And when he suffered a staph infection later on the nurses, doctors and Child Life staff at CHaD cared for not just him, but Mark and I as well. There’s nothing that shakes you more than the fear of losing your child.

Time has faded the intensity of those moments. Now we just see our rambunctious, but oh-so-sweet Jack growing quickly out of the toddler phase into boyhood. But this May with the arrival of our second son, Liam those dormant memories of that difficult time surfaced and with them a flood of emotion. Liam, born perfectly healthy in every way, look remarkably like his brother. Wearing Jack’s hand-me-downs it seemed as if to some extent we relived those first few moments and weeks of Jack’s life. Tears flowed again for all the emotions we felt: the fear, the sense of loss, the stress and confusion and helplessness. Holding Liam brought all that back. Especially rubbing his back, it’s as if muscle-memory took over and suddenly I could locate exactly where the raised bumps of Jack’s nevus were on Liam’s little back.

Sometimes when you’re going through something traumatic and difficult you simply put your head down and push through. Now that that storm has passed it seems that we are re-processing and finally dealing with everything we went through three years ago.

With all these emotions coming to the forefront I’m reminded of why the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock needs our continued support. Every day parents take their sick and injured children to CHaD, relying on the world class care and expertise of the doctors, nurses and staff to care for their little ones. Jack no longer needs care at CHaD, but there are other families that still do. Which is why my goal this year is to raise $6000 for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Over the past two years I run in the CHaD Hero Half Marathon/5K and raised over $14,000 for CHaD and this year I’ll be running again and I’d like to bring that fundraising total up to $20K.

Raising money is a labor of love, really. Lots of letter writing and promoting and planning and pulling off events. But I’ve been thinking: what if everyone who I know through social media and everyone they know, what if they all gave a dollar? Just one dollar. That could raise thousands of dollars for such a worthy cause!”

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TODAY, Monday August 17th, Sarah will be sharing Jack’s story again on her blog and asking her readers to participate in the #beaHERO4CHadKids campaign. She would love your help too!

I’m going to donate and help spread the word and would love your help! Sarah has set up a $1 donation through paypal so that donors can easily give a dollar with one click.  Here is the link to Sarah’s blog: RunFarGirl.com

Here are some other ways you can participate: 

  • Share how you are “being a hero” in a video on Instagram or Twitter and tag @runfargirl and #beaHERO4CHaDKids
  • Dedicate your miles on October 18th, 2015 to the kids and families of the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and tag your post with #beaHERO4ChaDKids

And, while you’re at it … check out Sarah’s RunFarGear … because it’s rad!  And a portion of every sale is donated to CHaD!!!

Let’s kick start this week by paying it forward!