Weekly Workout Recap – 6/29-7/5

6 Jul

weeklyworkoutheaderWeek of June 29-July 5, 2015

I hope everyone in the U.S. had a good holiday weekend and everyone else had a good summer weekend! This week was a race week for me! I ran a sprint triathlon relay on Sunday and was the runner for our team.  I mixed up my schedule a bit to keep it interesting and also reduced my weights a little bit in the leg tracks of BodyPump to keep them feeling fresh. I also did two easy miles with a few pickups the day before the race to keep my legs loose, and felt great come race day on Sunday.

Monday – I was feeling exhausted from camping over the weekend, so I moved around my typical AM BodyPump to sleep in! Got in 3 miles of speedwork in the evening.

Tuesday – BodyAttack in the AM, BodyPump in the PM.

Wednesday – Three easy miles over lunch. #runchtime

Sometimes my runs clear out my head and keep me sane. #forreal #running #brooks #runch #fitsnap

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Thursday – BodyAttack + BodyPump in the evening.

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 2 miles with a few quick sprints

Sunday – Sprint Triathalon Relay! I ran a 5k. Recap of my leg coming soon. :)

The handoff! @kibilds had a personal best and @beccarun is off for the 5k leg!

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Block Island Organics Mineral Sunscreen (Product Review + Coupon Code)

30 Jun

Block Island Organics offered me a free bottle of their Natural Mineral Sunsceen in exchange for a blog review.  I volunteered for this opportunity, and all opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post.

I have slowly but surely trying to swap out my skin products for products that don’t contain harmful chemicals (this is a whole other blog post for another time). One of the first products my husband and I did research on was sunscreen. Over the past two years ago we have tried MANY brands of natural sunscreen.  While some have been better than others, they have always left something to be desired. Either they were overly thick and didn’t rub in well, they smelled a bit odd, or the packaging was too large for carry-ons when flying (this is a huge must for us since we don’t live overly close to the beach).  I am so excited to share a new product that I had the opportunity to try out that has solved all of these problems for me.

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Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30.

There are many awesome things about this product so I’m going to share them in bullet form:

  • Block Island Organics is a family owned company.
  • All Block Island Organics products (and this sunscreen) are free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, dyes and artificial fragrances. Take a look at the label on the bottle:
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  • Block Island Organics does not do animal testing and uses vegan-based formulas. As I said previously, I have been trying to swap out my products little by little and am so glad to have found something that is not only safe, but also kind to animals.  This is a huge plus in my book.
  • The texture of the sunscreen is very similar to the typical brands you would find on store shelves. It is thinner than all of the other natural sunscreens that I have tried and is not gritty at all. It also rubs into your skin very easily.Block Island (2)
  • Block Island Organics Mineral Sunscreen received a 1 rating in the EWG Skin Deep Database.
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  • The suncreen smells awesome – even better than typical sunscreens – I think it may be thanks to the eucalyptus in it.
  • The packaging of the sunscreen is 3.4 ounces – meaning I can put it in my carry-on when flying! YAY!

Overall, Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 is a great product and one that I will continue to use and buy as I run out.  It is by far the best natural sunscreen I have found and I highly recommend it.

Have I convinced you? If so, you can use coupon code ‘becca’ to get 15% off on their website. This code cannot be combined with other offers but will work on top of any site sale. Good through 7/6/15.  

Website: http://www.blockislandorganics.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/blockislandorganics
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BIOSuncare

Weekly Workout Recap – 6/22-6/28

29 Jun

weeklyworkoutheaderWeek of June 22-28, 2015

Happy Monday! Last week went pretty well! I got in two GRIT classes which was awesome – GRIT is a HIIT class designed by Les Mills, and it is recommended that you take it twice a week. However sometimes it’s hard to fit in, or I’m too tired to do it a second time (especially when it’s the strength format) so I was glad to fit it in.  I also did a couple lunchtime runs this week (runchtime?). It was a nice change to get a run done early and not have to wake up and get on the treadmill (I find it much harder to be motivated to run in the mornings than go to a group fitness class), and I also got to enjoy a few free evenings since I didn’t have to fit a run in after work. I hope this is something I’ll be able to do more often, as I really enjoyed switching it up a bit.

Over the weekend the hubby and I went camping with my parents, so I had great intentions of hiking all day Saturday, getting in an early hike on Sunday and maybe even fitting in a short run around the campgrounds. Well, then it rained. and rained. and rained. We were lucky to be staying in a cabin so we didn’t get too wet, but it was pouring so running and hiking were out of the question. I also ended up getting some stomach distress in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday and didn’t feel up to hitting the treadmill when we got home yesterday. So that meant I got two good ol’ rest days this week. Not gonna complain about that. :)

Monday – BodyPump in the AM, GRIT Strength in the PM.

Tuesday – BodyAttack.

Wednesday – GRIT Strength + 30 minute BodyFlow express.

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM, 3.5 miles over lunch!

Lunch time miles at work!!! #running #getitdone

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Friday – BodyAttack in the AM, 3 miles over lunch.

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – Rest

Weekly Workout Recap – 6/15-6/21

22 Jun

weeklyworkoutheaderWeek of June 15-21, 2015

This week was a good week workout-wise. Thursday was my birthday and my sweet friends surprised me at 5:30am BodyPump with balloons and party hats to celebrate! It was a great way to kick off my birthday – at 5:30am! :)

Monday – BodyPump in the AM, GRIT Cardio in the PM.

Tuesday – BodyAttack in the AM. 3 miles speedwork in the PM.

Wednesday – 3.1 miles easy in the AM, GRIT Cardio in the PM.

Thursday – Birthday BodyPump!

Friday – BodyAttack

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – 8.5 miles easy

Path Of The Flood Half Marathon Race Recap

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On May 23rd I ran my 20th Half Marathon – The Path of the Flood Half Marathon in Johnstown, PA.  The Path of the Flood races were held last year to commemorate the 125th anniversary of a flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The races were a success so they brought them back this year for the 2nd year! There was a 5k, 10k and half marathon.  I live about 90 minutes from Johnstown so the day of the race my dad and I drove there and picked up our bibs and shirts.

The races were point-to-point, so you parked at the finish and then they shuttled us up to the half marathon start.  The race follows mostly the Path of the Flood Trail that goes along the path of the flood.  It is mostly crushed gravel.  I knew that this race was going to be the smallest I have run – there were only 200 runners doing the half. So I fully expected to pretty much be alone while I ran.

The race started right on time, and it honestly was a bit chilly for May. So I wore my arm sleeves with a tank top and skirt, assuming I could pull off the sleeves as needed.  The overall course was a net downhill which was awesome, and you could definitely feel like you were going on a slight decline for the majority of the time. I stuck to me 3/1 run/walk intervals, and like in previous races I planned to walk up any longer hills to preserve my energy.

The first mile or so goes through a neighborhood, which includes a huge hill, and then connects with the Path of the Flood trail.

The trail was gorgeous and the weather ended up being perfect. I never took off my arm sleeves but it was a little bit sunny and had a ton of shade so I never felt over heated. Especially for it being the end of May!

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It was also pretty easy to stay on the course, despite being alone, since it was a trail! I felt really good and ran quickly on my run intervals and allowed myself to recover on the walks. I kept my watch on the interval view so I wouldn’t get caught up in paces and just flipped it over to see my overall time when I’d pass large milestones – 5k, 10k, etc.  About 10k in I was feeling great. I hit the 10k mark in 1:17:00  I started to do the math in my head and knew that if I kept this pace up I could totally PR this thing.

Around mile 8 we went through the Staple Bend Tunnel which was a new experience!PathOfFloodStapleBendTunnel(source)

That tunnel was a bit DARK. But I focused on the light at the other end of it and slowed my pace a little and just kept going. It was really neat to run through it.

Shortly after the tunnel there were some pretty steep and rocky uphills that I had to trudge up and take my time coming down on the other side. My pace suffered a little here but I knew I could still edge out a PR.

Around mile 11ish (I think) I came to the end of the trail and saw the race photographers.

PathofFloodProI was still feeling really good. And major kudos to this race for offering the photos for free!

The last few miles of the course went through Johnstown, and honestly there were a few times when I was unsure that I was going the correct way. There were volunteers at major turns but not all of them. So I did second guess myself a bit between water stops and volunteers. I did provide this feedback to the race organizers, so hopefully this will get fixed in the future.

I kept doing my intervals and checking my watch. I knew a PR was a definite at this point, it was just a matter of how much I’d PR by. :)

I saw my dad about quarter mile from the finish and told him I knew I was going to PR by at least 5 minutes!

I crossed the finish and saw the best sight on my garmin…

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That is a PR of 5:36!!!!  I was so happy to finish my 20th half and it was even better to get to celebrate it with a PR! My dad PRed too, so it was a good day all around.

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PathOfFlood (4)Overall, this was a great race, and I had a great time running it! It was awesome to find a close by race that explored an area I have never run in before! We will be back next year if they continue to do it!

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