Runnergirl Training: December 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Product Review: EAS Soy Protein Powder



 written by runnergirl training

 
EAS Sports Nutrition supplied me with a variety of their soy protein powder to try out and review.

I tried the vanilla EAS soy protein powder. It is a nutritionally balanced and delicious supplement!

It has 20 grams of soy protein. The nutritional information is here.

I liked that it is vegetarian friendly and works well if you are lactose intolerant.

The powder is smooth to drink and is not chalky. It has a smooth texture and tastes great!

I have used many different brands of protein powder over the years. This is a wonderful product and I highly recommend it!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Product Review- Proskins Slim Compression Shorts



written by runnergirl training

Proskins supplied me with a pair of Proskins Slim women's compression shorts to review.

The shorts were great to wear! The fabric feels smooth, comfortable and stayed in place. They were not too loose or too tight. They also reduced upper leg muscle fatigue.

I wore them for running and also indoor cycling.

Proskins offers a technology that is unique to their products and offer many benefits They state:

Win the war against cellulite with Proskins SLIM; Compression Wear that works so you don’t have to.  Thanks to Proskin, a cutting edge specialist in the field of high technology fabric and compression wear, women don’t have to look any further beyond Proskin SLIM.  This is the  stuff women’s dreams are made of – workout clothing that tackles cellulite, reduces fluid retention and improves lymphatic drainage while you wear them.

Independent clinical trials have proved that wearing Proskins SLIM regularly can minimize the appearance of cellulite.  The groundbreaking compression fabric of Proskins SLIM is made from a patented micro encapsulated yarn containing Caffeine, Retinol, Aloe Vera, Fatty Acids and Vitamin E.  These five ingredients along with the high tech compression fabric improves the overall appearance of skin by tackling the three major causes of cellulite – blood circulation, fluid retention and lymphatic drainage.
Proskins SLIM can be worn under clothes as long underwear or as part of it's own outfit - pair the leggings with a cute tunic top or sweater.  Also, because of the special wicking in the fabric, you won't sweat while wearing Proskins SLIM - they will keep you warm when cold out and cool when warm out. Additionally Proskins SLIM contains silver which is an anti bacterial, you don't need to wash it after each time you wear it - what more could you ask for from 1 garment?

Give them a try! I think you will love them as much as I do!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

hot chocolate ambassador race 15k 5k

written by runnergirl training

The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k race is an exciting and sweet race! 

It benefits the Ronald McDonald House. As a family member of a stage 4 brain cancer patient, I know personally the impact such charities make in the lives of those they touch. I am thrilled to be involved in supporting such a special organization! 


When you register, you will be receiving the hat pictured above. Be sure to use the code:
HC2013DAL6 (ALL CAPS)

See you at the race!




Product Review: CEP Compression Night Run Socks - SportsCompression.Com



written by runnergirl training



SportsCompression.com provided me with a pair of CEP women’s night run socks. They are an effective and wonderful product!

CEP compression socks provide compression to prevent muscular fatigue and recovery and also prevent post workout cramping and swelling. The night socks also provide additional benefits with the added bright color visibility and reflectiveness. It adds to your safety to have additional visibility when exercising outside, especially at dusk or dawn hours.

I have previously reviewed SportsCompression.com CEP women’s compression socks. Since the review, I have worn them almost every day for the past year. They are great for running and for being on your feet for many hours (travel, work, etc).

I have worn my CEP compression socks in my most recent races, the Dallas Marathon and the Dallas Turkey Trot 8 mile race. I am generally prone to muscle cramps after long races (such as the marathon) and the socks prevented the cramps in my lower legs. 

I highly recommend the SportsCompression.com CEP compression socks!

Dallas Marathon Race Review


written by runnergirl training


I ran the Dallas Marathon on December 9, 2012. It was my third Dallas Marathon, formally called the Dallas White Rock Marathon.

I had been training for months for the race. I used the Hal Higdon Intermediate 2 marathon program. My goal time was 4:30.

I have been in school full time for nursing school prerequisites and taking care of my mom with stage 4 brain melanoma. Around my obligations this semester I was maintaining a training volume of 70-90 miles per week. I was adding onto the Hal Higdon program, it did not require that weekly mileage. Running is my escape and way to stay sane through all of the stress. 

The race course changed this year and acquired a lot more hills in the front half. The back half retained a lot of the previous race course.

During the race I hydrated with Gatorade, Gatorade Energy Chews, Clif Bar Shot Bloks and water. I drank 6 ounces or ate 2 chews about every 15-20 minutes. I used the portable restroom around mile 17.

I started out with the 4:15 pace group from miles 1-3. Then I joined the 4:30 pace group from miles 4-14. Midway through mile 14 the damage from the hills affected my muscles I was unable to keep my pace and started walking until mile 15. From mile 15 until the end my legs (quads & hamstrings) felt like Icy Hot was on them and had sharp painful cramps. I was able to hobble run and drafted behind a few runners to reach that finish line!

At the end of the race I visited the medical area at the Dallas Convention Center. I was such pain that I could not stop walking or moving my legs because the pain was too intense to stop. The nurses and doctor laid me on a cot and massaged my legs for an hour. I was finally able to stand up with their assistance and left with my family.

I was unable to walk for the next 2 days after the race. I have never experienced such intense and painful muscle cramps and spasms. I have consulted with several sports medicine gurus and my conclusion is the cramps results from the excessive hills in the first half of the race and the high humidity.

I have been a runner since 1997. Racing has been a passion of mine since 2000. I am always learning new aspects of the sport and ways to improve! Thank you for joining me in my race reflections!


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