High Five Friday

high 5 friday 121214High Five Friday is here!

By the time you are reading this, I’ll be flying the friendly skies…for 11+ hours. The longest flight I’ve ever been on was 6ish hours. And that felt long. Here’s hoping that 5 more hours isn’t that bad.

It’s been a wild week getting ready. I’m so ready to be on the plane. Oh and to run too!

5 Things

1. This House Needs a Mouse – I definitely have never thought my house needs a mouse, but after reading this book (multiple times), I’m thinking a mouse may be a good thing. I received an advanced copy of This House Needs a Mouse by C. Jeffrey Nunnally in exchange for a review. This is a sweet book. It’s a rhyming book and a fun to look at book. My kiddos were worried when the mouse was left alone in the house and scared when the new family tried to get rid of him by getting a cat. Thankfully, the cat had other plans. This House Needs a Mouse is a perfect addition to any child’s book collection.It is available now on the book’s websiteAmazonBarnes and Noble, and Big Tent Books.

2. What NOT to Do on Race Day - My latest contribution to Competitor magazine. Hopefully, I will NOT commit any of these race day sins on Sunday!

3. Hidden Veggie Recipes – You know me…I love a good sneaky veggie. These recipes are perfect for the 4 year olds and the 41 year old.

4. Family Pictures Gone Wrong – You WILL laugh at these. I may have even snorted at a couple. Happy Friday!

5. Make sure you are following me on Instagram and Facebook to get all of the Honolulu Marathon and Saucony 26 Strong action this weekend. I’ve got a guest post lined up for next week but will be taking the rest of the week off from blogging to totally relax.

Race Week Thoughts

Last 20 miler | happyfitmama.comKailey’s last 20 miler of this training cycle.

Race week is here!

In two days, we’ll be flying the friendly skies for a (very) long time before landing in Hawaii, where it will be sunny (hopefully) and warm (but hopefully not too warm).

My mind is kind of all over the place. Right now, I’m mostly focused on what needs to get done before we leave. So many things especially since it’s the first time Ron and I are vacationing sans kids. My absolutely wonderful parents, are flying in tonight and will be hanging out with the kids while we are gone for the next week.

Since I’ve been preoccupied with all the logistics with that, I really haven’t thought too much about the marathon.

The big question that everyone asks and that is hanging over my head:

Am I ready?

I’m really not sure.

I am not completely in marathon shape. This I know is true. After having to take all of October off from running because of my Achilles and back injuries, I just started to slowly build up my mileage again in November. My Achilles is absolutely fine when I am running. It does feel “pinched” afterwards and other random times. My back is also good. No problems at all. The farthest distance I’ve covered since returning is 16 miles. I felt great during it and felt like I could do more. I’m hoping my body will remember the two 20 milers and one 21.5 miler I did prior to October.

Even though it’s not what I pictured, it’s still going to be an amazing race.

My goal is to enjoy. Enjoy the scenery. Enjoy the movement of running. Enjoy helping a friend reach her goal.

My number one priority is to make sure my cadet, Kailey, crosses the finish line of her first marathon. This isn’t my race. It’s hers. She’s put in the miles, done exactly as I prescribed for her. She worked really hard while training and I am so very, very proud of her!

If you are interested in tracking us, it’s available through the Honolulu Marathon website. My bib # is 14604.

It’s going to be a crazy, good time. I’m ready to be on the plane already. I’m ready to meet the other teams from Saucony 26 Strong that are running Honolulu.

I’m ready to run.

What to Wear for Winter Running

Winter Running Essentials  happyfitmama.com

I get a lot of questions about what to wear for winter running.

How do I stay warm but not hot? How can I keep my hands warm? Do I need different shoes? What are the essentials?

Way back in the day, I would wear layers of cotton sweats, sweatshirts and whatever socks/shoes I had available. I usually overheated at first and then froze because my clothes were soaked as soon as I started to sweat.

Back then, I was only running a few miles at a time, so it worked. It wasn’t ideal but it got me out the door and running.

Every person is different when it comes to the cold. Your comfort level depends on many factors, including how fast you’re running, how you tolerate cold, and how long your run is, so your perfect Winter outfit may be different than mine.

Shoes: Unless I’m running in a snowstorm or soon afterwards, the roads in my area tend to be clear of snow. There may be spots of slush, puddles or ice, but generally it’s no different than running any other time of the year. If I am running in snow, I’ll wear a pair of trail shoes for a bit more traction.

Socks: On really cold days, I switch to a thicker sock, but I still wear low cut. I’m ok with my ankle being exposed a little bit in between my tights and sock line unless I’m running in snow. An alternative is to wear compression socks for more coverage.

Tights: I prefer to have less on my legs no matter what the temperature. Fleece lined tights are not for me. I get way too hot. Instead, I prefer a thicker material that at least provides wind protection. Some of my favorite brands are Saucony, Athleta and Janji.

First layer: A long sleeve, 1/2 zip, tech top, preferably with thumbholes is what I always reach for. I like to have something up around my neck for more warmth at the beginning. As I warm up, I can unzip to allow more air flow if needed.

Outer layer/Jacket: A good, waterproof and windproof jacket is essential if you are running in any kind of precipitation or low temps. Your first layer will stay dry, therefore, you will be able to stay warm. A good alternative is a vest if you don’t mind your arms being exposed.

Mittens: My hands being too cold is my number one complaint with winter running. Mittens definitely work better than gloves to keep the whole hand together rather than fingers separate. I’ve mentioned it numerous times, but Saucony Run Mitts have been a life saver for me this year. So far, the lowest temp I’ve run with them is 15 degrees with no cold fingers. They’ve been a game changer.

Hat: I prefer a hat over a headband. In the past I’ve worn my ski hats but when I started to sweat, it would soak the material and make me colder. Hats should be made of lightweight technical fabrics to trap just the right amount of heat, but still keep your head dry.

With my winter gear, I also tend to reach for the brighter colors. It’s a good way to be more visible with less daylight hours available. It also gives a little perk to my mood when everything is dull and drab during the Winter. And it makes you look extra marvelous.

What are your winter running essentials?