Saturday, August 28, 2010

Friday Favorites (and not so favorites)

Okay, so I'm a little late on getting this post done. I skipped last week since we went out of town for a wedding. Also, the spawn doesn't have preschool this week so he has been draining the life force out of me. It is also quite difficult to try to type with my budding techno geek in my lap assisting me. But, after 18 miles this morning, and the spawn locked in his bedchamber for a nap, I am all motivated to write up my Friday Favorites on a Saturday.

Favorites for the week:

1) Trail Running Anniversary: Today marks the one year anniversary of my foray into trail running. My first trail run was a short two mile run. Introducing trail running into my routine was originally an attempt to combat my IT band. It did help but I also fell deeply in love with trail running, something I wasn't expecting. Now a year later I celebrated my anniversary with an 18 mile run, I've come a long way baby! All I wanted to do was run pain free and I've managed to do much more than I ever thought I would after my second bout of ITBS. So here's to another year and hopefully many more years of happy trail running!

2) Sports Shield: Some of you may have remembered awhile back that I had some horrible chaffing after a long run. I used to use Body Glide but after hearing some other ladies rave about Sports Shield I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! I haven't had any significant chaffing since switching. Today I had a tiny spot (size of a dime) but I'm guessing that I either missed that spot or after 18 miles it finally wore off. So if you are having any chaffing issue give this wonderful product a try, I promise you won't be disappointed!

Not So Favorite:

Black Toenail: So here I am celebrating my accomplishment of trail running for a year and what do I have to show for it? (besides some awesome legs and a healthy mental state) My first black toenail is forming. I thought I had caught it before it got bad but I guess I was wrong. I felt it during my Wednesday run and came home and trimmed the nail. But today around 16 miles or so I could feel that it was still getting punished. I'm guessing that the constant downhills probably are what is causing it. I guess I'll have to figure out how to fix it. I can't imagine needing to go up a shoe size, I already went a bit larger in this pair than my last. If I get my shoes any bigger they'll look like clown shoes. It's my middle toe which surprised me, I always figured the big toe or second toe would be the ones to lose a nail first.


  1. I TOLD you Sport Shield is da bomb...would my monster thighs lie about such a thing!?


    Kudos on your trail anniversary--that is truly awesome. I have yet to run more than ~13 miles in a single day on trails. You are amazing!

  2. I would love to do more trail running, but am too chicken to venture out too far on new trails. The local groups that do trail runs are also a little fast for me, so that's how it goes. I do occasionally trick my running group onto some trails, and I always love that, but some of them aren't so crazy about being in "the wilderness."

    I'll have to take a look at the Sport Shield.

    As for the black toenail, hope it doesn't become too painful. It'll at least give you a good excuse to rock some of the black/purple/dark grey polishes that are out there for fall!

  3. @Kirsten- you are now responsible for two items of running gear I can't live without! Thanks!

    @Java- I do have some cool grey with a hint of purple polish that I adore. Definitely a good excuse to use it.