It’s Fit Foodie Time! {And a Jamberry review & giveaway!}

I should probably finish packing.

Tomorrow (today?) I will be leaving in the early afternoon for the most delicious 5K race-cation of all time in Fairfax!

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Yum. I just hope my knee holds up because it just forced me into an unexpected rest day and I currently have a really sexy looking brace on it. Anyway, I’m so excited to run, eat, drink, and mingle with some of my most favorite bloggers and I’m even going to do my hair tonight which like never happens. Now that it’s summer and humid it will probably still look like hot garbage, but I don’t care.

If you are a friend of mine on Insta, I’m sure you will see plenty of pictures of my hot garbage head over the next several hours.

As part of my preparations for this event, I also did my nails. Some of you may have heard of Jamberry and in case you haven’t, they are wraps that bind with your nails using heat and come in a several hundred fun designs. I am the queen of ruining a manicure about 20 minutes after getting one and Jamberry won’t chip or crack. (Because it can’t…it’s like the strongest sticker ever made.) There are lots of ways to do a “Jamicure”, but what caught my attention in the beginning was the mixing and matching of patterns and styles that I saw people doing. You can really get creative with them, which of course I love.

I know a lot of people who are VERY into Jamberry. Meet my friend Michelle:

This was my friend's first 10K and she KILLED it! I'm so proud of her!

We’ve known each other for about 6 years. She’s awesome and she runs which makes her even more awesome. Anyway, Michelle is a Jamberry aficionado and she recently started her own business. She asked me if I would like to try some out and talk about my experience on here and I said sure without hesitation because I kind of figured that Jamberry would be a bandwagon I would end up on eventually and I love to help my friends when I can.

She sent me these:

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LOOK AT THE LITTLE RUNNERS! These would be PERFECT for my Fit Foodie excursion. I was a little intimidated by the application at first though; I’m thinking maybe I was suffering from Lee Press On Nail PTSD.

As it turns out, these are the farthest things from Lee Press On Nails.

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One thumb was all it took for me to become completely obsessed. I even texted Michelle this picture to show her how obsessed I was. They definitely take a bit of patience to apply – especially if it’s your first time and you are as terrible at doing nails with your non-dominant hand as I am – but once I got into a groove, I had both hands “jamicured” in about 20 minutes.

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I needed my other hand to take the photo, but it is the same chevron to runner girl ratio as this one.

Now if only cool nails could heal my knee and and make me faster, I’d be all set. 🙂

And guess what!? My friend is very generous (yet another reason for me to love her) and she is helping me to host a cool little Jamberry giveaway! Someone is going to win a sheet of Jamberry nails to try out in the design of their choice! Here are the deets:

Mandatory Entry: Visit Michelle’s Jamberry website and let me know what design you would choose if you win! Easy!

Then there are other ways to enter too:

And the Rafflecopter where all the magic happens!

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This giveaway will end on Tuesday at the stroke of midnight! Good luck and I can’t wait to see which designs everyone would choose. 🙂

I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll be back on Monday with what I’m sure will be fun stories of my race weekend in Fairfax! And I’ll see some of you in a few hours!

xo,

Salt

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And on the 62nd day…

Here are some of the things on my agenda today:

Finish drinking this giant coffee.

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Order this for lunch at my favorite spot.

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Hang out with this girl.

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Notice something is missing??

Since November 24, 2013 I ran every single day for a total of just over 280 miles. I ran through holidays, through hangovers, and through a nasty bout of food poisoning. I ran on pavement, trail, and treadmill. I ran in my skinny jeans. I ran in 4 races and placed in 2 of them. I ran my fastest mile, my fastest 5K, my fastest 10K, and my fastest half. I ran through all kinds of various body aches, but on Tuesday I noticed that I have a new little nagging pain in my ankle. It’s not bad and it doesn’t even hurt right now as I’m typing this, but something is different about it enough that I decided yesterday would be the last day of my Streak. I desperately need a real rest day. Then like a perfect end to my Streaking story, I finished my treadmill 10K and one of my big toenails partially cracked and fell off. I have a picture of that too, but I’ll spare you the gory details.

Then my perfect end got even more perfect because I arrived home last night to a mystery box on my doorstep. I couldn’t remember buying anything. I tore into the package and discovered that someone had sent me the most appropriate-for-me gift of all time:

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I had already planned on celebratory wine and what better way to enjoy it?? For about 15 minutes I was totally confused about where it had come from and texted my husband and mom to see if they had ordered me this amazing glass, but before either of them responded a light bulb went off in my head. It’s from HELLY! Seriously…what kind of amazing friend – who obviously knows me so well – is she?? My life is better with her in it.

It says “Always Earned, Never Given”. The trophy at the end of my Streak.

Today I didn’t pack my running shoes with me for the first time in 2 months. It feels weird, but SO necessary. I’m looking forward to actually sitting down in a restaurant for the first time in a long time and enjoying my entire lunch break today. I did my hair this morning with a smile knowing that it will still look good at the end of the day because I won’t sweat all over it. This weekend I’m running, but today resting is going to be awesome. 🙂

~ Salt

The streak may have wrapped up, but I’m still going and going and going…

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YOU GUYS. THE STREAK IS OVER. I can’t believe this day has actually come. (And gone by this point…it is January 3rd after all.) Back at the end of November, this Streak seemed like such a daunting task to a relative newbie like myself. I felt encouraged by others to try it – actually I think it was Lindsay that really got me on board with it! – but still didn’t know that I would make it all the way through. And now here I am on my personal streak day 41 (!!!!) with no plans to stop just yet. I was going to stop at 52, but even the thought of that makes me feel a little sad. I’ve worked hard to get to this point. I enjoy running in my ridiculous outfits on Fridays and I’m sure the people at the gym enjoy them too. So what if I just kept going?

Then again with my marathon training starting soon, I should probably take a legit rest day here and there. I feel pretty great, but I also feel a little like I’ve been running every day for 41 days.

Anyway, here’s a recap of how my final official week of the Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak went:

  • December 27: (I have holiday-induced amnesia and just had to think extra hard about what I did that day.) I end up running 2 miles on the treadmill in my civilian clothes instead of the 1 I had planned. My outfit is not so weird that I get my usual side-eye from gym patrons and employees. These 2 miles push me to 40 MILES IN ONE WEEK which is my highest mileage in a week ever!
  • December 28: It’s my long run and I oversleep. Originally I wanted to go for 10, then I decided the previous night to do 9 and take my time with it. Then my bed is super warm and comfortable and I lay around too long before realizing that I will have to haul ass to get 9 miles in. I do it in 1:09:05. Every single mile in under 8 minutes which I have never done before. I guess sometimes it’s kind of cool to be pressed for time.
  • December 29: I went out with a friend on Saturday night and wake up with a gnarly headache from too many celebratory Irish coffees. The slow treadmill mile I run at the gym actually makes me feel a little better somehow even if I felt like I was going to fall off it for the first half mile. I head to hot yoga feeling a little less gross.
  • December 30: 6.2 miles outside. FINALLY all the sidewalks are clear on my usual route and I’m excited to get back out there. I start off by running my fastest 5k ever (21:37!) and then my arms and legs practically fall off for the entire second half of my run. Oh well. Looks like I can skip speed training tomorrow!
  • December 31: Usually I do 5 miles of speed work, but instead I opt for 6 miles of easy hill intervals on the treadmill since I got my fast on the day before.
  • January 1!!! I run in my first race of the year, the Resolution Run, and while I don’t PR (I don’t see how anyone could on that course), I do have a good race and finish 3rd in my age group and 7th overall. What a fantastic way to start the New Year!
  • January 2: Since everything has melted around here, I think it might be a good time to check out the trail before we get another wallop of winter weather. It’s cold and peaceful and I can feel the impending snow in the air. I almost roll my ankle stepping in someone’s bike tracks, but it’s a good run and pretty fast when I really don’t mean for it to be. Sometimes I feel like I only have two speeds: standing still and race pace.

Total Streak Mileage: 180 miles and change. Not too shabby. 🙂

Looking outside today, I’m so glad I got that trail run in because there’s no way I’m going to be able to get back out there for at least another week or two. We got about 7″ of fresh snow last night and the low temps are sure to keep it frozen solid up there for a little while. Did I mention I need Yaktrax?

Once upon a time there was a runner named Salt who shuddered (shivered?) at the thought of running when it was 20 degrees outside. My how times have changed. 20 degrees would feel amazing right about now. Here’s the outlook for tomorrow’s long run:

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Who has two thumbs and will be hitting the treadmill in the morning? I know it’s much colder than this where some of you are and I bow down to you. As much as I really want to achieve the frozen eyelashes look at some point, I just can’t do it this time. It’s only the beginning of January and I’m sure I’ll get more chances.

If you were streaking, how did the rest of it go? Are you done? What is the weather like where you are? Have your eyelashes ever frozen? (I think that looks so cool!)

I hope everyone has a great weekend and STAY WARM!!

~ Salt