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What I've Tried: Heart Rate Variability Monitoring

If you've seen my IG stories then you will have seen snippets of me talking about HRV.  What exactly is HRV?  HRV stands for heart rate variability and it is the variation in time from one heart beat to another.   I'm sure you're now wondering why you should care about it.  Well....I'm going to get up on my heart rate training soapbox now and tell you why.

Despite how good exercise makes us feel,...

Eating for Recovery

I remember when I started running, I just wanted to go, go go all the time. I knew nothing about recovery or how to take it easy. When I started doing triathlons, I quickly learned the hard way that you can't go, go, go all the time. You need that time to recover. So I would take one day a week off completely. That formula worked for me for years. As I started to push myself more (i.e discovered...

Free Falling

This Saturday marks my last triathlon of the season.  I'm not counting the Real Deal Showdownat Barrelman because all I'm doing is running, even though it's "technically" a triathlon. After Barrelman I think my season my very well be over. Mentally I could easily keep going but I think I'm going to have to let my body decide what it wants to do and I'm going to have to make sure I listen to it. I...

Recovery: How to #FuelYourBetter

Disclaimer:  I was given the opportunity to review this product by Fit Approach in conjunction with Vega, in exchange for an honest review.

The opportunity to review this product couldn't have come at a better time. I was heading into a huge build for IM Luxembourg 70.3 and figured I was going to need all the help I could get to recover quickly. I normally just use protein powder in my post workout...

A Mini Vacation: #Mingsanity Week 16



This is going to be the shortest #Bestfoot post ever.  My last week of workouts consisted of the following:

Monday:  I ran the freaking Boston Marathon (race report to come!)

Tuesday:  I walked hobbled around Boston and ate everything in sight.

Wednesday:  I slept in the car on the way home.

Thursday:  I slept in and celebrated 10 years of wedded bliss with G.

Friday: I dragged my butt out of bed and...

A Fresh Start + A Recipe

Oh Happy Monday...

I can't complain too much about it being Monday since I had a 3 day weekend. It was the perfect way to end my "recovery" (i.e. do sweet f-a) week. I got back on the workout wagon yesterday morning with my swim group and then spent the afternoon setting myself up for a week of good eating. I tackled another recipe from the Runner's World Magazine cookbook, I made a batch of my...

Recovery Week & Making Plans

After all the months of racing and training that culminated in my A race on Sunday, my plan was to cut myself some slack this week. That meant NO running. Maybe some gym time and definitely some swimming and maybe a a spin on the bike. I have been pushing my body a lot these last few months so I really need a bit of down time. I swam yesterday and just about died. I was exhausted. I floundered...

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Dormeo Octaspring Evolution Plus Pillow - Review & Giveaway

 Disclaimer:  I was given this pillow by Dormeo Octaspring Canada in exchange for a review.

As an athlete, I think that most of us forget that sleep is one of the most important things required in a successful training plan. If you're pushing your body day in and day out and not getting adequate amounts of quality sleep, your performance will suffer. Guaranteed. So many things can affect our sleep...

4 Ways to Stay Supple

As runners, I think most of us have suffered from tight muscles. It comes with the territory. It's kind of a catch 22 really. The more we push ourselves physically, the more imperative it is we take care of ourselves. This is something I've learned the hard way. That's why adequate rest, recovery and self care are so important to remaining injury free. I always say that prevention is the best...

A New Year, A New Training Partner!

I have to credit my friend Linnea for bringing this sponsorship opportunity to my attention last year.  I've never thought of actually looking for a company to sponsor me.  Being a part of Team Running Free was good enough.  But when the opportunity to be a Compressport sponsored athlete came up, she sent me the info and encouraged me to apply. I had seen the Compressport stuff when we were in...