What Doesn’t Kill You…

Things on the running front are not going so well right now. Mentally I’m SO in the game, but physically I am riding the struggle bus! Before I left for New York it seemed like every run was better than the one before it. I was literally on a roll. Since I got home every run has felt worse than the one before it.

My calves are tight. My hamstrings are tight. My calves are tight. My calves are tight. SIGH. I’m stretching, I’m foam rolling and I know I’ll get over this hump, but it’s so frustrating! When my calves are tight running even one mile feels exhausting.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

I think part of the problem is that the weather has cooled down and maybe I’m not drinking as much water as I normally do. Actually, I’m 100% sure that’s true because I just realized I am not self-consciously getting up to pee every five minutes at work!

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Okay good, I’m glad we solved that problem. Starting right now this train is heading to hydration station. (Sorry, that was a bad joke.)

Despite my legs feeling like bricks I’ve been plugging along and knocking out the necessary mileage every night.

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I’ve lived in Fort Lauderdale for almost four years now and I still get excited to run by the beach. I hope I never get tired of it!

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Okay, so I know when we buy Greek yogurt we’re supposed to choose the plain, no-sugar added kind. Well, if you’re ever feeling like “to hell with it, I want to eat a yogurt that actually tastes good” please try this one:

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This is not sponsored, but by all means Dannon please send me a case and I will post about this yogurt every day! 😉

What a world we live in that I always feel the need to tell you that the things I post about aren’t sponsored. In 2015 I feel like a lot of bloggers and online influencers started disclosing their paid posts. Hopefully that trend continues. As someone who works in marketing I have a lot of thoughts about disclosure and why I don’t think it hurts a campaign – but that’s a discussion for another day!

Happy Thursday!

Do you indulge in flavored (greek) yogurts? Favorite kind?
What was the temp like on your last run?



  1. January 14, 2016 / 5:21 am

    Over the holidays running was feeling great for me, but now I am back to work and my body is not loving being back at my desk all day. I definitely think that affects my calves and hamstrings.
    I am about to head out for a run and its 25 degrees…warm compared to other days this week!:)

  2. January 14, 2016 / 5:33 am

    We never get the cool yogurt flavours that you guys do in the states! 🙁 I’d buy that too, and it would likely only last a day here because Matt and I tend to devour everything in sight.

    My calves are ALWAYS tight! It is so frustrating. After I run I do the off the stairs stretch for them. I need to foam roll more as well.

  3. January 14, 2016 / 6:48 am

    I think traveling can take a lot out of your body, too. Even though you didn’t have to deal with time changes or anything, being on the plane, running/walking in NYC, and flying back could’ve just made you more physically tired! I know your legs will wake up and warm up again; I’m glad you’re still able to run through it!!

    I like that yogurt, but I actually find the chocolate on top a little odd tasting/too watery. I LOVE the Greek “lite and fit” yogurt. It’s nice and thick without too much sugar. I can’t bring myself to buy plain yogurt because I end up adding so much stuff to it, it’s not “healthy” anymore anyway!

  4. January 14, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I know what you mean. A1A is coming up and I don’t feel in shape for it at all. I figured it would be an obvious PR… But now I think it might end up a personal worst.

    I’m one of those strange people that likes the plain yogurt best. And the temp of my last run was 25ish. It was horrible.

  5. January 14, 2016 / 8:51 am

    I love when you do marketing posts so would love to hear what you think of bloggers disclosing or not disclosing sponsored posts. I have never, ever written a sponsored posts and generally skip them when someone else writes one. I just don’t feel like reading a commercial, you know?

    I’m sorry your runs haven’t been that great. 🙁 I understand your frustration in feeling like you are stretching and doing everything right but your body has different ideas. My IT band has bothered me this week and I have no clue why. WHY? It just wants to eff with me I guess.

    It was 20 degrees on my run this morning. I can totally handle 20, I wasn’t cold at all. If only it never dipped below!!

  6. January 14, 2016 / 9:02 am

    I am about to head “out” for a 45degree ish run on the treadmill in the garage…I am waiting for a delivery of pellets for the stove today, so a warm run for me. I also think I cut way back on my hydration in the winter. It is much easier to drink a lot when it is warm!
    I hope all of the niggles in your legs get worked out…probably due to such a change in routine???

  7. January 14, 2016 / 9:43 am

    Have you considered the impact of your sleep position on the tightness in your calves. Dorsiflexion is when your toes are lifted and plantar flexion is when your toes are pointed. I 100% believe that my PF last year was due to tight calves. I sleep on my back so my feet natural rest in a plantar flexion position which keeps the calf flexed. That’s why the night time PF splints keep your feet in a neutral or dorsiflexion position so the calf stays stretched. I made huge strides with my PF when I became more conscious of this. Something to think about…

    We are having amazing weather. Low 50° – 60° most days which is perfect running weather. Love AZ this time of year lol

  8. January 14, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Tight calves are something that I struggle with a lot as well. I recommend using calve sleeves more than you think you need. Also often times tight calves come from a minimal or lower drop shoe!

  9. January 14, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    I could live without sponsored posts and usually do not read them all the way through anymore. I can use any product a couple of times and like it well enough to give it a positive review, but those posts always come out sounding like the product is tried and tested. It especially bugs me when a blogger promotes a certain product and then later they are using something that’s not that product, I feel totally lied to. I try not to take it personally. Caveat emptor I guess.

    With non-sponsored posts I know that your love of the product was enough to motivate you to actually write about it.

    I make my own yogurt, so it’s always plain, until I add some jelly or fruit into it.

  10. January 14, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    I stick with the Fage 0% fat with ____ fruit (aka sugar….faves Blueberry). Interesting, I just had a really tough run on Tuesday as well. It was cold as heck (which I normally like), but my calves and quads were tight for the entire 4 miler. Hope they loosen up!

  11. January 14, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    My last run was 6 days ago in misty 40’s and it felt great.
    I don’t want to hear you are battling tight! I worry… I hope you feel better soon. keep trying to stretch things out 🙂
    I hate when run after run feels challenging. It will get better! I would enjoy the beach at night – it looks peaceful 🙂

  12. January 14, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    I am supposed to run 6 miles today, but right now it is snowing something fierce and I wouldn’t be able to get out the door until 4:30 when my husband gets home from work. I guess we have to do what we can. Dark and snow is NOT my favorite combination, so we’ll see if it happens today.

    That made me crack up about the yogurt sponsorship. There are so many products that I LOVE that I would easily post about on a daily basis. Haha.

  13. January 15, 2016 / 11:16 am

    I just can’t do plain yogurt, lol!
    Sorry your runs have been less than stellar 🙁 I hope you bounce back soon!
    It’s finally getting warmer here. I hate cold. ja!

  14. January 20, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    Haha, I feel like I promote products all the time without it being sponsored. I feel like runners are particularly brand loyal; when we find something that works for us, we stick to it!!