2021 Goals

I know this is a few weeks late but I wanted to give myself time to decide what goals I wanted to do this years.

Every year I try to set goals for the year.  Typically they are related to races & travel but seeing as we don’t have any idea yet where the year will go related to those two things I’m setting different goals this year.

First off laughing is my number one priority for this year.  It might sound silly, but I love to laugh & I know that I tend to forget when I’m having an off day, but it seriously helps with my mental health.

Next we are continuing to work on our kitchen update & I am going to blog it. So far we have gotten a pantry, ordered a new stove, microwave & hood, gotten paint & ordered our back splash tile.  Sean is finished with the counter tops & we finally have our kitchen sink back after what seemed like an eternity :). I got some fancy new frying pans & am on the look out for a new knife set.

Exercise is always a big focus in my life, running especially.  Last year with the addition of our Peloton bike I actually rode more miles than I ran last year.

My exercise goals are: Run 3-4 x a week & create mini monthly goals so that I don’t get bored or overtrain.  I’m starting out with a 5k time trial at the end of January.

Peloton – 4-5 x a week.  Do warm up & cool down classes & start Power Zone Training – kicking that off with the challenge coming up in a few weeks

Strength Training – 3x a week minimum.  I always say, I want to strength train & I start but because I go too hard to start, I ends up being too much & I drop it.  So I’ve already started and I’m doing shorter classes 5 – 10 minutes to start until I build up to longer and longer sessions.

Stretching – every single day.  Stretching is one of those things that I do occasionally after a big run or if my legs feel too tight but I haven’t done on a consistent basis probably ever.  Big focus with this is going to be the hips but I will be doing a lot of full body stretching as well.

Recovery – taking recovery rides/runs and just recovery in general more seriously.  I don’t like thinking about it but I am getting older and that means it takes longer to get over bigger efforts both physically & mentally.

Hydration – this is always a goal of mine but I really want to work on this this year.  I’ve already started to incorporate more hot green tea into my days & I’m going to come up with a plan to drink more regular water as well.

Blogging – I know some people say it’s a dying art & I don’t spend as much time on here anymore, because it is a process to write, add photos, etc. but I do want to share more on here, and since we aren’t racing/traveling right now I am committing to sharing more recipes & our minor home remodel with you guys.

Cooking – I am really started to come into my own cooking wise this year.  Being forced to stay home has really helped me to come up with some yummy meals and I enjoy it.  I’m hoping to come up with some new recipes & use my updated kitchen to it’s fullest.

Travel & Racing – when it’s safe to start thinking about doing this on a more normal basis, I’ll create my travel & racing goals but until then I’m going to focus on the things above because they will definitely keep me busy.

Do you create goals at the beginning of each year?  Do you do mini goals or big ones?  What are you going after?

How Breathe Right Nasal Strips are changing my workouts

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Breathe Right

I’ve been endurance running for a little over 10 years now and I’ve been struggling with allergies for about as many years. The last few years it’s been so bad and I feel like I’m sniffling all the time. Especially when I’m running – and that makes me feel a little uncomfortable these days when you don’t want to appear sick when around others. I have seen Breathe Right® nasal strips and I think I’ve even gotten a sample at a race or two over the years but I honestly never thought that they would help me.

When my friends at Babbleboxx reached out to me about partnering with Breathe Right I was definitely intrigued because my allergies have been driving me crazy lately and I was interested to see if they would help me to be able to breathe better, especially while I’m exercising.

Well spoiler alert…they are amazing.  The first time I tried a Breathe Right nasal strip out, I had been inside most of the day and I distinctly remembering that I had been sniffling all day. I put a nasal strip on and BAM, I could breathe easier and with less sniffling! I was shocked, I remember telling my husband how incredible it was.

So I starting wearing Breathe Right while running, biking and during yoga/strength training and I can definitely tell a big difference. I don’t feel like I’m sniffling every 2 seconds because of congestion and I can actually breathe out of my nose. Even as I write this, I’m still shocked at how amazing it is. As someone who has suffered with allergies and nasal congestion for about a 1/3 of my life, this is groundbreaking for me.

In order for them to work well, you have to make sure that your skin is really clean and dry. Don’t make the mistake I did and put sunscreen on your nose and then try to put the strip on, it won’t stick, LOL.

The package with the strip in it is nice because it gives you tips on where to put the strip on your nose, it needs to be positioned properly so that it works.  The tabs should be right above the flaring part of your nostrils, and then you just press down! I know I could tell a difference immediately.

Have you ever tried Breathe Right nasal strips?

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ReSOLElutions – How Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair fixed my feet

This post is sponsored by Kerasal via Babbleboxx. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.

Let’s start this off by saying 2020 was not good to my feet.  As a runner, I rarely touch my calluses & I haven’t had a pedicure in probably 2 years. When my friends at Babbleboxx approached me to test out Kerasal’s Intensive Foot Repair  & their Multi-Purpose Nail Repair, I took a look at my feet with their cracked heels (so cracked that they  were starting to form sharp edges that scratched me when I rubbed my feet) and I knew the Foot Repair was a product I needed to try.

Kerasal’s Intensive Foot Repair doesn’t just cover up your dry skin with moisture, it exfoliates to loosen & repair hard dry skin.  The exfoliating ingredients remove the dry skin, which allows the products softening & moisturizing ingredients to penetrate deeply & visibly repair your skin.

So what was my experience?

As I mentioned earlier, my heels were in pretty bad shape & I wasn’t sure if it would help much.  After the first session I did notice that my feet were a little softer, the cracks maybe not as bad but they were still very noticeable.

I started using the Intensive Foot Repair every day for a week & covered my feet in cotton socks, like they recommend.  I did use a buffer before I started the week to try to really get rid of some of the excess dry skin because it was pretty bad.  Kerasal says that you can see visible results after just one day & I did see slight improvement.  It took more than a few days for me to see more substantial results. After a week of using the ointment every day, I can say that while I think I’ll need to stick with it throughout the winter, the deep cracks in my heels are definitely improving.

Here’s a before & after photo & honestly, I was a bit surprised to see how different my heel looks, I didn’t think it was that different until I saw the photo and it’s a very noticeable change.

While my heels were in horrible shape, but nails actually had time to recover with not as much downhill/trail running.  In past years, I’ve had black, purple & very discolored toe nails for what seems like years.  The Multi-Purpose Nail Repair helps to repair nails (finger or toes) that are are damaged from gel manicures, aging nails, nail psoriasis & fungus damaged nails.

I wish I had know about this product when I was dealing with super thick nails on my big toe & so much purple/yellow/black from kicking rocks over and over again because Kerasal’s Multi-Purpose Nail Repair does just that, it reduces discoloration & normalizes nail thickness while smoothing & hydrating the nails.  It’s kind of like a clear nail polish, but unlike polish, it’s odorless which is pretty cool.

My nails are currently in good shape so I didn’t use this consistently like it they recommend.  I am keeping it on hand though for the future when I inevitably kick a bunch of rocks or when it’s safe to get gel manicures again.

If you too have crazy dry heels & feet that are in need of some extra help, you can find coupons on kerasal’s website that can be redeemed in store or they are sold on Amazon as well.  They also have a multi-purpose nail repair that’s like a nail polish & fungal nail renewal too.