December 17, 2014

Tuvizo Reflective Vest Review

Safety is something all runners should think about. There are perils that come with running, whether you frequent the trails or stick to the pavement. 

I like excitement, but I also like to think that my last run isn't going to end because someone just didn't see me!

For years now, I have been running with the aim to be visible. My first running vest worked well, but after some washings (and a car driving over it) the small side clasps broke. With some creative sewing I was able to make it work for another 2 years, but it's pretty ugly and tricky to get on an off.

When Tuvizo offered to let me try their vest, I was pretty interested. 

The packaged arrived and it looked like nothing more than a few wide pieces of elastic and a closure.
I wondered how it would fit and looked over the stitching. All of the stitches were doubled and secure.

The bright Tuvizo "vest"  has wide straps that stretch and black plastic sliders to adjust for size.  The sturdy buckle clicks to secure in the front. I could feel it over the top of my heart rate monitor when I first put it on, but quickly got used to it and forgot it was there.

I wasn't sure how exactly to adjust the straps, but found it more comfortable for me when worn short, like a bolero. It reminds me more of putting on a parachute than a vest. Even with the smaller fit, I had some room to make it a bit smaller.

Though the straps aren't super soft, they are flexible and stayed in place. I was worried they might chafe my neck/shoulders, but out on the road this turned out not to be a problem at all.

As far as style is concerned, I like the fact that this vest is very minimal. I don't want my safety gear to add weight or warmth (this reflective gear doesn't add much of anything). This did exactly what is is supposed to do. It reflected light and it remained unnoticeable to the wearer!

The only drawback to the Tuvizo vest is that it is a vest. It has to be treated as a layer. Option A: When it's cold, it goes on the base layer, (only to show after a warm up and I unlayer),or, Option B: over the top layer (to be removed and replaced after I take off a top layer, if it comes off.)

I'd give the Tuvizo vest two thumbs up for safety and simplicity of design! I plan to keep using it even during the daylight to reduce my chances of being a road pizza.

Tuvizo comes in yellow or pink, and is made in China. One size fits many!
Learn more about Tuvizo on their website Twitter:  @Tuvizo Or G+: +Tuvizo Gear

Do you wear running safety gear? 
What's your favorite piece?

*Stay tuned* I have a holiday giveaway coming soon!

December 4, 2014

Running when you are sick. TELL ME THE TRUTH!

This is NOT a bragging post. 

Garmin data reveals I have a hard time keeping under 140 average heart rate (my target for easy runs), especially with a cold.

Somehow the body knows, and any little jog seems to send my heart rate UP.

I try really hard to behave.

I do slow down.

Either there is something wrong with my HRM, or I have absolutely no discipline!
( And WHOA.. let's not discuss the cadence data ;)   )

In the past I have been in the middle of marathon training and was not going to let ANYTHING stop me from following my schedule (except an injury that just kept getting worse). But, even with a full-on bronchial infection, I never took more than a few days off of running (I might not be the smartest, but I am determined!).

I'm certainly not as crazy as that anymore, but it explains where I was a few years ago when I actually ran 2000+ miles a year and set my PRs.

Now I am just a "low mileage" runner (ready to be put out to pasture), and every other day I am resting anyway- so I figure, why bother to stop for a cold?

This last virus hit me just after I started running again after resting from an injury. Could my body have been saying "Take another 4 weeks off." ?

I don't think so.

And yet...
  this illness has been plaguing me about 4 weeks.

In my defense, other people in my house have been sick just as long and they don't run! And I don't do well at taking naps, but they do. And they are sick too, (Did I mention that part?).

I'm sure you have seen what the experts say about running while sick, but in case you haven't:
♦From Should You Run When You're Sick? 
♦An opposing article from (a great resource!!) uses scientific research to weigh the pros and cons HERE .. (And also proposes that scientists should infect all test subjects with the same cold virus to make an even better study. Yay! Sign me up!?) . RunnersConnect also explains how to adjust your training when you are sick HERE.   
♦Click HERE to see what elite/coach +Sage Canaday says about running while sick on Youtube. 

Dorris Ranch ~ Springfield, OR.
Can't think of a lovelier place to run when you are SICK than in an old orchard: soft surface, squirrels hiding about.
I was the only nut left.

So where do I stand in all of this? I think it's pretty obvious.
It's hard for me to take a complete rest.

But what do you think?

When you are sick, do you run anyway? Or, do you stay in and rest? 

I'd LOVE to know the truth! Here's your chance to confess.

November 23, 2014

Over the Hill

Well, I guess it's all downhill from here, folks!

I hit the big 4 - 0 a few days ago.  

In running, that elevates me to "Master" status (which means I now might have twice as much luck bringing home a prize from the local 5k/10k with 40 people registered, but

November 16, 2014

Getting back on the horse isn't that bad!

I was a little nervous about starting back into running after this layoff. Each time I take some time off for an injury, I find myself a bit fearful that I will jump back in too soon or too hard.

I did very little cardio during my 6 weeks off. Although I did get out on the bike a bit, my main focus was on hitting the gym and getting consistent with some strengthening and body balancing. 

Something new I have added into my strength routine (which was very inconsistent over the summer) is

November 5, 2014

Life Outside The Oval Office ~ Book Review

I read a book!

Don't get all excited, but I don't do that nearly as much as I would like to.
(Unless you count children's fiction. If you put those into the equation, I've read many, many, many books in the last 7 years. Out loud, and usually with someone on each side of me, and on my lap.)

This book was a little different from my usual read.

I was pretty anxious to get a copy of Life Outside The Oval Office, because I had a feeling that it would be juicy. 

October 31, 2014

First RUN in 6 weeks!

 Dressing up is fun!

I took my first run in 6 weeks at a local park today.

September 23, 2014

Recovery week and Brice Creek trail (Summer Adventures: part 2)

One of the best runs I did in prep for McKenzie river trail run was about a 1 hr drive from me. 

My hubby surprised me with wanting to spend a family day at a spot I had mentioned before to him. Unfortunately I had misplaced my trail map for the area, and it was Sunday, so the Forest service office was closed for getting a new one.

September 10, 2014

I survived my first ultra! ~ MRTR 50k race report

Life lesson learned:
If anything, this race proved to me that unconventional training can still lead to a lot of fun, if I am willing to have a good attitude and be realistic about things.

I chose McKenzie River Trail Run 50k as my first ultra because it is close to home and it looked like an "easy" race for a newbie. If an ultra can be "easy".. 

September 5, 2014

All My Eggs are in One Basket and I'm Shooting for 50k from the Hip. MRTR tomorrow!

McKenzie River Trail Run is Saturday! 
I know, because I got an email reminder about bib numbers, bees, hotel shuttles, how not to get lost, and most importantly- where the food is after the race.

Am I panicked?
I've been through that over the last few days and am now past it. Dropping all three boys off at school for the first time ever has allowed lots of time to over-think things. ☺

I have asked myself a few times this week, "Why did I

August 21, 2014

Summer Adventures: part1

The summer has just rolled by, but not without a few excursions.

We've been making the most of our opportunities to enjoy the 3 months of dry weather we get here in southwest Oregon.

My other half has been largely out of town, which has made ultra training..