Friday, June 28, 2013

Five for Friday

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1. We were in a television doldrum, with the season finale of "Survivor" and having finished "House of Cards" and "Hemlock Grove." So it was with great excitement that I discovered the first season of "Bomb Girls." The show is set in a Canadian munitions factory during World War II and focuses on the bomb girls building the arms for Allied Forces. Not only does the show focus on a time period that I find intensely interesting but it's also well written and has a talented ensemble cast.

2. As a former fat girl and one whose thigh touch, I'm no stranger to chafing. Oh, the summer days when I would chafe just by being me and baby powder was my friend. Nowadays, it's usually when my shorts or a running skirt ride up on a particularly bad or long run. This morning, I had something new. Armpit chafing. I was about 4 miles in when I began to feel that familiar burn along my sports bra. I have no doubts that it's because of the steamy temps -67 degrees and 95% humidity. I guess it's time to start using 2Toms or Body Glide like a beast.

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3. It seems that taking Miles for a 3-day weekend to Cincinnati and letting Mark have man time earned me a prize. Schwings! My Hood to Coast teammate Lindsay showed them to me ... well, her Instagram followers. I thought they were super cute, inquired as to where I could procure the accessory that I'm sure will nab me a PR and slyly included them in an email to Mark. He must have felt bad that I was chasing a sugar monster and ordered a lime pair while I was gone.

Anecdote: When the Schwings arrived yesterday, Mark asked me if they would make it on the blog. I said maybe.

4. The running gods finally shined down upon my race desert and blessed me with a Fourth of July 4-mile race that doesn't require an hour drive. I've been itching to race a shorter distance to gauge what paces I should hit for my Veterans Marathon training. Most of the races are on Saturdays during BODYPUMP but this one is on Thursday. The course begins at a park with hills and, factoring in the heat, I'm not sure it will be  a great effort but it would be great if I could beat the 32:31 I had at the Fort4Fitness 4-miler in September.

5. It's with great pleasure that I share with you that I was invited to become a nuun ambassador as part of my relationship with the company for Hood to Coast. While I can't say that it was love at first sight with that cute, little tablet, it has become a valuable part of my fueling and hydration routine not just for running but teaching group fitness as well. So, of course, I said yes!

In case I haven't shared it here, nuun is offering the readers of the Hood to Coast teammates a 15 percent discount through September - nuunHTC. And keep your eyes peeled for a little somethin' somethin' later in the month.


  1. Hooray for being an ambassador!

    I don't get thigh chafe as often but me and armpit and boob chafe are WELL acquainted. 2Toms to the rescue!

  2. Congrats, ambassador! What do you have to do for them? Just continue to promote nuun? Do you get to go to more events?

    I get the underarm chafe quote often! Vaseline to the rescue!

    Ha! A friend of mine was looking for a different type of shoe wing for Ragnar! I will have to show her those (she never found what she was looking for).

    Good luck at the race on Thurs! :)

    1. Thanks for the well wishes on the race. I'm doing it naked and with no pacer so we'll see.

      As far as nuun, I have to spread the love but there's no requirement (that I know of) in terms of frequency. They do have opps to do more races - I've seen a couple nuun Ragnar teams - but you still have to cover travel. I do get a sweet deal on the product and secret info on new flavas. I'm also pretty sure they are going to put my face on the tube ;)

    2. If they put your face on a tube I will definitely start using it! :) (Actually, I tried it back in 2010 and it didn't work for me. Only water does. Wah.)

  3. Congrats on becoming a NUUN Ambassador and going to HTC. I'm still super excited for you. I love the wings on the shoes. You are going to fly during the relay! I chafe all the time and BodyGlide is my bestie. The worst is when I chafe on my back from where my running skirt ends. That's miserable in the shower after a run.

  4. Congrats on the ambassadorship! Very awesome.

    Chafing - not so awesome. I'd about kill for a skirt or pair of shorts that look cute and don't ride up. I'm beyond frustrated. I've gotten that arm chafing, too, and it sucks.

  5. YAY for a closer 4th of July race! Your wings are AMAZING and I know they will make you fly! Bomb Girls sounds like something I would enjoy too...I'll have to look into that. Congrats on the ambassadorship!

  6. The 5k should be so fun! And congrats on becoming a Nuun ambassador, that's awesome!!