InsideTracker – Personalized Nutrition & Lifestyle Recommendations

I heard about InsideTracker earlier this year, right around the time I decided to cut meat from my diet. Since I am a very active person and I was making this huge change to my diet I thought now (or then) is as good of a time as any to see what my blood work looks like. I want to pause quickly right here and mention something: When I was in the veterinary field we recommended annual blood work for healthy patients, and at least bi-annually or more depending on the patient. Why don’t we get annual blood work? I am 31 and before InsideTracker the last time I had labs done was 5 years ago. A lot can and has changed since then. 

This brings me to InsideTracker. You can read about my experience with them here: Blood Don’t Lie – My First Test With InsideTracker. Since then they have really improved their site!! Here is what you will find when you log on.

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All personalized just for me! Since my goals are to gain muscle and prevent injuries InsideTracker suggests food for me to help me meet these goals. In your profile you are asked questions about your lifestyle, your diet and food preferences and they take it from there. Each food they recommend they tell you WHY. I need to know why, it is so important to me. Here is an example of what I can do to get into my glucose to its “optimized zone”.

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You are also emailed reminders of what you can do to help you reach your goals. Here is my email for the week:

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 The whole process is super easy too, which is another huge plus. They take care of everything. All you need to do is get your blood drawn, and wait for the results and your recommendations. I am very interested to see how my values have changed. I do have to admit, with a move coming up in December, living out of my suitcase and looking for a new job I have not been great with my nutrition and stress levels lately. But I’m getting back on track! And hey, I already know everything I need to do as far as nutrition goes!

If you think you’d benefit from InsideTracker’s services – and let’s be real, EVERYONE would benefit from this – they are offering a huge discount off all services until December 1st. Use code BFRHALEY at check out for this discount – which I’ve been told is their deepest discount of the year! You know that saying, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you”? Wrong. Be educated, take care of yourself. We only have one body, lets keep it active and healthy!

 

Running Is Not Selfish

I read an article recently that kinda got under my skin. It asked if runners (or running, therefore runners) are selfish. You can read it here: Is Running Selfish?. And surprise! Everyone in this article said yes, running is selfish. While it does go on to say being selfish is not always a bad thing, and making time for yourself is important, this article still bugged me. Selfishness, to me, is a bad thing. It just has a negative vibe to it. Now, we all start running for different reasons. Maybe it is for a challenge, maybe to lose weight (newsflash – NOT a good way to lose weight, but that’s another topic), maybe you thought it would be fun. As for me it was because I was inspired to. Really. If you’ve read my posts or talked to me about running you know the story…I watched a friend of mine run her first marathon, the California International Marathon, in 2011. When I saw the runners crossing the finish I knew I wanted to be apart of the running community. And that is where it started for me, and continues to grow. Community.

Since I began running in December 2011 I have met some great people, done some great things and have become one of the most unselfish people you will meet. Is that cool for me to say? I’m not bragging or anything, but it is true. I really care about my community, my friends, the people I have helped get into running, the people I will meet in the future. The peeps that I have met through running here in Sac are awesome! A lot of them I met through the Sacramento Running Association. We are AmbasSRAdors (get it??) for the SRA. We share our love of running, volunteer for community events, promote SRA races and even give out discount codes for those races. Anyone that knows me knows I am obsessed with Sac & running so when I was  chosen to represent the SRA I was super excited. It’s like the best of both worlds!

Through my connections with the AmbasSRAdor group I recently became a Sole Sister with Fit for Girls. This amazing organization helps middle school girls to gain confidence, develop relationships and be active! When I met with the women who started Fit for Girls I kept thinking, if only there was something like this when I was in middle school! They are doing great things and I am happy to be apart of it!

I was also the running coach at Kaia FIT Sunrise. I got to help women train and complete a half marathon. For some of them it was their first. They all did a great job, and it was a great experience for me as well. It confirmed my love for helping others. And while I know I have so much to learn, I gained a lot of confidence as a run coach. I taught myself everything I know through trial and error, research, reading and talking with other runners. I do it to be knowledgeable for myself and others and to know it helped these women makes it all worth while.
Sure we all have different experiences as runners but for me, it really has been about my community. Even as I train for my 6th marathon and 4th CIM I am always thinking about my fellow trainees, my friends, the girls I have coached in the past, my Uncle Mando who gives me the push I need (in spirit) when I think I can’t keep going. Anyone that has ever told me they like reading my blog, or they are following along with all of my training social media posts, or that I have inspired them (me, for real??), they are who I think about when I run and they are why I run. I just happen to be lucky that I love running. It is definitely much needed time with myself when I run, but just know friends, that I do it for you too. 


Orange Mud Transition & Seat Wrap – A Review

Disclaimer: I received the Orange Mud Transition & Seat Wrap to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

 Living in CA hasn’t been great lately as far as rain goes, so I was a little worried I wouldn’t have much to say about the Orange Mud Transition & Seat Wrap, except that it is GREAT for keeping your car seats sweat free after a run! Which is something I do love about it. I have canvas seats so you can really see the sweat stains after a while. Gross. But not anymore with my OMWrap!

Here is a description of the wrap from Orange Mud’s website:

“A seat cover and changing towel in one. The Transition & Seat Wrap is the answer to parking lot and trail head gear changes as well as keeping that clean seat of yours…well, clean! We designed the wrap with the simple goal of not having your towel fall off while changing from regular clothes to run/bike/surf/etc gear. It stays around your waist securely via a built in belt clip. The second feature of the towel is the zip on hoodie, which you slip over your seat back in your car so when you sit down, the wrap does not slide off your seat.”

Yes, it does stay around your waist, but for us ladies it will also stay around your chest. I found this out last night when I was staying the night at a friend’s place (they weren’t home & I had a race so they were letting me crash there to get a good night’s sleep). I was about to take a shower and realized I didn’t have a towel…then realized I did and it was sitting in my car.

Post shower. The built in belt clip is genius!

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I really love this product because it is so versatile. Road runners that get sweaty, trail runners that get muddy, running in the rain, needing to change at your car…so many options. Sure, you could go out and buy a regular towel but we all know that doesn’t work. What really sold me on this product is the belt clip – the towel totally stays in place, and the zipper that gives it a hood so it stays in place over your car seat, and how it dried me off and kept me warm after my 20 mile race in the rain today. 

I am loving my Orange Mud wrap and I think it is a must have for runners! If you’d like to get one of your own click here –> Orange Mud and use code BIBRAVE for 15% off your order. Also, don’t forget to join us Tuesday November 10th at 8:00pm CST for BibChat with the BibRave running community and Orange Mud!



2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights – A Review 

Disclaimer: I received the 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I am currently 2 months into my CIM training and am SO happy to have the 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights! I am all about recovery and these pants have helped me a lot during my training. If you are not familiar with the benefits of compression here is a description of the MCS Compression tights from the 2XU website:

“The Elite MCS Compression tight offers unparalleled power and protection against muscle trauma during intense activity. Graduated engineering also offers impressive recovery benefits post exercise.The next generation in 2XU Compression technology – MCS (Muscle Containment Stamping) for targeted compression. MCS is a revolutionary fabric support system traced over key muscle, tendon and fascia groups to focus greater compression power to wrap precise areas and reduce muscle oscillation and damage.”

Their sizing chart is pretty easy to read, however I had to exchange the size small I ordered for a medium. I usually get a size small in pants, but with these I had to go up a to medium. They were pretty tight…which, yes I understand they are compression tights and are supposed to be tight but they were a little too tight around the waist for me. The medium is a better choice.

I wear these pants after long runs, speed work, heavy lifting days (deadlifts or squats). I am happy to say that I have noticed my legs feel super refreshed and my recovery time is shortened when I wear them.

Of course I had to take these pants on a few runs too. These runs weren’t anymore than 6 miles, but even still my legs were less tired than they usually are after a run. I thought they were great for recovery but after I ran in them I was even more impressed! No slippage – I know I am not the only one who has to keep pulling up their pants during a run until they are sweaty and stay in place. They also have a draw string to tighten them if needed and a small pocket on the inside…although to me, the pocket is pretty useless. It is really small. But overall I really love these tights. Running, lifting, lounging, recovering…great for it all! If you want your own pair of MCS Elite Running Tights use code BIBRAVE20 at check out and get 20% off your order!