Legend Compression Wear – New Ambassadorship!

Woohoo! I have been selected to represent Legend Compression! When I started running over 5 years ago and started reading running blogs I thought it was so cool that people got to represent, promote and review running brands. I had no idea that was a thing or how to be a part of it. Fast forward to 2017 and I have been lucky enough to have represented many brands – from races to clothing. Most recenlty, as being a part of the BibRave Pro team I got to test out and review a pair of compression performance socks (you can read that review here). I LOVE the socks and Legend Compression as a brand so when the opportunity came up to be an ambassador for them I filled out the application. Last month they reached out to me and let me know they would like to have me on their team.

I am always honored to be chosen to represent a brand I like and wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t truly believe in the brand and product. This post won’t have info much on the socks, this isn’t a review – you can read that in the link provided above – but rather a little announcement and an introduction to Legend Compression if you have not yet heard of them. Here is their mission statement (which you can find on their website):

The mission of LEGEND® Compression Wear is to improve the performance of every athlete—from the casual jogger to the competitive triathlete. Our sports compression socks, sleeves & apparel are designed with you in mind so you can perform at your best.

Our mission is to promote the notion that LEGENDS are created from great people, great courage and great accomplishments.

This philosophy holds true with our employees and our customers that rely on our products. Our team is devoted to total customer satisfaction through superior service, quality, performance and style.

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality sports compression socks, leg sleeves and clothing so you can perform better and recover faster. One way we accomplish this goal is through the power of graduated compression technology.

It doesn’t stop there…

At LEGEND® Compression Wear we care about the health of your legs. We are proud to offer you a full-line of LEGEND LEGWEAR™ with graduated compression. Our fashionable compression line of sheers & socks are not only stylish, but also promote better blood circulation in your legs.

At LEGEND® Compression Wear we are focused on both your maximum potential as an athlete and the long-term health of your legs. This commitment provides our guiding operating principles that you can expect from our Company and Products.   We mean it when we say- FOR YOUR LIFE & LEGS®.  Please give us a try!

Being a runner, I can appreciate a company that cares about the health of my legs. If you would like to check out their compression socks use this link, sharethelegend.refr.cc/haleyg , for $15 off your order. I would recommend the performance compression socks. They are great for long runs, speed work & stairs. Until I found these socks I didn’t have any compression socks that were comfortable to run in, and that is because their performance socks are made for just that, performance; the level of graduated compression is 15-20mmHg – compared to their recovery socks with a level of 20-30mmHg graduated compression. I know I’m not the only one who hates running in such tight socks! So check them out, I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Come Run Carlsbad!

The Carlsbad Half Marathon will be my first race of 2017! This race is a full and half marathon and is part of the Triple Crown Series. If live in SoCal you know the Triple Crown Series is a HUGE deal! I had no idea this was a thing until I ran America’s Finest City half last year and learned what this race series is all about – “The Half Marathon Triple CrownSM is a fun opportunity to recognize the dedicated half marathoners who enter these three top quality events. With the three races spaced evenly apart; winter, spring and summer, it allows participants the time to train and recover adequately from all three events.” I won’t be living in SoCal much longer, but hey, at least I get to run 2 of the 3 races in this series!

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Just about the entire half marathon and marathon course you will have ocean views, there are  water stations at every couple of miles and great places for family and friends to come and spectate.

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There aren’t any big goals I have with this race, as I have been pretty limited in my running. 2016 ended well, I finished the CIM pain free but a few weeks after that race I began to feel a pain in my hamstring. So I’ve been seeing the doctor and right now the plan is to run this race easy and just have a good time. Which won’t be hard to do with a run along the beach!

If you haven’t yet registered there is still time. Use code BIBRAVE10 to save $20 off either full or half marathon entry!! This is a HUGE discount and super generous of the race peeps at Carlsbad. The swag for this race is pretty great too:

  • Tech fabric 1/4 zip pull over
  • Complimentary Ballast Point beer in the Inaugural Beer Garden
  • Carlsbad Marathon bag
  • Medals (of course)

This year they are also doing something special – the Carlsbad Marathon Golden Ticket! This ticked will be found in select Nom Nom food bags, and redeemable for prizes like a massage from Rehab United (they are AWESEOME! If you win go to Rosie at the Carmel Mountain road location), a pair of Cobain flip flopsGRACEDBYGRIT apparel, race entries, goodie baskets and more!

Click here to register for the race –> 2017 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon and don’t forget to use BIBRAVE10 to save $20 on registration!

 

This Body Can – Judi

It has been a few months since I have had a guest post for my This Body Can series. You get busy, life happens and suddenly months go by. However, I knew that I wanted to have a guest post for January 2017. We all know people are making their New Year Resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, tone up, etc. There are weight loss challenges and new year, new you posts popping up all over the place. Not many things drive me more crazy than these silly New Year Resolutions. You don’t need to work on a new you, but you can work on a better you. Focusing on scale numbers shouldn’t be part of your goal, but focusing on getting stronger is a great goal…you get the point. This month’s post is from my friend Judi. I met her in 2014 and I was drawn to her for her honesty and passion for what she believes in. Her post is a bit different from past This Body Can posts, but when she sent it over for me to read I loved it. Her story shares that you can be vulnerable and strong AF at the same time, that movement is so much more about taking care of yourself and others than a number on the scale. Thank you so much Judi for sharing your story, and for the first This Body Can guest post of 2017.

I was a binge drinker, and a good one at that. My “good times” would often start on a Thursday night and last until late Sunday. At the time, I thought this was perfectly normal.

(Everyone parties in their twenties, right?)

(Everyone parties in their thirties, right?)

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But as time marched on, it became more and more difficult to ignore the constant hangovers I found myself battling and the resulting lackluster performance at work, and life in general. Ironically, I was able to maintain a fitness regime in the face of all the unhealthiness in my life. I would climb on a treadmill Monday mornings and spend hours on it in an attempt to punish my body for my weekend shenanigans and sweat out all the alcohol. If that last sentence made you cringe, is should – hungover runs are absolutely awful – but I was caught in a cycle I refused to leave…until I did.

Everything shifted when I met the man that would become my husband. Aaron and I went out on a Friday night in May 2011. I knew he was sober and during our date I didn’t drink because I wanted to remember every single second of my night with this man. I had a great time; a great time unclouded by alcohol. The next night I had plans to go out drinking with friends. I went, but went home early. I decided that night I was done drinking. I had, had a fantastic night with a man the night before sans alcohol and I wanted more of that. That’s where the recovery started, but I wasn’t out of the woods yet. I needed to connect with who I was and the person I wanted to be without alcohol. I decided to take a chance.

Yoga was the main instrument in my liberation from alcohol. I hit a yoga mat only 2 months sober, in a haze. My first class was a heated, power vinyasa class. I wore a sweat shirt, sweat pants, and brought no water. It was humbling to say the least. Something shifted inside of me after that class. I had a taste of what it meant to connect mind, body, and spirit. I knew I wanted more.

Yoga provided me with movement to tap into my strength and the stillness to heal from my past. I began a journey towards becoming a yogi.

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After a few years of diligent practice, I became a yoga assistant because I wanted to try and pass on to others what yoga had been passing to me. I eventually heard about yoga teacher training and I knew I wanted in. But I was terrified. I wasn’t the picture of a “perfect” yogi you see in the trendy magazine articles. I couldn’t flip upside down. I couldn’t do ALL the poses. In spite of that initial insecurity I continued to take a chance and with the encouragement of my husband, I participated in a 200 hour teacher training at Solfire Yoga in Sacramento, California.

I realize this might be cliche, but the experience was life-changing. I unlocked a passion inside of me that I didn’t know existed. Upon the completion of my teaching training I neatly folded my mat up and didn’t audition to be a teacher at the studio where I had just been trained. I just didn’t believe in myself enough…yet, though I never exactly came out and said that. I would make really creative excuses to justify not taking the next chance even though I knew full well that I was totally bullshitting myself. I was just scared, but I finally took the next chance.

My first audition was a little awkward. I remember trying to use a soft, airy fairy voice to mimic what I thought a yoga teacher should sound like. It wasn’t me, but the insecurities that I used to mask with alcohol peeked out during my audition, convincing me that I had to be someone other than myself to succeed as a yoga teacher. That’s the thing with knocking out an addiction. It can surface in other places and sometimes at inopportune times, like during a yoga teacher audition. It wasn’t the worst, but it wasn’t the best. I knew it and they knew it.

With the encouragement of Solfire’s owners, the women who trained me and knew me well, I returned for a second shot six months later. During those six months leading up to my audition, I practiced, taught more with friends, and devoted myself to a meditation and journaling practice. These things became a recipe that I used to not only grow into becoming a yoga teacher, but to become more present and self-aware.

My second yoga teacher audition just felt different – not just because of all the practicing I had done. It was because I was genuinely and unapologetically me. I realized that my confidence didn’t need to come from outsiders thinking I was the best yoga teacher, but from believing I was doing the best job I could as a yoga teacher. This audition ended much differently than the first. I was offered a substitute teacher position that grew into a permanent spot on the Solfire roster.

Before every class I have a ritual. I thank the universe for letting me survive what was a rough recovery. I thank my friends and family for the amazing support they have provided me through the years. And I thank my body, my vessel that has carried me through the darkest of times, pushing forward towards the bright.

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(yoga photos provided by Jewel Photography)