I planned on getting on the treadmill early for some speed work this morning. I always dread speed work. I’m fairly certain I’m not the only one though. Well, the speed work or the double digit run I had planned didn’t happen.
I’ve had a little pain in my right achillies the past couple of days so decided speed work was not that great of an idea. It doesn’t hurt when I run at an easy pace so that’s what I did instead. And, if I’m being totally honest, I just wasn’t feeling it this morning.
I’m going to stick with the Wave Inspire 10s this week too instead of trying to run more in my other lighter shoes as they give a little more support which helps the situation a bit.
The bright yellow is just fun anyway. Obviously I slept in my Handful last night too for a little extra motivation.
By the way, tan is my favorite to wear under “normal” outfits (like tanks and jeans and such). It’s just so multi-functional.
Some fun things from the weekend:
Saturday night my bro went all out and made me a belated birthday dinner fiesta style with authentic carnitas and everything since he missed our festivities last week. He even made special spicy habanero sauce just for me.
How nice. I made sure to put it to good use.
I brought some muffins home for the boys from the race Saturday. They’re always excited to see what kind of special goodies I bring home for them from races. They thought they’d show me the proper way to eat a special race muffin. Without hands of course.
It’s a skill.
Last night we ended the weekend with a family trip to the park. It was awesome.
Yeah, the boys even made me a special salad that I got to carry all the way back to the truck.
The best end to the weekend.
Oh and the best snack I had all weekend was this one.
It was done more than once and I think you might need a closer look.
Oh and while the boys and STUFT Daddy have read their new book quite a few times, we have not taken the whole family paleo plunge (obviously since I brought home those special muffins).
I even made a pretty spectacular healthy version of a manly homemade pizza last.
Next time I’ll sneak a grain free crust in there. Ha ha.
Okay, so let’s talk ice.
Hyperice is a portable ice compression device to use for running and sports recovery. They offer a knee, shoulder, back and multi-purpose device that each simultaneously deliver compression and cold therapy to help athletes not only recover quicker, but enhance muscle and joint performance and also aid in injury prevention.
I was recently sent the knee device to try out and review.
I don’t generally ice my knees after I run as luckily I don’t currently have issues with them. But, I did try this out a few times and really like quite a few things about it.
Icing can be messy. We’ve all done the frozen peas or whatever we can find. I even have a pair of compression pants that have special pockets for putting ice pads in. I love them, but they can be a bit tedious and messy sometimes.
Hyperice makes icing super easy and convenient by combining the compression wrap with a reusable ice cell that even has a special Air Release Valve.
The Ice Cell uses air release technology to ensure that you can still get maximum compression and comfort while icing.
The wrap is very easy to use and snug, yet comfortable and still allows mobility.
I was actually smart enough this time to read the directions first. They weren’t too complicated. Fill the Ice Cell 2/3 the way with crushed ice. Remove as much air as possible before putting the cap on, then put the cap on and insert it into the wrap.
Once the wrap is in place, you can remove more air with the Air Release Valve and tighten the wrap as needed.
It was very easy to put together.
Somehow I thought I might look like Hope Solo when I was sporting mine though.
I was wrong.
I was thoroughly impressed though with the comfort and mobility of the compression wrap and how it kept the ice in place.
I’ve worn it around the house for quite awhile a couple times
and even outside today for some play time with the boys in between classes (notice the snazzy spin pants).
Not only is the ice evenly distributed, but it really stays cold for awhile. Today actually I took it off and left it on the fireplace while we went to the gym to teach my class and when we got home it was still sitting there without any leaks or anything and full of ice. Impressive, right? I put it right back on.
They also have the other products they make for various muscles and joints.
I really like the product I was sent. I even think that I can use my knee wrap on other body parts as needed since it wraps so easily with the velcro and everything. I’ll have to experiment a bit with that.
But, for now I have a GIVEAWAY for you.
One winner will get to choose a Hyperice product from the ones pictures above.
All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment here answering one or all of the following:
What product would you choose?
What body part, if any, do you usually ice the most?
What do you usually use to ice? (Frozen peas, ice packs, etc.)
*Giveaway will be open until Thursday night, February 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM PST. Winner will be announced Friday on the blog. Open to US residents only.
It’s a little past my bedtime and I haven’t done my nightly reading yet, so I’m off.
See you tomorrow.