Wednesday, January 19, 2022

From Sunglasses Hoarder to KnockSquad

 Hello. My name is Lissa, and I am a hoarder. Specifically, I am a sunglasses hoarder. 

I was going to tell you how many pairs I have, but I have lost count and have them kind of stashed all over so I am never without a pair. In addition to the 20 or so pair in my primary storage area (I'll get to that in a second), there are at least 2 pair in my car (including an emergency pair in my back window), a pair at my desk at work so I have them for random walk breaks away from the desk, a pair in my adventure bag, a pair in my purse, and random ones here and there. 

The majority or my sunglasses are on a special rack by my back door. These were made with these metal strip style knife holders and some spacers to hold them from the wall about 2 inches to hang the sunglasses on. I originally had 1. Now I have 3. I may need more still...

Would you believe my dad asked me when he saw this if I thought I had enough
sunglasses. Like that is a thing that can happen... 


And yes, while I have A LOT of sunglasses, I do actually wear them all. I love being out in the sunshine (I think I am partially solar powered) and have really light blue eyes so I am quite light sensitive. Plus, no matter your eye color, UV light is not fantastic for your eyes. So I wear sunglasses pretty much every time I go outside. And I love mixing up the different styles and colors with my outfits.

I would have to say that Knockaround Sunglasses make up about 90% of my collection. One reason for this is they have just so many different styles and colors. Not to mention they periodically offer some really cool Special Edition and Limited Release styles, several of which I have just HAD to get. And you have to watch out, they sell out FAST. Once, there was an adorable Hive Mind style I really wanted and they sold out as I was adding them to my cart. Sad times. But it's okay, I got the Celestials that came out last month in time. And I love them! 

If for some very unlikely reason you don't find a style/color combo you love, you can also create your own custom pair with their Custom Shop. I made a really cool pair of Teal/Orange Mai Tais once and just love them! You can customize the Front, each Arm the Lenses and the Logo all independently! There are so many colors, patterns and styles available! There are over 1,000,000 different possibilities! Check out the custom shop here: https://knockaround.com/products/custom-premiums-sunglasses#/p/_prod_vsgqd3p0h

Yeah, so you can tell I'm a bit obsessed. So when an opportunity arose to be a Knockaround Ambassador, you know I totally tried out. And guess what, they chose me! Yay! I am so excited to be a member of the 2022 #KnockSquad. I'm proud to join some really amazing people who, like me, love their Knockarounds and love spreading the word. And if you are interested in becoming obsessed with Knockarounds like I am, check out the Knockaround website here: https://knockaround.com/ 

And when you find your perfect pair, you can use my discount code to receive 15% off your order. Just use KnockSquad_Lissa at the checkout! 

Real quick, there are another couple of cool things to know about Knockarounds. First, every Friday, they give away a free pair of sunglasses! To get your chance to win, just post a photo on Instagram of yourself rocking a pair of Knockarounds and tag it #KnockFan. It's that easy! Second, Knockaround posts a super cool music playlist on Spotify each week. Make sure you follow them on Instagram and look for the weekly story for the opportunity to submit your favorite song to be included. 


Friday, January 14, 2022

Starting Off 2022 Right - Goals Edition

Here's me ringing in the New Year
how I always do, Baxter Trail 5K
I may be two weeks late in saying it, but HAPPY NEW YEAR

I want to say that I am going into 2022 optimistically but let's be honest, I am more or less trying to enter it cautiously hopeful. The last two years were a lot. But I am trying to convince myself that we are now going to take a turn away from, well all the things that were not super awesome the last couple of years and instead focus on the things that were pretty great and there were some pretty amazing parts of 2020 and 2021 that kind of go lost in the shuffle and I never took the time to write about and fully appreciate them. 

In fact, I am going to try harder at maintaining this blog this year (I know, I've said that before, but this time, I am going to stick to it. In fact, I have already made a list of several topics that I want to write about in the near future. These include (in no particular order):
      1. Fit Girl Guide Detox Review
      2. How I spent my Summer Vacation
      3. KnockSquad 2022
      4. Adventures in Hiking
      5. The Absolute Worst Weekend of my Life (yes, I am being dramatic)
      6. Becoming a Running Coach
      7. Previews and Reviews of my 2022 Races
See one thing I am going to start doing in 2022 is keeping better track of my goals and writing them down so I am more motived to stick to them. And this year, I am going to set me goals a month at a time. This way, I can experience a more immediate sense of accomplishment and also not get overwhelmed by huge overreaching goals that may not manifest until the end of the year (looking at you Rock n Roll Savannah that is not until November that basically destroyed my whole running vibe and will discuss more in another blog post). So here is what I have on tap for January:

Truth be told, I've already met one of them and making good progress on some others 

How do you keep on track with the things you want to do? Do you keep a planner? A blog? Shout to the Universe? I want to hear all about it in the comments below. Also, if you have any topics that you would like me to write about in 2022. 

I'll leave you for now with this quote I saw. May you write an amazing story in 2022... 


Monday, November 29, 2021

That Time My Buff EcoStretch Made the Worst Race of My Life a Bit Less Worse

"Disclaimer: I received a Buff USA Original EcoStretch to use and 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 have written on this blog several times before about how much l love Buff products (here, here, here, and here). I've worn several different products for a variety of different uses and adventures. Arm sleeves, hats, neckwarmers, multifunctional headwear, you name it, I've used it. 

The latest Buff product I've been able to try out is the Buff Orignal EcoStretch. As you may know, Buff advertises that there are 12+ ways to wear their Multifunctional Headwear. Well, buckle up for this quick story about another way I found to wear mine in a time of dire need.

First, let me give you a bit more info about the Original EcoStretch. At its core is a moisture-managing microfiber fabric that is wind resistant, yet breathable. The deets from their website are as follows:

  • 95% recycled REPREVE® Performance Microfiber
  • 4-way ULTRA-STRETCH
  • UPF 50 Sun protection*
  • Recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation**
  • Multifunctional - 12+ ways to wear
  • 100% Seamless
  • Moisture-wicking, quick-drying, breathable
  • One-size-fits-most adults
Basically, they are awesome. 

So now let me set the scene. Earlier this month I raced the Rock n Roll Savannah Half Marathon. It was cold, it was wet and it was nasty. Did I mention cold!? The weather was so bad in fact, the decision was made at 6:18 am (for a 7:30 am start) to cancel the Marathon event. The Half Marathon and Half Relay however were still on (lucky me). My friends and I decided to run our races anyway. I may or may not have whined A LOT and/or used the terms "Worst Race of my Life!" on multiple occasions. I'm honestly shocked my friends are still my friends in fact. But I digress... 

Pre-race. Don't we look absolutely thrilled?!
I am the lone runner not in a trash bag instead opting for the sleeker plastic poncho. 

I had my Buff EcoStretch around my neck for extra warmth. Cozy. But after around 5 miles, the fleecy hat I was wearing was so full of water, it kept slipping over my eyes. I literally ran into a cone at one point because my hat had slid down over my eyes. And not one of the little ones mind you, the people sized cones which luckily I just kinda bounced off of instead of completely fell over. I did manage to terrify the poor girl running next to me in the process. 

There was no way I could lose the hat, I needed it for what little warmth it was providing, plus it had a bill on it to keep the rain directly out of my eyes. So, thinking fast, I pushed up my EcoStretch from my neck to use it to hold my hat in place for the reminder of the race. It held in place perfectly (and gave a bit of extra warmth to my ears). I may have still been cold, wet and to be perfectly honest, completely miserable, but I could at least see where I was going and no longer in danger of errant road cones. 

This is a terrible pic, but it shows me crossing the finish line, hat still secure with my Buff

Multifunctional indeed 😀

But don't worry. I've also gotten to wear my EcoStretch on some more fun (and warmer) adventures too. I wore it to climb to the top of Table Rock, a super challenging 8 mile, 2000+ft hike and also on a 14 mile bike tour of Charlotte. And I know I will take it on many more adventures as well.

 
Table Rock Hike


Embarking on Biketoberfest in Charlotte


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Monday, November 15, 2021

Running in Costume (and in the Rain) - Costume Dash Recap

 I received entry into the Costume Dash 5K as a part of being a BibRave Pro. Check out BibRave.com to read and write race reviews. 

Even though things are starting to go back to normal (well, "New Normal") in the racing world, there are still some lingering effects from Covid as far as some races still either haven't yet returned, or in some cases unfortunately no longer being held at all. For one of my favorite Fall races, (and not just because it is my 5K PR) the Great Pumpkin Run in Rock Hill, SC is one such that hasn't yet returned. So to fill the Halloween themed race void, I decided to run the Costume Dash 5K Virtual Run this year. 


Full disclosure, one of the big reasons I registered for this event was the adorable swag. It was seriously cute. And lots of it. Everything was amazing quality (the shirt is amazing soft) and came in plenty of time before the week of Halloween when I intended to run my race.

My Thursday night Run Club (hosted by Rock Hill Brewing Company) was planning a costume run the Thursday before Halloween (Oct. 28) so I figured that would be perfect. Then I wasn't the only crazy running around Rock Hill in costume. 


It took me awhile to decide what to run in. I narrowed it down to Purple Crayon or Snow Leopard (both recycled costumes from my daughter's stash) but ultimately
 decided on the Snow Leopard for 2 reason - 1) it was fairly cold and a bit rainy on my chosen race day and the Snow Leopard costume was warmer and 2) I ran as a Purple Crayon the year before and didn't want to repeat.


Unfortunately, it was pretty rainy that night, but I'm a runner and we run rain or shine. Though our group was pretty small that week due to the rain, so I guess not everyone shares my opinion. Oh well, fun as still had! My 5K time was ok, I tend to take things a lot more cautious on wet roads, but most of all I had fun. I got some strange looks from people in downtown Rock Hill running in the rain as a Snow Leopard, but whatever! LOL! 

Overall, it was an awesome time, and I totally would recommend doing this Virtual again. The race kept in regular contact, posted frequently on social media and encouraged participants to interact with them with hashtags as well.

 



Thursday, September 23, 2021

DC Batman Run Virtual Recap and Beyond

I received entry into the DC Batman Virtual Run as a part of being a BibRave Pro. Check out BibRave.com to read and write race reviews.


Love this medal!! 
This was my 2nd year running the DC Batman Run Virtual, and as always, it was a great experience. You just cannot beat the Swag! This year was a super soft full zip hoodie, really cool medal, running visor (love me a good visor) and personalized bib. New this year was a finish line. How perfect is that for putting on your very own personalized race!?

And of course, one of the best things about a virtual race is that you can run it anytime, anywhere. My Fall race season is always full and I was able to run my Batman Run in between race weeks. In addition to my own racing, I am working with a friend that I am helping to train for his first marathon. I've been pacing him on his long runs and decided that since he was scheduled to run 9 last Saturday, that would be the perfect time to run my Batman Virtual, as I could complete both the 10K and the 5K! Plus a fun way for me to get some incentive out of running his miles with him. Win/win!

After 15K of Bat-tastic running!


Want to run your own DC Batman Run 5K or 10K (or both)? To register, visit: https://dcbatmanrun.com/virtual/. The shirts are super soft full zip sweatshirts and are gender specific cut (you can choose which shirt option no matter the gender you register). There are also some fun add ons, fanny pack, arm sleeves plus other items, that you can purchase. And if you register with Swag Code: DCBatmanPromo, you get an awesome Batman Koozie!



What's Next? 

Next up I have another super fun Virtual Race, the Costume Dash 5K. My usual local Halloween themed race isn’t happening this year, so instead, I will be running this! And how cute is the swag for the Costume Dash Race?!

Join me and register with code CostumeDash21 for a bit of extra swag! costumedash.com






Friday, September 17, 2021

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na RACE DAY!!

  I received entry into the DC Batman Virtual Run as a part of being a BibRave Pro. Check out BibRave.com to read and write race reviews. 

So the world might still be a little in flux these days, but one big positive to come out of the pandemic aftermath is that Virtual Races have expanded in ways that have allowed races from all over to take advantage of races that they would not otherwise. This girl loves her a good virtual race! I've done several now (you can read about them all over this blog), covering the gambit of the my Top 5 Benefits of Racing Virtually - which you can check out here: https://runnerdgirl.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-benefits-of-racing-virtually.html


Now this next Virtual race I have coming up, this one I wanted to do purely for reason #2 - Earn Fun Bling. Seriously, you cannot get much cooler than Caped Crusader, and that is who this race is all about, Batman.


Just check out some of this awesomeness!



🦇 Stylish Fitted
Full Zip Sweatshirt

🦇 Finisher’s Medal

🦇 Running Visor

🦇 Bib

🦇 Finish Line (new this year)




Racers have until the end of the month to register and run their race, which is only a few weeks away, so don't delay if you want to join in. SWAG mails quickly, in fact, I have already received mine all waiting for me to run my 10K (there is also a 5K option).

To register, visit: https://dcbatmanrun.com/virtual/. The shirts are super soft full zip sweatshirts and are gender specific cut (you can choose which shirt option no matter the gender you register). There are also some fun add ons, fanny pack, arm sleeves plus other items, that you can purchase. And if you register with Swag Code: DCBatmanPromo, you get an awesome Batman Koozie!


And lastly, a portion of each race registration will go to support St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.





Friday, August 20, 2021

The ULTIMAte Summer Refresher - Now in Mocktail Flavors

 Disclaimer: I received an Ultima Replenisher sample pack 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!

So hot, so humid... basically SC Summer

So you may have heard me mention a time or two that I live in the hot and humid South. Now don't take that fact as a complaint, I am the first to admit that I am not built for cold weather running. No sir, give me 90 degrees over 30 degrees any day of the week. If that means a heaping helping of humidity, so be it.


Being a hot weather runner, I've come up with a number of strategies to make things easier on myself (see my top tips here) and perhaps the biggest thing to keep in mind is to HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!!! And in the heat of the summer sun, drinking just water is not enough, you need a balance of electrolytes in order to replenish the sweat loss during a run (or any strenuous activity really). 


And while most people just think of Sodium when it comes to electrolytes, did you know that there are actually 6 main minerals that make up electrolytes? Well if not, I didn't either until I learned about Ultima Replinisher a few years ago - a clean electrolyte supplement. Ultima contains all 6 essential electrolyte minerals - Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, Chloride, Sodium and Magnesium. For more information on what each of these minerals do for your body, check out the Ultma website here: https://www.ultimareplenisher.com/electrolytes/

Ultima Replinisher also boasts a few other benefits, in addition to including all 6 essential minerals, worth mentioning. 
  • Has Zero Sugar, Carbs or  Calories
  • Sweetened by Organic Stevia
  • Gluten-Free
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMP
  • Keto Friendly
  • Paleo Friendly
  • All Natural
  • No artificial sweeteners, flavors, or synthetic colors
  • Super fast to dissolve - fastest dissolving electrolyte supplement I've ever tried in fact
  • Comes in either convenient sticks or waste-reducing tubs (including scoop)


But yeah, it's awesome for you, but how does it taste? Honestly, it is my go-to hydration choice for a couple of reasons, and the taste is one of the biggest (another is that the stick pack dissolve so very quickly).
 I can honestly say Ultima tastes like something I would actually drink even if it weren't scientifically beneficial to me. That is to say, it actually tastes really good! 

But with that said, Ultima has totally outdone itself recently with introducing 3 new AMAZING Mocktail flavors. And holy heck are they good!! So refreshing and so tasty, especially on ice after a nice hot run. The new flavors are:


  1. 1. Peach Bellini
     - My post long run choice for refueling. I think this is my favorite flavor and reminds me of one of my favorite places to race, Savannah, GA and southern hospitality.  

  2. 2. Coconut Pina Colada- "Do you like Pina Coladas?" I sure do! And this one is perfect for hydrating on your rest days to prepare your body for your next day's workout. I've even sipped one in the rain... 

  3. 3. Appletini - Green really means GO with this fun flavor. There's nothing quite as refreshing as putting your speed workout to the max and then refresh with a tart Appletini. 


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