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Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Review of True Skin Care Eye Gel

As a runner, I worry about what all that time running in the sun is doing to my skin. I have to admit I love to run in the sun, just because it feels good. I like to have a healthy tan to my skin, even though I know all about the evils of skin cancer and Melanoma. I am not one to wear sun screen... I know, bad, bad me! As gross and sweaty as I get when I run, If I had it on, it wouldn't stay anyway and I'm not going to stop and lube up.  ;)

I saw this product and was intrigued because it has a lot of natural ingredients in it. They sent me a bottle to try, and I've used it twice a day for two weeks. I have to say that I am in love with this product. It has a nice fresh feeling on the skin, and doesnt feel sticky or tight when it dries. I use this first thing in the morning under my makeup, and last thing before going to bed at night. I love how it feels on my skin. I do have to say that I feel that the puffiness under my eyes has reduced a fair amount, and I am hoping this will continue to be the case. 

This is what the bottle looks like:

Tech specs: 

True Skin Care’s proprietary eye gel formula is a unique blend of natural ingredients designed with sensitive skin in mind. Vitamin C nourishes skin to fight free radicals and keep skin looking fresh. Aloe and Cucumber soothe puffy eyes. Peptides and Green Tea stimulate the skin to reverse the signs of aging. While Hyaluronic Acid keeps skin hydrated throughout the day. The result, rejuvenated skin around your eyes! Peptides and Green Tea stimulate the skin to reverse the signs of aging and vitamins and peptides nourish your skin to fight free radicals and keep your skin looking fresh!

  • REDUCE dark circles caused by aging, toxins and poor sleep with our soothing eye gel specifically formulated for the delicate skin around your eyes.

  • HYDRATE the sensitive skin around your eyes to combat fine lines and wrinkles with just two applications a day (morning and night).

  • SOOTHE puffy eyes and enjoy a brighter complexion (even without concealer).

Do I recommend this product to you? Yes!  Will I continue to use this? Absolutely!

The place to find this product is on Amazon, and here's the link: 

I can even offer a coupon that is shown on the Amazon website:

And... there is a 365 day money back guarantee!

What are YOU waiting for???

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm9824f9c1543628a85bb51d2dd6fcf8a3

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Gave it another try

This week I actually wore shoes to work as opposed to wearing my boot. I have to say that shoes aren't my friend right now, as the area affected in my achilles is at the back of my heel. You can imagine what shoes feel like in that area.  Normally you would not see me wearing my good running shoes to work. I usually wear the ones that are worn out or not used for training anymore. But lately, I've had to resort to all of my Skechers shoes because they are soft in the heel counter. They are not rigid like most shoes, and are extremely flexible. Love my Skechers Performance!

I went for a visit to a friend of mine who is also a chiropractor in the area. I told him about the issues that I am having and that I was looking for any type of alternative/holistic treatments he might be able to offer me. My one hour appointment ended up being two hours, and it was worth it! We discussed my health history, and my running history also. I told him what my long term goals are for my running and asked him to help me achieve them with his expertise. We decided to first go with some manual massage to my calf muscles. The Gastrocnemius and Soleus muscles were extremely tight and full of knots. This places a lot more pull on the achilles, and thus attributed to my injury. This picture shows the anatomy very well.

This is what happened to my achilles, it started to form calcifications which are extremely painful. If I understand correctly, these are embedded in the tendon, and not just attached to the heel bone as you would imagine. (I'm sure my dr will correct me if I'm not explaining it right!)

So basically with each step, the calcium moves a little and it makes the back of my heel hurt and burn. I've tried ice, heat, wrapping, you name it. No matter what, this just doesnt seem to want to go away. The massage therapist at the chiropractors, worked extensively on my gastroc and soleus and I won't lie, it hurt like hell. After he was finished though, it felt much better. I also had some laser treatments and went back in with the doctor, who did some manual manipulation on my ankle. I left there feeling pretty good.

I'm sure most of you runners know about DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness. For the non-runners, it's the thing where after a hard workout, your soreness gets progressively worse for about 3 days. I had my treatments on Wednesday, and was feeling pretty good. Thursday evening, after consulting with my running coach, Caleb Masland, we decided it would be safe for me to try riding the stationary bike for only 10 mins. (Right now, I am banned from running per doctor's orders. We are going to re-assess this in February.) The idea is no running so as to get the achilles to heal and be pain free. I figured 10 mins on the bike wasn't going to do any damage and I was feeling great anyway. Had a nice, pain-free ride!

Friday morning I had just a little bit of pain, but it got worse as the day went on. Last night I did nothing but sit and knit, hoping that it was going to be gone by morning. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. This morning was a lot worse. The pain was back full force, along with the burning and stinging sensations. So much for my 10min bike ride. 

I am beginning to get sick of not running. I can go out and run if I want to, but I'm not going to get any better if I do. The non-runners don't understand. I HAVE to run. As far as I'm concerned, it's not an option. I worked so hard to get back to it after being too obese to even walk outside in the summer. I am not going to give that up now. I've come too far. I completed my first marathon.. do you really think I want to stop now???????

Depressed I am, and hoping that with more treatments and tons of foam rolling, it will come around.  I'm still keeping at my core workouts, but they certainly are not as fun as hitting the road. Even in the winter, as cold as it gets, I would give anything for a 5 miler right now

And so I guess for now, you may see me walking around in this.  :(  Oh well...

Saturday, November 29, 2014

New Winter Running Gear

One of my most favorite companies is 180s. They are a small company, but have fantastic products and I have been fortunate to be one of their ambassadors. Every now and then they come out with some new products that I get to test, review and share with you. These are what I have obtained from them thus far this winter.

I could hardly contain my excitement when the box arrived with these goodies in it! Gotta love presents in the mail! ;)   

First lets talk about the  STROBEANIE

This is a wicking running hat with LED lights and reflectivity built in. It's warm and fits snugly, but not too tight. Just right for running in the cold. As of right now, this item comes only in black and unisex sizing. If you have a huge head, it might run small on you, but average sized people won't have any issues. 

Here are a couple of pictures:

As you can see there is plenty of reflective material on this hat. 
It also has a great shape and looks good also.

Next, here is the LED section in the back. As with most LED lighting, you have a constant lightsource vs a flashing one to get attention. The color is red.

If you are wondering about the battery pack it's very small and well tucked into 
the brim of the hat. The source is Replaceable CR2016 batteries.  I pulled the wiring out just a little to demonstrate how it fits in there. Very small, and you don't feel it when you are wearing the hat. You just hit the button on the battery pack and it activates the light. The button sits pretty close to the emblem on the right side of the picture above.

Will I wear this hat? You bet! I run at night, on very busy roads that have no sidewalks. I worry about people who don't pay attention to runners and walkers on the sides of the road. This hat will definitely help to make me more visible to those drivers.


Next up is the STROBE LED Ear Warmer

For those of you who don't like to wear hats all the time, this is for you! You can actually wear this and it won't mess up your hair, which I really like.  It is comfortable, and compact, and sleek looking.
The LED'S light up much like in the STROBEANIE above. Same type of concept, same batteries. The ear warmers offer reflectivity on each ear, and they are generously padded on each side.

The only comments I have about this, is that it just doesn't seem to fit my head well. I find that it slips down and doesn't stay on my ears like it should. It may be just me, but if I was to wear it running, I don't think it would stay in place. However, I do often walk at night, and don't care to wear a hat. This will be my go-to device for those times!


These are the super-cool FOUNDATION LED Gloves  What I love about these gloves is that the placement of the LED lights, allows me to run without having to hold flashlights, like I normally do. The placement of the LED's is perfect for running at night. Again, you get the same compact battery pack hidden in the glove, and have the option of constant vs flashing lights. The battery sits in the wristband and won't fall out. I ordered the size Large, and I have large hands for a woman. They are definitely snug. I could easily have ordered an XL and put a thin pair of stretchy knit gloves inside.

These gloves are Touch Screen friendly, though I have not tried that out yet. 


One thing that I do think is important when running in the winter is to have your neck covered. Even if I have my jacket open in the front for ventilation, I find that my face, especially my chin, is always cold. I can't stand when my chin gets really cold, so I like to have something that I can tuck it into now and then to warm it up. The SHIVER totally fits the bill. I ordered the pink as that is one color I go to often. I don't always want to run in the traditional black and red of my team colors... I am too much of a girlie-girl at times.  I wish they had one in white, as I think it would be a fantastic add to my collection!  This neck gaiter is extremely soft, and is anatomically shaped to fit the back of the neck and drop down a little in the front.  Below are pictures of some of the different ways you can wear this. I think this is the most versatile gaiter I have yet! It will be a staple for my winter running. 

(gotta love photoshop for trying out new haircolor) ;)


Last I have to mention my favorite winter jacket. I was sent this last winter, and I have worn it many, many times, both running and casually. It is warm, without being too hot. Even on some of the coldest Maine winter days, I can wear a long sleeve tech shirt underneath and be plenty warm without overheating. A good friend of mine has this jacket also, and she wears here most of the time also. I can't say enough about the QUANTUM HEAT EQUALIZE Training Jacket.  I reviewed this jacket last winter, and my review is HERE.

If you have any questions regarding any of these products, feel free to contact me!

Monday, November 17, 2014

What do I do now

I guess it's no secret that my blog has not been very active lately and I apologize. I havent had the energy to put the time into putting my thoughts down on the screen. I realize that now is the chance to change that, and so I will do my best to do so.

My last post was all about my first marathon. I still am in awe that I ran/walked a 26.2 mile distance. I want so badly to sign up for another race and to pull off an awesome PR, but alas, it isnt going to happen for a while.

When I started doing my long distance runs on the weekends, as I was training for my race, I began to have pain in my right achilles, where it attaches to my heel. As I increased my mileage, it got worse. I took time off from running just before the race so that I would be able to compete as planned. I wasn't able to run as much as I would have liked to during the race, but I did finish and that was what I set out to do.  As the days went by after the race, the achilles pain began to increase to the point that it was extremely painful to walk. I tried every style of shoes that I could think of, and had many conversations with a friend who is also a podiatrist and ultra runner. He advised me to stop running and let it heal or I would be chancing ending up having surgery or worse, a ruptured achilles. 

So I tried, to stop running. I went a week, here and there, but then I would get so depressed that my running wasnt happening, that I would get right back out on the road, and the whole pain cycle and inflammation would start up again.  Again and again I was told "no running for awhile". So, I would wear my air-boot for a couple of days and it would settle down enough that I could walk comfortably. But, as soon as I even tried to return to running the pain and inflammation reared it's ugly head and came back full force. The thought of not running for 3-6 months was making me sick to my stomach to even think about it. 

Fast forward to yesterday. I was finally given the option to walk,  and also ride my bike on the trainer. I set out on the roads and happily trotted along here and there. Not full running by any means, just a little here and there. I was only allowed 20 mins, but I ended up being out there 25. I was due to do 20 mins on the bike, so I took off 5 to allow for the extra 5 on the walk.  The day was cold, and brisk, but it felt F A N T A S T I C to be out there again. Mentally I needed that ittybitty walk/run. It helped immensely to lighten the fog my brain has been in since the marathon. 

I made sure to put on my favorite jacket from 180S, and my new shoes from Skechers Performance, the Go dri Ride3 Extreme. Totally made for winter/wet running. Great shoes for this time of year. Ankle/Achilles felt ok afterwards, a bit sore but nothing major. I knew that the test would be this morning when I got up.

As always, the morning is the hardest time to walk. When I sleep the tendon retracts and so when I get up and step down it pulls where it inserts into my heel and is extremely painful. This morning was awful, and I ended up making a very hard decision. I have many times gone to work and limped around all day not wanting to deal with wearing that stupid looking boot at work. But, today I realized that if I don't start listening to my doctor and my coach, I may injure myself enough that it wont get better without surgery.  This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. My life revolves around running and everything associated with it. The thought of not being able to run just tears a big whole in my heart as well as my psyche. 

So the morale of this story is.. do what your doctor tells you. Runners, I can totally sympathize with any of you dealing with injuries.. the hardest thing is to not run, and to explain to a non runner that it hurts the soul to NOT run. I know it doesnt make sense to them. I will include my family in that one.

So, I will from this point on try my hardest to be a compliant patient and do what I am told. Many thanks to Caleb, Dennis, and Isaac, who have been very, very encouraging, yet stern enough to tell me when I'm out of line. I value their input greatly.

So when you see me waddling around town or at work, you'll know the story and won't have to ask! Hopefully by putting this out there, I will keep myself on track a little bit better. 

Yesterday's run. I guess it'll be my last one for a couple of months. I will have plenty of time to do gear reviews and such, and get caught up on some design changes that need to be done on here! 

Need a running coach?   Caleb Masland