OOFOS Continues to Wow Me!

Friends, as I work toward accomplishing my half marathon each month this year, I continue to reach for my OOFOS footwear immediately after each race! With tired, achy feet and legs post run, getting out of my running shoes and slipping on this recovery footwear feels like a million bucks!

In the past, my generous friends at OOFOS have provided me several pairs of their amazing footwear for test drives, reviews and giveaways. They’ve been partners in the many, many miles I’ve put down this year and I couldn’t be more grateful. The OOlala Sandals took me through my Honolulu Marathon training and beyond.

hawaii-dec-2015-1003 jacksonville-donna-medal-001

The OOahh Sport Slides have taken me around the country as I trained and completed many half marathons. Sliding into them always provided the perfect relief!

13292771_10209451557552598_551781868_n

  13282298_10209451560192664_1009634983_n 13295163_10209451571992959_780504960_n

While continuing to train during the brutal winter months of Minnesota, the OOcloogs kept me in supported comfort.

oocloog-luxe

Last week, I received a pair of OOriginal Sport Sandals in the mail…and just in time! I’ve been dealing with some recent injuries but with the expert help of my physical therapist and the consent of my sports med doc, I continued work toward my goal.

ooriginal

Last weekend I was able to complete the Mankato Half Marathon with my friend Jacque.

mankago

I predicted I’d be in rough shape at the finish line, so the thought of sliding into these flip flops carried me those painful last few miles. I knew these were waiting for me at bag check! And the minute I put them on…instant relief! I don’t know how OOFOS does it, but they’ve engineered their footwear to reduce stress on sore feet, back, and my biggest challenge…knees. The OOriginal Sandals immediately took the edge off and have helped me quickly recover!

oofos-mankato-001

And that’s very good news because I’m heading to Washington DC next week for the Marine Corps Marathon, and I already know what will be waiting for me at the finish!

Friends, are you on your feet for hours on end? Are you looking for the ultimate support for tired feet, knees and back? Check out the great footwear OOFOS has available here…you’ll be so glad you did!

I Declare Me-Day Monday!

Happy Monday, Friends! It IS a happy Monday because I’ve declared a Me-Day! Are you living such a fast-paced, crazy-busy life that you don’t even know what me-time is anymore? Well let me tell you how Me-Day looked for me…

If you follow the FIT BFFs Facebook page, you know I’ve been on the go. I just returned from a quick weekend in San Diego to train with these running buddies.

me-day-6

With their help, I was able to mark a 20 mile run off my training schedule. Between that run and the travel back and forth to accomplish it, my body was exhausted. As I turned the calendar page to this week, I was relieved to see rest written down for today…which means no running. I decided to take rest one step further in declaring a Me-Day.

Keep in mind, I’m not nearly as stressed out as many of you. My kids are independent now, I don’t currently have work responsibilities. My church and scout volunteer activities have not started back up for the school year yet. But I took today for myself anyway. Here’s what I did…

I slept in to restore what travel and running took from me last weekend. I enjoyed my coffee and breakfast at a leisurely pace with a good book. I threw on some clothes and biked to the gym.

me-day-3

The weather was unbelievable; it was like the perfect day out there, Friends! My destination brought me to the next part of my plan…a hatha yoga class to ground and center my mind, body and spirit.

me-day-001

It worked like a charm! Next it was time to nourish. I treated myself to one of my healthy favorites at the deli.

me-day-2

Soon I was back on my bike, headed for home, but in no hurry.

me-day-4

My schedule was clear of responsibility, because remember, I declared it Me-Day! So there was nothing to do but enjoy!

Once home, I spent a little time doing some crafting that I love.

me-day-7

And later tonight I plan to finish up with a guided meditation class. Wow, I really took the whole day, didn’t I? And in doing so, I’m better equiped to take on whatever the week and month throw my way

Friends, I know it takes a lot for some of you to make time for yourselves. Work schedules, lack of vacation/personal time, childcare, $$…it can all make Me-Day seem somewhat impossible. Look for ways around whatever is preventing you from devoting important time to yourself. Could you trade a day or half-day of daycare with a friend? Could you initiate a school carpool with a friend or neighbor? Can you flex at work to carve out some extra time here or there? If there’s no room for a day off, could you take a weekend day just for yourself?

Get creative! If money is a concern, think of all the things you love to do that are either low-cost or free. A walk around the lake, some uninterrupted time at the library, a borrowed fitness dvd or two, your next great read, a picnic and some time of reflection/journaling at your favorite nature locale, a bike ride or hike amidst the backdrop of changing leaves, a YouTube meditation video or two…the possibilities are endless, Friends, just use your imagination!

I’m going to make a list of the things that feed my soul and plug them into my planner. I’ve already blocked off time for next month, and you should too. Notice…I chose another Monday. What a great way to start off the week!

me-day-5

Let’s get with it, FIT BFFs! Let’s make plans to care for ourselves so we can be refreshed and ready to care for others that depend on us. It’s just one more way to put our Best Foot Forward!

Fun at my Front Door!

Fellow FIT BFFs, few things are more exciting that this…a surprise waiting for me when I got home this afternoon.

image

Only I already know what’s in there and it’s something super fun to share with you very soon.

I’ll give you a few hints…it’s something related to fitness, it will be perfect for summer, and you’re going to want a set too. And if you know much about FIT BFFs, you know there just might be an awesome giveaway involved…wink, wink!

Stay tuned to find out what fun is contained in that box. In the meantime, give it your best guess…what do you think is in there?!?

OOfos Review…OOahh Sport

Hey, fellow FIT BFFs, back in March I was on my way to San Diego to continue working toward my goal of a half marathon each month in 2016. I escaped the frozen, snow-covered tundra of Minnesota with my sights set on surf, sand, sun and a little run. It was time for me to leave my favorite winter recovery footwear, my OOcloogs at home. I contacted my friends at OOfos to let them know I’d love to test out their OOahh Sports and that I would give them plenty of opportunity for race recovery review. Those generous folks provided me with a pair that arrived just in time for my new adventures!

Knowing my feet are sensitive to new footwear, it may have been a great idea for me to wear socks within my OOahhs the first day out. Instead, I slipped them on and took off on foot to cover miles of San Diego sightseeing. Truth be told, I developed a blister underneath one of the bands. I should have considered waiting until after my race to break them in. But no worries, the blister caused no ill effects on my run and I had those OOahhs back on immediately after the race. Why?

13292771_10209451557552598_551781868_n

Because I craved the impact-absorption and arch support of these OOahhs. They share the utmost in after-sport recovery comfort with my previous favorites the OOlalas and OOcloogs. You can read my past reviews of those two here and here.

Honestly, I don’t know how they do it, but OOfos technology seems to miraculously support all the parts of my feet in exactly the right places.

Slipping into these OOahhs with my weary, road-worn feet was like stepping onto heavenly pillows. Really, Friends, they felt that good! To further prove my point, check out my well-loved OOahhs following my recent monthly races…the Beginner’s Luck Half trail run in Henderson, NV.

13282298_10209451560192664_1009634983_n

The La Jolla Half in La Jolla, CA.

13292978_10209451562712727_1009413274_n

And the Rockin’ Robin Half in my hometown of Rochester, MN.

13295163_10209451571992959_780504960_n

I’ve put many miles on my feet so far this year, but happily report they continue to hunger for more. I attribute this to the excellent comfort provided by those fantastic OOahhs! With the right recovery support, my feet are ready to go the distance again and again. Runners, walkers, hikers and more, if you can’t say this about your recovery footwear, allow me to recommend it’s time you check out the amazing products at oofos.com.

I’ve got several events coming up and because I have OOfos with me, I’m all set!

 

 

Ready to Reset

I’ve been silent lately, fellow FIT BFFs…it’s time for me to come clean. I would like to tell you that faced with difficulties, I met them head-on and overcame them; that’s what the new Carla would do. But I went a different direction…I regressed to old Carla. And not being particularly proud of that, I felt like a hypocrite trying to blog about it on this healthy living blog. So I took some time off. But I’m ready to share in the hope that some of you relate.

I recently embarked on a new marathon training schedule here in Minnesota, in the dead of winter. I also began a new phase in my weight-loss/management program and was challenged to set some new goals. These two things alone, ordinarily, would not be cause for me to derail, I’ve been doing this healthy lifestyle thing for over three years. But I’ve been struggling with lots of little, insignificant things that together have managed to make me miserable.

The weather has been less than stellar, forcing me indoors for my training runs. I hate running on treadmills; they go nowhere. They are boring. I CRAVE the outdoors. The gloom and doom of continuous overcast skies have weighed me down too. I NEED sunshine! I should have reminded myself this is typical cabin fever. I felt ridiculous suffering from it because I spent part of December in Hawaii and some of January in California. And, I was headed to Florida for a girls’ weekend and lacking enthusiasm about it…what was my problem?!?

Work has been chaotic lately. I’ve taken on more hours that have resulted in less “me” time. Although I made an effort to get to yoga, and treated myself to a massage, I succumbed to feeling overwhelmed. I’ve felt the difference in the gym too; it’s been a barrier to accomplishing my most recent goals which makes me feel like a failure.

I’ve been making horrible food choices…like chocolate chip cookies. And chips. And pop. And it stopped occuring to me to even care. Until Monday when I stepped on the scale in my dietitian’s office and I was up five pounds…FIVE! I’d love to blame it on a hyper-bloated, long-lasting bout of near-homicidal PMS. Sorry…TMI! But none of this was the fault of any one thing. I was experiencing a perfect storm of blahhhs.

My head was not in the game. As a matter of fact, it felt empty. Void. When I looked in the mirror, my disgusted mind saw the 246 pound Carla, and it terrified me. How did I get back there in my head when I clearly wasn’t?

Although it was awkward, I started talking to some friends and family about it the past few days, and it’s made all the difference. A few who have been through similar transformations have sent me some critical, much needed messages of support. I couldn’t be more thankful for the priceless words of encouragement I wouldn’t have received, had I kept silent.

These messages motivated me to get my eating back in check, to make the best of my lastest session with my trainer. I also chose to attended a meditation class to quiet my mind earlier this week. And yesterday, right before my flight, I surrendered to a most freeing reiki healing session. It helped me drop a pile of mental and emotional baggage. It was time to reset!

I returned home to finish packing, boarded my flight and escaped winter’s grasp. I landed in Jacksonville last night and found myself ready to make the most of the next leg of my journey. I could see much clearer this morning greeted by this…

Jacksonville-001

The promise of a new day reminds me it’s going to be alright.

Friends, we all struggle from time to time. If you are dealing with something you can’t explain, tell someone about it. We can gain valuable insight, understanding and perspective from someone willing to listen. It’s what helped me turn it all around. This journey is not easy and it is loaded with roadblocks and setbacks. The best thing we can do is grant ourselves some grace and give tomorrow all we’ve got…just one more way to put our Best Foot Forward.

OOFOS Giveaway Ends Today!!!

Aloha, fellow FIT BFFs! I know I have posted nothing about finishing the marathon Sunday…but I did! More on that later. But right now I want to remind you all that the OOFOS OOcloog giveaway ends tonight at midnight central time. Remember, the giveaway is for three winners to each win a pair and they are available for both men and women!

OOcloog

I have been wearing my OOFOS since immediately after the marathon and even though it’s only been a day and a half since the pounding my body took…I’m pretty much recovered, more or less. You don’t want to miss your opportunity to win this extraordinary pair of recovery footwear!

Here’s the link: OOFOS OOcloog giveaway!!!

Unlocktober Days 24 & 25

2012 June-October 149

Happy Monday, Friends! I am behind again but for such great reason…I was having non-stop fun all weekend. Is there any better way to nurture my soul? My spirit was fed all weekend long spending time with my large and fantastic extended family.

Each October my cousins and I gather for a weekend near Halloween filled with whatever fun we can scare up. Usually we find ourselves at a resort in Wisconsin Dells, recently we’ve done the Mall of America. But no matter where we go, it is always a great reminder of the Halloween weekend tradition our parents started when we were kids. Every year we wonder how we’ve become the parents and how our kids have grown so quickly.

I snuck in a run both days, but made it my mission to play as much as I could. There are no pictures of the waterpark, we were too busy splashing, sliding, floating and soaking to record photographic evidence. The rest of the weekend went like this…

There were rides that reminded me I’m still a kid at heart…

 fall4

Rides that helped me remember what gravity feels like…

fall3

And rides that I knew better than to ride, but did anyway…

Fall

Hanging out with this next generation keeps me feeling like a kid!

fall2

We embraced the weather and enjoyed the beauty and fun of the season…

fall8

It doesn’t get much better than this…

fall9

It all goes by way too fast…can’t wait for next year!

fall10

Do you have a family tradition that brings extended family together for nothing but fun? If not, why not start? Staying and playing together helps keep us feeling young…one more may to put our Best Foot Forward!