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What's Your Proof? Plus Fitness Things

My #PROOF
I haven't really mentioned my affiliation with FitFluential recently. And I really should because it's an amazing group of highly motivated individuals. Recently, they introduced a fantastic new idea based on "Proof," on showing what you did to kick some workout booty, to live healthier, or to motivate others. They ask the question:  What's your #PROOF?

My proof is usually a puddle of sweat, shaky muscles, or an ear-to-ear grin after a wonderful run. It's not the calories burned displaying on my Garmin, though sometimes it's the mileage (I won't lie, that's pride). My proof is usually logged in my blog daily, but I often just take that for granted since it's just what I do (if that makes sense). But today, I wanted to draw more attention to it. Feel my proof and see my proof.

Today was another nice day, though warm for sure. When Jason and I set out for our 3-mile neighborhood run at 11:30, it was already 80 degrees. Thankfully there was enough of a breeze to help combat the heat, but not so strong to make you curse.

We started off at a pretty steady clip. I didn't really look down at my Garmin for the first mile. But I kept thinking, "This is way harder than it should be." I know I said, "Shit" outloud several times. It's the only word I could actually get out. I definitely wasn't saying much else and started feeling like I wanted to just throw in the towel and walk on back home feeling defeated. I looked down at my Garmin and realized why it felt so flipping hard, we were rocking out an 8:15 min/mile pace. I didn't say anything. I kind of couldn't.

When Jason heard my watch buzz at mile 2 he asked if it was really mile 2. Um, hell yes, it feels like mile 4 thankyouverymuch. His watch was a little off from mine and he was surprised at the time is why he asked. I thought he knew our speed. Nope, he thought we were going slower. Thank goodness he wasn't trying to speed up!

I was really thankful for the mini-stops at intersections (which those 20-30 second stops really add up). Usually I'm cursing cars for moving along too slowly, causing me to have to just stand around. Today, I took advantage. I could catch my breath for a moment before starting off again. We somehow managed to maintain our pace in the 8:15-8:30 pace. Of course, with intersection breaks, it made each lap look more like 8:45, which I'll take as well.

So here's my #PROOF of hard work for the day (even if you can't really tell how sweaty and red-faced I really was).

What's your Proof? 

Thursday Things
This brings me to some Fitness Things I've been loving and wanted to share. Without these "things" I'm not sure I'd be running.

Tape - KT Tape
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I have been using KT Tape for taping my plantar fasciitis for a little over a month now (have it in bright sassy pink). This stuff is really amazing and can be used to tape just about any area where you are having pain from IT Band to Rotator Cuff.

Here's a great video for taping Plantar Fasciitis.

Shoes - Brook's Ghost 4
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While I'm not able to log too many miles in them right now, I seriously love these shoes. Note, I'm a neutral runner so these aren't for everyone of course.


Roller - TriggerPoint Therapy Kit
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We've had our kit for over a year now and it's seriously worth every penny. I use this pretty much every day now to roll from the waist down for my Piriformis, IT Band, calves, and feet. Next on my wish list is the Grid Roller.

What are some fitness "things" you can't live without or that have helped you overcome injuries. Or things that make a workout better, like your favorite lifting gloves or the perfect pair of shorts that don't induce chaffing.

Since this is already a long post, I'll save dinner for tomorrow. Hint: more grilling.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Sunshine
  • Running 
  • Painting my nails
  • Grilling

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