Long post ahead, mateys! Why did I just talk like a pirate? I’ve got some very exciting (non-pirate related) news to share with you today! But first – a running/life update.
Running went pretty awesome last week. I was able to get both of my weekday runs in for the full amount of time (an hour), and AJ actually came with me for part of each run! I love running with him, and it’s nice to have that time together. He does run a bit faster than me, so I kind of have to hustle to keep up. It makes for a pretty good speed workout! I was primed and ready for my long run of 3.5 hours on Saturday.
The weather all week was perfect…until the weekend. It warmed up to a high of 90 on Saturday, so it got pretty warm towards the end of my run. AJ was out of town for part of the weekend, so my mom came back into town to work on the house with me. Lucky for her, she also got to ride a bike next to me for 3.5 hours I ran quite a bit faster this week than I have in previous weeks (almost one minute per mile faster!) and I think that is at least partially due to the fact that she was biking faster and I had to keep up. Between the heat, relentless Greenville hills, and the fact that I was running for a long time, I was pretty beat by the time I got done. But I did it, and I finished strong!
I finished strong and then I made a bed on the kitchen floor. My mom found that amusing.
The house is coming right along, too, thanks almost entirely to my mother coming here and forcing me to do things. We are working on quite a few projects right now and made some major progress this weekend! I haven’t been very good about hanging up pictures in the house so far (despite the fact that we have a ton of artwork from all of our trips), and my mom said it looked like a prison – rude. So, I decided to work on this gallery wall in the kitchen! I left space to add to it as we go on more trips and do fun things, but I love it for now. To make it, I laid out all the pictures on a large piece of paper (we had a roll of paper left over from the house being painted) and measured out all the distances and marked where the nails would go. Then, I taped the paper on the wall with painter’s tape and hammered the nails in. Next, just rip the paper off and hang the pictures! It makes spacing everything out and getting the pictures level so much easier, and allows you to see how it all looks laid out.
We also finally finished the guest bathroom! We started working on the bathroom the weekend that AJ and I moved in. As you can see from the before picture on the left, it needed some serious updating. There was carpet on the floor, wallpaper and border, and it was just all around bad. Well, upon taking down the wallpaper, we discovered that whoever put it up had not prepped the surface appropriately, so the drywall started coming off. To make a long story short, we had to patch up the wall in a TON of places, then put on bead board, paint, etc…yeah, it took almost two months. But we’re done! Just need to hang pictures on the walls (sorry, Mom).
Blood, sweat, and tears literally went into the creation of this bathroom. And for the record, the wallpaper situation in here is the reason we painted over the wallpaper in the half bath, if you recall. No need to live that nightmare twice.
And finally in life news this week, Barre3 Greenville opened its doors! After months of training, preparation, and anticipation, the studio opened on Monday, September 21st. I taught my first class at 5:30 pm and holy crap, was I nervous. I don’t get nervous speaking in front of crowds, so it wasn’t that – it was more that I thought my mind might totally go blank and I would forget all the choreography! I thought I might throw up. As soon as the music started, though, it was game time. Honestly, the class was magical. The energy and smiles from our clients was contagious and I found myself absolutely beaming with pride at what our studio owners have created. The class flew by, I didn’t forget anything, and everyone told me afterwards that they loved it. I probably made some slightly awkward jokes, but that’s my life. Anyway, I am so excited to be a part of the team and so glad that I made the decision to become an instructor. It was a rough couple of months sometimes, but it was all worth it. I am officially obsessed!
With my fellow team members! These women are awesome, and they will kick your butts!
Ok, on to the exciting news! If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on social media for more than about 5 minutes, then you know I am in love with Qore Performance running shorts. After testing them out last summer, they are officially the only shorts I wear when I’m running. I have been promoting the brand for well over a year simply because I want people to know about them – it has completely changed running for me. Well, I am SO excited to announce that Qore has asked me to be a Brand Ambassador for their fledgling program!
Rocking my favorite shorts on a run not too long ago!
The company makes compression shorts and arm sleeves that feature pockets where you can place cold packs (which come with the product) or hot packs at the places on your body where the blood flows closest to the skin. When using the cold packs, your body can more effectively off-load heat and you stay hydrated longer. A clinical study found that athletes lost 40% (FORTY PERCENT!!) less water and were able to perform longer when wearing Qore Performance gear. Check out this free ebook to learn more!
I can’t tell you what percentage of water I lose now on my runs compared to before. What I can tell you is that the material and technology in these shorts has been a total game changer for me. Besides the obviously innovative technology (it was a finalist in the White House’s search for a solution to the extreme overheating faced by ebola responders in Africa), the shorts and sleeves are just flat out comfortable. They stay put. They stop me from chafing. They keep me from overheating! Ultrarunners are loving the arm sleeves, and athletes from all sports (golf, tennis, baseball, and more) have been using the system to keep cool.
It’s all Qore, all the time!
So, what does this mean for you? Well, it will be a lot like how I approach my HOKA ambassadorship. Namely – no sponsored posts, just relevant mentions from me and giveaways and deals for you! I only promote products that I love and use regularly, and I’ve loved Qore for a long time. As a brand ambassador, I’ve got a 20% discount code good for all my readers! The company offers FREE 2 day shipping and free returns on all orders, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying out the shorts or arm sleeves – or both!
You will seriously not regret this.
I am so excited about this partnership! I have met the owners behind this company and several of the employees and they are so incredibly passionate about enhancing the athletic experience for the world. I’m proud to be a part of it.