Compression Rocks My Socks Off GIVEAWAY!

Totally nerding out and going to work like this:


Think you know what compression is for? Compression is so much more than just for thrombosis and marathon running! It’s for marathon recovery and training, for long work days, hard workouts, long runs, & looking super fly.

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My poor feet and legs can become so swollen from standing on my feet all day at the pharmacy and then add marathon training in…and I usually have some pretty swollen puppies. 

Theses socks were a God send to me. Thanks TIUX!

cool phrase inside sock says, run. jump. go. BUT wear socks unfolded up top. I just wanted to show off the the coolness.

cool phrase inside sock says, run. jump. go. BUT wear socks unfolded up top. I just wanted to show off the the coolness.

So why Tiux vs other leading brands?

The biggest reason for me is affordability. Finally an affordable option. For more info on how they keep costs SO low check out their about page HERE.

As a certified personal trainer do I advocate compression? Yes, in short I do. But not necessarily to build fitness, PR, or race faster but because they are awesome for recovery. There are some rough studies out there on compression socks for athletes and performance, but nothing quite conclusive yet. However, there’s nothing that suggests it’s harmful. 

Benefits may include:

  • Increase in blood flow, increasing circulation throughout the legs aiding in free radical flushing 
  • Decrease lactic acid build up
  • Decrease in swollen feet
  • Quicker recovery 
  • Quicker recovery = quicker return to training hard 

  
How did I feel personally about them? 

  • I loved the color!
  • Great fit. True to size
  • Not as itchy as other brands 
  • Not too warm (ran in the 60-70*)
  • Plenty of cushion on heel 
  • Compression in all the places 
  • Felt like a total leg massage 

All I kept thinking was I wish this compression went all the way up to my butt! It felt that good! I have worn them  running and at work and I will say I experienced less swelling for sure!!

At the end of the day I feel compression is a totally personal choice. And if you do choose it I strongly recemmend TIUX because you’re saving some moolah. The extra cash could go into another race fee. Yes, please!! If you need further reason to purchase from TIUX you should know they are a giving back company. They give to MAG Mines Advisory  Group. For more info on that click on the photo below. 

  
They keep things simple with few color choices, no store front buildings, and cutting out the middleman. I’m all for simplicity! Especially if it saves lives, saves a dollar, and gives me better recovery. 

So my good friends at TIUX have graciously offered to give one of my stellar readers a pair. Luck YOU! 

To enter to win:

Enter by following the Facebook Rafflecopter link. Don’t worry, it’s easy and fun!

Rules:

*Giveaway runs from Tuesday (today!) 25th until Tuesday Sept 1st at midnight.   

*Must be a U.S. or Canada resident

*Enter via Rafflecopter honestly!

*Spread the word!!

Winner:

Will be selected at random next Wednesday at 12:00 pm and announced on my new Facebook personal trainer page!! Go ahead and ‘like’ Pink Payne Fit to stay in the know!!  
How do you recover from a long work day, hard workout, or run?

jesssig

blessed and beautiful running.

Disclaimer: I was provided a pair of TIUX compression socks at no charge in exchange for an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All thoughts, expressions, and opinions are my own. 

Happy Wednesday and Just Lots of Pictures!

Hey y’all!! I don’t have much time to blog so here’s my week in photos thus far:
First time attempt at home made granola bars for my #FitMOMsRock Back-2-School event! I’ll have the recipe and other things on it next week…maybe…don’t hold me accountable. πŸ˜›

Β  Feeling all Martha Stuart and stuff in my kitchen this morning:


You might be a runner if: You go to work with a banana and a ClifBar in your pocket:

ps-you might be a poor runner if you discover holes in your shirt….
Took some #NUUNlove with me on our family hike this past weekend:Hiked with this motley crew:

Slowly learning how to “relax into discomfort”. It’s becoming a critical key in my marathon training.Oh, marathon training is going ok. Last week stunk. This week is better.

But my last tempo was stupid hard. ugh. humidity, rainy, dark, cold, and sans music. but it can’t all be sunshine and coolness. Train no matter the element.
And here’s a pretty picture from Mt. Pisgah:

no questions. just randoms. πŸ™‚
blessed and beautiful running.

#MarathonMonday August Goals, Personal Training, and Things

Goals for August   

1.) Get to bed earlier! Sleep has been a struggle for me. Which in turn makes 5 am impossible. It’s all about discipline and creating a balanced routine!! But. If you’re a mother I digress…good luck sister. πŸ˜‰ 

2.) Reading more. I’ve managed to get halfway though the book Spark. It’s about exercise and the brain. We all know exercise makes us “feel good” but there’s so much more to it! It’s an enlightening read. I’m determined to finish it before summer ends!

  3.) Actively promote my personal training buisness more! This is something I’m not really great at. Selling and promoting are not my strengths. I want people to magically show up at my doorstep and ask for my assistance. We all know that’s not how it rolls. So go and LIKE Pink Payne Fit! C’mon, it’ll be fun. 

4.) Keep with my salad a day marathon training plan. I’ve had a personal goal to eat a fresh spinach, arugula, and/or kale salad a day in an effort to naturally increase my iron, fiber, and nitrous oxide intake. Which will hopefully translate into faster running…I’ll try anything!

5.) Tart cherry juice at least weekly. No pain relievers! 

 

6.) Get back on my strength training wagon. My wheels kinda rolled off last week…I worked so hard during late spring/early summer to build my muscles up and with two weeks of increased mileage I’ve killed my weight room libido! I realize I’m now in a different training phase but I I don’t want to lose all I’ve worked so hard for. So I’m re-working some goals and time management planning. It’s tough to squeeze it all in!! But, with a good game plan just about anything is possible. πŸ™‚ 

Shoot for the moon my friends!

  
Any specific August goals for you? Are you able to strength train much when your mileage creeps up? How do you squeeze sleep in?!

blessed & beautiful running. 

~Jess

Track Tuesday Tales Get in Yo Lane Home Slice!Β 

  Uuuuugh. Agxsshhhmiufgtfrrrryiiitfreewweurttyfiuuiiiurezbkpgbkxxxy!!!!!! Precisely. That’s exactly how I feel. Or felt rather…But I have to let it go. I need to for my own good health…. And I mean there’s serious things I need to let go in my personal life. But for now I’ll give you humor. There are 8 lanes on a running track and generally speaking if you’re a walker you walk on the far outside lane…

But. You sweet, sweet old lady. *sigh*

Everything started out all peachy keen with sweet 120 year old walking in her designated lane. I’m plugging along with my warm up laps in my designated lane 5 because there were college speedsters in lanes 1 and 2. So in consideration of everyone I picked the middle lane, 5. 

Then I hit the speed button and go off on 100 meter sprint one and all of a sudden I look ahead at a very startled lady shuffling her feet like a wild goose trying to waddle her way around me. What?! Where did she come from?! I thought she was safely walking in lane 8 out of my fire lane? I suppose she traveled across lanes. So I kindly gestured her to her appropriate lane. She didn’t.  And she nearly got ran over again and again.  After a few laps of this crap I gave up and ran on the 8th lane. 

In the grand sceme of things what does it matter? So the little old lady was lost in her walk and skipped lanes. Oh well. That is probably someone’s precious grandma.

How to let it go:

Belt out…let it gooooo. Let it gooooo!!

Just kidding. 

Seriously, take a deep breathe close your eyes and ask yourself, in ten years will this matter? Probably not. But, in the event the answer is yes, then seek immediate help. Can’t help you there. 

But more often than not the things that drive is totally bat guano cray cray has more to do with what’s inside ourselves. ‘But Jess you just don’t know my MIL from Uranus! You don’t know my crazy kids! That woman was in my  lane. You should’ve seen the looks I get!! You just don’t understand my liiiiiiife!!!’ 

No. I don’t. You’re correct on that statement. There’s many things about your life I’ll never know. However, I do know that life is too dang short to be hung up on someone else’s problem. People are just people. Let it go. 

Go for a run darling. Run in a different lane if needed. Usually running has a way of opening your mind to what’s really bothering you….It’s all gonna be okay. Focus on the beauty that is life itself. Paint a picture. Read a book. Sing a song. Dream a new exciting adventure up. Get your mind off that negative crap. K? πŸ™‚

Yours truly, 

Jess

Thoughts for Thursday: Workout with the WEEDS. Dig ’em up and Make the Time.Β 

I’m ever grateful to my late grandmother who strongly suggested I eat tomatoes and help her weed her garden. “Ew! No way grandma. Tomatoes are gross!” And “The bugs are gross too and weeding is too hard annnnnd it’s tooooo hot outside!”

Ha. I was that kid. I was also that kid who deliberately “forgot” her tennis shoes at home for PE class. Push-ups and running laps were too hard too.

But observe: 

pushups and weeding. it goes together. total body workout.

I went for a morning run, then cleaned house, and worked in our garden and threw in push-ups for fun. It’s amazing how much I’ve grown and changed over the years. 

I’m no longer afraid to get sweaty.  

I’m no longer afraid to work hard

Because I know that hard work produces good things. 

But, 

“I don’t have tiiiiiime” yes you do. I didn’t have time to hit the gym so I made up an impromptu garden workout. Double whammy. 

Make the time. Get creative. Make your health a priority. Because after all, you are stuck with the body you’re in for better or worse. 

One way to make time is by evaluating the activities in your life. What can go? What’s excess? What’s draining you? Thin out the weeds in your world, chunk out the excess crap that’s useless or holding you back sucking all the nutrients out of YOU. 
Like in life, don’t let the weeds of this world, too much tv – negative friends – dead end jobs – relationship suckers – hang ups and habits, steal your life’s nutrients that are JOY PEACE & LOVE. Dig ’em out by the roots, baby, so your flowers can flourish.

I won’t lie. Weeding is hard. Emotional weeding is even harder. But that’s okay. Hard work produces good things. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. You’ll remain stagnant if you don’t. Maybe take a moment to journal your thoughts. Write out all the excess things in life that drag you down. Really dig deep. And make a plan of action to pull those things out!

  
Do you garden? Are there weeds in your life? 

PS- Don’t forget about My Dream Big running jewelry GIVEAWAY!! Click HERE! YOU HAVE UNTIL Saturday AT MIDNIGHT!! πŸ™‚ 

blessed and beautiful running.