Review: Secret Outlast® Completely Clean Clear Gel

*I received this item free

 

As a runner, having a reliable deodorant/antiperspirant is important, and Secret has always been a reliable brand in my opinion.

 

I recently received a sample of Secret Outlast® Completely Clean Clear Gel to try.

I won’t lie, I was skeptical at first: Gels don’t strike me as reliable.

I mean, how can something wet keep me dry?

 

Today, I am here to write to you and say that Secret Outlast® Completely Clean Clear Gel will keep you dry and smelling fresh.

I don’t feel that it lasts quite as long as solid deodorant/antiperspirants but it works and works well.

 

Tell me, do you prefer a solid, gel, roll-on or a spray?

 

 

Monthly Recap: Better late than never.

Sometimes I am not sure why I keep the blog. I am so neglecting it because I am just so very busy.

*I think I just like having one to call my own, ya know?

 Anyway, let me tell you about my November.  —>Yes, November – it is almost over! Can you believe it?

Here is the quick run down:

  • Last race of 2014 was the Color Run with my 11 yr son. It was frigid but so much fun as always.
  • I ran the Across the Bay 10k – aka running across the scariest bridge in America. Am I right?
    • I ran all by my lonesome. Hubby had to work and buddy’s kid was sick.
    • It was also cold, but not windy-thank goodness.
  • Made it back to the gym!!! Woot!
    • Finally back at it since before the accident in August.
    • Trying the treadmill and doing some Zumba, careful not to irritate the ankle.
    • Thank GOD for tvs on the equipment!!! LOL
  • And my fabulous husband made it 25 miles on the trails of Gunpowder State Park {God, I love him.}

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A few races are happening through our local running group, RASAC next month and the hubs and I may take a shot at them {if childcare is obtained}.

  • Charity run
  • Holiday run
  • Commitment run

 Question:

Holiday races? Are you doing any? Do you dress up? Do tell!!!

Reunited and it feels so good

O’ yeah!!! This mom made it back to the gym today after almost THREE MONTHS!
And I am so very thankful I did. A big thank you to my husband for the extra push.

I admit today was also the first time I stepped foot into the actual gym area. I have always gone in for classes or to swim. The gym itself makes me nervous. I am very VERY self-conscience. I feel like I either look like an idiot or I will do something incorrectly and look like an idiot.
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As soon as I entered the gym, I beelined for the treadmill -despite my hatred for it. It was the first piece of equipment I saw that I knew how to use. And it gets better, I chose one right in between two “older” ladies who were walking. It made me feel “safe”.
I instantly relaxed when I saw it had a television attached.

WOOHOO!!!

So for 30min, I varied my speeds (so I didn’t slide off} and watched Kelly & Michael.

I thought about doing weights after that but it was a short-lived thought.
The kids were having fun in the daycare and I didn’t want to pull them out yet.
So, I went to see what classes were happening.

ZUMBA!!!

It was 15min in and I was nervous about my ankle but I thought “screw it” and went in.
So glad I did. I took it easy on the intense ankle twisting and let myself get back into the groove.

Going back tomorrow night for another Zumba session <3

Bio Skin® TriLok™ Ankle Brace

Disclosure: I was provided the Bio Skin TriLok at no charge for the purpose of a product review as a BioSkin Ambassador. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse a product a do not use and trust.

Let’s face it: I have had ankle issues since day one of 10k training back in February. It was icy, cold and I dropped. I continued my training despite my swollen ankle. It didn’t hurt it was just “fat”. It eventually slimmed back down and everything seemed normal.

Then summer came and my ankle developed what I called the “foot labor pains”. These sharp, shooting pains that came and went so quickly and so randomly had me comparing my agony to childbirth. Could it get any worse? Oh yes, it could.

TriLok Ankle Brace

The TriLok Ankle Brace is an easy, effective way to relieve pain from plantar fasciitis and PTTD. Also provides unequaled protection against ankle sprains.

Finally, August brought the rubberband snapping sensation to my ankle. Google peroneal subluxation if you are curious. But that is not what this post is about. This post is about the Bio Skin TriLok Ankle Brace and how fantastic it has been for me, especially when I was unsure of what the heck was going on with my poor foot.

The Bio Skin TriLok Ankle Brace treats the following:

  • Ankle Sprains
  • Peroneal Tendon Sprains/Tears
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)

I first tried the Bio Skin TriLok Ankle Brace away on a family camping trip. The instructions specifically say to watch the video to ensure proper application and use of the brace. I highly recommend doing this because I didn’t. I really couldn’t though as I was in the woods with little to no electronic connection. I did read and reread the instructions on the package and finally got the brace just right! It felt great and secure. It wasn’t too bulky to wear – I even wore it with my sandals. It was literally my saving grace because I can not wear anything but sneakers unless I have on the brace. It keeps my tendon in place which means comfort for me and the ability to wear my sandals. After all, sandals are a ladies must have in the summer (I bet I did look a little strange wearing it on the beach though).

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I was even wearing the Bio Skin TriLok Ankle Brace on the day of our car accident. As I had shared in a previous post, we were in a pretty serious accident a couple months ago. We were cut off by another driver, lost control of our truck, spun and rolled 1.5x landing on the driver’s side. I had to climb up and out of the truck and jump down. Thank goodness I had on the TriLok. I know for a fact that it kept me from rolling my ankle when I hit the ground and causing more problems. Not to mention, I was a shaky nervous mess.

So head on over and check out Bio Skin Braces And Supports to locate the TriLok and other braces, post-injury aids, compression clothing and injury recovery accessories that Bio Skin has to offer.

 

 

 

Baltimore Running Festival ’14

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Yes, my eldest is holding his nose. He held his nose in every photo saying his dad smelled :)

A couple weeks ago when my orthopedist told me I could run, I wasted no time at all and signed up for my first race in over two months: The Baltimore Marathon 5k.

The Baltimore Marathon was already on my schedule anyway because my hubby was running his first full and I would be damned if anything would stand in my way of being their to cheer him on. Now that I was cleared to run, I not only signed myself up but I signed up my three children as well for the Kids Fun Run. At $15 a kid, it was a great way to keep them healthy and motivated with a shirt and a medal for their accomplishment.

 

All of our races had been bumped an hour earlier due to the Baltimore Orioles ALCS games.
– 7:00 full marathon
– 7:20 5k
– 8:20 Kids Fun Run

 

Race Day: October 18, 2014

4:30 am comes way too early and I knew if I wasn’t happy about it my kids would be even more upset when I woke them. Good thing I had bought them Dunkin Donuts the night before to tame the morning uglies. All in all, they did well for waking so early.

Despite running later than planned, we made it to the Baltimore Running Festival with some time to spare. The hubby got his bag checked and headed straight to the start & I helped my mom with the kids and locate the start of the Kids Fun Run.

*I’ll take this moment to thank God for my mother tagging along. She was my savior yesterday.

7:20 am came soon after and off I went. My first run in over two months {despite a teeny 1mile a week ago}. Also my first solo run. The first half was mostly uphill and, well, that sucked. But I stayed strong. I had 3 kids waiting for me at the finish line (and their grandmother, lol).

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I was also running my first race for Teddy, my running buddy that I was matched with through whoIrun4.org. The second half came and it was so much nicer than the first. The sun had slowly risen and Baltimore’s skyline was actually pretty. Running mostly downhill that last mile or so made it so pleasant and relaxed that I perked up. I could see the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower and the stadiums in the distance and it was encouraging.

As I ran into Camden Yards, down Eutaw Street, I passed my mom and kids. She didn’t even see me; she was looking out towards the runners coming in so I yelled for her attention. The kids squealed when they saw me and that was all I needed. I finished in under 38min just as I had hoped, received my medal and had to hop a few fences to get back to the start with the kids.
*I had a Kids Fun Run to run afterall.

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I ran with my eldest. We even held hands for the photographers. Well, I grabbed his hand as we passed the photographers and when he noticed my game he shook it away, lol. He is eleven, so I take what I can get. My mom ran with the smaller two.

Now we had about 2 hours to kill before Daddy finished his race so we played in the kids zone, noshed on yummy food and found a good spot to wait and watch for Daddy. He had estimated a 11am finish until about mile 24 when the update estimated him at 11:21. We caught him on camera (again thank God for my mom since my phone died) and finally got our family photo.10488113_10204260744617248_7931663921391792542_n

Must brag about my husband. His first full he completed in 4:24. That is amazing since he hasn’t trained much at all in two months because of our car accident. He has only been running since spring 2013. He didn’t even need the blanket they give the runners to warm up. And he went in and worked that night for the BCFD.

 

 

 

I am calling Dr Scholl’s and I will tell you why…

I typically wear the same sneakers every single day. I do, I really do.
My beloved running shoes to be precise because they are just amazing.
I will never wear anything but good, quality sneakers from now on. Promise.

And because I have an ankle injury right now, I can’t really wear anything but my sneakers anyway.

 So let me tell you a story.

This morning, I remembered that the family and I would be leaving to camp for the weekend immediately after I got home from work.
So, not sure of the terrain and possible rain at camp, I chose to wear my “old” running shoes instead.

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I now clearly have exited my comfortable shoe bliss and remember why I had to buy new running shoes when I am injured and cannot even run.

 BECAUSE THEY SUCK!!!

 

No cushioning. None at all. My first pair of the exact shoe were perfect. Dreamy. These kill my feet. It is like walking on concrete. I can feel my feet contact the ground. It is horrible.

And this pair is so adorable. They are a bright fun purple. I even bought a pair of those $40 SuperFeet inserts. I swear they dissolved into the shoe because I can’t feel them either.

But since these are adorable and in great shape, aside from horrible comfort, I will keep them and call on Dr.Scholl’s. Perhaps he can remedy the situation so I can have comfortable backups.

So WHO are these sneakers?
The wonderful, good and UGLY shoes?

First pair running shoes. “The Dreamy pair”. Asics GT 2000.

THEY SUCK!!! Asics GT 2000 in Grape

Brooks Transcend. My current “happy” pair of running shoes.

Guess who is going up?

ME! ME! ME! MEEE!!!

This past week has been just simply wonderful and I am finally relaxing with a chance to share it all with my wonderful readers.

  1. 100% medication free! That’s right. After about 14 years of anxiety/depression meds, I decided I was tired of being a slave to prescriptions and have successfully weaned off of them and I am feeling GREAT!
  2. My long awaited MRI for my ankle is finally cleared with the insurance for approval and is scheduled for this coming Monday evening :)
  3. I started physical therapy for my back {from the car accident} and can I say that I am in love?!!!
  4. We bought a travel trailer!!! No more leaky tent camping trips and I can start saving for a Disney camping trip :)

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And the BEST part of my week? Can you guess?

I got MATCHED with a running buddy!!!

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I cried when I saw I was matched because I was so excited and in such need for the motivation to keep going. Not being allowed to run has really been difficult to deal with but having a buddy reminds me that it will all get better and I will be back out there hitting the pavement in no time. Slow and steady wins the race, right? I just need to heal properly and it will all fall back into place. And he is the cutest thing. His mom is also a runner and she is amazing!!! She ran a half today with a time of 1:24:43. She came in 12th out of 940 runners and 2nd overall female. She is an inspiration in so many ways and I am so thankful to have her as a new friend. My buddy also RAN FOR ME last night :) He did the Electric Run with his family and had a blast. Right now he is my cheerleader and I am so happy to have him in my life. And he doesn’t live but a couple states away so hopefully I can meet him one day soon <3

marco. marco…..MARCO!!!!

Get Moving

I swear I did not fall off the face of the Earth.

I’ll admit, though, when you aren’t allowed to run and you made a blog to post about your running journey…well it’s easy to forget. I have remembered a few times but I was at work and technically I am not supposed to be blogging at work {annoying, right?} and then I sit down to finally write and I GO BLANK.

I have to be honest: I have just been plain ol’ lazy. I had a good excuse right after the accident when my back was killing me. However, that got better but the eating habits did not. The gym was nearly impossible to get to with all the back to school chaos, doctor’s appointments and my Debby-Downer attitude.

But Mommy is BACK :)

I am not running, nope not allowed to yet. However, healthy eating has landed back in my household and I am finally back under 150lbs. WOOT WOOT!!! That itself is major encouragement for me. And the fact that my mother is on my tail, 10lbs behind me.

SHE CAN’T PASS ME!!!

 

Counting My Blessings

 

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If you follow your local fire department or emergency services on Facebook than you have probably seen plenty of status updates that look like the above. I always read to see what is happening. I pray for those involved and tell myself how I can’t imagine something like that happening to me or anyone I know.

But two weeks ago it did.

I found the photo above on the EMS facebook page of where our accident occurred.
Just reading it made my stomach churn. In the comments, a fellow passerby shared a photo they snapped of the incident andI immediately noticed my husband in the photo talking with local law enforcement. It hit me, this really happened. We were the ones people were praying for. I still can’t believe it.

Now I will say before I go further, my family and I were very lucky. We walked away with just bumps, bruises and sore muscles. We have endured multiple x-rays and physical therapy. My six year old daughter is now very nervous when we drive. But we are grateful because it could have been so much worse. I seriously sit every day and think “how did we get so lucky?”.

So, what happened exactly?

We had been participating in Park Quest through Maryland State Parks and were tackling our “quests” at the parks on the Eastern Shore. Saturday’s itinerary was to visit Pokomoke State Park to complete the quest for “Swamp Survival”. After that, we were heading into Ocean City for the rest of the day.

Driving along route 13, we were traveling at about 50-55mph. The kids were watching a movie in the back seat of our Chevy Trailblazer and oblivious to anything going on.

As we entered into the town of Pokomoke, I spotted a white car waiting to turn into our lane from the median cut through. And then he just pulled out right in front of us. He never looked to see if anyone was coming before he pulled out! My husband swerved to miss him. But as we swerved back to regain control of our vehicle, it was just too much. When our tired hit the grass median, they dug in and we spun 180 degrees. And then we rolled 1.5x.

I swear it happened in slow motion. In my head I was thinking “so this is how it is going to end?”. And then it was over in an instant. The truck had came to a stop on our drivers side. I didn’t move right away but then turned my attention to the backseat to see my kids. They were scared and crying. But I did not see any blood and everyone was alert.

My husband, a Baltimore City Firefighter/Paramedic {thank GOD!} reacted immediately. “Courtney, I am going to unbuckle you and I want you to climb out of the truck”. I obeyed. And, no I did not fall onto him when he unbuckled me but I don’t remember much. I do remember he had somehow managed to open my door. And I climbed out like I was out hiking up some rocks. Standing on top of the truck, I noticed the underbelly of the truck right below me and I was trembling. I am terrified of heights and this was definitely out of MY comfort zone. But I jumped almost without hesitation.

People were everywhere. OMG I was so thankful and wanted to hug them all for stopping to help us but I knew I needed to get around to get my kids. My husband had remained in the truck and was removing our three children one by one. My daughter came out of the truck crying that she wanted to go home. My youngest was just quiet. But my oldest was crying about his leg and was attended to with the utmost care and attention by everybody. They kept him as still as possible until paramedics arrived.

I went in the ambulance with all three of my kids while my husband stayed behind to attend to the police reports, etc. My oldest was taken on a stretcher with a neck brace and his short legs cut to allow easier examination of his legs. I know he was terrified. My youngest child was able to ride in the ambulance version of a carseat. He was quiet with a very dirty face but seemed fine. My  daughter got very pale and started to sweat as soon as we got onto the ambulance. She kept dozing off saying that she was tired and needed to sleep so the paramedics monitored her very closely. It never dawned on me that she reacted the way she did because her brother was laying on a stretcher in front of her making the whole accident that much more real.

The kids were troopers. All of their x-rays were clear! We were released from the hospital several hours after arrival. We spent the next two days in a hotel and a Ford Focus rental {yes, 5 of us in a Focus}. We rented a U-Haul truck to bring all of our belongings and camping equipment home because they would definitely not fit in the Ford Focus.

*But I am thankful. Yes, the Focus was a very small car for the five of us to squeeze into and definitely not a vehicle we could pull our flatbed trailer back home with, at least we were able to locate a rental. In fact, that car was the only car in the vicinity available.

*And the owner of the towing company went out of his way to drive my husband to the airport nearby to pickup the rental.

*And I am thankful to the lady at the booked hotel who called another “booked” hotel and made up a story about their visitors checking out and having an accident and now needing a room. VIOLA!!! That “booked” hotel all of a sudden had a room available.

*And the lady sitting next to me at the Urgent Care who happened to be the lady who was BEHIND the man who caused our accident and stopped and called 911. Thank you.

Seriously, the towns of Pokomoke and Salisbury, MD were amazing. I am forever grateful to everyone. I am still in awe at the amount of passerby’s that stopped to help us.

As I have been writing this post, I hope it helps me have that good cry that I need. I have yet to be able to cry over the fact that my family and I were in such an accident. But I know I need it. I need it for closure; to let all the feelings out that I have not been able to express over the past two weeks because I was terrified and now fear that it could happen again. 

Things could have been so much worse but they weren’t! I like to think that this accident happened for a reason. To bring us closer together? To make us more alert? To keep us from a worse accident down the road? Who knows, but it brings me peace to think like this.

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