Thursday, September 29, 2016

{Review} Labrada Lean Body Ready-to-Drink Salted Caramel

Disclaimer: I received a sample as part of my JackedPack to review for free.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I received a carton of Labrada Lean Body Ready-to-Drink protein drink in Salted Caramel flavor. This was delicious! Seriously it tasted amazing. There was no chalky aftertaste, and it wasn't gritty. It contains 40 grams of protein and no sugar. I want more. I mean it totally hit the spot after my workout. I did a 6.5 mile run, 5 mins squats, and 15 mins yoga/pilates. It actually filled me up and made a really nice snack. I would absolutely buy this again.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Phoenix 10K Triple Challenge Recap

In a fit of insanity I signed up for this 10k Challenge, it's 3 10k races all in one package. The most I've ever run at once was around 5 miles, so 6.2 shouldn't be that bad. Actually it wasn't. I felt pretty darn good after running it. Here's my time and medal for race #1. I don't think I did to bad...

Race #2 gave me some problems, I started running it Friday the 16th on the treadmill and nearly blacked out 2.04 miles in. So Saturday I decided to get up early and finish it. I got up and went out running figure eights around our yard and the trail behind DK's Grandma's. I managed to run the other 4.20 miles. I also scared a mommy and baby deer, I tried to get a picture but the camera on my phone sucks. After that about 2 miles into the run, my headphones crapped out, thankfully the route circled pass the house so I just tossed um on the porch and kept going. I did get a little nervous when I heard gunshots, I was glad we don't allow hunting on our land and I was wearing bright yellow. Even if it isn't hunting season yet. 
Overall time 67:01 mins with a 10:48 min pace.

For the 3rd run in this challenge I managed to cut 20 mins off my over all time. Going from over an hour to just over 40 mins, I'm so proud of myself. I don't know why I was about to do so much better on this run, except I covered the time display on my treadmill. It was distracting, so maybe I just wasn't paying attention to the time anymore and that allowed me to just relax an' run. If that makes sense. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

{Book Spotlight} Lucky Blow (Gods and Pawns: Book 1) by Amanda Washington

Lucky Blow
Gods and Pawns: Book 1
Amanda Washington
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Date of Publication: 9/27/16
ISBN: 978-1537101279
Number of pages: 189
Cover Artist: Lindsay Cimina

Book Description:

Thanks to the deities in her family tree, Romi has been enslaved to a life of larceny since birth. Well, except for that one night, four years ago, when the goddess of love and debauchery sprang her from her prison, slipped her some sort of magical roofie, and introduced her to an irresistible blacksmith for a little tryst resulting in a child. So when two powerful gods show up and offer her a way out of her thieving lifestyle for good, she jumps at the opportunity. All she has to do is blow on a magical sword and imbue it with luck.

Then she can finally find that guy she’s been dreaming about and introduce him to their son. If only she knew the blacksmith’s name…

But when the same gods use the sword to rip Zeus’s essence from his body, Romi’s son is kidnapped and held for ransom. Now Romi, her mysterious fling, and her teenage griffin babysitter have to steal back Zeus’s essence from a cast of powerful gods, or they’ll lose the child forever.

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MY DAY STARTED upside down. No joke, I was harnessed, suspended midair, with my feet up and head down, looking over a room full of priceless artifacts when the antique grandfather clock beside the door struck midnight. Dings and dongs thundered, reminding me I was running out of time. As much as I’d like to pretend my days didn’t normally begin in an upside-down race against the clock, I’m not a liar, just a thief. But hey, a girl’s gotta make a living somehow, and this was what I was created to do—there’s a contract and everything—but that’s a story for a time when my life isn’t literally hanging from the ceiling.
As I released another inch of rope and lowered myself further, the black cocktail dress I’d hastily tucked into the knife sheaths around my thighs tumbled free, covering my upper body in chiffon and revealing my panties to the vacant room. I sighed. This was exactly why I hated dresses. But since I couldn’t magically make my normal work pants and T-shirt appear, I ignored my wardrobe malfunction and focused on my objective.
My target rested two feet, five inches below my head, locked away in an engraved metal display box chained to a pedestal, which was bolted to the wooden floor and surrounded by trip wires. Red lasers sliced the air between me and the box, rotating randomly. Randomly…that’s what the alarm company’s brochure says.
I smirked. Human security…so quaint.
Everything has a pattern if you’re patient enough to find it, and I was so patient, my new harness dug craters into my shoulders while I memorized the cycle. Random, my ass. As my opening approached, I bent at the waist and let out a foot more rope. The lasers shifted. I spit a small key out of my mouth and sprang back down, sliding it into the lock. I technically didn’t need the key, but picking the lock could potentially take longer than I had between laser cycles.
Besides, the owner of this building was a sleazeball who’d been too busy “accidentally” bumping into his party guests to notice my hand sliding into his pocket. A little piece of me felt like I was doing a solid for women everywhere by ripping the jerk off.
Getting back to the task at hand, I turned the key and popped open the box. Magic flooded the room like a pulsating glow of sunlight and power. Music sprang forth—some sort of ancient battle song—forcing a vision into my mind. I suddenly found myself in a bed chamber, watching an enormous brute swing a singing sword back and forth as he advanced on the figure asleep in the bed. Shaking myself free of the vision, I ignored the deafening tune and fought to stay focused on my orders. Get in, get the weapon, get out.
The bedchamber dissipated and I was once again in some rich guy’s trophy room, hanging upside down and staring at a metal box. Within the box, a magical sword almost as long as my legs and hooked at the end like a sickle, kept right on singing, declaring its greatness to the world.
The lasers were coming back around. I should have grabbed the sword, but the familiarity of it gave me pause. I pulled back from the lasers and struggled to process what I was seeing. I’d stolen some pretty high-value goods before, but this sword…I knew this sword. I’d seen pictures of it in books and read the lore about it. I was almost certain I knew what I was looking at, but I couldn’t accept it.
The Harpē?
It seemed to glow brighter in response.
It can’t be.
Nobody seems to know where the Harpē came from, but its lore began when Gaia, the goddess of earth, and Uranus, god of the sky, birthed a handful of hideous children, known as the cyclops and giants. Uranus sent the uglies to live in a hell-like prison for deities, pissing off Momma Gaia so much she gave the weapon to their son, Cronus, and asked him to whack off his father’s junk.
And I couldn’t think of a single reason why a weapon powerful enough to take down the god of the sky would be locked away in the trophy room of a human.
Was he human?
I’d done my homework. Public records had the owner of this place listed as Aaron Blake, some corporate CEO spawned from old money and raised to power on the backs of blue-collar workers. The guy was textbook for a hit. I had no reason to believe he was anything more than some greedy player.
Stupid, Romi.
If Aaron Blake wasn’t human, what was he? A god or a demigod in disguise? Everyone called the disguises glamours. They were more like a trick of the eye…easy to create. I’d used the same type of magic to disguise the daggers strapped to my thighs, assuring nobody would see so much as the outline of them through my dress. Yet I hadn’t even looked for a glamour surrounding Mr. Blake.
I wasn’t prepared to go up against a god, but the more I stared at the sword, the more certain I was of its identity, which meant touching it would bring someone’s ire down upon me.
Damn. What does Shade want with the Harpē?
Shade was terrifying enough without a magical sword at his beck and call. He already wielded me like a weapon, and the idea of arming him with the Harpē made my stomach churn.
No. I won’t take it! I won’t give him this.
Determined to follow through with my decision, I pressed the button on my harness and let the rope retract. Pain blossomed inside my chest, and the further I got from the sword—and the task Shade had ordered me to complete—the more I hurt. My insides seemed to fold inward, squeezing the air from my lungs. I knew from experience it wouldn’t let up. The pain would drive me crazy until I gave in and did my sire’s bidding.
Stars danced before my eyes, I smelled copper, and felt blood welling up in my nasal cavity, especially unpleasant due to my upside-down position. Swearing, I pressed the button again, halting my retreat. I’d only managed to get about five feet away. I dangled midair, cursing both my sire and the mother who’d abandoned me with him. Once again accepting the fact I had no choice, I lowered myself back down to hover above the sword and wait out the next cycle of lasers.
Giving in to Shade’s commands despite my personal convictions always left a sour taste in my mouth, but I couldn’t disobey. Not with my kid counting on me to make it home.

About the Author:

Amanda Washington is a lover of wacky animals, enthralling books, dark chocolate, and red wine. She's always up for a good adventure (real or fictional), and when she's not building imaginary worlds, she's dipping her toes into reality in southwest Washington with her husband and their boys.

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{Book Review} Boston Bound: A 7-Year Journey to Overcome Mental Barriers and Qualify for the Boston Marathon by Elizabeth Clor

Boston Bound: A 7-Year Journey to Overcome Mental Barriers and Qualify for the Boston Marathon
by Elizabeth Clor
Publisher: ?
Released: May 12th 2016
Genre: Adult/ Non-Fiction- Memoir, Running
How I got it: Bought it

Have you ever wanted something so badly that your own mind became your biggest obstacle?

Elizabeth Clor wanted nothing more than to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon. Dead set on achieving this goal, she found herself bound up in a vicious cycle of perfectionism and anxiety that thwarted her at every turn, despite making significant gains in her physical abilities over seven years. Boston Bound is the story of how Elizabeth discovered that her own brain was the culprit, and explains the steps she took to completely overhaul her mindset about her running and her life.

For anyone seeking to realize their full potential, physically or otherwise, this story provides specific tools and a useful framework to identify and remove mental roadblocks.

I was disappointed by this book. I wanted to like it and be inspired by Ms Clor's trials, but it was hard to do so. I found the book to be a lot of poor me, and the same thing happening over and over. I wanted to yell deal with it already, stop dragging us along on this endless loop of defeat. A good portion of this book is reprints from Ms Clor's blog, which like most of us is a place where she pours out her heart and vent. We get a good look inside Ms Clor's head and what she has to do to overcome her own mental obstacles. And yes this is encouraging, in a way. I think for me it's not so much Ms Clor's story but the way the book is written, with the repetitiveness of her downfalls that makes this book so hard to swallow.

Monday, September 26, 2016

{Review} Sept JackedPack

Disclaimer: I received a JackedPack to review for free.  As always, all opinions are my own.

September JackedPack includes:
Maxler 100% Golden Whey
Performix SST 
Performix ION 
MuscleTech Mission1 
BPI Best Protein Bar 
NoGii Super Protein Bar 
True Grit Test Booster

Plus a bonus sample
1 in 10 packs got
Labrada Lean Body (17oz protein shake)
+ True Grit Protein (trial size) 

I received the September JackedPack in the mail this week, I'm extremely happy with this box. It contains a lot of protein, a sample of Maxler 100% Golden Whey in Chocolate, Labrada Lean Body in salted caramel, True Grit Protein, and three protein bars- BPI Best Protein Bar in White Chocolate Pretzel, NoGii Super Protein Bar Peanut Butter Caramel Crisp, MuscleTech Protein Bar.  It also contained the Performix SST, Performix, ION (both pre workouts), and the True Grit Test a testosterone booster.
I'm actually excited to try the different types of protein that are in this box. It's definitely a lot of samples this month and they all look really good. I like that this has different flavors than just the standard vanilla and chocolate. I'm looking forward to trying the different proteins and seeing how they taste.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Cup of...

Welcome to Sunday Cup of... grab your favorite beverage and visit with me for a bit.
Sunday Cup of... is a combination post featuring, 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
and the Book Blog Hop hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer.
I share my week, what's going on around the blog, and what books I'm reading or have finished.

So this week was much better than last week. Everyone is over the stomach virus, yay, and back to work and school. Which means everything is back to normal for us at least. :)

All links go to Goodreads pages

What I'm Reading... 
Actually I haven't really done any reading this week, other than finishing the Harley comic.

Girl Number One
Girl Number One
by Jane Holland


Currently I'm listening to season 6 of The Nosleep Podcast
Started listening to The Black Tapes podcast.

But really didn't get a lot of listening done this week either. 

 Still catching up on Red vs Blue on YouTube with DK.

 Now and again watching Deadly Women, also on YouTube, but tend to end up listening as I do other stuff.

Book Blogger Hop
I will also be joining the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer. Every week they will pop a question that you answer. Post your answer to your blog, and enter your post to the linky provided. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

This weeks question:

 How many years have you been blogging? Anything special you want to tell everyone about your experiences? (submitted by Elizabeth)

This blog has been active since 2009, but I have been blogging since around 2006. You'd think I'd have lots of advice and experience to share but I really don't. Sorry!

So that's it for this week, hope you'll stop by next Sunday. Have a great week!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekly Update

I'll also be sharing on...

 Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin
and trying out a new link up a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and Angela from Marathons & Motivation

This was a much better week, everybody is over the yucky stomach bug and feeling good. Weds was my birthday and I ate way too much junk, but I did get a bunch of cool stuff. I geeked out multiple times, thanks to DK. I've posted a few of my gifts to instagram, but still have three gifts left to run. Two don't take place until next month anyway. I'm hoping to run the 3rd 10k in the Phoenix Challenge today or at least get a run in. 

9/17/16:  ran 4.20 mi in 45m:24s, 2nd half of #2 run in the Phoenix 10k Challenge
9/18/16:  did yoga for 10m:48s.
9/19/16: Didn't workout
9/20/16:  did yoga for 19m:39s.
9/21/16: Didn't workout
9/22/16: Didn't Workout
9/23/16: Grocery Shopping


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