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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Ramble On

Disclaimer: I received Aspire and Maxus Zero socks from Swiftwick in exchange for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

"I guess I'll keep on rambling
I'm gonna
Sing my song
I gotta ramble on, sing my song
Gotta work my way around the world
Ramble on, yeah..."
~Led Zeppelin

Doo doo doo, I can't stop singing this song! This was such a better week. Is the medication finally kicking in? Is the inflammation just calming down? Whatever it is, I am thrilled. I found some endurance, rambling down the bike path and around my neighborhood.




The Week that was:
Sunday: rest/work on floors
Monday: 4 miles treadmill/yoga
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 6 miles/yoga
Thursday: strength train/bootcamp
Friday: rest day
Saturday: 4 miles

April Running: 56 miles

The weather this week continued to be awful and with snow last Sunday and pouring rain and 40 degrees on Monday, I had to resort to the treadmill for my run. I watched another ultrarunning documentary on YouTube, this one about Courtney Dauwalter. She's a machine and what I wouldn't give for her mental toughness, not to mention her athleticism! I felt inspired and awed. She's so humble and unassuming, wearing long shorts and t-shirts not anything technical or colorful. 




On Wednesday, the rain took a break and I took advantage by running outside on the bike path. It was just me and the ducks as I jumped over puddles. This was a pleasant 6 mile run, comfortably paced with stops only for a bathroom break and to take a photo. The sun was shining on Saturday and while I hoped to get in another 6, I wasn't feeling quite as spry and called it quits at 4. Stay away, RA!


Still feeling good on Thursday, for my strength sesh with Sammy Jo we worked on deadlifts, core, and handstands. Instead of working on a one rep PR, I asked to work on higher reps, which feels more beneficial right now. Sammy Jo obliged by having me do 8 rep deadlifts but she kept piling on the plates. I ended up with a PR at 125#! Bootcamp was a straight 21-15-9 workout of 6 activities and rowing. While it was a hard workout, I pushed myself and my body didn't push back!



Overall, this week was encouraging. I'm hoping that this is a result of the new medication. I see my rheumatologist this week and I'm pretty sure she'll be pleased with how well I'm feeling.

May is Arthritis Awareness Month and I'm participating in the #curearthritisstreak, an instagram challenge which encourages everyone to move at least 30 minutes per day. I'll admit that I don't always get 30 minutes of continuous movement on my rest days, but my job keeps me on my feet and moving. I hope that counts!




I TRIED IT! Swiftwick Aspire and Maxus Socks


You all know I have a sock obsession. Swiftwick has been doing a great job trying to earn my love. Over the winter, I tried and loved several of their wool running socks. When Swiftwick reached out to see if I was interested in trying their spring socks. of course, I said yes! I received a pair each of the Aspire and Maxus Zero no show socks. The Aspire is Swiftwick's best selling compression sock. I love some compression on my feet when I run and the Aspire may very well be my new favorite running sock! Or maybe it will be the Maxus! The Maxus is a cushy, wicking sock that I wore for my wet, puddle jumping outing on Wednesday. The wicking feature was put to good use and my feet were very happy in these socks. Both socks stayed up around my ankles during my runs. That's a win, too. The Maxus and the Aspire come in a variety of colors and cuff heights. The company is committed to sustainability and the socks are made in the USA!


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Swiftwick Aspire Zero no show in pink/blue stripe
Swiftwick Maxus Zero no show in mint
How was your week? Are you having lots of rain? Have you tried Swiftwick socks?


I Tried it! I've found my new favorite running socks! /via @oldrunningmom @swiftwick #runchat #running


I'm linking up with the Weekly Rundown with Deborah and Kim.




40 comments :

  1. Take it from a sedentary software developer - your job definitely counts! Nurses with fitbits collect some amazing step stats.

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  2. Oh I love those socks! Not sure we have those here, I'll have to investigate! And soooooo glad the RA is staying pushed back. I did make sure I gave an extra cheer to the "versus arthritis" runners I saw in the marathon last weekend!

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    1. I love those socks too! I've not worn a pair of Swiftwick socks that I haven't loved.

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  3. glad you had a better week! stay away RA!! we are having a challenge at work too, though I do think yours is also very respectable (we are walking / doing activity for bees...) We have been having more rain this week, yes, but on an off. Really a psychopathic weather week... I haven't heard of those socks, but I am in the market for new socks in general - I think the toe socks are best for me since they keep my toes more spread than normal socks.

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    1. I think anything that benefits bees is a very respectable cause--they are endangered!

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    2. oh for sure, I just couldn't remember exactly what the goal was for the bees!

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  4. So glad that you had such an awesome week! Love that you are doing that monthly RA challenge as well.

    This week we had a lot of rain, which was fine because I mainly focused on indoor workouts.

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  5. I'm so glad you had a better week! Hope the RA symptoms stay at bay!

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  6. I so love Courtney. I wish I could have a tiny bit of her athleticism and her endurance!!! Plus she doesn't follow a plan and that makes me smile :)

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    1. It's like she's just going out "for a run". Every.damn.time.

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  7. Cheers to a good week and keeping RA under wraps! I do love that I returned from London to find everything starting to blossom finally!

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  8. So glad you had a better week! I hope this week the weather is better too! No more snow at least?

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  9. Yay for a great week! We've had rain, but it's been very minimal in my area...unfortunately, there are several parts in the state, though, that are flooding. The Quad Cities region is a wet mess!

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    1. I don't know how you're dodging the moisture, but whatever you're doing, keep it up!

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  10. I'm so happy you've had a good week. Here's to continuing that streak!

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  11. That's wonderful that the new meds are kicking in. I am quite sure your job will count! I've gotten like 2000 steps most days last week, LOL (which is kind of what I get just walking around the house without trying to).

    The rain has been pretty bad, but hey, I'm sick. So better to rain while you're sick than be beautiful, right? Today's supposed to be nice. Unfortunately not feeling up to running yet, but I'll be able to take the dogs for a walk & I'm sure they'll appreciate that.

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    1. I am home today with a little flare up again and was hoping to take Cocoa for a walk. But guess what? It's raining AGAIN!

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  12. I do love Swiftwick socks. They are some of my favorites that I have in rotation. So happy to hear that you are feeling a bit better! yay! But boo to the snow and rain. Where is spring?

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    1. I really like every pair they've sent me. Good thing because my toes are cold this spring!

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  13. I hope your streak of feeling good continues this week, but that there's sun instead of rain!

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  14. That's great that you were feeling so much better this week! And congrats on that deadlift PR.

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    1. Thank you! Grateful that the strength training hasn't been affected like my running has with my disease.

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  15. Way to keep moving as much as possible! We are getting rain all week so I think I will be getting on the treadmill often too. Doing the best we can!

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  16. I'm so thrilled to read you had a much better week!!! And I love watching or listening to an inspiring runner story while running - is there nothing better? Ok, well maybe running outside in the sun but let's not get crazy - LOL! Those socks look amazing and I always need new ones so...off I go to shop!

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    1. Sun? What is that sun you speak of? We had sun Sat and Sunday and I ran outside both days.

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  17. Glad you are feeling better! That is always great news.

    I like the socks on the left. The more colors, the better!

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  18. I was just looking for some new socks. Perfect timing!
    Your job definitely counts (unless you sit at a desk all day, which you don't), I know my job counts. Even my patients comment about how much running around I do. I consider it an active rest day. ;-)

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  19. I thought I commented, but it isn't showing.
    Yay for happy feet! Socks staying up is my new thing -- and first ticket for ones to go to the trash. Currently obsessed with Bombas, but will look into these
    Awesome on the PR and feeling good

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    1. There is nothing worse than socks falling down during the run! I haven't had that problem with these!

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