Monday, November 19, 2012

Busy Runner + ShowerPill Review

So I disappeared for a week.  These past few weeks have been nonstop, and while I am not relieved of all my stress, things should be calming down in about a month.

First of all, I got the score I was hoping for on my GRE!!!!  I took the test last Tuesday and while it was really really hard, I was happy with my results.  I am finally on the last step of applying to grad school and that is my applications.  I have one month to get everything put together.  Along with school and the holiday shopping season at my job, my  life is crazy busy, but I will survive, I always do.

As for running, I started marathon training last week!!!  I am doing the Disney Marathon in January, so I am focusing less on biking and swimming and more on running.  This has been exciting, but also sad as I miss having my schedule full of cross training.  I am following my coach's training program which focuses less on high mileage and more on quality runs.  In other words, I am running fast, a lot.  Surprisingly, my body is holding up well.  I guess when they say don't add miles and speed at the same time, people really know what they are talking about.

My lack of high miles is working really well with my crazy busy schedule.  Today, I had a one hour run scheduled before my Chemistry class.  I went to the track for my run as I had 6x2 minutes at a very very hard pace on the schedule.  I had no idea what very very hard would mean, but I had fun with it.

I warmed up for 20 minutes then started my intervals.  The first 3-2 minute intervals were all at a sub-6 minute pace.  I NEVER see 5:xx so I was shocked!  After the 3rd interval, my stomach informed me that we were going too fast so I took a short walk break during my rest and slowed it down a bit for the last 3.  Those 3 were still 6:10 pace and below so I was ecstatic.  I love track workouts because you really can see progress so much easier.  Last summer, I did intervals at around 6:35 pace.  I only did 6 of these, so I did do them faster than normal, but I did feel as if I could do a few more keeping them with low 6's.

After my run, I was strapped for time.  I had class, so had to go home and change and get going.  Luckily, I was sent ShowerPill wipes to test out this past week, so I had an easy clean-up option.

The ShowerPill is a 9"x8" wipe that is described as an alcohol free athletic body wipe.  My first observation was the smell.  I hadn't read about them being alcohol-free yet so I was pleasantly surprised by their non-alcohol smell.

It was a strong, but not stinging smell, if that makes sense.  I wiped down my whole body and because the wipe was so big it lasted through everything.  The wipe started out pretty wet, so I would recommend starting with your stinkiest areas first.  I did my arms so I ended up with pretty wet arms, but they usually don't smell, so this may have been a waste.  By the time I finished wiping my body, the wipe was dry and I felt like all the salt was removed.

I have to admit, I am one of the stinkiest persons after a race that you will meet.  Because of this, I plan on throwing some ShowerPill wipes in my post-race bags so that I can feel fresh while I am waiting around.  I have used other brands of sports wipes before and the ShowerPill wipe is much bigger and gets the job done with just one wipe.  I also like how the wipes are individually wrapped so that you aren't drying out the rest of your wipes when not in use.

If you want to order your own ShowerPill wipes, they are having a Black Friday Sale on Amazon for my readers.  You all can Buy two (2) and get one (1) FREE. To get the free box, you must place 3 boxes in your shopping cart and enter the code SPFRIDAY to receive the 3rd box free.  The offer is valid 11/23-11/25. (Comparing the price of ShowerPill wipes with the other brand that I have tried, they are very similar, so this is a GREAT deal if this is something you need.)

I can't wait until Black Friday and will probably be adding a few boxes to my shopping cart as well. These are a great option for getting your workout in when you are incredibly busy.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!  I am doing a Turkey Trot on Thursday so will hopefully have a race report up by Friday.  Thanks for bearing with me through this crazy month.  I miss posting and reading everyone's blogs, but am barely getting done what I need to at this point.  

**I was not compensated for this post.  I was provided ShowerPill wipes to review on my blog.  All opinions are my own.


Laura @ Mommyrunfast said...

Wow, Robin- fantastic speed work! All that cross training and 70.3 training really paid off for you... your running paces are so impressive this fall! I'm excited to see how this marathon pans out for you. Thanks for the review- I've not yet tried ShowerPill, but have many, many moments when they would come in handy!

Marcia said...

Awesome job on the speed my friend! I did some pickups yesterday for the first time in a looooong time. Hopefully I'll see some results soon! I well remember those test days--I took the GMAT--congrats on getting a great score! Those Shower Pills are the bomb!