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OZ Naturals Pro-Retinol Serum Product Review

This post is sponsored by Oz Naturals and no other compensation was given.

I've done a lot of product reviews for Oz Naturals. I really respect their products and company! Today, I get to share with you the NEW Pro - Retinol Serum.


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OZ Naturals 2.5% Retinol Serum with ASTAXANTHIN is proven to minimize hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and greatly improve texture and tone.

Our 2.5% Retinol Serum is an anti-aging powerhouse proven to rejuvenate your skin via a synergistic and unique blend…

Clif Bar Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Since I am local to the new Twin Falls Idaho Clif Bar bakery, they had a ribbon cutting ceremony. It was on the community section of the news so I had to go and check it out.


I had a hard time finding the location. The other half, who grew up here, didn't know where the street was so we spent a little bit of time trying to drive to the building. The other half said this road didn't exists in in 1989 :-/

But we made it. There was quite the crowd. There was a huge line for Clif Bar bags, water bottles, hats, shirts - which I got none of - but I did get a bunch of Clif Bars!

Did you know Clif makes wine, too?

I tried 3 varieties, but I preferred the Cab. If you like a spicy, peppery red, the Zin was good but a little too spicy for my palate.

Clif also makes snacks to pair with the wines. Seasoned almonds (I think Cayenne and basil), cashews, and caramel covered chocolates. SO good. The cheese on the bread was a pineapple goat cheese. I am not a goat fan but the flavor was so goo…

Book Review - The Born Again Runner

I get kind of overwhelmed with how much information is out there on a specific subject. Take all of the websites on runner. You have info on Twitter, ahem, blogs, Competitor.com, and running specific magazines and websites. All these sites have info about everything about everything running. I get overwhelmed if I want to put that information to uses.

Well, thankfully there is a book out there that can help you take a step back and restart. The Born Again Runner by Pete Magill is a book I read right before I was ready to take the ultramarathon plunge. I mean, with taking so much time off, I feel like my pace and body is treating me like a beginning runner. 


From the lead author of Build Your Running Body (“the best running book ever”—Runner's World founder Bob Anderson), a one-of-a-kind guide for everyone who wants to run but feels they can't

As a drug-addled young man, Pete Magill once found himself in the ER, with his body telling him to give up. Taking up running seemed impo…

Week In Review - Week 3 - 100 MILE Training

Yea. This was a bad week. I had all the best intentions to get my workouts done. The slacker in me didn't accomplish much, but I did do lots of 10-12 hours a day at work. Plus the other half and I went to Boise for our teeth cleaning on Thursday. I even packed my running stuff and post workout clothes.

But......

The other half has to have $10,000 of dental work done. 3 cavities and a broken tooth that needs extracted and replaced with an implant. His parents never took him to the dentist as a kid. So as an adult his teeth are prolly the worst out there. With no dental insurance that 10 bones came as quite the shock. Hence the 10 + hours a day for work.

Monday - 
Tuesday -3 miles in the Rock Creek park. The other half was at the junkyard getting parts, basically next door and they locked him in the junkyard! He went to the office from the yard about 10 minute before closing and all the doors and gates were locked. He had to climb the fence to get out. It felt very criminal when he ha…

Friday Fooey

I has another running related sad. Or really an Oh Fooey this Friday. I was recently notified that Pearl Izumi is no longer going to sell and make running related items. This is SUCH a bummer! I have honestly love PI for many years. One of my favorite wind breakers are from them. I started buying their shoes late last year and have not had any feet or knee problems with them. But now, no more PI running anything. :-(

I have gone through a few brands over the years but I think PI has been my top of the list fave.  Brooks, the Pure line I think messed with my achilles
Newton, I don't stride on my forefoot, and awkward for walk breaks
Mizuno, I don't like the narrow toe, my feet are suffocating
Altra, sometimes the toe is too big, my feet are drowning
Hoka, I think permanently messed up my knee.

I have a couple of options.
Stock up now on all of the clearance PI models to last me for the next forever.
Go back to Altra
Or try Karhu. I test ran in a pair before and I liked them but…

Rim2Rim Directors Reply

So, I had to email the director about my race complaints about only getting "acknowledgement" for being the 3rd place female in the half Rim 2 Rim race where the full Rim runners and walkers got cute plaques for their age group and overall placement. No where in the registration rules does it say that half rim runners are excluded from prizes. I was 6th overall, 3rd female, and 2nd in my AG.

I have it mentioned on a race recap but I did post about it on IG when it happened.


I got 3rd female for the half rim race. Can I be bummed that I got "acknowledged" instead of a ribbon or award? The full rim people got plaques even for age groups. I'm proud of my race but still bummed. #run #runner #running #instarunners #fit #fitness #fitspiration #fitfluential #sweatpink #girlsgonesporty #runnersofinstagram #teambeef #teambeefidaho #runnerscommunity #runitfast #fitfam #sharemyrun #runnersrepost #nevernotrunning #runnersshoutouts #marathontraining #wetherunners #twinfall…

Week In Review - Week 2 - 100 MILE Training

Here we go onto week 2 of my hundo training!

Monday - Scheduled rest day but since I didn't do anything the previous couple of days before, I had to get a couple of miles in. The other half is still not feeling well and I did a few minutes on my elliptical and walked 90 minutes on the treddy.


Tuesday - I got 1 mile in on the treddy. I adjusted the belt because I think it was slipping. I thought I was going to get a few more miles in after I went to the Clif ribbon cutting, but it didn't happen.

Wednesday - Yep. Nothing here. The other half even got on my case about it. BUT I look up 3 races to run in California and Oregon at the end of this month.

Thursday - 90 minutes on the treaddy. I ran / walked as my right knee and glute was causing me grief. Other then that, I felt pretty darn good on the treddy.

Friday - Since my extra bonus rest days, I am moving around some of the schedueled training. I did today's run yesterday. But I did 5 miles.

Saturday - My slackerness in trainin…

Friday 5 - Tips To Stay Safe While Running Outside

I have been in Po'Dunk for 2 years now and I have been running for 5. These past 2 years, I have never felt more unsafe while running. I'm used to running in a city where pedestrians and cyclists were the norm and very welcomed. Now, I am the moving target worth points to loose dogs and motorists who are not used to people locomotion on foot.

These are a few tips on staying safe in a potentially unsafe place.

1. Pepper Spray has been my friend. Since I have been carrying it, I have used it twice at dogs. I never sprayed to hit them in the face but a few feet away to where their sensitive noses get a whiff and back off. One dog almost bit me a few houses down a while back. He got loose from his yard, ran at me from across the street. He had his teeth out and everything. I only had a scratch awl to ward him off. I screamed but he was close enough to there I could use it. Next time he got loose and came after me I had my pepper spray and I was much more comfortable to spray him t…

New Book Review - Accidently Overweight

I got to read another book. I don't find as much time as a few years ago when I was able to read a book a week. But this book, Accidentally Overweight by Dr. Libby Weaver really struck a chord with my holistic background.





"What leads the human body to get the message that it needs to store fat and what leads the human body to get the message that it needs to burn fat?" In a dynamic, fresh approach to weight loss, acclaimed nutritional biochemist Dr Libby Weaver discusses the nine factors that cause us to either lose or gain weight. These factors include: calories, stress hormones, sex hormones, liver function, thyroid function, gut bacteria, insulin, the nervous system and emotions. Let's face it - for many people it is not a lack of education that leads them to polish off a packet of chocolate biscuits after dinner, but their biochemistry and emotions. Accidentally Overweight explores the role of these two factors in fat storage and optimal wellness.

Acciden…

Week In Review - Week 1 - 100 MILE Training

Welp. As I have mentioned on the IG and in a previous post, I need some sort of running direction as I've missed blogging, regained my MVWLC Challenge weight back, and floating around in the runnerverse as 5Ks just are not doing it for me.

I have a year-long running plan to a 100 miler ultra via Krissy Moehl's Running Your First Ultra. So its going to be 48-52+ weeks to my goal race. I have not decided on a race quite yet since, well, its a year away. The ones that are happening now, or will happen in the next few months as I start this training have not yet opened up registration.

As I did with my 50K training, I am not following the plan to a tee, but trying my best to get everyday done on schedule with some flexibility with regards to travel, illness, injury, and me pussing out because of the weather.

So. Week 1 of my 100 mile training is commencing now. :-)

Monday - 4 easy miles along the canyon. I didn't feel 100% as my MIL wanted to, I guess has been wanting to be…

New Training Plan

I decided that I needed a training plan to get out of my running funk. I don't know if this month is the best month to be starting a plan. I am going on a cruise in a month. :-) I have a lot of other things big happening like trying to buy a house, too. So I worry about spreading my focus thinly.


Since completing my first ultramarathon in 2013, the other half kinda put a bug in my ear about getting a buckle. I think that I have the determination to complete a big ultra. I have nerves about it because it such a big commitment. Not just in training but the whole race too. I mean going basically non-stop for 30 hours or so.

I have been searching 100 miler training plans and decided to go and buy Krissy Moehl's book. Her 100 miler training plan is a year long. I think that is a reasonable time frame to get my leggies into shape.

A photo posted by runinboise (@runningandwineing) on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:16pm PDT
Plus the late summer and fall is a good time to find races. I am looking…

Why I Won't Run the Weiser River 50K Again

I have completed two 50K's. Both times it was the same race. 2013 and 2015. It was the Weiser River Trail Ultra 50K. I picked the race because it was fairly close to home. It also was on an easy path. It's a gradual downhill of a former rail road track. I'm afraid of getting lost on the trails at some of the mountain races, so these one is pretty straight and its hard to get lost on.

Going to proudly wear my newest race shirt to work tonight. #ultrarunner #thisistheonlygoodthingaboutmyjob #icanweartechclothes A photo posted by runinboise (@runningandwineing) on May 1, 2013 at 3:05pm PDT

But the community that this race is in, I can no longer support. There was a police shooting earlier this year. A man was shot multiple times by police. It all started when his bull got loose and was hit by a car. The police called the bull owner because the bull needed to be put down. Something happened and the rancher wound up dead by police.

You can read about what happened in a local new…

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer Product Review

This post is sponsored by Valentia and no other compensation was given.

I love me some Valentia if you can tell by all of the previous product reviews I have done for the company. Here, Here, Here, and Here. They have products that work. The newest product in their skin care line up is the Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer.
About the Product Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer - A lightweight fast absorbing cream that illuminates skin while providing all-day hydration.

This Brightening Moisturizer Will:
- Lighten dark spots
- Restore skin radiance
- Even skin tone
- Diminish fine lines
- Provide all-day hydration
Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results. KEY INGREDIENTS:
- Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within.
- Kojic Acid: Controls melanin production and prevents dark spots.
- Ginseng: Boosts skin firming collagen, fights wrinkles, and gives the skin a brighter and more energiz…