This Runner's Trials
3Jul/150

My favorite Rodan + Fields products (+ giveaway)

Posted by runnerstrials

I’ve been using Rodan + Fields products for a year now, and I’m completely hooked. (Here’s more about why I gave the products a try.)

Here are my results after using the REVERSE regimen for a year.

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My freckles have faded, my skin tone has evened out, and my acne has improved. I look at old pictures of myself and cannot believe what horrible shape my skin was in before I started using Rodan + Fields. I have so much more confidence now than I used to have. I haven’t used foundation or cover-up in nearly a year, which is the most amazing feeling.

When I tell people I use Rodan + Fields, I usually get asked these three questions:

1. Does it really work?

See above. Yes! At least it’s worked for me, and a lot of other people. But I’ll be honest, I’ve had a couple of customers who weren’t happy with their results using these products. Luckily, there’s a 60-day money-back guarantee with all R + F products. If within 60 days, you don’t like the products, you can send them back (even if the bottles are empty) and get a full refund – no questions asked. The process really is that easy.

2. That seems really expensive. How can you afford it?

I completely agree -- these products are expensive.  The REVERSE regimen retails for $179.00. Which to me, is really pricey! But when you break it down, it doesn’t seem as bad. The regimen lasts 60—90 days, so it costs less than $3 per day. When I first started using these products, I was able to tweak our budget to make it work. Plus, I signed up as a preferred customer, so I got 10% off all products and free shipping.

The reason I made the jump to consultant last September wasn’t to sell these products. I actually just wanted a steeper discount because I loved REVERSE so much. I’ll do a full review of my experience as a consultant at the year mark, but so far it has been more than worth it.

3. What are your favorite products?

Besides the REVERSE regimen, these are my three favorite R + F items:

The AMP MD System:

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The AMP MD system is a surgical-grade needle roller. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons have used needle rollers for years on their patients – and it cost a pretty penny!

The roller works by stimulating collagen production. Collagen is responsible for making our skin look firm. But after age 30, our bodies stop making collagen, and wrinkles start to appear. Then the only time that your body makes collagen is when you cut or scrape yourself. To heal the injury, your body has to produce collagen. The roller works by creating tiny “traumas” on your skin to encourage collagen production.

Then after you roll, you apply Rodan + Fields Night Renewing Serum. This contains retinol and anti-aging peptides. Since you just rolled, these products can penetrate deeper down into your skin so that they work better.

Your skin literally feels smoother and softer after the first use. After a few weeks, you’ll likely see fewer fine lines, acne scars, and firmer skin everywhere.

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After 4 weeks of using the AMP MD System and the REDEFINE regimen.

I was really skeptical at first about this product, but I love it! It doesn’t hurt – it just tickles – and you can really feel the products penetrating deeper after you use it.

REDEFINE eye cloths

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I’m a huge fan of face wipes in general. I’ve always used them to remove make-up or sweat after a workout when I’m unable to – or just too lazy to – wash my face. What sets these apart from other cloths is that they contain anti-aging peptides. So, you’ll fight fine lines, wrinkles, and under-eye puffiness and remove your make-up at the same time.

Here’s a hint: You can use them all over your face – not just around your eyes. And they’re pretty big, too. I cut mine in half to save money.

REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream

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And here’s my favorite product – THE eye cream! I’ve been using eye creams for over a decade and this one is hands down my favorite out of all of the ones I’ve tried. And I’m not the only person who feels this way. This eye cream is so popular that it was sold out for nearly two months this past spring!

The eye cream gets rid of crow’s feet, puffiness, and under-eye circles. What’s more, if you store your cream in the fridge, the cooling effect feels so good. Plus, a little goes a long way with the eye cream. I use it twice per day, and I’m only on my third jar since first buying it a year ago.

GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate my Rodan + Fields anniversary, I’m giving away an eye cream to one lucky person who places an order with me this month! At the end of July, I’ll put everyone’s name in a hat and have Wyatt pick a name. Then I’ll send you your free eye cream! This offer is good for existing customers who place an order this month, too.

If you want to learn more about which products are best for you, please use the Rodan + Fields Solution Tool. If you’re interested in ordering or have any questions – about products or becoming a consultant – send me an email at jenilee @ myrandf . com or comment below. Good luck!

10Jun/155

Warrior Dash North Carolina race recap

Posted by runnerstrials

Do you know what I love about running? That you can always find new ways to challenge yourself! Seriously, the sky is the limit.

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Mud… not leggings!

I’ve been running for awhile now – 12 years! In that time, I’ve done close to 100. But this past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to do a new-to-me type of race: The Warrior Dash!

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A huge thank you to Caitlin who brought a disposable waterproof, 90’s-style camera to the race to capture these moments!

I have never done an obstacle race before. I did runDisney’s Expedition Everest last month, but if I’m being honest, those obstacles were definitely toned-down Disney obstacles, if you know what I mean.

I’ve always shieded away from the idea of doing obstacle or mud runs because I’m essentially a humungous wimp. I’m petrified of getting hurt, I’m afraid of heights, and I’m also a germophobe so being covered in mud kind of freaks me out (dirty standing water = giardia in my book).

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But a couple of weeks ago, Rockin’ Refuel asked if I was interested in doing the Warrior Dash. I read the email and warriordash.com, and thought to myself, “you know what… this would probably be a lot of fun if I could convince some of my friends to do it with me!”

Luckily, my friends are pretty much up for anything. Even one of my non-runner friends happily signed up – and she kicked major booty in the race. We exchanged so many texts freaking out about the race in the two weeks leading up to the event – we were so excited! None of us had done a Warrior Dash before.

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Sara, Catlin, Brandi, and I – clearly this is the “before” photo.

We vowed to stick together for the whole race and just have fun. We planned to take a lot of walk breaks and at least try every obstacle. One thing that made me sign on for the Warrior Dash is that you don’t have to do every obstacle – you can walk around any of them without being penalized (unless you’re in the competitive wave).

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Waves go off every 15 minutes all day long. This is to help with crowd control. Our wave was at 2:30 pm and we never felt crowded on the course or had to wait for an obstacle.

There weren’t any obstacles in the first mile. When we came up to the first one, I was so excited! We had to crawl under barbed wire. It was more difficult than it looked, but also a lot of fun.

The next obstacle we came up to was the Diesel Dome.

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Again, I was excited, so I climbed up to the top… and completely froze. I was not expecting to have a reaction like that at all. I don’t do well with heights and looking down made me a little panicked. So, I climbed back down the way I came.

I had this same reaction a few more times. I was bummed that I didn’t do every obstacle, but I could not mentally overcome the height thing no matter what I told myself. I knew that the obstacles were safe, but I also knew my own limits, so I had to skip some.

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I was able to do the two obstacles that I was looking forward to most before the race – the Mud Mounds and the Warrior Roast. I made it my goal to make it over at least one really high obstacle and I did, so I was happy about that.

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However, even with skipping a few obstacles I had an absolute blast. This was seriously such a fun way to spend the day with friends. I loved that you don’t really have to be a runner to do this event, and I also loved how encouraging all of the warriors were to one another. Of course, my teammates helped each other, but even strangers were lending one another a hand which was so nice to see.

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The post-race atmosphere was really amazing, too. There was Rockin’ Refuel at the finish line, a bar, a stage with a DJ, dance area, a sitting area with bales of hay, changing room, and – yes – a large group shower. It was fun way to spend the day!

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So would I ever do it again? At the end of the race when I was itching from being covered in mud, I would have told you no way. But 5 minutes later I was already thinking of how I could overcome my fears and do all the obstacles the next time I do the Warrior Dash! This is basically the same way I felt after my first marathon. So, yes, I’ll definitely take on the Warrior Dash again. It was a lot of fun!

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The medal doubles as a bottle opener!

Thank you to Rockin’ Refuel and Warrior Dash for giving my friends and I the opportunity to do this race. We’ll be laughing about this one for a long time!

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Disclosure: Rockin’ Refuel generously paid for my race entry fee for the Warrior Dash, but all opinions are my own.

15May/157

Another marathon

Posted by runnerstrials

Hi guys! So, there hasn’t been much happening on the running front lately.

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I started a new job about a month ago (YAY!), so even though I was determined to get back into more serious training after April’s 10k, that didn’t happen. I’m still running 4 days per week and averaging about 20mi/ week, but I haven’t done too much else. I ran the Expedition Everest Challenge with Heather earlier this month (check out her fun recap), but I wouldn’t exactly call it serious running!

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Even though I’m not taking running too seriously right now, I am loving my runs. I used to say that fall was my favorite time of year to run, but I think it’s been replaced by late spring/ early summer. I have no idea what’s happened to me over the past couple of years (probably the record-setting cold that we’ve had the past two winters?), but I absolutely love running in the early morning heat and humidity. Also, it helps that it’s light by 6 a.m. and I can see where I’m going. I also love how many other runners are out so early this time of year. I may be a sopping wet mess by the time I get home and my son may say “mommy, you’re all ‘weaty’ – go shower!”, but I love starting my day off with a good sweat.

I did something crazy in a moment of weakness, though – I signed up for the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon!

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My husband is running with me again, too, and was actually the one who suggested doing it about an hour before registration opened. I’m so excited. I didn’t want to train for another marathon while my daughter was still nursing, but I have a feeling that she’s losing interest (so sad), and will wean within the next few months.

I plan to pour my heart and soul into training, and aim for a BQ. I know my marathon PR is pretty far off from a Boston qualifying time – I’ll need to run a sub 3:40 to do the 2017 race (if the qualifying standards don’t change – also, yay for being old!) and my current PR is 3:47:50. I could argue that I’m capable of running faster than that at Disney because my current PR happened 13 days after another marathon and the course was incredibly hilly, but the truth is that I have no idea what I’m capable of doing. So, I may as well try.

I’ve been debating running the Thunder Road Marathon again this year, too, as a training run or warm-up for Disney, but I’m not sure if that would be a good thing to do or not. It just feels really risky placing all of my eggs in one marathon basket when I know so many things could potentially go wrong on race day.

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Cough, NYCM, cough.

I know one thing for sure – I need to get stronger. I’ve done a few PiYO workouts and while I’m not totally sold on it, I’m going to stick with it for awhile. My goal is 2-3 PiYO sessions per week. A couple of my friends have been raving about a local bootcamp class that I may eventually try, too. I’d also love to get back into swimming or yoga. Obviously I can’t do all of this, but I’ll need to do something else consistently to complement running once I start marathon training.

I’m running the 4-mile race that we do every July 4th (<--- which I highly recommend if you’re local to Charlotte. It’s stroller-friendly and there’s a kids’ 1k for only $5!), and after that I’ll get serious about marathon training. I haven’t thought too much about training plans yet, but I’m considering hiring a coach this time around. I figure I better call in an expert if I hope to take 8+ minutes off of my marathon PR. Does anyone have any coach recommendations?

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