Product Review: OOFOS SandalsΒ 


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me wearing OOFOS sandals after completing the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon. I definitely appreciated being able to wear a sandal and have great support and unbelievable cushioning.


The sandals are extremely lightweight. I love that about them! With a thick cushioned sole I expected them to be a bit heavier. The OOfoam offers 37% more impact absorption than EVA, which is the traditional foam found in athletic shoes. 

You might think at first glance they’re just another pair of flip flops, but the special foam makes these feel completely different from your everyday flip flop. Their slogan “Feel the Oo!” is spot on!

“This means that with each step, the impact that travels from your feet up through your body is reduced by more than a third! So instead of stressing tired feet and joints after a workout, OOfoam and the patented OOFOS footbed absorb impact. When you’re not exercising, OOfoam gives your whole body the opportunity to relax, rebuild and recover.” — OOFOS

My first thought after trying them on was how supportive they felt. After walking around in them in the heat and humidity, I noticed they started sticking to my feet so I had some red marks on the top of my feet from the straps. I truly believe this was 100% due to the Nashville humidity, and the fact that they weren’t broken in yet. When we got home I cleaned them and decided to try them just walking around the house since it was still freezing here in Michigan. I didn’t have any issues! They felt fantastic!


“The impact absorption properties are allowing fitness enthusiasts, athletes and all others to recover faster and feel better. We combined OOfoam with a biomechanically engineered footbed to allow the foot to move in its natural planes of motion including superior arch support. We’re proud to bring you OOFOS…footwear that can truly make your hard-working feet and body feel better” — OOFOS


They come in a variety of different colors as well. I just went with the basic black so it would coordinate well with anything. But, I have my eye on a pink pair too 😊. 

I’ll update this post if I have any issues this summer with them, but right now I’m very happy with them.  I’d definitely suggest OOFOS to any athlete, nurse, or anyone who is on their feet for extended periods of time. I look forward to wearing them more this summer! 😊

Visit the OOFOS website to shop for your pair, and learn more about these sandals and their other products.

Race recap: Gazelle Girl Half MarathonΒ 

The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon in Grand Rapids, Michigan was this past Sunday, and it was a fantastic morning!

Saturday was packet pick-up at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. My husband drove me down there so I could get comfortable with finding the parking lot I’d be parking in before the race.We didn’t spend much time at the expo, but I did get to finally meet fellow Michigander JessicaΒ there. It’s so fun getting to meet other Instagram friends in person!

And I got to meet up with Kaitlyn, who I planned to start the race with in the 9:30 corral. We ran into eachnother (not literally haha!) on the Grand Rapids Marathon course last year. So, it was fun to see each other again for a different race.

As always, I gathered all my race-day items and set them out to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything. My hydration pack had some pitted dates in a sandwich bag that I used as my running fuel, and my mylar blanket for pre-race warmth.

The weather was pretty darn perfect for the race. A little chilly at the start, but not terrible.

There was almost no wind, so that’s what kept me from freezing my behind off! I love it when it’s a calm day for a race.

The race started at 8am, and the local running club had a group photo at 7:40 by the Calder plaza sculpture. I miss running with them, but hope to do more group runs after Nashville since I won’t be so focused on a set training schedule. And my husbands work schedule should lighten a bit soon so that means possibly some weekend group runs! πŸ™‚

I found Kaitlyn in the 9:30 pace corral just minutes before the race started. It’s like finding a needle in a hay stack with so many runners! haha I knew she would be a bit faster than me, but I figured we could start together. I think I lost her between mile 2-3 (she ended up finishing 2 minutes before me — Go Kaitlyn!!). It probably wasn’t the smartest choice starting with that group, or rather wasn’t smart speeding past them (the first two miles were in the upper 8’s for pace…oops!). I started with them but ended up being ahead of them for the first 9 or so miles before they caught up to me.

When the 9:30 pace group caught me, I told myself I could’t let them get away from me. So I fought until the end to stick with them. I literally cried at one point during those last 3 miles because I wasn’t sure if I could do it.img_8204Around mile 10-ish there was a crowd of people cheering and playing Kelly Clarkson’s song “Stronger” (…what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger)Β and that’s when I lost my cool. Complete breakdown…cried while running for a bit haha! πŸ˜‚ The race got ‘real’ at this point so I am actually not surprised at all that I cried here.

The last mile I could feel myself fading a bit. The three pacers ended up finishing 14 or 15 seconds ahead of me (their avg. pace ended up being a 9:27), so I’d consider that a win!

At the finish line I took a few steps and fell down crying because of how overwhelmed I felt getting that big PR and knowing I had given it my all!My official time was 2:04:06 with an avg. pace of 9:28 (different from watch since I actually covered 13.25 miles since it’s pretty impossible to run the course tangents.) Funny enough, I’m pretty sure this is the first time my watch time and the official time were the exact same because I actually remembered to turn it off at the finish haha!After I got up off the ground, I made my way to the food tent and grabbed one of the Gluten Free Bars (made in MICHIGAN!) and started the mile walk back to my car. I don’t know how far into my walk I got when I realized I never got a medal! haha So of course I turned around and found the tent and got one and ran/walked back to my car.

I had to quickly shower and get ready to go after I got home because we had a 2 hour drive north to make it to a performing arts thing that my Grandpa was being honored at. I unfortunately started feeling sick that afternoon and ended up with a migraine headache for the rest of the day. It was awful! I hadn’t had one that bad before. I had one after my first half marathon but this was pretty unexpected since I thought I had my nutrition and hydration in check. Who knows why it happened…over exertion? Not sure. But I felt better by the next morning :). All I know is Nashville half will be a slow and steady climb to the finish because I want to feel good the rest of the day.

The official race photos were of course all doozies 😜.

Has anyone else gotten sick after a race? What do you think caused you to feel that way?

10k or Half Marathon?

I’m laughing now, but not long ago I was fuming mad. Last year in November I registered for Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and the River Bank 25k. Fast forward to February of this year, and I found myself reading medical journals and doing online research on excessive exercise and the heart because my dad unexpectedly had a heart attack. I decided to back down from the long distance races and focus on heart health with 10k or less runs. So the beginning of March I got online and transferred from the 25k down to the 10k and then read (it must have been on their website because I can’t find any emails) that for event transfer for Gazelle you’d need to pick up your bib and bring it to a special table at the expo to get a new 10k bib. Ok, great!…I thought it I was all good!

Then I saw that the Gazelle 10k was sold out. It made me wonder what happens to all the people that are planning on the 10k but purchased a half bib? It got me thinking though about how much I love the Gazelle half. So I contacted the race director. Looks like their policy must have changed between the beginning of March and now because I was basically told I have no choice but to run the half or defer to next year.πŸ™ˆ I skipped speed work in training in favor for easy runs thinking I had no reason to be focusing on speed anymore because Nashville is just a go for fun race….so this half I have no idea what to expect. I love Gazelle though, so I am excited to run it once more.


I recently ran a 2:11 half in training for my last half (Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville), so I’m hoping for that or better but we will see what unconventional training does for me 😬.

Health update

I thought it was time for a little health update. It’s been about three months now since my food sensitivities and Candida overgrowth diagnosis, and I am feeling better than I have in a long time! I have pretty much figured out through trial and error what foods are the biggest culprits to my gastrointestinal distress after going through the list of foods they said my body reacts to (plus others that weren’t tested). So far I’ve found these foods cause the most problems: corn, bananas (😒), garlic, wine (mostly sweet ones), kombucha (😭), and cashews. I am sad I had to put kombucha back on the list! And I’ll probably never get over the fact that bananas make me bloat up like a balloon. Fingers crossed that side affect goes away eventually…I was eating them 2-3x a day haha!


I have plans to have some corn shell tacos as my post race meal after the Nashville half, and I’m already excited about it! πŸ˜‚ haha No clue how I’ll feel since I’ve done pretty good avoiding it the past few months. But I have high hopes I’ll be fine and I just needed a break from those foods. If not, I’ll just know what to expect if I have them and continue to do my best to avoid them.

If you’re having GI issues, I’d highly recommend seeing a Naturopathic doctor (if your regular primary care physician can’t do the testing) and getting food sensitivities and Candida tested. Remember, food allergies and food sensitivities are quite different. It wasn’t cheap for the tests, but for what I learned and how I feel now it was well worth the money.

Week in Review: Feb 26-March 4

We’re getting close to spring break and all the fun races! I’m changing up my race calendar though. I’ll have a post up tonight about the BIG changes in my fitness routine that are coming as soon as I cross the finish line at the Nashville half!

But for now, here’s a peak at what I did this past week:

Sunday – Rest day.

Monday – 7 miles total this morning. The plan called for 2x (6×400) w/ 90 sec RI and 2.5 min recovery between sets. Ended at 6.82 and decided to continue easy to 7. Beautiful sunny morning enjoying the view! The first set was more accurate as far as splits were concerned (goal was 8:14 pace or 2:03 time). Definitely feeling it by the time the second set came around.

Tuesday – Biked 50 minutes (10 minutes easy, 20 tempo, 5 easy, 10 temp, 5 easy). Instead of walking on the treadmill, I went downtown and walked 3 miles. Did 3 x 1 minute planks.

Wednesday – Rainy and foggy day called for 8 miles on the treadmill (Plan: 1 easy, 6 at 9:38 LT, 1 easy). Since there wasn’t a 9:38 option on the treadmill, I ran the first 4 of the LT section at 9:40, and the last 2 at 9:31 to average out to 9:37 pace.Β 

Thursday – Rest day. I reintroduced cashews into my diet and had a bad reaction. Felt like I had zero energy along with the GI issues 😡. Those are staying on the avoid list!

Friday – Ran 12 miles at 9:51 pace. 10 miles were hills (5 up, 5 down) and 2 flat at the end. 600ft total gain.

I went into this run with a few strikes against me: little to no sleep Thursday, I didn’t get enough water Thursday, and the obvious…8 degree real feel temps are not easy to move in. It was so cold I couldn’t feel my face or behind the entire run πŸ˜‚. But, the sun at least made it pretty outside and I’m pleased with how this run went.

Saturday – Biked 40 minutes (20 easy, 10 tempo, 10 easy). Walked 3 miles on the treadmill. No picture from workout today, but we took our daughter to Disney on Ice this afternoon. Here’s a pic from that 😊.

Seeing the Disney on Ice show got me Β excited to go back in a few years! We are already planning a trip back for when Toy Story Land opens πŸ˜ƒ…and more importantly meeting my Insta-running bff! Have you been to Disney World? What’s your favorite park and attraction?