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Coffee With A Purpose – #DoctorsChoice Coffee Review

Doctors Choice Coffee

It’s time for me to come clean.

My addiction to coffee is real.

I’ve attempted to deny it many times. I even went so far as to abstain altogether in an attempt to prove that I can and that I would survive without it.

It would appear that I can hold back, and I do survive. But the question becomes, “Why bother?”

After all, there are many health benefits to coffee consumption. From what I understand there might be some drawbacks as well. But, I try to ignore them.

I Run For Coffee Shoe Charm or Zipper Pull from Charmed Running

I Run For Coffee Shoe Charm or Zipper Pull from Charmed Running

I suppose the biggest drawback of all would be the caffeine. The caffeine itself isn’t a bad thing. What is bad is the way it can interfere with my sleep. Therefore, it is very important that I assign myself a cut off time so that I can at least be assured to give my attempt at sleep a fair shake. Notice, I say “my attempt at sleep” because these days, sleep comes at a premium. I have spent more time trying to determine how to get a good night’s sleep than I have actually sleeping. And that is sad.

But, this post isn’t about sleeping. It is about coffee.

Dave Asprey - The Bulletproof Exec

Dave Asprey – The Bulletproof Exec

Thanks to Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof Executive, I have learned a lot about coffee. More specifically, the mold toxins that can be contained within. If you don’t know where your coffee is sourced, or if you are a “blend” buyer, chances are you are getting a bad bag of coffee. How would you know this for certain? I can tell you. Test it.

Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee

This is very easy to do. Buy yourself a bag of a supermarket blend, and buy yourself a bag of Bulletproof coffee. Drink each for a week, but don’t mix and match. Then, see how you feel. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t tried it myself but there is a difference, most apparent in mental function. This is the result of the mold toxins. Moldy coffee leaves you feeling blah. Clean coffee improves clarity, focus, and energy.

These days, you can actually find fortified coffees as well. They contain nootropics, an umbrella term for a class of chemicals — some naturally-occurring, some manmade — that give cognitive benefits to the human brain, and appear to boast clarity, focus, and energy. Some of these infused coffees can have interesting effects on health and well being.

A company I was recently introduced to, DOCTORS’ CHOICE® Coffee, makes such infused coffees. What I like about them is that they know exactly where their coffee beans are sourced. They’ve done the research.

Their website is chock full of information. At DOCTORS’ CHOICE® , they infrared roast their coffees. Did you know that infrared roasted coffee enhances the health benefits of coffee as compared to other conventional coffee roasting methods? Studies have shown that compared to conventional roasting, infrared roasting showed less increase in radicals on the bean during and after the roasting process.

DOCTORS’ CHOICE® coffee is also much less acidic than store bought coffee. Many people with stomach sensitivity can now enjoy coffee without getting an upset stomach. DOCTORS’ CHOICE® coffee is a low, low (pH) acid coffee (this is not to be confused with the “acidity” flavor characteristic that is often used to describe the taste of coffee).

Their Boquete Gesha Bean is the bean used for all of their formulations which include a Paleo coffee, a Weight Loss Coffee, and a Memory Support Formula. I can personally vouch for the flavor of the coffees, although I do find the Weight Loss Coffee to be a little sweet. I’m a purebred, all-American, black coffee drinker, so it is a taste I’m not used to. But if you enjoy a fruitier blend, you’ll enjoy this!

I recommend reading all about DOCTORS’ CHOICE®  at their website. You can purchase DOCTORS’ CHOICE®  on Amazon (See links above), which is always a plus if you are a prime member.

DOCTORS’ CHOICE® coffees come only in K-cups right now, and despite the fact that I don’t own a K-cup coffee maker anymore, I can still cut open the cups and use them in my French Press coffee brewer. French Press is the only way to go!

I find a significant boost from a mix of the Paleo coffee and the Memory Support. It is a great way to start your day.

Any other questions about DOCTORS’ CHOICE® coffee? Contact them. I’ve met the creators personally, and they are terrific people who believe in both good health and great coffee!

I Run On Coffee Shoe Charm or Zipper Pull from Charmed Running

I Run On Coffee Shoe Charm or Zipper Pull from Charmed Running

Yeah, I run on coffee. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What are your thoughts on coffee? Can you live with it? Do you live without it? Would you be willing to try Doctors Choice?

Note: The opinions in this review belong to me, the author. I may accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a sample at no cost to provide honest opinions on such. This post may contain affiliate/referral links per my own discretion.

To 5K Or Not To 5K

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”
-Oprah Winfrey

This is true on so many levels, but it doesn’t necessarily pertain just to running.

Trying to get Charmed Running off the ground has almost been as stressful as my recent running performances. I’m not sure which has been more difficult. One is clearly more mental, and the other more physical.

After running Farmington Dew Days this past weekend, I can honestly say that these short distances are killing me. And I’m not quite sure what I’m trying to prove while running them except that I can be bad ass when I want to be, yet, I don’t know how smart that is.

Right now, I’m blessed with good health. My physical condition remains questionable, as I find that if I don’t take the time to foam roll, massage, and self treat, running would become an impossibility.

And it would seem the harder I run, the worse I feel.

It is odd that I find the longer distances more enjoyable. I suppose this is because I have to take it slower, ultimately, and the slower I start, the more I have in the tank for later. With the short distances, it is just a constant push, which leads to a soreness that I’m not used to feeling anymore.

I’m not so sure what this says for my running future. I will not say that I’m done with running the short distance, but I am done with racing the short distance. It is too hard on my body. And I don’t have anything to prove anymore.

Smiling despite a hard run.

My PR for a 5K is 21:21. My PR for a 4-miler is 28:13. My PR for a 10K is 43:53. I’ll live with these numbers forever. I don’t think it is worth it to push myself to a point to try and beat them well into my 50s.

I’m OK with that. Honestly. I’ve been fortunate to find running at all, and to have achieved those numbers well into my 40s has been a blessing. It has been fun to run fast. But I’m done with it.

For now, I’d like to just continue to run…period. Let’s cut out the competition I insist on having with myself. It is futile. And in the end, I’ll just end up disappointed with my performance if I continue to be so anal about it.

Training for, and running a marathon is what I’m enjoying the most right now. There is something solitary about it. The hours I spend training, the hours I spend during the event. It is spiritually cleansing. It is emotionally healing. It can be the worst thing in the world, but at the same time, it can be the best.

I can still pull a Boston qualifier out of my hat, and for that I’m grateful. It proves that I still have some juice in me that doesn’t need too much squeezing to release. How could I possibly complain? Some runners spend years attempting to achieve the coveted Boston qualifier.

As I sit here writing this blog post, Charmed Running is vending at a rather slow event, so I’ve had time to think. The run this morning here at the Dew Days has exhausted me. My quads ache, my chest feels heavy, and my eyelids are droopy. I’m exhausted, fatigued, and would rather be anywhere but here. This is not why I run.

Charmed Running is my baby. My passion for creating shoe charms and other items for runners like me goes above and beyond the actual running part of it. Having pride and faith in what you can do and accomplish day in and day out is so freaking important. Patting yourself on the back and standing behind your decisions is not easy. I’m grateful to be able to help those in the same predicament as me.

If I had to quit running tomorrow, I’d still look back and be grateful for all that I have been able to accomplish. Being able to pass that feeling on to other runners is immeasurable. Charmed Running allows me to do just that.

After all, everyone deserves to experience that feeling of accomplishment, even if it is fleeting. Everyone deserves a pat on the back, even if it has to come from a shoe charm.

Everyone deserves the chance to release their inner superhero.

What do you want your shoe charm to say to the world? What would it need to say to inspire you?

And The Definition Of Insanity Is…

I’m beginning to believe more and more that I’m allergic to winter. I’m not sure why I struggle so much with everything from my training, to my weight, to the constant fatigue, and my psychotic behavior from January to May, with no other logical explanation than it is a seasonal allergy of the worst kind.

 

I had moments again during the first half of this year where I honestly believed my running career was over. At least the one that had me placing in age groups and achieving Boston qualifying marathon times. The marathon I pulled out of my butt this May was a shocker to say the least. As I ran Fargo, my mind kept drifting off to how I would train for the MCM this October, now that summer was just around the corner. Oh boy, I have high expectations for myself. And I have lofty ideas as to how I’m going to tackle this training. Why couldn’t I have had that same mindset for Fargo? I can only think it was because I felt so defeated. My Achilles were still arguing with me every step of the way this spring, and I couldn’t get my weight down to where I can comfortably run an 8:00 pace effortlessly. Every damn day was a struggle to just get out and run.

Don't give up on yourself

But, I still got out there, And, I somehow pulled out my third best marathon time, and another Boston qualifier this past month in Fargo. Two weeks later, I ran my worst half marathon time ever. I can’t help but wonder…what the devil is going on?

 

I’ll admit, I began to take some serious steps to  heal myself this past month. Something had to give. It is not in my budget to see a PT or a massage therapist, so I attempted to take matters into my own hands, literally. I called on Doc Google, and researched the best way to go about self therapy. It started with extensive self massage of my Achilles twice a day, morning and night. I finally got ahead of the large lumps that had formed there, over the winter months. It hurt like hell, and it wasn’t easy, but I’ve gotten them under control. In fact, now I can touch them without wincing with pain.

Yeah, they had become that bad.

 

I’ve also had to rethink my sneakers. I’m still not sure what to do with that one. But recently, I’ve gotten back into my Vibrams and I feel so much better. I don’t run in them every day, but changing it up for the shorter runs has helped my lower legs tremendously.

I’ve gone back to taking my Sports Legs Caps before EVERY run. This reduces the fatigue. I am also taking a blood circulation supplement, and am following up my runs with 20 minutes on the inversion table.

I’ve reduced my pace tremendously, and have begun to add in some additional workouts that I think will help to improve my running form and stamina for the somewhat difficult course of the Marine Corps Marathon.

Sure, P90X is still a given. I do the resistance training 3 days a week, although I recently lowered my weights and upped my reps. I felt like I was getting too big above the waist, and that this might be affecting my running gait and stride. I added a Monday stair climb, where I place 20 lbs into a backpack and hike up and down two flights of stairs in my home for 20-30 minutes at walking pace. Already, after only two weeks, I can feel the difference in my cardiovascular performance when I take it outside for the run.

I’ve found a local running group! I’m so excited about this on so many levels. First, it gives me the opportunity to meet other runners…and run with them! Having conversation while on the run is another great way to train cardiovascularly. And, running with such a diverse group means pace isn’t an issue.  It also allows me to get two runs in on my long run days. This could be a great benefit as well.

Finally, the determination to get my weight back to where it was when I ran Twin Cities in 2014. This will be my main focus over the next few months. I’m going with wacky hormones as to why I’m where I am right now. I need to get serious about this if I have a chance of getting any kind of PR at Marine Corps.

Yeah, I’ve got my work cut out for me. When I look at the whole picture, I get extremely anxious and that is not good. Instead, it has to be a step by step, day by day process, or else I’ll end up winging it like I did at Fargo. I’d really rather be better prepared.

But, I’m always up for a challenge, as long as I can stay focused through it. This has been my downfall since 2017 began. There are too many distractions, and too many personal issues putting up road blocks before I can even get my shoelaces tied. It’s time to bid a fond farewell to the first half of 2017.

Hey. I think I need a shoe charm for that.

What are your expectations for the second half of 2017?

 

Lola’s Half Marathon 2017 Race Recap – Part 2

Bling from Lola's Half Marathon 2017

This is Part 2. Part 1 is here!

I remember this stretch of road from last year, but I don’t remember it being so early in the run. This scared me a little because I was thinking, “Damn, I’ve got a long way to go!”

It was here we began to meet up with the 10-milers. They had a 10 minute head start on us, so this seemed like the place to run into them, around miles 5 through 6. This was a larger highway, so there wasn’t much fan support. I remember last year having to put some body glide on my legs as they were really chaffing. I must have done a good job putting it on this year, because so far so good, even though it was 10-15° warmer than 2016.

Lola’s Half Marathon 2017 Race Recap – Part 1

Lola's Half Marathon Logo 2017

I have but two words to describe my performance in Lola’s Half Marathon 2017.

IT SUCKED!

Gawd! Nothing came together for this event, except perhaps for the fact that my husband decided to come with me. That meant I didn’t have to get behind the wheel, which was a good thing. I could have been arrested for any number of traffic violations since I was basically under the influence of hell.