Friday, September 12, 2014

National Veterans Day Run in Las Vegas is Open for Registration | Join us!

I have been sitting on this news for over a month, if not two months.

Last year at the Turkey Trot, Running Bro and I were approached by a Rep from the National Veterans Day Run asking for feedback on previous years.  The person knew he and I had run the event and we were glad to offer some insights.  

Fast forward to this summer. I receive an email from the National Race Director for NVDR and wishes to speak with me. 

Little did I know, that they were wanting to offer me the RD position for the Las Vegas location.  I was thrilled and most of all honored.  I love to RD and I love to show the running community (racers and volunteers) how valuable they are. 

After weeks of preparation I am able to share with you the good news!



WHEN:  Sunday, 11/09/14
WHERE: Bruce Trent Park, Las Vegas NV
TIME:  8:11am
DISTANCES:  11k, 5k and 1 mile fun run
 
For those who have run the event in the past, you will notice a BIG improvements at the 2014 event! The national office heard your requests and will be doing their best to implement many positive changes. 


-Accurately measured & easy to follow course
-Medals for the 11k and 5k finishers
-NEW! Finisher Certificates for the 11k and 5k!
-1 mile Family Fun Run
-Finish Line refreshments
-Professionally Chronotrack timing
-Professional Race Announcer & DJ!
-A true Veterans event on race day. Special surprises coming!
-Running Troops is a proud sponsor of this event.


Register today! http://veteransdayrun.org/register/las-vegas

***If you own or work at a business that offers military discounts and wish to participate in this event with a vendor spot, booth/table set up or sponsorship, please contact me at runningtroops@gmail.com

RUNNING TROOPERS – you may participate in a city near you OR virtually! 

For those who participated in our Inaugural Running Troops event in 2013, this year’s Veterans Day event will count as our 2nd Annual event for the 5 year jacket. 

Register today! http://veteransdayrun.org/register/las-vegas

Stay tuned - I will be introducing the Las Vegas racing staff
 

(c) C. Ragsdale 2010-14
___________________
Run F.A.B.,

Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by
RobKellerMD.com, KT Tape and Island Boost
*Team Super Hero Master's Elite 2013-14
*Founder, Running Troops
RRCA Certified Running Coach, IFA Certified Sports Nutritionist & Public Speaker
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Marathon Goddess Pendant to a Lucky Winner | Enter Today!

Running Troops is focused on giving back to others through our races and our time. 

We are delighted to sponsor a giveaway for Marathon Goddess, Julie Weiss! 

The winner will receive one pendant, compliments from the Running Troops.  


Proceeds from the pendant sales benefit the Lazarex Cancer Foundation which has established the Maurice Weiss Pancreatic Cancer Fund, named in honor of my father. Monies raised through my efforts will benefit the fund and help pancreatic cancer patients who want to participate in clinical trials. A donation to Lazarex Cancer Foundation is a gift of time and hope for people with cancer and their loved ones. Providing dignity and life for end stage cancer patients and the medically underserved, providing navigation services, increasing awareness and addressing financial barriers to improve participation in FDA clinical trials and patient access to cancer care. 

Giveaway ends on 9/21 at 12:00amPST.  Enter today!  

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In Julie's famous words, "WE GOT THIS!"

Good luck and we look forward to announcing the winner!

(c) C. Ragsdale 2010-14
___________________
Run F.A.B.,

Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by
RobKellerMD.com, KT Tape and Island Boost
*Team Super Hero Master's Elite 2013-14
*Founder, Running Troops
RRCA Certified Running Coach, IFA Certified Sports Nutritionist & Public Speaker
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(c) C. Ragsdale 2010-14
___________________
Run F.A.B.,

Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by
RobKellerMD.com, KT Tape and Island Boost
*Team Super Hero Master's Elite 2013-14
*Founder, Running Troops
RRCA Certified Running Coach, IFA Certified Sports Nutritionist & Public Speaker
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Running Troops News | The 2 Year Wait is Over!

Here I am!  I haven't forgotten about my FAB-O Friends! What a whirlwind life has been pre and since Disneyland Dumbo Double weekend.  More on that later.

I want to share with you the most exciting news!  For almost 2 years I have waited for this moment and it is finally here! 



Running Troops was founded in late 2012 with the dream of honoring runners, volunteers and race directors. Runners would be honored by race miles ran, not by the number of races. 

*Every runner from a 5k’er to the most extreme ultra marathoner could achieve the same rank advancements and membership perks.
*Our volunteers will receive equal recognition and honor by their volunteer hours they have spent at aid stations, cheer squads and other volunteer duties.
*Race Directors would be honored for their skills in organizing a safe and ethical business.
Since that time, that vision has not changed and will remain the cornerstone of who we are. Today, we embark on the next step of our club. Our paid memberships. 

We offer a paid membership with a PURPOSE

To benefit our runners, volunteers, race directors and our title charity, Team Red, White & Blue. 

-> http://www.runningtroops.com/signup

From the start, I refused to charge a membership fee, without giving something in return. ***Running Troops, paid members receive the following:

1. Tracking of your race and/or volunteer miles to achieve our club ranks (i.e. Recruit, Corporal, Captain, etc.)
2. Product and vendor discounts from BicBands, SnuggBuds, RobKellerMD, NeoCell, Allied Medal Hangers and more!
3. Exclusive race discounts & comp’s (as they become available)
4. Discounts on our club gear and other related products (to be launched in November)
5. Recognition in our online newsletter and special shout out’s on our FB club group page
6. A sense of belonging and being a part of a team. Sharing your love to Inspire.Challenge.Serve. one another.
7. A portion of your membership dues will be donated to Team Red, White & Blue at the end of the calendar year.
8. And more perks to come! 


Our memberships are divided into individual and family. We have yearly and lifetime options, to meet any budget.

Before you become a member, please read our Credo. This is our core values and who we are. If this is something you feel you can align yourself, then we welcome you into our club! 

http://www.runningtroops.com/credo.php

In addition, please take a moment and look around our club website. Find out about our HONOR GUARD on our OUTREACH tab. 

I would like to thank the following Running Troops Founding Council Members who helped pull this all together in the last 2 years: Kirk Buckley, Daniel Widdis, Julia Beaver, Jeff Lui, Rob Erekson, Scott Gibson, Angela Wozniak, Diana De Leon, Jim Tello, Gary Allen and Kitzzy Aviles. 

Lastly, the construction of our website could not have happened without 4 very talented people. Abbi Auger, Daniel Widdis, Rob Erekson & Marina White. Their time, their efforts and expertise is greatly appreciated!

This website is for YOU, the running, volunteer and directing community. Thank you for your support, your dedication to make a difference. I look forward to having you as a member. 

http://www.runningtroops.com/signup

As with any new venture, if you find any glitches with the website or have any questions regarding our club, please feel free to contact me.

Please share this announcement with your friends or with those you believe could align themselves with our Mission and Credo.

Thank you again for your continued support and I look forward to having you as a Running Troops member!

(c) C. Ragsdale 2010-14
___________________
Run F.A.B.,

Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by
RobKellerMD.com, KT Tape and Island Boost
*Team Super Hero Master's Elite 2013-14
*Founder, Running Troops
RRCA Certified Running Coach, IFA Certified Sports Nutritionist & Public Speaker
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I Hit My Wall During Training | The Perils of Summer Runs

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As runners, we like to think we are super-human or super-heroes. We face a challenge head on and take pride in the conquer of a goal. That goal might be battling the elements, our schedules, the course, the shoes or more.  We have all heard the term "gutting it out".

Last week, I could not gut it out anymore.  I was done.  



I am entering my 15th week of Full Marathon training.  That means, I have been training for my next full since May.  More importantly, I was training during the awful, AWFUL heat of the Las Vegas summer.  Going to bed at 7pm to 3am wake up calls became the normal. 

I accepted that I had to train when the sun went down or before it came up. Anytime the sun would blare down on me, my metabolic rate would turn my heart rate into the Las Vegas speedway.  Way too many times, I tried running in 90F+ weather with blaring sun only to have the road sway and move under my feet.  

I knew the summer would be tough and I new I would have difficulties, but never did I anticipate meltdowns.  There have been so many times, I came walking in the door after a tough run and the marks on my face were tears, not sweat.  The mental games this heat played on me, were no fun.  

I felt like the lone, whimpy runner.  Everyone else is training in the summer, why is it so difficult for me?  I knew my body was getting stronger.  I knew my legs were stronger - even my youngest kiddo said, "mom, you have muscles in your legs I have never seen before!"  

I kept telling myself, that all the work I do in the summer will pay off ::insertrollingeyes::

I hit my wall on Friday.  I went out for a 12 mile run and by mile 5, I couldn't fight my demons any longer.  I quit my run and walked a mile back home.  The last time I gave up a run...I cannot remember.  

I walked back home, feeling defeated.  The heat had finally won.  My legs were beyond exhausted.  I had no energy.  This was not a bad day, this was the breaking point of how I have been feeling for the last month, if not longer.  

I have less than a month until race day, which means I have less than 2 weeks to go until taper.  Time was running out on me. The ever-present support and encourager, my #RunningBro informed me he has had a difficult time this summer.  Yea, sure buddy - you are still cranking out your 20 milers.  Yet, he spoke the truth, if my body cannot do it, I cannot. I know this, as a running coach and a competitive runner, our bodies are not always on the mark.  I spoke with a few other Elite Racers, and they said the same thing.  I needed to take time off. 

I made the choice to take at least 3 days off, maybe 4.  No workouts, no running.  Nothing.  

This morning I had my first run and it felt much better and the temps were pretty darned high (almost 90F, in the darkness).  

With only weeks left of solid training, I know I cannot move a mountain, but I can and will train, as my body dictates.  When I first decided to run a full in September, I had one goal - gauge my legs.  In 2 years, I have never trained  with entire full training program.  Never.  This will be the first time I run a full, with a full-specific training program under my belt (or shoes, if you will).  2015 is the year I hope to earn my BQ.  This race in 2014 is my fitness gauge, but I will not have a repeat of LAM 2014, that is for sure.  

During the weekend, I cried a lot.  I got through the emotions of failure, defeat, feeling undertrained and "what business do I have to run a full?"  Friday-Sunday night I listened to a new round of Super Sleep CD's to get my brain in the right path. If you have not heard of Super Sleep, please check out the website.  I withdrawing from the Full (#RunningBro won't let me), but I must complete the goal I set out for myself.  As painful and heart breaking LAM was, I was very satisfied I had accomplished my goal - to finish, injury free.

Taper will be okay, it won't be that much relief, because running 5 miles in the heat is just as bad as running 16 miles for me.  But, my mental perspective is different, I can only do what my body allows me to do.  If my cranky 'ole metabolic rate requires me to pull back and not run tempo's or speedwork, then so be it.  I have no reason to push myself to unsafe levels and I will not.  

Do I feel 100%?  Actually I don't, but I don't feel defeated.  I feel content and looking forward to finishing this up and taking a break from Full's until 2015.  I know that the training I have done is not in vain, it will serve a higher purpose.  

I have one wish - is it Fall?  Can I run in my gloves, yet?  

How are you training in the heat?  Has it beaten you up, also?



(c) C. Ragsdale 2010-14
___________________
Run F.A.B.,

Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by
RobKellerMD.com, KT Tape and Island Boost
*Team Super Hero Master's Elite 2013-14
*Founder, Running Troops
RRCA Certified Running Coach, IFA Certified Sports Nutritionist & Public Speaker
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Monday, August 18, 2014

PRODUCT REVIEW: Hair, Nail, Skin Supplements from It Works! | Ragamuffin Time!


I have been wearing a pixie cut for over a year.  I love short hair.  I love the ease of taking care of it and only taking a few moments to primp in the AM.  A few months ago, I revealed that I am growing my hair back to a bob.  CLICK HERE for my blog post about my decision to grow out my hair.  


After that blog post, I was introduced to a new supplement on the market.  A product that is claims to increase the health of your hair, nails and skin.  I had seen many Before and After photos of hair growth, so I was willing to try it.

From the website:

Be a more radiant, youthful looking you with support for stronger nails, softer and smoother skin, and shine-worthy hair!  With essential vitamins, minerals, and plant-based nutrients, Hair Skin Nails enhances your own natural collagen and keratin production, supports healthy cell growth, and boosts your body’s free radical fighting defenses.  It’s optimal nourishment to look your beautiful best from the inside out!

·         Boosts your natural collagen and keratin production

·         Supports the body’s defenses against free radical damage

·         Moisturizes while enhancing skin’s elasticity and flexibility

·         Promotes healthy cell growth, strength, and shine”







Krissy Mueller, an It Works!  Independent Distributor sent me a complimentary supply.  I began taking the supplements in July. 



July hair - not styled(a seriously bad picture!)



I took the supplements every day, except for a few days I had a stomach flu or I was out of town and forgot to pack them. 



Within the first week, my hair FLIPPED out in the back.  That was the first “ah ha” moment.



By the time I was nearing the 3rd, people were noticing the length.   I knew it was growing fast, as I can typically wait 4-5 weeks to color my roots and I needed to color my hair at the 2nd week.  That’s twice as fast hair growth. 



By the time I finished the container, my hair had almost grown 2 inches.  1 inch in one month is a good growth, but 2 inches is quite unheard of. 



I am very pleased!








 And styled:




It's long enough to put in an teenie-weenie pony tail for my runs.  




If you want to grow your hair out or to have healthier hair, this is a great product.  In addition, it will help your skin and nails.  I need a hair trim! 



You can order it at Kristina’s website:  www.muellerbodywraps.com – click on SHOP

  • SKIN -> HAIR, SKIN, NAILS



If you decide to try the product, please let me know how you like it.  I would love to see pictures! 


Thank you, Krissy for giving me the opportunity to try this product.  *Although I have received a complimentary product, the views & opinions are my own.  I am not connected nor affiliated with this company or distributor program. 


(c) C. Ragsdale 2010-14
___________________
Run F.A.B.,

Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by
RobKellerMD.com, KT Tape and Island Boost
*Team Super Hero Master's Elite 2013-14
*Founder, Running Troops
RRCA Certified Running Coach, IFA Certified Sports Nutritionist & Public Speaker
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pack Your Bags! | Meet Me at the Runners World Half Marathon in PA

Time flies!  It seems like yesterday I came home from the Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Festival in Boston.  Has it been 2 months?!?! CLICK HERE for my race recaps from that weekend. 

Since then, I have been busy offering giveaways and reviews from many of the event sponsors.  I am still not done!  


I am so tickled to announce that I will be going to the Runner's World Half Marathon Festival in Bethlehem, PA.  I am not sure what I have done to be on Runner's World radar for both Boston and PA, but I am blessed and humbled they have invited me, again.  

They will be having a 5k, 10k, Half and a Dog Run! 
A full weekend for all!

You can race/run any of the distances or a combination. The 5k & 10k is called "the 5 & Dime" and all 3 events is the "Hat Trick".  I ran the Hat Trick in Boston. This time, I am opting to race the 5k and run the Half.  My goal is find someone to run with - another blogger, an Editor or another runner.  That is how I ended my weekend in Boston and I think I want to do the same in PA.  

I have 10% off promo codes!


·         5k: blogCragsdale5K
·         10k: blogCragsdale10K
·         Half: blogCragsdaleHalf
·         5 & Dime: blogCragsdale5&10
·         Hat Trick: blogCragsdaleHat


Have you seen the Half Finisher medal?


As with Boston, my goal is to review the event and test out some of the last products to share with all my FAB-O friends.   Stay tuned for more details leading up to the weekend in Bethlehem, PA.  I have some special surprises to share with you!

Thank you, Runner's World - see you in PA! 

(c) C. Ragsdale 2010-14
___________________
Run F.A.B.,

Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by
RobKellerMD.com, KT Tape and Island Boost
*Team Super Hero Master's Elite 2013-14
*Founder, Running Troops
RRCA Certified Running Coach, IFA Certified Sports Nutritionist & Public Speaker
~My Facebook Fan Page ~Follow Me on Twitter
~Blog Disclaimer - Click Here