11/24/11

Subaru Half Marathon race report

"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
-PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian


While driving back from our 100 mile bike ride at the Horrible Hundred in Clermont, Florida on Sunday, Karel told me that he was thinking about doing the 1/2 marathon on Thursday. I didn't say anything to him because I was tired from our 5 1/2 hours in the saddle and was thinking to myself "would I be able to recover in 3 days in order to race the half marathon???" After several years of being a stubborn athlete, focused on the miles, I pride myself in NOW being a SMART athlete. I do not like to make excuses when it comes to racing so I always try my hardest to think before I act so that I am being as consistent as possible with my training.

Sometimes I never know what to expect from Karel because he is super talented (both in his personal life and with sports) and he is always seeking a new adventure. But one thing we both have in common is that we love to compete. Competition allows us to focus on the quality aspect of training, for we both enjoy pushing our body to the limit with the least amount of training stress.

To prioritize sleep and to encourage the quickest recover possible, I made us of all of my go-to "things" to help me recover as quick as possible.
2 tissue rejuvinator (Hammer) a day
1 massage from Marjorie (Monday late afternoon)
Daily, low fat dairy (for protein and calcium) and whey protein
Eating balanced meals and snacks, every few hours
1 Hammer Fizz on Monday and Tuesday (Sunday 100 mile ride was SUPER hot!)
Adequate water throughout the day
Stretching
Compression socks during the day (I work at the hospital all this week, except for today)
REST!!!

I took off training on Mon and Tues so that I could sleep well and allow time before work to stretching/yoga. I was moving a bit slow in the hospital on Mon and Tues (thankfully my brain was in great shape due to the amino's in my morning whey protein drink) but by Wednesday I was feeling a bit "more normal".

With two great nights of sleep, I set my alarm for 4:40am for an early morning workout on Wednesday. I did a light 15 min strength session (circuit-style) to warm up my hips, back and legs and did a quick 3 mile run outside the YMCA. I then finished my workout with a welcomed 3000 yrd swim, and then headed to the hospital. I felt SO much better after my workout and it was nice to wake up my body after feeling almost fully recovered with 3 quality days of respecting my body.

I rarely sign up for races until the week (or day before) of the race because I do not like to feel pressure to do the race. Again, being SMART. After I finished seeing my patients on Wed, my friend Susan (from the hospital, another clinical dietitian) and I went to First Place Sports to (register) pick up our stuff for the race. I received a text from Karel around 3pm that he did the same, near the San Jose Trek Store.





Karel and I woke up at 4:50am and had a light pre-race breakfast. I had 1/4 cup cooked oats with sliced almonds and a small spoonful of PB, alongside water and coffee. Karel wasn't sure what to eat as this was his first half marathon (and longest run since his 50 minute run on Mon) so he had coffee, water, a Mix 1 and 2 fig newtons.

We both filled up a flask with about 3-4 ounces of gel (Hammer vanilla for me) mixed with water for the race. We also sipped on hammer heed w/ water prior to the race.

We arrived to the Trek store around 615am and did a quick warm-up while waiting for our friends James and Jennifer S. Around 6:45 we headed to the start (about .25 miles down the road) and gathered on the starting line with around 2000 other athletes.

It was great to see so many familiar faces and to feel alive and well at my first half marathon since last Dec. Even more so....I couldn't wait to see what Karel would do!

My current racing strategy allows me to put some change in the bank in the case that my rt leg begins to give out on me and I have to do a quick walk just to relieve the tightness. Although I have made great progress since then and have created some great habits in my training routine to allow me to race "injury free", this is all due from residual "injury" of racing injured at Kona in 2007.

My training has been great since I resumed a low-volume, high intensity running + cross training plan on Nov 5th (after a relaxing un-structured exercise routine after Kona). With a goal of sub 1:30, I knew what I needed to hold as an average pace (6:50) but I wasn't sure how the day would turn out.

I ran a bit fast for the first few miles but Karel encouraged me to just see what would happen. Hesitant at first, I feel that one of my struggles as an Ironman athlete is dealing with the "suffering" that occurs in "short" races. Although very comfortable for the first half of the race, I did experience a few down moments which I think are very normal..."I really want to quit"...when you are pushing hard.

I took a quick stretch break around mile 5 because I could feel my leg starting to get tight. By mile 7, my leg was getting really stiff so I decided to walk at the aid station. It was a quick walk but really needed. Because I am use to walking with my run training, I felt as if the walk break was just what I needed to push hard for the rest of the race.

The next 3-4 miles were tough. By mile 9 I was really struggling with my pace. It was a weird feeling because my breathing wasn't labored (as it was in the 10K 2 weeks ago) and my muscles weren't necessarily hurting. I just didn't have the next gear.

Thank goodness for my gel flask because I feel this allowed me to feel great during the entire race. I was experiencing ups and downs throughout this entire race but by mile 10, when I hear my name from an experienced runner, Dan Domingo, I started to pick up the pace. Oddly enough...guess who was running with Dan (as he was pushing his child in a baby jogger!).....
KAREL!!

Karel told me to keep up the pace and that I was looking great. I smiled at him and couldn't believe the pace that he was holding. I kinda got upset at myself for starting too fast but I truely believe that racing allows us to learn and to continually improve as athletes. For sometimes we have "that" race and other times we are just happy to be finished at the line. As long as I respect my body, I know that there will always be another race, another opportunity and another experience.

With Karel in my sight, although running away and looking super smooth and comfortable, I looked at my garmin and gave it everything I had for the last 2 miles.
Somehow, I managed to get into a groove and with 1 mile to go, I pushed and pushed as hard as I could.
With .25 miles to go, my entire body was hurting but I told myself that I did not train so hard just to finish. Although me and sprinting don't belong in the same sentence, I dug super deep and crossed the finish line in 1:31.51.

Not knowing what the day would bring, I was super happy that I set a new PR and placed 4th in my age group. It was a lot of fun feeling like a runner and running alongside some amazingly fast women!

Then I spotted Karel...waiting for me :)

Karel told me that he too sprinted the last mile and for good reason....
Karel's finishing time: 1:29.44!!!!

The funniest part about Karel's spoken race report is that when he got to mile 7, he said to himself "well, this is all unknown territory from here on out".

I am thankful for my second PR in 2 weeks as well as a body that is allowing me to challenge myself, reach new limits and to set new goals. I am thankful for the many spectators on the course who were cheering for us (and volunteering) as well as for my friends and family who inspire, encourage and believe in me. Lastly (but not least), I am thankful that I have Karel in my life. I have never asked Karel to do a triathlon or to enter a running race. I continue to fall more and more in love with Karel because we share similar lifestyles, but have different passions. I don't believe it is necessary that Karel and I do triathlons together, do cycling together or do running races together but I am forever grateful that Karel lives an active and healthy lifestyle.

When it comes to sports, it's not about setting personal bests or even trying to be the best. Toughness doesn't come from pushing through injury but rather respecting the body. Success is not about a finishing time or how much mileage is done in a week. By finding the right balance between life and training/exercise, quality of life will be improved and you will find yourself truely living life to the fullest.

Happy Thanksgiving!

My splits from the race:
13.1 miles
Time: 1:31.51
Average pace: 7:01 min/mile
Mile 1: 6:34
2: 6:27
3: 6:41
4: 6:54
5: 7:00
6: 6:57
7: 7:13
8: 6:59
9: 7:13
10: 7:16
11: 7:07
12: 7:09
13: 6:57

Thumbs up for Karel!


Typical picture pose for me :)

11/22/11

Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

For the first time, I am celebrating Thanksgiving with Karel as a Registered Dietitian. Therefore, it would be easy to assume that I would dedicate an entire blog or two telling everyone how to eat "healthy" on Thanksgiving.

If you have been following my blog for some time now, it is likely that you will guess what I am about to say....

"If you eat well most of the time, you don't have to worry about the rest of the time"

Although I have a few tips to help you continue with your journey of appreciating the food that you put into your body, I will ask that you do one thing for yourself on Thanksgiving and throughout this holiday season.

Focus on food vocabulary, de-emphasize calories.

It is likely that you will hear the following, either at the table, from your friends/family or in your head...
1) I shouldn't eat this, but...
2) Oh well, I already ruined my diet...
3) Ok, I guess I may as well have another because I already cheated...
4) I'm being so bad......
5) I am going to be so fat after this...
6) I am so fat, oh well...
7) I'll work it off by exercising a lot, so who cares..
8) I'll just worry about my weight when I start my diet on....

Any of these sayings sound familiar?
For me, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. A time to enjoy time with others and enjoy some occasional treats and foods that you typically de-emphasize in the diet. As I like to say, "what's ONE day if there are 365 days in a year?"

But for many people, ongoing habits often prevent people from enjoying the food around the holidays. I find it interesting that people will spend more time focusing on ways to create "good" healthy habits around special occasions but when it comes to the daily diet on the other days in the year, there is a common excuse of "oh well, I'll be better tomorrow". For when it is a child's birthday, a holiday or a time to celebrate a special event at a restaurant, it is almost as if some people striving for weight loss/maintenance will be so "strict" and worry about what they are putting into their body (as well as be overly concerned with body imagine) when when the opportunity to indulge without guilty feelings is present.

I may not be expressing myself properly because I am not the RD who will tell you how or what to eat. Rather, I want to inspire and motivate you to truely appreciate the food that you put into your body and to take a possible food obsession and turn it into a passion for living life to the fullest. So, if I could ask everyone to do one thing during this holiday season, I ask for you to rephrase sentences either in your head or when around others, if you hear negative food vocabulary.

Here are a few suggestions:
1) I shouldn't eat this, but...
I am so thankful that I have this opportunity to enjoy some occasional treats with the people who I care about the most
2) Oh well, I already ruined my diet...
I am really proud of myself for focusing on the plate method when creating my meal. It feels great to know that by filling 1/2 my plate with vegetables, 1/4 of my plate with starches and 1/4 of my plate with protein, I am able to enjoy a little of everything and not feel restricted or guilty.
3) Ok, I guess I may as well have another because I already cheated...
I am thankful that I have a balanced diet where no food is off-limit. Because I emphasize certain foods on a daily basis, I welcome this day to enjoy some occasional foods without any feeling of guilt.
4) I'm being so bad......
Knowing that my habits such as not going into a meal starving, eating protein with my meals and snacks, drinking plenty of water, reducing added sugar in my diet and focusing on wholesome foods, are keeping my blood sugar stable during the day, I actually feel great because I know I will stop eating when I am satisfied and will feel energized tomorrow.
5) I am going to be so fat after this...
I know that my weight fluctuates and not all is lost or ruined in one day or in one meal.
6) I am so fat, oh well...
I am really proud of the weight I have lost or that I have maintained my weight over the past x-weeks/months. I have a goal of _____ and I know that I will be back on track tomorrow without any feelings of guilt.
7) I'll work it off so who cares..
I know that my blood sugar levels may feel a little off tomorrow but my goal for the next few days is to keep my body moving and regardless if I am training or exercising, I am going to make good use of these calories and move my body with a healthy dose of exercise.
8) I'll just worry about my weight when I start my diet on....
I know that dieting is not a lifestyle. I am focused on creating balanced eating habits in order to live a quality life without feelings of guilt, restriction and obsession in order to reduce my risk for disease and to help increase longevity and performance.


As for those Thanksgiving Tips that can help you stay on track in your journey of appreciating food for fuel and for health....

If your body is healthy, recovering from injury/illness/disease or if you are overcoming obstacles in your life, I am sure you have plenty to be thankful for this year. Remind yourself that on this holiday, food should make you feel good...as should the people who you choose to be around you on this holiday.
Because this holiday can present a smorgasbord of food, I prepared several do's and don'ts for Thanksgiving (or any eating-centered holiday/event) to help prepare you for a feel-good day as well as keep you on track in developing a healthy relationship with food.

In no particular order....
-DO eat breakfast. Rather than going for the daily bowl of oatmeal, cereal, toast or bagel, think low fat protein. An egg white omelet, whey protein shake, yogurt, cottage cheese or lean/veggie meat are all great options. Although turkey at your t-day dinner is high in protein, there is also an abundance of carbs on Thanksgiving. If you are choosing to do a turkey trot or some type of morning exercise (which I highly recommend!), eat your normal pre-training snack and finish your workout with a balanced, protein-rich breakfast with a smaller than normal portion of recovery carbohydrates (ex. handful of cereal with smoothie or toast w/ eggs). Certainly, starting off your day with fluctuating blood sugar levels and feeling extremely starved when your thanksgiving meal is no way for an athletic individual to set the tone for a balanced day of eating.
-Do not go long hours without eating. Again, stick to foods which will stabilize your blood sugar and will not digest too quickly. Because you should enjoy some sweet treats at your t-day meal, opt for slow digesting snacks of foods that may not be in high quantity at your meal. Foods such as veggies or fruit with protein (ex. tuna/deli meat, cottage cheese, string cheese, nuts, PB, yogurt or egg) would be great snack (and mini meal options). I recommend to stick with real-food snacks around 100-200 calories, every 2-3 hours.
-Do not go into the thanksgiving meal starving. Hungry, sure. Starving, no. Go for a small snack of your slow digesting, protein-rich food (or high fiber fruit/veggie) around 1 hour to 45 minutes before the meal is served. In order to pass on a large quantity of heavy appetizers, which can add 500+ extra calories to your daily diet before the meal is even served, choose nutrient-dense foods such as fruits and veggies, either before or with your favorite appetizers. Although I do not suggest water-replacements on a daily basis, a good choice around an hour before the meal would be a carbonated beverage, such as a flavored water or seltzer just to curb the cravings as you are anxiously awaiting the meal. Certainly, you don't want to "save" calories by drinking diet drinks all day so by snacking on nutritious options throughout the day, eating breakfast and focusing on nutrient-rich foods, you will find that if your meal is in the afternoon (ex. around 2 or 3) or in the late afternoon (4 or 5), you are going to feel in control of your eating when the meal is served.
-Do not worry about weight loss/maintenance goals. It's Thanksgiving and a day to enjoy a variety of foods that you normally wouldn't prepare or eat. Perhaps the portions may be a bit bigger and you may have more options, but 500-1000 extra calories (at a minimum) for one day is no big deal if you are focused on creating lifelong nutrition habits. You may feel a bit full compared to other days but don't let a few hundred extra calories (especially if some of your options are heart-healthy) freak you out. However, giving yourself the excuse that you can eat however much you want (to a feeling of being uncomfortable full) will only leave you feeling extremely full after the meal and perhaps doubting your ability to lose or maintain weight throughout the rest of the year. Stay focused with your portions and try to overestimate your calories for each serving that you put on your plate. You'd be surprised that you could easily eat 1000 calories at one meal from just 3 oversized portions of the green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole and a piece of pie. Try to choose a little of everything and remember that leftovers on Fri, Sat and Sun are just as good as food on Thanksgiving day. Be sure to plan ahead in order to save room for dessert and pass on second portions both at the meal and with deserts. When it comes to deserts and a variety of options, share a few selections with others.
-Do use a strategy when serving yourself. I highly recommend serving yourself so that you can choose what and how much you want to eat. When it comes to platting food, use big plates for any type of vegetable or salad. Use that same plate for your protein choices as well. Use smaller plates or cups for deserts and calorie-dense side dishes. Let your brain think you are eating large portions.
-Do exercise on Thurs morning..friday morning, sat morning and sunday morning. See this day just like any other day. You don't have to train with a specific goal in mind, but I highly recommend staying active and/or exercising. Although your table may have a few more table settings and the fridge may be packed with food, USE those extra calories that you may not normally have in your body. Although you may say to yourself "I have to burn those extra calories by working out for 3+ hours" rephrase that sentence by telling yourself that this is a great time to use your fuel no matter what you are doing! Remember, it is likely the off-season for you (if you are an athlete) so you don't have to train. It is perfectly acceptable to implement a little "fat burning" aerobic exercise by working out/exercising (or be active) for an hour or two in order to get in a good sweat and enjoy your well-fueled body.
-Do plan workouts for after Thanksgiving. Plan ahead (like today) and tell yourself that you will do something active on Friday morning. You can sleep in or go early-bird shopping and still go for a walk, bike ride, swim or run Friday. Or, get up before your family and go for a ride on your trainer or walk/run on your treadmill. Ever eat too much on the night before a race, sleep horribly the night before a race and then wake up on race day morning regretting that you had too much to eat? Thanksgiving is kinda like that. It's really easy to feel great when you are eating but then feel too sluggish and full on the days after. By having a plan for activity, you may reduce the tendency to eat until you are stuffed and will find yourself eating until you feel satisfied. Remember, walking counts as physical activity and can be a great "exercise" for the whole family.
-Do not think all is ruined because of one day/meal. Maybe you didn't lose the weight you wanted to this past season/year. Maybe you are "feeling" a bit heavy (I don't like the word fat) at the moment. Maybe you are dreading all those "unhealthy" foods that are going to presented to you at your meal. Although this is Thanksgiving, this is just another day...out of 365 days in a year. You can still use the wisdom, knowledge and education that you have acquired to make good choices on Thanksgiving and the days, weeks and months that follow.Don't forget about your good food and body imagine vocabulary!
-Do have a go-to food. This is something I believe in for all events and functions. If you are holding Thanksgiving at your home, it is easy to plan what you will prepare, what you will eat and how much food you have to choose from. However, when attending Thanksgiving at a neighbors house, family members house or at a friend of a friend's house, it may seem stressful to maintain your daily healthy eating plan if nothing healthy is available. No matter where you go for Thanksgiving (or an event) bring a go-to meal ANDside item for you to feel good about. Maybe you choose to make your own healthy version of a sweet potato or green bean casserole or maybe you want to bring your own steamed veggies or a bowl of fruit. Regardless of whatever you bring, you will have something to look forward to when platting your plate with a variety of foods.
-Do give thanks. I know it sounds cliche but it is a great holiday to give thanks to the people in your life who support you, encourage you, motivate you and inspire you. Send a text, email, phone call or in person, in order to give thanks to those who have made an impact in your life. Certainly, we all have people around us that we should probably thank more than just one day a year. Specifically to all the friends and family members of marathoners, half ironman and ironman athletes out there....LOTS of thanks to you all, who put up with "us" alongside our long training days and semi-bonk training sessions. Rather than thinking about all the food you will eat, take this time to give thanks to those around you as well as to your body, which allows you to reach finishing lines and to see another day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/21/11

Movember and colon cancer

IT'S MOVEMBER!!!



During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

The Movember Effect: Awareness & Education, Survivorship, Research
The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health around the world, but there is still much to be done to catch up with the women’s health movement. Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health issues each year.

Karel is part of a team raising money for men's health. In honor of anyone that you know who has been affected by cancer (or a disease/illness), it would be so kind of you to DONATE HERE. Karel has raised over $230 and with only 8 days to go, it would be great if you could help him get to $300!! Regardless if you donate $100, $20 or $5, you will feel great after you donate, knowing that you have truely made a difference in a global movement helping to change the face of men's health.

Thank you for your donation!

I read a great article in the December 2011 issue of Consumer Reports on Health (Volume 23, number 12). The article was titled "Stopping a treatable cancer".

Did you know that colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S. for BOTH men and women (lung cancer is the first)???

In a May 2010 Survey in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, people in the survey said that they avoided colorectal cancer screening because they considered it "too embarrassing" or feared the results. In 2011, about 141,000 people in the U.S. will be given a diagnosis of colorectal cancer, and the disease will cause 49,00 deaths.

It is important that you ask your doctor if you should be tested. Routine checks for early signs should begin at age 50 for most people, or earlier for those with a family history of the disease or who have other risk factors.

On pg 5 of the newsletter, Consumer Reports suggests the following (in addition to screening tests that may find incipient colorectal tumors) diet and lifestyle changes that could eliminate up to 40% of colorectal cancer:

1. Eat less red meat: During digestion, red and processed meats form carcinogenic chemicals. The colorectal cancer risk was 22% greater among people who ate 5 ounces of red and processed meat a day compared with those who ate less than an ounce a day, according to a 2011 meta-analysis combining results of 21 studies.

2. Eat more veggies, fruit and fiber: A recent study using data from the U.S. Polyp Prevention Trial looked at the impact of diet on 1,900 people with a history of precancerous polyps. Those who met goals for cutting fat and consumed at least 18 grams of fiber and 3.5 servings of fruit and vegetables per 1,000 calories each day were 35% less likely to develop new polyps during the study.

3. Exercise: Sedentary people are about twice as likely to develop colorectal cancer as highly active exercisers. Aim for at least 30 min a day of moderately intense exercise.

4. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight increases the risk of colorectal cancer no matter how active you are. Excess abdominal fat (indicated by a waist size that exceeds 35" for women and 40" for men) could be a more important risk factors than overall body weight.

5. Don't rely too much on drugs or supplements: Some, such as aspirin and related NSAIDs, calcium supplements, and for women, postmenopausal hormone therapy, might lower risk, evidence shows. But all pose additional health risks, and there's not enough proof of their effectiveness and safety to recommend routine use to prevent colon cancer.

6. Limit alcohol: people who average 2-4 drinks a day have a 23% higher risk than those averaging less than 1 drink a day.

7. Don't smoke: researchers have enough evidence to conclude definitively that smoking tobacco contributes to colorectal cancer. And women appear to be more susceptible to precancerous polyps from smoking than men, according to a study published online in July 2011 in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences.



Karel shared this video with me and I thought you all would like it ...enjoy!



If you are interested in donating.... DONATE HERE.

Monday product review

110 play harder clutch ice tights

On Sunday, Karel and I joined hundreds of other cyclists and bike enthusiasts for a beautiful ride on the hills of Clermont. Event report will come shortly but for now...I have to share my first experience with the clutch-tights from 110 Play Harder.

After 100 miles and some serious climbing, it was time to recover. Rest comes later...recovery comes first.

I put on my clutch tights and instantly felt relief. Even though I wore compression socks and CEP compression tri shorts during the bike ride, I was ready for more compression. What's so awesome about 110 Play Harder is that the clothing has pockets for ice!

Karel and myself have been using 110 play harder gear for a while now. As a member of the 110% Elite tri team in Jacksonville, FL, I could not be more proud to represent this brand. You will always find my promoting gear, nutrition and equipment that I use or have experienced/tried. I believe in encouraging others to try things so that performance can be improved..not just because I use it. Because I believe in a balanced approach to training, I always keep my body in mind and I never take for granted what my body allows me to do on a daily basis.




Here's a little about compression from 110 Play Harder:
3 REASONS THESE TIGHTS ARE SO CLUTCH

SMARTER PREPARATION

Whether it’s during travel or your final nights’ rest before the big event, our zoned, gradient compression helps your body prepare to perform it’s very best by reducing swelling and increasing circulation.


ACCELERATED RECOVERY

Clutch Tights are the next innovation for how passionate athletes recover. The powerful combination of zoned, gradient compression and ice therapy means you recover faster between training sessions so you can improve your performance and decrease your chance of injury.


FASTER HEALING

You’ve heard this part before: compression and ice is the best treatment for overuse injuries that occur in areas such as your Achilles, shins, calves, knees, hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, hips, IT Band and lumbar. Here’s the brilliant part: combining these two therapies in one convenient piece of gear, Clutch Tights provide the hassle free way to comply with your physical therapist’s advice to apply RICE therapy: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.



Oakley Women Drizzle Sunglasses



If you haven't noticed lately....I absolutely LOVE my Oakley Women Drizzle sunglasses.

Back in June, when I went to Napa Valley for the Oakley Women fitness retreat (soon after finding out I was picked to be an Oakley Women ambassador), we toured the mobile Oakley Lab and received our own pair of the prototype Drizzle glasses. Only use to wearing "sport" sunglasses, I was a little hesitant to wear a more lifestyle type of sunglasses. However, shortly after receiving the drizzles, we all participated in a 5K race through a vineyard...in our new drizzles.

Amazingly, the drizzles didn't move from my face and they were super comfortable. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE these glasses and I can't go anywhere without them. I also own the Oakley Fringe sunglasses as my "cute" pair of glasses but the drizzle would be my 1st favorite because I can wear them all the time.

Here's a little about the sunglasses from the Oakely Women site.
Brighten your day with this versatile active eyewear sunglass called Drizzle™. The rounded square lens shape adds a stylish element to your active life. Unobtainium nosepads and earsocks grip when you sweat through your workout and the universally flattering shape keeps the compliments coming. The stress-resistant O Matter frame is durable and lightweight so they’re comfortable to wear sunrise to sunset.

Finding just the right color won’t be a problem because the selection of finishes for you to choose from is vast, from Raspberry Spritzer to Brown Sugar/Sunset.
For your savored sun-drenched activities the UV protection of the Plutonite lens material filters out 100% of UVA/UVB/UVC and harmful blue light up to 400nm. If you want polarized lenses, Oakley Drizzle has the best polarized lenses on the planet with greater than 99% polarization efficiency. You can even get Oakley prescription lenses if you need them, either Single Vision ( +2.0 through -3.0 ) or Progressive ( +2.0 through -3.0 ). Drizzle has an 8.75 base lens curvature for optimized peripheral vision and side protection, and a varied field of light transmission through optional gradient lens shading. Oakley delivers its premium level of comfort and performance with the Three-Point Fit that holds the lens in precise optical alignment. If staying active is your game, Oakley Drizzle is your frame.