A couple of people were curious about what a sponsored post is... it really just means that you are paid (or compensated) for writing the post. Please know that I will never do a sponsored post for something that I don't already like/use/believe in/etc. The Under Armour posts were right up my alley, because I LOVE UA, and I write that all the time without getting paid for it. So if you see a sponsored post that I've written, please know that everything I write is true, and the posts will ALWAYS state that they are sponsored.
The difference between the UA posts and say, the Special K granola bar review, is that Special K sent me the granola bars to try and write my thoughts about them--good or bad, they had no idea what I was going to write, and I told them before they shipped the bars to me that I was going to be completely honest on the blog. I was not paid to write that review, and the only thing I got out of it was a couple of free boxes of granola bars.
So, that is how the reviews/sponsored posts work. It is all pretty new to me, as well. I had no idea that sponsored posts and reviews and all that stuff even existed until a few months ago! I wish I had started a "real" blog years ago instead of my private little Open Diary ;)
When I took the boys to their baseball games yesterday, I was talking to my friend Amber, and she asked me if Noah was doing the football camp at the rec center. I said I signed him up for it, and paid the $30 registration fee, but hadn't heard anything back from them. Well, apparently it started yesterday morning, so Noah missed the first class. I was bummed, because it was only 3 classes total, and he'll only be doing two of them. Oh, well.
The second class was at 9:00 this morning. I actually slept in until 7:15 (that never happens! I'm usually up by 6:00). I decided to hold off on my run until after I took Noah to class. I dropped Noah off, and then took Eli to the library to pick out some books. Since Jerry was sleeping, and I didn't want to leave Eli, I decided to do my run on the dreadmill. I only planned on doing three miles, to hopefully not irritate my knee.
Running on the treadmill is so boring that I always tend to go faster than is comfortable, but there's nothing wrong with that ;) My Garmin battery was dead (having issues charging it, which is making me wonder if I made the wrong decision on trading in my 305!) so I just ran until the treadmill read 3 miles.
Yesterday, Jerry told me about this ignorant guy that he works with, and the things the guy said about running made my blood boil. Jerry told the guy that he had started running, because his wife runs, and it keeps her (me) in shape. The guy said something like, "Well, you guys aren't RUNNING, you're JOGGERS. It's only 'running' when you go as fast as you can, and you don't run fast."
Jerry told him that his pace was about a 9:15 mile (doesn't that make you sick, by the way? He's only run a handful of times in his life, and he's already running the same pace as me. But anyway...) and the guy said something like, "OH, that's definitely jogging."
The only time I use the word "jog" is when I refer to a recovery period after running sprints or intervals. For example, "I ran a quarter mile hard, then jogged a quarter mile"--because I'm referring to the amount of effort I put into it. I despise being called a "jogger", because I'm always working to improve my times and distances. I am a RUNNER. I don't think it matters if my "hard" pace is an 7-minute mile or an 11-minute mile, I'm still a runner when I put forth effort.
A Google search showed that there is a ton of controversy among athletes as to differentiating running vs. jogging. The dictionary defines "jog" in this condition as: to run at a leisurely, slow pace, especially as an outdoor exercise (source). The keyword here is "leisurely"--where you aren't running with much effort. While walking, you always have one foot in contact with the ground [fact]. So technically, you are no longer walking when, for a split second, BOTH of your feet lose contact with the ground; you are running.