Saturday, April 7, 2012

Blogging, Tommie Copper & BRD Sport Helped Save My (Running) Life

When I started blogging, I thought it would be a fun way to share my workout stories with my friends and family...Oh, and you know, be as famous as Hyperbole and a Half and Cake Wrecks...and maybe Pioneer Woman.  Hello, book tour!  

(Click on the picture to see more of the details)

Hey, a girl can have delusions of grandeur dreams, right?

But then, some other cool things happened; followers, Facebook fans, and tweeps!  I was making lots of friends, learning about training and new products, and when I got hurt, I turned to my blogoverse for help.  My PT recommended compression sleeves, and Tommie Copper was the name I kept hearing.


I tweeted them about sizing and they were so helpful and nice!  And their compression sleeves ROCKED MY WORLD.  I wasn't afraid to run anymore, and I had significantly less pain.


And then, I had my first "big" blogger moment.  After my guest post on FitFluential, I was contacted by BRD Sport.  They offered to send me an Achilles ankle brace!  Now I know this is the sort of thing that happens to big blogs all the time, but this was a first for me!  I felt special.


It took some getting used to, but the brace has been great for my runs; It's like a massage for my ankle.  Mmmm, fabulous.  I just wear my Tommie Coppers on one leg, and the BRD Sport brace on the other.  They definitely seem to be helping.  Last week I ran 9 miles with NO PAIN.


So now I'm off to do a happy dance!



Or maybe I should just stick to drawing.

*I purchased the Tommie Copper sleeves and I was sent the BRD Sport brace for free. I was not asked to do a review for either of these products.  I am not being paid for this post, and my opinions are my own.  (Just wanted to share some love today.)

UPCOMING POSTS:
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MORE ABOUT WHY I'M WEARING PINK IN THAT LAST POST (IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HAWAII OR BABIES)



73 comments:

  1. I really like that last pic of you going off to do your happy dance, lol.

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  2. I absolutely love the book signing drawing!! I am so glad you got the goods to help the legs feel better too.

    Now sign up for that tri in June and let's go have fun triathloning all summer! Less than 3 weeks until I am there!

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  3. OMG YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THAT PICTURE SO MUCH. Also, I'm glad that the tommie copper sleeves (and brd sport brace) help. Congrats on pain-free 9! You are going to rock Rock n roll seattle.

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  4. Yay for pain free runs! I adore my Tommie Copper sleeves too. Love your great illustrations!

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  5. Very cool! I'm hoping if I blog enough about wine, a winery will hook me up...

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  6. Nathan: Thanks-I'm dangerous when I'm happy ;)

    Erika: I spent way too long working on the details in that picture, but I now have a title for my book if I ever do one :P I'm still thinking about that race...

    MegO: Heehee. It was so fun to draw that :) I'm so happy you liked it.

    Christy: It's great, right? Pain-free runs are the best!

    Gia: HA! Keep working on it...then will you send them my way? Kthanks.

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  7. Free shwag!?! That rocks! I've been trying to get free crap from the jump, you'd think I'd at least get a single pickle. Just one. A pickle chip would satiate me. Or vinegar and a jar! I'll take anything.
    More to you, it's great that the solution people gave you actually worked. Glad to see fellow bloggers are so helpful and not a more terrifying version of Yahoo Answers.

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  8. I'm seriously obsessed with how awesome your drawings are. Are you in need of a stalker? Seriously, you SHOULD get a book deal. This achilles band you speak of sounds very interesting....

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  9. Pickleope: You should definitely be getting pickles for free! I know what you mean about Yahoo Answers. It's up there with WebMD! It told me I had pneumonia...pretty sure I have a cold.

    Ricole: Will friendship do in lieu of a stalker? :D Also, I can show you my brace when we meet up in May, but you can click the link and take a look at it. It's bulkier than compression but once I'm moving it really doesn't bother me.

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  10. I love your pictures!!! :)
    From someone who hasn't started running long distances yet (no more than a 10k), how do the sleeves benefit you?

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  11. Maria: Thanks :) I had some tendon damage, and the sleeves actually just give my legs some compression and support so they don't hurt. I also keep them on if my ankles or calves are sore after long runs, which seems to cut down on recovery time.

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  12. Yup, it's official... once you get sent a product, you're in the big time. Just don't forget all of us little people when you have your own Oprah show :-)

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  13. I need to try compression, it seems like it helps....yeah? Adorable blog you got here!

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  14. Dr. Cynicism: You could be my Dr. Phil...life lessons in keepin' it real. Unless of course you succumb to that happiness bug for good.

    Kari: Thanks! I really do find compression helps me both during and after running.

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  15. Hooray for pain-free running! I love when a new product or trick rocks my world and changes it for the better.

    Here's to many more pain-free runs! :)

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  16. Alyse: What up, Sweat Pink? Yes, it is so awesome to find products that let me get back to doing what I love! Now all I have to do is get over this nasty virus and I will be doing cough-free runs too :D

    The Sarcasm Goddess: Coming from a fellow drawing blogger, that makes me happy :) (I do of course love whenever anyone strokes my ego about my drawing...but it's fun from a kindred doodler spirit).

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  17. Isn't it cool when companies think your blog rocks?! I love your stick drawings! :)

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  18. Lora: I don't know that that was the message I took away from it, but it's a good way to look at it! Thanks :D

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  19. amazing cartoons! just stumbled upon your blog via the Fit Approach AMbassadors!

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  20. LOVE this post - and I'm so excited to be an ambassador with you! Glad that your product sample helped!

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  21. I love your doodle style...it looks like you painted them! I'm a new big fan. :)

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  22. Alexia: Thanks! I found your site through Fit Approach too :)

    Laura: Thank you! I'm glad it helped as well :D It's exciting to find a whole new community!

    Stephanie: Thanks! I'm a fan of your site too--love the clay photos! (this now concludes the first meeting of the mutual admiration society)

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  23. You are amazing in your drawings and glad you blog has been increasingly successful! Glad you stopped by so I could find you:)

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  24. Shannon: Thanks so much for coming over!

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  25. Your pictures are brilliant :) And I am thrilled for your pain-free running. As someone whose running is intermittent as a result of injuries and the like, I relate to the thrill of it!

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  26. Your blog is fabulous! I absolutely love it, and plan to be a daily (or as often as you post) reader from here on out.

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  27. You're making it big, lady! Congrats!! :) Very awesome.

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  28. Jamie: Thanks! It's fun to draw.

    Kari: Thank you! Oh, it really sucks to be injured. I'm glad you can appreciate the joy. Hope you're in a pain-free zone now!

    Pish Posh: Yes! I'm huge in Japan. Ok, not really, just in my own mind :)

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  29. Your drawings are amazing..I LOVE THEM!! This is an awesome post, how exciting to get that brace!!

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  30. I'm pretty new to your blog :)

    I love Tommie Copper, but I would love to try that ankle brace sometime. That's where I have most of my problems from running!

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  31. Either Blogger is eating my comments, or I only responded to some people in my head. So, to the ones I missed:

    Bella: Thanks! I definitely do not post daily, sometimes not even weekly, depending on what I have going on :( But, I'm so glad you're here and I hope you'll enjoy the new posts!

    Allie: You never know, right? :)

    -I swear I wrote those out. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.


    Brittany: Thanks so much! Yes, it was so great getting that brace!

    Jamie: Welcome! You could check out the brace on their site (I linked to it in the post). I found their explanation accurate of how it feels.

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  32. Either Blogger is eating my comments, or I only responded to some people in my head. So, to the ones I missed:

    Bella: Thanks! I definitely do not post daily, sometimes not even weekly, depending on what I have going on :( But, I'm so glad you're here and I hope you'll enjoy the new posts!

    Allie: You never know, right? :)

    -I swear I wrote those out. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.


    Brittany: Thanks so much! Yes, it was so great getting that brace!

    Jamie: Welcome! You could check out the brace on their site (I linked to it in the post). I found their explanation accurate of how it feels.

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  33. I want a gif of you doing a happy dance!!
    My PT today told me to get some compression shorts since apparently I'm STILL all swollen from surgery. How did I not realize this??

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  34. SeeAliEatSeeAliRun: OH that gif would be awesome! I know that Tommie Copper just started selling compression shorts; you could check them out!

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  35. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! I love MegO's depiction! and her computer ;) HAHHAHA :) LOVE

    I also love tommie copper and I am SOOOOO happy that that other company sent you an ankle brace. I know you've been dealing with this injury for soooooo long. I just hope you can eventually run brace and tc free :D xo

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  36. I am absolutely in love with that first picture. Hilarious isn't that what every blogger thinks happens overnight though?!?

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  37. Ali Mc: thanks, luckily she liked it too :). I love how great Tommie Copper has been to so many of us!

    Allison: yes! That's what will happen if we blog, right??

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