Unrestrained and Full of Energy

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Ya’ll—–Amazing Grass has done it again!!  I was lucky enough to be a part of their Protein Superfood campaign awhile back, and now as part of their latest product the Effervescent Tablets.  Oh. My. GOODNESS.  I don’t even know where to begin.  At first I was skeptical of it all—how it was going to taste, the way it looked, how it was going to make any difference in how I felt or looked.  Man, oh man was I in for the biggest surprise.

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FIRST OFF, the definition of effervescent means a lot when describing the way the AMAZING GRASS product makes you feel.  The words [vivacious, lively, full of energy] are all  just one of the many ways the green superfood tablets will change your life. And if you want to stick with definitions and meanings—-the definition of effervescent when used as describing a liquid is –giving off bubbles; fizzy. Who doesn’t love bubbles? ❤

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These self-dissolving gems are some serious fizzy magic, and taste great too.  They might look funny or displeasing to the eye, once dissolved in your water, but trust me when I say that that is deceiving.  They don’t have any bad after taste, or chalky texture like other water tablets.  They are smooth, and something I look forward to drinking each and EVERY day.

 

 

spot_nosignreduaI received the the tablets at the most perfect time, too.  As a teacher, the back to school year shenanigans brings about a lot of new germs and nasty colds.  The colds you dread and despise because you already have enough going on with trying to get into a new routine and learning new kids, writing lessons, the whole shebang. Well this year, I was prepared.  I was going to kick the germs to the curb.  Thanks to the Amazing Grass Effervescent Tablets, I have made it six weeks into the school year without a hint of a cold or not feeling well.  This coming from a mama whose little man got sick going back to school too, and whose husband also got little man’s cold.  That’s huge folks, HUGE!

20171006_1305192046888749.pngContinuing with my whole back to school motion, I like to use the tablets as my afternoon pick me up.  Since going vegan two months ago, and starting school,  I’ve found it difficult to enjoy that second cup of coffee.  One, because of time and all that jazz, and two, because our school doesn’t offer vegan creamer options like almond milk or coconut cream.  So if I don’t remember to pack my own, I have nothing to put in my coffee.  ENTER the Effervescent tabs.  They actually give me more of the energy that I am so badly needing in the middle of the long school day, when grading essays becomes so tedious and tiresome.

20171006_1257481821807137.pngAfter drinking at least one tablet a day, for an entire month, I noticed big changes in my skin; its overall complexion, and almost zero acne issues.  I noticed a change in the way my stomach felt; less bloating and irritability.  And an overall feeling of incredible energy and lightness.  Since having my son, I have struggled with hyperthyroid issues and have been making changes (going vegan) to correct it naturally, but still having to take medicine to bring my levels down.  At my last visit in August, I was put on an even higher dose of medicine to bring my levels down, as they were still incredibly high.  With the vegan diet change (and maybe the medicine), I have brought all my levels to normal, except one, which has now pushed my into the hypo stage of thyroid-ism.  This recent discovery has come to me at no surprise, because I have been dealing with weight issues.  Despite working out every day and eating healthy, the hypothyroid levels I now have are causing me to gain weight.  It is something I am struggling to accept, but I am seeking a second opinion in a few days and hoping I can try taking myself off of the medication, or at least lessening the dose tremendously, so that I can get back to myself.  Anyways, enough off topic rambling.  I can honestly say though that I feel like the Effervescent tabs have helped my body continue to retain the energy it needs to function well, despite my body lacking in speed of metabolism, heart-rate, and overall function.  So that is another win.

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Basically, you need to get your hands on these gems.  You won’t regret it. You can click the link here to get to the Amazing Grass website and use code: SweatPink17 for 40% off your order.  That is a steal of a deal, love bugs.  And if you are feeling extra lucky, head on over to my Instagram page to enter to win your own box of Effervescent tablets. @faith_to_tri ❤

 

Happy energy and bubbles,

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Tanya

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Never Have I Ever Missed A Rook Run

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Since the beginning, like way back to the fall of 2014, I have participated in the Rook Run.  This run holds a special place in my heart for many, many reasons.

 

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First, Rook Coffee partners with the Valerie Fund to raise money to support children with cancer and blood disorders. Ugh, that right there is a huge reason to get out and raise awareness. Over the past three years, The Rook Run has grown in numbers from 1,000 participants to over 3,000 and raising nearly half a million dollars for the children of The Valerie Fund. HOW STINKING AMAZING IS THAT?!?!?! Secondly,  The Rook Run was one of my first 5k’s to take part in, in which I didn’t consider myself a runner.  It was just something a bunch of us decided to join in on to help a friend start and team and raise money. Like a finish time of 28 minutes ((which sounds crazy, I know, but thinking of what I have done since then, it makes more sense)), and a lot of I think I am going to throw up, who does this for fun, I am going to die ridiculous thoughts. Anyways, enough rambling on year one.  Another reason I hold this race so near and dear to my heart is that it holds my pre-baby 5k RACE PR. From the girl above to the crazy lady who thought training for a marathon would be cool, I started to become “good” at this running thing.

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I had spent the summer of 2015 busting my butt training for my first marathon.  With that consistency and insane hours spent running, I started to build up some serious speed.  And I loved the first Rook Run so much, I decided it was worth the 1 1/2 hour trip back.  Such a fun time.  And at that moment, I would say it was the BEST Rook Run ever.  I pushed myself to the point of dry heaving after the finish, unable to smile through the finish line.  I wanted it so bad.  It didn’t give me the PR or pace I was able to do on training runs, but it still felt amazing to shave 4 minutes off my time. That’s like a minute per mile and then some, so awesome.  I finished in 24 minutes, brining me into the top ten of my age group.  I was disappointed after this race too, because I didn’t get the 23 minute time I knew I could do, and I worked so hard for the 24 minutes it was disheartening.  BUT then it was brought to my attention how much I earned that in comparison to the year before and I was so proud of myself.  I never wanted to be a runner, or ever even liked running.  In soccer, I would whine and complain about our runs at practice.  It wasn’t my thing.  But that year of marathon training changed me, inside and out, and The Rook Run was a huge part of that.

Enter the third annual Rook Run, and just another reason why this race has my heart.  It was my FIRST stroller race with my little best friend, at just three months postpartum.  It was my slowest Rook Run to date at a whopping 31 minutes.  BUT, I made the mistake every stroller runner makes at their first race, and started in the back of 3,000 people.  It took me the entire first mile just to make it out of the crowd.  None of that mattered though.  I could not wipe the smile off my face.  This run was EVERYTHING! It made me more than just a runner, it made me a mother runner.  A MOTHER FREAKING RUNNER, y’all.  And I’ll never be the same.  This race was the start to many, many stroller races with my boy.  We make a pretty great team, too.  We’ve won some age groups, including first place, and if there was a stroller division, we would have taken them all.  We’ve experienced mommy’s first DNF because he just wasn’t feeling it, and we’ve conquered many, many miles together.  In fact, most of my miles accrued this year have been with him in tow. It is my favorite thing to do and something I look forward to continuing.

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And last but not least, the FINAL reason as to why The Rook Run is my favorite.  This year, I wasn’t sure how this race was going to go.  My postpartum comeback has been nothing short of a hard, harder, and hardest rollercoaster ride I’ve ever experienced.  I struggled in the beginning, totally expected.  I started to get back to myself, only to be sidelined by mole procedures that left me with some nasty stitches that lead to a staph infection.  Then on my comeback round two, with marathon training, I hit the biggest road block of my life.  I was diagnosed with Graves Disease and the affect on my physical stamina was detrimental.  Like everything seemed impossible and it broke me down, so far down that I didn’t think I’d get myself out of it.  But I am a pretty stubborn lady and I fought hard to find answers for myself and did a lot of research after months of no getting better, and here I am today.  Feeling almost 100% back to myself and yet again, making my comeback.  Okay, so that was a lot, and really didn’t explain why or how this is the final reason I LOVE THE ROOK RUN.  But here it is….

Little man and I, despite some seriously nasty weather on the way down to the shore and an unsure mommy on whether or not we should race, achieved our 5k Stroller PR.  FINALLY!! I didn’t think we’d do it, because the race is such a confined space with 3,000 people, and stroller running in crowds is insane, but we did it.  I was the first female stroller runner and second stroller runner to cross the line finish line, and I AM so stinking happy.  The crazy rain and storms that went on all morning long brought about an intense level of humidity that was messing with me ((mostly all in my head, but it was there and creepin and I wanted to punch it in the face)).  But I fought through, literally sprinting through breaks in people, to get myself to the top, and when I finished, Clayton was asleep.  I couldn’t help but laugh, because I was talking to him and cheering saying, “we did it, buddy, we beat our 5k time!” And he was out. EEEEKKKKK, I am still beaming with pride and joy of the things we have accomplished together in the last year.  All starting here, at The Rook Run together, and bringing it all back full circle to snag that pretty PR. I can’t imagine running, and racing without him.  We are a team, a darn cute one, too (I am talking about him here).  And I cannot thank him enough for making the runner I am today.  He is my pride and joy, and sharing this love with him makes my heart go round.

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THANK YOU to The Rook Run for four years of amazingness and truly memorable moments of my life.  Thank you to the staff and volunteers for a darn good race.  Thank you to my friends for making the trek with me every year to run for 20 minutes.  Thank you to those who actually read this all the way to the end.  Next up for little man and I is a Christmas 5 miler.  I am already scheming costume ideas.  ❤

Took A Poll: Ultra Marathoner

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Over the weekend I took a poll.

QUESTION: If you walk AN ENTIRE 50k, can you call yourself an Ultra Marathoner?

This is something that has been boggling my mind for some time.  I think some people misunderstood the question as if you walk at all, but that is not what was meant.  This question was all about if you literally walk the whole thing. But anyways, I asked, and you answered with some shockingly surprising answers.  Shall we start with the positive first, because that’s always a good thing, right?


FOR THOSE THAT ANSWERED YES…..

“Yes, but no good runner should keep the volunteers out there that long.”

“I would say I DID an ultra, but I didn’t RUN it.”

“People walk every distance, so sure.”

“As long as you finish in the time limit.
I know a fair few folks that do multi-day races and they never run a step and still cover way more mileage than me in the same event.
I’ve done many 50k’s and as a mere mortal, in ultras, I walk the ups and run the downs and flats.Ultras aren’t tied to that hackneyed pablum of “if you walk you didn’t do it!”
I’ve been doing ultras for over 20 years and i can tell you, at some point everybody walks.”

“50k is 50k no matter how fast you do it.”

“Absolutely.  I don’t know where the premonition came that someone can’t walk during a half, full, 5k, or ultra.  What about Jeff Galloway?  Is he not a “real runner”.


Let’s talk about Jeff Galloway for a minute.  He introduced the RUN, walk, RUN training method.  Again, the question for this poll was about WALKING THE ENTIRE race, not using the interval method to see you to the finish.  The run, walk, run method was mentioned in other responses too.

“If you run/walk that is fine, and some walking is fine, but walking the entire ultra seems kind of pointless.”


FOR THOSE THAT ANSWERED NO…..

“If you walked a marathon, you can’t say I ran a marathon.”

“It’s mocking the sport.  A lazy approach.  Why even sign up?”

“You did an ultra, but you can’t say you are an ultra marathoner.”

“No, ultra walker.”

“Great question! Tough one. I think if you walk any distance race, you should call yourself whatever you want, but indicate that you walked.  The racer in me says “NO!”, but the other side loves that you moved.”

“If you are honest about your time/pace, then maybe. But, it’s really hard to call yourself an ultra marathoner when you walked it. It’s a running sport, not a walking sport.”

“Historically, marathon cut off time are around 6:30- 14:52/mile.  In military, the standard for a Ruck March (12 miles) is 3 hours-15:00/mile, except you have 35-65 lb gear.  Walking the whole way doesn’t count. Once you get slower than 15:00/miles you’re not really racing, you’re just participating.  It degrades the integrity of the race.


So there you have it.  I asked. You answered. Now bring  on the debate.  This was so 50/50 and unexpected.  If you did not get to answer, or after reading this you now have thoughts, please feel free to share.

QUESTION: If you walk AN ENTIRE 50k, can you call yourself an Ultra Marathoner?

 

Currently….

 

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When Angela (@Runlikekale) posted a fun blog about her currents, I was excited to play along.  She always has awesome, informational posts that you should all follow. It will definitely make you smile and laugh out loud. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see ridiculously cute pictures of G?  🙂  So currently, I am….

Loving: Watching CT explore the world on his own now that he can crawl, stand, sit, and walk with assistance. He is loving this new freedom, and it makes me smile from ear to ear.  Overnight, he has become fearless, independent, and so grown up. Gahhhh! ❤

Working On: Finding some kind of summer job, something that includes Clayton.  It’s almost I M P O S S I B L E! 

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Inspired By: The fierce mom club we have established on IG. 


Thinking About: S U M M E R break, and starting new traditions with our family of three. Day trips, hiking, teaching Clayton to swim, the beach, and oh so much more.

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Watching: The Leftovers, and driving my husband crazy, because I ask a million and one questions. Even after watching it over and over. It’s so confusing, but it hooks you.


Reading: Hands Free Mama…..Hands Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. It doesn’t mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn’t mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. What it does mean is seizing the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction. It means looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.

Eating/Drinking: I’ve been on a mission to go more wholly with my foods and eating habits. So, I started Whole30, cheated once and it went downhill from there. But in the first week with no cheating, I lost 7lbs and learned a lot about how food makes me feel. So now I am starting over, and really trying to stick to it for the 30 days. #noms


Learning: To read braille. One of my students is partially blind and to help her become more independent we thought it would be a good idea to learn it.  And it grabbed me in, so now I want learn too


Dreaming of: Being a stay at home mommy. I miss it. I need it. I want it so bad. 


Trying: To juggle everything that goes with being a working mom, and finding time for myself, while still getting all the chores and daily house hold shenanigans done.

Missing: My little peanut.  Is it 3:00 yet?

 

Planning: Clayton’s FIRST birthday!!  Say what?!?!?  It came way too fast.  Like seriously, I get so emotional thinking about the last year and how far he’s come.  Why can’t they stay little forever? 


Needing: To get a hair cut desperately. And maybe going back to blonde……

Screenshot_20170417-161828-01.jpgExcited About: All the stroller races Clayton and I have, and the fact that some of them are letting me run with the stroller ((as they haven’t in years past).

 

Want to play along? Copy and past this in the comments and let me know what you’re currently up to.

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Watching:
Reading:
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Learning:
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So You Want a Jogging Stroller?

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Much like anything else with babies, and all things babies, picking the right stroller is overwhelming.  There are so many choices, each with their own pros/cons. Depending on budget and needs,  an expensive stroller might not be necessary for everyone.  When you research jogging strollers, it’s only inevitable that the top rated ones are crazy expensive, at least to the family who lives pay check to pay check and can’t fathom spending $500+ on a stroller. Especially since we will only use them for a few years, give or take.


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When it came time to add strollers to my baby registry, I did a lot of research.  I compared prices, weight, reliability, durability, other mothers views and opinions, and convenience; basically everything.  I knew if I put a $500+ stroller on my registry, no one would buy it.  And we couldn’t afford that kind of money on a stroller, regardless of how much it would be used.  I was heading into a 7 month unpaid leave.  We had to save everywhere we could.  So I narrowed my search to jogging strollers that were under $200.  My chances of getting one as a gift, at that price were a lot higher.

Enter the Graco Fast Action Click Connect Jogging stroller.  I was so excited when my BFF got it for me.  I didn’t really care what kind of stroller I got, as long as I could do what I loved with my new little love, that was all that mattered.  I loved it because it already came with everything I needed to take Clayton in his carrier as an infant.  I didn’t need to purchase any accessories, that also cost a fortune.  It folds up easily.  It weighs the same as a BOB revolution.  It was good to me.  I had no complaints.  We did a lot of running with that bad boy, including some 5k’s through hilly terrain, and  one at the boardwalk.

As Clayton grew out of the carrier, and we were able to run with him sitting forward, we started to do more and more runs together. The one and only thing that became an issue was the sun/wind.  The shield didn’t come down far enough to block the sun.  I bought a cheapo rain/wind cover at Target, and love it. That helped with the wind, but the sun was still an issue.

So why did I get a BOB? Well, simply because I am basically doing all of my runs with him now, and I wanted to get more serious about racing with him. That meant giving him the best there was, including the darn sun shield.  It also didn’t hurt that I got it for a steal of a deal. Sales on sales on discounts.  I would NEVER justify spending $500+ on a stroller.  EVER!! But $300…..okay…you got me.  But I still refuse to spend even more money on the cup holder for him and I ((it doesn’t come with any)), and the wind/rain shield.  Not when I can use my Choopie that is nicer, bigger, and cheaper, and I already have the rain shield from Target for like $7.

But okay, what is the difference between the two?  There is one big, noticeable difference and that is the way the stroller feels. It’s almost effortless.  It is a much smoother ride for Clayton and I.  It feels lighter, despite weighing the same, and my paces are faster ((but that could be because I’m getting stronger, and am a lot further into my postpartum comeback)).  So is it worth the extra, EXTRA money?  Well that depends. But for me, it was.  Would I have been fine with the Graco?  For sure.  And I still think it’s a great jogging stroller for the price. But I am glad I splurged a little for the BOB, and my hubby is too.  He noticed a huge difference. So whether you want to spend a lot of money or not, there is a stroller for you.  Depending on the needs, I would still recommend both to a mom in question .

Confessions of a Struggling Runner

 I want to run. To do what I always do, have always done, for the last three years of my life. Escape, flee into the shadows, run happy, run free. But this time, I’m tired of running because I have to.💜 I want to run for me, for the love of the run.

Confession, I don’t think the marathon distance is for me anymore, or at  least at this time. And I’m not even upset about it. I loved E V E R Y T H I N G about my first go around at it. I found myself ((and even wrote a blog post about that awhile ago)). I found my true strength during that training cycle, and it felt awesome. But this time, this time is so different, and at the end of my list of reasons why is a simple, “I’m just not into it.”

Now let’s not confuse that with I don’t love running anymore, because I do. But I love it for so many different reasons and so many different ways since becoming a mommy. I love the miles with my boy in tow, pushing the stroller. I love the speed workouts, and random “I feel like running” runs.💙 I just don’t love the long runs. Why? I’m not exactly sure, but it always seems like God is telling me that it’s just not my thing, or my time.

Among the crazy list of reasons why I’m not meant to be a marathon runner at this time is my son. This is by no means a jab at any other mama out there, it’s just my own selfish reason, but I want to spend my weekends and every free moment with my boy. During the week, I only get to see him for a few hours in the evening. Working again has taken its toll on me emotionally. I miss him. I miss him terribly during the day. And every time I have to spend a few hours away from him on the weekend, it rips at my heart strings. And before you say, “why don’t you run when he’s asleep, or before he wakes up?”, I do try to run during the week while he takes his evening nap. BUT I don’t have the luxury of a baby that sleeps through the night. He’s in his crib, in his own room, but no matter how many nights, weeks, months we spend sleep training, he just doesn’t do it. And it’s okay. He is unpredictable through the night, and sometimes, most times, he is up in the time frame I would have to workout in the morning. And then sleepless nights don’t go well with intense training; mentally, physically, or emotionally. Now, you might be thinking, “Then why don’t you take him with you when you run?”. I DO! And they are my favorite runs. But I also don’t want to force him to spend over an hour in the stroller, when he’s still learning to crawl and figure this world out for himself. I want him to have time to play with mommy, doing the things he loves, not being forced into a stroller. 

I also find myself missing my other loves, like yoga. I used to go to yoga and hot yoga eveey other day. Now, between momming, training, working, and everything in between, I simply don’t have enough time to do it all; running, yogaing, lifting, cycling, cross training, cooking, sleeping, hiking. Shall I keep going?😑

Postpartum running is ridiculously hard. It’s been so frustrating. I’ve made tremendous progress since being cleared, but with short runs and half marathon distances. When it comes to long runs, I struggle. It isn’t getting easier. And for some reason, it seems every long run of this training cycle something goes wrong, or something happens that causes me to get in my head and then I can’t get out. The longest I’ve gone without splitting up a run is 15 miles and that happened today. I’ve done 16, but split it into two. Between the weather, getting sick, being a mom, weekend plans, and then silly things like creepy guys on the trail, and getting lost on runs, I’ve just had enough. 

Like today for example, I planned a route and instead of uploading it to my Garmin, or using the map on Strava, I wrote the directions on a piece of paper. It worked out just fine until I reached a fork in the road, or none of the roads had street name signs. 📍And about three plus miles into my run, I got fed up with my Garmin. It was telling me my pace was 12 minutes, it didn’t matter if I sprinted or stopped, it stayed on 12. And it was messing with me mentally. So I don’t even know if I was actually three plus miles into my run. I wanted to quit. I texted my hubby in an all out annoying rage. Thankfully, he was able to walk me through trying to fix the problem. And wouldn’t you know, the stubbornness in me didn’t want to stop my watch and start it again because then I would lose the total mileage of the run. But I listened, and it seemed to help. So on I go again. But with none of the roads being labeled, I had to keep stopping to check Google maps. I was getting so frustrated with the stop and go. It’s so darn hard. But here I was in the middle of nowhere, so I had to keep going. It started raining, but forward I went. I eventually found a groove, and got out of my head for a short while before those dreaded stomach pains came. It only meant I was going to have to go to the bathroom soon. BUT WHERE? I’m in farm country. It’s all wide open fields. So I ran/walked until I found a familiar place and cut my run short to make it back to my car. No lie, I almost pooped in my pants. 💩💩💩💩 At least I got to spend some time with the cows!🐄

Anyways, I’m not giving up on marathons, or maybe even ultras in my future. And I will finish the NJ marathon in a few weeks. I’m just going to take it day by day, and get back to running because I want to, not because I have to. We shall see where training for Chicago takes me come this summer. But for now, I’m dipping my toes into the Tri life. Yup, that’s right, it’s finally happening. I’ve always been run, run, run. Then I became run, bike, run. And now, I’m excited to become swim, bike run. I finally bit the bullet and signed up for my first Sprint triathlon. It’s time to change gears up for a little and redirect my focus!🤗 Who knows, maybe I’ll get hooked into this.

Hot Chili Challenge- 8 Mile Trail Run

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Way back when, when I decided to look for races, and get myself signed up, as a means of pushing myself  postpartum, I chose the Hot Chili Challenge. 8 miles seems like nothing, and seemed like nothing when I signed up.  Silly me hadn’t even ran a trail race, let alone a trail run in over a year.  Last September to be exact. BUT I can hang for 8 miles.  I did just run a half marathon for Pete sake. 🙂



I was a pile of mixed emotions going into it.  I usually know at least one other person running a race, but this time I was solo, && I didn’t have anyone to tell me to shut up and just run. The last time I had run a race on this course, I got bit by something right off the bat, and had trouble using my leg for the entire race.  So I was nervous about that.  I was nervous about falling, because I was running in normal sneaks. I was nervous about placing ((I put so much pressure on myself, because pre-baby, I placed all the time)), which made me nervous about the hills. BUT I was excited to be in my element. I was excited to challenge myself.  I was excited to take in the fall foliage.  I was excited to run.  Especially since I could worry less about my little man, and have some time to myself.

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If you know me, you know that I have a big mouth && a big personality to go with it, so making new friends is a piece of cake.  PLUS, I needed someone to take my pre-race picture, or it didn’t really happen.  Am I right?! So, I started up conversations with a lot of people, but found they were all running the 5k && 10k.  It looked like it was just me, myself, and I for this race.  BUT I actually prefer that on the trails. There is a lot more to pay attention to, and holding a conversation just isn’t in the cards.  It was time to hit the rocks && run the race God placed before me.

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I let the adrenaline rush get the best of me, and started wayyyyyy to fast, but it felt good, so I kept going.  I was running the hills (I shocked myself haha),  I was keeping pace and then, wait for it….. and then it hit me.  A wall like I’ve never felt before, not even during my marathon.  It felt like I had been running for 17 miles, but it was only 2.5.  I am accounting it to going way too hard, way too fast.  So I slowed it down, I think I even walked a little and kept plugging away. But it sure wasn’t without some negative thoughts.  I even said out loud, “I think I got a little too ambitious about my postpartum goals.” and someone was behind me.  She practically freaked out when she heard me say it, which startled me.  I came to find that she (a mom of four), just ran 100 miles.  Say what??!  I just kept telling her she was amazing, but she would only return that I was amazing, and she couldn’t believe I was out there already.  As much as thought she was just being nice, and couldn’t take the compliment, it was nice to hear, and distracted me from my own negative space.  We ran together for about a mile && then she left me. 🙂

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I felt like I got my mojo back around mile 5, but it was still a struggle to catch my breath.  When I reached a little over 6 miles, I got the worst stomach cramps and couldn’t hang on the hills anymore.  They owned me. But that’s okay.  The hill at mile 6/7 is gi-freakin-normous.  By mile 7, I felt like I could run a million more.  The highs and lows I felt during this run were some of the most extreme I ever experienced. So strange.  But, the views were absolutely breathtaking.

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The best thing about these races are that 100% of the proceeds goes to providing free mammograms to women.  The Friend2Friend mission is dedicated to assisting women and their families whose lives are impacted by a cancer diagnosis. The SCWF strives to provide early detection services, support and resources to the women of Sussex and surrounding counties.  They have awesome volunteer staff along the courses and the runners themselves create an inviting atmosphere you can’t pass up.  At the end of the race, you get some awesome grub, the main dish obviously being chili (beef, chicken and vegan options available)).  They mean business haha! ❤

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When I crossed the finish line, I checked my stats, and thought I might’ve placed.  BUT I took a 5th place finish for my age group.  No complaints.  I just wanted to finish.  And based on how I felt in the beginning, I didn’t think I was going to.  BUT then again, you’re kind of in the middle of the woods, and have no choice but to finish.  🙂 I am still super nervous about completing a trail half marathon in a couple of weeks, but this mama is only going in one direction, and that’s forward.

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Lucky for me, I get to come home and cuddle this cutie after every race!  ❤

 

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Roxbury Community Benefit 5k-Race Recap

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Where do I even begin with this race?  This is one of those races you just have to keep coming back for more.  The atmosphere is so inviting and fun!  For the past two years I think, I’ve been doing this race with my church and our Run4God group.  BUT I’ve been attending this race for at least 5 years.  Two of those years I’ve had to run//walk it ((one year I had staples in my back && this year I was carrying little man)).



What keeps me coming back?

  • It’s local
  • It’s family//community friendly
  • You get free ice cream and pizza
  • The course is the same each year, so it’s the perfect place to keep pushing for PR’s
  • The love and support from the crowds
  • The traditional feel it gives off
  • I JUST LOVE IT! ❤


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We won first place in the group division!  🙂

This year was one of the biggest years I’ve encountered with this beautiful group!  We have grown tremendously in numbers since last year && have opened it up to walkers too!  I love how this group changes people mentally, physically, emotionally && spiritually!  It was life changing for me and my running career, as well!  Because of this group, I became a runner, a REAL, die hard runner!  && it all started with the half-marathon training program.  FROM THERE, I continued on my own journey to becoming a marathoner.  BUT it wasn’t without this group and their love, support, && unconditional devotion to our Lord and Savior.  ❤



PRE Race I found these two gems.  Love them! ❤ They make my heart happy && the goofiness we get ourselves into is priceless.  Runners truly make the best friends!  AND mine just happen to be the best, not to brag or anything!  🙂 ❤

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The belly bump is always a hit at these things!  ❤


I started out running this race.  Slow, painfully slow.  BUT I knew it wasn’t going to be a good running day from the moment I got up.  All day I complained about pressure and heaviness in my belly. I even spent a good portion of my morning in the nurse’s office laying on the bed there.  I was hoping he would move off of my bladder and super low, but he wasn’t having it.  So we tried our best, and made it maybe .75 miles in.  Reached the hill && said, “Okay, I am walking!”  Waved Heather on && hung out with my girl Christina. When I say she is a genuine soul, I mean she is something special.

I am not used to being the one that has to hold people up or apologize for walking.  She didn’t care.  She made the decision to stick with me and that is what she did.  BUT can I just tell you, it was one of my most favorite runs, because I just got to be.  IT WAS WHAT IT WAS!  We had awesome conversation, and the race flew by like that.  We stopped to take photo ops everywhere we could, because well, let’s be real, that’s just how we both are, hehe!  🙂

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I am not one to walk through finish lines, NO MATTER WHAT, so when we rounded the corner to the final stretch, I took off running, so fast we got down into the 8:30’s and Christina and Heather (( who came back to finish with us ❤ ) were yelling at me to slow down.  BUT when I see the end, something always takes over me and I just run. We decided to jump at the finish line and the capture of it makes me so happy!  🙂

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I am a lucky girl to be blessed with such amazing friends && running buddies!  Especially the ones who like to stuff their faces and eat all the food with me afterwards!

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Thank you to my loves from church, the volunteers and police officers, the cute cheering sections all over the course, and these two lovely ladies!  You all made for one perfect night for me and little man && I cannot wait to share this night with him!  ❤

UNTIL NEXT YEAR….

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For Two Fitness: REVIEW && GIVEAWAY

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When I first found out I was expecting, I immediately wanted workout attire that depicted our exciting news.  I shopped around for running shirts with the cute little feet that said things like, “future marathoner” && “running buddy”! I even went as far as to find cute little onesies to use for our announcements.  ❤

Thanks to the instagram community, I had seen numerous women wearing these adorable shirts && found my way to the For Two Fitness ®  website. Can we just say cuteness overload.  I wanted E V E R Y T H I N G, but settled for the “Sweating for Two ®”, as it covered almost any workout I chose to do [[running, lifting, yoga, etc.]].



When it arrived, I was so nervous it wasn’t going to fit && I didn’t even have a bump to be seen.  BUT it fits true to size && as you will see, has grown with me as the bump announced itself and then some.  🙂

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My favorite things about this shirt are:

  •  that it is made in the USA. I am a huge advocate for items made in the US.  🇺🇸

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  • Their fabrics are high performance, soft, moisture wicking, and stay in place with any form of exercise//activity.image1 (13)
  • Let’s be real here for a minute, maternity clothes are expensive.  I, for one, have purchased maybe 5 things from the maternity section.  It is outrageous how pricey the items are. So when I saw the price for a shirt on their website, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was no different than any other workout attire from brand name shops && in my eyes completely worth it.image6 (12)
  • The shirts are the perfect way to feel gorgeous working out, while letting others know that, yes you are pregnant && not just gaining weight.  Plus, it makes a statement.  EVERYWHERE I go people are always stopping me to say “Cute shirt”, or ask me where I got it from.

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  • The side details form to your unique body && allow you to move in any way, shape, and form, without riding up or moving.  As your bump grows, the shirt adjusts. IT IS THE BEST THING EVER! 🙂

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Thanks to the lovely ladies at For Two Fitness ®, I became an ambassador, and was given a second shirt, to showcase the amazing features of their apparel and share my love of their products with women all over the world.  🙂 The apparel featured in my videos && photographs, and the giveaway prize, is courtesy of For Two Fitness ®.  Which leads me to the B E S T part….

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Tanya

Thankful Thursday

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This week//month has been a serious adjustment for me.  Everything from weight gain, to sleepless nights, to crazy busy days with school && coaching, to some serious reality setting in that in just 11 weeks time ( or less, but praying not ) we will have a little human in our hands.  EEEKKKKKkkkk!! With that being said, these gems I am about to mention have been life saving, yummy, && what every pregnant girl needs. Thankful Thursday necessity style! 🙂



 

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The belly band by BeMaternity has been my BFF since about weeks 23//24.  I have maybe purchased two pairs of maternity pants, but rarely wear them.  YES, they are super comfortable, but they are expensive && tend to lack the fashion style I am prone to wearing. PLUS, if I can still fit into my clothes, I want to.  This band allows me to continue to wear my own pants//shorts//skirts, etc. without feeling any bit uncomfortable && they stay in place.  It also has an added bonus of supporting my growing belly.  I found mine at target for like $11.00 && they come in white, black, and tan.  I highly suggest purchasing these for my expecting mommas out there. You will not regret it!  🙂


 

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Seriously, you must “SEED your SOUL” with these beauts.  The amount of Omega-3’s they provide are fab for my growing baby && support his brain development. PLUS, they are great for my own health && wellness.  They taste amazing && make me feel amazing!  I buy the store out every time I go.  I am a stickler for this flavor && this flavor only, but the others were tasty too. I just have an obsession with all things beets.  ❤


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The Oiselle Toolbet ROGA shorts are my favorite shorts in the history of shorts. ///// The pockets are perfect.  The fit is perfect. && they work well with the big ole belly I now carry around with me.  I love them for all distances.  They don’t ride up.  The pockets are perfect for fuel and keys.  I’m just a fan.  HUGE, h u g e   fan!  🙂

http://www.oiselle.com/shop/running-bottoms/running-shorts-and-skirts/toolbelt-roga-shorts


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True life… since Honey Stinger came out with these bars, I have been non stop eating them.  They seriously taste like you are eating a pb&&j sandwich, yet the ingredients are simply peanuts, cranberries, strawberries and honey.  ❤  LOVE at first bite!  With being on the go ((ALL THE TIME)), I carry these around with me wherever I go. Who doesn’t love some pure natural energy? 🙂

http://www.honeystinger.com/index.php/energy-bars/peanut-butter-and-jelly-snack-bar.html



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