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Baby Jogger XC Summit Double Giveaway

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by Complete Nutrition Tallahassee and Marzuq Shriners 5k. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

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The time has come to part with my Baby Jogger stroller. My girls are now six and eight years old and have been running their own races the past couple of years. I held on to our jogging stroller and kept it in storage because it meant so much to me. There were many journeys, miles, several 5ks and 10ks raced with this awesome stroller.

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2017…. Back in the Saddle

Seems like just yesterday I was racing IRONMAN, Texas, even though that was almost two years ago. Life threw me a few curve balls through 2015 and 2016, but I am excited to be back in a healthy, active lifestyle and racing again.

I kicked off 2017 with the Big Beach Marathon in Alabama on January 29, 2017. The Big Beach Marathon was the first marathon I ever actually considering quitting. Mile 22 was the infamous mile in which I reached into my FlipBelt, grabbed my phone and texted for a pick up. I got no response from the other end so I kept trudging along. By mile 23 I was upset that I still didn’t get a response and bargained with myself that if I made it to mile 24 that I would go ahead and finish. I ended up finishing. The Big Beach Marathon was indeed my slowest finish time ever, but every once in awhile a humbling experience like that reminds us to be grateful that we can even get out there and complete 26.2 miles.

 

I followed up the Big Beach Marathon with the Tallahassee Half Marathon a week later. The hilly and beautiful winding course was a welcome change of scenery. I ran the Tallahassee Half Marathon with a friend/coach and catching up on life for 13.1 miles always makes those miles go by a little faster.

 

A few other exciting notes for 2017…. I am honored to be representing Complete Nutrition as a Complete Nutrition Tallahassee Athlete for 2017 and a social media influencer for Rose City Triathlon Club. Looking forward to sharing training, travels, adventures, and races this year!

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ENERGY GELS GALORE GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

Winner: Sadie B.

What is THAT? Have you ever been asked that question as you whip out what looks like a super-sized ketchup packet, tear it open and squirt something colorful with the texture of honey into your mouth? If you answered “yes,” then my guess is you have been introduced to the world of energy gels!

My first energy gel experience took place while on a summer bike ride a few years ago. About 20 miles into a bike ride, I whipped out an Espresso flavored Gu Energy Gel. I was not prepared for what I was in for….. warm, flavorful, and gooey!

Here’s where I get to show I’m not as young as I once was…. back in my Army days, we used to use honey packets before a timed physical fitness test or during long workouts. Honey packets either came in the form of a ketchup packet or what looked like a straw (similar to Pixie Sticks candy).

You will often find energy gels in goody bags for local road races – everything from 5ks to marathons, at local cycling events, and triathlons. I have even seen endurance belts designed to accommodate up to six gels at a time. While watching Ironman Kona (from my living room couch of course), I saw one triathlete tape over ten Gu packets onto her bike frame. Energy gels are indeed going to stick around (pun intended).

Energy Gel Giveaway includes:

Gu Energy Gel – Salted Caramel
Gu Energy Gel –   Salted Watermelon
Gu Energy Gel – Root Beer
Mud Energy – Chocolate Truffle Rage
Accel Gel – Vanilla
2nd Surge – Pina Colada

Gel Giveaway

Leave a comment below answering: What is your favorite energy gel brand and flavor?

 

  Click on the link to enter!

ENERGY GELS GALORE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway ends 9/26

Mondays… Running & Raindrops

I love to run on Monday mornings. There is something cleansing about starting the week off with a Monday morning run that just puts my heart and head in the right place. Today was not one of those “soul cleansing” type of runs. I was almost hit by two distracted drivers, got way too close to a giant spider web and a spider the size of my palm (I don’t think they were Halloween decorations), and had to make two potty stops, all of which slowed down my run tremendously. All these things started to put me in a less than grateful mood.

Then, in my last half mile I began to feel raindrops, which led to a light rainfall. I could have gotten upset at the fact I would be soaking wet by the time I got home or that the rain was breaking in my new running shoes way faster than I had planned, but I could not help but smile and enjoy it. I could almost hear the Bambi song playing in my head…”drip, drip, drop, little April shower, beating a tune as you fall all around,”….. yes, I know how cheesy that sounds. I could not help but feel that the big guy above let those drops fall just for me and those drops fell on me to wash away the negativity that was just beginning to build from a  less than pleasant run. I relished those last few minutes as I ran in the rain and was momentarily reminded of what it was like to be a kid playing in the rain. Several people drove past me and I cannot imagine what they might have been thinking.

When was the last time you had a moment where you smiled for no reason, where you just enjoyed the moment you were in, and couldn’t help but smile?

I hope you all have a beautiful Monday and a beautiful week!

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Run 2 Remember 10k Recap

Moultrie Run Finish

OFFICIAL FINISH TIME: 52:41

PLACE: 9/17, 1st overall female

Last minute decision = First place finish… imagine that… 

On Thursday, I was asked if I was interested in racing the Run 2 Remember on Saturday, August 2, 2014. I said “sure,” and was thinking in the back of my mind, “sure, you won’t remember you asked me.” Knowing I had a long bike ride the day before, I wasn’t thinking about running a hard race the next day…. However, a 5:30 am Saturday morning test message reminded me that this race thing was happening. I spent the next 20 minutes fumbling in the dark for running clothes, shoes, hat, sunglasses, iPod, Flipbelt, food, and car keys. Continue reading

Running skirts, airports, and a lululemon *(closed)*

Congrats to  Jessica Fong, $20 Lululemon giftcard winner!

For anyone who as ever flown on an airplane…

I’d like to consider myself a seasoned traveler, but not quite a frequent flyer. I can usually find my way through an airport without too much difficulty and there are a handful of airports I hate to have connecting flights through. I’ve flown as a soldier, as a pregnant mama, with a toddler and a baby in a stroller while nursing, and am very grateful to be passed the nursing momma stage.

This past weekend I traveled to Chicago for an amazing event called the Herbalife Extravaganza, which I hope to blog about later this week. After a full day of work on Friday, I flew out of Valdosta, GA Regional Airport (an airport consisting of one runway, free parking, and a building the size of a grocery store) to Chicago O’Hare International. Saturday and Sunday were jam-packed days full of learning, growing, smiling, and even some tears were shed.

Due to a crazy schedule, I found myself headed to the airport in one of my favorite running skirts on Sunday afternoon. I did not get a chance to go for a morning run, but did enjoy a wonderful yoga session in an empty corridor of a busy hotel. My flight out of Chicago O’Hare was late, which meant my connection in Atlanta was cut down to a less than  40 minute layover. Of course I was on the back on the plane. So when we landed, the clock was ticking and by the time I was off the plane, I had less than 30 minutes to cross three terminals and run to the very last gate. I don’t mind missing a flight most times, but this as the last flight of the night headed into Valdosta.

After getting off the train into the connecting terminal, I found myself jogging ever so gracefully as one can do while toting a laptop in a shoulder bag and a purse in the other. As I jogged up to the gate and handed my sweaty, crumpled ticket to the lady at the ticket counter, she said, “beautiful skirt… and you made it with less than a minute before we close the door.” All I could do was smile ear-to-ear and say THANK YOU!

I think I smiled all the way home and officially have a “lucky” skirt now. Not only is it lucky, it was the most comfortable thing I have ever flown in!

In honor of my love of running skirts, I am giving away a $20 giftcard to lululemon!

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 Visit my RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY until July 31st to submit entries!

Enter everyday!

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Good luck & run on!!!!

Confessions of a Mommy on the Run…

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Three things I have learned about running…

Granted, I have learned way more than just three things about myself, about others, about things I did not want to happen, about awesome and not so awesome moments…. but, these were the three on the tip of my mind today…. Now, excuse me while I try to find a discount code for a Flipbelt.

1. I have commitment phobia.

Nowhere else in my life do I have commitment phobia, except when it comes to running. I will go for a run with anyone, if they can bring themselves to slow down to my turtle pace, but I rarely run with the same group more than three times.

2. Looking ridiculous has become a new kind of awesome.

I say this because my running belt looks very much like a fanny pack and I am totally okay with that. I would rather wear and run with my fanny pack on than have my arm rubbed raw from an arm band.

3. Did you say illiotibial band?

Not only do I know where it is but can have an hour-long discussion on IT band issues to the point where most people wished they never asked me.

What have you learned?