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Thursday, July 28, 2016

22 Miles on a Saturday.

My alarm went off at 4:50 am yesterday morning. I eventually crawled out of bed at 5:00 when the coffee pot went off. After a quick breakfast, cup of coffee and pumping session I headed out the door shortly after 5:30. I was planning on 12-18 solo miles throughout town. The windows were all steamed up at home and I could barely see in front of me while I took my first steps outside. The humidity was through the roof.




I ended up logging 16 miles around town. I consistently paced myself at 10:50 miles. I stopped two times for gels and three times for more water. I drank four full water bottles.
I was slow. steady. smart and sweaty by the end of my run. At 8:30 it was already 81 degrees and 87% humidity. I was so sweaty that I could hear my feet and socks squishing with each step over my headphones. Yikes.

 
After an afternoon of family time walking around downtown Madison, my two loves opted for an afternoon nap. I opted to get in a few more miles outside after the thunderstorm passed through.

 
I ended up logging six more miles. I felt great as the temperature and the humidity had dropped. I was clocking faster miles than I had earlier in the morning.

 
Six more miles done.
Twenty two miles completed.
And an all time high of over 50,000 steps for the day.


 

Getting fit for running shoes.

It took me several years to find the RIGHT running shoe for me. I had been fit several times. I tried several brands and styles. I had tried tying my laces different ways. Experimented with inserts. But, the Saucony Ride has been my go-to running shoe for long distances for the past few years. I seem to be the most comfortable in this shoe. And they have the right amount of cushion and stability for my footstrike and the volume of miles that I log. I've been alternating two pairs of Ride's since I returned to running after pregnancy in January.
 
 
Shoes do expire. You should trade them in every 300-500 miles . And walking miles, count too. With a lot of miles on my agenda the next few months, my husband ordered me this pretty model to help log the miles - and keep me injury-free.

Make sure that you go in and get properly fit for running shoes when you get started. And if it has been awhile since you were fit for shoes, you recently had a change (weightloss, surgery, pregnancy, etc) or if you are having difficulty with your current kicks - go in and get fit at a running shoe store. They will watch you run and walk outside, around the store and/or on a treadmill. You aren't obligated to purchasing anything. But the professionals will select several different brands and styles that suit your footstike and your needs. I tell all of my clients to go get fit after our first running session.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Birthday Miles

This morning, I set my alarm for 5 am to get my 36th year started on the right foot.  After looking out the window to very dark skies, I checked the forecast, which showed 80-90% chance of rain for the next couple of hours.  I could have gone back to bed, sat and had another cup of coffee and made fifty million other excuses.  But I didn't.  I decided to get myself up and out there as quick as I could and told myself that I would do one or two short loops around the neighborhood and would return home when the rain came. 
 
sporting the birthday girl Bondi Band
I headed out the door and ran into the sun to the east, with the dark, dark skies following behind me to the west.  As my watch struck an even 10 minute mile at the one mile marker, I looked behind me to see if traffic was behind me as I crossed the road.  I was stunned to see a beautiful full rainbow spread across the sky.  Just then my favorite Mumford and Sons song started whispering in my ear.  The rain started to sprinkle ever so slightly and it felt amazing in the humidity.  I kept peeking behind me to watch the beautiful rainbow span across the sky from one end of the city to the next.  Then, I realized that it connected my old neighborhood to my new neighborhood.  My two "lives".  The old and the new.  The old me and the new me.  I got chills.
 
 
Twelve years ago I was miserable, but didn't realize just how miserable I was until I was set free.  And found myself. I was unhappy with myself.  With my body.  I didn't exercise.  I was unhappy in a unsatisfying relationship.  With my partner.  With food.  I loved being a mother two one special little girl.  She was the light of my life.  But many other things in my life made me sad.  I had few close friends.  I was stuck in my little "bubble".  Scared to try something new.  Yet I craved more.
 
I discovered running eleven years ago and it set me on an entirely new path of life.  I broke free of what was holding me back.  I met new people that embraced my struggles and supported my goals.  I removed negativity from my life.  I learned what I needed out of a partner.  I have added two more little blessings to my life.  And have still been able to commit to myself as my family has grown.  I found passion.  And I shared it.  I have encountered struggles and conquered them.  I have set goals and achieved them. 
The true me was in there, she just had to grow, learn some things about life and find herself.  Believe in herself.
 
The old me would have looked at the forecast and gone back to bed this morning.  Heck, the old me wouldn't even have set her alarm or thought that she could run around the block.  Birthdays are for eating cupcakes!  (They still are! - but first we run!!)
 
Here's to 36 years of being me and learning about myself.  The last decade of learning and growing has been a humbling experience.  Here's to many, many more years of changing, thriving and creating the life that I want.
 
Whether I knew you a lifetime ago - or have met you through this blog, coaching, my kids, neighborhoods, or work - or you don't know me at all personally - THANK YOU for reading my words, encouraging me and motivating me to be the best version of me as I publicly write out my thoughts on Running Diva Mom.


Nine birthday miles (can't get much more consistent than that!)
 
Reached my 15,000 step goal by 7:00 am

Monday, July 4, 2016

This bench.

This bench.
 
 
I have noticed this bench every time I'm out running on my favorite trail.  I've probably seen it two to three dozen times, as I go running by at my  middle-of-the-pack pace.  My favorite running locations are filled with little gems like this.  Quaint little spots that overlook the trail, little streams or scenic outlooks.  My favorite running trails are most likely my favorite spots to run because of these cute added elements.  I often run past, thinking how nice it would be to sometime take a break from life, grab a bottle of water or a coffee with a book.  And just sit and read.  Or watch nature pass by.  Possibly cuddle up with someone close to me and pause life for a bit.  But, who has time for that?
 
Well, yesterday I did.
 
 
I scheduled some time alone with Little Diva.  We went out to our favorite trail.  We took a bag filled with a blanket, our current reads from the library, a camera, some raspberries, and a Starbucks drink in hand.  We laid out the blanket and talked and laughed and read a bit under the afternoon sun.  By the bench that I so often passed by.
 
Unfortunately, the one thing that I forgot to pack was bug spray!  As the mosquitos decided that we were just having so much fun that they wanted to join us.  So our visit was cut short.  But it was the experience and the hike to our spot that made it all worth it.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Twenty things.

After some of my recent posts, you may notice that I am trying to redesign my life.  My family's life.  I'm trying to find balance.  I think that I finally have a pretty go grasp on that.  Since I have a "second chance on life" I'm trying to make this marriage the best that it can be.  I revisit our personally written vows in my head and want to make the life we envisioned, the life that we have.  After adding a third child, I'm trying to be the best version of myself, so that I can be a great mother to all three of my kids.  And a great wife.  I want to be true to myself.  Be a new, better version of myself, but the same ol' me, too.  I want to grow.  I want to learn  But I don't want to entirely change.  I'm trying to take the good with the bad.  Trying to fill our day with all the good stuff.  Trying to have open communication with each member of my family.  Schedule family meetings to discuss household responsibilities, chores, agendas and our diet. 

After finding great joy in moments recently, a smile was literally brought to my face.  While feeding my daughter her bottle on our front porch, my face felt warm and my heart felt full.  I started thinking about how saying NO to certain things have allowed me to say YES to other things that I wanted in my day.  Most of these things are small, brief moments during our day.  But they have made my day - and my life - that much fuller.

I challenge YOU to create a list of ten or twenty things that fill your heart.  Things you look forward to doing and that make you smile.  Write them in no particular order and revisit the list.  See how full your heart feels?  Then, add more of those things into your day.  You can thank me later.

Here is mine.
  1. Feeding Mini Diva her bottles on the front porch.
  2. Drinking my first cup of coffee while checking my email and listening to the radio with my husband.
  3. Getting up at 5:00 am to walk the dog at sunrise
  4. Running with Mini Diva in the jogging stroller
  5. Watching Little Diva pursue her passion with theater
  6. Playing Legos with Little Dude
  7. Family taco night - complete with sombreros
  8. Playing Scrabble and Scattegories with my husband
  9. Reading in bed with my husband
  10. Reading a book; then watching a movie
  11. Getting lost in a run with a few new songs on my ipod
  12. Blogging about my feelings
  13. Running with the dog at dusk
  14. Lists and crossing things off
  15. Being able to pick the kids up from school
  16. Planks
  17. New Moms on the Move class that I am leading
  18. Watching clients push themselves and answer their questions
  19. Visiting the library every week
  20. Making my bed in the morning; cleaning the kitchen counter at night

Strawberry Festival 5K 2016 Race Report

Mini Diva and I attended Sun Prairie's Strawberry Festival two weeks ago, to run their 5K.  I had never ran a race with a jogging stroller.  But this little one is so incredibly well-behaved in the stroller, that I didn't think twice about it.  I also knew that the race would be rather a small crowd, so I knew it wouldn't be congested.  It was pretty warm, even for an early start.

 
I immediately ran into several current and former clients, including Carol, who was completing her first 5K.  It was nice seeing so many former clients that had continued with their running this summer.  I also ran into a friend, Dan, who I had met during a half marathon about six years ago.  I enjoyed catching up with him and finally meeting his family.

The event had both a 5K and a 10K route.  I knew that the 5K route would have a pretty decent sized hill half-way, as I had coached this route several times previously. 

 
Mini Diva sported her pretty strawberry jumper and matching shoes for the occasion.  She received several compliments on her adorable outfit, while she sat quietly in the jogging stroller.  I seriously never heard a peep out of her before, during or after the race.  She has the best personality and is so easy-going.  She loves sitting in the stroller and watching the scenery and runners go by.  I loved seeing her strawberry toes hanging out of the front of the stroller while I ran each step.
 
I really tried to pace myself with the stroller.  It's easy to push.  But I wasn't sure how tired I'd be later on.  I knew I would still be going at a faster clip than I'm use to.  My plan was to hold an even and steady pace.  And that's what we did.  Even with the two hills that we were forced to run up, we hung around a nine minute mile.  We didn't need to stop at the water stations, because I had my water on board the jogging stroller.  I do love the convenience of having all of my necessities at my finger tips.
 
It had been a really long time since I had ran a 5K outside of one of my groups.  It felt strange being done with a race in less than thirty minutes.  But I stopped my watch at 27 minutes and some change.  That time is no where near my personal previous 5K times.  But I really enjoyed running with my little one in the stroller and I feel like I'm getting my rhythm and my body back.  I'm sure that she and I will have many more running adventures this summer. 
 


The gift of running.

For mother's day, I received two tickets to attend a concert with a friend.  I was immediately excited - and torn.  Torn?  Yes.  The mom guilt set in.  I was scheduled to have some time with a friend and also cross a big concert off of my to do list.  However, I was scheduled to have my kids on the day of the concert, would miss them terrible, would need to arrange afternoon childcare, arrange transportation to and from kid practice and rehearsals.  And I was going to have to juggle my breast pump schedule and endure the mom guilt of leaving three little ones behind.  Leaving the little ones may seem like a necessity for some.  Yes, we all need time apart.  However, when you only are able to share half of your child's life with them, I find that my mom guilt may be more than some.

After much debate and hesitation, I had a thought a couple of weeks ago.  If I was dreading this concert instead of looking forward to some time away from my family - then it really wasn't the gift that my family had intended.  It wasn't giving me the feeling of joy that they had hoped.  It wasn't making me happy.  It was stressing me out.  And when mom is stressed out, the whole family feels it.  They thought I wanted some time for me - when all I wanted was time with them.  I sat down my family and explained that I would much rather have some time with them.  And that sometime this weekend, that they could gift me an hour of running.  Or better yet, join me for a run.

Saying yes to less.  Saying no to more.  This year, I am really trying to get rid of the things that don't make me happy.  The tasks that I don't look forward to.  The things that stress me out and I "over-think" about.  And most importantly, I try to figure out WHY I don't enjoy it and figure out why or how I can avoid adding that task to my plate again.  Why don't I like coaching a specific class?  Why do I dread a certain volunteer commitment?  Why don't I like connecting with a certain friend?  If it doesn't make a positive impact on my family's day - I don't want it there.

If you are like me, your life is FULL of commitments.  Your days are filled with things that you want to do - and then there are the things that you have to do.  But sometimes you need to realize that everything doesn't need to be there.  You can say no.  Most often, people will understand that.  And they will admire you for it.  Saying no - or telling someone what you want - takes a lot of courage.  I feel blessed that I have finally gotten to that point.

The gift of running.  I haven't even thought twice about missing out on that concert today.  But, I have thoroughly enjoyed a full day with my children - and I'm looking forward to that gifted run.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Couples Couch to 5K – Starts Sept 1 in Sun Prairie


Couples Couch to 5K – Starts Sept 1 in Sun Prairie
Registration (HERE)
 
Couples Couch to 5K is a great opportunity for a weekly active date night! If you and your spouse are interested in getting active or you are a runner and want to share your passion with your partner, join Joel and Jamie Adcock, for this gentle introduction to running. 
 
 

Class will meet on Thursday evenings at 6:00-6:45 pm at various parks and trails in Sun Prairie.  This is a nine week session.  The first class will meet outside of the West Side Community Building in Sun Prairie.

This program slowly and painlessly prepares your mind and body to run a 5K race in a supportive community environment. We’ll start off alternating between walking and running small distances, and slowly build up endurance over the course of nine weeks, so you’re ready to run 5 kilometers - or 30 minutes non-stop for the Haunted Hustle 5K Race on Saturday, October 29. This program also includes injury prevention and stretching tips. Race registration is not included and is optional. Children are welcome in jogging strollers.

NO REFUNDS.
To avoid the fee, please contact runningdivamom@yahoo.com to pay by check.

 

Try a FREE class at The Barre Code Madison

Looking for strength, restoration and cardio classes that are PERFECT for runners?

The Barre Code Madison, is coming to downtown Madison this summer!  They will be holding FREE preview classes throughout July and August prior to their grand opening on August 27th!!

To stay in the loop ... please "like" their Facebook page or send an email (madison@thebarrecode.com) for more information on trying out one of the many great classes The Barre Code has to offer and becoming a member of their community of fitness-minded and empowered women. Please join me for a FREE preview soon!

Living by "The Barre Code" is more than just great exercise, it's a way of life!

Online:  Visit The Barre Code Madison online to learn more and view schedules
Contact: 
madison@thebarrecode.com
Location:  316 W. Washington Ave., Suite 125, Madison, Wisconsin

 

Curious?  Learn more about The Barre Code strength, restoration and cardio classes ....

TBC

TBC stands for both Total Body Conditioning and The Boot Camp. This bootcamp-style workout consists of functional, full-range-of-motion strength training exercises designed to challenge the whole body with a host of props, including heavier weights as well as body weight exercises. Though predominately strength-based, this class is bookended by high-intensity cardio intervals. 

Brawl

Brawl, which has been recognized by SELF magazine as one of the best workouts in the country, is an intense class that combines cardio kickboxing sequences with strengthening work for the thighs and glutes.

Barre-dio

A choreographed sequence of dance-inspired cardio moves interspersed with strengthening sections for the arms, abs, and glutes. Be prepared to sweat and strengthen in this two-for-one class.

HIIT

Get ready to push yourself to your physical, mental and emotional limits on this 50-minute, three-dimensional ride. Built on the principles of High Intensity Interval Training, this class focuses on four rounds of cardio intervals with active, strength-based recovery sections interspersed throughout. Sink into the beat of the music and prepare yourself for an energizing journey through plyometrics, speed work, agility training and coordination development.

Barre Code

Lengthen and strengthen your muscles during this 50-minute, full-body workout. Incorporating the best of Barre, this cornerstone class will push you to challenge both the body and mind while focusing on working each muscle group to fatigue. Work through dynamic, full-range movements alongside targeted, isometrics to really feel the shake and burn. Round out the total-body experience with a mindful, deep stretch that will leave you feeling accomplished and centered.

Burn

Our Barre Code class held in a 95-degree F room! In this full-body workout, the heat aids in detoxifying the body and elevating the heart rate, providing an intense, sweaty experience.

Barre Stretch

The Barre Code’s active stretching class that fulfills the restoration pillar of our fitness program. This 30-minute class is meant to be a physical, mental, and emotional release. During class you’ll find a mixture of dynamic and static stretches, movements for greater mobility and flexibility, and ample guidance and assistance from the instructor. In this class you will focus on the breath, deep core & pelvic floor muscles, mindbody connection, and positive mental/emotional release. The perfect “reset” from any physical and emotional stresses that life throws your way.

Baryasa®

A class consisting of vinyasa flows and deep stretching to nurture and restore, acting as an ideal complement to the rest of The Barre Code regimen.
 

Friday, June 10, 2016

{BOOK REVIEW} My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman

I recently finished reading "My Year of Running Dangerously" by Tom Foreman. And I couldn't put it down. I could totally relate to his story, even when he started training for an ultra-marathon. He made me reflect on where I've been and where I'm going with these running adventures. And he made me relate and laugh quite often. I found my copy at my local library. I would highly recommend adding this read to your list.
 
 
CNN correspondent Tom Foreman's remarkable journey from half-hearted couch potato to ultra-marathon runner, with four half-marathons, three marathons, and 2,000 miles of training in between; a poignant and warm-hearted tale of parenting, overcoming the challenges of age, and quiet triumph.
As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the heart of war zones, riots, and natural disasters. He has interviewed serial killers and been in the line of fire. But the most terrifying moment of his life didn't occur on the job--it occurred at home, when his 18-year old daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?"
At the time, Foreman was approaching 51 years old, and his last marathon was almost 30 years behind him. The race was just sixteen weeks away, but Foreman reluctantly agreed. Training with his daughter, who had just started college, would be a great bonding experience, albeit a long and painful one.
My Year of Running Dangerously is Foreman's journey through four half-marathons, three marathons, and one 55-mile race. What started as an innocent request from his daughter quickly turned into a rekindled passion for long-distance running--for the training, the camaraderie, the defeats, and the victories. Told with honesty and humor, Foreman's account captures the universal fears of aging and failure alongside the hard-won moments of triumph, tenacity, and going further than you ever thought possible.

RDM Contributes to Runner's World Magazine

I've been featured in several popular local and national magazines. But, I never thought I'd see my name in THE Runner's World Magazine, in their Ask the Experts section.
 
Enjoy running groups or running with a friend? Learn when to choose a faster running buddy versus a slower running buddy for each of your workouts
 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Momentum Jewelry; The Motivate Wrap Review

I'm so in love with my new MOTIVATE WRAP from Momentum Jewelry! I was able to pick my color and my motivational phrase and everything. Momentum Jewelry creates an array of pieces that MOVE YOU.  I loved picking out my own phrase ... BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOU!

This wrap/bracelet is super comfy. The t-shirt material is a great combination with my active wear. It's like fine jewelry's version of "comfy clothes".  Each wrap goes around the wrist 4-6 times and are non-bulky and light. They tie in the back, which I adore.  There is so much jewelry on the market, but these are UNIQUE.
The Motivate Wraps come in so many different colors and phrases.  Everyone can identify with one.   At around $19 per wrap, these make great gifts, teachers gifts, coaches gifts - or a gift for yourself!  Think of including some in holiday stockings and Easter baskets, too.  Give someone special in your life a little extra motivation today.  Everyone could use a little boost (or a cheerleader) every now and then.




{BOOK REVIEW} Running: A Love Story by Jen Miller

I've been really into reading the past couple of years. It's a good balance with my go-go-go personality.  It forces me to sit down and relax.  I welcomed the opportunity to review "Running:  A Love Story" by Jen A Miller.
 
Running: A Love Story is Jen A. Miller’s witty, brutally honest account of her lifelong relationship with running, and an exploration of the many ways that the sport carves a path to empowerment.  As a middle-of-the-pack but tenacious runner, Miller hones her skill while navigating relationships with men that, like a tricky marathon route, have their ups and downs. As she pushes herself toward ever-greater mileage, running helps Miller learn to love herself first, revealing independence, discipline, and confidence she didn’t realize she had.
 
 
I really identified with Jen's story because she is a lot like me.  As middle of the pack runners we really need to work for every mile and try to enjoy the process, while trying not to compare ourselves by other more-natural runners.  Her honest story about getting into running and having it eventually become a passion really hit home with me.  We don't all love running at the first step - but eventually we get hooked and love what it does for us physically and mentally.  This book would be super motivating for new runners and a great read for those that are experienced.
 
I enjoyed reading about Jen's dating experiences, too, while she navigated running and training for a marathon.  The things she learned about herself through both sometimes messy and difficult experiences were a true joy and amusing to read.  I could relate to it all and sometimes laughed out loud and found myself smiling while I read this book on my commute by bus.

2016 Parkinsons Half Marathon Race Report

Well, this race report is LONG overdue ... but, here it is.
 
I have run the Parkinson's Half Marathon a couple of times already.  But I was a wee bit scared when I picked up my packet on race morning this year.  This was going to be my first race since having my baby in December.  And it wasn't just a 5K - it was a half marathon. I hadn't really trained for it.  I wasn't prepared - mentally or physically.  I had run a few double digit miles post-pregnancy, including a half marathon I ran on my own around town.  But still, I didn't feel ready.  And I knew I would be sore after.

I was going to pick up my packet in Cottage Grove the evening prior.  But I opted to save gas - and time - and pick up my packet the morning of the race.  I'm glad I did.  Parking was easy and packet pick-up was convenient.  On the way in I also was greeted by former clients, running friends and acquaintances.  It was great.  And, I got #2.  Nope - I'm not elite or anything.  Talk about pressure ...

 
I headed to the startline and saw a lot more familiar faces before we headed out.  We headed out on a quick mile around the neighborhood in Cottage Grove, before entering the Glacial Drumlin Trail.  This is one of my favorite places to run.  The crushed gravel can be hard for some to adjust to and hard on your ankles.  But, once you're use to it, I find it therapeutic, listening to my feet crunch against the gravel.  I quickly met up with an old friend, who ended up running the first half of the race with me.  I turned my tunes down low while we chatted and caught up.  He did a good job distracting me from what was ahead.  My pace was way faster than what I was use to post-pregnancy.  I was clocking 9:30-9:45 minute miles.  Something I hadn't done in about a year.  I was pushing it and knew I needed to slow down. 
 
I drank water from my handheld, downed a couple of energy gels along the way and picked up sports drink at the water stations.  I really enjoy the out and back route so that you can cheer fellow runners on, give some high fives and welcome the distraction.  At the turnaround, I decided to slow down as my friend opted to try and catch up to some of his other friends.  I turned up my tunes and focused on my breathing and slowing down.  The sun was hot and something we weren't use to at this point mid-April.  It was getting warm - very quickly.  Runners were turning into walkers.  I saw folks walking with their hands on their hips in frustration.  I slowed down, but I didn't walk.  My stomach felt fine, I had enough energy, but I was hot.  I continued to drink water and sports drink for the remainder of the run. 
 
There is one big hill at the very end of the race, and I prepared for that as runners with medals around their necks were cheering us on.  I was slowing down, but I was getting up that darn hill.  Step by step I trudged my way up and then down the hill to the finish line.  at 2:10, this was my slowest half marathons EVER, but I did it.  My normal pace is around 1:58 or so.  But, I finished.  And my daughter was only four months old and waiting for me back at home.  The race gave me a baseline for where I was at physically and I could only get faster and more fit from there.
 
After the race, I drove to a local park to run with two young clients to log a couple more miles and soak up more of the day outdoors.
 

Chip time:  2:10:02
9:56 min/mile
231 / 384 overall
19 / 42 age group
99 / 211 gender

Give me 20!

A couple of weeks ago, I headed out the door for a "long run".  When I headed out for my run, I wasn't sure just how many miles a "long run" meant.  I'm not officially training for anything right now.  I just like to say that I'm training for life.  I have a half marathon coming up later this month, another in July and a half and full marathon in the fall.  But, I feel so fortunate that I am able to run when it fits into my schedule, rack of the miles while coaching several classes in one day and do what I can, without putting the pressure of an intense training program on me right now.  Life is busy.  And running is still a constant in my life.  I'm just fitting in the miles when I can.
 
When I headed out the door, I wanted to run at least twelve, maybe fourteen to fifteen miles around town.  It was a beautiful morning, but it was also going to be hot.  I didn't get out as early as I had planned, because I slept in an extra thirty minutes and enjoyed a couple cups of coffee with my husband. 
 
My handheld water bottle, my tunes and I headed out shortly after 7:00 am for a "long run".  I ended up stopping a total of four times to refill my water bottle, because the sun was intense and I was feeling it.  I mixed some old favorite running routes with some exploring on paths that were new to me.  I ended up on the other side of town and had the option of taking a left and heading back for a total of fifteen miles, or taking a right and completing twenty.  Could I do it??!!
 
I opted for twenty.  I knew that there would be more opportunities for water along the way, and I took advantage of that.  Each time I drank, refilled and squirted water on my head and neck to cool down.  At mile seventeen, my legs were starting to buckle, which was a familiar feeling from all of my previous marathon training.  It had just been awhile since I felt that.  I was pushing myself.  My last couple of miles would be bringing me to one of the busiest parts of town, and a big hill.  My pride had me take an alternate, flat route that took me on a less-traveled path.  I was feeling rough and must have looked even more exhausted and my pace slowed from a 10:15 to a 10:45 to just over 11:00 minute miles.  I was fine with that, but I didn't want my death march to be documented by every car that drove past.  The flatter route was a better option for me as I brought in my final two miles towards home.
 
I was hurting afterwards.  I stretched a lot.  Took a nice, cold shower.  And refueled with a chocolate protein shake.  Most importantly, I kept moving for the rest of the day, so that I didn't cramp or tighten up.  Taking the dog on walks, pacing and rocking the baby during my son's baseball game and working a little in the yard that afternoon really helped me feel less sore the next day.
 
So, I proved to myself that I've still got it.  I can just go out there and log twenty miles.  Twenty miles??!!  Sheesh.  It sounds a little insane when I type that and read my words.  This girl who hated running the mile in gym class.  She just ran twenty miles around town.  For fun.  They weren't twenty fast miles.  But they were mine.
 

Here we go, on another wild adventure

I absolutely love running with this kid.  Running with her makes me motivated to get out the door.  And, what mom doesn't like multi-tasking??!!  It's special time together, I'm getting in my workout, we're exploring together and she usually gets in a short cat nap.  I don't dread pushing her in the jogging stroller either, because 1) She absolutely loves it., and 2) The BOB jogging stroller that we purchased is easy-peasy to push.  I can honestly say that sometimes I forget that I'm running and get that runner's high and even with her in tow, I forget that I'm pushing a stroller.  It just glides across the pavement.  It turns with ease.  And all of comforts - and my kiddo - are at my fingertips.
 
 
Mini Diva just sits in the stroller and looks at all of the scenery.  At the start of each run, she tends to hold onto the straps - perhaps to say "Here we go, on another wild adventure!".  I love showing her our neighborhood and small town on foot.  We are going to see so much together over the years.  She always drifts off to sleep within the first mile and I love seeing her little, bare piggies peeking out from the front of the stroller.
 
 
 
I'm so thankful for my beautiful child and my older two children.  I'm thankful for this amazing sport that I'm so passionate about.  And I feel so blessed that both things that bring me such happiness can be enjoyed simultaneously.  It makes life that much more beautiful.  My heart is so full.
 

The next generation of couch to 5K coaching.

And, here she is ....
 
 
The next generation of couch to 5K coaching.

Friday, June 3, 2016

New Balance Family - Vazee Running Shoes

My fit family has been blessed with so many wonderful experiences through Running Diva Mom.  We are thrilled that our active family will be representing New Balance during this summer's nature hikes, family runs, playground play dates and errands around town.  A wonderful assortment of New Balance running shoes arrived on National Running Day earlier this week.
 
 
When I worked at a running store a couple of years ago, runners (new and experienced) seemed to gravitate towards New Balance running shoes.  With so many different styles, there was always something for every kind of runner.  New runners enjoyed the cushion and stability of some of their running shoes.  Experienced runners enjoyed the long-standing tradition and technology of the shoes.
 
Little Dude received the Vazee Rush, which he is so in love with.  He had to wear them to school the next day and he really liked the black mesh material with lime green accents.  He was in desperate need of new athletic shoes and these will be great.  He loves to run with me and ride his bike around the neighborhood.  They retail online for $64.99.
 
Feel the rush in our Vazee Rush running shoe for boys. With a cushioned midsole and an ultra-sleek design, this shoe keeps you comfortable no matter how fast you go.
 
 
Little Diva and I were sent the Vazee Prism running shoe.  They are available in four colors for women and are also available for men.  They retail only for $99.99.  These shoes are perfect for me, as they are suited for the runner that needs stability and motion control.  These shoes are much lighter than my other stability shoes.  As I suffer from bunions and tons of other foot aches and pains from logging miles and wearing high heels for too many years, I always welcome the "no-sew" design of shoes.  These really help prevent extra chaffing and allow the painful parts of my feet to be more ate ease when running and walking.  No "tightness" or discomfort.  I also love the stretchable fabric.  They would be a great option for those with wide feet or that typically need to go up a size for comfort while working out.  New Balance refers to this as "second skin fit".
 
Find the extra push you need to stay focused on your goals in the Vazee Prism women’s running shoe. Designed for speed and surprisingly supportive, this newest addition to the Vazee running line-up features a medial post for extra stability when you need it.
 
Product details:
 
This isn’t your typical stability running shoe for women. With a sleek look, fast feel and superlight and responsive REVlite cushioning, Vazee Prism’s light support won’t hold you back!
 
  • 8 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 8 mm drop are approximate
  • Bootie construction
  • Full EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) strobel board for all-day comfort
  • Medial post located on inside edge of shoe to help prevent overpronation
  • No-sew material application
  • Performance stretch lace
  • Synthetic/mesh upper
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    Even Mini Diva received her first pair of New Balance shoes.  I can hardly stand it!  These Velcro kicks are so adorable.  They will be a great walking shoe, as I ordered them a little big.  New Balance offers both crib and infant "running shoes".   
     
     
    Mini Diva received the Infant Vazee Rush in size 4.  These retail online for $44.99 and are available in four colors.  With all of the unpractical shoes we have in her closet, these will be great for when she starts crawling and walking on her own later this year.  And we may just have a few adorable running outfits to wear with them.  They were very easy on and off.  And I love that she will be comfortable.
     
     

     
     

     


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