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My thoughts on being a mom, runner, wannabe health nut, and everything else.

Come Unity 6k for Water – Great Run, Great Charity

I love participating in a wide range of runs.  I do long, short, big, and small.  I’ll sign up for almost anything.  I do, however, make a conscious effort to make sure at least a large portion of the runs I participate in support a charity.  When the entire run is specifically for a cause, that’s even better!  Today I participated in the 4th Annual (my second time at the event) Come Unity 6k for Water.

A little about Come Unity from their website: Come Unity was founded on simple principles.  We are bettered by giving to those that have less than us.  When you give, give until it hurts.  Then give a little more.  We give best by offering what we do best.  The non-profit benefiting communities in Africa has three goals.  Meet basic needs by providing food, water, and sanitation.  Provide education for children through sponsorship.  Create local sustainable economies with income generating activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Volunteering for a Tough Mudder: Is it worth your time?

Race entries can be expensive.  Obstacle course runs and races seem to be especially pricey, but luckily, there is a way to cut down on your entry cost – by volunteering!  In order to participate in the recent Ohio Tough Mudder on Sunday, I volunteered on Saturday.  It was my first official time volunteering with the event.  (At my first Tough Mudder, my husband volunteered while I ran.  The weather was perfect that day in Michigan, and the course was very flat, so I was done much quicker than expected.  I spent the remainder of his volunteer time helping him – unfortunately I didn’t get any of the provided perks!)

Volunteering for a Tough Mudder provides with you with a discounted race entry for the future.  You can use it the at the same event that you volunteer at or any future run.  There is also the option to run on Saturday and volunteer on Sunday and have a portion of your race entry refunded.  (I did not use this option, so I am unsure of the details.)  A half day of volunteering gets you a $40 entry, and a full day makes your cost $20.  The discount on race entry was my main motivation for signing up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Liebster Award!

Thank-you to my Sweat Pink sister IIsay Escobar at Fitensity! for nominating me for a Liebster Award!

Do you know what Liebster Award is?  It is an award given to new bloggers by other bloggers.  It can help expand readership and can provide a boost to both the nominator and nominee.  When you receive one, you are supposed to “pay it forward” to 5 other new bloggers!  You answer a few questions from the blogger who nominated you to receive the Liebster Award, and ask your nominees new questions.

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Pure LYFT Clean Caffeine Product Review

Pure LYFT Clean Caffeine sticks are zero calorie caffeine sticks that can be added into any beverage. The products are made from green bean coffee extract and have added vitamins.  Pure LYFT provides a tasteless energy boost!

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I was given the opportunity to review Pure LYFT through #SweatPink.  I usually have one cup of coffee in the morning which keeps me going until early afternoon.  Then I feel sluggish.  I cannot have another cup of coffee because my body has decided that it only tolerates it first thing in the morning.  I was excited to try Pure LYFT to see if it could get me through my daily slump! Read the rest of this entry »

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Ohio Tough Mudder 2014 – My Experience

I participated in the Ohio Tough Mudder 2014 event.  (For my overall review of the event, go here.)  This was my second experience participating in a Tough Mudder event, but it was my first time at the Mansfield location.

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My team consisted of my husband, brother, and I.  We had planned to run the 9:00 heat on Sunday.  We ended up starting around 10:00.  Luckily Tough Mudder allows those signing up with their volunteer discount to jump into any starting time. (Those who signed up with normal registration also have lenient starting times.  If you miss your starting time, you can join any later heat.)  We lined up at the first starting post and participated in some warm-up exercises and got our numbers written on our foreheads.  Then we had to wait roughly 5 minutes before we were allowed to scale the wall and enter the real starting area.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tough Mudder Ohio 2014 – Overall Event Review

Tough Mudder is an obstacle course run promoting itself as “probably the toughest event on the planet. ”  Mansfield, Ohio hosted the event on May 17 and 18, 2014.

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Mansfield had experienced some extreme weather in the time period before the Tough Mudder was held.  The original parking plans, that would have been adjacent to the main course, had to be altered.  Participants and volunteers had to park at another location, a local GM plant, and be bused on-site.  While it was slightly annoying having to ride a bus to the Tough Mudder, there was very little waiting on transportation.  The buses were quick and, surprisingly, not nearly as dirty as expected! Read the rest of this entry »

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Summer is So Close (Ready or Not!)

Summer break is almost here.  I remember being so excited as a kid.  My children are SUPER ready for their days off from school.  As a parent, I have totally mixed feelings.  On one hand, I’ll be able to spend so much more quality time with my children.  On the other hand, re-read that last sentence.  (Seriously, I am very excited about spending more time with my kids.  School takes up SO much time.  I am not looking forward to their sibling fights.  Anyone have tips on putting a halt to the in-fighting??)

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How to Move on from a Bad Run

The majority of runners have runs that, for one reason or another, just didn’t go their way.  Whether it be at an official event or during regular training, there are “off” days.  Walls get hit, energy can be depleted, or you may simply not feel ‘right.’  Moving past these bad runs can sometimes be difficult, especially if it took place at an official event.

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Sweat Pink (I think it’s a perfect fit!)

I recently discovered the Sweat Pink community and Fit Approach.  I love LOVE love their motto and mission:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

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Indy Mini Marathon / One America 500 Festival – My Experience

I participated in my first Indy Mini Marathon / One America 500 Festival on May 3, 2014.  (For my overall review of the event, go here.)  This race was kind of important to me.  For multiple reasons, I wanted a strong PR.  Unfortunately things do not always work out as planned (especially when you sabotage your own efforts!)

My problems started out race morning.  I woke up at 5:00 am to give myself plenty of time to eat and get ready before the starting time of 7:48.  I grabbed fruit crunch bar and made my coffee.  Except I’ve never eaten a fruit crunch bar before, and although it was good, I immediately started getting nervous that I was eating something new on race morning.  I also think I made a decaf coffee pack instead of regular.  I just grabbed one of the options the hotel had sitting by the coffee maker.  My coffee didn’t give me my usual “punch,” but I didn’t think anything of it until much later after the race (when I had a huge headache and couldn’t figure out what was going on.  A little caffeine took care of it.)  I also brought some G2 with me.  I’ve drank it after a run, but never before.  Usually I stick to water and a NUUN tablet, but I had forgotten my NUUN.  All of this probably wouldn’t have been a big deal (other than the lack of caffeine) BUT it all made me very nervous.  Which led to tummy issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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