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

Running Is My Therapy: 3 Scientific Reasons Running Provides A Mental Boost

The phrase “Running Is My Therapy” can be found on everything from t-shirts to inspirational posters.  Before I started running, I thought this was a silly mantra runners used to justify putting their bodies through torture.  Then, I joined in on the crazy.

Running isn’t easy, and sometimes, I do feel like I am torturing my body.  One of my 20 mile training runs for my first marathon was an incredibly awful experience, and I still cringe at the thought of that day.  But, I do understand why people consider running to be a form of therapy now.  Running relieves my stress.  It clears my mind.  When I’m having a bad day, running strips away the negative and restores my positive outlook.  When I finish a challenging run, I feel like I can accomplish anything.  Running provides an amazing boost to my mental well-being.

It’s not just other runners that agree.  Science backs it up.

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I Was Supposed to Run a Marathon Yesterday

In the spring, I had high hopes for this fall.  I was planning on running my second marathon. I was going to train harder and beat my time from my first marathon in 2014.  I wasn’t going to crash at mile 20 and have trouble recovering. It would all go as planned this time around; it was going to be awesome.

Carefully, I chose my race: the Nationwide Children’s Columbus Marathon.  Mid-October weather would be perfect, I thought.  Columbus would be a fun and flat city to run in.  The dedicated miles would be motivating.  I was excited!

October weather is perfect for running!

October weather is perfect for running!

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Life Balance: 3 Ways to Balance Family, Work, and Fitness

Balancing life is hard.  Managing time to include family, work, and fitness takes effort.  There is no one way to reach a balance, and the right combination can be different for every person.  For me, family is the main focus, and I try to give it the largest chunk of my attention and time.  “Try” is the keyword; it does not always work out this way!

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Run for Riley 5 Mile Run and 5k Fitness Walk: My Experience

The 2015 Run for Riley 5 Mile Run and 5k Fitness Walk took place on October 11.  The run is put on to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children.  All proceeds from the race, every dollar from every registration, is donated to the hospital.  This year an anonymous group of donors agreed to double the amount donated if the run could raise $25,000.  They did it!  In total for 2015, the Run for Riley donated $52,430!

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Run for Riley

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25 Things I Thought On My Run Today

25 random things I thought on my run today…

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Barefoot Beach Running: Good for the Soul

Throughout much of the year, running and I have not seen eye to eye.  I had one injury after another, and even when I was feeling good, I had quite a bit of trouble actually getting out the door to run.  It was very discouraging.  I LOVE TO RUN, and I didn’t understand why my body and mind were not cooperating!

What helped me get over this hump and back on my way?  Barefoot Beach Running.  I do not run barefoot.  I do not live near a beach.  Thank goodness for amazing vacations!

Corolla, Outer Banks, NC Beautiful!!!!

Corolla, Outer Banks, NC   Beautiful!!!!

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Defender’s Dash 5k/11k: Review and Experience

The Defender’s Dash in Fort Wayne, Indiana is a race to honor heroes in the community and pay tribute to the lives lost on September 11, 2001.  The run offers two length options: 5k and 11k.  When registering for the race, participants can choose which charity their registration fee supports.  The charities have been chosen by the local Police, Fire/Rescue, EMTs, and Armed Forces, and in 2015, the Hoosier Burn Camp, Shepherd’s House, and Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House were all supported by the Defender’s Dash.

Service Members providing race support at the Defender's Dash 5k/11k

Service Members providing race support at the Defender’s Dash 5k/11k

Fire Fighters raising the flag at the Defender's Dash 5k/11k

Fire Fighters raising the flag at the Defender’s Dash 5k/11k

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Returning to Running After an Injury: 3 Things to Remember

Returning to running after an injury is never easy.  There are both mental and physical challenges to overcome.  I am fortunate; my injuries was very minor.  They did, however, still sideline me for an extended period of time due to happening one right after the other.  Here are 3 things to remember when returning to running after an injury:

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Perfectly Posh – A New Adventure!

A new adventure of mine outside of running!

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Fall Running: 5 Reasons Running in Autumn is the Best

Cooler weather, colorful leaves, and the appearance of pumpkins EVERYWHERE signifies the beginning of fall.  One of the best things about autumn?  Perfect running weather!

After adjusting to summer heat and breathing in hot humid air, fall weather is a welcome change.  You know those runs where everything just feels perfect?  Those happen for me in the fall.  Breathing isn’t as hard and my pace usually increases!  Coming off of an awful running summer (injuries and scheduling issues,) I am so, so ready for fall!

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