Where I’ve Been, 4 years of Blogging, and Swanson’s Vitamins Giveaway

Well Hello Friends! I’d say it’s been a while… a long while actually since my last post.  As it turns out working full time and finding time to do everything else is flipping hard.  So hard that by the time the kids are in bed all I want to do is sit on the couch and chill out.  Give me some time to catch you all up and I promise if you make it to the end of the post good things await you! When I last posted I was coming off my PR and BQ from the Chicago Marathon.  I was ready to sign up for next year and all I wanted to do was run but as the cold weather and extreme darkness settled in my 5am dates with the treadmill became harder!  So once the runners high left my  body I decided to not sign up for Chicago even though I’ve had many movements of regret and will hope for the best that come next fall I’ll get into Boston.  I know my chances are SLIM since I qualified by only 1 minute and 17 seconds but I didn’t want to train all summer for Chicago and then train all winter for Boston. So next spring and summer I will focus on shorter distances like 10k’s and 1/2 marathons and perhaps this time next year I’ll be preparing to train for Boston!! In the meantime, I have been challenging my body with the Runners World Thanksgiving to New Years run streak and let me tell you….  It’s a challenge.  39 days of running of which most of the miles on my treadmill!  Yikes, I probably should have done the Memorial Day to 4th of July run streak!  Nevertheless, I am getting it done! So that’s the update on running…. As far as life well….. Working full time has been wonderful and challenging.  Weekends are spent getting stuff done that I used to accomplish during the weeks.  Our mornings are truly a S**T show getting all of us out the door between 7 and  7:15, but I am learning to laugh at it!  Kids are great and Sara is now 7 1/2 and B will be 2 in about 5 weeks!  Not entirely sure how that happened!  He’s a totally boy and talks non stop!  It’s insanely wild how different boys are from girls!!    But when they aren’t fighting over our attention or toys they really do love each other!img_0105 img_0029 img_0005 And a few days ago I reached the 4 year milestone of blogging.   I always chuckle when I look back on this post that I wrote just over 4 years ago. Obviously, blogging isn’t at the top of my to do list these days and I go back and forth with whether or not to keep it up but in the end I find myself coming back to it if even just a handful of times a year.  Of course you can always catch me on Instagram where I post more frequently because life doesn’t always allow for me to sit down and write these posts.  #thankgoodnessforwinterbreak I’m also thankful that my friends over at Swanson Vitamins reached out to me again during this busy but wonderful holiday season!  Swanson has everything you need for your pantry, kitchen, medicine cabinet and more.  I’m truly thankful for Swanson’s because this mama has depended on online shopping a whole lot more since I went to back to work!   Swanson has an amazing line of organic spices and baking baking products that is perfect for your kitchen.. and well coconut oil.  Yep a 3lb jar of it (of course there is smaller too) but in my house we go through that stuff fast!! Vitamins for the kids and family, nut butters.. you name it!  They have it all and at such amazing prices! I even whipped up a batch of these raw brownie bites to help with the sweet tooth even though my sweet tooth is slightly out of control these days. IMG_3963   Swanson’s Vitamins has everything you need and I am so thankful that they gave me the chance to do a little shopping!  The best part is that they are giving you a chance too!  Simply enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a $100 online shopping credit for Swanson’s! Fit Running Mama & Swanson Health Products Winter Giveaway   It’s been great catching up!  We are going to be busy this weekend celebrating Hanukkah.  Happy Holidays to everyone and enjoy the time with you family!! Disclosure:  Swanson’s provided me the opportunity to shop online in exchange for this post!  

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Chicago Marathon 2016 Race Recap!

It’s been a couple of day since I ran my 3rd and fastest Chicago Marathon on Sunday.  I took 25 minutes off my race in 2006 and 15 minutes off my race in 2010.  Proving 1… age is JUST a number and 2… I seem to get faster with each pregnancy.  That or I just kept thinking that I needed to get out and run so that I could get home and resume “mom” responsibilities.  Nevertheless, the weather was picture perfect Sunday morning and I ran fastest and best that could.

I did not run with my phone. While I always train with my music I like to soak up the entire atmosphere on race day so no early morning pre race pics!  Except this one which Sara and I took in the hotel before the madness began!

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After spending nearing 30 minutes trying to get a Lyft and freaking out that I would be late because I left the hotel sans cash!  (BIG MISTAKE)…I hopped in a cab with two great girls who were sisters and running their first marathon.  They weren’t starting until 8am and I was starting at 7:30.  I had already missed the team picture by this point and just wanted to drop my gear and get to the start line.  I felt SOOO rushed after the hectic morning.

Would you believe that I woke up with plenty of time but it was the transportation that threw me for a loop!!

I didn’t really get to appreciate the feeling and atmosphere of race morning.  Kind of a bummer.

I got in line at the Port o’ Potties and then made my way to the starting gate and group D.  Of course once I lined up I had more then enough time!

I wasn’t confident that I could hold even 8:12 splits for the entire race but had planned to start with the 3:35 pacers.  I stayed with a few of them for the first couple of miles but was feeling good so I picked up the speed for about 10 miles.  I think I knew deep down that I had to “bank” some time as I knew I would be a little slower in the second half.

I was flying by in that first 1/2!  I felt great.  I saw family, friends and once again Chicago proved to be the best city ever to run in.

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I finished the first 1/2 at 1:46:42 about 45 seconds ahead of the 3:35 pace that I needed.

I’m not exactly sure where the tiredness and wall hit me… probably around mile 18.  I kept looking at my pace tattoo on arm for the 3:35 and in my mind I told myself I didn’t NEED 3:35 and finishing with a 3:37 would be totally fine too.

Eventually, I saw my 3:35 pace group around mile 18 or 19 and then I pushed through with them for maybe a mile.  I kept running and kept moving but it was taking me over 8:30 to run each mile.

I got a burst of energy at mile 21 when I entered Chinatown but it didn’t last very long. I had to keep telling myself that I was almost there and that I could do this.  I knew I had a PR coming, it just a question of whether or not I would get my BQ!!

When I hit mile 25 I knew that 3:37 wasn’t going to be possible but I just kept going.  In the final 1.2 miles I just pushed as hard as I could and eventually crossed the finish line at 3:38:43.  Just 1:17 faster then my required 3:40 needed to even apply for Boston in 2018.

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But is it enough to get into Boston 2018?  I’m not entirely confident.  Here is why… While I ran fast and beat the 3:40 qualifying time to run the coveted Boston Marathon, further research lead to me articles about runners needing MORE then just their qualifying time due to the popularity of the race.  This past year runners needed to be 2:09 faster then qualifying time to get into the 2017 race.  And this is what the last several years looks like.

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So, I’ll have to wait for another year to find out of this is enough.

It’s OK though because I got my BQ and my shiny new PR and I know that there will be MORE marathons and perhaps even a date with Chicago next year in 2017.  I just learned that my time this year guarantees me an entry to next year and registration opens up later this month!!!

For now though, I will enjoy my shiny new hardware!

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The Day after my new PR and the Chicago Marathon

Happy Monday Friends

I’m still running on high after yesterdays race… well this morning it’s more like “moving slow” and not quite running.

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My 3rd Chicago Marathon is in the books and 10 years after my first I took 15 minutes off my 2010 time and 25 minutes off my 2006 time.  Proving once again that age is just a number!!

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I’ll work on getting a rundown of the weekend this week but for today I’m just showing you some pics from the incredibly memorable weekend.

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Sharing it with Sara was AMAZING!!

She was my partner in crime Saturday morning at the expo and we had a blast!

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I’m thankful for a day off today which involves breakfast out!  (yeah for more food) and a date with my chiropractor!!

I’ll be honest and say that I am a bit sad it’s over!  Yesterday flew by so fast and once again Chicago put on one heck of a great race!!  Thankful my team was there to cheer me on!! Oh and check out these amazing cute shirts I got to surprise my family thanks to the wonderful folks at CustomInk!!

 

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Have a fantastic and wonderful Monday friends!!  I’m So happy this week is a short one!!

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Marathon Weekend is Here so I am Kicking it off with a Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway!!!

It’s here folks… race weekend is here.  The weekend I have been training for since June!!  Sunday morning I will run 26.2 all over the city of Chicago and I am so excited!!!

To celebrate the weekend I am giving away something that consistently fueled me through my training.

As you all know I am truly a nut butter addict and lover!  I can give up most things but nut butter… no way!  Well, Peanut Butter and Co. has some new products out and I think I just found my favorite one!!

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I love all nut butters but almond and cashew are my favorites so what could be better then the new  Bestie Almond and Cashew butter.  Nothing added..Just almonds, cashew and sea salt! Seriously friends this is AMAZING!!

While I could and DID eat this stuff with a spoon straight out of a jar I also loved with my overnight oatmeal that I make a massive big batch of every week!

 

And since it’s October and all things PUMPKIN are back I made….

 Pumpkin Chia Pudding!! 

1/2 cup almond milk or non dairy milk

1/2 cup pumpkin

2 T of chia seeds

Teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.  

Shake shake shake in your jar and store overnight and in the morning top with BESTIE and even some granola for a perfect post workout breakfast that keeps you feeling full and fueled ALL DAY long. 

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OK so the picture isn’t that pretty but I’ve always maintained that I am not a food photographer.. so just trust me when I tell you that it’s BEYOND delicious!

So to kick of marathon weekend I am giving away one jar of this amazing stuff!!  Enter below for you change to get your hands on some which if you are like me you will have to hide from other members of your family and stash in a secret place!

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Special thanks to the folks at Peanut Butter and Co. for sending me this jar of goodness It’s always fun being a member of their YUM SQUAD!!

I’ll be back Monday… maybe or Tuesday to give you a re-cap of my 3rd Chicago Marathon!  Happy Friday!

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RACE WEEK and BIRTHDAY!!

Happy Monday and well Happy Birthday to ME 🙂  With today being Rosh Hashanah I get the day off from work with my family and an extra day to relax and prepare for my first challenge at at 36… that is 26.2 miles.

I ran my first marathon 10 years ago when I was 26 years old.  It sleeted at the start and it was quite cold.  It was later in the month but I finished with a time of 4:03.

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I ran marathon number two in 2010 on 10/10/10.  It was exactly 1 week after I turned 30.  At the time I needed a Boston Qualifying time of 3:40 but high heat and ultra warm temps prevented that from happening.  I finished in 3:53 minutes.

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As we are just 6 days away from marathon number THREE, you better believe that it’s pretty much on my mind ALL THE TIME.  I’ve been watching the weather reports for a week (even though I know it could change 5 times before Sunday…)  Reports for the last 6 days have consistently shown NO RAIN, low humidity and sunny skies in the low 60’s for a high!  I’ll HAPPILY TAKE THAT!!

Chicago, I have some BIG PLANS for you this weekend and I can’t wait!  The end of this journey has me feeling so many emotions.  These last 4 months have flown by in the blink of eye and I am already thinking of future races.  Running is my drug and obviously I am thinking about my next “fix.”

So, while I close the book on 35 which was an amazing year filled with so many great memories, trips and good times I can’t wait to see what 36 brings and my first big challenge on Sunday morning!

But first let’s celebrate and that means there will be cake… or in the case of last night Key Lime Pie!!! Here is to a sweet New Year and even an even sweeter week!!

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