Happy Blogerversary to ME!

Alright folks, we have officially made it the first birthday of Fit Running Mama!  It was one year ago today that I hit “publish” on this blog  Not knowing much about WordPress or blogging I just decided to go for it.  I wondered, would people read my blog other then just my family and friends?  So, here we are, a year later and I am overwhelmed with  the amount of daily readers, social media followers and connections that I have made in the blogging world!  What a fantastic year it has been!

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Looking back, this was my first post!  In the last year I have written 268 posts and over 64,000 hits on the blog!

To date my Crock Pot Chopped Veggie Quinoa soup is the most visited post with over 3200 hits.

In the last year I have worked hard to become a Certified Personal Trainer and have also began my work on my Fitness and Nutrition Certification.  So much has happened in the last year.  I’ve PRed in 1/2 marathons and other races.  I’ve placed in the top 5, 3 and top female finisher as well.

I’ve had setbacks from running and training and bumps in the road, but I appreciate all of you who had continued to start your morning or end your day with me!

What started as something a bit impulsive has turned into so much more!  Thank you!  I hope this second year of blogging is as exciting as the first one!

To show how awesome, I contacted some more companies that I have worked with in the past to bring you more giveaways!  I know the fun just never stops this week!

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I was introduced to Brady Bands earlier in the year.  I’ve always struggled with finding the right kind of headbands because I have thin hair and a small head.  Not a great combo!  Not only do Brady Bands work but their mission has always touched me!  One winner will win 2 of the Brady Bands non slip headbands.


To help with long runs and recovery I don’t leave home without my Pro Compression marathon socks!  I’ve blogged about them before as they were done of first giveaways I did this past January!  One winner will win a pair of their marathon compression socks.

Energy Bits has also become a race staple of mind!  If you have followed my blog this year you know that I have seen improvements in my time and energy thanks to these tiny but powerful little bits! One winner will win a tin of bits!

Dana over at Words to Sweat By will give one winner a towel, tee, tank or bracelet.  You get to pick what you want!  Dana’s always expanding and creating more!  I’ve been a huge fan and have enjoyed giving some of her mantra towels as gifts this year to family and clients!

Finally, HB Tune has FOREVER changes the way I ran outside and raced.  For years I left the house with just an iPod and no phone or way to communicate if needed. The HB Tune changed everything when I was able to comfortably carry my phone, use a racing app and have access to all of my music!  After all my races this summer I no longer needed to get to gear check to get my phone to call my family, I was able to locate them immediately! HB Tune is a MUST for me when I am running outside and it will continue to be during my racing season in 2014!  One winner will win their own HB Tune!

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That’s it folks!  A handful of my FAVORITE THINGS to celebrate the big 1 year!

Come back tomorrow just to make sure you didn’t miss out on anything!

Thank you again to all of my fantastic readers!
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80 Responses to Happy Blogerversary to ME!

  1. Jessie says:

    Happy 1st Blog Anniversary <3
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  2. Erin from Long Island says:

    I love your workout posts since I am always looking for new ideas!

  3. Kristen E says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I enjoy the WIAW and finding out about new products.

  4. bethp262 says:

    I always love healthy new recipe ideas!

  5. Catherine says:

    You have a great blog! Your recipes are wonderful and I enjoy following your races and family activities. I admire your drive and motivation!

  6. Jen says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Great job, keep it up 🙂
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  7. Amy O. says:

    I stumbled across you through the Runners’ Giveaways group on FB and I’m so glad I did!! 🙂

  8. Jenny says:

    Happy Blogerversary! I came across your blog via twitter, and have loved it since! I love the WIAW!

  9. Meaghan says:

    I love reading about healthy eating. Eating healthy is the hardest part for me!

  10. Tara Newman says:

    Love this! Happy Blogiversary! I am 6 months in to my blogging experience and I agree with you. It is a great experience. Hard work but fun.
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  11. Amy Keyes says:

    Hooray!!! Congratulations. What an amazing accomplishment. So proud of and inspired by you,

  12. MB says:

    Happy anniversary!
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  13. Ali Friduss says:

    Happy Blogerversary! So proud of you! Keep it coming! I love it all!

  14. Lisa av says:

    I’m just happy to have found your blog! It’s written by a “real” mom, has great healthy recipes, it’s just real. Congrats with year one and here’s to many more!

  15. Happy Blogerversary! You’re blog looks great. I can’t believe you’ve only been at it for a year!
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  16. Valerie says:

    I came across your blog from the Chicago Running Bloggers! I love seeing recaps of local races in the area!
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  17. Heidi DeGroot says:

    I like all the healthy recipes you share and it makes me want to try new things. I do not know how I stumbled across your. Log but I, guessing it was from another blog that suggested it. Happy Blogiversary!

  18. Kim says:

    Congratulations on your first year! So happy I stumbled upon your blog. The chickpea quinoa veggie soup has become a staple for my lunches. Happy Blogiversary!

  19. Lesli says:

    I enjoy the healthy recipe ideas!

  20. JJ says:

    Happy Blogerversary! I’m so glad I found your blog and randomly got to meet you over the summer!

  21. Elle says:

    Only one year? I would have thought I had been enjoying your blog longer than that! I think I must have found you through a link up or a giveaway post originally.
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  22. Kim says:

    Happy blogerversary!!!
    I can’t remember how I found your blog but I have enjoyed following it!! I love when you share workouts and recipes but I also like reading about your daily activities!!!
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  23. Jill says:

    Healthy Recipes and workout ideas. I enjoy your blog because I live in Il and get to the Chicago area a couple times a year. I like hearing about your Chicago and suburb adventures.

    Thank you and Congrats on your Anniversary.

  24. Darlena says:

    I found you thru GGS & SPA 🙂

  25. Keely says:

    I found you through a friend on Facebook!

  26. Wow, what a successful year – you totally deserve it! I love following your blog, and look forward to another awesome year 😉
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  27. Tanya says:

    Happy Blogiversary! My favorite things on your blog are the workouts and recipes. Keep ’em coming in 2014! 🙂

  28. Happy one year! I found you on Facebook! I love the reviews and your wiaw posts 🙂
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  29. I am a fellow GGS and SP Ambassador! Happy Holidays!
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  30. Shaunda roberts says:

    Happy one year. I just found u on Facebook .

  31. Lisa A. says:

    I found your blog many months ago via twitter. I love the recipes, race posts, updates & photos of your sweet little girl & active lifestyle, healthy eating and of course – the workouts! I wasn’t aware of Tabata before your blog! (nor, sadly, was this Nova Scotia girl aware of beautiful Cabo either!)

    You are an inspiration to many of us who want to lead healthy and active lifestyles and especially to moms like me – trying to balance fitness with so many other things in our crazy busy lives! Happy Blogiversary!

  32. Happy Blogiversary! I can’t believe you have only been online for a year! I can’t remember how I found you exactly but I thought you had been at it for much longer than me! Many of your faves are mine – especially HB Tune! Love it!
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  33. Lisa Jones says:

    I love your recipes! My favorite is the microwave muffin in a coffee mug

  34. Colette Madison says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I can’t wait to try the quinoa soup!!

  35. Jessica @ OrganicallYou says:

    I stumbled upon you while looking for organic, healthy giveaways! I love your product reviews and race recaps! Keep it up girl 🙂

  36. Happy blogerversary!!! 🙂 I love all of your great giveaways!
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  37. Congrats on a year!
    I’m pretty sure I found you from a blog hop or link up of some kind. I love the honesty in your writing. It’s like having a conversation with a friend instead of some internet stranger!
    Keep up the great work!
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  38. Stephanie Ann says:

    I found this blog searching for fitness blogs!! I’m glad I did, I read this site everyday!

  39. Lindsay M. says:

    I found your blog via facebook shoutouts and your giveaways! I LOVE your blog! 😀 All I have to say is keep up the great work.
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  40. Happy Blogiversary! *throwing confetti*

    I stumbled across your blog while searching for healthy meals and race reviews.
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  41. I think I came across your blog through the Running Bloggers group. It may have been through the #RunnerGiveaways group as well. Either way, it’s a good read.
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  42. Pam says:

    Congrats on your bloggerversary. You have a fabulous list of prizes!
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  43. Jacqueline says:

    Happy Blogiversary!

  44. I’m not sure when I ran across your blog but it was shortly after starting my own. I love seeing all your recipes and hearing about the fun stuff you do with your family! Your little one is super cute and always love seeing all those pics!
    Jennifer @ LiveLearnLoveRun recently posted…(F-F-F-Frozen) Hot Chocolate RaceMy Profile

  45. Kris says:

    a friend told me about a blog and it was YOURS

  46. Found your blog through the facebook Girls Gone Sporty page!
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  47. Lisa N. says:

    I found you because a Facebook friend shared about the giveaway.

  48. Kristen says:

    Happy blogiversary! I found you through the Sweat Pink Ambassadors Facebook page and I love your blog! Keep up the good work next year!
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  49. Tiffany S. says:

    I found this blog by just doing a google search. Glad I did because I love reading your blog.

  50. Arlinda says:

    I found your site when I was looking for tasty recipes to help my weight loss goals. I’m not a fan of running because I have asthma but after reading several posts I want to start running.

  51. Sarah J says:

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  52. Maryalicia Verdecchia says:

    What have your enjoyed reading in the last year? Your reviews
    What would you like to see more of in 2014? contests and reviews 🙂
    Or tell me how you stumbled across Fit Running Mama? I found you through Running contests FB page

  53. Kelly K says:

    Happy Blogiversary!

  54. Laurel C says:

    Yay, happy blogiversary!

  55. Lauren says:

    I’d love to see more recipes and workouts!
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  56. I found you through Elf for Health and am so glad I did 🙂 I can’t wait to try out a bunch of your workouts. I have never done a Tabata workout so I’m excited 🙂
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  57. Kristen M says:

    I’ve stumbled over here from twitter. I’ve learned about most of my favorite running bloggers through runchat and twitter connections.

  58. Katie M says:

    I love reading your race reports, your anecdotes about your family and how you manage the competing priorities in your life, and your product reviews!

  59. stacey h says:

    i like all the workout posts – i like learning new things and it gives me motivation

  60. David Burns says:

    Happy Blogiversary

  61. Jeffrey says:

    I stumbled upon your page through one of your giveaways and have enjoyed the content you put out.

  62. Jacki Amato says:

    Happy 1st blogerversary to you! I enjoy you blog and I look forward to the next year!!

  63. Jessica says:

    I just recently stumbled upon your blog looking for some healthy recipes. I think I like those most, but having run a lot in the past few years and somehow getting out of the habit I think maybe some of those posts can get me back out there again 😛

  64. Happy blogiversary! I found you when I was paired with you for the new year new gear fun!
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  65. Danielle says:

    I am fairly new to your blog – stumbled upon it during the stocking stuffers for runners blog hop which I saw posted on a different blog I read often and found you when I clicked on the link to see your giveaway.. and haven’t left. 🙂

  66. Angela N. says:

    I stumbled upon your blog from someone posting your hot chocolate recipe on FB. Great job, I know it is a tremendous time investment to write a blog. I’ve started a couple and haven’t been able to continue them while working and raising four kids. Keep up the good work.

  67. All these prizes are awesome!! I have been very interested in getting compression socks AND what a perfect phone holder for running!! I usually hold mine and that would be PERfEct!!

    Happy blog anniversary!!

  68. I can’t remember how I found you but was soo excited to find another local blogger! I love your recipes and hearing about the excitement of your work and training. Congrats and have a wonderful week!
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  69. Jessie says:

    Besides your workout posts, I’ve loved getting to know you as a person a bit more throughout the year 🙂
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  70. Nicki says:

    Happy Blogiversary!! I stumbled back to your blog via twitter. I love the Crock pot Chopped Veggie Quinoa soup recipe. I can understand why it is your top hits for a post.
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  71. Happy blogerversary! I like the recipes.
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  72. Happy Anniversary!

    I stumbled on your blog from twitter at somepoint this year.

  73. Julie says:

    I just recently found your blog. I enjoy reading about healthy recipes and learning about items that I haven’t heard of and/or didn’t know much about.

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  75. Kristi L says:

    I stumbled here from my new found love of running. I have found myself reading a lot more running blogs this year. 🙂

  76. Ali says:

    happy blogiversary!!! i forget where I came across but I liked your page on fb and have been following since 🙂
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  77. I’m a big fan of your product reviews. I love to discover new gear and nutritional products.
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  78. Lauren Anderson Thomas says:

    I have really liked the recipes!! Esp the veg friendly ones!!! And you introduced me to the wonderful world of chia seeds! Happy 1 year, Laura!!

  79. Alex says:

    I found you through the 550 Relay on Twitter. Came for the running and stayed for the Energy Bits – I have got to try those!

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