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How I Am Incorporating Alert Caffeine Gum Into My Fitness Routine

Thank you Alert Caffeine Gum for sponsoring this post. All opinions and experiences are my own.

Anyone else struggling with getting back into a routine after being off for the holidays? I know I have. Add in that Lil Man was sick an entire week before Christmas and daily naps became the norm, I'm really struggling to make it through a normal day.

Although we haven't gone back to school yet, Hubby is back to work. And that means if I want to get in a workout or at least one without company and interruptions, I have to get up early and workout before Hubby goes to work. And the rest of the day is the usual go go go.

Thankfully I've had the opportunity to try Alert Caffeine Gum. 1 piece of Alert Gum is about the equivalent of a half a cup of coffee. (And for me that means no jitters). It's just enough ooomph to give me the boost that I need.

Saturday, March 14, 2009 - Run 4 Luck

I did it. I did it. I did it. WOO HOO. Ok, granted more than one woman pushing a baby in a baby stroller zoomed past me, but I still completed it. This was not my first race. But this was my first 4 mile race – and the first race that I ran every step. In the past I would run, walk some steps, run, walk some steps. You get the picture.

I know that it helped that I ran it with my boss. I used her as my pace guide and stayed with her until about 3.25 in.. then she sped up... and I slowed behind. I was struggling at that point but kept telling myself that I was not a quitter. I can't count the number of times that I told myself that I was not a quitter and that I would not stop.

It was cold, upper 20's lower 30's. I had to scrape the frost off of my car before I drove to meet my boss. Thankfully it was not windy. The course was hilly. It wasn't huge hills, but gradual inclines that at times felt as though it would never end. There were some down slopes, but never long enough for me to fully recover before another incline began.

After mile 3, I was struggling, but kept trudging forward. Once I turned the last curve and saw the finish line, I looked at my watch. I knew that I was going to be close to reaching my goal. I told myself that as soon as I reached the grassy area that I was going to give it all I had. I was too close to fall short now. So I dug deep and picked up my pace. Inch by inch the finish line crept closer until finally with one last push I crossed.

39 minutes, 7 seconds was my official time. My goal was 40. And yes, I'm still smiling.


  1. Congrats! I did the Run4Luck, too - it's a great race and NOT an easy course at all!


  2. Congrats! I have my first 4 mile training run scheduled for next Sunday and I'm nervous. I do the same as you and tell myself not to quit. My mantra is "I can do this". I've been following your blog recently and I find it very inspiring to read about other runners who are at about the same level as I am. Great job and keep up the good work!


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