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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.

11.5 Miles

Today was my first Sunday Long Run with my new running buddies. One lady wasn't able to make it so there was just two of us today. I was a little nervous because I knew she wanted to run 15 miles. I would love to run 15 miles, but I didn't feel that I was quite able to do that just yet. Since my hip injury, my longest run has been 8 miles so far which was last weekend. And my longest run ever has been 11.1. 

We started off at a fairly fast pace - or fast for me anyway. At 4 miles, our time was around 33-34 minutes. No wonder my lungs felt like they were going to explode! I wasn't sure how I was going to make it through the rest of the miles. Thankfully when we hit the hills we slowed the pace some, and I was able to catch my breath (a little). I guess now would be a good time to mention that my new running buddy is in her early 50's and she kicks rear. I know that she was slowing it down for me today. 

After the 3.1 mile loop of hills, my body was screaming, but I didn't want to quit. At this point, I was 7.5 miles into the run. I knew she had planned a loop for me that would let me get 11 miles in. And I knew she was doing 15, and I wanted to tough out as much as I could.

With four miles ahead of me, I kept telling myself to keep going. On the last two miles back, I starting getting some muscle twitches in my glutes. But I knew it wasn't bad enough to stop. The last 3/4 mile was gruesome, but I didn't slow down and I kept the pace. I was so happy to see the ending point, and so pleased with myself that I ran 11.55 miles today. 


  1. Congratulations on your accomplishment of 11.555 miles. Running with people can either be a blessing, or a nightmare. They can boost you out of a rut, or run you into the gutter. I normally go alone or with my wife. I am a slow runner now, but gradually picking it up implementing speed work etc. Hey, thanks for stopping by my site today. Have a great day and........Keep Running!


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