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How I Am Incorporating Alert Caffeine Gum Into My Fitness Routine

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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.

Have I Lost My Mind?


Let me begin by saying, I'm a runner. I'm not fast, and even though I'm training for a marathon for the second time (insert groan), I still don't see myself as a distance runner.
But I registered for this thing, a marathon, 26.2 miles of the unknown.
I never in my life imagined that I'd be training for anything like this. Who does this? Who willing decides to dedicate months of their life to run a race. What was I thinking?
But I muddled through it a few months ago. That's right, this is my second go around with training. I had some medical setbacks which required surgery and missed training which resulted in an injury when I tried to come back to running. I didn't run my first planned marathon this past November.
And I didn't want to wait an entire year to try again. So I found another race and I registered. That's right. I willingly signed up for this thing. And guess what? It's 12 weeks away. And this course is hilly. So not only do I have to build back my mileage, I need to add in some hill training.
What was I thinking?
Should I mention it's winter? That means that the only time I can run (super early morning while the family is asleep), it's cold and it's dark outside. So most of my runs, except for my Long Run on the weekend has been on the treadmill.
Do you have any idea how boring the moving belt can be? I've tried virtual reality DVDs. I have my music blaring. I have the TV on. And it feels like it takes forever just to get in a few miles. But up to this point, I've done it. But it's been a struggle. And as I'm huffing and puffing at myself in the mirror by my treadmill, I can't help but ask myself if I have lost my mind? Who does this? Who willingly runs in one place and physically moves no where?
Today's run was outside at 5:45am. Yup, it was dark, and it was cold. Thankfully I had a running buddy who met me otherwise I probably, OK realistically, wouldn't have done it. But as I was setting my alarm last night to get up at 4:45am, I couldn't help but wonder if maybe I'd truly lost my mind.
In 12 short weeks, I will have 26.2 miles ahead of me. Will I finish? Follow me on my journey and find out...

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