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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.

And The Marathon Training Continues

I've been a little MIA lately with the blog posts - sorry about that to the 2 of you who actually read my blog ;)

Since I faced my mountain (which by the way my mountain gave me poison oak or ivy or poison of some kind which I am STILL wearing on my legs), I've continued along my training. My Friday morning trail runs have come to an end since it's so dark outside in the early mornings. I do miss the trails. I'm trying to find a way to incorporate them into my training. But as the mileage is ramping up, it's harder for me to sneak in extra miles. I'm sore, and achy.

Last week my mileage dropped a little, but I ran with a faster running buddy. She pushed me to an 8:48 pace for our 5 miles. I do believe that was my fastest 5 miles.

Then Saturday I had another good run. I ran 15 miles with a 10:30 pace (which was speedy for me).

So far so good with the training. In just 2 weeks I'm attempting a half on Saturday and a half on Sunday. Yeah, I don't know what…

Marathon Training as a Busy Mom Seems Like Craziness by Becky Reese

I am participating in a Mommy Blog Tour. Today's post is by Becky Reese from Sexy Mom's Running Club.
Marathon Training as a Busy Mom Seems Like Craziness by Becky Reese
I love the feeling that running gives me.  Okay - I love the feeling that comes at the end and the rush of completing a race.However, there is no greater rush than crossing a marathon finish line! As a busy mom of five, I know how difficult it is to even think of training for a marathon, but I am here to tell you it is possible! I’m going to give you some tips on how to do it.
I suggest looking for a 4-day training calendar.  With kids, it seems that something always comes up, so with three days available to swap out for the hard core training days, it makes it much more possible. That being said, you must find a training schedule that works for you, and only YOU!
To find the best training schedule for your - I recommend Googling “four day marathon training”.  Here’s why: what worked for Jane Smith up the street w…

I Faced My Mountain

I faced my mountain today.

My stress level lately has been through the roof. I feel as if I don't have a lot of control over a lot of aspects in my life. It's as if things are just swirling around me, and I am grabbing to try to get a grasp of the swirling circumstances.

After a tumultuous week, I came to the realization that instead of focusing on the swirling mass that I can't control, I need to focus on things that I can control. And here comes the Mountain.

I'm a novice trail runner. I'm extremely directionally challenged. I can't really read a map. And I'm clumsy.  I have only ever run a very short loop of trails by myself. I've been way too scared to attempt anything 'major' on my own.

But there is this Mountain, the red trail, described as the most difficult, the most challenging, and it climbs to the highest peak of the trails that I've been running... my Mountain.

And as the week has progressed, I've had this burning desire to …