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Embracing The Changes In Life

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Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

Getting Ready for Next Week's Capital 10 Miler

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Sorry I know I've been MIA for a little bit. Life just got super busy all of the sudden. Lil Man turned 3, we took a trip to the beach, and we got some news that sort of knocked me on my rear concerning my family.

So, I had to take a little time to re-group emotionally. And I'm getting there.

As far as running goes, so far so good! I completed my first 10 mile training run yesterday. Yes, I said 10 miles!!! And then today, I was scheduled for a 5 mile pace run (9 minute mile), and I did it! I was super excited and amazed that I was able to do that.

My 10 mile race is next Sunday. I have a timed goal in my head. I always have a timed goal. :) But if I honestly don't reach that goal, or if the race just doesn't feel like I'm in the groove, I'm planning to slow it down and run it as a fun run / training run. I have several Half Marathons on my schedule for this year.

But regardless of the outcome of the race next weekend, I am totally seeing progress.. and I'm…

Join Me On My Everydayhero Journey - Fitbit GIVEAWAY

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Have you heard of everydayhero? Well it's coming to the U.S. and you can preregister now! To see a video of how everydayhero works, click here. You can also check out their blog here.

But below is a little bit about everydayhero from the literature that I received.

"The everydayhero platform is transforming the giving experience by offering people a way to track and see all the good they do for causes they are passionate about. The platform not only allows people to raise and donate money to nonprofits, but it takes the notion of giving a step further. It allows users to raise money and track their Giving Footprint™ to measure, mon…

Bio Skin Calf Sleeves Review

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If you've been following me, then you know I'm coming back from injury (Injury Update - MRI results), and I'm a HUGE believer in compression. I wear compression sleeves while running, and I wear some type of compression for recovery. I have had issues in the past with calf cramps. Experienced runners advised compression. I listened, and I've never turned back.

So when I had the chance to check out Bio Skin Calf Sleeves, I was curious to see how they worked. When I measured my calf, I was in between a medium and a large. I was going to go with the smaller size of medium, but I was advised that it's a pretty tight fit and I might want the larger size. So I tried both a medium and a large.





The Bio Skin is definitely a tighter fit than my other compression sleeves. So if you are 'in between' sizes, I would recommend the larger size.


And the directions say not to try to put them on over wet skin, or lotion etc. I would advise you to heed this advice.... just sa…

Will I Be Ready? 4 Weeks Until My 1st Race Post Injury

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In 4 short weeks, I plan to attempt my first race post-marathon (I Gave Up During My 2nd Marathon), and my first race post injury. Will I be ready? I can give a whole hardheartedly, I think so :)

Training seems to be coming along nicely. I've have a little difficulty hitting some of the 'target' paces for my training runs. And last week I hurt my back carrying some coal while Hubby was out of town. So yesterday's long run (my farthest since injury) was a little difficult as I could feel my back. But, I'm happy to report that the training plan called for 7 miles at a 9:30 pace and I did it.


My left knee is bugging me a little. I felt it tighten during yesterday's run, and I had to stop to stretch. So we are watching that. My trainer has suggested we may have to take down the speed a little. We'll see what happens tomorrow during tomorrow's 4 miler. 
I don't know about you or where you are from, but running in this bitter cold hasn't been easy. Wi…