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    Before I even start… this photo is from January of 2015… Though I wish it was recent, it’s not!

    In January of 2015, I was asked to be in a Dicks Sporting goods campaign. I was so flattered, shocked and excited. I thought I was in horrible shape and, of course, that I looked fat but I showed up, got glammed up and donned the outfits they wanted me in. I tried to suck it in and do my best to look thin. The photos came out great and they were really happy with them, but when I looked at the photos all I could think to myself was, “Well, what if this was different? Or if this part of my body was more toned and in shape. I should have done this and this. I could have not eaten that treat and been in better shape. I could have worked out more.” I focused so much on how much I didn’t like the way I looked, instead of focusing on the fact I was asked to be in the campaign and how amazing that was. Now, looking at these photos now I realize I was in great shape and how I should have been happy with how I looked, because we are just a little bit (read: A LOT) away from where I was then. Ha!

    A funny things is, I also didn’t know I was 7 weeks pregnant at the photo shoot! I was focusing on training for Boston and trying to get my body back up to running higher mileage and didn’t understand why I felt so sluggish. Now, a year after having a baby, I’m back to being overly critical of myself. When I was pregnant it was hard for me to accept my changing body. I was hard on myself and unhappy with how I looked. Now, I have a fun little baby to take care of and fitting in workouts is hard, but I need to give myself a chance to get back to where I was and not focus on how flabby my arms are or the changes my stomach went through. I need to give myself grace and keep working hard and realize this is just a different time in my life.   Continue reading…


    Happy 1st Birthday C!

    This past year has been such a blur, in the best way possible. My life has changed drastically since having a baby. I don’t run as much as I used too, I don’t sleep as much as I used to and many of my days revolve around watching Daniel Tiger, Curious George, playdates and naptimes. Before I had Cora, I didn’t know how to take care of a child, much less how I would be as a Mom. Over the past year there were many challenges, moments where I had no idea what I was doing, and I asked many, many questions, but we made it. There was a lot of unsolicited advice before I had her and throughout the first year and I guess that’s just how parenting is. There seems to be so much negativity and judgement that comes along with being a parent, and knowing you’re doing everything you believe is right for your child is so important. Continue reading…

    August & September Recap

    Oh August… a month where I did pretty much nothing active at all and September… another month of nothing but healing. Because of a pretty bummer foot injury at the end of July, these past two months, were filled with doing a whole lot of nothing active. I couldn’t walk very far in the boot during the entire month of August and in the beginning of September because it was uncomfortable and also my doctor recommended I try to stay off of it as much as possible. It was really eye opening to see how much I usually do walk in a week, whether with B and C to the park, or with friends or just by myself in the evening to get out of the house. It was also a bummer because I couldn’t go to camp with my team and was very limited coaching wise. Continue reading…

    July Recap


    Perhaps you noticed my blog was down for oh, a few weeks, and well… after quite a few hosting problems, I’m BACK! July was a semi good month, that ended pretty poorly. I started out doing really well at the beginning of the month! Up until July 29th… when I broke my foot running. Such a bummer, but onto the good stuff and when I was actually running.

    I was at 40 miles for the month and running well. I had started back to running with the team and was feeling good, even if I was running slower than I had expected. I also had fit in 3 runs every week, besides the week we were on a family vacation, which I was happy with.

    I also fit in an 8 miler, which was on target for at least part of my lake run during our upcoming cross country training camp that was to take place in August. The 8 miler was the longest run I’ve completed since having C and it was a great feeling to actually get into mileage again. It wasn’t easy and I definitely had to push myself mentally, but I felt really accomplished when I got home and I knew it would help build my base as I wanted to run longer mileage once a week.

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    Review of the Bugaboo Runner

    Disclosure: I received the Bugaboo Runner for free. While I received the stroller for free, all opinions are my own.

    Recently, Bugaboo reached out to me to test their new stroller, the Bugaboo Runner. It looked like a very interesting and different stroller than I was running with and I was very excited to give it a try. Because of B’s schedule I have to do 90% of my running with a stroller, so having a stroller that works excellent helps keep me motivated and wanting to go run. Some of the main features I found helpful are the reversible and reclining seat, the brake on the handle bar, and the fixed front wheel. There are a ton more features about the stroller I loved too, but these were what really made a huge difference when running with it. Continue reading…