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    Running for Women Book Giveaway!

    Running-for-women-book.jpgI recently wrote a book and now want to give you a chance to win a copy! The feedback I’ve gotten so far has meant so much to me and I’m so glad people are enjoying it and finding it useful. To be honest, I was re-reading some of it the other day and thought to myself, wow man, this is some pretty good stuff! :)

    You can enter to win here:

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    I’ll announce the winner on December 12th! Good luck!

    xoxo

    Cleared for Take Off!

    Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 2.28.14 PMEvery time I open my closet, I would see these brand new running shoes wrapped up in their tissue sitting in the box. It’s been 10 weeks since I had Cora and it took me a really long time to be cleared for physical activity again. Add that into the time I took off from running while being pregnant and you have one ansty person waiting to get back out there. At first, I was really angry about the whole situation. I really wanted to start running again asap and it made me feel restricted. It’s been a long time coming and to say I’ve missed it is an understatement.

    It’s been hard not being able to do something I’ve been able to do so freely and that I was looking forward to doing again shortly after I gave birth. You read all these things about how people are running right after they have their babies, but just like babies and birth stories, everyone is different and I just tried to focus on that instead of feeling so frustrated. I didn’t think that my recovery would take so long but I am glad I listened to my doctor and waited to get the final go-ahead. Finally, I got the okay!

    So here we are… ready to make a comeback. I think.

    Now… Where to start? When I walked out of the doctors office I felt like I wanted to just run down the street just to see if I could still run. I know I will have to ease back into things and make sure that I still listen to my body when I start back up. I think I will start this next month just running when I can and how far I feel comfortable with with no schedule, plan or certain mileage to hit. I’d love to sign up for a race in the upcoming months but I don’t want to put that pressure on myself just yet because I don’t know how long it will take me to ramp back up both endurance wise and distance wise. Maybe in the New Year we will see where I’m at and what distance I want to try first. I will say I’ve been itching to run another marathon.

    Another thing for me to figure out is how to run with a stroller. We go often for walks, but I know running will be very different and hopefully Cora likes it! I know if B is home, I can always leave her here and head out for a bit, but I do want to be able to run if he’s at work as. This is all a new adventure.

    Right now I’m just so excited to be able to attempt to run again and to figure out our new routine that will hopefully include some outdoor running time together! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! We have so many blessings to be thankful for this year.

    xoxo

    2 months in and a few of our favorite things so far!

    We are two months into being parents and whoa! Half the time I still can’t believe we have a child :) It’s been a fun, crazy, tiring ride so far and we’ve both learned a lot about ourselves and being parents. Pretty much nothing can prepare you for welcoming a screaming bundle of love into your home but I put together a few of my favorite things that have helped me feel a little more sane. Do I have any clue as to what I’m doing…  nope, but hey, we wake up each day and start over!

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    Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 4.52.01 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 4.51.40 PMWe’ve had a good 2 months! Cora is great at sleeping in her crib and is already getting so big, I can’t believe it. I am still in recovery and cannot run quite yet, but hopefully at this next appt I will be cleared! In the past month we also celebrated Halloween, which was really fun. Even though she didn’t love her costume, we did. She does well in her car seat and seems to just love to cruise along with us, which is awesome. She takes her bottle and pacifier like a champ, loves to go for walks, and is starting to smile which makes both B and I very happy.

    Onto the stuff that has helped keep us sane! Hospital stuff that helped a ton:

    Kaftan – I mentioned it before but this made me feel better about myself while I was recovering and I love the photos from the hospital because I don’t look at horrendous as I felt. It buttons all the way down the back for easy dr access and is super comfortable.

    Moccasin Slippers – I got some from Kmart for cheap, which worked out great because they almost looked like shoes, had a sturdy sole and I’ve worn them around the house so much since coming home. The ones I’ve linked to are from Amazon and are very similar.

    Things that have saved our/my sanity:

    Angel Care Monitor – This is a life saver! It detects movement in the crib so when she’s sleeping I know she’s breathing. We don’t have the video one, just the movement one and it allows me to sleep so much better at night knowing I’d be alerted if she wasn’t moving in her bed.

    Veami Nursing Bra – This is the softest bra! If it was more supportive I’d wear it ever day.

    Changing pad cover for messes – I had originally got these to go on our crib… then I realized they didn’t fit on our crib because our crib has a back section that doesn’t allow things to tie to the rails. I had already washed them so I had to keep them. I cut off the strings and use them on our changing pad as an extra layer so we are not constantly having to wash and change the changing pad. We tried the munchkin ones but they are so slippery on the bottom they move around a lot.

    5 for $25 Gilligan O’Malley Underwear from Target – This is a huge piece of advice I would give someone. When you get home and are brave enough to try normal underwear again you’re going to want to put on the largest and most comfortable pair you own. I went to target and picked out the 5 for $25 before I had Cora and was so thankful I did. Then I wasn’t sad if my other underwear got ruined and had some big pairs to choose from. Because yea.. nothing can prepare you for that.

    Pumping Bra – For some reason I thought when you pumped, the pumps stuck to you. NO. You have to HOLD THEM ON for however long you pump for… This was life saving and actually allowed me to do things while pumping.

    Halo Sleep Sack – I thought I needed every swaddle blanket in the world. Turns out I needed sleep sacks! These are genius. She loves them, especially the fleece ones and sleeps so well in them. We have a light weight one for nap time and a fleece one for overnight.

    Wellements Gripe Water – This seems to help when her tummy is a little upset and she really likes it.

    Functional Burp Cloths – These are absorbent, easy to wash, and inexpensive. Hooray.

    Hamper on Wheels – Best idea ever. Wheel it right into the laundry room. Unload. Wheel back.

    Puj Tub – My friend Nina gave us this and I didn’t understand how it worked when we first got it but now I LOVE IT. She told me it’s so hard to bathe a slippery newborn and it sure is! It’s a necessity for giving sink baths and makes it so much easier. Cora loves to sit in it for up to 15 minutes and just let the water run over her. I call it evening spa time.

    xoxo

    Running for Women: Ditch the Excuses and Start Loving Your Run!

    So much big, exciting, fun news lately! I’m so proud to let everyone know that I wrote a book all about running! My one hope for the book was to encourage people to take up running and to actually enjoy it! So many people associate running with punishment and it can be relaxing and invigorating if you have the right mindset. With anything, it’s intimidating to start something new and I hope that by sharing a few stories and what keeps me motivated that more women (and men too!) can learn to love to run.

    When I was first contacted to write the book I honestly thought it was a spam email. I had always dreamed of writing a book but never knew where to start or how to start. As I continued to talk with the editor, I realized that this was the real deal and I was given an incredible opportunity! Because running is something that I’m very passionate about, it was fun to research and write so much about it, I even learned quite a few tips and tricks to implement in my own running throughout the process.

    The book has a lot of information for those who may want to start running and also can be a great refresher for someone who is looking for motivation to mix up their running routine. I worked hard to make it a complete resource and tried to include everything I would want to find in a book including training plan tips, fueling advice and injury prevention and recovery.

    The editors made it all come to life with modern graphics and a cool layout. I was so excited when I saw it because it was well organized and exactly what I had envisioned in my head. It looked so much better than a very long document of words. My main goal throughout the book was to keep it simple and easy to relate to. Here are a few pages from the inside of the book, hopefully they will put up a few more photos of the inside on amazon.com soon!

    Setting Goals - Running for Women How to be Race Ready - Running for WomenI really hope that this book can encourage and motivate you to run no matter where you are in life and that you can learn to love running as I have.

    xoxo

    And to be honest – I used an affiliate link for the book if you so desire to click over and purchase it!

    Life with Cora!

    Whoa! What a crazy month it’s been. Our little girl arrived mid-September and it’s so true how you instantly fall in love. I’m still recovering and taking my time to get back into the routine of working out and know I’ll get back there soon enough. I do see people running around town and get excited that it’s coming closer to the time when I can try to run again. I’ve really missed it these last few months and know that it will be good for my mental health once I am cleared to get back out there.

    We are doing well and even though we are both sleep deprived, we’re adjusting to life with Cora. Many people ask us how she is and how she’s doing, and honestly, I think she’s pretty good but I have nothing to compare her to! She never misses a meal and lets you know when it’s time to eat and is getting to be more and more fun with little smiles and fun noises. She is growing more each week and may be out of her newborn clothes in maybe two or three more weeks!

    Thankfully, so far she loves her car seat and also the stroller which has been nice to get out for walks in the evenings, even though it’s been so hot here! We are hoping for some fall weather soon and I can’t wait to wear cooler workout clothes like capris and long sleeves.

    I’m still not back to coaching yet, but I have been to one of their meets and plan on going to two of their meets this week as well. I’ve missed coaching a lot and am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things while being a mom, which also means BACK TO BLOGGING, which I’ve also missed. I will probably be including some fun things about our family but will mostly stick to running as I have been for the majority of this blog. I am hoping to run a half marathon next spring and a full marathon maybe in the fall – we’ll see!

    Here are a few fun pics of our first month together as a family of 3 (or 5 including the pups!)

    Newborn CoraOur first family photo!

    Get this Kaftan from etsy for labor and or post-partum! You'll love your photos SO much more :) I actually got this gown for actual labor and delivery but didn’t end up wearing it but am SO glad I got it. (I’m going to do a post on a few of our favorite things thus far soon) I totally recommend getting one because it made all my photos after delivery look awesome and I don’t look as horrible as I felt so I actually like the photos! It was great for the doctors to check me since it buttoned all the way down the back and had a nice neckline for attempting to breastfeed as well.

    CoraFresh baby and new dad

    Heading home from the hospital

     

    When we left the hospital, I cried. I was so scared and our nurses were amazing while we were there! Though there have been more tears, we are getting the hang of things and I grow in my mom confidence every day.

    Even though I was nervous about how the dogs would react – they have been awesome! They check on her often and still snuggle with us all the time. I don’t know why I was nervous, they are friendly but I was just scared that they would feel dejected or not understand but I think the thing they miss the most is their sleep at night!

    Saucony Crib Shoes for Baby

    My friend Elise gave us these shoes and I DIED when I saw them!! She now wears them all the time :) Tummy time for everyone :) Her neck has gotten a lot stronger already and she holds her head up for a good period of time!

    xoxo