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    Fun in San Diego with Saucony!

    Recently, a few of the members of the Saucony 26 Strong team had a photoshoot with Competitor Magazine in San Diego and reached out to me to join in on the fun! I couldn’t make the shoot last year with the 26 Strong team, so I was really excited that I could make the dates this year. I drove down to meet up with the team and my cadet for the first time on and got a little down time before everyone else arrived, after I checked in, I took advantage of the warm weather and the pool.

    La Estancia Pool - Fun in San Diego with Saucony 26 StrongThe first evening we spent time together bonding as a group and had a great dinner with everyone and I met my cadet for the first time. I was pretty nervous to meet her, I mean, we were sharing a room together and I was going to coach her to finishing one of the biggest accomplishments in her life! I was hopeful we would get along and click easily and as soon as I met her I was relieved. After chatting with everyone well into the evening and then going back to our room and talking more, I knew we would get along great and I also was finding out more about her running routine and goals for Chicago.

    The next morning we had to be up really early to get our hair and makeup done and then we were off to Balboa Park for the first photo shoot of the day. It was so pretty out and such a nice location! I remember when the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon started there and how nervous I was running my first full! It seems like so long ago. At the park we took quite a few group shots and then Bridget and I snapped this one quickly before going to our next location. (I got the group photo from Angela over at Happy Fit Mama – she had to sit out running in some shots because she’s recovering from an injury, but she is so awesome and it was great to meet her and her cadet, Marina!)

    Running Photoshoot with Saucony 26 Strong

    Saucony 26 Strong Photoshoot

    I was in all grey and Bridget got the bright colorful shirt :) I felt kind of funny trying to run hard and keep up with everyone. I haven’t been running as much as I was before getting pregnant so it was definitely interesting, but everyone was really encouraging telling me that I looked great. Then, later in the day we switched outfits and I was a little skeptical of this shirt on the hanger, but loved it on! The colors are so fun and summery and it was really lightweight.

    Saucony 26 Strong PhotoshootThe next location we went to were trails behind UC San Diego and it was so pretty! I was reminded of the area by my house that has some very, very short trails but I usually include them into my running route because it’s shady and a nice surface to run on, even if it’s not for that long. We got a few more photos and then headed back to the hotel for dinner. I was SO tired that night! It was a long, but very fun day.

    The next morning we were up early again and headed out to Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. The sky looked really pretty even though it was cloudy. I got another cool patterned tank top to wear and some really comfortable shorts that were a little more relaxed than the spandex I had worn the day before. It was definitely different running with big lights around and a photographer telling you to do it again and again and again, but it was so much fun!

    Saucony 26 Strong PhotoshootThe group then had to split up because some of them were flying back to the east coast that afternoon but we made sure to get a quick photo before everyone left. It was really a great group to chat with about running and training and goals for Chicago. I was so thankful that everyone was so nice and friendly and I love my cadet! I know she will do so great in Chicago and am looking forward to getting her into training after she runs the Mammoth Half Marathon.

    Saucony 26 Strong Photoshoot in San DiegoJust this past week, the magazine came out so I wanted to share that you can pick up a copy and get some great info on running your first marathon, meeting this year’s #Saucony26Strong Cadets and see a familiar face!

    Saucony 26 Strong in Competitor Magazine!


    Staying healthy in the summer months!

    Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Athleta through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Athleta, all opinions are my own.

    With summer weather quickly heating up, I have been doing a few more things outside to stay active during my pregnancy. I love the summer months and love being warmed by the sun. I have been walking a lot lately and I am enjoying exploring new local areas and little local parks, which has made it more fun to walk. It doesn’t give me the same rush as running but I still can get my heart rate up and feel healthy, I know it’s really good for the baby too. Athleta recently sent me a few pieces from their Summer collection and I wanted to share a few of my favorites!

    The Athleta shorts I’m wearing are actually perfect for walking because they have pockets AND an elastic waist band in the back, so I know they will be with me until the end of my pregnancy. I love pockets on shorts because I can stash my phone or keys in them and feel safe having those things with me. It’s actually hard to find running shorts with pockets! These will probably be put into my normal rotation of normal clothes because they have such a cute pattern that they look like normal shorts!

    Something new that I have added to my routine is doing light prenatal yoga to help with my back. I’ve always had back problems and asked my doctor about it and he told me this would possibly help me stretch out my lower back. I usually do this at home, in the backyard or living room with just my laptop because it makes me feel way more comfortable than going to a class and it lets me go at my own pace. If I go to take a class, I get super competitive and frustrated when I can’t keep up. I also have been doing a few arm workouts after yoga with light weights at home.

    These striped capris have become a favorite as well! They are comfortable and really allow a lot of give, which is key when you’re growing weekly. The top is a great staple for summer as it’s really lightweight. I also love the bright color especially for walking at dusk.

    Finishing off the perfect summer day? Dinner with B of course! We went out to a local BBQ and I took a risk and wore this light-colored dress, but luckily I didn’t spill anything on it, even with all the BBQ I had eaten! This dress was perfect for my currently changing body and it’s so comfortable. I have struggled a bit with dressing myself right now because I don’t have a big bump yet but I feel really boxy and thick. I don’t know if strangers would be able to tell if I was pregnant or just had a lot of pizza, so this dress is forgiving and helps with my confidence.

    Maxis have been a great option and I know that maxis will be great, especially in the heat of the summer. This one was perfect with more than enough room to grow and it was really long, which is hard to find because I’m 5’7. Another thing that really made this dress stand out to me is the fact that it’s made of a blend of spandex, so it’s really comfortable and it also has a built in bra, making it easy to wear and not having to worry about bra straps hanging out.

    No matter what I’m doing, especially as the weather gets warmer, I make sure I have a water bottle with me because I get thirsty so much faster now. I love the summer, and being active while pregnant has become easier with comfortable clothes and accepting the fact that I can enjoy doing new and different activities and will be able to run with a new running partner in the future! There are so many options to get outside and enjoy the weather, even if it’s just for a short period of time – like taking the bike around the block! As long as my doctor approves me to continue up with my activity, I will be biking, walking, running when I can, and yoga-ing my way into September!

    It’s that time again!

    Cross Country is BACK! Though the fall is still a while away, training begins now and I’m looking forward to another great season coaching. I do love all my track kids, but the goofy group of distance kids are something else special. It’s always an interesting process meeting the new kids who want to come out for the team and trying to remember new names but by the end of the summer, everyone is like a giant family and there are both jokes and many, many miles run. It’s crazy the bond that they form and share by the end of the season and it’s amazing to be a part of such a unique sport.

    Cross Country is strange. There is no way to sugar coat it. It’s not that mainstream and most people wonder why anyone would ever want to ‘just run’ for a sport. Even in high school when I was running, I never really thought how strange it was to run, until many of my friends asked me why I wanted to be on the team. Being on cross country helped me develop my love running and now how I act as a coach. Though cross country doesn’t seem to have the same amount of showiness as track and field because there aren’t sprints, I still think it’s so exciting and love watching races.

    Recently, a movie was made that highlighted cross country and the team bond that many athletes share throughout the season. If you have the chance, check out McFarland, which was inspirational and I LOVED it! If you’re a runner, you should definitely watch it and if you’re not, it still is a great story. When B and I went to see it, we both enjoyed it for different reasons.

    McFarland, USA

    In honor of my favorite season being back, I was offered to give away a copy of the movie and jumped at the chance! All you have to do is enter below and I’ll announce the winner on Thursday. Good luck!

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    Saucony 26Strong, Year 2!

    Saucony 26Strong ProgramAlthough Andi and I dealt with a few bumps along the way of our Saucony 26 Strong journey, I really enjoyed the entire process. Over the past two years I’ve found that I really love coaching. No matter the distance or ages of the people I’m coaching, it’s something I’m really passionate about. One of my favorite feelings is when talking with people about running and they were never a runner and to see them progress and start to enjoy running is amazing. It’s so rewarding to hear their progress and to see them reach goals they never even imagined possible. The day Andi ran the Nashville Marathon I was on pins and needles following her progress and even cried when she texted me that she finished. It makes me so proud to be even a little part of such an amazing feat!

    City of Oaks MarathonI was recently contacted by Saucony to become a coach again for the 26 Strong Program and I was honored and humbled. After last year, I didn’t know if they would want me to coach again because my cadet got injured but when they asked me I jumped at the chance because I know how running and training for a marathon can change someone’s life and I love the feeling of being able to be a part of that and watching runners grow.

    Another big drawback to me coaching this year is that the team is running the Chicago marathon, which is two after my due date, therefore I won’t be able to go to the race, or run it. I was pretty bummed when I found out what race they were doing, but to my surprised they still wanted me! I have been paired up with a cadet named Bridget, and am meeting her for the first time next week! We’ve discussed her training plan and her goals a little bit and I know meeting in person will make it more ‘real’ and I will get to know her and her running abilities better.

    I’m so thankful for this opportunity to continue coaching with Saucony for the 26 Strong program and can’t wait to follow and be a part of Bridget’s journey to finishing 26.2 miles come October!


    A few of my favorite things so far & a giveaway!

    Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Theragesic. While I was compensated to write a post about Theragesic, all opinions are my own.

    Now that it seems I’m walking more than I’m running, I’m working on getting more consistent in my schedule and making sure I’m getting in a few miles in a day because it seems to make me feel a bit better. I do really miss running a lot but I know it’s something I can always go back to so I’m really looking forward to that. I’ve gotten so many awesome comments from other moms who’ve been really encouraging and I truly appreciate it. I’ve said it a few times, but changing my mindset and accepting the fact that I can’t run like I was right now has been really helpful and made walking much easier. I still kind of feel like a mega dork just walking around, but hey, whatever.

    It’s National Women’s Health Week and to participate I wanted to share a few of my favorite things thus far that have helped me during my pregnancy. When I found out I was pregnant, I was 8 weeks along. It was a rough start for me but I finally am feeling a bit better and to be honest, treating my ‘symptoms’ like it was a hangover was really key for me. They helped me out of my slump and my friend Nina had a ton of good recommendations for me thus far. Here are a few of my go-to things that have made my days much easier lately.

    Pregnancy Loves for weeks 8-20Vitamin Water Essentials – This stuff helped my morning sickness and gives me energy. I was told b-12 actually helps with nausea and this is packed with it. I drank one every morning from about weeks 12-16 and now I drink it when I’m feeling a little off to try to help me get back on track which is still about 3-4 times a week.

    Non-Sorbate Prunes – Dude. These have saved my life without being too graphic. Seriously. I eat 5-6 in the morning and then another 5-6 in the evening and they have really made me feel better and way less gross. I got mine from Trader Joe’s and here’s a really random review of them.

    J.Crew Factory Elastic Shorts – So, these were another recommendation  and I’m living in them so far. They stretch, still look nice, are priced  reasonably, and have pockets. I know I really won’t get a ton of maternity clothes because a lot of my clothes are already flowy and loose fitting and I was looking for something that was easy to wear and still looked nice. These are clutch!

    Nathan Big Shot Narrow Mouth Bottle – Got this bad boy from Marshalls and I love it because of the drinking area instead of a straw. I want to get another 2 bottles just like this one! I go through a lot of water and I know it’s super important to stay hydrated even when not pregnant. The bottles with the straws were not working for me because they were getting dirty and I wasn’t able to clean them easily.

    The Bump Nest – I already have a really bad back,the chiropractor is my best friend, and this was something I got early on from another friend recommendation. It has helped my sleeping a lot and it offers support for both my front and back. The fabric is so soft and I love the colors it comes in. It was an expensive splurge but totally worth it and I’m glad I got it in the beginning.

    Theragesic – Speaking of Back Pain that doesn’t end… one of the first questions I asked my doctor was if I could continue using Theragesic on my back and shoulders. He approved so about every other night I put on a layer on my lower back and shoulders and it’s really helped a lot with the tightness and soreness I get throughout my back. I use it a lot when I’m running but since it helps with aches and pains, it’s perfect to continue to use now!

    Preggie Pops – These helped a lot in the beginning, but as time went on I got like a weird taste for them and couldn’t eat them like I was, but they were helpful for a while and made me feel better when I was struggling with eating.

    Now, onto the fun! These are obviously a few of my favorite things that have helped me and I am looking forward to a prenatal massage soon… but I know not everyone is pregnant but wants to be healthy! So with that in mind, who doesn’t  love a trip to the spa! Thera-Gesic is supporting women’s health with a spa package giveaway worth $350, which seems awesome to me!! Treat yo self and enter to win! I’ll announce the winner on Monday!

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