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    I'm a stay-at-home-mom who, as part of a mid-life challenge, decided to run a marathon for kicks. I didn't plan on it becoming a hobby, but it did. I QUALIFIED FOR BOSTON at my second marathon and slipped into the vortex. Join me as I fulfill my dream of running the marathon majors.

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5 Summery Things I’m Loving Now

Categories: Recipe Apps, Recovery, Summer

peaches

1. Peaches. They’re so good this year. Knock wood, I haven’t had a single mealy one yet. And when the garden gives you cilantro, you know you need to make salsa. Here’s a great peach salsa recipe adapted from one found on Yummly.

Fresh Peach Salsa

  • 2 peaches, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/8C red onions, chopped
  • 2T chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1T sugar
  • 1T lime juice
  • 1/8t cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Enjoy!

2. Day Camp. Thing 2 started day camp this year so nervous she literally cried in the bathroom before I took her the first day. Fast forward 2 weeks and she’s having so much fun, she asked to go another week. Win! Definitely a girl who needs to be nudged out of her comfort zone.

3. Magic pillow. If you’re anything like me, you’re very particular about your pillow. I’ve had mine…oh…let’s just say far too long probably. I’ve tried to replace my “vintage” pillow, but nothing could come close to it’s comfort. Until I was asked to test the adjustable pillow from Rem-Fit. You add or subtract foam until it’s just the way you like it. I’ll give you the full scoop in another post, but let’s just say, I am totes digging this new one.

proteincoffee

4. A cold recovery beverage. You know I love my coffee. In summer it gets iced. In marathon training season it gets proteined up. Since we’re in both of those, all of the above. Many of you have asked how to make it. Here you go:

Protein Iced Coffee

  • 2 oz. almond-, coconut- or milk of your choice
  • 1 scoop protein powder. I’m currently using this chocolate one from MyProtein. It has a great chocolate flavor and contains dextrose (read high carb), which you may not want if your’re not recovering from strenuous exercise. But my coach recommended I throw down a mix of protein and carbs in the 30-minute window post workout when the body is most willing to absorb it to rebuild and restore. 
  • 8 oz cold brewed coffee
  • Secret ingredient: coffee ice cubes. The more the merrier.

Mix it all up in a blender and you’ve got a delicious, ice cold, recovery drink. Remember the ratio of coffee to milk is totally up to you.

block

5. Block Island Organics Sunscreen. Between summer camp, pool days and the like, we’re outside all the time. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t question the ingredients of most sunscreens on the market. Face it they’re filled with chemicals. This one from Block Island is not. It’s a physical sunscreen made from minerals and things like aloe vera, shea butter and coconut oil. It’s a vegan formula that’s non-comedogenic, paraben- and phthalate free. Made in the USA and not tested on animals. Best of all, it goes on light and works great. We’ve worn it at the beach and pool, when out for bike rides and at day camp. Wanna try it? Use code marcia when ordering and you’ll save 20%. But hurry because this offer expires on 7/31.

What are you loving lately?

 

Runfessions

Categories: Runfessions, Running Shoes

How can August be little more than a week away? Sigh. You know what that means….no not time to go back-to-school shopping, time for another edition of Runfessions! Let’s get to it , shall we?

Runfessions

1. I’ve had this thing with not passing other (slower) runners lately. When I saw my neighbor up ahead I turned off so she’d get far enough ahead of me that I wouldn’t have to pass her and say hi. Granted, she is not the friendliest runner by far ( neither am I, I guess). But still. This happened again on my long run when a woman was alternating running with lively power walking that included lots of Rocky-style air punching. I turned off to put more distance between she and I as well. I guess I didn’t want her to feel embarrassed that I saw her doing her weird punching. Then when she ducked in the bushes for…well…we probably all know what…I raced past.

mizuno

2. Shoes. I already told you that I have too many pairs of long-run shoes in the stockpile. Last week I did the unthinkable and let the cute lime green ones cut to the front of the line. I couldn’t resist. I am weak.

nimbus

3. Then as if I wasn’t hording enough shoes,  I went and bought these Asics Gel-Nimbus. When will it stop?

There, I feel better already. Now it’s your turn. Tell me your runfession in the comments or blog about and tag me so I’ll be sure to stop by.

 
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