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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 Loves and a Giveaway

Categories: Giveaways, Product Reviews, Protein Powder, Running Gear, Stuff I Love, Tea

Off the Grid: The Caveman and I played hooky yesterday. We worked out together then hit up the Chicago Auto Show. I haven’t been in eons and Cavey has never been. What??? It was nice to be child-free for an entire day (it was 35 below zero but schools were open). That makes one date night and one off-the-grid day this month. This must be some kind of record.

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I told him if he ever wanted to surprise me with a treat a Maserati would be just fine.

Athleta capris. Remember when I extolled praise on the little slit pocket in the waistband of Lulu tights and capris? And asked what other brands had one? I was bumming that all of my super-cute Athleta capris didn’t have one. Until I found it. It’s not quite the same but it’s inside the waistband and equally good. I take back every negative thing I ever said about Athleta…except that they don’t have a store close enough to me…wait that’s probably a good thing!


Kura Protein Powder: They call this Start Your Smoothie but honestly it’s so tasty it stands on it’s own quite nicely. Each serving contains 14g of grass-fed dairy protein, 24 vitamins and minerals, 4 billion probiotics (yes you read that right) and it’s non-GMO. It’s also gluten-free, with no preservatives or artificial sweeteners. I like to throw these handy packets right in my gym bag so I can enjoy protein goodness immediately after my workout. Click here for lots of great recipes.


Cordskinz. Add this to the “why didn’t I think of this?” column. I swear I waste SO much time untangling my earbud cords. Time that I’d rather be off and running. No matter how I put them away, they’re always a tangled mess. Until I found Cordskinz. It’s basically a sleeve you put over your cords. It keeps them from getting tangled. protects the cords and comes in a boatload of fun colors. The installation tool is super simple to use. It took me less than 30 seconds to get my Cordskinz on. Very cool. You NEED these.

 buddha tea

Buddha Teas: I told you I was eating only Diet-to-Go low carb meals this week. The sugar cravings are starting to fade but I still struggle in that afternoon witching hour. I’m coping by replacing the cookie or treat I’d usually reach for with a cup of tea.


Genmaicha is a Japanese Green Tea combined with brown rice. It has a beautiful aroma and a nutty flavor. Chaga is a mushroom tea and contains the highest levels of antioxidants of any tea. Knock wood, maybe this is why I’ve not been sick in over a year?

Alright on to the giveaway: One lucky reader will win Cordskinz Earbud Sleeves.

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Humpday Giveaways and a Freebie

Categories: Giveaways, Hydration, Product Reviews, Recovery, Recovery drink, Running

I’ve been a strength training machine these past several weeks. When MESTRENGTH offered to send me their drink powders to try out, who was I to refuse?

MEStrength Review

How is MESTRENGTH different? It’s an electrolyte drink with zero carbs, sugars or calories. There are no artificial flavors or sweeteners and it’s vegan and gluten free. What’s unique is it contain 5 types of electrolyte (most sports drinks contain two) plus creatine.


When I hear creatine, I think of this. MESTRENGTH has just 5g of creatine per serving. Enough to maximize workout performance and minimize muscle soreness but not enough to bulk up your muscles. It can be used for running, strength training and a wide range of other sports. I haven’t been using it long enough to have a definitive opinion on it but I can say my workouts have gone well and I haven’t been terribly sore the next day. It’s tasty and easy to get down too. Now that my training cycle for RnR Nashville has started, I’ll be interested to see how MESTRENGTH performs during longer runs, especially hot ones.

WIN IT! One lucky reader (US residents only please) will win a 10-pack of MESTRENGTH electrolyte drink powders. Save 25% off MESTRENGTH on Amazon right now by using code MHSBLOG1. Offer expires 2/11/15.
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Runners Choice

Now for the freebie! One of the ways I like to treat myself after a particularly long, grueling run is to pamper my feet. Think cooling foot gels, foot massages and the like. Runner’s Choice is made from 100% natural botanical oils of almond, eucalyptus, eucalytol, wintergreen, peppermint and spearmint. Before and after running, simply apply it to your feet–no rubbing in needed. Kids this is minty! I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and I have to say it’s refreshing. I especially appreciate it after a run but I found it energizing beforehand as well.

TRY IT: One bottle of Runner’s Choice is free to everyone (one per household) in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia (only pay shipping charge) by ordering it here. If you have a blog and agree to review it on your site, let them know and the shipping charge will be waived.

WIN IT! 3 lucky readers from U.S., Canada, Europe or Australia will win one bottle of Runner’s Choice.

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I’m linking up with Smitha and Erica for the Wednesday Giveaway Roundup.

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