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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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March Recap and a Giveaway

Categories: Giveaways, Product Reviews, Training Journal, Training Recap

Miles Run: 72 Lowest mileage since December. Blah.

Miles on Bike: 20 First outside rides of the year!

Pool Swims: 10 sessions. This month I started to calculate distance rather than just swim for 30 minutes. My longest swim was 1300 yds.


Ocean Swim: 1. This wasn’t great because of the salt-in-the-mouth factor but I didn’t have the fear of the water that I used to. Huge progress here.

Strength workouts: 10

Yoga Sessions: 7

Notes: This was not a great running month. My focus was on swimming and I’m thrilled to say, although I’ve got a long road ahead still with form, breathing and endurance, I’m feeling more confident with it. I snorkeled on vacay for the first time ever. I’d always been way too fearful of deep water in the past. We kayaked thru some pretty big ocean swells and I was fine. The old me would not have been. I’m calming down about my tri later this month. That said, I’ve got a 10-mile race I am ill prepared for. And I developed some awful upper respiratory congestion that has kept me from running so far this week.

Here’s what April looks like so far:

April 4: 5k with kids

April 18: 10 miler with BRFs

April 25: 5k

April 26: Tri. No wigging out, just breathe.

Alright let’s get on with the giveaway. Back in high school I had a calendar/planner/assignment notebook thing I carried around called a Chandler’s. Academic-fiscal-jul-jun-daily-appointment-book-15-min-appts-4-7-8x8-black_149324 Anyone remember those? In addition to school assignments, I had it pasted with all sorts of motivational things I’d cut from my Teen, Seventeen and Glamour Magazines. It was like a day planner and vision board all in one. Gosh I wish I’d kept one to look back at now for a good laugh! Fast forward to now and running journals. I’ve been on Daily Mile for years but face it, it’s not my fave, and I don’t look back on it hardly ever. When Erica from Journal Menu invited me to try one of her customized running journals, my old Chandler’s flashed before my eyes and I was all over it. running log You can design the cover anyway you want. I went with a combo of strength and running for motivation. It’s so much more than just blank pages inside:

  • Each page features an inspirational quote
  • 5k, half and full marathon training plans
  • Stretching and Injury prevention tips
  • Place for race plans and race reviews
  • Pace charts
  • Daily entries have space for sleep, nutrition, goals, route and more.

Seriously the goodness inside this journal blew me away. Not a runner? There are also journals for yoga, fitness, triathlon and general day planners too. Build your book the way you want it. This is totally a great gift idea.

WIN IT! One lucky reader will win the customized journal of of his/her choice. US residents only please. Note: I was sent a journal free of charge for review purposes. All thought and opinions are my own.

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

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SLS3 Compression Giveaway

Categories: Compression Socks, Giveaways, Product Reviews, Recovery, Recovery socks, Running Gear, Stuff I Love

You know I love me some compression to help my legs recover post long run. When this pair from SLS3 showed up on my doorstep it was like a breath of fresh, spring air. Could I love the color more? Or hello, the butterflies? I think not.
SLS compressionCute colors aside, these socks are just right: not too thick and not too thin. The toe and heel are reinforced for comfort and durability. They’ve remained supportive and colorfast through repeated washing. Let’s review why compression is your friend post workout:

  • Helps delay and reduce the onset of muscle fatigue.
  • Prevents post-exercise soreness.
  • Evacuates metabolic waste products such as lactic acid by increasing the flow rate of the blood in the venous system.
  • Improved blood circulation back to the heart means a fresh oxygen supply gets to your muscles faster.

Compression is also the bomb for when you fly because it keeps blood from pooling in your legs and ankles. I always wear compression socks on the plane to and from destination races and rest assured I’ll be rocking these on my upcoming trip to Puerto Rico too.

sls3 compressionWIN IT! One lucky reader will win a pair of SLS Compression Socks or Sleeves. Open to US residents only, please.

Save 40% Right Now: Use code SLS340 when ordering.
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Remember to check out my other giveaway here!

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