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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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Spartan Race & Cruise Giveaway

Categories: Giveaways, Spartan Race, Spartan Race Cruise

That four-letter F-word (fall) is just around the corner and so are the Spartan World Championships in Killington (how appropriate) Vermont on September 20.


Be sure to catch all the crazy action on NBC sports. Since I know lots of you are Spartan Race fans, you also need to know about their newest adventure. What could be better than the taste of barbed wire? How about barbed wire on a tropical island? That’s right: Announcing The Spartan Race Cruise.


According to the peeps at Spartan: Sand, surf and obstacles await you as you join fellow Spartans on a cruise liner sailing from the Port of Miami to the Bahamas Great Stirrup Cay on March 6-9, 2015. Sound like fun? It’ll be even more fun if it’s FREE! Enter here for a chance to win a free Spartan cruise for you and a friend. Spartan Cruise sweepstakes are open to U.S. residents only please.

But wait! There’s even more: I’ve got a free domestic Spartan Race to giveaway as well. One lucky reader will win his/her choice of any open heat in any 2014 Spartan Race in the continental U.S. Not feeling the good luck mojo? Use code SPARTANBLOGGER and save 10% off any race right now.

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National Blueberry Month CocoaVia Giveaway

Categories: CocoaVia, Giveaways, Nutrition, Recipes, Recovery Smoothie

Did you know July is National Blueberry Month? Since Thing 2 is a July baby (her birthday was yesterday) we’ve always called her our blueberry girl. Truth is we adore all things blueberry around here, even though the season is fleeting.

When CocoaVia invited me to try making a blueberry fruit smoothie using their cocoa extract Fruit Sticks, I was all over it.

What is CocoaVia? It’s a daily cocoa extract supplement. Cocoa flavanols are scientifically proven to help support healthy circulation by helping your arteries stay flexible.


Each serving contains 250mg of cocoa flavanols with no added sugar, artificial flavors or colors. As a distance runner I am well aware of the effects oxidative stress has on the body so I am always looking for ways to counteract that.

So I made the smoothie and I have to say it was delicious. There is no chocolate taste (I used the Cran-Raspberry CocoaVia), just sweet blueberries and the tang from the Greek Yogurt. I’ve also thrown in a scoop of protein powder and swapped the yogurt for plain kefir and used this for post-run recovery. There’s a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe I am eyeing to try next.

blueberry cocovia

Blueberry Smoothie

3/4C Plain Greek Yogurt

3/4C milk of your choice (I used almond)

1/4C fresh blueberries

1 packet of CocoaVia Cran-Raspberry or Summer Citrus supplement

Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds, serve chilled and enjoy with fresh fruit!

Wanna try CocoaVia for yourself?

WIN IT! One lucky reader will win a 15-packet assortment of CocoaVia, which includes Cran-Raspberry, Summer Citrus, Unsweetened Dark Chocolate and Sweetened Dark Chocolate.

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