Exciting ZOOMA Cape Cod News!

 ZOOMA Ambassador 2015

I am super psyched to announce that I will be a ZOOMA Cape Cod ambassador for 2015–my fourth year with this AMAZING race series. It’s been so fun to watch the race grow over the last few years, and it’s truly a one of a kind race experience. Aside from the hills, I loved everything about it! This year’s race will be held on Saturday, September 26, and registration is now open. Stay tuned for a discount code to get you 10% off the half marathon or 10k. I’m sure the race will sell out again in 2015, so register early!

In another news, I went for a short run yesterday to test out the toe. It was actually kind of a fun run– a family run. … 

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Running Reads: 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower

80:20 Running

The book 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower had me at the title! Who wouldn’t like to run slower and get faster on the road? :-) Matt Fitzgerald is a running and fitness expert from New Hampshire (yeah New England!). He is a runner, triathlete, and very well published writer. In 80/20 Running, he discusses the concept of running 80% of your runs at a lower intensity and only 20% at a higher intensity…. 

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What to Listen to on a Long Run

What to Listen to on a Long Run

When you start running more than an hour at a time, boredom can sometimes enter the equation. Don’t get me wrong—some long runs seem to fly by, and you’re done before you know it. Others, however, seem to drag on and on and on. There are definitely things you can do to help pass the time on a long run, especially when you are feeling tired in the final miles…. 

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Stay Sun Safe This Fall!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face and Body Stick

Here is my seasonal PSA to remember to be sun safe. Although the days are getting shorter and cooler, it’s still important to pay attention to sun safety. Many of us put in a lot of miles during the fall racing season, so make sure you use sunscreen and protect your skin while out on the roads. Wear a hat or visor, sunglasses, and remember to wear a high SPF sunscreen. I have always loved Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer. Neutrogena has a Face + Body Stick that’s perfect to stash in your running bag!… 

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Favorite Things Friday – Things I’m Loving

It’s been quite a while since I did a Favorite Things Friday post, and I have a lot of things to share this week–both running and non-running related!

Running related:

I Run This Tank

Lucy Activewear- I am totally loving my new Lucy Activewear I received a few months ago. I received the I Run This Tank in a neon yellow print (I heart chevron in such a big way!), and it’s super comfy. I am not comfortable running in a sports bra only (because of the nursing boobs right now), so this is such a perfect lightweight tank to wear over a sports bra. It’s barely there, super cute, and breathable. I also love the Lucy endurance tights I received. There is no shortage of pockets on these pants (think GU, smart phone, keys, etc.). They are also very comfy and have a drawstring, so you never have to worry about those babies falling down! … 

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Training Update and a Giveaway!

So the training update is that there is no training update. :-( Since my left big toenail was removed two weeks ago (surgically), it’s taking a while to heal. I had a quick follow-up with the podiatrist this past Monday, and he pushed me to do soaks 2-3 times a day to speed up the healing. I’m super bummed, because this pretty much means that the Cape Cod Half Marathon is out for me this year! Even if I am running then, I don’t want to push it with 13 miles. The last thing I want to do is cause more toenail issues!

It’s so frustrating that just when things were starting to feel good, I have this damn toenail issue! That being said, I am glad that my orthotics will be cast next Monday, and hopefully that will help prevent this problem from recurring!

Woman's Guide to Having it All

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Running Reads ~ The Running Revolution: How to Run Faster, Farther, and Injury-Free for Life

Running-Revolution

It’s been a while since we had a new running read, so this week features The Running Revolution by Nicholas Romanov (with Kurt Brungardt). For those of you unfamiliar with Romanov, he is the creator of the POSE method. He is also a two-time Olympic coach. The Running Revolution is a great read for both the beginning and more advanced runner.

The book is divided into four different parts: Preparing for the POSE, Ten Lessons, the Running Circuit, and Take it to the Limit. Part One focuses on a bit of Dr. Romanov’s personal history, in addition to tracking your running progress and choosing the right shoe. At the end of this section, he introducing information on becoming more familiar with your personal stride and how to become a more powerful runner through strengthening exercises…. 

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Does Pregnancy Change Your Feet?

Does Pregnancy Change Your Feet

Pregnancy does a lot of things to a woman’s body, including changing your feet! I recently had a visit to the podiatrist to deal with some of the issues going on with my feet after three pregnancies! I am happy to say that we identified the problems and are now on the way to fixing them!  So, how exactly does pregnancy change your feet? There are several ways…… 

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Cooking Comfort Foods at Henrietta’s Table

seasonal vegetables at henrietta's tableLast Thursday I had the chance to head up to Boston to cook some comfort foods with Chef Peter Davis at Henrietta’s Table and to learn more about Braun thermometers. We decided to make it a family day and take the boys to the Boston Children’s Museum while I went to the event. I hadn’t been to the museum since I was little! The boys had a great time, and so did I!

I was so excited to check out Henrietta’s Table, since I had heard so many great things about it! Shortly after we arrived, we headed back into the kitchen to meet Chef Peter Davis for a cooking demonstration. We were met with a bounty of locally source produce laid out on the counters—beautiful colors! Chef Peter taught us how to roast seasonal squashes and make his DELICIOUS roasted pumpkin soup (we got to taste it at lunch!). He shared quite a few tips and tricks for making meals for your family healthier by adding local produce. I was inspired to roast more squash while it’s in season and freeze it!… 

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Baby’s First Halloween

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday of the year–seriously. Fall is my favorite season, and I can never get enough pumpkin anything! I love all of the fun trick or treating and creating costumes. So, it’s no surprise that I am super excited for William’s first Halloween. His adorable monkey costume this year is from Just Pretend Kids–an awesome dress up/costume company I met in July at Sweet Suite.

Just Pretend Kids Infant Romper

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