Finding Balance in Running and Life

Elite Ultrarunner Stephanie Howe

As if being a professional ultrarunner wasn’t enough, Stephanie is also a nutrition and lifestyle coach (with an educational background in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology). She is a sponsored athlete who has raced everything from the half marathon up to 100 miles!

She recently teamed up with Nathan Sports to film a short video (as part of the Nathan Sports’ Journeys in Running video series) about her struggle to find balance between home life, training life, and her professional life. While the majority of us aren’t professional runners, there are so many things you can relate to in her narrative.

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Racing the Mile

Racing the Mile

Regular runners have likely run a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or even marathon, but not everyone has had the pleasure of racing the mile. You are probably thinking of running the mile during PE in school and the usual butterflies that accompanied the event (at least I am writing this!).

Growing up here in Falmouth, I ran the Main Street Mile (run by my track club) a few times and I did again last year with my seven year-old. This year I’m running it without my son, and I am (gasp) going to try to actually race it. I’m not really sure what to expect, since I’m not in the shape I was a few years ago, but we’ll see!

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Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Healthy Back to School Lunch

We start back to school late at our school– not until September 8! However, I am in the throes of trying to get myself organized for back to school routines. Rather than list out items that you could include in a healthy back to school lunch box, I thought I would take a different tack and give some general suggestions for changing up the standard lunch of sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a drink (keeping it healthy of course)!

Send Breakfast for Lunch

I don’t know about your kids, but my kids LOVE breakfast for dinner! So why not serve it for lunch sometimes? Whole wheat pancakes could be substituted for bread. Keep the peanut butter and jelly filling or make it a true breakfast sandwich and stuff it with an egg, turkey bacon and/or cheese.

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A Trip to Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England

A few weeks ago, our family headed up to Agwam Massachusetts for a visit to Six Flags New England. My husband had a work outing there, so we decided to head up and spend the night in Springfield, MA (about 10 minutes from Agwam). As it usually happens, we didn’t quite get out the door as early as we had hoped. Clarke’s company had lunch scheduled from 12:30 to 2, and I think we finally arrived in the park around 1:00!

Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England is located in Agwam (Western Massachusetts),  and it’s not far from Boston, Albany, Hartford, and other New England locations. The self-proclaimed Coaster Capital of New England covers 235 acres and features 11 different roller coasters, one of which is Bizarro– one of the top-rated steel coasters in the world!

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Best Ways to Prevent Blisters From Running

How to Prevent Blisters from Running

If you’re a runner, the chances are great that you’ve gotten a blister during a run at some point in your running career. They can be tiny and more of a nuisance, or rather large after a long, hot run. The good news is that they are, for the most part, preventable. Here are the best ways to prevent blisters from running.

Use an Anti-Chafe Lubricant on Blister-Prone Areas

One of the best ways to prevent blisters from running is to apply an anti-chafe lubricant like Body Glide on any areas that you tend to get blisters. I noticed that blisters sometimes develop on the outer side of my big toes after long runs, so I have started using my Body Glide stick on these areas before I put on socks– it’s helped tremendously.

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Jaha – An App For Finding a Running Partner!

This post is sponsored by Jaha. All opinions and writing are 100% my own. For more information on the disclosure policy of 30 Something Mother Runner, please click HERE

Some of us like to run alone, and some of us prefer to run with a partner. I’m sort of a mix of both– I like my “alone” time, but I will gladly welcome company on a long run. It can, however, be challenging to find a running partner or motivational fitness buddy when you need one. That’s where the Jaha app comes in– it’s like tinder for running/sports enthusiasts.

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Encouraging Healthy Eating Behaviors

Encouraging Healthy Eating Behaviors

My kids eat a fairly healthy diet, and I believe strongly in moderation. We follow a sort of 80/20 rule when it comes to eating, where we eat healthy 80% of the time and 20% of the time we enjoy some treats and other indulgences. In my opinion, if you are overly restrictive, kids will just find another place to indulge.

It’s important to me that my children learn to fuel their bodies and that foods are neither “good,” nor “bad.” I want them to have a healthy relationship with foods, so here are some of my guidelines for encouraging healthy eating behaviors in children.

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Thomas Land Opens at Edaville USA

My family and I received admission, lunch, and a small gift in exchange for attending the media preview event at Thomas Land. All opinions, photos, and writing are 100% my own. 

Last Friday, the boys and I had the opportunity to visit the brand new Thomas Land at Edaville USA. The boys love going to Edaville– we go every Christmas to see the lights and meet Santa. It’s a family tradition I have continued from my own childhood, where Edaville has always had a special place. They were over the moon when I told them that we were going to get to check out the new Thomas Land before it opened. They could barely contain themselves!

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An Immersion Dinner at Deuxave with Hood Cream

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Hood Cream. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending an immersion dinner (courtesy of Hood Cream) at Deuxave, a phenomenal contemporary French restaurant on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. What an amazing culinary experience! After reading a bit about Chef Chris Coombs, I couldn’t wait to try out the menu he created for us. I will start by saying that it most certainly did not disappoint!

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How to Start Running With Your Dog

Start Running With Your Dog

Running with your dog

Even though it’s nice to have a human running partner, sometimes a canine companion can be just as good at motivating you to head out the door for your run! Not only will you gain some company for your run, your four-legged friend will also get needed exercise. Below is some helpful information about how to start running with your dog.

Check With Your Veterinarian

Just like you are advised to check in with your physician before starting an exercise program, it’s a good idea to get your canine friend cleared for running. Your veterinarian can advise you on any special precautions you should take when running with your dog, i.e. distance, temperatures, terrain, etc.

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