Running Reads ~ “Building Your Running Body”

I recently received a copy of Building Your Running Body by Pete Magill, Thomas Schwartz, and Melissa Breyer. I knew I had to check it out when the founder of Runner’s World said “This is the best running book ever.” I decided to check it out to see if I agreed! ;-) What I like about this book is that it applies to the beginning runner and the competitive runner. There is so much information contained in this 434 page book!

The book is broken down into 4 parts: Build Your Running Knowledge, Build Your Running Body–Components and Workouts, Build Your Running Program– Principles and Schedules, and Build Your Running Diet– Protein, Carbs, Calories, and Nutrition…. 

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Speed Work is Back (and a Super Cute Handmade Headband)

So,  last night the speed work made its first appearance back since William’s birth. I decided to do a 10 minute warm-up and then buckle down and get my speed on! I was going to do 400m repeats but decided to just do a really aggressive cut down run instead. I hit the mid 8s and then pushed it down each half mile, all the way to the high 7s. It felt good to feel like my legs were really starting to turn over again! This was after an impromptu racing session with my 6 year-old…. 

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5 Games to Play in the Car

We have all been that parent on a long car trip listening to the incessant questioning: “Are we there yet? How much longer? When are we going to stop? I’m hungry!” Lord knows we heard them on our recent trip to New York City, and we will probably hear them a bazillion times more on our road trip to Florida this fall!

Although we do have a DVD player in the swagger wagon, we try to break the trip up with some non-screen time. I told my kids that “Back in the old days, we didn’t have DVD players in the car, so we had to rely on other games.” ;-) Here are some games to play in the car that can help distract your kids and give you a little time to yourself. You will probably recognize them from your own childhood!… 

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The Run Less, Run Faster Plan

I first heard about the Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster plan from my friend Michelle over at For the Love of Running. She has used it for a number of marathon training cycles with great success. As I am eyeing a few fall half marathons; it’s time to pick a plan, and I think this is it. I will probably ending up tweaking it a bit, but at least I have a plan now!

Run Less Run Faster… 

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Joovy Boob Baby Bottles – Perfect for Breastfeeding Babies!

Joovy Boob Baby Bottle System

Now that William is just shy of three months old, I have started pumping and making bottles for him to give me a little more freedom throughout the day! Don’t get me wrong–I love breastfeeding! It’s just nice to be able to go out for a few hours and not worry that he will get hungry when I’m gone. ;-) I discovered the Joovy Boob bottles at Baby Palooza when I was at Blogger Bash in NYC a few weeks ago…. 

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My July Stitch Fix!

My July Stitch Fix arrived on Wednesday, and I really liked the color scheme of this month’s fix–navy blue, coral, and aqua. I kept only one item from my last few fixes, but this month I kept two! I would probably have kept two more, but I didn’t want to blow my budget out of the water! ;-)

So, what did I get?… 

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Dad on Duty ~ New York City with Kids

I am SO excited that this is the first post from my Super Dad husband, Clarke. He is going to contribute occasionally to 30 Something Mother Runner to share a dad’s perspective of parenting three crazy (and very lovable) boys! 

Last weekend I called upon my inner Clark W. Griswold, on a family trip to New York City.  I’d like to think that we outdid Chevy Chase and gang– by a long shot.  Driving to New Haven and taking Metro North into Grand Central is a breeze… ok, maybe all the passengers on our train car wouldn’t agree, but we made it down in one piece…. 

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Baby Palooza and William’s First Photo Op!

At last week’s conference, there was a special session called Baby Palooza, and there were some wonderful brands who set up shop to show us their new products! We got to check out everything from new strollers to safety equipment. I was so excited to see some of my favorite baby gear brands!

Joovy caboose varylight

Joovy Caboose VaryLight

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Grocery Shopping with Kids

grocery shopping with kids

Yesterday I was reminded that raising small children is not unlike living in an undeveloped country. Anarchy is rampant, and if there is a structured government, it must be a dictatorship. There are daily attempts at a coup d’etat, some of which are successful. Bribery is a completely acceptable and effective means of getting things done…… 

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5 Make Ahead Meals for New Moms

make ahead meals for new moms

 

One of the BEST gifts you can give a new mom (in my opinion!) is a prepared meal after baby is born. Make ahead meals are so nice to receive when you are running on zero sleep and adrenaline! This was especially true for me after the delivery of #3. I had no energy to cook during the last month or so of my pregnancy, so I had absolutely nothing made ahead in my freezer. Thank goodness for my super awesome mother-in-law and father-in-law who would regularly bring us dinner! I did have a few new friends here on the Cape who brought us dinner after William was born, and it was a godsend.

So, what are the easiest make ahead meals you can prepare and/or buy to bring to a new mom? Here is a list of five suggestions to get you started:… 

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