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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Ultramarathons and Proper Hydration

I am super excited to share a guest post with you from my friend (and my husband’s cousin) Holly, a badass mother runner of four from Germany! She recently competed in a 70km ultra in the Bavarian Forest, and she graciously agreed to write a post about if for me and the Nathan Performance Speed 2 Hydration Belt. Read on for an inspiring mother runner race report!

Hi everyone! My name is Holly and I am one of the biggest fans of Jessica’s blog! Ok, I may be a little biased since she is married to my favorite cousin…but still.

In August I was staying with Jessica and her family for the weekend while I ran the Falmouth Road Race and while there I was telling her about my problems with the hydration belt I was using and never having enough water with me. I run long distances and don’t care too much for back-packs, so this is not an easy problem to solve. Anyway, Jessica gave me a Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt to try out which had two 10oz bottles in it. I used it for about a month while training for an ultramarathon, which I just ran this past weekend. The race was the Landkreislauf Regensburg in Germany on a course which meandered 70km through the Bavarian Forest while climbing over 3,000 feet of elevation. Whew!

Holly Zimmerman

Photo of me at the finish wearing the Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt…and a winner’s smile!

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ZOOMA Cape Cod 2014 Race Recap

ZOOMA Cape Cod 2014 was so much fun from beginning to end (well, maybe not all the hills in the second half!). I headed up Friday evening to pick up my number from the expo and an Another Mother Runner shirt from Michelle, who was working their booth. I have the “I Run Things” shirt, but I had been coveting this one for a long time!

After getting my number and swag bag, I headed up to meet Jessica before attending the Honest Tea Mocktail Hour. Once again, we had a GORGEOUS sunset to look at while sipping on Honest Tea and chowing down on apps. We took our annual ambassador photo and then Jessica, Nancy, Dani, Amy (and her super AWESOME husband Chris), and I headed to dinner at Red’s. It was so nice to catch up with these inspiring running bloggers in real life–I wish we could do it more often! William was a good sport and stayed out until 9 p.m. He loved flirting with all of the ladies. :-)

Race morning came before I knew it, and I headed up to meet the girls in Amy’s room before the start. It was SO nice to have a place to hang out before the start of the race–it was chilly! Shortly before the start time, we made our way over to the line for one last photo op before we were off! Nancy, Dani and I had planned to run together ahead of time. It was nice to change it up and run with a group for this race. Since I was doing it as a training run, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t go too fast that I couldn’t have a conversation along the way!

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A Weekend of Weddings and ZOOMA Cape Cod

What a weekend–I can’t believe how quickly it went by. Early Saturday morning, I woke up to run the ZOOMA Cape Cod half marathon with some amazing ladies, including my fellow ZOOMA Cape Cod ambassadors. It was a beautiful fall morning here in Falmouth, and I will be sharing my full race recap tomorrow on the blog. All I can say now is that it was a TON of fun!

Lakeville CT 2

Credit: Clarke Morrison

After the race, we ran home and got changed before driving to Lakeville, CT to the Interlaken Resort for a good friend’s wedding. We may have set a land speed record from the Cape to Lakeville. I was a little nervous about running the race and then sitting in the car for almost 4 hours, but I actually felt okay.The trip to Salisbury was absolutely gorgeous! It’s hard to believe that the fall foliage has already started. We pulled into the resort on two wheels, got ready in about 5 minutes, and then headed to the lake for the wedding ceremony…. 

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Sneaking More Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet

Sneaking more fruits and vegetables into your diet

One of the things I have been struggling with most after having William is getting enough fruits and vegetables into my diet. I have always had a pretty healthy diet; but for some reason when I am pregnant or nursing, I just don’t crave those foods. All I want is carbs, carbs, carbs. It’s probably not helping that I am running quite a bit, and starchy foods are very easy to ingest when you are starving and trying to eat quickly.

I am hereby acknowledging that my diet needs some work. I recently did some research into sneaking more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Here’s a list of helpful hints I found:… 

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Choosing the Right Race Outfit


One of the exciting, and somewhat nerve-wracking, tasks of racing is figuring out what you want to wear on race day! We have all heard the old adage, don’t wear anything new on race day. For the most part, I agree with this statement. You really don’t want to find out 5 miles into a half marathon that the shorts you are wearing are giving you a serious wedgie! ;-)

When it comes to a race, I always choose an outfit that has been tested multiple times during a training run. I don’t want any surprises! Here are some tips for picking the right race outfit:… 

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