I’ve been a busy Mother Runner ..

I’ve been a busy Mother Runner ..

In the last three months I’ve been a busy mother runner (um, exhausted mother runner!) ..  From Novemebr to April I trained to run my second and third ultras (my second 50k and my first 50 Miler – American River 50 Mile Endurance Run ) within a month of each other. Months and months, miles and miles and hours and hours on the trails with the best training friends and pacers. They pushed and motivated me when there were times I wanted to sit and cry instead of take one more step (truth!) .. for that I am so thankful.     My running shoes have also been busy promoting the Ragnar Trail Relay Tahoe event, while working race expos, the REI Run Series and run clubs. The Tahoe event is going to be fabulous and a bit challenging all at once. Teams of eigth runners going 120 miles non-stop, relay style, all while camping  – run, camp, sleep .. repeat!  However, the biggest thing for this mother runner is that I am now the proud momma of a high school graduate and brand new 18 year-old (with both of these happening on the same day – talk about feeling like you want to cry all day!). My first born is now registered for his freshman year in college for the fall and he has a smarty pants fairly new 15 year-old, soon to be, sophomore in high school sister (for real the last eighteen years have flown by!). Old Father Time .. can you slow down a bit, please?!? Actually Father Time what I really want to know is .. why do my miles seem slower than the years?!?  Somehow training for my ultras and running the races seemed harder than giving birth! I jokingly said to a friend that I went into labor and had both of babies in less time than it took me to run my 50 miler (truthfully it feels like my oldest graduated faster than I ran it!). For this I’m not sure if I should be proud, laugh at myself or cry! Ha .. on the day of the American River 50 .. I know for sure I was crying .. too many times to recall. However, it’s one thing that I can say I did for myself (pity party and all) .. and no one can take that  away. That AR 50 medal hangs on my display in front proudly .. I almost want to put it in a glass trophy case with a light shining on it (cue the music and ahhhhhhh!!).  The weeks, months and inevitably years are going to speed by anyway so I might as well enjoy the miles ahead .. hard, easy, fast, slow...

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Pretty Muddy .. #TBT & A Giveaway

Pretty Muddy .. #TBT & A Giveaway

Last year I did my first ever mud run! I got to run and definitely play in the mud with some friends and had a great time! Read my Pretty Muddy Recap from last year and see why I think it was the perfect first mud run and why you should try it too! A perfect run to grab your girlfriends, mom and daughters .. and get muddy! Register now and use code: BLOG to save $5.00 on each entry.  Tell me why you’d love to run {play} in the mud for a chance to win a free race entry to a Pretty Muddy 5K! It’s like the best mud party ever! Who wouldn’t want to run through mud, adventure over and through 10 muddy obstacles?!?  • winner of giveaway will be contacted via e-mail by 4/5/2015•  (*disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this race giveaway, all opinions are my own. Pretty Muddy Women’s Mud Run was kind enough to offer a free race giveaway in exchange for spreading the...

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It’s been about 550 miles and then some ..

It’s been about 550 miles and then some ..

Since my last post my Salomon’s have taken me roughly 550 miles .. training for my second ultra marathon, Way Too Cool 50k, and then some.  I successfully completed this feat .. and it was again a race of a lifetime (for me, a second race of a lifetime – is that even a thing?!?). Has it really been a year since I ran my first ultra (My First Ultra Race Recap)?!? When is the next one?!? Life has been crazy busy with two teens in high school (and the taxiing for high school soccer, trap and skeet, Girl Scouts, volunteering and on and on ..)  and as for me I managed to squeeze in a fun trip to Salt Lake City, Utah to represent Ragnar Trail Relay – Tahoe.  As for today .. it was a fun, way out of my comfort zone kind of day! To my surprise .. me in an interview with a local morning show and some of my best ruuning girls (aka mother runners) discussing all things trail!! I will admit I was a little star struck with Deirdre Fitzpatrick, who herself is a runner/trailrunner, mother, iron woman and just all around so nice!  Hmmm .. maybe we will meet again for an afternoon trail run! I can’t wait until it airs .. until then – I’ve got some miles to run (and...

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{ultimate direction} ultra vesta review

{ultimate direction} ultra vesta review

Wow .. I love the running community and people that I’ve met through Run This Year .. Through Run This Year, I was given an Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta, from the Jenny Collection, to use and review. This vest was designed and tested by Jenny Jurek, as well as other female athletes, and I can say that attention to detail and fit was spot on. When I opened the box the first thing I noticed was the rainbow of colors .. purple with pops of yellow and pink accents (quite a change for me, as my old pack was tan)! The colors just make you want to run long and happy! I also noticed that the vest was very light, weighing in at just 9 ounces empty, and compact. But don’t let the size fool you .. it has the capacity to hold 4 liters (lots of hydration for running!) and anything else a trail runner, or girl, may need. Test run: The first time I wore it I loved how it sat high up on my back and nice and tight to my chest (resulting in no bouncing when running). This is a total win! The vest sits nice and close to the body and does not dig in at my shoulders, even with all the pounding (win!). Another win for me was the storage. Just like packing, there’s never enough storage for a gal (meeee!!), but this pack is quite roomy. It has 2 large pockets and a smaller wallet size one on the back of the pack. One of the large pockets can be used for a bladder. I used it for my 70 ounce bladder filled with water (bladder not included with pack). Inside this pocket there is a bungee cord for securing items inside, as well as a velcro strap to keep the bladder from bouncing. The other pocket can be used for extra layers of clothes that you may stash, or ditch while running or any extra fuel. I have used this for an extra zip lock bag where I kept a dry long sleeve in it for a quick change after a race (I then tossed my wet/dirty top in bag). Worked like a charm! Even with the bladder filled and extra layers packed in, the vest still still felt compact. On the front of the vest there are 4 (yes, four!) pockets. The two larger pockets each hold a 10 oz. flask (included) for convenient hydration. On shorter run days I use the flasks instead of my bladder. There are two smaller pockets beneath the flask pockets, one with a zipper and one with a velcro closure. There is even a...

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It’s been a minute {or several} with lots of miles in between ..

It’s been a minute {or several} with lots of miles in between ..

Somehow life got in the way and all up in my head .. and my writing and posting took a nap, but my running and races didn’t! Do you ever feel so overwhelmed that you can’t think about anything but going through the motions of day to day (and yes I will admit sometimes even just running through the miles to get them done, reluctantly)? Oh boy, I have the last few months. However, it’s time to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to run my life again. Since I last posted, I am now the proud mom of a Senior and a Freshman in high school {wow really, how did I get that “old”?} and am looking forward to all the fun and crazy that comes along with a big year for both of them .. and somewhere in between the clouds, I’ve managed to run 250 miles, finished a 205-mile relay, a half marathon and a crazy fun 115-mile relay on the trails (while camping)! I’m looking forward to the fall running weather .. possibly another half marathon (eeek, 4 race weekends in 5 calendar weeks!), running to make my Run This Year 1,200 mile goal (not just getting though the miles, but loving them) and posting a medley of my race recaps and any craziness that happens in between! I may not be all together, but I’m getting there. Time for me to wake up and pull the covers from over my head-in-the-cloud days ready to run...

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Lorna Jane Week 3 Recap #activelivingchallenge

Lorna Jane Week 3 Recap #activelivingchallenge

It has come to an end .. I’ve completed three weeks of sharing what I try to do daily .. #movenourishbelieve with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach with the Sweat Pink Community Week 3 Day 15 – Practice Active Living Daily – Trail running with friends .. one of my favorite places to #sweatpink. Day 16 – What Part of the Future Are You Most Excited For .. “I cannot see what lies ahead, but I have faith it will shine.” Day 17 – Sweaty Favorite Workout – Ahhh .. a good jump rope circuit always leaves a puddle of sweat! Day 18 – Short Term Goal – My short term goal is to run 1,200 miles this year with Run This Year. It’s a year long challenge .. and I am getting closer every day (as of today 790/1200)! Day 19 – Favorite Healthy Snack – Trail cookies .. a little oatmeal, bananas, nuts and coconut oil, oh & chocolate – yum! Day 20 – Favorite Lorna Jane – I was at the Launch Party for Lorna Jane in Roseville and picked up my first Lorna Jane piece! Day 21 – Favorite Part of Active Living – For me it’s all about the adventure. The adventure of never knowing what I’m going to experience, find or see (all while living the Lorna Jane way) .. I also have great friends who love the adventure right along with me! Even though the third week has come to an end I will continue to Move Nourish Believe and strive for progress and not perfection .. everything else will fall into...

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Week 2 in review #activelivingchallenge

Week 2 in review #activelivingchallenge

The Lorna Jane #activelivingachallenge week two ✔️ .. What I’ve learned this week through this challenge – I find that when I’m faced with “challenges” or things to share .. it sometimes literally takes me 4 hours to hem and haw over what I want to put out there {really does anyone else do this?}. However, I must say doing these challenges helps me open up a bit more and really think about things that I may not ever take the time to think about .. always a plus! Week 2 Day 8 Favorite Super Food – New to me superfood Hemp Hearts. I add these plant based protein packed gems to my smoothies and oats. As a vegetarian I’m always looking for plant based proteins to add to my diet. Day 9 Try Something New – I got out there with my teen boy and hopped on a skateboard (albeit only for a second) .. boy it is harder than it looks! Day 10 Practice Active Living Daily – I do this daily with running or strength training. Day 11 – Daily Motivation to #movenourishbelieve – Move daily, Nourish my body with good fuel and Believe I can do what I set my mind to. Day 12 Favorite Quote – I chose Lorna Jane .. I was at the Roeville Lorna Jane Launch Party and found this in the fitting room .. “Mirrors are just glass and you are more than that” – Lorna Jane Oh so true .. I have learned to love my body for what it does not what it looks like (okay, learning daily!). Day 13 How Do I Get More Out Of Everyday – I use my Erin Condren Life Planner to keep track of my daily activities, goals and notes. I use it for journaling as well. Day 14 Ultimate Dream Goal – I have so many dream goals .. seriously the list is long and changes daily. I want to live a happy life enjoying what I set my mind to .. personally, physically and with my family being my number one priority. What a week to reflect on things that my mind may be too busy to stop and think about .. I am a busy mom, wife and an athlete trying to make it it all happen everday! Thanks Lorna Jane for a week of reflection...

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