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Running. It isn’t always glamorous . . .

The glamorous life of runners and athletes told in a few anecdotal tales. 

Running. It isn't always as glamorous as it looks . . .

Running. It isn’t always as glamorous as it looks . . .

I always marvel at the runners who look as though the just stepped out of the salon as they cross the finish line. When I finish a race I am a sweaty mess and look completely disheveled, I sometimes even have energy gel on my face . . . does this happen to you? I usually share the positive aspects of racing but now I’ll share a few of the unspoken true stories about the non glamorous side of running that have had me and my friends and hopefully you too in stitches. It is actually many of these silly, goofy, giggle inducing moments that make me love the sport of running (and any athletic competition for that matter) even more because while running can be serious when you are racing it can also be a source of great entertainment too!

*Disclaimer-all names and some details have been removed to protect the identities of the athletes in these stories.

Scenario 1

Picture it. You are transitioning from the bike to the run in your first triathlon. So far everything has been going smoothly. You change your shoes and grab a granola bar as you head out onto the 10K course. What you don’t realize as you pop this tasty treat into your mouth is that this is no ordinary granola bar. You have chosen poorly out of your stash at home and grabbed the one containing Chili Peppers. Yes, that’s right, mouth and throat burning chili peppers. You chew for a few seconds and then realize your mistake as you begin to cough and wheeze and inhale more of the spicy mouth burning bar.  You are coughing and trying to get air. Finally you reach the first mile marker and quickly grab as many cups of water and gatorade as you can to wash away the spice. Thankfully the heat in your mouth subsides and you are able to regain your strides.

Scenario 2

This next story is an oldie but goodie from my days as a rower. Caution do not read any further if you are easily grossed out. The Scene: spring break for the crew team in Virginia. Rowing practice has ended for the day.  Your teammate finds two novice rowers down by the boathouse “washing” their hands in a spicket. He wonders out loud, “what are you washing with?” “The soap! from the sink in the Porta-Potty” they exclaim in unison . . . “Ummmmm, that is NOT soap!” he says and that was NOT a sink!” . . . that is all I will tell you about this one but if you have spent any time racing you will know exactly what the girls had found to wash their hands with. ICK! I tell this story every Reach the Beach Relay. You will never look at a Porta Potty the same way again!

Scenario 3

You race 24 or so glorious miles of trail. Along the way you consume your favorite energy gel which is made from figs. Have you ever seen the color of figs? Well, the color is brown.  So fast forward. You cross the finish line and are stoked to be finished.  You wander around for about a half hour after the race talking to other runners  with your good friend. You are unsuspecting of the odd looks everyone is giving you. Finally you go into the bathroom to freshen up. You look in the mirror and notice a giant brown glob of energy gel on your face. Your friend has failed to tell you about this . . . all you can do is laugh about it!

Scenario 4

You are waiting in line for the race and come to find out that a fellow trail racer was a bit worried about the run, “Why?” you ask with curiousity.  The runner discloses with a look of embarrassment, “Well, two weeks ago I was out for a trail run with a friend and I really had to go . . . to make a long story short I made a mistake.  I should have thought about the rhyme. Leaves of three let it be if you know what I mean . . . OUCH! Thankfully she was able to laugh about it. Let this be a cautionary tale!

Scenario 5

You were out for the perfect morning trail run with your running group. It was chilly so at the end of your run you proceed to change your clothes after the run so that you can stay warm during breakfast and your morning errands. Little do you know you failed to properly remove one of your items of clothing.  At lunchtime you return home. Your husband takes one look at you and cracks up. You look in the mirror. You are wearing your sports bra danlging around your neck like a necklace and have been for the whole morning!

Now these are just a selection of run funnies from my unglamorous life of racing and training. I hope I didn’t gross you out too much and at least put a smile on your face! I’d love to hear your tales from the glamorous sport of running or any other sport for that matter.

Happy trails and look out for those leaves of three and beware of those leaves of three! Get out there and get running!

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5 Tips for an awesome half marathon race experience

5 Tips for An Awesome Half Marathon

5 Tips for An Awesome Half Marathon

Make your half marathon awesome!

Do you have a half marathon coming up? Whether you a new comer to the 13.1 mile distance or a half marathon junkie, tips for race success are always helpful.  Every race can be so different and sometimes having a new trick or tip in your race day “tool kit” can be a big help.

  1. Relax. Easier said than done but on days when you are able to keep race day jitters to a minimum you are guaranteed to have the most fun and a greater chance of having a fast time. Take a few minutes the night before and the morning of the race to sit down in a quiet place and visualize your race plan When your nerves get the best of you just try to roll with it and let that extra jolt of adrenaline carry you along the course.
  2. Split the Race.  When racing longer distances I try not to think of the completing the whole distance.  Instead I break the race into manageable pieces. For example, when running a half marathon if you like running 5Ks. Complete a 5K and then imagine the next 5K as a whole new race and so on until you see the finish line in view. Playing this kind of mind game when you are racing can help you to focus on what is going well and to forget the tough parts.  
  3. Set 3 Goals. Set a dream goal–going for that mega P.R. Set a realistic goal–use your training and previous race experiences to predict a finish time. Set the goal of finishing the race with a positive attitude having enjoyed the race experience. Being comfortable with achieving any one of your goals before the race gun goes off can take the pressure off and allow you to relax at the starting line (see Tip #1)
  4. Wear tried and tested gearYou want to be comfortable on race day without the fear of surprise chafing or wicked blisters.  Choose gear that you know your feet and chafing prone areas will be comfortable in for 13.1 miles. Road test your gear prior to race day so that you don’t have a race day wardrobe malfunction if you know what I mean.
  5. Soak up the race day atmoshphere. Keep your eyes on the finish line but remember to enjoy the race.  Get to the race course early enough to pick up your race number and get your fueling and hydration for the race ready if you will be carrying your own. Leave time to hit the bathrooms (hopefully not porta potties) and to go for a warm-up that you have pre-planned.  Take some to time to check out the course and course maps.  When the race gets going stick to your plan but also look around and use the positive energy of the people cheering you on and the energy of the other racers to pull you through the tough parts. And most of all celebrate your finish and the race celebration at the finish line. You made it!

Good luck chasing your half marathon goals this season! Please share your best half marathon tips!

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Applegate HALFTIME Review and Giveaway! #LunchingAwesome

Have you tried the new Applegate Farms Halftime Lunch Kits?

Applegate Halftime Lunch Kits with Stonyfield and Annie's Homegrown

Applegate Halftime Lunch Kits with Stonyfield and Annie’s Homegrown

*Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.

As a Stonyfield yoGetter I was recently given the chance to review Applegate Farms HALF TIME™  Lunchtime meals. As a mom who is always thinking about the healthier alternative for my kids I was excited to see this great grab and go HALF TIME™  lunch kit. This is the perfect solution for those days when you are in a hurry and need something quick for your kids but don’t want to be feeding them food with high levels of nitrates, preservatives and artificial ingredients. Applegate Farms has partnered with “teammates” Stonyfield and Annie’s because they have the same goal of raising and growing food responsibly.

What’s Inside

What's inside an Applegate Farms Halftime Lunch Kit?

What’s inside an Applegate Farms Halftime Lunch Kit?

  • Applegate natural meats and cheeses (which have no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and are antibiotic- and hormone-free).  The kits come in Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, and Bologna & Cheese so pick your kiddos favorite!
  • Annie’s Homegrown crackers and snacks
  • Stonyfield Organic YoKids Squeezers.
It's HALFTIME.

It’s HALFTIME.

As a part of the review we were sent a cool starter kit which includes: All three varieties of HALF TIME: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, and Bologna & Cheese, a draw-your-own lunch bag, a set of permanent markers, coupons, and a fun activity book or the kids. My kids definitely thought this was #lunchingawesome and my Organic Runner Girl was eager to decorate the lunchbag to bring to school! My kids were excited to find some of their favorite goodies in the Halftime lunch kits including YoKids squeezers from Stonyfield which is a staple in our house. My kids love the Applegate Farms cold cuts, cheeses and Annie’s crackers which are perfect for make little sandwiches. And of course the “gummy buns” or bunny crackers from Annie’s are the perfect sweet treat at the end of halftime. These kits are great for lunch or an after school snack before swimming lessons or after soccer practice.

Organic Runner Girl loves the new Halftime Lunch Kits!

Organic Runner Girl loves the new Halftime Lunch Kits!

HALFTIME Giveaway

Now you can enter to win your very own HALFTIME lunch kit for you and your kids so that you can have a #lunchingawesome lunch with your kids!

HALFTIME Giveaway

HALFTIME Giveaway

If you win you will receive:

  •  All three varieties of HALF TIME: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, and Bologna & Cheese
  • A draw-your-own lunch bag
  • A set of permanent markers
  • Coupons
  • Activity book

Just enter here and I’ll be choosing a winner soon. It will be #LunchingAwesome!

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 Please check HERE to find out where you can get your very own HALFTIME Lunch Kits You can also find a printable coupon for Halftime Lunch kits from Applegate, Stonyfield, and Annie’s HERE  

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5 tips for marathon recovery to get you back up to racing speed.

Why is marathon recovery so important?

Yes, I will need to recover from those crazy mountain like hills I just ran up at the Kingdom Marathon.

Yes, I will need to recover from those crazy mountain like hills I just ran up at the Kingdom Marathon.

A week and a half ago I was the women’s winner at the Kingdom Marathon. Since then I have been taking it “easy” and letting my body recover because I’ll be running the CHaD Hero Half Marathon on October 26th. In the past I have often jumped back into training too quickly after a marathon and my body has rapidly reminded me to slow down by throwing me into sickness. Another reason to take marathon recovery seriously is to avoid injury. No one wants to be sidelined with an injury (believe me I know firsthand!). I have been racing a lot this fall and after the Kingdom Marathon I knew I needed to take it easy.  My legs actually recovered fairly quickly from the marathon but my body was noticeably fatigued. I have been feeling extra exhausted and have been needing more rest than usual. Also, I have been feeling a bit blue with my big goal races being done for the fall. I want to be feeling like a superhero at the half marathon, ready to fly down the course for 13.1 miles (which should hopefully feel like a breeze after conquering the crazy hills at the Kingdom Marathon).

Tips for Marathon Recovery

Here is what I have been doing to effectively recover from the marathon so that I can feel energized and ready to go on at the half marathon.

  1. Extra zzzzz’s. Kick your feet up. It’s time to relax. Squeeze in a power nap if you can or try to get to bed an extra half hour earlier than usual.
  2. Mixing it up. I have done a little bit of running but have been focusing mostly on cross-training to give my muscles extra time to recover.  My favorite ways to cross-train–cycling, swimming, yoga, and hiking.
  3. Fueling.  I always find that I am extra hungry the week after a marathon so I focus on eating lots of carbohydrates and lean protein.  I also up my salt intake to replenish what I lose during the race (I am a heavy sweater when I run!)
  4. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.  I often fail to do enough of this anyway and we all know how great fluid loss can be during a marathon so rehydration is extra important the day of and the days after the marathon. Also, staying well hydrated can help prevent fatigue! The best way to stay hydrated is to always keep a filled water bottle at your side.
  5. Focus on things that are positive! I am prone to depression anyways (and with daylight hours waning in New Hampshire, seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D. is setting in) so after a marathon I always tend to feel a bit blue. Accomplishing a great goal is such a high but when the event is over their can be sadness associated with final goal being over. In order to stay positive I spend recovery time focusing on fun with my kids and my family.  We have been going for great walks, playing tons of silly games and during a day when my daughter was sick my silly son even joined me for some treadmill time. This is also a great time to start dreaming up those next big race dreams in order to refocus and to start building a new training plan either on your own or with a coach.
How could this cutie pie not put a smile on your face?

How could this cutie pie not put a smile on your face?

What are your best tips for marathon recovery?

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More triathlons, the ZFIVE and a triathlon inspired giveaway!

Swim, bike, run with the ZFIVE!

The ZFIVE. Triathlon Inspired Design.

The ZFIVE. Triathlon Inspired Design.

*Disclaimer: I was provided with two t-shirts for my review by the ZFive.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Remember back in September when I raced my first triathlon (The Lobsterman Triathlon)? Well, I’m hooked and I am already beginning to plan my race schedule for next summer.  The new big goal on my list . . . A Half Ironman. Yes, that’s right, 70.3 miles of swimming, biking and running fun.  I have already signed up for the Timberman Half Ironman which is held in mid-August in New Hampshire.  I am stoked! I also plan to race several olympic distance triathlons as a part of my training leading up to the big 70.3.  Don’t worry there will still be plenty of running too.

ZFIVE

ZFIVE

With triathlon on the brain and feeling totally inspired after having watched the KONA Ironman World Championships over the weekend I am happy to be able to bring you a great triathlon inspired giveaway. Have you heard of The ZFIVE? ZFIVE is a company that creates triathlon inspired t-shirts for men (with a women’s line coming soon!).  ZFIVE was started by three self-proclaimed endurance junkies.  The name of the brand refers to the 5 Zones of training with ZFIVE being the zone where you are going all out and your heart feels like it might pound out of your chest.

ZFIVE’s triathlon inspired t-shirts first caught my eye on their instagram feed.  Their shirts are custom made, individually dyed, and screen printed. Each shirt has the ZFIVE logo embroidered on the back and bold graphics and colors. I was sent two designs to try in extra-small which fits my frame well and the cotton is super soft.

WIN one!

Now you have a chance to win one of the triathlon inspired ZFIVE t-shirts!  You can also sign up HERE  and get free Wallpapers for your phones with zfive themes.

Please enter my giveaway to win a ZFIVE shirt. This giveaway will run for one week and winners will be announced on my blog and social media sites and notified via e-mail.
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While you are reading this post I’ll be hopping on my bike trying to soak up the last of the warm beautiful fall New Hampshire days before “stick season” starts.

This Dude Girl is going out for a ride. Time to go Free Range!

This Dude Girl is going out for a ride. Time to go Free Range!

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I was the women’s winner at the Kingdom Marathon!

Doin’ the dirt from Pie to Pie. The Kingdom Marathon.

The Kingdom Marathon. Running into the finish!

The Kingdom Marathon. Running into the finish!

On Saturday I turned 38 and on Sunday I was the women’s winner at the first annual Kingdom Marathon! What?!?! First place in a marathon. 26.2 (actually 26.5 miles in this race!) crazy hilly miles with a total ascent of 2,894 feet. Yikes! The true gift was the gorgeous scenery as we ran “From Pie to Pie” from Parker Wings in Newport, Vermont to Parker Pie in Glover, Vermont. My friend Joanna convinced  me to sign up for this 26.2 mile dirt road running “adventure” pretty much at the last minute.That’s right, no specific marathon training plans were followed but I definitely had the miles under my belt to complete the distance.

At Parker Wings ready to race!

At Parker Wings ready to race!

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At the last minute my friend Joanna to switch to biking the out and back option and wrangled Organic Runner Dad into biking it with her.  The out and back option gave them a solid ride of about 43 miles and yes they too had to tackle the endless hills!

Here we are! 2 riders and 1 runner ready to take on the Kingdom Marathon!

Here we are! 2 riders and 1 runner ready to take on the Kingdom Marathon!

Go Organic Runner Dad and Joanna!!!!

Go Organic Runner Dad and Joanna!!!!

After they left on their bikes I still had a half an hour to get mentally prepared for the run and to figure out what I was going to wear.  The day started out as a chilly blustery 45 degrees so I was hesitant to ditch my warm jacket but in the end decided to go with my original race day outfit because I knew I’d end up being too hot! This ended up being a great decision because they sun came out an with al of the hills I had to climb I was hot and sweaty!

I wore some race day favorites from Skirt Sports, Nike, Gone For a Run, Crazy Compression and of course my Brooks Adrenaline. I ditched the visor as the rains had passed and wore my one of my usual crazy headbands.

I wore some race day favorites from Skirt Sports, Nike, Gone For a Run, Crazy Compression and of course my Brooks Adrenaline. I ditched the visor as the rains had passed and wore my one of my usual crazy headbands.

This was the first year of the Kingdom Marathon and besides running the marathon you could also run a half marathon or a 17 miler or you could bike the marathon or ride 13 miles and I think there were relay options too (something for everyone!). I even heard some rumors that there might be horses on the course too?!?! I loved seeing all of the eager runners ready to tackle this new race. Some faces were familiar too which helped make for a fun race day atmosphere. I had convinced my friend Bob to run too and was hoping he wouldn’t hate me after running all of the hills on the course (apparently runners are like lemmings, any talk of a new cool race and we all just blindly follow each other into signing up for something totally new and crazy!)

Getting ready for the Start of the Kingdom Marathon

Getting ready for the Start of the Kingdom Marathon

Finally it was time to start. Everything was so relaxed some of us were almost ready to run the wrong way out of the driveway. This started the race of with some good laughs.  I decided to treat this run with the mindset of a training run and to go out and have a great time. My friend Bob and I decided to run together and settled into a comfortable pace. I wasn’t to concerned about having a crazy pace because I knew the hills would get me and I might not come out standing on the other end if I attacked the course with a fast pace from the get go (remember how I talked about running 8:05-:8:25 pace . . . that plan flew out the window when I checked out the elevation profile of the race–2894 feet of elevation gain is no joke!).  We ran and talked about running and racing and marveled at the spectacular Vermont countryside. The fall foliage was absolutely amazing especially when the sun came out from behind the clouds and set the leaves “on fire.” You couldn’t possibly pick a more perfect setting for a fall race! As we ran their were scenic sweeping landscapes dotted with farms and cows and views of the backside of lake Willoughby.  I loved having a friend to run with because the miles passed much faster and we had the added benefit of his family cheering us on on the course!

Rave Run

Rave Run. We were at about 8 miles here and there was one woman ahead of my who I ultimately passed. Bob is in the green shirt up ahead.

The aid stations did not have volunteers at each one however they were well stocked with water and gatorade and many stations had bananas, Cliff bars and Louis Garneau Energy Gels.  The bananas were definitely a perfect edition to my race day on course nutrition. I did run with my UltrAspire hydration pack to ensure that I would have enough nutrition and hydration on the course. At the Half Marathon mark of the race Bob and I hit 2 hours on the course which was great considering the monumental hills that we had already tackled! From about mile 2 to mile 5.68 the elevation climbed from 694 ft-1,291.  We were definitely giving our legs some killer hill workouts on both the uphill and downhill (what goes up must come down!)

Take a look at the elevation profile of the Kingdom Marathon.

Take a look at the elevation profile of the Kingdom Marathon.

We continued on through Barton, Vermont and then headed back under the highway and up a monstrous hill. At this point Bob picked up his pace a bit and I continued to grind up the hills. It was awesome to have run together for around 16 miles because that left us with only ten miles to go. Ten miles is still along way but I was still feeling strong and ready to run.  My strategy at this point was to stay steady, to keep even pacing on the uphills and to use the flats and downhills to lengthen out and relax.  I tried not to focus on my watch and my splits and just ran.

The Kingdom Marathon is the most beautiful marathon I have ever run!

The Kingdom Marathon is the most beautiful marathon I have ever run!

The hills were rolling at this point and my legs were definitely starting to feel tighter as the miles continued on. After a long run on a scenic ridge the hill finally took me down and out to a turn around point with a fully stocked aid station and some great volunteers. At this point I think there were 6 miles left (about a 10K). Bob and I crossed paths as he left the turnaround. He looked strong and determined to achieve a sub-four hour finish time. Between 20 and 25 miles the hills kept coming, they were not quite as long but my body was starting to feel heavier so I was glad to see Joanna and Organic Runner Dad as they passed me in the car headed back to the finish line to wait for me (they had completed their bike ride in about 3:45).  The cheering was just what I needed. I saw them one more time with two miles to go at an aid station where I guzzled down some water and ate a piece of banana. Then it was on to the finish!!!! Finally the uphills turned into a final descent and I stretched my legs out to take on the final miles. Organic Runner Dad ran back to cheer me on as I came to the finish.

26.5 Miles. Kingdom Marathon. Doin' the dirt from Pie to Pie!

26.5 Miles. Kingdom Marathon. Doin’ the dirt from Pie to Pie!

My final result (unofficial) was 4:10 for 26.5 (and yes that extra .3 miles felt long!) with any average pace of 9:26 min/mile! Amazingly I surprised myself by being the first place female which had me feeling super proud! The prizes for the Kingdom Marathon were perfect–A Woodal (hand-carved wooden medal), a nice jug of Pure Vermont Maple Syrup (good thing too, as we just ran out at home!) and some homemade beef jerky (or possibly bear or moose).  Since the race ended at Parker Pie we were treated to delicious wood-fired pizza and beer (although I can never stomach a beer after a marathon so I stuck to water) and we all celebrated our day together!

1st place female and 3rd place male!

1st place female and 3rd place male!

Even though it was a small race it's pretty cool to be able to say that I won a marathon and I hold the women's course record since it was the first year. I might just have to go back next year to defend my title!

Even though it was a small race it’s pretty cool to be able to say that I won a marathon and I hold the women’s course record since it was the first year. I might just have to go back next year to defend my title!

This was a crazy experience but you know what, I will probably do it again next year . . . thank you Joanna for convincing me to run! The views were amazing the atmosphere was low-key, the course was well marked and stocked with nutrition and hydration and the food at the end was perfect!

Now, I think I’ll be taking a few days off. Up next, The CHaD Hero Half Marathon in 3 weeks. Please take the time to check out my donation page. I’d love to have your support!

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I’m running the Kingdom Marathon!

Kingdom Marathon

Kingdom Marathon

So I’m not sure if you’ve heard my big racing news yet. My friend Joanna somehow convinced me to sign up for a marathon this coming weekend. On sunday, October 5th (the day after my birthday) I’ll be running 26.2 hard glorious miles of scenic dirt roads in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont at the inaugural Kingdom Marathon.  In no way has my training been anywhere normal for running this type of race. Sometimes I feel like I have ADHD when it comes to selecting races. There are just so many fun races to do and not enough days for racing so my race schedule usually ends up being totally crazy. Oh well, I guess its just my sense of adventure taking over.

I have actually not even been doing that much running other than at races because after all of my races I have needed to give my body time to rest, recover, refuel, and rehydrates which means taking it easy during the week.  In the past 4 weeks I have raced the Lobsterman Olympic Distance Triathlon, The Reach the Beach Relay (19.9 Miles), The Lost a Lot Trail Race (7 miles) and finally an easy Scarecrow 2 mile fun run/walk with my family last weekend. So I guess that means I’m ready to run 26.2 miles right?????

Scarecrow Family Fun Run

Scarecrow Family Fun Run

I am going in to this race with no expectations other than to enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage as we run and that I will run my own race.  I plan to run EVEN splits, hoping for pacing somewhere between 8:05-8:25 WITHOUT going out too fast like I did at Boston last spring. I hope to run a smart race and if I feel good at 20 miles I will reassess and work on dropping my pace for the last 10K. I have no idea how the dirt roads will affect my pace so we’ll see. It will definitely be a race to write about.

The race website entices you to sign up by saying we will run,

“Through “The Gut” of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
Coventry, Brownington, Barton, Irasburg, Glover, VT
Dirt Roads – The Kingdom – Fall Foliage”

Who wouldn’t want to run on that course. The race director also says,

“It’s a Marathon Race You Will Talk About the Rest of Your Life
One of the most challenging and beautiful marathons in the East”

Have you ever signed up for a race on a whim? Did your race go well. Did you exceed your expectations for finish time or was it harder than you thought it would be. 

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Everyone should have one thing that they love to do.

A piglet and a piece of wisdom.

The three little pigs

The three little pigs

A chance encounter with an escaped piglet on my run today brought fresh words of wisdom from a Vietnam war vet.  Today I squeezed in a quick easy 5K in between kid drop-offs, errands, and writing.  The foliage is at its peak and I couldn’t resist a quick run today. I’m trying to take it easy this week as I have ridiculously signed up for the Kingdom Marathon this week upon the urging of my friend Joanna. Eek!

I ran from my house today which is one of my favorite places to run.  We have views of the Connecticut River overlooking the mountains in Vermont and behind us is the Gardner Mountain Range. My town truly remains still a farming town with our farm Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, also an organic dairy farm, a conventional dairy farm, a local pig farm, as well as several other farms with goats, sheep, and chickens.

Moo!

Moo!

I took it easy on my run and focused on my form. I have been working hard to keep my strides long and my arms and core strong. I turned the corner off the main road and onto a side road completely lost in my thoughts and the colors of the leaves when all of a sudden a little pink piglet popped out of the grass and ran in front of me. I was startled out of my daydream and let out an squeal (perhaps sounding like a piglet myself?).  I didn’t want the pig to remain outside of its pen.  I summoned the neighbor who was planting 100 tulip bulbs reminding me that, “the tulips will brighten the grey canvas of New Hampshire come spring.” I had never met the man who lived in the bright blue cape house before but he gladly came to lend a hand so we corralled the piglet and got her back into her pen.

The gentleman who lives in the bright blue house struck up a conversation with me and I came to learn that he was a Vietnam Vet, and a photographer who had had photographs published in Time Magazine.  He told me that he had discovered a true passion for photography and has a darkroom in his house. He takes pictures solely using film cameras. It is amazing what you can discover about people if you happen to take the time to listen for a minute.  We chatted for awhile and he left me with a lasting piece of wisdom:

“Everyone should have one thing that they love to do.”

His one thing is photography. He said it had given him to chance to travel, to see the world, to give him wanderlust.  For me my one thing is running. I am always able to find peace and tranquility on a run.  A run gives me a sense of accomplishment. On the run I am able to organize my thoughts and it is where I have some of my best ideas.

Find that one thing that you love to do.

Find that one thing that you love to do.

I was thankful for this chance encounter today on my run.

What is the one thing that you love to do the most?

Organic Runner Mom

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Leaf Peeper Fall Five from Organic Runner Mom

Are you ready to become a leaf peeper?

Fall is here. I'm ready to be a leaf peeper!

Fall is here. I’m ready to be a leaf peeper!

It may officially be Leaf Peeper Season  (fall) but it is feeling like summer again in New Hampshire. This means big smiles and lots of outdoor time enjoying the glorious fall foliage with all of the crazy Leaf Peepers who are descending on the White Mountains! For those of you who don’t know what a leaf peeper is here is the official definiton from the Urban Dictionary:

Leaf Peeper: Someone who goes on vacation to watch leaves. Likely to be encountered in Upstate New York, Maine, and the rest of the North East.

Can also be used as a verb.

n. The roads are blocked ’cause of all the damn leaf peepers.

v. Look at all those fools from Florida leaf peepin’

1. SILLY LEAF PEEPERS: I do have to admit that the leaves are pretty spectacular this year and will be in all of their radiant glory just in time for my birthday coming up in the beginning of October. In case you are a hard core leaf peeper I found this awesome t-shirt for you!
Are you a professional leaf peeper?

Are you a professional leaf peeper?

2. FALL PHOTO Inspiration: Ok, so back to my leaf peeper fall five . . . This week the sun was shining, rainbows were lighting up the morning and the tall green grass gorgeous fall colors were enticing me out for some amazing trail running. Also I have discovered a new product from New Ground Foods–Mocha Latte Coffeebars, now you can “eat your coffee!” Be sure to stop by my post to enter my giveaway and also to find out how you can help New Grounds Foods to “clothe” their coffebars on Kickstarter!

Fast Fall Five from Instagram

Fast Fall Five from Instagram

3. BE A HERO: Please become a Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth HERO! Support ‪#‎CHaD‬ by making a donation on my fundraising page. I will be caping up as Wonder Woman to run the CHaD HERO Half Marathon & Ripcord 5K at the end of October. Thank you for your generous support! You can head on over to my fundraising page HERE

Be a hero at the CHaD Hero Half Marathon on October 26th!

Be a hero at the CHaD Hero Half Marathon!

4. APPLE PIE It’s apple picking season an it wouldn’t be apple picking season without apple pie. I’ll be making my favorite apple pie recipe for a friend this weekend and now you can too.

Here is the crust recipe that I always use (you will need lots of butter!). The recipe is originally from PopSugar and adapted from Smitten Kitten. You can find it on my PINTEREST board for sweet treats!

The recipe for the apple pie filling is one that I love from the Food Network from Chef Ina Garten because it includes lemon zest, orange zest, lemon juice, and orange juice.  You can find the recipe HERE!

5. October UNPROCESSED: It’s almost time for October Unprocessed again with Andrew Wilder from Eating Rules! For the past couple of years I have taken the October Unprocessed Challenge which is the perfect way to set goals for eating healthier for your family.  I strongly encourage you to check out this awesome challenge over at Eating Rules.  Basically the challenge is simple:

Commit to eating no processed foods during the month of October”

This is a great way to create a better awareness of how much processed food we eat in today’s society and will have you thinking about new and creative ways to prepare meals for you and your family. As a part of the challenge you will be provided with lots of helpful information and recipes as well as a community to join in with to talk about how you are eating #Unprocessed. To sign up for the challenge head on over to www.eatingrules.com

October Unprocessed

October Unprocessed

Here’s to happy leaf peeping, healthy eating, and fun fall races!

Organic Runner Mom

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Have you tried Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70?

How cool! Hemp Pro 70 is plant based protein!

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 Chocolate and Vanilla Protein Powder

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 Chocolate and Vanilla Protein Powder

Disclaimer: I was sent samples of Hemp Pro 70  through my ambassadorship with SweatPink.  I was not paid for this post.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

I have always been a fan of protein powders as a way to get extra protein into my diet. As a Sweat Pink Ambassador I was sent two sample packs of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 Plant Based Protein Powder to try. They sent me two sample packs (each a half serving) in Chocolate and Vanilla.  Hemp Pro 70 is a great alternative to typical whey protein powders.

Here are some awesome things about Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70:

  • It is water soluble which means you can just add it right into your favorite drink or smoothie and shake it up (shake it up, baby . . .)
  • Hemp Pro 70 is pure plant protein.
  • There are only 4 ingredients!
  • It is sweetened with Organic Coconut sugar.
  • Both the vanilla and chocolate hemp pro contain high amounts of protein and omegas.

My metabolism is very quick which means I burn through nutrition quickly especially when I am at the peak of a training cycle or in the middle of racing season (which seems to be always?!?). When I was younger my pediatrician recommended that I drink smoothies as a way to get calories into my diet. Now still love drinking smoothies with protein added in and I also love to add protein to my pancakes.  I tried the Chocolate Hemp Pro 70 in my favorite pancake recipe and added bananas (because chocolate and bananas, right?).  The result was perfect. I am saving the vanilla for my breakfast smoothie tomorrow to power me through my morning!

Hemp Pro 70 Discount!

Now you can enjoy Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 and I have a great coupon code for you to use:

  • 20% off the #pro70 vanilla and chocolate flavors with the code: sweatpinkpro70

Also, if you are an Instagram addict like me you can share the HEMP love and win!  Snap a picture and tag #pro70 #sweatpink on Instagram or you can tweet @manitobaharvest and use the hashtag #pro70 in you comment.  This will automatically get you entered to win a case of your favorite flavor!  How cool is that! This contest ends soon (September 30) so be sure to enter right away!

You are awesome!

Organic Runner Mom

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