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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?

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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!

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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!

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Mocha Latte Coffeebar, the best energy bar and a giveaway!

Eat your coffee! Check out Mocha Latte Coffeebar from New Grounds Foods.

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New Grounds Food. Eat Your Coffee Mocha Latte COFFEEBARS

New Grounds Food. Eat Your Coffee Mocha Latte COFFEEBARS.  Is it the best energy bar?

I have just found the perfect way to get a nice morning energy buzz going! Recently I was contacted by Johnny Fayad, Co-founder & CEO of New Ground Foods to try out their new Mocha Latte Coffeebar. Could this be the best energy bar to start your day?. Johnny along with his Northeastern University classmate Ali Kothari created the Coffeebar for the Husky Start-Up challenge. Their product was a hit on campus and so they have decided to move forward with a Kickstarter to get their first flavor Mocha Latte off the ground and buzzing.

I am not a coffee drinker but sometimes feel a little slow to start in the morning. This is not your typical energy bar! This may be the best energy bar that I have discovered. Coffeebar has one full shot of espresso in it and its vegan, gluten free, soy free and made in the USA.  Here is a peek at the ingredients in a Mocha Latte Coffeebar:

Ingredients

Date Paste, Brown Rice Syrup, Gluten Free Oats, Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Chips, Almond Butter, Cashews, Crisp Rice, Agave Fiber, Espresso, Chia Seeds, Cinnamon and Sea Salt.

Mocha Latte Coffeebar tastes like coffee with a sweet combination of chocolate and cinnamon added in.  I tend to be very sensitive to caffeine so the whole bar definitely gave me a good jolt (Perhaps I might eat half the next time so Organic Runner Dad doesn’t have to peel me off the ceiling!).  I loved the texture of Coffebar as well which comes from the addition of date paste, almond butter, cashews and crisp rice.  I would definitely throw a coffeebar into my hydration pack for my long training runs. I don’t know about you but sometimes when I run I crave caffeine which can be great in energy gels but now I eat a lot more “REAL” food on my training runs so this is an awesome alternative.

Kickstarter. Help New Ground Foods take their amazing Coffeebars to the next level!

Kickstarter. Help New Ground Foods take their amazing Coffeebars to the next level!

New Grounds Food has just launched its first KICKSTARTER for Coffee Bar and I hope you will check it out. This is a products that I would highly recommend! In order to take Coffeebar to the next level they are hoping to raise funds to “clothe” their Coffebars. Northeastern’s student design team has developed really cool packaging for Coffeebars. If you join the kickstarter for New Ground Foods CoffeeBars you will be taking this product to the next level so that they can expand their marketing and reach into a store near you! There are some awesome perks for backers and you can read more about how the company started by heading on over NOW to join the KICKSTARTER. Please join in helping to make this the best energy bar. You will love the all natural energy!

Our Coffeebars are Naked!

Our Coffeebars are Naked!

And now to give you that extra shot of espresso to energize your morning New Grounds Food has offered to provide one of my readers with a giveaway of one box (12 bars) of Mocha Latte Coffeebars so that you can “Eat Your Coffee” too! I hope you will check out this awesome edible coffee and that you will check out their Kickstarter!

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Have an energized day and thanks for stopping by!

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Fall Fresh Five to inspire

It’s Feel Like Fall. Here’s my fall fresh five.

Fall is rapidly closing in in New Hampshire. We had frost warnings last night. The leaves are starting to turn and kitchens everywhere  are filled with the smells of apple pie and apple crisp and fall comfort food.  My flip flops have been retired to the closet in favor of boots when I am not in my running shoes (except for on one of those amazing Indian Summer days). Just because fall is closing in doesn’t mean that the adventures will stop in fact I am inspired more than ever to get out and go after my goals.

During the next weeks I have many race adventures planned. Here are the races on my schedule (although some may not happen, we’ll see!) What races do you have planned?

  1. Lost a Lot Trail Race. A Day to Celebrate Chad Denning. 7 mile trail race. This weekend.
  2. Kingdom Marathon. Doin’ the Dirt – Pie to Pie – Run – Bike – Hike. Yup! 26.2 miles! October 5th, the day after my birthday!
  3. Attitash Hills and Hops 5K Trail Run (TBD) October 11th
  4. Keene Great Pumpkin Mile! With the Kids and then the Pumpkin Festival. (TBD) Ocotber 18th
  5. CHaD Hero Half Marathon. Please be sure to check out my fundraising page to raise money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. October 26th

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Instagram Fresh Five

Instagram Fresh Five

  1. I had a killer weekend racing the Reach the Beach Relay with Team Back of the Pack Racing!
  2. I am super stoked to announce that I have been selected as a member of the North Face Locals Outdoor Ambassador Program! I was very excited to receive the awesome new North Face #ThermoBall Jacket as a welcome to the ambassador program! I can’t wait to share the adventures with you! #neverstopexploring.
    Welcome the The North Face Locals Ambassador Program!

    Welcome the The North Face Locals Ambassador Program!

    Please check the The Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series #TNFSpeakerSeries

    Please check the The Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series #TNFSpeakerSeries

    3. Reach the Beach Relay was capped off with a celebration with beer provided by Harpoon Brewery! Plus Our team won their Instagram challenge. Cheers for Beers!

    4. I just can’t get enough of cows! Check out the local scenery from my small town on a gorgeous day when I was out trail running this week!

    5. Getting back into the swing of things with strength training this week!

Fresh five from around the web this week:

  1. There is an awesome new community for women runners that just went live on facebook this week. You should definitely check it out. It’s called ZELLE and was created by Runner’s World–”For women runners, by women runners. Because there is more to running than the training plan you use or how fast you can make it to the finish.”
  2. I love this quote from ZELLE
    "Forward is forward"  Zelle

    “Forward is forward” Zelle

    3. Rowing is the new spinning!?!?!? I guess I was ahead of the trend when I rowed in high school and college! Read more about this HERE.

    Lightweight Rowing at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia

    Lightweight Rowing at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia

    4.  Runners Take The Place of Models During Fashion Week. YES! YES! YES! Real, strong, athletes! Gorgeous!

    5. True Story. This actually happened at Reach the Beach New Hampshire!

    Running Humor

    Running Humor

     

So now that you’ve hear my fall fresh five for the week I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to! Are you racing soon? What race? Did you read something funny this week?  Please share in the comments and have a marvelous weekend!

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Lost a Lot Trail Race. A Day to Remember Chad Denning.

Lost A Lot Trail Race

A Day to Remember Chad Denning

A Day to Remember Chad Denning

This Saturday the final race of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series, The Lost a Lot trail race will take place in Lebanon, NH.  This race was one of the signature race created by Chad Denning, race director, endurance athlete, and inspiration who tragically passed away while trail running in the mountains of New Hampshire. The Lost a Lot trail race will continue and will be a part of a Celebration of Chad, a day to remember.  If you have ever raced in one of Chad’s races at the Western New Hampshire Trail Series or his famous uphill winter race series, Winter Wild or perhaps raced alongside him as a teammate or competitor please consider making this event part of your Saturday. The 7 mile race begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a picnic in Hanover New Hampshire.  Chad inspired athletes both young and old with his passion. A fund has been set up for his family. Donations will be collected at the race or can be sent to: The Chad Denning Family Fund, Ledyard Bank, 67 Main Street, West Lebanon, NH 03784 with checks made payable to Becky Denning. Donations may also be made to Chad’s family on You Caring.

Please remember Chad when you look up at the mountains.  

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Let’s talk about triathlon – the swim (A three part series)

Ready set swim . . .Lobsterman Triathlon 2014

Swim at your own risk at the Lobsterman Triathlon

Swim at your own risk at the Lobsterman Triathlon

Let’s pause on the Reach the Beach talk for a minute and rewind to my first triathlon which now seems like ages ago.  I barely had time to breathe after the Lobsterman Triathlon before I jumped into a van and raced down the roads of New Hampshire at Reach the Beach last weekend. I have a lot of time to reflect on my triathlon experience and want to share some more with you. Let’s take a look at the first part of the raceThe Swim

I actually felt very relaxed as I “wetsuited” up for the swim leg of the triathlon. I waited to pull my wetsuit up until the last possible moment because the temperature was a hot 86 degrees and humid. I knew that if I suited up too soon I would be sweltering. A quick wetsuit tip: make sure you pull the legs of the suit up high enough to prevent the suit from feeling like it might strangle you as you swim. Also, remember to apply body glide to your armpits (for sleeveless) and to the back of your nexk as these areas WILL chafe during the swim (after the race I thought I had really bad sunburn!).

I joined the other wetsuit clad swimmers in the starting area to listen to last minute safety and race instructions.  This is when my belly began doing flip flops although I was glad to have participated in the swimming clinic the day before so I had at least had a small taste of what swimming in a group and in the ocean would feel like. When my age group was called to the water I put on my pink swimming cap and goggles and headed into the water with all of the other women. It would be an in water start so we had a minute or two to adjust to the water temperature. The water wasn’t too cold but I was happy to have the wetsuit for the extra warmth and buoyancy.  If you think you have the swimming portion of the tri down think again . . . swimming in a pool or glassy river or lake by yourself DOES NOT mimic swimming in the bay with other people! Casco Bay was gorgeous but the water was choppy.

The swim course at the Lobsterman Triathlon

The swim course at the Lobsterman Triathlon

The timer counted down the start and we were off! .93 mile (1.5K) swim! Here we go! I was bumped and jostled. At first I was swimming in between two other swimmers. We all swam at the same pace which meant I was being squished like a sandwich with every stroke. They were the bread and I was the cheese. I thought to myself “I had better get out of here!” so in an act of self-preservation I let them swim ahead. After I had some more space I commenced my freestyle strokes only to be continuously smacked in the face by seawater which I of course swallowed in large gulps. I started to feel my adrenaline rushing and the swim became less about speed and more about just swimming on to the finish . . . survival if you will. My form went out of the window and the beautiful bilateral breathing I had been doing during the swim went right out the window in favor of breathing every stroke and attempting to stay on a somewhat straight course as I rounded the buoys. Thankfully as I passed the first buoy I began to relax a bit (ha!), well at least my breathing got somewhat under control and I was able to get into a good rhythm.

It was so difficult to tell how I was doing during the swim but (at least for the first triathlon) I was not too concerned about my speed (there will be time to work on this all winter). There were caps of all colors around me. As I swam I definitely had more bumps with other swimmers and even felt swimmers coming over the back of my legs (definitely not desirable).  I supposed you get used to all of the jostling the more you compete in tri.

Now I have to get on a bike?

Now I have to get on a bike?

Overall I would say my reaction to the swim was shell-shocked . . . the picture says it all! I was happy to have made it through the swim portion of the race and I know that there is huge room for improvement. I was definitely happy when my feet finally hit the sand and I was able to run slowly jog into the transition area to get ready for the bike leg of the Lobsterman Triathlon.

Please stay tuned for the next installment of Organic Runner Mom takes on the Lobsterman Triathlon! Please share your triathlon experiences and mishaps with me!

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Reach the Beach Relay. The Nitty Gritty: Leg One

Reach the Beach Relay–As seen from my point of view.

Do you ever feel like you are just on when you go out for a run. Well, that’s exactly how I felt on Friday at Reach the Beach. I was amped and ready to run.  Our team, the Back of the Pack Runners left Cannon Mountain at the start of the Reach the Beach Relay just after 9:06. We piled into our van ready for adventure.  I was going to be taking Leg number 5 (a 5.6 mile leg) during the first round of legs which meant that by the time it was my turn I was ready to rock n’ roll.  I had had plenty of time to fuel up (and of course this included a delicious Pete and Gerry’s Organic Egg!) and get pumped up as we cheered on our runners and the other awesome teams as we headed to my transition point.

Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs (hard-boiled) is one of my favorite ways to fuel pre-run!

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs (hard-boiled) is one of my favorite ways to fuel pre-run!

Our first runner Pam left Cannon like a rocket, handed off to Mike.  During these legs we began to get to know each others quirks and our theme song became “It’s All About that Bass,” by Meghan Trainor. Mike cruised to Bretton Woods where he passed off to Meghan for a steady uphill climb into Crawford Notch past Mount Washington.  She ran with energy for a strong hand-off to Jillian. Jillian got to run through the spectacular notch with signature New Hampshire views while I got ready for the hand-off. Even though I had completed the Lobsterman Triathlon the week before my legs felt fresh and I was ready to take off like a rocket.

The Hand-Off

The Hand-Off

As I waited for the hand off a guy from another team commented about our name Back of the Pack Runners, and said, “but I bet you are not back of the pack.” I told him to try to catch me and was motivated to try to keep ahead of him. Jillian came cruising down the hill and passed me the signature reflective slap bracelet baton and I was off.  My legs felt strong as I ran remembering to se the strength in my core and my upper body (using my newly developed triathlon muscles!).

Leg 5 of Reach the Beach Relay

Leg 5 of Reach the Beach Relay

This leg is considered HARD because of its length and the extreme downhill. I couldn’t help but to run fast. It just felt good! The guy behind me did end up passing me but only managed to finish about 45 seconds ahead of me so I was psyched about that! Since my focus was on the triathlon this summer I did not do any short races this summer so I think my body was ready to just go for it! During the leg I was able to hold a pace of 7:11 min/mile and it felt hard but manageable!

Wowzers! I was surprised by my split time!

Wowzers! I was surprised by my split time!

I arrived at transition 6 and handed off to Nico our youngest runner (15!) where he completed our first round of legs with a long hard 8.5 miler! After we completed our first rotation we treated ourselves to some food (a very late lunch/dinner) to hopefully refuel for the next round of legs. I also spent some quality time with my ENSO Roller to help my calves, quads, and hamstrings to recover from my first leg! By the time we finished our first round of legs we were giddy and goofy and full of laughs as we devoured our food!

Thank goodness for my ENSO roller!

Thank goodness for my ENSO roller!

Next Up for me Leg 18! A nighttime running adventure! What is one of your best race memories?

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208 Miles and a lot of laughs. Reach the Beach Relay 2014.

Reach the Beach Relay 2014

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Organic Runner Mom at Reach the Beach Relay 2014 with Back of the Pack Runners

Organic Runner Mom at Reach the Beach Relay 2014 with Back of the Pack Runners

Well, I went from one racing adventure to the next. Last weekend I was racing my first triathlon, the Lobsterman Olympic Distance Triathlon. This week I was recruited at the last minute by Back of the Pack Runners to join their 12 person relay team for the New Balance Reach the Beach Relay. I have raced this relay 6 times before however had taken last year off due to the tendonitis in my foot and wasn’t originally planning to race this year either since The Lobsterman was the weekend before.  However with about a week to go I received a message from one of Organic Runner Dad’s cousins saying they were in desperate need of a 12th runner to complete their team. Somehow the stars aligned and I was able to be available on race day. Thankfully I have plenty of miles under my belt to race an event like this as I was handed 3 legs totalling 19.9 miles!

Checking off the miles with Back of the Pack Runners

Checking off the miles with Back of the Pack Runners

I am so happy that I had the opportunity to race Reach the Beach again this year as it was a two day laughter and sweat filled adventure with an amazing running team.  Running an overnight relay brings out the craziness in people . . . in a good way. Running a relay adds the team element back into a sport that is typically a solo sport. The camaraderie that develops as you check of the miles is one of the best qualities about running Reach the Beach. As you ride and run 208 miles from Cannon Mountain the Hampton Beach, NH your van becomes a rolling “party” on wheels, you turn into a crazy cheerleader for your own runners and the many teams who share the road with you on their crazy quest. The race course is lined with flashing lights on runners in the middle of the night running determined to reach their “campsite” (a van, or a sleeping bag laid out if you are lucky enough you might even score a tent in tent city.

Ready to rock my 9.1 mile night leg at Reach the Beach

Ready to rock my 9.1 mile night leg at Reach the Beach

I am thankful to have had this awesome opportunity to race with the Back of the Pack Runners this weekend. Our team reached the beach in 31:03 and placed 85th out of 190 teams in the Freestyle Open Division.  The adventure is now behind me but the laughs and the new friends will be with me as I move forward.  There are already plans in the works to race again next year!

Team Back of the Pack Runners

Team Back of the Pack Runners

If you raced the New Balance Reach the Beach Relay this year congratulations on making it to the beach! If not, you should definitely check out this unforgettable race! Have you ever raced a team relay event before? If so which one?

Cheers for Beers. Harpoon Brewery provided the perfect post race beverage!

Cheers for Beers. Harpoon Brewery provided the perfect post race beverage!

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Please be a CHaD Hero with me! Chad Hero Half Marathon.

BE A HERO on October 26th at the CHaD HERO Half Marathon

BE A HERO on October 26th!

I will be a CHaD Hero at the CHaD Half Marathon. Will you be a hero too?

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On October 26th I will be a CHad Hero at the Annual CHaD Half Marathon. I am excited to run a half marathon and to raise funds for an amazing cause.I haven’t run a half marathon since 2012 unless you count running half of a marathon as running a half marathon.  The half marathon is actually one of my favorite distances. It offers a lot of the same challenges as the marathon without leaving you feeling like you feeling completely beaten up the next day.  Some people think a half marathon should actually have it’s own name “the thirteener” rather than being labeled as being only half of a marathon. I agree with this because a half marathon can be as challenging as running a full marathon especially if the course is hilly.

My P.R. for a half marathon is 1:37 on a very flat, fast course in Burlington Vermont, the Half Marathon Unplugged. I ran this time when I was at my peak training to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  I am actually not even sure how I was able to run that fast. Perhaps I had my superhero cape on that day and superhero powers to carry me along the course!

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

Be a hero at the CHaD Hero Half Marathon!

I will get a chance to break out my Superhero strength and speed again on October 26th at the CHaD Hero Half Marathon in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  I will be running the half marathon as a part of Team NUUN for CHaD. I was invited to join Team NUUN by fellow NH running blogger Sarah Canney from the blog “Run Far Girl.” Our team is raising money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.  CHaD has been a very important part of our family’s life and now I am running to give back. We have always loved the wonderful care given to the children at CHaD since our daughter was born.  CHaD has helped our children to thrive and grow in good health. The doctors and nurses at CHaD treat all children and families with extreme care and compassion. CHaD is an extremely important resource in our community.

The CHaD Hero Half Marathon and Ripcord 5K is an annual event that was:

“Launched in 2006 by former Olympic Ski Jumper, Jeff Hastings, the CHaD HERO is a professionally organized, fundraising and athletic event. It has grown from a half marathon event to also include a 5k run, Cam’s Course 1 Mile Fun Run, 5k walk, and 10k wooded hike. All proceeds from the event support programs and services at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).”

Here is what our team is helping to fundraise for:

“I am helping imagine healthier futures for all kids by caping up and being a HERO for the kids at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). I’m one of many HEROES on a mission to help all kids served by CHaD live healthy, active lives.

CHaD Hero Half Marathon and Ripcord 5K

CHaD Hero Half Marathon and Ripcord 5K

CHaD plays an important role in imagining brighter futures by providing primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond, in 15 locations. CHaD serves children for everything from well-care visits to the most complex childhood diseases and is active in injury prevention, pediatric research initiatives, child abuse prevention, and healthy living initiatives.”

I hope you will join me in becoming a CHaD Hero! If you would like to donate to support the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth please check out my fundraising page for Team NUUN for CHaD Kids or you can join the fun on race day by registering for this awesome race!

Be a CHaD Hero!

Be a CHaD Hero!

Be a HERO! (I plan to be Wonder Woman on race day!)

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