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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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I am a triathlete! Lobsterman Triathlon 2014

Just call me a triathlete!

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This weekend I officially added triathlete to my list of athletic achievements! I completed the Lobsterman Triathlon in Freeport Maine and had an absolute blast competing!

SWIM. BIKE. RUN. I am a Triathlete!

SWIM. BIKE. RUN. I am a Triathlete!

I had planned on racing in my first triathlon earlier this summer but due to illness was unable to compete. This turned out to be a total blessing in disguise because I don’t think that I would have even been close to being ready for what triathlon racing brings.  The sport of triathlon is truly a whole different beast than the sport of running.

Over the summer I worked hard to improve my swimming endurance and to become comfortable on my bike for longer distances.  The running part of the triathlon is the easy part for me so it was nice for a change to not feel pressured about running specific times.  Having the extra time to train this summer also gave my body time to adjust to the different demands placed on your body by triathlon. I also had more time to develop my swimming and biking muscles which was definitely needed to tackle the challenge of the Olympic Distance Lobsterman course (and wow are they feeling it post race!)

On race day my nerves were high but my excitement level was higher! I was ready to tackle this new adventure with my goal being to finish with a smile!  And guess what! I finished and blew away my expectations for how I would place.

Age Group Results for the Lobsterman Triathlon

Age Group Results for the Lobsterman Triathlon

I am proud to say that I finished 11th out of 32 women in my age group 34-39 and I had an absolute blast racing!  When I crossed the finish line I knew immediately that I was hooked (yes, it’s true, I am an endurance junkie!) and am already dreaming about plans for my next triathlon (GOAL races to be announced soon).

Challenge yourself. Feel empowered. Be proud of your accomplishments!

Challenge yourself. Feel empowered. Be proud of your accomplishments! I am a triathlete!

After completing the race I felt empowered.  I feel like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. The swim and bike parts of the race were completely outside my comfort zone and I am proud of how I handled these new challenges. It is exhilarating to complete something new and to know that you have accomplished your goals! I have become so tired of holding myself back from going after what I want in life. Life can be fleeting. Don’t wait for it to pass you by!

Life is short. Dream big!

Life is short. Dream big!

It’s time to go big! go for your goals! What goals are you dreaming of?

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The New England Endurance Sport Community has lost an inspiration.

 May you find peace on your forever trail in the mountains Chad.

Chad Denning was an incredible inspiration for the Northern New England Endurance Racing Community.

Chad Denning was an incredible inspiration for the Northern New England Endurance Racing Community. He is pictured here introducing one of his incredible Winter Wild Mountain Running races at the crack of dawn.

The endurance sports community lost a truly inspirational, kind person yesterday. Chad touched the hearts of everyone who knew him. Chad Denning was a Dad, a husband, a friend, a race director, a teammate to many of my friends.  His life ended suddenly while out for a run in the mountains of New Hampshire. Chad Denning shared his passion with everyone that he met and left and indelible mark on everyone with whom his path crossed. The news of his passing has been extremely heartbreaking for everyone who knew him. His amazing enthusiasm for everything he did will always be remembered. My prayers are with Chad Denning’s family and friends in this incredibly sad and tragic time. May Chad’s strength and spirit continue to inspire and may his family and friends find peace.

I will be forever inspired for what you gave to the running community Chad. May you find peace on your forever trail.

I will be forever inspired for what you gave to the running community Chad. May you find peace on your forever trail in the mountains.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” 
― John MuirThe Mountains of California

The community you leave behind will carry your legacy always remembering your passion.

The community you leave behind will carry your legacy always remembering your passion.

With Peace and Love,

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SKOUT Organic Trail Bars fresh review and a #Giveaway

SCOUT: to find by seeking, searching, or exploring (SKOUT Organic Trail Bars)

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SKOUT Organic Trail Bars

SKOUT Organic Trail Bars

* disclaimer: I was provided with 5 SKOUT Organic Trail Bars for my review by SKOUT Organic. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Did you know that September is National Organic Month! This month I will be highlighting organic products that I love!

Check out Organic-Palooza, a 10 day Social Media Festival brought to you by the Organic Trade Association #OrganicFestival

Check out Organic-Palooza, a 10 day Social Media Festival brought to you by the Organic Trade Association #OrganicFestival

SKOUT Organic Trail Bars are a nutritious trail bar to help you sustain your energy level when enjoying life’s adventure You can explore wherever life may lead you when your belly is happy and full.

SKOUT is a company based in Portland Oregon.  If you have never been to the Pacific Northwest it should be added to your bucket list of places to visit. Last year we traveled to Bend, Oregon and the Portland Oregon area.  SKOUT was “inspired by the Pacific Northwest, considered by many to be one of the best outdoor recreation areas in the world.” My husband and I were in awe of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest as we explored the trails, mountains, and rivers in Bend.

Trail Running in Bend Oregon

Trail Running in Bend Oregon

Why should you scout out SKOUT?

SKOUT Organic Trail Bars come in five different flavors:

  • Chocolate Coconut (definitely my favorite)
  • Blueberry Almond
  • Cherry Vanilla
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter (a close second)
  • Apple Cinnamon

These trail bars are the perfect size to throw in my hydration pack. I love to bring them along when I go trail running or out for a long training ride on my bike.  They are great for sharing with my kids on one of our adventures.  The first ingredient listed is dates which are a great energy booster.  I am always in need of an energy booster when out “SKOUTING” about. I love products that are made with dates because they help me to avoid bonking. I am also love SKOUT trail bars because they are organic! SKOUT is also vegan, gluten-free, Non-GMO, dairy and soy free, has naturally occurring fiber and vitamins, and no refine sugars or fillers.

SKOUT Organic Trail Bar

SKOUT Organic Trail Bar

SKOUT Organic Trail Bars Giveaway!

Have you ever tried SKOUT Organic Trail Bars? Which flavor would you choose? Now you have a chance to win a SKOUT Organic Trail Bar Sampler! Please enter my giveaway and pass it along to a friend!

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3, 2, 1 . . . Swim, Bike Run. The Lobsterman Triathlon is this Saturday!

Tri. Tri. Tri.

The Lobsterman Triathlon

The Lobsterman Triathlon

I will be driving to gorgeous Freeport, Maine this weekend to race in my first triathlon, the Lobsterman Triathlon. Not only is it my first triathlon it is my first Olympic Distance Triathlon.  Many people have asked me why not start with the spring? I chose the Olympic Distance for my first rather than a Sprint because I am definitely a middle distance–long distance athlete. Everything I have been training for in the past 6 years has required lots of endurance to go the extra distance. I have been very diligent about logging my miles this summer in the pool on the road and on the trails. Now I am itching to race!  It’s been hard for me not to lose focus on this race as there are so many amazing races during the summer but I have been a good athlete and did not add any crazy races to my race schedule which could have impacted my performance at the triathlon (even though I was highly tempted to run the Jay Peak 25K again!)

Over the last few days I have been preparing for the race by doing some tune-up swimming, biking, and running just to keep things moving.  The preparation for race day this week is more focused on getting adequate rest, nutrition, and also mental preparation.  Whenever I am preparing for a race I try to spend some time visualizing what the race will be like and run through the transitions in my head.  Since I am a triathlon newbie I have been reading a lot of triathlon blogs and watching some triathlon videos to get me prepared.

The Sustainable Athlete

The Sustainable Athlete

My coach Denise Goode of The Sustainable Athlete sent me this video, “Tighter Transitions” from Triathlete.Competitor.com to show me how the pros do it when transitioning from Swim to Bike to Run. I think I still have a few things to learn such as the so-called “Flying Mount” on to your bike after the swim.

I have been loving all of the awesome tips from my readers about best practices when racing a triathlon:

  • Miss Zippy says, “Swim to bike, bike to run, race to the finish!”
  • Cynthia @You Signed Up for What? says, “I’ve had people hit me but not hard and never knocked off goggles. Stay calm and regroup if you need to, but keep going.”
  • Michele in Transition shares her awesome triathlon advice in a response to my post HERE.

Cheers to new adventures this week and please keep the tips about racing a triathlon coming, all of your advice is very helpful!

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Swim. Bike. Run. Triathlon nerves are kicking in.

Swim. Bike. Run. #Triathlon

Swim. Bike. Run. #Triathlon

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One Week to go until the Lobsterman Triathlon!

In one week I will be getting ready to head to Maine for the Lobsterman Triathlon! It will be my first triathlon and I will be racing the Olympic Distance.  I have been training hard but at this point I have absolutely no clue how it’s going to go?!? I have to admit I am starting to get nervous so I was hoping all of you experienced triathletes could help me answer my questions and help to ease my nerves. Each discipline, swimming, biking, and running presents its own challenges. While I have grown stronger in each sport over the summer the idea of combining all three sports together has me feeling a little shaky.

Here are my worries/questions

Swim

  • How do I avoid the other swimmers so I don’t get kicked?
  • Will I have a hard time staying on the course?
  • Do I have the needed endurance for the swim?
  • Will I be able to get out of my wetsuit at the transition? Do you have any tips and/or tricks for this?
  • What type of nutrition is best as you are going from the swim to the bike?

Bike

  • Will I have trouble with a flat tire during the race? Has this happened to you? I am still a newbie when it comes to changing tires and other mechanical issues with my bike.
  • Will I have any trouble with my pedals?
  • Will I be able to ride at a consistent pace? I have no idea how to pace the bike portion!

Run

  • Will my legs feel like noodles for the whole run?
  • Will I have managed my nutrition and hydration well during the race so that I feel strong and ready to race when I come off the bike?

I’d love to hear about your triathlon experiences and any helpful advice would be fantastic! good luck with all of your upcoming racing adventures!

Organic Runner Mom

 

Check out this awesome post from fellow NH blogger Michele of Michele in Transition  in response to my postwhere she talks about “Getting Ready for your First Tri.”

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Life moves pretty fast. Back to school 2014.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” –Ferris Bueller

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One of my favorite Ferris Bueller quotes rang true as my kids headed back to school today. I now have a First Grader who is 6 and a Preschooler who is 4. How in the world did that happen? We are watching our kids grow up before our eyes. there are so many amazing moments that you wish you could just bottle them up only to bring them out later to live them all over again.  This time of year is filled with excitement but also sadness for how quickly time seems to pass by. I wish I could slow everything down. But as I watch their curiosity and eagerness to explore the new and to experience new adventures I am ready to continue on this wild ride of parenthood.

Organic Runner Kids head back to school!

Organic Runner Kids head back to school!

Here’s to new beginnings and to new adventures!

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Oh and one more thing to make you smile, here’s to a happy belated National Dog Day from our Queen Lucy!

Happy National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day!

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I remember why I fell in love with running. #RunLove

#RunLove

A run just before dusk on The Kingdom Trails in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont brought me back to where my love for running truly began. It all started with an invitation to go for my first trail run with a new friend. I was entranced by the beauty of the trails, the scenic vistas, and the soft single track trail weaving an intricate maze through the forest floor.  A run in a playground made to challenge you on wheels or on foot. Surrounded by cool air and the fresh smell of the earth. Glimpses of white tailed deer beckoning to run faster and the join in their game of hide and seek. A conga line of beating hearts and quick breaths weaving through narrow trails and moss covered fairy woods.  Gentle water moving alongside pathways creeping through the woods.  Rolling hills climbing back up towards a ridge with sun breaking through the trees casting a warm glow on content bodies glistening with sweat. Endorphins. An invitation to come back and run it all again.

This is where I fell in love with running. This is my #RunLove

I enjoyed my solo slice of heaven on the trails last night and feel a rekindled love of running in my soul.

Kingdom Trails, NEK Vermont #RunLove

Kingdom Trails, NEK Vermont #RunLove

Where did your #RunLove begin? I’d love to share the story of how you fell in love with running! 

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Fresh Review: Ruby Rockets Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Pops #WIAW

Ruby Rockets Fruit and Vegetable Pops

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Ruby Rockets Fruit and Veggie Pops

Ruby Rockets Fruit and Veggie Pops

My kids were so excited that I was selected to check out Ruby’s Rockets Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Pops this summer. We were sent 3 different flavors to try–Orbit Orange, Rock-It-Red, and Galaxy Green. Ruby Rockets are an awesome healthy snack alternative for your kids.  They are the perfect summer treat or snack after a super afternoon out on the soccer field. As a mom I love Ruby’ Rocket’s because they are a sweet healthy snacking alternative.

Ruby Rockets are

sweet summer frozen pop with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, made of all natural (non-GMO, Gluten-Free) ingredients, including fruit and veggies, and helping educate parents about healthier snack alternatives.”

Inspired by home blended juices and an on air t.v. hosts reference to “a glass of fresh,” founder Wendy began creating juice smoothies for her child.  After that a smoothie spill and the re-discovery of popsicle molds led to the creation of Ruby Rockets!

My kids are nuts about fruit and vegetables so I knew these popsicles would be a huge hit. The Pops come in three different flavors:

  • Galaxy Green is made with tropical kiwi, avocado, spinach, and lemon
  • Rock-it Red is a mouth-watering blend of organic strawberry, carrot, sweet potato, beet, and lemon
  • Orbit Orange is a sweet, sunny combination of organic oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots, lemons, and strawberries

I love the unique combinations of flavors.  My favorite is the Galaxy Green. I have always loved spinach in my smoothies and these popsicles are no different.  Organic Runner Boy loves the Rock-it Red  which are sweet with  a little hint of tartness from the lemon.  Organic Runner girl enjoys the Orbit Orange as she is the carrot lover in the family.

Ruby Rockets are currently offered in stores such as Roche Brothers and Wegmans on the East Coast but can also be purchased online. My Ruby Rockets Fruit and Veggie Pops arrived  perfectly frozen and ready to enjoy!

Have you ever tried Ruby Rockets Fruit and Vegetable Pops? If not you should check out their website to find out more about this cool naturally sweet treat! Do you make your own popsicles?

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