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Organic Runner Mom visits The Active Times and The Daily Meal

Organic Runner Mom visits The Active Times and The Daily Meal

During our recent trip to New York City where Organic Runner Dad spoke at the United Nations about family farming we had the chance to squeeze in a brief visit to take a peek at what goes on inside The Active Times (and also the Daily Meal).  Earlier in the spring I was asked to join the Active Times Blogger Network which is a new and exciting opportunity for me and my little blog.  If you haven’t yet heard about The Active Times and you are and endurance athlete, outdoor enthusiast and in search of adventure The Active Times is an awesome resource for you.  Here is a little bit more about The Active Times and the mission,

“The Active Times aims to be the world’s best source of authoritative, inspiring, enlightening content for living the active, adventurous life. Whatever your passions in outdoor and endurance sports, travel and adventure, The Active Times provides the tools and information you need to do your best—and enjoy the ride.”

Hungry Runner (AKA Katie), Organic Runner Mom, and Ethan at The Active Times

Hungry Runner (AKA Katie), Organic Runner Mom, and Ethan at The Active Times

At the Active Times I was greeted by Katie of Hungry Runner who I originally met a the firs Fitness and Social Media Bloggers Conference in Colorado.  Katie is an editor at The Active Times and a passionate runner and blogger herself.  She introduced me to Ethan, another editor and gave me a quick peek into The Daily Meal Kitchen which was so cool!

The Kitchen at The Daily Meal

The Kitchen at The Daily Meal

In addition to being a part of the blogger network I have contributed quotes to several articles about running on The Active Times and hope to be able to do more!

The quick impromptu visit to The Active Times was fun and I hope to be able to stop in again the next time I am in NYC!

Have you ever checked out The Active Times?

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Happy National Running Day!

It’s National Running Day!

Happy National Running Day!

Happy National Running Day!

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It’s National Running Day today (and my Dad’s birthday!!!). National Running Day is a day to celebrate your passion for running or perhaps even to make a change in your life and to join the current running craze. Last year my goal was to challenge myself and to find inner-strength. This year I run for happiness and positive energy.  Since running the Boston Marathon this year I have been feeling a renewed energy on every run.  I am focusing on the positive energy that running brings into my life to make me healthy and strong in mind, body and spirit.

It's National Running Day!

It’s National Running Day!

I am not currently training for a marathon but have other goal races planned including some mountain races (Mount Washington, Loon . . .) and also my first Olympic Distance Triathlon (and probably more triathlons!).  Since many of these races will be totally new experiences the pressure of the clock is off.  Being a “newbie” going into a race the first goal is always to finish and feel like I did my best, to finish with a smile.  I have no personal best times to compare to in most of these races which has taken off the pressure and added back in the fun of running again. Training and trying to qualify for Boston is amazing but can also make you feel like you are in a giant pressure cooker, making it impossible during most of your training to not be keenly aware of the time on your Garmin (GPS watch).

Today on National Running Day (June 4) I will complete my planned training run (50 minute base run) but will be focused solely on the running and feeling good and enjoying the happiness that fills me up as I run.

When you run today I want you to find what makes you happy on your run.  Here are some things that make me happy when I run:

  • I love the amazing scenery on my runs.
  • I am happy when I encounter wildlife on the trails (well, maybe only the smaller creatures . . . birds, salamanders, chipmunks.
  • I am happy when I run in the warm rain.
  • I feel energized from a good sweat.
  • I love a great endorphin rush.
  • I am happy for downhills and hard uphills conquered.
  • I love the sweet smells of spring and on the trails.

What makes you happy when you run? Have a great National Running Day!

 Link Love for National Running Day

Happy National Running Day: Mom’s Little Running Buddy

5 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day: Running with Ollie

Fill in the Blank: “I love to run . . .” : Olive to Run

10 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day: The Active Times

Why I run and Running Day Giveaway: The Fit Fork

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Motivation Monday: Run for the love of the run.

Run for the love of the run.

Run for the love of the run.

Run for the love of the run.

Over the weekend I raced the Umbrella Mother’s Day 10K at Burke Mountain in Burke, VT.  This was my first race post Boston Marathon.  I have been much smarter about recovery from the Boston Marathon than I was last year where I nicely landed myself in a walking boot for six weeks. Ugh! I learned my lesson. Taking the time to recover from a marathon is essential in order to help prevent injury.  I am not sure how people are able to manage back to back marathon or ultra distance races.  My body feels like it has been beaten up at the end of a marathon.  In the three weeks since Boston I have refocused my training goals and have taken the time to allow my body to heal from the strain of 26.2 miles–I have been swimming, biking, doing yoga, doing core exercises and strength training but only a small bit of running.  It definitely feels somewhat strange to go from running crazy high mileage to almost nothing but my body is thanking me with renewed energy and a continued positive attitude.

Today when I got to the 10K, I ditched my watch and decided to run just for the love of the run.  I’ve been so focused on splits, miles, and time on my feet during my marathon training that its time to get back to the basics of running for a bit.  At the Boston Marathon I was able to take away an amazing positive spirit from my experience, a renewed feeling of love, and support that surrounds all of us.  My race at Boston did not provide me with the PR that I dreamed of or a new Boston qualifying time but it gave me back my love of the run.  It was the hardest race that I have ever run but it gave me a new lightness in my spirit.

Today was not my fastest 10K (although I was first in my age group! Time 53:37). My legs still feel heavy from all of the marathon miles but I felt joy on my run.  I loved my feet hitting the pavement. I loved the energy of the runners young and old.  I loved the mountains, and trees and nature all around me.  And most of all today (on Mother’s Day) I loved the happiness and excitement of seeing my kids and my husband at the finish line with huge grins, “Mommy, did you win?”

Yes, I have won. Where I am today looks a whole lot brighter than it did last year.

Run for the love of the run.

What did you love on your run this weekend?

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Monday Motivation: Finding healing.

The Finish Line. Boston Marathon 2014.

The Finish Line. Boston Marathon 2014.

The Finish Line. Boston Marathon 2014.

And together we ran again.

Last week was an emotional ride with the Boston Marathon on Monday and the inevitable post-marathon let-down as the week wore on. I am so grateful for the experience of being able to run from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in Boston on Monday. Prior to the race I was extremely fearful about what race day would bring still haunted by the memories of last year.  It has definitely been an up and down year for me since Boston and running has been my one saving grace. Running the marathon again gave me something to focus on and something to fight for!

After the marathon last year I struggled to find any sort of inner-peace often replaying the events of April 15, 2013. I struggled with feeling alone a lot throughout the year, feeling constantly on high alert after having sat by myself, alone in the family meeting area after last year’s marathon for what seemed like an eternity with sirens wailing around me, people in an eerie calm, panic. I was so close to the bomb blasts last year but far enough away that no one knew what was going on and everyone was afraid. The day felt hauntingly like 9/11. A horrific nightmare.

Running the Boston Marathon this year was important to me for so many reasons one being that I needed to run the race again, to make it through the finish line, to complete the race and to feel the celebration, to feel the support of the crowds and the people all around cheering and screaming each runners name. I needed to push through the feelings of insecurity and anxiety and to let the passionate, exuberant crowds lift me and the other runners on our journey of healing.  Marathon Monday was overwhelming and amazing. I have never felt so inspired by the amount of incredible spirt and human strength of body, and heart and the stunning courage of so many people who raced the marathon on Patriots Day 2014.

I am forever grateful that I was able to run and be a part of this experience and to further my own healing.

“The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.”
― Robert James WallerThe Bridges of Madison County

Love Wins. Boston Marathon 2014

Love Wins. Boston Marathon 2014

May you continue to find peace and love in your journey on the run!

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The Boston Marathon. A race to remember.

I promise I will have more of a recap about the Boston Marathon 2014 coming soon. I am still overwhelmed by running the race this year and this time it is for positive reasons.

#PROOF Boston Marathon 2014

#PROOF Boston Marathon 2014

I ran my heart out on Monday and even though I did not PR and I did not re-qualify with my time I am very proud of my hard earned time of 3:45:43. The whole year leading up to the race has been an emotional journey and I have also fought hard to keep my body healthy and strong to be able to run injury free.

I am thankful to have been able to run the Boston Marathon with so many strong individuals. On Monday I witnessed the true strength of the human spirit and that energy has filled me up with new inspiration.

I will never forget this unbelievable race. Thank you for supporting me along the way. I ran for all of you and for those who could not.

I am proud to be BOSTON STRONG!

Boston Strong! Boston Marathon 2014. #WeRunTogether

Boston Strong! Boston Marathon 2014. #WeRunTogether

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Gratitude. Putting it all into perspective.

Gratitude.

Screeeeeeech.

Crash.

Boom!

Putting it all into perspective.

Putting it all into perspective.

We are okay. Thankfully my husband and I walked away from a car accident uninjured today. Thankfully the kids were not in the car.

My nerves are very rattled (That is a total understatement!). I had a panic attack. The EMT had to give me oxygen. Strangely he was a marathoner too. Knowing this calmed me down and gave me something to focus on. My anxiety is already through the roof as I anticipate running the Boston Marathon on Monday. I have been jumpy for weeks, on edge. My counselor says that this is normal. I am already on high alert.  I am mentally preparing myself to run the same road again through the yellow and blue finish line on Boylston Street.  Last year my reality was rocked to the core ten minutes after I crossed the line as I tried to comprehend the awful sounds that I heard and the smoke rising from the explosions near the finish line.

Today we were okay. The sounds of the accident frightened me and brought me back to Boston. The sound of the truck hitting the back of our car was reminiscent of the explosions last year. I have been unable to erase those horrible sounds.  Sometimes they replay in my head. It all seems so real. With 4 days to go I am uncertain of what marathon day will bring but I am still in need of running the race. I need to run it again to close the loop of healing. I need to feel the strength of running and being surrounded by  the runners and spectators.

Am I afraid. Hell yes. But I will lace up my shoes and I will run. I will just run. I am okay.

The car accident today has been a huge reminder of how much love and strength, support, kindness and good is surrounding me. I am here. I have my family and my friends. I am alive. I can run.

We are okay.

I am thankful.

I am thankful. My life is full of love.

I am thankful. My life is full of love.

On Monday I will run 26.2 miles of gratitude. I will celebrate life and I will mourn for those who were lost.

"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart , it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude. " –A.A. Milne

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart , it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude. ” –A.A. Milne

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Boston Marathon Race Day Outfit Preview

Boston Marathon Race Outfit 2014

Boston Marathon Race Outfit 2014

What will I be wearing at the Boston Marathon? It’s time to get ready to run, girl run!

If you have run in any type of long race you know how important your race day outfit can be. First and foremost your race day outfit needs to be functional and comfortable.  The last thing that any runner wants to experience when running a marathon is painful chafing (you know the kind that will cause you to shriek in pain in the shower after the race, no thanks!).  Also, you want to choose running clothes that will stay put (no one likes to have their shorts or running skirt riding up as the miles add up.  When choosing my running clothes for a marathon I always test them out during my long training runs to make sure that I won’t encounter any of these issues on race day.

Once I have determined if the clothes are worthy of 26.2 miles the next thing that I always like to consider is the style factor. Hey, at least if my clothes are cute I have a slight possibility of avoiding an embarrassing race day photo, right? When thinking about race day style I look for running clothes that have bright and fun colors, wild patterns, and I definitely want to be running in a skirt.  For some reason I have always loved wearing tall socks (this goes back to my days of Colby Crew way way back in 1999) so the Compression Sock craze (functional yet fashionable!) suits me just perfectly.

I am truly appreciative of Skirt Sports, Bani Bands, and Crazy Compression for providing me with the awesome gear that I will be wearing on Boston Marathon Monday as I run 26.2 Miles from Hopkinton to Boston.

Here is what I will be wearing on Marathon Monday as I speed by on the race course towards Boylston Street. If you want to track me I will be wearing BIB #18384:

  1. Skirt Sports Eclipse Tank in Azul, Skirt Sports Cougar Skirt in Azul, Skirt Sports Sabrina B Sports Bra in Black
  2. Bani Bands Head Band Sequin Purple
  3. Crazy Compression Purple Over the Calf Diamonds
  4. Brooks Adrenaline GTS

It’s time to run down the course and finish that race!

#BostonStrong

#BostonStrong

What is your favorite Marathon Day outfit?

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Boston Marathon 2014. I dedicate this run to you Boston.

Run Boston. Boston Marathon 2014

Go out and run Boston.

Run to be strong.

Run to feel proud.

Run with courage.

Run to feel pain.

Run and let the sorrow wash over you.

Run together and lift each other up.

Run together with powerful energy.

Run and remember.

Run fast or run slow.

Breathe deeply.

Embrace each other with kindness and carry each other along.

It will be ok to cry.

Let the emotions cover you.

Feel the energy of healing together as we move down Boylston and cross the line.

Together we will run Boston as one.

Finish Line at the 2013 Boston Marathon

Finish Line at the 2013 Boston Marathon

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5 reasons to LOVE spring running!

Dare I say it? “It’s SPRING!”

Hopefully by saying this I won’t have jinxed it and caused the most epic April blizzard . . . But since spring appears here to stay let’s talk about 5 reasons to LOVE spring running!

Mud. Mud. And More Mud!

Mud. Mud. And More Mud!

1. MUD! Don’t you just love getting a little “pig pen” dirty on a run? I love the smell of the fresh spring mud when the earth is starting to come alive again. And there is nothing better than splashing through a giant mud puddle just like a kid!

2. BIRDS. They are finally coming back to greet me on my runs again. My favorite is the red-winged blackbird cheerfully singing their song from the tree branches as I speed along. Which bird is your favorite?

Hello there running friend!

Hello there running friend!

3. Running with bare legs! Yes, my legs are out of hibernation after the long cold winter and unless it gets wicked cold again it is time for skirts!

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

4. Daylight. Plenty of daylight. It’s time to put aside the flashing vests and headlamps (unless you are running a night relay) and to run in the late afternoon daylight. Let the sun warm your spirit!

Soaking up the sun!

Soaking up the sun!

5. Racing! Yes! First the Boston Marathon and then hopefully a lot more racing fun. Keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t end up in a boot like last year.

Not exactly the footwear I hoped to be wearing last spring after the Boston Marathon.

Not exactly the footwear I hoped to be wearing last spring after the Boston Marathon.

Happy spring and good luck this spring! I can’t wait to hear about all of your races!

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Motivation Monday: #WhatsYourWhy? I run for Strength.

#WhatsYourWhy

#WhatsYourWhy

#WhatsYourWhy

As the Boston Marathon draws near I have been training hard, working to keep my body and mind strong and healthy and thinking a lot about what running this marathon means to me.  I am working hard to focus on the positives of what this marathon will bring for me and my friends and family, the running community, the city of Boston and our country. I have gained incredible strength in the year since the tragedy at Boston occurred last year. I will need not only physical strength but inner strength, courage and resolve to be in the moment at the race and to just run.

I was very thankful to be given the opportunity to share why I run when I was asked by ProForm (The Official treadmill of the Boston Marathon) to share my, #WhatsYourWhy. I hope you will read about why I run and find some new motivation and inspiration on all of your runs.

Please read more on the ProForm BLOG about my why–I RUN FOR STRENGTH

#WhatsYourWhy?  Please share your why on twitter by using the hashtag #WhatsYourWhy and also tag me @organicrunmom and @ProFormFitness. We’d love to hear more about why you run!

Last 20 Miler Complete for Boston Marathon training. Let the taper begin!

Last 20 Miler Complete for Boston Marathon training. Let the taper begin!

I hope you have an inspired run today!

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