Don’t call it a comeback…

… I’ve been here for years!  Fun fact – when Nolan was about 5 weeks – to about 3 and a half months or so he was extremely colicky and at 6pm every night on the dot he would just cry and cry and cry, and one of the few things that would semi-console him was to dance with him to L.L. Cool J – something which we will be sure to remind him of throughout his life I’m sure.

Don’t forget to enter the Spartan Race giveaway!!!

Anyway I feel like I am making a comeback but it certainly doesn’t come easy.  I was able to hop on the treadmill this weekend and got in a whopping 2 miles, a little shorty run that I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m sore from.  I was lucky enough to be able to run until I was about 6 months pregnant and then I had to switch to walking so it’s been a solid 9  months of no running.  All those articles that describe how long it takes to lose your fitness?  Yup I’m pretty sure I’m at that ‘completely lost it’ side of that spectrum.  But that’s ok, it’ll be really great to look back and see how far I’ve come!

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Don’t mind the dust on the treadmill.  It’ll be gone shortly That is kind of symobolic, no?  I’m picking myself up and brushing the dust off because I sure do feel dusty when it comes to running.

The rest of the weekend was spent in the pool with this little guy.

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He absolutely loved every second of it and is a total water baby!

I also cooked a real meal on Saturday,

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If there’s bacon in it that means it’s paleo which means it’s healthy, right? #notafoodblogger

I am trying to cook more real food lately, the amount of Easter chocolate I’ve consumed is beyond crazy.  To the point where I have dreams about Reese’s eggs, no joke.

So that was my weekend.  A little running, a little swimming, a little cooking.  Just the way a weekend should be 🙂

What was the funnest thing about your weekend?

Anyone else need a chocolate/sugar detox like me?

If it Doesn’t Challenge You, It Sure as Hell Won’t Change You – Spartan Race GIVEAWAY!

Have you ever heard that when little kids sometimes act out or perform poorly in school it’s because they are bored and need more challenging material to learn? Well, it doesn’t really go away as we get any older.  Studies show that continuing to challenge ourselves will help to keep us happy and healthy.  If you’re not challenging yourself mentally and physically chances are you won’t be at your best.

The running community embraces challenge continually and it is truly a mental sport as much as it is physical.  For some, though, the traditional road race just isn’t enough.  This is where Reebok’s Spartan Race comes in.

Spartan Race is an obstacle based race designed to get  you out of your comfort zone in a fun and exciting way.  It was designed by 8 ultra athletes for those who wanted a challenge beyond road races, trail races, tough mudders, and the like.

There are 3 different distances: the Sprint (3+ miles, 15+obstacles), the Super (8+ miles, 20+ obstacles), and for the really crazy, the Beast (12+ miles and 25+ obstacles).

The folks over there at Spartan Race really know how to plan an event and they have some really exciting weekends planned!  You can check out www.spartanrace.com to see all of the events (all over the country!)

For those on the east coast, there is a Sprint Spartan in Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA on September 20, 2014.  Those who dominate this event have a chance to win entry into a Super Spartan!

We all know how addicting endurance events can be, and the Spartan Race is no different.  If you truly want to challenge yourself and push your body and mind to the limit, they are having a Trifecta Weekend in Hawaii (!!!) August 16th and 17th where they will have Sprint, Super, and Beast races and if you complete all 3 you will earn the highly coveted Trifecta medal and become part of the Elite Trifecta tribe.  Think Disney’s Dopey or Runner’s World Hat Trick on crack.  Seriously these races are no joke.

Are you signed up yet?  No matter where you are or what your fitness level is, there is a Spartan Race to fit your needs and get your grit out.

Now, for the most exciting part?  I have one FREE entry into any Spartan Race to give away to one of you lucky ducks!  It will be good for any open heat in any 2014 race in the continental U.S.  To enter, leave a comment telling me what challenge in your life you are most proud of overcoming.  Also if you spread the word on twitter, facebook, or instagram leave another comment letting me know for an additional entry by Thursday, May 1st.  I’ll pick a random winner on Friday, May 2nd!

Good luck!  And do something to challenge yourself today, your body and mind will thank you 🙂

What a Difference A Year Makes

So I began writing this post during the first week of the year.  I was getting pumped up to resume blogging and resume running.  Then, a few days passed and and then weeks and I still hadn’t started running again either, so it felt kind of strange to publish this, but here I go.  I’m so excited to be back and get back into the swing of things, with running, and with this blog.  On the blog front I have a TON of exciting giveaways planned over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

Funny how many times I can disappear into oblivion with this whole blog thing.  Funny how busy you can be and how much you can throw into one year.  Last year at this time, I was just returning from New Jersey where I spent the holidays with my family, the last year that they would own my childhood home.  I was right in the midst of training for a half marathon and getting ready to start a part time MBA program.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a thing for even numbers, and because of that, I’ve always favored even numbered years.  Weird, yes I know but we all have those silly things about us, don’t pretend you don’t.  I was born in an even year, and therefore all of my ‘big life events’ for my early life (graduations, sweet 16, etc) happened in even numbered years.  When I played high school soft ball my number was even and in some classes in school we’d be assigned a number for the year and because of where my last name fell in with my other classmates, that number was always even, too.

So that is a lot of gibberish to explain that I didn’t really expect much going into 2013.  I was getting into the groove at my job here in Florida and was excited to be back to running and starting school, but I didn’t expect it to be so monumental.  But life has a funny way of making the unexpected happen.  After being engaged for a while, we decided it was time to get married finally in a small wedding with our family and closest friends over Thanksgiving.  We were able to begin putting those plans together and book our favorite restaurant.  At the same time we had been getting frustrated with our living situation.  We were lucky to be rental a beautiful house, but weren’t able to fix things without going through the landlord and didn’t like paying rent and getting nothing in return when the message we were seeing every where was now is the time to buy!!  We were sucked in and started looking around our area for houses to see if we would be able to make anything work.  On top of all of this, the day after my half marathon, I found out that I was pregnant!

What began as an ordinary year quickly became absolutely insane.  The home buying process got extremely complicated and filled with hiccups and took until the end of September for us to close and move into our home.  Then on October 22, we welcomed Nolan, the sweetest and most precious gift I could ever ask for.

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Then, just 5 short weeks later, we celebrated Thanksgiving with our family and got married that weekend!

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Overall I’d say that last year was just a tad busy.  I was lucky enough to stay home from work for 4 months, and returned in the beginning of March.  It’s not an ideal situation but we do what we have to, right?

So with all of this, what about running?  Well, I was a pretty lucky girl this Christmas:

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Jeff got me a treadmill! And my first steps (I was just trying it out, no I don’t normally run in glasses!):

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Now the tricky part is finding time to use it.  I was able to get a pretty good routine down when I was home on maternity leave, but now that I am working again it is a bit harder.  Little man is not excelling in the sleep department yet so nap time has been a scramble to do chores around the house or shower.  But you can’t really get mad at this face 🙂

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Nolan is the sweetest, happiest, and funniest boy you can imagine.  He is always smiling and his laugh is absolutely infectious.  He just turned 6 months old this week and we have so much fun together!

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And one more just because 🙂

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Well there you have it, a few of the things that have been keeping me busy and away from the blog world.  But I’ve found that it really keeps me motivated and I’m so excited to get back to running!