Running Survey!

Happy Sunday! It is absolutely gorgeous here today. I am taking a rest day after running 2 days in a row. I know, I’m pretty much ready for the Olympics. I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it feels to run after this pregnancy compared to my first. It took me well over a year to feel comfortable running after having Nolan, and honestly I feel better now and it’s only been 8 weeks since having Jude. Just a little bit different 🙂 I think it really has to do with the fact that I don’t have any expectations this time around. I know that it’s going to be hard, I know that it’s normal for this little guy to take 20 minute naps (he’s really into these right now :)) instead of 2 hours, and just run as strong as I’m feeling and walk when I need to. I try to get in 30 minutes of running and walking each time, so Jude gets some time on his little playmat next to my treadmill for a few minutes toward the end most times. I’m just going to keep going by feel and will hopefully be ready for a 5k pretty soon! Also training lately is so mental! I’m all treadmill for now and staring at a blank wall really lets you think and strengthen your mind game 🙂

These surveys are always floating around the blog world and thought it would be fun to give you a glimpse into who I am as a runner! Feel free to take it yourself.

1. Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?
—A beach path! I live in South Florida, beach = life.

2. If you could choose the flavor of gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?
— I actually don’t know what flavor it is, but the blue one lol

3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?
—New sports bras! It’s something I hate buying on my own but it’s so important to have a good one (or a few).

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?
—Definitely a training plan! I let myself off the hook way too easily so I need a plan to hold myself accountable.

5. Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?
—Start with the uphill so I can end flying on the downhill. If you get through the hard hills the down hill is the reward!

6. When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?
—I haven’t been able to get to one in a long time but I love spin classes! Love swimming too.

7. What is your preference—> Out and back, point to point or loop runs?
—out and back or loop runs are the best, it feels like the run is cut in half that way. The first run is the hard part, then it’s just a matter of getting home! All about the mind games.

8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a—>
—I’m a huge numbers geek so I would say a running watch like a garmin or app to track your pace and miles like the Nike+ running app.

9. Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?
—Tons of iguanas (gross).

10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
— only once, during my first cross country meet in high school. I missed a turnoff and added an extra mile to the route. I was devastated until I found out that I hadn’t finished last even with the extra mile!

11. If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be?
—This may sound weird but a sweet potato and either turkey or shredded chicken with barbecue sauce.

12. Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?
—shorts. Can’t run in capris for some reason.

13. At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?
—After the first mile or first 10 minutes or so (which is the same thing for me at the moment).

14. What do you do with your key when you run?
—if I’m running with the stroller then in there, otherwise in my handheld water bottle or phone case.

15. If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?
—I would say the first half marathon I ran in Florida. It was the first time I broke 2 hours and felt amazing every step of the way. I found out the next day that I was pregnant with Nolan!

16. What type of run is your least favorite type of run?
—Honestly I love them all! Long runs let me zone out, speed workouts are just fun, and tempo runs are so hard but make me feel invincible when I finish!

17. What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?
—my boys, for many reasons! To be a good role model for active and healthy living, to be healthy myself to keep up with them, and my sanity lol! It keeps me grounded.

18. When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?
—Right from my door. Get out & go!

19. When running in daylight—> are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?
—usually more of an annoyance than anything and these days I am rarely lucky enough to be able to run outside in the daylight.

20. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?
— I just think about the end goal. What I’m training for, what my plans are and what will my future self later that day have to say about me quitting? Will I be disappointed in myself or thankful that I gave myself a break? That’s the decision point for me.

Time to Catch Up and I’m Certified!

So it’s been a little while since I’ve last updated this space.  Once again I let life get the best of me and focus on other areas than the space that I have here.  Quite a bit has happened in my neck of the woods, in life and in running!  In order to avoid making this into an epic (-ly boring) novel, here are the key points – I found out in April that I was pregnant with my 2nd little boy!  Running became impossible very early on, and we welcomed Jude to our family a few days after Christmas.  We are all completely in love with our new family of 4, and Nolan is the best big brother!  He is so gentle and loving with him and it is the sweetest thing ever to watch.


So now I am on maternity leave for the next few months and trying to soak up every moment!  This little guy is growing insanely fast and determined to stay above all of the growth charts so he definitely wont be a little peanut for long.  During the early weeks when he did nothing but sleep, I took the opportunity to finally sit down and take my exam to become a certified running coach!  I had been studying for quite some time and learned so much about training and about how are bodies work through the REVO₂LUTION RUNNING™ program.  I am so excited to now have the credentials to share my passion for running with others!  I noticed during my marathon training that so many of my friends have an interest in running but didn’t know where to start or needed that extra support to stay motivated.  No matter what your experience or skill level, having a coach can be beneficial in helping you achieve your goals – whether those goals are to get fitter, lose weight, or get faster and improve your race times.  I’ve added a coaching page to my site as a means to get in touch with me about the services that I can provide to you 🙂

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As for what is next for me, I am taking it slow.  I got cleared to exercise at my 6 week post partum appointment and resumed running last week.  In order to not get injured or burnt out from the start since I ran very little during my pregnancy, I’m starting out slow with a run/walk program for 30 minutes a few times a week and including a lot of core exercises to regain the strength and protect my pelvic floor while it continues to recover from pregnancy and labor.  I will be racing a few 5Ks in the spring and hope to get back to the longer distances this fall and winter!  My goal is to listen to my body and give myself grace in returning to exercising and training.  I’m taking it super slow in the beginning and just enjoying every sweat session I have gotten so far!

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I don’t want to miss a moment of my little guys’ time when they are this age because it is just so precious but I also have big goals, too.  As I get back to training, I’ll be sharing more of the details here on a more regular basis 🙂  Thanks for sticking with me!

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Testing, testing, is this thing on? Tap tap

So I’m testing out this new app to publish on my blog, wanted to see how it works. I know I’ve been absent for approximately twenty seven years, but in my defense a lot has happened. I’ve ran more, ran less, gotten certified as a running coach (more to come on that!!) and, oh yeah – had another baby! I’m now living the boy mom life with a 3 year old and 7 week old. I’m on maternity leave for a bit and soaking up every moment in the sleepless weary sun.

Not going to drag this on too long, I’m just starting to train again after giving birth and hope to start posting what that looks like soon. Ciao!