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Running favorites!

I am happy to write a guest post today for Haley. We met back in June at a blogger event in Tampa for the Best Damn Race. One of the many things I enjoy about being a part of the running community in Tampa is meeting so many new people!

I have been running pretty consistently since January 2012. Looking back at my first 5k and first half marathon in early 2012, I have to laugh at my lack of knowledge. I wore cotton capris, cotton shirts, and the wrong running shoes that caused foot pain. I hear that Vessi provide some fantastic comfortable running shoes that combat the wrong running shoe issue. It wasn’t until after my third race that I realized I was going to keep running and I bought my first dri-fit shirt. A couple months later, when those wrong-for-me running shoes bit the dust, I went for a gait analysis to find out the right shoe for my foot. That was the best thing ever!

Here I am a year and a half into running pretty seriously and I have found several items that I can’t live without. Thankfully, there are no cotton t-shirts on this list!

Shoes

Going for a gait analysis taught me a lot. I was in the wrong shoe for my feet; it was obvious by the way they wore down. It’s no wonder I had foot pain after every run and would have to ice my feet. Why did I not realize this sooner? I did some research into the best neutral running shoes and thanks to the wonderful folks at Fit2Run in International Plaza, I was told that I had a neutral foot and I tried on several pairs of shoes. However, the minute I put on the Brooks Glycerin 10, I fell in love. It was like walking on air. I ran around the track they have in the store and it felt different – it felt right. They were the most expensive pair of running shoes I have ever purchased but worth every single penny. I am due for another pair and I am 99% sure I am getting the same exact shoe. They have worked wonders for me. In my opinion, the right shoe is the most important item in your running closet.

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Clothes

Dri-fit is a must. You want clothes that won’t stick to you when you are sweating, which you will. I bought a pair of Nike running capris last year and then bought a second pair because they were perfect. I must say nike really do know how to produce a large number of products that really make it the one stop shop for customers. It also helps that it feels Nike are really invested in helping you improve yourself through running and other sports as they offer a wide range of products that can help you improve your performances. This does show they really know how to create a customer centric experience to be proud of. I was comfortable in them (no way was I ready to wear shorts), they didn’t slide down or ride up, and they didn’t stick to me thanks to the dri-fit technology. I also purchased a Nike dri-fit shirt that got me through many races, unless I was wearing one of the many tech shirts I got for races, or my personalized running jacket from somewhere like Imprint. Just a few months ago, after hitting the 20 pound mark in my weight loss journey, I decided it was time for shorts with this Florida heat. Since I am short and solid, the cute little running shorts that are everywhere just don’t work for me. I opted for a pair of long compression-style running shorts by New Balance. They are the perfect length and they don’t move at all when I’m running. I’m also in love with my New Balance top with built-in bra. I now prefer running in a tank top because I don’t want anything on my shoulders or sleeves. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s super cute….

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Hair

My go-to hair band is a BAMR Band. I won one in a contest and I wear it every single time I run. It fits perfectly, keeps my hair off my face, and doesn’t slide down like other headbands do. I have a black and white chevron one and I have my eye on the new fall styles that are out.

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GPS

I used to use the Nike + app on my iPhone, but at the time I was doing a lot of running in the park and the coverage was spotty. I would finish a run only to realize that it had stopped. Very early on, I bought a Garmin Forerunner 110 and second to my shoes, it’s my favorite piece of running gear. I love nothing more than finishing a run and seeing my split times, calories burned, and average pace. Love it!

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Safety

I just recently ordered a Road ID wrist ID band. I run a lot in the mornings when it is still dark at this time of year. The one I bought has reflective stitching on it. No matter what time of day you run, it is important to have identification on you. None of us like to think about the bad things that can happen, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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One item on my wish-list is a cute little running skirt. I am always looking for one that fits right and doesn’t ride up. It’s so hard to be short!

What are your running must-have’s? If you wear a running skirt, what brand is it and where did you get it? I’d love some input!

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I’m outta here.

With all the planning and packing I’ve been taking care of the past few days, I had forgotten to leave a goodbye message for all of you followers out there.

 

Yesterday, my husband, daughter and I boarded a plan very early and flew down to Panama to visit with our Panamanian family for a nice relaxing vacation.  We came down for a special occasion and because it’s been almost a full year since we’ve seen my daughter’s Abuelo and Abuela.  My husband’s cousin is getting married this weekend and the festivities are just beginning. They really know how to celebrate here in Panama and I’m certain to enjoy myself along with everybody else.

I’m not so sure how much time I’m going to be able to spend updating all of you while I am gone, so I’ve asked a couple of my blogging gal pals to help out in my absence.  I’ll have a full recap of our vacation, along with my training updates upon our return home to the states.

I hope everyone has a great and productive week/weekends and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

 

Ciao

Running Full Circle

(Enjoy a guest post for today while I am out on vacation)

Hi Everyone! I’m Michelle, and I blog over at www.sugarplumcupcake.com   I am a

47 year old mom and runner who loves everything about Healthy Living and staying

fit.

Ever Since High School, I have used running as a way to think, release stress, blow

off steam and stay healthy.  I met my husband in my first year of college and we

would run a little bit together (although no long distances) just for fun.  We would

run the stairs on the hills at Syracuse University (a little healthy competition) or we

would run touch football plays at Onondaga Lake Park together and laugh the

entire day away. I usually managed to get my runs in at least 3-4 days a week.  That

was 27 years ago, a lot has changed in our lives.

In 1988, 2 years after we were married, we had Kyle and life got a little busier..but

my husband Jim, would come home from work and take over so I could get a  short

run in a few days a week.  Then I got pregnant again and Mackenzie was born…

life got really busy!  As they got older, their needs came before ours and my runs

just didn’t happen anymore.  Kyle was very active in Boy Scouts (He even became

an Eagle Scout) and Mackenzie started competitive dance (dancing all the way to

the NFL PRO-BOWL HALF TIME SHOW).

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Can you tell I’m a proud MOMMA? Well, I AM..but I missed running..A LOT!  My children heard me talk about running all the time, and they had flipped through the old photo albums at my parents house of me in high school at track events..so they KNEW that I ran.

Then, one day I made that decision that I was going to start running again..slowly.  So I got fitted for a new pair of running shoes and I started by running for one minute and alternating walking every other minute and gradually increased over time.  I signed up for my first 5K and felt incredible!

I feel like I have come full circle..both with myself and with my children because now THEY are running WITH me!  It feels great to be at a race and know that I have shared my love of running with both of my kiddos.

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Shamrock Run 2013 Jim, Michelle, Kenzie

Shamrock Run 2013
Jim, Michelle, Kenzie

 

2013 Corporate Challenge

2013 Corporate Challenge

Being a mom is such hard work..and we are SO BUSY!  If I could go back in time, I would make more time for running back then….but I know I can’t turn back time. I am so thankful for the life I have and for my husband and children…For me, I really have come Full Circle!

 

Keeping Mommy and Baby Healthy on a Budget

Please enjoy a guest post from Katie Moore today. Katie Blogs at Moore with Katie.

mommy and baby on a budget

As a new mother, nothing is more important to you than your baby’s health and safety. Part of keeping your baby healthy is staying healthy yourself. As a new mom, it was very important to me to choose products that would minimize dangers to my daughter, and I wanted to keep myself in shape to look after her, too. I also needed to do all this on a budget, which is no easy task! Here are some things I learned from my experience as a new mom that just might make your decision-making process easier. If you’re trying really hard to spare as many pennies as you can, you can look into which bank would best for you to open bank account online no deposit needed, as a savings account.

Healthy Mommy

While safe fitness was very important to me during my pregnancy, I found out quickly that I didn’t have to break the bank to stay in shape. Yes, I invested in double strollers for jogging because I couldn’t face giving it up; it has always made me feel great and I knew it would be a great opportunity to get the kids out and about, but when it came to the gym I had to start thinking differently. Prenatal yoga is a great way to stay lean, strong, and relaxed during pregnancy, but classes can get expensive fast! I found that my prenatal yoga videos cost much less and were available whenever I was ready to use them. I even found some new ones at my local public library! As always, check with your doctor to make sure your exercise program is safe for both you and your baby.

Stroller shopping, on the other hand, is a place you don’t want to skimp. A quality jogging stroller is sturdy, and it’s also easier to maneuver and store than a traditional model. Whether you’re a regular runner, you walk a lot, or you live in a city where you need to be able to maneuver your baby around other people, a jogging stroller is worth the expense.

When it came to eating healthily during my pregnancy, I was often tired and didn’t have the mental capacity to plan, prep, and cook meals as I was so focused on everything else that needed to be done to prepare for the arrival of my daughter. Meal delivery services were my savior as it meant that I ate healthy foods without the hard work required. You can find some great Meal Kit Deals out there.

Healthy Baby

I love to cook and eat fresh, healthy, organic food, and I wouldn’t feed my baby anything less. Procuring organic food has been less of a hassle, especially due to the advent of e-stores like Sibarita and similar others, which tend to deliver quality organic products at your doorstep. I prefer organic food over the ones which have a lot of chemicals in them, and if you are anything like me, you’ll find that you can make your own baby food easily and for less money than you’d spend on jarred baby foods. Making baby food is simple, especially for fruits and vegetables: a blender is all you need. Be sure to make a little extra and freeze it for those days when you are just too tired or busy to make a fresh batch.

As moms, we want to do everything we can to help protect our little ones, and after my daughter was born I learned more about cord blood banking. Every day, researchers find new medical uses for the stem cells found in your baby’s umbilical cord blood. There are options for what you can do with your baby’s cord blood,, including public and private cord blood banks, and your doctor can help you find the one that is best for you and your family.

You’d never skimp on your baby’s health and safety, but there are ways that you can keep yourself and your child healthy without breaking the bank. It’s all about knowing where to splurge and where to save. Follow these tips to be a healthy mommmy with a healthy little daughter on a healthy budget!

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26

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