Category Archives: Running

Product Review: Mobidri Towel (And a Half Marathon Recap)

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The Mobidri Stays Tucked Away, No Problem

The Mobidri Stays Tucked Away, No Problem

This past weekend I checked off a major goal, I ran a half marathon! I added this to my list of accomplishments I wanted to have before turning 30 but really, it was about accomplishing it for me. Even if I didn’t make it before 30 for some reason, I still wanted to do that run.

I wrote all about my race on Mumbling Mommy in a post titled Dear Fibromyalgia, I Won!

I’ve talked about my running gear before but for this post, I want to talk about a new addition to my lineup, the Mobidri towel. If you don’t know already, the Mobidri towel is “highly technical, water-resistant on the inner, super absorbent on the outer, thin, lightweight and designed to stay with you.” So it’s a sweat rag, right? That’s what I thought at first too. And then I spent 14 weeks of training with it. This is NOT your average sweat rag.  Read the rest of this entry

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Writer Road Trip: 50 Shades of Mommy Wars

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Writer Road TripThis month has been a very trying month for me. First, all the sudden there is an uproar about moms wearing yoga pants, then there was a measles outbreak at Disneyland and the whole country went crazy and finally, the movie “50 Shades of Grey” came out in theaters and people POUNCED. I try really hard to remain neutral because I’m a blogger and I often have to represent both sides in my social media freelance work but when posts get completely overwhelming like they have been, I take a different approach: I leave social media altogether. No one in my real life is going to bring up these controversial topics and if they do, it’s with a mutual agreement that we love and care about each enough to empathize, respect and stop before feelings get hurt. Guess what? Posts on the internet that make money off of people viewing and sharing them aren’t too concerned about people’s feelings getting hurt. There are the few gems but let’s face it, anything you read in a blog should be taken in with a grain of salt. And I’m a blogger. I can say that.

Frustrated with the ongoing, never-ending mommy wars, I took a new fun spin on it and created my latest post for Mumbling Mommy. Go check it out, 50 Shades of Mommy Wars. You won’t regret it.

Writer Road Trip: Ever Wonder What My Typical Day Looks Like?

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Writer Road TripFor the past three years, I’ve written and posted a piece on Mumbling Mommy describing a day in my life. I started these posts when Pink and Purple were just a few months old and my days consisted literally of feeding them. As our girls have grown, our days started revolving around school drop off and pick up for Orange and now, there are so many things going on in our lives, I wouldn’t even be able to pinpoint just exactly what this sample day is about. Let’s just say I stay busy. My life is fantastic and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

5:45 a.m. – Wake-up time. I dress quickly and head downstairs for half marathon training. Today I put in 2 miles. It’s my “easy run” day since I have to do strength training, too.

6:30 a.m. – Run is over. Fastest treadmill time thus far. I’m feeling really good. Time to stretch and then get in 10 minutes or so of meditation.

7:00 a.m. – Time for my shower. It’s just a quick 5-minute rinse off. I only wash my hair a couple of times a week and today isn’t one of them.

7:15 a.m. – I’m dressed, the bed is made and I hop on my phone for a few minutes to get some social media posts scheduled (Some of my paid freelance work.)

7:30 a.m. – I wake up my 3-year-old twin daughters and almost-6-year-old daughter. We have a morning routine that includes bathroom breaks, making beds and getting dressed.

8:00 a.m – Everyone is dressed, so downstairs we go. I make the girls small bowls of Nature’s Path Whole O’s (They are like Cheerios but organic and gluten-free.) I top them with honey and some dried cherries and almond milk. On the side, they each want a handful of dried blueberries, a banana and a handful of cashews. They all choose grape juice to drink this morning. (We water it down still, even for my older daughter.)

8:15 a.m. – I quickly scramble up some egg whites for myself and eat them alongside some acorn squash I had previously baked. I enjoy a hot cup of peppermint tea as well. As I finally sit down to eat, the girls skip away from the table with full bellies. I send my oldest off to pack her backpack and then to orchestrate teeth brushing for herself and her sisters.

8:30 a.m. – I pack a lunch and snack for my kindergartner and run up the stairs to grab my shoes and get shoes for all the girls, too.

8:40 a.m. – Out the door we go for school drop off.

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My Countdown to 30: Happy Birthday All Year Long!

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An Aging Beauty: Yes, I'm Full of Myself

An Aging Beauty: Yes, I’m Full of Myself

A little over a month ago, I celebrated my 29th birthday. I am not afraid of getting older. Honestly, I think the only person that still believes I’m not already in my thirties is my mom and really, it’s just because she gave birth to me. I don’t exactly act like your typical twenty something. I married at 20 and settled quickly into adulthood because that is exactly what I wanted to do with my life. My bachelor’s degree reads my married name, not my maiden like most people I graduated with. Life isn’t a competition. I am an old soul. I know this. I always have been. I’m mature way beyond my actual age so who really cares if I turn 30 on my next birthday?

Still, I thought it would be fun to celebrate the event with some kind of important accomplishments. I’m already happily married with plenty of kids so you won’t see any of those milestones on my list but after spending the last month really thinking things over, I came up with 5 things I want to do before I turn 30, 5 personal development things that matter only to me. You can search for ideas on Pinterest. It’s really an interesting collection of bucket list items, traveling to foreign countries, charity work, savings, life events: it’s pretty extensive. Anyway, here is my list, in no particular order:

1. Run a 1/2 marathon. I will train this winter and sign up for a local race in April. I already have many plans in place to accomplish this one. Read the rest of this entry

National Stroller Running Day

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National Stroller Running Day

For all my running friends, check out this great event!

Journey To the Finish Line

Recently, I was accepted to be a part of the Sweat Pink ambassador program. As an ambassador, sometimes you have the opportunity to participate in reviews and programs, but mostly it is just nice to have a group of women who are as passionate (if not more) about fitness as I feel.

One of the things I was excited about after the birth of the twins was the ability to run with them.

Twins first 5k Twins first 5k

Last winter we ran a couple of 5k’s. We haven’t done as much stroller running lately because the summer was so hot, but as the temperatures drop again, I plan to take them out more often.

A few awesome people and companies (BOBNew BalanceFit4MomMoms Little Running BuddyLinkouture and Run Stroller Run) have come together to create National Stroller Running Day, which will be on…

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Guest Post: Exercise Tips for the Busy Mothers

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by Erika Schmidt

Busy TipsBeing a mother is no easy task – especially when there are little kids involved and a career. Most mothers would prefer to stay at home and work full-time being a mother than to continue with a career and leave their kids at home in the hands of a stranger or in this case, a babysitter or leaving them in child care centers. Sometimes a mother gets too focused on caring for her kids that they forget to care for themselves. As a mother, to be able to care for your kids more, it is advisable to stay healthy and fit. Although going to the gym might not be a good idea while you leave the kids at home; there are still ways where you can exercise with your kids.   Read the rest of this entry

30 Day Challenge – Running Style

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I need a good jump start to my routine. Now that we have moved and are settling in, running needs to become a priority again for my health and mental well being. I love running but have had to push it aside. I’m excited to be joining in on this challenge to get my muscles back in the game. Princess Daddy is accepting the challenge with me, will you?

Journey To the Finish Line

Admit it.

You’ve completed tried at least one of those 30 day challenges.

The ab challenge. (yup)

The squat challenge (kinda)

The plank challenge (kinda)

The arm challenge (nope – I get enough arm challenge carrying twin toddlers thank you)

I follow quite a few fitness and running fanatics on twitter, one of which is Kinetic Revolution. He offers a free 30 day challenge that he claims will change your running. Run Faster. Run Stronger. Or so he says.

Historically, I am not very flexible. Yoga has helped this some, but even my once a week practices start out pretty awkwardly. I’m stretching almost every day, but I’m told by my chiropractor at every visit that I’m still too tight (ugh). Since I’m really focused on trying to keep running without injuring myself again, I thought I’d give this a try.

The first week focuses on Basic Mobility and…

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Twilight Run: A Family Running Event

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Our Happy Runner Family

Our Happy Runner Family

This past Spring, on May 17th, I completed my second 10k run. This one was a local event and featured runners of all different fitness levels AND it was held at night. I was a little skeptical about having enough energy in the evening but having the cooler temperatures and better shaded patches was wonderful. Princess Daddy also ran the 10k, also his second. My official time was 1:18:27. My average pace was 12:38 min/mil. This was 10 seconds faster than my average pace for my first 10k. Score! Princess Daddy also CRUSHED his personal record. I can’t recall his exact stats but he took off a good 10 minutes if I remember correctly.

At the last-minute, on the Friday before the race, Orange voiced that she really wanted to run as well. She had started to do a lot of running with us and she is a strong little thing. The event hosted a 1 mile fun run complete with a t-shirt and finisher’s medal. It was the perfect first race for Orange. Read the rest of this entry

When You Fail Your Own Challenge

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When You Fail Your Own Challenge

A reminder that we all have good days and bad days (or bad weeks. Or months) The most important thing is to refocus and keep pushing forward.

I myself had a GREAT first week in the challenge, an okay second week. And then, here we are at June and I don’t even remember making goals for weeks 3 and 4. Oops.

We are human. We fail. And then we get back up.

May Health & Fitness Challenge (Week Two Complete)

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May Health & Fitness Challenge (Week Two Complete)

Another week down! My goals last week were much the same as the previous week but I definitely didn’t do as well.

That’s life though folks. Health is about the overall impact. Each day matters, yes but we are all still human. We did yoga on Monday as planned but did no other workouts this week. It WAS still a great week though in the end because we ran our second 10k and both had personal records. (Blog coming soon.)

My focus this week is going to be biking and nutrition. Giving the running a rest after a strong finish. Have a great week!