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Friday Five and The Runners Choice Review!

Blogging fail!  Time has flown by and I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks!  Here is what has been going on since we last chatted.

1.  I was given the opportunity to review “The Runner’s Choice” a couple months ago and am just now getting the chance to write about it.

“The Runner’s Choice – Foot Massage in a Bottle

The Runner’s Choice is for the discomfort of sore feet. It is designed for people who jog 3 miles or more at a time or for people who are on their feet all day. After you try this product for the first time, you will be back for more.”

“The Runner’s Choice is scientifically formulated with 100% natural botanical oils of almond, eucalyptus, eucalyptol, wintergreen, peppermint and spearmint. It is designed for people that run 3 miles or more at a time or for those that are on their feet all day.”

The Runner's Choice

When I first opened the bottle I was a bit worried because the smell was quite strong.  But once I put it on my feet the smell leveled out.  I have issues with PF and although the bottle doesn’t specifically say it helps with PF I feel like it definitely soothed my PF.

I started using it about a month ago after my longer runs.  I would shower and then rub it on my feet, then put socks on so that it didn’t get on the carpet;)  I actually enjoyed the minty smell and the oils seemed to relax and sooth my feet.  This reminds me of my Tommie Copper calf sleeves.  I don’t know how it works exactly but it does:)

I have been using it pretty much every time I run and my feet, although not completely ache free, feel pretty darn good!  I haven’t felt the need to ice them which is a good sign:)

The only thing that rubbed me the wrong way is that they use the word “jog” in their description;)  I really hate that word!  I guess I can look past that since it makes my feet feel better:)

  • For a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle ($19.95 value). They said they would love to have my readers try out The Runner’s Choice and agreed to send one bottle FREE if my readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge ($7.95). This is a one-time only offer! Click here to get your FREE bottle now!

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2.  I ran a 10 miler on Sunday and it went pretty well.  I am thinking about skipping the fueling for my race since I have been feeling pretty good without any fuel on my long runs lately.  The last time I ran the NODM I felt like the Sharkies contributed to my dehydration.  So, I am going to go without and concentrate on better hydration during the race.


3.  There is a section on the side of my house that gets overrun by weeds.  I tackled it a couple days ago and found a few friends.  I swear the salamander looked at me like he was going to jump on me, but I know that it can’t move that fast.  It still creeped me out;)

salamander4.  I have gone 5 days now without caffeine and have had a headache pretty much every day!  Ugh!   I’m hoping I am  over the hump, so far so good today.

5.  I’m pretty sure Adrian got stung by a bee yesterday.  Her face swelled up pretty good but she didn’t seem to be bothered by it other than scratching a bit.  Lucky for her, I have a stockpile of almost every dog medicine imaginable, so I gave her one of Rocky’s allergy meds.  Yes, a vet would suggest otherwise.  But, the last time I took Rocky in for something similar (just to be safe), I spent $250 for them to give him pretty much the same meds we have at home:/  I’m happy to say that the swelling is down and she seems to be on the mend:)  If you want a chuckle, google “dog bee stings”.  There are some pretty funny pics in the top 2-3 rows, but don’t scroll down any further.  Weird things start popping up.

That’s all for now.  What has been happening with you lately?  Has your pet ever been stung?  Did you go to the vet or take care of it on your own?  Do you fuel for your half marathons?  Have you tried “The Runner’s Choice“?

Have a great day and happy running!

I was given a bottle of “The Runner’s Choice” for free for review from Trusted Health Products.  All opinions are my own.

Wear Your Orange for Colton 5k

On Saturday August 9th I will be running the “Run With Heart 5k” AKA “Wear Your Orange for Colton 5k” to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The race is located at McCollum Park 600 128th Street SE Everett, WA 98204 and starts at 9:00am.

Sadly I am not in fast 5k race shape, but it will still be an awesome race!  I always love seeing a sea of Colton’s Army orange:)

coltons army

This is how Colton’s Army rolls;)

Unfortunately Colton is in the hospital receiving chemo which makes this race even more important.  If you are in the area, please come out and join us:)  Or run a virtual race at home and be sure to wear your orange!  If you are interested in ordering Colton’s Army gear you can go to Coltonsarmy.com

Or if you are interested in donating directly to Colton’s Medical fund you can go here:

Get Fundraising Ideas from GiveForward

Have a great day and happy running!


How to Start 2014 Off Right!

I don’t know how “normal” people start their year off right, but I know how I do it, I sign up for a race!  Woohoo!  I just signed up for the North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon!  This will be my 3rd time running this race and, after running over 40 races in my lifetime, it is still my favorite one:)  As a side note, if you are interested in running NODM, you can get  $5 off the half marathon and $10 off the marathon using coupon code HNY2014 at checkout.


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break and a fun night last night.  It was pretty uneventful here.  A little teenage drama and some great fireworks at midnight makes for a fun interesting evening;)

So, how do you start your New Year off right?  Do you make resolutions or goals for the New Year?  I don’t really make resolutions, but I have goals that I strive for.

I also wanted to let everyone know there is still time to sign up to join my Dietbet challenge.  I changed the start date to January 6th so the kids would be back in school.  It’s always easier to start a workout plan etc. when the kids are on a regular schedule:)  Go here to read more and sign up!


That’s all for now.  If you signed up for a race tell me about it:)  What race and why?

Have a great day and happy running!

How to Stay Motivated in the New Year

Yesterday was filled with wrapping and cleaning and basically that was it.  With the boys home all day the house seems to never be clean!  Add friends to that and the house looks like a disaster.

By the end of the day I hadn’t exercised and I felt like a blob.  I was tired, and just wanted to finally shower and sit on the couch.  I sat for a while and had a little conversation in my head.  Basically I told myself “How are you going to reach your goals if you just sit on the couch and do nothing?”

Even though it was after 5:00pm (I don’t usually exercise in the evenings) I got up, got my workout clothes on, and headed to the garage for a workout.  I could have made excuses.  My music player was still in my car from bootcamp 2 days before, and the car was parked outside, not in the garage.  It was cold.  I was tired.  But, I had to decide what was more important.

So, I ended up running 3 miles on the treadmill and added some arms and abs work.  I could have done more, but I am happy that I got off the couch and did something.

Motivation is sometimes hard to come by.  We really need to get it from inside ourselves.  Outside forces can help, but when we can’t find it outside or that just isn’t enough, we need to rely on ourselves to get us through.  We need to rely on ourselves to ultimately reach our goals and push past our limits.

Starting in the New Year I have a couple of things to help me stay motivated but I will be the one who keeps myself on track and accountable.

1.  I am hosting a Dietbet challenge starting January 1st.  I have bet $25 that I can lose 4% of my weight in 4 weeks.  I was successful in my last challenge and so were many others that participated.  Would you like to join me in getting healthy in the New Year?  I will be including 2 workouts a week for all of my participants and there will be fun prizes to be won!

dietbet2.  I am participating in Laura’s “January 21-Day Reset” to detoxify my mind, body and spirit:)  Go check it out!

WINTER-682x10243.  I have races on the horizon.  There’s nothing like signing up for a race to keep you motivated:)

4.  I have made the “marathon” decision!  I will be running a marathon in 2014.  My #1 race that I will plan to run is the “Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon” but if that doesn’t pan out, my #2 might be Eugene.  Yikes!

So how do you plan to stay motivated in 2014?  Can you rely on yourself to stay motivated or do you have outside factors that help you along?  Do you have any big fitness goals for the New Year?

Have a  great day and happy running!

Have You Ever…and a Detox!

I don’t have any rants that I can remember at the moment so I thought it would be fun to ask you some questions about your racing experience:)  Here goes:

Have you ever…

…gone to the bathroom along the race course (not in a port-a-potty)? I have gone in the bushes before the race because the lines were too long at the port-a potties;)

…fallen during a race? No but almost.

…completed a triathlon?  Yes!

…run a full marathon?  Yes:)

…placed in your AG?  Yes, once I placed 3rd in my AG but I think there were only 4 ladies in my AG;)

…run a race in a costume?  Not quite a costume, but I have dressed up before:)

…run a race in a different country?  No, but I would like to.

…gotten lost along the race course?  No, luckily;)

…run a trail race?  No, but that is on my to-do list.

…run a  race barefoot?  Not going to happen!

Feel free to answer 1 or all below:)

I also wanted to mention that I am so excited to be participating in Laura’s “January Reset 21 Day Challenge” to detoxify your body mind and spirit!

WINTER-682x1024Here is a little bit more about Laura’s challenge:

“What is it?

* A whole foods detox to cleanse your body, mind and spirit

* Meal plans to energize and lighten you, while releasing stored toxins from holiday indulgences

* Guidance to rebuild your healthy gut and attack the yeast overgrowth

* Group support and tips to keep you motivated and committed

* Opportunities to share our challenges and work on more positive messages to ourselves


 Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to replenish their body with good things after the holidays.

With a special focus on:

1) A Happier gut (if you feel bloated or want to tackle belly bulge, we’ll look at common reasons for both)

2) Boosting our Self Image (I’ll include exercises for letting go of the negativity and learning to appreciate ourselves wherever we are in our journey)


When is it?

The group detox will run together from Monday, January 6th through Sunday, January 25th.”


I am participating in the Group Coaching Detox and I am so ready to get started.  Lately I have been feeling bloated and tired and I am looking forward to feeling more energized and better about my body!

If you are ready for a change, Laura has offered my readers a $10 discount if you register by Sunday the 15th.  Just go here to register and enter the word “earlybird“:)

Have a great day and happy running!


Wordless Wednesday


Things I Learned Over the Weekend

After running the NODM on Sunday I realized I learned so many things about myself and about running.

1.  I shouldn’t do a 4 minute lunge session the day before a race.

2.  I should charge my Garmin for more than 2 hours before a half marathon. (It died at mile 11).

3.  Running over 2 hours hurts more than running less than 2 hours. (I guess I already knew this one)

4.  I am an expert at blowing snot rockets. (TMI?) I’m sure the other racers loved running near me;)

5.  Trying to cough and run at the same time is really annoying!

6.  I should never look inside a port a potty toilet unless I want to dry heave the entire time I am in there.

7.  This race made me confident I can run another full.

8.  I would love to be a pacer at a race sometime.

9.  There is nothing stronger than the runner’s spirit!  There was an older man shuffling towards the finish bent in half to the side.  Something must have happened during the race, since his wife came running out from the crowd trying to help him and he waved her off.  All he wanted to do was finish the race and he was going to go through severe pain to get there.  2 helpers came out and helped him across the finish line and into the medical tent.

I stood at the finish line watching people cross over and over again imagining what each runners’ story was.  I had tears in my eyes the entire time.  Running a race is such an amazing experience, I wish everyone could taste the joy of crossing the finish line of a race at least once in their lifetime:)

Have you ever learned something about yourself after running a race?  Are you a skilled snot-rocketer or do you bring tissues on your runs?  Do you tear up when you watch runners cross the finish line?

Today is National Running Day, how many miles will you run to celebrate?  Have a great day and happy running!



North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon Recap

Wow that’s a long name!  As you all know I was a little nervous for this race since I had been sick for 2 weeks leading up to it, and hadn’t run that entire time.  Yikes!  But, I decided to relax and run it with my friend Suzy, just for fun.  Since I still had a cough, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t PR so I just wanted to enjoy my time along this amazingly beautiful course.

This is the second time I have run this race and it is still my all time favorite.  We make it a girl’s weekend and take the ferry over Saturday afternoon for the Sunday morning race.  We always have a blast!

I do have to mention that Saturday morning I also taught bootcamp.  I made the mistake of performing the lunge track with my bootcampers and by the evening my glutes and inner thighs were screaming.  Oops!

Here are a few pics to show you how the weekend went:) Enjoy!


On the ferry


Our traditional night before the race beer:)


Setting up some Colton’s Army balloons along the race course.


Waiting for the race to start.


Awesome sign along the course:)

I didn’t take any pictures, but there was a slight caterpillar issue while we were there.  It was like we were running through a caterpillar battle field.  They were everywhere and we couldn’t help but step on them throughout the course.  Sorry caterpillars;(


We did it! Post race photo:)

I felt great the entire time and had fun just taking it at a relaxing pace.  In the last mile I sprinted to the finish so I could take a video of my friends and it felt so good to pass people at the end;)  I didn’t end up counting, but I’m sure it was at least 20 people.  Luckily I finished with enough time to catch them at the finish!

The weather was amazing and the company was even better.  This is definitely an annual event for me.  I am hoping next year I will be shooting for a PR again:)

The race medals and shirts for the NODM are the best I have ever received.  The course support is awesome and at the end you get your own personal escort to hand you a Gatorade and tell you where to go for food/massages/etc.  It is amazing!


This is the back of the shirt. Super soft, long sleeve, with thumb holes!


Stained glass medal. So cool!

On the way home, I had my pic taken with my favorite troll and  lumberjack:)



I was sad to see the weekend end, but back to real life I go.  I can’t wait until next year!

Have you ever ran this race?  Do you have an all time favorite race?  Do you take pictures with random statues like I do?  Don’t you just love that troll?  I think he is so cute!

Have a great day and happy running!

I Beat the Bridge!

I woke up at 6am on Sunday morning to get ready for the Beat The Bridge 8k.  My whole family was planning to run it.  But, when I went in to wake up my youngest son, his skin was on fire and the thermometer confirmed that he would not be running the race that morning:(  He was very disappointed since he loves to run.

My husband stayed home with my youngest, and even though I was at the beginning stages of Bronchitis, I decided I would take my oldest son to the race.  He was fine, and really wanted to PR.  So, I had 3 choices:

1.  Go to the race and run it all out.  Since I was sick and haven’t trained very well, there was a slim to none chance that I would have a respectable time.

2.  Take my son and be a spectator.

3.  Pace my son to an awesome PR!

Obviously I chose #3.  To be honest beating the bridge is not very hard.  As long as you don’t get stuck in the back of the 5000 participants you should have no problem crossing the bridge with plenty of time to spare.


Insane right?!  This is just a fraction of the crowd.  I was hoping to meet a fellow Seattle blogger, but once my son and I arrived I knew there was no way I would  see anyone I knew.  We grabbed our packets, I returned the 2 we weren’t using, and handed back my timing chip.  I was here as a pacer, there was no need for me to be timed.

We could barely move within this crowd, but I bulldozed my way to the race start, hopped the fence and we were ready to run.  The horn went off for our time wave and so our race began.  I don’t ever remember the crowds being so huge.  This was our 3rd time running this race and I felt very claustrophobic.  I will think twice before signing up next year because of the enormous crowds.  I do think that at a certain point the race entrants need to be limited.  Although this is for a great cause, and the draw to raise as much money as possible is tempting, the enjoyment of the race participants should be considered as well.

We went at a faster pace up until the bridge and once we passed the bridge we settled into a steady comfortable pace for the last 3 miles.  My son did awesome and he sprinted to the finish for a 10 minute PR!  I was so proud of him!

I wish I would have taken more pictures, but I wasn’t feeling well, and was lucky to get the one above.  The crowds continued after the race.  As I tried to leave, I realized there was only one exit point out of the stadium and the crowd was at a standstill.  All I wanted to do was get in my warm car and go home, but I had to patiently move at a snail’s pace for 10-15 minutes until I finally got out of the stadium and was able to walk to my car.

As you all know, I am not a fan of large crowds, so this event ended up being a bit stressful.  This is usually a really fun event and I hope that the race directors figure out a way to better deal with the crowds.

All in all I am glad we ran it.  My son’s PR was well worth the stress and other issues.

So, have you ever ran a race while sick?  Which option would you have chosen?  Do you like the bigger races or do you prefer the smaller ones?

Have a great day and happy running!

St. Patty’s Day Virtual

On Sunday I put on my green shirt and St. Patty’s Day socks and ran the “St. Patrick’s Day Virtual” hosted by Jill and Jen for their 13 in 2013 series.  Sometimes I wonder what my neighbors think as they see me run by in all these interesting outfits:)  It’s usually just the socks that are different than “normal”  runners, but I like to have fun when I run especially when racing.


My youngest son took this pic:)   I laugh at the fact that I ask my kids to take pics of me so I can post them.  They are used to it and don’t even blink when I ask.  I guess that’s our “normal”:)

I ran 4.5 miles total and used 5k of the run as my virtual.  I took it slow and easy and had a great time.  The last half mile I ran a 7:45 pace just in time to make it to the bathroom.  For some reason, my stomach wasn’t happy that I was running.  Usually, it takes over 7 miles to make my stomach upset.  Not sure what happened.

I hope everyone had a fun and green St. Patrick’s Day.  Who else ran?  Do you like to wear fun socks when you race or do you look at people like me and laugh inside?  That’s okay, I love making people smile:)

Have a great day and happy running!