Training Weeks 7 & On …

This post will suffice for the remainder of my training. The hubs started traveling again for work at the beginning of this month, which meant I had to alter my training schedule a bit. Sadly, I’m not running in the mornings anymore since it’s just me & my 2 boys during the week. Instead, I’ve been hitting up my T25 dvd’s hard-core, even doubling up on days that aren’t Friday. I like my fit self! 🙂

On Saturday’s or Sunday’s I’ve been logging miles. Week 7 was a nice 5 mile run. Week 8 I managed 3.1 in the rain and this Saturday, week 7 was an easy 7 miles. I’m hoping to get in another 9 mile run this Saturday so I can have two 9 mile runs under my belt before race day. This time last year I wouldn’t have thought I ‘d be logging this many miles in one run, but I’m so glad I am.


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Training Weeks 5 & 6 Pictorial

Hey Hey Hey!!!! So week 5 was great! I hit my mile goals and felt great with all of my runs!!!


Week 5

Week 6 on the other hand was a bit different. I woke up too late on Tuesday to do the full 7 miles so I did a portion and then on Friday it just didn’t happen. I think the idea of having to run 4 miles and then 9 miles on Saturday got in my head. Running for me truly is a mind over matter game and I let my mind get to me. Nonetheless, the week was productive.


Week 6

Weeks 7 & 8 are coming shortly. I can’t believe how fast the Hot Chocolate 15k is approaching.

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FabFest 2014 Recap

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Lindsay Avner, Founder/CEO Bright Pink

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!!!

Last month I had the awesome privilege to join the Fit4Mom FabFest 2014 team. As a team we raised over $10k for Bright Pink and to bring awareness to breast and ovarian cancer to young women. It was great to be apart of such a great fundraiser for a wonderful organization.

FabFest 2014 opened with an awe-inspiring speech from Founder/CEO, Lindsay Avner. Her family history of breast and ovarian cancer propelled her to be proactive in her decision-making around her health. In turn she wanted other women to be proactive and be aware so they can ask their doctors educated question. Her strength is admiring and moving and I was glad to be in her presence. Great & blessed woman!


Bright Pink is on a mission to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age.

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Kathryn Budig – Aim True. Stay True.

Next we had a wonderful yoga session with Kathryn Budig, and in one word she is AWESOME.

Before we started yoga, Kathryn, wanted us to focus on a few intentions for our yoga practice.

Aim True. Stay True.

1) those you love

2) those you dislike – they are your teachers too

3) yourself – be strong in who you are and know you can do anything you put your mind too

This spoke to me. In everything we do there is/should be an intention behind it. Keep all intentions positive, even the negative thoughts that might creep in. Turn those into positives as well. Basically, I loved every minute of her session. She’s powerful, funny and light-hearted and made yoga more meaningful for me.

There were also sessions by the Daily Method and Shred 415. I stepped out and stumbled on a Surf Fit class. I was very excited to finally try the class since I had blogged about wanting to take one 2 years ago. It’s not at all easy but loads of fun! 🙂


Surf Fit session – photo credit FabFest 2014 photographer



Surf Fit session – photo credit FabFest 2014 photographer

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Please be sure to check out Bright Pink, knowledge is POWER!

If you haven’t donated and still would like to, please head over to my donation page. I’m accepting donations until October 7th, 2014. 


NRC + Wk 4 Training Recap

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Brooks Ravenna5

This post is well over do…

YAYAYAYA! I finally have new running shoes. It only took some knee pain in my right knee to get me to go to the store. 🙂 Nonetheless I have new sneakers and they fit and feel so great. I ventured over to Naperville Running Company on my lunch break to get fitted. I hadn’t been fitted for shoes since 2011 and that’s a serious shame. The look on the sales associate face when I told her that, was priceless. I promptly followed with, “but I’ve only been running/training seriously since May of this year”. To my surprise, sneakers have a shelf-life y’all. Did you know that? Basically after a year of being on your “shelf” and worn moderately the cushion in the shoe starts to wear. Hence why, they say you should get new shoes every year or every 300 – 500 miles. After we chatted for a bit about my exercise regimen and how many miles I run per week. I took off my sandals and proceeded to walk 10 or so paces away from her and then back. After that she asked if I had a brand preference, I’m really glad I said, no. 🙂

She brought out 4 pairs of shoes: 1) Nike Lunarglide (newest version), 2) Saucony, 3) Mizuno and 4) Brooks Revenna5. I tried on the Nike’s on my left foot and the Mizuno’s on the right. The Nike’s were heavy and bulky and the Mizuno’s felt lighter so I switched my left foot to the Saucony’s and they felt better than the Mizuno’s so I switched my right foot to the Brooks and DING DING DING!!!!

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Me running – see the slight point to the right on my right foot

The Brooks felt secure and light, like I was walking on a cloud.  I put both pair of Brooks Ravenna5’s on and headed over to the treadmill. I started running for literally 15-30 seconds and the sales associate asked if my knee pain was in my right knee. I said, yes and asked her how she knew. She stopped the treadmill and proceeded to run the tape back to show me exactly how I run. My left foot lands in straight line and doesn’t pronate much. My right foot lands pointed slightly to the right. I also found out that pronating is very normal and everyone does it. I over-pronate a little, which means I need a shoe with more stability in the heel.

After my much needed lesson, we talked race supplements since, my training is calling for runs longer than 6 miles. To my surprise I picked up the Cliff shot blocks. They are like gummies and I’m not a gummy person at all but they tasted good and didn’t get stuck in my teeth. I will be trying a few others in the near future as I don’t think energy gummies is a good idea in my house with a 4 year old, who sometimes sneaks his treats before asking for one. 🙂

Now on to my Week 4 training. I only missed 1 workout due to knee pain and I didn’t want to chance a full blown injury so I waited to run until I had my new shoes. Wednesday’s run I did on the treadmill during lunch because it was raining that morning and probably a good idea. Friday and  Saturday, I hit the streets and felt great during my longest run EVER, of 8 miles early Saturday morning. I was OMG proud of my self for keeping somewhat of a consistent pace and running the entire 8 miles. I was able to get in 2 yoga sessions and 1 cross-training session with my KB Scorcher Series as well.

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Week 4 – Complete

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Accomplishment #smashinggoals

Have you ever been to a running store to get fit for sneakers? How did you like it? 

15k Training: Week 3

I finished week 3 and I’m feeling OK. I started getting some stiffness/soreness in my right knee which I think is related to my running shoes. I’ve had them since 2011. Don’t judge me. LOL Back then I wasn’t training nor exercising, let alone running consistently. Now, that exercise and running has become a part of my life I’m going to have to get some new running shoes soon (most likely today), so that this knee issue doesn’t turn into an injury.

Week 3 was Build A Base week. I like how each week you are setting out and accomplishing a small goal that will lead to the ultimate goal of your race. All of my runs were in the morning some before 6am. 🙂 I really enjoy morning runs & workouts. I killed my long run on Saturday, a comfortable pace, 6 mile run. It felt great to be able to run non-stop. Next week is an 8 mile run. I’ll have to see how my knees are doing but I’m sure I’ll be good to do a nice run/walk pace if need be.

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Week 3 Recap

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This weeks motivation

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Kettlebell Kickboxing POWER – cross-training