Rock & Roll Virginia Beach 1/2 Marathon 9/1/14

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This was my 10th half marathon and 3rd Rock ‘N’ Roll Virginia Beach 1/2 Marathon, I also ran in 2011 (2:08:19) and 2013 (2:16:12).  My in-laws have a time share in Virginia Beach and this is their week, so when I go I have been ending my vacation with this race.  This year I even managed to recruit my husband to run the 5K.  This race is notorious for it’s hot and humid weather, but this particular week was so beautiful I thought I might escape the humidity and have a great race, no such See MORE ->

Honor National Pain Awareness Month 2014 by joining Backjoy’s #PainFreePledge

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Disclosure:  Backjoy provided me with product for my review and the giveaway, all opinions are my own. September is National Pain Awareness Month and as a nurse I am all too familiar with the effects of pain and poor pain management.  Chronic pain an affect us all and accounts for the primary cause of missed workdays in America.  I am personally familiar with back pain as I have suffered from chronic lower back pain on and off since I was 19 years old.  I can tell that my chiropractor is See MORE ->

AMRAP Bars Review & Giveaway

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Disclosure:  I was provided with AMRAP bars for my review and giveaway, all opinions are my own. I had the opportunity to try out AMRAP bars prior to their official release and all I can say is they are awesome!  I have been cleaning up my diet over the past few months and these bars came into my life at the perfect time.  The nutritional value of most “nutrition” bars is equivalent to that of a candy bar and to make matters worse, their ingredients leave little to be desired.  AMRAP bars See MORE ->

Nutrition Challenges

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My nutritional intake has been off kilter for a while. Pretty much up until August when I started my Crossfit’s nutrition challenge, I just ate anything I wanted without regard to the nutritional content.  As you can imagine this left me feeling less than stellar, plus I was not achieving any of my physical goals.  I begged my Crossfit to do a nutrition challenge so that I could get myself back on track and they did!!! The unfortunate part of this particular challenge was that the See MORE ->

I Am Back!

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Hey all!!!!  I am back from vacation!!!  I am happy, relaxed and savoring every last moment until I resume “real” life tomorrow.  I will just shortly recap some of my adventures in Virginia Beach, with a full recap of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach half coming later in the week.  Plus, I am pretty sure I forgot to recap the Color Me Rad 5K, so I plan to share that later this week too! My first run In Virginia, 5 miles on the sand! Enjoying my favorite beachfront meal, See MORE ->

On Vacation

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This week I am on vacation in Virginia.  I will be running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon on Sunday.  This will probably be my only post for the week as I plan to just run and relax!  I hope you all have a great week! See MORE ->

Weekly Workout Wrap-Up, NYC Marathon Edition Week 12

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This post is a little late, but better late than never, right?! Another week down and a pretty successful one as far as I am concerned.  Tuesday’s track workout was rough.  I did 200x15 with a 1:20 time allotment for each 200.  Since I did the 200’s in between 54-58 seconds, I was left with only about 20-25 seconds of rest in between each 200.  This was an amazing anaerobic workout that my coach, Fred from We Are Athletes Racing Team, gave me.  The only issue I had See MORE ->

Running for a Cause #Run10Feed10

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Disclosure:  As a Women’s Health Action Hero I received my race entry for free.  I also receive incentives for fundraising and recruitment. Raising money for charity does not come easily to me, unless I really believe in the cause.  I always pick and choose very carefully what organizations to raise money for and support.  Run 10 Feed 10 is one of those causes that I truly believe in and know that the money raised will go to a good cause, fighting domestic hunger.  On See MORE ->

Rules of the Track

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With marathon training in full swing I have been spending a decent amount of time on my local track doing speed work.  Unfortunately, I find myself getting annoyed and frustrated by other people on the track that are not following the “rules”, which leads to walkers and slow runners getting directly in the way of my workout. I want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, because there are no signs directing people on how to appropriately workout on the track and when I explained the See MORE ->

Weekly Workout Wrap-Up, NYC Marathon Edition Week 13

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This week was rough to say the least.  I managed to get in one good workout with the We Are Athletes Racing Team in Farmingdale Tuesday night and then it all went to s*%t.  I missed my tempo run on Thursday due to soreness and I did only one crossfit workout because my shoulder was bothering me, yes I am falling apart.  Sunday I attempted my long run and about 1.5 miles in I developed a cramp in my right side that was excruciating.  It was not a normal side stitch and I ended See MORE ->

Why I Run with PRO Compression

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Disclosure:  I received calf sleeves for review at no charge, I have purchased many PRO Compression socks with my own my money too.  All opinions are 100% my own and are from my own experiences with PRO Compression. I have been a fan of PRO Compression for many years, it was actually one of the first compression socks I bought and loved!  I wear PRO compression while I am running, when I am at work (I am a nurse), and even when I am resting.  I love all the colors and options to select See MORE ->

Weekly Workout Wrap-Up, NYC Marathon Edition Week 14

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Three months remain until the NYC Marathon and I am beyond excited!  Week 14 was okay, the workouts were tough, especially the 10 miler, but the marathon is going to be tough too, so I just sucked it up and pushed through!  I read an interesting article on Competitor.com, “Are You Overemphasizing The Marathon Long Run?”.  This article has made me reconsider any long run over three hours and it is not the article alone, I have heard from many coaches that there is no benefit to a See MORE ->