What I Learned From Running 20 Miles

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Tuesday I ran my last long training run for the NYC Marathon and my longest run ever.  I would love to say that it was 20 miles of pure bliss, but that would be a lie.  During a 20 mile solo training run there is a lot of time to think and here is what I learned during that time: 20 miles is really far just in case you were questioning that fact.  I think because I mostly drive everywhere I take for granted how far twenty miles actually is, but no more.  Below is a map view See MORE ->

My Long Run Essentials plus a Giveaway

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Disclosure: Tune Belt provided me with their product at no charge for my review.  They also provided the giveaway item.  All opinions are 100% my own. Training for the NYC Marathon has tested both my physical and mental strength, especially during training runs over 13 miles.  I have no control over the weather during these runs, but gear and fuel is all on me and during these long training runs it is essential to have the right gear and fuel in order for it to be successful.  After quite See MORE ->

My First 18 Miles

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I would love to say that this run was perfect and I felt ready for the NYC Marathon, but I can’t.  I hadn’t been feeling great all week, but I had already missed a week of training and I needed to run this one no matter what, so despite feeling crappy, I headed out Sunday morning anyway.  This was one of those runs that I pretty much felt tortured by mile 3 and struggled through each mile.  It was both physically and mentally exhausting.  The only thing that got me through the run was knowing See MORE ->

Happy October! I am still around!

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Happy October all!   I am hating the cold, but loving my new Levi's Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans that Women's Health Magazine sent me for being an Action Hero!!!   These jeans fit perfectly and are snug in all the right places!  I find it hard to find perfect fitting jeans because of my waist to hip ratio.  Usually if the hips fit the waist is too big, but with these jeans I do not have that problem.  My only problem currently is that I only have one pair!!!! [Tweet "Check out @tonee78 See MORE ->

Run 10 Feed 10 Recap

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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. (Me and Nicholas Hilton, the winner of the race) I woke up at 4am Sunday morning to the sound of torrential rain.  If you know me, then you know I am not a fan of running in the rain, but I had my friends waiting for me and my fellow action heroes in the city, so I knew even if it was pouring out I would still be running.  I was actually more concerned See MORE ->

16 Miles with @ASICSAmerica #GELPursue

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Disclosure:  I received a pair of ASICS GEL-Pursue™ for my review, all opinions are 100% my own.   I was so excited when ASICS contacted me to try out their new running sneaker the GEL-Pursue™.  This particular shoe was awarded “Best Debut Shoe” in the September 2014 Shoe Guide issue of Runner’s World.  These sneakers arrived just in time as I was desperately searching for a new pair that I would eventually wear at the NYC Marathon.  I had high hopes for these sneakers See MORE ->

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 ->