Fitness Friday: BIG NEWS

I know that I said here that 2012 is the year of the 5k

I am back to say that I have changed my tune.

I really sat one night and thought about it. Sometimes as a stay at home mom it is easy to lose yourself in the caretaker roll, so much that you forget to take care of yourself. I have definitely found myself in that situation. Then I add in all the events that are happening this spring and summer. All of which I can’t wait to attend, but it also helps me lose more of that precious “ME” time.

So what is one thing that I can do for me, continue my journey to being healthier and fit, but also something that I can fit in my busy schedule.

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Yup, that’s right, I signed up for a Team in Training event.

Which event you ask?

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The Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco in October.

I am sure you have a few questions, or I will just pretend that you do.

1. Why Team in Training?

I knew that I don’t have the ability to train for such a distance for the first time on my own. I also did a ton of research when picking an organization, and talked to past participants. No one had anything negative to say about their experience.

With TNT you get a few coaches for different parts of the experience (running & fundraising), you have a personalized training plan, and you are able to participate in clinics on hydration, nutrition, gear, just to name a few. You also get to work with a team. Many of these things I would not have had on my own, especially with things like nutrition & hydration, I am sure it would have been trial and error.

TNT is also a great cause, raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. While I personally do not have a story attached to this cause, it is still an important one to raise money for.

2. Why the Nike Women’s Half?

In October 2010 Nick & I travelled to San Francisco for a long weekend with my Dad, for a mini vacation.

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While we were there I saw the Nike Women’s Marathon and Half. I thought to myself, I didn’t even tell Nick or my dad, someday I want to run this race. Someday I want to be ABLE to run this.

Fast forward two years. I was flirting with using TNT for the Run To Remember 5 miler in Boston. It turns out the weekend of the race I wouldn’t be able to run since I was committed to another 5k. Instead of walking away I kept looking at other races that the MA teams were running, I kept going back to the Nike Half. And there was a half that was MUCH closer than Nike, but I couldn’t sign up for that one. SO after much discussing between Nick and I, I signed up for the Nike Women’s Half, and I have no regrets.

Training starts Sunday

Kickoff is Tuesday – any other locals going?

First team training is Sunday the 20th.

I am petrified and excited all at the same time.

If you made it this far, thank you!

If you’d like to donate to a wonderful cause, you can donate here.

Have you ever ran with Team in Training?

Thursday Things: Materialistic Edition

With so many things on the schedule lately, I have been trolling the internet looking at clothes, running & normal that I am really wanting lately.

Ever since B was born, even though I fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans, they don’t fit right. So I have been living in my momiform of yoga pants and sweaters. I want to actually keep my work out clothes for working out (more on that tomorrow ha) and have some great mom outfits to wear. I also want some great date night outfits as well!

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TOMS ballet flats, I love these. I actually tried buying some a few weeks ago, but the store didn’t have my size.
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I have these in silver, but I need, yes need, a good black peep toe. Plus even though they are super tall, they are the most comfortable heels.
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I have been on the hunt for nude pumps, and I love these.
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The momiform I would love to be wearing

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more momiform

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great date night outfit

Also, I need some new running clothes. So a shopping spree at lululemon would be nice ;)

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What clothes have you been wanting lately?

10 Months

B is officially 10 months old today. I cannot believe how much he looks like a toddler instead of a baby.

He’s now cruising pretty good, he follows me around the house like crazy. He is pulling himself up on furniture.

He is eating great, he doesn’t seem to have any aversions and will pretty much eat whatever I give him. He LOVES blueberries and mango!

Unfortunately we still have zero teeth. I am starting to think they’ll never come in haha.

And now some gratuitous baby b photos!

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He loves books

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Trying to grab mommas camera

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singing into our microphone

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mom, I have places to go!

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following momma down the hallway

Busy Little Bees

I am be in the minority here, but I love when my weekends are full. Especially when they are full of fun stuff!

I can tell you that as of now I have one free weekend between now and August.

I like knowing what’s going, it makes life easier to plan, at least for me.

It also doesn’t hurt that my weekends are full of weddings, bachelorettes, bridal showers, graduation parties, running, races, I could go on and on.

I am blessed to have a healthy family and a wonderful extended family.

Living life, no matter how busy, is how I want to be. Living, not waiting for it to pass me by.

I am a FitFluential Ambassador

Guess who is one of the newest FitFluential Ambassadors?

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THIS GIRL!

What is FitFluential?

FitFluential is a nationwide network, founded by Kelly Olexa in April 2010, of fitness enthusiast sharing their journeys online and offline through multiple social media platforms.

What is an Ambassador?

Ambassadors are selected to connect brands with certain markets. So what does that mean for you & me?

-Exposure to other FitFluential bloggers!
-Hearing about new products and brands.
-Their might be some giveaways coming your way.

I just found out over the weekend, so my bio is not up yet, but check out some of the other fabulous Ambassadors here.

To celebrate this great news I had dinner and drinks with a fellow FitFluential Ambassador, Caitlin. Check out her blog, Cait Plus Ate, right now! Trust me you won’t regret it.

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I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of this great fitness community! You can get involved too. Follow the FitFluential blog and twitter or apply to become an Ambassador yourself. You can also follow #FitFluential on twitter!

I also ended the weekend on an even higher note, by celebrating the marriage of my sister-in-law Maria and her soon to be husband at her wedding shower. More info on that coming soon!

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the beautiful bride with the wedding party!

April Photo A Day, Week 4

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Check out weeks one, two and three.

Tuesday, April 24 – Something you’re grateful for

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Sappy moment. I am grateful he wants to hold my hand, and I cry for the days when he won’t. I wish he could be this little forever

Wednesday, April 25 – Looking down

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Baby in a bathrobe

Thursday, April 26 – Black & White

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Black & White Stuntman

Friday, April 27 – Somewhere you went

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Pedicure and Coffee = heaven

Saturday, April 28 – 1pm

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dance party

Sunday, April 29 – Circle

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obvious one here

Monday, April 30 – Something that makes you sad
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These were my best friends in college. When Jack (left) passed away suddenly 3 months after this photo was taken all of our lives changed, and our relationships with each other. There are days when I wonder how life would be different.

Join me in the May Photo A Day.
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