Run with a Busy Schedule

Clock_RunningOne of the biggest obstacles to running with my busy life has been finding the time. With the family, kids, the job, and all the other roles that we fill how do we find time for other things that are important to us, especially when it comes to our health. This is something I’ve struggled with for years. It took a long time to figure out a way to get into a regular routine and to overcome obstacles such as a busy schedule, especially one that’s unexpectedly busy. Originally, I find myself getting into a running routine but then invariably falling off the horse because something unexpected would come up in my life. Here are a few tips that I found useful:

Keeping a daily schedule

Actually scratch that. I keep a daily weekly and monthly schedule. The night before I write down everything I’m going to do the next day and at what time am going to do it and I’ll make sure to factor in things that my problem unexpectedly and I’ll make sure to include all of my runs.

Run in the morning

Mornings are usually the best time to knock out a run. You can do it before any thing else pops up in your busy schedule for the day and you can do it when everyone else in the house sleeping.

Find an accountability partner

Have a friend or family member exercise with you make each other hold the other one accountable.


Why I Take My Kids Running

joggingWhen my baby was 1 year old, I bought my first jogging stroller. Actually, that’s a lie. It was a gift from my husband. He knew I loved running. He knew running was my life, but that I had been slacking because, as a new mom, I was torn- How would I divide my attention between my husband and daughter? How do I be a good mom and wife and all the other roles I play and still take care of my own needs. My husband and I are very open about our feelings, so I had made it known to him that I missed running. Not only did I verbalize it, but he also took note that something was amiss. I always knew that running was good for my health, but he noted a change in my mood along with my regular running routine. I was lighter, more cheerful and just all around easier to be around. With all of that, he decided to surprise me with a single jogging stroller (the BOB Ironman if you must know), and I cannot tell you how thrilled I was!

Getting Back Into Shape

OMG this was SO tough. You know when you’re used to performing at a certain level? But when you’re not anymore it’s like WOAH. What a reality check! When I went out for my first run I was seriously winded after 60 seconds. It took a lot of self talk to fight the voice of discouragement inside of me… “You can’t do this! You’ll never get back  into shape”.. but it’s truly amazing how much the body seems to remember because it felt like in no time I was getting back to where I had been previously. It also helped to make smaller goals than I was used to. For example, running for 5 minutes continuously was my initial goal. This was a change in mind set given that I was used to running for 3o, even up to 60 minutes on my best days.

My Kids Experience

The first time out with the kiddo there was a lot of novelty to the experience, so I wasn’t so sure if she’d be into running in the long haul. Imagine your first time with mommy running. How fun! But, if that newness wore off, would she still be with me on my runs several times per week? The answer was yes. In fact, I ended up having a mini accountability partner! Trust me- she noticed if we skipped a run. “Mommy..we go??” Oh yeah, that’s my girl! It also speaks to just how comfy the jogging stroller is as well. She never once complained. She is able to have the seats go back and that padding on them is awesome. If there are any spills, they are super easy to clean up too!

Overall, I’m really excited that my daughter and I are running together. I yearn for the day she is old enough to come with me as a little runner too. I know that I’m teaching her healthy habits for life and I’m super proud of what a good girl she is.

If you are interested in a jogging stroller check out this review site for really great and detailed info. I have also included a direct link here: thebestjoggingstroller.com


Haven’t Posted In a While

Life has been so busy! First off, we are moving to a new place, so things are hectic hectic hectic! Try packing up and cleaning with a toddler running around! Wow it has been truly crazy! We are moving to CLEVELAND. Not exactly my favorite place in the world, but I’m sure it will feel like home in no time. Wish us luck! Working on a longer post about running with my little girl and will have it posted in a couple of days. :)


Tips I Learned from My First 10K

RunningFirst off, holy crap! I just ran my first 10k! I’m super proud of my accomplishment and I wanted to share my experience with you all. I started the race at the line and I thought “Can I do this?” and “Am I starting right?” to “oooh crap! How am I going to do this??” Obviously my pre-race jitters were in full force. I had to center myself and not get too psyched out. I wanted to share my tips for your first 10k :)

Day Before

So, the day before the race I decided to scope out the race spot and generally get  a feel for parking, where the coarse is, and what the terrain was going to look like. I even volunteered at a race the weekend before to get a feel for what a 10K was like and how it worked. I ended up not feeling like a total newbie come race day.

Night Before

The very night before the race I laid out what I wanted to wear. I also picked up my bib the day before and had my safety pins laid out as well to hold them in place. Oh and I also planned what I was going to eat that morning. Make sure you’re getting proper nutrition to prepare your body. You may want to try a supplement shake such as the CrazyBulk series. You can find it here. You may need an extra boost of protein powder or even a testosterone booster. Try it out well before hand to see Again, any pre-planning you can do the better your race day experience will be. The less you have to think about the morning of, the less anxious you’ll feel.

Show Up Early

The worst thing is to show up  just on time or even worse to show up late. Yikes, talk about unnecessary anxiety! Plus, the day of the race you’ll totally have to use the restroom once or twice and trust me- you need time for that. It’ll also allow you to take a deep breath and get in a good mental space.

The Starting Line

Now, how do you line up? It’s helps to have a strategy for this as well. The best advice I can tell you is to find people that look like you and stand next to them. Do NOT line up in the front. This puts unnecessary pressure on you and can cause you to run the race too fast. Not the best strategy. Trust me!

Center Yourself

Before the race starts take a few super deep breaths. This is just a race. You got this. Before you know it your race will be over! It goes by so quickly.

Pace Yourself

It’s so temping to run a race balls to the wall, full speed, and go hardcore, but no please don’t do that! You have to pace yourself from the very start. If you want a great guide on this, check out the writings of Jeff Galloway. He has AMAZING advice. Nice and steady wins the race.

Hydration is a Must!

The water stations are set up for a reason. Locate them and use them. You cannot run a race without proper hydration. It’s important to ensure you are properly hydrated before, during, and after the race. You don’t have let the water stations interrupt your running rhythm. You’ll get a feel for that after the first pass by one.

Run in  Segments

I want you to break the race up into segments and to look for the shortest distance between each of two points. Really avoid adding distance onto your. Stay engaged.

Celebrate Your Butt Off

You totally did it and it feels AMAZING!!! This is your first 10k. Cherish the moment and celebrate at the end.

Sources noted in this post:

http://crazybulkreviewed.com/


A Running Mom’s Guide to Supplements

Testosterone BoostersSo, one of the biggest challenges as a running momma is fitting in my workouts! Obviously with a small child and family I do not have a ton of time, but I manage. Mostly I am able to bring my little girl with me on my runs with a jogging stroller and that has helped me tremendously.

The other thing that has helped is taking all natural supplements to help keep me balanced and to boost my running performance. I don’t have a ton of time for cross training and only a little bit of time for weight lifting, so I rely on supplements to help me out. There are a ton of supplements out there and it can get quite pricey. I decided to plonk some money down on a testosterone booster. I read that testosterone boosters can really help build muscle in women, which is something I am sorely lacking.  Testosterone boosters aid in naturally raising testosterone levels in the body.

Now you might be wondering- Why the heck is she trying to increase her testosterone? Isn’t that just for men? I know it sounds totally crazy. I’m not looking to be a body builder and this type of supplement won’t make you look like one. First of all, both women and men have testosterone. Men just have much higher levels than women. Oh and in case you didn’t know men also have some amount of estrogen. It’s just at lower levels :)

What are the benefits of taking testosterone boosters as a woman?

The benefits for women who take a testosterone boosting supplement are varied and may include increased energy and strength. They might also as an added bonus increase sex drive and libido (yay!) and who  doesn’t need that! Decrease water retention and improved mood are also some added benefits. You should see results in about 10 to 12 days.

My experience with testosterone supplements

I scoured the internet looking at the various supplements and their reviews and decided to try a product call Pro Testosterone after reading a Pro Testosterone Review. I got the product in the mail and started using it the next day. What did I end up experiencing?

  • Clearer skin- my little patches of pimples started to clear up and I was thrilled! They didn’t totally go away, but I saw a noticeable difference fairly quickly. This was a little added bonus I did not expect.
  • Increased energy- my energy level shot up. I felt more alert and ready to go in the morning. My usual routine involves my husband almost literally dragging me out of bed. It takes me forever to feel awake and energized normally, but I saw a dramatic difference several days after beginning the testosterone boosting pills.
  • Increased strength- I felt like with the little time I had to lift weights I was feeling much stronger than I was before. This was awesome!
  • Better sleep- This was another effect that I did not expect. My sleep seemed to get better. I’m not sure if this was due to the pills or due to my increased activity level during the day.

 

Overall, I’m really happy with the results of taking a testosterone booster. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for more energy and strength! I definitely feel like I’m running better and am one strong momma!

Sources: http://besttestosteronepills.com/


Hi Everyone!

Hi everyone! This is my first post on this site, so let me start off by introducing my fun self:
I’m a 32-year-old wife and mother of the completely beautiful and amazing 3-year-old Ella. I am a stay at home mommy with a small Etsy business where I sell hand stamped jewelry. It’s a hobby I picked up for the heck of it, but turns out I LOVE it, and little Ella loves to help out (when she’s allowed).
Ella, Daddy, and I live in a quiet suburb. We enjoy spending lots of family time together. Ella has quite the personality for being just 3 yrs old! She is absolutely adorable and is the apple of her father’s eye. I love seeing her grow and change each and every day and I count my blessings that my hubby has a job that supports me staying at home with her. We do hope to have more children in the future, so wish us luck! I’m not quite at the TTC point, but we may try this fall.
Aside from being a wife and mother and jewelry maker, I also love running. I did my first 5k with Ella in tow last year. I try to run 3 to 4 days per week, and, for the most part, Ella is able to accompany me with my jogging stroller. She’s super proud of mommy and I cannot wait for the day that she’s able to run with me. I think I may have a future marathoner in the making! It was difficult to get into the habit of finding time for my workouts. It’s hard being a full time mom and keeping workouts in the schedule, but once I made it a priority I was able to make it a serious habit. Now, I even run when we go on vacation. It feels like running is in my blood :)
My jewelry business is called “Ella’s Elegant Creations” and is named after my little girl. I picked up hand stamping by watching youtube videos and via a ton of trial and error. I make hand stamped necklaces with inspiration messages and my little business seems to be growing every day. I’m glad that Father’s Day has passed because WOAH I was super busy. I actually had to turn down last minute orders. My favorite piece is a memorial necklace I made for a friend and it states “heaven has another angel”. I wish I had a pic of it because it’s gorgeous. I’m always looking for more phrases to stamp, so if you have any ideas. Let me know!
Anyways, I’m writing this blog to chronicle the life of a stay at home mom who is growing her business. I also want to include kid craft ideas to help other mommies keep their kids busy. I will also plug in the occasional recipe and snack ideas for busy families. I hope you all find this blog helpful. I plan to post a couple times per week, so stay tuned!