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To Race or Not to Race?

Hello Hello!

It just hit me this morning that Halloween is next week. OMG! Our weather has been cooling down at night, but we still get up to the 80’s in the afternoons…so ya, I don’t believe that it is actually the middle/end of October!  We are gearing up for our first year Trick or Treating around our neighborhood. We even got our dog a costume, just so she wouldn’t feel left out. Haha!

So along with the weather cooling down, I’ve been able to get in more running lately.  And it has been feeling so good. I got back from a run last night and was telling my husband how much better I feel mentally and physically after getting in a run. There’s something about it that just clears my mind!

So I’m thinking I need to get back on the race train. Sometimes I need that extra motivator that will keep me honest with my training schedule and push myself. But then I don’t want to overcommit myself with something right now, because well, life is so busy. So that’s where I’m at. Maybe getting some pretty new running shoes will help make my decision? Haha! There is a half marathon coming up in February and I’m strongly considering it.

Ahhhh, look how pretty these are!! I found these beauties while perusing the Nordstrom site!

Now that I am upping my milage, I am beginning to crave sports drinks after those long runs. I go back in forth with sports drinks, since so many of them are typically so high in sugar and/or artificial sweeteners. So, it was really good timing that I was able to try out a new brand called LyteZone!   I was more intrigued after reading more about the product on their website and this from one of the founders below:

Being very active (surfing, basketball, hiking) and enjoying the occasional adult beverage, I always wanted to add electrolytes to Drinkwel. I constantly experimented with hydration and electrolytes. Think coconut water, ‘ade’ products, salt capsules, and even pickle juice! Nothing really fit as there wasn’t anything that would reasonably fit in our Drinkwel pills.
The more I dove into hydration and electrolytes, the more I realized the existing products on the market weren’t great (and often contained lots of negative fillers, sweeteners, and coloring). It’s still crazy to me how low quality the average sports drink is. If these products are for athletes, why are so many corners being cut?
After a lot of research and testing, we created LyteShow and a personal obsession with electrolytes and hydration was born.
At LyteLine, we’re all about BETTER hydration. We always use/drink/take the products we make ourselves. We’re not selling sugar water and our products do not taste like your typical sports drinks. They’re intense because our commitment to hydration is intense.”
Yours,
Mike, Co-Founder

 

I have tried my fair share of sports drinks and electrolyte replacements, especially in my marathon training days. Honestly, a lot of them tasted the same as their competitor product. So I was expecting this to taste like many of the other drinks out there. I wanted my husband to try one as well, just to hear his unbiased opinion. Well, we both drank one after running separately and basically said the same thing, “I like it, it tastes like carbonated water.” And I must say, I’m a big fan of them not being too sweet!  We have one left in our fridge, which is supposed to be for me after a long run this weekend. Ha, maybe that’s some extra motivation I need right there!

You can follow LyteLine on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

*I was given a complimentary box of LyteZone in exchange for an honest review of the product*

What do you drink after a long run? Please share in the comments below! 

 

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Attempting To Be a Runner……..Again

I have no more excuses: I’m not pregnant (that has been quite the trend the last two years), I’m not breastfeeding anymore, and both kids are sleeping through the night (well, generally)….

It is time to get back to Running.

It’s always been “my thing” and oh boy I have missed it. And my body has too. I kept myself active during both pregnancies with walking and barre classes, but I’ve been seriously missing out on my runners high.

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So I should be able to just jump right back in, right? Eh not.

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My body has changed, priorities have changed, and my schedule has changed. Gone are the care free weekends with endless time to do whatever I want.  And gone are the days of sleeping 9+ hours a night. My pace is slower, my body is heavier, but it feels good to get my sweat on.

 I do want to complete another half marathon at some point, but for now I want to get back in the rhythm of consistently running.

The last two weeks I have been able to get in 3 runs each week.  I’m shooting for two short runs (2-3 miles) and one long run (5+ miles) This was after writing it down in my planner, putting my running clothes on, and laying my running shoes by the door. No excuses right?

Did you take a break from running or exercise? How did you get back into your routine?

Please share in the comments below!

Is it October already??

So I just realized that next week our little Donovan will be 5 months! 5 months, that’s basically half of a year. Whew the time really is flying by!

Now I feel like I might be jinxing it by putting this in writing, but our little man has been sleeping better at night! I still nurse him around 3 or 4am but besides that woke up he is doing much much better. I still try to get into bed around 9:30 so that I get a decent stretch of uninterrupted slept until feeding time. So we are getting there….there was a time that I did not think that was ever going to happen. Phew

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Well I can’t say there is anything new going on with us, haha the same crazy days but we are gradually getting into somewhat of a routine. Our outings are still limited to the morning times bc of Donovan’s naps, but between our moms club & stroller strides playgroups we always have something on the agenda!

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Besides the kiddos…what’s going on with me??

I’m finally trying to get back into a regular running routine, with the temps going down it is much more manageable. I got up to 4 miles last weekend, which was tough but felt great knowing I could do it.  I know it takes time to get back to your pre-baby body but it sure is frustrating when you don’t exactly feel like yourself.  I’ve been eyeing these running shoes for awhile…..some new workout gear always motivates me to get my butt moving!

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Also for the month of October, I’m trying to take part in the 31 Day Challenge from Tone it Up. I printed out the calendar and left it out in plain site so I’m reminded of it even on the days where I feel like doing nothing! So hoping I notice somewhat of a difference by the end of the month!!

I’m also so excited….I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Emily Ley’s book: Grace not Perfection. I’ve been following Emily on Instagram for a couple years and was excited to hear that she wrote a book. I think it’s going to be a good one, and I should get my copy tomorrow- woo! Now if only I had some time to read….hmm, I’ll work on it! 🙂

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Alright that’s all for now…thanks for stopping by!

Are there any books you are loving right now?? Please share below, I always love new recs!