Running through Pregnancy – Part 4 – the 3rd Trimester

30 weeks pregnant

This is the 4th installment in a series of posts related to Running Through Pregnancy (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) —————————————————— Running during the third trimester was like being on a rollercoaster – some days I felt great and could run 8-10 miles; other days I had to stop and walk after 2-3.  I quickly learned to […]

How did you do in 2011?

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With only a few days left in 2011, it’s normal to reflect upon the past 12 months – smile with the good, hope to learn from the bad, and decide upon some goals for the upcoming year. After reading [and loving!] a similar post from Miss Zippy, a fellow blogger and FitFluential Ambassador, I decided […]

Having “me” time does not make me a bad mother

Still going everywhere with me!

I’m a very happy stay-at-home mom. I LOVE spending each day with my little man [and I'm beyond grateful that I have the ability to do so]. But a recent trip to the gym made me realize [once again] how important and necessary “me” time is on a regular basis and that I’m still struggling […]

First speed workout in a LONG time!

When I was deployed to Iraq, I began doing my speed workouts on a treadmill – we didn’t have access to a track and I found that running on a road was too dangerous for me.  There was quite a bit of vehicular traffic (and not just “regular” cars – HMMWVS, up-armored vehicles, and other […]

Treadmill Workouts to Get You Through the Winter Months

hill workout

**This post was written for and featured on FitFluential‘s blog:** During the warmer months, I do almost all of my runs outside – regardless of how rainy, windy, or warm it may be, I gladly battle the elements over running on the treadmill any day .  However, I find myself logging many more miles indoors […]

Have you ever been in a running slump?

Still fairly clean after 1 mile

My late summer and early fall months were filled with dreams of winning the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge.  Visions of participating in and completing my first ultra. Excitement of racing again after giving birth to my son earlier in the year.  With all these fun, challenging events, it’s easy to see how I was […]

Gear Review – Saucony Transition Sportop II

transition sportop

One of the things I enjoy most about other blogs I read is the “Gear Review” section.  It’s great to read a description of a product on the internet or even a short review a user will be kind enough to fill out, but a lot of times, you don’t get all the information you […]

Staten Island Trail Festival 25k

Not too dirty yet!

If I had to sum up my experience participating in the inaugural Staten Island Trail Festival this weekend in a few words, it would be: I.  Love.  Trail.  Running I would never leave the trails if I could.  But  since I  also enjoy road racing, I can’t get on the trails as frequently as I […]

Five Tips for Achieve a FitFluential Balance During the Holidays

All ready for my husband's holiday work gala!

As a runner, I often use running analogies to put things into context.  I view a calendar year the same way I view a marathon. If you’ve ever hit the “wall” during a marathon, you know how painful the remaining miles can be. They never seem to pass and no matter how hard you try, […]

Running through Pregnancy – Part 3 – the 2nd Trimester

4 mile race @ 24 weeks

In case you missed it, Part 1 can be found here and Part 2 can be found here. By the end of the 2nd trimester, I was averaging between 30-40 mi/wk while running anywhere from 4-10 mi/day. My “easy” pace had begun to slow down – instead of an 8:30 pace, most runs were now around 9:00 min/mile. I […]

Santa is bringing my son a doll?!?

The boy doll my son will be getting

My husband and I are joyfully celebrating our first Christmas and holiday season as parents.  We refer to our 11 month old son as “little man”.  He has started doing things that we envision young boys doing – he kicks the soccer ball around the apartment when he walks, he runs from room to room […]

Christmas List for Runners

Christmas List for Runners

Since the holiday season is upon us, I decided to do a Christmas Wish List for Runners – things that your runner friend, sister, husband might like for Christmas this year!   Under $25 – Add a little sparkle to that special woman in your life this holiday without spending hundreds of dollars!  Sparkly Soul […]

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