Women’s Running: Blogger on the Run + a Great Week of Pregnant Running (23 weeks)

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I’m excited and honored to announce that I am featured on Women’s Running today as their Blogger on the Run.  I’ve been a fan of Women’s Running for a long time and am loving their new blog and especially their 50 days of giveaways.   Today is Day 23 – readers who comment on today’s post will be entered to win 1 of 8 headbands from Bondi Band!  So head over to their site, check out my article, and enter to win a new headband!

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After last weekend’s Brooklyn Half Marathon DNS, I decided to focus on getting more sleep.  Going to bed after 11pm and trying to get up at 415am to run is not a recipe for success.  This week, I have forced myself to bed by 9pm – regardless of what I’m in the middle of…and guess what?  Getting up to the alarm at 415 is slowly getting easier and easier.  I have more energy, I am focused, and my belly/baby cooperate for early morning runs:

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    Got Chocolate Milk?

    Source: Weber Shandwick

    My weekend in Galveston, TX was a whirlwind.  I’ve been a spectator at many races before, but I had yet to experience it as official media.  (Tomorrow’s post will cover the IM race)

    As I mentioned in a post last week,  I was recently contacted by representatives from the REFUEL | “got chocolate milk?™  campaign to come to Galveston to meet Chris Lieto, participate in the unveiling of his new ad, and watch the half-Ironman.

    I flew into Houston late Friday afternoon and met up with the other 4 bloggers who were participating in the weekend’s events:

    –     Monica from Run, Eat, Repeat
    –     Kelly from According to Kelly
    –     Ray from DC Rainmaker
    –     Ben from Everyman Tri

    I started Saturday morning with a sunrise run – eight (or so) hot, humid, and sweaty miles along the beach.

    After the run, I stretched and drank water in my room (and finished the first Hunger Games book!!) in preparation for a scheduled group run at 9am.  When I made my way down to the lobby, I found out that we were going to have some pretty awesome company on the run – Chris Lieto!  He was incredibly friendly and down to earth.  If you didn’t know he was a world-class triathlete, you would never assume it from talking to him. (Note: If you aren’t familiar with Chris’ bio, I would recommend spending two minutes and reading it – he didn’t start doing triathlons until he was 25 years old and even had to overcome an accident that fractures his foot in over 50 places which doctors felt would prevent him from ever running again)

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      RRCA Certification and IM 70.3 Texas

      I have been waiting for almost a year for a Road Runner’s Club of America (RRCA) course to open in the vicinity of where I live, so when I received an email 4 months ago that there was a class being offered in Deal, NJ, I immediately signed up.  These courses are offered throughout the country during the year and are notorious for filling up within days (sometimes hours) of registration opening.

      I spent this past weekend in a Fire Station in Deal, NJ with 33 other running enthusiasts learning the basics of coaching.  We had 17 hours of instruction which included powerpoint slides, discussions, and practical exercises.  While there were many aspects that I was already familiar and comfortable with (I have been making training plans for myself as well as friends and family for several years), I learned quite a bit about training for shorter distances.  To be honest, with the exception of a couple of “couch to 5k” plans, I’ve never created a training plan for a race that was less than a half-marathon.

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