Mamalete Day 2014

Just a reminder – there are four giveaways (in honor of Mother’s Day) right now (Vitamix S30 Blender + Entry into in24 Philly Race + Pair of Saucony Shoes + Sparkly Soul Headbands) I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a special Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!!! ———————— Truth: There are many days where I feel overwhelmed with being a parent. My boys are at ages where they are SO impressionable – I feel like they soak every single thing in (for better or worse) that my husband and I say or do (I learned this the hard way after my oldest started repeating a phrase I yelled at him a handful of times – no curse words, but it wasn’t what I wanted him saying outside the house).  And so we are trying to be the best example we can be. We are trying to lay the foundation for things like a love for school and learning (which I remember my mom instilled in me from the youngest age), a healthy relationship with food, good manners and an active lifestyle. read more

Weekend Highlights + 20 Mile Success

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This past weekend was amazing! Thank you for all of your words of support and good luck wishes for my husband! He is officially a half-Ironman! =)  Below are some of the highlights from our weekend: - Crossing Finish Line with our youngest. I can’t stop smiling at this picture. This is the first finish line the little guy has crossed. - Half Ironman: Despite the heat (it was 90 degrees + super humid despite being a week into October), a pinched nerve in his neck last week (he was on steroids and muscle relaxers until race day to help with the pain and stiffness), a flat tire on the bike and bad stomach cramping during the run, my husband crossed the finish line!! There will always be something to complain about if you want to, but we are focusing on the good instead. He is a half-Ironman! – Weekend with our youngest – It was so fun to get 24+ hours with just the little guy. I put a picture up on IG last week and mentioned how I am loving my 90 min twice/week with him right now while my oldest is in “class” (it’s a toddler program that focuses on being around Continue Reading →

BOB Strollers Review + Stroller Running Q&A

Please take a moment to vote for me to be on the cover of Runner’s World Magazine – would mean so much to me! =) Thank you! Are you on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook? Let’s connect!  ————– When I lived in NYC and had the opportunity to run in Central Park every day, I saw tons of mothers pushing their little ones in running strollers. I always knew that I wanted to be one of those moms when I had little ones of my own. So when it was time to register for my baby shower, I did some research and asked a few friends which stroller brand they recommended for running. All signs pointed to a BOB Stroller by Britax. But then I had to decide which model to get – there’s the Revolution SE, Revolution CE, Ironman, Sport Utility and Motion. It was a bit overwhelming with all the different models and it was made even tougher because a lot of the baby stores we went to didn’t carry the stroller in the store or only had one model to test out. read more

Single Parenting

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I have so much respect for single moms and dads.  I function fine with the boys during the day but I start counting down the minutes until my husband walks in the door after he finishes work.  Kind of unfair to him because he just returned from a full day of work too.  But, even if I just occupy myself with one little guy while he gets the other, it’s a huge break. Especially when the littlest is now doing things like this: I’ve had to single parent twice in the last week.  It’s exhausting. Straight from work on Friday, my husband headed up to Boston for a wedding and returned late Sunday afternoon.  And then late Tuesday night, he went down to DC for work and returns tonight.  It’s tough to have no break. No help at dinner. Bath time. Cleanup. Bedtime. It doesn’t help either that my youngest has been waking up 1-2x a night lately and the oldest is up for the day just after 5.  So there hasn’t been much sleep for me.  But who needs sleep when you have these two little nuggets? read more

Breastfeeding and Endurance Sports

Follow NYC Running Mama on BlogLovin or subscribe to receive email notifications! ———————– I’ve gotten a ton of emails, comments, and messages from readers asking how I am managing to breastfeed while Ironman training.  I am not going to sugar coat this post and pretend that I am doing all of this training while happily and easily breastfeeding without any issues or concerns. SO not the case. Juggling both is hard.  I do a lot of things on a regular basis to ensure I have enough milk. And as my husband can account to, I am often stressing out about how much milk I am providing for the little guy. I’ve had issues with supply (which I discuss below) and it’s almost a daily fight to keep the supply up.  But, here I am – just over 4 weeks away from my first Ironman and still exclusively breastfeeding my 9 month old son.  If nothing else, I hope this post shows that breastfeeding CAN be done while training for long distance events like marathons and even an Ironman. Yes, it takes a bit more time and energy to maintain a healthy supply, but it 100% can be done if you are determined Continue Reading →

Tempo Run with Double Stroller

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Last Wednesday was supposed to be a 45 min run (with 25-30 min at tempo).  My goal pace would have been between 6:40-6:45  (average) for 4 miles. But after deciding to sleep in a bit, my options were either the treadmill or the double stroller.  I spent almost the entire winter logging miles on my treadmill in the basement – long runs, intervals, tempos.  It was the rare occasion when I would head outside – especially on speed days. Now that I’ve been running and biking almost exclusively outside, I DREAD the treadmill.  And I’ve (re)learned that running outside is harder.  A 7:45 pace on the treadmill is much easier (at least for me) than a 7:45 outside.  You have to work for every step, every mile.  And you can’t zone out the way you can on the treadmill – especially on speed days. Truth is, I have been forcing myself to get outside as much as I can.  I’d rather run slower outside on a daily basis and be ready for my pace on race day then run much faster on the treadmill and walk away from a race disappointed. read more

Enjoy Each Mile

Today is 10 years since I graduated from West Point.  The last 10 years feel as though they flew by.  I can so clearly remember being back at West Point.  But at the same time, being back at school seems like a lifetime ago.  I’m always amazed at how it can feel like that. My four years at West Point were where some of my best memories were made and where some amazing friendships began. Looking back, life seemed SO easy then.  Yes, we had a pretty heavy course-load, extracurricular activities and the occasional room inspection that would take us hours to get ready for (truth be told though, I loved having a spotless room =) ).  But, that was really all we had to concern ourselves with.  No little ones to look after, no cooking, no bills.  We were in college, enjoying our freedom, and making cherished memories with one another. The best part, for me, was that my girlfriends and I were all together.  I was in the same company (and roommates) with my girlfriend, Lauren, for the last three years.  I lived with Annie during our freshmen year.  But, we were never more than 1/4 mile of Continue Reading →

Tired is JUST a State of Mind

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Tuesday’s swim workout was tough.  It was 2,800 LONG yards.  It wasn’t a terribly hard workout on paper, but my arms were still {really} tired from Sunday evening’s 2 mile swim.  I felt fatigued during the warm-up on Tuesday morning.  The WARM-UP!!  Not what you want to feel when you have 8x100yd repeats and then 4×200 yd repeats in the set. I can’t even describe to you {how close} I was to calling it a day after the warm up. You always hear about how tired you will be when you train for an Ironman.  But I never fully understood just how tired.  It’s not the tired that I’m used to when I am training for a marathon and am mostly focused on running.  Yes, my legs are tired, but they actually aren’t as tired as they are after a hard mile repeat workout or 20+ mile run. This is a different kind of tired.  My whole body is tired.  It’s more of a general fatigue and flat out exhaustion.  Ironman training is a new ballgame for me.  One day it’s a hard swim.  The next it’s a tough bike ride.  The day after that, it’s an hour run with 800m Continue Reading →

I Miss Running

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I couldn’t get my act together this week and get out of bed when my alarm went off.  The littlest guy has returned to his twice (or sometimes three) a night wakeup to nurse (maybe a growth spurt?) so I’d like to think it’s from a lack of sleep.  I am slightly OCD and so I set multiple alarms on my phone offset by 5 min – in case I shut the alarm off while I’m still half asleep. The plan works great in theory – and most mornings, I have no problem jumping out of bed with the first alarm (I am typically not a snooze girl) - but when you are exhausted and continually hit snooze on the alarms, it means that there is an alarm going off every 5 min.  You don’t really get any sort of sleep in those 5 minutes.  It’s just enough time to start to fall back asleep before the beeping commences.  One morning, I hit snooze for 40 min.  My husband wanted to kill me.  Per his request, the alarms are now set 10 min apart. This week was an eye opener for me.  Since most mornings I was running behind and couldn’t follow Continue Reading →

Making Time for My Spouse’s Fitness

Don’t forget to enter the Garmin Forerunner 10 Giveaway!  I saw a tweet last week from a new dad saying he was happy to be getting back on track with running post-baby.  My first thought was along the lines of Post-Baby? You didn’t just have a baby!!  But after letting his words sink in for a bit, I began to see more and more truth to what he said.  True, the husbands are not the ones who just carried and delivered a child.  BUT, they DO have a new baby in their lives – and in some ways, I think the spouse’s return to running post-baby may sometimes be tougher. The woman has to deal with the physical limitations of having just given birth, but the spouse may have to deal with his/her own set of challenges that comes with being the spouse of a postpartum woman.  I think it can be challenging for the spouse to juggle fitting in physical fitness while still being supportive at home (especially working a full-time job). From my experience at home, I was given the full support of my husband to return to running very soon after both boys were born.  I had very easy Continue Reading →

Helpful Distraction

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Yesterday’s workout – last hard run before Saturday’s 10k: 1 mile warmup: 8:41 pace 5k tempo: 6:40 pace (20:43) 1/2 mile cooldown: 8:17 pace I wanted to do a 5k today to practice running on tired legs to replicate what the second half of the 10k on Saturday will feel like.  My legs were definitely tired – they were starting to burn and feel extremely heavy by the second mile, but I managed negative splits (6:51, 6:42, 6:30) and never felt like I was all-out pushing it until the very end of the 5k.  Yesterday’s tempo and Tuesday’s speed workouts were HUGE confidence boosters for me. ——————————– In case you don’t follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I shared a photo of this AWESOME new app (Countdown+ Lite)  that I found out about from Jocelyn! Totally loving it!! Now I just need to get some better pictures to correspond to each race rather than just self portraits =) —————————————- When we bought this home last year, it was brand new – no one had ever lived in it before.  I loved it because it was all one color and would be really easy to paint.  My plan was to have the whole Continue Reading →

Mustela Review + Giveaway

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Mustela is the #1 Baby Care and Stretch Marks Brand in Europe and just began selling their line of products, including the 9 Months and Bebe lines, in Duane Reade stores across the United States.  Mustela focuses on selecting only the most natural ingredients to use in their products – any questionable ones such as parabens, alcohol or oils are excluded since they can be harmful to both babies and the expectant moms. Mustela® prides itself as being the skincare expert for babies and mothers-to-be. For this reason, Mustela® offers effective, easy-to-use products of the highest quality, designed to meet the specific needs of newborns, babies, children and expectant and new mothers.  Mustela is the leading cosmetic brand in the European pharmaceutical market for baby products.  In France, Mustela products are present in 90% of all pharmacies and used in more than 50% of maternity units for the care of newborn. I was familiar with several Mustela products, but hadn’t actually tried any until my second son was born two months ago. read more

I’m Scared to Run

I’ve been virtually pain-free for almost a whole week.  I say virtually because there are still moments when I overextend myself and feel a small twinge of pain in my lower back/buttocks area due to Posterior Pelvic Pain. The last 4+ weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions for me: – During the first week, I just wanted to wake up and not be in pain.  I didn’t think it would be a long-term injury so I figured a few days off from running was probably not the worst thing for my body. – By the second week, I was frustrated that the pain was still there – and still SO strong.  I no longer thought about running – I just wanted the pain to go away so I could walk normally and take care of my son. – The third week came and I started to see/feel major improvement.  I was limping less and able to do most things again!  My spirits were higher than they had been in a while because I was hopeful that running was just around the corner. – The fourth week was a letdown.  Although I felt better, there were still periods of pain Continue Reading →

A Child’s Ability To Empathize

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Thank you to everyone for your positive comments, advice, and support on Wednesday’s post.  I’m happy to report that yesterday was a better day. I was more mobile and not in excruciating pain.  Today is even better.  I also have an ortho appointment for first thing Saturday morning (two hours after we land).  Fingers are crossed! ———————————————————– As of 5pm Wednesday evening, our “vacation” to Stowe Mountain Resort hadn’t gone as planned. The pregnancy pain that I talked about on Wednesday forced me (and my son) to stay in the hotel room most of the day.  I was able to move around a little more than Tuesday, but was concerned with my ability to keep up with my speedy 18 month year old and/or hold him when he decided he was tired of walking.  There’s only so much coloring and reading that an 18 month old could do in a hotel room before he starts to go stir crazy. read more

Best. Decision. Ever.

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When my husband and I began our house hunting, we were focused on Central Jersey.  We wanted a big house with lots of land.  After 12+ years of living away from home, I was willing to sacrifice proximity to my family to have the house of my dreams. Last spring, my mom’s wonderfully generous cousins offered up their 2-BR apartment for us to save some money.  It was too good to pass up.  The best part was that the apartment was right next door to my mom’s home. After just a few short weeks, settling on Staten Island became a possibility.  After another few weeks, Staten Island became our only choice.  We saw how wonderful it was to be so close to family.  We saw how amazing it was for AJ to be surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.  We now were willing to sacrifice the two things that initially were the most important to us in order to be a short drive from family. Fast forward to today.  We actually found the home (with the property) that we had planned on buying in Jersey IN Staten Island.  And the best part?  My parents and youngest sister are a Continue Reading →

Happy Bump Day! (25 weeks)

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Happy Hump Bump Day! My life has been a whirlwind since my last update THREE weeks ago!  We are finally all moved into our new/first home.  By “all moved in” I mean that everything we own is under one roof – but we still have a long way to go before we are completely settled.   Thankfully, I have about 3 1/2 or so months until Pumpkin makes his/her arrival, so plenty of time to take it slow and get it all done. The 22 week fetal anatomy appointment went great!  Pumpkin is healthy and on track for size.  The technician was able to get a TON of awesome pictures of Pumpkin – he/she was super cooperative during the ultrasound (much more than my son EVER was during these!). Running – I’ve really enjoyed running the last few weeks.  I cut back on the number of days/frequency of runs last week (didn’t really run at all!!) because I was so busy with packing, cleaning, and moving.  It felt good to rest my body for an extended period of time.  My pace has definitely slowed down a bit – Most of my runs are now between 8:40-8:50 pace and if I try to Continue Reading →

Priorities

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Earlier in the year, I read a post from one of my favorite bloggers, Carla from MizFitOnline.  For a few weeks after reading her awesome post, I saw tweets and FB updates from her with the phrase “Living my priorities”.  I loved what she was doing, but at the time, didn’t really connect it to anything in my life. Since I started blogging 8 months ago, I’ve been blessed with many wonderful opportunities – FitFluential Ambassador, RRCA certified running coach, soon-to-be pre/post natal exercise specialist (waiting on my certification!), and PowerBar Team Elite Member.  While I am loving all of these additions, my life has become 100x more hectic, busy, and crazy! I am a stay-at-home mom.  In order to find the time for all the above opportunities, my priorities started shifting.  My focus each day was no longer my son.  Instead, it was social media.  I started relying heavily on TV, videos, and other mindless outlets to occupy him so I could finish my blog, read other blogs, and stay up-to-date on twitter and facebook. read more

Officially Published!!

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I usually don’t post twice a day (I have a hard enough time finding the time to post every other day), but I couldn’t wait to share some good news! I just found out that an article I wrote for Staten Island Parent, a parenting magazine for the almost 500,000 living on Staten Island, has been published!  I don’t have the hard copy of it yet, but you can find the article on pages 42 and 44. Full article: Finding the Freedom to Exercise We all feel that there is not enough time in the day.  Hours fly by, almost unnoticed by a mother taking care of her child(ren), driving them to/from school or after-school activities, chores/work, and cooking dinner.  She feels lucky to even have a moment to herself. Sound familiar? It’s hard to imagine finding time to exercise on top of all these daily requirements. Thankfully, there are ways to exercise without paying ridiculous gym membership fees and spending hours of the day away from your loved ones. Running is a relatively cheap and easy form of cardiovascular and aerobic exercise – all you need is a good pair of shoes (and a supportive sports bra!) and a plan. Continue Reading →

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

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 with this concept after 11 months of being a new mom. This past Friday, I wasn’t in the mood to battle the winds on my run (30+ mph winds) and since my husband was home from work for the day, I decided to go to the gym. I had this amazing sense of freedom as I drove along Hylan Blvd, singing to Christmas music on the radio. I wasn’t worried about waiting too long at a red light (my son is great until we stop at a long red light) or preoccupied with singing nursery rhymes to keep him entertained. I wasn’t looking in the rearview mirror every 45-60 seconds to check on him (okay, maybe I still was – but that’s only because it’s habit).  It was extremely liberating to know that I was alone and driving someplace to do something that I wanted to do.  And Continue Reading →