7 Reasons to start running

10 Tips on how NOT to run a marathon

I just started training for my 2nd marathon and I sometimes wish I came across some marathon tips like this when I ran my first marathon. I was overloaded with gear I really didn’t need or use. Here is a list of things NOT to do when you run a marathon.

-Not drinking enough fluids during the race. Running 26.2 miles is pretty grueling. You should be drinking at least 3.0 to 4.0 liters of water during the marathon. Take advantage of those water stops.

-Eating the wrong foods before the race.  Kick the habit and don’t jump in the car and hit up McDonald’s also don’t try anything new. While running your stomach takes an impact. Try and stick with similar foods you’ve been eating throughout your training. Your stomach will thank you.

-Wearing something new on race day. Don’t go out buy a really cute outfit for the marathon. Especially a new pair of sneakers.

– Don’t start training a few weeks before your scheduled marathon debut. Training is very crucial. Take your time and try and start training months in advance. Practice is key.

-Not adding anti chaffing products on those delicate areas. Let’s be real here some of us chafe some of us are lucky and don’t chafe at all. If you do chafe, body glide will be your best friend. I apply it to my ankles.

-Wearing cotton. I fell for this during my first marathon..I wore a cotton t shirt and I chafed and the sweaty shirt feeling BLECK!!!

-Starting the race off like buzz light year. Start off at your normal pace. If your set off to run the race fast and trained for it that way then be my guest. But if you trained at an average pace stick with that pace. There is plenty of time at the end if you have the energy to gun hoe to the finish.

-Not being dedicated to your training. Like a relationship you must stay dedicated. Trust your training. It is so important and  a major role played in running a marathon.

-Running in the wrong sneakers. Some statistics say to change your  shoes out every 300-400 miles. Don’t buy a brand spanking new pair of shoes on race day to go with your new race day “outfit”. Shoes are super super important and play a big role in helping you run that marathon. You want to be comfortable.  Buying a brand new pair before race day can cause injury, blisters and are not broken in properly. DON’T DO IT!!

-Forgetting to eat after the BIG finish. Running a marathon burns a considerable amount of calories and your body looses a lot nutrients you must replenish them after a race. EAT THAT BIG MEAL at McDonald’s now if you like. (Although I don’t recommend it). Don’t fall into any of these mistakes some of us make  on race day. Running a marathon is a serious challenging distance. Do the right things to ensure you are comfortable, injury free and remember to enjoy the rewarding experience. What are some mistakes you’ve made preparing for a marathon or any race distance? I’d like to hear about them. 

Another year older


In celebration of my 32nd birthday I figured why not just make a funny post of some of  the things I can relate to being a 80’s baby and a 90’s kid. I also have a pinterest board dedicated to my childhood. You can view it here.


 Who remembers the episode of Saved by The Bell when Jessie Spano was taking caffeine pills to stay awake to study more? She went a little crazy. It was probably one of my favorite SBTB episodes. Taught me to stay away from stuff like that as a kid.

Who remembers playing The Oregon Trail on the MacIntosh computer? I could play this game hours on end at school or at a friends house during sleepovers. I don’t think I ever beat the game. I always died of dysentery.

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We all had celebrity crushes as teens. My very first crush was JTT aka Jonathan Taylor Thomas. You can thank Home Improvement for feeding me my crush once a week on TV. Then the posters on the walls began. When his character had a “cancer scare” on the show I thought my world was going to come crashing down all around me and I seriously thought I was going to marry him someday. What ever happened to him anyway?

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Boy Meets World was another one of my favorite shows. We all dreamed for a love like Cory and Topanga’s. To this day I watch reruns and now love the spin-off on Disney Channel. Girl Meets World.

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What is some of  your favorite things you remember from your childhood?

Foodie Friday: Banana & Blueberry Ice Cream

This is my first time joining in on the Foodie Friday link up. I’m linking up with Montana from Pretty Lil’ Mudder, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl and Farrah from Fairyburger to create awesome healthy recipes each week! Today’s theme is a healthy dessert.
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This is a very simple easy and healthy dessert. I love ice cream but with all the sugary and added ingredients in ice cream I just can’t eat regular ice cream anymore. So one day I made a banana ice cream homemade.
-1 frozen banana
– handful of frozen blueberries
– 1/2 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract (watch the ingredients a lot of extracts contain HFCS)
 -1/2 tablespoon of PB2 (you may be able to use natural peanut butter, I haven’t tried it yet)
-1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
 Place all you ingredients into a food processor and mix until blended, don’t mix it for to long it will turn into a milkshake like substance and we want to avoid that.
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Place your ice cream into a bowl and devour. It is so yummy and so simple to make. It’s much healthier than store bought ice cream and you know what ingredients are in it.


What are some of the healthy sweet treats you’ve made?


Running Jams

Ever wonder what people are listening to when they are running? I know when when I see someone running by I often think and wonder. Music plays a huge factor for me when I’m on a run, especially if it’s a scheduled long distance run. Running can get boring sometimes. I notice when I’m running with music my running gets faster to the beat of the music. I have ran without music and notice my tempo slows. Some people prefer running without music. If you are one of those people who DO enjoy running with music. Here is a list of running jam I enjoy that keep me going.
 –I like it- Enrique Inglesias feat. Pitbull (when I started running this was my favorite song to run to)
–Blackout- Breathe Carolina
–Problem- Ariana Grande feat. Iggy
–Turn Down for What?- DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon
–Dark House- Our Last Night (Katy Perry cover)
–Deja Vue- Sleeping With Sirens
–Sleeping With a Friend- Neon Trees
–Neon Lights- Demi Lavato
–Wasted- Tiesto feat. Matthew Koma
–Really Don’t Care- Demi Lavato feat. Cher Lloyd
–A Love Like War- All Time Low feat. Vic Fuentes
–Tipsy- J-Kwon
–Take Out The Gun Man- Chevelle

–Boom Clap- Charli XCX

–Hollaback Girl- Gwen Stefani
–It’s Tricky- RUN-DMC
–Heaven Knows- The Pretty Reckless
–Take Me Home- Cash Cash feat. Bebe Rexha
–Welcome Home- Coheed and Cambria
–Numb/Encore- Linkin Park feat Jay Z
–Work B*tch- Britney Spears
–Rock Box- RUN-DMC
–Ain’t it Fun- Paramore
–One For The Money- Escape The Fate
–Team- Lorde
–Uprising- Muse
–You’re Going Down- Sick Puppies
–Animals- Martin Garrix
–Get Lucky- Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams
–Turbo Swag- Attack Attack!
–Memories Of A Broken Heart- Crown The Empire
–Life Lessons Learned The Hard Way- A Day To Remember
–Wooly- Breathe Carolina
–BURN IT DOWN- Linkin Park
What are some of the songs currently on your playlist right now? I’d love to hear. Leave a comment.

Tips for newbie runners

So you want to take up a new sport and you are thinking about running? Here are a some tips that every new runner should know before hitting the pavement.
–Finding the right sneaker is key. A good pair of running shoe goes a long way. Getting a gait analysis test by an expert is the best way to go. A lot of local running stores will have this type of testing in store. They will fit you with the right sneaker that fits your needs.
–Get the right gear. Running is a high impact sport. You want to be the most comfortable when it comes to not only running sneakers but the clothes you wear play a big factor. Finding something comfortable and will withstand your run. Always check the weather beforehand to dress accordingly.
–If this is your first time running. You may want to take it slow. Using a training program like the Couch to 5k is great way to start. There are many training plans out there that you can follow that best fits your ability.
–Always remember to do a warm-up and stretch before any kind of running to prevent injury and always cool down and stretch. Click here for some post run stretches.
–Feed your body. Eating a post run snack not only benefits your tummy, but it also replenishes your muscles to help build and repair themselves.
–Know running terms. Runners have their own type of terminology. I have a great post you can read all about it here Running terms every beginner should know.
–Try changing up your running up to prevent boredom. Do some interval training, which not only helps with endurance but also benefits fat loss.
–Set goals. All runners have goals to either run a 5k, a half and so forth. Set a few for yourself, Setting goals is  a great way to motivate yourself and you find yourself accountable.
–Some of us have a busy lifestyle and we can’t always get out the door and hit the pavement so we fall for the treadmill. If you want to change up your scenery try going for a run outside.
–Remember to stay safe when running, whether you are running in the dark, solo or with friends, Always wear some sort of reflective gear. Try and run on sidewalks if available. If not run in the opposite directions of traffic. Pay attention to your surroundings. Remember to tell your loved ones where your running route will be that day and also please invest in a Road ID. Not all of us who run carry some sort of ID. This not only has your info on there it also has your medical info too.
–If you are looking for improvement. Try some interval training like sprint intervals, which will increase your speed and endurance. Tempo runs, will also increase your speed and endurance. Also try some hill work. Find a great incline. Running up hill will increase your endurance.
–If you are serious about running and on a training plan. Please stick with it. It helps you build endurance, speed and confidence.
I hope some these help those who are just started taking up running. We all start somewhere and have all been there. Good luck and happy running.

Getting back on track. Week 2 complete.

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I can’t believe I’m already 2 weeks into this workout plan. If you want to read more about the workout plan I’m doing click here. I have started to notice that I feel a bit stronger and my running has improved slightly. I have been eating pretty healthy. I also did a measurement of my waist before I started the plan and I’ve already lost an inch and half around my waist. So phase 1 of this workout plan is officially completed. I get to move onto phase 2 which is a little tougher and doesn’t have me running as much. I don’t know how I will deal with this but I will try to sneak some kind of run in. I have to start marathon training sometime in September.
While doing this plan. I have found some great meals and different snacks to make that are clean and better for you. I made this awesome cucumber salad. I will post a recipe in a future post. Pinterest has become my new best friend for clean recipes.

Getting back on track. Week 1 complete

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I’m so sorry I have been seriously slacking these past few weeks on keeping up to date with my blog. I’ve been very busy changing my lifestyle around for the better as I mentioned in a previous post Day 1: To a Stronger Me, that I was tired of slacking on my working out and running and was ready for a change. I want to be at my strongest and healthiest come marathon day Which is February 1, 2015. I have a lot of work to go before then so I figured this was a great time to go a head and get stated. I’m part of this awesome  supportive group for mothers who run Moms Run This Town.
Pam the creator of Moms Run This Town posted a photo on her Facebook and I was just in awe over her 12 week transformation. I couldn’t believe it. How did she do it? Where can I find this program?. She posted the link. It so happens the wonderful ladies Tiffany and Whitney over at www.heandsheeatclean.com have created a workout plan geared towards runners who still want to run but also build strength at the same time. I thought this couldn’t have come at a better time. Pam the creator of Moms Run This Town has also joined in on them with this workout plan.
I went with the “at home” plan. I canceled my gym membership and bought stuff to use at home. I find myself more confident at home and less distracted. The first thing I needed to do was CLEAN up my diet, my biggest struggle. I cut out a lot of junk, that didn’t need to be in my diet. I had my husband take before photos, gosh they are never pretty are they? I went a head and started this workout plan and finished up week 1 on August 6th and I will say with only a week in I can see results, my usual shorts that were once snug are slightly loose. I feel more alert and less sluggish as I did before.
I hope at the end of the 12 weeks I will have an amazing transformation photo to share. I will continue with the end of the week updates until then.

Friday Featured Runner (series 14)

Todays Friday Featured Runner is Lara over at Cookies Cardio and Clothes
Lara’s Running Journey
In 2011 I was nearing my goal weight on Jenny Craig and was looking for a new challenge. I’d always wondered what it would be like to be a runner. Here’s the thing though,  I’d never ran before. I was the fat kid who hated the Presidential Fitness Exam in gym class because I knew I’d have to run a mile and would be the last one to finish. I was stalling a bit in my weight loss and running would be a new challenge. Hey, my brother runs marathons, I can run a 5k.
Like so many people I used the Couch to 5k app and in June of 2011 I ran my first 5k, the Komen Race for the Cure. That year I ran a few more 5ks and in November, I told my husband that I wanted to run a half marathon. He thought I was insane but was completely supportive. I downloaded a training plan on-line and in April 2012, completed my first half marathon. I think that’s what I’m still most proud of, going from not running at all to a half marathon in a little over a year. It was something I never thought I’d be able to do and I’m still amazed that I can lace up my shoes and just go for a run!
-What made you decide to be a runner? I’m ridiculously competitive. My brother runs marathons, heck, I can run a 5k.
-What is the longest distance you’ve ran? 13.1
-What is your favorite post run fuel? A bagel sandwich. Sometimes on morning runs, the thought of that bagel is the only thing that keeps me going.
-What song is currently being played on your playlist when you run? I start every race with Guns and Roses, Welcome to the Jungle. It always gets me pumped up and ready to run. I also love “Hearts on Fire” by John Cafferty. It”s the one they play in Rocky 4 during the training montage when he runs up the side of the mountain. Seriously, an awesome song for hills.
-What would you tell an individual who has just started their journey into running? It’s not going to be easy. There are going to be days when you’d rather do anything else than go for a run. You’re going to have awful, just awful runs and you’ll want to quit more than anything else. Don’t. Slow down, walk if you have to, but don’t quit. Then one day you’re going to go on a run and it will be amazing. The temperature, the course, it will all come together in a glorious moment and you’ll wonder why you ever doubted yourself. You’ll live for the feeling of that amazing run, and that’s why you have to keep going.
Places to follow Lara:
Twitter- @cookiecardioclo
Blog- http://www.cookiescardioandclothes.com/
Instagram- ljn162
Want to be a Friday Featured Runner? Send me an email.

Friday Featured Runner (series 12)

Today’s Friday Featured Runner is Lianne over at Sunshine Runner.
Lianne’s Running Journey


I started running when I was in college. My mother has always been a long distance runner and half marathoner and we started out together. Since I was 20 we have run over 10 half marathons together. She got me into running and it has gone from there! My biggest accomplishments have been my first marathon (26.2 with Donna) in February 2012 and my most recent marathon (Big Sur 2014) at 15 weeks pregnant. After our baby girl arrives, I really want to do more marathons and a 2015 ultra. TBD!
Q & A
-What made you decide to be a runner? I decided to get into running to get into shape during college and lose a few pounds. After the first few races, the weight was just an added bonus – I was hooked!

-What is the longest distance you’ve ran? The longest distance to date is my marathons. Hopefully that will all change in the next year. 50Ks and 50 milers are goals for the future!
-What song is currently being played on your playlist when you run? I only listen to music occasionally when I run, but lately I have been in an early 90’s rock kick – Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam
-What would you tell an individual who has just started their journey into running? I would tell someone who is just starting out to be patient above all. We ALL struggle in the beginning. My mom once told me you will have 10 terrible runs for that one great run, but it is the great runs that keep you coming back for more, and they will get more frequent! Start slow and never, ever give up!
Places to follow Lianne:
Twitter: @sunshine_runner
Instagram: @liannermartin
Want to be a Friday Featured Runner? Send me an email.