Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jamba Juice Smoothie Review

As a Moms Meet blogger, I was recently given the opportunity to try out two new smoothies from Jamba Juice.

The new Tropical Harvest smoothie from the regular menu and the new Jamba Kids Berry Beet It! Smoothie from the kids menu.

The kids and I went to Jamba Juice and ordered our smoothies. If you ask, Jamba Juice will split one smoothie into two cups for the kids.

The new Tropical Harvest Smoothie is made with mangos, peaches, and passion fruit juice blended with juices from butternut squash, sweet potato and carrot. It is dairy-free and gluten-free with only 230 calories.

The Jamba Kids Berry Beet It! Smoothie is made with strawberries, mangos, bananas, and mixed berry juice with carrots, beets, broccoli, spinach, kale, and lettuce. It’s also dairy and gluten free with only 190 calories.

I know what you’re thinking when you read the descriptions of the smoothies because I thought the same thing: there’s no way that my kids are going to drink a smoothie with carrots, beets, broccoli, spinach, kale, and lettuce.

But you know what? You can’t taste any vegetables in either smoothie. They were both sweet, smooth, and delicious. And my kids loved them. Jaden gave the Kids Berry Beet It Smoothie two thumbs up.

Both kids finished their whole smoothie and then asked to drink some of mine.

The Tropical Harvest smoothie was also excellent. Very fruity tasting. I was a little nervous to taste the kid’s smoothie after my experience with the beet juice from my juice cleanse, but I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted it – it was delicious.

Both smoothies were something that I would order again. They are a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies, and a great way to get extra veggies in your own diet. The sweetness from the fruit overpowers the taste of the smoothie, so you don’t even know you’re drinking veggies.

I didn’t tell the kids what was in the smoothie beforehand and had them guess what flavors they tasted. They both said strawberries and raspberries (there were no raspberries in it though) and neither of them guessed there were any veggies in it.

Definitely some delicious new smoothies from Jamba Juice! To learn more about Jamba Juice’s new smoothies, check out their Facebook page.

  • Have you ever been to Jamba Juice?
  • Favorite Jamba Juice smoothie?
  • Do you put veggies in your smoothies?


I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet Program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.


Filed under Family Fun

Bud’s Run 5k 2013

Good afternoon! This morning, Danny, the kids, and I ran the Bud’s Run 5k (the kids ran the 1k).


My dad came out to watch the kids. Thanks, Dad.

I didn’t have to be worried about the heat and humidity after all because it rained the whole entire race. Not that I minded. I much rather run in the rain than the heat. I don’t mind the rain.

I was hoping to have a good run since it wasn’t too hot out. As soon as I started running, I could feel how tight my calves were and knew it was going to be a problem. And my right quad continues to hurt. I started out a little too fast as usual and my time was 32:11.

I am going to be honest and say that I was very disappointed. I was hoping to run a little better especially without the heat and humidity. My dad pointed out that if I had ran 32:11 a year ago, I would have been so happy.

Yes, he’s right. My running has improved a lot since last year. I have cut 4-5 minutes off of my 5k time, but it’s still disappointing.

It’s disappointing because I have been running for years, and I still struggle with it. Every single run for me is a hard run. I really feel like I give it everything I have most of the time. Yes, sometimes maybe my mind gives up before my legs do, but running is hard for me especially when my legs are sore most of the time.

No matter how hard I try or how much I run, I am just mediocre. I feel like I should be able to go a little faster but I just can’t. I’m not saying that I want to be incredibly fast or win medal every time. I simply want to be able to finish a 5k in 30 minutes or under on a consistent basis.

I am not looking for sympathy and I know that I should tell myself things like all that matters is that you did it and at least you’re out there being active or well, you’re lapping everyone one the couch.

But you know what? I don’t want to say those things to myself. I want to feel bad for awhile and be upset. Then, I will get over it, move on, and run my next race.

It’s just discouraging to try so hard and fall short. But I’ll get over it. Sometimes it just helps to talk about how I feel.

Moving on so that you don’t have to deal with anymore of my self pity…

Danny did awesome once again!! Not only did he PR with a time of 22:51, but he won first place for his age group!

I am so proud of him. He was been really trying hard to win a first place for his age group and today he did it! Not to mention a time of 22:51! Great job, Danny.

Along with his medal, he got a pair of running socks.

It amazes me how some people just have such a natural running ability. Danny can just wake up and run a 5k as fast as he can or go out and run 10 miles no problem. Very awesome.

The kids had fun running the 1k. Jacob ran really fast, finishing 14th out of all the kids.


Jaden ran great too and even lost his shoes halfway through the race. He just sat down in the middle of the runners to put it back on. I had to go run and grab him before he started a big pile-up of people tripping over him.

Jaden was so excited to eat his Italian ice after the race.

There was a lot of food after the race - bananas, orange, watermelon, Clif Builder bars, Italian ice, and pizza.

Yes, there was pizza and breadsticks after the race. I thought that was a nice touch.

Overall, I think the race went well. It’s a smaller race but this year was the 10th anniversary of the race. I have ran the course quite a few times because it’s where a lot of the local races are held.

There’s enough people directing you were to go, one water station, and someone yelling out splits and miles 1 and 2. There is enough bathrooms, the race starts on time, and there’s plenty of post-race refreshments.

This year you could buy $1 raffle tickets to win different gift baskets.

The only thing I didn’t like was the awards. I felt like they took way too long. First, the announced the 12 and under winners. Then they announced the 13 year old male winners. Then the 13 year old female winners. Then the 14 year old male winners. Then the 14 year old female winners. And so on and so on. All the way until age 19 when it finally went into 5 year age divisions.

I have never been to a race with single age group awards. Also, during the awards they started calling out raffle winners. Then they went back to the age group winners. Then in the middle of the age group winners they started calling out the 1k kid’s winners so that the parents with kids could leave. Then they went back to the age group winners.

It just took way to much time. And I don’t remember them doing it like that last year.

After the race, we stopped at Starbucks for coffee and a breakfast sandwich. Well, I had a breakfast sandwich. I think Danny filled up on pizza!

Tonight, we’re going to my mom’s to celebrate her birthday which in Monday. We’ll also be watching the Blackhawks game over there. Go Hawks!

Have a wonderful afternoon!!


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Race, Running

First Day of Summer!

Happy First Day of Summer!

The kids and I celebrated yesterday by going to the pool.


It was hard bringing three kids who are all about 6 years apart to the pool. From now on, I think I’ll stick to the splash park.

Yesterday, I got an email from The Biggest Loser Walk Run 15k saying that the professional pictures were ready. The nice thing about the Biggest Loser race is that all the professional pictures are free.

This is the first race I’ve ever come across where the pictures are free, which is nice because those professional race pictures are expensive! All you have to do is add the pics to your online cart and check-out (no charge). Then you can download them to your computer to print or use however you want!

Here’s a few of my favorite pictures.

This one was right before my dad and stepmom went around the last bend to the finish line. We all meet them and walked the last few minutes with them.



My dad and Sue crossing the finish line.


Me, running in the rain.




There were also a few pictures of me that came out terrible. I could also tell that I have gained a little bit of weight recently. Not just by looking at the pictures, but by how my clothes are getting a little bit tighter.

I haven’t weighed myself lately which is part of the problem. When I don’t weigh myself on a consistent basis, my weight slowly starts to creep up. It’s so hard to lose, yet so easy to gain.

May and June have been hard months for me because we have had a birthday, graduation, or holiday every single weekend for the past two months. And no, I don’t always have to eat a piece of cake or treats, but I have very little will power when it comes to sweets, and sometimes I tend to overindulge.

I lost 30 pounds by being meticulous about writing down everything I ate, weighing my food, and counting calories. It was time consuming and sometimes made me resent that I had to do it. But it was the only way that I lost the weight.

When I reached a weight that I felt comfortable with, I stopped weighing and writing down my food. And slowly I gained some weight back. I don’t think I am at the point where I can maintain my current weight loss without continuing to write everything down.

Counting calories really helped me stay on track and even though it can be a pain sometimes, I plan on doing it again to help me lose the pounds that I gained back. And wouldn’t you know, we have my mom’s birthday and a retirement party this weekend!?

I need to practice eating treats in moderation. When I was counting calories, I always allowed myself enough calories for a small treat – a cookie, frozen yogurt, ice cream, etc. That way I didn’t feel deprived. I think you can have treats and still eat healthy, it just has to be about moderation.

I have also been stressed about a few things lately, and I noticed that when I’m stressed, I eat. I am an emotional eater. I’m happy. I eat. I’m sad. I eat. I’m stressed. I eat. I’m bored. I eat.

So, starting Monday (yes, I broke the #1 “diet” rule – start now, not Monday), I am going back to weighing, measuring, writing, and counting. I am just not at a point yet where I can be trusted to do it on my own.

Also, I don’t look at it as a “diet.” A diet is something that can only be maintained for a short time. I like to live more of a 80/20 lifestyle. As long as you eat healthy 80% of the time, there’s nothing wrong with indulging a bit the other 20% of the time.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

My glutes are still sore and it’s really annoying. I have been stretching and foam rolling so at least they’re getting better. I just made sure to take it easy on the squats today.

After the gym, the kids and I went to pick-up our race packets for tomorrow. Jaden was very excited to get his own bib number and t-shirt.


I was excited because there was a coffee mug in the goody bag.


Hopefully, it’s not too hot and humid outside at 8 am tomorrow!

Have a great weekend! We’re going to see Monsters University tonight!

  • Any plans this weekend?
  • Are you an emotional eater?
  • How’s the weather where you live?

** Don’t forget to enter the Designer Whey Giveaway!


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Fun, Race, Running, Working Out

Chocolate Tasting Fun

Jaden and I got into a tiny argument yesterday. Maybe you’re thinking who gets into an argument with a six-year old? Well, the argument was about chocolate. So, the answer to your question is everybody. Everybody needs to argue when it comes to being right about chocolate.

Jaden, being the six-year old that he is, insisted that dark chocolate tastes the same as milk chocolate. What? You must be crazy, kid. I nicely tried to explain that no, dark chocolate does not tastes like milk chocolate because dark chocolate is more bitter.

Jaden, being the six-year old chocolate connoisseur that he is, still felt the need to disagree with me, insisting that they tasted the same.

Well, my argument automatically wins because I am the grown-up, but just to prove my point, we decided to have a chocolate tasting party. We went to the store and bought three different kids of chocolate – two dark chocolates and one milk chocolate.



Then the chocolate tasting fun began. We did a blind taste test to try them all out. I do not like dark chocolate but I decided to eat it in the name of our science experiment.

We put on the chocolate on a plate and tried each one.


The Ghirardelli Midnight Reverie 86% Cacao was terrible! That stuff was bitter. Danny, Jaden, and I all spit it out. Jacob actually liked it and said it was his favorite. I wonder if he said that because he actually liked it or because he’s the one who picked that one out at the store…


The Dove dark chocolate was actually pretty good. If I had to eat a dark chocolate, I’d pick that one. That was Jaden’s favorite. The Cadbury milk chocolate was okay. I’ve had way better milk chocolates. My favorite chocolate is just regular Dove milk chocolate which sadly we didn’t buy.

In the end, Jaden admitted that I was right. Dark chocolate does not tastes like milk chocolate. It just took the 86% cacao to convince him.

After we ate the chocolate, we watched the Blackhawks game. Thank goodness they won :)

Today’s Workout

  • 10 minutes stretching and foam rolling
  • 2.53 miles treadmill
  • 10 minutes stretching

I was still sore this morning from Tuesday’s Butt & Guts class and yesterday’s BodyPump class. I hadn’t done BodyPump in a week, so my glutes were feeling it. I stretched and foam rolled, then went to the gym to walk on the treadmill.



After walking on the treadmill, I stretched again at the gym. It felt so good.

Post workout, I had the peanut butter cookie Larabar. Oh my goodness, that thing was delicious.



I’m off to take the kids to the pool! Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite kind of chocolate? I love chocolate with almonds in it!
  • When was the last time you stretched?
  • When was the last time you went to the pool?


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

Designer Whey Sustained Energy Giveaway

Todays’ Workout

  • 3 miles outside, sunny and cooler
  • 10 minutes stretching
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

When I woke up this morning, my calves finally felt a lot better. I’m sure wearing my compression socks all day yesterday helped.

I woke up at 6 am to run before Danny went to work. I ran three miles.

My right side was sore the whole time – my butt, hip, and quad were not happy. But still, I ran the three miles without too much difficulty. I came home and stretched and foam rolled for about 10 minutes.

After the kids woke up and got ready, I headed back to the gym for BodyPump.

Designer Whey

As a FitFluential Ambassador, I was recently sent a new Designer Whey product to try out – Designer Whey Sustained Energy protein powder.


Flavors: Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Velvet

The Sustained Energy protein powder is formulated with natural whey, soy, and casein proteins to give you healthy and sustained energy during the day to meet the needs of your active demanding life. It doesn’t have caffeine and is stimulant-free.

It does have:

  • 100 calories per serving
  • 5g fiber
  • 16g protein
  • Great taste
  • Excellent source of 19 vitamins and minerals
  • Kosher certified
  • Gluten free

Of course, my first thought was to make a smoothie with the Sustained Energy protein powder. I went through my freezer to see what frozen fruit I had available, and I came across a bag of frozen cherries.


I decided to make a chocolate covered cherry smoothie. When ever smoothies are being made, Jaden needs to help.

The smoothie was super simple to make. All we used was:

  • frozen cherries
  • almond milk
  • Designer Whey Sustained Energy in Chocolate Velvet
  • crushed ice

The smoothie came out delicious. The chocolate velvet protein powder is very flavorful, so the chocolate really stood out in the smoothie. And who doesn’t love chocolate?!


Danny decided to try out the vanilla bean flavor after his workout. While I prefer adding my protein powder to smoothies, Danny likes drinking it mixed into water or milk.

Just add one scoop of protein powder to 5-8 ounces of water, juice, or milk. Danny said that he really liked the vanilla bean flavor and thought it had the perfect vanilla taste.


Designer Whey is offering the chance for some of you to try out their new Sustained Energy protein powder! And the best news?! There will be six winners!

To Enter:

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below stating whether you would like to try the chocolate or vanilla Sustained Energy protein powder. That’s it!

Chocolate velvet or vanilla bean?

Giveaway open to US residents only. Giveaway ends Friday, June 21, 2013.



Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Giveaway, Running


Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

My calves were still tight when I woke up this morning. Luckily, once I started moving around a bit, they loosened up a lot. The last time they were this bad was last year when I had to go to the sports doctor and go to physical therapy.

Now, I know how to handle them a little bit better. I know not to push myself if they’re too tight and painful. I stretch and foam roll more and I take ibuprofen when needed.

And of course, we did tons of squats and lunges in Butts & Guts class today. I just went at my own pace and regressed some of the exercises if I needed too. I did made sure to put on my Pro Compression socks when I got home though.

Post workout, I had a Larabar.

Larabar recently sent me a few of their bars to try out.

Two of their regular bars in Apple Pie and Peanut Butter Cookie. Two of their Uber bars in Roasted Nut Roll and Bananas Foster.

I had a hard time deciding whether to try the peanut butter cookie or roasted nut roll first. I have never had an Uber bar so I went with that one.

It was so good. I loved all the different nuts in it – roasted almonds, cashews, roasted peanuts, pecans, and roasted macadamia nuts. Yes, it tasted just as delicious as it sounds.

Larabars are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO, vegan, and kosher.

I think I might try these as pre-run fuel.

Speaking of running, I can’t remember if I mentioned that Danny and I are running a 5k on Saturday. I think Marlene is going to come out and run it with us too!

It’s just a small local race and raises funds for the Sarcoma Foundation of America. It’s a nice race. It’s close to home and last year they had raffles and free Italian ice, which the kids loved (okay, I loved it too).

Last year, Danny and my stepmom both placed for their age groups.

Last year’s race:

The kids are signed up for the 1k again this year!

The only thing I’m worried about is that it’s supposed to be 90 degrees on Saturday. Yay.

Have a wonderful day!

  • Ever have a Larabar? Favorite flavor?
  • Any races coming up?
  • Do you like small races or big races?

Larabar sent me some of their bars to try out and review on my blog. All opinions are my own.


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Race, Running, Working Out

What’s Next

Happy Monday!

Today’s Workout

  • 2.3 miles treadmill, walked slow

When I woke up on Sunday morning, my calves were so incredibly tight from Saturday’s Biggest Loser 15k. They felt rock hard and even walking down the stairs was difficult. I made sure to stretch and foam roll.

My calves were also very sore last night and still sore this morning. I foam rolled again and skipped BodyPump to walk about 2.3 slow miles on the treadmill.

My calves are definitely feeling the effects of running 9.3 miles. I am wearing my compression socks throughout that day hoping they will help.

I forgot to mention that I bought Danny new running shoes for his birthday. I took him to Dick’s Sporting Goods and after trying on a few pairs, he picked out a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13′s.

Danny used to only run in Nikes, so I am excited for him to try out the Brooks.

The Weekend – Saturday

On Saturday night, my family came over to watch the Blackhawk’s game and celebrate Danny and Paul’s birthdays. It was a very intense game.

I ordered a Blackhawk’s birthday cake from a nearby bakery and everyone loved it!

I was exhausted by the time everyone left and went right to bed.


On Father’s Day, my dad, stepmom, brother, sister-in-law, and niece came over for brunch. We had bagels, donuts, grapes, potatoes, and eggs. My dad opened his Father’s Day presents and we visited for a bit.

After everyone left, I was exhausted again. Running that 15k took a lot more out of me then I thought it would.

I was up at 6:30 am on Sunday and was just sore and tired. I ended up taking about an hour and a half nap before going to my in-laws house for dinner. I feel a lot better today. I’m just dealing with my sore and tight calves.


After walking on the treadmill this morning, the kids and I went to the grocery store. After a week of birthdays and Father’s Day, my eating needs to get back on track.

My fruit and veggie bowl is full!

What’s Next?

So, now that I am done with the 15k, I have the Zooma Half Marathon to train for. Since I was already training for the 15k, I am just picking up in the middle of the Zooma training plan.

The only thing I’m worried about is running four days a week. They might not fit into my schedule. The 15k training plan had me running three days a week, and I’ll probably stick to running three days a week for the half marathon training, four days a week if I can fit it in.

If you’re looking for a good 15k or half marathon training program, I recommend the Hal Higdon Training Plans. That’s what I followed for the 15k and it worked out great.

I’ll probably wait a few days until my calves feel better before jumping into the half marathon training plan.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you do anything for Father’s Day?
  • How many days do you rest after a long run or race?
  • Favorite sports team?



Filed under Biggest Loser, Family Fun, Fitness, Running, Working Out

Biggest Loser 15k

I did it! I finished the Biggest Loser 15k!


I am so proud of myself because I was able to run the whole entire race without one single walk break. Even on my long runs at home I had to take walk breaks, so I was so happy that I was able to run the whole thing even through the water stations.

About three miles in, a guy ran up next to me. We didn’t speak the whole race, but we ran the whole thing together. If he sped up a little, I made sure that I sped up. If I sped up a little, he made sure to speed up too.

At the finish line I congratulated him on the race and he told me thanks for pacing him. I told him no, thank you for pacing me. Without that random stranger, I probably would have finished a lot slower than I did. So thank you dark-haired guy running next to me.

My official time was 1:44 which I was very happy with. I knew this wouldn’t be a fast race for me, and my average pace was around 11 minutes per mile. I was just so happy to finish without walking. It was a great experience. I loved it. It was tough, but such an accomplishment.

Backing up a bit….

We got to Rockford about 5 pm Friday night and went to the race expo.

The 15k bib pick-up line was super short, but the t-shirt line took quite a while. There was definitely a lot more people that ran the 5k race.

We got to meet Jeff and Francelina from Season 14 of The Biggest Loser.

They both looked amazing, and were very sweet and friendly. They ended up staying at the same hotel that we did.

Dan and Jackie Evens from Season 5 were also there.

We walked around a few booths at the expo and listened to some Q&A and Biggest Loser trivia questions, then we stopped at Noodles and Co. for dinner.

My favorite part was the cookie.

We meet up with my brother and sister-in-law at the hotel and hung out with them for a bit before going to bed.

We woke up around 5:15 am. I ate a maple nut Clif bar right away, and we left the hotel about 5:45 am. The hotel was about 15 minutes from the race so we arrived in plenty of time.

When we got to the race, we met up with my dad and stepmom to give them their bibs.

The 15k started at 7:10 am and off we went. I ended up wearing a different shirt then I planned because the weather was a bit chillier than I anticipated. I also couldn’t fit the Honey Stinger chews in my back pocket, so I used Sports beans instead.

It rained pretty much the whole entire 15k, and I loved it. I think it’s part of the reason I was able to run as well as I did. It was cool and refreshing. It didn’t downpour just a light steady rain for most of the race.

I started out good at about a 10 min/mile pace. I keep that up for about 4-5 miles or so before I had to slow down a bit.

There was four water/Gatorade stations on the course which was perfect. Had it been hot and sunny, I might have needed more water. I ate half of my Sports Beans at mile 4.5 at the water station.

I ran next to Francelina for about 1/2 a mile before she sped up (don’t worry, I caught up to her in the end). :)

The miles surprisingly went by fast. Around mile 5, I got a little burst of energy, but by mile 7-8, my legs were feeling it. I wanted to walk so bad at mile 8, but I knew I had to keep going. I would have been so mad at myself if I had ran all 8 miles and then stopped with only 1.3 miles left to go.

Danny showed up with about 1/2 a mile left and paced me the rest of the race. I was dying, but I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face. My running buddy crossed just after me.


I got my Biggest Loser medal and immediately ate two plums. It was the best food I ever tasted.

Crystal did awesome and finished a little after me. She met a lady on the course who will be running the same Disney half marathon in Florida as her in November. That’s random.

Danny did super duper extra awesome. He won second place in his age group. His time was 1:13. I think he did so awesome, but was a little disappointed because he missed first place by about 30 seconds. He still did great.

I think the race was well organized, had enough water station, enough bathrooms, a clearly marked course with some mile makers, and a lot of volunteers directing people where to go.

The person that I am most proud of is my dad.

My dad and stepmom did the 15k walk.

When I was younger, my dad fell off the roof putting up Christmas decorations and landed on his back. My brother and I were kids and didn’t realize how serious it was and just thought it was funny that Dad fell off the roof (sorry Dad, I still feel bad about that).

He didn’t end up going to the doctor for a long long time. Years, I think. He used to have terrible back pain and finally had to get back surgery because he had shattered discs in his back that had spread everywhere in his back.

What should have been a short surgery ended up taking 7-8 hours because there was so many disc fragments all around his back that had to be dug out. He still even has back pain to this day.

Somewhere along the way, a shattered disc piece hit a nerve and ended up killing a nerve in his foot. He walks with a slight limp because of the dead nerve. I don’t think it’s necessarily painful, it’s maybe more like dead weight. And I’m sure that his good leg has to compensate for the bad leg.

(Sorry, if I left anything out of the story, Dad. Feel free to comment below and tell us). :)

So, of course, he is physically unable to do any kind of high impact exercising like jumping, running, etc. He was the first one that signed up for the 15k walk. And I told myself that if my dad wants to walk a 15k than I can run a 15k.

This was his first official race. He has done walks before, but this is the first time he’s gotten a bib number, crossed a finish line, and got a medal.

I am so proud of you, Dad! You did awesome and are an inspiration to me!

Enough mushy stuff! You just better not fall asleep at my house tonight when we’re celebrating Danny and Paul’s birthday and watching the Blackhawks game!

I am so glad that we’re staying in tonight and ordering pizza. I don’t think my legs can even walk up the stairs. And Danny is mowing the lawn right now. Overachiever.

Have a great afternoon!!


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Race, Running, Uncategorized

Hydrating for Race Day

Happy birthday to my wonderful husband!

If you’re wondering how old Danny is today, he’s 34. Happy 34th birthday, Danny!


Tomorrow is the Biggest Loser 15k race. It will be my longest race. I ran a 10k a couple of years ago, but I mainly stick to 5ks. I am not a great long distance runner, but I really looking forward to accomplishing a 9.3 mile run.

Packing For A Race

Danny and I are headed to Rockford later this afternoon for the Biggest Loser Walk/Run Expo and to spend the night. Jeff Nichols and Francelina Morillo from Season 14 will there and so will Dan and Jackie Evans from Season 5.

Here are some of the things that I’m bring for the race.

My clothes – sports bra, Zensah calf sleeves, fitted shorts, mesh Under Armour tank.

It’ supposed to be about 60 degrees on race day morning, but since I heat up really fast, I am hoping the mesh tank will keep me cool, but not too cold.

I have only run in these shorts twice, but I like them because they have a zippered pocket on the back where I can put my Honey Stinger chews.

Not pictured is my socks – I usually run in Gold Toe socks, nothing fancy. Thankfully, I have never had problems with blisters so the Gold Toe socks work good for me.

I’m also bringing my iPod shuffle, Garmin watch, lip balm, camera, and sunglasses.


I don’t like running in a hat or visor so I run in my sunglasses. I also hate wearing an armband so the iPod shuffle works out great because I just clip it to my shorts.

I’m bringing some gels and chews.

These aren’t for me – I’m going to see if my family wants them. I think even if your walking, 9.3 miles is long and you’ll need energy.

I’m stopping at the store today to pick up some more of the Honey Stinger chews which I will be using for race fuel.



I have decided not to bring my hand-held water bottle with me for the race. The most important thing is to hydrate prior to a race and after a race. I have tried to increase my water intake these past couple of days.

The kids and I were out of the house all day yesterday, so I made sure to bring my water tumbler with me and refill throughout the day. I will do the same thing today.

“Being more than two percent dehydrated in warm environments causes a decline in performance,” says Robert W. Kenefick, Ph.D., a physiologist with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.

In a study in the April 2010 Journal of Athletic Training, runners who started a 12-K race dehydrated on an 80-degree day finished about two and a half minutes slower compared to when they ran it hydrated. Dehydration causes your blood volume to drop, which lowers your body’s ability to transfer heat and forces your heart to beat faster, making it difficult for your body to meet aerobic demands.


I also came across a list of why you should not run with water:

• Carrying water can affect your running form if you hold something in your hands. It also gets away from the freedom and relaxation of running.
• It adds unnecessary weight, whether in your hands or on your waist.
• Blood and oxygen should be going to the muscles for its intense activity, not detoured to the stomach to aid in absorption and digestion.
• Hydrating while running can cause stomach upset, with sloshing liquids in the stomach, intestinal discomfort, side stitches/cramps or even nausea, especially with more concentrated sports drinks.
• Stopping for water during races slows your time.


While I think this list makes some valid points, I think it’s up to the individual whether or not to run with water. I know that carrying a water bottle throws off my running form, so I decided not to run with one.

The 15k is supposed to have water stations every 1.5-2 miles, so hopefully that should be plenty.

I’m off to cook Danny a special birthday breakfast – cinnamon French toast, hash browns, and eggs!

Have a great day!




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Two Days Away

Today’s Workout

  • 3 miles outside – sunny, cooler, and slightly windy
  • 15 min. stretching and foam rolling

I woke up at 6 am this morning to run 3 miles before Danny had to go to work. I hate running on the sidewalk by my house, but luckily, I had enough time to drive to the gym and run on the paved trail.

It was a tough run because my legs are sore and my quad was killing me. And oddly enough, my left eye watered like crazy the whole time which was annoying. I could hardly see because I kept having to wipe off the tears that were streaming down my face.

I always wear sunglasses when I run so I’m not sure what was up with my eye watering so much. I finished three slow and steady miles and then headed home.

But first I stopped for some McDonald’s coffee. :) My favorite.

My Garmin has been acting kind of weird since last night. It keeps turning itself off and then flashing four boxes on the screen. I finally got it to work and then it reset the time to 12:oo on January 1st and then it fixed itself to the right day and time. Anyone else have this problem?

I had a blueberry hazelnut oatmeal with my coffee for breakfast.

The rest of the day will be spent getting things ready for this weekend. We have a really busy weekend coming up. Tomorrow is Danny’s birthday, and he has the day off of work.

We’re dropping the kids off at my in-laws in the afternoon, and then we’re heading to Rockford to go to the Biggest Loser Walk/Run Expo and to pick up our race packets.

We decided to spend the night at a hotel in Rockford because it’s over an hour from our house and we didn’t want to have to worry about waking up super early to make it to the race on time.

Saturday morning is the 15k. Danny, my sister-in-law, and I are running the 15k. My dad and stepmom are doing the 15k walk.

Saturday night we were going to go out to dinner to celebrate my brother and Danny’s birthday, but since the Blackhawks are playing, we’re just going to order pizza by our house instead.

Just kidding…kinda.

Then Sunday is Father’s Day! We’re going to do a brunch with my family since my brother works later in the day, and then we’ll see Danny’s dad in the afternoon.

Busy, busy, busy!

  • Do you have any plans for the upcoming weekend?
  • Anyone else have weird problems with their Garmin?
  • Oatmeal: yes or no?


Filed under Fitness, Race, Running, Working Out