Thursday, July 20, 2017

Get Brooks Endorsed!


Have you guys heard of the amazing campaign that Brooks started last month? They actually started it on June 7th, Global Running Day.  It's literally the biggest endorsement deal in history! They are signing runners of all speeds and abilities to be a part of the Brooks family. I had heard of the campaign a few weeks back but I was a bit preoccupied with other things to actually sign up. So I kind of signed up a little late in the game. Talk about pregnancy brain right?

So what do you get out of this endorsement deal? Well, you get exclusive access to training and nutritional services by some of Brooks finest coaches. You also get an official athlete card that you can share on social media so all your friends and family can see how special and important you are. And lastly you get your endorsement deal and you'll get a check for $1. Unfortunately the dollar deal is only applicable to Canadians and US residents.


I really can't say enough great things about the website, Brooks Athlete Headquarters. It is a great home base for all things running. From learning to perfect your running form to improving strength with new exercises, this website will have you motivated to train for your next race. This deal is about showing us runners the royal treatment. Still not sure? Watch this video and get encouraged to join one the greatest endorsement deals out there.




Knowing that Brooks is celebrating my passion for running and wants to endorse little 'ol me is pretty spectacular. By making me a part of their team, they're celebrating my dedication to the sport. Go me! So I guess the next big question is are you going to get #brooksendorsed ??






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Thursday, July 13, 2017

7 Easy & Safe Core Exercises for Pregnant Women


One of the first things that I learned during this pregnancy is how important having a strong core is for not only relieving back pain but also in preparation for labor. Having a strong core also helps out significantly with postpartum. I'll be the first to tell you that before I got pregnant I hated doing core exercises. Honestly, it was mostly because it's been my biggest weakness. I knew I had a weak core going into this pregnancy and it really showed as soon as the first trimester. This lead me to quickly start doing a bit more research on safe exercises to do while pregnant to strengthen my core. I figured it could only help right?

Each pregnancy is different so please consult with your doctor first before starting any exercises while pregnant.  I received approval from my doctor early on and just recently got confirmation once again that I am still healthy and able to continue exercising. While doing my research on safe core exercises, I found these to be some of the benefits:
  • They increase flexibility and provide better joint mobility which allows for different birthing positions while in labor.
  • Core exercises can prevent abdominal separation during pregnancy.
  • It's easier to regain fitness back after pregnancy.
  • It creates a strong spine and back muscles that will ensure good posture, even as your belly continues to grow.
  • Can decrease back pain.
Throughout this pregnancy, I have really tried to listen to my body in order to feel what's right and wrong. I've taken great pride in trying to be as healthy and active as possible not only for me but my my growing bump. Who would have thought that just a few simple exercises would have such a huge impact on my posture and ensure a pretty smooth pregnancy (knock on wood). I still have a few more weeks to go (give or take six weeks) but taking the time early on by strengthening my core has significantly helped me  Here are 7 easy (pregnant safe) exercises you can do to alleviate back pain and strengthen your core:

  • Heel Slides: Lie on your back with your upper back, neck and head propped up above your heart with your palms on the ground along your sides for support. Bend both knees to bring your feet in toward your butt. Keeping the heel above but close to the ground, extend one leg at a time. Then bring it back in to starting position. Alternate sides.

  • Single Heel Drops: Lie on your back with your upper back, neck and head propped up above your heart with your palms on the ground along your sides for support. Bend both knees at the hips to 90 degrees and lift both heels up off the ground so that the feet are in-line with the knees. With control, engage your abs to lower one heel. Touch the ground gently before you raise it back up to starting position. Repeat on the opposite side and continue to alternate legs.

  • Pelvic Tilts: Stand with your back against a wall and relax your spine. Inhale as you press the small of your back against the wall. Exhale and release to complete one repetition.



  • Triangle Pose: Stand with feet wide, right foot turned out and right heel aligned with arch of left foot; raise arms to shoulder height and out to sides, palms facing floor. Bend forward from the hips over right leg, placing your right hand on your shin or ankle, as you extend your left arm toward the ceiling, palm facing forward; turn head to look up at ceiling. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.


  • Stretch and Tuck: Start on all fours. Extend your left arm straight out in front of you and your right leg out behind you. Engage your abs as you draw the extended elbow and knee in toward your core. Release to full extension and continue. Complete the same number of repetitions on the opposite side.


  • Cat/Cow Pose: Kneel on all fours and draw your abdominals in. Inhale and gently arch your back. Tip your tail bone up and look towards the sky. Exhale, round your back and tuck in your chin towards your chest. Repeat sequence 10 times. 



  • Child's Pose: Sit on your heels and reach forward elongating the spine. Rest your forehead and breathe deeply into your back. As your belly grows, keep your big toes together and spread your knees apart to create space.





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Monday, July 3, 2017

July...Time to Re-Evaluate How Your Year Is Going

Since we are now in the month of July and half way done with the year, I figured it would be a great time to re-evaluate my goals/resolutions for the year. I was already pregnant at the beginning of the year so I really didn't have any fitness goals. Correction...I did have goals but they had to be adjusted real quick. That was a first for me since I usually plan out my racing calendar by the beginning of the year. I map out what races I want to sign up for and what my goal times are for each one.  On the calendar I initially had 4 races plus the Ragnar Relay for the year. Originally my goal was to train for a PR during my first race in January. I was still coming off my marathon high from the Chicago Marathon so my training was on point. But then life threw me the greatest curve ball which forced me to adjust my race goals and pretty much cancel all races until further notice, my little miracle baby.

See, I was barely seven weeks pregnant at the start of the year and was considered high risk because of my struggles with infertility. I was literally on pins and needles trying to keep my growing baby alive and well. My biggest fear was of course having a miscarriage in the first trimester.  Once I received the green light from my doctor saying I could run, my goal changed from setting a PR in my January race to just finishing the race and enjoying the course. As for the remaining races, well I quickly decided that it was in the best interest of my baby to take it easy and try to enjoy this pregnancy.

During this pregnancy, I learned real quick that I needed to change my way of thinking. When I made it to the second trimester, it was like a sigh of relief. The chances of my baby making it to full term grew exponentially and that's when my way of thinking started to shift. In life nothing is guaranteed and even as much as we plan and prepare, things can always take a different direction. It's the curve balls that challenge us and test us. They can either break us or make us wiser and stronger. At the beginning of the year I came across this quote:



This quote literally spoke volumes to me. I have since applied it to my personal life, my work life, and my fitness goals.  Maybe this year isn't going according to what you had in mind. What are you doing to fix it? What are you doing to get back on track? Life will always provide road blocks that get us off track but it's what we do to get back on course that makes us stronger. So I guess what I am trying to say is take the time to re-evaluate how your year is going and remember that challenges are placed in our path to make us appreciate all that we have. For example, even though I have not been able to run my typical mileage this year, I am extremely grateful that my body is allowing me to get any exercise done. I've still been able to enjoy runs, spin classes, yoga, swim, and even attend November Project. I am 33 weeks pregnant and now take each day by day. As for my work life, I am still able to work and provide a stable paycheck for my family.  I have not had any complications with work and I still enjoy doing what I love. I am extremely appreciative of my coworkers since they go out of their way to make me comfortable during our long 12 hour night shifts. I can't plan my life like I used to (which is new for me), but I now listen to my body.  If my body says you need rest, I listen. If my body says you can go for a run, then I run. Learning to let go has probably been my biggest challenge but jus as the quote says, it's made my life so much more meaningful.


How is your year going?




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