I'm a sucker for a good challenge. Something that I can commit to and will keep me on track. It's why I like to sign up for races and why I have a planner that's covered in goals and plans. Last year, I decided to commit to the Runners World Run Streak (run 1 or more miles a day, every day, from Thanksgiving to New Years) because I needed something to get me back into running. I was 3 months post baby #2 and I just needed some motivation! Plus, that new baby of mine wasn't a huge fan of the stroller yet, so I figured we could all survive 10 minutes or so a day. It ended up being just what I needed. I felt like a runner again after over 6 months of laying off, and the BEST PART!? Baby girl got so used going in the BOB every day that she stopped crying and actually enjoys stroller runs now!
Since that time I've raced in a 5K, 10K and a half and after my half earlier this month, I wasn't quite sure what was next. My running buddy and I were hoping to do another half later this winter but she is working through some injuries and I just wasn't mentally into long running. So the streak returned just in time.
I decided to commit once again - run 1 mile a day (or more!) from Thanksgiving to New Years. 40 days of AWESOME. And guess what arrived on my doorstep to try just days before the run streak started? These new beautiful, purple (to my 3 year old's delight!) Mizuno Wave Rider 21's!
I think it's hilarious and amazing that I'm going streaking for the Wave Rider's 21st birthday...what could be a better way to celebrate? I'm about 2 weeks into the run streak and I've been loving wearing my new Wave Riders. I currently am only running in Mizuno's (Wave Sky's and Catalyst) and am loving them all. Honestly, the Wave Riders have been the easiest to "break in" and I like the balance of being supportive and cushioned without being too heavy. They really are a great neutral shoe! The Sky's are bulkier for me but feel great on a recovery run, and the catalysts are super light weight but not as cushioned. So the Wave Rider 21 is the goldilocks in my shoe closet right now! I've found myself throwing them on for just about every run lately! Until I bought my first pair of Mizuno's this spring, I had always kind of thought of them as big time runner shoes. But I've come to learn that are great for any level of runner. I'm liking them on my short 1 milers and they held up great to my half marathon training too. They are super breathable (thank goodness...I run in Texas heat and humidity) and comfy enough to forget that I have them on after a run! I definitely recommend checking them out!
I'm really excited to see where this run streak takes me. I've really been enjoying shorter, faster runs and mixing it up with more strength and bleacher workouts!
What are your running plans these days? Ramping up for some big races? Run streaking like me? I'd love to follow your journey! I post most of my running and streaking updates on Insta
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.
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I LOVE Instagram and how positive and motivating of a space it is for me. I make a real conscious effort to only follow accounts that make me happy and feel inspired.
So this next project is just about that. Sharing, connecting and inspiring throughout Instagram and the healthy living community. I have connected with so many amazing FIT MOMS in real life and on Instagram...and this challenge is for ALL OF YOU!
I have partnered up with my friend and fellow fit mama Hollie from Hollie Nicholson Fitness to co-host a 2 week Instagram photo challenge! #MomsWithMomentum I love photo-a-day challenges because we all can use a little insta-inspiration sometimes! We also have some AMAZING sponsors like Momentum Jewelry and Her Tribe Athletics which only means one thing: super sweet prizes!
Here's how it works.
Save this photo to your phone so you have easy reference to it throughout the challenge.
Repost it on Instagram to tell everyone what you're doing and to encourage them to join you! The more the merrier!
Then, each day of the challenge (Oct. 1-14), post a picture based on that day's prompt. You can interpret them however you like! Don't overthink it, just have FUN!
To be sure that we see your post and to be entered to win prizes throughout the challenge, be sure to hashtag #MomsWithMomentum on each photo and tag each of the co-hosts and sponsors. Winners will be notified and announced throughout the challenge,
I'll be sharing my favorite posts at the end of each week too!
Our sponsors are 2 amazing women owned companies that both have integrated fitness fashion with inspiration.
You already know that I LOVE Momentum Jewelry. I've been an ambassador for over 2 years (but I'm not getting paid for this campaign) and love representing their brand! If you haven't gotten your hands on one of their wrap bracelets or foot notes yet - you've gotta check them out! Or...WIN SOME IN THIS CHALLENGE!!!
Her Tribe Athletics is a brand new athletic apparel company owned by 2 awesome women. All of their shirts are really fun (like this "Chasing Tiny Humans is my Cardio" tank") and they are all limited edition - so if you see something you like, get it right away! You can win this "chasing" tank in our challenge!!
So what do you think?
Are you going to join us?
Start this Sunday with our first prompt "Momentum" and show us how
Here we are, August 1st and you all know what that means....FOOTBALL TIME!
As a college football coaching family, our year pretty much revolves around the different "football seasons". There's more than 1 football season, you say? Well, yep. We've got Fall Camp, Actual Season, Post Season Play (hopefully), Recruiting Season, Spring Ball, did I mention recruiting season? Oh yeah that happens all year long.
But we start to get really excited when August rolls around because it's the real deal football time. I love taking the girls to practices and games, and I love seeing the spark of passion that lights up in my coach hubby's eyes when he gets back on the field.
I was reading back on some old blog posts of mine and found one from a few seasons ago that still really rings true to me. It was about supporting my coach through a healthy season. I know not every wife has the time or ability to do this, but I really try to take it upon myself to set my coaching hubby up for success during his season. You might want to check my old post out too - mostly for the funny comics I posted! Is it bad when your own blog posts make you laugh? I digress.
Last year, I have to admit, I didn't do much in terms of helping my husband out. I had a 10 day old baby and a 2 year old at the first game, and I was pretty much happy to just survive last season. But this season we're ready to roll again and I'm excited about some of the things we do to get ourselves and my coach ready for a winning season.
As far as me and the girls go, I make sure to have a pretty set (and fun!) fall schedule. Staying busy keeps us sane, and I'm excited to have a fall filled with Mommy Strong fitness classes, music class, some visitors and lots of fun little day trips. I also like to plan out a few weekly meals so that we don't end up eating cereal for dinner every night! Finally, we have a tradition of making new team shirts for the girls each year before the first game, so that will be a fun activity to do sometime this month!
As far as supporting my coaching husband, I"ve put together some of the things I send him off with for a healthy and successful season. If you have a coach (or any active, busy, hard working person!) some of these things might just make a perfect care package for them too!
Obviously, this initial stash won't last the whole season. I send lunches (and breakfasts and dinners usually) as well as healthy snacks like hard boiled eggs throughout the season too.
The Coach gave me list of stuff he needed for the locker room. I don't ask many questions, I just buy the list!
This makes my heart so happy. My husband Mr. Tough Football Guy was really skeptical of essential oils when I first ordered them. Fast forward to now...he asked for a diffuser in his office, uses oils every day and has been asking me to send samples in for other coaches!
He even had the idea of creating a "Football Season Survival Kit" for coaches with all of his favorite doTERRA products! He has seen how much these products have helped him, and I love that he wants other coaches to experience it too!
A few of the must-haves he told me he needed:
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I always like to send something a little personal too - this is one of the books I've given to him in the past to add to his collection at the office. I also like to print a few recent pictures of the girls for his office!
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