transamerica & rock n roll philadelphia

Can you believe its already September?! It seems like it was just April and I was running RnR San Francisco! This weekend I’m teaming with with Transamerica and Competitor Group to run Rock n Roll Philadelphia.

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Similar to RnR San Fran, I’ll start from the last corral and for every person I pass, Transamerica will donate $1 to IM ABLE, a foundation that was created to build and support active lifestyles for individuals with disabilities.  The mission of the IM ABLE Foundation is to remove obstacles that prevent people affected by disabilities from being physically active by providing grants, resources, fitness opportunities and motivation. IM ABLE changes attitudes about the potential of disabled individuals by redefining what is possible.

I’m so proud to support an organization that empowers people!

Join me at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on September 19-20.  You’ll have a chance learn more about Transamerica, meet me and the Transamerica team, and ask questions related to running and training.  I’m leading a Q&A session on Friday, September 19, at 1pm and Saturday, September 20 at 11am; be sure to attend if you have questions about training, running, nutrition, and more.

My favorite part?  Guess how many runners I’m going to pass and you’ll have a chance to win prizes (at the Transamerica booth)!

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acai warrior bowl

Inspired by an acai bowl from a local establishment, I set out to re-create a healthier, organic version.  My acai warrior bowl will become a breakfast (or actually, anytime of day) favorite.  It’s so tasty and delicious – but most important, quick to make.  And because I use my VitaMix, there’s only one thing to clean (my kinda snack, especially with an on-the-move baby).

You can play with different flavors, different fruits, different granolas.  Now matter how many times or ways I make it, this acai warrior bowl is delicious!

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Ingredients
1 package Acai (I use Sambazon from Whole Foods)
1 c organic strawberries – 1/2 c for blender, 1/2 for topping
1 banana – 1/2 banana for the blender, 1/2 for topping
1/2 c water
1/2 c ice
splash of OJ
topping: 1 cup granola – I like my homemade granola, or Michelle’s granola

optional: chia seed, flax seed, kale

Directions: Combine all ingredients in the order listed above.  Blend on high until smooth.  Pour mixture into bowl, top with reserve strawberries, banana, granola.  Garnish with fresh mint.

Enjoy!

why i breastfeed my baby: world breastfeeding week

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I want to talk about baby feeding.  To me, baby feeding and breastfeeding are the same thing.  Me, feeding my baby.

I love breastfeeding LJ.  It’s one of my favorite things about being his mom.  I need him just as much as he needs me.  

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breastfeeding in public (without a cover!)

I feel very fortunate that I’ve had success with breastfeeding.  Lincoln latched right away, and we’re almost 10 months into our journey.  It still blows my mind that I can feed my baby (and keep him alive) with my boobs. I had some new mom struggles – LJ sounding like a seal while eating, oversupply, a few trips to the Breastfeeding Support Group at the hospital, and my fair share of homemade lactation cookies – but we kind of click.  And it’s a beautiful, wonderful (breastfeeding) relationship.

Breastfeeding is easy (and by easy, I mean I can do it anywhere, anytime).  If we’re out to lunch and LJ is hungry, I can feed him.  At the mall, yep, I feed him there too.  On an airplane.  On a train.  In the car (parked, of course).  Whole Foods.  Museum.  Library.  Church.  You get the point.  If my baby is hungry, I’m going to feed him.  And when he’s hungry but I’m not with him, I pump (a lot) so he can continue to have breast milk.  I pump when I drive.  I pump when I’m pumping gas.  I pump in hotel lobbies.  I breastfeed and I pump, so my little guy can eat.

I never realized how {controversial} breastfeeding was, until I had my own.  Sure, when I was 16 years old I wondered why a mom would feed her baby without a cover.  Boobs?!  I don’t want to see those.   But I was just a kid.  I didn’t know any better.  Moms telling other moms to cover up, to stop feeding their baby in public, to go to the bathroom.  Well, moms, you should know better. We need to support each other!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read the Starbucks story here.

{final thoughts}
My plan is to breastfeed for a least one year, and longer if LJ wants to keep going.  I don’t want to put a hard date on anything.  I’m going to miss it, but feel so thankful for the time I was able to spend with LJ during this crazy, cool ride.

Happy World Breastfeeding Week.  I hope I can use my journey to help normalize breastfeeding (even if in a very, very small way). Whether you breastfeed in public, at home, or in a cave, I hope we can support moms who want to feed their baby whenever and however they choose.

 

 where’s the craziest place you’ve fed your baby?

 

note: I realize that not all moms can breastfeed – or want to breastfeed – their babies.  this post is not intended to offended or make anyone feel bad.  breastfeeding (and in public) is a choice.  as long as your baby is healthy and striving, you are a rockstar, no matter how you feed your baby.

 

{video} Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco, Transamerica Tomorrow Chaser

Do you remember when I ran Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco in April?  As part of the weekend and commitment with Transmerica, I had a personal camera crew following me (pretty awesome if you ask me!).  The video is finally live and I’m so excited to share it with you!

I love running – it’s totally changed my life – and I hope you get a glimpse into why & how.

Enjoy!

 

Why do you run?

 

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review: ergobaby 360 baby carrier

I love baby wearing.  It’s so easy and practical.  Plus LJ loves being able to see the world for a different point of view.ergobabym&l

Ergobaby recently came out with a new carrier – the Four Position 360.  I was intrigued, especially since LJ was outgrowing his other baby carrier.  What I loved most – and different from other carriers – is that I can wear LJ four ways (most carriers are two ways).    The Four Position 360 Baby Carrier provides four comfortable and ergonomic ways to wear baby: Front-Inward, Front-Outward, Hip and Back carry positions. You should see LJ front-outward facing when we’re at Whole Foods or Target; he’s seriously funny and knows how to get the attention of the whole store (he’s such a ham).

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I knew the Ergo would be great for quick, every day events: errands, grocery shopping, house work, walks around the neighborhood. But could it function – both from a fit and comfort perspective – on more rigorous adventures? I decided to put the Ergo 360 to the test!  A couple of weeks ago our family ventured to Shenandoah National Park for a  a four mile hike and I decided it would be best (and easiest) to wear LJ.

We started the hike with LJ in the back carry position.  It was so comfortable, for both of us, that LJ fell asleep 15 minutes into the hike!  He slept for about 40 minutes and seemed snug (as a bug in a rug) for the entirety of his nap.  After his nap, I moved him to front -outward facing so he could see what was going on: colors, trees, animals, etc.  He didn’t get upset once and liked both positions.  I would say that back facing was more comfortable for me during the hike (but that would be true about any carrier; I mean, it makes sense that you wear a backpack on your back).  Another great feature, is that the Ergo is breathable and fairly lightweight; we didn’t get hot once, even in the heat of the summer.  Overall, the Ergo withstood the test.

{why ergo 360}

  • Correct Baby Ergonomics Babies will always be in an ergonomic frog-leg, seated position with knees even to or above hips, and spine in curved “C” position
  • Maximum parent comfort (from petite moms to dads)
  • Versatility with four wearing positions
  • Baby weight range: 7- 33lbs (newborn with infant insert)

{where to buy}
I ordered my Ergobaby 360 from authorized dealer, Maison Drake.  Maison Drake offers everything for baby, child, and mother. I’ve ordered quite a few things from MD; customer service is wonderful and orders arrive quickly (which is what I need when I’m ordering something for LJ!).  Plus, there are so many great brands to choose from (a few of my favorites: Aden & Anais, Milkmakers (when I don’t make my own lactation cookies), Chewbeads, and more).

Use code MDSAVE15 to receive 15% off your first order (Ergobaby included in this deal)

I can’t say enough good things about the Ergo 360.  If you’re a babywearing pro, or new to the art of wearing your baby, the Ergobaby 360 is the way to go. You’ll love being able to move baby around based on activity, age, or comfort- and it’s so easy to use!

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For full disclosure, I won my Ergo 360 from Maison Drake.  MD was hosting a pre-order special; for every customer that pre-ordered the Ergo 360, they were entered to win it for free.  I pre-ordered and was lucky enough to win my carrier for free.  I was in no way obligated to write a post about the Ergobaby 360 – but loved it so much that I wanted to share my experience.  Opinions are my own.

 

recipe: lactation cookies

I love breastfeeding LJ!  It’s one of favorite things about being a mom, I love the uninterrupted one-on-one time with him.  Just the two of us.  But with the introduction of more solids into his diet, and some mild stress on my part, I noticed a slight decrease in supply.  When I only pumped one ounce during a recent pump (and normally get 4 ounces), I kinda freaked.

So I did what any crazed-want-to-breastfeed-my-baby-at-least-one-year new mom would do.  I headed to the kitchen and whipped up a batch of lactation cookies.  Good news, they taste just like the real thing.

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Keep in mind, you will need a couple of “secret” and not-available at your local grocery store items.  I suggest buying all items before trying to make these; you don’t want to get through half the recipe and realize you don’t have Brewer’s Yeast (aka milk-making magic).

Ingredients   image

{wet}
4 tbsp water
2 tbsp flax seed (ground)
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs (I use cage & antibiotic free from Whole Foods)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp maple syrup
*mix water & ground flax seed together in a small bowl and mixture let sit while combining all other wet ingredients

{dry}
2 cups oat flour (found at Whole Foods)
4-5 tbsp Brewer’s Yeast (this is the magic so I like to add 5)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

{the sweet stuff}
3 cups rolled oats
1 package semi-sweet
1/2 cup coconut (optional)
1/2 walnuts (optional)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl, mix water & ground flax seed together; set aside (about 5 minutes).  Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl, also add flax seed mixture .  In another bowl, stir dry ingredients together.  Combine everything (wet & dry) in large bowl and add the “sweet stuff”.

Lightly spray a cookie sheet with Olive Oil/Pam spray.  Spoon balls of cookie mixture onto the cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are a golden brown.  Let cookies cool completely before serving.

Enjoy (and happy milk-making)!

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{flash giveaway} SoulCycle class pass

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SoulCycle in the Nation’s Capitol

SoulCycle, the country’s premier indoor cycling studio will open its first studio in Washington D.C. this August.  As a fitness enthusiast, I couldn’t be more excited!  SoulCycle is all the rage in NYC – and I can’t wait to experience the same workout in my hometown.

At over 3,000 square feet, SoulCycle D.C. features a 55-bike studio and a SOUL retail boutique, selling SoulCycle’s original clothing collection. Additional rider amenities include showers, bathrooms and a locker area. SoulCycle D.C. is located at 2301 M Street NW (Georgetown).  If you work in the city, there’s no excuse not to try a class – the amenities are perfect for those on-the-go.

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The SoulCycle Experience:

SoulCycle is a motivating, joyful, full-body indoor cycling dance party on a bike. SoulCycle was founded on the belief that fitness could be inspiring: with a motivational workout, a beautiful environment and outstanding customer service, each 45-minute class is a transformative experience.

Co-founded by Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, SoulCycle opened its first location in New York City in 2006. By combining a unique mental component of inspirational coaching, with great music, and a full-body workout on a bike, SoulCycle immediately reinvented indoor-studio cycling and simultaneously innovated boutique cardio fitness in the marketplace.

Today, over 8,000 riders take SoulCycle classes everyday to release stress, burn fat, tone muscle, and change their bodies and lives.  At SoulCycle riders burn calories, and tone their upper bodies using hand weights and core-engaging choreography. The SoulCycle brand experience is high energy, results-oriented, and community based. The exercise program focuses on rhythm and the “energy of the pack,” which creates a strong bond between riders. Familiar faces in SoulCycle studios include Oprah, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Olivia Wilde, David Beckham, and Bradley Cooper (hashtag, celebrity citing)

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i run. do you?

I grew up running.  It’s what I know better than anything else.  Running is always there.  That’s why I love running so much.

Running is a lot of things to me.

My mom was a runner, and I wanted to be just like my mom.

Running led me to my husband, BJ.  We met at a local fun run – and he even proposed on a run!

Running has taken me through New Zealand (Queenstown, Blenheim, Fox Glacier, Auckland, Waiheke Island), Panama, Paris, Frankfurt, Brazil, Brussels, Argentina…New York City, Boston, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Sun Valley, Boise, Washington DC…over the Golden Gate Bridge, through vineyards, up and over Heartbreak Hill, around the National Mall, starting at Mt. Hood and finishing on the Coast of Seaside…

Running paid for (most of) college.

Running introduced me to some of my best friends.

Running carried me through my first pregnancy – and I even ran a race at 7 months!

Running has humbled me.  Many times.

Running has me pushing a running stroller with LJ – and embracing my new role as mother runner.

Running started as a 50m sprint and has (slowly) increased over the years: 100m, 200m, 400m (+ hurdles), 5k, 10k, 10 mile, Half Marathon, Marathon.

Running pays my bills.  Literally.  I get paid to run.

Running lets me indulge in margaritas. wine. ice cream. chocolate.  I could go on…

Running gave me the opportunity to meet some running greats: Bill Rodgers,Desi Davilla, Christy Wellington, Scott Jurek, Nick Symmonds, Josh Cox.

Running keeps me healthy and happy.

I love running.  Happy National Running Day. 

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Do you run?  Tell me what you love about running?

 

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six months postpartum {mother’s day edition}

betsey darley photography - Google Chrome 592014 115155 AM.bmpEveryone says it, but its true.  It goes by so fast.

I can’t believe LJ is six months old.  Half a year.  Now I know why people keep having kids!

LJ has changed my life.  I mean, life was good before, but now it’s even better.  Who knew?!  He’s funny and has the best personality.  Every day it’s something new, a new discovery, it’s like I’m seeing the world from a new set of eyes.  I love it.

LJ loves laughing. sweet potatoes. yoga with mommy. long walks. books. playing “under the sea”. being a sous chef. putting his feet in the grass. airplane trips. grabbing his toes and sticking them in his mouth.

As for me, I’m feeling good.  I had a healthy – and pretty easy – pregnancy.  With breastfeeding, lots of walking, and the occasional run, I’m a little less than pre-pregnancy weight.  Things are still a little more squishy than I remember, but I know I’ll get there.  All in due time.  I feel like I’m learning something new – about life and myself – everyday.

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Here’s what I’ve learned in the last six months:

  • I had no idea could function on such little sleep.  Don’t get me wrong, most days I feel like a zombie.  But at least I’m a functioning one.
  • If you can, breastfeeding is the way to go.  I love the time I get to spend with LJ.  It’s special to me.  Our time to bond.
  • Listen to your body.  I thought I was going to start running the second I was cleared by the doctor.  Instead, I waited another 8 weeks before I attempted to run.  It worked for me.  I know what works for me might not work for you but honor your body.  It’s been through a lot!
  • My life is completely and totally different now – and I love it.  And not just because I’m not going to happy hour anymore.
  • Write things down, take pictures, write your baby a love note.  You think you’ll never forget anything.  But you do.  Not because you don’t want to remember but because there’s so much that happens in one year, month, week, day that you can’t possibly remember everything.
  • Being a mom is the most wonderful, miraculous blessing in the entire world.

And as I approach (and celebrate) my first Mother’s Day, I couldn’t be more thankful for all of the beautiful blessings in my life.  Happy Mother’s Day, moms.  It’s amazing to feel what my mom felt for so many years!

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What did you learn after having a baby?

 

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