So You Want to Be a Runner? Here’s 4 Steps to Becoming One

This is a sponsored post on behalf New Balance. 

When I was younger I was always running- and not just late. I ran when I played softball, I ran when I played basketball, and of course I ran in track. But that was before a husband, three kids, a full-time and a part-time job, and all the stuff that comes with it. So obviously after years of spending a whole lot of time running around, but not a whole lot of time just running for myself it became very hard to pick up where I had left off so many years ago. Pretty much I was starting from scratch, a newbie learning the ropes again. As I’ve begun my journey I wanted to share what’s helped me get back on the track.

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Don’t Compare Yourself to Others.  There are a few things that everyone can do to become a runner, which we will address in this post. However, don’t compare your progress to anyone elses. Only you know what your body can handle and what it can do in a certain time period. Some may be running a mile in a week, others it make take months. Just be proud that you are making the steps to get there.

Make a Plan. Most successful runners didn’t just wake up one day and say, “Today I’m going to run 2 miles” They laid out steps to get there. Set a goal, and figure out a way to get there. I started out simple and worked my way up – I would work out for 40 minutes a day, 20 minutes at a time. For the first 5 minutes I walked (warmed up) then I would jog 1 minute, walk 4 and do it in intervals. The last minute of my 20 minutes I would run as fast as I could. I did this twice a day (mostly because of my schedule, and also because I get bored fast running on a treadmill). Within a few weeks I was walking 3 minutes, jogging 1, and working my way up. Set goals for yourself and keeping setting goals as you meet them.

Don’t Under Estimate the Power of REST. I know that everyone says it – to get a good nights sleep.. 8 hours a night..and we all seem to let it go in one ear and out the other. But sleep is MANDATORY not only for a less stressed life, but if you are serious about being a runner it’s a must. If you don’t believe me, try this – get 8 plus hours a sleep a night for 2 weeks straight. Then get a night where you only get about 5-6 and then hit the trail or the treadmill and tell me how you feel – then come back and tell me I was right!

Invest in Good Shoes. I have to admit I scoffed a bit when someone told me I needed to buy shoes specific to running. I mean sneakers are sneakers right??? Wrong.. there are so many factors that go into the type of shoe you need for a specific activity. I have always been a huge New Balance fan – I used them for basketball and everyday shoes, so when I ordered my first pair of New Balance Fresh Foam Zante running shoes I was pretty excited.

The Fresh Foam Zantes offer a smooth heel to toe transition helping you feel fast and the lightweight of the shoes help keeps the weight down from the heel strike to toe off. A lot of running shoes seem to be super heavy and weigh you down, but I don’t feel that way with my Fresh Foam Zantes. They are also super comfortable, and have the extra coushin in the heel for foot protection.
They come in different colors and styles for men and women, and you can find them on newbalance.com or your local retailer (They do carry them at Foot Locker, and on Zappos!)
Be sure you know your proper size, and if you’re unsure visit a local running store for measurements.

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Delicious Roasted Asparagus

When I was a kid we ate brocolli, green beans, and corn. I had no idea what asparagus was, except maybe from a Veggie Tales cartoon =)
As I’ve gotten older and decided to try new things, asparagus has become one of my favorite veggies. They are usually a pretty quick fix, and I can throw them on the grill, sautee them, or roast them and they always turn out delicious.
Check out this great roasted asparagus recipe and let me know what you think!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rinse and trim off the hard ends of the asparagus. Toss with 5 Tbsp of olive oil, 1 Tbsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper.
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Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet. Roast for about 20 minutes or until they are tender.  Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese or squeeze some lemon juice over them while still hot.
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Skinny By Summer Detox Smoothie

If you’re anything like me this warm weather kind of just creeped up on me – out of no where. I mean I knew it was coming, I guess I was just not expecting it to come so quickly, you know??

So to get a boost I’ve decided to start making these detox smoothies, and I have to admit they are pretty tasty. Sometimes I add spinach along with the kale, just because I don’t think you can really taste it, so I try to get as many veggies in as I possibly can. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

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1 Apple cut up
A large handful of Kale
1/2 to a whole Banana
A large handful of Strawberries (The more you add the sweeter + I like to freeze mine to make the smoothie really cold)
1/4 to 1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk (depending on how thick you want it

Directions:

Chop all ingredients up and toss into blender.  Before you start blending add the Almond Milk.  Garnish with strawberries and enjoy!  This smoothie cleanses the liver and jumpstarts your metabolism.

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Busy Mom? Here’s How To Stay Fit And Healthy

Want to get fit and healthy but don’t think you can fit in the time because you are looking after the kids? Read on to find out some simple ways to tackle this problem.

 

Walk Everywhere

 

Walking everywhere is your first step to fitness after you have had a baby. As tempting as it might be to drive everywhere, you will save time and build up your fitness more if you use your feet rather than your wheels. Walking burns a serious amount of calories, especially if you walk at a good pace. You will also be pushing a stroller weighed down with diaper bags, bottles and spare clothes, so think of all that great toning you will miss out on if you get in the car.

 

Stroller Fitness

 

Stroller fitness is a bit of a new craze that has become very successful with new mothers. Having time away from the baby can be a stressful time for you and the newborn. Any fitness exercises that you can do when you are together are going to be a bonus. Plus, you have the added benefit of getting some much-needed adult company. It’s nice to talk to someone who not only understands what you say, but also how you feel! Other moms who are in exactly the same situation as you. It’s great for the self-confidence and, of course, your health.

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Yoga

 

Yoga is an amazing way to develop your core strength – something that many women lose while pregnant! There are hundreds of DVDs or online videos that can teach you the basics, and it is something you can do while the kids chill out with a good book or a game. You can even do it when they have gone to bed, safe in the knowledge that it is a much quieter activity than a full-on workout. There is far less chance you will wake the kids when you aren’t jumping around like a lunatic!

 

Health Insurance Marketplaces

 

Part of staying fit and healthy is feeling reassured. You need to be safe in the knowledge that if you become ill or have an accident, it won’t cost you your entire life savings. Now you have children, it might be time to look into your health insurance. If things don’t quite suit your situation anymore, looking into a health benefit exchange could be good for you. Health insurance exchanges are online marketplaces where you can work out the best insurance plans for your circumstances. They can also help you find cost assistance for certain medical areas.

 

Ask For Help

 

Many new mothers want to believe that they can do everything for themselves. They will often think that they shouldn’t ask for help and that they would look weak for doing so. But asking for help is not weak. In fact, it is sensible! People will be glad to help you out when you are feeling the pressure, and it will give you the time you need for a brisk walk, run, or a workout. If having some time out will help you keep sane and healthy enough to look after your children, it is nothing to be ashamed about.

How did you get fit after your pregnancy? Why not help other moms by sharing your experiences?

 

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Making Potty Training Fun

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Potty training can be one of the hardest transitions for little ones – It’s not something they do once and they have it down. Sometimes it can take weeks – even months – for them to learn, and even then well, accidents happen.

There are some ways to help both you and your little one with the transition and instead of making it a stressful situation -bring a little fun into it! Not only will it help your child relax, but believe it or not, it will help you too!

When we first started off on our potty training adventure, we took a trip to the library for some books & videos to really introduce them to potty training and how awesome it is. You know if Elmo tells you to be a big boy or girl, you want to be a big boy or girl!

When I knew that we would be at home for a long period of time, I would let my kids ‘streak’ – well almost. They would wear a long shirt, and no bottoms so that if they could actually feel the air, and also would stimulate them wanting to go to the bathroom. Since there isn’t anything there to ‘catch’ an accident, they were a lot more likely to go running for the potty instead of continuing to play as their diaper filled up. My oldest caught on to this and would go put her own pull-up on, so it might not work for everyone!

Charts and stickers (as well as rewards) worked pretty well for all of my children. I would give them a sticker for making an effort (even if it resulted in a slight accident) and a gold star for no mess at all – they all wanted those gold stars, so it definitely helped with remembering to go. They cashed in their stickers for cool undies with super heroes or princesses on them – (shh! They don’t need to know I was buying them anyway!)

For my son ‘sinking the ship’ was quite entertaining for him..in fact, he still likes to do it on occasion. Keep a small box/container of cereal (Cheerios works best) and throw a few into the toilet. Let him aim to sink the ship – and I promise you your little guy will spend plenty of time in the bathroom!

Buy fun/colorful Pampers EasyUps . Easy Ups have been a life saver for all three of my kids. Nothing makes them feel more like a big boy or  girl, than putting on ‘big boy’ or ‘big girl’ undies like Mom and Dad. Pampers EasyUps gives them the freedom to feel grown up, whether at home, in the  car, or at the store – and you the peace of mind knowing that Pampers Easy Ups has 5-star leak protection – so you know you won’t have an embarrassing mess to clean up!

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