Tuesday, April 30, 2013

CARA Summer Half Marathon Training Program Kickoff

Universal Sole Muscle Milk

Last night was the CARA Summer Half Marathon Training Program Kickoff at the newly opened Universal Sole location in downtown Chicago.  It was also a great opportunity to meet some fellow ZOOMA Chicago Ambassadors - and to sample some Muscle Milk Light products.

ZOOMA Chicago ambassadors
ZOOMA Chicago Ambassadors (left to right) - Sierra,  Sara, Lauren, Katie and Kelly (photo courtesy of Kelly)

The evening started off with a 3.3 mile run followed by an overview of the training program, proper shoe fit, injury prevention, speed training and sports psychology.  Some helpful tips from the evening:

  • Proper shoe fit is essential for injury prevention.  Before starting a training program, runners should go to a running store with knowledgable staff to be fitted for both type and size of shoe.
  • Perform dynamic stretches as part of your warm up.  After a proper cool down, stretch again.
  • Roll out hamstrings, quads and calves with a "rolling pin" or foam roller.
  • Strength training exercises should be done 2-3x/week to strengthen opposing muscle groups and to build a strong core.

Training for a half marathon is a big commitment, but with hard work and discipline, you'll finish the the race injury-free and hopefully make some lasting friendships along the way.

And with that - my 15 week training program for the ZOOMA Chicago Half Marathon has begun!  Check back on Tuesdays to see how it's going.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Sink = Fixed and Weekend Plans

Sink = Fixed
Maybe some wishful thinking on my part...

Family birthday parties, soccer, at least one run, looks like a busy weekend for us yet again! What are your plans this weekend?

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gear Review - Brooks Women's LSD Lite Vest

The Brooks Women's LSD Lite Vest is windproof, water-resistant and super light weight - perfect vest for spring!   It's featherlight and provides nice wind and rain protection for your core.  The semi-fitted cut and cute colors adds style to any running wardrobe.  Bonus features include zip pockets for storage and reflective stripes for safety.


Brooks Women's LSD Lite Vest
This has been great for our unpredictable crazy Midwest spring.  I've worn it for running both as a top layer and as a layering piece under a light jacket.  I also wore it as a layering piece for spring skiing out West for core warmth and to add a touch of color.  Ideal piece for the transition to summer running!

For more information check out the Brooks website.

(This item was sent to me for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.)


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Meatless Monday - Hemp Milk

raw hemp milk
Home-made raw hemp milk
We're always looking for healthy foods and drinks, especially tasty milk/soy alternatives.  With its nutty flavor and creamy texture, our first try at home-made hemp milk turned out very well.  And no worries one won't get high on hemp milk - the seeds, and products made from them, don't contain any THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component of marijuana.  In addition the "milk" provides both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids in a healthy three-to-one ratio and 10 essential amino acids, making it a good vegetarian source of protein.  Other nutrients include magnesium, phytosterols, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin and thiamin (health facts from http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400584/High-on-Hemp-Milk.html).

Soak (one or more hours) which helps soften seeds, but not necessary
1/2 cup raw shelled hemp seeds in
3 cups of filtered water

soaking hemp hearts
Soaking hemp hearts
Add pinch of salt and honey or maple syrup to taste.  Blend on high for 30 seconds.  Strain or leave pulp in.  Great for smoothies, on cereal or by itself!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Funny

After a difficult week...this silly picture made me laugh!

chasing chicken

Happy Friday!  
Any fun plans for the weekend?


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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rain, Rain Go Away!

Rain day for all our kiddos today!  We've gotten a lot of rain in the past 24 hours, and it's supposed to continue for the rest of the day.  Check out our newly constructed underpass...

Newly constructed underpass
Newly constructed underpass.  Photo via @therealtkcs pic.twitter.com/eg9VNmQHRh 


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Friday, April 12, 2013

ZOOMA Chicago: Cytomax and Muscle Milk

Being a ZOOMA Ambassador has its perks! Five boxes arrived on our doorstep yesterday, filled with Cytomax and Muscle Milk products to aid us in training for ZOOMA Chicago. The photo isn't even all of the stuff that showed up.

ZOOMA Chicago Cytomax Muscle Milk

If you haven't already registered - do it now:) - use promo code CHIAMB9 to receive 10% off either 1/2 or 10k.  Also, check out the awesome "Run to Chi-town Sweepstakes".

This weekend for me will be soccer, running, family time and whatever else we can fit in!

What are your plans this weekend?

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Three Things Thursday: ZOOMA Chicago, First Poop, Poag Mahone's

A friend and I had the pleasure of running the ZOOMA table at the Shamrock Shuffle Expo last Friday.  If you haven't already registered - do it now:) - use promo code CHIAMB9 to receive 10% off either 1/2 or 10k.  Also, check out the awesome "Run to Chi-town Sweepstakes".

Shamrock Shuffle Zooma Chicago

Little A surprised Kovas with a first time trip to the potty - of course on Friday when I was not at home...but I didn't miss the event completely - Kovas sent me a picture...

First poop

Kovas and I went to Poag Mahone's Carvery and Ale House for a restaurant review dinner.  We were delighted to find they added more wines to their drink menu.  For the complete review, check out 50 States of Wine tomorrow.

Poag Mahone's Wine List

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits: Eco-Gardening Tips

As we move into the dog days of summer, and gardens, it's a good time to recall some green gardening tips that will save the garden, and the planet. 

Conserve water: gardeners have to conserve as much water as possible. Use a rain barrel to collect run-off rainwater throughout the year and recycle household "grey" water from baths. Watering deeply is better than little and often, as it encourages deep rooting. Only do it in the evening or early morning and direct the water at the soil rather than the leaves.



Plant the right plant in the right place: accept that what doesn't survive without extra help is unsuitable anyway.

Don't use peat: peat bogs are an essential part of the ecosystem and once they have been harvested, they are gone for ever. There are now so many excellent alternatives to peat that it has become impossible to justify its use in domestic gardens.

Recycle garden waste: composting is the key to successful garden management.

Reuse non-biodegradable products: re-use those plastic containers.

Minimize the use of chemicals.

Leave a messy bit: a pile of logs, long grass and fallen leaves are an ideal habitat for wildlife, providing bugs and animals somewhere to shelter, hibernate and reproduce.



Use hard landscaping with sensitivity: it is worth considering where materials such as stone, timber and gravel have been sourced and looking at their impact on the environment.

Use lighting responsibly: light pollution is irritating for neighbours, confuses birds and is a waste of electricity.

Teach children where food comes from: If we are really going to change habits in the future, we have to tempt children away from their computers and televisions and inspire in them a genuine love of nature and respect for their planet.

from http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/ten-commandments-of-eco-gardening.html


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Monday, April 8, 2013

A Run Makes any Day Better!

you are only one workout away from a good mood
You are only one workout run away from a good mood (from  ZOOMA FB)
A run makes any day better!  After a super busy weekend, this morning's run was a great way to clear my head and start the week off right.  I even added a hill and a couple extra blocks at the end.  The best part, however, was that even though it was gusty and threatening rain, this was my first run of the season without a jacket or gloves!  Warm and stormy - true signs that spring has sprung:)

best run collage
spring at last!!
Head over to MissZippy1 to read other's best run -- thanks to Amanda for organizing this blogger link-up!

 What's your best run?

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Carhartt Alpine Vest Review

Carhartt always made me think of men's tough work clothes, especially brown canvas coveralls - but not anymore!  When I received my Carhartt Alpine Vest, I was delighted - it's Carhartt tough with a feminine twist!

Carhartt Alpine Vest
Carhartt Alpine Vest (with Under Armour Storm Hoodie - perfect combo)
You’ll take winter weather in stride in the down-filled comfort of our alpine vest. Made of 3-ounce, 100% nylon, 550-fill, 75% duck down/25% feathers, it includes a pull-up hood and drop tail for extra protection in extra challenging conditions. It also includes two lower-front pockets and, for secure storage, there’s an interior safety pocket with hook-and-loop closure.

I've worn this (a lot) - around town, taking the kiddos to school, during our vacation in the mountains, and even in the house!  It's lightweight and keeps my core warm.  The pull-up hood has a nice fit providing ample protection from wind, snow and rain.  This super comfy vest is perfect for layering during winter or by itself on slightly warmer days.

For more information check out the Carhartt website.

(Disclaimer: This vest was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. Some information was taken from the company website and all opinions are my own.)

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Three Things Thursday

If you're going to the Shamrock Shuffle Expo Friday, come see me at the ZOOMA table!  This is a great time to register if you haven't already done so!

Shamrock Shuffle Expo - ZOOMA Exhibit
Shamrock Shuffle Expo - ZOOMA Exhibit - this Friday 4/5 and Saturday4/6

Last week we spent the week in Breckenridge, CO.  The first day we took it easy and acclimatized to the altitude, and Kovas and Tazer rode the Gold Runner Coaster.  Check out the video Kovas shot on the way down...




We received some organic teas in the mail today -- review coming soon!

Alvita organic teas
Alvita Organic Teas



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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring Break Breckenridge 2013

Spring Break Breckenridge
Breckenridge, CO - Spring Break 2013

We just returned from a great spring break in Breckenridge, CO.  Road trip, skiing, dining, blogger meet-up, family, friends...stay tuned for all the details!

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