Not the Boston Marathon Recap I Wanted

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Prior to the afternoon of April 20th, this was going to be a Boston Marathon recap full of excitement, celebration and tears of joy.

Rather, I have no race recap but lots of tears.

At mile 6, one of my worst fears came true. I got intense ankle pain out of nowhere. It wasn’t an ache. It was radiating pain that went down into the arch/beginning of my heel. I tried to walk it off. I tried to stretch it out. It wasn’t going anywhere and just got worse with every step.

At mile 8, as much as I wanted to keep going, I knew my race was over.

I’m disappointed. I’m angry. I’m sad. I feel bad for having my family make the trip to watch a race in the freezing cold, pouring rain and then not even get the chance to see me run by.

I’m f*cking pissed off. You know what also pisses me off? When I’m trying to write f*cking in a text and it auto corrects to ducking. Really?

Why on this day? At this race? At this time?

Why?

I’m distancing myself from social media for a bit. While I’m so extremely happy for everyone who had an amazing race, it hurts way too much to see it. I need some time to wallow in my grief of what was supposed to be my “IT” race of the year. I had huge expectations for it and to see those expectations disintegrate within minutes, is quite painful. Yes, I know it could have been worse. Yes, I know I have a lot to be thankful for. Yes, I know it’s only running.

But it meant a lot to me.

Thank you for all the kind emails, texts, tweets and Instagram messages. I truly appreciate the concern. I just need some time to lick my wounds.

High Five Friday {Boston Marathon}

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High Five Friday is here!

3 days people. T-H-R-E-E days! What seemed like it was eons away is now becoming real. I still can’t believe I’m running the Boston Marathon. The past week has been a roller coaster of ups and downs of emotions. At times I even forget that I’m running a marathon. Others, it’s all I can think of. I’m excited, nervous and just ready to run!

Since I’m having a hard time concentrating on one thing right now, I’m just going to give you the highs and lows of the week so far.

Highs of the week:

My parents are here! This is the first time they have spectated ANY marathon. The whole logistics of navigating Boston with an extra 500,000 spectators has them a little nervous. Especially when it comes to wrangling my kids. Would leashes be appropriate? At least they’ll have Ron with them. He’s an old pro at spectating.

My race day outfit is set! I’ve sweated in my Stonyfield singlet on multiple runs with no weird chaffing issues. The weather forecast keeps changing every 2 seconds (and driving me nuts), but I’m 99% sure I’ll be wearing my Saucony Bullet Tight Short. The big pockets are perfect for stuffing my Huma Gels in.

Boston Marathon Expo! I’m heading down with a group of friends to the expo Friday afternoon. I can’t wait to shop and to just soak it all in.

Lows of the week:

I dropped a frozen burrito on my foot. Seriously. Only I would have the bad luck of getting a huge bruise on the top of my foot days before running 26.2 miles. Thankfully, it does not hurt or impact my running at all.

Arch/heel pain. On Tuesday I wore flip flops all day. It was the first time I’ve worn them since Hawaii. Later than night, the arch and heel of my left foot started to hurt. Ugh, really? Flips flops cured my Achilles Tendinopathy back then. I thought it was all good? I did the usual stretch and ice. I also did the KT Tape thing. It’s feeling better and I have sworn off flip flops till after Monday. It’s a good thing I have a vast collection of sneakers.

My first gray hair. Really? I don’t even know what to say about that. Not cool. Not cool at all.

This weekend is going to be full of fun and all things running. It’s practically my dream weekend! On Sunday Team Stonyfield is getting together for the first time. I’m so excited to meet the whole team, but especially THIS GIRL after over 3 years of being bloggy friends!

You can keep up with all my adventures this weekend and on Marathon Monday by following along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Ready or not, here I go!

Healthy Living Favorites from Vitamin Shoppe

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Don’t you love when you can find all your favorite things in one store? I think I found a place that fits the bill.

Last week I got to go on a little shopping (or Shoppe-ing) spree to my local Vitamin Shoppe. In the past, I would head there for the best deals on protein powder. I never realized the deals were throughout the whole store on a lot of products I buy elsewhere.

Just an FYI – even bigger deals are going on from now until May 9th – all Vitamin Shoppe brand and BodyTech items are buy one get one 50% off. I love a BOGO deal!

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So what are my healthy living essentials that you can find at Vitamin Shoppe?

Check it out:

Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein – I prefer plant based protein powders. I really like Vega and Sun Warrior, but wanted to try something new. Right now this one is on sale for $19.99. I tend to like chocolate protein powders best and this one did not disappoint. One of the best I’ve tasted so far!

Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Seeds – This has become a standard in our pantry. Perfect for adding to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, salads or really, anything for an added dose of crunch and protein.

Bragg Nutritional Yeast Flakes – I was pleasantly surprised to see Vitamin Shoppe carries quite a few Bragg products. I never knew that. I usually buy my nutritional yeast in bulk from the natural food store so the convenient shaker bottle is new to me.

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Yummi Bears Organic Multivitamin – My daughter has become quite picky about what she eats. I try to sneak veggies into her smoothies, but even that’s beginning to not work. I seriously think Karma is at play here for all the years I gave my parents trouble with my picky ways. I started giving both kids a multivitamin as a back up just in case they are lacking in one area.

Barleans Omega Swirl Fish Oil – I love all of Barleans products, but this fish oil is the best. No fish taste at all. Rather than having to swallow big pills that give you the fish burps, it’s good to know that this is clinically proven 90% more absorbable than regular fish oil. It tastes great and I’ve even convinced Ron to start taking it with no complaints.

Gotta Have Snacks – I like to keep a stash of portable bars in the house for when I need something to grab for on the go snacking. I picked up a new to me Square Bar and Pure Organic. I really liked the Pure Organic Dark Chocolate Berry Bar. Vitamin Shoppe has a great deal when you buy by the box too. I may have to go back to stock up soon.

Your turn – What’s your favorite healthy living supplement?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Vitamin Shoppe.