First Run

First Run | HappyFitMama.com

Hey guys! Happy Wednesday!

I don’t know about you but I am still riding the Marathon Monday high. Wasn’t it just the most inspiring fantastic day? I can not get enough of the stories and all the smiles. I’m so proud to say that I am a runner!

In a few weeks, there is a local Mother’s Day 5K Race. It’s part of the road race series that I’m doing this year. I was planning on doing it solo until I read about Sarah running a 5K with her daughter. I’ve been wanting to sign my kids up for a fun run and thought maybe this might be a good option. I would run with the stroller and they could hop in and out as they please. A couple of my Mother Runner friends were thinking the same thing. When I asked my kids if they wanted to run a race with me, it was an overwhelming YES! Of course, my daughter said she needed to get new running shoes. Ahhhh….a proud running mama moment.

So yesterday I took my kids out for their first real run. When I say run, what I really mean is we set out with the pure intention of going for a run together. They are kids so they run all the time. Fast is the only speed they know. It was so cute to see their excitement as we got ready.

We started off from our house. The two of them in the lead, setting the pace, as I brought up the rear with the stroller. We made it maybe 2 minutes away from the house before Miss A proclaimed she was tired and jumped in the stroller. Mr. L was trucking along having a good ol’ time.

Miss A soon decided she liked doing intervals – 30 second stroller ride, 30 second run. During one of the runs, she fell and scrapped up both knees. Big tears followed and running was on hold. Back to the stroller she went.

Mr. L was still going strong. He was very proud of himself as he proclaimed “I’m a good runner!” Soon after, he too met the pavement. Harder than Miss A with little more blood. He was done.

Despite being banged up, they both wanted to continue on with our run. I should let you know that this all happened before we even got to 1 mile. I would ask periodically if anyone wanted to get out to walk or run. Miss A did a few more times which surprised me.

We made it home, I patched four knees up with band aids and then celebrated our first run. I was afraid they would say they didn’t want to do the race after the falls. But so far, they still seem excited about the race. I’m excited too but if they don’t want to do it, that’s ok.

We’ll always have our first run.

Feeling Green with #EarthFootwear

The following post is sponsored by Mamavation on behalf of Earth Footwear. #EarthFootwear

Spring is here and I’m feeling green.

My yard is coming to life. The grass is turning green. Flowers are growing. I want vibrant pops of color back in my life. The dullness of brown and gray can go away. With today being Earth Day, it’s the perfect day to celebrate everything green and our wonderful planet.

Imagine my happiness when I received the Butterfly Ballet Flat from Earth Footwear to review.

#EarthFootwear Butterfly | HappyFitMama.comDon’t they just scream FRESH and SPRING?!?!

It also just so happens that green is my favorite color.

I’ve never owned a pair of Earth Footwear shoes before. However, I remember my mom (who has a major shoe problem, btw) raving about the brand. She said they were the most comfortable pair of shoes she’s ever owned. And proceeded to buy multiple pairs in different styles and colors.

I’m not a huge fan of shoes with high heels. I have sprained my ankle more times than I can count by tripping, twisting and subsequently face planting on a side walk from those pesky shoes. The last thing I need is another foot injury! These days, I go for comfort more than anything. I love a cute ballet shoe but most leave my feet feeling tired and squished. There’s no way I can walk for any length of time in them.

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Earth Footwear delivers the cute factor along with the comfort and support I need. The foot bed cushions your foot from heel to toe.There’s even reinforced arch support. When walking it feels like little baby pillows are supporting your arches. They have a suede exterior while the inside is lined with a soft leather. I’ve worn them multiple times while running errands and chasing after my kids. I did not have any foot pain or discomfort. This was also after I ran 10 miles earlier that morning.

Now I can see why my Mom raved about Earth Footwear. Like always, Moms know best even when it comes to shoes!

These shoes are priced at $95.00. The entire Spring/Summer 2014 Earth Collection starts at $85–with the majority of the collection under $100.

Which are your favorite Earth Footwear shoes? Check out the full collection HERE.

You can also connect with Earth Footwear on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to see all their Earth Day Shoe Pins.

P.S. If you sign up for the Earth eNewsletter you’ll automatically be entered into a monthly shoe giveaway!