10 Reasons I’m Thankful for Running

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10 Reasons I’m Thankful for Running

1. It makes my legs strong and muscular. I may not squat heavy weights like I used to, but my legs still look like I do. My stems can carry me up mountains and through many miles without complaining one bit. Except for the occasional injury, but we won’t think about that right now.

2. It gets me outside. The more time I’m outside being active, the more sane I am. I love to see the world around me on a run. Whether it’s a sunrise, the fall leaves, the ocean, or cute little neighborhoods, it’s all better while seen on my run.

3. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride. To hear a non-runner exclaim, “You ran how many miles???” always makes me stand up a little taller. Yeah I did that. And I’ll probably run farther tomorrow.

4. It keeps me focused. When I don’t run, I’m distracted. I forget to pick up my kids from school. With it, I can sort, plan and just think out any problem. I may not always have the solution, but at least I can quiet the other noise in my head and focus.

5. New shoes, clothes and gear. No explanation needed, right?

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6. It’s always there. I can run anywhere, anytime. It’s never closed. I don’t need a membership card.

7. It’s opened up new opportunities. Did I ever think that I would be running the Honolulu Marathon? Or running the Boston Marathon with Team Stonyfield in 2015? A far fetched dream that is now becoming a reality.

8. It makes me feel alive. The moment in a 5k when every muscle in your body is burning, pleading for you to stop. The moment when your lungs are screaming as you run up, what seems like, the 10,000 hill repeat. The moment when you are so drenched in sweat from a run that it looks like you went swimming. My body is functioning and healthy. That’s when I feel the most alive.

9. It’s taught me life lessons. Set goals, work hard, dedication, persistence, patience – you get what you put in. It’s that simple.

10. It’s brought new friends to my life. In the past year or so, I’ve been blessed to have found some really great running friends. Our runs have been a time to get together, chat nonstop, laugh and just sweat it out. There really is nothing better than bonding over a run.

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I’m also thankful for each and every one of you! I can not thank you enough for being a part of my little section of the internet. I appreciate it!

I’m planning on taking the rest of the week off to spend some time with the family. Next week I’ve got the ultimate gift guide for runner’s that includes some pretty sweet prizes. You won’t want to miss that!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Live Actively with prAna

prAna active  happyfitmama.comThis post is sponsored by prAna in partnership with FitApproach.

As a mom, I live for comfortable clothes. I can’t have any wardrobe malfunctions on the playground. Plumber’s crack is not acceptable at play dates (except for maybe cute little baby butts).

My kids don’t let me sit on the side lines. I have to move. I have to jump, climb, skip, hop, run. And truthfully, I don’t want to be on the bench. (Except if it’s after a 20 miler and my legs are Jell-o). I want to live actively.

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I recently received new gear from prAna.

prAna is Sanskrit for breath, life and vitality of the spirit. The company uses this as its name to lift their aspirations and guide their actions towards becoming a more socially mindful and environmentally sustainable organization.

Can I just say I want at least one (or more) of everything from their early winter collection? Not only that, I want to live the life of a prAna catalog. Beautiful pictures, beautiful places, beautiful clothes. You can’t help but want to live actively just by seeing all the beauty! Now that truly is marvelous.

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Since I have more workout clothes than I know what to do with, I thought I’d pick “real clothes.” As soon as I saw, the Kara Jean, I loved it. The herringbone pattern is just too cute. I usually don’t like ordering pants or jeans online, but these fit perfectly. The length is just right to wear down or cuffed. Since I’m not super tall, I’ve been going for the cuff look. The fabric is soft and stretchy so it moves with you. I can comfortably chase after the kids as they climb on everything and anything. I can still feel like I’m wearing workout clothes, but just look a little more put together.

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What drew me to the Mena Sweater? It’s wool. I’m always freezing this time of year. Wool is my BFF. I live in wool socks and sweaters as soon as the temp drops below 55 degrees. Nothing keeps me toasty warm like my woolies! Mena definitely delivers even on a 25 degree day. A lot of people stay away from wool because they think it’s too itchy. The Mena sweater has a soft inside, almost like sweatshirt material, that gives an extra dose of cozy.

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I not only love the form and function of prAna clothing, but also how well made and sustainably conscious it is. They take great strides to ensure they are sourcing their clothes from sustainably conscious material and energy sources and that working conditions are good for all of their employees.

If you’re doing a little holiday shopping right now and need something for the fitness or outdoors lover who also appreciates well made, eco conscious clothing, look no further. Now’s the time to shop because I have a special code that will give you 15% off an entire purchase! Just enter pspf14hfm at checkout. It expires on November 30th so don’t delay. SHOP TODAY!