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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.

High Five Friday

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1. Tapering for a marathon can mess with your head. And mine is messy. With so many people asking “Are you ready?”, I’m getting more nervous. Doubts are popping in and out, but I’m trying to remember all the hard work I’ve done. Strong – a word that I need to remember often.

2. The problem when your yoga studio is located next to Starbucks. My Gold Card status will never be in jeopardy as long as I go to yoga.

3. Subbing Stonyfield Greek yogurt for mayo in my favorite salad. YUM!

4. I have two little mice in my house. They nibble on freshly baked Chocolate Chip Banana Bread when no one is looking.

5. Over the weekend, Ron found these two snuggled up together with Mr. L reading to Cooper. SO cute!

5 Things

  1. Running Marathons Won’t Kill You – Remember the study from a few months ago that said running long distance will kill you sooner? Well a new, much larger, study was just released that proved it wrong. So my friends, continue to run far and prosper.
  2. The Most Inspiring Story You’ll Hear Today – If you ever have doubts that you can’t run, just remember those who have more obstacles than you. Rebekah lost a leg in the 2013 Boston bombing. She recently ran her first race since then. If you want inspiration, there you go.
  3. Your Guide to Running Boston Like a Pro – Amanda wrote a great article for Daily Burn that breaks down the whole course from the start, the middle miles, the infamous hills and the final stretch including right on Hereford, left on Boylston.
  4. 5 Ways to Get Your Children Interested in Yoga – I’m happy to announce that I have started writing for ACTIVEKids. It’s a fun place for parents to discover and register their kids for activities, classes, and camps in addition to active articles for the whole family. Check it out!
  5. Run Far Shop for Girls on the Run – Just a reminder that you can still order any Boston Blue & Yellow item till 4/20 and Sarah will donate 20% of every sale to Girls on the Run in the name of Team Stonyfield.

RunFarBostonBlueIn addition, you can still donate to my fundraising page for Girls on the Run. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Maybe $26.20 in honor of every mile?

Click HERE for my page.

What would you like to high 5 today?