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Rise. Run. Retreat. {Giveaway}

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Picture it.

A weekend away at a beach house in Maine with an amazing group of fun, fearless and fantastic friends. And you are all runners.

Sounds absolutely wonderful, right?

Well, that is what will be happening the weekend of October 2-5th. I’m beyond excited that I’ll be attending the inaugural Rise.Run.Retreat.

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Rise.Run.Retreat. is an intimate retreat built around the idea that through connections with other women in the running community we can build each other up to be stronger women. Sarah and Jesica cooked up this idea and have invited myself and 7 other spectacular running bloggers:Tina, Laura, Christine, Allie, Sandra, Jen. (Click on their names to follow their amazing blogs).

I can’t wait to hang out with Laura, Christine, Sarah and Michele again. I’m even more excited to FINALLY meet Allie, Sandra, Jen, Jes and Tina. Can you believe I’ve never met Sandra and we live in the same state?!?!

It’s going to be a weekend of laughter, good times and of course running. All the retreat attendees are running the Maine Half Marathon – although I’m undecided since it is the weekend before Chicago Marathon. And who knows what my running status will be by then.

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And look at the amazing line up of New England based companies!

Since Rise.Run.Retreat. is in it’s first year, Sarah and Jes wanted to keep it small. The hope is to one day open it’s doors to all who wish to attend.

BUT, there’s room for one more lucky lady to join us!

Pretty cool, right?

Here’s the details:

  • the contestant will receive: free retreat registration.
  • must be available October 2-5th
  • provide for your own travel to and from Wells, Maine and be responsible for some meals
  • responsible for Maine Half Marathon registration $65 cost
  • be active on social media in some form, you don’t have to have a blog

To enter, simply let me know why you want to attend Rise.Run.Retreat. in 200 words or less in a comment below.

So join us for what is going to be an amazing weekend of running, laughing and building life long friendships!

For other chances to enter, check out Allie, Christine, Laura, Jen, SandraTinaSarah and Jesica‘s blogs for their giveaways. We will each choose one candidate from the entries on our blog and then one overall winner will be selected.

Be sure to following Rise.Run.Retreat on Instagram and Twitter to check out all the fun.

This giveaway is void where prohibited. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest runs 7/1-7/10. Winners will be selected based on their response. Winners announced 7/13. Winner is responsible for all travel and meal costs. 


High Five Friday

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Hello High Five Friday!

1. Yet another perk of being a super awesome morning runner.

2. Loving the super bright prints from Saucony this summer. I feel like a ray of sunshine in this shirt.

3. Avocado toast – so simple, so good.

4. Photo bombs away no matter where I try to get my yoga pose on.

5. If you follow me on Instagram (please do, if you don’t!), you’ll be seeing this Kale Blueberry Superfood Salad all summer long. Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

5 things

1. What can you do to change the world? – I had the pleasure of meeting Katherine Switzer at the Boston Expo this year. What a gracious, amazing woman! She definitely knows a lot about how one action can change the world. This podcast confirms she’s truly amazing.

2. Recovery Yoga for Runners – If you can’t stand the thought of attending a yoga class, at least do these poses outline by Christine. All are my favorites and hit just the right spot for sore, tired runner legs.

3. Out there: Into the Light – This article is a couple of years old, but I just stumbled upon it this past week. If you’ve ever had a race that didn’t go as planned, read this. “Pain is temporary. Anger is temporary. Shitshows are temporary. Embarrassment, darkness, broken ribs (or my case – Posterior Tib Tendonitis) : temporary, temporary, temporary.”

4. How Graffiti Taught Me Kindness is Contagious – The power of words can swing your mood in any direction. Read or hear something positive, the flood gates of positive thoughts are wide open. Great reminder to surround yourself with positive.

5. Denali – This video would have me in tears no matter what, but it especially hit me hard this week. If you love dogs, you need to watch this. It’s amazing how an animal can become our best friend and know us so well. The bond between Ben and Denali shows it all.Prepare for the waterworks.

Our Cooper hasn’t been feeling the greatest lately. After 3 days of vet visits and tests, it appears he has Megaesophagus. Basically his esophagus is dilated, from lack of muscle tone. When he swallows food, it just sits in the esophagus, unable to continue into the stomach to be digested. We’re hopeful that we can manage it with changing the way he eats and what he eats. But it’s not easy and he’s at a high risk for aspiration pneumonia. Fingers crossed that Cooper has a lot more years to thrive and love.

What would you like to high 5 today?

How to Become a Morning Runner

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I’m one of those super annoying people that can jump out of bed and be ready for a run no matter how early it is and what season.My body is just naturally set to be a morning person.

Like I said – annoying.

But I understand that not everyone is like that. I mean if you asked me to go running at 10 p.m., I’d think you were nuts. Side note – I actually saw a guy running down my street the other night at 10 p.m. He was legit going for a run – blinky lights on and everything – so I knew he wasn’t running from the cops or anything.

With summer running upon us, the heat and humidity can really suck the life out of your run. (Find tips HERE on how to survive). When you run first thing in the morning, you can at least get a little bit of relief. If you are a night owl, making the switch to early morning runs is going to be rough. I’m not going to lie – you’ll probably hate it. BUT if you make a gradual switch, you may find it you will actually enjoy it.

How to become a morning runner in 8 easy steps:

Plan, plan and plan some more. Set out your clothes the night before. Know the distance, pace and route of which you’ll run. To take it a step further, I’ve even slept in my running clothes.

Go to bed early. Make sure you are in bed by 10 p.m. at the latest.

Do NOT hit snooze. That button should have never been invented in my opinion. Besides being the most annoying sound ever, laying in bed an extra 5 or 10 minutes won’t do anything for you. Seriously. Get rid of the snooze alarm.

Set your alarm for 20-30 minutes earlier than you normally wake up. Continue setting your alarm 20-30 minutes earlier every day until you reach your ideal wake up time. Taking baby steps towards your goal will ensure that you are too miserable.
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Get dressed in the bathroom. Or at least away from sleeping family members so you don’t have any grumpy spouses or early bird kiddos who will throw a wrench in your plans. Although I think my kids have super hero hearing some days no matter how quiet I

Find a fellow crazy awesome morning runner. If you know you are meeting someone, you are less likely to bail on the run.

Enjoy the view. In the early morning, especially during the summer months, there is so much to soak in – birds singing, dew on the grass, the sunrise. If you run later, you’ll most likely be paying more attention to all the busyness of the day rather than the beauty. A perfect sunrise is always worth it.

Be persistent. Habits are formed over time, and on average it takes 21 days to form a new habit. If you don’t fully commit to making this new habit of running in the morning, it won’t stick. The good news is that if you stick with it for a few months, you’ll see that it will get easier and easier.

And soon you’ll be another annoying morning runner.