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**Race Entry Giveaway!!**CDM Mind & Body 5K Run/Walk & Wellness Expo

First off…let me tell you a little bit about CDM Mind & Body!

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CDM Mind & Body is a platform for all things health…and you all KNOW how much I love my health and fitness!  They are your resource for health tips, motivation, information, how-to and much more…and I’ll be honest…who DOESN’T need all that stuff in their life?!  That’s right…we all do!!

And we can all thank Cynthia Ringo for making this all happen!  This St. Louis based group was formed in 2010 by Cynthia and was sponsored by Christ Deliverance Ministry.  After becoming a full-time caregiver for her husband (who had suffered a stroke and then developed vascular dementia as a result of that stroke), maintaining a healthy lifestyle became SUPER important to her because she knew if she didn’t care for herself…she wouldn’t be able to care for him.  So…with about 15 other women from their church, she started her journey to become her healthiest while inspiring others.

Guess what happened!

That small group of women (age span from 21 to 65 including two breast cancer survivors) lost over 600 pounds collectively and counting….WOW!!!!!!!

Since then…the original group of women along with others in the community decided to take back their lives and have grown this idea into a day-long health and fitness event sponsored by CDM (Christ Deliverance Ministry – a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the St. Louis community).

This year, on May 28th,  come and enjoy the day at with this inspirational group!  There will be something for everyone!  The event takes place at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in Midtown St. Louis (701 North Spring Avenue, St. Louis, MO) and includes a 5K race (1st place can snag a $500 overall prize), a fitness challenge, a healthy living seminar and many lifestyle vendors.

This is going to be a day of fun that you DON’T want to miss!  Wanna find out more?  Go here and check out the answers to all those frequently asked questions.  Or better yet…just go sign up!  It’s only $35 for the 5K and the rest of the events that day are FREE!

Here is the best part!  CDM Mind & Body is wanting to offer one of you lucky readers and a guest of your choice a FREE entry for their 5K on May 28, 2016.  A winner will be picked by May 27th.  Enter below through Rafflecopter!

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Rams Football….Lady Rams That Is!

**Disclosure: The St. Louis Rams invited me to preview the Lady Rams and provided me with a complimentary membership. All opinions are my own.**

Football doesn’t just have to be for the boys!  Women everywhere enjoy football as much as the man standing next to them and this year you can get your cake and eat it too!!!  Well…maybe not necessarily real cake!  But…maybe just maybe…something even better than cake! (Could it be so….?)

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Right now, you can join the Lady Rams, and with your annual membership to this rockin’ girls club, you get to experience the St. Louis Rams a little more up close and personal!

Check out all the perks of your annual membership:

Lady Rams Kickoff Event June 12, 2014 – Launch party (to be held at Ballpark Village and includes complimentary food and beverage) featuring the opportunity to meet Rams personnel and mingle with other Lady Rams members…yes please!

Girls Night Out September – Catch the latest fall fashion paired with your favorite Rams pieces at our Lady Rams Fashion Show, featuring food, drinks and guest appearance throughout the night…yes please!!

Ladies Night at Rams Training Camp  July – Get the first look at the 2014 St. Louis Rams at this up-close, private event…Yes Please!!!!!!! The Rams Training Camp might be one of the coolest places ever!!!  

You will also get a Ram’s women’s t-shirt, a monthly newsletter, and monthly drawings for awesome prizes (think autographed items, tickets, etc.).

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ALL for $35.00 

(Say What?!  Seriously…everyone go..sign up for that amazing deal!!)

(**PLUS!!!!...a portion of the proceeds go to local St. Louis charities…win-win!)

Still want more information?  Well you can get it here!!

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I for one, am signed up and ready to party Lady Rams style!  I am excited to be a part of what I know is going to be a blast!!!  I had a ton of fun at the Ladies Rams Training Camp last year where I got to workout on the field, run drills inside on their training fields and mingle over lunch with the others!

Remember this cute guy that I met last year?!

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It was a blast…you can read all about it here.

So…head on over here…read all about it…and proceed directly to the sign up area!!!

You don’t want to miss out on this!!!

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Other ways to connect with the St. Louis Rams…

Instagram: @StLouisRams
Twitter: @StLouisRams
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rams

Official Hashtag: #LadyRams

**Disclosure: The St. Louis Rams invited me to preview the Lady Rams and provided me with a complimentary membership. All opinions are my own.**

Half Training and I Run 4 Riley (IR4)

I’ve been slowly getting back to running after the holidays…and the wicked “sickness” that I caught from my kiddos or hubby or some giving person.  All I know is that it knocked me down for 4 days and it’s taken me at least two weeks to completely feel like myself.  I spent ALOT of time sleeping and laying in bed…I didn’t get to run…but I did crochet the heck out of some stuff.  Finished like three projects…including an awesome bag that I will probably keep for myself 😉

In regards to running, I have all kinds of fun stuff to tell you…let’s start off with my nifty new watch for the nerd inside me.  I got the newest Nike+ Sportwatch in this awesome neon yellow color! I LOVE it!!!!!  Check it out!

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I love all the extra options that my old watch didn’t have such as GPS (powered by TomTom) and also the fact that it shows way more stats which is great!

My second bit of news is that I’ve recently started training…okay…I was actually supposed to start training on the 30th of December.  Because of said sickness mentioned above…it’s safe to say that it didn’t happen.  So two weeks late, I’m training and loving it.  Well, I’m not necessarily loving the aching hips and the exhaustion that comes with training but I’m loving the running.  Why am I training?  What am I training for?

I’m proud to say that I’ve signed up for the Relay and Run for 21 on March 23!  I’m super excited because this will be my first Half-Marathon that I’m running for my IR4 buddy Riley!  This race means something special to me because the race partially benefits the Down Syndrome Association of St. Louis and my Riley was blessed with Down Syndrome.

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I can’t wait to share this whole experience with her…I just know that I will get to see lots of these smiles along the way…I thank her for her always being an inspiration to me!!  YOU ROCK RILEY!!

My third bit of news is that I completed the I Run 4 my Buddy! Virtual Race and will be taking our medals to the engraver to add the finishing touches this week!  I am super excited to send her medal to her!  She is going to absolutely love it!!

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Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway for The Color Run!!!!  Woot Woot!!!

 

Do you use a watch of some sort to track your runs? Which one?

What is YOUR inspiration to run (or your fitness of choice)?

 

 

Special Spaces: A charity that touches your heart!

It’s August already?! Say what?!

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I cannot believe how fast the months are flying by! I’m not ready for school to start…I’m not ready for summer to end….I’m just ready for time to slow down a little…ya know?  However, it is Friday and that makes me happy….as does this picture…Enjoy!

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First off, let me start off by saying that yesterday was me and the hubby’s 4TH Wedding Anniversary! We have some bad times and just as many good times! I love him more today than yesterday and can’t wait to spend many more years driving him crazy adoring him…oh who am I kidding…driving him crazy with a little adoration thrown in 🙂  We spent our evening hanging out over dinner at Lewis & Clark’s in St. Charles, MO.  Man, I love that place!  Sooo yummy! They did not disappoint this time either…I had the Mahi Mahi, baked potato (w/salsa) and a dinner salad (sorry…no pictures )…okay!…I also had a very fudge-y, chocolate-y, heavenly brownie that I got to bring home and scarf down later.  It didn’t last long after I arrived home 😉

My amazing hubby and I - August 1, 2009

My amazing hubby and I – August 1, 2009

Now on to the major reason for this blog today. I want to tell you guys about something amazing!!!

Last Saturday, I did something that I’ve never done before! I went to…and ran in…a race…ALL BY MYSELF!!!  For me, that is huge! I’m a very shy (dare I say…anxiety-filled) person who constantly worries what others are thinking about me. (Constant thoughts running through my head… “Are they looking at me?” “Oh crap…is there something on me?” “Why are they staring at me?…oh…never mind…they are looking for the bathrooms” “They are probably wondering why I’m alone!” “Oh no…they are talking about me…they must think I’m weird”) It is truly a stressful way to be but it’s who I am and I can only try to push past my insecurities.

Any way…the thought of going by myself and not knowing anyone there was a bit freighting and stressful to say the least.

BUT…..

I DID IT!!!! And I’m extremely glad that I did!!

And I’m glad for a few reasons. One…because conquering one’s fears is one of the best feelings there is. And Two…because if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have gotten to be a part of something amazing!

I ran in the 1st Annual Running for Rooms 5K that benefits Special Spaces. Special Spaces is a non-profit organization that has one simple mission and that is to “create dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses. A place that only the child can dream or imagine while addressing their medical needs”.

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Special Spaces was founded in July 2004 and as of today has created over 90 dream bedrooms. The St. Louis chapter was started in 2011 and they have been able to complete 10 rooms (check one of them out here) and they currently have 9 children on their waiting list.  One room usually costs around $2,500 to complete so any help that they receive is greatly appreciated!  Every little bit helps!!!  Do you wanna help?

There are many ways that you can help out:
Volunteer: Special Spaces is always looking for volunteers to help with room renovations & fundraising in the St. Louis and surrounding communities.
Donate: Your generosity allows them to create beautiful dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses at no cost to the families.
Sponsorship: They welcome individual, group, and corporate sponsorships to provide finances, materials and services to renovate these special bedrooms.
Smile: Every Special Spaces Project has the same reaction, lots of great SMILES from our children, their families and our volunteers.

I encourage everyone to just go to their website and see what they are all about! I know for sure that my family and I will be volunteering our time very soon! I definitely want to get involved in the race planning for next year!  And I would love to be a part of one (or more) of their room builds….Seeing the smiles on these kiddos faces would be the coolest thing ever!

The race this year and most likely in the future was held at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville, MO. The weather was amazing for once and there was a slight breeze…you can’t beat that!! With 114 participants overall between the 5K and the 1-mile walk, this race ended up with a great group of people. The support and camaraderie that was in the air was refreshing and a feeling like no other!

Me & Lacy Gambill (race director & co-director at Special Spaces.

Me & Lacy Gambill (race director & co-director at Special Spaces.

The course was a bit more hilly than I’m used to training on but the views were beautiful and the course was great! And something else that was cool….finishing the 5K in 28:04!!! That was way better than I was thinking my time would be and was very happy with how I felt during and after!

Question(s) of the day:

Do you have a charity that you believe in? What is it?

How do you feel about racing alone? Yay or Nay?

What is one thing you are doing this weekend?

Weekend Recap: STL Rams, Training, & a Bridal Shower

Another weekend come and gone!  Man, this summer is flying by!  My kiddos even start school in about three weeks (my last one is starting kindergarten…sniff sniff…they are growing up toooo fast).

My first week of Half-Marathon training went off great and without a hitch.  My goal for the week consisted of the following:

Monday – 2 miles (ended up doing 2.23 miles)
TuesdayCross-Train I ended up running a bazillion errands and didn’t get to work out 😦
Wednesday – 2 miles (ended up doing 2.17 miles)
Thursday – 3 miles
FridayCross-Train (again with the dropping the ball on the cross-training)
Saturday3 miles (moved my long run to Sunday because of my last-minute plans to hang out with the St. Louis Rams 🙂  See story below)
SundayRest Day 4.05 miles
Total Miles = 10 miles 11.47 total!!!!!

On Saturday, in lieu of my long run, I went instead to the inaugural St. Louis Rams Ladies Football Camp.  I was lucky enough to be asked to go by my fellow friend/blogger Lindsay of ItzLinz.  Definitely go and check out her post of our fun-filled day!!

We were able to tour Rams Park where the Rams practice, got to check out their locker room plus their weight room (WOW!!! Jealous of them!!).

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Representing #SweatPink in the St. Louis Rams weight room!

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I was totally drooling over these treadmills in their weight room! They were amazing!!

After the opening ceremonies, we spent some time warming-up and stretching on their outside practice field and meeting their adorable mascot Rampage!  Look how cute we are together!

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After the warm-up, we all headed indoors, broke up into groups and got a chance to see just what being a professional football entails.  Once inside, we participated in sessions led by some of the amazing players,  Title Boxing Club and Elite Football Academy.  There was some running, some jumping, some fancy footwork and some football throwing/catching!  It was a blast!  I will say though that I was mighty sore the next day and I completely blame Title Boxing Club for that with the workout we were tortured with given.  I just might have to go check them out because if I hurt this bad, then it must be good for me 😉

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Me and St. Louis Rams Safety Matt Daniels

Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch that was provided by Subway, which I gladly scarfed down!  I was starving after all that!  We also all left there with an awesome St. Louis Rams’ shirt, hat and a bag full of goodies and info!  I must say that I had the best time!!  I also must thank Lindsay again for inviting me to this event.  I had a BLAST!!!

Afterwards, I went straight home, showered the sweat away and then laid on my bed for a good hour and a half.  I had to rest up, because my sister-in-law’s bridal shower was that evening.  Went, had great food, played silly games (even won one of them…Jackpot!) and got to visit with some of my hubby’s awesome family and their friends.  The bride-to-be was as beautiful as ever and full of smiles!

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My sister-in-law and I at her bridal shower! Congrats!!

Sunday was spent running my long run!

Photo-Op before my long run :)

Photo-Op before my long run 🙂

Stretching!!  Can't forget that!!

Stretching!! Can’t forget that!!

The plan was to get in 4 miles which I did and felt great the whole time.  My legs did feel super tired afterwards to I headed over to Fleet Feet – St. Charles as soon as they opened and picked me up my very first pair of compression sleeves!  They are hot pink and awesome!  Put them on as soon as I got home and loved how they made my legs feel!  Will definitely be purchasing some more of these along with some compression socks!  I also had a Personal Rewards certificate (you earn 1 point for every dollar spent)  so I got $15.00 off my total bill which is super awesome!!!

Also don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a free entry in The Color Run – St. Louis.  Go here to find out details and to enter!!!!  There is also a coupon code for $5.00 off that is good for any of the locations for The Color Run

Question(s) of the day:

What football team do you root for?

What is your favorite game to play at a bridal shower?

What is your take on compression sleeves/socks?  Love or hate them?

Half-Marathon Training Starts…..NOW!!!

Woo hoo!!! It’s official!

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Training for my first ever Half-Marathon has commenced.

Here is what my coming week looks like as far as training!

Monday – 2 miles
Tuesday – Cross-Train
Wednesday – 2 miles
Thursday – 3 miles
Friday – Cross-Train
Saturday – 3 miles
Sunday – Rest Day
Total Miles = 10 miles

Right now, I’m looking at signing up for the MO’ Cowbell Half-Marathon here in St. Charles, MO on Sunday, October 6th. I’m thinking this will be the perfect one for my first race since it’s pretty flat. Hills are truly not my strong suit so as flat as we can be…the better.  Check out this elevation….some incline around mile 10 but otherwise flat!!!

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Today, I needed to get in two miles which is no problem because that is about what I’ve been doing for the last couple of months. These first couple of weeks should be pretty easy…it’s the weeks after those that will be the test. The longest run I’ve done is 6.1 miles so we shall see…we shall see!! I’m feeling very positive about this experience though!

I know I can do it!!

Someone please remind me off this in a few weeks when I’m questioning my sanity 🙂  This cartoon so reminds me of myself!  I always end up talking myself out of it…but this year is MY year!!!

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This morning, I went ahead a got up early to do my run since I have lots going on after work today. Promised the kiddos that we would go and see Monsters University at the movie theater tonight in addition to a billion other things I need to get done. The morning run went pretty good except for the fact that I ate dairy this past weekend (dang you Culver’s and your amazing custard!), and currently feel like a have a large rock in my stomach. I’ve been pretty much steering clear of dairy in general because I know that I have a sensitivity to it…but I just couldn’t help myself and now I suffer. It’s a sad day, but I think that dairy needs to go bye-bye at least during my training. Hopefully by the time training is over, I won’t even want it at all!

It was however…super humid this morning even given the early hour….definitely a #SWEAT PINK day!!

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Question(s) of the day….

What races are you signing up for this year?

What are your favorite non-dairy replacements for your favorite dairy foods?

The Graffiti Run & Giveaway!

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This past weekend, I participated in The Graffiti Run with a group of girls that I work with!!!

WE HAD A BLAST!!!!  CAN YOU TELL?

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After the race!

All week, it kept saying that there was a chance for thunderstorms in the morning and in the afternoon which would have put a total damper on the day in my opinion but we were super excited anyway!  We spent the week before making our tutu’s and then in the end I decided to make us matching sparkly headbands to complete our ensembles 🙂

Check out some of our pics from our colorific day!

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Love the Arch in the background!!! Go STL!!!

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Jumping & Tossing color in the air

Me prior to the race!

Me prior to the race!

And after.... :)

And after…. 🙂

During the after party!!  That is colored powder floating around me!

During the after party!! That is colored powder floating around me!

This is my fav picture of me jumping and throwing pink powder #SWEATPINK

This is my fav picture of me jumping and throwing pink powder #SWEATPINK

The entire race was a blast…it was not timed so not pressure…just loads of fun!  The only mishap was at the first color station where I came across a very enthusiastic color thrower….with a grin on his face, he took a full cup of bright pink powder and tossed it directly in my face…ugh!!  Soooo not prepared for that…mouth was open…I wasn’t holding my breath yet so needless to say…lots of powder when in my mouth and up my nose.  Check it out!

My VERY pink face  #SWEATPINK

My VERY pink face #SWEATPINK

The rest of the race went great and even though it wasn’t timed, I still kept a watch on my time and ended up finishing the 5K (3.1 miles) in around 34 minutes which I’m very happy with!   Had a great time at the after party!  Very messy and fun! We also ended up with NO rain at all until we were halfway home! It was the perfect weather…sunny with a breeze!

The only downfall of the whole day was:

  1.  there was no food afterwards unless you paid for it (umm…hello…who carries cash on them at a race?!) and,
  2. getting out of the parking lot afterwards was CRAZY!!!  They had no one directing traffic out of this event which cause mass confusion and mass madness!!  People were getting stressed sitting in their cars covered in powder and just wanting to take a shower!  Instead, we sat in our cars for an hour trying to figure out when we might get home….ugh!!

This was my second race that I’ve done that relates to color and have already signed up for The Color Run – STL in September!  I love them!  They are so much fun and I recommend them to everyone!  You should try it at least once 🙂

**GIVEAWAY ALERT**

Since I had such an amazing time, I thought what better way to celebrate, than to throw a giveaway!!  If you remember from an earlier post, I was chosen to be a Sweat Pink Ambassador and received a bunch of awesome pink shoelaces to pass along and share with others!  Soooo….I’m going to be giving away two sets of these cute laces!!

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Here are a few ways to gain entries for this giveaway!!

  1. Comment telling me how you #sweatpink!
  2. Like LiveLearnLoveRun on Facebook and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow me on Twitter and comment here that you did.
  4. Follow my blog through email and comment here that you did.
  5. Share on Twitter and post your link here showing me you did.

Remember to comment, comment, comment for each entry!  I will use Random.org to pick a random winner x 2!