#HolidaySweat Challenge @RuntotheFinish and @SweatPink

Who’s ready for the Holidays?!?! Apparently not my kid. This past Monday on our way to soccer practice I heard my daughter mumbling about wreaths but I couldn’t quite understand what she was saying. It turns out, our town has already put the Christmas decorations out in our little downtown area. To my surprise she was perplexed that the city would do such a thing without first celebrating Thanksgiving!


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What I loved this past October

Phew! October is no more. I can’t remember a more busy October month than this last one. We were busy from week 1 to the very last day, Halloween! So without further ado, I’ll tell you my favorite things from October.

Yuba Mundo Bike

Yuba bike

With the cooler morning temperatures, the girls and I put some miles on the yuba this month. 50 miles to be exact! Using the Strava app, I nearly doubled our yearly miles! Best part of riding the bike was listening to these two reading books out loud or make up stories on the way to school. Oh, and let’s not remember the day it sprinkled and I rode back home without an umbrella.

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My Decision to Not #RunSarasota

When I agreed to #RunSarasota, I knew that training in the winter was not my favorite time to run. That’s just a fact. If it gets below 60, I’m freezing. But I had done it before, surely I could do it again. I had a lot of friends who were also doing the race, so I knew I could count on them to help me stay on track with my training.

As a runner, you have to have discipline. There are millions of training plans out there for one to follow in preparation of running a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or marathon distance race. Whatever the distance you choose, there’s a training plan out there. But what is not out there, is a life training plan.

nike+ RunSarasota

What I did not know, was that 2015 would come with a lot of surprises and not the happy kind. After losing two family members almost a month apart, traveling back and forth to Puerto Rico took its toll on me. And while running would always cheer me up, I just didn’t have the physical or mental strength to get me out the door.

I thought about it a lot. Denise knows. It was a hard decision to make. #RunSarasota is a great race on a beautiful course. And I really wanted that jacket, and let’s not forget that beautiful medal. But, I want to run ’till I’m old. I’ve been “fortunate” to have been running all this time without injury. I didn’t want to risk getting hurt for lack of training.


The good news is that registration is now open for the 2016 #RunSarasota half marathon, relay and 10k distance! If you register by March 17th, you can save 55%. If you register by March 18th, you can save 45%. Or save 35% if you register between March 19-22nd.

Do you wait until the last minute to sign up for races?

How close do you follow your training plan when training for a race?



Reebok Spartan Race Giveaway!

We just rang in 2015 and with a New Year comes the chance to develop a new YOU!


Welcome to the [3rd Annual] Mama’s Got a New Look Giveaway Hop Event. A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to give all you special, deserving Mamas a chance at a New Look for the New Year so be sure to hop around to all the blogs participating at the bottom of this post.

Here’s your chance to a New Look, by joining the Reebok Spartans! In 2015, they have created a Season Pass for all runners interested in running any race, any where, any time. Benefits include:

  1. Free Bag Check
  2. 1 Year Global Rescue Access
  3. Race Any Heat (elite included at no additional charge)
  4. Discounts on Hotels, Rental Cars and More

Reebok Spartan

Or, why not join their 2015 Reebok Spartan World Championship in Lake Tahoe. Or better yet, join the Reebok Spartan Cruise where you can race on an exclusive island course! Got kids? Bring them, they’ll cruise for free. Meet the Founder, train with Elites, and they even have a payment plan! Spots are limited so sign up now.

So, check out their website here and comment below with your race date for a chance to win a free entry!

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Spartan Up! Podcast


The epitome of grit, Joe Desena, founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking answers from experts like Sir Richard Branson, Steve Pressfield, Barbell Shrugged, and many more. Joe’s interviews with authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, CEOs and thought leaders will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need. He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life. Not only does Joe interview epic people, he has brought together an amazing panel to break down and analyze every aspect of these interviews. We give you the ultimate blueprint and action steps to assimilating these powerful conversations into your own life. The Podcast is now live here:

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Mama’s Got a New Look participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this review, I simply exchanged sharing information for a free race code to giveaway.