Warning…I’m going caffeine free!

I’m getting ready to start the UltraSimple Diet on Sunday, and among other things I’m eliminating caffeine…a very BIG deal for me!  Seriously, I should have a sign around my neck warning people to approach me at their own risk!

I don’t really think the plan should be called a diet though (too many negatives associated with that word)!- it’s really a cleanse. Or, as Dr. Mark Hyman, the creator of the UltraSimple Diet, explains:

“I wrote The UltraSimple Diet because I wanted to give you an experience—one that would show you how much power you have to create illnesses or health and how much power your body has to heal itself when you stop eating foods that wreak havoc on your systems and start nourishing yourself with the real, whole foods your body was designed to eat.”

The UltraSimple Diet: Kick-Start Your Metabolism and Safely Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 7 DaysThis will be my second time doing the Diet – last time I lost 4 lbs, 1in off my waist and 1in off my hips. But the real payoff was in how I felt! I had great energy, slept soundly and generally felt terrific, while never feeling hungry! It was really interesting to see how my body responded without all the stuff (read processed foods, sugar, flour, alcohol and, yes…caffeine). Once I finished the week on the plan, I was feeling so good that I continued with the plan for another couple of weeks. Eventually I did start to miss some of my favorite foods (and coffee…and wine!) so I moved further and further away from the plan.

Of late I’ve started to feel like my eating habits have not been the best so I thought I’d do the Diet again to get back on track.  My husband’s going to do it with me again and a couple of our friends are going to try it too. I’m looking forward to how I’ll feel by mid-week. The first couple of days were hard for me last time, largely because of the coffee factor so I’ve tried to do a better job of tapering this week.  I also wasn’t running the last time I tried the Diet so I’m curious to see if there’s any effect there.

So here’s to a healthy week ahead!


It’s National Running Day!

Today is National Running Day!  The goal of this movement is to nationally promote running as a healthy, easy and accessible form of exercise for people of all ages. I especially like the fact that one of the stated missions on the National Running Day website is to “get kids interested in running as part of an everyday healthy lifestyle.” Did you know that in the U.S. only 1 in 4 kids gets at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day? And with phys. ed. classes disappearing from many schools across the country this stat could get a lot worse! I know from watching my own kids, running is such a natural and joyful activity…why wouldn’t you want to promote that, right?

So I’ll be encouraging everyone I know to get out and move today – whether it’s a run, walk or something in between 🙂

Happy Running!



Signed up for my first race

OK I did it – I bit the bullet and signed up for a 5K!

On Sunday, June 27th I’ll be running in the 2010 New Charles River Run! It’s a nice flat course around the beautiful Charles River in Boston. After reading others’ race reports, I was inspired to get out and try one. I figured there’s no time like the present, right?

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. In fact as I was finishing my 2.5 miles this morning I was thinking I may have jumped the gun on this whole thing!  But I have to remind myself that I’m right where I’m suppose to be on the Couch to 5K plan  (week 7) and I’m just going to go in to it to have fun! So here we go…26 days and counting…..


Dare to Achieve

“Only those who dare to fail greatly
can ever achieve greatly.”
                                     – Robert F Kennedy


Nike Triax+ 13 Product Review**

I’ve now been running in this shoe, both on the track and on road for about 2 weeks now and there are just so many things I love about my new Nike Structure Triax+13 running shoes:

Women's Nike Air Zoom Structure Triax 13+ Breathe (White-Urgent/Orange-Neutral/Grey-Black-Dark/Grey)(Size=10M)

  • felt good right out of the box which was not the case with my Triax+ 11 — that pair needed serious breaking in
  • runs wide through the ball of the foot giving me the space I need without being too big and sloppy
  • nice snug fit in the heal
  • provides good support without skimping on the cushioning
  • light and flexible
  • comes in the sleek black/dark gray combo as well as the white and urgent orange (pictured here) and white with pink

I definitely needed to order up a 1/2 size  — I have always found Nike to run smaller than other brands. The shoes are also Nike+ ready but I haven’t bought the sensor yet….still trying to decide if I want to take that on. (If any one’s had any experience with Nike+, I’d love to hear about it).

This is a great shoe and I’m looking forward to the miles I’m going to log in them!

**By the way – opinions expressed here on any product are solely my opinion. I’m not paid for my reviews.


Great giveaways!

I’ve come across some great giveaways in the blogoshere lately and wanted to spread the word. So be sure to check out:

Running Diva Momma – Chill Towels (5/27)
Running Off at the Mouth – Sof Sole and Rock N Roll (5/28)
I Run Because…I Can – Endorphin Warrior (5/28)
Tall Mom on the Run – CEP Compression (6/1)
Running into Happyness – Gift cards (6/3)

As I come across more giveaways, I’m going to list them in the sidebar in the future.

Good luck!


Haunted by Harriet

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that “age ain’t nothin’ but a number” or “you’re as young as you feel.” They’re nice feel-good phrases, and generally I’ve always believed there’s some truth to them. Well, now I’ve come across a woman whose achievements just prove that the abilities of one’s body are driven far more by the strength of the human spirit than any number on a calendar.

Harriet Anderson is the Women’s 70-74 Ironman World Champion. She won this Championship, by the way with a broken clavicle that she sustained during the race! I have been haunted…in a good way…by Harriet’s story ever since I read about her a couple of weeks ago. In fact, I was thinking about her this morning as I was lacing up to head to the track before my boys were up and needing my attention. And I’m sure I’ll be thinking about her for many, many mornings to come. Her efforts are nothing short of inspiring and I think after you read her story, you may be “haunted” by Harriet too.

You can check out her story here.


Feel Great Today!

“You don’t run to look good in the moment,
you run to feel great afterwards.”
– Jodie Lightfoot
Hope everyone feels great today! Happy Monday!


My First Award? How cool!

Just about a month since I started this blog and I have my first award! Big shout out and thank you to Erica at I Run Because I Can for sending this my way! So I’m suppose to list 7 things about myself and then pick 15 bloggers to pass this on to.

7 things about me?

  1. Time spent in my garden is my best therapy (after working out)
  2. I played rugby in college
  3. I love to cook and cannot wait to remodel our kitchen
  4. My third “child” is my 79 lbs German Shepherd puppy (yes he’s still growing!)
  5. I get very competitive when playing Monopoly
  6. A day at the beach with my family is a perfect day
  7. I’m a die-hard Celtics and Patriots fan

Now being relatively new to bloggy land I have to be honest and admit I don’t know 15 bloggers yet. But I continue to come across new and inspiring sites all the time now and am happy to pass this on to:
Sea Glass and Heart Stones
Two Runners and A Brown Dog
Running into Healthy Happyness
Fitness for Foodies
Healthy Stride
Moms Home Run
Running with Sass
Run Like the Wind (Or Shuffle Like an Old Lady)
Endurance Isn’t Only Physical
Running Off at the Mouth
Tall Mom on the Run
Run Faster Mommy
Run to the Finish


The uninvited guest

So I haven’t been able to run or cross-train for 3 days.

Why? Because a stomach bug set up shop at my house uninvited and is taking it’s sweet time finding the door! And this bug has a twisted sense of humor as demonstrated by the fact that the only healthy ones in my house right now are my very energetic 4-year old and the equally (if not more so) energetic German Shepherd! C’mon now, that is just wrong!

When I went to bed last night I was determined that no matter how I was feeling this morning I was going for some kind of run…walk…shuffle. Well, that bug must have heard me cause by about 2 this morning it was clear to me that I was going to have to let go of that plan. Now one interesting thing about having this uninvited guest show up is finding myself actually missing going for a run….that’s a first for me! But while I can lie here and try to appreciate this revelation, the bottom line is it’s time for this bug to move on! My C25K plan is waiting and I have some catching up to do! Wish me luck.