Thursday, September 29, 2016

DoDeoBetter with Walgreens

This post was created in partnership with Mirum Shopper and FitFluential but all the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. 

Do you ever have those days that just fly right by and before you know it, you're putting your littles to bed and wondering where did the day go?   That would definitely give you a very clear picture about how my days have been since school started.  Work, soccer, dance, marathon training, homework.... LIFE!   It's crazy.  I know I definitely bring it on myself.  

Some mornings, I rush around so fast, I forget my deodorant!  GAH!   That shower fresh feeling doesn't exactly last very long in a stuffy classroom.  That's for sure.  I always have a spare deodorant (or two) in my desk drawer.  I would hate to be that smelly teacher!  

But with that said, deodorant is definitely a huge part of my morning routine.  But there are times that I'm rushing so fast, I get white stuff all over my black shirt.  And then I don't notice until lunch time, when it's too late, and I've already taught 60 kids, who are probably making fun of Mrs. Boudreau.  So I did a little digging on and found that Dove dry spray option!  I've got to tell you, it's SO much better.  Just spray and go.  Simple.   And I love simple!  

If you're curious to see what deodorant is best for you, head over to Walgreens to see which is right for you.   There are actually 4 categories of deodorants.  Yes, there seriously are.  I never knew that!   Dry Sprays that go on instantly dry.  Care care's for your skin, with moisturizers and such.  Motion Activated which will protect you for 48 hours with MotionSense® technology. Then Clinical Protection for those who require clinical strength wetness protection.  

For this week only (9/25 - 10/1), if you buy 2, you get 1,000 points AND buy 1, get 50% off.  Of course, you'll need to have your Walgreens Balance Rewards Card handy to get those points and receive the promotional pricing!  PS, I lost my card, but the key pad gives me the option to type in my phone number so I can still rack up those points and save money!  

Tell me, what do you prefer?  Care?  Dry Spray?  Clinical? MotionSense®  or do you like to have a variety? I love a variety for all possible scenarios!  And I like to toss some wipes in there too.   

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Three Things Thursday

Happy Fall everyone!  I do love fall.  The beautiful change of the leaves, the crisp air, the pumpkin-flavored everything and apple-flavored everything.  It's a great time of year!  

This afternoon Tucker had a home game and they won!   I love to see the progress of a team as they learn how to pull together to play as a team.  

And I'm super impressed with my own kiddo.  He's really pushing himself this year and becoming much more aggressive on the field.   He's definitely working hard and it shows.  

The new Spandits prints are here!   I'm in love with the Calavera and Flash prints.  Actually, I ordered them a few weeks ago when we had the preview of prints to come.... and hopefully my order will be here soon!  I cannot wait to show off my newest Spandits!   

Remember, if you order Spandits, use SPANDITSLOVE for 10% off and tell the ladies Jen B sent you!!!!  

It's taper time.  I'm driving myself absolutely NUTS!  and I'm pretty sure I'm driving everyone else around me nuts as well.   I'm trying to stay calm and relaxed, but I'm failing miserably.   

My plan called for two shorter runs this week, which is never enough to ease the mind, but SO needed to give the body time to recover.  I also went to yoga Monday night and I'll be going to a yoga class tomorrow as well.   I need to recenter myself and treat my body to a stretch.       

We will see how this training cycle pans out this Sunday at the Clarence DeMar marathon!  I'm excited and freaking out.... all at the same time.  My motto going into it is definitely this....

Nothing complicated at all.  Just go out there and make it happen.  I'll be wearing my Make It Happen   Momentum wrap as well.  Of course.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

fall in love with prAna

This post was created in partnership with prAna and FitApproach but all the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. 

I'm the typical teacher.  I love my summers and want them to go on forever!  I get terribly sad when each summer comes to an end and we transition back to school and the crazy school schedules that await us.  

BUT, once the gorgeous fall weather settles in, and the air feels more crisp and fall-like, the leaves begin to change and I cannot get enough of pumpkins and apples.   

Then add in soccer games every Saturday morning for my girl, soccer games Tuesday and Thursday nights for my boy, Friday night football games, and the football playing on the TV all day long on Sundays, I'm seriously a happy momma.   

I also get super excited and happy to slip back into my all-time favorite Kara Jeans made by prAna.  I may have a slight obsession with them.   I actually own 7 pairs, one just happened to be in the washing machine at the time.   

When I reach into my closet and pull out a prAna item, I know my day is going to be comfortable and stylish AND made with the highest care.   prAna takes great care in their product and provides their consumers with organic, sustainable and Fair Trade products, so you can stay at peace with your clothing decisions and look great!   

the many ways I wear my Kara Jeans to school... for now, until I pull out the boots!

prAna is great for any activity you can think of - work, errands, soccer games, hiking, yoga, running, resting, nights out, days at the beach.   

This Lucia Sweater Jacket is amazing.   The color and cut of it will make this a staple in my wardrobe.   It's the greatest transition piece to put on as the nights get cooler and something to take with you to work as a layering option.  

Check out the newest fall line.  I'm sure you'll fall in love with prAna!  And while you're there, use PFS16RWTG to save 15% off your order!   

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Why I Hired A Coach

All summer long I have been training for two marathon this fall.  I seriously love fall marathons.  For me, the time commitment for a fall marathon is so much more manageable.  Most of my long runs are done during the summer, when I have a ton more time to dedicate to a plan.    I've tried numerous plans over the past few years (Hanson and Higdon) and then copying Ward's training plans.    While I do coach other runners... I just need someone to coach ME and tell ME what to do.  Otherwise, I seem to drive myself crazy second guessing myself.  

I thought my coach was crazy when she gave me the workout to run Winthrop Street 5 times.  
But I did it! And felt great accomplishing that task!  

This fall I want to go for that PR, perhaps even a BQ?   Since I am married to a (in my opinion) a pretty awesome runner who happens to BQ just about every time he runs a marathon, I initially wanted him to train me... or pace me.  But he said no.  Which I 100% understand.  It would probably take all of one week before we exchanged heated words.  He told me to hire a coach, so I did!   

Ward and I usually do not run together.....  it's only once in a while.  

I reached out to a few coaches, all of whom are fabulous runners.  But then decided to go with my friend Amy Lawson at KVC.   I've always been in awe of her enthusiasm and sense of humor.  Not to mention, she's a pretty fantastic runner and Ironman!  If you live in my area,  you should definitely look her up.   

I've loved having a coach this marathon cycle!  She sends me a new plan every Tuesday morning and we communicate weekly about paces/strength/goals.  I don't know why I haven't hired a coach before!    

while I love my husband, I love running with Amy (and Gretchen) so much more!    

Anyway, this past week, I had some pain and swelling on the inside of my ankle.  Immediately I went to Amy about it.  She told me to rest.   Having someone else tell me to rest makes it a lot easier to do it especially when you're so worried about not getting in all of the runs.     

After a few days of rest, I am feeling far better and much more ready to take on the last two weeks of training before DeMar!   

I will definitely continue with Amy after I complete DeMar and NYCM!         

Thursday, August 25, 2016

My Beach to Beacon Race Recap

I don't know how many times I have run this race.  A lot.  How about that?   It's only the biggest road race in Maine with the nearly 6500 runners in the small town of Cape Elizabeth.   I seriously have a love/hate relationship with it.

source B2B  

I love the course.  The views are amazing.  The fans are pretty great too!  The finish ends at my mom's favorite lighthouse of all times.  

I've been praying for rain for this race for years.   It's probably never going to happen.  But I can keep trying, right?   It's usually a hot and humid day.  This year, it wasn't as hot, but it was definitely rather humid.   BUT there was actually a breeze a few times along the course.  So, I am guessing that's a plus?  

Anyway.  What do I not like about this race?   The craziness in getting to the start.  That's probably the only thing that drives me crazy.  Leaving the house by 5:30 to get to the SMCC shuttle site by 6:30 can cause some headaches in my house, mostly because the other two runners in my house hate getting up early.  If it were up to me, I'd be up and out of the house by 5 am!  

We choose the shuttle that is closest to the finish for a couple of reasons.  A.  I hate waiting in line for a shuttle (and trust me, they are SOOO long).  We've done that a few times and probably never will do it again.  and B. We usually have more miles we have to do that day anyway, so why not add some on just after running a 10k?  Makes sense, right?  

Ward & Wade photo courtesy of Game Face Media

This year, we added some more Boudreau's to the race.  It was Tucker (my son) and Jackson's (my nephew) first year running the race.   I'm super proud of both of these boys.  Their longest training run was 5 miles prior to the race.   

Tucker! photo cred Game Face Media

They actually completed a total of 8.5 miles that day because, like I said above, we run back to the car.  Which was a small tid-bit of information I let them know the week of the race.  Which, obviously went over as well as a fart in a car.  So, you can imaging the amount of whining my kiddo do the entire way back to the car about why can't we just wait in the shuttle line?  Poor kid.  But seriously... when I was 13, I cannot say I was physically capable of completing a 10k.  Heck, I didn't even know what a 10k was!  And then to do 8.5 miles in a day.  Both of the boys rock!  

photo by Game Face Media

Then of course, we have the guy who runs the race in the lighthouse.   I jokingly told the boys they HAD to beat the man in the lighthouse.  When they finished, I asked them if they did.  They hadn't seen him... which doesn't surprise me because the course is crowded.  After a quick search, I found out they had beaten him by 7 minutes!  Way to go boys!

photo courtesy of Maine Running Photos

For me, I had 12 miles planned that day.  The "race" was to run it fast-ish, anything sub marathon pace.... a couple of recovery and then finish off with some "fast miles".  I set off trying to keep my pace in the 8:00-8:10 pace.  No where near 10K pr pace... but I wasn't "racing" per se.  About 1.5ish miles into the race, I spotted a friend of ours and saddled up beside him.  Last year he cruised by me like I was standing still, so I thought my time running with Mark would be limited this year.  

At one point, I told him I was done and he told me I wasn't.  So, I stuck with him for the rest of the race.  Averaging an 8:08 pace in 50:29.  Faster than last year.  Nearly 40 sec slower than my course PR.  Not too shabby.  Thank you, Mark for pushing me!

sorry Mark, not the greatest photo of you or I... but proof we ran together!!!!

I didn't take any before/after photos... because I thought there would be more of me on the course.  But oh well!  I have that one above by Maine Running Photos in my newest Spandits shorts (that I picked up at the expo!) (Use SPANDITSLOVE for 10% off and tell them Jen B sent you! and then this is the pic above from the Photo Booth with Ward.  I love that one, so it's all good!  

In all, this year was maybe the best weather I can remember.  I'm still holding out for a raining race.  Maybe next year?   I didn't hate this year, that's for sure.  And I'm super happy 3/4th of my little family ran it.  I cannot wait until all 4 of us do!  Now, will I do it again next year?   Sure thing!  If I can type fast enough that random morning in March for registration!   

Monday, August 22, 2016

What A Weekend! And a chance to win $300 worth of prAna

With a week left of summer before we head back to school, I feel this crazy amount of pressure to squeeze in all kinds of summer fun!  

Last Friday, I took the kids to Funtown/Splashtown.   We picked the perfect day for our trip, it was warm but not overly hot and I'm thinking everyone had fun.  

wheel pose while the kids are on the rides?  of course!
Izzy tried out driving for the first time.  She took this responsibility quite serious.  
scraping is definitely a workout....  a #weirdworkout for sure.  I'm so sore!

We've been wanting to paint the house all summer long.  So waiting until the last week of summer to start the process seems completely logical.  Right?  

In my opinion, we seriously have until November to finish this project anyway.  And it's weird... the entire time I felt like I was being watched.  I kept hearing this Michael Jackson song over and over again in my head.  Yep.  Mallie is always watching me.  She wants to be with her people!  

Of course, it only made sense to run on the treadmill, in red, white and blue while watching the Men's Olympic Marathon.   And you would have thought I was watching football or something.  I was totally in it.  Cheering when Rupp and Meb were in the front of the pack....   screaming NO! when Meb was on the side of the road.  All. Completely. Normal.  

After some more paining and scraping we headed off to the cottage for some tubing fun.  This time behind the jet skis... which was a huge favorite for my girl.  

The view from the cottage is quite amazing.  We spied a sailboat out there after dinner.

Tell me, do you think scraping and paint the house is a workout?  It may be a #weirdworkout, but to me, I think it is!  

I invite you to share you own #weirdworkout.  There are 6 ways to play and 10 people will win!   The  contest runs from August 15 – 31st, 2016

Ten winners will swing away with some awesome Organic Fuel swag, a two-month supply of Organic Fuel and $300 in credit to use on!  Enter HERE!

After entering the contest, print also help yourself and print off  a coupon for Organic Fuel.

bridge jumping a workout? sure!
I sure love my prAna clothing.  I might be addicted.   This summer I've been in love with my prAna swim top.  So cute and flattering.   When I go back to school, I'll be living in my Kara jeans once again... and I've added a couple more colors to my collection!  I'm so excited to wear them again! 
Enjoy 15% off the Fall Line at prAna with code PFS16RWTG, which expires 10/31/16.  

A portion of this post is in partnership with FitApproach, prAna and Organic Valley.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.   

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SKINS DNAmic Compression product review {+giveaway}

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by SKINS through my partnership with Fit Approach. While I received a pair of SKINS for this review, I did not receive any additional compensation. As always, all opinions are my own.

It just seems like yesterday summer began.... and now it's nearly over!    Where does the time go?  Oh that's right.  I spent my summer studying for the Praxis, coaching summer track, having fun with the kids, and marathon training.   Summer always flies by... but no problem.  There will be many more summers to come and enjoy!   (at least that's what I'm telling myself while inside I have a meltdown about having to get my classroom ready for another year!)  

This busy crazy momma has put a lot of miles on her feet and legs this summer in preparation for marathons 7 & 8 and I've been super excited to put SKINS to the test with my training, with running, strength, recovery, you name it.  SKINS has been amazing.  

So, the big question here is what makes SKINS BioAcceleration Technology so special?   It is scientifically proven to increase muscular strength and endurance and to decrease recovery time.  While is why it makes SKINS Gradient Compression the ideal choice in compression tights for any sporting activity or daily activity if you are in recovery mode.  

Trust me.  I'm a compression gear junky.  I love the idea of compression on my overtired legs and body to aid in recovery.   What I like about SKINS DNAmic gear is that it's not overly tight, so tight that it hurts.    There is compression but there is also some "give" so you are trying to pry them off 5 minutes into a workout!   

I feel that the best compression products out there are the ones that are the most versatile.  SKINS has nailed it.  I can stretch, relax, workout and recover in them and feel 100% comfortable.  

My legs were super gracious for these for our 9+ hour drive while heading out on vacation.   SKINS has offered one of my readers a pair of SKINS DNAmic capris!  Are you ready????   

How to enter:
SKINS DNAmic contest will run from 8/16/16 - 8/20/16 (midnight, EST).
  • Enter through rafflecopter below.
  • 1 winner will be selected using rafflecopter.
  • Open to Residents of the US only 18 years of age or older.  
  • Winner must have a valid email address.
  • Winner will be notified via email and/or blog post and will have 24 hours to claim prize.  If original winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, an alternate winner(s) will be selected.
  • All winning entries will be verified. 
  • If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.  
  • Prize package will be mailed out by SKINS.