Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Last weekend I traveled to Southern Maine to the gorgeous town of Wells to participate in the inaugural Rise.Run.Retreat organized by Sarah and Jess.  

Sometimes it takes me a bit to digest how I felt about a particular experience.  There were so many emotions and experiences packed into this weekend...I didn't even know where to begin!  

First and foremost, I am incredibly shy.  On social media, I really do not come across that way.  That is how social media can be misleading.  But at the same time, social media has been a positive way for me to meet so many other runners.

borrowed from Jes --- thank you for putting together this great collage of all of us!
The Rise.Run.Retreat bloggers - seriously - FOLLOW THEM!  Allie from Vita Train 4 Life, Sarah from Run Far Girl, Laura from Mommy Run Fast, Christine from Love Life Surf, Tina from Fuel Your Future, Carrie from Eight Crazy Soles, Sandra from Organic Runner Mom, Jes from Runladylike and myself.

The retreat took place at Sarah's mother-in-law's beach house on Wells Beach.  And by beach house, I mean seriously on the beach.  No right of way walk down to the beach... I mean.

This was the view from my bedroom.  Amazing!  And the sound of the waves crashing at night?  It was a beautiful sound.  It took a little bit to adjust to the sound, but seriously way better than the beeping noises I hear at 3am from the drilling and blasting business I have across the road.  I'll take crazing waves any day!  

A photo posted by Jen Boudreau (@runningwtg) on

and this was what it's like at high tide!  

This weekend was a great way for me to (try to) come out of my shell and meet these great bloggers I've been following for years.  I've even run in a few races with some of them, but never had the chance to meet them in real life ... until this past weekend!  Finally!  

Shortly after arriving, we were directed to find out rooms.  It was an easy find because our beds had our personalized LL Bean totes on them.... and those totes were filled with incredible swag!

Then we gathered around in the living room with a delicious catered dinner and some great runner/blogger/girl chat.  A very nice and relaxing way to end the day!

A photo posted by RiseRunRetreat 2015 (@riserunretreat) on

We started out with dynamic stretching and a beach run.  Tina walked us through some of her favorite dynamic warm up stretches.  It was so cool going through an elite runner's warm up!  

I started out with the group, but my calf was not really liking it.  So I stopped and walked with Christine and Angela.  I'm happy I did because not only did I get to talk to 2 super sweet ladies - I got to snap this gorgeous photo of the group (minus Tina) on their return.  

A photo posted by Jen Boudreau (@runningwtg) on

And when we came back, we lined up our sand covered shoes and admired how cool it looked.  I love the sea of colors in our shoe choices!  

Next up was yoga with Christine!  A serious amazing experience!

And then breakfast with Stonyfield and Lucy's granola.  Yum!

And then we got to meet Jeanine from Runner's Alley.  I wish I lived in NH or even closer, because I would go to her store all of the time!!!  She's a true inspiration!  

Shortly after that, we made the trip to USM for packet pick up.  I got to check out some new Hoka's coming out this spring and picked up a new #runlocalbuylocal shirt from Fleet Feet!  

shirt by @Atayne from Fleet Feet in Portland, ME and jacket from GORE 

Later that night we made our way to the gorgeous little town of Ogunquit for pizza and we celebrated (a day early) - Sandra's birthday!  

And then we were given these gorgeous necklaces made by Lofted Designs.   Absolutely gorgeous necklace!  

Christine brought us each an Evolve Wrap by Momentum Jewelry. I chose Dig Deep for my bracelet!  I love this company (and just a couple of days prior to the retreat I signed on as a new Momentum Jewelry Ambassador!)

Race day!  We left for the race about 6 am.  The forecast initially called for rainy weather...which didn't surprise me at all since I tend to bring bad weather to races I run.  Somehow a miracle happened and the weather forecast shifted to a cool start and absolute perfect running conditions!  

Like I said, it was a cool start to the day.  I saw on Friday that the temps were going to be in the high 30's low 40's to start...so I went to the LL Bean employee store and grabbed myself a super cheap "throw away" robe.  You might think I'm crazy... but seriously, it's the best thing to wear and so easy to just toss!

Our group staying warm in the gym at USM.  Such a great looking group of ladies, if I say so myself!    Shortly after this photo was taken, we took off for a warm up jog, said our "good lucks" and found our places in the starting line.  

My normal race start pose when I see friends!   See the guy in the back wearing my robe?  Yeah, he's running with my friend, Amy.  She made him put my robe on and she rocked her marathon!  I want to be like her when I grow up!  

I'll be doing my official Maine Half Marathon post tomorrow - but you can tell I finished and found the ladies afterwards....  Carrie finished just a few minutes after this.  She did rock her 1st half!!!  

I had an amazing experience with these ladies!  I seriously learned quite a bit about blogging and running from them and will cherish the memories from this weekend.

Thank you to Sarah and Jes who organized this event and to Sarah's mother-in-law for allowing us to stay at the most gorgeous beach house I've ever been to!  And a HUGE shout out to all of the sponsors!

Monday, October 12, 2015

FITfamily BOSUStrong Week! Are your ready?

You all know how much I love working out with my kids!  This week is Sweat Pink and BOSU are teaming up for a week  of #FitFamily BOSU fitness fun, starting on 10/12 and ending on 10/16!

For the last four weeks, the Sweat Pink community teamed up with BOSU to show the world what it means to be #BOSUStrong. One thing that makes me BOSUStrong is my family because they inspire me to keep moving. And I hope to inspire them to do the same.

Izzy, Tucker, Ward and I love to jump on the trampoline together! We are constantly on the go during the week days, and take advantage of the weekends to play together! 

I introduced Izzy to yoga and love watching Tucker play soccer.   Any time we jump together, Izzy amazes me! A family that plays together, sticks together!  Our favorite #FitFamily BOSU workout is running on the BOSU because Izzy smiles the entire time! And I am loving the BOSU Sport and the BOSU Sport-Kids DVD because its a great workout for my kid and has helped with their balance.

We are so excited to have the opportunity to try the new BOSU Sport, a smaller version of the BOSU Balance Trainer (the Sport is 50 cm while the Balance Trainer is 65 cm) that’s absolutely perfect for kids. Now, the whole family can “BOSU” together!

That’s why we are a #BOSUStrong #FitFamily! 

To participate in the challenge - play along with the daily prompts below!

Daily Prompts
Monday, 10/12: We want to see you and your kids #jumpjoymonday – whether you’re escaping lava, or jumping back on your surfboard, let your imagination run wild! Let’s kick off this #fitfamily challenge with a whole lotta fun! Just remember, nice soft knees. @Bosu_Fitness (IG) @BosuFitness (Twitter) @FitApproach #sweatpink #bosustrong #ad

Bonus: #moveitmonday! Show us how your kids MOVE their feet! We want to see how they can have #fasterfeet – running on their #BOSUSport and of course have fun while doing it! #FitFamily #BOSUStrong #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness (IG) @BosuFitness (Twitter) @FitApproach #ad

Tuesday, 10/13: It’s #toneituptuesday. We want to see your kids best “ski” moves (“no snow required”). Whether they’re speeding downhill on the slopes or jumping the moguls! @Bosu_Fitness (IG) @BosuFitness (Twitter) @FitApproach #sweatpink #bosustrong #ad

Bonus: We want to see you and your family inch worm together! #fitfamily #bosustrong @bosufitness @fitapproach #ad

Wednesday, 10/14: It’s #workitwednesday! We want to see you and your kids doing airplanes! @Bosu_Fitness (IG) @BosuFitness (Twitter) @FitApproach #sweatpink bosustrong #ad

Bonus: A family that balances together….has the most fun together! We want to see your kids do their best Bird Dog (refer to http://www.bosu.com/bosu-sport-kids-dvd for tips!) #FitFamily #BOSUStrong @Bosu_Fitness (IG) @BosuFitness (Twitter) @FitApproach #sweatpink #ad

Thursday, 10/15: It’s #fitfamily plank day! Show us how you and your fam plank it out & maybe even exchange some high fives! @Bosu_Fitness (IG) @BosuFitness (Twitter) @FitApproach #sweatpink #bosustrong #ad

Bonus: Show us a #tbt to one of your favorite #fitfamily activities! #FitFamily #BOSUStrong @Bosu_Fitness (IG) @BosuFitness (Twitter) @FitApproach #sweatpink #ad

Friday, 10/16: #FreeFriday. What makes your #fitfamily #bosustrong? Show us! @Bosu_Fitness (IG) @BosuFitness (Twitter) @FitApproach #sweatpink #bosustrong #ad

Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday sweaties! Are you dolphins, crouching crocodiles inch worms or maybe even downward puppies? Show us! #BOSUStrong @Bosu_Fitness (IG) @BosuFitness (Twitter) @FitApproach #sweatpink #ad

You can join the challenge whether or not you have a BOSU and we hope you do because its going to be tons of fun and you’ll have a chance to win amazing prizes!

Answer the daily prompts on your blog, Instagram, Twitter or wherever else you want to share and hashtag #BosuStrong #FitFamily #sweatpink and tag @BOSU_Fitness (Instagram) @BOSUFitness (Twitter) & @FitApproach – the most active & engaged participants will have a chance to win great prizes from BOSU & Sweat Pink! Hint, hint, the more you share (and the more places you share), the better your chances of winning! 

*Notes: BOSU wants to remind all participants that standing on a BOSU with the dome facing down is not proper form and therefore any images or content using the BOSU in that way will not be shared. Please also remember to wear shoes when working out on your BOSU to avoid slipping or injury.

Also, BOSU kindly asks that all participants share images and content on Twitter that is NOT simply a link from your Instagram accounts. If you do so, they are more likely to share and engage with you – and will get you more points towards winning prizes! 

Lastly, anyone is welcome to participate in this challenge and we strongly encourage all participants to encourage readers, family and friends to join in on the fun! You do not need to own a BOSU to participate (but you will have a chance to win one!).

The new BOSU® Sport-Kids DVD encourages kids to have lots of fun while they get fit, strong and flexible! This total body fitness program, created by renowned trainer Brett Klika, targets 6 – 12 year olds and teaches kids that when you exercise your heart, lungs and muscles every day, you can be fit for life. The 60 minute DVD includes five BOSU® workouts, plus warm-up and cool-down, focusing on different components of fitness. Segments can be used individually or linked together for longer workouts. Check out the BOSU SPORT-Kids DVD: http://www.bosu.com/bosu-sport-kids-dvd. Get it for FREE when you purchase a BOSU Sport using the code: BOSUSWEATPINK15. 

Lastly, get excited because BOSU just launched two new workout DVDs: BOSU Total Body Basics http://www.bosu.com/bosu-total-body-basics-dvd / and BOSU Core Basics http://www.bosu.com/bosu-core-basics-dvd. Get ONE of these 2 these downloads for FREE when you purchase a BOSU Balance Trainer using the code: BOSUSWEATPINK15.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by BOSU. We truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

3 #BOSUStrong Workouts for Runners

A *hard* lesson I learned was that when training for a marathon, you need to work on overall - body strength and conditioning, not just running.  During the past 4 weeks I've been participating in the BOSUStrong and SweatPink challenge.   

Yoga has been a life saver with running.  I fell in love with yoga years ago when training for my first marathon.  It worked then and it continues to work for me.  I've come to find a few poses that are my go-to poses to help me feel stretched and centered all at the same time.  

My first challenge was to find great yoga poses that I could do with the Bosu.  Challenge accepted. 

My new BOSU was helped me get a deeper stretch with these poses.  

You don't have to spend hours a day doing core work.  All you need is 5 minutes and a BOSU and you've got yourself a great plank workout!  Add in a dog or two and you've got yourself great photo-bombing and distractions as well.  Perhaps our dog is just as obsessed with tennis balls and you'll get the pleasure of having yellow tennis balls thrown at you while you work out.   

Keep it simple!!!  Lunges, squats and mountain climbers are my favorite leg strengtheners.  Easy and not time consuming either.  I usually do 1 minute of each, recover, then repeat.  

Do you have any favorites?  What would you do if you had a Bosu?  

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Week 4: What makes me #BOSUStrong!

This week is the very last week of the #bosustrong challenge that has inspired me to push myself with new moves. Before starting the challenge, my goal was to stretch more and now that we’re in the final week I plan to continue this venture.

This week we’re focusing on the things that make us BOSUStrong. Here are the 10 things that make me #BOSUStrong:

I am addicted to running.

I will always love my husband and children.

I never say never.

I do not make excuses.

I love to stretch.

I am inspired to keep pushing myself.

I love to encourage others to follow their dreams.

I have lots of love and support.

I am proud of my shiny new half marathon PR.

I hope to BQ.


So I want to know - are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.

The daily prompts are below. You can also follow along HERE.


Monday, 10/5: It’s #moveitmonday. Show us how you’re moving it this Monday. #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

Tuesday, 10/6: It’s #tempotuesday! Show us what makes you #BosuStrong! @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

Bonus: It’s #triceptuesday and we want to see what makes you #BosuStrong. #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Wednesday, 10/7: Planks, planks and more planks! Plank it out and show us how you’re #BosuStrong @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Thursday, 10/8: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body move – the one that truly makes you feel #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Give us a #tbt of your favorite moment of this challenge #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Friday, 10/9: #FreeFriday. Show us your #BOSUstrong! #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Let’s all celebrate the final day of the challenge with dolphin pose! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Monday, October 5, 2015

Way Good Tea Review & Giveaway

I've shared with you before on my weight loss with the cleanse.  I cut out processed foods, dairy, gluten and coffee.  The results were amazing and definitely worth the change in eating lifestyle.  My skin is clearer.  I have more energy.  My running has improved dramatically.  

One part of the cleanse was drinking a detox tea 2 times a day.  It was something I enjoyed thoroughly as I enjoy coffee quite a bit.  But with coffee gone from my diet (I don't really like it anymore), I'm completed in love with tea.  When the folks at Way Good Tea reached out to me to review their product, I knew it would be the perfect timing and match for me.   

You may be thinking, by why should I try a detox tea?  I'm not doing a cleanse!  You do not have to do a cleanse to enjoy the benefits of a detox tea.  There are great benefits to drinking Way Good Tea: 

The flavor is amazing.  Light, sweet, warm.  All great things rolled into one great tea.   I've been enjoying my Way Good Tea every morning and every night.  

I was sent the Lemon Jasmine Cleanse and it is the perfect tea for me.  I love the pure, clean look of the pretty little sachet.  Way Good Tea takes extensive measures to have high quality, full leaf teas to deliver their customers with the best tea one can have.

I usually use my Keurig to warm my water and the steep my tea for 3 minutes or so.  

Way Good Tea has provided me with a coupon code to share with my readers! 

In addition to this sweet (see what I did there?) discount, I am giving away FREE Tea on Instagram and Twitter!

To enter the instagram giveaway - head over to my Instagram Account and find my Way Good Tea photo and follow the steps to enter.  
or head over to my Twitter Account and enter there!  

Enjoy!!!  Time for tea!   

disclosure: I was sent a sample of tea from Way Good Tea.  I was not required to post a positive review.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Workout Wednesday - September in Review!

Time is flying by!  I cannot believe September has come to an end already!    How many days until summer break?  Just kidding.  Not really.

Headsweats, Brooks Ghost, ProCompression, and Inferno Spandits Shorts

I just realized that I have 50 more days until the Philadelphia Gore-Tex Marathon!  I'm working on my goals for this race and I'm seriously hoping it all comes together.  I am not sure I can handle 3 horrible marathon performances in one year.  

Here's to new running friends....a local Boston Qualifier!
Hoping she doesn't think I'm too slow and will continue to run with me!

I'm following the Hanson plan this time around and it's kicking my butt. Just like it did last time when I earned that marathon PR at Sugarloaf.   

my afternoons mostly consist of me running until the bus shows up!

September Mileage

Not my biggest mileage month, but still a solid running month!


But look at this!  (not the pace...I'm not good at putting in pace each time)  I'm killing my year mileage!  How high do you think I'll go?  

#twopairdontcare with ProCompression, new Mizuno Inspire 12, and Spandits!  

Race Weight 
I've mentioned here before, I wasn't happy with my weight.  I just kept gaining and gaining and wasn't sure what was going on.  Ward said it was portion control.  But I was eating the same as I was before.  I knew I needed a change.   A co-worker of mine is an Arbonne consultant and was running a 30 day cleanse.... and I knew I needed a change, so I went for it.  No coffee, no dairy, no gluten.... essentially nothing processed.  The coffee was going to be hard, but the other things no so bad.  I started out the cleanse at 145.8 pounds.  I'm happy to report that I have lost 13.4 pounds!  Craziness.  But I'm back to where I felt the best before.  

To maintain this, I'm going to do a 80/20 to allow myself some treats here and there, but within reason.  I had 2 Trader Joe's Maple cookies this weekend and I had the worst stomach cramps ever.  It seriously felt like my stomach was tearing itself to pieces.  Crazy!  I guess I need to stay away from those!!!

You'll be shocked to hear that I don't really like coffee that much anymore.  I've turned into a green tea junkie, but coffee just doesn't taste right to me anymore.  But I have been mixing some Trader Joe's Cold Brew in my morning Arbonne/Vanilla/Pumpkin smoothies and they are fabulous!  You have to try it!!!

Training for the Philadelphia Gore-Tex Marathon just got easier with a bunch of new gear that was sent to me by Gore!   I have some super cushy Brooks Gore-Tex Ghost8's to wear, windstopper gloves by Gore, a hat by Gore and a beautiful Gore jacket to get me through those tough snowy/cold days.  I've logged a few miles in the Ghosts and my first thought is "why haven't I tried Ghosts before?"  Seriously!  So much cushion!  I love them!   

I'm also in love with the jacket.  I've been wearing it as much as possible...to school (because I can) and then to Ward's marathon this past weekend.  The race start was 33F degrees and the jacket felt great!   It's not cold enough for the gloves or hat yet...but they will definitely get a ton of use!  

My Gore jacket matches my Spandits perfectly!!!!


This weekend, I'm heading to Wells for the Rise, Run, Retreat with some super awesome, talented and FAST ladies.  Part of the retreat is to run the Maine Half Marathon.  I'm thinking I'm the slow one in the group...I'm hoping their speed rubs off on me and this weekend's race is successful!  We will see.  Although, I wasn't really planning on racing it. It was going to be a training run.  We'll see how I feel this weekend.  Maybe I'll be inspired by some these women!  

The weather was supposed to be a washout, but it's looking a little different now.  No worries...there's still time and the weather will probably change again.  

I don't know what I'm wearing yet...but it will consist of Spandits, ProCompression and Headsweats for sure.  

Then I get a 2 week reprieve then it's time for the Runner's World Festival!    Another incredible opportunity!  I don't even know what to expect... except for lots of cool people, running, and selfies.  
A photo posted by Jen Boudreau (@runningwtg) on
And fuel....  Have you ever tried Untapped?  Real, pure maple syrup in easy to carry packets.  Oh my word!  I had one as a sample last year and tried it on an 18 mile run.  It was delicious...but I couldn't find it locally anywhere.  Then I saw that an Instagram friend of mine found it at LL Bean!  Since the husband works there, I get a kick butt discount..so I stocked up.  I'm good to go with Untapped now!

And now that I hydrate with SOS Rehydrate, I actually don't refuel a lot.  SOS Rehydrate is amazing!  Have you tried it yet???   It absorbs immediately and taste delicious.  I have a discount you can use.  AMB-IW6-CWA for 15%

How's your training going?  How was September for you?