Race Report : The Burner 2016

I am more than a little behind on the race reports and for those who like to read them I am sorry. What happens most of the time is I’m exhausted after an event (makes sense) so clearly I don’t write the report the same day. Usually the next day I am sore and relaxing or catching up on things that were neglected the day before. What’s getting neglected I honestly do not know considering we don’t do massive weekend cleanings and all my food has been provided by NutriSystem all summer, but I’m sure those naps on the couch aren’t going to take themselves.

Then Monday rolls around and I work my 4 10-hour shifts and by the time the next weekend rolls around I start to feel guilty for the report being late. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Excuses and rationalizations aside, I have been looking forward to talking about my last two mud runs of the season. First up The Burner in Hubbard Ohio back on August 20th.

The Burner is an event my friend Liz told me about probably 2-3 years ago. Excitedly I signed up for it one winter when prices were super low and then for whatever reason was unable to participate the following summer. Luckily I was able to defer my entry to the next year (I think this was the series of events) and found myself committed to 2016. Looking at the confirmation in December 2015 I was trying to convince myself I’d lost “enough” weight by summer, but the reality was I’d been trying all year only to keep gaining. Instead I simply hoped I could have the positive attitude to get through it once the time rolled around.

When the day arrived I am happy to say I was 20 pounds lighter than my heaviest and very excited to take part in the event. My sister and I were both signed up and carpooled to the location. Once there we met up with another racing friend, Jill, who you might remember from the few indoor triathlons we did earlier this year.

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Leading up to the event various posts and emails advertised this course as “The Toughest 7 Miles” and I started to wonder how true this could be given the other events I’ve done in the last few years. Could these 7 miles be worse than 14-ish miles of Spartan Beast? Lord only knows how bad I felt after 4 miles of my most recent Spartan in 2015. Heck in 2015 I even DNF’ed a Tough Mudder I was so nervous about the toughness of the course. Somehow standing in the field that morning, listening to the announcer I didn’t feel scared though, I felt hopeful.

Entering the course Becky and Jill clearly had an advantage over me in the fitness department, but the narrow course kept them close.

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At the first obstacle we were instructed via sign to pick up two tires (car sized) and carry them in a loop through a field where we also tossed them up and over inverted walls as well as tossing our bodies up and over the “razor burns”. Photo credit to The Burner’s website.

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After 3 or 4 of the bladed we returned to the scene of the tire pile and on our way maneuvered through a rope web. Being nervous about hurting my ankles I skipped the walls, but picked up an extra tire on the way back and felt like that help redeem my efforts.

Becky and Jill were long gone by this point and I found myself making friends with a lovely women named Cindy and we kept each other motivated over the next 6.5 miles.

Other obstacles included nature made challenges such as hills so steep you needed ropes or roots to scale them, only to come back down on your butt and repeat the process 6 more times. Rocky terrain and mud filled pits where I softly sunk to my knees and watched more agile athletes nearly float across like those Jesus Lizards. Every step of the way there was a smiling face or the quiet comfort of the woods. No matter what happened I was smiling. Here are some images from the website as well as Facebook pictures by Heidi Bulick highlighting the day even if I’m not in the images.

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Not picture are the pipe things which I don’t do at most of the events so it was very exciting to do it here, the over-under-through walls are some of my favorite and I couldn’t believe I actually tackled a wall related obstacle for a change, and I always feel like a bad ass when I’m flipping and dragging a tired as big as I am! It seemed to be there was a great mix of natural and man-made challenges as well as carrying levels of difficulty for the different challenges.

Around mile 5 I was exceptionally pleased with how good I felt since I knew my Tough Mudder half was coming up and I wondered how I’d do with 5 miles. By mile 6 though something had shifted drastically and I knew I was headed for trouble. It stated with a dull ringing in my ears and feeling my pulse throbbing all over my body. This lead to feeling light headed and being told by Cindy and others I completely lost my color. I death marched for a while and drank my water, but I also felt my body stop sweating.

For the last section of the event I skipped every single obstacle and prayed I’d stay on my feet. The end of the course was HEAVILY loaded with obstacles too. Thankfully one of them was water based and instead of giggling as I flew down a soaked and soapy tarp on an inner tube I opted to stand next to the sprinkler and allow the off shoots to soak my head and back. After a few minutes I started to shiver and then I was back to normal. I am eternally thankful for this sprinkler because without it I don’t think I could have stumbled to the finish.

Crossing the finish I was greeted with a Yellow hand band and my black and yellow finisher’s shirt.

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My sister hugged me and we sat down to talk and drink an icy cold Gatorade. Despite the difficulties at the end and needing to skip so many of the obstacles, I still felt proud and accomplished. Everyone has their own challenges to beat and I know I more than attempted and accomplished mine.

Feel Beautiful Under Your Clothes AND At The Gym with AdoreMe!

Happy Wednesday everyone! Did you know in addition to being hump day today is also National Women’s Health and Fitness Day? Celebrating and promoting fitness for all ages and abilities, I think we can all agree it’s a good idea to care about your health on some level. I know it may seem like I stopped caring for a while when I gained weight, but as I’ve stated numerous times this just isn’t the case and while I have lost 20 pounds and continue to strive for better fitness and if I’m honest a slimmer appearance, these things take time. While they are taking time I am over here shopping in the pus sized world. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with the plus sized world at first glance, but as anyone in it or most media outlets lately will remind you, sometimes it just isn’t fun or easy to SHOP in the plus sized world.

Enter AdoreMe and their connection to helping with health and fitness goals.

AdoreMe is a NYC based lingerie company known for their custom orders. Stocking sizes XS – 4XL depending on the item and bras sizes up to 46G, they strive to help women of all shapes and sizes feel beautiful under their clothes (and the prices aren’t so bad either). Recently I was asked to help share some big news with you all and (disclosure) although I’m not being paid (it’s true) I have heard enough wonderful things and liked what I saw enough to agree to pass along this announcement.

Starting in October 2016 AdoreMe will add more to their bras, panties, corsets and sleepwear. Soon ladies (or gentlemen, I don’t think they judge) will also be able to order activewear! Personally I am BEYOND excited about this, because so many of my favorite lines don’t extend into plus territory and those that do carry a XL or XXL I’m very concerned what they think XL or XXL means in sizes.

Over the years I have read COUNTLESS wonderful things about AdoreMe and their lingerie and there is no reason to suspect the same level of quality won’t be placed in their Activewear line as well. Plus look at how cute everything is in the preview pics!

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I’m seriously going to have to get those amazing purple floral/abstract capri pants in these plus size Mariam!

deepthi_1826_branding deepthi_1819_branding The corset lacing design on the side of these Deepthi pants fits any “bad ass chick”‘s personality. CrossFit? Sure! Mud run? You bet!

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Since purple is my favorite color I’m also eyeing this gorgeous Mala Plus number.

Remember keep an eye out in Oct at www.adoreme.com/workout-clothes.html for the launch of these items and in the meantime maybe treat yourself to one of their lingerie packages?

What do you all think? Have you worn AdoreMe before? Are you excited for the launch of their new activewear line? What types of things will you do today to celebrate National Women’s Health and Fitness Day?

3 Back-to-School Morning Routine Tips For the Whole Family

Back-to-School Morning Routine Tips For the Whole Family
Even if you don’t have school aged children it’s rather apparent it’s back-to-school time in the United States. From the start of August to the start of September my news-feed flows with pictures of first days of new chapters. Just because you may not have a child going to school this time around, doesn’t mean you can’t jump on the trend of wanting to start a routine that will lead to a happy, healthier, better version of you! Oh and just because you “aren’t a people” doesn’t mean you can’t join in either.
Milk-Bone wants you to know….Dogs and their human companions have something very important in common: both are creatures of habit. 
I was very excited when I was contacted and asked to share some information with my readers about Milk-Bones healthy morning treats. Emme and I have been using Milk-Bone products in our daily routines her whole life. From the MacroSnacks for random “cookies” to the Brushing Chews to help with her teeth she is a true Milk-Bone Fan. So much in fact when her package arrived this is what it looked like when I came home from work.
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Like most crazy dog ladies, I love my fur-baby so of course with school starting—it’s the perfect time to make sure the whole family gets off on the right paw with the right habits at the start of the day. (Plus it’s so much more fun when the whole family is involved!)
1Get active with your four-legged trainer in the morning.
40% of doggy mommies and daddies do healthy things with their pups at the same time that they do healthy things for their families. By adding doggy exercise to the rest of your family’s morning routine, your dog can actually begin to encourage the rest of your family to stay active!
Anyone who follows my social media knows Emme is an adventure dog and LOVES to be outside!
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She also takes after her Mommy and LOVES to sleep in too!
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Luckily one of the adults in the house makes sure she gets some time in the grass every morning ….
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….and when things go extra smoothly the three of us take a 1 mile walk around the block. We all agree it keeps us much calmer and happier during the day and it just plain feels good!
 2. Involve your kids in caring for Fido (and for themselves).
Dogs, just like young kids, need role models. 57% of dog parents who also have human children involve their kids in caring for their pet—instilling responsibility and good daily habits like brushing their teeth and taking their vitamins.
I must admit I have always been a poor puppy parent in this department. Another lucky for us aspect is that my boyfriend grew up around dogs and totally loves them. He is always asking to brush her, brush her teeth and give her healthy snacks and exercise. Which leaves me time in the morning to sleep and then do my own routine of teeth brushing and vitamin taking. Haha! Oh and of course time for the whole family to snuggle and get extra morning kisses! The BEST part of waking up if you ask me.
3. Make sure your dog consistently receives the nutrients necessary to live a long and happy life.
1 in 3 pet parents are confused about what’s needed for proper pet nutrition, meaning many pup parents are unaware that their dogs’ diets may be lacking in essential nutrients.  Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamin Treats were created specifically to promote your dog’s well-being and longevity. So when you’re giving your kids their daily vitamins, remember that your pup needs their nutrient-packed treats too.  Your dog adds so much to the family—make sure to take care of him/her for the long-term!
I don’t know about your dogs, but clearly mine doesn’t know how to make “healthy” choices…
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Don’t worry we didn’t let her eat it! The point being like many children she wants something fun, we want something healthy for her. Enter our lifelong relationship with Milk-Bone to the rescue.
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If you think you want to add Milk-Bone to your morning routine you can learn more about Milk-Bone’s Good Morning Daily Vitamins on their site. Or copy and paste this link:
http://bit.ly/GoodMorningDailyVitaminTreats-ROJRunning
What are your family’s favorite morning routines? Tell me how you and your pooch get ready to take on the day in the comments section below!