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Lucky Day

St Patrick's dayHappy St. Patrick’s Day!!!  I love this holiday because it is just fun. Green bagels, St. Patty’s day races, extra luck and it means spring is just around the corner. Did I mention extra luck? Spring really is coming though. The buds are on the trees and spring allergies are here for a bit. This is the exciting site I saw today.

The swollen buds

I’ll take all of the luck I can get with my leg lately. I’m hoping these new kicks do the trick. I have never run in Adidas before, but these Adidas Glide Boost were great for me today. Can you see the difference in the sole? They are not made of traditional EVA rubber, which is known to lose it’s shock absorption capacity at very high and very low temperatures (kind of like the temperatures we have been running in lately.) Instead, “The Boost midsole does not change performance in extreme temperatures, including intense heat and biting cold. While traditional EVA is affected by the weather, a Boost midsole will have the same cushion and response regardless of the temperature outdoors.” Read more about them here.

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When I was trying to figure out how to keep my stress fracture from returning I came across this.

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Too bad I didn’t get this memo in January! I can’t even tell you how lucky I felt to be running today.

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I’m pretty lucky overall, really. I have a great family that I love spending time with.family

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And the best friends a girl really could ever ask for!

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The Girls sketch

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So it’s a good day to celebrate! Too bad I don’t have these cool shoes to run in today.

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Look at these awesome friendship bracelets the girls and I are wearing lately. They are the grown up version of the ones we used to wear. I ordered them on Etsy from P.S. I Handmade It. I love pretty much all of her stuff – check it out.

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Have fun being Irish today!

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Jaybird Review and Fighting Back

I finally found a great pair of running headphones. jaybird bluebuds on Music is super important to me when I run. Sometimes I listen to a running coach and sometimes just music with a good pace. Either way, I need music to have a great run. Plus, I love runkeeper keeping me updated on my stats. Basically, headphones are essential. Unfortunately for me, I can’t even tell you how many pairs I have broken in the last few years. So I went on a quest for the perfect headphones.

The answer? There are no perfect headphones for running. Womp Womp. The good news? You can create the perfect pair. Here is what I need in a pair of headphones:

  • Wireless. I have wasted a ton of money replacing headphones when the wire breaks at the jack. I have also wasted a ton of running time fidgeting with broken wires when I forget to replace them.
  • Great Sound. To me this means overall sound quality. I don’t need crazy bass in headphones. I mean, they are directly in my ears! But a good crisp sound really enhances everything.
  • No Bulk. Most wireless earbuds are bulky at the ear where the battery pack is. This is uncomfortable and honestly just looks strange.
  • Stays In My Ear. Kind of important for obvious reasons. I also don’t want to waste time readjusting them or losing quality because they are falling out.

The solution? Jaybird Bluebuds with Comply foam tips. Thousands of people can’t be wrong, right? But I had to try out other wireless headphones before returning them with the realization that I was just wasting money. Most of them are way too bulky and just don’t stay in your ear. The over ear wire hurts, especially on longer runs. Most importantly, the sound quality doesn’t even come close to the Bluebuds. jaybird bluebuds I wear mine over the ear with the wire shortened around back. This is great because you really don’t even feel that they are there. Other brands I tried hung on your neck. This is fine unless you turn your head to talk to someone or look for cars. Then the wire pulls the earbud out of your ear. Not a problem with the Bluebuds. I tried them on a run without the Comply tips and they fell out. I spent too much time dealing with it and ordered the Comply tips. Now they are perfect. Here is a video review with more detail on the sound quality. If you decide to go with these, shop around. You can find them on ebay and other places for a much more reasonable price.

 

The boys and I saw the most beautiful lake today. It’s still frozen, but we decided we have to come back during the summer. It would be a great place to paddleboard. boys at the lake

 

I have decided to fight hard this week to get back to running. I was pretty sure I did all of the things listed here before I started running again. I am a little confused and extremely frustrated that after almost 2 months of running again I am having problems. So it’s time to take it further and look more closely at nutrition. These articles about ways to help a broken bone heal, how to speed fracture healing, and research for faster fracture healing seem to agree that having the right amount of protein, calcium, and certain amino acids is vital to healing. I can take care of that. fight a stress fracture I’m also making sure that basically anything else I eat has antioxidant qualities, like my Shakeology (which has a ton of protein as a bonus!) and these delicious pumpkins muffins. Let’s hope it works. Spring race season starts this weekend and unbelievably, I am missing my first race. pumpkin muffin recipe

Pumpkin Mini Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream oil, sugar and eggs together. Mix until fluffy and lighter in color. Add dry ingredients alternately with water. Mix well. Add pumpkin. Fill mini muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes.
http://cashmeremiles.com/jaybird-review-and-fighting-back/

So, I am wondering, do you take a multivitamin?

Catching Up

It’s been a while! Just the normal craziness going on around here.

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The girls and I took advantage of the warm weather with a 5-ish mile run this morning. We got to catch up on all of the stuff we hadn’t talked about in the few hours since we last talked to each other. 😉 Of course we needed a juice after our run. Rehydration.

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The time change plus the warm weather is really getting the boys and I excited for spring. Maybe it really will come. We got Aidan the right size bike just in case. Dane is up next.

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We’ll just play ping pong while we wait for the snow to melt.

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Or go bowling with friends.

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Both boys actually had a good game at the same time!!!!  (I’m sure you can tell from our scores that we are all bowlers! Lol).

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Just one bit of bad news for me. I can hardly even believe it, but I am going to try my best not to repeat the mistake I made last time. Now it is even harder for me not to run because I feel like I just got back into it. Plus, it seems like 8 weeks really should have been enough time off of running to heal a stress fracture. So I am going to be optimistic and hope that it is just a minor setback. I can try not to run for the rest of the week, right? :-(

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Just Go With It

Today looked absolutely nothing like we planned, and that’s ok. It ended up being a great day anyway.

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Today was supposed to be school, a long run, soccer practice with my team and camping at the Philadelphia Zoo. And all of them were cancelled for snow! Well running wasn’t cancelled, but the boys were home. We decided to just go with it.

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So after rescheduling the zoo trip, we went out to have some fun with friends in the snow.

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This is a great crew! They scout together, play sports together, are in the same classes, and always have fun together.

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Since this is our last snow (according to me, anyway!) we had to get some good snowboarding and sledding in.

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Photo bombing is one of these guys’ favorites.  The only way to get a real picture of them anymore is to promise a photo bomb at the end. Lol.

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I did manage to squeeze a quick run in at the end of the day.

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I’m looking forward to seeing these guys again soon.

Global Genes Project

Rare disease

February is an important month for us for many reasons, but one of them is that Rare Disease Day is the last day of the month.  Those of you who know us know that one of our family members has a rare genetic disorder.

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Genetic diseases are not very well understood by the general public and for good reason.  It is only recently that the medical and scientific fields have begun to understand the human genome.  The completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 provided, for the first time, a completed sequence of all 3 billion base pairs which make up human DNA.  The goal of this project was to provide the tools to understand genetic factors in human disease, allowing for new strategies in their diagnosis, treatment and prevention.  One of the tools that became available as a result of this project was genetic testing.

Genetic testing is a medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins of human DNA.  Once identified, these changes lead to a diagnosis of a genetic disease.

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Not all genetic diseases are rare.  Some, such as Down’s Syndrome (trisomy 21), are common and you are probably familiar with them.  Rare chromosome disorders include extra, missing, or rearranged chromosome material in smaller and more complex areas of DNA than those associated with more common genetic disorders.  Individual types of chromosome disorders can be quite rare.  When my family received a diagnosis of a chromosome deletion from one of the best hospitals in the country, we were told that there were 11 other identified cases at the time.  Currently, the availability of testing has increased this number.

Symptoms of a genetic disorder often include physical problems, health problems, learning difficulties and behavioral issues.  The extent each individual is affected in these areas depends upon the specific genetic material affected.  Even then, individuals missing the same amount and location of genetic material exhibit an array of different symptoms.  This makes treatment a challenge.  Research is greatly needed to better understand these disorders.  Currently, it is estimated that 95% of all rare genetic diseases do not have an FDA approved drug treatment.  In fact, there are less than 400 treatments approved by the FDA for the almost 7,000 rare diseases that have been identified.

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The Global Genes Project  was created to promote awareness of rare genetic disease in the general community and within the medical field.  When a patient receives a diagnosis of a rare genetic disorder it is more than likely that their general practitioner will never have heard of it.  Even local hospitals and treatment facilities are usually unfamiliar with these rare diseases.  This makes treatment of both symptoms related to the disorder and everyday illnesses very difficult.  When we received our diagnosis, our geneticist told us “we will learn from you.”

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Although individual rare disease diagnoses affect a small number of people, collectively over 30 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.  Help promote awareness of rare genetic disorders this February 28th by wearing jeans or a jean ribbon.

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Fireworks and Snow

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Tonight we watched fireworks in the snow! I have never done that before! It was so much fun.

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We were at an ice sculpture festival with friends at Laurita Winery. They have a ton of great events there – we are lucky it is nearby.

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Hot chocolate and wine and food trucks really hit the spot tonight. I think we are all tired of being stuck in the house when it snows.

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Plus we got to go inside this amazing igloo!

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And see other cool ice sculptures and make snow angels!

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Can you believe this fire truck is made of ice?

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We will remember this night for a while. :-)

So, I am wondering, do you go out in the snow or get cozy inside?

A Few Good Things About Cold Weather

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Just in case you hadn’t noticed, it is really cold outside! Twelve degrees when I was driving home tonight! I’m not really a fan of any weather below 20 degrees because that is usually my lower limit for outside running. But I have discovered there are a few benefits to the cold weather.

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I ran on the treadmill again today. The amazing thing is that I hardly remember it at all! An hour and a half flew by as I streamed a movie on my iPad. Multitasking! Plus, my leg feels 100% fine on the treadmill, so it is probably a good idea to run here while it is so cold outside.

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Yesterday we made our weekly trek into Philly and had an unexpected cold weather perk there too. The parking kiosk was actually frozen and not working! Free parking! Hey, you have to look at the bright side sometimes.

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I have to toss in here that heated seats in the car are pretty awesome. They heat up really fast while you are waiting for the regular heat to kick in. I wish the boys had them in the back seat.

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Every morning our lemon tree reminds me of summer. It’s not doing too badly inside. So here’s to looking at the bright side for now and looking ahead to a fantastic summer.

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Registration for the Perfect 10 Miler race opens tonight. :-). Definitely worth staying up until midnight. Are you registering?

So, I am wondering, what are your favorite things about winter?

A Day For Games

Another snow day! The boys were thrilled with their “5 days off of school” streak.

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Of course snow means shoveling out, which I usually don’t mind. It is a good winter workout, after all! Does everyone shovel out for their dog or is it just me? It doesn’t take long for the snow to get taller than my little 4 pound guy!

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It was a great day for games. Luckily for us, my parents practically have an amusement park in their basement. The boys pretend they are not getting too tall for the bounce castle.

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Aidan and Nana played darts and air hockey.

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While Dane practiced his shots.

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Guess what I was doing? There really is something for everyone! I got in 8 miles on the treadmill. It has been a few years (literally) since I ran on a treadmill. I thought I hated it, but it wasn’t too bad at all. The Real Housewives kept me distracted. 😉 I was much slower than I realized! I guess I’ll have to pay attention to that next time. Looks like there is more treadmill time in all of the local runners’ futures around here with extremely low temperatures and the possibility of more snow this week.

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We finished the day off with a game of Life. Can you believe we had never played before? It’s a fun game.

So, I am wondering, what is your favorite family game?

Try Something New

So… What do you think? Every now and then you have to try something new. It’s not always easy. This theme change took me forever and I am not even sure I like it. But I’m still happy to switch it up a bit. Let me know if you like this theme or my old theme better. This cracked me up. But it is a good point.

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We had an awesome lunch at my mom’s and dad’s today. We are still kind of celebrating Valentine’s Day – can you tell? It’s a good holiday to stretch out.

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You can never have too much chocolate as far as I’m concerned. I proved that to myself this weekend until I finally had to tell myself to stop. Luckily Eileen and I ran 8 miles before the holiday.

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Especially since lazy snow days and chocolate really don’t mix well!  Or maybe they do…

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It was all BeachBody DVDs for the rest of the weekend. #windmills – “Nailed it!” That is for my sister in law, Ari. 😉  I really am glad to have full body workouts and cross training right in my living room, especially when the weather is bad.

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We took the kids to play glow in the dark golf before the snow came. You should go! The kids loved it and we did too.

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We made a few other stops while we were there. It wasn’t a beach day, but there are plenty of other things to do in Atlantic City. It’s amazing how much fun a toddler can have eating in a restaurant.

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I am often guilty of this…

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So, I am wondering, what do you think of this theme?

The Finish Line

Sometimes we take the good with the bad and this last weekend was exactly that for me. Luckily there was more good than bad. My property law professor in law school, Paula Franzese, always told us that “To finish the race is to win the race.” (By the way, how cool is it that she has her own Wikipedia page?) A great Monday morning finish is coffee with the girls.

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I swear Jeannette and I did not plan on wearing almost the same shirt. 😉

We celebrated a finish line for my sweet nephew this weekend who got his spica cast off during the week. He is such a trooper and so are my brother and sister in law!  Can you tell they were happy?

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It was a great reason to get everyone together too. My mom made the cutest spica cast centerpieces!

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Are you surprised that there were Nerf wars in the backyard with “boys” of all ages?

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Aidan just loves his little cousin.

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I did manage to get a run in, which always makes me smile. It was pretty muddy but I was determined to get back on the trail. Sometimes it is fun to have obstacles to jump over.

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I was pretty frustrated when I realized I stopped my Runkeeper early! Ahh. I know my fellow runners can sympathize. It was pretty symbolic of my weekend though – the good with the bad.

We finished Sunday up with Scouts. Aidan has his last Cub Scout meeting next weekend before he becomes a boy scout. Another finish line. He is excited.

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So, I am wondering, what do you pack your kids for lunch?

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