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2015 with a bang ! 

Is it just me or did this year fly by? What’s even scarier is when my kids told me how fast the year went, I was actually saddened! See as a kid you’re not supposed to think about how fast time flies that’s for us parents to worry about. So of course when that was said by my own kids it made me realize something. First of all that we cannot control how fast or slow time goes but we can control how we spend every minute, every hour within that time. I had set some pretty achievable goal for 2015 and those goals required a lot of my time. If you don’t remember what they were, I will remind you in just a bit. Now I know you are probably thinking that my next words are going to be something like, I regret the time I “wasted” on these silly goals or how my kids didn’t get enough of my time BUT let me tell you, you are wrong.

 

Although the time went by fast this year, I am BEYOND BLESSED with an amazingly supportive family. I am so honored to have such a great husband who supports me ( even if some days he doesn’t want to) The minute he gets out there he does what he does and I am pretty sure he is always proud of me and glad he is there to share the moment with me! My kids, wow just wow, and yes I am totally biased, they are amazing little beings, becoming beautifully formed into young adults who are compassionate, helpful, caring , faithful and so giving! They too may be dragging booty for an early morning race but at the end they always say good job mom! They feel proud of me, and it makes what I do WORTH every minute of it. My daughter commented on my Instagram on my birthday this year and it just had me in tears! THIS right here is confirmation of NO regrets! Time well spent!

  

  
   

 

If you follow me, know me , run with me, you will know that my little family comes first no matter what and If ANY ONE of them ever said mom/babe stay home today I would in a heartbeat and I HAVE. Luckily, I have also learned that if I wake up early enough I am never missing out on any time with them!

  

 However, with all that being said I have made a promise to slow it down for 2016. Not as many races and staying local as much as possible. 2015 was an AMAZING year for me, I accomplished SO much, more so than I ever thought possible. I set 4 main goals for 2015.

  

 1. PR my 5k

2. Run 3 half marathons

3. Meet my goal weight by my 35th birthday

4. Inspire people

 

I am proud to say that I not only met but I exceeded 3 of the 4 goals I set for myself this year! You bet your sweet tarts I am very proud of that!

 

PR’d my 5k in January 2015 at the Got Miles 5k, I have to be honest that wasn’t too difficult to do.

 

Run 3 half marathons… I kind of giggle at this because I ran 9 halves this year 9 !!!!!!!! HOLY cow I still can’t believe it! (Not all medals are shown) 

cal half series

Meet my goal weight – epic fail but that’s OK I am still a work in progress and again I have NO regrets because slow progress IS progress!

 

Inspire people…. This I thought was going to be most challenging but what I learned is, this only takes the effort you put into bettering yourself with NO other expectations from anyone else and the rest just happens! The reality of this goal is that I inspire my kids and THAT my friends is MORE THAN ENOUGH!

   

     
 

2015 has been a roller coaster of a year, work has been insane, my brain and body went from anxiety and worry, to faith & endurance!

 

Life is good, BUT my friends, GOD IS GREATER!

 

I cannot stress that enough, I have learned so much over that last year & a half and the most important thing is that his love for us goes above all else, he will fill your every need, he will remove anything that keeps you from seeking him and the unconditional love he has for you. He will place people in your lives to help guide you, inspire you, motivate you and LOVE you. Anything else without God present is meaningless in the end.

 

I love this verse because reminds me of the changes I have gone through.

 

Romans 12:2-3

  

  

 

As Christians we must not be like the people of this world but let God change the way we think. This way we will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to God. When we accept Jesus we are to change from the people we used to be and become the people God wants us to be. The things of the world that we used to like and be involved in no longer appeal to us. 
Peter puts it this way: “Always let others see you behaving properly, even though they may still accuse you of doing wrong. Then on the day of judgment, they will honor God by telling the good things they saw you do” 1 Peter 2:12

 

 

God gave me legs that move, endurance, discipline, and most importantly a group of amazing people that share the similar love and passion as I do.

  

    
    
    
    
 Yes I went all Christian on you but I promise you that I am far from perfect.

 

 

So what is in store for me in 2016. I haven’t really given it 100% of my time just yet. I know I mentioned possibly doing a full and I am still toying with the idea… and the only out of town race I am currently registered for is Tinkerbell 10k …… I have to pick & choose wisely but not before I pray about it first…..

 

Running is now a part of my life, I do it to relieve stress, to clear my mind, to settle frustrations, for peace & quiet. I run because I LOVE to eat. I run because I can. Running helped me lose 25 lbs years ago and running helps me maintain my weight. Running gives me a sense of accomplishment. Running gives me bling. Running taught me discipline, showed me hard work, helped me cut excuses.

  

   

I don’t do it to be part of a group or ranked a certain level, or even to be called a “runner” I do it for me…….. because I love the run!

 

   

 

In other news…. CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That means I will be off work for 11 -1/2 days which means tons of running to be done! I have a few things planned with my kids, an afternoon of girl time with some friends and tons of down time planned! I can’t wait!!! I know it will go by fast but I plan on making the most of it!

 

I hope that you all have enjoyed my blog over the past year, I know I was not very consistent but my hopes is that you gained at least one small positive thing from it that you can take with you when pursuing your own goals. I pray for each and every one of you reading this that you are blessed today , tomorrow & always and that your holidays are filled with Love & Laughter ( and miles )

 

Merry Christmas and I will see you next year!

  

 Peace, Love & Running…..

Chelly 

 

2015 race list

January –  Got miles 5k
February- heart & soul virtual 5k & bay breeze 10k 

March- heavenly half marathon & California classics half marathon

April- Shinzen 5 miler

May- Ole 5 que  5 miler, Tinkerbell 10k & flex it pink virtual 10k

June- S2S summer series 5k races (2)  & mudderella

July- S2S summer series 5k (2), freedom run 4 miler & wharf to wharf 6 miler.

August- summer breeze half marathon, hell of a half marathon & sole sister virtual 7 miler

September- 135M to the house relay

October- judgement day half marathon & Lake Tahoe 5k & emerald bay half marathon

November- 2 cities half marathon & big sur half marathon

December- walnut creek half marathon 

26 races to finish my year !!! 

   
    
    
 

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Only Half Crazy

 

It’s almost Race day… AGAIN!    



 Yep, you read that right, It’s almost race day yet again… I ran the Heavenly Half Marathon on March first and now I am attempting another one just two weeks later! California Classics Half Marathon here in my city! After this race I will actually qualify for “ Half Fanatics” the name speaks for itself…. 

check em out

http://www.halffanatics.com    

This  run is with MASH runners, we are a group of runners who raise money for MMI – Medical Ministries International.

 MMI is a Christian Based, Non-Profit organization. The mission of MMI is can be summarized as follows “Medical Aid Supplying Hope” ( that’s how they got the group name MASH runners). 

 Straight from their website http://www.medministries.org 

 Their primary function is to recycle new and used medical equipment and supplies from the Central Valley of California and ship them overseas to mission clinics and hospitals in the poorest parts of the world. MMI picks up these donated supplies and equipment from hospitals and doctor’s offices in the greater Fresno area. They are taken to a warehouse in Clovis where they are sorted, categorized, and packed into boxes for shipping. They are then taken to the larger warehouse in Fowler where the large equipment that has been donated is kept. Here they are prepared for shipment overseas. Simultaneous to this work, our staff is coordinating the export documents necessary for international shipping, as well as working to meet customs requirements in any given country.

  

  

Second, MMI also takes teams overseas to remote locations to provide medical clinics in areas where access to medical care is limited. The mission of MMI has also expanded to include community development in isolated regions of Africa. This includes providing water wells for fresh water, microeconomic development to aid with sustainability of the villages, and help with reconstruction of clinics and hospitals. 

  

So you can see why I was interested in joining MASH runners this year!! 

They are doing GREAT things in this world and my generous friends & family helped me to be a part of it !!

 

I will update you all on the race next week! 

 You can check out MASH at www.mashrunners.org

 

 

  



 In other news… I am pretty sure I mentioned that I had started weight watchers so I wanted to let you know that I QUIT! hahaa Yep I am a quitter! But don’t be so quick to pass judgment just yet. 

 Easy quick explanation…. I did not like that I had to pay to log my food when you can do it for FREE on My Fitness Pal. I did drop about 4 pounds while doing it but honestly it had nothing to really do with Weight Watchers itself. It had more to do with the fact that I was watching my intake, making better choices etc. I thought to myself I had lost 30 lbs just using my fitness pal why am I paying for this? Both apps require self-discipline but one is free & one is not.

Now I know I didn’t give it a lot of time before I made my decision I am sure WW has it’s perks and I just didn’t take the time to find them out but in all honesty I just don’t think it was a good match for me in my journey.

 

 So I am back, logging my daily intake on My Fitness Pal. 

 I changed my settings to have a little more “freedom” I went from 1250 calories a day (which seems a bit insane now that I think about it) to 1420 calories per day. Its isn’t a huge jump but let me tell you those 170 extra calories make a HUGE difference and I am NOT hungry as long as I am eating my foods at the right times during the day.

  

I just started back up this week and I have to admit I jumped on the scale mid-week to take a peek and I had maintained! It’s huge because there is a weekend in there and usually weekends are my worst days when it comes to eating… I either don’t eat enough or I eat too much!

  

 The results will show in just a couple of weeks.



 The weather is starting to warm up and something about the Cali sunshine motivates me!

  

 Check them out http://www.myfitnesspal.com

  

 With that being said, I find it funny that I am already thinking about December! Let me tell you why….. 

  

A fellow runner told me about a series called California Half & Full Marathon Series. This is a series of races you complete in different cities throughout California in order to obtain one CA Series Finishers Medal! So come December when I run the Walnut Creek Half Marathon I will take home 2 medals that day!

  

 Not only am I doing the CA Series for an additional medal but I am also doing the Soul Series which is 3 half marathons each with it’s own medal and at the last race so as long as I finish,  my regular finishers medal and then a one HUGE medal waiting for me for completing the series!!!

  

It’s is all about the bling baby & yes I am only half crazy……!!!

  



 The list of races I am running to compete in this series are below. 

March 1st – Heavenly Half Marathon ( soul series)

 March 15th – California Classics ( this is an extra race for charity but is still a part of the series) 

 August 15th – Hell of a Half Marathon ( soul series) 

 October 4th – Judgment Day Half Marathon ( soul series) 

 December 12th – Walnut Creek Half Marathon 

  

5 races = 7 Medals!!

  

 2015 is a year of challenge for me… 

Never ever in my wildest dreams did I think I would be doing this many races let alone 5 Half Marathons in a year. I have met people who have done tons and really it’s not a huge deal for them, whether they walk it or run it but for me after every single finish line I cross I am amazed at the person I am becoming, amazed at the abilities that I never knew I was blessed with. I am not by any means a fast runner, but I do ok for a “newbie”!!   

The link to the series is here for you to check out & maybe even consider 😉

www.cahalfseries.com

 

  

Of course in-between all the halves I listed I have smaller races on the schedule and pretty excited that my husband is training to run his first half marathon this year!!! He has done a tough mudder with another organization we are affiliated with and I KNOW if he is tough enough for TM he can totally run this half marathon like a champ!! I cannot wait to be his cheerleader!!!    



  

Oh yeah my kids ran this last weekend too! The Thin Mint 5k! Mom & dad spectated this race and cheered for our youngins!

My poor son wasn’t feeling well but he did not want to miss the race, he was a tad bit disappointed that his younger sister beat him in…. But he had good reason.
 

They both finished and both got medals & I LOVED being out there and waiting for them to cross that finish line!!! Half fanatics in the making!

  





Anyhow, I think I bored you enough with my gibberish. 

 What are you doing this weekend? Got any races? 

 Are you doing the California half or full series?

  

 P.S. don’t forget I am still doing a MealEnders giveaway!!!

 Visit my Instagram to repost & tag to enter!!

@one_bad_mother_runner 

 One week left!!! www.mealenders.com

  

 Have a FANTASTIC weekend friends!!!

 
 

❤️ ️chelly 

 Hebrews 12:1

” Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”      

MealEnders Review & Giveaway

READ ALL THE WAY DOWN FOR GIVEAWAY INSTRUCTION 🙂 

 So for the last few weeks I have been using MealEnders I was one of many selected to product test & review, in return I get to share with you the chance to win your own stash!

  



 First let me tell you a little about what these little bite sized lozenges are ( straight from the website) Then I will elaborate on my experience with it and we’ll talk about the giveaway!

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

  • 2 Layers
  • 20 Minutes
  • 0 Cravings

MealEnders utilize both physical and psychological cues to help you avoid overeating and master portion control.
 

DUO-SENSORY TASTE SYSTEM™

MealEnders’ active-taste formula rewards and resets your taste buds, distracting you from the temptation to overindulge. First the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert – a signal we typically associate with the end of a meal. Then the Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, which engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue overeating. You can feel your MealEnder go to work instantly.

 

ENGAGES BRAIN + BODY

Trigeminal Nerve

The fifth cranial nerve; responsible for sensation in the face and certain motor functions such as biting and chewing. It sends sensory information from the face and body to the brain for processing. Chemicals from foods stimulate the trigeminal nerve endings in the mouth. Together with taste (sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami), and smell, the trigeminal nerve contributes to the overall flavor of foods. Trigeminal nerve endings in the oral cavity and tongue are stimulated by pungent foods such as chili pepper or peppermint resulting in the sensation of hot, cool or tingle.

Satiety

A feeling or condition of being full and/or satisfied after eating food.

Unlike other diets or diet aids that focus solely on your stomach, MealEnders cue the cessation of eating by targeting the mind’s attention and the body’s reaction to sensations. By engaging your trigeminal nerve, MealEnders keep your mind occupied for up to 20 minutes (the Overeating Zone), giving your natural satiety process time to kick in and catch up. When the MealEnder experience dissipates, your body’s natural signaling process of satiation will have begun. 

 
FITS INTO EVERYDAY LIFE

MealEnders fit easily into your existing routine, helping you learn healthy portion control. And they aren’t a drug, stimulant or supplement. MealEnders are a straightforward, common-sense way to assist you in reducing the amount of food you eat. MealEnders naturally transition you away from your desire to eat too much and help train the mind and body to eat healthy, right-sized portions.

  

http://mealenders.com/

 So that’s the jest of it…… 

 Here’s the real life experience.

First thoughts and because I am a skeptic/non believer when it comes to these appetite suppressents & meal replacements. Well I believe they work but it’s he aftermath that always concerns me ( been there done that) but with MealEnders you are not replacing anything or suppressing your regular balanced meal, you are PORTION CONTROLLING which is a MAJOR role in weight management. 

When I started this a few weeks ago, I was eager to try it, I figured it would work best when I balanced my meals properly. Breakfast, lunch & dinner on time everyday.

 The first week I did really well and did not have any seconds. Second week I had a few cravings and had a couple more lozenges than I had in week one. 

Third week I realized I could have more than one after each meal if I wanted but I would go through my supply much faster. 

One of the biggest things I noticed was that when I craved something sweet I popped a mocha or peppermint lozenge and immediately felt satisfied. 

 

I received 4 flavors, Mocha, Chocolate Mint, Citrus & Cinnamon. 24 lozenges in each pack, individually wrapped. My favorite flavor was mocha & chocolate mint. 

When you put it in your mouth it has chocolate like coating and a hard center. The coating is nice, taste just like candy, with a chocolate texture, the hard center should dissolve do not bite/chew it. You can feel a tingly sensation and great flavor and once it is gone you are good…. 





More than one can be consumed as I had to do that more than once when it was past my bedtime, or in-between meals.

 

 I can honestly say that if you are consistent like with anything this will help control those cravings and portions. 

As stated on MealEnders website combine it with a healthy diet & exercise and you are well on your way to weight loss.

 

I like MealEnders for the mere fact that they are NOT a meal replacement, they are not true appetite suppressents and best part they are only 15 calories, Gluten free, and contain only 2 grams of sugar. 

If you are like me and do not like to take pills/over the counter drugs but need a little help with portion control I suggest you try it and see if it works for you.

  

 You can find them online at http://mealenders.com/ 



 Now for the FUN part!!!!  Giveaway!!

What you are competing for is 4 pouches of 24 lozenges in each 4 flavors !

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How to enter: 

1. You must follow me on Instagram.

@one_bad_mother_runner

2. Repost the below photo tagging me

3. Hashtag:

#obmrmealendersgiveaway 

4. Then tag some friends to follow my page ! 

All these things must be done to qualify. You have until March 20th.

Winner will be randomly selected on March 21st  



Can’t wait to share this with you and hear about your success !!

Until next time ….. 

❤️️chelly 

Heavenly Half Marathon

Heavenly….

  

 So this weekend was the big event… Heavenly Half Marathon up in the mountains !! 

    I will start off by saying I enjoyed the course, I took my time, I had no goals other than to finish & take it all in. It was a fast course and my time showed just how much downhill there was. 

It was a challenging course but I enjoyed every minute… ( ok maybe not the uphill, I may have cussed a little) I ran with a friend and that ALWAYS makes a world of difference….

  

 

 

 

So let’s rewind to before the race, I was planning on wearing a cute outfit that consisted of shorts and a long sleeved shirt with my Mizuno Sayonara 2’s however, the weather had other plans. There was snow, rain and weather called for cold conditions. So major wardrobe change. Black pants, Bears team shirt and my Mizuno Enigmas which ended up being a MUCH better choice so thank you mother nature ( and my fellow Bear Jennifer- total inside joke)

 My runners I wore are a bit heavier than my normal runners but are great for trails which is where I normally wear them, they gave better support for a race like this.

 

 Race day was as predicted VERY cold, the waiting to start a race is always the hardest but we had plenty of time to get all the selfies & group photos we could. 





Once we began we were ready to peel off clothing about ½ mile in. Thankfully we had a friend of a friend driving by the course to pick up anything we needed to discard, that was VERY helpful! 

  

Ok ok so the “ Heavenly” course, I have to say everyone I talked to about this race warned me about the downhill, the slanted roads but not once about the uphill we encountered and to be honest that was the hardest part for me… I have learned how to run hills but these were mean, angry hills, so mean that I had to walk half way up each of them. Once the hilly part was over then came the downhill, it wasn’t as bad as I expected. The roads were slanted so I weaved back & forth to either side of the road depending on which way we were turning. I know I said I was an uneducated runner but I never said I was a dumb runner either I had a few tricks up my sleeve .

I tried to stay on the flattest part as possible in order to save myself some injuries or major issues.



  

I had to stop once for a potty break and of course the porta potty I stopped at had 5 people waiting…. I told my friend to keep on going and I will catch up ( which I never did) having to stop for a potty break is very annoying to me it must have been the long wait in the cold at the start line that did me in….. 

Anyway, once I was on my way again I felt SOO much better, I ran into another teammate ( BNB Runners) and we trucked along until we got to mile 10…. I think she may have stopped as mile 10 aid station was actually hosted by our running group ( BNB Runners) so once again I was on my own…. 



  

As I got to mile 12 I was pleased with myself by how good I felt, I knew the end was near and I knew I would be able to see my families faces waiting for my big finish….. I saw one of the other bears around mile 12.5 and I was going to try to catch up to her but then I decided to keep the steady pace I had already going so I didn’t come in winded….

 I could hear all the cheering at the finish line and that always gets me pumped to finish strong.

 

 As I rounded the last corner the finish was in sight, I first saw my son waiting for me with his hand out for a high 5, then my hubby with his camera ready for a photo, my babygirl next to him yelling GO MOM!! That scenario right there ALWAYS makes for a great finish…

I crossed smiling at an expected fast finish of 2:19:14 which is 13 minutes faster than my personal best ( I already said before I will not consider this race a PR due to the downhill conditions) but this time will be recorded for next year when I run Heavenly again.

 



 Overall the course was great, beautiful scenery that changed at each mile… I saw snow, horses, dogs, people outside of their homes cheering us on. The weather was perfect, and I just really enjoyed myself. I am glad I did it& I earned a beautiful medal to add to my collection.  

 First race of the Soul Series ✔️





 

Today I am paying for it ….. although my knees held up perfectly thanks to KT tape ( if you don’t know about KT tape , you should! ) my IT band, quads & calves hate me! Foam roller will be my best friend all week long….

 and guess what? I get to do this all over again in two weeks at the California Classics Half Marathon 

What was I thinking?!?!?!??!   

 I went from running my first 2 half marathons in 2014 to signing up for 5-6 in 2015! After yesterday’s race I realized that I have become a distance runner & I can run 13.1 miles without worrying anymore. My running skills were put to the test and my short 2 years of running has paid off!   So keep going and do not give up consistency is key!

Here’s a few more photos from the race. 

Coming to the finish line smiling 🙂 





 On another note, in the next couple off weeks I am going to be posting my review of MealEnders which I have been using for about 3 weeks now. When I write me review you will be able to enter to win a 4 packs of 24 lozenges to get you started ( the four packs will last you approximately 7-8 weeks depending on how often you use them. (some people have more cravings than others). So stay tuned for my review and you chance to win!    



Did you race this weekend? 

 How do you feel about hills? 

 Ever ran downhill? 

 Am I the only one annoyed having to stop for potty breaks during a race?

  

Have a great week everyone!

❤️️chelly 

Just Run….

This is my mantra… Just Run! 

I am not an educated runner, I do not know all the fancy lingo, I do not own the expensive running gear, I didn’t know what taper meant for a whole year ( I still don’t know HOW to taper), I don’t know what tempo runs mean,   BUT I know enough to get out there and JUST RUN! 

 So what DO you need to be a comfortable runner…..  first things first you need HEART! 

 You will not understand this right away but in time with consistency one day  in the middle of a run/race you will say ahh now I get it….. 





 Let’s talk about what you DO need.

You will need GOOD running shoes. Let me repeat you NEED GOOD RUNNING SHOES! 

Every body is different, our feet are different, our techniques are different so you will need a shoe that’s tailored to your needs. 

Let me elaborate on this, you will NOT go to Big 5, Target, Dicks, Sports authority and pick out the cutest pair you can find or the most affordable pair. I promise you , you will run in them for a week or two and wonder why it hurts so much and then you will give up because you will think “running is just not for me” when reality is you need better shoes ! 

 This is what you will do, you will go to your local sporting good store who does shoe fittings ( REI) OR a local running store ( my favorite is Sole 2 Soul in my local town) and you will get fitted properly. I PROMISE you this, it  will make a world of difference. Now you may be frightened by the price of shoes but believe me it plays one of the biggest parts in your running career.

  

 Now remember I said I wasn’t an “educated” runner? I can not tell you the difference between shoes/brands/types/fits etc. this is why I trust the proffesionals! This is why you get fitted, try the shoes on, most running stores have treadmills so you can get a feel for them. Even better, if you have membership for certain online stores you can try the shoes for up to 90 days and still be able to return for exchange!  I am what I like to call myself a Mizuno mama … I love the brand & they work for me ! 

I have membership with Roadrunner Sports but luckily have not had to return any shoes I have purchased from them. Buying running shoes is a whole new world! Have fun! 

 OK so you  will need good compression pants/capris/shorts if you got junk in the trunk. ( too much wiggle) trust me on this one, it will be sore from the bounce! Plus your backside will look GOOD in them compression pants! Some compression pants can be pricey so what I did in the beginning before I knew any better, I would double up… wear two pairs of tights to reduce jiggle. Then when I was able to afford a pair or two I splurged a little. You can find great compression pants on sale at Dick’s Sporting ( reebok to be exact).
 

For the men, my husband also recomended some compression pants under your shorts for “bounce” hee hee 



 Next you will need a GREAT sports bra….  Once again you’re moving, you’re shakin, you’re definately bouncing! It will hurt! I am well in doubt when it comes to being chesty and when I started I once again had to layer up. I started with champion brand sports bras from Target. Pretty inexpensive and was easy to buy multiples to layer up. Now I have to be honest with you, I stil have not forked out the money for a VERY GOOD sports bra as these can easily be between $45-$60 But I did find a couple random SB’s that work for me from Marshalls and Ross.  I keep telling myself instead of a new pair of shoes I will buy a new SB but I just can’t bring myself to do it…… yet! 

 All of this sounds pretty straight forward right? See you don’t a million little gadgets or fancy attire to be a runner. As you get out there more, put in more mileage you will know what is needed and not needed to make you comfortable out there….. 

I would like to tell you about a couple more things I like to use when I run now that I have become more familiar with what I am doing….. 

 OK so I have this hair that when my scalp gets wet ( from sweat) it gets very unruly so ponytail and these awesome little headbands called Bani Bands.  They are slip resisent, affordable, stylish little gadgets! You can check them out on facebook or their website  www.banibands.com 

 My Road ID:  This is for safe running outdoors or for anyone who may have medical history. Its an ID that can be worn on your wrist, ankle or shoe that has your name, emergency contacts and if you sign up it can be interactve for those who have medical history. Once again very affordable and quality is top notch. Check them out here.   http://www.roadid.com            

My runners belt: basically a redefined fanny pack to hold your phone, Chapstick, goodies etc … These can be found on Amazon for pretty cheap or any sporting good store ! 

My Tom Tom gps watch … Now the funny thing is that I own this nice fancy watch that I love … When I actually use it ! See phones these days have so many apps to use for GPS I tend to just use either Runkeeper or my Nike plus app … But I’d like to get away from that eventually and depend solely on my Tom Tom! 

My headphones: ( when I’m wearing them) are Phillips sport wireless over the ear headphones ! They’re awesome! Sweat proof, waterproof but discontinued now! So I’m VERY careful with them ! 





All of these things are just icing on the cake .. Wait did someone say cake ? Ughh squirrel ! Anyway, the top items needed are without question ….. 

So I hope you find your runners heart & stop looking for excuses.. Anyone can become a runner with the right shoes, pants & bra ! 

Tell me what will be your first purchase? Or what was your first purchase as a new runner?

What challenges do you face when it comes to running ?

What is your mantra ? 

Peace , love & running …

️Chelly 😘