This Runner's Trials

Some updates

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Hi! I’ sorry I’ve been MIA – there’s not much running happening, so I don’t have much to share in this space right now. 

But I received an email the other day that made me laugh – and made me realize that I really owe you guys an update! Another blogger asked if I backed off on blogging because I’m pregnant. Definitely not. No more babies from me!

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I love them, but two is enough!

I’ve just been busy with life, as I’m sure all of you can understand! Here’s some of what’s been going on:

Work: I’m trying to go back to work full-time. I’ll share more about how I came to this decision eventually, but it’s basically because I need to financially and because I want to. I’ve had a hard time finding enough regular freelance work since having Hadley, so I’ve been pretty stressed out and that whole “work-life balance” thing is anything but balanced right now. I’ve been spending a lot of time job hunting, interviewing, and negotiating. I’m cautiously optimistic that something will work out soon, so fingers crossed!

I have one question for working mamas: how did you decide between daycare and a nanny? For us, we’ll definitely need to go the nanny route for awhile (because daycares are full). But I cannot figure out which is better in the long run. Costs are pretty equal (and astronomical) either way. I keep going back and forth. If stick with the nanny, Wyatt will still go to preschool a few mornings per week. I’d love to hear how you all came to childcare decisions!

Workouts: I haven’t been running much – and I have yet to try my PiYO DVD. I’m just tired, you guys. So, so exhausted. My kids don’t sleep through the night regularly, and it’s definitely caught up to me. I’ve been sick on and off since November, and I actually need sinus/ ear surgery as a result in a few weeks. So, that was a wake-up call. I’m putting my health first now, which oddly enough means fewer workouts. I have no doubt that they’ll sleep one day, but for now I’m not scheduling any workouts and only running when I truly have “extra” time.


Negative splits are easy when your first mile is up a giant hill.

The ironic thing is that my pace hasn’t suffered despite only averaging 20 miles/ week lately, and doing no other workouts. I cannot figure that out for the life of me, but I’ll take it! I hope you all are well. <3

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A new (to me) workout

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First of all, the winner of the Eternal Love Teething Jewelry giveaway is Lindley K. Congrats Lindley! I’ll send you an email.

Usually with the start of daylight savings time comes warmth, light, and a burning fire deep inside of me to run. Far and fast. Nothing gets me motivated like spring fever. But this year? I’m not feeling that desire. Instead, I want to slow down, get healthy, and build strength with fall races in mind.


runDisney Wine and Dine half registration opens up next week – Tuesday, March 17 at noon – and while I’d love to run that, it’s not going to happen this year. So, I’m still searching for fall half marathons to be my goal race for the year. I’m thinking of Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah because I have a couple of friends running it, too. But I’d love to hear other suggestions of halves – preferably flat ones -- within a drivable distance of Charlotte.

Anyway, I’ll be starting a new strength training routine this week.


I finally bit the bullet and ordered PiYO! I’m so excited to try it out. I’ve had a hard time making it to my early morning spin + TRX classes lately, so I think an at-home strength workout will be ideal for the time being. I’ll be sure to share my thoughts after I’ve been PiYO for awhile.

Does anyone have any PiYO tips to share? Or how to incorporate the workouts with running? I’m still aiming for 20-25 miles per week. Thank you!

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Eternal Love Teething Jewelry review and giveaway

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I am really lucky that my daughter is such a chill baby. Every day we do some activity out of the house – whether it be a children’s museum or big brother’s swim lessons – and she happily sat in the Ergo or on my lap. Until recently, that is.


Squirmy baby!

Hadley started crawling in January, and since then, it’s been a bit more challenging to get her to sit still. She’s also started teething (I think -- at 10.5 months she still has no teeth!) so she wants to chew on everything.

So, when Amy, the creator of Eternal Love Teething Jewelry reached out to me to test her products, I couldn’t say “yes” quickly enough.


How adorable are these teething necklaces? They don’t look like a baby toy at all.


Hadley chews on and shakes these necklaces while she’s in the Ergo, on my lap, nursing, or just playing on the floor. The bright colors and yummy textures keep her entertained and still!


Amy created this line of teething jewelry out of necessity. She made a necklace to keep her infant son occupied on a flight, and quickly learned how indispensible the product was. Her son was one of those kiddos who always pulled her clothes and pinched her skin when nursing, and wearing one of these necklaces stopped that!

Here’s more about Eternal Love Teething Jewelry necklaces:

  • Uniquely designed for moms, by a mom
  • Stylish to wear – most people wouldn’t guess that it’s a teething necklace
  • Available in multiple colors and work great with any outfit
  • Great for keeping tiny, busy hands occupied when nursing
  • Fantastic for soothing sore gums
  • Colorful, tactile, and stimulating teethers
  • Easy-to-clean – dishwasher safe! <--- this is HUGE. I hate baby teethers that I can’t throw in the dishwasher.
  • BPA free


Amy and her husband just launched their jewelry line on Amazon. You can check out their products here. They are being kind enough to give all of you guys a discount on the products as well. Just enter the code “JEN25JEN” at checkout and you’ll get 25% off of your order for the next two weeks (the discount code is good through 3/15/15).


And one of you will win one of these stylish necklaces! The winner can pick from one of the two popular styles (this one or this one). The giveaway will be open until Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. I’ll announce the winner the next day. The giveaway is only open to people with U.S. addresses. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. Good luck!

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You can also learn more about Eternal Love Teething jewelry through their website and Facebook page.



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