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God bless the foam roller

I am a foam roller junkie…I can’t get enough. At first, I was intimidated by the roller, but I was having such bad IT band pain that I was willing to try ANYTHING!

After spending HOURS reading up on foam rollers and watching online video tutorials, I decided to go for it.
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I bought this Trigger Point foam on Amazon a few weeks ago and I AM IN LOVE.

Yes, the first few times I rolled out my IT band, I was in some MAJOR pain. But gradually the pain lessened. I now use it after every run and I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in how I feel. No more hip pain/knee pain when I walk.

Now to something new I’m trying…I’m going to end each post with a quote. I am a HUGE quote person…I love them for inspiration and motivation.

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Fave quote of the day: “Thanking God makes you look life in the face and be grateful! Gratefulness changes a bitter spirit to a better spirit.” – Rev Run

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A ski getaway with friends

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! Dontcha just love Fridays??? I always get a boost knowing I have a fun, relaxing weekend right within reach. I’ve been trying to bounce back from a cold/flu that’s taking forever to shake off. Super jazzed to get some extra rest this weekend and hopefully at least one good workout.

I spent the last weekend skiing with friends at Holiday Valley in New York. Note the pic of me with my best blondes. 🙂
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And one with the hubby.
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Unfortunately, one of my friends had to jet out early because she got a call that her grandma was in the hospital and they were going to have to say their final goodbyes. It got me thinking that those of us who still have our grandparents are the LUCKIEST sons-of-a-guns in the world…my own Nunny, who is sassy and fantastic, is one of the greatest women I have ever known.
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And so, a big hug to my friend who did lose her grandma, and a big virtual hug to all of you who don’t have yours anymore. May we always remember how BLESSED we are to have Gram & Gramps in our lives (even if it was for a short time.)

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Running when sick, yes or no?

Good morning from the FROZEN TUNDRA…aka my little neighborhood in Pittsburgh. The last couple of days the wind chill hovered between -5 and -30…today, the temp will be in the 30s which is like bathing suit weather compared to what we had.

I’ve been fighting a pretty nasty head cold for about a week. The kind where your nose is soooo stuffed up, you have to breathe through your mouth while you sleep, and then you wake up and your mouth is so dry you feel like you’re going to die. <—–I know you know what I’m talking about!

I always feel better after a run, but it just couldn’t bring myself to do it the past couple of days. That’s why I’m excited to lace up and head this afternoon…after several days off my legs always feel rested and I usually have a great run.

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I do wonder if running when sick does more harm than good. There’s an old article on Runner’s World that tackled this question.  Alright, enough with talking about it…I’m going running NOW! See you later…have an AWESOME DAY 🙂

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OMG, it’s so cold I feel like I’m going to die.

The polar vortex covering most of our country is making life MISERABLE for basically everyone. I didn’t even bother thinking about running outside yesterday, I just had a super hot bowl of oatmeal and sat on my couch.

I couldn’t sit there forever because work beckoned. It took about 20 minutes to get dressed, but I finally rolled out the door looking like Nanook of the North.

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I had on 2 pairs of Under Amour cold gear (leggings and shirts), a sweater, North Face jacket, 2 pairs of socks, and my AWESOME boots from CANADA that I like to think have special powers because they were made in The Great White North.

Hope all of you are staying warm! I plan to hit the pavement on Wednesday when the temp should hit at least 30 degrees.

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I’ve started a blog, yowza.

I know it’s 2014 and everyone and their mother has a blog, so I might be late to the party but I finally showed up. I’ve been reading a lot of health and fitness blogs over the past year and I LOVE them…I can’t get enough. And so one day while I was running, I thought to myself “I could TOTALLY start my own blog and share my experiences!” (Isn’t funny how when you’re running and the endorphins are going, every idea you have seems like the best idea ever?!)

Anyway, I have no idea if anyone will read this blog or care what I have to say, but life is about trying new things and taking on challenges that scare you, right??
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So today, I’m putting away my Christmas decorations, taking my Nunny and Pap to dinner and starting a blog. Boom.

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