I Used To Be A Runner.

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So here’s the deal – I used to be a runner.

Key word – USED to be.

I have run three marathons – Chicago, Marine Corps. & New York City

Countless half marathons – NYC, Philly, Disney Princess, ODDyessy, Rock N’ Roll  & Zooma – to name a few.

{Check out my ‘Run’ page for more! }

And up until about 4-5 months ago, I considered myself a runner.

Not anymore.

I have fallen in love with everything else that isn’t running.

And my body is thanking me for that.

I have ALWAYS had to run. I played competitive soccer my entire life – traveling the country and a little of the world too. We had different competitions every weekend, were always on the go and obviously staying in shape for the games included running and conditioning. I played lacrosse in college at Villanova and you know what came along with that – more running! And while I loved the sport, the running aspect of it, while I understand we needed to be in shape to perform our best, was always used as a punishment or a negative in some way.

After college I think I needed something that I could do and work on myself, solo – so it sort of fell into my lap that I began running races. I trained, documented my running, did all sorts of race recaps on the blog and worked on my distance – to see how far I could go. And at that point I did love it – working towards training for a marathon was a huge deal for me. Took tons of commitment  and focus, I’m proud to be in the small percentage of humans that can say they have run a marathon. 26.2 miles is no joke!

But then we got married, bought a house and had some babies – obviously running was the last thing on my mind. But I know myself and I need to keep moving, to stay active – for my sanity and for the fact that being an athlete has been a part of me for my entire life, and I don’t want to give that up. Not to mention I’m a much happier person to be around after I get those endorphins up from a good sweat session.

So as the littles got bigger and I was able to carve out some time for myself more consistently each week to workout – I found myself wanted to do anything but run.

And so I did.

I have fallen in love with strength training, weight lifting, an awesome HIIT Ropes class and hiking too. I am getting the cardio workouts in new forms and I am loving it. And I am finding my body is loving it too. After completing the Tone It Up program and loosing about 13-15 lbs. I’ve continued with the workout aspect of the program and have been happily keeping everything off, and even a little extra now that I’m back in my routine and the craziness of the summer has come to an end.

But, like anything – with a new workout routine comes with working out some new kinks. I am not sure if it was my body getting older {and wiser} after two pregnancies or old injuries coming back to life but with running I was always having some sort of constant pains, usually in my knees. And you don’t want to mess with your knees!

With my new strength and weight training routine, I have to say – I’ve woken up struggling to walk on occasion. Soreness sort of comes with the territory when you are working out muscles you didn’t even know you have – which I sort of love!

I love that good sore, after a good workout!

Know what I mean? It’s the best – it means your body is really working for you, and I love that feeling!

But I’m a busy mom who is always chasing after two little boys, I barely have time to get sick, let alone be sore or in any sort of pain – got to keep moving, even on days when I overdo it in the gym! I was excited to partner with Biofreeze ® Professional  for this post, because I’ve been meaning to share it for some time. The colorless gel, continuous spray and colorless roll-on professional products are all amazing options to have on hand when you are battling any discomfort from working out or just from life in general. The soothing menthol has been my go-to for any sore muscles, joints or that pesky back pain that comes and goes from time to time.

Getting older {and wiser} can be rough!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  • Reply Patty September 5, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I have been a user of Biofreeze for a long time, before you could buy it in the stores, and it’s a great product. My chiropractor always gives me samples too! Great Stuff!

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