Finding a Balance

Learning to live a healthy, balanced life.


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Who are your superheroes? #BeAmazing

Just a quick post as most of you are maybe out and about spending some QT with family.

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I saw this photo in my Facebook feed the other day. How cute is this?

The Women’s Running Series had posted this photo with the following caption:

“Every runner needs support! Who are the superheroes cheering you on and supporting your #BeAmazing journey?”

And unlike 95% of the things I read in my Facebook feed, I actually stopped and thought about this. And the more I thought about this, the more people kept popping into my head.

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Of course, the first people who came to mind are my 100% supportive husband and my parents who are really proud (although sometimes I think they think I’m a little hardcore). My in-laws are fantastic and have come to cheer me on at many races. And my Ragnar team this year includes my husband, sister-in-law and brother-in-law!

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Then, I started thinking about some of my friends. My friends rock. They are always asking how my training is going or  making fantastic signs and coming out to races to support me.

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But maybe most importantly, recently there’s been a movement among my friends and we’ve started running racing together!

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I’m not saying that part had anything to do with me, but it still helps me feel supported in a way. And if for SURE means they are total superheroes. For example, Andrea just did her first 5K this past September and yesterday she ran over seven miles! And Stef is training for her first marathon this year!

Finally, I even thought about my co-workers — past and present. When I left my last job, my team wrote little messages wishing me good luck. But many of them wrote things about inspiring them to be healthier. And at my current workplace I recently got my first annual review. One of my co-workers said: “Hyedi is one of the healthiest people I know!” These little pieces of recognition that I’m inspiring others to be healthier feel like perhaps the best kind of support possible!

So now I ask you: Who are the superheroes cheering you on and supporting your #BeAmazing journey?

And just another reminder to enter my Picky Bars giveaway! I’m obsessed with these bars and super excited to have the chance to give someone else a shot at trying them out!
As my friend Aimee said in her Facebook status update today: Wishing everyone a joyful day of celebration- be it Easter, reception of spring, &/or a nourishing Sunday!


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Picky Bars giveaway!

Happy Friday! I figured today was the perfect day for a giveaway.

By now you should be well aware of my obsession with Picky Bars. Oh, and pretty much anything that Lauren Fleshman does. Once I discovered (and fell in love with) the gluten free, dairy free and DELICIOUS Picky Bars, I wrote a review of them and joined the Picky Club. And now the lovely Picky Bars people want to let you have a shot to try them out, too!

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How to enter:

  1. Tell me in the comments below why you’d like to try Picky Bars to have a chance to win a sampler pack — one bar in each of their four flavors — and this sweet Picky Bars wrist band!
  2. For an extra entry, “Like” me on Facebook (if you already do, just let me know in the comments)
  3. Tweet about the giveaway for another entry, making sure to include my handle @hyedi and @pickybars in your tweet.
  4. Share this post on your wall for another entry

Leave separate comments for each — so you could get up to four entries total!

Good luck — the contest will close at 4p.m. CST on Tuesday, April 2. (Can you believe it’s almost April?)

Sorry! This giveaway is open only to US residents.

The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. The prize for this giveaway was supplied by Picky Bars.


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A good red lipstick.

This post is soooo long overdue, but I started this on Sunday and the week has been so hectic, I’m just getting around to finishing it up. But anyways, this past weekend was interesting. I had a freak neck injury and I also ran into a door with my face. So basically, I figured that things could only go up from there. Have they? Jury’s still out.

K. Done being a drama queen.

New subject. Those of you who know me IRL know that I rarely wear makeup. (I’m lazy/don’t really know what I’m doing with it.) What you also may or may not know is that I have an OBSESSION with buying make up. Which doesn’t make a lot of sense. But I do. And I have an obsession with buying expensive make up. I can’t help it. Anyways, I stopped buying make up when I began my self imposed shopping hiatus. But recently, I decided that I needed a good red lipstick. So on Saturday, even though I couldn’t turn my head from side to side (remember the freak neck injury?) and had to turn my entire body in order to give annoying people at the mall dirty looks, my parents and I braved the Mall of America. After Sephora and Nordstrom failures, I gave in and went to the one store I knew would have exactly what I was looking for — MAC. And they did. Now we’ll see if I ever wear it!

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On the running front, I am happy to report that I had my big comeback long run on Sunday. No pain after eight miles (minus the neck discomfort I was experiencing) and I felt like I could run two more miles when I was done (which is good because I have a ten mile race just around the corner).

I got in three miles earlier in the week and the rest of this week includes, most notably, an 8×400 speed session (this was postponed because I got to the gym yesterday and realized I had forgotten a sports bra) and a nine mile run on Sunday. Bring it on!

Get ready for another giveaway coming soon!


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Weekly Wednesday Ragnar post: Meet Sara!

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Name: Sara P.

Location/hometown: I currently live in Esko, MN and I grew up in North Branch, MN
How long have you been running? I began running for fun while in college and then continued running until my first pregnancy.  I took a six-year break from running because I was either pregnant, in “recovery mode”, or just plain too tired because being a mother to three little boys felt like enough of a workout.  I’ve been running again now for 4 years and I’m really enjoying it!
Why did you decide to run Ragnar? It was a combination of things.  I thought it would be a fun challenge and the “team” aspect appealed a lot to me.  In addition, my husband, Tim who also is a runner, and I spend little time together without our children present so I saw Ragnar as an opportunity to spend an extended amount of time with him.
How many Ragnar Relays have you run? 2012 was my first Ragnar experience and I am looking forward to participating in 2013!
If you’ve run Ragnar before, what’s your favorite Ragnar memory? My favorite Ragnar memory is a tie between experiencing the breath-taking back roads of southwestern Wisconsin and the all-out fun people I met along the course.
What are you most looking forward to about Ragnar 2013? Not only doing Ragnar again with my husband Tim but that we’ll also be participating with my brother and sister-in-law, Jesse and Hyedi!
Give me one fun random fact about yourself. I’m a full blown summer girl!  Recently while listening to a Kenny Chesney song about drinking on the beach and soaking in the sun all day my husband of nearly 13 years shared with me that perhaps I married the wrong person because that’s not his idea of a “perfect day”.


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A whole lotta racing.

I just realized just how much racing I have coming up. And with this running funk that I’ve found myself in — that makes me very, very nervous.

April 7 – Shamrock Shuffle 8K

April 13 – Goldy’s Run 10 mile

April 27 – Get in Gear 10K

May 4 – Joe Plant Memorial 5K

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June 2 – Minneapolis Half Marathon

June 8 – Lake Waconia 5K

June 16 – Women’s Half Marathon

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August 16-17 – Ragnar Great River Relay

Looks like I have some decisions to make about which races I’ll actually be racing. Time to reassess my goals!

Like I mentioned earlier, I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. My foot is finally feeling better, but my legs are just feeling tired and my calves have been really tight. While I’ve been good at rolling and stretching, I haven’t been icing and getting regular massages like I was doing last training season. Could have something to do with it.

I’m looking forward to hopefully getting in an 8 mile run on Sunday (maybe outside?). Otherwise, it’ll be a pretty low-key weekend. My parents are coming into town for the weekend and we’ll be watching lots of basketball.

Did anyone fill out a bracket for the NCAA March Madness tourney? I’m not doing so well after day one…


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Weekly Wednesday Ragnar post: Meet Nick!

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Name: Nick C.
Location/hometown:  Golden Valley / Roseville, MN
How long have you been running? After giving up on tennis, I decided give track a whirl back in 9th grade.  Since nobody really wanted to do the 800, and I was the new guy who didn’t know any better…that’s where I settled in.  Long story short, somewhere between 10 and 15 years.
Why did you decide to run Ragnar? I’d heard about it before, and the people that did it made it sound like a good time.  Combine that with the fact that I’m easily coerced and will try just about anything at least once, and my decision was easy.
How many Ragnar Relays have you run? Zero
What are you most looking forward to about Ragnar 2013? Hanging out with the college group again, and the thrill of trying something new and completely nuts.
Give me one fun random fact about yourself. I’m a thrift store addict, and can locate just about anything for for peanuts.  The only reason I switched from my 8-yr old RAZR to a smart phone was when I discovered the CraigsList app with endless access to free stuff around the clock.


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Race recap: 2013 Get Lucky 7K

First of all, a HUGE thank you to Tony Telschow for being our personal race photographer and taking these awesome photos!

After going to bed wayyyy too late the night before (but come on, there was an old SNL episode on with JT as the host!), the alarm went off around 6:30 a.m. I got up and made the Carrots ‘n Cake French Toast Breakfast Scramble. I decided on the following race outfit:

  • Brooks Infinity II tights with a pair of basic Lucy black yoga pants over them
  • Lululemon Run Swiftly LS, Grandma’s half marathon finisher T, Monster Dash zip up jacket
  • Brooks gloves, headband AND Lulu run brisk hat, sunglasses
  • Saucony Guide 5’s

I used to work in the building right next to the start line, so luckily I was pretty familiar with where I was going and the parking options available. I decided to park at a meter about ten blocks away — I figured I’d save some money and get a nice warm-up in!

Once I got to the starting line area, I met up with Mandy and her husband Tony and we waited (shivering) for the race to begin. It’s been awhile since I’ve run such a huge race — I heard that it took some people over 40 minutes to cross the start line!

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Once we got going, the first mile or so we were just concentrating on not slipping and falling. In fact, one guy did totally wipe out in front of us.

At the start.

At the start.

It was also a super sunny day which was especially bright, reflecting off of the snow. Was happy I had my alien-looking sunglasses.

Finished!

Finished!

I feel like the race itself was pretty uneventful. There was your typical weaving around people for the first couple of miles since it’s just a big race. Mandy and I both agreed that after the rough start we were happy we had decided to run the 7K and not the half marathon distance.

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Final time: 44:12

After the race, we got our medals and pre-packaged bags on post-race food (weird). After our long walk back to our cars, I was frozen and ready for a hot shower!

The rest of the day was busy, but absolutely wonderful. I had a delicious brunch at moto-i with my friend Allie! Allie was one of my three other roommates my freshman year of college and it had been way too long since we had last caught up!

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I will definitely be going back to moto-i for their fantastic Japanese-inspired brunch. The not-so-great part about lunch was that I came back to a $42 parking ticket on my car. Upon closer inspection:

WTF.

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I got this ticket at 12:25 p.m. but I had paid the meter until 1:28 p.m.? Someone’s getting a phone call tomorrow.

Then after a quick nap I met Erin at Parka for a soy salted caramel latte and some good conversation.

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Every time I get together with Erin I’m reminded of how amazing she is and how we need to hang out more often!

Here are some of the other great shots that Tony got:

The first place finisher.

The first place finisher.

Cute dog in a cute jacket.

Cute dog in a cute jacket.

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Photo credit: Tony Telschow