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Celebrate National Kale Day!

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I've been feeling a little sickly and living off soup since my first 10k race last weekend, but I'm popping in for a moment to bring attention to an important holiday...
Did you know that TOMORROW is National Kale Day??!!?

According to NationalKaleDay.org:
"National Kale Day is held on the first Wednesday in October and is an annual celebration of eating, growing, and sharing kale throughout America."
So how should you celebrate?  By eating, growing, and sharing kale!

But WHY, you ask? Click to review last year's post:What is kale, Why is it great, and How can you eat it?   (Hint: It's a green vegetable with all kinds of benefits that can be eaten cooked or raw in a variety of ways!)


Last October, I celebrated the very fist National Kale Day in style with my friends (see the PaRTaY here), so this year, I dare you to follow suit with your ownKALE PARTY.  Hit up the farmer's market or supermarket, find a few varieties of kale (as shown above), Google a recipe

Run 10 Feed 10 {Race Recap}

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Last weekend, I participated in the Run 10 Feed 10 Women's Health/FEED Foundation 10k race!  I was super excited when I first signed up in June, but was concerned by the time September unfolded in a disastrous first few weeks that left me physically exhausted and achey.  Those stressors/fears/roadblocks were described in my Race Week Post.  Thus, my expectations were low, but I was still excited to be daring to do it.


3rd Annual Women's Health Run 10 Feed 10 Race NYC, West Side Highway, 7:00 am, 80 degrees, 6.2 miles.
VICTORY PREVIEW!
Here's how it went down:
My GOAL for this first 10k, as it was for my second 5k race, was to run the entire thing without stopping.
The farthest distance I'd done this for in the past was 5 miles (once), and even 6.2--a full 10k (but I was only semi-counting that, because I was forced to stop in place at the traffic signals in Summer Streets).  So running this type of distance wasn't quite yet easy for me, but it certainly seemed within…

Race Week Check-In

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Oh boy, I'm lucky I even remembered that it's race week.  It seems so long ago that I signed up, all giddy, for the Run 10 Feed 10 10k race that is now, somehow, this Sunday!!!  It seemed, in the glory days of summer, that I had so much time to train and prepare.  And, during the summer, I did run!

What I didn't account for, was how much the first two weeks of September would destroy me. 


Back to school = Back to work! With teaching, plusmoving, plus two weekend trips in a row, plus plus plus... I've had other things on my mind, and running has not been my #1 priority this past month.  First is my health (aka: if I'm not sleeping well, I don't wake up early to run), then my job, and then everything else, including running.  A month ago, I ran 6.2 miles steadily for the first time, but I haven't seen that distance since.  I've covered anywhere from 2 to 5 miles--not 6--and even those runs haven't been so great.  It's been rough!


Getting back to wor…

Support Chickens

Did you know? September is National Chicken Month!

Whether you do or don't consume chicken, you may be interested in raising awareness about the welfare of these animals.  It's important not only for the chicken's "chickenness" but also for the consumers who eat these animals.  Recent findings show that consumers distrust the chicken industry, and for good reasons.

This video very briefly summarizes the problems with modern-day factory farm practices:



PETA outlines--with disturbing images--the horrible practices of chicken farming in the U.S.  The answer for many--including myself, for two years--is to simply avoid eating chicken.

However, if you wish to continue consuming poultry while keeping the animal's (and your!) health in mind, there are things you can do!  In an ideal world, we'd all be in close reach of a farm we could rely on to properly raise our poultry for us (like Polyface Farm) , but that's not always an option.  Even when shopping at …

get your shoes hand-delivered!

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The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok. 

Hey all! Hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend! I was fortunate to spend my weekend down the shore with friends, relaxing, reading, playing games, doing beach yoga, and enjoying good food and company.  My great weekend got off to an early start on Thursday, when the coolest thing happened...

There I was, sitting at home, minding my own business, when ding-dong!  It was Reebok's Human Dispatch Service (HDS), making a home delivery, just for me!  One of the dispatchers, Patrick, was decked out in Reebok gear, wearing neon yellow ZJet sneakers and a bag to match.  The bag was filled with ZJet shoes!!!


Keeping in line with Reebok's standard of connecting with the fitness consumer wherever, whenever, and however,  the Reebok HDS delivers sneakers directly to your feet, so you can experience the new Reebok ZJet's unique underfoot air channels and cushioning.  Just like the shoes are designed to propel the ru…