RMHC Raffle Prize Winners!!

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I drew winners for the raffle prizes.  There weren’t a ton of donations so no fear, I’ll be sending you something EVEN IF YOU DID’T GET DRAWN!  Without further adoo, the random number generator selected 9 winners! 

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The winners are numbers 1, 4, 8, 11, 13, 17, 18, 19, & 20.

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1.  Erica A – SOL REPUBLIC Relay Headphones

4.  Erica A – Emergen-C Prize Pack

8.  Barb D – Gu Prize Pack

11. Susan D – Spartan UP!  A Take No Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance In Life.  By Joe De Sena

13. Susan D – WOD Motivation – Quotes, Inspiration, Affirmations and Wisdom to Stay Mentally Tough – Eleanor Brown

17. Judy F – Dopey Challenge Pendant

18. Judy F – Moji 360 Foot Massager

19. Tonia H – Emergen-C Prize Pack

20. Tonia H – Mile Markers:  The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run – Kirstin Armstrong

21. Melissa B – I’m sending you a 30 Pack of Emergen-C because everyone is a winner in my book!!

 

Winners – Please email me at amanda@tootallfritz.com with your address and I’ll send out your prizes ASAP!!

Thanks for helping RMHC!  For those of you who didn’t get around to donating, you can go to my page HERE 

anytime and donate between now and the October 12th when I’ll be running the Chicago Marathon for my favorite charity!

 

** Running For A Cause ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Routine is Key …..

As we all know, things are so much easier when we create a routine and stick to it. However, many of us are flying by the seat of our pants despite our best efforts to stay on schedule. Creating a schedule is an elementary idea. Super simple until you have to start squeezing every aspect of your life into those little boxes on a calendar. As you have probably already figured out ……. your family, job, workout routine, child chaffering services, cheerleading, refereeing, dog training, shopping, cleaning, cooking AND sleeping can’t all be squeezed into one little box. It’s a mess. The writing for one box is always encroaching on other boxes. Things are always falling out of MY boxes. In fact, sometimes things are hanging over the edge of the box and then slip out when I am least expecting it, like when I am trying to grab Michael something else that is attempting to JUMP from the box.

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Regardless, the schedule is messy and tricky and a total PITA until we get it mastered. So let’s brainstorm a little bit and come up with a few things that can make our lives calendars a bit more manageable!
1) Meal Planning. I really think this is at the top of the list. We, as mom’s, spend a lot of time cooking. We want healthy options for ourselves and any of our little munchkins who will eat the good stuff too, but we are so busy in the afternoon/evenings getting our little angels where they need to go that we come home exhausted at 8pm (or later) and basically collapse. If a meal hasn’t already been planned or started, its pizza again! Yes, again, like we probably already had it once this week. And while nobody in my house complains about pizza, it’s just not a great option nutritionally, or financially, if it is constantly a Plan B. So think about what you want to feed your family BEFORE the week starts. Get together ingredients for a couple crockpot meals if you are gone a lot for after-school activities. Make larger meals so that you can have leftover night & just reheat everyone’s favorite meal of the week. Buy individually wrapped/packaged fish fillets that bake in about 15 minutes for when you are in a hurry but still want something healthy. Don’t be embarrassed about buying the bagged salad because tossing a side salad on the table EVEN WITH PIZZA is better than breadsticks something starchy! Cut the corners where you need to but focus on overall healthy meals that taste good, are quick to prep and make the family happy.

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2) Get the run and/or workout out of the way BEFORE the day starts. I know we are all busy. And tired. And busy. Everyone wants to sleep as long as possible. But get out of bed and go do your workout early. This is really the only time for most of us. If it doesn’t happen before the day starts, it’s not going to happen at all because we are too focused on the family to take time back out for us. It’s too easy to decide to clean the house instead of go for a run. Or make a good dinner instead of heating up leftovers. I know. I’m right there with you. So get out of bed and go run or take yourself to the gym before the chaos ensues!

3) Give the kiddos chores. Sounds mean? Not at all, this is about life, responsibility, learning to help others. Divide & conquer the house cleaning, laundry and dishes! Don’t worry if things aren’t perfect and if the towels aren’t folded the way that you like, go read Runners World a book rather than refold those towels!!

4) Divide & Conquer! Don’t be afraid to ask your significant other for help. Some people still live in the dark ages where they think that the women need to do everything. And while your hubby may not be a rockstar house cleaner, laundry fairy or babysitter, LET THEM HELP! Send them to the store so that you can pick up the kids. Text them and ask them to put the laundry in the dryer and to “please” not dry your favorite running tights. LET THEM WATCH THE KIDS whether they like it or not while you run! This is super important ladies. The father of your children are FATHERS. They are partially responsible for your little angles. If you don’t let them help parent the kids, then they will be clueless and that’s on you. I know you are amazing moms. I know that you are superwomen and can do it all.  But sometimes just remember that you don’t have to do it all because you are part of a partnership. And if you are not part of a partnership, I can only hope that you have an amazing mother, BFF, sister or a network of women to help you because running a household while staying sane is not easy.

5) Be flexible and schedule in downtime! A schedule is only as good as the people using it. Realize that nothing is ever perfect. Nobody is perfect. Life isn’t perfect. And takeout pizza isn’t going to kill the family when you forget to turn on the crockpot before you leave for work if things go awry. Do your best to plan things out, use all your resources to balance the workload as much as possible but understand that shit things happen and be ready to roll with it when it arrives. That’s the secret to a busy schedule: flexibility. I also think its super important to have downtime. I try to keep Sunday’s open. No I don’t like Sunday birthday parties or movie dates or shopping trips. I want to stay home on Sunday and not do anything. I’ll probably be tackling my long run before the sun comes up but after that I’m showering, putting my jammies back on, making a big breakfast for the family and then hopefully finding my way to the recliner to watch movies or read. That’s it. I bust my butt all week in hopes for some downtime on Sunday.

Do you have any scheduling tips OR maybe the secret to end the chaos? If so, PLEASE tell us!!

Last day to enter the RMHC Raffle for a chance at $400 worth of prizes – Enter HERE!

** Finding My Routine ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

RMHC Raffle for the Chicago Marathon!

At this point in September, I’m usually in the best shape of the year.  I’m running fast.  I’m light and in control of my weight.   I’m reaping the benefits of a hard summer training cycle.  Not this year.  But life and the Chicago Marathon will go on regardless of my fitness status, where I live and my level of chaos.  So my focus for the next 30 days:  1)  I must lose 20-27 lbs raise the last $200 for RMHC;  2) Run the last two big runs for my non-existent training cycle; and get ready to head to the CHI to ENJOY what will probably be my last Chicago Marathon.  I hoping this raffle will put me over the top so I can concentrate on my weight loss training.

First order of business, you can find my RMHC fundraising page HERE.  If you would like to play to win, you will be awarded one entry into the raffle for every $5 donation.  Example:  Donation of $10 = 2 entries.  Winners will be drawn next FRI, September 19th at 9am via a random number generator.   Please comment below as to the items that you would most like to win from the raffle and I’ll do my best to get you want you want when your number pops up.

What’s up for the raffle?

1)  SOL REPUBLIC Relay Headphones $79 value – I did a review of these a while back and they are amazing.  The sound quality is so great that I can’t use them if I’m running on the road because they block out ALL OUTSIDE SOUND, plus I feel like I’m in my own little world and I don’t want to return to reality.  They also have some nifty other features like being able to receive calls with the push of a button, text alerts and easy to use volume controls that will keep you jamming, no matter how far you run.

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2)  Mile Markers:  The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run – Kirstin Armstrong – $13.99 Value

In Mile Markers, Runner’s World contributing editor Kristin Armstrong captures the ineffable and timeless beauty of running……. With unique wit, refreshing candor, and disarming vulnerability, Armstrong shares her conviction that running is the perfect parallel for marking the milestones of life. From describing running a hardfought race with her tightly-knit group of sweat sisters, to watching her children participate in the sport for the very first time, Armstrong infuses her experiences with a perspective of hope that every moment is a chance to become a stronger, wiser, more peaceful woman. Running threads these touching stories together, and through each of them we are shown the universal undercurrents of inspiration, growth, grace, family, empowerment, and endurance.

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3)  GU Prize Pack – I have a mixed prize pack of 16 gels, 3 chomps,  & 1 Roctane Powder mix. See the amazing flavors below.  There are a couple Salted Caramels and one Salted Watermelon!

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4)  Spartan UP!  A Take No Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance In Life.  By Joe De Sena – $24.00 Value

Twenty-six point two miles isn’t enough anymore. Obstacle course racing, which combines the endurance challenges of a marathon with the mind-bending rigors of overcoming obstacles along the way, is taking the world by storm. At the center of this phenomenon is Joe De Sena, the driving force behind the enormously popular Spartan Race. De Sena offers a simple philosophy: commit to a goal, put in the work, and get it done. From that philosophy, as played out first in his own life and now for millions across trails, through mud, and up mountainsides, Spartan Race was born.

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5)  Emergen-C Prize Pack – $40-$60 Value depending on retailer.  AND I have TWO of these prize packs, so that means 2 winners!!  Get some Emergen-C just in time for the marathon taper!!   This prize pack will include 4 boxes of Emergen-C, each with 30 individual packets of the immuno boosting super powder! 

  • Increases metabolic function
  • Vitamin C & antioxidants boost health
  • B vitamins for natural energy & no crash

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6)  WOD Motivation – Quotes, Inspiration, Affirmations and Wisdom to Stay Mentally Tough – Eleanor Brown – $8.33 Value

WOD Motivation is here to help you build the mental toughness you need to finish every workout with pride. You can use the motivational quotes and affirmations in this book to face your WOD with discipline and determination, and to boost your mental strength when you need it most.

Whether you’re blasting through burpees or knocking out deadlifts, WOD Motivation supports you as you power through to your new personal best.

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7)  Moji 360 Foot Massager – $39.95 Value.  As you know I reviewed this a while back and it was a big hit.  Great for gifts for runners or people who are frequently on their feet.   Can help with foot issues like Plantar Fasciitis.  It has the smaller spheres for massaging, then the two larger spheres for therapy.  Great addition to your post run routine!!

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8)  The Inaugural Dopey Challenge 48.6 Pendant!  Value – PRICELESS.  I purchased this as part of my Dopey Challenge Registration packet for the Inaugural 2014 event.  I’ve never worn it.  I don’t wear silver and it’s been hanging from my jewelry rack neglected.  I’m pretty sure that someone would love to have it, hold it, wear it and show it off proudly.  So if you ran the inaugural Dopey Challenge, January 2014, here is your chance for a little memento that you may not have added onto your original registration package. 

4  Days * 4 Theme Parks

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That’s it!  Enter the raffle by donating to Ronald McDonald House Charities HERE.  I’ll draw 9 winners next Friday.  Each $5 donation = 1 raffle entry.  And while you are donating and checking out these cool prizes, I’m facing down an 18 miler this weekend and then 20 miles next weekend!  I’ll do the work so that I can run/walk/crawl thru the Chicago Marathon if you can please help the families of the RMHC kids!  Go, donate now!  And don’t forget to make a comment below if you have a preference of raffle prizes because it will really help me with the prize distribution! 

 

** Running For A Cause EACH & EVERY Day ** Amanda – TooTAllFritz **

STOP! Wait! Let Me Take A Selfie!

I’m always significantly behind on my reading. Always. Last week I was reading an article in an old Runners World, that I had just unpacked, and it was on the subject of selfies. Apparently some people hate don’t like selfies. In fact, their loathing goes beyond the fact that they don’t take them, all the way to the fact that it makes them crazy that other people take selfies. Really? Interesting. But stop! Wait! Let me take a selfie!

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Then last night as I was driving home from the CHI, a couple radio personalities were discussing the most “hated” selfies. Apparently there is a list, compiled by a gossip magazine. What’s at the top of the list? The post gym selfie! And if you could see my newfeed from my TTF Facebook page or even my personal newsfeed, it’s overrun with gym/running/workout selfies. I may in fact be guilty of tossing a selfie or 10 up, just last month! But stop! Wait! Let me take a selfie!

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I find it interesting that something so harmless can get people so riled up. Apparently the selfie is considered something of arrogance. Some people think the selfie is about boasting. I saw a post on FB a couple days ago about how shocking it was that a person was able to actually get & stay in shape without documenting the process via photos on FB. Shocking. But stop! Wait! Let me take a selfie!

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Others think the selfie can be dangerous to others! No idea why. But stop! Wait! Let me take a selfie!

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On a more serious note, my friends aren’t taking selfies of themselves in bikinis, or when they are sick, or when they are drunk. They take/post selfies when they are out and about. To show their friends a cool trail they are running. To motivate the reader who may hate to run in the rain or snow, or sleet, or cold, or heat. To let their mom know that they are at mile 20 of the marathon that they have trained for all summer and that they are still alive. To send to the kids who want to know “if they are done running yet”. To be accountable for their training. To thank a sponsor or vendor who has helped them along the way. To inspire. To share. To be social. To document experiences. And if that’s wrong. Or bad. Or upsets people …. then I would suggest that person ….. Stop! And go take a selfie! It’s actually kinda fun!

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How about you? Yay or Nay on the selfies?

** Stop. Wait. I’m Totally Taking A Selfie. ** Amanda – TooTallFritz