How to be an UNNATURALLY Quick Runner?

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

Do you want to be the fastest runner you can possibly be?

There is a whole community of bloggers out there who focus solely on running. Running bloggers live and dream running, racing, and winning those said races.

I am not one of those bloggers.

I barely even consider myself a runner. I did my first 5K run that was not even a real race according to many serious runners. After all, laughing and getting colored corn starch on my clothes and hair can hardly be determined as a serious race. We didn’t even have bibs!

I don’t complain. I never saw myself as a runner anyway.

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I did try to get into running last year though around the time I went to NYC for the first time (and had the time of my life, I need to go back!). I mean, how can you NOT be near Central Park for 5 days and NOT go running through it? It’s like a sin. You have to take advantage of it. And take advantage, I did.

Being in the blogging community, it’s easy to feel down on yourself if you aren’t perfect at something. Bloggers always talk about how great they are at running or lifting or eating clean. It’s great. It can be extremely motivating and inspiring, but it can also be a little intimidating and discouraging at times as well.

I haven’t gone running since it got cold outside because I’m just not a big fan of treadmills. I actually enjoyed going for runs outside (well, they were more like jogs, I’m not very fast) and enjoying the beautiful crisp morning air and wind in my hair, and the fresh morning scent of the leaves and trees, and the chirping of the birds when you’re warming up or cooling down (and music blaring when you do run, I can’t run without music). It’s a nice feeling. No wonder people call it “therapeutic.”

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Dreams and Desserts – Giveaway!

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All the talk about healthy goals, surviving  juice cleanses, and gluten-free myth busting – I feel like we’re missing a link to my heart. Sweetness.

I just got the opportunity to check out Peanut Butter & Co’s brand new cookbook that is all about one of my favorite varieties of peanut butter – their Dark Chocolate Dreams. (Sign up for Vitacost through my link and get $10 off your first purchase of $30 or more) 

Peanut Butter & Co giveaway

31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams, a brand new cookbook written by Peanut Butter & Co. Founder & President Lee Zalben that features a month’s worth of decadent recipes using our Dark Chocolate Dreams all natural peanut butter. The book is set to launch on January 27, 2014. There are a ton of delicioussss and drool-worthy recipes in here and I don’t even know what I want to make first. So many choices…

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Some awesome stuff lately (reviews)

I’ve had the opportunity to try some lovely things lately and I wanted to share that with you in case you’d like to learn of some new cool products! I know I’m always on the lookout for new products to try. So here ya go!

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Cooking with Coconut Oil by Elizabeth Nyland – this is an awesome cookbook where everything is gluten-free and grain-free and, as the title gives away, all made with the use of coconut oil. I’ve been really trying to add more coconut oil into my life since I’m trying to adapt to a more paleo-ish (not really but I guess it’s the closest to what I’m ideally trying to be doing) diet. I haven’t made anything from the book yet but I will be sure to show you what I make, once I do. I’ve already bookmarked a few recipes.. can’t wait to give them a go in the new year!

Photography by Kamila GorniaNature’s Hollow Sugar-Free Raspberry Jam. This jam rocks my socks off! I’m a lover of jam in general and I used to use it frequently as topping for my ice cream and yogurt. But since I’m now trying to eat much less dairy (not completely eliminated but I’m making it realistic), I haven’t used much jam. But this jam is great. It’s sugar-free and used Xylitol to sweeten. Plus it’s raspberry flavor. Yes please!

Photography by Kamila GorniaWe all know Enjoy Life Foods is just great. Not only are they dairy-free but they are also gluten-free. Perfect. Exactly what I’m trying to do! The dark chocolate morsels were delicious and the bars are great too, especially that cocoa loco flavor – my favorite. But then again, I love chocolate.. like, a lot. ;)

Bestowed BestowedI got another Bestowed box and I liked this month’s products. They were all savory and this was perfect since I want to get away from eating sweets so much. It’s time to transform my palate into being more into savory foods rather than sweet foods. Bring it on! You can get your Bestowed box at 50% off with code “HELLOYUM40″. Check it out here.

Oh and if you like gift memberships – they are cool to check out as well on Bestowed. You can choose between 3-, 6-, or 12- month memberships. If you like surprises in each package and healthy snacks- I think it’s well worth it. Check it out.

Screen Shot 2013-12-22 at 1.22.09 PMUm yeah, I’ve already mentioned Erin Stutland’s Shrink Session many times before. After meeting her at I&P, I fell in love with her approach to fitness that encompasses affirmations and changing your mind as well as your body for the better. I’m in love with her workouts. Check her out.

If you’re curious as to what I’m reading lately and what things I’ve got on my to-read list, check out my previous post!

What are some awesome things you’re loving lately?

What I’m reading lately… (December 2013)

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I’m a big book lover and I am always in the middle of at least one book. I’ve done several book reviews in the past but I realized I haven’t been doing that in a while and I haven’t even updated you with what I’m reading lately.

I think the last book I mentioned I read was Grain Brain which was a good book and I did a recap of my 4 week challenge as well. It talks about the dangers of gluten from a neurological perspective. I haven’t read Wheat Belly so this was a totally new thing to me – it was very insightful and interesting. I even let my friend borrow it because I really think it’s something that everyone should know – whether they decide to adopt the lifestyle or not (I didn’t fully but I definitely have a different perspective on gluten now and try to limit it when possible)

I thought I’d talk about some books I’m currently reading and the books I have on my list to read as soon as I’m done with the current ones.

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