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Chicago Marathon Race Recap!

Location: Chicago, IL Weather: 58 Degrees and Rain Distance: Marathon (26.2 Miles) Finish Time: 2 Hours 59 Minutes 6 Seconds Overall: 1,195 out of 44,571 It has been a few days since the race and I still have a huge runner’s high! This race became more meaningful after I learned last week that I didn’t qualify for the 2019 Boston Marathon with my time of 3:00:25 last year at the Philadelphia Marathon. The cutoff to qualify was 3:00:08 – so I missed it by 17 seconds! That’s less than 1 second per mile. It was a huge disappointment because I had been looking forward to doing Boston for more than a year. As a result, I had something to prove at this race...

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Tunnel to Towers 5k Race Recap

  Location: Freedom Tower, New York City Weather: 70 Degrees and Sunny Distance: 5K (3.1 Miles) I’ve heard about this run for a few years, but never had the opportunity to participate due to conflicting engagements. With the Chicago Marathon a week away, this year was no exception, but I thought the cause was worth the risk. Risk, as in the potential to injure an ankle or knee, as I planned on wearing my military uniform and boots to complete the run in a show of solidarity and support. Never thought I'd wear this in a race! For those of you who do not know the story, this run was created in memory and honor of the first responders, who lost their lives...

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Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City Race Recap

Location: Atlantic City, NJ Weather: 62 Degrees and Heavy Rain Distance: Half Ironman (1.2 Mile Swim, 56 Mile Bike, 13.1 Run) Finish Time: 4 Hours 52 Minutes 19 Seconds Overall: 124 out of 1,971 Division: 22 out of 168 Last race of the triathlon season! I wasn’t originally planning on doing another race after Ironman Lake Placid, but decided to sign up for this one a few months ago because it was in New Jersey and close to home. It was difficult training for this race and simultaneously training for the Chicago Marathon (October 7th). I had to increase my run volume the last few weeks, which took time away from biking and swimming. Nevertheless, I did extremely well and set another Personal Record...

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Do you drink milk?

If so, what kind? We have a lot of choices these days. It used to be simple – Whole, 2%, Skim. These days our choices take up an entire supermarket aisle! Almond Milk Made from almonds – thin and nutty. Best for dunking cookies. Soy Milk Made from soy beans – thicker and slightly sweeter than almond. Best for smoothies. Cashew Milk Made from cashews – thicker than most other nut milks. Best for salad dressings. Oat Milk Made from oats – rich and sweet. Best for pancakes. Goat Milk Made from goats – slightly sweeter than cow’s milk. Best for yogurt alternative. Coconut Made from coconuts – sweet and sour. Best for homemade soup. Hazelnut Made from hazelnuts –...

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What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated versions of the natural oils in plants and offer a variety of health benefits. They are used in everything from cosmetics to food, aromatherapy, alternative medicine, and more. As early as 2000 BC, many great empires all over the world, including the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, used essential oils for medicinal benefits, beauty care, and religious ceremonies. Today essential oils are used at home, in spas and hospitals. In fact, recent studies suggest they may be the next antibiotic.  The process to extract oils from the plants is called distillation. This is done by one of two methods: steam or water. The outcome is a highly concentrated version of the plant, which contains healing properties and therapeutic...

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