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SmartyPants Vitamins: A Smart Addition to Your Routine

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If you are a runner, simply heading out and pounding the pavement isn’t going to get you to your peak performance. Rather, runners must supplement their running with good nutrition which includes utilizing a strong vitamin component to their diet. SmartyPants Vitamins offers runners several different options of vitamins available all with the same quality ingredients and formulated to take your running to the next level.

SmartyPants targets those nutrients toughest to get from food, acquire the very best available forms of those nutrients, and combine them all into one (tasty) supplement. SmartyPants vitamins contain only natural ingredients that are not genetically modified (non GMO).Every bottle includes three delicious flavors of gummies (lemon, strawberry banana and orange) with no synthetic colors and no artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives or any other junk.

At SmartyPants Vitamins they are all about simplifying health. That’s why they make the Good Gummy, delicious and premium all-in-one complete gummy vitamins that combine nutrients like omega 3s, soluble fiber, vitamins D3 + B12 that are toughest to get in the right amount from our diets.

I have tried both the Adult Complete and the Adult Complete + Fiber and both are great ways to supplement the nutrition required to be at the top of your game. The Adult Complete + Fiber allows you that little extra boost you may need to help things along but does so in a less offensive way than other OTC options available.

SmartyPants has a variety of different products you will want to check out including men’s and women’s vitamins, prenatal vitamins and vitamins for the younger runners in your home.

For more information about SmartyPants Vitamins, please visit their website by clicking here. You can also “Like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Register for the Wild Goose Chase 5K

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Registration is now open for the Wild Goose Chase 5K which will be held in Florence, Massachusetts on May 22, 2016.

This running event is an event perfect for the whole family. Running events include a 1.2 mile fun run/walk, a 5K and kids races. Carnival events include wagon rides, face painting, live music, and more. The Wild Goose Chase is held to benefit Whole Children and will be held at Look Park.

Whole Children is a nonprofit organization located in Hadley, MA that provides after-school, weekend, and vacation enrichment programs for children and teens of all abilities, especially those with special needs. For more information about this organization, please “Like” their Facebook page by clicking here and follow them on Twitter by clicking here.

To register for the Wild Goose Chase 5K, please click here. Sign up the whole family for the event and come out and support a great cause!

 

Sport Suds: The Perfect Cleaning Tool for Runners

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You may not want to admit it, but you smell. And your clothes smell. No matter how much you want to deny it, runners are a smelly lot. But that’s okay! Runners should wear the post-run odor with pride because it means you have tackled a race and crossed the finish line. But when the run is over, you want to be able to rid yourself of the funky smells of running. After all, it’s better to carry around a  medal than it is a smelly presence.

Thanks to Sport Suds, runners now have a great solution to ensure a fresh smell for both bodies and workout clothes. Specially designed for sports enthusiasts yet superb for the whole family, the Sport Suds line of high performance cleaning products removes the most extreme dirt and odors to leave you feeling and smelling clean and fresh like never before. Each high-powered cleaner is specially formulated to do one specific job, so we make sure it does its job exceptionally well.

All Sport Suds products are sustainably sourced and made from naturally occurring materials. They make sure the products are readily biodegradable, non-toxic, and septic and grey water safe.

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The Sports Suds laundry detergent does an absolutely fantastic job removing post-workout funk from your running clothes and breaks away odors from technical shirts in a way that other cleaners can’t. Laundry is left fresh and clean smelling and perfect to line-up at the starting line of the next race without carrying the sweat and dirt of the previous race with you.

I have also been highly impressed with the Sports Suds body wash which is a great way to clean off the body after a tough workout. The body wash has a fresh, unscented nature to it and the wash does not leave a soapy film on the body after the shower. The body wash is smooth on the skin and refreshing.

For more information about Sport Suds, please check out their website by clicking here. You can also “like” them on Facebook by clicking here and “follow” them on Twitter.

Register for the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run

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Registration is open for the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run which will be held in Salem, Massachusetts on November 26, 2015. This race is the largest race on the North Shore and is one that you certainly want to take part in! It was voted Best Holiday Race 2012, 2013 and 2014 by North Shore Road Race Guide.

Proceeds from the 12th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run on Thanksgiving morning benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. This race will feature close to 2000 runners taking part in a Thanksgiving morning run ideal for burning a few calories before the turkey and trimmings hit the table at your Thanksgiving dinner. With an early start time of 8AM this is race will allow you to have a great run and earn that extra piece of pumpkin pie!

The first 1500 participants get long-sleeved Brooks tech shirts. You can register for the race by clicking here.

You can also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here.

2nd Annual Run for Jess

September 6, 2015 1 comment

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On Saturday morning it was a quick trip over to the 2nd Annual Run for Jess in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Jessica Thurston was 27 years old when diagnosed with breast cancer, which quickly spread to her brain and liver. She passed away from the disease on 8/30/13 after a tough 2 year battle. All proceeds from this race goes toward the The Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund is a 501c3 Charitable Foundation, and with the money raised, they support local charities as well as breast cancer research.

The race course is a great 3.1 mile loop through residential roads of East Bridgewater and the race directors did a nice job moving the starting line up a bit so the race was a true 5K as last year’s race course was a touch longer than 3.1 miles. The race course is a moderately challenging route with a couple nice hills mixed in right around the first mile and then half-way into the race; nothing too terrible but noticeable for sure. Just like at last year’s race, the East Bridgewater Police Department did a nice job patrolling the course and keeping runners safe.

I finished the 2nd Annual Run for Jess with a time of 24:53, good for 8:00/miles. After still dealing with some quad pain from a soccer related injury, I felt good out on the course and was overall pleased with the result. This race is one that definitely could become an annual favorite and the cause it supports couldn’t be better!

Race Recap: Hip Hop 10k

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This morning it was over to Easton, Massachusetts to take part in the Hip Hop 10k. This race is a  Family Friendly 5K/10K run and 2 mile walk in support of Hip Dysplasia awareness and fundraising. The 10k race kicked off at 9AM which was a nice relief given the humidity at that time was pretty bad and going later into the day has already made it even more sticky. When crossing the finish line I was sweating more than an Ashley Madison account holder!

The 10k race course was a nice challenging run with some rather significant hills mixed into the route. Volunteers did an excellent job directing runners on the course and alerting traffic as to our presence. The much needed water stations on the course provided good relief and were mixed into the race at good times. The course takes runners through rather residential neighborhoods and started and finished at Oliver Ames High School in Easton. A lot of the course was quite similar to the Tiger Turkey Chase I have taken raced in the past.

As you are in the final mile there is a nice uphill climb that really pushes you not slow down before runners intersect with the 5k course and head back toward the high school for the finish line. While coming into the finish there was a band playing some great cover songs and plenty of spectators cheering you into the finish. The race directors did a really nice job organizing the race and there was plenty of water and food to partake in prior to leaving. Several raffles with some big prizes were available inside the cafeteria of the school and vendors setup at the finish line offered samples, massage, chiropractic and more.

I finished the Hip Hop 10k with a time of 51:16 good for a finish pace of 8:15/mile. With the humidity in full effect coupled with some tough quad pain I inflicted upon myself earlier this week playing indoor soccer a good showing at today’s run.

For more information about the work the Hip Hop 10k supports, check out their website here and be sure to “Like” the race on Facebook so you can plan on running this race next year.

Double Racing at the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the Fifty

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On Friday evening it was off to the home of your New England Patriots for a race at Gillette Stadium known as the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the Fifty. Last year the race night was absolutely stifling so this year temperatures in the 80’s made for ideal running conditions.

There is both a 5K and 10K option for this race with the 10K kicking off at 7PM while the 5K starts at 6PM. My running pals were tackling the 5K and I had signed up for the 10K but when one of them came down with some knee pain I decided to run both races in their honor.

The 5K takes runners on a quick loop of Gillette Stadium before heading back into the stadium to tackle the ramps all the way to the top tier of the stadium. Consider the run a sort of hill workout on steroids with a sea of running friends hitting the ramps along with you. A double edged sword of sorts runs through the mind as you make your way up one set of ramps as you know you will quickly be descending another set from the nosebleed section of the stadium onto the field. The 5K finishes right at the fifty yard line and New England Patriot star Nate Soldier was present high-fiving runners into the finish line.

I finished the 5K with a time of 24:44, good for 7:58/miles. Not too shabby for a course inclusive of climbing all those flights!

Having finished up the 5K, it was then time to make my way back to the starting line for the kickoff (see what I did there) of the 10K race. The 10K race features a much different course and leaves out the ramp ascents and descents and takes runners onto Route 1 briefly before then winding through mostly residential streets. Given the race is the Fourth of July weekend, neighbors use the course as a way to have little parties and cheer on runners and the support along the way mixed with the Americana feel really is perfect. After going through residential neighborhoods behind the stadium, runners then turn back into the stadium grounds on the Putnam Investments road and runners make a quick pass through the backside of the stadium before then finishing at the fifty yard line. Pat the Patriot is available for photos and runners can see themselves finishing the race on the Jumbotrons.

I finished the 10K with a time of 54:22, good for 8:45/miles. Knowing holiday cookouts were in the near future, running 9.3 miles the night before the 4th seemed like a good idea and I’m glad I did both races.

Post-race, a magnificent firework display took place and while we dined and refueled at CBS Scene’s patio we had a great view of the fireworks. A great night of running, food, drink, America and most importantly laughter with friends. This might become an annual tradition!