Five April Favorites & SuperSeedz Giveaway

April is quite the busy month for me. For one, it’s one of the biggest tax filings days of the year for me and an end of a busy crazy few months. On a more exciting note, it is also my favorite day of the year! Marathon Monday for me has been more exciting than Christmas. So besides these two days which occasionally fall on the same day like in 2013, I have to find other things that make me happy. Luckily, there’ quite a few and limiting it to just five was difficult enough.

5. Iphone apps! photo 2

Weather whiskers is my favorite new app!

4. You know how Meb won that whole Boston Marathon thing? Well guess what shoes he’s running in and guess what I’ve been running in lately?

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I would like to point out that he’s 38 and I’m only 27, so I have 11 years to become a world champion marathoner and all.

3. I’m addicted to furminating my cats!! And they’re sorta addicted to it too!

Furmenator Oliver

That’s one of the 50 clumps of fur I’ve gotten of Oliver

Furmenator Jack

Jack’s results are a little less furry, but I’ve never heard him purr louder

2. Stone Enjoy by IPA is my beer of the month

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1. SuperSeedz!!

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Super Seedz come in 8 different flavors of shelled pumpkin seed heaven

  • Really Naked (unsalted)
  • Sea Salt
  • Sugar and Cinnamon
  • Coco Joe
  • Tomato Italiano
  • Original Curry
  • Somewhat Spicy
  • Super Spicy

And lucky for me, I was given all 8 flavors to try!

If you’re wondering why there’s only 7 in my photo, it’s because a gremlin in my house with first name Tony, ate the bag while I was working late for a few days. I’m sure it was tasty =).

SuperSeedz is a company in Connecticut started by Kathie Pelliccio, a mom of 5. When she made curry pumpkin seeds for her salads and sugar and cinnamon seeds for a compliment to her breakfast meal, she noticed that her family would devour them just like I am now. Only I put them in oatmeal and yogurts.

The package says 5 servings but since I use it in addition to other things, I would say a pack lasts me a week. Besides all the benefits of eating pumpkin seeds like magnesium and protein, they are also gluten free, tree nut free, peanut free, dairy free, MSG free, vegan, and soy free.

Best part, SuperSeedz are offering a lucky reader a chance to win a package of Seedz for themselves so they can addicted like I am.

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Boston Marathon Tracking, Fear, Terror, and Goals

I’m excited for Monday and to be running again. The weather is looking great (for now).

To get cell phone alerts of my running times, you can:

Text “14603″ to phone number “345678″

I start around 10:30AM and I think there’s going to be 4 alerts between start and finish.

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Am I afraid?

Ever since 2:40 PM, 4/15/2013, the second or sometimes first question I get in regards to the Boston Marathon (and to a degree NYC marathon last year) is this. The answer is YES. I’m always afraid, but the truth of it all, I’ve been afraid way before last year. I don’t remember the last time I felt safe in a public crowd. Maybe some time before 9/11/2001 when I got the introduction terror first into my life. I work on a top floor of the tallest building in Boston and every time a plane or a helicopter flies by, I flinch. Every time I step into a parade, or a music festival, I think about how this is a breeding ground for not just outside “terrorists” but anyone to let their “crazies” out. Even when it’s not crowded, there’s really very little to keep someone from doing anything terrifying like many of the school and workplace shootings that seem to have become an acceptable event in our society today.

So yes, I’m afraid; but, if I let this fear, doubt and terror keep me from doing anything, I’d never leave my house. And then how else would I go for my run? ;)

What’s my goal?

When I started training for Boston, I wanted to train for a 3:20 or faster, GOAL A.

I wanted my average pace to be around 7:30. which gives me a 3:17, but I’ll need those extra 3 minutes for heartreak strokes. But then winter happened and as the Starks say, it’s coming and coming and only got worse. Okay, not exact words, but if more were alive, they would say it. Paths that I usually run on, have been covered in snow for months forcing me to share the road with cars and potential texting drivers. My weekend long runs turned slower and shorter. It was cold, but I can’t use that excuse since I like the cold, however, snow, no thank you. My work schedule ended up being a lot more demanding in March and April, limiting my peak month in those medium long runs that I believe are so valuable.

My GOAL B is to PR on the course. So sub 3:26. A lot more reasonable considering I ran a 3:22 a few months earlier. The course is mostly downhill and is to my advantage.

My GOAL C is to BQ on the course, sub 3:35

GOAL D – Let’s not go this far!

Regardless, I can’t wait! I run a ton of races a year, because I don’t want one race to make or break me; but Boston is so much more than just another race. I’m so excited to see my friends and family along the route! Collecting hugs is almost as fun as crossing the mile markers.