It’s official & winners!

I got the official email yesterday from BOA!  I’m IN!  So, I better get these shin splints healed quickly!

 Its official & winners!
Debbie Harris:Congratulations! You have been selected to run the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

As promised, I would give away “prizes” for those who donated $15 or + for The American Cancer Society!  I wanted to give away some prizes when I reached $1,00 & folks, thanks to YOU, I’m there!

WE HAVE RAISED  $1,137.00!!!

So, for the winners thus far:

Bonny Goldin= you can choose any hat/visor from the HEADSWEATS website.  Please tell me what you like & I’ll get it for you!

Stacy Druckman =coupons for Justin’s amazing peanut butter!   I’ll put them in the mail for you!

Erica Agran = Lunatik Athletic Skirt, size M (I’ll put it in the mail for you.)

Alida Harris = Atayne shirt, pick one from their website  & let me know which & what size you want!

Terri Mlotek = Cocogo Real Fruit Hydration.  I’ll put it in the mail for you.


I still have more prizes, so don’t stop donating now!  Anyone who donates $15 or + will be entered into another raffle!

Here’s the information to donate:




Racing season has arrived & so has Passover (just about)!

Run or Dye, the world’s most colorful 5K, is headed to Toyota Park on May 24 2014!  Bring all your friends and run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy our world-famous Dye Festival afterward, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky (not to mention all your friends!) in this ultimate celebration of life, friendship, fitness, and fun. Use the code: BLOGCHICAGO to save $10. CODE EXPIRES MAY 17th!  If you join a team you can save another $5!


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Run or Dye is for absolutely everyone! Whether you’re a recovering couch potato or an avid marathon runner, you’ll love the atmosphere and experience at Run or Dye. You’re welcome to walk, run, dance, or skip your way to the finish line. And Run or Dye is family-friendly — kids 6 and under participate for FREE and do not require registration!

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Doesn’t this look like a ton of fun?

I LOVE that kids under 6 run for free!  Such a treat!

This past weekend was extremely busy with Passover preparations!  It’s a lot of work & so nice when everything is done!  We have a lot of famiy time this next week which is always nice.  We have people coming in from out of town, some from in town & lots of food & togetherness.  I’m not sure what this “blogging” week will bring, as I’m going to be very busy.  I do plan to keep running, even though I have some shin splints happening !  Uggg- I think it’s from transitioning too rapidyl from the treadmill to outdoors!  Little frustrating, but I’ll work it through.

Don’t forget about these giveaways happening.

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Friday 5

Friday is here, it’s sunny & a great spring day (finally)!  It seems like forever since the weather has been this pleasant & I’m loving it!

This has been a nice, quick week.  I was able to run outside & I think that I’ll also be able to continue running outdoors all weekend!  Woo Hoo!  There’s not much better than that!

Here are my Friday 5.

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The week started off right with lunch at Rose’s Cafe & Bakery with Laura & Fit Running Mama.  Rose’s is a gluten-free cafe & bakery.

“At Rose’s Café & Bakery we are committed to using organic, locally producedand sustainable ingredients whenever possible to produce quality food and baked goods”.  It was absolutely wonderful~   I’ll definitely be visiting again! 

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The picture above isn’t very exciting, but I learned how to take a screen shot with my phone.  I’m sure you already know how to do this, but I was so excited when Stone taught me how to do this!

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I timed myself on my 1st mile out last week for the April challenge for Run this Year 2014!  It was the 1st time using my Garmin.

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5.  Monday night begins Passover!  I’ve gotten a few things done, but there’s a TON more to do starting today I’m in high gear!  The boys are in school & I’m off, so there’s time to get lots done today!
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I’m off for a nice outside run!  Have a great weekend.

Big Giveaways happening here today!

The past couple of days I told you about the great Racing Weight Cookbook that I was sent to review.  Well, now it’s your turn to give it a try!  They offered to give away 2 copies to the winner of the rafflecopter.  Just enter below if you want to try out this nifty cookbook!
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And, the fine folks at Toilet Tree Products want someone else to have a complimentary electric toothbrush!  You know what to do…
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Here’s one more for you today to make it an extra special day!  Have you been seeing all of the buzz about Zym Electrolyte Drink Tabs?  I’ve been seeing this a lot of places & was so excited when asked for my review!  I really have been enjoying it post runs.  I love the bubbles & all the flavor, let alone the electrolytes.

 Big Giveaways happening here today!

ZYM is a premium quality electrolyte drink tablet that effectively hydrates endurance athletes during exercise, training and competition. At only 8 calories per serving and without sugar, ZYM replaces electrolytes athletes lose during activity making natural energy, fresh legs and enhanced performance possible. In addition, its unique effervescent formula allows for quick absorption and settles the stomach during strenuous physical activities.

It’s vegan, gluten free, and quite tasty!  ZYM restores electrolytes and reduces fatigue, muscle cramps,and lactic acid – maximizing your body’s potential. Drop a lemon-lime ZYM tablet in your water bottle, give it a minute to dissolve and drink up! No messy powder, no extra packets… just a lightweight water–resistant tube that holds 10 tabs and can easily fit anywhere.

I’m sure you want to give ZYM a try now, don’t you?  Well, here’s your chance to win 4 tubes!  Enter below for your chance.  I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do!
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Reviews, Reviews, Reviews

Last week I told you about all of my appointments I was catching up on since I’d been behind with my dr.’s appointments.  Well, one of them was to the periodontist.  I have to go there every once in a while, since I’m been the reciepient of “bad” gums.  I’ve had a couple of gum surgeries and my future holds more gum surgeries, but for now, I’m holding steady!  We’ll see what happens in 3 months when I return…  In the meantime, I was given the opportunity to review this electric toothbrush from Toilet Tree Products, so of course I said “YES”!

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I LOVE it!  I did have an electric toothbruss a while ago & I have no idea what happened, so I’m thilled to have one again.  I love that it comes with 2 settings.  One is a faster speed & one slower.  Perfect for my sensitive gums.  It also comes with a 2nd replacable head & a travel brush.  SCORE!  I never need to be without this handy little toothbrush!  Here are some more facts about this handy toothbrush:

-It’s waterproof for use in the shower

-It has a 2 minute auto timer (which I LOVE)

-Has a recharging base

-2 brush modes (clean & sensitive)

-BPA free & dentist approved

-100%, 365 day money back guarantee (You know how I love the guarantees).  I feel that any company willing to offer such a guarantee is offering a quality product.

If you’re in the market for a good electric toothbrush, this one is really a great deal.  It’s on sale for $49.95 right now!  Other’s are NOT this reasonable!

Using this toothbrush along with oil pulling & my teeth will be in great shape!  Oh, yes, oil pulling….  Have you heard the rage?  It’s really supposed to be great for you in so many ways.  I still find it a bit awkward, but I try it when I remember!  Have you?


Great News, new cookbook & a winner!

I don’t know how many times I tell you that I truly love running, but I want to tell you yet again! I LOVE RUNNING & there’s nothing better than running outside!  I get such a rush & such a wonderful feeling when outside,  it’s so different than being indoors on a treadmill.  Do you agree?  It does take me a while to work up my stamina & speed when transitioning outside, as my gate, my pace, my everything is different outside.  Even my body when I begin running outside.  I always get a bit flabby during the winter & it takes me some time to work off the extra fluff that I have worked months to get on this body.  I’m not a diet gal, believe me I used to be.  I’m sure I’ve tried most diets out there, but only stick with them for a short while, as they’re just not realistic for me.  I don’t even really change my diet much, as I am a very healthy eater.  I simply eat too much, as I love food.  However, in the summer, I tend to eat “lighter” fare & move more, so it all works out for me.

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I was sent this book:  519HyX5G0TL. SL160 PIsitb sticker arrow dpTopRight12 18 SH30 OU01 AA160  Great News, new cookbook & a winner!There are some great recipes inside.  I also believe in the theory that if you’re at an optimal weight, your body will move quicker.  Of course, that’s true!  Look at all of those amazing professional athletes who don’t have an oz. of body fat.  Well, that’s not me, not how my body is made & not how I’ll ever be. But, I love reading all about this stuff.  Besides, this cookbook has some great recipes that I have tried & have many more to try.

I’ve also been playing around with many new photo apps that I’ve been reading a lot about lately.  Have you ever used Picfx, Studio,Instacollage?  Those are a few that I’ve recently been dabbling with (look above).  They’re a kinda fun!

I made these sundried tomato quinoa cakes this weekend & they’re really tasty & quite easy!      c880650efded9722f293d3e2a29f378f 217x300 Great News, new cookbook & a winner!

You should really try them!

The lucky winner for the Manna Organics is:  584 Erica Agran! 

I hope you like your goodies as much as I do!  Please send me your mailing information.

Have a great Monday!


Friday 5

1.  Last week was complimented by these beautiful flowers from very special people in my life.

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Aren’t they beautiful?  I have some very special people in my life!

2.  I’m LOVING this granola!  LOVING this granola!  It’s the 3rd time making it!   I’ve been making it & sharing it because I want others to enjoy the goodness!

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3.  I told you that I finally made it outdoors!   I know in the coming weeks, I’ll be outside running even more!

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One of my favorite places to run is on the path by the lake.  For me, this is so peaceful & I want to run more & more!

4.  I like my morning coffee (& occasional afternoon coffee as well).  However, if I don’t have my So Delicous Creamer, I prefer not to have any coffee at all!  I simply like it that much!  We were out & I didn’t have coffee one day & boy was I sad!  So, we stocked up & will be sure not to be empty again!  This is a necessity in my house!  Not sure what I’ll do over Passover, as I won’t be able to have it then.  YIKES!

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5.  I’m truly grateful for all of the support I’ve been receiving for DetermiNation!  So many people have been so generous & kind.

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For those of you who haven’t yet seen my fundraising page, it’s HERE.  When I reach $1,000 I’m going to start giving away prizes for everyone who donates $15 or more.  If you donate in increments of $15, you get that many more entries for the giveaways.  For example, you donate $45, you get 3 entries.  The prizes are pretty great thus far: Lunatik Athletiks running skirt size M, Cocogo real fruit hydration, item of your choice from Headsweats,  coupons from Justin’s Peanut Butter.

Not only will you be donating to a great cause & help fight cancer for so many others, but you’re going to get a chance to win some awesome prizes.

Again, here’s the link to my donation page.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday’s Winner & Ramblings

Let’s start with the fun stuff….

The winner of the Zim’s Crack Creme is: Leslie Blotnicky-Kuhar.

I”ve been so darn busy with catching up on appointments this week.  It’s quite exhausting to be honest.  Within 1 1/2 weeks, I’ll have been to the periodontist, lab for blood work, hair color, gynecologist, mamogram, colonoscopy.  Now, that’s a lot of appointments just to make sure that I’m healthy.  It’s so darn time consuming to go to yet alone schedule all of these appointements, and it just so happens that they all have been clustered together around the same time!  I’m glad to go & I’m glad they’re over so that I can get back to my regular routine instead of spending time visiting dr.’s during my “down” time.    It’s a lot of work getting old.  But, as they say, it certainly beats the alternative, right?!

As for running!  I finally made it outside!  Yes, I sure did!   Thursdays Winner & Ramblings   That’s not a picture of me, but I’m that happy when I run outdoors.  I have enjoyed watching Netflix when I run & have really loved watching, Orange is the New Black, Dexter & Breaking Bad.  However, I’m ready to get some sun beaming down on me & get my runs in outdoors again with audiobooks to keep me going!  I intended to run 8 miles on Sunday, but stopped just shy of 6 because it was really HARD!  Then, I ran again on Monday & my breathing was really off & my shins were killing me!  I always forget that I need to do a slow transition to outdoors, as my gait must be very different.  I do know that I run slower on the treadmill which is quite odd for so many, but for me, that’s how I go…  And, I always get some shin pain when I first begin running outdoors.  Maybe it the cushion that I get from the treadmill, but whatever it is, for the past 8 + years, that’s what happens with my body.  I do work through it, but it’s a bit frustrating.  It always feels like I”m starting over.  I have to be patient, but that’s not my strong suit when it comes to running (to be patient).  I also put on a few extra pounds in the winter, no matter how hard I try, and that slows me down  as well.  I tend to eat a lot more beans & hearty foods than I do in the summer.  So, my increased speed & mileage works that sluggish/flubbery feeling off by mid May/June.  I trust I’ll get back into the groove & this is the beginning of my transition to “race season”.  Do you have the same adjustment or you steady year round?

Yesterday was my anniversary, 14 years!  We both truly enjoy each other & still find out more about each other all the time.  We’re both so fortunate to really like each other & enjoy each other’s company.  We like being together & are still discovering new things about each other!  Sounds quite corny, but we both feel lucky!

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Benji & I had family obligations (boys have “stuff” on Wednesday nights) last night, so we decided to have a daytime lunch date!  It was so nice to have lunch together & not have to be rushed for this or that!  We are typically in a hurry for something or another & yesterday it was simply relaxing & lovely.  There’s something very nice about a daytime date with your husband.  I typically lunch with girlfriends, not Benji.  Maybe we’ll try to do this more often.  The only thing missing was a glass of wine!  My body’s not made for wine during the day.

Don’t forget about this awesome giveaway from Manna Organics.  I’ve heard that a lot of you have never tried sprouted bread before & here’s your chance.  It’s really great!

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I’m looking forward to the sun rising a little earlier in the a.m. so I feel safe to run outside at 5am.  For now, on weekdays when I work, I’ll be running on the treadmill.

Have you transitioned to completely outdoors yet?

Have you heard of Manna Organics? Giveaway time!

I am so lucky to have discovered them & for them to want me to try out some of thier products.

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What is Manna you ask?


Manna is Home of the best vegan organic Gluten Free breads, vegan organic yeast-free sprouted breads, raw organic trail mixes, artisan sourdough breads, organic nut butters, organic Kale Chips and organic ingredients.

Manna Organics, LLC is a family owned and operated bakery. All our products are vegan, kosher, organic and carefully hand-made. Our signature product is the fully sprouted MANNA BREAD®, cake-like, free of salt, no oils, no sweeteners, no leavening agents. Manna bread is moist and delicious, high in protein and fiber. Sold in the USA and Canada, in the Frozen Foods section.

I can’t tell you how much I’ve been enjoying the banana walnut hemp bread, it’s amazing!  They say on the package that it’s good toasted, but I must tell you that I am enjoying it “as is”.  It’s a little gooey & I love it!  And, I know what all of the ingredients are & can even pronounce them!  That’s always a bonus.  Check it out:

Banana Walnut Hemp Nutritional Information

INGREDIENTS: Sprouted organic wheat kernels, filtered water, organic dried banana, organic walnuts, organic flax seeds, organic hemp seeds.

I’ve also spread this Manna Butter Cinnamon Date Spread on the Banana Walnut Hemp Bread & it’s really amazing!

I’m so happy that I discovered Manna ogranics.  I have to tell you that I have really been enjoying all of the products that have been sent to me & I’ll definitely be enjoying them more in the future!  It’s great to find quality products & local products that are so nutritious!

Do you want to try the same 4 products I tried from Mana Organics?

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Meatless Monday & a winner

I get really excited when I try out new recipes & they work!!!!!  I have to share 3 of them that I made that are definitely going to be made & served again in this house!

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I had friends over on Saturday.  I knew they’d be adventurous, so I tried out a couple new recipes.  I told you how I purchased the Oh She Glows cookbook.  I am absolutely LOVING it!  I made the sweet potato & black bean enchiladas & they were amazing.  They did take a while to prepare, but definitely worth the time!

For desert, I made this peanut butter pie from Chocolate Covered Katie!  OMG!  You have to make it!  It does not take long & it’s exceptional.  I’m thinking that it would be a great breakfast as well!  Why not?

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Last week on my Friday 5, I posted a picture of the chili slaw I made, so I thought I’d share the recipe!  It’s really tasty  & you can add whatever add ins you like.  This is vegan, but I’m sure you can add meat, chicken, whatever you like & it’ll also be tasty that way!

chili slaw
Recipe type: vegan
Cuisine: Chili Slaw
  • bag of broccoli slaw
  • can black beans
  • can diced tomatoes
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 t chili powder
  • 2 t cumin
  • 2 t smoked paprika
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 T olive oil
  1. Heat olive oil in a sautee pan
  2. Add garlic & sautee for 3 minutes
  3. Add all spices for 3 minutes until fragrant
  4. Add tomatoes, broccoli slaw, black beans & stir
  5. cover for 10 minutes on medium heat until slaw is cooked to desired consistency.
  6. Serve!

The winner for the $20 gift card to Gone for a Run is:   Laurel Cedarblade!!!  Enjoy your goodies you choose with your gift card!





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