Episode 9: “Take that Baby Step” with Tara Jo Thomas

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Episode 9:  “Take that Baby Step” with Tara Jo Thomas

 

Tara Jo Thomas, 2020 KDF Ambassador, mom, and Army wife shares her passions and future goals with us in this fun episode.  Tara Jo shares with us how her unhealthy habits led her to start a running journey she never imagined.  And, little did she realize joining a running club would help her find her current passion project; she helps motivate moms to get out and run…with their strollers!  An OG of the Louisville Moms Run This Town stroller crew, she loves getting moms out to run and connect with other moms! You will laugh and get motivated with Episode 9, just “Take that baby step.”!

Show Notes:

Tara Jo on Instagram

Level Up Run Coaching

Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town – Louisville, KY 

Derby Festival Marathon Ambassadors

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The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast: Episode 8

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Episode 8: “Keep Moving Forward” with Donna Yurt Giovenco, RDN, LD, CN, ACSM-CPT

In Episode 8, Stephanie chats with Donna Giovenco, RDN, LD, CN, ACSM-CPT.  Donna has an amazing running resume that includes earning a BQ and completing Ironman.  We find out more about how Donna started running and what running has brought to her life, including great friends, her husband and an attitude that inspires new and seasoned runners alike!  Donna has some great advice for new runners who might be hearing their inner critic and she shares how she has been able to deal with her own inner critic to achieve her goals. You do not want to miss this health enthusiast’s inspirational words of wisdom.

Show Notes

Donna’s blog (and social media account) page

 

 

The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast: Episode 6 – “NYC Bound” with Sherry Boesch

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Episode 6: NYC Bound with Sherry Boesch

Stephanie sits down to talk with Sherry Boesch in episode 6 about overcoming hurdles women often encounter when working to lose pounds and gain fitness.  Sherry talks about the support her husband provided as she trained for her first (and subsequent marathons) as well as the friendships she has gained from joining an all women’s running club. Lastly, we talk about race anxiety and ways to overcome it as well as get excited about Sherry’s next big adventure-the New York City Marathon in 2019! 
Show Notes: 

The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast: Episode 7 – “Don’t Overthink It” with Abby Auger

 

 

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The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast: Episode 7 – “Don’t Overthink It” with Abby Auger

Get to know Abbi Auger in this episode! Abbi is an Ironman, Ultrarunner, Achilles Athlete and all-around BAMR.  Hear more about Abbi’s running journey, including how she balances training with life, advice she gives new runners, as well as her take on living with Bechet’s disease.  Abbi has a contagious spirit and is always willing to help motivate her fellow athletes. We hope you benefit from her take on running, and life in general, which is: “Don’t Overthink It’.

 

Click here now:  https://anchor.fm/BluegrassBAMR/episodes/E7-Dont-Overthink-It-with-Abbi-Auger-e40bcs or find it anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Episode 4 of The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast

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E4: “Shell Shocked” with Norma Currey

In Episode 4, Stephanie introduces you to Norma Currey, who restarted her running journey at age 50. Hear a little about how Norma got back on track with running after making the decision to take charge of her own health. She shares her running highs, lows and her unintentional start of the Louisville, KY Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town “Turtle Club”.  Her enthusiasm for running and her friends is sure to inspire and motivate others thinking about restarting their own running journeys.

Show Notes/References
Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town

 

Episode 2: Firsts with Allison Reid – Listen to the Bluegrass BAMR podcast now.

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In this episode, I sit down to chat with Allison Reid, co-leader of Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town in Louisville, KY and one of my best running friends (BRF). We discuss “firsts” in running journeys, as well as lessons learned in training. If you are a busy parent training for a “first” race, there are great tips and insight from Allison in this episode.  Click here to listen now!

 

Show notes:

Learn more about the Louisville Chapter of Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town here.  You can request to join our private Facebook group here.

Visit the National Moms Run This Town site here.

 

Aftershokz Operation #GiveGoodVibes is a Success!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones to review and a pair of Aftershokz Titanium headphones to gift to a friend as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

I was so proud to have the opportunity to be a part of the recent Aftershokz #GiveGoodVibes campaign.  I was first introduced to these amazing bone conduction wireless headphones about two years ago. My husband gifted me a pair of Titanium headphones for Christmas. I could not believe the sound quality, it was amazing –the bone conduction technology allows you to hear without obstructing the ear! I felt much more confident listening to music while I ran solo and I knew my hearing was much better off with these than the old pair I was using.

Let’s not forget, while Aftershokz sent a pair of Air Trekz for me to try out, they also sent me a pair of the Titanium to gift to a friend as part of their #GiveGoodVibes campaign. how amazing is that?!  Now, who was I going to gift the other pair to…? That was the big question. I have so many wonderful friends that love running and did not have these!

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So small and lightweight! Loving my Air Trekz!

After thinking loooonng and hard, I decided to gift the Titanium headphones to one of my best friends, Jill.  She was training for her first trail half marathon and was working really hard to meet her goals. Jill is a very selfless person. She is a preschool teacher with two young children and her husband travels for work, which causes her to get really creative in finding the time to train for races. She does not have a good pair of headphones that are lightweight and safe for running. She is one of those moms that goes without things she wants to give her children, family and friends things that they need. She was a perfect candidate!

So, I decided to surprise her with the headphones at her trail race! I was also signed up to run the race. We traveled down together with our husbands to the race. I watched her run with joy at this race, despite the horrible, muddy course we had to endure due to the heavy rainfall that month. She persevered and finished the race when some people decided not to even show up to start due to the weather-she did amazing! After we received our medals and cleaned up, I gifted her a card telling her how proud I was of her and gave her the headphones. She was shocked! I could not film this due to the poor cell phone service at our cabin, but the look on her face was priceless.

We now are both happy owners of Aftershozk. I am so grateful for this opportunity to give back to a great friend and runner! I highly recommend these headphones to runners but really anyone looking for a way to use headphones that are safe for your hearing and conducive to high-quality sound experience.

#GIVEGOODVIBES

Check out these other fun #GiveGoodVibes stories from my fellow Bib Rave Pros!

With Purpose and Kindness  

ScootADoot

Jenna Runs

 

Running Smarter with Sabre!

“Disclaimer: I received a Sabre Runner Pepper Spray to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

As the member of an all women’s running group, running safety is a topic that comes up quite a bit. When I was asked to test Sabre safety products, in particular, the Runner Pepper Gel with an adjustable hand strap, I was excited about the opportunity.

My box from Sabre arrived with the following products to test:

Runner Pepper Spray

Duathlete Pepper Gel

Personal Alarm with clip and LED light

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For this review, I want to focus on the Runner Pepper Spray. In the past, I have carried traditional mace and a whistle for safety reasons. The pepper gel is new to me and I was unsure of how effective it could be until I started reading more about the Sabre products on the website. Sabre touts gel that is police strength protection level, minimizes blowback and has a spray range greater than 20% of most other brands.   

Additionally, this product is a unique combination of CS military tear gas, red pepper, and UV dye.

You can read more about the product for yourself on the website, but here is a summary of why I really liked using this product:

  • The hand strap was easy to adjust when I needed to wear gloves, etc.
  • The canister is lightweight. I did not notice it on me once I started running.
  • I can get up to 35 short bursts with this one canister. Hopefully, I never have to use it, but is nice to know I have a good volume with one purchase.
  • It is affordable!
  • The company offers free training videos and easy use instructions.
  • The twist lock is easy to use but also feels secure when not in use.

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See the full FAQ for the Runner Pepper Gel here.

Follow my IG page for more posts about this product and follow #SabreBR to see other user thoughts/reviews! My fellow Bib Rave Pros have reviews up as well – check out:

She Runs by The SeaShore

The Marathon Lady

Running Around the Boyz

She Runs By Faith