Archives for January 2012

RWS Features #8

 

Good morning! Today Bobby and I are doing a volunteer service project with our Sunday School class (painting some old buildings) so I thought it would be a good day for another Friday Feature! Everyone, meet Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean!

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1.) How/why did you start blogging?

I’ve always liked to cook and bake. A couple years ago I started taking pictures of what I made for dinner and posting them on Facebook. My friends and family kept encouraging me to start a food blog and I finally gave in!

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple of sentences:

The Lean Green Bean is a place to find easy delicious recipes that anyone can make! There are lots of healthy recipes, along with a few tasty treats!

3.) What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?

I hope to teach people that eating healthy can be both rewarding and delicious, and that with a few simple substitutions, even your favorite comfort foods can be good for you.

4.) What is your greatest healthy living accomplishment?

Going back to school to become a Registered Dietitian. When I’m finished, I’ll be able to help other achieve their healthy living dreams!

Thank you so much Lindsay! You have such a cute blog and some great recipes. Be sure to stop by The Lean Green Bean and say hello, and follow Lindsay on Twitter.

 

QOTD: What is your favorite comfort food? Have you found a way to make it more healthy? How?

Tour of the YMCA Vlog

 

Hello friends! I am back to my vlogging today, and this time it’s not just me staring into the camera. Well…the first part is but that’s ok. Below you will find three videos. The first is the introduction to what I am doing. The second is a video explaining our running trails and village green area. The third is a tour of the actual YMCA in my neighborhood.

I am sure you are aware that my state, Mississippi, is the most obese in the nation. However, there are plenty of active and healthy things to do here if you look hard enough. I am going to start showcasing these things, and thought my neighborhood Y would be a good place to start.

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Intro to what I am planning to do and why:

Village green and running trails:

YMCA tour: I decided to go in right when they opened as not to disturb gym goers. The only people working out were the other employees, and I got their permission.

Thanks for watching!

QOTD: If you had to do a vlog to share a healthy location in your city, what would you vlog about?

A Look Back 1/11

 

If you have been reading RWS for awhile, you know that sometimes I like to look back on what I was doing a year ago. Considering I have experienced many life changes in the past 10 months, I thought it would be fun to look back and reflect.

This time last year, I had just run the Disney marathon.

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Bobby got sick with the flu post race and we had to cut our trip short.

I was living with my parents for four months while Bobby and I built a house in a new town. We had most of our things in boxes in the garage of the house we were trying to sell, and the rest were crammed into the upstairs bedroom that I grew up in.

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I switched my blog over to self hosting, and am so glad that I did! It has given me a lot more opportunities and flexibility.

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We watched over the building of our new house, and and we ran a 5k in my old hometown to finish out the month.

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I know I say this a lot when I do these types of posts, but wow have things changed since then. I know a lot of times I wish I could see the bigger picture of life, but then there are other times when I know if I did, I would probably have a breakdown knowing what was coming.

We have been through several things since last January that I never saw coming. I know I am stronger because of it, but it’s still so funny to see where life takes you even though you have a different “plan.”  I also find it amusing that at any given age, you feel so much older than the year before. In a way, I guess it’s true. Through life experiences, we learn and grow, and the way in which you grow depends on what you choose to get out of any given situation. I am working on looking at the negative, and making sure that I at least learn something from it it. That way, I can always know that at least one positive thing came out of my trial.

I will check back in with another flashback in a few months and see how things have changed again!

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Last night I took my first yoga class at our new YMCA. I have always wanted to take yoga classes because I am incredibly inflexible, and I knew it would help my running. Unfortunately, we weren’t members of a gym for a long time, and then when we were, it was Planet Fitness with no classes.

Our yoga teacher is amazing! She is 76 years old, 76! She is way more flexible than I will ever be, and I totally admire her. I hope to still be working out at that age. It’s safe to say my arms and legs were jello and I am quite sore, but a good sore.

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Registration is now open for the Disneyland half marathon! Let me help you plan your trip. heather@travelwiththemagic.com

Making Friends

 

When you were a kid, you made friends at school or in your neighborhood by sharing a swing on the playground, or biding bikes down your street. Now that we are adults, we still need to interact and make friends. I don’t know about you, but I don’t swing all that much anymore, but one thing remains the same…sometimes you have to put yourselves out there to make friends.

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I have gotten a couple of e-mails from new-ish bloggers asking me how they can make more friends online. Some people feel like they aren’t in the “club” and want to know how to get “in.” First of all, as far as I know there isn’t a club, so good news! The reason why it seems some people are always talking to others more often, its because they are putting themselves out there. Everyone wants to be talked to, or else they wouldn’t be on social media sites, so take the first step and start talking! Where? I’m glad you asked!

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I realize a lot of this is old news to a some of you, but think back to what you knew about social media when you first started blogging…you probably didn’t know a whole lot. So let’s get some newer folks involved so they can continue on their journey to health!

Twitter: This is the biggie. This is where you will make the most connections and “talk” the most. (At least I do!) When I first got my twitter handle (@runningwithsass) I didn’t really understand how it worked. I had to do a lot of googling and just get out there and start tweeting. It was a little confusing at first as a Facebook only user, but I quickly caught on and now love it!

Pinterest: This is something I recently joined, and just like Twitter, I wasn’t sure how it “worked” but with a little research I figured it out and now it is the biggest time suck for me! You can “pin” photos, motivational quotes, blog content, etc. on a number of boards that you create and friend people so they can “follow” your boards. Find my pinterest profile here.

Stumble Upon: This is a good way to get exposure for your blog. You can friend people and see the sites that they “stumble” (like) and see who shares common interests with you, etc. It’s also a good way for you to find other sites and blogs that will help you make friends and learn more on your fitness and health journey. My profile here.

Facebook: This is definitely not a must, but I personally enjoy having a Facebook fan page for my blog. Fans can “like” my page and I post content on there like my workouts, blog posts, fitness questions, etc. It’s a great way to interact with other bloggers and my readers and get feedback. My running with sass fan page here.

LinkedIn: This is more of a professional connections site, but still a great way to meet and connect with people in your industry, location, etc. You can find connections and friend people on here as well. My profile here.

Daily mile: Daily mile is a place to keep track of your workouts, and it’s more than just running! You can track cross training, weight lifting, and a variety of other things. People on Daily Mile are great accountability partners, and it’s also a great way to track your workouts. There is even a phone app so you can add workouts on the go! My daily mile profile.

Healthy Living Blogs and FitFluential are two other GREAT places to meet people!

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Bottom line, if you wait around for people to talk to you, it may not happen. If it does happen, it will probably happen slowly. If you really want to make friends and be involved in social media, do just that GET INVOLVED! Join in twitter chats like #runchat or #fitblog. Retweet other people when you like what they say. Just like a lot of things in life, you will get out of it what you put into it. Blogging and social media are a lot of FUN. Blogger meet ups are great, and new friends are amazing. Dive in and see how encouraging and open healthy living bloggers can be!

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QOTD: What is a site I didn’t list that you use? What is your favorite way to make new friends online?

Things NOT to do as a Newbie Runner

 

I started my distance running journey three years ago, and to say I have learned a lot my be the understatement of the decade. As I have mentioned before, I sometimes take for granted all of the knowledge I have gained about the sport, and forget that I , too, once was a newbie and all of this info didn’t just transfer into my brain overnight by osmosis.

With that being said, I would like to save you from some embarrassment by giving you some tips on things NOT to do as a new runner. Please keep in mind these tips are my own personal opinion, so if you don’t agree, that’s ok (or maybe you just need to re-evaluate things haha).

Don’t stop moving at the water stops: No lie, this is the best. story. ever. Probably because it involves making fun of my husband, but yall I laugh to this day thinking about it. We ran our very very very first race spring of 2009. It was an 8k out and back. I am of course a long way back from Bobby, but I can see him up ahead. I watch as he gets to the water station at the turn around, gets a cup, stops dead in his tracks,  hand on hip, drinks the cup of water, throws the cup in the trash can, and then starts running again! I wanted to die I was laughing so hard. Later, when I approached him about this, he said “I was wondering why I was the only one stopping to drink water…I had no idea you were supposed to drink on the go and then throw the cup on the ground!” I die.

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however, it is ok to stop during a full marathon to slather biofreeze on you knee.

Don’t wear new clothes for the first time on race day: I know it’s tempting to buy a new outfit at the expo and show it off during the race, but please refrain. You could be chafed in places you didn’t know chaffed, end up running in a shirt that’s ill fitting, or shorts that ride up, or shoes that give you blisters. Save the new outfit for the next race after you have trained in it.

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Don’t eat new food the night before or morning of: Especially if you have a sensitive stomach. You don’t want to be barfing on the side of the road, or stuck in a port-o-potty at mile 1 because some unfamiliar food didn’t sit right with you. Practice eating what you want to eat on race morning when you are doing training runs.

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I like to eat pizza the night before a race

Don’t start out to fast: I admittedly still struggle with this one. I just get so darn excited at the beginning of a race, and I feel so good, I can’t help myself! I know it’s tempting to take off and stay with the lead pack, but don’t. It’s much better to finish strong then to start off too fast and have to crawl across the finish line, trust me.

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Don’t dress to warmly for cold weather: Once you start running, your body will warm up, and you may wish you hasn’t worn those gloves and that heavy sweatshirt you now have to tie around your waist. Yes it sucks getting out the door in the cold, but it will be better once you get started, and may make you run faster!

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Don’t run in place at a stoplight Ever see those people at crosswalks jogging in place waiting for the light to change, well, hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s really not necessary. As long as the light isn’t some crazy length of time, you will be perfectly fine to just stand still while you wait for the light to change.

Don’t schedule too far of an out and back: Nothing will make you look more lame than setting out on an out and back run that is too far for you, and you lose all your steam before you get back home…and then you are stuck two miles from home and feeling like death. If you aren’t sure you can cover the distance, do two shorter out and back loops so if something does happen you won’t be as far from home.

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Don’t forget to plan a family meet up area: Let’s face it, some races are HUGE, and it can be tough to reunite with family and friends at the finish line, especially if you are about to pass out from your race. Have a pre determined meet up spot so you can easily reconnect and celebrate afterwards.

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and my biggest tip for newbies (which irks me the most)

Don’t wear the race shirt to run the race: Personal opinion, but I think it’s bad luck to wear a race shirt during the actual race, unless your luggage got lost, or your baby threw up on your other shirt, or something of that nature. The shirt is stating that you completed said race, so how can you wear it when you HAVEN’T finished it yet? I’m really not sure why but this one bugs me!

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My Centrum ProNutrients winner is KIM from Living Domestically! please e mail me with your shipping address and which ProNutrient product you would like.  congrats!

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Yesterday I ran 5 miles, did weights and 25 minutes elliptical. I’m coming back baby!

QOTD: What tip would you tell a newbie runner, something for them NOT to do?

Altra running

 

Good morning! I had a great weekend (well, besides the Saints loss, but we won’t talk about that.) Catching up from the weekend?

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RWS Features #7

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Yesterday was gorgeous, and we had a great time hanging out with my family. Saturday morning, my mom and I went for a cold and windy 4.5 mile run.

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aaannnddd for kicks, here is Bella, doing what she does best…beg for food.

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Yesterday, Bobby had to work in the afternoon, so I caught up on some laundry and did a little bit of work. So, let’s back up to my run. it was my second run in my new shoes. These are made my a company called Altra.

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Altra believes your toes should be able to spread out in your shoe, as if you were barefoot running. These shoes also have a  “zero drop” = the heel is not raised/cushioned any higher than the rest of the shoe. They believe that when a heel is raised and cushioned, that it makes your body unbalanced/pitching forward, and then we arch our backs to compensate, which is not proper form at all.

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I have run in these shoes twice now, (one 2 miles and once 4.5) and sore calf muscles aside, I really love them! Why the sore calves? When you run in a highly built up and cushioned heeled shoes, your calf muscles do not get to stretch out and elongate, but in zero drop shoes they do. I LOVE all the room my toes have to wiggle around, and they are forcing me to land more squarely on my foot as opposed to heel striking.

So far, I would highly recommend these shoes, especially if you want to learn proper form and to get away from Heel striking. (I am also loving my Newton’s by the way, same concept pretty much.)

*Last day to enter my giveaway!

QOTD: What kind of shoes do you run in? How do you feel about shoes coming out like these that help you to run more naturally?

A Great Year

 

It’s no secret that I am a huge football fan. Specifically the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints. Both my teams lost this week, but we still had an amazing year of football here in Louisiana. We played our hearts out, and I couldn’t be more proud. I have done a few other posts about my beloved teams:

Friday Favorites: Football

The Boys of Fall

Football? Football!

‘Aints No More

Superbowl Baby!

Drew Brees is my Hero

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Today my parents, Bobby and I went out to lunch before the big game.

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It was fun seeing everyone all decked out in their Saints gear, even all of the employees! Later, my aunt and her friend came over and we all watched the game. Unfortunately, you can’t win a game when you have five turnovers. Such a heartbreaker, I am so sad. I really thought we were going to win. Always next year right? Regardless of the outcome, I am still a always a Saints fan.

QOTD: Who do you think will play in the superbowl?

*Enter my giveaway! it’s easy to enter!

RWS Features #7

 

Good morning! I am at my parents house this weekend. The Saints play today and I am so excited! Here in the suburbs of NOLA everyone is going crazy getting ready for the game. Since I will be busy screaming and losing my voice, I thought you would enjoy another RWS feature!

But first, a little update. I ran 3.5 miles on Thursday and lifted weights, and this morning I ran 4.5 miles with my mom. (She is running princess with me and Karen.) We are going to lunch, then watching football!

Megan and I have been friends for a year. She started reading my blog as she was starting hers, and we learned we have a lot in common, and I can’t wait to meet her at the Disney princess half in February! Megan is also  fellow FitFluential Ambassador!

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1. How/Why did you start blogging?  I started blogging in January 2011 as a way to stay accountable as I began my running journey. I knew that getting my mileage past the 3 mile mark wasn’t going to be easy! After reading many other blogs (including RWS!) I felt this was a good step to take – and was excited for where it would take me!

2.  Sum up your blog in a couple sentences: Running Toward The Prize is a glimpse into my running journey – with a little gluten free living, Disney and life thrown in – all while focusing on the TRUE prize! (Philippians 3:14)

3. What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging? My biggest goal in blogging is to inspire others. I hope that my journey helps others focus on their running goals – whether it be their first 5K or their 50th marathon! I also love the support and encouragement from other bloggers and the running community in general – and I’m proud to be a part of it!

4. What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment? To date, my biggest healthy living accomplishment was running my first half marathon! It wasn’t easy, but I was so proud as I crossed that finish line! And, I’ll admit it, I’m hooked and can’t WAIT to run more!

Be sure to follow Megan on Twitter: @RunningToPrize

Thanks so much Megan for participating in my features series! Be sure to visit her blog!

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A local West Virginia man named Jamie Summerlin is conducting a cross country run to benefit the Wounded Warriors project.  He’s looking for not only financial support, but running partners along the way. Be sure to check out the link if you are interested in helping!

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QOTD: What two teams do you think will play in the super bowl?

*Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! anyone can enter, you just need an e mail address!

Centrum ProNutrients

 

Good morning! The generous folks at Centrum provided me with some products from their new ProNutrients line to test out, and to offer YOU a giveaway! My husband and I have taken Centrum products for years so I was stoked to have this opportunity.

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ProNutrients is a new line of dietary supplements launched by the makers of Centrum multivitamins, and is formulated to naturally work with a multivitamin.

I was provided with 4 different products to try:

Centrum Specialist multivitamins with specific benefits includes Prenatal, Vision, Energy and Heart.

*I chose to get energy. Heck ya! Who doesn’t need more energy? I feel like I have more, too!

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ProNutrients Fruit & Veggie each MiniTab of  harnesses the power equal to a serving of a blend of fruits and vegetables. It is 100 percent naturally sourced from grapes, blueberries, raspberries, plums, carrots and tomatoes.  It also helps support cell protection and general health.  The retail value for the 50-unit package is $11.99, and the 100-unit package is $19.99.

*I was very excited about this one because I sometimes have a hard to squeezing in all of my servings of fruits and veggies during the day.

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New ProNutrients Probiotic is a unique blended powder containing two of the most scientifically studied probiotics.  The individually wrapped packets are designed to ensure the bacteria arrive active and ready to work in the digestive tract.  They also help support immune health and digestive balance.  The retail value for the 14-unit package is $18.99, and the 28-unit package is $29.99.

*Since my scary ER visit, I have been taking Proibotics every day, so I was glad to see this in my mailbox!

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New ProNutrients Omega-3 provides two of the most scientifically studied Omega-3s.  Since the MiniGels are smaller than the sizes of most brands’ softgels, they are easy to swallow. They help support heart health, brain structure and eye structure.  The retail value of the 50-unit package is $12.99, and the 100-unit package is $19.99.

*I didn’t know much about Omega 3’s before reading some info sent to me on them, but health, brain and eye structure are definitely important and I will continue to take these!

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This part is really cool! Did you know that you may be lacking a vital nutrient? Don’t worry, you can find out what, if anything, it is. Centrum is part of a new website called NutritionPossible.com that offers trusted information from health sources, nutrition experts AND guided information through a unique self-assessment tool – for free!

TAKE THE ASSESSMENT! It’s fun and easy (under create your plan) and tells you what products you may need and foods you need to eat more of. Obviously, mine said I need more veggies and Omega 3! (I don’t eat seafood.)

As I said before, Centrum is kind enough to giveaway one Pro nutrients bottle OF YOUR CHOICE to a lucky RWS reader! Please be sure to checkout the giveaway rules. Ok, so how can you win? There are two ways!

1.) In a comment, tell me which Pro Nutrients product you would choose is you win

2.) In a separate comment, Take the assessment and see if you are lacking in any area, and if so tell me what your results revealed, and how you plan to remedy this! (the assessment is under the “create your plan” menu tab)

If you don’t win, don’t worry! You can visit the Centrum Facebook page to find out how to receive a $5 off coupon for any ProNutrients product as well as valuable supplement information, so check out the     $5 off coupon

You have until Monday, January 16 at 8:00 CST to enter. I will choose a random winner and post results the following day.

I am participating in a Centrum ProNutrients campaign hosted by One2One Network. I received nutritional product and compensation. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Centrum ProNutrients as a product or it’s effectiveness.

Did you know today is my half birthday?!

Rouge Orleans

 

A while back you may remember me doing a review for the Hood to Coast Movie. I was so intrigued with the whole relay idea, and when I found out there was one that went 126 miles from Baton Rouge LA to New Orleans, I knew I had to run. I loosely formed a team, but we never could get it together and didn’t actually sign up. I always thought we would last minute, and decided we were still running it. Even when I got injured I was determined to run.

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So when Katie and I started discussing out options, we threw together a team and formed Girls on the Geaux. None of us has ever done a relay before, so we have NO idea what we are doing, but we are determined to be the most FUN van of the race.

Rouge Orleans starts in Baton Rouge and runs on the levee system all the way to Audubon Park in New Orleans for the post race party. We each will run 5 legs, totaling 20-23 miles each over about 24 hours. There are 6 of us, and yes we have lost our minds!

Girls on the Geaux has been fortunate enough to secure a few sponsors for our journey. We can’t wait to blog about them, tweet them up, wear their gear, and run a great race!

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High Performance Wear with Girly-Girl Style! Check out Running Skirts,  endurance wear doesn’t have to be frumpy… Look great for the long run!

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Go Sport ID is empowering the athletes of today with an innovative tool that prepares athletes for an emergency by providing vital information and motivating athletes to push the boundaries of their sport by providing a constant reminder of what makes them GO.

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Barber & Mann, Inc. provides specialized appraisal, real estate consulting, conservation planning and land planning services to clients across the Southeastern US.

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A full service real estate firm on Toledo Bend Lake, near Many, LA, First Choice Real Estate, LLC offers 1st Place Service for all of your Toledo Bend area needs, specializing in listings, sales, and rentals.

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Drink Chia! is a uniquely delicious superfood beverage, infused with whole chia seeds. Low calorie, low sugar, rich in Omega-3s and antioxidants. Shake up your life. Shake up the planet. Just Shake it, Baby!

 

We are SO THRILLED and blessed to have secured these sponsors, and would of course love to have more! The money that we don’t end up using for the race is going to be donated to Girls on the Run. That’s right! we are hoping we have enough sponsorship money that we are able to do this! (15 passenger van rentals, registration fees, gas, food etc. it adds up!) So a HUGE HUGE thank you to our amazing sponsors. You will be hearing more about them as we go. be sure to find them on Twitter and Facebook!

QOTD: Have you ever done a relay? Do you want to? What is something you thing would be important to remember to pack that may be overlooked?

*Are you following me on Pinterest?