Thursday, September 19, 2013

Moms That Move Running Program

When I first had my son, I wanted to get back to running as soon as possible. It took a little longer than I expected. My knees hurt. My back hurt. And let's not get into how much pain a nursing mom can feel when trying to be active. At the time, I didn't really have anyone else to talk to about this. My other new-mom friends weren't runners and they couldn't relate. Eventually I got my running mojo back but it was a long, lonely road. 

After my twins were born, it was even worse. Honestly, I still feel like my body is trying to get back to pre-pregnancy state, even 2.5 years later. Again, it's taking much longer than I thought and it can be a lonely process at times.

That's why I designed my new Moms That Move program. It's a beginning 5K program for parents who have either never run before, have taken a long running hiatus or have just given birth and are ready to get back in the game. You can learn to run the right way, either with or without your kids in the stroller, have all your questions answered and get back into shape in a safe, supportive environment. But this program is more than just a way to get in shape. You'll meet new people, learn how to go about running the right way and challenge yourself in ways you never thought possible!

In these motivating, non-competitive and FUN programs, all runners get a detailed training plan, weekly coached runs, unlimited contact with the coach through email, weekly email newsletters, informational seminars about running form, nutrition, preventing injury and more, as well as the encouragement, support, motivation, camaraderie and guidance from an experienced coach and being a part of a group setting. This is a great introduction into running for beginning runners, as well as a safe and helpful way to return to running from childbirth or injury.
Moms That Move - San Elijo Hills 

What:      10 Week 5K Running Program
When:     October 1st through December 8th
Where:    San Elijo Hills Town Center/Fountain on San Elijo Rd., San Marcos, CA 92078
Time:  Every Tuesday at 9:30AM
Price:   $85 (race registration is not included)
Register online: 

To learn more about the program, check out the website. And please feel free to email me with questions at 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Bites

With Fall on the horizon and the holidays around the corner, now is the time to think about healthifying your normal holiday recipes. I was recently asked to contribute a healthy holiday recipe to a local neighborhood magazine and I figured you would want to eat it up too. Here is my take on the pumpkin pie. These bites are so good, you'll have to restrain yourself from eating the whole batch. But if you do, don't feel too badly about it. Pumpkin is full of important vitamins and minerals plus the protein and healthy fats in the almond butter make these treats a great snack at any time of year. They're even good after a hard workout :)

Pumpkin Pie Bites

(Makes 12 cookies)

1 cup creamy almond butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can grease a cookie sheet as well. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl, and mix until a thick batter is formed. Be sure to blend the pumpkin well. Using a tablespoon, drop the batter onto the lined baking sheet. You can press the cookies to flatten if you’d like. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the edges are golden. Let cool on the pan 5-10 minutes before removing.