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giveaway + running + paleo | Thinking Out Loud Thursday

Wow,… Thursday…we meet again!…There is a little to talk about with Amanda and her Thinking Out Loud Thursday’s 🙂


Virtual Run GiveawayStar Wars BB8 Virtual Run

Want to get your virtual run on?! Level Up Virtual Runs is giving away one registration to a reader of LivingLovingRunner for their current August virtual run – The Dog Days Virtual Run, proceeds going to the Second Chance for Love Humane Society. Enter with the Rafflecopter below until 8/21/16! 

Date: Starts August 1st thru the end of the month
Time/Location: Anytime/Anywhere!
Cost: $25 (or FREE if you win the giveaway!!)
Distances: This race is offered as a 5K, 10K, or half marathon distances, in the US and beyond!
Swag: Every participant will receive a 4” Dog Days 2016 finishers medal and prizes from the sponsors (including a $25 Gift Certificate from SLS3)


Save 10% off your registration by using the code “SAVE10” at checkout!
Also, save $1 for sharing on Facebook and $1 for sharing the event on Twitter (see in checkout)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

new running beltLevelUpRuns-LightUpRunningBelt---livinglovingrunner

Also, when you register for the Dog Days Virtual Run, you have the option to get this LED running belt for $10!! I have been using this belt for a little while now, and I am still enjoying it – check out my review on a previous week’s TOLT!

Want to try your own?! You can also go to Amazon (affiliate link) and use the code “QN9QMIOD” at checkout to get the belt for $10! An amazing deal!

paleo thoughts

I am still doing well eating mostly Paleo! I still have not touched the scale or taken measurements,…but I do notice a little difference in how my clothes are fitting in some areas. I have noticed that my arms are a little more defined and my legs are starting to do the same.

The biggest benefit that I have noticed thus far is my lack of gut issues. I have always been lactose-sensitive…but I didn’t really restrict my eating because of it. I just ate what I wanted and just dealt with the repercussions later… Now that dairy is a no-no, I have not had any issues!

Also, I have found new and different ways to recreate my favorite grain-based eats. I have experimented with different flours (almond, coconut, etc.) when baking, limited (and mostly eliminated) processed foods from my routine, and I keep fresh options at hand at all times.

My new favorite tool is pinterest – really now, when has it NOT been my favorite tool?! Searching for new paleo friendly recipes is a quick process…while I do not always have the right ingredients, it gives me more options to think about. I am really excited to see how this change will affect me in the coming months!


Realistic question : Can one person have too many bananas?

While I love eating bananas pre/post workout, I don’t go through them enough and some will ultimately need to be made into something.

Since going paleo, I have found a couple trusty recipes to use my old bananas…but I have found that my freezer is getting the old ones these days. Time to make some nice cream!!


Well, having running buddies has been the biggest boost to my routine in a while! There is nothing like the feeling you get when you get a “are you coming” text in the morning!! That was the QUICKEST I have EVER gotten ready for a run…and I was out the door in less than 5 minutes!

Not that I want that to happen again…but it sure did get me up and going!

Also, I have been putting my phone on the charger on the other side of the room… So when that crazy loud noise goes off in the morning, I am REQUIRED to get out of bed and turn it off before it wakes up the ENTIRE house!! Since I am up…I just keep walking and get my morning started 🙂

Yes, that is my actual phone…the earliest times are for my Saturday morning long runs when I know I need to be back by a particular time… No shame!


I just thought this was funny 🙂 Ha! Have a great Thursday!


Check out the link-up with Amanda to see what everyone is thinking (out loud) this Thursday!

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