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Run Inspired Coaching

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I am SO excited to announce something that has been a very long time coming. Run Inspired Coaching, LLC is now officially open for business! I can’t explain how good it feels to be able to use something that I’m so passionate about to help others.

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Back when I started this blog in 2011, it was just a way for me to document my running journey in a fun way. Over the years, the blog has made me fall even more in love with running and helped me take this hobby of mine more seriously. Eventually I pursued my dream of becoming certified as a running coach through the RRCA, and now everything is in place for me to officially start coaching. I currently have two clients, and it is so exciting!!!

This blog will always be what I intended it to be – a place to share my training, thoughts, and life as a runner and a mother. It will not turn into a place where I am constantly advertising my business – although it’s now a big part of my life so I’m sure I’ll talk about it from time to time. For anyone who is interested, I have created separate websites and social media accounts for Run Inspired Coaching, and I’ll link them below in case you’d like to follow me there or get more information about the services I’m offering.

As always, thank you for reading this little blog of mine, and thank you for your support!

Website: http://www.runinspiredcoaching.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/runinspiredcoaching

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RunInspiredKate

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/runinspiredcoaching/

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Survey of Fours

I have seen this little ‘Survey of Fours’ floating around on various blogs and bookmarked it to do on a rainy day. Today wasn’t exactly rainy but it was snowy and cold. My toddler is asleep and my husband is working so I figured, why not? I enjoy doing things like this and I like reading these types of posts when others do them. It’s fun to learn more about people 🙂 Here goes!

Four names that people call me other than my real name (Cathryn):

  1. Katie (everyone)
  2. Kate (certain family & close friends)
  3. Mommy
  4. Mrs. Spaulding (at school)

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Waitress at a retirement home (in high school)
  2. Student telefunder (a.k.a. asking alumni to donate money back to my university while I was in college)
  3. Sandwich and smoothie maker at a bagel shop (in college)
  4. Teacher (now)

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  1. The Holiday
  2. Frozen (thanks to my toddler!)
  3. The Sex and the City movies
  4. The Hangover

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. Mile Markers by Kristen Armstrong
  2. Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth by Ina Gaskin (so many amazing birth stories)
  3. Any book by Jodi Picoult
  4. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch ​

Four places I’ve lived

  1. Media, Pennsylvania (hometown)
  2. University Park, Pennsylvania (college)
  3. Sydney, Australia (studying abroad)
  4. Stafford, Virginia (current)

Four places I’ve visited outside of the US:

  1. New Zealand (all over the South Island)
  2. Australia (up and down the east coast + the Outback)
  3. Costa Rica (San Jose, Arenal Volcano, Tamarindo Beach)
  4. Ireland (Dublin + sightseeing all over the country)

Four [favorite] places I’ve visited in the US (this was hard!):

  1. Portland & Bend, Oregon
  2. Seattle, Washington
  3. Nashville, Tennessee
  4. Austin, Texas

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Somewhere warm drinking a margarita
  2. The West Coast (it’s my dream to live there!)
  3. Getting a massage
  4. Running 🙂

Four things I prefer not to eat:

  1. Meat (can’t do the texture- which is one of the reasons I initially became vegetarian)
  2. Olives
  3. Too much dairy (= major stomach problems)
  4. Raisins (had a weird aversion to them with baby #1 that I can’t quite get over)

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Tortilla chips
  2. Anything Mexican
  3. Avocado
  4. Eggs

Four TV shows I watch:

  1. Grey’s Anatomy (yes, still!)
  2. The Bachelor/Bachelorette
  3. Gilmore Girls (started rewatching from the beginning on Netflix and loving it!)
  4. Shark Tank (hubby and I love this show)

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  1. Traveling to various places to see family and friends.
  2. Meeting my baby boy!
  3. Having almost 4 months of maternity leave after having only 8 short weeks last time
  4. Fall races

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. “Kevin” – my husband and my son’s name
  2. “I’m hungry”
  3. “I’m thirsty”
  4. “I love you” 🙂

That was fun! I would love to hear your answers to these questions. Leave a comment below or link to your own post! 🙂

Survey of Lasts

Happy Thursday! I am feeling a little random today so I decided to do a “Survey of Lasts.” I always like reading these to get to know people better and they are fun to write and capture a moment in time 🙂 So here it goes!

1. Last food you ate?

For dinner we had these garden zucchini cakes. I meant to take a picture but I forgot, so here’s a picture of them from back in 2012 when I made them before and posted about it on the blog.

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2. Last beverage you drank?

Just water! Plus a sip of this ApriHop beer that my hubby is drinking. Apparently it’s beer with apricots and hops (obviously). 🙂

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3. Last workout?

This morning I ran 5 easy miles before 6 a.m. I love getting my workout done before most people are awake! I kept it nice and easy because I have my 15K on Saturday and wanted to save my legs!

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4. Last thing you pinned?

These mommy-son date ideas! Cannot wait to do some of them. Spring break and summer can’t come soon enough!

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5. Last text message you sent?

It was to my friend from work, who was texting me to let me know that she has strep throat. I work with a lot of the kids in her class, so she was giving me a heads up in case it is going to spread. Ugh! These kid germs have been killing me this year.

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6. Last blog you visited?

Well the last blog I visited was my own, but other than that it was Mile Posts– one of my favorites! A great source of inspiration, and she’s also from Northern Virginia!

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7. Last tweet you sent?

I don’t really use twitter much but my Daily Mile page is linked to it and posts my workouts there automatically.

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8. Last time you did ab work?

Ummm, probably the at home strength circuit I did last week that included sit ups. I really need to get back into my planks and go to CXWorx again!

9. Last place you visited?

I guess that would be the chiropractor after school today-  I had not been adjusted since before the marathon and it felt AMAZING!

10. Last show you watched?

I’m not really watching anything right now but my husband is randomly watching the Nutty Professor on TV. Haha!

11. Last Facebook post?

I posted this picture for Throwback Thursday on my blog’s Facebook page! Was that really me?

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11. Last thing you baked?

If this question means baked as in food cooked in the oven, then probably lentil enchiladas on Monday. But as far as something sweet or dessert baked in the oven, I have no idea! I really can’t remember. Maybe cookies or brownies back around Christmastime? Wow!

12. Last thing you Instagrammed?

This video of Kevin dancing tonight before bed. It kills me! (Instagram wouldn’t let me embed it so I uploaded it to Youtube.)

13. Last time you slept for 10 hours?

My first thought was pre-baby, but then I remembered that when I had that stomach bug for 3 days straight I slept pretty much the whole time. Although it wasn’t restful at all!

14. Last time you washed your hair?

This morning after my run!

15. Last time you ate ice cream?

Kevin’s been on a sweets kick lately, and likes to come home with little treats for us to share. A few weeks ago he brought home a couple of the new Ben & Jerry’s “core” ice creams so we had that. One was with a peanut butter fudge core and the other was a salted caramel core. Both were good, but I am in the mood to get some frozen yogurt with ALL THE TOPPINGS now that the temperatures are finally warming up!

16. Last item on your to-do list today?

Write this blog post! Now it’s time for bed 🙂

Your turn! What was the last food you ate? Your last workout? The last thing you baked? Answer away!

Currently

It’s been over 7 months since I’ve done a “Currently” post so I thought it was time for an updated one! Here we go!

Current book:

I have been reading Kristin Armstrong’s Mile Markers and I LOVE it. Every woman who runs need to read this book! She is so relatable and I feel like I’m on a long run with an old friend when I read it.

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Current music:

I wrote a post recently about some of my favorite running songs and that’s what I’ve been listening to on many of my runs. My favorite song on that playlist is the one below- 300 Violin Orchestra by Jorge Quintero. It’s actually an instrumental song, which I don’t normally listen to, but something about this song is SO motivating. I listened to it on repeat during the last few miles of my 20 miler last weekend.

Current guilty pleasure:

Well I don’t know if I would call this a ‘guilty’ pleasure because I don’t feel guilty about it, but I have been loving wine lately. It is just so nice to sit down with a glass (one is all I need!) after a long day when the baby is asleep. My husband is really into craft beer, so it’s nice to have a drink with him sometimes to relax and unwind together.

Current nail color:

Nothing. I am pretty boring when it comes to nails. It’s hard to keep them nicely painted when I am the mom of a toddler and also a teacher who has to wash my hands constantly to avoid yucky kindergarten germs. But this question reminded me that my Secret Santa at work got me a gift certificate to a nail salon, so I need to go get them done!!!

Current drink:

I am loving green smoothies. I got pretty sick of my standard oatmeal every day, so we’ve been having smoothies most mornings instead (even though it’s freezing outside!). Lately I have been adding almond butter to add some healthy fat, which helps me stay full for longer.

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Current food:

Well tonight for dinner we made pizza on naan bread, and this is how it turned out… RIP pizza 😦 Not my finest cooking moment! This was actually Kevin’s pizza, and somehow mine ended up okay. I tried to make him eat mine instead but he wouldn’t. I felt so bad!

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Current favorite show:

Hmm… I kind of don’t want to admit this, but I love the Bachelor. It’s always full of drama, but this season has been especially controversial. Even though some of the things that have happened have bothered me, I can’t stop watching!! It’s like a car accident on the side of the road!

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Current wish list:

I really want this shirt from Gone For a Run. It would be a great Valentine’s Day gift… *HINT HINT* Kevin 🙂

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Current need:

To go to bed… both of my boys have been asleep for a little while now. I’m tapering so I know sleep is more important than ever right now in order to let my body recover from training and prepare for the big race. I got a solid 9 hours last night and hopefully the boys will sleep in a bit tomorrow too!

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Current indulgence:

Reese’s peanut butter cup ice cream. Kevin randomly came home with it last week and it’s SO GOOD! We just finished it last night and I’m pretty sad about it. I am trying to keep my diet clean for the next week until the race but then there will definitely be more ice cream in my future!

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Current blessing:

All of this SNOW that we’ve had lately, which has given me many snow days to spend with my sweet boy! We’ve had 8 so far this year, plus a couple of 2 hour delays. I am grateful for every single additional day I get to spend with him instead of at work. He’s growing and changing so quickly these days and I don’t want to miss a thing.

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Current outfit:

Recently I have gotten into skinny jeans and boots. I never thought skinny jeans looked good on me, but I went shopping with my aunt and she convinced me that they did. Kevin got me an awesome pair of boots for Christmas and I have a couple other pairs as well. I am having fun experimenting with different looks!

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Current excitement:

I am most excited about the Myrtle Beach Marathon! We are heading there on Thursday!

Last year after the half in Myrtle Beach!

Last year after the half in Myrtle Beach!

Your turn! What are some of your current favorite things?

My previous “Currently” post – June 2013

Mother Runner Running Survey

I have done a couple of these “Running Survey” type posts before and I find them really fun to read and look back on. I discovered this one from Another Mother Runner (one of my favorite sites- LOVE their podcasts too!) while browsing running blogs and decided to do it for fun. This is a good one too, because the questions really made me think!

Best run ever. I think it has to be the Air Force Marathon. It’s always going to be a special race to me because I was finally able to finish a marathon with Kevin, I pushed myself harder than ever before, and I finally made my 4 hour goal, which was something I have wanted to do since my very first marathon. I felt strong and happy, the race was extremely well organized, and it was overall a GREAT day (even though it ended in the medical tent)!

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Three word that describe my running. Stronger than yesterday. I really have been thinking lately how every run, whether it’s good or bad, teaches me something new or adds to my physical or mental strength.  It’s just like the quote below says, even the not-so-good runs leave me stronger than I was before.

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My go-to running outfit. Probably my Nike running shorts and any kind of lightweight tank top. I get really warm when I run so I need light clothing, and I wear shorts as long as it’s 40 degrees. I always wear my Brooks Adrenalines with Experia socks too!

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Quirky habit while running. Hmmm. I had to think about this one. I’m so used to my ‘habits’ that I don’t really see them as quirky I guess. I think the biggest one is that I need my Burts Bees chapstick CONSTANTLY. Sometimes I don’t even reapply it on a run, but just knowing it’s there makes me feel better. If I don’t have it I will think about it the entire time, and my lips will annoy me and feel super dry. I’m addicted. I also have to transfer anything I’m holding to my other hand at each mile. So if I am carrying water or my phone, I’ll switch from left to right, then back to left, then back to right… is this normal? Also, I like to end my runs on a whole number like 4.0 or 5.0 miles. If I HAVE to I’ll try to end it on a quarter at least, at like 4.25 or 4.75. That still annoys me though.

Morning, midday, evening. I prefer running in the mornings- always have, always will. Sometimes it doesn’t always work out that I get to run in the mornings though, especially since I’m a mommy now. I’ll run in the evenings after work when I have to, but it definitely feels much harder and I have a hard time sleeping afterward if I do.

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I won’t run outside when it’s… I don’t mind running in rain, snow, cold or hot temperatures, but the one thing that forces me inside is ice. I actually had to cut my long run short this weekend because of it (more about that later), but I just refuse to take a chance on ice. I also am more careful when it’s dark, because of my tendency to fall. For a while I didn’t want to run in the dark anymore, but now I just use a flashlight and make sure to run in safe areas.

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Worst injury- and how I got over it. I never had a serious running injury until after the baby, then I fell a couple times and injured (and re-injured) my knee and my foot as well. I know this was because after having the baby I didn’t have as much time to exercise, and I chose to run with the time I did have. I neglected strength-training, cross-training, stretching- everything else- which led to an unbalanced body and that’s why I believe I kept getting injured and had a hard time recovering. The way I finally got over it was a lot of rest, followed by the Run Less, Run Faster program which focused on only running 3 times a week. My body has never done well with high mileage, especially after having a baby. Now that I am focusing on the quality of my miles rather than quantity, I get more out of my runs, I have time and energy left for cross-training and strength-training and I’m stronger overall. I definitely learned my lesson!

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I felt most like a badass mother runner when I… I’ve actually had a lot of moments when I felt like a badass mother runner. Here are a few that come to mind: Running 9 races over my 9 months of pregnancy, including 4 half marathons and a 5K four days before giving birth. Every time I set a new PR after having a baby, when so many people told me I wouldn’t be as fast as I was. Pushing my baby in a stroller up hills. Finishing a half marathon and immediately sitting down at the finish line to nurse my baby and relief my engorged boobs. Pushing through the OBX Marathon while thinking about how labor and delivery was so much harder than running 26.2 miles and that I can do anything I set my mind to. Sometimes it’s the little things, like simply getting up in the morning to run when I’ve been up with a baby who won’t sleep, but knowing it will make me happier and a better mommy if I get it done rather than skip it.

Before the 9-11 Memorial 5K, 4 days before Kevin was born

Before the 9-11 Memorial 5K, 4 days before Kevin was born

Next race is… the Myrtle Beach Marathon on February 15th! I can’t believe it’s only a few weeks away! I feel like I JUST ran the OBX Marathon. Am I really ready to do it all over again?

Running goal for 2014. I have already written about this, but it is to PR in the full and half marathon, continue to strength-train and cross-train to keep my body strong, and get my running coach certification. Whew, big goals!

I really liked this running survey because it asked some questions that really made me stop and think. Please feel free to answer these questions in the comments or write your own post! I’d love to read the answers.

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Being a Mother Runner… The Other Side of the Story!

Lately I have been reflecting on my life as a mother runner. I am 13 months into this motherhood thing and have experienced both the positives and negatives that come with figuring out how to continue my love of running while being a mommy at the same time. I’ve already written about some of the positive ways motherhood has changed my running, so I thought now would be a good time to talk about the other side of that… the stuff that is less talked about but so true for many of us running mommies out there.

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Motherhood has been absolutely amazing, but with this new role comes a lot of changes in what used to be an activity that was very routine and familiar to me. Things are very different now, mostly in a good way! I’m faster, stronger physically and mentally, and appreciate running more than ever. But that doesn’t mean it’s all rosy all the time. Here are some of the things that have changed for me and my running since giving birth to my awesome little boy.

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Bladder Control. Let’s just dive right into the TMI stuff! Since having Kevin my bladder control is very weak. I have to make sure I empty my bladder completely before going out for a run or else I’ll have leaking issues. This is worse during really tough runs where I am exerting myself a lot. At last year’s Turkey Trot where I PRed, I was VERY thankful to be wearing dark capris afterwards 🙂 I guess I need to do more kegels!

Breastfeeding. Figuring out how to run while nursing (13 months and counting!) has been a little tricky. Gone were the days of waking up and leaving right away to go run. I had to make sure to wake up even earlier to pump or feed the baby immediately before leaving, and usually right when I returned as well. Sometimes on long runs or races I would leak through my sports bra and running shirt. There were times I had to cut my run short because I got too full. During the Rock & Roll Half I ran slower than expected and ended up with a HUGE painful knot in one of my boobs. It hurt so much I had trouble running, so I walked and massaged it. After the race I ran to find Kevin and the baby and immediately sat down in the grass to nurse and relief the pain and pressure. Before baby my post-race priorities were food and a bathroom. Now they are emptying my boobs. Things aren’t quite this extreme anymore, since I am not pumping and only nurse in the morning and at night. But it was rough for a while!

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Feeding the baby on the metro before a half marathon

Feeding the baby on the metro before a half marathon

No More Running with Hubby. This one has been difficult for me. Before the baby and all throughout my pregnancy, I got very used to doing every run with my husband. We were each other’s support and company, and the time we spent running together was very special. Now that we are parents, we aren’t able to run together much (or ever) because one of us stays with him. We could go with the stroller but those times are few and far between. Kevin has sacrificed his running to allow me to train the way I need to for my races, and I am very thankful for that. But I do miss my running buddy!

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Super Early Wake-ups. Since I am a working mom, I am not willing to sacrifice any of my baby’s awake time to go for a run. When he’s awake and we are home I want to be with him. That means I do my runs very early in the morning when he’s asleep. Most mornings I wake up between 4:15 and 4:30 a.m. It is worth it though, to know that I am able to get my run done and focus on my sweet baby boy the rest of the time we are at home. Long runs are a slightly different story since they take more time, but I always leave before he’s awake so it’s only an hour or two if that that I end up being gone.

Training Plans? It has been very difficult to follow any sort of training plan since becoming a mother runner. My baby will always and forever come first, and many times that means running gets pushed aside. He wakes up screaming and I’m up with him half the night? No running for me. His birthday party can only be on the same day as a big race? No race for me. I spend my Saturday morning playing with him and enjoying family time? No long run for me (or a shortened one). This is a big change from the girl who used to follow her plans to a T no matter what! It’s all so worth it though.

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Learning My New Body. I do not have the same body as I did before baby. That’s a fact. It’s been a learning experience to figure out how to run and train with my new body, and there have been a lot of bumps along the way (falling and hurting my knee, figuring out my new running gait and what shoes to wear, rebuilding my strength, etc.). It’s a constant work in progress physically, and also mentally, trying to remember that I can’t necessarily compare the “old” me to the “new” me.

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Even though things are different now, I wouldn’t trade my new label as a mother runner for the world and I wouldn’t want to go back to the way things used to be. Life is so much sweeter on this side!

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12 Things I Love About Me

A few weeks ago Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point wrote a post encouraging everyone to share 12 things that they love about themselves. Since then I’ve been posting one on my Instagram (@katiespaulding1) every couple of days. I really enjoyed doing this, and it really forced me to think positively about myself in order to come up with all 12. I wanted to share them all here and encourage you to reflect on what you love about yourself as well- physically or otherwise!

12. My Legs. They are bruised and scarred but have carried me through life, to so many amazing places, and allowed me to run 7 marathons and countless other races. I am so thankful for them!

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11. My Belly. The beautiful pregnant one and the imperfect postpartum one. That belly was my baby’s home for 38 weeks, and there was nothing like watching him grow, kick and move underneath it- and wondering if it was a he or a she 🙂

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10. My Motivation. I have always been a highly motivated person when it comes to setting goals for myself- personally and professionally- and reaching them. Plus, it takes a whole lot of motivation to get out the door and run when you look like this! 36 weeks pregnant.

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9. My Breasts. They have allowed me to breastfeed my son for almost 11 months and counting. It has been a rocky road and a ton of work but SO worth it in order to give him the best nutrition possible. I’m very proud of how far we have come. Kevin was 1 day old in this picture. Happy National Breastfeeding Week by the way 🙂

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8. My Naked Face. No makeup, laugh lines, wrinkles around my eyes and all. Just a sign of a happy joyful life! #nofilter

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7. My Hands. Aside from all of the great things my hands allow me to do, when I look at them and see my rings I am reminded that I am loved by my husband and best friend Kevin. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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6. My Tattoo. I got this tattoo for my mom a few years ago. It says “love” in her handwriting from a note she had written. Both my sister and I have this tattoo in honor of her short life and the impact she had on us. Miss her every day (3/13/59 -4/18/04).

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5. I Am A Mother. These pictures were taken right when Kevin was born and I met him for the first time. An indescribable feeling and love that could never be topped. I’m still learning how to be a mommy and I’m pretty sure I always will be, but it’s definitely one of my favorite things about myself.

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4. My Nose. This is a trait that has been passed on through my family. This “Nagel nose” (my mom’s maiden name) reminds me of my Poppy and my family and I wouldn’t have it look any other way.

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3. My Eyes. Blue eyes are another family trait that I have now passed along to my own baby (along with Kevin who also has blue eyes). I think it’s special to share traits like this and my nose with most of the members of my family!

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2. My Smile. Ever since I was little I have smiled HARD. I mean with all my teeth showing, eyes squinted… the kind of smile that hurts your face after a while. I still smile like this when I am super happy and I love it.

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1. My Heart. I saved the most important one for last. I have always been a person who feels things very deeply. I put my heart, soul, and love into all of my many roles- as a wife, a mother, a teacher, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a runner. I am most proud of my heart and commitment to these roles and the people that are important to me.

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What things do you love about yourself? Share them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram  with the hashtag #12ThingsILoveAboutMe!