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Mamalete Monday: Meet Christine of Love Life Surf!

Happy Mamalete Monday!  Each week we are going to feature a fabulous Mamalete and learn a little more about what makes her amazing!  This week is Christine of Love, Life, Surf, who I was able to get to know during Reach the Beach! Yet another reason why teaming up with this amazing group of inspiring women was awesome! 

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So without further ado … Meet Christine-

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Fellow RTBR runner, writer, Mom, Yogi, Runner, Wannabe Surfer. In her blog, Love Life Surf, she shares stories about life, family & fitness and to inspire others to embrace their choices to be happy and healthy.

In your latest post you wrote about slowing down the rush. What are your top 3 “how-to” tips for slowing down?

YES. And its so important!  Stepping away or getting “unplugged” from technology. For me, this means putting my phone, computer, and iPad away and being fully present to the moment.  Its even more important to do this if you rely heavily on technology but even more difficult! Sometimes, we need to slow down to speed up. For me, my running and yoga practice simultaneously speeds me up to slow me down. Whether in warrior 1 or running across the bridge, this time allows me to touch back and reconnect with me. Because I am free of most distractions, I am able to practice mindfulness. And my children (as much as I complain)! Our days have become so filled with drop offs, pick ups, and extracurriculars that spending even 5 minutes talking and catching up with them re-centers me. 

How do you incorporate a healthy lifestyle with parenting?

After having my first child, I realized I needed to make sure I had the time for ME. Fortunately, I have a supportive husband who steps in when I to take some ‘me’ time. But it’s always been important to me for my children to see me exercise. More so, we also try to be as active as possible with them. They’ve even surfed! My oldest is a part of Mighty Milers (running program led by NYRR) team- such a proud mommy moment. 

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You mentioned in your blog you aren’t about to drop everything and surf the world- but it looks like you’ve visited some amazing place. What’s your favorite?! 

My instinct is Costa Rica- thats actually where we learned to surf. But I love Australia and Hawaii too. I joke with my husband that I’d drop everything and move to Sydney

4. What is the biggest piece of advice you’ve passed along to your boys?

Probably the best advice I ever received and what I try to teach my sons is the power of friendship. It is so important to surround yourself with good people. 

5. Its your ideal weekend- what does this entail? 

QUIET! Just kidding. Boys are so loud! It involves going to the beach, surfing. Absolutely no computer- and it involves having time with friends. Not being inside- except for making muffins. Both of the boys are loving cooking right now. Our favorite is zucchini muffins. But yes- as we often get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of NYC, I am always so grateful to have quality time with friends and family. 

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Lets Talk about Running & Boston 2015

Hey! I have an idea, lets talk about running … because well, this is a running blog :) 

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Me and Running have had a very tumultuous relationship in 2014.  

The first part of the year I purposely took running very easily, as I was undergoing the FET.  When that was over and done I dove right back into running All. The. Miles. as a form of mental therapy.  It worked for my mind, but my body was not on board.  I had a few month of strength and base building before I felt back to my regular running self.  With the help of my fab coach, I was en route to a great NYCM 2014 …

and then the appendectomy (and the symptoms before it).  Running again was minimal as I went through the recovery.  It took about 4 weeks to get back, but in all honesty I can still feel twinges when I run.  (I may or may not have run that relay a BIT too soon … oops!  It was so so fun though!)

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Somewhere along this road I began to accept the natural slow down of my running.  In fact, I actually began to like it.  I have been walking, doing yoga and barre classes and even a few dance classes here and there.  

I don’t know where I am going to go with running in the near future.  I am letting my body heal right now and taking it step by step.  I run when I can and love it when I do, but I’m not pushing myself and thats OK!

I do know that I am registered for Boston 2015 … it will be my 10th marathon and although I am cautious to get too excited I am 100% hopeful that it will be my entrée back to 26.2

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Now YOU tell me … how is your relationship with running these days?  head over heels in love, or taking a little break? 

Every Mother Counts Christy Turlington

Every Mother Counts

This past week, I had the opportunity to hear Christy Turlington speak about her foundation, Every Mother Counts. Christy absolutely amazing, a runner, mom, and women’s health advocate.  A perfect #mamalete.  (Dear Christy, can I send you a tank top?!)

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Christy was inspired to form the Every Mother Counts foundation after complications during her own childbirth in 2003.  After her complications, she discovered that approximately 500,000 women worldwide die of complications during childbirth.

What is Every Mother Counts: 

“Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. We address the barriers to maternal health around the world & at home”

Christy and Running:

When asked about her decision to run a marathon, Christy shared, ” The Marathon had been on my bucket list, but then I became a mom and thought, ummm no.”  However her mind was changed when she discovered that the greatest barrier women come across when accessing critical care is distance. In some parts of the world women have to walk over 5km to reach critical care. Others have to walk all day. Christy thought that if those women can walk the distance for childbirth she could absolutely train for a marathon.  Christy is now training for her 3rd Marathon – Chicago! (source)

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Every Mother Counts runners run to ensure that pregnant women about to give birth do not have to.

How YOU Can Get Involved: 

EMC is  a charitable partner of the world’s major marathons. So, this race season, why not race for a cause- especially one that unites women worldwide.

Already signed up for your races this season? No worries- incorporate charitable giving into your training runs. To do so, download the app “Charity Miles” on your smartphone. Select the Every Mother Counts foundation and RUN!

The app will track your mileage AND unleash .25 cents for every mile you run. BOOM.

Thank you to the Fashion Forward Conference for giving me the opportunity to meet and hear Christy speak!