Good Evening or Good Morning depending on where you are!! I picked up some French chocolate last week, and I wanted to give it away to one of my readers in appreciation for reading my blog! I just started this thing about 2 and a half weeks ago, and I have had so much support from the blogging community that I wanted to say, “Thanks!!” It is all dark chocolate ranging from 64% to 70% cocoa, and about a two months supply (200 grams per a bar, 5 bars)! It is soooooo good, and to tell you the truth, my husband was upset that I was giving it away! He wanted to eat it, and he is not a sweets person. THAT is how good it is! I usually eat one or two squares with a little glass of milk, and it is so satisfying! I LOVE French chocolate! To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite place to travel to and what you like doing there. Please try to get in your comments by 12pm EST next Wednesday! I will randomly pick a winner later that day at 2pm EST. Good luck!
I also wanted to address a question that was recently emailed to me by a reader:
“So since you’re a runner, I wanted to ask you if running everyday is bad for me especially because I’m new to running? …I’m doing 1.5-2 miles in the morning and another 2 in the evening…what do you think?”
First of all, thanks for writing in. I am not an expert on running by any means, but running for the past 6 almost 7 years, I have learned a lot! I don’t run every day. REST DAYS are your friend! You can start to have overuse issues if you don’t take it slow when getting back into running or just starting out. The general rule of thumb is to increase your weekly mileage by 10% at the most.
Two a days are great if you don’t have time in the mornings to complete everything that you need to complete, however, if you are going from doing nothing to doing 4 miles a day everyday, you are putting yourself at risk for injuries. I would suggest going on Runners World. com and clicking on tools, then Smart Coach. Once there, you can get an individualized training plan based on how often you run and your race times. If you don’t have any race times yet, test yourself. Run as fast as you can for a mile. Use that time for the website, and enter it in. I use this even when I don’t have a running race that I’m training for. It helps keep me motivated and on track with my running. I am one of those people who LOVES having a workout schedule typed out! I run 3-4 times a week, and cross train on other days. I take one or two full rest days a week. Trust me, your body will thank you!