Training Week 8: Nuun, Organic Treats & More Natural Products

Week 8 down. Only 4 weeks to go!

This week in training was a mileage cutback/recovery week and it couldn't have come at a better time. The little ones and I all have some sort of cold or allergy thing going on and the extra rest was very needed.

I was very tempted to sleep in on Sunday morning with the rest of the family but talked myself into just getting up. The long run scheduled was a 13.1 mile time-trial and I knew I couldn't keep a quick pace while sick.

Well, I made it! The sunset was worth the early wake-up and I covered 14 miles at a comfortable pace. I never regret waking up for an early run — and I almost always regret sleeping through one. My motivation tanks later in the day!

This month I had the privilege of trying more of Swanson Health's natural health products. They have something for everyone plus they deliver all over the States — and International, too.

Check out their website for more details and to browse their products!

My Swanson Health Haul!

Nuun All Day Grapefruit Orange

I have grown to love the Nuun products especially after a hot summer run! These tablets have made re-hydrating easier because they taste delicious AND All Day tablets provides many essential vitamins and minerals as well. Tri-Berry is still my all-time favorite flavor.

All Day Grapefruit Orange: I still haven't found a Nuun I don't like! Motivate yourself to rehydrate with these tablets.

Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks & Surf Sweet Jelly Beans

The kids and I shared the fruit snacks and jelly beans — we didn't eat them all in one sitting, I promise! Both Annie's Organic fruit snacks and Surf Sweet Jelly Beans are made with real fruit juice. It's a plus that these "treats" are made from quality, natural ingredients. And they are sooooo tasty!

Annie's Fruit Snacks: We loved them. I wish there were more than 5 pouches per box!
Surf Sweet Jelly Beans: Love the real fruity flavor.

Jim's Organic Coffee, "Espresso Jimbo"

My husband and I both love our dark roast coffee. We "brewed" the Espresso Jimbo in our Chemex and enjoyed this organic coffee's deep, rich flavor. We tend to be a little picky on our coffees and Jim's certainly didn't disappoint!

Espresso Jimbo: A definite win for dark roast coffee lovers.

Swanson Ultra Tea Tree Oil Cleanser & Burts Bees

This is my in-home "spa treatment"! I have been using the tea tree oil cleanser every morning. It wakes me up, naturally cleanses my skin and smells great. I tend to have more breakouts in this hot weather and this cleanser has helped to clear my skin as well! After the cleanser, I put on Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning lip Balm and that's enough "make up" for me :)

Tea Tree Oil Cleanser: Leaves your skin feeling smooth, not greasy.
Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm: Nice fragrance-free lip balm with moisturizing kokum butter and marula oil

Literally just woke up 5 minutes prior to this - don't judge :)

Lafe's Natural Baby Insect Repellent

It's been a wet year around here and that means more mosquitoes! I hate to use adult bug sprays on the little ones so this was a nice, natural alternative. The essential oil "geranium" is the main ingredient along with a mix of other oils such as lemon, lavender and eucalyptus. This spray was effective with the mosquitoes but those annoying biting flies are relentless. No spray can keep them at bay!

Natural Baby Insect Repellent: Baby-safe, pleasant smelling yet still effective!

Disclaimer: I received products from Swanson Health Products for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

What is your favorite summer product?
How was your week of workouts?

Wild Hog Marathon Training Week 8:

This was a recovery week before the last four weeks of training; 2 peak weeks and 2 taper weeks to go.

Monday, August 22


Tuesday, August 23

Easy-Effort with double stroller: 6.01 mi, 00:56 @ 09:22 pace.

Wednesday, August 24

Speedwork with double stroller: 4.5 mi. 00:37 @ 08:12 pace. 4 x 800m w/ 2 min. recovery jog. Reps @ 8:03, 7:31, 7:44, 7:49/mile pace.

A windy afternoon for speedwork with the parachute!

Thursday, August 25

Strength: 6 x 1:00 planks.

Friday, August 26

Tempo: 7.01 mi, 00:53 @ 07:35 avg pace. 2 x 2.75 miles @ 7:19, 7:14/mile. .5 mile recovery jog in between.

Saturday, August 27

2 easy-effort miles was on the training plan but I chose more rest. The little boys and I all have runny noses and scratchy throats! Either it's allergies from the grain dust or maybe a cold.

Sunday, August 28

Long Run: 14 mi, 01:58 @ 08:25 pace.

Total Mileage: 31.52 miles

Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.


  1. Great training week! I hope your feeling better. Only 4 more weeks until race day? Wow!
    My kids love Annie's fruit snacks. Have rd tried the jelly beans though!!!
    Keep on keeping on chica, you are doing an excellent job getting in the work. It will all come together and pay off on race day

  2. Nice training week! Nothing like the early morning! Looks like you are enjoying trying out all those fun products- nice :)

  3. Ha! I bet the stroller is just like a parachute! I'm sorry to hear you and the kids were under the weather. I hope by now, everyone is feeling much better. You still had a great week though. I am such a big fan of dark roast coffee. I'm sure I'd enjoy Expresso Jimbo.

  4. I'm still trying to get caught up from my trip last week. I have not tried the Nuun Grapefruit orange I bet it is good! I too love dark coffee this Jim's Organic sounds good where did you find it?


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