running happy

Two questions: How is today October first already and why is it only Thursday?  Seriously!  In nine more days, my baby will be 18 months – a year and a half!  That’s crazy!  I told my little brother Justin that William was almost 18 months and he asked if I’m going to be “one of those moms” that always says the number of months when asked his age forever.  Like 42 months or something ridiculous like that.  Haha.  I think once he’s two, I’ll stop.  Speaking of my adorable little almost 18 month old:

happy 18months

I love him!


And he loves his momma!

Where is Friday?  This has been a long week as we’ve had Parent – Teacher Conferences.  They’ve all gone well, it just makes for a long week, since I get to school early and stay late.  But hey, at least tomorrow is Friday, and I’ve got an awesome weekend planned.  I’m rappelling on Saturday and zip lining on Sunday.

Now let’s talk running.  I’ve been running once a week, and have been slowly increasing my mileage, as well.  Last Sunday, I pounded out 6 miles in my new Mizuno shoes that I received through a FitFluential campaign.  They’re almost available for purchase!  (early – mid October and you can grab your own pair!)


Usually I wouldn’t take brand new shoes out for more than a couple miles for the first time in case they weren’t comfortable, but I trust Mizuno and have several pairs.  I was right – they were just fine and super comfortable!  I need a supportive shoe when I run as I have high arches, and the new Mizuno Wave Inspire 12’s are perfect!  Sometimes supportive shoes can feel heavy, but these are very lightweight!


New features of the Wave Inspire 12:

  • Improved upper has a supportive design for a soft-yet-structural fit.
  • Increased blown rubber in the forefoot for improved durability and softness.
  • Redesigned, U4ic midsole platform provides more ground contact and a softer touch down.

Running has been awesome lately.  I’ve written many times before how I’ve been struggling to find my legs again after my long three year hiatus.  When I stopped running prior to getting pregnant, I was in the best running shape I’d ever been in, and I’m nowhere close to that point right now.  However, I am in a good place with running.  Every run isn’t a huge struggle, though it continues to challenge me, both physically and mentally.  My mileage is building and my pace is… well, that’s the part where I’m still really working.  I’m hitting under ten minute miles, but just barely.  I also wish I was able to run more than once a week, but right now it is what it is and I’m grateful to run when I can.  I’m running happy, indeed!


What makes you run happy?

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What If Everybody Ran?

What if everybody ran? Today I’d like to share with you an investigation into the potential impact of a national running movement. Running is a passion of mine though I’m taking an extended hiatus from it due to my precious Baby Itz.  Someday I’ll be back to it.  For now, I’ll blog about it and share an awesome and interesting study that proves just how amazing running is… for everybody!

Be sure to check out as itz in partnership with Mizuno!

Mizuno believes running has the power to transform the individual, communities and potentially the nation is belief is at the heart of the recent “What If Everybody Ran” statistical analysis that put this question to the test.


Overview: In an effort to understand the positive, cumulative impact that running could have on America, in terms of both mental, economic and physical health, Mizuno USA commissioned an in-depth statistical analysis from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, exploring the question, “What if everybody ran?”

Methodology: Calculations were based on the initial mathematical assumption, stemming from the United States Census Bureau’s estimated overall population of 320 million, that 270 million Americans could realistically be converted to regular runners (eliminating an estimated 20 million Americans below the age of five, for whom good exercise habits would have yet been able to take root).


Mental/Emotional Impact

  • 37% more smiles
  • 163,607 (or 18.7%) fewer divorces annually
  • 29.3 million happier marriages


  • National productivity lost from sick days could be reduced by 50% from 2.3 percent to just 1.15%
  • A 1.15% improvement in productivity could generate $25.3 billion in new exports or a $25.3 billion increase in GDP


  • $143 billion savings in health care costs
  • 200 million inches lost from American waistlines
  • 48.1 million fewer cigarettes smoked daily
  • 116,000 fewer hip replacements annually
  • Increased average life expectancy of 6.2 years in men and 5.6 years in women


  • 63 million happier dogs (based on increased walks/runs)
  • 135 million fewer hours spent watching TV
  • 14 billion fewer hours spent online

I mean, that’s pretty incredible if you ask me.  Even dogs benefit?!  Oh yes!  If this study doesn’t make you want to go out and run, I don’t know what will.  Remember, you don’t have to be a marathoner.  Anyone can and everyone should incorporate running into their life in some way, shape, or form. The benefits are innumerable as proved by this study!

What fact most surprised you?

*Disclaimer: I was provided a sweet new pair of Mizuno kicks for sharing the information presented in this study. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mizuno Instagram Contest #MezamashiiRun

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend.  Our weekend was spent at Innsbrook and there was lots of stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, campfires, paddle boats, fireworks, and family time.

fourth of july

And of course I brought out the red, white, and blue swimsuit for this festive weekend!  Switching gears, let’s talk about running.  Oh running, how I miss you so.  While I’m not able to run right now, I am able to stay active in many other ways.  However, it doesn’t mean I miss it dearly and feel pangs of jealousy every time I see anything running related.  That being said, I know running will be part of my life once again when the time is right.  For now, I’ll live vicariously through you until that time comes. 🙂  And I’ll share with you a fun little challenge for those of you currently on your running journey.  Itz marvelous.

Have you heard of mezamashii running?  Runner’s World has partnered up with Mizuno to bring you an awesome Instagram challenge.

Not all runs are created equal. There are some runs that are special. The kind where you feel like you could go on forever. Your legs are stronger, your breathing is lighter and your entire body is working in perfect unison. We call this mezamashii running. And there is no other run like it.

HLS run

Unfortunately, a run like this cannot be planned. It can appear anywhere, anytime. All you can do is go out day after day and keep searching. Which is why we created the Mezamashii Run Project. A community that supports the world’s most passionate runners on their quest for more mezamashii running.

Today we have over 40,000 members in the community. So to help them on their quest, we’re doing something special every month: running tips from the pros, apparel giveaways and more. It’s our way of helping them experience more sensational, energized, mezamashii running.

Details for the Mizuno Instagram Contest #MezamashiiRun

Mizuno is constantly searching to find more sensational, energized, mezamashii running. And now you can help by showing them what mezamashii running means to you. The next time you go on one of these incredible runs, take a picture and upload it to Twitter or Instagram. Or if you’d rather, you can upload a video to Vine. Just use the hashtag #MezamashiiRun. A few lucky winners will get flown out to New York to meet the Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World, Bart Yasso. So start snapping those pictures. And keep searching for mezamashii.

Bart Yasso Itz Linz

I got to meet and run with Bart Yasso last year during the Runner’s World weekend.

When’s the last time you had a mezamashii run?

I’m thinkin’…

I have a lot of random thoughts going on; hence, today’s post may be a bit jumbled since I’m going to dump ’em all out.  But hey itz Friday, so that’s gotta count for something, right?  Right.

I’m thinkin’… I’m excited to lift weights this morning!  I had been lifting weights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but this week was a little different.  I did a total body workout on Monday, took a rest day on Tuesday, and then incline walked on Wednesday and Thursday.  It made me miss strength training (yes, I really do miss those weights!), so I’ll be sure to get in a good workout this morning.


I’m thinkin’… Mizuno compression socks are great when traveling – in the car or plane!  They keep the blood flowing while minimizing swelling.

mizuno socks

I’m thinkin’… I should probably take a short break from almond butter.  I’ve gone through two jars in ten days.  I’m all about enjoying foods and no deprivation, however I’m also a believer in moderation and two jars in ten days just is not moderation.  (Raw creamy unsalted from Trader Joe’s is my favorite!)  I’ll be back for you, almond butter.

almond butter

(No worries: you KNOW I’ll scrape out every last bit of that almond butter during this morning’s breakfast of oats in a jar!)

I’m thinkin’… Chobani is SO generous for sponsoring my school’s first “Wellness Wednesday.”  I’m on the Wellness Committee and we want to start providing healthy snacks for our staff members once a month.  We had such a positive response from people trying Chobani for the first time – they loved it! (I mean, who doesn’t??)  And now about 80 more people know that Chobani is a great snack, especially on the go.  Whenever people ask me about yogurt, I always suggest greek yogurt since itz packed with protein and keeps you full much longer than regular yogurt.


I’m thinkin’… I had a lovely dinner with my friend Danielle and her daughter Addyson last night at Sweet Tomatoes.  I’m not usually a buffet fan, but all you can eat salad bar with fresh veggies?  Count me in!  (My Instagram friends saw the massive salad beast I made last night.)  Addyson had fun tasting lots of healthy food: broccoli, butternut squash, sunflower seeds, kidney beans, spinach, and chickpeas.  Start those healthy habits young!  “Mmm mmm mmm!  This is good!” Yes, she really said that while munching on a piece of broccoli.


I’m thinkin… I wish Zoey felt better.  She has really bad allergies and gets skin infections a lot.  We had to take her back to the vet (again!), and now she is on several different medications.  Well, last night after dinner she got sick.  I’m hoping she tolerates the meds a bit better today and we can kick this infection!  But she’s still super cute…


What are YOU thinkin’ today?