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Week 5 here we come! I have joined other "Sole Crazy Runners" in training for the Hot Chocolate 15 K this year. Fingers are crossed that the weather cooperates at we actually get to go do the race. 🙂 Last year there was a LOT of snow. Check out the description from the race website and tell me that this doesn't sound awesome?


"Get ready for the best chocolate you’ve ever tasted! We serve delicious dark chocolate that is gluten free and has no compounds. Have a nut allergy? No problem! Our chocolate is nut free. You don’t have to wait until the finish line to enjoy some chocolate. There will be sweet stations along the course. The sweet stations will include marshmallows, chocolate chips, and M&Ms to enjoy along your way. "

This will be my first "race" since I did Grandma's Marathon in Duluth in 2016. Actually, after I finished that race, I just kind of stopped running. 🙁 It makes me sad to think of what I had accomplished that day and then just kind of quit. Reflecting on it and knowing what I know about myself now, I thrive on having the next "race" or next thing to work towards. It keeps me motivated.

I am finding that with this current training plan that I truly HAVE to do my workouts in the early mornings or they just don't happen. I feel like my stomach (stupid crohn's) handles early morning runs way better, too. The other bonus of having a training plan is that it helps accumulate those miles on my Venture to the Vee Bar!

Tell us-Are you training for a race or event? What is your favorite time to workout or move? Have you ever completed a Hot Chocolate event?

Welcome!  I have missed you.

 For those of you that have been my friends on social media, you may remember the days of my blog Just A Mom Giving It A “Tri”.  If so, I hope you are as excited as I am for this new adventure with Tails From The Gravel Road.  Hopefully, everyone understands my play on words with “tails” instead of “tales.”  My plan for this blog is to share:

- the funny and sometimes “not so funny” stories of farm life

- health and wellness

- life at the Schmitt house (recipes, tips, tricks, parenting)

- personal development

-my wellness journey

- inspiration

Since the last time I wrote on Just A Mom Giving It A Tri there have been so many changes.  At that time I was a stay at home mom, my husband always laughed when I told people I was a stay at home mom.  The mileage on my vehicle told a little different story as I was leading fitness classes, Weight Watchers meetings, and the girls and I didn’t exactly stay home much.  🙂 In September of 2015, I had surgery as a result of my battle with crohn's disease. Now, I am working full time as a special education consultant and while I haven’t been blogging I have continued my writing (more on that soon.) I now find myself trying to find balance with work, home, marriage, farm life, parenting, life with crohn’s disease, and fitness. Lord knows it’s not easy, but I am still trying.  

Thanks for joining me on this new adventure!  I can’t wait to share more of what has been happening in the last few years and the years to come. Be sure to check out the other pages on the website in the menu above.

From the Gravel Road-

Jen

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