I'm married and am the mom to 4 young kids. We are LDS and love our mountains here in SLC, UT.
I've been a triathlete since 1999 and have been playing in ultra running since 2012. Thanks for visiting my blog, please leave me a comment! I'm on Instagram and Twitter @UltraTriMama
With shoe for every kind of runner, Altra running looks to revolutionize your running and the running world. These foot and joint friendly shoes feature a foot shaped unique round toe box design, gender specific last/shape, and no difference between in sole thickness between the heel and the toe of the shoe (ZERO DROP) getting you off your heels (heel striking is bad if you hadn't heard yet). This concept of 'Zero Drop' coined by Altra will enable people to more easily land midfoot/flat footed under their body with bent knees allowing the muscles to absorb impact, not joints, and improve their form and run more naturally and healthy like we were designed to run. I run solely in Altra and know they've made a difference for my body and form and speed. These shoes are a zero drop foot shaped shoe WITH cushion, you don't have to go minimal to have a lower heel and proper form anymore. Perfect marriage of barefoot benefits and the cushioning we all enjoy. Check them out online and at your local running store, I promise they're worth you're time and money. They've been a part of our family for 6 years now since my husband and his cousin founded the brand in 2009
My favorite gel
I've been using Vfuel now for almost 3 years and just love it. Goes down the easiest of any brand I've tried, the flavors are good, peach cobbler and cool citrus (think lemon meringue pie) are my favorites! Each packet has a small amount of caffine (10mg) to keep things stable and aid in digesting. I've used them for 90% of my calories through three separate 100 milers and plenty of shorter races with no issues whatsoever. They also just came out with a clear, easy mixing, great tasting endurance drink mix complete with electrolytes. Check your local running store or use discount code LHowlett for 20% off at Vfuel.com
My every race, pre race electrolyte routine. I add it to everything I drink from Wednesday-Race day morning. I really think it helps me absorb all the water I take in better and tops off my electrolyte supply. A very important product to me! I've also started using it during races and am very happy with it's performance. Nice to not have to think about pills.
I use First Endurance's Ultragen as a recovery drink. Really great when I'm away from home after a run but want to take advantage of that all important 20 minute window. Full protein, carbohydrate, and vitamins in one. Orange Creme is my favorite flavor, Tropical Flavor is not. Reminds me of the pink medicine we all took as kids, ammoxicilan. I also use their Optygen HP in the months leading up to a big race. First Endurance Pre-Race is another supplement I'll use in racing when I need a stimulant wake-me-up
While I have a Nathan pack I like a lot, I have several Ultraspire products that I really like and want to put a plug in for this company. The Quantum is a belt everyone should look into for shorter training or supported (aid station) racing. Just ran my 3:10 marathon with it and it was perfect!
Vitamins and supplements
Great place to buy many brands of high quality vitamins and supplements with cheap and easy shipping and often extra discounts
Because I'm a wife, busy mom of 4, and addicted athlete, I rarely clean my house....I mean I don't always keep up with blogging. I'm going to backdate these when I post them so they're in correct chronological order. Here's a little list though if you're interested with keeping up. I'll delete the competed posts off this list after a week or so to keep things tidy. Thanks for reading! Saratoga Springs Tri - A win and 2nd with the men! Utah Half - last minute half ironman Alta Peruvian Downhill Dash - 5:40-6:04 pace?! Yep! Ogden Valley Tri Trail Running