Two Moms In The Raw GiveAway & How To Set A PR {Vlog}

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend, we did. It was busy but great. In case you missed it, I ran the Charleston Half Marathon on Saturday, and set a new personal record (PR).

A lot of you have asked me about my training for halves, so I decided to focus on that for the fitness portion of today’s show.

ALSO… and this is something I am super excited about: Two Mom’s In The Raw has allowed me to do a giveaway on LR today! I have talked about them a lot since I first grabbed one of their bars in Starbucks so to get to try and give away their other items, I am super pumped!

But watch the video to get all the details!

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Two Mom’s In The Raw Give Away


1 lucky reader will receive a package that includes all of the items shown above! All items are raw, vegan, and delicious. It’s sad but all we have left is 1 lonely granola bar. Everything is that good.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite healthy snack food is.
  • For an extra entry, Tweet and/or Facebook this post. Simply leave a second comment telling me that you did. For ease, you can just copy/paste this tweet:

Just entered a yummy #vegan giveaway for delish treats from @TMITR at: 

How To Set A PR: 

To recap, here are my tips on PR:

1. Train For It – Like You Want It

If you run the same speed in all your runs, then don’t expect your speed to increase. Train to get faster. This includes doing speed intervals, shorter runs but at faster speeds and incorporating other trainers such as hill work.

2. Set Yourself Up RIGHT At The Race

If it’s a big race, don’t hangout in the middle of the group. Start over on the side so that you can easy go around people and not be in the thick of it all.

3. Mentally Prepare (Believe In Yourself!)

Tell yourself that you can do it. Don’t just say, “oh I might” or “I don’t know if I can.” Whether you succeed at the PR or not, go into it say, “Hell yea, I got this.” I am a strong believer that 90% of running is mental. So mentally prepare for success! One way I do that is to picture the time that I want. Sometimes it even helps going so far as to making a graphic or writing it down someplace I can see it.

Like I did here: half marathon goalThough I didn’t hit this goal, but I got pretty darn close and got the PR, which is what the real goal was. 

4. Strength (Cross) Train

Recently I have changed my strength training workouts. I have focused a bit more on my legs. More specifically on doing high reps with my legs, using somewhat high weight. For example, I was doing a total of 100 walking lunges with a 70 pound barbell. It takes more than just running to be a good runner. Strength train to make the body stronger so that you’re strong on race day.

5. Give It Your All At The End

You’re tired, your legs are heavy, your breathing is fast… but when you see that finish line pump with everything you have to finish with sprint to the finish. Even if it’s not a sprint still dig deep to find it to finish off as fast as possible. Sometimes this is funny because I am so dead that I’ll ask Dan… “Did you see me sprint?” and he will giggle and reply back, “that was not close to your sprint.” Oh, my bad, sure felt like it.

sprint to the finish
6. Pace With Someone

That is, as long as that someone is running at the speed you need them to. Some people like doing this, some don’t. My mom was a runner growing up and this was the first tip she ever gave me. I’ve been finding a pacer to run near since my very first race. I always tell myself I’ll stick with them and then at the end give it my all to finish first. A little friendly competition is what personally drives me. But again, it has to be someone that is running at the speed you need. I did this yesterday!

7. Use Technology

This isn’t a must but I will say it helps to wear my GPS while I am running. Every other water station, I like to glance down and see how fast I am moving. That way I can judge if I can pull back a little or if I need to push a little harder. Again, this isn’t a must but it helps me. It also helps me to make sure I don’t come off the start too fast, an issue I have faced lots in the past. Start too fast and you’ll slow too fast.

Good luck on the giveaway! It will run from TODAY (1-21-13) until Wednesday at 12 pm. The winner will be announced on Thursday’s post.


  • ow! These bars sound delicious! My favorite healthy snack is either almond butter and apple or carrots and hummus! Great training tips

  • Lyn

    I make homemade protein bars by mixing oats, protein powder, nut butter and water. Congrats on your PR Taylor!

    • Thank Lyn! I am still ridding high from it! I love homemade protein bars!

  • Stacy Sturdevant

    Raw veggies and hummus!

  • Angela

    YUM! I like to make my own granola bars as well and love sweet cherries.

  • Amy M

    my mother-in-law gave me some kale she had sprinkled w/ olive oil and sea salt and then baked on low temp. It has a slightly spicey taste and is packed with vitamins and you can have all you want anytime!

  • valerie

    I love apples or almonds! congrats on the PR! I am working on my own. Would love to try these snacks. I dont think I ever seen them before!

  • Kristin

    My favorite healthy snack food is greek yogurt with some granola and maybe a little nut butter too! 🙂

  • Leslie

    My favourite healthy snack are apples!

  • Kristin

    My favorite healthy snack is a greek yogurt with granola and maybe some nut butter. 🙂

  • My favorite vegan granola bar company, Two Moms In The Raw has

    sent me several treats and I get to share.

  • Sarah

    Being in Afghanistan poses a particular challenge to snacking. I’ve turned to a lot of the atkins snack bars–my fav is the caramel chocolate peanut nougat or just a 100% whey protein chocolate shake bc I can access them on the go!

    • Thanks Sarah for doing what you do! When will you be able to come home? Best of luck to you!

  • Sandi Pringle

    My favorite snack apples & peanut butter, yummmmmy

    • I eat this every day too!

  • Aubrey

    Lately I’ve really gotten into roasted garlic hummus with carrot chips

    • I love roasted garlic hummus! Delicious and nutritious.

  • Sandi Pringle

    By the way I am training for a half as well. After running Boston in 2008 I had surgery on my knee and had to scale back on my running. I turned 50 in Oct and I just had to make it my goal to celebrate!! Would love to try the new snacks for sure!!

    • Congrats on getting back to running! I hope the knee is dong well. Great inspiration.

  • Kristi Anderson

    Congrats on the PR! Your show is so much fun to watch! I am always pumped when I see a blog come through my email! 🙂

    My fav snack is Justin’s Natural Peanut Butter on Ezekiel Organic Bread. Sometimes I switch it up and put avocado slices with the toast. MMmm..

    • I love Justin’s butter. So smooth and perfect with everything! Esp the chocolate hazelnut!

  • Tricia D

    I looovveeee this new Herbalife Beverage Mix. It is high in protein and nutrition. I poor it right into my water! 70 calories, 0 fat and 15 grams of protein. It is MANGO flavor. yuummm!

    • That is some good stuff. Dan and I like the Mango too.

  • I’d love to win!

    My favorite snack is a handful of raw almonds.

  • Tweeted!

  • JulieW

    Hey Kindal! I love my homemade energy bars when I need a little boost. They have rolled oats, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, mini choc chips, flax seed, almonds, and whatever else I can find on hand.

    • That sounds great Julie! I might just need that recipe!

      • Jacqui

        Hi Taylor, any chance you could start posting some of these recipes? I am always looking for new ideas and some of these sound easy and delicious.

      • Jacqui

        Any chance you could start posting some of these recipes? I am always looking for new ideas and some of these sound easy and delicious.

  • Connie

    Looks like Awesome snacks! I love an apple with a wedge of low fat cheese.

  • Jaclyn

    Lately my favorite snack food has been a banana w/ SUNBUTTER! {I’ve never liked bananas, but then I discovered sun butter…} 🙂

  • JulieW

    Hey Kindal, I just “liked” this on fb.

  • Brandy

    Favorite healthy “on the go” snack is a Lara bar but look forward to trying this brand!

  • Brandy

    and I liked on FB. Thanks!

  • Addison

    My favorite snack is greek yogurt with mix-ins like nuts or granola (or chocolate chips but that’s not always as healthy 😛 )

  • Britt

    My favorite snack is cut up apples with cottage cheese.

  • Amanda

    I’m a dark chocolate covered almond person…:)

  • Jillian

    I love apples with cocoa and peanut butter!

  • Sandra

    Hummus. I also love dark chocolate!

  • Tracy

    A Home Made Recipe from the Dr. Oz Show “Energy Bars”

  • Venicia

    My favorite healthy snack is blueberry yogurt or cheese sticks! My “treat” healthy snack spoonful of peanut butter and pretzels! 🙂

  • Venicia

    Just tweeted! :o)

  • Jacqui

    My favorite preworkout snack is a banana BECAUSE two mum’s in the raw don’t sell their foods in Chicago. The only place to ever seem to find them is in a marriott hotel in Newport beach. Looking forward to seeing their distribution expand.

  • Ginger

    My fav healthy snack is roasted almonds!

  • Michelle

    My favorite healthy snack is apples and peanut butter or homemade protein bars!

  • Kim

    Lately, smoothies have been my favorite before workout snack. I will throw some banana, nut butter, protein powder or almond milk and something else I can find in the fridge.
    I also found these “cashew clusters” at Costco. It is these bite-sized nutty treats that have roasted cashews,almonds, pumpkin seed kernels, salt, and sweeteners like cane sugar, rice syrup, and honey. OMG sooooo good. Sometimes I eat them with dark chocolate! I have to really limit myself to only 4 since 5 pcs =11g of fat (none saturated).

  • Kim

    Ok, just Liked this on FB.

  • Alexis

    These snacks sound amazing AND healthy! My favorite healthy snack is a piece of sprouted bread with peanut butter, bananas slices, almond slivers (or walnuts) and a drizzle of raw honey on top! It’s delicious!

  • Heather

    My favorite yummy snack is low fat cheese! I’m a rat 😉

  • Anderson

    Great question 🙂 My favorite snack is an apple with walnuts.

  • My fave snack is cucumber in spicy guac!

  • Chelsea

    I have an obsession with homemade kale chips lately, and homemade vegan yogurt is pretty hard to beat.

  • Avocado is my favorite healthy snack 🙂

  • Chelsea

    Also, was I supposed to like or share this on Facebook for an extra entry? I shared it.

    • yay for sharing! Thanks Chelsea

  • My regular “go to” snacks lately have been almonds, edamame, and date & nut energy balls. Also, I’m a big fan of the granola from Two Mom’s in the Raw – yum!

  • Tweeted this giveaway 🙂

  • Tracey

    Favorite snack is usually apple w/peanut butter or healthy granola!

  • Tracey

    Facebook’d it for my second entry! 😉

  • Cassondra

    I tweeted this giveaway 🙂

  • Cassondra

    One of my favorite healthy snack foods is apples and peanut butter 🙂

  • Jackie

    My favorite healthy snack is an apple!

  • I have been dying to try Two Moms in the Raw products! I’d be so grateful to win this and get to do so! I have a lot of health-related dietary restrictions: dairy, yeast, gluten and sugar among them…my favorite healthy snack is a rice cracker with olive oil and almond butter.

  • Misty

    My favorite snack is oven roasted chickpeas. Just chickpeas & herbs/spices of choice in 400 oven 40 minutes (stir @ 20) cool & crunch away ;)- Blessings to all! <3

  • Misty

    Shared link from 2 Moms N The Raw Giveaway on FB. Thx 😀

  • My favorite snack is an apple with a “Two Mom’s in the Raw” Goji Nut Bar. I would be telling a lie if I said anything else. I love them and am totally digging the new packaging!

  • Gbea

    I love apples (Pink Lady) and almond butter. Maybe because it reminds me of my favorite snack from kindergarten – apple and peanut butter!

  • Honestly, Two Mom’s in The Raw Bars are one of my favorite healthy snacks!! I have yet to try any of their other items yet, but I’m super excited to find another gluten free brand of healthy snacks that are so good they taste like a treat! I’m also very into fast easy to eat snacks because I enjoy eating little snacks throughout the day and then a dinner meal. I like NuGo Slim protein bars, and Pure Organic bars. I’m also a fan of raw almonds and good old fruit like apples and bananas. All about healthy snacks that are great on the go!

  • My favorite snack is boring but I love it – it’s half an apple and peanut butter. I love more tart apples like pink lady, braeburn and honey crisp.

  • Jillian
  • Jeanette F

    Loved the running tips!

    • Thanks! Guess where I learned many of them!

  • Amanda

    i love dark chocolate bars or cookie.

  • Ttrockwood

    My favorite snack is carrots with hummus and pretzel sticks and fresh green juices

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