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About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...

Get A Better Night Sleep Tonight

Melatonin—a hormone produced in the pineal gland of the brain—helps to regulate our body’s circadian rhythms, or to put this in layman’s terms, our natural sleep-wake cycle. As we age, however, these levels begin to decline. And because of this, millions … Continue reading

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Sleep Challenge Recap

As you prepare to move into another week, I highly encourage you to take the time to do the five-day sleep challenge. Start with one challenge at a time and slowly build to a point where all are a part of … Continue reading

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Sleep Challenge: Day 5

No Snooze Zone  The last challenge for this week is to use tomorrow morning to practice not hitting the snooze button. Without getting into too much of the science, many of us are groggy when the alarm first goes off … Continue reading

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Sleep Challenge: Day 4

Commit to a Meditative Practice Building off of yesterday’s no-tech challenge before bed, tonight’s challenge is about replacing your devices with a meditative practice. Identify 1-2 of your favorite techniques to help you relax and integrate as part of your … Continue reading

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Sleep Challenge: Day 3

Take a Digital Time-out  Tonight’s challenge might be the toughest for the week.  We are tied to technology in more ways than ever before. I mean our phones practically go to bed with us (especially if you are like me … Continue reading

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Sleep Challenge: Day 2

De-Clutter Your Room and Headspace  Your bedroom should serve as your oasis, a place for winding down and being peaceful. Today’s challenge is to inspect your room and clear the thoughts from your head before you crawl into bed. Is … Continue reading

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Sleep Challenge: Day 1

Track Your Bedtime and Wakeup Hours This week commit to a bedtime and wakeup time that works best for your schedule. As a society we are not getting enough sleep so ideally this means being in bed at least 7-8 … Continue reading

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