Tuesday, February 9, 2010


When I started this blog I did so with the idea that my family, who live on the east coast and my friends, who live on the west coast, could keep up with my running adventures. Little did I know or realize, my little bitty blog would be read by so many people (okay, so not THAT many). People who do read are my awesome Fleet Feet Ultra Training Team and people I don’t know, like the amazing people at Procter & Gamble!!!!

A few days ago I received an email from someone at Procter & Gamble who had stumbled across my blog and read an entry that, um, detailed my tummy issues out on the trail. Who am I kidding? Almost all of my entries mention my sensitive tummy.

Everyone has tummy issues but not many people talk about it. But it happens no matter how old you are.

This is the Peanut’s classic “poop face” when she was an infant.
Ever wonder what face you make while pooping?

Sorry. Back to the “big news.”

Years ago, before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease I was seeing countless general practitioners who suggested I take a probiotic to help remove the bad flora (aka bacteria) from my intestinal tract and replace it with good flora. I tried them and was met with some positive results but unfortunately my intestines were too far damaged from Celiac Disease that no pill was going to help me. Fast forward to a diagnosis by a kind gastro doctor who finally listened to me and a diet of gluten free foods, my gut has finally healed. Obviously it isn’t perfect otherwise you would not be reading about my “issues” out in the woods.

Last week, the good people at Procter & Gamble read about my dilemma and emailed me. They wanted to know if I would be willing to try their new product and write a review.

What is Align you ask? According to the website: “Align is a patented, daily dietary supplement that comes in an easy-to-swallow capsule that you take just once a day, each day, to help restore your natural balance with ongoing probiotic protection. . . . Align contains Bifantis (Bifidobacterium infantis 35624), a patented pure-strain probiotic bacteria that helps naturally balance your digestive system.”
Align is the #1 gastroenterologist recommended probiotic. When taken daily, it works by providing an ongoing natural defense against occasional digestive upsets. As we all know, occasional digestive upsets are my middle name. Align is also gluten free so it is safe for me to take.

Today I received my package of Align.

So I will start my 28 day trial period tomorrow. Anyone want to join me? This is a trailmomma first!!!! I actually have my first ever blog giveaway! The people at Procter & Gamble gave me enough samples to give away to two of my readers (that's a 28 day supply each)! All you have to do is if you have a blog, just reference this blog on your blog with a link (leave me a comment telling me you’ve done so) and if you don’t have a blog, just leave me a comment below telling me why you want to try Align.
Then, come back in 28 to see a review of whether or not Align has helped improved my digestive system. The people at Procter & Gamble really stand behind their product. They offer a full money-back guarantee for Align (a 28 day supply costs $24.99 at Walmart). They want to offer people who have occasional stomach upset a chance to find digestive peace risk free. They told me that if you are not satisfied with Align that you can send it back and get a full refund (details regarding their refund policy can be found here).

Back to training . . . .

We are in the middle of a rest week training wise and true to my hypothesis in my last entry, my low heart rate during Saturday’s workout was only a warning of the cold I now have. Needless to say, I am taking it extra easy. I skipped last night’s 4 mile recovery run and may try and do it tonight if I have more energy. As Captain Kirk and Coach Nikon said “A recovery week is not just for the physical part of training, but the mental also. We have been spending a lot of time on our feet the past few weeks. Add this to an already busy life and you can get overloaded. Use this week to relax your mind and bring what you have done into perspective.”

*Procter & Gamble sent me these samples for free to review on my blog. I did not pay for them and do not work for them.


  1. Pam,

    I don't have a lot of "issues" but take a probiotic weekly to "help things along". I'll try it, but I would rather someone with real issues have 1st dibs.

    Also, check my blog and look at the blog list. Your post header and picture make it look like your giving away Peanut. Too funny, my wife and I feel cheated, we were counting on a Peanut giveaway.

    Coach Blurry Photo

  2. OMG Anthony that is tooo funny! No, the Peanut is not being given away . . . only an insomniac would be able to handle her anyways. :-)

  3. Ha ha! It actually looks like Peanut is making the giveaway...

  4. Done, and done. Well, you know all too well the troubles I've been through recently and thought this would be a great opportunity to try this product. I've heard great things about it, and I'm really hoping this helps out your tummy as well. I'm really proud of you with all of the time and energy you've been putting into your training. You will definately reap the benefits, Pam. Keep on chuggin'!

  5. My tummy is "good to go" but good luck to all those that enter. How nice of P&G!
    I have no idea what I look like when I'm pooping. A girl shouldn't even have to think about that. LOL ;)

  6. Your blog is linked in my latest blog. I hope you like the read today. It's off-training! LOL.