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American marathoner Shalane Flanagan races for the win in Boston

Shalane Flanagan (center) in 2010. Photo courtesy of outsideonline.com/Don Feria/Corbis

Shalane Flanagan (center) in 2010. Photo courtesy of outsideonline.com/Don Feria/Corbis

For elite runner Shalane Flanagan, this year’s Boston Marathon is especially meaningful. Growing up just north of Boston in Marblehead, Massachusetts, she had a love of running from a young age and thought that “Patriots’ Day was a national holiday and that everything revolved around the Boston Marathon.” Both of her parents competed in the marathon and she remembers standing at the finish as a child, cheering them on. Last year, Flanagan herself finished fourth in the race and recalls feeling disappointed about her finish, until hearing about the bombings. She then became the first runner to commit to the 2014 race, and has dedicated herself not only to running a personal best, but to winning the women’s division.

Recently, Anderson Cooper of 60 Minutes sat down with (or rather, laced up his sneakers and ran with) Flanagan, who talked about her training plan and strategy. The “pony-tailed assassin in knee socks” described the learning curve associated with marathon running, and how proper pacing is critical to success. Currently, she runs up to 120 miles per week, fitting in weight training and high-altitude runs to achieve peak fitness.

We’ll be cheering on Shalane today when she races in the 118th Boston Marathon, as we keep those impacted by last year’s tragic events in our thoughts. We’re so inspired by the strength and dedication of those racing, and wish the best of luck to all of the athletes!

Our spring clearance sale is going on now!

It’s the first official day of spring, and to celebrate, we’re having a HUGE clearance sale! This weekend, save up to 80% off clearance items online. Plus, if you’re in Maine, you’ll also find great savings – up to 70% off – at our Freeport, Maine outlet store! Additionally, all regularly priced merchandise at our outlet store is 20% off. So, whether you’re stocking up on cozy winter essentials or refreshing your bedroom for spring, you’ll find a great selection of sheets, blankets, sleepwear, slippers, and more.

Cuddledown's spring clearance sale - going on now!

Cuddledown's spring clearance sale - don't miss out on great savings!

 

It’s National Plant a Flower Day!

We’re not quite ready to plant flowers here in Maine, as we brace for yet another large snowstorm heading our way this evening. However, even if it’s too early for us to start gardening, we’re thinking spring with fresh florals … on our beds!

Cotton Percale Garden Floral Bedding at cuddledown.com

Cotton Percale Garden Floral Bedding at cuddledown.com

To find more spring bedding, sleepwear, and slippers, head over to cuddledown.com. You’ll also find a large selection of clearance items – up to 75% off – with more being added regularly. Happy shopping!

Spring forward without losing sleep

Sure sign of spring by blmiers2, on flickr

Sure sign of spring by blmiers2, on flickr

We’re looking forward to the unofficial start of spring this weekend as we set our clocks forward and jump into daylight saving time. However, even this small transition can throw our circadian rhythm out of sync, leading to increased fatigue and grogginess. Luckily, there are several simple ways to get back on track and wake up well-rested Monday morning.

1. Soak up sunlight at the right time  Since our circadian rhythm is affected by the balance of light and darkness, you can help to reset yours by heading outside at dawn this Saturday and Sunday. If that’s not feasible, limiting your time outside at sunset can also help with the transition.

2. Exercise  Spending time exercising outdoors on Sunday is a great way to ease into the time change, as you’ll most likely feel tired and ready for bed earlier. Although it’s frequently debated, sleep experts recommend exercising in the morning for better sleep, as vigorous exercise before bedtime can keep you up later.

3. Eat dinner a little earlier To fully prepare for your earlier bedtime, you might want to eat dinner a bit earlier Sunday night (particularly important if you are typically a night owl)! You also might consider having a meal that promotes sleep, while avoiding caffeine intake late in the day.

How do you deal with the transition to daylight saving time? We’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below!

Olympians make sleep a priority in Sochi

Sochi Olympics team figure skating medal ceremony

Jeremy Abbot and teammates at the Sochi Olympics team figure skating medal ceremony

For Olympians like Jeremy Abbot, going for the gold starts with getting a good night’s sleep. In fact, Abbot even brought his own queen-size mattress to Sochi so that he could avoid tossing and turning on the twin-size beds at the Olympic village! Reflecting on his experience at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Abbot told NBCOlympics.com, “I toss and turn a lot. For the two and a half weeks I was in Vancouver I didn’t sleep one full night because I was always afraid that I was going to roll off the bed.”

Talking about his portable queen-size mattress, Abbot commented that “[The mattress] is really high; it’s a legitimate bed. Getting it here was a pain; it weighs 25 pounds. I literally packed a suitcase just for the bed, but it’s definitely worth it.”

Sleep experts agree that as little as one extra hour of sleep per night can improve athletic performance. In an interview on the Huffington Post, sleep specialists Haley A. Davis and James B. Maas, Ph.D explained how athletes can reap the maximum benefits from sleep. By sleeping at least 7 hours and delaying early morning exercise until later in the day (if possible), athletes can improve their muscle memory, leading to better performance.

We hope all of the Olympians have been able to get some much-needed sleep in Sochi – and a big congrats to Jeremy Abbot and his teammates (above) for their bronze medal in the figure skating team competition!

Cuddledown’s Clearance Sale is going on now!

Even though winter is still in full-swing here in Maine, we’re getting ready for spring with our big winter clearance sale! Save up to 80% on bedding, sleepwear, comforters and more – click on the image below to start shopping. Quantities are limited, so don’t miss your chance to scoop up some of the best deals of the season!

Cuddledown's Winter Clearance Event

Cuddledown's Winter Clearance Event

Last chance to save – winter white sale ends soon!

We’ve been enjoying some lovely, spring-like weather here in Maine lately, but we know we haven’t seen the last of winter! We’re still getting plenty of use out of our cozy comforters and warm pajamas – and you can, too. Our winter white sale ends next Wednesday; don’t miss your chance to save on bedding, blankets, sleepwear and more. Click on the graphic below to shop our sale!

Save during Cuddledown's Winter White Sale!

Save during Cuddledown's Winter White Sale!

Time’s ticking, but it’s not too late!

Tokyo Bay Barbarella Watch - on sale at cuddledown.com!

Tokyo Bay Barbarella Watch - on sale at cuddledown.com!

Still picking out gifts for a few people on your list? No worries! There’s still time to get it to them in time for Christmas. To help take out some of the guesswork, we’ve added a handy holiday shipping map to our site, showing the cutoff dates for standard shipping. Want send a comforter to Washington state and have it arrive by the 25th? Never fear – you can expedite it until December 20th (the cutoff date for overnight delivery is 1:00 PM EST, December 20th). Happy shopping!

Happy Veterans Day from Cuddledown

Today, we’re honoring all those who have served our country, past or present. We sincerely thank you for your time and dedication.

Veterans Day by brianjmatis, on flickr

Veterans Day by brianjmatis, on flickr

On a different note, today is also the final day of our president’s birthday celebration – which means that it’s the final day of free shipping at cuddledown.com! Click through the link to start shopping: Free Shipping 

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