Stubborn, Stupid, or Simply Staying Sane?

So this morning I woke up feeling like a million bucks. Decided to go to the gym for a light workout to get the body moving. I had it all planned in my head. Weights today, a bazillion planks, and a couple of easy glute exercises. Then tomorrow, I was going to go for an easy run, maybe walk, maybe walk run, maybe hit the trails, maybe walk and run on the trails. And Sunday I was going to test drive my body and go for a real run on the trails…short, not long, but enough to shake out the staleness of a stiff body. Continue reading

GUEST BLOG: Jamie Hart’s Glass City Marathon Race Recap

Jamie completed his first marathon on April 26th at the Glass City Marathon in Toledo, Ohio. I have featured Jamie before in my Runners Inspiring Runners series and I’m proud to see him accomplish something that a lot of people wouldn’t have thought was possible. He is a fighter and continues to be an inspiration to many people and I’m honored that he accepted my request to be a guest blogger. 

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Goals and dreams start small. As runners we know this, it starts with our first step out the door. Those initial steps whether it is to run for a minute straight, be able to run a mile without stopping, compete in a 5K or just to run to be at peace, alone with our thoughts.  Whatever the initial reason or goal we set out to accomplish, as runners we seem to always strive for more.  The pinnacle of running for most, something that many dream of and even fewer strive for would be to run in a marathon.  It is known as the true endurance test of both mind and body.  Something that after two years of running decided to put myself up to the test and the scene of my journey would take place at Toledo, Ohio’s Glass City Marathon over the weekend. Continue reading

Friday’s Tip of the Week – Hip for Runners (I know I’m a day late)

I know! I know! I was supposed to post this yesterday and life got in the way. My bad! Last Saturday’s long run really played a number on my hips. So I did what I typically do when body body yells at me…I find a way to fine tune that area.

Here is a short video with 10 great exercises for your hips. If you suffer from IT band issues, these exercises should help in that area too.

  • The Clam
  • Lateral Leg Raises
  • Donkey Kicks
  • Donkey Whips
  • Fire Hydrant
  • Hurdle Drill
  • Theraband Balance Drill
  • Standing Hip Flexor
  • Standing Hip Abductor
  • Hip Hikes

Another PlowOn Gum Giveaway!

I just can’t get enough of this stuff and I’m happy to be able to share this sponsored giveaway from PlowOn Gum once again. PlowOn is an energy gum that I use during my training to give me a little boost especially during the long runs. If you missed my previous review, check it out here!

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This giveaway will have THREE prizes!

  • 1 First Place – 1 box of PlowOn Gum
  • 1 Second Place – 6 packs of PlowOn Gum
  • 1 Third Place – 3 packs of PlowOn Gum

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Monday’s Catch Up #LinkyParty (3/3/14)

Monday's Catch Up LinkyParty

A friend of mine who writes for Fit Foodie Runs introduced me to the concept of a LinkyParty. She has been blogging for years and is my go to person when it comes to figuring out the in’s and out’s of blogging. Over the past few months, I have followed and read some pretty amazing blogs and I do try to share them from time to time…also tried to “re-blog” once, but I don’t know if that worked the way I thought it would. In talking with Fit Foodie Runs, I think perhaps a #LinkyParty is the way to go so share some of my favorite posts that I read this week and a great way to share YOUR posts with others. Continue reading

“Are you pregnant?” No, it’s just fat.

So, I was at the gym this morning busting my butt and this girl comes up to me and asks me if I’m pregnant. I smiled and looked at her and said “No, I’m just a big girl. It’s just fat.” I can tell she was a little embarrassed and I can tell that the conversation that she thought she was going to have with me went right down the tubes. I’m sure she planned on telling me how amazing I was for working out so hard being pregnant and how she probably could never do it herself, but instead, I ruined her day by telling her that the “baby” I was carrying was conceived by eating junk. Continue reading

2013 Celtic Solstice Race Recap

This is where it all began two years ago. This is the race that gave me the fire in the belly to take on running as an additional way to get fit, which in turn kinda changed my life. I absolutely love this race! The people, the course, the volunteers, the wassail…all of it is just fantastic!

We were expecting a mixed bag of precipitation today, but Mother Nature decided to just sprinkle us with a couple of flurries here and there instead. Thank you Mother Nature! Since I was dressed for crappy weather, I ended up very hot at around mile two. Oh well. I hate the cold and I’d rather be hot than cold. Continue reading