Saturday, December 13, 2014

Live Blogging My Tournament (Sorta)

I came up with idea to live blog my tournament, and it ain't even live. Well, I guess it's sort of live? Anyway, I'm going to attempt to live blog my tournament today.

We're playing at this place in the Baltimore area called The Volleyball House. It has 6 volleyball courts that are used for tournaments, leagues, practices, and even baton twirling! I actually play here on Sundays and Mondays in leagues, and my USAV team has held practices here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Football Field Speed Workout

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to join my parents for some speed training and conditioning at my little brother's high school in D.C. I know that sounds weird, but I am not using any metaphors, people. This is real life!

There is a nice football field at the school that is basically empty on Sunday mornings. This field would serve as the perfect location for sprints and lots of sweating.

Fortunately, the ground was dry, because there is no fun in running on a slippery surface! The temperature was great for running sprints outdoors in the late fall, and there wasn't much wind to add more difficulty to the workout.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Step Up Your Coffee Game with DD Perks

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Want to know a secret that's not really a secret? I am a major coffee lover. Like, I have a coffee maker 5 feet from my bed, coffee lover. I'm not ashamed, though. Coffee gets me going in the morning, and really helps give me that extra boost when I have a long day with a late-night community meeting tacked on at the end. Thank you, coffee!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Workout Wednesday: My Neck! My Back! My Neck and My Back!

Happy Hump Day, y'all! I'm linking up with the lovely ladies in the WOW Linkup, per usual, so be sure to check them out if you get a few extra minutes!

I'm just going to dive right in with this Workout Wednesday post, because it's getting late, and my zen is starting to wear off. (Is that a thing?)

As you know, I usually take Wednesdays off, but I recently decided to turn my rest day into a yoga day, because stretching is super important, and yoga is so good for that!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

WIN Detergent Review and Giveaway

Anybody who says their gym clothes don't stink either has never worn them, or is a bald-faced liar. There! I said it! Now that we've got that little bit out of the way, let's have a serious conversation about the stank that lies within your gym clothes.

I don't know about you guys, but for some reason -- thanks to all of the layers I wear due to the cold weather -- I don't realize just how funky and sweaty my workout clothes can get in the winter! After my race last weekend, when I got to the gym where I had my volleyball tournament, and took off my running clothes... Woooo! Talk about funky! (Thank God I had some wipes, because that was not cute.) By the end of the day, those funky running clothes had just been stewing in my gym bag, begging to be washed. And wash them I did! When I got home, I took my funky volleyball and running clothes, a bottle of WIN, and got to it!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! 

Now, please excuse me while I go calculate how much I'm going to have to work out the rest of the year to make up for all of the calories I'm about to consume... Gobble gobble, y'all!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Race Recap: TCS Annapolis Running Classic 10k

I came, I ran, I conquered! Is it possible for a runner's high to last more than 24 hours, because I think that's what might be happening with me?

On Saturday, I ran my very first 10k. I trained for a couple of months, even doing the unthinkable -- running in the freezing cold! The hard work paid off, and I was very proud of this accomplishment. I'm not a marathon runner (yet) or a Speedy Gonzalez (probably never), but I am super satisfied with myself because I was able to achieve something that I never would have thought I'd be able to. To me, that's more important than the amount of time it took, or the fact that I didn't run the marathon. Setting and achieving personal goals are way more important than comparing yourself to others, which often prepares you for major letdowns and defeat. Learn to celebrate these personal victories, friends!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Workout Wednesdays: I Did Yoga Today, and Now I Can't Stop Smelling Feet!

Happy Hump Day, friends!

As I lay under my heated blanket, drinking a glass of wine, I reflect on how cold today has been. It has been cold. Very. I also now realize that this is exactly how I ended my day yesterday. Note: This cannot become a trend... Or can it...?

Today is Wednesday, as previously established, which means that it is time to link up with Diatta and the gang for the WOWlinkup! You guys will be super proud of me (I hope) for deciding to actually exercise today, instead of using today as a rest day.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I Completed My First Large Group Run!

Happy Tuesday, y'all! I hope your day has been fantastic!

I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but it is FREEZING here... literally! It was 29 degrees when I got home this evening. Yikes!

As the temperatures in our area have dropped, the dread for my 10k on Saturday has raised. (Side note: There is still time to donate a dollar - or more - for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. Donations are tax deductible!) I'm actually really excited about the actual race, and I'm happy to be running for a great cause. I am terrified to be running in the cold over a bridge at 7 a.m., though. I'm such a wimp.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fit Fashion: Victoria's Secret The Incredible Sports Bra Review

As you know, I’ve been on a bit of a Victoria’s Secret Sport review kick. This is, of course, because I received a free Victoria’s Secret Sport bra and tights, as well as a handful of coupons to share with friends and family. Thanks to Influenster, I received this amazing Influenster Vox Box.

The sports bra I received was The Incredible. I liked the print because it was different from all of the other sports bras I owned of a variety of brands (I’m kind of boring when it comes to sports bra colors and prints), and it was fun. When I went to the store, I couldn’t find any others with the same print, so I also felt like a special flower (was this why it had a floral print?).

In short, I like this sports bra. It’s not my favorite from the new line, but it does a pretty decent job. I give it a B.


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