Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday Throwdown: May Motivation

It's Thursday, which means it's time for the Thursday Throwdown linkup!

This week, Sarah, Tamieka, and I chose to revolve the theme around motivation. Because I have been working my butt off the last few weeks, I can tell you that I am being motivated by sleep right now. Boy, I cannot wait to hop into bed! I've had a lot of stress-induced insomnia this week in particular, and I'm feeling like today is the day I fall asleep before 1 a.m.! (That's the earliest I've been able to fall asleep this week... whomp whomp.) But before I do that, I need to share what really motivates me!

To answer the question of what motivates me, I had to think of the answer in two parts. The first was what motivates me generally, in life. The second was to think about what motivates me in my health and fitness efforts, more specifically.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Race Recap: Pike's Peek 10k + A GIVEAWAY!

One of my running resolutions for 2016 is to write my race recaps quicker. I tried to give myself a deadline of a week per race, but obviously I didn't hit that mark like I'd planned. I have three race recaps to complete before my June 4 half marathon, so I apologize in advance for the multiple race recap posts you'll be seeing over the next two weeks!

Pike's Peek is a pretty popular race here in Montgomery County, Maryland. It's a 10k down a normally-busy main road, running from north to south, passing a few Metro stations along the way, as we run from the Shady Grove Metro to the White Flint Metro. It's hosted by the Montgomery County Road Runners, of which I am a new member. There were about 3,000 runners who participated in the race on April, which is a pretty good amount! The weather was absolutely gorgeous, sunny, and not too hot -- especially since you're running on a road with no tree coverage to protect you.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

5 Things to Take to a Mud Run

On Saturday, I will run my second race of the week. You read that correctly, and yes, I know: I have lost my dang mind.

On Sunday, I ran the Frederick Half Marathon, where I got to run in perfect weather, through a beautiful city, and hit a PR. Hopefully I'll get around to writing that recap some time this weekend! On Saturday, I'll be running a muddy race with a bunch of tough women, and I can't wait!

As I mentioned in my last post about the Dirty Girl Mud Run, I haven't run a mud race in about two years. I'm so happy to be doing it again, though, and to run it with my friends who ran it with me last time!

I love mud runs! I like getting dirty and having a good laugh with friends. I think mud runs get a bad rep, and so many of the bad things I hear about them aren't even based in reality! Or they're "user error" related! This afternoon, I read this great post from Janelle over at Run With No Regrets. It's called 5 Silliest Myths About Mud Runs, and it is definitely worth a read!

Now, let me talk about the thing that brought you to this post to begin with: 5 Things to Take to a Mud Run!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thursday Throwdown: May Mantra

May is a great time of year! Mother's Day is in May, people make those corny, "It's Gonna be May," and "May the 4th Be With You" jokes all in one week, Memorial Day rounds out the month, which also means that outdoor pools open on the East Coast. It's a great time to be alive!

For this month's Thursday Throwdowns, we're focusing on making May a Motivational May. This week, our theme is May Mantra, which means we're talking about how we focus, or what we say to ourselves to push through something that may be challenging or difficult.

I've definitely had my share of struggles over the last several weeks, and I've had to tap into my "mantra bank" to make sure I stay focused. Work has been wicked busy, which means less time for blogging, and less energy for things like marathon training and volleyball. Nevertheless, I've made myself spend just a little bit of time focusing on blogging and fitness, and while it's not nearly as much as usual, I haven't given up!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Get Muddy, Girl!

I haven’t run a mud run in about two years. Inconceivable! I really enjoyed the last mud run I ran, and had a blast with my friends. There’s something about doing a muddy obstacle course race that makes you feel like a beast when you’re done -- even if you were sweating and rolling around in the mud like an absolute pig. :-)

In just a couple of weeks, I’ll be running the Dirty Girl Mud Run for the first time. It's a 5k with about 10-12 obstacles. This race is cool because it is the World's Largest Women's Only Mud Run! Not only that: The Dirty Girl Mud Run (DGMR) has Bright Pink as their national charity partner! According to their website, "Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Our aim is to reach the 52 million young women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 45 with our innovative, life-saving breast and ovarian health programs, thereby empowering this and future generations of women to live healthier, happier, and longer lives." Sounds great, right?!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Leave No Trace (Especially Toenails)

I saw this on a good friend's Facebook page a couple of days ago. She went on a 30-mile, 2-day hike down in Florida, and was having some major feet issues after the first day. Ouch! I thought this line about not leaving your toenails behind was pretty fitting for today's Thursday Throwdown theme: Earth Day!

I love being outdoors, so celebrating Earth Day just comes with the territory! Want to enjoy that park where you take your kids, or comfortably feel the sand between your toes? We'd better take care of Mother Earth, y'all!!

One way we can all help out is by following the seven principles of Leave No Trace when we spend time outdoors. You'd be surprised how often people carelessly leave trash behind when they're outdoors, or how many people disrupt things in their natural habitat for the sake of being the "rebel" in their group. Not cool, people.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I Came, I Spun, I Twerked (In My Mind)

On Sunday, I made a pretty great mistake. I know, I know. That doesn't make sense. Except that it does! It all started with Saturday...

On Saturday, I played in a volleyball tournament out in Herndon, Virginia. The stars were aligned in such a way that Murphy's Law took over the first half of the day, and I ended up playing a position I rarely play (mostly because it's my worst position, and at 5'6, I'm quite short for that position). Needless to say, after a long day of volleyball, my body was not very happy with me. I went home, took one of my amazing Epsom salt baths, and got my recovery on.

Sunday morning, I ate breakfast, and headed into DC for my first ever Zengo class, at a beautiful, brand new studio in Cathedral Commons. I learned about the free class at this new location through my new homegirl Sarah, who found out about it through Active Life DC.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thursday Throwdown: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Oh, well hello there! I'm so glad you could join me today, because today is a special day: Today is the first day for the Thursday Throwdown! Woohoo!

If you missed my introductory post about the Thursday Throwdown, you can check it out here.

For today's theme, we're talking about spring cleaning, but maybe not in the way that you're used to talking about spring cleaning. Because Sarah, Tamieka, and I are healthy living/fitness bloggers, we're putting our own little twists on the topic (or, as I would normally say, putting some stank on it!), and encourage you to do the same. If you decide to write about what spring cleaning means to you, please link up with us! I'll include the linkup information and image below for all of you bloggers out there. Now, on to the Thursday Throwdown!

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Take a look at the top of this site. See that little tab that says, "Thursday Throwdown?" What is that? WHAT IS IT??

Well, my lovely readers, it is a new Thursday linkup, hosted by Fit Balling Running Mom, Cardigan Sarah, and me!!!! That's right, people! Your Thursdays are about to become even more exciting! (And what good timing, right? Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder won't have new episodes next week...)

First things first: What the heck is a linkup? Well, a linkup is an opportunity for folks to link up their blog posts on a particular topic. You'll see a little list of blog posts at the bottom of my posts that will all be related to the same or a similar topic, but everyone's will be different! I always have fun reading through different linkups to see different people's perspectives on various topics.

Secondly, What is this THURSDAY THROWDOWN linkup all about?

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Reed Reads: Build Your Running Body

If ever there was something you should be required to read before you start training for races, it is Build Your Running Body: A Total-Body Fitness Plan for All Distance Runners, from Milers to Ultramarathoners; Run Farther, Faster, and Injury-Free. (affiliate link) I found this book while surfing around Amazon one day, trying to figure out how I could become a better runner. It was pretty cheap (as of today's blog posting, the paperback version is just $14.29) and because I have Prime, it arrived very quickly!

Now that I've finished the book, I can say: This book has essentially become my encyclopedia for running.

It is packed with just over 400 pages worth of information, for both the novice runner, and the expert. It goes through everything, from nutrition, to what you should wear, to marathon training programs. It really is a great resource for runners!


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