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

SUPER EXCITING NEWS!

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!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Three Goals for This Week

Road Runner Girl JKLEJRMNVMDBJHWHJRKLERMWMR: That's how I would describe this week so far. It is only Monday, and I am exhausted. You know how you can get into a deep funk, and it can be hard to pull yourself out of it? That's where I am right now. I just want to get out of this funk, man! I'm worn out!

Alright, so now that I got that off my chest, let me tell you what today's post is about.

I decided that I wanted to try a new linkup, so here we are! Today, I'm joining The Weekly Chase Linkup, which is hosted by Mindy of The Road Runner Girl. The idea is to share your goals for the week, then check in next week to see how you did.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fit Fashion Review: prAna Willa Top #pranaspringstyle

If you've been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you've noticed I've been on a rollllll with my yoga practice! I have fallen in love with the studio where I practice, and the free classes hosted by my job (taught by none other than Cardigan Sarah!) have just been a cherry on top!

Speaking of a putting a cherry on top, the cherry on top of being a Sweat Pink Ambassador is that you get to not only be part of an amazing group of women, but you also get to try out some pretty sweet products too!

Over the last month, I've been testing out the Willa Top by prAna. I chose the Willa Top because I looked at a bunch of reviews of different prAna tops, and this one was recommended for ladies with a fuller bust. After a pretty egregious wardrobe malfunction in one of my vinyasa classes -- thanks to a too-loose top and a not-so-supportive sports bra -- I decided that I needed to find a top that had enough support that I wasn't bustin' loose all over future classes.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

SLS3 Dual Pocket Run Belt Review + GIVEAWAY

Happy Hump Day!

Since I haven't posted any reviews or giveaways in a little while, I thought today would be as good a day as any to do both!

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm ready to run, and ready to really kick my running season into high gear! I signed up for yet another race today, and I'm very much looking forward to running it with my family and friends. Last year, I ran The Wipeout Run. This year, it's called the Ridiculous Obstacle Course (ROC) Race, and I'll be running it with the DMV Superstars once again. Last year, I went as Lex Lightning. This year I might come up with a totally different made-up superhero. (You can sign up to join our team by registering here.)

But enough about my upcoming races. Let me tell you all about this sweet running belt!

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