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11 Feb

Name: Ali
Blog address: http://www.msprun.com
Facebook: facebook.com/msprun                                                        Twitter: @am588
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What’s your primary workout? My primary workout is running – I’m
currently training for a marathon, so dedicate 6 days a week to running.
1 day a week I will add on weights/cross-training

How long have you been working out? I have been working out weekly
for 2 years, but am now focusing on my running

How often do you work out? 6 days a week

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? My pink shoelaces! I
can wear them with every workout

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal? I absolutely love
honey crisp apples, but sadly they’re only out for a few months 😦 My
favorite meal would be Emilybites.com’s Pepperoni Pizza – so good and
low cal!

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you what would you eat and do? I would eat pizza all day long. My 2 favorite pizzas are a pepperoni and goat cheese pizza, and a sausage and apple pizza – delicious!

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit? My marathon goal.

Any advice for the beginners out there? Start small. Set realistic
goals, and give yourself time to train.

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I love meeting new
people! Through blogging, I’ve met some great friends and supporters

How do you hope to inspire people? I inspire people by motivating
them. I really like connecting with first-time runners on twitter, and
helping them with their training.

Barking Mad About Running

6 Feb

Blog                                                                                                 Facebook                                                                                             Twitter                                                                                                           barking What’s your primary workout? Running! I just ran the Disney Marathon, in January!

How long have you been working out? I have been working out off and on for 20 years, but I just started running last August

How often do you work out? I run 3 days a week, and try to fit in strength 2 days a week, although that doesn’t always happen! i just started P90X so I hope that helps!

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? I LOVE running skirts, altho it is getting too cold for that! I also love running in race tees from past races that I have run. Alot of races give out tech shirts now.

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal? Apples and peanut butter is a new fave, and I LOVE making homemade chili with ground turkey. Everybody eats it, and it is a great meal if you add some salad on the side for your veggie.

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do? Cake cake cake, did I mention cake?

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit? The example I set for my kids! They see me losing weight (over 30 lbs in the last year) and they barking1 come to some of my races, and they are in awe. Not an easy things to do when you have teenagers!

Any advice for the beginners out there? Take it slow to avoid injury, READ about whatever new thing you are trying, and be patient. You didn’t get overweight and out of shape over night, so you cannot fix it overnight either. Find a support group and lean on them!

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I love reaching out to people and giving them inspiration, showing them that it isn’t always easy, and that it can be fun! It is also a great outlet for me, and helps to keep me accountable!

How do you hope to inspire people? I started running at the age of 38, finished 4 Half Marathons at the age of 39, and will complete my first Full Marathon just shy of my 40th birthday. *anyone* can do this! The wonderful thing about racing is that the only person you need to beat is yourself. I love it when my friends tell me that they have started running because they saw me doing it. I hope that I can continue to inspire women my age to finally get active!

 

**On a side note: I will be running Kim’s Virtual half-marathon this month. This is a virtual half-marathon for Breast Cancer. Her details on Facebook:

Run, walk, bike, or crawl a Half Marathon during the month of February! You can do it all at once, or in stages!
For $20, you can run your race wherever and whenever you want, and I will mail you a medal! You will also be eligible to win prizes! I will add one prize for every 10 people to register. My last race for Komen had 100 racers, let’s knock that number out of the water! $15 per racer will be donated to Susan G Komen! The official date of the race will be February 16, one month before I run the Rock n Roll USA Half Marathon, on behalf of Susan G Komen’s Marathon for the Cure program, but you can run any time in February. 100 racers =$1500, let’s do this!
Payment can be made via paypal using kimmiepcft@hotmail.com (use the choice: goods, so that I can mail to you via paypal/usps) or you can send me a check. PM me for my address.

Sounds pretty awesome right? I’m running the half on Februrary 23rd. You?

I kinda blew up.

5 Feb

Let me tell you how I “blew up” last week. I ran another half-marathon January 26th. I lifted the next day and then I decided to give myself a break. I weighed myself that Monday and I had gained 8-10 pounds. I didn’t totally freak out because I did just run 13.1 and I knew it was all water weight. I am not going to lie to you and say that this didn’t get me down a bit. I decided to treat myself to a massage. She worked miracles and I decided this will be my prize after every half. Because I deserve it. Damnit.

Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. It was Friday and I still felt like a water balloon. I was driving my husband crazy. I was becoming a major pain. Whining and whining. I admit it. I was a big baby. I am very in tune with my body and I tend to get obsessive. So, after 5 days of feeling like crap I decided to go on a cleanse. A cleanse created by me.

This cleanse consisted of lots of water, Shakeology, Click Protein, lots of veggies, and lots of fruit. That’s all the details I am giving because I don’t want to sound like I know what I am talking about and have you try and then you end up as crazy as me. Three days later and 12 pounds lighter I hit that workout room feeling like a brand new girl. Whew.

Since I have 12 more races to go I need to adjust some things with my training and fueling. It will be trial and error. I going to amp up my fruits, veggies, seeds, and nuts. I have a few more weeks until my next half. I’ll figure it out. Don’t you worry your pretty little heart. And if I don’t, I’ll be a big, whiny baby again.

My plans for training this month involve running of course, P90x, TurboFire, and Les Mills Pump. Sounds fun right!?

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1 Down. 12 To GO.

27 Jan

Yesterday I ran my first race of the year. Another half-marathon. I ran it on the treadmill and it went very well. Mom’s Run this Town put together a Virtual Race, “Winter Wonderland.”

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A virtual race is nothing like a real race, obviously. However I did appreciate the round of applause I received from my husband when I got upstairs. It’s almost kind of depressing when you “cross the finish line” because there is no one there to cheer you on, congratulate you, or give you a beverage. You just shut off the treadmill and go on with your day. No one notices. Except for the people you live with. Oh well, that’s not the reason I run. So stop being such a dang baby right? 🙂

Feeling pretty good today. My hips are a little crabby and my ankles ache a tad. I think it’s time for some new shoes maybe. They have about 400 miles on them and my right foot has a rip inside. Just about time.

I didn’t follow a specific training plan this month. Since I completed Les Mills in December I’ve been doing my own thing. We’ll see how well I do when I do my end of the month measurements.

January runs (so far):

**Weekdays I do shorter runs**

January 8: 2.24mi.

January 10: 1.89mi.

January 12: 5mi.

January 14: 3.05mi.

January 17: 2.90mi.

January 19: 9mi.

January 21:3.40mi

January 23: 1mi

January 26: 13.1mi

I plan on doing this type of training for the year. I like to do interval training during the week and save my long runs for when I have the time. Not saying this plan will work for you, but it is for me. So far! My next race will be February 23-“Barking Mad for Breast Cancer.”

Have a fantastic day!

Show the treadmill some love.

24 Jan

Pssst… Sports Bra offer code at the end…

Remember when I told you I’m running 13 half-marathon’s this year?

Well, I quit.

KIDDING!!!! My first race is this coming Saturday. It’s a virtual that will take place in my basement and on my treadmill. I do live in ND and it’s January mind you.

So, me and my trusty sidekick, the good old treadmill, have been very close lately. I’ve been running every other day and strength training on the opposite days. I run long on Saturday’s to prepare me for race day. I will keep this schedule up for…the…remainder…of…the…year.

Last Saturday (week before race) I did 9 miles. I have never ran that long on a treadmill. I watched episodes of Frasier. I tried watching Saved By The Bell. Nope. Just can’t do it anymore. I tried watching some music videos, but that wasn’t fun. Boy, can some people make some really crappy music. Man. I plan on watching a movie for the race. That sounds so stupid. My grandparents got me a gift set of 50 classic movies, so I plan on digging into this as well. I think I will watch Jane Eyre. See how this version is…

Perks of the Treadmill
***We must stop referring to the treadmill as the “dreadmill” people! I’m taking a stand and I would like to point out the TM perks!***

-Bathroom breaks in YOUR bathroom (no ditches, porta potty, etc.)

-Make weird grunting/tired sounds and no one gets weirded out.

-You can watch Frasier with the TV cranked to 50. Cause I’m 50.

-Don’t have to worry how you look before, during, or after.

This machine is ready for you when it’s too cold, too hot, windy, snowing, and raining. Or maybe you hate the sun and an ideal temp. Whatever. Just stop the hate people. Stop the hate.

I decided to buy a running watch for once. Super sick of my phone strapped to my arm. I am sure I will adore this little watch once I figure the darn thing out! God forbid I thoroughly read the directions and not wing it! My fault entirely. But, I do need to figure it out by Saturday.

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Wish me luck my friends.

Oh, you want that bra code right? I gave it out yesterday on my FB. So, make sure you go ahead and like my page while you’re at it. Shock Absorber USA sports bra’s. The name says it all. I needed one, so I bought one. Now you need one too. Here’s your 10% off code. LMShock . Now go. Shop your little hearts out.

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Mindy’s Fitness Journey

23 Jan

Name: Mindy Artze
Blog address: http://mindysfitnessjourney.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mindysfitnessjourney?fref=ts
Twitter:https://twitter.com/mindyartze

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What’s your primary workout?
My primary workout is running right now. I love doing bootcamps but I have my first half marathon in 2 weeks so I’m running every chance I get.

How long have you been working out?
This is my new years resolution. I was tired of being tired so I decided to get my butt in gear. I had no idea that fitness would become such an important part of my life!

How often do you work out?
I try to get a workout in 5x a week. Realistically it doesn’t always happen. I’m a single mom of an active 9 yr old. I’ve been spotted planking andmindy2 running at my son’s football practices. Sometimes we have to be creative right? I figure if I don’t get a workout, the most important thing I can do is forgive myself and move forward.

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in?
My capris and a tank but I’m thinking it may be time to get brave and get a running skirt!

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal?
My favorite healthy snack is celery with a little cream cheese on it. My favorite healthy meal is a filet mignon if it’s my red meat day. I also love chicken with portabella mushrooms.

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do?
I would definitely get cheese fries and a Burger with bacon from Outback! Yum! And I would probably go to a fair and have some yummy fried dough… yep I’m definitely not cured of the bad eating lol!

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit?
My son is so proud of my hard work. That’s the neatest thing! Hearing him tell his friends at school that his mom is a runner was the best!!!

Any advice for the beginners out there?
You can do it! Stick with it!!! Its addictive! Give it six weeks and you’ll see!

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
I blog when something is on my mind. My favorite thing is when someone connects to something I have written.

How do you hope to inspire people?
I am just honest. I’m not perfect. I’m not a trainer or a fitness professional. mindy1 I’m just a girl who decided she wanted to get fit 😉 I’m just like you…and if I can do it, why can’t you?

Plans for 2013

8 Jan

I know. I’m a week late. And you know what? I have officially lost my mind.

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Yes, I have committed to running 13 half marathons for the year. Yep. Most of them will be virtual of course and on the treadmill. The treadmill is my best friend.
I figured since I have these big plans, I should spruce up my workout room. It had a nasty country western border that was just begging to be ripped off. Took me 4.5 hours, but I did it.

Before:

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After:

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Oh, and my best friend:

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I will be starting a running journal and a workout journal. I plan on lifting on off running days so by journaling I can keep track of what I do. I also plan on plugging in my Bodybugg for 30 days to get a “feel” where I am at. Make sense?

It’s not going to be easy, but I love challenging myself. I am so excited. I have 7 races in mind so far. Once they’re scheduled, I will share my calendar with you.

Have you set goals for the new year? Are you challenging yourself enough to get there?

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