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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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Piper’s Run

4 Feb

Name: Anna Sherwood  Blog name: Piper’s Run
Blog address: http://pipersrun.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PipersRun
Twitter: http://twitter.com/PipersRun

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What’s your primary workout? Running.

How long have you been working out? I’ve been active since I was a wee little one; downhill skiing at 3 years old, soccer at 5. I started to work out more as a teenager and into my adulthood. Competitive sports ended around age 20, so roughly 12 years I have been working out.

How often do you work out? I am for 3 – 5 days a week on top of working full time, having a toddler and now baby #2 on the way.

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? Anything that allows me to move well. MEC running pants in the winter with a wicking long sleeved shirt and Running Room jacket.

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal? I’m a big fan of Coconut Greek yogurt with blueberries or Soy chocolate milk.

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do? Nacho’s and potato skins!

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit? My family is my biggest motivator. I want to be healthy for my 2 year old daughter, my husband and baby #2 on the way. Being a positive role model for my children is extremely important to me and helps me stay motivated.

Any advice for the beginners out there? One step at at time. Start moving a little more each day and less sitting. Set simple goals for yourself each week and schedule them at various times throughout the week to match your changing schedule. 

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? Meeting other bloggers and being accountable to my followers. If I talk the talk, I must walk the walk or else I feel like I am failing the focus of my blog.

How do you hope to inspire people? I hope by sharing my story, my life and my goals on my blog may encourage someone else to get moving just a little more and more each day. Life has many challenges but you can work around them, make your health the focus and attend your goal in the end.

Petite Texas Mama

30 Jan

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What’s your favorite workout? My primary workout is lifting and cardio, especially hiking. I regularly incorporate yoga as well for increased flexibility.

How long have you been working out?I started working out regularly about two years ago.

How often do you workout?I typically work out 4-6 days a week

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? Lululemon sports bra, a pair of athletic/yoga pants and my sweat pink tank layered with a plain racerback.

What is your favorite healthy snack and meal? My favorite healthy snack and meal…that’s hard because it changes every few weeks when I get bored! Lately my favorite healthy snack has been spinach salad with walnuts, strawberries, onions and jalapeños with lemon juice. Or protein smoothies. Meal would be, hmmmm maybe roasted chicken with a baked potato and steamed green beans and asparagus. 

If you could eat anything for one day without consequence what would it be? If I could have a cheat day, it’d be crazy! Breakfast would be pancakes, bacon and hash browns; the rest of the day, Chicago style deep dish pizza, steak fajitas, chicken fettucine alfredo and a Coolhaus ice cream cookie sandwich. 

What is your biggest motivation for staying fit? My biggest motivation for staying fit is definitely my son and my family. It’s awesome when I hear my son request broccoli for dinner, tell me he prefers brown rice to white rice, or that he "needs to eat healthy because it makes him feel better." There is a history of diabetes on my mom’s side of the family, so I definitely want to avoid that fate.

Any advice for the beginners out there? Start slow! Baby steps it the best way for success. You can’t run a marathon without months of training and conditioning, and the same goes for any major changes in your life. To start eating healthy, change one or two things every few weeks until you’ve tweaked your diet to what works for you on your journey. And explore lots of different activities until you find one you enjoy! 

What is your favorite thing about blogging? I like being able to say whatever I want and focus on things that are important to me. 

How do you hope to inspire people? To show that, even as a single mother, I am able to take control of my health and fitness. It’s hard some days, and I have setbacks, but I’m trying.

Train Dirty Fitness

28 Jan

Name: Crystal Honeycutt
Blog address: www.traindirtyfitness.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/traindirtyfitness
Twitter: www.twitter.com/turbocrystal

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What’s your primary workout? Running/crossfit.

How long have you been working out? 9 years.

How often do you work out? 6-7 days a week.

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? Black Fila toning capris (no wedgies lol), and a tank.

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal? Peanut butter and banana.

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do? WOW! I would eat biscuits and gravy (homemade) for breakfast, lunch would be pizza, supper would be cheeseburgers and fries, dessert would be cake and icecream 🙂

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit? My biggest motivation is knowing that if I stop the only option is to go back to being a size 24 and regaining the 100lbs I lost.  Neither of which is an option for me.

Any advice for the beginners out there? No matter how many times you fall, get back up! It doesn’t matter if it takes you 3 years to lose 20lbs..all that matters is that you progress 🙂

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I love to blog because it allows people to see that I’m real. I’m human. I’m just like them.  Often people think I’m not suseptable to cravings, weakness, down days–but that’s not true! I’m just like everyone else, I just choose to push through those feelings!

How do you hope to inspire people? I hope to inspire people by giving them the hope and belief in themselves to put their health on the priority list.

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?

Kate Moving Forward

21 Jan

Name: Kate Scott
Blog address: katemovingforward@blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateMovingForward?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/katemoving

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What’s your primary workout? I like running and HIIT cardio. I also do strength training 3 times a week.

How long have you been working out? Really since high school I have been pretty regular with working out. I’ve never been blessed with a high metabolism so I’ve always needed exercise to keep my fat cells in check! Lol! Now healthy eating I still struggle with, but a year ago I lost 20 pounds using Weight Watchers to track and manage my eating habits. If you want to lose weight and truly be healthy you’ve got to focus on the kitchen as well!

How often do you work out? 5-6 days a week depending on my schedule and how I’m feeling.

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? I really like these workout tanks I DIYed with my sister!

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal? My favorite healthy snack is Greek yogurt with blueberries. My favorite healthy meal would be homemade whole wheat pizza with lots of veggies!!

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do? Oh gosh. Well I would go to an amusement park and ride lots of rides, eat a bacon cheeseburger and moose tracks ice cream for lunch. Then I’d fly to Chicago, spend lots of money, eat deep dish pizza and cheesecake, and go see Wicked with my friends. Sounds like an awesome day!

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit? Honestly, I love not worrying about how my clothes fit. You know, when you pick out the outfit based on how it best conceals your muffin top? I hate days like that! I also like being in shape enough to run around and play without being winded. I’m also convinced I will live longer and enjoy life more fully because of my level of fitness.

Any advice for the beginners out there? Make one healthy choice at a time and in tune with your ability. Don’t sign up for a marathon, just commit to walking 30 minutes a day. Don’t swear off carbs for life, just say no doughnuts in the house. Make small permanent changes and then build upon them!

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I love the community! I like that on a day when I don’t feel motivated or energized I can read others blogs or put out a shout-out for some motivation. I’m always uplifted by the support and encouragement from my readers and fellow bloggers.

How do you hope to inspire people? I want to help people to see that healthy living doesn’t have to be difficult or confusing. I want to help break down the sometimes overwhelming health and fitness world into manageable steps for my readers so they can see that fitness and healthy living is simple and fun!

Marathon Mom

14 Jan

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Name: Jen    

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What’s your primary workout? Running

How long have you been working out?                                        My entire life: I was a dancer starting at age 2 until about 20 and played many other sports (basketball, softball, volleyball) off and on. After college I started running and was immediately hooked.

How often do you work out? Daily I do something: run 5-6 days, spin class 1-2, weight training 2-3.

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? If it is warm I am in   my Nike Tempo shorts, tank and hat. In colder weather UnderArmour tights and turtle neck with Smart Wool socks (and plenty of other layers!)

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal? I am a salad fanatic, lately my favorite is spinach topped with a mix of black beans, roasted peppers, sweet potato and salsa. My go to snack is homemade granola either plain or on Almond yogurt.

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do? I hate to say it but I would still run, I love it! but follow this with a huge piece of tiramisu and a couple glasses of pinot noir.

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit? The feeling I get after a great workout and always trying to better myself. My daughter is a a huge motivation too, I love showing her how strong women can be and role modeling a healthy lifestyle.

Any advice for the beginners out there? Find something you enjoy and start there, grab some friends or find a group to workout with which increases the social aspect and accountability. Set a goal and reach for it and don’t be afraid to reward yourself. Don’t be too hard on yourself or compare to others; we are all different and need to focus on better our past performances.

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? Running, parenting and cooking (oops that’s 3).

How do you hope to inspire people? Being a mom who still finds time to workout I think this inspires others. I hope I can pass on my love of running to others and showing that no matter where we start we can always achieve more. My first two marathons were 5+ hours and I now consistently run 3:30 and am a competitive runner, something I never thought possible when I began.

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