Posts tagged with "Run to the Finish"

Join me for the Holiday Sweat Challenge!

Posted November 13, 2014 in FitApproach, SweatPink, Run to the Finish and 8 more

Staying active and healthy during the holidays can be tough! There is a constant flow of food, your schedule gets packed with parties and family gatherings and lounging on the couch in flannel pajamas watching holiday movies just sounds so much more inviting than going out in the cold to workout!

But there's nothing worse than starting a new year with the goal of losing a bunch of weight you gained during the holidays or having to get in shape all over again because you skipped out on workouts for a couple of months.

For the past few years, I've created a holiday weight management program on Sweet Success. It's been a great way (for me!) to to stay on track during the holidays. But it's not happening this year. I don't have time to get it together.

Luckily, there's another great way for us to stay in shape this holiday season! The Holiday Sweat Challenge.

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Getting my Holiday Sweat on

Posted November 9, 2015 in Holiday Sweat, workout, fitness and 8 more


*I'm a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I'm participating in the Holiday Sweat Challenge on my own. This isn't a sponsored post.

Life can get absolutely crazy this time of year. Holiday parties, traveling, Christmas shopping, decorating and spending time with loved ones, while all absolutely wonderful, can cause us to throw in the towel on working out and eating healthy.

My goal during the holidays is always to maintain my weight. I don't want to go into the new year with an extra five or 10 pounds to shed. Ugh!

So I'm actually stepping up my workout game this holiday season (because I'll inevitably be eating a bit more than usual). I joined the Holiday Sweat Challenge with Sweat Pink and Run to the Finish. It's from Nov. 8 (today!) to Jan. 2.

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Get a Stronger Core with These 3 Moves

Posted November 16, 2015 in core, fitness, exercise and 8 more


*I'm a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I'm participating in the Holiday Sweat Challenge on my own. This isn't a sponsored post.

When you think about strengthening your core, you're probably thinking about six-pack abs. But having a strong core is about so much more than some muscle lines.

Having a strong core improves your balance and stability, which can be helpful for every day tasks or for running, participating in sports and doing other forms of physical activity. When your core muscles are weak, you could experience back pain, poor posture or injuries (source).

I'm talking about strengthening your core today because it's the theme for the Holiday Sweat Challenge this week. I'm staying active and healthy this holiday season thanks to this challenge, which is sponsored by Sweat Pink and Run to the Finish.

The focus is on the core because a strong core improves your overall fitness and performance. So I'm sharing my three favorite core strengthening moves. And they're all yoga-inspired!

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Week of Workouts {Dec. 7-13, 2015}

Posted December 14, 2015 in workout, fitness, fitness instructor and 6 more

Happy Monday!

Today I'm sharing my workouts from last week. I'm teaching a lot of fitness classes right now because a bunch of instructors are taking time off for the holidays. So I'm trying to find a balance between teaching and doing my own workouts. 

The Holiday Sweat Challenge hosted by Sweat Pink and Run to the Finish is still going strong. I haven't been great at logging my workout minutes online. But I've still been working at reaching my activity minute goal each week. Last week, I got in 390 minutes of activity. My goal has been to hit 450 minutes, so I'll keep working towards that!

I've also been slacking on participating in their Instagram challenges each week. I'm going to hop back on this week though! This week's theme is "Nourish Yourself," and I'm all about that! You can follow me here.

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 1 and 2

Posted February 9, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, Lincoln Half-Marathon and 7 more


I started my training for the Lincoln Half-Marathon!!

This will be my 10th half-marathon and I'm running the race on my 33rd birthday! 

Going in to training, I was not feeling confident at all. My last few half-marathons have been extremely challenging (Yellowstone Half-Marathon), my pace has been getting slower and slower, I've been having severe hip and hamstring pain and I developed plantar fasciitis the last time I trained.

My other struggle the past two years has been training while teaching group fitness classes. I would often skip my weekday short runs because I was too exhausted from teaching or just didn't have time. 

I really wanted to train with intention this time. I want to feel strong and confident on race day. So here's what I'm doing differently...

  • I hired a running coach. I really wanted a customized training program that would help me build strength and endurance, and help me stay injury-free. After looking at my local options (and not finding what I was looking for), I ended up going with Amanda Brooks from Run to the Finish. We had an initial phone call so she could find out about my goals, struggles, schedule, workouts I enjoy, etc. Then (within a few days), she had created a customized plan for me. I love my training program because it includes workouts that I like doing and fits perfectly with my schedule. She's also pushing me to incorporate hill sprints and hard effort into my runs, which is something I've never really done before. Amanda is also providing tons of tips on warming up, recovery and more, and I'm getting support and encouragement in her private Facebook group. 
  • I'm doing lots of yoga. Amanda included yoga in my training program, but I also talked to Sarah Sutton, a local yoga teacher and former long distance runner. She convinced me to give yin yoga a try to help with my recovery. I'm taking Sarah's yin yoga class through Kearney Park and Rec, and I've loved it so far. Not only is it incredibly relaxing, but the stretches feel so amazing. 
  • I cut back on teaching fitness classes. I'm currently teaching two classes on Tuesdays, and not subbing much.

As I get deeper into my training, I'll share more details about what I'm doing. But these are the most significant changes that I've made to my training so far. 

Here's a look at my training from the first two weeks...

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 3 and 4

Posted February 24, 2016 in running, half-marathon, half-marathon training and 6 more


I can't believe I'm already in my fifth week of half-marathon training. Running is finally beginning to feel slightly easier! 

One of my biggest mental hurdles has been not getting down on myself for running at a slower pace than in the past. During my six mile run on Sunday, I started thinking back to when I first started running about eight years ago. 

I didn't know any other runners. I didn't know what a fast pace was. I didn't even have a running watch or GPS on my phone. I ran at the middle school track to keep track of my miles. 

When I finished training runs, I felt a great sense of pride. Running any more than 3 miles seemed like such a huge accomplishment. The first time I ran 10 miles, I bought myself a giant cocktail ring to celebrate. 

I'm working on accepting where I am in this moment and taking time to congratulate myself after each run. 

Here are details from my training...

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 5-6

Posted March 11, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, half-marathon and 6 more


I'm still running! 

I'm currently on the 7th week of my half-marathon training! The race is less than two months away, so my weekend mileage is really starting to increase.

My training has been such a roller coaster with headaches, a blizzard, falls on the ice, weird jaw pain and a gross cold. Read about my first four weeks of training here:

Weeks 1 and 2

Weeks 3 and 4

Maybe training has always been like this, and I just never noticed because I didn't share such specific details on the blog! 

I'm working on staying positive about my training, and these running memes definitely help me keep a sense of humor about running.

Here's a look at my fifth and sixth weeks of training....

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Losing Your Identity as a Runner

Posted May 5, 2017 in running, runner, half-marathon training and 6 more

When you've been a long distance runner for nearly a decade and then you stop running, are you still a runner? 

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All week photos of me running the Lincoln Half-Marathon have been popping up in my Facebook memories. 

The race is Sunday, and it's the first time since 2009 that I'm not running. 

The photos bring back a lot of good (and bad) memories from half-marathon training and race day. But the photos have also made me feel a little lost. 

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