Posts tagged with "run"

Bolder Boulder Recap

Posted May 27, 2014 in running, Bolder Boulder, Colorado and 5 more

Bolder Boulder is my favorite race of the year. The race is just fun. The entertainment is awesome, people are happy to be there, the race is flawlessly executed and the swag is the best! Oh, and I get to take a road trip to beautiful Colorado with my BF.

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Running in Savannah

Posted July 7, 2014 in running, run, sweat and 6 more

I intended to do a lot more blogging while I was in Georgia over the last week and a half, but I started having trouble uploading photos and I was busier than expected.

But I still want to share some of my adventures! I'll post a few recaps of my food and fitness adventures this week.

First up - running in Savannah...

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 22-28|

Posted November 29, 2014 in Week of Workouts, week, Piloxing and 6 more

I had a great week of working out. I took three yoga classes, and tried two new fitness classes - hot yoga and PiYo! 

I have a full blog post about my hot yoga experience coming up next week!

PiYo was great! The class doesn't usually fit into my schedule, but the pool was closed at the CHI Wellness Center and my water aerobics class was cancelled. It was nice to change things up. I liked that it was fast-paced, and all the squats and lunges made me feel like I was getting lots of strength work. I dragged the BF with me, and it wasn't his fave (see photo below), but it makes me happy that he's always willing to try a new class.

This week was Thanksgiving and I got in two workouts! I took a morning yoga class at the CHI Wellness Center and the BF and I went for a run. It was cold (22 degrees with an 8 degree wind chill), so I got really bundled up. I love starting holidays with a good workout!

Here are my workouts from the past week.

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Top Five Winter Running Essentials

Posted December 9, 2014 in running, SweatPink, FitApproach and 7 more


*I received the opportunity to review ProCompression Marathon Socks through my ambassadorship with FitApproach. I received a pair of socks from ProCompression to review. All opinions are my own.

I admit, running during the winter takes a little extra motivation. Here in the middle of Nebraska it gets cold...and windy. 

But getting out to run during those extra cold days takes two things - some positive self-talk and proper winter running gear. 

I'm sharing five items you absolutely can't live without if you're going out for a winter run. This list is perfect if you're still looking for holiday gifts for runners!

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Must Have Half-Marathon Training Gadgets and Gear

Posted March 10, 2015 in half-marathon, running, run and 6 more


I'm currently training for the Lincoln Half-Marathon, which is May 3 (two days after my 32nd birthday!)!!

This will be my eighth half-marathon! What?!?! It's hard for me to believe I've run 13.1 miles eigth times. Just seven years ago, I couldn't run a mile without stopping to walk.

I definitely don't consider myself to be a natural runner. Running is never easy for me. But I love being outside and running. It helps me clear my head, think about life and enjoy the outdoors. I also feel so accomplished and strong after a run.

When I first started running, I didn't have all the gear. I wore a pair of cheap running shoes, black workout pants and a sweatshirt to train for my first half-marathon. But I've collected running clothes, gear and gadgets that I now feel I can't run without. Sometimes having the stuff just makes your runs a little bit easier!

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Your Last Minute Half-Marathon To Do List

Posted April 28, 2015 in half-marathon, running, run and 8 more


I'm running a half-marathon this weekend, and I started thinking about the last minute things I need to do to prepare. Getting ready for a race can be a bit stressful, especially if it's your first half-marathon!

Since this will be my eighth (what?!?!) half-marathon, I wanted to share some things that I've learned over the years.

Here's your pre-race to do list:

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Lincoln Half-Marathon 2015 Recap

Posted May 5, 2015 in Lincoln Half-Marathon, running, run and 7 more


I can't believe the Lincoln Half-Marathon is already over! I spent 12 weeks training, and in one morning it's done.

As I mentioned in my training recaps (here and here), I suffered from some chronic hamstring pain throughout training. This was due to teaching 4-5 cardio fitness classes a week on top of training for the race. In the two weeks leading up to the race, I only taught 1-2 classes a week in hopes that my hamstrings would recover and my legs would feel fresh for the race.

Unfortunately, my hams were hurting within minutes of beginning the race.

The BF had a little hitch in his run also because he was battling a chest cold the entire week before the race. The morning of the race his coughing sounded pretty rough.

We decided to take the race slow, not worry about our time, and just get through it.

Here are more details about what we ate before, during and after the race, and how we did during the race...

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Bolder Boulder 2015 Recap

Posted May 27, 2015 in Bolder Boulder, run, running and 8 more


The BF and I ran Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day! It was such a fun race!

We've run this race together four times, and I think this was my favorite. We really took our time, enjoyed the people watching, the bands, the activities (Slip n' Slide), and we stopped to take lots of photos.

We had decided to take it slow this year because I have plantar fasciitis and tendinitis (read more about it here). We thought we would end up walking a lot because of my foot injury. But we ended up running slowly, walking at the water stations and stopped for activities and selfies.

Here's a recap of the race...

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Yellowstone Half-Marathon Recap

Posted June 23, 2015 in half-marathon, Yellowstone, travel and 7 more


The Yellowstone Half-Marathon…where do I begin???

When I signed up for the race in February, I was in the midst of training for May's Lincoln Half-Marathon. I thought registering for a half-marathon a month and a half after Lincoln would keep me motivated to continue running. Sometimes after Lincoln I take an extended break from running and lose my running fitness.

The BF and I were also already planning a trip to Yellowstone. We were planning on leaving June 13, the day of the race. We decided to register for the race, and head to Yellowstone a day early.

However, after the Lincoln Half-Marathon I developed plantar fasciitis and had to put training for Yellowstone on hold. I only did one long run and a handful of shorter runs between Lincoln and Yellowstone. I also never practiced trail running like I had planned.

I was super anxious about Yellowstone because I wasn't in the shape I wanted to be in for a half-marathon and I was worried about my foot. But I was already registered and driving over 800 miles to get to Yellowstone, so I felt like I had to run the race.

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 9-15, 2015}

Posted November 16, 2015 in workout, fitness, healthy living and 8 more

Happy Sunday! I hope you've had a relaxing and rejuvinating weekend.

I'm bringing back my Week of Workouts posts! I'll be sharing my workouts from the past week each Sunday. I took a long break from this series because my workouts were starting to look the same every week. But I'm changing things up as part of the Holiday Sweat Challenge.

My goal for the week was to get in 420 minutes of exercise and do yoga every day. Yoga every day didn't happen, but I'm going to try again this coming week! I was also a bit short on my workout minutes...I got in 315 minutes of exercise. I need to get better at working out on the weekends.

My biggest accomplishment this week was going for a run! I took a long break from running after the Yellowstone Half-Marathon. That race really shattered my self-confidence, and I just haven't felt like running. But I decided to try a 3-miler on the treadmill and see how I felt. I took it slow, and ran without stopping to walk. It actually felt good!

Here are the rest of my workouts this week...

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 23-29, 2015}

Posted November 30, 2015 in workout, Holiday Sweat, Sweat Pink and 8 more

Happy Monday!

I'm once again late posting my workouts from last week. My goal is to post these on Sundays. But I took a little break from blogging over the long holiday weekend ; )

I'm sharing my workouts because I'm participating in the Holiday Sweat Challenge with Sweat Pink and Run to the Finish. Each week, I'm setting fitness goals for myself so that I stay active and healthy during the holidays.

My goal for last week was to get in 450 minutes of exercise, do Pilates or yoga three times and go running at least once.

I only got in 195 minutes of exercise. I had planned on working out a lot more over Thanksgiving weekend, but I had a headache Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and wasn't feeling up to much movement.

I was finally feeling better on Sunday, so I went for a run at the gym. This is proof that a participating in a challenge like this is motivation! I very rarely go to the gym on the weekends, and I typically don't workout on the weekends unless I'm going to a yoga class or going on a hike. Go me!

Here are my workouts from last week...

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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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Learning to Love Yourself More {Part 4}

Posted February 25, 2016 in self-love, Self-Love February, running and 9 more

February has been all about feeling the love! We've been focusing on learning to love ourselves more through self-care, by being our authentic selves and by being diligent about self-love even as our bodies change.

Make sure you check out Part 1Part 2 and Part 3!

Movement and physical activity are some of the best ways to begin feeling more love for your body and to build your self-confidence.

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Weekend Recap {Feb. 26-28, 2016}

Posted February 29, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 12 more

Happy Monday! 

I'm starting out my week with something different and fun. I'm speaking at a high school conference for FCCLA members about creating a career in health and fitness. I'll be there all day sharing my secrets (really just having passion and working hard).

My weekend was low key, but full of fun and relaxation.

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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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Using Essential Oils for Running

Posted March 22, 2016 in essential oils, running, half-marathon training and 4 more

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I started using essential oils about a year ago, and I've been amazed at how they can supplement my healthy lifestyle. 

I add a few drops of lemon essential oil to warm water every morning to help aid digestion. I rub peppermint essential oil on my temples and neck when I have headaches. I use a blend of oils meant to help relieve stress at night to help me sleep. And I diffuse a variety of oils in my diffusers at home and at work. 

But I recently began wondering how I could use essential oils to increase my performance or aid in my recovery from running. I'm currently training for a half-marathon, and can use all the help I can get! 

So I asked Sarah Sutton, a registered yoga teacher and Young Living distributor/essential oil educator, to share some insight on oils and running. 

I took Sarah's essential oils and chakras workshop last November and I've been taking her yin yoga classes. She is a wonderful teacher, very nurturing, kind and warm. So I was very excited that she agreed to share her knowledge about essential oils here on Sweet Success!

Here's what Sarah had to say…

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 7 & 8

Posted March 25, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, half-marathon and 6 more


The half-marathon is getting closer and closer!

My runs are feeling better every week! My shorter runs finally feel somewhat easy, and I don't totally dread my longer runs. 

I haven't had any hamstring or hip pain this time around. I had a bit of knee pain, but I bought new shoes, got more consistent with stretching, foam rolling and physical therapy, and started working with a chiropractor. 

My running coach has been amazing. She gives me encouragement and tips whenever I'm struggling! I'm working with Amanda Brooks of Run to the Finish.

I'm currently working on trying to get up early and run before work. I struggle more with post-work runs (tummy issues, side cramps, fatigue, etc.), and running after work makes my evenings too full. But getting up early is a struggle for me!

Here is a look at the rest of my training...

Weeks 5 & 6

Weeks 3 & 4

Weeks 1 & 2

And here's a recap of the past two weeks...

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My Favorite Running Gadgets, Gear and Fuel

Posted March 29, 2016 in running, Believe Training Journal, foam roller and 7 more

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I'm training for my 10th half-marathon!

I've made some major changes to my training this year. Last year, I had a lot of pain in my hips and hamstrings and I developed plantar fasciitis. I didn't make training a priority - I taught a lot of fitness classes, skipped weekday short runs, didn't do any speed work and slacked on stretching.

So I decided to train with more intention this year. I hired Amanda Brooks of Run to the Finish as my running coach. After asking me about my goals, struggles, schedule, likes and dislikes, she created a custom training program for me. 

She also sends me emails with information on fueling for runs, recovery, physical therapy, stretching, warming up, etc. I also email her with random questions and concerns (like...is it normal for my knees to creak and crack when I'm doing squats and lunges?)

By following her program and advice, incorporating yin yoga and seeing a chiropractor, I've been able to train pain-free!

In addition to making changes to the way I'm training, I've discovered some new gadgets, gear and fuel. Here are some of my favorites...

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 9 & 10

Posted April 8, 2016 in half-marathon, half-marathon training, run and 4 more

My half-marathon is just a few weeks away! What?!?!

My training has been getting better and better. I've been more consistent with getting in my strength workouts, core workouts and training runs. And my runs are finally starting to feel easier. 

However, my pace isn't really improving. My run times are slightly faster than they were 10 weeks ago, but not much.

The good thing is that I haven't had any pain. My knees, hips, hamstrings and feet have all felt fine! 

Here's a look at my training from the past couple of weeks...

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Using Positive Self-Talk to get Through Long Runs (or tough workouts)

Posted April 13, 2016 in running, half marathon training, run and 6 more


While training to build endurance and fueling my body for sustained energy have been important aspects of my half-marathon training, the thing that has truly pushed me through longer runs is positive self-talk.

There is a significant difference between runs when I'm saying to myself "You can't do this" and "You're not strong enough" and runs when I'm saying "You've got this" and "You're doing great."

To get through my long runs or even short runs that are a struggle, I use a combination of positive self-talk, mantras and visualization. 

Here's how you can use positive thoughts during your long runs or even during tough workouts...

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 11 & 12

Posted April 23, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, half-marathon and 6 more


The half-marathon is a little over a week away! 

I've been making my long runs a priority, but I've still been strugging with getting up before work on weekdays. Ugh! Weekday evenings are usually full with health coaching and teaching fitness classes, so working out in the mornings would be ideal. 

However, I really hate working out at 5:30 a.m. My body just isn't functioning at that time. 

Stress was also an issue during week 12. I MUST manage my stress in the week leading up to the race!!

Here's a look at the last two weeks of my training...

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What I'm Doing to Prepare a Week Before My Half-Marathon

Posted April 25, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, Lincoln Half-Marathon and 9 more


My half-marathon is in less than a week!

I'll be running my 10th half-marathon on Sunday, and I'm nervous! Although I know what to expect on race day, I feel different going into this race.

During 2015, I ran two half-marathons and experienced major hamstring and hip pain and I developed plantar fasciitis. 

When I started training in January, I was coming off of a six month break from running. 

But I really wanted to give the half-marathon another try, so here I am! It's been quite the journey. I've had some new mental hurdles that I've had to overcome (ie. my slower pace and running alone) and I've had to keep an open mind about my training since I hired a running coach to guide me. 

Although my pace is still slower than it has been in the past, I've trained injury free! That was my one and only goal for this half-marathon. 

I honestly wouldn't have made it through training without my running coach - Amanda from Run to the Finish, the BF, my family, my chiropractor and the likes, comments and support from you!

To calm my nerves and make sure I'm feeling healthy and strong on race day, this is what I'm doing this week...

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Lincoln Half-Marathon 2016 Recap

Posted May 3, 2016 in half-marathon, running, run and 4 more

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I finished my 10th half-marathon!!! I ran the Lincoln Half-Marathon on Sunday, May 1, which also happened to be my 33rd birthday!

My family and the BF helped me celebrate my day and supported me during my run. It was a fun weekend, and I was really proud of myself for completing the race.

Here are details from the weekend and the race...

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Why I Run Races + My Favorite Race

Posted May 5, 2016 in running, run, Eventbrite and 3 more

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In the few days that have passed since I ran my 10th half-marathon, I've been thinking a lot about the races I've completed over the years.

I started running about 9 years ago and, in addition to half-marathons, I've run dozens of 5Ks, 10Ks and other races.

I realized that my favorite races were the ones that I wasn't trying to PR and that I was running with the intention to have fun. 

I don't really like spending a race checking my running watch and pushing myself really hard. I find satisfaction in simply finishing a race and having had a good time. 

One of my favorite races I've done is the MidSummer Night's Trail Run in Hastings, NE. It was an evening four-mile trail run that took place in July in Highland Park, which is located outside the city. I think the last time I ran this race was in 2013. 

This race took place each summer from 2011 to 2015, but they aren't planning another one. 

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Memorial Weekend 2016 Recap - Bolder Boulder

Posted May 31, 2016 in Bolder Boulder, Colorado, running and 5 more

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!

The BF and I always go to Colorado over Memorial Weekend, and we run Bolder Boulder. This was my fifth time running the race! It's definitely my favorite race because of the fun atmosphere, amazing spectators, awesome swag and beautiful mountain views.

Here's a recap of our trip to Colorado...

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Bolder Boulder 2017 Recap

Posted June 8, 2017 in Bolder Boulder, running, yoga and 4 more

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The fiancé and I ran our sixth Bolder Boulder 10K together on Memorial Day!

It's a tradition that we've kept alive since we started dating, and something we always look forward to doing together each year.

We actually considered skipping it this year because neither of us have been running much. We were worried that running a 10K might be a lot without proper training. 

But we decided to just go for it, walk as much as we needed to, and have fun. Which is exactly what we did!

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