The A-Z of Getting Fit With Your Kids

Looking for fun news ways to get your kids up and moving each day? Exercise doesn't have to be a drag. But I know how hard it can be to get kids out the door when all they really want is to continue their slug-fest on the sofa. Some kids can't wait for an excuse to get outside and run around. But others need a little more encouragement, and that's cool too. The key is to make it fun and … [Read more...]

Race Review: Emerald Isle Marathon

Last weekend, I ran North Carolina's innaugural Emerald Isle Marathon. I was nervous about running a first-time race because I know there is a steep learning curve when it comes to things like making sure there is enough water at the water stations and porta potties at the start line. But my worries were for naught, because it was pretty clear early on that the race directors and volunteers in … [Read more...]

Win a Garmin Forerunner 405 with Heart Rate Monitor and USB!

It's here! Last week, I mentioned that I recently won a Garmin Forerunner 405 running watch through my fundraising for Girls on the Run. And as much as I would LOVE to keep this watch for myself, I think this is the perfect opportunity to raise even more $$ for the team. So I am raffling off this watch and for every $10 donation, you get a chance to win! Here's a little backstory: On November … [Read more...]

How to pick the perfect running shoe

by Amby Burfoot In the market for a new running shoe?  Your first stop should be to seek out the advice of an expert at your local running store.  They can watch you run, examine your current pair, and talk to your about your running goals - and injury history - to determine the running shoes that would work best for you. You can also use this guide, created by running legend Amby Burfoot, … [Read more...]

Race report: Potomac River Run Marathon

It has been less than 24 hours since I completed the Potomac River Run Marathon in Carderock, Maryland.  So while the pain is still fresh in my quads - and my ego- I figured I would sort out the thoughts in my head by hammering it all out on the keyboard. Some of you may remember my announcement last week that I was hoping for a PR at this race.  As you may have guessed, I did not accomplish … [Read more...]

You signed up for WHAT?

It seems as though I have some explaining to do. Over the past few weeks, my race schedule for 2014 took shape in a pretty big way.  And it seems that before the year is through, I will be making the leap from marathons and triathlons to an Ironman! But I'm getting ahead of myself.  Let me start with the race that's on my mind right now: the Potomac River Run marathon in Washington D.C. on … [Read more...]

1/2 Marathon Training: Week 1

My new training plan started on Monday. But I should probably say Tuesday since my first day was a rest day. It turns out Tuesdays and Thursdays are all two-mile runs, which works out well with Girls on the Run. Wednesdays are cross-training days, which are my personal favorite. I normally like to ride my bike on these days. I just recently tried out Mom's bike trainer. It's pretty hard because … [Read more...]

11 going on 13.1

This summer, my eldest daughter - at the ripe old age of 11 - will attempt to complete her first half-marathon. She is not new to running.  She has run numerous 5K and 8K races and in 2012 ran her first 10K at 10 years old. She is also not the youngest person to ever attempt the half-marathon.  You probably caught the news last year of the 6-year-old who ran the Showdown Half Marathon in … [Read more...]

Will you help me ‘Run Like a Girl?’

A few months ago, I embarked on a new journey as a coach for Girls on the Run. If you're not familiar with it, Girls on the Run is an organization that works with girls in grades 3-5 with the ultimate goal of running a 5K. But GOTR is truly more than a running program.  It's a program that teaches girls about health, fitness, self-esteem, community, and real beauty. And it reminds girls how … [Read more...]

4 for 40…Mission Accomplished!

I did it.  I DID IT!! Last year, around this time, as I was heading into my 40th birthday, I set  goal to run four marathons to commemorate my 40th year.  And despite an injury that sidelined me for two months - and forced me to defer entry into one of my planned marathon runs - I am happy to say that I did it.  Last weekend, I ran the Richmond Marathon and made it my fourth marathon of the … [Read more...]

How not to get hit by a truck while riding your bike

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, you might have seen this gnarly picture already.  Apologies in advance for tossing it out there again but it seemed as good a time as any to talk about bike safety, or "How Not To Get Hit By A Truck While Riding Your Bike." So here's the deal, last week, I was riding my bike down a fairly busy street when I was runoff the road by a truck … [Read more...]

Running like a dog

As many of you already know from my work with Shaklee last summer, I am a runner.  Well, most of the time I am a runner.  Lately, though, I really haven''t felt like much of one.  What used to be fun and freeing has become a real drag. This past spring, I ran the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach with the goal of making this the first in my "Four for Forty" attempt to run four … [Read more...]

Dipping a Toe into Barefoot Shoe Waters

When I first started running just a few years ago, I was all about the padding.  Every article I read supported the theory that running shoes should help cushion the blow of the sport by softening the pounding on the feet.  But in the last few years, a new trend has emerged that turns this notion on its head - barefoot running. The premise behind barefoot running is that our feet are already … [Read more...]

Team #Cinchspiration: Luray Sprint Triathlon!

Today was the Luray Sprint Triathlon. Remember my bike ride from a few weeks ago?  The one that almost kicked my butt? Well today was the day that it put that 17 mile bike ride together with a 750 meter swim and a 3.1 mile run.   Wanna know how I did?  Check out the video below...     … [Read more...]

Tri Bike Ride: #Cinchspiration and the Go Green Get Fit Challenge

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