The Ultimate Training Giveaway

Now that we are almost 2 weeks into the New Year, how many of you are still focused on your goals? I know I definitely am, and I want to help you reach yours as well. I have a very special giveaway for you today!!

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I would like to offer my virtual run coaching services or personal training services to you, free of charge!

1 month of run coaching


3 month run training plan


1 month personal training plan

If you are curious as to the difference in a training plan or coaching, just check out my coaching page. It is all explained there. There absolutely no catch – other than, of course, actually entering the giveaway!

So here is what you need to do:

Mandatory: Tell me in the comments why you want to win the giveaway, and which option you plan to take advantage of.

For a bonus entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet out “I want to win (whatever your preference is) with @marybaum20!” Leave a comment here letting me know you did.

I’ll be announcing the winner next Friday, January 18th, so everyone has a week to get their entries in. Good Luck!

For all of you running the Disney Marathon, the Disney Half Marathon, or the Goofy Challenge this weekend, GOOD LUCK! I’ll be volunteering at mile 6.5 of the marathon course, so look for me. I’ll be looking for you!


PureProject & Spring Marathons

So whoever said spending time on Facebook gets you nowhere was proven wrong in my book today! Brooks Running (aka, the only running shoe I will wear)  is holding a contest in cities across the country. They started off in Boston, then came to Tampa yesterday, and will be hitting up Nashville, Austin, Portland, and Seattle for the rest of the week. Pretty much, it is a scavenger hunt. They post pictures in a spot in the designated city with a clue, and whoever finds the Brooks Guru first wins a pretty sweet swag bag! This photo was posted at lunch on Tuesday.

I honestly was expecting the picture to be in a more well known part of Tampa, based on yesterday’s picture in Boston Common. When the picture popped up, I noticed I was close – really close! Being that it was 12 noon, I was a-ok to hop in my car and just use a lunch break to hunt down the Guru! I made it to the spot in just 6 minutes, and was the first one there!!

All I had to do was say a simple “Did I win PureProject on the Run?” and the prize pack was mine! Wooo hooo!

So why is Brooks giving away free stuff? Their new line of PureProject shoes are now in stores and they want to make sure everyone knows it! They hooked me up! I will be mailed 2 new pair of Pure Project shoes of my choice. I went ahead with the Pure Flows that I already love, and I am going to give the Pure Drifts a shot as well. What else was in my swag bag? See for yourself!


And its a great that I have some more Brooks gear coming my way as I am going to be needing it this spring! I finally chose my spring marathon and signed up on Monday night. I’ll be heading to Louisville, Kentucky the last week of April to run the Kentucky Derby Marathon! I actually ran this race as my second marathon back in 2009, but really didn’t train for it much. I want a second chance on this course for 2013! My whole family lives up in Louisville, so that didn’t hurt my decision either. Running a marathon and getting to see my aunts, uncles, and cousins? Sign me up! Well, I guess I already did that! ;0)

The course is really pretty, running through a couple of parks, along the river, and even through Churchill Downs (where the Kentucky Derby is actually held each year)! That was definitely my favorite part last time! The elevation chart has a couple of spikes but nothing too crazy. Very manageable for this Florida girl!

So there ya have it – this has been quite the start of the week for me! I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid to write this post by Brooks Running. My super savvy social media stalking skills led me to earning this ridiculous bag of swag. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Is Brooks coming to your city? Do you plan to keep an eye out for them? What about your spring race – have you picked it yet?


Meghann’s Wedding Weekend

This past weekend was my great friend Meghann’s wedding! We have talked so much about all of the work that she has put into her big day and I couldn’t wait to see how it all turned out! The wedding was held in a rustic barn in Titusville, Florida and was absolutely beautiful. The weather was overcast and cool and everything was perfect. There were so many touches that Meghann put on the wedding that were direct reflections of her and Derek’s personalities. I loved being a part of all the festivities – from the pre-wedding run to the ceremony to dancing the night away.

Congratulations Meghann and Derek! Love you both! Here’s to many years of happiness!


 How was your weekend!? Do anything fun? Have you ever been to a wedding in a barn or rustic area?

A few of the photos are courtesy of Ashley – she caught some amazing moments!

A Year in Review: 2012

So I am doing this a little bit out of order – I revealed my 2013 goals on Wednesday, and thought I would recap 2012 today. It was quite the year for me, and I hope 2013 is even better!


I started Yasso 800 workouts for the first time – still one of my most searched for posts.


I paced Meghann to a 13.1 PR at the Rock N Roll St. Petersburg Half Marathon

I chatted about the Race Shirt Debate



I completed the Gasparilla Michelob Ultra Challenge

I won my very first 5k!


And rode in a parade to celebrate it!


I talked about my top 6 Running Recovery Tools

I completed my 6th marathon – the Country Music Marathon

6 Time Marathon Finisher!


I shared a few race spectator tips

Shared the Jello Leg Workout

Volunteered at my first triathlon (a 70.3!) – and saw Lance Armstrong!


I was asked to be a Lululemon Ambassador

I tried a Peanut Butter Coffee Smoothie


Celebrated my first blogging anniversary

Went to a Baptiste yoga workshop

Enjoyed my Lululemon photo shoot

Completed my first triathlon


Went to a yoga for runner’s workshop

Attended my first Healthy Living Conference

Created the Rock Your Bottom Circuit Workout


Surprised a great friend with a bridal shower

Featured as Fitness Magazine’s Fit Blogger We Love and Women’s Running Blogger on the Run

Started studying for the NASM exam


I ran (and PR’d) the Chicago Marathon


Became a certified personal trainer

Completed my first Pretty Muddy mud run

Announced my running coach services

Finished the Women’s Half Marathon


Ran a Bachelorette Party Half Marathon

Shared my holiday gift guide

Celebrated my 26th birthday with a hot chocolate party

2012 was quite the year! I am hoping that at the end of 2013, I can look back and feel even more accomplished than I do about 2012! What are some things that you are proud of from 2012? I would love to hear them!

2013 Goals and Focuses

2012 was an amazing year, and I feel like the goals I set last year were very self focused. While I obviously still have many personal goals this year, I am making it a point to set a few goals that keep others in mind as well. Here are my 2013 goals!

Last year, I set a goal to simply get more into yoga. It was something that I knew was a great way to cross train for running, so I did it. This year, I am taking it a step further and keeping myself accountable to practicing yoga 2x a week. Whether I take a class, pop in a DVD, or pull up an online yoga class, I am going to do more yoga. I have really started to love it over the past few months, even more so in the past few weeks.

Since I have become a certified personal trainer, I have not taken any steps to grow my business. I am going to get some experience at a local gym first at a part time level, and then hope to grow a personal business. This will definitely be in baby steps, but I need to start somewhere!

I cut all artificial sweeteners out of my life last summer, and now I want to take it a step further. I want to drink my coffee without sugar. This is a little goal, but a big one for me! I drink 3+ cups of coffee a morning, so cutting out sugars will eliminate a good amount from my diet. I am really looking forward to achieving this!

Marcus and I are working very hard to eat in more often, as it helps us save for other things in life that we are working towards. At these home-cooked meals, I am going to cook 1 vegetarian meal per week. This doesn’t seem like a big goal, but for us it will be an adjustment. We are creatures of habit when it comes to what it on our plate, and we always have some sort of meat. Sticking to one vegetarian meal will help to keep the costs down and the nutrients up!

It is really easy to get set in our ways, and I am breaking out of this habit! I plan to say Yes more than No this year. This is a hard one to really quantify, but it really means that I just want to go for it. If a friend invites me out when I may not normally go, I am going to go. If I feel a little bit out of my comfort zone, who cares! Bring it on!

This one is probably a little weird to some – complete no more than 1 marathon this year. I am going to run a spring race, and then hold off for the fall. Of course I will run other races, but they will just be half marathon distance and under. I want to focus on my body a bit and not worry about a strict training schedule. Putting this out as a goal will help me to focus on it, and not cave in when it comes to sign up for fall marathons.

In the past, I was beyond dedicated with early morning workouts. The past 3 months or so, I have been anything but dedicated. I am going to get back to my normal schedule of waking up early at least 3x a week to workout. I feel so much better when I start my day with a sweat session and I really want to hold myself to this. My evening will be more open for other activities that pertain to other goals.

I want to live in a judgement free zone. Let’s face it – it is human nature to compare things and judge others. I have fallen into this trap lately, and I am crawling back out! From comparing one fitness instructor to another, or thinking someone’s idea that differs from mine is the wrong one –> I am letting it all go.

Tying in with having more time at night, I am going to read for fun 3x per week. I love reading and the soothing effect it has on my evenings. It is an awesome way to wind down, and I am going to make it more of a routine. Waking up early will provide me plenty of time at night to read. I can’t wait to get into a few good books!

To go with the theme of focusing on others, rather than just myself, I am going to volunteer at 6 different road races this year. I want to make sure that I give a part of myself to the running community, as it means so much to me, and is nothing without the volunteers that support each race.

I hope you all keep me to these goals, and push me to achieve them! Please let me know how I can help you achieve yours as well. :)

What are your big focuses for 2013? Please feel free share some below!