Wicked Workouts

Now that it is late October (What??!!), it means time for the start of the holidays, which also means holidays indulgence! Instead of becoming less active at the start of the holiday season, I plan to ramp up my exercise a bit, to avoid some holiday stress and all some of those sugary treats. Here are a few fun events in the Tampa area to stay active at the holiday season kickoff!

Wicked Yoga

Lululemon of Hyde Park Village is at it again! They are hosting a frightfully good time at a Halloween specific yoga event!

Witches and devils and scary things

Yoga in costume is what this night brings

On a tall rooftop in Hyde Park Village
Lots of spooky treats for you to pillage

Bring your mat and your freaky friends
We may Monster Mash before the night ends

Come in costume, frightening mask or toga
Let’s get down with some WICKED YOGA!

This is for all ages and as always, this event is complementary. Healthy refreshments will be provided.

  • When: Friday October 26th
  • Where: Hyde Park Village
  • Who: Everyone!
  • How much: Totally Free!

peerFit’s Fitness Party

Enjoy an outdoor workout overlooking beautiful downtown Tampa led by celebrity fitness trainer Fitz Koehler. The workout will include circuit training, ropes, yoga, and more. This is also a great time to meet some local trainers from the Tampa Bay area, as they will be providing training and information.

Haven’t heard of peerFit? It is a new mobile app that makes fitness fit your life! From their website – It offers digital triggers and easily accessible fitness information on-the-go, including text-message reminders and calendar integration. The website and the app provide local fitness information including fitness class locations (no matter the gym, studio or fitness center), times, intensity levels and reviews.

  • When: Sunday, November 11th from 3-5 pm
  • Where: Hyde Park Village, on top of Garage C
  • Who: People of every fitness level!
  • How much: Free!

Pretty Muddy Women’s MudRun

The all new Pretty Muddy Women’s Only Mud Run is coming to Tampa! That’s right – no boys allowed! This event is a non-timed, adventure 5k Obstacle and Mud Course that is open to absolutely all women. It is a great time to leave the guys and home and get a little dirty.

The obstacles look like an absolute blast – I can’t wait to try them all. And don’t worry, if you want to do the race but just aren’t sure about the difficulty of obstacles, you are not forced to do them. All of the obstacles can be bypassed, so you don’t feel pressured if you are uncomfortable. Sign up before October 27th and get $10 off when you use the code Foodandfunontherun. I am running in the 8:30am wave if you would like to join me!

  • When: Saturday, November 10th
  • Where: Little Everglades Ranch, Dade City
  • Who: Girls Only!
  • How much: $59.50 if you use my code (foodandfunontherun)

And on a side note –  I can’t wait to get back to running this weekend! I think I am finally ready to ease back in to a few easy miles this weekend. Woo hoo! Break time from the Chicago Marathon is over!!

Do you have any fin fitness events in your area at the start of the holidays? What do you like to do to stay active when the holidays creep up?

Zooma Florida Kick-Off Training Run

I am a huge proponent of training plans – I have never completed a distance race without one. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was chosen as a Zooma Florida Race Ambassador. I am teaming up with Rachel, another ambassador from Tampa, to host a group run in order to kick off Zooma Florida!


Don’t worry, you don’t have to be signed up for the race to participate! If you are on the fence about signing up, this is a great way to find out more about the 5k and half marathon race distances. Don’t forget, if you do sign up before November 4th, you will receive an awesome training care package mailed straight to your door! Use my discount code FLAMB8 to get 10% off your registration!

There is no set distance to be covered for the kick-off run. It is completely up to you as to how far you would like to go. Rachel plans to do 6 miles, and I will be doing between 8-10. If you would like to do more or less mileage, feel free!

Here are all of the important details:
  • Date: Saturday, October 27th
  • Time: 7:00 AM
  • Location: in front of the Lululemon Store in Hyde Park Village (Note: this is not being hosted by Lululemon. We are just meeting in front of their store)
  • Address: 727 S. Dakota Ave, Tampa, Florida 33606
  • Cost: Free!! What are you waiting for… Register now!
After the training run, Zooma will be providing all attendees with Muscle Milk, Tshirts, and water to fuel back up! Feel free to stick around post run for Lululemon’s complimentary yoga class. It is a great way to stretch out after we run a few miles on Bayshore!
Not in Tampa on the date of the run? You can participate from anywhere! If you go for a run during the weekend of October 26th – 28th and write a blog post or share photos on the ZOOMA Facebook page, you will be entered to win some awesome prizes for the virtual kickoff run!

I hope to see lots of awesome ladies there! Please let me know if you are interested in the group run! :)



WOD in the Park

I took a solid 6 days off after the Chicago Marathon. I slept in all week, and did no exercise, other than walking my dog. It was glorious! I personally do not like to get back in to the swing of things too quickly. I take a full rest week, and then do various cross-training for the second week. Then, come week three, I’ll start getting back to running again.

Sunday I had the opportunity to catch a free Cross Fit Class, hosted by Lululemon and a CrossFit 813. Lululemon likes to host different fitness events one time per month, and this time happened to be a CrossFit workout – WOD in the Park. We set up in the park by the store, and the people from CrossFit 813 brought plenty of equipment for everyone to use.

First, we completed a quick warmup. Everyone jogged about 400 meters, and then we went through some quick arm swings to loosen up, then did some air squats and pushups to get our blood moving. We were set up with a partner of similar ability, and then split up into groups of 8-12 people. We went around to each station, and learned the exercise that we would be completing. Then, after everyone was taught how to do the exercises injury free, we started the workout. It was set up like this:

  • Complete as fast as possible with good form
  • Do the exercise for 3 solid minutes
  • If one partner gets tired, the other partner takes over
  • Count all reps

The directions were very simple. I was happy to have the 3 minutes broken up – it doesn’t seem like a long time, but it feels much different when you are in the moment! Here are all of the stations:

The only exercise that I modified was the situps. The flexion of situps messes with my lower back, so I do not practice any of those. Instead, I did planks for as long as possible for my portion of the abs. It worked just fine! in total, the workout ended up being close to 30 minutes – at least that is what I said when I could get a photo of it ;)

As my first workout back after the marathon, it was very nice to change it up a bit! I am not a huge fan of cardio machines, so I am thrilled that i didn’t even have to worry about heading to the gym today. I live super close to the location of the event, so I was more than happy to start off my Sunday with a good sweat! Looks like I wasn’t the only one…

Ever done a WOD like this with a large group of people? How long do you normally take off after big races? A couple of days, a couple of weeks, a couple of months?

7 Reasons I PR’d in Chicago

So I still haven’t come down from racing on Sunday. Chicago thoughts are still racing through my head. After posting the recap, I got to thinking about how I prepared for the race, and all of the things that actually went the way I wanted them to. Here is what I am attributing to PR’ing in Chicago.

1. A solid taper

3 weeks out from the race, I completed my last long run of 22 miles. From there, I slowly decreased my mileage each week, logging only 9 miles the week of the race. I felt like crap the whole time – that is, until the day before race day. When I did my 20 minute shakeout run in Chicago, I knew that my taper was perfect. I felt unstoppable, and ready to conquer that 26.2 the next day. You will hear see me say this time and time again – Trust Your Training! You will not be sorry!

2. Lots of rest

Running races in new (to me), big cities is always tricky. All that I want to do is go out and explore, but I know the best thing is to relax a bit so that I don’t tire myself out. Back in 2010 when I ran NYC, I was on my feet for a solid 2 days before the race. It was ridiculous. For Chicago, I knew that I would not be able to do this and have fresh legs. To prevent overdoing it, I scheduled one activity per day on our trip. We were there for 5 days, so it was pretty easy to not worry about having to over schedule our trip.

The Bean

2. Compression Socks

I wore my CEP compression sleeves everywhere! I put them on the second I woke up in Tampa before heading to Chicago, and pretty much only took them off to shower between then and the race. I really felt such a big difference with the sleeves on, and I knew it would increase my circulation while flying. I also wore them during the race, which is something I have really grown to love. They also helped with those cold temperatures too!

3. Eating well

Starting around Thursday, I started to up my caloric intake – nothing crazy, but I would eat a little bit more at meals, and be sure that I was always full. I don’t tend to carbo-load. It doesn’t work for me. I hardly ever eat pasta, so I am surely not going to start the week of a race. The night before the marathon, my dinner consisted of a bbq chicken pizza. I have been loving that lately, and thought it would be a perfect pre-race meal. I left the restaurant feeling full, but not stuffed. I also kept fiber to a minimum so that I would not have any GI distress during the race.

Wrigley Field Tour

4. No alcohol

This is (to me) a no-brainer. I am not one for drinking anyhow, but I do not have any alcohol in the weeks leading up to a race. It is calories I just don’t need, it leaches my body of water, and it will cause my immune system to tank. These are all things that can really hurt you leading up to race day. Wait until after the race for those celebratory drinks – you will have definitely earned them.

5. Lots of water

A lot of runners start drinking a lot of fluid the day before, but it is important to really start hydrating the week of the race. It will help to flush the bad stuff out of your body (think possible sickness) and have you in tip-top hydration shape for race day. Remember not to drink too much – hyponatremia is a real thing! Just have the right color of pee, and you are all set!

6. Consistent Fuel during the race

I have always carried some kind of fuel with me during races. I tend to wait until I feel like I need it, but that has always proven to be too late. For the Chicago Marathon, I decided that I would take 2 Gu Chomps in 5 mile increments. It didn’t matter whether or not I wanted it. I was going to take it. I actually stuck to it, and washed them down with cups of water. Then, in between Chomp fueling, I would grab a cup of Gatorade and take that. I was pretty much having some sort of caloric intake each 2 to 2.5 miles, which seemed to work really well for me. If it were warmer out for the race, I would have most likely had to stop at more water stops, but the weather was on my side for this race! :)

7. Starting Slow

Out of everything that I did, starting the marathon at a slower pace than usual is what had me PR. I have shot out of the start corral too many times, and felt my legs become led around the 21 mile mark. It is the worst feeling ever when you can see 18 weeks of solid training slipping away from you, just because you were over eager at the start. I had to physically slow myself down for the first 5k. It was annoying, and I had people passing me left and right. The difference? I was the one passing everyone in the last 6 miles. I didn’t hit a wall, and know it was because I relaxed at the start and just experienced the race.

What do you attribute to having a good race? Do any of these points work for you too?