The New Years Eve Birthday Boy

December 31, 2012

Happy New Years Eve!! Not only is today the last day of the year, but it is also Marcus’ birthday! We celebrated in style this morning with our friends, and are carrying it in through the rest of the day.

Happy Birthday Marcus! Thanks for being a part of my life for yet another year!

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My 5 Favorite Races: 2012

December 28, 2012

2012 was a year of a lot of amazing races. I was able to shrink my list down to my 5 favorite races that I ran this year. Here they are, from early in the year all the way up to now!

The Gasparilla Michelob Ultra Challenge was an absolute blast. It was the first time that did more than one race in a day, let alone four in one weekend! I ran 31ish miles over the course of 2 days, and really had fun doing it. I was training for a marathon at the time, and just incorporated the race weekend into my training.

The Harvey’s 5k was a nice small race over in St. Pete. It was really nothing crazy out of the ordinary, except for one thing – I won the race! It holds a place in my heart as the first (and only) race that I have ever won!

The Top Gun Triathlon is my favorite triathlon that I completed in 2012. Not to mention, it is the only triathlon that i completed in 2012. :P I had the support of the rest of my XP MultiSport teammates at the race, and it really was so much fun! I can’t wait to race in a few more triathlons in 2013!

The Chicago Marathon is by far, my favorite race of 2012. After completing 7 marathons, I feel like I have finally figured out how to race them (for me at least!). I was without a Garmin and just ran by the way my body felt. I pushed myself hard, and listened very carefully to what my body was telling me. A part of me is still on a high from this race. I didn’t feel a need to register for a race immediately after the marathon, as I knew the accomplishment I felt of reaching a PR was incredibly rewarding!

The Turkey Trot is a race I run every single year, but this year was different. My twin sister completed it too! It was her very first 10k, and I was able to make her a training plan and coach her for a few months toward her completion goal! The race was tons of fun, and of course, I can’t wait to race again next year!

Did you have any favorite races that you ran this year? What were they, and what made them your favorite?

The Holiday Hustle

December 26, 2012

Happy day after Christmas everyone! I hope you had an amazing time with your family! Marcus and I split our holiday between our two families, and had a very relaxing and much-needed dose of family, fun, and tons of food! We did lots of lying around, running, and indulging in holiday treats – the perfect mix really! Now that it is back to the grind (for some of us), I thought a nice equipment free Workout Wednesday post was needed – especially for those of your sticking it out through the blizzard up North. This workout can be done 100% inside.

As always, let me know if you have any questions regarding the exercises!

Do you like equipment free workouts, or do you prefer to use weights and cardio machines? How was your holiday!? Did you receive any fitness related gifts?

Go Dirty Girl

December 20, 2012

Back in November, I did something that I hadn’t done before – completed a mud run. Lucky for me, the Dirty Girl Mud Run contacted The Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers, so I get another chance to get dirty!!!

Dirty Girl Mud Run is for women of all ages and abilities. After completing the run a couple of months ago, I can definitely vouch for this. You do not have to be a serious runner or in crazy shape to complete these events – really! You just have to be willing to go out and have a great time with your girlfriends – and get dirty of course!

There are over 40 Dirty Girl Mud Runs all across the country! They sure have their work cut out for them! Bringing mud to that many cities seems intense! Dirty Girl follows suit by keeping the run completely fun – there are no timing chips or even a clock! You cross the start and finish line simply to complete the course at whatever pace you feel like. I can’t wait to do this run with my most favorite ladies again! I hadn’t laughed so much in a long time when we completed our last mud run. I think this time we are going to have to dress up though. Last time, we were totally bummed that we hadn’t planned ahead better. We have plenty of time to think about our costumes, as the run isn’t until February 9th here in Tampa.

Not in the Tampa area? Be sure to check out Jacksonville or Miami, or one of their other locations across the country! If you are looking to sign up, use the code FLBLOGGUEST to get 20% off your entry. AND, if you sign up before January 9th, you get $10 off as well! Now is the time to do it! Anyone who registers for the Miami, Jacksonville or Tampa Dirty Girl Mud Run by 11:59 PM on Dec. 24th will automatically be entered to win a gym membership of her choice valued up to $500. So sign up before Monday ;)

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas with your families and get some time to relax! I plan to unplug for the weekend and really soak up my family time. Hope you can do the same!

Disclosure: I’m a Dirty Girl Ambassador, selected because of my general awesome nature and ability to inspire. In return for spreading the word, my Dirty Girl Mud Run is comp’d, but all opinions are my own.

Melt It Off Circuit Workout

December 19, 2012

It’s Workout Wednesday! Since it is cold outside most places around the country, (Florida hasn’t received the memo yet) I thought it would be good to share a nice indoor workout for everyone. This is a nice combo of cardio and strength as well. The only thing you really need for this is a treadmill, and space next to it to hop off and get your circuits in. If you don’t feel like doing this inside, feel free to do it outside if you would like – just find a safe spot to stop and get in the strength portions.

This is a great circuit to do during the holidays. It only takes about 30 minutes, but is guaranteed to leave you pretty darn tired! Grab a family member and have them do it with you too! After all, exercise is way more fun in pairs!

***Please Note: For safety reasons, pause your treadmill or stop it completely when doing the strength exercises. Trying to get back on it while it is already moving could lead to you busting big time – yep, that’s the technical term ;)***