Fitness

For me running is not something I am naturally gifted at. I have never run a 7 minute mile or had the grace of other runners, yet running has helped me to find moments of peace in this busy world and admire what my own body can do.

 

Roxy 5k
Running the Roxy 5k this Weekend with Courtney

Why I Love to Run

 

Minimalism & A Quiet Mind

One of my favorite things about running is that is doesn’t require a ton of gear to get started, all you need is some workout clothes that you are comfortable in, and a good pair of running shoes, everything else is just extra.  Lately, I have been striving to live a life where I appreciate what I have, and keep only what I need or love. Let me tell you this is a process! Running has helped to realize that I don’t need fancy gyms or workout clothes. When I am running I am only trying to please one person, myself.  I feel no judgment when running, and no critical inner dialogue, I just am able to be in the moment. With someone who has a busy and anxious mind, finding moments of quiet are pure bliss. I find joy in being able to push my body a little more each week, and feel grateful for the progress I am making.

Goals

I am a very goal oriented person, and someone who likes a plan. Some might call me a type-A personality. With running, there are so many bench marks along the way you can achieve. The first time I could easily run a full 30-minutes, I truly felt like a runner for the first time. I love challenging myself by signing up for races, and keeping up with my runs to reach my goal. Also, running can be a social activity as well. In my area, there are tons of running clubs and adventure runs for when you feel like sharing the road with new people.

Quality Time With My Best Friend

I am pretty much obsessed with my dog Brutus, he is by far my favorite running buddy. He is always excited, he pushes me to run on days I would rather sit on the couch. Brutus and I become very in tune with each other when running, and seeing those ridiculous ears blowing around in the breeze, helps me to find joy everyday.

Running with my Dog

Spending Time in Nature

I am not a treadmill runner, I enjoy getting outside everyday. It helps be find peace, and appreciate all of the natural beauty of this earth. It has made me more environmentally conscious, than I was before. If you are a new runner, I totally recommend you get outside, and enjoy your local trails.  In the summer, that means getting up early before work to beat the heat.  This has given me the benefit of being able to center myself before coming into the office.  On the weekends, I love to check out new places to run.

Fitness

I know that this article didn’t spend a ton of time on the fitness aspect of running, but you will get all of those benefits as well. For me, the most important thing is a healthy mind and body. Running helps me to achieve both of those things.

GIVEAWAY

In order to bring a little extra fun to your runs, I paired up with Sara the owner of Headbands4Fitness on Etsy to giveaway one of these cute headbands to one lucky subscriber. Sara’s headbands are super cute and will stay in place during your workouts.  I love them for running because they are cute and totally help to keep the sweat out of my eyes.

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Happy running everyone!!!

If you are looking for more tips on running with your dog, check out my past post here.

Running with your dog

Welcome to a very special edition of Fitness Friday. This week is all about how to have fun and stay safe when running with your dog.  I am currently training for a 5k, and after that Brutus and I have our hearts set on conquering the 10k. Brutus is my very handsome rescue pup and […]

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BCAA

I recently have gotten into using supplements to enhance my workouts. I saw so many people using them, and always thought of them as being for “serious” athletes. So at first I was intimidated to try them. I started off by using BCAAs, Pre-Workout, and protein shakes.  I have really noticed a difference in my […]

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Fitness Friday Workout

Welcome to another edition of Fitness Friday, where every Friday I bring you a new workout challenge.  These help me to add something different to my workout each week, and try out different exercises. GIVEAWAY I am super lucky to pair up with BadGalLA on Etsy to GIVEAWAY one of her super cute hustle hats. […]

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Ellie Box Review May 2017

This is my second Ellie Box delivery and I have to say after my first one, I was excited to get another one! To check out April’s Ellie Box click here.  The Ellie Box is a women’s fitness apparel and accessory subscription box that comes once a month and costs $49.95. Each box comes with […]

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Welcome to another edition of Fitness Friday! This week we are doing ten partner exercises. I want to thank Feminist Apparel for gifting me this awesome Fearless Feminist Tank. I love their apparel! I have a whole closet full, from when I went on a feminist shopping spree post-election. I also, featured one of their tees […]

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Unico Nutrition Inc.

  So, I have been following the BBG program and I have been wanting a little more guidance on the nutrition part.  Since nutrition is such an important piece in our overall health. I decided to try the 21 day fix, and no I am not a beach body coach, nor will I be suggesting […]

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Welcome to another edition of Fitness Friday! The weather is starting to get nice again, so I thought it would be fun to do an outdoor park workout. This workout takes less than 30 minutes to complete and will definitely get your heart rate up! It switches between a cardio based exercise and an exercise […]

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  Welcome to the latest edition of Fitness Friday – this workout uses one of my favorite pieces of workout equipment, the Plyo box. Rep Fitness has generously paired up with me to give away the same Plyo box I am using in this workout.  The Plyo is a great piece of equipment to consider adding to […]

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I just finished up week five of the Sweat with Kayla app and I am loving the way I feel.  My energy is up and I am still feeling super motivated.  I am starting to see changes in my body and changes in my fitness level. Each workout is still super challenging for me. I […]

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I am always trying to find new ways to use some of the equipment I already own for the BBG program.  This week the only equipment you will need for the challenge is the bench.  If you don’t own a bench you can use a park bench or one at your gym. I am considering making […]

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This is my very first Ellie Box and I was so excited when it arrived.  The Ellie Box is a monthly women’s fitness apparel subscription.  Each box is $49.95 plus free shipping.  If you are like me, having fun new work out clothes and accessories helps to keep you motivated. First, lets discuss the clothes. […]

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So far, I have really been enjoying the BBG program!!  I truly believe it is easier when you have the right equipment.  The beautiful thing about the BBG program is that you can do the workouts at home or at the gym.  Here is some of the equipment you will need for the first 12 […]

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Today we are going to go over the benefits of golden milk and a easy to follow recipe. Benefits Better Digestion Turmeric has been shown to fight gas, bloating & indigestion.  Ginger which is also a ingredient in this recipe fights nausea and soothes stomach aches. Natural Anti-Inflammatory This is the perfect post workout drink […]

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