RWS Features #41

 

Good morning. It’s been a wild week for me medically speaking. I plan to share more on Monday or Tuesday, but let’s just say I can’t wait to feel 100% again! While I am still recovering, I thought it was time to let someone else do the blogging, so here’s another RWS Feature!

Meet Sabrina, a fellow #SweatPink ambassador!

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1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

Becka at 50 half marathons in 50 states inspired me to start blogging. I thought it would be a fun way to be creative plus keep me accountable Also it was a fun way to share with my family and friends my running obsession (fun for me anyway).

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences:

Just Plodding Along is where I share my quest to complete 30 half marathons before turning 30, 17 down and 1 year until I turn 30. Races, running gear, and life overshares can all be found on my blog.

3.) What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?

I hope to share my story and inspire others but also be inspired by other runners.

4.) What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

I would stay sticking with my goal of 30 before 30 but also losing about 30lbs and finding confidence in myself and my abilities.

5.) What is your blog URL and twitter handle

http://bean-justploddingalong.blogspot.com/

@just_plodding

Thanks Sabrina, what an inspiring goal, can’t wait to follow more of your marathon adventures!

*Don’t forget to check out this post to enter to win one of two $500 visa giftcards!

QOTD: Do you have any goals you want to accomplish before you reach a certain age milestone?

Fitspiration

 

I love motivational quotes, often times called “fitspiration” when in the realm of health and fitness. They help me on hard days, when I am not feeling very confident, or when I don’t feel like working towards my goals at all. This one in particular is something that has really helped motivate me in tough times:

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Not going to lie, there have been times when I have felt like quitting. Between injury and illness setbacks, battling the weather, etc. sometimes it feels easier to throw my hands up and say “forget it, I can’t do this anymore.” Sometimes it takes a few minutes, and sometimes it takes a few days, but I always come back around with some thinking and a lot of praying.

Think about why you started.

I started because I want to live a healthy long life to see my family grow and change

I started because I never thought I could accomplish my goals

I started because it seemed impossible

I started because I am a fighter.

So next time you say it’s too hard, or I can’t do it, or I will never be good enough, remember to think about why you started in the first place, and let it be the motivation that helps you reach your goals.

Would you like to win two pounds of Fitmixer product? Simply follow this link and share an inspirational quote or saying that has helped you along the way. Remember there are extra entries also, so be sure to enter as many times as you can!

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Also, I would love to hear your favorite motivational quote as well, so be sure to share in my comments as well as the Question of the Day!

RWS Features #40

 

WOW I can’t believe this is the 40th blogger I have done a spotlight on, madness! I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend. I board the Disney magic today for a week of fun in the sun. Don’t worry, the dogs are being watched at our house, so they are no doubt having a great time. I can’t wait to share photos and pictures with you when I get back! RWS will still be up and running so please come visit. For now, I want to introduce you to http://www.mainleyrunning.com

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1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

I started a blog when my family relocated to Maine almost 7 years ago at the urging of a friend as an efficient, convenient way to share pictures and stories of our life here in Maine with those we no longer had the pleasure of being with every day.

Then I met Amy and Jen and we started Mainely Running with a goal of motivating others to get moving ~ at their pace and on their own terms. With Mainely Running we hope to inspire others. We always say ~ If we can do it. You can do it!

Read up on our Revolutionaries and you’ll understand what we mean!


2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences:

Mainely Running’s goal is to motivate and inspire others to get moving.We offer a running class through our local YMCA to help folks get started and to keep them moving toward their goals.


3.)What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?

We hope to encourage others to set fitness related goals and to work toward those goals with support from us and from our Mainely Running community one step at a time.

 

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

Amy, Jen and I found ourselves looking for new outlets and new challenges after putting our careers on hold or leaving our careers completely in order to be home with our children. The challenges inherent in becoming stay at home moms brought us together initially. The challenge of running a mile, a 5K, a half-marathon and then a marathon kept us together and drew us closer then we could have ever predicted.

I think the three of us would agree that our biggest healthy living accomplishment has been finding balance in our lives and realizing that taking care of ourselves makes us better, stronger, healthier and happier mothers and wives!


5.) What is your blog URL

http://www.mainleyrunning.com

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WINNER of the Gold Bond Friction Defense Giveaway is:

Be Fit With Kristen! Kristen e mail me at [email protected] and I will get you your prize when I get back from my trip!

QOTD: Do you run by yourself or with running friends?

October 2012 Goals

 

I wrote a post in September talking about my goals for the month. Now that it’s October (WOW) it’s time to look back and see how I did. I decided to only set 3 goals for September, I have been really busy so I wanted to set some “mini” obtainable in a month goals as opposed to more long term ones. To review, here are the three goals I made:

1.) Run 4 days a week

2.) Drink 8 glasses of water a day

3.) Stop negative thinking/pessimistic attitude

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aaannnddd here is how I did:

1.) Run 4 days a week (A-) I did this all but one week, where I ran three times. I am happy to say I finally feel like I am starting to get back on track with my workouts. Let’s hope this trend continues and I stay injury free!

2.) Drink 8 glasses of water a day (A+) It has been very hot and humid, so this goal was pretty simple to follow. I think I drank nearly 8 glasses just during and after my runs! I only had a glass of sweet tea at dinner on Friday or Saturday nights, and other than that and sports drinks, it has been water all the way, and not going to lie my face has cleared up a LOT. I have always been that girl that struggles with acne her whole growing up, but between not wearing makeup every day and drinking lots of water, it’s looking pretty good!

3.) Stop negative thinking/pessimistic attitude (B-) Not going to lie, this is still tough for me. It kind of comes and goes in waves. I will do really well for a few days, and be really positive, then something will happen and send me into a temporary tail spin. I am really going to keep working on not letting little things set me off and ruin my day or week, and instead try to learn from the situations and use them as an opportunity for growth.

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October Goals:

1.) PR in a half marathon. I have two halfs this month, the first I doubt I will PR in, but the 2nd, I think it’s possible if I continue to work hard to get back to where I was. Reason why I won’t PR in the first one…ok, I guess it’s time to spill the beans. I am going on a cruise right before the half marathon, so Bobby may have to roll be through the course. I am of course VERY excited about my trip (got a great deal!) but the half…oy.

2.) Actually make a craft from Pinterest. I always see and pin the cutest things (especially for the holidays!) but never actually make anything. I am so not crafty, it’s kind of sad. Must remedy this.

3.) Read a book. October is pretty crazy with travel, but reading a book relaxes me, and it also means I am taking time for myself, so this is a good goal for this wild month.

4.) Vlog more.  I vlog here and there, but I want to do it a bit more consistently, at least once a week. I think that’s a good starting point.

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Be sure to enter my giveaway, only a couple days left to enter!

QOTD: What is a goal you have for October?

*Check out my NEW travel page! It’s on my menu at the top of the page as wel.

RWS Features #39

 

I am headed out on a 12 mile run with Bobby, and I am back to my RWS features! Today I am featuring Meghan and Jessica from Hot Bird Running. Not only do they have a cute blog, but they are also coaches! I know they would love some more clients! Go check ‘em out!

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1.) How/Why did you start blogging? We started in May 2011. We launched the blog when we launched our coaching company, Hot Bird Running.

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences: Hot Bird Running is about showing people how to have fun, be outdoors and make running a balanced part of life.

3.)What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging? We’d love to get more clients! More so, we really want people to realize that running is fun and find their own sense of joy while running.

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment? Encouraging friends and acquaintances to be healthy and get on a fitness kick!

5.) What is your blog URL and twitter handle www.hotbirdrunning.com @hotbirdrunning

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Courtney is running the Disney half marathon with team ASPCA and needs your help fundraising! Please check out her page to see what she’s been up to!

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QOTD: Have you ever used a running coach or personal trainer? Would you like to? What was your experience like if you have?

Safely Go

 

I love being connected to the world (and have to be for work), therefore I love my cell phone. I keep it with me at all times, much to my husband’s annoyance, and constantly check my e mail, calls, and texts. While this is fine most of the time, while I am driving it is NOT ok. Did you know it takes approximately 4.6 seconds to answer a text? That’s like driving the length of a football field….blindfolded. A million bad things could happen in that time frame

I will admit, it is very very tempting to text and drive, but it’s not safe. Also, it’s usually a very unimportant text that is coming through anyway that could wait.  Verizon has fortunately made it a bit easier for me with their new Safely Go app. (You can find it in the Google Play store under the Verizon tab)

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The app sends an auto response text every time you receive a text while driving and have the app running. This idea is genius, and hopefully also helps other people realize the dangers of texting and driving. But keep in mind, this only works if the driver realizes the danger and uses the app.  There are currently 39 states that have laws about texting and driving, so let’s spread the word, and help keep our roads safe.  Also, you wouldn’t want to hit a runner or biker while texting and driving would you?

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Yesterday, Bobby and I ran 6 miles, and then went to the gym and lifted chest, tri’s, and legs. My run felt great, I feel like I am finally getting back into a groove, but still praying my foot holds up as I up my mileage! Yesterday was my first attempt at a back to back run where I doubled the mileage of day 2 (day one was 3 miles, day two 6) as I start to gear up for Goofy in January!

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Want a recap of my speech/session on Social Media at Healthy Living summit? It’s up on the HLS website!

QOTD: Do you ever do two workouts in one day?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided
with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the
product.

Pingraphy

 

Who loves Pinterest!?!? (Are you waving your arms wildly in the air like I am?) If you do, then you will love this new-to-me tool that you can use to schedule your pins. Some of you may know of my love for Buffer from Healthy Living Summit and using it to schedule tweets and Facebook updates, but we should schedule out pins as well. Just like you don’t want to bombard a Twitter feed with update after update in a short period of times, you should space out your pinning as well. I know it’s hard, because if you are like me, I get on there and see a ton of cute things I want to repin and I go to town! This is fun, but not getting your blog or pins a lot of exposure since it’s condensed into such a short period of time. So, what’s a social media junkie to do?

Enter Pingraphy. If you are familiar with other scheduling platforms, this will be a breeze. Simply sign up using the same email and password you used when you signed up for Pinterest. Them be sure to drag the pingraphy button into your toolbar up top below your address bar for easy scheduled pinning, and you are ready to go!

Ok, so say you are on my blog and you really want to pin a sweet photo of my awesome new pink running shoes.

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Simply click the Pingraphy button in your toolbar and all the photos from my post appear—with checkmarks.

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Click the “uncheck all” button unless you want to pin eeevveerrryyy image, and just click the one or two you want to schedule. Hit next, then a box will pop up asking you to schedule the time/date and what board it should be pinned to, or upload it to Pinterest right now. After you schedule, click confirm and you are done! So simple.

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Not only is this tool important for spacing out pins, but it’s also a time saver. Say you know tomorrow you are super busy but you want to get pins up, you can schedule a bunch for the next couple of days, and then not worry about it tomorrow when you are too busy to pin, are on vacation, etc.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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DON’T MISS THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF DISNEY’S PRINCESS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND
FEBRUARY 22–24, 2013
Register today before the price increases on September 26 for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon (54% Full). Whether you run for yourself, or for the women in your life, you’re sure to get the royal treatment as we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of this special event. (Anniversary BLING!)

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QOTD: What is your favorite thing to look for on Pinterest? I like home organization pins and decorating ideas, especially for holidays.