#redGift: Thank Your Rock Project


*The winner of the Mizuno running shoes revealed here. I've had a lot of opportunities lately to spotlight people in my life who love and support me -- and who I love and support back! I feel like the most fortunate girl in the world and truly have an amazing family and some awesome friends. My life is FULL of love! So when Red Envelope asked me to participate in their #redGIFT: Thank Your Rock Project, I had to go for it. While thinking of who I wanted to dedicate this post to, I had a lot of options but I kept coming back to one -- my husband, Rick. I know I recently wrote our one year anniversary post but this week is actually our 4-year anniversary of being together so I think that merits another, don't you? How is he my … [Read more...]

NASM Personal Training, Winners Revealed & Fun Announcements


Happy Monday all! I know, Mondays are hard but you can do it and then you are one step closer to the weekend :) First thing's first. The winner of the three month supply of Emergen-C is @Jenwim: *Email me at ericka.andersen@gmail.com to claim your prize, Jenny! Second? Big news! I finally signed up to take the test to become a NASM certified personal trainer. I've been thinking about it for a year and kept putting it off for various reasons (mostly, I haven't studied since college and wasn't sure I remembered how!) but I thought...why are you waiting? Now is the time if you ever want any kind of job in the fitness industry, at least on the side. So I signed up and started studying this weekend. I think I can do it and I'm excited … [Read more...]

Running at Sunrise is My Favorite (Mizuno GIVE-AWAY)

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What you've missed: Life Was at the Edge of My Comfort Zone, Just Like They Say 305 Fitness: New Favorite Workout Class Emergen-C Rocks My Socks Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness All spring and summer, the path to my favorite running spot has been closed for construction. FINALLY, they moved it and I can run down to the harbor again. And that's where I found my sunrise run love again! In the past week, I've run down there twice and it's glorious at sunrise. It's fairly sparse with people and the water goes on for miles. I love watching the rowers out early on the calm water, the few couples watching the sunrise together, a few old folks walking with their coffee from the nearby … [Read more...]

Life Was at the Edge of My Comfort Zone, Just Like They Say


Perhaps you've heard the quote, "Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone"? This has rung true many times in my life but one time in particular stands apart. I had recently graduated from college and was living in my hometown working as a waitress. I had no idea what to do with the rest of my life. I had potential, I had ideas. But I was overwhelmed by the freedom of choice. I know, it was silly, but it was true (how we long for that now, right?) A part of me wanted to just stick around my hometown and live it out there with a boring job that allowed me to hang out with friends, eventually get married and be a stay at home mom like I wanted. But I knew that wasn't the answer. My friend Lindsay¬†and I were contemplating … [Read more...]