Old Rag: 10+ Miles Strong

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 What you may have missed: Best of the Web BodySmith Gym: Igniting the Fire You Can Be a Runner: No More Excuses 6 Summer Styles for the Sporty Girl After almost 8 years of living in this area, I finally conquered the "Old Rag" climb in the Shenandoah Mountains. It was a beautiful, perfect day on Saturday and we wanted to  hike. I suggested "Old Rag," knowing it was an all day venture. So we packed PB&J's, stocked up with Balance Bars, Camelbaks and hats and went on our way. It's about 90 minutes to the area from our house. Unfortunately, we didn't realize how warm it would get and really overdressed for the occasion of scrambling up steep hills. That pic was actually taken before things got serious. We knew the … [Read more...]

Link Love Friday & DC Fitness Scene Announcement

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Good morning Friday all -- and a truly Good Friday it is, right? I must say, I'm eternally grateful for the day that means so much for all of us. Before we get started with link love -- a few things you missed: BodySmith Gym: Igniting a Fire You Can Be a Runner: No More Excuses Summer Style for the Sporty Girl Spinning, Cherry Blossoms and Sunshine It's been a crazy busy week for me -- flown by -- but in a good way. I'm thankful it's nearly the weekend, though, because we are hoping to go either hiking or stand-up paddleboarding this weekend! This morning, I went on a cold 6.5 mile run -- felt great but I sure wish it warm up. Here's part of my view from this AM: CrossFit Kevin Ogar, the CrossFit athlete who was … [Read more...]

BodySmith Gym: Igniting the Fire

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BodySmith -- clever name for a gym, isn't it? I like it. Sounds very hip and modern. Considering it was located near Hipster-ville, USA on 14th Street in Washington, DC -- that's no surprise. I was really excited to try out an innovative, new gym Thursday morning. What would take me all the way in to the city for a 6am class, you ask? I'll tell ya. I discovered Drop In two weekends ago at DC Fit. They are piloting their business here in DC and I LOVE the concept. Basically, they make it easy to purchase "drop-in" passes to different gyms around the city so you can try out workout classes without having to join the gym. For workout junkies like me -- and this girl no doubt -- it's a master plan. Right now, they are just working with … [Read more...]

You Can Be a Runner: No More Excuses

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If you have two working legs, you can become a runner. Heck, even if you don't have two working legs, you can become a runner. It's not as scary as it sounds -- and you don't have to even think about half-marathons or marathons. You only have to get started. Trust me, it's not as hard as you think it is. It starts with one step. (And then you may find it hard NOT to run!) >>>> Running: Awake My Soul Chances are, your experiences with running have been short, too fast, not well-thought out or done with any long-term goals in mind. I've heard so many people say, "I hate running." Some people may genuinely hate running but I have found that most people are simply approaching it the wrong way.  >>>> Run For … [Read more...]