Marine Corps Marathon 2014: The Two-Day Countdown!


Two days until the marathon! I'm feeling...nervous. Mostly because I'm so sore today! I figured working out Monday and Wednesday at CrossFit would be okay but somehow the workouts made me more sore than I've been in forever! It's my quads and my upper back muscles. I'm going to try and get into a massage place today for a bit -- something's got to give! In other news, the weather is looking fantastic. Does it get any better than this? I don't think so: Luckily, I've been reading the nutrition chapter in my NASM personal training studies this week and they talked a lot about what to eat for endurance workouts. Of course I've done this a lot but it's nice to get a reminder of how to stock up on carbs so race day is as good as it can … [Read more...]

Renee Zellweger: You Should Like Her Just As She Is Now, Too

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Like many of you, I was shocked to see the photos of Renee Zellweger. She was trending all over social media all day -- and for obvious reasons. The girl doesn't look a thing like herself. Did Bridget Jones forget that we "like you very much,┬ájust as you are"? It seems so -- but is the shock and awe over her look warranted? I would argue not. I felt bad for her ┬ábecause the public's reaction wasn't positive. If anything, it skewed negative but why so much hater-ade? Should we really put Renee Zellweger down for trying to change her appearance for what she sees as "the better?" I can't imagine the youth obsessed experienced of being a Hollywood celebrity. She's been out of films and the public eye for several years now. I'd imagine … [Read more...]

Marine Corps Marathon: 11 Tips For the Newbie


*Running MCM in 2012. This year will be my fifth Marine Corps Marathon. Hard to believe! When I moved to DC in 2006, I thought about the fact that there was a marathon in the city. In 2007, I almost signed up on a whim (that would have been an awful idea.) Come 2008, I thought I might actually do this thing. I kind of trained and ended up crossing the finish line. So I know a little about this marathon, considering this is #5 and this is my city! 1. Hotel. Well, hopefully you already have this taken care of -- but be sure to get a hotel by a metro stop. The Rosslyn or Clarendon area is best but you don't want to worry about getting to the starting line and the metro begins super early on race day. 2. Expo. This is not an … [Read more...]

Hanging Around in Indiana: Here’s What’s Up


*My dad has his hammock hanging in the basement so I took a turn :) I'm not sure I've ever gone this long without blogging. It's not been that long but it feels like forever! I've been a little pre-occupied. I don't want to go into details right now but...I've been in Indiana all week with my family. My grandma, a young 73, is dying and is in Hospice right now. They always say the only time your entire family gets together is for weddings and funerals...I guess that's true. It's been wonderful being with everyone and honestly the support of us all being here has been tangible and blessed. I will tell you more about my Grandma later but you can read a little about her battle with cancer here and here. Hospice care has been great and … [Read more...]