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New look: January Training Plan

After a very busy 2014, I finally brought back my training plans! They are meant for my personal use, but feel free to always follow along! I also encourage you to make your own.
This year I’m trying to become a bit more organized planning my schedule(s). As you can see, it has a new look! I’m going by weeks instead of days, and I planned my schedule around work, play, and school. January is my warm up month to the start of an exciting year. Check it out…

Training Plan_ January 2015

I also added “Cross Train Thursdays.” My goal is to do a new workout every week, while also cross training for my marathons and bike-a-thon. I hope to post about it every Thursday. Next, I will also have Three Mile Thursdays once a month. This will be my 5K challenge to try and beat my PR. Since it’s the first month of the year, I will be setting the time to beat. (let’s see how this goes)

What’s your fitness goal for the month?
Comment below!


An open letter to “Why we all hate your 13.1 Sticker.”

Today while scrolling through my Facebook feed I saw Hal Higdon’s Marathon post this lovely blog post… https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/why-we-all-hate-your-13-1-sticker-af261799c10

If you haven’t read it yet. I highly suggest you do.
The person’s opinion states that all people who have these 13.1, 26.2, etc. are bragging about the milage they’ve completed in a race. Here’s a piece from the post, that truly makes me laugh…

“You’re only impressing yourself
It would have been enough to have an oval sticker with “RUN” on it, or maybe a picture of a running shoe. Something that simply states, “I enjoy running,” and nobody would have any problems with it. But by putting “13.1″ on the sticker it says that you think that you’re better than everyone else because a) you run and assume others don’t, and b) you run more than other runners. It’s not enough for you to just say you like running, you feel the need to prove it with numbers. Nobody likes a bragger.

Why do you need to defend your interests? How do you prove an opinion? Having “13.1″ or “26.2″ doesn’t mean you like running any more or less than anyone else, or that you’re any better at it. When do we see the “52.4″ sticker? And then what, a “104.8″ sticker? Where’s it stop?”

So to answer your open ended question… I’ll tell you when it will stop.

The answer? It will never stop. People will keep running. And will never stop putting those small oval stickers on our car. Would you like to know why? Because we’re proud. We are proud of accomplishing something we never thought we could do. We’re proud of being a part of such a large supportive community of positive people.
So before you assume that we’re “bragging” maybe you should learn why some of us have these stickers on our car.
Do you know why I have my 13.1 on my car? Of course you don’t- because if you did, you wouldn’t have wrote that article. But let me tell you why 13.1 is on MY car…

I began running my freshman year of college in mid December after going through a very tough time. Previous to that, I was a very unhappy, self-conscious and anxious person. I never thought I could follow through or accomplish anything without the support of someone else. I was dependent on someone else’s opinions and needs. But thankfully, my cousins asked me to run 13.1 miles with them in April 2013. My first immediate thought was that I would never be able to. I gave excuse after excuse, and then after a few days of convincing, I signed up for my first half. So in February, I began officially training with my cousins- and at the end of the first week- I ran my first 5 miles. Those first 5 miles motivated me. After running that day, I knew I could run the half. So I kept training, and I trained hard. I learned to motivate myself and most of all- I learned to be happy with myself. I gained independence. I knew I could do anything I set my mind to. The week before my first half- I ran 12 miles and I cried the last .3 miles because I was so close to accomplishing something I never imagined I could do on my own. I’ll never forget this moment- and I’ll never forget crossing the finish line at my first half-marathon. So why do I have 13.1 on my car?
To remind myself that I can do anything. That I can accomplish goals if I work hard. It’s so much more than a sticker. So what if I am impressing myself? BFD. I can tell you now that I’m not impressed that someone went to OBX for vacation when I see those stickers. I slap my 13.1 sticker every time I’ve completed a run outside- because I know I’m a step closer to my goals. I also have it on my car to motivate and inspire others. Because if I can run a half-marathon, others can too. So before you think a runner is “bragging” about their milage, how about you ask why they wanted to run those distances. Because 99.9% of the time- there will always be a story behind it.

Running has changed my life- get over it.

P.S. Wait until you see my 26.2 sticker in 2015. I bet that’s gonna really piss you off. #idontgiveAF
P.P.S I love running- like how people love OBX

Update: The blogger has removed his post.

New Year. New Miles.


I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and spent quality time with friends and family!

It’s officially 2014 and what better way to start the year off, then making a few goals?

Last night, I wrote down my personal fitness goals for the new year, and I’d love to share them with you!

  1. Run at least 2 Half-Marathons 
  2. Run a Half-Marathon under 2 hours and 15 minutes 
  3. Run over 200 Miles in 2014 
  4. Eat clean, cut out processed food as much as possible.
  5. Give up Chocolate for one month. (This will be extremely hard, since I’m addicted)
  6. Bike 100 Miles in a MS Bike Tour 
  7. Run a Marathon. 

This morning I kicked off the New Year with a total of one mile on the treadmill, in a new pair of running shoes. WOO!
Over 200 miles here I come! 

What’s some of your fitness goals in 2014? 

My biggest moments of 2013

The year 2013 has been more than good to me. I’ve completed numerous goals, became close to a ton of wonderful people, and learned so much about myself and others. So, without further to do here’s my 13 biggest moments of 2013 to the song of “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons (:

1. I signed up for my first half-marathon, and began training in January firstday. That’s me to the right on my first day of “unofficial Training” Read about it here 😀

2. I danced for 32 hours, raising money for Children’s Miracle Network.  Standing for 32 hours straight was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done in my life. But it was worth it. Here’s my recap 

3. I  became more positive and motivated in 2013. I wrote about it more than once… Personal Note, Positiveness, More Motivational Posts, Self-Reflection…Okay you get the idea.

get-attachment (9)4. I began coaching for a wonderful organization called Girls on the Run. It’s a wonderful experience.

5. I ran my first 5 miles and felt awesome about it.


6. Then on April 28th 2013, I completed my FIRST half-marathon! This was my proudest accomplishment of 2013.

7. I was hired as a summer marketing intern at my local Visitor’s Bureau. I was able to learn and do so much!

1231181_10202022935042786_373785492_n8.  I ran my SECOND half-marathon on August 31, 2013 with some wonderful brothers of Alpha Phi Omega!

9. I ran The Color Run with some of my closest friends! It was my friend Jessica and Jessie’s first 5K!

20131015-102442.jpg10. CONCERTS! This year I was able to see Backstreet Boys World Tour, Florida Georgia Line (So CLOSE!), and Hunter Hayes!!!! I would see all of them again in a heartbeat!

get-attachment (7)11. I ran the Hot Chocolate 15K with my best friend, and ate numerous amount of chocolate after crossing the finish line! (This was my favorite race  in 2013, I will definitely sign up for next year’s! )


12.  I ran my THIRD half-marathon! This was one was a heat of the moment registration. I never thought I’d run three half-marathons in 2013. Must of been the year ;D

13. My year began with the song “It’s Time to Begin” by Imagine Dragons and ended with “On Top of the World” …so I’d say I accomplished a lot 😀

13.1 I had so much love and support in 2013 from my friends and family whether it was about running or not. I wouldn’t be able to do half the things I’ve accomplished if it wasn’t for them. Thank you for such a wonderful year! 2013 is hands down one of the best years of my life! Bring on 2014!

Guess What?!

Saturday morning I completed my SECOND Half-Marathon. It was great! Not as great as my first 13.1 miles, but it definitely was a fantastic run!

I had a wonderful and steady 9’40 pace up until mile 10, when my left leg gave out. ….(That was not-so-fantastic). I had to pull off to the side and stretch and run my last three miles wayyyyy more slower than anticipated. My finishing time was 2:25:14. Which wasn’t even close to the time I was shooting for. I was trying to beat my first half’s time (which was 2:16:41). Eh, oh well better luck next time! Here’s some of my fav photo’s from the race(: 

Here’s my a handful of my brothers from Alpha Phi Omega. As you can see I wasn’t the only one running. They all did amazing and the brother I’m next to in the photo PR’d! You can read about it by clicking here
 The brothers behind us runners, volunteered and I’m so grateful for them helping! I don’t believe many people can run a race without volunteers. Whether it was passing out water or stopping traffic they did amazing! (And cheered us on!)


 This is me around mile 8. I felt amazing! (AKA before my leg gave out) 

My big and my twin came and volunteered and cheered us on as we ran! (I apologize for my ratchet-sweaty-looking self) 

Ah yes! The finish line! As you can tell, I’m pretty excited. And oh, I forgot to mention I did come in third place in my age group(: YAY! I got a cup which I’ll post later. 

But for now I can cross “running a second half-marathon” off of my goal list. So what’s next on the agenda? 

Check out my upcoming races page to find out! 

Have a great rest of the week everyone! 

Taper Week!

Happy Taper Week to anyone who’s running a race next weekend! I’m so happy it’s finally here! 

Today I didn’t run the six miles I had planned on my training schedule, because I ran nine last night with my two friends. 
It was a good run, yet frightening because I was running in the dark on a wooded trail! I felt like I was in a scary movie…

But, because of my “freaking-out-ness” I ran faster and kept a 8 min pace my last two miles. 

And after last night, I can say that I won’t be running in the dark again.

Anyway tomorrow is Stretch & Strengthen and an average of 3 miles for the rest of the week!(:

Happy Taper Week!  

Running Sickness question

  • Hello everyone, I had a 3.5 mile run this morning and after I felt horrible. I was dizzy, nauseous, and had to go to the bathroom right away, with my stomach churning. I know I was hydrated, but I don’t know what else could have brought this on. It’s happened two times before in the past two months and it only happens with shorter distances. Does anyone have a suggestion of what the cause might be?