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5 Things Friday

Ok so it’s been a LOOOOONG time since I’ve done a 5 Things Friday…but I am bringing it back.

5 things Friday

So here are some random thoughts from this week…

  1. I think I am going to start a petite Mommy line of clothing.  Where bras fit, all the tops are nursing friendly and super flattering.  And the only bottoms we sell are yoga pants with shapewear built in.  Yeah.
  2. I am pretty sure that I drink entirely too much coffee on a daily basis.  But not entirely ready to give it up.  It keeps me going.
  3. Not a fan of sleep regression.  BUT when a 2 week sleep strike leads to a Friday of late sleeping from The Babe…it sort of makes up for it.
  4. Totally over this winter.  5 inches of snow this week.
  5. I want a Garmin 220.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Holiday weekend.  We are babysitting my youngest niece this weekend while her parents get a much needed weekend away.  Plus it gives us a chance to try out this 2 kid thing.  I am sure it will be a blast.  I get to take her to Moms In Training tomorrow, I am sure that she will love it!  Plus she gets baby time too…and since her baby doll is named after The Babe she will be all to happy to help take care of The Babe!


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Throwback Thursday


Yeah I am not throwing back all that far today…but remember that time in January 2013 when I said I was gonna get in a bikini on stage?  But then I got pregnant?  Yep me too.

This goal is not going back on the bucket list anytime soon.

I’d rather run a marathon.

Motivation Monday – I hate to work out

I do.

It’s true.  I hate being tired and out of breath.  I hate being all sweat covered and stinky.  Sometimes the process of getting to the gym, even before The Babe, is long and often arduous journey here in MinneSNOWta.  So yes, I hate to work out.

I’d be lying if I said that I enjoyed it…but I would also be lying if I said that I was content to be jiggly forever.  So it comes down to which I hate more…

Being jiggly and lazy or being tired and covered in sweat.

If I had to choose a way to spend the day…I guess I’d rather be tired and covered in sweat.  At least I’d know that I accomplished something…right?  It’s been so long since I’ve had that “I can do anything…” feeling of power and pride after a workout that I have forgotten what it feels like.  I have been feeling a little gymtimidated…so that may have something to do with it.  That and the ridiculous winter we’ve had.  Last week 70s, this week snow?

But that is the great thing about the outside…


I have been doing a Motivation Monday for a while now, and I do it to help me set a good mood for the week.  When I worked, I worked at a job I hated, with people that were not nice.  This blog helped me stay positive, and now that I am a SAHM&W I use this blog as an outlet so much more.

I am looking forward to getting excited to work out again.  And now that MIT is underway, it will be a huge motivator for me to do the “homework” on our training schedules.  There are so many new Moms in our group, and first time runners, that there are lots of accountibilibuddies.  Also, part of my new role in the community, something I hope to be able to announce soon, is to encourage moms to get out and workout together in groups.  This time around I will be surrounded by women that are just doing this for the first time, and I will be able to share what worked for me, and what didn’t.

motivation state of mind

Getting motivated looks different for different people.  Some of us are motivated by the ever increasing size of our rears, some of us by the PR, others for the bling.  I can’t motivate you, but I can share what motivates me and perhaps it will inspire you.  Whatever your motivation is for getting out there on the roads, trails, or treadmills you found it and you’ve used it to do awesome things.

I think that it takes a special type of person to be a runner.  It’s not for everyone, and I think that is because it’s seen by spectators in races as a painful experience.  But it’s not.  It’s a bit surreal at times, it’s a battle of wills, and yes sometimes it’s painful.  But only in the body.  If you can get your mind to let go of what it’s putting the body through, it’s the most incredible experience.  Yes, I am talking about the “Runner’s High”.  If everyone ran, and everyone experienced the feeling of pride in themselves, and that sense of accomplishment at the end of a long run, that big race or even that jog around the block…well I think that the world would be a much happier place.

So what is my motivation for running?  The high?  The PR?  The Bling?


I run because I can.

Wordless weekend




Big Changes Underway!

So yesterday I mentioned that I am going to be changing gears here on the blog, and after some serious consideration, the blog will be undergoing a bit of a big change in the coming weeks.  The focus will primarily be about running, and training, and of course food.  Yes, my daily life will be shared because I can’t not share what’s up with this little creature, since she is the center of my universe.


Being a Mom is amazing, and it is a huge part of my life.  In fact I feel like it is my entire life right now.  This blog was started to share my journey with running, and now I am a Mother Runner.  The idea is the same, but what my running life looks like now is very different than what it was 3 years ago.  I know that I am not the only Mother Runner out there, and I know how challenging it can be to get back to feeling like you after having a baby.  I want to be a Fit Mom, and be a role model for my daughter.  I want her to grow up seeing a fit, healthy Mom, and be able to join me in my love for running and being active.  And so as I prepare for this shift in thinking, I will also be shifting things on the blog a bit!  I am really excited for it, and I hope you are too.  One of my revolutions this year was to be more authentic.  And so it begins (better late than never!) with making some pretty big changes here on the blog.  It may or may not include…a name change!  Gasp!  Again…??  Yep.  I think that it is time for this Runner Girl, to graduate to a Big Girl name but I am not revealing it just yet.  The reasoning behind this change is that I was recently given an opportunity to take on a new role in my community of Moms and I am prepared to run with it!  With the help of the mantra “Don’t just talk about it, be about it” I am busting at the seams to “Be about it”.

The other big change is that I am opening up the blog to more guest bloggers!  Whether you are a blogger, or a reader you are welcome to share your story, your favorite workout, a recipe, or even a gear review!  The new blog will feature 4 guest blogger posts per month, and will all fit a certain theme for the month.  I will select 4 guest posts to be featured every Sunday during the month.  To submit a guest blog post just email your posts to us at 

For the month of May  the topic is “How you started your running journey”.


Changing gears

This blog has been around for 3 years now, and in thinking about why I started it, and what it was meant to be about…

“…I started this blog during my training for my first half marathon with Team in Training.  I wanted to write about my experience training, and learning about this thing called running… “

>Minneapolis half Marathon Race report!

I have realized that I have taken this blog in an entirely different direction.  I started this blog to document my adventures in running, and then it turned into me getting fit…then being a Momma and domestic diva sharing my how-to for making your own laundry soap

And while that is all well and good…it’s not why I started this blog.  I started this to write about running, and learn more about it.  And I have not been doing that really at all for much of the last 2 years.  This blog has turned into food, and challenges, and babies.

But I also know that there has been a huge surge in followers to my blog over the last year due to the domestic divaship and baby updates.  So I don’t want to lose you!  I am thinking about where to take this blog over the next 3 years, and I really want to make it more about running, and less about the homemade soap and DIY projects.  Although I will continue to share those if I do them, and lord knows there is very little time these days with a busy baby on my hands, obviously food is a necessity and I will continue to share recipes and such.  I really don’t want this blog to be only known for a few popular challenges that people look at once and then don’t hang around for the rest of it.

So please bear with me over the next few weeks as I get back to the reasons why I started this blog, and focus on running.  It is totally possible that this change will not be extremely noticeable and the format will stay the same…but I just like to let all of my awesome readers and fans know what’s around the bend!  Thanks for sticking with me over these last 3 years!

>Motivation Monday

Winsday Wednesday – MIT training schedule

On Saturday our inaugural season of Moms in Training kicked off, and it is such an awesome thing to see that after 6 months of planning, tons of emails, and monthly meetings that we are ready to go!


Our first training is this Saturday and I cannot wait!  It is so nice to have a training schedule laid out for me again!  I have made schedules in the past few months, but with no specific goal to work towards…they were never really implemented.


Having this plan already put in place makes this so much easier.  And that is the wonderful thing about Team in Training and Moms in Training.  As participants we don’t need to do any of the planning for our workouts…other than if we want to carpool…and where we are going for breakfast afterwards!

I am mentoring this season, and it’s a lot of work, but work that I am so glad to do!  I have had tons of fundraising ideas rolling around in my head for months now!  It’s time to get to work on them!

If, my dear readers and loyal fans, you feel at all inclined to help me in my fight to end cancer please consider donating to my fundraising.  Every dollar matters, and makes a big difference to someone fighting cancer.  Just click the link below to donate!

Want to learn more about Moms in Training?  Watch this video!  Warning…you may want to grab a box of tissues…

Motivation Monday – How to build endurance in 5 easy steps

Building up  endurance can be one of those things that is easy if done right.  So today I am talking about how to build up your endurance for long runs, your regular cardio, or to help you get (back) in shape.

I feel like, having completed a few endurance events, I can have good endurance, but not great…and now it’s pretty much non-existent.  So that is one of the things that I’d like to work on with MIT now that the season has officially kicked off!

So here are 5 tips for building your endurance

  1. Do more than you did the last time.  Push yourself to do one more rep, run 1 more minute, add 1 more pound…even if it’s only a little…just push yourself to do more.
  2. Boost your heart rate.  Exercises that encourage your heart to get pumping, increases your stamina, thus increasing your endurance.
  3. Change up your terrain.  Running or walking on different levels of ground help strengthen your legs…hill repeats anyone?
  4. Cut out the crap.  Say so long to those sugary drinks, sodas, and dangerous energy drinks.  Carbonated drinks decrease your ability to get to maximum breathing and make you feel bloated and sluggish.  Also, fueling your body with clean healthy foods will ensure that your body is running at peak performance.
  5. Stretch!  be kind to your body after a workout.  Stretching prevents injury, and helps them to repair faster.  Recovery is so crucial to building endurance, and keeping you injury free.

how to build endurance

Throwback Thursday

MSU 2004 001


Last day at MSU circa 2004…it was a rough year, and I don’t post this as an “oh poor me” sort of thing…I am doing it as a reminder that I do not want to go back to that. I am pretty sure that was the heaviest I’ve ever been at 167 lbs, even without a baby in my belly (I actually weighed less the day I gave birth). I might be smiling, but I was downright miserable. I am also calling myself out here…I am serious about this getting back to my before baby body and lifestyle of running, eating clean and healthy.  I’ve been slackin a bit as of late, and it’s time to get it back on track.

I am looking for an accountability team of Mommies that are willing to do this with me, follow my plan (because it worked before!) and be serious with me. It will require an investment, of time, of motivation and yes, obviously money. But I promise you that you will get out of it what you put in. I will be here to help you, as well as hundreds of other people that know this plan inside and out. This winter has dulled my sparkle, but I am so ready to get my glow back for the summer!

If you’d like to join my team sign up for the group here