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The Great Bikeshare Race DC – Running Fitness Article

The Great Bikeshare Race DC If you’re in the DC area, you’ve most likely encountered a bikeshare bike in the city. And you’ve also likely encountered the Washington Post Express newspaper. It’s the smaller, free paper that the Post puts out daily, and it’s full of interesting stories. Yesterday, my friends and I were the interesting story! In fact, we were the cover story – they had six of us Ironman triathletes “race” the six different bikeshare bikes in DC. Read the…

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Influence of Diet and Lifestyle on Heart Health – Fitness Article

Influence of Diet and Lifestyle on Heart Health Heart is a major organ in the cardiovascular system. On account of world heart day, let’s discuss it in detail. Heredity is one of the main reasons for heart disease. However, diet, exercise, and lifestyle play a crucial role in maintaining your heart health. With the world seeing more people being affected by heart disease, awareness of the role of the three in preventing cardiovascular disease is the need of the hour.There…

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A Runner’s Alphabet—L Is for Life – Running for Masters – Running Fitness Article

A Runner’s Alphabet—L Is for Life – Running for Masters is for life. “Why do you run?” That’s a question people ask me, especially because I’m an older (65+) runner. What they might really mean is, “Running looks like such hard work, and it really hurts. Why do you bother to put yourself through all that trouble and pain?” My answer is always the same: I run to stay alive. Of course I mean literally alive, heart beating, breathing, and…

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New Year, New Goals? – You Signed Up For WHAT?! – Running Fitness Article

New Year, New Goals? – You Signed Up For WHAT?! The new year always offers the feeling of a fresh start, a fresh perspective. A blank canvas upon which to write a new chapter of your story. I’ve been reflecting on what I want my 2018 “story” to include. Last year, my fitness goals were so clear – I had IRONMAN Lake Placid 2017 etched into the schedule since July 2016. It gave me direction and focus, and everything I did revolved…

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My Journey To Mindfulness – RunningMyselfTogether – Running Fitness Article

My Journey To Mindfulness – RunningMyselfTogether Oh, my dear friends, I cannot even express to you how excited I am to finally share this blog post with you. First, because I’m finished the program (woo!). Second, because it has shown me a new side to life that I never took the time to experience. Third, because it brought me so much peace and joy knowing that we’re talking about mental health in the Church.  If you haven’t been following along…

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The Many Faces of Motherhood – Fitness Article

The Many Faces of Motherhood   Today is Mother’s Day, and it’s making me think a little bit about motherhood, specifically how it can show up in so many different ways.   In the past year alone:   I’ve coached and trained several rockstar mommas who amaze me with how they navigate taking care of their families while also prioritizing their own wellness.   I’ve watched some women struggle with their self-worth after becoming moms, and I’ve seen other women…

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Pregnancy #2 Thoughts: 26 Weeks – Fitness Article

Pregnancy #2 Thoughts: 26 Weeks Hey everyone! Well, my mind felt the need to get some thoughts out on paper the internet, and my fingers felt the need to move, so here we are, 26 weeks pregnant with our second, spending some time reflecting. I can’t believe the third trimester is only 2 weeks away – the time is flying by and I wanted to capture some thoughts at this moment in time. So here’s a snapshot of my mind…

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When We Find Our Plans Not Going As Planned – Running Fitness Article

When We Find Our Plans Not Going As Planned I’m writing this to you right now, because for a while there, I felt alone. And I know once I share this with you, hands will be raised and there will be lots of, “You’re not alone!” And I already appreciate the kind words. You see, I fell into the very trap I’d set for myself. The trap I fall into time and time again. The Trap I don’t think I’m…

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Book review: The Whisper Man – Running Fitness Article

Book review: The Whisper Man One of the things that I love about fall is that it brings some cold, rainy days and those days end up being perfect to cuddle up inside with a good book! Luckily my bookshelf is overflowing with all the books that I’ve been slacking on reading over the past few years… so it means that it’s never a boring day. That being said, I grabbed one of our most recent picks from Book of…

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Everything is a Phase… – You Signed Up For WHAT?! – Running Fitness Article

Everything is a Phase… – You Signed Up For WHAT?! Everything is a phase. Yesterday I was asked to give a new mom some advice, and this is what I say at those moments. Everything is a phase. It helps me realize that no hard time lasts forever, and also to savor the good phases. But it’s not just about parenting or motherhood, it really holds true for life in general. Life is constantly changing and evolving, and so are we as humans.…

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Winter is coming [October recap] – Running Fitness Article

Winter is coming [October recap] Looking back, I haven’t done a recap post since MAY. I don’t know where summer (or the past few months, really) went and honestly, I’m not quite sure I would do it justice to try and recap it in one big blog post (but if you are interested: I did write somewhat of a summer/life recap HERE that you should check out)! October was a crazy month. We traveled to Michigan… …and Sacramento for weddings…

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5 Tips to Fix the Other 23 Hours of Your Client’s Life – Fitness Article

How to help your clients outside of the gym If you have coached for any period of time, you probably agree getting clients to commit to the training in the gym is the easy part. After all, it only consumes just one hour of their day three to five days a week. It’s the other 23 hours of the day—where even bigger changes need to be made—that’s the real challenge.  Getting your clients to make lasting lifestyle changes is absolutely…

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The Sun is Also a Star – Running Fitness Article

When The Sun is Also a Star came available as one of the options for Book of the Month Club, I was SO excited – it was definitely one of the books of 2019 that I heard a ton about (I’m sure having a movie come out about it didn’t hurt that either). Anyways, before I get into my recap, here’s a quick synopsis: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that…

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Oh, hey there! Update on life. – Running Fitness Article

Oh, hey there! Update on life. Well, I don’t know where this summer went or the past few months. Things have been absolutely crazy over here so unfortunately, blogging fell to the bottom of my list. Sad face, I know. I’ve published a few posts (mostly book reviews) to get caught up on things so definitely check them out: And, what else happened in life? We got MARRIED! We got engaged back in March and decided to get married in…

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I came to say hello – Fitness Article

Hello dear! How are you  doing? Have you missed me? I know I haven’t written in a while. My new adventure has had me busy and I have needed some time to make adjustments and get used to this new stage of my life. Although the journalists and the magazines editors are very kind to me and make my work simple, I cannot help feeling the responsibility of giving my best to their readers (millions, literally). So I have also…

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Dating, Marriage, and Religion – RunningMyselfTogether – Running Fitness Article

This has been on my heart for quite some time now. I’ve talked to people in my life about it, but haven’t talked about it here. Mainly because it’s pretty personal, but also because I didn’t really have the right words to say. I do now. Or at least, I think I do. But more importantly, it feels kind of isolating to live through this (in a strange, non-dramatic way). And we don’t like isolation here in this RunningMyselfTogether community,…

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5 Benefits Of Strength Training That Have NOTHING To Do With How You Look – Fitness Article

September 3, 2019 Yeah yeah, we get it. Everyone here knows that strength training helps you feel like a badass, but we’re pretty fed up of hearing that strength training sculpts your body and reduces belly fat. We don’t spend hours of our week lifting more than our bodyweight to look like Kim Kardashian – we do it because we know it benefits us physically, emotionally, and mentally. I’ve also been recently irritated by a Facebook ad that said resistance…

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Pregnancy 2: Sharing Our Joy! – Fitness Article

Well, if you follow me on social media, you may or may not know that I am 14 weeks pregnant today – but I am picking up the blog again to capture some thoughts as I still kind of can’t believe it! End of 13 weeks here! I am so grateful that God has given me the chance to experience pregnancy again and grow our family, and here’s to believing HIM more than statistics (“0% chance of conceiving naturally” due…

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Easy Greek Salad Dressing » Salads for Lunch – Fitness Article

Easy Greek Salad Dressing » Salads for Lunch One of my most favourite go-to salad dressings is this easy Greek Salad Dressing Recipe. Made with easy to find ingredients it’s not only great as a dressing for Greek salad but also for pasta salads, quinoa salads or as a marinade for chicken. It is delicious, simple, and especially good on my Greek Quinoa Salad (Recipe coming soon!). Pin this recipe for later:Who buys bottled salad dressing anymore? I rarely do-…

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Five on Friday – 5/17/19 | – Running Fitness Article

Happy Friday! It’d the middle of May, and that means summer is around the corner. While I’m not looking forward to the hot humid weather (that’s already begun), I am looking forward to time spent at the pool and hopefully the beach in the coming months. 1. Memorial Day Weekend. It’s coming next week! This means a three-day weekend, and I would love to get out to the beach. Maybe a morning out on the boat with my friend and…

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2019 Eau Claire Half Marathon Race Recap – Running Fitness Article

My sister and I have started a fun tradition where each year for her birthday we go on a trip together! Years ago, we did the ZOOMA Women’s Half Marathon together down in Texas and since then, we did the Door County Half Marathon and the Zion Half Marathon (plus an amazing trip to Zion). This year, we stayed local and met in the middle in Eau Claire, WI for the Eau Clair Half Marathon. It’s only 1.5 hours from…

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A Real Life Update – RunningMyselfTogether – Running Fitness Article

I still work full time, managing PR and social media for a tech company here in Charlotte. I love the work I do and the people I work with. Sometimes, I get overwhelmed giving my all to my job and giving my all to RunningMyselfTogether. Plus, have I mentioned I have anxiety? I don’t think we talk about this enough, though. There are so many people out there working full time and working on amazing side projects. It’s fulfilling, but…

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When Your Year Doesn’t Go as Planned – Running Fitness Article

Happy new year! It’s time to kick off 2019 here in this space – it’s been too long! It’s no secret that 2018 was a year of change for me. I posted this at the start of 2018: And wow, it certainly was. I never could have predicted all that 2018 would throw at me. As I’ve mentioned, life is a series of phases and changes and I’ve been through a lot of them. Not just in 2018, but in the…

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A Week in the EcoSport! – Fitness Article

A Week in the EcoSport! We’ve always been a used car kind of family. Not just Mikey and I, but even as a kid my family drove used cars. They were always great, but never had that “new car” smell or feel (except once when we leased a Pathfinder and then gave it back – it’s a funny story, but it was about a week of fun for us kids, pretending we were hardcore with our off-roading vehicle on the…

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Postpartum Fitness & Nutrition Mindset – Fitness Article

Postpartum Fitness & Nutrition Mindset As a personal trainer in the fitness industry, it’s pretty hard to separate myself from thinking about fitness and nutrition since it’s the world I live in. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but over the years as I dug into which foods are more nutritious and learned the benefits of regular physical movement and exercise, I’ve found it’s easy to get sucked down different rabbit holes that can lead to obsessive behavior and/or…

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