13 Latin Songs to Spice Up Your Workout

13 Latin Songs to Spice Up Your Workout #shrinkingjeans #playlist

I would like to share with you a Latin Workout Playlist.  But first, let me give you a little history. Back in the day (my much younger, pre-marriage days), I was a salsa dancing queen. I loved hitting the dance floor with my bestie, who happened to be fluent in salsa and merengue.  I was not … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Surviving a Rainy Race

5 Tips For Surviving a Rainy Race

This past Saturday, I ran my 3rd 5/3 River Bank Run 25k race. Heading into race day, I knew it was going to be a soggy one. The weather forecasts were calling for rain all day and even some storms. Thankfully, the storms held off but runners participating in one of the days events were greeted with … [Read more...]

Hello, old friend

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I have a confession to make: I stopped running. Somewhere between September and now, I lost my passion for it. Even doing a fun 10k across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge last November didn't revive it. There was no revival of it. Until tonight, which I will get to in a little bit. It's very odd how … [Read more...]

Finding Joy in Running…Again

Finding Joy in running

After my marathon, I struggled greatly to find the joy in running.  I'd been running continuously for 3 years and training for half marathons and then the marathon. My body literally SCREAMED at me to take a break from running.  Physically, it told me to stop – my feet hurt, my calves ached – and … [Read more...]

Iron Stomach

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Karma caught me that day. The Friday before Saturday’s 5k, I was popping bacon-wrapped jalapenos, chips and salsa, and enchiladas like they were Girl Scout cookies. A few times during the evening, my husband Kyle looked over at me and said warily, “You know we’re running a 5k tomorrow, right?” … [Read more...]

Running Naked

naked running #shrinkingjeans

Let me set the stage:  An average Jane, mid-pack runner with more than a dozen half marathons and even a couple full marathons under her fuel belt is struggling.  After a couple years of steady improvement, she keeps seeing her paces and times go up instead of down.  Nearly every one of her … [Read more...]

Empowering Youth Through Girls on the Run

Empowering Youth Through Girls on the Run #shrinkingjeans

I am nearing the end of my first coaching season with Girls on the Run. Some of you might be wondering....what is Girls on the Run? "Girls on the Run is a North American non-profit program that works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, … [Read more...]

Destination Races: Everything You Need to Know

Destination Races

For runners, the all-important question of 'what race am I doing next' has morphed into 'where will I run my next race.' Destination races are quickly becoming the most popular way to run distance races, and international races taking the spotlight with many exotic location races available to choose … [Read more...]

Giving Up vs. Listening To Your Body

Modifying Is Not Giving Up

I don't condone giving up. Ever. Even if it's the one thing I want the most in the world at a particular moment - it really makes completing whatever you're trying to accomplish so much sweeter. I do, however, believe in listening to your body. And, sometimes, your body is trying to tell you that … [Read more...]

Dear Cyclist, From Runner

Dear Cyclist,From Runner #shrinkingjeans

This post is written based on personal experience from my last week's runs. The weather is turning nicer, which means more people outdoors exercising and training for upcoming events. I'm all for being outside and getting in a good sweat-session, but I'm also all for runner, cyclist, roller-blader, … [Read more...]

It’s Just A Hill, Get Over It!

It's Just a Hill, Get Over It! #running #shrinkingjeans

Last weekend, yours truly participated in a 15k race that I knew was going to kick my booty.  Wanna know why?  Because it would be one of the hilliest runs I've ever done.  I live in a pretty flat area, so if I want to seek out hills it takes a little work.  Normally, I'm content to run my usual, … [Read more...]

Combo Tuesday: True Confessions + Toot Your Horn

True Confessions & Toot Your Horn Tuesday!

It's Tuesday- the day we either toot our horns or confess the transgressions of the previous week (month/year). Today, I am going to do both.  I certainly have plenty of transgressions to share but I also want to share the good.  I am trying to lead a more positive life, yo. Let's get started, … [Read more...]

Review + Giveaway: Sweet Spot Skirts

Review + Giveaway-  Sweet Spot Skirts

I was a little anxious about trying a new skirt because I already have a brand I love BUT when I googled *best running skirt*, a new (to me) brand kept popping up. Sweet Spot Skirts. Although very loyal, I decided to give this new (to me) brand a try.  I am always willing to expand my brand love. … [Read more...]

Eliminating Excuses and Motivating Myself

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It's time to change my mindset. Lately, I've had excuses coming out my ears for missing a workout and/or a run. I have a half marathon coming up in May and have done barely any training for it. I've always seemed to find a reason not to: May is still plenty far away, I've got time Missing one … [Read more...]