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


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...]

Choosing a Training Plan

Choosing a Training Plan #running #shrinkingjeans

One question many new runners ask is, "What's the best training plan for my (insert distance) race?"  I wish it was as easy as guiding them to a specific book or website, but choosing a training plan is a bit more complicated than that.  The plan you choose should take into account a number of … [Read more...]

Jerusalem Marathon #goisrael

Jerusalem Winner Marathon #goisrael

Have you ever dreamed of traveling and doing destination races? I do. Every day. What better way to experience a city or countryside than running through it on foot, and then staying a few days extra as a tourist? My first half marathon was with Team In Training, and I chose to run the San Diego … [Read more...]

When You Just Haven’t Trained…

donna collage

You've been there, right?  You sign up for a race with every intention of putting your all into training for it, then life gets in the way or for whatever reason your training has gone a bit off the rails.  Race weekend is approaching and you know you just aren't in the best shape to complete it as … [Read more...]

When You’re Just Burnt Out

When You're Just Burnt Out

Let me set the've been running for a few years, you have a bunch of races under your fuel belt, you have a couple more races on the not-so-distant don't want to run. You're tired. You're bored. You're burnt out. I'm going to admit something to you.  This … [Read more...]

What to Eat Before Running

What to eat before running

One question I often receive over and over again on our Run with the Sisterhood Facebook page and in our Couch to 5k Group is "What should I eat before I run?"  It seems we all know that food is fuel for a runner, but what, when and how much is often the question. For many runners, what to eat … [Read more...]

26.2 Miles of Gratitude


The last two months of training have been difficult- physically and mentally.  The miles have taken their toll on me and I drudged through my training runs. I felt as if I had lost my love for running- it had become a chore.  One set of thoughts that would lift my spirits was thinking of all the … [Read more...]

14 Ways to Get Rid of Plantar Fasciitis

14 Ways to Get Rid of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a pain in the heel. In my case BOTH heels. Ugh. Over the past year I've dealt with the pain and inconvenience of Plantar Fasciitis, and along the way I've tried just about everything possible to heel my heals. Last week I shared my journey with Plantar Fasciitis, and today I'm … [Read more...]

Marathon Week: Here I Am

Running a Marathon

I am running my first marathon this Sunday. My training runs have been very slow.  I am OK with slow, but for the first time ever, I checked the course time limits. I want to make sure I don't get picked up by the sweeper vans.  I think I will be OK....I know I will be OK.  Sometimes … [Read more...]

Hill Training: is it really necessary?

Hill Training (1)

I think one of my favorite race signs came during a particularly nasty hill.  The sign read, "It's just a hill, get over it!"  I've also seen this on a shirt and I'm pretty sure I need it. I won't lie - I'm not a huge fan of hilly runs.  I live in an area that's mostly flat but I can find some … [Read more...]

Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis heel pain

My Plantar Fasciitis Story I started suffering from mysterious heel pain one year ago after I started T25 (plyometrics) and ramping up my running. The combination of upping my miles, and intense high-impact cardio for 25 minutes a day, was apparently more than my plantar fascia could handle. I had … [Read more...]

How Much is Too Much Running?

HELP! too much running

Last week, I posted a question to our Run With the Sisterhood Facebook page, asking our readers if they had any questions for me.  I received a few inquiries that may appeal to our broader audience, so in my next few posts, I'm going to try to answer them.  (Keep in mind, I am not a certified coach … [Read more...]

Marathon Training Update: Week 22


I feel like all I do is talk about running, think about running, and write about running.  However, I went back through my posts here and I see the last time I shared an update was at week 12. I am in week 22 right now. A lot has happened.  Many thoughts- good and bad- have crossed my mind. … [Read more...]

“How To” Series on Running, Part II


What do you need to start running? Way back in 2010, many of the writers at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans were training for their first half and full marathons with Team Shrinking Jeans.  They were celebrating Sisterhood Running Month with a "How To" series on running. You can catch Part 1 … [Read more...]