4 New Runner Questions Answered

4 New Runner Questions Answered

Hubby: “I’ve seen you run.” Me: “What’s that supposed to mean?” Hubby: “Well…it makes me nervous.” Fall beckons, and this time of the year allows me to reminisce six years ago, when I decided to run a half marathon. Without running one before. Without running even a 5k before. Without being … [Read more...]

Run with the Sisterhood: Couch to 5k training

Run with the Sisterhood

Well, hello there! As we start our latest Couch to 5k training in preparation for our fall virtual race, I thought some introductions were in order.  Or RE-introductions as it were.  My name is Bari and I'm a runner.  Sometimes I'm training for marathons or half marathons and other times I'm on a … [Read more...]

The C25K Running Program Kicks Off Tomorrow!

C25K w-the Sisterhood!

Hello lovely Sisters, welcome to class! Tomorrow we're kicking off our Sisterhood C25K running program, so we wanted to touch base today and make sure you're completely prepared! Wait...do you not know what C25K is? Uh, oh...this is a little awkward, but don't worry it's not like you're getting … [Read more...]

Healthy Living: It’s Not Always Sunshine and Roses

Healthy Living-It's not always sunshineand (1)

I really wanted this week's post to be full of confetti and balloons because, you see, it's my birthday week.  I'll warn you right now...if you are looking for a post full of sunshine and rainbows, this ain't it.  Last year I ran 20 miles (marathon training, not because I'm crazy) and posted on my … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Getting Back In the Healthy Living Game

5 TIPS for getting back in the healhty living game

This healthy living stuff is HARD. I mean, really–it. is. hard.  The health journey is just that: a journey, with starts and stops, peaks and valleys, and unfortunately we can't always be in a peak. So many things seem to get in the way: life, work, kids, marriage, and STUFF.  Each of these … [Read more...]

It’s Time for a Fresh New Playlist!

Freshen things up with a new playlist! #shrinkingjeans #playlist

I’m a firm believer that a good playlist can make the most mundane things in life more enjoyable.  One hasn’t lived until they have belted out Taylor Swift’s “22” into pen microphones with the windows rolled down and a car full of 8-year-old girls.  You have not really mopped a floor until you have … [Read more...]

Top 10 Ways to Annoy a Runner

Top 10 Ways to Annoy a Runner #shrinkingjeans #running

I took to the interwebs for a little blogging inspiration, thanks to a suggestion by my friend, Megan, at our last race.  We had a very positive experience (both running quite well and the race was nicely organized) but we still had little things that annoyed us during the race.  Since I "run" in … [Read more...]

The Road Less Traveled

MP road less traveled

It isn't a big secret.  Running and I haven't been friends for awhile now.  Sure, we still get together a few times a week, but something was missing. We don't have fun anymore. At least we didn't until last weekend.  On the 10th, I knew Running and I needed a change of venue.  We were getting … [Read more...]

Fresh Eyes, Fresh Start

Fresh Eyes, Fresh Start #shrinkingjeans

Do you remember what it was like when you started out? When you were a new runner at your very first race? When you were the newbie in what is now your "can't miss" yoga or Zumba class? Close your eyes for a minute and think back to that time in your life when you were the one trying something … [Read more...]

Race Selfies: All Dressed Up and Somewhere to Run

All Dressed Up and Somewhere to Run!

At my most recent race, a 5k in my hometown, I met up with a fellow running friend who suggested we take selfies in honor of the occasion. I happily obliged, and as we pulled out our phones, she said, “Wow, your hair looks really good. And I can’t believe you put on makeup! I just slapped on a … [Read more...]

3 Tips for Happy Knees

3 tips for happy knees (1)

If there is anything I hear more from people when I say I'm a runner, it's something along the lines of "You're going to destroy your knees!" I would like to be the first (really not) person to say this is a myth and totally untrue.  It will not cause arthritis – if you get arthritis in your knees … [Read more...]

Running in the Family: Ways to Get Your Kids Involved

How to Get Your Kids Involved with Running #shrinkingjeans

In my family, we have runners and non-runners.  Some of our immediate and distant relatives are super cheerleaders while others give me the "you're going to ruin your knees" speech.  Just like in the general population, the attitudes towards running in the family can be just as diverse.  While … [Read more...]

Lacing Techniques for Runners

Lacing Techniques for Runners #shrinkingjeans

Do your shoes rub you the wrong way?  Do you hope for a perfect fit but something just isn't right?  Do your heels slip?  It might night be the shoe's fault, but how you have them laced.  I've been having some issues with pain on the top of my foot since switching shoes due to a neuroma I've known … [Read more...]