Fitness tracker review – Garmin Forerunner15

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It's been all the rage lately. Even here at The Sisterhood. FITNESS TRACKERS.  As promised, I have for you today a review on the one that I purchased and have been using. And I must say, I love it! Back in May, I wrote a post on Fitness Tracker Fury based on a shout out to you all. I was in … [Read more...]

Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and 5k Giveaway!

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Have you ever run a women's only race?  Let me tell you, there's nothing quite like it. Back in April 2014, I ran my first women's only half marathon and I was HOOKED.  I hadn't planned on running but met so many first time half-marathon and 5k'ers while working at the expo that I absolutely wanted … [Read more...]

So close, yet so far: summer running setbacks


So, a few weeks ago I recounted my hip flexor fail and how my running and half-marathon training plans were temporarily on hold until July. Push that back for at least another month. Friends, this setback has cut into my running and it is unbelievably frustrating. Setbacks at any juncture are … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday


    Can you believe it is FRIDAY already? It's nearly the middle of July so I wonder how you are doing with your fitness goals for this year. Fitness is a big part of our life around here at the 'hood, so sit down and think about how you are doing with your fitness goals. If they are … [Read more...]

The Vacation Long Run

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You know the scenario.  You have your training plan all mapped out for the next 18 weeks.  You thrive on structure and a schedule. decide to go on vacation (or a work trip, or conference, or girls weekend, whatever).  What's a runner to do when she has a 14 mile training run on the … [Read more...]

Fueling for the Long Run

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I've been *literally* running around the block long enough that I know I need to fuel any long runs lasting over an hour.  Some experts recommend taking in 30 to 60 grams of carbs each hour of your workout on runs lasting longer than 60 minutes.  Others say 100 calories every 45 minutes.  Yet others … [Read more...]

Distracted Driving #DecidetoDrive


  dis·tract·ed disˈtraktəd/ adjective unable to concentrate because one's mind is preoccupied. At one time or another, as runners, walkers, and bicyclists, we're at the mercy of automobile drivers. Are they paying attention with hands on the wheel and eyes … [Read more...]

Guest post: How I learned to love running

Photo courtesy of Dawn Karr

Today's post is a guest post from Dawn Karr. I know her as Mrs. Karr - she was my biology teacher in junior high school. I have been able to keep in touch and follow her story, thanks to social media, and how she has evolved into a runner. I asked her to share her story knowing that many people may … [Read more...]

Animal Encounters

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There are 2 creatures who tend to scare me more on runs than just about anything else: dogs and snakes.  I know the likelihood that either of those animal encounters are going to cause me bodily harm is pretty slim, but I freak out nonetheless.  (Want to see me scream and jump? Put a snake in front … [Read more...]

Running Reality Check


A few weeks ago, I did something to my foot while running....or maybe not while running.  I really don't know when I did the *something*.  All I know is the top of my foot is hurting in a strange way and it won't go away.  It is in the weirdest spot and for the life of me, I don't know how this … [Read more...]

Fitness Tracker Fury (and which one I chose)

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Fitness trackers are IN! You see them everywhere - or don't depending on what an individual is wearing. They're tracking steps, stairs, distance, calories, sleep patterns, and goals. If you're serious about your fitness, getting in shape, hitting your goals, or in need of motivation, you probably … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Lisa!

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We have a birthday in the Sisterhood house!  This writer is one of my dearest friends and a kick-butt runner.  Allow my to write one of those acrostic letter poems in honor of my friend, Lisa. L - Lovely.   Lisa is one of the most lovely people I know, inside and out.  See also: beautiful, kind, … [Read more...]

True Confessions- Way Overdue


It's been THREE months since we had a true confessions post. In fact, I wrote that post three months ago. I don't know about you, but three months is a long time to bottle things up, keep it hidden and not talk about what is ailing us. I think it is time to *confess* and I am positive each and … [Read more...]

Couch to 5k Success Story Tara

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One of my favorite roles here at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans is mentoring new runners and then getting to share their success stories.  We have a Couch to 5k group over on Facebook where runners can get encouragement and begin their running journey.  In addition to our C25K group, our Run … [Read more...]