The Busty Girl’s Guide to Running


First off, a little warning.  We're going to get a bit personal here today - specifically about boobs.  My boobs and other busty girl boobs in particular.  If you are of the male persuasion or a bit shy about all things related to the chesticles, and would prefer not to know the details of my bust … [Read more...]

Preparing for Your First Race

Preparing for Your First Race #shrinkingjeans

Training and running your first race is monumental. Whether it’s been a longtime goal to run a race or you just got started a few months ago, your first race will be memorable because, after all, it is your first. After waking up at unholy hours before the crack of dawn, after sweating buckets … [Read more...]

Why Should Runners Strength Train?

Why should runners strength train? #shrinkingjeans #fitness #exercise

Newsflash!  I don't strength train enough. If you've been following along with our monthly workout calendars, you've probably noticed a trend.  We like to advocate more than just cardio around these parts.  Now, I'll be the first to admit this...I really don't like strength training.  I am … [Read more...]

I Finished a Race (and didn’t die!)

I Finished a Race (and didn't die!) #shrinkingjeans #running

I’m 38-years-old. I have four children, all boys, and my oldest is now a teenager. I should know better. Really. But sometimes I have to really live and learn, just like my kids. This weekend, I participated in our town’s Applefest. It’s just a simple fall festival, where we celebrate the harvest … [Read more...]

Half Marathon Training: The Beginning

half marathon training

Day Four of Half Marathon Training, August 2009 Dear Diary, Today I wanted to throw up in neighbor’s yard. I almost stopped to do so, but then I realized that I hadn't eaten anything, and I was afraid of dry heaving. And so I continued with Mile 3. I haven't seen morning darkness since the … [Read more...]

Are You Stuck In Your Comfort Zone?

Are You stuck in your comfort zone? #shrinkingjeans

As I mentor our rookie runners through Couch to 5k training, one thing becomes apparent.  We are often reluctant to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone.  We are a good 3 weeks into this training cycle now and how many of you have looked ahead at weeks 4 or 5 and though,t "There is no way I … [Read more...]

How I Went From Hating to Loving Running

How a non-athlete and a non-runner fell (1)

The first running coach I had was my Dad. While pushing my brother and me to run, Dad would encourage us by using inspirational sayings like, “Running is a lot easier if you aren’t crying”. Doesn’t that paint you a pretty picture? Needless to say, I did not love running when I was first … [Read more...]

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me: Advice for New Runners

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me-

As our newest Couch to 5k group moves into their second week, I thought I'd try to give a bit of insight into a few things I wish someone had told me about running before I started.  I've been around the block a few times now and while I am always learning and developing, a few things have become … [Read more...]

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! 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...]