Would you be interested in joining my virtual training team?

Hey ladies and gents!

I just posted a new vlog after a year-long hiatus. (Warning: it’s pretty much the same thing I’m blogging here.)

So after reading about a friend who just joined Team in Training for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge next January, I clicked through to another blog from a charity runner who was conducting a similar virtual race of her own. My idea is not quite original but I figured that it was worth a try.

Here it goes: I’m thinking of hosting another marathon training team. This time, though, it’s virtual. If you’ve wanted a reason to finish a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or full marathon, then here it is. I’m hosting my very own virtual training team and race so that you no longer have the excuse of time to fall back on. Your “registration fee” is actually a 100% donation to Dress for Success for my fundraising campaign. In exchange for this generous donation, I will help you cross off this distance off of your bucket list!

The race date is tentatively set for January 20, 2013. That cuts it a bit close for the full 26.2 distance, so I will think of alternative dates that it can be held on. You can run where ever you want — you pick the course and location. I’ll provide a training plan for your selected distance and provide a weekly chat where we can all log on and talk about how training is going, address any concerns you have, etc. In the week leading up to this virtual race you’ll get a goody bag and your bib. Once you finish the course and provide proof of finishing (i.e. photos of your time, etc) I will send to you your finisher’s medal and certificate.

If you think you may be interested, you can let me know in the comments or tweet/Facebook/email me! If cost is a factor, I think it’d be more than fine if you fundraised that amount as well. (All fundraising will be funneled through the Dress for Success race fundraising page on Crowdrise.)

Here are the details —

Race date: January 20, 2013 (tentative — 26.2 may be delayed for about 4-6 weeks)

$20 donation – 5K (3.1 miles)
$35 donation – 10K (6.2 miles)
$50 donation – Half marathon (13.1 miles)
$100 donation – Full marathon (26.2 miles)

Register via Donation on Crowdrise


What you get:
1) A training plan (for distance, NOT speed)
2) Weekly virtual video chats with the group
3) A race goody bag
4) A race bib
5) A medal
6) A finisher’s certificate

1) One lucky random donor will receive free registration to ANY race of their choice! (Up to $135 value)
2) Receive an awesome gift for fundraising 3x your donation amount
3) Get a network of support for your goal
4) Feel satisfied knowing that 100% of your donation goes to Dress for Success

Important Notice:
In order for you to receive your medal and finisher’s certificate, you must provide proof that you finished the distance. You can send a photo of your measured/timed run (i.e. photo of the treadmill screen, picture of your Garmin time, screenshot of your phone, etc). Additionally, by entering in to this training program you acknowledge that you have the medical clearance to do so and that I am not advising you directly on how to train, eat, etc. I provide mentorship, encouragement, and guidance only since I am not a certified personal trainer, doctor, health professional, etc.

See Ya, 2011!

One last post before I hit the road…

Hope you are all having (or will have later tonight) a wonderful New Years!

This year I accomplished a lot. Starting with a small, short personal challenge to run for 21 days, it has blossomed into a newfound passion that has bled into every aspect of my life. My friends, family, and you have watched me transform from a sedentary blogger to what I am today, and for that, I’m thankful.

It was a busy year — In my RunKeeper I posted 333 activities, 1,414 miles, and 130,800 calories burned. That’s major since the prior 12 months I posted probably less than 20 miles.

Next year, I am looking forward to the following:

  • Racing in the 2012 Honda LA Marathon and leading all of my teammates to the finish line
  • Racing in my first 70.3 in November
  • Becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Becoming a CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist
  • Becoming an Usui Reiki Practicioner
  • Becoming a health and wellness professional to help others live healthier, happier, and more wholesome lives
Thankfully, all of the work that needs to be done has already been started. 2012 — let’s do this!!!
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Avoid Holiday Weight Gain With These 10 Tips (via RunKeeper)

I came across this great collection of tips this morning! It’s pretty easy to get over-indulgent and lazy over the holidays. What is it with the last few weeks of the year that brings out the inner sloth in all of us? Below are ten tips on how to avoid holiday weight gain — or even possibly lose some weight — during this festive time of the year. If implemented correctly, you might be in even better shape come New Years!

My biggest tip on how to avoid holiday weight gain is to get moving. Try using an app like RunKeeper or GAINFitness to begin working out. Anyways, I’m pretty guilty of #10. What about you?

Source: RunKeeper blog, Jenna Bell.

Motivation Monday: Getting Excited About What's Next

Change is pretty hard to face.

I spent the weekend pouring over my personal training books. A lot of it was technical and scientific, and the material is admittedly more difficult than I had anticipated. However, the single thing that kept me motivated was the light at the end of the tunnel.

The prospect of being able to help other people achieve their fitness and weight loss goals excites me. I want to be a part of that journey. I want to help other people change their lives and become the people they truly are on the inside. I don’t want people to be trapped inside of a body that they don’t feel represents who they are.

There’s a lot of work that goes into changing your lifestyle. You’ll have to admit that what you’re doing isn’t working. That one’s for sure. But, not only do you have to plan and actualize steps you’ll take to achieve your goals but you’ll also have to visualize what success looks like for you. That will be different for everybody. Some will want to finally fit in their skinny jeans again. Some will want to be able to party on the beach without feeling self conscious. Others will want to cross the finish line at a marathon or triathlon. Whatever it is, I hope that the work I’m putting in now will enable others to achieve those goals!

Fitness Friday: Someone Busier Than You Is Running Right Now

Getting started with a running program can be challenging, especially for people who is strapped for time.

However, something you have to realize is that everyone has a busy life, a demanding family, and lots of time commitments. However, what separates runners from non-runners is that a runner makes the time for them.

Health and fitness is important to your well being. No one should have to remind you that you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of someone else’s problems, whether it’s at work or at home. Take control of your life and tell yourself that you’re worth 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour today.

Give yourself a fighting chance to be the person you want to be — healthy, happy, and full of life.

What I find most promising is my charity training team — Team Dress for Success. We’re all working towards finishing the LA Marathon in 2012 all the while fundraising $1,000 along the way. It’s no small feat but the rewards are indescribable. I was gone for a few weeks and everyone trained on their own. I shot off an email last night and already, people who signed up for the team never having ran a mile in their lives are now up to 8 or 9 miles in their training.

I’m so proud of them. They made a commitment and are seeing it all of the way through. These people have time commitments that could undermine their training and fitness regimen. However, they decide to prioritize their needs so that they can better serve others. So inspirational!

What are you so busy doing that you haven’t made time for yourself yet? Let me know below. I’ll probably be able to help you rationalize yourself out of your excuse!


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