Summer time and the livin’ is easy

Wow, summer is flying by… and I have not posted in over a week and a half!! I have tried to keep up with blogging, but clearly I have fallen a bit behind! When I first started this wee little blog, I tried to post 2 -3 times a week…not so much lately.  I tell you, I don’t know how some of these bloggers keep up with it all….oh yeah, they quit their real jobs, have husbands that can support them, and become full time bloggers (how fancy)! :) tumblr_inline_n4v91ntP2y1qjygqr While my life is not quite as fancy, I have been having fun while keeping busy with a few new fitness ventures, workouts, and enjoying the sun!

20140721-222022-80422234.jpgJumps in the sun = hard work, multiple camera takes, and fun!

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I have been trying to buckle down and really study my Personal Training material… with a little help from an old friend, Red Wine, of course.

20140721-230225-82945016.jpg Early mornings and myself have become much better acquainted lately. I have been teaching  a Stability and Balance class a few days a week at 6:30 AM – which I am actually loving! It is such a different way to challenge your muscles and improve core stability and strength. Quite a change from the high intensity classes I am used to teaching!

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I had the opportunity to lead an hour long kids tennis conditioning clinic a couple days this week at the country club I work for… that was interesting, to say the least! The thought with participating in the tennis clinic was that it might open up some doors to start a kids fitness program, and it might and it would be a great program if we got it together, but I sure did not know what I was getting myself into!   I had about 16 kids between the ages of 8-12, all boys except 2, and they came to me at the end of their day and they were definitely rowdy… but we had some fun, shared some laughs, and everyone I survived! :)

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 A soccer field - what a beautiful sight. I spend 2 days a week here playing on my rec league in the summer. Our season actually just ended last night though (tear).

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Speaking of soccer…. The other day my dad asked me what my favorite number growing up playing soccer was, I told him 17, and then the next day we were driving somewhere in my car together and he noticed my odometer! Pretty cool, eh?! Although what is not so cool is my poor car is getting old! I am going to ride her till she can’t go any more though!

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I wrote a post last week about the Dirty Girl Mud Run I did and  I just wanted to share one of the photos the event released. I give them credit because the photos that were taken by photographers (like this one) were actually really cool.  And unlike a lot of races, they did not make them super small or put writing all over them so you would have to buy the pictures to actually get a good shot.

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Hope you are enjoying your summer!!

If you are a blogger, how do you make the time to keep up with it consistently?

What is the most miles you ever had on your car before you got rid of it or it broke?

Any tips for teaching kids fitness?

Fun weekend at the Dirty Girl Mud Run in Eastern PA!

This past weekend was a fun, and muddy, one! A group of awesome girlfriends formed a team and we called ourselves Mud, Sweat, and Beers!

Mud Run before shotWe dressed alike, we ran, we climbed over obstacles, we climbed under them, we crawled through mud, we hiked the hilly course in PA, we supported one another, we laughed, and we all stuck together like a true team!

The Dirty Girl Mud Run in Schnecksville, PA started in 15 minute heats this past Saturday and went all morning until about 2:00 PM. Our team signed up for the 8:45 AM heat. It was a good time because it was not too crowded at the registration or the starting line, and once we got out on the course, we had no wait time or back up at the obstacles… which was something I read was a problem, so glad we avoided that!

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Once we got checked in and our bibs and T-shirt, we got a few quick pictures and headed over to the start line.

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We ordered team tank tops off of an Etsy site called DiamondGirlFashion (are’t they awesome!?). The T-shirts you get for the race were nothing to write home about, which for the price, was a little disappointing.

We all did a few stretches and “dropped it like a squat” at the starting line and then were off into the fields for the 5k obstacle run.

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There were about 10-12 obstacles including a couple walls to climb over, a few muddy pits to walk through and some you had to crawl through, a bouncy thing that didn’t have any mud (which was odd?), some ropes to climb up…. unfortunately, spectators really could not see the course so I don’t have any photos of the obstacles.

While I did not think the obstacles were all that difficult, I think they were great for a team to do together and just hard enough that the majority of participants could get through them, with a little help form their friends if need be.

The race was not timed, so we all stuck together and walked up the really hilly parts with heavy muddy sneakers!

The final few hundred yards we got to run past the cheering crowd and finish the race with one final muddy pit!

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High fives at the finish line then off for a photo op!

Mud Sweat and Beers dirty shotAfter the run, we grabbed some water and Lara bars and headed to the rinse station…which was not crowded when we got there, but as the day went on, the lines to use the hoses got really long!

After we were freshened up, at least as much as we could be, we all met back at the beer tent!

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Mud Run beersI think everyone had a great time and I would definitely recommend doing the Dirty Girl Mud Run with a team of your favorite, fabulous girlfriends! A few things to keep in mind if you do ever do a mud run:

1. Register for an earlier heat to avoid long lines at registration and the rinse station, obstacle back ups, beat the heat, and to get a parking spot that is not a half a mile away.

2. Your shoes will get nasty so just donate them when you are done! And bring flip flops to change into!

3. You also may want to wear higher socks – as my socks started to fall down and the mud and grit brushed against the back of my ankle during the run and I have a little cut from it.

4. The race is pricey but it is for charity and is a fun event.

5. You don’t really need to do any crazy training, but should have a basic fitness level to complete this run.  You can go at your own pace, it is not timed.

6. Sign up with a friend or team and stick together! There were a couple obstacles where no one was there except our teammates, just better to be safe and have someone around you just in case you get hurt.  And it is just more fun with friends!

7. Keep your eyes peeled for teenagers who did the race and are not going to use their beer ticket on their bib. We scored a few free beers this way… and just by standing by the beer tent! :)

8. Drink water before you run.  There are some water stations on the course, but since you are doing obstacles and may be waiting for teammates or to get through obstacles, the run will take longer than a typical 5k.  It took us a little over an hour.

9. While I did not do this and it would have been a little tough at some spots, you could totally bring your iphone or camera in a ziplock bag and take pictures along the way.

10. Have fun, get muddy, and enjoy the course!

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*I received a free race entry to the Dirty Girl Mud Run in eastern PA, all opinions are my own.

*Photo credit: Kev-cat

Do any fun runs this weekend??

Ever do a mud run and would you do it again?

 

Patriotism looks good on athletes!

In honor of celebrating the fourth of July this past weekend, I am linking up with The Blonder Side of Life today for the Secret Blogger link up that has a special theme of independence!

Ever since a young age, we play sports representing a local business or our town, as we grow up we represent our high schools and colleges, and some even move on to represent their city or state, and the elite ones represent our country.

There is no doubt there is patriotism in sports. So in honor of Independence Day last week, check out some great shots of athletes showing their American pride!  Continue reading

Active Accessories: On-The-Go Hair Band Bracelets [Review]

active_accessories2 Do you suffer from hair tie wrist dent-itis (it’s a thing…I think!)?

Do you find yourself wearing your old hair ties around your wrists more than your pretty lil bracelets? (I am totally guilty of this) Some might call this ugly ponytail holder bracelet syndrome… it is a sad thing indeed.  Continue reading

Faith & Fitness Fridays: Kindness

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The fitness industry can be extremely competitive. You may work at a big gym and compete with other trainers, not because you think you are better or want to see anyone fail, but because you got to eat! Been there!

The fitness industry can be harsh. You might have a participant in your class tell you how you should be doing something better, question every exercise, or just plain walk out. There are challenging students all over, use them to help you grow. Been there!  Continue reading

AFAA and NASM Online Group Training Course

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I completed one of AFAA’s (American and Fitness Association of America) online courses (e-AFAA) last week as part of my continued education and because I wanted to check it out!

AFAA is one of the few companies I have found that offers online training courses. Unfortunately, AFAA CEUs (continued education units) only count towards AFAA certifications and certificates. Therefor, the CEUs I earned for this online course will not count towards my ACE Group Exercise certification.  Continue reading