Fitness Face-Off: Treadmill vs. Outdoor Workouts

Most diehard runners would scold me, but so far, I’ve done the majority of my training runs indoors on the comfort of a treadmill. Why? You can’t beat the convenience of being able to walk down one flight of stairs and a hallway to find the gym. Plus, there are these other awesome factors: The console can hold my keys, water bottle and iPhone (for music) rather than me. My fingers, toes and nose stay at a temperature where I ...continue reading

22 True (and Sometimes Embarassing) Facts About Me

I was recently tagged by my pal Sam to participate in the Lucky Number 11 Survey going around the blogosphere! I shared the basics about myself last spring, but this is the perfect excuse to open up about a few more lesser-known fun facts about yours truly. The rules of play: Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog. Answer the questions the tagger set for you (Sam had some awesome ones!). Create 11 new questions ...continue reading

The “Time Flies When You’re On a Run” Treadmill Workout

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re all able to enjoy some quality time with loved ones and a few bites of dark chocolate. :) Last Wednesday, 8 p.m. rolled around and I hadn’t done anything about the 3.5 miles on my training plan for the day and was feeling a little less-than-motivated. I was a bit tight from the run the day before, but had a restorative yoga session in the books the next day if I knocked this ...continue reading

My Top 5 Non-Food Treats

When you finish a week’s-worth of hard workouts or make it through a particularly busy day successfully, you deserve a reward, right? All too often, however, we think of that reward as spoon + pint of ice cream or burger + fries (or your food splurge of choice which may cancel out all of your efforts in the gym). Since you do deserve to give yourself props for a job well done—and show some love with Valentine’s Day ...continue reading

Go-To Blogs For Running Inspiration!

Besides a doable training plan, a solid pair of sneakers and a motivating playlist, I’ve found that gathering inspiration and tips from those who have run before me has been helpful. One of the most abundant sources for “runspiration?” Fellow bloggers! There are plenty of half-marathoners among the amazing individuals I previously featured in my blogroll posts (shout-out to Jenn, Madison, Caitlin, Tina, Ashley and ...continue reading

Two Must-Try Light Chocolate Recipes

With all of the running I’ve been doing (OK, it hasn’t been that much yet, but go with me here!), it’s time for a treat. But as many experts tell you, exercising isn’t a free pass to go off the deep end. With that in mind, I tried out two different desserts that taste decadent but won’t blow your calorie budget. Bonus: They would both be a sweet way to please your Valentine! Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies ...continue reading