7 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Embrace Your Imperfections

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Besides my 2013 resolution to have more fun, one other thing I worked on the past year was my perfectionist tendencies. That's been an issue with me for as long as I remember: I fall into the people pleaser category and like to set pretty ambitious standards for myself. With "try, try again," as my motto, I'm getting a bit better at cutting myself some slack, whether that means taking an afternoon to do nothing but watch a movie and read ...continue reading

Half-Marathon PR Playlist

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Happy December! (Can you believe it's the last month of 2013? Me neither.) I hope you and yours had a lovely Thanksgiving! I've grown to love running tune-free when I have a fun training buddy to chat with or when my body is feeling great and I'm "running" on all cylinders. ;) But when my muscles start to burn and my brain starts to wander, not much can beat a powerful, fast-paced playlist. One researcher compares the impact of a good ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special

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Happy Sunday to you all! I took a little time this week to celebrate my one year racing anniversary with a few great outdoor runs along the lake and river near my apartment. True, I participated in a year of cross country in high school and had done several 5Ks in the past. Yet I consider my "grown-up" running hobby as launching this weekend last year when I finished the MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon. In my early 20s, I could not imagine ...continue reading

Monday Motivation: Pin It!

We’re getting to that time of year where health—mental and physical—takes a tumble down the priority list. Planning menus, shopping for gifts, organizing party schedules, working long hours to prepare for holiday break…no wonder well-being often falls by the wayside until January 1. That doesn’t have to be the case. And while there’s no need to wait until a Monday to start making healthy decisions, many view it as ...continue reading

The Halfway to Half-Marathon Pick-It-Up Playlist!

I’m one of those people who, after they download a good new running album (David Guetta!) or craft a fun playlist, put it on repeat for every workout for the next month. That’s not just me, right? Eventually, the thought of listening to any of the songs once more drives me up the wall. But the beats are so motivating and the tunes are so catchy, how can you not play them until you O.D.? Knowing this about myself, I’m ...continue reading

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