Friday, January 15, 2016

Hot Valentine 5K Virtual Race

Who do you LOVE to RUN with?
Gather up your friends for a sweet virtual race!

Proceeds benefit the St. Jude Children's Hospital

What's a virtual race?  A virtual race is running a specified distance (timed) without being present in the actual race location.  Report back your finish time & you'll be entered in the PRIZE DRAWING!

DATE:  February 12-14, 2016 - Valentine's Day Weekend!
LOCATION:  Pick your favorite local route or hop on a treadmill. 
DISTANCE:  5K (3.1 miles)

FINISHER'S MEDAL:  $10.00 (pictured above)  U.S. shipping* is a flat $3 so you SAVE when ordering multiple medals in one order. (You can edit the quantity once you add to cart.) Proceeds are donated to the St. Jude Children's Hospital.  All orders have shipped.

SHIRT:  $20.00 (pictured above)  This RED hot shirt is 100% polyester wicking knit that wicks moisture away from the body when running to keep you cool.  It is a Ladies Fit S-2XL. See size chart here to find the right size for you.  (Personal note: I do feel like I need to 'go up a size' on this ladies cut.)  U.S. shipping* is $3.  
First batch of shirts shipped on Feb. 1. 
Second batch shipped Feb. 10

RESULTS:  After you've finished your Virtual Valentine Run, report your race time(s) before Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 2:00pm CST.   This is a fun race; no Garmin/treadmill photo required to verify your time. You will earn one entry into the prize drawing. Limit one entry per runner. 

PRIZES:  After February 16, prizes will be randomly drawn from finishers who reported results. Winners will be announced before 2/19/16.  
(2) Live Love Run writing journals
Simone Gehner & Julie Albers
(2) BondiBand heart headbands
Winners: Walisa Dickson & Jody Krumwiede
(1) $25 gift card to Starbucks
Winner: Lynne Day
(1) $5 gift card to Subway
Winner: Kate Green

By participating in this virtual race, you helped raise $600 
for children with cancer at St. Jude Children's Hospital. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Winter Body Beast

I started organizing a third year of the Winter Miles Challenge, but after some thought into my personal goals, I decided to steer another way. Instead of driving up my mileage, my goal is to focus on overall body health.  I have pounds and inches to lose. While running is one of my favorite ways to lose weight, I need to listen to my body to avoid injuries from vamping up the miles too quickly. This machine ain't getting any younger...

So I've put together my own Winter Body Beast. Improving my running is a factor, but not the whole enchilada (Mmmm, those are yummy...). I need to get back to my optimal running weight, keep body fat in check, build muscle, and I like killin' the planks and pushups too!

I know some will be disappointed without the weekly mileage reporting that I offered with Winter Miles Challenge, but I needed this challenge format and change of focus. If it interests you, YOU can play too. Print off the sheet for yourself and join me in this 12 week challenge - purely against yourself.
The information you fill in on the chart is for your own viewing pleasure (or disgust). However, at the 4 week checkpoints, I would love to hear about your progress - the pluses (more pushups!) and the negatives (pounds!).  Please revisit through the next 12 weeks as I'll be writing each week (for my own accountability) about my success and struggles.

I'm excited to excel at Winter Body Beast - and ultimately get back to where I was several years ago. My life has changed since then. I don't have the same amount of free time to dedicate to running, blogging, networking, etc... however, I've gotten pretty good at prioritizing and saying NO when it matters. Now, can I carry that over to my diet?

In fact, I'm so confident that I'll succeed that I'm putting $$$ on it. Have you heard of Dietbet? I've played numerous weight loss games with this online host and won a bunch of money - by hitting my goal of losing 4% in 4 weeks... Check it out! I'm hosting a new game that starts next Monday, January 11.  (Ends Feb. 7)  Consider yourself invited to play!