Happy 4th Of July – Be Independent!

Hope everyone has an excellent 4th Of July no matter what your plans.  I would be amiss if I didn’t recognize those that have served or are serving our country.  Thank you for your service!

This Independence Day, with the help of my friend Bex and some of my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors, I would like to encourage everyone to be independent.

Stop comparing yourself to others, love your body, and embrace it for all that it’s worth.  Because that is what being FitFluential is all about.

Have a safe holiday.  You can follow my shenanigans on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

*Don’t forget, there are a few more days left to enter my giveaway to win an invite to Mizuno’s Mezamashii Project and a FREE pair of shoes!

Roadtrippin’ With Chevy To Dirty Girl Indy

As you know I’ve been getting back to basics with my running lately and one part of the plan was to register for a fun race. When I registered it seemed like the race was a long way away.  I couldn’t believe that once I got settled back into my routine after Italy it was just in time to hit the road to head to Indianapolis for the Dirty Girl Mud Run.  After all of my traveling recently you would think the last thing I’d want to do is hop in a car for a road trip, but I LOVE a good road trip. What made it even better?  The fine folks at Chevrolet were awesome enough to provide me, along with another FitFluential Ambassador, Julie, a sweet ride for our trip.  Pretty cool, huh?

Once again, this is a long post and the best way I’ve found to tell a story is through photos. Be sure to watch my video above to see actual footage of us rockin’ the Dirty Girl Mud Run Indianapolis.

Late last week Julie received the delivery of a kick butt Chevrolet Equinox and on Friday she made her way to pick me up. Upon her arrival we opened our Welcome Package from Chevrolet.  It contained a letter to us, $50 gas card, shirts, pens, shoelaces, and a reusable bag. 

Once we got over the excitement of our goodies I took over driving duties.  Not only do I love road trips, but I love to drive too.

Previous to this road trip Julie and I had never met in real life.  I knew that she was a trail runner and she knew I was a triathlete.  But no worries, we had 5 hours to kill in the car heading to Indianapolis so we had plenty of time to get to know each other.  Suffice to say, once the formalities were over any and all topics were on the table for discussion.  You name it, we talked about it, and the belly laughs began.  We began to wonder if Chevrolet was secretly recording us.  If not, they should’ve been!  Our actions and conversations would have been put to good use in their advertisements.  Oh yes, we sung to the XM radio, danced in the car, and even got semi-trucks to honk their horns at us.  The fact is, girls in a Chevrolet are cooler than hamsters in a box. 😉

We made a few stops along the way.

This rooster was calling our name and we just had to stop to take a photo.

Then we had to have a little fun on a slide and swings just to stretch out our legs.

You know we had to buy some temporary tattoos from a gas station too.  Just perfect for race day.

And of course had to get some grub.  Decently healthy road trip food if I do say so myself.

Before we knew it we had made it to Indianapolis to meet up with my sister and shared our fun Chevrolet goodies with her. 

After hanging out for a bit, catching up, we decided to head out to dinner at Bazbeaux’s Pizza.

While eating we saw this guy rollerblade dancing down the Monan Trail.  What?!  How cool is he??

After eating we worked off some of our pizza by walking around the Carmel Arts & Design District and took some fun pictures with the life-sized sculptures and artwork.

Once we finished there we hit the road again, heading down to the heart of Indianapolis.  We had no plans in mind other than buzzing the ave in the Equinox.  No surprise, but we found ourselves once again belting out songs.  Especially when this came on….

We drove by the Lucas Oil Stadium where the Indianapolis Colts play and had to stop and get this photo.

Before we knew it we were exhausted and it was time to hit the hay.


Race Day!!

Prior to race day we received an email from Dirty Girl with recommendations.  One recommendation was to come 90 minutes before your wave start time.  They weren’t joking.  Once we arrived we found a line of cars waiting to park and long lines at the check in.  Thankfully both lines moved fast and smooth.  Unfortunately due to the amount of people at  check in it was hard to find our other fellow FitFluential Ambassadors also running that day. Even so, we were able to meet up with Emily and Renisha, along with Renisha’s friend, Shanna.

Emily, Me, And Julie

Renisha, Me, And Julie

While waiting for the start we checked everything out and took a ton o’ photos.

Before we knew it, it was time to start running.

The focus of this run is to have fun, hence why I signed up and invited my sister.  There are no clocks so you don’t have to race to the finish.  From the get go I knew we’d take a slower pace and enjoy each other’s company.  And we did just that. We ran, walked, laughed, ran, walked, laughed all of the way from obstacle to obstacle.

Obstacles ranged from:

a hay bale climb

multiple muddy water pits

stepping over and under string that can trip you up

 mud crawl

tire high step

wall climb 

cargo net climb

trudging through thigh high muddy water & using a rope to pull yourself up & out of the trench

Considering myself a veteran runner and having done a mud run prior, I will admit I did not find the obstacles very challenging.  To some, this may have been one of the biggest challenges they’ve completed in a long time.  Either way, the obstacles and distances were attainable, especially with teamwork and encouragement.  It was excellent to see so many people of different walks of life out there having a great time.

The run was an absolute blast and we enjoyed getting muddy.

Yes, we could’ve gotten muddier, but I must admit I’m glad we didn’t since the line for the hoses was long and from what we heard there was very little water pressure.

Thankfully we found a drain that was providing surprisingly clean water that fulfilled our needs.

Soon enough we were all cleaned up and checked out the after party.

Another FitFluential Ambassador, Stefanie, noticed me a stopped by to introduce herself. I’m telling you, there were a ton o’ people there and it was hard to find people, especially people you’ve never met in real life!

 Me and Stefanie

Dirty Girl randomly picked winners to win their choice of plant.  Upon check-in I was told I won and chose a hanging flower basket. I was a bit excited.

I gave my sister a huge hug, told her I was proud of her for joining me on her first ever 5K, and then our road trip home began….

Of course the drive home is never as exciting as the drive there, but we weren’t at a loss for discussion.

We had a few last hurrahs with the Chevrolet Equinox.

And then Julie and I started planning for our next race together.  Hmmmm. Where shall we go next?  Julie dropped me off and I hopped out of the Chevrolet Equinox into my own Chevrolet Aveo.  Hey, what can I say?  I’ve told you before that I love Chevy.

This experience was exactly what I needed.  It was all about getting back to basics along with the fun and enjoyment of running.  I was able to meet new people, make new friends, spend time with my sister while witnessing her run her first 5k, and had many many many belly laughs throughout the weekend.  Yes, that is a win in my book.

If you can believe it, there are more pictures that those I have in this blog. If you know me, you know I love to take photos, so this is no surprise.  If you want to check them out go here.

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)


*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. Chevrolet provided a vehicle for me to drive to and from the Dirty Girl race for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Let’s Get Dirty

Last week I told you that I’m going back to basics and invited you to come along for my journey.  I know I need a game plan to make sure I stay true to myself and keep my training and racing fun in spite of what’s going on around me.

So what’s our first step in my plan?  Register for a race.  But not just any race.  A FUN race. Enter The Dirty Girl Run. Read: mud run.

Yeah, you read right. Me, getting down and dirty. This shouldn’t come of too big a surprise since I have done a mud run in the past with my friend Tanya. (Don’t try searching for a recap…that was one of those that slipped through the cracks while on my blogging hiatus. Ugh)

Although I had a ton o’ fun at my last mud run, this one will be even more special, because my sister’s going to join in!! I am beyond ecstatic about this.

My Sis and I

I’m hoping my sister won’t mind me saying this, but she is not a runner. Even though she doesn’t run I asked if she’d like to join me so we can do this together and she agreed. Eeek! On Saturday May 12th we’ll both be getting down and dirty at the Dirty Girl Run Indianapolis.

So how in the world did I get my sister, a non-runner, to join in my Dirty Girl Run adventure? Well, there are a few things about this “race” that are different from the rest.

Number 1 – It’s all women. No guys running around strutting their stuff intimidating us.

Number 2 – It’s not timed. No time = no worries about the clock = focusing all about having a good time and no competition.

Number 3 – 5K run/walk with 11 challenging but manageable obstacles

Number 4 – Festival-like atmosphere where we can jam to music and just act crazy!

Number 5 – No medal. Wait, no bling?? How is that fun? No worries! Instead of a medal, a charm is given. Who passes up jewelry? And of course you get a shirt too. Isn’t that one of the reasons we all run races?With all of that I was able to sell the idea to my sister.  She’s either going to love me or hate me.  I think she’ll end up loving me.

If you’re interested in a Dirty Girl Run check out their website. You can also check them out on Twitter or Facebook too.  Currently, they have 8 venues throughout the US this year and chances are they’ll grow even larger next year.

Want to know more? Join us tomorrow, Thursday April 5th, on twitter at 8pm CST using #GoDirtyGirl.

That’s just part of my plan on how I’m going to stay true to myself and keep my training and racing fun.  More to come….

I’ve stated the first step in our plan, called my race, and even got my sister to join in.  Now it’s your turn.  Head over to my Facebook Page and tell me what fun run you’re doing to get the fun back into your running and who you’re going to get to join you!  Also, I need your help. What fun runs do I need to add to my list??

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)


*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

TMI – Going Commando & Operation Kill The Pooch

I had no plans to do another post today. That went out the window.

It’s unseasonably warm in Ohio today. 54 degrees.  Normally I’d wear shorts but with winds of 26mph I chose to try out my new Nike capris.  Thanks for Heather’s recent blog post I chose to try running commando for the first time.

Also, I’ve always had a “pooch”.  You know, that area of abs below the belly button.  Well, for some reason it’s gotten worse in the past few years.  I’ve recently reached out for insight.  Some say it’s diet, others say it’s the running (not enough food, body holding on to fat, easiest place to hold on to the fat), and some say posture.  Although I’m not targeting to get a 6pk (although I wouldn’t mind) I have started a new mission of killing my pooch.  I’ve already implemented planks, burpees, etc.  So it’s time to do more.  First step, implementing kettlebells. Second step, focusing on my posture and engaging my abs as much as I can and most definitely while running.  And lastly, I’m going to play with my diet a bit.  (No worries, I’m staying vegan!)

So today was a day of firsts.  First time wearing capris, first time running commando, and first time focusing on my core while running.  Want to know how it went?

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)