I’m running in the Skirt Chaser 5k in Tempe! Join me!

Skirt Chaser 5K Tempe

Can I tell y’all what I’m super pumped about? I am so excited for a fun, themed run. My past two races have been serious, focused, and challenging 13.1 miles. This Saturday, I’m running in the Skirt Chaser 5k in Tempe! It’s my second year running in the Skirt Chaser 5k, and I’m so thrilled to be back! It’s very unique in that there are two start times, based on gender. Following the rules of etiquette, ladies start first, and then the men follow three minutes later – hence the name “Skirt Chaser”. The race is hosted by Skirt Sports (which I LOVE, by the way – super huge fan of their stuff!), and it’s so neat to see a ton of ladies kicking asphalt in running skirts! Here I am at last year’s Skirt Chaser (whoa, blonde hair flashback!): The best part, to me, is that with an upgraded registration, you score a Skirt Sports running skirt! With the dreadfully hot summer up ahead, my running leggings are going to be retired, and I’m going to get a lot … [Read more...]

Weigh in Wednesday: Losing Weight Twice Sucks + I’m Running 13.1 Miles on Sunday!

Mean Girls Workout Tank

Just a little PSA for any of you who are thinking about slacking off and letting yourself go. When you gain back weight that you've already busted your ass to lose, the process is twice as hard, twice as emotionally trying, and twice as sucky. With that out of the way, I think I can say that I've had an okay week! On Monday, my office started a weight loss challenge, and I signed up. There's some stiff competition, and I might not have a chance at winning, but I'm doing my damnedest to hold my own. I've only had a handful of Diet Dr. Peppers this week, too! I've been twiddling my thumbs with excitement and nerves (okay mostly nerves), because this Sunday is the PF Changs Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon! My second half! Again, I always feel like I could have trained better, and I know I could have, so I'm apprehensive about how I will do during this race. I'm going to stick with the 3:00 pace setter and hope for the best. I ran on Sunday, and kept a good pace to put me at the finish … [Read more...]

Weigh in Wednesday: 2014 Edition

Freckleberry Fit

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRECKLEBERRIES! I would love to tell you that I got gussied up and danced the night away, but I'm a fuddy duddy who enjoyed her evening on the couch with her husband and kids watching a Cops marathon. (Funny tidbit: Micah woke up in the middle of the night and asked me if all the bad guys got arrested. Ha!) I hope you guys had a great New Year's Eve. Is anyone else feeling really excited about the fresh start? I am big on charting, tracking, and following analytics and stuff, so something about a new year with no data is encouraging to me. I don't have any bad juju going into this year when it comes to my weight, so I'm going to try and bottle that up and use it! Time to be transparent. I've found that the only way to keep myself accountable is to blog about my food, exercise, and current weight. I kicked a lot of ass on Nutrisystem, and I think it was due in part to the fact that I was required by contract to blog weekly. Knowing that I had to write about my week … [Read more...]

That Time I Ran A Half Marathon And Didn’t Die

So proud of myself!

Well. I'm three days past race day, and I am slowly starting to not limp a little when I get out of my office chair at work, so I think it's time I recap my run, eh? On Friday night, my sister, Kelsey, flew in to the Phoenix airport from San Antonio to run the race with me. We wanted to both run our first half marathon together, so she flew out here for the occasion. She's been a runner for some time, and has always been athletic (soccer, volleyball, kickball...the list goes on! She was playing sports while I did musical theatre growing up!), but she has been having really weird issues with her shins and calves lately. She's fallen three or four times while running, and described the falls by saying "my legs just quit working." So while she felt prepared, she was nervous. I, however, felt under prepared and nervous. I knew that I could finish -- I didn't doubt my physical ability to travel 13.1 miles, but I knew that I wouldn't be finishing at an impressive time. Kels and I … [Read more...]

I finally bought some new kicks! #ReebokMom #sponsored

Reebok Mom

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reebok. I received a Famous Footwear gift card to purchase a pair of Reebok shoes to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. Way back when I was at my starting weight, I spent every last penny of an Amazon gift card on workout clothes --- and that included the cheapest pair of running shoes I could find. I obviously didn't even try them on; I just purchased the size I presumed I would need. It wasn't all bad, really. Those $20 shoes (on super-duper clearance) carried me many, many miles. But now that I'm in the process of training for my first half marathon, it's time to upgrade. I headed to my local Famous Footwear store to check out the goods. I wanted to buy a fun pair of shoes, but obviously, fit and comfort were top priority. I need to take care of my feet! I'd never owned a pair of Reebok shoes before, but I'd heard good things. Emma came with me on the shopping trip, and she as the … [Read more...]

Weigh In Wednesday Week 39: I’m baaaack! and I have NEWS!

Women's Running Half Marathon Scottsdale

I know you couldn't bear for me to be away for yet another week, right? ;) Well! I took a little breather, and am doing my best to make sure that I have enough hours in the day to work, be with my family, be a mom and wife, and also actually have time to WORK OUT so I can then BLOG about it! People tell me all the time, "I don't know how you do it!" Neither do I, folks. Neither. do. I. I've enjoyed being able to just live for the past three weeks, and though I was still around and posting for previous obligations, it was good to fall asleep when I wanted to, not after I was done working. Since I can't very well fit in three week's worth of updates in one post, I'm going to just kind of throw things at you, smorgasbord style. We went to Texas! I took full advantage of the new running views and went out for a quick run. We were only there for about 36 hours (really!), so I just did a quick 2 miles. Oh, and when I say quick, I kind of mean it: Hey-oh! I know that … [Read more...]

Weigh In Wednesday Week 36: What is with the self-sabotage?!

Freckleberry Fit

Alright, dudes. This week started off really awesome. I was on track, eating well, really clean, and it was like the heavens were singing. I was pretty bummed out about the .2 pound gain, and so I was ready to buckle down and get these 12.4 pounds DONE, y'know? I was shredding, running, doing my thing. Then Sunday came. It started with Robin's Eggs. and it kept going. and going. and going. I didn't even track a lot of it because I was either so ashamed of the stuff I'd eaten, or I just literally had no idea how much I'd snarfed down. I'm talking fast food, fries, the whole deal. It was an ugly few days :(. I don't know why I couldn't stop. It was just a compulsion that felt uncontrollable. So yesterday I was sitting at work, chatting with my boss. The whole office is pretty health conscious, and my Whataburger cup was just sitting on my desk, glaring at me, admitting my guilt. It's just time to stop the madness. I went for my first run in like, 10 days yesterday. … [Read more...]

Wednesday Weigh In Week 34: The elusive fifty.

Lose 50 Pounds

I want so badly to even remember what has happened this week. But I can't, and that's because I just made my newest side by side photo collage to celebrate... Hells YES I've lost 50 pounds! I can't believe it sometimes. It takes looking at before and after (during) photos of myself to help me realize just how far I've come. In celebration of hitting one of my biggest goals, I've got an updated photo for you guys! This just blows my dang mind, you guys. I know you have seen me in this same workout outfit a bazillion times (I really need some new tech shirts!), but I wanted to show you the difference in my body as much as possible. And is anyone else checking out my butt? 'Cause I am. Thank you, squats! I'll be adding a bazillion more of those to my workout agenda, thankyouverymuch. Stuff that's going on: I am dreading the heat of the summer, so I'm trying to get my running in as much as possible. In case you missed my last post, I'm an Omron Running Challenge Ambassador! So … [Read more...]

I’m an #iheartOmron Running Challenge Ambassador Through #Mamavation! @OmronFitness

Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor | HR-500U

That's a lot of hashtags and @s isn't it?! It's super fancy pants, and super amazing, so it's worth it! So a while back I sauntered over to Mamavation to take a peek at what they had coming up. I always see the #mamavation hashtag all over my Twitter stream, so I finally decided to see what was up! I'm so glad I did, because while I was there I applied to be a part of a running ambassadorship with Omron Fitness. And guess what? They picked me! (They like me! They really like me!) So I received a strapless heart rate monitor from Omron Fitness (omg!), and the folks over at Mamavation have hooked us all up with a training plan that we can follow. We'll be kicking our butts for the next three weeks, and on March 30, all 25 of us will run a 5K! Do the challenge with me! Want to get in on the action? You can print your own schedule and follow along with me and the rest of the girls! I just finished day 2 tonight, and holy. plank. I got deliciously sweaty and had a great … [Read more...]

Crushing records and having fun at the #SkirtChaser 5K!

Skirt Chaser Goofy

So this past weekend, I learned a few things: I am not used to running hills and I am also not used to having water while I run -- hellooooo cramps! Aside from those two character-building incidents ;), the Skirt Chaser 5K was a great success! I had such a great time. I know it's fun to see pictures, so let's have at it! Cutest bib ever! Since the race was in Tempe (about an hour away from where I live), I just went early for packet pickup as opposed to doing it the day before. I showed up and got my bib, and my registration included a running skirt. I think that's such a better idea than a t-shirt! I'll wear this skirt a lot more often than I would a race tee. Anyway, I went over to the skirt pickup, and the gal behind the table asked me, "What size do you want? You look like you'd be a medium." Hold. the. phone. Medium. Me! And you know what? It fits! I posted on Facebook about how pumped I was to have my size guessed as a medium. You bet my skinny ass I'm a medium! Woo hoo! I … [Read more...]