Thursday, November 20, 2014

Build Your Race Calendar with Rock 'n' Roll Tour Pass! #MyRNRTour

Register Today for prices as low as $59 then build your personalized race calendar and share your plans!
#MyRNRTour
     One of the things that I really dig about the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series is that occasionally they will do a quick one-day sale! The prices are really good and worth getting in on the action! Today, for one day only, they are offering prices as low as $59! Gosh!! That's insanely inexpensive for a quality race.

What is a Tour Pass? 
--With a Rock ‘n’ Roll TourPass, choose from several registration packages and gain entry to multiple Rock ‘n’ Roll events during the calendar year.

Choose from these races/locations: 
Dec 06 - 07, 2014San Antonio, TX
Jan 17 - 18, 2015Arizona
Jan 25, 2015New Orleans, LA
Mar 14, 2015Washington DC
Mar 15, 2015Mexico City, Mexico
Mar 22, 2015Dallas, TX
Mar 29, 2015San Francisco, CA
Mar 29, 2015Carlsbad, CA
Apr 12, 2015Raleigh, NC
Apr 25, 2015Nashville, TN
Apr 26, 2015Madrid, Spain
May 17, 2015Portland, OR
May 29, 2015San Diego, CA
Jun 13, 2015Seattle, WA
Jun 14, 2015Liverpool, UK
Jul 18 - 19, 2015Chicago, IL
Aug 02, 2015Dublin, Ireland
Sep 05 - 06, 2015Virginia Beach, VA
Sep 20, 2015Montreal
Sep 26 - 27, 2015San Jose, CA
Oct 18, 2015Denver, CO
Oct 18, 2015Lisbon, Portugal
Oct 17 - 18, 2015St. Louis, MO
Oct 25, 2015Los Angeles, CA **
Oct 25, 2015Vancouver, BC
Nov 07, 2015Savannah, GA
Nov 13 - 15, 2015Las Vegas, NV
TBAPhiladelphia, PA

Hurry over to RunRocknRoll.com to learn more information as to how you can snag your own Tour Pass! 

I know that I have at least 3, maybe four Rock 'n' Roll events on my calendar for 2015. Hope to see you there!

Happy Running and Happy Shopping! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My ContourSide Pillow by Relax The Back Review #SideSleeper

   
Stress Free Mail Day!
Welcome to my ContourSide Pillow Review by Relax The Back
  I have been under a tremendous amount of stress lately so when I was selected to review The ContourSide Pillow from Relax The Back as part of a Fitfluential Campaign, I was BEYOND excited. I've said it one million times... I just don't get enough sleep! Lack of Sleep=Stress. 

     Being a runner, I am always just pounding my joints and I know that my back and posture suffer because of it. I wouldn't say that I have back pain but I would say that I use the heck out of my foam roller. I couldn't live without trying to take care of my back in some way.  In my next life as a runner, I will be able to afford weekly massages and really take care of myself but as it is now, I just do what I can minus the massages so getting quality sleep should help. :)

Let's Talk Sleep.
      The first question that I asked myself when I received this pillow in the mail was..."How do I really sleep?"  It takes me all of about 5 minutes or less to fall asleep once I lay down. I don't really toss and turn too much and I'm definitely a side sleeper. I sleep like a log. I don't get up in the middle of the night. I'm not a snuggler. I like my space. I am a BEAR if you wake me up for no reason while I am sleeping.  My problem is not falling asleep and staying asleep, it's more the unwinding and actually shutting down my brain and getting into the bed. I'm a night owl so my brain is swirling at that time of the day.  TMI, I know but hey, we're talking sleep so there ya have it.

     I checked the website and figured out that I was going to order the ContourSide Pillow in a size Large. It stated that the Large was for people who are 5'10" and taller with broad shoulders. I'm definitely not a tiny mite and am about 5'8" so I figured that was close enough and I ordered it.  Plus....my hubby is 6ft tall so I thought he may like to try out my new pillow.....maybe. Most likely I will not let him near it. Sorry hubby but you know that it's true. ;)

     When it arrived in the mail, it was HUGE! I had no idea just how flat my pillows at home are now until I tried this one out. The dimensions are 24"x12"x5". That's 5" deep. It has a cradle in the center so my head just kinda sinks down into it while providing great support. I had no back pain for sure when I woke up the next morning. Here's to great nights of sleep ahead!


     I slept on it last night and the one thing that I realized is that I don't just sleep on a pillow, I actually turn the pillow kind of sideways and use the whole thing to wrap up on. I'm pretty sure that I sleep with my mouth open when I'm really tired and I dream ridiculously. Kind of weird I know, but hey...again, we're talking sleep and we've all got our quirks. So mine is laying sideways with a pillow and dreaming!?  Definitely not the worst habits in the world!
This is me about to test out the ContourSide Pillow by Relax The Back for the first time.
It's kinda hard to take a serious "I'm about to go to sleep pic". ;)
More information on the ContourSide Pillow by Relax The Back:
More Facts on the ContourSide Pillow
The pillow’s airflow system maximizes airflow to improve breathing. Cream, cotton velour cover is removable for washing. The full facial cradle offers soothing comfort while reducing pressure on the jaw and ear and the shoulder cradle provides orthopedically correct support for the head and neck, which means proper spinal alignment, less impact from body weight on the shoulder, and improved circulation. 

Latex free pillow and cover:
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Standard: (3", 4", and 5"): 24"x12"
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Travel: (3" or 4"): 16"L x 12"W

Sizing Chart:
Travel: (available in Small 3" and Medium 4")
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Small: 3" - For 5'4" and shorter.
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Medium: 4" - For 5'5" and taller
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Large: 5" - For 5'10" and taller with broad shoulders
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Please allow 5-10 business days for order processing and ground shipping.

Facebook Contest:
Now for the fun part! You can WIN your own ContourSide Pillow by heading over to Relax The Back's Facebook Page and either liking or leaving a comment on the photo below. Good Luck! I would love it if one of my readers actually won their own pillow!!


**For more information on the ContourSide Pillow by Relax The Back and other great products, please visit RelaxTheBack.com or visit your local Relax The Back Store for your personal pillow fitting.

Marathon Weekends at Hilton Bonnet Creek


Welcome to my Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek #MarathonWeekends Review!
 Rarely ever do I stay off property when I visit Walt Disney World Resort for Marathon Weekends, however, last week I had the opportunity to stay over at Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort to check out their Race Amenities and Runners' Retreat....and WOW. I'm so glad that I did. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando offer runners a VIP experience fit for an athlete!

     I was thoroughly impressed with this resort. From the resort itself, to the race amenites, to the transportation, to the service....perfect! I am already making plans to stay again during future runDisney event weekends.

     Marathon Weekends are currently available for the following races:

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, January 7-11, 2015--Complimentary transportation is provided to and from the races on January 10&11.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, February 19-22, 2015--Complimentary transportation is provided to and from the race on February 22.
Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
#MarathonWeekends
     I want to do a few posts on my experience as one will post will simply not do it justice.
The walkway in between Hilton Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria.
GORGEOUS!!
     I honestly had no idea that the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort and Waldorf Astoria were so closely related. I knew that they were located in the same area but once I checked in, I was taken on a guided tour of both resorts and there were SO many things to do at both resorts! They are huge and can accommodate lots of guests, activities and events.

There was a also a Disney gift shop located inside of the lobby of Hilton Bonnet Creek.
I enjoyed going back to my resort after a full day in the parks and doing some of my shopping there.
All of the comforts of "Home". 

Luxury:
      When I think of describing Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando, one word comes to mind. LUXURY. I really felt like I was on a relaxing vacation. With all of the hustle and bustle in the Disney Parks, it was just nice to come back at the end of the day to a relaxed environment. The details of the hotels were beautiful, the meals in the restaurants were delicious and the service in my room....well it was just perfection.
Beautiful Chandy Candy in the stairwell at Hilton Bonnet Creek.
My room at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

     Attention to detail is everything. As a runner, I REALLY appreciated that from the resort. The little things just meant so much. More to come about those details....
This table FULL of fruit infused water was by far one of my favorite amenities in the lobby at Hilton Bonnet Creek. From a runners' perspective, one of the main things I'm always aware of is my hydration before a race. Every time would walk by this table, I would grab a cup of this deliciousness!

A Snack Basket that is available for additional charge
 that can be delivered right to your room! 

Convenience:
      Another concern that I had while staying at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek versus staying on property was the convenience factor.  On this trip, I drove my car so leaving the resort and going over to the parks was a breeze. These resorts are located near other Walt Disney World Resorts so I had no issues navigating my way around. The transportation stations were conveniently located just outside of the resort lobby and ran on a schedule. No guess work. Shuttles were on time also. HUGE plus when you are trying to make it to the race on time. The shuttle schedule can also be found on your smartphone at www.bonnetshuttle.com. How cool is that??
Race Transportation signs throughout the hotel to guide the runners.

Dining:
     I was concerned about dining options before I checked in. Would there be things that I liked? I'm a picky eater before I run...will I be able to eat foods that I normally eat before a run? Would the options be too expensive at the hotel?

      Upon check-in, I was given a list of 12 restaurants to choose from at both resorts and I have to say that there was MORE THAN ENOUGH variety to choose from. Prices ranged from inexpensive to very expensive depending on your taste. Again, I was very pleased with these options.
La Luce by Donna Scala.
Modern Italian Country kitchen serves dinner nightly and features thin crust pizzas, family style pastas, Meditterranean-inspired drinks and a Trattoria-style wine program.
La Luce is a runners' dream restaurant!
How cute are these cookies?!
Perfect post-race yummy found in Muse, 24 Hour Pastry Shop and Coffee Bar located on the lobby level at Hilton Bonnet Creek.

Zeta Bar...Sushi Bar and Lounge
Sushi is MY favorite way to carb-load!
Grab a burger while laying by the pool at Beech!

Runners Retreat:
     As a guest of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek or Waldorf Astoria Orlando, runners who are running the runDisney events are given a Runner's Resort Guide to inform them of all of the activities that will be taking place over the Marathon Weekend at the two resorts.



     Runners check in with the Runners' Concierge where they receive information regarding Marathon Bus Transportation, runDisney Health and Fitness Expo information, Race information, Hotel information and various running supplies. The Runners' Concierge was available for several hours on Friday and Saturday during runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend.
Runners' Concierge
What is available at Runners Retreat???
     Runners' Retreat at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is just a weekend full of FUN!!! My goodness, they have created their own hashtag, #MarathonWeekends and basically rolled out the red carpet for their guests!! Before boarding the buses to the race, guests arrived outside of the the lobby for "THE BIG SEND OFF" and were treated to tables FULL of granola bars, Power Bars, Water, Bananas, Coffees, Teas, Ponchos and even Glow in the dark necklaces!! There were photo opps, fun signs, dancing, group pics and party music!! Again, the attention to detail was just phenomenal.
The Hilton team behind the #MarathonWeekends Fun!

Time to run a night race...LET'S GLOW!!!
The runners meeting outside of the lobby before boarding the bus!
Runner Fuel! Bananas, Power Bars, and TOYO Granola bars!
Hot Coffee and Encouragement.
Anyone that knows me knows just how much this one
little cup of brew means to me before and after a race. :)
Thank you #MarathonWeekends.

     I sat comfortably on cozy couches sipping on hot coffee and watched as the runners boarded the buses and listened to the Marathon Weekends coordinators coordinate the party events. One of the things that I was MOST impressed with was that evening the rain chances were predicted to be 90-100%. The hotel wanted to make sure that the runners had ponchos to take to the race with them. They thought the runners may be cold and wet on the bus ride back so they loaded the bus down with fresh towels to use. I absolutely LOVED that they were making decisions at the last minute with the runners in mind. It was not about budget or things that were already in place but about making sure that the runners needs were met. To me, as a runner, those are the types of things that make the difference in a good experience and a GREAT experience. The HOT COFFEE was a major score with me too. :)
The runners took the Disney Cruise Line bus to the start of the race.
Nice and Comfy!

Hot Tea Station.
HOT COFFEE!!!!
A variety of creamers and sweeteners.

     Guests could also participate in "Hilton Bonnet Creek's Runner's Challenge"---Participants of The Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon have a chance to WIN A WEEKEND STAY at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek by predicting their expected finish time. Entry forms were given to the runners and the runner closest to his or her time will be named the winner. Super fun contest!

Harvest Bistro located on the Hilton Ground Level.
Carb Loading at "Harvest Bistro"....One of the most popular restaurants at Hilton Bonnet Creek, offers a "carb-loading" dinner menu pre-race $16 per person, plus tax and service charge. I thought that this was an excellent value for the menu that was offered. Guests who have reserved the Marathon Weekend rate will receive a discount by showing their Food & Beverage savings card.
 On the menu:

  • Penne with Spinach and Roasted Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic, Fresh Oregano and Shaved Parmesan
  • Fettucini with Chopped Shallot, Pan Seared Garlic, Parsley Finished with Olio Verde
  • Rigatoni with Turkey Bolognese, Grated Parmesan and Toasted Crostini
More of the delicious fruit infused water outside of Harvest Bistro!

How cute is this little candy shop??

Large seating area inside of Harvest Bistro

Forget something? Need a snack on the go?
Harvest Bistro is where you will find it!

Harvest Bistro Menu
Casual Dining.
   
     I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend experience staying at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek! I am registered for two more exciting runDisney race weekends in 2015 and will most definitely make plans to attend #MarathonWeekends again!

P.S....This is where I hung out most of the weekend resting my runner legs! Just don't tell my hubby and kids....ohhhh Cabana boy!! ;)


**For more information on Marathon Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando, please visit HiltonBonnetCreek.com or WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com and definitely follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching the #MarathonWeekends Hashtag!

Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary two night stay at Waldorf Astoria Orlando in exchange for my review and opinions on Hilton Bonnet Creek Marathon Weekends Experience. I absolutely loved the race amenities that were offered to the runners, therefore I give these resorts an extra dose of Bamagirlruns love! I can't wait to share this experience again with my friends during future runDisney events. Thank you again Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Updates, Apologies and a little Mike Tyson Action.


     What a difference a day can make! Seriously, I posted on my blog yesterday all about my bad week yesterday and the outpouring concerns and just overall support from friends IRL and online was just overwhelming. Thank you to those who reached out to me. I'm one very lucky and blessed gal and I know that.  I'm not one to dwell on the bad times in life so I needed that major pick me up. :) 

     I woke up super early this morning and for those that know me well, you also KNOW that I am NOT a morning person. I run long miles at night. I rarely go to bed before midnight and do most of my "deep  thinking" late at night. I should go get a night job....it's when I operate the best. 

     I decided that I would hit the gym before my fam got moving. Like before 5am early. I wanted a re-do on last week and I was NOT going to start out one more day harboring any negativity.  And that's just what I did. I ran three miles like a champ, went grocery shopping before 6am, went home, woke my kiddos up, made breakfast, packed lunches, zipped them all off to school and then took care of the usual errand/Mom stuff. There was nothing particularly spectacular or out of the ordinary about my day but nothing bad either so I was #WINNING. It's just amazing what a clear head and positive attitude can do for you. 

      I mentioned a few things in my last post that may have raised an eyebrow or two. I apologize to anyone who thinks that I have directed anything negative toward them. I can assure you that I did not! Frustrations can run high and frustrations can also be manipulated.  The World Wide Web is a very large world and I'm not the only person who lives there. :) 

     Thank you again to those who reached out to me about those issues as well. I spent some time cleaning up some of my social media accounts this week unfollowing accounts belonging to people/companies who I just don't connect with. I'm not really sure why I feel the need to apologize for that but I don't want to come across as rude. I'm sure there are people who do not like to see my posts about Alabama Football, running, Disney or things that I just personally think are funny. It's OKAY. That's the beauty of social media. Unfollow if you don't like it or hang around for a bit and let's be friends. It doesn't mean that you are a horrible person if you unfollow. I don't feel that way anyways. :) 
Sorry. But this just made me laugh. 

     As far as the rest of the week, I go back for part two of my root canal tomorrow so that should be just lovely. Other than that, I plan on running a lot, getting a few workouts in and I'm a running a Half Marathon Sunday that I'm praying I'm not frozen solid at the start! #StayAwayElsa

     Happy Running and Happy Attitudes :) 



     

     
     

Monday, November 17, 2014

Letting it Go.


     Last week was by far one of the WORST weeks of my life. While most will assume that it had something to do with running or The Disney Parks Moms Panel rejection...sorry, guess again.  My family had a bomb dropped on us and when things like that happen, the Mama bear in me takes over. My kids and my family mean everything to me and I'm going to take the bull by the horns and turn this situation around.  My bad week had nothing to do with either of those things that I mentioned above, although those were two of the things that didn't make the week any better. Throw in a root canal by the end of the week and I was toast.

     As far as the Moms panel goes, I heard some very disturbing things about the whole process and how it operates and I'm truly sad if what I heard is true. I'm praying that's not the case. I'll keep applying for the panel because I love Disney Parks and runDisney and am in it for all of the right reasons. I won't bash the operation and I refuse to gossip but I will step back from some of the insanity of it. There's nothing wrong with wanting to surround yourself with things that make you happy and things that prove to be truthful.

     As far as running goes, I had to cancel my trip to Vegas at the midnight hour which was a HUGE stab right to the gut for me.   First of all, that run has been on my personal running bucketlist for at least five years so my husband had NO IDEA how to handle me when that happened. He just kept apologizing. It was a done deal and I had to dig deep to try not to be upset all weekend. I'm not gonna lie, that shook me to the core.

     I hear it all of the time that being a Mom is the hardest job in the world and once again that proves to be true for me. This weekend was NOT all about me because there's no part of me that wanted to cancel my trip to Vegas. My trip was paid for. All reservations were made. I was more than trained to run 26.2 miles under the bright lights of Vegas. UGH. But WOW, just WOW do things have a way of turning around?? One simple sentence from my little boy brought me to my knees of just how very blessed that I am. For that, I could not even entertain the thoughts that had previously filled my brain with stupid selfishness. Those things don't mean anything.

     At the end of the weekend, there was no place I would rather have been than right here at home with my kiddos and my family. Races come and races will go. And believe me, I've got Vegas on my calendar already for next year!! I had a great talk with myself and have decided to let a few things go that make me sad or just don't really bring out the best in me. My kids and my family deserve the best of me.

     I'm finding solutions for that "big bomb" that landed on me last week and I feel GREAT about these decisions. I deserve the best of me too. :)

     On the bright side, I gained another week of training that I would normally spend resting after a marathon....all focus on Dopey Challenge now! I've got 52 days to get my butt in shape! EEEEKKK!

Happy Running and Happy Marathon Training!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CHOOSE to be BETTER not BITTER. #NoExcusesNoah

 
Hello. No caption needed.
#RESPECT
      I had the pleasure of listening to November's Cover Model of Men's Health Magazine speak last night. Meet Noah Galloway. He was voted the 2014 Men's Health Ultimate Guy. First,  let me just say....Noah is a hometown boy so I've seen him around. I'm not gonna lie and say that I haven't noticed him at a few of my local races. I'm married but geez laweez I can recognize GOD's beauty. Okay, now that all of THAT is out of the way....let's get to the rest of the post. ;)
Hanging with Mr. Cover Model. 
     Like a mentioned before, I've seen him around a few times. I stood on the field next to him at the SEC Baseball Championships this summer when he and his boy threw out the first pitch. He didn't know who I was but I knew who he was. I've heard of his story. I knew that he had kind of made it "big time" lately. He's been on all kinds of television shows, made the cover of Men's Health Magazine, he's pimping out all kinds of products and running races all over the place. You go boy!! He totally deserves it ALL and more.

     Last night he told his story. He gave his background. He told how he dealt with his problems, his battles and his victories. I loved hearing it all.

     The one thing that I REALLY loved hearing about from him was that he told the story of how after everything has been said and done. The endorsements are there. Lots of endorsements. He can pick and choose. He has hired people. He's got everything in the fitness world that he could ever want. He can run any race that he wants to. And he has. BUT.......his platform has gotten bigger.

     This is where CONFIDENCE is greater than ARROGANCE. He was not arrogant. He is confident now. He has CHOSEN to be better rather than bitter. This is the moment that I fell in love with Noah Galloway. Seriously, Don't we ALL need to choose to be better rather than bitter???

     Granted, He has had to learn this lesson in the hardest way imaginable but good grief, look at him now. He has created one of the most fabulous foundations, The #NoExcusesNoah Charity. His platform is HUGE! He makes a difference in people lives' that he may NEVER even realize that he does. He gives back. He encourages. He is ALL THAT.

     Noah receives tons of letters, emails and comments daily from people that are inspired by him and who will overcome battles because of his story.  I cannot tell you how much his story resonated within me. I want to be just like him. I want to inspire others to choose to be BETTER and not BITTER. So THANK YOU Noah Galloway. I needed to hear that last night.
Signing the November Issue
     After he spoke, I was able to chat with him. My nerdy side completely took over and I wanted to hear about all of his races. He runs those crazy Tough Mudders and hardcore challenge races. I'm a hamster runner...long distance is my thing so those races are like a foreign language to me. I could have listened to him talk running all day. He's the type that wears 50lb backpacks while he's running.  He's one of those guys that has the real superpowers to conquer anything. That superpower=Determination.  I'm the type that likes to wear cute skirts and and sport a funky pair of shorts. It's all good....I think there's room for both of our types of super powers in the world. :)

      I know that I will be making a donation to his foundation and I encourage everyone else to do the same! To read his full story, go get your copy of the November issue of Men's Health Magazine....and hurry! He told me that it will be available on the stands for only one more week!

      Now as for the hometown boy....please keep running those local races. This old lady doesn't mind the eyecandy motivation. ;)

**For more information on Noah Galloway and information on how to donate to #NoExcusesNoah, please visit NoahGalloway.com.

Happy Running and Happy Donating!


Monday, November 3, 2014

A Whole lot of Squeezing, Tucking, Lifting & Stretching Going On!


I'm looking down and I'm nervous!
Here's to New adventures!
      Lately, I've been stepping up my game just a bit when it comes to my workouts. You see, I've been a runner for 7 years now and before then, I had always done some sort of workout. In my college years, I took a class almost every afternoon and really liked it. But since I have become a mom, and a runner, running is all that I've done. I'm not complaining AT ALL. I love running. I will always love running BUT........oops, I mean BIG BUTT. That's right, BIG BUTT. Seriously, I'm not a spring chicken anymore and things are starting to move around and get a little flabbier. Is that a word??
Hamster Running...My Current Typical Workout.
3 Miles on the Treadmill
     I was blessed with a southern girl bootay....not that that's really a bad thing but it's a bad thing when you're in your 40's and don't work on it! So, my solution? I've joined a gym, I've started taking classes and I'm still running!

     And as luck would have it, I was invited to a Pure Barre Birmingham Blogger event last week and decided to go for it. I was REALLY nervous to go to this class. I had NO idea what I was in store for! It was absolutely AMAZING AND HARD all at the same time. Seriously, I've heard nothing but good things about Pure Barre classes but WOW. I was squeezing, tucking, lifting, stretching. Just WOW. Where have those muscles been for the last 7 years??

Pure Barre Studio
Homewood, Al. 
     Here is a breakdown of the classes that I've tried over the last two weeks so far.....

     Strength Training: LOVED IT! We used 8-10lb. weights, did lots of squats, ab work etc. I will definitely keep taking this one.

     Pure Barre: OMG. This class is not a joke. It's tough but it's really good! Every muscle in my body was shaking. Okay, this works and I'm a fan!

     Step Class: Hello. I've been running on a treadmill and on the road for 7 years. I am used to mindless activity exercising. THIS WAS NOT PRETTY. I needed a re-intro to Step 101 class first! I was a goof. I was a clutz. I was out of control frustrated. I left after 20 minutes and went and got on the treadmill. I needed to go back to my comfy spot. Clearly I've lost all of my exercising coordination over the last few years...however, I can still break it down on the dance floor though. ;)

     Insanity: Three Words: Hot Boy Teacher ;)))
The workout was good and I've got the endurance for this. I need to work on my sit-ups though. I have ZERO upper body strength so this was a great match for me. But that teacher...umm yeah. Bring on the muscle shirts and abs!

     This week I will tackling a Cross-Fit type class and taking on more of the Pure Barre classes....my buns have been pretty dang sore over the last two weeks but it's a good sore. Knowing that I will most likely NEVER be a hardbody supermodel, I just want to tone up and one day have visible abs! Is that too much to ask for?!?

      I'm going to start posting my progress....if I post it, I WILL work harder. My goal is to run in a sports bra IN PUBLIC next summer with confidence. Yiiiiiikes. I have Kara Goucher's runway appearance in her running clothes to thank for this bit of inspiration. So here goes....eeeeeeeeeekkkk!!!!

     This is my "oh my gosh. Am I really posting my flab on my blog look?". What's happening here?? If that's not motivation for me to get my butt to the gym, nothing is! The BEST part about this picture? My 11 year old son walking in when this was going down and he said..."Mom No. Just No". So there ya go. Reality Check. Thanks Kids. :/

     Stay tuned for more Pure Barre and workout updates...this is going to be fun. (At least for me anyways :)

Happy Running and Happy Working Out!