Marathon Training Advice

If you’ve followed me on social media for a while, then you probably are well aware that I’m in the process of training for a marathon! This will be my second time lacing up for 26.2 and just like the first time, the training has been the toughest part. While the race itself is longer than any training run, there’s so much adrenaline pumping through you along the course that the full length of the marathon doesn’t seem as difficult on race day… but 19 miles with no crowds, no medal, and no finish line IS tough! I thought I’d put together a list of tips and tricks that have helped me get through four months of training for a marathon… twice! Enjoy!

Find a partner or group: I can’t stress this enough… don’t go it alone! Running is hard, and running fifteen miles is even harder. But what’s really hard? Running all those miles all by your lonesome. Trust me, find a friend. Better yet, find a whole group of friends! I live in Richmond, VA and am lucky enough to have an amazing running partner less than a mile away from me. There’s also an incredible marathon training team run through Sports Backers (you can check them out here). Whether you choose to train with a friend, or with a group, just make sure you have someone. Not only will having a partner or group help motivate you for those early morning wake up calls, and keep you moving at mile seventeen of a twenty-miler… but especially for females, it’s a big safety thing, strength in numbers! Continue reading →

Apps to Help You Succeed

If you’re like me, then you constantly have your phone attached to you at all moments of the day. I know, I know, I should disconnect… but as someone who uses social media and apps to build and maintain her business as well as reach potential customers and stay connected with current challengers and team members… it’s freaking hard to put that thing away!! I’m also gearing up for the iPhone X. Yes, I will be one of those idiots that sells a kidney for the newest Apple gadget… sorry, not sorry!

With all of the time we spend on our phones on a daily basis… it’s important to make them work for us not only with managing schedules, emails, businesses and staying up to date on the latest in cute baby goats (I’m looking at you Goats of Anarchy! Mellie is my fav, go follow them right now), but with our own health and fitness as well! Read on for some of my favorite apps that help me stay the path on my health and fitness journey!


21 Day Fix App: If you follow a Beachbody program, then you know that the portion fix containers are life. Seriously. They keep me within my targets and not counting calories with their cute little color coded boxes. I use a spreadsheet to plan out my meals (see Google Sheets below), but sometimes life gets crazy and the plan can break down on days when I have a million things going on. This app let’s me track my containers in real time to stay on plan. I don’t use this one everyday anymore (since the containers are basically second nature to me now)… but it’s an awesome app for someone just starting out with the portion fix system! Continue reading →

Clean Week!

Are you looking to start your health and fitness journey but the thought of committing to a 21, 30, 60 or even 90-day program seems just a bit too daunting? What if you’re not sure that you’ll like at-home workouts and a focused nutrition shake along with clean eating (some people thrive off the camaraderie of the gym or spin class and that’s totally fine!)? Well, there’s now an incredible option from Beachbody that allows you to complete ONE WEEK of clean eating, focused nutrition shakes, and at-home fitness before you commit to a lifestyle change… it’s called “Clean Week” and here’s what it’s all about!

Clean week was designed by Beachbody’s brand new super trainer Megan Davies as a way to give people of ALL fitness levels a taste of what it’s like to commit to a program and start living a healthy lifestyle, but without the big commitment of a challenge pack (1 year of streaming workouts and a month of Shakeology).

What does the program entail?

Daily workouts – Each day you’ll have access to a 30 minute workout OUTSIDE of the Beachbody On Demand “pay wall.” What does that mean? Normally when you sign up for a free trail of Beachbody on Demand you aren’t able to access programs that are longer than 14 days because your trial will run out. With Clean Week, you’ll have access to ALL of the workouts for FREE! You’ll focus on cardio, strength, core and core function. Each workout is beginner friendly and there is a modifier as well as an amplifier. These workouts really are for EVERYONE and I’ve had a blast adding them into my routine with marathon training! Continue reading →

Race Review: The Hokie Half

About two weeks ago, the bestie (and her hubs) and I road tripped it up to God’s country… aka Blacksburg, VA for the Hokie Half. We had a blast, and it was a welcomed change of scenery from our normal routes in Richmond, especially now that marathon training has us running them over, and over, and over, and over! It was also a nice little step down mileage-wise in between 17 and 18 mile weeks. Read on for my full review of the race… and I hope it goes without saying, but GO HOKIES!!

Expo and Packet Pick-Up: Packet pick-up was held at Blacksburg High School and was super easy. There was plenty of parking (although we did get there fifteen minutes before kickoff of the Tech game on Saturday, so I’d imagine most participants were already at a bar watching the game) and the line was smooth. There were volunteers from the high school to help you find your bib number on the wall and make sure that you got all of your packet items which was nice! There wasn’t too much in terms of an expo, but there were a few booths set up in the high school gym for various sponsors like a Chiropractor and Sports Medicine office, as well as some Virginia Tech gear on sale and the biggest freaking Lularoe pop-up I’ve ever seen! Continue reading →

The All Access Challenge Pack – UPDATED!

A few months back, Beachbody introduced the MOTHER LOAD of all challenge packs… the All Access Challenge Pack! It was (and still is) amazing! I reviewed it in a post back in February and over the past eight months it has seen some changes… mainly in programs available, Shakeology flavors available, and most importantly, A PRICE DROP! Read on for my updated review from February (keep an eye out for text in this color for new updates) and if you’d like to take advantage of the 25% off sale going on until the end of September fill out this form! Continue reading →