yeehaw! it’s friday (i’ve been tardy all day… now it’s saturday…)

*Special note – I wrote this yesterday and somehow forgot to hit “publish”… oopsie

Wahooooo!  I have a winner for the Aspaeris pivot shorts and Sweat Pink shoelaces!

Meghan from Uncooked and Unwalked – you are my first winner!  Yay!  Congrats!  Shoot me an e-mail at and let me know what size and color of pivot shorts you want and I will get them to you.  You can check the Aspaeris shorts website for fit and color choices!  Okay, so I am super excited to get these to you!  Oh and your pink laces?!  I promise, everyone will ask you where you got them – they are quite the conversation starter!

Can I just tell you how much I am into the tv show “Scandal“?  It makes me feel smart as I watch it – kind of like the West Wing used to.  Man, I LOVED the West Wing!  You know what used to worry me though?  People actually thought Jed Bartlett was the President of the United States.  EEEEKK!  Of course Jed Bartlett seemed like a great president but he was A CHARACTER ON A TV SHOW!

LOVED this show!

I do get discouraged at times when people don’t know very simple things about this country when men and women  and their families are fighting so hard to protect our freedom.  C’mon people!  Just know the basics and I will be happy!

Tomorrow I have an all day training session for teaching.  I teach a class during the Fall semester for incoming students.  I enjoy teaching but it is HARD!  Haha, there is so much that goes into it so if you are grateful to a teacher – tell them!  ***This went pretty well today.  I met up with my student facilitator who is amazing and I heard some cool ideas I want to integrate into my class.

I also went to the midnight showing of “Avengers” Thursday night.  Okay, let me say this is a long movie – as in it ended at 2:30 am.  Wow – I am getting too old to do this and then try to get up the next morning for work and function!  When did this happen?!  I did enjoy the movie though so go see it!  I LOVE going to see movies and worked in a movie theater for 5 years.  It doesn’t hurt that I am a sucker for movie theater popcorn.  Last night I ate dinner late so I wouldn’t succumb to the temptation and I am proud to report I didn’t!  A win is a win people :)

haha, there were even movie-goers dressed up!

BUT what I am MOST excited for this weekend is THIS!

Yippeeee!! I love races!!!

and THIS!

Well… I couldn’t find any good pics of it but it’s the Borgess Run for the Health of It 1/2 marathon!  The Borgess 1/2 has been around for a while and this is the Kalamazoo Marathon‘s second year.  Last year I was pretty gung ho on running the Kzoo marathon but failed to train.  I thought maybe I could get ready for it in a month (can we say delusional?!) and then realized only running intermittently throughout the winter did not a marathon training make.  The Borgess 1/2 was my first ever 13.1 and I have very fond memories of this race.  Since I have the 25k next weekend and some other races in the line-up I decided not to run it.  Instead I am going to SPECTATE THE HECK OUT OF IT!  Haha, and completely mooch off of the enthusiasm of all of the other runners – can’t wait!  Not to mention, my friend Emily is going to kick some booty in the 1/2, another friend Becky is running her first 1/2 and my friend Brian is going to run his first full.  I can’t wait to be there to see them!

Alright, I have probably bored you all to tears.  Tomorrow I am going to have some FUN race reports, my own little announcement and hopefully some training to detail.  Happy Saturday everyone!

happy thursday

I really have started to look forward to Happy Things Thursday.  In fact, I’ve started to pay more attention during the week to things that bring a smile to my face just so I can remember to write about them on Thursdays!  What a great side effect!  Actually being grateful!  ***Warning*** this is going to be a bit cheesy: I feel grateful for feeling grateful!  Yep, kind of lame BUT when I realize moments, people, things – whatever, I’ve missed along the way just because I wasn’t paying attention – shame on me!  Waking up to this has been an important part of my healing… so here is this week’s list!

1.  Umm… my pivot shorts/sweat pink laces give-away!  Haha, I love offering this gifty to folks!  Even better are all of the awesome comments and ways people use to motivate themselves.  It’s been fantastic.  One incredible bit of advice – be grateful for being healthy and “getting” to run everyday – I need to remember this!  Click here to leave your comment/entry to win!

1.5.  I.GOT.IN!  Seriously, I think I read the email 3 times this morning before I believed it was true.  There are also some other SPA’s (sweat pink ambassadors) running it so I will get to meet them IRL!  The cherry on top?  One of my best good buddies, Danielle, got in too so we are headed to San Fran together!  The city will never be the same… ;)

2.  Okay, so this is silly… but I can’t drink a bottle of wine on my own.  I probably should be happy this is the case but I hate dumping half bottles down the drain.  Then these caught my eye

mini bottles! so would it be wrong not to use a glass but just drink from the bottle?!

3.  Running and Reading Long – This is a fantastic program I am lucky enough to be a part of!  One of my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors, Laura from Laura Lives Life, has created a program that involves reading running books and training.  What I really love about this concept is integrating the mind and body connection.  There are approximately 10 of us and we will read from the books Laura has selected and also do our long runs “together”.  All of the participants are at varying levels of running and goals – ranging from 5k’s to half marathons.  Since my confidence with long distance has been a bit faulty as of late, I am thrilled with this chance.  Not to mention, becoming a more educated runner?!  Yes please!  You can click on the button below or it will also be added to my sidebar.

the program starts May 7th! looking forward to buying my books :)

4.  Groups of women – okay, this may seem like an odd category to be grateful for but let me tell you three stories:

1.  I went to yoga a couple of weeks ago and we go around the room to introduce ourselves and talk a little bit about our day.  I had a date afterward and shared this with the class.  The class was all women this day of varying ages and they all broke out into some applause and “ooooo – fun!”  It was so great!

2.  There are a lot of Sweat Pink Ambassadors and it has been really neat meeting fellow ambassadors who are all on the path to living a more well lifestyle.  I love that I sent a tweet announcing my give-away and others retweeted to help promote it.  I love that I have “met” other women through blog comments/posts who are like me in some way, shape or form.  I love feeling like I have a community with me every time I turn on my computer or lace up my pink laces!

3.  My Ragnar Relay team, The Panty Raiders!  I have never met any of them but they have been super supportive!  Whether it was sending flowers and condolences when my mom passed, facebook messages or just their general enthusiasm for our team and soon-to-be-experience, I couldn’t have asked for better teammates!

Basically, I love being  part of groups of women who rally around each other to support and cheer each other on!  I used to believe I got along better with men but what I have realized is I didn’t fully appreciate what being part of a group of women means.  I am so lucky!

5.  This awesome cupcake? cake? pan!  Not only is it super cool BUT it was on sale – love it just a wee bit more!  I can’t wait to make these cupcakes, they are going to be HUGE!

yeah, these suckers are going to be a major mouthful!

Needless to say, it’s been a BIG Thursday for me!  I even had to take a mini- time out because I was just kind of overwhelmed with the awesome-ness of today.  I’m sure my 8 miler run tonight will be all kinds of  jaunty and hopefully it helps burn off some of this energy or I may NEVER sleep again!  Thanks for all of the support!

aspaeris pivot shorts & sweat pink laces give-away!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  This week just happens to be one of the busiest for me out of the entire academic year.  While I am incredibly happy it is almost over, there is another part of me dreading the impending workload.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind working hard.  But it’s kind of like staring at a giant hill and wondering how the heck you are ever going to run up it in one piece.

You know what eases the stress/anxiety a little bit?  Offering my first ever give-away!  Great scott, am I ever excited!  Not only is it totally awesome but it’s kind of like Christmas when you know you got someone a cool gift :)

So, what do I have for you to win?  Aspaeris Pivot Shorts and Sweat Pink shoelaces!  Wahooo!!

this is a pic "borrowed" from Aspaeris site since I had some troubles getting a pic!

Yes, this picture below magically becomes the picture above… How?  I don’t know, like I said, magic

trust me, I never thought these would fit me... but they do... and again, they are magic

And what better to highlight your new Pivot shorts with than some hot pink laces?

trust me, the laces will bring you good running mojo!

By now you are probably asking yourself how you can win such good stuff – well, all you need to do is leave a comment about what motivates you when you REALLY DO NOT want to work out.  I would say  I have struggled with motivation off and on and I would love to hear some tips/secrets that you have.  In fact, I am willing to reward you for them!

Also, check out Aspaeris on facebook and “like” them – it’s a great way to find out when they are running deals.  Oh yeah, and because they are radical.

If you remember, Aspaeris are sponsoring my Ragnar team, The Panty Raiders.  But this isn’t why I am doing the give-away.  In fact, I purchased a pair a few months back and have been so happy I did.  What are the major benefits?  I love the effects of the compression without the “I can’t breathe” side effect.  They are really comfortable and I have worn them both during runs and for recovery.  In a pinch they also work great as “spanx”… not that I have ever had to do that or anything.

From the Aspaeris site:

We created Aspaeris™ to help protect female athletes from injury and enhance their performance with advanced compression apparel. As a female-centric company, we believe that the performance demands female athletes make on their bodies are unique. Our goal is to develop a deep understanding of those demands and create products that specifically elevate performance and protect her from non-impact injuries.

So, they rock basically.  I am running the give-away until next Wednesday, May 2nd at 5 pm.  Sorry, but I will only be able to ship to the U.S.  Yay give-away!  (yes, I am a big dork!)

In other news, I knocked out 6 miles yesterday.  I felt pretty good during the run but later my back was killing me.  This morning?  Same story – sore back.  I’m fairly certain I need to strengthen my core to support my running mileage – anyone ever have a similar issue?

Can’t wait to read all of your motivation tips!