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They always say that it’s ‘in the eye of the beholder.’ What exactly does that mean? To me, beauty can come in a number of ways…it can take any form, be any shape or size, and be either physical or emotional. I can see a beautiful face, wake up to a beautiful sunrise, or wipe the sweat from my brow after a beautiful run.
Another important thing about beauty?
It can be shared. It can be projected outward and bring joy to others, which is truly what makes it great.
Under Armour originally started this campaign to “redefine the female athlete by setting epic goals and pushing past where we’ve ever been and where we thought we could go.”
The concept of the campaign is simple….
1. Set a goal.
2. CRUSH IT!
You don’t have to be a blogger. You don’t have to be a professional athlete. You don’t even have to set a crazy fitness goal. All you have to be is a woman who wants to prove she has what it takes to achieve a goal. All you have to do is share the amazing journey that you take to get there.
Complete my second half marathon in under two hours and use it as a stepping stone to complete my first half marathon this year.
You can check out my personal journey toward my goal here.
Another wonderful thing about this campaign is the fact that we are able to work in teams and gain an amazing support system to help us all along the way! There are groups dedicated to running a marathon, participating in a triathlon, working on strength training, being a fit mom, sharing fitness knowledge with others, and the list goes on and on. There are so many teams and individuals out there and there is a niche for everyone…not to mention great prizes! What could be better?
We invite all of you to answer the calling to show us what you’re made of! Visit the Under Armour What’s Beautiful site and browse the profiles of the women who have chosen to take the challenge. Set up your own profile and declare your own goal. Find teams who have similar interests and dive it and take part!
The time is now to show off how much we can accomplish with hard work, dedication, and inspiration!!
With much Love and Laughter,
Hello! Welcome to Tuesday!
Every other Tuesday, I am able to go into work late and today is one of those Tuesdays. Also, the sun is shining. So far, I call the day a success.
I have not done a “What I’m Loving” post in awhile and today seemed like the perfect day to do so! I feel like I’ve been loving a lot lately so let’s get to it!
…my new blue running tights.
I bought these last Friday before my race on Saturday. I knew I wanted to wear blue and yellow to run, so I stopped by TJMaxx on my way home from work. I walked into the fitness apparel aisle and there they were. One pair of blue pants. In my size. It was meant to be. They had a front iPod pocket which actually held my phone without letting it bounce around too much…which is always important!
I am definitely loving the longer days. Brighter mornings and later nights? Perfect! I especially love the longer days because of Jazzercise. I always teach evening classes and I feel so much more energized when I’m teaching with some sunshine instead of the dark 5pm classes that I have to teach in the winter! I think the students seem to have more energy, too!
…my flower girl dress.
I was not exactly sure what kind of dress I wanted for my flower girl, but I knew I did not want a white one that looked like the bride’s. My mom and I went on a search last weekend and, after making a final decision on about three different dresses, I rounded the corner of the store and saw the perfect one. It blew every other one out of the water! I’m so excited to see her in it…she is going to look so adorable!!
I have seen this flavor plastered all over Instagram, Twitter, and blogs. Everyone raved about it and said it was ‘one of their favorites,’ so, of course, that meant that I had to run out and try it. The verdict? I love it! It’s now one of my favorites!
Lee and I went to Chili’s for dinner to celebrate his birthday and, when I’m there, I always get the chicken fajitas (without the onions!). However, I was feeling adventurous and decided to branch out and get something different. I chose the Mango-Chile Chicken, which was amazing! The chicken was spicy with a killer bite, but the mango salsa was sweet and the avocados were cool and the balance was simply perfect! I will definitely be trying to recreate this recipe at home!
…Maybelline EyeStudio gel eyeliner.
If there is one thing that you must know about me, it’s that I love eyeliner. I don’t like to leave the house without it on my eyes. I am all about going au natural sometimes but I just feel like life gets better with black eyeliner. i really don’t discriminate and will use pencil, liquid, gels, etc. I recently bought this new liner and absolutely love it! It goes on smoother than any liner I’ve tried and does not smudge throughout the day! Two important qualities!
…Pumpkin Flax granola.
I found this at one of our local grocery stores and decided to give it a whirl. I tried some on top of my yogurt for breakfast and it was great! The crunch added a nice texture and I could really taste the pumpkin seeds! No doubt that I will be snacking on it by the handfuls!
Alright, friends! There you have it! The things I’m loving! Now, get on board and share yours!!
With much Love and Laughter,
Something to share: What is something you are loving lately?
Hello, hello friends! Happy Monday to you!
This past weekend was pretty busy but everything I did was fun (yes, even the 4 hours of yard work!) and the days just flew by as they normally do. Friday evening was spent with my mom working on wedding favors and when I finally headed home, I got prepared for my first race of this season! I decided to jump right in and start with a 10K!
The Trooper Ken Iwaniec Memorial race is held every year at Saint Vincent College, which is my alma mater. Trooper Iwaniec was also an alumnus and, shortly after graduating from there and the Pennsylvania State Police academy, was killed by a drunk driver coming home from one of his shifts. Since the tragic accident, Trooper Iwaniec’s family has been crusading against drunk driving and holding this race every year is one part of their campaign. You can read all about the memorial foundation here.
I woke up bright and early on Saturday morning and was pleasantly surprised to see that the sun was already starting to light up the sky at 5:45am! I got myself ready, took care of the pups, and left to go pick up Lee from work. He is a saint and agreed to run the race with me after working a 12-hour shift overnight. We left the station around 7:15am, when his shift was over, and drove down to the college. The turnout was fantastic! It was crowded and there were a ton of people there, which I was happy to see! My former boss was working one of the pledge stations so, after registering and a picking up our packets, we headed over to chat with her and get ready for the race.
I don’t know how you all feel before races, but I am a total basket case. I always feel so nervous…and it stems from the notion that I’m going to do terrible and finish last. I’m not sure why I think that and I really need to stop psyching myself out like that!
Anyway, after hanging around for about an hour, we finally headed to the start line. The course is set up as a 5K distance and the 10K runners just do it twice. We started off at the main entrance to the campus and followed a big loop which took us past the gristmill (where monks still make bread!), past the Saint Vincent Wetlands project (where I spent much time as a bio major!), around the cemetery (the college is also a seminary and parish), and around the back of the dorms on the running trail back to the start/finish line. I loved the route and it brought back many memories as I ran which gave me something else to think about other than the hills!
Soon after our first mile, Lee stopped to grab a cup of water and use his inhaler. He has asthma and when he runs races, he is never sure how is body is going to react. I looked over at him and he gave the signal to “keep going without me” so I took off and continued. I felt great during the first loop and as I started the second but then I started to feel myself slow down about mile 4.5. I think it’s a mental block that I get right in the middle of a race…I feel like I’ve come far but that I also have quite a way to go! Unfortunately, mile 4.5 came right at the steepest hill in the race as well. I just put my head down, thought about anything but that hill, and, finally, reached the top! I knew I had one relatively flat loop around the cemetery, a completely flat run on the trail, and a downhill slope to the finish line left so I told myself to perk up and just finish!
Can I just tell you how much I love downhill finishes!?
My goal was to beat my last 10K time which was 55:40. As I crossed over the 5K finish line, half way through my race, my time was 27:17 so I knew I had pick it up or at least keep my pace steady to beat 55 minutes. As I approached the finish line I saw ‘53’ and I was pumped! My official end time was 53:25, finishing fifth in my age group. Success!!
Lee was waiting for me at the finish, obviously, since he snapped a picture, but I didn’t see him until a few minutes after I crossed. He made his way over to me and handed me a bottle of water. I was glad to see him! We recapped our runs with each other, chatted with my friend, Cindy, and her dog, Zieke (who is the cutest!), and headed inside to grab some fuel!
Smiley cookies for the win!
We hung around for an about an hour after the race and then headed home so Lee could finally get some sleep. He was such a trooper for staying up and running with me. Just one of the many reasons that I love him and he’s such a keeper!
Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day and the weather was absolutely perfect for running! I couldn’t have asked for a nicer way to start of my race season!
Have a wonderful Monday!
With much Love and Laughter,
Something to share: Have you had a favorite race this year so far or is there a particular one you are looking forward to running?
Hi guys! Happy Tuesday! Can I just express how happy I am to have sunshine around here?! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous for the past couple of days…like ‘t-shirt and flip-flop’ gorgeous. It’s such a nice change from our cold, damp, rainy, and snowy weather that was hanging on … Keep Reading….
Hello Hello Friends! Here we are at Friday again! Woop! (I have no idea what that ‘woop’ was about – I need to bring it down a notch) Anyway…this week has been dragging and I am so over it! I started to work again on Wednesdays so I’m thinking maybe … Keep Reading….
Hi Friends. I’m back. I had absolutely no intention of taking a break from blogging, however, sometimes life throws little obstacles right in front of you and, all of a sudden, there you are, trying to figure out how you are going to get over that hurdle. That happened to … Keep Reading….Pin It
So…here it goes… TGIF! (And, I guess, Happy February, too!) I just can’t start a Friday post with anything but that! Fridays will forever be awesome. That is, unless, I ever get a job that requires me to work on Saturdays. I’m going to do everything in my power never … Keep Reading….
Good morning! Happy happy Thursday to you all! There are just some random things running through my mind today…per usual. I’m pretty sure randomness is what keeps my mind going. There are times when Lee and I will be having a conversation and it will stop for a couple of … Keep Reading….
Truth #1: This mug is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. One of my co-workers got it for me for Christmas. It’s a chalkboard mug that you can write on! It also came with Christmas tree marshmallows. Too stinking cute! Truth #2: This arm workout is killer! I did this … Keep Reading….Pin It