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Fit Blogger We Love: Skinny Runner

Written on October 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm , by

Skinny Runner with her husband after a PR marathon in Phoenix!

We can’t get enough of the celebrity gossip and sarcastic witticisms we find over at Skinny Runner on a daily basis, nor would we ever want to. This week’s favorite fit blogger is on a serious running mission: Completing the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and then the ING New York City Marathon…the next day! Running two marathons in two days takes a lot of hard work and dedication, so read on to see how this California girl pushes to the limit.

On my fit life list: I’d like to do a few of the big international marathons, like London or Berlin. And win the lottery. And have a pony. But mostly I’d like to run some of the well-known races here and abroad.

I’m happiest when I’m: Winning big on Roulette in Vegas. And after a great long run. There’s something about starting the day off with a long run that makes the whole day better after that.

My biggest indulgence: A bottle of Prosecco, although depending on the day, it’s sometimes considered a necessity rather than an indulgence. Champagne’s a celebration drink and somehow I always find something to celebrate.

My fitness mantra: I came up with this very unique and unheard of saying: “Just Do It.” I think it’s going to be really big.

Actually, right before my first half-marathon in 2008, my little brother Matti texted me to “be strong,” so I repeat that the first 20 miles of a marathon. Then it changes to, “It’s gonna hurt, so suck it up!” for the last six. Nothing groundbreaking, but they seem to work. I haven’t died yet.

My “I Did It” moment: Last December I ran my twelfth marathon in 364 days. It was in Vegas, where I ran my first. I also set a PR, so it was kind of like coming full circle. I’m rarely completely satisfied and proud of my accomplishments, but on that day I was. And to cap off the magical race, I saw Brett Michaels in all his fake hair and Maybelline’d-up face. If life gets any better than that, I don’t think I could handle it.

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Olympic Speed Skater Apolo Ohno Is Going For a Run!

Written on October 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm , by

Mary Wittenberg, President & CEO of the New York Road Runners, left, takes a loop with Phelps and Ohno. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for SUBWAY)

This gold medal-winning Olympic speed skater, and a favorite among the Dancing With The Stars alum—not to mention the season four winner—is going for a run on November 6 around the boroughs of Manhattan in his first-ever marathon. I was lucky enough to score an invite to watch Apolo train at Chelsea Piers Sports Center in New York City, alongside buddy and 26-time Olympic winner, swimmer Michael Phelps, who was there to support his friend. (There was so much amazing talent in one place I wasn’t sure I could contain my excitement!)

Phelps and Ohno take a breather and share a laugh over the swimmer's lack of running skills. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for SUBWAY)

“For 15 years I have trained to sprint for 10 seconds, rest, sprint for 10 seconds, rest,” Apolo told us. So I wondered why an 8-time Olympic gold medalist like Apolo, who is America’s most decorated winter Olympic athlete, would venture so far from the ice to the pavement? As a speed skater, endurance is certainly not Apolo’s cup of tea. But with the physique vastly different than a runner—big legs, tiny arms, comparing himself to that of “T-Rex”—Apolo is putting in the miles to support Subway’s campaign to promote health and fitness.

After meeting Jared Fogle—the man who rose to fame after America discovered he had dropped over 200 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches alone—Apolo claims he was inspired by Jared’s passion to lead a new lifestyle; and was put up to the challenge by Jared himself, who ran the 45,000 person marathon in 2010. “This is one of my favorite cities to visit, so to have the opportunity to run here, and have the city shut down once a year? That doesn’t happen, it’s amazing,” says Ohno seeming extremely giddy to be part of such a monumental event.

I'm feeling honored to have met such an amazing athlete! (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for SUBWAY)

Did I ever think I’d witness a cross between athletic challenges, like speed skating and marathon running, in such a way? Not likely, but as as runner myself it was touching to see someone so inspirational take on a new challenge totally out of his comfort zone. Apolo’s Olympic training may not have prepared him for the 26.2 mileage, or all the mental work that goes into tackling that “wall,” however Apolo seemed like a man on a mission. Will I bump into Apolo on the race course in just less than three weeks? Who knows with the massive amount of runners I’ll be making my way through, but I’ll definitely be on the lookout for him like Where’s Waldo.

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Fit Blogger We Love: A Healthy, Happier Bear

Written on September 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm , by

Ashley seems to always be on the run—and likes it that way!

If you’re looking for inspiration from someone who works 60 hours a week and balances the roles of wife, friend, workout partner and co-worker, then head on over to A Healthy, Happier Bear. Ashley chronicles her balancing act while she lives in “the city that never sleeps” working, blogging, traveling and training for the New York City marathon! Keep reading to find out this busy athlete’s future fit dreams and what two little words keep her pushing through tough times.

My fave fit snacks: I used to aimlessly snack on junk food left around our office after meetings. These days, I turn to apples with peanut butter, homemade trail mix, Greek yogurt and fruit to keep the munchies at bay.

On my fit life list: Oh my gosh, there are so many things I want to enjoy while I’m still healthy and able. Here a few that top my list:

  • Run the New York City marathon in sub-4:45 this year, then hopefully sub-4:30 in the future!
  • Run the London, Paris and Berlin marathons
  • Run a race, of any distance, in every state
  • Bike through the hills and small towns of Italy
  • Whitewater raft on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon
  • Go to the Olympics

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: Growing up, my family and I took long road trips across the country. My dad would drive, and therefore choose the music. These long hours of only a few tapes in our Honda Accord forever carved a place in my heart for Neil Diamond, The Dirty Dancing soundtrack, KC and the Sunshine Band, and the Mamas & Papas.

My fitness mantra: Just breathe. During races or training, when I find myself exhausted and ready to quit, I take a moment to focus on my breathing. This tends to calm my muscles, nerves and emotions. Nine times out of ten, it cures my nerves and I’m able to focus on the movement again and keep moving forward, one step at a time.

My “I Did It” moment: I wasn’t a runner growing up, so I never fathomed running a marathon, much less finishing the New York City marathon with a smile on my face! On November 7, 2010 I crossed the finish line having enjoyed every mile of the amazing course. I experienced the wind tunnel on the Verazanno Bridge, high-fived adorable kids in Brooklyn, reminisced as I ran through Long Island City and saw my first NYC apartment, cringed through every mile of First Avenue’s gradual uphill, and cried with joy as I saw my friends and husband in Central Park with less than a mile left in the race. I’m proof that training for a marathon is a feasible item on your bucket list if you have the time and are willing to dedicate to yourself to proper training!

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