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Fit Blogger We Love: with a Side of Sneakers

Heather knows how to fight through the pain and come out stronger on the other side.

When we first discovered Heather over at with a Side of Sneakers, one word popped into our mind: perseverance. Seriously, this girl is tough. Even though she's been battling chronic foot and hand pain that doctors still haven't been able to properly diagnose, she found the strength and determination to finish a triathlon, along with other various races. And mind you, this was no ordinary pain - it reached a point of barely being able to walk, sign notes or hold a pen. Yet Heather never let it become an excuse, saying "somebody else has it worse." We took some lessons from this athlete, and want you to as well. Keep reading to find out which sport she loves to practice, and what other goals she's getting ready to tackle.

My favorite way to work out: Swimming. It's not always easy to get to the pool, but I love the full body workout and cardio it provides. There's nothing like feeling totally exhausted in a matter of minutes!

5 things I can't live without:

  • My family. Cliche, but oh so completely true.
  • My camera. I love capturing all of my 9-month-old's first moments on "film."
  • My foam roller. I'm so injury prone and this helps keep them at bay.
  • My porch. I love being outside and my porch lets me be out in the sunshine even when I'm doing boring things like working or folding laundry.
  • Coffee. Enough said.

On my fit life list: Finish an Ironman. Run a marathon. Climb Mt. Everest. I'm not too sure about that last one, but it sounds good, right?

Most embarrassing song I'll admit I work out to: "White Houses," by Vanessa Carlton. I have no idea how it ended up on my iPod, but it's there and I definitely kick it up a notch and rock out when it comes on. Lucky for the people on the treadmills next to me, I sing to myself...mostly.

My fitness mantra: Persistence is far more important than perfection.

My "I Did It" moment: A couple of years ago I came down with a mysterious condition that causes severe chronic pain in my hands and feet. I was devastated that I could no longer run. After a couple months of throwing the world's biggest pity party, I dusted off my running shoes and signed up for a triathlon. I needed the motivation of the other two sports to fight through the pain and hit the pavement again. Crossing the finish line was one of my proudest moments because it's something I fought so hard for. That day I vowed to never let another obstacle stand in the way of my dreams, no matter how big or small.

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Samantha Lefave

Samantha is a writer who is living, eating and sweating her way through NYC. You can find her running half-marathons like it's her job, Instagramming her favorite food and fitness finds or, let's be honest, eating peanut butter straight from the jar.

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