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Wow-sers! You all must have been sitting on the edge of your chair for a while.. Thank you so much for hanging on! I had a few trips to Richmond recently, a 103 mile bike to raise money and awareness for diabetes oh and a 10k! 🙂

If you haven’t already seen the title of this post… then I’ll tell you now! I got selected to be a Sports Backers Ambassador!!! YIPPIE!!!!! I could not begin to tell you how excited I was when I got the phone call that day. Well maybe you can somewhat tell from my previous post! Anyways, Sports Backers is awesome! Talk about getting Active… they know how to make you run, jump, bike and boat through Richmond!!

If you are thinking you want to run Richmond and need a deciding factor … let this be it! The Richmond Marathon is the Friendliest Marathon! It’s a wonderful fall race, and actually has been the one thing I’ve committed to year after year! Okay I have volunteered as a course marshal, finish line volunteer and where ever they will let me for the past 10 years, I LOVE IT! The neighborhoods, the people are so supportive of this race! I can not say enough great things about it!! Just sign up, oh and did  I mention they have the best prices around for race entry fees!?

My next race is going to be the a part of the Richmond Dominion Riverrock Festival. I’m pretty excited about going to my hometown for one, if not the largest, outdoor musical festival! I am running a 10k rock scramble.

Anyways, it’s time for the count-down to register for running the Disney 10k in January! Hoping that we all get in!!

I live at the Beach, and the weather is far from Beach weather. Okay this past weekend, seriously beach weather 50’s & 60’s, but now it’s raining, gusty winds, and oh yeah 30 degrees! Ugh. No I do not want to play outside with you Mother Nature! I will write to my people instead!

Friday after work I attended my first Barre class. It was unlike most other group fitness classes I have done before. They were very friendly there, welcoming and showed me around. For the next 55 minutes I had a mat, a small ball, 3lb free weights and an resistance band. There was music, and the instructor and everyone around me was “tucking”! I didn’t know what I was tucking where! It was pretty hysterical if you ask me. I finally got some of the exercises only for them to move onto the next one. I highly suggest you try a Barre class if you have never done it. I believe people get great results and that is why they are so very popular, at least around here.  For me, I can not justify spending $22.00 a class for 55 minutes being confused and receiving little instruction. I prefer my instructor to be at the front of the room showing/telling me how to properly do the exercise. I signed up for this class because they have $5.00 Fridays, and I couldn’t resist trying something new! I think I may try it again with another instructor just to give it a fair chance! Have you ever done a Barre class? What was your favorite thing about it? What does the little ball get used for, we did not use ours!

I was able to get outside this weekend and get some bike miles in! I was happy to be on the saddle, well not so much. I was just super uncomfortable, so I only did 15 miles. It was really windy… this makes me feel better about only doing 15 miles!  Sunday we cleaned! Have you ever noticed the more you train, the less you clean? What a horrible correlation. I usually try to get some things done quickly in the morning so that I can spend whatever other free time training.

I have some very exciting news to share with you guys in the coming week, as I just got off of the telephone and accepted my FIRST ambassadorship! (that’s a word right?!) I’m so excited I can barely sit here! I’ve applied to many and well, just haven’t been able to articulate my thoughts into the right words and there are lots of awesome people out there! But I got this one! I will announce this on Friday! Stay tuned!

Have any of you applied and not been accepted as an ambassador before? Did you apply and get accepted? What have you learned? I’m super excited to be a part of a team of highly motivated and like minded people!

What  a week it has been! Well I suppose last week! I’m so glad it is a new week, and a fresh start. Last week flew by, and I didn’t hit my mileage that I had hoped for – I felt like I sandbagged my workouts. I’m admitting this to you, so this week, I can hit my goals, kill my workouts, and make improvements… but first I have to go to the grocery store. I need the right fuel to do all of this!

Saturday I had the wonderful privilege to attend the Richmond Endurance Symposium and Expo that was in Richmond, VA. WOW! I have seen the light, the motivation, and am ready! There were many amazing people that spoke at this event, along with attending. First off I heard from Any Potts, Professional Triathlete and world renowned fanatical attitude athlete! Andy recounted a story on the field with Craig Alexander when they were on the bike during a race- what a highlight to see into a day in the life of a professional athlete battling against himself, the elements and his competition. Another favorite story from Andy has to be his complete, endearing , fanatical attitude about being positive! It was amazing to hear him talk with such a grin, and happiness. Can you just come to the 757 and do some trail runs in the State Park, since you don’t ride outside!? Please! This area could use some more positive people like you!

Next up was Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CCSD, CSCS, from Fuel4mance, who spoke on Nutrition Periodization. I may not have never heard of Bob Seebohar, but now he’s a man who I want to know more about, and want to get his books!  This was a great concept, which I believe that a lot of us fall victim to keeping our eating the same while our exercise levels change through the year.

Hunter Allen from Peaks Coaching spoke about using power meters and other test to measure performance. This was pretty enlightening as well, although I wish I could relate to it more. The only awesome technology that I have to use and measure my performance is my Garmin 910. No heart rate monitor, no power meter… no anything else 😦 One day I will get these,  I hope. 😦

And last but not least, Christain Vande Velde was there for a question and answer session. He was a pro cyclist for most recent Team Garmin-Sharp! He seems to be enjoying retirement, and the family life for sure! He had some wonderful stories as well! We hopefully will see him at Richmond 2015 Championships, in some capacity!

This was the second Endurance Symposium held in Richmond. I can’t believe that I missed the first one!! I would love to go next year, so I am hoping that they keep this going strong!

Nonetheless, my goals for this week is to get about 20 miles running in, get two swim workouts, and some time on my trainer in! Also to eat more vegan-like because I feel so much better when I do!

Get out there and get some base miles in everyone!

Beach to Battleship 140.6

Beach to Battleship 140.6October 17th, 2015
Time to take on the biggest physical and mental challenge !

Mileage 2015

Running 2015
(does not include treadmill)

Miles this Month: 12
Miles this Year: 88.5

Cycling

Miles this Month: 120
Miles this Year: 381.2

Swimming

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