Archive for Guest Posts

Laura the Fit Nut

 

And Fit Nut is back! A huge thanks to Laura from Fit Running Mama for being so damn patient with me.

 


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Name:

Laura

Blog: 

http://fitrunningmama.com

What is your sport of choice? 

Running!

How did you get started?

I graduated from college in 2002 and began my career in Special Education. I taught middle school life skills and had seven kids with severe and profound needs. It was exhausting and amazing but running kept me sane! It was either running or excessive drinking!

What’s a memorable moment you’ve experienced on your fitness journey?

In October 2012 I ran my first Women’s Race (Title IX Chicago), and my 3 year old participated in her first kids dash. When all was said an done I had a PR (7:31 pace) and Sara was sad because her race was too short and she wanted more! It was awesome sharing my passion with her!

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What have you gained from improving your fitness?

I recently became a certified fitness trainer which was always a goal for me. I love sharing my fitness knowledge with others. I love when friends, family and blog readers tell me they tried one of my recipes or did one of my workouts! It’s an awesome feeling. I love spreading the love!

How often do you exercise each week?

5-6 days a week

My favourite piece of equipment is…

The treadmill

My favourite fuel is…

overnight oats and nut butters (especially homemade nut butter)

I am obsessed with…

PB2! Best product!

What is your current fitness goal?

I started practicing bikram about 2 months ago and I love the challenge. I practice weekly and am working on the poses. I love the challenge and the sweat!

What advice would you give to newbies in your sport?

Set goals! You don’t need big ones! I ran my first 5k in 2005 and from then my running addiction grew. Find friends that can help you meet your goals! Share you success stories!

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What is the best way to contact you?

Email fitrunningmama@gmail.com

 

Thanks Laura – any chance you can send some PB2 to Oz?

 

Your Turn!

Questions for Laura?
Have you ever run or participated in sport with your child?
What was your first running moment?

 

I’m walking in the woods today


I am lucky enough to be featured on Mary’s blog, A Walk in the Woods. Head to my post to see a letter to our non-running friends. Thanks so much Mary! Mary lives in the UK, and her running has really taken off over the last few months. Her perspective comes from a new-found love of fitness while she worked on losing weight. And man is she getting results!

Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with a word. Today, I am determined.

What word suits you and your mood today?

Nuts


What – none of you wanted to be a fit nut this week?

And here I was trying to get out of doing all the hard work!

I want more of YOU on the blog – old, young, fast slow, runner, swimmer, basketballer, competitive eater (I was watching that Grey’s episode with the hot-dog eating competitor…) hit me up.

Head to the features page, or fill out the form below:

That’s it – you don’t even have to comment! Fill out my freakin’ awesome form, and go head over to my latest favourite post. 

 

Peace out!

Mr The Rake v Kate – YOLO

 

From Mr The Rake:

About ten minutes ago, Kate made a facetious comment about us having a “lifestyle-off”. When my response to this was “mine’s better”, she told me to prove it. This is a totally fucked up reversal, since I’m supposed to be the lawyer and Kate’s supposed to be the dirty hippy. Pardon my swearing; I’m also trying to demonstrate to Kate that my brand of humour is totally unsuitable for her blog. I don’t think she knows how many jokes about Michael Jackson I took out of the last post. AIDS tree.

Anyhoo, my lifestyle is awesome. My average day starts at 6:35 am, when I get up to go to work. Getting up early is awful and it should be illegal, but starting off in such a shit way means that the day can only get better from there, even if I find a dead clown at the bottom of the driveway again. On the weekends I don’t have to get up early, so I set my alarm for hahaha you have to be fucking kidding o’clock. The clowns have been cleared away by then. I think I live in a bad neighbourhood. I don’t know where I am going with any of this.

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Best activity ever

I always skip breakfast because food is for the weak. After I’ve jumped into my suit and run (metaphorically; running sucks) into the city, I smash out a day’s hard work in the law mines. I work best in manic bursts, kind of like how Hunter S. Thompson would if he had been fuelled by Coke Zero, chicken burgers and Caramello Koalas instead of drugs and more drugs and more drugs.

When I get home I do something fun – watch TV, read a book, figure out the Unified Theory of Everything and then forget it because I got distracted by the sheer number of 10 year olds who play Xbox Live and have, according to them, had sex with my mother – to kill a couple of hours. At some point I might cook something comprised substantially primarily exclusively of meat, or just order a pizza because frankly my time is more valuable than the price of pizza, or would be if I used it for anything useful.

Later in the evening I drink half a bottle of single-malt reality improving juice, say my evening prayers (Eastern Orthodox Satanist), get the guitar out and play some songs that I don’t remember but I can only assume include a flawless rendition of Megadeth’s Hangar 18, and then pass out ready to do it all again the next day.

I was invited to his parents' place for dinner last night, so I assume I'm safe for now.

All of this makes me a pretty fantastic role model, which makes it puzzling that Kate voluntarily lives like a peasant in the Dark Ages. She gets up at first light to subject herself to levels of physical exertion that would be considered torture in most civilised societies, even on weekends, especially on weekends. She eats very little that I wouldn’t feed to a rabbit, barely partakes of delicious, flammable make-everyone-else-slightly-more-tolerable juice, and perhaps worst of all, listens to Flo Rida (which again, counts as torture when the CIA does it to someone).

It’s honestly baffling that Kate thinks she leads the better lifestyle. Oh, yeah, cool, it’s natural and you feel great. You know what else is natural? Intestinal worms. Stop being a goddamn hipster; life is not better because you intentionally make it suck. Get off my lawn. YOLO.

The Rake

Loving my cruel other half?

Check out his last post - Why you will Die Alone

Or the interview – Mr The Rake’s Views on Exercise

Alex the Fit Nut

 

Welcome to Thursday! – otherwise known as the day my camelbak bit me.

Remember this?

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Well, after this morning’s run, karma the vengeful elephant crapped all over me -

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This picture doesn’t do it justice – but chafing is a runner hazard. Chafing because you wore a camelbak and a tank is just stupidity. I deserved it!

Most importantly, today is Fit Nut day. And seriously, if you’ve considered being featured, or think you might like to be – go and do it. It’s really painless, and I already have spots free for the next few weeks. I love all of you (except you), and judging by what I read from your own posts and comments, you have a lot of great stories. The link is here – go for it…once you’ve read Alex‘s post, of course!

 

Alex the Fit Nut

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Name?

Alex Meyer

Blog?

http://www.alextriesitout.com

What is your sport of choice?

Running

How did you get started?

In May of 2012 I had heard the Color Run was coming to my area. I signed up, and decided I needed to start running outside to prep. Getting to 5k was going pretty well, so I signed up for another 5k in July…and got hooked! From there I signed up for a 10 mile race, and then my first half marathon. I caught the running bug!

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A memorable moment in your fitness journey?

Finishing my first 5k was such an intense moment for me. I fought so hard through it, and when I finished, I burst into tears. All the emotions came to a head, and I was so excited, and relieved, that I could do it. At that moment, I felt like I could do anything!

What have you gained from improving your fitness?

I’ve gained a lot from becoming a runner. The most obvious one is my fitness level has increased immensely. I’ve lost about 10 lbs. But at the same time, I’ve made so many new friends through running. There’s a bond that you have immediately with another runner. It’s hard to explain! And the online community is just so much fun to be a part of.

How often do you exercise each week?

Generally I get in five workouts a week, although I do try to be flexible so I can adjust when my schedule gets a little crazy. I try to build in rest days as to not overwork my legs and get injured.

One thing I need to work on in 2013 is strength training. I’m still looking at my options, but I’m going to commit to a plan to work in some weight work at least twice a week.

Mondays: yoga and/or rest
Tuesdays: 4 miles
Wednesdays: yoga and/or rest
Thursday: 4 miles
Friday: 5 miles
Saturday: rest
Sunday: Long run – depending on what I’m training for.

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What is your favourite piece of equipment?

A good pair of shoes!

What is your favourite fuel?

EnergyBits

[From Kate - are those the natural things with spirulina in them? So many treats we don't have here!]

I am obsessed with…

Finding new races to sign up for.

What is your current fitness goal?

In 2013, I want to run two half marathons, improving my time at each. When I ran my first, I had to walk about a mile during it. I know I can run the whole thing. I can’t wait to try!

Advice to newbies in your sport?

Believe in yourself. I never would have imagined running a half-marathon. I used to HATE running. But if you put your mind to it, you can do it.

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Best way to contact you?

Email: alextriesitout@gmail.com or

Twitter: alex_j_meyer

 

Thanks Alex, and best of luck with your half marathons!

 

Your Turn!

Have you ever run a half marathon?
Do you have questions for Alex?
Did you/do you ever hate running?