Weekend, porches, music, graduations!


And from the crickets on my facebook and instagram… there’s only one answer. Since Wisconsin, I stopped running. And to be honest, I’m enjoying a bit being lazy. I’m targeting a scary bike trip at the end of June and I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for me.

As far as my PF? I’m seeing little improvement, proving that whatever made my PF angry, running wasn’t the problem. I did give PT the old college try and it’s just too deep in my heel to get enough relief. I have a doctor appointment on Friday where I want to discuss a cortizone shot in more seriousness as I really think it’s a better option for me right. I want to make a dirty joke in regards to how lose my calves are after all my foam rolling, but I’ll end at that.

As for other life… it’s getting kinda warm in Boston now, so running is a hell like less tempting. Instead, I’ve been enjoying the normal days.


The cats, always the cats are happy to see me around the house more. They don”t like like they care, but I promise, these furbags totally care.


Tony graduated with his Master of Accounting and I promise his gown is not leather… just black with weird arm flaps.


On Saturday, Somerville held it’s porchfest!

As the name implies, PorchFest is an event where musicians in a variety of genres–from rock and blues to punk and hip-hop, to name a few–play outside throughout the city. It’s completely free and with well over a hundred acts slated to hit various stages, there’s pretty much something for everyone.


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I do promise that these photos look totally better in Instagram…

A few bands really did steal the show, including this Ways and Means Committee as we all blocked up traffic, but come on cars, get with it, if you’re not a bike, you should just skip Somerville!



How was your weekend?

#REALwomenmove & Race Entry Giveaway

A few updates since I am a bit behind on things in life and general. I’ve recently been accepted as a SkirtSports Captain Ambassador. Its not shocker that I love running skirts, so much that I am that idiot who does fitness classes with mat workouts while still being in a running skirt. Looks a bit awkward but luckily, I also belong to an all women’s gym, so I don’t care much either.Plus they’re so comfy and SkirtSports are some of my favorite skirts with a ton of variety in patterns and style. With this relationship, I hope to bring discounts and giveaways.

So to start, you can take 20% of any order with code SSRTM20

Skirt Sports recently launched a #REALwomenmove campaign and I love it!

What is a real woman

What is #REALwomenmove? It’s a movement to inspire women of all shapes, size, age, ethnicity, lifestyle, marital status, family situation, etc to MOVE. It’s a movement to empower women to embrace health and fitness and make themselves a priority.

While I don’t think you need to love running, or biking or anything specific, finding movement that allows you to love your body is crucial. We are constantly smacked in the face with media showing what they want to pimp as the standard of sexy, white, skinny, tall, big boobs and non-existent waist. And if that happens to be you, amazing love yourself, and if not, you’re also amazing and you should yourself just as much. The movement is here to celebrate all women who are out there inspiring themselves, their families and everyone around them.

And to be honest, I did start running about 7 years ago to achieve the unachievable, and I probably wasted 3 of those years focusing on that and not really enjoying any of the movement or actual activity. And then who knows, call it age, call it experience, call it pride, but sometime between running my first and second half marathon in 2011, I just stopped caring.

Heck, I’m evening pimping my face all over the internet in the hopes of seeing it on Runner’s world spread. Speaking of which, have you voted yet? Good, vote again!


I’ve hiked the half dome and didn’t fall to my death


Climbed questionable ladders on a trail in Peru


And ran my 4th Boston, injury, freezing and under-trained.

But movement doesn’t have to be marathons, and crazy trips all the time


Sometimes a simple hike in my backyard (literally half a mile from home) is good enough.

I’ve become more confident, and even social (yes, I’m known as the smiley girl at races) and overall, I feel enriched by the people and experiences running have brought into my life. That’s my story and there’s so many more out there!

These are the Real Women. The Real Inspiration. In Real Bodies.

Join the movement!

  1. Post your active photos and videos by tagging #REALwomenmove and #SkirtSports. Share them with your community and lift up other REAL women by sharing their posts and encouraging them.

  2. For every 5,000 hashtags, Skirts Sports will donate a Get Started Scholarship to a woman who best exemplifies the REAL women traits and/or is actively trying to break her own barriers in running and fitness.  Visit the Skirt Sports #REALwomenmove page for more details and to submit your story or that of a friend.


SkirtSports will also be hosting Skirt Sports 13er/10k/5k Local OR Virtual Race, coming up on June 14th! If you’re one of the lucky ones in Colorado, you can participate IRL (in real life), for the rest of us in more distance lands, Virtual will have to do. What is virtual? Well at first I thought I could run it in my dreams while snoozing on the couch, but I was informed that I actually need to get out and run the distance of my race. Gym, home treadmill, hotel treadmill, beach, trails, road, anywhere, any time, as long as I complete my distance and submit my results!

The race has a few different levels of entry:

Option 1: $85. Includes the virtual race skirt, the bib, and a $50 gift certificate!  Great option to try out something you have been looking at but have yet to purchase or get you started!

Option 2: $125.  Includes virtual race skirt, the bib, and $125 gift certificate! What! Yup you read it right! So, why not sign up and get some great gear to go along with it!

Option 3: $250b.  Includes virtual race skirt, the bib, and  $275 gift certificate!  This is the level that lets you really stock up on your gear!!


I get to give one of my lucky readers an entry to option 1, an $85 valued basic entry. As mentioned before the following will be included:

  • $50 gift certificate to SkirtSports
  • Race #
  • Finisher’s Skirt (Don’t Sweat It Collection pull over skirt)


  • Sponsor swag

So take a chance and enter to win, or you could always use my discount for 20% off mentioned above!

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Indo-Rowing with B-Tone Fitness & A call for Help

I decided to be a little bit silly recently and participating in something that is so not my style. A runner’s world cover contest. Do I think I’ll win? Of course not, I cannot compare to the legions of more popular internet personalities and then there’s the runners with cancer, I really can’t compete with cancer nor do I want to. In the grand scheme of things, my personal struggles are simple and small. None the less, I entered for a chance to be on an issue of Runner’s World because why not. And while I know, I won’t win, I would still love to make it to the leadership board! If you can take a second and vote for me a day or 2 or every day? I would appreciate it. The website requires a verification through twitter or facebook, but you can close out when it asks for your email.


VOTE VOTE VOTE <333 Free candy for all who vote, free hugs for those that vote twice! 

I struggle with putting myself out there daily since unfortunately these contests always allow multiple votes, but you can’t win if you don’t try, even if it’s last place ;).

So while I’ve been struggling with my plantar fasciitis, I’ve been trying to look at alternative forms of exercise. Truth is, I can’t love anything as much as the feeling of air in my lungs and full body movement of running. I’m not very coordinating, so running is my best hope. However, as they say you can’t alway get what you want, but you can get what you need. Other workouts, might just be what I need until I resolve my chronic drama. And making a great effort today with PT! Hopefully, I’ll like this one!

So one of the things I got to try last weekend was Indo-rowing at B-Tone Fitness on Newbury street. What is Indo-rowing? Think of a spin class only with a rowing machine! And the machines they use are the wooden water rowers style like in the opening scene of House of Cards (if you watch, I only watched the start of first episode).

What is Indo-Rowing?

The unique format of Indo-Row® (yes, just like Spinning, its a registered trademark, go capitalism!) captures all the elements of competitive, on-water rowing, creating a class that is fast-paced and engaging from the first minute. From “Skills and Drills” to “Waves and Recoveries,” and the final build up to a friendly but competitive “Race,” Indo-Row® quickly converts first-timers to devoted team members.

And to be honest, after trying the class with a bunch of Boston Bloggers on Saturday, it really lives up to the description.

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I can’t vouch for the results as I only tried one class but I can tell you that it was intensely heart thumping for me! Maybe being an ultra-runner last made me incredible weak in quick cardio workouts, but I struggled with some panting as I tried to get into a rhythm.

Our instructor Jody was great.  For those of us like me who are terrible listeners she had this diagram.

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Photo credit to ParkerthePrepster

And for those of us who can’t handle the whole workout on a level of 8 out of 10 crap, there’s metrics, beautiful metrics to help guide your improvements and efforts.

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The monitor displays time, distance, stroke rate, speed/intensity and total calories. Really everything you need for feedback on efficiency and workout level.

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We started with a mix of workout styles from a warm up to a pace test. We followed by some endurance workouts and intervals and concluded with a relay competition with our competitors across from us. For the fun video, check out my instagram and see which side won!

For more on the studio and class check out B-Tone Fitness. The studio is located at 30 Newbury Street on the forth floor in a side room facing the front of the street.  Currently btone is featuring an Introductory Special (3 classes for $30). Indo-Row is just one of their classes. They also offer Tone and Barre Blast. For those of you who followed me for a while, know that I tried Tone and personally the workout itself is just not my style. I am uncoordinated and terrible at listening to instructions, but something like Indo-Row was perfect for me and even with my terrible ability to follow directions, I still felt like I was able to follow and get a great sweatfest out of it!