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{Runners Who Rock} Courtney D.

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It’s time to share another runner with you! This week, the spotlight is on Courtney who I have interacted with through my blog. Her blog Eat Pray Run DC is full of great info and a fun read!

 

When did you start running?   I actually was a sprinter in high school…go figure because now I’d much rather run five miles than do sprints! I ran my first half marathon in law school but after that didn’t run very regularly. I became more serious about running within the past year.

 

Who or what inspires you to run?  I’m inspired by other runners and by how running makes me feel (which is a good thing on MOST days!). I love setting goals and accomplishing them and running is a fantastic platform in which to do that!

 

What is your favorite running mantra?   “There will be a day when you can no longer do this. Today is NOT that day.”

 

What is your favorite running or fitness blog?  It’s hard to choose just one – I enjoy so many different blogs. I enjoy Amanda’s writing style over at The Lady Okie and I also enjoy Natalie at This Mommy Runs….. Amanda is funny, honest and I like how she writes. Natalie is a total beast and a complete sweetheart. She’s super supportive of other runners and I enjoy reading her training recaps!

 

What is the first race you ever ran?  First race ever was a 100M hurdle when I was a junior in high school. I’m pretty sure I threw up before hand because I was so nervous! My first road race was the Charlottesville 10 Miler in 2007.

 

Name one thing you learned from your first race?   The best thing I learned is that running with friends (who are about the same pace as you!) is always more fun than running alone.

 

What are you currently training for?    I’m currently training for my second full marathon — Shamrock in Virginia Beach in March!

 

What one piece of running gear you cannot live without?   My music. I love having music when I run and enjoy the time to just space out and listen to tunes. I live in DC and don’t drive much, so I listen to music primarily when I am running.

 

Share one piece of advice to new runners…   Get fitted for a pair of good shoes. The investment is completely worth it!

 

And for fun… What do you like to do besides run?  I love to read, dance and eat. I also am an obsessive college football fan (Roll Tide!) and love spending Saturdays in the fall watching football games all day (after my long run, of course!)

 

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Be sure to visit Courtney here…

Blog:  http://eatprayrundc.com

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/EatPrayRunDC

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/eatprayrundc

Instagram:   http://instagram.com/eatprayrundc

Pinterest:   http://www.pinterest.com/cdredden/

 

If you have any questions or comments for Courtney, please leave a comment. I hope you’ll also visit her blog and leave her some love as well!

{Runners Who Rock} Nicole K.

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Another week, another runner! I love meeting and getting to know other runners on the interwebs and hearing about how they got into running. Every one has a story to tell. Nicole is a blogger too, and I love the name of her blog – Nic’s Bloggy Blog. She’s a mom who runs, swims, and bikes!

 

 

When did you start running?   Started running in college when I found myself having some time on my hands. Couldn’t tell you if it was from skipping class or freedoms of being in college  :)

 

Who or what inspires you to run?   Although I started running back in college, it didn’t become a passion until after my back surgery in 2008.  Running and triathlons represents full recovery to me.  Very grateful that I am able to have a healthy body and cross the finish line with a smile.

 

 

What is your favorite running mantra?   Slow and steady finishes the race.

 

What is your favorite running or fitness blog?   Hands down: http://breeweehawaii.blogspot.com/  – she is a pro triathlete living in Kona Hawaii.  She shares her struggles and triumphs openly while always finding the silver lining in everything.

 

What is the first race you ever ran?  A 5K at Ohio State in 2000.  It ran around campus.  I remember it rained (like a sprinkle) but I thought I was so awesome for still running it “in the rain”.  I also sported a yellow Sony radio armband.

 

Name one thing you learned from your first race?   Ehh… that was so long ago, I don’t know if I can remember anything specific.

 

What are you currently training for?   I am doing a half marathon this weekend, the F3 lake Half Marathon in Chicago. The forecast high is 26 with a low of 7! BRRRRR!!!! When did I think it was a good idea to sign up for a half marathon in January in Chicago!!!

 

What one piece of running gear you cannot live without?  I have two things I always run with…. My Headsweats visor and my fanny pack.  I never used to run with a fanny but it has become one of my best friends.  I can easily carry my phone, credit card, and nutrition.

**Nicole has been gracious enough to share a coupon code for Headsweats if anyone is interested in purchasing one! The coupon code is CHITRI25 for 25% off your order!

 

Share one piece of advice to new runners…  Definitely get a proper shoe fit by a running store.  One that measures your gait and watches your stride.  Most stores will offer this service for free with the purchase of a pair of shoes.  I did not do this right away and ended up with a stress fracture!!!

 

Other things I do for fun…   I love triathlons, golf, crafting and movie nights with my family.

 

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Be sure to visit Nicole here:

Blog:    www.nicolekesten.blogspot.com

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/nicole.kesten

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/nic_kesten

Instagram:   http://instagram.com/nickesten#

 

 

If you have any questions or comments for Nicole, please leave them here! I hope you’ll visit her blog and leave her some love there as well!

{Runners Who Rock} Angela B.

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It has been much too long since my last Runners Who Rock post! Has it really been since before Thanksgiving that I did one? There was so much going on with the holidays, but I am happy to bring it back!

This week, the spotlight is on Angela over at HappyFitMama. She’s a mom to twins, enjoys yoga, likes to blog about meal planning (which I love!) and is a runner.! Let’s meet Angela…

 

 

When did you start running?    I started getting serious about running about 3 years ago, soon after my kids were born. I was just a casual runner who did a couple of races and a few miles here and there before that.

 

Who or what inspires you to run?    My health, mentally and physically, inspire me to run. Running has brought so much to my life – time to think, time to push myself and to find my potential.

 

What is your favorite running mantra?    Don’t think. Just do. I tend to over think things.

 

What is your favorite running or fitness blog?    Way too many to list but here’s my top three: Mommy Run Fast, Miss Zippy and Love Life Surf.

 

What is the first race you ever ran?    The Seacoast Half Marathon was the first race I ever ran. I went straight to the half distance and have loved it ever since.

 

Name one thing you learned from your first race?    Pacing…it’s something that I’m still trying to work on seven years later!

 

What are you currently training for?    Getting a healthy, uninjured foot/tendon. I’m slowly easing back into running after taking 6+ weeks off from running. I don’t have any races on my schedule just because I want the focus to be on how I’m feeling rather than jumping into “training” mode. I’m hoping for a great running year whether it’s running a 5k, 10k, half marathon or a marathon. I just want to run!

 

What one piece of running gear you cannot live without?   Good shoes. It doesn’t matter the brand just as long as they make my feet feel good.

 

Share one piece of advice to new runners…   Run your own race. It’s very easy to fall into the comparison trap. I still do it every once in awhile. But really it’s all about what your abilities are at that time. Everybody is different.

 

And for fun… What do you like to do besides run?    Laugh and smile (a lot), hike, cycle, snowboard and bake.

 

Photo taken at 8:19 by www.nuvisionactionimage.com    Headshot2HappyFitMama2

 

Be sure to visit Angela here…

Blog:   http://happyfitmama.com

Facebook:   http://facebook.com/happyfitmama

Twitter:   http://twitter.com/happyfitmama

Instagram:   http://instagram.com/happyfitmama

Pinterest:   http://pinterest.com/happyfitmama

 

If you have any questions or comments for Angela, please leave a comment. I hope you’ll also visit her blog and leave her some love as well!

Favorite posts of 2013

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Another year is coming to an end… As I look through posts from this past year, it’s amazing how much has happened, how much was accomplished. Running, weight loss, personal growth, and more…. My blog has turned out to be the best form of a scrapbook I have ever done. And now it’s time for me to share my favorite posts of 2013. Since I just shared all my race recaps for 2013 yesterday, I did not include those in this list…

 

 

I have so much to look forward to in 2014 and continuing my blog is one of them. I hope you’ll stay with me and follow along!

 

Have a safe and Happy New Year! I hope you have a wonderful 2014!

{Runners Who Rock} Dani

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I am SUPER excited about this week’s spotlight. I look up to so many runner’s for any number of things and this gal is no different. She is not only a runner – who by the way is so close to hitting 1000 miles for the year!! – but she is also a WW leader. She lost 63 pounds on the program and now she inspires people in her own meeting’s. She is a joy to follow on Facebook and Twitter, so motivational for both running and weight loss. Say hi to Dani!

 

 

About Dani….

 

When did you start running?    I started with 1/2 a mile on the treadmill in January 2005. Then each week I would try and add a 1/4 mile to it so before I knew it I ran my first 5k in March 2005. My first half was in February 2006 and my first full in September 2006. I owe a lot to my dad who was running before me as my inspiration and coach. He ran all my first races right along side me!

 

Who or what inspires you to run?    The first person was my dad. He was a runner when I was growing up so having him along the way the first go around at picking up running was HUGE. He did training runs with me and so many of my first races – right by my side no matter how slow I ran. Now once I took up social media, I have found an entire group of people to inspire me from #runchat to #teamrefuel to #rundisney (plus so many more) – there are always people showing me that there is more and more for me to accomplish!!

 

What is your favorite running mantra?    I have been using the same one since 2011: “Finish What You Started.” I liked it so much I got it tattooed on my foot. :)

 

What is your favorite running or fitness blog?    You mean besides my own? ;) Ahhh there are so many, but I never miss a post from Michele at NYC Running Mama!

 

What is the first race you ever ran?   It was the Rás na hÉireann U.S.A. 5Km in March 2005.

 

Name one thing you learned from your first race?    That I was stronger than I thought I was. I always hated running so I never thought I would run 1/2 a mile let alone 3.1 … in a row … without stopping!

 

What are you currently training for?    I am training for the Dopey Challenge at Disney January 9-12, 2014 … that is 4 races in 4 days totaling 48.6 miles (5k, 10k, Half, Full).

 

What one piece of running gear you cannot live without?    Easy my Sparkly Soul headband – I never go for a run or workout without one.

 

Share one piece of advice to new runners…    Sorry I have to break the rules and do two: #1 Have fun. Don’t get wrapped up in pacing and finish times. Enjoy the journey. #2 Get fitted for proper running shoes. Go to a professional running store. It will help you avoid injury!

 

And for fun… What do you like to do besides run?   In terms of exercise, I love to Spin and have dates on the Stairmaster with my best friend. Outside of the workout world, I love to explore new England with my wife and two pups. It is great being close to many coastal towns to check out during the summer. I also love just relaxing in bed watching TV shows on Netflix, etc. Oh yeah … and beer! Of course! :)

 

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Be sure to visit Dani here…

Blog:  http://www.weightoffmyshoulders.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/IrishEyes1982

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/WeightOffMyShouldersBlog

Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/irisheyes1982

Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/IrishEyes1982dhk?feature=mhee

Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/irisheyes1982/

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/110220997307364751898/posts?utm_source=bk&utm_medium=ha&utm_campaign=plusgeneralb2c&utm_term=%2Bgoogle%20%2Bplus&gclid=CLfCub_41bICFSfNOgodlCoARQ

Tumblr:   http://www.tumblr.com/blog/irisheyes1982

 

If you have any questions or comments for Dani, please leave a comment. I hope you’ll also visit her blog and leave her some love as well!

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