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!
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!
Be sure to visit Dani here…
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!
I have really come to love these Currently posts… It’s fun to see where I’m at each month. I hope you’ll join in the fun and do one too!
This is actually a comical question at the moment. I am still reading The Shining, which was last month’s answer. And by still reading, I mean I haven’t had time to pick it up and read much of it. That being said, I am just dying to get the sequel to it, Doctor Sleep. So much so, that I even read the first 25 pages of it while standing in Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago. I just can’t bring myself to spend money on a hardcover book right now.
I really really want to answer this with Christmas music, which I am already listening to, but I’ll spare you that this month. So, my answer is the new Daughtry song, Waiting for Superman. The new CD comes out tomorrow and you can bet I’ll be buying it right away. I am a huge Daughtry fan – we’ve been to 5 concerts over the last several years. Always a great show and great music. I am excited about the new CD.
Current guilty pleasure:
Two words… See’s Candy. It’s a holiday thing, thank goodness. They have a kiosk at the mall and it’s there now. Hubby and I went yesterday and I am not ashamed to admit that we bought a few of our favorites. I am not afraid to splurge on little guilty pleasure’s that are only available to me a couple months out of the year. My favorites are the Bordeaux Bar (OMG!!!), the toffee, and the lollipops. So good!
I expect my answer will always be a variation of water, coffee, and beer. This month it’s coffee, specifically made in my handy dandy Keurig most weekday mornings. I am really enjoying Macadamia Nut Cookie flavor coffee with CoffeeMate Pumpkin Spice creamer. It’s perfect. Yum.
This month I’ve been eating a lot of fruits and veggies. Avocado is always a favorite of mine and this month I’ve had quite a few. So so good!
Christmas movies. All of them! I am currently hooked on the cheesy Hallmark channel ones. Soon I will have to start our yearly ritual of watching Elf over and over again.
Current wish list:
I am sure no one is surprised when I say race entries. This answer has been the same since I started doing my Currently posts. I want to run races. All of them.
I am in the midst of the last week of half marathon training for the Women’s Half in St Pete THIS Sunday!!! I have done amazing with my training, only missing one run over the entire 14 weeks. When I started the training, I was nervous about the long runs. The 12-miler was the hardest (also the longest) but it’s all preparation for the real deal. Yesterday I did my last long run of 8 miles and it was great, with a fantastic time. I am anxious to see how my training does for me when it comes to the actual race.
Discom-bob-ulated Running – my friend Beth writes this blog about her marathon and triathlon training. She’s funny and super awesome, and answers my running questions when I have them. She recently made my day by confirming that I am a real runner when we were discussing being stubborn and running when maybe I should have stopped.
Pinterest – I love pinning motivational, funny, cute, and totally useless stuff that I may never need. But it is just another form of social media that I love.
Runners World - specifically, their motivational quotes. Nothing makes me want to run out the door quicker than reading a great motivational quote, like this one….
Free time. I am hopeful that the last weeks of 2013 will allow me to take some much needed free time. Hubby always takes time off during the holiday and I am going to do my darndest to do the same.
We tried a new flavor of Publix ice cream recently and oh my goodness, is it yummy. It’s Lemon Sugar Cookie, with pieces of lemon sugar cookies and vanilla icing. Mmmmm……
I still want to live in running clothes or yoga pants. They’re just so comfortable. This month, though, I am on the lookout for a new dress to wear to the Christmas party on Dec. 10 for hubby’s work. I missed last year’s because I had the stupid flu, so I am excited to go this year. And with all my hard work this year, it’s time to splurge on a new dress. I know hubby will be happy about that. Here are a couple I had my eye on and tried on over the weekend.
The one on the left I did not like on me at all. Not flattering. The one on the right was very nice and I love the neck line on it, but it was very heavy. I did end up buying one and I cannot wait to try it. It’s a little black dress and when I put in on – in a size 10!! – it felt perfect. now I just need shoes to go with it. Here’s a picture of it….
I was recently chosen as an ambassador for the Best Damn Race. So excited about that! After I complete the Women’s Half this weekend, I’ll keep training for the Best Damn Race which is Feb. 1st in Safety Harbor and March 1st in Orlando. I’m going to run the half marathon in BOTH cities because I’m crazy like that AND I’ll get 3 medals for those 2 races. I love half marathons, I love medals, and I love the Best Damn Race! Everyone should come out and run it with me! Save $5 on registration for any race in Safety Harbor or on the half marathon in Orlando. Use discount code NANCIC.
Trying not to be stressed out all the time… I am in the process of making some changes that I trust will help with that, although the process of change also stresses me out. But, I have to believe it will all work out in the end!
So tell me…. What is something you are currently loving!
I am constantly inspired by runners and their accomplishments. This feature I started has been great, allowing me to get to know more runners who inspire me. I hope that you are enjoying this feature as much as I am!
This week, I have yet another runner who rocks. I’d love for you to meet Mar, a fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador and IDEA Inspired Blogger. This girl is a machine! She just completed her 13 in 2013 challenge. You must visit her blog after you read this post and see how busy she has been.
When did you start running? I’ve been a “runner” for about 20 years but always for exercise and never for sport. I started running regularly and for distance about 4 years ago and entered my first race, a 10K, in 2010. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Who or what inspires you to run? Running is for me so inspiration comes from within. However, as a running blogger and a member of some fabulous fitness communities, I am inspired daily by the people I meet and read about.
What is your favorite running mantra? “Just Keep Going.”
What is your favorite running or fitness blog? I have so many, don’t think I could list just one!!
What is the first race you ever ran? Hyannis 10K in Hyannisport, MA. It was February and cold but fun and fueled my racing addiction!
Name one thing you learned from your first race? Don’t wear cross-trainers to run!
What are you currently training for? I start training for my first marathon this month!
What one piece of running gear you cannot live without? My Asics Gels.
Share one piece of advice to new runners… Running is a mental sport. Your body can do anything your mind wills it to. Having said that, know and appreciate the power of rest when you need it, running isn’t going anywhere.
And for fun… What do you like to do besides run? I am a huge sports fan and if I’m not writing for my fitness blog, you can find me in the stands at a Steelers game, at a neighborhood Steelers bar with friends or writing for my sports blog!! Notice the theme…
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Any questions for Mar? Show some love here for her and wish her luck on her marathon training!
We are coming off a busy couple of weeks for runners, aren’t we? The Marine Corps Marathon, the New York City Marathon, and the Ironman in Panama City Beach. I know people who participated in all of those and I am still in awe. It certainly has me motivated and inspired to keep pushing myself to my own goals.
This week, I am featuring Tabetha!
When did you start running? I started running a few years ago – I half heartedly worked my way through the Couch to 5K running app on my phone, then promptly quit once I finished it. It took me a while to believe I could keep it up.
Who or what inspires you to run? The most important thing that running has taught me about myself is that I need goals, so for the moment, working towards a goal inspires me to run. It’s not the most exciting answer in the world, but I’ve always had a lot of trouble staying accountable. Knowing that I’m really working at a specific race, and staying on track makes me proud of myself.
What is your favorite running mantra? “Please stop hurting?” No, probably “One more mile”.
What is your favorite running or fitness blog? Aside from yours? I’m a big runDisney geek, and the blogs that got me started on my goals include:
What is the first race you ever ran? My very first race was runDisney’s Princess Half Marathon in 2012. My super supportive husband ran it with me, surrounded by all those tu-tus and glitter. He wears the girly finisher’s shirt with pride. He’s a keeper, alright.
Name one thing you learned from your first race? That I can do it. I’m a lot stronger than I ever knew. We hit the halfway point of the Princess Half Marathon and they were playing Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” as the halfway song – I knew when we hit that marker that I had enough strength left to finish strong. I still get a lump in my throat when I hear that song sometimes, just remembering that feeling.
What are you currently training for? I’m currently training for a few races, actually. The Niagara Falls International Marathon Weekend, was two weekends ago…. Then this winter I’ve got the Space Coast Marathon in Port Canaveral, which will be my first marathon (gulp) and then a month later during runDisney’s Marathon Weekend I’ll be running the inaugural Minnie 10K on Friday, followed by the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (Half Marathon on Saturday and the Marathon on Sunday). I’m terrified, but excited. Excitified? Bear in mind, please, that last year I said I’d never run the Goofy. I’ve clearly lost my mind.
What one piece of running gear you cannot live without? ENERGYbits – Taking these bits of Spirulina have been a real game-changer for me both in managing my blood sugar issues and in powering through tough workouts. So much so that I’ve become a Brand Ambassador for them.
Share one piece of advice to new runners… Don’t let what you “can’t do” overwhelm you, just break down big goals into smaller, realistic goals. That, and don’t be afraid to push yourself a little harder.
And for fun… What do you like to do besides run? Laugh and travel. I’m an actor and improviser, so I love comedy. I love watching it and I love performing it. I’m lucky enough to be employed doing what I love and traveling at the same time. What a life!
Be sure to follow Tabetha here:
Let’s leave some love for Tabetha on her upcoming races! Isn’t she a rock star?
This week’s spotlight comes on the heels of the 38th Marine Corps Marathon. Coming from someone who thinks A LOT about running a full marathon, this race is one that I can only imagine running. I am lucky to know several runners who participated in this race, and for some of them it was their very first full marathon. They trained hard for it and gave it all they had. I thought it only fitting that this week’s feature be about one of those first timer’s….
When did you start running? I started running in January 2011.
Who or what inspires you to run? My children inspire me to run. They are so carefree and young. I want to be healthy and strong for them.
What is your favorite running mantra? “One mile at a time.”
What is your favorite running or fitness blog? There are so many great running/fitness blogs. My absolute favorite has to be Stuft Mama (www.stuftmama.com) she is absolutely hilarious and I can relate to a lot of her posts. Plus we are running shoe twins
What is the first race you ever ran? The first race I ran was the Baltimore Half Marathon in 2011.
Name one thing you learned from your first race? It’s important to know the course. The course at my first half had hills so I made sure to incorporate hills into my training.
What are you currently training for? Natalie just completed her first full marathon! You can read her race recap here - The Day I Became A Marathoner…
What one piece of running gear you cannot live without? My Garmin.
Share one piece of advice to new runners… Trust your training.
And for fun… What do you like to do besides run? I like to weight train and practice yoga.
Be sure to follow Natalie here…
Let’s congratulate Natalie here on her first full marathon! Also leave her some love on her blog…
Each week, I will spotlight one runner. If you are interested in participating, please send me an email at email@example.com.