Is it just me or do other people think that running 26.2 miles is just on the edge of crazy? Don’t get me wrong, I really admire people that have the discipline and drive to get in shape for a full marathon, and even though 26 miles just sounds sooo far, I would really like to participate in a marathon one of these days! But maybe a half marathon at 13.1 miles first.
I’ve been looking into marathons/half marathons that I might be interested in training for and realized while doing my research, that apparently not very many people think that a standard 26.2 run on the pavement marathon is nuts, I have found so many extreme marathons, all over the world. And when I say extreme I mean people are dying doing these marathons, granted it’s not a large amount of people, still people are dying. . . um yeah I think I’ll just keep my feet on the regular pavement and huff and puff through 26 miles. However if you love standard marathons or you are an extremist or a thrill seeker here are some of the most popular marathons as well as some pretty extreme but really cool sounding marathons to check out!
First one is familiar to me because it’s not too far from my house . .
The Death Valley Marathon/Half Marathon
- Death Valley is in the desert in southern Utah. The highest recoreded temp is 134 degrees. . . WOW that is hot, defiantly doesn’t get that hot in Utah often, but still the temperature down there in the desert gets pretty extreme
U.S. Airforce Marathon
- 13,000 runners gather in champaign Illnois for this one
Suntrust National Marathon
- In our country’s capital; Washington DC
Nike Woman’s Marathon
- In san Francisco California, 93% of the finishers are female. . . they hand out Tiffany & Co. neckalace at the finish line- um yeah make sense why there are so many woman doing this race!
Rock n Roll Seattle Marathon
- Obviously in Seattle Washington
- This beginner friendly marathon is held in Portland Oregon
Now for the extreme marathons;
- Held in Nepal at the base of Mount Everest. Starting at 17,000 and heading downhill from there.
Great Wall marathon
- This one sounds pretty cool. With 5,164 steps to climb throughout the marathon it qualifies as the marathon with the most amount of stairs, go figure, its held throughout the Great Wall Of China
And Last but not least!
The Polar Circle marathon
- This just sounds freezing, but also qualifies and the iciest marathon around.
Check these marathons out and get running! But if a full marathon is too much for you at this point then start with a free- half marathon just to get yourself somewhat ready for the real deal.
There aren’t many free marathons, but one that is free and is a half marathon for us starters is called Free Half Marathon (really clever name right? Ha) in Phoenix, AZ on February 16, 2014. . . Get training, that’s not too far off from now!
It’s Friday! I love Fridays, so to celebrate Fridays I invented Fad Fridays! I, as well as thousands and thousands of other women, also love(but also hate) a good fad diet. I love them, until I gain all the weight back, and then I hate them! I usually research a fad diet briefly before trying it, just to make sure I’m not going to die from doing it. Even though I know there are negative side effects with all the fad diets I’ve done, I still do them because I want to drop 10 pounds fast right before my sister gets married and we take a million family photos, or I go to Hawaii, or on a date with that super hot guy with the really amazing body!
So just incase you’re thinking about trying a fad diet and you want to hear my personal experience, as well as getting some of the information, that I so quickly found while researching before doing it myself, I’ll post every Friday about a different fad diet. If you ladies have request for a particular diet you’re thinking about doing let me know. If it’s one I haven’t tried, I’ll get some info on it, and then hopefully feedback from other followers to pass alone to all of you.
Anyway, moral of the story is that even though we all know it’s much healthier and more permanent to lose weight on a stable healthy diet, we still do fad diets because we don’t all practice the discipline to stay on the stable healthy diet. I say PRACTICE because we all have the discipline, we just don’t practice it. I will post things to make it easier to practice discipline, and live healthy, because I definitely recommend living healthy day to day and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight over fad diets where you drop a bunch of weight and then gain it all back. but IF you are going to try a fad diet, like I do from time to time, you can get some info from my Fad-Friday post.
Alright ladies what fad diets do you want info on?? Let me know, and any specific info you want about the diet.
Tuesday. . .the second day of my “diet”. . the same one I start every week on Monday, and then fade out of by Wednesday. I know my mom also does this, but I’m pretty sure we aren’t the only two that do this. This week we are trying to keep it going strong past the weekend by having a monetary competition. We started yesterday and we are seeing who loses the most weight in the next five weeks. . . $20 is on the line so wish me luck! Ha.
I know it’s easier to accomplish goals when you set specific goals that you know are honestly obtainable, write them down, and tell other people. . as much as we like to do things on our own, we have to have a support group!! Just do it! So just bare with me, I’m going to write my goals on here, and use you guys as my support group-I’m really good at finding ways to kill two birds with one stone! My goal is to lose 12 pounds in those 5 weeks, and then I want to continue to lose 8 more pounds in the next 5 weeks after that. Right now I weigh 141.5. . . I have never weighed this much, EVER! (besides when I was prego of course) the lowest I’ve weighed in my adult life is 121 and I love being that weight, but I also love food so it’s hard for me to get to that weight. Can I get an Amen from my thick sisters because I know we would be friends if you love dessert as much as I do! However; it’s more important that we keep our bodies healthy, than being able to eat our favorite desserts! Right ladies?
The only way I ever reach my goals is by following all these steps.
- Decide what your goal is and how you will accomplish it (20 pounds in 10 weeks)
- The reason you want to accomplish this goal (to be healthy and sexy of course!)
- Put your whole heart into it! –might sound cheesy. . .but seriously, do it!
- “Nothing great in this world has ever been accomplished without passion.”
- Realize that you need to sacrifice all the junk food that is negatively affecting your body!
- Pay the price to earn your reward!
- Be positive about your sacrifice and your goals
- Remember what you are sacrificing for (health, a rockin’ bod!) and LOVE your decision to do something good for YOURSELF!!!!!!
Ladies write your goals here, we can be each other’s support group! We all need positive reinforcement from other women! So don’t be shy, I got your back girls!!
The saying “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” has never really made sense to me, however I figured out that the saying “You can’t eat your cake and be skinny too” is completely true, and if you’ve never heard that saying its cause I made it up, but doesn’t it make so much more sense than the more well known one?
I’m starting this blog because being healthy and looking good are both very important to me, the hard part is actually living healthfully, and I want to share my own – as well as others, tips and tricks for making healthy living easier for busy moms like myself, and so many others out there just like me.
I haven’t always been and still am not living as healthy as I know I should be. I’m just like most every other mom out there; I occasionally make my kids fast unhealthy meals (hot dogs, frozen pizza, pop tarts ect.), and of course I eat their leftovers (don’t pretend like you don’t), and some days I wonder why I ever fight with my kids, well mostly my son (4 yr.) about eating anything green . . . or really anything of good nutritional value for that matter. All of these things we do as moms can make it hard to develop/maintain healthy habits for ourselves, as well as our children . . . which is one of the best things we can do for them, as their parent, and ourselves. . . cause remember ladies: we need to take care of ourselves too!!! Although we seem to forget that sometimes. Please share your own good ideas, tips, tricks, and comments!!