Calories Earned. Calories Burned. Fit Foodie 2016!

Yes! Once again I’ve been picked to be an Ambassador AGAIN for Cooking Light & Health’s Fit Foodie Race Weekend in Fairfax, VA!


This year’s festivities are hosted by John Hancock. The life insurance company. Not to be confused with…


…that guy or…


…Will Smith as Hancock.

As in previous years the festivities will be held in the fantastically hip Mosaic District of Fairfax where as has become my tradition I will go to the Target post-race for a giant Starbucks. But there are also some changes this year such as the date – May 20 through 22 – when in previous years it was held in June and featured all the uncomfortable humidity that one might expect in the mid-Atlantic right around that time.

Some other new additions for 2016 include meet and greets with four-time Boston Marathon and NYC Marathon Champ “Boston Bill” Rogers and the winner of the 2015 Boston Marathon, Caroline Rotich and the the new John Hancock Vitality Village celebration featuring fitness and cooking demos and so much more. Speaking from experience, the food they give out after this race is DELICIOUS.

Another cool new thing is the introduction of a PREMIUM registration which will get you a participation tank top and a $5 donation to a Fit Foodie charity. Oh and for those you of who love race bling, everyone will receive a finisher’s medal this year!

So you want to join me (and some of my other favorite local bloggers) right? Here’s some registration info for you:

Fit Foodie 5K – Saturday, May 21
$35 until April 24, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
$45 until May 20, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
$55 on race day – May 21, 2016

Fit Foodie 5K Premium – Saturday, May 21
$55 until April 24, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
$65 until May 20, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
$75 on race day – May 21, 2016

$35 to sign up for a race with some great swag and entrance into the post-race festival is really quite incredible, so if you are in the area (or not like I am and feel like traveling a bit) I encourage you to jump on that before the prices go up on April 24. Additionally I can sweeten the deal by offering you a discount code: RUNSALTRUN at check out for 10% off!

There will also be options to attend the entire Fit Foodie weekend! This includes entrance to the kick-off party on Friday night, the 5K and post-race shenanigans, the Sweat Session led by fitness pros and celebrity trainers plus a delicious, healthy brunch on Sunday. Or just the Sweat Session and brunch if you can’t make it Friday night. I’ll have more information on those as soon as registration opens up!

I hope to see some of you there!




Happy {Half} Marathon Monday!

There’s nothing quite like signing up for a race to get you feeling more focused! With no desire to run a full this spring (or really at any point during 2016) I want to improve my half marathon time. I’ve only raced a half 5 times, but I love the distance.


Ocean City, MD on April 30th! I hope the weather is good because you never really know what you’re going to get in late April around here.

This past Monday marked the first day of the 12 week training plan that I’ve been Frankenstein-ing together from a couple different sources. Basically I have a couple different workout options on any given day which I think will keep me extra interested and motivated. Rest days are always Friday and long run days are supposed to be on Sunday, which is a new thing for me. I hope the next 11 weeks go as well as week 1 did!

Monday, February 8: 3 miles + strength. Both of the plans I’m working from suggests strength or cross training each Monday, which fits in nicely with my life because that’s when I generally go to Body Pump. I did that in the morning. Then in the afternoon, I took advantage of the last “warm” day we were supposed to have this week and did my 3 miles outside.

Mid-30’s is “warm” now. Yay.

Tuesday, February 9: I had a choice between 6 x hill repeats or 4 easy miles, so I hopped on the treadmill and combined the two. 8 x hills that were 400m apiece with a 400m flat in between equaled 4 miles. I was pretty darn proud of myself when this workout was over because I had cranked the treadmill hill setting higher than I ever have in the past.

Wednesday, February 10: Both plans were again in agreement on 3 miles and one of them also suggested strength training. I went to the gym right after work to run my 3, and then later on that evening attended a 60 minute Bikram class. Over the past months, my yoga practice has suffered and I feel like I’m as stiff as a board. There was a lot of improvement in this class over the one I went to last week!

Thursday, February 11: Tempo run. 2 mile w/u, 3 miles at half marathon pace, and a 1 mile c/d. I had to pick up Betty in the afternoon so I ran early in the morning. My body was still pretty sore from yoga the night before and it was tough, but I got it done.

Friday, February 12: REST. One plan suggested core work and I didn’t even do that much. I needed a day to just do nothing.

Saturday, February 13: Okay so remember when I just said that my long runs are supposed to happen on Sundays? Well I already messed that up in week 1.

I had some special mystery weekend plans and wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get a long run done the next day so I switched it to Saturday morning. 8 easy miles on the treadmill. One for each degree that it was outside at the time. Hence…treadmill.

One goal I have for myself throughout this training is to slow my long runs way, way down and I think I did a very good job of that the other day. I felt fantastic after this run.

Sunday, February 14: 4 mile run + 4 x 20 second strides. I didn’t get to the gym until the late afternoon, so I’m glad to have made the decision to move my long run. 19 degrees is better than 8, but in the end I just didn’t feel like putting on all the clothes that would be required to do this run outside.

Total Mileage: 28
Grade: A+

Still way more running on the treadmill than I really want to be doing, but I’ve been making it more challenging with big hill adjustments. Hopefully soon I can kick this ridiculous aversion to running in the cold and get back out on the pavement for the rest of my training.

Or rather hopefully soon it will be 70 degrees. Let’s go with that instead.

What are you training for right now? How was your week of workouts?

I hope everyone had a great weekend!



Happy Nuun Year!! {Nuun Year Dash Recap}

As I’ve mentioned before on here, I am happily running for Nuun for another year so obviously when they teamed up with FitFam for the Nuun Year Dash, I just had to sign up and run with my team.

Team Nuun was #1 with 62 members!

Overall the participation for this event was stellar: 528 registered runners, which seems pretty staggering for a virtual race. The Nuun Year Dash was offered in 5K and 10K format with a website to report your times online and it didn’t matter how you got it done…inside, outside, with friends or solo. The only caveat is that you had a pretty short window of time to complete your “race”; February 5th (last Friday) through the 8th (today).

A couple days before the 5th,a package arrived on my doorstep. I couldn’t remember ordering anything so at first I had no idea what it could be. It was RACE SWAG!


So cool right? Each runner received a bib, a very nice tee shirt, some samples of Nuun Energy, stickers, and a supremely cool finisher medal that I didn’t allow myself to really look at until after I logged my miles and that is why it is not in the picture.

I had opted for the 10K and scheduled my run for Saturday afternoon after I returned from Disney on Ice with Betty and my mom.


She had SO much fun and you would never be able to tell that she had just gotten over a stomach flu.

Against my better judgement, I chose to do my Nuun Year Run on the treadmill where I am generally slower. I wasn’t expecting to break any records. With that in mind though, I promised myself that I would push outside my comfort zone to the best of my ability. Speed work has been going pretty well for me lately, but I have only been running shorter distances (max of about 8 miles) since November so my results could have gone either way.

I did a separate warm up for a couple minutes and then started off with the treadmill set up for easy hills at 7:24 pace with the intention of increasing the MPH setting by .1 at the end of every mile. I hoped that I would be able to maintain this throughout. Oh and let’s not forget the Pandora 80’s station that would be crucial to the success of this event.

I like to zone out while I’m running on the treadmill so it usually seems to go by pretty quickly. With faster speed settings than I’m used to for a run of this length, this one would be no exception. 7:24, 7:19, 7:14, 7:09…I felt great until the beginning of mile 5, but even as I started getting tired I was pretty sure that I would be able to keep increasing my speed until the finish. 7:04, 6:59 and then I kicked it to 6:49 for the final .2. I had done it! I PRed my best 10K time by 4 seconds on the treadmill which is something I never thought I’d be able to do.


Pretty cool! And I definitely felt as if I had earned the (REALLY NICE!) medal.


I’ve done a couple virtual races in the past, but this one was my favorite hands down. From the cool swag, to the website where you can report your times and check out your competition, to the Facebook page that was set up where people could share their running photos and talk to one another, it was a very well-planned event and a great way to keep people motivated during the cold winter months. I will definitely be keeping an eye on the FitFam site to see what they have coming up next!

Did anyone else participate in the Nuun Year Dash? How did it go? Have you ever been to Disney on Ice?

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!