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2014 Blacklight Run St. Louis

Saturday night a group of us piled into a couple of cars and headed out to Gateway Grizzlies Stadium in Sauget, Illinois for the Blacklight Run St. Louis. First of all, let me just say that if you are not from The Lou (St. Louis) you should know that Sauget has a high number of strip clubs. Like a lot....more

Push It: July 2014 Running Report

I’m sitting in my bed, coming down from a two-day 102 fever, binge watching New Girl on Netflix, and drinking Simply Orange straight from the bottle. How’s that for messing with my training. Luckily I haven’t gotten into the really long runs yet. I also have a Blacklight Run on Saturday and there’s no way I’m missing it. So let’s get down to the July running report…...more
Karen Ballum But worth it!more

Do You Know Your #EveryMove?

I have to be honest, sometimes all the apps get on my nerves. There’s this one to track runs and this one for food and this one for weightlifting and this one and this one and this one. I’m actually trying to decrease my amount of apps. I mean, who really has time to enter all that info into all the different apps. But what if I told you that you could get an app that requires minimal work and rewards you for your #Everymove? Hmmm….intrigued, right?...more

Why I’m Training With a Heart Rate Monitor

You may have seen the pictures of my pretty heart rate monitor on Instagram or Facebook. I get asked what kind it is quite often. It’s a Polar FT60....more

The Skinny: July 2014

Hi there, B.F.F.’s! I hope you all are having a great summer. I’m a little concerned that summer isn’t what when we thought it was given all the cooler days we’ve still been having. The hot days are still ahead of us. But it must be the last Friday Saturday of the month....more

Making Races Fit Your Training Plan

Signing up for a big goal race and following an official training plan is a sure sign you’ve caught the racing bug. Once you’re in this racing mindset, all those local 5Ks and 10Ks start to look like a fun way to pad out your training for your big event. So, you sign up for a couple, then it dawns on you as you look at your specific training plan, “Um, how do I fit this into what I’m supposed to be running this week?” Never fear, fellow racers, I’m here to give you some options and specific tips on making races fit into your training plan....more

Yoga 101 Lessons Learnes

On Saturday I went to a 2 1/2 hour workshop at Valley Vinyasa called Yoga 101. It was my first experience in an actual yoga studio and I’m so glad I went....more

Random Thoughts on Eating for Running

I went back to tracking my food, not just to ensure that I’m eating clean, real foods, but to track what makes me feel good and what doesn’t for my runs. My long runs really aren’t that long yet and I’m finding that I’m having a hard time getting in enough calories. I’m also finding that with the wrong foods, even the day before, that my GI tract will protest and I’m having to do my runs with my glutes clenched. haha! What happens when my runs get even longer?...more

My #SweatPinkSummer

One of the things that I’m working on is becoming more involved with the affiliations that I have. You know the ones listed at the bottom of the blog. That I applied for and was so thrilled about. But I’m not sure what I’m doing there, how to make my way. So I thought that I would make more of an effort to do some of the different challenges put out there. And actually keep up with them. Because we all know that’s a challenge for me. Ummm…yeah, hence the name challenge....more