13 Things I’ve Learned About Trail Running

With just 11 days to go until my first trail half marathon, I thought it would be fitting to share with you a few things I’ve learned throughout the training process. While it’s been a long and challenging three months of preparation to reach this little goal of mine, I just logged my very last long distance run before the big day – 12 trail miles to be exact. So that puts me just 1.1 miles shy of what next week will bring me. Yes!...more
Once I found trails I never went back. (Well that's not true, I do some of my training on the ...more

20 Things That I Never Expected in My First Trail Half Marathon

Putting 13.1 miles under your running belt is no easy feat. It can involve months of diligent training, a relentless amount of courage, a proper fueling and hydration plan and a whole lot of positive visualization to make it to that finish line. Did I mention the extensive training? But, it’s doable. Boy, is it doable, because if I can do it, you positively can too!...more

Why more vitamin E might help age-related cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's

Did you know 96% of women (and 90% of men) in the U.S. don't get enough vitamin E in their diet? It's not a vitamin or mineral that gets talked about nearly as much as, say, iron, vitamin D, calcium or vitamin C. But researchers continue to learn more about its importance....more

My Last Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run

The Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and I have a history....more
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Bacteria - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

When we hear the word "bacteria" I would bet most of us think of it in a negative sense.  "Gross! Stay away or I'll get sick!"  What if I told you that many of our current illnesses are, at the root, caused by an imbalance of bacteria in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract?  That's right, we need bacteria for optimal health, but we need the right balance....more

Let's Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

I don't know about you, but sometimes my fitness routine needs a switch up.  Even as a fitness instructor I sometimes get bored with the same ol' same ol'.  Considering all the other aspects of life that get a "spring cleaning", why not your fitness routine?  If it's feeling a bit stale (or even if it's not), here are some tips for adding a breath of fresh air to your sweat sessions....more
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Chia Seed Magic

Once a staple of the Incan, Mayan, and Aztec cultures, chia seeds have been long prized as an endurance food.  The Mayans believed that they could run all day with the help of these seeds and so called them “chia”, meaning “strength”. ...more

21 Things I Hate About Parenting

Because not every waking moment consists of giggles, hugs and mushy gushy good stuff....more

Time To Get Fit | Finding Motivation

For as long as I can remember I've struggled with finding and keeping the motivation needed to lose weight. It's always felt odd to me that I could want to lose weight so badly (for years in fact) but have never been able to just make it happen. Since my Meniere's Disease diagnosis I've been forced to realize how long I've taken my good health for granted....more
Ellyn Ferriter Hi there! I did attend zumba and yoga classes in the past and enjoyed them. I've ...more