Bloggers Show Us What Beautiful Really Is - Part One

Update 5/22/12: This sweepstakes has now ended. Thanks for your interest in this promotion. You can still read the bloggers' reviews by clicking on the links below.

What do you consider beautiful? Drive? Strength? Tenacity?

Twelve bloggers announce a personal goal and, over the course of two months, report on their progress.  To help them reach their objective, they use Under Armour's goal-setting website, What's Beautiful.  The bloggers also try out new Under Armour Women's products and share how those items affected their performance.  Click on the posts below to follow their journeys.

To enter for a chance to win a $500 Under Armour gift card, tell us what Under Armour item would you like to try?  Scroll to the bottom of this page to leave your answer.

Under Armour is also hosting What's Beautifula competition to redefine the female athlete.  The three finalists who've documented the most impressive, inspiring, monumental journeys will be declared the new faces of Under Armour. For more information and to register, click here.

The BlogHer Empower Your Workout Sweepstakes #1 run from 5/10/12 through 5/21/12 and are only open to individuals who, at the time of entry deadline, are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older. Click here to read the official rules.  Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. Good luck!

What's Beautiful? (Giveaway)

A flowing taffeta wedding gown. A bouquet of perfectly red roses. An actress on the cover of a magazine. These are all things that are considered beautiful in today's society. But what does the word beautiful even really mean? By these examples, it means soft, feminine, young, pleasing to the eye. Can something be beautiful if it isn't these things? I feel like there is so much beauty in the world outside of the standard definition....more

What's Next?

Well, marathon training is quickly coming to a close. Can you believe it?! Jessica and I have been training for nearly 17 weeks for ONE race! I keep asking myself, "What next?" Because really, how do you follow a frickin' marathon? I need something to focus on during the summer, and I've decided to put a long-term goal back in the front of my mind: Get to my "official" goal weight of 133. I know I'm always working on this, but when I think about it, I'm not really trying my best....more

Beautiful Goals

So. You all know I’ve been talking about my pregnancy quite a bit. And of course, I love CrossFit and have been talking about that a lot, too. (Half baked! 20 weeks in, 20 weeks to go. And you know that belly’s cramping my CrossFit style lately.) But recently I was approached to work with Under Armour, and they asked me to set a goal. Not a wishy washy goal, but a real “I Will” statement. You know I’m into goals—I’ve had a tab on my blog dedicated to them from the time I started blogging nearly three years ago....more

The Next Racing Goal

It's no secret that I'm a fan of goals. I love the idea of working towards something and seeing how hard I can push my body. I enjoyed following my half marathon training plan earlier this year. After PRing in the half on back to back weekends, it was tempting to continue half marathon training. I want to shave 41 seconds off my PR and come in under 1:40 so badly. I was even offered a friend's registration for an upcoming half, but I know it's best to take a break from distance running right now....more

Redefining Beauty

As someone who runs 75 miles in a week, has trained for an Ironman, and races way more than once a month every month of the calendar year, you’d probably expect me to be rail thin. But I’m not. And you know what? I love that about myself. And I love that I love that about myself. I love that when I wake up in the morning, I don’t think about how many calories are in my breakfast (or my second or my third breakfast), but about how long my run is going to be, or how fast I’m going to aim for on my track repeats....more

Under Armour: What’s Beautiful…You!

When you decide on a goal for yourself, do you follow through with it? What makes it worth attaining, and what helps you along the way? What if I told you that you could have support, accountability, and possibly win really cool prizes, like being one of the faces of Under Armour? Motivation enough for me! Under Armour has just launched their What’s Beautiful campaign. This thing is big. REALLY big. It’s pretty awesome too....more

Challenges Are Beautiful {Under Armour Competition And Giveaway}

For a long time, “runner” was one of the main ways I identified myself. Over the past couple of years my focus has drifted away from running and towards yoga and strength training. While I really enjoy the new mix I have with my workouts, I miss the process of training and the excitement of race day. It’s been quite some time since I’ve actively trained for a race (maybe the Thunder Road Half in 2010). I haven’t run a race since the Dowd Y Rocktoberfest 5K last October, and that was just for fun....more

Mud, Fire and Armour: I'm doing Warrior Dash

Notice how I've never done a triathlon as an Experiment? Or channel swimming? Or deep sea cave spelunking diving? While I'm really good at pushing myself to try new things, I lean towards trying new things that I think are fun. And also, if you look at my list, things that don't involve swimming. We've gone over why I don't like to swim. Short story: I can do it. It's fine. I hate being wet and cold....more

My Under Armour What's Beautiful Goal: A Speedy 5k

Have you heard about the Under Armour What's Beautiful campaign? The campaign launched last month with the intention of redefining what society considers a beautiful woman. Essentially, society shouldn't define what type of woman is or isn't beautiful, but rather women should be strong and confident in their own skin. I'll agree with that! To put the campaign into action, Under Armour has launched a new fitness goal-setting website for women called What's Beautiful....more

To The Top

I want to climb a rope. It sounds silly, doesn’t it? I mean, when you think about it, it seems like a pretty basic human skill to be able to climb a stupid rope. But I can’t. I never could. Even in elementary school gym class when the spindly kid would use his bony arms hand-over-hand to spidermonkey his way to the top of the rope, I stayed at the bottom, clawing at the damned thing like a drowning rat.I was too heavy to lift myself, my arms too weak. I was 12 years old and 200 pounds. I am not her anymore, but that little fat girl is inside me and she always will be....more