[Inspiration] Running throwback

As I was running this morning and my legs were feeling heavy and my MapMyRun was telling me what mile I had just completed and I looked up at the rising sun…I had a thought. Remember when I couldn’t even run a mile?

It feels like so long ago and yet just yesterday. I’ve been an athlete all my life. From a young age I’ve been running around for sports but I’ve never really liked it per say…haha I played lacrosse in college and it not only kept me in shape but introduced me to some of the greatest ladies ever! BUT I still always hated our running drills and prep. I dreaded running “the loop” around campus. Flash forward to 2011 when I randomly found a workout posted by two adorable gals from Tone It Up. I’d been out of college for a few years now and had gotten out of shape. I definitely wasn’t running. Anyway, through Tone It Up and the TIU community, I started getting back into fitness. I hit the gym and even the streets…

I honestly NEVER believed my lacrosse buddies or friends or even my boyfriend at the time when they told me that it got easier…HOW? How could this get easier?! I hate it. My legs aren’t strong enough. I can barely catch my breath…and then, it hit me. Something changed. I decided to go for a run for my “30 minutes of cardio” Tone It Up workout and somewhere along the run, I just stopped hating it. I hit a stride and just kept going. When I got home I wasn’t dead. And I realized there really is a breaking point! (In a very realistic way, I’d say it was when I could run about 3 miles comfortably haha)

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This morning was just lovely…waterfront views, sweat and stress melting off, miles under my belt. I didn’t think twice about it all.

katekatebear running baltimore

I don’t recognize my own accomplishments enough (none of us do…) and in this throwback Thursday moment, I felt proud. Don’t get me wrong…I am NOT the fastest one on the pavement and I do NOT win races and I still do NOT love running. But I get up and go. And keep going. Even if I have to stop for a breather or water (or a picture of the sunset), I keep going. I still finish whenever I start and try to push myself to do my best every time I go…

all the same miles running quote

So get out there. You want to know why? Because you can. YOU GOT THIS! :)

dont give up running quote

 

National Dog Day

HAPPY NATIONAL DOG DAY! 

Not sure how this came about or if it’s really an official day or what…but tons of people are posting about it so, I’m going to just go ahead with it. :) 

Our dog, Mahoney, is a rescue from BARCS and we’ve been blessed to have her silliness around us for the past few years. I can’t even remember these times when she was so small…

mahoney puppy

mahoney puppy dog

She’s had her good/adorable days…

Mahoney dog sleeping

mahoney dog starry eyed

katekatebear mahoney

And her frustrating moments…

dog destroyed toy mahoney

dog eaten sofa

dog shaming mahoney

But through it all, she’s been the bestest dogger ever! (and yes, those ears have always been insane haha)

katekatebear thefrontrowe mahoney

Do you have a dog? Share your story here! I’d love to see a pic! :) 

 

Rev on the Roof

Despite some drizzling rain, we had an awesome time with Rev Cycle Studio at their Rev on the Roof charity event this weekend! Rev teamed up with our local lululemon team to host an off-site cycle class at the Four Seasons, Baltimore to benefit the ALS Association, no ice necessary. 50% of the proceeds of the classes went to the good cause!  :)

What a GORGEOUS view for our ride!

rev on the roof baltimore four seasons

rev on the roof lululemon four seasons

It was awesome torturous as it always is with the amazing Esther! I was so happy to have my girl Annie there with me for the ride!

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katekatebear annietruax rev on the roof

All in all, the event hosted 80 riders for two SOLD OUT classes – felt great to help donate and get a good sweat on! Woo hoo!

Thanks to Rev & lululemon & Four Seasons for hosting such a fun event!

 

 

 

Foodie Pen Pals: @becomsupersonic

I was pumped to get back into the Foodie Pen Pal program this month and paired up with a great blogger, Kristi from Becoming Supersonic! Kristi’s blog is awesome! She’s got all kinds of great posts (also, I’m loving her Pinterest page!). I love her “lazy girl dinners” (aka recipes for easy meals I could probably use on a regular basis). I’m also definitely going to try this Kale Pesto!
As you’ve seen me post about before, Foodie Pen Pals project was created by Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean blog – a cool way to partner up with new people each month to try new foods and more!

 

foodie pen pals the lean green bean blog
Kristi packed me a killer foodie box full of lots of treats she mentioned were her favorites or that she’s always wanted to try! I haven’t had a chance yet, but I can’t wait to try the parmesan rosemary popcorn!!

foodie pen pal box becomingsupersonic

Kristi, you ROCK! Thanks so much for my amazing box!! Can’t wait to try all the tasty treats! :)

Check out Krisiti’s blog over at www.becomingsupersonic.com. Like I said, she’s got some awesome posts!


Want to sign up for Foodie Pen Pals? Check out the Lean Green Bean Blog to find out more info!

 

Farm To Mat

I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the fun people who are opening M. Power Yoga Studio here in Baltimore and, with them, some amazing other yogis within our Baltimore community. Last night, M. Power hosted a special event with our local lululemon team and a local farm-to-table restaurant Farmstead Grill, and it was GLORIOUS!

farm to mat mpower yoga lululemon farmstead grill katekatebear

As you may have read, I’m new-ish to the yoga scene. I’m learning to get more in touch with my breath and myself through practice, but I’m not a pro by any means. Last night, however, you could really feel it…the weather was incredible, the people were having fun and awesome, there was positivity in the air all around. It was rad!

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First we set up and enjoyed a beautiful sunset yoga session with M. Power instructor Courtney McKeon, accompanied by live music from The Herd Brothers.

farm to mat mpoweryoga lululemon farmstead grill

farm to mat mpoweryoga lululemon farmstead grill

the herd brothers farm to mat

BUT SERIOUSLY…LOOK AT AT THAT SUNSET! :)

Then we got the special dinner from Farmstead Grill made with local (delicious) ingredients! I LOVED the fresh pressed juice and the hummus!

farm to mat mpoweryoga lululemon farmstead grill

farmstead grill baltimore dinner box farm to mat

It was a beautiful night with beautiful people! I really hope there are more of these amazing community partnerships!