Addicted to “That” Feeling?

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Is your Monday morning going better than Cooper's? That poor guy is getting worn out by our little hurricane! Well, we had a nice weekend both in and out. I have to admit, I'm a bit of a homebody. Boring? Not to me. But, I think when your hubby has a schedule like Spencer's, any down time is appreciated and savored without need for many bells and whistles. However, we made it to the Illinois volleyball match Saturday night. So, this was Jada's second visit to watch the Orange and … [Continue reading]

Friday Fitness: Weekly Recap


Friday Fitness. The perfect alteration here on Blonde Ponytail, right? Before I recap my workouts, I didn't realize how many of you are dog owners! We are kindred spirits. Cooper is so happy you are interested in the giveaway! Workouts this Week Saturday - Rest day. Sunday - "Chief" this is a favorite WOD of mine. 5 rounds of the following: 3 minute AMRAP: 3 power cleans 90# 6 push-ups 9 squats 1 minute rest A video posted by blondeponytail (@blondeponytail) on Nov 11, … [Continue reading]

Running With Your Dog & an Outward Hound Giveaway! [CLOSED]

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Do you run with your dog? When Cooper was just under a year, I started running with him. That may have been a bit too early.  However, he had so much energy, running helped him become a better dog. We only went for short runs, maybe around a mile, then walked a few more miles, because long distance running is not good for young, developing dogs (source). He is a golden retriever, a breed not know for running or endurance. But, most dogs need an energy release, especially young ones. … [Continue reading]

CropFit + a Garage WOD

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Have you guys seen the Subway commercial for CropFit? It's pretty funny--kind of a spoof on Crossfit. Think farm chores go to the gym. We thought we'd put it into action. Functional fitness at its finest! She loved playing in the dirt--duh, she's a toddler, right? So, we might have a helper for planting vegetables this Spring. Or, maybe she'll just watch. Good call, Jada. I'd hang out with Cooper too. So, maybe CropFit isn't a regular thing for us, but Jada certainly is … [Continue reading]

Zero Calorie Cupcake & Happy Halloween!

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Okay, okay. This title is a bit misleading, but... This cute little cupcake actually helps you burn calories! See what I mean? A video posted by blondeponytail (@blondeponytail) on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:27pm PDT Oh, she was such a hit at the Illinois soccer game. They hosted a Halloween event for kiddos, so they could wear their Halloween costumes. Jada's auntie Angela found this handmade costume at a consignment shop, and I am in love with it. Plus, it keeps her … [Continue reading]

Ultimate Sandbag Sprint Workout

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If you all are still interested, I will continue to post my workouts. I hope they inspire some legit sweat sessions for you! This workout was the brain-child of my husband, Spencer. Ultimate Sandbag Sprint Workout Aren't my photobombers the cutest?! Like I had mentioned, with the gorgeous weather, we have been taking our workouts outside. Sunday, we tackled our beloved, man-made hill for sprints, but added the Ultimate Sandbag this time. I think ours weighs around 30 lbs. You … [Continue reading]

Garage Workout for a Hero

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Before we get to the garage/gym workout, I thought I'd share a few non-workout items. We took Jada to her first Illinois volleyball game on Saturday. They are currently ranked No. 10 in the nation. If you are familiar with college volleyball, the B1G Conference is a powerhouse. They faced No. 13 Purdue and won in 4 sets. I had a brief stint as Purdue's Director of Volleyball Operations while Spencer  was coaching baseball there, so it was really good to see the staff. I loved my … [Continue reading]

$50 iHerb Shopping Spree Giveaway [CLOSED]


I was contacted by the folks at iHerb to try some of their products and host a giveaway for (2) $50 iHerb shopping sprees.  So, I immediately visited the iHerb website to check out the type of products they offered. I didn't realize they offerded more than vitamins and supplements. In fact, a wide range of bath and beauty, kids, and pet products are available too! Some familiar brands include: Aveeno, Bee Naturals, Desert Essence, Earth's Best, Ella's Kitchen, Johnson & Johnson and … [Continue reading]

Fall Festivities in Illinois

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Happy Friday!  We have some stellar weather coming to Illinois this weekend, so we will be enjoying plenty of fall festivities! The baseball cancels out the tutu, right? ;) Trick-or-Treat with Basketball The University of Illinois women's basketball team hosted a Trick-or-Treat event that we couldn't pass up. Even though candy is off limits for Jada (choking hazard...or, maybe I don't want to share??), we love taking advantage of kid-friendly events in the area; and … [Continue reading]

Running Workouts with Weights {pinnable images}

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I want to share a few running workouts with weights that I have been doing lately. Thanks to a suggestion from Kat, I turned them into pinnable images. Is that how you guys like to save workouts? Running Pyramid This one is similar to a workout I did last week, but I used running as the form of cardio. You could sub cycling, rowing or the elliptical. Use weights that you have available for the thrusters and kettlebell swings (overhead for advanced). Try to do this workout as fast as you … [Continue reading]