Runner’s World Half & Festival Fun

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The fun continues from where we left off with the Runner's World Half & Festival! How do you top off a morning run with Bart Yasso and a Q & A with Olympian Shalane Flanagan? Pose for the cover of Runner's World magazine. Okay. Not really, but wasn't this a fun idea for the expo?! Robin is testing out the indoor cycling bike at the Altra Booth. Bart and I hung out again too. He knows how to #GetAfterIt I had the pleasure of spending time with these lovely ladies … [Continue reading]

Lean Living on the Road

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A post dedicated to lean living on the road is timely not only because of the Live Lean GNC Challenge but also after my 4 day road trip at the Runner's World Half & Festival. Typically, runners like a controlled environment before race day. They want to select their food, schedule, and ultimately stick to their pre-race routine. We were busy, and thankful, but it was not your typical pre-race routine! ha ha! When possible, I selected nutrient dense meals which can be tricky on the … [Continue reading]

Runner’s World: Meet & Greet with Editors

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Wow. What a weekend! Thank you for following along this past weekend as I participated in the Runner's World Half Marathon & Festival thanks to FitFluential, Runner's World, and ICON fitness. What a weekend! We checked into the hotel and received some very nice swag including a Running Skirt, The Stick, Sweaty Bands, Swift Wick socks, Runner's World Big Book of Marathon Training, and snacks. This weekend was about more than just racing. Our group of FitFluential ambassadors were … [Continue reading]

Live Lean Challenge [Giveaway]

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Today, we will begin a 2 week series with GNC on living lean! Each day during the series, I will be posting tips here, twitter, instagram & facebook using the hashtag #LiveLeanGNC and I encourage you to share your ideas & pictures too! The purpose of this challenge is to head into the holiday season prepared and feeling fit! Sure, you can enjoy the holidays, I know I will, but not at the expense of my long terms goals. Let's prime ourselves for feeling energized and … [Continue reading]

Destination: Runner’s World!

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Hey guys! I won't have my computer with me on the trip to please follow my instagram, twitter, and facebook for all updates on the Runner's World Festival & Half Marathon! Cheers! -Jess … [Continue reading]

Runner’s World Half Marathon Strategy

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If you have noticed my daily mile widget, you probably don't see many double-digit long runs of late. What's my deal? What about all this half marathon prep talk? Last long runs: September 23rd: Omaha Half Marathon and Sept. 30th 12.5 miles. I ran 8 miles on a week ago and almost 7 yesterday. Is that taper or lazy?  Cooper is always tapering. I wouldn't call my training lazy, it just lacks the half marathon specificity needed if I wish to PR. But that was a long shot anyway, here's … [Continue reading]

Total Body Tabata Home Workout

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Let's start the week off with a new workout!  This one is a bit more challenging than previous workouts, but I talk through plenty of modifications. So, try it regardless of where YOU are in your fitness journey! I really wish I had worn these shoes when I shot the video... I exchanged a too-small pair of Reebok nanos that I received on my trip with FitFluential to the CrossFit Games and hoped for a bright color. Bright enough for you? Back to the workout. As stated, this is a TOTAL … [Continue reading]

My Weakness

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My husband says this is his favorite time of year. Playoff baseball is on every night, weekends are filled with college football, and the cool weather calls for hot cooking. And, Coach loves to cook (I know, I'm very lucky). Baked sweet potatoes & granny smith apples with cinnamon Chicken in coconut oil with lemon-pepper seasoning Zucchini, squash & onions. I love this mixture! Mom & dad checking out the spread. I added an arugula salad with broccoli slaw, … [Continue reading]

How to Squat Correctly


Do runners need to squat? When I wrote the post, "Do You Still Run?" I mentioned several movements that can benefit runners. Many of the movements not only compliment running, but are found in your everyday movements. Once I began distance running, I thought running was enough. I mean seriously, my legs were tired after 10 miles, why the heck would I want to do squats and lunges? How many of you have have similar thoughts? Sure, we can knock out push-ups, planks, an assortment of core … [Continue reading]

Breakfast For The Week: Egg Casserole

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I have always been impressed by those of you that plan meals for the week. Packing meals-to-go in portable containers so you are never caught without healthy options. It takes time on the front end, but always pays dividends throughout a busy week. Coach and I want to get better at food prep, so we started with the first meal of the day. Egg Casserole 1. Grease baking pan with coconut oil & pre-heat oven to 350*. 2. Chop up every veggie you can find and throw it in.  Feel free … [Continue reading]