Run the My Better Half Marathon with a BRF: Get $10 Off Before Prices Go Up Jan. 1

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You guys, your My Better Half Marathon team name is not as good as me and Mel’s.

Wait. What? You haven’t registered for the My Better Half Marathon on Valentines Day?

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Dude, prices go up tomorrow! Get on it!

Me and Tall Mom Mel are doing a Tina Fey/Amy Poehler thing. Team Galentines! (We got amazing shirts for the race–can’t wait!)

There are four fun categories in the My Better Half Marathon: Bromance (two guy friends), Besties (two girl friends), Lovers (romantically involved) and Lonely Hearts. There is also a 5K and a 10K option, or you can make the half a 2-person relay if you want.

Dress up with your running partner–it’s going to be a fun race out at Seward Park!

Get $10 off your registration for My Better Half Marathon with my code: MOMVSMARATHON

The shirts are super cute half-zips and have thumbholes, which I love.

My Better Half Marathon shirt

Of course, you also get a medal and other goodies. And I heard there will be a tunnel of love on the course.

Oh, and hot food at the end. Hoping for breakfast foods…

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2015 Santa Runs Tacoma Frosty 5K Race Report

 

Santa Runs Tacoma Frosty 5K Race Report | Mom vs. Marathon
Me, Alyssa, Mel, Goober and Giblet, and Zoë at the Frosty 5K last Saturday.

It was weird not to feel nervous about a race.

Normally, I put a stupid amount of pressure on myself to run fast in races—especially at Santa Runs Tacoma’s Frosty 5K because (usually) you get a cool mug if you finish in the top 100 runners.

I knew that wasn’t going to happen this year. I haven’t run much more than a mile here or there since the marathon in September. And I’ve put on 5+ (okay fine, it’s closer to 10 pounds) by eating cookies and drinking eggnog every day since Thanksgiving.

Yes, I’ve been working out, but I have not been eating well, and so I’m putting on muscle…and fat. Good times.

Luckily for me, most of my friends have been on a running break, too, so we all planned to run together. Zoë even brought her kiddos (Goober, 5, and Giblet, 1) to ride in the double-jogger!

We didn’t have a specific theme this year for the race. Two years ago, we all dressed as snowmen.

Santa Runs Tacoma Frosty 5K Race Report | Mom vs. Marathon
Alyssa, Chelsea, Tiff and Me. Mel took the photo.

We have been running this race since 2010…

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Total Santa race noobs.

…which was my son’s first race…

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Little runner guy.

…in 2011, we matched and Kim was here…

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Brrrrr.

…then I missed 2012…and Zoe missed last year…

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Will and Tiff, Mel and Me. Where’s Alyssa? She was there, I promise!

…and, sadly, Tiffany missed this year. It happens.

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Selfie credit: Mel’s amazing arm! 🙂

This year, we just Christmassed out. Nobody could’ve topped the ladies that dressed as nutcrackers. They had awesome costumes. It was raining a little, so I didn’t get to wear my Christmas tree glasses.

I ran with Zoë, Mel and Alyssa (and Goober and Giblet), and it was so much awesome. We took it pretty easy and chatted and joked for 30 minutes and 45 seconds, letting Zoë and her stroller set the pace.

The Frosty 5K is flat, except for one small overpass hill, which we had to walk about half of because of the heavy stroller, even though Goob let us know that we better get running again. Little coach in training!

I wasn’t pushing anything, but I definitely felt the extra weight I am carrying. Despite that, the pace was perfect and we even passed a lot of people, including some other strollers at the end of the race, and we finished four-wide across the finish line. (Hopefully there will be a cute picture.)

Afterward, we went to breakfast, of course, where I had about ¼ of my mimosa before getting buzzed, listened to Goober tell me hilarious nonsensical jokes, and then losing my Debit card (which I found in my wallet after Zoe paid for me—I swear I didn’t plan that!).

Pretty great morning. Running with friends it the absolute best—even better than PRs and mugs*.

 

*Our fasty friend told us no mugs this year. Hopefully, they’ll be back next year.

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My Better Half Marathon

Seattle friends should check out the My Better Half Marathon on Valentines Day! I think I’ve got my friend Mel talked into running it with me. There are four fun categories: Bromance (two guy friends), Besties (two girl friends), Lovers (romantically involved) and Lonely Hearts. There is also a 5K and a 10K.

Dress up with your running partner–it’s going to be a fun race out at Seward Park!

Get $10 off your registration for My Better Half Marathon with my code: MOMVSMARATHON

The shirts are amazing half-zips and have thumbholes, which I love.

My Better Half Marathon shirt

Of course, you also get a medal and other goodies. And I heard there will be a tunnel of love on the course!

FitFam Challenge Virtual Run & Ride

Another fun option would be a virtual race like the FitFam Challenge (Jan. 15-18) Virtual Run & Ride. You get gender-specific shirts, a race medal and even a real race bib–so you get everything you would get with an organized race, except the crazy crowds, wild parking and having to get up at the crack of dawn!

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Plus you get to help support a great cause. FitFam will give $1 for every registration, plus any additional donations to KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.

There are a bunch of race options:

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  • 1 Mile Run / Walk
  • 5K Run / Walk
  • 10K Run / Walk
  • Half Marathon Run / Walk

Bike Options

  • 10 Mile Bike Ride
  • 25 Mile Bike RIde

You could literally do these distances anywhere with anyone. I especially think it would help make some of those long distance training runs a little more interesting. I mean, if you gotta run 13.1 miles, you might as well get a shirt and a medal–plus help a charity.

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Okay. What are you still doing here? Go sign up!

 

How Much Should You Run? Probably Less Than You Think

How Much Should You Run? | Mom vs. Marathon

Do you feel like in a running world of Kara Gouchers, are you an Alysia Montaño?

What I mean is, do you like running shorter distances, but feel like you aren’t running enough because everyone’s all “which marathon should I do next?” or “signed up for my next 50-miler!” or “got my 14-mile run in by 7 a.m.”?

(Okay, obvs Alysia runs a ton, but she’s an 800-meter runner. She races shorter…and faster!)

I’m totally an Alysia these days, except without her cute flower, or her speed, or her abs. But good news! A study by the Mayo Clinic found that just 50 minutes of running a week–A WEEK!–has health benefits, such as reducing your chance of having a stroke, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and even some cancers, according to this article from Huff Post.

That’s like a mile or two five times a week. That’s it!

I’ve totally been getting less than 3 miles a week, though. (Sometimes less than that.) Like, so far this week, I’ve run about a mile…today…while I was doing sprints while watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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Working on my RHOBH selfie skills while on the treadmill.

By. The. Freaking. Way. RHOBH fans, SHOW YOURSELVES because I’ve discovered a new podcast you will love. Bitch Sesh is a Real Housewives breakdown podcast hosted by Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider, and I love it for all its stupid-girly-silly-sarcasticness. I’d abandoned Real Housewives because I just didn’t have anyone to enjoy it with (I work with a bunch of dudes). Now I have a reason to watch again. My favorite Real Housewives was New Jersey. Is that one even still on or are too many of them in jail?

Okay, back to running. So, I have a new goal. Just try to get 50 minutes a week. That’s it. I think I can do it. What about you?

Why is Running Times Magazine Closing?

Why is Running Times Closing? | Mom vs. Marathon

Did you see that Running Times magazine is going to stop…um…running? Rodale is ceasing publication of the magazine after the January/February issue.

This is terrible news.

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As a former print journalist, I hate to see print publications die…especially at the hand of other print publications.

While Runner’s World is a fine magazine, its articles lean toward the newer runner. I find it a little fluffy. A little too, well, magaziney. That’s fine, of course, but in my opinion (unless they plan to change), they miss out on a big section of the running community.

Running Times took running a little more seriously. Took runners seriously. More content about running, less pretty models pretending to run in photos. More running news you could actually use. Running Times also covered a lot of news on high school and cross country runners, as well as news about masters runners.

RW doesn’t do that.

I’ve had subscriptions to both magazines, as well as Women’s Running magazine (which I hated, btw; newflash Women’s Running: women runners are athletes, too, not just girls trying to lose weight).

Running Times was my favorite running magazine. A few years ago, I unfortunately did some budget-cleaning and got rid of all my magazine subscriptions. Last week, I had just signed up to renew my RT subscription. And then I saw the news on Monday about it being killed off.

I was like, What? Whyyyyyyyyy?!

Well, I have an idea and I really don’t think the problem with RT was its content.

You know what I think it is? I think it just isn’t sexy enough for advertisers. The text-to-photo ratio was just too darn high. Too much reading. Reading isn’t sexy. But you know what is? Fitness models.

Ugh. I’m disgusted. Really, really disappointed. Why does everything have to be sexy nowadays?

I blame the Kardashians.

 

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I’m thinking about signing up for the mile–feel like a little time trial is in order to see how slow I am.

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Breaking the Holiday Binge-eating Cycle

 

Breaking the Holiday Binge-Eating Cycle | Mom vs. MarathonI’m struggling with food. Yeah, again. (It’s a cyclical struggle, okay.)

Pretty much every day when I get home, I roam the kitchen much like my hunter-gatherer ancestors did before me, killing every candy, cookie or cracker in my path.

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I don’t believe any food should be off limits. I believe in moderation (because it’s realistic, people, c’mon). Buuuuut, I have like zero self-control around junk food.

I was feeling pretty bad about it because I’ve been trying/wanting to “eat clean.” Then, the universe sent me this article from Precision Nutrition, and it made me feel so much better:

Why Clean Eating is Bad For You: The Damaging Psychology Behind the Latest Health Fad

The universe, which happened to be on point today, then sent me another tip. It came from Alwyn Cosgrove, who is one of the authors of the New Rules of Lifting series of books, and the new book Strong: Nine Workout Programs for Women to Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism, and Build Strength for Life.

I follow Alwyn on Facebook, and he occasionally opens up his page for free coaching. Anyway, I told him about my problem and he suggested I eat a big protein- and fiber-heavy meal/snack an hour before I get home, and then when I get home, immediately put on my workout clothes and go for a walk.

And this totally worked! (Except I did a metabolic circuit instead of a walk.) I had a snack between breakfast and I ate my lunch an hour before I got home, and then when I got home, I didn’t feel like grazing at all!

I will do this trick again tomorrow and see if it continues to work. The thing is that I was trying not to have any in-between-meal snacks, but apparently that wasn’t working.

How do you combat cravings/grazings this time of year?!

4 Circuit Workouts Based on My Favorite Christmas Movies!

4 Christmas Movie Circuit Workouts | Mom vs. Marathon

I’d rather shoot my eye out than run for 30 minutes on the treadmill again. So I thought it would be fun to create some circuit workouts based on my favorite Christmas movies: Christmas Vacation, Elf, A Christmas Story, and Home Alone.

Tonight, I did each of these workouts two times through to test them, and they were a lot of fun. That being said, I think you all know that I’m not a certified personal trainer. I’m not certified in anything, actually. So, like, exercise good judgment when doing these workouts (see what I did there?).

Also, rest when you need to during these. Rest to let your heart rate come down, and then go again. I like the rest-based training approach from Metabolic Effect. Read more about rest-based training here.

I took some pictures, but I couldn’t record myself doing the workouts because the dogs wouldn’t leave me alone. Chloe, our puppy, was especially intrigued by the bird dog move. I did include links for each exercise in case you don’t know how to do them.

Equipment:

  • Dumbbells
  • Battle ropes (optional)

PS: I’m curious how many people will get what part of the movie the exercises are referencing. Also, let me know how you like the workouts.

Alright, ready? Let’s burn some dust here. Eat my rubber. Here are the four holiday circuit workouts based on my favorite Christmas movies:

The Home Alone Circuit

Don’t sleep in. Get up early and work out!

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Start with a 10-minute warm-up jog through neighborhood Christmas lights.

Do 3-5 timed rounds:

12 each direction overhead circles with dumbbell (or a crowbar)

12 each way down and back spider crawls

30-second double arm waves with battle ropes (or do 12 overhead presses with dumbbells if you don’t have any ropes)

30-second sprint (through an airport is optional)

Post-workout snack: Plain cheese pizza and a Coke.

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You can use a dumbbell for the overhead circles if you don’t have a crowbar handy.

The Christmas Story Circuit

This workout might have you saying the f-dash-dash-dash word a few times.

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Start with a 10-minute warm-up jog to the nearest school and back.

5 rounds:

12 each side bird dogs (elbow to knee variety; yell “Bumpuses!” if you want)

12 bunny hops (pink suit optional)

12 dumbbell side lateral raises (you can’t put your arms down!)

30 seconds of air punches (cussing optional)

Post-workout snack: Ovaltine and Chinese take-out.

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Pretend you’re unleashing on Scott Farkus.

The Christmas Vacation

This workout is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year round. Comes with crunch enhancer.

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Start with a 10-minute warm-up jog in the mall.

3-5 rounds:

12 flying squirrels (Where’s Eddie? He usually eats these things.)

12 each side mule kicks (Poor Ruby Sue.)

24 crunches

5 weighted stairway sprints (SQUIRRELLLLLL!)

Post-workout snack: Eggnog and turkey. Save the neck for me.

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Crunch enhancer.

The Elf Circuit

Look good in a pair of (yellow) tights with this workout.

10-minute warm-up jog through the candy cane forest.

3-5 rounds:

8-12 burpees (Did you hear that? Burpees!)

8-12 jack-in-the-box tuck jumps

12 each side Russian twist with a dumbbell (Or you could just do that Russian table dance from the movie if you wanna show off.)

24 double-leg forward and backward line hops

Post-workout snack: Spaghetti noodles with maple syrup and the World’s Best Cup of Coffee.

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I feel like I got a lot of air with these jack-in-the-box jumps!

And you might want to stretch afterward.

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You can also try doing 2 rounds of each circuit all the way through. Hope you have as much fun with these as I did!