Favorite Summer RunChatHunt Finds

According to my Garmin data, I ran 68 miles in June, not including the 2+ miles I ran each Monday during my Orange Theory Fitness classes. The weather ranged from gloriously cool to oppressively humid, but all in all it was a good month for running. Since I don’t have any races on my calendar until September–I still haven’t committed to a July 4th race!–to the main purpose of my runs was to find items for the RunChatHunt scavenger hunt.

2016 RunChatHunt Scavenger Hunt

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While I found more than five entries–I only missed the yard sale–I’ll share five that fit the theme of this holiday weekend for today’s Friday Five Link Up hosted by Courtney, Cynthia and MarContinue reading

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Fun At The Harbor With Fit Plus Harbor East

I always say the best thing about blogging is the friends I’ve made, and this weekend I got to see Margarita who was my roommate at FitSocial a few years ago (time really flies!) and Mar whom I first got to know through the Friday Five Link Up, when we met up at the Baltimore Inner Harbor for the Fit Plus Harbor East fitness festival. 

Fit Plus Harbor East Baltimore

I heard about the event from Margarita, but Mar heard about it from Lauren–who was one of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run bloggers with me this year. It’s so great to have a network of fitness-minded friends who spread the word about fun things like this! Continue reading

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Suffering From Vacation Envy

I don’t always use the badge for the Weekly Wrap Link Up hosted by Holly and Tricia, but this time of year I love everything related to the beach. Too bad I don’t have plans to put my toes in the sand any time soon. On the other hand, I think ALL my clients will be on vacation in July, which is fine, except most are European and will be gone for WEEKS, which is great for them, but they want ALL the work that’s due in July to be done by next week, which would be okay, except none of them told me this until last week. If I get one more email saying “Since I will be out July xx-yy can you please send me that document this week” I will scream. Or cry. Or go to Starbucks …. And then plan my own vacation.

Weekly Wrap

At least I’m not too busy for my morning workouts! This week I did less running than usual, but that’s okay since my next big race isn’t until September. Continue reading

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Why I’ve Gone Back To A Jawbone UP Fitness Tracker–My Jawbone Up3 Review

I loved my Garmin fitness trackers. I loved the smart features of my Garmin VivoSmart, and when I was ready for something new, I loved the wrist-based heart rate monitoring of my Garmin VivoSmart HR. But a few weeks ago I decided I was done wearing it around the clock, and relegated it to occasional use for indoor cycling–when I remember to grab it from its charger before I head out the door. When I took it off that evening, I wasn’t sure I was going to replace it, but after only two days of having a “naked” wrist, I was wearing a new Jawbone UP fitness tracker–the UP3.

My first fitness tracker was the first Jawbone UP. Even after I had replaced it with the Garmin Vivosmart, there were a number of reasons I liked the UP better, but I stuck with the Garmin for its “smart” features (phone/text/email notifications) and then doubled down for the wrist-based heart rate monitoring of the VivoSmart HR. So what made me go back?  Continue reading

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Still Here And Other Books To Get Lost In

I’ve always been an avid reader. As a kid, I always had my nose in a book, and often would sneak a flashlight into my bed so I could read under the blanket well past my bedtime. I even read a lot during high school and found a group of friends who shared my passion for reading. My son didn’t believe me when I told him that we would stay up all night reading at our slumber parties, but it’s true. I don’t  read as much as I’d like to these days–my eyes are just too darn tired at the end of the day–but I still love to get lost in a good book.
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I always have a hard time selecting a book to read, but I’ve found that Blogging For Books can be a good place to start. Once you are accepted into the program, you can choose a book to review from their current selections, and they will send you an electronic or paper copy. Once you read the book and post your review, you can choose another one. I read several good books through this program last year–you can find all of my book reviews here. Continue reading

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