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I’m Moving!

Hi All,

I have not blogged in almost 2 weeks! I’ve mentioned before I have been super busy this Spring.  Coaching 2 youth teams, Taking on new responsibilities at work, running races and playing on sports teams left me with little free time!  And that free time (and some time stolen at work!) has been dedicated to getting a new bloggie up and running! 

So head on over to and check it out!

There will be TWO race recaps, my training plan for the next month, a challenge and a cool event recap going up this week!

My first post on the new blog will be going up tomorrow!


Kate N.


Running shorts don’t love me

The weather this weekend was gorgeous!  Mid – 70s and Sunny all weekend! I can come up with the craziest excuses of why I can’t go running.  But I had none! I actually ran 3 days in a row.

Friday, my day off, I started out on 4 mile run that turned into a 6.5mile run.  I felt awesome and my splits were at least 30 seconds lower than my normal runs. Took me about hour. Not an hour straight, I stopped the clock for my 2 walking breaks and I had to make a pit stop back to my house after about a mile to change my outfit….

Originally,  I put on the snazzy new running shorts I received from New Balance at Fitbloggin.  Everyone else loved them!  Initially, I did too!  The shorts sat right on my waist, were not too short and had a pocket for my ipod.  Turns out the pocket was too small for my iPod Touch, which I found out after I was out on the road! Fail!

Changed from this:

Shorts look awesome!

To This:

Running Skirt!

I want to love running shorts.  Companies always come out with the cutest colors. Some are even NOT pink! (I have strong feelings against pink workout gear) And they are light and cool in the summer unlike some soccer or lacrosse shorts.

The problem is Running Shorts don’t love me.

No matter what I do, the shorts ride up and bunch.  It feels like I have on a bulky diaper. Though I have no idea how it looks,  it is an incredibly uncomfortable feeling. But I bet I look pretty ridiculous!  Each step I take, I think chaf-ing, chaf-ing. I never actually chafe because I turn around and change my outfit.

I have the same issue with running skirts.  The skimpy “compression” short found underneath most skirt ride right up.   In outfit #2 above, I have on a running skirt that has shorts AND Under Armour 7′ compression shorts.

LOVE these!  The 7″ is the only pair I found to stay in place!  I also wore a black pair for my Half Mary underneath a plaid running skirt:

Its close to impossible to find anything that I like and fits and doesn’t ride up.  Even my capris ride up!  The start out on my calves and end up bunched around my knees.   Since the weather warming up, it is becoming more of a problem.  This wasn’t an issue during the winter because I wore tights all the time.   And before last fall, I would wear lacrosse or soccer shorts, usually longer but heavier (aka hotter).

It is absolutely getting on my nerves. I have tried on shorts and skirts of just about every brand out there.  Nothing seems to stay put. Think maybe I will just switch to capris?  I really love the Lululemon Crops but shelling out $86 for crops hurts more than just my wallet.  I ordered this SkirtGoddess Skirt, which has 7′ shorts underneath!  Unfortunately even if it works, they are going out of business. :/

I have been  trying to NOT use fat talk and build a better body image.  Hard to banish fat talk  though when I feel my ‘large’ thighs are the reason everything ride up.  So the other day, I took a long look at my thoughts and my thighs.

I recently read that most women think they are  bigger then they actually are.  I definitely suffer from this!  I took a hard look at other women runners. Guess what?  Most ladies don’t have smaller thighs than me! Yet, they can run  in running shorts and skirts.

Me Thinks my gait and foot landing is the issue with things riding up.  I have neutral landing, meaning I run on the outer edges of my feet. I also run with one foot in front of the other.   This is considered a  more bio-mechanically efficient stride.

So tomorrow when I go on a search for running bottoms, I know it’s a struggle because of how I run NOT because of my body.  It makes me awesome!

Take that Fat Talk!

Donating Blood + True Lemon-ade Review

I love the idea of donating blood!  Just one donation can save up to three people!

Here are some quick facts about blood and donations from the American Red Cross:

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors.
  • Type O-negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
  • The American Red Cross supplies approximately 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.
  • The Red Cross provides blood for patients in nearly 3,000 hospitals across the U.S.
  • Only 7 percent of people in the U.S. have O-negative blood type. O-negative blood type donors are universal donors as their blood can be given to people of all blood types.
  • Type O-negative blood is needed in emergencies before the patient’s blood type is known and with newborns who need blood.

Guess who has O-negative blood? Yup,  Me!

Notice the first sentence in the post – ‘I love the IDEA of giving blood’. And its not the needle that creeps me out…

I have given blood twice before, once in college and once right after I graduated.  The first was awesome and I felt great!  The second time I gave blood, I did not have a good experience.  I went with my father one morning and did not take in enough food or liquid beforehand.   I felt light headed and almost passed out, followed by a mild panic attack. I was informed if I  stopped my  donation before I filled the bag,  they would have to throw everything away.  So, I was able to finish my donation but was affected the rest of the day.  More importantly, I started my new job the next day and almost had to call out!

Because of my ‘Universal Donor‘ blood type, I usually get called every few months to donate.  I have declined the last year due to the last time I donated.    But when the Red Cross called me a few weeks ago,  I signed up for an appointment for tonight!

Found these tips for a successful blood donation from the American Red Cross:

  • Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as spinach, red meat, fish, poultry, beans, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Drink an extra 16 oz. of water and fluids before the donation.
  • Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating. Tests for infections done on all donated blood can be affected by fats that appear in your blood for several hours after eating fatty foods.

Considering what happened to me last time, I am chugging fluids!

One of the liquids I am drinking is a freebie I got from AJ during FitblogginTrue lemon-ade with Raspberry.  It’s a  powdered drink mix with only 5 calories and sweetened with Truvia™, an all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener.  Sort of like Crystal Light but low  calorie and natural.  I do like actual lemon juice makes the ingredients list.

First off, I would like to say I rarely drink anything sweetened.  I drink coffee and tea black and not a fan of juices.  I do drink the occasional Coke, and always the real stuff.  I can taste artificial sweeteners a mile away.

I liked how portable are the packets.  However, the powder did not dissolve easily.  It took more stirring then expected.

The taste was good, not great.  It did not taste like fresh lemonade but not like a fruit drink.  The lemon flavor is actually very good; it was the raspberry that tasted artificial.  I have a sampler of plain lemonade that I am excited to try.

Will I drink the rest of it? Yes! Will I buy another box?  No, probably not.

I would rather buy tea or drink water. (for free!)

The sweetener in this product, truvia, is a type of stevia,  a plant derivative.  I would like to learn more about this, since I don’t like chemical sweeteners and am wary of Agave.

Ok! Back to work and chugging more liquids!


The folks at FitBloggin were able to open up 10 more tickets!  And I was able to get one.  Love that it’s in the hotel where I had my prom.  Really excited to go and meet bloggers and learn some cool stuff!!

My feet hurt…

is probably not a statement I  say 2 days before the Princess Half Marathon.  Then again, I should know what happens when Dad and I go to Disney!! We love Disney World.

Started off the day with a mug of coffee and half a Larabar:

Dad had to finish up some work, so I went out for a mile run to shake out my legs. Got to wear my running skirt! Though once a Lacrosse player always a lacrosse player, notice spandex hanging out of the skirt:

Ever seen Yes Man? Zooey Deschanel’s character has as a running  while taking pictures group. That’s what I felt like this morning:

When I got back, we went to breakfast.  The food place at the hotel not only has pretty unhealthy food choice but also look unappetizing.  Either a)  I am starting to change my eating habits!! or b) this food is really gross… Hopefully A! Had a decent bagel and cream cheese.

Then we headed here:

Went to the expo:

Got my number and some swag and a skirt to wear!!!

Then off to Epcot!! (‘Dad get a picture of spaceship earth and me!’; this is what I get!)

Rode some of these: (FYI Single Rider Lines Rock! We rode Test Track in about 5 minutes rather than the 60 minutes time posted!)

Saw some cool things! Like a topiary of my fav STITCH!!! Then we went to the World Showcase, where I fail on taking pictures

After some lunch (not picture for a number of reasons, ate in Germany…) Took one of these to Hollywood Studios. When did this change from MGM?!?!At Hollywood Studios we walked in on a parade! I have mentioned I love Disney! And I love parades!

Went on some more of these: (LOVE them! Hollywood Tower of Terror and Rockin’ Roll Coaster!!)

And then WALKED, yes walked, back to Epcot. Then walked to every restaurant in the World (Showcase),  quite literally. Not a single one was taking more guest 😦 We ate some Chinese Food… not good.

Saw some great fireworks:

By this point, I was exhausted; my legs hurt and I was thirsty.  There was more walking around to find the bus and then we waited….We finally got a bus back to the hotel.

My legs and feet huuurrt! Dumb plan today and poor choice of flip flops – I know my dad loves Disney too.  We try to stuff as much into one day as we possibly can.  This also means we walk our legs off :/ NOT a good idea. But I can’t do anything about it now,  rest tomorrow is all I can do.

I am off to chug more water, get some sleep and do some yoga stretches!

Made it!

I made it to Disney! It was a longgg day and Disney has no wifi?! WTF! Blogging on the BB….

Work was crazy today and I was working until I left for the airport. And I wasn’t able to get a shake out run in 😦 maybe early tomorrow?

I still don’t know what I am wearing on Sunday…

Hidden Mickey!!

Hidden Mickey!

Weather I’ll be Okay?!

My thought process when signing up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon was to get out of the freezing, miserable Maryland weather and run in the warmth and sunshine of Florida.

It did not factor in training in previously mentioned weather.  I have been running in all sorts of weather, extreme cold, rain, snow, ice (on the ground not air!) and wind.  My longest run was in a subfreezing rainstorm.  I KNOW how to run in the cold and how to dress for the cold.

Here’s the problem: I am now use to running in freezing temperatures.  In fact 2 weeks ago, I went out for a run bundled up like usual.  And the temp was in the high 40’s. By the end of my run, I was dripping in sweat and overheated. Currently, I think the perfect temperature to run is about mid-40’s….

Uh, the average temperature in FL right now is 76°. How was I suppose to run in this? My gym isn’t even that warm and I over heat there! I was seriously afraid to get heat exhaustion!

Someone must have been  listening to my gripes!  Currently, there is a cold snap in Florida!  It should about 45° degrees at the start of the half! Perfect running weather!

So Floridians, I apologize you will be freezing your a$$ off this weekend.  But I will be perfectly comfortable all through the race!

Kate’s  5 Tips for Running in the Cold

  1. Dress like its 20° warmer. Yes, it will be hard to get started and you will be cold for the first mile or so.  But it’s better than being soaked in sweat.
  2. Wear something that wicks sweat. Heard it before, but items that wicks sweat keeps you warmer by getting the sweat off your body.
  3. Bring tissues! You nose will run as fast as you are!  Or be ready to blow some serious snot rockets and have disgusting sleeves!
  4. Keep fuel close to you, literally. Frozen Cliff bars or Shot blocks are quite unpleasant. Camelback lines freeze especially easily!
  5. Get Warm Socks! My favorite, Smart Wool, are great because they wick sweat and keep your feet toasty!

Off to find a new outfit!! Hopefully Princess Themed! Less than 24 Hours till I leave!


Hi! I may be the least motivated person around. I am a 20-something working at my first job in the Computer industry. Just trying to get motivated in life - fitness, health, school, work and every day tasks

2010 Race Schedule:
3/7 - Disney Princess Half Marathon - DONE! 2:10:29
4/25 - Pike's Peek 10k
6/15 - Baltimore 10 miler
10/16 - Baltimore Half Marathon



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