Fit Friday: Favorite Running Blogs

I have been stumped about what I wanted to write about for my fit friday post today. But then I thought, why not share some of my favorite running/fitness blogs!

Of course, I have to share my friend Elise’s awesome blog. She is an amazing runner, triathlete, and now Cross Fitter. She posts awesome race recaps as well as other fun active events and a recipe here and there.

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Next up is some blogs by fellow SF Marathon Ambassadors Alisyn and Chris.
Alisyn’s blog, Run in Syn, covers her races as well as her insights on running. She has recently become an avid trail runner and will be running her first Ultra soon! I love her honesty about the highs and lows of running.
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Chris’s blog, Marathon Living, is a mix of his amazing running/racing accomplishments as well as positive reminders. I always rely on Chris’s blog to provide great motivation to keep me running on those days when I’m just feeling lazy!

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The next two blogs are new discoveries to my blog rotation. Hanna’s blog, Fit Girl, Happy Girl, has lately been chronicling her training for the Big Sur Marathon. This will be Hanna’s first marathon and it was mine too!
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I stumbled upon The Athletarian through a twitter link. I love her recaps on runs and fitness but also her good tips on eating and recipes!
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The Skinny Runner is a well known blog in the running online community. I got the chance to briefly meet Sarah at the San Diego Women’s Half Marathon. Her blog is both inspirational and funny.
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Lastly, I am an avid follower of Haute Running Momma. She is also a dailymile friend of mine. She is a working mom and amazing runner and I just love her blog!
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And last some news, I have joined the Sweat Pink community as an ambassador! I’m excited to join this community and be part of their inspiring fitness ways!

Sharing Blogs: Wedding Edition

I think I’ve been pretty good about not posting a million blog entries about my upcoming wedding. But with the wedding about 3 weeks out, I thought it’d be appropriate to share some of my favorite wedding blogs for my “sharing blogs” series. (I know, I know, you forgot I had a sharing blogs series, right? I’m trying… proof: 3 blog entries this month! woot woot!)

I should warn you. In the last 6 months or so, I’ve become a wedding blog junkie. I don’t know what I’ll do after the wedding, but I think I’ll still be checking out the wedding blogs. Sometimes you get great ideas and sometimes you think, oh no… no… why did you do that? But the best blogs have more to offer and so I’ve picked my 4 favorites (there was no way I could narrow it down to one!).

Wedding Chicks
Ok, if I had to pick just one wedding blog this one would probably be it. I stumbled upon Wedding Chicks before I found any other blogs. Actually, it featured the venue where I’m getting married and after that I kept coming back. I love all the great DIY projects that Wedding Chicks offers its readers. And even better, free downloadable templates for invitations and save-the-dates. In fact, our save-the-date came from a Wedding Chick template. They also have a cute store if you’re into buying “bride” clothing (which I’m kinda ambivalent about).

Ruffled Blog
This has been my most recent blog discovery. They cover some AMAZING weddings and again have some great DIY ideas. I wish I was more crafty and could take better advantage of these type of projects. I also really love the simple design of the website. While the editor keeps the post brief, I like that they include the bride or couple’s voice. Usually, brides share their favorite part of the day as well as what worked and what didn’t. Knowing that other brides had failed projects is always heartening. Finally, Ruffled just launched a bridal shop. I like the buyer can make the dress exactly what they want. And like Wedding Chicks, they seem to emphasize the vintage weddings from which I poach lots of ideas. :)

Green Wedding Shoes
Ok stop… look at that cake in my screen shot! Love it! Sorry, back to the topic at hand. Green Wedding Shoes is another blog full of great ideas (are you noticing a theme here?). But really, I had to check out a blog that emphasized shoes (and colored shoes) in their blog title. Another plus for this blog? They featured my friend and amazing photographer Punam Bean. Clearly, the editor has great taste! Like my other favorite wedding blogs, the writing is brief and the emphasis is on the wedding images. Some of the wedding blogs out there can get pretty chatty… I just want photos and maybe some insight of the bride’s experience. That’s it, I’m good with that.

Style Me Pretty
Style Me Pretty differs from my other favorites in that its MASSIVE. It doesn’t highlight specific types of weddings (like vintage for example). It’s kind of like the one-stop-wedding-blog, a little bit of everything for all. But it never feels overwhelming and always has beautiful images. I also love that it has mini-blogs that highlight specific areas (Destination, Australia, Canada, California, Florida, Georgie, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas).

Ok, so that’s it for sharing blogs this month… and my most-wedding-themed blog post yet (I have a feeling there will be one more wedding-crazy blog post after our big day!).

Sharing Blogs: Monika with K

Ok, I just discovered this blog but after finishing my first marathon yesterday (more on that in an upcoming blog) – I just had to share Monika’s little place on the web!

Why do I need to share it? 3 Reasons: 1. She’s a runner and has great posts about her ups and downs in the world of running. 2. She’s from SD – represent! 3. This post: “26 Reasons I Love Marathons

I love whenever bloggers have a positive spirit and have something to share. We can’t all relate to running or marathoning, I know, but just reading about someone else’s experiences makes me want to go for a run (even though my legs are so incredibly sore right now). In a world where fast food is easy to come by and finding motivation to get out there and run, a blog like this is just fantastic!

Even when Monika has rough races, her blog posts are useful. Check out this post, “Dealing with Disappointment.” Runner or not, we have all felt bad about a performance at work or school, in a race or competition, etc. I love when I find someone willing to share those difficulties in a way to learn from them – both for the blogger and the reader. She writes in this post “Distance running gives you a lot of time to be with yourself. Distance walking gives you a lot more time. I mean a lot. Its uncomfortable and interesting, and in the end there is no downside to talking to yourself, reflecting, and getting to know yourself.” How true – and how important to share.

Finally, I have to share Monika’s wonderful blog because I have support my other dailymilers. While distance running being with yourself, dailymile is not.

Thanks Monika for the great blog!

Sharing Blogs: Gidget Goes Home

In the attempts of keeping up with my goals for this blog, here is my second blog recommendation: Gidget Goes Home

Part of the reason I have been more interested in blogging over the last year or so is an old friend’s blog. We went to junior high together and when in college, we attended the same church. There are many things I love about her blog: its layout, its focus on simple living, its discussion of crafty projects. But if you follow my blog, you know I love the ice cream recipes!

Another reason I had to share this blog with you is her great ideas for living green. I know its trendy to live green, but it’s also sound. Whether you believe in climate change (I do), I believe that it can’t hurt to live using fewer resources and being more aware of our impact on the earth. Gidget Goes Home has good ideas for living green in a realistic way. She is also a mom of two (with another one on the way) and if she can incorporate living green into her busy life, why can’t I? Or you?

Finally, she also edits the equally good blog Simple Organic (part of the Simple Living network). This blog also has great ideas for living a simple, organic life and goes well with the spirit of Gidget Goes Home and how I would like to live my life. (Hey look at that, you got a two-for-one blog rec this month!)

Well, that’s the March blog recommendation, I hope you love it as much as I do!

Sharing Blogs: Accomplishing Motherhood

I’ve decided that I need to share my favorite blogs here in a semi-regular fashion. I’ve listed nearly all of my favorite blogs in the column to the right, but just seeing their names isn’t nearly enough. I mean, why would you click on any link without having some idea of where it might lead you?

My first recommendation in this series is a newer blog, but one I’ve quickly fallen in love with. I found the blogger through my favorite running site, dailymile. The author always had such positive comments and sometimes even ran the same races that I ran. She had a link to an earlier blog that focused on her athletic interests (since incorporated into this blog recommendation), and then I found her on twitter and instagram (have an iPhone? download this app!). Through her I discovered the February Tights Challenge and am regularly inspired to break out my barely used sewing machine.

But she is also the author of one of my new favorite blogs and the focus of this post: Christina: Accomplishing Motherhood, Sewing, Fashion, & Fitness. (I should also point out that this blog has an awesome layout! Something I wish I had more time to incorporate into my blog). I love this blog because, like most of us, it has multiple interests. Christina shares her experiences as wife, mother, fashionista, seamstress, and athlete all in one place. Her writing is conversational and easy to follow. Her style is cute and (seemingly) effortless, her ideas make me want to dig into my closet.

But my favorite part of the blog and why I’ve decided to make it my first recommendation is her foray into sewing. I’ve always wanted to sew and have had two sewing machines, both of which haven’t seen much use. But Christina has also been learning, and creating (sometimes recreating) some great looks! I mean look at this dress transformed from a thrift store oddball. What?! I have to do that! And because I’m envious, I bought a how-to book from good ol’ Amazon.

Check out her blog (and she has some great links too!). And Christina, if you read this, thanks for entering the blogosphere!