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What Are You Training For?


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I was out today on a wonderful run with my pavement warrior sister.  I picked her up early (6:30 am) and we were hitting the trails by 7:00 am on the dot.  I run ahead and hit mile marker 4 and on my way back I pass her, show her the 4 sign and stop and wait for her about .75 miles back to mile marker 3.  A woman drives up in a truck, gets out and sparks up a conversation.  I tell her I am out there doing a 7-mile run and then the famous question “What are you training for”?

I get this question a lot.  I think it is because folks may assume if you are out here running distances greater than 2 or 3 miles – it must be for a race.  The fact is, the first and last race I entered until this year was 2005 and was a Susan G. Komen 5K race.  I find races fascinating and I admire anyone who has the discipline and focus to train for MONTHS in preparation of those longer distance races such as  a 10K, 10-miler, 13.1 half or 26.2 full.

The truth is, I don’t know if that is anything I ever really aspire to do.  I enjoy running and that is why I get out there.  I challenge myself all the time to run faster sprints and stronger distances when there is an opportunity.  This year is the first time since 2005 I even paid to run.  I mean, I actually paid an entry fee to get out there and run the Prostate Cancer 10K a few weeks ago.

Here’s my latest walk/run schedule for 2013.

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As you can see I did bit the bait and decided to enter a few.  With all of these I am participating with a team which I find much more enjoyable because it isn’t ever a real “race” per se where we are competing with others.  We get out there, raise money for good causes or just want to have fun with the after party.

Have you been asked lately why you do something you enjoy doing?  How do you typically respond?  What races do you have planned for the remainder of the year?

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FFFC October Fall Harvest Challenges 2013


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What can I say about September?  The kiddies headed back to school and we focused our time getting our miles in the FFFC Fall Fifty Challenge.  We had other challenges going on but they did not take off as much as working to walk/jog/run 50 miles in the month of September.  It’s all good though because in October we are just taking it to the NEXT LEVEL!!!

In October, we have only 2 challenges.  YESSSSS we are pulling it back because quite frankly, we all are busy and participating in too many challenges can actually end up doing more harm than good.  We definitely do not want that so we will concentrate on no more than 2 challenges a month from this point forward.

Do you need help staying focused on your workout or challenge?  Then request to join our online fitness accountability group by clicking “HERE“.  Consistency is KEY – so hang out with us in the private group to stay motivated and encouraged.

Please leave a comment below if you decide to join us in this month’s challenges or tag us on Instagram @Femmefitalefitclub and use hash tag #fffcstrava when posting your  activity daily/weekly.

Challenge #1:  Your New PR challenge:

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Post a snapshot of your activity using the Strava app on Instagram daily/weekly: tag @Femmefitalefitclub with hashtag #FFFCSTRAVA OR on our Facebook page @ http://facebook.com/femmefitalefitness
Grand prize: Hitting a new personal record!
Challenge #2:  Push Up Challenge posted on Facebook (click on the photo to see the full challenge) 373160_152410788240922_352596105_n

And there you have it folks.  While we toned down the number of challenges in the month of October, best believe, we did not tone down the intensity!  You have to GO FOR IT to hit a new personal record and we know you can do it!!!!  Who’s with us????   Leave us a comment on our public Facebook page which stays on and POPPIN!

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All I Do Is Win


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Honestly – that is not true.  I do not always win or am number one in everything I do.  Sometimes I stop trying or I come in dead last.  But either way when it comes to this fitness thing I do not always feel as if I have to “win” against someone.  I typically compete with myself.  I test myself to see how far I can push a weight or how fast I can actually sprint.  I still haven’t captured my sprint on a recording but I plan to.  Can I mimic it on a treadmill or would I just pass out trying?

Either way when it comes to a workout and getting stronger – the key is actually to FAIL!  I know counterintuitive right?  I mean who really wants to fail?  It reminds you have not achieving, reaching a goal or disappointing someone – mainly yourself.  But when it comes to working out, building muscle, building endurance and strength – the key to all of that is failure.  Failure pushes your body to the brink that it is forced to recover but once it does – it rebuilds bigger, stronger, with enhanced agility and endurance.  That is a good thing.  One day you notice you fail running up a hill.  With persistence and consistence you then notice you are sprinting up that hill barely out of breath.

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That is all because you failed so when it comes to fitness – to WIN is actually to FAIL and with the right mindset and attitude you will not be hurt or devastated by failing because you know it is making you stronger.

What new mindset have you adopted as a result of your fitness lifestyle?

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Ramblings of a Road Runner


That’s my newest race Bling Bling…compliments of completing the Baltimore Running Festival Marathon Relay on Saturday, October 13th with my Team Southern Soles! There were 27,000 people from around the country and 24 other countries out there getting their run on!!!  So much positive energy in the air from those who were running their very first 5Ks to those who were running to qualify for the coveted Boston Marathon!  The race started at Camden Yards and proceeded through Druid Hill Park and the Baltimore Zoo down to the Under Armour Headquarters around the Inner Harbor through Patterson Park over to Lake Clifton High School around Lake Montebello and back to Camden Yards for the finish!  PHEW!!!  The prize to the top finishers was $25,000!!!  I had a chance to chat with the Race Co-Founder, Senator Catherine Pugh, while cheering others on at the finish line and she told me that they started the race in 2001 with only one category and around 6,500 runners.  It has since grown by leaps and bounds in runners and into four categories:  5K, half marathon, marathon relay and marathon!  There is also a Kids Fun Run…truly something for everybody at this one!  For all the future FFFC runners out there, this race is definitely one to consider for 2013!

Me with Sen. Catherine Pugh, Co-Founder of the Baltimore Running Festival

And now I’m currently at 451.95 miles and 9 races completed for the year!  Next up:  10. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K on this Sunday, October 21st.  Please still consider making a donation to my fundraising for…

As a St. Jude Hero, I have committed to raise $500 for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Will you help me support St. Jude by donating today? Please click the link below to help me meet my fundraising goal!  Thanks for all consideration given!!! http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=2013286&pg=personal&fr_id=3631

I’m out!  Be-Beep!!!  😉

 Ramona is a wife, mother and fitness fan!  A dedicated fitness buff, Ramona is committed to staying in shape using a variety of methods and constantly challenging herself.  She is currently training for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon where she will be running her 2nd Half Marathon this year.  Her previous was the New Orleans Rock & Roll Half Marathon in March 2012.  Good luck on your race Ramona – Femme Fitale is rooting for you!!

 


Ramblings of a Road Runner


Submitted by: Ramona

I set a goal at the beginning of the year to run, walk or crawl 624 miles and 12 races in at least 5 different states in 2012.  I’m currently at 441.8 miles and to date I have completed the following races:

1. Presidential MLK 8K – January
2. Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon(LA) – March
3. DC’s Cherry Blossom 10 Miler – April
4. Philly’s Broad Street 10 Miler(PA) – May
5. Metro Delta Torchbearer 5K – May
6. Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K – June
7. Black Girls Run! Drive to End Hunger 5K(GA) – September
8. Great Prostate Cancer Challenge One Mile Fun Walk(with my son & men from my church while honoring my dad who is a SURVIVOR!) – September

For the month of October I have three races:  9. Baltimore Running Festival Marathon Relay(MD), 10. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K and 11. Marine Corps Marathon 10K.

Some of these races are also training runs for me as my last race for the year will be 12. St. Jude Memphis Marathon – Half Marathon(TN) in December.And with this race, the states challenge will be MET…God willing and the creek don’t rise!  🙂  

As a St. Jude Hero, I have committed to raise $500 for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Will you help me support St. Jude by donating today? Please click this link to help me meet my fundraising goal!  Thanks for all consideration given!!! http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=2013286&pg=personal&fr_id=3631

7 miles on tap for me this weekend in the Baltimore Running Festival.  I’ve never run this race before but it’s Baltimore’s BIGGEST at 27,000 runners.  Hoping for a FUN TIME for me & my relay team!  Please wish Team Southern Soles(representing TN, GA & South Cacky Lacky) some Fun, Fellowship & a Finish in the upright position…that’s what matters to me in this racing game! 😉

 Ramona is a wife, mother and fitness fan!  A dedicated fitness buff, Ramona is committed to staying in shape using a variety of methods and constantly challenging herself.  She is currently training for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon where she will be running her 2nd Half Marathon this year.  Her previous was the New Orleans Rock & Roll Half Marathon in March 2012.  Good luck on your race Ramona – Femme Fitale is rooting for you!!

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with us!


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