I went to visit my family this weekend and squeezed in some very successful short fast runs – a 10 and 2.5 miler.  I wish I could do this more often… when I’m feeling down and out (mentally, physically, etc.)!  My heart (and my feet) feels so much lighter when I get to give love and kisses and hugs away. 

I told you all yesterday that I was going to suprise my ma and the kids with a visit.  They had no clue and about peed their pants when I showed up.  They thought I was a robber or something!  Ha ha.  We ran around a lot and played basketball, swung on the playground swings, and told bedtime stories.  Precious

I was feeling so bloated and unwell when I returned home tonight around 7PM.  I ate dinner (oatmeal, black raspberries, nut butter, and a slice of toast).  Then, I decided I would see if running would help me feel better.  DUH, running would help me feel wonderful!  You would be suprised how great running will make you feel, even as little as 20 minutes of it.  I turned to my Fast & Fit Playlist and it motivated me BIG time.  I hope you guys run to it like you stole something:

 ‎   You might be a runner if… your blisters have blisters.

XOXO

Happy Active Saturday!  I’m going to squeeze in a little half marathon distance run today.  Then, I’m going to suprise my ma with a visit.  She doesn’t know I’m coming, so SHHHH it’s our secret!  She’s had some health problems lately and I just wanna see her and tell her I love her. 

I’ve been obsessed with this song “What The Hell” by Avril Lavigne.  I remember being such a big fan when I was like 10 years old.  She’s so punk rock, which I can’t really relate to.  But I think her style is sooo cool and different. 

 “Complicated” was another one of my favorites by Avril.

(Foto credit here.)

Have a fun fit and fabulous day!  I’m off to run with Jake Gylenhall and get all the scoop on  if he’s back together with Taylor Swift! ;) XOXO

Hey guys!  I’ve been having a fantastic week back at school.  I’ve been learning some really cool, wacky, nerdy things like why sodium and potassium are concentrated at different levels in your body (because of electrochemical gradients).  And I’ve met some really awesome people in my classes like a girl named Genesis (like the book in the Bible).  I’m looking forward to a crazy, chaotic, and interesting 16 credit hour semester.  SIXTEEN.  I’m also working about that many hours a week at my on-campus job, in addition to volunteering and other scholarly things.  WaitWhere does that leave running?

Do you ever feel selfish/guilty when you have to skip out on parties, dates, and friendly things just to fit in your marathon training?  I’ll admit I do.  When I have 2 or 3 hours to myself, I want to watch an hour of TV and run for an hour or so.  I’m not who I am because I’m a good runner.  I’m a better me because I am a runner.  Running keeps me stable and sane.  But it’s hard making time and fostering up enough energy to do a decent training sesh, especially when you’re feeling guilty about your time consuming run therapy.  

That’s when you have to dig deep.  I talk a lot about celebrity running mush, but I sometimes blog about the depth of running!  It has really helped me through some difficult times and brought such happiness to my life.  But there are moments when running for yourself is just not enough.  Some days, it just doesn’t make sense to me why I spend hours and hours every week so that my feet can throb and ache at night or I can barely walk up stairs. 

Then I remember those people who wish to run, hate to run, or simply can’t run.  And I do it for them!   Please take a few moments to watch this inspiring video I found. 

God bless your running hearts, XOXO

Today was my first day of the Spring 2011 semester, and a fabulous start it was.  I had animal physiology (zoology), evolution, a seminar on sialic acid research (Say What???), and did time at my on campus j-o-b.   It was such a productive day and I’m glad to sorta be back to a routine.  The day started at 6AM and let me tell ya.  It was sure hard to get going, but I’m really blessed to have passionate biology professors and friends who are definitely smarter than I am :)

I’m home and changed into my running gear after a long day.  Going non-stop for 12 hours really makes the couch look as hot as Brad Pitt on the red carpet at the 2011 Golden Globes.

Focus Brittny, focus!!!

So I’m drinking up some liquid courage that we runners are all too familiar with… Caffeine!  I get my liquid courage in the form of hot green tea.  Mmm

What’s your favorite form of the liquid courage before a run?

People ask me why I do marathons. I tell them its for the tshirt. Its my subtle way of saying I do something most people simply cannot do.

XOXO

On the run: 11.5 miles in 1:45 (the run that dragged on and on and on)

Earlier today, I told you all I’ve been in a running rut.  The motivation has been next to none brought on by the lack of routine and drab weather.  Pleh.  And the one solution I know to this tragic problem is to fall in love with running again.  One must have an unbelievable run forcing oneself to believe in the run all over again.  As we all know, sometimes the body has what it takes to perform and sometimes you just gotta fake it till you make it!  During today’s run around downtown and fancy neighborhoods, I had moments of both.  But I feel so proud of my 18.5 miles in 2 days. 

You might be a runner if… you have one thing in common with deer.  You both have a fear of getting hit by a car while running at night.

XOXO

Me and running…

have stumbled upon a bumpy road in our relationship, as I’ve experienced once upon a knee injury last summer.  We are in a rut – I only ran 3 times last week (usually I do 25-40 miles over 4-5 days).  I haven’t been Keeping Up with my mileage and I’ve had to drag my behind to the gym every time I ran this week because of gloomy freezing rain.  It stinks, it really stinks… worse than my hamper!  But now that the rain has cleared and the sun is shining, I’m still struggling to find the drive to run.

The great thing I can tell you…

(and tell myself!) about running ruts is that they 100% don’t last.  Hang in there!!! All you need is a run that will make you come alive and make you believe again.  You need to feel magnificent like your run-self, whether you run a short fast distance or go long and hard.  Don’t plan it.  Don’t overthink it.  Force yourself out the door with some GU energy gels and a water bottle and run.  Let the road take you where it will.  Let your mind lose control and your running heart guide the way. 

I haven’t had a “long run” in over a week.  *Gasp* I need one in preparation for my next full in 2 weeks.  How far do you think I’ll go? I’ll tell you when I get back tonight!

Passion is pushing myself when there is no one else around, just me & the road.

XOXO

Celeb-Running

I was sipping my morning cup-o-hot green tea while celeb stalking (don’t act like you don’t know my usual Active Saturday drill!).  I came across this foto of Reese Witherspoon.  My boyfriend and I went to see her new movie “How Do You Know” a few weeks ago and for all the sporty gals/guys, hopeless romantics, and Reese fans out there, I recommend it!  She’s so excellent.

(Foto credit here.)

Anywho, the picture!  Yesss… the picture!  Reese runs a lot.  I’ve counted 3 times that she’s been photographed this week running.  She appears to enjoy running in these New Balance shoes.  But that’s not the best part!  The part that made me almost spit my hot green tea onto my laptop screen – she’s wearing the GARMIN FORERUNNER 405 sports watch!  It’s the one that I use, but the black version.  She obviously isn’t one of those Hollywood celebs who runs just for paparazzi love.  And for that, she gains major Marathon Sweetheart points.

Go Miss Arkansas!

I know you’re thinking Reese is cute an all, but what does she have to do with Miss America?  Well, she doesn’t.  My friend Alyse Eady is Miss Arkansas and will be competing in the pageant at 8 PM tonight.  Please tune in to ABC and support her… she’s gorgeous both inside and out.  Her platform is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and she’s a ventriloquist for the talent portion.  So cool!  Here are some old photos (Summer 2008 I believe) of us.

Me & Alyse (having dinner on a balcony overlooking  beautiful Germany)

Me, Stacey (he and I were in Orlando this summer), Alyse, and Demetrice

Us having lunch at a German restuarant… I had some Mac N Cheese that I’ll never forget! YUM!

The cold rain has been going all day here in Texas!  I’m going to the gym real quick for some kind of activity before the pageant.  My long run is rescheduled for tomorrow.  Have a great night!

XOXO

What new songs are you working out and singing along to I admit I’m always singing while I’m running.  I must to have songs that keep me having a blast and distract me from the pain in my feet or knees. 

I first heard this song while watching the Victoria’s Secrets Fashion Show.  I love all of Akon’s songs, but this is definitely my favorite by him… and my favorite workout song of the moment.  I hope you run extra hard to it too!  It’s calledAngel” by Akon.  Watch it below or click on the song’s title to watch it on youtube!

You might be a runner if… you know that treadmills that tell you how many calories you have burned, lie! :)

XOXO

Here on Marathon Sweetheart, I enjoy dishing about the celebs… from what they are wearing to their diet and exercise regimens.  It’s always motivating to see a famous star doing life the healthy way and not doing all of these fad diets.  I hope you find motivation to go out and get ‘er done in your own fitness/weightloss/healthy routine today and this weekend!

The Gym Rats

With the epic cold front sweeping across the nation, 49 out of 50 states currently have snow!  My workout routine has been affected and it seems like the celebs have too.  They are ditching their hiking and outdoor runs and instead, hitting the gym to burn the calories.

Nicole Ritchie & Khloe Kardashian are workout buddies.

Khloe recently died her hair fiery red.  What do you think of her new look?

Lindsay Lohan (I’m so happy to see her taking care of herself!)

Marcia Cross

Kim Kardashian wears her Sketchers Shape Ups to the gym.

The Runners 

Jake Gyllenhall (Hottie alert!)

Renee Zelwegger

The Weight Loss Divas

This post would not be complete without mentioning two headlining ladies who are so humble and healthy!  Jennifer has lost weight through Weight Watchers and Raven credits portion control.

Jennifer Hudson, went from a size 16 to a size 4 NOW! WOW!

Raven Symone first debuted her weight loss at the People’s Choice Awards last week.  She was then pictured at another event this week in a yellow dress.  She looks amazing!

(Fotos from here, there, here, and there.)

M.S. Tip: Before you start any program, write your goals and what you need to accomplish and post them on your refrigerator or mirror to keep them constantly alive. Identify any potential roadblocks that will stop you from reaching those goals and set up realistic strategies to overcome them. Set an attainable deadline and concentrate on the end result and not the process. Tune out negative people that poison your motivation and stay around people that support you all the way. Last but not least, keep track of your progress and reward yourself for each step that you reach! (via Angie Lee)

XOXO

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