Nike Booty Shorts

So I’m almost halfway done with finals and it’s the most freeing feeling.  I have excellent plans with my job, family, friends and my boyfriend for the month of August.  I hate to say that school has put my life on hold, because I really love learning and I definitely identify myself as a student.  Let’s just say that I’m going to be really glad to show people how much I love them and I really am not trying to ignore them!  Ha!

This evening, I plan on an excellent run after my anatomy lab final.  I really really REALLY need to feel the road beneath my feet.  I need to hear my heart beat and feel myself against the wind.  It’s an unexplainable love that I so miss when I go 3 or 4 days without it because an “A” in a class is sadly temporarily more important. 

I love the ad below.  Running has changed my body in so many fantastic ways that will help me live a longer, more vital life!  But it has its, err, unflattering side effects— scraped knees, busted stank feet and toes, chafing, etc.  Not so glamorous, eh?

It reads:

My knees are tomboys… They get bruised and cut every time I play soccer run.  I’m proud of them and wear my dresses short.  My mother worries I will never marry with knees like that.  But I know there’s someone out there who will say to me “I LOVE YOU and I LOVE YOUR KNEES and I want the four of us to grow old together.”  Just Do It.

How do you handle very stressful weeks?  To whom or to what do you turn to ease your stress??? XOXO

Yesterday’s workout: Gym session: 33 minute run, 10 minute walk, 30 minutes strength training, Abs, Stairs, Sweat.

I stayed up until 3 am working on my 11 page Environmental Factors Affecting Microbial Growth and Division paper for microbiology and ta-daaa! It’s finally finished!   

Something is wrong with my BlackBerry, so I’m going to give the T-mobile store a piece of my marathon sweet heart.  Then, I shall celebrate my hard work this weekend with a run because someone who is busier than me is still out there running and training hard!  I feel so blessed this afternoon.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH for the questions and sweet comments via email, facebook, twitter, text, phone calls.  I read them all and may not respond right away because I want to give you the great answer you deserve when I do my next Q&A post.  I have a butt ton of final exams and papers due this week, so bear with me and let’s shoot for a Saturday August 7th post featuring all of your fantastic questions. 

My sweetest sentiments XOXO

Happy Active Saturday! It’s bright and early in the morning and I’m working on a microbiology enviroment 10 page report.  4 pages down and I’m determined to get that sucker done today. 

Yesterday, I was supposed to go to the gym, but here’s the truth.  I had to hand wash a sports bra and it didn’t fully air dry so I didn’t want to go to the gym in a wet bra.  So my workout session ended up at the grand old dirt trails.  I ran for 60 minutes.  And what do I see other than TWO 2-FOOT SNAKES!  I had to jump over them as they were in the middle of the dirt trail.  I screamed like a girl and then ran like a boy.  If that isn’t enough to make someone run a 5 minute mile, I don’t know what is.  I promise to go back to get pictures for my Marathon Sweetheart blog!  Who cares if I get bitten if it means I will get pleasure AND proof of saying I battled a snake?

All my bras will be dry and today’s workout will take place in the gym.  I wanted to bring to you this week’s Weekly Running Quote #5 in the form of a picture.

It reads:

I HAVE THUNDER THIGHS.  And that’s a compliment because they are strong, and toned and muscular.  And though they are unwelcomed in the petite section, they are cheered on in marathons.  Fifty years from now, I’ll bounce a grandchild on my thunder thighs, and then I’ll go out for a run.  Just Do It.

(See my other Nike Women’s ad: “My Butt Is Big” post here.)

I absolutely love this!!!  My legs are one of my favorite things about my body!  I love that they are strong and how running has sculpted them.  

“I am grateful for _____ about my body.” Fill in the blank! 

I told myself before I went to bed last night that I was going running in the morning before class.  Well, that didn’t quite work out, so I packed my running clothes with me in my car and changed in to them right before leaving my job at 5 pm.  No excuses, just sweat

Today, I ran 5 miles on the dirt trails.  As soon as I started running though, the rain came pouring down!  At first, I was scared because I’ve never run when it’s raining cats and dogs.  I kept telling myself that I had made a plan to run this, to finish this thing!  I’m not going to slow down, stop, or quit because of some water falling from the sky.  It was actually cool and refreshing.  I looked at all the sky around me and it was dark gray.  I realized the clouds and rain weren’t going anywhere, just like the problems in our life.  I had better just run through it and find joy in the journey of this new experience. 

During my run, I found inspiration in nature and all of my surroundings.  But I’m always up for an extra boost in my running bones.  Here are some good, funny ones! 

I don’t know about you, but I’m always talking about avoiding carbs in fear of them sticking right to my butt and hips!  I do cardio, lunges, squats, and all kinda weird butt lift exercises to tone that area and make it something smaller than it is.  This ad (below) really comforts me…and my fluffy booty.  Consider this picture a celebration of bootys of all shapes and all sizes!

I’m so very thankful that I have friends and family who support me in all of my marathon sweetness wackiness!  Still, occasionally people choose to inflict their insecurites and self-loathing on me as I try to achieve my fitness goals.  What I’ve learned to say is “I know what is best for my body and health.  I really don’t believe my body is any concern to you.”  If that doesn’t go over well, here are some more funny ways to put it: 

Do you ever run in the rain?… And do you do anything special to minimize your booty or do you prefer to have more junk in the trunk?

I ran 30 minutes today in the great trails of the Amazon Rainforest a local park here in College Station.  It was my first dirt trail run and I loved it!!! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my runner’s knee injury, it’s this:

The miles never go away.  They patiently wait for us to run them.

It’s time for me to play catch up! XOXO

(This is the run right before my runner’s knee injury that lasted almost a month!)

For my Active Saturday workout, I did a park-n-run and ran 7 miles in the middle of Nowhere-ville, Texas.  I planned on doing 10 miles, but that didn’t go as planned. However, blessed are the flexible for they will not snap… 

It was my first long-ish run in my new Nike Women’s booty Boy Shorts.  They definitely did the job- kept me cool and dry during the run.  They did ride up on occasion, but it wasn’t too bad because I had lubed my legs. 

(I had to lube my legs to prevent chafing.  Chafing is a big bad beast with a gnarly snaggle tooth and a hairy big toe!)

I mapped a new run route at thinking I would be, ya know, adventurous.  I didn’t know the area at all or if there were any restaurants with places to get some water.  It was a very novice mistake, but I have to admit I loved the feeling of not really knowing where I was going. 

My legs and breathing were great for the first 35 minutes or so.  Then my body started getting ultra hot.  It was 94 degrees out there today.  I kept telling myself “Britt, chill girl.  It’s all in your head.  You can do this.”  Well, that worked for a little while longer.  Then, the water in my water bottle got nasty hot, I got nasty hot, and I realized I need to get a Fuel Belt really soon. 

(Runner’s Beware: The Highway to Heat, 18 Wheeler Exhaust Fumes, Dragonflies, Dirt In Your Mouth, And Cars Trying To Run You Over.)

(Hey!  A movie sounds so much better than this Highway right now.)

It was a great workout, nonetheless, and like the guy at the Nutrition Depot said to me this morning, “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.”

Speaking of stronger, my marathon training playlist is better & stronger than ever.  I’ve gotten some new and old tunes.  Check this out!

Why Don’t You Love Me by Beyonce

Your Love Is My Drug by Ke$ha

OMG by Usher

Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N Roses

Cryin’ by Aerosmith

Naked by Leona Lewis

Monster by Lady Gaga

Blah Blah Blah Ke$ha

Undo It by Carrie Underwood

U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer

I Made It by Kevin Rudolff

Winner by Jamie Foxx feat Justin Timberlake

If We Ever Meet Again by Timbaland & Katy Perry

Find Your Love by Drake

Freedom Is Here by Hillsong United

Summer Love by Justin Timberlake

Carry Out by Timbaland feat. Justin Timberlake

Outta Here by Esmee Denters

Beautiful Day by U2

For more Marathon Sweetheart Marathon Playlists…

Click here to visit my workout playlist category! 

What new tunes are you running to this summer? Come on!  Share.  Don’t be selfish and keep them to yourself.  XOXO

For Active Saturday workout, I ran 8.5 mile sprints.  I started off by doing 1.5 miles at a 7:19 pace.  Then I paused for a water/walk break and ran the next 1.25 miles, etc. etc..  I also ran some big inclines towards the end.  The hope is one day I can run at this pace or a teensy bit slower (7:30 pace perhaps… I’ll even settle for 7:50 pace!) for 26.2 miles at the Boston Marathon.  For now, I’m sure proud of how far I have come.  Last summer, I was at a 10:00 pace and could only run 2-3 miles.  Hang in there my fellow beginner runners!  Like anything valuable, running requires patience, diligence, and persistence.  It’s worth training for!

 1 Tim 4:8: For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.


I’ve been wanting to get these Nike Women’s Booty Boy Shorts running shorts for oh. so. long. 

I first saw them on runners at the Waco Miracle Match Marathon, my first Half-Marathon in January.  I said, “I have got to get some of those bad boys!”  I went to try them on a few weeks ago at Academy and they didn’t look so good.  In my head, they were my secret goal.  It’s fun to see clothes that you can’t fit in at the moment, but know they are worth sweatin’ it out.


(Back. It has a zipper pouch for storing energy gels or car keys… This is what I love about Nike gear!)

(Cross Section.  They are Dri-Fit which means they wick the sweat from your body and keep you cool and dry.)

(Stretch, stretch!)

LET’S HEAR IT!  How was your Active Saturday?  Thanks in advance for the inspiration. XOXO

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