The New Normal

I took the week off to collect my thoughts, honestly I have found it sort of hard to blog. It seems so trivial to blog about the restaurants we went to in NYC and the fun we had.

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In NYC a few days prior to Monday’s tragic events

It is still so surreal to me that all this happened in places that are so familiar to me, especially the area of the manhunt. Nick and I were glued to the news on Friday (thankfully my mom was here and kept B busy playing upstairs), the area (the Arsenal malls) where the police were headquartered was where I used to go shopping (before moving North), that Target used to get a weekly visit from me, and that is still the DMV location that we go to. Once suspect 2 was captured, I realized that the diner behind the street was one that Nick and I went to with one of my best friends and her now-husband when they were first dating. So how do I get back into my normal routine, when things that were once normal to me are now uncomfortable and potentially scary?

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Our local liquor store – telling it like it is.

I know that I have to move back in to my “normal” life, but finding the boys that did this was the end of the beginning. In Boston, we are still grieving for our city. The families and friends of the victims are still grieving, and the wounded have a long battle ahead of them.

For this marvelous monday, I am going to share places where you can help & donate.


The #1 place is the One Fund formed by Mayor Tom Menino and Governor Deval Patrick to help those affected by the tragic events.

If you would like to donate to individuals who have been affected by the bombings, this is a collection of all the men and women who need donations to help cover medical bills, home renovations to make their homes accessible and whatever else they need. Some of their stories have been published nationally, some locally, and some just via friends and family.


Adidas is selling a Boston Tribute Tee in both Men’s and Women’s sizes for $26.20 and 100% of proceeds go to the One Fund.

Erica Sara Designs is donation 100% of sales from the Boston Strong and Every Mile Necklace to the One Fund from now until April 30th.

SparklySoul Headbands – 20% of all sales from Blue, Gold and Blue/Gold striped Boston Headbands will be donated to The One Fund for Boston now until May 15th.

If you don’t have the funds to donate monetarily there are other ways to donate, check your local Red Cross, even if you are not Boston local, donating blood will always be a lifesaver.

The most important thing you can do is KEEP RUNNING. Pavement Runner started a movement to have a run in as many cities as possible on the one week anniversary (which is today). As a community, a running brotherhood, come together and run. Check his page to see if one has already been set up in your area.

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The next start line I toe (and for many after that) will be in honor of Boston. You can’t hold me back and you can’t stop me. I will only get, stronger, faster, and better.

For now, I will get back to a mostly normal blog schedule.


If I missed any places to donate, let me know and I will update accordingly.

Prayers for Boston

I don’t have a lot of words for what happened yesterday, but I need to get some of what I am feeling out.

Boston is my home, I have been in awe of the marathoners since I was a kid. I have had the desire to run Boston since I was a teen. I have discovered the drive to run Boston in the past few years.

At 2:02 pm on Monday I received the following text from my trainer, who is my BQ inspiration

“Freakin awesome experience”

We’ve had multiple conversations about how Boston is my dream, whether I BQ or not it is something I HAVE to do.

Now my heart is breaking for Boston. My home. My running mecca.

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What happened is senseless and terrifying. I am grateful for the first responders, volunteers and runners who rushed in to help and not out of the city. I am grateful that all my friends are safe and well.

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So today is in honor of the victims, of anyone who had to witness this terrifying tragedy, and for the running community. We are resilient and we will make it through to the other side.

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 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

Guest Post: Strength Training for a Runner

Today’s Guest Posters are twins Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams. I had the great opportunity to meet Alexandra during our Fitfluential dinner when I was in San Francisco for the Nike Women’s Marathon. Their guest post today is strength training for the marathoner. However, whether you are running a marathon, a 5k, or a few miles for fun, I can’t stress how important it is to strength train. Read their post for ideas and tips on how to incorporate strength into your training, and of course leave these lovely ladies some love.


Twins and fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams-Evans, MA have been tagged as the witty Dear Abby and Ann Landers of the exercise advice world. WIth nearly 60 years’ combined fitness professional experience on land, sea, and airwaves they offer accurate, accessible, and entertaining advice with a twist. Alexandra is an editor and writer for IDEA: The Association for Health and Fitness Professionals; Kymberly is former faculty for the Dept of Exercise and Sports Studies at UCSB. You can catch them in person, on the radio, at events and on their website

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When strength training for a marathon (and you should), have you considered either kettlebell or medicine ball workouts? Kettlebells offer both cardio AND strength benefits, while the medicine balls address strength. We suggest trying out the medicine ball first unless you have access to a certified kettlebell instructor to teach you. Kettlebells are deceptively difficult to do right. You have to hold and swing them properly to avoid getting hurt. Our post “Kettlebell Workouts: Yes or No” will give you something to think about.

For either of the two types of equipment, you want to start light: 5 – 7 pounds for the kettlebells, and 8 – 12 pounds for the medicine ball.

Before you try and figure out how to use either of these all by yourself, we actually suggest you attend a group fitness strength training classes instead. Most runners eschew group fitness because they love the time alone and the outdoors, but whether you use free weights, resistance bands or resistance tubing, barbells, body weight, actual kettlebells or medicine balls, you will have a lower chance of injury in a class taught by a fitness pro. You’ll increase your fundamental strength, which will allow you to progress further with your marathon training. And you will get guidance, a range of options, and feedback within a class, all of which minimize injury risk. Tackle kettlebells only with a qualified, well-trained leader (trainer or group instructor) as risk with the kettlebells is higher than with other resistance equipment. You can then take what you learn in the strength training class out onto the floor and apply it to your solo resistance training program.

And of course, after that you can take your show on the road! Or more like the hills and dales of your next marathon, where your powerful legs and core will have you leaping tall buildings…or something!

What is your favorite way to strength train?