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An Amazing Opportunity and a Giveaway!!!


Since we are coming up on a new year, I figured I would focus on what a lot of other people focus on at the beginning of the year…Being healthier.  Many of you are starting out at the beginning and looking to improve your health and fitness.  Then, there are others who may be looking to try something new in the healthy eating and/or fitness department.

Therefore, I’m dedicating the month of January to learning more about clean eating and general fitness.  There will be several guest hosts posting during the month of January, and they all have their own specialties in the realms of fitness and health.  We will have The Clean Eating Geek, Allison Sipes, The Go Fit Gals, and more!


Our first guest host, on January 7, 2013, will be Jill Conyers.  Jill is a Beach Body Coach, Swiftwick, FitFluential, Sweat Pink and Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador that is passionate about running (from my point of view, Jill is a running guru), plant-based nutrition, fitness and an overall healthy lifestyle. She is also a wife and mother of 2 who is living a healthy life that is not about perfection. Instead, she finds that it’s about commitment, effort and progress!  Jill is also the pioneering force behind 12 in Twenty-Twelve, and she has teamed up with Jen the Marathon Mom to host 13 in Twenty-Thirteen, and she will be running her first 50 mile race this year!


Jill has a wealth of knowledge for those of you who are just starting to run or even just finding your way into the fitness and health world. She also can help those of you who are looking to improve your fitness and health “game” even further.  And guess what?  She is willing to answer questions you have about running, fitness, training, eating, etc!!  Please take advantage of this opportunity.  We can all learn something new that will help us achieve our fitness goals in 2013.  Jill will have a response to your questions in her guest post on January 7th!

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises - Paperback

To top this all off, I’m having a free giveaway from now till Jan. 3rd!!!!  I’m giving away The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU and Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Days!!!  I absolutely love both of these items.  I’m always using my Big Book of Exercises.  Actually, my copy is so worn that pages are starting to fall out!!  All you have to do to enter this giveaway is check the boxes in the Rafflecopter on the From Florida to North Dakota Facebook page.  You can leave your mandatory question for Jill on the From Florida to North Dakota Facebook page or Comment section on this post!  Get your entries in by 1/03/13!  Good Luck!!

What Happened to Me!?!

I won’t lie to you.  Some things come naturally to me and fitness is one of them.  Once I start in on something new in the fitness department it is not long before I’m hooked and working at a higher level earlier than others.

Running use to be something I did quite a bit back when we lived in Florida.  However, since moving to North Dakota I really haven’t “gone out for a run” in the past 2.5 years.  So, when I went to jog around the indoor track at the gym the other day I figured I would slip right back into running at a steady pace like I always have in the past (at this point the word “naive” should have slipped into my head.  I’m sure most of you are thinking it right now as you read this).  After all, I’m teaching 4-5 spinning classes each week, lifting weights, and doing insane amounts of burpees…Why shouldn’t I be able to go run 3 miles right off the bat?

Boy was I wrong!  After 8 minutes I thought I was going to have a heart attack or something.  I mean what the heck!?!  I can sprint on a heavy hill over and over again in spinning, but I cannot jog for 8 minutes without dying?  My ego just took a hard hit.  Then, when I told my husband about it he commented on me not being as young as I used to be.  The man is lucky he made it out of the house with his balls still attached.Angry smile


Therefore, I’m now a beginner runner/jogger.  Oh how this is going to suck.  I’m not the most patient person when it comes to my own goals.  I also have a virtual 5K on the 12th, Once Upon a Time 5K.  Silly little me thought I really wouldn’t need to train that much for a little 5K.  HA (insert the word “naive” here again)!  That 5K is going to be a training experience more than an actual 5K run.


Since I’m doing the 13 in 13 Challenge I need to get to training.  I already have 3 races in January, and I plan on getting in running shape for those.  So, it is time for me to put my big girl running panties on and get to it.  I’m actually going to train for running.  My plan is to start out with the walk for 2 minutes and run for 3 minutes.  Hopefully that will go well, and I will be able to move on from there.

In the grand picture, I’m looking forward to training the right way and the progress that goes along with it.  Here is to becoming a better runner!!  I hope all you beginners out there join me by starting out running too!  We can be each others cheerleaders (and gripe with each other tooWinking smile)!!!  Are there any newer runners out there?  If so, how are your runs going?

Since I’m also working on my core strength for my upcoming trip to Florida, (to train for aerial silks and hammock yoga) I’m doing more core work during the week.  In the theme of 300 workouts that I have posted earlier, here is a 300 rep core/abdominal workout!  Remember to stretch afterwards!!

300 Core Workout

My First Half Marathon

Alright y’all!  I’m in need of your help.  I’m going to run (most likely walk/jog) my first half marathon in 2013!  My only problem, is that I don’t know what half to chose to be my first half marathon, or the best way to train.  Therefore, I need every runners input on this one, so comment away!!!

I have always wanted to run a half marathon, and I’m quite excited/nervous about this venture!  Basically this is one of those “life goals” for me that I have been thinking about for years and years.  One year I was training for a half and injured my knee and couldn’t run.  So, I put the whole half marathon thing on the back burner for quite a few years.  Well, it is time for me to get my butt and gear and sign up and do my first half no matter how nervous I am!!


Whichever half I do has to be in the late summer to late fall.  I cannot train in North Dakota in the winter due to the weather.  So, I have been looking at a few half marathons that look like they would be good for my first during this time period. 

Here are the races I’m looking at so far.  They are not in any order.  Also, feel free to let me know of other half marathons I should consider for my first.247702_10151199830357446_1143916430_n

The Women’s Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, Florida is usually in October or November.  My wonderful friend, Kim, ran this for her first half and really enjoyed it.  The course has great scenery and is mostly flat.  Did I mention it is by the beach?  That means that I would have to stay on the beach for this race.  Not too bad huh?  Plus check out the medal and charm you get!


MedalThe second race I’m looking at is the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  They have not posted the date for the 2013 race yet, but it is always around the first weekend in November.  I love the Disney races and have done several of them.  They are beyond fun and upbeat.  Plus you get to run through the parks and have all the characters wave at you.  Oh, there is also a party at the end with good food and drinks.  With quite a few of their races you even get to go back into the park and ride the rides!  If you haven’t run a Disney race yet, I highly recommend that you sign up for one (Run Disney).  Disney has races ranging from 5K to their full marathon weekend, and all their races are a blast! 

Then there is the Monster Dash Half Marathon in Minneapolis, MN.  This race looks like a monsterton of fun!  I was supposed to run the 10 miler that is part of the Monster Dash Half this year, but my husband ended up having to travel for work, so I couldn’t run it.  This half is always the weekend before Halloween, so hopefully it won’t be too cold in Minnesota.  The Monster Dash race is full of people dressed up and ready to have fun!  Everyone who has run this half has raved about how much fun they had (in their costumes) during the race and at the party afterwards!

medal rnrFinally, there is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.  This half takes place in several states throughout America and Europe during the whole year.  I’m not sure which state would be the best to run this race in, but it looks like a ton of fun.  I have heard that the San Diego one is flat and the best for your first half marathon.  The Rock ‘n’ Roll race is a lively race that has local bands playing throughout the race course and a concert at the end of the race.  And, I heard the swag bags are pretty awesome!  I also have to admit the Seattle medal looks pretty cool too…I have a bit of a coffee addiction.

There ya have it folks.  These are the races I’m looking at.  Please feel free to let me know of any others that would be great for my first half marathon, or which one of the halves I’ve listed would be great for me to do.  Also…What was your first half marathon and how did you train for it?

30 Minute Interval Zombie Treadmill Run!

This year I was unable to do the Run for Your Lives Zombie 5K Run.  I absolutely love this race and obstacle course.  If you have never done it, I highly recommend you sign up for the one nearest you!  This race is a ton of fun, and even more fun if you do it with a group of friends (unless your one friend throws you into a zombie in order to save herselfSmile).

At the beginning of this fun filled race you are given a belt with flags on it…just like in flag football.  Your goal is to make it through the race with at least one flag left.  The zombies will try to take your flags throughout the race, but there are “health bonuses” throughout the course with more flags for you to pick-up.  There are also optional obstacle courses for you to do if you would like (be prepared to get muddy if you do).  At the end you will receive a medal based on if you are “alive” or if you have joined the “undead.”  Trust me when I say this is a race you must do.  You will find yourself laughing and shrieking the whole way through.  Plus there is a great party with vendors, food, and drinks after the race!  I know for a fact that I will be at the one in Minnesota next year with at least one friend, and I’m really excited about doing this race again!

In the meantime, I’ve come up with an interval treadmill run based on my experiences at my previous Run for Your Lives Zombie 5K Run.  First, you start out walking and looking around.  Then, you hear something, so you start jogging.  Finally, a zombie is coming for you, so you take off sprinting.  This should burn quite a few calories off your bum and you could do it on an elliptical too!  Enjoy!

Zombie Treadmill Run 2

Treadmill Fun!

Here is another great treadmill workout.  It is a great interval pyramid that is guaranteed to make your time on the treadmill fly by!  Personally, I’m a big fan of pyramids.  This interval will take you up in speed and then bring you back down with one big burst of speed at the end.  You will be sweating and burning those calories away!

30 Minute Treadmill Interval Workout