Friday Fitness News: We Have A Winner!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner in my first every giveaway! First, let me thank all of you who nominated your friends, Moms, sisters and workout inspirations for the giveaway. I loved reading how these women bring sparkle to your life and inspire you to keep on keepin’ on.

Sarah nominated her friend, Lindsay. Read her nomination below:

Sarah, please email me at so we can coordinate the shipping of the sparkle! Again, thank you everyone for sharing and entering your friends. Did you have fun? Did you like nominating others or would you prefer to win yourself? We’ll have to do it again soon.

Onto this week’s Fitness News!

  • Is this the Hospital Room of the Future? Not sure if I want my baby in a bubble.
  • Spinning looks like a heart attack…in a good way.
  • This is genius and I cannot WAIT til I can eat salads again!
  • Air pollution has less of an effect on runners. Well, mice who run anyways.
  • For the love of your own sanity, watch this hilarious video:
  • It’s a shame that youth fundraising efforts were punished in Omaha. Bad form.
  • This man lived on his bike for 382 days. Ouch.
  • Sprinting may cause more injuries. Or is the overall load?
  • Think stars are just in it for their health (or yours)? Think again.
  • I recently saw Chariots of Fire for the first time and loved reading the back story.
  • On a personal note, the Israelis are working on kicking IBD butt! Thanks, guys!
  • And finally, Facebook (& Twitter, I imagine) are like being in middle school. I totally agree. For your own sanity, pare down those “friends” people. That is, unless you are a narcissist who needs to have 900 friends to feel better about yourself, in which case I recommend you maybe seek some professional help.

On that note, be nice to yourself and have an AWESOME weekend! Any runs planned? Snow in the forecast? Valentine’s Day stuff? What’s news in YOUR world?

Now go out and run!


Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Smarty-Pants People

Happy New York Giants Day, errr, I mean Tuesday! New York is still celebrating Big Blue today with a parade. When JB found out there was a parade (he’s not much into football) he scoffed, “Where’s MY parade?” Kindly remember that my gorgeous husband is a Marine, folks.

He's even better looking in his uniform!

My response: “Ummmm…Veteran’s Day parade, Memorial Day parade, St. Patrick’s Day parade. Pretty much once a month the military (rightfully) get a parade in this town.” Him: “Oh yeah.”

But that’s not all happening today because it is certainly a Better Than the Alternative Tuesday in my household/family today!! One of our own has narrowly skirted a very serious illness and come out the other side looking good. And that is why I want to dedicate this BTAT to the Smarty-Pants People of the world.

It must have been hard for you, Smarty-Pants People, being young and so so so smart. You’ve probably been smarter than every teacher you’ve ever had up until (or maybe beyond?) graduate school. Kids probably teased you endlessly for being smarter than them, more interested in learning than sports/dating/gossip, for getting straight A’s and being a NERD.

I'm a NERD wanna-be.


I gotta tell ya, I’m glad you kept up with all that NERD stuff and became a doctor/judge/writer/activist/engineer/scientist/explorer/everything-else-that-requires-more-brain-cells-than-I-will-use-in-my-lifetime. Seriously, you Smarty-Pants People give me hope.

Hope that if someone I love gets sick, you will try your best to give them the tools to fight and win and live.

Hope that when someone needs defending, you will be there with years of history and precedent in your brain to help David battle Goliath.

Hope that when someone’s story isn’t being told, you will be there to not only tell it but to make it relevant to those of us who don’t understand.

Hope that when we come up against the impossible, you will create a way to overcome it.

Hope that when one idea doesn’t work, you won’t give up.

I have seen these people in action and I am in awe of them. My own team of Smarty-Pants People give me hope every day that I can do it, I will get better, I will get through this and that nothing is impossible. I just love listening to Smarty-Pants People talk (and not just because I am terrified to open my mouth anywhere they might hear me). Dr. Boz must be so tired of me asking him questions…sorry, Boz.

This room exists precisely for people like me. I would just sit down next to a world-renowned physician and ask if I could follow them around all day. What? Is that weird?

Thank you, Smarty-Pants People, for doing what you do and loving what you do. You give the rest of us hope in what would otherwise seem like a hopeless situation to many. You definitely make today Better Than the Alternative. Today you made my family very, very grateful.

Tell me: Who makes today Better Than the Alternative for you? Smarty-Pants People? Other people? Tell me all about it and don’t forget about the Sparkly Soul giveaway! Two more days to enter someone who is awesome! Win a fancy-schmancy awesome headband for them.

Oooooo, pretty!

Now go out and run!