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Wild Workout & Training Update!

Hello friends!  It has been a little crazy and exhausting getting back into my workout routine!  I was still active on and off the last few weeks of 2015, but didn’t really get to the gym very much.  It felt SO good to be back last week!  I also got back into my training for the next half marathon that is on the books (March 5th)!
I am joining the Wild Workout link up with link up with Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus and Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama

A little recap since last Monday

Monday- 2.75 elliptical miles
Tuesday- 3.83 elliptical miles and half a zumba class- I left a little early for date night with the Hubs
Wednesday- Body pump (hello muscles!!!), first 5k of 2016 (47:15 min….I have a LOT of work to do)
Thursday- Walking
Friday- Rest and enjoying my new running coloring book by a fellow Sweat Pink ambassador, Sarah, and book by one of my favorite and inspiration runners, Danica.
Seriously, if you love to run, want to run, or just want to learn more about running, go get these books! (I am just putting them out there because I have really enjoyed them…not benefiting in any way other than sharing the awesomeness!)


Saturday- Walking
Sunday- 4.31 miles- Wog 3.85 miles and a .46 mile cool down
Monday- Body pump (muscles are getting back into it!) plus 2 recovery elliptical miles
Tuesday- 3 miles of elliptical sprints and zumba class!  Felt good to be back!
Wednesday- Body pump, sprint workout

I have been a little sore, but really loving getting back to my training and routine!
I started using a supplement from Young Living called Ningxia Nitro, and I can totally tell a difference in my workouts!  So awesome!

Coming up:
Thursday- Zumba and 2-3 recovery miles
Friday- Piyo and 3 miles
Saturday- Body pump
Sunday- 5 miles
Monday- Body pump and 2-3 recovery miles
Tuesday- 3 miles and zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and sprint drills


Friday Link-up: Fall Preview

What a Friday it has been. I know I already posted 2 other times today, but I have one more post! Fridays have been busy on the blog lately, and I love it!
I am once again linking up for Five Things Friday with Courtney (Eat, Pray, Run DC), Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for a Fall Preview of what is coming up this fall for Chocolate Runner Girl!

1. I have been ‘training’ a friend to run her first 5k!  Going at it strong the past 2-3 weeks.  I think we have settled on the first week of October for her race!  So proud of her 🙂

2. Ten for Texas- a local 10 mile race. I have another friend from church who signed up, and several members of my MRTT group who will be doing this as well. I don’t know why, but a 10 mile race has scared me more than doing a half marathon. I am capable of completing 10 miles since I have done several half marathons. I don’t know why it scares me. I was hoping I would race this fear this past spring when I made it into the Cherry Blossom race, but I ended up running just the 5k since my training was off and I would not have finished in time. This local race has a longer time limit so I think I will be ok 🙂

3. Duathlon – Since my almost disastrous duathlon last spring I have been toying with the idea of doing another one.  I really would like to do a tri, but feel like I need to get a few more solid duathlons under my belt first.   Mid-October will be duathlon time! It is also my first time participating in a certified USTA course.  I have been busting my butt on my bike and working on getting 3-4 solid rides in each week.  All is great except my poor tush is so sore!

4. Half marathon- I am aiming for at least one more half marathon this fall, but really hope I can get in 2!  And ideally, it would be close to my 10 mile run since that would be a great training run!  I am aiming for a half Oct 26th and again on Dec 21 with another 10 miler in early December!  Ekk 😉

5. Volunteer- I feel terrible, but I have never been a volunteer at a race before.  So this is my season.  I am going for it!!  I am aiming for a November race since my Sept and October weekends are already pretty booked!
What advice would you give to a first time volunteer??

Go check out some of the amazing things other bloggers are doing this fall!

– Chocolate Runner Girl-

Inspiring Blogger Award!

I loved opening my twitter account the other day to THIS!
It was such a surprise and a treat!
Tiffany is an amazing athlete and has such a fun blog to read!  Thank you for the nomination!!!

The Rules:

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other blogs you enjoy, then comment on their posts to let them know that you have nominated them.

Seven Things About Me:

1. Ever since I was in third grade, my passion for sports was volleyball!  I loved it so much that it became my dream to play for the Olympic team.  Unfortunately that dream crumbled when I found out I had several tumors in my back/on my scapula and they had to remove them along with other bone and muscle.  I still enjoy a good pick-up game, and my serve is still pretty great if I do say so myself 🙂  Now I focus on my running instead!

2. I have lived in 13 states! Minnesota, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois (2 times), New York, Pennsylvania (4 times), Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas.
I always did really well in geography classes!  Haha

3. My favorite place to visit is Costa Rica!  I have been there 9 times, but it has been a while now!  I must plan a trip ASAP!
Here are a few of my fav pics from over the years!
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4.  I used to HATE salads!  As in, I would have one small lettuce leaf, and then pile on all the other ingredients.  I am sure they were not really super healthy when I used to eat this this way (circa 2000).  I am so glad I realized that I actually DO like salads, but only when the ingredients are amazing!
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5.  We used to have a dog! But sadly he ran away…Once we have a better yard/fence/house, I want another dog.  And one that I can run with would be ideal!
Any advice about running with dogs and which breed is the best is welcome!!!

6. My goal for my 40th birthday is to have completed a half marathon in each state!  5 states down, 45 to go in the next 7 years!  And I am thinking Hawaii for the big 4-0!!

7. If I could have any animals as pets and they would live in harmony in my back yard, I would have an elephant, and a zebra!

Here are the blogs I am nominating!
1. Lauren @ lnrbformiles
2. Emily @ Whatever Floats Your Oats
3. Farrah @ Fairyburger
4. Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder
5. Anne Marie @ The Fit Foodie Momma
6. Maria @ Pappa Don’t Preach
7. Susan @ Occasional Genius
8. Lindsay @ Lean Green Bean
9. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
10. Ella @ Pure Ella
11. Sammy @ Peace, Love and Ice Cream
12. Elle @ According to Elle
13. Carly @ Fine Fit Day
14. Jonathan @ Real Fit Social
15. The Scoot-A-Doot ladies @ Scoot-A-Doot


Thank you for taking time out to read a little more about me!  Thank you again Tiffany for the nomination!
Now go read the amazing blogs I am nominating!!

Faith and Margaritas….Kristen’s Story…

Today I have the amazing opportunity to share with you all a very inspiring and motivational story by Kristen!  Kristen and I met through the fabulous Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador program!  We are part of the same team!  Even though we have never met in person, Kristen has inspired me so much!  She is a gem and I hope you find her story one you will not forget!

“Like so many, I grew up playing sports, but was often criticized for being the heaviest girl in my class. At the time, I couldn’t understand why I was so heavy when I played sports. It couldn’t possibly be because I ate a bag of chips to sustain me through basketball practice. And I only ate one double cheeseburger and medium fries at 9:30 at night! In junior high, my exercise increased tremendously to prepare to play for the school’s “A” basketball team. Because of the drastic change I became injured and told I would likely never run again due to the chronic effects. This was devastating to me, as basketball was the only form of exercise that would keep me from becoming even more overweight. I struggled with depression from 9 years old and taking away my only form of exercise made me sink even lower. 

When I went to college my unhealthy food choices caused me to gain over 20 pounds in a year. By my senior year I was incredibly sluggish and depressed. I hated seeing my people my age running on campus. They all seemed so happy… and fit. I finally had enough of the depressing, hateful thoughts towards myself and set off to start running too. I couldn’t run more than 100 yards before I had to walk. But I channeled my depressed thoughts into encouraging thoughts when I wanted to quit. It was then that running became an unexpected (and welcomed) part of my identity. I fell in love with running. Within a year I signed up for my first half marathon and haven’t stopped since. I’ve also become a personal trainer and group fitness instructor to share my story with others and help them change their thoughts of depression and hatred towards loving themselves. I love celebrating the milestones that each client has in their health and fitness journey, no matter how small.

Everything was going really well until August 27, 2013 when my life was forever changed. I received a devastating diagnosis: I have Multiple Sclerosis – an autoimmune disease that attacks the nervous system, often causing extreme fatigue, numbness and walking problems, among others. I turned to my running and fitness knowledge to fulfill a new role in my life – preparing my body for what ever it might endure. I now see fitness as a way to stay mentally and physically strong to defeat the sudden onset of Multiple Sclerosis flare-ups. The disease is unpredictable in every way, but staying healthy and strong is the only thing I can do to prepare for the unexpected. I’m so excited to say that on New Years Eve 2013 (only 4 months and 4 days after my MS diagnosis) I crushed my half marathon PR by over 4 minutes. It’s safe to say that I’m dominating my diagnosis!

As a matter of fact, prior to my diagnosis I was running on vacation in Hawaii with my dad and we talked about how much fun it would be to run his first half marathon together. On the day I was diagnosed he sat with me as we listened to all the ways MS would likely disable me physically and mentally, and right before we left he told the doctor with tears in his eyes and determination in his voice, “We’re supposed to run a half marathon in March and we’re GOING to run that half marathon.” And we did. We ran every step right next to each other- my third half marathon (second since diagnosis) and his first half. It was one of the best days of my life!


I understand the pain of being overweight, the pain of injury, and the pain of muscle soreness. And I’ll take the pain of soreness any day. I love encouraging people with my story, but more importantly, I love encouraging them on their journey to a new lifestyle!”

Kristen and her dad finishing the Rock ‘n Roll Dallas half marathon.

Thank you for sharing your story Kristen!  Wow, you really are an amazing woman!

If you want to connect with Kristen, you can find her in several places!
Blog: http://www.faithandmargaritas.blogspot.com
Twitter: twitter.com/faithnmargs
Facebook: facebook.com/faithandmargaritas
Instagram: @faithandmargaritas

If you have an inspirational or motivational story to share, please email me at (chocolaterunnergirl at gmail dot com)

Let’s leave some love for Kristen!!!

Esther-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Woodlands Half Recap!

After my 10 mile training run last weekend I was feeling pretty good about the half. I worked on getting extra stretching in, staying hydrated and trying to get more sleep than usual last week for my final preparations. The only big thing that I wanted to do, but forgot to do was to update my running play list. Not earth shattering by any means, but I was a little bummed I forgot.
Friday night I attempted to leave work a little early, but ended up being there till 5:30. I headed over to the chiropractor for a pre-race adjustment. I had been a little stiff all week and I knew this would help me. I was right. I left there feeling a lot better. Then I went to the race expo to grab my race packed before I headed to grab some dinner and then home. It took me over an hour vs 20 min with the traffic and Pei Wei was so busy!!
I got home, ate some dinner, got all my race gear ready, took a shower, put KT tape on my foot and hit the sack. Then I could not fall asleep!! Ugh…I think I fell asleep close to 1, then had a dream that I missed the race and woke up in a panic around 3. Finally drifted back off around 4:30 and my alarm went off at 5:20. So needless to say there was not a lot of sleep happening.
I got up, changed into my race clothes, grabbed a banana and some water and drove to the race. It was nice to not have to drive so far to a race for once! As I drove over to the race course it began to rain….NOOO, I was not looking forward to running a half in the rain.
I arrived shortly after 6 and silly me thought I would be able to find parking quickly. Well that was a huge mistake! I spent the next 45 min being shuffled from lot to lot with many other runners only to find out they were full. When I was finally able to break away from the crowd I headed towards the other side of the event site and found parking near the mall. I was originally going to park over there, as that is where I parked last year for the 5k. However, this year in the participant guide it designated certain lots for the participants. I guess they did not account for all of us. I am thankful I was able to find parking that wasn’t too far from the start line.
I took my first bunch of Energy Bits then I made my way to the start and my corral. It was SO packed that it took me a while to find an opening in the fence to even get into the corral. I made it right as the National Anthem was sung, and the gun when off. About 10ish min later I finally crossed the start line.
I started running right away even though I did not feel really warmed up. I didn’t want to be that runner who everyone had to pass. After a few minutes the running pack thinned out a bit and I slowed to a walk. I could feel my left hamstring was a little tight and so I did a few stretches. Back at it and was feeling pretty good. Took a mini break at mile 1 for one last pee break. I wanted to go before the race but did not have time with all that happened with the parking situation.
Started mile 2 and was still feeling great. I dug into my run 2/3 walk 1 groove. Thankfully the rain lightened up to more of a mist. It was cloudy but a little humid. There were short bursts of cool breezes, especially as we passed the big lake and that felt really good! The course was familiar to me as I have run this area SO many times with the twins. I felt comfortable knowing where I was!
Right before I got to mile 3 my left leg cramped and locked up 😦 I slowed down and did more stretches but it would not release. I had just completed my fastest 3 miles in a long time and other than my leg I felt really good. I almost started to cry. I decided to walk for a bit to see if it would relax. Sadly, it never did. For mile 4-6 I tried to shuffle run for a min here and there, but the cramp would return stronger when I did this. I still had a bit of energy, thanks to my Energy Bits! I came upon a fellow runner at mile 6 who was not looking so good. I asked if he was ok and he said yes, but that he had a stomach bug! Poor guy! I don’t think I would have come out for the race if I had a stomach bug! I hope he was able to finish!
As I headed towards mile 7 I knew I was over halfway. When the pace I was doing I though I would maybe be able to finish in under 3 hours. Not my original time goal, but at this point I was just aiming to finish. Right after mile 7 I passed by a neighborhood of some friends from church and they were there on the corner cheering for the runners! It was so wonderful to see a familiar face, to get a hug, and a picture taken! Thanks Miss Sandy!!! You gave me a little boost! At this point another runner came up beside me and asked if we could go together for a bit. We had been going back and forth passing each other up and I was happy to have someone to talk to. My leg was feeling a tiny bit better so my fellow runner, Traci, and I did a few jogs here and there, but mostly walked and chatted a bit. The course had also brought the full marathoners back to join the half marathoners so it was fun to cheer on the super fast runners!!
Around mile 9 my leg seemed to be worse and I encouraged Traci to go ahead of me. I could tell I was slowing down and bit and kept focusing one one foot in front of the other. I saw the medic golf cart pass me a few times and I was so tempted to jump on. I also received a super sweet message from the twins and their mom! (Turns out they posted this sign for me on the course but I missed seeing in.) This gave me another boost as I was really struggling at this point. I was really in a lot of pain and it was hard not to give up.
The weather had been still ok, mostly cloudy still with the breezes here and there.  Around mile 11 for me, the sun came out. Normally I would be really thrilled to see the sun, but as soon as it came out I could feel my body freak out a little. I am really easily dehydrated, and the sun is not my friend during long races. I felt I was doing pretty well overall staying hydrated till this point. The course had water stations every 1.5 miles and it was perfect for filling up my 24 oz water bottle. I almost didn’t bring the bottle, but I am SO glad I did. The volunteers were so great and refilled my bottle with fresh COLD water each time! It was great! So that, along with my Energy Bits refueling every hour or so made a big difference.
Mile 12 was my most challenging mile. In past races I have been able to pick up the pace here and focus on the finish line with a strong finish. At the point my leg was really in pain and I had to stop every few minutes to stretch it. I felt really discouraged at this point and just keep praying that I would cross the finish line. My Runkeeper GPS was a little off and I thought I was close to mile 13 when I passed a group of ladies who were cheering and they said “Only 1 more mile!!” I almost cried again. Ahhh I was so ready to just be finished at that point.
It was getting hotter and but I kept plugging away. After a few turns I knew I was getting close. At this point I was pretty much hobbling along. I am sure it was a sad picture. There was one of the race directors on the course helping to guide people to the finish line. He came up to me and gave me a little side hug and encouraged me saying I only have 400 more yards to go. In my head I knew that wasn’t very far, but my body felt like it was a million yards away. With some other people cheering me on I kept on going. It was literally downhill and I mustered up all my strength and tried to run. It just wasn’t happening. I saw one of my other friends who had finished a while before me. She was cheering me on and came over and gave me a hug. I wanted to stop and just rest but she gave me a little push and said, “GO! Don’t stop! You are almost there!!” It was very helpful right then!

Even in the worst conditions, and when my body is ready to give up, there is always something in me that cranks on when I actually SEE the finish line. It happened again. I came up to mile 13 and I knew it was time to dig deep! As soon as I passed the marker, I knew I had to run, pain or not. I started to slowly jog and then I heard people saying my name (so glad it was on my bib) and cheering! As I got closer to the finish line I felt like I was sprinting. I am sure it wasn’t as fast as normal, but considering how slow the last 10 miles had been, I sure felt speedy! I crossed the finish line and they announced my name with lots of cheering! For a second it was like I was the winner! Haha.

Finished! That is what I wanted to do. It was not pretty, and it was my worst time to date, but I finished!

As soon as I stopped moving my leg started shooting pain. I hobbled to get my medal, water, finishers shirt and some post-race food. It took a while for me to get around but I did manage.
I knew I had to keep moving or I was not going to make it back to my car. It took me about 30 min to walk the half mile back to my car. During that time it hit me that I had not brought my house keys. The hubs had locked the door behind me when I left. He was at work about 90 min away. Then I really did cry. I felt so helpless in those few minutes. My phone battery also died while I was shuffling back to the car. I have never been SO happy to see my car! I got in, turned the car on, blasted the AC, plugged my phone in and drank more water. After a few min of thinking WHAT AM I GOING TO DO, I managed to gather my thoughts and hoped and prayed that my landlord was around and that he had a key. I called and told him what happened and he said he DID have a key! I am so thankful he did! It took me over an hour to get home from all the roads being closed from the marathon that still had runners. By the time I made it home my door was unlocked and I was so glad to be there.
After a nice shower and fresh clothes I hobbled back to the car and headed to get my hot-stone massage! It was amazing!!! Second best part of my day following crossing the finish line. I have never had a post-race massage the same day, and I have to say it really did help with the soreness. Other than the pain in my lower hamstring/upper calf and a little chafing on my arms, the rest of my body has recovered really quickly!
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Even though it was not as great a race I was hoping for, I am still glad I did it! Half-marathon #8 in the books! Here is to many more with my body cooperating and getting to my goal time!
I am so thankful for everyone who was cheering me on through twitter, facebook, text messages, and in person!! Thank you ALL for your love, encouragement and support! These races would not be possible without so many cheering me on!
Overall the race events were done pretty well. Like any race there is always room for improvement. I felt it was much more organized than last year, and they seem to take the comments seriously from the participants and do what they can to make it a great experience. Other than my leg issues and the humidity it was a great course to be on. I am thinking of doing the marathon relay with some friends (anyone want to do the relay next year??) 🙂

Thank you for reading this LONG recap. I guess it gets long when there are 13 miles to cover!

How do you deal with a disappointing race or injury?
Did you race this weekend? Tell me about it or post your link!

– Chocolate Runner Girl –

Motivation Monday!

Happy Monday all!  It has been a little quiet over on this end.  I have been really busy with work and am finally getting a chance to sit down and share an amazing story with you all!!  My friend Becky is an inspiration and motivation to me, and a reminder to never give up on any dreams, especially when they have to do with your health!
I went to high school with Becky, but we didn’t really connect till a few years ago (thank you Facebook).  I am so glad we did connect! She is a wonderful girl who has worked REALLY hard to get where she is!  I am so proud of you Becky 🙂

Here is her story followed by a few pictures!

“I should preface this with the fact that all my life I had been a little bit chubby. However, it never stopped me from being active. My parents had me in all sorts of activities–dance, ice skating, swimming, intramural sports and marching band. I always enjoyed a little activity. I actually stayed with ice skating and swimming for quite some time–spending about 8 years on the ice and 4 in the pool (and it was quite busy when Swim season overlapped with ice skating season). I never let the fact that I was always heavier than the other people get in my way or bother me. And the people I was skating or swimming with never really minded that I was heavier either.

Something changed when I hit college. I was nowhere near the activity level that I was at in my pre-university days, but I certainly was not sedentary. I loved to take walks and had 2 jobs–one those jobs kept me on my feet the whole time. I ate a fairly healthy diet, but knew it could have been better. After college, I started running thinking well I hate running, but it might help. The pounds wouldn’t budge. No matter how much I restricted food intake and increased exercise would the pounds come off.

I decided I’d run my first half marathon in 2009. I teamed up with Team in Training which is an offshoot of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. I was getting really frustrated because I was running about 20 or so miles per week, eating a lean/clean diet but still as heavy as I was before I started training. I still ran and finished that first half marathon, but couldn’t help but be a little jealous of my training buddies who were sporting more trim bodies. I KNEW something was wrong. I later found out my thyroid had shut down. It certainly explained why I was feeling SO miserable and not able to lose weight despite my best efforts.

Since that diagnosis, I have lost about 97 pounds, run 2 more half marathons and started working at fitness facilities in addition to my full time job. I am certified to teach SilverSneakers, which is a fitness program geared towards the elderly to help them keep and/or get back strength and fitness for daily life activities. I am also certified to teach Les Mills Sh’bam (dance based cardio) and as of yesterday (4/26/13), I am now certified to teach Les Mills CXWorx (30 minute core conditioning). I am gearing up to train for Les Mills BodyAttack, which is 55 minutes of high intensity/interval/sports inspired cardio and also planning my next half marathon (perhaps the Hershey Half since this is chocolate runner girl’s blog..wouldn’t that be appropriate?). When I’m not teaching, I enjoy a few miles here and there and also take BodyPump, BodyStep and RPM through Les Mills as well. They are great additions if you’re looking for cross training activities while gearing up for a distance running event.

I’ve always had a passion for sports, fitness and exercise. Heck, my major was Kinesiology at Penn State. I’ve always wanted to share my love of fitness and nutrition with others. I am hoping to take my American College of Sports Medicine exam for Health and Fitness expert. I would love to pursue a career in health coaching or corporate wellness coordination. I want people to know that everything is possible.”

Becky at her heaviest
Mile 10 in the first Half Marathon she ever ran in Jan 2009–the Disney World Half Marathon.Beckydisneymarathon 044
Her last half marathon which was December 2011 in Miami Beach (for her birthday–race day was on her birthday).
Becky in action while taking BodyAttack
A gym candid..one of the more recent photos of Becky.


~ Chocolate Runner~

Sometimes our motivation can come from an unexpected place!

Hello there friends! It is Wednesday! Yay! I am officially signed up for my first 10k of the year.  I am participating with a friend from the gym, and she is more of a walker.  That being said, I am not doing this for anything but a fun workout 🙂
Even though I am not running on Saturday, I really wanted to get in a run today.  I have only ran twice since my duathlon last weekend.  The weather was pretty cold (for April in Texas), and rainy on and off so I did not make it out this morning with the kiddos I nanny for.  After we all had a nice nap I did manage to get in 2 miles.  So it was better than nothing.
The little twins are a great motivation for me.  Many days I am really sore or tired from previous workouts and I don’t always want to go for a walk/run with them, but they are very persistent in wanting to go see the “DA” (ducks), and so 4-5 days of the week we get in at least one walk to see the ducks.  That is all it really takes for me.  Once we are outside I usually muster up the strength and go for a few miles.  It as been nice to finally get back into a little more consistent ‘running’ considering the last 2 years with injuries and random health issues.  My basic point is that even the youngest people in my life help keep me motivated to run!!!

Here is another motivating story from a fellow runner Birgit, and how her precious son help get her motivated to run!

“4 years ago, my youngest was born with bilateral clubfeet, severe case. I wasn’t much interested in getting fit, running, etc..I felt content where I was. When your child is born with a special need though..you re-evaluate EVERY aspect of life as you know it..

William has had either casting or some sort of night time bracing , physical therapy and day time bracing since he was 4 days old. He can walk with the assistance of his AFO’s and at some point, should be walking without orthotics. We stretch several times a day, and cry together each time he gets so tired off “putting on the boots to sleep in”..even though that happens rarely. He is simply one of the most patient and brave little souls out there..and I wish I could stay as positive as he does so easily!

Four years later, one of the thoughts I come back to as an answer to why I started running is ” because I CAN “..William is far from being ” normal”.. But he can walk and run as well – In fact, talk about timing..we will be “running” our first 1 mile Fun Run this coming Saturday.

Running has become as much part of my life as bracing has become part of Williams..It helps me keep life in perspective. This past January, I finished my first Half Marathon in Baton Rouge, LA. I run together with a great group of ladies, and they are as much part of my life, dear friends.

Why wouldn’t we run, given the ability!”


This smile would get me going everyday!William1 Birgit

Thank you for sharing your story Birgit and precious pictures of William!!
Best wishes in your upcoming race with William 🙂

Who keeps YOU motivated to workout?

~Chocolate Runner~