22 10 2013

I was recently contacted by Matt from peerFit, who told me about their latest venture, the peerFit PASSPORT. If you aren’t familiar, peerfit is “a health-technology company that empowers people to get fit by connecting them to group fitness. Through its free mobile application and website, peerFit offers fitness consumers interactive and motivational fitness features in order to get and stay fit.”

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To be perfectly honest, I’ve never used the peerFit website, but when Matt told me about the PASSPORT, I was immediately hooked. Basically, for a small fee, you get an opportunity to get to try out several different group fitness classes without committing to purchasing a package or spending $15-20 for a drop in class.

Screen Shot 2013-10-21 at 9.37.54 PMMatt and his team are rolling out the PASSPORT in Tampa, and he reached out to see if I’d be willing to try it out. Heck yeah!

Here’s the deets on the Tampa PASSPORT:

Five local fitness facilities have signed on to participate:

Orangetheory Fitness

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Performance Compound

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SurfFit of Tampa



BodyHeat Yoga Studio


South Tampa Pilates

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You get six opportunities to try out the different facilities, but you can go no more than twice to any one of the facilities. You just check their schedule and call up and reserve a spot, letting them know you’re using your passport. Easy peasy.

I’m constantly looking for new, fun workouts (especially for when it is rainy out!), so this is a perfect way to try out different places in my city.

The part I love the best? It’s currently available for $39 on Living Social. Um talk about a deal!!! I figure most drop in sessions are $15, so this deal saves you $51! I’m really hoping this idea takes off- I’m currently traveling a fair amount for work and I’m dropping a bunch of money on drop in workouts because the package deals expire after 30 days!

So, how do you get a peerFit PASSPORT?

Right now, you can get yours by clicking on the Living Social link :

The deal ends on the 30th, so hurry up and get yours so we can go get our sweat on together!

**Note: I was provided a PASSPORT in exchange for some blog posts about my experience. All opinions are my own 🙂



Heat Headaches?

19 04 2012

Last weekend, I packed up these guys:


And headed to Orlando to hang out with Bill 🙂

Shortly after I arrived on Friday night, we went for a run. Usually I take Fridays as my rest day, but since I did something fun on Tuesday night and didn’t get a workout in, I counted Tuesday as my rest day. We went on our usual 4-mile loop, and man, Bill made me work.

4 miles at 8:02 average? I’ll take that!

I also had a long run planned for the weekend too, and was hoping Bill would be up for running some of it with me. Thankfully, since I’m tapering (WAHHOOO!!), I “only” had 12 miles to run. We had talked about strategy for doing the run, and we were originally going to run 8, then Bill was going to grab his bike and ride the last four with me. He isn’t training for a marathon, so he typically doesn’t go for a 12 mile run on the weekends.

We geared up, and hit the road.

We got a little bit of a late start for the Florida heat (and by “little” I mean we started around noon).  But there was some cloud cover and I figured my body needs to learn to train in the heat anyhow.

We hadn’t really mapped a route, but we had a general idea of where we needed to turn around for the 8 mile loop to head home. When we were almost to where I thought the turnaround for the 8 mile loop would be, I looked at my watch and realized we were only a little over 3 miles in. I told Bill, and he said he was feeling good so we should just keep running to Lake Eola. I had mapped out how far it was to Lake Eola, and it was 6.5 miles. Bill was going to do the whole thing with me!

The way to Lake Eola wasn’t too bad. I wasn’t feeling super, but Bill kept encouraging me along the way. When we got to the Lake, there was an art festival going on with TONS OF PEOPLE. We dodged and weaved through some of it, and then I told Bill that we needed to get out of here. He joked and said it was practice running through the crowds at a busy race:-)

At about mile 7, we stopped at 7-11 to grab some Gatorade and headed back home. I was feeling ok, but the last two miles felt like forever. I had to stop and walk some; the heat was getting to me! As soon as my watch beeped at the 12 mile mark, I stopped running and switched to a walk, even though we weren’t quite home yet. I was SO over running at that point.

I can’t believe I have to do that twice, plus another 2.2 miles IN TWO WEEKS! Marathon day is so close!

I peeked at our splits when I got home on Sunday night, and they were actually pretty decent:

I’m so proud of Bill for sticking out the 12 miles with me. He was doing GREAT the whole way and was the only reason I kept going. I’m pretty sure that was his PDR (Personal Distance Record); he’ll be upping his mileage soon enough though, when we start training for our Half Ironman!

After the run, we refueled at Garabaldi’s. Unfortunately, we didn’t think it was quite as good as last time, but it was still tasty.

A bean burrito and cheese enchilada. Rice and veggies too, smothered in cheese sauce. Mmm cheesy!

We got home after filling our bellies, and promptly took a nap on the couch. I was starting to feel a headache coming on, and I hoped a nap would squash it. I should have known better though…

Let me back up.

Over the past year, I’ve noticed that when I do strenuous exercise in the heat, I will often get a pretty bad headache afterwards.  Last triathlon season, I remember coming home from almost all of my triathlons and developing a headache shortly thereafter. I never thought too much about it; I just took a few ibuprofen and then took a nap. But at Rockett’s Landing, my head started to pound not long after finishing the race. I was still hanging out near the finish line, so I asked one of the medics for some ibuprofen. He didn’t have any, but after asking me what was wrong, he told me I was probably dehydrated and he gave me a few salt tabs. I wondered how that could be, since I drank plenty of water and gatorade during the race. And, after going to the bathroom, it certainly didn’t appear I was dehydrated (if ya know what I’m sayin…). I took the pills, and figured he probably knew what he was talking about.

And you know what? It helped! I was able to enjoy the rest of the afternoon with only a slight headache, instead of a pounding, I-only-want-to-lay-in-bed-and-sleep headache. From that day on, I was on a mission to find salt tabs. I also decided to investigate Accelerade and AccelGels, since they contain more sodium than Gatorade and Gus.

For my late season races last year, I tried to take either Salt Stick or Endurolytes right after racing. If I remember correctly, I didn’t get headaches after any other race last season.

This year, as I train in Florida for my marathon and will soon be training for my tris, I have again been plagued by headaches after working out. Even one night after a hard swimming practice I developed a headache! I know I haven’t been really strict about watching my nutrition, but I have been taking AccelGels during and Salt Tabs after my longer runs but still get headaches.

During my 20 miler I drank an Accelerade sample I bought at a running store (I wanted to try it out before buying a huge tub of the stuff), had a few Gus and Accel Gels, and took salt tabs afterwards and I didn’t get a headache. It also wasn’t blazin’ hot that weekend either…

After doing some research, I think the headaches are caused by an electrolyte imbalance. I think I just sweat a lot, which throws off the balance of salt and water in my system. I need to be sure that I’m replacing my electrolytes before, during and after exercise. I’m no expert, so please, if you know more, tell me!

As I write this post, I’m really thinking I need to pay even closer attention to my nutrition whenever I workout. Earlier this week,  I placed an order for Accelerade and ordered some more AccelGels as well. I also have a canister of salt tabs. Is there anything I’m missing?

Now that I’m a Florida gal, I’ve got to learn how to hydrate my body properly when I do strenuous activity. Drinking only water  does not work for me! I certainly don’t want to get headaches every time I do a tough workout.

So- has anyone else experienced anything similar? Does anyone have suggestions for how I should figure out what works best (besides just experimenting?)

{Guest Post} We Don’t Use the S or F Word In Our House

6 09 2011

We have an awesome guest post lined up for you today! Dorothy, of Mile Posts is here to share about healthy habits she’s teaching her kids. Dorothy is a fantastic runner and mom of 3! She recently ran the Hood to Coast Relay as part of the After-Nuun Delight team. Yea, she’s a stud! I hope you enjoy her post!


When you think of *bad words* – fat or skinny are probably not the two words that come to your mind first. Sadly they are one of the first ones that come to my mind, which is why I choose not to use them in my house.

Food is fuel for our bodies; it gives us energy and powers us in training and during races.

In order for my children to have a healthy attitude about food, I must teach them. I must serve as a good example to my daughter and sons. Children are often compared to sponges, soaking up everything faster than we know and probably would like. Before we even realize they are learning our habits, ideas and thoughts, they have already started mimicking them. I realize that these years are some of the most important years in determining the relationship my children have with food for the rest of their lives.

We have *good for us* foods in our house, like apples, bananas, carrots, peas, peanut butter, yogurt, and granola. We also have *not so great* for us foods like cookies, ice cream, sugary fruit snacks, and lollipops. The *good for us* foods make us a fast runner, a strong ballerina, or quick soccer player. They make my children grow to one day be taller than their mom and dad. The *not so good* for us foods will not make us fat – they can be enjoyed – but they do not make us stronger, faster, or smarter.

I give my children choices.

The spinach on their dinner plate will make them grow to be strong. The cookie they are saving room for won’t. If they choose to save room for the cookie and only eat a couple of bites of spinach, so be it. It is a choice they make. More often than not, they will finish their vegetables when reminded of this choice. Sometimes they also go for the cookie, but their tummies are so full of good for them foods, that they only have room for 1 cookie instead of 3. They are allowed to indulge in *not so good* for them foods. They should be able to eat these things in moderation. I do not want to be their moderator. I want them to learn to make the best choices for themselves.

Because my children are little we have a rule in our house that they have to ask if they want to eat something unless it is a fruit or vegetable. Any time they are hungry and want to grab a banana, they do not have to ask, they are welcome to take it. I smile when I look in the fruit basket and there is less in it than the last time I looked. It makes me feel as if giving them the power to eat healthy is working.

We do not want to be skinny in our house, we do not want to be fat, so why even introduce them to the idea that eating or not eating makes you either of those things? If you eat healthy and are active then you will be exactly where your body was made for it to be.

You may be heavier than someone else, you may be smaller than someone else, but breaking the cycle of comparing yourself to others is something I am trying to do with my children. I want them to grow up to be strong, active, fit, happy adults.

I do most of my marathon training while pushing 1 or all of my 3 children in a single, double or triple running stroller. I have been doing this since my children were first born. They do not know what life is like without running. They know that mommy needs her exercise and that is important for not only me to be active, but for them as well. On most of our runs we stop about a ½ mile from our house and my 2 oldest (soon to be 5 and 3) jump out and run home. They race each other.

They are both winners, and I remind them of this every time we run. Running is a beautiful sport. Every person – man, woman or child, who crosses that finish line is a winner whether or not they came in 1st or 500th.

Question of the day: What are ways you keep your house healthy and active?