A former college athlete (some 12 years ago) and current fitness level go together like contestants on The Bachelor and wedding vows. In other words: they don’t. This is why the fitness portion of The Blonde Side was created – fitness is not something I’m extremely “good” at, nor do I feel particularly jazzed each and every day to wake up at the butt crack of dawn and go for a 5-mile run with sweat dripping down my fake cleavage. But I do it anyways.
There’s something about a chick who writes a sport’s column that people automatically assume she (as in me) is physically fit with tight abs and glutes you want to stare at all day. So here’s my shot at allowing you to keep me motivated.
My running game has been forever changed thanks to my Spark Cardio+ Music GPS Fitness Watch from TomTom. With this new running buddy, you can train to the tune of 500 songs of your choice. And it stands to reason with the recent and sudden passing of music icon Prince, that I would run my heart out to some of his best tunes. Thanks to Billboard Magazine for listing out Prince’s 40 Biggest Billboard Hits of all time. Here are a few features of this new fitness gadget: 24/7 activity tracking GPS tracking Multisport mode Built-in heart...read more
Join The Blonde Side’s team for Wings for Life Selfie Run, Sunday, May 8th – it’s free to sign up and you can run from anywhere! This is a ground-breaking event (I mean, who doesn’t love anything involving a selfie?) to support spinal cord injury research, that allows anyone/anywhere to run with the entire world in a race with no finish line. Here’s how to sign-up (it’s super easy, and did I mention free?): DOWNLOAD THE SELFIE RUN APP ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE CONNECT WITH FACEBOOK OR CREATE AN ACCOUNT SET...read more
A lot of people ask how I work out & stay active since I’m always traveling (each year I spend between 100 – 260 days on the road), so I wanted to quickly share three of my favorite fitness secrets: 1. THIS “Hit The Deck” game that is by far my favorite (and you can usually kill a good workout in 15 mins) 2. TRX Training – love them, obsessed. Hook them up to a parking garage (check), a palm tree (check), in your garage (check) and much more! 3. The new IGNITE DVD from Women’s Health...read more
Mark your calendars for the 14th annual Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation 5k hitting Houston (NRG Stadium) on April 10th. It’s early – just warning you – but it’s worth it. The Blonde Side (and formerly Charity Chicks Houston) has participated in this fun and worthy 5k for at least five years (last year was our first year to miss it!) and we want to come back to 2016’s run stronger than ever. Click here to join The Blonde Side’s team (or make a small donation). The cost to sign-up and join our team is $35 for a...read more
When you’re committed to running or training for a race, the rain (and other outdoor elements like snow – something we aren’t used to here in Texas) can be a nuisance and easy deterrence. Um, it’s rainy. I can skip today. Who’s said that before? [Raises hand.] My solution? Find a good Pandora station to jam to (mine is still Lionel Richie believe it or not), get some great scenery (like this great art wall in EADO), and just take off. Running has quite a few crazy misconceptions. Like you have to belong to a...read more
Our first-ever fitness-related event took place Sunday at RYDE and we had a blast! Check out our FB photos, courtesy of Sunshine Winters Photography. We had 30 Houston women join us for a fun sweat-sesh in River Oaks – some first-time riders (who did amazing!), some veteran riders, and even a friend WHO JUST HAD A BABY FOUR WEEKS AGO (I won’t mention your name Brittney). Before I thank our sponsors and ask for your input on upcoming events, I wanted to share with you something that RYDE does that I think is amazing. Before signing...read more
Houston, get ready for The Blonde Side’s first fitness-related event. We will teaming up with the great folks at RYDE (spinning studio) on February 21st for Sunday Funday Reinvented (sadly, football is over for the season). When: Sunday, February 21st – starts 2:15p (class is promptly at 2:30) – 4:00p (includes fun girl time, prizes, snacks, demos, etc.) Cost: $25/person Who: Ladies only – first-time spinners and experts welcome, must be 18+ Sign up: HERE Interested in sponsoring our event or donating product to our...read more
Everyone has that one “thing” they spend too much money on or trying to keep up with the latest trends. For some it’s purses or shoes, but for me – it’s active apparel and workout wear, since that’s pretty much the only thing you ever see me in. (Seriously, my online dating profile clearly warns men that I’m always in yoga pants.) On a recent visit to Austin for the X Games, I was introduced to FitFit, which is a line of unique, bold active apparel. And of course I fell in love. Not just with the...read more
I am a stressed out individual, but odds are we probably have that in common. We are multi-taskers, go-getters, hustlers and our brains have literally become human computers we never turn off. Last month I interviewed Houston Texan Duane Brown and his wife Devi. The interview was about their home (see the story here) and I expected to learn about the exotic interior decorator they used and stuff like that, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn about their morning rituals of meditating together. Meditation has always way too spiritual...read more
I am so excited to announce that for the FOURTH straight year, I’ve been selected as a Women’s Health Action Hero. The race series (10k), is a lot of fun and not competitive, so if you’re a casual walker or a novice runner, don’t sweat it! The race series is really cool – aside from getting cool swag (like a limited edition FEED bag), each and every signup will provide TEN meals to hungry kids right here in our own neighborhoods. – You’ll get our 2015 limited-edition FEED bag! (the one all the celebs carry...read more