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.
It seems every corner you turn, there is a new gym (or studio or box or whatever they are called these days) in Houston, but one of the latest (and greatest) I’ve found is MA1 Fitness Studio, located in the Memorial City area. (You can check them out via their FB page.) I had the chance to speak with one of the gym-owners and trainers (and good friend of mine) Jonathan Holland, and his list of credentials are about as big as his biceps. (Seriously, both are impressive.) Holland is a Retired NFL player for the Oakland Raiders, but...read more
Change it up: 5 Ways to Breathe New Life into Your Running Routine: Running is one of the most effective exercises for keeping fit, preparing for a competition or losing weight. However, no matter what your goal is, most runners hit a plateau at some point. Or they get injured, like I currently am. Many people tend to lose steam and give up on their fitness goals once they hit a plateau, but with the right mindset and a few innovative ways to mix it up, you can break free of your plateau (I sound like an inspiring commercial right now, don’t...read more
I am so pumped (and slightly nervous) to be planning a 5k with Women’s Health Magazine and Runtastic, but I’m ready to meet this task head-on. The 5k is still in the planning stages, but here’s what I can tell you: I NEED SIGNUPS! Also, I’ve got the date nailed down and I promise it will be a casual FUN RUN. No crazy times – your dogs and your strollers and your friends who hate running are ALL invited. This is my fifth year being selected as a Women’s Health Action Hero and something I am incredibly proud...read more
The Blonde Side was recently interviewed for the Runtastic blog. For those who don’t know about Runtastic, it’s a health and fitness community and is an all-around awesome app, that will help keep you on track. This interview and blog post was part of our involvement with Women’s Health Magazine as an Action Hero. Read the blog post: I am lucky to live in a great community like Houston – one that is an active running community and loves giving back to various charities. RUN 10 FEED 10 has been a perfect match. I have been...read more
H-Town super runner talks virtual race, shares tips on running in the heat Avid runners in the Houston community have likely heard Calum “Cal” Neff’s name before. Neff has a number of running accolades credited to his name. To name just a few, he is the Guinness World Record Holder for Fastest Half Marathon pushing a stroller (which he dominated in Katy for a time of 1:11:27), he came in 23rd overall in the 2016 Houston Marathon, and he won the 2014 North American Wings for Life World Run. For those who aren’t familiar with the...read more
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