Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Some Mudlove!

I just got a little note in my inbox about a Valentine’s Day special on the CW tonight about one of my obsessions  (it’s at the top of my bucket list!!!) — The Tough Mudder. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than curled up on the couch with my husband learning about the folks doing the world’s ultimate muddy obstacle race.

Mudlove is in the air tonight!


Training Time: This Fat Chick’s Road To Tough Mudder

Time to kick my Tough Mudder training into high gear! I'm doing a host of challenges to get myself ready for the world's toughest race.

Time to kick my Tough Mudder training into high gear! I’m doing a host of challenges to get myself ready for the world’s toughest race.

At the top of my Healthy Bucket List sits my desire to run a Tough Mudder. For those of you not familiar with a mudder, it’s a 12+ mile obstacle course (in the mud) designed by former British Special Forces dudes. Around 30% of the folks who try fail to complete it. The more I read about the mudders, the more I realize I need to kick my training into high gear before attempting this puppy. Read More


The Will To Run Is Strong…But The Knee Is Still Weak

My Saucony running shoes are screaming for a workout. But my knee is screaming louder. I hope by January I can lace these babies up for some 5k training.

My Saucony running shoes are screaming for a workout. But my knee is screaming louder. I hope by January I can lace these babies up for some 5k training.

I’ve really babied my knee these last 4 weeks. I cut back on my spin classes (missing nearly 2 weeks of classes). My trainer focused on my upper body during our last 8 sessions. Sadly my Tough Mudder training has taken a back seat to ice packs and rest. I even cut my daily walks down to 2-3 days/week. The result? My knee is feeling pretty good…but not great.

First the bad news: During my Friday yoga class, I felt pain during one pose (damn you, Child’s Pose). Just too much weight on my knee.

Now for some good news: There’s no pain when I walk or go up or down stairs (woo hoo!). And no swelling for nearly a week. Yesterday my trainer tested the knee out with some squats, leg extensions and presses – no pain but plenty of loud popping noises (not great). Read More