Sunday, August 23, 2015

Foam Rolling for Runners and a Foam Roller GIveaway!

Hi, Friends!

I am giving away a foam roller over on my personal training site. Check out my five foam rolling exercises for runners and enter for your chance to win a foam roller! Thanks, as always, for your support!

Five Foam Rolling Exercises for Runners + a Giveaway! 



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Sunday, August 16, 2015

August Adventures

Hi, friends! I hope you are having a great August. I love August. It's the month of my wedding anniversary. I usually vacation in August and I know I'm weird, but I love the Texas heat (as long as there is air condition available! ha!).

This is what is happening in my world!

A NEW CAR!


We bought a new-to-us car on a whim! When I told my best friend about my purchase, I think she was surprised I never mentioned anything about buying a new car. "What? Did you wake up and say, I'm going to buy a new car today?" Nope. The truth is when I woke up that morning, I had no idea I'd be buying a new car.

We were planning on getting a new car in early 2016. Last Saturday morning, we dropped my car off at the garage for an oil change and hubby suggested we go to the new car dealership that just opened in our area to get some ideas of what we might want to buy next year.

Long story short, we ended up running back to the oil change place to get our car back before they did the work! We traded in my old car and now are proud owners of a new Ford Escape. I think Ollie approves.



A DECADE TOGETHER!


August 27th is our ten year wedding anniversary! I can't believe it's been a decade of marriage  already (and 17 years together). It has flown by so quickly. We really were just kids when we met. I feel so lucky to really have found that perfect person to share my life with.  Facebook reminded me that I wrote this last year and it really sums it all up perfectly.


The first and last time we ever went to the Texas State Fair - 1998
Since we just bought a car, I think we are going to skip the anniversary vacation this year and celebrate stay-cation style! I'm sure we'll come up with some fun things to do.

LAUNCH PARTY FOR DALLAS FITNESS AMBASSADORS!


Our launch party for Dallas Fitness Ambassadors is approaching soon! Mai Lyn and I are really excited about meeting our bloggers and getting this thing off the ground. We'll be hanging out over at City Surf Fitness in Deep Ellum for a class, then a meet and greet! If you are a Dallas area blogger, make sure you apply to be an ambassador to receive an exclusive invite. Due to the small class size, this is invitation only and space is very limited! Spoiler alert: Our swag bags are shaping up to be amazing. Don't miss out.


LEA GENDERS FITNESS!


As you know (because I won't stop yapping about it) I recently launched Lea Genders Fitness. I am a NASM certified personal trainer that specializes in strength training for runners. My sweet hubby spent his whole day yesterday helping me film for my new series in the ShredShed. I have started a strength training for runners series. I've developed five minute circuits that target the muscles that runners need to strengthen the most. It's a great place to start when you want to be a better, faster, less prone to injury runner! The first in the series is my personal favorite, core exercises. I'd love it if you would check it out over on my new personal training site.



I offer in-person training sessions in Fort Worth in the ShredShed, as well as online training. If you are interested in a more in-depth strength training plan for runners, please contact me.

Here is a funny outtake from our filming yesterday. I love that hubby keeps me laughing through this life. Good thing he likely won't read this. He would probably kill me if he knew I shared this video. Ha!



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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The (Not-So) Secret to Workout Motivation

Good morning, friends! I wrote a new post over on my new fitness trainer site in an attempt to drive some traffic over there. I will still be blogging regularly here, but I will be incorporating some workout "tips and tricks" over on the new fitness trainer blog. You can read more about my new fitness business venture here.

Last night it took me about an hour and a half to write the blog post and just as I was finishing up, I thought it looked like there was too much space at the bottom.

"Would you like to delete this block? This can not be undone"

I clicked yes because I thought I was deleting an empty block and poof, the last hour and a half of my life was deleted. I seriously just wanted to cry and throw a temper tantrum, but I pulled up my big girl pants and wrote it again. (OK, maybe I cried a little.)

I'd love it if you would head over and check it out.



"People often ask me how I stay motivated to workout and the truth is that there are times that I am not motivated at all. Sometimes at 5:30am or after a long day at work, I feel more inclined towards a Netflix marathon than training for a real one.

Trainers don't have some special motivation gene that keeps us going. There is not some secret to exercise motivation that will change everything. Here's my big secret..." read more.

Thanks for all your support, friends!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

The Sweat Pink Giveaway Winner Announced

Thanks to everyone that entered my giveaway for the Sweat Pink prize pack that I brought home from Fitness BlogFest. I am excited to announce my winner. I am also excited to announce that I wore my own Sweat Pink trucker hat when I went to Kroger to buy wine...and I got carded! Carded, I tell you! This hat has magical powers (or the hat bill casts a forgiving shadow over my age-revealing under eye wrinkles). You decide. Either way, you're one lucky lady, Chickie B. Congratulations!



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Saturday, August 1, 2015

I'm both Thrilled and Terrified about Lea Genders Fitness

I am both thrilled and terrified to tell you about my latest venture www.leagendersfitness.com. Since I blog about (almost) everything, you probably already know that I recently passed my NASM personal trainer certification, became intensely inspired at BlogFest and returned home with a head full of ideas and dreams.

I came home from BlogFest with a completely different mindset than when I left. I went there thinking that I was happy to have passed my personal training certification, that I wanted it mostly for my own knowledge and to give me some authority behind my writing and this blog.

I came home from BlogFest wanting to share my knowledge, to serve my community and help people.

My biggest fear was that I wouldn't do anything. I feared that I wouldn't take the necessary action and those dreams would start to fade as fast my last hair dye job.

What would keep me from taking action? Fear. What is the theme of the last couple of sentences? Fear. A couple weeks went by and I didn't do much of anything. Just do something, I told myself. Anything.

So I did what I do best. I made a website. I knew these past four years of blogging and ten years of running were leading up to something big. Since you can't throw a stone in DFW without hitting a personal trainer, I knew I needed a niche. I want to help runners get strong, to help them become better runners, less prone to injury and all around better athletes. Since I am a runner, I get runners. I can help runners.

My grandmother passed away last month. She was 101 years old and led a full healthy life right up until the end. She was beautiful, funny and kind. Even though she was 101, I sort of thought she would live forever because she was so healthy and active. I hope I inherited some of her good genes.

She left me a very small sum of money and I decided in her honor, I would use the money towards my business. I know she would have liked that. The first thing I bought with Grandma's money was a website and a domain name.

I'm excited to introduce you to my new website and my new business in Fort Worth, TX, Lea Genders Fitness

www.leagendersfitness.com


Lea Genders Fitness

I'd love it if you would check it out. I'd appreciate any feedback on design and functionality.

I am also looking for testimonials to share on the new website. I probably haven't trained you in person, but if you have ever been inspired or motivated by this blog, I'd love it if you would share a sentence or two I could use on my site. Here are some of my testimonials so far. My email is lea genders@gmail.com if you feel so inclined.

(Deep breath) Keep moving forward. Grandma would be proud.

Grandma on her 100th birthday.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Furry Friday Feature: Dallas Edition

Hi, friends! Happy Friday! Welcome to the latest edition of Furry Friday Feature, a monthly post when I introduce you to a four-legged runner and their favorite running human.

Running with dogs

Am I allowed to have a favorite reader? Or are readers like kids and I have to pretend I like them all equally? Don't worry Mom, I won't tell the others. If I get a favorite reader (or at least top 5) I choose Jessie from Welsh Poco a Poco. She is a Dallas runner who is super speedy, adorable and has the cutest dog who runs. Jessie won my giveaway for the Flavor Run in Fort Worth and we ran it together. Together. i.e. she finished way faster than me.

Hi, Jessie. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.

Brooklyn is a two-year-old Weimaraner. We brought her home at eight weeks, and we selected her breed for its athleticism and great disposition. She is a "velcro dog," meaning she always wants to be in on the action! She especially loves running and hiking, and she has the half marathon distance three times with me!
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Brooklyn! That face!

Where are your favorite places to run with your pooch?

We love running at White Rock Lake in Dallas! Since we're Florida grown, we love being near the water!

running with dogs
Gorgeous! (nice shirt!)

Have you ever raced with your dog? 

Brooklyn has never entered a race with me, but she always helps me train and then greets me at the finish line with lots of puppy kisses!

running with dogs

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.

I ran the Dallas Rock n Roll half marathon with Deena Kastor's pace group. It was such a privilege running with my favorite elite athlete! Deena was cheerful and encouraging, and she helped me set a new PR!

What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?

Since I'm a full-time graduate student, time is a hot commodity. Brooklyn reminds me that it is a blessing and a gift to take time out of the routine and get outside and run! She lives up to the Brooks slogan: Run Happy! She is especially known for her goofy faces, which are often captured on camera!



Thanks Jessie for sharing Brooklyn with us! I hope to see you again soon at a local race.
If you love cute puppy faces and running, I highly suggested you check out Jessie's blog and follow her on Instagram.

http://welshpocoapoco.blogspot.com
https://instagram.com/jessicaleigh021/


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Do You Know Your Doggie's DNA?

Disclosure: This post is Sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0. All opinions are my own. 

Ollie is a popular dog. People even send him emails. People are always asking about his breed and the truth is that we don't know for sure. Ollie was a rescue dog and lived in at least one other home before we became his fur-ever family (and the star of this blog).

This was Ollie when he was a puppy. So stinkin' cute, right?

Before he was a famous blog dog.

Then he grew up to be the monster dog he is today.


That frisbee never stood a chance

We think he is an English Pointer, but then again people tell us that he looks like a Blue Heeler. What do you think?
A Blue Heeler puppy.
We make assumptions of breed based on how our dogs look, but mix breed dogs can vary greatly in appearance and we often (up to 75% of the time, they say) guess inaccurately!

The truth is that we love Ollie no matter what his breed. He could be an English Pointer, a Blue Heeler, a German shorthaired Pointer or half dog/half monster. But to us, he's the stubborn, funny, sweet, sometimes disobedient, handsome boy we call Ollie.

When I heard about Mars Veterinary, the industry leader in canine genetic testing, Canine DNA test Wisdom Panel® 3.0, I was intrigued. I sure would love to know Ollie's breed(s) and it turns out there are other reasons to know your dog's breed(s) other than just love and curiosity.




Knowing your dog's breed can helpful when developing a training program that works with your dog's natural instincts. It can give you a better understanding of their behavior characteristics. It can help determine how large your puppy will grow and healthy weights of full grown breeds. When you know your dog's DNA it can give you an insight into how to keep your dog healthy and happy.

Does Ollie like to run, chase tennis balls and hate baths because of his breed? Is he really an English Pointer or are we way off? I don't know but I'm interested to find out!

Wisdom Panel will be at the Austin Pet Expo from August 1-2 to share more information about Wisdom Panel® 3.0 and to educate on the benefits of Canine DNA testing. If you can make it to Austin, you can swab on site at the event for a discounted price of $39.99. For those wanting to take home a kit, they can be purchased for the discounted price of $49.99 (regularly $84.99).

If you can't make it to Austin in August visit www.WisdomPanel.com for more information or to purchase an at-home kit.


This is cool, right? I can't wait to learn more about Ollie's DNA and I thought you might want to learn about this too! I thought this was really great especially because it so affordable. I definitely plan to test Ollie's DNA. I'm so curious. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!

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Until next time, doggie kisses for everyone! 

What do you think? Do you know the breed(s) of your dog? Would you like to know? 

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