Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Day in the Life of Ollie (the Dog)

Hi, Friends! My name is Ollie. I am an English Pointer and I live in Fort Worth with my mom and dad. My mom asked me to write this blog post to tell you all about a day in my life. I like to write a guest post now and again, even though we all know I am the real reason you read this blog in the first place. Mom told me that some of her FitFluential friends were doing a link-up with blog posts about a day in their life. My mom's life is pretty boring (she leaves me for 9-10 hours a day!) so I suggested that we do a day in my life instead, since my life is so much more interesting. I was so happy that she agreed.


My day starts out the same each morning. Mom likes to sleep (a lot) so I usually have to wake her up each day. Sometimes she tries to push me away, but I know if I keep licking her face she will get up.

wake up, mom!
Once mom gets up she wakes dad and then we all eat breakfast together. I usually wait under the table to catch anything that drops while they eat. It's my job to keep food off the floor. I don't mean to brag but I am pretty good at it. When their breakfast is done and I am sure all the food is gone, I eat my breakfast from my dog bowl. I sure love it when dad drops the bacon! Don't tell mom but I think he sometimes drops it on purpose!

Once breakfast is over it is time for my daily walk! It is the best part of my whole day!! Sometimes mom leaves the house before my walk and is gone for a long long time. I don't know where she goes, but she always comes back though. Some days just dad and I walk, but I like it best when the whole family goes out together.

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When we get back from our walk I get some time to play in the backyard. There are a lot of friends to play with back there! Besides the squirrels and bunnies, I have two girlfriends! You heard me. Two. 

This is Lila. She's pretty cute, right?


This is my other girlfriend, Remy. Since she lives next door, my dad lets me run across the front yard to visit her at her house. We love each other a lot.


When play time is over it is time to go back inside for a nap. Mom is always in my face with that darn camera! Sometimes a boy just wants to rest.


After nap time, I am usually hungry for a snack. My dad is pretty generous with the snacks.


Sometimes mom and I run together when she gets home, but she is pretty slow. I can smoke her.


Later in the day I like to hang out with dad in the man cave. Don't worry, we let mom hang out in there too.


...and at the end of a long fun day, I curl up on my bed and dream about chasing squirrels (I always catch them in my dreams).



I hope your day was as fun as mine! It's a dog's life around here. I hope you enjoyed a day in the life of Ollie!


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Shine Athletica Fierce Tank Giveaway Winner

I am excited to announce the winner of the Shine Athletica Fierce burn out tank. 



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Congratulations, Rachel! I'll send you an email you to get your size and shipping address. Thanks to everyone who entered to win. You can find this shirt and tons of other cute designs over on www.shineathletica.com

I announced last week that I was entering into a partnership with Shine Athletica. As part of our new partnership they will be producing "My running partner has four legs" tank tops. Aren't these cute? They are for sale now here and on the Shine Athletica Etsy page. You can also buy direct from me by filling out this order form plus I'll be doing a giveaway next month.

I am now also managing their social media accounts, so if you follow Shine Athletica on Twitter, and Instagram, I'll be sure you get a follow back. 





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Friday, January 16, 2015

Furry Friday Feature! Meet Lauren and #Teamtripawds

Happy furday Friday, friends! Welcome to the latest edition of Furry Friday FeatureOnce a month on a Friday, I feature a furry four-legged runner and their human, because it's a sure crowd-pleaser. Everyone loves to meet these dogs who run.

This month I am happy to introduce you to Lauren and her #teamtripawds!

Hi, Lauren. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partners.
I have two favorite running partners, and they are both 3 legged! We call ourselves #teamtripawds. My boy is a 2 year old Border Collie name Porter. We rescued him in May, and the cause of his amputation (right front) is unknown, but it happened in April. He loves to run all the time, although the most we've gone together is 4 miles 'cause I don't want to stress his shoulder.


My girl is a 5 year old Chihuahua mix named Willow. We've had her almost 2 years. She was hit by a car 2 years ago which broke both right legs. 6 months and 4 surgeries after that her right hind still hadn't healed, and had to be amputated. She prefers to run with her dad, my husband, but will put up with running with Porter and I if we go slow. She prefers 1 - 1.5 miles.


Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
We live in Las Vegas so we don't have many trail options, which means we hit the streets. I'd love it if we could find some soft dirt trails...it'd be better on their joints! The desert trails are hard on Porter's front paw pad since he puts so much force through that one leg.

Have you ever raced with your dog? 
We ran a 5K at Christmas with both dogs, their first race! Porter really connected with a handicapped woman there which was awesome to be a part of.


Porter and I have plans to do the Bad Ass Dash in May! It's an obstacle course race and they have a K9 division. We are open to doing other races too! (from Lea: I love the idea of K9 division in an obstacle race! I wonder if Ollie would behave for long enough to do something like that? Probably not!)



Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.
I'm just proud of getting out there and running as often as possible. I ran competitively in college. I'm proud of running steeplechase and for setting my 5K PR on the track (I'm not a fan of running in circles, so this was a big deal for me) at 19:53. My first marathon (and only marathon) so far was a big accomplishment. (from Lea: congrats on that amazing 5K time!)

What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
They are what motivates me to get out the door. They have such excitement and desire to go! Plus they never complain or come up with excuses. Especially mine, having a "handicap," they don't let that slow them down one bit!



Any parting thoughts?
I love running with my dogs and spreading awareness of what "handicapped" dogs can do.

Thank you Lauren for sharing your story and those cute furry faces! You can follow Lauren, Porter and Willow on Instagram.

Have you missed any furry features? You can get caught up on past Furry Features here.

Are you a runner who would like to be featured with your favorite furry four-legged running partner?  Just fill out this form to be considered for a future furry Friday feature. (Bonus points if you can say that five times fast.)


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Blogging For a Happier New Year: 5 Ways to a Better Race in 2015

Check me out on the ClassPass blog. I wrote an article for ClassPass as part of a series on their blog called Blogging For a Happier New Year. Every day in January they are featuring a new blogger from one of their 20 cities.


If you live in a ClassPass city (Dallas, Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Seattle, San Diego, Portland, or Austin) and are interested in joining ClassPass, you can skip the waiting list and join right away with this referral link (this is not an affiliate link, I don't receive anything if you click or join).



I'd love it if you would click over and check out my article. If you are feeling extra support-y (that's a word, right?) a comment on their blog would be super!

Thanks, friends. I hope you're having a great week!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Shine Athletica Fitness and Yoga Apparel #Giveaway

Hi, friends! I am super excited to announce a new ongoing partnership with Shine Athletica. I am always thrilled when I can align my blog with a fitness brand that so closely shares my values. I have so much respect for Heather over at Shine and we decided to pull our resources and work together on some fun new projects. We have a lot of cool things in the works, like a Shine Athletica brand ambassador program for bloggers and social media influencers, but first we wanted to kick off our new partnership with a giveaway!


"At Shine Athletica we aim to encourage, inspire, and enlighten women to enjoy and embrace fitness comfortably and confidently, while expressing themselves."

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It is so easy to enter to win. All you have to do is leave a blog comment and fill out the Rafflecopter form below to confirm your entry, plus there are plenty of ways to earn extra entries.

If you would like to buy fitness apparel from Shine Athletica can you check out all their cute women's fitness and yoga apparel at www.shineathletica.com.

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If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

What's For Breakfast? Eggs in the Nest

My husband told me he had a surprise breakfast planned for Saturday morning. When I pushed him to tell me the surprise, he wouldn't budge. "You'll see" he taunted. When I saw the acorn squash on the counter, I was a little worried. Acorn squash for breakfast, really? It's not that I don't like acorn squash, it is just that I am a total stickler for routine. Every morning I eat dippy eggs (the technical term for what other people call sunny-side-up), one slice of Ezekiel toast, and a 1/2 of a grapefruit. This is what I eat, don't mess with my routine.


But he was set on a special breakfast this morning. He said he found the recipe online but he doesn't remember where (only a non-blogger, right?), so we have recreated it for you here. He called it Eggs in the Hole, but I thought there must be a better name so I took to my Facebook page with a picture to ask what these were called. One reader said that in her family they were called toad in a hole and another said eggs in the nest. Toad in a hole made me laugh, but let's go with eggs in the nest.

Slice the squash about 3/4" thick, but you will only use the middle slices, the ones with a complete hole in the middle. Remove the seeds.


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place acorn squash slices on the sheet.
Season with salt and pepper.
Bake acorn squash for 20 minutes at 375.


When they come out of the oven break an egg into each hole.
Place back in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the egg yolks are firm.
Tops with crushed walnuts and Sriracha (optional).


























Hubby served with avocado and a couple slices of bacon. Yum! These were so delicious and a healthier alternative to the traditional eggs in a hole made with white bread. Our acorn only made four slices and after devouring my two, I was left wanting more! 






































Now it's your turn! Let me know in the comments. 
Does your spouse ever make you breakfast? 
Have you ever heard these called toad in a hole? 
Do you have a breakfast routine? 
Will you try these? 


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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

National Walk Your Dog Month: 5 Reasons to Walk Your Dog Daily

You must know how much I love those weird made-up holidays. How can we forget about the memories we all made on National No Housework Day or the happy full tummies from National Grilled Cheese Day? It's during these precious national holidays that family bonds are built and memories are made...unless it is New Beer's Eve, you probably won't remember a thing about that one. I've even attempted (unsuccessfully) to start my own National Holiday, National Hug a Blogger Day!

Imagine my delight and surprise when I saw that January is Walk Your Dog Month! While Ollie didn't get onboard for National Penguin Day, he is super excited about this one. It's the perfect opportunity to tell you about all the benefits of walking with your dog. We walk with Ollie every single day. Whether we run or not, we always at least walk. Yes, Ollie makes a great running partner, but he also makes an outstanding walking partner.


5 Reasons to Walk Your Dog Daily (and not just during National Walk Your Dog Month)

1. Your dog needs exercise. Walking helps to keep your dog healthy and happy. Walking is an exercise that most people and dogs can do regardless of current fitness level. If you think your dog gets plenty of exercise running around in the back yard, it might not be enough. Just like you may own a treadmill, it doesn't mean you use it enough to get the fitness benefits.

2. Your dog wants to spend time with you. You are the most important person in the world to your dog. That feels great, doesn't it? A walk provides an awesome opportunity to spend quality time together. It can be a tremendous bonding experience and your dog will you love you (even more) for it.

3. It makes your dog so happy. I don't know how Ollie musters up the enthusiasm for every single run and every single walk, but for him, it never gets old. Seeing him so happy, makes me happy too.

4. Walking gives your dog a purpose. Ollie likes to get out and see his friends and protect us from potential enemies (those dang cats!). There are even some lessons you can learn from your dog!

5. Your dog provides a great reason to get outside and get moving. If for no other reason, walking your dog gives you a great reason to get moving yourself! A mile or two a day can do wonders for your own well-being!

What are you waiting for? It's a great resolution for both you and your dog. Take advantage of National Walk Your Dog Month. Get that leash and take your four-legged friend out for a walk to celebrate. Ollie and I will be waiting to receive all your National Walk Your Dog Month cards in the mail.



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