Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tuesday Tails Furry Feature: Siggy in Seattle

Hi, Friends! Welcome to the latest edition of Tuesday Tails Furry Feature when I share the best four-legged runners on the internet (and their humans). This week I am especially excited to introduce you to Shanique and Siggy from Seattle. I met Shanique at BlogFest this year and I am thrilled for you to meet her! 

Tell us a little bit about Siggy!

Siggy is a 9-month-old Goldendoodle. She's the most curious thing ever, loves chest and belly rubs, car rides, other doggies and most of all people. If she meets a dog that's not too happy with her wiggly, jump all over you to meet you puppy self, that's okay, she will just give all that attention to their human. She loves being outdoors, sniffing and exploring every nook and cranny and will never find a stick she doesn't like and want to take home. Her favorite thing to do is play tug with a rope toy, and if you let her have it, she will run off to a soft spot where she can lie down and chew.



Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?

Since I just started running with her, we've only done short (2 miles or less) runs around our neighborhood. However, we do long walks on this one trail with views of a huge lake or hike the trail of a park close to the beach.



Tell us about a running moment that made you proud! 

Running my first 10K 4 years ago. I dislike running and somehow thought setting to a goal to run a 10K was a great way to challenge myself to get over it. Training for a few weeks made running a consistent habit, and while I still am not a fan of running, I've learned to appreciate the lessons it has taught me.

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

To just be open to exploring. At the very least use the opportunity to appreciate nature and its many offerings.

How does Siggy make you laugh?

She likes to run it seems, and if I slow down or stop, she will keep pulling me as if to say" why did you stop." If you manage to start rubbing her chest or underbelly, the moment you move your hand she paws at it as if to say "Don't stop! Keep doing that. Every single time.



You can follow Shanique and Siggy at We are Fab Fit Friends on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday Tails Furry Feature: The Fit Nana & Abbey

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Tuesday Tails Furry Feature! I am excited to introduce you to this month's furry feature!

Meet Jen, otherwise known as The Fit Nana. She was my roommate at BlogFest. She is a runner, a CrossFitter, a trainer and a photographer. When I asked her if I could feature her four-legged buddy in this feature, she didn't think she qualified because her Abbey doesn't run! But we don't discriminate around here, if you have an active dog, I want to feature you and your best bud. Walkers welcome!

Meet The FIt Nana and Abbey!



Hi, Jen! Tell us a little bit about Abbey!

Abbey, she's a lab mixed with something. We have no clue. We sometimes think maybe Jack Russell because she can be super hyper and she just turned 12 in May!



Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?

We don't run, we walk, and she just loves the neighborhood behind our house. Lots of bunnies, kitties, and other dogs to sniff out.

Have you ever raced with your dog? 

Maybe to the food that fell on the floor.

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud! 

Finishing my first marathon back in 2008. I actually cried as I crossed the finish line.

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

Enjoy the simple things. We make take walking for granted or think of it as a chore but she's super excited every time we head out, regardless of the fact we're walking in the same place every day. Also, sometimes, you just have to stop and smell the roses. Or the mailbox. Or the fire hydrant. Haha. Point is - don't let life pass you by, be a part of it!



How does Abbey make you laugh?

She's bossy! Whenever the cats are playing (or play fighting) she always has to break it up! This is normally fine except for when they get into a spat in the middle of the night and the next thing I know, there's a 60-pound dog on the bed! Yikes!


I think she needs a buddy. Lately, I'll hear her crying and howling when I get back from a run. She may be getting a puppy soon! Her brother died last August and she's been an only dog since then. I think she's lonely.

You can follow Jen on her blog or over on Instagram at TheFitNana

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Thanks, Jen!


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tuesday Tails Furry Feature, DFW Edition: Hitch and Carlos the Runner

Hi, friends! I am ridiculously excited to introduce you to this month's Furry Feature!

Carlos The Runner is a local Dallas/Fort Worth runner with a reputation for being fun, social, creative and incredibly generous. He's all over the running scene here. Wherever there's an event you can bet Carlos will be there. He may be best known for his outrageous and fun #dinorunfie (and if you don't know what that is, you have to check it out).

If it wasn't enough that he's a runner and an active member of the running community, he also has the cutest dog who of course, loves to run too. When I first saw Hitch on Carlos' social media accounts, I knew that Hitch would steal the show in this feature!

Meet Hitch and his human, Carlos the Runner.



Hi, Carlos! Tell us a little bit about Hitch!

His name is Alfred Hitchcock aka “Hitch” he is a brindle 5-year-old Frenchie, and he loves takis, pickles, and bananas...oh! And also running! 


Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?

We run around our neighborhood all the time.


Have you ever raced with your dog? 

No! We’ve been missing out on that! But I love taking hitch to events sometimes because people know him, and they get excited to see him. He has a very sociable personality.




Tell us about a running moment that made you proud! 

My recent most proud moment is finishing my first 50-miler.


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

The most important one I learned from Hitch is that he always has a right attitude towards running, he is always up for a run, it’s the kind of passion I think most runners wish to have on a daily basis.


How does Hitch make you laugh?

Well, one of the funniest things about Hitch is how crazy he gets when I ask him if he wants to go for a run! He gets super excited, and the only way to calm him down is to take him out for a run!

Thanks, Carlos! Go follow CarlosTheRunner on Instagram to follow along with all the fun!



When I said, Carlos was generous, this is what I meant...he made this picture for me and shared on social media! Isn't it great? Ha Ha.



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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tuesday Tails Furry Feature: FitPsychology

Welcome to the latest edition of Tuesday Tails Furry Feature where I introduce you to the best four-legged runners on the internet. I am excited for you to meet my friend Denise from FitPsychology and her walking buddy, Hazel. Denise and I have been blogging friends for a long time and when she posted this video on Instagram I asked her if I could feature her even though she doesn't run. I am always looking to share the stories of people who are active with their dogs, running or walking.

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Hi, Denise. Tell us a little bit about your favorite walking partner.


Hazel is a 3rd generation miniature Australian Labradoodle, she’s 8 months old and full of life. We lost our 14-year-old wire haired vizsla, Lily, last March and I swore I’d never get another dog. That was way too painful a loss to go through. But then...my husband showed me a picture of pups from an island breeder and well, here we are. Hazel approached us and the rest is history. She has filled our life right back up. Dogs have a way of doing that.


Where is your favorite place to be active with your pooch?


We have a few walking routes but our favorite is Westwood Lake. It’s a 6 k trail loop around the lake populated year-round by runners walkers and dogs. It’s our happy place. Don’t worry, she gets to run with my husband when I’m not around.

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud! 

When I was running, before I partially tore my rectus femoris muscle during a trail descent, I participated in a local trail series here on Vancouver Island called Gut Busters. The Mt Washington event was probably my proudest running moment because of the elevation. But the actual proudest would have to be the Oceanside Mother’s Day 10k road race. It was the first time I ran 10k nonstop but what made it the best was my son, who was 18 at the time, ran it with me! Best Mothers Gift ever!

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


To always great people with enthusiasm! Have you ever had a bad day, then walked into the house with a dog? That dog will love all over you until you have no choice but to smile! We need to do more of that.

Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?


Dogs are healing. My husband is retired military with PTSD. I believe having a dog in the house provides an emotional outlet and constant companion. The positive energy a dog gives off plus the necessity of getting outside serves to heal in big ways.

Do you have any advice for running or walking with your dog?

When you’re out running or walking with your dog, make sure you let them stop and “smell the roses.” It’s their life too.

Also, don’t try to do yoga with a puppy in the room...



Do you have any funny stories to share? 

We’ve only had her for 6 months but if you know Labradoodles at all, they’re pretty goofy. A Mini Labradoodle is even goofier in my mind as they have that constant cuteness factor going for them! I don’t have a funny story so much as her actions are funny. Especially the way she hangs over the sofa with her back paw up on the arm. She looks like a wise old man. Also, we call her a cat as she stands and lays on the back of the sofa.



You can follow Denise and Hazel on Instagram at denise_fenske or on Facebook at FitPsychology


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CALLING ALL DOG RUNNERS!

Do you run with your dog? Do you want to share your favorite furry-faced running partner with the world, or at least my corner of the internet? I want to feature you and your puppy pacer!

I love to share the stories of runners and their favorite four-legged running partners! I am accepting guest posts that tell a unique story about running with your dog or you can be part of our furry feature and answer some questions about running with your dog, like this one.



I have some great features lined up for the next few weeks that I can't wait to share with you! Want to be featured next? Fill out this form to be considered. The new doggie features kick off in May. Learn more about why I'm requesting more dogs to feature than usual.

"This is my 'why didn't you apply yet' face?" - Ollie


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Life is changing fast. The first time I ever posted anything on this blog was in January 2009 and it was a recap of pictures of 2008. It's hard to believe it was nearly a decade ago that I first started a blog. A lot has changed over the last nine years. This blog has been through a few iterations and so have I.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had no idea that blogging was bigger than me. I opened this free Blogger account and started writing. I didn't know anything about growing my readership, monetizing, list building, SEO, opt-ins, social media marketing, influencer agreements, brand partnerships, blogger networks, ad networks or anything else. But I learned it all along the way. One thing at a time.

Running came first. I started running to lose a few pounds. Then I started blogging about running and that is when things started to change for me. While pursuing my passions of running and writing I had incredible opportunities to run, travel and meet some amazing people. I couldn't have predicted the places this blog would take me.

It was the blogging world that opened my eyes to the possibility of pursuing professional fitness certifications. There are so many running bloggers, I wanted to stand apart. The professional certifications would add a touch of authority behind my writing. I wanted to write about running and fitness, but I mostly wanted to help people. I didn't want it to be a blog about (as much) my own fitness pursuits anymore and I knew it could potentially be irresponsible to dole out fitness advice, workouts and/or nutritional guidance without some education behind it.

It took me a long time to get my (excuse the language) shit together. I talked about becoming a personal trainer for years before I actually did it. When I did, I took on clients and started building a small business around my passions. This year I went part-time at my corporate job to allow more time to pursue my purpose.

Blogging is still my first love. I blog here and over on Lea Genders Fitness where I share workouts and fitness articles for runners. In the spring of 2016, I made a commitment to post three times a week on Lea Genders Fitness. I've been running two blogs consistently for two years. It takes up a lot of free time but I love every second of it. It is my passion and creative outlet.

Lea Genders Fitness


However, As my business is growing it is becoming increasingly difficult to manage two blogs. There is so much more time and effort required than simply writing blog posts (which in itself is time consuming). In an effort to streamline my blogging process, I've decided to keep Running with Ollie as a feature site, where I share the stories of four-legged runners and their humans in my Tuesday Tails Furry Feature. It is always the most popular post of the month anyway and the people who read this blog love to see all the furry faces.

It is easier for me to put together a feature post, then write a blog post from scratch every week.

I will move all my personal blog posts like my race recaps, information about the conventions I attend, my personal experiences at local fitness events and whatever else is on my mind over to a personal blog column on Lea Genders Fitness called Lea's Beans. This will allow me to pepper in more personal posts on my business fitness blog. Lea's Beans is launching April 23.

Lea's Beans


TL;DR


Running with Ollie will now be a feature site where I share the stories of runners and their favorite four-legged running partners like I've been doing on Tuesday Tails Furry Feature. Instead of once a month, I will feature a running dog once a week. Want to be featured next? Fill out this form to be considered. Given my new direction, I have a lot of openings. If you fill out the form and submit pictures of your dog, chances are you'll get a feature in the upcoming months.

Running with Ollie


Look for my "personal" blog posts now over on Lea Genders Fitness: Lea's Beans (launching April 23rd).

But, Why?

  • I've been confusing people with my blog name for years. People think my name is Ollie. Ollie gets so many emails. It's time to separate Lea Genders Fitness from Running with Ollie Blog.
  • This blog will be more focused and be all about running, dogs and of course, Ollie.
  • More focus towards my personal training/run coaching website will help me advance towards those goals. If I continue to split my focus something will continue to suffer.

How Can I Help?


Thanks for asking. If you run with your dog, apply to be featured in a future post on Running with Ollie. 

I started a new Instagram page for Lea Genders Fitness. Follow me over there.


Follow the Lea Genders Fitness strength & running blog for my fitness articles and now my personal blog posts too.



I think this is the right thing to do as I am working towards some short-term goals to build my business.

Please submit your applications to be featured...I need YOU and your favorite furry faces to keep this blog alive!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

My Head Exploded At IDEA Personal Trainer's Institute South Fitness Convention

This past weekend I went to the IDEA Personal Trainer's Institute South fitness convention. It's the first time IDEA had a convention in Texas and I was thrilled for the opportunity to learn and earn continuing education credits for my fitness certifications in Dallas. I travel to attend the big IDEA world convention every year and I loved the smaller, more intimate setting in my own backyard. But I won't even mention the outrageous parking fees at the hotel. Oops, I mentioned it. 


THURSDAY NIGHT: CREATE WOW IN YOUR BUSINESS AND LIFE WITH TODD DURKIN


The convention kicked off on Thursday night with the energetic Todd Durkin. He is a studio owner, professional athlete trainer and motivational speaker from California. I met him last year at BlogFest and his energy is contagious.


This was my mantra for 2018 when I made the decision to go part-time at my corporate job to pursue my passions: You have to give up the good to get great. This spoke to me.


I felt like Todd was speaking to me directly with this slide. Seriously, how does he know I do all this?  Because literally, almost everyone does.



I left the conference after Todd's presentation fired up and ready to take on the weekend.


YOUR BRAND IS YOUR STORY. TELL IT WITH TRINA GRAY


Friday was the first full day of the conference and I was excited to get started. The first presentation of the day was with the inspiring Trina Gray. She owns multiple studios, was an engaging presenter with a lot of fantastic ideas. Her overarching message was to make sure that as trainers that we are celebrating our clients and not making our social media presence all about us (or our abs haha). Our story is really the story of our clients. We pay fitness forward by showing potential clients on social media what is possible for them through our current clients. 


SMART AND SUSTAINABLE MEAL PLANNING WITH ADAM FEIT


I was really excited about this presentation because Adam Feit is from Precision Nutrition and I am PN level 1 certified. His presentation was about structured meal plans, why they are not an effective strategy for most fat loss clients and how to help our clients plan their meals in a smarter, more sustainable manner that works in the real world. Good stuff. 



FAT LOSS STRATEGIES THAT REALLY WORK WITH ADAM FEIT


When I signed up for this class I didn't realize it was Adam teaching again. He is a funny and engaging presenter so I didn't mind sitting in two of his classes back to back. But in an ironic twist of events, between classes I was hungry so I bought a bag of trail mix that I intended to eat over the next two days, and instead ate the whole bag at once. I felt a little sick during this presentation about fat loss. 

He made us play an ice-breaker "game" (games are supposed to be fun) where we had to tell someone we didn't know one lie and one truth about ourselves. I honestly almost didn't go to the second presentation because I knew he did it in his first and would probably repeat it. I don't mind introducing myself to other people and I wanted to meet other fitness professionals, but I hate those silly games. Just tell me about yourself. I'm sure it's just me.

I ended skipping my last presentation of the day heading home early. Stupid trail mix and ice-breaker games.

MARKETING YOUR TRAINING BUSINESS WITH TREVOR ACKERMAN


Saturday morning, after a good night's sleep my stomach settled and I was ready to take on a new day. My first presentation of the morning was Trevor's Marketing Your Training Business presentation. He talked a little about online marketing strategies and we workshopped some ideas in each stage of the selling process. It was fun to work together with some of the other fit pros. 



STABILITY VS MOBILITY-WHICH COMES FIRST WITH BRIAN RICHEY


I sat in marketing and nutrition classes so far, so I was excited about a fitness-focused seminar. This was a fun and engaging hands-on workshop, I even volunteered when he asked for a participant for a shoulder demonstration. I should have asked someone to take a picture. He walked us through some stability and mobility assessments we can do with our clients.



ASSESSMENT ESSENTIALS FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS WITH BILLY POLSON


This was my favorite presentation of the weekend. Billy reviewed his assessment procedure for new clients and gave us his template to follow. He stressed how the assessment can set you apart from other trainers and offer individualized programs that will deliver the best results for our clients. I always do a quick NASM-style assessment with my clients, but his assessments are much more in-depth and comprehensive. I need to dig deeper but Billy opened up my mind and set the foundation for further research. I also learned during the assessments that I have a lot of work to do on my own body. Yikes.



THE PERFECT WEBSITE FORMULA FOR FIT PROS WITH VITO LA FATA


This was my last presentation of the day on Saturday and I seriously considering skipping again and heading home early because the exhaustion was setting in. I'm glad I didn't. I knew of Vito La Fata from his Fitnesspreneur's Life podcast and I was looking forward to his talk. I've been a fitness blogger a lot longer than I've been a trainer, so I felt like I was a few steps ahead in the website department. However, after Vito's presentation and talking with him a bit, I realized I was missing an important piece of the puzzle on my site, which I am looking forward to implementing. He even offered to do a site review, so I am looking forward to chatting with him more about my site www.leagendersfitness.com


EASY ONLINE INCOME STREAMS FOR TRAINERS WITH VITO LA FATA


I had a BOSU seminar on my schedule because I have a BOSU ball in the Shred Shed that is severely underutilized, but by Sunday I was so exhausted from the weekend, I couldn't image a two-hour workshop that would require me to exercise (haha). I was physically too tired. Since I enjoyed Vito's talk from the night before, settling into a presentation about income streams with a large coffee seemed more inviting. 

Vito showed me I'm thinking too small. While I do have multiple income streams currently, he shared a lot of practical ideas to grow income in those areas and some I haven't considered yet. I have a lot of work to do and I had an epiphany about a hole in the market which both excites and scares me. More to come...

MOVE AWAY FROM BACK PAIN WITH CHUCK WOLF


Sunday was a half day, so this was my last seminar on the last day. I'll admit my motivation for attending this conference was selfish, I hurt my lower back rowing at the gym and looking for solutions for myself. There were times the science was over my head (Chuck Wolf is a smart, experienced guy) but I walked away with a lot of practical solutions and insights. Of all the sessions I attended, this one gave a couple of the most useful tools that I can immediately start implementing with my clients. And I thought I was attending just for selfish reasons.  



Head. Exploded. In a good way. These kinds of conferences spark the fire of knowledge, but it's now my job to stoke the flames. If I sit in a conference and just collect my CEUs I won't get very far. If I take what I learned as a foundation and continue to build upon it with actions I'll get the most out of my experience. Thanks to all the great speakers for sharing their knowledge and expertise so we can all get better as an industry.

I have a lot of work to do. 

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