Every Mile Is Earned


I shared in a previous post about my first half marathon. It was such an incredible experience! Running is something that I truly enjoy and love! It’s a personal thing for me. As I climb to higher heights, I set new goals (big and small). I push myself past limits and boundaries to prove to myself that anything is possible. People often ask me about the races I’ve done in the past or what races I plan on doing. Of course Mercedes Marathon was a big accomplishment, but I found myself being guilty of saying things like, “I only ran the half, not the full”. I would say, “Hold up now!” (to myself of course), “13.1 miles is a big deal!” One day I do plan on running a full marathon; but right now, I’m very happy where I am on this journey. To all of my runners whether it’s a 1K, 5K, 10K, 15K, 13.1, or 26.2…just KNOW “every mile is EARNED, never given”. Sometimes we just need that reminder. Be happy for every accomplishment, PR, health goal, and beyond!

I wanted to share this post via I ♥ to Run:

13.1 Miles… It ain’t half of anything!!!

I remember running my first half and thinking, “Oh, I’m only doing the half.” Excuse me? I’m ONLY doing the half? NO. No, no, no, no, no. I’m running 13.1 miles. THIRTEEN POINT ONE MILES. I’ve trained for 3 months, giving up most of my Saturday morning sleep in time to get up and run. I’ve forgone the Cheetos for Cheerios. I’ve swapped the brewskis for water. I’ve chafed. I’ve been sore. I’ve lost toenails, had blisters, pulled muscles. Basically, I’ve worked hard to get to the point where I can run more miles in one morning than most people will drive the entire weekend. So this is a big reminder to me and to all half-marathoners not to cheapen the distance. It’s COOL to be a half marathoner. No, it’s not the big dog, but that doesn’t make you any less of a runner. Be proud of your accomplishments! You’re able to run 13.1 miles! And that is pretty frickin’ sweet.

– Amy (The Bookworm Wife)

Success isn’t given. It’s earned. On the track, on the field, in the gym. With blood, sweat and the occasional tear.” #runningquotes


Run Mercedes Ready! + BGR! Drive to End Hunger 5K/10K Recap!


Race week is here!!! I can’t believe I will be running my FIRST half-marathon! Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend is February 15-17, 2013 (race day being Sunday, February 17th). Although I’ve been training for over the past 8 months, I’m still nervous, excited, scared, happy and so many other emotions! I’m stoked that a lot of friends are participating, including my RivFit Crew and Black Girls RUN! — Birmingham. It will be a great, fun-filled day! Right before my trip to Hawaii I ran the trial run and it went well. For those who don’t know 13.1 miles = half marathon. Yes — 13 miles!

About the race:

“Now in its 12th year, the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend of events has become a Birmingham tradition. The event has helped to raise more than $4 million for local charities. Our 2012 event was our biggest to date and included more than 11,000 runners and walkers of all ages, shapes and sizes and was used by participants to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various local charities.” You can read more about it here!

This will be such an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line! I’ll let you know how everything goes Post-Race!

My pre-race song! Gotta love the Black Eyed Peas!!!




Here are some moments from my first 10K! In September 2012, I participated in the First Inaugural Black Girls RUN! — Drive to End Hunger 10K in Atlanta, GA. What an incredible experience it was! Seeing so many women of all ages, shapes, sizes get out there for a great cause and most importantly their HEALTH! There were even some men out there participating too!

20130201-071742.jpgI have arrived!


BGR ladies before the race

20130211-130107.jpgBeautiful morning and we were ready to get started!

20130211-151932.jpgAlmost there!

20130211-130015.jpgLast push!

20130201-073602.jpg10K complete!!!

20130211-125949.jpgMe & my Hubby/Cheerleader!

20130201-073611.jpgBGR! Atlanta

20130201-073618.jpgMy Tutu Twinsie!

20130211-130029.jpgFirst medal/bling ever! Can’t you tell, I didn’t take it off! Lol

To find out how Black Girls RUN! got started visit here!

Until next time…

Happy Running!

Black Girls RUN! Preserve The Sexy Tour is Coming to Birmingham!


Black Girls RUN! Preserve The Sexy Tour is coming to Birmingham (AL) on February 2, 2013! Co-Founders Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks decided to take Black Girls Run! on the road and travel to cities in the “Stroke Belt”. These cities have some of the highest obesity rates in the United States. They will be hosting a day of health and fitness clinics. Their training program “Walk Before You RUN!” will help guide women on their fitness journey from walking to running. It will also include tips on fitness, hair maintenance, running gear and much more!

From Black Girls RUN!:

Join us on Saturday, February 2 for a fun and information-packed day of health and fitness. Black Girls RUN! founders Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks will host a great lineup of speakers and presentations to get you running, including our exclusive “Walk Before You Run” program.

To find out more about BGR, the Tour, Tour Stops and to REGISTER for PTST13 visit here!

I’m super excited about this event and look forward to meeting so many new faces on this journey to better health!


Photo/Image:Black Girls RUN!

Support New York City!


As you know Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast and so many people were greatly affected. I was excited to find out that Black Girls Run found a way for us to help give back! I will be participating in a virtual race, Run 4 NYC (A Run for the People of New York) and you can participate too!

For those who wish to participate physically — there is a virtual marathon, half-marathon, and 5K! Don’t worry you don’t have to “run”, live in NYC, or know someone affected to participate. Whether you are walking 2 miles, walking to your mailbox, or running 26.2 miles, all you have to do is make a minimum donation of $10 (or more if you would like) to help Hurricane Sandy victims. This virtual race started this past Sunday and will end on Sunday (November 11th). All donations will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief to help relief efforts.

100% of all money collected goes to the American National Red Cross relief fund. Visit here to get started!

Help me Run4NYC!



Wheeew! What a workout I had today!   We all get in that comfort zone. Not that my zone wasn’t working because it was…but I felt I needed to push myself more. I take Body Step and it’s pretty intense. Usually I use a set of risers (meaning two – 1 on each side), but today I decided to kick it up a notch and use 2 sets (meaning four – 2 on each side). If you’ve never taken a class, just imagine walking up steps and skipping one. That’s probably equivalent to how high you have step up, all while doing high impact, cardio! It felt great and I didn’t pass out! And, the fact that we have amazing instructors makes it that much easier. After Body Step is Body Pump. Welp…it was pretty brutal. Went up on my weight on a few sets, but I made it through. NO PAIN, NO GAIN! I’ve said before and I’ll say it again…I’m on a mission. CAN’T STOP. WON’T STOP.

Team Fitness Rocks!