Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Flexing Once Again!

The soreness from my marathon this past Saturday has subsided. I think my awesome 30 minute Zumba sesh last night helped out with that! I planned on being there for the entire 90 minutes, but I had last minute things to take care of. One thing is for sure…I sure have missed my Zumba Mamis! I can’t wait to start back in January.Fit Zumba

Today I was able to start my vacation early and I managed to dodge all of the holiday madness. I was able to pick up everything I needed for our Thanksgiving feast. Between Zumba and all of the running around getting last minute items, I walked the length of the Sahara Desert with my Fitbit! I am planning on getting in a post-Thanksgiving workout on Friday. Maybe Insanity? By the way, if you have a Fitbit and struggle with getting your water in or if you want to find out a way to reach your hydration goals, check out my Facebook post on this game changer! 

Fitbit Charge HR

Now I may love fitness and encourage a healthy lifestyle, but I’m not the food police. Moderation is everything! I like to sample small bites of my favorites so I won’t overdo it. I want you to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day and all of the wonderful eats that come along with it! I can’t wait to taste my macaroni and cheese and my Mom’s dressing! Let’s just say I’ll be carb loading for my long run Saturday. No? Well at least I can pretend! Seriously, enjoy yourself!

Carbs thanksgiving


Oh…I made gingerbread for the first time! YUMTASTIC! 



What are your plans for the holiday?

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!



SOS Recovery Hydration Review + Giveaway

Through my affiliation with Fit Approach and Sweat Pink I get to share in the excitement that is SOS Rehydrate’s NEW Mango Recovery Hydration drink mix! When I received my SOS Rehydrate, I couldn’t wait to test it out! Mango is their newest flavor so I knew that it would be a refreshing addition to my water during my training runs. Being that I still have a few races left, this was the perfect time to test it out!SOS Giveaway Pin 3

About SOS Rehydrate

  • SOS Rehydrate is a fast acting electrolyte replacement drink that is as effective as an IV Drip to help combat mild to moderate dehydration due to active lifestyles and physical performance.
  • Unlike sports drinks, SOS has 50% more electrolytes and 75% less carbohydrates. SOS compliments Energy drinks which give you a buzz but dehydrate you. SOS is simple, effective and proven hydration. You need to hydrate to survive.
  • SOS uses a proprietary medical blend of ingredients to maximize the absorption of water into the body. SOS undergoes consistent testing and sports research to ensure that we always deliver the best product to you.
  • No artificial additives.
  • Zero calories per serving. (source)

 SOS Hydrate Recovery Drink Mix - Mango

Okay, you know how runners love to celebrate after a race. After indulging in a few of my favorite beverages of choice, I wanted to make sure that I remained hydrated. I opted for SOS Rehydrate Recovery after my past race and it gave me the hydration that I needed. The mango flavor is delicious, too!

Also, being that it’s the holiday season there will be even more celebrations and parties. SOS Hydrate is: 1) perfect for on-the-go and 2) makes the best post-recovery drink after a party or after a race. All you have to do is add water. This is especially convenient for races being that courses will have water stops.

 SOS Hydrate Recovery Drink Mix - Mango Tango


I love smoothies so after my post-race celebration, I chose the perfect ingredients for my SOS Recovery drink!

Strawberry Coco-Mango Smoothie

1 Packet of SOS Mango Recovery Hydration Drink Mix

1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries

1 Cup of Coconut Milk

2 Tbsps of Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Blend and Serve!


[Tweet “Just in time for the #holidays: enter my #HolidaySOS Mango hydration #giveaway! #hydrationnation”]


Whether you are logging miles, need to hydrate after a fun night out during the holidays, or you need to hydrate during a race…SOS Rehydrate Recovery Hydration is the perfect choice! I would say “stay thirsty my friends”, but thanks to SOS Hydrate you don’t have to!


The winner will receive a box (10 single serving packs) of SOS Hydrate NEW Mango Recovery Hydration Drink Mix. The deadline to enter is midnight December 7th. Winner will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

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Best of luck and Happy #HolidaySOS!!!

I was provided SOS Hydration Recovery drink mix to review. Bonus: a yummy recipe creation! This post is sponsored by Fit Approach and Sweat Pink and all opinions are my own. I will be using SOS Hydration in the future!


Holiday Sweat

Getting My #HolidaySweat On!

Holiday Sweat

Holiday season is here and I want to make sure I stay on top of my fitness goals. There’s a fun #HolidaySweat challenge going on in the Fit Approach community! I may be a little late to the party, but it’s never too late to start. It’s so easy to get comfortable this time of year with all of the parties, yummy foods, weather, etc—but if we stay active, we can go into the new year focused and with the right mindset.


Here’s the Scoop!


Week 2: #holidaysweat challenge with #sweatpink and @runtothefinish

Monday, November 16, 2015: (You can still add this on to one of your days this week) What’s your core strength goal this week? Longest plank? 3 Core workouts? #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Tuesday, November 17, 2015: Show us your plank! How long can you hold it? Tighten those tushies, legs and core! #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Wednesday, November 18, 2015: Show us your most creative core move! Crunches with a baby instead of medicine ball?!  #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Thursday, November 19, 2015: Flash your time! Share a watch photo of sweaty fun for the day! #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Friday, November 20, 2015: FREE FRIDAY! Show us what you’re up to today… sweating, eating, cooking, preparing for a healthy flight! #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink


Weekly Goals

Monday — 3.4 mile run/walk (done)

Tuesday — Plank it out!

Wednesday — 4 mile run + crunches

Thursday — 30 minutes of cardio (arc trainer, StairMaster, etc.) + showing off my sweaty fun!

Friday — Free Friday! It’s normally my rest day, but I’ll share a photo of what I’m sweating, eating, or cooking.

Saturday — Long Run

Sunday — Rest


How will you be getting your #HolidaySweat on? Feel free to join me!


Bridge Street Town Centre Half Marathon

2015 Bridge Street Town Centre Half Marathon Race Recap

Two years ago, I started a tradition of running a race for my birthday (which includes virtual races). I ran Fit, Fab, & Lean’s virtual Lacing Up for Boston Half Marathon last year and this past April I traveled to Huntsville, Ala. for the Bridge Street Town Centre Half Marathon! Bridge Street Half was during my post-marathon “running hiatus”, but I was happy to add it to my list. If you are looking for a beautiful, peaceful flat course…this is the one! Huntsville is a nice city and I wish we would visit more often. Bridge Street Town Centre is also packed with lots of retail stores, restaurants, and places to enjoy.

Being an hour and ten minutes outside of Birmingham, I appreciated that we could drive up and pick up our packet race morning. It was hard getting up super early, but we were fine once we got there. Maybe next year, we’ll stay over and enjoy the city a little more. It was a little chippy, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to need a jacket or not.


The sun was finally peeking its rays, so I headed over to the registration table to pick up my packet. It was a nice turnout and I saw a few familiar faces.

Heather and II’m glad I got to see Heather, my Half Fanatic friend, that I met at the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon. She’s about to reach SUN status by completing 52 half marathons in 365 days. Proud of her!


Bridge Street Half Marathon, My Pretty Brown FitI was excited that I ran into my sole-sister, Jazmine! She’s a fitness instructor (Body Pump, Body Step, and the list goes on) and one of the reasons why I started running. In 2011 she invited me to a Black Girls RUN! – Birmingham Saturday group run right before our Body Step class—and the rest is history! She is such an inspiration! If I can look this great after having a baby…I’m definitely riding the Jaz-Pizzazz train! *choo-choo*


Bridge Street Half Marathon | My Pretty Brown FitI met my Insta-friend Tamra (Real Bama Blonde) for the first time before the race. How it happened: Her soon-to-be-hubby asked my HB to take a pre-race photo of them and immediately afterwards we recognized each other from IG. I love how social media brings people together! She’s a beauty and super sweet!


Half Fanatics Takeover HSV!

Half Fanatics Take Over HSV!



But first, selfie!


Bridgestreet Half Marathon - The Start

And we’re off! Such a beautiful day!


Sole Sisters: Leticia, Mel, and I decided that we were going to walk the half! YES, WALK! It was really fun! We talked about future races and recent happenings in each others lives. At every race I see a group of women distance walking and they always look like they are having a ball! No pressure, no worries, and now I know why. Fun times! That is what it’s all about!

Bridgestreet Half Marathon - Smile y'all!

Smile Y’all! — or not! Lol!



Bridgestreet Half Marathon 3

One of our pit stops! We had to get a selfie with the fun, gypsy-lady! Okay, I really don’t know who she was supposed to be dressed up as, but she sure was fun to have for our crowd support along the course!


Half Fanatics - Bridge Street Half

13.1 Miles DONE!


Bridge Street Town Centre Half Marathon

Run, walk, jog, crawl…every mile is EARNED never given!

 [Tweet “Check out my 2015 #BridgeStreetHalf Marathon Race Recap! #runchat #walkitout”]


Do you celebrate your birthday with fitness-related activities?


Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites #3 – Week 11/6

Happy Friday! I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas, y’all! I am so excited that the holiday season is upon us. I have so many fun things in the works, fun events, and I think it’s about time to crank up the Christmas music! Since it has been a few weeks, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things here lately…

  • Brooks Transcend 2

I attended a Ladies Night event at The Trak Shak (a local running specialty store) recently, which I do almost every quarter. They have all kinds of fun things for the ladies: eats, drinks, discounts, and raffle drawings. I never won anything in the past. I couldn’t believe it when they called my raffle ticket as the winner of a pair of Brooks running shoes ($150 value). I was just about to purchase a new pair, so I’m happy that I won. I decided on the Brooks Transcend 2 which are the lightest stability shoe out there. It feels great, too! I have decided that they will be my training and half marathon race shoe. BrooksTranscend1


  • Starkist Tuna Creations

I’m always on the hunt for healthy snacks! Lately I have been stocking up on the Starkist Tuna Creations. They are perfect for on-the-go. They are packed with protein and you can keep them anywhere: your purse, desk at work, gym bag, wherever! I love that there are so many flavors: Hot Buffalo Style, Herb & Garlic, Ranch, Lemon Pepper, Hickory Smoked, Sweet & Spicy + Kids Creations: Honey BBQ and Bacon Ranch.



  • Magic City Macarons

I mentioned before that Birmingham has become quite the food mecca. We have so many new restaurants, bake shoppes, food trucks, and much more! At our reCreate Women’s Conference a few weeks ago we were surprised with macarons after one of our sessions. They were amazing! We also have a new place here called, Magic City Macarons, and I’m hoping that’s where they came from. Still doing my research. MCM has so many eclectic flavors, you will want to try them all. I may need to make a trip this weekend to pick up some of these tasty treats!

Magic City Macarons


  • Icy Feet

Before my first marathon, my sister sent me a care-package. Inside of my package were Icy Feet. Let me tell you, these Icy Feet are perfect for sore feet after running or other activities. They also give you the ability to “R.I.C.E.” easily. You place the cold pack in the freezer (arch side facing down) until frozen solid. Once frozen, place your Icy Feet on the base of your foot/feet while sitting or lying down. It’s recommended to wear socks because you don’t want to end up with ice burn. Yes, this happened to me…long story. These will be perfect for people who suffer from plantar fasciitis and other foot ailments. You can learn more about Icy Feet here.

Icy Feet


  • Hot Chicken

Here in the Magic City of Birmingham we have what are called “pop-up” events. The first one I ever attended featured a restaurant that specializes in “hot chicken”! I loved fried chicken, especially if it’s prepared right—but this was different. This hot chicken was SO GOOD…I wanted to call it super food! Don’t laugh. Because I fell in love with it, I had to blog about it. You can read all about it and its origin here.

Eugene's Hot Chicken - My Pretty Brown Fit


What are your favorite things right now?



Run Disney Event Schedule 2016-2017

runDisney 2016-2017 Event Calendar Revealed!

I’m so excited the runDisney 2016-2017 event calendar has been revealed! I was a little bummed about not signing up for Star Wars in April, so I had to make up for it. I plan to run my first Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend in November 2016 and hopefully Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2017! Wine & Dine will be my fourth runDisney race. I try to run at least one Disney race a year. Actually my race schedule for the year is planned around my Disney races (i.e., Disney requires a magical plan and budget).Run Disney Event Schedule 2016-2017When I found out the theme for the 2016 Princess Half Marathon Weekend, I seriously wanted to cry. Also, the theme is not revealed until closer to the event date which is well after the the race is sold out. This usually takes minutes. So, I had to make a big decision: be part of the Disneyland Half Marathon 10th Anniversary Weekend and earn my Coast to Coast bling or run the Princess. Since Princess was my first Disney race, I knew I had to go for the bling! Okay, back to the theme. *gasp* The Little Mermaid, my favorite Disney movie to date, is the theme for 2016! I know it’s going to be so much fun! By the way, if you’re running the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, make sure you check out my Princess Half Marathon Magical Tips here.

Even the girls at Team Sparkle have fun, mermaid running skirts and accessories lined up for this weekend fit for a Princess! How cute is this skirt? I think I may get one so I can run as Princess Ariel for the Mercedes-Benz Half Marathon!


[Tweet “The #runDisney 2016-2017 schedule has been revealed! Which races will you be running? “]


Recaps 2, 3, and 4…of my Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend are coming very soon! I seriously had to get my 2015 Marine Corps Marathon done. You’ll see why when you read my Mission Reflections of the 40th Marine Corps Marathon. And yes, the official race recap is coming for MCM, too!

If you missed my Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Recap Part 1: Cigna Run Together Blogger Meet-Up — you can check it out here. One word: FOOD!


I look forward to a magical 2016-2017 with my magical friends! Have you ever participated in a Disney race weekend? Which Disney races will you be running next year?



Mercedes Half Marathon Finisher

Who’s Celebrating 15 Years With Me? #RunMercedes

Mercedes-Benz Marathon 2016Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary February 12-14, 2016! Woo-hoo! Birmingham’s Premier Marathon Weekend Event (and one of my favorite weekends out of the year) includes: a Marathon, Half-Marathon, Relay, 5K, and Kids Marathon. The Mercedes Half marked a pivotal point on my running journey. Mercedes was my first half marathon and a distance I never thought I would desire to reach. Here I am, two full marathons and 11 half marathons later (and counting) and I’m loving every minute of it! Yes, I’m Half Fanatic which clearly means…never say never. In 2016, I will celebrate my 4-year runniversary by running the Mercedes Half! I’m grateful I get to celebrate this milestone right here in my city—The Magic City! #RUNBHM




If you are local, here is great info via The Trak Shak’s Facebook page:

The Trak Shak will have extended hours on Saturdays throughout the Fall and Winter for the official @Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend training! Check out: for a training schedule, and join the Birmingham Track Club (BTC) every Saturday morning at 6 AM for a well organized, paced, mapped out, water stopped long run! Our doors will be open for warmth, facilities and last minute purchases, of course! Join the BTC – Saturday Morning Long Run Group page for weekly maps and info!

If you are not local and plan to #RunMercedes and do not have a training plan, there is a FREE training plan provided by The Trak Shak above. Training plans are very beneficial to run (or walk) our best race while remaining injury free. You can read Jeff Galloway’s advice on the importance of having a Training Plan here. Jeff also has half marathon and full marathon training plans available. If you are interested in run walk run (interval style running), you can read more about that here.



[Tweet “I’m EXCITED! Who’s joining me for @Run_Mercedes 15th Anniversary Weekend? #RunMercedes #runbhm”]



I can’t wait to celebrate the Mercedes Marathon 15th Anniversary, as well as, my 4th Mercedes Half Marathon! I’m also excited about the Jim ‘N Nicks B-B-Q Post Race Party! GET IN MY BELLY! Trust me, you will not want to miss it. View the weekend schedule of events here. Register for Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend events at!


Register for Half or Full by December 31 and get your first name on your race bib so everybody will know you! Yes, race fans will shout your name.

 I hope to see you at the 15th Anniversary!!!