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Colon Cancer Awareness Twibbon: Show Your Support


It’s Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and Fight Colorectal Cancer & My Colon Cancer Coach is offering a Twibbon – a small image in the corner of your Twitter or Facebook profile image- to help unite survivors, loved ones and supporters with a symbol of support:  I just switched mine on Twitter – show your support and do it too!

Also, if you want more information about Colon Cancer or are newly diagnosed, visit My Colon Cancer Coach. It’s a great resource with loads of information about treatments, trials, and support and general education about the 2nd deadliest cancer which is 90% preventable if caught early!!

Don’t forget, we have a Life Fit and Sore! team running in the Scope It Out 5K race in DC this month! You can donate or join our team.  We are in 1st Place —-

Donate! or Join!

If you register for our team – register as an individual and during the reg process you will be able to pick Live Fit and Sore! as your team —

Last Year, Finishing the Race


Brambleton Ribbon Run 5K Race


Great day for a race don’t you think? Well — to be honest, it was a bit colder than I would have liked but the race is for a great cause, so I can put up with it.

The race started at 730A — and I got there around 630 to help the CrossFit Impavidus team set up their sponsorship table.  Then Jason, James and I geared up for the 5K. It was an odd race — people were a bit leisurely than a lot of races I have done before.  So it took me almost 2m to cross the start line and then a bit more time to get past the leisure walkers. Again, there is room for everyone in the race but there is race etiquette to allow the faster runners room to get going. It’s one of the things that I lose patience with during these races. All I ask is that you be aware that there are other people around you. Don’t stop to wait for your friend, if you have a stroller, dog, small kids — move to the right and stay more in the back of the race, don’t have the expectation that if you are running with a partner, that you can stick together all the time. People need to get through — it’s a race!

The course was pretty good – some inclines, some flat, some declines. And I think I did ok. Results:  27:57 9:00

The only thing that was odd today, was it took me literally hours and a nap to get rid of the chills after the race. I could not get warm, no matter what I did.  When I got home, we went out to some garage sales in the area and some other people who attended the race, remarked about the same thing! So, it wasn’t just me!

Today, in my Ashburn community, they had a huge garage sale to help raise money for a young man who was brutally assaulted – Declutter for Divineys. Ryan Diviney was left in a coma following a senseless beating on November 9, 2009 while a college student. So all the monies raised would go to help pay for his care. It’s so great to see a community ban together to help someone else in need.

Clean Jerks


Tomorrow – I am doing my 2nd 5k of the spring at the Brambleton Ribbon Run 5K with Team Ashburn CrossFit Impavidus! It’s a great way to get out there, give back for a good cause, and feel like you are a part of something bigger. Try one — you will see what I mean!  Heck, come and join me tomorrow morning bright and early at 730A!

50 SU/20 DU (I got a few in!)
10 Pass Thrus
10 OHS
10 Push Ups
10 Ring Rows

Clean & Jerk

65lb squat clean
65lb jerk
(rx’d for ladies was 115lb — I didn’t do that obviously)
total = 21

Why didn’t I do RX’d? Well — that’s a lot of weight and I have issues with the form of a squat clean. I bend my arms way too early. I want to work on that before diving into heavier weights. And to be real, 65lbs squat clean jerks is still tough although 21 rounds in 5 mins tells me that maybe I should have gone up a bit higher. When my form is off for squat cleans, I tend to muscle it up instead of using the momentum of proper form to get it into the location for a jerk.

Every time I use the word Jerk – there is a little voice inside me that feels like a kid using a bad word. Do you have that same feeling?

It’s a Wrap! Scope It Out – Colon Cancer 5K


A great day for a 5k for a great cause!

Top 20% finisher!

Age Category Results : 16    Stephanie Hoaglund      40 Ashburn VA            30:24 29:26  9:29


Race Overall: 240  91/488   1670 Stephanie Hoaglund      40 Ashburn VA       30:24 29:26  9:29

SCOPE IT OUT 5K: March 20 Wash, D.C.


As many of you know, during the early part of the summer of 2008, my husband, Scotty was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent surgery and a year of chemo. We are now thankfully 6m away from being ‘remission’ card holders and will kick colon cancer to the curb!  We did however lose a few friends recently from this horrible disease —

Colon cancer, if detected early is very curable & awareness of its signs and symptoms is vital –

Here is some information about a 5k to raise awareness and support so that we can prevent others from having to fight it! —

Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation’s Scope it Out 5K taking place March 20.

SCOPE IT OUT 5K : Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC
The Best Protection is Early Detection.
March 20th, 2011 9:00am

I am going to register and run it to show my support and would be honored to have anyone join me as well–

Turkey Trottin’ for Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! What a great year – we all have so much to be thankful for. For me, I am so appreciative of good health for my family, friends and myself.  As I have said before — you don’t realize how valuable good health is until you are faced with a situation where you don’t have it.  Take some time today to think about all the great things going on in your life. Too often we focus on the stress and hard times and lose sight of what is really important in our lives…

I woke up early and headed out to a 5K Turkey Trot with the Plumbline Crew.  Mikey the trainer invited us all to register for this race instead of the usual boot camp and then he added a few ‘extras’ during the race so it was not a just a 5K run. So here’s how it went:

Start 5K
Start race area: 200 jump ropes
1st Stop sign/Gate: 50 Lunge Jumps
1st Building: 25 Checkpoint Push-ups
Last Railing: 25 Dummy Burpees (you jump over the rail after each burpee)
Finish Line: 200 jump ropes
Finish 5K

Kimmy and I after the Race

What I loved about switching the 5k up was seeing the people stop and stare at us. Some cheered us on, others just looked in bewilderment. Doing these ‘stations’ shows people you don’t have to do just a run of the mill 5K — there are ways to take advantage of people’s strengths. If you don’t like to run, you can still do a 5K and add in other ‘stations’ to help you get through it. It was a damp and chilly morning which made the extra ‘stations’ that more fun — yeah right!

As we ran, I made sure to encourage the younger kids I saw. I saw lots of young girls running and wanted to make sure they got some acknowledgment. I wish I was into doing these sorts of things when I was growing up. I think its awesome and and inspiring to see a younger generation embracing healthy living!!

Michael Thrash, Kimmy and I

River Creek 5K Fun Run


This morning I got up — enjoying that extra hour of sleep — and headed out for a small fun run 5K race in the River Creek Community to benefit Capital Hospice. It was in the 30s and the race course was hilly. My lungs killed and I found myself stopping quite a few times to recover. Cold air and asthma do not go together when you haven’t been running in the cold for a while.  It turned out the race was actually 3.8mi –and as I approached the last part of the course, a big hill that seemed to go on forever greeted me. Who would put a BIG HILL on the course after the ton of hills we just endured and make it right before the finish line — that is just mean!  The pic above was taken during our lovely brunch hosted by Kimmy. She won a medal for first in her age group!

I don’t have the official race results yet but I “think” i finished in about 33 minutes —

(33 minutes) / (3.8 miles) = 8.68421053 minutes per mile

Ahh, Weekends


I don’t think I have mentioned this before — I am running a small 5k race in River Creek with some of the Plumbline Ladies.  The race benefits Capital Hospice — as I have mentioned — races are a good way to give back and get exercise. There is no better combo than that! You help others and help yourself at the same time! So, because of that — I decided to move my rest day to today in preparation for the run tomorrow. And I am sore from the new session yesterday, mostly in my arms, shoulders oh who am I kidding — all over!

I love the weekends — I get to sleep in a bit. Today, I actually slept in until 945a if you can believe it. I haven’t done that in a very long time!  I also usually get a great breakfast made for me by my wonderful hubby. Today it was scrambled eggs with all natural sausage and veggies.  It was so good and for lunch I made a big ass salad with orange pepper, pan grilled chicken, avocado, romaine lettuce, baby spinach, lemon juice, splash of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. So good.

Hope you are all out there enjoying a wonderful fall day….

A healthy gut is the hidden key to weight loss | The Healthy Skeptic.

We’ve only recently begun to understand the extent of the gut flora’s role in human health and disease. Among other things, the gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system. Dysregulated gut flora has been linked to diseases ranging from autism and depression to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s, inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes.

Recent research has shown that the gut flora, and the health of the gut in general, also play a significant role in both obesity and diabetes. I’ve seen this anecdotally in my practice as well. Nearly every patient I treat with a blood sugar issue also has a leaky gut, a gut infection, or some other chronic inflammatory gut condition.

Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion – Kids Triathlon


Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion – Kids Triathlon SEPTEMBER 18, 2010

As someone who is really trying to inspire parents to not only set a good example by being active and fit themselves, but impact their own family’s perspective on health and fitness — I Love that my Community is doing this type of event! What a great way to start your kids off with a sense of community and fitness accomplishment. It’s open to anyone in the area — so why not encourage your own kids to sign up.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2010

8:00AM / Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion

Ages 6 – 15

Swim, bike and run in the Ashburn Village Kids Triathlon. Swim laps in the AVSP Indoor Pool, bike around the lake and run on a marked course starting and ending at the pavilion.

Kids ages 6 – 15 of all levels are encouraged to compete. All racers will receive a participation medal and prizes will be awarded for winners in the following age groups: 6 – 8 years, 9 – 11 years, and 12 – 15 years old.

* AGES 6 – 8 Years Old: SWIM – 50 Meters / RUN – 1 Mile / BIKE* – 1 Mile

* AGES 9 – 11 Years Old: SWIM – 100 Meters / RUN – 2 Miles / BIKE* – 2 Mile

* AGES 12-15 Years Old: SWIM – 150 Meters / RUN – 2 Miles / BIKE* – 3 Mile

* Bike Helmet is required for the bike portion of this event.

Run Amuck – Quantico Race Day Recap


Yesterday I finished the Run Amuck Race at Quanitco Military Base — With 3000 other people. The race as well done — scheduled in waves depending on your roster number so it wasn’t all crowded at once. Lots of nutritious food at the end — grapes, bananas — water and powerade! I did the race with some great women – Lidia – Queen B, Stac! – who is also training for the Marine Corp Marathon, and Cathy who kept trying to find ways to get out of the race but we wouldn’t let her!!

Now for the race  — It was not nearly as tough or rough as the Crossift race I did a few weeks ago but I think that they did that on purpose bc it was really more for mainstream folks. Lots of people who have not run a 5k before — looking to have fun. I know this because lots of people lacked race etiquette. You know the stuff like –

  • if you are going to walk, don’t just stop in the middle of the road – go off to the side and start walking. There are people behind you!
  • Don’t just spit while you are running with no regard to anyone around you. There are people around you!
  • If you want to stop and play in the mud pits – go off to the edge — Again it goes back to the don’t just stop rule. There are some runners that actually do want to finish with a decent time.
  • If you want to stop at the fire truck hoses to get washed off before the finish line – move over so that you don’t block others that want to finish.
  • And this one – well I get that people like to run in partners but when you are on a narrow trail – and there are others that want to pass you – it’s difficult to do that when you and your race partner are talking and not paying attention to what’s around you.

Ok – those are the etiquette rules for races that I have found. If you know of some more – go ahead and leave a comment!

They had some exercises to break up the 3.5 mile run – like 10 flutters, 10 jumping jacks, climbing thru a tunnel. Nothing like 50 burpees in the heat!! The only challenging part to me was the crawling under the barbed wire — I was behind a slower person however the final part of it – it wasn’t really mud — it was very sharp rocks that cut up my knees in a bad way.  Yikes!

Personally – I didn’t think the race was all that hard and it got frustrating to me that there were so many casual racers. I think the only reason I would do it again would be to bring my kids and let them do the Kid’s Run Amuck. It’s a long drive for a race like that for me…

I want to mention that we got so lucky – the weather was perfect.  78-80 degrees – lightly overcast — Couldn’t have asked for better racing weather!

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