• How to overcome obstacles and crush your goals

    overcoming gym intimidation

    Happy February! I hope you made it through January with all of your resolutions and plans for 2018 intact. But if not, don’t freak out. There’s nothing magical about January 1! If you want to make some kind of change or create a healthy habit in your life, you can start right now. Or tomorrow. […]

  • Shopping for fitness fanatics – and a giveaway!

    gifts for runners and Spartans

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but if you’re anything like me, you haven’t crossed everyone off your shopping list yet. Today, I wanted to share some suggestions for the fitness fan in your life, whether she loves running, obstacle racing, yoga, swimming, or barre. And, because I love you, I’m giving away […]

  • Surfing in SoCal

    newport pier

    Long-time readers may remember that I am somewhat obsessed with the idea of learning to surf. I’ve taken lessons a few times, and while I’ve been able to stand up on the board every time, I don’t think I’ll be joining the pro tour anytime soon. Still, practice makes perfect, so when my parents planned a […]

  • [solidcore]


    After months of wanting to try [solidcore], Toby and I finally made it to the Old Town studio recently. Even after three classes, I don’t think I can adequately describe what it is. They used to have a video on their site, but what I’ll tell you is this: In less than five minutes, there was […]

  • Aaren’s Spartan Races (and a giveaway!)

    Unfortunately the universe has been conspiring against me for the past few years, so I haven’t been able to do a Spartan Race yet, but one of my BFFs, Aaren, has now run two (because she’s a bad ass!). I asked her to write about her experience to give you an idea of what to […]

  • Orangetheory Fitness

    orange theory fitness

    You may have heard about Orangetheory Fitness, a new type of workout studio with locations all over the country. A friend of mine in California had told me about it, but I didn’t get the chance to try it before we moved to DC. However, there is a studio near my office and they offer […]

  • Zengo cycle


    Toby and my dad have been fans of spinning for several years. I… have not. If you’re not familiar, spinning or cycling classes involve an instructor guiding a class full of people on stationary bikes through a series of “jumps,” “hills,” sprints and other movements that simulate riding a bike outside, without having to manuever […]

  • Barre so hard

    xtend barre

    In honor of the new year, I’m starting an occasional fitness series in which I try out different workouts and report back. Today’s theme is barre. You may recall that I did a post last year about what to expect from your first barre class. But, after trying several different brands of barre, I’ve learned […]

  • What to wear for your resolution workouts


    It’s January, which means many of us have rededicated ourselves to getting off the couch and hitting the gym. The only problem is that far too many workout clothes seem to be made for professional athletes or fitness models, and don’t quite work properly on those of us with body fat percentages in the double […]

  • Marine Corps Marathon 10K recap

    mcm 10k

    One of the problems with big, popular races is that you have to sign up so far ahead of time that it’s difficult to know how you’re going to feel or what’s going to be happening in your life when the race actually rolls around. While I hurt my knee in February and swore off […]