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Biggest Loser Half without training, #fffchallenge, and WIN Giveaway!

I got a medal!!!

Biggest Loser Run/Walk medal

Before Sunday I had never run more than a 5K… I ran my first 5K last year for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, followed by Run or Dye and my second Lupus run. Running on my own I still never even hit 4 miles.

So, why then, did I think I could all of a sudden do a half marathon without one but of training???

When I won the trip to the Biggest Loser Finale from Planet Fitness they offered the entire audience free race eateries for any Biggest Loser Run/Walk.

After a lot of back and forth, I decided to go for the half marathon. Although, after a busy summer with very little running, I realized I would never have a long enough block of time free to train for a half marathon.

I almost considered backing out after not running as much as I had hoped and not planning the trip early enough, but it finally realized that I would regret it.

I kept telling myself, “it’s called the run/walk. You can walk…”

Biggest Loser Run/Walk packet pick up, Bobby Saleem, Jackie and Dan Evans

I drove the hour and a half drive out for packet pick up. I loved hearing Bobby Saleem, last year’s runner up, spill all the dirt about the show. Well, he didn’t spill too much, but he was pretty candid and so funny! I was also completely inspired by Jackie Evans who kept talking about her struggle to teach her kids about health and fitness. It really hit home and made me think about my why (a Bobby phrase). I was so happy to be there and know that stealing away for a weekend was for a great reason.

Biggest Loser Run/Walk Sunrise

I went back bright and early the next morning, all alone, for my first ever half marathon.

“You can walk, you can walk…”

I started out running when we took off and felt great. I was exstatic at the 4 mile mark because I was keeping up my goal pace and I just passed my longest run ever. I couldn’t believe it when I hit the six mile mark and was still running. I felt like I could go all day!

...and then mile 7 hit. The bathrooms were few and far between so I started to walk more and my legs started getting stiffer and more tired. I walked the rest of the race.

I still finished in a time I was happy with and was SO happy just to finish! The greatest part was when Bobby was announcing and cheering on the runner and looked right at me and said, “great job, Kristin!”

How cool is that!?!

I was out of town and alone for my first half, and Bobby cheering me by name was just what I needed! He is such a great and genuine guy!

It was such a fantastic experience and I’m so glad I did it!

I was sore that day and thought I’d be incredibly sore the next day, but I felt pretty good. I did take the day off from trying to get my Fall Fitness Challenge activity in, but the day before more than made up for it! I also stuck to my warm lemon water each morning without forgetting. I even finally stopped talking about meal prep and spent the day cooking and making up some delicious meals to have on hand when I need them. I made fish, brown rice, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms – so good!

Meal prep

Check in with the others participating In the Fall Fitness Challenge:
Nora from Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo | Kristen K. at Run Away With Me | Ariana at HappyLife.HealthyLife | Brandi at Noteworthy Running | Michelle at Fearless Beauty Fitness | Kathy at MamaMarathoner | Diane at Runnin Rocker | Alicia at NeverEverBeenSkinny

One more thing… I promised a giveaway!

The day after my first half marathon I limped my tired tush down the stairs to wash my stinky running clothes. Luckily I received some WIN sports detergent for review through Sweat Pink.

WIN detergent for athletic clothes

It did not disappoint! The clothes smelled great! WIN is specially designed to get rid of all the sweat, oil, and odors for athletic clothes. They even offer a fragrance and dye-free green version. After a rough trip through the mail, I got both bottles to try. Thank goodness WIN just redesigned their bottles to handle that kind of abuse!

Rough trip through the mail

WIN is offering to send one of my readers two bottles to try as well! You can enter the giveaway below to try your luck!

WIN Detergent giveaway

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Week 1 of the Fall Fitness Challenge {#fffchallenge}

How did you do with week one of the Fall Fitness Challenge? Did you move at least 10 minutes a day, or keep up with your other goals?

As a fun way to keep myself on track, I’m teaming up with some great bloggers to bring you a Fall Fitness Challenge! A big thank you to Nora from Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo! This is just what I needed!

Kristen K. at Run Away With Me | Ariana at HappyLife.HealthyLife | Brandi at Noteworthy Running | Michelle at Fearless Beauty Fitness | Kathy at MamaMarathoner | Diane at Runnin Rocker | Alicia at NeverEverBeenSkinny

Fall fitness challenge #fffchalenge

For the past 4 days I’ve kept up my streak of drinking warm lemon water and I love it! I’ve never been a fan of lemon in my water, but I really love it warm in the morning. It’s so soothing and it gives me a moment to get the kiddos fed and still be able to do a little something for myself before getting wrapped up I t he craziness of two little ones in the morning.

That small act each morning helps me set my intentions for the day.

Warm lemon water in the morning

I’ve been getting my 10 minutes a day in as well… It’s not always easy. Everyday activities have been how I’ve been keeping to the plan. Raking leaves with the kiddos has been a big one. I rake them up and they jump through them and spread them around.

Fall activity: raking

Today was definitely not easy…

I’ve been trying to get up early to workout, but the kids beat me to it pretty often. I planned to take a run while the kiddos napped at my parents, and a trip to Kohls for some much-needed pants for the kiddos and short nap times interrupted that plan. I thought maybe I could sneak a run in before dinner, but realized I had left my clothes at my parents’ and I still hadn’t thawed the meat for dinner. Next, I though I could definitely get in a Jillian DVD while the kids played outside, but they chose to stay in. As a last ditch effort, I finally got the kiddos downstairs and got in an hour on the elliptical.

Busy momma workouts

A slow hour, but I moved the whole time while getting some things done instead of sitting on the coach, which is all that matters.

It’s great to have a goal and that little extra push each day.

How did you do this past week?

What are your goals for next week?

Share with us!

I’m going streaking! Join us for a Fall Fitness Challenge {#FFFChallenge}

For the longest time I had no idea why people were placing #streaking hashtags behind their posts on Twitter or Instagram.

I was so confused!

Finally, after piecing together many hashtags, I realized I need to do some streaking myself! What a great way to keep yourself on track and ensure you don’t slack on your goals!

As another fun way to keep myself on track, I’m teaming up with some great bloggers to bring you a Fall Fitness Challenge! A big thank you to Nora from Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo! This is just what I needed!

Kristen K. at Run Away With Me | Ariana at HappyLife.HealthyLife | Brandi at Noteworthy Running | Michelle at Fearless Beauty Fitness | Kathy at MamaMarathoner | Diane at Runnin Rocker | Alicia at NeverEverBeenSkinny

Fall fitness challenge #fffchalenge

Post to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with the hashtag #FFFChallenge and join us for the Friday Fall Fitness Challenge link-up!

For everyone, we’d love if you’d join us with the goal of getting active for at least 10 minutes each day.

For myself, personally, I want to start a new streak each week. This week I have started with having a warm mug of lemon water each day. I also plan to focus on tracking, and get back to vigilantly tracking with MyFitnessPal.

How about you? Are you in?

What are your goals for this fall?

Remember to check back this Friday to share how your week went!