Product Review by Coach Kristie  – ipsy

Product Review by Coach Kristie – ipsy

Being a part of the fitness and endurance community from time to time I am approached to review products that are widely used, or newly being introduced, in the fitness and endurance worlds.  I currently have a few products I am working with to create reviews for the very near future. Recently I have been approached by an entirely different community.  The community of health and beauty for both men and women.  They want to reach a different demographic.  People who are “real” in the world and not necessarily experts or influencers in the health and beauty community. Keep in mind, fitness and endurance sports are my specialty, my reviews will not be the typical as you would see by a beauty expert.  However I hope it provides you a fresh perspective. Welcome to the first of these product reviews! There are many monthly subscription services out there.  Bark Box, Runnerbox, Wine of the Month, etc.  This was the first time I have been introduced to a company that does health and beauty, primarily, make-up. My first impression, it’s VERY affordable.  $10 a month to be exact.  What you get each month is a “Glam Bag” with 5 sample sized items picked out for you based upon a product/beauty profile you fill out before you subscribe.  When you first sign up, you are placed on a wait list unless you want to get your Glam Bag right away.  To get off the wait list you have some options with sharing on social media.   I decided to go on the wait list as I didn’t want to give ipsy...

Support/Mental Strength – by Coach Heather

Support/Mental Strength What is support?  Google defines it as to bear all or part of the weight of, build up.  Give assistance to.  Why is it important related to health and fitness?  It is crucially important. There are some people who are self-motivators and value exercise or who grew up exercising and love it.  There are those who like myself didn’t grow up exercising and it’s intimidating. I remember the first time I stepped into the gym with Jolene and my family.  It was very intimidating.  I was fat, had no self-confidence and had no clue as to what I was doing.  I remember walking on the treadmill and looking at Jolene and saying hey that looks cool let’s try that etc.  You could tell I had no clue as to what I was doing.  It is funny to think about it.  I will never forget this Trainer asking us if we knew what we were doing.  I appreciated her honesty. I remember when I was training for my first Triathlon.  Having my husbands and families support was so crucial.  Being surrounded by people who love you, believe in you and support you is really important. As I was growing up, I didn’t have any self-confidence.  As kids, we were always put down.  Our cousins were always praised.  So growing up and taking up Triathlon I have broken a lot of barriers and have had a lot of breakthroughs. I remember when I was losing weight and people in the gym would see me and encourage and compliment me.  It is the best feeling to have others see you...
Introducing Coach Diane!

Introducing Coach Diane!

I consider myself a life time athlete and coach! My athletic career started at 11 years old, continued through high school, collegiate softball player. My coaching began as a volunteer in the athletic community of Northeast Philadelphia. With the leadership and mentoring from my coaches, I went on to pursue my BS in Health and Physical Education and taught and coached for 15 years at various levels. Upon relocating to FL, I changed careers and received my AS degree and have been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I continued my athletic involvement by participating in running, cycling, and triathlon. I have continued as a PTA for the past 28 years in various setting. In 1999, I was one of the first USAT certified coaches (16) and in 2001, became a USAT level 2 coach. I also was certified in US Cycling, US Swimming. I am currently ITCA certified. ( I hold many other certifications in my “tool box”) I have had many local coaching programs in the St. Petersburg  area, including a children’s triathlon program. My running coaching program was large group yearly lead in preparation in varied distances. If we total my years of coaching, it would be over 30 years of experience. Most recently,  I have expanded to virtual coaching to include para athletes in both running and triathlon. I have coached runners from beginner to elite in both running and triathlon. My participation as a multi sport athletes spans almost 30 years. I have experienced both US National and World competition in triathlon as a visually impaired para athlete. I have run several Boston Marathons. Oh,...
Outlaw 140.6 race report 2017

Outlaw 140.6 race report 2017

Are you on the square, are you on the level? Are you ready to swear right here, right now, before the devil? Outlaw 140.6. My 4th iron distance and first non-branded event. I love this distance. Its not my strength – I do much better in 70.3s and shorter tris. The challenge of the distance keeps bringing me back, despite that most of the time during training I say to myself “this is my last one.” Funny side note – I have already registered for IMCA 2018. Leading into Outlaw, I had done IMCdA 70.3. I love the Coeur d’Alene course. It wasn’t my fastest 70.3 by any means. Even though it was a lead-in and I know better, I was a bummed to come in 8 minutes slower than when I did it last year. Last year it was my “A” race and the weather was not nearly as hot (it was 85 on the run this year, but I actually do ok in the heat so I can’t use that as any kind of excuse). I had a ton of fun out there and that’s what really matters most to me anyway. I came in at a respectable 5:32. I took a much more laid back approach to training this cycle. My goal was to get through it uninjured, mentally and physically. Physically, I did a great job. Mentally, well, hence the song lyrics at the beginning of this report. Let’s just say that song lyrics are like a mantra and I end up doing a lot of deep thinking during training, especially on the bike. The...
Believe You Can

Believe You Can

There’s a popular nutrition podcast I listen to. The host often says “there’s no free lunch in nature.” I love this saying, and I find that it goes for training as well. There is no free lunch in running and triathlon. What do I mean by this, exactly? Well, specifically this…races aren’t going to train for themselves. Signing up for races is fun. It gives athletes a little endorphin boost which feels good. Now what? Whether you’re a beginner or have been racing for years, you gotta train. Hiring a coach can help. Having guidance and accountability is useful during training. Someone is there to answer questions, and figure out the best plan for each athlete as an individual. Everyone is different. Each athlete is like a puzzle and the coach can help fit the pieces together, creating a picture of a successful, goal-meeting race day. Regardless of the distance, training for a race can seem a little daunting. For some, a 5k is that distance. For others, its a 70.3. Whatever “your” goal race distance, the first place to start is believing that you can do it. We live in a wonderful world full of all kind of gear, gadgets, GPS, heart rate monitors, power meters and sensors. All these things are useful in tracking metrics for training. But you know what is equally, if not more important? The athlete’s belief in themselves that they can train for and successfully complete the event. Humans can have a tendency to make things complicated and its important to occasionally take a step back, look at the fundamentals, and be sure...