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Didn’t Want You To Miss Out- Halloween Festivities, Core Work, Running Inspiration and Win an Entry to the Phoenix Marathon

Didn’t Want You To Miss Out- Halloween Festivities, Core Work, Running Inspiration and Win an Entry to the Phoenix Marathon


How was your Halloween?

Ours looked a little something like this.

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Actually, that was from a couple of days ago and there was since a costume return because of a wardrobe malfunction.

So it looked a little like this instead.

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How cool  are the “Strongest Man in the World” and the “Muscle Ninja”? I mean, right? Yeah, the belt buckle even says “Strongest Man in the World”. Ha ha.

There was no way we were missing out on all the fun with the cousins.

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Hope you all had a good one!



Moving on…..


I read an article the other day about how important core work is for runners. I couldn’t agree more.

I just posted one of my favorite moves to end class with last week. In this article he does something pretty similar.

The Best Core Exercises For Proper Running Form from Competitor Running.


The other day I tried one of the best core exercises, the scissors, on the BOSU at the end of class. This move is really great just on it’s own on the floor, but man was it hard on the BOSU.


I made a little video. Not the greatest and you can tell it’s not easy for me, but hey, that just means I have to do it more often, right?



Most likely when you read this I’ll be in route to the TCS New York Marathon with CocoaVia, I thought we could all ues a little running motivation and a chance to win an entry to a race.




Here’s a great article from my running coach friend, Dr. Jason Karp.

Top Six Things You Don’t Know About Running

I really like number 1 since I don’t stretch.

And…… two ladies I’m routing for this weekend are Kara Goucher and Deena Kastor.

This weekend is Kara’s comeback race after being side-lined with injuries and having to withdraw from last year’s New York Marathon. I hope she makes one heck of a comeback. Here’s the article.

I’ve always admired Deena and love that she’s in her 40’s, a mom and just still doing her thing sand breaking master’s records. She’s running the full Sunday too and I hope she breaks even more records.

The article on her upcoming race is here.

Not related to the New York Marathon, but this is one heck of an inspirational story about Larise Elaine who just became the new 50-mile National Champion. Just four years ago she was just a recreational runner. Pretty darn incredible. Her article is here.


I love this quote from CocoaVia also that I saw on twitter the other day.


How awesome is that?

I’ve definitely been going from failure to failure, but I better not lose my enthusiasm. I don’t like to call them failures anyway, they’re all learning experiences, right?


And, with that……..

I’m already making big plans for 2015. I’m in survival mode for the time being to get through this year, but next year is going to be epic.

One new race that I’ve always wanted to get to, but have never had the chance to race is the

BMO Harris Bank Phoenix Marathon



All the cool kids and quite a few of my running friends run it. Next year I get to run it with them. Yay!Check it out, I’m already picturing myself there with EMZ and Christina.

Phoenix marathon

Ha ha ha.

I want YOU to come run with us too!

Use code STUFT10 for 10% off an entry.


enter here to WIN a FREE entry for the race.



All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment below.

Tell me why you want to run this race and what your goal would be.

Or tell me what big plans you have for 2015.

(Giveaway will be open until November 8th, 2014 11:59 pm PST. Winner will be chosen randomly from comments below and announced on the blog.)

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  1. 1
    Jeremy says:

    I’d love to run this race bc I’ve ran it before and know how awesome it is! I’ve PRed on this coirse and hope to do it again. 3:30 full wouls be sweet! Thanks for the opportunity to win! 🙂

  2. 2
    Katie says:

    Why would I want to run it? Because I need another marathon like I need a hole in my head! Just kidding 🙂 I want to slowly, but surely, cover all 50 states. I want to qualify for Boston in 2015 and this would be an early shot at it before I head to Duluth in June. You are a huge motivation for me and id love to be out there!! GOOD LUCK AT NYC! Have fun and love the run.

  3. 3
    D Cook says:

    New to phoenix, would love to run the half. Thanks for the opportunity !

  4. 4
    Jill says:

    I would love to run in the BMO Harris Phoenix Marathon!! I live in Phoenix and am working my way back from injury. My goal is to be able to run the entire route without having to take a walk break.

  5. 5
    LH says:

    I would to love to run the Phoenix Marathon because the race is in my hometown. I want to keep myself motivated with a race otherwise I stop running and return to an unhealthy lifestyle, which happened a couple of times in the past. Running not only gives me the disclipline and structure, but also keeps me happy. 🙂

  6. 6
    Jen A. says:

    I would love to do it for a bunch of reasons!
    1. It is in Phoenix and I have never been there!
    2. It would be the first race I have travelled for (I live in Boston)
    3. It would be my FIRST full marathon
    4. It’s on my BIRTHDAY!!

    My goal would be to finish since it’ll be my first try at a full marathon!

  7. 7

    This would be my first marathon ever! I’ve been looking for the perfect Spring 2015 marathon!

  8. 8
    tiff says:

    I would love to do the phoenix marathon bc I am currently recovering from some major health issues and this would give me a goal to work towards and an excuse to book a vacation!

  9. 9
    Angela says:

    I have my eye on the Phoenix Marathon to attempt to qualify for Boston. I qualified this year at Santa Rosa but missed the registration cutoff by 34 seconds. I’m also excited to cross another state off my 50 states bucket list!

  10. 10
    Karen says:

    I would love LOVE to run this race. One it gives me the opportunity to travel to a new part of the country I have never been to before; and two, I get to be running! I would likely attempt to best my PR and go for a 2:50 or lower 🙂 aim high-> as long as Michigan winter cooperates

  11. 11
    Sabrina Fowler says:

    I would love to run this marathon race because I fell back in love with running in the beginning of 2012 after 12 years. the struggles that I have faced in my life has pushed me back into running and I am very happy that it happen. I ran my first full marathon in January 2014 and would love to do it again because my first experience was beyond amazing. I love all the emotions that fell over me when I cross the finish line. I live in Phoenix and have been wanting to enter this run and I am going to jump at the chance of winning a free entry, thank you! My goal is to run 04:00.

  12. 12

    I would LOVE to be able to run this! I don’t get the opportunity to run many races because I am a full time teacher and have 4 kids to take care of. It would be an awesome experience. I have only ran 1 full marathon so I would hope for a PR!

  13. 13

    Ha! I love the photoshop it’s like your already at the race. I’ve never run a marathon and I’m not sure NY to Arizona would be the best place to start. Love the Bosu! Cute little guys for Halloween.

  14. 14
    Krystle says:

    I want to run this race because I want the best race finish experience ever!
    My goal would be to run a marathon that i’ve actually trained for!

  15. 15
    Chrissy says:

    I have never been out west, and a marathon seems like a great reason to go!

  16. 16
    Deniz says:

    Yay Phoenix! I ran the RnR 1/2 there a couple of years ago. So fun! Would love to go back for a full.

  17. 17
    RC Liley says:

    Having run many marathons in the past, it’s been a while and I’d love to see how I can do with my different training style. Plus, I haven’t run one since we had our daughter and I want her to see daddy complete a marathon!

  18. 18
    Georgette Taylor says:

    I have only run one marathon, NYC in 2004. I’ve stuck to shorter distances since then and I really want to train for another marathon. I have two kids now and life is much different so training would be much different. I’d love this particular marathon because I’ve never been to Arizona. My parents both raced all over the country and I always loved going to new places. I want my kids to have that same awesome experience. Good luck on Sunday!

  19. 19
    Lanna says:

    Would love to run Arizona 2015!

  20. 20

    GREAT BOSU move Kristin!!!! You rock!

    LOVE the family pics always!!!

    On that quote about failure to failure – OMG – that is me although I have lost & regained it over time. I have a post I am writing – may I use it & credit you?


  21. 21

    I live in Phoenix and honestly a goal for me has always been to run a marathon, but for some reason I’ve never pushed myself to actually do it. I think this would be GREAT motivation to get my butt in gear and accomplish this goal!

  22. 22
    kendyl says:

    HECK YES! Thank you for this! If I could run one marathon, it’d be a tie between this one and the Honolulu marathon! Praying my legs (mostly hips and back) will survive to train for 26.2. God willing, I’d be all over both of these bad boys! xox!

  23. 23
    Amber Harris says:

    I would love to win because my parents live in AZ. It would be awesome to travel from MO and not to have to pay a race fee in addition to plane ticket. Bonus would be that they could spectate and cheer for 1 of my nears thins.

  24. 24
    Kim says:

    I know that I would fall all over trying that scissor move on the BOSU!
    I want to run the race so we can meet and I can trail along behind (way behind:) you!!!

  25. 25
    Nikki says:

    I would love to run the Phoenix Marathon again. I ran it last year for the first time and PR’d, only 4 minutes from a BQ. I’d like to try to meet that goal. It was a great course and a well run event.

  26. 26
    Heather says:

    i’d love to run it because i’m trying to pick a race in that time frame to try to BQ! and i’d love to travel somewhere new 😀

  27. 27
    Bonnie says:

    Marathons are expensive! Free entries are good. 😉

  28. 28
    Kristi Petrosky says:

    This is the race for me next year! It’s practically in my backyard and I would love the opportunity to receive a waived entry! Either way, I’m there! Would love to meet you Kristin. ; )

  29. 29
    Monica H says:

    I al looking to run my first marathon in 5 years and this would be a perfect race to achieve that goal, I am much slower than most people that have responded to your contest, but I love running and know I will give it my all.

  30. 30
    Keri says:

    I would love to win an entry into the Phoenix marathon! It’d be my first marathon and I’d love to see Arizona!!

  31. 31
    Erika says:

    I struggle with making the decision to race a full. This would make it for me! I love Arizona and have family in Phoenix. What a nice reason to visit 🙂

  32. 32
    Amy Ruble says:

    I would love to run my first marathon and Phx Full would be so special because I live in and love AZ so much!! Plus it would be so awesome to run shoulders with the cool
    Kids 🙂

  33. 33
    Leah says:

    I’d love to run this because it’s in my own backyard (I’m in Tucson) and having my family at the finish line would be a dream come true!

  34. 34
    Juli says:

    This looks great! I’m hoping to BQ in 2015… Would love to in Pheonix!

  35. 35
    Samantha B says:

    I ran my first half in Oct and have my next in November. Winning an entry into a marathon would be the step to help me get to the marathon level I’ve been dying to try.

  36. 36

    I would love to run this marathon because I’ve never been to Phoenix but am thinking of applying to a graduate program there. I’d love to scope the city out by foot and I’m looking for a warmer marathon to run this winter.

  37. 37
    Mary Cahill says:

    Goals for 2015 include to run a minimum of three 10 K’s and place in 3. To run 4 half’s and a minimum of one full. All with my family of 5 kids and one big man kid in tow. Life’s to short to set small goals.

  38. 38
    Kristen Grimes says:

    Oh my gosh… the number one reason I would love to win this is because I could finally meet you and hang out at a race with you! That would just be too cool!

  39. 39
    elizabeth says:

    i’d love to run this marathon because phoenix is BEAUTIFUL and it would give me lots of motivation to keep working over the winter. it would be very, very cool.

  40. 40
    Sara M says:

    I would love to win this entry! It would be my first marathon and destination race all wrapped up in one!

  41. 41
    Shawn says:

    I want to run the BMO Harris Bank Phoenix Marathon because more than 14% of the field Boston Qualified. My goal would be to run 3:15.

  42. 42

    My husband and I are already considering traveling to Phoenix for this race. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to only have to pay one entry fee instead of two! I think the course map looks amazing and really would love to run this! I really hope I win!

  43. 43
    Bobbie says:

    I’d love to run b/c I still haven’t reached my goal of a full yet and this would motivate me to do the training and go for it. I mean, IT’S FREE!!!

  44. 44
    Jeramie says:

    Like my wife said already. We’re hoping to be able to both head to Phoenix from Utah for this race. It would really help make this a reality if we won an entry and only had to pay for ONE. And it would make my wife happy. And you know what they say, Happy Wife .. Happy LIFE!!

  45. 45
    Ashley B. says:

    I would love to escape the coldest town in Colorado for a beautiful, warm race in February–the race would make all these below freezing morning runs worth it!

  46. 46
    Laura L says:

    I would love to win this entry! The Phoenix Marathon is year was my first half marathon and I absolutely loved it.

  47. 47
    Pam says:

    I’d love to run a race in AZ! I’ve heard great things about this even. 🙂 I hear the weather is great during this month as well. 🙂 Pick me, Pick me!! 😉

  48. 48
    Ivette Guzman says:

    I would love to run the Phoenix marathon because I’ve never actually ran a full marathon before (partly because races are expensive) and I would also love to challenge myself both physically and mentally. My goal would really just be to run happy, strong, and finish injury free. 🙂

  49. 49
    Autumn says:

    Phoenix is beautiful! It would be so amazing to run out there. I think this would be one of those races where my goal would be to ENJOY!

  50. 50
    Natalie says:

    I want to run the Phoenix marathon because I want to set a new PR. After a rough year, I am ready to make 2015 MY year!

  51. 51
    brooke says:

    Never been to Phoenix so would be awesome to run/visit!!!

  52. 52
    Stef says:

    Phoenix would be cool I have never been there and it would cross off another state for the 50 state challenge. I think in 2015 I want to try for either a triathlon or a 50k.

  53. 53
    Amy says:

    I would love to run the PHX Marathon & see family while I am there! My goal would be to finish. 😉

  54. 54
    Rebecca says:

    I want to run this race because my goal is to run a marathon in every state, and I have not been to AZ yet! My goal is to run a sub-4 hour marathon!

  55. 55
    Erin says:

    I’ve never been to Phoenix!! My goal would be to break 4 hours. 4:05 is my last marathon time but my half marathon time has improved to 1:45:17 I think I could make it happen but would love to find out on a new and picturesque course!! Traveling, racing, adventuring. Sounds like the perfect trifecta to me!!

  56. 56
    Katrina Rojas says:

    I would love to run Phoenix!! I just finished my first marathon last week and my goal would be just to finish faster— don’t even care if it’s 1 second!!

  57. 57
    Sandy says:

    I want to run Phoenix so I can meet all of the awesome people who are running it!

  58. 58
    Angela says:

    I would love to run this race because since moving to Arizona last year, I have yet to run a local race! I hear it’s a great race!!

  59. 59
    Anne M. says:

    Holy cow why would I want to? I have my first marathon coming up in two weeks and I’m balancing myself between excited and scared out of my mind. I’ve never been to the west coast and would live to, plus I hear the dry air in Phoenix is great for keeping the frizz out of this naturally curly hair. Seriously though, I was the girl always picked last for dodge ball and in gym class and now I’m two weeks away from running my first marathon. Who knew? I would love to add another to my schedule and keep this running vibe going. I love it!

  60. 60
    Annie says:

    Well, so many reasons, but I’ll give it a go! This would be a new challenge, I’ve run 4 halfs and this would be a first. One word; Racecation, as a mama of three, multi-tasking is key, need I say more? The super cool ladies photoshopped together, yeah, you’re a little bit of awesome! New experiences and lasting memories, I’m pretty sure this would be just incredible! Thanks so much for opportunity for an entry!!

  61. 61
    Emily says:

    I ALL CAPS WANT TO RUN WITH YOU GUYS!!!! also, your photoshop skills are impressive beyond measure!

  62. 62
    Ann E says:

    I would love to run this race because I have heard good things about it and because its close to home!

  63. 63
    Becky says:

    I have been looking for a marathon to run in 2015 and Phoenix would be prefect! Drivable from where I live and hopefully not too cold!

  64. 64
    Bridget says:

    I would love to run this race as a do -over! I ran it last year and got very sick at about mile 15. I finished, but it was insanely tough as I kept getting sick. My goal is to finish under 4 hours.

  65. 65
    Betsy says:

    Really would love the opportunity to run this race…. My half PR is 1:31 and full PR is 3:29.

    Would like a chance to have a great story on how and when I PR’d!

  66. 66
    Megan says:

    I would love to run the Phoenix marathon because, it would be marathon #3 for me, and it would be a great break from the Fargo, ND winter I will be enduring at the time of the race :)! My goal would be to PR and qualify for 2016 Boston thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  67. 67
    Hillary says:

    I would love to run this race since it would be my 2ND marathon! I have always wanted to travel to Phoenix and this would be a great opportunity to do so!!

  68. 68
    Emily says:

    My main goal for 2015 (aside from doing multiple half marathons) is to complete my first full marathon. No better to explore a new city than run through it..,,Right?!?! You are such an inspiration with all that you’ve been able to accomplish and I look forward to spending part of my day reading your blog. My goal would be to just cross the finish line 🙂

  69. 69
    Meredith says:

    My big plan for 2015 is to laugh more! I think I can accomplish this by surrounding myself with optimistic, healthy, loving people. Giggling burns calories too! I think I’m ready to run another marathon!

  70. 70
    Ashley L. says:

    Phoenix looks awesome! I recently read a book about their race director. I’d love to come back out west for it, I miss it dearly! And I need a redemption race from my bad DNF in my last Ironman

  71. 71
    Jen Muller says:

    I would love to race this because I am currently almost recovered from an injury that has left me side-lined for most of my track season but I am finally healthy and ready to get back into it. My goal would be to finish the race feeling strong and healthy.

  72. 72
    Angela W says:

    My big running goal for 2015 is to qualify for Boston! How fun would that be to do that in Phoenix?!! 😀 But I do have 2 marathons planned just in case Phoenix doesn’t work out 😉

  73. 73
    Erin Acosta says:

    I ran my first half marathon last month and I’m really excited to run a full. This would be the perfect opportunity!!!


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