Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Workout Wednesday Guest Post - Run Jenny Run

Happy Wednesday! I'm currently en-route to Manila but I'm still hosting the Workout Wednesday (WOW) linkup again, with fabulous co-hostesses Diatta Harris from Femme Fitale Fit Club, Sheila Simmons from The Frugal Exerciser, Natalie from Clean Eating Teenand yours truly!

Since I was up all night packing for this awesome 26 day adventure, I'm featuring a guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, virtual soul mates, and Liebster Award nominees: Jenny from Run Jenny Run.

"Happy Wednesday Eat Hard Work Hard readers!

I am Jennifer and I blog at Run Jenny Run! Thanks Amanda for letting me guest post and I am excited to share my running/fitness journey and how it has changed the past year.

I started running for fun during college. (Go Greyhounds). At that time I was able to workout everyday and ate fairly healthy. After college I started my full-time job in Baltimore and started commuting from the DC suburbs. Long work hours + long commute = less time to workout and take care of myself. Four years went by and I packed on about 50 pounds! I would sign up for races (as motivation to workout), but would seldom train for them (the only exception was the Marine Corp Marathon – I joined a running group).

After grad school I found myself living in DC and was placed on a project in… guess where… western Baltimore! My life for the next two years was very reminiscent of my post-undergrad days – with an even longer commute – 90 minutes each way! This past fall I joined a project in DC – finally a chance to work/live in the same city. I knew this was an opportunity for me to have a better work/life balance.

I started writing my blog to share my running/travel adventures around the same time. Looking back at my older times, I was shocked (ok not really…but you know what I mean) that I had gained so much time running wise. I knew this blog would be a great way to commit to my running and fitness goals. In about a year’s time, I’ve dropped about 45 minutes from my half marathon time and lost about 25 pounds. Here is what worked for me: 
  • Setting goals (both short term and long term) 
  • Running regularly (even through the harsh DC winters) 
  • Working out with friends (both running and non-running activities) 
  • Strength training (I am fortunate to see a trainer a couple times a week) 
  • Cleaner eating – less processed foods (my trainer also observed my food tracker) 
Blogging has also been a great way to hold me accountable. I have met some great people along the way who share tips, ideas and motivation. I look forward to what the next year brings – including training for my second marathon!

PS- Since Amanda and I have bonded over our love for all things food – I hope she is enjoying lechón (pork) and ube ice cream (purple yams – trust me its good) while she is on her work trip in the Philippines!"
Thanks for the great guest post, Jenny, and for the food recommendations! Love me some lechón!

To learn more about Jenny's fitness journey and food adventures, check out her super fun blog here.

Now on to the party!


Point & Purpose: The purpose of this link up party is to mix and mingle and support each other’s sites by visiting, subscribing and/or leaving a comment. Please do not drop a link here, disappear and not follow through by visiting other party goers’ sites. 

Theme: We are linking up blog posts, Google+ posts or Facebook posts related to FITNESS, RUNNING, HEALTH or WELLNESS.


Simple Rules:
1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:
2.   Don't be a wallflower.  I can not stress this enough.  Show some comment luv and support to other party goers of this link up by visiting their blogs and either leave a comment on a post, subscribe or both!  Visit at least others who have joined the party.
3.  Also join our WOW Link Up Pinterest Board (http://www.pinterest.com/curleedst/workout-wednesdays-link-up/ ) so you can PIN your post to it.
4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)
5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone's post for easy identification.
6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.

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19 comments:

  1. AHHH have an awesome time in Manila! Love to find new DC bloggers that I didn't know so glad you have this guest post!

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    1. Thanks Lindsay! Even though I guess I'm a Cali girl now I love the awesome DC blogger tribe :)

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  2. Great post and I hope you have a good time on your adventure :)

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  3. Nice to meet you! Your tips on what worked for you are excellent especially the setting short term goal.

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    1. Yay glad you liked Jenny's tips! Highly recommend checking out her blog--she's great!

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  4. Great post! I love hearing about great fitness accomplishments! #wowlinkup

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    1. Thanks and thanks for joining the party Toni!

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  5. Great post! Amanda - have a safe trip! Jenny - thanks for sharing your story! All great tips. I started blogging to keep me accountable as well, but had no idea I would meet such great people like you, Amanda and other bloggers out there. It's fun :)

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    1. Thanks Michele! I love our great little blogger community too! :)

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  6. Very very nice post Amanda. Travel safe and tell Jennifer to keep up the great work! #wowlinkup

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  7. yay - i love seeing bloggers i love on other blogs i love. thanks jenny for a fun post and i hope you are having a great trip so far, amanda!

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    1. Thanks Courtney! I know, I'm so excited to need guest posts because I get to feature so many great people!

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  8. Thanks for all the nice comments - love seeing familiar and new bloggers to follow! Thanks for having me post Amanda!! Loving all the food posts already :D

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    1. PS- I noticed you revamped your design a bit before you left- looks nice!

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    2. Thanks so much again for guest posting! Loved it! And thanks for the nice words about the blog header :)

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  9. I hope you join our little hop Jenny. Have you reached your goal weight? When did you start blogging? Visiting from the #wowlinkup

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  10. Workout is very crucial for our health. Apart from diet and nutrition we should also take the support of workout to develop our health and fitness; most of the sports person and athletics are always taking the support of workouts; their motto is work hard and eat hard, so that they are able to maintain the balance. With the help of proper diet and proper workout we are able to maintain a good fitness and physic.
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