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#TheSFMarathon offers 4 free months of Elite Training with Run Keeper #runchat

I don’t know why but I have been struggling with coming up with a good training plan for San Fran that was not going to cost me a fortune.

I would like a run coach, but I just flat out do not have the money for that as much as I want it.

And then I received an email from The San Francisco Marathon with some pretty amazing news.

All registered runners for The San Francisco Marathon series of events will get four free months of elite training unnamedwith Run Keeper. And that gives you access to all of the Run365 training plans. Run365 is the official training group for the marathon and they currently host training groups in the bay area to help runners prepare for the events.

This gives those of us that are out of the area some of the same tools that they have. The only downside for me is I have a Windows Phone and Run Keeper and Windows dont mix. But I can still use the training plan and stuff on line to trac

I am thinking I am going to do the 12 week plan or start the 16 week plan a week or two late. But to have these tools at my disposal is a huge load off my shoulders.

I have said it before, I have nothing but love for The San Fransisco Marathon. My experiences last year changed me, and they do everything that they can to make the experience better for the runners. This is a brand new huge perk.

Remember, use TSFM2015Bonnie to save 25.00 on your entry fee.

Note: I am a 2015 SF Marathon Ambassador. My opnions are truly my own.

The Namesake of this Blog #thankyouJimmy @jimmyjacobsx

Warning: This is not going to be a running blog. If you are coming to read a running blog entry, I will see you next time.

If you know anything about me remotley, you know the only thing I adore as much as running is professional wrestling. My mom raised me on it since I was a baby as it was an all day tradition for her dad to sit and watch old school wrestling on the weekends. She remembers it being on TV for as long as she can remember.

In the last couple years my love for wrestling has been waning quite a bit. I do not know if I was growing out of 1908013_10152424437877288_809481170912033437_nit, or if the evolution which a lot of my fellow wrestling fans have talked about just kind of lost me.

When I was in OKC for my first marathon, the night before the marathon I had my first chance to watch Ring of Honor. All of my friends had talked about how good ROH was but due to the fact Portland never carried it, it was the first time I ever got to watch it.

And I finally got excited about wrestling again.

I remember the first time I caught him. He was doing a promo with Kevin Steen, and he did not say a word in the entire promo, but his facial expressions and everything he did managed to capture my attention. I now adore Kevin but for some reason I could not take my eyes off of him. He was telling a story and stealing the show.

I learned quite quickly, the talent was Jimmy Jacobs.

As I learned about him, I realized in some ways our journey had mirrored. I to this day have people trying to kill my dreams, explain to me all the reasons things can’t happen. But yet for some reason I kept going. Jimmy was the same way, his size and stature sometimes stood in the way of him making it to the big time. There had been other things too, but he never gave up and he always showed passion for the thing that he loved.

Jimmy made me excited for wrestling again. But watching his passion inspired me.

I remember meeting Jimmy for the first time when I was in Baltimore for FitBloggin and ROH had Survival of the Fittest and he had me shell shocked. I was shy and a complete wreck. I freely admit I have never been the best in social situations so. We also developed a very long standing Words with Friends battle (that still continues)

Then Jimmy started to make the Oregon trips for the WCWC last year. And if you haven’t read my blog, the last couple years have been intense with my dads health issues so I would go to the events just to take that break from reality. The matches where insane, and I would so get into them, it was always reminding me why I love wrestling.

It was always akward because I was going to wrestling events on my own (because none of my local friends are wrestling fans)

Jimmy knew a bit of what was going on and always made it a point to leave me with a smile on my face even if he was in a hurry to get out of there. There was always a hug for me, or just a moment. He also was always supportive as I was training through SF. (Somewhere out there, I have a photo of the two of us with my finisher medal) Even though at times I really felt out of place, he always made sure I felt like I belonged and was welcome.

When I stepped out on my own with the blog, the name Zombie Running Princess came as a spin off from him.

Jimmy just fought his last match as he makes the next step in his career. And I just wanted to take a public second to say thank you. Thank you for inspiring me, thank you for always making it a point to leave me with a smile and a great memory, thank you for sharing your passion with the world.

It All Starts With Heart

It All Starts With Heart.

As I am sitting here sick, the reality hits me that its been very close to three years to the day that we lost one of the most influential people in my early struggles to take control of my mental and physical health.

I do not even remember how I found out about the Cardio Coach program. I think I was looking for something I could do outside the world of being with my trainer. The Cardio Coach program was a set of at the time CD’s to walk you through the drudgery that was cardio.

The program was headed by coach Sean O’Mallley (AKA Cardio Coach). Sean was an amazingly talented and motivating trainer when you listen to him on the discs. He truly had a grasp of how much machine workouts had been a challenge, and the work outs had always been meant to be doable but leave you screaming for air later.

But it did not begin to describe how special of a man Sean was.

I have not made it a secret that the first couple years of my journey had been rough. Very few people realize how rough it was for me. I was the master of self-sabotage, and I was defiantly dealing with the mental side of taking control of my health. I did not think I was worthy of being healthy, I didn’t understand why my journey was so tough hense, I wanted to quit frequently. Often, I was depressed, and was dealing with things I did not even begin to understand.

Sean was always available via e-mail to talk about workouts, talk about struggles and to support me through whatever was going on. If my trainer was being a butt, he would be the one to give me the other side of the story and talk me through why things had not been working. Sometimes it would be a matter of telling me to suck it up, that he believed in me, and I just needed to keep going head first through the storm. We never met face to face, but he would always be one of the few I knew I could say anything to. He knew probably more then anyone how rough it was on me, and how much I was trying to overcome.

When I first started running; Sean was the number two person behind me other then my own trainer, telling me he

Always my "other" coach Sean O'Malley.
Always my “other” coach Sean O’Malley.
believed in me. He sent me a Cardio Coach care package, including shirts to wear, CD’s to sell to help with my fundraiser. He wanted me to know that I will always have a Cardio Coach family behind me.

What I never realized is Sean was dealing with many mental and physical health issues behind the scenes. You would of never suspected when talking to him, because it was always all about his clients, all about what he could do to help them find their way. The only thing I ever heard from him is “I believe in you” “You have this handled”

March 25th 2012, Sean took his own life, right before I ran my first full marathon. Sean was suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), from playing contact sports. CTE was responsible for the dark thoughts he was suffering through, the inability to remember certain dates, the fact he could not remember his own age. CTE stole his joy, his desire to live and ultimately lead to him taking his life.

I always make it a point to take Sean out for a run at least a few times a month. I might not do the workout, but being able to have his voice out there, reminding me that “It All Starts With Heart” or reminding me that I have the choice of “being a lion or a gazelle.”

His Cardio Coach legacy lives on with his group of Press Play Athletes who continue to run, walk and ride in his memory. We always talk about how he joined us on the workout, even if its just a memory of his voice when we are outside enjoying our cardio, a dove that sits on the fence, or if its just a reminder of how awesome Ole’ Miss Sports are (but he did always give me grief for being a Sooner with webbed feet) I know we will continue to push on. Because he truly taught us “It All Starts With Heart.”

I will always miss you Coach!

See Jane Run Introduces: Superjane 70

I just want to say this.

This is awesome.

I received the following press release from See Jane Run about a new program they are starting at their events. Take a look and see if you have someone special in your life that might be eligible

SAN FRANCISCO, March 16, 2015 — San Francisco-based women’s running company See Jane Run is offering FREE race registrations to ALL women 70 years old or over. See Jane Run salutes and celebrates the wise women of the world! As we all go through the inevitable challenges of aging, we want to support the woman who inspire and motivate us to keep fit and healthy into our golden years. We also want to motivate you to keep going, to press on and to stay 11001781_10153119709529662_1046587527869082598_nactive as you age. Introducing: SUPERJANE70!

The Superjane 70 program offers special SUPERJANE70 shirts, superhero capes for all of our Superjanes and on-stage recognition for this amazing group of women. Let’s keep moving! As the wise woman Helen Hayes once said, “If you rest, you rust.”

To get your free race registration, use code SUPERJANE70 at checkout. All Superjanes must pick up their own packet, show ID and they can not transfer their numbers to others.

The See Jane Run Half Marathon & 5K Race Series is in The San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, with races planned next year in Los Angeles CA, Kansas City KS, Boise ID and San Antonio TX. The See Jane Run Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon is in Pleasanton, California.

Race-Kred: The Medal for your Shoe Review and Giveaway

Note: Tomoson Reviews offered a partnership with this product. I received one free and one to give away of the product. As always, all reviews are my own opinion. No other compensation or commitment was provided.

No secret.

I love bling.

Even with life reducing my race schedule a bit, bling keeps me motivated. Bling gets me out there, and going on those days when I am just not feeling it.

When I was approached by Race-Kred about their product, I was immediately excited about it. I am working on training WP_20150313_001for The SF Marathon and for me having that reminder of what I am working for just a glance at my shoe away in some crazy way has been motivating for me to see. I have ran five so it is a wonderful reminder to me that I can do this, I can get through the training. On top of that it has always made me smile.

What can I say? It is just a good reminder of what I have done and what I am shooting for.

They offer a charm for any distance. And for you trail runners out there they offer trail charms. They also have charms for you multi-sport athletes.

I like how heavy duty they feel. I have seen a few of these on the market that strike me as flimsy hence why its something I have never gotten into myself convinced into purchasing them.

The one huge draw back with them is if you look at my shoe, because my shoe has that huge thing on top of the laces the amount of places I could put my charm are limited unless I wanted to tie it in using the small shoe lace they sent me. I just have no luck with trying to do things like that. I have lost more timing chips then I care to admit or confess to that have been tied into my shoes.

The price here is a huge draw. Each charm is only $8.99 which makes it defiantly in my mind an affordable option to get yourself a small motivational treat during training or getting yourself a small reward after a race. And for someone who hates blowing her budget, these make perfect sense.

I am going to defiantly start making these a tradition for races. You can also do custom charms. (Maybe a Seattle one on the horizon, I don’t know.)

Please check them out

We are giving away one Race-Kred of your choice. Please check out the raffle copter!

And yes, the headline is professional wrestling related. I am in a better mood with wrestling now that the queen is back. (Excuse me while I do some insane skipping)

Let me do a wide open address. Ever since I opened this blog and stated I would be willing to do product reviews. I keep getting invites for supplements. 99 percent of them are for supplements that are full of things I can’t even begin to imagine what they are. What gets me is I see bloggers I used to respect schlepping them. And I don’t even think they know what they are talking about.

If you read my blog and want me to review your supplement. Please don’t bother. The only ones I am willing to do anything for are things I already use, because I have a picky tummy. I am a Nuun Ambassador, but I have been a user for a long time so for me that was a natural fit. (It is one of the few things that I can do on the run other then Gatorade that does not twist up my tummy.) I am now a big fan of Rengade Roast Coffee, but I bought that out of pocket to try it after hearing about some of the things they do. (And let me be blunt, if you see me pre morning coffee, you get why coffee is necessary.)

This blog will never be about making money. It will always be my chalk board about what works, what does not, what I have learned on this crazy journey. There are some opportunities that have opened up to me because I have been willing to put this out there. But I will only take opportunities that make sense for me to take and are in line with what I am working towards. There are some weeks I might not write anything from my personal voice. Manly because I am moody with my writing at times.

Speaking of opportunities.

IMG_6165I am excited that The SF Marathon has brought me back as an ambassador to this years race. Last year was truly one of the most amazing experiences I have had as a runner. I met some of the most amazing people and made friendships that have truly been a gift. On top of that, I ran a course that literally took my breath away. To borrow one of the sarcastic wrestling lines.

It’s once in a life time twice.

Despite the fact that my outside running life has challenged the amount of time I can spend racing this year. SF had faith in me to raise their banner. (PS use TSFM2015Bonnie and save 25.00) That to me means the world.

I will freely admit. Last year that was my hardest marathon and I did and I was not as ready as even I wanted to be. I am trying to make it a point this year to focus on making to SF in the best shape I can get myself into between work, trying to make stuff happen in my life.

Despite all of this.

There is so much I wish I could be doing right now. I just do not have the resources to do it all.

Oh.. One of those random musings.

It’s funny how fake and negative people have been around me have been as of late. I can’t pin point people but that’s because it has been multiple people. The problem is at points I have let it bring me down. But thanks to a friend, I got focused on just being me. Now I am laughing at these people again.

It’s amazing how aware of this you get.

Enough random musings. Things with my client at YourSports.com are getting crazy busy (this is not a bad thing). Seriously, if you are a sports fan and you have not checked out what you are doing. You are missing out on something amazing.

Goddess Rash Guard Review: A perfect run base layer

Notice: I received this sample product through Tomoson Reviews. Opinions of product are that of my own and no other compensation is received.

I honestly do not know why I did not think of this sooner. I have been looking for a baselayer for my running that keeps me warm without having anything that is unbreathable. I used to do MMA, I used to love my rash guards. They used to be the best thing to wear pre and post workout.

So when I got the offer to do a review for the I was really curious how it would work.

The one thing I have to warn you about up front is sizing. I went up one size larger then I normally do because I really wanted it to be a little roomy, even though I was going to wear it under stuff. It was a little tighter then I had hoped even one size up.

But for what I wanted, this works.

The higher neck keeps heat in my neck without being overly bulky. The sleeves are long but no quite too long, they are just at the right length even for my longer arms. Its also big enough that if I need to it, I need to roll it up.

One of my favorite trails has a very challenging headwind and this was perfect to help me combat some of the winds that leave me awfuly cold. It blocks the wind and keeps my heat in at the same time. And the thing is I can do it without the bulk of a jacket. This is a huge plus because I hate bulky jackets in general, and have yet to find a piece of running wear that works.

I also like the price. You can get certain colors for right around 24 dollars which makes this such an affordable option for someone trying to keep their running gear on budget. It shipped quickly via Amazon.

The bottom line is the is a surprising plus. It works also for gym work outs when you want to stay warm in our sometimes cold and drafty. This is event a plus for burpees, because I tend to drag myself on the ground a little too much when I do burpees, and it helped me feel a tad bit more comfortable.

I will actually be ordering more soon from them.

#ad #goddessrashguards been a life saver as a running base layer

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