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J Crew Gift Card Giveaway

I warned you… I am in the mood to celebrate.

This time I am working with some of my fellow bloggers to giveaway a gift card for J Crew.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $100 J.Crew Gift Card

Co-hosts: Crayons & Cravings // Mom and More // Coupons and Freebies Mom // Capri’s Coupons // Time to Thrive // Mama’s Mission // Java John Z’s // SWEETHAUTE // Ottawa Mommy Club // Mommies with Cents // Beautiful Touches // Tom’s Take On Things // Sweating Champagne // Getting Fit Fab // rolala loves // a labour of life // home jobs by mom //  Deliciously Savvy // Freebie Finding Mom // Surviving Mommy // Storybook Apothecary // Zombie Running Princess

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 9/7 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email. Please email becky@ohmygoshbeck.com with any questions regarding the giveaway.

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Nordstrom Giveaway

 

Time for some more Instagram Fun!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $100 Nordstrom Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 8/10 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email. Please email becky@ohmygoshbeck.com with any questions regarding the giveaway.

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The Champ…The King… And Tranquilo?

WARNING
Wrestling Blog Time. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

So what is it like to meet unarguably the best wrestler on the planet?

I am still trying to put words to it.

If you know anything about me, you know social situations and me don’t get along. I have gotten better throughout the years, but its still always going to be a challenge for me. So I kind of figured I was in deep water when I bought myself a reward for getting through Rugged Maniac.

But I am SOOO glad that I did it.

I got the chance first to shake hands with Minoru Suzuki who is one of the toughest men on the planet. He is not only considered an icon in wrestling but a godfather of modern MMA. And he also scares most humans. But he could not of been nicer to me.

I also got to shake hands with one of the most popular stars in wrestling right now in Tetsuya Naito. Naito is so almost insanely humble. He wanted to shake hands with everyone and thank them for coming. The funny thing is our first photo did not come our right so Melissa, who was the assistant in the room and Naito both said to come back after all was said and done and they would re-try it. Naito also saw a photo of my kitty on my tablet which I had with me at the time and commented on how cute my kitty is.

OHH.. And then the main event.

I MET KENNY FREAKING OMEGA.

Sorry, I had to do that.

I was so proud of myself because my anxiety stayed at bay. Until the second that I walked into the room and it literally tried to kick my a#@%.

I honestly don’t even know where it came from.

Let me say this, I have always been slightly inspired by the way Kenny looks at the fact that you can change the world. He set out to do things his way and change the world doing it his way. I wish I had half the guts he did to set myself out there and make things happen. This might of had a lot to do with where my nerves tried to kick me into next week.

But anyhow I digress.

Kenny could not have been any kinder or for that matter anymore gentle. I think he caught on how nervous I was. He blamed my nerves on something else. (Ill never forget the dog in the room thank you Kenny.) he asked if I wanted to hold the IWGP World Title. He also encouraged me to stay positive and keep pushing forward in what I want to accomplish.

Seriously, thank you to everyone at NJPW for making the meet and greet happen at Treasure Island (which is the craziest place in SF BTW). It was well organized and everyone had their moment with the stars of their choosing,

The photos of me are amazing. I swear I have not seen myself smile so much in a long time.

Thank you to Mr. Suzuki for making me feel so welcome, thank you to Mr. Naito for giving me a second shot at the photo and being such a down to earth genuine gentlemen and Kenny, thank you for making it so much easier. Thank you for your words, thank you for what you said Saturday night at the show as well.

How To Find The Best in Running Gear

I am pleased to invite Diana Wills back to the blog to share some of her wisdom about running gear. Please check her out at https://ripped.me/

Best Running Gear

One of the most important things when speaking about running is to prepare properly. It is much easier to concentrate on running when you have prepared everything in advance. Make sure to acquire all the necessary gear according to the time of the year.

 

It is important to be consistent and not let any obstacles keep you away from the running track. It is possible to run in any weather conditions, so don’t let a rainy day or low temperatures forestall your intention to go to run. No matter the weather conditions, take some of this running gear into account before you engage in running.

Footwear

You can’t speak about running without high-quality footwear. Some comfy and quality running shoes will make your jogging easier and protect your joints at the same time. Appropriate foot cushioning will also protect your knees, prevent hip and back pain, and also improve your overall body performance.

 

Best Running Gear

One of the most important things when speaking about running is to prepare properly. It is much easier to concentrate on running when you have prepared everything in advance. Make sure to acquire all the necessary gear according to the time of the year.

 

It is important to be consistent and not let any obstacles keep you away from the running track. It is possible to run in any weather conditions, so don’t let a rainy day or low temperatures forestall your intention to go to run. No matter the weather conditions, take some of this running gear into account before you engage in running.

Footwear

You can’t speak about running without high-quality footwear. Some comfy and quality running shoes will make your jogging easier and protect your joints at the same time. Appropriate foot cushioning will also protect your knees, prevent hip and back pain, and also improve your overall body performance.

 

Take some time while picking up the right pair of running shoes because it will make a great difference if you take a pair which fit your feet perfectly. They will make your feet feel lighter, reduce the onset of blisters and make it easier to improve your running endurance.

Compression Gear

Regular running training is very beneficial for your health. But if you want to make the difference and gain improvement on every training session, you should try out some quality compression clothing. While it is not realistic to expect miracles if you purchase compression socks, tights or pants, you will experience some noticeable benefits.

One of them is the feeling of reduced soreness after an intensive run. Also runners feel more rested 48 hours after the run. One of the most significant benefits is improving the performance through enhancing the aerobic threshold. Sometimes it is crucial to show more endurance in the last couple of minutes of the race and good compression gear will help you achieve that.

Hydration

Every good runner has to learn how to hydrate properly during a long run. Your body loses a lot of sweat and you need to know how much rehydrating is optimal to get the most out of your run. You should take some things into consideration while deciding how much you should drink during the run.

A smart thing to do is to weigh yourself before and after the run. Don’t hydrate during that run and the difference in your weight will detect how much water you lose. So, make sure to drink 16 to 24 ounces of water for every pound you lose. Carry your water bottle wherever you go in order to follow this advice.

Headband

It is a well-known fact that you should look pretty in order to feel better. While they have some obvious advantages for every runner, headbands can be a significant fashion detail that makes your fitness appearance a little classier. You can choose among many colors and shapes and even make your hair according to the headband.

But of course, the primary reason why you should wear a headband is its functionality. It will keep the sweat from your eyes and the hair from your face. Some headbands are real 21st century gadgets with installed headphones for the unique running experience. And unlike the headphones, you can be sure that these will not fall off your ears while you run.

Gadgets

One of the reasons why people engage in running more than ever is because gadgets make it more fun. Pick your favorite songs for the ultimate running playlist, put your earphones in your ears and lift off for a good run. There is no better way to prepare for a new day than to run in the sunrise listening your favorite songs.

While gadgets make running more fun, they make it more efficient, too. There are many mobile apps you can use to monitor some important parameters like distance, speed, burnt calories, heart rate, time, etc. Follow these parameters in order to optimize your running strategy and improve your overall results.

 

You should find some space for running in your weekly schedule in order to live a healthy life. And if you want to take to make the most out of it, you should prepare yourself first. It is more fun to run nowadays than it was ever before, so don’t wait. Put on your comfy running shoes, your good compression gear, put the earbuds in your ears and go out for a good run.

Take some time while picking up the right pair of running shoes because it will make a great difference if you take a pair which fit your feet perfectly. They will make your feet feel lighter, reduce the onset of blisters and make it easier to improve your running endurance.

Compression Gear

Regular running training is very beneficial for your health. But if you want to make the difference and gain improvement on every training session, you should try out some quality compression clothing. While it is not realistic to expect miracles if you purchase compression socks, tights or pants, you will experience some noticeable benefits.

One of them is the feeling of reduced soreness after an intensive run. Also runners feel more rested 48 hours after the run. One of the most significant benefits is improving the performance through enhancing the aerobic threshold. Sometimes it is crucial to show more endurance in the last couple of minutes of the race and good compression gear will help you achieve that.

Hydration

Every good runner has to learn how to hydrate properly during a long run. Your body loses a lot of sweat and you need to know how much rehydrating is optimal to get the most out of your run. You should take some things into consideration while deciding how much you should drink during the run.

A smart thing to do is to weigh yourself before and after the run. Don’t hydrate during that run and the difference in your weight will detect how much water you lose. So, make sure to drink 16 to 24 ounces of water for every pound you lose. Carry your water bottle wherever you go in order to follow this advice.

Headband

It is a well-known fact that you should look pretty in order to feel better. While they have some obvious advantages for every runner, headbands can be a significant fashion detail that makes your fitness appearance a little classier. You can choose among many colors and shapes and even make your hair according to the headband.

But of course, the primary reason why you should wear a headband is its functionality. It will keep the sweat from your eyes and the hair from your face. Some headbands are real 21st century gadgets with installed headphones for the unique running experience. And unlike the headphones, you can be sure that these will not fall off your ears while you run.

Gadgets

One of the reasons why people engage in running more than ever is because gadgets make it more fun. Pick your favorite songs for the ultimate running playlist, put your earphones in your ears and lift off for a good run. There is no better way to prepare for a new day than to run in the sunrise listening your favorite songs.

While gadgets make running more fun, they make it more efficient, too. There are many mobile apps you can use to monitor some important parameters like distance, speed, burnt calories, heart rate, time, etc. Follow these parameters in order to optimize your running strategy and improve your overall results.

 

You should find some space for running in your weekly schedule in order to live a healthy life. And if you want to take to make the most out of it, you should prepare yourself first. It is more fun to run nowadays than it was ever before, so don’t wait. Put on your comfy running shoes, your good compression gear, put the earbuds in your ears and go out for a good run.

Skirt Sports Ambassador Reminds us “Why”

I did not write this, but as a Skirt Sports Ambassador and someone who really belives in the Skirt Sports ethos, I wanted to share a story that was shared with the ambassadors.

A few weeks ago we lost longtime Skirt Sports Ambassador Lisa Young Morrissey after an incredibly brave fight against Glioblastoma Multiforme 4. Lisa truly embodied what it means to be a Skirt Sports Ambassador.

Those who had the chance to meet Lisa, know her strong spirit, inner strength and generosity. Lisa remained strong, positive, focused and determined as she fought this disease. Even before her battle with cancer, Lisa had fought many life battles. She was a warrior and a survivor for many years. And she didn’t waste any time feeling sorry for herself, because she knew that didn’t help.

Lisa wanted to be a mom all of her life. That is one of the first things that I learned about her. She fought to have kids and when she could not deliver her own, she fought to adopt, getting in just under an age cutoff to adopt her two sons. She loved those boys and her world revolved around them, not in a bad helicopter way, but in a positive, strong, supportive, loving way. One of the early conversations I had with her right after her diagnosis, she said to me, “I just want to live to see my boys grow up.” And although she won’t be here on earth to do that, I know she will be watching over those boys and that she has instilled in them what they need to go on.

While Lisa was in her final days, she communicated messages to her twin sister, who recorded them and I want to share two with you today.

To all my friends: Live! Life is for the living. Please live your life to the fullest.
The other message that I recorded was: Better days are coming for you. Better days are coming for all of you.

So let’s honor Lisa by living life to the fullest and continuing to represent the true embodiment of what it means to be a Skirt Sports Ambassador. Be the best athletes and people that we can be, fight to overcome the challenges that we are presented with, value our differences and love each other despite of them, support others as they face their challenges and strive to be a positive role model for others. And know that you have the strength to get through whatever you are faced with and that better days will be on the other side. Skirt love to all!

Target Giveaway

I am behind on blogs again.

It is what it is…

But its time for another Instagram Giveway

Target Insta Giveaway

GIVEAWAY STARTS: June 8 @ 6 PM PST

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $100 Target Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 6/29 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

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Everything Evolves

Pull up an Appletini (Yes, if you are a wrestling fan you know what the reference is from)…..

When I sat down to write my “Why I Run” piece a couple weeks ago. I did not expect it to be so cathartic or therapeutic. I really just wanted to share the what got me started on this crazy journey.

And I see it in the evolution of my blogging. When I first started to share the racing journey (before I crashed the you know what out of this two years ago) I really was just talking about the battle with my weight and honestly all the luggage that I was carrying, and then it was how running changed me and I wanted to get faster, thinner and fitter, then we talked a lot of products and then it kind of circled back towards the things I have learned while being on this journey.

Just like running. I started this just to lose weight. Then I became (and okay still am a bit) a bling whore, and

One of my favorite trails in Seattle… And an old car.
then the ambassadorships and using those as a chance to share my story. Now I am at a point that it has circled back to the point where I do it to try and help people like I was helped while exploring new places and challenges a long the way.

Its all about the evolution. Even though I hate change in general and have been trying to get in myself back in that comfort zone box lately (before you say anything, I will be the first one to admit I had a crisis of confidence again. Sometimes things just suck.) , seeing the words spill out on paper (or on computer, whatever suits your fancy) helped me realize that, you know what. Things are always changing. I am always being challenged. Even when I do not realize it.

Speaking of challenges. Someone I respect. (I shant say who) challenged me to get my trail shoes back on and see the world from the trails. It does not even need to be in a racing form, just a chance to see my running world through a different lense. Last week I spent a good two hours on the trails here in Portland and it was amazing. Its a workout without a workout.

I don’t know how to explain it. I am evolving professionally right now to. I defiantly feel like I am finding my voice as a social media manager. But I am also finding that I know where I can be better and trying to find ways to improve.

But real talk… Sometimes it still sucks.

Sometimes you get told no way too much.

Sometimes you just make stupid decisions.

Sometimes you get told you suck.

Sometimes you get told to get your ass back in line doing what people expect you to.

But the evolution continues.

Giveaway Time: More shopping fun at Target

Ohh.. Lets have some more Giveaway Fun!!
Time for another shot at 100.00 at Target.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: $100 Target Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 4/13 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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Done with Fitness Blogging.

I hate fitness blogging.

Hate it.

I used to love it. I used to feel connected it to it at a deep level. I used to feel like I had a story that inspired people. I also felt connected to the community. I also loved my brand ambassadorships and felt pride the companies trusted me to carry their brand banner.

Then things started to change.

Bloggers have become more cut throat to get sponsored posts, ambassadorships and other agreements. Well known fitness bloggers have said to me “Well if you would just work out more, be a little faster, eat healthier, ect, maybe companies would do more with you.”

Sorry, not going to sell my balance, my sense of self or anything else for a piece of the pie.

Companies are now flocking to influencers that obviously have disordered thinking on their eating or working out. I wont mention the company but a company worked with an influencer who is on a restricted diet where there is no way on gods green earth she would ever use their product.

Where did it go all of course? I thought fitness blogging was supposed to be more about using out influence to inspire someone to get off the couch, to inspire someone to find the happiness in their life.

I don’t think anyone is to fault. I think as bloggers those shiny little tokens of sponsored posts ect are nice. The money is nice. But I tried chasing those little tokens and all it got me was burned out. And I really wish companies would watch who they deal with. Paying someone to do an ad about beer that does not drink beer is just wrong on so many levels.

Anyhow. As for me, I have dropped all my ambassadorships but one. I came home to Skirt Sports. This one is not about the money. If you have read any of my blogs you know they have been part of my story since the beginning and I stand with their #RealWomenMove philosophy. You don’t have to be the strongest, fastest, most social media connected. They believe in the balance in a women’s life. The women I serve with juggle real working lives, with staying active, families, friends and everything. They are true inspirations, motivators, and motivators.

I am still running but I am running more for me this year. I am also going to do an OCR. I figure I spent two freaking years working in the field its time to actually do one. (I will be at Rugged Manaic in June at PIR partially for my work) I am running SF again this year but not as an ambassador. I am going to support the Hogwarts Running Club with all my heart. I will be running just to enjoy it. I am eyeing an Ultra for the fall, but I have pacing responsibilities so I have not found one I love.

I am also not race volunteering other then for a couple of races I do love. Race volunteering started more about how much work companies could jam out of me and it never felt like enough. I have been focusing on volunteering for things that fill my bucket. I am a proud volunteer at the USO here in Portland. Serving our troops and our families has been an amazing experience.

You will still get blogs from me, and I might still do reviews but I am not going to touch something I won’t use in my day to day life. I want to be back to my social media being the chalk board of my journey and all the things I have learned along the way. I have a few blogs that have been on the back burner about other goals I am working on so they may happen soon. I am aiming for 2018 miles on my feet in 2018, rediscovered my love for spinning.

Lets see where the journey takes me in 2018.

A little thank you to my favorite “Addiction”

WARNING: This is not a running blog entry. If you are looking for the running blog fun cycle down. (Remember this is my blog and I don’t always do run)

It isnt a secret, the other passion I have outside of running is wrestling.

And two of the biggest reasons for that have been a very certain tag team; The Addiction, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian.

When I was going through the last few years of finding myself, dealing with the family health issues, and trying to hold it all together. I could watch those two and break out laughing despite myself. There would be some nights I would be laughing so hard that I was crying.

If you watch them you get it. They are just very good at what they do.

But also watching these guys keep going at the level that they do and the fact they keep getting better has inspired me. There are many times that people around me have been pretty clear that I should give up those crazy dreams and goals that I am shooting for. I am too old, I am too washed up, I should be focusing on family, ya know those things you hear.

They defiantly helped to show me that not fitting in the “box” is okay that I can embrace the inner nerd.

I always wanted the chance to meet them to say thank you for inspiring me to continue to push to be better. And I got that chance. (Not without almost tripping over my own two feet. But alas if you know me, if I get nervous I do.)

These two made it a point to make sure this photo happened before I had to bail for my trip back to Portland and could not of been nicer.

I just want to say thank you again to them both for not only inspiring me, just always being awesome towards me, but giving me so many good memories out of my first trip to Vegas.