Trying that 26.2 thing out again...

I'm officially registered for my second marathon! I will be participating in the 15th Anniversary of the Akron Marathon! I participated on a relay team (hey, Ohana!) a few years ago and really like the race experience. It's well organized and the swag is awesome. I also like that's not terribly far from home and that it's early enough in the fall that I'll be able to recover in time to run some other fall races as well as pace Jeff at the JFK 50 Miler in November (eek! So exciting!). 

As an added bonus (in my opinion, anyway), this will also be my first race as a member of Team Challenge! While I'm not new to fundraising for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, this will be my first time to official Race in Orange. You know an organization really matters to me when I'm willing to (and excited about) wear orange. Orange. Ick. The worst color ever (except for maybe brown).

My goal is to raise at least $1000 for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, so yes, I'll be hitting up all of my family and friends for money again. Until there is a cure for these awful diseases, I will continue to do whatever I can to raise funds and awareness. You don't find cures, you fund them.

I'm using a Hal Higdon training plan again and have also set the following fitness goals for myself for the summer:

-Run 3x per week.

 The training plan has 4 runs per week, but I've found that often isn't realistic for me.

-Strength train for at least 15 minutes 3x per week.

The Cranberry Township Community Chest had these awesome fitness stations installed at Graham Park in 2014. They're fairly basic and use body strength, so I'm not going to start some bodybuilding career (which is good because that body paint looks creepy as hell), but at least I'm incorporating another good habit. And let's be honest, most runners have no upper body strength at all. 

-Walk/Cross train 1-2x per week. I really enjoy walking so this is usually pretty easy for me to add in. In an effort to keep a good workout routine going (and to motivate me to get at least 3 runs in each week), I told myself that if it was raining really hard or the weather was otherwise crappy and I didn't feel like going outside to run, I'd do a Jillian Michaels workout (or something similar, but I like hers). This morning I did 30 Day Shred for the first time in a long time and it was a little rough haha. 

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-Keep nutrition on track.

Again this should be pretty easy because the nutrition company I've partnered with has an AMAZING product line. I've recently (finally) started using the performance line and holy crap! It IS possible to have a pre-workout drink that doesn't make your skin crawl after 10 minutes. 

Run, shake, repeat. #runtheblueline #akronmarathon #teamanchored

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-Drink local beer!

Hey, life is all about balance. And I've got to re-hydrate from all those runs somehow, right? :-P 

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What are your summer fitness/beer goals? Comment below!