Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fourteen Days Of Fit!



You've been asking and we've been listening! We will be doing another fitness challenge beginning on Sunday, March 23rd and ending on Saturday, April 5th. 

Every day, there will be a 'Shout Out' post pinned to the top of our Facebook page. *Each participant will need to comment on that post to let us know you got your workout in for that day. This will help you stay on track.

For fourteen days you will need to do the following:


  • 25 Squats
  • 25 Push-ups (Yes, knees count)
  • 50 Crunches
  • Walk/Run/Bike - Let us know which one you did and what distance.
  • Cheer for other participants! This is about health and accountability but it's also about motivating each other and having fun!


It is not required but it is a good idea to take your measurements before you begin and then again when the two weeks are up.

I'm going to be doing this right along with you to help with accountability. Also, share this with your friends and get them involved too for more accountability!


*We are not doctors, nor do we play one on tv. Before starting this or any exercise routine, check with your own doctor! ~Bekah and Danyelle






Friday, February 14, 2014

Sexy Mother Runner Featured Friday Runner: Meet Jewels!

Meet a running inspiration, Jewels!




Gone4alongrun – Run Forrest Run  - Running Journey (Jewels)

I wanted to share my journey and passion for running. I know for me, the sport is more than a way to stay fit…..it’s a way to stay sane and feel whole and alive! It is a lifestyle that ties into every other piece of my world.   Running for me is about giving the best of myself to the sport that I have so come to love!  It’s about feeling fit, strong and getting a new glow about myself….turning my back on sluggish habits and getting that radiance and abundance of old fashioned ENERGY.  I love running because it allows me to compete with me!  Another great thing about running is that improvements happen quite fast! If you listen to your body, give it the necessary rest, fuel it with healthy food choices, and do some cross/strength training, your body will respond even better than you would ever imagine.

My running journey started out in junior (primary) school all the way up to Senior (High) school. I used to participate in track and field, but long distance was not what I took part in! I always stuck to the short sprinting distances – 400 and 800 meters!   My eldest sister was the cross country runner and I could never understand how people could be on the cross country team and just run and run for miles!  Somehow that seemed so boring to me!


After graduating, I pretty much gave up running and got more into dancing and water sports.  Running was the last thing on earth I would ever have imagined myself doing again, as my other activities took up so much of my time.   Later on in life, I did however, get on the treadmill here and there and run a few steps at the health club, but I just couldn’t get into my groove.  I met my husband who was an avid runner back in Chicago and he was always talking about how good he felt after a run.  He had about 35-40lbs to lose, so when we moved out to AZ, he started running again and the weight just started dropping off.  One evening my husband and I were watching our favorite movie, Forrest Gump and I looked at him and said, if Forrest Gump can run like that, then so can I and my husband challenged me and said ok…well I’m going for a long run tomorrow, want to join me…..I said sure and laced up an old pair of “sneakers” and off I went around the block, which is only 8 tenths of a mile.  I could not make it once around the block without stopping and I was huffing and puffing and my legs felt like lead!  I soon realized how out of shape I was.  I decided to keep trying and so I laced up about 2-3 x weeks and before I knew it, I was running a couple miles and then I kept challenging myself to run more and farther each week!  The injuries started to set in and I got very discouraged.  This was late in 2010.  I stopped running for a while and then realized how much I missed running and got back into it in 2011.  I kept pushing myself harder and harder and increasing my mileage and signed up for my first Iron Girl 10k in December, 2011.  It was such a great experience and I got hooked and then signed up for my first half marathon in January, 2012 – that was a great year of racing for me and ran several half marathons for that year and become a half marathon junkie!  I actually got more bling that my husband did my first year of racing and I’m still ahead of him by 2-3 medals! J I am now training for my first 50mile Ultra, coming up in September 2014.  Would love for you to follow my journey to becoming an Ultra marathon runner!

In summary, I came to realize how much running makes me feel both mentally and physically. The main thing that was holding me back before was my pesky injuries. Once I figured out how to prevent them, I knew that I could run relatively long distances.  Running is like any other sport/hobby. It takes a lot of hard work, sacrifice, commitment and discipline. I just happen to love it, so I made the decision to put in the time and effort. Not everyone loves running and that’s perfectly okay, so find something else you enjoy, whether it be weight training, biking, dancing, hiking etc…just keep moving!  I know my story is not that unique in terms of how I started running, but you have to realize that as cliché as this might sound, if I can do it, anyone can you it… you just have to believe in yourself and take that first step! 



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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sexy Mother Runner Fit Valentine Giveaway!!



Have you been working hard to get fit?! Has a friend, wife, or girlfriend been working hard to get healthy?! Then it is time to elect yourself or them as Sexy Mother Runner's Fit Valentine! Everyone deserves to be recognized for all their hard work!

How to Enter:

Send a picture to our Facebook Inbox with a short synopsis of why you or someone you care about should be Sexy Mother Runner's Fit Valentine by Monday, February 10. We will share the synopsis and picture on our Facebook page. Our audience will then get to vote on who should be the Sexy Mother Runner Fit Valentine on February 12 and 13. The winner will be announced on February 14. Just in time to win this cute hipS-sister from Linda at Traveling Light and Comfortable. Linda at Traveling Light and Comfortable will even give all our followers 15% off product orders from now until February 14! You must mention that you heard about this contest through Sexy Mother Runner when you order! Now get to electing your Fit Valentine!

Details:
You must like the page Traveling Light and Comfortable
You must like Sexy Mother Runner
The winner will receive a hipS-sister that will fit a size 2-10 woman.
Lastly, you must provide your mailing address for your hipS-sister to be mailed to you.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sexy Mother Runner Featured Friday Runner: Meet Angela from Race Addict!




Every runner has a story... 
At Sexy Mother Runner we believe that sharing those stories is a great way to share the gift of running while helping to motivate others. 

Meet Angela...



Hi, this is Angela from Race Addict. I'm a Mom, wife, and a

runner! I've run 9 half marathons and 1 full as well as

countless 5Ks and 10K's. This weekend (2/8/14) is another 

full marathon for me at the Mississippi River Marathon. I 

have another full on 3/2/14 at the Little Rock Marathon and 

then I have the Ouachita 50K Trail Run on 4/26/14. Three 

marathon races in 90 days will get me into the Marathon 

Maniacs. I'm a Half Fanatic already - HF#4939! This is a 

picture of me after the St. Jude Half which is near and dear 

to my heart in 2012. I love the adrenaline rush of a race!



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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Two Years

We have been slacking off on our blog posts! We have been doing a lot on our Facebook page though. Maintaining all of the media sites is time consuming stuff!


It occurred to me that January marks our blog anniversary. We started Sexy Mother Runner blog TWO years ago. A lot has happened in those two years. I finally made some headway with my health and fitness and I'm so thankful for that. We've ran a lot of races, had a lot of laughs, shared a lot of encouragement. We've met so many wonderful people along the way!

My life has been forever changed in some ways. All because I finally had the confidence and drive to make it happen. All because I was surrounded by positive friends who encouraged me. I'm incredibly thankful for everything that two years can do.



If you are just starting your journey or have been on it for a while now, I hope that you find encouragement when you need it. I hope you surround yourself with positive people who will cheer your success and lift you up to your goals.

I hope that we are a part of your journey and that we help you get where you want to go. In two years, where do you want to be? It slips by quick, fill it up with lots of awesome.

Peace, Love, Happiness!
~Bekah

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Finding Hope In Disaster

On Sunday our community was devastated by tornadoes. It's reported that 42 tornadoes occurred in Illinois. Within hours people were coming together to help those in need.

Three towns in my area were severely damaged. Pekin has reported 100 homes/buildings with damage. I live in a rural area between Pekin and East Peoria, which has damaged homes as well. Some completely destroyed. The worst hit was the town of Washington. Homes were leveled and sadly, one life was lost.

Steve Neubauer was a long time family friend. My sisters and brother-in-law were good friends with him. I've known him and his wife since I was a teenager. They are both wonderful people who would do anything to help out someone in need. Beth, his wife, just barely made it to the basement in time. Steve was on his way down behind her when the tornado hit their home. He is greatly missed by his family and his many friends.

This is the path the EF4 tornado took through the town of Washington.

I have friends who suffered minor damage to their homes and friends who have lost everything. My family who lives in Washington was thankfully untouched by the tornado but they are still without power and under a boil order. Our power went out on Sunday right as we made our own mad dash to the basement amidst tornado sirens, thunder, and heavy rain pelting our windows. Other than a few limbs down in our yard we had no damage. Our power came back on Monday afternoon.

This photo of the tornado was taken in Washington by Anthony Khouri.


One of the stories I read and can't stop thinking about was Julie Locke's story. Julie lost her son, Dax Locke, to cancer in December of 2009 and she is the founder of The Dax Locke Foundation. She now has a young daughter. Julie started writing a blog while Dax was sick and has since kept it up. She wrote about her experience during the tornado. Her house is in Washington. She had just gotten home from church when the tornado hit, they had little time to get to the basement. She covered her daughter's body with her own while the tornado hit their house. Once it passed and they were okay, she immediately went out to help others. She even gave her shoe to a person who had lost one of their own. I am repeatedly amazed by this woman's courage, strength and her spirit to help others.

One of my husband's long time friends was hospitalized with a broken vertebrae and collarbone. His house was also destroyed. His wife and children suffered minor injuries. You can watch his interview on the news here. You can also send a donation to help his family here.

These are just a few of the countless stories from Sunday.

In spite of the devastation, true beauty is everywhere. The beauty of the human spirit is shining bright in Central Illinois. People all over our area have come together to help in any way they can. Businesses are opening up their doors to those in need, organizing fund raisers, donating supplies. Churches have become Red Cross shelters. Utility trucks have arrived from out of state while utility workers are working around the clock on clean up and getting power restored.

One of my good friends, Danell, has a business called Go2Girl. She is one of the most kind-hearted people I know. She is donating her time this week by collecting and dropping off supplies/donations for anyone who needs assistance in the Pekin area.

Another friend, Kim, owns a chain of Papa Murphey's Pizza restaurants. She and her husband are donating 50% of their proceeds on Thursday of this week to the Red Cross tornado victim fund.

I've read about car dealerships offering free rental cars, apartment complexes and realtors offering housing, churches setting up free meals for those in need, furniture stores giving away mattresses and the list goes on and on.

There is a lot of work to be done. But there is hope. Central Illinois is filled with generous and giving hearts. Washington is the same community that came together to give 'one more Christmas' to Dax Locke. They are a very strong community who will no doubt rise above this tragic event.

Peace, Love, and Happiness!
~Bekah

If you would like to help, you can donate to the
Be sure to specify that you are wanting to donate to the tornado victims. 






Friday, November 15, 2013

HipS-sister Product Review and Giveaway!

I was able to try out my new SportS-sister HipS-sister for the first time on one of my runs last week. A HipS-sister is a hip waist pack with two zippered pockets and one top loading pocket. It's goal is to help you live your life hands free.

I chose a size Medium HipS-sister, which is equivalent to a size 8-10 in women's jeans. When I slipped it on I liked how firm it felt and how flattering it was. I took a selfie to show you what it looked like. 



The real test for me was to load it with my running must-haves and hit the pavement. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical that this new contraption would stay put once I got up to cruising altitude. 

I loaded my HipS-sister with my keys in the back pocket and my iPhone in the front loading pocket. As I started running I noticed the pressure of my keys, but mind you I have 8 keys on my ring and a picture holder. My keys weren't flopping around, but I felt them. I do not think there is any way that I wouldn't feel my key ring with the amount of keys I have though. Next, I payed special attention to my iPhone that was in the front loading, non-zippered pocket. I was astonished, no flopping! 

Now it was time to get up to cruising altitude and give my HipS-sister the real test! As I increased speed and added miles what I noticed was that I forgot about my HipS-sister, which means I wasn't feeling it any longer. I had grown accustomed to it. It was staying put and my items were, too! On that run I did 4.75 miles at a 10 minute pace. I think I gave it a true test. 

What I loved about my SportS-sister HipS-sister:

1. I loved that it stayed put and didn't ride up. Honestly, this was a big concern for me.

2. I love that it has room for all of the essentials for running, but also for living. I can see me using this for shopping and while doing my "life" chores when I do not want my phone an inch away from me while my kids are in school. I typically use my Tune Band for running, but it is not very stylish. I see friends laugh when I am wearing it while not running. Now I will use my stylish HipS-sister to fulfill that needed hands-free role.

3. HipS-sister is stylish! Even the black one I have is super-cute. Plus, if you go to their site here (HipS-sister www.hipssister.com) you can choose a variety of HipS-sisters! I really like the bling style!

4. HipS-sister is flattering! Okay, most of us that have had children have this beautiful accessory that came with our children as soon as the nurse gave us a mountain of paperwork to sign called a "shelf". You know that beautiful part of skin on your stomach that is right above your pubic bone, layered with stretch marks that no matter how much weight you lose or crunches you complete will never tighten unless you visit Doc Make-Me-Perfect for $10K!?? Ladies, you know what I am talking about?! Well, you're not alone! The HipS-sister is a great accessory to help hide that extra gift from your kids for around $30 and no anesthesia. Bonus! Now if they come up with something for the flap-jack, pancake, waist boobs from nursing....

5. I love the variety of styles of HipS-sisters! There is a Left Coast Sister, Park City Sister, Vegas Sister, Global Sister, Bling Sister, SportS Sister, SwimS Sister, and Sisters for a Cause. If you want to view the collection click here

6. The best thing about HipS-sister, Sisters for a Cause!



One cause dear to us is our "Military Community". At hipS-sister we believe that this is a "National Community". Our Military "Sisters" are Active Duty, Veterans, Spouses, Parents, etc serving within our national community. We honor these "Sisters" and our Military Service Members by donating $10 for each Camo Print hipS-sister to Military Outreach programs. Our Military Lifestyle Expert connects our Military "Sisters" & non-profit charities with support. We appreciate our sister-hood due to the sacrifices of our Service Members and their families. Thank you for purchasing the "Sister-For-A-Cause Camo Print" hipS-sister and supporting our National Community.
A second cause dear to us is "Girls and Boys Clubs of America". Girls and Boys Clubs are a great place to learn and grow all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. As parents ourselves, and as women, we understand the challenges in growing up and finding our voices in the world. We feel it is our duty to help the young mature and become amazing young adults. Part of the profits from all our ‘heart inspired’ apparel will be donated to this organization. Part of the profits from all our "heart inspired" apparel will be donated to this organization.


I am very happy with my new HipS-sister and know I will use it for a multitude of tasks. We think you would enjoy one too, so HipS-sister and Sexy Mother Runner are teaming up to give one lucky sister a HipS-sister this week!

Here is how you can enter to win a HipS-sister:

1. Go to our Sexy Mother Runner Facebook page by clicking here.

2. If you have not already "liked" us, please do. You must be a follower to win.

3. Share our HipS-sister Product Review & Giveaway Facebook Post on Sexy Mother Runner by posting it on your own personal Facebook page. You can share as many times as you like. The more times you share the better odds you have of winning.

4. Next start browsing for the new HipS-sister that you would like and let us know your favorite on our Facebook page. 

One lucky winner will be drawn at random on November 22! Winner must provide an email and mailing address to receive their HipS-sister! 

Good luck and start sharing today!

~Danyelle






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Email Bekah and Danyelle at sexymotherrunner@yahoo.com
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Enjoy the run!