Archive | August 2012

Winging It: How I Threw Planning out the Window

A fellow organic living blogger, Dana, and I had a mini discussion on instagram about the concept of “winging it.” She and I were using it in reference to not using recipes when making homemade deodorant. For the record, she is a phenomenal & helpful lady and you should check out her blog titled Organic Eater.

My style is to “wing it”. Not referring to a recipe, not getting wrapped up in precise measurements and not having any expectations. Just do it. (Thanks Nike).

Disclaimer: If your style is not to wing it, I do not mean to offend. Praise to those who have the patience for recipes, journals, and planners🙂

That conversation with Dana sparked a moment of realization:

I wing most things in my life. Workouts, meals, future plans, blog posts, conversations-I do very little planning ahead of time.

From my experience so far in life, especially in college, the common response to this is something to the affect of: “You don’t plan? That’s irresponsible. You have to put time and thought into these things in order to be successful. You should have your plans set out for the future, write down your goals, keep a food journal, write down your exercises.” Blah, blah, blah.

It seems that to a lot of people, a lack of planning is regarded as flippantirresponsible, and careless.

The reason this hits home for me is because I believe my successes have been a direct result of not planning.

This doesn’t mean I did not imagine myself where I wanted to be in the future: happy, fulfilled, blissful. Rather, I let it happen, versus planning it out.

“Winging it” is liberating to me. It also feels natural, like there’s an innate behavior in me that already knows how to do that. Sometimes, “winging it” puts you in the “rogue” category to others. I’m okay with that. Rogue is good. Weird is good. Different is good.🙂

I am currently spending time with my family (I was away from them throughout all of college-about 5 years). The idea of “winging it” reminds me a lot of my Dad, who I think very highly of (I think highly of my Mom too :)). Dad’s experience in this story, I believe, was a turning point for him mentally, and seeing it happen from the outside has helped my mentality also.

This is the short version: Dad, who is an absolute motorcycle enthusiast, had a dream to ride his motorcycle to Alaska (from Fort Worth, Texas). This would be a long trek, so he bought all kinds of equipment, planned routes, looked up places along the way, etc.-months and months of planning and preparing for this trip. He finally felt equipped and took off on this trip (on a 6-month old motorcycle). When he made it to Wyoming, his motorcycle’s engine failed. He could not ride any farther with his bike in the present condition. The part in the engine of his bike ended up being deemed an assembly line error-a malfunction that was completely unexpected and demoralizing to his psyche.

What I take from that is, Dad put so much time and energy into this trip, all for his bike to fail and cut the trip short. He invested so much time and effort and in the end, his big plan did not work out. Dad says that experience was life changing and it led him to “abandon planning.”

Investing so much in the plan can be a little backwards in my mind. Our lives have an incredible way of surprising us with positive things/adventures/experiences-so why do we forget that and try to plan it all out bit by bit?

Maybe it’s baggage, maybe it’s purely out of fear and stress. It seems clear to me that it is not productive.

I do not suggest that we disconnect ourselves completely from what could happen in the future. Instead, I think it may be much more helpful to live in the present moment and experience it, embrace it, love it, cherish it, let it happen like it will with no expectations.

Planning, to me, is worrying’s cousin. Most of the time it is done because we are fearful, stressed, or intimidated.

All of these ramblings are relevant because I get frequently asked questions like, “How much do you run?” or “Do you run everyday?” or “How much do you eat?”

This is no exaggeration: every single day when I leave the house to run, I truly and absolutely have no expectations or goals set for that run. I don’t have a running log where it says, “Today run this amount.” I just run. It’s simple. Running is not a calculated science for me. It’s an experience, a feeling, a challenging adventure.

That’s worth saying again, running is an adventure! It should be invigorating and stimulating.

I acknowledge that some people relate to goals and they want a target mileage, pace, amount of reps, etc. But, my advice will always be: WING IT! I find that goals limit me more than they help me. The sky is the limit. I will run for as long as I can stand it today; every day that amount is different.

Laird Hamilton says this in his book: “Why not let it rip, at least a little bit? Everyone I know who’s really stoked about getting out of bed in the morning does that to some extent.”

and this,

“I don’t have a set routine. To my mind, thats the quickest route to burnout (and it’s deeply unimaginative besides). To be healthy, to sleep well, to eat well. These things are essential every day…My activities vary daily, weekly, seasonally, geographically, psychologically, depending on who’s in town–you name it. The best way to maximize what a day has to offer is to look outside your window that morning, and then look inside yourself.” -Laird Hamilton

Maybe I should just ask Laird to write my blog, then it would be clear, succinct, concise and poised.🙂

Here’s another pretty extravagant random fact: all of these inventions were created accidentally, without planning: Penicillin, the pacemaker and vulcanized rubber. 

Pretty cool. Pretty rad things can happen and will happen when you aren’t planning for it.

“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” -Joseph Campbell

My Dad is going to laugh when he reads this because he has said this to me numerous times (while I had an uninterested look on my face), but I find this quote/phrase so powerful: “Follow Your Bliss.”

Here’s the complete quote from Joseph Campbell, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

(I will not do Joseph Campbell justice if I attempt to describe who he is, so if you’re interested, it would be better and perhaps more accurate for you to look him up).

This post meanders a bit, but I enjoyed writing these thoughts.

I wrote this while hanging out by the window at Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse (my favorite coffee shop in Bloomington, IN) and the combination of the coffee and the ambiance apparently allowed me to speak openly and freely and tap into relating stories and quotes.

Hope everyone has a phenomenal day!🙂

What is your “style” (to wing it or not to wing it)? What seems to work for you?

Homemade Natural Deodorant Using Organic Ingredients

I’ve been hearing so much lately about essential oils but I’m a novice when it comes to using them.

Homemade, Natural, Organic Deodorant

My mom shared with me that a friend of hers started making her own, natural, homemade deodorant-something I have considered in the past.

She was using essential oils and coconut oil (the single most useful item in my beauty cabinet/pantry) as two of the ingredients in her recipe.

I wanted to finally make my own!

There’s probably no cute way to say it:

When I run, I sweat. A lot.

It seems like I sweat more than most. Especially outside in the heat, there is no avoiding it. I welcome the sweat and wear it as a badge and proof of my hard work. However, I have no desire to get super stinky and offend others with my stench.

I have been using organic and natural deodorant for a while now (a few years), but It’s neat to know that I can also make my own at home.

As I have aforementioned in past posts, I am 0% a fan of recipes. Maybe even more like -10% a fan of recipes. I just don’t like them. Planning, for me, takes away the fun. I want to wing it. So I wung it. (Wung?)🙂

If you like to wing it, too, then read this, store it in your mind, but then set it aside when you make your first batch. You might enjoy it more that way.

The deodorant I’ve created contains 4 ingredients:

1. Essential oil

-I used grapefruit here. You can choose any scent you like. For men’s deodorant, try a sandalwood/patchouli combination.

2. Coconut Oil

3. Baking Soda

4. Arrowroot Powder

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Instructions:

-In one bowl, stir together the baking soda and arrowroot powder.

-In a separate bowl, combine the coconut oil (might have to melt it first depending on your room temperature) and desired essential oil(s).

-Mix the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir (and adjust wet/dry comob if needed to achieve desired consistency)

-Store in a jar or recycled deodorant stick in your beauty cabinet.

Energy Bits Spirulina Algae Product Review

 

Thank you to Energy Bits for contacting me and sending me a sample of this unique product.

Energy Bits description: “100% organic spirulina algae, boosts mental and physical energy and endurance. A favorite of athletes, runners, teams and executives.”

They suggest taking 30 of these tablets before a workout. My first reaction: “THIRTY tablets? Goodness Gracious-seems like a lot?!” I still have feelings resonating from that initial thought-it seems like quite a task to chew on 30 tablets before a workout.

A lot of the bloggers I follow, like Laura and Kalli, have recently done blog reviews on this same product. I was intrigued after reading their thoughts. I wanted to give these little bits a try.

Let me just say, when I think of pre-workout/run fuel, I think of coffee, espresso and iced tea. Something that will give me a good jolt of “energy” and get my blood pumping. I wouldn’t say that Energy Bits had that affect. I don’t think I got any kind of noticeable sensation after taking them. Granted, I did not take 30 bits at once, because I did not want to use up the whole sample batch-I took 10 instead. I swallowed them with water, instead of chewing them.

I’m not sure if those factors affected the outcome, but the conclusion I’ve come to  is this: I see Energy Bits as more of a supplement than a pre-workout boost.

It’s funny that I chose the word supplement, because located on the product literature I received, it reads, “Why Algae is a Food, NOT a Supplement…”

I understand what they mean-they are trying to differentiate plant based items we ingest and lab-created items we ingest. In using the word supplement to describe Energy Bits, I mean I can imagine the benefits they provide in aiding or supplementing a healthy food intake.

From my own experience and what works for me before a run, I wouldn’t say this would do much for my rapid fire energy reserve I will be tapping into while running.🙂

I do, however, believe that all sea greens are absolute super foods-so incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Laird Hamilton raves about them in his book, which I constantly refer to in regards to health and fitness.

I thoroughly enjoyed trying a new Spirulina product (I have taken spirulina in both powder and capsule form in the past for its nutritional benefits).

If you have tried this product, what are your thoughts?

Product of the Day - Aubrey Organics Make Up Powder

Aubrey Organics Silken Earth Translucent Base Loose Powder Make-Up

Aubrey Organics’ Description:

Feather-light, loose base powder blends with your own skin tone to even out color, soften imperfections and give your complexion a healthy glow. Formulated with rich, nourishing powdered silk and natural colors. Follow with one of our Silken Earth Powder Blushes to complete your look.
Natural colors made with sustainable and agricultural ingredients.

My Description & Thoughts:

To be direct, I absolutely love this powder. I am a minimalist when it comes to make up. I don’t want anything thick or heavy on my face. This powder does the job in every way: it’s light and doesn’t feel caked-on, it helps blend uneven skin tones together without much application, the color of the powder is natural and vibrant looking and best of all, the ingredients are all natural.

I have had several friends in college want to borrow this powder from me because they liked it so much (and a lot of them didn’t even know it was organic make-up!)

This is the only powder I will use on my face-when I bought it, I immediately threw away the ones I was currently using because an ingredient list comparison convinced me to swap to organic.

What is all of that junk in those common drug/grocery store make-ups? I can’t even pronounce most of the ingredients, so I surely don’t want to put them on my skin.

This color, “caramel” matches my skin very well when I have a bit of a sun tan on my face. During the winter when my skin has lost it’s summer glow, the next shade , “tan”, is a better match. I suggest blending the two at times to get the closest match to your skin.

Osmia Organics Product Review

I am so grateful for the individuals I have come into contact with through blogging/instagramming/facebooking as well as all of the amazing products I have learned about. I heard about this company, Osmia Organics, through one of my inspirations and fellow healthy living bloggers Kalli. She shared how wonderful her experiences were with using Osmia products on instagram and her blog titled “Fit and Forty Something” . That, mixed with my passion for organic beauty products led me to eagerly pursue trying these products.

A huge thank you to Sarah at Osmia Organics, who was incredibly helpful and gracious in putting together a bundle of products for me to try.

I cannot write this post without including a bit about Sarah.

Her story is intriguing, impressive and heartwarming.

Sarah Villafranco started Osmia Organics (“Osmia” means “sense of smell”) which ties into her medical background) after taking a soap making class.

Creating a line of organic products was not in her plans, but she could not escape the calling to learn, create and explore her interest in chemistry and making her own products using only the best ingredients. Her calling also led her to move, with her husband and children, to Carbondale, Colorado- a place she says had always “inexplicably” been her home. She explains, “i can’t help thinking my mother was involved in the choice.  it seems to me that most dead people, were they capable, would advise most living people to do what they really love. i jumped.” (she briefly explains losing her mother to pancreatic cancer). I find her ‘call to adventure’ to be inspiring and humbling.

How she describes her journey, so modestly, reminds me of this quote, “We Must Be Willing to get Rid of the Life We’ve Planned. So As to Have the Life That Is Waiting For Us.” -Joseph Campbell.

In more ways than one, Osmia Organics and creator Sarah Villafranco have impacted me so positively.

I like that she does not capitalize “i” on her “the story” section of her site. I find myself doing the same thing at times and only correcting myself due to the fear that my readers will feel that I have made a grammatical error. (just a little thing i noticed)🙂

I am excited to share my thoughts on each product!

On their website, Osmia Organics includes a slide show of photos with brief descriptions of their products: “exquisitely unrefined,” “natural, powerful skincare,” “unique, hand-blended, natural perfumes,” “thoughtful and responsible packaging,” and “extraordinary, pure ingredients.”

I dove right in!

Coffee Mint Soap (Body)

Osmia Organics’ Description: 

for: all skin types

why: energizing spearmint and ground organic coffee - a very scrubby soap for the body, hands, or feet (not the face!) - this is a favorite for the kitchen sink.

how: use daily as needed.

Your skin is your largest organ, and absorbs everything you put on it, making obsessively natural ingredients paramount. Osmia bath products contain almost entirely organic ingredients, soaps are made with organic plant oils and ground botanicals, and the ultra-luxe body oils comprise the most elegant organic and wild-crafted oils available.  So, only beautifully natural and nourishing things for your skin to absorb…

My Description & Thoughts:

The name of this soap instantly lured me in. I am a coffee fanatic! This combination smells wonderful-the earthy aroma of the coffee with the freshness of the mint is lovely. This soap is so clarifying and nourishing without drying out my skin. It does the job and then leaves such a pleasant scent behind. I love that it has actual organic coffee grounds in it-they provide a grittiness that exfoliates the skin. I have become increasingly fond of bar soaps because they tend to last longer than body wash or liquid soaps. This soap by Osmia is one that I am excited to keep incorporating into my bathing routine-though I’m also excited to try their other scents (citrus pearl, lavender pine, and milky rose to name a few).

Black Clay Facial Soap

Osmia Organics’ Description: 

for: normal and combination skin

why: black australian clay and dead sea mud balance the skin while organic almond, avocodo, and castor bean oils condition.  this is the soap i recommend for perioral dermatitis.

how: use one to two times daily. rinse skin well and gently pat dry.

Your beautiful face, with which you greet the world each day, should be treated with kindness.  Osmia face products are simple, effective, and luxurious. Powerful botanical extracts and actives, in combination with components like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, provide beautiful results. The texture and scent bring the luxury element that reminds you to enjoy your skincare regimen, every day.

My Description & Thoughts:

I have struggled with my skin frequently, especially as a teen. Finding a product like this that contains pure components is exciting to me because my skin reacts the best to pure, natural, and organic ingredients. This soap is just right. I am constantly perspiring and sweating from running and exercising-this soap is effective and cleanses well, while it can also be used several times a day if needed (and won’t dry out your skin with a few uses a day). My face feels the healthiest & clearest it has in years since using organic facial cleansers, and this is the best one of the bunch yet! It also doesn’t hurt that this small bar of soap is convenient to travel with.

Spot Treatment (Face)

Osmia Organics’ Description: 

for: all skin types

why: powerful essential oils combat bacteria and dry out blemishes, and evening primrose oil prevents overdrying and heals the skin.

how: apply to blemishes 2-4 times a day.

Your beautiful face, with which you greet the world each day, should be treated with kindness.  Osmia face products are simple, effective, and luxurious. Powerful botanical extracts and actives, in combination with components like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, provide beautiful results. The texture and scent bring the luxury element that reminds you to enjoy your skincare regimen, every day.

My Description & Thoughts:

This essential oil concoction is really neat. It truly does what it says it will-dries out blemishes and heals the skin. I struggle (as a girl-at certain times of the month) with breakouts. This handy little bottle (that has a roll-on application feature) is a lifesaver in those times. I have been applying it after showers and before bed and have noticed a difference on the affected areas-they are more even with the rest of my skin and appear to be healing well. Applying the oil to each spot also reminds me not to “pick” at them. The natural fragrance of the oils is pleasant as well-very light and fresh.

Body Oil: Light

Osmia Organics’ Description: 

for: all skin types

why: fresh and clean like light itself - slightly sweet, with a hint of precious ylang.

how: apply to clean, wet skin.

These sublime body oils, like the soaps, may be addicitve. They are to be applied to wet skin. Seriously - don’t even dry off first. It will make the oils more effective by mixing with the water on your skin, and you will use less oil this way. After applying, just walk around (or, better yet, dance a little bit) in your birthday suit for a few minutes before getting dressed. Your skin will stay incredibly soft all day. They are available in a 7.5 ounce bottle with pump, or a 2 ounce bottle with a screw top.

My Description & Thoughts:

First of all-what a cute description! “Dance a little bit….in your birthday suit.” You would never see that at your grocery store shopping for bath products🙂

I have become increasingly more interested in using body oils versus body lotion for a while now. This body oil is the best yet-hands down. It nourishes and replenishes my dry skin (primarily on my legs & elbows) without making my skin “goopy” or “icky.” It’s the absolute right balance. You can tell that this concoction has been well thought out (which oils moisturize skin, which oils are the most nourishing, beneficial, etc.).

Bria Perfume Oil

Osmia Organics’ Description:

initially developed as aromatherapy for extreme physical fatigue, this oil is fortifying, energizing, and slightly seductive. gorgeous jasmine at its heart lifts the spirit of the wearer.

The perfume oils are in a base of organic jojoba and fractionated coconut oils, both of which have long shelf lives. Some are designed with aromatherapeutic intent, while others are purely created for their scent. These smaller bottles are very convenient for carrying along in your bag.  Apply behind your ears, to your earlobes, your neck, your sternum, and to the backs of your hands where you can easily enjoy your scent.

My Description & Thoughts: 

I was excited to try perfumes that are organic and made entirely of oils and natural components-that is the best part to me (feeling good about what I’m applying to my body). Also, though, you want your perfume to smell wonderfully fragrant and pleasant. This scent, Bria, makes me think of an open field full of blooming plants and flowers. It is fresh and flowery-the jasmine stands out. I found that a little goes a long way, and I like it best when applied to my neck and the top of my hands.

Another thing that comes to mind with these two scents is that they smell real. They smell like nature, not like they are manufactured. That’s what seems to make them so refreshing and pleasant.

Blum Perfume Oil

Osmia Organics’ Description:

the smell of a hot summer night - floral and sweet, with a vanilla base.  evokes memories of drinking honeysuckle nectar from the vines on the neighbors’ fence…  this may be a limited run, depending on my ability to procure more of the amazing honeysuckle…

The perfume oils are in a base of organic jojoba and fractionated coconut oils, both of which have long shelf lives. Some are designed with aromatherapeutic intent, while others are purely created for their scent. These smaller bottles are very convenient for carrying along in your bag.  Apply behind your ears, to your earlobes, your neck, your sternum, and to the backs of your hands where you can easily enjoy your scent.

My Description & Thoughts:

I love the fresh honeysuckle scent in this one. This one, too, is summery and fresh. The honeysuckle seems to add something extra to it, though. My taste in perfume is normally a muskier scent, but these fresh scents are a perfect change of pace. Sarah mentions on her site that this scent might be a “limited run” depending on her ability to procure more honeysuckle. How neat the process seems to be! If it is limited time, I feel lucky to have tried it. I imagine myself using these scents most after a workout & shower when I am on the go and want to smell good.

A few of my own cumulative thoughts about Osmia Organics:

It’s like Osmia bottles and packages the best components in nature and provides them to excited patrons like me! A company like this triggers a genuine and authentic excitement in me. My enthusiasm may seem corny or over-the-top, but Osmia Organics deserves to have people oohing and awing. Beauty products should not be overlooked in regards to health.

Sarah Villafranco, creator of Osmia Organics, clearly knows this, lives this, and is extremely passionate about generating products that are top-notch, organic, pure, and high quality.

My interaction with her could not have been more pleasant. She is knowledgable, passionate, enthusiastic, helpful, and generous! Her website echoes all of these qualities. I thoroughly enjoyed simply looking through all of the products online and reading the descriptions. At the risk of sounding redundant and cheesy, Osmia Organics has been a phenomenal company to learn more about and it’s a real treat that I get to use these products.

It’s also refreshing and endearing that these soaps, oil mixtures, perfumes, etc have been cultivated and packaged with love and an earnest desire to distribute items that organically pamper our bodies.

Have you been thinking about changing your bath & body routine? What brands did you change to or are you considering?


			

My 8 Day Juice Cleanse

This juice fast, cleanse, detox, or feast (as I’ve heard it also called) has ultimately been a great thing for me for several reasons:

-I generally feel better-no digestion problems, alert, capable, refreshed, and lighter on my feet.
-I have learned that it doesn’t require a massive meal full of grains to feel fueled for a run. Maximum nutrient consumption should be key.
-I feel like I have given my body a “reset” and have avoided getting bored with eating and exercise.

Alot of people have asked for “before and after” juice fast pictures…

I didn’t take a before picture, but I took one on my last day (today-day 8). My goal was not solely to lose weight, but I do enjoy feeling lighter when I run with not as much unecessary weight. I’ve noticed I don’t feel as bloated and my stomach feels flatter and leaner.

If you are considering doing a juice fast, I say go for it! Remember to listen to your body and drink lots of water in addition to the juice!

It’s been neat connecting with individuals on instagram that are equally as enthusiastic about nutrition and juicing. Thanks to everyone who has been open minded and encouraging on this juicing journey!

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Thank you Kate, from RunWithKate.com for tagging me! The Liebster Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Rules for receiving this award:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.

2. Then answer the questions the tagger sent for them, plus create 11 questions for the people they’ve tagged to answer.

3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.

4. Notify the people you have tagged.

5. No tag backs.

My 11 Things:

1. The tallest I have been measured at is 5’9″.

2. I have been to roughly 40 states.

3. Aquamarine is my favorite color.

4. I prefer gold jewelry over silver.

5. 2012 was a very eventful year: I got my driver’s license at age 24, I graduated college, I got my ears pierced for the first time, and I started this blog.

6. I can’t wait to get my own first dog. I already have dog names picked out (Gator, Jup, Fletcher, Billy Joel, Rocky Balboa, or Trinity) & I’d like it to be a Chocolate or Black Laborador.

7. My first name is spelt with one “s”. Jesica. My computer tells me I’m spelling it incorrectly. Drives me bonkers.

8. Favorite shoes: Rainbow Brand Sandals

9. I love sushi with lots of wasabi and ginger.

10. I love the Rocky movie series-it always pumps me up even when I’m my most relaxed or tired.

11. I think few things are better than smelling freshly ground coffee beans!

Kate’s Questions for Me:

1. Is this your first blog? If not, where did you start?

-This is my first blog. It was created on a whim on a lunch break in between college classes!

2. Where were you born?

-West Palm Beach, FL

3. What’s something you’ve done that you are incredibly proud of?

-Even though I don’t believe it defines me, I am proud that I completed my Bachelor’s Degree and I am proud that I satisfied a childhood dream of being a college athlete.

4. What’s something you got in trouble for in school?

-Texting in class! (high school)

5. What do you like most about yourself right now?

-I like that I always find/make time for exercise and eating nutritiously, despite all the traveling I do.

6. Who is your biggest fan?

-My parents! They are incredibly loving and supportive.

7. What sport do you follow?

-Volleyball & Football

8. Do you have a hidden talent?

-My feet are like a second set of hands because I have long toes🙂

9. When do you blog?

-Whenever I have time & an internet connection! I have had to blog from my phone lately because I do not have internet available on my laptop.

10. Is there anyone who doesn’t know about your blog that you’ve avoided telling?

-Quite the contrary! I have tried telling people about my blog that might not have any interest. Haha🙂

11. Name a song that you can’t get enough of at the moment.

-Young Blood by The Naked & Famous

My Questions for You:

1. What gets you up in the morning?

2. Who is your favorite professional athlete?

3. What is your favorite US state?

4. Beach or mountains?

5. Day or night?

6. Favorite item in your refrigerator/pantry?

7. What would your last meal be?

8. When do you feel the most alive (doing what)?

9. Lover or a fighter?

10. Favorite musician/band?

11. Outfit of choice?

11 People-You’ve just been tagged! (Most of you might have way more than 200 followers like the award description explains, but I wanted to send you some love anyways!)

1. Beginners Runner

2. Organic Eater

3. Fit and Forty Something

4. Stina Sohlberg

5. Feed Your Skull

6. Katie Bug

7. RunEmz

8. Flight to Run

9. Boston Bound Brunette

10. What Kelly Said

11. Jen in Training

Thank you to my fellow bloggers for the inspiration!