Tuesday, November 25, 2014

You Look Normal!

Do people ever say to you, "You look normal"?

Let me explain...

Ever since I first started actively working on this personal training thing, I've had my doubts. Not necessarily about my ability to learn and apply the information but in my looks.

Whether or not we want to believe it, the fitness industry and fitness world can be incredibly superficial. It can also be a place that fosters learning, support and encouragement. I was 19 and at least 40 pounds lighter than I am now when I first thought about becoming a personal trainer and even then I didn't think I was fit/pretty/fast enough to do it. So I didn't. I settled for my degree in Communication which has gotten me...um... well what it didn't (or at least hasn't yet) get me was satisfaction or a sense of purpose.

Years later I finally decided to jump into this new career despite my doubts because I did have a support system who encouraged me it was possible. Who encouraged me that I did have knowledge and that I was good enough to train, teach, support and inspire others. Most days I do alright believing them but other days I let my dear friend Facebook (or the internet in general) plant little seeds of doubt. For example, this morning I saw this post on the Personal Trainer Development Center's Facebook page.

The post made sense to me and spoke to me. It made me feel good! When I look for trainers and coaches (which I'm currently doing very actively) I want them to look "normal" right? And if I'm searching for someone "normal" then other people surely are looking for the same thing!

What did other trainers have to say about this post?

Oh...maybe not so much?

"Fit does not mean 18% body fat either for a trainer." Well ACE, here's my certificate back and while you're at it here's my pride, ego, self respect and any amount of confidence I had left.

Ouch right?

Precision Nutrition recently posted an article I absolutely love that so clearly explains the "cost of getting lean" in an easy to understand way. I highly recommend this read if you're interested in body fat percentages, what they mean, what they look like and how to achieve them.

I think our friend's comment was talking about men since percentages are different for women, but still, that's awfully specific. Does it not matter if a trainer himself still has work to do? Do we ignore that even though he's 18% body fat now, he was once over 50%? Do trainers already have to be their perfect selves before they can train others? If that's the case, how are there even trainers at all? Do all people fall into either "fat slob", "stick men" or "trainer"? Is there no value in book knowledge?

There are a lot of words floating around in my head right now and none of them have concrete definitions.

Fit. Normal. Fat.

Once I became certified and started telling people (those things did not happen simultaneously) I pretty much got and still get the same reaction every time. "Good! Great! I'd like a trainer like you because you look normal!"

I know people mean well and I know I shouldn't take that as a slightly backhanded compliments, but sometimes I do.

Normal. Normal. Normal.

What the F is normal? I consulted ACE Fit's Facebook page and decided to pose a little quiz to you.

Which photo is of a normal runner?



Trick question, duh. 

I'm pretty sure all of those people actually run and every single photo has at least one imperfection. Should I aspire to look like Number 1's chiseled physique but mega heel strike? I don't want to be old like Number 2 right? Although she's running another half marathon... At least the people in Number 3 have each other right? Even if they are wearing cotton. But Number 4 is surely the worst. I mean she's got a roll for goodness sake! Forget the relaxed face and upper body, appropriate clothing and that she's finishing a half marathon 3 weeks after a full. 

My point is one that people continuously make yet continuously contradict. There is no normal. There are no normal looking trainers or coaches. Just like there are no normal looking clients. 

Our friend who commented on the PTDC post had a point when he said "A trainer should be able to do the things he tells a client to do." I want to become TRX certified but I know in order to do that, I should probably be able to do TRX. If I can't show you the move correctly, how can I expect you to do it correctly? On the other hand, if you want to run a sub-2 half marathon, does the knowledge and expertise from a trained running coach who can run and has run not count if their best time is 2:01?

Appearances certainly matter in this world but let's try to remain mindful of actions as well. I can look at that picture above and absolutely tear my appearance to shreds. I can tell you every single flaw from top to bottom, front to back, left to right and internally. I can also tell you that regardless of how normal I look, what I do (training, racing, eating well) is quite abnormal in our society as it is. 

My goal is not to be a normal looking trainer or a ripped and polished one. 

My goal is simply to do. To train. And to help other people do the same.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Four Fun Facts

Happy Thanksgiving Week friends!

Is everyone getting as excited as I am??? Ok, we know I'm never actually excited about the holiday itself as evidenced by this post, but this year I'm super excited for a couple of days off. I've been working like crazy!

But to the point of today, I wasn't tagged to do this but read it on Run Eat Repeat and decided to copy because sometimes I can't come up with ideas of my own. So, behold!

4 Fun Facts

Four names that people call me other than my real name
  1. Nazie 
  2. Sunshine 
  3. Mrs. Marshall (it's still weird and not my "real" name yet)
  4. Champ
Four jobs I've had
  1. Cashier
  2. Vet Assistant
  3. Admissions Rep
  4. Intern
Four movies I've watched more than once
  1. Troy
  2. Good Will Hunting
  3. Mr. Holland's Opus
  4. Wedding Crashers
Four books I'd recommend
  1. Bossypants
  2. The Lovely Bones
  3. Seriously...I'm Kidding
  4. Basic Black
Four places I've lived
  1. New York
  2. Maryland
  3. Texas
  4. Kentucky
Four places I've visited
  1. Peru
  2. Greece
  3. Italy
  4. France
Four places I'd rather be right now
  1. My bed
  2. In the pool
  3. Ollantaytambo, Peru
  4. Puerto Rico
Four things I don't eat
  1. Meat
  2. Energy Gels
  3. Pudding
  4. Beets
Four of my favorite foods
  1. Avocado
  2. Pineapple
  3. Pizza
  4. Beans
Four TV shows I watch
  1. Homeland
  2. How to Get Away With Murder
  3. House of Cards
  4. Orange is the New Black
Four things I'm looking forward to this year
  1. Days off for Thanksgiving
  2. Everything about Christmas
  3. My sister's bday
  4. My first trail race
Four things I'm always saying
  1. For real
  2. Working
  3. I'm tired
  4. Bahahahaha (I text this A LOT)
Four people I tag to answer these questions
  1. Kali from Kaliwood
  2. Rebecca Jo from Press On and Run
  3. Katie from From Ice Cream to Marathon
  4. Beth from Discom-BOB-ulated Running

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to Train for Your First 5K

RCM Training (aka Me) had a big weekend!

One of my many activities included speaking at the How to Festival hosted by the Louisville Free Public Library. My friend Amy put me in touch with the lovely library folks and they asked me to give a presentation on How to Train for a 5K.

I was really excited.

A photo posted by Rennay Cooke Marshall (@rnay225) on

So in case you missed it, here are my 5 tips for getting to your first 5K...

1. Figure Out Your Why

Answer the question: Why do I want to do this? Think about what you want to gain and what you’re willing to sacrifice.
Exercise can’t be done for somebody else

2. Pick a Course that Plays to Your Strengths

This is directly related to your why.
What kind of atmosphere works for you? A fun run? A smaller yet more competitive field? A large family-friendly event with lots of energy?

3. Commit to Training

Find a plan, follow the plan and trust the plan. Whether it’s online, with a coach or with a group, you’ll need some kind of plan and strategy to get through the event.
Schedule training into your day ahead of time to ensure it gets done. If you have a work meeting early one morning, you’ll need to train later or maybe even on a different day. Don’t leave it to chance.

4. Learn to Listen to Your Body

The surest way to avoid injury is to listen when your body talks. If a pain is specific, stop what you’re doing to cause it.
Go to the doctor if pains persist.
Rest when the plan says to whether you need it or not. Better to rest when you don’t want to than rest because you have to.

5. Have Fun

Remember, you choose to do this. You want to do this. If it’s not fun, why do it?

I had the full presentation recorded which I'll get uploaded to my YouTube channel this week. If you go to it now, please don't judge me. I haven't actually done anything to it yet!

For those of you who just want the Clif's Notes...

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thanksgiving and Other Holiday Survival Tips

I think just about every blogger writes some tips for staying healthy and not gaining weight during the holidays so I thought I'd join in on the trend this year. I don't know about you, but I'll take all the help I can get!

RCM Personal Training (aka me) produces a monthly newsletter and guess what was found in November's edition?

Check out my top 3 tips for making it through holiday dinners and parties. Then hop over to big time runner and blogger Run Eat Repeat for some of hers as well.

1. Fill Your Plate

Yes, you read that correctly. A lot of times in our attempt to stay in control of our food we put an unrealistically small amount on our plate and praise ourselves for the empty space. Unfortunately, you're usually still hungry! Putting only a meager amount of your favorite foods on your plate will leave you unsatisfied and likely lead to overeating when you go back for seconds, pick at leftovers after dinner is over or give in to temptation and overcompensate with another food. You know how much you eat, fill the plate with a variety of foods in a quantity that won't leave your stomach growling over Thursday Night Football.

2. Play Favorites

Let me back track a little, while you should fill your plate with a variety of foods, make sure they're worth the splurge. If you wait all year for Aunt Lynn's stuffing and can't possibly walk away from a slice of Granny's cheesecake then by all means, save them a priority spot on the plate. On the other hand if a dinner roll is a dinner roll and all you need is a courtesy scoop of Cousin Terry's yams it might be worth the skip. Most people, especially during a family holiday dinner, are going to clear their plate so make sure the extra calories are worth it.

3. Have a Drink...or Two

With all the talk about food, there's never any talk about drinks during Thanksgiving. Drink some water! Drink a lot of water! Being well hydrated will make your body less likely to retain water from some of the excess sodium in your food and it will keep you from feeling like you're starving. Good hydration has many benefits during your everyday life but can be especially beneficial in regulating your metabolism and other bodily functions which can help keep you on an even keel during the ups and downs of a holiday break.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Race Report

Woo hoo the marathon was everything I hoped it would be!

Wait, no it wasn't. I didn't actually do it. Allow me to explain...

I'm still not entirely pleased with myself or the experience and it's for entirely vain and ridiculous reasons I've yet to overcome. In layman's terms, I have a big ego.

To make a long story short, I dropped down to the half marathon (which is still a really long way!) and walked with a peg leg until yesterday afternoon ish.

Prior to this race I didn't actually know where Savannah was (read how unprepared I was here). We hit the road for what would become a 6+ hour drive to Atlanta Thursday night where we stopped for the night and I crashed on a friend's couch before getting up Friday and making the 3-4 hour drive to Savannah. We passed actual cotton fields and trees that looked like they were still in early October instead of November by their color and abundance of leaves. It was also very flat and very straight the closer we got. Seemed like it would make a great location for a long race.

Except I don't really like flat courses...

Anyway, I underestimated the toll sitting in a car for so long would take on my body. Getting out of the car at the expo felt like I had already run a race and was probably due to being not quite recovered from the marathon. I ignored it, stretched out a little and my travel buddy and I explored Savannah while we waited for the birthday girl to arrive.

We took a little ferry across the river from the expo to Savannah proper and enjoyed a little lunch and free margaritas before heading back to packet pick up.

Oh, by the way, it was gorgeous!

Finally we were all together and headed into the expo. I used to really love expos but lately I've found them to be kind of draining. I'm particular about the size and when they're tiny like the one in Indy I feel too exposed to shop but when they're huge like this one was I just get overwhelmed and want to get the F out of there!

After we picked up our stuff and went back through a second time because we forgot our parking passes we headed back across to Savannah on the ferry. This time we spent some more time checking out the little shops but since I'm a cheap-o I didn't buy anything. It was so fun just being with the girls and laughing and not thinking about all of my irons in the fire at home. I was still questioning the full marathon though. In general I felt fine but I just didn't know if I had another 26.2 in my legs or not.

We met up with some Saucony folk for dinner and drinks (I conservatively went with water) but I didn't have much of an appetite so got grilled cheese and chips. Unfortunately they were barbecue chips which I hate. So yeah, grilled cheese and water, perfect carb loading. Speaking of Saucony, the guy we had dinner with came in THIRD in the half....

We waited in line for the ferry forever to get back to the cars and didn't end up back at the hotel until after 10. Not ideal with a 4 am wake up call but it was a lot of fun and totally worth it.

Race morning I woke up again feeling fine, not stellar. I still couldn't make the call whether I was going full or half but since the split wasn't until after mile 11 I had some time to figure it out. The good and bad about traveling for a race is how little you have to choose from when it comes to gear. I only brought 2 options for shirts, 1 pair of shorts and 1 sports bra but I had a ton of fuel choices and way too many pairs of socks. I ended up deciding on a pink out with my pink compression socks, pink fuel belt and pink No Meat Athlete shirt (buy on like it here!).

We left the hotel around 5:20 to get to the ferry lot by 5:45 since they closed parking at 6. We got a little turned around on the way but ended up making it with time to spare and getting a good spot. The ferry line wasn't too long but I did think it was weird they didn't start running until an hour before the race. The trip was short across the river and we got a great view of the sunrise on the other side.

We made it up to the start and looked for our corral. We were in corral 12 out of 21 so had plenty of time to get in line for the potty...or so we thought. While we were waiting we heard the National Anthem by an incredible opera sounding guy and then the countdown and the gun. They were holding corrals about 1-2 minutes apart so we did have time but when we found an opening to get into the chute we saw corral 13 coming by! A bit of a scramble and we made it to the back of 12 and found ourselves between the 4:30 and 4:45 marathon pacers. A random photographer jumped in front of us for a photo op and though it is hysterical, I will not be posting it online because I don't hate myself or Erin.

Then we were off! There was a small climb (if you can even call it that) over a bridge and a lot of people around us started complaining that "It was supposed to be a flat course!" I'm pretty sure that overpass bridge was the peak elevation gain but I understand flatlanders aren't used to it. The sun was OUT and it started to warm up pretty quickly. Not hot but too warm for my taste (which is COLD). The bands along the course were all really good and gave the race a ton of energy.

Around mile 4 we stopped for a potty break and lost a few minutes. I stopped my watch so I could keep my intervals (I was following very loosely) and know my true running time since I knew the chip would tell me my race time. The 5 hour marathon pacer passed us while we were waiting but she didn't get too far ahead.

Just before the 10k split I started to not feel so great at all. After only 2 miles I knew I wasn't having my best day but the extended break at the mile 4 pit stop gave me a little life. I generally take an hour to warm up which was right around 10k and I knew it was bad. My hip was hurting and a few other very specific places which is never a good thing. I tried to run it out, then walk then stretch and it never came around, in fact it started to feel worse. By mile 7 I'd pretty much decided on the half but my ego and stubbornness were persistent in telling me I could survive the full. If you know me at all, you know that survival is always my goal however not how I like to race. If I'm just surviving, it's not worth it. If it's not fun, don't do it. I also needed to make sure I didn't destroy myself before Ironman training even started.

By mile 10 I had to call it. Erin was totally cool with it since we both kind of knew it was going to happen and because even having someone with you for part of a marathon is huge in breaking up the monotony. I sent a quick text to Ruth to let her know I was about 5k out but going slow and she said she'd meet me at the finish. By this point my hip was totally jacked and had thrown my knee and ankle out of alignment causing more pain. Not to mention my left quad was yelling at having to take on extra work.

To be totally honest, I felt like an asshole and a fraud. After the split when Erin markedly picked up her pace (I lead her to a wicked negative split by the way) I just wanted to give up. I wanted to cry and yell at myself and hide in a hole somewhere. I fell into a dark place really quickly. I felt like I'd ruined Erin's race and birthday (um, ego much?). I felt like I'd never get through Ironman if I couldn't even get through a marathon (um, hello, I'd just gotten through one...). I felt like nobody would want me as a personal trainer even though I worked and still work my ass off reading, studying and keeping up to date with new industry developments. Also, I'm pretty sure the exam didn't require me to run a step. I felt defeated.

But then I remembered that I signed up for this for fun. Remember fun? Before splits and Garmins and dry-fit clothing I ran just because it made me smile. "Wow I ran a whole mile today!" "Oh my gosh I finished a real race!" "What?! A medal! Look at me!" I wore my cotton socks and a big smile when I first started this racing madness. What happened? I looked around me and saw a lot of people struggling. People with tears in their eyes and people with grins of disbelief that we were coming up on the mile 12 marker. I heard a woman say she just knew she'd cry if she made it to the finish. I told her she was going to make it. Then I said "We'll all make it! We're at mile 12!" Some people smiled and most wanted to kill me. Fuel and train for a full marathon and then run a half. You'll have a boatload of energy too!

Being around so many people doing their first half gave me a lot of energy and got me excited again. I'd forgotten what it felt like to just be proud of finishing, to be proud to even be there. I was still hurting. A lot. But I picked up the pace, kind of, and decided to enjoy my last 1.1. A marathoner came through around my 12.5 mark and we all cheered him on. Before I knew it I saw 13 up ahead and it was literally just a right hand turn into the finisher chute. My legs were lead but I pushed to the finish showing a much faster pace than I'm used to which told me it was still in there but buried under some seriously tired muscles. My watch was at 2:37:55 which I just realized is a new PR! Even my 2:42 chip time is a PR so that's good to know.

When I crossed the line a nice older volunteer called to me to try to give me a full marathon finisher medal since my bib said full. It was sweet and I laughed that she thought I'd run a 2:42 marathon. I finished the race STARVING. I'd actually been hungry the whole race even though I had a mobile grocery store around my waist and wanted something with substance. I found a bagel and they were handing out Justin's almond and maple almond butter packets. Exactly what I wanted!

Ruth found me and we walked over to the sunny field to hang out and wait for Erin. I stopped for ice at the medical tent and they literally taped it onto me which was amazing. My legs were tight and tired but nothing like finishing my past half marathons and I was really excited about that. We laid on the grass in the sun and I stretched out and phoned home. I knew my family was getting text alerts and wanted them to know I was ok even though I didn't do the full. I also sent Erin a motivational text.

Not too long after I'd finished Erin text me to say she was at mile 24. Holy moly! She was flying! Ruth and I got up and headed to the finish to make sure we caught her and she flew by like she was warming up. It was fun to cheer on a friend at the finish but definitely stung a little that I wasn't finishing too.

I was still in pain the rest of the day and into the next one when we drove back home and I definitely know I made the right decision. I might try a short run/walk tomorrow but I think I need to give my legs a break for a bit and stick to short runs. Rock 'n' Roll puts on a good show and it was a really fun experience, especially racing with a friend and having a sherpa. It's usually one or the other. Now that my ego has quieted down a little I can see that I had a really good race considering I was trying to cheat death by racing 2 marathons in less than a month. I'm all about recovery and ignoring it this time around proved to be a mistake.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Commit to Fit Challenge!

Starts November 30th; Winner announced December 21st

Everybody stresses between Thanksgiving and Christmas and as life quickly gets in the way, our voluntary activity level is usually the first thing to suffer. The goal of this challenge is to remember that being active is a lifestyle and not necessarily a specific workout plan. Think ahead and plan to do what you want to do when you can do it.

So how does it work?

You set your goal.

This is not a one size fits all program. Weight loss is extremely personal so the focus of this challenge is consistency and building activity into your everyday life. The great part is this can integrate into other challenges you might be a part of or just give you incentives to keep doing what you already do!

  • Goals must be activity based and easy to track (i.e. run 3 days per week, be active for 30 minutes per day, etc.). 
  • Your goal can change week to week but must be set by Saturday at noon 
  • Your success in meeting your goals for the week will be based on a point system
    • Meet 100% of your goal – 5 points (per week)
    • Meet 50%-99% of your goal – 3 points (per week)
    • Less than 50% of goal – 1 point (per week)
  • A week runs from Sunday to Saturday and points will be calculated by Sunday evening
  • There will also be opportunities each week to earn extra points and get a jump on the competition!

Join for $25 and enjoy: 

  • A private Facebook community
  • The opportunity to win prizes in addition to the Grand Prize of a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • Full use of Trainerize fitness scheduling and tracking software
  • An optional online personal training consultation
  • Help with attainable and realistic goal setting

Or join for FREE and still be eligible for the grand prize while gaining support and motivation from others in the group!

Sign up online here or if you have more questions, leave a comment or send me a message.
Once you're signed up, tell your friends! 

The more people we get the better prizes I can provide so let's have fun and enjoy a little friendly competition through the holidays!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Savannah or Bust

You all seemed to love my marathon bucket list post and that is awesome because now I know who to call to join me at which race. And who to tag along with. So thanks for that :)


One race that was missing from the list but will hopefully be no less awesome is the Rock 'n' Roll Savannah marathon that I'm running this weekend!


When I was working at the running shoe store I met one of my very favorite people, we'll call her E for identity protection although you can just read her blog and you'll learn everything about how awesome she is. Anyway, we were hanging out at work during a particularly slow period and somehow she happened upon this race and revealed that it would be taking place on her birthday. Now she is younger than me but a much more accomplished runner so she quickly signed up and then decided to recruit friends to come along. We were close to renting a van, gathering anyone who could be gathered and driving down to make this the most epic racing experience ever but then things changed. E moved to North Carolina to work for Saucony (yes, I'm jealous) and both of us left the running shop. I had always remembered this race existed and planned on doing it yet somehow I didn't actually register until way later. Very unlike me.

Way too much money later I was all set with registration, a travel buddy (since E no longer lives in Louisville and we'll have to meet there) I am super pumped about being able to recruit and a place to stay that may or may not be in South Carolina. 

Because this is now post A-race and I've been doing lots of fun new things for work I've totally slacked on checking out the course and preparing a strategy. I only recently learned where Savannah actually was (really far away) and am still unsure whether my legs have another marathon in them. I skipped TRX this week since it leaves my entire body sore for days and went out for a 5k Monday but otherwise I haven't actually done anything to prep for this race. Don't get me wrong, I fully respect the marathon distance! But this respect also meant that I had to play it safe and recover as completely as possible after running Indianapolis

Since E is amazing she has given me an out and we've both agreed that if I'm dying I can drop to the half. Luckily since I'm just now looking at the course map I've thoroughly studied the course map I know I'll have over 11 miles to decide how I feel. During my intense scrutiny of the course I didn't come across any crazy climbs although the elevation chart looks bizarre. But wait, is reverse altitude sickness a thing? Because I don't think I've ever been at an elevation of 6 before.

I can't even begin to tell you how excited me, E and our sherpa whose name doesn't start with an R (I'm terrible at protecting the names of the innocent) are about this trip! I definitely need some time away, I love to run and being in a car for 10 hours will hopefully give me plenty of time to get some serious work done and make next week much smoother!

Want to be in on the fun without the race (and travel)? Follow me on twitter, instagram or Facebook as me and E share our adventure LIVE! Yep, we're those people. Don't look for our Boston qualifier Saturday afternoon...

A photo posted by Erin Sheehy (@erinelisesheehy) on

So much for protecting the innocent...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Marathon Bucket List

I know the title can be misleading so to clarify, this is a bucket list of marathons I'd like to run. Not just a really long bucket list. I'm keeping it to a top 10 because any list longer than 10 is just too long. This post was inspired by my new blog friend Eat Pray Run DC. If you haven't read her blog, you should, because it's prettier than mine. Anyway, here we go, in no particular order...

1. Marine Corps Marathon

People who have run it never shut up about it so it must be great. Plus it's in DC and hello, Marines. Ooo rah.


2. New York City Marathon

Since I was born in New York and lived there for a bit it holds quite a place in my heart. It's another one of those epic races people can never say enough good things about. My only hesitation is that I'll really need to get over that thing I have about bridges. (get it? "get over"...bridges...)


3. Boston Marathon - as a charity runner of course

Let's get one thing straight. I'll never qualify for Boston. I'm not fast. This has been discussed before and even though I'm going to make an effort to speed up a bit I'm just not built for Boston. That said, I am built for fundraising so who wants to donate?


4. London Marathon

For some reason I've never really wanted to go to London. I'm certainly not against it but since it seems to always be rainy I've always just imagined going in a "just passing through" manner where I saw all the big sites then journeyed on. No offense to the Brits of course. But what better way to see the sites than joining an affordable tour group running a marathon? Oh, it's also HUGE.


5. Athens Marathon

I don't really think I need to explain this but just in case, Greece is where the marathon started. So there's that. There's also some history there and some kind of water. I've been to Greece and have been determined to go back ever since.


6. Chicago Marathon

Chicago is obnoxiously out of reach because it's not terribly far away from me but for some reason with the stupid lottery system it seems like it's just not meant to be. But I love Chi-town from the one time I've been there and it won't cost me an arm and a leg to get there.


7. Big Sur Marathon

Can you just look at the picture?


8. Great Wall Marathon

Marathoning means you already have a love/hate relationship with your body so why not just destroy it on hundreds of thousands of stairs across the most epic wall in the world?


9. Niagara Falls International Marathon

Due to my obsession with the great nation to my north it would only make sense that I'd want to run a race that actually takes place there. Niagara Falls is on my bucket list of places to visit anyway and I'm a sucker for good scenery.


10. Inca Trail Marathon

Remember that time I went to Peru? Well when I was there I heard a lot of talk about this Inca Trail and how beautiful and challenging and amazing it was and thought man, I should hike that trail one day. Who knew there was an associated marathon! I'll take that instead and give you back your 10 days of hiking.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Best Tweets of October

It's that time again! Time for me to point out my own brilliance in the form of my best tweets from October. If last month's list didn't inspire you to follow me, maybe this month will do the trick. I have been a tweeting machine!

This is actually a retweet but I never back down from shameless self promotion.