Paddle At The Porch: SUP Race Recap

After one of my longest weeks at work, I decided to travel 7 hours to Destin, FL. So right after I got off on Friday, I hit the road. I have never traveled that far to a paddle board race before but I thought why not! My uncle lives 20 minutes from the race venue so no hotel and my mom was willing to make the trip with me so I had company and good bonding time with her!

Paddle at the Porch

The race took place at a restaurant called “The Back Porch.” The race had plenty of parking and an easy drop off area for your boards. The beach had nice white sand and the water was so clean and clear. The weather was overcast so the temperature was not nearly as hot as usual, which was awesome! However, there was a lot of wind, waves and a very strong current. Oh, and jellyfish with super long tentacles everywhere!!!!

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The race began at 9 am and consisted of 4 laps with a beach start and a running finish for a total of 6 miles. The start was pretty crazy with people falling left and right, I even fell at the beginning after getting hit by a wave. I ended up falling three more times due to exhaustion and my legs getting fatigued. You lose focus for a second and the next one, you are in the water.

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This race had the roughest conditions I have ever dealt with. I even wore my leash, just incase! The most exhilarating part of the race for me, was riding a wave into the beach on the last lap. I do not surf, like at all… so to catch a wave and not fall was the greatest feeling! I didn’t even care if I placed or not, after that just happened.


I ended up getting 2nd, I had no idea! So that was great to hear! I never really knew how many women were in front of me the whole race. The great thing about making it to the podium was receiving a $1,000 check! CHA-CHINGGG! That’s the most money I’ve ever won in an event.


Overall, the race was organized very well! The one thing I didn’t really like was how the food was setup and what it was but other than that, I had no complaints!

CONGRATS to my HovieSUP teammate, Kieran Grant for getting first in the Men’s 14′ Elite and taking home $1500 and to my buddy, Connor Bonham for taking 2nd for the Mens 14′ Elite.

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Blogging For A Healthier You: 10 Reasons To Start A Blog Today

Hi everyone! So I was thinking today about how I started blogging about this time 2 years ago. Making that decision to start writing was by far one of the best things I could have done for myself. There are so many benefits of starting a blog. 

Why Blog?

Some benefits of blogging are:

1. First of all, your writing will improve. You will constantly be giving your brain a workout. One of the reasons I started to blog was because I felt like I was wasting away watching TV at night in my dorm room sophomore year. So writing keeps me creative and keeps me thinking. A blog gives you space to express yourself. 

2. When you start writing down ideas, you start doing them. You listen to what you write. I can also leave goals for myself. My readers push me because I want to try even harder to show that I am capable of achieving anything. I make sure to keep working hard. My readers push me to complete tasks. Also, you will start doing what you write! Do you want to eat healthier? Write about it! That will motivate you and make sure to keep writing about what you do in order to achieve this. Write about every step you take, include pictures and personal feelings.

3. Your blog is a journal. It’s amazing to go look at post 1 to the most recent post I’ve done. So much has changed. It’s a timeline that is really easy to access. You can view how much you have accomplished. It’s good to keep reminding yourself of how far you have come. 

4. Having a blog can open doors. You may realize how much you love writing or even discover more about yourself. Your blog could lead you to self-employment, entrepreneurship, social media, and you could meet so many people that have similar thoughts and ideas as you. You can achieve things you never thought possible. I’ve had conversations with people from all over the world just because of my blog. Without it, I would have never meet those amazing people.

5. If your blog takes off, than your dreams could come true. Making money off your blog would be amazing. If you love to write and enjoy what you do, what could be better then making money doing what you love. That’s a goal of many of us. It will never happen unless you get started today!

6. As you write about your thoughts, you create new ones. Genius ideas could come to you as you write. Writing ideas, creates ideas. Writing on your own time about whatever you want, makes you think about yourself, which is one of the best things you can do.

7. You become a world class networker. As you start your blog, you will find yourself communicating more with others and becoming an expert on how to network and make connections. People will notice you and will want to connect with you. Before you know it, you could be meeting someone that will have a huge impact on your blogging and your life. 

8. Your blog could change the lives of others. Who doesn’t want to be a role model or inspire others to achieve greatness? What you do can motivate others. I love having people email me saying thanks. It’s an amazing feeling to know that someone did something because of you.

9. Blogging creates discipline. Believe it or not but your time management skills will improve. I want to write so many posts a week so I push myself to do that. You may have one more thing to do but if it’s something you want, you will make time for it. 

10. Overall, blogging is fun and can improve your health. Writing down feelings and thoughts is a huge stress reliever. It’s another way to act when you are upset, tired, happy, nervous, etc. Blogging is fun too. A blog shouldn’t make you more stressed. If that becomes the case, then I would take a break from the blogging world. But that goes for everything in life, when it starts to become a hassle or more of chore, then I would back off. Enjoy your life and do what you want.

Love blogging

There are many reasons to start blogging so just make one. And keep at it. Even if you only have 5 viewers or 5 million viewers, keep writing. It’s never too late to express your love of something, to create your own career, to meet new people, to set goals, to make plans, and to have fun. Enjoy the experience of blogging and being a part of such a large community.

If you have any questions on getting started, ask away!

Be a Pretty Dirty Girl

Running, Mud and Fun… All in One!!

Sorry guys but this is for girls only. I discovered this run the other day and thought it looked like something I would want to do. I think this run sounds like a nice change up from the usual road or trail that I take. The Dirty Girl is a 5k run through mud just for women. Women of all ages are welcome. You can be a beginner runner or advanced. All athletic abilities are wanted as well. Also, this run isn’t timed, you can time yourself but the Dirty Girl isn’t like a traditional 5k. During the run, you are pushed out of your comfort zone with obstacle courses that get you down and dirty. Teams are allowed and recommended because you can help each other finish to become a Dirty Girl Champ! The Dirty Girl is fun, thrilling, exciting, different, and full of laughter. It is said to be a day that you will always remember. And maybe even make life long friends.

Furthermore, part of the proceeds for entering the race are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I love running knowing that I’m doing something good for me but that I’m also doing something good for someone else.

The Dirty Girl is only held 9 times in 2012 so start planning accordingly because I’m sure this is something you won’t want to pass up. Obviously, since it’s not held frequently, the chances don’t come around very often to run in this anything but ordinary run! And by the picture above it really seems like a good time. I want to start running more adventure races so this may be the run I start with!


What Are Friends For?

We all have heard the saying, “What are friends for?” Especially right after our friend/s have done or will do something nice for us. Am I right? Friends can be a great help when you are trying to accomplish anything. Having their support can get you through almost everything. When it comes to wanting to lose weight or getting stronger, friends are truly the best.

How to get your friends to be all that you need to succeed:

1. If you are trying to eat healthy, tell your friends because they can influence you tremendously. I have seen it happen where a group of girls are going out to get ice cream, McDonalds, or anything that is not good for you, especially when you are trying to lose weight. And they are able to talk you into coming and drag you with them. You tell yourself, “I will just go and not order anything.” (haha yeah right!). That’s not going to happen. When it comes time to order and it gets to you, “Oh, I’m not getting anything.” Everyone will flip out and demand you order something. The peer pressure is horrific. By simply explaining to your friends that you are trying to stay away from fast food, desserts, oversized portions, etc. they will try to avoid putting you in those situations. If they are true friends they will understand and help you stay on the right path.

2. Ask your friends to go to the gym with you. Having someone come with you to the gym, gives you that extra boost. However, going together doesn’t mean talk that whole time. If that’s all they want to do, I suggest telling them you are working out too hard to talk (Works every time). Going with friends to the gym is great because they help you get that first step out the door toward the gym, which is the toughest part for a lot of people. Also, set up times to meet to workout. What kind of a friend are you if you cancel or don’t show up. Setting up a time to exercise with someone will get you moving.

3. If they are around, and they know you are trying to eat right, give them permission to take away that bag of chips you are about to binge on.You must do this. The process of giving up some of your favorite foods is tough. We all have those days we want to break down and give in. At the beginning of your weight loss plan, give permission to anyone that you hangout with a lot, to snatch that bag of chips or pint of ice cream out of your hands. Now you can’t get mad at them because in the end, you will be so

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thankful they controlled your emotions on days you wanted to throw in the towel.

4. Get your friends to share the same goal. Finding someone who wants what you want is the best. You can work as a team to accomplish your goals. Sign up for a 5K, 10K, triathlon, half marathon, marathon, etc. I don’t know your level of fitness so depending on where you want to take yourself, pick an event right for you. Sign up at the very beginning of your decision that you are going to change! Also, pick and event a few months out to give you plenty of time to prepare, if anything over prepare! Signing up will give you motviation throughout your weight loss and get fit plan because you have something you are working towards and always keep that goal in mind.

5. Be supportive in return. Don’t lose a friendship because you and your friend are trying to lose weight and one of you is losing weight/seeing results quicker then the other one. Be supportive to each other. Compliments rock! Who doesn’t like hearing they look good in their jeans?! Keep each other focused and moving. Do it for yourself too. Don’t get jealous! It’s silly. Use them as motivation. By looking at them you see it’s possible and you want to be next. You have to be fully committed. Keep working hard and results will follow.

Now, it’s time to get off the computer and get moving! Feel free to comment if you have ideas on how to work together to succeed.

The Happiest 5K on the Planet

Today was a good day. What made it so good wasn’t the fact that I didn’t get my spanish test back… I don’t ever want to get that back…  But in one of my classes, I was approached by one of my peers asking if I could help them get back in shape. I was in my normal athletic clothes because I go to the gym right after that class. We got to talking and after next class, I think we are going to the gym together.

It made me feel so good having someone ask me that. I love helping people especially when it comes to fitness and health. She wants me to help her get back in shape and then I told her about my 5K I just signed up for and she wants to do one with me. She was so nice saying how much she wishes she could be more like me and go to the gym almost every day. And I know it’s harder for some people but I think I will be a great motivator. I’m really excited to see if she will do what she said she will do and come with me 3 times a week and really work! I’m not going to school to become a personal/athletic trainer but I feel like I would be really good at it. I have been around trainers a lot the past few years since I’m on a division 1 team and I can picture myself in their shoes. I would love helping people get strong and healthy and seeing the looks on their faces the whole journey, especially the last look of when they reach their goal. 

So I just found this race that looks like it would be so much fun! It’s called “The Color Run”! Have you heard of it? It is coming to a city near me! Eventually, it’s not for awhile but I can wait! Go to the website and see if one is coming near you. It looks crazy, exciting, fun, a mess… everything you can think of. I hope I can rally up a group to come with me. Running with friends is the best!