Runcations and Bling

This is the year of "bling" for me. No, not diamonds, or rubies, but running medals. Tongue Out I've run dozens of races over the past few years, have loads of race bibs to show for it, but very little bling. That makes me sad, and I made a promise to myself that any race that I paid for this year would involve bling.

As a busy mom of three kids, I don't get to do runcations. What's a runcation? It's a running vacation. A vacation centered around a race. I wish I could do it. Boy do I wish I could. And a great runcation would be one that involved nice bling. Like Disneyland. That would be very cool. I have family in North Carolina and Georgia, maybe they'd be awesome and let me stay with them (and watch the kids Wink) so I could run.

What's better than running for bling? Running for EXTRA bling!!

Digital Running Club is offering a Interstate Challenge for 2013. What's the Interstate Challenge? It's simple and easy. You run 2 races, either 1/2 marathons or full marathons in two DIFFERENT states (so think your home state, and then a runcation) submit your results to Digital Running, they will verify them, and for a few bucks they will send you BLING!! Right now the cost is $15.00 but it will go up if you wait too long! They are rewarding early birds with a cheaper fee, so the longer you wait, the more expensive it will be.
I need to look at the races in Atlanta and Asheville over the summer. I might just be able to swing a trip north for my first ever Runcation.

What about you?? Ever take a Runcation?? Where did you go??

Get your kids BOUNCING during Spring Break!

It’s spring break for Hillsborough County school children next week, Pasco and Pinellas counties start March 25th. I have three kids, and trying to find activities to keep them busy, and active is a top priority for me!

AirHeads Trampoline Arena has launched the “Fun Pass,” an all-you-can-jump package that offers seven days of non-stop activity for $29.95 per person. You can be sure that we'll be bouncing our way to Airheads a few times during Spring Break!!

Regular daily admission is $16.95.

AirHeads offers free jump, Dodgeball games and other organized play. The arena opens most days at 10 a.m.

There are two Bay area locations: 5072 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa and 12401 Belcher Rd., Largo.

Visit their website for safety requirements, waivers and other additional information at

AirHeads has given me two "fun passes" to give away to one lucky reader of my blog. What do you have to do to win?

  1. Comment on this post and tell me how you keep your kids busy and active during Spring Break

AND Pick ONE of the two requirements below, or you could do both to increase your chances of winning.

  1. Like AirHeads on Facebook and tell them that Jenny Hodges is Metamorfit sent you.
  2. Follow @AIRHEADSUSA  and @JennyMetamorfit on Twitter and tweet to us both "I want to win two Spring Break passes to #airheads" 

And that's it!!

Good luck and Happy Bouncing!

Giveaway ends Friday March 15th. Yes, I realize that this will be too late for Hillsborough County residents to use during Spring Break, but it's a 7 day pass, so you can use it other times as well, not just during Spring Break.

The CrossFit Chronicles: Edition 2

Today was my second day of Ignition (intro to CrossFit) and wow, did I ever learn a lot!

We started off with our warm-up and then quickly progressed into the skills. And pretty much everything I thought I knew, I learned that I didn't know. I think it was Socrates who said "the more I learn, the less I know." True, So-Crates. So true. I thought I knew how to do a deadlift, I thought I knew how to do a push press. Key word...THOUGHT. It's a totally different game when you are doing it with a heavy bar and big weights and for time. No pussy-footing to the beat, this is hardcore stuff. And for some simple things like jumping rope, I learned that you can make it even harder by doing something called a "double under." The first time I heard Coach Jen say it I thought she said "double udder" and I was seriously laughing in my head because CrossFit does have some crazy names for their WOD's and I thought that "double udder" was some sort of cow mammary gland reference to a workout. But a double under is a move when the jump rope makes two passes instead of just one. And it makes a really cool noise when you do it. I was doing the single jumps and Coach Jen challenged me to try a double under because I had the speed, so I went for it, and I did it!! Sure, I did it only once, but I did it! And we both heard it and then I got excited, a bit freaked out and I stepped on the rope. Tongue Out Typical Jenny move.

We went through all the skills and it took us just under an hour and then Coach Jen announced that it was time for our WOD. I wrote out my routine on the floor in chalk, chalked up my hands (I learned that as badly as I want to wear gloves, they really get in the way of proper form) set up my goodies, and TIME! Off we went. As many rounds as you could do in 8 minutes. And I did 5 complete rounds, I seriously finished the last rope as TIME was called. I was totally breathless. I looked down at my Polar and my heart rate was at 103%. Whew! I have never worked that hard before....E.V.E.R. (insert Taylor Swift song here LOL) I recovered quickly, and felt AWESOME!! I wanted to stay and work out some more, but I had some personal stuff I had to deal with so I had to leave. But wow. Amazing stuff. I felt great going into the workout and I felt empowered after the workout.

Monday is my last day of Ignition and it looks intense! I think saw something about a handstand. Whaaaa??????

What else did I learn today? I learned that the RX for CrossFit is 3 days on, 1 day off, and at my box, Friday is make-up day. Jen and I put together a tentative schedule for me. I'll WOD on M, T, W, spin on Thursday at Pura, do make-up on Friday (using Thursday's WOD), do the partner CrossFit on Saturday (though not tomorrow, we are going to the zoo) and take Sunday OFF!! Sounds like an amazing schedule to me Cool

And of course I'll have some Saturday's when I can't make it because of kids' sports, or races, etc., but that's okay! It will all work out.


How is your CrossFit training going? What's the one move that you did that you totally surprised yourself with??? You know right now mine is the "double udder."