No Heart Rate Monitor? No problem!

This week for some Wednesday Wisdom, I  want to talk about not having a heart rate monitor. When looking at Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, I am either looking at Garmins, or Heart Rate Monitors (HRM). I won’t lie, I am one of them. I love seeing my progress, seeing how hard I am working, and knowing the…

My Race Playlist

Race season is upon us. And whether your Pretty Muddy race is next week, or next month, it’s never too early to put together a race playlist! My race playlist is serious business — ha! I want to make sure that when I’m running I’ve planned for all parts of the race. Which is why…

My Favorite Homemade Granola Bars For Training

Fueling is an important part of any Pretty Muddy Training program, and I am excited to share with you my favorite homemade granola bar recipe! These guys are perfect for an easy grab and go breakfast, afternoon snack, or fuel for a long run. They are a good combination of complex carbohydrates and protein and…

Choosing the Right Sports Bra

One of the things I love about Pretty Muddy is that it’s perfect for women of all abilities – from mud run pros to running newbies. A couple of my friends recently began running, and both asked me for advice about getting started. One thing I stressed to both of them is the importance of…

Food and Training

I may not be a certified nutritionist or dietitian but I noticed from my own training that the more I run, the more calories I end up consuming. I am constantly battling being hungry and wanting to replenish the calories that I just ran. In the past, this has been counterproductive for me as it…

Sweat Dates

Fitting in workouts is tough. Like, really tough. For everybody. It’s a major commitment to try and squeeze in a 3-mile training run for the upcoming Pretty Muddy or a 30-minute strength training session. The real world is so tempting! There are happy hours to attend, business meetings to prepare for, and then the ultimate…

Top Tips For Training In The Heat

Summer is officially here for most of the country, and while that may mean beach trips, cocktails by the pool, and sun kissed bodies, it also means it’s time to change up our training routines. With more hours of sunlight, summer can be a welcomed change for runners; however, for those of us that live…

Post-Workout Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Hey, Pretty Muddy ladies! Lots of women start running obstacle races or 5K’s as a way to have fun and lose weight. But as you probably know, exercising and eating right go hand in hand. There’s so much information about eating clean, counting calories, sticking to a certain diet…but what you may not realize is…

Building Endurance and Strength

It seems as if we might be finally entering Spring, and leaving the Polar Vortex behind. This means it’s about time to up our training for races, specifically the Pretty Muddy! When working with a goal in mind, we need to focus on what we will actually be doing, and train for that. Completing an…

3 Ways I Switch Up My Running

I don’t know about you, but I get bored easily with routine workouts.  Whether that’s running, strength training, fitness DVDs, etc., if I don’t switch things up, I lose motivation. For me, the easiest thing to change is the way I run.  Not only is this good for me mentally, but the changes have also…