Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Weekly Goal Planning

 For those of you that love blogs about couponing, savings, and just general life tips , I would HIGHLY suggest checking out Money Saving Mom 

It's a great website and has lots of great info. I have it booked marked on my website browser.

This being said, one thing that I've really enjoyed that she does is her weekly (Monthly?) goals. 

They're all very detailed , very achievable, and organized..I decided, no longer being employed (the joys of being hired on only for the holiday season) maybe now is the time I can start focusing on the things that I wouldn't have time for, instead of focusing on the fact that I don't have a job.

Here are a few goals that I set on Monday 19th. It's funny, being 3 days later (assuming this will be read on the 22nd, MY BIRTHDAY) I've already finished quite a few of these

January 19th- 25th
Household Goals
  1. Budget weekly finances
  2. Get rid of 1 household item
Fitness Goals

  1. Do 1 speed workout
  2. Run an 8 mile session
  3. Attend 1 yoga class
  4. Spend 10 minutes practicing yoga inversion
  5. Spend 15 minutes with guided meditation 

Personal Goals
  1. Write 2 blog posts
  2. Finish Inferno Book
  3. Make 1 phone call to friend
So, as you can see, very specific and easy to accomplish goals. I sat down and spent 10 minutes thinking of all the things that I wanted to get done this week (other than the usual household chores and errands).

Like I said, I wrote these down and didn't even look again at them for 2-3 days. I'm not sure if it was just visualizing them, or writing them down and making them important to do that made them achievable. 

So many mornings and evenings go by and we ask ourselves, "where did this day go?"...Living in Hawaii has made me realize I want to take advantage of every day and spend at least 10 minutes looking outside , let the sun hit my face. That's how I spend my mornings because I made it a purpose. If I can start with that one thing, I could add on and make the most out of every day.

What could be that one goal be that you could set for the week?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hilo's Big Island Running Company Store


  As you visit the biggest city on the Big Island of Hawaii you may notice that we are pretty short on chain stores and restaurants. Most of us like it that way. We have pride in our local shops and I personally try to support them when I can. Which is why when The Big Island Running Company came to our side of the island, many were cheering and welcomed it with open arms. It’s hard to not notice all the runners you see throughout the city wherever you happen to drive. Whether it’s around the circle of the Japanese Gardens or down past the beaches in Keaukaha, it’s evident that this is a town full of runners.

The Big island Running Company store officially opened in Hilo on August 2014 on Hilo’s beautiful Bayfront. It sits well with all of the rest of the local shops and diners. It’s prime location gives its biweekly running group the opportunity to spend most of the time running alongside Hilo bay and through the Japanese gardens, not a route commonly found by most running groups.

Hilo’s BIRC store is proud to boast that they are the only running specialty store on this side of the island. Upon visiting, you won’t be met with your average high school worker, but selective staff that thoroughly knows the sport of running and the product(s). 

The store manager, Cary Aurand, has run between 15-25 half marathons as well as 4 marathons. She has been running since high school and transferred from the Kona side after working alongside the main store managers. Her energy and enthusiasm on race day is hard to match.

Dennis Blinn (AKA DJ) is quite the local running celebrity who seems to be known by everyone. It’s hard to run with him and not have him wave at 5-10 different people every time. He’s present at every local race and has an extensive running background which consists of 31 years of running including 113 marathons and ultra-races. You’ll definitely be greeted with a hearty hello and great service any time you walk in.

Alan Ryan is the newest addition to Hilo’s crew. He’s quickly learning the store features but don’t let his strong, silent personality throw you off. The 7 time Boston Marathon runner and Assistant Cross Country coach knows the ins and outs of racing and speed work. His knowledge is a great asset to the store and its future customers. 

It’s nice to know you can go somewhere, where there is product knowledge, race education, as well as local race knowledge is evident. The store is a friendly and welcoming environment that caters to the running enthusiast.

BIRC has an array of products that would suit many runners. From running gels, Hydroflasks, to hats and socks. They have attire for both women and men. The Hilo Big Island Running Company has something for everyone and always seems to be getting in new product whether local or brand name.

If it's a new shoe you're looking for, the store has the setup to let you try on a new pair of shoes and test it out. They can also check your running gait, on their treadmill/computer program in the back of the store. This gives you an opportunity to test the shoe out without having to weave in and out of tourists on the sidewalk.

The store has group runs twice a week. We usually run anywhere from 1-5 miles (depending on what you want), has a very easy route, and start/finish at the store. We all have an assortment of paces and there is almost always someone to run alongside with. 

Wednesday- 5:00pm
Saturday - 6:30am

I’m very excited to have found this store and the people associated with it. Whenever I have errands to run on the Bayfront I wander in, to check out the products, and say hello. The store, and people, benefit the community, promote health and fitness, and offer product once unavailable to the area.


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2015- Revamping, Revitalizing, and Relocation

Running Redheads Revamp

Alright, I'm guilty . Yesterday I wrote 2014 on the date portion of an application..Whoops!!!
Can you believe it!
 I opened my blog for the first time (dusted off some cobwebs) and realized It has been since July since I posted! (Yikes)

So many things have happened and since things have slowed down (due to recent unemployment) I figured, maybe this would spur some motivation/new opportunities to get back into posting what I love about Fitness /running/health (for some crazy reason)

So..Aloha, E Komo Mai from the beautiful Island of Hawaii (The Big not it's not the one with Pearl Harbor...the volcano one? Yes!)
Once again, I'm back on the BEAUTIFUL island of Hawaii after 9 month contract in SoCal. It's been great to be back (3rd time's the charm) and I'm trying to relax and just soak it all in as much as I can until June.

2014 was LOADED with fun fitness firsts..5k Personal Record, Half Marathon PR, Marathon was pretty awesome, and to add on to that my first Half Ironman Triathlon ( hopefully a write up on that will follow).

It was pretty tough, emotionally (personal issues) but somewhere I once heard, " You spend your 20's figuring out who you are, and your 30's living it" ..well here's to hoping this last year as a 20something brings lot's of revelation and discovery.  I still find me asking myself "who do I want to be when I grow up", who knows? LOL..

Now that I have more time on my hands, I plan on using it in a productive manner, hopefully revamping back my Fitness Social Media endeavor. With so much information out there, I have quite a few friends asking me advice on how to work different muscles, trouble areas, best race routes, how to plan for certain races etc etc SO..the plan is to jump right back in and have multiple posts about favorite races, products, training info..etc.. More so a 101 guide on nutrition, health, and fitness for us that feel slightly overwhelmed with ALL of the information out there :)

I'm pretty excited about some of the plans I've already made for this site and can't wait to start!

I found this in a local bookstore yesterday and I had to laugh to myself :) ..pretty cute