SparkPeople Black Girls RUN! Team Messageboard The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to fight the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. SparkPeople Black Girls RUN! Team Messageboard BGR Roll Call I run with Jacksonville N.E. FL BGR if you are ever in my area and want to hit the pavement let me know!!!! Your Pace, Your Race! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:51:17 EST Post your Next Race! Hello My fellow BGR ladies this forum is so that we share our next 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon or Marathon. What are you training for? <BR> <BR> I am training for a 5k the race is Run Rabbit Run April 19th here at NE FL Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:47:50 EST HOW MANY MILES ARE YOU WALKING/JOGG ING/RUNNING? Let's keep each other accountable by tracking our miles here! We can encourage one another to Keep the FAITH and hit the pavement! Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:20:26 EST Why do we not have leaders in this forum? All we need folks to take the helm <BR> <BR> I am new and would love too I just want to make sure I am not breaking any rules or stepping on toes to do so <BR> <BR> So help me understand why no leaders to a forum that could affect the lives of many? Sun, 22 Dec 2013 13:40:32 EST Hello Everyone I'm from Virginia, in the process of continuing my Weight Loss Journey. Looking forward to conversing with everyone. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:13:43 EST Komen for Cure I will be walking in the Komen for Cure in Byron, Georgia on the 19th of October. This will be my second year participating in the Susan G. Komen 5K and I am so excited! The energy that this 5K brings is just so awesome! On top of that, when I see so many survivors participating lets me know that there is still hope for everyone that this disease came in contact with. My aunt is a breast cancer survivor and I have friends that lost their battle with breast cancer. It is for these friends and ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 08:43:08 EST BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I challenge you to become diligent with your own detection. Get your physicals. Do self-check exams. Get mammograms as often as your doctor suggests. Fortunately, today's technology is faster and more thorough. <BR> <BR> Yes, if this type of cancer runs in your family you are more prone towards it. However, AGE also moves the possibility for each of us closer to it. <BR> <BR> My city is having a Women's Only Run/Walk this Saturday. This ye... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:41:49 EST 3 Benefits of Increasing Your Running Cadence <link><BR>enefits-of-Increasing-Your-Running-Cad<BR>ence.htm?cmp=291&email=joltingjoe%40co<BR><BR>8138550&page=1 </link> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 14:06:48 EST 8 5K Races for First-Timers <link><BR>k-races-for-firsttimers?cmp=291&email=<BR><BR>memberid=149906966 </link> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 14:01:02 EST Cross train? What do you do besides run? <BR> I lift weights, take martial arts, do yoga, and swim. <em>334</em> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:58:25 EST Why You Can’t Lose Weight If you’ve ever thought—I’m a runner. Why do I still struggle to shed pounds? It’s not fair! Get the body you want without the headache by avoiding these common weight-loss traps. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/health-wellness/why-you-cant-lose-wei<BR>ght_11491 </link> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 00:26:38 EST Become a Better Runner! 1. Buy new gear. Purchase a pair of shoes, running skirt or headband that makes you excited to get out the door. <BR> <BR> 2. Sign up for a race. Committing to an event gives you a good reason to create a training plan…and stick to it. <BR> <BR> 3. Find a group. Researchers at Michigan State University found working out with a buddy— even a virtual one— motivated subjects to double the length of their workouts. <BR> <BR> 4. Add a mile. Enhance endurance by stepping up your weekly mileage.... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 00:20:05 EST Our top ten for July <BR> Holla! <BR> <BR> Congrats to these sistahs who raked in the most Sparkpoints last month: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) BABY_GIRL69 <BR> <BR> 2) FITWITHIN <BR> <BR> 3) MARINCESS <BR> <BR> 4) STEVIEBEE569 <BR> <BR> 5) NEWME0519 <BR> <BR> 6) BLKLILY <BR> <BR> 7) A-DAY-AT-A-TIME <BR> <BR> 8) FITNAPTURAL <BR> <BR> 9) TRAMORE22 <BR> <BR> 10) ITSABSURD <BR> <BR> Outstanding, ladies! I salute you all! <em>243</em> <em>104</em> <em>242</em> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:20:14 EST Encouragement: Iyanla Vanzant Life always knows exactly what we need, what we are ready for, and when we are prepared to receive it. We are usually so busy looking behind or ahead, we miss the flow of life passing right before our eyes. Fear, anxiety, guilt, and shame fog our vision and cause us to miss the point, the lesson, and the blessing. Let us remember that right now is a blessing. Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:14:53 EST 7 Ways to Destress <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=185 </link> <em>252</em> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:02:29 EST Do you run by yourself or with others? <BR> I go at it alone. I find I get impatient if somebody is too slow and then I'm competitive if somebody is too fast. My best company is my dog, and, bless him .. he is nine years old and has to stop all the time! LOL Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:55:49 EST Fitness plans for the next six months? Share! <BR> I just brought the Firm Express and the Insanity DVDs. I'll be working them in along with my walking, swimming and martial arts. I do better when I have a lot of variety and I am challenged. <em>224</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:51:18 EST Do you run, jog, or walk? <BR> I'm a die-hard fast walker. I do jog, but I am aspiring to race walk. <em>363</em> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:23:46 EST I can __________ _________. <BR> I can do exactly what I put my mind to. <em>104</em> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:22:13 EST Game: Names from A-Z Adrienne Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:20:53 EST Game: 4-letter words from A-Z <BR> acid Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:20:08 EST BEFORE & AFTER: Summer Photo Frenzy The photo frenzy will have to be posted in the team photos due to how the SparkPeople site is configured. If you need an app on your phone to help with this team challenge, consider Muzy or PicSay. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:41:06 EST Confessional <BR> OK .. I have this awful jelly bean fetish. Not sure how it happened but you know it ain't good for me! All that sugar! And shoot .. I don't eat the portion size (14 jelly beans) I graze on them. <BR> <BR> Grrr! It's not a pretty picture! <em>234</em> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:10:32 EST Give a shout out to your biggest supporter! <BR> My sister, my Spark Teams, and my best friend <em>285</em> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 23:38:25 EST How many points left until your next reward? <BR> I think I have 450. <em>220</em> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 23:36:44 EST First thing you drank today: coffee or water? <BR> Coffee always starts my day! <em>334</em> <em>106</em> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 09:55:49 EST Moving in the right direction "You can be transformed. Not overnight, but over time. Life is not a race. Neither is an ultra-marathon, not really, even though it looks like one. There is no finish line. We strive toward a goal, and whether we achieve it or not is important, but it's not what's most important. What matters is how we move toward that goal. What's crucial is the step we're taking now, the step YOU'RE taking now." <BR> <BR> -Scott Jurek, Eat and Run Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:54:14 EST Mid-Year Reflection and Motivation Half the year is gone.... how did you do on your goals thus far? <BR> <BR> Which goals have you accomplished? <BR> <BR> What, if anything, do you plan to revise or revamp for the latter half of the year? <BR> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:34:21 EST Running 101: How Often Should You Run? Running 101: How Often Should You Run? <BR> How often you run is one of the most important questions to consider before you start any training. <BR> <BR> Frequency—or how often you run—is one of three fundamental variables of training. The other two are duration (how far you run) and intensity (how fast you run). <BR> <BR> Consider a schedule of three to four purposeful runs plus a few cross-training workouts per week and feel confident that you are not sacrificing any of the performance... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:31:38 EST Create a Running Mantra BUILD IT, BELIEVE IT, BECOME IT <BR> Choose one word from each section below to create a motivational, get-it-done power chant. <BR> <BR> A <BR> Run <BR> Go <BR> Stride <BR> Sprint <BR> Be <BR> <BR> B <BR> Strong <BR> Fast <BR> Quick <BR> Light <BR> Fierce <BR> <BR> C <BR> Think <BR> Feel <BR> Embrace <BR> Be <BR> Hold <BR> <BR> D <BR> Power <BR> Speed <BR> Brave <BR> Bold <BR> Courage Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:47:51 EST Umm, what are 'Indian Runs'? Indian Runs are a great way to incorporate speed work into a group run. This running technique requires the runners to line up in a single file line and run one in front of the other. The whole group continues to run in this manner at a consistent pace. The person that is last in the line steps out of line and increases their speed in order to pass everyone in line. Then that runner should fall into place as the leader of the pack and resume the average speed. The average speed should be com... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:27:40 EST What's new in your BGR! Group? Please share with us what's happening in your city! Name the city and tell us if there is a new challenge, a new group run, has WBYR been successful, what races are your group members preparing for and how did it go, what kinds of meet-ups do you have, any social gatherings? What are we doing out there? #BGR!allday Thu, 6 Jun 2013 18:12:41 EST What makes you smile? I had to think about this one .. each of us smile from the inside which in turn radiates positively from the outside. <BR> <BR> So what puts a grin on your face? <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> What makes me smile are my sons, my dog, the sunshine on my face, being unstressed, the acorn of hope I hang on to, having a home church to go to, and reminding myself I am truly blessed even on the most tensest of moments. Sat, 25 May 2013 13:27:52 EST How Often Should I Replace My Running Shoes? All shoes are not created equally.... <BR> Ladies, we rotate and change our tires (or get the hubs to do it). We have to rotate and replace our shoes if we want to promote the right conditions for an injury-free running experience. <BR> <BR> "To ensure that your running shoes continue to be effective at preventing injuries and helping you achieve a good grip, you should replace your shoes once they have been well used. You can use the Good Run Guide Shoe Tracker to keep track of the number... Sat, 18 May 2013 19:03:52 EST Did you hear about NIKKICOLE83 ????? In case you didn't know, NIKKICOLE83 has started an informal chapter of BGR in Omaha, Nebraska!!!! <BR> <BR> As she waits for BGR! National to launch a chapter in her town, she has rallied the troops and hit the ground running. I am SO proud of our team mate. <BR> <BR> <BR> Drop my her page and send her some love! Thu, 16 May 2013 00:03:38 EST POSITIVE SELF TALK <BR> I am capable of many marvelous things! Sat, 11 May 2013 17:58:05 EST How many Spark points today? <BR> <BR> I got three, plus a 20 point bonus! <em>244</em> Sat, 11 May 2013 17:55:33 EST Your USERNAME: Tell us about it! <BR> I have a thing for lions -- majestic animals -- not tot mention the Lion King. I'm an addict about that cartoon. Plus, I am a lioness when it comes to my sons -- even thought they're grown now! <em>211</em> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:21:44 EST SRESS! How do you handle yours? <BR> Stress,that fickle demon, has been known to GAIN weight instead of the other way around. How do you manage yours? <BR> <BR> * * * * * * <BR> <BR> On those days my nerves stand on end, I listen to Zen Meditation in my car. Sometimes silence chills me out, too. And deep breathing eases my tenseness. <em>41</em> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:19:20 EST Your Dreams <BR> A dream is your reality waiting to happen. <BR> <BR> NEVER give up on YOU! <em>386</em> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:54:11 EST 5k, 8k, 10k, 13k OR 26.2-- WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE? <BR> I do a lot of 5-Ks around my home town. I did a 10 last October and I find I like this better. I would love to do an 8-K next month. <em>250</em> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 17:51:38 EST Daily Affirmations <BR> I am making positive strides every day. <em>386</em> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:51:25 EST Natural -vs- Not. Which are you? <BR> I'm sharing ... My hair is very TWA. It's easier to sweat and I don't worry about it "going back:. LOL. <BR> <BR> I was once a sculptured nail junkie, but my money asked me "what are you doing?" So I'm working on growing them natural. (Don't be fooled! I still love instant glam!) <BR> <BR> So, BGR sisters .. how do you care for your hair? Nails? What makes you feel BEAUTIFUL while getting healthy? Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:46:55 EST I can't run/walk without my .. <BR> Music. Love to hear tunes which motivate me farther as I walk. <em>335</em> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:35:54 EST First word/thought in your head today! <BR> Move! Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:33:46 EST Run with the Spirit "A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others." -- Ayn Rand Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:40:28 EST Chase me! <BR> If you were going to "run after", "run with", or "run behind", who would it be? <em>361</em> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:38:52 EST How do you really start RUNNING ... <BR> when I am a fast walker?? Feedback is soooo needed! <em>24</em> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:42:19 EST Double letter game <BR> Post a word with a doube letter. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> Runner <em>363</em> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:33:40 EST April Birthdays <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> April <BR> 5th Kelly (KAMCCLARY) <BR> 5th Tamika (Sunshine_Dime) <BR> 11th (Baby_Girl69) - Dee <BR> 25th Purple180 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:42:13 EST March Birthdays <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> March <BR> 10 - Charice (AKAFIT) <BR> 27 - Sasha (DynamicDelicia) <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <BR> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:40:24 EST Running on purpose... This year is going by so fast.... I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that race #5 & #6 are both scheduled for this week and I will be right at the hump of 13 in 2013! I gave myself an entire year to accomplish this feat and I think I can beat it by the end of June. <BR> <BR> I am learning that I need a purpose for running. While I love the feelings associated with a good run, as well as the health benefits, I still struggle with running just for the sake of running. For whatever reason, ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 01:12:51 EST BGR Sweat with Sole Conference and Race Weekend BGRs second annual conference and race weekend is being held in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6-8, 2013! Registration opens April 1st. It was great last year in Atlanta! I'm excited to be going again this year! Are you going BGR sista? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-announce-sweat-with-your-sole-2013/ </link> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:55:59 EST BGR Sista of the week: MZPERSEVERANCE (2/24-3/2) BGR Sista of the week: MZPERSEVERANCE (Feb 24-Mar 2) <BR> <BR> This sistah is a contender! She has not given up on herself or her goals. She's tracking her fitness, food, and sodium intake. She's analyzing her motives & root causes behind her weight fluctuations because she embraces the reality that lasting weight practically demands a lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Go, girl, go! <BR> <BR> <BR> P.S. <BR> <BR> Please take a moment to welcome our newest members! <BR> <BR> ROBIGG <BR> EBSHORT... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:21:09 EST Breaking up ain't hard to do It's official, we are breaking up... my long-term relationship with Lane Bryant has run its course. I can't wear their tops because they don't carry a size 12, anything bigger than that is too big and/or looks slouchy, and I have NO intention of trying to make this relationship work. <BR> <BR> I told the clerk this was my last time seeing her in this store and she said, "You're losing weight, but you'll always be busty & have hips." I said, "They won't be this size after another month of ru... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:03:49 EST Upcoming Races? Do you ladies have any upcoming races? Do you race locally or plan to travel to race? Do you use any apps to track your races or just a calendar? <BR> <BR> I found "My Race Calendar" app for the Android and love it because I can list my run and bike races along with registration fees and it let's me set reminders. <BR> <BR> My next 'big' races are: Zooma Texas Half March 23, Bay to Breakers 12K in SF May 19, Diva Half in Long Island Oct 6, Women's Half in Scottsdale Nov 3 and BCS Half in B... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:28:29 EST Living as a reasonable sacrifice Although we live in these bodies, remember that our bodies are not our own... <BR> <BR> We are spirits occupying borrowed space, in a borrowed body, to fulfill the will of Him who sent us. Therefore, we are charged with the task of taking care of our bodies as if they belong to God because that is the will of God. "Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship." (Romans 12:1) <BR>... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:00:49 EST BGR Sista of the Week: RTBTMAY (Feb 17-Feb 23) <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's give a rousing round of support for RTBTMAY! This sista is dedicated & committed to make it to her personal finish line and she spreading hte spark along the way! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 01:48:36 EST Finish strong We have 11 days left in this month... what will you do to finish strong? Whether its healthy eating, fitness, etc., what's your plan for finishing strong? Sun, 17 Feb 2013 01:43:28 EST Some Solutions to Problems While running/racing: Here is some info I'm sharing from a newsletter I received from Jeff Galloway. Hope you'll find at least some of it useful! <BR> <BR> "Some Solutions to Problems While running/racing: <BR> <BR> Stomach problems when running: Eat nothing for breakfast. Every 2 miles, eat 30-40 calories of sugar. Pure sugar has produced the fewest number of GI issues: sugar cubes, life savers, gummi bears. See Running and Fat Burning for Women. <BR> <BR> Too many potty stops: Control fluid intake before t... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:36:00 EST BGR Sistah of the Week: Doral3317 (2/3/13-2/9/13) "I would like to nominate Doral33178 because he is motivated and determined to reach her goals. She has come a long way and she is steady working towards keeping fit. She is still around motivating others while being an active member in running in her own community!" <BR> ~REDVELVET21 <BR> <BR> Alright ladies, let's hear it for DORAL3317 <BR> <BR><BR>=DORAL33178 Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:21:27 EST Are you 1/2 crazy?!?!? Are you "1/2 crazy"? <BR> <BR> I am! I completed my 1st half marathon this Saturday in 3:18:54!!!! Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:25:12 EST Nominate the next BGR Sista of the Week Take a moment to nominate a BGR sister of the week. Has someone inspired you, motivated you, encouraged you along your journey? Has someone overcome a recent challenge or accomplished a goal? <BR> <BR> Here is your opportunity to spread the SPARK and encourage someone along the way. <BR> <BR> Who would you like to nominate and why? Send your nomination(s) directly to Restored_Me or ~Paula <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:05:20 EST Running dos and donts for beginners The new Black Girls RUN site is up and there are some great articles on there. Click on the link below to check out one related to fitness/running: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-2013-dos-and-donts-for-beginning<BR>-runners/ </link> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:27:00 EST What's new and exciting on your BGR! local Team!! I love BGR and love the ideas I get from other teams to share with my local BGR! group! What's new in your group? Let's share the spark in BGR!!! Thu, 17 Jan 2013 07:23:55 EST BGR Sista of the Week: REDVELVET21 (Jan 14-20) Let's give a big shout out to REDVELVET21!! <BR> <BR> This sista has been since 2007 and she has NOT given up! <BR> 2013 WILL be a banner year for this tenacious sista. She is focused on discipline, nutrition, consistency & accoutability... sounds like a formula for success! <BR> <BR> Visit her page and show her some love! <BR> <BR><BR>=REDVELVET21 Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:47:47 EST Love to Run Here is a Spark Article I found on many reasons to love running. Click on the link and check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=758 </link> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:28:21 EST Introduce Yourself to Team Running Code Name: Getting there slowly <BR> Running Level: Beginner <BR> Favorite post workout food:Don't have one beside water <BR> Why do you like to run? Actually I don't like to run and have never ran a day in my life before I started the C25K program. But running has grown on me. <BR> My inspiration: My cousin inspired me when she began to run and reading the many stories of the BGR women. <BR> Most difficult: Running Hills. Any suggestions for running period would be appreciated. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:39:55 EST GOD is on your side When you feel that you are facing a intimidating goal or a challenging situation, whether it pertains to health/fitness or other areas in life, remember this: <BR> <BR> "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." (Romans 8:31, 37) Wed, 9 Jan 2013 08:56:40 EST BGR Sista of the Week: AKAFIT (Jan 7-13) <BR> She's baacckk!!!! BGR Sista of the Week: AKAFIT (Jan 7-13) <BR> <BR> AKAFIT is revved up and ready to get back on track! This July baby knows that summertime beach bodies are built in the winter and she is under construction. <BR> <BR> Show her some love! <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>=AKAFIT&comment_page=2 Mon, 7 Jan 2013 03:15:18 EST 100 Reasons not to skip your workout today. I saw this on another team I am on and it is too good not to share. <BR> <BR> We all have those days that we don't want to work out even though we know we should. When you need a little motivation, look no further. <BR> <BR> Here are 100 reasons you shouldn't skip your workout today. <BR> <BR> <BR> 100 Reasons to Exercise Now <BR> <BR> 1. Because it makes you feel confident <BR> 2. Because it helps you get stronger <BR> 3. Because exercise helps combat depression <BR> 4. Because you'll f... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:04:37 EST Where are you Running? Durham, NC <BR> There is a BGR Group near my area. <BR> I am a member of the group <BR> I have ran with them in the past; I fell off the bandwagon but am ready to get back on. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:18:02 EST BGR Locations... Where are you running? As you know Black Girls RUN! is a world-wide endeavor.... where are you running? Please include the following details in your response: <BR> <BR> <BR> City & State <BR> Is there an active BGR chapter in your area? <BR> If so, do you run with them? <BR> If not, are you willing to spearhead a chapter? Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:02:14 EST BGR Sista of the Week:HAR EYGIRL15 (Dec 31- Jan 6) BGR Sister of the week: HARLEYGIRL15 <BR> (<BR>HARLEYGIRL15) <BR> This sister is SO supportive of our team & her team mates. She is ever evolving into a consistent runner and the pounds are coming off! Cheers to you, HARLEYGIRL15! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:52:54 EST 2013 Running Goals & Resolutions The key to honoring New Years resolutions is best phrased with a S.M.A.R.T. K.I.S.S. = <BR> Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, & Time-Specific & Keep It Super Simple <BR> <BR> Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions (who, what, when, where, which one, why) : <BR> <BR> Measurable: Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal y... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:36:12 EST Are you stretching those muscles? Contrary to popular belief, you should NOT stretch before walking/running... your muscle fibers are best stretched when they have been warmed up. <BR> <BR> <BR> I recommend that you view: <BR> VIDEO: 10-Minute Stretching Routine for Runners <BR><BR>os-detail.asp?video=46 Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:27:25 EST Work unto HIS glory... Colossians 3:23-24 If we remember that our bodies are borrowed vessels, we can see how the work we commit towards keeping our bodies healthy is done unto the Lord. While we may be working out to lose weight, feel better, look more attractive to others, etc., our first priority is to remember that the opinion of others (and ourselves) is a small matter in comparison to that of God. Being able to live a long life with a desirable quality of living is a blessing/inheritance/reward that only God can grant. <BR> ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 22:44:08 EST Black Girls RUN! Preserve the Sexy Tour Starting January 2013, Black Girls RUN! will travel to cities that have some of the highest obesity rates in the United States to host one-day health and fitness clinics. <BR> <BR> These clinics will share our unique “Walk Before You RUN!” training program, guiding women in their journey from walking to running. Participants will also receive information and tools on choosing the best running gear, hair maintenance tips, nutrition and healthy eating, and more. <BR> <BR> Since the tour will ... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 13:30:19 EST BGR Sista of the Week: (Dec 24-30) 2DETERMINED is a woman on a mission. She is a fighter, a conqueror who is in this for the long haul for herself and her daughter. She back on track with fierce determination... ladies, give a high five and a group hug to 2DETERMINED! <BR> <BR><BR>=2DETERMINED Fri, 21 Dec 2012 21:03:40 EST Running tips Here are a few tips if you are a Master (age 40 plus) or even a Grand Master (age 50 plus) runner/walker. In my marathon yesterday, I felt right at home with some of the masters and grand master entrants. Some ran, some walked, we all made it to the same finish line and we all got the same medal. <BR> <BR> Click here to open the "It's Never Too Late to Start Running" link. <BR> <link><BR>hyibecamearunner/It-s-Never-Too-Late-t<BR>o-Start-Running.htm </... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:04:08 EST Operate within your gift (Prov 18:16) The spirit of excellence is a gift, your gift will make room for you. "A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men." Prov 18:16 Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:30:53 EST Are you distinguishing yourself? (Daniel 6:1-5) God will give you more wisdom, ideas, strength, and creativity if you live a life of excellence. Like Daniel, living with a spirit of excellence will make room for God's grace and favor to be released in your life. <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:30:22 EST Come up higher... The area where God is asking you to come up higher is the very same area where He plans to release favor into and upon your life. Be obedient and receive what He has already prepared to release. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:24:09 EST Spirit of Excellence When we operate in excellence, we honor God with our lives. <BR> When we present ourselves in a way that is dignified and well-groomed, we are honoring God with our lives. <BR> <BR> <BR> A person of excellence does the right thing even when no body is watching because we know the One who matters most is always watching. <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:23:44 EST BGR Sister of the Week: BABY_GIRL69 (Dec 16-23) It is so easy to find a reason NOT to run, NOT to work out, etc... but we have a consistency champion among us. <BR> <BR> A faithful member of the SparkPeople community since 2007, BABY_GIRL69 is the sista we are celebrating this week. <BR> <BR> *She exercises at least 30 minutes a day (her longest streak is 865 days!) <BR> *She drinks LOTS of water (longest streak 558 days!) <BR> *She is a consistent Sparker (longest streak 305 days!) <BR> <BR> Take a moment to give this sista a shout ... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 19:41:04 EST God has invested in you... God has invested entirely too much into you for you to be comfortable in something less than you were created to be! Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:06:55 EST What God says about you is what matters If you believe what God has said about you, hold your head up and realize the words and thoughts of critics do NOT define you! Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:06:02 EST God-kind of love... Father, help us know the difference between a "God-kind of love" and a "foolish-kind of love." – Please teach us how to love others, while loving ourselves. -- And give us the strength and faith needed to love like You do. ~In Jesus’ Name, Amen Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:05:06 EST Winter RUNderland!!! Who is interested/willing in running a few virtual events this winter? You can complete them indoors or outdoors? If you are interested, let me know. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 00:37:39 EST BGR Sister of the Week KAMCCLARY (Dec 8-15) KAMCCLARY is celerating and enjoying her journey and her life! Her zest for living is refreshing and love for the ONE who gives her life, health, & strength is encouraging. <BR> <BR> I love her sincerity as shared in one of her latest blogs: <BR> <BR> " I am standing strong on faith. Simple. Standing strong. Whatever punches life tries to throw at me, I am holding my peace, standing firm that God's word will deliver and keeping my focus. Not looking at what is out there, to the left or the... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:11:07 EST Walking a Half Marathon Hi BGR sisters! <BR> <BR> We all know we have to walk before we run. But, did you know walking is okay even in a run event. In fact, many people walk the entire 5K, 10K, half marathon, even marathon. Whether I participate in a 5K or a marathon, I train and complete the event with run one minute, walk one minute intervals from the start. <BR> <BR> If you or someone you know is interested in walking the event, the important thing is to get a training plan and stick with it, same as if you... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 22:22:44 EST 13 in 2013... my personal race goal Conquering "13 in 2013" is a considerable feat that has officially becomes a seriously audacious goal... I've mapped out how to conquer this goal before the end of June 2013. <BR> <BR> As of today, I've committed to 3 bling-bearing virtuals (5Ks), 2 out-of-town events (5K & 10K), and the Polar Dash (10K). That's 6 of 13... <BR> <BR> Memorial Day Ridge Run does not bear bling, but it marks my 5k runniversary. That's 7 of 13... <BR> ... <BR> I am NOT afraid of the half marathon distance goal... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 01:14:37 EST virtual races with bling! Is anyone interested in virtual races with finishers medals? If so, here are a few virtual races with flashy bling for 2013... <BR> <BR><BR>n-the-world-nd/fit-4-life-virtual-race<BR>-series-2012 Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:57:31 EST Thank you SparkPeople Black Girls RUN! Team! I am honored to be your BGR Sister of the Week Dec 1/Dec 7 and also your new team co-administrator. I am here to serve you. <BR> <BR> I am a grand master runner (over age 50) and recently finished my first marathon of three I plan for this season. It was almost 3 years ago that I even first considered running. Time spent for me educating myself about running has far exceeded my actual time on foot and I would love to answer any questions about running you have. <BR> <BR> I look forward to... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 06:55:23 EST BGR Sister of the Week: -PAULA (Dec 1-Dec 7) Congratulations to -PAULA!!!!!<BR>2DPAULA <BR> <BR> Along with being the BGR sistah of the week, she is our new co-administrator! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> -Paula is a die-hard Black Girls Run member, locally and on Sparkpeople. She consistently ranks in mileage on the team leaderboard and she's been spreading the SPARK since 2009. This gir... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 19:01:59 EST Revved up & Registered 2013! <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>366</em> <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>366</em> <BR> <BR> Are you registered to run any events in 2013? If so, let BGR SparkPeople know so we can support each other. Feel free to copy, paste and add your events to the table below OR just post the events you've registered to run. <BR> <BR> <BR> Month Category/ Event Name Location <BR> January 10k/Polar Da... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:56:09 EST Close to the November finish line... <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> 880 glasses of water <BR> 7411 fitness minutes <BR> 154 miles <BR> Sparkpoints: GOAL MET!!!! <BR> <BR> Come on, team, we can do this!!! <BR> <BR> We are SO close to accomplishing our November goals. Let's finish as strong as possible... I know y... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:12:02 EST My testimony & encouragement for YOU! This is been a long road for me, with great moments of failure and victory. <BR> <BR> The heaviest pic was taken in 2004; that's the side by side with 75lbs weight loss. <BR> <BR> I indicated the dates on the pics because I do not want to misrepresent the amount of time this process has taken me. <BR> <BR> Since April of this year, I have been SIGNIFICANTLY different in my approach to health & fitness. Consistency, commitment, conviction. 3 words that made the difference for me. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:58:25 EST FINISH NOVEMBER STRONG!!! <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> 929 glasses of water to drink <BR> 9025 fitness minutes to burn <BR> 176 miles to go <BR> 1114 sparkpoints to earn <BR> <BR> Let's get it! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em>... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:13:08 EST Recruiting an Assistant Team Administrator If you are interested in serving alongside me as a team administrator, please send me an email addressing the following questions: <BR> <BR> What drew you to Black Girls Run-Sparkpeople? <BR> To what extent are you actively involved with BGR in your local area? <BR> How has Black Girls Run influenced your running experience? <BR> What sorts of ideas do you have regarding enhancing our team? <BR> How would you approach the task of recruiting new members? <BR> What are a few ways that yo... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:01:08 EST The 2012 Holiday Running Streak Stay fit and motivated during the busy (and calorie-filled) holiday season by pledging to run at least one mile every day, Thanksgiving through New Year's. <BR> <BR> Pledge to run/walk at least one mile every day, from Thanksgiving (that's Thursday, November 22) through New Year's Day. Track your mileage and keep it moving! <BR> <BR><BR>-running/2012-holiday-running-streak <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 23:54:39 EST BGR Girl of the Week: CRISSA1669 (11/23-1 1/30/12) Daughter, sister, mother, wife, child of God... runner. <BR> <BR> CRISSA1669 is a force to reckon with... since September, she has been in 1st or 2nd place for monthly miles tracked. <BR> <BR> She has lost over 100lbs since the start of her Spark journey! Take a moment to show this sister some love! <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>=CRISSA1669 Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:58:17 EST Anyone running in a Turkey Trot? Anyone running in a Turkey Trot? I am running in a local Turkey Trot 5k and I am really excited about it. As a matter of fact, I will be meeting with some of my local BGR sisters for a brisk run on Thanksgiving morning. What about you? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.... when it feels like the food is calling you to sabotage your goals... RUN! A brisk walk burns calories and puts a buffer between us and the delicacies we enjoy during the holiday season. <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:26:38 EST How do you psyche yourself out (before or during) I hit the pavement and did a 9 mile run this morning. It seems like all of my runs start out the same whether I run 5 miles or 13.1 miles. I start running and my mind tell me "You can't do this, just walk", "You really can't run 5,6, 10 miles", "Your legs feel like lead just try again tomorrow". Fortunately I have NEVER let my mind stop me...thus far.. So while I was running today I started to wonder if other people used little tips and tricks to get them started or get them through a run.... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:56:28 EST BGR Girl of the week (11/16-11/23): WRITNGBLUEHAWK <BR> BGR Girl of the week (11/16-11/23): WRITNGBLUEHAWK <BR> <BR> This sistah is running, revamping her diiet, and shedding weight. She is less than 20 lbs away from her goal weight. Stop by her page and show her some BGR love! <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>=WRITINGBLUEHAWK Fri, 16 Nov 2012 03:21:04 EST I'm back .. ! Hi gang .. ! <BR> <BR> My dad's on an even keel at the moment. He's doing a lot better. Was with him last night and he threatened me with an elbow! LOL. I tell ya nothing has thrown me more than his illness. Thank you all so much for you love and prayers. I hope to jump back into the swing of things over the next few days. LOVE the way the membership has jumped! GO STAR! <BR> <BR> Have a great week! <BR> <BR> Cee Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:04:58 EST BGR sista of the week: CONDZMOMOFJJQ (11/9-11/16) Ladies, CONDZMOMOFJJQ is a woman you want to get to know. <BR> 1. She is a BEAST on the mileage leaderboard (over 70 miles in September AND October) <BR> 2. She is dropping pounds like her life depends on it (over 40 lbs since June 2012) <BR> 3. She is a survivor! She currently resides in Southern NJ and in spite of the weather, she is completing & logging her fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> Sis, hats off to you!!! <BR> <BR><BR>ONDZMOMOFJJQ Fri, 9 Nov 2012 00:01:36 EST November Personal Mileage Goal My personal mileage goal for November is 50 miles... I know, I know. That seems a little low for me. However, I am being realistic... although I look forward to exceeding this goal. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 23:44:27 EST Winter Running Gear Tips Running outdoors in cooler weather is new to me (Late September through the present). However, I've been having a successful experience. I make sure to dress for the weather and the fact that I will be a human furnace after a mile into my run. Thermal compression pants are my favorite. I layer them on top of each other (no more than 2 pairs when its really cold) OR I layer one set of thermal compression pants over my leggings, capris, or standard compression pants. Oh, and I wear long socks.... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:58:34 EST BGR sista of the week: FITWITHIN Along with running and logging her miles, this sista is a self-proclaimed Zumbaholic and morning person. She is moving, grooving, and making her fitness goals happen on decision at a time. <BR> <BR> Take a moment to show her some love! <BR> <BR><BR>=FITWITHIN Sun, 28 Oct 2012 23:55:17 EST 61 miles to our monthly goal!!! Our top mileage earners for the month of October are as follows: <BR> <BR> -PAULA 94.71 <BR> CRISSA1669 79.54 <BR> HARLEYGIRL15 77.52 <BR> CONDZMOMOFJJQ 64 <BR> DYNAMICDELICIA 58.11 <BR> CANDIGIRL4K 56.1 <BR> SUNSHINE_DIME 49.6 <BR> AATKIN01 43.1 <BR> RESTORED_ME 40.27 <BR> FITWITHIN 15.86 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Run smart, hydrate often, finish strong! Fri, 26 Oct 2012 19:48:52 EST "12 in 2012" 5K events = DONE!!!!! Along with today's time related PR's, I completed my audacious "12 in 2012" 5K events <BR> #1 - May 2012 (Ridge Run) - 0:45:34 DONE! <BR> #2 - June 2012 (Jim Gibbons) - 0:42:08 DONE! <BR> #3 - June 2012 (Disco Dash) - 0:45:33 DONE! <BR> #4 - June 2012 (Hab.for Humanity Phantom Run) 0:42:45 DONE <BR> #5 - July 2012 (Sparkpeople Virtual Race) 0:42:21 DONE <BR> #6 - Aug '12 (SP Virtual Race) 0:40:15 DONE (treadmill assisted) <BR> ** This is when I decided that I had to complete a 5K on the... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 19:49:13 EST Woman Thou Art Loosed 52 Days of Pecking Orders - WTAL - 52 Days of Pecking Orders - Day 13 <BR> <BR> Don’t stop PECKING! Instead of feeling battered, choose to have the faith that you can rebuild your life! Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) gives us a reminder that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Do not yield power over your life to others in the process of releasing the trauma of your past. “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old” (Isaiah 43:18 KJV). Tenaciously gather what power is within yo... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 19:15:17 EST This week BGR girl: DYNAMICDELICIA (10/19-10/26) This week we are saluting our very own vivacious island girl DYNAMICDELICIA!! <BR> <BR> This young lady is representing BGR in the British Virgin Islands and her posts testify that this sistah is sincerely DYNAMIC! She has progressed from a nonrunner to a running sensation! Show her some love! <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> <em>243</em> <em>223</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR><BR>=DYNAMICDELICIA <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> <em>243</em> <em>223</... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 01:49:25 EST Woman Thou Art Loosed, Day 9 WTAL - 52 Days of Pecking Orders - Day 9 <BR> <BR> Always have the COURAGE to force the hard questions! It’s the issues you never thought to ask about that can wreak havoc on your life! Throughout the Bible, you see people like Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus and Paul not shying away from the difficult questions their situations posed to them. Each of them did one key thing: they sought God! In James 1:5, God promises wisdom to all who ask Him for it! Take COURAGE in God’s wisdom! Never be afra... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:35:41 EST Woman Thou Art Loosed... Day 5 WTAL 52 Days of Pecking Orders - Day 5 <BR> <BR> BEFORE you take any great step, or make ANY decision, your focus must not be on just your immediate plans to build or establish. Take time to focus on the far more difficult processes that will follow and the long-term consequences of your decision. In Luke 14:28, Jesus says no man builds a tower without, first, counting up the costs! God wants you to have KNOWLEDGE! Following this wisdom ensures you are not one of the people who learn this le... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:09:38 EST WEAR PINK! SAVE THE TATA'S! October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. You may know of somebody in your family, a coworker or a friend who has been touched by breast cancer. <BR> <BR> Pink is the color of the month. Wear a scarf, a pin, gorgeous fuchsia lip color or polish to represent the seriousness of this disease which strikes many women. Give yourself a self-exam at least once a month. Early detection goes a long way! <BR> <BR> Ladies, you are beautiful women, gifts from God! REMEMBER TO SAVE THE TATAS! ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 17:39:24 EST THis week's BGR girl: IMSUNSHINE <BR> Congratulations to this week's BGR girl! IMSUNSHINE is not only an uplifting Sparkname, I believe it says it all! <BR> <BR> Sister-friend, take a bow, walk in the sunshine, and have a wonderful week! DO go by her Sparkpage and spread some SPARK-ling love at her doorstep! <BR> <link><BR>SUNSHINE </link> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>247</em> <em>285</em> <em>306</em> <em>363</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 17:30:38 EST EATING RIGHT FOR YOUR BLOOD TYPE I'm always trying to find new ways to get the extra pounds off. I went on Google at the suggestion of my company nurse to find articles for my blood type .. B+ ... and I found this link leading me to .. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>et-for-different-blood-groups/?utm_sou<BR>rce=undefined_R1 </link> <BR> <BR> Sounds pretty interesting ! Sun, 7 Oct 2012 17:23:34 EST FALL WALKING CHALLENGE Oct 14-Nov 22, 2012 One of our very own BGR sisters, SOOKIE, share this with me and I am sharing the challenge with the team. This could be a great way to hold yourself accoutable and keep it moving through the fall and early winter. Walk, trot, jog, run... 30 minutes a day. Who's in? <BR> <BR> <BR> COMMITMENT STATEMENT: <BR> "I will join thousands of women across the country in a walking challenge! My body is a blessing and I will do my best to take care of it. This is a special challenge. For 40 days straigh... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 11:30:39 EST Winter Running Gear The weather where we run obviously varies based on our location. For those of us who run outdoors, or are contemplating the notion of running outdoors, have you checked out any winter running gear? What works/what would you recommend for running in your area? Copy, paste, and share your responses to the following prompts: <BR> <BR> Where are you located? <BR> What's the weather like in the fall? <BR> Which types of running gear do you recommend for your area? <BR> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 00:37:58 EST Running outdoors in inclement weather? Do you run outside during inclement weather days? Thu, 4 Oct 2012 00:33:09 EST What's a 'gait analysis'? Gait is the way in which we move our whole body from one point to another. <BR> Gravity & Mass x (Feet + ankles + legs + knees + hips) x Motion = Your Gait <BR> <BR> Gait analysis usually involves walking or running on a treadmill. In some cases the professional will simply watch the way that you move, looking in particular at your feet, ankles, knees and hips. In more specialist settings, a video recorder will often be set-up behind the treadmill, which will record film of your gait cycle.... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 00:08:06 EST Winter Training Plans Have you considered training through the winter? If so, which winter training plan will you follow? Tue, 2 Oct 2012 23:50:02 EST Personal Mileage Goal for October Last month, my goal was 70mi and I cleared 88.75 miles!!! This month my goal is pretty audacious.... 90 miles. I know, that's a lot of miles in inclement weather season... I'm all in. <BR> <BR> What's your personal mileage goal for October? Tue, 2 Oct 2012 13:43:05 EST THIS VIDEO IS A MUST SEE! "LOSING FAT" <BR> <BR> Ladies please take a look at this very informative video! It changed my outlook on things Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:38:05 EST Saluting MRS. BLAK27 this week! Hello, my sistahs .. ! <BR> <BR> It's my hope to spotlight each of you every week. (Sorry I was MIA last week .. doing my writing thing-y!) <BR> <BR> If you have a sistah-friend you'd like to see on the BGR stage over the next few weeksand I haven't pulled her name out of my bag of tricks, drop me a SparkLine and let me know. <BR> <BR> Our team is growing in leaps and bounds, so maybe YOUR turn hasn't come up as fast as you'd like, but it's coming! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> This we... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:53:23 EST September Epiphanies So, in light of our OUTSTANDING numbers for the month of September, what nuggets of wisdom or reality can you share with the team regarding your progress this month? Sun, 30 Sep 2012 01:15:34 EST Get your finisher's medal/runners bling!!! Have you gotten your runner's bling? Do you want to snag a finisher's medal as a reward for your running efforts? Our monthly virtual run event is approaching and I found the perfect opportunity for our team. <BR> <BR> Here’s your chance to take part in a race which solely benefits a wonderful organization, "Girls on the Run" (GOTR). <BR> <BR> Of course, you can run/walk this virtual 5k and/or kids dash from anywhere in the world. Here are the details: <BR> <BR> - Run/walk any day begin... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:59:50 EST Recap of BGR 5K & 10K / AARP Race to End Hunger The weekend started 7 am Friday when I reached my meetup point for a ride to Atlanta. There were 30 from our group that went. Three of us from our BGR group rode nonstop for six hours to Atlanta. We checked into the Sheraton downtown where the event was held, then went to have lunch at Gladys Knight's restaurant. We returned to pick up our race packets and conference packets. A small expo was being held with BGR gear store, a couple of nutrition direct sales companies, Brooks, REI, Motions, B... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:22:53 EST Are you ready to Meet SUNSHINE_DIME?? Sistah-grl's got a plan and it's to be "fit by 40". Determination like that's contageous! Drop by her page and give our Diva of the Week some made Love! <em>334</em> <link><BR>NSHINE_DIME </link> <em>285</em> <em>364</em> <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>223</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:08:41 EST Hello ladies!! Hello ladies my name is Janae and I am obsessed with running! I started running back in January 2012. I ran my first 5k in May. I was scheduled to run my first 10k at the end of the month but I found out I have Patellofemoral Arthralgia. (Fancy words for swelling behind the knee caps). So I am not allowed to run for a few weeks. It's driving me crazy. But I wanted to join this group anyway because I WILL be running again. Just have to work on my knee!! <BR> <BR> Running code name: Naeloves2... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 07:24:35 EST Birthday List Post your birthday under where you belong!.. :-) <BR> <BR> January <BR> <BR> February <BR> <BR> March <BR> <BR> April <BR> <BR> May <BR> <BR> June <BR> <BR> July <BR> <BR> August <BR> <BR> September <BR> <BR> October <BR> 2nd - Cee (Sexy_Writer ) <BR> <BR> <BR> November <BR> <BR> December <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:01:37 EST CANDIGIRL4k: DiVa 4 Da WeEk. HollA! Our strong sexy diva for the week is Candygirl 4 K. In checking out her page, her welcome heading says she's "running for her life", and I can SO relate. We do what we do for US. We do we we do because it's right. <BR> <BR> Send a shout out to my sistah-friend. <BR> <BR> Blessings and positive vibes, Candi! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NDIGIRL4K </link> <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> <em>361</... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 14:52:35 EST You are the temple of God.... “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? … The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:16–17). <BR> <BR> When I envision a temple, I see a visually breathtaking, yet incredibly modest, structure made of the finest materials (inside and out). Having said that, running is one aspect of my plan to reveal the breathtaking structure that God as created me to be. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 01:32:06 EST Motivational Running Quotes Somebody somewhere said something that has inspired, provoked, rekindled, sustained, SPARKED your desire to run. Share a motivational running quote and spread the SPARK! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:19:25 EST No fried food until Oct 1st Any one else interested in forsaking all things fried until Oct 1, 2012? Tue, 4 Sep 2012 00:39:47 EST BGR-Spark People: "Preserving the Sexy" Sept.2012 Our monthly virtual run will take place the last full week of every month... Since we all workout at different times on various days, this approach respects everyone's schedule. <BR> <BR> ~SAVE the DATE: <BR> Sept 23-29, 2012 <BR> <BR> 1. Go to:<BR>-race-home.asp <BR> 2. Register for the Virtual Race scheduled for the last full week of the month <BR> 3. Click the "Join This Race Now" button <BR> 4. Complete your registration by indicating the rac... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 00:33:43 EST Personal Mileage Goal for September In August, I set a personal mileage goal of 30 miles and crushed that goal by mid month. So, I increased it to 50, then 60 miles and I attained the goal. So, I am setting a challenging personal mileage goal for September... 70 miles. My BGR local group has set a goal of 100 miles and I am not sure that I can achieve 100, but I will shoot for 70. Who knows, I may double it like I did with my initial August goal. <BR> <BR> Anyway, what's your personal mileage goal for September? Tue, 4 Sep 2012 00:29:23 EST Inaugural Black Girls Run! Drive to End Hunger Is anyone here going to the 3-day event in Atlanta this month? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>er/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've registered and going with a group of local runners. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 18:57:13 EST LOVING TWO DIVAS THIS WEEK! We're saluting new member KAMCLARY and vet member AATTKIN01 our first week of September. <BR> <BR> Ladies, our group is growing! It's a testiment to our desire to become our healthy best. It's not going to happen overnight, but each one of us is determined to do what we do be lessen the effects of familiar legacies of diabetes, high blood pressure, stress, anxiety, obesity, and a myriad of other healty probled running rampad in the AA community. <BR> <BR> So take a bow! TODAY, you ar... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 13:22:57 EST Running to win... While obesity is a natural/physical battle, it can often be tied to intangible/spiritual or psychological/emotional struggles. <BR> <BR> Besides the physical battle, what are you fighting when you run to win? Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:55:27 EST RUI... Running Under the Influence At times, when I run my mind is completely clear... at other times, I'm thinking though things. Sometimes, I end up praying while running... at other times, I intentionally start out praying. <BR> <BR> So, what about you? Do you ever pray when you are running? If so, and you feel comfortable sharing, what are you praying about? Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:53:14 EST How do you feel today? <BR> Great! I got to blog/write some which is always a great thing for me. I'm going to hit the pavement later on before I go to work. <em>334</em> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:50:35 EST What's on your TV tonight? <BR> Or any night? I'm watching "True Blood" tonight. I'm a reader by heart, but I'm definitely a TB junkie! Sun, 26 Aug 2012 20:44:16 EST We're saluting 2DETERMINED this week <BR> Our running diva this week is 2DETERMINED. I'm digging the name. If I wasn't Sexy_Writer, I would reinvent myself and steal this one. Drop by her page and toss some love at her Spark doorstep. Have a great week, Sistah! <link><BR>ETERMINED </link> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>285</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 18:04:58 EST Do you run EVERYday? I've heard that you should separate your run days. Last night I did a 6 milk walk, and jogged approx 0.62 mi of it (getting there <em>334</em> ) and thought about repeating it tonight. What do you ladies think? I know for sure that I'll be getting in some strength training. My supervisor who's a runner stressed the importance of getting your legs in shape, so it's back to the weights for me. Thanks in advance for your responses. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:15:13 EST We need 79 miles... 79 miles stand between us and making our monthly mileage goal. There are 37 of us as of today... we are a small team, but we are mighty and we are Black Girls who RUN! We are SO close.... 79 miles stand between us and 100%. We can cover 79 miles before the end of the month. Here's how we can do this: <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <BR> If every team member joins this goal AND every team member completes AT LEAST 2... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:22:43 EST No turning back now.... My supervisor is an avid runner and heard from someone in the office that I jogged 1/2 mile last week without getting tired or stopping (HUGE deal for me). Welllll, I just agreed to sign up for a 5k Susan G Komen race. She has agreed to do whatever I choose, whether it be walk, walk/jog, or run. I'm not quite ready to run the whole thing, but I have set a goal for myself to jog at least 1 mile of the race. Wish me luck, I'm so excited!! Any pointers on training? Walking is a breeze, bu... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:04:46 EST What's on your mind when you run? What's on your mind when you run? Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:47:41 EST Our August Virtual Event has Kicked Off!!!! Our August inaugural virtual event kicked off today! Our finishers are coming in across the finish line, let's give a round of applause to the 1st ladies to finish our August event! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>312</em> <em>243</em> <BR> 1ST <em>364</em> FINISHER: CANDIGIRL4K <BR> <BR> 1ST <em>365</em> FINISHER: BLKLILY <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>312</em> ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:53:47 EST This week's diva: SKY2012 <BR> We celebrate our running buddy SKY2012. Ladies, drop some love off at her Spark door. Sister SKY, may you reach for the stars this week! <link><BR>Y2012 </link> <em>285</em> <em>306</em> <em>242</em> <em>247</em> <em>285</em> <em>243</em> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 20:52:13 EST Write yourself a BETTER you .. :-) <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=237 </link> <em>306</em> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:08:58 EST This week's diva: MZSASSY Good morning, family. Renae's our "chick of the week" She's a Spark leader, hails from the 'Sota and my lady has a natural "vibe in her stride". By all acounts, she's a feel-good sistah! <BR> <BR> MZSASSY! We celebrate with you this week! <link><BR>SASSY </link> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <em>410</em> <em>334</em> <em>247</em> <em>285</em> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 09:47:28 EST "Preserving the Sexy" September Event Our monthly virtual run will take place the last full week of evevry month... Since we all workout at different times on various days, this approach respects everyone's schedule. <BR> <BR> ~SAVE the DATE: <BR> Sept 23-29, 2012 <BR> <BR> 1. Go to:<BR>-race-home.asp <BR> 2. Register for the Virtual Race scheduled for the last full week of the month <BR> 3. Click the "Join This Race Now" button <BR> 4. Complete your registration by indicating the ra... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 12:05:36 EST BGR!-Spark People "Preserving the Sexy" Aug. 2012 The members of Black Girls RUN! Sparkpeople are invited to participate in our 1st monthly virtual race. Virtual races allow us to race together no matter where we are geographically located or how much money we can afford to donate/register for a race event. Simply map out your own route, complete your race, and then share your results. Here's how: <BR> <BR> 1. Go to:<BR>-race-home.asp <BR> 2. Register for the Aug 19-25, 2012 Virtual Race <BR> 3.... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 01:03:30 EST BLKLILY is on the hot seat! If you haven't met her, she's a beautiful soul! She's a professional juggling mommy duties at home. Her inner light glows! Drop by her Spark page and give her some love 'cause sistah-girl BLKLILY is in the hot seat for this week! <link><BR>KLILY </link> <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <em>247</em> <em>285</em> <em>88</em> <em>410</em> <em>129</em> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 09:03:07 EST Sparkpeople Black Girls RUN! Virtual 5K Event Is anyone interested in participating in a virtual 5k event that's just for Sparkpeople Black Girls RUN! ? Let me know... if anyone is interested, I'll work on setting it up for the last weekend in August. If you guys are really interested in making it a quarterly or monthly event, let me know and I can get it set up with "race day" bibs and everything. Fri, 3 Aug 2012 22:12:13 EST Who is Restored_me? I am on the proverbial "hot seat" with my team "Black Girls RUN!" Each week, my co-leader selects a team member that the team supports... and I LOVE THIS CONCEPT and assumed that everyone else on the team would be supported through this initiative... just not me. My name is Starlet (seriously, that's my 1st name from birth... 70's baby, all the way!). <BR> <BR> I can remember being very shy as a child. At various points in my life, I desperately wanted someone to support me, help me, encoura... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 08:58:45 EST August Team Challenge/Goals As a team, we have the following COLLECTIVE goals for the month of August. As we strive to accomplish our personal goals, our tracking efforts will contribute to the success of our team goals. <BR> <BR> Having said that, our August team goals are: <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> 1, 200 glasses of water AND at least 1/2 of the team tracking this goal: Water is a MAJOR aspect of health & fitness. We have to keep our bodies hydrated, so drink at least eight (8) glasses a day. <BR> <BR> <em>33</em>... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 08:25:11 EST July Challenge Leaders Ladies, <BR> <BR> I am so proud of you/us.! Together, we met and exceeded most of our challenge goals for the month of July. <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Eight (8) of us drank 1, 176 glasses of water & exceeded the team goal of 1,000 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> (Ahem...In my Olympic announcers voice...) <BR> Our leaders in this category are: <BR> 1. RESTORED_ME (Gold) = 321 <BR> 2. SUNSHINE_DIME(Silver) = 262 <BR> 3. BLKLILY (Bronze) = 227 <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>91</em... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:54:59 EST Best place to SHOP? I'm trying to be more discernible about my clothes. I'm very haphazard, only doing so on a whim. Since my body is heavier,I find I want to present myself much better. <BR> <BR> -- I love ASHLEY STEWART's clothing. It's more youthful and hip. <BR> <BR> -- I get my lingerie from LANE BRYANT. The bra's really lift the "girls" up and make me look good. LOL. <BR> <BR> -- My work out clothes from WALMART. <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:33:52 EST When you're not RUNNING .. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?? I work full time. Have a family of menfolk with a dog, I am an aspiring writer. This is my passion! Hope to make it my side gig one day! <BR> <BR> I cross train with martial arts, Zumba, belly dancing and weight training. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:22:44 EST This week's team member: RESTORED ME Hi, ladies .. <BR> <BR> I'm a few days behind .. sorry about that. <BR> <BR> Aren't you curious about our sistah-leader? I am! This is why she's on the hot seat this week. Restored's been taking us on to the next level. Our team is small yet mighty. She has rallied us, encouraged us, and made each of us feel very special in our individual places in this running pursuit. <BR> <BR> RESTORED! Take a bow~! <link><BR>STORED%5FME </link> <BR> ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:57:56 EST Exceeding abundantly above all I could ask... Today, one of my BGR! team leaders asked me if I wanted to lead a run through my neighborhood. The route has lots of hills and is the distance of a 5k. Its the same 5K I ran on Memorial Day.... only , this time I was a totally different runner. <BR> <BR> 1. I jogged 40 minutesl We walked 5 minutes to warm up, and 5 minutes after the 1 miles marker, the rest of the way I jogged! <BR> <BR> 2. I did not feel like I was going to vomit or have my heart pound through my chest/break my ribs. <BR>... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:07:56 EST Personal Goals for August Although we share team goals, each of us has personal health & fitness goals. What are your personal health & fitness goals? My August goals are listed below. <BR> <BR> <BR> AUGUST GOALS: <BR> <em>91</em> 10 glasses of water/day <em>91</em> <BR> <em>312</em> Walk/run at least 7 miles per week <em>312</em> <BR> <em>362</em> Strength training at least 2x/week <em>362</em> <BR> <em>301</em> Track my food daily & purpose myself to stay within limits <em>301</em> <BR> <em>341</e... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 10:00:43 EST We need 266 glasses of water... We need 266 glasses of water... by the end of July <BR> <BR> That's the # of glasses standing between us and our team goal of 1000 glasses of water for the month of July. 7 out of 20 members are tracking this goal and we have brought the team this far.... we need the rest of the team to track this goal and take us all the way before the 31st. <BR> <BR> You can retroactively track by clicking the back arrow at the bottom of the start page (where you quick log water and fitness) OR you can ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 08:53:42 EST We need 266 glasses of water... We need 266 glasses of water... by the end of July <BR> <BR> That's the # of glasses standing between us and our team goal of 1000 glasses of water for the month of July. 7 out of 20 members are tracking this goal and we have brought the team this far.... we need the rest of the team to track this goal and take us all the way before the 31st. <BR> <BR> You can retroactively track by clicking the back arrow at the bottom of the start page (where you quick log water and fitness) OR you can ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 08:53:09 EST Do you have any August challenge suggestions? Do you have any August challenge suggestions? Inbox me or post them here. The August challenge will be up the evening of July 31. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:09:25 EST Black Girls Run Website Do y'all order anything from the Website? There's a big BGR event in Atlanta the weekend September 14 - 16, a 5-K and 10-K. Is anyone going to this? <link> </link> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:15:29 EST Video Inspiration from the Daily Spark Hi, ladies .. <BR> <BR> I read / viewed this a little while ago. I was moved and inspired by this young woman and hope you'll get a positive vibe from it. <link><BR>ost=watch_blogger_takes_on_the_haters_<BR>who_called_her_fat </link> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:36:05 EST Request for Pictures Hello BG's... <BR> <BR> You will notice in the Team Stream, pictures posted by Restored me & I of our local BGR groups/runs. Please feel free to post yours! We would like to hear/see about your local BGR group. We want to know how exciting it please share! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> Run Black Girl Run <em>331</em> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:10:21 EST The Kingdom Established... Week 1 What do these verses say about God's plan for establishing HIS kingdom? <BR> <BR> Psalm 2 <BR> Isaiah 2:1-4 <BR> Joel 2:28-32 <BR> Daniel 2:28-45 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:23:36 EST Let's drop in on NURSEPIRT You know Sunday's my visiting day on SP and I was checking out NURSEPIRT's page. Nothing like a sister Nurse in the ranks. <BR> <BR> She's our girl this week. Drop by and give her some love! <em>247</em> <link><BR>RSEPIRT </link> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 12:43:43 EST THANKS Thanks team for getting to know me, adding me as your friend, being supportive and wishing me a <em>384</em> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 15:18:29 EST BGR in your hometown Has anyone connected with a Black Girls RUN! group in your hometown? Sat, 21 Jul 2012 08:33:23 EST Old Skool Music Hot fun in the Summertime - Sly and the Family Stone <em>339</em> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 09:23:04 EST Let's get to know JUICY BABY! Since we're a small group, let's learn about each other. Every week, I will pull somebody out of the group and salute her. Feel free to ask her some questions, drop a gift off on her page, and spread some positive vibes and encouragement. <BR> <BR> I was checking out JUICY BABY"s page and thought "why not?"? Go visit sistah-friend's page and spread some love. <BR> <BR> Tell ya what.. I am lovin' that blond 'do. I just may have to steal that for myself! LOL! <BR> <link>www.sparkp... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 10:24:41 EST Who/What inspires you? I'm a sensitive. So many things just touch my heart, makes my eyes water. <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> This morning,I am researching ways for my 22-year-old son to get a full ride to college. He has Asperger's Autism and is the coolest young man I have ever had known. The Master gave me to him so long ago to take care of and he has blossomed! <BR> <BR> Giving my son Nick a shout out this morning! <em>224</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 10:07:13 EST Run Log Hello BGs, <BR> <BR> I am training for a half marathon and hope to run it in October. Today, I increased my distance and am looking to do this in moderation to get me up to running the 13mi at least once before the big I created this log and have taped it to my wall. This may or may not work for any of you but I wanted to share so this is what it looks like... <BR> <BR> 3.5mi - 7/10/12 <BR> 4mi - 7/16/12 <BR> 4.5mi - 7/25/12 <BR> 5mi - 7/30/12 <BR> 5.5mi - 8/1/12 <BR> 6mi - 8/3/12 ... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:31:09 EST Whistle While You Work...You Better Work!!!! What is on your MP3/IPOD bumping in your ear while you run? <BR> <BR> WARNING - MY PLAYLIST AIN'T 4 THE HOLY FOLK (LOL) <BR> Here's mine: <BR> Perculator Keep Moving Mix <BR> Waves by Freddie Joachim <BR> Is it all Over my Face by Dajae <BR> Bad Girls in Paris (Chau Mayne ReMix) by M.I.A <BR> U Got Me Up by Dajae <BR> Bang Bang Bang - Skeet Skeet Skeet (Chicago Juke Music) <BR> Chicago Juke Music Mix <BR> Chicago's Street Trax Mix Tape by DJ Funk (Chicago Juke Music)... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:25:53 EST Daily Chat and Check - In :-) come say hello! Daily Chat and Check - In :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> come on in and say hello! <em>244</em> Sun, 8 Jul 2012 12:24:23 EST July Team Challenge <BR> Here is the challenge for July 2012. If you decide to join us, post your commitment to the message board and let's RUN! <BR> <BR> This month join the team as we strive to accomplish the following goals: <BR> HEALTH & FITNESS GOALS <BR> Drink at least 8 cups of water per day <BR> Do at least 500 minutes of fitness activities <BR> Walk/run at least 7 miles per week <BR> Join & complete at least one (1) Sparkpeople Virtual Run <BR> <BR> <BR> SPARK COMMUNITY GOALS <BR> Earn at least 10... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 09:07:15 EST JULY 2012 TEAM CHALLENGE <em>227</em> Please DO NOT reply to this monthly challenge <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> JULY TEAM CHALLENGE <BR> This month join the team as we strive to accomplish the following goals: <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> HEALTH & FITNESS GOALS <BR> Drink at least 8 cups of water per day <BR> Do at least 500 minutes of fitness activities per month <BR> Walk/Run at least 7 miles per week <BR> Joi... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 00:44:43 EST How have you made progress? <em>236</em> <em>306</em> <em>236</em> <em>306</em> <em>236</em> <em>306</em> <em>236</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Congratulations! You know you've made some progress... No matter how great or small, progress is worth noting and celebrating. Please celebrate with us right here. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>306</em> <em>236</em> <em>306</em> <em>236</em> <em>306</em> <em>236</em> <em>306</em> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:33:13 EST Recommended fitness gear Any recommendations for fitness equipment, accessories, apparel? If so, share them here. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:28:41 EST Natural Hair Care Tips Do you have any natural hair care tips that support your running program? Share your tips here. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:27:09 EST How does this team work? <em>227</em> Please do not reply to this informational message <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Join a training plan. Whether its speed, endurance, or just a sense of accomplishment, there is a training plan within the Sparkcommunity that fits you. Sparkpeople offers a host of walking & running training plans that will help you meeting your goals. Sign up today! <BR> <BR> 2. Join a walking/running event. We work more effectively when we have a goal in mind and an element of accountability. You... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:00:05 EST About Black Girls RUN! <em>227</em> Please DO NOT reply to this informational message <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> In 2009, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks created Black Girls RUN! in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of African-Ameri... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:02:35 EST Have you signed up for a running event? Have you signed up for a running event? Whether the event is virtual or local, please tell us about it here. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:54:57 EST Are you training? Have you joined a running training program or a running support group in your area? Tell us about it here. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:53:49 EST Spark Wheel! 2 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 22:10:28 EST Favorite Bible Verse <BR> <BR> "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." --- Philippians 4:13 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 22:01:23 EST Word Link Make a new phrase with the last word.. <BR> * * * ** <BR> <BR> Upside Down Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:58:24 EST What did you see outside today? <BR> Sunshine, passing cars, and my dog Kovu sprinkling the telephone pole! <em>224</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:53:26 EST Share five things about yourself .. ! 1. I'm 50 years old. <BR> 2. I hold a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. <BR> 3. I get my college degree at age 49. <BR> 4. I love to travel. <BR> 5. I love to write! <BR> <em>195</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:51:42 EST Welcome! Introduce yourself! Tell me about yourself. <em>224</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:47:34 EST Do you walk or run? - Emoticon <em>313</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:45:47 EST Juice Bar! What's going on in your world today? <em>334</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:42:29 EST