About Me

Hello!

Whenever I stumble across a good blog I always check out their About Me section first. I enjoy “getting to know” the person I am reading about and it helps me make a better connection with them.

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My name is Courtney and I am a 27-year old living in SE Iowa. I have a husband, Morgan, and we have a four-year old German shepherd named Charlie. He is a bit ornery.

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I have two bachelor degrees; one in exercise science and the other in elementary education. Although I spend my days in the classroom as a teacher (I teach 5th grade), I am a certified personal trainer and truly enjoy helping people achieve their fitness goals.  I also LOVE to talk about running, so that is where the idea for making a blog came from.

I have been running distance for about nine years now. I really started running more when I was a freshman at the University of Iowa (go Hawkeyes!) I have developed a genuine passion for running and hope to share that with you. I am madly in love with half-marathons and could run one every weekend if I had my way. As for the marathon- I have run four of them, and plan to continue running more of them. Each marathon I run I begin to appreciate it more and more.

In my spare time I absolutely love being with my family and friends. I also love reading, drinking endless amounts of coffee, traveling, being outdoors, and watching Sex and the City re-runs and anything on HGTV. Kara Goucher is my absolute idol and she has liked SIX of my Twitter posts.  I may also have her autograph framed.  I think liking 6 Twitter posts is the equivalent of best friend status. Right?!

I love answering questions and talking about health and fitness in general, so please feel free to leave a comment!

XO Courtney

5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I love the pictures you have included with your bio! It’s so nice to see the person behind the blog. The granola was a great read and I can’t wait to make some of my own. What you said about granola being expensive and full of sugar is so true! And, the main reasons for why I don’t buy it at the store.

    I can’t wait to read more!
    XOXO,
    Kelly

  2. Love your info about the strength training. I have been training for my first half marathon and injured my knee back in October 2013. I figured it had to do with no strength training. Could you recommend some specific exercises? thanks!

    • Hi Candi!

      There are many different strengthening exercises that will help, and can be done at home or the gym. The first exercise is the basic squat. Depending on your level, you can initially start with just body weight, and gradually add in weight (dumbbell or barbell). The “Stability-Hamstring Curl” (www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/stability-ball-hamstring-curl-1) is great to strengthen your hamstrings. It is important to strengthen both the quads and hamstrings, if not it could lead to injury. Lastly, lay on your side and with an elastic band around your ankles, slowly raise your top leg as far as you can, and slowly bring it back down. Aim for 12 repetitions on each side.

      I hope these help! Let me know if you want more knee information, I have a lot 🙂

      Courtney

  3. Hi Courtney, Good morning! I live in SC, and I have just began running races. I am enjoying it, but am struggling with recovery after my last race. I am a tennis player. My husband and I have run a couple of 5K’s for charity and I have not experienced any issues. Over the weekend, we ran a 10K which was a blast, however, my hips are still bothering me. Yikes! I am sure I have shocked my system as I did little preparation for this endeavor. I am in good shape and eat pretty well.
    Obviously, before our next race, I need a plan. Any suggestions for recovery and any tips for starting a lifelong love of running would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
    Susan

    • Hey Susan!
      First off- I LOVE South Carolina!

      Second off- it does like you are a healthy person, and you’re right- your body was most likely a little shocked to go from 3 miles to 6 without much preparation.

      If I were you I would try to focus on building up your distance in smaller increments, such as 1/2 miles at a time. You could lengthen your longer run each week by 1 full mile if you experience no difficulty with the 1/2 mile increment.

      You can also do some strength training to target your hips more, as I think that will help. Core work will also help to stabilize your core (and hips).

      You have given me a great idea for a post to work on- how to go from a 5k to a 10k! I’ll get that up this weekend!

      Please let me know if you need any other suggestions until then!

      Courtney

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