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At Black Girls RUN!, we’re all about chasing after our dreams.  We’re excited to find a partner who shares that passion. On November 12, 2017, we will team up with Cricket Wireless for their Dream Tour 2017 LA Color Run and we encourage all of you--our sisters--to come out and join the fun.

Moving forward doesn’t always mean putting one foot in front of the other. Our goals can be mental, physical or spiritual.  But, we believe they share something in common.  The discipline, strength and balance—of both mind and body—that we get from running can help us pursue our dreams.  After all, it doesn’t matter what our goals are, we all know it takes hard work and dedication to achieve them.

It’s important that we always keep moving forward, whether the steps are small or big. And that’s where having a strong community becomes critical. At BGR!, we support, motivate and celebrate each other. When we come together online, or at events like The Color Run, it reminds us that we have all the support we need to take on anything.

We know, it’s easy to say we can “take on anything”, but it’s so much harder to do it.  How many times have you looked at your dreams and thought they are impossible to achieve?  You feel overwhelmed and end up quitting before you begin.  Or, you give up when things become tiring, inconvenient or difficult. We’ve been there, too.  But, if we break down our goals into bite-sized steps, they become far less scary.

This week, we encourage each of you to really think about your goals. Visualize yourself reaching them. Think about the emotions you feel. Now, write down the steps you need to take to make those dreams a reality. Maybe it’s five, maybe it’s 100. Break your goals down into manageable steps, and you’ll start to see there’s a clear path toward reaching them.

Make a list, make a plan, and chase after your dreams. And, as Cricket Wireless says, you’ll have  something to smile about in the end!

Join BGR! and Cricket Wireless at the LA Color Run and help us grow our community. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2zeinao

 

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By: Toni Carey (@toni_carey/@blackgirlsrun)

It seems like just when you begin to feel the crispness in the air and the first hint of pumpkin spiced all things hit the shelves, we  leap frog to Christmas decorations, holiday planning, and gift buying. Forget about all of the holidays (and regular days) in between, it's just a mad rush to Christmas shopping and December 25. 

The older I get the more it becomes my least favorite time of year. The commercialization and hype of the holiday makes me feel, dare I say, a little jaded. The true meaning of the season is often lost in "let me one up you" gift giving".

And then you have Black Friday, which seems to start, earlier, and earlier each year. Years ago, when I worked in retail, I rarely saw the best in people as they snatched designer handbags from the shelves while they pushed and shoved each other. Not to mention, traveling to see family was pretty much a no-go since working that blessed day was mandatory. 

But, guys, there is hope. REI is again shaking things up with its #OptOutside campaign, and is closing all of its 149 stores and paying all 12,000+ employees to take the day off, because Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect with the people you love, in the places you love!

I could not be more on board with REI's decision. This Black Friday (November 24), our wallets are taking a rest day and we will be outside enjoying nature and enjoying life. NEW this year we have planned events in several cities across the country, so be sure to stay tuned to attend an event near you! 

We're encouraging you to shake things up a bit too and pass on the Black Friday chaos and head outside with your friends and family, for a walk, run, or simply a breath of fresh air. 

Share how you will #OptOutside on Black Friday here. Don't forget to share your photos on Black Friday using hashtag #OptOutside #blackgirlsrun

It’s a cold, wet, and windy day in Atlanta, much like the rest of the south and southeast. Many of us have been advised to stay in, and have therefore spent the majority of our day watching the news, and assessing the unconscionable damage that has been...and is being done.

Without a doubt, our hearts go out to the victims of hurricane Harvey and Irma. We can only imagine what it’s like to be told that you have less than a week to pack up all of your belongings and possibly never return home. The thought of that is almost paralyzing. As with every other natural disaster, we are in ceaseless prayer for those affected. It’s heartbreaking to say the least, but yet there is still value in the experience. If the hurricanes have taught us anything, its the value of life and loved ones.

So, today, we want to pause and consider how events like these affect us on a psychological level. How it makes us think about our lives, the lives of those we love, and what we want to do with the precious time we have on earth. Now, we don’t claim to be spiritual gurus or psychologists, but we can’t ignore the energy of times like this.

As such, we wanted to pose a few questions to you ladies. Perhaps you will find time in the next few days to answer them, and gain a deeper perspective on yourself and your life.

Until then, be safe BGR! Nation.

Six Questions to Focus Your Life
  1. What are  the 5 Aspects of life that you value most? 
  2. What would you do if you won a million dollars  today? 
  3. Assuming you would be in  perfect health, what would you do if you knew you only  had 6 months to live? 
  4. What have you always wanted to do but were afraid to attempt?
  5. What kinds of activities make you feel best about yourself? 
  6. What great thing would you give your life to, if you were absolutely  assured of success? 

Say Yes to MORE!

August 29, 2017

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A few months ago, when we started this series we were inspired by Shonda Rhimes' book, The Year of Yes. If you haven’t checked out the book, I won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say its all about saying yes! Or more practically, its about saying yes to more things, more of the time. Now, at first glance that seems simple right, and truly it is. Until you take stock of how many times (and to how many things) you say no. Pause now to think about it. I bet you say no way more than you say yes. I’ll go even further and presume that you aren’t always saying no, as an act of self-care. Quite the contrary, I bet most times you are saying no out of fear, and loyalty to your routine. 

Well ladies, today I want to challenge you to be bolder, more fearless, and more adventurous. The next time someone asks you to do something out of the ordinary, and you are even the least bit intrigued, say yes! Give yourself a chance to live the BIG LIFE you have always dreamed of. Fill your time with activities, books, people, and experiences that challenge you and help you grow, instead of things that keep you stuck and comfortable.

Say yes to a new run routine, a new cross training regimen, a new dietary choice, and maybe even a new fitness conference? Say yes to an alternative way of viewing things, to new perspectives, and new possibilities. Say yes….to MORE.  

The 2017 Sweat with Your Sole Conference is a wonderful way to say yes to your personal growth and development. With a ton of great speakers, fitness classes, and a 5k/10k run, there is something for everyone. Join us in Philly!

Yesterday, the entire world paused to witness the “once in a lifetime,” cosmic marvel, that is a total solar eclipse. The energy was almost palpable as we all  waited with baited breath to watch the moon slowly pass over the sun, an event that hasn’t occurred in over 99 years. 

Here in Georgia, the experience was beyond surreal. First, we felt the temperature drop, then we heard the crickets begin to chirp, and then for 2.5 minutes the entire sky went so black that the street lights came on. Yet, if you ask me, that wasn’t the most beautiful thing about yesterday. The most beautiful thing about yesterday, was not only seeing, but feeling the entire country unite under one purpose for the first time in a long time. It was the absence of any hate speech or negativity on the news or radio, and all the smiles of wonder from children and adults alike. I must admit, I get chills thinking about it.


These past few weeks have not been easy on any of us, and sometimes being a “black girl,” in this world can be stressful.  However, moments like yesterday remind us that amid something grand, we all have the capacity to put down our judgments, fears, and inhibitions to simply pause…look up…and marvel at a black sky.

This week ladies, I want to personally encourage each of you, to say yes to the tiny miracles in your life. Observe the subtle beauty of the plants, the air, and the ground beneath your feet. Say yes to the way our natural world not only supports, but nourishes us. Say yes to all the good that you’re surrounded by, and allow yourself to pause and remember how grand life is, was, and can be.

We are literally weeks away from our largest national meet up, Sweat with your Sole 2017.  If you have not yet purchased your tickets, we encourage you to do so today. The conference won’t be the same without the energy that YOU bring.  

If yesterday taught us anything it’s that…. everything is sweeter when we do it…together.



It's time to get Get Fall Fit with Skirt Sports!

Don't forget about YOU this fall! We are excited to be teaming up with Skirt Sports over the next 4 weeks to #GetFallFit!

Use your best resource to stay in shape - your community! Participate in the #GetFallFit with Skirt Sports campaign by posting your training over the next 4 weeks in your BGR! group or on your personal page. To sweeten the pot, Skirt Sports is offering 30% off their amazing products for real women. #preservethesexy #blackgirlsrun

The promo code is “BGR!30” (no quotations). You just put that code in the coupon box at checkout and it will apply a 30% discount. This code cannot be combined with other coupons. The discount ends September 11th.

Be sure to post your workouts this month and tag #skirtsports and #blackgirlsrun!

Happy Shopping & Happy Running! 

While, most of these blogs will be about exercise (you know running, yoga, cross training etc.), today we are going to talk about a different form of exercise. The exercise of choice.

Choice is defined as
 “an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.”

We wanted to talk about choice today because like you, we have been watching and enjoying the Sweat with Your Sole Speaker Series. But aside from watching we have also been taking note of the questions. We see how committed each of you is to live your best life, and to being as healthy as possible. And we all know that being healthy comes down, most notably, to our day by day--moment by moment choices. Those choices, however, are not limited to what we eat or how we exercise, but also extend to what we watch, think about, and talk about.

Sometimes our choices are so subconscious and “knee-jerk,” that we aren’t really aware of them. But, here’s a hint. You can tell what you choose and what you have chosen by how your life looks currently.

Everything from the food in your fridge, to the clothes in your closet, to the contacts in your phone are a result of the choices that you have made. The question is: Are you happy with what you have chosen?

This week’s Facebook Live Speaker, Dr. Crystal Jones will talk more about this on Thursday, but in the meantime we wanted to give you few simple things to consider when making choices for yourself.
Check out this cool info-graphic for a few tips on how to make good choices.

It’s hot y'all. Really hot. In fact, here in Atlanta, it’s been close to or above 90 for the past week. We don’t know about you all, but when it's 90 degrees, we don’t feel very motivated to run. However, we all know that our goals don’t stop just because it’s hot. And we can’t simply NOT run for 3 months. So what do we do? We learn to work with the heat instead of against it.

Unfortunately, summer weather usually also means high humidity. Heat and humidity are a double-whammy. The higher the humidity, the more saturated the air is with water, and the harder it is for you to cool off because sweat simply cannot evaporate due to the already saturated air.

Because of this, it’s important to stay adequately hydrated and not just with water, but also with beverages that replace the electrolytes lost through sweating (think Gatorade or Powerade) those types.

Additionally, Runner’s World recommends the following:

  • Avoid running during the middle of the day, usually the hottest time.
  • Plan shady routes and/or routes with water fountains.
  • Wear loose fitting, light-colored, tech clothing that wicks away sweat and dries quickly.
  • Consume adequate amounts of water and sports drink.
  • Wear sunblock/sunscreen
  • Slow your run pace down to adjust for heat and humidity.


We hope this helps! Feel free to comment with any of your favorite hot weather running tips! 

Today is the last day in our mindful eating series. Sad, we know. Today, we are going to talk a little about eating for chakra health. Well, first lets start by talking about what the chakras are.
 
The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga and meditation, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body.

There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet.

These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow. Think of something as simple as your bathtub drain. If you allow too much hair to go into the drain, the bathtub will back up with water, stagnate and eventually bacteria and mold will grow. So is too with our bodies and the chakras. 

There are lots of ways to balance the chakras and eating is one of them. In general, we balance the chakras by eating foods that are the same color of the chakras we are seeking to balance.

Take a look at the chart below to see which foods correspond to which chakra. Of course this list is not exhaustive, but it’s a good start. Happy Healing. 
 
Raise your virtual hand if you have heard of eating for your blood type?

Eating for your blood type is fairly new to popular culture, and there’s been some debate about its effectiveness, but quite a few people have had great weight loss and stress reduction results using it.

The idea is that our blood type is directly linked to the entire internal make up of our bodies. Everything from how much stress we can handle to the digestive enzymes in our stomach hinges on our blood type. It follows that people who have different blood types should have different diets. There is a ton of literature out there on the subject, but according to Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, this is how each blood type is supposed to eat.
  • Type A: Called the agrarian, or cultivator. People who are type A should eat a diet rich in plants, and completely free of “toxic” red meat. This closely resembles a vegetarian diet.
  • Type B: Called the nomad. These people can eat plants and most meats (except chicken and pork), and can also eat some dairy. However, they should avoid wheat, corn, lentils, tomatoes, and a few other foods.
  • Type AB: Called the enigma. Described as a mix between types A and B. Foods to eat include seafood, tofu, dairy, beans and grains. They should avoid kidney beans, corn, beef and chicken.
  • Type O: Called the hunter. This is a high-protein diet based largely on meat, fish, poultry, certain fruits and vegetables, but limited in grains, legumes and dairy. It closely resembles the paleo diet. 
Sounds interesting enough to investigate, right? For more information CLICK HERE.