Excouch Potato Turns Iron(wo)man: “Let Freedom Ring and Women Sing”

Samantha Pruitt

In-between swimming 2.5 miles, riding my bike 65 miles, trail running for four hours, grocery shopping, cooking meals, doing laundry, cleaning my toilets, paying bills, catching up on computer work and spending time with family & friends this last 4th Of July Independence Day weekend I got to thinking about how liberating it is now a days for female athletes. Hahahahahahahahah! Oh sorry, back to making my point.
If you are a female who is over forty years old then you probably had very little sport opportunity growing up. I myself grew up in the small beach village of Carpinteria and had less than 500 kids in my entire high school. It was there I had my first taste of team sports by showing up to the ‘no one is turned away try outs’ for girls volleyball. Needless to say I made it on, learned to play half way decent at those ‘no one shows up to watch’ games and made some friends while shedding a few pounds. Back then none of our families or the school took it as any serious competition or accomplishment so neither did we. Though the Title IX (Nine) Act was in place, it had many growing pains to undergo before any girl my age would really benefit. I never played volleyball again, or any sport for that matter, until I was 25. I had given birth to my son and started walk-jog-running for weight loss. At age 28, newly divorced looking to reclaim my life- freedom- body, I ran my first ever running race. It was a 5k that took me almost an hour and just about killed me. Screw sports.

A little history. The original ‘Title XV of the Education Amendments’ was in 1972 and is a United States law amending our original ‘Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.’ In 2002 it was renamed the ‘Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act’ but is now commonly known as simply Title IX (Title Nine). In 1967, President Johnson issued a series of executive orders to it and the National Organization for Women persuaded Johnson to include women in his executive orders. Most recently we added the piece of Title IX legislation called the ‘Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act of 1994.’ This Act requires federally-assisted higher education institutions to disclose information on roster sizes for men’s and women’s teams, as well as budgets for recruiting, scholarships, coaches’ salaries, and other annual expenses. Then on November 24, 2006, the Title IX regulations were amended once again to provide greater flexibility in the operation of single-sex classes or extracurricular activities at the primary or secondary school level. Now it is normal to see all the variety of girl’s team sports with boys in our community and schools. It is natural now to see our girls engaged in athletics from age 5 and up then seriously competing on a state or national level by junior high age.

This last week I had the honor of enjoying my drug of choice, coffee that is, with Jill Gass of the Kalyra Women’s Cycling Team.  http://revolutioncoaching.com/revolution-coaching/about-jill.html Jill is a Cat 2 racer and many times over Female Masters State Champion plus has won several National titles on a tandem. In 2007 her Female Masters team raced the 3,000 mile RAAM coast to coast nonstop in 7 days beating out many of the other male & younger female teams. Basically, she is badass. Our conversation turned off business and onto the ‘B4 Title 9’ component her cycling team promotes on their jerseys. We discussed how important it is we work to develop and support master’s age female athletes (masters qualifications vary by sport from 30plus to 40plus). Our shared passion for racing and coaching had us in agreement that older women can make amazing athletes and further out reach is needed to inspire, educate and train them. We are both grateful for the freedom and opportunities we have now to participate in sports. We realize the transformation it has had upon our lives and feel no matter what age or level a woman enters the athletic world she will reap endless benefits.

In making my point about how liberating it is now a days for female athletes, I will say this. Today I am still a wife, a mother, the housekeeper, the shopper and a worker bee. I am also a master’s athlete training for an Ironman Triathlon. Being an athlete makes me no less of any of those other roles I play. I laugh out loud because it is my FREEDOM, my choice and my right to do what I do each and every day, as crazy as it all is. So when I cross that 140.6 mile finish line in November and the famous Mike Riley announces over the speaker “Samantha Pruitt, you are an IRONMAN” I will kindly request a redo using the term IRON- WOMAN. Hope he doesn’t mind.

Living the Run is thrilled to publish Samantha’s Pruitt’s weekly blog “Excouch Potato Turns Iron (Wo)Man”. Sam has gone from an overweight and unhealthy coach potato to a fitness fanatic. Pruitt is a Certified Heart Zones Triathlon Coach, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, RRCA Running Coach and USAT Certified Race Director. View Sam’s complete bio on our Bloggers Bio Page. You can read her blog every week on www.livingtherun.com.

Other Excouch Potato Turns Iron (Wo)Man Blogs:

Healthy fear fuels your fire

Match Maker-Match Maker, send me a match

Sweet athletic dreams are made of Zzzzz’s

If you want to love somebody, love the one your with

Calories In, Calories Out, Repeat

Open your eyes to everyday inspiration

Silly kids… Toys are for Triathletes

A little A.D.D. goes a long way

Embracing my not-so-skinny genes

Building my base one brick at a time

Big dreams take big sacrifices

The Journey Begins

Get Off the Couch, Potato. Sports Productions LLC Central Coast Samantha Pruitt, Certified Coach & Race Director  
Triathlon Club Coach & Ultra Athlete
Sporting Event Productions Management & Training Programs
 


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Losing it With Kacie: Beat the Heat With Salsa, Zumba and Merengue

Kacie Bryant

Trying to keep your cardio routine in the summer with soaring temperatures may be a little difficult, especially if your cardio exercise is running, biking or even walking outdoors.  I have a great idea that not only is good for your heart, but also involves almost every muscle, good for your coordination skills, is exercise for your brain and you can meet new people, make friends and laugh all in a 1 hour session of one of these Latin-based dances.  These are high energy dance/exercise classes that are as fun for beginners as they are for experienced dancers.  A good certified instructor will demonstrate all levels from advanced technique for the already fit, mid level for those getting fit, and an easy low impact technique for first time dancers.  It doesn’t take long to master the easy steps and add your own style.  With the energy of Latin rhythm music and a group of people dancing together, the room transforms to a party-like atmosphere.  We offer Zumba fitness classes and Salsa Lessons inside our studio.  Please feel free to check out our online classes if you are ready to have some fun out of the sun.

Zumba

Living the Run is thrilled to publish “Losing it With Kacie” every week right here on www.livingtherun.com. Kacie is a certified trainer and owns Guiding Fitness in Lincoln, California. She has a passion for women’s fitness and teaches several classes. For Kacie complete bio check out our bloggers bio page

Other Losing It With Kacie Blogs:

Foods to trim belly fat

Ways to improve brain function

Super Vitamin D

Tea and why you need to drink it

Pay cash and skip the junk food

Zumba Party

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Excouch Potato Turns Iron(Wo)man: “Healthy Fear Fuels Your Fire”

Samantha Pruitt

I love this time of year! One reason is that is gets warm finally so both my open water swims and early morning bike rides get far less painful. Reason two is that I’m far enough along into my triathlon training season now to really see and feel some progress. Three is that my fellow Central Coast Triathlon Club athletes www.centralcoasttriathlonclub.com and coaching clients are all fired up! They are showing up to all their workouts hungry for more and bravely facing down their prerace fears.

Yes, FEARS. For some reason people always seem to assume that those of us who take on a big challenge (like training for a race) have no fear, are always confident and just naturally good at stuff. Not true at all! Just the last few weeks I’ve seen tons of new open water swimmers scared right out of their wetsuits, triathlon newbees who are praying just to survive the upcoming San Luis Obispo Sprint Triathlon and even a couple hardcore 1st time Ironmen who were ready to puke from nerves as they toed the water’s edge at the start of their 140.6 mile all day race. I myself had no clue about (but was crazy enough to investigate) the world of triathlon up until 2004. As a couch potato turned 5k runner to lose weight, I joined a few friends from the gym in a relay team for our local San Luis Obispo Sprint Triathlon  http://www.slocity.org/parksandrecreation/slotriathlon.asp#Information.

I was the runner (run-jog-walk-limper really) for that .5 mile pool swim, 15.3 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run triathlon. My relay team finished the race and it was fun! It really helped that this race is a low key newbee friendly one with a pool swim and far less intimidating than most other triathlons. There was no pressure on time and we were surrounded by all levels and ages of athletes. It took away a lot of the pressure and fear (plus it was hilarious) to be able to just watch the others swim and bike plus change from sport to sport in the transition area, knowing I did not have to. The next year I dared a friend to do that entire SLO Tri race along with me and then learned to swim, borrowed a bike and had a blast! No, I did not say “did it fast.” When I moved up to Olympic distance triathlons and embraced the challenge of ocean open water swimming I truly thought I may die out there. I was sure I would be eaten by a shark or swallowed by a whale before I ever had the chance of drowning.  When I proudly exited the water alive on that first ocean swim triathlon I literally cried and screamed from the joy of my accomplishment. Every year I have up’d the anty in my race distances (that’s a good strategy if you are slow like me) and pushed myself further physically and mentally than I even knew possible. You can bet your booty that it is always scary, however you can also bet on the fact that it is powerful, inspiring and transformational.    

My point is that we all have fear and if we use it to fuel our lives it can be healthy. It’s healthy to feel the fear and stare it down. It’s healthy to take on new things that are beyond your comfort zone and take your body, mind and spirit to the next level. Honestly, every single one of us has fears. In coaching all levels of people I have observed that people are not only afraid of the unknown & failure but they are also fear full of their own success. It’s seem silly but if they are closer on the tight rope to failure, then they are scared of that. But if they are closer to having success, than they are afraid of that. I propose the real issue is not about failure or success. The real issue boils down to truly loving and trusting yourself enough to know that whatever happens next you will be just fine. If you simply look at what you are afraid of and then ask “what’s the worst thing that can happen here?” It usually is not life threatening or even really that big of a deal. I leave you now with this awesome quote (one of many) I have on my ‘Inspirational Wall’ next to my bed where I look every morning as I plan my day then look every night as I review my accomplishments. This champion athlete’s words really turn my fears into fuel.

“I am building a fire and every day I train, that adds more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match. “ -Mia Hamm

Living the Run is thrilled to publish Samantha’s Pruitt’s weekly blog “Excouch Potato Turns Iron (Wo)Man”. Sam has gone from an overweight and unhealthy coach potato to a fitness fanatic. Pruitt is a Certified Heart Zones Triathlon Coach, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, RRCA Running Coach and USAT Certified Race Director. View Sam’s complete bio on our Bloggers Bio Page. You can read her blog every week on www.livingtherun.com.

Other Excouch Potato Turns Iron (Wo)Man Blogs:

Match Maker-Match Maker, send me a match

Sweet athletic dreams are made of Zzzzz’s

If you want to love somebody, love the one your with

Calories In, Calories Out, Repeat

Open your eyes to everyday inspiration

Silly kids… Toys are for Triathletes

A little A.D.D. goes a long way

Embracing my not-so-skinny genes

Building my base one brick at a time

Big dreams take big sacrifices

The Journey Begins

Get Off the Couch, Potato. Sports Productions LLC Central Coast Samantha Pruitt, Certified Coach & Race Director  
Triathlon Club Coach & Ultra Athlete
Sporting Event Productions Management & Training Programs
 


Doctor’s Orders: Leg, Knee, or Foot Issues? Try This Hip Trick

Dr. Brandon Cohen

Runners come into my office with a variety of different lower extremity and leg issues. Please understand that just because you have pain in your knee, it does not necessarily mean the problem is based in your knee.  That is just part of the way your body is adapting to the loads that you put upon it. Many lower extremity running problems can be traced back to the hips.  Hip tightness can result in hip, knee, hamstring, groin, quadriceps, lower back, foot pain, etc. Hip tightness is one of the more common causes of IT band syndrome.  Do yourself a favor and try this quick posterior hip opener. It might just change your life.

1. Find a surface that is about mid thigh height or higher.

Step 1

Step 2

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

2. Place the outside of your shin onto the surface.

 
 
 

Step 3

 

3. Lean your torso over the bent knee. You should feel a nice deep stretch in your posterior hip.

Step 3

If you are not feeling it try…
1. Bending the leg you are standing on/
2. Moving your torso around looking for different angles in which you feel the pull.

Try and keep that going for 1-2 minutes and you will be a different person when its all over!

 
 
 
Living the Run is thrilled to publish Dr. Brandon Cohen weekly blog “Doctor’s Orders.” Dr. Cohen is a Chiropractor and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist located in Atascadero, CA.  Because of his experience as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, he is uniquely able to combine his treatments with simple stretches and exercises to produce fast and lasting results for his patients. Learn more about Dr. Cohen on our Bloggers Bio page.

Brandon Cohen, DC, CSCS
www.mydrcohen.com
7360 Morro Rd.
Atascadero, CA 93422


Running With Coach Kinsey: Pacing Your Race

                                                                                   

Marty Kinsey

Most people will figure out that they will have different strengths as a racer. Some people have great stamina and aerobic capacity to push a pace deep into a race, others have strong fast-twitch muscle fibers that allow them to kick strong towards the end of a race. Each of these strengths can be developed and enhanced with specific training, but as a racer, it’s always good to test the limits to find out what works best for you. So what are some of the approaches that athletes will take to a race, and how can they benefit you while competing against a rival or the clock?

Taking out the kick- If you are racing someone of similar finishing time who has a much better kick than you, it’s a good idea to try to take this advantage away from them. The key is to work on building your aerobic base and developing a strategy that keys on pushing the pace strong from the early to middle stages of the race, surging a bit faster than goal pace to take this person along for the ride. If you can pull them out of their comfort zone, the odds are they will begin to develop so much lactate acid that they will have heavy legs come the last segment of the race, taking the kick out of them.

Sit and Kick- Quite opposite from the above, if you have a strong kick and are racing someone of similar ability, it may be a good strategy to sit off the shoulder of this person until the final segment of the race where you can surge strong right past them. Mentally, it isn’t easy knowing that someone is sitting right off your shoulder, waiting patiently, while you do all the work. Thus, when you surge hard past this person, you should be able to break them and run wild to the finish line.

Even pace- if you are racing the clock, it is almost always best to run at an even pace. If you look at most world or national distance records, the paces have been at a pretty even split. The goal is not push yourself too hard too quickly, building up lactate acid, which will force your body to go into oxygen debt and naturally your legs will begin to feel heavy, sluggish, and you will slow down. The goal is to hit an even steady pace and kick strong the last segment of the race. Finding a friend who can pace you through a portion of the race can help greatly.

The bottom line is there are several ways to race. You must practice a variety of techniques in practice and in races. As they say, practice makes perfect!

–Living the Run is thrilled to publish Marty Kinsey’s Weekly Blog, “Running With Coach Kinsey!” Coach Kinsey is the head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country teams at St. Mary’s College (Division 1) in Moraga, California. View his full bio via our bloggers bio page. You can look for Running With Coach Kinsey every Thursday.   
 
Other Running With Coach Kinsey Blogs: 

Training at altitude 

Success or failure

Summer training

Taper Time

Structuring your speed days

Your first marathon

Goals and race ready

Frustrations and satisfaction

Winter blahs and tips to avoid them

Running Websites

Cold weather running tips

Building your winter base

It’s good to have goals

Consistency breeds confidence

The Tempo Run Benefits

Tips to stay motivated

Mental Toughness Tips

Training for Beginners

Down to the Core

Race day tips

Interval Training

Over training and recovery

Hill Training

If the shoe fits

Gasping for Iron

The Benefits of the Ice Bath

How Much Sleep Runners Need

The Long Run

How to Speed Up With Fartleks

Choosing Your Running Surface

Marty Kinsey
Men’s and Women’s Head Coach
Cross Country Coach
Saint Mary’s College
www.smcgaels.com
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The Latest “Dirty Dozen and Clean 15″: When to Buy Organic and When to Save Cash

The new king of the dirty dozen

An apple a day may send you the doctor’s way! The apple is the dirtiest of the dirty dozen. Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) examines data collected from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration and determines which fruits and vegetables will make the Dirty Dozen or the Clean 15 list according to their pesticide levels. This year the apple jumped three spots to over take celery as the dirtiest of the dozen. According to the USDA, pesticides showed up on 98 percent of the apples tested, and 92 percent of them tested positive for two or more pesticides.

The EWG is not trying to scare people away from apples or any other fruits and veggies on the dirty dozen list. In fact, the first sentence of the executive summary on its report reads, “Eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.”

What the EWG does recommend, and I would too, is that if you eat a particular fruit and vegetable that is on the dirty dozen list, buy it organically whenever you can or substitute it for something not on the list. On the other end, if your fruit or veggie is on the Clean 15 list, you probably don’t need to worry about buying it organically.

I will occasionally eat non-organic items on the dirty list, but I rarely buy them. It does cost more to buy organically, but in the case of the dirty dozen, can you afford not to?

Consider these scary numbers according to the report:  

  • 98% of apples tested positive for pesticides
  • 57 different pesticides were found in celery
  • Some strawberries had as many as 13 different pesticides
  • 33 UNAPPROVED pesticides were found on cilantro
  • Eating 5 servings from the dirty dozen would result in an average of 14 different pesticides a day

Last November we had Lisa Frack from the EWG on our radio show discussing the two lists, explaining how they compile the data, and giving consumers great organic shopping tips. You can listen to that interview here.

Dirty Dozen (Buy these organic)

1. Apples

2. Celery

3. Strawberries

4. Peaches

5. Spinach

6. Imported Nectarines

7. Imported grapes

8. Sweet bell peppers

9. Potatoes

10. Domestic Blueberries

11. Lettuce

12. Kale/collard greens

Clean 15 (Lowest in Pesticides)

1. Onions

2. Corn

3. Pineapples

4. Avocado

5. Asparagus

6. Sweet Peas

7. Mangoes

8. Eggplant

9. Domestic Cantaloupe

10. Kiwi

11. Cabbage

12. Watermelon

13. Sweet potatoes

14. Grapefruit

15. Mushrooms

*EWG research has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of 14 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than two pesticides daily.

*According to www.ewg.org  

Download the easy to use shopper’s guide version via pdf

Got Mercury Files Petition Demanding Stricter Protections From Mercury in Fish for Women and Children

San Francisco— Environmental and consumer organizations filed a legal petition today asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to implement stricter regulations to protect women, children and people who eat fish from mercury in seafood. The petition seeks a requirement that seafood sellers post warning signs about the danger of mercury in fish and seeks more stringent mercury limits in commercially caught fish.

The petition [ http://www.seaturtles.org/downloads/FDA%20Petition.doc] was filed by Attorney Prof. Deborah A. Sivas, Director of the Stanford Law School Environmental Law Clinic on behalf of GotMercury.org, a project of the nonprofit organization Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Center for Biological Diversity. Thirteen public health and environmental organizations have come out in support of the actions requested in the petition.

““The FDA has been negligent for far too long in protecting the public from the dangers of mercury in fish,” said Buffy Martin Tarbox of GotMercury.org. “Americans, especially women and children, are being put in harm’s way by the FDA’s lack of enforcement and testing of our nations seafood supply.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the number-one source of mercury exposure in the United States is contaminated seafood. A recent study found over one-third of mercury exposure is from the consumption of tuna.

“Swordfish and many types of tuna contain hazardous levels of mercury, yet the government has failed to take action and still allows the sale of high-mercury seafood,” said Miyoko Sakashita, Director of the oceans program at the Center for Biological Diversity.

The petition asks the FDA to review and update mercury standards and policies to include lowering the allowable mercury level of 1 part per million (ppm) to 0.5 ppm to be in line with the EPA’s mercury action level. Conservation groups also asked the FDA to require seafood retailers to post mercury-in-fish advisories wherever seafood is sold.

Background
The FDA has determined that women of childbearing age and young children should not eat swordfish and should limit consumption of tuna due to high mercury levels. A mercury-in-fish advisory was issued in 2004, but the FDA does not require the warning to be posted by seafood sellers; the agency relies on obsolete and outdated mercury data despite mounting evidence that mercury levels in fish are increasing. It has also admitted it tests less than 1 percent of seafood for mercury levels.

Mercury contamination of seafood is a widespread public-health problem, especially for women of childbearing age, pregnant and nursing women and children. Mercury ingestion can lead to memory loss, developmental and learning disorders, vision loss, heart disease and, rarely, death.

The above is a press release from Gotmercury.org that was released on 6/20/11

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Shawn Michaels Interview: Life in the WWE, Drugs, New TV Show, Recovery and Training

It’s a Texas sized life that only “The Heartbreak Kid” could lead. The former WWF and WWE wrestling super star, Shawn Michaels, recently came on our radio show and talked candidly about his wild ride so far. Paul and myself are hardly what you would call wrestling fans, but we definitely respect the fitness aspect of it and were excited to have him on the show.   

It was interesting to talk with Michaels about his drug abuse, transitioning from the WWF to the WWE, his change in his workout philosophy, his new television show on the Outdoor Channel, religion and how yoga and stretching helped him recover from his severe back injury.

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Excouch Potato Turn Iron(Wo)man: “Match Maker-Match Maker, Send Me A Match”

Samantha Pruitt

How about the idea of a ‘Match.com’ for life mentors instead of just hot dates? Silly? No, because there is so much to be said about having experience and being willing to share that wisdom with others. Many times throughout my life I have been blessed to have mentors at work, in friendship and in my sport. Many critical turning points in my life a mentor guided me through. They each came with a variety of knowledge but had the common values of patience and perspective. I know very well now that those are two invaluable brick traits for the building of an Ironman. My mentors did not come from a classified ad, but instead came to me through my openness to what the Universe or higher power was sending my way. Chance meetings, friends of a friend, right place right time, kindred spirits, call it what you will. You can only attract and receive the mentors you need by fully opening your eyes and heart to the possibility of what they have to teach you. Closed mindedness or ego driven insecurity will not bring you any of the gifts that these unique relationships provide.

10 weeks into my Ironman training with you now, the other day I had a reality check when coaching two newbees into our Central Coast Triathlon Club www.centralcoasttriathlonclub.com. Their nervous excitement around the process of taking on a new challenge brought me back to my own beginnings as a multisport enthusiast. One of them is learning the monumental task of swimming and another just rides an old mountain bike and is not able to run a mile without stopping. “Not to worry” I tell them, “We all started from zero at one point or another.” It’s true!! Very few of us are genetically gifted or developed as children into the relatively new sport of Triathlon. However, as kids most of us learned to dog paddle over summer vacation, ride a bike up and down our street and ran around for fun chasing friends. These two newbees just need a coach or a mentor from our multisport club who have ‘been there done that’ and are willing to share. I have been lucky enough to mentor hundreds of people on their path to health & fitness and it continues to be a life passion of mine. Real mentors take you under their wing and lift you up while inspiring you to reach your potential. They are ‘next level’ thinkers who can help you see honestly not only who you are today but who you could be tomorrow.

Taping into the wisdom and energy of a mentor has truly transformed me from a middle age couch potato into the ultra athlete I am today. Over my seven year journey into the multisport world, I reflected back upon the many mentors who have invested their time and energy in me. My heart almost burst with love and admiration for each of them. One amazing woman, Verena, taught me new trail running skills as I was trying to recovery from injury and health issues. Her own life threatening illness and bold athletic accomplishments, including many gold medals at the senior games, inspired me to use my own setbacks for growth rather than let them beat me down. To this day trail running is my strongest and favorite sport. Two new friends in the cycling world, a competitive bike racer named Jeff and an expert bike mechanic named Fred, are working with me now to make me a better cyclist so that this upcoming 112 mile Ironman bike ride still allows me to get off and be able to run a full marathon afterwards. A gal I sat next to at a crappy job over 15 years ago, Debbie, to this day remains one of my dearest valued mentors for life’s ups and downs. No matter what, when or why she always has my back. Honestly one of the most amazing humans I have ever met, Ultra Bob, generously mentored me into the ultra running sport for mile after mountain together towards my 50 mile American River Run last year.  

As someone who has been mentored and mentored others, I cannot stress the value of that relationship enough. Its transformational energy, both giving and receiving, is a gift every one of us can appreciate and utilize. If you are feeling stuck, uninspired or just stale in our own growth as a human or as an athlete, consider the next step. Reach out to find yourself a, or become someone else’s, mentor. I promise you a whole new world of opportunity and potential will surface. 

Living the Run is thrilled to publish Samantha’s Pruitt’s weekly blog “Excouch Potato Turns Iron (Wo)Man”. Sam has gone from an overweight and unhealthy coach potato to a fitness fanatic. Pruitt is a Certified Heart Zones Triathlon Coach, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, RRCA Running Coach and USAT Certified Race Director. View Sam’s complete bio on our Bloggers Bio Page. You can read her blog every week on www.livingtherun.com.

Other Excouch Potato Turns Iron (Wo)Man Blogs:

Sweet athletic dreams are made of Zzzzz’s

If you want to love somebody, love the one your with

Calories In, Calories Out, Repeat

Open your eyes to everyday inspiration

Silly kids… Toys are for Triathletes

A little A.D.D. goes a long way

Embracing my not-so-skinny genes

Building my base one brick at a time

Big dreams take big sacrifices

The Journey Begins

Samantha Pruitt, Certified Coach & Race Director  
Get Off the Couch, Potato. Sports Productions LLC Central Coast Triathlon Club Coach & Ultra Athlete
Sporting Event Productions Management & Training Programs