Alena

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Experiencing Bikram

Experiencing Bikram

I consider myself a fitness junkie who will try any workout at least once. However, it took a severe and persistent case of bilateral shin splints, and my orthopedist’s month-long suspension of all of my… View Post

Shifting Seasons

Shifting Seasons

As I sit here in the rural mountainside of North Carolina, I realize just how quickly this summer flew by. Twelve perfect weeks with my best friend came and went, and now he’s back in… View Post

Working Within Unwelcomed Limitations

Working Within Unwelcomed Limitations

Soon after completing my most recent—and best—half marathon in April, I was forced to take a hiatus from my favorite endorphin-inspiring activity. Overtraining led to shooting pains along the posterior sides of my shins anytime… View Post

A Healthy Take On Super Bowl Sunday Snacking

A Healthy Take On Super Bowl Sunday Snacking

Passionate team rivalries, jaw-dropping halftime musical performances, and mouthwatering appetizers instantly come to mind in any football partygoer’s anticipation of the National Football League’s Super Bowl Sunday. Yet, only one item on that list maintains… View Post

It’s “GO” Time

It’s “GO” Time

So my intention to post on New Year’s Day adjusted to a post within the first week of 2013… which morphed into a mid-month “new year resolutions” check in… and ultimately materialized into my only… View Post

The Business Of Begging

The Business Of Begging

On a chilly Tuesday morning in November, Ryan startled awake as his apartment door slammed shut. Rubbing the sleep from his steely gray eyes, he lifted his head from the flattened pillow. Quality rest seemed… View Post