Motivational Monday – Featured Sneakers #21

Happy Motivational Monday! Yesterday, we went to a Magic game last night at the new Amway Center in Orlando!
A little bit of Mickey – Magic! Get it?
It was a great weekend of zoo action and basketball with the hubs – quality time is part of my #goalgetter2013 focus after all! 😉
This week’s Featured Sneakers belong to a blend of mine, Jes, who is an avid runner, triathlete, and crossfitter! She’s also a Brooks fanatic, like me, who is also a newly-crowned #RunHappy Ambassador!
Name: Jesica D’Avanza

Blog: (The name of my blog is a mash-up of the words “run” and “unladylike” because I talk about my uncensored and often unladylike adventures of running and triathlon training.)


What is your favorite way to workout/exercise: My favorite exercise is running!


Marathon woman!

What is your #1 cheat food: Pizza … ok, and maybe mac ‘n’ cheese too. I’ve also recently started a love affair with medjool dates. I have no will power when it comes to those delicious little treats!

What advise do you have for those starting on a fitness journey: First of all, congrats to everyone out there ready to embark on a health and fitness journey. High five to you! There are 5 pieces of advice I would share with those starting out.

  1. Set realistic goals that are achievable. When you’re first starting out, pledging to lose 30 pounds or to run a marathon may seem overwhelming. And when we get overwhelmed, it is easier to give up. Focus on today and this week. Perhaps you commit to exercising 3 or 4 days this week, or to running for 5 minutes without stopping. These smaller steps lead to big steps and will help you accomplish your big goals. You can do anything you set your mind to.
  2. Every day is a new day to get back on track. If you find yourself having a tough day, you give into temptation or you fall off the wagon, just remember: tomorrow is a new day to start again. Don’t let one bad day or missed workout get you down. Each new morning is a chance to recommit to being the best version of yourself that you want to be.
  3. Don’t do too much too fast. Especially when it comes to running. Adding too much mileage and too fast of speeds can lead to injury. Be sure to add activity and exercise week over week in a way that is safe for your body and for your long-term fitness.
  4. It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing or fast anyone else is going. All that matters is that you get out there every day — put one foot in front of the other. Don’t compare yourself to your neighbor down the street or the blogger who runs 6-minute miles. What you are doing is just as amazing as what everyone else is doing, no matter the pace, distance or ability. All that counts is that you give your best effort, you stay committed to doing what you say you’re going to do and you focus on being the healthiest, best YOU!
  5. Never forget, you can do it! You WILL do it!

Dream destination race/location
: Paris and Napa Valley marathons

Mr. & Mrs. rUnladylike

Favorite inspirational fitness personality/trainer: The people that inspire me most are the everyday runners and athletes I know.

Workout apparel must have (+brand): Brooks Pure Cadence

Motivational motto/quote: I have 3 mantras I tell myself often:
“Train smart to race stronger.”
“I am fierce. I am strong.”
“Strong mind = strong body.”

Twitter: @rUnladylike



Do you have any questions/comments for Miss Jes?
Interested in being a Featured Sneaker??
I need you!
Email me at with responses to the above questions and also a few photos!

Oh and I have the Huma giveaway winners!
Congrats to:
 Raffi Darrow
Jenn West
Elle Erixon
Natalie Torres

*Please email me your contact info within 48 hours so I can send it on to Huma!

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    March 11, 2013, 12:13 pm

    I love and LIVE the “every day is a new day” mantra, too.

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    March 11, 2013, 12:21 pm

    LOVE “I am Fierce. I am Strong” LOVE!!

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    March 11, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Jess rocks! So speedy and so inspirational. I am a fan of having lots of different mantras — one for every mood 😉 Pizza nerds unite!

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      March 11, 2013, 2:34 pm

      Awe! Thanks Beka!!! Right back at you 🙂

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      March 11, 2013, 2:39 pm

      Been ‘missing’ because I can’t keep up with you! New pace means new running buds sometimes! Love Jes’ mantras

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    March 11, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Hey Jes!!! I love your tips on starting a fitness journey!!! Kat so glad you have great quality time with the hubs this weekend!!!

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    March 11, 2013, 1:06 pm

    LOVE this — good tips from Jess! And glad you and the hubs had some good QT time this weekend 🙂

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    March 11, 2013, 1:13 pm

    Great tips! Especially each day is a new day, and I love the quote ‘I am fierce, I am strong.’ And congrats to Jes on the trail race!

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    March 11, 2013, 1:23 pm

    I love reading about your Featured Sneakers, they are always very motivational! I love Jes’s tips and quotes. 🙂

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      March 11, 2013, 2:42 pm

      Thanks Nanci, I appreciate you checking them out!

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    March 11, 2013, 1:50 pm

    Congrats to Raffi! And Jesica gave great tips!

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      March 11, 2013, 2:42 pm

      You reminded me I had to pick 3 more winners LOL

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    March 11, 2013, 2:34 pm

    Thank you so, so much for featuring me, Kat! I am honored to share my answers on your blog! I really appreciate all your love and support for so many in the running community! xoxo

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      March 11, 2013, 2:42 pm

      Thanks for taking the time girlie! Can’t wait to see ya next month!

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    March 11, 2013, 4:21 pm

    Glad to meet you Jes! Can not wait to check out your blog. My favorite shoe is Pure Cadence too! Well, the 2 lol I LOVE them!

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    March 11, 2013, 4:45 pm

    Jes is so right about the power of the mind. We really can do anything we set our minds too. Also love that she says the people that inspire her are everyday runners. “Featured Sneakers” posts are great!

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      March 11, 2013, 7:50 pm

      Thanks Kelly! I’m glad you’re enjoying these reads!

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    March 11, 2013, 7:47 pm

    Love the tips from your featured blogger! Have a great week!

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    March 11, 2013, 8:23 pm

    Awesome unladylike runner! 🙂 congrats on your first trail race. I hope to get in my first sometime this year.

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    March 11, 2013, 8:24 pm

    I run at my own pace…both literally and figuratively 🙂 It doesn’t matter how fast anyone else is going..just as long as I’m going and enjoying myself while at it:)

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    March 11, 2013, 11:16 pm

    Can you imagine running a marathon in wine country?! A little vino might help the miles go by faster. 😉

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    March 12, 2013, 12:33 am

    Yay Jessica! Great post, thanks for sharing Kat!

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    March 12, 2013, 12:38 am

    Thanks for sharing this post, I definitely try to run for me and not compare myself to anyone else.

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    March 12, 2013, 12:47 am

    She is so freakin cute and so stinkin fast. Love her.

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    March 12, 2013, 1:32 am

    I love love love Jessica! She is so inspiring–and always has a positive outlook!

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    March 12, 2013, 2:07 am

    great feature!! i bet that magic game was a blast! totally jealousss <3 xxoo great job meeting those goals and focusing on the QT! love ya, ladyy

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    March 12, 2013, 3:06 pm

    Ok so next Magic game I am in! And yay Runladylike!!! Hi Jesica!!

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    March 13, 2013, 11:29 am

    That Mickey with no face freaks me out. Just sayin… =D Glad you and hubs had a great weekend!

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