Ohio State Four Miler / “Finish On The 50” takes place tomorrow morning!

The 4th Annual Ohio State Four Miler takes place tomorrow, Sunday, Oct 23!  The event is a celebration of football and fitness that “finishes on the 50” of Ohio Stadium. This race sold out for the fourth straight year and is the largest 4-mile run / walk in the nation with 15,000 participants, up from its debut in 2013 of 10,000. 4miler_logo

The race takes place at 10 AM at Ohio Stadium. It begins in the parking lot on the Southwest Side of Ohio Stadium and finishes on the 50-yard line. The Start Stage will be located adjacent to Cannon Drive.  The FREE Race Day Tailgate Party will also be held in the parking lot on the Southwest Side of Ohio Stadium from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Special guests include Buckeye Greats such as Anthony Schlegel, Bobby Carpenter, Matt Finkes, JJ Sullinger, Ryan Miller, Lauren Shenk Miller, Terrence Dials, Jake Ballard, Scoonie Penn, Justin Zwick and Brutus Buckeye. Shelley Meyer will serve as the event’s Honorary Race Director.

The Ohio State Four-Miler is a partnership between Ohio State Sports Marketing/IMG, the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer and M3S Sports. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer and the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund For Cancer Research.

(Photo by Terry Gilliam)

Photo credit: Terry Gilliam

Peggy, Deedra, Teresa, Joey ; LF Cbus Run Club Crew

Peggy, Deedra, Teresa, Joey ; LF Cbus Run Crew @ the inaugural “Finish on the 50” 2013


Good luck to all the runners, walkers & participants.  Send us your pictures, we’d love to feature them!



#WhyIRun // Race recaps & reflections

We had a lot of friends in and around Columbus running various races last weekend, including the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Half & Full, and the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon.


Some running goals included…

  • Running ‘for fun’ just to get out there and tour the city
  • Chasing a new PR
  • Running their first _________ (fill in the blank!) ~ a few first time marathoners and a postpartum momma doing her first post-baby half

Here are some race recaps and insights into why they run!

Allison Jasper, Columbus Marathon Finisher


“My journey to 26.2 began long before I started running.  Over 12 years ago I was dating a guy who ran marathons.  I didn’t even run, so we certainly didn’t have that in common, but I thought I’d see where things went…..  We just celebrated 10 years of marriage this past June!  My hubby got me into running six years ago, after having two babies in 17 months. I could barely run a mile!  I ran my first half in 2011, and have ran a total of six since.  Each time my husband would ask, “could you imagine only being half way done?”  No way!  Last March while I was training for the Cap City Half Marathon, a friend sent me a text asking if I was interested in running the Columbus Marathon – my hubby encouraged me to say yes, which I did!

I struggled with stomach pain on just about every long run during training. The marathon was no different. The first half went well, but then the temps heated up, the pain settled in and I fell apart. I went into this marathon with a goal to “finish”, so I wouldn’t be disappointed with time, but I really hoped to be under 5 hours.  I did finish, but I wasn’t under 5 hours and for a moment I was disappointed.

After a bit of reflection, I realized that despite my finish time, I did it.  I completed a marathon. I attempted something I never thought I’d accomplish.  And I’m ready to do it again!”

Christine Loncaric, Columbus Half Marathon Finisher

“I ran the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus 1/2 Marathon last Sunday and had a blast! I had my second baby in June and was excited and anxious to get back to running throughout the end of my pregnancy and in the early weeks of recovery once my son was born. When I returned to work after my maternity leave was over there were a handful of my coworkers who were excitedly training for the half and I got bit hard by the racing bug — it didn’t take much encouragement from my running friends to register for the race!
I jammed my training into four short weeks.  I am an avid gym goer, but changed the focus of my workout schedule to be more heavily weighted on running rather than strength training. I got in four “official” long runs before the race, which isn’t ideal for everyone, but worked for me and my current fitness level.
This race weekend is one of my favorite things about living in Columbus. We have such a robust running community here and I was so excited to go to the expo and race with all of the other runners. The energy and enthusiasm is amazing! It was a beautiful morning, but race day temps were unseasonably high, and I was lucky to finish just as the day was really warming up — the conditions got tough out there for the marathoners who were anticipating normal October weather!
My husband, Bob, was my biggest cheerleader on Sunday. He loaded up his bike, dropped me off at the start and followed the self-guided bike tour route provided by the race organizers.  I was able to see him on the sidelines around miles 1, 7.5, 9, and 12.5 which gave me a lot to look forward to during the middle stretch of the race. I didn’t have any friends running at my race pace, so I decided to run with the 4:15marathon Clif Bar Pacer (shout out to Andy!). This was a perfect decision and it was awesome to run with a group and stay on a nice, steady pace (our goal was about 9:44 per mile). My company, Abercrombie & Fitch, sponsored Mile 10 of the race which gave me a perfect mental milestone to get to.  I told myself I would pick up the pace around that point if I was feeling strong. I broke away from the pace group at this point making my last 3 miles my fastest, and I finished at 2:03:24 feeling in high spirits and just tired enough! It wasn’t a PR, but I was running (not “racing”) for fun and am really proud of what I was able to do less than 4 months after having a baby!”


A couple of our running friends also ran the Detroit Half.  They both enjoyed a new course and crossing over into Canada (although the tunnel was hot and crowded!)


Congrats to all the finishers out there.  It is so inspiring to watch and read about runners’ accomplishments.  May you set your sights on new running goals, races & more!

Gildan Esprit de She Columbus 5K/10K

We had a blast last Thursday at the inaugural Gildan Esprit de She 5k/10k.  We had all kinds of fun PRs…

  • Lauren’s last race with baby in belly // #32weeks!
  • Peggy’s new PR for a 10K
  • Teresa’s longest distance and fastest race post-baby
  • Christine’s fastest race post-baby

The course was a nice route starting at Genoa Park and looping around the Scioto Mile and other parts of Columbus. We LOVE the race tanks and really enjoyed the race & after-party.  We of course took lots of photos & hope to do the event next year!



Photo credits to LivingFitColumbus and The Vision Council

Running Field Trip // Columbus Running Co Short North

As we gear up training for some of our fall races (Gildan Esprit de She 5k/10k is next week!), we met up with Columbus Running Co‘s crew last Saturday AM.  CRC offers free group runs at their various locations throughout Cbus and although we’ve joined in on CRC Dublin’s runs a few times, this was our first visit to the Short North location.  Everyone was super friendly and the route was a breath of fresh air, a nice change from our usual out & back up Dublin Rd.  We ventured out of the store, north on High St and jutted over to the Olentangy Trail, turning around at Lane Ave to make the loop back.

It was great seeing new faces, perusing some favorite local brands (CRC carries BEND leggings, and is next door to NATIVE juice bar!) and of course, logging some miles with friends.   Here are a few quick iphone memories from the morning…


We leave you with this quote (pictured above)… “There are no benches in running.”  See you on the trails soon!

Join us for Esprit de She Columbus 5k/10k

Several of us are participating in the inaugural Gildan Esprit de She Columbus 5k/10k on Thurs, Sep 22.  The race is at Genoa Park at 6:30PM and followed by a fun fitness happy hour, live music and more.  Register using the promotional code LivingFitColumbus to earn a $5 discount and let us know to look for you post race!


What is Esprit de She?

Sponsored by Gildan, Esprit de She is “the nation’s premier athletic event series for women.”  We love their #BeYourPotential theme and the positivity that running can bring to a community.  They also put on duals and tris, so check them out!  We heard about the race from one of our favorite Cbus fit gals, Rachel from The Beauty Boost and look forward to seeing her at the race.

Other brands associated with Esprit de She that we love are LifeTime Fitness, Honey Stinger (Esprit de She sponsors) & Under Armor (a brand under licensing agreement with Gildan).

Below is the training schedule we plan to follow leading up to the 10k… modified from their website training plans found HERE.

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Come join us and be ready for some group photos, we don’t go many places without a camera or at least camera phone.🙂  See you there!

Sweat Local Columbus Event

We had a great time last Saturday morning at the Sweat Local Columbus 5K & fitness expo.  Many of our local favorites were in attendance and there were plenty of opportunities to ‘get your sweat on!’  Thanks to Kelly and all those who helped put on this event.  We hope to see all of you as we continue our Tour of Columbus!    Living Fit Columbus-1Living Fit Columbus-2Living Fit Columbus-3Living Fit Columbus-4Living Fit Columbus-5Living Fit Columbus-6Living Fit Columbus-7Living Fit Columbus-8Living Fit Columbus-9Living Fit Columbus-10Living Fit Columbus-11Living Fit Columbus-12Living Fit Columbus-13Living Fit Columbus-14Living Fit Columbus-15Living Fit Columbus-16Living Fit Columbus-17Living Fit Columbus-18Living Fit Columbus-19Living Fit Columbus-25Living Fit Columbus-20Living Fit Columbus-21Living Fit Columbus-22

Sunday Shoutout: Sweat Local 5K & GIVEAWAY!

Looking for a fun fitness event this summer?  Join us on July 30th for a 5K and expo that is sure to include some of your most loved #shoplocal vendors!  A few of our personal favorites in attendance include Bend Active, OrangeTheory Fitness, The Beauty Boost and several yoga studios.


Info from the Sweat Local media release: Sweat Local Columbus will be held on July 30 and will feature 30 local vendors from all aspects of health and fitness. Sweat Local Columbus will kick off at 8:30am with a 5K that is only $35. Runners and walkers will begin and end their run at Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center, which will also be the site of the expo. The expo will be from 9am-2pmAttendees can also choose from 12 free 30-minute fitness classes all day long. Registration for the 5k can be found at www.sweatlocalcolumbus.com, and entry to the expo is free!

The 5K is stroller friendly so bring the kids if you’d like, or come solo and enjoy some time to yourself.🙂  We plan to do the race first, then stick around for some fitness, fun & of course photos after!  Here is a tentative lineup (subject to change)…


Living Fit Columbus is giving away one free entry to the 5K!  To enter simply…

  • Follow @LivingFitColumbus on Instagram
  • Follow @SweatLocalCbus on Instagram
  • In the comment section of our Instagram giveaway post, tell us one or more of your favorite local ways or places you SWEAT.

Giveaway ends at midnight this Wednesday and winner will be chosen at random.  If you don’t win the free entry, use code LivingFitSLC for a $5 discount.  Hope to see you there!


Sweat Local is a movement through Columbus to encourage people to sweat, buy, and eat all things healthy from our local businesses across town.”  For more information, feel free to contact Kelly at kelly@golocalanywhere.com or visit their website.

Local Shoutout [Columbus Commons]


This summer we are excited to have partnered with the Columbus Commons!  They host a wide variety of events, several of which are fitness related.


We’ve frequented Columbus Commons several times for fit events…we’ve run in races that ended there, attended yoga classes and even organized a RUN+YOGA event last summer with one of our favorite yoga studios, VPower Yoga.  From the Commons website… “No contracts, no excuses! Among the park perks at Columbus Commons are free fitness classes.  Sponsored by United Healthcareand instructed by Ohio Fit Club, you’ll find seven classes every week.”  The summer fitness classes have two sessions, the second one starting August 1 and ending Oct 1.  Stay tuned for another RUN+YOGA event with Living Fit Columbus & VPower Yoga at the Commons in late summer!



Every Thursday from early May through late October, various food trucks take over! There are several that are there every week, along with rotating special trucks each month.  We checked it out last Thursday and didn’t have any problem finding some healthy options.


Some trucks have beverages and some do not, so bring your own water bottle or bring $2 cash for your drink of choice.


Kids are welcome and there are plenty of things for them to do, including Jeni’s ice cream, a carousel and a miniature picnic area.

We really wanted to try Kinetic… but so did everyone else!  The line was a tad too long, so we wandered around to find another healthy option.  We chose the Mixing Bowl Asian Grill, with extra protein and light sauce. IMG_9351IMG_9354


Every Friday the Commons hosts special events, just for littles!  We will be attending this Friday, as well as having a GIVEAWAY, so check back soon.  New this year, Kiddie Fitness classes are being offered from 10:30-11AM… we hope to make it to the July yoga class.


To enjoy all the other ‘happenings’ the Commons has to offer, check out their event schedule HERE.  Hope to see you this summer!

Fit Momma Baby Sprinkle :)

Christine is one of our running, yoga-ing mommas and we are so impressed with how fit she has stayed during her entire pregnancy.  Even with working full time and chasing around a toddler, this fit momma made it to group runs and yoga classes into week 38!

We wanted to celebrate baby #2, so we threw Christine a mini baby sprinkle.  Can’t wait to have her newest little one tagging along!

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FORE! Miler race recap – M3S Sports & Ohio Health

Wow, its been too long!  Between learning to juggle two kids, going back to work after maternity leave and then a much needed vacation in Florida, life has been crazy and chaotic (in a good way, just doesn’t leave much time for blogging!)

Recently a bunch of Living Fit gals, along with tons of other Cbus runners, participated in the FORE! Miler race.  It was the second year for the event and we hope to run it every year.  M3S always puts on awesome events and this one was no exception!  It was a great run and a superb after party which included a live band, a drink ticket and of course, lots of photos (download yours for free HERE).

My personal goal was just to finish and have fun as this was my first four mile run post-baby.  We also had three pregnant mommas with us ~ Christine, Lauren and Gretchen ~ who brought their bumps along for the run. Below is a photo recap of this fantastic event. The first few are courtesy of Cap City Sports Media and the rest are from a trusty iPhone 5.🙂


Loved that my bib was 614, representing Cbus!  

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