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Tour of Columbus ~ The Olentangy Trail

Our Tour of Columbus & Running Field Trip for April was to the Olentangy Trail.  3824992_orig

We stopped by Hills Market after our run.  9662819_orig

Read more about it on in the fitness section HERE!

You can see a recap of all our trips on our Tour of Columbus page.

Our visit to Friendship CrossFit in Dublin (ouch I’m still sore!) and the new Orange Theory Fitness will be coming soon for May, so check back soon!


Tour of Columbus [Harbor Yoga]


I was dreaming about going somewhere warm in the middle of a frigid winter weekend. A beach vacation was my first choice, but not in the budget… enter HOT VINYASA YOGA at Harbor Yoga Studio.  Harbor is located in Historic Dublin and offers various classes throughout the week.

I had one of the best workouts of my life!!! It was warm, relaxing but challenging, and overall an awesome experience. I don’t have much to compare it to [yet], but it definitely changed my mind about yoga being slow, boring and a waste of time!  It was an amazing change from my usual running routine and is an excellent supplement to cross train, prevent injury, stretch, etc. Check out some reasons why HERE.

To explain further, here is a description from their site… “The owners, Heidi and Angie, realized that when you combine fun and funky music with the yoga poses, it challenges a person to move with more purposeful strength and style. This “yogahop” style of yoga is a hybrid of traditional Eastern style yoga with a more Western twist.”

Basically, I was a hot, sweaty mess. And I loved it.

You can register and pay for classes online and all you need is a mat, water bottle and towel.  *Don’t forget to bring water, you’ll need it!*  They currently offer a 14-day unlimited pass for new clients, so you can go as much as you want in the two week trial. They supply lululemon mats if you don’t have your own, but there are a limited amount, so get there early if you need one. I’ll be honest, I tried to use my inexpensive Target mat and it did NOT work! I was so sweaty, I was slipping all over the place! lululemon sure does make a better mat.

If you’re a newbie like me, there is a page on their website that offers helpful tips. Another reason to get there early… so you can hide in the back and not feel like everyone in the room knows that you don’t know what you are doing. 🙂  Although it may be hotter in the back!

One of the owners is a former teacher and a lot of the instructors have education and/or business backgrounds, which I was especially drawn to when reading their bios.


The decor and atmosphere were adorable! The beach-like theme & spa blue colors were inviting & soothing, I may just end up stealing the idea to redo our main bathroom!


I will definitely be going back multiple times. Check it out sometime and as they say in class ‘meet me on the mat!’

2016 update: 

Harbor moved locations – still in Dublin, but now closer to BridgePark than Historic Dublin – has a brand new studio and much better parking! The average temperature during a class in the new studio is 103-104 and it is hotter in the back. Stay by the door if you want a breeze now and then!

Below are some photos from their new studio, taken during a ‘men on the mat’ event with lululemon athletica polaris. See, dudes do yoga too! 🙂

Harbor + lulu-4 Harbor + lulu-5 Harbor + lulu-13 Harbor + lulu-10 Harbor + lulu-19 Harbor + lulu-20 Harbor + lulu-21 Harbor + lulu-22 Harbor + lulu-46

Running Field Trip – Columbus Running Club

We teamed up with Columbus Running Club Dublin, aka the Cbus Pacers, for their St Patty’s Day Run.  It was a GREAT experience!

The FREE group runs start at the store every Saturday morning.  They have multiple pace groups and cover varying mileage.  This week we ran 8 miles on a 4 mile out & back course, although many other runners did mileage according to their own personal running goals.  CRC puts water along the route if you need a little fuel during your run, so we took advantage of that.

Back at the store (after the run), there were goodies including coffee and green snacks, as well as a photo booth type setup to snap a quick picture.  It was sponsored by one of my favorite brands, Saucony.. #FindYourStrong.

It was a fantastic run and we will surely meet up with them each season for some of our longer runs.  Thanks CRC!

Joined up with CRC for a day!

Joined up with CRC for a day!

Previously Posted on March 14:

We will normally do our ‘Running Field Trip’ on the last Saturday of the month, however, tomorrow is Dublin’s St Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 11.15.17 AMPatty’s Day Parade, so Historic Dublin will not be a good place to run…

Join us for our first of many field trips!


  • When ~ Saturday, March 15 @ 8AM
  • Where ~ meet @ Columbus Running Company in Dublin  | 6465 Perimeter Drive | Dublin, OH 43016
  • Mileage ~ 7-8 miles if training for the Cap City Half
  • Paces include SEVERAL!  CRC has a lot of different pace leaders, we are excited to check it out!

2525123 Run CAP CITY with us  Our Living Fit Columbus running group is training for the Cap City Half Marathon this spring.  Half details…

  • Register soon ~ The event may sell out!
  • Join our team #LivingFitColumbus when you register (sorry, no incentives, just social support!)
  • Stay tuned for Half Marathon training tips on the blog and at the group run each week

Ten Reasons to Run [or walk] Cap City

The Cap City Half Marathon is right around the corner and its not too late to start training! Although many schedules, especially for beginners, are 12 weeks, there are plenty of 10 week schedules out there as well.  The price goes up again on March 1st, so sign up today! A quarter and a 5K are also available for those who wish to do another distance.

The half marathon is hands down my favorite distance.  If you’re debating doing the half, here are some reasons you should consider it….

Ten Reasons to Run Cap City  

1.  Feeling of accomplishment.  When you cross the finish line, whether you sprinted, walked, crawled, PRd or finished for the first time, you will feel amazing!  Maybe not physically (you’ll be tired), but mentally and emotionally.  You just accomplished a great feat!

2.  Get stronger.  After committing to a training schedule, you’ll likely be getting in at least four-five sweat sessions per week.  Your legs, lungs, heart (and other body parts if you follow a full body training plan!) will get stronger with every workout.

3.  Training is ‘doable’ and can fit into your weekly routine.  Marathon training can be hard to fit into an already busy schedule, but a half is the perfect distance to train for without feeling like its taking over your life!  I’ve trained for most of my halfs only running 3 days per week (Tues, Thurs, Sat) with some cross training sprinkled in.  Although you can obviously add in more runs and cross training, especially if you’re trying to PR, 3 runs/week can get you to the finish line.

4.  Swag.  A training t-shirt.  A cool medal.  Yummy post-race snacks & beverages.  A half is also a good excuse to buy some new gear.  There are several companies in Cbus including Columbus Running Co, lululemon, Fleet Feet, and RoadRunner that have great stuff! Update (2017) – also now in Cbus, Bend Active! Check our FR’s article on why to SHOP LOCAL!


5.  Bragging rights and option to decorate your bumper with this sticker or magnet…


6.  Camaraderie (if you’re training with a group).  There is something about training with a group and working towards a common goal together that is very inspirational.  Training for long distances together means lots of conversations, stories and hopefully laughs!  If you live in or around Columbus and want to join a group to train with, check out our Living Fit Run Crew page or other local running groups.

7.  Race Day Magic {or Butterflies, whatever you want to call it}.  Race mornings are a time when your nerves, your adrenaline, your emotions… all collide together and make you feel like a ROCK STAR! Cue Rocky theme song now… Da na naaaaa, Da na naaaaaaa….

8.  Build (and check off) items on your Fitness Bucket List.  Maybe you want to run one race in your life.  Maybe one per month.  Maybe a race in each state.  My personal goal is to run a half marathon in half the states.  Whatever your fitness goals are, why not work some road races in there?

9.  Check out CBUS!  Columbus is an amazing city and looks even cooler on foot.  Check out the route HERE.  Another bonus, it is FLAT, which makes for an easier, faster route.



10.   Post-race photos.  This is perhaps one of my personal favorites!  Capture those moments where you look like an accomplished [Olympic] athlete.  Pose with that medal.  If you’re feeling extra ambitious, post to Instagram and tag it #LivingFitColumbus ~ we’d love to see them!

What are you waiting for?  


Tour of Columbus ~ Laura’s Boot Camp

Tour of Columbus ~ Laura’s Boot Camp ~ Featured on

As promised, I’ve been trying to check out a new fitness routine, location or workout around Columbus each week.

This week’s feature highlights Laura’s Bootcamp, a challenging and calorie busting one hour workout!  For only $10, you get a customized workout from fitness expert, Laura Santagata.  I was SORE!!!!

Laura is a trainer & run coach helping people lose weight and meet other fitness goals.  Read more about her in our FITNESS SPOTLIGHT.

Laura ~ Columbus Half Marathon

Laura ~ Columbus Half Marathon

For more details on the bootcamp and my workout, visit by clicking HERE.

Contact Laura if you want more info on her Saturday bootcamps and/or her personal training sessions!   She is amazing!