Suwanee Greenway Trail Review

I have never been much of a trail runner. I would much rather run on the roads where there are a lot of distractions and things to look at and explore.  I also like running to a destination, which is very easily done on the roads.

Since I have been in Atlanta, I have found it very hard to find long stretches of sidewalks. I will be on a sidewalk which appears to continue for a long time and then all of a sudden it ends.  I realized how spoiled I am to live in Pittsburgh, especially Mt. Lebanon, where there are sidewalks everywhere making it very runner/walker friendly.

Because of the lack of sidewalks, I have really started to love trail running in Atlanta.  I also have found that there are so many different trails all over the city.  My favorite one is the Suwannee Greenway.  It is a little over 4 miles long, which is nice to be able to get a longer run in by going out and back.  Also, it is relatively flat, which is a nice change since Atlanta has rolling hills everywhere!

You can park in a few different spots-

George Pierce Park

Town Center Park

Martin Farm Road

McGinnis Ferry Road

Suwanee Creek Park

I really like that there are so many different places to park because even though the trail is only 4 miles long, starting in different locations makes it seem like you are running different routes.  I normally start on McGinnis Ferry Road and run towards George Pierce Park.

Do you like to running on roads or trails? Let us know below!

 

HERE ARE SOME LINKS WITH MORE INFORMATION

Trip Advisor

TrailLink

Map


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Fit Grip 2 Band Workout

It’s FRIDAY! What better way to celebrate then with a Fit Grip Workout.  If you haven’t heard about our Fit Grips yet then you are missing out!  Here is a link with more information about them -> Strong Stride Fit Grip Info

To order Fit Grips and/or our resistance band set you can click here -> PURCHASE HERE

Our workout video this week is a repeat from a few months ago.  I really like it because it is simple, but allows you to really understand and get used to how much weight you should use for your dumbbell selection and which levels of resistance bands to use as well. In this video I am using 2 bands which is always an option for all of our workouts, but you can use just one as well as light or heavy as you need to challenge yourself.

LUNGE- OPPOSITE ARM UPRIGHT ROW AND PRESS WITH KNEE LIFT

SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT- BICEP CURL WITH KNEE LIFT

*REPEAT LUNGE ON THE OTHER SIDE

*REPEAT SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT ON THE OTHER SIDE

SQUAT ALTERNATING LEG ABDUCT

SINGLE ARM OVERHEAD TRICEP EXTENSION

*REPEAT TRICEP EXTENSION ON THE OTHER SIDE

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is only 1 week from today!  If you are a guy out there looking for something more unique for your fitness loving significant other… you have come to the right place!  Everyone always thinks that jewelry and chocolate are the only way to a girls heart, and don’t get me wrong, they are great gifts!  But sometimes it is nice to get something more thoughtful.  If your girlfriend/ fiancé/ wife loves to workout and is into health and fitness, here are some nontraditional Valentine’s Day gifts that I love this year.

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Click the links below for more information and where to purchase

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S’well® Official – S’well Bottle – Velvet Crimson – Red Matte Water Bottle | S’well Bottle

S’well’s Velvet Crimson, red matte water bottle is vacuum sealed for temperature preservation of your favorite drinks. Shop the eco-friendly bottle today.
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Ray-Ban RB3647N FLAT LENS 51 Pink & Gold Sunglasses | Sunglass Hut USA

This new and exclusive Ray-Ban style gets noticed everywhere with flat lenses that have a fresh and on-trend look.
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Buy Apple Watch – Apple

Customize your Apple Watch: Choose from a range of bands and a 38mm or 42mm watch face. Get free delivery or in-store pick-up when you buy Apple Watch online.
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Balance Versatility Bra – Koral Activewear

Our Balance Bra is supportive and fashion forward. This piece definitely isn’t found in your current active fashion wardrobe. The elastic detailing on the sides calls for all eyes on you. Pair with the matching Night Game legging.
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Night Game High Rise Legging – Koral Activewear

Our Night Game legging in the brand new Vertigo print is guaranteed to be your new favorite legging. From water sports, to the gym, to a night out; these athleisure leggings cover all the bases.
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Nike ‘Air Huarache Run Ultra SE’ Sneaker (Women) | Nordstrom

Free shipping and returns on Nike ‘Air Huarache Run Ultra SE’ Sneaker (Women) at Nordstrom.com. Throw it back to the ’90s in this sleek, ultra-lightweight sneaker detailed with a molded huarache-strap system. Anatomically contoured phylon® cushioning pairs with strategically placed rubber pods to provide impact protection and a sock-like neoprene sleeve ensures a dynamic, custom-molded fit.
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Nike Pro Indy Sports Bra | Nordstrom

Free shipping and returns on Nike Pro Indy Sports Bra at Nordstrom.com. Moisture-wicking Dri-FIT fabric keeps you cool and comfortable in this medium-impact sports bra that’s great for layering or on its own with a cool strappy back.
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Nike Tech Fleece Destroyer Jacket | Nordstrom

Free shipping and returns on Nike Tech Fleece Destroyer Jacket at Nordstrom.com. A classically sporty jacket inspired by vintage varsity designs is both futuristic and stylish with breathable perforated sleeves and a flattering back pleat.
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K.Deer Haute Legz Legging | Bandier

The Haute Legz Legging from K.Deer features a high waist and flat front with no outside leg seams. The super-soft blend fabric is moisture-wicking and slimming.
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Motivational Monday

Happy Monday!  Mondays are a great day to start fresh after the weekend.  It is a great day to set a weekly goal that you can challenge yourself to accomplishing every day.  It can be a simple as  trying to take a certain amount of steps each day.  Just make sure you make it specific and realistic, that way it is actually achievable.  If your goal is to broad, for example, “I am going to be healthier this week.”  You will never be able to know if you accomplished it.  Make it a little more specific, for example “I am going to eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast every day this week.”

I know it is easy to stay motivated on Monday but usually by Wednesday or Thursday, we start to forget about our goals, especially when our goals are to large and unachievable.  My goal for you is that you set a very realistic goal each week and then every Monday set another goal while still trying to keep your goals from the weeks before.  Focusing on small healthy goals!  

 

Here are some of my tips to help you stay motivated and healthy everyday.

1. Think about your healthy goal as soon as you wake up

2. Remember how good you feel at the end of the day when you actually accomplish your goal

3. No excuses.  I know it is so easy to say you are to busy to fit in a workout or take the time to go to the grocery store to prepare a healthy meal.  But both of these things are key to success.  Everyone has 30 minutes to workout!

4. Stay hydrated.  I know this sounds crazy, but staying hydrated helps you feel good, helps get you through your workouts, and helps you flush out your body.  This might be a good weekly goal to set.  An example goal would be, “I am going to drink 40oz of water every day this week.” Not just, “I am going to drink more water.” See the difference!

5. Write your goal down.  I know this sounds pointless, but writing it down makes it more official.  Maybe write it on your refrigerator, that way you will constantly see it and be reminded to work towards it everyday.

 

 

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