Sweatin’ It Out Physically and Mentally



Went for a short mid-morning jog today.  Hello 16 degree weather, snow and ice.  My pace was fairly slow due to numerous sidewalks being slick.  (Pet peeve when people don’t clean off their sidewalks after a good snow). 

Felt good to get out of the house.  Felt even better running in that crisp, cold air.  There is something about running in the cold and seeing your breath.  I also love the looks on peoples faces when they drive by. 

“Is she crazy? It’s freezing!”




You can tell mile 2 had the most questionable sidewalks.  My pace suffered big time!

Regardless, I was out there!


Ironically, my Grandpa called me mid-run today.  I just featured him yesterday.  We were scheduled to run the Turkey Trot together on Thanksgiving morning in Red Oak, IA.  He is coming down with a pretty bad cold and they are heading out of town next week, so understandably he is choosing to take care of himself rather then running in this weather.  While I am bummed to not be able to run with him, I am also thankful he is staying in. 

After my run I went to a few Sporting Good stores looking for some new workout capris.  Another pet peeve of mine?  That there are no loose fitting capris in the stores these days.  I DESPISE the ones that are tight all the way to your calf.  My body type looks completely ridiculous in them.  I want them to have a little flare after my knee.  Ugh.  So, needless to say, I came home empty handed.

The rest of my day has been spent finishing up filling out my Study Guide for AFAA Certification. 




The 8 hour training/certification is coming up on Saturday, December 7th at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  There is a 100 question written test in addition to practical tests.  I am getting ready nervous thinking about how much I have left to learn for the written test, not to mention the physical aspect of it. 



Quizlet has been a GIGANTIC help in filling out the Study Guide.  I have also been reading several Blogs that have given their tips and tricks for the Certification.  I am appreciating the inside look.  It is definitely helping me mentally prepare.


Thank you to the following Bloggers and your thorough recaps of the AFAA cert:

Peanut Butter Fingers

Confessions of a Former Couch Potato

Jackie’s Health and Fitness Page

Math in My Head



Any of you have your AFAA Group Exercise Certification?  Do you have any extra pointers?

5 thoughts on “Sweatin’ It Out Physically and Mentally

  1. YES, I love running in the cold! And the rain, sometimes.
    I’d love to get certified to teach fitness; I think it’s awesome that you went for it.


    • Yay for a fellow cold runner. The rain doesn’t bother me, however, I always run with my iPhone and rain doesn’t exactly agree with it. Haha.

      You should totally go for the cert if you are interested in teaching! I used to be certified (7 years ago) but let the cert expire along with my instructing. I started teaching again a few months ago and am loving it. Figured I’d make it legit with the AFAA stamp. It’s not easy studying for this again. Yikes.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Good luck on the test! Do you have a post on how you chose AFAA (vs. NASM or others)? I’d love to hear your thought process as I’m going to look into getting certified one of these days!


    • Thank you so much! I need all the luck I can get. So much to learn and so little time left! YIKES!

      I honestly chose AFAA due to convenience. I wanted a certification class that was nearby and not online (the one I am signed up for is 40 minutes away) and one that was before the end of the year (2013 goal). A few trainers at the gym I work for also recommended AFAA for the Group Ex Cert. One of which offered me their book so I didn’t have to purchase it. It was a no-brainer for me. 🙂


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