When Your Eggo Is Preggo You Can Still Work Out!

So since I have been training I have worked with a few pregnant women and it is so much fun to train them. It has  mostly been in the early term of pregnancy, but lately I have been training a woman who is 8 1/2 months preggo! She has been rocking our workouts. Working out when your pregnant only makes you stronger for giving birth and bouncing back to your pre baby bod that much quicker. It’s also nice to have a challenge of thinking of a workout that will keep the heart rate below normal working hear t rate as well as finding modifications for things such as plank or exercises performed while on your back. Once into the third trimester pregnant women are not to be on lying directly onto their backs, or to be fully prone. So in this case instead of doing full on push ups on the floor I simply would have someone perform them with the TRX or on a bench. There is no excuse as to not workout throughout your pregnancy unless you are medically advised not to by your doctor. My current client is proof that you can still push yourself along your pregnancy and stay strong for yourself and your baby to come. I’m so excited for her because I just know she will get right back into her groove and has potential to be even stronger and healthier after she has the baby. Speaking of, I trained her on Friday last week and she had her baby 10 days earlier than her due date on Monday! I think that’s pretty cool. I will keep you updated on how she progresses postpartum!

Just a note: The next time you don’t want to get off the couch because you are just feeling lazy, remember that a woman that is 9 months preggo is waddling her way off of her couch and into the gym to kick butt!



Breaking Records

So we decided to drop down and do the half marathon instead of the full 26.2 last weekend in Arizona. Training has felt super difficult in the winter as opposed to spring or summer months and my hips are not holding up on the longer miles. I feel like I want to chop my hips off riiiiiight around mile 17. So being a smart racer this time around, I decided to give myself a break and not feel guilty that I did not run the full. We got to the expo and thought well maybe we should just run the full since we are signed up for it, but you know what? I have the rest of my life to run another marathon. And if it’s true that my body will peak in my late 20’s- early 30’s for longer distances, then why not wait? I will have to do another full when I compete in the Ironman. Hopefully being next year!

My sister and I ran the Arizona half 2 years ago with some friends and it was super hot and muggy. It was my first half marathon and I PR’d! You know that’s something you do when you run a certain distance for the first time ever. My time was 1:39. This year, the weather was amazing and it felt so great out. My body was thanking me for not putting it through a grueling 26.2 miles and I flew. I chopped 4 minutes off of my best time (which was the 1:39 two years ago) and raced 1:35. yahoo!!!! 7:18 average mile pace and I felt strong the entire way.  Starting with a 7:00 mile pace for the first few miles and knew I had to relax. My sister and I talked though our strategy during the race and knew we just wanted to stay consistent through the middle 4 miles. Our coach had always told us that everyone has a beginning and end to a race. It’s the middle part where you need to be aware that you must be out of you comfort zone and to keep a consistent pace. We always ended our speed workouts faster than when we began so that was another strategy we had. We ended the last 3 miles with 6:45, 6:50 and 6:40 something. It was pretty cool to knock that big of a chunk of time off and declare a new personal record!

Participant Detail
Finished In:
Danielle Magargee
Denver, CO
Age: 26 | Gender: F
  • 5 km-22:57
  • 10 km-46:17
  • 10 mi-1:14
  • Pace-7:18


I ran it with my sister and my friends Tayler and Megan also ran it together. It was a fun sisterly weekend and we stayed at Tayler and Megan’s parent’s amaaaaaaaaaaazing house in Pinnacle Peak.  We enjoyed the sun in our faces, the fun talks with their mom and dad, and our just plain RELAXING!











What are your goals for the Spring time?


Training Disconnect

Have you ever been training for something and you just kind of feel like you are going through the motions and not enjoying it? you feel BLAH! That is how I am feeling lately with the marathon training. we are a little over half way and I keep getting discouraged on my long runs. Either that or I dread them for the entire week before. I feel like when I know I do not have to race (like last year when I was helping Erin prepare for Boston), that I feel so much less pressure to perform. When that happens, I actually perform better and faster than I do when I am constantly thinking of the times I need to hit, or the amount of miles I have to run. Whoever says running is not mostly mental is a mental case themselves! I have this wall at mile 14 and 15 that I hit on my long runs these days that I have to say out loud to myself “Just go! open up! lengthen your stride! stretch it out!” I feel like my hips lock up, my times slow down, and I want to quit. I am not supposed to feel like that! I’m the motivator, the personal trainer, the example of being positive! Of course I want to qualify for Boston, but I can not let that lead my workouts, fuel my discouragement, or make me forget that I LOVE RUNNING! I am publicly displaying my thoughts so that I can keep a reminder to myself that to run with no pressure, have fun, and that is when the results will follow. I have ran this fast before. I have ran this far before. My body knows what to do and I just need to relax and trust it! So who wants to join in on a FUN 20 miler this weekend?!




Do your body a favor and look up voodoo bands. These things are MAGIC!

I was introduced to them by some fellow trainers after I had ran a long 16 miler. My hips get SO achy and tight, I’m sure I look in pain from an outsider’s point of view. I ran and had to immediately get in the car so sitting down instantly shortened my hip flexors for an extended period of time. When I waddled into the gym, one of the trainers wrapped this band around my hips, had me do some squats and stretches with it on for a few mintues and VIOLA! I went from a 9 on the pain scale being super uncomfortable and feeling like I needed to foam roll for a good 20 minutes to virtually feeling like I had just performed an entire dynamic warm up. It only took 2 minutes of the band being on each hip and I was healed. see, MAGIC! Here is the link to my new favorite stretching and maintenance routine!

Another thing I am learning about is “flossing” as a stretching mechanism. It essentially hits the stiffness in the joints and inreases the sliding surfaces in your tissues!  Watch the videos on the this technique and tell me you don’t feel better after trying this! it’s amazing!

I also used the voodoo band one day when we were doing front squats. I was trying to push my knees OUT to get lower with my chest staying tall and all that jazz associated with a real squat and I could feel a pinge or tightness in my right knee. one minute of the band above my knee and some dynamic squats later, I could get lower in the squat painfree and I felt more stable. MAAAAGIC!!! well atleast I believe in it, so check it out!


Paleo Pad Thai

I have been offline for a while now. I am starting a new training gig at Fitness Together in Cherry Creek/Wash Park and I LOVE it, but I have had about 2.3 seconds at home to lounge around and write blog posts! But since this is the essentially the “Daily” Dose, I need to get my butt in gear!


How was your Thanksgiving? How was the rest of your holiday weekend? If it was anything like mine, I acted and ate like it was the holiday the entire weekend! I appreciated the 2.5 hour workout that awaited me on Monday afternoon with my fellow trainers. I can tell when I fall off the wagon hard with my eating habits, and then Monday hits and my body says, “hey where is the SUGAR?!?!?” ” I WANT SUGAR!” My great friend is also now on a Paleo adventure with her husband, and she sent along this amazing recipe. I made it a couple of weeks ago and it was just delicious. I thought I would share since we are trying to get BACK ON the wagon of eating healthy and doing our bodies some good!

Here it is… the way, I did not have cocunut aminos, so I simply used Soy Sauce instead. ( I know, I know, its not PALEOOOOO!!!!) This recipe was from the book called, Well Fed.


  • 1 batch Sunshine Sauce (recipe follows)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup snap peas, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 cups roasted spaghetti squash
  • 6-8 ounces grilled chicken, diced


Crack the eggs into a small bowl, and use a fork to scrambled them with the coconut aminos. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes. Add 2 teaspoons coconut oil to the skillet, and when it’s melted, pour in the eggs and let them spread like a pancake. Reduce the heat to medium and over with a lid, letting the eggs cook until they’re set and beginning to brown on the bottom, about 3-4 minutes. Flip and lightly brown on the other side. Remove the eggs from the pan and cut into strips with a sharp knife.

Using the same pan, increase heat to medium-high and add 1 teaspoon coconut oil to the pan. Saute the onion and snap peas, stirring with a wooden spoon, until they’re crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add the spaghetti squash, chicken, and cooked egg to the pan and, stirring with a wooden spoon, cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

Add the Sunshine Sauce to the pan and stir-fry until everything is well-blended and hot. Divide among two places, sprinkle with (optional) garnishes (chopped toasted cashews or almonds, sunflower seeds, sliced scallions, minced cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice), and dig in.

Serves 2

Sunshine Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sunflower butter (no sugar added)
  • dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
Place all ingredients except the coconut milk in the bowl of a food processor and whirl until well blended. Scrape down sides of the bowl with a rudder scrapper, then add the coconut milk. Process until it’s blended and smooth. Store covered in the fridge.

Road to Results

How many hours a week do you put into your workout routine? or even just time for YOU?! I keep reading suggestions for people that like to be on a schedule that you should schedule your workouts like any other meeting you have during the week. It IS that important that you take some time during your week to decompress, run, yoga, strength train, walk, or whatever it is that you need to do to feel healthy and well.

I have come across some people that workout everyday and others maybe just once a week. As a trainer it is one of the most frustrating things to hear a client say they do not have time to exercise. You could take a 10 minute break 3 times during one day and you would have your 30 minutes done. Three 10 mintute bouts of exercise  (ie. walking, jogging, squats, lunges, push ups, circuits) is just as beneficial as one 30 minute long session of the same thing. You need to do atleast 10 minutes to see physiological differences, but many people have the thought that if they can not dedicate a whole hour to exercise that there is no point in doing some at all. WRONG! DO SOMETHING! Even if you park your car in the farthest spot away at the grocery store, or take the stairs to your exercise ball waiting for you under your desk, it’s SOMETHING!

As a trainer, I try to give my clients little things that they can do in their time away from me to be successful and stay that way. One of my old bosses told me that I needed to express to my clients that, ” you are without me more than you are with me.”  With that its important to realize as somebody that is trying to lose weight, tone up, or feel better overall, that you NEED to do stuff ON YOUR OWN. Meeting with me for one hour a week will NOT get you results. Sure, you will be sore for a few days I hope, but if you do not do things on your own you are setting yourself up for failure or to simply just stay the same. It also means that I am not doing my job. My goal as a personal trainer is to not have my clients rely on me every waking second of their day. I want to give you the tools, ideas, workouts, for you to be able to perform such things on your own. Unless you feel like paying me thousands of dollars a month, then we can workout all day everyday if you want! Realistically that’s not the case for anyone.

One of my old business cards read “if you do you what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” I think that pretty much sums it up right there!

What do you do on your own when your trainer is not with you? Or when you are not able to attend a workout class?



Age is Nothing but a Number!

Last weekend I had clients from the past and a couple of current bootcampers compete in the Poconos Half Ironman near Philly. I just learned yesterday that Dorothy, one of my bootcampers at the club, WON HER AGE GROUP! how awesome is that? By the way Dorothy is in her late 50’s! Her husband, Glen, was 8th in his division and he is also is in his 50’s.  They are a huge motivator for others and I hope that I am still doing triathlons and races in my next 25-30 years!  Amanda used to be one of my clients and has since moved to the east coast with her boyfriend, Matt. They also do triathlons together, and this was Amanda’s first 70.3.  Matt won my very first Ironman Challenge I put on at the club I was training at. I am so proud of my former and current clients. They are all athletes whether they think so or not. It’s also so great to see couples working towards goals TOGETHER! (one of the many reasons I love my boyfriend).  It is really nice and encouraging to share an experience like a triathlon, marathon, or any other sport with a companion.  If you are afraid or intimidated to do any kind of race, ask a friend, ask your significant other, ASK YOUR TRAINER (hint hint), to do it with you! You will end up learning a lot about yourselves, your relationship, and that you can really accomplish ANYTHING you set your mind to! Congrats to Dorothy, Glen, Amanda, and Matt on finishing off your triathlon season with a bang! YOU ROCK!


This was part of the blog “Milemarkers” written by Kristin Armstrong. She is a great writer, and her book Mile Markers is pretty amazing! This is a perfect example of how you can push others and that having a training partner is a great tool to increase your performance.

Exuberant exhaustion follows a good push.  I needed my friends today so I didn’t skimp or wimp. Good friends and solid training partners keep us accountable.  They know what our try looks like.  They don’t let us just” get by.”  Whether I’m running, working, relating, parenting, learning – whatever I’m doing, I want to surround myself with people who push me.  For some people this means competition (for me, not at all, in fact, that diminishes my spirit) but for me this means the unspoken encouragement of good company.  When someone else gives her all, I am inspired, even called, to give mine – even if her all and my all look nothing alike.



marathon training time starts….NOW

We are doing it! My friend Tayler and I are going to compete in the Arizona Rock N’ Roll Marathon January 20th.

we are about 16 weeks out and both of our goals is to shave off some time from our previous marathons (Tayler completed the San Diego, and I did Pittsburgh last year).  After watching my sister Erin and one of our greatest friend and old teammates, Maggie, run in the Boston this year was fantastic! I was glad to NOT be running it at first because I was miserable during the Pittsburgh Marathon last year, but after watching erin and maggie run by in the 95 degree heat and sun, I felt so envious and said to myself “I HAVE to do this!”

That was my plan last year for sure. Erin qualified for the Boston two years ago while running the Denver Rock N Roll. That was her first marathon and I had a broken foot so watching from the sidelines was already tough for me. I told her that she could not run Boston without me. So as soon as I could, I started training and we decided to run Pittsburgh together. We have family there and we thought it would be a fun time. I was definitely not thinking about the tons of hills and bridges on the course. Why would I?! ha oh that’s right! Those are the things I should have thought MORE about when deciding where to run my first marathon and still qualify for Boston. 6 minutes behind my qualifying time, I finished the marathon. I hated it. My body hated it. I felt defeated. 6 MINUTES! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!

The following year I helped Erin train for the Boston and you know what? it was SO much easier to run those 20 milers, track workouts, and easy days. I didn’t feel the pressure of having to be fast and making sure I was getting enough miles in. So like strength training, speed training, and everyday mindful things, once your body sees something and your brain registers it for the first time, YOU CAN DO IT AGAIN! and in most cases, you can do it faster, better, stronger, and without as much effort. So that is the goal in mind. To be relaxed, know that my body has seen this many miles, and that because I could train faster last year into this season, I will qualify. Even if the qualifying times have dropped 5 minutes for every age group! WE WILL DO IT!


So, here’s to those awesome track workouts and long ass Sunday runs that I miss and love!

What are your goals for this winter season?



Make It Count

one of my favorite quotes:

Make it count

Whenever I am training a client, or teaching a bootcamp class I can not help but scream these words! Make every push up, squat, tricep dip, plank twist, and drip of sweat count. If you don’t have this in mind, you are setting yourself up for defeat. When there are 100 reps to do (which I am known to make my many classes perform), you have to make sure each rep counts. Each move is executed with the correct form, with your greatest range of motion, and with your whole mind connected to that one move. Failure to do so could result in injury, self doubt, and the inability to see what your body is really capable of. THere were many times that I thought I was doing a “real” pushup when in reality I was shorting myself.  When I finally went to a crossfit class I was told that  a pushup counted as a pushup when you lowered your body down to touch your chest and hips to floor and back up. I never thought I was be capable of doing so and after using a band from above around my waist to help assist me for the first few attempts, I was able to do it all on my own. Then we had to add weight on top of our backs and keep doing them! I tell all of my clients now that you CAN do a push up and you WILL. Whether you need to start on your knees, or on an incline, or only do 1 at a time, YOU CAN DO A REAL PUSH UP. I just read in Fitness Magazine that instead of going to your knees for a modified push up, one should use an incline such as a bench, stair, or chair to perform the exercise. This allows your muscles to see the whole range of motion your body needs to be in for you to perform the pushup on the ground or even on a decline.


There are definitly days to take off and recover, but you can still make it count. Did you make good nutritional choices? Did you relax? Did you stretch or do yoga? Did you talk or write about your experience? Our muscles need to recover, and I too need to remind myself of that after several days of running, swimming, biking, or strength training. I sometimes get that feeling that “I shouldn’t take a day off  because I have this big race coming up or I just feel really good.” I am learning to force myself that tapering is a great thing for my body, and that a day off will not kill me. It will only make me stronger. (insert Kelly Clarkson belting out those lyrics here)

So, what did you do today to make it count?