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How To Prepare for a Half Marathon


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With my second half marathon approaching in six short weeks, I started thinking about two years ago when I decided to run my first half marathon and what motivated me to sign up. After I graduated from high school in 2012, my fitness level consisted of the occasional cardio workout, a Zumba class here or there and maybe a walk or jog outside. My fitness level was average at best.

If this sounds like you, I can assure you with time and dedication, you can accomplish any fitness goal you set your mind to, including a half marathon. Before diving in though, here are eights things to consider. Continue reading How To Prepare for a Half Marathon

What to do if you’re staying at UMD for Spring Break


Not all of us can go to Miami or Cancun for Spring Break but that’s no reason not to have a fun break. These are many events around College Park you can go to this week.

March 14 

Blaze Pizza for only $3.14 – Make a quick trip to Route 1 and get yourself a personal made-to-order pizza for more than half off.

Sneaker Mania – Head down to the Convention Center to buy, sell or trade your sneakers.

March 17

DC Environmental Film Festival which will feature 160 films at 55 venues all over D.C.

March 19

African Fashion Week starts in D.C. Celebrate with their kickoff party from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Kabin Lounge.

March 20

Head down to D.C. for the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Rita’s will be having free Italian Ice.

To be, or not to be productive on a snow day


I know you’re all probably planning on laying in bed all day and catching up on your weekly dose of reality shows, but I urge you to try to throw some productivity into your routine on this special day. Before you wince at the term productive, take a look at a list of things you can do to add a little bit of productivity to this glorious snow day!


Yes, contemplate whether or not you want to be productive today. Just sit for a second and ponder at the fact that you’ve basically been handed a day to get your stuff together, stuff you didn’t do over the weekend for whatever reason. Ah ha! I see the wheels turning and I’m starting to make some sense!

Continue reading To be, or not to be productive on a snow day

A typical Solo hair day

by ASHLEY MARTIN aka “Solo”

Some of the beautiful women who follow my blog have asked me to do a tutorial on my hair. Don’t ask me why because I don’t see it. I’m one of the million women who rock the natural style. I’ve been natural since I was 17. I forsook perms because I just wanted fuller looking hair. Without really having the real intention to be “natural,” I just stuck with it and eventually went to wearing my hair curly 95% of the time (I straighten my hair twice a year).

So here is a typical Solo hair routine. Yesterday was sort of a “wash day,” even though I did more of a conditioning treatment. My curls needed it after all this crazy Maryland weather we’ve been having! Continue reading A typical Solo hair day