This post is the first in what might be a series (track record on following through on series is admittedly not so good) of spotlighting the awesome feats of others in the running/fitness community. Yeah, vanity blogging is fun, but spreading kickass inspiration is better. Here we go.

1. November Project Indy

I had the pleasure last month of checking out DC’s November Project, doing burpees and sprints in the snow. I love the boisterous attitude and inclusive mission of the grassroots fitness movement, so I was ecstatic when I learned that my hometown of Indianapolis has launched its own group. Not sure I have many Indy readers (Hi, Mom!), but if so, please go check out the November Project every Wednesday morning at 6:30 at Butler University’s bell tower for a free and rowdy workout. And follow the group on Twitter for updates. #justshowup

2. Green Microgym

Portlanders, want to multi-task your sweat sessions and good deeds? Log some miles on the equipment at Green Microgym (Alberta & Sellwood) and generate electricity while you do it. I checked out the Alberta location last month with fellow fitness lovers Funky Fitness PDX, Kimberly Novosel and others to offer some input on what I look for in an indoor cycling class. The Green Microgym has designed a top-notch program that you can try for free this month! Go here for details.

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Kimberly, Katrina from Funky Fitness PDX and Adam of Green Microgym discuss the style and substance of a good spin class.

3. Headed Toward Half

Whether you’re training for a half-marathon, considering fundraising for a race or curious about Team in Training, my pal Lauren Dillard’s blog is a good read. Headed Toward Half chronicles Lauren’s experience upping her mileage while training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C., and raising money for leukemia and lymphoma. Peruse her blog here.

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4. Samantha’s Brewed Awakening

OK, so Samantha’s Brewed Awakening has little to do with fitness and lots to do with another love of mine: coffee. BUT, I did meet Samantha briefly following a November Project workout in D.C., so I say it counts. On her blog, Samantha highlights coffeeshops she encounters around the District and during her travels elsewhere. She’s more into coffeeshop culture than coffee snobbery, and her cafe reviews are entertaining and informative for anyone caffeinating in D.C. Follow her coffee buzz here.

And a quick update from my world: I just joined 24-Hour Fitness! As much as I love boutique studios, my wallet doesn’t, so I took advantage of 24′s cheapo membership in Portland. I’ve already tried spin, BodyPump, CX and BodyCombat there, and I’m digging all the variety so far. More on all of that soon!

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After a year of running in Portland, Ore., I'm back to my roots in Washington, D.C. Follow me here on the blog and on Instagram and Twitter. Got questions or sweat recommendations in D.C.? Hit me up:

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