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Meet The Woman Who Ran 26.2 Miles In A Hot Dog Costume (And May Earn A World Record Title For It)

Meet The Woman Who Ran 26.2 Miles In A Hot Dog Costume (And May Earn A World Record Title For It)

Meghan Kita is an editor at Runner’s World and she just ran a marathon dressed up as a hot dog.

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Chris Garges, courtesy of Meghan Kita

That’s right—all 26.2 miles.

And she did it to earn a Guinness World Record.

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Chris Garges, courtesy of Meghan Kita

Kita ran last weekend’s Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., sweating like, well, a pig inside the costume. She finished in 3:57:49, “should be good for a world record,” she writes on RunnersWorld.com.

As if running a marathon wasn’t challenging enough…

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Chris Garges, courtesy of Meghan Kita

Kita was inspired by all the wildly-outfitted marathon records she’s seen (and covered) as an editor at Runner’s World. “I basically just want to put in my Twitter bio, ‘world record holder,’” she tells SELF.

Running it in a costume may earn you a second medal.

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Chris Garges, courtesy of Meghan Kita

Her record for “Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Fast Food Item (female)” is still unofficial; it takes dozens of documents and evidence to get recognized by Guinness, and it could take up to eight weeks before she finds out if her hot dog marathon was worth it.

If you’re wondering—the run was chafe-free.

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Chris Garges, courtesy of Meghan Kita

As for the experience Kita said it wasn’t horrible. She had room to move her hands and feet, and there wasn’t any chafing—read more about it over at Runner’s World. Kita tells SELF that the costume had already been broken in at a two-mile Dine & Dash race at the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival in Hamburg, PA—the premise of that race was you eat a cheeseburger, run a mile, repeat.

And running as a hot dog isn’t the only crazy-awesome way to secure a world record.

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Chris Garges, courtesy of Meghan Kita

There are plenty of runners that take their race day gear one step beyond sneakers and a tank top—from wearing a sleeping bag or chain mail, to dribbling two basketballs or knitting a 12-foot-long scarf while running. The Virgin Money London Marathon in April 2015 had 34 new world records alone.

But Kita says she’s retiring the hot dog costume…for now.

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Chris Garges, courtesy of Meghan Kita

“In terms of future marathons, I don’t know if I’ll do this again,” she tells SELF. “Maybe I’ll change my tune if somebody breaks the record and I want to get it back.”

Keep an eye out at the TCS NYC Marathon this Sunday for Kita’s competition—since it falls over Halloween weekend there’s sure to be a spike in costumed runners. If you see a burger or fries run past, she might have another hot-dogged day in her future.

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October 31, 20150 commentsRead More
9 Smart Ways to Keep Your Marriage Healthy at Any Age

9 Smart Ways to Keep Your Marriage Healthy at Any Age

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes decades of time together strewn with a minefield of potential relationship wreckers. It’s a wonder that anyone ends up walking off into the sunset, hand-in-wrinkled-hand, with a silver-haired mate. What do those geriatric lovebirds know that you don’t?

Well, the truth is that even in so-called happy marriages, both partners probably fantasize some of the time—or even much of the time—about throwing in the towel. A Woman’s Day and AOL Living poll found that a shocking 72% of women surveyed have considered leaving their husbands at some point. But despite the occasional rocky patch, 71% expected to be with their husbands for the rest of their lives. So how do you make it to the finish line with your relationship intact?

Each decade will have its own drama, be it child-rearing, layoffs, second careers, and middle-aged angst, along with a big helping of the in-sickness-and-in-health stuff. Here’s how to have a healthy relationship every step of the way.

1. Watch your waistline
Now that you’re married, you can finally relax and skip the gym, right? Wrong. Wedded couples tend to have fatter waistlines, which can spell trouble in terms of sexual attraction and general health. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that your chances of becoming obese increase by 37% if your spouse becomes obese. So unless you want “till death do us part” to include chronic health issues like heart disease and diabetes, it’s important to establish healthy eating habits early on. But warding off weight gain isn’t as simple as whipping up a healthy meal together. Eating with anyone—from your spouse to coworker—can cause you to consume 33% more than you would solo.

RELATED: 14 Ways You Lie to Yourself About Your Weight

Being aware of the potential fatty pitfalls of marital bliss may be enough to keep your portion sizes in check. Spend couple time checking out local farmers’ markets on the weekends in an effort to consumer fresher, low-calorie fare. Or schedule an exercise date to work off some of your hearty, homemade dinners.

2. Have a financial plan
Nearly 40% of married people admit to lying to their spouse about a purchase, and money woes can quickly send your marriage south. In fact, money is the number-one reason couples fight, and relationships tend to suffer during poor economies. You should discuss and agree upon some hard financial ground rules, preferably before you tie the knot.

Don’t fret if you’re a spendthrift and your partner pinches pennies. “It’s probably not a good thing to have the exact same philosophy about money, ” says Ken Robbins, MD, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “But financial issues are best to resolve early on. You want to decide who is going to pay the bills, how much discretionary spending is reasonable, and how you’re going to keep track of it all.”

3. Figure out your family rules
Couples spend the first 5 to 10 years of their marriage butting heads over how their family should work, says Dr. Robbins. “People often don’t realize that they come into a marriage with an idea of how a family works based on their own family—whether they liked them or not,” he adds. You can end up fighting over something as trivial as how you should hang your toilet paper, but those little issues can add up to big problems, particularly if children enter the picture. A 2004 study found that how a couple manages parenting responsibilities when the child is an infant is associated with the quality of their marriage two-and-a-half years later.

You and your partner may have vastly different ideas about how a child should be cared for and what constitutes family together time. If one of you is working, should the other partner get up with the baby at night, or should you take turns? Is it important for you to sit down to dinner as a family every night? “You need to figure out how you can live together happily while each maintaining your own sense of self,” says Dr. Robbins.

RELATED: 18 Habits of the Happiest Families

4. Make sex a priority—but not a chore
While you should make sex a priority, you shouldn’t pencil it in on your planner. If you schedule sex, it becomes a responsibility—just like taking out the trash, says Andrew Goldstein, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in Baltimore, and the coauthor of Reclaiming Desire ($16; amazon.com). The average married couple has sex 58 times per year, or slightly more than once a week. And a recent eight-year study found that 90% of couples experienced a decrease in marital satisfaction after the birth of their first child. Yikes!

But it doesn’t matter whether you’re having sex five times a week or five times a year—as long as both of you are happy, says Dr. Goldstein. In fact, a 2008 study found that couples who reported any kind of marital intimacy—everything from holding hands to sex—exhibited lower levels of a hormone produced by stress.

RELATED: 13 Healthy Reasons to Have More Sex

5.  Be flexible
Whatever financial and household arrangements you agreed to in your 20s or 30s, chances are they’re going to change at some point in your marriage. Men account for 82% of recent job losses during this recession, meaning couples are making some hard choices when it comes to both their careers and their checking accounts.

If the traditional breadwinner is laid off, the stay-at-home parent may need to head back into the workforce. Conversely, if you become a stay-at-home partner—due to choice or circumstance—expect to do more of the shopping, cleaning, and other chores that make a household run smoothly. A recent analysis of government data found that employed women spend significantly more time on child care and housework than employed men—and unemployed men.

Having an open discussion of how household duties need to change can help couples weather some tough transitions. “Everyone has a role within the relationship and as long as there’s a greater good, it’s not a question about whether it’s his money or her money,” says Dr. Goldstein. “It’s their money. Your paycheck and your career are not the value of your worth.”

6. Stay active as you age
If you’re like most American couples, you don’t exercise or you stopped regularly exercising when you had children. Try to find new ways to stay active as a couple, whether it’s hitting the tennis courts or hiking trails. One study found that couples who work out together are more likely to stick with an exercise program. And some experts suggest that couples who exercise more frequently tend to have better sex lives.

Pick up a life sport that you can enjoy together for decades to come, like golf, tennis, or hiking. You don’t need to be seriously sweating to reap the benefits of regular exercise. Experts say that moderate exercise is enough to help stave off heart disease and other ailments.

RELATED: 10 Habits of People Who Love to Work Out

7. Gab (a little) to your friend
In the last decade, researchers have noted a rise in “gray divorce,” or couples over 50 who are calling it quits. While it’s tempting—and often prudent—to keep couple conversations behind closed doors, you may actually benefit from blabbing to a close friend.

“It’s often helpful to talk to couple friends when these big issues come up,” says Dr. Robbins. “Many couples live very privately and discuss these issues with the shades down, but relationship issues like this can often benefit from hearing how people that you trust dealt with a similar situation.” Whether it’s hearing how a friend dealt with her husband’s infidelity or other big hurdles, a little empathy can put things in perspective. But keep your gabbing under control. “Clearly it’s never a good idea to say anything—even to a close friend—that you wouldn’t want repeated back to your spouse in five years,” warns Dr. Goldstein.

8. Rediscover each other as a couple, sans kids
Forget empty nest syndrome—a 2008 study found that marital satisfaction actually improves once children leave home. Female participants reported spending equal amounts of time with their partners both while their children lived at home and after, but they noted that the quality of that together time was better once the kids were out of the picture. “Suddenly the tyranny of the children controlling the household is relieved,” says Dr. Robbins. “You don’t have to have dinner at 6, you don’t have to spend Saturdays at the soccer field, and you don’t have to be so responsible all the time.” Use this newfound freedom to bend the rules a bit and rediscover what you love about each other.

But if marital problems have already been bubbling, an empty nest can reveal serious tension. “All of a sudden the noise is gone,” says Dr. Robbins. “If you didn’t have much to talk about, it suddenly becomes more apparent once the kids are gone.”

9. Be a conscious caregiver
In the event of a serious illness, spouses who assume the role of caregiver often develop a sense of “caregiver burden” and may become ill themselves. So it’s vital that both spouses ask for help when they need it. Getting out to see friends and socialize is particularly important for caregivers. And realize that you both have limitations.

“The spouse who needs help typically feels guilty and frustrated. The spouse who has to help feels controlled by it,” says Dr. Robbins. “While you can’t fix those issues, you at least need to be open about them.”
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October 29, 20150 commentsRead More
50 Healthy Gifts Under $50

50 Healthy Gifts Under $50

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10 Ways to Shake Up Date Night

10 Ways to Shake Up Date Night

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10 Musicians With Rock Star Abs

10 Musicians With Rock Star Abs

You wake up, flawless.

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Usher’s abs in a word: yeah.

Post up, flawless.

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Adam Levine’s abs are the perfect canvas for tattoos.

He woke up like this.

 

Live on TNT I’m flexin ooooooh

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Drake can’t be stopped.

He woke up like this.

 

Check out my cover for @flauntmagazine at flaunt.com! Full feature out later this week!

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“If my abs drove them to the music and got them to access the other projects I’m doing, it’s all good. It’s all worth it,” Nick Jonas has told GQ.

Flawless.

Country star Dustin Lynch is on the gym grind, but you don’t often see a shirtless photo of the musician. Until now, thanks to Luke Bryan.

Flawless.

 

@mariotestino

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Justin Bieber…sorry not sorry.

He woke up like this.

 

When the paparazzi catches you with your shirt off… #suckitin hahahahaha

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Enrique Iglesias proves that letting the rhythm take you over is a good thing.

He woke up like this.

 

Photo by David Mushegain #redhotchilipeppers #rhcp #chilipeppers #chadsmith #anthonykiedis #liveconcert 2.1.2014 @davidmushegain

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No shirt or stage can contain Anthony Kiedis’ abs.

Flawless.

D’Angelo’s anthem makes you think about your own abs.

And a shout-out to runner up Hakeem Lyon (played by Bryshere Y. Gray).

 

#Progress

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Who's Taking Care Of You?

Who's Taking Care Of You?

I do so much for my family that I have almost no time and energy left for me. How can I add myself to the list?
Everyone knows that old saying about putting on your own oxygen mask before you help others, but guilt and worry can hold you back. Yet chances are you’re shouldering responsibilities you don’t need to, so you’re more in control of having a break than you think.

Your first order is to off-load a bit. Go through your day, considering your typical to-dos. Perhaps your oldest child can help the younger one get ready for bed, say, or your husband can handle laundry duty once a week. If it’s hard to let go, reality-check yourself: So what if someone doesn’t do it exactly like I do? Will that really matter? You’ll likely realize the answer is no. Being a do-it-all martyr does nobody in your family any favors—the stress inevitably seeps out.

Once you’ve delegated, at the beginning of the week (when you’re strong), slate in the yoga class and meet-up with friends to make sure you get “me” time.

RELATED: 5 Reasons You Always Feel Guilty (and How to Stop Being So Hard On Yourself)

My sister and I both look after our mother, who has Alzheimer’s. But I handle most of it, and I’m becoming resentful. When I bring this up with my sister, she gets defensive. Ideas?
Caring for a gravely ill parent is exhausting and painful—sometimes so much so that family members go into denial and turn away. If your sister doesn’t live nearby, you could say, “I know it’s not easy for you to be here. Could you contribute money toward care?”

Otherwise, have a face-to-face and make the conversation more about you. Let her know that regularly tending to your mother is a strain. Ask her to brainstorm solutions; perhaps she could bring meals on weekends. Discussing ideas may have the added benefit of getting her to open up. She might say that she finds it hard to visit your mother because Mom doesn’t always recognize her and it’s upsetting—leading to a discussion that can be cathartic for both of you.

RELATED: Tips for Caregivers

Is there anything I can say to a 40-something man to get him to start picking up after himself?
It’s hard to change old habits, but not impossible—even the socks-on-the-floor one. The key is to avoid confronting your partner on the spot; it’s tricky to not sound frustrated or mad, and if you do, he won’t hear you because he’ll be busy defending himself. Instead, choose a calm moment and explain how you feel: “When you leave clothes/crumbs/whatever lying around and figure that I’ll pick up after you, it makes me feel taken advantage of.” Be specific about what you’d like him to do. You might say, “Can you just toss your clothes into the laundry basket?” When he does it, give him a big “Thanks, I appreciate that!” or a gratitude kiss for reinforcement. If he needs reminders, humor always helps. You: “That’s some obstacle course on the floor—could you grab that stuff?” Him (hopefully): “Sure, no problem!”


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October 27, 20150 commentsRead More
20 Little-Known Facts About Being Left-Handed

20 Little-Known Facts About Being Left-Handed

The secret perks and pitfalls of being a southpaw.
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7 White Noise Machines That Could Help You (Finally) Get a Good Night's Sleep

7 White Noise Machines That Could Help You (Finally) Get a Good Night's Sleep

These soothing, noise-masking gadgets are designed to help you drift off to the land of nod, and stay there all night long.
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This Powerful Photo Series Showcases What A “Pilates Body” Really Looks Like

This Powerful Photo Series Showcases What A “Pilates Body” Really Looks Like

Emily Johnston via Well + Good

Well + Good chatted with Pilates instructor Anula Maiberg about her new photography project.

Anula Maiberg sometimes surprises the students at her Pilates class. Not because the co-founder of downtown New York City’s Sixth Street Pilates is covered in tattoos and has a head of bleached blonde hair, but rather because in this era of Instagram feeds hijacked by svelte fitness models who have mastered the selfie, the Israeli instructor’s body just doesn’t fit the stereotype.

“Sometimes new students come in and it takes a minute for them to adjust their perceptions,” Maiberg says, punctuating it with a laugh. “It motivates me to teach a better class.” With her soft curves and toned—but not chiseled—muscles, she has spent her fair share of time pondering her body shape. As an instructor, she says, there’s pressure to look a certain way and she doesn’t fit that mold. In fact, she still doesn’t consider herself a “fitness person,” as she puts it, but is so convinced of the transformative power of Pilates that she’s devoted her life to it (she co-owns her East Village studio with Jeremy Laverdure).

Maiberg recently had the chance to celebrate her love of the practice when she was invited to be a part of MarchMatness, a campaign launched by Pilates guru Benjamin Degenhardt. It spreads awareness around Joseph Pilates’ traditional mat exercise techniques by encouraging members of the Pilates community to post photos of poses from Pilates’ original book, Return to Life Through Contrology, on social media.

When she decided to do MarchMatness, Maiberg admits she freaked out—a lot of fitness celebrities participate and she knew she couldn’t (and didn’t want to) compete with all the carefully staged snaps that they were posting. But then she realized she could get creative and do something no one else was: post pictures of herself being, well, herself.

Deneka Peniston via Well + Good

Maiberg teamed up with photographer friends Emily Johnston and Deneka Peniston to shoot her doing Pilates at the studio and in her home, wearing the outfits she loves and wears beyond just the studio (think vintage dresses and bold leggings). Maiberg wanted to show what Pilates looks like on a real person, in real life, and to prove that you don’t have to have a stereotypically fit body to do it. “The photo project definitely made me feel more vulnerable,” she remembers. “I was afraid that all the comments would be ‘Why is this fat girl doing Pilates?’”

But that never happened; instead, positive feedback started flooding in. “People on Facebook and the MarchMatness site left comments saying it was nice to see different shapes represented. Some people even said I made them realize that they could also do Pilates, and that it wasn’t only for skinny girls and ballerinas. It was worth the fear of being in the spotlight.”

Head over to Well + Good to see more of Maiberg’s photography project.

To learn more about Maiberg and keep up with her ongoing photography projects, visit sixthstreetpilatesny.com

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The 20 Best Foods to Eat for Breakfast

The 20 Best Foods to Eat for Breakfast

These staples and mix-ins will give you all the energy and nutrients you need in the morning.
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October 26, 20150 commentsRead More