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Life Lately

Hi Guys! Sorry it’s been almost a week since my last post. My work-life has been BANANAS and I’ve had very little time to think, much less put together a decent post.

I hope everyone had a fantastic Global Running Day yesterday! I had plans to run my favorite route and that got totally squashed when I worked until after 6pm and it looked like it might storm by the time I made it home. Womp womp. BUT! I did celebrate by signing up for the Brooks Big Endorsement. Brooks (my favorite running brand) is celebrating all of us average, non-elite runners with an endorsement. All you have to do is register. Click the link above for more information.

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I thought this was funny.

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Here are a few highlights from life lately…

I totally reorganized me kitchen cabinets on Sunday morning. On a whim. Oops.

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We visited the farm I get my CSA from on Sunday afternoon. It was amazing to see the gardens that produce all of the goodness I get in my boxes each week. I could have stayed there all day.

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I did this workout on Monday evening… it was tough! I was a sweaty mess by the end.

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Tuesday evening, I left work in the worst mood and wanted nothing to do with running. I just wanted to go home, lay in bed, and catch up on my shows (thanks, Netflix, for releasing all the good stuff at the SAME TIME). I told myself to do “just 1 easy mile,” and per usual, that 1 easy mile turned into 3, which turned into 6.  Sometimes my runs feel great. My pace feels good, my legs feel weightless, and my energy is high. Most of the time though, my runs are a really hard. I keep looking at my Garmin wondering “what the heck is wrong with me?” because my pace is off, my legs feel like they weigh 1,000lbs each, it’s hot, it’s hilly, it’s just not glamorous…  The thing that always motivates me to get moving is that feeling I know I’ll get about 1 mile into any run. Endorphins. The runner’s high. Whatever you like to call it, it’s real, and it’s the reason I love to run as much as I do. Watching my perspective and attitude change over the course of a few miles is one of the best parts of my day and that feeling will always keep me coming back for more. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’d love it if every run was the amazing kind… but that’s just not real life. 😉

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A couple of this week’s eats:

-Iced coffee with Blue Diamond Almond Coconut Milk (unsweetened) and 1 scoop 22 Days Vanilla Protein. Coffee and breakfast in one! It’s delicious. I could seriously do this every day for breakfast.

-My mom’s Couscous Salad: She just mixes cooked couscous with veggies (tomato, bell pepper, olives, onion, whatever you want) and feta. Delicious and so simple!

-Salads: I’m still hooked on having rotisserie chicken, blueberries, walnuts, avocado, and feta on a bed of greens with my favorite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette. I could eat this combo daily.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Get out there and run… It’ll be hard, but you won’t be sorry.

Questions

-What eats are you hooked on lately?

-Any motivational running stories to share?

-How did you celebrate Global Running Day? Let me know if you sign up to be #brooksendorsed

 

Uncategorized · Workouts

A Workout To Try & Some Random Notes

I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far. It’s ALMOST Friday. We got this!

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Thanks for taking time to read my first post. This blogging thing is kind of scary (putting yourself out there and all), but I’ve received so much positive feedback!

I didn’t include any actual home gym photos in my first post, so here are a few. It’s pretty friggin’ awesome. Jimmy did a great job!

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HIIT type workouts are some of my favorites because they’re down and dirty, quick and efficient. You get a good workout in without having to carve out an hour of your day. The workout below is one that I completed on Tuesday evening. All it requires is 15 minutes and a little space to move around, making it perfect for those with crazy schedules.

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What I did:

I started with a 5-minute warm up. I would normally jog for a few minutes, but it was raining. Instead, I did some jumping jacks, squats, lunges, and stretching. The workout itself took a little over 15 minutes to complete 3 rounds. When I was done, I did some weighted, one-legged squats (into sitting position on the box… I’m working up to the real thing) and plank holds (1 minute in the middle and 1 minute on each side, holding a 5 lb dumbbell at the top with my free arm). Start to finish, I was in they gym for 30 minutes. So fast. So efficient.

Give the workout a try and let me know what you think!

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Same random side-notes…

Has anyone tried the new CLIF Nut Butter Filled Bars?? A-friggin-mazing. I tried the Chocolate Peanut Butter kind and am loving them.

I just started using a plant-based protein called 22 Days, recommended by my sister… I’m really liking it so far! I actually like the taste, which is a first for me in the protein powder department. Maybe I’ll do a review once I’ve been using it for a little while.

Jimmy and I will be heading back to our honeymoon beach for the weekend and we’re so excited to get away! I’ll definitely do a recap of our trip once we get back.

 

Questions of the day:

-What is your favorite health food or supplement right now?

-Any plans for the holiday weekend?