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Don’t go chasing snot waterfalls

Today’s workout: 3 miles @ 8:35 pace on some country roads; 15 minute strength circuit

I learned a valuable lesson today. Very valuable my friends. Never go on a cold weather run without a plan for the waterfall of snot that will start pouring out of your nose while you run. Because it will put you in the awkward situation of debating how and where to wipe that snot away, forcing you to decide whether to ruin your nice new running jacket sleeves or gloves. And then you will know that you wiped your snot there. And just think about it the whole run. Gross. And annoying. And because  I am SO not a “farmer blow, let it fly in the wind” kind of gal, I had to choose, so I chose the gloves, because I can easily throw them in the wash. Tissues will be brought along next time. Lesson learned.

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On the plus side this was my view during my run today, and it made the cold wind and snot waterfall much more bearable. I really do love running outside, even in the cold! (Remind me of that when it’s 5 degrees out and I can’t feel my face…)

My run felt AWESOME today, especially considering I did the 8 miles on sunday and my legs were feeling pretty sore yesterday. I owe my quick recovery to my new compression sleeves, which I wore half the day yesterday.

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Yeah those are my sexy calves, man they look giant in this picture….

I also got a chance to try out my new brooks glycerin 11’s that I mentioned in my last post. Those things are amazing, it really felt like I was running on pillows. So awesome. I think I need another pair. In purple, which is not a color option, so Brooks you should get on that asap thanks!

So I have decided I could eat salad with fruit in it everyday. Seriously. It’s my favorite! If only fruit weren’t so expensive this time of year….I may just have to get creative with what fruits go in there…for example when I went grocery shopping this week my store didn’t have any strawberries. A serious travesty. So after drying my tears I looked for what else I could throw in there and decided mandarin oranges would pair well with the blueberries. They did. It was Delicious.

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I also made a clean and simple chinese chicken stir fry for dinner tonight. It was very flavorful but quick and easy, which are all things I love in a good recipe! I really do like cooking, and it feels so good knowing exactly what’s in my food and the effort that went into it.

Tomorrow is a long day for me, I’m not a big fan of Wednesdays. I have to work at the gym at 4:00am, then get my run in (4×1600 repeats @ 7:22 pace) then I have to go teach at the university, then help coach the college athletes at my strength and conditioning internship. So I’ll be home until around 7:00pm. Thank goodness for leftovers! 🙂

Questions for you:

How do you handle a runny nose during your run? Any good tips?

Obviously I just wipe it wherever I can without having to look at it or think about it…awesome strategy really.

What’s your favorite salad combination?

Mine is chicken with strawberries, blueberries, feta cheese, walnuts and raspberry dressing. YUM!

What’s your least favorite day of the week and why?

Wednesdays for sure. They are just so long for me and I still have a few days left in the work week so it feels a bit discouraging. Boo hump day I don’t like you!

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Running in quicksand and CPR manikins are creepy

Just in case you were wondering (and you probably weren’t) getting certified as a CPR instructor is not as boring as it sounds! I went into this whole thing thinking it was going to be a REALLY long 3 days of having boring CPR/First Aid information drilled into my head until I wanted to pull my hair out. In actuality, it was kind of fun and interactive. It was nice to touch up on my current CPR skills as well as delve deeper into first aid and other CPR information I didn’t know. Plus we spent a lot of time practicing the art of actually teaching the class to others, which was really good because I am a bit nervous about teaching this stuff to 28 students!

So this is my slightly creepy CPR manikin before I assembled him!

 

Here he is fully assembled! That weird bag sticking out of his mouth is his “lung”. When you blow into it his chest will rise. Pretty cool huh? Ok maybe not as exciting to the rest of you….I guess I’m kind of a CPR nerd now!!

Guess what finally came in the mail?!

 

My new Polar FT4!!! Isn’t the pink gorgeous?! LOVE! So I was very excited to finally get my new toy and OF COURSE I had to try it out! I wore it during one of my crossfit WODs the other day. The time included our warm up, stretching, etc and the actual WOD was only like 15 minutes, so burning 445 calories was pretty stinkin good! I’ve also worn this beauty for some of my treadmill runs and I have definitely noticed a difference in what my watch says vs. what the machine says for calories burned. Bad news peeps, the treadmill has overestimated by calories EVERYTIME, sometimes by over 100 calories! So keep that in mind next time you are working out on a machine!

So far I am very happy with my new Polar watch and I would highly recommend it!

In other news, I still can’t cook….

 

I tried to make these salmon patties, but I ended up burning the outside and the inside was still super mushy…FAIL

SO since I didn’t feel like attempting another cooking failure mom and I decided to have a food adventure and go to a “towny” restaurant (that’s actually not located in our town, it’s in a small town like 15 minutes from us) but that’s semantics…anyway we’ve heard lots of great things about this place and always wanted to try it so….we did!

Here’s their menu, it’s actually pretty simple and mostly made up of “bar” food, but supposedly they have amazing hamburgers, so of course I HAD to try it!

 

Let me tell you, this burger was AWESOME! I was originally going to eat this without the bun, you know since it’s A) got gluten in it and B) not paleo…but I decided I’d been really good the past few days and deserved a little bit of a break. I decided the possible stomach ache would be worth it, and let me tell you, it SO was!!

Of course no burger dinner would be complete without some ice cream for dessert….

 

I love when they give me eyes 🙂 Is it strange that I think it’s cute when my ice cream looks at me while I eat it? hmm….

So onto catching you up on my workouts from the past few days:

I have been faithfully attending crossfit every day and I am LOVING it! Today I was able to do the WOD that the rest of the group did instead of a baby beginner WOD and it was AWESOME!!! 🙂 I am just loving the workouts, the challenge and feeling of being pushed to my limits, plus the atmosphere is one of a kind! Everyone is so encouraging and nice, and the coaches are always giving you attention to make sure you are performing the exercises correctly. Pretty sweet!

I’m sure you are wondering, what about her running? Don’t worry folks, I am still keeping up with my half marathon training. I will say this week has been a bit tougher than I anticipated…I knew doing the crossfit would wear me out a little bit but I didn’t realize how much it would affect my running! Yesterday I did an easy 2 mile recovery run, but the kicker is it wasn’t that easy! I mean it was only 2 miles for crying out loud and at a 9:30 pace! But the first mile I felt like I was running in quick sand and it was HARD. It started to get better by the second mile but since I was only running 2 miles, that means I spent half my run STRUGGLING! But, it’s okay, mama said they’ll be days like this right? Today was a 5 mile pace run and it was a bit better, but still harder than it should be! I warmed up at a 9 min/mile pace and then ran the middle 3 miles at an 8, 8:15 and 8:30 min/mile pace. All 3 of these miles were supposed to be at an 8 min/mile pace, but I just couldn’t push through it 😦 While I was a bit disappointed in myself initially, I thought about how hard I’ve been working this week incorporating this new training of crossfit and realized I’m doing pretty well overall!  I warmed down at a 9:30 min/mile pace and called it a day!

 

There’s nothing like a nice sweaty run to finish your day!!

Time to get to bed, I’ve got a WOD bright and early tomorrow morning!

 

Questions for you:

Have you ever taken a CPR class? What did you think of it?

Does anybody else have a polar watch? If so, which one?

Anyone else have any cooking failures they want to share? (Please, it will make me feel better!)

 

 

 

 

Getting over my sick bug with a 5 mile tempo run

So….I guess I’m finally feeling better! I woke up this morning still feeling pretty awful, so I proceeded to nap and do a whole lot of nothing all day. But then I had to get my butt up and moving because I had a client to train tonight. I packed my own workout bag, thinking if I was feeling up to it I’d try to run a few miles after training. My thinking behind this was A) I have decided to start running again and I have also decided to do a half marathon that’s in about 8 weeks, which means I need to get my butt in gear! and B) This might sound crazy but whenever I’m feeling sick I find myself getting worse the more I lay around. I find I can only break out of my sick slump by getting up and moving. I like to think of it as I’m sweating the sickness out! *Note: Obviously I would never recommend a normal person to workout right after they are still overcoming a cold/flu whatever. You should always listen to your body and give it time to recover! However, I’m crazy, and also I know my body and know when I can push it and when I can’t. That being said…

I ended up running a 5 mile tempo run! While this is the run that was on my schedule, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it. After all just this morning my world was spinning, plus I’ve been nauseous and just feeling awful the past few days. Yet as I began to run I started feeling better and better and decided to just go for it. My tempo run looked like this:

Mile 1: Warm up at 9:10 mile pace

Mile 2: 8:35 mile pace

Mile 3: 8:10 mile pace

Mile 4: 8:35 mile pace

Mile 5: Cool down at 9:30 mile pace

For not having ran for weeks now, I’d have to say I was pretty happy with that tempo run!

Look at me all happy! Man have I missed running! And it’s crazy how much BETTER I felt after this run! I really kicked that sickness in the butt! Booya!

So being the good little runner I am (now) I immediately stretched and foamed rolled after this run because I am NOT going to get injured again! During the run my IT bands didn’t give me any problems which is AWESOME. My left knee was tweaking a little bit but I contribute that to not having run in awhile….so I’m not too worried!

This is me being a REALLY good girl and icing my knees as soon as I got home! This is going to be my routine EVERY time I run now! Stretch, foam roll, ice! And I’m going to focus on strengthening my hips and knees as much as I can! Although I definitely think cross fit will help with that, but we’ll have to see!

Well that’s it for me today! I hope everyone is staying healthy this week! Tomorrow I will continue my running program with an easy 2 mile run set at a 9:30 mile pace, should be a breeze!!

*In case anyone is interested, I’m actually using a training program through smart coach for my running this time, which can be found on runnersworld.com! I really like this one because you can enter specifics like how hard you want to train and how many miles you want to run per week and it will calculate all the nitty gritty details for you! This is my first time using this program so I will have to let you all know how it goes once I’ve been doing it longer!

Questions for you:

-What do you do to get yourself over being sick?

-What’s your favorite stretch to do after a run?

I love the pigeon stretch because it really stretches those tight hip flexors and it feels amazing!

-Do you typically ice after a run?

I didn’t used to, but I definitely will now!

Sick days, Strawberry Date Bars and A New Running Plan

Well my morning started with multiple trips to the bathroom…looks like I caught some sort of bug 😦 I hate being sick, especially in the summer! I also hate when it comes out of nowhere and you can’t even be prepared for it! grr….

(Pretend there’s a picture of me looking sick and pathetic here, I just didn’t feel up to taking one!)

ImageThis here is my favorite concoction to make when I’m feeling under the weather. It’s emergen-C mixed with some sugar free fruit punch. I also added in some amino energy because I was just feeling sooooo exhausted and weak. I used to make these a lot after long runs to restore my electrolytes. It was fitting today since I wasn’t keeping much food or water down, so i’m sure my electrolytes were low! I was only able to drink a little bit of this, but it did seem to help a little.

ImageLuckily my awesome hubby was off today and made me HOMEMADE chicken noodle soup, he’s the best! 🙂 There’s nothing like some good old chicken noodle soup to comfort you when your feeling sick.

In other news, I have some big stuff coming up this week! As soon as I am feeling better, I’ve decided to ease back into running! (I knew I wouldn’t be able to stay away long!) I am going to take my time though and not shoot for any crazy goals just yet (so no Boston marathon! lol). However, there is a half marathon at the end of september in the Quad Cities I was originally going to run as the full, and I think I may be able to do that as a half, we’ll have to see how I’m feeling!

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I got some great tips/advice on how to start training again after an injury from an AWESOME fellow blogger, Janea, who is an amazing runner and big inspiration to me! Her blog, The Hungry Runner Girl, is a really funny, insightful and inspiring blog that you should definitely check out!! She also had an injury she had to come back from, although hers was much more intense than mine! So if she can make a come back, I know I can too! My big goal this time is to take it slow and really listen to my body. I’m going to cut my running down to only 3 days a week for now, which is a big change from my 5-6 days before! I’m also only going to have one really long run which will be on Sundays. I’m going to put lots of focus into strength and cross training as well. Also, if I feel ANY pain I’m going to stop immediately! Stretching/foam rolling my IT band will be a huge priority as well! So hopefully by doing all that, I can get back into running without getting more injuries! We will just have to see how it goes!

The other BIG thing that is going to be happening this week is something I have been wanting to do for a LONG time. Ready?…….This Saturday I will be attending my very first CROSSFIT session at Fit bodies cross fit in Bloomginton!!! I am soooo excited! Now I know some people have very strong feelings about cross fit and I respect that. However as an exercise professional I feel it’s important to try out lots of different things so I have a better understanding of them. Plus the idea of cross fit really intrigues me and I like the intensity/challenge of it all! After all I am quite the competitor and I think it will be fun! I also like the idea of being in small groups together so you have a support system and also someone to hold you accountable!

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I will tell you all about my adventure after Saturday! I also have a wedding that day for one of my good childhood friends so there should be lots to share!!!!

So I also promised you all the other day I would share a healthy dessert recipe with you, so here it is! This recipe is adapted from Whole Living.com and it’s super easy!

Strawberry Date Bars

Ingredients:

-1 and 1/2 cups pitted dates

-1/4 cup raw cashews

-2 tablespoons gluten free old fashioned oats

-Pinch of sea salt

-1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup sliced into small pieces, the other half sliced into thin circles

Directions:

-Mix the dates, cashews and salt in a food processor until very well combined

-Mash the date mixture into a 9X5 inch loaf pan, spreading evenly

-Mash half of the strawberry mixture (I used a fork) and then spread onto the date mixture, pressing the mashed strawberries into the date bars

-Finally place the sliced strawberries on top

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You can slice the bars and eat it right away, or store it in the fridge, covered in aluminum foil. It’s that easy!! Enjoy!

Nutrition stats according to My Fitness Pal:

Total Calories per bar (Based off of the recipe making 6 slices total): 96

Total Fat: 2.2 grams (1.2 grams from monounsaturated, which is the “good” fat!)

Total Carbs: 17.9 grams, 13.1 grams from sugar(but it’s NATURAL sugar!), 2.2 grams from fiber

Total Protein: 1.5 grams

So all in all, not bad!!! It’s definitely a much healthier dessert option than say, strawberry pie, which is what I think this tastes pretty similar to!

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YUM! 🙂

Alrighty well I’m feeling pretty wiped (mostly from lack of food and dehydration…) So I’m off to bed. I’m really hoping I wake up feeling better tomorrow, but we will have to see. I’m really not feeling so hot right now :-/ BOO! I am so excited to start running again so I need to get better ASAP! I hope everyone else’s week is going good!

Questions for you:

-What’s your favorite comfort food when you’re sick?

-Any injured runner out there? How did you train after you came back from the injury?

-Have you ever heard of/tried cross fit? What’s your take on it?

WIAW fail, bootcamp workout and birthday shopping!

Well hello there friends! How’s your week going? Mine has been CAAARRRAAZYYYY! Sorry for no post yesterday, my day was jam-packed from the moment I opened my eyeballs to the second I fell asleep before my head was even on the pillow! Don’t you wish I had a picture of that?! So let me fill you in on the last few days of craziness!

Tuesday Recap:

Yesterday my morning started at 4 am!! This time should only be for sleeping…it’s just wrong to be up and functioning when it’s still dark outside! Alas, I had to be up so that I could shadow a personal trainer who had a client at 5 am (crazy peeps) so I forced my butt out of bed, made myself a veggie scramble and jumped in the car to drive to the gym. I shadowed two back to back training sessions, and then headed to my internship.

During my lunch break I squeezed in a 3 mile tempo run and man it was another HOT one! Speaking of sweating buckets…does anyone else have sweat that smells like ammonia? No? Just me? hmm….too bad I was really hoping I wasn’t a total weirdo…oh wait…

After my run I scarfed down some chicken breast cooked in the crock pot (best way to cook chicken btw) with some roasted veggies…always yummy! Oh and some salsa thrown in because apparently I’m feeling extra spicy lately 😉

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When I got off work I headed back over to the club to teach my FIRST SOLO Boot Camp Class!!!! Oh man was I nervous/excited! It was hard to plan a class when I didn’t know the ability levels/ interests of the members participating so I played it safe by doing a body weight circuit. It ended up going really well and I think they all got a good workout!

Here’s what the circuit looked like:

50 seconds on/ 10 second rest; 6 exercise; 3 Rounds; 2 minute rest in-between each round

1. Jump Lunges

2. Mountain Climbers

3. Crab Toe Touches

4. Jump Squats

5. TRX Reverse Pull Ups

6. Reptile Planks

After they completed all three rounds I took them upstairs and we did 10 minutes of Jump Rope Interval Training. It looked like this:

20 seconds on/ 10 second rest; 40 rounds *Try to change up the style every round to keep it exciting!

So that was the boot camp workout and it was pretty awesome! I am definitely LOVING personal training/ group training so far and can’t wait to really get into it!

Wednesday:

So today I thankfully didn’t have to get up early and go to the gym, although I still had to be at work by 7…and my internship was pretty boring today…I am positive I actually fell asleep standing up at one point. Yeah….it’s possible…cause I totes did it! Maybe I should try to catch up on some sleep? Haha yeah right….maybe in a few months or something…..

WIAW: Failure Addition

So I am supposed to put up everything I ate for you today in honor of what I ate wednesday….however I am lame sauce and forgot to take pictures of everything..so I will just tell you what I ate and you can picture it in your pretty little heads mmmmkk?

Breakfast: Whole Wheat Eggo with peanut butter and some fresh strawberries ontop

Snack #1: Carrots and Celery with Hummus

Lunch: Ezekial bread with turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, light miracle whip and honey mustard + an apple

Snack #2: Chobani Raspberry fat free greek yogurt

Dinner: Chicken Pad Thai

So that was my wednesday!!!! Dinner wasn’t what I had planned, but sometimes that stuff happens!

So after dinner I got to go birthday shopping with my amazing BFF/Mom!!! My birthday is actually tomorrow, and yes it’s ok if you want to get me gifts, just make it running or chocolate related please and thank you!!

We had such an awesome time shopping and gossiping and just being girls!! I got some super cute clothes for summer as well as some really comfortable lounge clothes from victoria’s secret!! 🙂

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Here’s a super cute outfit I got at american eagle! I might wear this for my birthday dinner tomorrow!!

Finally after our girl’s shopping trip I came home and got on my treadmill to beat out a 5 mile run. However, about a mile and a half into it I realized it just wasn’t going to happen. :-/ As much as I love running there are still days when i’m just not feeling it for one reason or another. Today was one of those days! So instead of trying to force myself to push through a miserable run I decided to do some circuit training and work on those biceps!! I did 20 minutes of 30 sec work/ 10 sec rest with mostly bodyweight exercises, and a few sandbag exercises. It was an awesome sweaty workout!

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You might not be able to tell but there is definitely sweat dripping off of my nose in this picture…oooh yeah!

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I’ve got your tickets to the gun show right here!!! Ha! Yeah they are definitely still a work in progress and not at all where I want them to be/ where they’ve been in the past but I WILL get there!!!

Well that’s it for me tonight because it is getting really late and my eyes are refusing to stay open…plus I need to get my beauty sleep because tomorrow is my BIRTHDAY and my hubby and I have a whole day planned together followed by a dinner with some friends and family! Oh and I also have another boot camp to teach! BUSY DAY! I will fill you all in tomorrow!

Questions for you:

Have you every done circuit training?

What’s your favorite body part to work?

What did you eat today?

French Tips and Hydration Belts

Happy Sunday Funday! And Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome Dad’s out there!!! I hope everyone has had an awesome weekend!

My Sunday started out with my normal shift at the gym with my favorite Foreigner! Things got a little interesting when I ended up having to teach a strong class at the last-minute but hey, it’s extra practice right? Things got even more interesting when the heat decided to kick on in the group fitness room…I’ve heard of hot yoga, but hot strong class? No thanks!!!

After work my friend “The Foreigner” and I decided to do something I never thought I’d do…that’s right friends, brace yourselves….we decided to take a ZUMBA class! Say wha????? Yeah I know…I was surprised to. In case you don’t know me yet, I pretty much despise Zumba. Please don’t hate me for saying that Zumba worshippers! Now they will probably show up at my house tonight and shimmy until my house falls down 😉

The thing is it’s not that I have anything against Zumba really, I just don’t like it personally. For one thing I’m soo not coordinated enough for it and for another while I will admit I had a fun time, I just didn’t feel like I got much of a workout. But then again I know plenty of people who think I’m crazy for WANTING to run and run until my toenails fall off….(that hasn’t actually happened yet), so I guess to each his own! Honestly I’m an advocate for whatever gets you up off the couch and being active, no matter what kind of physical activity that is!

So after the crazy Zumba experience we decided to go and get our nails done!! I was very excited about this because I haven’t had them done in forever and they always look soooo nice afterwards! Plus I just love to be pampered (what girl doesn’t right?)

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I went with the traditional french tip look because I think it always looks classy and it goes with everything! The Foreigner was a little more adventurous and picked a more wild color!

Next on the agenda was GROCERY SHOPPING!!! Now some of you may not know this but I am OBSESSED with grocery shopping….like seriously…I love it…There is something about getting to fill up my fridge and pantry with all the things I love that is just so wonderful! I hate when I am close to being out of everything and  am trying to make a meal out of slim jim’s and pop tarts (CAN ANYONE GUESS WHAT SHOW THIS IS FROM? I WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND!) So lately I’ve been slacking off a little on the healthy eating front and today I decided to get back on the wagon and really crack down on clean eating. SO today’s grocery cart consisted of OODLES of fruits and veggies and lean proteins! YUM! I am planning to post my eating plan this week so you can follow along with me if you want!

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This was what my fridge looked like after I somehow stuffed everything in there….I really think a second fridge might me necessary….Look at all those healthy greens!!! I can’t wait to get my food prep done and have all my healthy meals planned out for the week!

After the groceries were all put away it was time for my LOOOONG run. On today’s agenda was a nice easy 9 miles. I decided to just run from my house today, because I was feeling lazy and also needed a change in scenery. Since there are no water fountains along this route, I finally got to use my HYDRATION BELT that I bought LAST september at the chicago half marathon expo. At the time I had visions of using it to train for my marathon, which didn’t happen because of my lame IT band injury….:-( So it has literally been sitting in my closet mocking me for months! How rude…BUT tonight it finally made its debut as my new running accessory! What do you think? (My husband said it made him feel like less of a nerd to see me wearing it…HA!) I don’t know what in the world he’s talking about? It’s super fashionable!

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I will say I normally don’t like to run with much, I like to feel light and free, and I was a bit worried that the belt would restrict me and make me feel heavy. But I am happy to report it wasn’t bad at all, after a while I barely noticed it was there! It was definitely nice to have a place to put my water so I didn’t have to carry a sloshing water bottle in my hand the whole time. Another bonus is it had a place for my phone which is nice because with these longer runs I’m still a little unsure about how my knee will react and I would hate to be stranded far from home with an injury!

Since I know you are just DYING to know how my run went I will end your anticipation and tell you…

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It went great! I kept a nice 9 min/mile pace and had NO IT band pain!!! Booyah!!! I am definitely a happy girl!

After my run I stretched and iced like a smart girl and then refueled with a really strange food creation…Image

I would LOVE to hear what you all think this is….but I am going to tell you so because I’m too impatient to wait for your guesses! This beautiful dish is sweet corn from the cobb mixed with potato salad! Yeah….I know it’s really weird but what can I say? Long runs make me crave strange things! Believe it or not this hit the spot and now I am full and happy and ready for bed!!!

Questions for you:

Do you prefer to work out in the morning or at night?

What’s your favorite post-workout food?

Have you ever taken Zumba? What did you think of it?

It’s Officially Official and a little on why I run

I have some VERY exciting news to share with you all! As of yesterday I am OFFICIALLY a Personal Trainer at the club! Now if you want to get all technical, I actually have been a trainer for like a week, but I finally got my uniform last night and helped teach my first boot camp class! It’s safe to say I am uber excited!!! 🙂


So If you live in the bloomington/normal IL area and want to get your butt kicked….let me know!! 😉

In other news….I ran a 5 mile pace run today, but I honestly felt like my feet were made of lead and it was pretty dang hot outside. As I was forcing one foot in front of the other and drowning in my own sweat, I started to think about why I run. I am planning to dedicate a whole post to this topic but for now I will just give you a snippet. I realized that there are so many amazing reasons why I run, and one of them was demonstrated during my torturous run yesterday.

When I run it is my alone time to just unwind and think. It is one of the few times I can get away from all the distractions of life and just clear my mind. That in and of itself is a great reason to run, but I digress….The point is when I am able to get to the place where I am not focused on my to-do list or worrying about the hassles of daily life, I can focus 100% on my workout. This is the place where I push myself harder than I ever have. Is it fun? Not always. Is it hard? DUH. Does it make me question my sanity? Well I do that on a daily basis anyway…Is it worth it? HECK YES.

So even though my run yesterday was HARD and there were definitely times I wanted to just stop in my tracks and lay down on the concrete, I didn’t give up. Although I want to try that sometime just to see the strange looks I get. I pushed through it and came out on the other side stronger than I was before. THAT’s what I love about running. It is always challenging you to be better, push harder, run faster and get stronger. And that feeling you get when you finish? Well friends….let’s just say there’s nothing like it and instead of trying to describe it to you I’m going to suggest you go out there and experience it for yourself. 🙂

Questions for you:

-Why do you love to run/swim/bike or do whatever it is you are passionate about doing?

-What do you tell yourself to keep from giving up?

I always remind myself how I will feel when I finish, and how much stronger I am making myself.