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Hi, friends!

I am moving slow this morning after attending my very first FlyBarre class yesterday. Holy cow. I’ve done barre classes before, but this was one of the hardest classes I’ve ever taken. I am hoping it gets easier as I continue to take more classes this month!

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Did anyone else spend half of their morning watching the Boston Marathon on their computer?

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For the first time since 1983, an American man won the Boston Marathon. Way to go, Meb!

I wanted to share some photos from our visit to the local Farmers Market this weekend. By the way, I finally found my camera battery charger, so I’ve been able to take better pictures…. buttttt I forgot my camera at home, so I’m left pictureless for yesterday’s eats. They were as follows:

Breakfast: Earnest Eats hot and fit cereal

Lunch: evol. breakfast burrito

Dinner: Tamales (from the Farmers Market), a salad and chips & guacamole

Now to the Farmers Market. :)

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This was the first weekend for our local Farmers Market to open up for the year. I have only been to the Dallas Farmers Market once when I was a kid, so I didn’t really know what to expect.

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There were all kinds of awesome booths set up selling spices, breads, meat, juices, organic coffee and even oils and soaps!

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Mark and I ended up buying a few things on our first visit, but I can’t wait to come back (hopefully next weekend!) and pick up some more great organic foods. (We also bought some grass fed beef which is in the bag below.)

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Do you visit your local Farmers Market regularly? Have you ever taken a barre class?

we stick together

Hi, friends! How was your weekend? I hope you all had a great Easter weekend with your loved ones!

Today, I wanted to send special thoughts and prayers to all those running Boston. While Boston is just a pipe dream to me, I am a runner, and as runners, we stick together.

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Alright, now let’s do a recap of the weekend, starting with Friday. I decided to try a new-to-me breakfast Friday morning: Earnest Eats cereal. I’m officially hooked.

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Lunch was nothing noteworthy (grilled chicken, veggies and rice from the cafe downstairs in my office). My snack was a banana.

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After work, I made a pitstop at the grocery store and picked up some Cadbury mini eggs. (I texted Mark on the way home saying, “I got something for you!” and his response was, “You know those are for you…” Whoops.)

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PS, how amazing do these Cadbury mini eggs brownies look!? I may have to make these next year…

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After I ate half the bag, I headed out for a run. Surprisingly, the sugar high helped me out and I ended up with 3 quick miles @ an 8:27 pace.

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How cute is this single bluebonnet I saw on my run?!

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As soon as I finished my run, I quickly showered and Mark and I headed out to meet his best friend and his best friend’s girlfriend for a double date at the horse races. I’ve only been to Lone Star Park once, but I have to admit, I’m not a huge horse racing fan. I am such an animal lover and I just can’t get past the fact that the horses are forced to race. Anywayyyyy… we still had a good time getting to hang out with friends!

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Saturday morning I was up early. For breakfast, I threw together a peanut butter and banana smoothie (one banana, a spoonful of peanut butter, ground up oatmeal ((I was out of Greek yogurt)) and almond milk).

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As soon as I finished my breakfast smoothie, I got ready to attend my first FlyWheel class. I was offered a free month membership at FlyWheel and was so, so excited to give it a try. I’ve driven by the studio so many times before, but never actually attended a class!

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I don’t want to share too much because I will be writing a full review of my experience and will be doing a FlyWheel giveaway at the end of the week, so stay tuned for details on that! Trust me when I say you will want to enter. This was one of the sweatiest and most fun cycling workouts I’ve done in quite awhile. I am planning to take one of the FlyBarre classes either this evening or tomorrow too!

I headed home after my FlyWheel workout to grab Mark and head to the Farmers Market. I haven’t been to a Farmers Market since I was a kid, but I love the local, fresh food and produce choices! Mark and I snagged a few things, but I’ll talk more about that tomorrow. :)

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For the remainder of the day, we did things around the house. Lunch was breakfast burritos.

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Last week, Mark promised me we could get sushi this weekend, so I was (literally) counting down the minutes. I have a sushi problem. We tried a new sushi place (we usually go to the same local sushi restaurant), which wasn’t my favorite. But you live and learn, right?

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To make up for the swing and miss with our sushi, we decided to treat ourselves to some Yogurtland. I need to take it easy on the treats…but I seriously love trying the new flavors of the week at Yogurtland!

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Easter morning, Mark and I enjoyed breakfast at home before heading off to church. Breakfast for me was two eggs and a piece of toast topped with almond butter and strawberries.

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After Easter service, we met up with my family for an Easter lunch. I ordered the brisket tacos. So, so good!

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Loved getting to spend time with my family on Easter!

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Best husband ever. :)

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The remainder of Sunday was lazy… to quite lazy. I loved it. For dinner, Mark grilled up some grass fed beef we picked up at the Farmers Market on Saturday. Burgers at their finest!

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And last, but certainly not least. I have to share my excitement from Friday when Bart Yasso liked my photo on Instagram. Runner geek out moment!

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Okay, now that you know everything about my weekend, I want to hear about yours!

What did you do for Easter? Did you have anything tasty this weekend?

new running shoes

Hi, friends! Happy Friday.

I’ve got some fun things in the pipeline to share with you guys, so stay tuned next week!

My new running shoes came in the mail yesterday. After 9 glorious month and approximately 700 miles, it was time to retire the good old Brooks Glycerin 11s. You were good to me, guys! Thanks for the 5k PR. :)

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Don’t you just know your package is going to be fun when this sticker is on the outside of the box…

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I originally became interested in the Brooks PureFlows after reading rave reviews from my favorite blogger, The Hungry Runner Girl. A couple of months ago, my husband ordered a pair of the PureFlows too. He was able to to give me feedback and, from everything he told me, I thought they’d be a good transition from the Glycerins.

I decided to break in my PureFlow 2s with an easy 4 miles @ a 9:17 pace.

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I’ll write a full review of the PureFlows in a week or so once I’ve gotten a few more runs in. Now let’s back track to yesterday’s eats.

Breakfast was plain Greek yogurt topped with Love Crunch dark chocolate granola (my latest obsession) and raspberries.

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For lunch, I met a few friends at a local Mediterranean restaurant. I ordered the platter, which allows you to mix and match different menu items and create your own dish. I chose the falafels with rice, beans, salad, tabbouleh, hummus and carrot hummus. They give you a side of pita bread too. It’s so good!

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After my run, I threw together an easy dinner while Mark cooled down from his run. Chicken sausage stuffed with roma tomatoes + kale (from Costco), corn on the cob and peas. With a beer on the side, because it’s Thursday.

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What running shoes do you wear? Do you switch out the brand you wear or stick with just one?

tips for new runners

Since it’s Thursday, I thought I’d do something different. Alright, the fact that it’s Thursday has nothing to do with it and the fact I didn’t get many great photos yesterday has everything to do with it. Hey, you do what you gotta do. ;)

Yesterday’s eats (in order):

Breakfast: evol. breakfast burrito.

Lunch: leftover chicken sausage and an ataulfo mango.

Dinner: chipotle vegetarian burrito bowl.

I had an orthodontist appointment after work (never thought I’d be back there after I got my braces off at age 16…) and ended up going out with friends after that, so I placed my two rest days back-to-back. I’ll be back at it today, when I’ll hopefully have a brand spankin’ new pair of running shoes to break in.

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For this post, I wanted to focus on new runners. I’ve been running for quite awhile now, but when I first started running, I had plenty of questions about this new hobby I’d taken on. Beginning to run can seem overwhelming to most people, but there are a few things that can make your first few months as a runner a little easier.

Invest in good shoes. The thought of spending $100 dollars on a pair of running shoes may seem like a huge commitment, especially if you’re just starting out. However, if you skimp on the proper shoes, you put yourself at risk for injuries.

Be realistic. I am a very competitive person by nature, so I am constantly comparing myself to other runners. Most of the runners I follow run 40+ miles a week. While I’ve been in that rang before, currently that’s not a feasible mileage for me. When starting out, it’s important to be realistic about your mileage and pace. Don’t be discouraged by more experienced runners who may be faster or run more miles than you. They were once beginners too.

Figure out what you like. Running will be no fun if you don’t do what you like. Do you enjoy running races? Running with friends or solo? With or without music? Are you a speed or distance runner? Determine what makes running enjoyable and stick to it.

Set goals for yourself. Whether you’re running to lose weight or PR, it’s crucial to set goals for yourself. Once you’ve established your goals, come up with a plan to get there and don’t stop until you do!

Find a good running blog. I’m kidding on this one. Kinda. It is a great idea to find a running community that you can use to motivate yourself. On the days that you lack motivation, go read a good running blog or text a running friend for inspiration. There are days running won’t be easy and you won’t feel like doing it, but you will always feel better once you have.

And most importantly, one of my favorite inspirational quotes…

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New runners: What are some of your running questions? Longtime runners: What advice do you have for newer runners?

wednesday review: JayBird BlueBuds X

Hi! How is everyone doing? I’m in a great mood this morning! I don’t know if it’s because my new running shoes are coming tomorrow, the fact that we’re halfway through the week or because I have an awesome giveaway that will be appearing on That Running Girl later this week (stay tuned!). Whatever it is, I’m loving it!

I’m going to be totally honest, there’s nothing too exciting about yesterday’s eats, but I’ll share them anyway. :-)

Breakfast was my final Van’s berry waffle in the box (sniff) topped with almond butter, chia seeds and a sliced banana.

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Around 11, I started getting hungry, so I snacked on some Skinny Pop I’d packed. This stuff…. MMM. Expect a review soon.

For lunch, I threw together a taco salad with one of the leftover hamburger patties from the night before.

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Finally, dinner… which I sadly did not photograph. My stomach was being funny when dinnertime rolled around, so I cooked one of the TortillaLand flour tortillas we picked up at Costco last week (the tortillas come uncooked and you just throw them on the skillet to cook them), then topped it with almond butter and a sliced apple. I don’t know why, but that was the only thing that sounded good. It wasn’t nearly pretty enough for a picture (not that any of my food really is…), so I decided to spare you guys a photo.

After dinner, Mark and I met my mom at our church for an Easter event they had put together (a walk-through of Jesus’ final days before his crucifixion… it was so powerful!). Evening event = no run.

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For this week’s review, I want to share with y’all my love for my JayBird BlueBuds X headphones.

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When I first started running, I would lug around my Sony portable CD player. Please tell me you guys remember these…

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When the iPod came out, I felt like my whole world had changed. And then iPhones started carrying music. However, I would still have to deal with annoying headphone cords while I ran. Despite having an arm band that can carry my phone, I typically still hold it while I run. Call it habit. So when I would run with normal headphones, my cord would always be awkwardly hanging there.

Enter JayBird BlueBuds X headphones. Mark bought me these headphones for my birthday (or Christmas? I can’t remember) and I was pretty unfamiliar with them at the time. As soon as I ran with them the first time, I was instantly hooked. The freedom that these headphones allow when you’re running is amazing. I seriously almost forget I’m wearing headphones when I run with these on.

I also have really tiny ears, so most headphones tend to fall out of my ears while I’m running. But the JayBird BlueBud X headphones have ear cushions, so the headphones hug into your ear and don’t move throughout your workout. The headphones also connect quickly to your phone; just turn on your phone’s bluetooth and the headphones will connect.

The only downside to these is that you have to charge them, and I’ve come dangerously close to running out of battery mid-run, but it hasn’t happened quite yet. With 8 hours of play time, I typically only have to charge my battery every 5-7 days. If I turn off the headphones when I’m not using them, the battery will last even longer. The headphones come in both black and white.

So like always: buy it, try it or deny it? At $169.95, these headphones are definitely an investment. However, I use them every single time I workout, so I truly feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth. If you use headphones regularly, I definitely say buy it. Or add it to your birthday wish list. ;)

Do you listen to music while you workout? What was your favorite 90s gadget?

staches for Boston

Hellooooo! How is everyone? I’m a little sleepy this morning, but that’s what iced coffee is for, right?

As most of you know, today is the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. As a country, what happened was horrendous. As runners, what happened was unimaginable. I watched the race online from work for the first couple of hours as the first runners crossed the finish line. However, I had to turn off my live feed, and didn’t hear about the tragedy until it was breaking on CNN. I’ve never felt prouder to be part of the running community, as we all ran for Boston throughout that week.

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I have an opportunity for all of you readers. For Dallas readers, come check out the social run at the Luke’s Locker near you. The run is benefitting Bostache—a fundraising project started by runners from Dallas that were running the Boston Marathon in 2013. You can make a donation online to the Boston Police Department here, and donations will help “fill the gap” on needs of the Boston PD.

Alright, now let’s dive into yesterday’s eats and run and then I have something pretty awesome to share with you all.

Yesterday’s breakfast was a Van’s berry waffle topped with almond butter, chia seeds and raspberries. I can’t get enough of these waffles; sadly, I am eating my last waffle in the box this morning.

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For lunch, I had yet another slice of the pizza from Friday night. This pizza is seriously the gift that keeps giving.

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By the way, you may notice my new water bottle hanging out in the picture above. Over the weekend, Mark and I picked up some ello glass water bottles at Costco. I love adding lemon essential oils to my water, but you can’t add oils to anything you’re drinking from a plastic bottle or cup (the oils will pull the toxins from the cup into your water). I love this water bottle so much. Call me crazy, but the water just tastes more pure and the bottle doesn’t get cakey when put in the dishwasher. Mark and I got two bottles for $15 at Costco. Totally worth the purchase!

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When I got home from work, Mark headed out for a quick run, while I hung at home with the dogs. Once he got back (by the way, he is seriously shaving time off his run times lately, I am so proud), I headed out for a little 5k of my own. As part of my attempt to shave time off my 5k time, one of my weekly runs is going to be a 5k where I consistently push myself out of my comfort zone.

Since this is my first day of “training,” my goal was to simply stay below a 9-minute mile the entire time. I only noticed myself hit a 9-minute mile once and I immediately dug deep and sped up for the remainder of my run. 3.1 miles @8:33 pace. I definitely felt like I pushed myself throughout my entire run and consider it a good start to my training. I’m definitely in a better place with my running than I was even 6 months ago speed-wise.

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When I got back home from my run, Mark was prepping some burgers to throw on the grill. I took care of the green beans (I usually work on the sides and Mark does the meat cooking), while Mark grilled the burgers. PS, the Ezekiel burger buns were amazing. I definitely reccommend them!

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Alright, now I’ve got something to share with you guys. The time has come for me to order new running shoes. I’ve had the same pair of Brooks Glycerin 11s since August 3 and just based off a very rough estimation, have put about 700 miles on them. You’re supposed to change your shoes out every 6ish months or 300-500 miles. So I’m overdue, to say the least.

Typically I go to my local running store to pick up the latest and greatest in running shoes. My current pair cost $160. (I can never imagine spending that much on a normal pair of shoes, but for some reason, I didn’t even blink when they told me my total for these back in August.) Anyway, Mark and I hopped on the Running Warehouse website and picked me up a pair of Brooks PureFlow 2s for $50.

I am all about local running stores, trust me. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning when I go into one. But having to replace shoes every 6-9 months can get expensive, and Running Warehouse seems like it will be a great way to minimize the cost of new shoes. The website has brand new models, which are only slightly less than you would find them in-store. However, there is also a liquidation store on the site, where they list any model of shoes they are trying to get rid of. The PureFlows I got were listed for $59, and Mark found a promo code (FB15D) that knocked another 15% off.

I’m certainly not trying to take away any business from our local running shops. I still plan to shop there regularly. However, if you’re looking for a new running shoe and can’t afford to spend $160 like I did last year, Running Warehouse is seriously a great alternative. I am so excited to get my shoes in the mail within the next two days (free shipping too!).

Dallas runners, is anyone planning to do a Boston social run? Where do you buy your running shoes?

get ready

I’m about to smother you in pictures. ;) Every Monday I have so much to catch up on that I pretty much just go into picture overload. Hope you’re ready!

Friday:

I got to the office on Friday and saw these sitting on my desk. There was no name on the post-it note, but I figured out it was from one of our project managers. So nice!

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Breakfast was a Van’s berry waffle topped with almond butter, chia seeds and a sliced banana.

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For lunch I brought home a grilled chicken sandwich from Chick Fil A. Yes, I added a small waffle fry. ;)

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After work, I went for my first run in 6 days. I kept this run short and easy so I could ease my way back in. 3 miles @ 9:22 pace. Man, I missed running.

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Once I got back from my run, I immediately got ready and headed to my old boss’ new house for a housewarming party. So much fun! And then I stopped by Mark’s favorite pizza place and picked up a pizza for us to eat at home. This pizza was huge. We’ve eaten it for several meals this past weekend and still have some left!

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Saturday:

Saturday morning’s breakfast was so good: oatmeal with peanut butter and chia seeds. Served with an iced coffee, of course.

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After a mid-morning run to Costco to stock our pantry, I heated up a slice of pizza, which I ate with some leftover salad from the night before.

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Saturday afternoon, I went for another easy run. 3 miles @ 9:14 pace.

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PS — I passed these ducks during my run. They hang out in our neighborhood a lot. I love them!

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Immediately after my run, I showered and got ready for a Dallas Mavericks’ game with Mark, my mom and sister. Mark and I got to the arena pretty early so we could grab something to eat before the game started. Chicken tenders and fries for me. This wasn’t my healthiest weekend…

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I have so much fun at Mav’s games. We have been going for years and I seriously love it! (Fun fact: Mark and I went on our first date to a Mavs game.)

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My mom. :)

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On our way home from the game, Mark and I stopped at Yogurtland for some frozen yogurt. My favorite.

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Sunday:

Sunday’s breakfast was similar to Saturday’s: steel cut oatmeal with peanut butter, chia seeds and banana slices.

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After church, Mark and I stopped at the grocery store to pick up some produce before I threw together something for our lunch. I sauteed chicken/kale sausage with some onions and spinach, served with macaroni & cheese.

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Sunday afternoon I came up with my own at-home workout. For some reason, the ball of my right foot and my right knee were acting up on both of my runs this weekend (I’m assuming I need new shoes), so I figured a different workout would be beneficial.

This workout had my heart rate up for about 45 minutes straight yesterday. During the 10-minutes of spinning on each repetition, I made sure to keep my heart rate high with spinning intervals and sprints on the bike.

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Dinner was takeout Pei Wei since we had a gift card. Yum.

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Now that I’ve drowned you in pictures of my weekend, tell me about your weekend!

Did you run this weekend? What’s the coolest thing you did this weekend?

it’ll be good to be back

It’s Friday, it’s Friday… it’s Friiiiiday! Is anyone else excited about that?! It’s been a heck of a week, I’ll say that. But the weekend is finally almost here.

Yesterday’s breakfast was plain Greek yogurt topped with Barbara’s multigrain spoonfuls and blackberries. I don’t want to talk about how quickly I went through that entire box of multigrain spoonfuls cereal by myself…

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Mid-morning I got hungry… I mean really hungry, so I grabbed a Sabra hummus packet at the cafeteria downstairs in my office. It hit the spot!

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For lunch, I threw together a chicken wrap with the balsamic grilled chicken we had for dinner Wednesday night. Kroger’s homemade tortillas are pretty legit, y’all.

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Around 3:30, I got hungry again. I don’t know what was with me yesterday, but I was hungry. Luckily, I’d packed a banana and some almond butter, which I had with an unsweetened black iced tea from the Starbucks in my office. Perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

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Unfortunately, I had to work late and ate dinner (Jason’s Deli) in record time, so I failed to snap a picture.

So it’s been 6 days since I last ran. I miss it so much and I get major runner’s jealousy when I pass someone running this week. But I truly believe this week has been good for me mentally and physically. I’ve been reminded how much I miss running when it’s not in my life… and I’ve been reminded how poorly I eat when I’m not worried about running. That’s enough motivation to keep running if you ask me. ;)

I am hoping to get an easy run this evening and Mark and I have already discussed a bike ride together tomorrow. It’ll be good to be back. Starting next week, I’m going to (attempt to) start working to shave some time off my 5k PR. The 5k has never really my race per se, but being able to improve my time over the past few months has been really fun for me and I’d love to push myself to continue to get better.

So how do I plan to do that? I did some research and will be following a training plan I found on Runner’s World. I will be focusing on the 6 “puzzle pieces” below:

For our 5K puzzle, we assemble pieces to create these six islands:.

* Stride Efficiency
* Aerobic Endurance
* 5K-Specific Endurance
* Intermediate Fast-Twitch Endurance
* Versatile Race Pace Efficiency
* Post-Run Recovery & Injury Prevention

Basically my workouts will consists of technique drills, short hill repetitions, a weekly long run, track/interval workouts and foam rolling. I am realistic about my weekly workouts, so I will likely continue to take two rest days (like I always do), but will follow the below workout as closely as possible. I am thinking I will skip one medium run and one short run each week. Although, we’ll see how that works out once I begin.

So this is my workout plan for the next two weeks. I’m not sure exactly when my next 5k will be, but I’m looking at a few different races in the next month or so. I’ll keep you all posted!

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Any tips on improving your race time? When is your next race?

a strange day

Hi, guys. Today is a little strange for me, but I felt even stranger not popping in for a post.

Three years ago today my dad passed away unexpectedly, so the anniversary of that day is always just a little…awkward. I honestly feel no sadder than I would any other day, but it’s a day that is obviously much more acknowledge by my friends and family.

So I wanted to share one of my favorite pictures of my dad. He was my best friend and the reason I got started running in the first place. Each time I run I think of how thankful I am that he gave me this passion for something I love so much!

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I apologize for the lack of a normal post today, but I’ll be back tomorrow. :-) Thanks for always letting me share what’s on my heart!

wednesday review: essential oils

Hi! Happy Wednesday. We’re halfway there, y’all. Let’s run through yesterday’s eats so we can get to my weekly review.

Yesterday’s breakfast was Trader Joe’s honey Greek yogurt topped with chopped walnuts and blackberries.

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For lunch, I made some Back To Nature Macaroni & Cheese, which I combined with spinach. Anything is healthy when you add something green, right?!

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I had to eat dinner pretty early yesterday because I had a class to attend at 6:30. I call this the Early Bird Special: tuna salad with raisins and a chopped apple. Mmm.

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Last night, I attended a class on essential oils. You may remember me speaking about them a little in the past. For the past month, I’ve been using essential oils regularly for various reasons, and have really loved the results I’ve seen. So much so that a few weeks ago I signed up for a class educating essential oil users on how to use the oils best to help with depression and anxiety.

If you’ve read my story about anxiety, you know it’s something I’ve dealt with for a couple of years now. I had little idea what to expect going into this class, but I figured any information could be helpful. The class was absolutely packed and started 15 minutes late because so many people were pilling in. (High quality picture coming up…)

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So I decided for this week’s Wednesday review I would share just a little about my experience with essential oils so far.

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When I first started hearing about essential oils, I was skeptical to say the least. I don’t consider myself an overly “crunchy” or “granola” person, although I like to use natural remedies and eat real foods whenever possible. But when my friend Tania invited me to a Young Living essential oils “party” to learn more about these oils, I decided to give it a shot.

The class was extremely informative, but I felt overwhelmed and unsure whether or not I wanted to spend the money on oils at that time. I went home, armed with the information I’d learned in the class, and did my own research, trying to figure out which oils I may benefit from.

Most oils range between $10 and $40. I knew I wanted to try a few, but I didn’t want to over-commit. As I considered what “problems” I would most utilize the oils for, I determined I would try out Peppermint Oil for my sinuses, Lemon Oil for general health and a sample pack of Peace & Calming for my anxiety.

Over the past month, I’ve consistently used all three oils. I’ve seen tremendous success with all three and honestly was amazed at how quickly I fell in love with essential oils. I put one or two drops of the Lemon Oil in my water (only do this in a glass; no plastic!) for overall happiness and a refreshing pick-me-up nearly every day. The Peppermint Oil has worked wonders for my sinuses (I simply dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil ((olive oil)) and rub it over my sinuses.) and I even use it for headaches and other aches and pains. But the Peace & Calming has been my favorite. At least once a day (often twice) I rub some P&C on the back of my neck and into my palms to help alleviate nerves and anxiety.

I know this sounds too good to be true and I’m not saying essential oils are for everyone. I do know that the woman who led the anxiety & depression class last night was on Prozac for most of her life before she found essential oils. I truly believe that using essential oils can work in place of many over-the-counter drugs and be a natural solution to many of our problems.

So buy it, try it or deny it? I say buy it. However, I would highly recommend doing your own research and make sure you buy through a reputable company (Young Living and Doterra are two of the best). You can find essential oils at places like Whole Foods and GNC, but they are most often adulterated and not pure enough to ingest.

PS here is an awesome blog post by Tania @ Run To Radiance discussing how she has added essential oils to her beauty routine.

Have you ever tried essential oils? If so, share which ones you use!