Friday, September 12, 2014

This is what you get...

Are you like me and you as you run you write? Too bad Siri can’t read my thoughts and write for me! This morning after a rough few weeks and allergies kicking my butt I headed out for a much needed mind clearing run, grabbed my Boston 2011 jacket and went. The race that unexpectedly became my PR and still stands 2 ½ years later, not my most important race but one I will never forget. The jacket always reminds me of where I was and that I will get back there and be even stronger. I’m sure my full thoughts won’t make it out in this post but this is the basis of my run and where I am right now…

As I’m sure you all have seen my blogging has lacked lately, I kind of lost hold on why I wrote. I tried turning this into something it wasn’t so I am going back to where I started. A place to write about my life as a mom and runner living healthy (or trying my best to).

Over the next 10 months I will be over my head in diabetes research for my doctoral project, yikes but that also means in 10 months I will be done with grad school forever! The next year will also bring the usual running, healthy living and parenting as we prepare a spirited child for kindergarten. 
We are in the midst of dealing with behavioral and sleep issues and a possible ADHD diagnosis so that only adds more to the stress of life. But through it all I use running to deal with stress. My goal this time around is to rely on healthy eating to get me through (with some red wine of course!). I’m no longer hiding my stress behind what looks like a life completely put together, that isn’t me.

Over the next year you’ll get me, take it or leave it. The real me filled with the stress of parenting, school and working full time and how I am surviving it all with fitness and nutrition. You will see a change in my running this fall as I am deciding to focus on enjoying my runs, not pushing myself as I continue to recover from my hip issues. My running is less, but I am loving other forms of fitness. My times will likely be slower but that’s okay. These posts may include my new founded love of Beachbody products but it will not turn into a sales blog (but you are always welcome to check out my site and join me!). There will still be product reviews and giveaways that fit with what I believe. I’ll continue to share recipes and my workouts, talk about my life and being a busy mom. It will all be me…

Hang on and join me for the crazy year ahead.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Marathon Prep Race Week

Last week I got back on track with goals and looking forward. I think it is the sudden realization that summer is ending and I once again have a to do list that is a mile long! Time to get moving, right? My goals changed but I was on track…
·                     3 Days strength training & 2 additional core focus days Yes
·                     4 Days running: long run, hills, speed & easy Yes
·                     5 Days Piyo/Yoga 4 days
·                     1 Day other cardio 90 min spin class that was killer!

Non Fitness Goals:
·                     Clean 1 room With O’s help we got 3 rooms done!
·                     Finish assignment 2 for fall semester Not yet
·                     Fun family time this weekend Matt and I hit a few local wineries Saturday, Sunday family time at the park and a race on Monday

This is the week I have been looking towards for the past month! Just 2 work days and then a weekend away with friends to relax and run! Honestly what could be better. So with yet another busy week ahead what are my goals…

·                     3 Days strength training & 3 additional core focus days
·                     4 Days running: 2 races (one for speedwork-5K/10K double and half for long run), 1 hills and 1 easy
·                     5 Days Piyo/Yoga, I need this!
·                     Swim!

Non Fitness Goals:
·                     Clean 1 more room
·                     Organize so I can work on lit reviews on plane
·                     Pack and have a great girls weekend!
·                     Eat healthy 90% of the time while traveling

Happy Labor Day and happy long weekend! How are you enjoying this extra day at home? 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Changes and feeling great! Are you ready to change?

I usually don't post like this, so open. And I am for sure not one to take selfies! I've struggled with how my body responded after pregnancy and now especially with all the changes over the past year: back to full time work, quicker meals, big running injury, etc. But here it is...

I was ask yesterday about Beachbody and why I started the programs and why I became a coach and thought I'd share with my readers as well and show the progress I have made in just two short months (2 very busy months with long work days, travel and O's activities).

I joined the Team at Beachbody because I was an injured runner who had gained weight due to lack of workouts. I had spent so many years in my run and lifting routine that I was lost with ½ of that and no longer seeing positive changes. I felt like I’d even hit a plateau on my lifting, I wanted strength and definition and it was coming! I had become frustrated with running the past year and was not enjoying it, heck I was actually happy with the need to stop running. In June I heard about PiYo and that it sounded like something worth trying. At the same time I was convinced (very reluctantly) to try Shakeology. I mean, I don’t jump on these supplement bandwagons I want my food! But these carb cravings and afternoons filled with processed food were killing me so why not.

I think the turning point came in one of my first runs back, it was hot, so I decided to finish my run in only a sports bra. I looked as I was running and nearly cried as I saw the bloat and lose belly over the top of my shorts. What had happened? I used to have abs! Now I looked like I did 5 months pregnant. My pants were all feeling tight and I was just frustrated!

I have seen huge changes both outwardly and in my running. After almost 2 years with a nagging, worsening injury I spent 2 months not running and going through intense PT with slow results. After 1 month of PiYo/P90X3 combo my PT was shocked at the progress in my glute strength, core strength/stability/balance and flexibility that I was allowed to increase mileage and speed! I also saw results I haven’t seen in years. After 2 months I no longer have my belly and am finally seeing the return of pre-baby (almost 5 yrs) abs! I am down 7lbs and feel great! While I have gained inches on arms and legs, I have lost on my waist and hips!

As a coach I have been able to share these great workouts and more with others, I’ve had a passion for fitness, nutrition and running for years and feel that this was a perfect way to tie it all together! I have seen friends lose weight, gain energy and reset their fitness and nutrition through the programs. P90X has helped runners knock time off their PRs and become stronger on less miles. And Shakeology has saved me, every afternoon I pass on the pile of processed carbs and have a shake and maintain my energy all day!
Left: June 20th Right: Aug 22nd (Sorry I'm not great at selfies!)

With all this said I’d love to have you join me starting September 6th for a Back to School Challenge Group! You pick the workouts, I’ll provided support, coaching and resources and as a group we will encourage and hold each other accountable. Who wants to join? Make sure to buy your challenge pack before August 31st to make sure it arrives in time. Ask me anything and make sure to order here

What was your turning point to make changes? What is your biggest struggle?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Enough Protein? WIAW

After my ER visit and continued issues with hyponatremia I decided to get back on top of my food tracking and logged in to my Fitness Pal account after almost a year. I will admit I usually go at it expecting to stick with it but quit after a week. This time I needed to focus on making sure my protein, fat and sodium intake were enough for my activity levels. It has been almost a month and I'm finding my carbs are still higher than needed meaning I need to focus on the other two more.

Since we are talking food, I decided to get back into the What I Ate Wednesday posting...

My lunches/dinners (frequently dinner becomes lunch in some form)
  • Vegan Pepper Mac n "Cheese"
  • Quinoa black Bean/Veggie Bowl
  • Tofu Pepper Curry
  • Artichoke/sundried tomato bean stuffed zucchini
  • Fajita salad (from leftover fajitas)

I've also been loving lemon water! Whay did it take me so long to discover this? I needed to either cut back to 40-50 ounces a day to control the hyponatremia or add salt, so sea salt/lemon water it was. Share your favorite water additions.

So it looks like I am still lacking protein, ugh! No matter how hard I try this is just low for me. As a vegetarian this has always been a struggle, I refuse to start eating meat again when I know I can do this without, I have added eggs back in What are your favorite protein snacks? 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Week? My goals...

A new week and new goals...I decided to change up my Monday posts a little and instead of listing my exact workouts I'm focusing on the goals for the week.

  • 3 Days strength training & 2 additional core focus days
  • 4 Days running: long run, hills, speed & easy
  • 5 Days Piyo/Yoga
  • 1 Day other cardio
Non Fitness Goals:
  • Clean 1 room
  • Finish assignment 2 for fall semester
  • Fun family time this weekend
Last week I finally got my mileage up and ran 20 miles on Saturday! Best part I felt great until mile 19 then just tired and Sunday felt completely fine. I'm seeing huge changes both in my physical appearance and how I feel from the changes I have made over the past couple months. Last Friday I celebrated another year older and I have decided that this is the year I maintain my focus, no deviating from the goals I will achieve.

What are your goals for the week ahead? What did you accomplish last week?

I have picked a new winner for the Spartan Race entry: Michael Shaw you are the new winner! I will be emailing today but you are welcome to email me as well. Please contact me before Wednesday at 8am CST.

Friday, August 22, 2014

2 Sides of running: Who have you met?

There are two sides to running and both a necesary in their own ways:

Social: Are you are social runner? Run with groups/friends? Others can hold us accountable to meet and get in those tough workouts.

For me this is my MRTT friends, running buddies, those who I have met through coaching who inspire me with their stories, the professionals I have met that are so real and down to earth to still share their stories with someone like me and my online running friends to support from afar. I have met and been able to do so much through the simple thing being a runner: meeting Meb, traveling to multiple states and countries, showing my daughter a great lifelong sport, meet others who are amazingly strong and inspiring.

Social runs motivate, are great for anything from easy to the hardest workouts you've ever done! I need these when I either need an extra push or just need to chat with my running friends. Plus why else would I want to run at 5am or in sleet or in 0 degree weather?!

Individual: And then there are some days when there is nothing better then being along with nothing other than the pavement and your thoughts. I'm sure to some it makes me crazy that I enjoy running for hours by myself some days. I guess as a mom with a stressful job I need this time to not think or worry about what is heading my way next. I can just soak up the world around me instead of solving a major crisis.

Which are you? Social or individual runner or combination? Who have you met through running?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Are you a Spartan? Giveaway

Do you love watching the obstacle races, seeing the strength and endurance of these athletes as they complete obstacles? Now is your chance to give it a try too!

If you aren’t familiar with the Spartan Races, they’ve been around globally since 2005 and have been voted #1 obstacle race by Outside Magazine. They also offer individuals and groups the chance to fund raise for various charities.

Recently Spartan Race also partnered with Runner’s World Magazine.

Runner’sWorld, the largest and most influential media brand in the running space, has signed a partnership with Spartan Race™, the global leader in obstacle racing since 2005, that includes custom digital content, racer-focused benefits, training plans and event activations.The collaboration between these two premier fitness brands kicked off in the July issue of Runner’s World magazine, which reaches over three million people monthly in print. Highlights of Runner’s World’s involvement in Spartan Race events include: Customized Spartan Race training plans designed by Runner’s World experts as well as exclusive stories and videos to be available only on; Runner’s World content on; and a Runner’s World presence at select Spartan Race events.

What is a Spartan Race?

Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Our events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal.

Our events challenge the familiar, today’s perception of normal living and getting you out of your comfort zone! At Spartan Race, we do this everyday and it shapes everything we do.

Having experienced many different racing events, we wanted to make adventure racing more accessible to everyone, but do not be fooled by the word ‘accessible’, as our events have a challenge for everyone’s needs.

Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race.

Whatever your level, Spartan Race will test your strength, stamina, and sense of humor.

Here is your chance to win a FREE entry just for my readers! 10% off race entry with code SPARTANBLOGGER

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Make sure to check out the Spartan Race broadcast on NBC and enter the national contest for a trip to Spartan Race Cruise this March and have put together 2 giveaways for 2 including airfare and the cruise out of Miami (US residents only). One giveaway will be for any of your readers who add their info here: