Friday, August 31, 2012

August: Finally getting back

August like I have said many times is the month of new beginnings: a new job, a comeback to running strong, back to school and a change in my program, new routines and a new outlook and attitude on life. So how did I do on my goals?

1st I had my highest mileage run month all year: 237.4 miles!!
  • PR at half marathon (at least beat previous time this year 1:42) 1:37 Not a PR but better
  • Pass NASM CPT Nope, haven't even scheduled a time to take it
  • Plan workouts and stick with the plans. Did this weekly and stuck with 95% with only changes when needed
  • Plan meals and snacks and try to stick with it. Work more on further cutting out processed foods, especially for snacks. Getting better but still needs work
  • Do weekly Boot Camp Challenges Yes, did challenges for water intake, adequate sleep, increasing green veggies and pushing myself to do more
  • Swim at least 1x weekly Nope, I only swam 1x this month (plan to get there this afternoon making 2x)
  • Continue with Boot Camp and strength training Yes, 2x week boot camp, 1x week with trainer and another 1-2x weekly strength on my own
  • Make each run count, no more junk miles!Getting better, made sure to do weekly hills, speed, long runs and also easy/recovery runs

So what's ahead besides a busy month and cooler weather; I am hoping to stay caught up on work and school while still managing my workouts. My September goals:
  • PR at the half marathon (tomorrow)
  • PR at 10 Mile race 
  • Get better at PT exercises - at least 3x week
  • Get back in the habit of weekly menu planning and making 1-2 meals on Sunday to have ready
  • Organize 1 room in the house each week
Other plans for September without and real goal:
  • 35 mile Family bike (and yes I mean family: my parents, FIL and nephews and us of course)
  • 5K Mud Factor
  • The start of our first "real" dance classes
  • Enjoy some fun Fall activities: apple picking, corn maze and planning for Halloween
Sure someone will be disappointed when swimsuits are no longer all she has to wear!
Have a great 3 day weekend! What are your September goals?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Running for a reason

Why do you run? A simple question with many different answers. For me it is many things: stress relief, to stay healthy, to be outside, to socialize, to prove my strength to myself and accomplish things I never thought possible. These are the things we need to to remember when the alarm goes off at 4:30 am and we second guess our decision to get out and run 1/2 mile repeats while much of the world is still sleeping.

I started running to say I could finish a marathon and raise money for Stroke Research, that led to 10 more years of marathons and eventually coaching and raising even more money for Cancer research, nearly $10,000 between the two organizations.

This week I am donating my miles to A Girl Runner's Memorial Run to remember the 7th anniversary of hurricane Katrina. Since that time I've heard first hand experience from friends who worked rescue and medical in the aftermath as well as attended graduate school with multiple trips to Alabama in an area effected by Katrina. No matter what you run, donate your miles to let her know you remember those effected.

Why do you run? It is so important to remind ourselves of why we started in the first place.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Weekly Goals and Not Getting Overwhelmed

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Weekly Chase
As great as I did last week there is a lot left undone. I am lacking some motivation and have a tough time starting stuff right now (or following through when it gets boring). I get frustrated when things get overwhelming and tend to not do much at these times. This is unfortunately a frequent occurrence at the start of a semester which was last Monday. I need to find my pattern and get back into the swing of the school/ work combo.

How was last week?...
Goal #1 Workouts...

  • Mon: AM: Bike PM: Strength - No bike but a walk
  • Tues: AM: Boot Camp PM: Run -  Yes
  • Wed: AM: Speed Run PM: Strength - Yes
  • Thurs: AM: Boot Camp PM: Run - Yes
  • Fri: AM: Run PM: Strength or Bike or Pilates - Am: strength PM: Speed work
  • Sat: AM: Run PM: Swim- No swim
  • Sun: AM: Long Run- 21.6 Miles in 3:05:30

  • Goal #2 Eating: Stick with planned meals and limit the birthday treats and drinks. Pretty good only 2 meals out, stuck with meal plans but a little extra wine involved

    Goal #3 Lay out my semester schedule for both teaching and my own school and make a plan of attack. Nope, tomorrow

    Goal #4 Spend quality time with family and hubby.Could be better, but getting there.

    My goals from this week...

    Goal #1 Half Marathon on Saturday, finish feeling like I pushed with all I had and hopefully a PR My time goals: A) 1:37 B) 1:35 C) 1:30

    Goal #2 Find a new pair of running shoes. I've worn the same shoes for years and the new model is awful! I have 2 on order and need to try a couple treadmill runs this week.

    Goal #3 Make weekly to do lists starting today and plan school, work, workouts and family time.

    Goal #4 Workouts

  • Mon: PM: Strength, ? Swim
  • Tues: AM: Spin Class PM: Run 
  • Wed: AM: Speed Run PM: Strength 
  • Thurs: AM: Spin Class PM: Run 
  • Fri: AM: Run PM: Bike or Swim
  • Sat: AM: Half Marathon PM: Strength
  • Sun: AM: Run or Bike

  • Goal #5 Clean our office at home. I have neglected housework and the entire thing needs a good cleaning, so my goal will be one room a week starting with the piles in the office and hopefully getting some money from selling some old books.

    Sunday, August 26, 2012

    Long Run Nutrition for a Happy GI

    As I have mentioned before I have many issues with food intolerances, eating before a workout and fueling during a long run without consequences during and afterwards. As I head out for a 20 Mile run this morning I am making some changes to the plan in hopes of solving many of these issues.

    Since it falls in line with Day 26 of the August Challenge: What do you eat before a workout I figured I'd document my strange morning routine.

    1st I should say that my pre workout food varies on duration of exercise. Many mornings I have nothing or a handful of GF pretzels on my way to Boot Camp. But anything longer I need food (and coffee).

    I decided to instead of my normal pre run GF toast and almond butter I would make my typical banana oatmeal protein cake and have coffee.

    Today I took advice of long time running friends and will try Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem
    Perpetuem - Endurance Fuel
    I was impressed to head to their website and see a list of solutions to common endurance problems including GI distress. In a few hours I will know for sure how well it works, wish me luck.

    Okay, back from 20 miles (21.60 to be exact) and the verdict...I love Perpetuem. This is the first long run in probably years where I haven't wanted to curl up in a ball and lay down on the side of the road.

    Now off to fill my stomach with some wonderful Thai food while spending time with a great friend.

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    My lazy glute and running injuries

    Through the years I have dealt with more then my share of running injuries. With this as my history then why is it that after 10 years as a runner I am finally working hard to change the mechanical issues causing my injuries in hopes of not only preventing further injury but also becoming a stronger runner? I was thinking I can't be the only one, right? My trainer and I have decided to share our findings and exercises with the running group and I thought I'd share with others as well.

    The glutes are key in keeping the pelvis stable, extending the hip, forward movement, and keeping it all aligned. Weak glutes cause the entire kinetic chain to be disturbed. Glute weakness is shown to be linked to Achilles tendinitis, shinsplints, runner's knee, and iliotibial-band syndrome. The glute is often not active in regular activities like other muscle groups leading to disproportionate calves, hamstrings and quadriceps, it is also hard to isolate glutes in strength training (Kimball, 2011)

    Core strength is frequently sought by runners to decrease injury and improve stability of abdominals and back muscles, but this fails to address the frequent issue of weak glutes in runners. After many years of thinking I had an on and off piriformis injury we have now decided that the issue comes from a lazy right glute. So what can I do?

    My Glute Strengthening Plan

    Side Steps: Remember the lovely stretchy band you were handed in PT one day? Well pull it back out, bad memories and all! Wrap band around both ankles and step sideways keeping knees straight and hips forward and NO ROCKING! You will feel it on upper outer thighs. Do 3 sets of 12.

    Bridges: Not your usual bridges for core work and will require help of a partner, so what a great thing to do after a run with a friend. Lie on your back, feet on the floor, knees bend. Now engage your glute and have partner apply resistance to outer thigh/knees as your raise pelvis up. Resist partner to keep knees steady, can vary resistance or use band. Do 3 sets of 12-15 daily.

    Squats: Line up with a bench behind you, knees apart and feet facing forward. As you bend, touch butt on bench and use glutes to push back up to standing. Keep chest forward and don't lean down. Do 3 sets of 10-12.
    Stretch: After any run focusing on hip flexors and hamstrings.

    Where am I now? After about a month of these exercises the piriformis pain is gone and hamstring tightness improved. I feel stronger running hills and fatigue less quickly. I know this is a combination of all my strength training and running, but I love the difference so far. The real test will come in preventing further injury.

    With my long history of running injury I analyze everyone's gait including O's! I joking, at least she has better form then I do and many others I watch!

    And we have made it to Friday, after thinking yesterday was Friday I am ready! Looking forward to the weekend and my 20 mile run, What are your weekend plans? Check out Fitness Friday

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    The week: Food, wine and a near mommy fail

    August Challenge Day 23 The best thing to happen to you this week: So much this past week has been great that I can't really narrow it down to only one thing. Sometimes it is good to focus on all the wonderful things that are going right instead of dwelling on the negative so I am just going to take a little time to do that.

    My week of good things

    -I finally ran a half marathon feeling good and now can feel like I am truly coming back.

    -Matt and I spent a fun afternoon relaxing at the Homegrown Experience and enjoying some great food and wine.

    -More free coffee for my birthday and this one from my favorite place


    -Sushi from my favorite restaurant and wine for birthday dinner with my two favorite people.
    crazy tuna green tea rainbow naruto

    -Of course plenty of tough workouts: alone, with Matt and O, with friends and with my trainer. I love how each has it's own purpose for me. Some are social and just a great time to chat and relax, others are a time to work and push myself harder then I thought possible.

    -This morning a tough boot camp in the rain

    -A near mommy fail was saved thanks to a great gymnastics teacher. I forgot to sign O up for fall session and it is full with a wait list already but thanks to a little girl with a great personality and her wonderful teacher she is in.
    Can you imagine the look on this sassy face had I not gotten her in?!

    And best yet, I feel that this is only the start to bigger and better things. I am feeling good about the start of my 34th year, oh wait I only turned 25 yesterday ;-)

    What has been the best part of your week so far?

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    How a runner celebrates a birthday

    Yesterday I was asked how I planned to celebrate my birthday which is today. My reply was something that sounded perfect to me but got some strange here it my plans for the day

    5:30am Hill workout with a great group of runners
    • 1 mile warm up run
    • 20 Lunges, 20 High Knee Skips, 20 Speed striders
    • Repeat until up hill
    • Easy 1/4 mile downhill
    • Repeat x 5
    • 1 mile cool down run

    Followed by my 1st free coffee of the day from Caribou which I quickly grabbed on my way home.

    I arrived home to hear "Happy Birthday Mommy" from a very smiley little girl and my great birthday card

    And now I head off to work for a few hours and more free coffee from Dunn Bros. Folowled by an afternoon strength session with my trainer. As gacgirl who knows me so well posted on Facebook...
    "Happy birthday Jen! Enjoy some sushi, wine, and a run!"

    My evening plans are sushi and wine, what a great way to enjoy my birthday. What is your favorite way to spend a birthday?

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    All About Me

    What is the Liebster Award?

    The Liebster Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. According to Mindy, Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. In other words it means, “I love your blog! Keep up the great work and keep writing about your journey!! To me most importantly it’s a great way to discover new blogs and share the love.

    Here’s how it works once given a Liebster Award:

    1.      Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
    2.      Then answer the questions the tagger sent for them, plus create 11 questions for the people they’ve tagged to answer.
    3.      Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
    4.      Notify the people you have tagged.
    5.      No tag backs.

    Thank you Melissa at 13 Going on Crazy for nominating me, here are the questions she asked of me:

    1.      What is your post from your blog are you the most proud of and why? My 1st postpartum marathon and PR, I still get emotional reading it today. It brings up such feelings of accomplishment and strength knowing where I started and how far I have come.

    2.      What is your favorite time of year? I love Spring, better weather and race season are just starting and everything is new and blooming. Living in a place with cold winter this is such a happy time of year.

    3.      What is your favorite fitness activity? Running!

    4.      What meal/food do you cook best? Tough decision, but either Chipotle Black Bean Mac n Cheese or Granola (in any form)

    5.      What are you most likely to do on a day off? Get up early to workout then relax with coffee on the deck while my daughter plays outside. Then it is back to reality and running errands and cleaning. I love these days to bake bread or cookies with my daughter.

    6.      Do you prefer summer or winter? Why? Summer, I hate cold weather and snow.

    7.      What is your favorite movie? I honestly don’t know. I own some movies, have some I like but don’t really have a favorite.

    8.      If you could be a super hero with special powers who would it be and why? I would like the power to have a clone to do my work and help out when I have a crazy toddler at home.

    9.      What’s your favorite thing about the town you live in? The running trails: Probably 100s of miles of paved and unpaved running/ biking trails.

    10.  If you could live during any time period when would it be and why? 80s, I love the music and movies but was young the first time around and missed out on real fun.

    11.  What is your favorite song? This changes and I have a few based on my mood, but I always go back to Purple Rain, Yes a huge Prince fan.

    So here goes nothing! Here are 11 things about ME!!

    1.      I hate chocolate, yes you read that right! I get migraines from even the smell so I avoid it at all costs.

    2.      I had a college job as a research assistant where I collected data on tattoo practices, it was so much fun. Even after that I have 3 tattoos (and counting…)

    3.      I have not eaten red meat in 20+ years and pregnancy caused me to give up all other meat 3 years ago and I don’t miss it, but I still love sushi (I know weird).

    4.      I am addicted to coffee, my day doesn’t start without it!

    5.      I started dancing at age 3 and was hooked despite reluctantly agreeing to it after my gymnastics class was cancelled. I miss it now and even signed up for an adult class this fall.

    6.      In high school I had a huge collection of Little Mermaid things: toys, books, pictures, you name it I had it (okay still do but in a box now)

    7.      I love sweet potato fries and will order them whenever I see them on a menu plus I make them at home at least once a week.

    8.      I never leave the house without a bottle of water no matter how short the trip is, no wonder I spend half my day in the bathroom!

    9.      I don’t sit well and have a hard time relaxing, unfortunately my toddler takes after me in this!

    10.  The best way to spend a Summer evening is sitting on the deck with a nice glass of wine.

    11.  I am not an organized person and strive on my own chaos as long as I have control! Makes being a mom tough some days J

    Now that we’ve got all of that out of the way, I’d like to award the Liebster Award to:

    1.      Laura Mommy Run Fast

    2.      Melisa Rambling Thoughts

    3.      Danielle It’s Harley’s Life

    4.      Hiker Mom Livin the Fit Life

    5.      Madeline Food, Fitness & Family

    6.      Tara Me Plus My Trainer

    7.      Andrea Food Embrace

    8.      Mindy Road Runner Girl

    9.      Julie Free Julie

    My questions for the people I have tagged:

    1.       What is one food you can’t live without?

    2.       Which post from your blog are you most proud of?

    3.       Are you a morning person or night owl?

    4.       What is you go to workout?

    5.       If you could live anywhere where would it be and why?

    6.       What is your dream vacation?

    7.       Name one person you would like to workout with and why

    8.       How would you spend your birthday if it was up to you?

    9.       What is the best present you have ever received?

    10.   What was your favorite childhood toy?

    11.   Cats or dogs or neither?

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Weekly Goals

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    How did I do last week...

    Goal #1 Plan and stick with workouts and other work/school tasks, pretty caught up on work stuff and only skipped one workout due to leg issues subbed in pilates for a run.

    Goal #2 Only snack when I am hungry and stick with healthy choices. Much better, only one or two days that I can remember with over snacking when I truly wasn't hungry.

    Goal #3 Finally have a good race at the Half- A: 1:40 B: 1:37 C: 1:35 Besides the time goal I want to finish feeling like I gave it my all. I ran my A goal, but felt like I should have continued to push more.

    Now for this week...

    Goal #1 Workouts...
  • Mon: AM: Bike PM: Strength
  • Tues: AM: Boot Camp PM: Run
  • Wed: AM: Speed Run PM: Strength
  • Thurs: AM: Boot Camp PM: Run
  • Fri: AM: Run PM: Strength or Bike or Pilates
  • Sat: AM: Run PM: Swim
  • Sun: AM: Long Run

  • Goal #2 Eating: Stick with planned meals and limit the birthday treats and drinks.

    Goal #3 Lay out my semester schedule for both teaching and my own school and make a plan of attack.

    Goal #4 Spend quality time with family and hubby. Matt and I had a great afternoon and a food tasting yesterday and now that we both start school again we need to keep not only this going but also activities with our daughter.

    August Challenge Day 20: List your 5 must-have fitness items:
    1. Water Bottle and pre/post workout fuel
    2. Fully stocked iPod for indoor workouts
    3. Good shoes and shorts- Asics Kayano or Brooks Pure Connect for me and Nike Tempo shorts
    4. The attitude to improve and push harder when times are tough
    5. Workout parnters to help motivate and push: For me this is my trainer and running friends
    What are your fitness must haves?

    Sunday, August 19, 2012

    Mora Half Marathon- The weather curse is over!

    After a season of hot, humid and uncomfortable race conditions I think the curse is now broken. I was so excited to wake up on Saturday to find it cool and not even 50F yet, but I had forgotten how to dress for this weather. After a season of bad races, I was happy to finally enter a small races, less than 400 runners without pacers, and best yet I had gotten a free entry. We made the 1 hour drive to the start of the small town race and I debated what to wear, deciding to line up with arm warmers and a jacket which I soon regretted but luckily got rid of by 2 miles.

    Cold enough for arm warmers!
    I could bore you with my mile splits, but all that would show is that in typical race fashion I went out too fast, couldn’t keep up the pace and finished less then I hoped. Instead I will keep it short and sweet and ask for a little advice. The course was rolling hills, nothing huge but nonstop and on top of that many sections with slanted road, ugh!

    The race abruptly began, National Anthem and then “go” without warning. I started running telling myself not to go out too fast but hoping to run a good race. Mile 1: 6:57 & Mile 2: 701 uh oh, once again too fast. This is about where I see the “You’re almost done sign”, what, I don’t consider 11 miles left almost done! I decided since it had been 3 hours since breakfast to start early with a gel and soon learned how tough it is to drink out of a Styrofoam cup while running, really who thought that made sense at a race?! I finally got into a more realistic pace and then the hills began and I pushed, let’s make this hill training pay off…as I kept between a 7:10-7:25 pace but kept trying to get away from annoying runner near me. I named this man pilates runner, you know the noisy exhaling that is done in pilates well imagine that with every breath as you run. And even worse he could not run in a straight line, every time I tried passing he swerved, finally 6 miles in I lost him behind me for good.

    Things were going okay, I had settled into a decent 7:15-:7:30 pace, although I would have liked a little faster but I knew my sore glute couldn’t push more. I decided to finish my gel about Mile 8 as I was informed I was the 3rd woman, just keep this up and you will be fine although I knew there was another woman not too far back. About ½ mile later I found out how close she really was as she passed, looking strong I knew she was running smarter then I had (she ended up in 2nd). I kept her in my sight and soon saw another woman in front of me, both within ¼ mile. I tell myself just run your own race and don’t focus on them. This is one of my toughest parts, since I have starting placing in these races I have a tough time just running and not aiming to compete with others and making it about winning and not my race. After a couple hilly, tougher miles and 7:40 pace I am finally picking it back up by Mile 10 and still hoping for under 1:37, knowing a PR is out of reach. Cue GI issues, without fail within a few miles of finishing a gel my belly starts a rebellion.

    I am soon reminded of the small town farm world as I turn the corner and see a cow grazing at Mile 11. After a short uphill run I turn and see the school knowing the finish is near, I soon hear someone telling me to push to the finish as I hit the top of a hill and see it ahead of me. Go, I am saying…And done 1:37:35 Good for 4th woman and 2nd place Age Group and a medal.

    Now my needed advice: How do you convince yourself to start slow? Yes, even after 20 marathons and countless other races I fail at this every time, I think in hopes of starting fast and staying at that pace. I need fueling suggestions for rebellious GI systems. Through the years I have tried, sports drink, gels, chews and “real food”. I have issues digesting refined sugars and the drinks and most gels are bad. Pretzels and dried fruit have seemed okay but I lack the electrolytes without also adding Nuun which is fine for training but I hate racing with a fuel belt since it irritates my back. Help me figure out a better answer in the next 6 weeks before TCM.

    Friday, August 17, 2012

    Triple Workouts and Quinoa Bars

    I have done plenty of doubles in the past (actually pretty frequently) but I can't remember ever doing a triple workout until yesterday. What a day, without the not so wonderful afternoon of eating it would have been great. I got home late and needed a quick lunch, grabbed Winter Squash soup and veggies and hummus but this soon led to some not great choices and lots of snacking.

    My Triple Day:
    • 5:30 am Boot Camp: Core Work and Ladder
      • Crazy Core: 30 seconds each of Crunches, Plank, Side Plank, Pulse Ups, V ups, Plank Legs Raises, Spidermans, Mason Twists, Oblique Crunches, Stars
      • Ladder: 1 minute wall sit followed by 10 squat jumps, 20 push ups, 30 lunge jumps and 40 V sit ups
    • 8:00 am Strength Training with speed intervals on the treadmill mixed in
    • 5:00 pm 45 minute windy run (no Garmin) pushing BOB to pick up CSA veggies
    That brings me to August Challenge Day 17: My Favorite Workout I have workouts I always hate, pushups! but my favorite besides running is always changing. I loved the Crazy Core workout above but overall my favorite workout is the one where I can feel accomplished and pushed when I am finished. What is your favorite workout?

    And now for the solution to yesterday's hunger fest...

    Quinoa Snack Bars
    1 cup dates- soaked
    1 banana
    2 tbsp raw honey
    1 tsp vanilla
    ½ cup applesauce
    ½ cup cooked quinoa
    1 cup oats
    ½ cup coconut flour
    1 tsp cinnamon
    ½ cup chopped nuts (I used almonds)
    ½ cup seeds (I used pepitas and sunflower)
    ½ cup dried fruit (I used raisins)
    In food processor puree dates, banana, honey, vanilla and applesauce until smooth. In separate bowl mix quinoa, flour, oats, cinnamon, nuts, seeds and fruit. Add banana mixture to dry and combine. Pour into greased 9x13 baking dish and bake in 250 preheated oven for 30-35 minutes

    Fitness Friday
    Happy Friday (finally) can't wait for my half marathon tomorrow and fun day of food and birthday fun on Sunday. What are your weekend plans?

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    1/2 Mile Repeats and Zucchini Muffins

    It's Wednesday so that means another early morning speed workout and it was tough from the first second of my alarm clock to the last step of my run! I kept reminding myself I will not get faster without running faster and I had friends to suffer through it all with me.

    Today's Sunrise Run...
    • 1 1/2 mile warm up
    • 1/2 mile speed and 1/4 mile easy/recovery
    • Repeat x 4 My times: 3:19, 3:17: 3:10, 3:20 
    • 1 mile cool down

    I saw this today and it was perfect for this morning's workout...

    And now for my new favorite baking creation (and it isn't even pumpkin!)...
    Zucchini Banana Mini-Muffins  Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free  
    (Adapted from My Green Diet)
    • 1 cup oat flour (can grind your own with whole oats)
    • 1/2 cup coconut flour
    • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp stevia
    • 1 banana mashed
    • 3/4 cup applesauce
    • 1 Tbs coconut oil melted
    • 1/8-1/4 cup maple syrup
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 cup finely grated zucchini (about 1 medium unpeeled zucchini)
    • ½ cup finely chopped almonds, optional
    • ½ cup raisins
    Whisk together the flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, stevia and cinnamon.
    In a separate bowl, mash banana and mix in applesauce, vanilla, maple syrup and oil. Add in the zucchini; mix. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add raisins and nuts mix until just combined.
    Fill the lined or sprayed muffin cups 3/4 full with the batter. Bake in 350F preheated oven until light golden, 15-18 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.

    *These would be great with shredded apples subbed for zucchini and add a little nutmeg.

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    Guest Post

    I want to thank Danielle for her great post on why she runs. Check out other fitness posts for the blog swap. Thanks Katie for hosting. Now here is Danielle...
    Hi everyone! It’s Danielle from It’s A Harleyyy Life!

    This month Jen and I are blog swapping! We are both SweatPink Ambassadors and when we were asked about doing a Blog Swap we both jumped to join!
    After a lot of brainstorming we came up with the topic: Why We Run! So lets get to it.
    Some background information about me:
    Growing up I was always involved in sports.

    I hated running long distances {aka a mile back then} and I was more of a sprinter. I remember this one time I was playing travel soccer and they gave us a workout plan to follow during the summer… yah well that lasted one day. It just wasn’t and still really isn’t my thing but we’ll get there.
    In college like most people I gained the freshman 15 {more like 20} I didn’t really realize it though until the summer before my senior year.

    I had to get it in gear and well I started running. Not far though. 20 minutes top. At this time I still hated running {and still kind of do} About 2 years ago I got out of the whole workout thing. I decided I could just eat less and be the same weight and not have to workout {not smart duh Danielle}

    It wasn’t until I came across Julie’s Blog at about a year and a half ago that I decided hmm.. maybe I could like working out again and that it was the right thing to do!
    I signed up for my first 5k race. It was hard. I trained first using couch to 5K then I started running while watching the news. {I’m a producer for a local news station} I finally found a way that I can do it and enjoy it…{just for 30 minutes anyways} I did awesome when my 5k came setting a PR {it was my only one} and I was proud of myself.

    I loved the feeling of overcoming the obstacles along the way and completing something that is really hard for me!

    It wasn’t until I started my blog in March of this year that I started to like running.

    I joined this community that loved to workout. It made me love to workout. Reading about it and learning more about how running can benefit you and to see that people can really run like 3 miles away and live to tell about it made me believe in it.

    I’m not the fastest runner. I haven’t ran a marathon or even a half marathon. Running is still hard for me. Everyday I hit an obstacle. My personal distance record right now is 6 miles and knowing I could run that far blew my mind! It is seriously an awesome feeling!

    So back to what this blog post is really about. Why do I run?
    I run for the feeling of accomplishment.
    Running is an escape for me. It is just my ipod, my sneakers hitting the pavement, and my thoughts.
    I run to feel strong.
    I also run to burn calories.
    My goal is to live a healthy lifestyle and running helps me achieve that goal!

    Why do you run?
    Well I just wanted to thank Jen for letting me post on her blog! It has been fun sitting down and remembering everything I have achieved! If you’d like to learn more about me or follow me here is some more of my information.
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