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10 Things A Runner Should Not Leave Home Without

25 Feb

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Man they fly by don’t they?!

Friday night I had an awards ceremony called the Addy’s for the local Advertising Federation of America, although we didn’t bring home any awards this year, it was interesting to see the work of some very talented designers in the area and enjoy one of the best dinners I’ve had out in a long time! With Lent, I went for the Vegetarian option (chicken and prime rib were the other choices), and I am so glad I did! I got a plate full of spaghetti squash, marinara, and a large grilled mushroom with a side salad, garlic bread, and a mini cupcake (and a half…my boss and I split an extra one that was left on our table during the intermission), it was delicious. I wish I would have snapped a picture but 1) I was starving because it was almost 7:30 by the time we ate so I dove right in and 2) it felt a little weird snapping a picture of my food in front of the other people at my table – but TRUST me it was awesome!

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I made these cookies today. They are full of protein; no flour, no eggs, no oil! They are pretty good but if you make them, expect them to be super doughy. They taste like a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie but the texture is definitely like cookie dough. Would be pretty good broken up into vanilla ice cream…I’ll have to try that! Mine didn’t end up looking as pretty as her’s but I followed her recipe to a T and she’s right, I tried the cookie dough before it was baked and it was NOT good but the baking really does bring out the sweetness and the chickpea taste disappears.

This picture looks really cruel, I did end up giving Gizmo a taste of the peanut butter...his puppy eyes always get me!

This picture looks really cruel, I did end up giving Gizmo a taste of the peanut butter…his puppy eyes always get me!

Yesterday we had some nice weather. I think it was somewhere in the high 30’s low 40’s but the sun was shining, the snow was melting, and it felt really nice having a break from the cold and wind. While on a walk I couldn’t stop thinking about how bad I wanted to just run but not wanting to set myself back right now, I stuck with walking which was still good! There’s no doubt spring will be the hardest time of the year for me to get through.

But while my mind is in runner’s land, I was remembering the pet peeves and mistakes I learned along the way on my journey with running.

Here’s a list of 10 things that a runner should not leave home without:

1) A good pair of running shoes: this is a must! When I first started running, my tennis shoes were from Kohl’s. They were just basic tennis shoes. After suffering from shin splints and knee aches, I went to a proper fitting at a running store and got a shoe that fit my foot and stride. If you have a proper running shoe, make sure you don’t go too many miles before replacing them. My Sauconys have barely any tread left on them and the meshing is all ripped, I love those shoes but it’s time to part with them when I get back into running. O yes, and they are now tie died from this fall’s Color Run…

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2) Warm Up: Whether this is stretching, yoga, walking; anything to get those muscles warm and loosened up. A gentle stretch and walk before going in to a run also helps to mentally get me in the zone.

3) …some bathroom meditating…another must! Before a run if I wasn’t able to go to the bathroom, I knew my run would be shot. Even if this meant waking up a good hour before heading out in the mornings, I had to get that in. It’s not fun to have a bad run based solely on this issue. Definitely not something you want to suffer through!

4) Good ear buds: I absolutely hate running with music when my ear buds constantly fall out or get blown out by the wind. I went on Amazon one time and got a really nice pair. Not only was the sound exceptional but the buds stayed in even on the windiest days…until I listened to my music a little too loud on too many runs and they blew. Time for a new pair! I’d love to get some of those cool new sweat proof, wireless ear buds like Jay Bird or Iron Man makes…anyone have those and swear by them? It really is a huge pet peeve of mine when I have to constantly fix my ear buds!

5) Clock: Knowing when I start running and when I stop makes me continue to set goals and stay competitive with myself to push a little further each run.

6) A pre-run snack about 45 min to one hour before hand: You.MUST.fuel! If I had a snack much under an hour before my runs, I would get side cramps so I would try to eat my snack or a small breakfast with plenty of time to digest and make sure I get in #3 ūüôā

7) A bottle of water:¬†If you are doing a long run or it’s really hot, this would be good to take with you, otherwise you will want ¬†(and need) it when you are done.

8) Music: There are some days I just want to enjoy silence, but there are other times when I need music to keep me going and pump me up. Even these days when I am walking by myself, music keeps me going so I don’t get bored or think too much about what I am doing. The mind is a powerful thing and if you get it to stop thinking about quitting, you will keep going!

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10) A goal: No matter if you are going out for an easy, leisurely run or to train for an upcoming race, having a goal keeps you going and on track. If I set out to run 4 miles and get around to the 3rd and want to stop, it was harder to quit and most days a lot easier to just do the last mile because I knew how good it felt to hit that goal. My goals were always set on my PR’s but signing up for a few races will help you as well.

I hope if you are a runner, these tips help to remind you of some important things that I think are necessary to enjoy running as well as meet your times/distances. If you are considering taking up running, this list will help you get yourself, mind and body, ready to hit the pavement.

IMG_20130222_110850I have a Christmas cactus at work that was given to me by a coworker who moved away, the plant was not doing too hot for the first 2 years but recently it’s been really taking off! I think I finally have my blinds filtering just the right amount of light and I now have this flower and 6 more blooms ready to go! My mom has an amazing green thumb but that is one thing I have not found yet. We did landscaping last year and minus the summer drought and the crazy rabbits who ate my hostas down to the roots, I am pretty sure I will have to re-landscape it all this year!

Getting my fitness back on

3 Jan

With the Holidays and all of the sharing of New Year’s Resolutions, as well as over abundance of food and treats, I have been slowly reincorporating some fitness back into my life over the past month or so.

This past weekend, I went for my first run in a long time. My mom and I ventured down to the ice arena where you can do laps around the top. We walked a few miles and I decided to run 2.5. It felt great! I paid for it the next day though, my legs definitely felt it and were thanking me for working them again. But while I ran, I thought about all of my progress this past year and instead of thinking “you can go further, fight through it” I was thinking “this feels great, now that’s enough for now, you’ve come too far.”

I’m not planning to go full in again, but after the Dr. reassured me that my weight was healthy and exercising again was OK as long as I did it in moderation and made sure I was refueling properly. After this past year and my struggle with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and now my choice to try fertility treatments this month, I want to make sure I don’t reverse any progress I have made.

I don’t have a fitness ‘plan’ in place because I am just trying to take it day by day and not get wrapped up into many goals or personal bests. I want to listen to my body. If I need a full out rest day because I am sore from the day before (or even the day before that) I don’t want to push it and will take that rest day to let my muscles recover and grow stronger. I would like to get a few days of 30 minutes of cardio in a week whether it’s on the elliptical, walking, or running a few laps around the ice arena. I also have been pulling out some Jillian videos to challenge my muscles again as well as Cassey’s Blogilates.

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Last night I did Level 2 of Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown. I reviewed Level 1 and I liked Level 2 even more. It is a nice balance between low-intensity strength moves, flexibility, and balance. Afterwards I wasn’t exhausted and drained, instead I felt reenergized and overall healthy.

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It’s all about balance in life. Balance is key. If there is one thing I have learned from the past 2 years is the importance of balance in all areas of life. Whether it’s fitness, nutrition, a career, school, etc.; balance will pull you through to be the best you can be overall.

I don’t plan on going out and working my fitness back to where it use to be. I don’t plan on losing even a single pound. I plan on eating what I want, getting my heart rate up to retain my health, and moving forward with 2013 with a great focus on balance in all areas of my life. This year, I don’t have a New Year’s Resolution except to be a normal, healthy person inside and out.

Workout Playlist

6 Dec

I have been loving lots of songs these days and as you may know, my musical taste is all over the place. Depending on what I am doing, I will listen to a certain type of music. If I am feeling creative usually it’s rock, country, or something calm like Jack Johnson or Kate Voegele. If I am working out, it’s more upbeat could be rock or rap. Driving is one that is based completely on the mood I am in in that moment in time.

With the abundance of Christmas music my ears have been exposed to, I thought it’d be a good chance to mix it up and let you in on my Work Out Playlist. This has a good mix of all types of music that I would love to run, walk, or elliptical…and can’t forget, DANCE to!

1. We Run the Night -Havana Brown and Pitbull

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2. Tongue Tied – Grouplove

Grouplove-Tongue-Tied-Gigamesh-Remix3. You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship: this song totally makes me feel like my legs are moving…last summer I’d put this song on repeat for a full 6 miles…I can barely listen to it anymore because it makes me want to fly! Although it also makes me think of 5:30 AMs…best wake up song though!

4. Move Your Body – My Darkest Days: I love these guys!

319257_519892859468_530041_n5. Ice Cream Paint Job – Dorrough: I like to believe this song is really about ice cream…but I’m pretty sure it’s not…

6. Chillin – Wale and Lady Gaga: Awesome beat…

7. THE (The Hardest Ever) – will.i.am feat Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez: I use to blare this in my headphones and actually broke a set of headphones because I blew the speaker out…yes, I like my music LOUD when I run. I pounded a lot of miles out on the treadmill last December/January to this song. It will DEFINITELY keep you moving!

8. ¬†I’m not a huge Linkin Park fan but I do like this song: Bleed It Out

9. Sound of Madness – Shinedown

10. In the Dark – Dev: Another good beat, this was way overplayed on my iPod as well but it still is very motivating for me!

What are some of your favorite songs to workout to?