Friday Favorites v. 42

The first Friday of Spring is here! While the warmer weather hasn’t decided whether or not it wants to stay in Kentucky or not, I am excited for some sunshine and the hope of temps above 60.

On the agenda for this weekend is painting our spare bedroom and doing some Spring cleaning! (Which may not sound exciting to some of you, but I am pumped).

Before the weekend begins let’s talk Friday Favorites.

1. Finding old photos! After my workout earlier this week I decided to organize the grave some and ended up finding all kinds of photo albums and scrapbooks from middle and high school. It was so fun to look back at all the memories.

*This is a picture of my mom, one of my best friends who just became a momma this week and me from one of our many trips to Florida. So thankful to have these memories. 

2. Meet Jake, the newest Budweiser Clydesdale. As a die-hard Cardinals fan, I love everything that has to do with STL, baseball and beer. Last year, Ryan and I got the chance to tour the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and visit the Clydesdale Stables.

3. “Diet, like training, is always a work in progress.” SO TRUE. Love this.

4. This key lime pie Greek yogurt is the bomb. I love it. I’ve been eating it after dinner for a sweet snack. 

5. New emojis are coming this summer! I am pumped for the dino emoji. I surprisingly need to use that one a lot (I’ve been using the turtle as a replacement)

6. Thursday marked three years since Ryan proposed! I still remember the day so clearly. I hope it’s something I never forget.

7. I’ve been trying a new fitness app called Aaptiv. So far, so good! I plan on having a roundup of some of my fitness favorites on Monday, so be on the lookout for a mini review of the app!

8. Murphy’s favorite spot in the entire house.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. It’s a just a roundup of some my favorite things, products, etc from the week. 

Newbie half marathon and marathon training plans

I remember signing up for my first half marathon in college. I thought I had officially lost my mind. The most I had ever run was 7ish miles and running 6 more just seemed insane.

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But I signed up in December for an April race.
After that I was hooked.
Now, my plan is to eventually run a marathon. You know…”one of these days…”

But even with no race plans for the immediate future, I have been trying to keep in somewhat distance shape. (ha. always a work in progress) Thankfully I have a treadmill at home and I can bust out 3-4 miles runs through the week and I always try to do a long run on Saturdays.

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Maybe some of you all are getting ready to commit to a distance race like a half or full marathon. I’ve linked some of my favorite distance race resources below. Enjoy!

Half Marathon and Marathon Resources

Marathon Rookie
The Dos and Don’ts Of Running Your First Marathon <– this is hilarious.

My weekly workout routine

Hi friends! After weeks of not having any type of workout routine, I think I have finally settled into something that works for me. I always love seeing what others runners do week by week, so I thought I would share my routine.

What does your weekly workout routine look like? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sunday — Easy run or rest. This honestly depends on how busy my schedule is or how sore I am from Saturday’s long run. Since I’m not actively training for a race right now, I am giving myself some leeway.
Monday — 3 miles. Always. Pace varies, but I try to keep it around 9:40ish.

Tuesday — Workout video. Right now I am working my way through the Men’s Health 60 Day Transformation dvd set. It’s a killer.
Wednesday — Another running day, but the distance and effort vary depending on how sore I am from the day before. I usually try to get in 3-4 miles at at least a 10 minute/mile pace.
Thursday — Since this is Ryan’s day off, I either do a short run or rest. Sometimes a workout video. This day really varies depending on Ryan’s schedule.
Friday — Shakeout run. Usually a mile or two. Sprints and slow jogging.
Saturday — Long run followed by my new favorite smoothie.
So there you have it! While this plan might not work for everyone, this is what works best for me in the season of life I am in right now.

My new favorite smoothie

Today after a grueling four miles (don’t laugh! I felt like death at the end of my run) I didn’t feel like making real food, so I whipped up a quick smoothie and I think I’ve found my new favorite!

12 ounces of milk (any kind will work!)
1 scoop of protein powder
6 ounces of strawberry Greek yogurt
A small scoop of peanut butter
A couple pieces of ice

I blend mine in a Nutribullet and then it’s ready to drink!

Friday Favorites v. 41

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing green?!

My favorite day of the work week is finally here! Aren’t Fridays just so fun?! I have NOTHING on my calendar for this weekend and I am so excited for it. After being cram-packed last weekend with events and outings, I am ready for peace and quiet.

Before my relaxing weekend can begin, I have to put in some work at the office and talk to you all about this week’s Friday Favorites! Enjoy!

Let me know some of your favorites from this week in the comments below!

1. Newborn Puppy Photoshoot

This is from a a local photographer and her puppy is SO CUTE. I’m really thinkingI should have done something like this when we brought Murphy home.

2. In the past, I’ve shared recipes from some of my favorite bloggers, but Julie over at PBFingers has to be one of my favorites. So many of her recipes are simple and realistic for mamas and people always on the move. On Tuesday she shard a recipe for a STRAWBERRY BANANA HIDDEN CAULIFLOWER SMOOTHIE and I can’t wait to try it out!

3. The Best On-The-Go Breakfasts For Runners <– because let’s be real, we can’t all cook healthy and portable meals every week. #reallife

4. I know I am super late to the party on this one, but Bruno Mars’ performance at the iHeart Radio award show was stellar.


5. Getting out in the community and teaching little ones about the importance of journalism and the media. We played the telephone to demonstrate how news can spread and change from person to person, how newspapers are made and so much more. This is just one more reason I love my job!
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6. My post from Tuesday on sweet treats to serve at your next daytime party. My mouth is watering just thinking about some delicious cakepops!

7. Caring for your running gear 101

8. MURPHY!
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My mental game on the treadmill is struggling

I love to run. Really, I do. But sometimes it is so dang hard to get motivated. I mean, busting out 1-2 miles on the treadmill is easy and something I could do every day, but that’s not where I want to be with my fitness. I love the half marathon distance, but lately since I’ve been confined to my treadmill, I haven’t been able to run more than 4 miles.
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Plus, I have no upcoming races, so I’m just running for fun/my mental sanity right now.

The mental game on the treadmill is no joke.

Not only is it a struggle to run mile after mile staring at my garage wall (we don’t have internet at our house, so watching tv on my laptop while I run is no-go). I also feel guilty that I could be prepping dinner, cleaning the house or doing basically anything else that is more productive that “just running.” On days when Ryan gets home early, I usually ditch my run to spend more time (which isn’t always a bad thing!)

Sometimes I forget running is good for not only my physical health, but my mental health too.
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And I hate saying all of this, because I begged for a treadmill for so long. I just knew if I got a treadmill that I would run for hours and hours.

Nope.

So I’m trying to make a schedule (similar to a race plan) to help me start logging some distance and cranking up my workouts. I am trying to take care of myself by allowing myself to run and not fret over everything I else I could be doing.

If anyone has any mental tips for running on the treadmill, feel free to pass them way! I’ve found some from other bloggers (like covering my distance/time/pace on my treadmill screen, constantly changing speed/incline, etc) but I am always open to more!

Happy Thursday, friends! We’re almost to the weekend!

Walking treadmill workout roundup

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite walking treadmill workouts. Some days running just doesn’t happen. Whether it’s my attitude, an injury or something else, some days I prefer to get sweaty by doing a walking workout on the treadmill.

Better than nothing, right?! Enjoy!

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Sweet treats to serve at your next daytime party

I love parties and hosting. From the food, the friends and fellowship, I love hosting others in our home or even planning parties elsewhere.

The great thing about daytime parties (my favorite time is 2 p.m.) is they are a breeze to throw together! You don’t need a full meal, just something sweet to nibble on. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas and recipes to help make your next daytime party a hit. Enjoy!

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CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Let’s be real — I use the Nestle Toll House pre-cut cookie dough. It works fine and they are so good. I under cook them just a little so they are extra soft and chewy.

CAKEPOPS
Cakepops

Author: Divas Can Cook
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Cake, prepared (I used ½ of a 9×13 devils food box cake)
  • Chocolate Frosting (amount depends on moistness of cake. I used two big spoonfuls. See video)
  • 2 boxes Premium white chocolate ( I used Baker’s brand)
  • cake pop sticks
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Add cake to a large bowl.
  2. Crumble until it resembles fine crumbs
  3. Add in frosting a little bit at a time until cake is moist and can hold a ball shape, yet still slightly crumbly.
  4. Use your hands to incorporate the frosting into the cake crumbs.
  5. Use a mini ice cream scoop and scoop out two balls of cake mixture.
  6. Roll the mixture into a tight ball and place on a plate.
  7. Repeat until all the cake mixture has been rolled into balls.
  8. Melt 2-4 ounces of white chocolate in the microwave.
  9. Dip the tip of the cake pop sticks into the white chocolate and insert into the cake balls about half-way.
  10. Freeze for about 20 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile prepare all of your decorating supplies.
  12. Melt the remaining chocolate in a large cup. Make sure you have enough chocolate to completely submerge the cake ball.
  13. Remove cake balls from freezer.
  14. Dip cake balls carefully into the chocolate until covered.
  15. Let the excess chocolate drip off. Swirl and tap gently if needed.
  16. Add the sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet. It will harden quickly.
  17. Stick the decorated cake pop into a styrofoam block to finish setting.
  18. Place into the freezer to speed up setting time.

GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE-STRAWBERRY PARFAIT
Ingredients
1 container (5.3 oz) strawberry Greek yogurt
1/4 cup Chocolate Chex™ cereal
1/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries

Steps
Place half of the yogurt (about 1/3 cup) in bottom of 8-oz glass or small canning jar. Sprinkle half of cereal over yogurt in glass, then sprinkle with half of the chopped strawberries.
Top with remaining yogurt, cereal and strawberries.

Tips
Presentation/Garnish: Top parfait with mini chocolate chips for added indulgence.
Substitution: Swap Vanilla Chex™ cereal for the Chocolate Chex™ cereal, if desired.
Healthy: Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.

 

Treadmill miles and a baby shower

I started Saturday off with 4 easy treadmill miles before getting cleaned up to go to a baby shower! While I am loving my treadmill miles, I can’t wait until it gets warm enough that I can run outside again!

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One of my longest and best friends is having a baby boy at the end of this month, so a few of us girls decided to throw a small and simple shower to celebrate her, the baby and enjoy each other’s company.

I plan writing a post later this week on some sweet treats you can make for any type of daytime party (baby shower, birthday party, etc).
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Saturday night we went to dinner with some friends and then played some board games before crashing in bed. I love hanging out and being social, but I also love quality time spent at home with the people (and pup!) that I love. Trying to find a good balance between the two.

While I usually take Sunday as a rest day, yesterday I decided to get in a few miles before the rest of the world woke up — and I’m so glad I did! It felt great to get my heart pumping and legs moving so early in the day.

The rest of Sunday was spent watching movies, shopping for new bedroom furniture and re-watching more of The Office.

What did you do this weekend?! Tell me one fun thing!

Treadmill miles or freezing-cold-outside miles?