27-minute Orangetheory treadmill workout

While most of the time I just hop on my treadmill and get to running, sometimes it’s fun to follow a workout. PopSugar has some of the best workouts and they make it so easy to change things up, but still break a sweat.

If you haven’t heard of Orangetheory it’s basically a workout class that offers group personal training workouts based on HIIT that mix cardiovascular and strength training.

So today’s workout is this is Orangetheory based treadmill workout. And it takes less than 30 minutes!

Try it out? Let me know how it went in the comments below. I’ll be running this tonight!

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My favorite Patagonia pieces

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how important it is to buy quality clothing. I am willing to turn over more money for pieces that are going to stand the test of time (fashion wise and in quality) and that look and feel great.

Patagonia is one of my favorite brands and while they can be a little pricey, I 100% think they are worth it. I’ve listed some of my favorites below!


Patagonia Women’s Re-Tool Snap-T Fleece Pullover
I received this as a Christmas gift from my parents and it is my new favorite! It is a slim fit so I would suggest getting a size up, but it so comfy and soft! I have the shadow blue and I’m seriously considering buying the smokey violet or vjosa green — such fun colors for spring.

Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover
This was my first Patagonia pullover and I still wear it weekly. Two years later and it still looks the same as the day I bought it! While this exact color combo isn’t online, they still have lots of great choices to pick from and even have some with patterns. I’m wearing a medium in this one and it fits great.
Awkward picture, but this me and my husband interviewing the KY High School XC runners up coach at the state meet last fall. 

EXTRAS:
Patagonia Lightweight Merino Performance Crew Socks.
Retro Pile Fleece Vest <– I’ve tried this on in the store so many times, but I haven’t broken down and bought it yet. Definitely on my list!
Retrio Backpack — I actually used this backpack in college! Totally not what is was meant for but it definitely lasted the abuse I gave it over the years. I got rid of it, but it was a great little pack!

Books on books on books

For Christmas, I hit the jackpot with books. I received so many great reads, many of which were on my wish list, but also a few that were not!

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Strong by Kara Goucher <– a great book to help with personal and running goals for the new year!

Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky
This Is Me: How to Love the Person You Are Today. by Chrissy Metz <– such a good read! I flew through it. She’s such a good storyteller.

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio
Whiskey in a Teacup By Reese Witherspoon
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed <– I’ve seen the movie, but now I’m excited to read the book.

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Duel in the Sun (Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America’s Greatest Marathon) by John Brant

Have you read any good books lately? Tell me in the comments below!

Friday Favorites v.105

It’s the first Friday of 2019! So I decided to celebrate with a Friday Favorites post 🙂

1. Last night I watched the Taylor Swift Reputation Tour on Netflix and ohmygosh it was awesome. I’ve never been to one of her concerts, but last night I had a two-hour concert in my living room. If you’re a TSwift fan — check it out!

2. This really should be 1A, but I have come to love All Too Well.

3. My goals for 2019.

4. For Christmas, my husband got me Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. I made my first recipe from it (a simple frittata) and I think it went well! It tasted good and I didn’t burn the house down (win-win!)

5. I don’t think I mentioned this on the blog, but I got the iPhone XR and I LOVE IT. Such an awesome camera, so much space and it’s red (there are a number of colors you can choose from). If you’re on the fence — get it!

6. No, runners, you don’t have to “earn” your food. PREACH.

7. The dark chocolate chip peanut butter Perfect Bar has been my latest go-to snack. I found them at Aldi last weekend and I love them! They have a little more sugar than I prefer, but I only eat half a bar in one sitting, so it’s not that big of a deal.

8. This sleepy boy is always my favorite. 

Goals for 2019

Day 1/365. I know everyone says this, but I can’t believe we are already in the new year! It’s so crazy that another year has come and gone, but I am so excited for what is to come!

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While I know change can happen on any day and that there is nothing magical about Jan. 1, it is still fun to think about past 365 days and revisit goals for the coming months. So with that being said, here are some of my goals for 2019:

Run more + include speed work into my routine
In 2017, I ran 350 miles. In 2018, I ran 530 miles (so crazy the numbers worked out like that — totally not planned). My goal is 800 miles for 2019, so who knows?! I want running to be something that I always love, not a chore, but who knows? It would be cool to run that much in the next year.

A sub-2 half marathon is also still on my bucket list, so I need to get faster in order to make that happen.

Take more fitness classes that excite me
In 2018, I took a hot yoga class that I loved! While I wasn’t able to go often, every time I went I left feeling invigorated and refreshed. I so desperately want to get back to that. We also have a Pure Barre studio in town that I want to try.
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Cook more at home, eat out less
It’s an easy trap to fall into — swinging by the drive-thru became a habit for me, and I need to break it. You save calories and money when cooking at home, so that’s a big goal for this year!
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Some of my goals never change. Daily I want to grow more in my faith, be around those I love and just be a happy person.

What are your goals for 2019?!

Happy Friday from Murphy!

This has been such a weird and long week. Christmas already seems like so long ago, but it was just on Tuesday!

I went back to work the day after Christmas and was the only one in the office. I actually got a bunch of work done + cleaned up my desk, so it was a pretty productive day. Yesterday and today have been just me and one co-worker in the office, so it’s been nice to have some easy days before we hit the ground running in the new year!

I’ve been taking it easy on the running front and working more on pre-hab (glutes, IT band, squats, etc) so nothing major to report there.

I’ll keep this post short and sweet and end it with pictures of Murphy (duh!) and his new favorite toy he got for Christmas. See you all in 2019!

Share the Fit Forward

From Fit Approach: This holiday season, we’re on a mission to sweat, feel good, and stay sane! We’re declaring time well spent on ourselves and we want you to join us. Instead of mindless scrolling through IG and online shopping to take our minds off of holiday stress, we’re being more intentional with how we spend our time on the interwebs, starting with this year’s Holiday SweatFest, a couple of weeks of sharing amazing content with the Sweat Pink community on Fit Approach’s Facebook Live.

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Let’s get a head start on New Year goals and dreams by sharing the Fit Forward. Simply pass this link along to give the gift of a free class* to your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else you want to inspire to get moving.

Link for a free class: https://go.gixo.com/vpQVjkGRKS

We’ll be back with more on how the whole community will be sharing the Fit Forward in 2019. Until then, we hope to see you in a virtual sweat date!

I’m just really excited for Christmas

CHRISTMAS IS IN 11 DAYS AND OMG I AM SO EXCITED.

One day I will get back to writing good content + about running, but until then enjoy all of these Christmas trees that I loved while shopping around town the other day (plus the last one which is my tree at home!)

Do you have all your shopping done?