Do you ever feel like you are cheating on running if you do something else (biking, rock climbing, studio class)? It’s so silly, right? But I swear I feel bad every time I choose something else over running.
Lately, I’ve been running enough to keep my #RWrunstreak alive, but not much more. Ryan has been biking with me after work and since he hates running I am excited to do this activity with him.
My goal this weekend was to spend as much time as possible outside and my goal was a success! Friday was biking, Saturday was yard sales and some more biking and Sunday was a run!
Also. I picked up this nut butter filled Clif bar on a whim at Kroger and it is SO good! It tastes like dessert. GO GETCHU ONE.
I have a full week at work this week and then we are heading to North Carolina for a work retreat! Yay!
By now I’m sure you’ve seen somewhere on social media that it is Global Running Day.
While sometimes I have a love-hate relationship with running, I am so thankful for all it has given me.
It has given me strength and determination that I never knew I had. Because of running I have made new friends, become closer with older ones and traveled new places.
I RAN FREAKING MARATHON. I ran two years of cross country and three years of track in high school. I ran two half marathons and countless other races. I ran races with my dad and brother. I learned about the pros in the sport and took inspiration from them.
“Watching the world’s best compete fires you up to achieve your own feats of greatness. When it comes to running, participation and spectating go hand in hand.” — Kara Goucher.
Running has taught me to be vulnerable, but it has also taught me to be strong.
So today I am celebrating with 4 miles — my favorite distance to just run for fun.
Runs end. Running doesn’t.
If you are looking for an upcoming race to run, Run Rock N Roll has some great deals on all kinds of races today. Grab a friend and a sign up for a race, I promise you won’t regret it.
I can’t believe it’s June 1! The end of April and all of May was such a whirlwind.
While I only hit 35 miles for the month of May, I had so much fun during all of my runs. I ran for fun, with Murphy, one-mile speed tests and they were all great!
I’m currently participating in the RW run streak (and the #BALGrunstreak) so I’m running at least one mile every day from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July. I’ve tried and failed at these streaks in the past — so hopefully this one will be a success. I’m on day five and so far, so good.
Do you keep track of monthly miles?
I have a Google Doc where I keep my fitness log (times, distance, pace, classes, etc). I love seeing how I progress and change from month to month.
In preparation for RnR Seattle and in collaboration with Brooks the team Bib Rave and Rock N Blog created the Infinite Energy Seattle City Guide! The guide was created to give folks participating in RnR Seattle (on June 10) ideas of places to check out and things to do!
The guide will help you make sure you #runallthemiles, #eatallthefood, and more. From the best Seattle treats to post-race brunch, all of the recommendations come from runners with your race weekend in mind.
So my best friend has been trying to get me to join her a hot yoga class for months. I finally agreed to go with her last week and IT. WAS. AWESOME.
It was exhausting and relaxing all at once. It left me sore but stretched out for the two days following the class. I can’t wait to go back and maybe even make it a weekly thing.
The instructor was so nice and helpful. She went at a faster pace than I was expecting, but it was still pretty easy to follow. And while I knew the room would be toasty (I mean duh … it is HOT yoga) I didn’t actually think about how much I would sweat. It was pouring off me 20 minutes into the class and by the end of it, I was sweating from places I never had before!
I really tried to listen to my body, took a few more breaks than the other students and focused on “quieting my mind.” While I still need to work on that last part, I am excited to go back and keep learning!
Have you ever tried hot yoga before? What were your thoughts?
For those of you running RnR San Diego next weekend … I AM SO JEALOUS. What a great opportunity to meet and run with some of the best in our sport!
For those who haven’t registered, there is still time! Registration closes Sunday night.
Friday 1 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Des Linden at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Booth
2 p.m. – Featured athletes, race officials and government representatives will take part in a public press conference inside the Expo
3 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Meb Keflezighi at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Booth
Saturday 7 a.m. – Synchrony Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K presented by Brooks with appearances by both athletes
1 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Des Linden at the Brooks Merchandise Area
Sunday – RACE DAY 6:15 a.m. – Meb Kelflezighi will start with the 1:30 half marathoners
6:15 a.m. – Des Linden will start with the 2:00 half marathoners
Y’all. I love to eat. So it was so much fun eating my way through my hometown for this post. While I’m partial to OBKY, I really do think we have some of the best food in the country (lookin’ at you BBQ).
Old Hickory Bar-B-Q (& Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn and Ole South Bar-B-Q)
Owensboro is known for its barbecue. Like anytime someone important comes to visit our town, they go to Moonlite. BBQ is a big deal here and I love it. We even have a BBQ festival (and 5k!) in May to celebrate all of the BBQ goodness. I could eat BBQ all year round, but since it is finally starting to get cooler, I have been craving burgoo. Such a staple in Kentucky!
The Famous Bistro
Y’all. While Owensboro is known for comfort food and barbecue, The Famous Bistro has some pretty great Greek-inspired dishes. Their gyros are the best and I love their cozy dining room or the option to eat on the sidewalk patio. They also have Greek favorites like spanakopita and moussakas. It’s one of my favorite downtown Owensboro restaurants and when the weather is warm, I love to go there and eat lunch outside.
Great Harvest Bread Co.
So while this isn’t a local place, I always think it is. It’s locally-owned, but part of a franchise. They have the best salads, soups, loaves of bread and treats. My best friend and I eat breakfast there every Friday and I love all of their free bread samples. The banana chocolate chip will always be one of my favorites.
Colby’s Fine Food & Spirits — I love their sweet potato fries.* I really want to try The Lure Seafood and Grille — it’s a cute little place tucked inside one of our downtown hotels. Since my husband is allergic to fish, that eliminates this place for date night, but I am needing to round up my girls and visit!
* We have entirely way too many fast food and pizza places in our town.
Hit me up if you ever come to western Kentucky! I have so many great recommendations for places to eat, stay and visit.