Global Running Day

Happy Global Running Day!
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For those who have not read it before, here is my running journey — the good, the bad and the sweaty.

What better way to celebrate a day of running than with ALL the things running related.

Favorite socks.
Favorite shoes.
Favorite shorts.

WHAT IS GLOBAL RUNNING DAY?

Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 7, 2017. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.

At globalrunningday.org you can create you own free, personalized bib or create a badge to post on social media to show your support and pledge to run on GRD.
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Today, I plan on running three miles when I get off work. No watch, no worries, just me and the streets.

But today, I will be a little more thankful for the tough times, the pain in my legs and all the sweat and pain I will endure to finish. Running has given me so much and I hope to keep running for many many years.

If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate global running day, I suggest getting outside and going for a run! (duh.) No technology, just you and your thoughts and your feet on the pavement.

OTHER IDEAS:
Join the Oiselle Relay Around the World.
Ways to celebrate global running day.
Take that post-run selfie and post in on social media. Who knows, maybe your post will inspire someone else to run.
The Strava Mile.

Whether it’s one mile or 10 miles, on the treadmill or on the trail — happy running!
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Summer Fruit Salad

So I know it’s not officially summer yet, but the temps in the 80s for most of the week, it sure feels like it.

In the summer I am ALL about fruit. Obviously that’s when most things are in season, but there is nothing more refreshing after a hot and sweaty run than some cold and juicy fruit.

This summer fruit salad hits the spot and will be something I plan on enjoying all summer long.

We used to have a plum tree in my backyard growing up and I used to grab them off the tree in handfuls and eat them between playing tag with my brother and jumping on the trampoline. So I am so happy to see plums in this delicious fruit salad.

Enjoy!

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30 minute burn bootcamp

Even when I don’t run every day, I like to try and do something that makes me break a sweat. Lately. I’ve been into short and sweaty at home workouts. I try to get in cardio, upper body, lower body and core all in one workout — and this does the trick!

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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One minute per exercise // x3

CARDIO
High knees
Jumping jacks
Squat jumps
Burpees

CORE
Crunches
Bicycle abs
V ups

UPPER BODY
Pushups
Arm circles

LOWER BODY
Plie squats
Squats

The workout will work your ENTIRE body by targeting your upper body, lower body and core but also includes bursts of cardio to keep your heart rate up and make you sweat!

Whenever I don’t have time for a run or am looking to mix things up, I love doing these simple, but effective at-home workouts.

 

Tips for healthy grocery shopping

Guys. I love a good planner. My day feels so much more structured when I put pen to paper and map out my day.

The same goes for grocery shopping. Because let’s be honest. If I don’t go to the store armed with my shopping list, this happens: 

So. To keep this from happening, as the week progresses I keep a running grocery list. Things that pop up while I’m cooking, toiletries I run out of and the staples we buy every week.

I also break the list up into what I buy at Aldi and what I buy at Kroger. If I have time, I try to buy produce from our local farmers market, but let’s be real, I don’t always have time for that at 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

No matter where I shop though, I always try to look at the ingredient list on the products I buy. The more real food, the better! Shopping the perimeter of the store really helps me make smart choices when shopping.

Now let’s take a look at some of what I buy weekly/monthly.

Aldi = chips, breakfast bars, lunch meat, cooking + baking essentials like sugar, flour, oils, etc, produce, milk, eggs, spaghetti, yogurt, protein powder and sometimes random pickups since their inventory changes from month to month.


Kroger = Suja, golden delicious apples, meat, pizza and toiletries. We have a few items that we prefer the name brand vs. Aldi brand.

I feel like I might be in the minority here, but Ryan and I eat the same five meals every week. Every Monday is taco night, every Tuesday is porkchops + veggies and so on. While sometimes it gets a little routine, it saves us so much money and hassle when trying to decide on what we are having for supper that night — we already know! We never go out to eat through the week and we save money and calories because of it!

This system works for us. But it not work for you and your family. Find what works for you and stick with it. Trust me, it took months and months of shopping at different grocers, meal planning and budgeting to get where we wanted to be.

Food should be fun! Even though we eat a lot of the same meals, we still enjoy them. Sitting with each other and eating a meal together is always one of my most treasured parts of the day. I hope it is for you too.

Fitness favorites

Making fitness a part of my every day routine is not easy. Even though I love running and working out, sometimes getting started is the hardest part.

So today I’m rounding up my fitness favorites to hopefully to give you some inspiration if you’re in a fitness rut. Remember, getting started is the hardest part and you never regret a run or workout.

A killer playlist, a fun (but challenging!) workout and some brightly colored running tights and shoes are just a few of my fitness must-haves.

Some of my fitness apparel must-haves.
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Recently, I’ve also tried the Aaptiv app. I’ve tried several fitness apps before, but this one is pretty neat. There is a one week free trial, so you have plenty of time to try it out before you decide whether or not to purchase it! (I hate buying apps, but I understand the reasoning)

They have a good variety of workouts from walking programs to tempo runs and full body strength training (something every runner should do!)

One great thing about this app it that it’s nice to not have to think about or plan my workout. The trainers (at least the ones I’ve tried) on the Aaptiv app are encouraging without being annoying.

I don’t know about you, but for my treadmill runs, I have to have music. I basically prefer to listen to music during any type of fitness activity unless I’m running outside. Then I just enjoy being alone with my thoughts and nature.

Music helps me stay focused and certain songs help me power through tough sets and the end of a run when my legs are super tired.

January 2017 playlist. and June 2016 playlist.

Bruno Mars has been my go-to man for treadmill songs lately.
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After my workout, I love this protein-packed smoothie.
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What products do you use to maximize your workout? Do you have a favorite shoe, protein powder, etc?

Do you ever use apps to help you workout? Which ones do you love? Have you tried Aaptiv yet?

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I just wanted to share some of my fitness favorites with you all. 

Friday Favorites v. 39

This picture accurately sums up my feelings for today.


I am so pumped it is the weekend and while it is supposed to be cold, I have lots of fun things planned — visiting family, short road trip, lots of running and eating and movie night!

Before the weekend begins I need to get through work and this blog post. Enjoy this week’s Friday Favorites!

1. It’s officially March! We have an adorable puppy calendar on our fridge at home and I love looking at these precious faces each and every month.

Also, we are so close to baseball opening day! Ryan and I are making our annual trip to STL in May for some games and I am so pumped!

2. It’s OKAY to Feel Like Quitting

3. On Wednesday I ran my first (modified) Yasso workout. While I only did 4 800 repeats instead of the desired, it was a good start and help my determine my fitness as of right now. Good news? I finished them faster than I was expecting. Badish news? They were HARD.

4. I’ve been spending lots of quality time with my foam roller this week. I have this one and I love it. It was cheap and does the job.

5. Here’s why journalists stay in the business. — For those who are curious why I stay in my field of work.

6. I screenshotted this earlier in the week and I need these shorts. You’ve done it again, Oiselle. 

7. The Voice is back! While I’m not a die-hard fan, when you have a limited number of tv channels (we don’t have cable or internet at our house), you watch what you can! I’m also glad Gwen is back as a coach. I really like Miley, but I think Gwen fits in with this group so much better.

8. Really wishing it was summer and I could spend all day at the park with Murphy.
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What is one thing you are looking forward to this weekend?

Do you watch The Voice? Who is your favorite coach?

Reminder for today

One of my favorite quotes is a great reminder for today.

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Fresh air is a wonderful thing, my friends. I love to go hiking and really wish I had the chance to do it more. I plan to get out this weekend and hike and explore wherever my heart desires. I long for the trails and the dirt and the stillness of it all.

Weekend catchup

GUYS. How is it already Monday? I feel like this weekend flew by. It was go-go-go, but still so much fun.

Friday night after work I hopped on the treadmill for three quick miles. I felt great! So pumped to be getting back some of my endurance. 

After my run, Ryan and I watched Jurassic World (his birthday present from me).
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Saturday was a gym day! I love getting to workout with my dad on Saturdays in an actual gym instead of just in my garage. I did a mile warmup, three reps of 12 with some free weights and a few machines for my arms and then 2 miles on the elliptical.
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Saturday night was an early Valentine’s Day dinner at Texas Roadhouse. I was so glad I got in a good workout that morning, because I left TRH feeling stuffed.

Sunday was an easy day and I just walked on the treadmill with a steep incline.

The rest of Sunday involved grocery shopping, a Galentine’s Day party and watching the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead.

How was your weekend? What was your favorite workout?
Do you watch The Walking Dead? What did you think of last night’s episode?

Trust the process

Last week running 3 miles was hard. While I was keeping about a 10 minute/mile pace, it was HARD. Like struggle bus city.

This week? Three miles has felt easy. I’ve either brought my pace down, or stayed around a 10 minute pace, but felt so much stronger.

Not running for months killed my endurance and my mental game. While I am so thankful to have a treadmill at home now where I can run every day, coming back has been no walk in the park.

I’m still working on my endurance and I’ve only had one four mile run this year. My mental game is so weak and since I’m at home and on a treadmill (where I can just stop and go in the house) I feel like I should be doing 10 other things rather than running.

I saw something on Facebook yesterday that really resonated with how I’ve been feeling personally, at work and with running — “you can either run the day or the let day run you.”

THAT IS SO TRUE. For me, it’s all about my mindset. If I come into work with a positive attitude, get to work and start knocking out my to-do list, then I feel so much better.

Once I get into the miles, I feel better (on like 10 different levels).

So while day-by-day it may not look like I am making much progress, in a month or six months or a year, I can look back and see how much it’s all changes. My miles will be faster, I will be stronger and I will be happy with the journey.

Trust the process. Put it in the work. Results will come.