My favorite moments from the 2017 Boston Marathon

Well now that all of the excitement from the 2017 Boston Marathon is over, I thought I would share some of my favorite moments from yesterday.

• Des Linden took 4th for the women in 2:25:06.  I’m always rooting for her.  She just seems so down-to-earth and like such a hard worker.

• Kathrine Switzer, first woman to officially run Boston Marathon, competes again.

• There were three American men in the top 10!!!

• Jordan Hasay with the new American debut Marathon record! This was her first marathon! She also had a great post-race interview.

• Meb Keflezighi took 13th place and at 41 years old he finished in 2:17:00. He is the happiest person ever and I was definitely in tears when he crossed the finish line. He says that this will be his last competitive time running Boston. He was the 2014 winner of the Boston Marathon.

• When Edna Kiplagat (the women’s champ) accidentally grabbed the wrong water bottle she took it back to the water table and then went on to get her water bottle at the next table. What great sportsmanship!

What were some of your favorite moments from yesterday’s race?!

Good moves + eats

Hi guys! I wanted to check in today with just a quick update on some of my running + workouts and eats lately. Enjoy!

Saturday: 2 miles on the treadmill at the gym.
Arm weights with machines.
Abs on a stability ball.

I’ve been working on incorporating lots of ab work into my daily routine and using a medicine ball is one of easier ways to get a great core workout. 

Almond/peanut butter is always a good idea for a snack. 😋

Sunday afternoon after my 3 mile run I had a (mini) smoothie. New favorite recipe here. I have to get something in my belly after I run or I start to feel sick. I’ve passed out from not eating after running, so it’s important for me to always have something on hand.

Meal preppin’ like a champ. Yay for Sundays! I’ve been trying to eat more veggies lately, so this week is about salads. 

Sunday: 3 miles on treadmill at home (I will be so glad when it stops raining so I can run outside!)
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Sunday night was tacos! Easy, simple and filling!

After my run on Monday I used Ryan’s ab wheel (this is is similar to ours) and holy moly I am sore today. That thing works. Dinner was frozen pizza because #reallife.

So there you have it. A quick run down of my moves and eats from the last few days.

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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. 

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!

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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Sunshine in March

Thursday I woke up to snow. Saturday I was outside in a T-shirt and shorts. Kentucky is strange.

Smacked on these at my parents and it was delicious! I loved the pumpkin seeds. 

I’ve been listening to this album on repeat since it was released on Friday. 

I didn’t get a long run in this weekend since I’m trying to be cautious with some behind-the-knee soreness. I did get lots of quality time with my foam roller. 

On Sunday, Ryan and I roadtripped to Paducah to spend some time with his parents. We ended the day watching The Walking Dead. Solid weekend.

Tell me one fun thing you did this weekend! 

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.

Friday Favorites v. 36

How are almost halfway through February? I swear time has been flying by lately! But that just means we are getting closer to warmer weather — yay!

I’m rounding up Friday Favorites, before plowing through my work day, workout and dinner. Then it’s time for rest and relaxation!

1. We had such nice weather this week! I’m talking temps in the 60s! *Well not every day, Thursday was freezing and super windy, before earlier in the week was wonderful!*
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2. If you’re a big fan of The Office like me, then you’ll enjoy this. Earlier this week Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly) tweeted this:
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Chili’s official Twitter account tweeted a press release saying that after 11 years, Pam Beesley was welcome back to Chili’s. I love that some TV shows never die.

3. This quote really hit home this week. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m learning to trust the process and just put in the work and let the results come naturally.

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4. This adorable pineapple serving bowl. Makes me think of summer!

5. I have had so much to do at this week, the last four days have basically flown by. I love being busy and I am so excited to see all of my work around town and in reader’s hands the next few weeks!

 

6. This place looks amazing! It’s like a ice cream shop, but with cookie dough that is completely safe to eat!
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7. I finally feel like I’m getting in my groove with running? This sport (and training) can be so up and down. I’m hoping putting in all these miles pays off some day.

8. Someone likes to give me kisses after I get done running.
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