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?!

Friday Favorites v.45

Happy Friday! I know many of you probably have the day off, but journalists never get holidays, so I’m at work waiting for the weekend begin! Like many of you, I have lots of family time planned for this weekend, especially with Easter being on Sunday. While I always get to see my family since they live so close, Ryan’s parents are coming in for the weekend, so it’ll be nice to have everyone in one place!

Before the weekend begins (at least for me!) let’s go over some of my favorites from this week.

1. Brooks Greenlight Capris for $20! What a deal. Guys, I love these capris and totally plan on buying some more. They have other colors on sale too, but they are around $25ish.
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2. I’ve mentioned on here before that Anne at Fannetastic Food is one of my favorite healthy living/running bloggers. Earlier this week she shared a post called Mix & Match Grain Salad Bowl Recipes and it totally inspired some of my lunches for the week.

3. Grapefruit Mojito recipe from Somethin’ Southern. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to give it a try this weekend!

4. I feel like I am finally getting faster! I killed all of my workouts this week and even my pace on casual runs has been a little faster than normal. Since I’m thinking about getting back into training for a half, this is super exciting! Maybe a sub-2 is possible this year?!
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5. I celebrated my two year work anniversary on Thursday! I’m so happy to be back in my hometown and working at a job that I love with people who are pretty great.

6. I follow @Disney on Twitter and earlier this week they tweeted this cute picture. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies of all time and this quote instantly made my smile. Plus I love all of the flowers.
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7. Olympian Desiree Linden looks to end 32-year U.S. drought at Boston Marathon.

8. Just in case you missed all of the adorbale-ness that is Murph-dog. Check out my post from last weekend when Murphy and I had a mini photoshoot in the backyard.

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Running Slump

 

Guys. I need your help. I feel like I have been in such a rut lately. I’ve running, eating decent-ish (could definitely improve here) and incorporating ab work into my fitness and it seems like I am going nowhere. And it’s kind of a bummer. I feel like was working decently hard (let’s be honest, I wasn’t giving it 100%) but nothing was changing.

A couple weeks ago I talked about how my mental game was struggling on the treadmill.

Please someone tell me I’m not the only one?!

I read something a few weeks back that has stuck with — you can’t out run a bad diet.

I’ve heard this a million times, but for some reason this time it really resonated with me.

On Monday, I decided enough was enough and I’ve been running (pun intended) on all cylinders this week — kicking up runs (run fast to get faster), watching what I eat more (not so many treats after dinner) and really pushing it with my fitness videos.
It’s been three days and I already feel better. It’s amazing what some good eats and running can do for you.

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Anyone have any tips for getting out of a running rut?

I’m also looking for some clean snacks! I’ve been munching on peppers, carrots and nuts, but I am looking to change it up a bit and get inspired!

Good reads from around the web

Sometimes the internet is a wonderful place. I’ve found lots of good articles this week on various topics on thought I would share them with you all.

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Have you read anything good/interesting online lately? Leave me a link in the comments!

FOOD
25 cheat sheets that make cooking healthier easier
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How women are upping their protein game for more than just workouts.
Choosing the right breakfast to fuel your long run.

RUNNING & WORKOUTS
Inner Voice Life interview with Kara Goucher.
How to use social media during a race without falling on your face.
Girl Scout Cookie Workout.

LIFE & CAREER
Real talk from female track and field reporters on their experience covering the sport.
Powerful women explain how millennials are thinking about their careers all wrong

 

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!

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!

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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