Day in the Life — May 2017

It’s been five months since my last Day in The Life post so I thought it’d be fun to change things up today and share a glimpse into my Tuesday. If you want to peek behind the curtain more often, follow me (@megkayrich) on Twitter and Instagram!

6 AM: My alarm goes off. I debate sleeping in and just straightening my hair, but decide to get up and curl it instead.

6:30 AM: After my hair is fixed and I’m dressed, I take Murphy out for a little walk and for him to do his business. He is not a morning pup, so once he’s done, he gets back in bed with Ryan while I tidy up the house (wash any stray dishes, prep lunches, etc) and fix his KONG toys for the day.

7 AM: Finish up any chores, scroll through social media, get the paper and head out the door. Ryan works later in the day, so I leave him and Murphy in bed for a couple more hours.

7:15ish AM: Lately breakfast has been very grab-and-go. It’s a very busy season at my job, and I like to get to work early and get started on some of my big projects before the office gets really busy. 

7:35 AM: Get to work. It’s me, my boss and one reporter. It’s nice and quiet. I answer some emails and get started on work.

9 AM: Most of the reporters and my other co-workers are in the office by now. We talk about the local news, what’s new on Netflix and any other office gossip. I also try to take a couple laps around the building at this point. I hate sitting for so long. I really wish we could have standup desks.

9:30 AM – Noon: Work work work work work work. Lots of emails, phone calls, meeting, and writing.

12:15 PM: Head home for lunch. Let Murphy out of his crate, play fetch, eat lunch.
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1:30 PM: Back to work. More writing and meetings.

3:30ish PM: Snack time! Great Harvest banana chocolate chip muffins are the best afternoon treat.

5 PM: Leave work and head home!

5:15ish PM: Play some fetch with Murphy before starting my workout. Lately, I’ve been doing 2-3 miles on the treadmill, some free weights and abs.
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6 PM: Start dinner. Tonight is tacos!

6:35 PM: Ryan gets home! We eat dinner and watch some tv.

7:30 PM: We stretch and sometimes do pushups and crunches in our living room. We love some healthy competition. I also lose when it comes to pushups.

8:15 PM: Watch a few episodes of The Office, our favorite show. No matter how many times we watch it, it never gets old.
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9:30-10 PM: Get ready for bed. Lights out.

Pretty normal schedule to me, but I still love these posts. What did your day look like?

Yoga for runners

If you’re anything like me then you probably don’t spend enough time with your yoga mat.

Usually I had rather be on the treadmill with my music than on a mat alone with my thoughts. While I always feel better (and more loose!) after a good yoga sesh, I don’t do it often enough. So in hoping that I will take my own advice, today I am sharing some of the best poses for runners.

Yoga for runners

Let’s start simple.

• Downward Dog
Benefits: Stretches hamstrings, calves, and foot arches; strengthens shoulders.

• Low Lunge (One of my favorite poses)
Benefits: Stretches hip flexors; strengthens hamstrings and quads.

• Reclining Pigeon
Benefits: Releases tension and tightness in the hips.
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• Spinal Twist
Benefits: Relaxes the lower back and stretches the glutes.

• Legs Up The Wall (another favorite! especially after a long run)
Benefits: Relieves tension in legs, feet, and back; stretches hamstrings and glutes.

Hopefully these poses will help you limber and injury-free while running.

Have another pose you love? Let me know in the comments below!

20 minute treadmill workout

Short on time but still want to get a good workout in? Try this 20 minute treadmill workout!

I promise it will make you break a sweat and get your heart rate up. So get ready to burn some calories!

Remember, done is better than perfect. I don’t think I have ever regretted a workout. So even a quick workout like this one will be beneficial to you. Enjoy!
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Quote to get me through

Let’s get real, friends.

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While I really like this quote, I think it can apply to so many things in our lives.

Right now, for me it’s running. I’m scared I am never to be as fast as I was in college or that I will never break 2 hours in a half marathon

Treadmill running is HARD. The mental game is no joke. It’s a daily struggle to pound out mile after mile all while looking at the walls of my garage.

While I am thankful to have a treadmill at home, there is nothing that beats running your favorite route or trail.

So, I will push on. I love running and I am thankful every day that I get to do something I love. I’m going to push fear aside, do the work and see what happens.

Who knows, it could be something great.

Friday Favorites v. 47

It’s FRIDAY! I am off work today and headed to Louisville to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their Soul2SOul tour!

I hope you all have a fun weekend with family and friends. I’ll report back Monday with lots of pictures from the concert, but feel free to follow along with me on my Instastory – @megkayrich.

Now. Let’s talk favorites!

1. YES. This is me. Anyone else jam out in the car while driving to/from work? The best is when a good song comes on when I leave work at 5 p.m. It puts me in such a great mood for the rest of the night.

2. Family creates Blockbuster at home for son with autism after store closes. This is so precious. Family first. Always.

3. Such a good read on detoxes and “detox diets”. Get the facts before you start any type of lifestyle change.

4. We have had some gorgeous weather this week. All of the sunshine is making me itch to be on the lake. I love spending summer weekends on the water. 

5. So Ryan has been playing this game on his phone called BALLZ all week. It’s super addicting and pretty fun. Now instead of Candy Crush, I’m playing this all the time.

6. This. Thanks, MilePosts.
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7.  Oiselle turned 10 years old this week! They have been having some great sales all week long and I am ready to press buy with a cart full of goodies like these Roga shorts and flyte tank.

8. Murphy thinks he is king of the bed. We get our new king-sized bed lat week and it is AMAZING. Seriously best adult purchase we’ve ever made.
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I’m getting fast! 

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and start to another work week. This weekend was productive and relaxing, which is just the way I like it!

Guys. I’ve ran splits this week and last that I haven’t seen in years!!! (Yes, !!! are needed) I finally decided even thought I don’t have any upcoming races, that I am going to loosely train like I am prepping for a half marathon.

Sunday – Rest or a shakeout run. I honestly do better if I can get my legs moving every day.
Monday – Easy 3 miles. Conversation pace.
Tuesday – Short run and workout dvd (this is includes lots of squat jumps, pushups and ab work)
Wednesday – 6×400 @ 9 minute/mile pace.
Thursday – 3-5 miles. Moderate pace.
Friday – Shakeout run.
Saturday – Long run.

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