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A Jump-Start To My Week

Happpppppy Monday, friends.  Gosh it was hard to get out of bed this morning.  After getting back from Chicago around 8:30 last night, I crashed into bed almost immediately.  Even with such an early bedtime, that 5AM alarm clock still felt rough.  Not to mention I had a feeling it was going to be humid.  Saturday’s run in Chicago left me feeling over the heat and humidity.  This morning, I figured, I’d give outside running one shot, but after looking up the forecast, the only words racing through my head were “NO.”

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See that dew point?  According to the Runner’s World chart for training in the heat, (made familiar to me by Mary over at Minutes Per Mile), I knew that there was absolutely no way I was going to run outside.  The minute I walked out my front door, my glasses fogged up–not a great sign.

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Today’s dew point was 76 F.  That, according to this chart, meant “extremely oppressive-skip it or dramatically alter goal.”  Now, I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t going to let the dew point or some minor exhaustion impact my ability to jump-start my week.  So, I came up with a plan B:  the gym.  I grabbed my gym bag, drove over, and hopped on the treadmill as quick as I could.  By 5:50AM, I had run 4 miles, my glasses didn’t steam up, and I was actually able to do it at a comfortable, yet fast pace, opposed to feeling like death and swimming in sweat.

The treadmill is NOT my favorite.  I much prefer views like I got to see Saturday in Chicago.  I don’t like to wear headphones while I run, and the scenery outside helps distract me.

img_0692-1 The views inside the gym are not that exciting.  However, instead of moping around the gym with a poor mental attitude, I loaded up an episode of House of Cards on Netflix (low-key obsessed) and powered through 35 minutes of running inside in the AC.

Getting a run in on Monday morning first thing helps me get in a positive frame of mind for the week.  It helps me get off on the right foot, with a good start and healthy attitude.  Not every plan is perfect, and sometimes, you have to be willing to understand the human body’s limits.  I know my body does not handle the heat well, so I altered my plan.  When the dew point is oppressively high, it’s better to run inside, or not run it all.  This morning, I’m glad I ran inside 🙂

What is the hottest run you’ve ever been on?  What is your best tip for making treadmill running fun?

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Weekdays Can Be Weekends Too

Happy Wednesday aka hump day, friends!  For me, Wednesdays are hands down the longest day of the week for me to power through, so I always love starting it out with a solid workout.  Per my usual Wednesday morning routine, I hit up Andrew’s P/E (power and endurance) class at the Blue Ash Recreation Center.  While it’s slightly out of the way for me now, this class is hands down one of my favorites and a great value at $6 dollars for a drop-in fee.  Plus, I used to be a regular back in 2014, where I attended 4-5 mornings a week!  So, it’s always a good time seeing some familiar faces :).  Andrew organized a killer workout this morning.  I think the hardest part was the third tabata we did–instead of the traditional 10 seconds of rest between rounds, we did wall sits.  Ooof!  Super challenging.  As always, loved the puns on the workout board and the high energy of class.  Can’t wait until next Wednesday!

  
I wanted to pop in today to tell you why I think treating your weekdays like weekends is a good thing.  That’s right.  The world we live in is incredibly fast paced, over-scheduled, and full of constant, non-stop activity.  My life is no exception to this.  Sometimes, this can lead our weekends to feel just as busy as weekdays and no time for relaxation with loved ones.  In an effort to try and be a more positive thinker, I’ve come to the realization that slowing down can be a good thing.  I read this post a few weeks back and realized what a great concept it described:  Making our weekdays feel more like the weekend.

  
I spend every day of my workweek looking forward to Saturday, my one guaranteed day off each week.  I look forward to taking my time in the morning, getting in a great workout, enjoying a delicious breakfast or brunch I might not normally indulge in (or have time for) during the week, and in general, moving slower.  Weekends are also great because they involve more mental relaxation and time spent with friends.  Weekends are also great for downtime.  I read this article from Scientific American recently, that describes why our brains need more downtime.  “Research reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories, and encourage creativity.”  Mental breaks can look different for everyone.  For me sometimes it’s curling up with a good book.  Sometimes it’s eating a delicious meal outside and just enjoying the quiet and peacefulness.  Sometimes a mental break is a walk to grab coffee with a friend.  These mental breaks can lend towards productivity in the workplace, but can also allow us to have a clear head and positive attitude when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices too.

  
While I can’t say I’ve discovered a true love for meditation, what I have found is that slowing down and allowing myself to enjoy activities I traditionally save for weekends has allowed me to think more clearly, positively and remain more productive and motivated to accomplish goals during the workweek–work goals, fitness goals and even health & nutrition goals.  I gave this idea a shot on Monday, because we all know Mondays can be tough, and it worked out really great.  From moving just a touch slower and making a real effort to incorporate things into my day that provided mental breaks from my work tasks, I was really able to end the day feeling positive and refreshed, even though I spent 9 of those hours at work.

  
In an effort to move slower, Monday started out sleeping in an extra 15 minutes until 5:30 AM.  While it seems silly, allowing myself the extra 15 minutes made a huge difference!  After waking up and enjoying my coffee with a dose of NBC news on the side, I did a 25 minute circuit in my apartment.  Normally, I wouldn’t have time for this, but I knew that working out helps me to clear my head and start the day on a positive foot, so I was happy to make time for some movement.  I did a few tabatas and EMOMs (every minute on the minute) and then made breakfast.  I have been craving bacon for weeks now, and it’s typically a weekend food for me, but since I was trying to have a “weekend” kinda mindset, I went with it.  Breakfast was soaked oats, fruit and extra crispy bacon.  This meal left me so, so happy.

  
Later that day, I decided to take a work break and squeeze in a walk + coffee date with a friend instead of my traditional lunch break where I snack at my desk.  The sun was shining and there was a nice breeze.  It felt absolutely incredible to grab an iced latte and breathe in some fresh air.  It made all the difference in my day.  After work, I went straight to the park to meet up with my friend Mary for a run.  Normally, I probably wouldn’t go to a park on a weeknight, just for sake of time, but in an effort to incorporate more interesting and exciting activities into my day, I was excited to go see how the development of Summit Park was going.  We did 4 easy miles on the loop that surrounds the park before our good form running clinic that was meeting at the park later that evening.  Wandering and exploring the park prior to the clinic was a fun way to slow things down too!

 

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 The day ended with the Bachelorette  premier + pizza with Mary.  Pizza is normally a weekend food for me, but in honor of treating Monday like the weekend, and JoJo, why not?

  
What did I learn from slowing down my Monday?  Well it didn’t impact my productivity negatively, and I ended the day feeling more refreshed, less stressed, and overall more positive about my week.  While slowing down every day isn’t a realistic goal for me, I will be making a more conscious effort to incorporate more positive activities into my days to make them more interesting and exciting.

  
Your turn, how would you make a Monday feel like the weekend?  What are your tips and tricks for slowing down?

 

 

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Thursday Thoughts #3

I think this is the third time I’ve written a post entitled “Thursday Thoughts.”  They say it takes at least 3 times for something to become a habit (or 21 days) so I think sharing my Thursday Thoughts is officially a thing now.  Don’t you?

Early morning runs are my favorite.  Loving them even more now that the sun is up around 6 when I finish!

  
It was my Mom’s birthday Monday.  This cake was hands down the highlight of my week.  These cakes are infamous in Cincinnati and make any special occasion extra special.  Mmmmm opera cream 🙂

  
After seeing a bazillion friends go nuts over the cookbook Cravings, I broke down and bought it.  Hands down worth every penny.  The book is full of “cravable” (see what I did there) recipes that do not require too much hands on effort.  My favorite!

  
I made the spicy tomato skillet eggs + prosciutto (I subbed ham) and it was super tasty.  Served with toast for balance 🙂  The recipe reminded me a lot of shakshouka, a dish that reminds me of happy memories in Israel from the summer of 2009.  Except the version I ate in Israel wouldn’t have included pork.

   
 Yay speed workouts!  Queen City Running Club focuses on shorter, speedier workouts during the summer. Tuesday was super gross outside, but running buddy Mary and I drove over to Covington, KY to meet the group.  The organized workout began and ended with a slow but steady 1 mile warm up / cool down and the middle chunk was speed intervals by Paul Brown Stadium.  I’m never super pumped about speed work until I actually start moving and this workout was no different.  At the end of it all, I dropped some sub 8 minute miles and felt pretty spectacular about it.  Go me!

  
This new flavor of kind bar I discovered is my new favorite snack.  I want to eat it all the time.

  
Loved squeezing in a Blue Ash Rec Center workout.  Always a good sweat fest.  Sweat fests make me happy.

  
And… I’ll end this post with an awkward photo of my feet.  My right big toe is definitely swollen.  You know how sometimes on walks you stub your toe in the sidewalk crack, but then the painful feeling goes away immediately?  That apparently didn’t happen here.  I’m thinking this will go away soon but who knows.  Maybe I’ll keep you guys updated.

  
Tell me, what are you thinking about on this Thursday?

 

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Thursday Thoughts

Why did I just discover that my local Whole Foods has the 7.99 “Meatless Monday” special?  I filled that plate to the max with veggies, tofu and other vegetarian staples and got a Monday dinner + Tuesday lunch out of it.  Such a mega bargain.  I’ll be back.

  
I’m becoming marathon obsessed.  I thought I was hasty signing up for my second marathon 2 weeks after my first, but I broke a new record Monday.  I signed up for marathon #4 just 2 days after my less than desired experience at marathon #3.  Redemption + a new PR?  Yes please!

  
I’m traveling to Redondo Beach, California for a work conference in September.  It ends Friday but I’m not flying back until Sunday.  I need ALL THE SUGGESTIONS for food, fitness and travel activities I should experience.  Should I rent a car?  Where should I go?  What should I do?  Where should I stay?  I’ll be traveling solo.  Help!!!

  
Looking for a good cookie recipe.  I’ve recently made this one about a dozen and a half times (totally exaggerating but still).  Cookie requirements:  must have a chewy center and crisp exterior.

  
I’m pedal wagoning this weekend.  I’ve never done it.  I’m excited.

  
Happy Cinco De Mayo!  To celebrate, I’m going on my first post marathon run.  Hope the ankle holds up.  TBD.  If it doesn’t, there will certainly be a margarita in my future.

  
I take beautiful race photos.  Case and point below.  

  

What are you guys doing to celebrate Cinco De Mayo?

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Thursday Thoughts – Marathon Edition

As I sit here and type this up before the crack of dawn this morning, I can only help but reflect on all the exciting, but at the same time, overwhelming thoughts racing through my head.  The day has barely even started yet and I know it’s going to be a tough one considering how distracted I’ve been as of late.  That can only mean one thing:  race day is less than 48 hours away.  OH BOY.  While I’m only a recreational runner, I take my long distance races seriously.  I think it would be silly not to, considering how much time, effort and money gets invested into each training season to run one race.  I thought I’d share some Thursday Thoughts with you all, things that I’ve been thinking about all week leading up to race day.

  1. The BLOOD, SWEAT, and TEARS will be worth it.  At least I keep telling myself that.   First and foremost, I keep trying myself to really focus on positivity.  It’s helped me through some really long runs, so I have to believe remaining positive will get me through this marathon.  Success rate aside, holding a positive attitude is easier said than done, and I’m trying my best to push through the negative thoughts where I tell myself I can’t do it.  The blood, sweat and tears will be WORTH it.  I’ve been through some pretty brutal training runs this season and they’ve all helped to prepare me for this race.  Harder, faster, better, stronger, #AmIRight?

  2. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself.  It’s something I’m continually working on and I think running has allowed me to see that.  This race isn’t a life or death situation and the pressure I put on my back adds extra stress and anxiety to my life I don’t need.  However, I’ve got a really specific goal in mind for this race and it would feel incredible to reach that goal!  I’ve been in shape to run this time for the other marathons I’ve completed but I’ve never been as adequately trained for 26.2 as I am right now.  So… pressure on?  Yes.  But,  I need to remember that and remain positive about the potential results of Saturday (Good or Bad).  I’ve also noticed that this pressure tends to remove the joy from running.  Runs like the one I had on Tuesday remind me why running is so joyful and why this kind of pressure is silly.


    3.  Listen to your body.  That’s what I’ve been focusing on this week.  I declared Tuesday to be my final run before race day and I’m getting antsy at that thought.  I’ve been so used to my routine of running before or after work that I’ve had to find other ways to fill my time–walks with friends and reading has definitely helped!  I made Tuesday my last run day because I know how long it can take for my legs to recover even from the slowest, shortest of runs.  I’m instead trying to focus on light walks and elliptical training, and of course Yoga.  Yoga seems to help a little with my distracted mind as well.  While I’m getting antsy, I need to listen to my body and keep reminding myself taking it easy this week will hopefully allow me to light and breezy Saturday morning.  Hopefully breezier than I felt at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler!


    4.  Remain focused on diet and nutrition–this of all weeks is the week to practice what I preach.  I’ve never been this focused on what I’m putting in my body.  To be quite frank, I’ve never been a proponent of obsessively meal planning or tracking foods eaten throughout the day, but with race day coming up, I’ve been overly conscious (or paranoid) of my dietary choices.  This paranoia is new to me as I don’t frequently worry about much in my life.  This week specifically,  I’m focusing on whole, fresh foods, specifically emphasizing healthy carbs, fruits, veggies, lean proteins and healthy fats.  I also gave up alcohol on April 15th as another way to prepare my body for this race.  The diet part has been mostly easy as I typically eat balanced meals anyway (besides eliminating my after work, pre-run snack ritual of oreos and tortilla chips).  The alcohol part has been the most challenging, but hopefully most rewarding of the sacrifices I’ve made.  From family dinners, to Jewish Holidays, to running group cookouts and birthday parties, it’s certainly been a struggle to say no to all alcohol, especially when surrounded by peers enjoying a beverage.


    5.  I’m going on a mini vacation!  I’ve never really been further south in Kentucky than Covington (which really doesn’t count and is closer to me than many Cincinnati suburbs) so I’m excited to reward my solid efforts with good food and drink.  Plus, bourbon tours!  I can’t wait.


Tell me.  Where should I eat after the race?  What’s your favorite bourbon tour?  Who else gets pre-race jitters (especially since this is a new to me feeling)?

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Why It’s Okay To Enjoy Our Favorite Foods

A similar type of conversation I’ve had multiple times with a girl in my running group sparked a thought in my head.  The first time we had this type of interaction it went something like this:

All chatting at a post-run brunch…
Girl- “You guys, you would not believe who I saw at Graeter’s Monday night… Our group nutritionist!  She was there eating a giant scoop of ice cream!”
Me- “You know that was me… right?  I’m the group dietitian.”
Girl- “WOAH What?! ” *looks at me and realizes it* “What are you doing eating at Graeter’s?!”

  
This past Saturday, a bunch of us walked over to the nearby donut shop for some post-run donuts and she had the exact same type of reaction.  She then said something that really got my gears turning.  It was something like this:  “I always feel better about myself and my diet when I see you at places enjoying these unhealthy indulgent foods.”  Now of course none of these conversations I’m rehashing here are quoted verbatim, but I think you get the idea.  The concept of the nutrition expert enjoying what many would consider unhealthy food was remarkable to this individual, and to numerous other individuals I encounter on a daily basis.  Believe it or not, this is not a unique interaction in my life, and I’m certain other RD’s out there will agree.  Blogs, social media, and mainstream news sources often leave the impression that the only way to be “healthy” is to enjoy green juices, eat organic and only enjoy food that came from the ground.  This is so not the case.  Healthy eating extends far beyond the individual dietary choices we make day to day, and in my opinion relates more to the mindset we take when approaching food.

 
Believe it or not, it is OKAY to enjoy our favorite foods.  If you haven’t figured it out by now, I really like donuts.  And if you haven’t already realized it, I treat myself to a donut every now and again (and I make a point to share these moments on social media).  Notice how I said treat myself.  Donuts are not a regular dietary staple for me.  Quite frankly, the magic of them would be ruined if they were.  But, when I start to develop cravings for specific foods, I allow myself to take care of those cravings.  I don’t “shove them in a box” and forget about them.  I indulge in a reasonable sized portion and boom, craving satisfied.

There is plenty of research out there that says we are more likely to over indulge the longer we deprive ourselves.  I used to be a living, breathing example of this.  I used to have a goldfish problem.  I’d purchase a bag and devour multiple portions in a single sitting.  So, I reached a point where I was like, enough is enough.  I banned goldfish from my pantry and figured I’d soon forget about them.  Eventually, I became fixated on the crackers and decided to purchase a bag after months of depriving myself of the snack, trying to ignore my craving.  This resulted poorly as I ended up binge eating multiple servings of goldfish in a short period of time.  While it took practice to change this routine behavior I had previously established–one that resulted in a vicious cycle of depriving and binge eating–it was well worth the effort it took to learn the true meaning of balance and moderation.  I now buy my goldfish in the big bulk carton but rarely touch the things.  When I’m craving something salty, crunchy and cheesy, I reach for a handful.  That does the trick; I move on with my life.  I’m not saying this behavior change happened overnight, because it didn’t.  I’m not saying it was easy either.  But allowing a shift in my frame of mind was the first step.  It’s okay to enjoy our favorite foods.  Actually, I encourage it.

I want to leave you with a nugget of wisdom to ponder this weekend when you will likely be enjoying time with friends, family and good eats.  When you eat something you crave, which bite is the best?  Is it the first or the 15th?  I bet all of you said first.  Be mindful as you indulge and start to shift the way you think.  Food should be enjoyed and not feared.

Going back to the initial conversation that got me thinking about this idea in the first place, I want to send a message to all the individuals out there who are seemingly shocked by my eating patterns.  “She’s a dietitian, she should know better than to eat donuts.”  “Can you believe it, the dietitian is enjoying a burger, beer and fries?”  Remember one thing, dietitians are humans too.  Just because we have all the knowledge and tools with regards to nutrition does not mean we are perfect.  I have cravings just like the rest of you and my cardinal rule of eating applies to everyone.  If I leave you with any thoughts for the weekend, I hope it’s this:  It’s OKAY to enjoy our favorite foods.

  

The Power of Positivity [during physical activity]

It’s taken me a while to discover, but I think Saturday was when the idea hit home.  Positive thinking, or in my case, lack of negative thoughts, can have a major impact on how a workout goes.  Case and point:  my 20 mile long run.  Ask any of my running buddies, they’ll tell you I have the worst habit of of complaining the entire long run making comments like “This sucks,” “I’m not running another marathon again,” “F*** this hill,” and “I give up.”  While most of the time I’m being slightly sarcastic, there is a hint of truth and honesty coming out when I say these things.  I don’t usually say things that I don’t believe; I consider myself to be incredibly terrible at lying.

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Saturday 20 miles was on the agenda.  We received an email from our training coach suggesting we change our frame of mind during these runs.  My running buddy Mary and I bet at the start of the run that I should be positive the entire time.  A challenge for me, sure, but I was up for it.  20 miles is around 3 hours of running, which is a long time, seemingly longer if you are having a negative experience.  I started to think about the run in more manageable chunks; in addition to the sunshine and lack of my negative comments, I cannot emphasize how incredibly well this run went for me.

Our training run was set up along the Flying Pig Marathon course.  This helped to chunk up the run.  The first 3-4 miles flew by because I knew there’d be a water stop halfway up one of the most brutal elevation climbs of the run.  I knew the hydration would be refreshing and then realizing we were almost 25% through the run was a helpful thought.  I then started thinking about how our next water stop was by Owls Nest park, again, something that felt like a very short distance away in a neighborhood I am familiar with.  It was also helpful to tell myself the major hill climbs for the run would be over when we got to the next water stop.  I had some incredibly refreshing margarita shot blocks to eat for fuel and kept going.  This next chunk of the run was even easier to think positively about.  We ran through the neighborhood I live in, by many friends houses, and then the next water stop was around the block from my parents house.  The sun was completely out and the day felt great.  I had been taking it easy and still thinking positively.  I realized at this point we were over half way to 20.  I then started thinking about where the next water stop was–about a 5k away.  Obviously that felt manageable to think about that distance and we had a nice downhill to lead us there.  My pace got a little faster, I was feeling great!  Before I knew it, we were at the next water stop.  Seeing one of our training coaches passing out water, in addition to the realization we only had 3-4 miles until the final water stop motivated me to continue to increase my pace.  It was flat the rest of the way, and the views of the Ohio River only helped with the positive experience of the run.  We reached the final water stop at the Purple People Bridge and I realized we were a 5k away from 20 miles.  Amazing!  I picked up the pace a little bit more and powered my way to the finish.

Compartmentalizing this run into manageable bits and pieces, in addition to lack of negative comments are reasons I am sure this run went so flawlessly.  Most long runs don’t go well for me and I can’t pinpoint anything other than the power of positivity as the only difference.  I ate the same breakfast before, I fueled during the run the same way, and I wore the same clothes I always wear.  I replaced my negative comments with positive ones, like “We got this guys,” and “We’re killing it, almost there.”  Good conversation helps too.

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What I’ve realized is that the way you frame your mind before, during, and after a tough challenge, in my case it’s usually a long run or race, can really make all the difference in how the experience goes.  It’s something that I’ve taken a long time to notice and didn’t truly hit home until Saturday, but I’m glad that it has.  It are these types of realizations that are impacting the way I view yoga as well.  I used to say I hate it.  I haven’t grown to love it yet, but I can certainly appreciate it.  It’s a time that forces me to slow down and focus on stretching and forget everything else.  While I sometimes find myself getting bored during a yoga class, I am realizing what I might view as boredom could really just be a sign I need to take time to sit with my thoughts and be more mindful.  The day I decide I like or even love yoga, I’ll certainly tell you all about it.

I am looking forward to a great weekend in DC next week.  I’ve heard the cherry blossoms are already out and  I’ll be joining the FAnnetastic-Cabot Cherry Blossom Team with my running buddy Mary for a #CabotFit filled weekend.  I can’t wait to try these new positive thinking practices during the 10 mile race.  I plan to study to course map and am hoping to have quick legs and a great time.  It’ll be a good practice race in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Marathon April 3oth!

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Five: A Random Blog Survey

It’s Wednesday (aka hump day) and I need some randomness to make it through the rest of my week.  Who else agrees?  This post is inspired by a “five” themed blog survey started by Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers and I thought it would fun to participate.  Other bloggers (like Anne over at Fannetastic Food) have been participating as well.  I’d love to hear some of your responses too!  Post in the comments below or on your own blogs!

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FIVE:  A RANDOM BLOG SURVEY

5 Talents I Wish I Had:
1.  Photography
2.  Sprinting (opposed to long distance running)
3.  Singing
4.  Painting
5.  Gift wrapping

5 of My Favorite Foods:
1.  Donuts (obviously)
2.  Goldfish
3.  Berries
4.  Dark chocolate
5.  Chips and guac

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5 Foods I Eat Almost Every Single Day:
1.  Coffee (does that count as a food?!)
2.  Nut butter (with breakfast, as part of a snack, etc.)
3.  Eggs (the entire egg – yolk + white? yes please!)
4.  Spinach (mixed into eggs, a smoothie, on a sandwich, or wilted into recipes)
5.  Goldfish (RDs have to satisfy cravings too, and for me, Goldfish satisfy my salty crunchy cravings)

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5 Places I’m Dying to Travel To:
1.  Ireland (take me on ALL the adventures here!)
2.  Seattle (hiking, Pikes Place, Starbucks? yes, please!)
3.  Hawaii (again, all the adventures)
4.  Maine and Arcadia National Park
5.  New England (I want to eat my way through this area in general)

5 of my Favorite Food Blogs:
1.  How Sweet Eats
2.  Yeah…Immaeatthat
3.  Spicy Southern Kitchen
4.  Thug Kitchen
5.  Kath Eats Real Food

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5 of My Favorite Races:
1.  The Flying Pig Marathon
2.  The Columbus Marathon
3.  The Iron Horse Half Marathon
4.  The Hyde Park Blast
5.  Cincinnati Redlegs Run

5 Random Things I’ve Eaten This Week:
1.  Jose Cuervo Light Peach Margaritas (had to celebrate margarita day, even if it was a day late)
2.  Ovaltine (mixed in my coffee for some chocolatey goodness!)
3.  Tater Tot Poutine (at #YelpEatsPoutineWeek!)
4.  Sweedish Fish
5.  Reeses Egg

Ready, set, go… your turn!

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Yes, I Post A Lot About Running. No, I’m Not Sorry.

Happy Friday everyone!  I wanted to share my thoughts on a seemingly controversial issue with you all.  Posting about food and fitness on social media.  Many of us have done it (or observed our social network doing it).  I’m obviously guilty!

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Let’s think of it like this:  we all have hobbies in life; things that make us happy.  So often, I find myself wanting to filter my posts on social media to avoid annoying my friends, family, and loyal followers.  Does this ever happen to you?  Thoughts race through my head such as, “I posted a picture of a meal I ate yesterday, I don’t need to today,” or “Nobody really cares that I ran 13 miles.”  All of those may be true, but today is the day WE stop worrying about whatever people think, and focus on OURSELVES.  I recently came across this article which essentially says many things out loud I never have (and also inspired me to write this post).  When I share a run, or a great meal I prepared, I am not doing it to brag.  I am not trying to say I’m a better cook than  you, or superior to you because I ran a marathon.  I am simply sharing the things that make me smile throughout my day; things I am proud of.  Maybe, just maybe, we’ll even connect over love for a recipe, a favorite place to workout or even become running buddies (<which has happened).

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My life consists of two main things, food and fitness.  You might post a lot of cat pictures, because besides your work, your cats are your true pride and joy.  Someone else might post tons of photos of the canvasses they paint, because that is their hobby.  I’m fine with that.  We don’t ever go, “How annoying that their good at painting.”  The normal response is usually, “Wow, they are certainly a talented artist.”   Besides work, the things that make me happy are food and running.  These are the things that I choose to share.  My point is though, that more often than not, we look at the things people post and see them in a negative light, coming to assumptions that the individual is an egotistical, attention seeking person, when in reality, we should applaud them for being open enough to share the things they are excited about and proud of.  So as I get in to sharing my food + fitness highlights, I want to be clear that I’m not sorry to be sharing them with you.  I’m excited to share the things that made me smile this week, and maybe even inspire you to smile from being more active too.

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Monday was a nice relaxing day off work.  There was still tons of snow on the ground from Sunday evening’s snowstorm, but with the temperatures climbing, it wasn’t too cold for a nice, peaceful snow walk (hike).  After, I hit up CrossFit and did this workout.  It was actually a lot of fun.  I took it easy on weight to avoid upsetting the twitch in my back, but I realized after I took it too easy.  Reminder to self:  push harder next time.  Photos above!

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Tuesday evening was my Queen City Running Club workout.  However since I had a non traditional weekend (I had Tuesday off too!) I decided that I would treat myself to some lunchtime yoga at Body Alive to stretch out before.  I was really disappointed with this class.  The heated element of the room wasn’t working, which helps relax your muscles to get a really deep stretch.  The instructor was also trying out odd sequences with us, and none of them were really great for stretching from a running perspective, and most were skills too advanced for me to truly participate in.  Such a bummer.  However, I had a really great time running Tuesday evening.  We did about two miles to warm up, and then did mile repeats around the triangle by the Bengals stadium.  I felt as if I could push faster, but I really enjoy the company of the group, so I stuck with them.  After, we had a beer + pizza happy hour (pictured above).  6.6 miles on a Tuesday?   2nd beer earned!

Wednesday
‘s workout doesn’t leave much to say.  I had a Greater Cincinnati Dietetics Association event after work so the only time to squeeze in a run was 5am.  Ooof!  I got 3 quick and easy miles in and was definitely glad I did.  The event was totally worth the early wakeup call.  The speaker was the Cincinnati Reds RD, Michelle Macedonio, who is well known for her work in sports dietetics.  It was a great lecture!

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Thursday, my work friend and I hit up 6am CrossFit.  Never any regrets from these early morning workouts!  This one was tough.  I was definitely feeling it later.  We even worked on deadlifts again, and guess what?!  My form definitely improved because my back is not sore this morning.  🙂

Today, the plan is to put off my run as long as possible before I have to head off to work.  I wanna make sure I get to enjoy some of that 50 degree weather!  For breakfast, I ate one of these No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars with some fruit.  It’ll make some great pre-run fuel!  Tomorrow is my long run, but since it’s a down week, we only have 9 miles on the agenda.  Plus, I can’t wait for the predicted sunshine 🙂

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Who else plans to spend some time outside this weekend?  Tell me!

 

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