Category Archives: Fitness

May StrideBox Review!

Whenever I come home to packages waiting for my in the mail, I get terribly excited! A subscription box made just for runners is definitely up my alley.

StrideBox is a subscription box that is packed with all kinds of goodies runners would enjoy. There’s nutrition bars, energy fuels, and hydration supplements in each box. This month’s box had a great mix of it all!

Health Warrior – Pumpkin Seed Bar

This bar was just what I needed on a day full of travel. I’ll admit it tasted more like something I would have closer to Thanksgiving but it was delicious. It was just the right size to hold me over to lunch!

Salt Stick – Fast Chews

This has been something I’ve been looking forward to trying. With the summer rapidly approaching, replenishing electrolytes on runs becomes for important! These tablets are chewable which makes it super quick to absorb while running.

Gu Energy Gel

This energy gel is one the most popular ones on the marker. I haven’t tried this flavor but it seems like an interesting one. Have you ever tried Gingerade flavored energy gel?

Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement Drink

One of the reasons I really love StrideBox is because I get to try so many different electrolyte drinks. I have a sensitive stomach and it’s even worse while running. Some of these drinks didn’t set too well with me but having these sample sizes really helps me refine what works and what doesn’t!

Active Intelligence Relief and Recovery Tape

I’m sure you’ve seen runners and athletes with tape on their legs or joints. This tape not only helps with recovery but it is formulated with special ingredients to help aid in pain relief. I’m currently not injured but I’m definitely keeping this handy for any aches and pains!

Double Layer Cooling Towel

Towels like these are awesome. After a long run in the heat, it takes me forever to cool down. Soaking this towel and wringing it out, helps me cool off quickly. Fingers crossed that my husband doesn’t steal this from me!

With a myriad of awesome products for runners, why not give StrideBox a try? It’s relatively cheap and you’re guaranteed to find assailed products that can help you fuel your run. Click here to learn more!

Trying New Things!

What a week it’s been! From heading back to Crossfit and celebrating birthdays to spin instructor try outs, it’s been a wild week!

My weekend started with celebrating one of my favorite spin instructors and friends, Riley. Parties at our spin station are always a blast! However, Friday was my fifth day of working out without any breaks so my legs were definitely trashed.


My day started off with sleeping in. Although, I have to admit I was a ball of nerves. Earlier in the week, I found out that a spin studio in town was holding open auditions. After talking with my husband and a friend I decided to go for it!
I absolutely love spin class and I would truly enjoy sharing this experience with other people. All week, it’s been something that I had been looking forward to. I have never tried out for anything like this so I had no idea what to expect.

Arriving at the studio, I felt confident. I hadn’t actually taken a class at this studio but it’s the same as the one I attend on a weekly basis.

I may share more in another post but long story short, I didn’t make it to the training class. There was many phases to the audition and I didn’t make it to the last one. I wasn’t too bummed but it still doesn’t make rejection any easier. If it was my home studio, I probably would have been a mess. Moving forward, I’ll keep trying harder and hope to do better in my next audition!


My first rest day of the week! Although, my body had different ideas and I ended up waking up early. I was able to relax a bit before church and drink my tea in my favorite mug. It’s a keepsake from our wedding. My husband and I will be celebrating our three year anniversary next month!

I think my husband sensed I was still down because he agreed to take me to Lush after lunch. He’s terribly sweet y’all! After the auditions on Saturday, he spent the evening trying to cheer me up. He’s so great. While we were at Lush, he let me try out all the products while he stood in the corner playing on his phone. I couldn’t convince him to get some beard conditioner though, haha!

This week won’t be too bad as far as traveling for work. I’ve decided to do a trial month at the Crossfit gym so I’m excited to head back this week! The weather is getting nice and toasty around here so I guess summer is around the corner!

How did you spend your weekend? 

Foods You Should Know About: Beets

As we’re heading into the summer months, I’m reaching more for the fruits and the veggies! I like to cool off from my morning runs with a smoothie. Another great hidden gem for smoothies is beets. Beets are a GREAT veggie if you’re a runner or just want to round out your diet!


What are Beets?

Beets are the lovely red veggies that Dwight Schrute loves (any fans of The Office?). I’m sure you’re aware that a well rounded diet eats fruits and veggies of colors. Beets may not seem like the easiest veggie to prepare but it’s loaded with many vitamins and minerals, which leads me to my next point.

Why Should I Eat Them?

See that red color? It comes from the many different antioxidants in the vegetable. The antioxidants contained in beets are very helpful for eye and nerve tissue health. There’s still additional studies on how much beets enhance the health of the eyes and nerve tissue but you’ll be on the safe side with a normal dose of beets in your diet!

Beets also contain many anti-inflammatory benefits. Due to the unique phytonutrients present in beets, you get to experience the ant inflammatory effects! This along with the high fiber content of beets makes it a big candidate for those who wish to reduce the risk of certain cancer types. How we nourish our body is very important and I think beets are a big player!


How Should I Eat Them?

If you are lucky enough to have a Vitamix, beets are great in juices and smoothies! Try this recipe! A way I enjoy my beets is in a cold pressed juice from JuiceLand near my spin studio. I actually really like the taste of beets but I know that isn’t the case for everyone which is why a juice is a safe bet. When purchasing a juice, make sure it is cold pressed with no additional sugar. You’ll typically find a juice that contains beets along with other fruits to “hide” the taste.

Foods You Should Know About: Tempeh

One of my “resolutions” this year was to eat meatless one day a week. Some weeks weren’t as easy but recently I have been bitten by the cooking bug and have been trying to many protein and meat alternatives! Tempeh and tofu have become some of my go to ingredients when cooking vegetarian meals. Even if you’re not planning to become a vegetarian soon, I would give tempeh a try! Continue reading Foods You Should Know About: Tempeh

Couch Potato Weekend!

It’s been exactly one week after my race and I’m already getting antsy. Will this feeling ever go away? I’m definitely addicted to running.
Before my race, I had been having some issues with my hip. Ultimately, I think it’s due to weakness in my muscles and IT Band tightness. I plan to spend another week without running and plenty of rehab to see how my hip is healing up. This isn’t stopping me from researching races and new training plans though! I’m super thankful that I’m working on the Tone It Up Bikini Series at the moment because it’s giving me a good mix of strength training and cardio (speed walking for me!) to keep me busy.  Continue reading Couch Potato Weekend!

Foods You Should Know About: Spirulina

I’m back to talk about another one of my favorite foods. Well this one isn’t so much of a food but a very important ingredient for smoothies and the like. I stumbled upon Spirulina when I was trying to make a salad dressing. I had never heard of such thing and I had no idea where to find it in the grocery store. After a lot of searching, I found powdered Spirulina with the health supplements! Continue reading Foods You Should Know About: Spirulina

Foods You Should Know About: Quinoa

Now, I don’t think I can consider myself a foodie if there’s certain food groups I will NOT eat. However, I do feel like I can share some of my favorite nutrition foods with you! I meal prep weekly and I try to keep it on the healthier side. Lately, most of my lunches have been vegetarian which has allowed me to venture out of my comfort zone. This will be a weekly series sharing a new food or ingredient that you should try to incorporate into your diet. This week’s ingredient is: QUINOA! Continue reading Foods You Should Know About: Quinoa