Happy Monday! I have WAY to much energy this morning so I’m going to use it to knock things out. It’s a short week due to Thanksgiving so I’m ready to be productive before the feasting begins!
Short and sweet weekend for us! I hadn’t been sleeping well the past week and I needed some quiet time so I was glad we took this weekend to relax. We will be visiting my in-laws on Thursday and my mom on Friday. Luckily, everyone is spread around Houston so it won’t be too much travel for us.
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving week and stay safe!
I have been feeling much better this past week with plenty of visits to my chiropractor and some deep stretching. I took it easy this weekend and didn’t want to over do it.
It was a calm and relaxing weekend and my back felt better every day. i’m looking forward to getting back to my normal routine this week and start getting ready for Thanksgiving! Hope you had a great weekend too!
Good Morning! I had such a fun filled weekend and I hope you had a a great one too! Now that my race is over and I’m not training for anything, most of the weekends will be going with the flow. Trying to enjoy just a bit of time before it gets crazy for the holidays!
Overall, it was a great weekend. I can’t wait for my bike to be delivered this week. I’ll be sharing my experience with the Peloton bike and classes later this month!
Happy Monday friends! It’s been such a great week and weekend full of nice weather and good times. It was also the week of my race! I kept most activity throughout the week low intensity in preparation for my half marathon!
I picked up my bib and packet on Saturday and spent most of the day relaxing. Mostly sitting on the couch and watching Law and Order with a few breaks to stretch and foam roll. I made a conscience effort not to be nervous for my race. For the weeks leading up to the race, I made myself smile and picture a strong finish whenever the race would pop into my mind. It sounds silly but I really believe it’s what helped me have a great race.
The forecast for Sunday morning was around 45 degrees at the start of the race and it would be around 55 degrees when I finished. Since it was close to Halloween, I wanted to wear my Wonder Woman skirt. I made a mad scramble to Target to find a black long sleeve shirt so I wouldn’t be completely frozen on Sunday. However, I was excited because I was finally getting what I wanted: cold weather on race day!
We arrived at the park in Downtown and immediately got in the line for the porta potty. It was moving much slower than I would have liked but I kept me cool. As soon as I was done, I had to bolt to the start line. Thankfully the elites were first so I had time to get situated within the crowd. This race had pacers and my main goal was to stay in front of the 2:10 pacer and to never let him pass me.
I took off and I felt like I was going a bit fast but it was still comfortable. My first mile was an 8:15 but soon I settled into my groove. I am so stinking proud of myself because from mile 2-11 my splits were all 9:35. That consistency and just how my body felt throughout the run made me so dang happy. I didn’t feel tired, I didn’t feel anxious, I felt COMFORTABLE and that’s what I was aiming for. There was a moment where I began to start with negative thoughts but I made myself snap out of it. I thought of my friends, of my past races, of everything I had done this year. Basically any positive thing I could think of.
It was amazing but I was actually having FUN on this race. It was a strange feeling to be smiling with the wind in my hair and sun at my face at mile 9 and not be dying. So many people got a kick out of my Wonder Woman skirt and little kids along the course made me smile. I began to feel tightness in my left glute and lower back due to tweaking my back a bit earlier in the week. I didn’t let it phase me. I slowed it down to a 10 minute mile for the last couple miles. I texted Jordan about it and he was going to come meet me on the course. I texted him back and told him that I’m freaking Wonder Woman and I don’t quit! He knew from that text that I was in good spirits and he wouldn’t need to help me finish.
The dang finish line was uphill however I was so happy to see it and see my time! I stayed in front of the 2:10 pacer for the whole race and beat my personal record! I finish my half-marathon in 2:06 and even though it wasn’t my goal, I was so happy with how my race felt. Yes I was tired at the end but I wasn’t hurt and I thoroughly enjoyed myself through it all!
After the race, we stopped at Panera for brunch and I had some warm tomato soup. I had fun but my legs and face were definitely frozen. I wore glove at the beginning of the race but stripped them off halfway through. My ears need to be covered when I run in cooler weather since they’re the first to freeze!
I also wanted to try Starbucks’ Halloween Drink but they were out at the one by my house. We stopped by Dunkin Donuts and I had the most delicious Pumpkin Macchiato. However, it may have just been great because it was warm, haha! It took a warm bath and some couch time to finally thaw out.
The day after the race, I feel great! I was hoping to go to the gym this afternoon but I developed a lovely blister on the ball of my foot which is mostly uncomfortable. Other than that, I have no complaints! It’s amazing how quick my body has recovered from this race. That medal makes all those two-a-days worth it!
I don’t have another race planned but I may pop in and do a local Christmas race depending on how I feel. Mostly, I’m going to take care of my body and focus on strength training in preparation for my next training season, whenever that may be!
Hope you’re having a great Monday already! I just started off my morning with a 5AM spin class so I am pumped up! My weekend was just busy enough to be exciting but with plenty of downtime and relaxing!
I had a blast this weekend! My half marathon is next weekend so I’m taking the latter half of the week to rest.
Have you ever attended a fitness festival or retreat? I know that not many of us would willingly give up a weekend just to exercise but hear me out! I believe that it’s absolutely an experience that everyone should get to try out. Here’s why you should attend a fitness festival!
Reason #1: All The Endorphins!
There’s something about “embracing the suck” together. I believe that sweating with a group of people somehow connects you with others. That’s why group fitness classes tend to be so popular. You’re more willing to grit your teeth and push through a workout when you’re part of a crowd. Once you finish your workout, you’re on cloud nine! It’s almost guaranteed that after you leave the event, you’ll be feeling that endorphin rush!
Reason #2: Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone
This was a big one for me. I attended both the Tone It Up Tour and the Wanderlust festival this fall. While I knew a few girls attending the Tone It Up tour, I spent time with so many beautiful souls at Wanderlust. While I normally don’t just go up to someone to begin a conversation, the welcoming environment of both events really helped me step out and try new things. You’re more likely to try out new things when you’re surrounded by so many other like minded people!
Reason #3: Learning About Yourself
Wanderlust was extra special to me because I felt such a connection during the meditation portion. I began to really let go of all the negative self thought and began to accept positive thoughts. Not only that but I began to give myself grace and compassion though the changes going on in my life. Attending a fitness festival may open your eyes to new things about yourself. A change in perspective may bring a new set of awareness.
Hope these reasons encourage you to attend a fitness festival in the future. Go in with an open mind and you may leave feeling like a whole new person!
I am so excited that it’s Friday because while it’s been a good week overall, I’m looking forward to the weekend! With meal prepping, it’s safe to say I have food always ready. However, if I’m just not feeling it one day, I whip up a quick and delicious smoothie! By packing these smoothies with a bunch of goodies, I’m guaranteed to get my daily nutrients.
These smoothies can be made any time of day but I tend to have these in the morning. I like to use Unico Nutrition protein but you can use whatever Vanilla protein you like to use! Also, by clicking that link I do receive a small portion of commission. However, I completely stand by these protein products!
Toss all these ingredients in the blender and enjoy! The reason this is such a good smoothie for a breakfast is the star ingredient: spirulina. It turns your smoothie a pretty green flavor but you can’t really taste it. It keeps you satiated for a good part of your day. I like to add collagen peptides in my smoothies to help my joints after long runs or harder workouts.
Berry Delicious Smoothie:
1 scoop of protein
1 cup of cashew milk
1/4 cup frozen blueberries or strawberries
1/4 cup frozen cauliflower rice
1 scoop of collagen peptides (optional)
Blend and enjoy! This smoothie is another of my favorites after a hot workout. The blueberries are just the right amount of sweetness after a workout. By adding the cauliflower rice, you get a thicker shake and an extra serving of veggies!
Are you a smoothie person? What is your favorite type to drink?
Lately, I’m really digging the fall season. The weather here is TRYING to cool off and we are slowly starting to decorate our house. I’ve been baking and making (healthy) comfort food left and right. I figured I would stop by and share a few products I’m loving lately!
If you follow me on Instagram or watch my Instagram stories, you’ll see that I’ve been drinking kombucha almost every day. Y’all, kombucha has taken over my fridge lately. I think I have enough to last me until the middle of November. The great thing about kombucha is that it is alternative to soda and you receive so many health benefits. Probiotics are great for your digestive system and with a great taste, you can’t pass these drinks up!
Arbonne “It’s A Long Story” Mascara
My makeup routine is pretty simple but I love to play up my eyes. Since I wear glasses, I usually stick to create big and bold lashes. A few weeks ago I was invited to an Arbonne party and I was SOLD on this mascara. Not only does it make your lashes look longer but it is lasts all day and it’s water resistant. All Arbonne products skin care products are made with great ingredients and aren’t made with filler materials so that’s a huge win!
Lush’s R&B Hair Moisturizer
Lately, I’ve been washing my hair about three times a week. However, I style is pretty much every day. I use heat styling tools which leads to my hair begging for mercy but the end of the week. This hair moisturizer is heavenly! Not only does it smell AMAZING but it keeps my hair from looking dry and brittle. A little goes a long way so this tub will keep my hair looking great for a while.
Simm’s Artisan Jerky
Guys, I’m not a big jerky fan at all. However, I wanted to give these a try since I saw them at Aldi. They’re a good source of protein so why not? After my first bite, I was converted! Lately, I’ve been really focuses on snacking well throughout the day and getting in extra protein. These packages are super convenient because I can carry them in my purse or keep a few at my desk. There’s a variety of flavors and the price is great.
Coming in a little later than normal this week! I had a busy weekend but it was full of so much fun. Jordan is out of town this week so I had to soak up the whole weekend with him. I figured I would share a sentence per picture to share what we did!
Well, that’s my weekend in pictures! I have another eventful weekend coming up too so I’ll make sure to take plenty of pictures.