13 Running Related Questions Answered!

Hey, hey! Happy Friday, friends! YAY!

Alright, so I don’t have a recipe or a new workout, but I found this running questionnaire on a blog and thought it would be fun to do for today! I changed up the questions a little and added a few because some were meant for moms, and I’m not a mom…

Here we go!

1. Best run ever: I’ve had a handful of these but the one that stuck out to me most was yesterday’s 7 mile trail run all by myself. I seriously zoned out to the point I kind of forget what I was doing. I was just thinking about how thankful I was, all the people I’ve met through blogging, the fact that I have the best job ever somewhere waiting for me in the future! It was just one of those runs that made me feel like a million bucks afterward…even if my calves were sore!

2. Three words that describe my running: Competitive, always interesting, and weird. — To explain myself, when I see other runners I instantly get into competitive mode in my head because that’s what really gets me fired up. My runs and routes change a lot because I hate doing the same thing over and over again so I like to keep it interesting. And weird…because the weirdest things always happen to me when I’m running. Bird poop falling on my head, stepping in dog poop, tripping and falling on my face, meeting people I haven’t seen in 5 years, or getting asked weird questions from drivers.

3. My go-to running outfit is: Pair of black Saucony ruffled capris, colorful dry-fit shirt, my Nike ‘Run’ hat, and Saucony Guide 7s.

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4. Quirky habit while running: I find myself running in waves…going from one side of the road to the other and repeat. It helps me refocus instead of getting bored running in one straight line.

5. Morning, midday, evening: I would prefer to run at 6:00 a.m. every morning, but that doesn’t happen. So…around 8:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. are my usual running times!

6. I won’t run outside when it’s: I won’t run outside if its raining really hard or if its icy. I can’t afford to fall and break my leg.

7. Worst injury—and how I got over it: Plantar fasciitis. WHY DID I GET IT? Because I was wearing the WRONG running shoes and not stretching my calves and Achilles. I got rid of it by buying a stability shoe, stretching, icing, strengthening my my feet and rolling my foot on a tennis ball.

There were a lot of times, when I had plantar fasciitis, that I couldn’t run and I had to jump rope for cardio. It actually really helped me out.

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8. My Personal Best half marathon or marathon: 2013 Mercedes-Benz half marathon in 1:51! I dominated it! I was actually shooting for 1:57. I didn’t stop during the race either, which also totally made me feel like a beast!

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9. Next race is: I’m thinking the Huntsville Half in Huntsville, AL in early November but we shall see!

10. Potential running goal for 2014: To get my time under 1:51 on this next half marathon. I’m so pumped! Answering these questions are getting me so excited. I’m going to go run now! Oh, also, I hope to find a really good running friend this year that’s into long distance running. There’s not that many people I know that are 19-21 who run like I do which can be disappointing.

11. What GPS watch do I use: I use the Garmin Forrunner 10, which I love! Its simple, works great, and its cute! I actually hope to get the Garmin Forerunner 15 that comes with the HR monitor, soon!

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12. How do I stay motivated to run during Summer: This is a good one…I totally failed last year with my running and lost all my hard work and its taken me a while to build it back up. So, this Summer, I do not want that to happen again, so I’ve got a mileage goal I’m supposed to hit every week. So that’s keeping me motivated!

13. Favorite post run treat: Iced coffee and a protein bar!

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Alright, if you are a runner and you have a blog, copy these questions and answer them!

Questions:

  • Pick 2 of the questions above and answer them in the comments!
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Happy 1 year Blog Anniversary & I Enrolled in Nutrition School!

Good morning all!

Today, January 7th, is my 1st anniversary for my blog. Last year at this time, it dawned on me what I should call my blog. I was looking at two different words:

“in shape” and “cupcake”

And all of a sudden, I looked at my mom and I said “I finally know what I’ll call my blog! In Shape Cupcake!”

You don’t understand, it took me like a month to figure out what to call my blog. It was taking all my brain energy just trying to put something together.

My very first blog post –> Drinking Green Smoothies

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Some of my favorite blog posts:

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…”I haven’t touched pop tarts since I was 10.”

 

I have been through a lot since last year. A ton of changes have occurred and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • I’ve grown in my spiritual faith. God is always #1 in this world. He is the CENTER of it all. It’s not about me…it is about HIM!
  • My grandmother passed away, but she’s in Heaven, praising the Lord.
  • I was offered an amazing job this Fall.
  • I experienced how it feels when your car almost breaks down in the middle of the night on a highway. Freaky.
  • I started going to WORD ALIVE International Outreach Church in August and I hope I don’t have to go to another church forever!
  • I graduated high school and I’m so GLAD!
  • I discovered cappuccinos and they are so foamy!
  • I’ve been able to give and let my light shine

Photo: Yesterday, my mom and I went to help package food! Word Alive Church is just so awesome! #project58 #shine #pray #fast #give #Isaiah58

I also have a big announcement!

For the past 2 years, I’ve been wanting to enroll in The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. That is what I chose instead of college. I wanted some that fit me. A place that had Audrey written all over it. And IIN was the school!

I finally enrolled yesterday and I’m so darn happy about it!

IIN is…”The Health Coach Training Program is a year-long online course specially designed for people who are passionate about health and wellness. Whether you’re interested in learning about nutrition, launching a meaningful new career, or even changing the world, Integrative Nutrition will empower you to transform your life and achieve your personal and professional goals.”  Source

I know a few other bloggers who have graduated and they absolutely loved it. But I just know this is what I need to do and I’m more than excited.

I start in February and I can NOT wait! Eek!

1 year from now, I’ll be graduated and a certified health coach. Then it will be time to start my personal training certification with NASM. So I’m buckling down and I’m ready!

My dream is to have my own health and fitness studio that focuses on personal one on one training and coaching that empowers women. It’s all about health and love. Not about just how great you look. That is only a perk. I also hope to do a lot more because I’ve got some crazy good ideas.

If you want to know more about the program, just ask this crazy runner.

I also hope to do some recaps on how much I like the program (every once in a while) and will do a full recap when I’m graduated. Stay tuned!

XXAudrey

GOALS 2014: Running, Reading, Loving, Painting…

Goals.

I love making goals, but I hate it when I start making way too many. I need to narrow it down to just a few. So here they are!

1. Finish reading these two books

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2. Love more. Judge Less.

Simple written, but hard to do. It can be done though! God said we could!

Luke 6:35

King James Version (KJV)

35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

3. Blog at least 3 times a week.

I think blogging 5 times a week just messes me up. I start to lose motivation to write because I have nothing to write about. I get bored too fast. So maybe 3 times a week will be better!

4. Run at least 4-6 days a week.

When July came, I got frustrated with the heat and there was a death in the family so instead of being tough, I skipped out and stopped running like I was. Dumb move, dumb move. Thankfully, I pushed myself to pick it back up and I’m in love with running once again! Never fails.

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5. Run trails

I love trails! I love pounding on the dirt, running through the woods, jumping over trees, skipping over rocks, and hopping streams. I love it! And I just need to do it!

6. Always choose clean food over junk food.

7. Read the Bible every day!

There’s those days I just forget and I really wish I didn’t. I need His Word to feed my Spirit!

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8. Paint

I love painting on canvas! Anyone else? It’s such a good stress relief hobby that doesn’t require mileage. Haha

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That’s about it!

I hope all who read this, have the happiest New Years and the best year yet!

Questions:

  • What are some of your goals?
  • If you wrote a post about goals/resolutions, link it in the comments.