Thinking Out Loud Thursday #2

Hey everyone! Thursday already? One step closer to Fall. Yes!

Jumping right into Thinking Out Loud Thursday with Amanda at Running With Spoons and it’s gonna get random!

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1. I’m officially halfway through nutrition school! I’ll be certified this coming week and I’m pretty excited to start health coaching. If you want to learn more about what I do or where to sign up, you can go to my website, The Body Method and learn more there!

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2. When I graduate in February 2015, I’m going to be jumping right into studying to be a Personal Trainer, which is realllllly exciting to me!

3. My dream is to open a health and fitness studio in either Denver, Charlotte, or somewhere close to Manhattan Beach. We’ll see what happens!

4. Um, my first published article is in Fit & Well Magazine! I talked about them a while back when I posted on some of my favorite brands. A couple months ago when I was at the beach, Alison who is the editor or Fit & Well, reached out to me about writing an article for the magazine. I was like…

I don't usually post cute stuff just cause it's cute, but come on-look at this face and those legs!! 

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5. I want my hair to look like this…

Long Layered hair with caramel highlights

6. Why are Clif Bars so freaking good? They make the perfect dessert when warmed up for like 5-8 seconds in the microwave. A trick I learned from Karena from Tone It Up, back in the day.

7. Speaking of Tone It Up, I want to share a quick fact. These girls are my inspiration, motivation, and sometimes I feel like it owe it to them. I would probably not be where I am today without Karena & Katrina. They got me hooked on healthy living, realizing that fitness can be fun, which helped me discover my love for helping people with their health and fitness! Thanks, girls!

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8. I started The Alabaster Running Club last week and our first group run is tonight. OMG. I’m so excited and pumped to have the pleasure in hosting this club full of awesome runners. If you are in the Birmingham area, why don’t you come down!

Alabaster Running Club

9. Arctic Zero is amazing! Well, I’ve probably mentioned that before. I tried the coffee flavor for the first time and it was DELICIOUS!

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10. I really want this whole outfit!

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Okay, yeah that was a crazy trail of thoughts for Thursday! Cheers to July and welcoming August!

Questions:

  • Have you tried Arctic Zero? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?
  • Who is your inspiration?
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Marvelous Training Week

Hey everyone and happy Monday! Another week to be more awesome and to reach your goals!

Thanks, Katie @ Healthy Diva Eats, for hosting the Marvelous in my Monday Linkup! Smile

MiMM MIMM #107 A Birthday Celebration Weekend!

Let’s get groovin’ along! (Did I just say “groovin”? Sorry….)

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Trail running 7 miles with my mom

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Taking Tuesday off and enjoying myself (AKA baking)

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Hiking new trails (no pictures) and refueling with a big ole salad from Earthfare

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A 7 mile trail run all by myself, zoning out and enjoying it 100%.

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No picture on Friday because I took this day to leave my phone at home and went out for several hours with family. Taking time off of social media is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

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Getting 8 miles in on Saturday even though I was aiming for 10. It was rainy, my stomach was hurting, and I felt sluggish. But 8 miles was completed! Thankful I can run that many steps

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Sunday morning pancakes and fried eggs!

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Baked Quest Bars

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Run-Bike-Circuit

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New workout I made up to change things up a little! Run-Bike-Circuit workout. Try it out, y’all!

There’s my marvelous week and weekend for ya and down below is my full training plan of last week.

Half Marathon Training Week #2

Questions:

  • Any funny running stories last week?
  • What is your favorite Sunday morning breakfast?

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!