We had rain in the forecast today, so we decided to get up and get some errands done. We went to our favorite pub called the Fat Rabbit for lunch, and stopped in at my favorite consignment shop. There was a pair of sandals I’ve been eyeballing and they were still there so I got them!!
We went to the local running store and all got new shoes, and went to Sprouts for some produce.
The sun finally came out so we finished the day at the pool.
Why do the weekends go by so fast? How was your weekend?
Happy Wednesday, my friends. I hope you all had a fantastic day! Just over a two mile run, and a good plank will finish up my day. It wasn’t a pretty run, but I ran intervals between 5.4-5.8 on the treadmill-averaging around 5.4-5.5. Building up that baseline, slowly but surely. How was your day? #wednesday #running
Happy Friday, everyone!! I hope you all had a fantastic day!!! I’m so happy it’s the weekend, I don’t know about you!! Tonight’s workout was 3 sets of 30 reps-biceps and shoulders. 4 set of 30-crunches and my daily plank, ANDDDD my first mini long run. No, 4 miles isn’t considered long, but it is for me where I’m at in my pre-training phase so I’m pretty pleased. Any big plans for the weekend? We’re keeping a close eye on hurricane Elsa…🌀😬🏃🏻♀️
I actually ran today, and it didn’t suck…I had to stop a couple of times to catch my breath, and my goal was 25 minutes, which I achieved. Also…I did a thing…The hubby, my youngest daughter, and I are signed up for the Gasparilla half marathon in Tampa FL. It will be my first live race in 2 years and I am terrified and stoked all at once, LOL.
Dinner is usually pretty simple these days, but that doesn’t mean it can’t taste good. Tonight we had good ole canned green beans (beans are the only vegetable/legume I will buy canned), doctored up with some garlic, salt and pepper-let simmer for 20 minutes to get the “canned” taste cooked out, and add crispy bacon at the end. We always have microwaveable brown rice/quinoa in the pantry, which I add a pat of butter, garlic powder, salt, pepper and a drizzle of avocado oil and garnish with fresh cut scallions. Lastly we had sautéed shrimp, which I patted dry, and seasoned with some Cajun seasoning and cooked in a screaming hot pan with butter for maybe 1 minute per side as they were precooked.
Real life adventures:
The world seems so full of cruelty, hate, and overall negative people these days…its honestly started to wear on me. So in efforts to try and put forth some positivity, I have made a daily goal of doing something kind for someone every single day. So today I emailed our lawn service, thanking them for going above and beyond when they trimmed our yard yesterday. They not only trimmed between our Oak and Crepe Myrtle trees, but they actually trimmed a lot of the overgrown branches on the Oak tree. I also asked them to pass my kudos on to management, and the customer service representative that got back to me seemed truly touched.
Are you running any live races this year, or have you already? How do you keep weeknight meals simple? Tell me the last kind thing you did….didn’t it make you feel good?
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend. It’s been a year since I’ve done a half marathon and 5 years since I’ve done a full…but this quote was always something that hit home with me so I wanted to share it! Cheers and good luck!!
What’s your favorite distance to run? Are you racing this weekend?
One thing I’ll say about Florida, is that the weather here has really slowed me down. When it’s humid like it was today, I find myself taking a lot more walk breaks than I ever would. But as I found myself getting frustrated, I reminded myself that so many can’t even run a single mile anymore, and that I should be thankful for each step I take. So my new thought process is, “I no longer care about the pace I run, as long as I’m getting it done.” I’ll forever be thankful for the supplements I take, Novo Renew, that have afforded me the ability to keep moving. Click HERE for more information, and make sure to use my code Michelle25 at check out to save!!! Good thing for you Gasparilla runners this weekend:we’ve got a cold front coming through this weekend!!! Let me know if you’re running!!! I’ll cheer you on!
Are you currently training for anything? What is your favorite distance to run? Do you notice yourself slowing down as you age (or is it just me, haha!)?
So if you’ve been around a while, (and even if you haven’t) you’ll know I’ve struggled with motivation lately. And while it’s gotten better, I can honestly say I enjoy relaxing on my recliner after a long day at work WAY too much, HA! BUT…time for that all to end.
My husband and I watched “Brittney runs a marathon” this weekend on Amazon Prime, (check out a clip HERE) and it really resonated with me. I used to be that runner that went to “run club” and had “running friends” and I used to have such a sense of purpose while training for a race. I thought I had forgotten that feeling, but thankfully running truly is in my blood. And because of that, I asked my husband to run with me on Monday…to slow down and just run beside me to help keep me going….and he did just that!! I am no longer going to look back on what kind of runner I used to be, or what pace I used to be able to run; instead I will look forward which has been my mantra for nearly a decade. I will keep taking my Novorenew to keep my joints and muscles fresh and remind myself that while it’s ok to step back, it’s not ok to stop. Let the fun begin!!!
Speaking of fun, I was contacted by a company called www.funrunbox.com asking me to review their box. (I generously received a free box, in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own).
Here’s a little bit about the company and what they offer:
Beyond the content of the box, we feel one of our big differentiators is the monthly challenge; our subscribers love it, and it keeps them motivated Our subscribers get access to an exclusive running community where they can share, motivate and get motivated Our subscribers can get discount coupons for many of the items in the box, allowing them to purchase at below retail prices Our subscribers also get access to exclusive content (training, motivation, tips, etc.) Finally, our subscribers have access to members only sales
Here’s a snapshot of what I received (over $60.00 worth of items!!!):
This is such a fun concept/idea and I look forward to learning more about the company. If you use Welcome15 at checkout, you’ll save 15% off of your first box!!!
How do you stay motivated? What’s your favorite fuel for running? Are you a hot/cold weather runner?
With storms looming I knew I needed to get this done despite 87 degree temps and strong winds. The first mile was easy, the last two not so much. My breathing was the only thing I struggled with, thankfully. I’ve got happy IT bands and knees thanks to @novorenew finally. If you like to give it a try by clicking HERE Use Michelle25 at checkout to save 25% off your order. What are you waiting for? This stuff is amazing!!!
For dinner I made a simple skirt steak seasoned with low sodium taco seasoning and salt and pepper over a cabbage salad with blue cheese dressing.
How was your Monday? Did you work out? What’s on your dinner plate?