June 28, 2013

Friday Favorites 6/28/13

Happy Friday, everyone! I'm so glad for the weekend. I've been back on tracking with exercising and following my marathon training so I'm feeling sore today! I'm also back on track with blogging so here's some Friday favorites. 

1. Favorite News Story- Supreme Court striking down DOMA

Not to get all political on you, but I believe in equal rights for all types of love and people, and this makes me happy. It's gone on long enough. 

2. Favorite Vegetable- Beets
from Chow.com

The past few weeks I've been picking up fresh beets at the farmer's market and then roasting them whole with a little bit of salt and pepper like this recipe here.  They are delicious in salads, with some goat cheese, or mixed with some chicken and brown rice.  I had only ever eaten canned beets every now and then but now I'll never go back!

June 27, 2013

Baltimore Women's Classic 5K 2013 Recap

I had heard great things about the Baltimore Women's Classic 5K so I decided to sign up about a month ago. It's an all-women 5K that raises money for women's health issue and promotes healthy living for women! I love events that empower women and as a bonus they were offering a sweet medal this year too!

 The race happened to be the day after my first long run in a while during week one of marathon training so I didn't have any big plans since I hadn't been running as regularly or doing speed work. I had picked up my race bib and swag bag the day before which included an awesome women's fit powder blue race tech tee along with some snack samples and coupons. 

I woke up a little later than I would have liked race morning and had my obligatory pre-race breakfast of banana and peanut butter but on a leftover pumpkin spice english muffin I had found in the back of my freezer. Yum! I got dressed quickly, repping my Sweat Pink Ambassador tank, and ran down to Rash Field by the inner harbor as my warm-up (it's only about a mile from me!).  The weather was hot and muggy but it was overcast, so the heat could have been worse. It was so great to see the whole area packed with women runners, some speedy, some first time 5K runners, but all with a whole lot of spirit.  

They had the starting line split by pace signs which is awesome because I hate races where you are forced to walk a bit in the beginning or can't get around a massive crowd of people.  I was up at the front of the 7-8 minute mile pace which was not crowded at all. 

The course was pretty straight forward and familiar because I run in that area all the time, going along Key Highway and looping around back towards the Inner Harbor.  The first mile marker was incorrectly at around 0.69 miles which would have been really disappointing to someone who didn't have a GPS watch or app with them.  I was feeling those inclines and was quickly reminded how little fast running I'd done in the past 2 months. 

 My pace was around 7:10 on average which is great because I had no expectations. As I turned the last corner towards the finish line I noticed my watch said we were not yet close to 3.1 miles.  

Later in the week after the race the BWC apologized and announced that the course was actually only 2.95 miles. My time, like I'm sure others was, was mistaken as a PR because the distance wasn't quite a 5K.  I had my GPS watch so I already knew that immediately, but it must have been a sad surprise to some people.  

Surprisingly I came in 37/3208 women and was 9th in my age division which is awesome for something I hadn't really trained for!

BWC 2013 race festival village area 

After finishing I was given a rose and my medal by a male volunteer and greeted with a cold towel, lots of fruit including watermelon, bagels, and other food.  I LOVE watermelon any time of day, but have found it is especially delicious to have cold watermelon after a sweaty run! There were a bunch of vendors and local women's health organizations so I walked around a bit. The cold towel felt great and is definitely one of the best ideas I've seen for after a hot summer race! I love all the swag, girl power, and set up of the Baltimore Women's Classic 5K. 

Besides the course distance hiccup it was a great event, and I'll be on the look out for it next year. 


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Have you ever run a race that was a shorter distance than expected? How are you doing?

June 25, 2013

5 Things Tuesday 6/25/2013

Hello all, hope your week is going well. The weather here is hot and humid all day with a chance of thunderstorms pretty much every afternoon. Awful running weather, but here's a little update of random Tuesday thoughts and things that happened over the weekend!

1.  Marathon Training Week 1 is over!
I joined a marathon training group through the local running store Charm City Run and ran a couple times during the week on my own. Saturday was the first long run of the training plan, and I was super nervous because I haven't had a "long run" in a couple months probably.  I ended up doing 9.75 miles and feeling great! Our coach reminded us that long runs should be relaxed and slow-just get the distance done! I'm excited to make more progress in the upcoming weeks. 

2. Cleaning out my closet makes me feel great. 
I clean out my closet a lot because I have a shopping addiction for clothes and shoes.  I make sure to get rid of things when I keep adding clothes to my closet.  I had a big bag of clothes and old housewares to take to Goodwill that had been sitting in my living room for ehhhh, 4 months?  I finally made the trip to drop them off this weekend and clear out some space! I also dropped off 2 bags of clothes which were in good condition to this store Uptown Cheapskate which is like a Plato's Closet where they buy and sell gently used clothing. 

June 21, 2013

Friday Favorites 6/21/13

Even though it's only been like a half week of work for me this week, it's still has felt long catching up on things.  I am ready to enjoy the weekend and get back on track with my schedule next week. Marathon training starts this weekend too with my first longer run in a while which freaks me out. Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen if you are outside! I know my Friday Favorites have been sporadic due to a few vacations but here are some things I've been loving this week! Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

1. Favorite Workout Song: Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell

This song is catchy, old school, and funky. Robin Thicke has been doing what Justin Timberlake did on his latest album for years.

2. Favorite Snack: I've been back on a peanut butter and banana bender since vacation. 

But when is the Trader Joe's Almond Butter coming back?!?! I haven't seen it the past two trips, including one this week. I might have to shell out some money and head to Whole Foods this weekend. Boo.

3. Favorite Foodie Find: Trader Joe's Chicken Chili Lime Burgers

June 19, 2013

Back in Action

Welcome back! It's been a week since I've been on vacation at Bonnaroo in Tennessee and sadly I'm back to the real world.  It literally was a real vacation. No working out or running. No serious healthy eating. Lots of sunshine and music and good people.  It was relaxing and fun.


I saw Paul McCartney play for 3 hours (!!!),the Lumineers, Django Django, The xx, David Byrne and St. Vincent, and so many other amazing musicians.  The weather was pretty great until Sunday evening when it got stormy.

A couple mornings I went to a Roo vinyasa yoga session, and it was so wonderful to stretch out my body in the sunshine with a bunch of other yogis.  I actually spent a lot of the day walking around so even though I ate pizza and beer and a funnel cake the size of my face, I still fit into my clothes guys, don't worry.  Taking time off from anything can be rejuvenating. I'd been feeling kind of in a rut lately where I didn't see much fitness progress and was just going through the motions.  Now I'm ready to take on the week (well what's left) and get ready for the Baltimore Women's Classic 5K this Sunday!

June 12, 2013

Road Trip Healthy Snacking

Guess what everybody, I'll be away on a mini vacation again from blogging because-I'm going to BONNAROO!  
I'm super excited to live like a hippie and see acts such as The Lumineers, Paul McCartney, Passion Pit, Macklemore, and Grizzly Bear (and a ton others but I'm not going to list them all for you because that would be boring)!

The past two days have been filled with packing everything I'll need for a 4 day camping trip including some healthy snacks. I know I'm definitely going to indulge in the food vendors they have there and many adult beverages with not so much exercising.  I wanted to pack some healthy snacks to grab for the car ride and to keep on me during the day so I'm not eating french fries for every meal :)

Here's some things I've packed that are great for roadtrips, vacations, camping, or music festivals!

1. Easy Grab and Go Snacks:

-fruit: bag of apples, bananas, and other handheld fruit such as peaches
-trail mix or nuts (I love the 100 calorie packs of cocoa roasted almonds!)
-baby carrots and celery (goes great with hummus!)

June 11, 2013

Importance of Catching Zzzs

I had another one of those weekends where I'm just going going going and feeling exhausted when I wake up. I took about 6 naps this past weekend and still feel drained.  After my  vacation (Bonnaroo!!!)  through the end of this week I'm going to work on getting better sleep. I was going to post something else but decided that this was something important to discuss after I realized yet again I was exhausted this morning.  

 On my run on Sunday I felt crappy which is mostly due to the fact that I was just exhausted combined with the heat and humidity.  That's not going to cut it when I start marathon training in a week!

A 2006 Harvard Study found that chronic sleep loss majorly affects our health in a negative way. I am usually getting from around 4-6 hours of sleep lately.  Apparently most people sleep less than 6 hours a night, which can lead to weight gain, higher blood pressure, and suppressed immune system.  Mostly people need at least 7.5-8.5  hours of sleep (and I know I do!).  During sleep the brain is committing new information to memory which is clearly important.  Constantly being sleep deprived also causes weight gain due to altering appetite-affecting hormone levels.  Another obvious effect of sleep deprivation is that my mood is definitely more irritable and less focused.  

June 10, 2013

MIMM #2 6/10/13

Hello! It's been another crazy weekend so sorry for the lack of updates. Here's what's Marvelous in my Monday!

Marvelous is leaving work early on Friday to go to a wedding.

Marvelous is these healthy donuts from Blogilates which are not loaded with sugar.  The batch I made yesterday is already gone. Whoops.

Not so marvelous is being exhausted today after a weekend of getting up early and then napping.

June 5, 2013

Happy National Running Day 2013!

If you haven't heard, today is national running day! 

I really became a runner (who runs races and all that jazz) a little less than two years ago. It's crazy to think it has not been longer because of how big a part of my life it is. It has become the ultimate stress reliever and way for me to meditate. I'm thankful for all the people I've met and the running community in general for being so wonderful! 


Here are some fun ways to celebrate: 
1. Go for a run! Duh! Maybe try leaving your watch, HRM, and Ipod at home and just run for fun!

June 3, 2013

MIMM #1 6/3/13

Life has been CRAZY lately so I missed my Friday Favorites posting this week, sorry! To make up for it I'm going to do my first ever Marvelous in my Monday post for you guys to catch you up on something things I was loving this weekend!

All weekend I've been running on not as much sleep and have been a hungry monster so I've been trying to up my protein intake.  I was sent some Ripped Cream coffee creamer to try out and LOVE it It's a high-protein, all natural AND gluten free coffee creamer which also contains vitamin D3 and 11 amino acids. I usually am a black coffee or splash of almond milk lady, so getting some extra protein in the morning was great! Each serving has as much protein as an egg (5g per 2 tablespoon serving) and less than 10g of sugar.  I'm sure your favorite flavor of CoffeeMate has more sugar and less protein than that!