Fitness

How I’m Staying Active During My Running Break

A couple of weeks ago I announced on my blog that I’d be taking a break from running to let my shin splints and right calf heal.

For most people this would be an easy (and probably very welcomed) break but for me it was actually terrifying.

I don’t just run to stay in shape…I run for my sanity – It’s how I de-stress after a long day, it’s when I do my best thinking for my blog/work and it gives me a sense of accomplishment nothing else gives me. So without running WTF am I supposed to do?

Well, considering my body gave me no other choice but to stop running I’ve had to find ways to stay active (and sane) that don’t involve putting a ton of stress on my muscles/ joints. 

Thankfully, I’ve found a few types of workouts (discussed below) that have really helped get me through this running break. I’ve actually really enjoyed slowing down and cutting back on my super intense workouts. I feel like my body is way less puffy, I have more control over food cravings and I see more muscle definition that ever before. It’s been incredibly eye opening to realize SH*T maybe I was really over training and doing more harm than good for my body.

Lesson learned, sometimes less is more.

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Breakfast, Food, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips, Snacks

Hydrating Coconut Water Smoothie

coconut water

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Food, Restaurant, Reviews, Travel

Eating My Way Through Portland

Hey, hey, hey!

I just got home from a work trip to Portland and am already craving an almond milk latte from Barista and drunken wings from Bang Bang mmmmmmmm.

Before this trip to Portland I had only been to the city once and was really only there for 24 hours so this was my first full on Portland foodie experience and you guys…it didn’t disappoint.

But since I’m honestly falling asleep trying to watch this NBA playoff game and catch up on emails I just wanted to give you all a quick little recap of all the awesome places I ate this weekend.

Enjoy and be warned there’s some serious food porn in this post.

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Dinner, Food, Lunch, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

10 Minute Chicken Lettuce Wraps

chicken lettuce wraps

BUSY. CRAZY. HECTIC.

Yep, pretty much the words to describe my life right now.

I know everyone is busy but you guys I just feel like right now there are simply not enough hours in the day.

Last week I officially accepted a new position at work as the San Diego Senior Brand Ambassador for Perfect Bar WOO HOO! Transitioning out of my current role into this one has been crazy to say the least. Oh and it doesn’t stop there…I’m flying out to Portland for work on Friday then flying to Boise for a wedding then BAM its Memorial Day Weekend with CrossFit regionals and then Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego ahhhhh! It never ends.

Honestly just writing this post is giving me anxiety thinking about all the things I have coming up but am just trying to take it day by day and do the best I can to maintain a healthy balance in my life.

Usually with a busy schedule eating healthy is one of the first things to go (I’m 100% guilty of this). BUT with my running being so limited eating like crap simply isn’t an option. I’ve really been relying on quick, easy, convenient meals these past couple weeks and wanted to share these awesome Chicken Lettuce Wraps with you all today.

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Fitness, Running Tips

Understanding The Difference Between Soreness And Pain

Last week I shared the unfortunate news that my right calf has been causing me a lot of pain and discomfort. Well, I attempted to ease back into training this past week and things have just gotten worse. 

I’m not a doctor but I think the extra stress on my lower legs with my calf being irritated has caused my shin splints to really flare up. I’ve battled with shin splints since High School but I can honestly say I have never experienced shin pain like I did this past week.

My week of training actually started out well. I had one good run with minimal pain but then tried running Thursday and felt pain with every step and Friday didn’t even make it 1.5 miles before the pain got so excruciating I had to stop and walk limp back to my car.

On Friday hobbling back to my car I came to the conclusion that I needed to take some time off running. I’ve been training every single week for almost 2 years and my body is just screaming at me that I need a break. I’m honestly at the point where I can hardly walk without being in pain and know if I don’t stop and take care of myself something really bad like a stress fracture is going to occur.

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Food, Friday Favorites

Products I’m Loving From Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe's

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone!

I remember back in the good old college days when celebrating Cinco De Mayo was a HUGE deal. We’d all skip class, dress up in our finest sombreros and drink disgusting amounts of cheap Mexican beer and tequila. 

Good times.

Well this year to celebrate I’m taking the day off work and will be running 9 miles, doing laundry and visiting my parents…boyyy how things change haha!

So since it’s Friday and a holiday I figured why not do a fun little Friday Favorites post talking all about things I’m loving from Trader Joe’s. I swear they come out with some awesome new product every day…my stomach is certainly happy but my wallet…not so much!

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, What I Ate Wednesday

Why I’m Going Gluten Free For 1 Month!

gluten free

I love learning about new diets, health trends, superfoods…etc. 

Just last week I posted about the Keto Diet and earlier this year I actually completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox and shared my entire experience here on my blog.

The other day I was listening to a podcast while planning blog posts for this coming month and the topic of eating a gluten free diet came up. I’ve never really cared if food was gluten free or not but this podcast really got me thinking.

I immediately came home that day and downloaded the book Wheat Belly to read more about gluten and why it’s so bad for us.

YOU GUYS…mind blown!

Within the first few pages of this book I was convinced that gluten was causing a lot of the digestive issues I’ve been experiencing lately.

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts

Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego Training: Week 1

rock 'n' roll san diego

Should we start this post off with the good news or the bad news?

Let’s do the bad to get it out of the way!

Last week I ran the La Jolla Half Marathon and completely destroyed my right leg. My original goal was to just go out there and have a good run since it was my first half marathon in about 9 months. Well…my competitive nature got the best of me and I stupidly gave the race 110% when my body was nowhere near ready for that kind of intensity.

This entire past week I’ve been dealing with awful calf pain…we’re taking pain so intense it hurts to walk! So instead of training and working toward my real goal of a 1:45:00 at Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego on June 4th I’ve been stretching, foam rolling, icing and even went and got new running shoes with custom insoles. 

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips

What Is The Keto Diet?

keto diet

I keep hearing more and more people talking about being on a Ketogenic Diet or “Keto Diet” and wanted to discuss it here.

Honestly, the only reason I have any idea what the Keto Diet is all about is because I use to work at a weight loss company called Medifast where we put clients on a very low carb diet to get their bodies into ketosis (fat burning state). Once my clients were in ketosis their bodies could burn fat more efficiently helping them to lose weight quickly. 

I was 100% supportive of this because #1 they were doing it with scientifically designed foods that offered all necessary nutrients, #2 had someone monitoring their diets/body composition and #3 these were people with pretty significant amounts of weight to lose.

So I was kind of shocked to hear that fellow runners, CrossFit athletes and just regular people were doing a Keto Diet and immediately started doing some research to share with you all.

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Fitness, Race Recaps

2017 La Jolla Half Marathon Race Recap

la jolla half marathon

We’re just going to jump right into this post because it’s going to be a long one.

I swear you can’t even make up the crazy things that seem to happen the day before/ day of a race. On Saturday I had to go pick up my mom from the airport at 8:00 pm. I figured this would be perfect…I’d grab her, drive up to my parents house then just stay the night and could leave from their house for the La Jolla Half in the morning.

WRONG!

So I show up to the airport and park in the cell phone lot where you can chill until people’s flights arrive. I turned my car off and sat for about 25 minutes waiting for her to text me that she had landed. When I went to start my car to drive over and grab her…DEAD! My car had completely died. We’re talking would only make a terrible clicking sound when I tried to start it status. 

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