Shin splints and stress fractures are some of the most common running injuries.
Unfortunately for me, shin splints have been something that I’ve had to deal with since high school (10 years ago) when I ran track and cross country. Over my running career I’ve seriously tried everything to prevent getting them (wearing compression socks, foam rolling, icing, stretching, strength training…etc but even with the best practices sometimes they’re inevitable.
I bring up the topic of shin splints v. a stress fracture because yet again I’m feeling that all too familiar lower leg pain. Earlier this year I had to stop running for a couple months due to shin/calf issues, then crash trained for the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half (probably not smart) and recently started training for the Holiday Half Marathon. I’d been pain free throughout my entire SeaWheeze training but last week my shins started hurting SO BAD.
What’s concerning is that the pain seems to be very localized, meaning it’s not my entire shin that hurts but one specific spot on my shin bone which is an indicator of an actual stress fracture. Also, I’m not just feeling pain when I run…my shins hurt when I walk and even are painful to the touch.
Let’s take a minute and talk about Halloween candy shall we?
That sh*t is AWFUL for you!
Just how awful…check out these nutrition facts on some of the most popular Halloween candies:
- Rolo Caramels in Milk Chocolate: 1 Rolo (6g): 27 calories, 0.9 g sat fat, 3.7 grams sugar
- Wonka Mini Laffy Taffy: 1 mini taffy (8.6g): 30 calories, 0.3g sat fat, 4.2g sugar
- Hershey’s Assorted Miniatures: 1 miniature (8.6g): 42 calories, 1.4 g sat fat, 4.4g sugar
- Starburst Fun Size: 2 Starburst candies: 40 calories, 0.8g sat fat, 6g sugar
- Smarties: 1 roll (7g): 25 calories, 0g fat, 6g sugar
- Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Fun Size: 1 bar (0.49 oz): 77 calories, 2.7g sat fat, 7g sugar
- Kit Kat Wafer Bar, Snack Size: 1 bar (0.49 oz/14g): 70 calories, 2.3g sat fat, 7g sugar
- Reese’s Pieces Snack Size: 1 bag (13g): 67 calories, 2.7g sat fat, 7.3g sugar
On this blog I like to talk about the big trends going on in the health, fitness and nutrition world.
So far, we’ve discussed the Keto Diet, fats, Bulletproof Coffee, going gluten free, the 21-day sugar detox, collagen, kombucha, vitamins & supplements, how to read a nutrition label and so much more.
I’ve been meaning to write a post on today’s topic, intermittent fasting, for months but simply haven’t had the time to sit down and do the proper research to give you all a well written, informative post.
I’ll be honest the whole concept of intermittent fasting is very foreign to me.
My entire life I was taught to never skip breakfast, specifically to “break the fast” your body goes into while sleeping. I truly thought (and still do think) eating breakfast is one of the most beneficial things you can do to boost your metabolism and set yourself up for a healthy, productive day. However, research is emerging showing that intermittent fasting may actually help speed up your metabolism, prevent against disease, help with fat/weight loss, improve cognitive function and so much more.
If you’ve ever trained for a race you’ve probably experienced a little something called “runger”.
What the heck is “runger” you ask? Let’s define it: “runger” = insatiable hunger you feel after running. And boyyyyyy did I have a serious case of runger this entire past week.
When you start running or heck doing any type of exercise after not doing it for awhile it sends your body into shock. You’re extra sore, tired and yep…HUNGRY!
After experiencing this crazed sense of hunger last week it really got me thinking how important it is to not let it get the best of you. Running depletes your body of its glycogen stores which can cause you to crave carbs/sugar post run. This makes it really easy to fall into that mindset of “ohhhh I had an awesome run I deserve an doughnut/pizza/giant bowl of pasta”.
We’re about 4 days into October which means it’s FINALLY appropriate to eat all things pumpkin!
Growing up I never liked pumpkin. I hated the texture, thought it tasted disgusting and was always the one eating the apple pie instead of the pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.
But boyyyy have things changed.
Now I simply can’t get enough pumpkin in my life. I’ve been putting Pumpkin Pie Spice in my coffee every morning, eating Pumpkin Yogurt for dessert, enjoying PaleOMG’s Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie for breakfast and can’t wait to go to Trader Joe’s this afternoon to buy more pumpkin products after drooling over A Cup of Kellen’s Favorite Fall Trader Joe’s Finds.
But pumpkin isn’t just a fun, festive, trendy thing to eat during the Fall. It’s also packed with healthy nutrients…let’s discuss…
Happy 1st day of October!
There’s always something about a new month that makes me want to sit down, plan and get my life in order anddd that’s exactly what I did today.
Looking at the next few months I’m SO BUSY with travel for work, friends coming into town, football games…etc OH and the holidays.
It’s so easy to use being “busy” as an excuse to not workout. We’re all busy and yet people still find ways to train for half marathons, lift weights or fit in a yoga class. It simply comes down to if it’s important to you or not.
So, to help keep me focused on my health and fitness during these very busy and challenging holiday months I’ve decided to use Kara Goucher’s Half Marathon training plan (again) to train for the San Diego Holiday Half Marathon on December 16th.
Long time no talk…
If you follow me on Instagram (which you should) you know I’ve been out in Austin, Texas this past week for work. While I didn’t get to do much exploring in Austin I did manage to sneak in a delicious lunch at Picnik, splurge on gourmet tacos at Velvet Taco and got to walk around The Domain to experience a little bit of nightlife.
As many of you know I work for Perfect Bar, the original refrigerated protein bar, in the field marketing department. I was out in Austin helping to generate awareness that Perfect Bars are now sold in select Costco locations in Texas WOO HOO!
After spending countless hours inside Costco it got me thinking on my flight home about all the healthy products I always purchase from Costco. It’s so easy to go in there and leave with chips, dips, frozen pizzas, mini wontons, ice cream…etc but there truly are some incredible healthy products hidden in there among all the crap.
Hi guys, long time no talk.
I want to apologize for my lack of posts this past month. Out of nowhere work got CRAZY! Yes, I know everyone has a crazy busy schedule but I’m really struggling to find time to sit down and blog after working 10+ hours per day, sneaking in a yoga class then having an hour to kiss my boyfriend hello and throw something together for dinner.
I love blogging but for the next month or two I may only be able to give you guys 1 post per week since unfortunately my full time job has to but put first and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. In fact, I just found out yesterday that I’ll be flying out to Austin, Texas NEXT WEDNESDAY to activate Perfect Bar in the area.
It’s all very exciting and the experience of working for a start up company is something I’ll cherish forever but WOAH this stress and workload I have right now is just a little bit overwhelming.
Aright let’s talk about something a little bit more fun shall we?
SWEET POTATO FRIES + FOOTBALL!
I hope you all day a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.
Mine was spent doing a little bit of work and a whole lot of relaxing and recharging before the craziness of September and October begin. This coming month I’m going to 2 music festivals; KAA BOO and then CRSSD at the end of the month then during October I’ll be traveling for work back and forth from San Diego to either Texas or Florida almost every single week THEN poof it’s the holidays AHHHHH!
With everything I have going on it got me thinking about how important it is to have a workout schedule in place so I don’t start skipping workouts and ending up weak and 5 lbs heavier before the holidays even begin.
This post is going to be kind of a buzz kill right before Labor Day Weekend but whatever it’s been on my mind and I wanted to share.
A few weeks ago I was listening to Juli Bauer of PaleOMG’s podcast and she did an episode called Abstainers v. Moderators. The episode was based off an article posted by Popsugar all about these 2 very different approaches to eating and how understanding which one you are can help you have a better relationship with food and help you reach your health/fitness goals.
Before we go any further let’s discuss the difference between an abstainer and moderator. According to the Popsugar article here’s the difference:
You’re a moderator if you:
- Find that occasional indulgence heightens your pleasure and strengthens your resolve
- Get panicky at the thought of “never” getting or doing something