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Diana Becker

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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Food, Friday Favorites, Product, Quick Tips, Reviews

Friday Favorites: My Favorite Frozen Foods

frozen

When I go grocery shopping I typically try to avoid the frozen section…mostly because I have 0 self control and if ice cream or frozen pizza is on sale there’s a pretty good chance it’s ending up in my cart.

BUT there are some a frozen products that I love and that are actually pretty darn healthy.

So for this edition of “Friday Favorites” I wanted to share some of my favorite freezer finds and would love to know from you all what frozen products you’ve been loving.

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Fitness, Fitness Tips, Running Tips

What’s In My Running Bag

running bag

Balancing working full time and training for a half marathon can be challenging. 

Do you run before work? After work? What if you get stuck on a project and have to skip a run? 

Ughhhhh…

I am not a morning person AT ALL so unfortunately most of my running has to be done after work. With that comes the added morning stress of packing to be sure to have I have clothes, fuel, sunscreen, body glide, a hat…etc. 

Over the past few months I can’t tell you all how many times I forgot my Clif Shot Bloks or Body Glide and debated skipping my run. I never actually skip my runs BUT they’re certainly just a little less enjoyable when I’m missing one of my running essentials.

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Fitness, Fitness Tips, My Weekly Workouts, Running Tips

How Speed Training Has Changed My Running Game

speed training

I’m 3 weeks into Kara Goucher’s Half Marathon training plan and all I keep thinking to myself is why the hell did I not try this plan YEARS ago.

When I started running I had no idea what I was doing and created my own training plans that were centered around a weekly long run and 1-2 recovery runs. I figured the best way to get better at distance running was to run long distances over and over again right? WRONG! I would end up blowing out my legs and being too sore for any other running.

My crazy training plans worked because I’ve now completed 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon BUT I have never felt in any of these races that I could have gone any faster. My body was so use to running the same speed over and over and over pushing the pace wasn’t even an option.

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Desserts, Food, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

Strawberry Banana Coconut Ice Cream + My Crazy Sugar Addiction

strawberry banana coconut ice cream

Back in January I completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox program and really cleaned up my diet. My energy levels were high, my stomach wasn’t bloated and I didn’t crave sugar/junk AT ALL.

Well…over the past couple of months I’ve noticed my bad habit of consuming WAY too much sugar sneaking back into my life. We’re talking FLAVORED creamer in my coffee, cookies after lunch, Justin’s peanut butter cups instead of a healthy snack and more peanut butter cups after dinner. 

Uhhh…hello sugar addiction.

I clearly realize that doing something like the 21-Day Sugar Detox again probably isn’t productive because the second its over my bad habits will probably come right back. So what’s a girl to do when they want a freakin’ treat but also want to reel in their crazy sugar addiction.

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Food, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips

How To Set Yourself Up To Actually Eat Healthy This Week

So, here we are again on Sunday afternoon… you know Summer is fast approaching and you want to make this the week you FINALLY start eating healthy and cooking at home. 

However, we’ve been here before: super motivated and with all the best intentions in the world BUT the healthy eating and cooking part never actually happens.

No worries guys, I’m here to help!

I feel at this point I have the whole meal planning thing down to a science and wanted to share some of my tips and tricks for setting yourself up for success since we all know the saying “if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”.

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Dinner, Food, Healthy Living, Lunch, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

3 Healthy Meals Ready In 10 Minutes OR LESS!

10 minute meals

One of my ultimate pet peeves is when people say “I’m too busy to eat healthy/ cook my own food”.

Uhhhhhh…newsflash everyone is busy! 

There are seriously some days where I wake up at 5:00 am to blog, leave for work at 8:00 am, get off work at 5:30 pm, sit in traffic and drive to yoga at 7:00 pm then get home at around 8:30 pm and STILL cook myself a healthy meal because I value my health.

The goal of this post is not to make you all feel guilty or like you’re lazy because lets be honest… it’s freakin’ hard to think of quick, healthy meals that taste good! My goal is to give you a little inspiration and a few ideas of easy, healthy meals that you can make in 10 minutes or less. Oh and to make your lives even easier all the ingredients for these recipes can be found at Trader Joe’s.

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts

Running Update + The Training Plan I’m Using To (Hopefully) Get A Half Marathon PR

I have so much running related stuff to update you all on so we’re just going to jump right into this post okay?

In 2016 I ran all my races with 1 goal in mind: finish without dying. This year I’m a lot more comfortable with my running abilities and after last weekend’s Hot Chocolate 15k I’m feeling more confident than ever that I can chase down a half marathon PR!

My next half marathon is the La Jolla Half in just a couple of weeks. I’m not in shape enough to PR on that course especially with all the crazy hills. So the race I’m really training and working towards is the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon on June 4th.

My current half marathon PR is 1:54:23 which is pretty freakin fast! For Rock ‘N’ Roll I’m not looking to just shave a minute or two off this time I’m looking to CRUSH IT and work towards a 1:45:00. This would require me to run about an 8 minute mile for the entire race and considering my average pace on today’s 12 mile trail run was 10:30/ mile I’ve got A LOT of work to do.

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Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

What’s The Deal With Bulletproof Coffee?

I’m assuming if you’re reading my blog you’ve heard of Bulletproof Coffee before but just in case you haven’t lets back up for a sec to explain what this drink is all about. 

Creator of the Bulletproof brand, Dave Asprey, says Bulletproof Coffee should be made up of low-mold coffee beans; at least two tablespoons of unsalted butter (grass-fed, which is higher in Omega 3s and vitamins); and one to two tablespoons of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, a type of easily digestible fat.

Apparently having this high fat, 450+ calorie cup of coffee instead of breakfast can lead to weight loss, suppress hunger, increased energy throughout the day and helps with mental clarity and focus.

Naturally, I was very intrigued.

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Food, What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate Wednesday: Hot Chocolate 15k Expo Day Eats

One of the most basic rules of racing is not eating anything new or out of the norm the day before your run.

Well…rules are meant to be broken and over the past 3 years the day before the Hot Chocolate Run has transformed from a healthy day, laying low and walking around the expo to a full blown foodie fest!

Last year my mom, sister and I spent the day before the race sipping craft beer, eating a delicious lunch and obviously devouring all the chocolate at the expo. In the spirit of “running for chocolate” we decided to keep this tradition alive this past weekend and our food did not disappoint. 

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