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Diana Becker

Fitness, My Weekly Workouts

SeaWheeze Half Marathon Training: Week 2

SeaWheeze

I was really tempted to not write this post since last week’s training was pretty much nonexistent.

BUT I think it’s really important as a blogger to keep it real and share both the highs and lows that come with training for a half marathon. 

I’m frustrated because I was so pumped up to start training after sharing my plan on the blog last week. However, I’m really just struggling balancing my work demands and running.

I’ve always worked full time while training for half marathons and shit even my marathon but it’s always been at a desk job.

I haven’t talked about this much on my blog but back in May (during my running break) I moved into a Field Marketing position at Perfect Bar which requires an insane amount of both physical and mental strength.

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Dinner, Food, Lunch

4 Ingredient Bruschetta Chicken Zoodles

As the weather heats up for summer I find myself less and less motivated to cook.

Just the other night I was sitting in my car before yoga sweating to death trying to think of something for dinner and nothing sounded good but a smoothie. Obviously I can’t live off smoothies (I wish) so Bryce and I ended up just going to Trader Joe’s and grabbing a couple salads…easy, healthy, done!

BUT going to the grocery store every day is a pain so I really got thinking about some super quick and healthy meal options.

I already have a post with 3 healthy meals ready in 10 minutes or less and this one with 30 healthy meals made in 30 minutes or less but I needed something new in my life.

Well, when I was at Trader Joe’s picking up dinner I saw it…yep saw one of my favorite products of all time…their fresh bruschetta sauce.

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts

SeaWheeze Half Marathon Training: Week 1

Hey, hey hey!

I’m back from a wonderful vacation and now it’s officially time to whip my butt into shape for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon which just happens to be exactly 1 month from today.

AHHH!

As you all know I took the past 2.5 months off of running to let my shin splints and calf heal up. While my legs feel better I’m SO OUT OF RUNNING SHAPE and it’s making me really nervous about running 13.1 miles in 1 month.

So what have I been doing to prepare?

I’ve done some training runs this past week on vacation with my longest run being 5 miles. But since I’ve been home from vacation I really wanted to sit down and develop a game plan for training so I don’t re-injure myself. After spending some time researching googling training plans to get ready for a half marathon in 1 month I finally found one from Women’s Running that sounded pretty realistic. The plan I am choosing to loosely follow (emphasis on loosely) is their “intermediate runner” plan for someone who can currently run 5-6 miles.

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Food, Holiday

Red, White & Blue Fruit Salad

red, white & blue fruit salad

Hi from Minnesota…again!

Yep, I’m back out in the Mid West for work and am completely exhausted from this time change so this is going to be a short, quick and to the point blog post.

Anyway…

Just in case you all forget…the 4th of July is TUESDAY!

I have no idea how this holiday snuck up so fast but what I do know is that I have an absolutely delicious (and festive) fruit salad recipe to share!

Not a fruit salad person? Check out some more healthy, fun, patriotic recipes here & here and this one about healthy hot dog options for your 4th of July BBQ!

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Fitness, Fitness Tips, Quick Tips, Running Tips

How To Return To Running After An Injury Stronger Than Ever

I’m so excited to say that after 2 long months of not running I’M BACK!

WOO HOO!

I’d been testing my shins/calf over the past couple weeks by speed walking and doing run/walk intervals and to my delight didn’t have any pain. I felt pretty confident that after such a long break I may be ready to return to training and wanted to test my theory with a couple short runs then did a 6 miler with my mom and Bryce last weekend and you guys…completely pain free.

Now let’s be honest here because my shins/calf may have felt great but DAMN did I feel out of shape haha! No joke, 2 miles into my run I was out of breath and my legs felt like they weighed 948759 lbs.

Getting back into shape is going to be challenging but I’m determined to come back stronger than ever and focus on a healthy training plan for the Lululemon SeaWheeze half I have coming up in August. Right now my only goal for this race is to run it smart, listen to my body, soak in the beautiful views of Vancouver and have some fun- more on my training plan and everything in the next couple weeks.

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

What I Learned From Going Gluten Free For 1 Month

Remember when I announced that for the entire month of May I would be eating a gluten free diet? Well, it may not have been perfect but I actually did it!

Going gluten free for a month taught me so much about my body, how to deal with cravings and really opened my eyes to the quality of foods I was eating.

So, as a recap I wanted to share with you all everything I learned from going gluten free for 1 month!

Let’s jump right into it!

 

1.) I had no idea I was eating so many carbs and so little protein/ healthy fat

I don’t count calories, macros, sugars…etc. So, going gluten free forced me to pay a little more attention to the different types of foods I was eating.

Prior to going gluten free I’d have an egg on some bread for breakfast, some kind of fruity smoothie for a snack, a sandwich/wrap for lunch, a protein bar for a snack then pasta/an open faced sandwich/rice/quinoa for dinner.

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Food, Holiday, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

3 Healthier Hot Dog Options For Your 4th of July BBQ

healthier hot dog

I truly can’t believe that the 4th of July is in less than 2 weeks.

Where the heck has this year gone?

Normally, I don’t do much for the 4th since it’s kind of amateur hour here in San Diego with a bunch of drunk tourists getting arrested at the beach. But, this year I have plans. My family has a house on Lake Michigan and it’s been years since we’ve all made the effort to get out there. Last week we pulled the trigger and officially booked tickets!

Buying these tickets got me thinking of all the 4th of July foods and just how terrible most of the meats, appetizers and sides are for you. So, I started brainstorming some healthier options to share on my blog.

I made a healthy, festive, delicious side dish recipe I’m sharing on the blog next week but today I wanted to talk about my favorite 4th of July food…HOT DOGS!

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Friday Favorites, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

Friday Favorites: Vita Cup

vita cup

How many times have you woke up in the morning, rushed out the door and forgot to take your vitamins? 

Ummm that’s me almost every day.

BUT…

How many times have you woke up in the morning and forgot to drink a cup of coffee? Uhhh NEVER!

Introducing Vita Cup which provides all the essential vitamins you need to increase your energy and boost your metabolism in a single serve K-cup.  GENIUS!

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Quick Tips

3 Ingredient Creamy Coconut Salmon

One of my favorite things to eat when dining out is sushi.

Anddd we’re not talking the healthy sushi rolls. I LOVE the tempura rolls, creamy rolls and those insanely delicious baked rolls.

Obviously eating like this all the time isn’t ideal BUT you guys I’ve found a way to basically enjoy fatty sushi rolls in a healthy way!

How you ask?

By simply putting a thin layer of high quality mayonnaise (I like Chosen Foods) onto fish before baking it. The result is a rich, creamy, moist, delicious fish that you can feel good about eating since it’s packed with healthy fats and other nutrients.

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