Real talk… this post is a little bit late because of the Super Bowl yesterday. #sorrynotsorry
Can we please just talk about the game real quick WOW! I was rooting for the Patriots so during the first half I was in shock and all I could do is chug champagne to numb the pain of a 21-3 score going into halftime. Lady Gaga was whatever. I was hoping she’d bring out some guests but it was kind of fun hearing songs from like 6 years ago that I’d jam out to in college haha! During the 3rd quarter I was seriously falling asleep thinking how on earth could a Super Bowl be this boring but then the comeback started.
Football fan or not I think every single person who stuck with the game until the 4th quarter can appreciate how incredible the football was in those final 15 minutes and overtime. Fun fact…this was the first Super Bowl EVER to go into overtime and the Patriots made the largest comeback ever.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve talked about running on my blog and I’m so excited to fill you all in on some GREAT news.
After my marathon (7 months ago) my body kind of went into shock. I had terrible drops in blood sugar that were causing major panic attacks throughout the day, I felt weak in my workouts, I was always dizzy, my joints ached, I wasn’t having a monthly period and overall just knew something was VERY wrong in my body.
After countless amounts of doctors visits, blood draws, ultrasounds…etc we finally came to the conclusion that I was overall pretty healthy (THANK GOD) but my body needed rest, I was severely lacking healthy fats in my diet and my hormones were thrown off.
It’s been a hot minute since I talked about running on my blog so I figured I might as well give you all a little update as I reflect upon this past year and look towards the future.
2016 was my year of running. I went into the year so inspired to crush PR’s and run my first full marathon simply to prove to myself that I could do it.
Looking back on this year I could write a 100 page essay on everything I learned about myself and the sport of running but there’s one main thing that sticks out. It sounds SO CLICHE but my main takeaway from 2016 (for both life and running) is that anything is possible if you’re willing to put in the work.
During the holidays efficiency is everything.
Why do you think Amazon is so popular? Instead of battling traffic and the crowds at the mall you can simply log onto your computer and order things without ever leaving your house.
So how can we make working out more like Amazon? The answer is knowing a few quick, effective workout routines you can do at home or at the gym…in and out in 30 minutes or less…yes please!
I was inspired to do this post after sitting down and writing all the events I have from now until New Years into my planner. After writing down the events I went back and wrote a realistic workout goal for each day. More often than not I was writing something like “30 mins treadmill” or “quick weight session” something FAST that I could squeeze in before work.
I’ve talked a lot about how I’m taking some time to honor my body and cut back on my workouts but what I haven’t touched on is what I’m doing with my food intake.
I’ve done a ton of research (googling) on what to eat to help balance your hormones and consuming enough healthy fats seems to be one of the best things you can do as a natural remedy.
More avocados, almond butter, coconut oil, salmon…. YES PLEASE!
In my attempts to add more healthy fats into my diet I consulted the bible aka Run Fast Eat Slow* the incredible cookbook for athletes by Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan & chef Elyse Kopecky and found myself fascinated with their views on healthy fats and their role in keeping the body balanced. Just listen…
You know how I know the holiday season is upon us?
No, not the cooler weather because it’s 87 degrees right now in San Diego and I just came inside from laying out at my pool to write this.
EMPTY YOGA CLASSES!
EMPTY RUNNING TRAILS!
The holiday season causes so may people to get into the mindset of not caring about fitness or nutrition until the new year. I get that people get busy, family comes into town, work has end of the year deadlines but come on people!! Why start the new year out 10 lbs heavier if you don’t have to?
I use to HATE lifting weights.
I would walk into the gym and have no idea how to use any of the machines, was too embarrassed to walk into the free weight section with all the guys and quite honestly just didn’t know what exercises to do. So what did I end up doing? The elliptical for 45 mins then leaving and not seeing any results.
I’ve slowly learned over the years that lifting weights is crucial if you want to see any muscle definition in your body and ladies- NO lifting weights will not make you get “”huge” or “bulky” try toned, defined, strong and sexy.
2016 has been my year of running! I completed 1 10k, 1 15k, 3 half marathons, 1 full marathon and hours upon hours of training.
I really wish I could sit here right now and give you all a fun exciting update on what’s next for me and tell you all my race plans for 2017. However, as I hinted last week I’ve been dealing with some health concerns that unfortunately are preventing me from running more than a few miles.
Before I write any more…guys out there (if there is any) you should probably stop reading because you won’t relate to any of this!
I wasn’t planning on sharing any of this on my blog but the more I thought about it the more I realized how important it is as a blogger to not just share the highs that running brings but also some of the lows. I’ve brought you all along on my running journey this past year so you all deserve to know whats up.
I have to start this race recap out by giving a HUGE shout out and thank you to the Fit Foodie Race Series for putting on a wonderful race and for choosing me to be an ambassador. I was truly blown away by their generosity and will be doing this race every single year!
Not to spoil this whole post but I didn’t meet my goal of running a sub 50 minute 10k. In fact I had to really slow down my training due to some minor health concerns that I’ll talk more about on the blog next week.
I’m healthy and fine but my doctor highly recommended cutting back on my mileage and not running at high intensity for a bit. I know this sounds like most peoples dream…okay doc I’ll not exercise…but for me I’m STRUGGLING!
Exercise, especially running, is my outlet for stress and without it I’m low key going crazy!
Happy Hump Day!
I have some very very exciting news for you all!
I’ve been given the opportunity to raffle off 2 FREE tickets for the Fit Foodie Run 5k in San Diego on Saturday October 22nd. This is a crazy good deal considering right now registration for the 5k is $55. More info below!
Before I talk more about what you get at the Fit Foodie Run I just want to remind people that you don’t have to run a 5k. If you’d prefer to just walk it and enjoy the complementary food and drinks after the race you are more than welcome to do so!
The whole point is just to get active, have fun and eat delicious food!