Anddddddd I’m officially off of work for 5 days and am so ready to kick back, relax and enjoy the holiday season with friends and family.
With that being said today also begins my blogging vacation. I won’t be posting until after the holidays (January 3rd) so if you simply can’t wait until then to get your dose of Live Lean Eat Green you can follow me on Instagram, Snapchat (@dlbecker) and Facebook.
I think it’s so important to take time to disconnect from social media, blogs, celebrity gossip websites and really the internet in general. One of my biggest pet peeves is when you are in a room with people you haven’t seen in months and instead of talking and enjoying each other’s company everyone has their heads down on their phones. REALLY PEOPLE?!?
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’m sure you all have seen posts raving about collagen all over social media these days BUT what is it and can it really do all the incredible things it’s suppose to do?
I’ve been holding off doing this post for awhile because I wanted to speak about collagen from my own personal experience. For the past 6 months I’ve been using Vital Protein’s collagen mostly to help with my joints from running, prevent bone loss/ damage from my awful shin splints and decrease my anixety. With all the miracle supplements on the market I never expected to notice a difference from collagen but spolier alter…I fell in love with this supplement and really am a believer in the power of collagen.
But before I get into my personal thoughts/feelings/opinions about collagen let’s start with the basics…
Does that alarm clock situation look familiar to anyone who has ever tried waking up early to workout?
IT’S SO HARD!
I have always been so envious of those people who can wake up at 4:00 am, hit the gym, shower, get ready and show up to work at 7:30 am energized and ready to start the day. Seriously by 7:30 am these morning exercisers have already been more productive than most people will be in an entire day. #GOALS
I bring this subject up because for the past couple weeks my yoga instructor has been gone on vacation. I usually go to his yoga sculpt classes every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm which kind of pushes the rest of my weekly workouts to the evening as well. While he was gone Bryce and I decided we were going to try working out in the morning to get it over and make some time to actually do things after work.
You guys, IT WAS LIFE CHANGING!
Most people look for any excuse NOT to workout.
Me, I go through my day trying to find any excuse TO workout and sometimes even how I can workout twice.
Which mentality is better? The answer is neither!
A couple weeks ago I was talking with a friend about our current exercise routines. We both work out 6x/ week admittedly to almost an obsessive level where we feel guilty taking days off fearing that it will hinder our progress.
Are we crazy? Yes, probably!
Is skipping 1 workout to go to happy hour with friends really going to make you gain 10 lbs? Absolutely not!
In fact sometimes taking a rest day can be more beneficial than forcing a workout! Rest days are so important to allow your body to recover and build itself back stronger than ever! Skipping necessary rest days can actually lead to very harmful side effects and dramatically increases your risk for developing an injury!
Hot yoga can be a hot mess if you’re not prepared!
I’ll never ever EVER forget my first time trying hot yoga. I had a Groupon to try hot yoga that was about to expire and figured I might as well try it figuring it couldn’t be that different from the yoga classes I had been taking at 24 Hour Fitness.
I showed up in baggy cotton sweat pants, a t-shirt, no water, no towel, a cheap $5 mat from Target 10 minutes before class started and it all went downhill from there.
Within minutes I was dripping in sweat, my clothes were soaked, I was slipping all over my mat and started panicking because of the intense heat. I vividly remember getting to the point where I thought I was going to pass out so I ran out in the middle of the class and laid on the cold tile floor in the bathroom to cool off.
I stayed in the bathroom until class was over, got my mat and didn’t go back for months!
I get asked constantly what to eat just before a run. This is actually a very difficult question to answer because everyone is so different.
I know people who prefer to run on an empty stomach and those who like to eat minutes before a run. If you’re an eater the general recommendation is to eat something high in carbohydrates and moderate in fat, protein and fiber about 1-1.5 hrs before a run. The reason behind this is to provide your body with carbohydrates for energy and to avoid foods that may cause gastrointestinal distress.
…We’ve all had those fun unexpected bathroom trips mid run right?
What you eat before a run also depends on how long/ far you are planning on running. I think if you are going to be running for 60 minutes or less you really don’t need to eat anything before you run but if you’re going to be doing a long run your body will definitely needs some fuel.
Remember this too varies from person to person. I need food to even run 1 mile and my boyfriend runs half marathons without eating anything.
Shin Splints…2 of the most dreaded words in a runners vocabulary.
Shin splints are one of the most common injuries for runners, especially new runners.
I’ve personally struggled with shin splints for my entire running career and recently they’ve been flaring up again. I’ve been really taking extra precautions to be sure my shin splints heal up quickly and don’t throw off my marathon training.
Since shin splints are SO COMMON I wanted to do a little Shin Splint 101 with you amazing Live Lean Eat Green readers. Most people don’t pay any attention to their shins until….they hurt. So lets be extra careful and preserve those legs! Deal?
I want to thank all of the incredible people who helped contribute to this post. Your advice is so valuable and I have learned so much just putting this post together. THANK YOU!
You can spend 984759845 hours on Google looking up advice on running a half marathon but there is no better advice than that of REAL people.
People who are balancing a family, kids, a full time job, injuries, distractions, friendships, relationships, to drink that beer or not to drink that beer….etc!
For this post I asked 8 fellow runners for 1 piece of advice they’d give to someone running their first half marathon.