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Elf on the Shelf

Good afternoon! I feel like I haven’t talked to you guys in forever even though in reality, it’s only been a couple of days!


On Saturday night my sister-in-law, Crystal, turned 30 and completed her first half marathon.

Congrats, Crystal!

Even though we weren’t able to be in Florida with her, we were able to track her on Facebook. On the Disney website, you can sign up to receive updates on a certain runner, so we were able to follow her progress all night!

My brother, sister-n-law, and niece are still in Florida having fun.

I miss my niece so much and I am counting the days until she gets back. I might be overly attached.

Crystal has inspired me to find a half marathon of my own to run! I am looking at local races in the spring so I have lots of time to train. I am going to train slow so that I can hopefully avoid injury this time.

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Ab work, burpees on Bosu, balancing on Bosu
  • Cardio Fit & Tone Class – 60 minutes

The kids had off of school yesterday, so I went to the gym in the evening. I did a little bit of a workout on my own before going to cardio fit and tone class.


I had two clients a couple of hours apart at the gym this morning, so I worked and ran errands in between and after clients.

I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things. I was excited to find gluten-free Puffins.


Too bad they’re not peanut butter.

And Amy’s gluten-free lasagna.


For the most part, I try to eat fresh and whole foods like fruits, veggies, salads, fish, etc, but sometimes I am pressed for time and just need something I can eat quick – which is where the cereal and lasagna come in :)

Random Purchases

I have finally given in to the Elf on the Shelf hype and bought one for Jaden.


I am now an Elf on the Shelf Mom.

If you don’t know what Elf on the Shelf is, it’s a book and stuffed elf. You read the book to your kids about how the elf watches over them and reports to Santa about their behavior each night. Then each morning, the kids wake up and have to find the elf (but they’re not allowed to touch him).

There are so many websites dedicated to ways the kids can find the elf in the morning – hanging on the Christmas tree, drinking from the syrup bottle, rolling down the stairs in a toilet paper tube, baking, making flour angels. Honestly, it’s a bit crazy.

We will open and read the book on Thanksgiving and then the fun will begin. I already have a Pinterest board with lots of Elf on the Shelf ideas. But I’ll tell you this – if that elf were to go report to Santa today about my kid’s behavior, they probably wouldn’t  get a Christmas present for the rest of their lives.

I also found these cute milk and cookies plates at Target for only $1.99. I got one for my kids and one for my niece.


I am getting excited for the holidays!

One of our neighbors already has their whole house decked out in Christmas lights. It’s funny because the house right across the street still has Halloween decorations up! We usually put decorations up the day after Thanksgiving.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Have you ever done Elf on the Shelf?
  • When do you decorate for the holidays?


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Pile on The Miles 2013

Good morning and Happy November 1st! I can’t even tell you how excited I am for the holidays!

Once again this year, I signed up for Monica’s Pile on the Miles Challenge.

The idea behind Pile on the Miles is to challenge yourself to run/walk more during the month of November. You can pledge a mile goal or an amount of days that you want to workout per week.

Since I am still recovering from my hip injury, I am not running as much as I used to, so I pledged to run at least 5 miles a week or workout 4-5 times a week.


Last night was rainy and not the best night for trick or treating, but luckily the rain didn’t last all night and the kids had fun.



I think I have worn this cheetah t-shirt and ears since Jacob was in kindergarten. I even ran a 10k in it. At least I’ve gotten my money’s worth :)


My niece was Jessie from Toy Story – her favorite movie!


Today’s Workout

  • Stretching – 10 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I went to BodyPump this morning but didn’t teach. I have been doing the same BodyPump release every day for months and I needed a change! Luckily the instructor did a different release today.

Thanksgiving 5k

Well, it’s official – Jacob is signed up for his first 5k race and I am signed up for my first Thanksgiving/November race! The race is on Thanksgiving morning and I am so nervous about the weather. I am such a baby about the cold but I look forward to watching my son run his first 5k!

I told Jacob that I would run with him, but I guess when you’re 12, it’s not cool to run with your mom, so I plan on running behind him just so I can keep an eye on him.

I think it’ll be cool to run on Thanksgiving morning and then go stuff myself with tons of food :) Danny, my step-mom, and her friend are running the race also, and I signed Jaden up for the kid’s 100 meter dash!

Have a great Friday!

  • What are you looking forward to this month?
  • What do you wear to run in the colder weather?


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Sunrise Shuffle 5k 2013

Good evening. I am posting a bit late tonight :)

This morning, I ran the Sunrise Shuffle 5k with Danny, my stepmom, and my sister-in-law. We also ran this race last year. It’s nice because it’s literally about 5 minutes away from our house.


The race course is the mall parking lot which is a pretty boring course but I usually don’t pay too much attention to the course anyway. I am more focusing on not falling over while running.

Jacob checking out the Hot Wheels Camaro. Can you believe that he’ll be driving in only four years?!


The morning started out pretty chilly, and I debating running in my jacket. I tend to warm up fast when I am running so I decided not to wear it and that ended up being a good choice.

My right leg hurt everywhere - my quad, my hip, my glute, so I went into the race planning on doing what I could. I just wanted to run to run. My quad burned a lot the last half of the race and I really wanted to give up in those last 5 minutes but I pushed on. I ended up finishing the race faster than I did last year! 31:38. That’s 11 seconds better than last year.

I was very happy with my time especially with an injury. My sister-in-law also did great and Danny and my stepmom both placed in their age groups and won medals!




I also ran into one of the other athletes from the Zooma half marathon, Tiffany, at the race. She did awesome and placed first for her age group!

It was a great morning to run and I really enjoyed the race. It’s a smaller race, but it’s fun and well organized.


Afterwards, I had to stop for some white chocolate pumpkin coffee from Dunkin Donuts. So good.


In the afternoon, we went to my grandparent’s house to watch the Bears game – unfortunately, they lost. Now we’re home, relaxing, and getting ready to watch Once Upon a Time and The Amazing Race.

  • What did you do today?
  • Do you watch any Sunday night tv shows?


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5k Race Tips

Good afternoon!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Row Circuit Class – 30 minutes

Today’s Workout

  • Elliptical – 15 minutes
  • Treadmill, walked – 60 minutes
  • Stretching/Foam Rolling – 15 minutes
  • Practiced Triceps/Biceps BodyPump Tracks (at home) – 30 minutes

I didn’t really plan on such a long workout today. Actually, it was supposed to be an easy day because my hip is bothering me.

I started out with 15 minutes on the elliptical and then got on the treadmill. I only planned on walking slow for about 15 minutes but I ended up watching the first few minutes of The Rivals on MTV on the treadmill TV and I was hooked!

I walked on the treadmill for an hour just so I could watch the whole show! So, although my workout was long, it wasn’t very strenuous because I just walked.

When I got home, I practiced the triceps and biceps tracks.

5k Running

Next weekend, I have a 5k coming up – it’s super close to my house, about 5 minutes away. This will be my first race since getting injured and since my running still isn’t what it was before I got hurt, I just plan on running the race slow and having fun. And that got me thinking about 5k running tips. Most people start out with 5ks as their first race so I thought I’d go over some of my 5k running tips.

A 5k is 3.1 miles which is a great distance for those new to running or even those who have been running for awhile. I have ran countless 5ks and feel like they are a good distance for me. Long distance running has never been my strength so I use 5ks to help improve my running, for fitness, and just for having fun.

5k Running Tips

  1. Fuel – 3.1 miles isn’t a race where you are going to need tons of endurance so you don’t have to worry as much about fuel as you would with a long race. There have been a few times when I haven’t ate before a 5k and have been fine, but I usually just eat something small, which is what I would suggest. I normally have a piece of toast with peanut butter or a Clif bar about an hour before a race. I always save my coffee for after a race because that’s what works for me. 006
  2. Water -  You really shouldn’t need a water bottle for a 5k race. When I first started running, I had a water bottle with me at all times. I felt like I needed the water. I finally stopped running with a water bottle and it helped improve my form and I learned I could run 3 miles without water. Of course, it’s totally your preference. Some 5ks will have water stations and some will not. I usually drink a lot of water the day and night before a race and a little the morning of the race.
  3. Race Info – If you have never run a 5k before, you might be a little nervous. It’s better to have all the details worked out beforehand. If possible, pick up your race packet the day before. Know where the race is being held and where to park. If you live close, drive to the race location so you know how long it will take you to get there. Check out a map of the race course. Even drive or walk the race course if you want – I’ve done this with a few races. 001
  4. Racing Gear – I like to set out all my racing gear the night before the race so it makes the morning smoother. I pin my race bib onto my shirt, set out my clothes and everything else I need, and set an alarm. Everyone has different stuff they wear and use for a race, but I usually lay out: shirt, jacket (if needed), capris, sports bra, socks, shoes, calf sleeves, iPod, headphones, sunglasses, and my Garmin. 030
  5. Start Slow, Finish Fast – It’s best to conserve energy in the first part of the race and then really give it your all at the end of the race. I usually end up starting out races way too fast and then I lose all my energy and am dragging the last part of the race. Try to pace yourself and finish strong.
  6. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others – Run your own race. I admit that I often compared myself to others when running and would end a race feeling bad. If she can run fast, why can’t I? or I am younger than that person, why can’t I run as fast as them? You don’t know anyone else’s story – maybe they have been running a long time, maybe they’re new to running, maybe someone is coming off of an injury, maybe someone is running the best race of their life. Don’t compare yourself to other and don’t judge others.
  7. Be Positive - This kind of goes along with don’t compare yourself to others. I would always feel so bad after a race if I didn’t do as well as I have hoped. But you know what? I still did it and that’s all that matters. If you are getting up, out of the house, and running, you are doing something physical and that makes you awesome. Whether you run a 5k in 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes, or 50 minutes – the point is that you are doing it and you should be proud of your accomplishments. Of course, you can always work on your running times and having healthy competition with others, but don’t get upset about one race where you feel like you didn’t do your best.
  8. Have Fun! – I know that races are called races for a reason – they are supposed to be competitive and someone will win, but I know that I am not going to be coming in first place, so I have fun. Yes, running is hard for me and I struggle through races but I also enjoy it. Beside two 5ks that I signed up for at the last minute, every single race that I have ran has been with family and friends. I know this isn’t possible for everyone, but it’s great running with others. We don’t necessarily run together but just having my family there to support me and for me to support them is great. It’s also great getting the kids involved – it shows that them fitness can be fun. Just enjoy the race – enjoy running, enjoy the people, enjoy the scenery. Have fun :) 042


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Do you have any race tips to add?

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Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5k Chicago + A Giveaway

Awhile ago, I mentioned the 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon is taking place on September 8th, 2013. Well, if half marathons aren’t really your thing, they also offer the Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5k which uses the same start and finish line as the half marathon.

If your near Chicago, the Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5k is a great race to run. Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a national independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. 50% of every 5k race entry will support pediatric cancer research at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

The 5k is coming up fast but there’s still time to register. You can learn more about Hyundai Hope on Wheels here and you can register for the race here.

Not only is the Hyundai Hope On Wheels a great organization but they are offering three readers a gift bag including a Hyundai Hope On Wheels backpack, running shirt, and water bottle. You don’t need to be from Chicagoland to win – open to all of the U.S.

To enter: Comment below and tell me your favorite running distance. If you don’t run, tell me your favorite exercise.

Additional entry: Mention the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5k on September 8th in Chicago on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog and comment below telling me you did.

Giveaway will run though Tuesday September, 3rd at 11:59 CST.

Today’s Workout

  • 4 mile bike ride
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Practiced chest and back tracks at gym – 30 minutes

I did a lot of working out today!

Last night, we dropped my car to be fixed. Something is wrong with some throttle or another (I know nothing about cars). Which means that today I didn’t have a car. So, I decided to ride my bike to the gym.


It’s about a two mile bike ride to the gym – four miles round trip. I rode two miles to the gym, took a BodyPump class, and then practiced the chest and back tracks from the new BodyPump release.

It turns out that on Sunday, I will be teaching the chest and back tracks in front of the class – on the first day that the brand new gym opens. To say I am nervous, is an understatement. I am scared to death. I am trying to practice, practice, practice, but not overdo it because of my  hip.

I rode my bike home from the gym and the just sat on the couch icing and drinking chocolate milk.


I iced my hip, knees, and shoulders. I’m only thirty-one and I am already falling apart :)

I’m looking forward to a three day weekend! I have to work for a few hours moving stuff at the gym tomorrow morning, then we have a few get togethers with family planned, and hopefully we’ll pick up my car at some point.

Have a great weekend!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!



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Shape Diva Dash Obstacle Run

Last night, I had a meet-up with the other members of the Zooma Half Marathon Challenge, as well as the Chicago Zooma ambassadors. We met for a healthy running clinic with a sports doctor.


It was a really relaxed setting - we told a little bit about ourselves and then were given the chance to discuss any questions we had regarding running – injuries, asthma, running fuel, hydration, strength and cross training, etc.

I asked about my quad pain, and the doctor said that it probably wasn’t normal, and I should maybe cut back on the BodyPump and other exercises classes a bit, just to see if that helps relieve the pain a little bit.

Afterwards, the sports doctor brought us into the physical therapy office and showed us an anti-gravity treadmill.



An Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a rehabilitation device that utilizes adjustable weight-bearing technology on a standard treadmill used primarily for rehabilitation of lower extremity injuries and athletic training. (Source)

Basically, you can still run if your injured because the treadmill controls the air pressure in the chamber around the treadmill to lift the person running. I’ve have never heard of an anti-gravity treadmill before, and thought it was a very unique concept.

After the meeting with the sports doctor, we headed to a small local bar for a Zooma sponsored happy hour.


It was really nice meeting the other girls running the half marathon and the ambassadors. Everyone was really friendly, and it’s helpful to discuss all of our running problems and successes with each other.

I’ve mentioned recently that I have been having a hard time, physically and mentally, with running lately so I decided to do a “fun run!” I am going to run the Shape Diva Dash – Women’s Obstacle Adventure Run in August.

About the Diva Dash:

Unlike other obstacle runs, there are no mud or fire pits or barbed wire. The Diva Dash delivers plenty of excitement and challenges designed for women of all ages and abilities. The supportive and encouraging atmosphere of the Dash is empowering for all, from first-timers to seasoned racers.

I think it’ll be a nice change since I have been following a set training plan for quite a while now. I started with the 15k training plan and then jumped right into the half marathon training plan. The Diva Dash is great because you can chose to run in a non-competitive wave or a competitive wave.

The course is three miles of trail, sand, and road with 10-12 obstacles. I have run races with obstacles before, but not lately, so I am really looking forward to it.

The Shape Diva Dash has locations all over the U.S., so see if there’s a location near you! If you register to run the Diva Dash, enter the code: BLOG at checkout to receive $10 off registration!

I didn’t go to the gym this morning so that I could give my legs a little bit of a break. Hopefully, they’ll be all rested up for my long run this weekend! Since I didn’t go to the gym in the morning, I picked up niece up early and took the kids to the splash park.


I brought an apple pie Larabar for a snack.


I asked Danny to pick me up a Larabar at the store yesterday and to surprise me with a flavor – he picked apple pie, which is a flavor I wouldn’t normally pick myself, although I really like it. I seem to gravitate more towards the peanut butter flavored bars :)

Have a great afternoon!

  • Have you ever run a “fun run” or an obstacle run?
  • Do you think your significant other would do a good job picking out a flavor you’d like?
  • Ever heard of an anti-gravity treadmill?


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The 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon – Chicago’s Hometown Race Giveaway!

Good afternoon!

Thank you to everyone for all their positive comments and stories on yesterday’s blog post. It really helps a lot to hear all your encouragement and know that people have been in similar situations!

And while we’re on the subject of half marathons, I have a great giveaway today – one free entry to the Chicago Half Marathon on September 8, 2013 at Jackson Park, Chicago.

Of course, you’ll need to be in Chicago on September 8th to win, so please only enter if you’ll be able to run the race.

To enter: Leave a comment below saying that you would like to be entered into the Chicago Half Marathon giveaway.

For an extra entry: Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, or blog about the giveaway and comment below letting me know you did.

Giveaway will end Thursday, July 18th. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 8.23 mile bike ride

Yesterday evening, the kids went to a last-minute park district activity, so that left Danny and me with two unplanned hours of kid-free time. That never happens. We decided to take advantage of the free time and go for a bike ride.



It was our first bike ride ever with just the two of us.


On our bike ride, one of my biggest fears happened – as we were riding down the bike trail, a huge snake slithered out right it front of my bike (I don’t care what Danny says – that snake was huge. And I don’t care what my dad says, it was probably poisonous).

Okay, maybe it wasn’t huge or poisonous, but it really startled me. That is not my idea of fun. I screamed and took off on my bike – that was the fastest and hardest that I have ever rode my bike in my life. Danny slammed on his breaks because my scream scared him and he had to avoid hitting the snake.

As I am pedaling away as fast as I can, I just hear him laughing behind me. Thanks, Danny. That’s sweet. All I can say is thank goodness I hadn’t been running. I would have been even more upset…but I probably would have ran really fast.

After that little fiasco, we rode a total of 8.23 miles. I burned 319 calories this time, a little bit more than my bike ride with Jacob.


Danny and I rode some fast miles, but we also rode some slow miles because my quad would start to hurt. It was a really nice bike ride and I’m glad that I got to ride with my husband.

When we picked the kids up and told them about the snake, the first thing Jaden asked was if I took a picture of it. No, I didn’t stop to take a picture of it – I was busy pedaling as fast as I could and watching my heart rate jump from 110 to 160 in 5 seconds.

I have to share this picture of my niece in my Spibelt because she’s so darn cute. :)


Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

Butts and Guts class was tough today. It was a substitute instructor and she did the whole class on the Bosu ball, which was tough. It was a lot of leg work which killed my already sore legs. I am all for hard workouts, but I have a feeling my legs aren’t going to be too happy tomorrow.

Have a great afternoon!

Comment below to win an entry into the 17th annual Chicago Half Marathon!




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My Hardest Run

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 7:30 am – 3.1 miles
  • 8:30 am – .4 miles
  • 9:15 am – 4.8 miles
  • Total – 8.3 miles

Yes, yesterday’s workout was a bit crazy. Yesterday’s run was my hardest run yet – both physically and mentally.

I started out running a local 5k in the morning – The Dash N’ Splash 5k. Danny and I also ran this race last year. The start line is about 1.5 miles from our house.


I ran it by myself. I didn’t even tell my family that I was running it, and I only told Danny the night before. It was a race that I wanted to do alone, so I could practice speeding up my pace a bit.

All of my runs have been so slow lately, and I tend to run faster during 5ks so I ran it only to try to pick up my pace a bit. It wasn’t my best race, but it wasn’t my worst. Yesterday was very humid out which didn’t help at all.

I wore my new Mizunos for the first time and they were great.


I started out the race pretty good, but too fast, as usual. My first mile was around 8:50, which is too fast for me. I slowed down the second mile and walked through the water station. By the third mile, the humidity was getting to me and I was not mentally into the running. I just wanted to stop.

I ended up having to take walking breaks the last mile because of the humidity and my right quad pain. I was upset with myself for having to walk when I haven’t had to walk during a 5k for more than a year.

I was so upset and just feeling negative. I kept thinking, if I can’t even finish a 5k without walking, how I am going to run a half marathon.

Instead of listening to what my own body needed, I started comparing myself to others – how come she can run without walking and I can’t, or why is she so much faster than I am, or why I am I such a horrible runner?

I finished the 5k in about 32:50. I don’t know my official time yet. So, no, it wasn’t a horrible race for me, but I was mentally exhausted.

My initial plan was to run the 8 miles for the half marathon training plan today. I was going to run the 3.1 at the race, drive to the running trial, and finish the last 5 miles there.

So, after the 5k, even though I wasn’t feeling the best, I drove to the running trail and started running. I ran .4 of a mile and then gave up. I just couldn’t get into it. It was hot. My legs hurt. I was disappointed in myself. I felt like a quitter.

So, I went home. When I got home, Danny asked me how the race went and how my 8 miles went. I admit that I wasn’t very nice to him and asked him just to leave me alone. But when he brought up the 8 miles, it made me feel like even more of a quitter.

I felt like I needed to run those 8 miles so that I could prove to myself that I could run them and I would be able to run a half marathon. So, I left the house to go back to the running trail. I was still upset and didn’t even tell Danny I was leaving the house (which I realize now wasn’t the best idea.) But I was having my own pity party.

I went out to the trail and I ran 4.8 more miles, making my total for the morning 8.3 miles.

I didn’t bring my iPod or any water. I only brought my Garmin. I ran by two water fountains in the beginning of my run, but after that there wasn’t anymore water and it was hot outside. I was dying.

I had to take some walking breaks but this time I was fine with it. Those breaks helped me recharge a bit so I could run again. By the third mile, I was so thirsty I was hoping a stranger would offer me a drink. I was walking a bit more and wondering if I could make it.

Then, comes Danny and the kids driving down the road. He had called my cell phone a few times because I had left the house without telling him and he was worried. But I leave my cell phone in my car when I run, so he came to look for me. Thank goodness.

He pulled over and I told him that I despertately needed a drink. He didn’t have any water but there was a store a right down the road that he went to while I continued to run. I was almost done with my run at the point – I only had about half a mile to go.

He bought me a big bottle of Gatorade and met me back on the road. I tell you, nothing has ever tasted as good as that Gatorade at that moment. I drank almost half the bottle and then I finished my run.


When I was done, I was so happy that I decided to go out and finish up those last 4.5 miles. I was so happy to have ran 8.3 miles. I thought I couldn’t do it and was giving up on myself too easy, but I did it.

Yes, my quads were killing me, and I don’t want to injure myself, but I didn’t overdo it.

I took an ice bath when I got home. Torture but feels so good.


Training for this half marathon has been both mentally and physically challenging for me, and I wasn’t expecting that at all.
When I trained for the 15k, I felt really good and was really proud of my performance during the race. This time, I am second guessing myself and being negative and I realize that I need to change that.

I think the problem is that I am being too hard of myself because I am scared of failing. I run because I actually enjoy it and it challenges me. I feel a sense of accomplishment whenever I finish a run or a race. Lately, running seem like something that I have to do rather than something I want to do.

When I finally finished my run yesterday, I felt really good that I did it – even if it took me a long time or I needed a walk break. I am going to try and focus on the positive parts of running rather than beat myself up over  a bad run. Half marathon, here I come!

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

My legs weren’t as sore as I expected them to be this morning, which is good. It was good to get back to the gym today since I took a couple of days off last week.

Have a great day!




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Happy Birthday!

Happy 2nd birthday to my adorable niece!


Auntie Heather loves you!


Yesterday, we spent the day celebrating my niece’s 2nd birthday! She had a Nemo birthday party, and Marlene made the cupcakes – how cute are these Nemo cupcakes?!


The Nemo cupcakes were banana flavored, but I went with one of the peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes.

I made a bow-tie pasta Caesar salad for the party. It’s so good and easy to make. You just mix together green leaf lettuce (or romaine), about 2 cups of cooked bow tie pasta, slivered almonds, shredded asiago parmesan cheese, croutons, and Caesar dressing.


I didn’t add the croutons until we got to the party so they wouldn’t get soggy.

Jacob, Jaden, and I:


The kids had a lot of fun playing at the party and my niece loved opening all her presents.


Danny was in charge of holding the melted ice cream while I scooped it out. He almost got that spoon into his mouth without using his hands. Almost…but not quite.


Later in the evening, my family came over to our house for pizza and a bonfire.

I went to bed a little bit early last night because I knew I was running early this morning.

From today:


More on my run tomorrow! :) I’ll tell you this – it wasn’t my best run but ended well.

Have a great Sunday!


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Running Goodies

Good afternoon!

It sure has been a busy day! Swim lessons were canceled again. Get it together, Chicago weather. At least the kids are able to make up the swim lessons on Sunday which is good because swim lessons aren’t cheap.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • 20 min. tempo treadmill run – 2.03 miles

My half marathon training plan has a 35 minute tempo run planned for this week (I’m not following the days exactly).


I knew I wouldn’t be able to fit in a 35 minute run, so I did a 20 minute tempo run on the treadmill instead after BodyPump. Hey, a short run is better than no run. I ran slow for 5 minutes, ran fast for 10 minutes, then ran slow for 5 more minutes. I finished with about 3 minutes of walking.

I wore my heart rate monitor for BodyPump and running on the treadmill. I accidently stopped it in between BodyPump and running on the treadmill but I burned about 650 calories total.

I also figured out how to see how much time I am spending in the fat burning zone versus fitness improvement. For example, in BodyPump, I spent 44 minutes in the fat burning zone and 22 minutes in the fitness zone, but running on the treadmill I was in the fat burning zone for 3 minutes and in the fitness zone for 20 minutes.

PicMonkey Collage

My heart rate was definitely up the whole time I ran on the treadmill.

After the gym, the kids and I went to the grocery store to pick up some food because we have nothing in the house to eat. We usually get groceries on Sunday night, but we didn’t go last Sunday.


Don’t worry, those Lay’s Stax aren’t for me, they’re for my son. They are my favorite chips though…

Right from the store, we had to pick up my niece, and by this time I was hungry so I had to eat my lunch/snack in the car.


A Clif bar and a pluot aka a dinosaur egg. Have you ever had a pluot? They are delicious. I could probably eat ten of those little things in one sitting.

When we got home from picking up my niece, I had a package from the Zooma half marathon waiting for me!


They sent a bunch of fun samples to try out.


Muscle Milk Light in chocolate.


Cool citrus Cytomax (which will be offered on the course).


Gu Energy Gels in peanut butter (which will also be offered on the course).


I love peanut butter but I’m a little nervous about trying the peanut butter Gu. I like my gels and chews more fruity flavored.

Perform pain relieving gel.


Body Glide anti-chafe balm.


I can’t wait to try all the products out!

It also came with a list of workout songs and quotes from the Zooma blogger advisory panel and two of my favorite bloggers were on there.


Have a great and safe Fourth of July!

  • Have you tried any of the products listed above?
  • Do you have any plans for tomorrow? Cooking, baking, or making anything good?
  • When do you usually go grocery shopping?
  • Who are some of your favorite bloggers?



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