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You Just Have to Go

Well, I signed up for yet another 5k. I keep telling myself that I would like to get away from 5ks a bit and start running a little bit longer races, like 10ks, so I can build up running farther at a slightly slower pace, since 5ks are usually about being speedy.

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again – I am not a particularly fast runner and I am not a long distance runner. Running is very hard for me because I have a lot of problems with my calves. (I have been diagnosed with compartment syndrome which is a fancy way of saying that running makes my calves extremely tight and short of surgery there isn’t too much I can do about it.)

I do enjoy the challenge of running and how accomplished I feel after running a race, even if it’s only a 5k. I run because it makes me happy and keeps me healthy.

I know that I will never be extremely fast or a marathon runner, and that it 100% fine with me. I do what I can and I am proud of what I do.

But your blog is called Run Eat Play. Yes, this is true. But to me, the Run part of Run Eat Play represents exercising and fitness in general – whether that be running, strength training, Zumba, walking, yoga, etc. Just as the Play part represents having kids, spending time with my family, enjoying life, learning new things, etc.

I have finally come to terms with the runner I am and try not to compare myself to others. So while I might not be the best running inspiration, please know that I can be an inspiration for being determined to do the activities that my body will let me :)

I also enjoy running 5ks because it’s an activity that my family enjoys together.

Back to the 5k….

The 5k that I signed up for is the 5k that I ran on a whim last May, the day before I turned 30. It ended up being my worst run to date, and I feel the need to redeem myself for that bad race which is why I signed up for it again this year. I plan to do a lot better.

It also falls on my birthday weekend, and what better way to kick off a birthday weekend than with a run?! Danny is running it too this year.

Last Night’s Workout

  • .5 miles treadmill
  • Yoga-Lates – 60 minutes

I arrived at the gym a little before yoga started last night, so I just walked on the treadmill for a bit. I am glad that I went to yoga last night, and I plan on going to a new 30 minutes yoga stretch class tonight. I need all the stretching I can get!

Today’s Workout

  • 3.6 miles, HIIT treadmill workout
  • Plank – 2 minutes and 30 seconds
  • Stretching – Approx. 15 minutes

My HIIT treadmill workout this morning looked like this:

  • Mile 0 – 1.1 (2:1) Walked two minutes, ran fast (for me) one minute
  • Mile 1.1 – 2.2 (2:2) Walked two minutes, ran even faster two minutes
  • Mile 2.2 – 3.3 (2:1) Walked two minutes, ran even faster one minute
  • Mile 3.3-3.6 Walked

It was a great workout, and I finished up with a plank and a little bit of stretching.

This afternoon, I’m going to pick up my race packet for Saturday’s April Fools 5k. It’s an inaugural race, but it looks like there will be a good amount of runners!

If you’re interested, I have added a Races Page at the top of my blog!

  • Do you have anything planned for today?
  • Do you struggle with anything, but still enjoy it?
  • What’s your favorite distance to run?


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More Furniture

Good afternoon! I hope you’re all enjoying your Wednesday.


Sometimes, I buy way too much Greek yogurt because I have a hard time deciding between all the flavors, then I have to hurry up and eat it because it starts to get close to the expiration date.

Well, I had to eat the caramel pineapple yogurt because it expired today (not that I’m complaining because that flavor is delicious!)

I am one of those people who will not touch a food past its expiration date. Yogurt, milk, bread, whatever. If it’s expired, I won’t eat it. It might be physiological, but I just can’t eat it. It doesn’t usually go to waste though because Danny will pretty much eat anything.

Along with my yogurt, I also had some Kashi Go Lean cereal.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #13: 2 minutes and 55 seconds <— Getting closer to three minutes!
  • Elliptical – 12 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • HIIT Treadmill Workout – 24 minutes (with a two-minute cool down) 2.14 miles

I usually try to fit in 30 minutes of cardio on the days that I take BodyPump, so day I did a quick HIIT workout on the treadmill. I walked for two minutes followed by running at between 7.0 and 7.3 for one minute (fast for me). I repeated this for a total of 24 minutes, then followed up with a two-minute cool down of slow walking.

Heart rate up. Check. Cardio complete. Check.


I took a few pictures of the nightstands that I liked at TJMaxx yesterday, but the pictures wouldn’t load on my computer. Well, I finally got them to load and thought I’d share the pics.

I love this nightstand:

I just wish they had two!

I also liked the style of this one, I just wish it wasn’t stark white. I like more of an off-white/cream color.

I also liked these:

What do you think?


My nearby Whole Foods finally got the regular flavored PB2 in stock!

I was so happy that I bought two jars. I like the PB2 with chocolate, so I figured that I’d also like the regular flavor just as much. And if I don’t love it by itself, I can always use it in smoothies and yogurt.

I have a little bit of the chocolate PB2 left that I’m going to use up before I open a new jar.

Have a great afternoon!!

  • Which nightstand is your favorite?
  • Any workout today? Plank time?
  • Will you eat food past its expiration date?


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Weigh In Wednesday

I finally stepped on the scale this morning. I haven’t weighed myself since before Christmas because I was nervous about what the number would be. I’m glad that I joined the DietBet because I feel like I would have just continued to put off weighing myself because I didn’t want to see the number. And that’s how I ended up gaining the 30+ pounds that I recently lost – by not weighing myself.
I know that some people don’t agree with weighing themselves a lot, and go by how their clothes fit and such rather than placing your worth on a number on the scale. But for me personally, weighing myself a few times a week helps keep me accountable. If I don’t, my weight slowly starts to creep up.

I am happy (and surprised) to say that I weigh exactly what I did before Christmas! :) I know that I gained weight around the holidays, but this past week of eating right and sticking to my daily calorie count helped me lose a few pounds I think.

While I am happy that I weigh the same, I think it’s going to make the DietBet a little bit harder. I only weigh two pounds more than weight that I am unable to drop below. My weight has hit a plateau at a certain number for months that I can’t drop below, and the DietBet requires me to lose approximately 6 pounds, so that is going to be a very hard challenge.

Six pounds might not sound like a lot to lose in four weeks, but when I’ve only been able to lose two more pounds than I weight now, six pounds will be difficult. But I’m up for the challenge!

The other day I went to the grocery store and I came across this Special K protein water mix.

I drink one cup of coffee in the morning and the rest of the day I drink water. That’s it. I love water, but sometimes it gets a little boring. Since I’m always looking for ways to get in extra protein, I thought these protein drink mixes would kill two birds with one stone – extra protein and flavored water.

One packet has 30 calories and 5 grams of protein. I’m excited to try them out.

Today’s Workout

  • 2.64 miles, treadmill

I had limited time at the gym this morning because we had to go to a doctor appointment, so I tried to make the best of my time by doing a HIIT workout. I walked at 4.0 for one minute and ran at 7.1 for one minute for a total of 30 minutes. I wasn’t able to go to BodyPump this morning, but I hope to go to yoga tonight.

I wore my new Mizunos to run:

For an afternoon snack, I had a Clif bar that I found in my purse from when we went to the museum.

Sorry I ate your Clif bar, Danny.

I stopped at Target this afternoon, and was excited to find these mini Clif Builder bars with 140 calories and 10 grams of protein.

I really like the Builder bars, but rarely eat them because a full size bar has 270 calories which is a little bit too much for one bar for me.

Later this afternoon, I’m going to bring my brother home from the hospital. He is finally being released today. And even though he’s still in a decent amount of pain, it’ll be nice for him to be at home.

I just have to share these pictures of my niece because she is so funny. As soon as Danny gets home from work, she wants him to pick her up so that she can hug her reflection in the mirror.

After she hugs herself in the mirror a few times, she goes and gets the picture of herself and hugs that too! It’s so darn cute and funny!

Have a great day!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you weigh yourself often? Not at all?
  • What do you usually rink during the day?
  • Do you eat granola/protein bars?
  • Any workout today?


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Take Time


Last night, I made sure to hold my kids close and tell them that I love them. We spent the afternoon lounging on the couch, watching The Polar Express and drinking hot chocolate. Then, we went out for frozen yogurt with my family and walked around the stores a bit. Then, we came home and had a family reading night in our bed. I realized how truly blessed I was to be able to tuck them into bed last night.

I think that we all realize how important our loved ones and how we should take time to appreciate them. Take time today to give your kids, your family, your spouses, or your loved ones a hug and a kiss. Tell them that you love them.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Newtown, CT. There are no words for this terrible tragedy. I can’t even imagine what these families are going through, and my heart aches for them.

Today’s Workout

  • 3.05 miles – treadmill

This morning is cold and rainy, and I suppose that’s fitting with the mood of the day. I went to the gym about 8 am, and wanted to be in and out, so I did another HIIT treadmill workout. I alternated between walking at 4.0 mph and running at 7.0 mph. I did each interval for a minute each for a total of about 30 minutes, and finished with a cool down.

After the gym, I stopped at McDonald’s for coffee and got cinnamon melts for my kids, which I let Jaden eat on the couch.

This evening, we’re taking the kids to the Chicago Bulls game. They have never been before and we’ll see how they like it. Have a nice weekend.


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Treadmill Workout


Last night for dinner, I had salmon belle mar.

Salmon belle mar is salmon stuffed with crab, and it is so good. I buy them already made at Target. They also have tilapia stuffed with crab, but I wasn’t a big fan of that one. If you live by a Target and you like seafood, I recommend trying it!

Today’s Workout

I was short on time at the gym this morning because I’m watching my niece early today, and my brother dropped her off at 9:30 am.

So, I had to be in and out of the gym this morning. Whenever I’m pressed for time, I find that a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout gets me the most bang for my buck.

During a HIIT workout, you work at a high intensity for a short time followed by a recovery period for a short time. I usually do one minute at high intensity followed by a recovery time of 1-2 minutes. During a HIIT workout, you’re body uses fast-twitch muscle fibers which are for short and powerful bursts of energy. Fast twitch muscle fibers need more energy than slow-twitch fibers, so you’ll burn more calories during your workout.

I am not a fast runner by any means, so my high intensity is usually at 6.5 or 7.0 mph followed by a recovery at 3.5-4.0 mph. This is what works for me. I keep the incline at about 1%.

Here was my workout this morning:

I left the gym nice and sweaty and felt like I got a good workout in. I also wore my Mizunos for the second time and so far so good.

Well, I’m off to make lunch for McCutie Hungry Face! Have a great day!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you workout when your pressed for time or do you just skip it?
  • Favorite fast workout?
  • What’s for lunch today?


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