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Walk Breaks

I was going through the books on my bookshelf yesterday looking for something to read and I came across my Jeff Galloway Half Marathon Training book that I bought years ago.


I bought this book years ago before I even started blogging. I guess I have always had a desire to run a half marathon, it’s just that my body doesn’t like being cooperative.

Galloway’s method is to incorporate scheduled walk breaks into your running – including during the actual race. The ratio is depends on your speed – so, for example, you run ten minutes and then walk one minute.


I personally have mixed feelings on walk breaks. Of course, I do take walk breaks while running especially when my hip/glute start bothering me. I take them when I need to, not exactly scheduled.

But here’s the thing with me and walk breaks – I might be running for awhile and then take a short walk break. I’ll start running again and get tired. Then I’ll think well, I’ve already taken one walk break, I might as well take another.

Then I’ll start thinking, well, I’ve already messed up my running with a few walk breaks, I might as well take a longer break. And before you know it, I am taking too many walk breaks.

For me, it’s better to not even take the walk breaks in the first place – my mind gives up before my body does. It’s all mental. I feel like I need to walk even though I’d be fine if I kept running. Running has always been hard for me and something that I struggle with, so sometimes I’m ready to throw the towel in early.

I have to get through that mental place that tells me to walk and just keep running. But like I said, I think walk breaks are great and really can work for some people. For me, they just give me an excuse to keep walking.

The longest race I have ever run was a 15k – 9.3 miles. I wasn’t particularly fast, but I was so proud of myself because I didn’t take one single walk break. I had never done that in training and was happy that I was able to run the whole thing. That’s a pretty good accomplishment for me because running is hard on my body and I usually have some kind of pain or injury.


I didn’t even walk through the water stations because that would give me an excuse to add more walk breaks.

I know that some people can run far distances without walking or even maintain a fast speed and be fine, but I can’t. I have definitely improved my running over the last couple of years, but I will never be fast. And honestly, I don’t think that’s what truly important. For me, it’s more about getting off the couch, being active, having fun, running races with my family, and enjoying it.

Of course, I would love to be faster (who wouldn’t!) but I have accepted that I am doing what my body lets me do!

Wow! That was a lot more thoughts and feeling than I planned on typing :)

Today’s Workout

  • 5 miles treadmill
  • Stretching

This morning, I ran five miles on the treadmill. I ran three and then had to add in a few walk breaks for the last two miles.

However, they weren’t walk breaks because I was mentally giving up, they were walk breaks because I haven’t ran five miles in quite a while and my hip was hurting and I knew I needed a little break.

After I finished five miles, I made sure to stretch my hips and glutes.

Between running and stretching, I burned over 700 calories.



Tomorrow morning, I am teaching my first BodyPump class. I am nervous beyond belief because it was last minute and totally unexpected. The normal BodyPump instructor hurt her back and I am the only one available to teach the class.

So, I will be teaching completely alone and I don’t even know how to work the CD player and mic. Should be fun times. Wish me luck.

Have a great afternoon!!


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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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Mother/Son Run

Good morning!

Good luck to my sister-in-law, Crystal, who is running her first half marathon in Florida tonight! She will turn 30 years old  at the stroke of midnight while running – a very Disney Cinderella moment :)

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Ran 1 mile – Treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I am slowly getting in my miles for Pile on The Miles! I ran one mile before BodyPump yesterday and I burned over 600 calories!


Today’s Workout

  • 3 miles – outside

This morning, Jacob and I ran together for the first time outside.


His first 5k is coming up on Thanksgiving and he is used to running on the treadmill so I wanted him to run outside a few times before the 5k. I think he realized today what a big difference it is running outside vs. the treadmill. And it didn’t help that today was really really windy.

We started out running for awhile and walking when Jacob needed to. For the last mile, we ran two minutes and walked one minute. The wind made running so hard, but we finished three miles in about 35 minutes.

Hopefully, we can run outside a couple of more times before the 5k!

After running, we stopped at McDonald’s for mother/son coffee and chocolate milk.


I love the holiday cups!


For breakfast, I made an egg and cheese sandwich on Udi’s gluten-free bread.

PicMonkey Collage

I really like the gluten-free bread – it’s even better that regular bread and I plan on continuing to purchase it. It’s expensive but it comes frozen so it’ll last a long time.

The breakfast sandwich was so good and even better than my beloved bagelwich.

This afternoon, we’re going to my dad’s for lunch and maybe seeing a movie.

Have a great day!

  • What are your plans for the day?


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Randomness Tuesday

Good afternoon!

Today’s post is going to be about a bunch of random things :)

First up, my workout.

Today’s Workout

  • 3. 5 miles – outside

I think today was the first time I have ever ran outside in November in my life and the first time I have ran outside in a month. It was tough. The weather was about 50 degrees which was perfect. I started out a bit chilly but warmed up quickly.

The wind was the toughest part and my nose was runny the whole time. I ran 3.1 miles (with a couple of walk breaks) and then walked .4 miles. I haven’t been running lately and my hip still hurts so my time wasn’t the best.


I’m just trying to run outside a little more to be ready for the 5k on Thanksgiving!

Kind Bars

A few weeks ago, Jaden and I went to Whole Foods and they had a few kid’s Halloween activities set up around the store. One activity was a photo booth with props.


If you took a picture and tagged it on Instagram, you were eligible to win a case of Kind bars. Well, I just found out today that Jaden’s picture was one of the lucky winners! Yay!


I go through phases with reading. Sometimes I’ll read a whole bunch of book in a row and then I’ll go a long time without reading anything.

I just finished reading Allegiant (from the Divergent series).


I thought the book was okay - I wasn’t really happy with the ending and thought there was so much time between books so I had a hard time remembering what had happened in the first two books. It’s a must read if you read the first two in the series, but overall slightly disappointing.

I am currently reading Ender’s Game (I seem to like young adult books if you can’t tell).


Ender’s Game is actually an old book from 1991. It was recently made into a movie that just came out. Jacob read it on his Kindle, so I decided to read it too. So far, it’s really good. It’s about a young boy who is sent away to Battle School to train for a war against an alien race.

It reminds me of another book I recently read where kids are sent away to train as soldiers and I just can’t remember the name of it!


Lunch this afternoon was an Amy’s gluten-free burrito. I also had some apple slices.


Ugly Sweater Coffee

While I was at Target, I came across this Ugly Sweater Crème Brulee coffee.


How fun is that? Last year, we had an ugly Christmas sweater party, and this coffee would have been perfect.

Last year:


Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • Tell me something random about your day!



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Zucchini Pizza Boats

Good morning!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 30 minute HIIT treadmill workout

Yesterday morning, Danny, Jacob, and I went to the gym. We only had about 30 minutes to workout so I did a hiit workout on the treadmill - two minutes of fast running, followed by two minutes of walking for 30 minutes. If you’re short on time, hiit workouts are great because they get your heart rate up and burn calories.

And I was able to get a couple of miles in for Pile on the Miles. :)

My Mizunos – which haven’t been getting enough love lately!


I ran on the treadmill while watching the NYC marathon on tv. If you need motivation while running, just watch those elite runners – they are awesome! Just watching them made me run a little faster.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes


For lunch this afternoon, I made zucchini pizza boats. They are pretty much the same thing as the zucchini pizza bites only sliced different.


I cut the ends off of a zucchini and cut it in half lengthwise.


I sprinkle it with garlic and wine seasoning and cook it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Then, I top it with pizza sauce and cheese and cook it for about 5-7 minutes more until the cheese melts. It’s sooo good.

I have been also looking for away to satisfy my sweet tooth without eating too much sugar. I found these Justin’s peanut butter cups at Whole Foods.


I’ve heard tons of good things about them, so I bought them to try out. They are delicious! Better yet, they’re low carb, low sugar, and gluten free. Don’t worry – they taste awesome! I have to hide the bag so I don’t eat them all at once!

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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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Current 5k Playlist

Good afternoon!

Can you believe that today is the last day of September?! I can’t believe how fast the year is flying by! I think that October 1st might be one of my favorite days of the year. To me, it’s the day that kicks off the holiday season.

It’s October, which means that it’s the month of Halloween fun (my family does a lot of Halloween related activities), then Thanksgiving isn’t too far away, and finally it’s the Christmas season! I absolutely love this time of year.


Yesterday morning, we stopped for a quick last-minute breakfast at Panera. I had my heart set on a pumpkin bagel, but then I saw their new steel cut oatmeal with apple chips and toasted pecans and my dreams of a pumpkin bagel went out the window.

A little blurry but at least it tasted delicious :)


The oatmeal was definitely a good choice. But I will have that pumpkin bagel one day.

Today’s Workout

  • Stretching – 10 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I plan on running Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday (5k) of this week but my quad is killing me today. I am going to see how it is in the morning and then will decide if I should run or not. I don’t want to push it before the 5k but I also want to stay on my running schedule.  I guess my other option would be to run Wednesday and Thursday. We’ll see how my quad and hip feel.

After BodyPump, I had a caramel fudge thinkThin bar.


I like caramel but I don’t love it. The bar was good, but I still prefer the peanut butter flavor.


Lunch this afternoon was a bagel thin with egg whites and provolone cheese, carrots and hummus, and pineapple.


5k Playlist

I have been working on playlist for the 5k on Sunday. I am the kind of person that can run with or without music. It doesn’t really bother me to run without music but I do notice that I tend to run a bit faster when I am listening to music.

I hate wearing an armband though so I just use Danny’s old iPod shuffle and clip it to my waistband. Even then, I sometimes end up ripping it off and carrying it in my hand by the end of the race.

Here’s my playlist so far:

  • Lady Gaga – Applause
  • Scooter – Black Betty
  • Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail
  • Sam & The Womp – Bom Bom
  • Nero – Crush on You
  • Scooter – J’adore Hardcore
  • Lorde – Royals

The Royals song by Lorde is currently by favorite song. I love it. Sometimes I listen to it on repeat over and over…which means I’ll probably be sick of it soon, but as of now I love it.

A few of the songs are from the new BodyPump release, but they make good running songs. :)

Have a great afternoon!

  • Caramel, chocolate, or peanut butter?
  • Favorite holiday?
  • What is currently your favorite song?


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Pumpkin Pie Dip


Yesterday afternoon, we went to my cousin’s house to visit with my family and celebrate my grandparent’s birthdays.


I made pumpkin pie dip to bring. I wasn’t planning on making it at first, but my mom mentioned the recipe and said how good it would be, then sent me the recipe. I figured she wanted me to make it.



Pumpkin pie dip is so incredibly easy to make (my kind of recipe!) and is so delicious. You can also use a variety of foods as dippers – I used cinnamon graham cracker squares and Honeycrisp apple slices.


Pumpkin Pie Dip (adapted from Kraft)


  • 15 oz. can of pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie)
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) of vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 container (8 oz.) thawed Cool Whip
  • Optional: small pie pumpkin to serve dip in



  1. Whisk pumpkin, vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon together in a large bowl until blended. 012
  2. Stir in Cool Whip and mix until all blended.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. Spoon into small hallowed out pumpkin and serve with your choice of dippers.

This recipe is so easy, festive, and delicious!

Today’s Workout

  • 4 miles (ran 3.1, walked/ran the rest)

I ran 4 miles outside this morning. I ran the full 3.1 miles without any walk breaks. When I am running my hip doesn’t exactly hurt, but it feels heavy. It’s a weird way to describe it, but that how it feels. It feels like I have to work a little bit harder to make it work and then it aches a bit afterwards.

I am glad that I was able to run 3.1 miles even though I was slow – at least I know I’ll be ready for the 5k next weekend :)

Have a great day! Go Bears!



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Whole Foods Trip

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout

  • 2.26 miles, treadmill
  • Biceps and Triceps BodyPump Tracks – approx. 15 min.
  • Stretching – Approx. 15 min.

I walked for ten minutes on the treadmill, ran for 17 minutes, and then finished up with 3 minutes of walking. I planned on run/walking for 30 minutes and didn’t worry about the distance.


I also planned on running for a longer amount of time but I go into a conversation with the lady on the treadmill next to me and I can’t run on a treadmill and carry on a conservation very well. I am lucky that I remain upright while running on the treadmill. I am not the most coordinated or graceful person in the world.

While running on the treadmill, I cut my toe open…again. For some reason, my toes have problems when I’m running. They rub on each other and the toenail cuts open the toe next to it. It’s weird and gross. And it’s not even like it’s the same spot – it happens with different toes. And it’s not the shoes because it’s happened in a couple of different pairs of shoes. Whatever.

I practiced the biceps and triceps tracks from BodyPump one time each. I am really trying to work on those triceps push-ups – they’re tough.


My niece loves looking at the pool for a few minutes before we leave the gym.


After the gym, we went to Whole Foods. I recently saw that Larabar came out with a new snickerdoodle flavor and I am dying to try it. Unfortunately, Whole Foods didn’t have the snickerdoodle flavor, but they did have a spiced pumpkin pie Clif bar that I was very excited about. I picked up a few to try.

PicMonkey Collage

I ate one on the way home and it was delicious. But after I had finished almost all of it, I noticed that it had raisins in it! Who does that? Why put yucky raisins in a perfectly good pumpkin Clif bar?! I’m not a fan of raisins.

Luckily, I didn’t even taste the raisins while I was eating it, so I feel safe eating the other two spiced pumpkin pie bars that I bought.

I also picked up a few different thinkThin bars to try out.


I also got some tilapia taco mix for dinner. I eat it on organic corn tortillas and top it with mango salsa.


It’s so good, quick, and easy. I got enough for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow.

Speaking of lunch, I made a salad at the salad bar for lunch today.


I had to throw some strawberries on there because they looked so delicious and perfect.

I am still using the My Fitness Pal app to record my food, but days like today are hard because I can’t really figure out the exact calories of every ingredient in the salad as well as the mango salsa and taco mix.

I figure if I eat the salad for lunch, have a snack in the afternoon, and the fish tacos for dinner then I should be good for the day.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Raisins: Yes or No?
  • Do you ever have any weird injuries when running or working out?
  • Favorite thing to buy at Whole Foods?




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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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