Thinking About How I Run Q&A

27 Aug

I’m thinking out loud this Thursday with a fun running quiz. We all know how much I like to talk about running and not that I’m back at it I can’t stop thinking about it <3

1. Would you rather run on a beach path or a mountain trail?

This is tough. I’m going to have to say beach path. I’d rather hike a mountain trail so I can take time to soak in all the gorgeousness.

2. If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

BLEH! I’d choose Nuun instead, in the Watermelon flavor :)
Nuun at Work

3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would you purchase with it?

New shoes. I’ve been an Asics girl for all of my running “career,” but since becoming preggo, I’ve been digging the Mizunos. I think the wider fore foot is much more comfy.

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan, or wake up and decide how far and fast you want to go?

TRAINING PLAN! Although, right now all of my runs are random, whatever I feel like, but you better believe I love following a plan. Type A baby!

5. Would you rather start your run with an uphill and end with a downhill, or start with a downhill and end with an uphill?

Start with up end with down.

6. When you can’t run, what kind of cross training do you choose to do?

Elliptical, Pilates, Body Pump!!!, Biking.

Halloween Theme!

Halloween Theme!

7. What is your preference: out-and-back, point-to-point, or loop?

Point to point or loop. Not much of a difference to me. As long as the scenery changes and I don’t have to think about “running this section again”, I’m good to go :)

8. If you could recommend any running gear or items to a new runner, what would it be?

To get fitted for their first pair of shoes (gait analysis). Having the correct shoe for your how YOU run and YOUR anatomy is oh so important. It will do wonders for your feet, legs, muscles and running.

9. Do you see any animals on your runs?

The usual birds and squirrels, sometimes snakes and alligators. One time a gator almost crossed my path and I was scared to death! Let’s just say I ran faster than ever after that… zig zag of course ;)

10. Ever gotten lost while on a run?

Yes, but it was a wonderful getting lost scenario. Todd and I were running around Varese (outside of Milan), Italy.

11. If you could have one meal ready and waiting for you at home after each run for the next 30 days what would it be?

Chocolate milk (or a shake) and pancakes. Hands down. Even if the run is later in the day. They are simple, somewhat bland (but still uber delicious) so I can stomach them right after a run. If it was 2 hours after a run, I’d say pizza! Obviously.
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12. Capris or shorts? which do you run in most?

Shorts. I think I’ve run in capris less than 10 times in my life and those were only because it was freezing out.

13. At what mile (or how many minutes) into a run do you feel like your body is completely warmed up?

Depends on the day, but usually between 2-3.

14. What do you do with your key when you run?

I put it in the little pocket in my shorts :)

15. If you could relive any race that you’ve done in the past, what would it be?

BOSTON! Fo’ sho! That was the most incredible experience and I know one day I’ll be back. You’d think it would be my PR race, but shoot, that race was HARD, haha.

Boston Medal

16. What type of run is your lease favorite?

Runs that I go into with a negative mindset. Usually these are the ones that start in super hot and humid weather and I already have in my mind that the weather is going to make a hard run even harder.

17. When you go for a run, do you leave from your front door or go somewhere to start?

Both. And sometimes I don’t leave my front door and run on our treadmill :)

18. When running in daylight, are sunglasses a must or just an annoyance?

A freakin must! I HATE having the sun blaring in my eyes. A visor is also a must!
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19. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

Knowing that even the crappiest runs make you better. Sometimes its the runs that you push through, even if you don’t hit your goal, that trains your mind. I think that people forget that so much about running is mental and runs that make you want to quit only build that mental toughness!

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Stuff I’ve Tried Lately

25 Aug

LSR - Tried it Tuesday

I tried Tim Tams… A lot of people at work have traveled to Australia and New Zealand lately and everyone keeps bringing back Tim Tams. They are are a very popular cookie there and they do this thing called a shot gun with them where they bite of the tip of opposite sides and then put one side in coffee and suck on the other side like a straw. The hot coffee sucks into the cookie making it soft and melty and oh so delicious :)Tim TamsI tried lemon water… and I like it! I usually drink a big thing of water on my way to work and then make this right when I get in. It’s just half a lemon, squeezed with hot water poured on top. It’s supposed to help with digestion and balance acidity. I figured, I’m only really drinking coffee when I need it, so why not start my morning with something else warm. Plus, it’s always freezing in our office.

Lemon Water

I tried a Victory Bar… I got this the other day to try something new. It was OK. I didn’t like that the chocolate chips were only on top and not throughout. The stats were pretty good with 21 grams of protein for 200 calories and no artificial sweeteners or flavors. BUT I still prefer Quest bars over these. Cookie Dough Victory Bar

I tried making my own veggie bites… I was buying veggie bites from Trader Joe’s and my sister was like, those are probably so easy to make and for so much cheaper! I took that as a challenge and made my own. I used Skinny Taste Cauliflower Tots recipe, but used broccoli instead of and you know what? They came out awesome! This is half of them. I froze half and ate the rest throughout the week. They are perfect to pull out and take to work if I don’t feel like making a veggie.
Veggie Bites

I tried a new to me flavor of Kombucha... Mystic Mango. I really liked it! I tried a strawberry one before this and wasn’t a big fan.Mystic Mango Synergy KombuchaI tried the new Lay’s Do Us A Flavor chips… I’ve done this every year since they started and it’s always interesting. First off, I want to say that I HATE that they used the regular thin chip for all of them. I personally think the ruffles hold more flavor and are more sturdy, just saying. The Gyro was my least favorite. It had a unique flavor that didn’t really taste like anything I can pinpoint. The Reuben came in second. It’s really hard to describe the flavor of these, but I liked them. And the Southern Biscuits and Gravy is the winner! They had a perfect sausagey flavor with a hint of gravy. With all three flavors you have to eat a few before you really get a good taste of the flavor. Lays Do Us A Flavor

What random thing have you tried lately?

It’s All About the Benjamin’s (and PB pie and my) Baby!

23 Aug

See what I did there… made that song to fit the stuff in this post ;) So cheesy.

There was another co-worker bday this week and she requested Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from Village Inn. It was beyond good. I know it was full of horrible ingredients and tons of sugar, but it was worth it. Mmmm.Village Inn Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

You know how I forgot deodorant the morning I ran outside this week? Well, I made sure that would never happen again and I got a travel size one for my desk :) Along with a fragrance free lotion. I have a few smelly ones, but don’t want to offend anyone with too strong of a smell. Even though I made it through the day without smelling like B.O., I’m glad I have a back up just in case it happens again.

Mini Deoderant

Todd has always been into currency. Everywhere we travel, we find a museum with super old money, some dating back thousands of years. He’s recently been interested in historical American money and purchased an old freakin $100 bill… from 1929! The bill is huge compared to the money we have now. I have to admit, it’s pretty cool (and no, Todd, that’s not sarcastic :)

$100 Bill $100 bill ack

Before Body Pump this week I walked on the treadmill for a bit. I think I’m going to make this a normal thing, as it really warmed me up and got me ready to pump it up! Class went well and the instructor even gave a shout out to the two of us pregnant woman in the class. Made me smile.
Treadmill Warm UpHere’s my week of workouts:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Body Pump
Wednesday: 4 miles @ 9:36 outside
Thursday: Body Pump w/ 2 mile walking warm up
Friday: 4 miles @ 8:55 pace on treadmill
Saturday: Body Pump w/ 1 mile walking warm up
Sunday: 6 miles @ 9:51 outside

6 Miles Outside

And that’s my weekly wrap and weekend update ladies and gents! The rest of my Sunday will consist of dress shopping, a trip to TJ’s, maybe Whole Foods for some Halo Top (so good!) and some food prep for the week. Happy Monday!

What’s the highlight of your past week?

I Ran Outside.

21 Aug

This is more of my Friday Favorite. Without the ‘S,’ so I’m linking up with Heather and Clare.

You guys. I finally did it. I took the plunge and ran outside this week. Side note, I included quite a few links to older posts for new-ish readers. It seemed like a lot of info was hidden in this post and it was a good time to reminisce or get to know me better :)

The last time I ran outside was 5 months ago in the Jerusalem Half Marathon, while visiting Todd in Israel (each link is a part of the trip ;). This was the last time I ran before stopping completely and starting injections to get Baby Winchell.JerusalemRace.jpg

It’s been so gross and hot out lately. I haven’t had to walk Riley and haven’t done much outside, so I’m not that acclimated to the heat- rule #1 when running in the summer. Therefore, I just didn’t think it was a good idea to run outside. (Thinking out loud- writing “therefore” just made me feel like I was writing a college paper, haha.)First Outside RunIt was everything that I hoped it would be. I started a bit later than I normally would back in the day- read: after 6:30AM- so that it wasn’t pitch black. I think I hit the sweet spot of the morning and that made all the difference. I ran sans my running belt (that’s for you Jamie) and felt fine. My pace was slower than on the treadmill (obviously!) but not as bad as I thought it would be. The temperature was a bit milder than I expected, a humid (91%), but “low” 76 degrees.TempNuunDon’t mind the time and date on that thermometer, that thing’s wack these days. The top temp/humidity is inside the house, FYI. I sweat more than I have in a long time and a nice tall glass of Nuun in the perfect summer time flavor, Watermelon, was just what I needed! Drank that while I stretched under the fan (set to high) so I could cool off and get in the shower.

Proatmeal

I grabbed a quick bowl of proatmeal- 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder, spoonful of cocoa powder, splash of vanilla (brings out the chocolate flavor, believe it or not) and 1 cup of water, nuked at 50% for 5 minutes. Topped off with some coconut creamer. The perfect carb/protein ratio for after a run. Even if it was only 4 miles ;) I blow dried my hair, got dressed and headed to work!Baby Winchell

Baby Winchell says HI! And I didn’t notice until then that I forgot deodorant-ugh. I got into work later than normal and since I’m usually an early bird, it was kind of weird. I felt behind from the get go, even though I wasn’t. Doesn’t matter though, it was totally worth it and I can’t wait to run outside again :)

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Just for fun, I’ll share with you dinner from my parents that night, too. Riced cauliflower, chicken, the juiciest beef steak tomato from the farmers market and green beans.

Where have you done most of your exercise this summer?

WIAW: Pumpkin, Sammie, Cookie

19 Aug

Happy What I Ate Wednesday! Is it fall yet?!

What I Ate Wednesday Button

Breakfast: I decided to switch things up and go the Fall route. After having pumpkin ice cream a few weeks ago, I decided to pull out the pumpkin. I mixed my Fage 2% Greek yogurt with pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, riced cereal and slivered almonds. Pumpkin pie in a glass :)Pumpkin Yogurt

Of course followed by some peanut butter oatmeal.PB Oatmeal

Snack: A delicious apple and half a Banana Nut Muffin Quest Bar.

AppleBanana Bread Quest Bar

Lunch: There was an important meeting and they put the leftovers in the break room, so I put my chicken and green beans back in the fridge and grabbed a free turkey, tomato and lettuce sammie to go along with my sweet potato fries. 

Turkey SammieSweet Potato Fries

Snack: Since lunch was pretty veggie void, I’m glad I brought green/red peppers and cucumbers. 
veggie snackFollowed a half hour or so by a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar that was outta this world good!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar

I had a nice little run on the treadmill with my belly band when I got home from work :) I love running. And that belly <3

Gabrialla Running Belt

Pre-Dinner: I found three random Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Ravioli in the back of the freezer, so I had those as an appetizer as I cooked dinner. Before I know it, these will be back on the shelf!Trader joe's Pumpkin Ravioli

Dinner: I whipped up a simple sauteed tomato, basil and balsamic chicken breast with green beans and asparagus.

Tomato Basil Chicken with veggiesDessert: The day just isn’t complete without a treat. Am I right? Most of the time I stick to a nut butter shot or froyo/ice cream, but I recently found these “healthier” cookies called Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie at Publix and grabbed a few- Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin and Double Chocolate. These things are huge!

Lenny & Larry's the Complete CookieFrom their website: “This delicious Vegan cookie has no preservatives, no dairy products, no animal products, 16 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, 0 grams of trans fat, is kosher and all natural. We make seven incredible flavors; Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Lemon Poppy Seed, Pumpkin Spice, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter and the new White Chocolate Macadamia.” They are a bit caloricly dense, with ~400 calories per cookie, but considering the high quality ingredients and added protein, I don’t mind. Plus, I only had half ;)

I am SO READY for fall! The heat/humidity and random crazy thunderstorms are getting to me. I heard Starbucks is coming out with their PSL soon. Hopefully the weather will follow suit :) Fall is my favorite time of year… even if fall in Florida is almost non existent. Decorations and all the pumpkin foods make it more real, haha. Happy Hump Day!

Have you had anything Pumpkin lately?

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