Things I Am Loving

Recent Workouts:

Sunday – 8 miles (ran 7, walked 1)

Tuesday – Yoga

Wednesday – 4 miles (run/walk) + yoga


Things I am loving right now…


I have been doing a lot of yoga at home lately.  Since the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, my hamstrings and IT band have been horribly tight.  I’ve been trying to take it easy on the running since I have a super hilly half marathon this weekend (scared out of my mind) so I have been trying to do yoga in place of BodyPump. Sometimes I just love following the PDF Pose Guides from and listening to my own music.

Updated Gym Membership

My gym offered a new membership where you can bring a guest anytime and they can even go to classes! I think this is great and I will definitely be trying to recruit a few of my friends to BodyPump. I’m also excited for my friend Andrea to visit over Christmas so she can force me to go to my first Zumba class and she can try pump :)

Foam Roller

Sorry for the old summer picture, but the passion for my foam roller is still just as strong.  I’ll forget to foam roll for a few weeks and then get back on it and remember why it is so amazing.  It has really helped my tight IT band and hamstrings this past week.  I’m hoping that by getting on it a few times a day until the race this weekend will really help me out and prevent injuries.

Yogi Tea

No, really. Why is this tea so good?? There are about a million different flavors of Yogi tea (I discovered my Yogi tea passion from Jen @ Peanut Butter Runner). I’ve tried the Chai Black, Green Tea Kombucha and others and they are always great.  I’m trying to cut back on coffee during the week and drink hot tea when I am cold and need to warm up!


I can’t help it. I’m reading it for the third time and I love it. After seeing the movie twice when it came out last week I had to re-read it again.  I really need to read The Hunger Games before the movie comes out in the spring! I will start up my last grad class this January-April and I won’t have much down time to read.


After running the Hershey Half Marathon with a sinus infection, my doctor told me I probably had allergies and that is why I kept getting sick over and over.  She told me to start taking Claritin and it has been wonderful ever since.  After a week or so I felt a million times better and I can definitely notice when I go a few days without it. Why did it take me so long to realize sinus infections all the time were from allergies??

Running Faster

Sometimes I forget I have only been running since the Summer/Fall of 2009. When I first started running, it was a challenge to hold a 10:00 min/mile pace for a short period of time.  As I ran more, I started to be able to run in the 9:30-10:00 min/mile range (last fall) and was SO happy.  Even though I had a few disappointing races this past fall, I have been able to get my shorter distances in the 8’s and that is so great for me.  Even the first 8 miles of the Hershey Half Marathon this past fall were all around 9:20, which is way faster than my first half marathon (Pittsburgh May 2010) that was an 10:13 pace overall.  After killing myself at the Turkey Trot I later realized I was running around a 7:50 pace for half a mile to make up for the crowds and tried to hold onto a 8:20 pace overall.  Even though I fell apart and walked, that was huge for me.  I’m excited to push myself with shorter/faster distances once this half marathon is over this weekend.

Fitness Friday: Foam Rolling!

Wednesday Workout: 1 hour BodyPump class, 3 miles on treadmill

Thursday Workout:

After another long day of teaching band, I went to the gym right away and got a BodyPump class in on Wednesday.  I was so happy because my friend Amy joined and took the class with me!! It was not crowded and I was happy to take the class.  I got on the treadmill after class and got in my 3 miles. I did the first two miles by increasing my speed every quarter of a mile: 6.3 mph, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6 for mile 1 and 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.0 for mile 2. I was super sweaty after that and backed it down to 6.4 for awhile during mile 3 and cooled down with a walk for the last quarter.

Amy is following the same training plan as me and we are on week 3:

I have been lazy with my stretching and need to pick it up. I’ve also been neglecting my foam roller and my hips have felt tight. Amy said her knees are starting to feel bad and I told her she needs to use her foam roller on her IT band!

Love my foam roller. How could I neglect it for the past few weeks?? Oh yeah, because I’ve been exhausted all week and could barely get myself to run. Today is the last day of camp so I can catch up on sleep soon! Took off yesterday so I could heal up and stretch. Hopefully I will make up my “Thursday 3 miler” today or tomorrow. If not, I’m not too worried because it is still early in my training and I’ve done a lot this week.

Foam Rolling article on Runner’s World

Foam Rolling Video on Runner’s World

Jen @ Peanut Butter Runner’s Foam Rolling Video

Do you use a foam roller?? Favorite IT band stretches? Did you workout today???

Bon Voyage!

Thursday Workout: 3 mile run, 1 mile walk, BodyPump class

Yesterday I taught music lessons at school from 9:00-3:00.  Lots and lots of 10-12 year old violins and cellos!  I was excited that my friend Julie would be at school and we could go to lunch together!!  There is an orchard/deli close to our school so we ordered sandwiches :)

I got a massive tuna salad flatbread for lunch.  It was HUGE and I could only eat half of it!

Julie posing with her turkey panini like a good friend.  She is secretly an obsessed blog reader like the rest of us!

After music lessons, I went home and changed into running clothes and ran OUTSIDE (for the first time in a looonnng time).  The weather was decent (80 degrees, cloudy) so I thought I would push myself. I ran without music/ipod… sometimes when you hear children play instruments all day long, you need some silence!

Posing pre-sweat session

My Garmin statssssss

I was pretty happy with my run, especially the negative splits! My legs felt really tired, so I decided to walk the last mile and let them recover before BodyPump.  Before I drove to the gym I had to have one of my favorite snacks to hold me over…

Has anyone had the PB cookie Luna bar?? IT’S SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!

Seriously tired, sweaty and smelly after BodyPump. These 2 workout days are killlllling me!

When I got home I ate a huge amount of homemade pizza.  I probably burned about 700-800 calories from running and pump, so I deserved it!

Colby is very happy to eat his big pizza :)

I am typing this post Thursday night while I wait for my laundry to finish in the dryer.  We are I am packing for the beach right now and I am ready for bed. I HATE when I wait until the last minute to pack for a trip!  Originally we thought we were leaving early Saturday morning to drive to Myrtle Beach, SC but the place we are renting is open Friday so we are allowed to go down a day early!  The only problem with that is I was planning on doing wash and packing on Friday… Colby already packed and I will end up throwing all of my clothes into a giant suitcase.  Yes, I will over-pack… and yes my foam roller is going on vacation with us :)  I found out there is a Gold’s Gym 6 miles from the place we are staying, so I can use my membership there and take BodyPump!! I have free guest passes, so I am going to take Colby to a pump/spin class while we are there.  Who cares if he is the only guy in the class when we are in a different state!

10+ hour car ride on Friday… think I will drive Colby crazy??

(Hoping we have internet at the beach… or else I will be drinking some serious Starbucks with my laptop!)

My Muscles Need a Vacation

Wednesday Workout: 1 hour spin class

Last night, my friend Kim sneaked a picture of me bustin out some hot “Just Dance” Wii moves on my camera :) What a good friend … taking blog pictures of me doing awkward fake dance moves!

This morning, Colby went swimming and lifting early and when he finished we were starving and went to a diner for breakfast with all the old people.

We were seriously the youngest people in there and LOVE that breakfast is like $2. The old guy behind me kept hogging the booth with his arm…

Oh my gosh… boyfriend of the year that poses with his food for the blog :)

After we ate, we ran a bunch of errands: Kohls for Colby to buy new shirts/shorts for the beach, haircut for Colby and Target for us to get sunscreen and stuff I don’t need like…

This nail polish that I think looks so Summer-ish and when I got home realized it is Tiffany blue :)  I’ll paint my finger and toenails tonight and see how I like it.  I seriously have the worst fingernails because I keep them so short for playing the violin.  My feet also look like a train wreck because two toenails are in the process of growing back after I lost them during marathon training.  I’m sure you needed to know that :)

This tank top that I wore to spin class tonight.  Who doesn’t need another tank top?

Before I could go to spin, I had to go to the Post Office to mail out 2 boxes.  One was a pair of really cute black TOMS wedges I got from my Mom for Christmas that are a 1/2 size too small. So, finally I sent them out today so I can actually get the bigger size and wear them this summer! The other box was wedding music and text books I borrowed from a friend.  Text books…. gagggg I have to start another master’s class in July :(   **tearsssss**

Why is the line at the Post Office always SO LONG!??!? I should have left earlier because I went in without tape and had to buy that and tape up the boxes and wait in line FOREVER!! Then I was late to spin class and missed the first 5 minutes. That’s okay because it still kicked my butt.  My triceps and shoulders are still sooooo sore from BodyPump yesterday, so of course the spin instructor had us hold small weights and do shoulder work in the middle of the class while we were spinning…. whyyyyyyy?!?!

At spin I realized I broke my water bottle when I dropped it in the driveway yesterday :(  I love this waterbottle. It is aluminum and changes to dark pink when you fill it with cold water! It’s not leaking yet, so I’ll keep using it until it dies.

Happy to be back in the car after spin class.

This picture is for Kristy, who doesn’t think I sweat when I take BodyPump or spin class!  I always towel off my sweat before I take my glamour shots for you! Look at that hair, I definitely worked out a lot.

Now I’m off to roll out my legs so I can walk tomorrow…

I’m supposed to go to a BodyPump class tomorrow with my friend Anne, so I need to take it easy!! I made a protein/recovery shake when I got home and I’m ready for a shower and some TV time tonight :)