Foodie Friday: Cajun Chicken Pasta

Happy Friday! I’m linking up again this week with Annemarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by Bling, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder to bring you healthy recipes. This week’s theme is “National Pasta Day”. Please be sure to check out their recipes and feel free to add yours as well. Continue reading

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Foodie Friday: Sunday Suppers

Happy Friday! I’m linking up again this week with Annemarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by Bling, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder to bring you healthy recipes. This week’s theme is “Sunday Suppers”. Please be sure to check out their recipes and feel free to add yours as well. Continue reading

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KOOEE! Jerky Trail Mix – My New Favorite Jerky!

Since I’m incorporating longer running distances and more strength training into my marathon training program, I’m looking for healthy sources of protein as well as healthy snacks to carry with me throughout the day. I’m so excited to tell you about a delicious new jerky trail mix I tried – KOOEE! Jerky Trail Mix. KOOEE! Jerky Trail Mix provides 20 grams of protein without added sugars, dairy or artificial ingredients – in other words, it’s a perfect addition to my training program. Continue reading

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Foodie Friday: Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili (From Iowa Girl Eats)

Happy Friday! I’m linking up again this week with Annemarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by Bling, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder to bring you healthy recipes. This week’s theme is “Crock Pot Meals”. Please be sure to check out their recipes and feel free to add yours as well. Continue reading

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Protein Milkshake Bar Protein Powder Review

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Protein Milkshake Bar and offered a sample of protein powder to review. I love the benefits protein supplements provide (quicker recovery and less soreness after workouts, feeling fuller doing the day, etc.) so I jumped at the opportunity to become familiar with another brand of protein powder. I received one serving of the Cinnamon Bun flavor to taste and review. Continue reading

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Foodie Friday: Healthy Refried Beans!

Happy Friday! I’m linking up again this week with Annemarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by Bling, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder to bring you healthy recipes. This week’s theme is “Heritage Appreciation”. Please be sure to check out their recipes and feel free to add yours as well. Continue reading

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Marathon Training – What’s Working and What’s Not

When I woke up this morning, I realized my first marathon is a little over 6 months away – yikes! I’ve been training for about two and a half months now and completed an 11 mile run last week. Over the last few months I’ve discovered some aspects of training that have worked really well for me and a few that didn’t …. I wanted to share what I’ve learned along the way and hope that it may be helpful!


After finishing last week’s 11 mile run!

What’s worked well:

1. Yoga! I’ve started attending a yoga class at least twice a month. The class is advertised as “gentle yoga” and it’s EXACTLY what I need to stretch out my sore spots, practice breathing deeply and learn to listen to my body. I’ve learned about hip opening poses (yay for pigeon!) as well as a few tricks for working out my hip flexors. I love the class and really want to incorporate some extra yoga into my schedule.

2. Strength training: As I mentioned in a previous post, strength training has proven so helpful in strengthening my body for my long runs as well as provide variety in my training schedule. It’s a great break physically and mentally to know that my training program incorporates running, strength training and yoga – it’s tough for me to stay excited and interested in a program that is strictly running.

3. Foam rolling: Have you ever used a foam roller? Foam rolling and using a lacrosse ball/tennis ball to work out tight spots in my muscles has really helped with post run soreness. If you’ve never tried, here’s a great post by the Fitnessista to help get you started.

What hasn’t worked:
1. My training schedule: In the beginning I found a great marathon training program that fit well with my schedule. Once I added strength training and yoga however, I discovered that I needed to do a better job making sure that I am smart about the order and frequency of my workouts. For example, I learned the hard way that doing a leg workout one day and then a speed training run the next day is NOT a good idea…

2. Nutrition: In all fairness, nutrition should be in “what’s worked well” AND “what hasn’t worked”. As I mentioned in another post, I’ve done well incorporating protein into my post-workout recovery program and usually follow my running and strength training sessions with a quick protein shake. The protein helps me recover faster and helps prevents the dreaded DOMS. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/south127.htm However, there’s lots of room for improvement in the area of long run nutrition. I find that I don’t take in enough calories (gels, chews, etc.) during the first half of my run and then crash during the second half. I’m getting better about timing my intakes and am exploring electrolyte replacements. I’ll report back with a few product reviews soon!

What’s worked well for you (and not so well) in your race training? I’d LOVE to know!!

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Creamy Whole Wheat Tortellini and Chicken Sausage

Happy Friday! I’m linking up again this week with Annemarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by Bling, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder to bring you healthy recipes. This week’s theme is “Quick and Easy”. Please be sure to check out their recipes and feel free to add yours as well. Continue reading

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Bean Dip – A Healthy Source of Protein!

Happy Friday! I’m linking up again this week with Annemarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by Bling, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder to bring you healthy recipes. This week’s theme is “Vegetarian”. Please be sure to check out their recipes and feel free to add yours as well. Continue reading

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I’m now a Girls Run Fast Ambassador!!

I’m so excited to announce that I am now a Girls Run Fast Ambassador. Girls Run Fast has amazing sports related jewelry. The company began with designs centered around running and the jewelry was sold to raise money for charity. Over time the jewelry collection expanded to include activities such as dance, yoga, gymnastics, swimming, karate, tennis and more.

One of my favorite aspects of the company is its focus on empowering women. The company’s mission is to inspire women’s inner strength and celebrate their achievements. How fantastic is that?! I’m definitely excited about becoming more involved in the Girls Run Fast community.

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