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Across the Bay 10k

6 Nov

You guys know how I like to do runs with basically no preparation? {If you haven’t read this one, click over. It still makes me giggle!} Yeah, well over the weekend I ran the Across the Bay 10k. That’s 6.4 miles of running goodness across the Bay Bridge…

I intended to be prepared. I mean, I had my goal of running 100 miles this year, so running a 6.4 mile race should be easy-peasy. You know, if I hadn’t basically stopped running in August. I did a 5k in October though, so I counted that as ‘training’…

I spend the night at my friend Lindsey’s house, since she lives much closer to where the race starts. We had an AMAZING dinner and then watched Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel before snuggling up for some sleep. #girlfriendgoals Oh and Lindsey’s dog is internet famous and you can totally follow her on Instagram here. So basically I slept with a celebrity. Boom.

Anyways, we got up and I chugged a half cup of coffee before we Ubered to the race start area. But it wasn’t actually the start, because you had to line up and take a bus to the actual start and then stand in a corral before getting to the start line. It was QUITE a process, but they actually did a great job getting 20,000 runners over the bridge and back.

Neither Lindsey or I had prepared at all, so we figured we’d just do a mix of running and walking the whole way, with some stopping for picturesque selfies, of course. Bring on the selfies!

Here’s one that Lindsey took where you can see the bridge really well:

Courtesy of @StarfishJones


There were also photographers posted throughout the run, so I can’t wait to see any ridiculous photos they captured of us. Basically every time we saw one, we’d start leaping around and flailing our arms around for the picture…

The race was a bit crowded in areas, but we mostly were able to find little pockets where we weren’t too squished. The beginning of the bridge is all on an incline until you reach half-way and it starts going back down. It was a surprisingly easy race. I usually run straight though, so by running with short periods of walking I was able to take some pressure off my knees (which usually start aching on hills). Also, instead of jamming out to music with crazy jazz hands, Lindsey and I talked on and off the whole time… so it went by really quickly.

The medals were pretty darn awesome too. They are actually puzzle pieces and each year the medal will fit into the last year’s design.

At the end of the race they had $10 wristbands for all-you-can-drink beer and a bunch of food options. You would be surprised how refreshing a couple Shock Tops are after running 6 ½ miles! After the race was over, I felt like I could totally keep running another 6 miles. My body felt mostly great and I still had a bunch of energy. Lindsey and I even talked about possibly doing the Disney Princess Half Marathon… mostly so we can wear costumes.

After we left and I drove an hour to get home, it was a different story. I made it through dinner but afterwards I stretched out on my bed and accidently fell asleep until I realized I needed to put Jack to bed at 8:30. Today my body is definitely feeling it, so I’m going to rescind that I could have run 6 more miles. That might of killed me.

All in all, it was an awesome race and we are already planning to run it again next year!

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The 2017 Baltimore Running Festival & Jack’s 1st Race!

23 Oct

After years of doing the Baltimore Running Festival – whether it be the 5k or the Team Relay Marathon with my siblings – this year was super special. Jack had been asking to do a fun run race for a couple months and we decided that this would be a great first race for him. The races for the Baltimore Running Festival tend to be towards the more expensive side, but the Kids Fun Run was actually quite a deal. For $15, Jack received an Under Armour running shirt, his own crab medal and snacks at the finish line.

It was a super early morning and we got to see the sun rise over the Baltimore Inner Harbor on our way to the start line.

I ran the 5k first with Travis and Jack cheering me on. It was an okay race for me and I finished 3117 out of 5344 participants. This was also my first time running as a 40 year old, and I placed 162 out of 314 in my new category of Females 40 – 44. Here’s a look at how incredibly crowded it was at the start of the race:

After I wiped the sweat off me, we made our way over to the other side of the Inner Harbor with plenty of time to spare for the kid’s run. Kids 8 – 12 ran the longer .38 mile course and age 7 and under ran the .14 mile course. There were a ton of kids there, so Jack decided that he wanted to hold my hand and run the race together.

It was a total mess at the beginning with kids running every which way. One kid decided a few steps in that she hated running (I hear you girl…) and collapsed to the ground crying for her mom to pick her up. Once we broke free of some of the pack, I asked Jack if he wanted to go faster… which he did. So, we kept going faster and faster until he was basically flying at the end of it. He was super proud of himself and VERY happy to have his own medal like mommy’s!

And of course, I needed a photo of the two of us to celebrate the moment!

Jack has already asked when he can do another race, so I think it’s safe to say he will be doing the Baltimore Running Festival again with me next year. Race season in Maryland is coming to a close, but I will definitely keep my eyes open for some more fun run’s in the spring!

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Adding to my Breakfast Shake

26 Sep

I mentioned in my Goals Update that I was working with my doctor and nutritionist to get my high cholesterol under control. I’ll go more into that in another blog post, but I did want to talk about how my breakfast shake has changed to include more healthy foods.

Basically, I’ve been doing meal replacement shakes 3ish days a week as a way to get a healthy breakfast into me when I’m commuting to work in the morning. I did a protein shake comparison in this post and I’ve been drinking the Vega One Protein & Greens in Coconut Almond for a few months now. My go-to recipe has been the shake + 1 ¼ cups water + 1 TBSP peanut butter + 1 banana + ice.

When I met with my nutritionist, we talked a lot about the effects of dietary fats on inflammation and cholesterol. I decided to try adding some of the suggested foods into my morning shake to get them into my body without much thought or effort. I started with adding a handful of baby spinach, because I had a leftover salad bag in the fridge. I was shocked that even though the entire shake turned the color of Shrek…it didn’t change the taste at all!

So, I kept adding more and more healthy things into my shake until I came up with my new morning recipe. I actually added TOO many healthy things, so I had to back off of some of them so it didn’t taste like dirt. Also, I was adding ½ avocado but found it too wasteful because by time I’d go to use the other half it was all brown and gross.

Here’s what I’m doing now:

4 walnut halves (plant-based Omega-3 source)
1 ½ TBSP flaxseed meal (plant-based Omega-3 source)
½ banana (a whole banana was too high on the glycemic index for me)
1 handful baby spinach
1 ½ cups water
1 scoop Vega One Protein & Greens in Coconut Almond

I put all that in my Nutri Ninja and blend the bejesus out of it. Like for a full 60 seconds. It is a totally blended liquid at that point with no chunks or anything. If you don’t do this, it totally gives the shake a chewy consistency…which is kind of gross.

Next, I add:

1 TBSP chia gel (plant-based Omega-3 source)
Handful of ice

Then I pulse it a few times to give the whole shake a milkshake-like consistency. I was adding chia seeds, but read that making them into a gel is better. So, once a week I take about 3 TBSP of chia seeds and mix it with 2 cups of water. I stick it in a tupperware and shake it for a bit. Then, a minute later I shake it again and stick it in the fridge. They turn into a gel in about 15 minutes and then you can just scoop from that all week long.

Now, if you would have told me that my morning shake would contain chia seed gel and flaxseed I would have laughed so hard that I’d choke on my Krispy Kreme doughnut…BUT, this actually doesn’t taste very different than my original recipe. I’ve upped my shakes to 5+ days a week and I really like that it’s such an easy — and tasty — to get a whole bunch of good stuff into my body without really trying.

Do you have a shake recipe that you love? Feel free to share it in the comments!

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Reviewing FabFitFun: The Fall Box Reveal and a $10 Code

18 Sep

I’m so excited to show you all a reveal of my Fall 2017 FabFitFun box! After getting FatFitFun boxes for the past couple years, I finally went ahead and upgraded to a ‘select member’ to give me the ability to choose a couple of my preferred options. Basically, this is an awesome box full of FALL that makes me even more excited for the changing leaves and the cooler air.

Before we get into what was in my fall box, here’s a quick overview of FabFitFun:

Let’s check out the Fall box:

And here’s a little gallery of the items I received:

Mer-Sea Scarf, $98
As a select member,  I was able to choose between three color options for this super soft scarf. I picked the gray option that has the color ranging from a light gray to a darker gray. This scarf is super cozy and can also be used as a bed throw or wrap to keep you snuggled up around the house on a cold day.

Trestique Lip Crayon, $28
This 2-in-1 product has a lightweight lip crayon on one side and a matching lip balm on the other. Select members were able to choose between Florence Fig & Rose Balm or Tuscan Wine & Syrah Balm. For all other members, they are surprised with one of the options. I went for the Fig color and I love it!

Private Party Denim Gym Bag, $59
Once again, select members were able to choose from three different sayings and I picked, “Will Workout for Cupcakes”. Of course! I don’t actually own any other gym bags right now because I don’t go to the gym, but this is a great size for a weekend trip. I actually used it over this past weekend for an overnight bag to take to a B&B.

Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil, $12.50
This cuticle oil is a nourishing blend of vitamins and organic oils (argan oil and bamboo extract) that work to soften and moisturize the cuticle bed of your nails. This will be super handy when the weather starts getting colder and my hands turning corpse hands. This is one of those things that I’d never buy myself, but I will certainly get some use out of.

Whish Renewing Mud Mask, $48
This mask has natural ingredients like bentonite clay, aloe and rosehip oil to reveal smoother, softer skin while slowing down the aging process. You just put a thin layer on for less than a minute and then rub it in a circular motion to do a little exfoliation. I think I’ll keep this in the shower so that I remember to use it a couple times a week.

DP Hue Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse, $35
For our ‘choice boost’ all members were able to pick between a charcoal teeth whitening powder or this apple cider vinegar hair rinse. I went with the hair rinse because it is supposed to gently remove impurities from your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet, but I’ll keep you posted!

IMM Living Jewelry Holder, $33
This jewelry holder is a mix of rose gold wire and porcelain and gives you a place to display your jewelry. Out of the entire box, this is the only item I’m not excited about and don’t have a use for. However, this would make a great holiday gift or be easy to trade on the FabFitFun facebook trading pages.

B-Low the Belt Mia Belt, $55
The second ‘choice boost’ that members picked between was the Mia belt or a cable knit beanie. I don’t really wear beanies, so I went with the belt and received a black version with a silver buckle. I tried and tried, but I just cannot figure out how to make the belt loop thingie work on me. It just looks kind of silly… So, this one will be definitely be going into the trade pile.

My Tagalongs Hot/Cold Pack, $15
These hot/cold packs are useful and have some super cute sayings. I received a black version that has “you give me fever” printed on one side and “cold hearted snake” on the other. Oce again, I wouldn’t have bought this for myself, but it is handy to have around the house.

This is one of my favorite boxes for a while and I am especially excited about the scarf, gym bag, mud mask, lip crayon and apple cider vinegar hair rinse. The total value of everything in the Fall FabFitFun box is $383.50 and I’m super pleased with everything I received!

Do you want to try out the FabFitFun box? I have a special code that will give you $10 off your first box, just use this link.


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and FabFitFun did not pay for me to review their products on my blog. If you decide that you would like to sign up for your own subscription and use my link, I will receive referral credits on my account and you will receive $10 off your first box.

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