It’s no secret I love running. Where I got that gene from is a mystery. My dad is very athletic, actually a retired professional athlete, but never a distance runner. My mom grew up just as girls sports were being introduced. She was recruited to play on the high school golf team because they needed members, and even won a set of golf clubs at a tournament – for having the worst score.
We’re a few weeks in to the new year and it’s at about this time that a lot of people start falling off the healthy eating bandwagon. Heck, maybe you never even jumped on the wagon, maybe you just thought about it. Close enough. Wherever you are in your personal healthy eating journey, it’s probably not easy. I’m trying very hard to come up with new, interesting, and most important EASY recipes for my family and me. This is not an easy task for one who doesn’t enjoy cooking. Cooking doesn’t relax me, it stresses me out further. However, I still want to try to be healthy! What’s a girl to do?? Here are some healthy eating shortcuts that I stumbled upon mostly with the help of my FB friends. Thanks.
Jennifer is a great planner and I really enjoyed learning about what she has planned for 2017. As for me, well I’m a little unfocused. I can’t really find an event that catches my eye as a must have. Of course my MAJOR goal is to stay injury free but that doesn’t count as a big race. I’m not saying I don’t have anything on my calendar, but nothing that is huge…maybe this will be the year of lots of little things…we’ll see.
Yes, we are both type A and have several plans already for the new year…I may even have some for 2018. Siobhan and I also have goals we share. After our last few years, we have one ultimate objective – get through the year healthy and injury free. We’ve yet to accomplish that, but maybe 2017 is the year! I know we’d also like to expand our Miles with Moms following and to do that we need to become more active on our social media accounts and do a better job of promoting – so look for all of that in the next few months. Then, of course we have some individual plans:
1. As a Hammer Nutrition sponsored athlete I get to try out a lot of their new products all the time. One new one that came out this year that I really really really like is called Fully Charged. It’s a great product to give you an energy boost before a long or tough workout or even just any workout or race. I use it on mornings before speed work and I also used it before two races that I did rather well in. I am so impressed with this product. Check it out!
It’s that time of year again! Dads and Santa pay attention. Here are my favorite things (most with a good discount) of 2016 and some great gift ideas for the active woman in your life:
Ahhh the offseason, a time for sitting, eating, and lazing about….right? Um, no. Ok, yes and no. Every athlete should take some time off during the year to recharge and recover from a season of racing. Often times the ‘holiday season’ is a great time to have an offseason. We’re busy with families and parties, the weather is getting cold, our bodies simply want to hibernate. It is a great time to back off of our strict training schedules, to exercise for fun rather than purpose. Our training becomes ‘exercise’ and is more flexible. However, if we don’t play our cards right we can rest so perfectly that we’re not ready for the new year of training and racing looming a few weeks away. A month of fun and sloth-like behavior can lead to 10-15 lb weight gain and lack of fitness. How SHOULD you approach the offseason and plan for the ‘beyond’? Follow these basic steps:
There is no Thanksgiving tradition I enjoy more than a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Our local one in Charleston is a fun 5K in historic downtown, that brings all the locals and tourists out. However, we usually travel for the holiday, typically to Nashville where they have an amazing 5 mile race called the Boulevard Bolt. This year, we found ourselves in St. Louis that hosts another great 5 mile run in beautiful Forest Park.