the worst half marathon ever

Let’s call this post – the worst half marathon ever.

Because of me, not because of the actual race at all.  Actually, the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon is one of my favorite races.  It’s near and dear to my heart because it was my first half marathon I ever did (in 2007!) and, of course, it’s in my beloved hometown St. Louis.  It’s always a challenging course with lots of hills, but when properly trained, it’s a great race!  You get to see many parts of our city, run across bridges, see the Clydesdales at the brewery, Busch Stadium, and more.

Barbie and I on the Arch riverfront before the race began.

But you see, that’s where the problem lies.  I was not properly trained for this half marathon.  In fact, I wasn’t trained at all.  Not in the slightest.  Like so little training that I had trouble figuring out my race day outfit based on the weather and was frantically texting Barbie at 4:45 the morning of.  The extent of my training is laughable.  Some may even call it foolish.  Before this race, the last time I ran was four weeks prior.  It was two miles and that was tough.  So you can imagine how the race went.

So why in the world did I do it, you may be wondering?  Barbie.  (Ok, fine “Barbara,” but she’ll always be Barbie to me.  25 years later and I’m not changing what I call her.  Ever.)  Back in 2007, Barbie convinced me to do this very same race.  We were both away at college, and we decided we’d train separately and come back to St. Louis to run together.  Many years since then, we’ve completed this race together.  A couple of months ago while at brunch, she told me she signed up to run.  Sure, I thought, why not?  I’ll join ya!

Thinking the upcoming race would motivate me to get my butt in gear, I happily signed up.  I counted the weeks before, laughed to myself as I realized training would be challenging given my schedule and the weather, but figured I’d be fine.  After all, how many half marathons have I completed?  Fifteen-ish, I believe.

Check out our giant smiles before we started the 13.1!

I kept telling myself that I had done these races a million times, and I’d be fine.  I knew I certainly wouldn’t be earning a PR or anything, but I figured my body would remember what to do and go into race mode.  I also knew I wasn’t going to worry about my time.  I didn’t even wear any sort of running device to track my mileage or time (GASP!).  My last half marathon (also with Barbie) was two years ago and my training consisted of six runs with my longest run being six miles.  We ended up running the entire distance with a final time of 2:12:39.

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This year was a different story.  Right out of the gate I told Barbie I felt good.  She chuckled.  100 feet later, I said the same thing.  After mile three, I begged Barbie to walk for a minute.  Barbie is one of those runners that no matter how “good” of shape she is in, she can always run.  She was basically running circles around me and so kindly pledged to stay with me the whole race.  The first four miles were rough.  Miles four through seven were a little better, and I might even dare to say we found a groove.  Mile eight was hard and my knee started throbbing.  I wondered if I’d be able to finish, but vowed I would since I have never had to have a DNF (did not finish).  We took a few more walking breaks, and somehow mile 11 was upon us.  Mile 11 was also where the first MARATHONER passed us and went barreling ahead to the finish line.  That was amazing to see and provided a bit of inspiration.  This guy was doing double the distance as us and was killing it!

I think we ran the last two miles with no walking breaks.  Although that mile 13 felt like it would never end.  Barbie kept telling me we were almost there, and we could hear the music at the finish line.  Well let me tell you what.  That finish line music was loud because I’m pretty sure we heard it an entire mile away.  But low and behold, we crossed that finish line and earned that pretty hardware!

Every bone, every muscle, every single part of my body was in pain.  When I’m in shape, I’m not even sore after races at all.  I could barely walk and I know it’s just going to get worse.  But you know what?  I DID IT!  Would I do it again?  You betchya!  But you better believe I’ll train, at least somewhat, for it!  It was the hardest race I’ve ever run.  I don’t usually wear my race shirts, but tomorrow I sure am.  That is, if I can get out of bed and actually walk.

Yeah, we were still smiling at the end.  They may not have been quite as big, but they were there.  Then we were laughing in between grimacing at every step we took.  Ok, I’m off to put my feet up yet again, possibly for the remainder of the day.

Have you ever run a race you didn’t train for? How’d that go?

Sante Fitness and Wellness GIVEAWAY

A couple of weeks ago I had the awesome opportunity to participate in a rooftop twilight yoga session at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, hosted by Sante Fitness and Wellness, with other local influencers and friends.

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All photos in post taken by local photographer Megan Magray.

The view was spectacular, the yoga was relaxing, and the entire experience was perfect.  I love love love being outside, and I definitely don’t make enough time in my life for yoga.  It was fun to see a couple of familiar faces, Clare and Katie, who I hadn’t seen in awhile.

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We reconnected and took obligatory blogger photos together.

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Our hosts really went all out for us. They provided a lovely spread of fruits and vegetables, had refreshing cucumber water, made delicious smoothies that are offered at Sante (the “thinny mint” was the best!), and ensured each detail was attended to for making our visit unforgettable.

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Sante Fitness and Wellness focuses on Fitness, Wellness, and Balance for their members.  They have state-of-the-art fitness equipment, wifi, complimentary locker service and covered parking.  Their facility is exquisite and spacious with 18,000 square feet.

It was the perfect night for yoga.  It was a clear evening with temperatures celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  We had time before yoga began to enjoy the views, stretch out, and chat with one another.

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The energy was casual and relaxed, just as yoga should be, and our instructor from Sante, Ashley, did a great job feeding off the mood.  She let us know this would be an average yoga class; it was fine for beginners, and more advanced yogis had the options to take the poses to the next level.

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Being so busy with the beginning of school, yoga felt particularly good to be able to focus on nothing more than breathing, stretching, holding poses, letting go mentally, and taking in the beautiful scenery.  It was just what I needed!

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As class continued, the sun was setting which was magnificent from the rooftop.  Apparently Sante Fitness and Wellness hosts rooftop classes every month, and not just yoga either!  Spinning is another option that would be a lot of fun to take.  For my participation in the event, I received a free week at Sante. I’m trying to figure out a good time to utilize it, so I can go a few times.  There are additional group fitness classes that they offer that I’d love to try including yoga, pilates, kettlebell, cycle, aqua, and more.  The facility is beautiful and they have a few different membership options, as well as student rates.

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Our view on the rooftop by the end of yoga.

One lucky Itz Linz reader will win a one-month Gold Membership at Sante Fitness and Wellness at the Chase Park Plaza.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you want to try Sante (mandatory).  Additional optional entries include:

Be sure to comment on this post to have the extra entries counted!  This giveaway will be open until Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm CST.  A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, October 7, 2016.  Winner must be a local resident, age 18 or older, and be able to redeem membership by 12/31/16.

Congrats to Drew! Enjoy your month at Sante!

Disclaimer: Through my partnership with ALIVE Influencer Network, I was provided the yoga class and one week to Sante free of charge.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

AMPLA Fly Your Run

HOLD THE PHONE, I’ve been running.  I know, I know.  How long have I been talking about getting my butt in gear?  Well, I’m doing it.  I’ve been running 3-4 times a week most of the summer.  I’m still only doing two miles each run and I’m having a really hard time getting past that.  I don’t know if it’s the heat, fear, or what.  Last spring, I ran a half marathon with barely any training, and the little running I was doing was just once a week!

You’d think since I’m keeping my distance the same, my speed would be improving.  Unfortunately, that’s not either.  But… I keep running!  For my excuses, I’m going to use the heat and a massive hill at the beginning of my run.  No, not to make excuses or anything, but I do think those factors play a role.  I run as early as I possibly can (accounting for William) and pretty much the first mile of my run is uphill with a giant hill right at the beginning.  It’s hard.  Though it is amazing on the mile run (mostly) downhill on the way back.

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While I’m frustrated my speed is not improving, I think my distance would / could improve if I just went for it.  It’d be nice if I had a running partner to push me.  (Any takers??)  At least I’m running consistently again; that feels good to me.

Recently I had the chance to try out a brand new running shoe – AMPLA.  New gear always makes running / working out more fun, so I was excited to give these guys a go.  My initial thought is that they are VERY springy!  They feel good to run in and have some distinct characteristics about them.  Ampla has quickly become a trailblazer of “firsts” both in design and business strategy.

Design
  • Full length carbon fibre Forcepower plate that guides foot strike and releases stored energy at toe-off
  • Actively uses a runner’s natural force during foot strike
  • Lightweight cushioning and a seam free Diamond mesh with micro-suede upper
Direct to Consumer Business Model
  • First premium shoe to implement a 100% direct to consumer model
  • No added marketing or sales commissions padding the price
  • Free returns within 30 days, no questions asked

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You can watch this video to learn more about these Ampla Fly Carbon Fiber Plated Shoes.  It features Harvard trained sports scientist, Dr. Marcus Elliot who talks about giving runners a mechanical advantage and getting some free energy based on the design of the shoe.  (Hey, I’ll always take free energy while running!)  The feel of them remind me of Newton’s, how the heel is elevated because of the toe box causing them to feel springy.  On me, these shoes come up a little higher than my other running shoes in the back.  It’s not a big deal, I just wear higher socks.

For additional reading material, check out how Sports Illustrated highlighted Ampla in their latest issue.  Read HERE.  The article discusses how these shoes can help correct running gait.

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stop not running right // appropriate motto to support Ampla’s philosophy

What’s your favorite brand of running shoes?  Have you tried Ampla before?

*Disclaimer: I was provided this pair of running shoes free of charge in exchange of my honest review.  No compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

summer running has begun!

It’s official, summer running has begun!  Just writing the word “summer” makes me so happy.  I love love love teaching, but I also love love love summer!  (Can you blame me?!)  My last day of school was last week, and William’s school celebrated his last day with a picnic.  Of course Yaya and Audrey joined us to make it even better!

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Do you spy those Mamma Chia squeeze pouches in the kids’ lunches?  I received an AMAZING package from them and will be giving away the very same package in the near future – it was loaded with Mamma Chia goodness! Stay tuned!

William couldn’t finish his lunch fast enough before he got to play.  There was “fishing” (in a kiddie pool with magnetic fishing poles and fish), swinging, throwing, catching, running, and more.  There was also a special visit from an ice cream truck!  I got a vanilla ice cream cone for William because I know he likes those.  Big mistake!  Audrey got some character popsicle thing (disgusting, in my opinion lol), and William HAD to have the exact same thing…

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Lesson learned, Mom.  About 12 licks later, he was over it anyway.

Last week, it seemed to rain just about everyday, so when the sun was shining this weekend, we made sure to soak up every second!  We went on lots of walks, runs, and bike rides.  If William wants to run, he gives me Zoey’s leash to hold.  Well on Saturday he wanted momma to run, so he held Zoey while I trotted along in front.

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William seriously LOVES to run (maybe all toddlers do??), and that makes me so happy!  Something that doesn’t make me happy is a stinky dog.  Whenever I wash my bed sheets, I always give Zoey a bath.  I figure that everything / everyone can be clean at least for a day.  William likes to help me give Zoey a bath.  When we’re finished, I bundle up Zoey like a baby in the towel, and last time William wanted to hold her for the first time.  He did a great job and thought it was hilarious, so I had to snap a picture!

zoey bath

linking up with katie and erin

And my own summer running has begun, as well.  I know I always talk about wanting to get back into running, but I’m so constrained by time.  This summer, I should be able to run four times a week – that’s my goal.  It might shift into different workouts, but right now I really want to build up my endurance and speed because that is long gone.  Come on muscle memory, where are ya?!  So this weekend, I pounded out two miles on BOTH Saturday and Sunday!

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They were slow, but I made it through!  Hey, it’s a start!  Now I’ve got to make my racing calendar for the summer!

Who ran this weekend? What are your summer racing plans?

True Runner Spring Gear-Up Event

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and True Runner.  All opinions are my own.

Celebrate rising temperatures and the start of running season with True Runner as they are hosting their annual Spring Gear-Up event on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th!

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This couldn’t be any better timing for me.  I’ve only gotten in a handful of runs since the weather has been decent.  I’m more than ready to kick-off this running season with people who are just as excited as me.

The event begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th at their Brentwood location.  True Runner and HOKA ONE ONE are hosting a FREE Fun Run Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.  Meet at the store for a 4-5 mile group run demoing the latest running shoes from HOKA.  All paces and abilities are welcome.

Fun Run

What will be at the True Runner Spring Gear-Up Event?

  • Photo booth
  • Face painting
  • Price wheel
  • Nutrition sampling
  • Brand reps

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You’ll be able to spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes from top brands.  Brand reps will be on-site offering product expertise and demos.  You’re encouraged to share your picture from the photo booth and your “Why I Run” story on social media for a chance to win great prizes!

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And the best part?  I’ll be there! 😉

While it’s a two day event, I’m planning on going on Saturday morning.  But who knows, I may just have so much fun and come back for more on Sunday!

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True Runner carries a range of shoes, apparel, and gear to support your running needs and help you achieve your needs.  It’s created for runners, by runners.  They get it.  It’s more than just a specialty running store, it’s a community.  I hope to see LOTS of you on Saturday!

For more details about the True Runner Spring Gear-Up Event, click HERE.

Has your running season started yet?  Did it ever end?  Already signed up for any races?

Burn 1000 Workout

Over winter break, my mom, sister, sister-in-law, and I all checked out a new to us workout studio in St. Louis. It’s called Burn 1000 and it was HARD!  The last time we all worked out together was the month prior when we did an Orangetheory Fitness class.  After reading Burn 1000’s website, we learned it was similar to OTF in the sense that it was a high intensity workout using a combination of the treadmill and floor work.  We all agreed that we liked Burn 1000 better than OTF; however, we also all agreed that Burn 1000 was much, much harder!  Let me explain.

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So, OTF’s class is divided into two sections: floor and treadmill, both lasting about 25 minutes.  This is how every class is, to my understanding.  Burn 1000 is different in that we alternated between the treadmill and the floor, but did ten minute intervals; so we were on the treadmill and the floor three times each.

Since I’m not in the best shape right now, the treadmill portion of Burn 1000 felt a lot more manageable since it was just ten minutes.  That being said, it was more challenging because we never really got true recovery time.  We would get about 15 seconds, but that’s it.  (As opposed to OTF where we walked for a period of time to recover.)

burn1000 treadmill

Pros of the Burn 1000 Workout:

  • INTENSE and HARD workout
  • Very sore the following day
  • Short intervals (10 minutes, though the website says the intervals can be 5, 10, or 15 minutes)
  • Great instructor! Our instructor was on point with keeping both groups – floor and treadmills – on track with time, moves, and intervals – impressive!
  • Fast paced – no time to get bored!
  • Tons of different moves
  • Total body workout

Cons of the Burn 1000 Workout:

  • No modifications given
  • Instructions are given so quickly for each move, could be challenging for beginners to follow (although our instructor was great at walking around and correcting form when needed!)
  • Not a lot of rest time (though this could be a pro as it keeps your heart rate elevated!)

burn1000 plank bosuball

All in all, I really enjoyed Burn 1000 and will definitely be back!  It’s a tough workout, but doable.  I could feel it throughout my entire body the following days.  If you’re in St. Louis, check it out!

Have you ever done a group workout class that alternates the treadmill with floor work?

Bang For Your Buck Workout

It’s no secret that I’m short on time.  My fitness level is nowhere near where I’d like it to be, but I do what I can when I can.  Something is better than nothing.  I’ve never been an all or nothing kind of person – a little bit here, a little bit there, get your body moving is what it’s all about.  Most weeks, I’m able to squeeze in a quick 15 minute workout before school with my coworkers.  I like to get to the gym on the weekends if I have time.  I’ve made it to the gym twice in these last two weeks.

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And you betchya I’ve taken a gym selfie both times!  Gotta prove to the world that I haven’t lost my fitness completely!  (Clearly, I’m joking.)  But I do like to document my gym visits since they’re kind of few and far between right now.

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Since my time to workout is not unlimited anymore, I’ve really got to get the most bang for my buck while I’m there.  I’m a big fan of compound exercises – moves that work more than one body part at a time.  My workouts are short, but get my heart pumping, my blood flowing, and my sweat dripping!

I usually start with some cardio to warm up, 10 – 20 minutes on the stairs, elliptical, or incline walking on the treadmill.  Then, I do a total body workout.  I make sure to stretch after, whether it’s at the gym or my house, since my muscles are pretty tight after working out.  Here’s the ultimate bang for your buck workout – this works your entire body with just a set of dumbbells in FIVE moves.  (Don’t underestimate it!)  The moves may sound complex, but I’ve explained them below the graphic.

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Bang For Your Buck Workout

  1. Squat with Front Raise: Take one dumbbell (or a kettlebell if that’s an option) and hold it between your legs.  Squat down, and as you come up, swing your arms forward, squeeze your glutes, and make your arms parallel with your shoulders.  Do NOT go higher and stay in control of your movement.
  2. Lunge with Bicep Curl: I prefer walking lunges.  Curl your dumbbells up when you go down in your lunge being careful your knee is on top of your toe (and not past it).
  3. Push Up with Tricep Kickback:  Do a push up and keep your core tight.  While in the plank position, grab one dumbbell, row up and kick back.  Repeat on your other side.  Push up.  Tricep kickback on both sides.  Try to keep your hips square and not rock back and forth.
  4. Plie Squat with Lateral Raise: Turn your toes out, so you’re in a plie position.  Plie squat down while simultaneously doing a lateral raise.  Again, your arms should not go higher than your shoulders.  Keep a slight bend in your elbows to avoid locking them.
  5. One Legged Dumbbell Row: Balancing on one leg, hinge forward, but keep your chest lifted.  Your arms should be directly below your chest, palms facing each other.  Row up (while remaining balanced) and squeeze your shoulder blades together.  Do 7 on one leg, then switch legs.

I’m telling you, you work your WHOLE BODY on this one!  My goal is to get through three sets of the whole workout, and trust me when I tell you that you will feel it in every inch of your body the next day!  So, if you don’t have a lot of time (or equipment) to workout, don’t even worry about it.  Give this bang for your buck workout a shot and thank me later!

What does your workout schedule look like these days?

Orangetheory Fitness

Have you heard of Orangetheory Fitness?  I feel like it’s the hot new workout as locations are popping up left and right all around the country.  I actually first did an Orangetheory class back in 2012 in Arizona.  As I was looking at my old recap post, I was laughing because I ended it by saying, “Now if only St. Louis could get an Orangetheory Fitness…”  Haha, I guess good things really do come to those who wait!

Anyway, my younger brother Justin and his wife Dana periodically do Orangetheory classes in Austin, and it was their idea to take a class as a family when they were in town over Thanksgiving.  All my siblings and I went on Friday, and it was a fantastic way to work up a sweat after our big meal the night before!

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Stephanie, me, Justin, Dana, Amy, & Jason

Orangetheory Fitness claims that they’re the best one-hour workout in the country by saying, “We are Orangetheory Fitness, the energizing group interval fitness concept that has been named one of the best workouts in the world. This one-of-a-kind workout is divided into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training, designed for maximum energy and calorie burn. Our trainers guide you through a 60-minute workout using treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension training™ and free weights, to tone and strengthen your body.”

You have your choice of starting on the treadmill or the rowing machine.  Because of arriving on the later side, all of the treadmills were already taken when we arrived, so we started on the rowing machine.  It was an eight minute segment where we alternated rowing 200 meters then doing 50 bicycle crunches, then rowing 300 meters with 40 bicycle crunches, and 400 meters and 30 bicycle crunches.

The other group remained on the treadmills while we moved over to the strength training portion.  There were two different supersets.  We used the Bosu ball, dumbbells, and our own bodyweight.  One of the exercises included doing plank taps.

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My body certainly felt it the following days!

Everyone wears a heart rate monitor during the workout.  Your weight is plugged in ahead of time and everyone’s name is displayed on a screen. There are different colors which relate to how hard you’re working and what your heart rate is.  It’s pretty neat and a different way to train!  It’s also an awesome way to push yourself because your heart rate doesn’t lie!

Once we finished the strength training portion, it was time for the two groups to switch places.  We headed to the treadmills and chose if we were going to be a power walker, jogger, or sprinter.  (You can see the chart for the recommendations in my old post.)  I decided on a jogger, but had to power walk at times in order to catch my breath.  I am so out of shape!

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It lasted 25 minutes and was filled with intervals, hills, and active recovery periods.  The instructor coached us through the entire thing and told us how and when to change the incline or pace on our treadmills.

I wish I could have started on the treadmill because I found that portion a lot more challenging.  Next time I’ll know (and I won’t arrive so last minute!).

The instructor explains your workout summary when the class finishes.  The screen displays a lot of information including how much time you spent time you spent in each zone.  You want your bars to form a pyramid – looks like I was right on target!

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When we were finished stretching and the room was clear, Stephanie and I went back in so she could snap some photos that I could use in this post.  Well, little Audrey who waited so patiently throughout the class wanted to do some yoga with her favorite person.  I happily obliged as we downward dogged together.

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Have you tried Orangetheory Fitness?  Does this type of workout interest you?

Nutrition Tips from PowerBar Athletes

This is my last day of work before a nice, long Thanksgiving break! I’ll try to contain my excitement!  Hopefully you will be getting at least a couple extra days off, too! 🙂

I know many readers of mine are athletes.  This means different things to different people.  To me, it means you move your body.  You don’t have to compete or do the latest fad workout to be considered an athlete.  If you actively exercise, anything from walking to running to CrossFit to yoga to swimming to Zumba, whatever, you are an athlete.  Hence, you need to fuel your body properly.  So here are some Nutrition Tips from PowerBar Athletes.

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Nutrition Tips from PowerBar Athletes

  • When training for a race or athletic event, having a proper nutrition plan is essential. In addition to fueling during a workout, it is important to replenish glycogen and protein stores within 30 minutes after exercise. If you can’t sit down for a meal, pack a PowerBar, some fresh fruit or a pre-mixed water bottle with protein powder.
  • Make sure to eat every three hours. Staying hydrated with fresh water also plays a vital role in both cell function and weight loss.
  • The majority of your diet should be from fresh vegetables, fruit, lean meats and fish. Do your best to stay away from farm-raised animal meats and eat local organic food.
  • During a long training run, re-energize with a PowerGel Energy Gels to provide you with some energy and help boost your performance.
  • In advance of a big race, keep meals fairly bland and simple with a gradual increase in carb intake (i.e. pasta and rice) over the week prior to the race. If you’re struggling, try grazing as opposed to large meals.
  • Post-race nutrition is key. A good ice bath and massage never hurts either! Immediately get calories in after you finish a race. If you are not ready for a big meal, grab a banana and have a protein shake or PowerBar ProteinPlus bar with some fruit.

Desiree Linden is a US Olympian, 2:22 marathoner and was the top American woman at the 2014 New York City Marathon and 2015 Boston Marathon. This summer she earned the Silver Medal in the Pan-Am Games 10,000 m in Toronto.

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Josh Cox is a four-time Olympic Trials Qualifier, three-time National Team Member and the American Record Holder in the 50K. In 2009 and 2011 his 50K race times were the fastest in the world. 

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My absolute favorite PowerBar is the protein plus in the vanilla flavor. I love a good vanilla protein bar, and PowerBar’s vanilla is dense, chewy, and so unbelievably delicious.  Not to mention, it’s loaded with protein – 20 grams per bar!

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What is a nutrition tip that you would add to this list?

~Disclaimer: While this post is supported by PowerBar, it is not sponsored. I received PowerBar sampled, but no other compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

when working out is not working out

Argh! I’m beyond frustrated right now!  I have really good intentions and really good plans.  As you know, being a full-time working mom does not lend itself to working out whenever I want to very easily.  I have to plan ahead, but I also don’t want to take time away from William.  I’m still getting my 10,000 steps a day (most days), but I’m craving long runs and weight lifting sessions that I used to do so regularly.  Let me back up.

A couple months ago, I took eight introductory classes at CrossFit 26.  If you’re a long time reader, you may remember that I did these same introductory classes at the same location back in 2012.  (HERE is my post from it.)  However, I was trying to get pregnant during that time, so I never took a “real” CrossFit class after that.  Fast forward to now.  I didn’t want to jump into a real class without the training again since it had been three years and CrossFit is SO technical with the movements.

So for four weeks, my mom and I went to CrossFit 26 twice a week for the introductory classes.  Yes, my MOM and I went together – she’s awesome!  I loved the classes as much as I did a few years ago.  The coaches were phenomenal and the class size was small, so we got a lot of attention.  Once I finished the introductory classes, I was nervous to take a real class, but definitely wanted to start.  Here’s where the frustration happened.

On THREE different occasions, yes, THREE, I tried to go to class, and it just didn’t happen.  The introductory classes were later in the evening.  The regular classes were right in the middle of rush hour which left me sitting in my car for 45 minutes and not even arriving on time.  I didn’t want to go late, especially since it would have been my first time, so I never made it.  After the third attempt, I decided it was not going to work out due to the time and location.  There may be a class here and there where I’m able to go, but unfortunately it’s just not going to work out during this time.  I’m frustrated because I was really excited to start a workout routine and knew CrossFit would have been awesome.

I guess I could look for a CrossFit box closer to my house, but I’m apprehensive to do that since I don’t want to just go to any box.  At CrossFit 26, I knew all the coaches were well knowledgeable and made sure everyone stayed safe.  I’m sure that’s the intent of other boxes, but I’m not sure if it actually happens. I suppose I shouldn’t judge anything before I give it a chance, but I knew 26 was a good place.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not sitting on my butt doing nothing. No, William wouldn’t let me do that even if I wanted to!  I’m still doing those quick 15 minute workouts twice a week before school with my coworkers.  I’m still taking lots of walks when the weather allows.  And I’m still doing a tiny bit here and there at my house.  Just not nearly as much as I’d like.  (My Polar is definitely helping to hold me accountable!)

I literally have no pictures to put in this post.  I’m pretty sure that’s a first!  Alright, I’m done complaining now.  I’ll just need to figure out a new plan of action for working out!

Has working out ever not worked out for you?  What’d you do instead?