New Pure Barre Studio in St. Louis

There’s a new Pure Barre Studio in St. Louis that I can’t wait to check out!  It’s opening at the beginning of December and is located at 11684 Manchester Road in Des Peres, Missouri.

purebarre

My thoughts on barre workouts have totally changed.  I used to think they were boring, but now I enjoy the focus that’s required and the burn that is felt.  A bit about Pure Barre from their website:

We strive to make our studio a place where everyone will feel comfortable. Pure Barre is a low-impact workout and can be done by women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. As long as you can hold on to the ballet barre, you can do Pure Barre! No dancing experience is required. While the Pure Barre technique is high intensity, it is very low impact, meaning you’ll get a great workout without putting excessive stress on your joints. If running or jumping has ever caused pain or stress to your joints, Pure Barre may be just what you’re looking for. We focus on very tiny isometric movements, so size truly does not matter. Pure Barre is one of the fastest, most effective ways to change the shape of your body. Clients typically see the best results when they take 3-4 classes per week.

I’ve been following Pure Barre Des Peres on Facebook and they always post awesome motivational messages.

how hard you work

How hard you work determines how good you feel.  How true is that?  I know, personally, I always feel my best when I workout.  Working out is not easy; it’s hard.  The harder the workout the better I feel.

pure barre

The thigh toning, seat lifting, ab sculpting, body shaking, motivating, life changing workout. Who doesn’t want that?  I love the community aspect of group exercise classes, especially when the instructors have a lot of experience and know what they’re doing, just like the teachers at Pure Barre Des Peres are.

And guess what?  They are running an awesome special in celebration of their opening!  5 weeks unlimited for $100.  That’s an incredible deal and such a steal!  You better believe I’ll be there when the studio opens and I’ll be sure to update you.  St. Louis friends, I’d love to workout with you – let’s plan to go to a class together! Email me for details! 🙂

Stay up to date on specials, information, and receive motivational messages and workout tips from Pure Barre Des Peres on Facebook!

Have you ever done a pure barre class?

crystal inspired leggings

I had this great idea for a post today.  I’m running a race on Sunday, and I just got a new pair of crystal inspired leggings which are awesome.  So I planned on putting together a really fantastic post full post beautiful photos suggesting various yoga poses for runners.  A few days ago I was at my sister’s and demanded politely asked if she would snap a couple shots of me.

My all time favorite / most needed stretch is pigeon pose.  My hips have always been tight, but especially so lately.  I feel like I have no flexibility in them, and at times, they ache when I try to do different movements.  Pigeon pose is a great way to open your hips and stretch them out.

pigeon

On Sunday, I’ll be running the Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race.  Any race put on by GO! is sure to be a winner, and I’ve been lucky enough to be chosen as a Chipotle runner again.  There is a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and a 1-mile fun run / costume contest.  I’m just going for the 5K on Sunday.  I’d like to have done the half marathon.  I’m not fully trained for it by any means, but I learned that’s ok last April; I could have powered through.  But due to some time restraints I’m faced with on Sunday, the 5K is the only one that will work.  And you know me, I love racing.  I’d rather race something rather than nothing!  I did this same 10K a few years ago, and it’s always fun to see people running in costumes.  I’m not that brave.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve run a 5K race, so I’m eager to see what my time is.  The excitement of race day always pushes me to run faster.  My obvious goal is under ten-minutes, but I’d really love to be under 27-minutes, if I’m being honest.  That’d really be pushing it for me with the kind of shape I’m in right now.  We shall see!

dancers pose

So these new leggings I got are from Confused Girl in the City.  Where did the name “confused girl” come from?  Confused Girl is about accepting yourself just as you are at this moment. This acceptance will lead you to your TRUE NATURE.  I love it!  That’s completely in alignment with everything I believe in!

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

Confused Girl has the most beautiful patterns and aren’t like anything I’ve ever seen before.  They are crystal inspired leggings; how cool is that?!  The pattern on the leggings I’m wearing are images taken from a beautiful Brazilian agate geode crystal. As a stone of harmony, one of the things agate does is balance yin/yang energy. Agate increases energy.  Some of the key features of Confused Girl leggings are:

  • 4 Way Stretch
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Breathable Material
  • Eco-Friendly: Water-based Ink
  • Composition: 90% Polyester/ 10% Lycra
  • Made in: Los Angeles, CA

downward dog

Downward dog – such a classic pose.  It was about this time in the evening that Jacob, Audrey, and William really were wanting to get in the picture.  You know how I feel about that.  Yoga for everyone!  At first I thought there was no way that I could get William, 18-months old, to go into downward dog.  And then this seriously happened:

kids yoga

HOW AMAZING?!?!  Of course Audrey is there striking a pose on her own, trying to be the spotlight instead of doing what we’re all doing.  Silly girl, such a unique character.  She’s always been a yoga lover though and has been doing tree pose with me since she was just two years old.  William and I will definitely be practicing yoga more often!

Then things continued to get silly as William wanted me to hold him, Audrey wanted to get on my back, and Jacob is never one to get left out.

audrey jacob yoga

I love those babies!  Alright, so here’s the deal:

  • St. Louis friends: sign up for the Halloween race with me this weekend!
  • If you’d like to get your hands on (or your legs in!) a pair of the beautiful crystal inspired leggings, you may use the 15% off coupon code “Bye Felicia” and get FREE domestic shipping!

Are you racing this weekend?  Will you wear a costume in a race?

how to get 10,000 steps as a full-time working mom

I’m going to be real with y’all today, friends.  I always try to be real, but today especially.  There are a million different kinds of fitness trackers these days, and it seems like everyone has one.  Everyone is competing against each other, against themselves to achieve that magic number – 10,000 – steps each day.  As a full-time working mom and as a fourth grade teacher, I always thought OF COURSE I reach that number.  Without a doubt, no questions asked, I’m sure I get 10,000 steps each day.

And then I got my first activity tracker.  Boy, was I wrong.  By like several thousand!  I could not believe it!  How was that possible? I feel like I’m on my feet all day long!  Well, it turns out, 10,000 steps is a lot, a whole heck of a lot of steps.

If you workout everyday, the 10,000 steps per day goal is a lot more achievable, in my opinion.  I do think you should be doing more than just cardio (lift those weights, ladies!), but if you have time to workout everyday, then you have time to get to steppin’!  When I was home for the summer, I always reached my step goal because I took so many walks, sometimes multiple times a day!  I loved it!  But now I’m back to work…

how to get 10,000 steps as a busy full time working mom

That photo is the picture of REAL LIFE.  It was after a busy (always!) day of work.  My makeup is mostly worn off.  My roots are in dire need of a touch up.  My dirty hair is sloppily thrown up.  I look tired.  But I’ve got my baby boy in my arms, we’re happy and healthy, so what more can I ask for?

Wearing my new Polar Loop 2 activity tracker has really opened my eyes to how easy it can be to be more sedentary than active, but it has also rejuvenated me in setting a fitness goal.  Being a mom is HARD for a variety of reasons.  Being a full-time working mom is another huge challenge (that’s a whole other post for another time!).  One major obstacle is time.  The mere fact that I work nine hours each day greatly limits my ability to freely go to the gym, head out on a run, or workout how or when I please.  Before and after work I have William.  I’m not complaining by any measure, simply stating facts.  So this has forced me to get creative with how I get my 10,000 steps each day.  And I’ll be honest: it doesn’t happen every day, but since I’ve set it as my goal, it’s happening more often than not.

How to Get 10,000 Steps as a Full-Time Working Mom

Take advantage of what your work offers.

teampolar

I’d be willing to bet that most work places talk about fitness or healthy living in some capacity.  Whether it’s having a gym on site, setting up challenges between staff members, or having various incentives for different programs, more and more work places want their employees to be healthy.  Healthy people lead to increased productivity.  That’s a fact.  For me, it’s a quick 15-minute workout twice a week.  My principal is awesome in that she allows the staff members to workout on Monday and Wednesday mornings before the students come.  One teacher leads these workouts.  A major bonus for us is that we get to wear workout clothes all day if we participate in the workout!  It’s a great way to get moving early, build muscle, stretch your body, and foster camaraderie among the staff.

Get up every 15 minutes.

Set your fitness tracker to alert you during periods of inactivity.  Even if you walk across the room or go get a drink of water, those are that many more steps you are adding to your day.  And if you do that several times a day or even an hour?  Way more steps!  It doesn’t take that much longer either!  Build these routines into your day until they become habitual.

Move with your kids!

team polar

At school, my students create “WODs,” workout of the day.  Most days (when I’m not in a skirt or dress), I participate in it with them.  It’s just three or four exercises that we use as a brain break during transition times.  Just like kids, we adults need to move, too!  Another fabulous brain break that we love is GoNoodle.com.  If you’re a teacher or a mom, check it out.  There are tons of short clips that lead students in different dances, songs, moves, and exercises.  It’s a blast, and you better believe I do it right along with my students!

At home, I move with William all the time!  He sees his momma moving, so he wants to be active!  I love it!  I’m so not a mom to plop my kiddo in front of the tv.  He’s 18-months and has so much to learn and explore.  Sometimes he plays on the foam roller while I might be doing lunges or some other exercise.  A couple of nights ago we were playing with the ping pong paddles and balls.  He would throw a ball to me and I would hit it as far as I could in the basement.  While he was retrieving the ball, I would literally sprint around the ping pong table as many times as I could before he was ready for another round.  I was breathing hard, William was cracking up, and we played this for a really long time!  Eventually, it turned into us chasing each other around the ping pong table.  It was a lot of fun and my steps were adding up!

Be conscientious of how you get places.

Park your car farther away.  Take the longer walking route.  Use the stairs.  You’ve heard those ideas before.  Now do it!  Small changes yield big results.

Get outside!

stroller polar

I’ve already mentioned how much I love taking walks.  After work can be tricky these days because William is so exhausted from school.  If I walk too long, he will fall asleep in the stroller which will mess up bedtime that we worked so hard on.  Many days, we can squeeze in a quick walk though!

FINISH YOUR STEPS!

polar 10k

Ok, I’ll be honest.  If I’m really close to hitting that 10,000 mark after William goes to sleep, I will literally walk around my house, robe, slippers, and all until I reach that goal.  Achieving a goal feels SO good.

Now let me tell you about my most favorite fitness tracker – the Polar Loop 2.  Most importantly, it comes in three colors: white, black, and pink.  I like the way it looks; it’s a sleek design and not bulky at all.  Also, it comes in one size and you cut it to make it fit perfectly.  It’s easy to take on and off, and it stays on without a problem.  The features:

  • Activity Tracking: steps, calories, activity, sleep, heart rate (with hr sensor)
  • Waterproof: use it while swimming
  • Mobile Connectivity: seamless communication via Bluetooth smart sensors to Polar Flow App on mobile devices
  • Vibration Alert: be alerted for periods of inactivity and smart notifications
  • Smart Notifications: get notifications of incoming calls, messages, and calendar reminders

Even better, you can get your Polar Loop 2 now using the discount code POLARFITBLOG.  The code is case-sensitive.  This code provides 20% off of any Polar Heart Rate Monitor or activity tracker. There is no quantity limit. The code is good online at Polar.com. The code is only good in the US. It expires on 12/31/15.

What are you waiting for?! Order your activity tracker and GET MOVING!

every little bit counts

Do you use an activity tracker? How do you reach 10,000 steps a day?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Polar.

running happy

Two questions: How is today October first already and why is it only Thursday?  Seriously!  In nine more days, my baby will be 18 months – a year and a half!  That’s crazy!  I told my little brother Justin that William was almost 18 months and he asked if I’m going to be “one of those moms” that always says the number of months when asked his age forever.  Like 42 months or something ridiculous like that.  Haha.  I think once he’s two, I’ll stop.  Speaking of my adorable little almost 18 month old:

happy 18months

I love him!

18months

And he loves his momma!

Where is Friday?  This has been a long week as we’ve had Parent – Teacher Conferences.  They’ve all gone well, it just makes for a long week, since I get to school early and stay late.  But hey, at least tomorrow is Friday, and I’ve got an awesome weekend planned.  I’m rappelling on Saturday and zip lining on Sunday.

Now let’s talk running.  I’ve been running once a week, and have been slowly increasing my mileage, as well.  Last Sunday, I pounded out 6 miles in my new Mizuno shoes that I received through a FitFluential campaign.  They’re almost available for purchase!  (early – mid October and you can grab your own pair!)

6miles

Usually I wouldn’t take brand new shoes out for more than a couple miles for the first time in case they weren’t comfortable, but I trust Mizuno and have several pairs.  I was right – they were just fine and super comfortable!  I need a supportive shoe when I run as I have high arches, and the new Mizuno Wave Inspire 12’s are perfect!  Sometimes supportive shoes can feel heavy, but these are very lightweight!

waveinspire12

New features of the Wave Inspire 12:

  • Improved upper has a supportive design for a soft-yet-structural fit.
  • Increased blown rubber in the forefoot for improved durability and softness.
  • Redesigned, U4ic midsole platform provides more ground contact and a softer touch down.

Running has been awesome lately.  I’ve written many times before how I’ve been struggling to find my legs again after my long three year hiatus.  When I stopped running prior to getting pregnant, I was in the best running shape I’d ever been in, and I’m nowhere close to that point right now.  However, I am in a good place with running.  Every run isn’t a huge struggle, though it continues to challenge me, both physically and mentally.  My mileage is building and my pace is… well, that’s the part where I’m still really working.  I’m hitting under ten minute miles, but just barely.  I also wish I was able to run more than once a week, but right now it is what it is and I’m grateful to run when I can.  I’m running happy, indeed!

running

What makes you run happy?

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Triathlons are hard

Triathlons are hard.  That’s no secret, and you’d think I would have learned my lesson after the Kirkwood triathlon, but I went for it again this past weekend.  The Kirkwood triathlon was just the second one I’d ever done and it was four years after my first.  Finding time to train was difficult, but I kept telling myself it was short – a sprint triathlon.  I struggled big time during the race.  However, I learned there are several additional sprint triathlons in the St. Louis area, and I do love racing – no matter how hard it is.  I signed up for my second sprint triathlon of the summer, but training didn’t go much better.  In fact, it went worse since school started up again and I literally only had time to train once on the weekends.

Eh, it’s another sprint, I’ll be fine, I kept telling myself.  Well Sunday morning came, my car was packed, and I was ready for the Sunset Hills triathlon.  I set my station up, got my numbers drawn on, and anxiously awaited the start time.

triathlon before

The distances were similar to Kirkwood: 300 yard swim, 11.8 mile bike, 3 mile run.  I was actually really excited for the 300 yard swim compared to the 400 yard swim in Kirkwood.  The swimming really wiped me out last time, so I thought I’d have more energy this time around.  But… I hadn’t swam at all since the last triathlon.  Definitely not ideal.  We were lined up by our numbers which was determined by our swim time that we entered when signing up for the race.  They were very strict in the order which you started since it correlated to your chip start time.

This felt a lot different than Kirkwood.  While we waited to get in the pool at Kirkwood, the race directors were telling us about the course, explaining proper race etiquette, and pumping us up.  This time, it was much more serious though the racers were still friendly.  Racers dropped in the pool every 15 seconds.  It was a serpentine style swim.  I ended up getting passed by three swimmers which was frustrating because I hate getting passed.  (I’m a wee bit competitive, can you tell?)  I finished and trotted toward the transition area to get ready for the bike portion.

The 11.8 mile bike was a three-loop course.  I thought looping twice during Kirkwood wasn’t great, but three times really stunk. I would much rather do one long loop and not know what is coming.  This course was HARD.  It was crazy hilly, both uphills and downhills.  The downhills were so steep that I held on for dear life and hoped I wouldn’t fly off.  Directly after one particularly downhill was an immediate uphill.  You had momentum for the first little bit, but obviously that wore off and then you were in the middle of a very steep hill.  I saw quite a few people fall off their bikes on this part, and several people were walking their bikes up.  My goal was to stay on my bike the whole time which I did.  That was a positive, but the biking was still so tough.  “On your left!” was a phrase I heard way too often.

Then came the run.  My legs were jello and the run, too, was a three-loop course.  Argh.  I tried to get out of my own head and stay positive, but the run was crazy hilly, as well!!  Even the immediate downhill was so steep that you had to exert more energy making sure you didn’t eat the asphalt rather than letting gravity do it’s thing and embracing the downhill.  There were quite a few uphills, in addition.  Sadly, I walked a few times.  My goal for running is never to walk, so that was a major fail.  And I didn’t break my under-30 miunte goal either.  I told you, this triathlon was rough.

As much as I’m complaining about the race, it really was my own fault for not going into it properly trained.  And I didn’t feel like dying as much as I did during the Kirkwood one.  You better believe I was happy and proud to have finished, despite my slow times.  Now I can say I’ve done three triathlons!  That’s an accomplishment!

The after photo:

triathlon after

Still alive.  Still standing.  Still smiling.

Even though I’m not impressed or proud with my times, I’ll share them anyway:

  • Swim Time: 7:50
  • Tran 1: 3:29
  • Bike Time: 1:04:57
  • Tran 2: 2:52
  • Run Time: 30:54
  • Finish Time: 1:50:04

All in all, I was much slower (except for the swim) than Kirkwood, even my transitions.  Hey, at least it gives me a goal to beat next summer!

Have you ever been disappointed / frustrated with your race results?

Tour de Kirkwood Sprint Triathlon 2015

I’ve done lots of races.  Tons of 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, mud runs, and even one sprint triathlon in the past.  None were as difficult as the Tour de Kirkwood Sprint Triathlon 2015 that I completed yesterday!  The first time I did this same sprint triathlon was before William was here, so I had all the time in the world to train, and I did.  I worked out six or seven times a week.  Now?  Not so much.  I trained when I could, but in reality, I only got in a few swims, two long bike rides, and several runs.  When people asked how I planned on doing the triathlon without training, I kept saying how short the distances were and I’d be fine.  (400 yard swim, 10 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run)  After all, I ran an entire half marathon without running more than six miles prior.  I’d be fine.

When I woke up at five o’clock in the morning, it was thunderstorming.  Grrrreat.  I did my usual routine to get ready and left my parents’ house (they were watching William) by 6:15.  We were sent an email saying the event was still on, but they would make a decision about the bike at 7:00.  The thunder and lightning stopped, but the rain continued.  The race was postponed til 8:00 (rather than 7:30), but other than that, it was on.

triathlon

The “before” picture.  When I was still smiling.  And standing.

It was a pool swim, serpentine style.  We lined up according to the time we thought we’d get.  I guessed between 10-11 minutes, so I was pretty far back.  I didn’t get in the pool until 8:40.  Waiting at a race for two hours is not the most fun.  I don’t get nervous for races until right before.  Two hours is a long time to have jitters.  I just wanted to begin.

Linking up with Katie and Erin!

I felt good during the swim.  I passed a few swimmers, didn’t stop to take a break, but was definitely tired at the end.  I definitely felt it once I got on my bike.  Biking is probably my weakest sport of the three, and there were looooooong uphills.  Plus, we had to do two loops, so as if the first wasn’t hard enough, we had to do the whole thing again.  Oy.  My quads were on FIRE.

Then came the run.  I felt most confident for the run.  That is… until I started running.  My legs were jello and the beginning of the course was on mulch and through a trail and pretty hilly.  I struggled big time.  I literally couldn’t believe how much trouble I was having.  I mean it was THREE miles.  I could do three miles in my sleep, regardless of how little training I’d done.  Not yesterday.  I was spent.  The run was an out and back and we had to do two laps of the run, as well.  Killer.

How’d I finish?  Two minutes and thirty seconds faster than my last one!  That’s all I wanted – beat my previous time!  I did this race with a friend and was definitely pushed.  Otherwise, no way would I have beat my time.  Here are my results:

  • Swim Time: 10:46
  • Swim Pace: 2:42
  • Tran 1: 2:37
  • Bike Time: 53:17
  • Bike Rate: 11.26
  • Tran 2: 1:40
  • Run Time: 28:43
  • Run Pace: 9:35
  • Finish Time: 1:37:00

See my 2011 results HERE.

Bike was still my slowest and the run, somehow, was my fastest.  Other than that, my numbers were pretty similar to 2011.  Usually I take a million pictures, but I wanted nothing to do with the camera when I finished.  I was exhausted.  This was the most difficult race I’ve ever done.  I do want to do it again… and train a lot better.

For St. Louis friends or people near St. Louis, I highly recommend the Tour de Kirkwood Sprint Triathlon.  It’s a GREAT first race!  This is Big Shark’s 12th year hosting it, and they’ve got it down.  The atmosphere is very supportive, positive, and encouraging.  The race director was giving lots of tips before the race started, sharing proper race etiquette, and explaining parts of the course.  He said this is a great first triathlon to do because you really have to earn it; it’s not an easy race.  He was SO right!

While I kind of thought I was going to die during the race, I’m glad I did it, I’m happy I finished, and I’m definitely proud I cut down my time… even just a little!

Did you race this weekend? Have you ever done a triathlon?  Any desire to?

Working Out in the Mountains

It’s no secret that the high altitude of places such as Colorado elevate your heart rate and make you huff and puff a bit harder than if you were at sea level.  We stayed in a three-story condo while in Durango, Colorado.  Some of my family members complained that they were out of breath each time they climbed the stairs.  I said it felt like I was getting in mini workouts all day long, so I didn’t really mind.

I definitely felt the elevation when we went hiking.  Granted, I had an extra 25 pounds on my back since I was carrying William, but still.  Especially going up the mountain, my heart rate was so fast and I was breathing really hard.  It’s amazing the workout you can get in the mountains!

One quiet morning, I decided to sneak out while William was napping.  I jogged to a nearby set of stairs at the resort and went to climb the stairs for my workout.

stairs colorado

Oh baby, it was tough!  I think I lasted about 20 minutes which was plenty for me.  I alternated the way I climbed the stairs.  First, I jogged each step as I went up, then the next time up, I stepped on every other step which adds a new dimension.  I couldn’t go as fast that way, but my quads and calves sure were burning!

My dad went out for a walk and snapped the photos of me.

colorado stairs

Then, apparently my dad turned into my trainer because when I had enough stairs, he told me to follow him.  He led me to a giant hill and made me run up it.  I had to side step on the way down, so I didn’t bite the dirt… which I was close to doing!

hill colorado

Just for fun and so I could take a break at the top, I did a couple of cartwheels.

cartwheel colorado

And if I wasn’t already tired enough, I tried out my split jump.

split jump colorado

I was tired by the end.  We headed back to the condo, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do just one more handstand while in Colorado!

handstand colorado

Working out in Colorado is a big game – so much fun to play around while being active!

Do you workout while on vacation? What do you do?

Struggling to Work Out

Argh.  I’m frustrated.  When summer was approaching I had all these grand plans of working out on an almost daily basis.  I figured between my family and friends watching William for an hour at a time, taking him to the gym, and jogging with him in the stroller, it would be no problem for me to work out.  After all, I’m a teacher and I have my summers off.  Not a thing to do besides play with my baby, enjoy the weather, and move my body.  Ha!  Was I ever wrong or what!  I’m still busy, it’s just a different kind of busy.  Plus, it’s summer, so I want to enjoy more down time than I get during the school year.  So what’s up with working out?

I just don’t know.  I wouldn’t say I’m in a rut because I’m switching up what I’m doing.  I’m running, biking, swimming, taking BodyPump classes, lifting weights, and doing the stair stepper at the gym… just not as often as I’d like.  Usually when I don’t have William for the short time, I feel like I “need” to work out, and I think that’s the problem.  Working out has never been something I’ve “needed” to do.  It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed because it makes me feel good.

itzlinz 5k race photo

Running in the rain with my sister, not caring about the time or speed, just having a good time.  My favorite race picture!

So when I do have time to work out, I feel like I should swim, bike, or run with my upcoming triathlon less than a month away.  I’ve only been biking once this summer.  I’ve swam a few times.  And my runs have been less than stellar.  Take yesterday, for example.  I had some time, but found it difficult to get motivated to work out.  I told myself I would “only” run two miles.  Two miles seems doable pretty much always.  That two miles was tougher than it should have been, but I shouldn’t be surprised due to my lack of running.  I don’t like starting over, but I’m not running consistently to be making real progress.  Where do I go from here?

I’m hesitant to make a set schedule because I like my summers to be more relaxed.  More than a few times, we’ve made last minute plans to get together with friends, and I don’t want to decline due to a planned work out.  William is not on a set schedule, and I feel like our days revolve around his naps.  Some mornings he may nap at eight, while other days not til later.  But I can’t take him to the gym when he’s really tired because he will be cranky, and I can’t go jogging with outside because he’ll fall asleep and not take a good nap.  Oh, the dilemmas!  I don’t feel the need to work out everyday, but I do want to be more consistent and train harder than I am right now.  I like lifting weights, but I feel like I should be focusing more on running, biking, and swimming right now.

Here’s the other thing: When I do have time, sometimes I have a million other things to do.  House things, cleaning, laundry, errands, etc.  I’ve been spending a lot of time with my new business as it’s taking off, too.  There’s just not enough time in the day!!!

Maybe I just need to take a couple yoga classes to clear my head and get out of this funk.  Clearly I’m all over the place with my thoughts, with my workouts, with this post.  Hence the reason I’m not making progress in my training.

It’s not that I’m upset with not working out, I just wish I was more excited, more motivated, and more structured with my fitness right now.  But you know one thing?

I do love this baby of mine, and I’m certainly grateful for all the time I’ve been getting to spend with him this summer!

Help me out, friends! Give me some advice! What should my new plan of attack be?

best race photo ever

How many of you generally like your race photos when you see them?  Not me.  I feel like they’re usually super awkward.  Eyes half closed, arms in awkward positions, legs confirming that I don’t have perfect form, and what is going on with my face?  Am I about to sneeze?  Am I in pain?  Oy.  Race photos are usually less than flattering.  When I was racing more frequently, I would at least attempt to get a semi-decent picture at the finish line by throwing my hands up in the air.  Sometimes it worked, most of the time it didn’t.

Anyway, as you know, during the All American 5K this past weekend, it rained the entire time.  Poured.  My sister and I (and every other runner out there) were drenched.  When we saw the finish line in the near distance, we were stoked.  Yes, that meant the race was concluding, but more importantly because it meant we could get under some shelter, dry off, and eventually shower and get out of our sopping wet clothes that were hanging off us due to them being so wet.  When I was crossing the finish line, I threw my hands in the air and smiled like I just won the race…

itzlinz 5k race photo

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…which I didn’t, of course, but you can’t really tell that from the picture.  Stephanie was cracking up in the background.  I love the picture.  I love it because it shows what running should be all about: FUN!  Sometimes we get so caught up in the numbers that it’s hard to remember that running and races, while good exercise and very healthy for our bodies, is fun!  While I’ve tried to have this pose captured in other races, they’ve never been caught like this one.  Pure joy!

And since it’s Thursday, I’m linking up with Amanda to do some thinking out loud…

I attended a BodyPump class yesterday.

It’s such a good workout.  Pre-baby I used to lift weights all the time, but now BodyPump is definitely the best weight lifting routine I do.  I wish I could go multiple times a week, but when I do have time to workout, I’ve been dedicating it to running, biking, or swimming in preparation for my upcoming triathlon.

No shame in taking selfies either!  Especially after reading THIS POST!

You can see in that picture how bad my roots were.  Luckily, I was able to get into Preston Salon yesterday, and Zac fixed me right up.

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I swung by my sister’s after the salon as it was on the way to the nail shop.  I asked Audrey if she wanted to come get her nails done with me, and of course she said yes.  So we had a little day date.  I love my mini-me.

And how about this guy? Teething monster, but always a #ladiesman!

ladiesman

Are you usually happy with your race photos? Do you try to pose for the camera?

All American 5K | American Flag Tank

I love love love that I’m back into running again, particularly racing.  It’s so much fun, and I adore the atmosphere of race day bursting with excitement from all sorts of runners.  That’s yet another reason I love running and racing – the community.  It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, how big or thin you are, how fast or not you are.  If you run, if you signed up for the race, if you’re there at the starting line, you’re a runner!  Sometimes races can intimidate people, but don’t let it!  Every race I’ve been to has been full of supportive people cheering each other on with one similar goal – to cross the finish line.

Sure, some people are faster than others and race to compete, but that’s the nature of the sport.  You can be as ambitious as you want.  You can try to achieve a PR (personal record), you can try to place, or you can aim to finish. No matter what, we’re all running the same race!  That’s my take on it anyway.

My sister Stephanie and I ran the All American 5K in St. Louis this past weekend.  I ran as a Chipotle runner, and like I always do, I set out my outfit the night before.

A few weeks ago, someone from Tipsy Elves reached out asking to provide me with some of their new patriotic gear for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. You’ve probably heard of Tipsy Elves before.  Their brand and products were first featured on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank in 2013 and have received favorable press with the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, New York Times, and others. Tipsy Elves started as a Christmas sweater company, but has since evolved and expanded into a one stop shop for all fun and unique holiday apparel.

As I was browsing through their selection, I couldn’t help but chuckle.  I mean, they have everything from American flag tank tops to long sleeve shirts to fanny packs to dresses to jackets to FULL JUMPSUITS!  It’s funny, too, because Stephanie is kind of obsessed with all things with the American flag.  So much so that we often tease her about it and send her pictures of the most ridiculous American flag stuff we can find.  Anyway, I chose this American flag tank top.

It arrived just in time for the All American 5K. They kindly sent one for Stephanie, as well, which was a nice surprise for her.  She was ecstatic because the tanks really are so cute and crazy soft! They were perfect for the race!

fourth of july tanks

We were literally standing beneath the tiniest ledge on the side of a building before the race started as it was pouring down rain!  As we drove to the race, the skies were dark and threatening.  By the time we were on the shuttle, it was raining.  We stepped off the bus into pouring rain.  We tried to camp out under the ledge before the race began, but it was pointless as our shoes quickly became soaked with the standing groundwater.

The race was showcased as “The Fastest 5K in St. Louis!” as the majority of it is flat or downhill.  However, we didn’t want to bust our butts in the rain, so we stayed at a comfortable pace.  It literally rained THE ENTIRE RACE!  It let up a couple of times, and I would make some remark about how it stopped, and then instantly it would begin again.  It was unbelievable how hard and how long it poured.  Everyone, everything was absolutely drenched.  St. Louis is totally over this rain.  But… we finished and proudly sported our medals!

post race sisters steph

27:58 to be exact!  It is faster than our last 5K and not too shabby considering the torrential downpour!  Post-race goodies included ice cream which you know I was a fan of.  I can’t wait to see which Chipotle race is next in the Go! St. Louis series!

We raced (ha!) home and speedily showered and got dressed before heading to our parents’ house for a delicious Father’s Day brunch.  I was starving by the time we got there and ate a ton.  If you know my parents, you know what amazing food (and how much!) we always have, and this brunch certainly didn’t disappoint.  But more importantly, we celebrated my amazing father – the smartest, kindest, most selfless and talented dad we’ve ever known!

dad fathers day 2015

We love him so much and William has the BEST “Pops” in the world!

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How adorable is his outfit?! My mom got it for him! LOVE it!

No family brunch would be complete without some cousin love and William-squeezing:

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(This was the best we got after many arguments of who got to hold William; they finally compromised on putting him in the middle, but they both got to “help” hold him. Must be touching baby at.all.times!)

Running in the rain – yay or nay? I don’t love it, but we survived!