BRTR Training Week 7

It’s funny that as I wrap up the 7th week of my half marathon training, I’m looking ahead to marathon training. It’s a good thing I’m totally an over achiever… ;)


Over the next few weeks I’ll be figuring out what marathon training needs to look like and trying merge it with my half training so I don’t lose all the progress I’ve made over the last few months. Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m doing this but sometimes I still can’t believe I’ve successfully run two 1/2 marathons. The body is an amazing thing!


Speaking of amazing things…seriously amazing training this week. My body was feeling strong. And while Friday was going to be my “rest” day, I needed the mental release of hot yoga and I’m so happy I went. Sometimes active rest is the answer. :)

Friday 4/11

75 mins hot yoga


Saturday 4/12

15 mins treadmill speed work

15 mins stairs speed work 


Sunday 4/13

6 mile run


Monday 4/14

Strength – legs & abs


Tuesday 4/15

4.5 mile run


Wednesday 4/16

Strength – chest/triceps/abs

3 x 500m row 


Thursday 4/17

4.6 mile run

Strength – back/biceps/abs


Now, it’s Friday and I’m more than ready for my weekend and time with friends and family. I’ll see y’all on Monday. ;)


How was your training this week?

Have you ever run a marathon before? I WANT YOUR TIPS!

What are your plans for the weekend?

BRTR Training Week 6

Don’t you just love birthdays? I can’t even thank you all enough – for the FB messages, tweets, comments, IG love, friends who texted, emailed, etc – there’s no doubt that yesterday I felt the love!

10003364_10100152976006859_1062823163466971092_nYesterday I promised that you’re core workouts would be here today and I always keep my promises!


First up is another flashback workout – the Burpee Ab Shred…I haven’t done this workout in FOR-EV-ER but you better believe it’s on the agenda for this weekend. Maybe even today. Gulp.

Screen-Shot-2012-12-10-at-12.27.32-PMSecond is from the Tone It Up ladies. I’ve done this Love Your Abs routine a few times and it’s always left me feeling burn.

Love-your-abs-printable-jpg-3Don’t forget to keep planking – everyday!!


Friday 4/4



Saturday 4/5

1.3 mile walk


Sunday 4/6

75 mins hot yoga

3.5 mile run


Monday 4/7

GPP – straight eights & abs


Tuesday 4/8

1.3 mile walk 

20 mins YogaDownload


Wednesday 4/9

4 mile run

1.3 mile walk


Thursday 4/10

4 mile run (total)

GPP – Kettlebell Pyramids & abs


And come Sunday, I’ll officially be half way through training for my 3rd half marathon…holy cow!


And come Monday, I find out if I made the lottery for the Chicago Marathon and have only a few days to officially decide what I want to do…I have no words.


How were your workouts this week?

Any big plans for your weekend?

BRTR Training Week 5

Who’s happy it’s FRIDAY?!


I must be honest, it’s been one heck of a week. From losing a friend, to a lot going on at work, and some crazy insomnia, I’m ready for the weekend. Monday got things off on the wrong foot and I’ve had a hard time getting myself back on track, for good reason though.

1977329_10100148194284469_1983381621_nThe good news is, I’ve had a great week of workouts. It really proves that fitness is a great form of stress relief, and for me, next writing, it’s my therapy. So let’s take a look at it, shall we?

Blinded by the light, anyone? ;)

Blinded by the light, anyone? ;)

Friday 3/28

3.5 mile run

Squats & Abs


Saturday 3/29

Active rest – 2 mile walk 


Sunday 3/30

5 mile run

1.25 mile walk


Monday 3/31

Strength – GPP STAB press

1.25 mile walk


Tuesday 4/1

4 mile run

26 KB swings 


Wednesday 4/2

GPP – row/KB – run/KB


Thursday 4/3

4 mile run

GPP – 4 rounds each & abs

1185500_10100106885722159_1297857261_nIt was a butt-kicking, ab-burning, run-filled week…checking another one off on my quest for half marathon #3!


How were your workouts this week?

What plans do you have for the weekend?

BRTR Training Week 4

1185500_10100106885722159_1297857261_n4 weeks in, my friends, 4 weeks in. It’s crazy to think that after Sunday’s long run, I’ll be considered a 1/3 of the way through the training for my half marathon. Some days I can’t believe that. Some days I can’t believe that I’ve even done one…let alone two, training for three, and flirting with the idea of a full. My body is so amazing, I just love it.


I’ve given myself some flexibility this week in terms of my training schedule (hello, it’s called life!) but really it just means instead of taking a rest day today, I took one yesterday and will be hitting the gym pretty hard this morning (probably as you’re reading this actually).


Friday 3/21
Strength – total body & abs
1.25 mile walk
Saturday 3/22
Sunday 3/23
5 mile run
25 mins YogaDownload – Heart Opening Flow #1
Monday 3/24
Strength – total body & abs (w/ Kettlebells)
 Tuesday 3/25
Jillian Michaels Shred – level 2
Wednesday 3/26
3.5 mile run
Thursday 3/27

I’m hoping for a relatively chill weekend ahead – one filled with friends, fun, good food and beautiful weather. We’re on the books for nearly 60 on Sunday which I’m hoping means I’ll be able to get in a nice run outside for the first time in way too long.



What’s on the agenda for your weekend?

How were you able to stay active this week?

Case Closed

Well, I think I’ve solved the mystery of the case of severe exhaustion…or at least I have a really good theory. It might seem totally obvious but I guess to me it wasn’t. I eat a really clean diet (at least MOST of the time) and while I allow myself to splurge from time-to-time, this past weekend was a weekend of indulgences – cake, candy, cookies, alcohol, bread. I did my best to make healthier decisions and limit those treats and while I do believe I limited them, it was much more than my body is used to, especially over the course of 3 days. And as such, it took me 3 days to recover.


While I do believe I’ve been more exhausted over the last month or so, there’s a good reason – work has been busy and I’ve been trying to take on more than I should in all aspects of my life, leaving me exhausted all the time. Since I’m learning to say no and better balance my time between work, personal matters, the blog and my social life, I hope this will continue to get better. And since Spring decided to finally shows it’s beautiful face, I always know a quick walk outside to recharge my batteries is just a few steps away.

1229799_10100142465949099_1878265605_nAs far as my fitness went, I had a great week! I got in some incredible runs while in Tulsa and while I have taken it easier on my workouts since returning, I’ve still stayed active and it’s been great. And seriously, I’m loving taking a quick break from my emails to go for a walk around the neighborhood mid afternoon.


Friday 3/14



Saturday 3/15

3.7 mile walk

4.1 mile run


Sunday 3/16

2.3 mile run


Monday 3/17

Strength – total body & abs


Tuesday 3/18

1.25 mile walk – active recovery


Wednesday 3/19

20 mins Jillian Michaels Shred -

Level 2


Thursday 3/20

3.6 mile run

1.3 mile walk outside 


To anyone counting, this makes my FitFluential March Miles total to…44.25. (Please note, my workouts listed above don’t account for ALL the miles that I include as my warm-up/cool-down at the gym). Will I hit 100 by the end of March? Probably not, but you know what? That’s okay. As much as I enjoy the challenge, it’s also about listening to my body and doing what is best for it. But I’m also not giving up and maybe if my afternoon walks keep up, I’ll get there. ;)


How were you able to stay active this week?

Any big plans for your weekend?

BRTR Training Week 2

Another week has come to an end, can you believe it? With SXSW happening this week (my thoughts go out to those and their families impacted by someone’s poor decision!), work was generally quiet. I had a few things to tend to but otherwise it was just a lot of getting my bearings and catch up. It was kind of nice but I definitely like to be busy so I’m looking forward to the weeks to come which I’ve been warned will probably be very busy. Is that weird?

1912388_10100126792713389_1418446915_nI’m off to Oklahoma for my cousin’s wedding which is bound to be a fun weekend with lots of family and celebrating. I’m also looking forward to meeting his soon-to-be wife. I also clearly know how to travel in style… ;) (P.S. That picture is totally from my trip to Kansas City last month…)


This week also marked my second week of training for the Boston Run to Remember 1/2 Marathon. My legs have been pretty sore all week and talking myself into taking the time to stretch and do yoga has been especially difficult. I’ve been extra exhausted this week too so I’ve been trying to get to bed a bit earlier when I can.

Friday 3/7
Saturday 3/8
15 mins elliptical
15 mins stairs 
+ Abs
Sunday 3/9
20 mins Jillian Michaels Shred Level 2
Monday 3/10
2.52 mile run
Tuesday 3/11
Strength – total body & abs
30 mins walk 
Wednesday 3/12
3 mile run
TIU best abs
Thursday 3/13
3 mile run

Regardless, it’s been an incredible week of workouts and I more than earned today’s REST day! :)


Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a plane to catch…

Big plans for your weekend? Tell me about them!

How were your workouts this week?

BRTR Training Week 1

This week marked the official start of training for my 3rd half marathon, the Boston Run to Remember 1/2 Marathon in May. I’ve been slowly increasing my mileage since the new year to make this an easier transition, which definitely made this week’s workouts a lot easier. But before we get to that, I have some news to share which I totally forgot to share when we caught up over tea on Tuesday…

I’m officially a FitFluential Ambassador.


I wasn’t really expecting it, so it’s fun to feel like a part of such a strong community of fitness and healthy-living minded individuals. What does this mean for the blog? Honestly, it shouldn’t mean anything. I’m picky when it comes to the content I share in this space and I don’t forsee that changing anytime soon. :)


FitFluential is doing a March challenge to get in 100 miles (walking, running, you name it!) and I’m hoping with my training underway, I’ll be able to hit that goal. If not, it’s at least something fun to work towards.

Moving onto the week…

Friday 2/28



Saturday 3/1

90 mins hot yoga


Sunday 3/2

5 mile run


Monday 3/3

Strengthen – total body & abs


Tuesday 3/4

3 mile run 


Wednesday 3/5

40 mins walking (2.25 miles)

25 mins YogaDownload – Yoga for Runners #1


Thursday 3/6

2 mile run – easy speed work

Strength – total body & abs

1 mile run – what happens when you realize you actually had three miles on the schedule, not two ;)

Total Miles for #FFMarchMiles so far – 14.75 (I usually walk ½ mile between warm-up & cool-down per run.)

Can I just also quickly mention that I’m in serious trouble? Well, not really but my poor wallet is! My new Fabletics outfits came through this week and I’m seriously LOVING the spring colors. I can’t get enough of these pieces…am I right?!

march fabletics

What’s interesting about training for my third half marathon, is the doubt that continues to plague me. It’s this constant battle despite having two successful half marathons in the books, this isn’t something that comes that easy to me – mentally OR physically. Today’s #MotivationInMarch is just so fitting…


How were your workouts this week?

Are you training for anything? Or what are your current fitness goals?

P.S. I have a guest post over on Life’s a Bowl today where I share my story of working in the music industry. Definitely check it out!

Quick Cardio

I’m sure I’m not the only one saying this today… ;)


I feel like I’ve been going for weeks straight without a break (mostly because I have) and losing my Sunday to catch up was definitely hard this week. I’m looking forward to a low-key weekend so I can catch up and get back on my two best feet.


I’ve been trying to find a new workout motivation and despite an exhausting start to the week, I was able to get in some really good workouts. I’m hoping this is a start to a renewed sense of fitness.


Friday 2/21

2 mile run

Saturday 2/22


Sunday 2/23


Monday 2/24

20 mins Jillian Michael’s Shred Level 1

Tuesday 2/25

3 mile run

Wednesday 2/26

TIU Love Your Body 2

Quick Cardio – 3 rounds (see below)

Thursday 2/27

2 mile run

TIU Sleek & Slender Abs – 3 rounds


As mentioned, here’s the Quick Cardio workout mentioned above. I didn’t have time to get in any cardio while I was at the gym on Wednesday, so I did some when I had a few minutes at home before lunch. I completed 3 rounds but even just 1 round would make for a nice little mid-afternoon boost.

quick cardio


What are your plans for the weekend?

How do you get in a quick cardio?

Popping In!

Hi friends! I’m just popping in real quick from KC to say “hi” and check-in for a little Fitness Friday action. Things are awesome, crazy, super fun, tiring, but totally worth it all here in KC. We’re keeping busy and seeing lots of shows. I’ll see if I can pull together a brief wrap-up on Monday with some of the highlights, at least with what I can share. ;)


Anyway, I really hit it heavy early this week since I didn’t quite know how my schedule would play out in terms of time to workout this week, and was definitely ready for my rest day yesterday.

Friday 2/14
45 mins xtrain – TIU Secret Admirer – 15 mins treadmill, elliptical & stair circuits


Saturday 2/15
20 mins treadmill intervals
20 mins stationary bike intervals
Sunday 2/16
2 mile run
20 mins walk
3 rounds med ball abs
20 mins Jillian Michaels shred level 1
Monday 2/17
20 mins Jillian Michaels shred level 1
TIU Love Your Body Kettlebells – 2 rounds
Tuesday 2/18
3 mile run
Wednesday 2/19
TIU Love Your Arms & Abs – 2 rounds
TIU Secret Admirer Cardio – minus treadmill portion


Thursday 2/20
How’s your week been? Fill me in!
Also, PLEASE head over to Just A One Girl Revolution today where I’m sharing my journey to a healthy and happy life! Thanks to Mindy for letting me take over her corner of the internet today! :)

A Love Letter to Myself

love letter graphic

I may not have a Valentine (aww) but there’s no reason why I can’t be my own. Sometimes it’s hard to remind ourselves of our own beauty, and as I was finding myself participating in some negative self talk yesterday, I decided to take today, this day of love, to focus on sending love to myself.

love letter

Other ways that I’ve been sending love to myself this week is through my workouts. It’s been a busy week and I’ve really been using my workouts to focus on myself, to spend that time with myself and cultivating what I need.


Including yoga. Yes, I’ve done yoga. I haven’t met my 3x/week goal but I’ve been making an effort to incorporate more into my week and that definitely counts for something.

Friday 2/7
30 mins elliptical
Saturday 2/8
Sunday 2/9
4 mile run
Monday 2/10
Strength – chest/triceps/shoulders/abs
Tuesday 2/11
3.2 mile run
Wednesday 2/12
Strength – legs/abs
20 mins YogaDownload
Thursday 2/13
2 mile run
Strength – back/biceps/abs
20 mins YogaDownload


How are you choosing to love yourself today?

Any big Valentine’s Day plans?

We already know my answer to that last one… ;) womp womp.

Linking back to my girl Amanda for her Love Challenge!