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Confessions of a Runner

Confessions of a Runner

As a runner, someone who attempts to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle, sometimes you fall off of that wagon. Don’t lie, it happens to the best of us right? So I feel the need to post some confessions, especially since it’s been so long since I’ve updated!

I confess I ate cold pizza for breakfast and then ran 7 miles. See? Balance. Rock it, own it. We’re all human and living means pizza for breakfast sometimes. It’s also called shark week.

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I confess I’ve been so consumed and stressed with this huge project for work, I thank my lucky stars that I don’t stress eat. My stress has now turned against my fat stores and I’ve randomly lost 5lbs. I’m now one bad stomach flu away from my goal weight. #silverlining

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I confess it looks like a bomb went off in my closet. Sports bras and moisture wicking clothing are everywhere. #runnerproblems. Since I HAVE been way too stressed out, I’ve been forcing myself to find the time to workout and get a run in. Sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, but after just one hour of sweating it out, I feel a million times better. Now if only my laundry could just….do itself.

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I confess that I didn’t really freak out when I turned 29 on the 8th. I feel like I’m really satisfied with where I am in my life right now. I feel like just within this past year, I’ve accomplished so much – especially with my career. There’s no question I know the perfect balance of living my adult life and staying in touch with my childhood. See Exhibit A.

I confess that with said birthday gift cards, I only added to my ridiculous collection of running/workout clothes. It’s the best when you can super coupon your birthday promo codes with President’s Day promos. Hollllaaa.

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I confess I use the “oh it’s okay I’ll just run it off” excuse so many times. I got a box of gamble chocolates, a Starbucks giftcard and beautiful roses from the hubs. Can anyone guess which of the three lasted the longest?

I confess I doubled up on cardio each day this weekend because of how nice it was outside. I was running around in a tank on my runs in FEBRUARY. WHAT?! Unheard of in Chicagoland. My bod is just soaking up ALL of that sunshine. Everyone was out walking around, riding their bikes, it was great. Winter, sorry but you can just stay away.

This weekend really was the best. I went out every chance I got and spent time with family. Life is good when you make it a point to stop the chaos and take care of yourself physically and mentally.

Cheers!

Birthday Weekend

Birthday Weekend

You guys!!! It’s my 28th birthday!! I was born on February 8, 1988. So many eights! So excuse me while I switch out my running tights for something a little more appropriate for the occasion.

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I believe in celebrating your birthday for the whole weekend…hell for the whole month! Especially if your actual birthday lands on a…Monday…womp womp. This weekend I got to spend time with some of my favorite people which made it really special. The hubs and I met up with my family at my favorite Mexican place, Mago. The margaritas you guys…to die for.

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Another awesome part about your birthday is you get a bunch of birthday discounts. In addition to Victoria’s Secret’s 30% sports bras sale, I also scored some awesome VS workout tights with my birthday coupon. I couldn’t say no.

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My sister and I spent the whole day together shopping and snagging deals. We shopped to severe exhaustion. To the point where even a venti latte with an extra shot couldn’t even save us. I may have spent a lot, but I saved even more so that counts for something right? I’ve become a clearance rack QUEEN.

I also didn’t let the Super Bowl overshadow my birthday weekend…okay it did a little bit. But it just gave me another excuse to inhale more calories. At least I burned quite a few running a Super Bowl Shuffle! I told myself that I was going to take it easy and run it slow…yeah well no that didn’t really happen. Although I did maintain a slower pace than I usually would, I was bad…and I’m paying for it now. My hammie tendon is screaming is quite angry with me. But I figured if I have to stop running while I’m in PT, I’m going to make this damn race count. And I was quite proud of myself. The last downhill was pretty hard on that tendon and I channeled my inner Beyonce and finished strong.

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I just realized something too. You can really tell the difference between a treadmill runner and one who usually runs outside throughout the year. I saw some runners in COATS and it was a beautiful 40 degrees outside! This is another reason why I love running outside throughout the year instead of running on a treadmill. Your body just gets used to the weather conditions which preps you to perform your best on race day.

I averaged an 8:47 minute mile and finished 7th in my age group and 170th overall out of over 400 people. Not too shabby for being injured. My playlist was on point too. An obvious requirement. Everything about this race was super. πŸ˜‰

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After this birthday weekend fest full of amazingness and calories…I can’t wait to hit the gym tomorrow. #bloatedashell. #toomuchpizza.

This sums up my Super Bowl night.

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But really, that face-off between Beyonce and Bruno Mars during the halftime show….Beyonce could stomp him out with one flick of her heel.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Linking up with Biana today! More birthday updates to come!

 

Cheers!

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