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Who Runs the World?

Who Runs the World?

Who runs the world? Well, me…literally because like an idiot with no sense of direction, I made a wrong turn and added a 5k onto my already long run. #SundayRunday. But I’m jumping forward a bit. With half marathon training at its peak, I’m logging some serious miles. The race is at the end of this month and that means…NEW SHOES. I’m so happy to review my first run with my new Brooks Glycerin 15 running shoes. I’ve gone back and forth wearing Sauconys and Brooks mainly because with Brooks, they usually felt a little heavier than my Sauconys, although they had great support and cushion for long distance runs. HOWEVER, after running with the new Glycerin 15 shoe, Brooks is back in the game. They are SO much lighter (like my Sauconys) and they seem to have even more cushion than before. Some reviews mentioned that the toe box was smaller, however I didn’t think so at all. I always order a half size up for my running shoes to begin with. My test run was about 4.5 miles and I certainly had happy feet from start to finish. I mean, as a runner, when your new running shoes arrive…I can’t slap my Garmin and running clothes on fast enough.

Since they passed the shorter distance test run, I couldn’t wait to try them out for Sunday’s long run (that was supposed to be 11 miles). As stated earlier, because I have zero sense of direction, my run turned into 14.5 miles with SO many hills. Now if that wasn’t a test for these new shoes I don’t know what would be. Oh and let’s not forget that it was insanely humid and hot outside. Of course. This also means my schedule has since been cleared for the rest of the day. Yay me for getting grocery shopping out of the way the other day…because this girl isn’t doing SHIT for the rest of the day. Well…except for eating my calories back. The amount of salt that was coming off of me was disgusting. It was even more disgusting when my furbaby Luigi sauntered on over and started to lick my arm. Does anyone else’s furbabies do this? What a weirdo. But since I survived my run and made pretty good time despite the heightened anxiety of possibly being lost, a post-run selfie was obviously in order. I didn’t die, I made it home in one piece…and my new Glycerins didn’t fail me. Holllaaaa.

 

I also need to give a shout-out to the hubs for running his very first 5k! Well by now he ran a couple more, but man am I so proud of this guy. It only took me like…8 years to get him into it, but…SUCCESS MUAHAHAHA. One day I went off on my run and he went off on his and we got back right around the same time. Full disclaimer, he kind of wanted to kill me for snapping a selfie since he kind of felt like death afterward and I was all “but first lemme take a selfie.” Me: deal with it. πŸ˜€

 

Running aside (yes I know, there’s more to my life than running) I was a bachelorette for the latter part of this week. The hubs was away at a convention and this girl got some serious chill time in and caught up on some reading and trashy TV shows that the hubs loathes entirely. I’m currently reading What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan and I’m OBSESSED. I’m really digging this new author and can’t wait to read more from her. If you’re looking for your next suspense novel, I highly recommend it! Other books I have lined up to read are:

Really, Half-Priced Books is my go-to, especially when I want to discover new authors. And with an extra 20% off Labor Day sale, I filled my basket to the brim! #booknerd.My sister also had her house warming party yesterday, she’s such an amazing hostess. She cooked up the most amazing spread for brunch and had mimosas ready as soon as you walked in. I need to take notes….or take a cooking class. Haha. After the party I managed to get together with the bestie for some girl time and snagged some awesome back-to-school deals. I love benefiting off of something that I no longer have to worry about. Nordstrom Rack is seriously my jam. As someone who REALLY is working on spending less and budgeting more, this place is amazing. By the end of the day, I was ready to Netflix and chill. Luigi agreed. He also serves as a great blanket.

 

And now that August has come to an end, it’s time to say goodbye to summer and HELLO fall. We’ll be dismantling the pier soon and bringing in the boats (which is always a sad day) but I must admit, fall is my favorite season. Bring on the cozy sweater weather, bonfires, changing leaves and breezy fall running. So goodbye, summer. It’s been real.

 

XOXO

Fit Focused

Fit Focused

Week two has officially gone by of my master plan to tone up and I’m actually 4lbs down. My strategy is to be very mentally aware of my goals. That’s it. Everything I do, I think about whether or not it’s conducive to my goals. Is skipping a workout going to get me one step closer to my goal? Nope. Is stuffing my face rather than eating until I’m satisfied going to work in my favor? Not a chance in hell….although it’s been hard leaving delicious food on my plate. Things that HAVE been working are things like:

  • Logging my food/water intake on MyFitnessPal (and no I’m not a fan of keeping track of every single calorie, but it really helps you make smarter decisions based on your food intake throughout the day.
  • Not snacking after dinner. Who knew this would be so hard? I workout later at night sometimes so I don’t know about you, but after an intense strength training session I could eat the whole fridge.
  • Don’t compromise. This is when the whole “mental toughness” thing comes in right? Sure, you can tell yourself that you can always workout tomorrow…but you should ALSO workout today. The common myth is that it takes about 21 days to form a habit, so why break the healthy habit of getting your workout and not working on your goals? You should never compromise what you want most.
  • Build your mental toughness with some reading material. I’ve stocked my Kindle app full of some good reads that got some great reviews including: Un*fuck Yourself: Get out of your head and into your life, The Universe Has Your Back: Transform fear to faith, Better Than Before, and You Are a Badass.
  • Focus on the journey, not the destination. This is really important. It’s a bit stressful to think about how your overall goal is to lose 20-25lbs by the end of May. Working on losing 1-2lbs each week and being mindful of how I’m going to keep myself in check week by week is a lot easier to handle.

I’m even more ecstatic that my boxing classes have been moved to a later time during the week so I have a better chance of making it after work. Can we get a heck yes? I can already feel the results of my increased strength training. Overall, I just feel like my energy is cranked throughout my whole workout rather than burning out hard toward the end. Saturday morning I was amped for my boxing class and then since it was SO nice out, I really didn’t have any choice but to go for a run around the neighborhood #shitrunnersdo. I swear, Chicagoland hasn’t seen some sunshine in weeks AND it almost reached 60 degrees in JANUARY. It had to be done. Feeling strong and the sunshine is definitely giving me that extra kick in the pants! Err…leggings. πŸ˜‰

Sunday was another run-derful morning! It ended up being a morning every runner dreams of. I felt like I could have kept running at top speed for another 7 miles. It’s days like these that REALLY keep me going. Not to mention that since I’ve been amping up my strength training, I’ve been noticing that I’ve been burning more cals per running or workout sesh. Although let me tell ya, saying no to stuffing my face with pizza on several occasions has been SO HARD.

This weekend as a whole was a very empowering one. Over 1 million women came together in every major city across the country to unite and rally for women’s rights. I’m so proud and my heart and soul is filled with so much pride. It was the best demonstration of uniting peacefully and for such an important cause.

This week I’m going to continue to be on my A game. Sunday I’ll be flying out to Vegas for a work conference so those liquid calories will be EVERYWHERE….and tempting. I mean…who goes to Vegas and skips out on fancy martinis and wine? Unfortunately I can’t fly out a day earlier to catch Britney’s show. I mean, if Britney can get her shit back together after 2007, then I can certainly hit my goals. And remember, everyone has bad days, but know that you’ll get through them. Do the robot in your car if you have to. Happy Monday!!!

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