Happy Saturday! I hope you guys are enjoying your weekend. Mine has been spent working and packing! We move out Monday morning and head back to Georgia!

Speaking of Georgia, remember that Camo outfit I found in the closet? Well apparently they are back in style! In the form of skinny pants. These were at the Gap, surprisingly. I’m sorry but the skinny’s are getting skinnier and skinnier! There is no way my calves will fit in the pants out there these days.

Also, I’m SO sick of seeing leggings worn as pants. You’d think after several years of jokes about it, women would get the picture but no. If you are going to wear leggings, cover your butt! That’s all.

This week/weekends eats have consisted of eating all things leftover in our pantry/fridge. Last night I did a re-make of these Southwest Turkey Burgers.


My alarm went off at 6am this morning to ready me for my 9 mile run. Or what I thought was going to be 9 miles.

You’ve got to love those morning squint eyes. I was so wishing to stay in bed.

But I got out there and hit the road for my 1/2 marathon training. I’m 3 weeks away and ready for the race to be here! My run felt good at first, I was keeping a 8:40/mile pace for 3 miles and then I felt like I was hit by a ton of bricks. My body literally felt so fatigued and had no energy to run. In my mind I was mentally ready to run 9 miles and I was having no knee pain or side stitches. But my energy levels were so low I thought I was going to pass out. I made it to the 4.5 mile mark, ate some chews and kept running. But after another mile, I still felt horrible. The stubborn side of me wanted to keep running and just do it to say I did but the smart side of me said I needed to listen to my body and there is always another day to make up the miles. I headed back home and had to literally stop and walk several times because I thought I couldn’t go anymore. I finished with 7 miles total which is fine, just not what I wanted to accomplish and not the pace I was going for but that’s what happens when you walk!

I honestly didn’t even want to write about this but I know I need to share my struggles along with my gains! I’m so stubborn, ugh.

While finishing up my run I realized why I was so exhausted and fatigued. Yesterday morning, Darin woke up early to play racquetball with a friend so I decided to go for a jog. I ended up doing a 3 mile speed run keeping my pace under 8:00/mile. I usually do those runs at least 2 days previous to a long run so doing that the day before a long run was not a good choice. Then last night I went to the gym and trained arms and abs along with burpees and I don’t think I ate enough after. Basically, my body is mad at me and I need to take more care of it. Over-training can cause injury and that’s definitely not what I want especially with my race 3 weeks away.

Things I have learned from race training over the last two years:

  • Hydration is key. Keep a water bottle with you while you run or hide one on the way.
  • Energy gels/chews are your saving grace if you are running for longer than 30-45 minutes. They will give you the energy you need to keep running and are necessary so you don’t collapse on long runs.
  • Fitted running shoes make all the difference in the world. I used to always have shin splints until I got shoes that are right for me.
  • Waiting an hour to run after you eat will help you not have cramps or side stitches. Also, breathing through pursed lips when I feel a side stitch coming on has worked wonders.
  • Warming up and stretching will help keep you from injury. And ice baths/packets are your best friend when your knees hurt.

When I came home I replenished with a delicious smoothie! You will love this one:

Almond Joy Smoothie

  • (1) Scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder
  • (2) Tbsp of Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • (1) Cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • (1) Cup of Ice
  • (1) Banana
  • (1/4) Cup of Rolled Oats
  • (1) Tbsp of Nikki’s Coconut Butter– Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie (not needed, just an extra touch of yumm)

I meant to share with you earlier this week a workout that I came up with last week. It’s easy to think on trips or vacation that you don’t have time to workout or if you do have time, there’s no gym nearby. Well all you need for this workout is your workout clothes and shoes. Darin and I had limited time and wanted to get a workout in so I wrote down some exercises on paper and we set our timer for 15 minutes. Here you go!

We only used our body weight for these workouts and for the dips we used the arms of the couches! You can always get creative with workouts 🙂 Also, both of our abs were sore for 2 days after these V-ups. To really get a burn with V-ups, keep your legs lower as you crunch up and reach up to touch your shins. We ended up completing 4 rounds + the High Knees. 100 reps of each exercise, killer!



Before I go, for those of you in need of a Pumpkin Latte but don’t want to blow $20 at Starbucks, here is a recipe from Sara at Peas & Thank You.


I love me some pumpkin. How about some of her Pumpkin Streusel Swirl Loaf to go with that? Anyone?


And I’m waiting for Lauren’s recipe for 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Fudge on Monday. Oh man, this is going to be good.

Ok, now that I have drooled on my keyboard I’m going to go. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Next time you hear from me we will no longer be living in Florida!

What’s the best Pumpkin treat you have ever eaten?