Guest Post: Favorite Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert from StudioEats

My last guest post for this stretch is from Jamie at StudioEats, she blogs great recipes, and she offered to put together some of her favorite recipes! As always, show some love and maybe leave some of your favorite healthy recipes and follow her on twitter.

Hi everyone! My name is Jamie and I blog over at StudioEats. I am a Health Coach living in New York City and I blog about healthy and easy recipes, thoughts on living a balanced lifestyle, and how to have a lot of fun along the way. I am a huge believer that being healthy can be fun and easy. After gaining 25 pounds in college and subsequently losing it, I have gained a lot of strategies about losing weight and maintaining it in a really easy, stress-free, way.

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When Kelly asked for guest blogs, I thought it would be a great opportunity to put together something I’ve been meaning to for a while. People always ask me what my favorite recipes on my blog are, and I always stumble on the answer. So, here I have put together my favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipe that I have made so far on the blog. The best of the best, if you will!

Breakfast:

Toast with Yogurt and Grilled Peaches

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This is very typical of something I like to make. It’s SUPER simple, yet also special for a weekday breakfast. Simply take toast, add some greek yogurt, and grill up some peaches or another type of your favorite fruit. Drizzle a little honey on top and you have yourself a decadent breakfast in minutes. Coffee on the side, of course!

Lunch:

A Not Boring Veggie Sandwich

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Again, this is all about taking something really simply but making it a little more interesting. I’m not a vegetarian by any means, but I do like a good amount of meatless meals. This is taking a veggie sandwich and sprucing it up a bit by adding pumpkin, some oregano, a hefty dose of hummus, and making it on Cinnamon Raisin bread. SO much flavor!

Dinner:

Eggplant, Fig and Ricotta Pizza

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I love me some pizza. I actually make pizza quite frequently. Pizza was one of the first things I made this year and put on the blog, and I guess I’ve never stopped loving it. It’s SO fun to make, and the possibilities are endless. I usually just buy some Whole Wheat pizza dough from the grocery store, roll it out, and add whatever toppings are on my mind. This pizza recipe was probably my favorite. Again, meatless, but you can add sausage or chicken or even steak to this. Yum!
Dessert:

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Don’t forget about dessert! I try to usually have some healthy dessert on hand, because I have a strong sweet tooth and I refuse to tame it. These healthy cookies are the best I’ve made. No sugar, butter, or oil. But chocolate is still included, obviously. Can’t skimp on that!

I hope you like these recipes and check out many more on my blog. Cheers to health made easy, baby!

What looks good to you? My favorite is the toast with yogurt and grilled peaches, yum!

Guest Post: Running while Traveling

Today’s guest post is from Amalia, her blog is a mish mash of things, much like this one, and I love that she talks about traveling on a budget, so when we talked about her guest posting all I could think about was her traveling experiences and how she ran during them. She is going to share her experience with you all and like always please show her some love.

My name is Amalia, I blog at Live Travel Eat and Run, I make faces a lot, and I have a confession to make.

I’ve become a traveling runner.

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I say this because I never ended to be a runner, but I always intended on being a traveler. Who knew the two would go together so well?

My love for traveling started when my parents put me on a plane at the age of two, and I don’t think there has been a year that has passed where I haven’t had the excitement and privilege of going somewhere awesome and new. I currently live in one of my favourite cities I ever visited. Vancouver,
British Columbia

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My relationship with running was one of pain and anger and hatred for about 23 years, until this past March. A friend had dared me to run the Ottawa 5 km with her, and I never back down from a challenge. The second someone says “I dare you to,” is the second I’m hooked. So it makes sense to me that that is how I started my running journey.

So in May, I packed up my bags for a weekend and drove six hours to Ottawa. I ran my first 5 km with one of my very best friends and after that, it was like I couldn’t stop running. The same day, I signed up to run my first half marathon in Disney world in January. I figured, “Hey I have 6 months to save some money to go and to start running longer distances” (35 days now!). For some reason, pairing running with traveling has made my life that much more exciting. And now I love running, go figure. My Dad makes fun of me because he could NEVER get me to run when I was a kid in team sports. I’d rather compete with myself!

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Ottawa was probably the best decision of my life. Running by the Canadian Parliament (I used to want to be a politician, so the amount I know about that building would astound anyone), with one of my best friends, in a great city? It was incredible. The best part was I was able to crash with my best friend and her boyfriend, and therefore my costs were limited to the swag I bought at the expo and the 12 hours of driving time.

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I say it was the best decision of my life because I realized something about myself that day. I could do more than I ever thought possible, and I would prove it to myself again and again in the next six months as I trained, beat my time at another 5 km, and (cross your fingers general population of the world) successfully completed the Disney Half Marathon in January.

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But of course, I’m impulsive. And I love to sign myself up for things and generally don’t consider the cost. Run-cations can be expensive! Especially when you don’t have runner buddies to split the bill. Manfriend (my better half) is not a runner, and so to get him to come along there has to be some sort of video game convention going on at the same time.

So far I’ve only traveled by car to get to a race. I’m traveling by plane in January. But I don’t think there is any limit. I have big dreams of running the big 5 marathons. I want to run New York, Boston, Chicago, London and Athens.

I’m thankful for my Mom, who supports my crazy decisions and is generally willing to hop on a plane to come somewhere exciting, even if it means she foots most of the bill.

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So in order for me (and you) to learn better about traveling and running I’ve started this series on my blog called the Traveling Runner! If you’ve traveled anywhere for a race, no matter how big or small, I want to hear from you. You can find the form over at my website. And remember, dream big. Because life is just one day, one moment, at a time.

See you in 2013 Ottawa!

Make sure you follow Amalia on twitter to learn more!

Have you ever traveled to run? What is your favorite destination race?

Guest Post: Strength Training for a Runner

Today’s Guest Posters are twins Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams. I had the great opportunity to meet Alexandra during our Fitfluential dinner when I was in San Francisco for the Nike Women’s Marathon. Their guest post today is strength training for the marathoner. However, whether you are running a marathon, a 5k, or a few miles for fun, I can’t stress how important it is to strength train. Read their post for ideas and tips on how to incorporate strength into your training, and of course leave these lovely ladies some love.

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Twins and fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams-Evans, MA have been tagged as the witty Dear Abby and Ann Landers of the exercise advice world. WIth nearly 60 years’ combined fitness professional experience on land, sea, and airwaves they offer accurate, accessible, and entertaining advice with a twist. Alexandra is an editor and writer for IDEA: The Association for Health and Fitness Professionals; Kymberly is former faculty for the Dept of Exercise and Sports Studies at UCSB. You can catch them in person, on the radio, at events and on their website funanfit.org

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When strength training for a marathon (and you should), have you considered either kettlebell or medicine ball workouts? Kettlebells offer both cardio AND strength benefits, while the medicine balls address strength. We suggest trying out the medicine ball first unless you have access to a certified kettlebell instructor to teach you. Kettlebells are deceptively difficult to do right. You have to hold and swing them properly to avoid getting hurt. Our post “Kettlebell Workouts: Yes or No” will give you something to think about.

For either of the two types of equipment, you want to start light: 5 – 7 pounds for the kettlebells, and 8 – 12 pounds for the medicine ball.

Before you try and figure out how to use either of these all by yourself, we actually suggest you attend a group fitness strength training classes instead. Most runners eschew group fitness because they love the time alone and the outdoors, but whether you use free weights, resistance bands or resistance tubing, barbells, body weight, actual kettlebells or medicine balls, you will have a lower chance of injury in a class taught by a fitness pro. You’ll increase your fundamental strength, which will allow you to progress further with your marathon training. And you will get guidance, a range of options, and feedback within a class, all of which minimize injury risk. Tackle kettlebells only with a qualified, well-trained leader (trainer or group instructor) as risk with the kettlebells is higher than with other resistance equipment. You can then take what you learn in the strength training class out onto the floor and apply it to your solo resistance training program.

And of course, after that you can take your show on the road! Or more like the hills and dales of your next marathon, where your powerful legs and core will have you leaping tall buildings…or something!

What is your favorite way to strength train?

Guest Post: Taking a Look Back!

Today’s guest blogger is Nicole, we actually don’t live too terribly far from one another and we both ran with Team In Training for the Nike Women’s Marathon in October this year. Even though we were unable to meet I have been continuing to talk to Nicole and follow her blog. She is going to share with everyone her first year in the blogging world and where her journey has taken her.

Last Tuesday was my Birthday. Well, actually, it was my blogs 1st birthday.

This time last year, I published this post. Take a look at it. It’s not my best work but it is real.

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My very first race!

I wrote that because I was excited about this journey that I was on and I didn’t want to forget anything. I am notorious for being forgetful. I have traveled all over the world but can’t tell you every place I have been. Sad, right?

So, I sat down and started writing about how I felt about running and being a wife and mother. I wasn’t sure if anyone would read and at that time, I didn’t really care. Just wanted to have a journal that keep me motivated and accountable.

Before starting my blog, I didn’t even know what a blog was. I just googled the word “running” and tons of stuff came up. Things about shoes, races, GPS’s, and blogs. I clicked on the first blog, read through it and then looked for more.

I was motivated by these runners who had put it all out there and I felt the call to start Running While Mommy to motivate others as well.

I have come a long way since then. At that time, my longest distance was 4 miles. Since then I have run two half marathons and ten smaller races, plus one more this coming Sunday for a total of 13 races.

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Run Strong, Think Big Virtual 5k. Thank you to those who participated!

I have also raised $3900 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and ran in honor of Haley which was one of the greatest experiences of my short running career.

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After my first half marathon with my biggest supporters.

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Mile 10 at the Nike Women’s Marathon

Wow! Honestly, I thought that once I finished the Newport Bridge race the first time that I would be done. Now, I plan to run it every year.

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Newport Bridge, 2012

I have also lost 19 pounds since I started running. This I did not expect, but it is awesome. With the weight loss and the training, I have also hit 10 and change miles. I was a pretty consistent 12 minute mile pace runner and am now trying to PR at my last race of the year. My best 5k time to date is, 34:50. I think I can do it Sunday, although, I will be dressed as an elf and I just hope the costume doesn’t get in the way of that. LOL

And, by the way, I am not downing those who run at a 12 minute mile pace. I think any pace is great as long as you are moving and doing what you love to do. And, the longer I run, it seems the slower I go, so I know I will still see those numbers in my splits again.

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After a great run with the TNT group.

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The Blessing, my first 10 miler.

One of the other surprises this year, is how awesome the blogging/running community is. I have met friends virtually and in person who I absolutely love! And I wish I could meet all of you. You all have a special place in my heart. They are not the only people who have inspired me, so you can check out my blog roll and see all the amazing blogs that I follow.

I also have to give a huge shout out to my Tough Chiks and Sweat Pink Ambassadors. These ladies have been there for me through the good and the bad and I love every single one of them! I wasn’t sure how I would like being a part of an online community, but this works. It is motivating, I get great advice and have made a few friends. Who knew!?

So how does one celebrate their blogs birthday? Well, with a run of course! Just a quick one, two miles.

I had some struggles with my run today. My GPS was not working and after the first mile, my Pandora stopped also. Plus, it was drizzling. The drizzle is usually not a problem but I was without my favorite running hat which would have kept the drops off my glasses. Not being able to see, was the turning point for me.

But despite all that, I had a great time reflecting about this last year and how far I have come. I also thought about so many of you and how far you have come. The motivation, the advice and the pics we share with each other is why I am looking forward to another year of Running While Mommy.

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I hope you will continue to read and run and share your experiences with me. I love hearing from you and cheering you on.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and kind words.

Happy Birthday Running While Mommy! Here is to many more!

Run Strong, Think Big!

Guest Post: That Certain Breed Known as Runners

Today’s Guest Post comes from one of my IRL friends, we started running more seriously around the same time and she is gearing up for her first half-marathon! I am so excited to see her accomplish this goal. Please give some love to Liz and visit her blog!

(And because we are in the process of moving & the drive my photos are on is packed you get only the photo I steal from her website muahaha)

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I’ll state it right up front. I’m newish to this whole running thing. I’ve run some races. I’ve attended the post-race beer tent parties. I’ve slogged out runs in the snow, rain, humidity, crisp air and anything else New England can throw at me. It’s mostly short races or just jogging around the neighborhood for the last 18 months. And in that short time, I’ve had some ups and downs. I’ve started training plans and bailed on them. And I’ve started training plans and stuck to them. All on the quest to become a runner.

I’m still figuring out pacing and am still run/walking at various intervals so I mostly run solo. I’m a little afraid of holding back a fellow runner or trying to keep up and falling flat on my face. But I will say. No matter if I’m running alone or with a buddy, when my shoes are laced up and I’m out putting in the miles I’m surrounded by friends. They’re just…stranger friends. It’s cool. They’re nice. Sometimes they even have cookies.
Every week I do a run or two on the treadmill and always do my cross training (the dreaded elliptical) in the fitness center in my office park. And every week on the same nights I see the same people. We exchange a brief head nod or smile and then go about our respective workouts, never really connecting other than knowing we’re both there to a) lose weight b) stay fit c) burn off stress or d) all of the above. It’s become routine. And expected. And encouraging. Because all I can ever think is that we are all there week in and week out while our co-workers are home. On their couches. BAM. We win.

Out running in my neighborhood on the weekends I’ll run by two or three people. If I run down around the pond that number turns into 20 or 30. And in the summer it’s too many to count. And to everyone there is a quick acknowledgement; a smile, a wave, a nod, or (my favorite) a high five. Especially when I’m fading and probably look like a passerby should call an ambulance instead of waving, these quick exchanges give me a little boost.

This part of running wasn’t something I expected. I knew that running, like most hobbies, was a great way to connect with people. Find out someone else runs for fun and watch how quickly you’re swapping bad race stories and your favorite training tips (mine are limited, but what I lack in quantity I try to make up for in quality). But I didn’t know runners were open to that connection while they’re out training or at a race. As it turns out, runners are a special breed and anyone who chooses to spend precious free time pounding pavement or gravel can claim the distinction of “runner”. For a while I didn’t believe that. I thought “well, I want to be a runner. But really I’m just a run/walker for now.” I’ve now learned that type of thinking is LIES. Runners are very welcoming. It’s sunny, raining, snowing, sleeting, doing all of them at once, it’s 95 degrees, it’s 11 degrees, your legs feel like lead, your legs are springs upon which your body is floating through the air (I’ve only experienced this for about 5 minutes. Total. In all my running. But I hear it happens a lot more as I start running more), you can’t focus, or your mind is like a steel trap, no matter what you’re feeling, if you are putting one foot in front of the other, you are a runner. And no one can take that away from you. And, as I’ve learned, no one actually wants to.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is this: When someone asks why I run, it’s not really to be fit or because I want to run a marathon someday (both true). It’s because runners are BOMB. And why wouldn’t I want to spend as much time around that zany, nerdy, disciplined, fun, and exhilarating energy as I possibly could??

Guest Post: Motivation

Today’s guest post is Molly, she is going to share with you what motivates her. I am motivated to get out there and run by myself, just by seeing her run with her girls! Enjoy her post and leave her some love!

My name is Molly Ritterbeck and I blog over at Miss Molly and I am so blessed to be writing as a guest today!

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What I am going to talk about today is motivation. What motivates you? Let me tell you about what motivates me!

I am a working mother who has two beautiful daughters and a husband that serves in the military — that is enough stress in itself isn’t it? Well, let me tell you with the bills that come with kids and life in general and job changes to boot I was getting stressed. My tension headaches, anxiety, and sore shoulders (my stress goes straight to my shoulders) I just didn’t know what to do. I was also starting to really lose myself in taking care of everything and everyone else that I was kind of fighting off some depression. I didn’t want to turn to medicine and I knew if I went to a doctor that is what I would get.

My husband told me I needed to get active and change my diet — but I was never going to do something because I was told – I needed to do it for myself. I had friends who went back and forth with new diet fads (meal plans, pills, prescription pills, etc) and I saw how they aged, fought self confidence issues, and more. I didn’t want to be like that. Being a gymnast for over 8 years I thought I was still in shape despite not doing anything for a long time… so I decided one day to run a 5K with NO training. Not one of my brightest moments, I paid for that for a couple days after.

As I was sitting in pain one of the days after I was mad. I was mad that I couldn’t do it. I was mad that Nick finished in 21 minutes and came back and ran half of it with me again. I didn’t need his help to finish. I didn’t want his help to finish ever again. I was going to do this. I started running little by little and building distance. I found friends to do it with me. I joined a running club. People were motivating me who didn’t even know me. I was not the best but they didn’t care at all. They thought it was awesome to do what I could and so did I.

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I also started to notice the pain in my shoulders was gone, the anxiety was gone, and the headaches were gone. I had energy and could get more accomplished in the day. I was happier and was eating better. I was becoming what I had wanted and it was all because I didn’t want to be beaten. My motivation was to not be beaten.

I only had one moment of doubt and that was when my friends started to notice that I was losing weight and asked about it. Since I do not weigh myself very often at all (the gymnast in me swore I would never worry about a scale again), I had no clue — and I honestly said I didn’t think I had lost much so I couldn’t tell them. One of my friends stopped and looked at me and said, “Well what’s the point if you aren’t losing weight?” I stopped in my tracks. Wow – what was the point I thought. The best part is — it only lasted a moment and I was able to say, “The point is I feel better, and I now know I can do anything I put my mind to.”

I was mad at my friend for asking such a shallow question, but at the same time I was glad that I could answer her with the right answer and not a shallow one.

My motivation is myself and my family. It will never be to get to a number on the scale, but maybe to fit in my jeans better. It will never be to in the “in crowd” and be skinny because lets be real — strong is the new skinny. I will be strong for myself and my family.

So tell Molly & I: what motivates you?

Guest Post: Finding Your Happy Pace

While I am frantically unpacking and trying to get settled in the new house before the holidays, I have a few guest posts lined up for you all. The first guest blogger I have for you is Darlena, she is the blogger behind Run Find Your Happy Pace. The concept is something I can totally get behind, running your pace for you and supporting all other runners regardless of their speed.

Darlena is going to share her thoughts on how to find that Happy Pace, enjoy and show her some love!

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First let me say a big Thank You to Kelly for letting me share my thoughts on Goal Setting with her followers. I also have a “slight” cupcake addiction…um I mean love, so she and I have a few things in common.

Setting Goals for 2013, It’s a Good Thing…

So here we are in December heading toward the end of another year. Its time to get ready to turn the page, start fresh, time to set our sites on 2013. And a great way to do that is setting some goals for the year to come.

I think goal setting (to quote Martha Stewart) “It’s a good thing” And you know what else is a good thing? Writing your goals down. Yup get a list and sit down. Its time to take a look at yourself and where would you like to be at this time next year? Healthier, stronger, faster? And it’s not just about running and fitness. Remember we are on a journey to “Find your Happy Pace in running AND life!” So include non-fitness related goals too, maybe there’s something you always to learn, a place you want to visit, or simply a book you have never had the time to read. Write them down. Wouldn’t it be nice to look back at your list around this time next year and say YES! I did that!?

For me writing things down makes me more accountable to ME.

And please note:

  • you DO NOT have to share this list with anyone
  • you DO NOT have to complete every goal on your list

Consider it an outline, a “rough draft” if you will, of where you want to be. Below is a blank list I set up , feel free to print it and use it or make one of your own. I have listed both fitness/health and an other important goal sections.

Sometime between now and the New Year…take some time,

write down YOUR goals and get ready to

“Find YOUR Happy Pace” in 2013

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Follow Darlena’s blog or keep up with her on
Twitter or Facebook

Playlist Thursday: ANGSTY & Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Wild Harvest giveaway is: Raymond! Congratulations. (For some reason the rafflecopter is not showing up for me)

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Check out my guest post on the Team In Training blog today!

Now onto Playlist Thursday!

I am linking up with Pavement Runner today. I LOVE his music posts, mostly because I am always looking for new running songs to add to my playlist, but because of the format of his posts.

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Today’s theme is: Teenage Angst, songs that remind us of our teenage years, whether good or bad. I went with another sub-theme, Andrew McMahon, he has been the front man for Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin. He also is a Leukemia survivor, and even started a foundation, and since this weekend is all about LLS, I think I owe him a tribute.

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Artist: Something Corporate
Title: Hurricane
Side Note: I saw Something Corporate twice on their reunion tour in 2010, the Philly show was quite possibly one of the best shows I have ever been too. (So that’s the video)
Quotable: Stand up don’t make a sound. Your ears might bleed. There are sweet fluorescent enemies. That live inside of me. The world moves faster than I knew. Not fast enough to not creep up on you. And the space we put between. So pull me under your weather patterns. Your cold fronts and the rain don’t matter. Because the sun burns what I needed.

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Artist: Jack’s Mannequin
Title: Caves
Side Note: Another live video, this one from when they performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra…one of my first review posts was reviewing this. This song is about Andrew’s struggle with cancer. Holy tears.
Quotable: I fought a war to walk a gang plank. Into a life I left behind. Windows leading to the past. Think it’s time I broke some glass. Get this history off my mind

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER
Artist:Something Corporate
Title: Konstantine
Side Note: This song is about 9 minutes long, and if you are a longtime fan of SoCo you know this one. The one they NEVER play. But they played it on the reunion tour. I mean what is an angst palylist if there is no song that boy sings about a girl? This was at the live show in Boston!
Quotable: This is because I can spell confusion with a K and I like it. It’s to dying in another’s arms. And why I had to try it. It’s to jimmy eat world. And those nights in my car. But this time I’m alone, and I don’t see those stars. I’m not your star? Isn’t that what you said. What you thought this song meant. You thought this song meant

Have you ever heard of Andrew or these bands? WHat do you think?

Fitness Update & Guest Post!

Hi Everyone! I know I don’t usually post on Saturday’s but I have two important pieces of information.

The first important piece of information is my guest post for one of my favorite running bloggers! Pavement Runner is unplugged this weekend and asked that I write a post for him. I obviously agreed, and wrote about how I fell in love with running. Head on over and read my story and leave some love!

The second piece of information is:
I have been terrible at my weight loss updates, it has partially been because I have been a little bit frustrated, but also because my workouts have been pretty similar as of late. I usually do between 1 and 3 workouts with my trainer a week, depending on our schedules. 1 is a TRX workout (IN LOVE) and the others are usually HIIT workouts.

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We have both seen definite improvements over my form and my abilities in the past year.

I also run 3 times a week. I have been doing my short run at home on the treadmill, I do an informal track workout with some of my TNT teammates and then finally my long run with TNT. Frankly, I had a lot of doubt in the beginning with my ability to actually run a half-marathon. But now, regardless of how slow I am, I am seeing improvement and loving it.

So that brings me to one important piece of information…I am finally down to my pre-pregnancy weight. I know for some moms it takes a few months, but weight loss has never been easy for me. The funny thing is, my heaviest weight, was probably pretty close to my weight when I was pregnant. It took me three years to lose weight prior to pregnancy, but one year after pregnancy. Improvement, right?

I still have a decent number that I would like to lose, but I am proud of where I am today!

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Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Fitness Friday: Christine’s TNT Story

Hi everyone, today we have an awesome guest post from Christine at Love, Life and Surf. She has great, thought-provoking posts, so make sure you check her out!

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Hi Cupcake Kelly readers! I’m Christine and I live in New York City with my two sons and husband. I blog over at Love, Life, Surf where I talk about the things in my life and that I love – primarily family, fitness and surfing.

I was so excited to hear that Kelly going to run the Nike Women’s Half in October with Team and Training and I wanted to share my Team in Training story with you.

After I had run three marathons, my body was feeling a little beaten up and run down. I started thinking about doing a triathlon – I’ve always wanted to do one and I thought it would be a great way to mix things up. But frankly, I was scared. Was I athlete-enough to do it? A former colleague of mine had been actively involve with Team in Training and encouraged me to consider training with Team in Training.

Originally, I signed up to race the St. Anthony’s triathlon in April 2005 with Team in Training, which is supposed to be a great race, but a little thing called a dislocated shoulder kept that from happening. Instead, I rehabbed my shoulder and continued to work with Team in Training. I pushed my race date back to July when I completed the NYC Triathlon.

I signed up with Team in Training for a couple of reasons.

1. “Together we can train to beat cancer.”

I wholeheartedly believe in Team in Training’s motto. My life has been touched too many times by cancer but it is something that we can come together to beat. I was happy to be part of a team that was raising money for such a worthy cause. Plus, as I would learn after I joined Team in Training, a close family friend was diagnosed with leukemia that year so the experience meant just a little bit more to me.

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NYC Tri Start

2. Safety and support

My husband wasn’t interested in doing a triathlon with me. He had been my training and race partner through our three marathons and I needed to find someone to support me through triathlon training. Plus, I felt safe swimming, biking and running for hours on end knowing that I was part of this larger group with dedicated coaches and mentors supporting us with detailed training plans and clinics on things like how to change a flat tire, open water swimming, nutrition and transitions.

3. Dedicated pool time

Finding dedicated lap swim time in a decent pool is hard in New York City! I admit, one of the main reasons I was drawn to Team in Training was knowing that there were regular swim practices when we would have the pool all to ourselves. No more jostling for lanes, sprinting to pass swimmers in your lane, etc.

However, I came away from the experience with so much more. By the end, we were a team. No doubt about it. We supported each other during our practices and we supported each other during the race. I remember struggling as I approached Harlem Hills in Central Park during the race. But then I saw my swim coach standing there cheering me on and running with me up the hill. I don’t think that I would have gotten up there without that extra encouragement. The support of my coaches and team pushed me to challenge myself and train hard, harder than I ever have before, but I knew that if I fell, they would be there to catch me.

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NYC Tri Run

But the most important thing I walked away with were the stories. We shared so many stories about how our lives had been affected by cancer, who we were racing in honor of and why we were a part of this team. We heard the stories of our teammates who are cancer survivors and it made you want to dig a little bit more and a little bit deeper.

I’m so grateful for my experience. The NYC Triathlon is one of my proudest accomplishments and one of the best races of my life. While it’s been a long time since I raced with Team in Training, in the back of my head, I know that there will be day when I will be a part of the Team again.

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NYC Tri

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