About That Plan [Half-Marathon Monday]

First day of school! First day of school!

Okay so you caught me. Technically it’s the first day of classes, but I only have one later in the day. #seniorproblems… or is that more like #senioradvantages?

Either way, today is already off to a great start. I went to bootcamp with Brittany bright and early today. There’s a new instructor this year and she kept the same format I liked as last year. We did a very functional/Crossfit-esque routine with everything from wallballs to burpees to a ten minute cardio circuit. It was an awesome full body workout. I loved it! It was the perfect beginning to my Monday.



And yeah… about that plan. I honestly haven’t been great at keeping up with my long runs but I have done well with the shorter runs. When I do those short runs, they’re a piece of cake. I’m up to nine miles this week and I’m kind of nervous. Various circumstances (like, ahem, rain… rain runner I am NOT, vacation and moving back to school/seeing older friends before they leave for good) have kept me busy on other days. I have just over a month to the race, so I know I’ll be okay. It’s just a little daunting!

Here’s what my workout schedule is going to look like this week:

Sunday: Off
Monday: Bootcamp
Tuesday: Time trial run(4 mile run with 2 mile timed)
Wednesday: Weights
Thursday: 4 mile run with 15 min tempo
Friday: Yoga or 9 mile run
Saturday: Yoga/CT or 9 mile run


I still have to figure out how my weeks with class and work will flow, but hopefully this is how it’ll go.

Have a great Monday and if you or your children start back to school like me, I wish them luck!

Question of the Day:
Do you like to do whole body workouts or target an area?


Friday Faves

Good morning, everyone!

Yesterday, I had so. much. fun. Our local school district has a picnic day every year at Kennywood, an amusement park located pretty close to our home. I used to look forward to Kennywood day every year, but for the past few I haven’t been able to make it due to my own school schedule. Happily, I was able to go with my family yesterday!


This is the “laughing lady at Kennywood.” My mom laughs just like her, no lie. It is a very hearty and contagious cackle. We always joke that we could stick her in there for a real life version.


I mostly hung out with my parents. We rode the things like the train. It was nail-biting. 😉 Just kidding, I really did have a great time with them.

Later, our close friends came out to spend the evening at the park. Victoria is my longest friend, and we were essentially made to be friends for life. Our moms are BFFs – they planned their pregnancies together. Victoria was as goofy as ever. I missed her so much!


I also had some pretty delicious food. The park is famous for their Potato Patch fries. I don’t know what they do to them (douse them in grease perhaps?), but I love them. They are a wonderful treat. I also had ice cream (with rainbow sprinkles, duh) and fudge later. The park makes amazing fudge.



And now for a few Friday faves! Not posting at least a few would just feel weird, even though I already wrote a novel about yesterday.

Favorite Post: I really adored this post: “How To Lose Your Mind In 10 Ways” from Charlotte at Commitness to Fitness. Sometimes, we all need a little reminder of the ways we can avoid beating ourselves down. And how could I ignore a nod to one of my favorite chick flicks?


Favorite Recipe: I really am getting into eating lentils as of late. I don’t know why I just discovered them this year, but I want to cook with them more often. Nutritional powerhouses, those little things.  Chelcie at Chelcie’s Food Files had a pretty great recipe this week: Roasted Vegetable and Lentil Salad. YUM.



Favorite Workout: Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers is the queen of circuit workouts, and I just know that this Boot Camp Workout she posted based on a class at her gym will be great. I loved my bootcamp class workouts during the school year, but I could never remember all of the moves we did after class ended. Now I have something to go off of!




Have a GREAT Friday!

Question of the Day:

What’s your favorite amusement park? Fave park food?

WIAW #10

Hello, hello! Time for another What I Ate Wednesday!

Make sure you show Jenn and the other WIAW bloggers some love over at Peas & Crayons! Thanks as always to Jenn!



I’m not sure why, but I’ve been craving smoothies like a madwoman. It’s all I want to eat, ever. I’ve been obsessively searching for new smoothies ideas, specifically ones that use coconut. I came up with this one by myself (but I’m sure it’s been done before). It was super creamy, and I attribute that to the coconut milk. I hope you like the pun.

CoconOat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2/3 c water
  • 1/3 c light coconut milk
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 big handful spinach
  • 1/3 c oats
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (I used Designer Whey)



At work yesterday, I had my small lunch, like I usually do. Boy, will I be glad when I have time for a real lunch in the summer. I love snacking, but it throws my whole appetite off. Yesterday I had an apple and a whole wheat English muffin smeared with creamy natural PB.


Pre-Workout Snack


I had two dates to get my energy rolling again after class before I went to the gym. Let me just say this: Dates. Are. Awesome. I love them. They really are nature’s candy. They powered me through the pseudo-bootcamp I made for myself, which included 20 interval minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes of basic weights, and Tina’s tababta workout from Monday. Sweaty goodness!



Needless to say, my belly was growlin’ after my workout since I didn’t have a huge lunch. I had a veg-heavy meal. I baked sweet potato (always a fave), and then I made a savory sauté comprised of chicken, zucchini, red pepper, red onion, mushroom, garlic, olive oil, pepper, and dried basil.



Last night, the student magazine I work for had a senior sendoff “banquet” at Sol, where I went with my Mom on Mom’s Weekend. They cleared out the tables to make space for a dance floor, cooked special food trays, and offered drink specials. Since I was full from dinner, I opted for a drink. I ordered a Guava Mojito, which was the perfect combo of sweet and sour. So good!

Have a fantastic Wednesday!

Question of the Day:

What’s your favorite smoothie flavor?