Since my last instagram post about the completion of my most recent half marathon. I have been getting a ton of questions and request to fill you guys in on everything from my race prep, to my day-of mindset and so much more. My hope is I can answer all of those questions here. Like always, please do not hesitate to ask me any other questions that I may not answer.
Health + Fitness
Let me start this entire thing off by making clear that some days sleeping in is 100% necessary. I want to make that clear because I will be honest that I am not one of those people that just spring out of bed on a chilly, rainy Sunday morning when I have the opportunity to maybe sleep a bit longer then my typical 5am wake up call. But, I will say, that 5am wake up call has had massive, positive impact on my life. Don’t believe me, here, I’ll break it down for you. (See also –The top things that help me jump start my day.)
How it all goes:
I get it, it is hard to get out of bed and I get the question a lot… how do you do it? Well there is two answers to that. One, it is my job. I am in the fitness industry and typically you have weird hours and sometimes they can start very early. Two, I just do it. I get out of bed. Simple as that. I do not talk myself out of it (I may hit snooze once), but other then that up and go. Two feet on the floor – lets go! (That’s the pep talk I give myself).
Those of you that maybe have late hours for work or just really different schedules, maybe the answer for you is not 5am, but maybe just 1 hour earlier then what you typically wake at. (try it and see what happens)
I get the question a lot… “do you really run everyday”. Well, the answer is yes, kind of… I do take off one day a week (typically). And 99.99% of the time it is Sunday, the day of rest.
BUT, here is the thing… I also do a lot of other things.
I still swear to myself that running makes all the difference for me. Both physically and mentally it is my thing. If I had only one workout I was allowed to do for the rest of my life, running is what I would pick. That does not mean I love it all the time (I have discussed this before), but I really think it is the single, best full body workout I can get. (I know this is my opinion so please do not waste your time arguing if you think I am wrong or disagree :))
And yes, I teach a range of classes all week, including spin, barre, and some boot camp style classes. The most important to my schedule though is making time for MY workouts. Although, I get a sweat when I am teaching those classes… I still like to put myself through my own workouts and be on my own training schedule the meet the personal goals I set for myself. So, the next question I get is … what does that training schedule look like for you. Welp, here it goes…
Monday: Interval Treadmill Run (longer distance race) + Stair master + Full Body Lift
Tuesday: Interval Treadmill Run (I teach 4 classes this day so I rely a bit more to get my work in through those classes on Tuesday)
Wednesday: Interval Treadmill Run (speed & hill focus) + Full Body Lift
Thursday : Workout with my Trainer (whatever he has in store) + Small Lift
Friday: Interval Treadmill Run (get after it, last of the week) + Full Body (lots of booty) Lift
Saturday: A Long Outdoor Run (Depending on the time of year, this can range from 6 miles to 11 miles)
Try it and let me know what questions you have! I can’t wait to hear more!
Check out the last Treadmill Tuesday – Treadmill Tuesday
OUTFIT DETAILS: FREE PEOPLE LEGGINGS (THESE ARE LAST YEARS VERSION, BUT I JUST ORDERD THESE AND I AM OBSESSED) | TANK TOP (COMES IN TONS OF COLORS- THE PERFECT BASIC) | SLIPPER FLOPS (MY FAVORITE IN HOUSE SLIPPERS FOR SUMMER)
I have received a lot of request to share my diet secrets. And I am so hesitant to use that word “diet”! The question is always what do I eat?
Well, the honest truth is, I am not a nutritionist and I do not intend to be one. BUT, more importantly, I am a big believer in balance and making sure the word DIET is not part of my vocabulary. Making sure that yes, I am putting good fuel in my body but that I am also working my butt off in the gym or wherever to get my sweat on so I can also reward myself with things that I like…or maybe LOVE.
If you have not read my Favorite Leggings for Everything in Life post that I wrote back in August be sure to check it out. I list the do’s and dont’s of what I look for in the perfect legging and since I do consider leggings my unofficial “work uniform” who else more could you trust :). I was recently shopping at a local boutique here in Baltimore – Raina Dawn, and she introduced me to a new line of leggings I had never heard of, Strut This. I was obsessed right away. The fit, the feel, the price, the patterns… I could not get enough! The next test, would they survive all of my workouts and “hug in all the right places” while I was actually doing THINGS! (Run, Bike, Lift, Barre… ALL OF IT) Well, good news, THEY PASSED. And, just like I thought, I was asked 100 times while I was wearing them, “who makes those leggings?” Trust me guys they are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Run baby Run. I did this run last week before the doctor told me to pull back a bit. Sometimes you have to listen to your body and although it is a very hard lesson for me to learn I am doing my best to trust the process.
Now, with that said if you are healthy and able to run… GET OUT THERE. Remember all those that can not run and you go get after it with this kick your butt sprint workout. The incline work is tough but totally worth it once completed. For this particular workout… remember what goes up will always come back down.
H O U S T O N I like you.
H O U S T O N I like you.
I run and I love to run. But Saturdays are different for me. Saturday’s are my “lets see what I got” days.
I don’t want to go as far as calling myself a “Yogi” because I don’t think I have mastered Yoga enough to give myself that name. I am also not sure if I can say I LOVE yoga.
You all know by now how much I love a treadmill workout. I have gotten the question a lot… do you really #runeveryday ?
The answer is YES, with the exception of Sundays. I always try and take off on Sunday’s and give my legs and my mind a break from working out. After all, it is my job so its healthy to take some time away for that and reset.