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Good morning!

I know Friday is a celebratory day for most people as it marks the start of the weekend. However, my schedule has changed dramatically and Friday is now actually my Monday! I’m currently working a Fri-Tues schedule. Sounds depressing, but I’m still pumped that it’s Friday because that means Mike comes today!

I also will have a chance to enjoy some weekend-like activities over the next couple of days. I’m not complaining!

Friday Favorites:

1. Running Routine

I’m running the Sioux Falls Half Marathon in September and started my training about 2 weeks ago. I haven’t ran more than 2 miles since my last half marathon was cancelled over a month ago. I’m slowly getting back into my running routine and it feels great! Of course, the most important part of the routine is the pre-run snack/meal:

Pre-run meal

Pre-run meal

Bagel thin+PB+Banana+Coffee.

I have the same pre-run meal anytime I’m running more than 5 miles. If it’s less than that I may just have a cup of coffee or handful of cereal before. Well, yesterday I was supposed to complete a 6 mile run that got cut very, very short due to a full on thunderstorm that popped up out of nowhere.

Rain-soaked run

Rain-soaked run

I made the decision to turn around once it started pouring. I even spotted lightning a couple times. Yikes! I finished just over 4 miles, and even with the rain, it was still a good-feeling run!

2. Summer Smoothies


While I’m no fan of scorching hot weather, I am a fan of smoothies. And hot weather means I consumer more and more smoothies! We have had some very hot days in Sioux Falls lately so I’ve been having smoothies for lunch, breakfast and snacks. The smoothie above consisted of frozen mangoes, strawberries, vanilla whey protein, plain greek yogurt and pineapple juice. Nice and tropical!

3. Dasani Sparkling Water


I’m a big fan of sparkling water and am always on the lookout for new kinds to try. Dasani sparkling water was on sale at the grocery store last week, so I picked up a 12-pack of the lime flavor. This is naturally flavored, unsweetened sparkling water which is typically my favorite. I love the lime flavor, but would also like to try some berry flavors. If you’re a sparkling water fan, I recommend trying the Dasani brand!

4. Skinny Cow Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches


There are certain foods I can’t control myself around; potato chips. french fries, brownies, etc. Ice cream is not one of those foods. Call my crazy, but ice cream is something I can normally do without. That said, I’m loving these Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. My family bought them while they were here for 4th of July. That shows you how untempted I am by ice cream, I’ve been able to let these sit in my freezer for almost a month! Anyway, these are delicious. Like I said there have been some hot hot days here lately, so ice cream comes in handy when I need a good cool down. Plus, mint is my favorite ice cream flavor!

5. Kitty Cat


Lyra moved in with me almost two weeks ago when I brought her back to Sioux Falls from my childhood home in Minneapolis. She’s already used to her new home, and I love having a little friend around when I come home from work. Don’t worry, this won’t become a cat picture blog.

I’m off to complete that 6 mile run!






I did it!

11 miles

11 miles

This morning I completed my long run for the week: 11 miles at under 9:00/mile! I have not been able to stay below 9:00/mile since my long runs passed about 7 miles, so I am thrilled about this. I have one last long run next week before the race!

The morning started with my regular pre-run meal.

Pre-run snack

Pre-run snack

English muffin with Peanut Butter & Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams PB and sliced banana!

This was also the first run of my training that I used fuel. At around mile 7, I popped a couple PowerBar Energy Blasts.

Energy Blasts

Energy Blasts

Running fuel

Running fuel

I had four of these little guys during my run. Surprisingly, I didn’t cramp up at all from them. Not sure if it was a placebo effect or the energy blasts, but I definitely felt energized through the end of my run.

All I could think about for the last couple miles was getting home to eat some cottage cheese topped with delicious fruit salad that I made last night.

Post-run snack

Post-run snack

Plus a couple dark chocolate almonds because I needed chocolate.

This fruit salad was one of several things I made last during during a little Monday meal prep time.

Monday meal prep

Monday meal prep

Tuna pasta salad, fruit salad, ground turkey, chicken breast.

The tuna salad is on point let me tell you. I definitely need to share the recipe on here very soon. I was thinking of roasting some zucchini and yellow squash tonight as well to use throughout the week. We’ll see!

I’m feeling very good about my run today but also very, very sore. My muscles haven’t ached this bad from a run in a very long time. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be rough.

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