First Attempt at Fruit Infused Water!

29 Sep

Over the weekend I made my first batch of fruit infused water! I wasn’t exactly sure what I was doing but I was excited to be trying something new! I never thought I’d like fruit flavor in my water, mainly because I never liked the slight lemon taste in my water glass at restaurants in the past. Just two weeks ago I tried lemon water while I was in Florida with my family & found it quite refreshing though. It’s odd to think that all these years I have pushed away that wee little lemon slice that hangs on the edge of my water glass every time we would go out…. and now, after trying it for the first time two weeks ago, I actually like it!

One day last week I spent the morning researching fruit infused water on Pinterest. I found a lot of good recipes that I’d like to try, but after awhile I realized something about fruit water. There is no real recipe to follow. Some sites had specific measurements while others said, “a few pieces of watermelon” or, “a handful of orange slices”. I decided to take this recipe into my own hands and just slice fruit and throw it in!

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My girlfriend & I decided to go for a strawberry / raspberry taste this go around. We didn’t really have a plan but just to slice strawberries and throw them in a pitcher of cold water along with a handful of raspberries.

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We waited a few hours to give it a try so that the fruit had time to give some of its flavor to the water. When we tried it though it was pretty good. I’ve heard that watermelon/mint & orange/lemon are real good recipes too so I can’t wait to try that next!

Have you ever made Fruit Infused Water before? What’s your favorite recipe?

Ten Days and Counting…

25 Sep

Today marks ten days until the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon in Chapel Hill!!! Don’t look too much into all those exclamation marks though… even though I am stoked to be partaking in another race (& my second tri event) I am incredibly nervous for this one. It’s been five years since I’ve done my last tri, I honestly didn’t think it had been that long!

I’ve been trying to do some sort of training every day to make it through this race next weekend. More running lately than anything else but at least it’s getting me outside in this beautiful weather!

Swim Training

It’s been hard to train for the swimming portion of this race since our near by pool closed the weekend of Labor Day. Before it shut down for the season, I can assure you that I was out there almost everyday getting my laps in and doing what I could to feel confident swimming the 250 yd in early October. I love swimming and find it to be quite relaxing (when I’m not pressured to swim quickly enough so the people behind me aren’t waiting to pass).

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Bike Training

Here’s what will be the toughest part of the race for me. A nine mile bike in Chapel Hill is no doubt going to have some hills to overcome. The trails that I’m used to biking, back around my parents house, is all flat and I usually don’t have much of a problem getting from point A to point B. I know for a fact that Chapel Hill is hilly and I will struggle. I don’t remember the biking part the last time I participated in this Tri so I can’t say if I recall struggling so much or not. I’ve been biking just a handful of times between summer and now in hopes to do well on the nine-mile bike part of this race!

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Run Training

The last part of the tri in the two-mile run. I’m not so concerned about this seeing as I’ve run a number of 5k’s and half marathons fairly recently. I feel pretty confident that once I get my running shoes on I’ll be able to flash through the two miles and cross the finish line with no trouble. I am a bit worried how my legs will feel after the nine mile bike though…

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I have ten days until the Tri which will give me a bit of time to get on my bike and get a little more comfortable there!

Have you ever done a triathlon? What was the toughest part for you?

Charity Miles Review

15 Sep

I’ve been using Charity Miles for a few weeks now and am finding it to be an amazing fitness app! I’ve used a lot of different fitness apps in the past but this one really pulls at my heart strings and is makes me WANT to go running.


How Does it Work?

Download ‘Charity Miles’ on your phone, go for a walk or run, and the company will donate money to a chosen organization! It’s as easy as that! There are over 30 organizations you can choose from to donate to! Including Special Olympics, Soles4Souls, Autism Speaks, and many more!



One of the best advantage to using this app is that it’s completely FREE to use! The fact that I don’t have to spend any money on the app and I can still make a different for these organizations while I become more fit is a HUGE plus for me!

How far do I have to run?

Another great advantage about ‘Charity Miles’ is that you don’t have to go a certain distance in order for your walk or run to count! At long as you go .1 miles, you’ve done a difference!


You can also keep track of your workout history on this app as well. I really enjoy apps that have a history tab so I can look back and my milage for the week and keep track of my total weekly workouts.

Make sure to visit ‘Charity Miles’ website HERE and download their app to start donating to your favorite organizations!

Let’s Start From Stratch

2 Sep

The past month has been quite the whirlwind for me. I traveled to California with my girlfriend for two weeks, moved three hours away from my family, and started classes again. I’m slowly settling in and getting used to life again.

Last week I tried starting the 21-Day Fix program but let’s face it, I was still so consumed in moving in and getting unpacked that my scheduled workouts only lasted for one day. I was able to get to our neighborhood pool almost everyday though so that was a good incentive to get out and get moving. Besides trying to get into a better routine, I have some other exciting race news!

In just 33 day I’ll be participating in the Ramblin’ Rose Tri in Chapel Hill! I’m excited but extremely nervous, especially for the nine mile bike part. The 250-yard swim won’t be hard and the 2-mile run I’m not bothered by but the last time I biked was months ago and it’s always hard for me to get back into biking.


All I can think about is that I have a month to get back into biking, train hard, and eat healthy for this tri coming my way!

My Week in Alaska

9 Jul

I’ve been back from Alaska for a little over a week now and am definitely keeping myself busy at work but am excited to share my travels and journey (and photos) with everyone! We did so much in the ten days that we were there that I can not possibly share everything we did but I will share my highlights from the week!

We went to Spenard Beach Park to watch float planes land and take off from the water which was amazing!


We drove / hiked to get a good view of Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America!

Me, Mom, Dad, & Thomas at Mt. McKenley

Me, Mom, Dad, & Thomas at Mt. McKinley

I loved the animals we got to see in Alaska including a caribou, moose (with babies), and even orange tailed squirrels. Not pictured, we also saw a black bear from a distance, lots of bald eagles, seals, otters, and whales!

image1-2During the week we stayed at a ski resort for a night and took the trolly car up the mountain to hike around a bit and play in the snow!


Me and my  brother after hiking up a bit of the mountain to find the snow!

Me and my brother after hiking up a bit of the mountain to find the snow!


One of my favorite things we did was we went on a 5-mile sea kayak trip, than hiked a little over 3 miles, than went whale watching for a few hours!

Kayaking and whales 'bubble feeding'! That was amazing to see!

Kayaking and whales ‘bubble feeding’! That was amazing to see!


On our way to Seward, Alaska, we stopped at a viewing area to get a good glimpse of the mountains and just so happened to see the train pass by!


Another one of my favorite parts of the trip was going to see Exit Glacier! We didn’t hike up to get super close to it but it was amazing to go see a glacier in Alaska!

Exit Glacier in the background!

Exit Glacier in the background!

This is just something cool to share! After the whale watching trip, I found this ‘Before I die I want to….’ board and my mom and I took turns writing our ‘before I die’ dreams. I wrote, “…run a half marathon in every state”!


I REALLY enjoyed Alaska and would suggest going for anyone! I didn’t realize that all of Alaska was pretty much mountains and I usually prefer the beach but these mountains were gorgeous and so beautiful! Keep an eye out for my Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Marathon Race Recap coming soon!


Happy Fourth of July!

4 Jul


Alaska in THREE DAYS!!

10 Jun

Three days until I leave for Alaska and I couldn’t be more excited! I started to pack over the weekend when I was home from working at camp and threw a lot of pants and hoodies into my bag but I still have a ways to go before I am fully packed.

I have a friend who is currently in Alaska and she says that it’s defiantly colder than here in North Carolina. I think I will have a bit of a shock when I get there and I am unable to wear shorts and t-shirts anymore but instead it will feel like November! I don’t like cold weather, and especially don’t like running in cold weather, so I’m not really sure what my thought process was in running a race in Alaska but running in June is probably my best bet in trying to get warm (er) weather!


We are flying into Anchorage Friday morning and staying there for the night before moving on to other parts of the state for the week. My family and I have decided to spend the week in Alaska since we have never been and it will also give us a chance to get used to the altitude and chilly weather before our big half marathon next Saturday!

I was doing pretty good in my training until about three weeks ago when I moved into camp for the summer and since than I have been slacking quite a bit in running and training. I spent my first week here at camp teaching a lifeguarding course to some of our staff members and than jumped right into training staff. I would be lying if I said this wasn’t an exhausting job but it’s a job I love, despite the very little free time.

Keep posted as I’m sure I’ll be keeping you all up to date on Alaska plans and photos… lots and lots of photos!


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