Here’s Big Race News!!

20 May

I’ve had some big news that I’ve been waiting to share until I knew plans were finalized. Just last week we (almost) finished planning and now I think it’s safe that I can share…. I’m running my next half marathon in Alaska in June!!!

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In just about a month I will be running the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska! A friend of mine knows that I have a goal of running a half marathon in every state and therefore bought my entry for this race as a Christmas present last year. My parents decided that if I was going out there to run a race than they wanted to not only come along with me but run the race as well so both my parents and I are signed up for this half marathon in about a month!

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I’m really excited but super nervous at the same time. I’ve never been to Alaska but I know the altitude is very different than here in North Carolina and the temperature is colder. I’ve been doing better about training for this half marathon so hopefully that training will pay off when I get there despite the big differences.

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You can’t tell much by the map but the half marathon takes place on the coast, which doesn’t mean there won’t be hill. I’m just glad we aren’t in the heart of the mountains during this race! I’ve also had to consider the weather and the temperature of Alaska in June. I have a friend who went to Alaska in the fall and said it was cold even in August so I’m not expecting tanning weather. I’ll defiently pack more pants and long sleeves than anything!

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 7.26.26 AM… And about this day light all day everyday in Alaska. I’m worried I’m not going to sleep at all for the week that I’m there! Thankfully we are going out there seven days before the race so we can all get used to the weather and altitude before race day!

If you have ever ran the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage let me know some pointers!! I’m super excited and can’t wait to get there and finally visit Alaska!

Motivational Monday

11 May

Here’s some great motivation to keep us all going this week! I’ve been feeling off track lately and this week I’ve made it a goal to hope back on my fitness and healthy eating goals! I’ll need all the motivation I can get this week. Happy Monday!

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Zucchini Boats Recipe

4 May

Last week my girlfriend and I were looking for new healthy recipes and we came across this one for Zucchini Boats! I’m not a huge fan of zucchini but I thought I’d try it and it turned out to be quite good!

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Here’s what to do!

1) Preheat oven at 400 degrees.

2) Slice zucchini in half long ways and spoon out the ‘guts’ or middle of the vegetable until it resembles a boat.

3) Sauté onions in oil and butter until they are light brown in color. You can add some curry powder if you like a little spice to your dish! Transfer into a big mixing bowl.

4) We made this dish vegetarian so instead of bacon we heated up vegetarian crumbles and added them to the big mixing bowl with the onions.

5) Add 1tsp of dried thyme, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of salt, 1 tbsp of greek yogurt, and a little pepper to the bowl and mix everything together.

6) Lightly butter a baking dish and put the zucchini boats in. Grab a spoon and fill the shells with the mix. Sprinkle some cheese on top.

7) Cook in oven for about 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the top is a golden brown.

Serve & Enjoy!

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Even though Zucchini isn’t my favorite vegetable, these were a good (and easy) dish to have for a quick lunch! If you’re doing the 21-day fix challenge than it counts for 1 red, 2-3 green, and 1 blue. That’s it! Let me know your thoughts!

21-Day Fix: Week 1

28 Apr

A week ago I started a fitness program called 21-Day Fix! I’ve read good things about it and decided since it’s a 21 day challenge I have just enough time in-between my busy class schedule and summer camp that I can make this work!

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Each day there is a 30-minute workout video that you follow & than I usually fit in a walk in my day too to get closer to hitting my 10,000 step goal. The workouts aren’t bad at all! It’s 30-minutes of hardcore sweating but I have been amazed how great I feel after finishing the days video!

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The “clean eating” part is the hardest part for me. For awhile I’ve wanted to clean eat for a month and kind of reset my body to eating healthier. I can officially say that I think after only a week of clean eating I have reset my body to eating healthy foods. Now when I see that random package of gummies on the counter or are offered chips at camp events, I decline them without having second thoughts!

Here’s what the eating plan is! You can have so many portions of each color a day and each color has a measurement for the portion. I don’t STICK 100% to this eating plan because I want to make sure I’m not restricting myself of certain portions of food a day, but I am sticking to the food list since I want to be eating more healthy foods and not junk!

Here’s what the plan looks like:

Green: 3 portions a day (each portion = 1 cup)

Purple: 2 portions a day (each portion = 1 cup)

Yellow: 2 portions a day (each portion = 1/2 cup)

Blue: 1 portion a day (each portion = 1/3 cup)

Orange: 1 portion a day (each portion = 3 TBLS)

Red: 4 portions a day (each portion = 2/3 cup)

FixContainersVegansIt sounds like the plan is restricting the food you are eating but really when you look at all the food you can eat in a day it’s ALOT! I normally don’t even eat all the food that is on my list for the day! One of the hardest parts is not having a lot of sweet foods on the list BUT we’ve come up with a lot of new recipes that are so delicious and healthy!!

One of my favorite meals we’ve had this week is this lunch sandwich I’ve made a number of times!

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Pita bread (1 portion of yellow)

Veggie chicken patty (1 portion of red)

Hummus (1/3 portion of blue)

Snap peas (1/4 portion of green)

I had this sandwich for about four days in a row before I realized I wanted to try some new recipes!

Keep an eye out for more NEW recipes I’ll be posting in the next week!

Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Half Marathon: Recap

23 Apr

This is the second year that Raleigh has hosted the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon and I’d say this year was better than last! It will be hard next year to beat this years excitement and energy for sure!

Race Expo

Mom, dad & I headed to the race expo on Friday right when it opened so we didn’t hit traffic downtown and we could avoid as much of the crowds as possible.

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Everyone who was volunteering at the expo were super nice and helpful when it came to getting information for the race on Sunday, especially when it came to parking information. Last year traffic on the way to the race was so horrible we thought we were going to be late for the start! This year they advised everyone to be there and parked by 5:30 for the 7:30 start!! We were sure to grab the parking maps and have our route planned so we didn’t find ourselves stuck in traffic again!

IMG_8640AND because there wasn’t a huge line out the door this year, we were able to jump right on getting our “pre finish line” photo done!

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Pre Race

Leaving the house at 4:30am, we arrived at the race sight with little traffic issues, found a parking spot, and napped in the car for an hour! I would have to say this is the first race that I have napped in the car prior to running but it was much needed and luckily we had a bag on blankets & towels in the back seat waiting to be donated to the local animal shelter so we used those as covers!

While we were waiting for the run to begin towards the start line, we found a cubbie in one of the buildings downtown to hide out in and keep warm. Dad even pulled his arms in his shirt to try and stay warmer!

IMG_8663Once we saw our corral moving more we hopped in the crowd and took our traditional before race photo!

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Race

I was more prepared this year for this race since I knew what kind of hills were ahead of me in the day! I’d have to say the first half of the race wasn’t bad hill-wise which was nice. This year there were some really great bands and along the route but they weren’t as up-beat as I would have hoped!

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I can not complain about the weather.. it was a beautiful day! A bit chilly first thing in the morning but I had my jacket off within the first couple of miles. I defiantly took advantage of the shady areas after that!

IMG_8699I would say this was probably one of my best races! I felt good going into it especially since I was sticking around with my parents for awhile. We walked / jogged together for the first four miles and than I took off and ran ahead. I was surprised how much energy I had and far I was running without slowing down since I hadn’t trained too much for this race. It helped that there were so many groups of people cheering on the sidelines! I felt myself slowing down at the 10k mark but kept my head up and kept going.

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One of the great things that the Rock ‘n Roll Series always seems to do is make the clear cut between the half marathon route and the marathon route. We all started in the same place and ran together for the first seven miles or so and than the marathon group split off to continue their 26.2 journey. We met up again at our 12 mile mark (their 25 mile mark) to finish together. I’ve ran some races where I have almost turned down the marathon route (thank goodness someone caught me and turned me around!) but I remember Raleigh being great at marking the different routes last year too!

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I also enjoyed the water mister they had along the race but was disappointed when I got there and found barely any water coming out… don’t be fooled by my smiling face.

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I finished with a time of 3:13:56, not my best but SEVEN minutes faster than last years RnR Raleigh race which I’m stoked about! I crossed the finish line about 30 minutes ahead of my mom and dad (I didn’t realize I got that far ahead of them) and got to see them cross the finish line which was so great!

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Post Race

The after race recovery snacks were amazing this time around! They passed out water bottles, gatorade, recovery bars, bananas, and my favorite after run drink… chocolate milk! I normally am not a huge an of chocolate but after a long run like this it really does wonders!

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We made our way to the after race entertainment which was SMASH MOUTH (talk about a throwback)!! They were amazing to watch! *Trying to get a video up*

IMG_8716I’ve already signed up for next years RnR Raleigh and can’t wait to complete this race three years in a row!

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So excited to add this new bling to my wall of medals!

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If you ran this years RnR Raleigh, let me know what you thought? Will I be seeing you next year?

Phenoh 7.4 Sports Drink Review

18 Apr

When I got offered to review the world’s first alkaline sports drink I couldn’t turn that chance down! I can’t say I’ve ever had a sports drink with only eight ingredients, a phenoe level of 7.4, and has aloe vera in it, but after this sports drink I can check all those off my list!

Phenoh 7.4 is a new healthy sports drink that was created by Alex Schmotter, an athlete himself who wanted to better the world of sports drinks. There are many benefits to this new drink which go much farther than just hydrating the body during workouts. Phenoh 7.4 is mainly designed to aid your body in balancing your pH levels through out the day and especially after a workout.

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What’s so great about Alkaline Sports Drinks?

  • Helps your body maintain its natural pH level of 7.4.
  • Made with just SEVEN natural ingredients.
  • Non-acidic formula helps to balance the body’s pH level.
  • Organic Aloe vera provides anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as important nutrients needed for healthy recovery during and after exercise.
  • Promotes both physical and oral health and wellness.

I didn’t know a lot about alkaline until I researched it but here’s what I learned!

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“The body is naturally alkaline, and it must stay that way in order to function properly. An overly acidic diet, stress and exercise can cause the production and accumulation of acidic compounds in our blood, leading to fatigue and negative health effects like chronic disease, inflammation, acid reflux and tooth erosion.
Conventional sports drinks, besides being overloaded with simple sugars and chemicals, are also extremely acidic and have been shown to cause:

  • Metabolic ion imbalance
  • Negative performance effects
  • Detrimental oral health effects

Phenoh 7.4 is the first alkaline sports drink ever produced! Other sports drinks are about 100 times more acidic than coffee and 30,000 times more acidic than Phenoh. In short, the alkaline composition of Phenoh can provide its users with three things: improved overall health, significantly enhanced VO2 max and energy during exercise, and resistance to tooth decay.”

image1I’ve been using these sports drinks for the past two weeks, mainly after workouts, and they have definitely grown on me the more I drink them. They taste more like flavored water than anything. There is a slight citrus-like after taste which I really enjoyed. After the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Half Marathon last weekend this drink tasted SO good!!

Want to learn more about the world’s first alkaline sports drink? Check out their website HERE & let me know what you think of them!

MealEnders Review

9 Apr

I love sweets and even more than that I love snacking through out the day… it’s a bad habit I need to break… but I may have found a slight solution to my over excessive snacking! May I introduce MealEnders!

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Let’s go ahead and ask the big question… What are MealEnders?

MealEnders are single serve sweets that resets your taste buds. They distract you from wanting more food, gearing your temptation away and leaving your feel satisfied. The outer layer is a soft, sweet layer that acts as a dessert of sorts. The center leaves you with a cool tingling sensation on the tongue with takes your mind away from thinking it wants more food.

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I received four flavors from the company which were all quite good; Mocha, Chocolate Mint, Lime, and Cinnamon. My favorite was the lime flavor. It tasted like a lemon lime candy to me, not so much something to take away my hunger.

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The mocha ones had a chocolate taste to them that was very distinct and tasted actually quite good. Both my parents tried these and said they enjoyed them and they seemed to work for what they were suppose to do.

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I would suggest these to anyone who is looking for something to stop that mid-day / midnight snack trips to the fridge! Want more information? Check out their website HERE !

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