Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Morning reflections on the run…getting some happy miles in while admiring the lovely colors in the sky.
After my run I did a little abs/arms circuit in my living room. I made it up…great way to get a little strength session in with 8 lb weights.
Move of the day! Full extensions…these are great for your core with either weights or a medicine ball if you have one. Allyson Felix makes it look so easy…hot stuff.
In my lunchbox…roma tomatoes, zuchinni and cottage cheese…I love it when my food looks pretty like artwork.
This evening I’m teaching spin and I have a hot new playlist to bring along with me. Here are some great songs to move and groove to!
Stay the Night- Zedd feat Hayley Williams: Warm up
White Walls- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Jumps
Carry Out- Timbaland feat Justin Timberlake: Climb 6/7/8
How I Feel- Flo Rida: Accelerations 20/10
Own It- Mack Wilds: Active Recovery
Word Up- Cameo: Standing run
Love Don’t Die- The Fray: Rolling hills in/out of saddle
In My Head- Jason Derulo: Jumps
Lose My Breath- Destiny’s Child: Sprints in the saddle
Burn- Ellie Goulding: Climb 7/8/9
The Monster- Eminem feat Rihanna: Climb 8/9/10
My Last- Chris Brown feat Big Sean: Rolling hills
A Little Party Never Killed Nobody- Fergie feat Q Tip and Goon Rock: Sprint to the finish
Window Seat- Erykah Badu: Cool down
Any new songs you’re loving to sweat to lately? What’s in your lunchbox?
I don’t know about you but I am definitely starting to get into the holiday spirit! Maybe it’s a little premature but I’m loving it. This morning I’m listening to Christmas music, I have my mini jingle bell tree up in the office and drinking coffee from my holiday mug. Black santa has even already made an appearance…
So I figured today I’d share a fun recipe with you and a Christmas cheer survey! First off…who doesn’t love rice krispies treats? I love them especially when they’re homemade. Not those store bought thingamajigs. These crispy caramel bites are great to have around for holiday parties. You can even add chocolate/crushed up peppermint and sprinkles if you’re feeling fancy. And they will probably be the easiest holiday treat you will make this year. Promise.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Rice Krispies cereal (or even the generic brand)
Marzetti’s Old Fashioned Light Caramel Dip
Dip the marshmallows in the caramelly goodness and roll around in the rice cereal until they’re fully coated. Put on wax paper or in tupperware and chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them!
On to the survey! I found this one from this girl’s blog. Enjoy!
Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Definitely wrapped! I truly believe Santa is all about the presentation.
Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I love me some colored lights. They’re just so much more festive than boring white ones.
Do you hang mistletoe?
No…but I’d love a mistletoe flavored candle! Candles are the new mistletoe.
What is your favorite holiday dish…excluding dessert?
I’m not big on rich holiday foods but I always love to make a healthier alternative. Right now I’m totally digging my skinny spinach dip with the greek yogurt swap. Me and mama gobbled this one up for Thanksgiving.
Favorite holiday memory as a child?
Probably leaving cookies and milk for Santa! When I was little my mom and dad had to put some of the gifts in a big playpen because I was very mischievous and would try to sneak and open them early haha. It didn’t matter if the gifts were mine or theirs. Some things never change.
Snow? Love it or dread it?
We RARELY get snow here in TX so when we do get it it’s like a Christmas miracle! We had some last year on Christmas Day and it truly was a beautiful white Christmas.
Real tree or fake tree?
Fake. I can’t even deal with the maintenance of a real one. Although they smell very lovely.
What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?
Definitely spending that time with family and friends. This year I am going to split my time between Dallas and Houston – spending Christmas Eve with mama and then flying out late that night to spend Christmas Day with the boyfriend and dad…but I am so happy I will get to see everyone including the long distance love of my life.
What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Does holiday sangria count? Seriously I would choose wine over chocolate cake any day.
What is your favorite tradition?
It HAS to be running a fun Christmas race. Can’t wait to run in my holiday gear.
What tops your tree?
Typically I love to top my tree with ribbons…I would love to make one this year! I’m finding all sorts of ideas on pinterest.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
No one does Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer quite like Stephanie Mills. This one makes me want to dance around in Christmas pajamas.
What do you leave for Santa?
Hmm…I think I will leave him some cookies this year…or maybe those crispy caramel bites.
Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?
When the boo lived here we always got up in the morning and I made breakfast. So we’ll have to do that this year down in Houston. With mimosas, of course.
Do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?
Definitely online. Ebay has been a lifesaver lately. I just scored some hot new brown boots for under $40. They’re so cozy.
Do you say CARAMEL or CARMEL?
Pick a question (or more!) from the survey and tell me your answers!
Hello hello friends! How was your Thanksgiving holiday? I hope you were able to relax and enjoy the company of friends and fam. My vacation was nice and long and I am definitely ready to hit it hard this week!
I taught spin this morning after about a week hiatus. It felt good to be back in the saddle! We did lots of speedy intervals and hill climbs. I pulled an old playlist out from the vault and we sprinted to this track at the end which was too much fun.
Now I’m sippin’ on some green tea and writing at my desk. From a Christmas mug, of course…
So let’s backtrack to last week! I had a short work day on Wednesday and then Thursday got up early with my mama for the Castle Hills Turkey Trot put on by Riverstone Ministry. This was their very first trot race! I love this neighborhood…they have a beautiful lake, golf course, picturesque homes, and LOTS of cray cray hills. CH definitely lives up to its name. I was invited by my friend and running buddy Jackie so decided it would be a fun run before we got down on some grubbin’.
It has been about A YEAR…yes a YEAR…since I’ve raced a 5K! I seriously just went into it with the intention to have fun but it was nice and chilly and perfect conditions to do some faster running! My goal was to finish in under 25 minutes and I did it! I stayed within the 7 minute pace range so I was really proud of myself for pushing the pace (especially with all of those climbs!). I stayed neck and neck with my girl Jackie for most of the race (but she smoked me) and we both ended up placing! 2nd and 3rd place age group winners out of 90 women!
I love how it says we are 18 years old…haha…makes me feel like a kid again.
After the run I went home and did some cookin’ with mama! We had some family come over but it really was a low key Thanksgiving this year. We danced around the kitchen in comfy clothes drinking wine, talking and listening to music. She made the turkey and I helped out with the sides. I think it all came together perfectly!
I also made us some holiday sangria. My specialty. All you need for this one is white wine (I used pinot grigio), sparkling apple cider, chopped up pears, red and green apples, and fresh cranberries. Let it marinade and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours and you are good to go!
I was pretty lazy for the rest of the week and then Saturday did an easy 9 miler with some running buds at a 9 minute pace. It felt good to get the legs going again!
Sunday was yoga. Oh yoga, how my body and mind loves you. I seriously need to incorporate more of this into my life.
How was your Thanksgiving? What is the yummiest thing you ate?
Did you put your Christmas tree up?
I did not…but I helped my mom put hers up! I will do it this week for sure.
7 easy miles this morning…catchin’ some rays and attempting to stay warm in 30 degree weather.
We should see the 40s and 50s in the next couple of days but I had to get out one more time to enjoy the freeze. There may have been a little bit of ice skating involved. But I loved every milisecond of it.
Post run was doing some hip opening yoga stretches in my living room. Lots more here if you need ‘em. Pretty sure just laying on the floor in dead man’s pose is my favorite one of them all.
In honor of Turkey Trot running on Thanksgiving tomorrow I figured I would put together a fun playlist for you this week! An hour of back to back jams to keep you speedy and strong.
I will be running a 5K with some running buds tomorrow. All while wearing my Indian feathers of course!
Have fun…and don’t forget to gobble til you wobble tomorrow. Or do the wobble…while you’re running.
Are you running a Turkey Trot tomorrow? What’s on your playlist?
No doubt the best way to kick off Thanksgiving week is with some glorious running. This morning it was 5 miles of crushing the leaves while attempting to stay warm in 30 degree weather.
I bet people up north would laugh at us Texans because we are definitely more acclimated to the heat and summer months than anything resembling snowy-ness or ice. There’s just something lovely to me though about running in the cold. I think it reminds me of being in college when I lived on the east coast in VA. Oh the memories.
Before the chilly-ness I busted out a 30 minute Power Up blast on my NTC app. I wanted a little bit more of a challenge so I went with the advanced level. This one was tough and I think I was sweating within about 5 minutes. Move of the day…definitely burpee to shoulder press! I would use 8-10 lb weights. I found a video demo below that actually adds on a row move too…serious business.
These types of workouts are great to do before a run…they really get your muscles warmed up and ready to hit the road!
The best way to warm up after a cold booty busting workout is definitely with a peppermint mocha. Don’t hate on my 7-Eleven gas station coffee. It’s my favorite right now especially since they give you an unlimited amount of marshmallows. Bring it on.
Have you ever tried the NTC app? What’s your favorite workout on there?
What’s one workout move that you love to hate?
Burpees. They are so challenging but you feel great when it’s over.
I am definitely ready for a little down time this weekend to loosen up and have some fun. I have 12 miles to knock out tomorrow, followed up by some chill time and then dressing up to celebrate my friend Nat’s birthday at Wolfgang Puck!
Love this girl. She’s seriously my ride or die BFF. Can’t wait to celebrate her last year in her 20′s with her!
Let’s get on to my faves this week!
-These camel colored boots. They make my tootsies so happy.
-23 Signs You’re a Morning Person. These are all embarrassingly me.
-Nutritional yeast. I actually think that kind of sounds gross. I just call it nooch. It’s so good for you and I sprinkle it on everything. If I ever go vegan this will be a lifesaver. You can sprinkle it on stuff like pasta or popcorn and it kind of reminds me of parmesan cheese.
-Fleece lined leggings? Need these in my life.
-2 buck chuck. Yet another thing from Trader Joe’s that I’m loving this week. Post spin class pinot grigio is best served on the rocks…not with ice but with frozen strawberries.
-Getting my Asics winter running swag from Luke’s Locker. One of the awesome perks of volunteer coaching is we get some fun freebies. New pullover, jacket and running tights.
What are you up to this weekend?
Is it chilly/snowing where you live?
Temps are back in the 30′s for us!
6 miles this morning with my homegirl Elyse…running among the beautiful turning leaves. Enjoying the view.
I love running with this girl because she pushes me when I need a little motivation. She recently BQ’d her marathon time in a major way with a 3:26 PR. She’s also one of the most humble, down to earth chicas I’ve ever met. I kind of want to steal her speedy mojo.
I’m still feelin’ those plank walks from the other day but…before our run I did a little work on the tushy with this 15 minute blast. I kind of enjoyed doing those split jumps a little bit too much. It might be my new favorite move. Repeat the set 3X. Oh and use weights…cuz they’re good for ya.
Dinner last night was lemon pepper sockeye salmon with a brown rice medley on the side…so simple to make.
First of all you need this corn salsa in your life. So good.
Mix it in with basmati brown rice, black beans and you’re good to go.
Favorite kind of salsa…give me a recipe! Do you like it hot or mild?
This week’s spin playlist is a bunch of old favorites mixed in with a some newbies! We start out with some speed then it gets pretty intense and hilly in the back half.
I love me some back to back hills. They definitely make you stronger both on and off the bike!
Let’s go for a ride!
All Night - Icona Pop: Warm up
Scream and Shout- Will.i.am feat Britney Spears: Standing run
Billie Jean- Michael Jackson: Jumps
Love More- Chris Brown feat Nicki Minaj: Sprints
Forget You- Cee Lo Green: Recover 1 min, back to 7/8 Standing attacks
Q.U.E.E.N.- Janelle Monae feat Erykah Badu: Climb 7/8/9
Raise Your Glass- Pink: Accelerations 15 on/10 off
Low- Flo Rida: Active recovery
Give it 2 U- Robin Thicke: Jumps on a 7/8 hill
Get Lucky- Daft Punk feat Pharrell: Rolling hills
Hold On We’re Going Home- Drake: Climb 7/8/9/10
2 Reasons- Trey Songz feat T.I.: Rolling hills
Before I Let Go- Maze feat Frankie Beverly: Climb 8/9/10/11
Back That Thang Up- Juvenile: Accelerations 20 on/10 off
Ascension- Maxwell: Cool down
If you’re in the area, come join me for cycle happy hour 6 pm TONIGHT at 24 Hour Fitness in Bedford!