Friday, January 23, 2015

Fitness Friday...January 23rd Edition!

Woohoo! It's Friday! I didn't think this day was EVER going to get here! It's been a long week! The hubby has a huge deadline at work this week so he's been working late every night. I hate it when he works late. I don't get to see him for long. And a few of those nights he didn't get home until after I'd gone to bed. I miss him when he's not here and so do the boys.

Speaking of the hubby, he bought me a happy this past weekend! He surprised me because it's not often that he spends money and buys me gifts. But he did! He bought me this wireless Bluetooth headset! I LOVE it! It makes talking on the phone so much easier! My best friend Rhonda called me the other morning while she was driving to work. I was still getting ready for work so I used the headset to talk to her. I got dressed, ate breakfast, and made my lunch all while talking to her! It was so easy to have my hands free! So my hubby gets major points for this! Thanks babe!!!

But...that's not the reason I'm super excited that today is Friday. I'm excited because as soon as I get off work...I'm headed to one of my favorite cities ever...New Orleans!!! That's right's race weekend! I'm so excited about running the Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon on Sunday!!! It's going to be a weekend of racing and having fun with my friends! I can't wait!

The only downfall is that Sawyer has a gymnastics meet this weekend and I have to miss it. :-( Since I'm a Rock 'n' Blogger for this race I can't miss it. But Andy has promised he will video all of Sawyer's events so I won't miss seeing him in action!

Speaking of the race...several of you have asked if there will be a tweet up!'re in luck! Meet some of your favorite Rock 'n' bloggers at Cafe Du Monde on Saturday at 10:30 AM! We will be answering questions about the race, taking selfies (of course), and just chit chatting! Come join the fun!

Now it's time for Fitness Friday! I had a week of some great runs! My run streak is still going strong! Today is day 244!!!!

  • Friday- #plankaday 1:15, 1.36 mile run in 11:44 average pace 8:38

  • Sunday- 1.56 mile run in 13:17 average pace 8:32
  • Monday- 1.56 mile run in 13:13 average pace 8:29
  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:06, 1.35 mile run in 11:40 average pace 8:38

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:30, 1.56 mile run in 13:43 average pace 8:48

  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:15, 1.56 mile run in 13:33 average pace 8:41

The runs this week were great! My legs were tired a few days after my 10 mile run but then they felt better. I'm hoping my legs feel strong and powerful for this weekend's race! No matter what I know I will have fun!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to see all my posts from New Orleans this weekend! :-)

QOTD: What was your best run or workout this week?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Special K Brownies!

Even though I try my best to eat healthy most of the time I still get the occasional sweet tooth. I still crave cookies (soft warm ones are my downfall) and cake. And those foods are loaded with calories! So when Special K sent me their new brownies it made my day!!! Because these babies are only 80 calories!!! Win!

A few facts about Special K Brownies:

  • Only 80 calories
  • Come in two chocolately flavors: Heavenly Caramel and Divine Fudge
  • Made with real cocoa, chocolate or caramel chips, and drizzled in chocolate fudge on top

Sometimes all I need is just one tiny taste of something sweet. I don't need a lot. I just need a little. Just enough to satisfy that craving. That's what I LOVE about these Special K Brownies! The serving size is just enough. It's not huge where you feel guilty after eating it. These brownies are the size of the palm of your hand. That's just the right size!

I know you're wondering about the taste. I was a little skeptical at first. Requirements for my brownies are that they are soft. Did these meet that requirement? Absolutely! I was surprised how soft and chewy and moist they are!

My favorite flavor is the Heavenly Caramel! I love anything that's chocolate and has caramel in it!

These brownies are the perfect snack to go with an afternoon cup of coffee!

I highly recommend Special K Brownies when you are in need of an indulgent snack that is perfectly proportioned so you don't over indulge!

Be sure to follow Special K on Facebook and Twitter for more great snack options and products!

And you can find these Special K Brownies in grocery stores nationwide!

QOTD: Which flavor brownie do you want to try the most? What is your favorite indulgence?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Special K.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#RnRNola Training Week 7!

Currently training for:
Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon (use code ROADRUNNERGIRL for $10 off the full and half or ROADRUNNERGIRL10k for $5 off the 10K!)
Disney Glass Slipper Challenge
Seaside Half Marathon

This week is my last week of training for the Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon! Normally this would have been a taper run but since I was sidelined a bit with my calf injury I needed to run 10 miles this week. Again, Andria ran this run with me! It's always so much better running with her! And luckily she is running the race with me as well! It will be her first official half marathon (she's run the distance twice just not in a race)!!!

The weather looked pretty perfect for this run! The temperature was in the 30's and the wind was minimal. 

And before we started we were greeted with a gorgeous sunrise! We even got to run towards the sunrise because we ran a different route this time. Normally we would have turned the opposite way and ran away from the sunset.

I was a little nervous about this run. All week long I've been really paranoid about my legs getting re-injured. I've been icing everything lately. I hate that I'm having these feelings but I know that I have so many races coming up and I just want to be able to run them pain free and injury free. So this 10 miles was a little scary for me.

So after many prayers I looked up at the sky and knew God was telling me that this run was going to be a ok!

It started out great! Andria and I had lots to talk about which always passes the time. Around mile 2 we were on the lookout for some of our Sole2Soul Sisters who were running their taper run of 6 miles. We saw them stopped at their water stop and gave a quick wave and yell hello as we ran by.

Before I knew it we had made it to our first water stop at mile 4!

After some rehydration and a few gummy bears to refuel we were back out on the road! I love this part of the route as we ran by a cow pasture. There's nothing like the smell of fresh cows while you are running by lol!

Around mile 6 I hit a mini wall. I was getting tired for some reason. And I still had 4 miles to go. I didn't stop though. I kept running knowing I could run through it. I kept telling myself that I just had to make it to the next water stop at mile 8. Running is just so mental, you know?

Finally we reached mile 8! We grabbed a quick swallow of some Powerade Zero and headed back out there. We only had 2 miles to go!

But the last 2 miles would be tough. There were some hills and it was the part of the route where we had to run single file and really watch for traffic. While I was running I was doubting the race. Could I run 3 more miles? I was already so tired! I'm not sure why I was feeling this because this will be my 26th half marathon. I KNOW I can do it. But that day it felt impossible.

Finally we reached the end! 10 miles was conquered!!! Looking back, those last 2 miles were also our fastest. So that could explain why I was feeling so tired and like I couldn't go any further.

New records were made on my new Garmin!

And those 10 miles were done! Next the half marathon!

So thankful for Andria! She really pushed me those last two miles and got me through that run!

This run wasn't my very best but I got it done! I'm hoping I feel much stronger for the half this weekend!

QOTD: What do you do when you hit a wall? How do you quiet that mental battle during a run?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Goals for #RnRNola Half Marathon!

I can't believe my first race of the year is on Sunday! Yes I'll be toeing the line at the Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon! This race isn't new to me. I've run it the past 4 years! I've run both the marathon and half marathon course. And this year they added a new 10K distance! So there's a race for everyone!

Highlights of this race:

  • Flat and fast course
  • Lots of entertainment along the course
  • Huge expo
  • Running in New awesome city!

Since my calf strain injury I've had to really ease back into my training slowly. I normally would train a little longer for a race but I didn't have the time to do that due to the injury. So I did what I could. My last long run was 10 miles last weekend. Normally I run a long run of 12 miles and then the next week I run a taper run of 8 miles and then the next weekend would be the race. Well...there's no taper run for me this time. Or a run longer than 10 miles. Hopefully my body will do well and will remember what a half marathon is lol! 

This race was originally going to be my attempt at a sub 2 half marathon. But since I achieved that in October it's no longer a goal. It's a good thing too since I feel like my pace has slowed down some due to my decrease in mileage while healing from my injury. 

I LOVE how my blogger friend Kathryn from From Dancing to Running writes A,B, and C goals for her races and I decided to do the same on my blog for my races this year. So here are my goals for Sunday!

Goal A: Finish the race with a PR. This means I would have to beat my 1:57:24 time from October's Gulf Coast Half Marathon. I don't really feel like this goal is realistic right now. My long runs have been good but my paces have been averaging in the 9:30's not below 9 like it would take to beat this PR. 

Goal B: Finish the race in under 2:05. This goal is a little more reasonable. My long runs have been averaging the pace I'd need to meet this goal. 

Goal C: Finish the race in under 2:10-2:15. I know this is broad. But it's that goal I want to achieve in case something happens during the race. Like injury or a day that I'm just not feeling the run. We all have those days. 

Who knows what will happen come race day? My main goal of every race is to have fun and finish injury free and with a smile on my face! 

If you're interested in my recaps from this race the past 4 years, here they are!

Half Marathon in 2011 (this was before the race name was changed..the name was Rock 'n' Roll Mardi Gras then) 
Full Marathon in 2012 (my first full marathon!)

QOTD: Are you running Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans? What is your favorite Rock 'n' Roll race?

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Weekly Chase #106!

Happy Monday everyone! And if you're off for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day then I hope you enjoy it! Me and my boys are off!

This weekend was a fun one! But there were also some hiccups in it as well. It started Friday night with a girls night with some of my friends! We went and had pedicures together! It was so much fun!

And we got our toes ready for New Orleans! The Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon is THIS weekend!!!

Afterwards, since running and races are always on our minds, we went to Walmart and bought matching tank tops for the Crescent City Classic 10K in New Orleans in April! Always thinking ahead about those cute race outfits! ;-)

Saturday I ran my last long run of 10 miles for #RnRNola training! I'll be recapping the run for you on Wednesday. The rest of the day was spent at home because Sawyer started not feeling well. :-( Yes I boys keep getting sick lately! He has a sore throat, is congested, and has a cough. But he's not running fever and is still fairly active. So I'm hoping it's just a cold. That night right after going to bed Hayden came out crying and saying he felt like he was going to throw up. Luckily he never did. But he had me worried.

So Sunday we didn't go to church since Sawyer was feeling bad and I wasn't sure what was going on with Hayden. It's a good thing because Hayden woke up with pink eye! So it's been a weekend full of sickness around here.

Kind of sad because the hubby was going to take me on a date. But we couldn't leave the boys when we knew they were feeling bad.

Hopefully whatever sickness that's going will NOT get to me since I have my race this weekend!

Now it's time for the Weekly Chase! It's a new week and I have new goals to achieve! I hope you will link up your own goals with me too! And feel free to use the badge below in your post too! You can grab the badge HERE! :-)

Road Runner Girl

Here are my goals from last week!

  • Goal #1: Run every day! Yes! The #RRGRunStreak is still alive!
  • Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Yes! And I'm not only just icing my calf that was injured...but because of paranoia that I'm going to get injured somewhere else I'm icing my other calf AND my knee! 
  • Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. Yes! I did good with this this week! :-)
  • Goal #4: Get my monthly calendar for work completed. Done! 
  • Goal #5: Cook meals this week. Yep! I cooked almost every night this week! Yay!

Here are the goals I'm working on this week!

Goal #1: Run every day! Gotta keep the streak going! I plan on just running one milers this week to take it easy for my race.

Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Like I mentioned above I am icing more things these days. I'm determined to stay injury free for my race this weekend, Disney Princess Half, and Seaside Half!

Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. This past week my appetite wasn't as hearty as normal. I've been good about listening to my body. When I'm full I stop eating instead of cleaning my plate even when I'm already full. 

Goal #4: Start working on Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend costumes! My costume for the half is almost complete. But I haven't even started on one for the 10K!

Goal #5: Hydrate and fuel for my half marathon on Sunday! I need to make sure I drink lots of water this week as well as fuel well the few days leading up to the race! :-)

Goal #6: Pack for race weekend! I always say I'm going to start packing a few days early so I don't forget anything. But I always procrastinate and pack in a rush. I'm going to try to pack early this time!

So that's my plan for the week! I hope you have a great week crushing your goals!

QOTD: What goals are you chasing this week?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fitness Friday...January 16th Edition!

Hello three day weekend! Yes I'm super excited to be off of work on Monday! It's been another super busy week with lots of things going on around here.

The main thing is my cat Cullen started acting really weird. He was cleaning his bottom a lot and going to the litter box constantly. I took him to the vet and he has a UTI. So he's on antibiotics. He's still not acting his normal cheery self but hopefully we are on the road to recovery. I'm tired of checking the litter box constantly to see how much he peed if at all. Poor little guy has just been miserable!

The boys both had their honors awards ceremonies this week. I'm so proud of them both! Hayden got AB Honor Roll, perfect attendance, and made his reading AR goal! Sawyer made his reading AR goal and got A Honor Roll! We are super proud of Sawyer making A Honor Roll because he had a C in reading first quarter and pulled it up to an A! So proud of both my boys!!!

Thursday night I got to have coffee with my sister. It's been a while since we've had our sister time due to getting back into the swing of things after Christmas break. It was great to see her and do some catching up!

Now it's time for Fitness Friday! This week was a week full of runs in several different types of weather! I ran in the freezing cold, humidity, and rain! But nothing stopped me! My #RRGRunStreak is still going strong!

  • Friday- #plankaday 1:05, 1.35 mile run in 11:56 average pace 8:51

  • Sunday- 1.55 mile run in 13:14 average pace 8:32
  • Monday- #plankaday 1:15, 1.36 mile run in 12:05 average pace 8:53

  • Tuesday- 1.56 mile run in 13:29 average pace 8:38
  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:05, 1.30 mile run in 11:17 average pace 8:40

  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:15, 1.57 mile run in 13:44 average pace 8:45

The running went great this week! It was crazy weather though! Friday and Saturday's runs were really cold! Then Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday it was much warmer and humid. Wednesday it was cool again and Thursday it was a little warmer but raining! But when you're streaking you get out there no matter what!

This weekend I have a 10 mile run on the schedule! Andria will be running with me. It will be our last long run before Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon! The half is NEXT WEEKEND!!!!! I'm hoping for a great long run!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

QOTD: What was your best run or workout this week?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Special K Snack Bars!

Most of you know that I've just recently lost weight. So I am always on the look out for healthy and low calorie snack options. Taste is huge for me because if it doesn't taste good then I'm not going to waste calories on it. As a mom that's on the go a lot, convenience is a big factor as well. 

So I was pretty thrilled when Special K sent me their new Special K Snack Bars! 

These snack bars are made from tasty ingredients that you can see. There are rich chocolatey chunks, real fruit pieces, crunchy salted pretzels, and chewy rolled oats. 

They come in four delicious flavors:
  • Berry Medley
  • Salted Pretzel Chocolate
  • Blueberry Bliss
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate

My favorite thing about Special K Snack Bars...they are only 100 calories a bar! They also have 2 grams of protein in them. That makes them the perfect snack for someone like me who wants a healthy low calorie snack choice!

As far as the taste of these bars...they are delicious!!! My two boys have been taking them to school to eat at snack time. If kids approve then you know it's good! 

These snack bars are perfect before a run! I've been eating them before my long runs and they have been just the right amount of fuel I've needed to get through the run. They are also great for after the run!

Out of all the flavors my favorites are the Blueberry Bliss and Berry Medley! I'm more of a fruit person when it comes to my snack bars. Although I will say that the Salted Caramel Chocolate was pretty good as well. It had just the right amount of sweet with a hint of salt. 

Special K Snack Bars will hit the stores this January! And at only $2.69 for a box of 6 you can't beat the price! These will definitely become a staple in my pantry!

Be sure to follow Special K on Facebook and Twitter for more great snack options and products!

QOTD: Which flavor Special K Snack Bar do you think you'd like best?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Special K.



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