Summer Watermelon Fruit Salad

Comparison can be an evil thing. I do it, I hear others doing it. Why must we compare our chapter 10 to someone else’s chapter 20? There isn’t anything more detrimental to personal goals than comparing yourself to other people’s successes. Everyone is different. Everyone has different goals, motivations, failures, successes. The journey you are on should be your only focus because you are the only person who is going to get you to your goals. You don’t know what everyone has gone through to have what they have or to reach their goals.

What chapter are you on? Look back on your journey from time to time and be proud of how far you have come and use that to keep going. Everyone has a chapter 1. What we do to move forward from there is what sets us apart from the rest. It is what gets you to chapter 20.

I had to remind myself of this after running my last race. I looked at other women’s results in the Elite category and longed to be able to be that good. I train hard, I eat right, I put in the work. Why am I not that fast? Why am I not that fit? Why don’t I look like that?

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Weekend Warrior Workout Roundup

Happy Fri-nally! Earlier this week I shared my Top 15 Must Make Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend. Now, I am sharing a roundup of workouts to choose from for the weekend that call for little to no equipment. A lot of the times my weekend workouts are my best because I am less stressed and just try and have fun with them. That is exactly what I will be doing this weekend and throwing in Murph on Sunday or Monday. Workout two on this list is one of my favorite no equipment workouts so I just might have to bring that one back too! Cheers to a happy and fun weekend all!

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Austin Spartan Super Race Recap

My first Spartan race of the season is officially in the books. For those of you that don’t know, last year I competed in my first ever Spartan race and was immediately hooked. The adrenaline and feeling of accomplishment was something I never felt before and it left me wanting more! I ended up competing in two Spartan races last year (a sprint and stadium race) and this year my goal is to complete the Spartan Trifecta. In order to complete the trifecta, I have to run a sprint, super and beast which are all different lengths with different amounts of obstacles.

Sprint: 3-5 miles and 20-23 obstacles

Super: 8-10 miles and 24-29 obstacles

Beast: 12-14 miles and 30-35 obstacles

This past weekend I ran the Austin Spartan Super race. It was my first Super race and furthest distance I have ever raced before (ended up being 9 miles). The race was on Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, TX so we flew into Austin the day before. Race day was an early morning filled with nerves. Being out of my element, racing alone and never have ran a super my stomach was flipping. I even forgot that it was my birthday that day.

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Top 15 Must Make Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

And I’m back! I just got back from a 5 day trip to Austin Texas where I ran my first Spartan Race of the season (recap coming later this week!). The race was a ton of fun, we ate our way through Austin and even got to explore the country side a bit too. Stay tuned for all the details coming later.

How is it Memorial Day next week already? This is the weekend summer officially starts, backyard BBQs will be in full swing and planning long days at the lake will be our only worries. Temptations will be high this weekend with all the appetizers, snacks, drinks and desserts to celebrate Memorial Day but I am hear to show you that you can indulge while still staying on track of your health goals. Below is a list of 15 clean, simple and healthy recipes to make this holiday weekend the best one yet! Continue reading

Peach Mango Energy Balls

All health and wellness goals take time. For many, this is a hard concept to grasp because people want to see immediate results. That’s just not how things work, nor should they. It takes a lot of time, effort, planning and consistency to change your body.

Time – changing your lifestyle shouldn’t be a short term thing. If you want real lasting results changing your lifestyle for the rest of your life is what you will need to do. This means that after 30 days of cleaning up your diet you continue for another 30 days and another and another and so on.

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Kale Summer Salad

A year ago I was in my final two weeks of prep for my first ever figure show. Today, I am one week away from my first Spartan Super race. A lot can sure change in a year. I never imagined being drawn to endurance races because I was also so strength and aesthetic focused (hence why I did a show). Change is inevitable. How we embrace change and what we do with it  makes us who we are as a person, athlete, wife/husband, parent, friend, etc. I trained like a body builder for years because it was what I knew, it was what I was exposed too. I thought it was my passion. Then change happened.

After running my first ever Spartan Sprint race last year, I was hooked. But, it was different than anything else I knew. Different style of training, different way to fuel your body, performance based versus aesthetic based, and completely different community. I embraced the change, though. I started teaching myself endurance training, researching how to fuel the body for higher intensity training and I went for it. I set a goal to run all three lengths of Spartan races in 2017 (3-5 miles, 8-10 miles and 12-15 miles) and this coming weekend I will be knocking one of those off my lists. The biggest and most proud of change I embraced Continue reading

OCR Strength Workout

Happy fitness Friday! I invited a friend over last night for a garage/yard workout and this is what we did. If you don’t have the equipment to do this workout at home, you should be able to get it done in the gym. I love this time of year because I spend a lot less time in an actual gym but still get killer workouts in. As a matter of fact, next week my gym membership expires and I’m not renewing it. Since I’ve been focusing on a lot more functional types of movements, the gym is becoming a lot less needed for my training. Workouts can be done just about anywhere you are and tweaked for the amount of time you have. This workout took us right about 35 minutes and we were both drenched with sweat. You don’t need to be putting hours into the gym to get results! If you are looking for more workouts like this, checkout my Fitness tab! Continue reading

Edible Cookie Dough

It hasn’t quite hit me yet that in just a week and a half I will be on my way to Austin, TX for my first Spartan Race of the season! I have been putting in the work, staying on top of my nutrition and am ready to see what I can bring to the table on race day. I’m going into this race with the only expectation to have as much fun as I can and take in the new experience.

Just 15 short weeks ago I set my mind to training for my first Spartan Super Race. I decided to fully dedicate to training and fueling for an intense obstacle course race. I said goodbye to my comfort zone of body building style training and welcomed the uncomfortable feeling of obstacle course race training. In these last few months I have Continue reading

Cucumber Salad and Eau Claire Marathon Recap

Oofta, I feel like I ran a marathon yesterday. The title of this post might make it seem like I did run a marathon yesterday, but I actually survived my first marathon of being part of the planning team. I just hopped one board of the planning team the last month and a half of the race to help UW-Eau Claire students execute The Blugold Mile. I talked about what The Blugold Mile is in this last weeks post. It was a weekend to remember with many inspiring moments to keep pushing forward with my own fitness goals.

All the planning, preparation and setup were done and all I had left to do was enjoy the race and cheer on the runners. There were 3,000 plus runners coming through the UW-Eau Claire campus and they were greeted with the enthusiasm of the students and organizations that made up The Blugold Mile. As much work as I, The Blugold Mile team and Eau Claire Marathon team endured to make this race happen, the runners deserve the credit. Without them, without their determination and motivation there wouldn’t be a race at all. There is an immense amount of training and hours that goes into getting ready for a half and full marathon. It was a true inspiration to see people of all walks of life running and bound and determined to make it to the finish line.

One of my best friends was one of those inspirations determined to cross that finish line. She had a lot of ups and downs throughout her training and even Continue reading

Trail Run Workout

Running is one of those things I used to despise, dread, loath. Then I found trail running and it all changed. Trail running is peaceful to me and a stress reliever. It is quite, just me and the wooded path (and Mojo). I have time to think and focus on the task at hand. My weekly trail runs have become something I look forward too. I took my workout to the trails the other day and this is what I did. The loop I did was about 3 miles. To scale this workout, walk instead of run. Time to get after it!

Speaking of running, it is the Eau Claire Marathon this week and I am helping coordinating part of the course (The Blugold Mile). I’m excited to get out and cheer on these amazing athletes. 26.2 miles is quite an accomplishment and the runners deserve all the cheers they can get! If you are in the area, come on down to UWEC and cheer on our local students and community members! Good luck to all the runners this weekend! Continue reading