Throwback Thursday

It’s almost Friday!  Summer is ticking away and soon it will be back to school and back to the crazy!  I really do enjoy my summer as a teacher I feel rejuvenated and refreshed when I go back to school in the fall.  This week was my birthday and I like to reflect back on the year and look forward to the next.  I started this blog a few years ago and never really focused on it.  In college I was a journalism major before changing to education.  I really enjoy writing and sharing my love of fitness, healthy food and healthy living.  Today I was looking back at some of my early posts and thought I would do a little throwback Thursday post and share one of my very first recipes and workouts.  I am continually improving my writing and always love to hear any ideas you would like to see on the blog.  

This is by far one of my favorite recipes.  My mom gave me this recipe a long time ago and I make these at least twice a week for my family.  They are my go to pre-workout/pre-run snack.  They give me the perfect amount of energy without feeling like I ate too much.  You can adapt this recipe any way you like it.  Sometimes I use almond butter and throw in some coconut or raisins. Trust me these are amazing!  

No Bake Pre-Workout Peanut Butter Energy Balls
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Gluten Free Oats (or regular)
  2. 1/3 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  3. 1/4 Cup Honey
  4. 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (about 1/4 cup)
  5. 3 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseeds
  6. 3 Tablespoons Mini Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together using a food processor or stir ingredients well. Roll the mixture into 1 tablespoons size balls. I like to use a small ice cream scoop and then roll them.
Optional Ingredients
  1. 1/4 Cup Dried Fruit
  2. Chia Seeds
  3. Unsweetened Coconut
  4. *Any nut butter can be subbed in for the peanut butter
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Today’s workout was one of the first workouts I posted on my blog.  It’s a good one.  I called it the buns, guns, and abs workout.  It gets the heart rate up while focusing on total body strengthening as well. 

Buns Guns and Abs

I hope you all have a great Thursday!   

 

Monday Morning AMRAP Workout

I hope you all had a great weekend!  We went for a quick overnight camping trip this weekend.  It was great.  We did some paddle boarding, fishing, hiking, and of course ate some s’mores!

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Today I am starting off the week with a killer workout!  I wanted to change my workout format a bit last week so I put together this workout and boy was it a hit.  It was challenging in different ways.  This workout can easily be done at home or at the gym.  

For this workout you will be focusing on as many reps as possible in the time given.  Set a timer and go!  

Always start your workout with a warm up.  I always start with a dynamic warm up to get the joints active and moving.  Static stretching (when you stretch and hold the muscle) should be done at the end of your workout.  

AMRAP 1

Rest when needed between each round.  

Always cool down and stretch following your workout. I like to include some yoga stretches like:

  • The Cobra
  • Pigeon
  • Downward Facing Dog (pedaling out the feet)
  • Forward Folds
  • Child’s Pose

Have a great week! 

Gym Intimidation

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Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a fantastic week.  I have been doing crossfit this week and man are my legs sore.  When I sit down or go up stairs they are screaming!  It has been a good experience, but I will admit I had major cross fit gym intimidation going into it.  I thought I was going to walk into the gym and see a bunch of people straight out of the crossfit games and I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with them.  Boy was I wrong.  So far it has been a great experience, the people are so friendly, encouraging and the workout has been killer.  This got me thinking about gym intimidation.  Many people out there, some who are my friends, have said they are very intimidated to go to they gym, try a new type of fitness class, try a new sport, or just go for a run.  Some of the things I have heard people say in the past 20 years of teaching fitness classes are:  “I need to get in shape before I go to the gym,” “what if I can’t keep up,” and “what if I can’t do something.”  My experience is that when I have tried something new, there have always been people there to support, encourage and accept me.  Next time our mindset should be “what can I do,”  “what if I can push myself harder,” “what if I am not the slowest,” and “what if I like it.”  I also know that everyone who comes to my class is welcomed by others, supported by me, given modifications when needed, and encouraged to come again.  My advice for getting over the gym intimidation is:

  1. Try a group fitness class and stand in the back row or middle row.  This is what I did during my first yoga class and cross fit.  I stood in the back so I could watch the proper form and not feel like I had people watching me.  
  2. Go with a friend.  This will help you feel more comfortable and not as nervous especially if they have already been going to the class or gym.  When I first started doing hot yoga I went the first time with my friend Holly and I felt much better even before walking in.  
  3. Ask for help or modifications and don’t feel embarrassed about it.  As a fitness instructor I always appreciate it when my class members ask me questions before class, tell me about injuries, or stay a few minutes after for clarification on certain moves.
  4. Go with a plan.  If you are going to workout in the weight room go with a workout plan, so you are prepared.  There are great workout plans online, in magazines and videos on youtube.
  5. Just go!  The most important thing is to just go and give it a try.
  6. Once you have found an activity that you enjoy pay it forward by inviting someone to join you.  Ask them to join you for a run, for yoga or for a hike, because everyone has had a first time. 

Feel free to comment with any additional suggestions or advice you may have or what has worked for you.  Have a great weekend and go out and try something new!  

Cross Fit and Cookie Dough

This week I am giving Crossfit a try!  I am actually a little intimidated but I have a lot of friends and family who love it, so I thought I would try it for a week and see what I think.  I am always looking for ways to change up my workout and get new ideas to incorporate into my classes I teach at the gym, so this will be a great way to do both.  So I went over to Crossfit Fireside for a free 1 week trial. Today’s WOD was a tough one.  It included a lot of running, which I love!  Here is a breakdown of what we did today:

  • Warm Up (400 Meter Jog and Dynamic Stretches)
  • Back Squats (since I am new I did these) 5×5
  • Run 400 Meters
  • 50 Air Squats
  • Run 400 Meters
  • 30 Goblet Squats with A Kettlebell
  • Run 400 Meters
  • 20 Goblet Squats with A Kettlebell
  • Run 400 Meters
  • 100 Kettlebell Swings
  • Stretch

Overall it was a great workout.  The kettlebell swings killed me!  I had to use a lighter size kettlebell than I usually use but was able to pump out the 100 swings.  On the way home I drank a bunch of water and ate a few protein balls that I made yesterday.  pb balls

I have a new protein ball/bar recipe for you guys to try.  I am always trying to find a good protein bar that is clean, gluten and dairy free.  This is pretty tough.  I have tried a few that I like, but a lot of them are pretty expensive.  So I whipped up a batch of these peanut butter cookie dough protein balls today while experimenting in my kitchen.  You could easily make these into bars, but I rolled them into balls.  I used Less Naked vegan vanilla pea protein powder but you could also use whey protein.  The texture may be better with a whey protein because pea protein tends to be a little gritty.  I also used Naked PB peanut butter powder but you could use any peanut butter powder.   I recommend these for a post workout snack or a treat anytime during the day! 

 

 

Peanut Butter Protein Cookie Dough Balls
Yields 10
Vegan, Gluten and Dairy Free Protein Balls
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Cup Vanilla Pea Protein Powder (can use whey)
  2. 1/2 Cup Powdered Peanut Butter
  3. 2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
  4. 1 Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter
  5. 1 Tablespoon Honey
  6. 1 Tablespoon Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips
  7. 1 Packet Stevia (optional)
  8. Water (as needed)
Instructions
  1. In a food processor pulse all the ingredients except the chocolate chips until well combined. The mixture will be dry.
  2. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time to soften the mixture into a cookie dough consistency.
  3. When you reach the desired texture, pulse in the chocolate chips until incorporated throughout the dough.
  4. Form into balls 1 tablespoon in size. You can also form the mixture into 3 bars as well. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
Notes
  1. Nutrition Information Per Ball (may vary depending on your ingredients)
  2. Calories: 58
  3. Fat: 2g
  4. Carbohydrates: 5.6g
  5. Fiber: 1g
  6. Sugar 2.8g
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Hawaiian Fun in the Sun

I hope you all had a great weekend.  We just returned from an amazing trip to Hawaii visiting family and just having a great time.  My uncle in Hawaii is battling cancer and I feel so blessed that I got to spend some precious time with him and that my daughters got see him again.  It reminded me that life is so precious, especially with all the recent headlines in the news and all of the hatred in the world.IMG_4468 

Being with my family this past week really reminded that life is short.  I kept thinking about one of my favorite quotes by Abraham Lincoln, “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”

Abraham Lincoln

Such a great reminder to spend time with the ones you love, be healthy, have fun, and have faith.  

Here are a few highlights of our trip, our workouts, and our eats!  

We did a few beach runs, which I love!  We hit the hotel gym a few times, this was a little more difficult for me since I was unfamiliar with the equipment and it was a different space than I am used to, but I still got in a few good quick workouts.  We did a yoga class at the hotel which was fun and different.   By far my favorite “workout” was hiking up the Koko Head stairs.  IMG_1408[1] IMG_1413[1]

WOWZERS!!!!  That was a challenge.  It was a steep climb up the 1050 stairs to the top.  They weren’t really stairs either!  They were railroad ties that are not really wide enough to take just one step, unless you have really long legs!  About midway through there is a bridge section that was a bit tough to maneuver across and you could easily slip (I did).  Once you hit the top the view is breathtaking! It is an amazing view of Hanauma Bay and the Hawaii Kai area.  On the way down it started to rain making the downhill portion a bit more difficult with slippery railroad ties, sand and rocks.  It was worth it!  If you ever get a chance to hike the Koko Head stairs do it!  

Koko Head Stairs

We also got a chance to eat some yummy food.  A lot of it was made by my aunt Cammy.  I swear she can open her fridge and grab whatever she finds and make a gourmet meal.  I will be posting a few of her recipes she gave me soon!  One of the best places we ate was a small restaurant called Fete.  The food and wine was amazing.  We had the chicken liver mousse, which I was nervous to try, but it was sooooo good.  I shared the burger with my aunt which was also very tasty.  The hubby had the linguine carbonara, which was also great.  We all shared dessert and my favorite was the cherry chocolate pavlova.  It was to die for!!!!!  I was ready to lick the plate, but I didn’t!  This restaurant is highly recommended if you are visiting Oahu.  I didn’t get any pictures of my food, because I was too busy eating it and enjoying a lovely conversation with my family.  

Overall, our trip was amazing!  I think when you are on vacation it’s important to enjoy it.  We still worked out, but we replaced some of our normal high intensity workouts with fun activities like snorkeling, hiking, playing in the ocean, and long slow beach runs.  Our workouts let us enjoy our surroundings and not be stuck in a small hotel gym.  It was also great to try new and different foods that I can now incorporate into my meals at home.  Yes I did indulge a bit with more wine than I usually drink and a few extra desserts, but I still made sure my indulgences were worth it.  

I hope you guys had a great weekend!  I am excited to get meal planning and cooking next week with my new recipes!  

Breakfast Boredom and Boot Camp Workout

Happy Friday!  We are heading to Hawaii this weekend for a little R&R and time with my family who live there.  I am so excited.  I will definitely be taking a ton of pictures to share with you all when we get back.

Today’s workout was a good one!  I am always starving after my workouts and I look forward to breakfast! 

Bootcamp 30

Do you ever get bored with the same old breakfast stuff you eat everyday?  I am a total creature of habit.  I will usually have oatmeal, smoothies, eggs and toast, or my banana oat protein pancakes.  I typically just rotate these during the week.  Lately I have not been wanting any of those things for breakfast though.  I decided I was on a mission to find some new breakfast things to try.  Today I had the sweet potato breakfast bowl.  I topped mine with chopped cashews, cinnamon and a sprinkle of chia seeds.  It was yummy and super filling.  While searching the web I found these things I plan on incorporating into my weekly breakfast rotation. 

Sweet Potato Toast with Avocado.  Yup, I said sweet potato toast.  This idea is so intriguing to me.  I love sweet potato and avocado so it is a total win!  Here is the recipe I found:  http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Sweet-Potato-Toast-Recipes-41793311  I am not sure about the radish, I may add a sprinkle of chia seeds and sea salt.  

Cookie Dough Cereal.  I love cookie dough and cereal so why not.  I also love this blog.  I use a lot of her recipes.  http://fitnessista.com/2010/08/serious-cereal/  I will probably make the raw version.  

Mashed sweet potato bowls. Here I go again with the sweet potato, but I really do love them and they are healthy and filling.  I usually have sweet potatoes baked and ready in the fridge for left over so this will be quick and easy too! The recipe below is adapted from a few I found on the web. 

 

Mashed Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Mashed Sweet Potato
  2. 1/2 Banana
  3. 1/2 Tsp of Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice
  4. Pinch of Sea Salt
  5. 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (optional for added protein)
Instructions
  1. Mash sweet potato, banana, spices and salt until well incorporated. Microwave for 1-3 minutes until it reaches your desired temperature. If you are adding the protein you may need a bit of almond milk as well to incorporate the protein powder. Stir until well combined and add desired toppings.
Optional topping ideas
  1. Sliced Banana
  2. Chopped Nuts
  3. Nut Butter
  4. Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  5. Chia or Flax Seeds
  6. Dried Fruit (chopped dates, raisins, or cranberries)
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Current Food Faves

IMG_1260[1]Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend.  We sure did.  We got to spend time with family and friends which is always the best.  

Lately I have been trying to incorporate new foods and snack items into my daily meals to change it up a bit.  I am usually a creature of habit but lately I have been getting bored with the same meals and snacks.  I thought I would share some of the new things that I have been trying lately that I love.  So here are a few of my latest food finds.  

  1. Naked PB and Naked Protein Powder.  It is so hard to find a good protein powder that is clean and dairy free.  So I bought the sample pack of Naked Protein Powder and all of the dairy free options were really good.  I tried the goat, rice, and pea.  They were all unflavored.  I added them to my smoothies and my banana oat pancake recipe.  The verdict=I would definitely buy this again.  I am actually going to buy the Naked Pea protein in vanilla and chocolate.  
  2. Organic Black Bean Spaghetti.  This stuff is amazing!!!!!  One serving has 180 calories, 2 grams fat, 17 carbohydrates, and a whopping 25 grams of protein.  The thickness is similar to an angel hair pasta, the taste is not strong and very subtle.  I was expecting a bean taste, but there really wasn’t.  We had it with sautéed shrimp in olive oil and herbs.  It really soaked up the flavor.  Next time I will try it with a traditional spaghetti sauce.  Even my hubby the pasta lover in the family liked it!  The verdict=definitely buy again.  
  3. Crio Bru brewed cocoa.  I am trying to limit my caffeine intake, which is really hard!  I usually only drink 2 cups a day, but I am trying to cut back to one cup.  So based on the advice given from my naturopath I tried this coffee alternative.   Surprisingly it has a similar taste to coffee without the caffeine.  According to the packaging “Crio Bru is the ultimate superfood, a delicious all-natural coffee alternative made from the finest fair trade cocoa beans, roasted and ground and brewed just like coffee. But unlike coffee, it’s 99% caffeine free, high in antioxidants and theobromine for a focused, Honest Energy™ boost that will keep you feeling great all day, without jitters or sleeplessness.”  The taste is similar  to a very dark chocolate.  The Verdict=It’s good, but I am not sure I would drink it a lot.  I may just stick to one cup of coffee if I can.
  4. Kirkland Protein Bars.  These I cannot eat due to the whey protein but I am writing this on behalf of my hubby.  These are almost identical to a Quest Bar in taste and texture.  The only difference is that these are sweetened with stevia and there are only 2 flavor options.  Cookie dough, my hubbys fave and chocolate brownie.  They are also a ton cheaper.  Under $1 a bar.  Quest bars are usually $2-$3 a bar.  I soooo wish I could eat these!!!  The Verdict=Buying these for the hubby for sure!
  5. Humm Kombucha in Pomegranate Lemonade.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE kombucha.  I even tried to  make it once but that didn’t go very well.  So I am back to buying it.  Here in Boise we can get growlers of Humm Kombucha filled up and it is much cheaper than buying it in the bottle.  If you don’t know what kombucha is it is a fermented sweet tea.  It’s a nice alternative to drinking sparkling water, tea, or other sweetened beverages and it’s good for you.  It’s loaded with antioxidants, probiotics, and B vitamins.  My new favorite flavor is pomegranate lemonade, it is so refreshing for summer.  I also love lemon ginger and my daughter’s love coconut lime.  The Verdict=love this flavor and I will keep buying it for sure!

I just wanted to share with you a few of my faves right now. I am NOT getting paid to endorse any of these items (I wish)!  Give them a try and let me know what you think in the comments below.  I love to hear new snack ideas and foods that other people are trying. 

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Tips for Staying Active and Healthy on Vacation

Tips For Staying Healthy and

It’s almost 4th of July and with summer many of us are going to be heading out on vacation. I know our family has a few weekend getaways as well as a trip to Hawaii coming up.  When I am on vacation I try to keep my healthy lifestyle and stay on track with my eating.  I know it can be difficult,  but I feel so much better when I do.  Many people including me think of a vacation as a time to skip their workouts, eat junk food and stray from their current diet (the kinds of food that a person typically eats).  This recently happened to me on a weekend getaway.  I went a little crazy and ate a lot of sugar, drank a lot of wine and ate a ton of stuff I usually don’t eat.  Yes it tasted yummy at the time, but I paid for it later.  My sleep was off for a few days, my stomach hurt, and my workouts were sluggish the next week.  This was a good reminder for me that on my next trip I am going to try to stick to my usual routine when possible.  Here are a few ideas to help you stay on track when you are on your next vacation.

  • Try a new class.  My hotel in Hawaii has yoga on the Lanai.  I am totally going to try that!  Many hotels offer classes or you may be able to get a pass to a local gym near your hotel.  
  • Try something active you have never done before like hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, beach volleyball or whatever you can find that is near where you are staying.  We will be going to Hawaii so those are just a few things we found.  We are going to take on the Koko Head stairs, which is going to be quite the challenge.  
  • Stay in a hotel with a kitchenette or a vacation home that has a kitchen.  You will be able to hit the local grocery store and prepare a lot of your foods at the hotel.  
  • Get the entire family involved if you are on a family vacation.  Find activities that the entire family can do.  
  • Workout!  Take advantage of the hotel gym or take your workout outside.  I always throw in a set of resistance bands and have a few workouts downloaded on my iPad to use or adjust as needed.  Get your workout out-of-the-way early so you don’t have to worry about it later!
  • When eating out (which you will) try to select healthy options.  I like to do my research before I got out-of-town and find restaurants with healthy options that can accommodate my food intolerance (gluten and dairy).  A lot of restaurants now show calorie counts on the menu so that will help you be more aware of what you are eating.
  • Be aware of sneaky drink calories!  This may be hard for me when I see all those yummy fruity pool side drinks like a Mai Tai!  Choose lighter options like wine, light beer or sparkling water with lime or diet fresca with vodka.  Don’t forget to drink a lot of water too!
  • Just because you have a free breakfast buffet or free cocktail hour at the hotel doesn’t mean you need to go overboard.
  • It’s ok to indulge, you are on vacation!  However, don’t overindulge because you may pay for it later.  Make your indulgence worth it!!!!
  • Enjoy your surroundings, if you are next to the beach and can run on the beach do it!
  • Avoid airport food!  Take your own food on the airplane for long trips or for road trips.  I pack things like fruit, trail mix, instant oatmeal, PB & J, Jerky, and protein bars.  

This is my go to hotel room workout when I need a quick workout before starting my day.  It can also be done quietly (or I try to be) since my darling daughters are usually asleep nearby.  

Hotel Room Workout

  • Warm Up (3 Minutes)
  • Body Weight Squats
  • Heel Jacks or Jumping Jacks (louder)
  • Toe Touches
  • Walkouts
  • Arm Circles Forward and Reverse

Compete each of the following exercises for 30 seconds.  Repeat 1-3 times or more if you have more time.

Walk Out with Reach or Regular Burpees

Squat with Alternating Front Kicks

  • Mountain Climbers
  • Alternating Curtsy Lunges
  • Squat with a Calf Raise or Squat Jump  
  • Push Ups
  • High Knees
  • Right Side Hip Ups
  • Left Side Hip Ups
  • Skaters  
  • Tricep Dips
  • Bicycle Crunches

Always take time to cool down and stretch.

Hotel Workout (2)Here is a short video demonstrating the exercises:

It isn’t really hard to stay on track while on vacation if you prepare in advance, do your research, use moderation and stay active.   I hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend!  

Spartan Race Recap & Tips For A First Spartan Sprint

I hope you all had a great weekend.  Well….we did it! We conquered the Spartan Boise Sprint Race.  We kicked butt!  For rookie Spartan Racers we feel very accomplished.  I got 4th place in my age group and my hubby got 1st in his age group and we have never done it before.  I am so proud of both of us.  I will say that it may be the hardest race I have ever done. It was a very hilly 5 mile course with rough terrain.  We  ran in the competitive group which I was nervous about but I am glad we did.  We started at 8:00 AM and it was hot!   IMG_1161

Going into this race I was nervous.  I had nightmares the week before.  I do tend to worry and fear the unknown.  That is just my personality type.  This race put me totally out of my comfort zone. Climbing a rope and dragging myself through muddy goat head water under barb wire is not something I usually do!  I had to face my fear and I did!  

Since this was our first Spartan I decided to put together a list of tips and suggestions for any of you crazy people out there who want a challenge and want to try a Spartan Sprint.  

First off the training.  I will admit that I did not really train for the Spartan specifically.  I did run a lot of hills and hill repeats.  That definitely helped.  It was steep and a lot of the time I was walking up the steep hills.  My glutes and hamstrings were on fire!  I did get a chance to try out a few of the obstacles at Camp Rhino Boise, which really helped with safety and techniques as well as to ease my fears.  I think a lot of my daily training helped in many ways.  What I like about how I train is that it is for functional fitness, which allows me to enter different types of races or try different activities without having to specifically train for them.  

If I were to do another Spartan I would definitely incorporate the following into my current training:

  • Hike up steep hills (maybe with a weighted vest)
  • Hit the playground and swing on the monkey bars!  I failed these obstacles and ended up doing burpees.  Monkey bars aren’t just for the kids!
  • Army Crawls and Bear Crawls!  You will do a lot of these in the mud and water under the barbed wire.  This was the scariest part of the course for me.  
  • Find a gym that does obstacle course race training and take a class on safety and techniques.  Practicing at the gym helped me to master the rope climb and helped with my confidence.  
  • Watch videos.  If you don’t have a chance to practice at a gym you can get tips and suggestions from all the videos on the web.  
  • If you have the opportunity to train and race with friends do it!  My friends Matt and Amy really coached me a long since they had previous Spartan experience.  

What To Wear:

  • Spandex and wicking materials.  Do not wear cotton it will get wet and weigh you down.  Wear tight fitting clothing.  I saw a lot of women in spandex shorts and sports bra’s but I chose to wear a tank.  For the guys, my hubby says go with no shirt (first time racing without a shirt but with water obstacles it was a good choice). He was fine wearing athletic shorts with compression shorts underneath.
  • Old shoes you are willing to donate.  My friend tried to wear her new shoes and was very nervous about it so I told her if she was nervous she should not wear new shoes.  You can donate your old muddy shoes at the end of the race and they will clean them.  
  • Sunscreen if you are in hot sunny weather like we were.  
  • I did not wear gloves because I didn’t train with them, I but saw a lot of people wearing them.
  • Compression socks or long tight fitting socks to protect your legs.  
  • Bring a set of extra clothes and extra shoes for the end of the race.  I took a pair of flip flops to wear around.  
  • Do not wear your garmin/watch or sunglasses

What did I eat for pre-race nutrition?  

I would eat and drink whatever you normally do before a long run.  Do not eat anything new.  You may be rolling down a hill and this is not the time to have new foods in your stomach.  I had some coffee and toast with peanut butter and banana about 2 hours before the start.  I drank sips of water at each of the water stations, but didn’t need any fuel during the race.  I would do whatever you normally do for runs or workouts longer than one hour.  

Lastly, these are just a few things I thought about during the race and after.  You have to pace yourself especially if this is your first Spartan.  At first I tried to keep up with my more experienced friend and then I realized that I needed to slow down and run my own race.  Don’t go crazy, be safe and be realistic.  If something goes wrong during an obstacle, pause and don’t freak out, then try to complete it.  One thing that really helped me was to watch other people in front of me complete the obstacles, especially the ones I had not tried before.  I can’t say that I will do another Spartan anytime soon, but I did have fun and I did surprise myself at how well I did without a specific training plan.  If you plan to do your first Spartan go into it with an open mind, have fun and just have a goal to finish.  Someone once said, “Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable,” I love this saying especially for me and this race.  

Spartan Hill

Have you done a Spartan or another obstacle race?  Comment with any tips or suggestions you may have.  Have a great week!  

Thursday Arms, Abs, Buns and Cardio Workout

I hope you guys are having an awesome week.  We have had a busy one but it has been fun.  We have been eating frozen yogurt, watching movies, swimming and hanging out with friends.  I just love the summer time.   I started my morning bright and early teaching my boot camp class.  I had a few new gals in my class today which is always great.  I love getting new members to try my classes and I hope they continue to come back.  This morning’s workout was a good one.  The focus was on upper body, core and glutes with cardio bursts mixed in.  I will definitely be feeling all the core tomorrow.  After my workout I made another one of my smoothie bowls that I am addicted to.  This time I got a picture!   IMG_1122

You can make smoothie bowls with just about anything.  I typically see what  have in the pantry or fridge and go from there.  I always include my protein powder and green vibrance or some type of greens to get my day started out right!  I hope you guys enjoy the day and give this workout a try.   Continue reading “Thursday Arms, Abs, Buns and Cardio Workout”