This Running Gal is sick of the cold!

Hi Everyone!

I’m really slacking on this whole blogging thing and I wish I could say it’s not going to happen again but it probably will. I feel like these days time is really getting the best of me and I never have time to stop and enjoy anything. I even feel like my running is always rushed because I always have to be here or there.  But the good news is I just told my managers at work that I absolutely need Sundays off to complete those nice long runs so hopefully that catches me up on life a little bit!

Two Sundays ago, my sisters and I ran seven miles in the park and boy was it cold! But other than my nose running constantly (now I know to bring plenty of tissues to the Love Run), we all did very very well. For me, I hit a small wall a little more than halfway through at mile four but I quickly overcame it and by mile six, I was sprinting the rest of the way. I even saw my aunt when I had less than a mile to go but didn’t stop to say hi because I was on such a roll.  Don’t worry though, I apologized to her later. But look at me go!run

That seven mile run really prepared me for the real thing. First of all, at the end of March no one knows what the weather is going to be so you have to be ready for any type of weather including snow or bitter temperatures. Also, I realized that I haven’t been preparing for hills or inclines when I run on the treadmill. Even though my sister who has two half marathons under her belt told me there aren’t many throughout the race, it is still important to remember the route isn’t going to be flat the whole time. And lastly, I know I’ve said this before but it is a million times easier to run with a partner and I’m fortunate enough to have two of them! We really push each other to stay together. Like when I hit that wall at mile four, I probably would have slowed down or even started to walk if I was by myself. But I didn’t want to let my sisters get too far ahead of me so I sped up my pace to keep up which helped me overcome that wall. All three of us also took turns being the leader, even the twin who always used to say she could never keep up with us and always doubted herself! Just being out in that fresh air (even though it was very cold) was a nice change of pace from being in that stuffy gym all the time. I think that seven mile run was a nice little confidence booster for all of us.

The eight mile run was not as easy. I know it’s just a mile more but Sunday was the day where the wind chill took us below zero so we were kind of forced to stay inside which I was not happy about. Running for almost eighty minutes on a treadmill did not turn me on whatsoever. But guess what? I did it! Here’s proof: 8 miles

And I did it in 76 minutes which for me is not too shabby. My little secret is that I do not look at the screen to see how far or long I’ve been running because once I look one time, I can’t stop and before I know it that is all I’m focusing on and time seems to go by so slow. So I just listened to my music until I felt like it’s been long enough and I looked down at the treadmill and it said I ran 6.87 miles which was when I picked up the pace and ten minutes later I was done. It’s not an easy thing to not keep your eye on the numbers but you’ll be glad you didn’t peek!

Well, that is all the advice/time I have today, but hopefully you’ll be hearing from me again soon! Happy running!!



A little bit of rest and a lot of inspiration

So today I thought I was going to tackle a triple threat. First was Tae Kwon Do. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00-3:20pm, my black belt professor makes us do 45 minutes of cardio and the rest of the time we practice kicks. And it’s pretty hard! Well, mostly the cardio. Today we started out running and skipping and squatting and lunging back and forth in the gym. And then we did sprints! I haven’t done sprints since my sophomore year of high school so that really kicked my butt!

After that, I was feeling pretty good and working twelve hours yesterday, I was not able to run my three miles. So I ran my three miles in the gym right after Tae Kwon Do and I’m proud to say that was the fastest three mile run I’ve completed so far! 27:26…the last three miles I ran I did in 27:34 and the one before that, 27:38. Slowly but surely I am improving and for me, that’s a lot of motivation to keep me running.

Also on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, I go to a women’s kickboxing class. It is definitely my favorite out of the three because it pushes me the most. With Tae Kwon Do, my teacher’s not always looking at me so I can slack off a little and with running it’s all on me. But at kickboxing, there are always eyes on you and if you slack off in the least, they are not nice to you. Which is a GREAT thing because as much as you want to stop, you can’t! Also, it helps with endurance which makes running a tad easier and punching and kicking a bag is a huge stress reliever.

Unfortunately, I never made it to kickboxing tonight. I try really hard never to skip class but I’ve realized that sometimes your body needs a little bit of rest. Yesterday was a very long day for me. On my way to work I was rear-ended (I’m fine and so is the car) and then proceeded to work for twelve hours. Then today, I had class for 6 hours, worked out, then ran. Tomorrow I will be working ANOTHER twelve hours (hopefully minus the car accident).

I’m not trying to get you guys to feel bad for me or anything. That’s the last thing I want to do!! I just want to stress how important it is to get your rest and to not overdo it. I really can’t afford to be hospitalized for exhaustion or anything like that right now so I’m trying to make the right choices especially since the Love Run is less than two months away! On Sunday I ran six miles (58:00) and this Sunday is seven so we’re starting to get into some serious training right now!

The thought of starting to do these long runs is very intimidating to me but I always try to have the “I can do it” mindset. But sometimes the last thing I want to do is put on my running shoes and take that first step out the door. So here is some much needed inspiration for me and hopefully it inspires you too!




I get by with a little help from my friends

Hi Everyone!

I’ve been slacking on the posts a little bit but believe me, I have my reasons! It’s not always easy. I’m a full-time student, I work 30 plus hours a week, and kick box two to three times a week all while training for this half marathon! Oh, AND I decided to take Tae Kwon Do as a class at school which is HARD! Needless to say, I’m pretty exhausted (and sore).

But one thing that really keeps me going is my sisters.  It’s hard to run together most of the time because of all of our hectic schedules. However, I really cherish that rare occasion when we are able to go to the gym together. Running on a treadmill is boring, especially as you start to get into those longer distances. But to me, it is ten times easier to train with a partner and I’m lucky enough to have two!! Just knowing that everyone is in it together really helps.


Last Sunday, we ran five miles which is the longest distance I’ve ever ran in one shot. While running with my sisters already makes it easier for me, the other trick is to not look at the time. It really made such a difference for me! I told myself I wasn’t allowed to see how far I ran or look at the time until I listened to ten songs. It was tempting but worth it because before I knew it, I was at 4.22 miles so the rest was a breeze! I finished that run in 48:18. Three days later I had to run five miles again and I finished in 47:40.

It feels really good to see myself improving already. I still remember my first day of training where I had to run 2.5 miles and it seemed to go on forever. I pretty much thought I was going to die and all of these thoughts ran through my head like what if I can’t do it, or I can barely run 2.5 miles, how am I going to run 13.1?! I finished that run in 26:05. Not bad, right? Well the last time I ran 2.5 miles I completed it in 22:40! It just goes to show what a lot of dedication, commitment, hard work, and a little help from your friends can do.



Pancakes for the Healthy Gal

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Like my grandpop always says, breakfast recharges the battery that keeps you going for the rest of the day. I know that if I don’t eat breakfast, my whole day is a little off. But finding both a nutritious and filling breakfast can sometimes be difficult which is why I love this “healthy pancake” recipe. It’s delicious, filling, quick, and very easy! I mean, I dare you to look at this picture and tell me your mouth isn’t watering.


Here’s what it takes:

-1 banana

-2 eggs

-toppings of your choosing (I like to use a spoonful of vanilla yogurt, a spoonful of peanut butter, a dash of cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, blueberries, and some strawberries cut up)

FIRST,  scramble the eggs and mash the banana. Mix the eggs and the very well mashed banana together.

THEN, heat up and butter a small-sized pan. When hot, pour in the egg and banana mix and cook on a medium heat. When the edges start to cook, flip the pancake and it let cook on the other side.

FINALLY, add all of your delicious toppings and enjoy!!

Note: This recipe only makes one pancake as seen in the photo


Is it a run or a jam session?

songsIf there is one thing I can’t run without, it would be my music. There was only one time where I was forced to run without it because my iPod died and I know this may sound a tad dramatic, but I physically couldn’t keep going without it. There have been many studies that prove music makes working out a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable. I’m no music critic. But for me, there are certain songs that really make me look forward to running. Lucky for you, I’m willing to share my sacred playlist that allows me to kill it on the treadmill.

Disclaimer: As the person who is the one to change a song twenty seconds in and go through all of the radio stations before I settle, this list is VERY subject to change within a week or two. These have just been my favorite songs to run to these past few weeks.


1. “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon

2. “It Girl” (Alternate Remix 2011) by Jason Derulo – I’m a sucker for a good remix and Jason Derulo so this is my jam!

3. “Girlfriend” by Icona Pop – A twist on Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Bonnie & Clyde”, this is the kind of song you want to sing into a hairbrush with your best friend or in my case, pick up the speed.

4. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Who doesn’t love this song?!

5. “The One” by Backstreet Boys – No explanation needed.

6. “Body Count” by Justin Timberlake – Mr. Timberlake is known for his ridiculously long songs and this one is over seven minutes. To me that’s a good thing because when I listen to this song it means I’ve ran almost a mile!

7. “Fool’s Gold” by Fitz and the Tantrums

8. “Celebrity Status” by Marianas Trench

9. “Beg For It” by Iggy Azalea – Let’s be honest. Real or not, Iggy’s behind is enough motivation to keep me moving forward.

10. “Blank Space” (Electro House Hustlers EDM Remix) by Taylor Swift – Again, I’m a sucker for a good remix and Taylor Swift.



Everyone has to start somewhere

Back in April my youngest sister, Christina, ran the Nike Women Half Marathon in Washington D.C. When she first told my family and I she had signed up, I thought she was insane. 13.1 miles? I could never imagine running for that long. All winter I saw how much hard work the training took when she woke up at 5am to go running before school and when she had to bundle up to run X miles in the freezing cold. Then I REALLY never thought I could accomplish a half marathon. Don’t get me wrong, I have always been in decent shape – I played soccer and danced my whole life, I completed Shaun T’s Insanity workout, I kick box three days a week, and I even enjoy a nice jog in the park when the weather permits – but I never thought I would have the dedication the training required in the months before the race.

This girl ran the streets of Washington D.C. to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in just two hours and fourteen minutes.

This girl ran the streets of Washington D.C. to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in just two hours and fourteen minutes.

When the weekend of the race finally arrived, my family and I traveled to Washington D.C. and participated in the many events Nike hosted for the runners. I think I might have been more excited than my sister about all of the people that were there and all of the free stuff she received for participating! On race day, my other sister, Jess, and I stood on the other side of the gate waiting for Chris to complete her first half marathon. As we waited, I saw hundreds of women finish their 13.1 miles and each and every one of them displayed a great sense of pride and accomplishment as they crossed the finish line.  At that moment, I knew that I wanted to experience that same feeling, which is why I agreed to sign up for a half marathon in the City of Brotherly Love. Even though there won’t be any firefighters in suits giving out Tiffany necklaces at the finish line like the Nike Women Half Marathon had, I can’t wait to have that same feeling of accomplishment all of those women experienced back in April. And I especially can’t wait to share that feeling with my sisters.

Okay, so enough about that. I know you’re probably thinking, “awh how cute” or “what an inspirational little story”. But I’m going to be honest, I thought training for a half marathon would be somewhat easy. It’s not. But in order to push myself, I decided to share my progress with the world by creating this blog. If you want to read about all things fitness and get a little inspired, you’ve come to the right place!

I’m already two weeks in, but just to catch you up, here’s what I accomplished so far. If I can do it, you can too! And remember, everyone has to start somewhere!!

Day 1: 2.5 miles 26:05     Day 2: 3 miles 29:27     Day 3: 2 miles 19:25     Day 4: 2.5 miles 24:02     Day 5: 3 miles 28:02     Day 6: 3 miles 28:34     Day 7: 2 miles 18:10     Day 8: 3.5 miles 31:54     Day 9: 3 miles 29:03     Day 10: 4 miles 38:12