January, Week 3 Training Recap

Week 7 of 5k training

Monday: NP popup at Tribune Tower and Easy 30 min run

Tuesday: Day off- Just wasn’t feeling 100%.

Wednesday: Speedwork with Fleet Feet Racing Team (and Tacos).WU, 2 800s, 4 400s, CD

Thursday: 4 miles and strides

Friday: 6 miles, core and strength

Saturday: Yoga TT and 3 glorious miles in the SHORTS. The weather was beautiful!

Sunday: Finished Yoga TT. Officially a Yoga teacher! I taught an entire class on my own, focused on GLUTES. I demoed poses, spoke cues, and provided a safe space for Yogis!

Easy training week! Tapering for this upcoming 5k! I’m excited.




January, Week 2 Training Recap

Week 6 of 5k training

Monday: 7 Miles in the snow on the 606 (I made my friends show up, haha). Core and strength.

Tuesday: Speedwork- WU, 4 strides, 4x 800s, 4x 400s, 1 800, CD.

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday: 6 Miles and Strides, Physical Therapy

Friday: 10 miles, core and strength

Saturday: Yoga TT

Sunday: Yoga TT

Triangle is one of my favorite yoga poses.


Long Week….That’s all. Happy Running, Eating, and all that you do in life!

January, Week 1 Training Recap

Week 5 of 5k training

Monday: ~30 min run  and November Project Pop-up at Tribune Tower

Tuesday: Speedwork, 2 miles at pace, 6 miles total, Physical Therapy

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday: 7 Miles and Strides, Physical Therapy

Friday: November Project

Saturday:2 YOGA classes

Sunday: 2 Run: 7 miles (very cold miles outside) and 5 miles (treadmill), 1 yoga class, JASyoga recovery session, core & strength work, Edge Compression Recovery Boots

And as always, I am doing physical therapy on my own for both my glutes and arm/ shoulder. It was a rough week, but with the Recovery Boots on Sunday I did NOT need a nap after my long run. I repeat, I did NOT nap after my long run, which has almost never ever happened. I may have to join Edge….seems like a real game changer.


2017 Goals, OH HEY 5k

2017 has started off strong with a group run of 2.16 and then 2.17 miles with Best Foot Forward (and quick chat about sharing meals). My favorite restaurant trick is to split a meal with friend or eat half and take the other half home. The first November Project of the year was also a good one (pop-up at the Tribune Tower).

BBF New Year’s Run 2017

New Year, New Me? Ehh, I’m all about self improvement, year round! But it is the beginning of the year, so I’ve set some goals.


  1. Yoga! Finish Yoga Teacher Training and start teaching! That’s right in less than a month, I’ll be a legit Yoga Teacher with a fancy certificate and everything.
  2. Happiness/ Finding myself! Continue reining in the honesty/ keeping the filter on. 🙂 Continue doing things that make me happy- Running, Yoga, Brunch, nutrition work, etc.
  3. Race Smart! Since, I’m still currently injured, I’ve committed 2017 to year of short distance races. Oh hey 5k!! 5ks and weird distances only! Pss…I’m also excited to be a Chicago Athlete Ambassador (look for race recaps from me on their page).

Races currently on the books:

January 28th: F3 5k– Holy Smokes, I’m really training for it. It’s only taken me 3 attempts! 2 years ago, I volunteered. And last year, I was unable to train.

March 11th:Get Lucky 7k– A unique distance and cool swag!

April 15th: Quarter Marathon– My ONLY marathon of the year.

April 23rd: Good Life Race– I missed this race year. I’m glad to be doing it this year. It’s Oak Park’s finest!

May: TBD. Currently looking at 2 5k options- One in Colorado and one in Chicagoland. Maybe both!

July: Chinatown 5k and Hemingway 8k

October: Chicago International 5k

December: Chi-town Rising NYE 5k

Here’s to 2017 being a great year!!

Yoga Teacher Training (Adrienne is such a boss!)

2016 Recap

Jumping on the 2016 recap bandwagon….

In summary, I met a lot of great people! Oiselle Volée  and November Project people are some real inspiring people. I mean, who wakes up early to run, do pushups, and have fun? November Project! And who has an adult running camp- Oiselle Volée sure does!

November Project- I love Candy Workout
Fall Great Lakes Bird Camp 2016

Random things that I learned throughout 2016

Running- I learned I loved running the Chicago Lakefront path. There was lots of good running and races (see shadow photo?).

Yoga- It sure does help my running, but it also balances me overall. It helps me deal with daily stress, so I don’t stress.

Strength training/  bodyweight exercises- Don’t quite strength training to train for a marathon, you’ll possibly end up injured like me.

Nutrition – Yes, it’s important. Then again I guess I knew that, after 6 years of nutrition/ dietetics education. Although to be fair, I notice when I slack in eating healthy foods, my training and overall health suffer.

Work- Who knew I’d come up with Hangover Hacks?  Other highlights include connecting with other RDs, writing blog posts, nutrition facts panel updates, lots of emails, much more.

Sleep- Gotta get that in. I like a solid 8-10 hours depending on my training.

Trucker Hats- Is it just me or do I look good in hats, especially Trucker hats? (see Bend photo below).

Travel- It’s a toss up. I love Bend and Boston. Great People and food makes for  great places.

Lifepoints Weekend in Bend
At NP Boston with Jenna (check out her new blog).

Here’s to 2017!!  Currently setting some mindful goals over here. You should do the same! Hit me up, if you want some nutrition-related suggestions.

What’s in my Bag

What’s in my bag? I hear this question a lot. My bookbag is often overflowing and while I try to condense, EVERYTHING is essential!  (Cat not included.) As Grandma used to say, “My bag is my life.”

  • Food- top priority gotta fuel the machine over here. Typically, I pack a lunch and a few snacks (mid morning and mid afternoon). Example: Mid morning snack: Almonds & Orange, Lunch: Seitan, spinach, and brown rice (green mug/bowl), Afternoon snack: Banana & Kefir (from refrigerator)
  • Hydration- Even in the winter you have to hydrate! Nuun is great for all electrolytes. (Even in the winter, I am drenched in sweat after a speed workout).
  • Coach’s papers- I’m old school like that. I print Coach’s running plan, core workout, and drills for easy reference. I’m currently on my 5k plan for the F3 Winter 5k. (Thanks Coach Becki Spellman)
  • Running clothes & Shoes: socks, tights, top, underwear, bra, headband, buff, etc. Mostly Oiselle, but you probably knew that. The Runwear Pullover is my favorite, recently I said, “I love it. I’m not sure how I ever lived without it. I wore it today with some rain drizzle. I love the chest. It protects my boobs and makes me feel strong.”
  • Toiletries- bare minimum= hair brush, dry shampoo, deodorant, and bismoline. The Bismoline is actually from my Grandma and it’s great for blister prevention. Who ran at lunch? Not me….You’d never know.
  •  Massage/Lacrosse ball: You never know when you might need to roll out!
  • Doterra’s Athlete Kit: If I feel like I need a boost, feeling sick, or need some muscle pain relief? Doterra’s Athlete kit has me covered. Essential Oils for speed (peppermint), sickness (Onguard- citrus and clove), relaxation (lavender), and pain relief (deep blue rub) .
  • Not pictured: work papers (trust me, you don’t want to read my notes), flashdrive, keys, wallet, phone, maybe some other things, I forgot. haha.

And now you know, what’s in my bag! So yea, Grandma was right- my bag is my life. I’ve got a November Project shirt, a Lively headband, run your butt off Rundies, and food- which is definitely essential.