Global Running Day 2017

Happy Global Running Day! Well, throwback edition! With all the hoopla of social media and Instagram,  Global Running Day exploded! I loved watching and seeing all the runs! A day just to celebrate running…isn’t every day meant to be spent enjoying life and running? But of all the special day holidays, I think this is one that makes sense! Running brings people together. During group runs, people share- people share their day’s, stories, and more. What’s better than a day created to celebrate the shares and community? Brands, run teams, people, and beer were all brought together on Global Running Day.

By being injured and not running, I’ve missed the social time with friends. So why not show up to a group run and enjoy some apple cider and food? Because, really isn’t that what Global Running Day is about? (Bringing people together.)

P.s. I also planned a couple group runs with Lane 9 and Sports Bra Squad on Global Running Day. More to come on this!


Protein Periodization

Protein Timing

The timing of protein is very important, because the body can only metabolize 20-25grams of protein at a time. Extra protein is turned into fat in the body. This is why spacing your protein throughout the day is important.

Protein Sources

A source of protein should be included at every meal and at snack time. This ensures fueling and refueling for muscle recovery.

Protein  Sources

2 lg  Egg, 12 g

16 oz  Milk, 16g

1 can  Tuna (5 oz) , 25g

6 oz  Chicken or Beef , 45g

Vegetarian Protein Sources

1/2 cup beans, 6g

1/4 cake tofu, 6-8g

2 TB peanut butter, 7-8g


As runners and athletes, typically carbohydrates are considered the most important and protein is perhaps forgotten. Protein is especially for important for recovery.  In order to build and repair muscle, protein is needed. How much depends on a few factors, your training, gender, weight, etc.

Dedicated Athletes: .8-1 g/ kg

Endurance athletes: > 1 hour a day, slightly more protein, 1.2-1.4g/ kg

Resistance Athletes: Strength trainers- 1.6-1.7g/kg

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!)

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.


Soulcycle= Spin for the Soul

Boutique fitness studios are becoming increasing popular. Barre, HITT, and Spin studios are popping up all over the place. Over the weekend, I got the chance to try out Soulcycle courtsey of Target- not once, but twice. #SoulcyclexTarget Here are my thoughts:

Loved: Format of HITT cardio, wonderful instructors, energy of the experience

Ehhh?/ Love to Hate: Loud music, variety of instructors, Upper Body Strength, the feeling that you have to exactly the same as everyone else.

Conclusion: If you love spin class, want a great workout, love loud music, and are willing to do upper body strength, then Soulcycle is the fitness studio for you. If not, do your thing- whether it’s strolling the neighborhood, running for your life, or pounding some weights- STAY ACTIVE!

Want to know more? Just ask. Meanwhile, I’ll be at gym or maybe another Soulcycle class.