Last Week’s Workouts + Nothing Terribly Exciting

Happy July 2! I sound like a broken record at the beginning of each month, but I truly cannot believe that 2017 is flying by so quickly! If I had my way, I would freeze time riiiight about now so it could be summer break forever. Alas, that’s just not possible. 🙂

Last Week's Workouts

Any exciting plans for 4th of July?! None here. Save for a run, there won’t be much excitement around these parts, but I miiiight have time to whip up this Red White & Blueberry Banana Split that I posted last week! If you have time, you should try it too. 😉 Also on the blog last week: a day in the life, teacher on summer break edition. Check it out.😎 On to last week’s workouts!

Sunday, 6/25/17:

For my Sunday restorative workout, I did PiYo Hardcore on the Floor and a Lauren Gleisberg plank workout. Every time I do a workout that’s solely dedicated to abs I remember why I don’t ever do them. I hate working my abs in isolation! It’s boring and I’d rather do just about anything else.

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Monday, 6/26/17:

We had an early morning storm, so I thought I was going to forego my outdoor run, but the rain stopped just in time. My pup wanted to go so badly so I decided to take her with me and immediately regretted it. It was reminiscent of this day and we were back at the house within .75 mile. I finished the run on the treadmill. I also got in an upper body workout.

Tuesday, 6/27/17:

Leg day! Squats, deadlifts, wall sits, box jumps. So much fun! I’m glad I got it out of the way early, because later in the day I started feeling bad. Stomach cramps, bloating, and yuckiness. I spent most of the evening laying in the floor trying to stretch out as long as I could.

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Wednesday, 6/28/17:

I had three miles and abs scheduled, so I hopped on the treadmill early. I got about a mile and a half in and had to stop. The cramps were killing me so I spent the rest of the day on the couch catching up on the last ever episode of Pretty Little Liars and then starting the series over from the beginning on Netflix. I’m thankful I have the summer to waste away on the couch on a sick day.

I posted my (tentative) training schedule for the first five weeks of Run Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training. By the end of the day, I had already decided to make some changes and have even made a few more since then. Ugh… I haven’t even started training yet and I’m already stressing myself out over it. Woohoo!

Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training Weeks 1-5

Thursday, 6/29/17:

Rest day. I felt a little better, but still not great.

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Friday, 6/30/17:

I finally felt better Friday morning, so I got up early to do some upper body and abs. After my husband left for work, I got in a run. The combination of the heat, humidity, and a few days laid up on the couch made me awfully slow.

Saturday, 7/1/17:

It took me quite some time to get moving on Saturday, but by midmorning I was able to fit in a total body  workout followed by some extra abs.

I hope you hang around the blog this week for all the fun stuff coming up! Tomorrow, I’m discussing goals for July and a check-in on June, what I’m “Currently…” up to, and a super easy messy bun tutorial. I promise, you don’t want to miss it! 😉

Question: What’s happening on YOUR blog this week?

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Teacher Off Duty: A Day in the Life

Have you found yourself wondering what a teacher off duty even DOES all summer?! Especially a teacher who doesn’t have kids of her own? That’s ok. Before becoming a teacher myself, I often wondered the same thing. Read on to discover a day in the life of a teacher off duty.

Teacher Off Duty: A Day in the Life

I just completed my third year of teaching, thus I’m in my third summer of not having to get up and go to work every Monday through Friday. I would be lying if I said this wasn’t one of the aspects I looked forward to when I decided to become a teacher. I thought, “Pshh… Summers off?! I can do that easy!” But now that I have three years under my belt, I absolutely think teachers earn those months off and deserve every blessed minute! This past school year was very hard on me, so I’m trying to be all about balance this June and July. That is my 2017 word of the year, after all. This is the current day in the life for this teacher off duty. Each day is a little bit different, but I also love routine, so I keep things mostly the same.

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4:50 a.m.: Alarm goes off. It’s ridiculously early for someone on “vacation”, but I like getting my workout in before my husband gets up. Plus, it’s a good bit later than my school year wake-up call. I groggily get dressed and then head into the kitchen. Pippa gets up with me and she’s just as groggy. 🙂

5-5:10 a.m.: Start the coffee, put on my shoes, and get ready to start the first part of my workout for the day. If it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, I’m hitting upper body and/or abs. Tuesday is leg day. If it’s Thursday, I’m still sleeping until my husband gets out of the shower. 🙂

5:10-5:45 a.m.: Getting that sweat on!

Teacher Off Duty: A Day in the Life

5:45-6:45 a.m.: Time for brekky! We have scrambled eggs every morning and I always have some carbs for my post workout meal. Lately, I’ve been loving blueberry French toast casserole. I make it on Sunday night so I can just reheat it during the week. Hubby and I eat together while we watch Fox News and then he heads to work.

Related: Teacher Off Duty: Summer Reading List

6:45-7:15 a.m.: I finish my coffee while doing my Bible study for the day. I just finished a study on Colossians. I love using She Reads Truth for my studies. I put the app on my tablet and I can download any study I want in about 10 seconds.

Teacher Off Duty: A Day in the Life

7:15-?? a.m.: Time to finish my workout. Again, if it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, I head out for a run. Otherwise, I might just have a couple of sets to finish up.

8:30ish-9:00ish: Shower off and get ready. Odds are, I’m using my second day hair routine and throwing on some comfy clothes.

Second Day Hair

9:00-10:00: Tackle my cleaning task for the day. One thing I love about being home for the summer is that I actually have time to clean my house! I love a clean house, but it, like many things, takes a backseat during the school year.

10:00-12:00: Blog (read, comment, write, check various social accounts), watch tv (usually Law & Order: SVU, House Hunters, or something on Food Network), wait for my husband to come home for lunch.

12:00-12:50: Lunch with my husband. We might eat some leftovers, I might grab something quick for us, or on rare occasions, I’ll cook something. That pretty much never happens though. #keepingitreal

12:50-2:00: After my husband heads back to work, I run a few errands. It could be grocery shopping, or just a quick Target run. But honestly, my Target runs are never quick. I get sucked in by #allthethings and before I know it I’ve spent $100 on nothing. Can you relate?!

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2:00-5:00: Random smattering of things. During this time, I’m really just trying to catch up on all the things I wanted to do that I didn’t get to do yet. 🙂 It probably includes more blogging, more cleaning, and more DVR depleting.

5:00ish-6:00ish: Start dinner before my husband gets home. One of my favorite things as a wife is to have dinner ready for my husband when he walks in the door. I know that probably seems old school, but I love it. He works hard for us all day long, so it’s the least I can do for him. We usually reserve any dinners out for the weekend.

One Pan Taco Bowl

6:30ish-8:00: We eat dinner and catch up on each other’s days. We usually watch a few episodes of Big Bang Theory on TBS after we finish eating. By this point, I think we’ve seen every episode three times. Still hilarious.

8:00ish: We start winding down, getting ready for bed, etc. I read for little while (yay for summer reading!!), and it’s lights out by 9:15. Yes, we’re young and that’s ridiculously early for a couple of 20-somethings. Our entire family thinks we’re fuddy-duddies, it’s ok if you do too.

It’s worth mentioning that during all of this, I’m also letting Pippa in and out of the house about a thousand times. She loves chasing the squirrels around our backyard and as soon as they get out of her sight she has to come inside and look out all the windows for them. So… That’s a day in my life, at least for now. Maybe you were right–teachers don’t do anything all summer! 😉 Some days, that’s true, but like I said–I earned this time the other ten months of the year.

Question: What does a day in YOUR life look like right now?

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Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training: Weeks 1-5

Well, the time has come to start training for my next half marathon! Next week, I begin training for the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and I fulfill a lifelong dream in the process. Ok, maybe not lifelong, but big dreams, y’all. As you can probably imagine, I’m equally as excited about the Disney aspect as I am about the race. I love Walt Disney World and I tease my husband about wanting to move to Florida so we could justify annual passes all.the.time. But instead, I settle for going every 4-6 years like most of the population.

Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training Weeks 1-5

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Now for the “fun” part — the training. The last time I went through half marathon training, I had enormous life changes going on and it just wasn’t the peaceful, mind clearing long runs I had imagined. I had just moved home to start a complete career-180 and I hadn’t found a place to live, so I was bunking it with my parents. Luckily, my mom was running the same race, so we did a lot of our training together and I’m so grateful for that! However… I felt like the training plan I followed was very aggressive for me, so I knew I wanted to do something differently for my next half.

As luck would have it, during this round of training I’ll be starting another new job. It’s going to be a very different environment than what I’m used to, but right now I’m anticipating most of the changes to be positive. That said, due to the changes and my last training experience, I’m approaching my plan differently. I selected a Jeff Galloway run/walk plan that focuses on speed. It’s an 18-week plan and I’m excited to get into it. Jeff Galloway is the run/walk guru and I love his approach, but I want to run as much of my race as I can. So instead of relying on 4:1 run:walk (because I know I would), I’m going to work on stretching out my run intervals and minimizing my walk intervals–kind of a Couch-to-5K style.

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Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training Weeks 1-5

For my last half marathon, I let my strength training fall by the wayside and I think it made my runs much harder. I enjoy strength training, I enjoy HIIT, and I enjoy yoga, so I want to try and strike a balance between running and all of those things. I realize that’s a bit ambitious, so this is obviously subject to change. Lauren Gleisberg has some great weight training programs that I’m tweaking to fit my schedule. If you follow my weekly workout posts, you know this already. I’ll also be utilizing PiYo, Beachbody On Demand, and YouTube to get my yoga and stretching in! All in all, I can’t wait to jump into this and see what this round of half marathon training teaches me this time.

Question: How do you choose your training plans?

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Healthy Snack: Red White & Blueberry Banana Split

This Red White & Blueberry Banana Split is the perfect quick and easy snack for Independence Day. 

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Red White & Blueberry Banana Split

July 4th is a week from tomorrow! Aside from Thanksgiving, 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Growing up, I always spent the day at my grandparents’ house and we would make the short walk down to the park to watch the parade and see some vendors. Later in the day, we’d return for the carnival, and of course take in some fireworks. The time in between was always spent eating a snack (and probably another snack). Today’s recipe is the perfect snack for a day like the 4th of July, whether you spend it in a park, on the beach, in the mountains, or anywhere else. Bonus: It’s easy. It’s so easy I’m not sure it can really be classified as a recipe. Try it out!

1 Banana, Sliced
1/4 c. Greek Yogurt
2 Strawberries, Sliced
1/4 c. Blueberries
2 tbsp. Unsweetened Coconut Shavings
1 tbsp. Dark Chocolate Chips

Place banana slices in a bowl and top with Greek yogurt
Add sliced strawberries and blueberries on top of yogurt
Sprinkle with coconut shavings and dark chocolate chips
Enjoy! 🙂

This snack is also great post workout! The carbs from the fruit combined with the protein from the yogurt make the perfect pair while the chocolate chips and coconut shavings add just a touch of sweetness. If you try this snack out, I’d love to know your thoughts on it!

Red White & Blueberry Banana Split

Question: What is your favorite simple snack?

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Last Week’s Workouts + Life Lately

Catch up with my “life lately” and see how I’ve been active in the last week!

Last Week's Workouts

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My motivation to do anything outside of what I absolutely had to this week was pretty low. I’ve finally fallen into that terrible teacher-on-break-habit of not knowing what day it is and feeling like I’ve forgotten something important. It’s kind of annoying, yet kind of fantastic at the same time.

Sunday, 6/18/17:

I had planned for some PiYo Buns on Sunday, but I was so sore and tight from my first week on the Lauren Gleisberg plan that I just settled for yoga. I did Yoga Fix from 21 Day Fix using Beachbody On Demand (I didn’t even do the Extreme version!) and that was enough for me.

Monday, 6/19/17:

Today began my second week on the Lauren Gleisberg Weight Training Plan. I was back to the 5 a.m. Club with a “pull” workout (triceps and chest) and then ran 4.85 miles after my husband left for work. I followed the run/walk/run pattern I plan to keep during half marathon training and it was exponentially more difficult than I expected it to be.

Tuesday, 6/20/17:

Leg day with Lauren Gleisberg! She kicked my butt and I was sore for days. I felt like I did about a million sumo squats and my inner thighs screamed at me every time I took a step.

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Wednesday, 6/21/17:

Wednesday morning I utilized the treadmill for a run/walk/run of 30 minutes. It was a lot easier than Monday’s run, despite my sore legs from the previous day. I’m not sure if that was due to it being on the treadmill, but I felt great afterward! However… Shortly after, I lost all motivation to do my ab workout, so I found an old rerun of Charmed on tv to distract myself while I got it over with.

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Thursday, 6/22/17:

Rest day. The most activity I got was taking the pup for a walk. Like this. You’re welcome.

Last Week's Workouts + Life Lately
Friday, 6/23/17:

I had a run scheduled, but it was already 85 degrees at 7:30 in the morning, so after my “pull” workout, I opted for a HIIT. Thrusters, jump lunges, walking lunges, deadlifts, and plyo squat touchdowns had me smoked in under 30 minutes.

Friday night was interesting. We were slated to get a cold front, but a lot more came with it. We had 50mph winds, pea sized hail, and a power outage. It was our first time losing power since being in our new house and we had no idea how long it would last. The power went out around 6:30, so we lit some candles and munched on whatever we could find without opening the refrigerator too often. We finally got power back around 10:30 and thankfully our house cooled off quickly. Despite the crazy weather, I welcome the cooler temps, because I’m tired of those 100+ days! However, we’re now fighting mosquitoes inside the house from having the doors open for four hours. Yay!

Last Week's Workouts + Life Lately

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Saturday, 6/24/17:

Because I wimped out on my run Friday, that meant I had to do it on Saturday. I had about 5 miles to cover and I initially thought it would be easy. The first three miles went by easily and in a pinch, then I hit a wall. I struggled and thought about quitting and then my “power song” came on. You know, that song that always reminds you, “You’ve got this!” Mine is Boom by P.O.D. and it gave me the push I needed. I even have a little dance that goes with it. If you ever see me repeatedly throwing my fists in the air during a race, don’t worry, I’m just trying to bust through the wall and finish my run strong. 🙂

Coming up on the blog this week is a patriotic themed healthy snack, my training plan for the first five weeks of race training, and a day in the life post. I hope you stick around! If you need to get caught up, last week I told you about my Summer Reading List, the Best Gear for Running in the Heat, as well as my Best Tips for Running in the Heat!

Question: What is the power song that reminds YOU that you’re capable of anything?

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