What I’m loving right now (Polar Vortex edition)


Seems that I skipped my fall version of “what I’m loving,” so let’s just move right on into winter (polar vortex winter at that), shall we? I definitely have a few new favorites to share, none of which I need to FTC disclaim on–they were all purchases. So here we go: The Athleta relay capri–I am not a fan of full-length tights and every year […]

Three trends I’d like to see end in 2014

I'll have my gluten and eat it, too

I’m all about healthy living and anything that encourages people to get up off the couch. But I am not a fan of trends that go to an extreme–extreme eating restrictions, extreme running, extreme lifting, etc. And I kind of feel that 2013 perhaps saw more of this than was healthy, or it least it seemed that way to me. With that in mind, here […]

My attempt to keep weight gain at bay while not running

I'll be spending plenty of time in the pain cave while laid off

There are so many things to miss about running when you’re injured and I’d be lying if I said knowing that I’m burning fat and calories while out there isn’t one of them. I have felt good about my body since shedding some unwanted fat via MAF training, so it’s only natural that I don’t want to put it back on while on the DL. […]

(Holiday) Friday Five

cookie exchange

A few holiday notes to share: 1. I’ve scheduled my PRP injection for New Year’s Eve day–happy new year to me! It will entail two days on crutches and major downtime so that the platelets have a chance to hang around the injury site as much as possible. You can tell how much a priority I place on New Year’s Eve, huh? 2. I hosted […]

Friday five

Gratuitous shot of one of my favorite local spots for running. Love the fall colors

Lots going on in the running world this week, so I’m going to touch on a few points this Friday: It’s Marine Corps Marathon weekend, the “people’s marathon.” I’ve got client Kat from Sneakers ‘n Fingerpaints toeing the line for the first time and I couldn’t be more excited for her. I got to meet her and her husband yesterday, which was a real treat. […]

How to make a smoothie that packs a punch

breakfast smoothies

A couple weeks ago, Tamara of FitKnitChick did a really interesting┬ápost on why she’s cutting back on the number of smoothies she eats and recommends to her fitness clients. Her post made many valid points and I think it’s a good one for anyone who is a regular at the homemade smoothie bar. One point was that her post-workout smoothies don’t really fill her enough […]

Runner’s World Cookbook review

If you can't tell, I've marked up and tried quite a few recipes.

I think I’ve confessed here before that while I love to cook, I’m really lousy at creating my own recipes. So when Runner’s World asked me to check out it’s new cookbook, I was more than game. I’ve spent the last two weeks diving into a variety of recipes and running them past my family to get their input. Mr. Zippy will eat just about […]

I’ll admit–I’m jealous

Indulge every once in a while and then share it

One of the weekly runs I do with my friends starts and ends at a local bakery. After we finish, we head inside for coffee and/or treats. One of my friends, Julie, always has a big, frosted cinnamon roll. Me? I almost always forgo a treat and have tea. The difference, you see, is body type. Julie is one of those people we all envy–she’s […]

My snack-free life

A typical breakfast might be eggs with tomatoes, avocado and cheese along with oatmeal with almond butter and blueberries

Back in May I posted about some changes I was making to my nutrition to go along with my MAF training, which included leading a snack-free existence. I had a request to do an update, so I thought now would be a good time. First, let me back up and talk about why I made changes. Just as with MAF training, I wanted to improve […]

Eat for anti-inflammation (guest post)

They taste great and fight inflammation to boot!

Today I have the incredible Laura from Mommy Run Fast taking the reigns. Laura is not only a great runner, but a holistic health coach as well. She’s got some really solid advice below on how foods can help us fight inflammation. Not only that, but she’s sharing an amazing recipe with ingredients that do just that. Enjoy! Thanks to Amanda for having me on […]