You know those girls who wear their hair down at the gym, “glisten” as they walk on the treadmill while chatting with their friend or a random hot guy AND manage to look like the girls in Fitness magazine? Well I am So. Not. That. Girl. On the off-chance I wear waterproof mascara (which, out of necessity has been more frequently lately despite the fact I hate taking it off) or take it off before I workout (I never do) then my friends, consider yourself lucky. For those of you who like the gothic look…put me on a treadmill, 8 mph, 20 minutes and your goth poster child will appear. Seriously. It’s a scary sight.
Now I am training for my first half marathon. I’m following along the Hal Higdon intermediate training program and can already tell a major difference in my running. By incorporating Body Flow, yoga and Pilates classes, I’m getting awesome stretch and breathing routines. My lungs have never felt better and I’m attributing that to these classes. The program also has strength training in it so not everyday is a long run. It’s very do-able.
So needless to say, you can find me most evenings at the gym,
running sweating my butt off. I won’t be the pretty girl. I won’t be talking to anyone (I get in the zone!). In fact, my music will be loud and obnoxious girly music and my towel will be soaked by the end. Thank goodness for those equipment wipes! One of those songs that I love right now is Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger” It’s so perfect for me right now and I can’t listen to it enough!
On another note….
Have you ever tried juicing? It’s something else new I’m trying and so far I am a HUGE fan. I never thought something that looks so gross could taste sooo good! I bought these two different brands and love them. I’m shopping around for a juicer but until then, these are approved! Do you have any recommendations? I need quick and easy to work and clean!
And another random thing….
Gearing up for Cinco de Mayo (or just the fact I love an excuse to eat Mexican type food), I made a yummy, healthy taco salad. Here are the substitutions I made:
- beef –> ground turkey breast
- taco packet seasoning –> salsa
- taco bowl –> baked tostitos
- sour cream –> greek yogurt
- mexican cheese –> 2% milk cheese
This had to be good because I’ve eaten it now for dinner for the past few days because I had so much left over. Every time, it was just as delicious!
Today I heard that one of my friends was making my stuffed pepper recipe for guests. I was so excited to hear you guys are testing out new things too! I love experimenting with new recipes and its even better when they are healthy! Hope this recipe was a hit!
This weekend I am house sitting for my friend and have reading buddy as I catch up on my book club book, The Interestings. I’ll have to post pictures of my buddy, Boom Boom, soon. This week I tackle a 9 mile run! As long as the rain stops, I’ll attempt to run outside, if not, hello treadmill! As I’m getting stronger, I’m going to make a conscious effort to stop forgetting about the mascara before it’s too late and take it off preworkout!