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Running a New City

21 Aug

Hi Friends!

Yesterday I was feeling SO much birthday love! On top of birthday wishes from old friends and new friends, my roomies, Annie and Laura treated me to a much needed pedicure (relaxation at its finest). We then ventured to Annie’s parents house for an amazing dinner. Happy Birthday was sung and birthday cake was devoured.

I get shy when people sing to me…


Yesterday was truly a blessing, and I feel so thankful to be surrounded by such great family and friends! The birthday love continued this morning when I received this package from Dave:

Chocolates upon chocolates

Dave sent me a gift basket full of chocolate (he knows the way to my heart!) Now, I don’t know if I can eat all of this by myself, but I’m relying on my roommates to help me out 🙂


Half marathon training continues..but this time in a new city! I have found running in Cincinnati to be quite the challenge! Although the sites are beautiful, the terrain is very hilly!  I find myself stopping at various points during my runs to catch my breath and walk. My goal for the next few weeks is to decrease these stops and to build up my stamina. Hopefully once these goals are accomplished I won’t feel and look like this after my runs..

If anyone has tips on conquering hills, I would love to hear your insight! Maybe these hills aren’t necessarily an obstacle, but rather a revivalPerhaps these hilly challenges will allow me to reach a whole new potential!

Question: What’s your fitness revival at the moment? What’s allowing you to reach a whole new potential?

Revving up the Routine

8 Aug

Thank you to all who read yesterday’s post  and reached out to me via comment or twitter.  It was so wonderful to read your stories about long distance relationships and saying goodbye to the one’s you love. All of your stories put a smile on my face and gave me the extra validation that with strong communication and love, a long distance relation can work. Last night, after writing the post Dave shared with me some potential good news! He found out that his job will be sending him to Ohio at least once and maybe twice in the next six months! This made me SO happy! If everything works out, we could be seeing each other in the next 1-2 months! (Keep your fingers crossed)


This morning, I woke up relatively early at 6:45 to go running with my sister before she had to go to work. We completed 3.1 miles for 1/2 marathon training.

My run via Map My Run


Since I ran my mileage on a treadmill in California, running outdoors this morning was a revival for me! It felt so great to hit the pavement and set my own pace. I definitely realize now how important it is to complete the majority of your training outdoors, where you are exposed geographic and weather changes. It’s good for your body to experience change in your routine, and running outdoors can provide that change your body needs for optimal training.

Food Revival!

Today, I added a few ingredients to my normal favorites to add some variety to the routine! As a mid morning snack I added 1/2 tbs of chia seeds to my apple cinnamon Chobani and topped it with some Heart to Heart Cereal with Kashi. Aren’t the heart shaped cereal bits just darling?

Adding a little love to my cho-yo

Chia seeds are a superfood that are full of omega-3s which is great for the heart! They are tasteless, and can be added to pretty much anything! I love adding them to yogurt, protein pancakes, oatmeal, and overnight oats!

My next food revival made an appearance on top of today’s lunch salad. I found a pack of sundried tomatoes in the cupboard and decided throw them on top of my salad for extra flavor.

Sundried Tomatoes!

The sundried tomatoes really added an extra punch of flavor to the salad! It would have paired nicely with some feta cheese, however we did not have any on hand.

Puppy lovin’

On the top of today’s to-do list was to give our pup (ok so she’s 6..) a bath. I always cringe when I have to give her a bath because I know how much she dislikes it.

“get me outta here mom!”

Ah those puppy eyes always melt my heart! She wasn’t happy with me about the bath torture, but eventually she forgave me. I’m sure in no time she’ll be rollin around in the grass getting that white coat dirty! Dogs will be dogs 🙂

Hope you are all having a great start to the week so far. I’m still busy packing up all of my belongings for the move. I can’t believe I only have 2 more days at home until I move to Cincinnati! It is crazy how fast summer goes.

Keep shining,






Revival Run

29 Jul

Today feels like Sunday to me. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been traveling so much back and forth from home to my new place in Cincinnati. Unfortunately with the traveling, I let my usual workout routine slip a bit. By the end of our 4 1/2 hour drive back home, I felt myself getting stir crazy. My body just wanted to get up and move!

When we got home around 7:30, I quickly laced up my sneakers and hit the pavement. I gotta tell you..this run was a revival run for me! After taking a 2 day hiatus on working out, this run got me back to my groove. It was one of those runs where I didn’t care about my distance or pace. It was the kind of run where I took deep slow breaths that cleared my thoughts. Blissful.

Needless to say, when I returned from my run I felt rejuvenated. Perhaps I was feeling a runner’s high?

sweaty endorphins

My training for the half marathon officially starts this Tuesday! I’m looking forward to starting this training process and eventually adjusting it to fit into my upcoming crazy schedule (graduate school).

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!