She is the Champion…my friends…

Yesterday was a great day. I ran AGAIN with minimal pain! It felt soooo good! How fast do you think I can get before my 5k next Saturday?? haha I know, I know. I need to be careful not to injure my foot again (or more). It’s just so exciting to be able to run I have to remind myself not to push it. I can’t wait to start being able to do more speed work and long runs. I’ve really missed it. Running is my happy place.

Oh yeah, this is me taking a creepy picture of Deborah right before we started our run. I thought she’d appreciate it.

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Reason #2 it was a great day: I remembered that I had a coupon for a free bowl from Noodles and Co for my birthday! Woohoo! You get $9 worth of credit, so I got the big Penne Rosa and added grilled chicken. It was delicious. Also, I only ate half and left the rest at work for lunch today. So. Dang. Happy. I think things taste even better when they’re free.

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Notice that I can’t exchange this coupon for a unicorn.

I also won the dart tournament my friends and I had yesterday. Please notice that none of the boys even made it passed the first round. That’s my only comment on that 😉

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We also played this Lightening Game a few times. I did it twice and it was not nearly as fun as darts…and much more painful. Everyone holds on to their own buzzer and when the music stops and the light in the middle turns green, you have to press your buzzer and the last one to press it gets zapped! See for yourself…

Good times. And now TGIF!! Only 6 more sleeps until She Runs! Happy last day of January!

What was your workout today?

Have you ever played Lightening?

Any fun Friday night plans??

All balanced out now

Awesome, fantastic, best news I’ve had in a while: Yesterday I ran 3 miles…and my foot didn’t really even hurt at all! It was glorious! I’ve been trying to think of what I’ve done recently that would have changed it and I think rolling it out is going to be the key to helping it heal faster. I rolled it out last week when it was hurting pretty bad and then I had a pedicure on Saturday, where they massaged my foot. I think all of it really helped. It makes sense right? Because people roll out their IT bands and muscles all the time to prevent injury. Why can’t I do the same with my foot? So we’re trying it out and praying that my foot keeps feeling better.

For my birthday, my sister gave me one of those individualized blenders! I made myself a smoothie with greek yogurt, frozen berries, a spoonful of peanut butter (yum!) and some water. Delicious!! I’ll be using this a ton. Please feel free to give me some recipes to try! I’d love to get in more green smoothies. No kale though, please. Gross.

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Yesterday for lunch, I had this amazing salad. I just had to share it with you. Spinach, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes with a strawberry poppy seed dressing. Yum! So. darn. good. I wish I had grilled chicken ready to go because that would have been the cherry on top!

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My coworker also had a couple of us try one of these. It’s supposed to put your PH back into balance and give you energy and probiotics  and 8+ servings of fruits and vegetables (true story) and make you better than ever. Or something like that. All I know is that it tasted a little strange, there was a lot of residue left in the cup when I was done drinking and I had to pee all afternoon (TMI?). Safe to say I wasn’t sold on this.

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All pictures today brought to you from my desk.

My wise coaching advice for today: make sure that even though you’re trying to eat less to lose weight, that you’re still eating enough to sustain your body! Eating too little can be detrimental to your weight loss/maintenance goals, especially if you’re also in training. Food is fuel. Make sure you’re giving your body the fuel that it needs!

Favorite smoothie recipe– Go!

What did you have for lunch yesterday (or today!)?

Share some wisdom.

My bibs have a home now

Deborah made this for me for my birthday. How sweet is she?! Plus I love the title on it!!! Now I finally have somewhere to display my bibs that I never know what to do with after the race. haha Now I just need a medal holder to put with it and I can have a whole wall dedicated to running 🙂

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Last night I had an activity with the ladies at church and we had to bring 3 things that represent us as a “get to know you” activity. Here’s what I ended up bringing…

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  •  Pride and Prejudice: Of course this is one of my all time favorite books! I love Jane Austen. I grew up quite the book worm and though I don’t read as much as I used to, it still brings a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. Reading takes me to a place where nobody can get to me…a little bit like running.
  • Big Cottonwood Marathon Medal: Running is kind of important to me (weird, right?). It’s my therapy, my escape, my source of power, calm, strength and peace. This medal in particular is huge for me, since it’s from my first (and currently only) marathon, which was the hardest physical challenge I have ever done. My love of running unites me with friends I never would have met otherwise and helps me to feel more confident in myself and my body.
  • Figurine: This was a gift from my high school best friend, Stacey. I sure do miss that girl. I get to see her and her adorable new baby (and 2 year old first baby!) next week!! When it comes to the people I care about I am fiercely loyal. I am also an introvert, so I derive my energy from alone time or time with small groups of people. I really love one on one time and really enjoy having deep conversations with friends and family.

Now for some great things from the interweb that I thought all of you should know about:

Why 30 is NOT the New 20 : FANTASTIC Ted Talk. Seriously listen to it right now. Love it!

This kid called 911 for help with his math homework. The mom’s reaction at the end is the best!!

30 Instagram Photos That Will Make You Fall in Love with Sugar Land: My family and I lived in Sugar Land, TX (suburb of Houston) for a time and these photos brought back some fond feelings in my heart. I definitely did not appreciate it for all its beauty when I was there. I was too busy being a grumpy teenager who was forced to move to a new state for senior year. I sure missed out.

I did a very short circuit workout yesterday, but I did clean my room and finally put away all of my Christmas (yes…Christmas) and birthday presents, so that felt good. Today I’m going to try running and see how far I can go while not pushing my foot too hard. NEXT WEEK I go to the She Runs retreat and I have that 5k, amongst other fabulous fitness classes and activities. I don’t want to get more hurt and then not be able to participate.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

How do you display your medals and bibs? My medals are currently hanging off my bookshelf.

What are 3 items that would describe YOU??

Birthday and Spartan Race WINNER!

Thank you, thank you for all the birthday wishes over the weekend! I felt so special!

Saturday was a great day! It started with a trip to the gym where I was able to run 1 mile without much pain! Woohoo! I think it was my foot’s birthday present to me 🙂 I also did a 30 minute circuit and it felt great.

Then I went to my friends’ house in order for them (four guys) to cook a bunch of us breakfast. It was delicious! We had cinnamon pancakes with homemade strawberry syrup, fruit salad, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, orange juice and chocolate milk. Yeah, they’re allowed to cook for me whenever they feel like it!! It wasn’t meant to be a birthday breakfast, but they were nice and had everyone sing Happy Birthday to me. I also played a mean game of darts and almost won. Unfortunately, I was having too much fun to take any pictures. It’s ok though. The rest of the day made up for it 🙂

Lunch with my parents:

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Pedicures with my mom!

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Family party that evening:

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Lots of cake! and photo-bombers!

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Then we recreated an old picture! bahaha!

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And now for the winner of the Reebok Spartan Race Giveaway…..

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Congrats, Heather!! Shoot me an email at seethisgirlrunblog@gmail.com and I’ll give you your code for a free entry 🙂

Thank you to everyone who participated and entered! If you still want to sign up for a Spartan race, click HERE to generate a code for 15% off your entry fee!

Have a great Monday everyone!

Pedicures or manicures??

Tell me what you did this weekend!

It’s finally here!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! Love sharing my birthday with my mom and grandpa!

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I know quite a few people actually with my same birthday, so special birthday shout out to Uncle Dale and my Twitter birthday twin, Ryan!

Today is full of fun and celebrations, so I’ll catch you cool cats tomorrow.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a FREE ENTRY to a Reebok Spartan Race!

Tell me your favorite birthday tradition!

Reebok Spartan Race GIVEAWAY!!!

In honor of my birthday TOMORROW, I have a present for you… a giveaway!

Have you ever wanted to participate in a race you could brag to all of your friends about?

Have you ever thought “I’m super awesome…I could do that” while watching Ninja Warrior or Survivor?

Have you ever wanted to feel particularly hard core?

Look no further than…the REEBOK SPARTAN RACE!

How cool is that?? I mean, I would need to work on my push ups or something before attempting this (oh yeah, and have a foot that functions), but you guys are super hard core, so know you’re already good to go!

I love that these races go beyond the basic dirty dash or mud run. There’s awesome obstacles and challenges that make completing this race truly an accomplishment! This is something to brag about!

Spartan Races has generously donated 1 free race entry to one of their 2014 races!! This is about a $95 value!

I know many of you are reading from Arizona and Utah, so note the following upcoming races: Arizona Spartan Sprint February 8 and 9 and the Las Vegas Super Spartan on April 5 (I know this isn’t in UT but it’s a close enough drive…road trip!). For the rest of you, check out their schedule. They have races all over the country!

Use the Rafflecopter to enter:

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Good luck!! I can’t wait to hear about this! I’ll have to keep this on my list of races I need to try! The Rafflecopter closes on Sunday night and a winner will be announced on Monday morning.

*Please note that I am not being compensated for this and all opinions are my own. Reebok Spartan Races donated one free race entry in exchange for helping them get the word out there.*

Meeting Rascal Flatts

Yesterday I went to the gym before work. I wanted to run a couple of miles but was only about to do one. And even that was a lot. A half mile in my foot was hurting so very badly. The pain started to go away by the time I hit one mile and I thought I could probably go longer but decided not to push it. I then went and did a half hour work out on that swishy machine that is like an elliptical but the arms don’t move. You know which one I’m talking about? Anyway, it works me!! I was so sweaty by the time I was done with it!

Well, then I was getting ready for work and thinking about how I didn’t have anything cool to write about on the blog for today when I got a text from my mom saying she had an exciting possibility and to call her. Rascal Flatts was coming to my dad’s work (he’s in radio) and could I get work off to come down to a meet and greet?!

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Um, yeah I was sure going to try to make it!! Luckily, my supervisor is pretty chill and let me go! So after a short Q&A session, I got to walk up, shake their hands, and take a picture with them. Unfortunately, they were running late to make their flight, so we didn’t have time for autographs. Bummer. Still way cool to meet them!!

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I got asked by one of my dad’s coworkers if I was 16 years old. Hmm. I know I look young, but 9 years younger?! Come on, people. At least tell me I look old enough to be out of high school! Haha! We had a good laugh over that one!

Check out this fog we had going on last night. Some parts were really thick and I couldn’t see much when I was on my way home. Don’t worry though. I made it home in one piece. And yes, that’s a car totally running a red light, as you can see our light had just turned green.

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Sooo…my friend and I are trying to go to Europe this summer!! We’ve never been and we’re thinking London and Paris for 10 days total. However, we don’t really know where to start with the planning!! So please, if you have any recommendations on airlines, where to stay, things we ABSOLUTELY need to see, let me know! We need all the help we can get. I’m so excited though. We need to start booking things asap!

Favorite band/style of music? I love country!!

Do people tell you that you look older or younger than your age?

London/Paris/Europe travel advice??? 

2 days til 25!!!!