Half Marathon Training Week 6

We’ve hit the halfway point!  6 weeks into my training and my pace is getting better but my weekly mileage isn’t as high as I would like.  It feels weird not running as much as I normally would when I train but I don’t feel burnt out so I think I’m doing something right 🙂

Monday (Strength Train) – went with an oldie but goodie! Jillian Michaels Body Revolution workout 1.  This is a great 30 minute DVD that’s perfect for when you don’t feel like driving to the gym.

Tuesday (Run) – 3.15 miles @ 11:09/mile average pace.  This was a great 5AM run around our neighborhood.  Sucked it up and went out in the cold and survived thanks to gloves and ear warmers.

Wednesday (Rest)

Thursday (Strength Train) – Jillian Michaels Body Revolution workout 2

Friday (Run) – My stomach wasn’t feeling the greatest and I didn’t have much energy but I was SO tired of sitting so I ran a slow 1.35 miles @ 12:27 pace

Saturday (Long Run) – 5.11 miles @ 10:58/mile average pace.

Sunday (Rest)

Weekly Mileage – 9.61

On a side note, Winnie is doing great 🙂 Her brat puppy personality is starting to come out but she’s so cute we can’t stay mad at her for long.  She’s completely potty trained which is awesome! She likes to test me by chewing on our new couch to see if I’m paying attention and take off with my pj’s every once in awhile.  Overall she’s been an awesome pup and we love her so much ❤


Thirst Quenchers

Happy Thirsty Thursday! Most of us associate this phrase with margaritas and buckets of beer but today I’m bringing you a different kind of thirsty thursday, a healthier one of course…wah wah 😉

I am the queen of always having a beverage with me wherever I go.  Whether it is a travel mug with coffee or my favorite green Lifefactory bottle full of water, I absolutely hate being thirsty.  Plus, having a low-cal or better yet no-cal beverage in hand prevents me from chewing aspartame infused gum or stuffing my mouth with munchies and obviously it’s CRUCIAL to stay hydrated for proper body function.  I wanted to share with you a few of my absolute favorite alcohol free thirst quenchers in no particular order.

La Croix

I have to thank my friend and old roommate Maggie for introducing me to La Croix a few years back, thank you Maggie!!  She is a sucker for carbonated beverages and was trying to cut back on soda so she started drinking flavored sparkling water.  Unfortunately, most flavored waters contain some sort of sugar substitute, usually aspartame.  She came across La Croix at Target and noticed it didn’t contain any sugar substitute or other funky ingredients.  She brought some back to the apartment, I had one and now I’m hooked.  La Croix comes in so many different flavors and each one of them is a joy to put in your mouth.  The perfect companion to my sandwich at lunch.



Let me start by saying, OH MY GOSH…this stuff is delicious!  I’ve heard about Shakeology for a few months now but just assumed it was another gross meal replacement shake; it’s not.  Shakeology is a delicious, satisfying superfood shake that reduces food cravings, increases energy levels, and improves digestion.  It’s super creamy and can be blended with a variety of ingredients to create a smoothie of choice.  I’ve had Shakeology for breakfast the past few days and I can officially say I’m hooked.  I personally drink the vegan chocolate and vegan strawberry flavors but it comes in a variety of non vegan flavors as well.  Bye bye expensive coffee and smoothie shops, hello Shakeology!

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Every morning without fail I have to have a cup of coffee.  It’s like that saying, “no talkie without coffee”.  I don’t come alive until I have a cup of joe.  This year I discovered Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee and my mornings will never be the same.  Most flavored coffees are artificially flavored but not this one!  They use all natural ingredients to create this strong, spicy, pumpkin amazingness in a cup.  The pumpkin flavor isn’t too overpowering and the spice level is just right.  The difference between this pumpkin coffee and Dunkin Donuts pumpkin coffee is night and day.  I would definitely recommend stocking up on this stuff because it sells out quick!

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Naturally Flavored Water

Strawberries, lemon, lime, cucumber, raspberries…the flavor combinations are endless!  Grab some fruit, throw it in your water and you’re good to go!  If you are one of those people who struggle to get the recommended 64 ounces of water a day I would suggest trying flavored water.  Cut up a couple strawberries and put them in your water bottle, fill it up with cold water and enjoy.  I drink water all day at work and when I’m getting bored with my lemon water I’ll switch it up and use cucumbers the next day.  This way I never get bored with the same ‘ol water.

IMG_1389With all of these delicious healthy drink options you should never go thirsty again!  You’re welcome 🙂

What I Do and Why I’m Doing It

Recently I’ve had a few people tell me I’m good at what I do.  As much as I appreciate these comments, I REALLY do,  it made me think, what am I doing? What am I trying to accomplish with LoveCookRun?  I’ve had this on my mind for the past few days trying to put together what my goals and intentions are.  Yesterday while getting ready for work it finally became clear to me exactly why I started LoveCookRun and what I hope to get out of it.

What I am:

  • An educator
  • A motivator
  • An example

My intentions:

  • Teach others that living a healthy lifestyle isn’t as difficult or as complicated as they may think.
  • Develop simple, easy recipes that make eating healthy possible for those without a lot of extra time or money
  • Educate on what it means to be “healthy”. Hint: healthy doesn’t equal having a six-pack (although I wouldn’t turn one down)
  • Share my love for running and hope to motivate others to try it out
  • Encourage eating real food and hopefully lead you to try ingredients or products you wouldn’t normally eat/use

This blog started as a passion project.  I started it with the intentions of sharing tips, tricks, and recipes for staying healthy.  I had a lot of information in my head that I planned on sharing with others, and I still will.  What I didn’t plan on was how big of an effect it has had on me.  Starting LoveCookRun has forced me to practice what I preach and keep myself accountable.  It has encouraged me to be a better version of myself and strive harder for success.  It has helped me come out of my shell a little and not be as scared to take risks.

12 weeks ago I took the plunge and bought a domain name, started a website, created an Instagram and Facebook without having any idea how many people would care much less read.  Now I have 1002 followers on Instagram (mind blown!), 60 followers on Facebook, and quite a bit of followers on this blog and I can honestly say I am SO thankful, surprised, motivated, and grateful!!  If I can help even 1/3 of you live a healthier, happier life then I have been successful in my book.

I want to say THANK YOU for reading, for caring, and for being such awesome people.  While I am trying to help you, you are actually helping me.