Back from blog hiatus

Good morning! I am finally back to blogging. I’ve taken a break from writing on the blog for the following reasons:

1. I moved! I’m in upper northwest Atlanta living in a fabulous 2 br/2.5 bath condo with a great roommate. The moving process has been crazy overwhelming but now that things are coming together I couldn’t be happier.

2. I started my new, crazy busy job. I’m doing marketing communications for a technology company and the pace is in-sane. I’m still trying to settle in and find some semblance of work-life-balance but it can be tricky. I do love what I’m doing and the exciting yet challenging assignments that I get to work on are very rewarding.

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In other exciting news, I signed up today for the Atlanta Half Marathon, occurring on Nov. 28! I ran a 5K this past weekend ( Atlanta’s Finest 5K, recap coming soon), and have been regularly running (especially around my new neighborhood, so much to explore!) but need a new challenge to train for. I’ll be beginning training on September 8th. 

I’m also running the Kaiser Permanente Corporate 5K (free through work) Sept. 12 and am excited for that as well.

What races are you training for? 

A Little Bit of Running Inspiration

Firstly, apologies on the lack of posts recently. Between finding a place to live and working on a huge conference for work, saying I’ve been busy is a bit of an understatement. Thankfully I’ve found a wonderful condo closer to work that I move into next week so things should be setting down, and I should be posting more often.

Today’s post is about a story I had read previously, but delved into further after seeing a buzzfeed article on heartwarming/tear jerking moments at the ESPY Awards (ESPN’s yearly athlete and pop culture awards show). This story is inspirational not only to those who run, but is an amazing story of hope that will warm your heart.

Dick and Judy Hoyt’s son Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen in the brain at the time of his birth. Dick and Judy were advised to institutionalize Rick because there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a “normal” life. Instead they chose to fully immerse Rick in everyday normal activities, that many of us take for granted including swimming, sledding, and attending normal schools. They even had an interactive computer built for Rick that allows him to communicate, and this is where the start of the Hoyt’s racing career began. Rick and Dick started racing after Rick said he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident, and Dick ran the event while pushing Rick in his wheelchair. After this event, he told his father that ,”Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” Rick has been pushing him in marathons and triathlons ever since (34 years!) in a effort to and this year’s Boston Marathon was supposed to be their last. Now they’re running one more.

Check out the inspirational video

Learn more about Team Hoyt

Do you have any inspiring stories that have influenced you? 

June Running Playlist

Happy early Fourth of July! Although it’s supposed to be rainy, there’s nothing better than spending the 4th of July with friends and family. I’m looking forward to grilling out with my family and a party with friends later in the evening.

I’ve been trying to cut back on running long distances, as my right knee has been giving me issues in terms of pain while running. I’m hoping to avoid a trip to the doctor, so I’m upping my strength training.

As promised, here’s my top five June running jams

1. Till I Collapse- Eminem

An oldie but a goodie, this song is great for the tail end of a run. 

2. Bang Bang- will.i.am 

From the fabulous Great Gatsby soundtrack (which I honestly think was better than the movie itself), this song has a fun beat and a good pace for running

3. Runaway Baby- Bruno Mars

Every song by Bruno Mars is catchy and run-able.

4. I Don’t Feel Like Dancing- Scissor Sisters

The only issue with adding this song to your playlist is that you may end up dancing instead of running

5. Kickstart My Heart- Motley Crue

Every good running playlist needs an 80’s jam

What songs do you like to run to?

 

I’m Back on the Blog-sauce & a Few of My Favorite Things

Sorry for the long, 2 week or so hiatus from blogging! Moving and starting a new job just haven’t given me the time to post, but I’m going to do my best to get back to blogging on a regular basis. Here’s a few of my favorite things lately:

1. Greek Yogurt Cooke Dough Recipe 

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt - add 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp sweetener, 1 tbsp mini chips, and 1/4 tsp vanilla to plain Greek yogurt

Can you tell from my previous recipe posts that I have a sweet tooth? I especially love dessert recipes such as this one that are healthier, lighter versions of my favorite treats. This lovely recipe is from The Suburban Girl Gone Country blog which has lots of low carb, gluten free recipes. 

Ingredients
1 small container of plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp nut butter (I used peanut butter)
1 tbsp sweetener (like maple syrup or honey)
1/4 tsp vanilla
pinch of sea salt

1 tbsp mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)

Directions
Combine the Greek Yogurt with the nut butter, sweetener, vanilla and sea salt. Mix until smooth.
Top with Mini Chocolate chips. Enjoy!

– See more at: http://www.girlgonecountry.com/recipes-2/cookie-dough-greek-yogurt-3/#sthash.aDDHi9vq.dpuf

2. Monogrammed Running Tank on Etsy

I ordered one of these lightweight running tanks on Etsy and adore it! So cute and perfect over a sports bra for working out in the heat. 

3. Colorful shifts

I love the look of a colorful dress for work especially in the spring. I have been all about them this summer, especially when they’re priced affordably.

I haven’t shopped at Forever21 in eons, but I when saw this coral colored shift at such a reasonable price I decided to go for it, and am so glad I did! The color is a nice muted coral, and it’s an appropriate length for work.

I also love this pleated shift from J Crew Factory 

Factory pleated shift dress

I have this dress in Coneflower blue, and it’s wonderful for work, church, or any other slightly dressy occasion.

What clothes do you like to wear for working out or work? Are there any clean eating recipes you’re enjoying?

 

I’ll post my June running playlist this weekend, so stay tuned!

Running in Fast Forward

Ah running anxiety. I’ve felt lately that I am obsessing over running certain mile splits, putting on the absolute perfect song while running, and completing the perfect run pace each and every time. While it’s rewarding and satisfying to reach certain milestones, it can really take the fun out of running. I’m trying to use the following three techniques over the next few weeks to lessen this anxiety.

1. Locking my phone while running.Image

There’s two options for doing this. Personally, I love using the Nikeplus app for running, and it offers an option to lock your screen. By putting my iphone on an armband (at an angle I can’t see), I will only be able to hear my mile splits after they are completed, and take in the scenery and enjoy my run. As another option,  you can lock your phone itself (under settings)

2. Running without any gadgets.

This one is particularly hard for many of us to do (myself included), but can really help you fall in love with running without expectations or stringent mile splits/paces/etc. It’s so simple to do, just go out and run without any music, phones, Garmin watches, etc. I did this last week, and while freaking out out for the first mile (what’s my pace? Am I running too slow? Is  it always this loud on this street?) I found it really freeing and noticed more details about the scenery around me.

3. Have a mantra

The word mantra can bring to mind new age-y folk singers and herbal teas, but this technique totally works. Especially during a race, it really helps to have a phrase or word that you can say to yourself (whether out loud or in your head is up to you) to keep going and ignore the doubts in your head. For my last 25K I went with this phrase: “I am strong, I am capable, and I will finish strong”.

What techniques do you use to overcome anxiety or doubts while running?

The First Post aka Here Goes Nothing

Welcome to my very first blog post! I’m Allie, a mid twenties young professional who loves preppy fashion, fitness, and healthy eating that tastes like unhealthy eating. I created this blog to share some of my favorite recipes, chronicle my adventures in running, and share some preppy fashion inspiration (especially J Crew!). I am so excited to share my newly found passion for running and living healthy with you all. See above for my post on my first 25K experience from this past weekend, and enjoy this nike running inspiration for the day: 

 

Just run it.