November: Holiday Mixer

standard November 21, 2014 Leave a response

Holiday season is here, and I am already feeling it. The temptation of indulgence is everywhere and it is easy to forego fitness for traveling, preparations, time with family, and meals. A good way to Stay Fit through the Holidays? Mix it up!


1. Strength training. Group strength classes are a great way to stay motivated during the holidays. Make a date to meet a friend so you actually go. Or incorporate mini strength sessions into your neighborhood route to keep it interesting.

2. Hills. When running outside (especially in Austin!) it’s easy to mix up your boring route with hills. Until you look silly running up and down the same hills over and over.

3. Treadmill intervals. If weather is forcing you indoors, make the treadmill miles pass quickly by doing pace intervals, either ladders of increasing speeds or random intervals. As soon as you know it, you’ll be done. And have a nice high heart rate and sweaty outfit.

4. Run for your Thanksgiving dinner. AKA the Turkey Trot. If my family wants me to cook for them all day (which I love and would do regardless, but motivation is always good!), they get to run with me first. Start a tradition with your family and friends and sign up for your local race. Or organize your own group run in the morning before you start the feast.

How do you mix up your training and stay motivated during the holidays?


Friday Favorites: Branding & bRUNch

standard November 14, 2014 Leave a response

Happy Friday! I am super excited today. Not just because it’s Friday and the end of a crazy busy work week But also because of three of my current favorite things:

Final Logo (2)

1. Neat & Nutritious got a mini-makeover, thanks to a lovely design friend of mine. There’s something about branding that just makes things feel official. This year has been an evolving one for this blog, and more changes are still in progress. But this one makes me happy.

2. Winter Weather. Another reason why I am glad its Friday? Cold weather is here to stay (at least for the next week). And weekend running. Combined, they will help me pretend I’m back on my favorite lakefront trail.

3. bRUNch Running. Speaking of weekend running, I am excited to share that bRUNch Running is coming to Austin next month, and I am one of their inaugural ambassadors. I stumbled upon this opportunity while searching for fun running groups when we first moved back to town. bRUNch focuses on the fun, social aspect of running, which I definitely need a little more of right now. Training makes me so serious! If you’re in Austin, and want to check it out, our first run is Sunday, December 7th, at Crave (sign up HERE!)


What are you excited about this Friday?



Chasing Goals

standard November 7, 2014 Leave a response

With the Marine Corps Marathon over, racing season for 2014 has officially ended (almost – have to do the annual Turkey Trot!).  And while I will not officially plan out 2015 until January, the winter racing season in Texas has led me to already sign up for a few early races. Notably, the 3M Half Marathon in January. As soon as I finished SeaWheeze I registered for 3M, knowing it was the next chance I had for a solid sub-2 goal. And I can guarantee you that goal will be met.


Training officially started Monday, but since I am fresh off a marathon and a week of no running, I am easing into it, mixing elliptical workouts with easy runs, building mileage back up to training level in the next couple of weeks.

It is also time to buckle down with nutrition and cross training. Sticking to a marathon plan for 20 weeks is exhausting and by the end, I’m always cutting corners, skipping yoga, splurging on coconut milk ice cream (THIS stuff is addicting). Just because I have the calories for ice cream does not mean I should be fueling up with sugar and fat.

Plus, there’s no better way to survive the holidays than with running, right? Having a goal keeps all temptation and sugar overdoses in check.

(And running in snow beats running in 90 degrees and 100% humidity any day.)


I know I can conquer this goal. Mentally, I am ready, Physically, I’ll get there. At the end of the day, I am thankful to just be running. Regardless of obstacles, curve balls, successes or huge PR’s, the journey is the most rewarding. Here’s to chasing big goals!

“That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” – Kara Goucher