The Wanna Be Health Nut

Living life one day at a time in a healthy way

4 months and a 10-Miler March 17, 2012

Filed under: baby,baby sleep patterns,Running — tiffers81 @ 8:58 pm

Today, my beautiful Sydney is 4 months old and I ran my first race since 2010.

We have still been struggling with naps, regardless of when I put her down, she just does not want to take them. She is still sleeping pretty well through the night at about 11-13 hours a night. Within the past few weeks she has started noticing everything around her and becomes easily distracted, especially while breastfeeding. My solution for it so far has been to take her to our darkened bedroom just so she will focus on eating as opposed to looking all around her. Last week, she started rolling from back to front at 16 weeks, but we are still working on front to back.

The run today— Surprisingly, I had a really good pace(for me) at 11 minutes a miles all of the way until Mile 6, when everything started going downhill. I had to go to bathroom badly and there was no port-a-potty until the finish line which made it very uncomfortable those last few miles. I had to walk up a hill around Mile 6.5 and my left knee started giving me trouble as I tried to run again. Once the knee started hurting, I was able to maybe run .20 more until I had to walk to the finish, ugh. I was very sad and had hoped to finish strong and running, but I guess it wasn’t the day for that. My goal was to finish though and I did, so I guess I can just wait until next time for a better finish.


Up and At ‘Em Early October 13, 2010

Filed under: Running — tiffers81 @ 2:09 am

The last thing I wanted to do this morning was run,  but I knew I had a long day of school ahead and wasn’t sure if I would feel up to it when I got home this afternoon. So, I made a decision: get up at 5:15 and head out on my 5 miler, which actually happened. A lot of times I tell myself the night before that I will get up early to run in the morning and it never happens. But I did it, slowly, but done. My total time was 58:40, 11:44 mile, but you can’t always have a PR, right?


Perfect Portion Food Scale Giveaway September 28, 2010

Filed under: Running — tiffers81 @ 1:05 am

On one of the blogs that I read, there is a giveaway for a food scale. I wanted to post this for anyone interested in this food scale, which I think is totally awesome. Just click on the link below to check it out and comment on her blog to get a chance to win.

Be sure to check out @chefwifedotcom Perfect Portions giveaway and link to the Perfect Portions website through this link


Great Race, New PR for me September 26, 2010

Filed under: half-marathon,Running — tiffers81 @ 2:13 pm

Early this morning I set out to run the Women’s Half-Marathon in Nashville. It was the inaugural race, so I was definitely excited to be a part of that.

The weather was cooler than it has been, so that was nice for a change, but once I started running multiple miles and the sun came out, I definitely heated up. I planned to start out slower than usual and work up to a faster pace.  My pace actually ended up being al over the place, with 1 mile at 10:42, another at 10:11, and a few in the 12s. Overall though, I accomplished what I set out to, which was to complete it faster than I ran my first half-marathon last November, and I DID, by 11 minutes. My overall time was 2:33:40 which I don’t think is bad for a relative newbie, :).

The expo gave out very cute shirts too which I will definitely wear on my training runs in the future, which is a nice change from some of the shirts I have seen.

One of the mistakes I made for my first one was eating basically no breakfast (a slice of ww toast with a slather of pb), so I didn’t make the same one this time. For dinner the night before, I ate spaghetti and a few meatballs and tried to finish my bowl (restaurant serving), but I managed to eat about 2/3 of it before I was very full.

This morning, I ate a cinnamon raisin bagel with roughly 1 1/2 Tbs. pb and I feel like that held me over pretty well. I downed a pack of powergel chews on the run as well along with lots of water.

Overall, I am very happy with my performance and have realized that proper fueling and hydration is more important than I ever thought it would be. I definitely have more to learn and will keep looking for the perfect fit for me.

What fuels you before a long race/run?


And We’re Back August 22, 2010

Filed under: Las Vegas,Running — tiffers81 @ 6:09 pm

We are back from Las Vegas, we were there from Tuesday-Saturday. It was our first time there and we had a great time. Every morning started with a run along the strip:

Wednesday- 3.5 miles + 2.5 miles of walking

Thursday- 4 miles + 4 miles of walking

Friday- 5 miles + 4.5 miles of walking.

We spent our days checking out basically all of the hotels and doing tons of walking, overall my GPS calculated 41 miles and that doesn’t count when it lost satellite reception inside the hotels for short periods of time. Here are some pictures to document our trip and meals.

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We had a great time and it was nice to take a vacation with just the two of us. I’m very happy that we stayed active and tried to eat as healthy as we could, though I could have killed for lots of vegetables by the end of the trip, hehe. I made sure to have breakfast and dinner for sure everyday and if we were hungry, we had a little something around lunchtime. Our schedules were so off with the time difference, most mornings we were up and running the strip by 4:30 am and in bed by 8 pm, I feel so old.


Up too Late August 15, 2010

Filed under: Running — tiffers81 @ 2:15 pm

Last night I was up later than normal, so getting up at my normal time was a bit of a challenge for me. Once I did get up though, I tried out this recipe for  oatmeal pancakes found on this blog and they were fantastic. I topped mine with a slather of crunchy pb and some sf syrup, yum, my typical breakfast all in one. I also had my typical non-fat latte alongside breakfast. The cucumbers (pictured) were alongside my lunch of fish and brown rice which I inhaled before I could even snap a picture, haha.

Then I headed to the gym because it was overly hot today and just didn’t feel like running 6 miles in 95 degree weather. My run ended up being only 5.16 miles because I looked at the clock and realized I had to get to the vet by noon to pick up my dog’s med’s and it was already 11:30 and I didn’t want to risk not getting there.

It was a slow, leisurely pace. As I stepped onto the treadmill I felt very low in energy and just decided to take it slow and hopefully I would be able to complete it. Though it wasn’t the full 6 miles, I know I could have easily made it (time permitting), so I am proud of myself for my mini-accomplishment.

Now I’m off to go make dinner to bring to a friend’s house this evening: Texas-style baby back ribs, a chopped salad, tater gems with fresh parmesan, and homemade guacamole as an appetizer, yum!!!


Decent Run August 13, 2010

Filed under: Clean Eating,Running — tiffers81 @ 10:17 pm

After a long week of emotional ups and downs as well as finals, I hit the gym this morning. My half-marathon training called for 3 miles today, so I did a 10 min. warm-up, hit the weight room for some chest exercises and then did 3 miles on the treadmill in 32:48, which was a 10:56 pace. Today was supposed to be an easy run, so I kept it that way. We have a 6 miler tomorrow morning, so I wanted to “save myself” for that. I’m getting in the midst of half-marathon training and the long runs only get longer from here, hehe.

I ate pretty well today (no pictures though):

Breakfast: 1 egg, 4 egg whites; 1/2 c. oatmeal

Snack: protein bar

Lunch: 4 oz. of fish, 1/2 c. brown rice, 1 green bell pepper

Snack: multigrain ciabatta roll with butter spray with a chopped veggie salad(cucumbers, y& o bell pepper, red onion, avocado, iceberg lettuce)

Dinner: 4 oz. steak

I have plans tonight, so I may have something else a little later, but wanted to make sure I got some protein in.

I’m a bit nervous about my “long” run tomorrow, though I have done it before.

Does anyone else get nervous before their long runs?

After my light dinner, I was starving by the time I got home around 10:30, so I had a veggie chicken patty and a Fiberplus bar.