Finding a Balance

Learning to live a healthy, balanced life.


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My big news!

I’ve decided to pursue my certification in personal training — hopefully followed by my RRCA certification!

I have six months to learn everything I need to know, get re-certified in CPR/AED and then take my exam and holy cow am I nervous already. I’m a TERRIBLE test taker (my GRE scores are proof of this) — but I’m determined to make time for this and do my practice tests and study study study!

My parents were nice enough to chip in to cover the cost as part of my Christmas gift this year. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

To be quite honest, I’m not sure what I plan to do with the certification. At least to start with, I’m hoping it will add credibility to my health journalism/communication master’s degree and maybe I can give personal training on the side. If anyone wants to let me practice on them — let me know! 😉

I went for my first long run today (four miles) to kick off my ten mile training plan. It was NOT pretty — my recovery from the flu is dragging on and on and that means that my run was a bit….phlegm-y — sorry for that visual.

But I kept a pretty decent pace and was treated by this sight at the halfway point:

Frozen falls.

Frozen falls.

In comparison, this is how the falls look when they’re thawed:

I can't wait until they look like this again.

I can’t wait until they look like this again.

Since the temp was somewhere around 15 degrees when I headed out for my run, and I couldn’t remember how to dress for that kind of running, I opted for layers.

-Lucy running tights with Lucy running pants over them

Lululemon Brisk Run Toque

-New Brooks gloves (LOVE them!)

-Lululemon Run Swiftly LS

-My new Fila running LS tech from my sister-in-law and family (!!)

-Monster Dash half-zip from 2009 half marathon

I was a little toasty, but didn’t feel overheated at all.

Sweaty post-run photo.

Sweaty post-run photo.

On a totally random note, the new restaurant that’s been taking FORever to be built is finally showing some progress.

I can already taste the spam bites.

I can already taste the spam bites.

There is another Blue Door Pub location that’s been open for a few years in St. Paul, but it’s a very small place and there’s ALWAYS a long wait for a table. So I’m pretty excited for this location to open — and within walking distance of my house! They specialize in juicy blucys — burgers with cheese inside of the patty. And they get creative with it. Check out the menu.

What are your New Years Eve/Day plans?


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13 in 2013

Is it just me, or is the end of 2012 taking forever? I usually complain about time going by too quickly but I’m SO ready for 2013!

Speaking of 2013…I joined some of the rest of the blogosphere and signed up for #13in2013 –to commit to running 13 races in 2013. Since I did 16 in 2012, I’m hoping this will be a piece of cake! You can sign up to run 13 5Ks, 10Ks, halfs, etc, but I’m going to leave it at running a variety of distances.

Still not much to report on the “running right now” front. I ran three miles on Wednesday night which was the first of any kind of physical activity for me in ten days. I didn’t push myself and I finished up the three miles with minimal drama. I ran again today over my lunch break and today felt much more difficult than Wednesday. I tried speeding things up a bit and then that didn’t seem like a good idea. Things went downhill from there. I ended up getting two miles in.

We’re off to my in-laws for Christmas #2 today/tomorrow. I can’t wait to give the nephews their gifts! And then I’ll be back with a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT soon!

Does anyone else still have holiday celebrations this weekend? Safe travels and happy eating, if so!


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2012 Racing Recap

As of today I’m signed up for three 2013 races! Today I signed up for the Goldy’s Run 10 mile race. As much as I love looking forward to my favorite races each year, it’s always fun to run one for the first time. Last year, I cheered my husband on when he ran this race. It starts at the University of Minnesota (my alma mater) and ends right on the 50-yard-line in the stadium, with your finish projected on the Jumbotron! Looking ahead to 2013 made me start to think about all of the races I completed in 2012.

January

No races in January

February

Climb for a Cure: climbed 50 floors of stairs with friends!

Lifetime Fitness Indoor Tri

March

Point Bock Run: first road race of the season!

In yellow, crossing the finish line

In yellow, crossing the finish line

April

*Get in Gear 10K:

Work friends, post-race!

Work friends, post-race!

May

Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon:

Official results:
Swim – 18 lengths
Bike – 24.2 mi
Run – 2.05 mi

I came in 9th place and was the 5th female overall!

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Be the One Run 5K: our first Girls on the Run 5K. I started out as a running buddy and then my duties switched over to social media!

Live tweeting the entire way.

Live tweeting the entire way.

June

*Garry Bjorkland Half Marathon: One of the most amazing experiences ever. Half marathon PR and such a fun race.

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July

Chisago Triathlon: my first triathlon! Didn’t go as well as I had hoped — but I finished!

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With my dad!

With my dad!

August

No races in August

September

Get Ready to Rock 20 miler: 20 mile training race for the marathon.

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*Cloquet River Run 5k: My first 5K PR of the year! My husband made it on the podium at the race.

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South Metro Human Services 5K: fun race with our friends. Raised some money for a good cause.

With Erin!

With Erin!

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October

Twin Cities Marathon: my first marathon — incredible experience!

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*Monster Dash 10 mile: 10 mile PR just a few weeks after the marathon.

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November

*Diva Dash: second 5K PR of 2012!

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Girls on the Run 5K: our first very own 5K. Ran as a running buddy.

Turkey Day 5K: got some miles in before the big meal.

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December

Race for Recovery 5K: awesome race for a great cause.

I came a long way as a runner in 2012 and there were some PRs and “firsts” (triathlon, marathon). Most importantly, in 2012 I learned to push myself to be uncomfortable during runs and races and to recognize the difference between discomfort and pain/injury.

Bring on 2013!

By the numbers and other randomness

Total number of races: 16

Total miles (so far, according to Dailymile): 801

* – denotes PR 🙂


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Happy Holidays!

And Merry Christmas from Wisconsin!

J, Cole and I arrived at my parents’ house yesterday around 4 p.m. And since then, truthfully, we haven’t done a whole lot. It’s taking me a lot longer to bounce back from having the flu than I anticipated, so I slept in AND took a nap and have been Googling my random lingering symptoms (don’t do that — bad idea). My brother had to work at the restaurant in the Cities last night and then made the trip down after his shift. So once he arrived around 5 a.m. this morning, the whole family is finally here!

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We’ve also been observing all sorts of wildlife — including a family of deer and some wild turkeys.

My dog realllly wanted to catch one of these.

My dog realllly wanted to catch one of these.

And my mom really outdid herself this year by baking seven different types of insanely delicious Christmas cookies/bars/scones.

yum.

yum.

And my aunt and uncle sent an amazing Wolferman’s/Harry and David spread that we’ve been sampling.

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So there’s no shortage of yummy treats. Just waiting for my appetite to return so I can truly enjoy it all 🙂

Tomorrow we’ll open presents and have a big breakfast before heading to my Great Aunt’s house.

How have your travels, feasts, Christmas traditions, etc been going so far?


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No workouts for me lately..

First of all, I’m so excited to be featured on Michele AKA nycrunningmama‘s blog today! She’s definitely a inspiration to me so it’s awesome to read the nice things she wrote 🙂

So, as I’ve been complaining on social media, you might know that I’ve come down with the flu. I’m on day five and even though my fever broke yesterday, I woke up in the middle of the night last night with a fever back up over 101. Good thing I had the fancy new TV my hubby bought to keep me entertained until it went back down.

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Today, my cough has gotten much worse and my ears have started to hurt a bit. Bah. But the fever seems to have gone back down. I might be getting an appetite back, too. So I started the day with one of these:

Kale and spinach smoothies cure everything, right?

Kale and spinach smoothies cure everything, right?

On another note, our trip to South Carolina was a nearly-perfect vacation. My brother, husband and I flew out Friday morning and arrived early evening. My parents, who drove down from Wisconsin, picked us up at the airport and we went to check out the beach house/condo and the beach.

Amazing view

Amazing view

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The reason for the trip was an exciting one. My cousin eloped in Costa Rica a few months ago and this was her reception. It was perfect!

Family!

Family!

The gorgeous couple. Welcome to the family, Tom!

The gorgeous couple. Welcome to the family, Tom!

I posted lots of pics on Instagram, if you don’t already follow me there or want to check ’em out.

Hopefully my next post is actually about working out/running! Safe travels, everyone, if you’re going to be doing so over the holidays!


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Trip so far — in photos

Got to Charleston last night and went out with my cousins and ate some delicious seafood.

This morning I got up and did a quick two mile run to explore the area we are staying. So here’s some photos from the trip so far:

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Wendy’s airport lunch

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The best cocktail of my life.

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Shots with my cousins!

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Home sweet home.

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The beach — as seen on my morning run.