(hu)man’s best friend

Good Morning Healthy people!!!

Hopefully today will again be a beautiful day in the DC Metro area. Yesterday was the first day it actually felt like spring–so of course I convinced my boyfriend to go running outside with me (my absolute favorite thing to do when it’s nice out because a) it’s nice out b) we all need some vitamin D and c) The couple that works out together, stays together!)

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“Dog: the only creature on Earth who loves you more than himself”

^^ SO TRUE, I love dogs.

Anyways, there’s a trail that runs from Leesburg, VA all the way to DC so we decided to take the pup for a ride and find the trail close to our house.

Finley is just about a year old now (in 2 weeks!) and loves to be active…buuuuut, he has never gone for a 3+ mile run outside. So this was quite the experience.

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Dogs are a great way to stay active or become more active if you are sedentary. Bottom line is they need to go out. That might be the sole reason you get off the couch to walk them around the block and before you know it you’re getting back into shape too! Not only that, dogs are definitely the best companions ever. I wouldn’t trade our dog for the world; he’s the best!

After 2-3 miles in Finley is completely exhausted. I was on such an endorphin rush from the weather and the run that I wanted to push on for another couple of miles or so but we knew he had to go home.

So home we went.

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An exhausted pup…

If you were considering looking for a pet in the future I would recommend adopting an active breed to help you in your pursuit of health and fitness! Here’s a link to find pet shelters in your area, click here.

Get up and get running! Try to enjoy the beautiful spring weather before the heat of summer comes.

Happy eating and exercising,

xoxo

Jess

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You’ve got a friend in me.

Hello Healthy People,

Have you ever used any of these?

EXCUSES.

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I don’t feel so well today.

My ankle hurts.

I worked out so much yesterday.

I need a break.

I look pretty good, I guess.

No time today.

I just ate and don’t want to get sick.

I will go tomorrow.

I start on Mondays only.

I’ll workout tonight. (And then it turns into tomorrow and the next day…)

Today is my cheat day.

If I am craving ice cream…it means my body needs it right?

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WELL HERE IS THE CURE.

A workout buddy.

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My mom is probably the best workout buddy there is…her friends will text her and be like “i didn’t fall asleep until 3am last night and only slept for 3 hours…” and her response “wow, guess our morning walk will be a great energizer for you” and nevertheless they end up doing their daily 4-5 mile walk/run–AND they are happy they did it.

 

It’s good to have a partner in crime to work out with because they hold you accountable.

Maybe a little friendly competition to push yourself. Or just someone that will show up to the Zumba class with you and equally make fun of your talented dance moves or lack thereof. Sometimes it’s just helpful to have someone to share in the soreness.

This is why group fitness classes are one of my favorite ways to work out–they push you and everyone is equally working hard.

My best friend Keala and I instructing a class together at JMU. One of my favorite workout buddies!

My best friend Keala and I instructing a class together at JMU. One of my favorite workout buddies!

So grab a workout buddy and plan 2-3 times a week you guys get together to take a hot yoga class, run around the neighborhood, or venture into the weight room together.

 

You will have fun, love the endorphins, and become more fit!!

 

Happy eating and exercising,

XOXO

Jess

 

I’m an adult. Whoa.

Helllllo Healthy People!!!!

How is the challenge of the week going??? Have you tried to juice yet? My favorite recipe has an organic apple, kale, spinach, piece of ginger root, wedge of lime, and a beet! If you experiment you just might find that you have a favorite too!

So since graduation on May 5th I began my brand new job at Athletic Edge in Lakewood Ranch, FL which I absolutely LOVE. It’s sometimes funny to watch the intensity downstairs in the strengthening and conditioning area. They look like this:

I am upstairs with the yoga and group fitness studio. Along with my own desk to do marketing and administrative work. All in all, I love it and the people I work with are awesome.

But…of course I can’t just have one job. So I applied at a spinning studio called GoLegs and a fitness center called Sarasota Memorial Healthplex.  I got the job at both places!!! So I technically have 3 jobs now woo. Busy bee.

My first big girl purchase now that I am officially in the real world (cue Matchbox Twenty music…) was of course…my slot in the Walt Disney World Marathon!!!! 26.2 Miles babyyy in January.

If you’re interested in signing up too here’s the website: http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events/rundisney/wdw-marathon/index?page=walt-disney-world-marathon

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna

Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by CIGNA

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Start/Finish: Epcot®

The Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by CIGNA is the final race of the weekend, where you will complete the most magical 26.2 miles on Earth. The course takes you through all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, starting at Epcot®, continuing on to the Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park andDisney’s Hollywood Studios before an exhilarating finish back at Epcot®.

The Walt Disney World® Marathon will feature:

  • 26.2-mile course through all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks
  • Disney Entertainment on-course
  • Event Weekend Transportation for Walt Disney World® Resort guests
  • Family Reunion Area with live entertainment and characters
  • Indulge and unwind at the Downtown Disney® After Party (Sunday evening)

It’s a fantastic course that takes you through the Disney Parks.  This was where I ran my first half marathon in January 2004 just shy of 14 years old. So my goal for a while has been to run a full marathon at the location of where my racing career began.  When you are a beginner marathoner I have heard the goal is to just FINISH. So technically….that’s my goal. Because if I finish I will seriously be the happiest girl ever.  But my secret (not so secret anymore….) goal is to complete it under 4:30…more so around 4 hours.  I have looked up several training schedules and wanted one that would progress in a long duration so I can add mileage slowly…so my knees wouldn’t get all angry with me.

This guy Jeff Galloway has been running “injury free” for forever and has a plan just for that. So it starts in about two weeks and I can’t wait. Check out his website. This was actually the trainer that Disney Recommends!!!
http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/marathon.html

 

If you have never raced before or are new to running maybe plan a goal in the next 6 months to find a 5k or 10k in your area, look up a training plan online and get to it! Before you know it you will become addicted to racing!!! It is a wonderful experience and the energy and excitement is contagious!

 

Happy Eating and Exercising,

XOXO

Jess

Namaste Cycle, not as “zen” as usual.

Hey Healthy People!!!

HAPPY WEEKEND woo!

Time to relax:

BUUUUUT if you feel like this:

Don’t listen to your mind. Don’t cave into the little lazy non exercising devil on your shoulder! Get up, go out for a bike ride or a hike or a kayaking trip with your other half ❤

This morning I taught my last Namaste Cycle class at JMU which was a little bittersweet. It is one of my favorite classes to teach encompassing an hour and 15 minutes of cycling and yoga fused together! Best combo in my opinion because you get a great cardio workout and then a nice strength and stretching session.

But unfortunately today reminded me of something I need to let everyone know! You should ALWAYS have some type of food before you work out! I had a participant in this morning’s class that after the 40 minutes of cycling (granted it was a hardddd class…) needed EMS as she was feeling extremely faint.  She did not eat any breakfast and basically rolled out of bed before the class began. So please, be aware of your bodies at all times and never push yourself farther than you need to go! It’s good to push somewhat but be mindful. And remember always to drink lots of water and eat before a class.

Ideas for easy/quick breakfast options in the mornings:

1.) Granola Bar

2.) Yogurt

3.) Toast with peanut or almond butter

4.) Piece of fruit

5.) Handful of nuts.

6.) Trail Mix

7.) Dried fruit

8.) Cottage Cheese with pineapple

9.) quick cup of oatmeal

10.) Chewy Bar (my favorite for long runs)

These are all light options you can eat 15-30 minutes before you work out and not feel sick during your exercising.

SO GET UP AND GET MOVING PEOPLE!!! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

Happy Eating and Exercising!!

XOXO,

Jess

P.S. ONLY 2 more days left of the FITNESS CHALLENGE!!! You can do it people, jacks and planks…remember form!

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Moving Monday!

Happy Monday Healthy People!

I hope you are already off to a great start with your health challenge of the week 🙂

Monday’s are on the top of everyone’s shiiit list (excuse my french). But it’s true. After a relaxing weekend we are back to work or school, in the everyday routine of our natural existence. Making money, paying bills and somehow sleeping, eating, working out, socializing…etc etc. It’s a lot to handle which is why the weekend is so appreciated.

But we should stop looking at Monday’s as the bane of our existence. Instead…

…let’s make it MOVING MONDAY! The goal of Moving Monday will be to try an exercise you’ve never done before. If that means taking a group fitness class you have never done, trying out a new gym, doing your buddy’s workout routine, or buying a fitness video for an at home workout try it! This will aid in the muscle confusion of the body.

So what is muscle confusion??

Well…our bodies are pretty amazing. They have all of these secret talents that we are mostly unaware of. Just the simple process of respiration is incredible on a cellular and molecular level.

Muscle confusion operates under the philosophy that by incorporating different workouts into your fitness regimen, yet targeting the same muscle fibers–your body is forced to adapt and respond. This is how to get optimal results because our muscles tissues will get used to the same cycle of stress and movement. Growth/improvement outcomes are greatly reduced if you are consistently doing the same workout. So if you want results? Muscle confusion is the way! Both P90X and Insanity (Click here for more info about them) are based on this theory. Will be posting some more fitness exercises soon!!!

HAHA found this on pinterest!

So whatever you do today, try something new! Run a new trail you’ve never been on. Go for a longer bike ride. Hike a scenic spot. Swim in the ocean!

Just remember to have fun and be safe no matter what you’re doing!

Happy Eating and Exercising!

xoxo,

Jess

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Thanks 🙂

Motivation Monday, and Some Bittersweet News

HELLLO Healthy People!!!

Today I found out I have to pick up my Cap & Gown for Graduation… which made me feel like this:

No way!! Excited

But then I realized I only have one month left at JMU…

Best four years of my life!

So then I realized I’m really going to miss this place:

One month left =(

I guess there’s always a bittersweet feeling when any change occurs in your life. Although I’m excited to start my new job and become a real person, James Madison University will always be in my heart. Here I met most of my best friends, shared some of the most amazing experiences of my life, and really found who I am and what I’m passionate about. I will never be able to thank the people at this University enough for how incredible they are and were during my college career. I will miss this place a lot…I hope my children choose to go here someday!

TODAY is Motivation Monday and therefore I am presenting you with your FITNESS CHALLENGE of the week!!!

Can you handle it??

PLANKS! Your challenge is before bed EVERY night… 30second to 1 minute planks.

1.) Full Plank or Modified

2.) Side Plank (repeat both R and L):

And lastly: Reverse Plank

The Challenge is to each night before you go to bed hold each of these planks for 30 sec-1 minute…and repeat two or three times! If you can do this…which you can…your abs will definitely be feeling it this week!!!!

Happy eating and exercising!

Xoxo,

J

NEW RUNNING PLAYLIST: Euro Clubbin’

 

I’ve been on the hunt for new music lately. Sometimes you can have 4,000 songs in your library all of which you have heard 4,000 times it seems. (#firstworldproblems)?  So I have been trying to find music any place I can. I was sort of bored with the radio music because we are constantly hearing that in Spin classes, driving in the car and everywhere else. So an old friend said he would send me some new music…which I was pretty excited about since I enjoyed his music taste…

Once you purchase the songs…probably while you’re being distracted by this blog at the library do everything but this:

 

 

Here’s the list:

1.)  You’re Gonna Love Again by Nervo

2.) Calling (Lose my mind) by Sebastian Ingross and Alesso [Feat. Ryan Tedder]

3.) Epic by Sandro Silva and Quintino

4.) Loca People by Sak Noel

5.) Children by Jack Holiday & Mike Candys

6.) Tung by Denis Koyu

7.) Again and Again by Basto

8.) Can’t Stop Me Now by Afrojack and Shermanology

9.) Enough is Enough by Avicii

10.) You Just Don’t Love Me (Club mix) by David Morales and Jonathon Mendelsohn

And for a cool down I like:

1.) Climax by Usher

2.) Angel by Jack Johnson

3.) Shadow Days by John Mayer

 

 

Also, please refrain from dancing like this.

 

 

Happy exercising!

XOXO,

J

P.S. The fitness challenge of the week: 30 minutes of working out each day this week. Can you fit in 30? Just do it!

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This weekend I drove 4 hours away to run a 13.1 mile race and then drive 4 hours back afterwards. I can now see why sometimes people call runners a little coo-coo! But let me be honest. My first half marathon in 8th Grade I was on a cross country team that trained hard for it. Then my 2nd one my sophomore year of college I trained for. The next two? nope. Somehow I found myself able just to run 13.1 miles for fun, in a race…that people train months for! Needless to say today I am epically sore. BUT! I did it 🙂 And there’s nothing like that feeling of crossing the finish line. This was my third Shamrock Race in a row…and most likely final. I’ve accepted a job in Florida post-graduation so I will be looking for races down there starting with the December tough mudder in Tampa.

Click this image to find out about the Tampa, FL race

But that isn’t until December so I will have plenty of time to train. And that will train me for the Disney FULL Marathon in January and then I will officially have to take a break from racing. Back to the Shamrock at Virginia, Beach…we had a 4am wake up:

The group at 4:30am

This was their first half marathon/race!!! I was so excited for them.  Little did they know they would love it and want to race again and again and again…holy miles.

We got to our corral around 6:30am:

We were lucky it wasn’t as cold or windy as last year! And only 13.1 miles later we were all finished and a whole lot sorer! All in all it was a great race. My personal experience wasn’t as good as previous years because of an ankle injury that doesn’t want to go away (in reality I’m the bull headed girl who can’t stay off of it) anddd not training ha, and knowing the course so well so it wasn’t as interesting. But as always there’s nothing like a race where people are motivating each other to keep going and pushing through. It’s amazing what our bodies can do!

It makes me excited for the next races. Oh wait. I forgot I signed up for a ten miler not this weekend but next in Charlottesville. What can I say? I love to run! And one of my friends is running it so it will be a good senior pre-graduation thing to do.

And I love to add to my wall of race medals 🙂

I’m going to post a training schedule in the near future for half/full races and other races because I DEFINITELY recommend training. It’s healthier to prepare and if I had all the time in the world or at least a schedule that better fit me for that I would have…but for all other races I will absolutely train! Especially for a marathon. Yikes! But you know you gotta just check some crazy stuff off of your bucket list sometimes!

If you are currently not a runner whatsoever. Hate running. Think it’s the worst thing ever. I encourage you to give it another shot. Coolrunning.com has a couch to 5k program which is just a jumpstart program to start running. I used to think running wasn’t fun because it was usually used as the punishment in all sports I played in high school buuuut…later on I found myself really in my element with it.

Click on the Image to be taken to the training schedule!

Fitness Challenge of the week?: PARK AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE every single time you park. At work, the grocery store, the post office…try to see if you can do this every day this week!

Happy running, eating healthy and living a balanced life!

xoxo,

J

Ready to the to rock the sham: 2012

Well today I drove 4 hours from Harrisonburg, VA to Virginia Beach for my fourth half marathon! The Shamrock race begins tomorrow morning at 7am so it will be a very early 4am wake up!

Since I haven’t really been training at all my goal is to finish under two hours! If I don’t i’ll still be happy though 🙂 I LOVE RACES! It’s such a great energy.

Tonight I’ve been making sure to eat my vegan carbs and drink lots of water!

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So wish me luck! I will be posting about the race in the upcoming days!

Xoxo

J

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