What Goes Into a Blog Post?

Hey, hey, everyone! I am kicking off the day with a little bit of insight as to how I make a blog post.
This is just a very simple infographic, though I wanted to get into some more details as it’s a lot more than snapping a few pictures, writing a bunch of stuff & callin’ it a day.
So, here’s (generally) what I do!
 1. BRAINSTORM! This is so, so important for me to get those creative juices flowing. The other night I was sitting at the table with a glass of wine with no idea what to write about. It wasn’t until I started putting pen to paper that things started to happen. In my notebook I try to elaborate on each subject as much as possible and jot down key points that I want to talk about. You can imagine how full my notebook is with all the Blogtober posts!
2. Photos. This is the hardest part for me as I struggle taking pictures just on my iPhone. Sure, the quality is okay, but it’s not as great as I would like it to me. So, my next step is investing in a good camera that will allow me to take crisp, concise photos. Depending on the blog post I am writing, sometimes I will take a couple hours on a day off to set up all of my props and items that I’m taking pictures of. Then, it’s time to edit and upload to the computer!
3. The writing. The fun part! Now I grab my notebook and put my keyboard to good use. If I have brainstormed my blog post ahead of time it is generally pretty easy to get a post done. However, you also have to incorporate pictures in there to disburse the copy and revise, revise, revise! I hate spelling mistakes, so this is MAJOR for me. Grammar police!
4. Now it’s time to make the post published to the world. I will revise one more time around, preview my blog post and how it looks on my website before hitting publish. If I have several posts ready to go, I will schedule them on different days to make sure I have content spread out and organized for the coming days.
5. Last step is to utilize my social media accounts to get my post out there. I have just recently started pinning my blog posts, and they are always posted on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and I post on Instagram daily ; )
I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post! It is something a little bit different, but I thought it would be fun to give you guys a little bit of background info on how things go behind the laptop. Have a great weekend!

Marathon Training Day ONE!

Good morning!

Today is now day two of marathon training, but I wanted to recap the first day, which was yesterday. We had a busy weekend of wedding events (as you would already know if you read yesterday’s post), so yesterday was spent mostly hanging around the house, getting a few chores done, and prepping for the week ahead. Yesterday also marked the first day of marathon training!

I have been looking for a plan for a while now, and up until yesterday was just running based on my own little “plan,” which was actually no plan at all. I gradually increased my mileage, got some good long runs in, and basically built my base from January up until now. Fortunately they have training plans on the marathon’s website, so I looked to that when decided on which plan I wanted to use. It has two rest days, which I am already doing, and I am switching my rest days and long run days to accommodate my current schedule.

My rest days will continue to be Friday and Sundays, with my long run on Saturday. One thing that is different in this plan is that I am running four days per week instead of five. This will give me the opportunity to do more cross training, as I have definitely slipped on that front these last five months. Cross training gives your body the chance to have a bit of a break from running and work muscles that you may not necessarily use while running. Examples of cross training would be cycling or spinning, hiking, walking, swimming, strength training, yoga, etc. I am excited to add more cross training into my life as I know it is so beneficial for training, especially the strength training & yoga!

So I am starting at week 20, and my Tuesday runs will happen on Monday & then the schedule adjusted from there. While the plan says to do walk/run intervals, I typically train running ONLY, unless it is a super hilly course then I will take a walking break if needed, so 30 minutes running it was. This brought me to about 3.22 miles at 9:05 pace, which is my marathon pace. Or, so far it is. We will see how things progress.

One thing I have noticed is that with this training plan, my mileage will be lower than what I am currently running. Right now I average between 30-40 miles per week as my schedule allows. For example, last week I ran 30 miles amongst all the wedding activities. April was a big month for me in running as I hit 42 miles, but I know that I will not be running that much in the beginning of my marathon training. Nevertheless, I’m excited to see how the plan will go and how my body will respond to the combination of running and cross training.

Here we go! October 8th, I’m coming for you!

Have a great day everyone!

Running List of Running Goals

Hey everyone!

Today I wanted to share my running list of running goals. Clever, right? It’s something I started a few weeks ago, just jotting down things running-related that I want to accomplish. There’s no set in stone time frame for these goals, ergo why I call it a running list. I may add to it as I go, and hopefully check things off as I go, too!

The first thing on my list: run a FULL marathon. I have been hovering at the half marathon distance for a few years now, and I mentioned on the first podcast episode how I came about signing up for the full marathon. So, I am looking forward to that adventure – and the whole journey that training for a full marathon is – and then checking this goal off my list in October!

If you listen to my podcast, you will know that qualifying for the Boston marathon is up there on my list of goals. I feel like every runner has had that thought at least once before. “It would be awesome to qualify for Boston!” Not only do I want to qualify, but I obviously want to run Boston, despite how hard I have heard that it is. There is something special about that race, and I will be there one day!

I would also LOVE to do a RUNCATION and a DISNEY run! Going to a vacation destination to run a race would be so much fun. Why not combine two things that I love into one trip? Running and traveling can often go hand in hand. Now, technically traveling to Disney World for the Princess Half Marathon (my dream run right now because it lands around my birthday in February ; )) would count as a runcation, but I wanted to keep the goals separate so then I get double the fun. Why not, right?

Of course, setting PERSONAL RECORDS is on the list too. Who doesn’t want to challenge themselves to get better? If you listened to my podcast last week you will know that my new 10km race goal is under 50 minutes. That would count as a PR for me, and it’s something I have my eye on for sure!

Leave a comment below with TWO of your GOALS : ) Any goal will do!

Why You Should Reward Your Accomplishments

Hey, hey!
I wanted to chat about a topic I feel is important when it comes to health and fitness, and especially if you are transitioning into a healthier lifestyle.
It’s easy to get started on a healthier journey, but oftentimes it can be hard to keep going. What do you do to keep the momentum going?
Reward your accomplishments.
Okay, so does that mean I have a big fat burger and fries after a killer work out?
No, not exactly. I wouldn’t recommend it, anyway.
Here is an example.
After the Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon last summer, I wanted to treat myself for accomplishing that goal. I had spent months logging in the miles, getting the time on my feet, and I felt that I earned something. Kind of a high five to myself, if you get what I mean.
So, I enjoyed my weekend in Vancouver and made wise choices when we were out to eat. For my post-race meal we went to a cute breakfast cafe downtown, and I chose to have an egg and veggie skillet instead of the eggs benny with that deliciously creamy Hollandaise sauce. Nope, I chose wisely, because I knew that my reward was coming.
What did I reward myself with? A spa afternoon with my sister. We got massages and pedicures, and I felt so relaxed and content. It was just what my mind and body needed. Additionally, during the Seawheeze weekend I also rewarded myself with a few new work out pieces and some yoga to keep my body feelin’ good. This was my celebration of all the time put into training for the race.
Setting goals is great and everything, but what happens after you reach your goal?
Some people want to celebrate with food, and that’s great if that’s what you are into.
However, I’ll tell you why I don’t personally like to reward myself with food.
Rewarding yourself with food, especially when it is something high sugar, high fat, or highly processed can aid in undoing all of your hard work, especially if you make that reward a regular thing.
What do I mean by this? If after every time I went to the gym I went to Starbucks and got a frappuccino and a donut, eventually that would start to catch up to me. Those extra calories would add up, and (knowing my body) I would get super bloated and end up feeling down on myself and wonder, why did I eat that? Ja feel? Choosing a whole food option post-workout is always a better idea from a nutrition stand point.
Are you saying you have never rewarded yourself with food? Nope, that’s not what I am saying at all. After my bikini competition two years ago I had a meal out with my family, and it was damn good because I hadn’t had a meal like that in seven months.
On the other hand, food is fuel for your body and should be used as a tool simply to put engine in your tank. Personally, if I want a glass of wine at the end of the work day, I will have one (if we have my favourite reds in the house). However, I cut myself off after a glass or two, because I know that if I have anything more than that I will A) be drunk and B) not feel great. Keeping your balance of food treats and whole foods in check will help keep you on track if you have a health or weight loss goal. Of course there are several other factors, but I won’t get into that right now : )
What I am saying is that there are other options when it comes to rewarding yourself.
Why should you reward your accomplishments?
Rewarding yourself for accomplishing a goal can help you stay motivated to achieve your next goal. Mentally, you will know that you have something just for you at the finish line, and that will propel you towards your goal. These are some of the biggest reasons why I reward my accomplishments, even if it is with something small.
A few ideas for non-food rewards:
– Book a spa treatment such as a massage or pedicure (my personal favourites!)
– Buy a new piece of work out gear
– Participate in a relaxing yoga session
– Take a nap! Seriously. So nice
– Take a bath with your favourite bath bomb, bath salts or bubble bath. Or all three!
– Paint your nails
– Have an at-home spa evening
– Unwind with your favourite movie
– Plan a road trip, vacation, day trip, etc
The list goes on and on! Sometimes you gotta get creative with it, but at the end of the day as long as you are doing something you love, that’s a reward in itself : )
Disclaimer: Keep in mind that everyone has their own way of rewarding their accomplishments, whether that is buying a new lipstick or going for a full on shopping spree. Rewarding yourself shouldn’t break the bank, either. It’s important to mindful about how you are rewarding yourself as you do not want it to become harmful to your finances.
What are some ways you reward your accomplishments?