Remembering & DOING what you love

In my 27 years of life, I have fallen in to many things that I love. But when you grow up and become an adult, sometimes those things you once loved, get lost.

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In February, I was on vacation in Florida with my family, and started looking through old blog posts I wrote from college. It was so refreshing to read and see how far I have come in my career, fitness, and relationships. It also made me feel a little sad. I truly loved to blog in college. It was such a fun outlet for me to express my feelings and share my thoughts with others.

It also made me realize how much I truly miss volleyball, and all of its entirety. I played volleyball from when I was 10 years old till 22 years old. And then, with a blink of an eye, I was done. I chose a career that made coaching volleyball near impossible and playing in league very inconvenient.

Fast forward to now, I am taking it upon myself to reroot myself and do what I love.

  1. Working as a nurse
  2. CrossFitting
  3. Playing volleyball
  4. Cooking & baking
  5. Blogging

So here’s to a happy hump day. Maybe this will be a reminder to you, to find that thing you used to love and start up again today!

 

 

Race Recap: Nike Women’s Half Marathon, San Francisco

It has been a while since I have posted, but I figured what better way to come back then a race recap. As many of my friends and family know, I ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon on October 17th 2015 in San Francisco, and IT WAS AWESOME. Here is a quick overview of the weekend and why I thought it was so great!

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Nike put on such a fantastic spread over the weekend. They had so many activities for visitors throughout the city. I met lots of women who came solo, so it was great to have many opportunities to meet the women you were racing with. One of the activities, was a scavenger hunt for earrings.

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They had yoga at Pier 39, morning shake out runs, and many other Nike Training workouts that runners could enjoy. My mother booked a trip to Sonoma to visit a few vineyards, so we only participated in a small part of the scavenger hunt.

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The Nike Store in Union Square had every runners name on the window. So cool!

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We stayed right in Union Square, which is where the start of the race was. It was nice to not have to worry about transportation to the starting point. It was a three block walk. My mom walked with me as far as she could, and then took a $20 shuttle to the end point of the race. I also bought a shuttle ticket for post race. San Francisco is not exactly the easiest place to walk around, especially after running 13.2 miles. I thought this was such a great feature.

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The race was absolutely gorgeous. I really do wish I brought my phone with me to snap pictures. Luckily, there were tons of photographers along the race. I honestly did not feel like I was even running from miles 0 to 10. The weather was perfect and the course was hilly but no steep hills showed up till mile 10. Oh Mile 10, straight uphill, right next to the bay. It was a beautiful struggle.

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But I made it. 13.2. It was wonderful. Especially when I got this.

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The medal for the race was a super cute Tiffany & Co. necklace. It was beautiful.

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My time was 2:09, which wasn’t was I was aiming for but I knew the hills of San Francisco would play a factor into my normal running here in Chicago. After the race, my mom and I snacked on some awesome post race food sponsored by Whole Foods.

I am so happy that I went through with this race. I pretty much stopped CrossFitting while training. I chose to start running when I was getting very overwhelmed and unmotivated while working night shift. I really wanted to enjoy the beautiful Chicago weather and workout at my own time.

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I would 100% recommend running a Nike Women’s Race. Everything about it was organized and enjoyable. I am very excited to see where next years race will be. Last year it was in Washington D.C. It gives me a great excuse to travel and get some fitness in at the same time. Click this link to keep an eye out on upcoming Nike Women’s Half Marathons.

St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Shake

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 banana
  • handful spinach
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond)
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tbsp nut butter (I used sunbutter)
  1. Combine ice, banana, spinach, milk, and peppermint extract in blender.
  2. Blend until well combined.
  3. Add protein powder and nut butter then blend again.
  4. Enjoy 🙂

What’s New at 25

Lately life has been more like …

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And less like …

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With Valentine’s Day, my 25th birthday, and a way too many night shifts thrown together in a row, I have had a two week hiatus of treats and comfort food. Time to reset my nutritional and training focus.

I have learned over the years that daily exercise makes me make better choices. When I go a day without exercise, I find that I am not as concerned with food as fuel but more so food to satisfy cravings. I am learning each day what I need to feel my best.

Which brings me to …

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my next CrossFit competition! I have not done an individual competition since August 2014, and I am really excited about buckling down my training. The competition just happens to be at the gym where I first discovered this sport, Fitbodies CrossFit in Bloomington, IL. I know it is going to be really competitive, but I know it will be good for me to compete against women who have the strength and drive to go that extra mile. Devoting myself to a better training schedule and planning out my weeks workouts, will help me to stay on track as I prepare for this competition.

Week of February 23, 2015 schedule:

  • Monday– CrossFit Invictus Competitors Programming
  • Tuesday– Swim
  • Wednesday– Rest
  • Thursday– CrossFit Invictus Competitors Programming
  • Friday– CrossFit Invictus Competitors Programming/ Open Workout 15.1
  • Saturday– CrossFit Invictus Competitors Programming
  • Sunday– Rest

6 Photos of the Weekend- Take 1

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  1. Chris snuck into my apartment and set up an adorable display of cupcakes, strawberries, Crispin, and tulips (my favorites 🙂
  2. Irazu for a double date Valentine’s Day dinner with our friends Nick & Jeanine.
  3. A quick snack during our Sunday trip to Target.
  4. Snow is still coming down strong in Chicago.
  5. Tried Bee and Tea for baos and bubble tea.
  6. Nala doing what she does best.

Spinach Buffalo Chicken Burgers

I have been in a burger mood lately, so I took it upon myself to whip up a quick recipe for you all!

Spinach Buffalo Chicken Burgers

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Ingredients:
– 1# ground chicken
– 1 handful finely diced spinach
– 1/4c Frank’s Buffalo Sauce (hot sauce would probably work fine too)
– 1/4c organic shredded parmesan cheese (I used Organic Valley)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Mix ground chicken, spinach, buffalo sauce, and parmesan cheese in a medium mixing bowl till well combined.
3. Form into four patties and lay on greased baking sheet.
4. Bake for 8 minutes on one side, flip, and another 6-7 minutes on the other.

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I topped mine with a slice of organic provolone cheese and paired it with some homemade sweet potato chips

Simple & delicious!

Try it out and leave me a review in the comment below 🙂

 

Recipe review: PaleOMG Chicken Enchilada Bake

If you are a friend of mine, you already know I am a BIG fan of paleOMG recipes. The recipe below is an easy reminder of why I love them so much.

Chicken Enchilada Bake

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Not too shabby right? Try this delicious dish and head over to paleOMG for many more recipes that will spice up your week in the kitchen!