I’m a horrible blogger…

I know it’s been a long time since I posted an update. So a cliff note update is in order:

  • I’ve had some great and not so great runs (close to a 7 miler 🙌🏻) and some not so great ones (I’m looking at you sprints 🙄)
  • Still love my new shoes
  • Still loving my Aaptiv training program 
  • I’m hating the fact that out of nowhere I’ve developed shin splints. I thought two days rest and my new compression socks would get me back on my feet. The pain this morning told me ‘not so much’
  • Having to take more time off scares the 💩 out of me
  • We’ve had two visits from the tooth fairy for my munchkin
  • It still very much feels like summer here and I desperately miss Fall
  • I can’t believe I’m starting to map out Christmas gifts for the kiddos 🙈
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Can’t catch a break!

Can I just say that I don’t like having to get my flu shot? I had to get it Thursday and I was NOT excited. Last year the flu shot did absolutely nothing. Beyond my bad experience (testing positive for flu A and B which turned into viral bronchitis, which then turned into viral pneumonia) we had a huge amount of patients test positive as well. 

This year I was miserable by Thursday at 8pm and felt like crap until Saturday evening. I missed my speed work Friday and my long run Saturday 😑  So I’m making that up tonight…wish me luck

I ❤️ My Blaze!

Can I just shout from the mountains how much I love my Fitbit Blaze?!?! I am so thankful for my sweetie surprising me with this bad boy 😍 I’m a visual person and love being able to compare my runs and actually see my progress. I’m coming up on 1 month of having it and I’m still over the moon with it! 

I bit the bullet as far as my training goes and made a change. I felt really bogged down and frankly bored with it. I downloaded Aaptiv for a free trial and so far it’s been great. The training is much more varied than my previous program focusing on endurance, tempo, and speed. Last night my first sprint workout absolutely kicked my butt


With being just over 100 days out from my first half-marathon I knew if I was going to change up my training I needed to do it asap and I’m so happy I did 😀  That and my new running shoes have really given me a boost in motivation 🙌🏻

Motivation Monday 


You’ve heard it. You’ve seen it. Never miss a Monday. 

I don’t plan on missing it because today I get to take my new shoes for a spin tonight 🙌🏻 I’m so excited!!

My trip to Fit 2 Run in Sarasota went great. After my gait analysis I tried on several pairs of shoes and found my perfect match in a pair of Asics. Told the guy I felt like Cinderella when I tried them on the second time 😂

After finding my new shoes I ventured to Walmart to pick up all the meal prep necessities. Got home and prepped so much fruit for my morning smoothies: bananas, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Then made this awesome dish: https://thirdshiftfit-wordpress-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/thirdshiftfit.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/chicken-spinach-artichoke-pasta/amp/


I forgot the artichoke hearts while shopping but it turned out amazing and great sized portions for the week. I roasted some broccoli and red onion to go along with it. 

I’ll check in after my first run with my new shoes!

Just Breathe

What a week and a half! The kids (and the grown-ups) had a blast last weekend celebrating everyone’s birthdays! There was sun, swimming, presents, cake, and karaoke 😂 lots of laughs and love ❤️ 

I managed to get in over 9 miles while we were in vacation mode, even after having a few too many the night before. Was proud of myself for sticking with it and hitting the pavement at sunrise. 

This week was back to school for all three kiddos. I’m still grasping the fact that my munchkin is in first grade. How did that happen so fast?!

Tomorrow I’m heading to Fit 2 Run for gait analysis and purchasing some new shoes. After failing to complete my 9 miler Wednesday I came to the conclusion that in order to keep up with my training for my race in December I have to make the investment. Stay tuned for what I come home with 😀

Monday Motivation 

I recently came across a link for a running group called Moms RUN This Town and got sooo excited! I’m reaching a point in my training for my half-marathon where I’m going to start with some long outdoor runs and I thought “What a great group!” But then realized that there wasn’t a group located near me. From that point I set it aside for a couple weeks. This weekend I decided to do something about it though. I started the process to actually become a chapter leader here in the North Port, FL area. No one has joined yet, but it’s a start!

I know, I know…

Yes. I am alive. I promise. I have been neglecting blogging and I apologize. We have had a busy few weeks but all for good stuff. We had a GREAT visit with my parents, a much needed long weekend to just laugh and relax! All the kids had a blast at the water park and hanging with my parents. We even had a great karaoke session our last night there. Oh the videos! 😂 

On the workout front, I have reached the halfway point in my interval training program 🙌🏻 I have a big run scheduled tonight with a slated distance of 7 miles. I came close to my last goal of 6 miles so I’m excited to see how this goes. It’s scary and slightly overwhelming but I’m trying not to psych myself out before I even lace up my running shoes. 

Can I just say I am sooooo late to party when it comes to podcasts?! I am wrapping up season 2 of Serial and have a few that I enjoy to stay on top of politics and keep an eye on TrumpCare. I work in the medical field, predominantly with Medicare and Medicaid recipients who could potentially be impacted by this bill so I am very interested in any and all developments. I’ve also been listening to some from the Marathon Training Academy. 

What are your go-to podcasts? Any suggestions?