Friday Five

April runfessions

I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for some runfessions on this lovely Friday! I can’t believe that Monday is MAY (aka my b-day month!). I’m both excited for summer things and amazed that April has managed to speed by without notice!

And don’t forgetmy charity auction is LIVE. You can see the rules on bidding here and check out the goods again here!

  1.  In case you haven’t heard me shouting from the roof tops, I am on a mission to raise $2620 for Team For Kids. 100% of the proceeds from this auction will go directly to support Team For Kids and their effort to provide free or low cost health/running programs for school age children across the United States. I runfess that I’ve been feeling pretty discouraged about my progress with the charity auction…

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2. I runfess that I’ve actually been enjoying running less and cycling more. And, with my recent decision to start more strength training, I’m excited to see some changes in my muscles. It’s fun to make progress in something…

3. I runfess that I’ve been pretty terrible at eating good meals lately. Yesterday I ate a big breakfast + filling lunch and was amazing at how un-hangry I felt all day. Who would have thought?! [insert eye roll here]

4. I runfess that I wish I could have a “do nothing” day where I sleep late, go for a long run, and eat delicious food all day long. I’ve found a great routine for going to the gym after work and then eat dinner and relaxing for the evening but I’m starting to feel a little burned out. It’s been over a year since my last real vacation (since moving kind of threw a kink in a relaxing Christmas break) and I am burning out…

5. I runfess that lately I’ve been enjoying more solo workouts. Typically the husband and I go to the gym together but I’ve really secretly liked that our schedules have been a little off so that I can have some zone out, dedicated “me time”…

What do you runfess?!

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Friday Five

Spring has sprung (aka the weather is beautiful but your allergies are bonkers)

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Today I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness; the name of the game is SPRING RUNNING!

Continuing with my cross training/recovery theme for the week, for me spring running means getting and staying healthy. Sure, I’m thankful for the beautiful weather and ability to wear shorts + tank tops but going from treadmill running to more frequent outdoor running can equal unhappy legs.

1. How to Use a Foam Roller. Yep, I know. Basic. But up until this past Tuesday, I had never truly foam rolled my legs before. I don’t know why I waited so long!

2. Quick and Dirty Tips for preventing running injuries

3. Gentle yoga. Yoga By Candace is hands down the best at home yoga instruction you can find on YouTube.

4. Spring allergy tips for runners. In Atlanta, allergies are BAD. Almost as bad as the traffic.

5. Tips to “Spring” Back Into Training

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Other things that help me conquer spring running:

– Sunscreen! The sun is out there and it’s down to burn (DTB). So I always make sure to lather up

– Good socks. If my shoes are on point but my socks suck, it can make for painful blisters/raw spots

– Run with friends. There’s nothing better than a run on a beautiful day with a friend or two

– Try new routes. Now that the weather is nice, I love exploring my neighborhood and finding cool new places to run

– Have fun. I love running but I never want to take myself so seriously that I lose my joy!

TGIF!!!

♥ Nicole

PS Don’t forget to tune in on Monday for my charity auction kick off!!!