Is the Price Right? 

So running is supposed to be the most inexpensive sport out there, you get shoes and hit the open road! No gym  memberships, no trainer fees and etc. But yet sometimes we can spend a small fortune on running gear/attire!

Knowing what you need and what just looks good is important or you can get caught in the hype of buying too much unnecessary gear! Not saying that sometimes I don’t splurge on some workout gear, I just make sure that I am smart with my purchases.


Rachelle and I love the Nike Outlet especially when it comes to getting shoes. Training and running half marathons put a nice amount on wear and tear on your shoes and depending upon the number of miles you put on them they need to be replaced!


Truly for me the only running gear I need are… 

  • Running shoes: Currently I’m loving my Nike Pegasus 
  • Fitness tracker: Fitbit and Apple Watch are my favorites with Fitbit at the top because of the challenges with my friends. The Apple Watch is a must for the music to keep me pumped! 
  • Running belt (to keep my ID & etc in) Etsy has lots of cute options! 
  • Kinesiotape: Helps keep my old college injury prone knee able to complete the workouts.
  • Workout Top & Bottoms: If you are trying to be cost efficient then Target is the way to go! Not just because I love the place, but because their workout gear quality has truly stepped up in the last couple years! The C9 by Champion offers so many great fits, colors and designs that you cannot go wrong! Especially if you have the Cartwheel app and catch them from anywhere to 5%-30% off!

When it comes to workout gear less is more! All the stuff on the market looks cute but truly it’s just for looks! 
-E

Core Work

My biggest struggle the past week with the 10k training was core.

20 minutes of core after I’ve already worked out?  I can only plank for so long and crunches get old.

We have a lot of core workouts on our Back on track Pinterest board.  Some of my favorite recent additions have been flutter kicks, spiderman plank, and Russian twist.
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Add some of these into your workouts!!
Be sure to keep abs engaged throughout all the exercises to take pressure off your back.

Week One Down! 

So we are a week into our 10k training and I must say its been tough, but fun! I have enjoyed the mixed workouts and the different levels of intensity keep it interesting ! Today’s workout is a rest day or 40 min walk, I’m definitely going to do the 40 min walk keep my body busy!

While doing this program my goal is to eat better too! Im honestly not someone who can cut all the “bad” stuff out of my diet. I know that sounds bad, but I have to be real. There are a few things that are a must in the “bad” department for me. Now let’s be clear I don’t eat them all the time, but I do eat them, one of those is lemon Oreos! Thanks goodness they made the Thin Oreos, it honestly makes me feel better about my “bad” decision. My goal for healthy eating is looking on for health alternates to some recipes I enjoy, and definitely portion control. Not eating until I’m full, but eating to get the right nutrients I need to sustain a health weight and to give me energy I need through my workouts! 

I’m am so proud of myself for sticking to a running schedule. Running to some can be seen as torture, but it is definitely a stress relief and something to I for me! Rachelle and I consider each race mini girl trip getaways, that we are slowly convincing our other friends to join! 


Next week workouts turn up the intensity just a bit! I need to get my 20 min ab routine ready, that was one workout Rachelle and I both said OMG to last week, but we are ready now! 

Well time to put the littles in their wagon and get my 40 min walk on! 

-E

Coconut Popsicles 

With the summer here I like to try new recipes to satisfy my sweet tooth. In this Texas heat it only makes sense for a popsicle recipe! Anyone who knows me knows I love coconut, so see below for my Coconut Popsicle Recipe adapted from several I have found I think this one makes he best popsicles and my littles agree! 


What You Need…

  • Popsicle molds (any kind)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 cups Silk Coconut Milk
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a saucepan, (not on stove), mix together sugar, salt and cornstarch. Gradually whisk in Silk Coconut milk, until dissolved. 
  • Whisk in egg yolks.
  • Cook over medium heat, constantly whisking until you see it begin to bubble. 
  • Reduce heat to low and continue to whisk for 1 minute. 
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour into popsicle molds. 
  • Chill in refrigerator for one hour and then insert the popsicle sticks, place back in the freezer until frozen solid. 
  • Run mold under warm water to release popsicles and enjoy!! 

Great recipe with the 4th of July right around the corner! 

-E

Europa Games Dallas

This past weekend I went to the Europa Games Expo here in Dallas.

I was a little overwhelmed but it  was a neat experience. It was awesome to be surrounded by people who are living healthy  lifestyles.  They ad NPC and IFBB Pro competition.

There were tons of companies giving out samples of products. Look at my stash I collected!
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I’ve got some research to do about protein, BCAA’s/ aminos, pre workouts. Time to get serious about this lifestyle. I don’t want to look fit I want to be fit!

It is amazing what our bodies can do when we put them to the test.  Motivation at its finest when I watched two male body builders who were over 70.  No excuses now!!

What are your fitness goals? What are you going to do today to help you reach that goal?

10k training still going strong! 40 min tempo run was toady’s workout

~ R

10k Fun

Soooooo we signed up for another race! This is what we do, for the medals, t-shirts and after race snacks! I am have run several 5k races and half marathons, but never a 10k so why not! Yesterday we started our training program an 8 week plan by SELF magazine (click link for the full training schedule)


The workouts themselves vary and incorporate different types of training so you don’t feel like you are constantly just running! An example of yesterday and today’s workout are…
Monday Day #1— Speed Jog for 5 minutes to warm up. Run at goal race pace for 1 minute; jog for 1 minute. Sprint for 30 seconds; jog for 1 minute X6.

Tuesday Day #2 — Strength Do a 60-minute high-intensity strength and conditioning workout, like a boot camp–style class.

As a former collegiate athlete I’m not going to lie I love have a training program so I have the workouts already planned for me and I don’t have to decide “what am I going to do today?” 
We will be running the Hottest Half 10k in Texas on August 14th. We have a goal time for this 10k is under and hour, may seem slow for some people, may seem fast for some, we are just trying to cross the finish line (LOL). It’s amazing how your body changes as you age and after having kids, but how you can push it to do awesome things! This next 8 weeks is NO excuses! 
We will continue to update you on our journey or join us! Let’s lace up those shoes and hit the road! 

-E

Motivation Monday

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Today we start training for a 10k.
This quote is perfect for us we have ran 3 half marathons together. We say we are going to train make it to week 3 and things fall apart.
So here is to giving 100% the next 8 weeks to get 100% reaults!
We are doing an 8 week training program  from self magazine.  Found here
http://www.self.com/fitness/2016/02/run-a-10k-the-ultimate-8-week-training-plan/
Day 1 LET’S GO!!

Daddy’s Girl

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!!

Erica and myself are both Daddy’s Girls…  They have been a big part of pushing us in our athletic careers.  Our father’s were active throughout our childhood’s and continue to be active to date.

I remember back in high school spending Friday and Saturday nights in the gym practicing shooting and dribbling drills.  Sometimes I hated it but most of the time I loved it.  One on one time with my Dad while he helped push me to achieve what was once my dream of being in the WNBA.  HAHA  Basketball in Indiana is HUGE!!!

My Dad coached me in  basketball from 7th grade  throughout high school.  This pic is circa 1998

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Thanks Dad for always pushing me to be the best be.  For making sure I worked hard and letting me be so involved in sports!  While I’m not playing in the WNBA, nor did I decide to play college basketball I truly appreciate the support growing up.  Thanks for the life lessons only a father could teach his daughter!

~R

P.S.  On Monday we start an 8 week training program for a 10K.. Yep Erica got me again… Another race another t-shirt, and another medal!

Foodie Friday: Lettuce Wraps

Summers get hot here in Texas so I like to keep my meals light. This has become one of my favorite summer meals.  A friend fixed them for me and her family and I have loved them ever since!
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Ingredients:

1lb ground turkey or chicken
1 package Lee Kum Kee Lettuce  wrap sauce
4 oz diced carrots
8 oz Water chestnuts drained and chopped
Peanuts finely chopped
1 head Iceberg lettuce, separated into rounds

 

Directions

1) brown the ground turkey
2) chop carrots and water chestnuts
3) finely chop peanut  ( I tend to take out the stress from the work day here)
4) stir 3/4 lettuce wrap sauce into meat
5) add carrots, water  chestnuts and peanuts to meat mixture simmer
6) scoop meat mixture into lettuce
7) Drizzle remaining sauce on top

Enjoy!!!!