How to catch the “Running Bug”

Good afternoon, everyone!

It’s already Thursday and another gorgeous day here. I hope you have the opportunity to be outside and enjoy the weather wherever you live! First off, I must say, I AM NOW OFFICIALLY DONE WITH MY FIRST YEAR OF GRAD SCHOOL! My friend, Brianne (left) and myself (right) took a photo on campus after our last final. Horray! 🙂

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My morning began with work (only a few weeks until my summer job begins!). For breakfast, I made a smoothie packed with berries and spinach.

Triple Berry Threat Smoothie

1/3 c. organic frozen blueberries

1/3 c. fresh raspberries (another reason I love summer!)

1/3 c. frozen sliced strawberries

1 handful of organic spinach

½ c of Chobani vanilla yogurt

½ c. of vanilla Organic Valley Soy Milk (you may substitute any milk you would like)

1 tsp of chia seeds

A splash of natural vanilla extract for flavoring

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I drank my smoothie “on the go” so it had to be put in this my fancy glass. 🙂

I took my lunch break as an opportunity to sneak in a quick workout. I decided to do a circuit I found on pinterest followed by a brisk walk. During my walk, I ended up calling my mom. She is a fabulous lady and has a way of turning any day into a positive one. We were able to laugh and joke about our current life happenings. I came back to work feeling refreshed. Below is a photo of my mom and myself. She’s so cute and trendy!

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Upon returning from my lunch break, I randomly thought of my next idea for this blog post.

Running: It seems like everybody’s doing it…

It seems like everyone is taking up running as a hobby these days. Do you ever feel like you are the only one who isn’t participating in weekly runs or local races?

Running or jogging is a sport that practically anyone with a healthy body can participate in, regardless of age. If you ever look at race results, you will see many men and women in their 70’s are running marathons. With that being said, running is a sport that you must ease your body into. Here are some quick tips to get yourself on the road. Disclaimer: I am not naturally a great runner. Thankfully with some persistence and effort, I have been able to run multiple races (including half marathons–see picture below taken a few weeks ago). I swear if I can do it, so can you!

Here are some resources to get you started. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Me and my sweet boy, Evan. He’s my favorite running partner.

Daily Question (anyone can answer, regardless of having a “word press” account):

What are your thoughts on running? If you run, how did you start? If you don’t, what are other ways you like to exercise?

-Chelsey

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End of School Year Celebrations

Hey everyone! (check out the About Me for a formal introduction)

Remember that excited feeling you had in your stomach during the last weeks of school before summer? When you woke up, you knew that the weather would be warm and a break would be close. I have that feeling right now, as I wait for my first year of graduate school to comes to a close. Over the past year, I have learned a lot about myself and the college students that I work with.

At my job, we are currently wrapping up the end of the school year, with reports and paperwork.  In class, I am submitting my final papers and giving my final presentations. Summer can’t come soon enough!

Yesterday marked our second to last final (and basically the most difficult exam). Therefore, my friend Brianne and I celebrated with a little ice cream from a downtown ice cream shop, Whiteys! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is my favorite 🙂

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Today began with work at 9:00am. Before work, I made myself a smoothie to help me power through my morning. I included frozen mango chunks this time, yum!

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Blueberry Mango Morning Smoothie

1/2 Frozen Banana

1/3 c. Frozen Organic Blueberries (the cheapest ones I’ve found are at Target!)

1/3 c. Frozen Mango Chunks

1 c. of Organic Baby Spinach – to amp up the greens

1/2 c. of Vanilla Chobani Greek Yogurt (My boyfriend calls it “Cho Bon-Bon” – bet you won’t stop calling it that)

1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds (to thicken and add omega-3’s) Learn more about Chia Seeds Here

a touch of natural vanilla extract, to add some flavor

Blend together and drink immediately. Best tasting with a straw 🙂

The weather in Iowa is unseasonably warm today (93 degrees ) Therefore, my boyfriend Evan and I took a walk over our lunch to get out and enjoy the sun! We were both feeling re-energized and ready to tackle the remainder of the work day after our walk! After work, Evan surprised me with flowers for my “birthday week”. (He gives me one gift/day for the week of my birthday. Such a keeper ;)) You can see Evan typing in the background of this picture too.

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Now that we are done with work, we are off to the gym. Typically, I like to work out in the morning but some days it just doesn’t happen that way–and that’s okay! I am planning on doing a circuit training set that I found on pinterest. I find that circuit training is the best way to incorporate major muscles and burn fat at the same time. Win, win.

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Comment and write about what time of day you find it easiest to exercise!

Enjoy your evening!

-Chelsey