Posts in Health
Note To Self: Stop Underestimating Yourself

Last week I officially started my training for the year, and I was surprisingly happy with how it turned out.  I came down with a cold on Monday, and I'm just now getting over it today (Sunday).  So, my week definitely started a little rocky.  On Tuesday I had a hard tempo workout, but I was still able to hit the times I was supposed to.  Wednesday was interesting as I got back into the sprint mentality and sped through a few sets of 60m runs.  By Friday I was feeling pretty good about myself.  Friday is our hard workout day, and I went into it feeling both anxious about how it would go, and excited to see just where my body was really at.  My running partner that day was my friend, Maya, and she was pretty anxious, too, but we pumped ourselves up and got after it.

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What I Ate Wednesday | How a Non-Athlete Fuels Herself

Hi, everyone!  Today's post is a guest blog from Alison at Daily Moves and Grooves!  I wouldn't classify her as a NARP (non-athletic regular person) since she is an active person, so let's just say she's an awesome girl who makes my eating look like crap and has a talent for making her daily life sound super interesting, haha.  I love reading her "What I Ate Wednesday" posts, and figured a lot of my readers would love it, too!  She even shared an awesome recipe for a green overnight oat smoothie bowl!  Check out Alison's post below!

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The Importance of Rest Days

I remember back when I was in high school, I used to work for days on zero sleep.  In fact, I thought it was the coolest thing in the world that I could be so high-functioning in that condition when most people can barely last until lunch time before they collapse.  In fact, my favorite phrase used to be "sleep is for the weak", haha.  My perception of sleep didn't change much when I got to college, especially considering I was studying engineering.  I spent way too many days grubbing on pizza, chugging what seemed like gallons of Mountain Dew, and watching the sun rise.  Of course, it took me a while to realize how horrible it was for me - not only a normal human being, but as an athlete.  I was sick with something or other all throughout my freshman year, and by the end of my sophomore year I decided something needed to change.  I saw the school's sports nutritionist to learn how to eat healthier, I changed my major, and I pulled much less all-nighters (once every few months vs. every single night).  

If you were to ask me what I thought of sleep now, I'd tell you it was the greatest thing in the world.  

 

I love it and try to rest whenever possible.  Why not take that nap?  Why stay up late if I don't have to?  I sing the praises of sleeping to anyone who will listen, and since you're reading this, I assume you're all ears.  So here's why getting the rest you need is not only good for you as an athlete, but also as a functioning human being.

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Meal Inspiration | Easy Turkey and Spinach Baked Ziti

I've been contemplating switching from ground beef to ground turkey for a while now, but every time I went grocery shopping I would always end up bypassing the turkey for what I was familiar.  This summer I've been slowly trying to change my eating habits for the better.  I finally gave almond butter a try, and have to say it was one of the best decisions I've ever made!  So, I figured now was as good a time as any to give ground turkey the try it deserved.  

I was a little wary at first because I've heard it's very easy for the turkey to turn out dry or mealy, but luckily that wasn't the case with this dish. I couldn't tell the difference at all!  I was so happy with how it turned out (and with my amazing chef skills), I immediately started typing this post up.  Without further ado, here's the recipe for you to try at home!

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