A Fresh Start

Today, Fiancé and I started off the week a little differently…


We went to the gym! Fiancé and I both decided we would like to try going to the gym in the morning, together. It is a nice way to start the day together and it also holds us both accountable.


Sometimes when I work from home I find the day slipping away and me putting off going to the gym. Does that happen to anybody else? This way I get it over with first thing in the morning. It really is a fantastic way to start my day and my week off right.


We did a little elliptical action for about 20 minutes, then weights for another 20 minutes followed by me running a speedy mile. 


Fiancé had to get ready for work so I came back to the apartment with him and did some of my wedding workout (which I will have to share with you in a separate post because it’s awesome) with the free weights.


It’s only 8:30 am and I feel so accomplished already!

Do you prefer to workout in the morning or evening? What works best for you and your schedule?


After my workout I had worked up quite an appetite so I made a lovely batch of banana slicer oats with chia seeds and peanut butter mixed in, topped with blueberries.


When do I have to take down my Reindeer placemat? I don’t want to because I love them, but maybe replacing them with some pretty Valentine’s Day placemats will ease the pain.

Anyone seen any cute V-Day placemats?


I am enjoying my oats with a side of Get Happy tea from the Republic of Tea. I love this stuff. I love it almost as much as I love my Chicago mug, which every time I drink out of it, I am reminded of my first marathon!



In other news I registered for the Broad Street Run, a 10 mile race, which is being held on Sunday, May, 1, 2011 – a mere 20 days before my wedding! I am also running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler a month before that on April 3rd.

I figure two 10 miler races are good distances to train for and run before the wedding. Not too much of a crazy time commitment, like a marathon, but just enough to keep me busy, entertained and provide me with somewhere to channel all that crazy energy I will be feeling 2 months before the big day.

Are you running the Broad Street Run or the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler? What is your racing schedule looking like for the Spring?

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  • Reply Angela January 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I am running the cherry blossom! Yay! Maybe I will see you there! That would make my day 🙂

  • Reply Val January 17, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Are you doing the wedding workout from the womans big book of exercises? I love that book! I'm doing that workout too 🙂

    I prefer to workout in the morning. It allows me to have the rest of the day to get stuff done!! Sometimes I do take a spin class at night just cause I love spin 🙂 but i hate working out at night.


  • Reply Andrea W. January 17, 2011 at 10:31 am

    My friends and I are running the Cherry Blossom. Have you run it before? Anything to watch out for?

  • Reply Madeline - Greens and Jeans January 17, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I signed up for the broad st run this weekend! can't wait!

  • Reply aliontherun January 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I definitely prefer getting my workout done first thing in the morning. I don't think I could get my boyfriend to join me though! Good for you guys!

  • Reply Carly January 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I love morning workouts. That just wasn't happening last semester and it really derailed my exercise routing, but now the hubs and I are hitting the gym in the morning too! And I'm loving it!

  • Reply Shannon January 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I'm running broad street, I'm glad your doing it too! I am doing 2 5K's at the end of feb and early march, then broad street, and maybe a few more little races this spring. I can't commit to too many 5K's because I work every other Sunday, and lots of races are on Sundays.

    The Cherry Blossom 10 miler looks awesome, but I don't think I'd be trained enough to run it by this April. Maybe next year!

  • Reply Kelly Anne January 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Broad Street 2011! Yeah!

  • Reply smartsnacking January 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I'm all about morning workouts! It's sooo hard getting out of bed. But I love that great feeling of being done with my workout as I head to the shower – the time I would normally have to get up. Plus, having extra energy & a good mood during the day helps too!

  • Reply Sana January 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I loveee getting my workouts in the am. But honestly I go whenever I can get the workout in!

  • Reply Elisha January 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I signed up for the Broad Street Run. It will be my first Philly race. Can't wait!
    Also doing the Charlottesville Half Marathon and VA Wine Country Half Marathon.

  • Reply patty O January 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Boy, I am very impressed, especially with Fiance's commitment to exercise in the morning. I guess he is getting ready for the big day too! I love to exercise mid afternoon, it seems to give me more energy to survive the rest of the day. I love to take my zumba classes at night because it's a great way to destress from the day and then collapse right before bed.

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