A completely no pressure race situation and an ode to Clif Z Bars. {Flash Giveaway!}

The race that I’ve been looking forward to and planning for since April is tomorrow.

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Charles Street 12!!! YAY!!!

There I am looking like a total jackass during Charles Street 12 last year. I guess that’s what happens when I’m delirious and happen to see a race photographer.

I was hoping to PR and feeling pretty confident that I might be able to make it happen. My foot was SO messed up last year. But no pressure or anything. A great many awesome people are running this race tomorrow that my biggest goal for the day is to meet up with all of them at the finish line. A good time would be the icing on all the cake that I plan on eating later in the day.

However, I have a new assignment that is going to make Charles Street 12 2015 a little crazier. My super awesome friend who works in marketing for Charm City Run put me in contact with another super awesome woman from the marketing department at Under Armour. Under Armour has partnered up with Charm City Run and that is basically the reason this race is happening.  Now I will be running dressed head to toe in Under Armour gear and photographed along the way. Obviously I’m stoked because I haven’t met a piece of their clothing that I haven’t liked. In fact, I think pretty much everything I have on in that goofy photo above aside from the calf sleeves is Under Armour.

But how will this photographer know how to find me? Good question and that’s easy. I’ll be live tracked via phone app so they know my whereabouts at all time.

But yeah. No pressure or anything.

Now that this has gone from casual training run to complete terror over looking like that-up-there in all my photos, Charles Street 12 should be an interesting race for me this year! It’s going to be fun. I just hope I do a good job.


Now about those Clif Z Bars

If you happen to be an Insta-friend you might have seen the pile of delicious that I posted last night.

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I’m getting hungry again just looking at that picture. These arrived in a mystery box on my doorstep. Mystery boxes are what happen when something arrives at my house and I can’t remember if I went shopping or not. Sadly this is a recurring problem.

Betty and I had gotten back from dinner and I had promised her dessert. Chocolate Chip, Honey Graham, Chocolate Brownie, and Iced Oatmeal Cookie sound a whole lot like dessert to me so she and I ripped into one of the brownie ones and split it. It was SO incredibly good. Betty loved it so much that she asked if she could pick out another one to eat in the morning before school and I’ll be picking out one to take to work with me because even though these are supposed to be for kids they are way too good for them to not be for me too. I have a feeling that they will become a regular item on our weekly grocery shopping list.

Because I was so fortunate to receive so many delicious Z Bars, I thought today I might do a little FLASH GIVEAWAY for three of these delicious flavors (Chocolate Chip, Honey Graham, and Iced Oatmeal Cookie). If you would like to try them, leave a comment below telling me which flavor sounds the best to you! Comments must be timestamped prior to midnight PST TONIGHT. Then I will put everyone’s name into a randomizer to draw a winner to be announced on Facebook tomorrow afternoon.

In addition to these yummy Z Bars, I had received some other Clif samples to try, but I will have more to say about those next week as I plan on using some of them to fuel for this weekend’s races!

If you’re racing this weekend GOOD LUCK and I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!!

xo,

Salt

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It’s Our Holiday! {National Running Day!}

Happy National Running Day, everyone!

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…for my sanity. For my daughter. For myself. Running has completely changed me for the better and I’m so thankful for it, even if I did find it a little later on in life than most people.

How would YOU answer that question? And whatever your running plans are for today, how are you planning to fuel after that run?

If everything pans out, by the time you’re reading this post I should have logged 4 miles and then Charm City Run has a 2 mile fun run event planned for 6pm that I will be attending. And after all that I can tell you exactly how I will be fueling because it will be the same way I’ve been fueling for the past two days.

It’s DELICIOUS. 

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Introducing Post GN–that stands for Grape-Nuts–Fit Cranberry Vanilla granola and I hardly got it out of the shipper before having to taste it. I couldn’t even be bothered to take a decent package shot first before tearing in. What can I say? Vanilla is my favorite.

This granola is my FAVORITE. 

Some nutrition information can be found HERE. This protein-packed, whole grain yumminess tastes like dessert without an overload of sugar. I guess I could have put it in yogurt or something, but Betty and I opted to enjoy it straight out of the bag. Including seconds and thirds.

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I’m sure you can tell by her face that she was loving every bite. The only thing I wasn’t loving was how much granola that she dropped on the floor in the process, but hey…if she’s eating something healthy I can let things like that slide.

I’ve been an original Grape-Nuts fan ever since I was a little kid and my mom used to buy it, so I’m thrilled to see them branching out to include granola in their product lineup and focus on making their mark in the fitness market. Grape-Nuts kindly provided me with some helpful fitness tips; all of them so important to keep in mind on National Running Day or just on any running day in general!

Grape-Nuts Fitness Tips

Whether you’re a light runner or a tri-athlete, it’s important to mix up your workouts. Cross training, weight training, yoga and Pilates are great ways to add variety, work different muscles, and will make you stronger overall.

Don’t forget to refuel. After a long run, your muscles fibers begin to breakdown. In order to repair them properly, they need to be replenished. Grape-Nuts Fit offers a healthy combination of carbs, fiber and protein to give your muscles the nutrients they need to recharge.

After your run, always remember to stretch your muscles, especially your quads, hamstrings, hip flexors and calves, to prevent injury and increase flexibility.

Be sure to stay hydrated. Water helps balance fluids and prevents feelings of hunger between meals. Carrying a reusable bottle makes it easy to refill often, aiming for 3 liters a day.

Getting the proper amount of sleep is just as important as exercise and eating healthy. To allow for extra sleep time, plan ahead by meal prepping for the next day and putting out your workout gear the night before.

I know for me personally, the sleep thing is my biggest challenge. As is the meal prep thing. I think I have some work to do.

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Are you a granola fan? Have you tried Grape-Nuts Fit? How will YOU be celebrating National Running Day today??

xo,

Salt

Going “long” and other weekend highlights.

I’m so happy that I can use the word “highlight” when describing my first attempt at a ‘long’ run in well over a month.

As you guys know – or maybe you don’t if this is the first time you’re reading my blog…WELCOME! – last week I was recommended surgery by this podiatrist I went to see about an entrapped nerve in my foot. Despite all this he told me I could run if I felt I could tolerate it.

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And that is happening in less than 2 weeks. The course for Chuck12 runs along one of the most well-known roads in Baltimore and everyone I know who ran it last year said it was so much fun. I’ve long since given up on the idea that I’ll be trying for a decent time; I just want to have fun, finish it, and since this is the final jewel in Charm City Run’s B3 triple crown, I want to collect my medal.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous before a run in my life as I was on Saturday morning. My alarm went off at 6am which is considerably earlier than I would normally wake up for an 8 miler. Mr. Salt has to leave for work at around 8 and I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to make any necessary adjustments/take walk breaks/drag my leg behind me/etc. I had a couple different routes planned just in case I needed to cut it short and my phone just in case I absolutely could not get it done and needed to call for a ride.

As it turned out, I didn’t need any extra help and finished with plenty of time to spare.

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The best part was that it didn’t feel terrible. I took my time, there were no major issues, I didn’t feel any physically worse for wear afterward, and of course mentally I felt like a million bucks. Mile 8 was my fastest and I felt as if I could have kept going, but at that point I was already back to my house and didn’t want to push it.

I’m pretty confident that I will make it through Chuck12 and then I will really REALLY deserve that medal.

The best parts of the rest of the weekend included swimming with Betty’s Nana (who also so happens to be my mom) and then ALL THE BRUNCH. I missed the brunch photo opp on Saturday because I was too busy trying to keep Wreck-It Betty from destroying the restaurant, but I can tell you that it was a chicken, goat cheese, and asparagus egg white omelette. It was to die for even though I could barely taste it from having to eat it so fast, as one sometimes must do while out with their 2 year old.

There was also a mimosa involved because crazy 2 year old.

I made sure to take a picture of Sunday brunch though because I know the Internet really cares a lot about what I eat.

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Drooooooooooooooooooooooool.

Those crepes are stuffed full of fresh strawberries and topped with cinnamon, powdered sugar, and organic strawberry yogurt. Then homemade granola, and then that is the best lemon poppyseed muffin I’ve ever tasted. They have a new “Muffin of the Day” and I’ve never been disappointed by it. This restaurant is called FirstWatch and it is a chain, so if there happens to be one near you, GO THERE. I promise you will love it.

After brunch a complete miracle occurred in the form of Betty taking a nap. Mr. Salt also wanted to take a nap, but I can’t nap in the middle of the day or else I won’t be able to sleep at night. It’s a curse, really.

So instead I went and got a long overdue pedicure.

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I felt so badly for the poor guy that had to deal with my feet that I tipped extra. He was awesome anyway. Usually I stick with dark colors, but he told me that I could pick a brighter one if I wanted and he would make sure it masked my zombie toe. He wasn’t kidding.

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You tell me I can go bright? I go bright. The fact that they ended up matching my PR Soles exactly is purely a weird coincidence.

What is your favorite thing to eat for brunch? (I feel like I’ve been talking about food on here a lot lately!) Have you ever been to a FirstWatch? Did you run this weekend?

Whatever you got into, I hope it was fun and fantastic. Let’s make this a GREAT week! (I’m going to legally change my middle name to OPTIMISM.)

xo,

Salt