Blisters, Chafing and Other Ladylike Things

For the sake of letting the men in my life continue to believe that women do not poop, belch or fart, I’ll happily play along with their belief that we ladies don’t have any questionable bodily functions.

For instance, the burrito salad I had last night didn’t leave me feeling bloated.

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Not at all…

Hypothetically, had the burrito left me waddling around with a food baby, it quite possibly would have been worth it for the mounds of guacamole, sour cream and the pillowy pocket of refried beans and Daiya…


Hypothetically, of course.

While I’d never admit to a burbling belly after a huge dinner, I’m not one to hide the delightful grossness that accompanies a good gym sesh!


I woke up this morning freakishly excited about foot blisters and chafing that appeared after last night’s successful 2.5 mile run!

Only a runner would be excited about a raw patch of skin on her foot and thigh!

No pain, no gain…right? 😉

Besides, I see them as badges of honor – badges that represent me finally getting off my tush and back into the running game! Running with blisters, chafed patches and shin splints isn’t horrendous…just as long as those are the extent of my running “injuries”

Oh the joys of training!


Chocolate Wheat Bran Breakfast Cookie

Good morning!

After months of setting my alarm for six a.m. and successfully snoozing through my morning, I finally dragged my sleepy behind out of bed for an a.m. workout.

Short and sweet was the name of the game! I hopped straight onto the treadmill for a quick and dirty interval run.

Distance Speed
0.00 – 0.10 3 mph
0.10 – 0.20 6 mph
0.20 – 0.30 7 mph
0.30 – 0.40 5 mph
0.40 – 0.50 6 mph
0.50 – 0.60 7 mph
0.60 – 0.70 5 mph
0.70-0.80 6 mph (incline level 2)
0.80 – 0.90 7 mph (incline level 2)
0.90 – 1.00 5 mph (incline level 2)
1.00 – 1.25 8 mph

I did a short cool-down on the elliptical before high-tailing it back to my apartment, where a new breakfast idea had been “cooking” since the night before.

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Even though I’d never tried the Fitnessista’s original breakfast cookie, I knew I wanted to whip up a similar stir-and-chill breakfast for after my workout.

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New. Favorite. Summer. Breakfast.

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Chocolate Wheat Bran Breakfast Cookie

Vegan, high fiber

Serves one


  • 1/3 cup vegan milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate-flavored protein powder of choice
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1 tablespoon finely sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon apple sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Toppings of choice (I used chocolate chips and blueberries)


  • Stir all ingredients (except for toppings) together.
  • Spread evenly across a medium-sized plate.
  • Place in refrigerator overnight.
  • In the morning, add toppings and eat!

I polished off the “cookie” and went back for a second serving of fruit.

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Looks like I ended up with 20 extra minutes at the end of my morning routine – duly noted for tomorrow morning!

When it comes to workouts, are you a morning person or a night owl?

Like Time Never Passed: A 2010-Style Weekend

Oh, Monday, how you flew here! I spent a glorious weekend in Lakeland reliving 2010 – one of my favorite years of my life (so far!) Where has the time gone – and how did it go so fast?

I’d driven back to Lakeland to see old friends, and on the way, I passed the school where I used to work. (For new readers, when the blog began I was a teacher at an after-school and summer program for our inner city kids.)

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Even though it was exactly the way I remembered it, it felt so strange seeing the playgrounds deserted. I seriously missed my munchkins!

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I grew SO much with those children, and I had some of the most amazing experiences with them. I never thought I would miss teaching, but for a moment, I actually did! I can’t believe it’s been a year since the most amazing summer of my life.

After a seriously nostalgic moment at the school, I headed to my old foodie stomping ground to grab some fuel for a run.

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Random Trivia Tidbit: that Publix was in the Southgate Shopping Center, where Edward Scissorhands was filmed. That’s Lakeland’s Claim to Fame!

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I snagged the very first “nutritionally-conscious” food I’d ever bought: a chocolate brownie Clif Bar. 

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In all seriousness, when I’d started the blog in 2010, these chocolate Clif Bars were one of my daily foods. My university cafeteria sold them as their version of “healthy food”, and I started purchasing them for snacks instead of Butterfingers. Little did I know it would be the first of many little healthy swaps!

In keeping with my 2010 throwback mindset, I cranked a Rise Against Pandora station as I headed out to Lake Hollingsworth for a run (and walk – hello, humidity!)

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Aside from the people, jogging the lake is seriously one of the things I missed the most!

Florida Southern College

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After the run, I headed over for some much-needed friend time. We snuck in a stop at BD’s Mongolian Grill (insanely awesome), a screening of X-Men (insanely odd) and a Sunday boating and tubing on the Chain of Lakes (insanely serious unexpected workout!) I tucked away the camera and decided to just live those experiences rather than photograph them…

But I busted the camera back out first thing this morning to catch breakfast!

Whole Foods Honey Crunch & Oats

Since Whole Foods was right on the way as I drove home, it was only logical to stop in and purchase a few supplies for the week 😉

One of the picks was 365 Organic Honey Crunch & Oats cereal. It seemed like it would be similar to my favorite Kashi Honey Almond Crunch (another favorite meal choice in my dorm circa 2010!)

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I was on board with the 5g of sugar per serving, but because the protein was a little lower than I’d have liked (only 2 grams in 3/4 cup), I bumped it up with the addition of a few slivered almonds and chia seeds – plus a few flax seeds for those Omega 3’s.

365 honey crunch and oats cereal

Boom. And that’s how it’s done.

Since it’s not 2010 anymore and I don’t get to mosey into work at 2 p.m. after my classes get out, I better get my behind off to my “grown-up” job. Catch ya later!

Do you ever go back to places you used to live, work, go to school, etc…just for “old time’s sake?”

Intention of the Evening

At the beginning of most yoga classes, the students are instructed to set an intention for their practice. My intentions typically address releasing stress, trusting my body or some variaton thereof.

Even though I had a yoga 2 class scheduled for last night, I hadn’t done a traditional cardio + weights workout in almost two weeks. I felt like my body was craving a more intense session, so I opted out of the yoga class and headed for the gym instead. Before I kicked things into gear, though, I decided to set an intention for the workout: Balls to the wall.

How utterly yogini of me 😉

I started with a simple arms and shoulders circuit: 3 sets of 10 reps each for the following:

  • Inverted Fly
  • Bicep Curl
  • Lat Pull Down (my FAVORITE!)
  • Aerobox Punches
  • French Presses

I followed the circuit with my first attempt at the Smith Machine. A staple at every gym I’ve ever been to, I’ve always been scared of this particular contraption, but I tentatively completed a few simple squats with 10 pounds weights. I would have loved to do more, but I was afraid of injuring myself from not knowing how to use it correctly!



Cardio was up next: I started with an easy mile at 6 mph and then ramped it up for some interval sprints! I alternated .10 miles at 8.2 mph with .05 miles at 3 mph for recovery. I had to return to my intention quite a few times during the speedwork, but I stuck it out for all seven sets I had planned! Thanks for a pumpin’ Pandora lineup, I even knocked out the last sprint at 9 mph. For me, that’s lightening! This girl is not built for speed.

A nine minute mile  on the elliptical – with resistance levels varying from 5 to 10 –  rounded out the evening. I proceeded to shower, set my alarm for an additional hour of sleep and crash!

Breakfast this morning was a simple lineup:

Yogurt, Fruit, Flax and Nuts

Plain fat free Chobani, strawberries, flax seed, organic walnuts and blackberry vanilla preserves.

Yogurt, Fruit, Flax and Nuts

I was definitely not as hungry as I had thought I would be after last night’s workout, but I rolled with it! Now I’d better roll my behind in to the office…lots of writing to get done today! I’ll catch ya tonight with a great high-protein vegan recipe you’ll defeinitely want to whip up sometime this weekend!

Do you ever set intentions for yoga practices, runs or other workouts?

How The Half is Gonna Go Down

I have a plan. Yep, if you smelled smoke, now you know why 😉

By the end of 2011, I will run a half marathon.

Here’s my logic.

Last night, the very last night of January, I ran 4 consecutive miles. While it’s not my distance PR, it’s what I logged. Every month, I’m going to increase my mileage by one mile. If I hit my increased distance before the end of the month, I’ll switch it up with speedwork while maintaining the distance.

Theoretically, then, that’ll put me at half marathon mileage by the end of October, which gives me yet another month to bump up my speed (if Im sticking with the idea of the Space Coast Half, that is).

Lofty goals for a gal who has yet to even run a 5k? Maybe so. I just know that I operate best in a “Go Big or Go Home” situation.

Sound big enough?

Space Coast

Time to buckle down and do tha damn thang.

Bring it on!

Because I Can

When I was still working with my older students, their beady little eyes always zoned in on the (lab-created) diamond cluster ring that I wear on my right hand.

“Ms. Faith, are you MARRIED?” they asked incredulously (as though the idea of someone actually marrying their roller skating, rope ladder-climbing, detention-assigning teacher was absolutely absurd.)

Telling them that no, I bought the ring for myself, their eyes bugged out even further.


“Just because I can – I didn’t need a reason.”

That seems to have been my motto yesterday:

I bought myself a gorgeous bouquet of flowers (because I could).

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They do wonders to boost my mood every time I walk in the front door!

I assembled the most delicious sandwich on earth and enjoyed it so much I made the same thing for dinner (because I could, but don’t tell me that if you had mozzarella, spinach, tomatoes, and pesto lying around you wouldn’t do the same!)

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I kicked up the treadmill to a sub-9 minute mile (because I could; oh how sweet it was to be able to, even for only 1.5 miles!)

Tonight, I’m bidding my forever roomie a safe trip back to her home state with some pizza and meeting a few friends at our local arcade. Surely it’s normal for a group of twenty-somethings to take out the frustrations of the day on an air hockey table and a whack-a-mole machine, right?

It doesn’t matter – we’re doing it anyways…because we can!

Next Big Workout

I’m sore; gloriously, gloriously sore.

You know, that sore that hurts so good after an epic workout? That sore that makes you wince but makes you smile every time you lower yourself into a chair or lift anything heavier than the t.v. remote? Yup, I’m that sort of sore.

The maintenance man was the only soul in the building when I arrived…

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Naturally, I documented my dorkiness (and my mad balance ball skillz) before a few stretches to get in the zone.

Having the gym to myself was pretty much the best thing I could have asked for – I’m always afraid that I’ll use a machine wrong and look like an absolute moron, so being the only person there was the perfect opportunity to jump in, learn the moves, and test the various settings to best suit my (newbie) ability level! Not having to wait for/readjust machines between sets rocked too 😀

Machine/Move Weight # of Reps (x3 sets of each)
Horizontal Leg Curl 50 15
Leg Extension 50 15
Seated Leg Press 90 15
Lat Pull Down 40 15
Shoulder Press 10 15
Seated Row 20 15
Chest Press 20 15
Chest Fly 30 15
Captain’s Chair N/A 15

I followed that up with a 5 minute warmup and then a 5k run:

Distance Incline Speed
.25 mile 5% 3.5 mph
1 mile 2% 5 mph
1 mile 1% 5.4 mph
1 mile 0% 6.0 mph
.10 mile 0% 7.5 mph

Negative splits – hells yes!

Faith’s Best of Next Big Thing 2010 Playlist

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With a perfect alternative rock playlist to sing along with, it’s no wonder I was able to bust out such an inclusive workout! After last weekend’s trip to Next Big Thing, I downloaded a ridiculous amount of new music and have been rocking out nonstop to my faves from the NBT artists!

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Prepare to have your world rocked.

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Let the downloading and the sweating commence!