this week’s inspiration: truly jess.

This morning I started out with a punishing workout. Just the way I like it. I only had 30 minutes, and because of some of the modifications, I didn’t have enough time to finish it.

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Is that typo also killing you on the inside?

Modifications:
-Subbed 10 burpees for the 50 jump ropes/jacks
-Added 50 high knees before each set of burpees
-Did 20 elbow to knees in the first set
-Don’t know what side planks with rotation are, so I did 10 side plank dips on each
-Didn’t take a full 2 minute rest in between each

I pushed myself hard and I know that because it was difficult to brush my teeth afterward.

Now I’m at work sipping some coffee and chowing down on my delicious muffin bottoms. Gahhhd I love these babies.

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On motivation:
One reason for my kicked up drive this week is Truly Jess.

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If you haven’t read her story or followed her youtube videos or Instagram, get ON IT. She basically transformed her life and reached her goal of competing in an IDFA Fitness competition this year. She’s probably the most positive, motivated and inspired person I’ve ever seen. She had a goal, she went for it every day, and she did it all while smiling and enjoying every second.

I used to feel that for running, so it’s hard to watch others hit their goals and sit her still wishing mine could come true. But I take a lot away from her journey. Since her show, she’s still working hard every day in the gym and in life.

So much inspiration. Check her out. Who inspires you? What was your workout today (or what will it be)?

my sunshine state.

For years and years (not really) I’ve wondered why Florida is called The Sunshine State. Surely there are other states with more sunshine. Especially during the summer when it rains every single afternoon at 4:38 p.m. for 15 minutes on the other side of the street.

I’ve been to Cali and it was sunny every stinking day. Arizona? Texas? New Mex? Colorado? I’ve never been but I’ve heard the sun’s not shy.

However, Florida really lived up to its name this weekend.

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Ah. There’s never a shortage.

I planned to do a few workouts indoors this weekend, but the sunshine–look at it! Instead, I went on a few bike rides, I walked pretty much everywhere I needed to go and then I laid by the pool until I fell asleep; anything to soak up every single ounce.

When I wasn’t outside, I was in the kitchen.

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And when I wasn’t making muffin bottoms, I was chugging iced coffee, making oatmeal bowls with berries and chopping veggies until my fingers cramped.

Great weekend over here. I can’t wait for the next one. What did you do?

banana oat and yogurt muffin bottoms.

Let’s all just agree on one thing: muffin tops are superior to the muffin bottoms. Like, who gets excited to eat the muffin bottoms? The top is where the party is.

But the bottoms I made are so ooey gooey and delicious and won’t give you a literal muffin top. Or bottom.

During my Sunday food prep today, I decided to make another batch of my banana oat cookies, but this time I subbed greek yogurt for peanut butter and a muffin tray for a cookie tray.

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I actually felt an odd sense of betrayal as I made these. Like I was cheating on a boyfriend. A peanut butter boyfriend. Because peanut butter is my boyfriend.

This is the single life.

I think I might like this batch even more than the first. They’re moist (ewww yucky word), dense, and really banana-y.

In a bowl add:
-3 spotted bananas
-a 3-second squeeze of honey
-a bunch of spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt (mine was homemade)
-enough oats to make it batter-y
-lots of cinnamon

Next, mix everything together and make sure the bananas are really mashed. Spoon the batter into a muffin tray filling each one up about halfway; I had enough batter for nine. Stick them in the oven at 350 for 16-18 minutes.

They won’t rise at all but the tops will get golden brown and if you stick a fork in the middle and it comes out clean, they’re ready to be eaten on the spot!

Can’t wait to have them for breakfasts this week. Make anything good this weekend?

athletes that are doing it right.

As much as I want to be, I’m not one of those people who knows a little about a lot of things. I swing the other way; I know a little more about my favorite things and nothing at all about some. Read: basketball, baseball, football, soccer.

But whether or not you know a little, a lot, or nothing at all, you’ve probably got a few favorite athletes. These are mine and this is why they’re doing it right.

kara and shalane

SPORT: Running
KARA DOING IT RIGHT: Olympian, world 10k bronze medalist, marathoner, mom. She drop-kicked her Nike contract this year to join Oiselle, a start-up in Seattle.
SHALANE DOING IT RIGHT: Olympian, a champ from 5k-marathon. She’s signed with Nike and continues to kick ass. She ran Boston like a beast but was dropped toward the end of the race. Her down-to-earth personality and lack of filter makes me want to be her best friend. I can’t remember the last time I heard about her getting injured. She’s doing training SO right.

ironman triathletes

SPORT: Triathlon, Ironman
CHRISSIE DOING IT RIGHT: One of winningest Ironman triathletes ever. She has won almost every Ironman she’s ever raced in, and she smiles through every single second. She keeps records on her blog of every single drug test she’s taken. Author, world champion, traveler, advocate.
LEANDA DOING IT RIGHT: She’s the first woman in the history of the sport to win both the 2012 Ironman Triathlon and Ironman 70.3 World Champion. #boss
MIRINDA DOING IT RIGHT: “Rinny.” Aussie and current Ironman world champion. Fighter and Got Chocolate Milk? athlete.
CRAIG DOING IT RIGHT: “Crowie.” Ironman World Championship course record-holder. Gives Macca a run for his money. Badass.

rich froning

SPORT: Crossfit, Life
RICH DOING IT RIGHT: Crossfit is all about functional movement; basically, movement you’d do in your everyday life. Rich Froning is the fittest man on earth according to the Crossfit Games. So, really, he’s the best at life. Oh. And, hello abs. He also just signed a life contract with Reebok and is one of their highest paid athletes. Go, Rich.

shawn and nastia

SPORT: Gymnastics
SHAWN DOING IT RIGHT: She probably has a room in her house just for hardware. Chick’s got titles in everything. Now that she’s retired, she’s been dancing with stars and being best friends with Nike. She also has her own website about health and fitness. You go, Shawn.
NASTIA DOING IT RIGHT: This bendy blonde’s got as much star power as Shawn, even off the floor. She’s got her own line of leotards, she’s a commentator at events and she even has a gymnastics meet named after her. Hullo. Awesome.

michael phelps

SPORT: Swimming
MICHAEL DOING IT RIGHT: Michael’s the most decorated olympian of all time with 22 medals and he’s supposedly coming out of retirement for the next games. And he’s super foxy. So there’s that. Take a lesson, Ryan Lochte. Jeah, no.

roger federer

SPORT: Tennis
ROGER DOING IT RIGHT: One of the greatest to hold a racket. He’s currently seeded number 3 in the world and has been in the top 10 for 12 years and has held a number 1 position for a total of 302 weeks. Also, his backhand is a thing of beauty.

I think some of the hardest working athletes are some of the most humble. That’s why these are my favorites. I’m a fan.

Who are your favorite athletes?

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workouts lately and refueling with vega.

I’m in a strange place with workouts right now.

Sometimes I just want to quit them all together. Sometimes I just want to jump ship on my random non-routine routine and join a Crossfit box to become a lady beast.

Then other times I’m in a groove and I’m all, LET’S DO THE DAMN THING. Depends which way the wind’s blowing and whether or not I’ve got a bum ankle from skateboarding a few weekends ago.

Oh yeah. That.

I effed up my ankle skateboarding a few weekends ago and since then, it seems to be doubling in size every night. Walking and trying to run just irritates it, which is seriously inconvenient because there are only so many types of workouts I can do with this Dystonia stuff going on. HIIT workouts are alright, but it hurts to burpee, and high knees are basically out of the question.

But one thing I can do? Bike!

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After I walked last night, I went home and set up my CycleOps trainer for some spinervals. It felt so good to pedal it out and hammer to some bombass tunes!

And while I love feeling totally depleted (yet accomplished) after a hard workout, I really love refueling even more. Because, FOOD.

But I know I can do more and that’s where Vega comes in! Through my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship I was able to try out the Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator.

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Vega is all about Fueling Your Better; unlocking your awesome potential, pushing your limits, then pushing even further. I love their mission to fuel athletes with only the best plant-based ingredients to help replenish energy and speed up recovery.

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Vega get athletes, and they know how amazing our bodies are, which is why they fuel them the best way they can. Faster recovery means going HAM even sooner after hard workouts. Love it!

I mixed this guy up after my ride last night, and it wasn’t too bad. I added more water than it called for because it was a bit chalky. There’s also a berry flavor that sounds good.

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And now all I want to do is go for another hard ride. Weeeee!

How do you recover after hard workouts? Got a favorite product?

howard bell memorial run: my first road 5k ever.

I had another post planned today, but then I ran across these photos on Facebook and the memories flooded in. So let me just throw it back to one of the best and most fun races I’ve run.

Mount Tabor, NJ: Howard Bell Memorial 5k in Mount Tabor, NJ. I remember it like it was yesterday, not five years ago. In 2009, the race was in it’s 19th year and is a big supporter for kids.

If you look close in that video, you can see me at the starting line and then take off around the one-minute mark. Then at 3:42 you can see my aunt and I in the back listening to the results.

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I don’t remember how I found this race or why I decided to do it, but it was cheap and my aunt and uncle promised to cheer me on and pick me up at the finish line. Plus, it was an evening run, which was perfect because I got to lay out in the sun all day, then go for a run at night. Rookie moves. 

“It is one tough course. Mt. Tabor, as you can guess from the name, is a very hilly place. You run up, you run down, and you do it over and over and over again.” -Race director, Keith Patterson

I had run these hills over and over just for fun every day, but I had never raced them. I was excited to put a little extra fuel behind each stride.

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Floppy men’s Hanes t-shirt. Hard heel strike. Niiiiiice, Edwards.

And hilly? Holy freaking yeah. The hills in the Morristown, NJ area are no joke. They’re straight up and straight down. I think this course was a couple laps with a different lap at the end which shot straight into the finish line.

Lap courses are tough. Who the heck wants to run by the finish a few times before actually getting to run through it? Such a tease.

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T-rex hands. Every time.

 

But I remember the energy was AWESOME. We ran through neighborhoods and into a golf course, so people were outside of their houses cheering; they had set up lawn chairs and coolers. Small races are the best because the sense of community is so much bigger.

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I kept up with this one guy wearing sweet Nikes for awhile, then dropped him on the last hill. BOOYAH. I think that was the first time I saw road flats, too. I couldn’t believe he was running in shoes without thick soles. I was so green.

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And look at that. I ended up winning my age group in Females under 20. I think I also won for overall females because I got a check for $50.

Oh, the good days of running. How I miss you.

What was your first race ever?

there’s no cure.

Coming atcha straight from Sweaty Mess HQ. I’m, like, head chief commander and president over here.

lorna jane active tank top

Last night I only got through 30 minutes of treadmill incline walking and about 15 minutes of strength before I had to finish up some work things. Disgusting. I get it from my dad’s side. Gee thanks, Pops.

So, about this tank top. I want a hundred of them. I received a gift card to Lorna Jane through my Sweat Pink ambassadorship along with LJ’s cookbook, Nourish. (I know, I’m a lucky lady!) It’s super lightweight and has a mesh back with holes for extra breathability. But no amount of cutouts can stop me from making a mess of any piece of equipment. That’s a Lindsay flaw, not a tank top flaw.

I chose this one because no matter what exercise I’m doing, this is what’s always going through my head. I’d rather be running. I’d rather be running. I’d rather be running.

There’s just no cure for complete love and adoration for this sport and this community.

When I go somewhere new and see humongous rolling hills, dirt paths that wind through the woods and beaches for miles, I wonder what it would feel like to run it. What would I see? Who are the regulars that run it every day? The runner’s disease — there’s no cure for it and there doesn’t need to be.

There’s no cure for getting the itch to lace up and explore my own town every once in awhile. It’s the best way to learn streets and find your way home when you feel like you’re going in circles.

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There’s also no cure for Dystonia, which is what I have. There’s no mental cure for the awful hurt I feel when I know that a good, hard, sweaty run will cure work stress and life stress but knowing I just physically can’t do it. What other outlet do I have? I can hammer on my bike pedals all the livelong day, but it’ll never stack up to a run.

I’d always rather be running.

There’s not a cure for wanting to punish yourself with a hard track workout. I’ve spent many years making my muscles pay. I miss those years.

In September I get a second round of Botox injections and I can’t freaking wait. I saw very minimal improvement after the first, so I’m hoping this second round of higher dosage will help. Because all I really want to do after three years of this crap is run and remember what it feels like to enjoy it.

thrifting.

You all might call me a liar after you read what I’m about to write, and it’s probably because you’ll be straight up jealous. But this ish couldn’t be more real.

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2 pairs designer jeans: BKE and Express.
1 pair lululemon capris. (!!!!)
1 comfy tank top.
= SEVENTEEN DOLLARS

I started out my day browsing at Anthropologie, but after snapping myself out of paying $39.95 for a tank top, I headed to Marshall’s. They had some good sales, but nothing screamed, “BUY ME.” Well, nothing screamed loud enough for me to buy it.

Just down the road from Marshall’s is Sunshine Thrift. The last time I went there, was in 2009 when I was collecting items for a photo shoot during an internship. ((Unnecessary details.))

Anyway. Thrift stores, at their core, are hit or miss. Every single one of them. This weekend, I hit the freaking target.

And the great thing about thrift shop items is that they’re so dirt cheap that if you don’t feel like trying anything on ((or it grosses you out)), you can buy it anyway and it’s worth things not fitting perfectly. Because it’s just that cheap.

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Unknown brand and size racerback tank, $2.95

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lululemon capris, $3.95

I wasn’t in any rush, and none of the patrons were making me feel particularly uncomfortable, so I lingered and tried everything on.

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BKE jeans and Express jeans, $5.95, $4.95

I’m feeling pretty good about these finds. These jeans are long and flared, which will go great with the wedges I got a few months ago. The tank top is perfect for hanging out or walking around Disney on a super hot day, and the lululemon crops are amazing for everything and are one of those items that just felt wrong not to buy. $3.95, remember?!

Where do you shop the most? Do you ever hit up the thrift shops? 

four-ingredient banana oat cookies.

I’m not someone who, when she has free time on her hands, says, “My day could use some cookies.” I’m usually like, “Hey, it’s sunny. I’m gonna go for a long walk then ride my bike all over Tampa and get super sweaty.”

But today, I had already taken a walk. I had already given my parents a tour of my office. We had lunch. We caught up on life. There really wasn’t much left to do.

Cookies, it was!

banana oatmeal cookiesWant to know the best part? The recipe came right from my own brain.

In a bowl mix up:
-3 bananas
-a 3-second squeeze of honey
-a few spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter
-enough oats to make it batter-y

Next, taste-test precisely one half of batter. You know, just to be sure it’s not poisoned.

Then, spoon out balls onto a tray and put them in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. The edges will be slightly crisp, and that’s how you’ll know they’re perfect.

I had four.

It was actually a huge surprise that they didn’t taste like garbage because whenever I throw random ingredients into a bowl and bake it, it’s just a big waste of good ingredients.

But these were real yummy and they’ll be great for breakfast during the week.

Make anything good this weekend?

back on the bike.

I’ve said it before: Thursday evenings are my favoriteI don’t really take Fridays seriously, so I always feel good about getting up and getting to work. And I’m always more motivated to get a workout done on Friday morning. I don’t know why. This morning’s was a home HIIT workout that left me dripping sweat–even after I got out of the shower. #BAM

Speaking of workouts.

BIKING

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Bangs. Still looking fierce.

You can’t tell, but there are about one million little black bugs stuck to my face, neck and chest. They float around in clouds and you don’t notice them until you ride right into them. YUCK. 

Last night was the bombbbb. I didn’t workout Thursday morning, so I hopped on my road bike after work for the first time in WAY too long. I’m definitely not in superstar biking shape like I was a couple months ago. From now until September I need to get in a good long ride at least once a week to get ready for the Miles for Hope 100k. Not sure If I’ll be doing it again this year since we’ll have family/friends in town, but I really hope I can. ((Here’s last year’s recap.))

RUNNING

I made the mistake of reading Runner’s World in bed last night. It made me realize that I don’t remember what it feels like to really run anymore. I’m not being dramatic. This November marks three years of Dystonia. The articles about tempos and fartleks and running by feel instead of time and pace. God damnit. I want that back so badly. So so freaking badly.

I had another appointment with my neurologist on Monday. The Botox I had injected into my calves in June has been working a little bit but no drastic changes. The dystonia seems to be affecting my entire right leg, not just my lower leg, so my next round of injections will go right into my butt cheek. Yay………. I’m going to try and post new running videos next week.

COFFEE

I’m going to get some.

Have a great day! What workouts have you been doing this week?