October 20th, 2014

Dressing for Fall

We had an unusually warm September but it’s starting to feel like fall now and I love it!

I tend to overdress on the first cold morning, and then settle into a more appropriate layering.  The first 30 or 40 degree morning feels bitter cold!! But by January, those are the warm days.

I asked on Facebook when you switch to capris and long-sleeved shirts for fall, and most of you responded with 40′s, with a few people saying 30′s or 50′s.  It can vary based on your individual cold tolerance and layering preferences, but here is a general guide:


How to dress for fall running

I had the opportunity to order a few things from Target® so I went for a few more fall pieces… here’s what I chose:

Performance tee- great for layering! I love the purple and the fit is perfect.

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Full zip cardio jacket-  This can be worn alone or layered over a tee for a cooler day.  It’s so comfortable- I could easily wear this around town as well! I love when running gear can double as casual wear.

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I love capris for fall running. I chose the compression leggings for extra recovery and support.  Because they are so fitted, I went up a size and got a medium which was perfect. Putting on these capris motivates me to get out the door and move!

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It’s much harder to skip a workout if I’m dressed for it. Do you find that too? I’m suddenly inspired and ready to make it happen.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

When do you break out cooler weather running gear?

Have you picked up anything new for fall to keep you motivated?



October 19th, 2014

Workouts this week + meal planning

Hey everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

This morning I’m off for my rematch 5k.  I’m looking forward to the chance to push myself again, even if I’m not back in racing shape yet.  I found a local race so I can run over and back for my warm up and cool down and I’m hoping to total 14 miles for the day if I can.  And I’m planning to wear my new shoes. Should be fun!

Mizuno Wave Rider18

Workouts this week:

Sunday: 6.5 miles at the track with 5 x 800 (3:19, 3:22, 3:22, 3:17, 3:19)

Monday: off (sick)

Tuesday: 6 mile progression run (not sure of exact splits, on treadmill- finished with a 7:15 mile)

Wednesday: 4 easy miles, no Garmin

Thursday: 40 minute bike with intervals, 5 minutes core

Friday: 6 mile run (8:40 ave)

Saturday: off- deep cleaned the house :)

For the last two weeks, I’ve been wearing the new Mizuno Wave Rider 18 for running.  These are a neutral and lightweight shoe (7.8 oz) with just enough support.  I like lightweight shoes but also need to feel somewhat supported (I haven’t had success with minimal shoes) and these have been just right so far since they are not a low drop shoe (12mm).

Mizuno was inspired by the Japenese concept of “Hado” in the making of these shoes, which is a lifeforce energy that promotes powerful transformation.  A pretty cool concept for a pair of running shoes, huh?! I like thinking that each run has the potential to transform my training and make me stronger.

They were designed to find the optimal balance of shock absorbance. resiliency and flexibility.  I wore them for my track workout, treadmill workout and a few outdoor runs and my feet have been happy.  Today’s 14 will be the longest run in them yet!

Treadmill Running in Mizuno Wave Rider 18


On to our meal plan. I didn’t have time to check out new recipes this week so I’m sticking to some old favorites:

Sunday: Chicken fajita rice bowl

Monday: Butternut Squash Chickpea CurryCurried Squash Soup


Tuesday: Tofu stir fry

Wednesday: Kale Frittata

Veggie Frittata Recipe


Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Lemon Baked Fish, Roasted Veggies, Sweet Potatoes

Saturday:  Quinoa Minestrone

This post was sponsored by Fitfluential LLC.  All opinions are my own.

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Do you have any local races that are close enough to jog to the start line from home?

Where do you look for new meal ideas?


October 17th, 2014

#FitblogNYC Tweet and Meet

Did you see the tweets and excitement yesterday around Fitness Magazine’s Bloger Meet and Tweet?

I didn’t make it last year and wasn’t sure how it would work this year with a 2 month old at home, but my husband agreed to watch her and sent me out the door. It was my first all [...]

October 15th, 2014

Some amazing news!

Gah! I have been chomping at the bit to share some updates with you all, and I finally have the green light to do so.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to be part of the Stonyfield team (along with 7 other running, blogging moms) to run the Boston marathon! Um, yes!!

I’ve been [...]

October 13th, 2014

Ready for a rematch

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend. We’re back from time with family and a little more sleep deprived than usual but it was so worth it. I love seeing my sister as a mom and meeting our new nephew. I also got to meet my cousin’s new baby… the babies are multiplying!


October 12th, 2014

Workouts this week and meal planning

Hello from PA!

This was our first overnight trip with the baby and she did great! She stuck to her regular schedule and slept well. My 4yo, however, always has trouble settling down at night when we travel and wakes up extra early and the trend continued. When will she ever grow out of that?! [...]

October 10th, 2014

What I'm Loving Lately

How is it Friday already? This week flew by for me. We’re heading to visit my family this weekend and finally get to meet my nephew who was born 8 weeks before baby J! I can’t wait to get those two cousins together.

To keep things fun for Friday, here are a few things I’m [...]

October 8th, 2014

Reset Results + WIAW

Hi friends,

How’s your week going? Baby J caught her first cold so she’s been a little sniffly and congested, but it hasn’t dampened her spirits. I knew it wouldn’t be long with a big sister coming home from preschool full of germs every day!

I realized yesterday that I never gave a recap of [...]

October 6th, 2014

5 Dynamic Stretches (and when to use them)

Do you stretch before or after a run? Or not at all? There has been a lot of mixed information about stretching.

Is it helpful? Harmful?

Should it be done before running? After? And what kinds?

A 2012 meta-analysis of over 100 studies concluded that static stretching before exercise reduces strength by 5 percent and [...]

October 5th, 2014

Workout Recap + Meal Planning (Link up)

Hey, it’s Sunday again! How’s your weekend going?

Our Saturday was quieter than usual without soccer this week, so we got caught up on household chores and had friends over last night for dinner. It also rained all morning which made for an interesting long run! Today, we have a potluck at L’s school after [...]

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