Holiday Treats for a Cause – Donate on Wednesdays through December 9th, 2015

Well folks, based on your feedback I’ve decided to go for it!

Everyone who donates at least $30 to my fundraising for the Boston Marathon and the BIDMC Annual Fund on a Wednesday between November 11-December 9 will receive a box of homemade holiday candy and/or cookies to be shipped from Boston (or delivered in person, depending on your location) on December 12*.

Holiday Treats for a CauseIf you made a donation of at least $30 last Wednesday, it will count! For the rest of you, make your donation tomorrow or another Wednesday over the next few weeks and get your holiday candy and/or cookies made to your liking. As a reminder your donations are also tax-deductible.

How does it work? After you’ve made your donation to my fundraising site, I will be in touch with you via the email you provide during the donation process to find out about any allergies, likes, dislikes, etc. I can make your goodies as healthy as you’d like and with consideration to your dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, nut free, etc.) or as decadent as you’d like – the sky’s the limit.

Some examples include cookies, fudge, haystacks, dipped peanut butter balls, coconut chocolate balls, use your imagination! This is a great opportunity to get holiday treats for a party or treat yourself.

As a reminder, I am running the Boston Marathon and raising funds for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Annual Fund because of the amazing care I received there my freshman year of college after being sexually assaulted. You can read more of my story here.

I hope you’ll take the time to read my story and donate to the cause, whether you want holiday treats or not. Then again, who doesn’t want holiday goodies?

Feel free to comment or email me with any questions.


* Limited to the United States and Canada due to shipping rates and timing.

Flourless Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Cookies

It seems silly to call something this easy a recipe since it only has three ingredients, but it would be remiss of me to not share it. Born out of necessity a strong desire for cookies without many ingredients on hand, these flourless chocolate almond butter cookies were totally experimental. Luckily, sometimes things work out.

Flourless Chocolate Almond Butter CookiesWhen you don’t have sugar or flour in the house, or even oats or almonds to make your own oat flour, baking seems nearly impossible. So when a craving for cookies hits, things get real and you have to get creative.

For these cookies I was able to cut out the flour component entirely and use chocolate protein powder to give just enough sweetness and chocolatey flavor to satisfy my craving. When making these again in a less-than-desperate situation, I’d like to experiment with adding other things to the mixture, like shaved coconut, chopped nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg, etc. This is a great base for an easy Christmas cookie and you can easily substitute vanilla protein powder in place of the chocolate when preferred.

Speaking of Christmas cookies and treats, donate to my marathon fundraising efforts on a Tuesday sometime over the next four weeks and you’ll get some in the mail! Check out this post for full details.

Flourless Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Cookies

Serves: 15-18

2 scoops (1 serving; 45g) chocolate protein powder
2 large eggs (beaten)
1 cup natural almond butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and roll into balls. Flatten each ball with a fork making a crisscross pattern on each cookie. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

That’s it! Super easy and just what you need to satisfy that cookie craving without splurging too much. I used Arbonne chocolate protein powder, so I can’t attest to the flavor using other brands. Also note that a serving of protein powder may be one scoop or three scoops depending on brand so pay attention to the grams in a standard serving (this recipe calls for 45g of protein powder).

What is the most creative way you’ve dealt with a craving for something you didn’t have on hand?


Will Phone Apps and Websites Replace Therapists?

I recently read a post on Greatist that lists mental health resources for when you can’t afford a therapist. The list is broken down into apps, websites, hotlines, and support groups (both addiction and other).

Apps and websites for mental healthTherapy isn’t cheap. The average therapy session (without insurance) can be $80-120 per session or even more depending on your location. Even with insurance, you may have high deductibles or co-pays that prevent weekly therapy sessions from being a realistic option.

With more and more services being offered online, why not look to apps and websites for mental health? Before we can evaluate their usefulness it is important to first understand what these various apps and websites include for mental health assistance.

Some, like eCBT Calm, use the same techniques that are used by therapists. In the case of eCBT Calm, cognitive behavioral techniques encourage the user to connect their feelings with their thoughts and practice mindfulness.

Others, like How Are You, are used for mood tracking and journaling, while a few are actually linked to support services like Talkspace which allows you to text message with a licensed professional for $25/week.

In addition to phone apps, there are many websites that are focused on providing mental health or support services. The most common are support groups and online forums where people can talk to other people going through similar experiences. Like group therapy, online support groups and forums may help users feel less isolated in their emotions and experiences.

With all these low cost and free options, why doesn’t everyone just use apps and websites to help them through their difficult times? Are apps and websites going to eventually replace therapists altogether?


While apps and websites are a great adjunct or supplement to mental health care, there are several reasons they can’t, and shouldn’t, replace seeing a mental health professional in person.

1. Therapy can be overwhelming.

This is true of both in-person and online therapy, as well as support groups. When you delve into why you are having certain emotions, what is triggering them and how you respond, it isn’t unusual to feel worse before you feel better. You may uncover things you didn’t anticipate. A licensed therapist or psychologist can help mediate this experience, gradually building to help you uncover the source of your emotions and being there to support you if you uncover something unsettling or overwhelming.

Credit: Fox Valley Institute, Naperville, IL

Photo Credit: Fox Valley Institute, Naperville, IL

2. There is more to overcoming depression and anxiety than a few skills.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown over and over to be effective for treating depression and anxiety. Because of this there are all sorts of self-help books that utilize the same techniques. You can even buy a CBT skills book with exercises used by therapists. The same can be said about dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). While these skills are certainly helpful and can ease the symptoms you are experiencing, they may not be enough for some people. Effective therapy takes time. Whether you are dealing with average life stress or managing a disorder, each situation is unique and may require more than generalized help.

3. Sometimes groups do more harm than good.

Have you ever been talking to a group of friends about something you’re going through and instead of feeling better afterward you just feel more angry, frustrated, or sad? Maybe one of your friends pointed out something frustrating about the situation you hadn’t realized yet or maybe someone suggested a self-destructive way of dealing with the situation. This same thing can happen in online forums and support groups, particularly those that aren’t monitored by a licensed professional. It happens in group counseling situations as well, but in those situations there is a therapist or psychologist who can redirect the conversation and focus on constructive ideas. Take for example group therapy for people dealing with eating disorders or self-injury. In these types of situations it is not uncommon for participants to get ideas for how to perpetuate their unhealthy behaviors. This is why there are rules in many therapy groups that prohibit discussion of techniques for self-destructive behavior. In an unmonitored online support group, none of these rules apply. Rather than getting the help and support you need, it is possible to be met instead by discussions that trigger more symptoms without a way to manage those symptoms.

4. Body language says a lot

Online communication is tricky to navigate. Who hasn’t had the experience of being misunderstood on a forum or in a text message? Even with the advent of emoticons and emojis, there are some things that you just can’t effectively communicate via the written word alone. Not only is tone all but lost in online communication, body language is completely forfeited. A trained therapist does more than just listen to your words, he or she takes note of your body language and energy level in addition to other factors to help figure out how you are really feeling and what may be leading to those emotions.

Photo Credit: Joi Ito

Photo Credit: Joi Ito

5. Crisis situations happen

This one has more to do with why these apps and websites shouldn’t replace being seen by a licensed professional. While not everyone who is experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, or another mental health concern or disorder is at risk for suicidal thoughts and behavior, many are. While an app or website may list resources for getting additional help in the case of an emergency, a therapist’s decision to send a patient to inpatient care or to make a referral for medication management or additional help is immediate and in some cases, not up for debate. A therapist who genuinely thinks a patient is at risk for harming themselves or someone else can take immediate action to have the patient evaluated by a crisis team or admitted into a hospital. An app or website can do very little to help you in times of crisis.

These are just a few of the reasons apps and websites cannot replace being seen be a licensed mental health professional in the long-term. That said, they may be an excellent resource for either supplementing care or during times when symptoms are minimal and do not require care by a licensed professional. How do you know if this is the case? Think of it in terms of seeing a medical doctor versus checking your symptoms on WebMD (because we all do it). When your symptoms reach a point where what you are doing already doesn’t seem to be helping, it’s time to see a doctor and the same is true of mental health.

So if you need mental health care and are afraid you can’t afford a therapist, what can you do?

Sliding scales.
Many therapists offer sliding scales for patients who are paying out of pocket and some offer discounted rates. Be up front about your concerns related to the cost of therapy and find out what your options are. Some therapists even have some pro bono slots in their schedule to see some patients free of charge.

Payment plans.
Even if your therapist does not offer a sliding scale, he or she may be able to set you up on a payment plan. While you’ll still be responsible for the full cost of your sessions, this can help make it a bit more manageable.

Session frequency.
While many people see a therapist weekly, you may be able to see yours every other week or ever three weeks to cut down on cost. This is something that should be discussed with your therapist to ensure he or she agrees that the severity of your concerns does not necessitate more frequent sessions. Between these sessions is a great time to take advantage of other resources such as those listed above.

Community agencies.
Check out community mental health centers or university clinics to see if they offer more affordable counseling, even short-term. Many times this is a great option for immediate care if you have a temporary loss of income and need to see someone until you can afford more long-term therapy.

The most important thing is to get help when you need it. There are many ways to find a therapist, but one of my favorites is Psychology Today where you can specify not only location, but type of insurance, specialties, languages, theoretical orientation, and much more. This way if your current therapist no longer accepts your insurance, you can find someone who does.

I have a master’s degree in mental health counseling and have experience as a therapist in training. I am not a licensed therapist and any advice herein is not intended to diagnose or treat any mental illness or concern. Consult with your therapist with any concerns you are experiencing. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, get help immediately. Call 911 or go to your local emergency room.


Fall Into Healthy Habits

Thank you guys for all of the awesome feedback on yesterday’s post. I received many messages via email and social media that let me know it really resonated with you. I’m happy to hear it. Keep doing you!

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that stepping away from the focus on being “skinny” doesn’t mean stepping away from all your goals or from being healthy. I talked about doing what makes you feel good, in mind and body, and those healthy habits are the ones I challenge you to cultivate for the rest of the fall season (and beyond).

Fall into health habitsHealthy habits don’t have to be fitness related because your health and wellness is about way more than that. There are 48 days until the first day of winter (sorry for the reminder, Winter is Coming) and that’s plenty of time to cultivate healthy habits you’ve been meaning to start or to continue strong with the ones you’ve already started.

Maybe you’ve noticed you’re eating out more often than you’d like to for both physical health and financial health (raises hand). Perhaps you’re drinking so many cups of coffee at work that your water consumption has dropped and you feel dehydrated (raises hand). It could be that you’re staying up too late and getting too little sleep (just going to keep my hand in the air). Or maybe you just aren’t taking enough time to relax, center yourself, and breathe.

Or maybe it’s something totally different. The point is, this challenge is about YOUR goals. What healthy habits do you want to commit to for the remainder of fall?

Over the next 48 days I’m committing to these healthy habits:

  1. Drink more water (at least 2.5 liters per day, aiming for 3.5)
  2. Take lunch and snacks to work every day
  3. Limit food delivery/restaurant meals to two per week (aim for just once)
  4. Get in the bed by 10pm every night (aim for 9:30)
  5. Take time to read for pleasure for at least 20 minutes every day
  6. Stay on top of marathon training

Remember to make your goals S.M.A.R.T. (luckily we’ve already given them a time constraint) to help ensure your success. You know what else helps people reach their goals? Accountability by saying them out loud (or typing them out for the world to see).

So I want you to share your healthy fall goals with me in the comments below. What are you committing to for the next 48 days? Let’s do it together!


What Tastes Better Than Skinny Feels?

A lot of things.

There, I said it. I’m sure you’ve seen it — the whole “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” I call BS.

Tastes better than skinny feelsI’ve been skinny. There are things that taste better than how it felt. I was never the skinniest person alive (thank God), but there was a time when I was incredibly skinny for me, for my body type (I’m sure there are Internet trolls who could have a heyday pointing out that I was actually still “fat” in this photo — whatever, jerks).

This is how skinny looks. It doesn't address how skinny feels (for me).

This is how my skinny looks. Thumbs up was the lie I was telling myself.

What I see when I look at the above photo is someone who was trying desperately to prove that she had “made it” as one of the “fit” girls, but whose muscles had atrophied because she was under-eating and over-training. How did skinny feel at that moment? Like deprivation.

The crazy thing is that at that time in my life I wouldn’t have met any sort of criteria for an eating disorder. There have been times in my life when I would have, but this wasn’t one of those times. At this point people would have pointed out that I was “eating clean” (because everything else is apparently dirty — that’s another post to hopefully come soon) and “working hard”.

I’m here to tell you that there is a point between healthy and eating disorder. There is a point that is too extreme for true happiness, but not extreme enough for a diagnosis.

I never again want to feel like I can’t have a glass of wine after a really hard day at work. I don’t want to feel like I can’t eat dessert if it isn’t a special occasion. Sometimes I just want dessert.

I wrote a post a while back about balance and about how social media represents balance as a perfect storm of exercising all the time and then having just one glass of wine. I said how that’s just not me. I never just have one tiny piece of pie. I never have just one glass of wine.

I will never give up drinking wine during the Grey’s Anatomy season premiere (and probably every episode of Grey’s the whole season). I will never give up having dessert when Joe and I go out to eat if I can physically spare the extra space in my stomach. I will probably never again be “skinny” and that’s okay.

Where I am now is still leaps and bounds healthier than I have been in the past. I work harder, do more, lift heavier than I could have ever imagined. I go out with friends for dinner and drinks. I sometimes drink wine during the work week (gasp!). Some days I eat 1,300 calories, some days I eat 2,300 calories. Some days I over do it on the food and drink, but that’s okay because I’m able to reign it in and get back on track to doing what makes me actually feel good.


A friend said this in college. I’m pretty pop culture illiterate, but Google suggests it may be from South Park. I have no idea. The point is that what works for me may not work for you. Don’t get caught up in trying to copy someone else’s plan. This isn’t to say there is anything wrong with being skinny. I’m not saying that at all. What’s wrong is propagating the idea that being skinny is the most important thing.

When doing some research for ideas for our high school reunion, I came across an article to the effect of “What do people do to get to a perfect weight for high school reunion?” I clicked on it.

Let’s just stop for a minute. I have a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a master’s degree from Boston College and for a hot minute my biggest concern was how skinny I would be for my high school reunion. Screw that. 

I am an educated, successful, and accomplished woman. I have run marathons. I have presented at conferences. In what reality should my weight or appearance dictate my success? What I look like, what I weigh, what my body fat percentage is, doesn’t concern anyone but me.

This is not to say that I’m at peak fitness. I have goals (I think everyone should have goals, self improvement is very important), but should get to choose my goals. I shouldn’t have to listen to someone else decide what my goals should be for my life.

Here are the things I want (and am working very hard toward), none of which are directly related to my weight:

  • Do an unassisted pull up
  • Do a pistol squat (dude, I’m getting so close to this one)
  • Do 40 push ups from my toes (I was here once, I’ll get back)
  • Decrease my body fat percentage
  • Run the Boston Marathon

Literally none of those require me to lose weight (not even decreasing my body fat percentage). None of them require me to be skinny. They require me to exercise, they require me to not just eat junk, they require me to focus on my goals. They do not require me to be skinny.

Lots of things taste as good as skinny feels. Lots of things taste even better.


Fitness Friday – Halloween Body Weight Workout

It’s Halloweekend! If you couldn’t tell, I’m a big fan of Halloween. With all that’s been going on this year I’m a bit behind schedule and didn’t even get any decorations put up. It makes me a bit sad, but life happens. So today, in honor of Fitness Friday, I’m providing you with a great Halloween workout to do this weekend.

Halloween Body Weight WorkoutI am an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, but I am not your personal trainer and am therefore not aware of your specific injuries and limitations. Please consult with a doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.

Do you love Halloween? How will you be celebrating this weekend?


5 Tips for a Healthy Halloween

So it begins.

Halloween is the unofficial kick off to the holidays in my mind. I’ve noticed with myself and my clients that this is when unhealthy eating begins and continues all the way through those New Year’s Resolutions. Chalk it up to all the sugary treats this weekend and followed up by Thanksgiving and then December holidays, but this is when people start going off the rails. For the past several years I’ve hosted a Healthy Holiday Challenge to keep people on track, but I didn’t get things going in time this year.

In lieu of that challenge, I have some tips for how to keep your Halloween weekend on the healthier side so you don’t have to think about “making up for it” later.

5 Tips For A Healthy Halloween1. Set Limits

Whether you’re feasting on candy, indulging in spooky cocktails, or guarding the Buffalo Chicken Dip with your life, Halloween events can put you way over your normal eating threshold. Before you ever leave your house for an event, set a limit. Know how much you’re willing to indulge before you wake up feeling like crap the next day. Don’t completely deprive yourself of treats (that’s a whole different kind of miserable), but be honest with yourself about how much is too much.

2. Get Active

Working out may be the last thing you want to do right before a Halloween party, but being active before, during, and after is a great way to keep yourself in check. Not only will you burn calories (if that’s your thing), you will boost your energy and feel refreshed. If you’re looking for a workout to do, stay tuned where I’ll share a great one tomorrow! If you’re looking for something a little less demanding, go for a walk. Any activity is better than none.

3. Drink Water

This goes right along with setting limits. Not only will drinking water help you keep your alcohol consumption in check, you’ll be able to get a handle on cravings as well to keep you from overeating. Staying hydrated is also incredibly important if you are wearing a costume with multiple layers or are attending an event where the temperature becomes an issue.

4. Toss Leftovers

Halloween is on a Saturday this year, which is great for people who want to keep the party going all weekend long. I was actually in an UberPOOL with some girls on Wednesday who were going to a party already. So while Halloween may not be restricted to just one day this year, restrict it to the weekend. Come Sunday morning, toss the leftovers (all of them). Get rid of the extra candy (give it to someone if you hate the idea of throwing it out) and pack up the alcohol. Get back on track as soon as possible because the longer you’re indulging, the longer you’re want to.

5. Sleep

Yes, Halloween is a time for staying up late, watching scary movies, trick-or-treating, and general mayhem, but you still need sleep. In addition to sugary treats, Halloween is also an unofficial kick off for flu season and one of the best ways to avoid getting sick (after washing your hands) is to get adequate rest. Don’t stretch yourself too thin trying to get to every single event happening this weekend and staying up super late because that’s what you’re “supposed” to do. Sleep is a beautiful thing.

Above all else, stay safe and have fun this Halloween. No matter how old you are, don’t venture too far alone, be aware of your surroundings, and enjoy the one night per year when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest.

Happy Halloween!

Interest Poll: Homemade Holiday Treats Fundraiser

It’s been almost a week since my last blog post, which was completely unintentional. After our dinner party in early October, Joe and I traveled to NC for my 10-year high school reunion. As one of the planners, that took up a lot of my time. Once we returned, I launched right into a busy time at work followed by working Wine Riot this past weekend.

To say it’s been busy would be an understatement, but I’ve loved every second of it! With Halloween this weekend (and FINALLY a costume chosen), I’m looking forward to wrapping up the month of October and setting my sights more directly on my marathon training and the holidays.

Yes, I said the dreaded words. The holidays aren’t as far away as they may feel, so prepare yourselves! That said, I’m toying around with the idea of doing something with homemade holiday candy and treats for my fundraising efforts for the marathon. Who would be on board with something like this:

Everyone who donates at least $30 on a Wednesday between November 11-December 9 will receive a box of homemade holiday candy and/or cookies to be shipped from Boston (or delivered in person, depending on your location) on December 12.

Tins of Christmas Sweets. Photo by  Brian Hagiwara, no changes have been made.

Tins of Christmas Sweets. Photo by Brian Hagiwara, no changes have been made.

The photo above is for illustrative purposes only. I will decide on the type of candy/treats I’ll be making based on people’s interest and allergies. If at least 10 people are interested, I’ll get the show on the road, so please comment or fill out the form below if you want in! None of your information will be shared and is strictly for gauging interest.

You could choose to eat these treats yourself or use them for gifts! You are of course always welcome to donate any amount at any time to my fundraising page too.

Share with your friends who might be interested and let’s get started spreading that holiday cheer!


Getting Rewarded for Healthy Choices with the #BlueBoxTruck

Everyone knows that being healthy comes with its own rewards: feeling better, living longer, maybe even losing some inches around the waistline. But what if you could get other rewards for being healthy?

That’s just what Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA did for three weeks in September, with their Blue Box Truck. Think of it as a pat on the back for healthy choices, big or small.

The Blue Box Truck made its way around the city looking for people who were making healthy choices then surprising them with rewards, whether they were members of Blue Cross Blue Shield or not.

So why did a health insurance company go out and reward people who were making healthy choices? This was their way of showing that they believe that a health insurance company shouldn’t just be there when you need a little extra help with your health or medical care, but also when you’re doing all the right things to take care of yourself.

It was also about letting people know that their healthy choices don’t have to be life altering to matter. Small habits lead to big changes. It could be getting in a workout before work or making healthy choices at the grocery store.

The Blue Box Truck was spotted at a Zumba class on the Esplanade, CollegeFest at Fenway, and a November Project workout at Castle Island, just to name a few.

I had the opportunity to attend an event where the Blue Box Truck made an appearance on Sunday, September 13. The residents of Marian Manor, a nursing and rehabilitation home in South Boston, participated in puppy therapy thanks to the volunteers (human and canine) of Massachusetts Dog B.O.N.E.S.

The Blue Box Truck recognized that this event was not only fun, but beneficial to residents’ mental and physical health. In response to that, Blue Box Truck staff passed out stress balls to residents to help them continue their healthy habits beyond the event.

It was so moving to be at the event, not only to see how residents reacted to the dogs (more than one was crying tears of joy about the interaction because she said she had dogs her entire life and it always just felt right to be in the company of a dog), but also to see how absolutely touched residents were to get the stress balls and have them to keep.

To check out where the Blue Box Truck surprised and rewarded people’s healthy choices, check out the Blue Box Truck website or follow #BlueBoxTruck on social media.

How do you make healthy choices in your daily life?


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts . The opinions and text are all mine.

Fitness Friday – October 16, 2015

Joe and I are currently in North Carolina for my 10-year high school reunion, but I couldn’t skip out on my first Fitness Friday since announcing that I’m running the 2016 Boston Marathon! It’s also my first Fitness Friday since my cortisone injection and then week long headache that landed me in the ER and afforded me a CT scan and spinal tap. Needless to say, workouts took a back seat. It’s good to be back.

Fitness Update FridayMonday
wpid-img_20151012_140440.jpgI was off work for Columbus Day on Monday and decided to try going for a run to test my foot, since I hadn’t really had a chance to do so aside from a couple of run/walk intervals. I ran for a mile (my longest stretch since before my injury) and it was tough. I was feeling pretty defeated as I walked home, but then decided to add some run/walk intervals all uphill to the apartment. That along with the mile I had already ran gave me about 1.5 miles of running and a half mile of walking.


On Tuesday I went to the gym. It was awesome to be back! I got there a little early so ran for 5 minutes on the treadmill before meeting with my trainer. We did a killer half hour strength workout including pistol squats, single arm overhead presses, single arm push ups, inverted rows, Bosu up downs, assisted pull ups, and banded hip bridges with abduction. After that I stayed for a half hour workshop my trainer was leading and got in another killer session including off-loaded squats, plank pull throughs, single leg weighted bridges, weighted high knees, single arm rows, and Russian Twists. After that I bit the bullet and did another 5 minutes of running on the treadmill. I was exhausted, but it felt great!


Because our flight was on Thursday, I made sure to get to the gym again on Wednesday. I decided to do some cross training in the form of 20 minutes of stair climber and 15 minutes of biking. The training session included lots of sandbag and core work.


Yesterday was a travel day. Our flight left Boston just after 7am and after a layover in Detroit we got to Charlotte just after noon. The drive back was another 3.5 or so hours, so we were exhausted by the time we got to my parents’ house. It was a pretty lazy day that included seeing The Martian and finishing favors for the second night of the reunion.



Today is likely to be another fairly lazy day. We have several things to do in preparation for the reunion (did I mention I’m one of the planners) so we’re going to be running around a lot, but not working out per se. Tonight is the homecoming football game and barbecue so hopefully I’ll be fresh for tomorrow.


Tomorrow I’m planning to run my first 5K in months. It’s a small 5K in my hometown so there isn’t too much pressure. It’s mostly a way to get in a workout before the Saturday night portion of the reunion gets underway. It’s also going to be a huge test of my foot and go a long way in rebuilding my endurance.


Sunday is family day so I don’t expect I’ll be doing much of anything except eating a really unhealthy and delicious Southern breakfast followed by really unhealthy and delicious burgers and the fixin’s. Oh, and pumpkin pie. Did I mention pumpkin pie?

So needless to say not the most exciting week of workouts, but exciting to be working out.

What has your week of workouts looked like?


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