Playlist Thursday

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Friend, fellow FitFluential Ambassador, and all around awesome runner/blogger guy, Pavement Runner, does a series on his blog called “Playlist Thursday". I participated last week by adding my ideas to the comments on his blog, but he told me I should really participate so here goes!


Yes, I stole his logo – I don’t think he minds Winking smile

Here’s how it works (From Mr. Pavement’s post):

Something Old: These will be songs that are at least 5 years old. I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.
Something Current: These will be songs that have been released within the past year. I know, but you have to give me some leeway here.
Something to Consider: These will be songs that are not typically heard on the radio and may be by artists you’ve never heard of or considered running to. This is the wild card category, can be old or current.

I’ve been on a wicked techno/hip-hop/anything extremely upbeat kick lately so I’m using that as a basis for my post:

Something Old:

Artist: Rusted Root

Title: Send Me on My Way

Try staying still when this song is on. I dare ya

Fave quote: “And we will run, we will, we will crawl, we will”

Something Current:

Artist: Flo Rida

Title: Good Feeling

The title really says it all, doesn’t it? Running makes you feel good!

Fave Quote: “Got adrenaline, never giving in, Giving up’s not an option, gotta get it in”

Something to Consider:

Artist: Alter Bridge (I am out to rid the world of people who haven’t heard of Alter Bridge, one person at a time. This band is amazing, by far one of my favorites).

Title: I Know It Hurts

Not only is this song rockin’, but you really think if you’re running a hard race/run that he’s talking to you!

Fave quote: “We all fall sometimes you’re not the first, But I know it hurts,
Yeah I know it hurts”


What’s on your playlist? Do you like the Alter Bridge song? Do I have to force more upon you to turn you into a fan? Winking smile


The Beauty of it All

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Now that my passion for photography has grown by leaps and bounds (and since I discovered how easy it is to edit pictures in Picasa!) I take a million more pictures than I ever did, and I put a lot more thought into them.

With that came the thought – I sure do live in a beautiful place. I’m surrounded by forests, 45 minutes from the beach (if I leave my house early enough to avoid traffic), 2 hours from the mountains. It’s really a helluva place to live. I was also thinking that as I wandered the beach with Lexi on Saturday, so I pulled out my phone and started snapping away (every picture here was taken with my phone).


Gorgeous, right? These were taken at my favorite beach, Narragansett Town Beach. It’s owned by the town and not the state so (in my opinion) it’s more well cared for. You also have to pay to park and to get on the beach – so less tourists flock here than the state beaches. (And if you’re local you know the secrets to not paying – and no, neither of them are cheating the system!).

I also took some pics on a running route that is right out my front door. Even though I live on a main road, it doesn’t take many miles to find the beauty. Some of these were even taken on the main road!


I’m so lucky to live in such a beautiful area. The winters may suck, but I’m pretty sure I’m never leaving.

How do you feel about where you live?


P.S. I’m venturing onto more creative posts, versus the typical “This is what I ran today, this was my workout today.” I figure I’ll just recap those once a week, and channel my creative side more other days, as well as address stuff I want to talk to you about. I really enjoy posts like this, and last night. Whaddya think?!

This is Your Life

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Do what you love, and do it often…

We’ve all seen this, right?

I have this laminated, hanging over my desk where I can see it every day.

While I was running tonight, my brain was cranking away.

Live with purpose.

Live with passion.

Live with enthusiasm.

Live to DREAM.

I was inspired to write this because I see, all too often, people who have clearly lost their lust for life. It makes me sad for these people – to see them, just going through the motions.

But through those people who have lost their lust for life I find inspiration. I find that because I don’t want to be lust-less.

So, I live with purpose. I live to be a daughter, a sister, a niece, a friend, a doggy mama, a personal trainer changing lives.

I live with passion. Passion for running. Passion for helping others. Passion for writing. Passion for food and baking. And many, many more that keep me constantly occupied.

I live with enthusiasm.  I put 100% into everything I do. Half-assed does not exist in my dictionary. I enter into each run, each project, each task at hand with great enthusiasm. If you’re not going to be enthusiastic about what you do – why bother?

I live to DREAM.  Once upon a time someone told me “You can’t run.” That someone has been proven entirely wrong. I dream of running the Boston Marathon (by qualifying), I dream of changing peoples lives through personal training, I dream of being a certified running coach. I dream of being a wife, a mother, a homeowner…

If I didn’t live this way – what would be the point of living?

Stay true to yourself, you’re the only you that you’ve got.



Manic Monday

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I know I know, totally cliché – but totally true. I feel like I’ve been in a whirlwind all day! But we’re not going to let that get us down now are we?

Let’s talk about what I am currently loving on this Monday, shall we?

1) My new training plan. I took a training plan from Runner’s World, and I’m going to follow the basic concept. I’m going to look at some of the Hal Higdon plans – and probably do a combination of the two. Either way, this will be the plan I follow that gets me through the Jamestown Half, the Rock N Roll Providence Half, and Chicago.  I start tomorrow with an easy 4 miler (10ish pace).

2) Beach weather. I took Lexi to the beach on Saturday. Turns out she’s not a fan of the ocean. I don’t think she’s my dog Winking smile I can’t blame her though, the water temps right now are around 59 degrees. Brr. It felt so nice to walk barefoot down the beach though, oh how I love summer!

Lexi No Ocean

3) Simple homemade recipes. Homemade rice pilaf – recipe to follow later in the week/weekend.

Rice Pilaf

4) Passing the NASM Certified Personal Trainer practice exam on the first try. This is a giant confidence booster. Post-practice exam I went through and read up on the stuff I didn’t know well, and even made some flash cards. I have so many flash cards now:

5) My last week of reception duties at my job. I move into the new position next Tuesday. I’m embracing it for now, while I continue to search elsewhere (hello Saucony, I’m looking at you!).

What are YOU loving this Monday? Have anything exciting going on like trainer exams and job transfers? Tell me all about it!

Sweat to Street Sunday

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Welcome to Sweat to Street Sunday’s!

Each week my fabulously fit co-hosts and I will link up with one everyday outfit AND one fitness outfit that we love!

"Fashion" "Fitness" "FitFluential" "Fashion Link Up" "Fitness Clothing"

Meet Your Hosts!
Family and Life in Las Vegas (Emily)
Wild Things RUN Free (Charlotte)
Running and Cupcakes (Samantha)
MCM Mama (Erika)
Boobs, Barbells, and Broccoli (Tenecia)


Sweat to Street has been created as a place to link up your favorite outfits of the week as a new Sunday blog feature. The idea is to have some fun and change it up! Each week we encourage you to post one workout outfit and one outfit you wore that isn’t fitness related.

Every week we spotlight one awesome blogger who links up with us in the previous week! Our way of thanking you for sharing your fabulous/fun/fitness style!

  This week’s featured blogger: Lauren from Strong. Healthy. Balanced.

Link-up Suggestions:

Remember if you don’t link up, we can’t choose you to be next week’s featured blogger!

We are so excited to see all the fashions that are shared each week!


Shorts and tank: Old Navy

Sports Bra: Champion

Street :

 Tank tops: Old Navy

Jeans: Gap

I can’t wait to see your fashions for the week!

Just Call Me Grace

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Today has started out MUCH better than yesterday did! Let me back up a bit though…

Thursday night I went out for my friend Jen’s birthday. What originally started as dinner turned into dinner and drinks at the pub down the street from her house.


Isn’t she adorable?

The pub we go to is so cool, they have a beer club, and for every tier in the club you reach (they track which beers you drink, and give you a list of what’s left to try) you get prizes! I think it’s going to take me a while to get a prize – especially because they serve pumpkin beer year round and I just can’t resist:


Needless to say I didn’t make it very far into my list because I had to drive, and it was a work night. That didn’t stop us from staying at the bar until 1 a.m. – whoopsy!

So yesterday morning when I got up at 6:30 a.m. I was DEAD. So dead in fact that I slipped and fell down the stairs. That’ll wake you up.

I managed to get up and stumble my way into the kitchen – that was a hard fall, I felt so sick suddenly I had to sit down. It was then I noticed my pinky and was immediately convinced I had broken my finger:


It’s hard to tell from the pic, but the bottom half of my pinky is twice it’s normal size. That, a stiff neck, and a bruised/scraped up elbow seem to be the worst of my injuries. Thanks to my parents for taking care of me by giving me juice for my stomach and ice for my finger!

4 1/2 hours of sleep will do that to ya. Luckily I didn’t hurt any running muscles. I’m a bit stiff this morning, but I’m sure that’ll loosen up once I start moving around.


In other news, you guys know how much I love Saucony, right? I certainly blab on and on about my Kinvara’s enough (not to mention all of their clothing that I own)! Well, I stalk browse their career sight on a weekly basis, hoping and praying they’ll have an opening that I am qualified for.

GUESS WHAT? Yesterday, I found one. Everyone send good vibes, cross your fingers, do a little “new job” dance, or whatever else you may want to do for me. I would do just about anything to work for Saucony. Getting my foot in the door with a position that I am well qualified for would be a fantastic start to a dream come true!

(And, being the complete geek that I am, I tweeted that I had found/applied for this position and the peeps behind Saucony’s twitter account FAVORITED it. Perhaps that is a good sign?)


I realize this is a totally random all over the place post but I have to tell you guys about one more thing:


Larabar Tweet

I’ve also tried the apple turnover one and it is equally amazing.

I gave my mom the Cherry Cobbler one to try and she said it’s deeeeeeeeeliscious!

If you can get your hands on these, do it. They’re fruity, they’re nutty, they’re a perfect snack! Thanks Larabar for sending these my way!


Okay, that’s enough random rambling for a Saturday morning. I’m taking Lexi to the beach today – she’s never been, and it’s going to be a beautiful day!

Have a great Saturday my friends!


Seek the Peak 2012

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For those of you that have been reading for a while you probably remember when I took on the adventure of climbing Mt. Washington last summer, right? Well if not (and for those of you that weren’t hanging around these parts yet) you can read my recaps here:

Seek the Peak Weekend Report

Seek the Peak Part 2

Well my friends, I’m doing it again! Seek the Peak 2012!  This year is going to be a little different though because the actual event is on the same day my youngest cousin is getting married. So my mother and I chose the weekend of August 10-12 to do our very own Seek the Peak. On Saturday, mommy, her friend/horse trainer, and I are all going to climb together.

One of the cool things about Seek the Peak is you can register as a Virtual Hiker:

A virtual hiker is: “Those who would like to participate by fundraising and receiving all applicable fundraising incentives, but cannot attend the event in person”

And let me tell you – the fundraising incentives are AH-MAYYYY-ZINNNGGG. Click here for more on that, it’s way too much to list! I got the goodie bag last year, and let me tell you, it is by far the best swag bag I’ve ever received for an event!

 I’m telling you all of this for two reasons:

1) If you are local to the area and want to join our very small hiking team for the weekend I would love that. The hike is challenging, but if you’re fit and able bodied you can do it. So, whaddyasay???? Hmmmm….???? If you are interested email me for more info! runcupcake {at} gmail {dot} com.

2) I would love your help in supporting the Mt. Washington Observatory through donations.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit scientific and educational institution organized under the laws of the state of New Hampshire. Its mission is to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate, by maintaining its mountaintopweather station, conducting research and educational programs and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region.

So you see, without donations and volunteers, Mt. Washington Observatory couldn’t exist. Here’s a bit more on what they do at the observatory:

The Observatory continues to record and disseminate weather information. It also serves as a benchmark station for many types of severe weather research and testing. The term outpost can be defined as a small group stationed away from the main body; it is also referred to as an outlying or frontier settlement. These definitions lend a sense of endangerment associated with the word, as well as the understanding of an important mission. Of the scores of mountaintop scientific stations that eventually followed its lead, the Mount Washington station is perhaps the only one that can be said to have remained in continuous operation with an active and expanding mission.

This is a great cause – weather patterns are continuously changing and need to be constantly monitored.  It’s also a cause that means a lot to me because my family and I have been vacationing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for as long as I can remember. Not a summer goes by where we don’t spend some time in the mountains of New Hampshire.

Can you help? Do you want to hike? Let me know! Have you ever climbed a mountain before? It’s an experience of a lifetime!

Blast that Belly!

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Happy Wednesday night my friends! I am super amped up because


I am taking my exam a week from Friday – so now I must study, study, study hard!

In other news – my morning workout plans were derailed when the television was already being used. So, I quickly changed things up. I did three rounds of my Stability Ball Circuit (15 reps each – except for the push ups, I did 10, 7, and 10  – I’m getting better at those!) and I combined that with 3 rounds (15 reps each again, except for planks, that would be ridiculous) this totally ass belly kicking workout!

Belly Blaster Circuit

Sit ups – traditional sit ups. Lock your feet underneath something and sit all the way up! This works your hip flexors as well as your abs (a hugely important exercise if you are a runner!)

Russian Twists – Check out this video from fellow FitFluential Ambassador Mike Schiemer! I used a 5# dumb bell to perform mine.

Planks – need no explanation. Plank however you like to plank!

Suicide Planks – these bad boys are bad ass. Feel the burn! I cannot do 15 of these in a row; nor can I do 3 sets of 15 in a circuit. I think I maybe did 15 total. I need to work on that.

Roll Up Toe Touches – These are huge for me because I never used to be able to roll up from a completely lying down position without helping myself, using my legs as leverage, etc. Now I can complete all of my reps and sets in this circuit!

Reverse crunches – can’t work the abs without blasting the lower abs now can we?!

Your abs will be on fire! Mine were. Combine this with my stability ball workout like I did and you get a full body workout with a huge focus on core strength!

Tomorrow I’m going to run some intervals – I’m thinking the outdoor version of my Treadmill Fartleks that I came up with over the winter. 5 Miles, 3 of which will be intervals.

One last thing…

FitFluential is currently seeking Ambassadors and Enthusiasts! Check out the site for all the details.

Men especially – we need you! The FitFluential Ambassador Woman to Man ratio is like 25:1 (I’m exaggerating…kinda…).

So what are you waiting for?! Join us!

Have a great rest of your Wednesday my friends, I’m off to relax with the rest of my wine and a book!


Dairy Free Smoothies

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Now that I’ve had to go dairy free, I had to revamp my smoothie recipe. The biggest challenge for me was finding protein powder that was affordable, dairy free, and soy free.

Last weekend Jess told me about this company called True Nutrition. They sell vitamins, sports nutrition, herbs, natural foods, etc. But what drew me to the company is the ability to create custom protein powder. You can choose any blend of various proteins, carbohydrates, supplements, and fats! You can also choose from a very wide variety of flavors. I created my own powder out of:

  • Gemma Pea Protein Isolate non-GMO (55%)
  • Psyllium Seed Husk Fiber (5%)
  • Dextrose (5%)
  • Fructose (5%)
  • Whole Grain Brown Rice Carbohydrate (5%)
  • BCAA’s – Branched Chain Amino Acids (15%)
  • L-Glutamine (10%)

The right amount of everything that I feel my body needs to recover after a hard workout or run.  It arrives tomorrow, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how I feel about it.

In the meantime, here are a couple of smoothie recipes that I’ve really been digging lately, and they’re dairy free!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 6 oz container vanilla rice yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 1 scoop protein powder of your choice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Berry Fruity Smoothie

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 6 oz container strawberry or blueberry rice yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 1 scoop protein powder of your choice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

This smoothie can be made in a variety of ways – the oj, spinach, banana, and protein powder are the key ingredients. You can change things up by changing up what type of fruit and yogurt you use!

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Share it below!