Smoothie Face

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Workout

This morning, thanks to Tina’s Best Body Boot Camp program, I had a decent workout! After 20 minutes of steady state cardio on the elliptical, I did the total body workout that was on the agenda for yesterday. Since I skipped yesterday’s workout in favor of taking a power yoga class, I focused on the supersets today.

Tomorrow’s Boot Camp workout is a “cardio workout of your choice” and I’m pretty sure I’ll do some kind of cardio-based circuit workout. If you have one you’ve been loving lately, please feel free to let me know or link to it in the comments section of this post. I always love new workout inspiration!

Here are two of my favorites that can be done anywhere and do not require any equipment:

Breakfast

Check out what happened when I threw a few extra strawberries into my smoothie this morning as it was whirring away in the blender.

smoothie on face

The hazards of smoothie-making! 

Clearly I was peering over the blender as I added the strawberries, because the smoothie flew out of the blender and hit me in the middle of the nose. Smoothie also ended up on my arm and all over my shirt. At least I was still gross from the gym!

Must turn the blender off before adding extra ingredients. Lesson learned.

Even though my morning smoothie was apparently rather feisty, it was also tasty, though it looks like garbage.

smoothie spinach

Into the blender went…

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 handfuls frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop FitMixer chocolate protein
  • 1 spoonful cocoa powder 
  • 1 heaping spoonful peanut butter
  • 2 large handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1 cup milk
  • Ice

smoothie with spinach

Brrr!

ZOOMA in Florida

Earlier this week, I mentioned that I am teaming up with ZOOMA and will be participating in one of their races. (If you’re interested in becoming a ZOOMA ambassador, you can apply here.) They just announced their newest race location yesterday and, in January 2013, I’ll be heading to Amelia Island!

  • ZOOMA Florida Half Marathon & 5K
  • Saturday, January 19, 2013
  • Location: Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Amelia Island, FL
  • Start time: 8 a.m. half marathon, 8:30 a.m. 5K

I spent time in Amelia Island last January for our friends’ wedding and am looking forward to returning next year. It’s such a nice part of Florida (I highly recommend exploring the beach on a beach bike!) and I think it will be a fun location for a race. Plus, Caitlin will be there, too! (Just FYI, I am not being paid by ZOOMA, though my race entry and hotel expense is being covered by the company.)

When I spoke with the founder of ZOOMA on the phone last week, I explained that I’m not a hard core runner. I’ve completed a handful of half marathons but running is just plain hard for me. I sign up and participate in races because I love challenging myself and find races motivating, energizing and exiting. She explained that ZOOMA races are great for beginner runners and competitive runners which is awesome.

When I found out about the new location of their Florida race, I called my sister and spoke with her about it.

race-for-the-cure-st-pete

She’s been interested in running a half marathon for quite a while now and I may have her convinced to run this one!

I think that running with her as she completes her first half marathon would be such a cool experience. I even tossed out the idea of Leslie sharing some of her training and race day thoughts on the blog since so many of you have reached out to me with interest in training for your first half marathon. (Leslie’s previous running distance record occurred in October last year when she completed her first 10K in 66 minutes!)

I’ll be sure to keep you posted with our race day plans.

P.S. The Who’s Who page of the blog was updated this morning. If you’re new around here, the Who’s Who page is a simple guide to the people (and dog!) that pop up on the blog all the time. 

Question of the Morning

  • Have you ever participated in a race with a member of your family? Would you want to?

Comments

  1. Annmarie says

    I was walking down the stairs with a chocolate pb smoothie in my hand, when my foot slipped. I fell on my butt, and I slid all the way down the stairs… When I fell, I ended up throwing my arm up, spraying smoothie all over my face, hair, clothes, and stairway. It was on the ceiling! I was also on my way to work, and that was my last pair of clean scrubs! My fiance had to clean smoothie off the walls and try to keep the cat from eating it, while I re-showered. It was a completely ridiculous situation!

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  2. Kristen says

    I am anxious for the day when Zooma comes to the West Coast, or my finances improve enough for me to go to a destination race on the East! LOL

    I’ve actually done almost all of my races with my mom and sister. We all run at different paces, but training together for it keeps us all motivated and then we have a built-in cheering section once there! I definitely recommend making it a family affair!

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  3. says

    That race sounds awesome!! I’m wish Leslie…I’ve never run a half marathon before but I’d looove to someday. I looked up Hal Higdon’s training schedule and think I’m going to start training for a 10K or half marathon at the end of the summer after all of my vacations are over. Something to look forward to!

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  4. says

    I’ve just started getting into green smoothies. Today was beat, avocado, blueberries, blackberries, a few goji berries, some flax, some chia seeds and some honey. The Dr told me it’s time to stop pretending like I’m invincible. Hopefully I’ll be even more fit in Oregon October 10th! Cheers!

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