Friday Five: What I’m Loving Lately on the Run

Happy Friday, friends. We made it! It’s cooling down (just by a degree or two — summer year round!) here in San Diego so I’m wearing sweaters, sprinkling pumpkin spice in everything, and pretending it’s Fall. 🙂 This weekend, I am looking forward to running with two girlfriends, and hosting our friends (and their sweet newborn!) over for a meal at our place. I hope you have some running and time with the people you love scheduled for this weekend! If not…get on that. 🙂

Friday Five: What I’m Loving Lately on the Run

1. My new SPIbeltI’ve never been a big fan of my armband (it always gets so sweaty and starts to slip during long runs!), so when my mom recently gifted me a running belt for my birthday, I was thrilled! I’ve been taking it on all of my outdoor runs and it’s been so convenient to stash my phone, keys, and gel – and I usually forget I even have it on me! If you feel like you’re constantly juggling all the things while on your runs, or if your armband weighs you down and feels awkward – try a belt!

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2. Senso Bluetooth Headphones Another birthday gift from my sweet mom! Can you tell she is a huge supporter of my running and always knows exactly what I need? Moms are good that way. 🙂 I find so much motivation through music during workouts – and going essentially cordless has made things easier and lighter! Plus, I love that they don’t slip out of my ear or get tangled.

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3. The Rambling Runner Podcast  Specifically, his most recent episode with Janae Barron (Hungry Runner Girl). Matt is a talented interview, a great encourager of others’ achievements, and it was awesome to hear him get the scoop on Janae’s HUGE breakthrough to sub-3 hours in the marathon!

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4. GOODRs! I recently bought my second pair from our local running store (the super awesome Milestone Running!) and could not be happier. They just make runs feel more fun and they don’t move or bounce on your face one bit! I love the fun colors and the polarized lenses at a super affordable price. Bonus: the brand is just so sassy and quirky. What’s not to love?

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5. Setting new goals! This is always scary (read: EXCITING) to talk about, but I have been setting some new/BIG goals in running and I’m eager to pursue them. The first one I’ll be going after is a sub-23 minutes (7:23/mi) at the Fit Foodie 5k next weekend. My lifetime (and high school…11 years ago!) PR is 23:54 and I am determined to prove that runners get better with age. 😉

Hey, San Diegans! If you’d like to join us at Fit Foodie…please do! It’s not too late to register and you can save $5 when you use code STAYGREATFF.

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In the comments…

  • What running gear/goodies are you enjoying lately?

  • Do you have any races planned in the next few weeks?

  • What are your scary big and exciting goals?

Have a beautiful weekend and stay great!

Love,

Charlotte

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Training Summary: 9/30/18-10/7/18

Hi! How are you? I haven’t blogged in a while, but I’ve been running as usual! Life has been busy with travel, our anniversary, my birthday, and some minor health issues but I’ve been striving to be as consistent in my running as possible, usually running anywhere from 20-25 miles per week and doing a good bit of cross-training. I’m thankful that I’m feeling 100% and able to keep up with a typical schedule these days, this past week included!

I wanted to check in with a brief training update…it’s fun to look back on, and, in this season of “rest” in between marathon cycles, it’s nice to track what I’m doing to stay motivated to maintain a solid base.

I hope that your own running + fitness journey has been going well! Please feel free to share with me how you’re doing and if you have any questions in the comments.

Stay great, my friends. ❤

So perfect! Through injury and illness...just have to get out there and do it! 6 miles today More

 

Training Summary: 9/30/18-10/7/18

Monday: Teach cardio/HIIT class, 5 mile run @ 9:19/mi

Tuesday: Teach cardio/HIIT class, 30 minute walk

Wednesday: Teach cardio/HIIT class, 5 mile run @ 9:24/mi

Thursday: XT: 45 minutes of cardio (bike and elliptical) + 30 minute leg strength workout

Friday: 6 mile treadmill run @ 9:05/mi

Saturday: Teach cardio/HIIT class, 4 mile easy fun run (untimed), 15 minute resistance band workout

Sunday: 5 mile treadmill run (4 @ 9:30/mi, 1 @ goal 5k pace 7:19/mi), 8.5 mile bike ride w/ chad (Congratulations, Chicago Marathon runners!)

Total Miles Completed: 25

 

Verse of the Week:

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” – 3 John 1:2

 

 

5 Verses to Fuel Your Workouts

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Hey girl!

I know you know that fueling your body with the right food and fluids is vital for your workouts and overall health…but are you fueling your mind and heart with good stuff, too?

Your mental and spiritual health is even more important than your physical health! Yet, it’s so easy to get distracted on our outward appearance and physical goals, so much so that we neglect our souls. I’ve been there too.

That’s why today, I’m sharing 5 bible verses to fuel your workouts, and to inspire you for the week ahead. These little nuggets of scripture point me back to what matters most — not weight loss, or finish lines, or perfect health – but our eternal prize in Heaven, and in knowing Jesus.

5 Verses to Fuel Your Workouts

1 Corinthians 9:24-27: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Isaiah 40:29-31: He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20: Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.

2 Timothy 4:7: I have competed well; I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

1 Corinthians 10:31: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Happy Monday – have a great week!

-Charlotte

 

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FREE Plant-Based Meal Plan

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Hi, y’all. I’ve got a little free gift for you today!

Over the weekend, I shared a quick picture of my meal plan for the coming week in my Instagram stories. I received an overwhelming response of votes and direct messages asking more info about it, and I feel like I’m always getting questions about “sooo…you’re vegan, right? What do you actually eat?” both online and in real, everyday life.

I’m here to debunk the myth that eating a plant-based diet is two things: complicated and expensive. It is truly neither of those! I am no domestic goddess – and that’s why plant-based eating works so well for me. I’ve also noticed significant improvement in my skin, stress, recovery from running, and overall health since switching to a 99% plant-based diet about two years ago.

To answer your questions and to show you how easy it is…(and to hope to inspire you to eat more plants yourself!), I created a free six-day sample meal plan, grocery list, and short “recipes” to share with you. It’s super affordable compared to an average grocery budget, and it’s easy to put together for yourself or for your whole family. This plan will show you that eating plant-based is even easier and more convenient than the standard American diet. And so much better for you in the long run, too. Have you watched What the Health yet? Not to mention, all of the sweet animals and natural resources that you alone, as just one individual, can save by making the switch.

To get the free meal plan, please complete this form and I’ll send one to you today.

Much love to you,

Charlotte

 

Currently: July/August 2018

Reading The End of Me by Kyle Idleman (for personal growth) and A Love Like No Other by Pamela Kruger (for work).

Watching Not much TV or Netflix these days, but we saw Mission Impossible – Fallout over the weekend and it was fantastic!

Listening To the “Hot Country” playlist made by Spotify. Loooove that happy summertime music!

Eating My favorite protein bars – No Cow! They’re vegan, high-protein (20g!) and super low sugar (1g)! It’s not a candy bar disguised as a protein bar, like so many of the nasty things out on the market right now! Save 20% off your first No Cow order by using code charlottea20.

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Drinking Rose as a favorite treat lately – I’ve never had it before this summer and now it’s my go-to refreshing indulgence on the weekends. 🙂

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Anticipating running my first trail race in a few years…the Raptor Ridge 15k (but they say it’s actually 10.3…) this coming Saturday in San Pasqual Valley. It’s going to be hot and dirty and challenging but FUN! And I’m praying I won’t see any rattlesnakes. 🙂

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Cooking as little as possible lately, in this heat! We’ve been living off of the crockpot, sandwiches, salads, and avocado toast to avoid turning on the oven. I made Chad these Crockpot Steak Fajitas and they were a big hit.

Thankful that we prioritize dating each other, even though we’re nearly 3 years married! Last week, it was a roller coaster and wine tasting. This past weekend, we tried out a new veggie restaurant in our neighborhood. Big or small, quality time means so much to me. These are the good ‘ol days.

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BBQ pulled jackfruit sandwich for Chad – vegan, baby!
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Portobello mushroom burger with garlic cashew aioli (who knew they made vegan aioli?!) and ginger, lime, and rosehips Boochkraft. YUM.

 

Thanks for catching up with me. Hope you have a wonderful week!

 

3 Reasons to Run Today

Happy Monday! I hope you are feeling rested and restored from the weekend. Ours could be summed up by the following words: rollercoaster, volleyball, beach, beer, good friends, and you guessed it: RUNNING!

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Right now I’m not training for anything in particular, there are currently no major half-marathons or marathons on my schedule. I’m just running for the sheer joy of it. When you’re not working towards a specific goal (that you already signed up and paid a lot of money for!) it can be challenging to find reasons to get out the door and push yourself every day, when there is no deadline or finish line in front of you.

Lately, I’ve been preaching the following five reasons to run to myself, and I’d love to share them with you! Whether you’re running simply for fun like me, just looking to start exercising in general, or training for a big goal race…I hope this post will help!

3 Reasons to Run Today

1. Running builds confidence.

Running (and any good workout) makes you feel strong, empowered, beautiful, and confident. Even just a 20 or 30 minute run will have you feeling like you can handle whatever the day throws at you. I tend to naturally be a pretty insecure person, but running has really helped me to combat that. I feel more beautiful after a run than I do with makeup and a fancy dress on. Running will help you to love yourself, and your body!

2. You can run anywhere.

Do you live at the beach, in the city, in the suburbs, or in the middle of nowhere? Great! Those are all fabulous places to go for a run. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home, on vacation, or out of your normal environment, you can truly run anywhere and you don’t need a gym, a trainer, or any equipment. It’s a sport that works in any environment. There are no excuses for why you can’t run today. Just go!

3. Running relieves stress.

I always say that running is cheaper than therapy. It’s true! Running boosts endorphins, relaxes the mind, and releases stress. It allows me to time to think, pray, and connect with God on a deeper level. I often “numb out” on runs and my worries, fears, and stressors truly fade away. And as the wise philosopher Elle Woods once said… 🙂

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I’m the first to admit that it can be incredibly hard to get out of bed and put your shoes on when the alarm clock blares and it’s still dark outside. But, it’s worth it! For these three reasons and so many more. I hope you found a little motivation within this post…get out there and get after it!

What are some of your favorite reasons to run? Share in the comments!

In Her Shoes: Meghan (@joyful.runner.meg)

 

 

It’s time for another In Her Shoes interview!

In my 2ish years doing this whole blogging thing, Meghan has been the sweetest, most unexpected gift. She has been such a good friend to me and is always so encouraging! Meghan is super fast, an excellent cheerleader, a trusted friend, and above all – she has unshakeable faith that you can’t help but admire. You’ll read more about her experience below, but she recently inspired me to race my marathon without a watch! I just love everything about her and I know you will too. Enjoy today’s interview with Meghan aka @joyful.runner.meg !

Welcome, Meghan! Thanks so much for sharing your story with us today. For anyone who might not know you, please give a brief introduction of who you are outside of your running life. 

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Hey, I’m Meghan! I recently moved to Michigan after getting married to my wonderful husband 7 months ago. Our city is right on Lake Michigan so we love beaching now that it’s finally warm enough here! I started following Jesus in college, it has been my greatest adventure. I struggle with anxiety and focusing too much on perfection, which is a vicious cycle. Jesus always meets me where I’m at, helps me to be brave, and allows me to strive for progress versus perfection. I’m thankful to serve a God who shows up in both the big things and the tiny things in life! I am a physical therapist, and I work at an amazing hospital. I help sick and/or post-operative patients re-learn how to walk, and regain function again. It’s rewarding work and a lot fun!

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What’s a typical day like in your shoes? 

I don’t really have a typical day because my work schedule is all over the place, sometimes my shifts end at 4:30, sometimes 9 at night! But other than work, most of my days consist of morning coffee, a work out of some type, quality time with my hubby, hanging out or catching up with friends, and prayer.

How long have you been running, and what made you get started?

I started running cross-country in 5th grade. I didn’t like it, but my basketball and soccer coaches told my parents to keep me in cross-country since I could run all over the court/field without getting tired. I stuck it out another year, and that’s when I fell in love. I ran cross-country up until my junior year of college!

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What are your proudest running moments? 

My proudest running moments have been my most two recent races within the past month, where I raced without a watch. I ditched the watch in order to get out of my head and to better enjoy the race. I ran strong races and stayed mentally tough throughout. I crossed the finish lines feeling proud, full of joy, and crazy passionate about my sport, even without running PRs. The perfectionist in me tries to make me believe it’s either a PR or a failure. I’m learning that success in running is not just limited to getting a PR; it’s getting out there and doing what you love, wholeheartedly! There is so much more to racing than just a finish time!

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Are there any goals that you’re currently chasing?

Getting a marathon or half-marathon (or both!) PR without my watch on! Also, completing a race in all 50 states!

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What’s your advice to someone who wants to start living a healthy lifestyle? 

It’s always hard at first! It takes time for your body to adapt to new stresses, new activities, new exercises, etc. When I take a couple weeks off running, it always feels so hard on my lungs and my legs at first. But be persistent, because your body will adapt, and it will get easier. Start small and work your way up. Big changes don’t happen overnight. But don’t give up!

What fitness products/gadgets do you swear by?

I swear by my Garmin for marathon training. I love my goPro for the occasional mid-run selfie

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What are some of your favorite things in life, apart from running? 

DISNEY! My husband and I are huge Disney fans. We actually got engaged and then spent part of our Honeymoon in Disney. We are kids at heart and love the characters, songs, and magic. I also love life chats with dear friends over coffee, sweet potatoes in any form, travelling and exploring new places, and all things Mexican food!

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Just for fun – what are three things that you’re grateful for?

  1. To serve a God who never changes. Life gets crazy, unpredictable things happen, people change, etc. But God is the same God as He was yesterday, is today, and will forever be. It fills me with peace that God is dependable and consistent. I can trust Him with every circumstance that comes my way, and know that life will come from it!
  2. A husband who supports my craziness. He has biked in torrential downpour on race day just to watch me run by for 15 seconds. He is willing to travel and be my support crew for all my crazy running adventures. He listens to my panicking and pre-race freak outs and helps to calm me down. He supports my goals, and goes above and beyond for me. I just love him!
  3. Starbucks, ha! I’m a basic and love my coffee. I treat myself once a week to coffee shop coffee, and I always go back to Starbucks. Hot caramel machiattos, iced caramel lattes, and salted caramel mochas with half the pumps are my recommendations (do you see a theme here haha)

Closing: Thank you to Charlotte for this wonderful series. I have had the ability to be encouraged and follow so many amazing women in their running journeys because of these interviews. Charlotte is nothing short of an amazing woman of God and a dedicated runner. She’s also a light, not just to this amazing running community, but to everyone around her!  I love seeing the Lord work through her passionate and talented self!

Well, I’m blushing. Didn’t I tell you guys that she’s the best? Thank you, friend!

To keep up with Meghan, follow her on Instagram: @joyful.runner.meg
Or read her blog: I Run For Him.

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