Today is Global Running Day!

To celebrate Global Running Day, I swapped my regular Body Beast workout for a treadmill run.

Global Running Day

This is the fastest I’ve run since 2013.  Probably since I’ve dropped most of the weight I was lugging around for the past 18 months (weightlifting is weightloss magic, no joke). Whatever the reason, I’m feeling excited about running again. I might even work on finally getting a half marathon time under 2:30. Or not! I’m really just enjoying being fit and active again, after all that time with a frozen shoulder and low spirits.

How did you celebrate Global Running Day?


June Training

I totally forgot to blog about this when the month ended, but for June, I ran 89 miles! Probably more, but I didn’t start logging mileage until I got my new shoes.

My body feels great…but the mileage is taking its toll on my skin. I’ve got cracked heels, flaky toes, underboob chafing, and acne everywhere. I disrobe and shower immediately after getting home, but I’m still a wreck. I’ve gone back to Vicks Vapo Rub for my feet, but I’m taking suggestions on my other issues if you’ve got any advice!

Happy Hump Day!


What are “junk miles” and should I even care?

Happy Friday!
I’ve been on a running kick lately – just look:

daily mile

Yesterday was the first day that I’d not run in two weeks. I’ve been aiming for 5 miles a day; the days where I didn’t achieve that were the days where I forgot to increase the treadmill timer from 30 to 60 minutes. Oops.

Apparently – these are “junk miles“! Miles that I run just because I want to run them – no other objective than that. I guess serious runners try to avoid these sorts of runs…but I’m not a serious runner so I’m sticking with my junk miles runs. Here’s why:

  1. Because I can. I’ve never done any sort of running or running program until I turned 40. I’m still amazed that I can run at all! Never mind run 5 miles. Nearly every day! I’m so proud of myself for being able to do that.
  2. A 5-mile run burns about 500 calories. I set my fitbit food plan for a daily deficit of 500 calories, so this works out perfectly.
  3. I have a goal to be always half-marathon ready. And if I can run everyday for 5 miles, I feel like I could definitely run a half marathon. Maybe not at a PR speed, but it would be doable for me.
  4. My soap is about an hour long, so I watch it on the treadmill and get my miles in at the same time. Don’t judge.
  5. I feel great after a run. Those post-workout endorphins are no joke!

Some days I run faster and some days I run slower. But, I’M RUNNING. I haven’t yet run 5 miles EVERYDAY, so that’s my goal for next week. Wish me luck!

What exercise have you been doing lately?



Upcoming races and new shoes!

Hi guys! Remember that nasty frozen shoulder that’s preventing me from lifting? Well, screw that – I’m racing instead!

I’ve been using the Couch to 10K app from Zen Labs. I was on Week 1 when I blogged about my frozen shoulder. This is week 5, except I’m not following it this week…I’ve been breaking in my new Mizuno Wave Legend running shoes instead!

Mizuno Wave Legend shoes review
Normally I wear Mizuno Wave Riders, but these were on clearance. It’s not always a good idea to wear running shoes that you haven’t been fitted for, but reviews said the difference between Wave Legend and Wave Rider are minimal, so I went for it. And I’m glad I did! They’re a little bit stiffer in the sole, which is absolutely perfect for me. I can’t stand soft-soled shoes. None of that minimalist shoe business for me.

PicMonkey Collage

I’ve run 5 miles a day for 3 days in a row with my new shoes. I’m a bit slower than I’d like to be, but I’ve got time to improve. Right now, I’m just catching up on my soap getting back into the swing of running.

I’ve got three races scheduled so far:

  • 10K on July 23
  • Half Marathon on August 27
  • 10K on October 1

I might look for some more 10ks…I forgot how exciting it is to train for a race!

What’s on your race calendar for the summer?


Weekend Workouts

Folks, we’re getting back to basics here at Blush and Barbells. And that means blogging about my workouts, even if they’re not too terribly exciting.

Saturday, I ran 3 miles on the treadmill. No time for a hike or anything else, really, because we are moving apartments and had to pack.

I’ve slowed waaaaay down, not that I was ever very fast anyway. That’s okay; I’m just glad to get back in the routine of exercising. I stopped for a while because I was working an 80-hr week. I’m back down to 40 hours, but I have a frozen shoulder so I can’t lift weights (more on that later). I got SO HOOKED on the Body Beast program that when I stopped because of a stiff shoulder, I got depressed and lazy and unable to shift all that weight I put on in Mexico.


Easter Sunday was more packing, but I popped on the treadmill again. Quick and easy. Well, not too terribly quick since I’m slow…but it was a nice way to start the day. I needed the endorphin boost! I did Week 2, Workout 1 of the Couch to 10K app. Like I said, I’m getting back to basics!

How was your weekend?