Friday Faves: Favorite Workout Jamz

Hello & happy Friday!  I hope you all had a great week.  I’m still resting my foot, wearing my Nike’s most of the day while walking around, and biking/strength training.  I’m happy to report I took a Pure Barre class Thursday morning and the instructor was easily able to adapt the exercises for me–I just couldn’t do anything on my tip toes, but it was still just as hard with my feet flat on the ground.  I’m so glad she was able to make it work for me so I didn’t have to miss out on classes for a few weeks!  I also got some cute new workout gear for Pure Barre–I won the sports bra during a Pure Barre Instagram sale and bought the tank top the other day.


I’m also super pumped because I fly to South Beach tomorrow afternoon!!  I’m visiting my parents for a week, and my Little Bear is flying out Monday-Thursday to see me!  We’re going to have so much fun getting some sun and sipping cocktails.  I probably won’t do any blogging next week so I can just focus on spending time with everyone, but make sure you follow me on the Insta to see pics of my vaycay!

I thought it’d be fun to do a Friday Faves post on my favorite latest workout jamz (do you like how I added a ‘z’ on the end to make it super cool?).  I love a mix of hip hop/trap music with some throwback songs too!

1. 2 Chainz ‘Watch Out.’  I love me some 2 Chainz.  I listen to this song all the time, especially when strength training–I feel like it makes me have a little more swag when I’m getting my lift on!  I also love to sing the lyrics to Brandon, just to remind him I’m hardcore.  Also, the music video is pretty hilarious (do people watch music videos anymore or am I the only one?).

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2. Meghan Trainor ‘You Too.’  I mentioned this song before in a previous Friday Faves post, but it’s easily still one of my favorite songs to workout to.  The beat makes it great for either strength training or cardio, and makes you feel a little sassy too!

3. Desiigner ‘Panda.’  I’m not gonna lie, I felt pretty cool when some of my seventh graders started rapping this in class and I wanted to jump in because I knew the lyrics. This is another song I love when strength training.  #swag  Also the meme going around of the song cracks me up.  Listen to it and you’ll get it.

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4. Macklemore ‘Can’t Hold Us.’  This is probably my favorite song on my half marathon playlist.  It just gets me so pumped–I love the beat and the lyrics.  I’m pretty sure when I do my long runs I sing it out loud, which is a great look.  I doubt anyone notices (sike).

5. 50 Cent ‘P.I.M.P.’  I used to listen to Fiddy all the time back in college and his songs are still great to listen to while I’m working out. Or while I’m getting ready in the mornings and dancing around.

I also love listening to some old school Britney and Christina, and Blackstreet!  No diggity, no doubt. 

I hope you all have a great weekend!  

Favorite new/old school workout songs?

Did I earn some cool points saying jamz instead of jams?

How To Stay Mentally Strong During An Injury

So as I mentioned Monday, my sports podiatrist confirmed I do indeed have a stress reaction on my second metatarsal.  I’m forbidden to run for at least 3-5 weeks, perhaps a tad longer until I’m able to walk completely pain-free.  I’m not even a full week into resting from running yet, and I’m already starting to feel the mental side effects of this injury.

As runners, we all know so much of the sport is mental anyway–you have to mentally push yourself all the time during tough speed workouts and races, when your legs want to quit and you just want to lay down and drink a glass of wine (maybe that’s just me, don’t judge!).  But you also have to find ways to stay mentally strong during times of injury as well.  Here’s what I’m doing to stay mentally strong and not go insane while I’m resting:

1. Strength Train!  I love strength training in general, but it definitely takes a backseat when I’m focused on running and building up my base.  I’m grateful that I have access to a gym and am able to go in the mornings and pump some iron.  Here’s an article about why strength training is so important for runners, especially when it comes to staying injury-free and being a well-balanced athlete.

2. Trying New Workouts.  I mentioned my new love for Pure Barre last week, and I was initially bummed when my podiatrist said no Pure Barre while I’m resting.  However, my running buddy/teammate Courtney asked the instructor at the studio if they would be able to accommodate and adjust moves for my specific injury and they said yes!  I’m taking a class Thursday morning and can’t wait to be back at the barre.  It’s such a great toning workout regardless, but I find it to be super helpful for me because so much of the class is focused on your glutes, hips, and core which are the areas I need the most work on.

3. Focusing On Nutrition.  Just because I’m not running doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be fueling my body differently.  Yes I may not need as many calories (although I’ve never counted calories anyway), but being injured isn’t an excuse to not pay attention to what I’m eating.  I’m trying my best to make sure I stay adequately hydrated, am eating plenty of greens and whole foods, and staying away from excessive amounts of sugar.  Just don’t ask me to give up my nightly piece of dark chocolate or I will punch you (not joking).  I also started taking vitamin D3 supplements to aid in bone health, in addition to my multivitamin.

4. Enjoying The Small Things.  I know this may sound silly, but when Rusty had his surgery last year on his ACL, he was still his usual happy-go-lucky sweet self, even though he had staples in his leg and a cone around his head.  He still was happy to go on walks and get belly rubs despite his setback.  Not saying I need/want belly rubs, but his surgery helps keep things in perspective for me–just because I can’t run doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy all the other things I’m able to do, like strength and cross train, go to Pure Barre, and enjoy walks with my pup!

5. Be Social!  Being injured doesn’t mean you have to sit around by yourself and mope.  Sure, you may feel sad and defeated and it’s okay to take time to yourself and feel all of those emotions, but I can tell you I feel better getting out of the house and socializing with friends/teammates.  I still went to cheer on my Oiselle girls at the beer mile, and went to happy hour after a Pure Barre class I couldn’t attend.  Just being able to interact and socialize made me feel ten times better!

Additional tips for staying mentally tough during an injury/setback?

Bad News Bears+Oiselle Fun!

Welp, if you follow me on the ‘gram, you already know I didn’t get the news I wanted at the podiatrist Friday.  Although nothing showed up on the X-Ray, the doc said the clinical signs all point to a stress reaction/fracture. So what does that mean?  It means 3-5 weeks of no running, elliptical or Pure Barre (major sad face), but I can bike or swim.  After leaving the podiatrist I went home and did a lot of this:


I’m allowed to mope and indulge a little bit!  

My Saturday was pretty lazy and unproductive–ok actually super lazy.  Brandon and I went out with friends Friday night and had a little too much fun, so we spent the majority of the day napping on the sofa.  

Saturday evening, I headed over to the Navy Yard area to cheer on my Oiselle girls at the Pacers beer mile race!  I had originally signed up for this but obviously couldn’t do it with my wonky foot so I had to sit out.  I’m not gonna lie, I was really bummed but it was still fun to meet everyone.  Look at my girls flyin by!


Our team came in second place!  A relay is totally the way to go for a beer mile–I cannot imagine chugging four beers on my own and running a mile.  

We also took a pic with Lewis Kent, the national beer mile champ!


We totally geeked out when he mentioned Kate Grace winning the 800m at the Olympic trials.  Oh btw, this dude chugged his beers in like 5 seconds and ran like a 5:15/mile.  Insane!! 

I also got my medal even though I didn’t participate. 


How fun is it?!  It’s a bottle opener!

I spent the rest of my Saturday evening watching Bloodline and eating these delicious treats (from TJ’s, obvi).


Has anyone else been watching Bloodline?  I’m like halfway through and it’s getting insane!

Sunday morning Brandon and I slept in until like 8:30, then hit the gym.  Here’s my life for the next few weeks:


I’m glad I can still exercise, but the stationary bike has always been my least fave.  I wish I could elliptical, but oh well.

I also took Rusty pup on a little walk since it was so nice out.  Look at this goober.


It’s impossible to get a pic of him looking at the camera.  He always looks away–such a little sassafras!

I refueled afterwards with my fave Sunday combo.


Chocolate protein oatmeal!  Our favorite local coffee shop was closed so we had to settle for Starbies, so soy latte for me.  

We also treated ourselves to a little al fresco dining at our favorite Mexican spot.


Sangria and carne asada for me!


After dinner, I met up with some of my Oiselle girls for drinks!  I was supposed to go to Courtney’s Pure Barre class but canceled after I found out about my stress fracture.  Good thing booze cures all ailments!!  I had so much fun meeting and chit chatting with everyone.


FYI don’t ever ask me to take a selfie.  I suck at them.  My long arms fool everyone into thinking I’m a master, but heads up I’m not.

I spent the remainder of my Sunday evening resting my foot, eating chocolate and watching TV. Perfect way to end the week!

Have a great Monday!

Share your weekend highlights!

Have you ever survived a stress fracture?  Worst running injury you’ve had?

Foot Pain+Friday Faves

Hi & happy Friday!  Can I just say how much I love having Friday’s off during the summer? Being able to sit and enjoy my coffee while watching the Today show makes my heart happy.  There’s something about having that extra time to myself that makes a huge difference in my mood and day.  Maybe I can use that reasoning to explain to my boss why I should be able to come into work like an hour later once school starts again!  Like, listen boss, do you want me to be crabby when I walk in, or bubbly and refreshed because I enjoyed my coffee while watching Matt Lauer?

Not everything is roses here on the bubblyrunner front though–I have an appointment this afternoon with a sports podiatrist to take a look at my right foot.  It had been feeling better and I’ve been easing into my runs.  However, over the last few days, I’ve been feeling a pain/dull ache on the top of my foot near my second toe.  I have this gut wrenching feeling it’s a stress fracture because of where I feel the discomfort, so to say I’m nervous for my appointment is an understatement.  BUT, I told myself if it is a stress fracture, at least I’m not in the middle of training for a half so I won’t have to miss anything major.  Send good vibes my way today!!!!

Even though I’m nervous about my foot and not running, my love for Pure Barre is still going strong!

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Don’t be fooled by that squishy little red ball and the lighter weights.  Pure Barre is hard.  But I’m loving the way it challenges my body, especially my core and tush!

Let’s hop into a few things I’m currently loving!

1. Summertime Reading.  One of the things I love best about my summer schedule is I have more time to read.  During the school year, I’m more often than not burned out at the end of the day and don’t have the mental energy to read for fun.  This is the opposite come summer, and I love reading various books on my Kindle and catching up on all the good books I’ve been hearing about!


2. Travel!  I have some pretty fun trips lined up and am pumped!  I leave next weekend for South Beach to visit my parents (isn’t it hilarious they live in Party Central?!) which is awesome on it’s own BUT my Little Bear is flying out to spend a few days with me!  I can’t wait to lounge on the beach and have cocktails and girl time.  Then in August I’m headed to Charleston for a weekend for my friend’s bachelorette party!  I haven’t been to Charleston in ages but looooove it.  Also, you know I will be hardcore stalking the cast of Southern Charm while I’m there.

3. Trader Joe’s Mango Coconut Chia Pudding.  My love for TJ’s runs deep.  Last weekend I picked up some of their mango coconut chia pudding cups to try and I’m in love.  I love all things mango and coconut, and I love pudding so obviously it was a hit.  Sometimes I want a little something sweet in the evenings, and these cups have only 8g of sugar! Win.


I’ll keep everyone posted on what the doc says about my foot!  I’m supposed to run a beer mile relay race with my Oiselle teammates Saturday evening and I’m so hoping I can do it.  It’ll be the first time I’ll get to rock my singlet, so fingers crossed!

Have a great weekend!

What’s on your weekend agenda?

Anyone ever had a stress fracture? Do you know it as soon as you felt it? 

Best book you’ve read so far this summer?

Fourth Of July Weekend Fun!

Hi & happy Fourth of July!!  


FYI that’s not how I feel, but I love Dodgeball and found the meme funny.

I’m loving this whole long weekend thing.  I don’t know what it is, but I definitely love having Monday’s off versus Friday’s.  

I had a great weekend filled with running, hanging out with friends, and napping!  And cocktails.  I slept in Saturday morning until 7:15ish, filled up my handheld with Nuun, and headed out on a 5 mile run around Capitol Hill.  I’m so glad I brought my handheld with me this time since it was already pretty warm out.  I chased the shade and sprinklers during my run, and I’m pretty sure people thought I was cray when they saw me just standing there in the grass getting sprayed.  You gotta do what you gotta do during a hot run!  I covered 5 miles just shy of 50:00.


Nothing better than cold fruit after a hot run!


Brandon and I decided to check out a place by us, Bayou Bakery, for breakfast.  We’ve been for drinks and dinner but never breakfast.  As soon as I saw southern style biscuits on the menu I said “We gotta go!”  I opted for yogurt with fruit and granola and a biscuit with jelly.


Because balance.  

Saturday afternoon, we headed over to our friends house a few blocks away for a cookout.  The weather was perfect–dry and warm, but not too hot and a light breeze.  My friend Brigid hooked us up with homemade grapefruit crushes!!


So fresh.  I need to get the ingredients so I can make them on my own.  She just squeezed one whole grapefruit in each glass, then I think a heathy shot of vodka, a little orange liqueur, and a splash of sparkling grapefruit water.  They’re so refreshing and not sweet, and super dangerous!

I prepped a salad to contribute for our cookout.


I threw together butter lettuce, red onion, fennel, dried cranberries, feta, avocado, and cashews.  I was able to hang out with their cute baby girl while enjoying the sunshine.


Isn’t she so stinkin cute?!  

We enjoyed cheeseburgers, chicken sausage, salad and corn while sitting outside watching baseball.

Sunday was cloudy all day, which meant a lazy day for us!  Don’t get me wrong, I love being productive but I also love days where you just lay on the sofa and nap all day.  Oh, we did watch a total throwback movie that was on TV–Kindergarten Cop!


We were cracking up so hard.  I forgot how hilarious that movie is!

Later that afternoon, we headed out to Maryland to have dinner with friends at a restaurant on the water.  It was so fun hanging out with everyone while enjoying some delicious food.  We also hung out for a bit afterwards at our friends’ house.


We didn’t get home until 2:00 am! Too late for this granny!  Hope you all had an awesome weekend, and happy Fourth of July!

Share your weekend highlights!

How are you celebrating the Fourth?