Howdy to ya and Happy Wednesday!! I’m running Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon October 5th so this week, I’m gearing back up with some longer runs (even mid week longish runs…oh my!), also focusing on hitting THAT speed! What’s THAT speed? Well, to be more specific (and also completely throwing my hopeful intentions out there), it’s my goal pace for the race. What’s my goal pace? Well, my goal time is 1:35.50 (or really anything under 1:36), so that would leave my pace around 7:18. Can I do it? I hope (and I say this with a big smile)!! Hehe!! Yep, a big, bright smile! DING! Can you see how white my teeth are? Ha, thanks! I’ve been using this new organic cinnamon stuff and it’s totally awe…well, anyways, you don’t want to hear about my new, yummy mouthwash, or do you? Next post (maybe)…

Over the past few months, I’ve realized that running hard runs has everything to do with proper nutrition. It really does. Despite your experiences with this issue, whether you eat a thousand pieces of chocolate candy before a run (ohhh yum, I love chocolate candy) or eat the most perfectly balanced diet you could ever create, that’s great!! I’m a firm believer in living your life like you want to and NOT feeling guilty for indulging in the pleasures of life, like a huge piece of chocolate cake or even a gigantic bowl of potato chips after a long, hard day. We all live our lives the best way we can and sometimes (after that looooong day), a peanut butter cupcake makes us feel waaaay better than a gigantic, steaming bowl of broccoli (with no cheese may I add). True?

I hold this truth to be, well, true.

O-K, so I definitely have been enjoying my time whipping up batches of homemade this and that, like cheesy kale chips (you see, cheese is the best), protein bars, power smoothies, vegetarian pizzas, sweet baby carrots, and much more. It’s so fun to find delicious recipes that really encompass your favorite foods and it’s additionally exciting to add your own touch to these dishes with herbs and spices. That’s my favorite! I love seasoning things! I would season myself if I could! Just kidding!

I’ve had some great workouts lately and truly (there’s that word again), I attribute it to better nutrition. Trust me, I still treat myself to delicious pastries and more, but I find balance. Balance is key.

I love these foods:

1} Chia seeds & sunflower seeds

2} Avocados

3} Black beans

4} Blueberries & grapes

5} Organic peanut butter & honey

6} Red peppers & cherry tomatoes

7} Whole wheat crackers & pepper jack cheese

8} Oatmeal & strawberries

9} Kale & spinach

10} Green tea (Honestly, this tea is the greatest. No sugar! All green baby!!)

What are you loving lately? What are some of your favorite foods?

Have a sweet day!! XOXO!!!

-Kristin

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    1. Kristin

      Hehe!! You’re so cute!! You always make me smile and laugh!! I love that!! You really are a strong, amazing, gorgeous woman!! Avocados are sooo yummy and thank you so much for you half well wishes!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO!!

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  1. Shawna

    i just realize i’ve missed so much of your blog — i don’t know why it stopped showing up in my feed!? i love spicy black bean burgers and almond milk and lots of fresh fruit!

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    1. Kristin

      Ohhh my gosh, spicy black bean burgers are sooo delicious!!! Yummy!! I love almond milk, too!! So great with oatmeal and smoothies! Thanks for your comment!! You rock!! XOXO!!

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  2. Angie

    You’ll reach your goal on that half. Know it will maybe hurt a little bit once you get to about the 11 mile mark, but you’ll do it! I must have oatmeal with blueberries and chia and hemp seeds for breakfast and I cannot go a day without avocado. Those are my must-haves.

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    1. Kristin

      Ohh my gosh, I just ate oatmeal with blueberries and chia seeds!! Love that combo!! It’s so delicious!! I can’t go without avocados either!! They are sooo delicious!!
      Thank you so much for your support, too! I appreciate it! You’re right, it will hurt, but I will think about you and your fabulous comment and push through!! XOXO!

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    1. Kristin

      Hahaha!!! You’re so cute and sweet!! You’re going to run GREAT!!! 🙂 🙂 And YES, you definitely HAVE to treat yourself and indulge!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO!!!

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  3. courtruns4cupcakes

    OMG that otter picture is so cute haha! I think I do a pretty good job of balancing what I eat. I normally only share the sugary stuff I eat on my blog but I promise I eat a ton of veggies, quinoa, chickpeas, etc. ya know the good vegetarian stuff!

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    1. Kristin

      Ohhh yes, haha, I know about that vegetarian stuff!! 😉 Hehe!! Oh, I know you eat healthy because you look absolutely fabulous!! The sweet stuff is so fun to talk about, though, right?! I love reading about sweet treats!!! So yummy!! 🙂

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  4. sarahdudek80

    This is a fabulous post. I mostly love healthy food but I have a weakness for desserts. But I am good at having a little bit and stepping away, thank goodness. Lately I have been loving making recovery shakes with chocolate almond milk, bananas, and coconut milk yogurt. Last night I did a hard 7 miles and then had this for dinner with some fruit. It was perfect!

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    1. Kristin

      Thank you for your compliment!! You are wonderful!! 😉 OMG, I gotta try that recovery shake!! It sounds yummy!! I love chocolate almond milk, I love bananas, and I love coconut milk yogurt sooo… PERFECT!!! Thanks for sharing!! Can’t wait to make it!! XOXO!!

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  5. Lauren Keating

    That is a great half goal! I think you can do it under 1:36 =) Who doesn’t love cheese!! I want to know what you make in your homemade protein bars? I am all about portobello mushrooms lately!

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  6. runsaltrun

    I’ll have what that puppy is having!! But seriously I have been on a total fruit kick lately which is a very new thing for me since I hated fruit up until a couple months ago. Now I can’t get enough! My faves right now are grapes and pink lady apples. I eat those every day!

    Good luck with the start of your training! I think that goal time is very realistic for you! xo

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    1. Kristin

      Thanks Salt. Honesty, it really means a lot to me that you think I can run this time. That’s a huge confidence booster and I’m thrilled to have your loving support! You’re wonderful!
      That’s so funny because I NEVER ate fruit either until recently. I’m in love with grapes, too and I love blueberries and strawberries. Yum to pink lady apples!! Sounds delicious!! XOXO!!

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  7. V

    The picture at the top had me dying. I’m such a chocolate fiend. On the healthy side, I try to balance it out with spinach, celery, black beans, all yummy and nutritious.

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    1. Kristin

      Haha!!! I love that picture!! Such a cutie!! 🙂 I LOVE black beans!! So much deliciousness!! I’m with you, too- I love chocolate but I try to balance it out with the healthy!! Hehe!!

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  8. piratebobcat

    Haha, great post! I looooooooove avocados. I wish I was better about eating them every day! Lately I’ve been loving my Irish oatmeal. I accidentally bought the pure ones – i.e. it takes 2 days to cook them, but I make a weeks worth at a time and it’s an awesome breakfast. I also mix in coconut oil, natural peanut butter, blueberries and local honey.

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    1. Kristin

      YUM!! A weeks worth of delicious breakfast!! That’s a win!! I LOVE coconut oil!! It’s so good for you, too!! What a great combo!! Will try!! I hope you’re having an amazing week!! Thanks for dropping by!! XOXO!! 🙂 🙂

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  9. Cassy

    Love the pictures! Too cute! You’ve inspired me to whip up a batch of cheesy kale chips – haven’t had them in forever and they sound awfully good right about now!

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