So You Wanna Run a 5k… and it’s in One Month

Wow, would you look at how time flies! I swear it was just Thanksgiving like 3 days ago. And now Christmas is over too?! Make it all slow down, please!

I used to always say that you can judge how busy my life is by looking at the state of my bedroom. If my bed is unmade, clothes are everywhere (dirty & clean ones), and I have piles of random papers covering my desk, then you know I’m more than likely running around like a crazy person. Similarly, I’ve noticed the same trend happen with the blog.

More crazy = less bloggy.

Now that 2014 is coming to a close, I look at my calendar and see a blaring note on January 31, 2014. The Color Run 5k!! I am so excited about this race, and I haven’t forgotten about it by any means; I just kind-of, sort-of, haven’t been running. With the exception of today and one time last week… hey, it counts! Oops.Shine Tour 2015So I am inviting you to join me in jumping back on the horse– or rather, running like one– with this 5k plan! Why wait for the New Year to start when  the time is NOW.

Here is the plan I will be following, compliments of Active.com:

For those who may be intimated and never have run a mile before, DO NOT FEAR! The key is the distance NOT the time. If you walk the entire mile, BOOM, you accomplished your mile for the day. If you’re feeling good and want to run the first .5, but walk the last, BOOM, mile complete.

For those professionals out there looking to break a personal record, challenge yourself to pick up the pace a bit, or use this as a tool to incorporate cross-training and strength, but adjust the mileage to fit your needs. Whichever category you fall into, or somewhere in-between, get moving!


If you’re still interested in joining us for the Orlando Color Run, there is still time to sign up! Be sure to use the coupon code “ORLANDO2” for a $5-off coupon to your race entry. In the meantime, check out the awesome goodie bag for this year!

GOODIES! Man, I love a quality goodie bag, don't you?
GOODIES! Man, I love a quality goodie bag, don’t you?
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Quick & Easy Whole30 Meal Ideas

See these two lovebirds? They’re my adorable parents…
Everybody say, “Awwwww“.LovebirdsThese two embarked on their first Whole30 today! And now it’s on the Internet Mom & Dad, so you have to stick to it. The people know! My mother asked about some quick & easy Whole30 Approved meal ideas. As I was typing I got to thinking that just maybe this would be of interest to some of you. So, in honor of Bob & Jen… Let’s do it:

Breakfast:
– Scrambled Eggs (3) + Sugar-Free Bacon (3) + Roasted Broccoli
– Breakfast Frittata with assorted veggiesCheery Breakfast– Roasted Hash: sweet potatoes, mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, and garlic; roasted in olive oil + Sausage – all chopped and tossed together in a bowl!
Coconut Milk & Chia Seed Pudding (without sweetener) + fresh berries
– Spinach Banana Smoothie: 3 cups spinach + 2 tbsp almond butter + 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk + banana (but eat something else with it!)Strawberry-Banana-Spinach Breakfast Sausage Patties over a bed of Kale + Roasted Sweet Potatoes
– Omelets filled with whatever vegetables you’d like! 🙂
– Egg Cups: Bacon + Egg + Veggies; all baked together in one cupcake pan in just 20 minutesEgg Cups

 Lunch/Dinner:
**I put this category together because I almost always make dinner for two and save the extra for lunch. 2-in-1 meals for the WIN! :)**
– Tilapia + fresh salsa + steamed veggies (TIP: Tilapia takes 5 minutes at 500-degrees in the oven AND you can steam veggies in the microwave.. no excuses)
– Beef Burger over Spinach + slices of Tomato & Onion + Sauteed MushroomsDelicioso– Spaghetti Squash + meatballs + tomato sauce (check the label for sugar)- Taco-seasoned Ground Beef over lettuce, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper… instant Taco Salad!
– Applegate Farms Prosciutto wrapped around Apple Slices + small side salad
– “Zoodles” (zuchinni noodles) tossed with olive oil, salt & pepper topped with Grilled Chicken and Diced TomatoesRoasted Veggies & Squash– Hard Boiled Eggs + fresh veggies + handful of almonds or cashews
– Shrimp Kebabs: bell pepper, squash, zucchini, and shrimp coated in olive oil & grilled + squeeze of lime
– Stir Fry: chicken + any veggies + coconut amines + hot sauce; cook in sauté pan and DONE
Lazy Man Plate: protein + veggies + fruit + nut/seed (no cooking required)Lazy Man's Lunch Lettuce Wraps: Romaine Lettuce Leaves + Ground Chicken + Cucumber + Tomato + Balsamic Vinaigrette (check labels)
– Soup in the Crockpot (or anything in the Crockpot, really); just set it and forget it! 😉
French Onion Soup


I hope this helps you in your Whole30 journey! This is by no means an exhausted list, but just an option for you to glance over when you’re short on time and in need of a “real food meal” that’s Whole30 Approved!

For more recipes for Whole30, check out my recipes page for more ideas & tips!