Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Closing down...

But not saying good-bye.

I'm afraid this little corner of the blogosphere has run its course. I've been trying to hang on to it for awhile now. Trying to keep it alive. But it's just not working for me anymore.

I find myself more and more letting my blog get me down when I don't post very often or when I struggle to come up with blog ideas. And I hate to admit it, but I find myself comparing my blog to other running / fitness blogs and feel like I simply don't have anything valuable to contribute. My inadequacies insecurities creep to the surface, and that's just no way to live. :)

So, I won't be updating Enjoying the Course any longer.

But I'll still be around on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I'll still be running and enjoying the course / life / adventure / you name it.

And I'm super excited to also announce that Jeff and I will be starting a joint venture - Turtle Vida.

Turtle Vida is all about slowing down the pace, discovering more pleasures, and living an enriched life.
Right now, we're only on Facebook and Twitter (come say hello!), but soon we'll start a YouTube channel as well to branch into the world of vlogging.

We'll be sharing our adventures - both old and new - as well as our dreams for the future. We'll be sharing how we slow down and savor those experiences.

I truly hope that you'll continue to follow along with me - even if this blog is saying good-bye.
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Workout Recap + Jun 8 Meal Plan

Will I ever get back to meal planning? I'm not sure.

Tomorrow, I'll recap the full Bikini Series, but let me just say, it turned into a 7-week series for me instead of 8. :(

This is starting out as a downer post, but I really did have a great week last week!!

Workout Recap

Sunday: REST. 1.48 mile run

Monday: 1.53 mile run.

Tuesday: 1.5 mile run.

Wednesday: Yin Yoga (40 min). 3 mile run for #NationalRunningDay.

Thursday: Yoga (40 min). 3.9 mile run with a few hill repeats.

Friday: 1.4 mile run. Yoga (15 min).

Saturday: 1.51 mile run. Yoga (40 min). Walking a little around Lake Mead.

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner?

It's getting to the time of year when I do not want to turn on the oven, so I see salads, crock pot dinners, and rice in the future.

Here are a few ideas of what may or may not go down this week:


Tuna salad wraps

Grilled cheese sandwiches
Pasta with red sauce
Chicken and rice

What are you cooking up this week?
How were your workouts last week?

Be sure to stop by Laura @ Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers to check out what everyone else is cooking up this week.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Workout Recap + Jun 1 Meal Plan

I'm a day late in posting this. I was pretty wiped out after my half marathon on Saturday and then walking to/from/around a Beer & Tequila Tasting event about 1 mile from my apartment.

I needed Sunday to do NOTHING and rest and recuperate, but I still wanted to get up at least my workout recap from last week.

Workout Recap

Sunday: Slim & Toned Arms. Bikini Yoga.

Monday: 6.4 mile trail run.

Tuesday: Bikini Cardio (aka 4.3 mile run w/ intervals). Bikini Abs. Bikini Arms. Sunset Workout (yoga).

Wednesday: 1.37 mile run. Bikini Kettlebell workout. Under the Sea workout. Lift & Tone Booty routine.

Thursday: Triple Arm Toning Challenge. 3.45 mile run.

Friday: 1.54 mile run. Island Bikini ReadyBikini Booty Workout.

Saturday: Wildland Fire Awareness Half Marathon.

Today started the final week of the #BikiniSeries. I feel like the end is going to be a little anti-climatic, as I was hoping for some more physical changes, but I know that I should have made more diet changes to really see those results. There will be a final check-in next week to recap the entire series and some of the lessons/takeaways I learned throughout the 8 week challenge.

RW Run Streak is still going strong. Despite the rise into the triple digits the past few days.

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner?

I don't feel like I should even include this section anymore, since I haven't been doing much along the lines of meal planning lately. :( But I'll keep it in here - for the day when meal planning starts happening again.

Here are a few ideas of what may or may not go down this week:


Tuna salad wraps

Grilled cheese sandwiches
Bean and cheese burritos
Pasta with red sauce

What are you cooking up this week?
How were your workouts last week?

Be sure to stop by Laura @ Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers to check out what everyone else is cooking up this week.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

#BikiniSeries 6-week Check-in

Wow! Only 2 more weeks to go for the Bikini Series! These past 6 weeks have flown by. Maybe because I've been working so hard. :)

You can read my 2-week Check-in here.
And my 4-week Check-in here.

When I look in the mirror, I sure don't see the results that I'd like.

That's why pictures are so awesome!

Wow! Only 2 more weeks to go for the Bikini Series! These past 6 weeks have flown by. Maybe because I've been working so hard. :)
The key to a good transformation pic it to look really
unhappy in the Before pic and be sure to smile in the After.

I can definitely see some progress. Whoo hoo!

They say that numbers don't lie, but I think they kinda do.

Here are the numbers:

StartWeek 3Week 5Week 7
Weight160.4 lbs158.8 lbs161.4 lbs161.0 lbs

I don't think they tell the whole story. I know that I feel great and that I'm getting stronger, so that's all that really matters, right?!

How am I doing on the goals I set in my Week 2 Check-in?

**Complete a Tone It Up HIIT video without any breaks**
I'm not sure about this goal. Certainly not the HIITy Bitty Bikini workout. That one still KILLS me! Maybe if I try a slightly less intense HIIT...?

**Jump rope for 1 minute without tripping**
Yeah. I haven't really been doing too many jump roping workouts. I've still got 2 weeks, though, so maybe I'll need to be sure to include some jump roping - even if it is just a little warm-up before a run or workout.

**Noticeably tone up my arms and belly**
Judging from the pic above, I think I'm well on my way to achieving this goal. I need to not be so hard on myself. :)

I've got 2 more weeks!! Let's do this!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Workout Recap + May 24 Meal Plan

I am super excited that it's Memorial Day weekend, and I don't have to work tomorrow!! :)

Today, we're going to hit up the Anniversary Sale at REI and then head to Red Rock. Can you believe in the 3 years we lived here that Jeff has never been? I'm excited to do a little exploring with him this afternoon.

Plus, we just got a GoPro, so I can't wait to play around with that a little this afternoon, too! I just want to get outside and MOVE.

Week 6 of the Bikini Series went pretty well. There was only 1 day that I didn't do anything, and I'm totally OK with that. We all need a rest day here and there. :)

Or do we... tomorrow starts the Runner's World Summer Run Streak.

I'm going to give it a whirl. Let's see if I can make it at least 1 mile for 41 days.

Workout Recap

Sunday: Sunkissed Abs. Bikini Arms. Bikini Yoga.

Monday: This is It workout. Bikini Arms. Bikini Abs.

Tuesday: Bikini Kettlebell. Bridal Babe workout. Sunkissed Abs.

Wednesday: Bikini Buns & Thighs. Island Bikini Ready.

Thursday: REST.

Friday: Sexy Sculpted ShouldersHIITy Bitty Bikini. Crop Top Workout.

Saturday: Total Body Mermaid. Bikini Body Routine 2. MaliBooty workout.

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner?

Keeping it very easy again this week. :)

Here are a few ideas:

Coconut Banana Muffins

Tuna salad wraps

Beet and Carrot Detox Bake - didn't end up making this last week
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Pasta with red sauce

What are you cooking up this week?
How were your workouts last week?
Anyone else doing the Run Streak this summer?

Be sure to stop by Laura @ Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers to check out what everyone else is cooking up this week.

Friday, May 22, 2015

FroYo 5k Recap

It's was a beautifully cool morning on May 9th. Perfect for a 5k.

The FroYo 5k started at 9AM, but I always worry about parking and race morning packet pick-up, so I wanted to leave early. This was a local race, but it was at a park that I'd never been to before. I'm glad I left early because I *may* have gotten a little lost on the way. And I was *so* close to the park. So close that I was on part of the course. lol.

I finally arrived and there was still plenty of parking. Whoo hoo!

And I was still early enough that packet pick-up was a breeze.

After hanging out and killing time for a bit, George and I met up with some friends.

The whole group. I only knew 2 of these peeps before race day.

An official photo of a few of us. 

As you probably know I've been kind of chasing a sub-25 minute 5k, so in the back of my mind, I was kind of hoping this would be my race.

And then I saw this the day before the race.

You see that elevation profile? Crazy, right?!

I'm sure there are hillier courses out there, and steeper hills as well, but my 5k PR was on a very flat course, so I wasn't holding my breath for a PR.

George and I started with the 9:00 min pace group. The first hill was crazy! I wanted to walk some of it. So. Bad.

But I didn't. Good thing it was at least cool out; I was wearing arm warmers, after all.

I'm kind of a flat running girl. Uphills make it hard to breathe; downhills hurt my knees (and I fear that I'll fall). But after about the first mile, and slowing down too much on the uphills for my liking, I decided that no matter what, I would try to push myself on the downhills at least. Something I rarely do.

It actually felt pretty good! And that I could give myself a tiny break on the next uphill. :-D

There were a few times when I was pretty tempted to walk, but I DIDN'T! I just kept plugging away. Easing back a tiny bit on the uphills and flying (to my mind) on the downhills.

Probably around mile 2.5 or so, I took off my arm warmers. I was cruising! And getting a little warm. lol.

I could taste the finish line ... and the FroYo ... so I kept pushing it and pushing it.

Suddenly, it was within sight.
George: Ready to really push it to the end?
Me: No yet.
Me: But you can go ahead, if you want.
A few steps later...
Me: Okay, I'm ready. Let's do this.
And we took off to finish STRONG! Shortly after, a little kid ran onto the course and almost tripped George. :/

But we kept going, and we finished HARD.

It might not look like it here, but trust me, I was booking it!
After walking around a bit, so I could catch my breath, we headed to the FREE FROYO! That was the point of the race, after all.

I got cheesecake FroYo with a couple toppings (gummy bears and ???). It was good, but maybe not the best FroYo I'd ever had.

So, do you want to know how I did? Did I beat that PR?


But I did come in 54th overall out of 782, so I was pretty pleased with that.

My time was 26:38. Which when you think about it, it's that not that far off from my PR of 26:33. And did I mention the hills?

Of course, the course was a little short, closer to 3 miles than 3.1, but I'm still very happy with how I did at this race.

As we were eating our FroYo, another woman said to me, "I tried to keep up with you at the end. You passed me, and I just couldn't keep up. Great job!"


It was a beautiful morning and a super fun race (despite the hills), and I'd probably do it again.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Project: I AM ENOUGH

If you read my post Sunday, you'll know that I was in a bit of a funk.

I was beating myself up for missing a few workouts.
I was judging myself for not giving what I considered my all.
I was holding myself to some unreasonable standard.

So, when I checked The Fit Switch for this week's prompt for The Fit Dish, I knew it was the perfect topic.

Project: I AM ENOUGH

I know I am not alone in this.

There are days when we just feel fat and not beautiful.

Not good enough.

Not just with our looks, but with our family or friends. Or work. Or housework.

Some days there are just so. many. things.
To do.
To be.

But when it comes right down to it, all we can do is all we can do.

And whatever you do, it is enough.

It really is.

I know. It's difficult to believe and accept at times. I'm right there with you.

Like I said, there are definitely days when I just don't feel like I am enough. And it doesn't matter what anyone else says. My husband. My friends. Strangers on the Internet. :-)

I have to know it and feel it MYSELF.

I'm not saying that we shouldn't continue to encourage each other and compliment each other. And share our stories.

But we -- and I mean I -- need to BE OPEN to actually hearing those people. We need to be willing to accept that we truly are ENOUGH.

We need to keep doing what we're doing, take a step back, and BREATHE.

Now, repeat after me... I am enough. I AM enough! I AM ENOUGH!!

That's all I've got. No answers. No magic pills. No advice on how to get to the point where you can confidently say the above.

I struggle with it. Some days are harder than others. Some days I own it.

Ultimately, I know it's true. Deep down.  Even on those days when I simply don't accept it.