Exciting News & Keebler Elves Make a Comeback

Our week started off with some very exciting news.. only five days after filling out his first “big boy job” application, Andy nailed his first interview and got hired on the spot! I am so proud of my boyfriend today!!

Today was his official first day of work, so he headed out right after I got home from class and the gym this morning, and I snapped a few pictures of my grown up boyfriend!

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Getting Out of a Running Rut Treadmill Workout & How I Finally Wore Lily Out

This morning started in the most annoying way possible… I had to give a speech. I know that I might be the whiniest person on earth right now, but I HATE giving speeches. I get up there behind the podium, my knees start to buckle, my cheeks get red and I start twirling my hair and talking like an auctioneer.

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Most people who know me find this hard to believe, because when I’m around people that I know well, it’s hard to get me to shut up.

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Favorite “Pinterest-found” Treadmill Workouts

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes all I need to get out of a “running rut” is a new workout to get the legs movin’ and the sweat flowin’.

Sticking to yesterday’s Pinterest theme, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Pinterest-found treadmill workouts that are sure to do the trick! Here they are!

Sweaty Mess WALKING Incline Intervals Workout

via Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

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The “Lazy Runner” Treadmill Workout

This morning called for a quick breakfast and an early wake-up call before taking Lily to the vet for her surgery.

As soon as I woke up, I darted to the kitchen and made a quick Fitmixer shake and sliced up a few strawberries to enjoy on the side.

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Before I knew it, we were out the door and on the way to the veterinarians office.

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New Years Resolution Kick-off Treadmill Workout

Before I head off to the gym this morning, I thought I’d share the workout that I made up last night and will be completing at the gym today!

I bring you my New Years Resolution Kick-off Treadmill Workout!

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Up Early and Chicago Bound

This morning began with a 5:00 wake-up call..

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I was not havin’ it. But I hopped out of bed anyway, put on 26392 layers of clothing and started the trek to my apartments exercise center.

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That is the fakest smile I have ever made. You’re welcome.

I had to get up early, because finals week really took a blow to my workout regimen, and as I am writing this, we are on our way to Chicago to pick up Andy’s brother Ryan to bring him home for Christmas.

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Ryan was having car trouble, so we offered to come pick him up so he would be home for Christmas. But leaving our house at 8 meant that an early workout was in order, and after majorly slacking during finals week, I really needed to get to the gym.

I was running on the treadmill and hating it, so I ended up switching to one of my go to workouts for days when running makes me hate the world, Ashley’s Roll Out of Bed Treadmill Workout.

I ended up completing just over 4 miles.. Success!

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Now it’s off to Chicago! Have a great day!!

Tell me:
1.) Do you have days when you have no patience for the treadmill?
2.) What do you do to make treadmill workouts less boring?

Christmas Calorie Torcher Full Body Treadmill Workout

Well guys, my mani + pedi is complete!

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I went with a french shellac manicure on my fingers and Christmas-ey red on my toes.

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Have you guys ever tried a shellac manicure? I absolutely LOVE them. My least favorite thing ever is getting a manicure and having it chip by the end of that day! Shellac solves all of those problems. Love it.

When we got home, Andy was hungry, so I whipped up one of our favorite dinners, baked spaghetti and whole-grain garlic bread!

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If you guys are interested, I can post this recipe later tonight or tomorrow! It’s a lightened up version of baked spaghetti, and is a favorite in our household!

I also had a salad on the side, raspberries and all.

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It’s safe to say that I’m a little obsessed with this salad right now. It is just too good.

After dinner, I created a new treadmill workout to complete tomorrow morning.. and here it is!

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I love any workout that has me hopping on and off the treadmill, because it makes the workout go so much faster!!

Let me know what you guys think of this one 🙂

Have a great night!!

Dog Park Fun and Love-ly Eggs

Last night we headed out to our local dog park, to let Lily blow off a little steam.

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Whenever she starts running around the house and grunting.. I know exercise is way overdue, and I was too tired from finals to take her out for a run, so off to the dog park it was.

Lily absolutely loves the dog park. She’s always a little shy at first, but it doesn’t take her long before she’s off running with the big dogs! She always seems to find the only other Vizsla in the park too. It’s like she knows.

We were really excited last night because Lily is finally getting the hang of retrieving. It’s about time!

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Andy has a rocket of an arm (all of those years of football must have paid off), and threw the ball a billion times for Lily to retrieve it. She was such a good lily spaz yesterday!

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When we got home, the hour in the cold was worth it, because Lily was exhausted.

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Whenever Lily gets tired, she sits like a human.

It’s probably one of my favorite things in the world.

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When I woke up this morning, I just could not choose between a sweet or savory breakfast, so I decided to have a little bit of both!

Two pieces of whole wheat toast – one with PB2 and banana, and one with havarti cheese and an egg that I cooked in the microwave after reading this post on Lindsay’s blog.

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Why have I not cooked my eggs in the microwave before? I honestly feel so, SO stupid! This saved me so much time and dishes and was just as delicious as eggs on the stove.

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I even cooked it in a heart-shaped Ramekin because I am nerdy. The eggs were love-ly. You’re welcome for that terrible pun. I am sensing a new go-to breakfast for Running In Heels!

On top of the egg sandwich, I sprinkled a little bit of Penzey’s Sandwich Sprinkle.

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My mom has been obsessed with Penzey’s for as long as I can remember, and has given me a TON of spices over the years. They are all so good, and I incorporate them into almost every meal I make. I highly recommend the Sandwich Sprinkle. It gave this sandwich the little bit of kick it needed to make it over the top good. Loved it!

Now it’s off to study a little bit more and then get a good workout in! I’ll be doing my “No More Treadmill Boredom” 5 Mile Interval Workout from yesterday’s post!

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Hope you all have a wonderful morning!

“No More Treadmill Boredom” 5 Mile Interval Workout

Finals have been taking up all of my time in the past couple of days, and while I haven’t had the time to blog about my day (and you probably wouldn’t want to hear about me sitting around studying and snacking instead of eating real meals anyway), I did have the time to put together a little treadmill workout to accomplish at the gym tomorrow after my second final!

That being said.. here it is!

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I find that frequently switching up the speeds and keeping the intervals short makes 5 miles fly by.

I’m off to make a little more coffee and get back at it! Let me know what you guys think of this workout and if you’d like to see more workouts like this! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated 🙂

Fit For the Holidays Interval Run

Before I get this new workout to you.. Today is a special day in our household! It’s Andy’s last day of school.. ever!

ImageThe big “soon to be college grad” wanted a PB&J english muffin for breakfast.. so a PB&J english muffin is exactly what he got.

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I made myself a egg and jelly english muffin, with a perfectly juicy clementine on the side.. yum!

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I know what you’re thinking.. eggs and jelly? Together?

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Well it’s delicious. Don’t knock it ’til you try it. 🙂

I’m ready for this day to be over and tonight to be here! We have visitors coming, so I have a big day of cleaning ahead of me..

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Snooki and I are less than thrilled about cleaning. But it will all be worth it when it’s done because Ryan and Landon are on their way here tonight!

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Ryan is Andy’s older brother, and Landon is Andy’s best friend, and whenever those three get together, I’m sure to be doing a little bit of babysitting..

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Let’s be honest, these are three big boys.. and I just can’t keep up. After last time, I’ve learned not to try.

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Hahah.. just kidding.. sort of.

They’re always sure to bring a good time 🙂

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Before I get started cleaning, I’m off to the gym to complete a new treadmill interval workout that I made up this morning.. Let’s hope it’s a good one!

If you’re interested in trying it, here it is!

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Enjoy! And happy running!