Happy Thursday everyone!
I feel like this week has been a whirlwind of blog posts, are you caught up?
And guess what else? Sweet Miles is moving on up (to the east side) and is now on Google+! WHAT!
That’s right, we finally put on our big girl panties, accepted the fact that Google+ is where things are headed, took a deep breathe, and created a Google+ page for Sweet Miles.
So, plus one, or thumbs up, or like, or share, or follow, or circle up, whatever you do on Google+, and come on over! We can all figure it out together.
Tonight’s workout consisted of another Weights on Wednesday, while catching up on The Biggest Loser. I’m two weeks into my goal for 2014 and so far so good! I’m feeling the burn, and it feels SO good to use new muscles and get my heart rate up with just a few simple moves! I know in the end it will only make me a stronger runner.
Adam even got in on the action, and did several sets of push-ups and squats before we chowed down on this fabulous dinner…
Roasted potatoes, sweet and red, brussel sprouts, and a salad. Adam’s new year resolution was to only eat meat if he knows where it came from, or if he trusts the source. I think it’s a great idea, but it makes it tough to figure out what to do for dinner sometimes!
On BL tonight, or Tuesday’s episode if you’ve already watched, one of the contestants said, “I’m learning that my best is good enough…and if you start something, and finish it, you win every time.” I couldn’t agree more. I think I even said out loud, “You go, girlfriend!” And Adam just rolled his eyes. I just get so into BL I can’t help myself! Dolvett and Bob Harper, sigh.
Ok ok ok, enough about me. It’s time for another Blogger Feature!!
I think you’re going to love this chica as much as I do! Emily is the voice behind the blog, More Than Just Dessert, and she is adorable to boot. I’ve been reading her blog for a while now, so I was even more excited when she reached out to me about being featured today! She followed the same feature format as Katie, and picked from a long list her favorite questions to answer.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Hey Sweet Miles Readers! I’m Emily, the girl behind the blog More Than Just Dessert. I’m a 20-something graduate student, earning my Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. I’m graduating this June (finally!!) and am thrilled with the field I’ve chosen. I grew up being an athlete and my weight or fitness was never an issue—until I came to graduate school and gained 40 lbs my first year. In the spring of 2012, I decided I was sick of buying bigger pants, so I signed up for a half marathon and just began running cold turkey. I started out at a glacial pace at first, but as the miles piled on, the pounds came off and I was hooked. My blog, which started out as a cooking/food blog, quickly became into health/fitness blog as I documented my weight loss and journey as a new runner. These days, I blog about my continuing journey of how to be healthy while leading a busy life. I also enjoy writing about various nutrition topics and putting my grad-schooling to use.
2. What inspired you to start your blog?
My blog originally started out as a food/cooking blog, but I used it as a check in to document my weight loss and running. I love being in the nutrition and health field and believe it is becoming a huge factor in our society—I wanted to share my story and inspire others to see that healthy living is possible, even when you are busy!
3. Why did you start running?
Believe it or not, I started running in high school on the cross country team to get in shape for basketball season! I never took it seriously and wasn’t great at it, but boy, did it help me for endurance. I played tennis in college and always preferred our “longer run” drills than sprints, so I’d say that definitely stayed with me. As I talked about before, I started “running” again a couple years ago when I needed to lose weight. I knew the only way I’d ever get motivated was to scare myself, so I signed up for a half marathon. The rest is history!
4. What advice would you give to other runners just starting out?
Just.keep.running. No matter how slow. Some days, when I was just starting out, I felt like I as slow as molasses and often thought “is this even doing anything to help me?!” But the only way I increased my miles to get faster was to keep at that pace instead of quitting. Eventually, the speed and endurance happened and breaking new mileage barriers was so rewarding. So just keep running, no matter how slow you have to go at first. Also, running with a buddy is a great way to stay committed. I signed up for races with friends to ease my nerves and it was a great support system It definitely helped me stick with it.
5. What race is on your bucket list?
The Disney Princess Half Marathon! Something about running dressed up as a Disney princess (Belle from Beauty in the Beast would be my choice, obvi) through the Disney Parks just screams awesome sauce to me.
6. What are your favorite running accessories?
Definitely the Nike stocking hat with a ponytail slit for winter! I also love bondi bands to keep my hair from flying in my face and my CEP compression socks.
7. What are you most proud of in running so far?
I’m most proud of finishing my half marathon last May (which I ran with my roommate), as well as running being the main source of exercise I relied on to lose 40 pounds. When I first set out losing weight in 2012 and trained for the first half marathon, I became injured about a month before because I went too hard, too fast and although I was losing weight, my body couldn’t handle it. Being able to train and finish the half marathon this past year really helped boost my confidence and appreciate my body for the first time in a very long time.
8. How do you stay active outside of running?
Since moving to Madison, WI, I’ve become actively involved in the Ultimate Frisbee league here! It’s a great way to meet people, be active, and feed my competitiveness J I also try to play tennis as much as possible.
9. What is your dream accomplishment?
My dream accomplishment is to complete an ironman, for sure. I have a long road to get to that point, but I would love to eventually get there. I had the chance to watch a friend compete an ironman last year and was in awe of the strength of those athletes! I get bored with workouts easily, so I like to also add swimming or biking when I can. After I graduate, I plan to start training for triathalons to keep mixing it up and eventually become committed enough to try for an ironman someday.
10. What do you like to think about on long runs?
My grad school research, ideas for blogging, places I’d like to travel, and mayyyybe some plotting against ex-boyfriends. I always listen to music and need upbeat tunes!
11. What is one thing running has taught you?
Running has taught me how to be self-motivated and has improved my mental strength tremendously. Growing up in sports, I always had a coach telling me what to do at practice, so I never had to think up workouts or running routes/ideas. When I first started trying to lose weight, I had a hard time figuring out what to do—until I started running. Running has especially helped me grow as an athlete this past year by molding me to be self motivated—whether it be getting my butt out the door or knocking out those last couple miles of a long run, I know how to push myself on my own without a coach telling me what to do. Running has helped me acquire the mental strength necessary to motivate myself to keep digging deeper, which has translated into many areas of my life, not just fitness
12. What is something running related you would like to learn more about?
I always tend to have IT band problems as I get into training runs > 10 miles. I would like to know if I just need to build more muscle or what I could do to decrease this!
Be sure and follow Emily on social media as well! And stop by her blog, morethanjustdessert.com, after you leave here! You can find her info below:
Have you guys been to Emily’s blog before? Do you have any questions for her? What is your favorite meatless meal? Have you entered the Perfect Pocket giveaway?