At Home It’s a Go At Gym It’s a No

Hi again 😀 Hope your days just swimming on by! How do you guys like this font? I’m not really too keen on what I had before. This is Calibri – it’s my favorite to use in the office, so we’ll see how it does in blog land. As a forewarning – this won’t be the first change you see coming to Running Around Normal. In the next couple weeks, it will have a whole new look! I’m SO excited about it 😀

So it sounds like we all deal with guilt from time to time. It’s a natural human response – but it’s how we deal with it that matters most, right? 🙂

In spirit of the new rule to cut running days down from five to four in order to avoid further injury, I woke up this morning knowing I would forgo my usual Thursday six mile run and instead get some cross training in.

This also meant I could exercise in the comfort of my own home! I split the session into cardio and strength training by doing 35 minutes on the elliptical and then full body weights – superset-style. It took about an hour in total.

Four Favorite Things about Working Out at Home

Pulling two completely random socks out of the “orphan sock bag” (you know, where all the socks that go into the dryer in pairs and come out all alone) instead of digging for two matches:



Looks good to me! I won’t mind!

Shamelessly Watching Days of Our Lives or sing my lungs out while watching MTV (no really, it’s actually music television before 6 in the morning)


No weird looks from gym-goers while belting out “TEEN – AGE DREAM..dadadadada TEEN- AGE DREAM…uhh.. dadadada”  this time! 😉

Leaving all the equipment laying around until the end of the workout:



No, I’m in fact not using that at the moment. So WHAT! 😛

And lastly, going from this:


To this:


In less than 10 minutes.      

I’m out of almond milk right now which is pretty much a key ingredients in ALL my breakfasts – oats, over night oat cereal, waffles, etc. So this morning, I had to think outside the box carton.

I think this is my first true all yogurt cereal combination:


There’s a boatload of ingredients in there, but almond milk isn’t one of them!


¾ c. plain Greek yogurt

½ c. pumpkin


1 tsp. pumpkin butter

½ scoop vanilla Jay Robb protein powder

1 T. raw almond butter

¼ c. oats

1 T. chia seeds

½ banana

¼ c. granola

Yum! I think it may be making a regular occurrence now 🙂

Well it’s a busy day at the Big Insurance Company today, better get back to work!


What’s your favorite thing about working out from home – whether it’s strength training, a workout DVD, yoga, or using your own equipment? I’m also a big fan of waiting to brush my teeth until afterword and avoiding the outdoors when it’s cold and snowy!


Breaks, Aches, and Landscapes

Hey peeps! Hope you’re having a fantabulous Memorial Day weekend! I was actually planning on wrapping all of mine up in post-form tonight, but there’s currently a thunderstorm going on outside, so I have a long enough break to write it up now:D

After Friday night’s festivities, I headed in to work for a few hours to hold down the fort and create a few new training plans for upcoming clients this week (6 training sessions tomorrow!!!) Once home, I made a refreshing lunch, and then joined the hubski on the landscaping work:


I’ll take chickpeas with my chickpeas, please.


wrapped up with some veg.


And of course we took many breaks to nosh on watermelon all weekend long. Memorial Day requirement, of course.

Then, back to landscaping.

Wherever I go, if there’s sun and heat, you can ensure I’ll be the beer water and sunscreen natzi.

Landscape, landscape, landscape.

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Around 8:00, we declared it end of day one. Long break number one ensued. We were both so pooped, that we also declared it order-in night:



We had another busy one (Day 2) planned the next day, so we hit the sheets pretty early after eating.

Up and at em on Day 2, I headed to the gym to train a client really quick, and then joined Shane again.

Pre-client breakfast:


Day two was all about the plants:




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Feeling satisfied with our progress for Day Two, we broke for the night around 7:00:


Looking pretty rough, I’d say. By this time, we were both feeling the aches and pains of kneeling, shoveling, hauling, and planting.

I knew I needed to replenish my electrolytes, but nothing sounded better than an ice cold beer. So I compromised:

Carrot juice first



And then I could have a beer:


Ending with a little more energy than the previous day, we decided to grill out!

IMG_7240Perfectly grilled veggies.


Brussels, onions, snow peas, sweet taters.

My (Boca) burger:




Shane’s (all natural) huge stuffed hunka beef burger:


And I’m pretty sure the post-dinner dessert was well-deserved:


After a couple epi’s of 24, we decided to get some shut eye. Until, that is, I was woken up by a sharp, aching pain going from my shoulder to my thumb. You see, I have a bad rotator’s cuff. It’s just worn down after years and year of overhand serving and spiking from volleyball. I’ve had to go to a chiropractor and physical therapist a number of time. I think a mix of volleyball + the shoulder exercises I did the other day + (mainly) all the shoveling and digging I did this weekend REALLY pissed it off. It’s NOT happy. I just hope it feels better before Wednesday night’s volleyball game.

I’ve been self medicating with dark red bing cherries:IMG_7237


Cherries are known to be a natural anti-inflammatory. I’d rather give it a go with nutrition before relying on chemicals. Just my opinion 🙂

This morning, I woke up at 6:00 to find that my 7:00 client cancelled on me, and I have to say, I wasn’t upset; I welcomed the break. I went straight back to sleep for another 2.5 hrs.

Post-slumber, pre-long run fuelage:


I had a 7 miler planned, and this banana served as perfect fuel to power me through. I finished 7 miles in 1:08:33. Could be better…but it was H-O-T. I finished about 20 minutes before the sky opened up and started pouring buckets. Oh, and for the first time, I ran shirtless! All I wore up top was a sports bra. I’ve been hesitant to do this in the past, but sometimes, ya gotta do whatcha gotta do. I had a few creepy stares, but nothing major. Pretty sure the shirtless runs will be a regular thang on hot summer days.

Once home and showered, I made a double batch of smoothies – one for me, and one for Shane.


Mine’s the green one, obviously. For this batch, I just put some ice, frozen mixed fruit, 1 scoop of Jay Robb brown rice protein powder, maca (for anti-inflammatory and cell turn around,) water, OJ, and xantham gum. Then a blended, poured Shane a cup, added a couple handfuls of spinach, and blended again to make mine! If you haven’t added spinach to your smoothies yet, I highly recommend it! Not gonna lie, it’s not like you can’t taste the difference (especially when tasted side by side,) but it sure is still damn good!

Kudos if you made it to this far in the post; ‘twas a long one! 😀

The rest of the day, I’m planning on cleaning as much as my shoulder allows, catching up on your Memorial day weekend blogs, and starting a new book. Sounds great to me!

Do you have a chronic injury (no matter big nor small) that you have to deal with? I started having shoulder problems my junior year of high school! I usually have problems with it about once a year, but I haven’t had a flare up before this time since 2007! But when it happens, I know I need to baby it.

Any home reno’s planned or being finished for you this spring/summer? Besides the front landscape, I’m hoping to do just a little bit with the back yard as well.

Hope you guys are having a great weekend so far!! Enjoy the rest of it!

edit – I removed some of the photos due to privacy issues.

Niko the Surfing Dog and Giveaway Results

The results for the Giveaway are in!

But first….

My parents watched Niko for Shane and me while we were livin’ it up Buffett style yesterday. So this morning when we got back home, I headed over to their house to hang out to pick her up.

Niko with cousin, Buck:

Reunited! (and it feels so good:D) haha

Heck yeah I’m rockin’ my Jimmy Buffett concert tee!

Even though my parents only live about 45 minutes away, it’s still nice to come home. It’s changed a lot since I moved out 5 years ago (what?! 5 years??), but at the same time, has stayed the same.

For example, the purple and black paint that used to cover my bedroom walls is now a more calming beige.

However, my stuffed animals are still in the same place they were the day I moved out.

Aww, hi little Snowy the Seal haha

And what were once Justin Timberlake and Josh Hartnett posters covering my walls are now beautiful paintings of my mom’s.

But my bouncy ball collection is still on display 😀

Nothing like coming home.

Since it was beastly hot today, I decided it’d be a great day to take advantage of my parents pool and take a dip. The water was 88 degrees, and the air outside was even warmer, and this equates to the perfect swimming situation in my opinion.

Niko even joined us in the pool. She surfed while the rest of us swam around.

Go Niko, you got this! 😛

haha she loved it!

After Niko’s surfing lessons, my mom and I did some pool running for about a half hour. I didn’t plan on working out today, so this was just a nice, short, impromptu workout.

It’s pretty much a rule ritual to drink bloody mary’s and beer whenever I come to my parents house, but this time I just wasn’t up for it due to my shenanigans of last night.

So instead, I’m blogging and their playing two handed euchre and drinking their own bloody mary’s. And a certain someone is by my feet.

Do you have any traditions or routines you do whenever coming home?

On to the Giveaway winner!!!

And the winner of the giveaway contest is………

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Cinnaswirlycakes! Congrats, lady! 😀 Next giveaway will be for my 100th post!

And thanks to everyone who signed up! 🙂

I hope everyone’s having a fab Sunday so far 🙂