Archives for April 2014

5-15 Minute Plank Workout

Well, I did it again…one more injury to add to the list. I decided to go for a 5 mile run on a whim with my mom (my multi-marathoner mom, that is) two weeks ago. I actually thought I did pretty well and felt good, considering I don’t think I’ve run more than 3 miles since my mud run last October. ūüôā Took it easy the next day but then when I attempted to run two days later, my foot had other ideas. I’ve never had a stress fracture before, but this felt different than any other pain. I got an x-ray and turns out I don’t have a fracture. This is good news…except that I the only thing to do now is sit back and “relax” (ha, not a word that comes up in my vocabulary often) until whatever it is heals. As you can probably imagine, the past two weeks have been pretty frustrating but I’ve tried to convince myself that my body is telling me to take a break and I should try to embrace it. Easier said than done, but in the meantime I’m doing more low-impact/upper body/ab workouts and will get back to the running and burpees in due time…ok, so maybe I’m not in a bug rush to get back to burpees. ūüėČ

Here’s a plank workout that’s easily done at home. ¬† One time through adds up to 5 minutes, so this can be a 5, 10, or 15 minute workout, just depends on what you are feeling!

10 Min Plank Workout
Plank Pulses

Plank Dips

Plank Toe Touches

Superman Planks

Plank Push-Ups

Spiderman Planks

Cookies ‘n Cream Puppy Chow

After posting so many health-ified recipes lately, I think it’s about time for a good ‘ol cheat day recipe, no? ¬†This is not Whole30-paleo-low-carb-sugar detox-Jillian Michaels approved. ¬†Sorryimnotsorry. ¬†So put on your stretchy pants and let’s get this party started.

My office had a “food day” to celebrate the Cardinals home opener on Monday. ¬†Naturally, I signed up to bring a dessert and headed straight to my Pinterest board to find a recipe I have yet to try. ¬†The lucky winner? Cookies ‘n Cream Puppy Chow. ¬†Oh. My. Goodness. ¬†I have since found that it is actually physically impossible to stop eating this stuff. ¬†Trust me, the struggle is real.

IMG_20140406_195658There are a million recipes on Pinterest for this but of course I had to make a few edits….which basically means I doubled the amount of chocolate. ¬†What’s the point if every single morsel isn’t drenched in chocolate-y goodness anyway?


For “cookies”:

  • 1/2 box rice chex (about 6 cups)
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 10 Oreos, crushed

For “cream”

  • 1/2 box rice chex (about 6 cups)
  • 1 24oz pkg vanilla almond bark
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 10 Oreos, crushed


(You will repeat this process twice, once for cookies and once for cream.)

Melt chocolate in a double boiler (like this) on the stove, stirring frequently (for a makeshift double boiler, place a smaller pot inside a slightly larger one with a small amount of water in it and heat on the stove, this helps prevent burning of the chocolate).  For an less complicated option, slowly melt the chocolate in a bowl on low in the microwave, stirring frequently.  Be careful, as chocolate burns easily.  Place the chex in a large bowl and pour the chocolate on top, then stir until combined.  Place the powdered sugar and crushed Oreos in a large ziploc bag.  Pour the chocolate covered chex into the ziploc bag, close it and shake until the sugar/cookies are distributed evenly.  Repeat for the other half of the batch.

Combine the “cookies” and “cream” into a large container. ¬†Crush the remaining Oreos (I used a family size package for this) and mix in with the chex.

Now for the most important direction – Eat your little heart out!



Mud Run Prep – MuckFest MS

You might remember when I completed my first mud run back in October. ¬†I’m bummed I won’t be able to participate in the Battlegrounds mud run with my office again in May (I’ll be out of town) but I’ll be there in spirit…

1973207_10203369756184074_1689439466_oMy dad found this poster of my co-worker and I that they are using to promote the event. ¬†I guess mud is a good look for us. ūüėČ Hilarious. ¬†We actually do look pretty excited to be elbow deep in mud!

At the time of my first mud run, I had been nursing an injury for a while so I wasn’t exactly prepared in the running department. ¬†I can’t lie, 5 miles when I hadn’t run more than 2 in a few months was a little difficult but I pushed through. ¬†Even if you aren’t a runner, there’s nothing wrong with walking parts of the course – lots of people do! ¬†It’s really more about being active, having fun with your team and giving to a good cause. ¬†Oh, and getting dirty.

MuckFest MS is a mud run that benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and it is held all over the US. ¬†They created this fun “training guide” for anyone thinking about doing a mud run – first-timers or veterans!

Fun 5K Training IdeasWhen (not if!) I do another mud run, I’ll definitely increase my endurance by running a little more than usual, lift weights, and add more push-ups and pull-ups to my workouts in order to improve my upper body strength for all of those wall climbs. ūüôā

MudRun8If you are interested in signing up for MuckFest MS check out the schedule/locations here.  You can have fun while getting exercise AND helping out a good cause!