Staying Fit while Traveling...

I look at vacation as a time to focus on myself, my workouts, my rest, and my eating. My normal routine involves hour to hour scheduling and fitting in my workout when I can and getting home as fast as possible to walk the dog.  My plan on vacation is to work on when I wake up (without an alarm) and take my time, even including a 15 minute post workout stretch session. 

In the past I have posted how to travel with healthy

Workouts that involve no equipment so you can do them anywhere; here, here, here, and here. (Those are just my favorites)

Beach ready

Here are my latest tips for staying healthy while traveling...

To stay hydrated on the plane and on those long travel days I brought Nuun tablets with me to put in my water. The have some great flavors and it really helped me to continue to drink while traveling avoid dehydration.

Research gyms, yoga & Pilates studios before you travel. Some places offer one week passes or have good drop-in rates. I found an awesome early morning beach yoga class for our trip and I can't wait to give it a try, even the husband is coming!

Bring small equipment with you. Resistance bands are so small and compatible and a magic circle can easily fit at the bottom of your bag.

Plan to walk most places! 

Pack snacks to bring with you during the day to avoid stopping for a special treat. My latest find are Honey Stinger Vanilla Waffles, they are crazy good!

Hand sanitizer is a must in your bag at all times!

What are your healthy travel tips?


Workout Plan for the Week:
Monday: New No Equipment Workout (coming soon!)
Tuesday; 7 Mile Run and Pilates
Wednesday: Yoga
Thursday: 6 Mile Run and Pilates
Friday: Yoga
Saturday: 7 Mile Run
Sunday: Hill Workout!



Chicago Rock'n Roll Half Marathon & Tips for a Good Race!

Sunday morning was an early start, 4:45 wake up and in the car heading to the race start at 5:30! The weather for July was pretty ideal, some humidity but not too much heat. Rock'n Roll series is a really well put on race with some good entertainment.  Each time I race I learn something new and hope to learn from my previous mishaps.

Post race in cab photo headed home. It was all over by 8:15am!

Post race in cab photo headed home. It was all over by 8:15am!

Race Tips learned along the way...

Start hydration a few days before. 

Eat an easy to digest, familiar meal the night before.

Pre-race fuel should be something that you have tried before.

Carry your own hydration. I always carry a small hand held, it helps me mentally never having to worry about when water is coming up.

Wear good socks and an outfit you know works for you.

Bring fuel along the run...just in case. I have never fueled during a half marathon race, I'm not the type to get hungry on the run but today was the exception. Around mile 11 I was starving and all I could think about was that. The course had GU at mile 10 but those don't sit well with me and race days are never good for trying out something new. So in the future I will always bring my own fuel just in case! Being hungry on the course is AWFUL!

When you get to the race go straight to the bathroom line. Even if you don't think you have to go just wait, by the time the line moves you probably will have to go and if you don't the lines get super long close to race start time!

Some post race thoughts...

Running marathons make you mentally tough. I feel so much stronger mentally post my 2nd marathon just knowing that I can do more.  

Speed work, hill training and HIIT will make you faster and teach you to push through when you get tired.

I need to rededicate myself to Pilates after this running season. When I get fatigued I can feel where my body's instabilities and weaknesses are and I need to strengthen those areas to avoid injury and improve my running form.

I love running. I always feel so accomplished and alive. 

It allows me to set new fitness goals and have something to always be working towards. You can always get better, maybe not faster but stronger and more fit.

What are your best race tips?

Workout Plan for the Week:
Monday: Hot Vinyasa Yoga (it's going to feel so good!)
Tuesday: Shred415 
Wednesday: Pilates
Thursday: Teach Bootcamp and Shred415
Friday: Hot Vinyasa Yoga
Saturday: OFF

Oh and for those of you who have been missing Moose Mug here's a good one for you! She turned 4 this past week, I can't believe how old she is!

Patiently waiting for her ice cream!

Patiently waiting for her ice cream!

Berry Colada Smoothie with a Hint of Lime!

Looking for a refreshing flavorful summer smoothie?! This creation happened a little by accident, I went to grab a few things from the fridge and was out so I used what I had and it is my new favorite.  Perfect for after a run, hot yoga, or a long dog walk...or anytime!

(makes 2 servings)
1 1/2 cups Coconut Water
1 cup Raspberries
1 cup frozen Blueberries
3/4 cup Coconut Sorbet
Zest of half of a lime
Juice of half of a lime

Combine all ingredients in your blender and ENJOY!

What's your summer go to smoothie?

Garmin GPS Watch.

I finally made the upgrade. I have been running with my $35 timex watch from Target for the last 7 years. The only function I ever really needed was start and stop. When I get in the door I run to the computer and go to to put in my route, figure out my distance, and my average pace...good enough right? It was for those 7 years but I bit the bullet and made the switch to a Garmin Forerunner 620.  For a runner who covers a weekly mileage of between 20-30 miles on average this is amazing!  The GPS is awesome for knowing the distance but the splits tracking is pushing me to run faster and to be more consistent. 


  • Touch Screen!
  • GPS
  • Can be fitted to use with a HR monitor
  • Automatic upload to Garmin Connect on your phone
  • Interval Training
  • Tracks distance and time.
  • Water Resistant up to 50m
  • Battery life: up to 6 weeks in watch mode. Up to 10 hours in training mode.
  • Rechargeable battery; easy to recharge by connecting to your computer.
  • Lightweight and pretty attractive:-)

I have received a lot of compliments on it and people are shocked by how small it is for a GPS watch, I remember trying on Garmin's when I first moved to Chicago, 6 years ago and it was like putting on one of those calculator watches.  I highly recommend it, it's worth the splurge.

One of the biggest benefits to having the watch is not having to carry my I-phone with me while running, I was getting in a bit of trouble for killing our data plan every month...I think the running GPS apps might have been doing it...oops!

Workout Plan for the Week:
Monday; Shred415
Tuesday: 75 min Hot Vinyasa Yoga
Wednesday: 5 mile Run
Thursday: Teach Bootcamp and Pilates
Friday: 3 mile shakeout
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: Chicago Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon!