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I have no idea where yesterday went to.  Sorry for no five facts or book review.  No biggie!!  There’s always next friday 🙂


Yesterday, I was given two Gu’s to try today.  I was talking to a couple that are training for a half marathon (her) and a marathon (him).  I was telling them about my problem, and he let me take two Gu’s home. 

I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous about trying them.  I’m a huge texture person and I was afraid it would kick my gag reflex into high gear.  I had a 7 mile run on the agenda today and I didn’t want to feel like crap after.  So, I put on my big girl pants and tried them. 

Per instructions, I used this one about 15 minutes before I started running

It actually wasn’t too bad.  I took my time with it.  I can not stand anything thick and this is thick.  Not too bad though.  I survived!

45 minutes into my run, I took this one

I slowed to a walk so I didn’t have to squeeze the whole thing in my mouth.  I’m not a huge on banana flavored stuff, but this was pretty good.  I knocked out 7 miles like it was nothing!!  I felt good the WHOLE time 🙂

I’m really excited because I think I have found a solution to the problem.  Come Monday, I will be at the running store investing in some of these bad boys 🙂

Please disregard the tile of my kitchen floor 😉


Question of the night:

What is your running/exercise fuel?

“Can I Help You?”

I had to sneak in a Diesel pic since he’s so handsome 🙂

Today was day 10 on the ole training plan and as you may know, I’ve been having some problems around mile 4.5ish.  I think I may have figured it out!!  I ate half of a tortilla with 1/2 a teaspoon of peanut butter RIGHT before my run.    As I was running, I sipped on water even if I wasn’t feeling thirsty.  It seemed to work.  Keep your fingers crossed!!


Workout (Yesterdays)

I got to the gym around 7:00 am to do a weights session.  I love lifting weights, but since I have been focusing on half marathon training, I’ve been having a hard time getting motivated to weight lift.

Push Ups-15

Bent Over Row-15

Hammer Curls-15

Bent Over Fly-15

Shoulder Press-15

Tricep Dips-15

I used 10 pound weights.  I did this circuit style, so I completed this two more times for of total of three times.  I followed up with some ab work. 

50 frog crunches

50 ab turns

25 sit ups

25 crunches

I rounded it all out with 15 minutes of incline walking on the treadmill.

I was a nice sweaty beast when I was finished. 


Tomorrow’s Friday!!  Woot -Woot

On the agenda for the blog tomorrow:

Five Facts

Book Review of “French Women Don’t Get Fat.”  Hint: AMAZING

Question of the night:

Any plans for the weekend?

I’ll be running the 10 mile CRIM.  I’m super excited/nervous!


I can’t believe it’s AUGUST already.  Where has this year went to?  Let’s recap the month:

I ran my first 5k

I officially signed up for the CRIM and Brooksie Way

Made some yummy Orange Pop Cupcakes….

….and an even yummier Pineapple Upside Down Cake 


It’s been pretty nice here in Michigan.  Hot, but nice

I love instagram


Half Marathon Training

Today was day 9.  It was a 3 mile run.  Every Tuesdays are 3 milers.  I wanted to see what I could do without dying and I maintained an 8:49/mile pretty much the whole three miles.  For me, that was flying.  This is what I felt like after flying for 3 miles

That’s my “hurry up and take a picture before people come in and think I’m weird” picture.  Not that I really care though. 🙂


I’m actually home a little early, so I’m going to do some work on the blog


Question of the night:

How has the summer been so far where you are at?  <—-Here in the mitten, we had rain all spring and it’s pretty much been 185* degrees ever since.

On the agenda today was a 6 mile run.  No problem.  Or so I thought.  I still am getting light-headed and nauseous around mile 5.  I don’t know what’s going on.  I ate about 1/2 hour before I started and I had water with me.  Maybe I need to start bringing Gatorade too.  I don’t know.  I’m very confused and I’m starting to get nervous about my 10 miler and half marathon.  I really would prefer if I don’t throw up while running 😦  How embarrassing would that be?? 

I’ll figure it out I’m sure.  Running’s all about figuring out what works for you, right?  Trial and error!!  Needless to say, 6 miles turned in to 5 followed by a lot of prayer that breakfast would stay in my stomach.


Book Review

I remember watching this movie when I was younger and I loved it.  Well, a few weeks ago I was wandering around the library and ran across the book.  I started it right away and couldn’t put it down.  The book goes more into detail about the horrors of being stuck in a foreign country with no way to get out.

(Click here for a look inside)


Question of the night:

What is a recent movie you just watched and enjoyed? <—- we just finished The Lincoln Lawyer and it was really good!!

Yesterday was day 5 of half marathon training.  It was a nice easy 5 mile run.  I felt really good through most of it.  At mile 4.5 though, I was starting to get a little sluggish so I just cranked up the music and prayed to God to finish.  As soon as I was done, my head started spinning.  I had a Larabar before my run, so maybe I just need to eat a little more before I run?  I’ll figure it out I’m sure.  My post run fuel was a wonderful banana (enter Gwen Stefani song here 🙂 )


After that, I had a coupon to cash in

Who doesn’t want free undies from this place?!?!  Victoria’s Secret OWNS me!!

From there it was a grad party and then B. E. D for this girl


Todays Workout

When I went to the gym this morning, I knew I wanted to do something different.  I have been eyeballing a pyramid workout for quite a while so I decided today was the day.


Pull Ups-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

Push Ups-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

Elbow Planks (in seconds)-5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,45,40,35,30,25,20,15,10,5 

I really enjoyed doing something different, but I found myself getting a little bored after a while.  Also, my back started really hurting near the end, so I took out some of the elbow planks and replaced them with side planks.


Since today is Sunday, that means I was a baking machine 🙂  I was originally going to make cookies, but we have two HUGE boxes already, so at the last-minute I decided to skip that and make Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  I’m not a huge cake fan, but Matt is.  Let me tell ya, this was to die for.


1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 can (14-16 oz.) crushed pineapple (juice reserved)

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt


Melt butter in sauce pan.  Stir in brown sugar

Poor in bottom of 8*8 baking dish.  Spread 1 cup of pineapple over brown sugar mixture.

Bake at 275* while making cake batter

Beat eggs sugar and vanilla until nicely mixed.  Add flour, baking powder, and salt.  Mix together.  Stir in reserved pineapple juice.

Remove dish from over.  Bring temperature to 350*.  Pour cake batter over pineapple mixture.  Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool and then flip upside down onto a plate!!

Before flip


After flip

I *might* have taste tested a little bit from the corner.  Maybe.

This cake got the royal treatment.  It’s sitting on some of my wedding gift china….that has never been used until today.


I’m off to enjoy another piece of cake.  Back to the grind tomorrow!!

Question of the night:

What is something you enjoy baking? I like to bake anything, but I especially like doing cakes.

So I finally pressed the submit button and signed up for The Brooksie Way Half Marathon.  I started training a few days before I actually signed up.  My thoughts?  OMG why am I trying to kill myself??  I know I can do it though!!  In the words of Nike “Just Do It!!”


Half Training Day 4 (yesterday)

4 miles

It was nice and easy.  I did it a little slow so I don’t kill myself.  Since it’s hot as hades here, you better believe I did those 4 miles on the treadmill.  As much as I like running outside, I draw a line at 400* heat.

Nice and easy.  It actually was a really good run for me.   I was going to go a little more, but I’m trying to stick to the plan so I don’t hurt my knee. 


Todays Workout

I was in the mood to do some weights, but I had some stuff to do before work, so I didn’t want to be at the gym forever.

Warm Up-5 mins.

21’s-8 pound dumbbells-12 reps*2

Cable Crossover-10 pounds-12 reps*2 <——These OWN me when I’m working on my shoulders)

Cable Crossover Triceps-40 pounds-12 reps*2

Dual Axis Row-45 pounds-12 reps*2

Lat Pulldown-40 pounds-12 reps*2

Incline Hammer Curls-8 pounds-12 reps*2

Step Overs-12 per side


Plank- 1 Minute

Foam Rolled- 15 Minutes


On a side note, I am going to start blogging everyday or at least every other.  When I go three days without, I feel overwhelmed and I don’t want stuff to get sloppy.  I also will be doing some more work this weekend on zee blog.  Like the book reviews.  🙂  I slacked a little on that.


There is a very handsome Boxer who has a half birthday today, so I’m out!!  One big peanut butter bone coming right up!!

Question of the night:

Do you celebrate your pets birthdays?-I am totally that pet owner who celebrates full birthdays, half birthdays, holidays, and his name gets signed on all cards 🙂

Yesterday, I officially started training for a half marathon.  The one I plan on doing is on October 2nd.  It’s called The Brooksie Way.  I’m a little nervous about it.  I’ve heard its pretty hilly at parts, but I know I can do it!!

I’m loosely using two different plans, so I won’t post the specific site.  I don’t want to confuse myself.  🙂  That’s easy to do….trust me. 

Recap of Half Training Day 1:

I wasn’t able to get on here yesterday, but this is what I did:  2 miles of speedwork.  I did it on a treadmill since it was Wednesday.  I always run on the ole tready on Wednesdays.  It was quick and easy.  Just the way I like it!!


Back To Today

Usually my mornings start with coffee and usually fruit (although coffee keeps me VERY full for quite a while).  However, it was this kind of day today

With a nice, big side of Diet Pepsi to go with it

I’m not going to lie, I’ve drunk WAY TOO MUCH POP THIS WEEK.  After Saturday, I must limit my pop intake.

For dinner, my inner child came out

I never tell myself I can’t have something because that will only make me want it even more.  So, when I do want something that isn’t exactly “healthy” for me, I limit it.  A Happy Meal is just perfect for me.  Random fact:  I ordered a regular Coke with this because I didn’t want the teller to think I was giving a child Diet Coke.  😉


Half Training Day 2

I don’t usually run two days in a row.  I don’t want to injure myself.  However, up here in The Mitten, it’s beautiful.  I was going to do weights at the gym, but it was way too nice.  So I switched it up a little and ran outside today.  The weights will still be at the gym tomorrow morning; I’m sure of it.

A 3 mile run was what I did today.  Flat out, it was a hard run.  My breathing was all over the place.  I think I know a few of the reasons why: 1.)  I had to pee 2.)I had just eaten dinner.  Even though I didn’t get a cramp, I felt like I had 30 pounds of rocks in my stomach 3.)I was holding a water bottle.  I hate holding stuff when I run, but I don’t have a fuel belt yet and I DIE of thirst when I run.  I almost threw it in the road, but I didn’t want to litter.  Ya know??


Question of the night?

What are steps you take to guarantee you have a good run?

Hey there!! I'm April. I'm the writer here at Motor City Runner. I'm 26 years old and have a passion for running, all things fitness, healthy eating (most of the time), and everything sweet!! I am also training for my first half marathon. Feel free to stick around and watch as I make the journey to 13.1 miles!!


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