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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.


More on that in a bit


Well hello July.  Sneaky little thing snuck right up on me.  That also means we are over half way to Christmas 🙂 

So, I got this idea from Julie’s page and thought I’d include it:  June Highlights!!

I started zee ole blog

Celebrated Father’s Day

Got a Bondi Band

Since I just started this blog, those are the highlights right now 😉

As I’m looking at my calendar, the weekends this month are pretty jam-packed.  Including my first official race next weekend!!  I’m nervous/excited/ frightened.


Yesterday was like any other Friday.  Had pizza for dinner (I LOVE pizza Fridays), and then it happened again….

Dang you Rollo McFlurry. You are so GGGGOOOODDDD

I can’t help myself when it comes to these things.  I’m also bummed that they are only a limited edition thing.  That’s a sin.

Before I knew it, that thing was gone


Now, onto my post title.  Today I woke up with every intention to do a 10 mile run.  I’ve been getting a cramp at mile 6ish on my long runs, so I wanted to try running on a completely empty stomach.  Let me sum that up for you in one simple word: FAIL

I made it 5.75 miles before I said “forget it.”  Ya live and learn right?  As soon as I was done I needed something in this empty stomach and fast

I know people have different opinions on Gatorade, but I love the stuff!!  It was exactly what I needed after that not so good run.  I’m pretty bummed, but there’s always next time.


Well, we broke a record here in the mitten state: 98 degrees today.  This is what Diesel thinks of that

“Mom, how much longer until that cold white stuff comes back?”

In honor of the nasty heat today, I’m totally rockin’ a french braid.  I totally feel like an 8-year-old too, but I love french braids.  My hair is finally long enough again to do them.

Well, I’m going to try to not melt
Question of the night:  Is 26 too old for a french braid?  🙂  You can be totally honest, I can take it!!

Hey guys!! How is everyone’s weekend going? Mine has been pretty good thus far. Sorry it’s been a few days. Sometimes life just gets in the way and I’m ok with that really. I was freaking out that I missed a few days blogging, but once I sat back, I realized that it will happen sometimes. Rule #1 for myself: sometimes I won’t be able to blog everyday and that’s ok.

I started my day at the dentist….Boo!!!!
Nothing major. Just a filling. Who wants to do that first thing on a Saturday morning though? Once that was done, I headed home and threw dinner into the crock pot. Ahhh….how I love thee crock pot.

*Polish Kraut and Kielbasa*

Smoked Turkey Kielbasa


Brown Sugar

Apple Juice

Throw all that in the crock pot and let it cook for about 4 hours.

The actual recipe calls for apples as well, but I have never done that.

A little tid bit- once I make a recipe so many times, I have no idea what the measurements are. I just throw stuff in. Sorry for no exact measurements.


Once I was done putting dinner in the crock pot, I took a nice 6 mile run through the downtown area where I live. It’s a nice day here so I took full advantage of that.

I forgot to put sunscreen on though. Hopefully I won’t look like leatherface tomorrow!!

Post Workout Smoothie

As soon as I was done, I made up this delicious baby

Into the blender went:

1 cup almond milk

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup crushed pineapple

1 scoop Jillian Micheals Chocolate Protein Powder


It was delicious!!

I also added a drop of this little beauty!! This stuff is AMAZING!! It’s like a tropical vacation in a glass. For real 🙂

Well, I’m out to finish dinner and get my eyebows done (it’s been WAY too long)

Question of the night:

What is your favorite crock pot recipe?

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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