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How to Run 10 Miles (or more) Before Work

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by belVita through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about belVita, all opinions are my own.

I wake up 5 minutes before my alarm goes off.

Sweet! I don’t have to hear that annoying sound. I loathe alarms and snooze buttons.

I tip toe down the stairs, avoiding the ones that creak, to change into my running clothes. I don’t want any little ears to wake up.

Phew! Made it.

I quietly dress, pull my hair back into a ponytail, slip on my running shoes and on a good day, head out the door. If it’s like the weather has been lately, I grab my iPad and head into the basement where the treadmill awaits me.

It’s time to run 10 miles (or more) before work.

I remember I was in a panic when I saw a weekday 10 miler on my first marathon training plan. Don’t they know I have to shower after my run, get the kids up, fed, dressed, dropped off at school all before 7:30 a.m. when I have to be at work?

My zero dark thirty run just got a little darker.

Thankfully, I’m a morning person. Even if morning occurs in the dark. There are a few things I’ve learned along the way that help make the morning run (haha) smoother.

How to Run 10 Miles (or more) Before Work

1. Prep and plan  – Lay out your running clothes the night before. Are you running inside or out? Make sure you have all the gear you will need in addition to knowing your route if heading outside. For me, it’s sometimes easier to run on the treadmill when I’m time crunched. In addition, pick out your work clothes and pack lunch/snacks for the next day. Have everything in one spot so you won’t have to search for anything.

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2. Set your alarm (or more than one if you need it) – I can’t stand the alarm clock. Thankfully, I rarely hear it since I naturally wake up a few minutes before it on most days.

3. Stretch/Foam Roll – Make sure you leave at least 5-10 minutes post run to stretch your tight muscles and roll out any kinks. Your legs will thank you later!

4. Eat – Your body worked hard, now it needs to refuel. The night before you can prep oats in a jar or grab a belVita Bites, fruit and Greek yogurt for a quick, on the go breakfast. Each packet of belVita Bites contains whole grains, fiber, no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oil and no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. With two flavors, mixed berry or chocolate, it’s like eating cookies for breakfast. Can it be any better?

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5. High 5 yourself – You just got in a long run before work, ate a nourishing breakfast to fuel your busy day, got the kids to school safely and yourself to work on time. Now I call that a #MorningWin.

What’s the longest run you’ve done on a weekday morning before work?

What’s a #MorningWin for you?

A Date Night at Home

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One of my goals for the past two years has been to set aside alone time with Ron. Since the kids were born, we really haven’t been all that great about “dating” each other. Getting a sitter, paying for an expensive dinner and going to a movie is not cheap. One way to get around that is by having date days. We’ll both take the day off from work while the kids are at school. It says us a little money at least!

Another great way to save is by having a date night at home.

After the kids have gone to bed, we’ll make a special dinner together and crack open a bottle of wine. We can eat a wonderful meal all while having an adult conversation with zero interruptions. After dinner we’ll watch a movie. And we don’t even have to leave the house. I call that a win!

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We try to have fish at least once a week in our house. Salmon, Haddock, Hake and Cod are some our favorites. However, no matter how I prepare it, I can never get the same fabulous flavor as a restaurant. There must be some secret ingredient that I’m missing!

Another problem? The fishy smell. Living on the seacoast, we can get some pretty fresh seafood. But no matter how fresh it is, there’s always a fishy smell associated with it that can stink up my kitchen for days.

That’s why I’m digging Bumble Bee SuperFresh.

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It’s Premium Fresh Frozen Seafood that delivers a restaurant quality seafood experience without having to leave your house. What does Premium Fresh Frozen mean? It’s high quality fish that’s cleaned, cut and fresh-frozen within hours and then prepared with chef inspired recipes using all-natural ingredients. There’s no breading, heavy sauces or a long list of “I can’t pronounce these words” ingredients.

All Bumble Bee SuperFresh seafood is sourced from wild fisheries or aquaculture farms that have earned official certification from strict third party organizations such as Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), Global GAP (GAP), and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). The scallops are rated a “Best Choice” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. With a short list of all-natural ingredients that you can find in your own kitchen, there’s no preservatives at all and are completely gluten free.

When we go out to eat, I like to order something that I don’t usually make at home. That usually means seafood, particularly scallops and shrimp. I love both but Ron does not. For our date night at home, we prepared two dishes, kind of like a hers and his. I wanted the Petite Scallops with White Wine and Garlic-Herb Butter. Ron wanted the Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Nothing says I love you like garlic breath, right?

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Both dishes were so easy to prepare. There’s really no way to screw it up. No measuring or chopping at all. All the ingredients are right there. The salmon even comes with it’s own parchment paper. All you need to do is pop it in the oven. The scallops were just as easy. Toss in a skillet and add the white wine and garlic-herb butter sauce. Within 20 minutes we had our main course ready to eat. We prepared a simple pan of quinoa and veggies to enjoy as a side. If you really wanted to get fancy, Bumble Bee has menu ideas and wine pairings for each dish. It’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner at home.

I’m not going lie, going out to eat is always fun. But when you can’t do it as much as you’d like, spending quality time with your significant other, enjoying delicious food in the comfort of your own home, is a very close second.

Bumble Bee SuperFresh can be found at numerous grocery stores. Find the nearest one to you HERE.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Bumble Bee SuperFresh.

Evolution Fresh #3DaystoGreen

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I’m participating in the Evolution Fresh blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. 

“It looks a little like sewer sludge.”

That’s the initial reaction of most people who first see a green juice. Let’s face it – it’s GREEN. As it should be because it’s made with ALL the greens.

What’s wrong with green? To me it screams FRESH!

Recently, I linked up with Evolution Fresh in their #3DaystoGreen campaign. It’s the start of the new year and new goals. One of my goals for this year is to cut back on my random snacking. As you know, I’ve been participating in Laura’s 21 Day Reset and have been happy with the results so far. My snack cravings for breads, crackers, chips and cereal have mostly disappeared. I’ve been focusing on eating real food which ultimately means my veggie eating has increased. I thought I was good before but now I’m really good.

Evolution Juice #3daystogreen

Evolution Fresh juices – Sweet Greens and Lemon, Essential Greens, Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, and Smooth Greens – have over one pound (ONE POUND!) of green vegetables in every bottle and less than ten grams of sugar per serving. And there is nothing added – no preservatives, no sweeteners, no flavors – not even natural ones. All you get is pure, delicious juice.

You can choose from four delicious flavors – Sweet Greens and Lemon, Essential Greens, Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, or Smooth Greens. My local Whole Foods only had two varieties available – everything else was sold out!

I took the challenge and began my first morning with a Sweet Greens and Lime. I am not going to lie – it was very green. I could taste a lot of parsley, which isn’t my favorite green. In my opinion, if you are not used to green juice, it’s not the first one to try.

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At work, I have fallen into the habit of having a cup of coffee around 10:30 every morning. I decided that instead I’d have a juice. The second day I popped open a Sweet Greens and Ginger.YUM! It still had all the green taste but way less parsley. This was by far my favorite.

By day three, I had another Sweet Greens and Lime as an afternoon pick me up. It definitely gave me a little extra zing to power through the rest of my workday.

I can’t say I noticed a whole of difference in my overall being. I tend to eat a lot of kale, spinach and other greens everyday anyway. I did feel like it gave me an energy boost particularly during the afternoon slump.

Evolution Fresh wants you to join the #3daystogreen movement!

You can enter for your chance win up to 25 awesome prize packs – including a Jawbone 24Up, Lulemon Giftcard, a month of free juice, and more. You can boost your chances of winning by entering the UPC codes from juices from now until February 28th. It’s time to drink up!

On to meal planning for the week – last week of the reset plan!

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Salmon + roasted veggies

Monday: Egg Power Bowls

Tuesday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili

Wednesday: Chicken stir fry over spaghetti squash “noodles”

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: out

Saturday: Rainbow Tofu Spring Rolls + Ginger Peanut Sauce

Are you a fan of green juice?

What’s for dinner this week?