Things I Love // Health + Running Edition

After 7 months off from fitness (but basically 4 years since I’ve been pregnant since January 2013), I am finally back to working out. It’s not quite as much as I’d like but it’s better than what I have (not) been doing, so I’m happy. I’m running 2 days/week and at the gym 2 days/week. It’s a good balance that feels healthy, manageable, and enjoyable. Plus, I’m starting to feel “healthy” again, and that feels good.

I’m sharing some of my current Health + Running  Favorites. I’d love to hear what your favorites are too…

  1. Running

I’m a lifelong runner but in recent years, running has been put on the backburner. With three kids in three years it’s been hard to run, let alone make it a priority. Now that I’m able to leave Baby W for an extended period of time, I’m able to spend a little time on myself. And that means running + working out. It feels good to go for a run – the burning in my legs and lungs is something I haven’t felt in a really long time. I have a long way to go but in the meantime, it feels good to workout. 

In my 20+ years of running, I’ve worn a lot of different running shoes. I’ve left brands only to return to the same brand, and worn many styles in between. When the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 launched (new and improved), I was excited to give it a test run after a nine year hiatus. Now in young adulthood, the Wave Rider 21 is exactly what I need as I transition back to running. The 21 is a neutral running shoe with enough cushion underfoot but without all the bulk. It’s fairly lightweight, offers a smooth heel to toe transition, and offers great breathability. As I build mileage and confidence on the run, the Wave Rider 21 will build with me.

I’m happy to be running on the trails again and think the Wave Rider 21 is a great companion. It’s a wonderful shoe for a neutral runner that’s just getting back into the sport – or for a seasoned marathoner. It’s versatile and making great strides on the pavement.

  1. Pineapple + Spinach Smoothie

I can’t start my day without a Pineapple + Spinach smoothie. Guys, I’m obsessed. It’s easy to make (so important for me these days) and so delicious. If you’re looking for a

quick morning shake or post-workout fuel, this is the smoothie for you.

  • Handful of Spinach
  • ½ cup frozen Pineapple
  • ½ frozen banana
  • Splash of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water
  • 1 scoop of Tone it Up Vanilla Protein
  • 1 shake of Flax Seed
  • Cover remainder with Water. Blend + Enjoy.
  1. Bulletproof Coffee

I kinda love Bulletproof Coffee.  And I kinda need it (since no one in my house sleeps through the night). A combo of Coffee + organic coconut oil + grassfed butter, Bulletproof Coffee is an amazing drink that stomps on hunger and cravings, banishes brain fog, and helps you lose weight, build muscle, and increase focus and performance. Plus, it tastes really good. It’s easy to make at home; or South Block Juice Co. for on-the-go drinks

  1. Athleta everything

I have a love/hate relationship with Athleta. But right now, I have a love + lust relationship. I pretty much want everything in the store. It’s probably a combination of losing the baby weight + running/working out – but I can’t stop buying all the things. These + these are my current favorites.

  1. Rosemary Water

Between breastfeeding and working out, I am constantly thirsty. I love water – so that helps – but sometimes I want to mix-it-up a bit. Enter, Rosemary Water.

We always have rosemary in our garden, so it’s easy for me to make. If you aren’t so lucky, you can buy rosemary at any grocery store. I fill up my bottle with filtered water and add rosemary. I love cold water so I pop it in the fridge for a few hours. Voila, refreshing rosemary water.


There you have it, my current favorites. What are you loving lately?



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.

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