Nutrition, parenting, Weight Loss, Whole30


Well hello there friends. How was your weekend? I hope you moms had a great mothers day! I sure did. It’s always a good day when I get to spend it with this cutie


I actually got to sleep in, then we laid in bed cuddling for a bit. The hubs made breakfast while I took a long shower and took my time getting ready. After doing some housework I took Little P shopping for some new shoes. Girlfriend is quite the shopper. She found some shoes she loved right away and wouldn’t change her mind, no matter how hard I tried. Love her. We looked at clothes too. She walked around the girls section exclaiming “This is SO cute. Mom, can I buy this?” And holding things up asking me if it looked good. Hilarious.  We went to lunch with the hubs family at Cheesecake Factory. This would be our fourth night in a row eating out. Whoops.

Can we talk about food for second? Because lately I’ve just been really confused by it. You see – I did the Whole30 last month and I had great results. But I struggled. The idea of being SO restrictive made me miserable. I wanted stuff I haven’t had in so long, and normally wouldn’t want, just because I “couldn’t” have it. And if we’re being honest here… The last 2 weeks have been a continuous “cheat” because I wanted to relish in the fact that I “could” have whatever I wanted. We traveled to Pittsburgh and I ran a half marathon, which I used as an excuse to eat an ungodly amount of processed carbs. I’ve tried to find the balance in the last week or so but I just don’t know what to do.

My problem is I want/need to lose more weight. But I also want/need to get stronger. So how do I balance that? For the past year I have been eating mostly grain-free. I still have some dairy and legumes, so not totally paleo. And I often indulge in desserts and meals that are less than healthy. The reason I did the Whole30 was because I had hit a plateau and was tired of gaining and losing the same 5 pounds. I made great progress, but it really did mess with me mentally. Now I’m afraid of “restricting” myself too much because I don’t want to end up coming off something and eating everything in sight….

So I guess what I’m saying is I just don’t know how to balance it all. I need to do more research on what to eat to gain muscle while losing fat, but mostly I want to find something that clicks with me mentally as well.

All that to say I’m just confused.

Any advice?
How was your mothers day?

Nutrition, Whole30, workouts

Whole30 Results & Afterthoughts



I learned a lot about myself over these past 30 days. I faced temptation and stood strong.

When I started this I didn’t imagine it would be as hard as it was. I thought I ate “pretty clean” and that making adjustments to my eating wouldn’t be that difficult. I don’t eat bread/pasta/tortilla/rice all that much and I honestly don’t miss it, so that wasn’t a big deal. The things I struggled with the most was not “paleo-fying” or recreating favorite old foods. I can deal with no grains, even no dairy or legumes… but no paleo pancakes? no paleo pizza? no paleo cookies? ugh. that was tough. Towards the end of week 4 I started to go a little crazy – wanting things I don’t normally even want just because I couldn’t have them. I got tired of having to analyze every little thing I put in my mouth. It was eye opening how much mindlessly goes in my mouth, but at the same time thinking about it non stop for 30 days kinda made me crazy.

I generally felt good, not bloated or gassy. I did sometimes feel tired, but I think I just didn’t eat enough some days. I slept a ton better, for sure.

it was hard, but it was worth it though.

Now onto my Whole30 Results…

When I weighed in I was at 195.4
Today I was at 187.
Total Loss – 8.4lbs


The left is the start. The right is the finish. 30 days in between.
(please ignore that ugly bruise. 180lb back squat #fail)


I’m very pleased with the results. I knew my stomach was getting smaller but I was surprised at the growth in my arms/shoulders! I actually look like I have muscles!

And lets not forget where I came from… This is my CrossFit Before and After:


I’m so proud of how far I’ve come. I feel really good about it. I’ve worked hard for this. My plan going out is to continue to make healthy food choices. I don’t need dessert every night. I don’t need to splurge every time we go out to eat. We ate out quite a bit these 30 days and I made healthy choices every time. It is doable. I just have to find the balance that works for my body.

Nutrition, Whole30

Whole30 April: Week 4 Recap

Week 1 Recap
Week 2 Recap
Week 3 Recap

Glory Hallelujah it is the end of week 4. I seriously thought this day would never come. I’ll post my full results and afterthoughts on Wednesday for Weigh In Wednesday. Today you get a little recap of this past week. And man was it a doozy.


I’ll be totally honest, this week my heart was not in it. I’m just ready to be done. I didn’t do a ton of food prep and have just been skating by on what I had. I’ve probably eaten out more than I should. I always make generally “compliant” choices – but don’t worry about prep methods or sourcing. I’m not really even burnt out or craving certain foods… but the thought of not being “allowed” to have them makes me want them. I want the freedom to be able to make my own choices… which is funny because I CHOSE to do this. They talk about getting into the swing of things and starting to feel the “tiger blood” of extra energy and such. I really didn’t feel that. I haven’t felt bad, actually I’ve felt pretty normal. I’ve experienced less bloating/gas. It is just mentally starting to wear on me. I’ve kept mostly on course except for yesterday… I’ll talk more about that in a minute. But here are some of my favorite meals/snacks from the week:


Top Left: Jimmy Johns Unwich – Turkey, veggies, guac in a lettuce wrap.
Top Right: GTs Kombucha, with a boiled egg and dates
Bottom Left: Probably my favorite quick bite – Dates topped with Sunbutter. Amazeballs.
Bottom Right: Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Pico and Avocado. Delicious.

Now about yesterday… We went to a BBQ place for lunch. I was hungry, cranky, and totally done with overanalyzing my food choices every freaking time I eat. So I had pulled chicken, tasted the BBQ sauce, had applesauce and white potato french fries. And they were good.

But that wasn’t the worst of it… Then we went to Six Flags. We walked around and rode rides (Payt rode her first “big kid” roller coaster! It was too cute!) Then this happened….


I ate maybe 1/4 of it. It was so good. In the most artificial way possible. Like I could taste the fakeness. I then had a headache. and proceeded to be in a sugar induced nap coma for 3 hours. It was awful. So good. But so not worth it. Ah well- live and learn.

I think I got to the point where my body has adapted pretty well to this eating style and stopped giving me the same results. This always happens when I try something new or drastic. I’ll see awesome results the first few weeks and then it just stops. I just have to keep switching it up.

Technically we have another day on Whole30 April. I’m just trying to readjust my mind to “letting” myself entertain the idea of off limit foods in moderation. I don’t want to binge. That obviously leads to nothing good. I don’t want to undo what I’ve done these past 4 weeks. I just want to take what I’ve learned and apply it to a more balanced lifestyle. Something I want to remember as we head to Pittsburgh this weekend! Can’t wait to meet up with the rest of the #runfor crew at the Dicks Sporting Goods Half Marathon!

How was your week? Link it up!

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Nutrition, Weight Loss, Whole30

Weigh In Wednesday: Whole30 Week 3 Results

We are half way through the week! Yes! That means we are that much closer to the end of my Whole30. Not that I’m counting down… ahem. Anyway… It’s Weigh In Wednesday! Time to check in on our progress this week!

Weigh In Wednesday

I’m in the middle of week 4 of my Whole30… and it hasn’t been easy. Read my recap of week 3 and it’s clear to see that I’ve had my struggles. But you can also see I’ve had some HUGE changes in my body. Check out this halfway point picture (it’s been overused – I know. But the results are still shocking!) I can’t wait to see my final progress pictures on Tuesday. I have a lot to say about the program as a whole, but I can say that I am pleased with the results.


I had thought about doing a Whole30 for some time. It just never seemed to be “good timing” – And I don’t know that any time is better than another. I knew that I needed to make some sacrifices and changes and get a little strict to see the results I want. I kept thinking about it but just never did it until now. Thanks to my good friend Walt for reminding me what it takes to get started!


And because I just decided not to over think it and just do it, I am seeing awesome results! So I encourage you whatever it is you are wanting to do: Start a blog, eat healthier, start exercising… quit talking about it… quit thinking about it… just do it! It doesn’t have to be as drastic as Whole30 – but start somewhere!

Here are this weeks measurements:


What what!!! A total of 10.5 inches?! UNREAL. It has been hard, but these results don’t lie!

How’d You Do This Week? What are you going to start doing this week that you’ve been talking about doing?

Linking Up with Erin and Alex

food, Nutrition, Whole30

Whole 30 April: Week 3 Recap (Link Up!)


Ok- Since sugar isn’t allowed on the Whole30 I’m not going to sugar coat this… This week was tough. My thoughts on the First 3 weeks of the whole30:

Week 1 – It’s new and exciting – we can do this!
Week 2- The newness wears off and it is hard. The end seems so far away.
Week 3- Longest. Week. Ever. End is near.

I expected it to get easier, but it has just been dragging on. I’m still making good eating decisions, but almost begrudgingly. The week wasn’t too bad. I prepped some food to have on hand like hard boiled eggs and an egg bake for breakfast. Sadly, the egg bake doesn’t taste good, but I don’t want to waste food so I keep eating it.

Friday we went out to a brazilian steak house to celebrate our CrossFit opening. It’s one of those places they bring out all different kinds of meat on swords. I had a lot of meat. It was good. Some of the meat had sauces on it, that most likely had added sugar, but it wasn’t a lot so I let it slide. I also had a bite of a fried banana and immediately felt guilty about it.

Saturday was the hardest day by far. I was just stressed out. I’m struggling to find a new “normal” with the changes in our schedule. We had a busy day of training new clients, school started up again this week, Payton had a birthday party (where I didn’t eat the cake… but ate dates I had in my purse), and I was lacking in patience (mostly due to a certain time of the month… TMI I Know…) and all I wanted was wine and ice cream. I refrained from both. But I found myself increasingly irritated, tired, and just wanting to be done.

Sunday I had a long run on the schedule for my training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. After going through the GO! STL Half Marathon a few weeks ago I knew I needed some fuel during the run. I had some Clif Shots and Nuun, not whole30… but I didn’t want to try to do it without since I’ll be using them for the race. I felt good during the run. I could definitely tell I was feeling lighter on my feet!


(ignore that nasty cold sore. apparently the stress of this week decides to make itself known in the most irritating way possible)

I have seen amazing progress so I will press on another week!


I have no plans of going crazy on day 31 and beyond… but I will for sure add in some things that I’ve been missing. Like dessert. and Paleo Pancakes.

How Did Your Week Go? Link up if you’re doing Whole30!

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Nutrition, Weight Loss, Whole30

Weigh In Wednesday: Whole30 Week 2 Results

Weigh In Wednesday

So here it is Day 17 of my Whole30 Challenge… And like I wrote in the recap of week 2 – it was a tough week. Dang hormones/emotions/cravings. I wanted to know I was seeing results. Sure I generally feel better. I am sleeping better. I am enjoying coffee with just canned coconut milk or black (but still missing my creamy sweet coffee treats… Caramal Macchiato anyone?) But I wanted proof that my body was changing. I tried to convince Chris to take my pictures to compare but he said I’d like having just a before and after to see more dramatic changes. True, I guess…

So I broke one of the Whole30 rules. and I stepped on the scale.

if that is the worst thing I do these 30 days I think I’m doing ok. oh wait- i chewed some gum the other day. apparently thats not allowed either. I’m such a rebel.

I was at 187.4 – An 8lb loss! I’ll take it! I also did some measurements again


I remeasured around my hips several times. See that is my biggest problem area. Not only do I have the curse from my mothers side of the family (big cuban hips/butt) but a lot of my fat is stored in my lower belly area. It’s like a pouch, gross I know… it is one of the things that bothers me the most. I look normal in a lot of my pictures because I’m wearing shorts, but underneath that is my biggest trouble spot… The thing I want the most to go away. That is what keeps me in larger pants sizes, because my natural waist is much smaller. Anyway – this week it looks like it went down 2 inches, say what!? Also, my belly measurement (right at my belly button) is dangerously close to being out of the 40s! HUGE deal for me on that one. So I am now motivated to stay on the straight and narrow for the next week and a half or so to finish out my 30 days…. and hopefully convince myself not to gorge away my progress on Day 31.

I also have recently read a few articles on the idea that Steady State Cardio (aka- long distance running) jacks up your thyroid. Uhm – this would be BAD news to someone like me who already has a jacked up thyroid. So i’m thinking of taking on an interval system to get me through the half marathon in Pittsburgh next month. Anyone else know about thyroid issues and cardio? I plan on posting more about this after doing research, just wanted to put it out there.

Alright – your turn… did you make any progress this week? 

Linking up with Erin and Alex!


food, Nutrition, Whole30

April Whole30 Check In: Week 2

First of all I wanted to say THANK YOU all for your response to Friday’s post on Friendship– It is SO refreshing to know I’m not alone in this struggle. Hopefully we can all just learn to be friends to each other and no one will have to be lonely anymore! Als0- Don’t forget to enter the U Design Jewelry Giveawy!!

THE HALF WAY POINT!!! WHOOO! So I’ve officially made it half way through the Whole30! And let me tell you, it has NOT been easy. I seriously thought I ate “pretty clean” before this, but I gave into my cravings far more than I realized. There are a ton of other bloggers doing the Whole30 this month, so this is a place to link up and see how others are doing, to find ideas and inspiration, and to know you’re not alone.


So this week was tough. Tougher than week 1, I think. Week 1 I was all hyped up and “This is going to be amazing hooray!” Then I ran a half marathon – and when I do that I usually want to eat everything I see. I stayed on track and felt fine on Days 8-9. Kinda boring. Then comes Day 10.

Day 10 deserves its own paragraph. Because it was that miserable. I was constantly hungry. I was emotional. I was exhausted. I wanted everything I can’t have. Chai Latte from Starbucks, creamy latte, Chocolate Chip cookie, muffins…. I wanted it all. I had a hugely emotional moment of telling myself I “deserve” it and that having something – anything- would satisfy those cravings. I had black coffee… tried to make my own chai latte with my homemade almond milk (it wasn’t nearly as good without the sugar), had some rasins and cashews… nothing was cutting it. I ended up laying down for a bit in the afternoon and it helped. But I was still kinda cranky.

I thought week 2 was supposed to be kick butt awesome?! Day 11 was tough too, but not nearly as bad as day 10. I realized that I have, in fact, been sleeping way better. I know when I wake up and am utterly confused as to what day it is and why my alarm is going off that I have slept good. Things with my schedule have recently changed and now I’m working out at 7am instead of 5am and let me tell you those extra couple hours make ALL the difference. I have been sleeping deeper (according to my Sleep Cycle app) and longer. My body is thankful.

Now for the food! I have been staying true to the spirit of Whole30 and sticking to the program as much as possible. I have not, however, been worrying about the sourcing. I try to get organic and local as much as possible but when it comes to meat sometimes that isn’t an option. I have been eating breakfast meat like bacon and sausage that is not technically whole30 approved…. but that is just a small detail I’m willing to overlook for the results I want to get. As much as there are so many technical Whole30 rules, there are certain things that you have to decide for yourself if they will help you reach your goals, and for me eating those kinds of meats is fine.


Power Steak Bowl from Panera – Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce – Salad with Oil/Vinegar dressing – Eggs, Sausage, Broccoli, Spinach & Mushrooms, Tomatoes – Bison Burger topped with Homemade Avocado Dressing on a bed of Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli – Roasted chicken and veggies – Lettuce Wrapped Chicken Breast with Bacon & Guac, Sweet potato fries from Red Robin – Breakfast bowl with eggs, broccoli, tomato, avocado, bacon – Texas Chocolate Chili with Avocado

We did eat out a lot more this week and I felt good about the choices I made. I stayed away from any processed sauces/dressing and picked mostly meat and veggies. I’m not sure what kind of oil the sweet potato fries were made it… but they were good. ha.

Overall I’m feeling good about my body. I am noticing myself looking smaller in the mirror. Mostly, I just miss the aspect of community when it comes to food. We are very much social eaters. While we still have been going out we have avoided some of our favorite places to go with friends because there would be too much temptation for me. Speaking of temptation – when we went out on Friday the hubs and daughter split a piece of cheesecake. It looked amazing. I was SO tempted to have just a bite. But I didn’t. HUGE points for that one.

I’m ready for week 3. I hope there aren’t any days like Day 10 – I want to be smooth sailing from here on out! If you are doing Whole30, link it up!

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How are you doing? How do you deal with those days you struggle with making healthy decisions?

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Whole30

Weigh In Wednesday: Whole 30 Week 1 Results

Two posts in one day, aren’t you lucky! Time for a check in on my Whole30 Progress so far!


Weigh In Wednesday

Since weighing yourself is not allowed on Whole30 I’m going to stick to some measurements. I wasn’t sure how this week was going to go with the GO STL half marathon on Sunday. I usually tend to bloat after a race, holding on to water and what not. I ended up doing a pretty intense lifting session Monday night and  a WOD on Tuesday morning so today is my first total rest day since the race. I haven’t got back out to run yet, I just haven’t been feeling it, and that’s ok. Less than a month until the Pittsburgh Half so I need to get back out there ASAP though! I was mostly on point with Whole30 this week, but I just did’t know what kind of results to expect. Here is what I found when I measured this morning:


Uhm- WHAT?! I’ll freaking take that.

I want to get the most out of this program so I’m trying to be more careful this week about not relying on nut butters and fruits so much and choosing more nutrient dense vegetables, especially as snacks. I’ve also been slacking on my water the last 2 days, so time to slurp it up.

I’m pretty thrilled with these results being 1/3 of the way through the program. I can’t wait to see what the before and after look like!

How was your week? Any NSVs to share?

Linking up with Erin and Alex

food, Nutrition, Whole30

Whole30 April Week 1 Recap

I left my computer in the office for the whole weekend, and it felt great! I’m still recovering from yesterday’s Half marathon – It was a memorable experience. I’ll recap it in detail tomorrow. Today is time for my week 1 Whole30 Recap!

So, here we are at the beginning of Week 2 of our April Whole 30. How are you doing?


Days 1 & 2 weren’t that terrible for me. I found myself having a headache at the end of day 2 and 3, but still feeling pretty good. I was drinking water like it was going out of style. I down like 6 of these a day – at least.


I’ve kept my meals pretty simple… eggs & veggies for breakfast, Tuna or Chicken for lunch, usually over spinach. And steak/chicken/veggies for dinner. Here is a sample of some of my meals from this week


Slow cooked Chicken Breast over Spinach, roasted carrots, buttercup squash & asparagus – Organic Girl Greens Sample at the Exp0 – Salad from the Salad Bar at Jason’s Deli – Eggs, Bell Pepper, Onion, Mushrooms over spinach with Avocado – Spaghetti Squash and Tomato Sauce with chicken tender – Steak from Little Hills Winery – Eggs over Medium, Spinach & Mushrooms, Sausage Patty

My snacks have been Cashew’s & Rasins or Raw Veggies.

I didn’t really think I ate that “bad” before this – and for the most part I didn’t. I just didn’t realize how easy it was to talk myself into treats/splurges. There have been so many times I’ve had a craving for a sweet/dessert and had to use the steamed chicken and broccoli trick to talk myself out of it.

The hardest thing for me to adjust to has been coffee! I never ever ever thought I would drink black coffee. But I have been, and I’m still alive! I have been using Canned Coconut milk as creamer when I want a treat but I drink it mostly black now and I’m ok with it! Day 1 I did mess up by using the boxed Almond milk, apparently that is overly processed and “off plan” as well. I did some research throughout the week and figured out how to make my own almond milk. It’s actually really easy!


I just put one cup of whole almonds in 4 cups of water and let it sit in the fridge for 48 hours, then poured the old water out – put the almonds in a blender with 3 cups fresh water and blend until frothy and well blended. Pour mixture through a nut milk bag (I bought mine on amazon for a few bucks) and squeeze all the liquid out. Then I let the almond pieces dry out and plan on using it for other cooking. I frothed up my homemade milk in a cup of coffee and it was great!

This week went by fast and I honestly felt great most of it. I slept better and just felt lighter and happier. Going into this challenge the thing I was most concerned about was my half marathon. I had a friend coming in town to run it with me and we planned on going to meet up with another friend of ours in Columbia on Saturday night and I just wasn’t sure if I should do normal carb loading or try to stay on plan. I ate a ton of sweet potato at breakfast and had that spaghetti squash for lunch before we left. When we got to Columbia I still didn’t know what I would eat for dinner. Well, I ended up getting smoothie from this organic juice place – not the best whole30 choice but better than any of the other options. It was full of whole fruits and veggies with added Spirulina (and Payton had some of it too).

main squeezeMain Squeeze In Columbia, MO

Then we headed to Shakespeare’s Pizza. While I have eaten Pizza before most of my races, I just didn’t know how the gluten/dairy would affect my run after not having it for so long. So I passed on it and went for a spinach salad. The dressing was not whole30 so I just ate the salad dry. And no, that wasn’t my Red Stripe. I had plain black tea.


My biggest accomplishment was when we went to the FroYo place. I didn’t have a lick of it. I just watched them enjoy theirs.


I had planned on eating some more sweet potatoes when we got home, but we got home late and in the chaos of getting everything together for the race I forgot and went to bed. Whoops.

Then came race day. I had a banana and SunButter before heading out the door. I had some Honey Stingers with me but still wasn’t sure I would use them. I wanted desperately to stay on plan, but I also wanted to stay on course with the Whole30. It was a hard decision, but I knew as soon as I started running I wasn’t fueled enough, despite my best efforts. My legs were heavy. I ended up eating the whole pack of Honey Stingers, drinking some gatorade, eating a popsicle that some amazing people were handing out around mile 11 (I am pretty sure I would have eaten anything at the point) and I had a small bite of Ice Cream at the finish. At our post race meal all I wanted was a burger and fries, but I ordered a steak and veggies. I had some sweet potato fries as an appetizer and I’m sure they weren’t cooked according to Whole30 Standards. It wasn’t the worst choice, but it wasn’t the best. Technically according to Whole30 rules I should restart, but I’m just going to keep chugging along. I know its about elimination and reset, and I may have disrupted that process but with what I put my body through I don’t think I would have made it without the things I ate/drank throughout the day. Lesson learned – don’t do a major diet change the week before your half marathon! I’m still SUPER proud of the decisions I made. Usually running gives me the free pass cheat card where I eat like crap the rest of the day because I “earned it” – but I didn’t do that. I got technically off plan with some of the things I used, but I didn’t use that as an excuse to go wild. I did what I needed to do and I got right back on track.

Alright – Your turn! I know a ton of you are doing (or have done) a Whole30, so feel free to link up your Whole30 check in posts! How are you doing? 


If you’ve done a whole30 AND a long distance race – how did you fuel?



Nutrition, Running, STL, Whole30, workouts

So I’m Running a Half Marathon on Sunday…

oh yea. That snuck up on me. So remember when I posted about my CrossFit Endurance Half Marathon Training Plan?


Well somewhere in between all our traveling, school, and horrible weather I just didn’t keep up with it. I know that I have gotten faster, but I needed to know that I could run the distance. So I just added in some long runs when I could… I know I CAN finish – I just don’t know how fast at this point. I am SO excited to have my friend Emily coming into town to run with me, but she has been out for awhile due to a knee injury. I’m deciding to just take this race as a fun run and hope to PR.  I plan on getting some more speed training in before the Pittsburgh Half Marathon next month, but I hear the course is hilly. Regardless of how the clock says I do on Sunday, I know I’m WAY fitter than I was last year when I ran this race (Thanks, CrossFit!)


Obviously not the best comparison shot. But last year I was busting out of my Mens Size Large Jersey. That same jersey is baggy now! Having less weight to carry for 13.1 miles is going to make a huge difference. If I had to guess around that time last year I was probably hovering around 215lbs give or take – Today I weight 189 (yes, I weighed myself on the Whole30. If that’s the worst thing I do these 30 days I’m doing ok). That is 26lbs difference, but I know I’ve gotten a lot stronger and likely gained muscle.

Last year I my longest training run was 8 miles. This year I did a 10 mile training run 2 weeks out. On the treadmill. I’m pretty sure if I can do 10 on the treadmill I can do anything.

This past week I’ve been eating super clean being on the Whole30 – and hydrating like crazy. My only concern is my fueling, since I haven’t tried any natural things like Dates/Rasins I may just stick with my Honey Stingers (at least they are organic!) and Nuun. I’m still not sure though.

All that to say I really am looking forward to this race, it’s going to be fun.. I love the racing environment. It’s electric. Pushing yourself to the limits and then going further is exhilarating. Not to mention watching the Dick’s Sporting Goods #RunFor videos has got me super pumped up to run. Check out this one from last week, I think it is my favorite yet.

If Team Hoyt can run 1000+ races including several IRON MAN races, I certainly can go out there and knock out 13.1 miles.

What do you #runfor? Any races coming up? Hows your training going?