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  1. Ending the Streak

    April 23, 2017 by pb&v

    It feels weird writing this post. And it’s a tough one to write, so buckle up.

    Today is the first day in 820 days that I haven’t gone for a run. Yep, that means I just ended my run streak that I started back in 2015. I loved doing my run streak and it helped me learn a lot about myself, but it’s time it came to an end. This decision took me over two weeks to make and it was honestly one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I’ll go ahead and start this story back a few months.


  2. Two Years of Running Everyday

    January 24, 2017 by pb&v

    Yeah, you read that right. TWO WHOLE YEARS! I’m just as shocked as you are. Last year as I sat and typed up my post for making it one year on my run streak I was in complete awe and shock that I had actually made it a whole year running every single day. This year, as I’m writing this post, I am even more amazed and excited to have been running for another year.

    Celebrating day 500 of my run streak

    Celebrating day 500 of my run streak

    730 days is a long time, but that time sure does fly when you’re having fun. Over the past two years running has really made me genuinely happier and it’s amazing to look back at the difference in my outlook on life and my overall energy levels before I started running. No, I’m not one of those crazies who has loads of energy all the dang time (seriously how do some people have so much energy?), but I can at least make it through my day without getting a little foggy headed. This could continue to be a sappy post about how running changed my life, but I’m not about that so I will move on. Although I will address a few more things I’ve learned over the second year of my run streak later on.


  3. One Year of Running Everyday

    January 23, 2016 by pb&v

    This is going to be a long post, but just roll with it.

    Today is a big day. One that felt so far away, as if it would never actually be here. Today is day 365 of my run streak. One year of running every single day. That’s pretty huge if you ask me.

    At the start of 2015, my mom mentioned how our friend Amy over at Veggies Save the Day had been doing a run streak and she might do one too. A run streak is simply running at least one mile everyday without missing any days. Back up a little more into September of 2014 and we had both already started running again, so it was a pretty attainable goal. I thought the run streak sounded like it might be fun and decided to participate in the streak with my mom. What I didn’t expect was just how much I would love the run streak and how much it transformed my view of running as well as change my mindset overall.

    I ran cross country in high school, practicing everyday and usually running at least once over the weekend, but it definitely wasn’t something I looked forward to or found a huge deal of enjoyment in. Sure, it helped me with stress (literally running away from my problems :P), but other than that I mostly questioned why I tortured myself on a daily basis. Even though I wasn’t competitive at all (which I think drove my mom a bit nuts as I didn’t really care who passed me during races), I got so much enjoyment and excitement out of every new PR. The more I ran, the more I enjoyed it.. errr tolerated it, but during my last season I got really bad shin splints and was out for the season, running my very last race on my birthday (which I limped my way through with my shins all wrapped up because I was determined to finish). I ran every now and then once I got to college, but I started running more with my mom in the summer and fall of 2014. This was mostly an every other day kinda thing though.


  4. April All Natural Day 3

    April 4, 2015 by pb&v

    So I’ve decided to post each day of April All Natural the next day, if that makes any sense at all. So, day 3’s post is going up on day 4, day 4’s will go up on day 5, and so on. So I’m not considering this to be a skipped day of blogging or anything ;). Anyway, day 3 went really well, I’ve been loading up on so many fresh fruits and vegetables, so I have so much energy. It helps that the Mother Nature has finally realized it’s spring and we’ve been having such nice weather. It even got up into the 80 degree range today! In addition to having a ton of energy, my acne is starting fade away again, which is fantastic. I really couldn’t care less if there’s a big red dot on my face, I only care because those things are painful! The only thing I’ve been having trouble with is remembering to drink water throughout the day. I usually have about 2 cups of water after my run in the morning before breakfast, but then I completely forget water is even a thing until dinner time! I need to attach a water bottle to my side or something, so I always remember to take a sip throughout the day.

    I realize that I haven’t really actually posted what we’ve been eating, so I’ll give you a little run down of what day 3 looked like:


  5. What is the Perfect Day to Run?

    September 21, 2014 by pb&v

    About a month ago my mom and I started running again and she was telling me how she has such a hard time running in August because it’s just so unbearably hot and humid and it seems like it’s harder to run. As soon as she said that, I got a huge grin on my face because I knew EXACTLY what she was talking about.

    In high school I was on the school cross country team for 3 years. I wasn’t exactly the fastest runner (my fastest 5K being 25 minutes and 23 seconds), but I enjoyed it and at least managed to make it through all the races. Over the course of these 3 years I noticed that my race times would vary quite a bit from race to race. At first, I thought it was just because most runners get faster as training continues and the season progresses, makes sense, right? Well then I started to notice that my times would randomly get slower for one race and the very next race I would be set a new personal record (PR). You could say I was pretty frustrated and confused at this point. Why couldn’t I keep a steady decrease in my race times and continue to get faster???


    I would even sprint as hard as I could on that last little 0.1 of a mile left in the race!