Anxiety Running Talk, The Week’s Eats, & More Circuits!

Good afternoon & happy Wednesday.

I was struggling yesterday with allergies. Spring is about here, and my eyes are already watering, the headaches are creeping in, and my throat is scratchy. I tried my hardest to fight through it last night but defeated at 8 pm. I passed out and slept like a log all the way through the night. I was wide awake at 6 am, made coffee, walked the pups, checked emails, and headed out for a run! I feel like a whole new person today. 
I alway stay out at my parent’s house once a week. I love that the dogs can go crazy in the backyard and it’s nice to have dinner with them. Another good thing is that my mom always makes me breakfast in the morning. You’re never too old for mom’s breakfast! She made me a vegetable omelet with a side of fresh fruit. Food is just better when it comes from mom.

Leo helped me eat some of the cantaloupe while checking emails 😉

My goal was to run for one hour. I didn’t want to worry about the pace or mileage. Running longer rather than faster helps build endurance(for me). I kept thinking about the half marathon everytime I felt like stopping. I keep getting in my head, and I need to stop. I have thoughts like “what if my shoulder starts bugging me again?”, “what if I make a fool of myself?” and what if I am so slow?” The worried thoughts keep piling up. I realized that those thoughts would become real if I don’t start thinking positive and telling myself that I got this. I can run ten miles without stopping, so what is so scary about running 13.1? I think the scary part is that I still get tired at mile six, still have awful 5k’s now and then, and sometimes my shoulder tightens up so bad that I think it’s falling off. Those are just fears that I can turn into motivation to keep pushing forward.  I know I can do this. My time was actually pretty good! I plan on running 9-10 minute miles during the half. 
I love running out at my parent’s house because the dogs cheer me on from the backyard! They run along the fence with me every time I pass by. 
When I got back, I chugged three glasses of water and a large protein shake! It felt nice to relax on the porch before showering off all the sweat.

My personal cheerleaders.

My protein shake had a cup of unsweetened almond milk, a cup of water, one-half of a large frozen banana, and one heaping spoon protein powder (30 grams.)
I have a couple of new posts lined up that I think you’ll love. They’ve been taking up all of my time, so I wanted to make sure to post a recap post before they go live!

My last recap post left off on last Thursday, so lets start there! 
I headed out for a run in my neighborhood on Thursday afternoon. It was extremely sunny, and I didn’t bring sunglasses. It was 4 pm, and I had way too little fuel in my body. I had an awful run. The uphill route gave me tight shoulder aches, a migraine, and I was winded. I had to stop before mile five. Usually, I’m weird and want my miles to end on a solid mile, but I just couldn’t go anymore. This horrible run fed my anxiety about the half. What happens if this happens during the race? I found myself questioning it all again. Bad.

Lesson learned: wear sunglasses, eat more before the afternoon, drink more water, get more sleep.

Thursday was an early night for me. I heated up some leftover food, watched Revenge Body, walked the dogs and headed to bed by 10 pm.
Friday was a running rest day. I made myself a yummy breakfast and decided to do a back porch circuit workout. I made bacon, a five egg-white omelet, and had a tangerine on the side. The sweet and sour taste of the tangerine is delicious after taking a bite of the salty bacon.
I loved the circuit I did in the backyard and wrote it down as I went. This workout can be completed in under thirty minutes, and it’s super effective. You don’t need a gym or any special equipment to complete it.

The Back Porch Circuit:
35 Sit-ups (10 left, 15 center,10 right)
25 Dumbbell Bench Presses (5-10lb weights)
^ X 2
10 Squats
5 Push-Ups
^ X3
30 Left Side Leg Lifts/30 Right Side Leg Lifts
50 Front Arm Circles/50 Back Arm Circles (do not take a break between sets)
30 Left Front Leg Lifts/30 Right Front Leg Lifts
35 Sit-ups (10 left, 15 center,10 right)
10 Jumping Jacks
10 Burpees
Repeat Circuit 2X!
I let Grumples come outside to cool down with me afterwards.

Kyle got me hooked on the Isopure Amino Supplement after my workouts to help with recovery! This supplement is only fifteen calories, and it tastes so good!

After working out, I was in the baking mood. I decided to play around with some gluten free recipes. I created this delicious gluten free blueberry oat breakfast cake, and it was to die for! The recipe can be found here!
Fridays are my days for power-cleaning, and it gets intense.

I’m not sure what comes over me, but I get the urge to clean everything. I blast music and get to work. I start by vacuuming all the rugs and then remove them from the floor. I like to throw them on the staircase, so I have room to work. I vacuum the couch, the throw pillows, and place the throw blankets into the washing machine. I scrub the counter tops, clean the stainless steel appliances, scrub the bathrooms, clean the cabinets, dust items, wipe down the end tables, and Windex the mirrors and windows. After all of that is done, I sweep up the hardwood floors. I make sure to do the hardwoods last because things from the counters usually end up on the floor after wipedowns. Once the hardwood floors are clean, I use my mop and scrub them. When they dry, I place the rugs back, throw the clean pillows and blankets back onto the couch, light the candles and head upstairs for round two.

I start by adding new sheets, and pillow covers to the bed, vacuuming the carpets, Windexing the mirrors and windows, and then scrubbing down the bathroom. I don’t touch the guest bedroom or the office because they are not completed, or used right now. I plan on making those rooms my spring and summer projects. The upstairs is a quick fix.

When finished, I relax with my coffee and get back to working.

For lunch on Friday, I made a delicious salad. It had kale, brussels sprouts, pepitas, craisins, parmesan crisps, ground turkey, goat cheese, and lemon poppyseed dressing. YUM!
It was beautiful on Friday, so the pups and I sat in my backyard while the evening sun went down. Once the sun goes down, we go inside because, you know, woods and killers and stuff. Backyard, bye! 
A couple weeks ago, I bought Amy’s organic gluten free black bean enchiladas. Kyle and I decided to heat them up for dinner and try them out. They weren’t too bad! It actually inspired me to make enchiladas for Saturday night’s dinner.
My dad sent me the cutest photo of my mom on Friday night. I surprised my parents by sending them a Blue Apron! Blue Apron is an awesome meal kit delivery service. I wanted them to enjoy the delicious meals all weekend long!  My parents have always been a fan of Blue Apron, so they appreciated the surprise.

Friday was a sad day. We finished our favorite show on Netflix, and watching shows haven’t been the same since. We popped popcorn and watched the final episode. I loved how they ended it, just upset that they ended up. We have been trying some new shows, but it’s always hard finding something without comparing it to your favorite.

We ended up playing it safe, watching a couple of Dateline episodes. Those rarely fail us.

Like the old people that we are, we were both in bed by 10 pm.
I felt great on Saturday morning. I went to bed early, woke up early, had coffee, made breakfast, and got ready for a long walk with Becca.
I made scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, banana slices, and blueberries. 
Before Kyle headed to the gym, and I went off to the Riverwalk, we walked the pups around the neighborhood. 
The weather was beautiful on Saturday. It’s hard to believe it’s February. It was overcast, but 72 degrees.

The Riverwalk is on my Charlotte List (almost done by the way), and it will always be my favorite trail.

I cannot wait for this summer. Becca, Meighan and I are going to buy rafting tubes and float down the river! We see people do it all the time and we are going to give it a try. You better believe I’ll be bringing my waterproof camera.

I love seeing all of the flowers bloom in the Carolinas! Hello, spring!

We had completed seven miles before the rain hit. We lucked out for sure! I decided to stop at the grocery store on the way home to pick up ingredients for gluten free enchiladas.
My parents stopped by Saturday afternoon. My dad helped me paint the accent wall. I loved the blue, but I have softer accent pieces, so it didn’t match. I like it a lot better now that it’s a softer color.
I made enchiladas for all of us. They turned out fantastic. I cannot wait to blog this recipe on Saturday morning! Kyle was obsessed, and they are so much healthier than the last enchiladas I made!

Sunday morning snuggles.

We headed uptown to Kyle’s place. I had been looking forward to Sunday all week! Kyle headed to the gym, meal prepped for the week and hung out with the pups all day.

I met up with Becca and headed to the coffee shop. It was kind of sad that we were going to spend a 78-degree day inside, but we had big plans.

We bought coffee, tons of water, snacks, and got to work!
Tomorrow I will be posting “How to Build a Blog in One Day,” and I think you guys will love it! I get questions regarding the blog every day, and I’m finally happy I wrote something. Not only did I write it all out, but we built Becca a blog and added step by step photos!

Snacks were necessary.

We finally finished later in the evening and were super happy with the end product. We headed to Whole Foods and Dean & Deluca to grab food for dinner.
I had avocado quinoa salad over kale Caesar salad with grilled chicken on top. It tasted as good as it looks.

Kyle and I hung out with the pups on the patio for a while and enjoyed the warm Sunday weather.
On Monday afternoon, Meighan picked me up from my house, and we headed over to the Riverwalk to run three miles.  
We did our three miles in 27 minutes and then walked two and a half miles back.

We walked the dogs around the neighborhood when we got back.

I made a salad for dinner before the Bachelor started. It had brussels sprouts, kale, chicken, gluten free croutons, Caesar dressing, parmesan and sunflower seeds.

My salad didn’t have enough protein, so I made a protein shake during the Bachelor. It had almond milk and chocolate casein protein powder.  
I made Grumples a giant bed, and he loved it! He looked like one of the pillows.

So don’t be mad at me BUT…I kind of like Corine now. I think Vanessa is too good for Nick, and Raven doesn’t seem compatible. She needs a good country man, but Corine and Nick seem perfect. What did you guys think of the hometown dates?

I had coffee and a bowl of “Cheerioats” for breakfast. I like to mix my chocolate Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, and gluten free oats together with almond milk. It sounds weird, but tastes so good!  
I headed over to my parent’s house yesterday afternoon and ended up baking these delicious almond honey coconut cookies! They’re so healthy. I can’t wait to share this recipe soon! I have so many to post.
We decide to make hibachi on the grill outside for dinner! This hibachi had bell peppers, onions, zucchini, radishes, summer squash, carrots, kale, eggs, and chicken.
The hibachi was so flavorful that it didn’t need any seasoning or sauces!

As you already know, I was out like a lightbulb at 8 pm! 
Poor Leo is getting fixed tomorrow, so please keep him in your prayers! I know this type of surgery happens a thousand times a day, but Grumples had big complications during his procedure, and it was frightening. Please pray for little Leo and I’ll let you know how it goes!

Questions for you?

  1. Were you afraid before your first half?
  2. What has been the highlight of your week?
  3. What’s for dinner?

Comments

  • Shannon

    Hi!

    I just had a baby 3 months ago, and decided to finally strike something I’ve wanted to do for a long time off of my bucket list. I’d like to start running, and my goal is to do a half marathon next year. How did you get your start? Any suggestions/dos/don’ts?

    Thanks!

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  • Kelli

    OK. Totally weird question for you…. not really pertaining to your blog much at all…

    HOW do you clean your stainless steel appliances?!?!

    I’ve read so many different ideas online and just feel like I am at a loss! Haha! I’ve trusted your blog for so many other things, and they always turn out great! 🙂

    Reply to Kelli
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kelli!

      FIRST OFF, I have tried so many different (weird) combos. At one point I was spraying my appliances with cooking spray. But I’ve been using stainless steel cleaner (the obvious) from Endust. I did a post for them a while back and I’ve been hooked on the products ever since. The stainless steel remover works great with a paper towel.

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  • Kelsey

    1.Were you afraid before your first half?
    I have never done a 5k or anything but there is one in april that looks super fun and I really want to do it.

    2.What has been the highlight of your week?
    Yesterday I went and got an apple watch so I am really excited to find out how to work it! 🙂

    3.What’s for dinner?
    Fried spam, mashed potatos, Macaroni and cheese and cornbread muffins.

    Speaking of the bachelor I LOOOOOVE raven but like you said I don’t think they mesh will together she is such a country girl and he just seems to city boy. I use to like Vanessa but now sometimes she seems like too much like maybe she isn’t the sweet girl like she portrays to be idk sometimes her looks she gives come off kinda like she may not be very nice. Corrine ugh I just think she isn’t at the level or maturity to handle a relationship like this one just due to all the publicity that comes with it. I don’t really have a favorite for him. I hope raven is on bachelor in paradise.

    Reply to Kelsey
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Kelsey!

      You should totally do it!

      AHHH SO JEALOUS. My mom has one and I want it so bad.

      Lol that dinner sounds interesting. Spam? noooooo haha

      lol at this point, I HAVE NO IDEA who he is going to choose!!!

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  • Carly

    All of your food looks SO good! I agree that food from mom always tastes better! I’m visiting my parents for the week and am loving all of my mom’s cooking!

    While I was training for my first half I was excited, but as it got closer and closer I got to be more afraid and doubted if I could make it the whole 13.1. Eventually I just told myself I have to be able to do it after all the time and effort I put into training!

    My highlight of the week was visiting Mexico with my sister in law for some much needed sun and relaxation! Such a good escape from winter for a bit!

    Dinner tonight is going to be your enchiladas! I could eat mexican food every day and not be tired of it, so I’m excited to try your new recipe!

    Reply to Carly
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Carly!

      I hope you had a fun time with your parents and enjoyed yummy eats.

      Thanks for the encouragement on the half.

      Ahhhh I definitely need a trip soon! Mexico is sounding SO GOOD right now.

      HOPE YOU ENJOYED THEM!!!

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  • Jenn

    Halfs are my favorite to run! A lot of work but totally worth it, and once you can run 10 miles, it is all mental after that! Just believe that your body has what it takes and stay mentally strong!! You got this!

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  • Jessica

    Hi Taralynn!

    I have only run two half marathons and am planning on running another in September, but I get nervous every race! I still get nervous before a 5K too ;P But I always remember that feeling of accomplishment after every race and that pushes me to get through it! You got this! =]

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  • Katie

    I know you are a running pro but thought I would pass along what helps me when I run my halfs. Usually around mile 6 or 6.5, I will eat 1-2 shot blocks (try to get the ones with either sodium or caffeine) to help me finish the race. I used to think that things like that wouldn’t make a difference but man, was I wrong! And I think the most noticeable difference was actually how I felt after the race. Another trick that always works for me…I walk through the aide stations so I have plenty of time to drink both the water and the Gatorade that is typically provided. I think both are important because water is hydrating and the Gatorade helps to replace the electrolytes you are losing. Good luck!

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  • Jen

    Hey Tara,

    You’ll do great in your race! Remember that it’s supposed to be fun–that’s the whole point. The biggest thing to keep in mind when you feel anxious or nervous is that you have put in the work. Trust in your training plan.

    Some advice–Make sure you plan out when you’re going to take in water/gels, and be sure to drink plenty of water and fuel the night before. Nerves are fine, but don’t stress. As long as you have fun with it and fuel your body properly, you’ll crush it!

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  • Madison

    As bad as this might sound, I’m so glad someone as athletic as you is having running anxiety. I am so nervous about my half marathon training. I’m starting from scratch. I couldn’t even run a mile yesterday without stopping. I felt super discouraged. I used to be a great runner before I had my little guy. It’s crazy how a body can get so out of shape in a small amount of time. I know I’ll get there, but my anxiety about it is pretty high!

    You give me hope of succeeding!

    I love how you use radishes in your dishes. I have a bunch of radishes that I froze from my summer crop share. I’m always looking for new ways to use them.

    Reply to Madison
    • Taralynn McNitt

      It doesn’t sound bad at all. From what I’ve learned from the comments is that some of the most experienced runners still get anxiety.

      I totally started from the same place you’re at! KEEEEEEP IT UP. Your body will remember and get back in shape quick.

      Radishes are totally the new potato 😉

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  • Harriet

    Hi Taralynn, thank you for another great blog. Your week looked /sounded very busy .
    I have not yet completed a half but I am currently training, I get runners anxiety occasionally mainly when running during the day time when lots of other people are training, so I have started training in the early morning or late evening, and I seem to be getting better results.
    The highlight of my week has to be taking my kombi van from the panelbeaters to the paint shop, I have 14 days till one of the biggest car shows, I am hoping to have my van there.
    Dinner is chicken salad , simple, easy and tasty.
    I hope Leo has a speedy recovery!!

    Reply to Harriet
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Harriet!

      Thank you for reading.

      Great that you’re training! SO you know the struggles 😉

      I need to start running early morning now. My race is morning, so I need to get in that habbit.

      I think what you do with the van is so awesome!!

      I had chicken salad for lunch yesterday!

      & Leo is doing great so far!

      have a great weekend, Harriet!

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  • Selina

    Were you happy with the ending of The Killing? I miss that show so much! And, you’re right. It’s hard to find another good show because you’re always comparing them to your favorite.

    Reply to Selina
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I was! They knew they were going to end it, so that did it the right way. Of course, they rushed it, but it still ended well. I wanted that kiss SO BAD! but it left us wondering.

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      • Selina

        Yes, I really wanted the kiss too, but was still very happy with the end! At first, as I was watching, I was devastated because I thought it was ending when she drove away from her house after finding the bullet casing she accused Holder of taking. The sad/eerie music was playing and the scene faded out and I was like OMG. I was so relieved when it wasn’t the end. Anyway, I kept waiting for you to finish it so I could ask about your reaction to the end. I’m glad you were happy with it. Here’s a link to an interview with the creator that I think you’ll enjoy. http://tvline.com/2014/08/07/the-killing-season-4-spoilers-final-6-episodes-linden-holder-kiss/

        As always, enjoying your blog. 🙂

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          My boyfriend and I just read that whole interview! HOW COULD YOU NOT GET THE KISS ON CAMERA?!?! Also, I kind of liked that they didn’t have that relationship and they gave us something we weren’t expecting! Like most shows, it’s full of sex and perfectly looking characters! They made this show so real-life.

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  • Brooklyn

    I have absolute faith in you completing your half, and killing it!
    Good luck to little Leo!

    Those enchiladas look all kinds of wonderful, yum 🙂

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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  • Mackenzie

    I totally agree—no matter what it is, food always tastes better when it’s prepared by mom! Other people may have already said this in the comments, but I can assure you that adrenaline will help you a TON during the race! For full marathons, I have never trained past 18 miles, but the adrenaline takes me through those last few! I promise, you will do so well! You are putting in the training and the rest WILL take care of itself. <3

    I’m the exact same way with you and power cleaning- it’s like spring cleaning once a week- ha!

    Last, Your mom is adorable! I love that ya’ll are so close.
    – Before my first half: Heck yesss! I’m still somewhat nervous before every race and I run them a decent amount! TOTALLY NORMAL!
    – Highlight- we went to LA this weekend and saw Chase McNary, Luke Pell, Jasmine G, Christian Bishop, Lace Morris, and Amanda and Josh together. We also saw Conrad Ricamora (Oliver from How to Get Away with Murder). I know you will appreciate this being a Bachelor fan!
    – Dinner: soup! I’m not feeling so hot so Amy’s alphabet soup is in the line up haha.
    Have such a great weekend, love! xo

    Reply to Mackenzie
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Mackenzie!

      Agreed 100% She can heat me up packaged oatmeal and it still tastes way better. 😉

      Thank you for the words of encouragement. I think the adrenaline will be helpful! When my friend and I run uptown, the adrenaline of the people and the city makes us fly! We did three miles in 25 minutes last night which is a record for our short runs!

      I’m already excited to spring clean today. 😀 CAUSE IT’S FRIDAY!

      My mom and I have always been best friends from the beginning. I think being the only girl helps!

      Glad that is a normal feeling.

      AHHH! I cannot wait to visit LA. One of my family members is moving there soon, so I’m planning a ton of visits!! & i’M SO JEALOUS of your run-ins. I totally thought josh and Amanda broke up! lol

      I hope you feel better. Soup is always helpful!

      Have a great weekend, Mackenzie!!

      xo xo

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  • Jessie @ The Acquired Sass

    1. Not afraid but definitely nervous – but I knew I could do it. I ran 13.1 miles on the treadmill a few weeks out to prove I could do it. Definitely wasn’t necessary, and wouldn’t recommend, but I liked knowing I could finish. I play “worst case” in my head & then formulate a plan. Okay, so example : worst case, I feel awful at mile 10, but I walk all the time, so I get some more water in my system and hobble myself to the finish line. Probably not going to happen, but now I have a plan for it.

    I would focus on things you can control. Look up what the weather is usually like & focus on finding an outfit you love, feel good in & doesn’t chafe. Focus on what nutrition you take in during your run, water, gels, etc. While you CAN get through 13.1 miles with no in-race calories, it’s easy to bonk, or hit the wall. Some sort of calories during your run will help keep that from happening.

    2. Got to spend a great night celebrating the pup last night, it was his 3rd adoptiversary so we made a pup-friendly cake to celebrate! And I got to see two great friends in the process.

    3. STIR FRY! Mushrooms, peppers, onions, broccoli & chicken. Probably rice too, but sometimes the Mr. forgets so we just forgo it. My favorite part is I don’t have to cook it at all!

    Reply to Jessie @ The Acquired Sass
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey, Jessie!

      13.1 on a treadmill. I would get bored at mile five and quit. You’re so strongwilled. I will have to start planning for the worst-case. Although Meighan will totally drag me if I crash haha.

      It’s going to be great for weather and I already have the whole outfit planned. It’s no different from what I typically run in, but it’ll be cuter! I am totally going to bring some gels or some kind of energy pack. I definitely need gum for my dry throat while running.

      AWWWW! I bet that was so cute! 🙂 Happy anniversary pup!

      YUM TO EVERYTHING but the mushrooms. I also love leftover stir-fry!

      have a great weekend Jessie!

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  • Alex

    What product / tools do you use in your hair to make it wavy?

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  • Katie

    Love reading your recap posts! They’re always so interesting. I’m glad to know me and the hubs aren’t the only ones in bed by 10 and watching date line 🙈

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  • Brittaniee

    I am so excited to read you post about blogs. You obviously know what you are talking about so I can’t wait to read it. And running is more mental than physical, at least to me. I understand the self doubt but stay positive and trust that your body will do what you need it to do for your race because you have been doing all the training! Lots of prayers for your pup…he will be back to normal in no time 🙂

    Reply to Brittaniee
    • Taralynn McNitt

      It’s live now 🙂

      I hope you like it! Running is a billllllllion times mental. If I even think my knee is hurting, i get in my head until my knee actually feels like it’s hurting. It’s like when you tell yourself youre sick, you make yourself believe youre sick.

      Thank you for the positvity! & I can’t wait to bring leo home!! I miss him.

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  • Amber

    I love Pumpkin Spice Cheerios with organic banana nut granola before a tough workout.

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  • Jella

    I was pretty nervous (and jet lagged) before my first half marathon. But I knew I could do it and did not have a time goal. I´m doing my third in April and haven´t been running much. I would love to go under 2 hours, but maybe I should be happy if I make it and not worry about the time. 🙂
    Love your blog! It´s just so down to earth and real and makes me happy . I always look forward to your new blog posts. I get to Charlotte a lot because I am a flight attendant, so I´m looking forward to your Charlotte Guide. I will also be spending a week in Charleston in March, so any recommendations there would be very much appreciated.
    Also, Kyle and you are such a cute couple. I hope to one day find a love like that. So inspiring!

    Greetings from Munich!

    Reply to Jella
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Jella!

      Congrats on doing your third! Hopefully I can get to your level one day 🙂

      Also, thanks for the kind words about my blog! I can’t wait to finish the charlotte post! I’ve been working on it a couple hours a night. I think being a flight attendant would be so cool! Do you love it? Oh, and I spent some time in Charleston a couple times last summer. If you go to my travels or type in Charleston in my search box, you’ll see a ton of posts! Coffee shops and restaurants included!

      & THANK YOU. Kyle means the world to me. I never thought I’d ever meet someone so special. Just NEVER settle, unless it’s something great and someone that makes you the happiest woman on the planet! He’s out there 😉 Sometimes, you have to hang out with the wrong ones to find the right one! xo

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  • Gina

    Our labradoodle got neutered on Friday and he’s bounced back pretty quickly! You guys are in my thoughts, he going to be just fine! I was super nervous, too!

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  • Mary

    Hi! Let me start off by saying, I just love your blog! Your positivity is so great. Also love reading about all your healthy eats and fitness routines. You are so inspiring! Wondering what kind of protein you use for your shakes? Prayers for your sweet puppy!

    Reply to Mary
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Mary!!!

      That always makes my day!

      I change it up sometimes, but for my post/pre workout shakes I always try to find a vanilla with less than 4g carbs, 21+g protein between 100-150 calories, 2g sugar or less. I have actually been using one from Target!

      & thank you! I get to pick him up this afternoon!

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  • Ariel Kimble

    Welp, not sure about supper tonight butttt I’m obsessed with Publix’s Turkey Italian sausage… great taste and no “weird bits” lol. I made that with onions, bell peppers, roasted garlic and kale with mushroom ravioli last night. So good <3

    My first half was the Princess Half Marathon at Disney World.. bucket list this, girl! So much fun. I thought I was dying haha but I still can't believe I did it. My "comfort" run is closer to a 10K and I hadn't trained as much as you. The energy of all the runners, the atmosphere.. it WILL help you. Trust me!

    Highlight of my week *I had a few bad ones* and went through a breakup but am starting to do things for ME again. I took some corny selfies and love my lil body and curves and am just having a "go me" day.

    Reply to Ariel Kimble
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Wow. THAT SOUNDS INCREDIBLE. You have me so hungry now!!!

      My friend is doing that half this weekend! I just can’t imagine waking up so early!!! BUT GO YOU!

      Breakups are no fun, but they do bring good things. Take this time for yourself, and I’m proud of you for already doing that! When youre sad, go out for a walk, hang out with friends, and do things for you! This too shall pass 🙂

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  • Hailey

    Hi Taralynn!

    The way you are feeling about your first half is so normal! I ran my first half with my friend Megan (ironic isn’t it?) and it was both of our firsts. The farthest we had ran was 10 miles. If you can make it to 10, 3.1 more is nothing! 🙂 The half we did was in La Crosse, WI and it started at the top of a bluff. We had to take a bus to the starting line and I think I freaked out the entire way, and the entire night before. I was excited and nervous and I had no clue what to expect. But guess what? I finished and that’s all that matters. 🙂 I know you can do it, you just have to remember to think positively because it is a mental game more than anything! I know you’re going to love it and feel on top of the world once you cross the finish line!

    The highlight of my week has been running outside! I live in Wisconsin, and we are having this weird warm spurt so it’s been around 50 degrees all week (super odd for a WI winter!). Dinner tonight is going to be pizza because I’m going home to see my parents! My mom and I are going to drink wine and watch Grey’s Anatomy.

    Good luck with your half training! 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Hailey!

      Hahaha too funny. I guess everyone needs a Meighan in their life! Luckily Meighan has ran several, so she’ll push me to the end. She’s not going to let me fail! Thank you for sharing your experience with me. All of that helps! 🙂 We are celebrating with bagels and pancakes after!!

      Awwwww your night sounds so perfect!!!! I want to join! & pizza is always a good option.

      Thank you!! enjoy that weather!

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  • Kelsey

    Chopt. It’s been a super busy week at work so I’ve been getting a base salad from chopt and adding my own blackened salmon on top. What kind of caesar dressing do you use? I have the hardest time finding one that tastes good and isn’t terrible for you. I’ve been mixing half of the mexican goddess and half of the creamy caesar from chopt to get a little bit of that taste. I also weirdly had a sweet spot for Corrine this week after not liking her all season. I love Raven but I just don’t think they are good together. I think him and Vanessa are great but really need to have more in depth conversations about the future. Highlight of my week is this current beautiful weather and having a chance to sit outside for an hour! Hoping this stays around for the weekend!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yummy!! You can never go wrong with chopt. I like to use Panera’s Caesar (found at the grocery store near the lettuce) mixed with plain greek yogurt. I think everyone’s sweet spot hit with Corrine this week! I think the lack of in-depth conversation and real life is what makes most of the relationships fail. Looks like it’s going to be 75 and up all week here!!

      have a great week

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  • Rachel

    I was really nervous before my first half too, I think that’s totally normal! My advice would be don’t set a time goal. I had one and missed it by a couple of minutes, and that kind of put a damper on the whole experience. Finishing your first half marathon is a huge accomplishment no matter what your time is, so just enjoy it and be proud of yourself!

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  • Aria

    I’ve been reading your blog for the past seven years. You don’t know me, but you have been the one person I’ve relied on throughout the years. Your posts make me smile, they motivate me to workout, they keep me happy, and I hope you never stop. I love your photographs and the amount of detail you share with us. Please stay down to earth and never change. I think that is my favorite part about your blog! You’ve never become fake or unrelatable like other bloggers. Stay you!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Aria!

      That is so sweet. Knowing that just put a smile on my face. I promise to always blog and stay true to myself! You and all of my readers are my motivation and inspiration to write. Thank you!

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  • Karie

    That Blue Apron photo with your mom is adorable. I need to send my parents one!

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  • Lindsey Corasaniti

    I was really nervous before my first half last October. I trained like a maniac and psyched myself out a lot. If I could go back and do it differently, I would keep reminding myself that this is supposed to be fun and that distance and speed are relative. You are not competing for a grand prize and be proud you are even doing this in the first place. Enjoy the journey, enjoy the race – you are there for you and no one else.

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  • Jessica Anderson

    Prayers for little Leo! I have two male housecats and I remember how anxious I was the night before I took them in to be fixed almost two years ago. I’m sure everything will be just fine but I totally understand the nerves!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Awww thank you! Our vet is so great, so I know it’ll be quick and he has good drugs for the pain. I’m sure he’s just happy to eat! I think keeping food from him was the hardest part 🙁 I’ll be picking him up around noon!

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  • Guest

    You’re adorable! You’ll do so well during the half. Start fueling more.

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  • Katie

    Hey! That’s great you’re staying dedicated to your half training! On the topic of fatigue, you should really consider trying to bring some sort of fuel with you for when your runs start to reach 50-60 mins+. Evidence suggests it! You’ll be surprised what a difference it makes. Even if you feel like you don’t need water per say (which helps a lot too) you should consider something like gel or blocks. I am not a big fan of the gel packs. The consistency weirds me out. But Clif makes gel blocks that I like. Keep it up!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Katie!

      It’s scary, but I’ve been wanting to complete one for years and I just keep getting injured or fall off track. I’m excited to complete this!

      I am going to start using fuel for my running. I have a long run planned for Friday or Saturday (depending on how Leo is doing) and I’ll bring fuel!

      I have had the clif gel and i like them!

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  • Katie

    “Once the sun goes down, we go inside because, you know, woods and killers and stuff. Backyard, bye!”

    I DIED LAUGHING! I do the same thing!

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  • Kelli

    Have you tried fueling during your runs over an hour? I trained for a marathon last summer and it was my first time doing that, and it really helps with the crashing after mile 6 or whenever you start to get tired. Your body burns through all the fuel you have when you run for a long time so sometimes it’s necessary to take in carbs/calories during your run. Most people use gels (Gu, Clif, etc) but I personally can’t stomach those, so I prefer chews. Clif shot bloks and gatorade chews are my favorites! I usually would try to either take 1 gel every 4-5 miles on longer runs, or take 2-4 chews per hour.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I actually carry the power gels, but I’ve only used them twice. Once on a 9 mile run and one on a 10. I will start trying them more! Thank you for your recommendations!! Helps so much!

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  • Elle

    No seasoning at all on the hibachi? Like not even salt and pepper? I like veggies a lot but I’m not sure I could do that…

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      When they are cooked on a hibachi grill, they definitely taste different! They have this “grilled” flavor that I love! I normally put ketchup or garlic powder on everything lol

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  • Emma

    Dinner last night was veggie soup! I just adopted a doggy and I’m still trying to figure out how to eat quickly and healthy so I can be with her more. I tossed a bunch of veggies and spices in the watched and played with her a little while they cooked 🙂 Good luck with Leo 💜

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  • N

    What do you think of Rachel as the new Bachelorette?

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    And I haven’t even signed up first my first half yet! Hoping to sometime next year.

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    Highlight of my week was when I personally went up to the garbage man this morning when he was picking up the garbage and said to him his services are appreciated and that labor workers are often underappreciated when they are the foundation of the city. He said he’ll always remember my house, and that made me smile so big! What’s for dinner today? Dinner is salmon salad.

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  • Sapphire

    I’ve never ran a half marathon before but I watched fat to finish line and that inspired me and so have you to run again.
    My highlight of the week was hanging out with my friend.
    Teriyaki chicken with brown rice, some veggies and Iced passion tea with some honey.

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  • Jenny B

    Hey Taralynn!
    The weather has been crazy warm lately in Iowa too! Today we got up to 75, but Friday it’s going to be back in the 30’s. I’ll take the warm days happily though!
    I think with all of the new recipes you’ve been coming up with you should do a weekly recipe round up from all the new things you are making. Just a suggestion 😉
    Can’t wait to read the post about creating a blog too! I’ve often considered it but have no idea what to do or how to start. I’ll be looking forward to reading your advice!
    Good luck Leo, surgery is never fun. I’m sure you will take good care of him and give him plenty of snuggles. It will be interesting to hear how Grumples treats him too. Probably will have our hearts in puddles lol
    The food in this post has me hungry. I need to head to bed, not to the kitchen right now lol take care!
    -Jenny

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      That is crazy, Jenny! 75 in IOWA? WUUUUH. I feel like that is summer weather lol

      Thanks for the suggestion! Not a bad idea 😉

      The blog will be live this afternoon!

      I know Grumples will treat him so well. Grumples hasn’t eaten his food this morning and I think it’s because he misses leo or he knew leo couldn’t eat either 😉

      Enjoy your weekend!!!

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  • Amanda

    You can do this half. You are my inspiration!

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  • Jess

    I was unbelievably nervous before my first half. I was horribly out of shaped and did not train, sleep or eat properly. Not to mention I had several concerns about previous injuries and my collar bones that ache when I run etc. So please let you mind rest in peace when I say the endorphins and the overall energy of the day will override those nerves and issues. Not to mention at the rate and dedication you seem to be training you will kick ass 🙂

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Praying for sweet little Leo! Hope all goes well! 🙂

    No idea what’s for dinner tonight, but so excited to have someone cooking for me again since my parents are back from one of their monthly trips to Japan! Household laziness commences!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  • May

    Good luck little leo!

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  • crystal

    I just can’t get over how much you got done before lunch on Friday! i must be doing something wrong, how do you use time so effectively?! Your life seems so balanced!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Well, I work from home, so that makes it much easier. The average person can’t do that on Fridays and so I’m so fortunate. If I worked the office 9-5, I’d probably hire someone to do it. When I start things, I’m usually on a roll until theyre done !

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  • Sharni

    Leo and Grumples are so adorable and I just love how much you take care of them! They are obviously such a huge part of your life and I love that you capture that in these recap posts. I’m currently babysitting for a family who have a Golden Doodle named Harvey and he’s such a gentleman so I bet your two boys are the same!

    Sharni // http://www.agirlandgrey.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Sharni!

      They make me so happy, and sometimes drive me crazy, but I wouldn’t want it any other way! I work from home and live alone so it’s just us three! They are the best companions! I bet Harvey is such a cutie! Enjoy your time with them!

      Have a great weekend !

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  • Anonymous

    I ran my first half only a few weeks after running a 15k. I was unseasoned in the race world because I’d only ran a 5k one time a few weeks before that! I had signed up for the 15k for the middle of October, and ran one 8 miler before it. When I was running the race I remember passing mile markers and thought they were in kilometers until I got to the 6th one and someone said I didn’t have much longer. I’ll never forget going from terrified thinking I’d never finish to wow, I can pick up the pace! I ran that race at a 9:15 pace. Immediately after that I had someone tell me if I could do a 15k, I could do a half. So I signed up and ran it a few weeks later then another one a few weeks after that! I ran the first in 2:07 and the second in 2:04. I decided to train for a marathon after than which I ran a year later. And then many halves since then.

    I would say as long as you recover correctly prerace and only walk or lightly run a couple of days before, hydrate well the week before, you will be fine! Races are so much fun with so many other runners, you stay motivated to keep running even when you want to quit! I have a game I play where I pick people out ahead of me and try to pass them, and so on! It’s fun, and helps to keep the pace up!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      That is awesome! You go, girl! YOU ARE INSPIRING!! Hopefully, I do as great as you did. Love that you’re continuing to kick butt.

      Love that you make it a game! & yes, I will hydrate! ALREADY STARTED EARLY haha. I have to train myself to like water. It’s weird. I like it a certain temperature and out of certain glasses. When I run uptown or in crowded areas, I feel like I’m in a video game passing people, hopping over things, dodging cars and it gets intense! haha Anything to make running more enjoyable !

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  • Blaire Hirt

    Hey Taralynn!

    1. I recently ran my first half-marathon and I was superrrr nervous before it but my coach said that “if you aren’t nervous you aren’t passionate enough”. Also I had issues with bathroom stops when I was training so I was worried I would have to stop but thankfully everything was fine race day. Everything will be okay and your doing a great job! 🙂
    2. Highlight of my week has been creating a girl talk presentation with my amazing coworker. I work at a women’s battered shelter in the youth department. During spring break we will be having a group of 20- 9th grade girls come to the shelter to volunteer and we came up with topics to discuss with these girls about healthy living. I’m so excited to be teaching about healthy living to young girls!
    3. Tonight I had ground turkey chili with butternut squash that I meal prepped on Sunday and I paired it with some plain plantain chips from Tradder Joes.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Blaire!

      That is great to hear and I love your coaches advice. Maybe I AM doing something right. Thanks so much for the positive words.

      Wow, you are amazing! Love what you do!

      That sounds like my kind of dinner!

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Taralynn

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  • Carrie

    You have a beautiful family!

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  • Melissa

    1. Definitely. I did not train close to enough for my first half and it felt like I’d never finish. I learned from my mistake and I’ve now trained for and completed a lot of halfs and two full marathons. Don’t stress! Nerves are normal! Once you arrive at your race, your nerves will go away and you will feel so motivated by all the people running and all the people there watching and cheering you on!

    Btw, where are your leggings from? I love them!

    2. Highlight of my week is our offer on our first home was accepted!

    3. Dinner is your ‘damn good meatloaf’ and it lives up to its name. Thanks for the great recipes!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Melissa!

      That is wonderful and you are killing the races! Hopefully, I can get on that level too! Thanks for the advice 🙂 Feeling much better.

      Those leggings are from road runners sport! It’s a great running website.

      YES!!! it’s the best!!!:) I made a gluten free version last week! Just made some breadcrumb swaps!

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  • Daphney

    Your blogs are my favorite. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us! You will always be my favorite blogger!

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  • Vilma

    Weird question but what are your favorite cleaning products? Love your blog!

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  • Valorie

    Poor Leo! Prayers buddy!

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  • Jennifer

    I have to start off by saying I TOTALLY agree with you about Corine. Vanessa looks like she’s about to walk out because *shocker* there’s still 3 girls left and Raven definitely needs more of a country boy! Plus, Corine didn’t seem as bad when she was at home. I thought it was hilarious she took Nick shopping.

    The highlight of my week was this morning when I booked Airbnb using your link for a condo in Sunset Beach! 🙂 🙂 I’m so super excited and it totally made my day now that it’s “real”. I can’t wait for your Charlotte post! And the blog post! And I can’t wait to see Becca’s!

    Dinner = a bagel with garden vegetable cream cheese haha we had a happy hour from 2-4 at work and they had snacks so I filled up on fruit and shrimp and chicken and didn’t need much else come supper time!

    Have a good week!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Jennifer!

      YES YES YES to everything in that first paragraph.

      Ahhhhhh how fun! I was actually looking for places to stay with Air BNB today! TRAVEL FEVER.

      Sounds like you had some good eats!

      How are you liking your new job?

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  • Jenn

    The half is going to be such an awesome experience. I’ve run a million races, and even if it wasn’t my best, I still walked away feeling so proud of myself. People always say to trust your training, and they are right! You have been so dedicated and an inspiration to so many. You have already dominated!!!! And, for the record, I think you are going to kick this half’s ass. Nothing like a race day high!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Jenn! You’re very inspiring. I love hearing that you’ve conquered so many races so far!

      I’m hoping I can kick it’s ass too!!! means so much!

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  • Mechela

    I didn’t really like the ending of “the Killing.” I dunno, it wasn’t bad but it just seemed to be a weird episode compared to the style of all the others. Check out a show on Vice called “Trapped.” It is in Icelandic. Just 1 episode in and I like it because it reminds me of “the Killing.”

    1. I get nervous before every race no matter the distance. I’ve been running competitively since 8th grade (14 yrs.) And I always start to overthink and get nervous. When you find a remedy, let me know!
    2. No highlight yet. I will be happy tho when we have our school dance for the students Friday. It is a special needs school and they have pure fun with no cares and it is nice to see them dress up. I say all that because other dances i have been to, the kids just stand around and worry what others are thinking. These students don’t.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Mechela!

      It was definitely a different style since Netflix picked it up, but I was OK with the ending. I wanted that kissssss so badly though.

      I will definitely check out Trapped! Seems like a show I’d like. Also, check out the show “Stalker!”

      Will do 😉

      That is so cute! I bet that is such a rewarding experience. Have a wonderful night tonight!

      Taralynn

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  • Kailey

    Who is your favorite trainer on Revenge Body?! How do you like the show?!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I really like them all but Corey and Lacey are my faves. They show is really good! I wish they had more time with their clients to give them and even bigger transformation, but I love the idea of it. I also like that they include the clients you don’t work/nor put in the work! They keep it real.

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  • Abbey

    Girl you are right on with your Bachelor assessment! Nick and Corrinne really seem to like each other. Raven’s cute but not a good match, and Vanessa is way out of Nick’s league. It will be interesting to see where it all goes!
    Great post looking forward to reading about how to start a blog.

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  • Mallory

    I loved reading this post!

    I’ve never ran a half before…but, I currently am training for a 10k race the first week of May and I’m part of a “Run Camp” organization that meets every Saturday AM for a team run and we have mid-week runs. The hardest part for me has been the increase in number of miles over the last couple of weeks. I’ve never been much of a runner, but slowly starting to love it more and more each day! The highlight of my week has been at work… I’ve gotten a lot of things off my “to-do” list and there is nothing better than scratching something off a long list! Dinner tonight was Buffalo flavored Tuna, mandarin oranges and corn — R A N D O M! I’m recently obsessed with these tuna packets that come in different flavors.. lemon pepper and ranch are by far my favorite.

    I have a question for you.. have you ever though of doing a “in the life of the pups” type post? lol it sounds funny but I think many people, like myself, would love to read a post about the everyday lifestyle of your pups. I know you take them on walks constantly but it would be fun to read about their different characteristics, how you keep them busy, and so on. I only ask because I have a 7 mo. golden doodle who has lots of energy and is a lover and would love any tips on wearing him out at night and so on! Just a thought 🙂 Love reading about them throughout your posts!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Mallory!

      Thank you for reading.

      I think that is very inspiring. I need to look for a running group. I know they have a lot in Charlotte, but it’s hard finding one you enjoy. A lot of the groups run without headphones (JUST NO FOR ME) and some stop every couple of miles to do something. I hate stopping mid-run and picking it back up. ALSO, I don’t like groups that run SO FAST, so it’s hard to find the perfect group…..maybe I should start one. Glad I could get that rant out of the way! Thanks for listening 🙂

      Nice job with work! You can have a nice weekend now 🙂

      That sounds like an interesting dinner! I’ve never been buffalo fan.

      Haha that could actually be a really FUN and FUNNY post. I’d probably have to write it as grumples and leo lol Glad you enjoy reading about them. Sometimes I feel like I’m posting too many photos of them! I’m obsessed lol

      Have a great weekend!

      xo

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  • Tara @ Run and Live Happy

    I was scared to death of my first half, but it turned out awesome! Don’t let bad runs get you down and don’t worry about all of the what if’s. Everyone has bad runs and bad races. But, your adrenaline will kick in and you will rock it! But, if do you have to take a walk break, it’s no big deal! It’s your first so you have no times to compare it to. All you have to do is finish! And, based on the runs you’ve been posting you’ll do awesome! I know it’s hard, but just don’t let the nerves bother you. It will be so much fun and you will love it! The highlight of my week has been getting brand new hot pink running shoes! (I’m with you too on Corrine and Nick. I really didn’t like her at first, but I think they are a perfect match. I really like Raven, but I think she’s too good for him.)

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Tara!

      You just got me more excited for this! I appreciate all of the advice. 🙂

      I’m all for new running shoes!! 🙂 Pink ones are the best!

      They really are the perfect match haha! You and I have the exact same thoughts!

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  • Jordan

    I was a little worried before my first half (I think it’s completely normal!!) but running 13 miles a few weeks before hand helped eased that anxiety. My mantra was “I did it before, I can do it again!” You’re going to rock your half! You’re putting in the time and training and it certainly will pay off.

    Highlight of this week is that my parents are coming to visit this weekend! They live a few hours away, so I miss them throughout the weeks when we can’t visit.

    Dinner tonight is steak, sauted mushrooms, sweet potato fries, and grilled romaine! Delicious!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Jordan!

      I’m happy that being anxious is a normal feeling before the first half. I am going to try to clock in at least 11 or 12 miles next week. That may put me at ease. Thanks for the encouragement!

      So nice they came to visit 🙂 I live 20 minutes from my parents and I still love visiting.

      Your dinner sounds yummy (minus the mushrooms)

      Have a good night!!

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  • Stacie

    I don’t hate Corinne. She’s a bit annoying, but I don’t see why the girls give her a hard time. I think she genuinely likes Nick a lot. He doesn’t seem compatible with anyone left, in my eyes. Womp womp.

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  • Julie

    1) Yes! I had no idea how it was going to go. The one I chose was particularly hilly but it turned out to be one of the best runs I’ve ever had! It really didn’t help that one of my dad’s friends told me right before the start that it isn’t a great race for 1st timers because of the hills! You’ve got this!! I’m gearing up for my first full marathon now. 🙂

    2) The highlight of my week was teaching my very first lesson to my 2nd graders! (I’m student teaching).

    3) My fiancé is taking me out tonight for a late Valentines date! (We’ve been so busy the past couple weeks) I’ve looked at the menu and I’m thinking roasted chicken and seasonal veggies looks amazing! 🙂

    Have a WONDERFUL week! 🙂 I always love reading your posts! <3

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Julie!

      That is very inspiring! Our route is pretty hilly, hopefully I can come out on top like you! Congrats on the full! Now I’ll NEVER do that. haha MAYBE more halves.

      Congrats again! HOW FUN 🙂 I bet you did awesome!

      Better late than never for sure! I hope you have fun tonight!!

      Thanks for sharing your story with me!

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  • Kristy T.

    I have been saying the exact same things about the girls on the Bachelor! Corrine is the girl version of Nick only funnier. Vanessa is way too mature for Nick and they haven’t even talked about where they’d live/how they’d make the relationship work after the show and Raven, as much as I love her, I think just comes from too small of a town for Nick. I mean Nick is from boring Wisconsin (I can say that because I live here haha) but I don’t think he’s up for small town living with Raven. Ugh this show! I get too emotionally invested in it haha.

    I’ve never run a marathon or even 5K but I’ve been using the C25K app to help me get ready for a 5K. I remind myself every time before I run that even if I don’t want to do it, I’ll still be proud of myself after simply for finishing even if it was a struggle. Be proud of yourself no matter what! Even if you have to walk or your shoulder hurts or you get a headache, you still chose to commit to starting and that’s something to be proud of!!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      You’re so right about that. She really is the girl version. They never (we dont see) those conversations, which is why they probably do not work. Plus, they get bored with no one flying them all over. You and me both on the emotional investments. I wasnt going to watch this season haha YEAH RIGHT. I’m more excited for Rachel’s season.

      Thank you for the advice! 🙂

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  • Amy

    Have you booked your flights and hotels yet? I know NYC gets super crowded!

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  • Hannah King

    TARALYNN!! GO GET THAT HALF! Be kind to yourself! The doubts are normal, but you are so strong and capable. Do it because running is awesome and give it your best no matter what happens. Sometimes your best is just finishing.

    You inspired me to get fit and keep running through your blog! I did my first half last year and it was soooo scary! I also thought I would go all 13.1 without stopping at a water station (how dumb, I live in Florida) and totally bonked at mile 9 – luckily some nice spectator was handing out twizzlers and revived me mentally (Halves are amazing! Take the candy from strangers! Feed off other people’s energy). I just finished my first marathon a week ago and I was bawling my eyes out at mile 23 because I couldn’t overcome my negative self-talk… and that’s my biggest regret! So as a reminder to all of us, be kind to yourself and know that you’re perfect even if you crawl across the finish line on all fours!

    Keeping Leo in my thoughts!

    I’m hoping dinner is pizza… but it might be tacos.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Hannah!

      Thank you for the positivity! You have me feeling so much better about all of this! 🙂

      I think it’s so funny that someone was handing out twizzlers, but YUM!!! “take candy from strangers” WILL DO! You are the real inspiration, so thank you! Keeping all that advice in mind!

      PIZZA TACOS!

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  • Lauren

    I love reading your blog! I just moved to Midtown in Charlotte so I’m excited for your Charlotte post so o can discover new things! I ran my first 1/2 marathon three years ago and have been hooked ever since on them. You’ll love it and you’ll do great with all of the time you’ve put in! Just let you body do the work. I’m going to try out with riverwalk this weekend with my dog! Praying for little Leo! He’ll do great 😊

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Lauren!

      Thank you 🙂 Welcome to Charlotte! I can’t wait to share the post. I keep adding new places to it!

      So good to know you were hooked after your first! Thanks for the encouragement! Let me know how you like the Riverwalk! There is a restaurant over there called the Pump House that is great and if you want coffee or wine with your pup, you can go to the grapevine! It’s right at the entrance!

      Have a fun weekend and thank you for the prayers!

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  • Alexa

    This isn’t in Response to your questions but I am HOOKED on Revenge Body!

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  • Tristan

    Taralynn,

    I can definitely resinate with the anxiety over the half marathon. I’m signed up for one in June! But I just wanted to encourage you by saying that you are my inspiration for running! I know you’ll do great, and you’re only 3 miles away from the race distance anyways! I can’t wait to see how you do. I’m training with you from across the country, haha!

    The highlight of my week was getting to Wednesday afternoon, it’s been one intense week.

    And I’ll have whatever the college is serving me for dinner! Ha. I hope you have a fantastic evening! Thanks for blogging about your healthy lifestyle, it’s such an encouragement!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Tristan!

      Thank you for the kind words. That means a lot 🙂 I’m sure you’re going to rock your half as well! We got this!

      And now it’s Thursday! Almost Friday 🙂

      I hope you have a great dinner and awesome weekend! Keep me updated on your training!

      Taralynn

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  • Emily B

    I am rally excited about your How to Build a Blog post! I have been wanting to start a blog for so so long and have never had the courage (or time) to buck up and do it! I am really wanting to commit and just finally do it this spring!
    Highlight of my week was finally getting to announce to friends and family and Facebook that my husband and I are pregnant!
    Tonight is homemade honey whole wheat bread and tomato tortellini soup.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It’ll be live soon! I hope you love it 🙂

      It’s rewarding for sure.

      CONGRATS ON YOUR PREGNANCY! I am so excited for you!

      Your dinner sound delicious! Send me some!

      xo xo

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  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Wow your kitchen is beautiful! Sounds like a fantastic week! 72 degrees in February sounds pretty alright to me too haha! Tonight I’m making a tofu and veggie fried rice with a spicy/garlicy/peanut sauce!

    Reply to Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Heather!

      I cannot believe how warm it is here and around the nation! Today is going to be 75 and 80 on Friday! Yay 🙂

      That sound delicious and creative! Enjoy your dinner!

      xo xo

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  • Lauren

    For your kale and brussels salad, did you just shred both up?

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  • Erica

    Your cleaning regime is impressive! How long does it typically take you? Any tips for how to get motivated to power clean?

    Reply to Erica
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Erica!

      It takes about 2 hours. I just LOVE a sparkling clean house. I look forward to it, so I just blast music, open the windows to let the fresh air in, and usually that puts me in the mood.

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  • Valerie

    1. I’ve never done a half, but I would love to have that sense of accomplishment someday if I can ever get into running!

    2. The highlight of my week so far has been finishing applying for a new apartment to get away from my toxic roommate, now I just have to wait to see if I get accepted. Prayers please!

    3. A Lean Cuisine frozen meal is dinner tonight while I’m at work unfortunately. There’s no room in the fridge right now for meal prep stuff with all the unhealthy food my roommate buys, and I figured it was better than ordering delivery food at work.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Valerie!

      I have a running post on how I got started if you are ever thinking of doing one, or getting into running!

      I hope you get accepted. I’m sorry you’re going through that! Prayers your way!

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      • Valerie

        Thank you! I read your post and took a walk by the river today to try and get started. Our river walk trail is nothing compared to how gorgeous the one by you is though!

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  • Marissa

    I’ve run a couple of half marathons & I was afraid I’d be too slow & not be able to finish. I was able to finish with plenty of time. I believe every runner who started the race was able to finish which is amazing.

    I’d offer some advice that you use your long runs to find what works for mid-run fueling and a pre-run. If your half is early morning I’d suggest doing some (or most) of your training runs in the morning so you can figure out what does & doesn’t work for you. Keeping a running journal was the best thing I did when I started running

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Marissa!

      That is great to hear. I never thought about running early morning and testing with fuel. I will start doing that asap! My race is morning. Thank you for the advice!

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