A Day In The Life Of A Cross Country Coach

As some of you may know, I coach cross country at a community college in New Jersey. I love it. I love seeing the athletes improve as the season goes on, and seeing how hard they work. This year I’m grateful to 1) finally have a full men’s team and 2) have a committed, motivated team. 


Some seasons (and if you’re a coach you might know this), you get student-athletes who are on the team but not giving it their all. They complain or just seem blah to be there…and I wonder, “Why are you even here?” lol. But this year our team is solid, and our men’s team has a good chance of making it to Nationals as a team. We’ve had runners qualify for Nationals every year I’ve coached, but as individuals. We’ll see what happens!

Last weekend, we had a meet out in Harrisburg, PA. It was pretty low-key but a good chance for them to see where their fitness level is at. It was the first 8K race of the season for the men (the first meet was a 5K). 

I decided to do a little vlog to capture the day and show a day in my coaching life :)

This Friday, we race the Paul Short Invitational, which I’m super pumped about. It is a pretty big meet, and I plan to do another vlog for that one too.

For us, race days usually go like this:

  • Get on the bus and get there about 1-1.5 hours before start time
  • Get to location and set up in our spot. Hang out for a bit.
  • About 30-40 minutes before start time, I send them out for a warm up. We’ll start with drills like A skip, B skip, high knees, butt kicks, cariocas, side skips and more, then they will go on a 10-15 minute easy jog, then come back for more dynamic drills and stretching.
  • Head to the start area with about 10 min. to go and start doing strides.
  • They run, I run around and try to catch them at certain points to give them splits or simply motivation.
  • Afterwards, they go for a 10 min. cooldown jog and then we stretch.

Let me know what you think of the vlog! I want to do more videos again…future topics might be:

  • My dynamic warmup routine before runs
  • Tips for getting faster at the 5K
  • Quad/glute workout for runners
  • My go-to stretching routine

Any of those sound interesting? Or do you have an idea for a video? Let me know in the comments!

Do you have a set routine before runs? Are you superstitious about anything before races?


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Friday Favorites

Hi everyone!!! Long time no see, I know. Things got kinda crazy with wedding planning, and then the actual wedding, so I was MIA. Though now I’m sad it’s all over and I wish I could go re-live that day!

We got married over Labor Day Weekend, and it was such an amazing day. It’s all a blur now, I feel like I don’t remember much, because so much was happening. I can’t wait to get my photos and video back! Here are a few:







I seriously wish I could go back and do it all over. Has anyone else felt kinda sad once their wedding was over??

Anyway, as a way of getting back into the blogging world, I wanted to do a quick round-up of links I found from other health and fitness bloggers. I always love reading other people’s stuff and sharing…it’s a good way to discover new bloggers as well!

Tips For Marathon Training While on Vacation (Lean Clean Brie) - I remember those days! I was actually just thinking about this and how last summer I had to train while in Myrtle Beach. It’s tough but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Fitful Focus) – Anything chocolate chip cookie dough, I’m in.



Staying Fit During an Off Season (Fueled by LOLZ) - This will be helpful for everyone who’s training for a fall race. It’s easy to get into a slump during the winter, but staying somewhat in shape will really help you for those spring races! As she mentions in her blog post, the off season is also a great time to try new things. Last winter I was going to spin class like crazy :-P

Chicago Marathon Guide (SuzLyfe) - If you’re running the Chicago Marathon, definitely give this a read!

5 Ways You Can Have a Healthier Day (A Lady Goes West) - All great tips! I always try to drink water first thing in the morning…though does anyone else wake up super thirsty anyway?

Next week = more blog posts and perhaps a YouTube video from me. The good thing about the wedding being over is now I have my time back! Wedding planning started to get a bit stressful and hectic those last 3 months.

Who’s running a fall race? Which one?


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I’m Back!

…in many ways. First off, I haven’t been blogging. Life’s been busy (less than 3 months until our wedding!), and I haven’t really been doing much since I couldn’t exercise. So I really had no updates.

But…yesterday I ran for the first time in almost 6 months!


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My nutritionist didn’t want me to exercise for the past 6 months because when I started working with her, I had all sorts of issues. Certain neurotransmitters like serotonin were off, cortisol was low from constantly being high (marathon training probably didn’t help), my sleep was a mess, which also contributed to the above, and I had a ton of stomach and gut issues. So basically she said to not exercise and give my body a much needed break in order to get everything back in balance.

It was so hard…and I was so jealous of everyone I’d see out there running or posting about their races. Plus, I missed running and working out with my mom! I’ve regularly exercised and ran since 2010, so it was tough.

Last week, she said I can slowly start incorporating it back into my routine IF I made sure to eat 5-6 meals per day. See, lately I haven’t been eating enough. I got into a routine of smoothie for breakfast, lunch, sometimes afternoon smoothie, then dinner. Really not enough, and my weigh-in results lately reflected that.

I have hit a weight loss plateau. I lost 9 lbs., but haven’t budged for over a month. My basal metabolic rate has also gone down, which means I’m burning less calories while just sitting, aka not losing weight. She said it’s extremely important for me to eat more, and drink more water. If I don’t, and start exercising too, I’ll just stay at my plateau.

I need to get over this plateau because my wedding is in less than 3 months!! I obviously want to look my best, and when I started working with my nutritionist, I was the heaviest I’ve ever been. So there is still a lot of work to be done.

Symptoms wise, I’ve never felt better. I am getting the best sleep of my life. I no longer wake up every 1-2 hours every night. I don’t have crazy stomach cramps after some meals. I don’t have heartburn all the time. 

It’s crazy how some things can really affect your body and sleep.

While I’ve never felt better, I still do want to lose weight. I still feel like I have a lot of fat to lose. Ideally, I want to lose another 10-15 lbs. I have been feeling pretty frustrated that I’m stalled BUT I also know it’s my fault. May was crazy with events (birthdays, a wedding, MDW), which means a lot of “treat meals” and a lot of drinking. I need to get all that in check ASAP.


  • Eat 5-6 meals Monday-Friday
  • I have a girls night out planned for Friday, but will avoid beer and go for lighter options, like vodka sodas. As much as I love IPAs, it’s definitely not the best option
  • Aim for as close to 80 oz. of water per day

Let’s do this!

What are your tips for eating frequently throughout the day? It’s easy to forget to eat/drink when you’re working!

What are your favorite healthy-ish drinks to order at the bar?


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2016 Reflections + 2017 Goals

Wow…2016 is over! Just like that. I keep seeing people online saying 2016 was the worst, and 2016 needs to be over, etc. etc., but for me, 2016 was an amazing year, and I can only hope that 2017 is just as good.

This will be a longer post and is also working as a semi-scrapbook for me to write down some memories :) I do want to finish my travel videos and my goal was to do it before 2017 but doesn’t look like that’s happening lol.

Here are a few things I’m reflecting on:

Year Of Travel

I kicked off 2016 with a trip to Mont Tremblant (Canada) with one of my best friends, and then a few other amazing trips. This is the most I’ve ever traveled in a year, and I’m thankful that I have the flexibility to work from wherever I want.



 It was my first time dog-sledding! Ever since this trip, I’ve been planning my trip back. Hopefully Dan, myself and our 2 friends will be able to go on a little getaway this Februaray!

After that, Dan and I planned a TOTALLY spontaneous trip to Arizona. Literally booked a flight on a Thursday night that left Friday at 8 AM lol. Probably the most spontaneous thing we’ve ever done, but so worth it.

We flew into Phoenix for a long weekend. We went to a Devils game at Gila River Arena which was pretty cool, and of course saw the Grand Canyon. One of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately we weren’t able to do much hiking becuase trails were snowy/icy. Another place I need to go back and explore more.

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I would love to do Rim 2 Rim one day, but first need to actually find someone to do it with me lol.

In May, my mom, sister and I went to Paris for a girls trip. I’ve been dreaming about Paris since I was in middle school. And I absolutely fell in love with it. I think I have a problem where I fall in love with every city I go too and can’t wait to go back :-P

We spent a few days in Paris, then flew to Nice for a Coldplay concert, and then flew back to Paris for a few days. We did all of the touristy things and according to my steps app on my phone, we were walking anywhere from 6-8 miles per day. I remember saying we needed to run while on our trip, but that didn’t happen. We were walking all day every day, and way too tired at the end of the day to go out for a run.

My favorite parts of this trip were walking around Montmartre and eating in little cafes, and seeing the incredible blue Mediterranean. I loved our cozy airbnbs that we stayed in. It really added to the experience. Our studio apartment in Montmartre was perfect. Tiny but fit all 3 of us and gave us a truly Parisienne experience. In Nice, our airbnb apartment was only 6 blocks from the beach!



What I loved about this trip is the fact that my mom was with us. My mom has never traveled outside of our usual trips to Paraguay or Brazil. She never in a million years thought she would see the Eiffel Tower. She grew up in Paraguay, and when you hear some of her life stories, you can’t even believe it compared to what our life is now. I’m so glad we were able to make this dream a reality for her – and I think the wanderlust bug bit her a bit after this trip ;)

At the end of June, Dan and I took our yearly trip to Myrtle Beach, though I doubt we will be going this year due to wedding planning and our bachelor/bachelorette trips being this summer (woooo!!!).

We love Myrtle Beach and spend close to 2 weeks there. This year we stayed at an ocean side resort which was great. It was right in the beginning of marathon training, and I loved exploring the side streets and houses in the area (while Dan sat and drank beer on the beach lol). 



When I got back from that trip, about 2 weeks later we headed to Rio for the Olympics, which was probably the coolest experience of my life so far. Well, first we went to Paraguay to visit my family for a week, and then Rio.

I spent my birthday at the Olympic Stadium watching track and field. I mean it doesn’t get much cooler than that!! My brother and I were able to get on the track after the races were over which was even cooler. 





We saw beach volleyball, track and field, and the women’s marathon. Definitely an experience I’ll never forget.

I Ran My 4th Marathon With My Mom

We ran the NYC Marathon in Nov. 6, which was our 4th marathon and 3rd NYC Marathon. While we didn’t run the times we wanted, it will always be a great experience to run a marathon with my mom. I can’t imagine running 26.2 miles without her…nor training for 18-20 weeks for a marathon alone! I don’t think I could do it.

This marathon was the BEST I’ve ever felt (read my full NYC Marathon race recap here). I think NYC Marathon will always be my favorite marathon. The spectators are amazing and the course is challenging but scenic in that you’re running through all five boroughs.

Although I didn’t get to cross the finish line with my mom this time, there is nothing like that feeling of crossing the finish and getting your medal. It makes all those months of training worth it.

I won’t be running a marathon in 2017, but hope to improve my half marathon and 5K times.



I Got Engaged!!!

And the biggest news for 2016 is that Dan and I got engaged! He proposed on Sept. 4 (Labor Day Weekend) and we will be getting married on Sept. 2, 2017. It was perfect and still feels surreal to me. I still stare at my ring all the time when I’m wearing it LOL.


The weekend turned out perfectly. A hurricane was supposed to hit, and he had planned this beach trip for us (under the guise of us going out for LDW with friends). I remember being like, why the hell are we going to the beach if a hurricane is coming??? He was like it will be fine. Afterwards he said he would have taken me to the beach and location where he proposed even if it was raining out haha. But it turned out to be a beautiful day, with the perfect sunset for our post-proposal photos. His friends were hiding and taking pictures when it happened.


I haven’t done much in terms of wedding planning. We have our DJ and videographer but still need a photographer and to reserve hotel blocks…and a bunch of other little things. So all wedding planning tips are appreciated ;)

My 2017 Goals

Not sure how 2017 can top 2016 but I know it will…especially if we are getting married! I’ve started thinking about my goals for 2017, both for personal and business. Here are a few:

  • Get a 5K and half marathon PR
  • Continue growing my social media marketing business – specifically gain 3 new clients within the first 6 months and my first 1-on-1 coaching clients. 
  • Shoot more fitness videos for my YouTube channel.
  • Learn a new skill. This was one of my goals last year which didn’t happen lol. Perhaps playing tennis? Or skiiing?
  • Post on this blog and my marketing blog (pattyrivas.com) at least once a week
  • Try to do Facebook live videos on my business page and FB group once a week. (Want to stay up to date on social media trends and learn about social media marketing? Join my free Facebook group!)

So that’s that. 2016 is over. I’m so grateful for these opportunities and always count my lucky stars. I certainly do not intend for this post to come off as braggy. In writing this post and recap for myself, I am reminded of how lucky I am, especially to have such amazing friends and family, and now a fiance :)

I hope your 2016 was great and that 2017 is even better!!

What is your favorite 2016 memory?


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Fitness Vlogs – I’ve Been Loving Vlogmas!

For those of you who haven’t been following me (or other vloggers) on YouTube, you might have heard about Vlogmas. It’s a vlog (video) each day until Christmas. I figured I’d try it out since I’m trying to get back into YouTube, but honestly figured I wouldn’t last haha.

But I’ve actually been having fun with it! It’s been fun to film my days and document things. I decided to throw in some fitness/running related stuff in there too. Which are the ones I wanted to share with you today. If you haven’t seen them yet, here are a few that might be of interest!

My Leg Day Workout

This one was from yesterday. Short video but showed me current leg day workout that I’ve been doing with my sister. My legs were so sore yesterday!

My Favorite Running Bloggers & Running Websites

Shoutout to some of my favorite bloggers! If you need some running inspiration, check out the websites I mentioned:

Here are links to the sites:

Courtney : http://eatprayrundc.com
Wendy : http://takethelongwayhome.com
Tina : http://tinamuir.com


Taste Testing Halo Top Ice Cream

Omg how did I not know about Halo Top before this?? We tried out chocolate mocha chip and birthday cake:

What’s In My Fridge

My fridge is currently a mess but showed a few of my favorite things. Number 1 is definitely turkey Bubba Burgers!

Do you have a favorite vlogger on YouTube?

Any topics you’d like to see discussed on my channel? I think some of my next videos will have my foam rolling and stretching routine. Just got some resistance bands so might do a resistance band workout as well :)

Stay tuned!


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A Day In The Life/Vlogging For Vlogmas

I know, I still haven’t put up a marathon recap (for anyone who cares lol) because I want to finish my video first!

But in the meantime, I’ve decided to start vlogging again and participating in Vlogmas. Vlogmas is a new vlogging video for 25 days leading up to Christmas :-O

I’m a bit late, because I started yesterday, Dec. 5 and not Dec. 1, but whatever – going to try to be consistent! I like vlogging and watching other people’s vlogs so figured I’d join in. Here’s my vlog from yesterday/Day 5:

Also, some exciting (for me) news…last week I found my wedding dress! If you’re in the NJ area, I highly recommend visiting I Do…I Do… in Morristown. They were so amazing and I found my dress in just 2 visits – I didn’t even want to go look anywhere else! I wish I could share photos but alas…I’ll have to wait until September to do that ;)

In running news, I entered myself and my mom for the NYC Half lottery – we find out this Thursday. Really hoping we both get in but I have this feeling that I’ll get in and she won’t and I’ll have to train for a half alone this winter. I really, really hope not.

I hope to have my marathon recap up this week, and in between now and January, just continuing to work on my business, and have fun with friends and family. I should probably also get my Christmas tree this week :-)

Anyone else enter the NYC Half lottery? Or are you doing a spring half?


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Glute Strengthening Exercises Pt. 2

Now that marathon training has started, I really need to make sure to work on my glutes, especially my glute medius. I wrote a previous post (that somehow blew up on Pinterest) on strengthening your glute medius (and why it’s important).

Today I wanted to talk about some of my favorite glute exercises. I haven’t been strength training much, mainly because I have been balancing running, cycling and yoga. But I need to get back into the gym this week.

Your glutes are your powerhouse. When you’re running, you need strong glutes to push off the ground and give you, well, power. It’s not uncommon at all for runners, and most people in general, to have weak glutes from sitting all day and not really activating them. So here are a few exercises you can start incorporating into your routine. Plus, you can do them anywhere, either bodyweight or with dumbbells. So add a few reps and sets in after your runs and you’ll be on your way to buns of steel.

Here are my top 5 exercises to strengthen and grow your glutes! | http://reach-yourpeak.com


These are so easy to do anywhere! If you’re out for a run, you can find a park bench or table to use. If you’re at home, you can use a chair or your stairs. You want to make sure your form is right with these, and that you’re not using your back leg to bounce you up onto the step. Your back leg should stay completely straight, and you should focus on using your front let (the one on the box) to push you up. Here’s an example of someone using that back leg to power them up (which means your front leg and glute are working less):

It might take a little practice, which is why it’s good to start off with your bodyweight only, and then progress to adding dumbells. Here’s an excellent tutorial video:

Walking Lunges

Another one that can be done anywhere, with or without weights. If you have knee issues or knee pain, you may want to stay away from walking lunges. You can do do split squats (stationary lunge) or reverse lunges instead. You can also switch those up by elevating your front foot. Lots of options here.

With walking lunges, take a step forward and really focus on keeping your chest up and shoulders back. Lower your knee as low as it can go, and then switch. Do not force yourself to go lower than what is comfortable. You also want to make sure that your heel on the foot that is stepping forward is planted on the ground. If you step forward and your heel is up or you’re on the balls of your feet, it means you’re not taking big enough steps.

Hip Raises

Hip raises are probably my favorite exercise, mainly because I can lie down while doing it :-P

Did you know hip raises are more effective at growing your glutes than squats are? Start off with just body weight hip raises. Lay on your back with bent knees. Plant your feet and lift your hips up as high as you can. Squeeze your glutes as you lift and really focus on utilizing those muscles. You may feel this in your hamstrings and calves too. Hold at the top for about 2-3 seconds, lower and repeat. In order to see if you’re using your glutes and not your hip flexors, try doing a single leg hip raise with one knee bent. What I mean is, take one knee to your chest and hold it there with your arms. THEN, do a hip raise. You should really feel that in your glute. Once you get the hang of it, you can add a weighted plate or barbell on top of your hips in order to make the move more challenging. 

Bulgarian Split Squats

This is a more advanced exercise, and a variation on lunges. You can work up to this by doing reverse lunges with your back foot elevated on a small box or step. Eventually, you’ll be able to do it with your back foot on a bench. Here’s what it looks like (including good cues and common mistakes):

Remember to always keep your chest up and shoulders back. You don’t need to lower yourself all the way down if you can’t. Go until you can, and then come back up. Work your way lower and lower over time.

Back extensions

You will need a back extension machine for this one, or you can get creative and use the end of your couch or bed. I’ll show an example after I explain.

Doing back extensions on an incline back extension machine will target your hamstrings and glutes, maybe your calves too if they’re a little weak. If your lower back is weak, you’ll feel it in those muscles as well. Lower down all the way, then squeeze your glutes to lift yourself up. Be careful not to hyper-extend. See how he is in a straight line?

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If you want to add weight, hold a weighted plate to your chest to make it more challenging.

Start incorporating these exercises into your routine and not only will you have stronger glutes, you’ll be helping your body stay injury free. Writing this just motivated me to get my butt to the gym this week. Another thing I need to work on ASAP is my core strength. Please leave me your favorite core workouts below because core is my least favorite thing to do haha.

What is your favorite glute exercise? How often do you train your legs/glutes?


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I Love Yoga

I had an amazing yoga class yesterday…and am so sore today.

So as I’ve written before, I’ve been really loving cycling classes lately. But yoga has been slowly growing on me too. Every time I go to a class, I end up leaving feeling good and on some sort of endorphin high. But for some reason it’s getting to the class that is hard. But after yesterday I plan on going more often for sure.

I got to class and it turns out it was just me and one other woman. The instructor said she would give us a workshop on “the basics” and do hands on adjustments throughout. 

She put us up against the wall and then we went through poses like Warrior I, Warrior II, Triangle Pose and more. We used the wall to align oursevles right, and the instructor gave me cues for things I had never even thought to do or engage. I am feeling it all today!

We ended with handstand practice. I’m no where near close to doing a handstand, but she showed me how to practice kicking up, how to engage my core and back, and other tips.

We used the wall to do revolved half moon pose but I just couldn’t get it. My foot kept sliding off the wall and then my standing leg hip started to cramp (why does this always happen to me??). The other lady did it perfectly haha. Here’s a photo of what it should have looked like:

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I really, really enjoyed this class. I like that the classes offered at Ride + Reflect are strength based (along with offering more vinyasa flows and gentle yoga classes). I guess in the past I wasn’t going to yoga as much because I wanted to lift in order to gain muscle strength, but let me tell ya…yoga works your muscles. My glutes are on fire today.

So for you yogis and yoga teachers, I have a few questions and hopefully someone can help!

  • Why does my hip cramp up in the above pose and also crow pose? Is it because I need more hip flexor strength? My hips aren’t tight (the instructor and an athletic trainer told me this), so I’m not sure what the deal is. I legit can’t even get into crow pose because one of my hip flexors immediately will cramp up.
  • What are some cues you give to people for basic poses like the warrior poses? Something I need to remember is to keep my chest and ribs up.
  • Any tips for learning how to do handstand? Should I also be doing poses or exercises for my arms?
  • If someone has anterior pelvic tilt like I do, should we avoid poses where you bend backwards?

Thanks for your input!

How often do you take yoga classes? What do you think it has helped you with the most?


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5 Yoga Tips For Beginners

Happy Monday! I know I haven’t been writing as often but things have been pretty hectic. But I will be trying to write more regularly this week.

Today I wanted to talk about yoga. Last week I went to yoga classes and I really want to try to keep going more often. I always prefer running or spinning to yoga but after I leave a yoga class I’m always thinking, “wow I really need to go more.”

I did have strength class last week with my sister and really loved it….and even learned how to do a variation of compass pose! I really didn’t think I was going to be able to do that at all.

My sister was kind of nervous to go to this class because she’s only done one or two yoga classes before. And that’s why I wanted to write this post. I wanted to give some insight to fellow newbie yogi’s since I am one as well. So here are a few tips and insight before you go to your first or one of your first few classes.

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Don’t Be Intimidated

It can be scary to go to a class thinking that you’ll be the only one who can’t do certain things or that you’ll be surrounded by super flexible people. And while you might be surrounded by super flexible people (like I am in my class) it’s totally OK. Yoga classes are so open and accepting and that’s why I really love them. No matter what your ability is, the instructor will help you and talk you through poses. My instructor was very hands-on and adjusting my feet making sure they were the right width apart along with showing me how to properly do exercises so I don’t get hurt. She also spoke with my sister and I after class about how to do certain things to aid our neck pain and wrist pain. Your yoga instructors should make you feel comfortable and excited to continue learning and practicing.

Be Ready To Sweat

While yoga might seem like this relaxing meditative thing (and obviously some classes can be), you should also be ready to sweat. We went through a flow in my strength yoga class that had me dripping in sweat all within just a few minutes. Make sure you bring water to your class along with a towel if you sweat a lot like I do. An extra towel on your yoga mat can also help with hand grip if your hands start sliding.

You Might Get Gassy

This might be a little TMI but gotta throw it out there. I asked Christine of Love, Live, Surf about this (she is a yoga instructor) and she assured me it’s totally normal. In yoga classes, since you’re doing a lot of twisting and inversions, you might start feeling a little bit gassy. And obviously that can be embarrassing. I really don’t have a solution to this but just know that it’s a possibility haha. Christine said that instructors really don’t think anything of it and my thorough Google searches confirms that. But obviously that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing!

Use Props

Props are there for a reason such as blocks blankets and straps. Don’t be afraid to use them. Those aren’t just for the more experienced yogi’s. Those props can help you get into poses and in better alignment during poses. For example, I still can’t do triangle pose, so I use a block so I’m able to get to where I can as opposed to forcing my body to stretch beyond its abilities.

You Can Always Go To Child’s Pose

Whenever you feel like you need a break or you’re not comfortable with a pose you can always go into child’s pose. Instructors encourage that and should remind you of that throughout the practice. I really love this because if I can’t do something or I’m just feeling tired, I will go into child’s pose for a few seconds to catch  my breath. Child’s pose is such a great restorative pose and something you should add to your regular routine as it is! I love doing it after runs.

I really do want to go to yoga classes more often and I need to make that commitment. I even ordered myself a Jade Yoga Mat! It’s a bit pricier than any yoga mat I have had but I love how grippy and cushioned it is.

So now I just need to actually make it to classes! My goal is 2 times a week. It’s just so hard balancing running, cycling, yoga and strength training. But I also know that if I am able to do all of these things now it will make me much stronger for when marathon training starts in July.

How do you balance multiple types of exercises during your half marathon or marathon training? Share your schedule with me please so I can get some ideas!


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3 Reasons Exercise Programs Fail & How To Overcome Them

It’s February 1st! A new month…a clean slate…

Did you know that a third of those who make New Year’s Resolutions don’t even make it to the end of January? We need to stay strong and committed as a new month rolls in!

Many people make resolutions to be healthier, work out more, etc. So why do they fall off within a month or two? That’s what I wanted to talk about today AND invite you to participate in a FREE 5 day fitness challenge that starts next week, so we can hold each other accountable and motivate each other. I’ll talk about that more in a bit.

Here are 3 reasons why exercise programs fail, and how to overcome them. + a FREE 5 day fitness challenge to re-ignite your goals and motivation! | http://reach-yourpeak.com

Getting to the gym is a hassle

For many people, in the beginning they’re going to the gym every day, and then it starts to taper off. Why? Because getting to the gym might be a hassle. If you’re going after work, you might have to sit in traffic to get there. If you’re going in the morning, you might opt out because you don’t want to lug your work clothes, towel, shampoo, etc. for the post-workout shower. These small annoyances might start leading to, “I’ll just go tomorrow.” Here are a few ways to get back on track:

  • On days you get out of work late, or you wake up not wanting to drive to the gym, do an at-home workout video. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, it is better than nothing, and you’ll feel great. I love Fitness Blender on YouTube for home workouts.
  • Sign up for fitness classes. I’ve been staying consistent with my morning cycling classes because if I cancel I have to pay $20. When you have a commitment, you’re more apt to go. A second idea is to schedule a workout time with a friend…you can’t bail on your friends!
  • Create your own dumbbell workout routine that you can do at home. I wrote more about creating a full-body routine here.

Gym equipment is confusing

Alright so maybe you get to the gym, but then what? There are so many pieces of equipment, how do you know which to use OR if you’re even using them properly? This overload can cause some to feel intimidated and stop going to the gym all-together. Check out the link above on how to create your own routine. You can also use sites like bodybuilding.com that have a ton of workout plans and show how to do each exercise. My advice is to just stick to dumbbells or kettlebells. You can get a great workout with just those pieces of equipment, and oftentimes a BETTER workout than using a machine.

No accountability

If you’re trying to go at this alone, it will get tough at times. Even though I train with my mom, there are days I dread going to the gym or running. And that is even with a workout partner, so I can’t imagine if I didn’t have her! You need people to hold you accountable. Find someone to go to the gym with or run with a few times a week. Tell yourself you can only do X if you go to the gym that day (watch Netflix, get a manicure…whatever you think will work for you!). It doesn’t necessarily have to be a workout buddy either. Tell people about your goals and ask them to check in with you. When you know that people know what you’re working towards, you’re more apt to actually achieve those goals. Which is why my 5 day fitness challenge is perfect for you if you want accountability…we will all be checking in with each other and supporting each other!

So what will this 5 Day Fitness Challenge entail?

  • Daily 15 min. workout videos by me, sent to you for 5 days so you can work out right at home (and you only need dumbbells)!
  • PDF printables of the workouts in case you want to do it at the gym.
  • Instagram hashtag so you can connect with other challenge members and support each other.


  • PRIZES! One lucky winner will win a PlantFusion prize pack with 1 full-size PlantFusion product of their choice (Thanks PlantFusion!). PlantFusion is a plant-based protein powder (which I love) that is perfect for smoothies and post-workout recovery shakes.

So here are the quick details:

WHEN: Feb. 8 – Feb 14

HOW DO I SIGN UP: Click below and enter your email to sign up. I will send you all the details before Feb. 8 so you’re ready to hit the ground running!

Leave a comment below and let me know if you signed up! :)
What do you think is a reason many people “fall off the resolution wagon” come Feb. or March?
What steps do you take to make sure you stay strong and committed?


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