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About Chelsea

I'm a 20-something living in Connecticut. Working in accounting, but going back to school for social work. I have developed a great passion for running, and I can't wait to see what I can push my body to do!

Last Week’s Miles & A Check-In

Happy Monday All!

I hope you’re all doing well and you haven’t missed me too much 😛

Okay, first things first: Last week’s miles! I had a halfway decent week, although at this point I really need to be logging more miles each week. I got in two solid runs, totaling 4.75 miles, which leaves 359 miles in my 365 in 365 challenge. My goal is for this to be a 10-mile week, starting with a run after work tonight!

One thing I’m really proud of right now is that I’ve been able to let go of my inhibitions at the gym and run in just shorts or tights and a sports bra. Those of you who know me at all know that I have very few inhibitions anywhere else. I’m totally unashamed of my body, and I don’t think of myself as fat. I have some excess fat that I could stand to lose, but I don’t look in the mirror and think “Oh geeze, look at that fat blob!”.

But at the gym it’s always been different. Things jiggle around, which makes pants slip down and bras hike up, and it’s not always easy to adjust them mid-run. I’ve been able to combat this fear by making sure I always have shorts or tights that fit properly, and that I tie the waistband tightly enough to keep them up, while still maintaining the ability to breathe!

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Post workout last Tuesday night.

Now it’s time for me to scoot off to work. Talk to you crazy kids soon!

❤ Chelsea

Last Week’s Miles

I’ll just cut to the chase here and say that last week was a very lazy week for me running-wise. I managed to get 1.25 miles in yesterday. Better than nothing, and I knew this was going to be a slow week for miles. I did, however, make the giant hill at the end of my route my b*tch, which I consider to be a major win!

My phone is refusing to cooperate with screenshots, so no MapMyRun photo for this post (sorry!). I’m hoping to have this problem fixed soon!

My plan is to get a few miles in at the gym tomorrow before group training, and then get a couple of night runs in after work this week. Miles to go: 363.75!

Happy Monday!

❤ Chelsea

Isa’s Baked Garlic-Curry Fries

Those of you who follow me on Facebook probably saw this photo that I posted yesterday. I made the official switch to vegan after the first of the year, and so far I love it! I love the way that I feel after a meal, and I especially love all of the fun I’ve been having in the kitchen. I have a fair amount of experience with vegetarian cooking, but vegan cooking is a whole different ballgame (in a very good way), and I’m learning so much!

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Three Hundred Sixty Five

So I was browsing Tumblr this morning, and I stumbled upon what is possibly the greatest idea anyone ever came up with. I have set myself a number of running goals so far this year, including completing my first half and full marathons, and I’m honestly very excited at the prospect of achieving them.

But this idea just takes the cake. Here’s the gif I found on Tumblr this morning:

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Pure brilliance, right? 365 miles in a year is literally one mile per day. I will obviously be running more than that on average between my training and races. With just the races I have scheduled, I already have 57.4 of those miles in the bag!

So here’s the deal: There will be a weekly post, which will go live each Monday morning. I’ll let you all know how many miles I achieved the week before, and give you a breakdown of each run. Also, assuming my phone cooperates, there will be screenshots from MapMyRun so you can see for certain that I’ve completed each of these runs. This will all hold me accountable to achieve these 365 miles. I hope you’ll all follow along!

Happy Running!

❤ Chelsea

What Runners Want for Christmas

As a runner, there is an endless list of gear & supplies that I can think of to put on my Christmas list. My list this year has basically consisted of cold-weather gear and a few gadgets that I’ve been wanting to try. Any money I get will go towards the purchase of one of these beauties.

But what do runners really want for Christmas? Gear, gadgets, protein bars, gels, socks, sneakers, fancy racing vests…

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Don’t we all!

Happy Friday 🙂

❤ Chelsea

 

No Makeup, No Problem

Yesterday’s Elf 4 Health challenge was to go a whole day without wearing makeup. From what I saw on the Facebook page, this was a difficult challenge for a lot of people. I generally wear a little mascara and lip gloss, but not much else, so it wasn’t too bad for me, but I still missed the little enhancements that my usual daily makeup gives.

I did find one thing especially interesting, though. I posted a photo of my makeup-free self on Facebook, just to see what the results would be.

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Me in all my early AM, no-makeup glory!

I didn’t personally think there was anything terribly special about the photo. It’s just a normal, run of the mill selfie. I also thought I looked a little bit tired, since the photo was taken before I’d had my life elixir (read: giant cup of coffee) for the day.

The photo turned out to be my most popular post so far this week. It raked in 14 “likes”, and a couple of very nice comments. Not a huge turnout, but enough to make a statement. I didn’t need a full face of makeup (or any makeup for that matter) for people to think this was a good photo. Makeup is a lot of fun, and I do enjoy wearing it most days, but I learned that I don’t need it to feel good about myself. My appearance doesn’t define who I am, and I don’t need to alter my appearance to be loved. If I want to wear makeup (and I usually do), that’s my choice and I do it for my own enjoyment. If not, that’s fine too. Do whatever makes you happy and be yourself, and your inner beauty will shine through 🙂

Do you usually like to wear makeup, or do you prefer a more natural look? Have you ever tried a makeup-free day?

Happy Almost-Friday All!

❤ Chelsea

Elf 4 Health, Week 1

Hey All! Sorry for the radio silence over here. I’ll be completely honest and say that I just haven’t felt up to blogging.

This past week was the start of the Elf4 Health program, created by Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean and Elle from Nutritionella. When you sign up for the program, you are matched up with a partner (or “elf”) and given challenges to complete for each day of the week. You have one partner for 2 weeks, and then you’re matched with someone new for the second 2 weeks. My partner Annie has been amazingly supportive and helpful throughout week 1.

Here’s a rundown of the first week’s challenges:

Monday: Meatless Monday

The challenge is self-explanatory. I started my day with an Ideal Protein Chocolate shake and a cup of coffee. Lunch was a big salad with robust italian dressing. Dinner was a bit more challenging, as my current diet really requires a meat product for dinner. My only vegetarian options are tofu and eggs, neither of which we had in the house. I was a little bit concerned until I read on the Elf 4 Health Facebook page that fish was allowed for the challenge, so I went with some broiled flounder with green and wax beans. Deliciously healthy!

Tuesday: Unsubscribe from at least 3 email lists and/or catalogs

This one sounds kind of dull, but it was actually one of my favorites this week. Through the Facebook page I found a website called Unroll.me. If you haven’t used this service before, it’s an absolute must! You just enter your email address and the website finds all of the email lists you’re subscribed to. Then you just click “unsubscribe” from all of the ones you don’t want anymore. You’ll be amazed at how much less junk you get in your email! I found over 250 subscriptions, and unsubscribed from 215 that I didn’t need. Unroll.me also allows you to group related lists together and get them all in one big email each day. How cool is that?!

Wednesday: Try a new workout today!

My original plan was to go to a new bootcamp class at the gym Wednesday morning. I had plans to meet my friend Bill in the city, and since Wednesday was the busiest travel day of the year, I opted out of class in favor of an earlier train. I didn’t get to do a new workout on Wednesday, and will be taking the class this Thursday after work to make up for it.

Thursday: Call someone you’re thankful for and tell them

I didn’t call anyone, because I knew everyone I would’ve called was busy preparing dinner and hosting guests. Instead, I made sure that everyone on that list got a text at some point during the day wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving. A few people even beat me to the punch (looking at you Sarah and Michael)!

Friday: Track your water intake

I’ve recently become a HUGE water drinker. I always have a water bottle, and am constantly filling it throughout the day. My record is 7 bottles in one workday, for a total of 165.9oz. On Friday I successfully drank half my body weight in ounces, for a total of 82 ounces. This is about what I try to shoot for on a daily basis. To get your number, divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of water. So a 150 lb person would shoot to drink 75 ounces of water each day.

Saturday: Treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting

I went up to Troy on Saturday with my mom. We did a joint training session with James at Rezultz, visited my friend Louis at his flower shop The Enchanted Florist in Albany, and then headed into downtown Troy for some Small Business Saturday shopping. After we finished shopping we met up with my friends Jamie and Mike, Jamie’s father and her sister Laura for lunch at Spillin’ the Beans. This was one of my favorite cafes when I lived in Troy. They have excellent paninis, so I treated myself to “The Godfather”, which features hot sopressata, greens, tomato, balsamic drizzle, and mozzarella cheese, and is served with kettle chips. The diet I’m currently on allows very limited carbs, so sandwiches are often not an option. I decided to take a “cheat day” and have one, and I’m so glad I did.

Sunday: Complete 100 Burpees

This was a big challenge for me. I absolutely hate burpees. My form on them isn’t great, and they are harsh on my wrists and ankles. I was sore in the morning from Saturday’s workout, and I admittedly stalled until early afternoon. Around 1, I put on an episode of Psych on Netflix for entertainment and got started. I split them up into 10 sets of 10, with a 5 minute rest in between each set. This worked out beautifully. It made the process a lot more bearable for me, and I felt so accomplished when I was done!

Week one was a big success. I can’t wait to fill you in on Week 2! If you want to participate in the program, you can sign up now and be matched up for weeks 3 & 4 🙂

I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. Happy Monday!

❤ Chelsea

Hey There!

Hey guys! Sorry for being MIA, it’s been a nutty week and I just haven’t been up to blogging. I wanted to check in with you all, and I thought you might enjoy this adorable note I saw on the news today:

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How stinkin’ cute is that?

I hope everyone has a great day!

❤ Chelsea

Where in the World?

Happy belated Halloween, and Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and fun evening last night. I personally stayed in and handed out candy to the neighborhood kids. The best costume I saw all night was a little girl, maybe 2 years old, dressed as a skunk. Her tail was bigger than her! I got a little help from my puppy Sasha, who dressed up as Eeyore and LOVED meeting all the neighborhood kids!

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She could not stand the head piece, and kept shaking it off.

I dressed up during the day for work. My costume was originally going to be Miss Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus”. I bought all the materials last weekend, but ended up being sick all week long and just couldn’t motivate myself to work on it. Since I love to dress up for Halloween, I was determined to find a costume that was both simple and fun. I looked through a bunch of ideas online, and finally landed on this one:

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All this costume requires is a red trench coat, a fedora and a pair of black gloves. It’s super simple! I also got a chance to wear my brand new boots.

How did you celebrate Halloween this year? What are your favorite last-minute costume ideas?

Happy Weekend All!

❤ Chelsea

Run, Run, Run, As Fast As You Can

Happy Friday All! Sorry for being MIA this week. Between work and being on puppy duty while my mom is away on business I haven’t had a second to even think about blogging.

I’m super excited for this weekend because I’ll be running my first race since my 5-miler in March. I’ll be running the Connection Fund Wicked Good 5k in New Haven, CT this Sunday. When I ran this course last year it was my first race ever, so it has a very special place in my heart. I’m really psyched to run the course again and see what I can do with it. I finished in 46:24 last year, and I’m certain that time will be cut down dramatically this year.

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After this weekend, I have a couple of races that I’m extremely excited for. The first is the Hot COCO 5k on November 23rd (my birthday!), which takes place in Cheshire, CT. My birthday last year was a huge mess with a family emergency, so I really wanted to make this year special. What better way to do that than by doing something that I love?

I’ve also created a team on the race’s website, and I’m hoping to build a big team to run the race with me. I’m also doing fundraising for Abilities Without Boundaries, which is a nonprofit organization that provides individualized services for Connecticut residents with developmental disabilities. The greatest gift anyone could give me this year would be to join my team and/or make a donation. Our team name is “It’s My Party & I’ll Run If I Want To” (so clever, right ;-)), and our fundraising goal is $500. If you would like to participate in any way, you can find the team page here. It would really mean the world to me!

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After the Hot COCO 5k, I will be taking a little break from racing in order to train for the Nutmeg Half Marathon, which is in May of next year. I was initially going to choose an earlier race, but decided on this one for a couple of reasons. Most training plans that I’ve looked into are 8-12 weeks long, but I want to give myself plenty of margin for error. I also want to run the best race I possibly can, rather than just finishing, so I want a little more time to work on speed and endurance.

Overall, I’m thrilled with what’s to come. I love to run and I can’t wait to get moving towards more challenging races and courses.

Have a great weekend everyone!

❤ Chelsea