Category Archives: Fitness

You Are A Runner | Self Doubt and The Galloway Method


When I first decided to take up running I used the Couch to 5K (C25k) program. For those of you who aren’t familiar it is a program that starts of with run/walk intervals and overtime the distance you run becomes more and more until ultimately you can run a 5K in 30 (or so) minutes. The thing was at this time in my life I decided that I wasn’t a true runner unless I could run without stopping. No walk breaks. Period. 

Well I ran my first 5K after completing the C25K program and I ran it straight through. I completed my first race with no walking so I just must be a runner now – right? Yes, at least that’s what I thought at the moment. The thing is once I wanted to increase my distance I found myself resorting to walking breaks again. I felt like a failure and downgraded myself to a “wannabe runner” and I felt a bit defeated and unmotivated to continue with running. That’s until I signed up for Disney Half (which I wasn’t able to run – you can read about that here.

Hotel Running

RunDisney has paired up with Jeff Galloway to create training plans for a variety of levels. The thing that is different about the Galloway Plan is that he promotes a run walk run method. The amount you run and the amount you walk depends on your level so some might do a 30sec/30sec and others will do a lot more running such as 6min/1min intervals. When I started to train for the half I adopted this method and to my surprise I was able to finish a 5k in less time than I had run previously and I felt stronger at the end. At that moment I was sold. 

Since 2011 I have been using the Galloway Method and it is working well for me and guess what? I am a runner. I feel like one despite choosing to take walk breaks. You know why? Because taking walk breaks is okay and it actually makes me a stronger and more motivated runner. 

I may never run a race without walking or be an elite runner but I am a runner. I run for me. I run for fun. I run to release stress. I run because it gives me joy and I run/walk because it’s what works for me. 

Are you a Galloway Runner? Have you ever tried a run/walk plan like Galloway or Couch to 5k/10k? 

This post is IN ABSOLUTELY NO WAY sponsored. I came across Galloway on my own and wanted to share this with you because it’s what has worked for me for years. 

#LJInspired Insta Challenge

Lorna Jane has done it again. As you know I love her clothes and I’m obsessed with my MNB planner so of course I was thrilled to hear she is releasing a new book -Inspired.


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This post is sponsored by  Lorna Jane. All opinions are my own.

#FitnessFriday | Getting My [Running] Groove Back

My journey back to running post-pregnancy has been a bit rockier than I had hoped. I started back running two days a week in the Fall and in January I bumped my running up to three days per week to coincide with my race training schedule. Two months in and I just stopped running due to knee pain. At that same time I was offered an opportunity to check out Therapydia Portland and to have a run analysis done as well as some therapy for my knee. I went for two complementary sessions and decided to stay on for weekly/bi-weekly sessions.


Here I am nearly four months later and I can say that my knee pain is pretty much gone. While I still have a bit of work to do to get stronger I am finally back to running and it’s prefect timing too because I have the Pints to Pasta 10k to train for and run.

I  probably could have been back to running sooner but I have been slacking on my at home PT workouts and just doing basic strength training on a regular basis. Lately my workouts consist of about 10 miles of walking per week and around 60-120 minutes of barre workouts. Really that boils down to a few miles per day and 15 or so minutes of barre per day; in other words I need to dedicate more time to my fitness and PT.

WorkoutPlanSo to help me stay on track I have put together a workout schedule (and I’m sharing it here) from now until my 10k. This schedule is one that I believe is something that I can really stick to, in other words I am setting myself up for success not failure. I am focusing on the Galloway 10K (run/walk) race plan and on my non-running days I am incorporating more barre workouts and/or my 7 Minute workout app.

I know my plan looks a little packed but there are many barre3 online workouts ranging from 10-60 minutes and some are more focused on stretching so I can really do whatever feels right for me on any given day.. So here is to getting back to running (run/walking for now) and focusing more on being active. 

Are you training for any races right now? I am currently training to run the Pints to Pasta 10k  (there is also a 1/2 Marathon this year) which is on September 13th. For those of you who are local and want to run it as well register soon because the fee goes up on August 16th. As part of my training schedule I am also running the Sunset on Springwater Family 5k (there is also a 10k and half for this race as well) on August 15th. I have to say I am super excited for this 5k and to run it as a family (with Neil pushing the double BOB – cue evil laugh). 

Fitness Friday | FitFest 2015 from Title Nine #T9FitFest + Giveaway

Before Edith I never really felt like I needed a high impact sports bra and most of the time I wore just whatever I thought was cute. Once Edith was born this all changed because of nursing and because my boobs found themselves a entire cup size bigger. I can still remember that first run after […]

Fitness Friday | barre3 Anywhere Challenge

Take four 60-minute workouts per week Do one 10-minute outdoor workout per week Try one new summery barre3 recipe per week You guys I can’t believe it’s almost June (and I’m still not back to running). This month I have been focusing a lot on my physical therapy exercises and taking advantage (when I can) […]

ClassPass Fitness Night Out | THE BAR METHOD

Monday night I finally got myself out of the house and downtown for a much needed solo workout.Most of my workouts these days involve pushing a double BOB or trying to fit in an at home barre or yoga class either while the kids are sleeping or during the day while I trip over them. […]

Fitness Friday | My Run Analysis at Therapydia PDX

Happy Friday! Sunday morning I received my run analysis from Jason at Therapydia Portland and I wanted to share it with you. For the run analysis Jason put little dots on my right side at all the points you see below for recording/analysis purposes. Once he did that I started walking at a level 3 […]