Whole 30 Day 28-29

EEEK! I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day!!! I am hoping to finish it with a holiday 5K tomorrow and then I have bought two pints of Halo Top Ice Cream to test out (Birthday Cake and Mint Chip flavors)  on the 31st day. I have already meal prepped for next week and have kept it compliant with whole30 / paleo rules- so I won’t be going crazy like I have heard of some people doing and eating burgers, pizza, and fries. The thoughts of those foods make me feel a little nauseous now. I think its due to the brain washing and literal detox I went through. I don’t want to feel that sick again!

Day 28 Food: 

Breakfast- 2 hardboiled eggs, 1/4 cup of walnuts, and a green apple with coffee

Lunch- The last of my buffalo chicken muffins and roasted veggies

Snacks- banana and a homemade energy bar

Dinner-grassfed beef hotdogs with sauerkraut and another apple with some melted almond butter and dark cocoa powder for dip.

Day 28 Workout: Crossfit we did our second round of dead lifts for the week 3 x 10 @ 85# for me. Then we did our WOD: 21-15-9 for time of Kettle bell swings and Burpees (used 35# KB). This one left me feeling like toast.

Day 29 Food: 

Breakfast- 2 hardboiled eggs with 1/4 cup of almonds and a green apple and coffee

Lunch- I had a grilled chicken salad from Zoe’s Kitchen with the feta and pita left out and a peach (so glad these are in season now)

Snack- a Banana and an apple I don’t know why I was so hungry today

Dinner-two turkey/bacon/blueberry meatloaf muffins and 1 cup of roasted brussel sprouts

Day 29 Workout:  tried a cross fit endurance workout I found on pinterest- My shin (which I suspected had a stress fracture last month) is hurting horribly again.

  • 800 M run Warm up
  • 50 Situps / 50 Double Unders / 400 M run
  • 40 Situps / 40 Double Unders / 400 M run
  • 30 Situps / 30 Double Unders / 400 M run
  • 20 Situps / 20 Double Unders / 400 M Run
  • 10 Situps / 10 Double Unders
  • 800 M Run Cool Down

Whole30 Days 25-27

Today is officially Day 28- so 2 more days left of the challenge!!!! I kind of cheated a little and weighed myself (oh, that is also a rule- no weighing until the challenge is over), but I had people asking me if I am losing weight because I look different so I felt like I had to. I have lost 6 pounds- which was not even the main goal of this challenge. I feel pretty happy about because I am feeling so much better and I can tell my body composition is changing dramatically- which is why I will be following a paleo lifestyle after this. However, I am eating at least 1 cup of ice cream on day 31 haha. I may try to add some quinoa and peanut butter back in (I miss peanut butter so much- almond butter just isn’t the same) gradually, to see if I tolerate it. I am almost scared to add too much back in because I don’t want to feel bad again! Also, I am working on my fall/winter race schedule so I will be posting that soon! Hoping to do some OCR and possibly a spartan trifecta while building up to my next road race. I am starting to learn it is more about doing what you enjoy and while all runners want to qualify for boston- my life just hasn’t allowed the time to recover and completely focus on speed the last few months.

Day 25 Food: 

  • Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 green apple, 1/4 cup of walnuts and coffee
  • Lunch: 2 buffalo chicken meatloaf muffins, roasted veggies
  • Snack: Homemade energy bar and a banana
  • Dinner: met my mom at Applebees- Had sweet potato, broccoli, and a grilled salmon fillet

Day 25 Workout: Rest- got a pedicure with  my mom.

Day 26 Food: 

  • Breakfast- 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 green apple, 1/4 cup of walnuts
  • Lunch-2 buffalo chicken meatloaf muffins and roasted veggies
  • Snack- banana
  • Dinner- two turkey/bacon/blueberry meatloaf muffins and 1 cup of roasted brussel sprouts

Day 26 workout: Took another rest day- my shin issue has flared up again =(

Day 27  Food: 

  • Breakfast- 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 green apple, 1/4 cup of walnuts and coffee
  • Lunch-2 buffalo chicken meatloaf muffins and roasted veggies
  • Snack-banana
  • Dinner-grassfed beef hotdogs with sauerkraut and roasted veggies

Day 27 Workout– 2.5 miles treadmill incline (Up to 15% grade) with some sprints added in, Crossfit: 21 min EMOM — 1st minute 3 Bear complex @45#, 2nd- 6 Evil Wheels, and 3rd-10 pushups (add 1 every round).

Race Results



I will admit that I have been the worst at keeping track of my race results over the years. When I first started running, I never thought I would actually take it this seriously. Luckily, for most races, if you registered online they keep track of the results for years so I am trying to put together a snap shot of my progress so that it is easier to compare new results to how I did in the past! I am going to split the results up into categories of Road, Trail, OCR, and Triathlon so that it is easier to read here.


Road Races

Date Race/location Time Place if applicable
5/19/2012 7th Annual Run for the Warriors 10K – Jacksonville, NC 54:02
9/22/2012 Marine Corps ½ Marathon – Jacksonville, NC 2:19:10
10/13/2012 Beirut Memorial 10K-Jacksonville, NC 54:51
12/01/2012 The Physical Therapy Clinic Merry Fitness 5K- Jacksonville, NC 24:48
12/8/2012 Santa Shuffle 5K – Jacksonville, NC 24:41
5/18/2013 8th Annual Run for the Warriors ½ Marathon- Jacksonville, NC 2:13:30
10/?/2013 Marine Corps Marathon- Washington, DC 5:39:51
3/30/2014 Knoxville Marathon- Knoxville, TN 4:40:42
9/27/2014 Nashville Women’s ½ Marathon- Nashville, TN 1:51:34
Feb. 2015 Whitestone 30K- Kingston, TN 2:54:31 1st in age group
4/01/2015 Knoxville Marathon- Knoxville, TN 4:01:46
5/28/2015 Rock n’Roll Marathon- Nashville, TN 4:16:02
2/6/2016 Strawberry Plains ½ marathon- Strawberry Plains, TN 1:45:08 4th in age group
2/28/2016 Whitestone 30K- Kingston, TN 2:46:50 1st in age group




Knoxville Marathon- Knoxville, TN


Pilot Fireball Moonlight 5K- Knoxville, TN





5th in age group



3rd in Age group



Date Race/location Time Place if applicable
2/9/2013 X-Treme Endurance Challenge 10K- Jacksonville, NC 1:03:55
3/16/2013 St. Paddy’s Engineer 5 Mile Run- Jacksonville, NC 54:25
3/23/2013 Carolina Spartan Sprint- Charlotte, NC 1:36:49
3/23/2013 Carolina Spartan Hurricane Heat- Charlotte, NC
4/20/2013 Zombie Escape 5K- Raleigh NC 34:22 1st place age group
4/27/2013 MARSOC Mud Sweat and Tears 5 Mile Run- Jacksonville, NC 46:48
8/24/13 VA Super Spartan- Wintergreen , VA 4:02:31 5th age group
11/9/2013 Carolina Spartan Beast- NC 3:33:14 3rd age group
3/15/2014 St. Paddy’s Engineer 5 Mile Challenge- Jacksonville, NC 52:11
4/26/2014 MARSOC Mud, Sweat and Tears 5 Mile Challenge- Jacksonville, NC 42:41 1st place age group, 5th overall female
6/14/2014 Fear the Reaper 12 hour endurance event- Cosby, TN ? Completed 8 laps ~35-40 Miles
11/8/2014 SEAL: Night Ops 8K- Cosby, TN 1:49:59 3rd overall female
2/7/2015 SEAL: Frozen Few 10K- Cosby, TN 1:57:34 2nd overall female
4/11/2015 Charlotte Spartan Sprint- Charlotte, NC 1:43:00 9th age group




SEAL: First Light 5K- Cosby, TN

Asheville Super Spartan-Asheville, NC





3rd overall female

Elite Heat: 70 in gender 23 in age, 244 out of 323 elite (M/F) overall


Trail Races

Date Race/location Time Place if applicable
7/21/2012 Sandsational 8K Beach Run- Jacksonville, NC 46:46
4/12/2014 War at Windrock 3 Stage Trail Series: Oliver Spring’s TN

36 miles (for a “50K”!!)

9:37:22 3rd overall female


4/12/2014 War at Windrock 4Mile 47:39 1st overall female
4/12/2014 War at Windrock 10K Uphill climb 2:32:26 4th overall female
4/12/2014 War at Windrock 34K Trail Run 6:17:17 4th overall female
7/?/2014 Haw Ridge Trail race- 7 Miles- Oak Ridge, TN 1:09:51




Norris Dam Hard Trail Race- 50K- Norris, TN


XTerra 13.1 Panther Creek, TN





11th overall female



1st in age group


Whole 30 Day 23-24

Today is officially day 25! other than the adult beverages I consumed the one day I did cheat, I can say that I have had no added sugar products for 24 whole days- that is incredible!

So, non-whole 30 talk here. I am trying put together a training plan and race schedule or the rest of the year and I’m realizing that I am not “mentally” there yet. While I thought I would be ready for an October marathon, I just feel like my body and mind are not in synchrony to train for a marathon yet. I am debating switching to a half that month and maybe doing an early winter marathon- not sure what I should do. When I ask myself, why are you really doing it- I can’t really say that it is for fun right now, which is a little disappointing. I am picturing jumping right in and being completely overwhelmed with how much I am trying to balance in my life physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

I think that I have overloaded myself with financial goals for the year and with having two careers going at the same time leaves me with little time to recover and practice self-care. I am cutting down some hours at the end of this month with personal training which will leave more room open for running in the mornings before work instead of training in the sweltering heat. Also by the end of July I will have my car completely paid off, 1 credit card paid off, and a huge dent in the other categories. Something is just telling me that if I train right now I won’t do as good as if I wait a few months, build my aerobic base back up for a few weeks, and then hit training again at the end of July in order to have a better outcome. Have any of you ever struggled with letting your body say “it’s just not the time” when it comes to training?

I think for those of us crazy endurance athletes we are often chasing race after race because we just feel like it is what we are “supposed to do” I mean, what would it possibly be like to not have long runs every weekend? Maybe I will give it a few more days to decide, but I am just not feeling it y’all. I need to get out of this mental rut! Can I just keeping doing cross fit and still run 26.2 miles easily? (haha- I know that this is not possible, I am just in love with it right now because it is the easiest thing to fit in my schedule with how busy I am)

Day 23 Food: This weeks is the massive emptying of the pantry/freezer week!

Breakfast- You guessed it, 2 eggs, 1 green apple, and 1/4 cup of walnuts with a bullet proof coffee

lunch- met my friends for church and lunch afterwards. They wanted BBQ and I had plain dry wings (BORING) and some pickles with an un sweet tea.

Dinner- I used some sauerkraut and hotdogs to make a skillet with steamed broccoli. Had an apple with almond butter before taking my meds and going to sleep.

Day 23 Workout:

1 hour flow yoga and inversion practice.

Day 24 Food:

Breakfast: Same ole’ thing, but it is tried and true for me now.

Lunch- two buffalo chicken meatloaf muffins (I’ll post the link to the recipe below because it is the bomb diggity) with roasted veggies (a conglomeration of what I have left for this challenge- sweet potatoes, red potatoes, and broccoli).

Pre-workout snack- homemade coco-matcha energy bar (recipe to be posted)

Post workout- a banana to get me through til dinner

Late dinner- I had the buffalo chicken and veggies AGAIN because I love it! Also one apple with some almond butter with my meds. IMG_0164[1]

Day 24 workouts:

Crossfit- we started our summer of strength sessions today.

3x 10 deadlifts @ 85# (50% 1 rep max)

WOD: 200 M sprint, 15 pushups, and 30 flutter kicks three times for time.

Afterwards I did core work and handstand practice because I am in love with being upside down now that I can do it!


****Link to the recipe:  http://paleomg.com/buffalo-chicken-mini-meatloaf/




Whole30 Day 22

Today is officially day 23! I can’t believe I am down to 1 week already! So this weekend is my weekend off and I have caught up on some much needed rest, but was also able to organize and get my life back in order since it’s been a few weeks since I just had an easy weekend! I am feeling so much better overall and am almost worried to stop eating this clean because I know how horrible I felt before!

Day 22 food: 

Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs, 1/4 cup of walnuts, and 1 green apple and coffee with almond milk

Lunch: two beef and pineapple meatloaf muffins with 1 cup of steamed carrots

Pre-Workout: 1 cup of mashed sweet potato

Dinner: two beef and pineapple meatloaf muffins, 1 cup of steamed carrots, and a banana (last of this meal in the fridge so I got rid of it!).


Day 22 Workouts: 

AM- Crossfit partner WOD 4 min rounds with 1 min rest in between- wall balls, tire flips, pull-ups, and parking lot sprints. I completed about 52 wall balls, 8 sprints, 55 ring rows, and 50 tire flips.

PM-10 mile run- the first double digit run of the marathon cycle! I had to slow my pace due to the heat, but I accomplished the mileage which is a huge accomplishment since I was worried I would never have the strength to run this far while eating very few carbs! I actually ran after dark- about 9PM and my stomach felt great during the run! I hope that I continue to have the energy and “light” feeling that I had today =)


Whole30 day 21

Today is officially day 22- almost down to one week left of the challenge! I have already decided that I will pretty much maintain a paleo lifestyle again based on how much better I am feeling and the reduction in stomach pain and spasms that I was having before (which was my primary goal of the challenge)! I will allow myself to have some freedom to have other foods every now and then, but why blow all this progress by splurging on pizza, donuts, ice cream, and junk when this is all over? I do think I am going to try some halo top ice cream- apparently it is a healthy version of ice cream that is 240 calories per pint- and see how I feel.

Day 21 food: 

Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs, walnuts, 1 green apple and coffee with almond milk

Lunch: two beef and pineapple muffins with 1 cup of steamed carrots and 1 cup of mashed sweet potato with coconut cream

Snack: 1 banana

Dinner: Greek crockpot chicken that I had left in the freezer and another apple with some almond butter

Day 22 Workout Rest day =)   I was sore from the workouts this week!  

Whole 30 Day 20

Hello!!!! Today is actually day 21, but recapping yesterday. I am so excited about this- I have 10 days left of this challenge- which feels like nothing at this point! This week has been the best week of all so far! I am starting to feel GREAT! It is almost “easy” to wake up at 4-430AM, my quality of sleep is getting better, no stomach pain, no headaches, and my energy is great. The thing that I love the most is that I am not getting an afternoon crash at work and my mood just feels happy and pleasant- no irritability or letting things get on my nerves as much. Not sure if that is just because I am having a good week- but I will just say it’s partially due to feeling well. Also, yesterday I was finally able to do handstands at Crossfit- something I have struggled with for two years since having wrist surgery!

Day 20 Food:

7:30 AM- two hardboiled eggs, 1/4 cup of walnuts, 1 green apple and coffee with almond milk

12:00 PM- Two beef and pineapple meatloaf muffins with 1 cup of steamed carrots and a banana

3:45 PM- My final homemade lemon raspberry bar

7:00PM- pulled pork with cabbage and my redskin potato salad and orange slices which I ate after the picture (not a lot of color in the photo, but I am almost certain that adding more white potatoes this week has helped with the energy level).

Day 20 Workouts:

At work- I had a no-show for therapy and used some time to do 100 incline pushups and 200 bodyweight squats.

Crossfit- Did handstand practice- was finally able to get them with out any assistance! I did several after being so happy to accomplish them! For the WOD I did 5 rounds of- 75 Single Unders / 15 Kettlebell swings (I used 35#).

Followed by a 4 mile run with hills.