Tiara Countdown is On

Hi guys! Hope you’re having a glorious, relaxing Sunday πŸ˜€

I started the day off with a 6-miler! It was the last long-ish run before the Princess Half next Sunday. Yikers!

Before leaving the casa, I had 1/2 banana with almond butter, cinnamon and mesquite.


I didn’t want to go to heavy with the food, after last week’s 12-miler with a rock in my stomach, and since it was a shorter run, that combo worked perfectly.

Here are our splits:

Mile 1: 9:17

Mile 2: 9:15

Mile 3: 9:14

Mile 4: 9:36

Mile 5: 9:01

Mile 6: 9:37

Walked .47 and stretched: 16:04

Not too shabby πŸ˜€

Even though I’m definitely starting to feel those pre-race jitters, I’m hoping to CONQUER the half next weekend πŸ˜€

When I got back to the casa, I chugged this carton of electrolyte and potassium perfection:
coco water

And munched the bfast cookie I put in the fridge last night:

bfast cookie

-1/2 C multigrain oats

-1 T almond butter

-half banana

-1 T maca

-1 T Chia Goodness (chocolate flavor)

-almond milk

It was everything I could wish for πŸ™‚

I just got Tinkerbell’s vegan GF cornbread in the oven and am about to work on a workout plan and then hit the yoga mat.

No strength training for this chica AT ALL this week! I don’t want to be the least bit sore for next week’s race (my leggies were a little sore today while I was running), so it’s just going to be Zumba, pilates, short runs and yoga. I’m actually a little excited to take a rest from the iron-pumping and jump back into it refreshed and rejuvenated after the half.

Hope you have a wonderful day <3



Something to talk about: What’s your favorite workout song right now?? It’s time to get my playlist ready πŸ˜€

Coming up within the next couple of posts:

-Winter Shape Up Re-cap (keep those success stories coming!) + New Workout Move of the Week

-Giveaway and Good News

-A tough post with not-so-good news :/

-New Into To Iron Pumping Plan

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  1. I’m sort of loving that I know almost all the songs that people have suggested, haha πŸ™‚
    But my favourite running song is Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts. I’ve been using it ever since it came out and it never fails to make me forget I’m running and feel almost like I’m flying.
    Good luck at the half! Make sure to reward yourself with some awesome purchases (Victoria’s Secret, anyone?)

  2. I love The Who for running. They never fail me. πŸ™‚

    Your splits are great by the way!

  3. I like to run to any Beyonce or Lady Gaga songs… And I’m also running the Disney Princess next weekend with two friends of mine. They are totally prepared – I am not!! But, it’ll be fun, and even if I’m slow, I’ll still have a good time running it. πŸ™‚

  4. Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas – for sure! I could listen to that on repeat the whole run!

  5. Gina – Check out the song, “Sweet Disposition” by the Temper Trap. SO GOOD for running πŸ™‚ Let me know what you think!!

  6. Enjoy your ‘rest’ week, and good luck in the race!

  7. Glad you found a pre-run breakfast combo you liked! You can’t go wrong with a banana and almond butter in my opinion πŸ™‚
    Good luck with your rest-ish week!

  8. When I am lift weights I play Rihanna “Hard” especially when doing legs. When I am running or on the stepmill I listen to a mix of whatever comes on my mp3 player which ranges from Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, Reggae, latin pop and even classical musical. I listen to all but this is really the only time I actively listen to music is when I am working out.

  9. I really like the new Black Eyed Peas for running…especially “Imma Be”

  10. Here’s two that are not on the top 40 chart, but I really enjoy for working out. Yeasayer – “O.N.E.” and “Ambling Alp”

  11. I like running to any Lady Gaga or Black Eyed Peas songs. Good luck on the half next week…I’m sure you’ll do just fine!

  12. “Telephone” by Lady Gaga( the best workout music ever!) and Beyonce
    “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service
    “Piece of Me” by Britney Spears

    Good luck next weekend! I have my half coming up in April!

  13. I can’t wait for a new Intro to Iron workout…but I’m nervous to see what the not so good news it. Way to keep us (even more) interested by giving us a preview of what’s to come! πŸ™‚

  14. I think I am going to have to try the breakfast cookie!

  15. “All the Right Moves” & “Secrets” by One Republic;”Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus; “Radar” by Brittney Spears; “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood; “Closer” by Ne-Yo; These are from Savannah.

  16. Also the songs “We are One Tonight” and “Gone” by the band Switchfoot. they are very upbeat and fast.

  17. Hey Gina,

    check out The Rocket Summer, “speedin'”–omarion, “oh africa”–akon, “a beautiful day” india.arie, “bassment party”–the cool kids, “hello seattle”–owl city, “wrap u around me”–sean kingston, “press it up”–sean paul…just to name a few…;)

  18. Savannah-Jane says:

    hey Mrs. Gina. another song that you migth like and is good for running is “the Traveling Song” by Will I.Am. Its on the Madagascar2 soundtrack. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR RUN!!!:)

  19. Good job on your 6-miler! Lookin great πŸ™‚

  20. You’ll totally rock that half next week! Great times on your 6 miles. I went out for a run/bike ride today and my ipod was dead πŸ™ I need to reload music to get me pumped. Lady Gaga always helps me run… is that strange?

  21. I always listen to music, usually just a huge playlist on shuffle, but I really like Gwen Stefani ‘Holla Back Girl’ Some Breaking Benjamin, ‘Evil Angel’ and Three Days grace has some good pumped songs πŸ™‚

    I am getting used to this breakfast cookie amazing-ness! I like to add Applesauce and Raisins to mine πŸ™‚ Very yummy and Satisfying πŸ™‚

    Tons of good Luck!!!

  22. also! the song ‘church’ I think it’s by t-pain?? he’s a good motivating beat artist πŸ™‚

  23. I’m a musical theatre geek so I usually run to songs like “Defying Gravity” from Wicked, “Omigod you guys” from Legally Blonde the musical, “Just another day” from Next to Normal. I find I cant run to charty type music, but then I like to sing along too :o) And I murder chart music…. apparently all I can sing is musicals!!

    Good luck with the 1/2. I’m planning on doing that next year, going to enter and head over from Edinburgh for a couple of weeks for a vacation with a cheeky half marathon thrown in.

    Ciorsdah x

  24. Can’t wait for the new workout’s to come, good luck with your half run, been training for our in door gym triatlon challange 1000m each of row,cycle,run my best time so far is 12min 22 secs hoping to do well on the day. The song what keeps me going is black eye peas meet me half way just love it, have it on repeat.
    sara .

    and soo demanding you email or text me πŸ™‚

    we both know my training has been…creative.
    Ive NO PLANS to run this week at all.




  26. I gave you a shout out in my latest blog!

  27. ‘Put It In a Love Song’ by Alicia Keys is definitely my new fav for the playlist.

    Good luck with your half! You’re going to do amazing.

    Cannot wait for new Intro to Iron Pumping plans! Love em! And b/c of them I can’t wait to show off my arms this summer. We are seriously some lucky readers to have you as a blogger. : )

  28. Kirsten says:

    Nickelback – Burn It To the Ground, is great for running

  29. You must be so excited!

    My favourite workout songs are:

    New Born – Muse
    Inside a Boy (Tim Fite remix) – My Brightest Diamond
    Tristan – Patrick Wolf
    Cut the Cord – Charlotte Martin
    Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush cover) – Placebo

    The last one is a little slower, but I looove Placebo. πŸ™‚


  30. Just wanted to say G/L @ the Princess Half this wknd.. I will be in Epcot cheering you on! My BFF & I volunteered to be “Screaming fans”! so excited! Have fun!

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