Tiara Countdown is On

Hi guys! Hope youโ€™re having a glorious, relaxing Sunday ๐Ÿ˜€

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 didnโ€™t want to go to heavy with the food, after last weekโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜€

Even though Iโ€™m definitely starting to feel those pre-race jitters, Iโ€™m hoping to CONQUER the half next weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

I just got Tinkerbellโ€™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 donโ€™t want to be the least bit sore for next weekโ€™s race (my leggies were a little sore today while I was running), so itโ€™s just going to be Zumba, pilates, short runs and yoga. Iโ€™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: Whatโ€™s your favorite workout song right now?? Itโ€™s time to get my playlist ready ๐Ÿ˜€

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. Emily J on February 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I’m sort of loving that I know almost all the songs that people have suggested, haha ๐Ÿ™‚
    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?)

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      heck yeah i’ll reward myself with purchases ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Shayna @ Cuts and Curves on February 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I love The Who for running. They never fail me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your splits are great by the way!

  3. mmclaughlin on February 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm

      you will have a BLAST running it. it’s the most fun race i’ve ever done ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Tracy on February 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm

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

  5. caroline on February 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Gina – Check out the song, “Sweet Disposition” by the Temper Trap. SO GOOD for running ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know what you think!!

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      ahhhh i love it! thank you!

  6. Jessica on February 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm

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

  7. Paige @ Running Around Normal on February 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Glad you found a pre-run breakfast combo you liked! You can’t go wrong with a banana and almond butter in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚
    Good luck with your rest-ish week!

  8. Bridgette on February 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    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. Betty on February 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm

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

  10. Brittany on February 28, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    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. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on February 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    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. Kyla on February 28, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    “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!

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm

      such great heights is such a beautiful song!
      what half are you running??

      • Kyla on March 1, 2010 at 8:14 am

        The Go! St. Louis Half Marathon. I’m doing it as a prelude to the Chicago Marathon later this year, eek!

  13. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on February 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. christina cadden on February 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm

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

  15. Lisa on February 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    “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.

    • Lisa on February 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      “Say” also by One Republic. (Kinda slow but good.)”Good Life” -One Republic.

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm

      ohhhh tell her i said thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Lisa on February 28, 2010 at 8:40 pm

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

  17. Kellie on February 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    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 on February 28, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    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!!!:)

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      awesome, thank you! <3

  19. BakeMe on February 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Good job on your 6-miler! Lookin great ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on March 1, 2010 at 12:25 am

    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 ๐Ÿ™ I need to reload music to get me pumped. Lady Gaga always helps me run… is that strange?

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2010 at 8:07 am

      no, lady gaga can do amazing things ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Michelle on March 1, 2010 at 1:21 am

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am getting used to this breakfast cookie amazing-ness! I like to add Applesauce and Raisins to mine ๐Ÿ™‚ Very yummy and Satisfying ๐Ÿ™‚

    Tons of good Luck!!!

  22. Michelle on March 1, 2010 at 1:23 am

    also! the song ‘church’ I think it’s by t-pain?? he’s a good motivating beat artist ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Kirsty on March 1, 2010 at 4:02 am

    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

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2010 at 8:06 am

      i love musicals, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. sara on March 1, 2010 at 5:02 am

    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 .

  25. MizFit on March 1, 2010 at 5:57 am

    and soo demanding you email or text me ๐Ÿ™‚

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




  26. Kate Austen on March 1, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I gave you a shout out in my latest blog!

  27. Sarah on March 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    ‘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. : )

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

      thanks sarah!
      so great to hear you’re rocking it out ๐Ÿ™‚
      keep it up!

  28. Kirsten on March 2, 2010 at 7:51 am

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

  29. Kristilyn (My 29th Year) on March 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚


  30. jena on March 4, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    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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