It’s a dreary Tuesday afternoon over here and I’m sitting with the fireplace on underneath a heavy blanket. WHAT?! Hard to believe when it was 76 and sunny yesterday. After a cut-back week on my training plan last week, I’m back at it again this week. Here’s what this week looks like:

Monday – 3 miles plus a variation of Monday’s GPP workout (I didn’t have a box)

Tuesday – 30 min stair climber, 15 min elliptical, a light back workout

Wednesday – 5 mile tempo run

Thursday – 3 easy miles, and teaching Tabata at the Y!!!

Friday – Hopefully an upper body workout

Saturday – 10 miles

Sunday – REST!

I am still nursing this rib injury, so I am taking it easy lifting. I am losing muscle like crazy. It’s been 2 1/2 weeks and I feel so weak already. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get an upper body workout in Friday, but we’ll see. I plan to have an active rest day Sunday since it’s supposed to be nice again this weekend! I cannot wait! We were teased so bad yesterday with nice weather and now it’s crappy again today!

Anyway, I wanted to post about a new website I read about on Bonnie‘s IG this morning! I headed over to after seeing Bonnie’s post and I watched the video that showed some lifting variations for squats, push-ups, and dead lifts. I just love finding NEW ways to do common moves! You should definitely check it out if you haven’t yet.

Also, I don’t want to jinx it, but I MAY have found a job! I am going to be teaching some classes at the Y and I am hoping to be doing more than that!! I’ve got lots of great ideas and I’m hoping to make this the best summer EVER! More to come 🙂

xo, Maren

Question of the day: Favorite variation of common exercises?


I cannot wait for…

sunrise boot camp



























1. Sunrise boot camps

2. Sweaty workouts

3. GREEN!!!

4. Shorts and sandals. But more importantly, a pedicure and a tan

5. Summer nights

6. 7. 8. 9. FRESH food…and marshmallows

10. 11. 12. Wedding season!

13. 14. Cold drinks

Me and everyone else across the country cannot WAIT any longer for spring and summer. It’s been such a brutal winter, so before I head out for my 4 miler in 20 degree (but feels like 1) weather, I thought I’d warm my soul with some colorful pictures. I’ve been spending my days with my 1/2 marathon training plan, unpacking boxes, and looking for jobs. Once I get the apartment in one piece, I will post pictures! I promise to get back to more regular blogging soon.

xo, Maren