7.22.2014

PSA: I'm off the Grid

This is a public service announcement.

I will be off the blog/social media grid for the next week or so, and maybe until August 1 depending on how I feel. If you linked up for Runners Tell All yesterday, thanks so much! I hate to leave you hanging, and I promise I will come by and check out your post when I'm back from my hiatus. Pinky swear cross my heart hope to die. (Anyone else remember that crazy rhyme? Stick a needle in my eye! Who even came up with that, and why did we like to repeat it?)

Also, I feel like I should say no, I'm not pregnant.
Also x2, please try not to miss me too much.
Also x3, don't forget about me either.

Your friend,
The Lady Okie

P.S. If you need something to amuse yourself in the meantime, you can watch my vlog again. Or read about my process of blogging.

And DEFINITELY watch this music video and read the story behind it, because I've watched it at least 72 times* since I saw it last week, and it's pretty much the best thing ever.

Also, watch this if you love girl power, which obviously all of you do.

Last but not least, you can start getting excited about a giveaway I'm hosting from her shop in August.

*slight exaggeration

7.21.2014

Runners Tell All: Don't Listen to Anything I Tell You

"Runner's Tell All" is a monthly linkup for runners of all ages, skill levels, and experience hosted by Sunshine to the Square Inch and The Lady Okie. Each month we'll have a different topic, and you can find all the topics listed here. We are accepting two sponsorship spots for each month, who will receive a sidebar ad on both blogs as well as entry links in the giveaway. 100% of your sponsorship money will go directly toward running-related giveaways. Find more information on sponsorship here. 
We have 2 spots available for August!
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This month's topic is: nutrition and fuel while training

To that I say, if my cover image of cupcakes is any indication, you should not be listening to anything I tell you about nutrition and fueling while training. You know those people who run with belts wrapped around their waist with tiny water bottles attached and tubes of GU strapped to their sports bra? 

I am not those people.

My "strategy" for fueling while training is to make laps around my apartment complex and stop in to grab a drink of water if I feel thirsty. Or, alternatively, I leave the apartment and run three or four or five miles away, and then get thirsty and keep going until I'm home, wherein I collapse on the ground. While Jordan stands over me concerned, I mime motions for "GET ME WATER NOW" because my mouth is too dry to form actual words.

I need a more legitimate plan. I have problems.

I do have a Pinterest board titled "Fitness Foods," so at least there's that. And actually, I covered the topic of fuel & nutrition during part 5 of my "how to start running series." Click on the picture below for the full post! 

While you're at it, check out the entire 7-part series if you haven't already. I cover a bunch of topics from getting started to gear to setting a training schedule to some running FAQs.

One thing I always do after a run is make sure I eat some protein within the first half hour. This helps muscle recovery. In case you're interested, I reviewed 4 different types of protein bars in this post. Basically you want to find something that provides a good amount of protein without too much sugar or calories. Which is why all the best protein bars taste like candy and are loaded with sugar. [Insert sad face emoticon.] Anyway.

Now it's your turn! Link up below with your nutrition and fueling tips and tricks. I'm sure anything you say is going to be better than the nonsense I just said.

*I am not a dr. or dietician. This post is not meant to offer medical advice. But it is telling you to eat more cupcakes. Amen.
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NEXT MONTH'S TOPIC 
(Thursday, August 21)

What is your training routine?
Give us the scoop on your day-to-day running. 
Are you a social runner or do you like to take it solo? Do you run in the morning or evening? How often do you run? Maybe take your camera on your next run and snap some pictures to share!
Pass along any handy training tips or advice about how to make sure you get up in the morning or how to safely run at night.



This month we're giving away 1 Runner's Box gift box. This is a monthly box subscription filled with snacks and fuel for runners. The winner of the giveaway will receive a 1-month gift box. There is also a gluten-free box option! Unfortunately, they only ship within the continental United States, but if you're international, feel free to enter. If you win, we will work with you to get you a prize of equal value. We don't want you guys to feel left out! Once the giveaway is closed, we will email the winner. Entries will be checked, so play fair.
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Runners Tell All Linkup Rules


  1. You MUST leave a comment on the person’s blog who linked up directly before you. This is not a linkup for the sake of linking up. This is a linkup to build community and spread the love and encouragement to your fellow runners! Don't be lame.
  2. Do not share links to unrelated running posts or to your blog’s homepage, or we will have to delete your link. (I've done it before too, so I'm not joking.)
  3. Please link back to either Beka or Amanda in your post so others can come here and join in! Or grab the button below and add it to your post.

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