Marathon Monday: On the Road Again

Phew. After a little bit of a rough patch I’m finally back to actually following that schedule of mine. Yikes! I have promised myself (and you guys by second wind) to push through homework pileups and schedule mudslides, I will be making my first marathon an amazing experience and I will be running the whole thing. Period.

Ah, after that resolution here’s what got done this week:

Tuesday: Class, nowhere better to get in a quick stair workout. Yes, it really happened.

Wednesday: Rest!

Thursday: Again, class with a super short stair workout

Friday: Speed work.

It was fun for a little bit, then it became hard, after that it was still fun but I wasn’t running straight lines any more! That’s when I knew runner’s high set in!

post workout

postworkout selfie

Saturday: 2 miles.

This was the night I was chased by a dog – twice. Please be safe out there, I’ll be posting this week about how I avoid altercations with dogs.

I did run in a dress Saturday and Sunday – it was AWESOME! I moved easier, better, and enjoyed never once having to pull at my shorts or anything else!

Sunday: 4.2 miles

I really, really wanted to quit about mile two but I pushed through because I knew I would be extremely disappointed in myself and I was still about a mile from home so I would have gotten 75% of it finished anyway – might as well go the other 25% regardless of my excuses!

That being said I am having minor hip flexor pain. That’s my fault though, I haven’t been doing my regular exercises either. Being lazy sucks!

Here are a few pictures from my run though:


I love where I run ūüôā

Monday: Rest. Ahhhh. Oh, and homework.

Rest of the week: Pretty uneventful.

  • Apparently it’s going to be a cold winter, last week it was sub thirty every morning! BR! I broke down and bought a “real” coat so I could bundle up this winter!
  • I got fitted for “big kid” shoes i.e. real running shoes and am wearing Brooks Trance 12s now! Time to “run happy”
  • The 2014 date for the Cystic Fibrosis Xtreme Hike has been announced! It will be September 13! In our first year 33 of us raised just under $110,000 for Cystic Fibrosis and we are looking to make it an even bigger deal this year!
    • You can read here about my tie and what CF is here and about the 2013 event here.

Happy Monday!! I know there were a TON of races this weekend, did you race?

Five Favs Friday

5 Yoga.

I love it. Really. It reenergizes me and keeps me more stable on the trails. I may not be able to get into all the poses but the longer I practice the more I can do (practice makes perfect anyone?) and that pushes me to hold poses deeper, longer, better! Ohm.


4 The Walking Dead

Yes. It’s true. I never thought I’d like it but both the hubby and I are addicted and look forward to it every week!!

Yes, Rick is my favorite, I think Carl’s time is ticking, and I’m glad Shane is gone!

3 Goats

I showed goats throughout high school (thank God for FFA) and have been enchanted by them ever since! Each one has his/her own personality and they are so much fun to watch!

I know it’s only October but I just had to include this –

Bahhh humbug!!

Bahhh humbug!!

You’re welcome ūüėČ

2 Flapper dresses

How fabulous are they? I know they aren’t the most flattering but yeah, I’m obsessed! It started because I’m volunteering a Gala with a Great Gatsby/roaring twenties ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ theme and get to dress to the classy ladies from back in the day – yay!! Going dress shopping is on my to do this week!!













1 Vegan Memes

Most of them are outrageous and hilarious. Here are a few of my favorites, warning there is vulgar language.

That’s all folks! Are some of my favs yours too?

Marathon Monday: 10/21

Good morning!! So I may or may not have slipped off the wagon yesterday and this post didn’t publish – eek! So here’s what happened:

Tuesday: Yoga baby!!

Wednesday: A hard mile and yoga.

Thursday: Yoga.

Friday: Drove to Arkansas for the family reunion Рwhoo hoo! Other than a little bit of car trouble everything was perfect! Hopefully getting the Jeep fixed this week!

Sad Jeep

Saturday: A free trail run that lasted about an hour with LOTS of hills, I certainly felt the burn!! This is a waterfall I ran past while out there (like I said, I didn’t have anything with me so that’s web for supplying a picture!).


Sunday: Rest day. And I found out I am the!!

photo 5

Monday: Two miles with Running Breezy and I drove back to STL!!

Running Breezy and the Salty Pretzel

These are our excited faces!

The rest of the week:

I got my Hot Chocolate 15k¬†goodie bag! Pictures to come soon and you can pick any of this sweet swag at the store¬†(so we can match ūüėČ )

While at home (my parent’s that is) I got news that not only is one of my best friend’s but ALSO my cousin is pregnant!! YAY! Come Spring I will be drowning is babies! My cousin asked me to come and nanny this summer since her little family is expanding – that was an interesting conversation! I found this to celebrate. Cute, huh?


I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Anybody have baby tips?! Running + baby tips? Huh, huh, huh?!

A “bit” of an update

Algae. It’s what fuels me.

Most everyone knows that I’m an ENERGYbits Brand Ambassador and if you don’t you do now :). I am so proud to be a part of this company the message is great, product amazing, and the people – phenomenal! Being a Brand Ambassador also entitles my readers (YOU GUYS!) a discount of 25% 30% on any bits product with the code ‘thesaltypretzel’ used at checkout! I love my ENERGYbits but there are also RECOVERYbits, VITALITYbits, and SKINNYbits that each have their own benefits and I encourage you to check them out or contact me to help find the right fit for you!

I take ENERGYbits everywhere I go. College classes, runs, yoga, I even have an emergency stash in my car – shh!! I started using my preferred algae (ENERGYbits) just over two months ago now and haven’t looked back! So what’s continually rad about them? Lots, but let’s start with the basics:

  • There’s one ingredient – spirulina (algae).
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Here are a few equivalents:

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So what’s the big deal about them just now? That’s the thing! They’ve ALWAYS been a big deal!

  • The Aztecs have used it.
  • Olympic athletes have used it
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  • It’s safe for your kids.
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    • Yes Queso even gets bits when he’s being good! They’ve helped him lose weight and get his shiny coat back!


  • Increasing Energy
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How about this? My testimony:

I’m busier than I ever have been with school, with running, with life and I always used to be tired. Heck, I still get tired sometimes but it’s more of an exhaustion than that of just being tired. I started out using bits exclusively for my workouts and they worked well, I was feeling a little better every time I’d take them each time

I blend my morning smoothie (breakfast) with ENERGYbits, drink it on my way to class and feel full of energy all day!

Trust me – it’s REALLY good!

This started recently though, before that I’d usually run out of steam before my 2:30 class and would be more than happy when the professor let us out of one of my favorite classes. Not any more! I even stay to talk to him after class now – lucky him, right?! Ha!

Of course I still use ENERGYbits for exercise too and I’ve noticed I can go faster longer. I thought it was just me being Super Me but then I ran out of the house once without it and I just didn’t feel as good. Don’t get me wrong, I work really hard and run with all I have but I just seem to be able to go further faster with my bits!

As mentioned even the dog gets in on the action. This started by accident, he got into samples of bits I had planned on handing out – whoops! Good thing they ARE pet friendly! Now he gets some pre walk and we’ve ditched the processed treats for bits!


Do you actually use ENERGYbits?

First – yes, I really do get this question. Second YES! I do, every day!

How much are they?

$115 + shipping and handling.

WHAT?! That’s pricy!!

For those who take supplements it’s almost certainly less than what you’re paying now. For those who aren’t taking supplements or who want to continue taking them – they are worth every penny! Two months later and they are working better than on day one.

This is for a one to two month supply that comes with your own travel tin so that you can go anywhere with them and all the nutritional info and charts for your convenience!

What was that discount you mentioned earlier?

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Ok, ok, so they’re worth it, which ones should I buy?

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Which bits are best for you?

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