How to Run in the Summer Heat

Running in the summer heat is tough, both mentally and physically. But if you put in the time and take steps to stay cool, you will reap the rewards come those fall and winter races! I’ve been running in Phoenix since 2009. I started focusing on running outside and all year round in 2012. I’ve been there, done that, and here are my top 10 tips to staying cool in the summer heat. Go early Read more…

Goal Refresh

We are six months into the year. How are your goals coming along? Be honest. It’s ok to have dropped the ball a bit (or a lot). We all get busy. The days turn into weeks and the next thing you know it’s July. How to refresh your goals in five easy steps: Find the goals you set way back in January. I hope you wrote those down and remember where. Been there, done that Read more…

Gluten-Free Camping

Summertime usually involves vacations! It’s a great time to shake up routines and see somewhere new. Vacations should be a worry-free, stress-free time.  But what about those of us with dietary restrictions? It can be hard to know if the place you are traveling to will have options for you. Or if the airport and plane will have something you can snack on. It can be stressful. But what can you do to guarantee your Read more…

June at Cafe Noir

June did not go as I expected for books. I had a plan but as usual, my reading plans went out the window. I did finish two of the books I had planned so go me! I had one DNF this month. I used to force myself to finish everything I started but I’ve realized life is too short to read books I can’t get into. Some of them I may attempt later because maybe Read more…

Travel Journal

Summer means travel. But how do you make sure you don’t forget important details or items? How do you remember your amazing adventures?  Enter the EC petite travel journal!  Sure, we all think we will remember the fun adventure we just had but do we really? The small details start to fade as the months go by. You ask yourself, did we eat at that restaurant when we visited Philadelphia? Did we see that art Read more…

Time to Train!

June is here which means I will be starting marathon training for virtual Boston. May didn’t go as well as planned and I’ve definitely been struggling if I can really run a marathon. It’s the eternal struggle and I just need to put in the work and prove to myself that I can do this.  I mapped out all my marathon training from June through October in my planner. I did it all in pencil Read more…

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Cafe Noir – May

Money Honey: A Simple 7-Step Guide for Getting Your Financial $hit Together by Rachel Richards Summary: A “tough love” guide to budgeting. My Thoughts: 0/5 DNF Ugh, this author tried so hard to be funny and snarky and it falls short in a book about money. She references Dave Ramsey and recommends his book. She makes it sound like if you don’t earn enough money, just make more! It’s easy! Ugh, could not finish. The Read more…

Planning + Mental Health

One thing that helps me with my anxiety is planning.  I tend to be very forgetful and it gets worse when I’m stressed. I use sticky notes, notebooks, and planners to stay on top of everything and hope nothing slips through the cracks. It helps to write everything down and get it out of my head. It helps when I get overwhelmed. I can review what needs to be done now and what can wait. Read more…

Celiac Disease and Mental Health

May is Celiac Disease Month. Celiac disease has over 300 symptoms and they aren’t all digestive related. Symptoms can include depression, anxiety, and brain fog. Even once diagnosed and off the gluten some mental health issues can continue.  Society, in the US, at least revolves around food. You may not notice it when you can eat everything but once you have to remove a food due to celiac disease or an allergy, it’s obvious. We Read more…

Seven Running Books on Mental Health

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Many people use fitness to help their mental health. We know exercise won’t cure us but it can help keep depression and anxiety at bay. Some days it can be hard to get going, especially when the depression sets in, but getting out will almost always make you feel a bit better.  When I’m feeling down I do the 15-minute trick. I commit to 15 minutes. If after Read more…