Thinking Out Loud

I came across this series from Running With Spoons recently and thought today would be the perfect time to join in.


Similar to my sporadic Join Me for Tea posts, here’s my brain dump for the week:

– Cold. Relating to both the weather and my health. Tuesday night I came home with a swollen gland and the beginnings of a sore throat. Yesterday, during our day off due to ice, it escalated into a full-blown cold. The JA has it, too. Forgive us for our snotty noses, achy bodies and general crankiness for the next few days.


– Speaking of achy bodies, I printed this bad boy earlier this week. While I haven’t bit the bullet and officially signed up, it’s happening. Giving myself a challenging race will keep me motivated during the remainder of winter. Even with my cold, I pushed myself out the door this morning to get my run in (and allow my legs to recover) before barre tonight. It’s going to be a long road if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Send me good vibes & feel free to chime in with any training tips!

half marathon training plan

– Puppy update. Watson’s doing well with his heartworm treatment. However, his shots start the first week in March and he’s already getting antsy. Things will only get worse as the weather warms up. He’ll be on sedatives for March and April but not fully recovered until November. Poor pupalup will miss out on a whole spring/summer of extreme activity. Pray for us all.

Watson was not impressed with my planking. Shortly after this, he stuffed one of his toys in my face. Gross.

Watson was not impressed with my planking. Shortly after this, he stuffed one of his toys in my face. Gross.

– I need a phone intervention. My iPhone hasn’t been able to back up in 10 weeks because there’s not enough storage. Why? Because I hoard pictures. Any good apps/suggestions on how to keep this under control? And don’t suggest Instagram. That’s part of the problem.

See that 2.5? It needs to be 4.9 (I think) to back up. Whoops.

See that 2.5? It needs to be 4.9 (I think) to back up. Whoops.

Five Fitness Apps I Can’t Live Without

If you were to ask the JA one of his biggest pet peeves when it comes to my behavior it would be that I’m on my phone too much. Having a horrible computer (up until I got my brand new Mac for Christmas) put me in the bad habit of using my phone as a replacement. Yet, when it comes to fitness & health, it’s easier to track progress, find workouts, and stay motivated with apps! Below are a few of the apps I use on almost a daily basis:

Editor’s Note: This list obviously discounts social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – which I also can’t live without, but that’s for another day. All wording in italics is taken from app descriptions in iTunes or the apps website. I used iPhone information because that’s what I use. If you have an Android phone, a simple Google search should give you links for your device.

five fitness apps to try


FitSnap – FitSnap is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you create inspirational pictures from your workouts and other activities. Add your workout information on top of your photos to create beautiful images to share with your friends on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more. I recently found this app in an article about photography and it’s quickly become one of my favorite fitness photo apps. Just plug in your workout information, choose a filter & layout and you’re done!

popsugar active

PopSugar Active – Your fitness life should be fun, fulfilling, and easy to create. Loaded with video workouts and photo tutorials, POPSUGAR Active is designed to meet your exercise needs. Love, love, love the video workouts. It’s great to have in my pocket when I feel uninspired. Also has treadmill workouts which are helpful to use in lieu of the machine presets.

rock my run

Rock My Run Home of the best running & workout music in the world, RockMyRun is scientifically provenª to help you perform better during your next workout, better enjoy that workout and save you time. Rocky My Run is an easy way to find a mix that will motivate you to go that extra mile. I downloaded this app and have been loving the variety of mixes it’s provided thus far. My top picks? Fist Pump Run and Grrl Power Vol. 2.


Sworkit Sworkit takes you through 5-60 minute circuit training workouts requiring no equipment. Just choose what part of the body to workout and for how long. Options include strength training, cardio, stretching, yoga, and even an option to create custom workouts. I’m loving this app for my HIIT & circuit training. The voice prompts are spaced out long enough to keep me motivated, the illustrations help me figure out poses/moves I don’t know, and my workouts/results are easy to share across social media platforms.

map my run

Map My Run Real-time fitness tracking, at your fingertips, on your iPhone, no extra devices required. Our apps use your smartphone’s GPS to record every detail of your workout. Follow your route on an interactive map while logging time, distance, speed, pace, elevation and calories burned. I love my Timex Marathon GPS watch to track my running on a regular basis, but Map My Run is a lot quicker for when I want to get out the door instead of waiting for the watch to find a satellite. Also great for tracking my race times and, most importantly, for walks with the dog.

This is part of my Try It Tuesday series – where I review items/services that I’ve tried and enjoyed. For more, check out the Try It Tuesday page!

What are some fitness apps you can’t live without?