Training Tip Tuesday #29: How I Organize My Gym Bag

Keeping my bag organized and not just throwing everything in there means I can easily grab out what I need for my run or workout without wasting time digging around and dumping out the entire bag.

I find it easiest to keep similar items together in the same pocket since I usually need to grab them together. I have five pockets I keep items in and here’s what I keep in each:

  • Shoe compartment: flip flops plus workout shoes

  • Small pocket 1: Bluetooth headphones and heart rate monitor

  • Small pocket 2: combination lock, BodyGlide and KT tape

  • Small pocket 3: extra hair ties, small brush, extra headband

  • Large pocket: face wipes, sunscreens (body and face)

Keeping everything in pockets also means that the main compartment is free for my to throw in my workout clothes or foam rollers without breaking anything or worrying about misplacing an item. Overall, it’s a less stressful experience getting to the gym and getting a workout in since I put a system in place for my go-to items.

How do you keep your gym bag organized? Let me know in the comments!

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Weekly Running Report: July 9-15

The temperature just kept on going up this week so I was thankful for lots of early morning runs when I could get them in. It’s making me so glad I’m not marathon training this summer because the heat is just insane. Let’s get into it!

Monday, July 9


I had another great start to the week with weights and spin class! Since I’m not running as much, I’m starting to see more muscle development which is really nice. And I’m not getting as wiped out from the ~2 hours I spend at the gym between weights and spin class (with some elliptical time in between).

Tuesday, July 10

4 miles ~ 43:39


I woke up before my 4:30 a.m. alarm so I was out the door for my run at the same time I’d normally wake up at. This meant I saw the entire sunrise from start to finish which was gorgeous! And I kept it at a nice easy pace without starting off too fast.

Wednesday, July 11

3 miles ~ 32:56


It was steaming in St. Paul with a heat advisory (feels like temperatures over 105) so I spent my Wednesday run on the treadmill. Which was much nicer than running outside with the heat and I watched some Supernatural on Netflix. Started off too fast as I tried to get a feel for my pace on the treadmill but I settled down into a better pace to finish off the run.

Thursday, July 12

4 miles ~ 43:18


Early morning runs are rough sometimes. Not only did I forget to drink any water before heading out on this run, I also went out too fast. Luckily there’s a water fountain a little bit over a mile into my usual route and I settled into a slower, more comfortable pace for the last three miles. It being 80 at 5 a.m. probably had something to do with that too.

Friday, July 13

Friday ended up being pretty stressful but I got in a long yoga session, almost 60 minutes, even though I was pretty distracted during it. And just before I was going to make dinner, I got a call to pick up Mike since his car stopped working on his way home. Luckily he wasn’t on the freeway and he got the car towed to a place right by his work.

Saturday, July 14

5 miles ~ 53:01

I was hoping to get in another trail run but we had heavy thunderstorms Thursday night. The trails were still closed when I got up Saturday morning so I opted to run around the apartment before going grocery shopping. Even starting off at 7 a.m. didn’t do too much for the temperature, it was sunny and hot again!

Sunday, July 15

9.75 miles ~ 1:45:14

Hot sweaty run and it didn't help that I started off way too fast! My two miles were 10:00 and 9:47, not too smart when it was sunny and the temperature was heading up towards 90 for the day.  Luckily I ran the chain of lakes so I was able to jump in after my run to cool off. But with how warm it’s been, even the lake didn’t feel that cool!

Next week looks to be a repeat weather-wise so hopefully I’ll get out the door a little bit earlier on the weekends. No rain in the forecast so I should be able to get out for a trail run and stay a little bit cooler that way. Let me know how your last week went in the comments!

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My Favorite Parts of Summer Running

We’ve been in what I feel like is summer running in St. Paul since we hit our first 80+ degree days back in May. And the temperatures have only continued to rise. Even though I’m hot and sweaty on my runs right now, it’s one of my favorite seasons to run in. Here’s my favorite parts of summer running.


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My weekday runs have given me some gorgeous sunrises and summer is the only season where my 5 a.m. runs line up perfectly with them. It’s the most magical thing to head out and see the sun coming up and over the horizon as I run.

Less Layers

The heat means one thing, I’m not layering on the clothes anymore! After having an extended winter in St. Paul, I’ve never been so happy to pack away my long pants, long sleeved shirts and running jackets. Tank tops and shorts for life! (or until we hit the 40s again)

Trail Running

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This summer has introduced me to trail running and it is filling me with joy right now. And because it’s summer, trail running means running through a forest full of green and it’s just the fulfilling part of my running right now. Trails are my happy place for running.

Early Morning Runs

Besides the sunrises and (somewhat) cooler temperatures, I just love running early in the morning because I feel so accomplished. When it’s 6 a.m. and I’ve already gotten a run in, I just feel more productive the rest of the day. Plus it’s so much quieter on early morning runs and I just have room to think.

What are your favorite parts of summer running? Let me know in the comments!

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Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Pictures From My Weekend Runs

I had two gorgeous but different runs in the Twin Cities area this weekend so I thought I’d share some photos from both today. Saturday’s run was out on the trails at Theodore Wirth Park and Sunday’s was along Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 7 - Theodore Wirth Park


Sunday, July 8 - Minnehaha Avenue

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Training Tips Tuesday #28: My Trail Running Essentials

Now that I’ve gone on two trail runs, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve found essential to bring along. What you bring along might vary on where, when and how far you are running so I’d love to hear what you pack!


Not only does my hat help keep the sun off of my face, it also protects my face from low branches!

Sunscreen and bug spray

Sunscreen is always a must-have for runs when the sun is out but with trail runs I make sure to put on bug spray too. Nothing worse than getting bitten while running!

Handheld water bottle

Even though I’m running slower on the trails, I’m working up quite a sweat and I’m out there for longer. So I make sure to carry water along. Plus my keys easily fit in the zippered pouch of my Narathan handheld water bottle.

Extra water bottle and post-run food

Going along with carrying a handheld water bottle, I make sure to have extra water and post-run food packed in a cooler. This way I get replenish right away after my run and have extra water for the drive home.


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