Motivational Monday & Featured Sneakers #7!

We’re almost at the end of October…already! And Halloween is just a few days away. I’d like to know where the heck 2012 went?! Between the wedding back in May and all that’s gone on in the year of running and living, I feel like it’s just swooshed past me…and no one likes it when they’re swooshed past!

How do I handle a swooshy year?

Lots of bubble baths :)
And trying new, non-chain, restaurants!
After church yesterday, we headed to a restaurant I’d only been to once but loved: Happy Fish. It’s a family-owned (my fave!) Peruvian Restaurant in Tampa off of Armenia Avenue. I can’t really describe Peruvian food well except it’s a mix of Asian and Latin and just plain yummy! The portions here, are huge! Gar and I shared that steak plate above which came with fries, plantains, side salad, white beans, and yuca! Our bill was around $19 including drinks … can’t beat that!
Now that I’ll all recharged with good eats in my tum-tum, I was ready to start off Motivational Monday with a tempo run. I know all of this PR talk I’ve been chatting about lately may be too much..but it happened again today. 44:25 for 5 miles … last week was 44:33 I believe. It was in the 50s here in Florida this morning; that was my driving force 😉 I only pray that the weather will hold up like this for November! {crosses fingers}

If I can just keep it steady under 9 min/miles!

This week’s Featured Sneakers belong to Crystal, another fellow Sweatpink sister! She runs, she bikes, she lives and breathes being active!

Name: Crystal Gauvin

What is your favorite way to workout/exercise: My first love/passion will always be swimming, but since I have no pool nearby I am always trying other activities (running, biking, archery, volleyball, cyclocross, water-polo, floor hockey, softball, yoga, etc)
What is your #1 cheat food: ice cream
What advise do you have for those starting on a fitness journey: Find friends and a support system, whether it is online or in person AND don’t make yourself do anything you hate (dislike is okay though :) )
Dream destination race/location: For somewhere I have never been, Hawaii hands down, but in terms of somewhere I would like to return, that would definitely be New Zealand/Australia. I had the opportunity to compete there in 2001 for swimming, but I have never been back.

Favorite inspirational fitness personality/trainer: All my fellow Girls Gone Sporty and Sweatpink ambassadors. They all have been a great resource, and they also keep me motivated.

Workout apparel must have (+brand): Anything from 110% (, comfortable shoes, Garmin edge 500 and TYR racetech goggles

Motivational motto/quote: “Hills Hurt, Couches Kill” is one of my favorite quotes, but my true personal motto is: you have to have fun and be willing to do it for a lifetime, otherwise it won’t last (whether “it” is food/nutrition, fitness or just life in general).

Twitter: @fun2race
Instagram: CJG800

Enjoy this brisk Monday everyone!
How have you passed this fast time in 2012 by?

  • Kate
    October 29, 2012

    Hooray for the ambassador teams – I’ve loved meeting you online Crysal :-). Definitely come check out Oz hen you can! Kat, I love your restaurant adventures – and congrats on yet another PR!

    • KatSnF
      October 29, 2012

      Thanks Kate! I gotta burn off all of these eats!

  • Mindy Bobe
    October 29, 2012

    Kat you are amazing! Your pace is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us Crystal! I love the quote…”Hills hurt, Couches Kill!” Gonna remember that one for sure!!

    • KatSnF
      October 29, 2012

      Aw thanks Mindy! It’s this cold weather! My asthma is cheering!

  • Ang
    October 29, 2012

    That’s a lot of food on one plate! Ive never had Peruvian cuisine, but now I may have to check and see if there’s a good place in town.

    Thanks for introducing us to other interesting ladies!

    • KatSnF
      October 29, 2012

      Haha and we ate it all! I love little dives!

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    October 29, 2012

    I’ve never had Peruvian cuisine, but it sounds delicious! I love seafood and Asian and Latin dishes, so it sounds like something right down my alley; I’ll need to keep my eyes peeled. Oh, and I also did a tempo run this morning. Great minds … :)

    • KatSnF
      October 29, 2012

      Thanks Carrie! You keep it safe up there in the city!

  • Heather Wilson
    October 29, 2012

    This year has gone by super fast, almost like it was never even here!! Congrats on the new PR!!

  • Courtney @ JourneyofaDreamer
    October 29, 2012

    This year has been outrageously fast. Lets blame it on global warming or something. I love the favorite quote “Hills Hurt, Couches Kill”

  • Beka
    October 29, 2012

    I’m not quite sure that I’m keeping up with the last couple of months this year… mentally I’m still in June… aghhhh time warp!

  • Push.Pump.Progress
    October 29, 2012

    wow! great pace on the 5 mile run! keep up the awesome work!xox

  • Sarah
    October 29, 2012

    Great work girl – that food looks amazing! Nice write up about Crystal, she’s doing awesome!

  • meghan
    October 29, 2012

    I can’t believe it’s almost November either! I’m sure you’re chomping at the bit for it to get here…countdown to the 18th?! And the restaurant looks yummy. I LOVE plantains!

  • noshingonasphalt
    October 30, 2012

    Hooray for PRs!! And no, I do not like being swooshed past. 2012 has been an amazing year and I don’t want it to end! Great spotlight – I’m heading over to her site to say hi!

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