3 Things Every Runner Needs

I am actually pretty new to running… Well running constantly anyway.  I’ve completed some 5k runs here and there, but honestly that’s really it.

I decided to make it a goal of mine to sign up for a half marathon in 2016 and to run the half marathon this year in 2017! I am currently embarking on week 7 of my training and there are 3 things that I truly think every runner needs.


Number 1: A good pair of running shoes.

I personally wear Brooks Glycerin 14 and love them, but that doesn’t mean that it is the right shoe for you! I highly suggest going to a store like Fit2Run or Fit Niche to be fitted for the proper shoe.  They will check your pressure points in your feet, watch you run on a treadmill, and suggest the shoe that is best for you.  Brooks have relieved me of some of the pain I was having while running.

Number 2: Headphones that are made to endure sweat.

When I first started training I was wearing my Beats headphones, which are over the ear headphones. They are amazing headphones don’t get me wrong, but they are not the best for running or for sweating.  I am now using AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones.  They work through bone conduction leaving the ear canal open for outside sound to be heard.  What the heck does that mean? The head phones sit right over the top of your ear and your music is heard through the vibrations of your bones, environmental noise (i.e. traffic, people, emergency sounds) can all still be heard.  These headphones are created with athletes in mind, so they are sweat proof.

Number 3: A fit band.

My fit band is seriously so useful! It can hold my keys or phone or both really.  No more struggling with where you put your car or house keys when you go for a run.  I have a Spibelt and it works really well! I’ve even used when I’m not running to hold my credit cards and cash when going to theme parks.

I know I am new to running, but these have really helped me during my training and I hope they can help you too!



Chicken Tortilla Soup

This recipe comes from the Fixate cookbook by Autumn Calabrese.  I have written the ingredients for what I used, she uses some different things. So I guess you could say it’s inspired by the recipe in Fixate. 

It is one of my favorites and is not hard at all to make. Best part… you can freeze the leftovers for later!


  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 2 tsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic (I used minced)
  • 2 cans of tomatoes (fire roasted, stewed, petite diced, etc.)
  • 6 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth*
  • 3 cups rotisserie chicken, skinless
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots 
  • 1 tsp. Chili powder
  • Salt and pepper for taste 
  • Avocado and cheese for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place tortillas on baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, once they are cooled break them into pieces and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a large pan.
  5. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes or until translucent.
  6. Add onions, canned tomatoes, 2 cups broth, and half totasted corn tortillas to blender. Blend until smooth.
  7. Add blended mixture to a large pot. Add remaining 4 cups of broth*, chicken, carrots, and spices. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer until carrots are tender.
  8. Top each serving with avocado and cheese. Use the extra tortillas as a topping or eat as side.

*I forgot to buy more chicken broth, so I actually used 2 cups broth and 4 cups water and it still tasted great!

Serving size: 1 1/2 cups

Containers: 3 greens, 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 blue