Training is OVER.

bring it, Shamrock!

Duh, duh duuuh! We’re officially three days out till the Yuengling Shamrock Half Marathon, and let me say, it felt great to be officially done with training yesterday.

To celebrate after my 3-mile baby run, I made myself a delicious (and gross looking, I know) Green Monster Protein Chocolate Shamrock Shake.

always delicious. always disgusting looking.

Into the blender went:

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Aria protein powder
  • 4(ish) tbsp Edy’s Vanilla Fat Free Yogurt Blend ice cream
  • 1 laaarge handful spinach
  • 1/2 cup Light Vanilla Silk (my new obsession)
  • a big squirt of sugar free chocolate syrup, Walmart brand
  • a teeensy drop of peppermint extract (go easy, or it’ll taste like toothpaste. been there.)
  • a drop of vanilla extract
  • a pinch of Bob’s Redmill Xanthan Gum (for thickening)
  • 6 Β small ice cubes

It was creamy, chocolatey, minty, and delicious. Gimme that protein!

(I didn’t intend to make this a chocolate Shamrock Shake. It just kinda happened that way when the final product was… “missing something.”

The Shin Story

Today will be a nice upper body workout, but other than that, resting up for Sunday’s half is on the agenda for this girl. Especially because my shins are still really sore.

You all remember my shin stretching video from last week. I swear, those sassy taps along with ice really do the trick for my sore shinskies. However, I’m pretty sure I need to regulate just when I decide to do these sassy taps in public.

Scene 1: Alyssa is patiently waiting for a treadmill at the gym. Commence sassy taps, purely for shin-stretching purposes. Alyssa looks like impatient brat.

Scene 2: Alyssa is patiently waiting in line for lunch. Shins feel tight. Commence slightly stealthy sassy taps. Alyssa once again looks like an impatient jerk (“I mean, really. Who taps their foot in the lunch line?”).

Sorry, general public. I’ve got a half coming up, and I need to get these shins in gear. I’m just gonna sassily tap until they feel better. Judge if you must.

The bLyss Designs Page is up!

Did ya’ll notice I finally finished the “Best of bLyss Designs” page? Click the link at the top of the navigation bar. I posted some pictures of some of my recent orders I remembered to snap. I need to get better at capturing these glasses, cause I’m having lots of fun painting all these unique designs I’m getting!

And the giveaway goes to…


Hopefully, pretty Katie can make up her mind, because she just won a personalized hand painted shot glass from bLyss Designs. πŸ™‚ Yay for Katie!

I’m so glad she just found my blog, because I, in turn, found hers, and I’ll be making her COOKIE CUPCAKES very, very soon. Like maybe tonight.

Katie: hit me up, and we’ll figure out a cupcake Katie shot glass design? πŸ™‚

And speaking of giveaways…

I won my FIRST ONE! And my prize came in the mail from Tiffany @ Simply Shaka yesterday. I was so excited!

dear Tiffany, you're the

And guess where this baby is proudly displayed?


On zee fridge. Can you see the awesome comic my Aunt Linnie sent me in the mail?


held up with the app magnets, of course.

She knows me.

Comment News

And, last but not least, I mentioned in my last post how I can’t figure out how to send automatic reply e-mails to those whose comments I reply to. I learned it’s a plug-in you must use, but apparently, you can’t install this plug-in unless you are self hosted, because doesn’t allow plug-ins. Waaah!

that's my "comment replies don't get e-mail updates" sad face.

If anyone knows of a way I can do this fo free, I’d love to know. Enlighten me.

What’s on your fridge? Anything good?

Have you won a giveaway yet? I’m psyched I FINALLY won something! πŸ˜€

Have you tried the sassy tap shin stretch yet?

See ya on the flip side. In the meantime, I’ll be sassy tappin’ and foam rolling my way to Sunday.


28 responses to “Training is OVER.

  1. I won a coupon for free Three Sisters cereal! πŸ™‚ It was awesome. I love saving money πŸ˜‰

    That sucks about the comment thing! I like getting email notifications, otherwise I just assume no one replied!

  2. I’ve been sassy tapping at red lights!! (While running, not driving :D) YAYYYY I’m getting so excited for the race! I wish I was running the half with you, next time for SURE! Woohoo!!!!! Bahah so funny about looking like a brat, I love the sassynesssss! I can’t wait til we can run together again post race, it’s getting WARM!

  3. P.S. Can you tell I just finished my cup of coffee, holy caps & !!!!!!!!!!!

  4. green monster = amazing! i need to get to my blender and try this NOW!

  5. Good luck on your half! Try running in compression socks. I use Zensah compression sleeves.

  6. Aww, congrats to Katie! That’s so exciting!

    Ahh! I got the same magnet from Tiffany and it’s on my fridge too!! πŸ™‚

  7. Enjoy your half!! And sassy tapping!! How fun!

    Fridge – kid friendly magnets, family pictures, random memorabilia. Nothing exciting πŸ˜›

  8. i LOVE winning giveaways!!! that is so so cute!! i love my dog too πŸ˜€
    ahahahahahahh the tapper.. oh dear…. i hav nvr been a tapper but that cracks me up!

  9. Gahhhh I love you! Umm I think we need to be closer to each other so we can hang out, k?

    I love winning stuff, doesn’t happen often – but that’s a GOOD thing – cause when it does you get SUPER DUPER excited!

  10. I would like that plug-in too!! If you figure it out post it πŸ™‚
    Love your shake and let me tell you – I’ve been there with the peppermint extract overload as well. Yuck!
    Good luck on your race!! I have one on sunday in DC but its just a small 5k

  11. Damn you WordPress! I’ll keep my eye out, but if you figure it out before me, I hope you post it πŸ™‚

  12. hehe, is that you giving us the claw? that makes me giggle. I LOVE everything green and minty. Shakes included. πŸ˜‰

  13. Well aren’t you super fun! LOVE that Ke$ha photo in your about me section… totally my new inspiration! πŸ™‚

    Thanks love!

  14. I am so jealous you are running that half! I looked at doing it last fall but unfortunately don’t have the money or time to travel there! Maybe next year? πŸ™‚

  15. Yum! Your shamrock green monster looks uh-mayzing :D.

  16. healthycollegegirl

    oh my gosh that minty green monster looks delicious! i’ve been totally tempted to try a shamrock shake but i’m totally just gonna make my own healthified version. thanks for the awesome idea!

  17. Hooray, I’m happy you got it and like it!! My fridge is entirely covered in magnets, I get one whenever I’m in a different city and my friends buy them for me when they go somewhere new!

    I need that green monster in my life!

  18. I’m running a half marathon this weekend too! It seems like a popular weekend for racing.

  19. MMM girl goodluck! My dads doing the full and you are going to rock it! πŸ™‚

  20. HA! Love the sassy tapping!!! How fun that you won a giveaway! I love my dog too!!! And I love yours too…. I mean, who couldn’t with that sweet face? Oh, and I have a post card from hubby sent me on zee fridge!! πŸ™‚

  21. Haha, sassy tapping can be misunderstood πŸ™‚
    I’ve never won a giveaway, mostly because my location automatically disqualifies me from most of them… *sad face* Doesn’t stop me from trying sometimes though;)

  22. thanks so much, alyssa!!!!
    ahhhhhhhh, you know i’m excited, but i just can’t contain myself haha! πŸ™‚

    i’m so happy that you won a giveaway, too!!

  23. I have won a few giveaways..such fun πŸ˜‰

    And yes, a little wine never hurt anyone. In fact, I’m having some right now!

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