Today I am so excited for another addition of She Runs Around! I’d like to introduce you to Christy Denney, she is the genius behind the recipe blog The Girl Who Ate Everything. I am so in love with her blog! Her recipes are easy to understand and loved by the whole family, and her site is extremely user-friendly. On Easter I plan to follow her recipe guide found here. So yum.Christy has been blogging at The Girl Who Ate Everything since 2008. In September she released her very own recipe book– I ordered it before it was even released 🙂 She has been married for 14 years and has 5 kids: three handsome boys, and two sweet little girls. She has run the St. George Marathon, two half marathons and mud runs. Basically, I’m trying to figure out what she can’t do! Click here to read more about Christy.
What does a typical day for you look like?
My day starts early. I get my big kids up and ready for school around 6:45am and then at 8:30 I take my other son to preschool. Me and the girls head to the gym right after that. I prefer running outside but it’s almost always not an option unless my husband is home so the gym it is. We head home, shower and pick up one son from preschool. Then I usually fix my littles lunch and get dinner prepped or make something for my blog while the natural light is good. I put the babies down for a nap and then the big kids are home from schools. Hours of homework (seriously, I don’t get why they have so much), piano, football practice, and then dinner. Bath time and bed time. Once the kids are in bed, that’s when I blog. I like to be present with them during the day and then get everything else done at night.
What made you start running?
I ran sprints in high school and every once in a while we do a long run and I realized I loved that so much more. Running is when my mind sorts out all of the random thoughts flying around my brain, important and nonimportant. It’s my time to be alone with my thoughts. It’s definitely my happy place. Running and good music – you just can’t beat that. And after being pregnant and having kids for 10 years, it was a great way to get back in shape.
What did running a marathon teach you?
Oh geez. Where do I start? It takes a lot of dedication and time to train for a marathon. It was on my bucket list and one day I decided I was going to do it. It taught me that I can do hard physical things when I never really considered myself an athlete. I kind of felt like I only needed to run a marathon once to say that I did it, but I’m feeling the itch again. I know I could do so much better next time. My Ipod died during my first marathon and next time I would make sure that didn’t happen because music is such a motivator for me. I also took carbo loading to a whole new level the night before my marathon. So not a good idea. A little carbs = energy. Too many = indigestion.
How does training affect your cooking and eating?
When I was training for a marathon I could eat anything I wanted because I was burning so many calories training. The ironic thing was that I found out the hard way that you don’t want to eat junk. The healthier you eat the better your body feels. And definitely don’t eat junk right before your long runs. Runner’s runs anyone? If you don’t know what those are then just take my word.
If you had any advice for someone who wants to start running, what would it be?
Just do it. A bit cliché but a lot of people tell me they aren’t runners. You know what? I have really short legs and my stride is short. I will never be a fast runner BUT I can run forever. Start small. I remember when 3 miles was a long run to me. I remember when I first ran 10 miles and I thought I was going to die. But a couple of months later I ran 12 miles and barely broke a sweat. Your body is capable of way more than you think it is. If you want to run a marathon, follow a training schedule and you will be prepared.
Thank you so much for visiting with us Christy!
Happy Eating, Cooking, and Running!!