Fuel your Workout with Publix- $25 Gift Card Giveaway

It’s no secret Clay and I are both avid athletes. While I train for races, Clay trains for BJJ tournaments and works out at a BJJ gym 3-4 times a week. Both of us also lift weights and do yoga.

With our active lifestyle, we’re conscious about our diets and the foods use to fuel our workouts. Since both of us tend to do SOMETHING every day, any time we eat, we are either fueling a future workout or recovering from our last workout.

Many of our workouts take place 20-30 minutes from home. Fortunately, you can’t go anywhere in Charleston without being close to a Publix.

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Post workout snacks

Our bodies need quality foods for recovery, whether we’re recovering from a run, BJJ, gym session, or injury. One of the gyms where I cross train is just down the road from Publix, so I stopped in to grab a post-workout snack after BodyPump.

Publix has a great selection of protein bars. I grabbed a few Quest bars- 2/$5 is the usual price for them anywhere, plus there’s a 75 cent off coupon to save a bit more. I also love those Lenny and Larry’s Double Chocolate cookies (I only like double chocolate though, not a fan of the other flavors).

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Our Publix recently started carrying the popular Halo Top ice cream, too. I tried this and the only flavor I really liked was peanut butter cup, but it contains a lot of protein for after a run on a warm day. Plus, Halo Top’s calorie count is for the whole pint. It’s low calorie, but it’s nice to see an ice cream company that admits most people devour a pint at a time.

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For all my Charleston Beer Runners who recover with beer, Publix has a great selection. You can even build your own 6-pack. I’m not a big beer drinker and prefer girly cocktails, but carbs are carbs sometimes.

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Everyday Groceries

We also have a Publix just down the road from my home. Clay and I live in a newer, less developed part of town, and there’s not much out here, but thankfully Publix is out here. It’s our primary source for groceries, and we find ourselves there every few days. I can literally go for a a “Publix Run”, as it’s around a mile from home.

If you don’t know what you want when you walk into Publix, check out the recipes on the Aprons counter in the produce and meat departments. The recipe cards are sorted by item so if you buy an item or have it on hand, you can find recipes that specifically use that food. Clay and I have tried a few of these recipes and they’re always great for cooking ideas.

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Publix has a great fresh produce area, including lots of organic foods if that’s your thing. The store is reasonably priced for organics, and the sales in Publix are always great, especially the buy one get one free sales. Since Publix is so close to our home, we tend to do almost all of our grocery shopping there. I could shop at other stores 30 minutes away in Mt. Pleasant, but on a hot day (or if I got stuck in traffic), my ice cream would melt.

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Sometimes cooking dinner takes awhile, especially if something has to bake- so Clay and I will split an order of sushi as an appetizer. Publix sushi is pretty good for a grocery store.

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On this particular trip, we picked up some veggies for a spiralized zucchini and shrimp pasta. Clay made a homemade butternut squash marinara sauce for it, which turned out great.

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Deli Online Ordering

Publix Sub Sandwiches are one of my favorite lunch items. On days when I have a lot of meetings, it’s nice to order a sandwich online, then go to Publix to pick it up and eat between meetings, or eat at my desk while I work.

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You can customize your Publix sandwich online by picking your bread, meat, veggies, and condiments. You can also select your pick up time, so when you go to the Publix Deli, your sandwich is ready and you can skip the line. Publix subs are about $5-6 for a small sandwich, so it’s budget friendly as well. I ordered a tuna on wheat and it was delicious.

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Publix Gift Card Giveaway

If you live in Charleston, you probably shop at Publix. From Awendaw to West Ashley, there’s a Publix near you. Publix stores are all over Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas.

With the cost of athletic activities and groceries, I don’t know anyone who can’t use $25 toward fueling and recovering from their workouts, so I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Publix.

Everyone has two chances to enter, just leave a separate comment for each option:

  • Visit the Publix store locator and comment with the Publix location near you. You can just comment with the city.
  • Comment on this post with your favorite aisle of the grocery store. My favorite aisle is definitely the ice cream aisle.

(Since my readers are from all over the world, if you want to comment on the post with any thoughts, go ahead- just don’t comment with your city if you don’t live near Publix.)

Giveaway ends April 3. Good luck!

As an ambassador for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon and 5K, I received a complimentary gift card to Publix in exchange for this post and one to give away. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. I’m thankful Publix offers quality groceries for our family and choses to sponsor races and events such as the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon races.

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Chronicles of Cross Training: March 13-19

This was a weird week. At the beginning of the week, I found myself debating if I should test out my ankle and go for a short run. I won’t run (or do any exercise) in pain. In Myrtle Beach, I even told my training partners that I’d give myself at least three days after stopping pain medicine before I attempted to run.

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On Monday, I cross trained as usual that morning, thinking I could try a test run that afternoon. It rained that afternoon so I easily talked myself out of it.

I cross trained Tuesday morning and planned to test my ankle out on a run that afternoon. Bored at work, I googled “How do you know when you’re ready to run again?” or something like that, and an article suggested hopping on the injured foot. I hopped on my left foot and my right foot, and it felt different on the left foot. I talked myself out of it again.

At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was physically injured or dealing with the psychosomatic fearful effects of reinjury and returning to running. I’ve dealt with anxiety since I was a child, but the anxiety from “testing it out” has been much worse than say, pre-race anxiety.

You know you’re an anxious, injured runner when you have borderline high blood pressure but your resting heart rate is in the 40s.

I went to Blue Sky Endurance to buy something and made the staff feel like armchair sports psychologists because I spilled my guts. With their advice, I booked an appointment at at Premier Physical Therapy. I went to physical therapy on Friday for an evaluation, and the staff spent almost an hour and a half talking to me and evaluating my ankle. I left with a long list of stretching exercises that I’ve completed this weekend. We’ll see how this goes.

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Monday 60 min. Arc Trainer + ankle/heel exercises
Tuesday 60 min. Elliptical + ankle/heel exercises
Wednesday 60 min. Arc Trainer + Volunteering at Catch the Leprechaun
Thursday 60 min. Elliptical + 60 min. BodyPump
Friday 60 min. Arc Trainer + PT stretches + 1 mile run at PT
Saturday 60 min. BodyPump + PT stretches
Sunday 90 min. Elliptical + 60 min. yoga + PT stretches

In real girl life, my stress level was high this week. Clay left for Albuquerque Wednesday morning and returned late Sunday night. We have busy schedules and he worked 3rd shift while going to college the first year of our marriage, so we’re used to not seeing each other at times- but I missed him a LOT! No weekend date and no hearing his SUV pull into the garage at 7:30 in the evenings when he gets home made for a lonely few days.

To bring some happiness to this post, here’s a picture of us from five years ago when Clay was always tired from nightshift.

Aside from that, we’ve had some pretty crazy changes at work. I’m getting my products ready for release and also learning a new project. I’ve been a technical writer at my company for 8.5 years and think I’ve written for every product we sell. It seems like yesterday when I graduated college, but May 2017 will be 10 years in the field of technical writing. Crazy, huh?

Since Clay was gone this weekend, I went to the Charleston Beer Runners Bridge and Brunch run on Saturday. Each month CBR does a group run over the bridge and tries a different restaurant near Shem Creek. I ended up doing “BodyPump and Brunch”, which isn’t the same but at least I got some exercise in.

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We went to Vickery’s, where the food was good and the view was gorgeous. The service was outstanding and the staff kept us well taken care of, even though we had such a big party. I had the blackened mahi sandwich and black beans and rice on the side. It was a bit pricier than what I’m used to for lunch, but the food was good and I can’t complain about a lunch with friends. 

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The Charleston Beer Runners brunch brightened my day. I don’t think of myself as a runner right now, but I’m thankful for good friends, beautiful views, cold drinks, and tasty brunches.

Cheers to recovery!

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Check it out here. I’m also linking up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC. You can check those posts out here.

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