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Stadium HIIT Workout

Stadium HIIT Workout

Alternative names I considered for this workout . . . “90 Aisles of Pain” and “Death by Intervals.”

This workout is consistently difficult. It never gets easier. You just learn what your pain threshold is before your legs completely give up and you’re gasping for air.

But just like anything else, the more you run stadiums, the better you become at it. Then it’s time to raise the stakes. In Florida, add in 93-degree weather plus 90 percent humidity, and you’re in for complete exhaustion because when you gasp for air, it’s hot, thick and humid.

Fun times.

So have I convinced you to try my Stadium HIIT Workout below yet? If it’s good enough for Tim Tebow, it’s good enough for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stadium HIIT Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

Note: I usually warm up for this particular workout by running one lap around the stadium or completing this Stadium Workout Warm-up. Don’t forget to stretch afterward too.

Fun facts: I ran up/down every step in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (a.k.a. The Swamp) in 2013 as a senior in college, and my calves felt like they were on fire for three days afterward. But despite the torture, the Swamp is my favorite place to workout, and running stadiums is my favorite workout of all time.

Questions:

  1. Do you ever workout in a stadium?
  2. What’s your favorite way to complete HIIT? Cycle? Running? Running stairs? Etc.
  3. What’s your favorite workout of all time?

 

More About HIIT Workouts:

What Is the Best HIIT Workout?

3 Quick HIIT Workouts for Beginnersย 

HIIT Workout: What It Is and Why It Works

Related HGG Posts:

Stadium Strength Circuits Workoutย 

Quick Cardio Tabata Sets

Quick Cardio Tabata Sets from Hungry Gator Gal

26-Minute Boredom Busting Treadmill Workout

26-Minute Boredom-Busting Treadmill Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 3

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 3

If you ask me what it’s like to be an Army officer candidate and a law student at the same time, I’ll give you these responses . . .

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I love that there’s a cup of coffee in that photo because I’m totally guilty of caffeinating while stressed. The goal is to be jittery and motivated enough to conquer a mile-long to-do list while sleep deprived.

Don’t get me wrong. I like school and have come a LONG way in terms of analytical thinking abilities, but sometimes I just want to pull my hair out due to the non-stop mental gymnastics. Logic is so hard (and NOT logical) at times.

And when I’ve reached the point where I’m literally about to go insane, I turn to exercise, including yoga and my favorite practice songs.

So without further adieu, here’s my biggest +Spotifyย yoga playlist to date. It’s a good mix of slow and upbeat songs. It’s perfect for hot yoga, power yoga or a fast-flowing vinyasa. Find the playlist HERE. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. The playlist is TWO images. Make sure to pin both if you’re adding the playlist to a Pinterest board. Also, if you like this playlist, follow me and my other playlists on Spotify and Pinterest.

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Images by Brianna Kolota

P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday’s Favorites: My Life Lately + Where I’m Going to Law School

Friday’s Favorites: My Life Lately + Where I’m Going to Law School

If you ever wonder what goes on in my day-to-day life, you’re in for a treat.

I often include tidbits from my life while sharing workouts, recipes and playlists with you each week. However, I haven’t shared a lot about myself in quite some time.  

Here’s a look at what I’ve been up to lately as a food blogger, fitness fanatic, college graduate and soon-to-be first-year law student . . . at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law! Once a Gator, always a Gator! More details about law school to come, but for now, enjoy a peek into my life.

P.S. I got the idea for this list from Jessica at How Sweet It Is. She’s one of my favorite food bloggers and CRACKS me up. Seriously funny writing. She shares the widest array of recipes you’ll find on any food blog. From trashy to artisan, she’s got it all. Thank you Jessica for the idea and for always making me laugh.

Also, product links are affiliate links in this post. Thanks for supporting this blog so I can continue to bring you the content you want! ๐Ÿ™‚

Eating

Wonderful Pistachios

SO ADDICTING. No self control around these flavor-packed nuts. Good thing it takes so darn long to crack open just ONE. Keeps me from eating too many.

Drinking

Lots of water from my Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth Water Bottle and Assorted Herbal Teas.

Nalgene 32-ounce Wide Mouth Bottle

It’s HOT outside in Florida, and it’s only getting hotter. Bring on the liquids! Here are some of my favorite teas:

Bigelow's Orange & Spice Tea

Tazo cocoa mint mate tea

Tazo Cocoa Mint Mate Tea (a.k.a. dessert)


Wild Sweet Orange (Decaf) Tazo Teas

Celestial Seasonings – Herbal Fruit Tea Sampler 
 

Practicing 


Yoga!
 

I fell off the wagon and went to maybe five classes during my final semester at UF, but I’ve been practicing three to four times per week lately. I forgot how much faster I recover from tough workouts by simply stretching. It’s also fun to see the improvement in my balance and flexibility.

Although I love classes, I’ve been practicing on my own at home with YouTube videos and Nike Training Club (NTC) App workouts.

Nike Training Club Solar Power Yoga

Most of the NTC sessions are 15 minutes in length, so they’re perfect to complete as a warm up or cool down after cardio and strength training. My favorites are Vinyasa Rush Studio and Solar Power.

Mastering

My design skills.

I’ve come a looonng way since the start of this blog (i.e. blurry photos and horrible graphics/layout). However, I know I also have a long way to go.

I learned about general design principles, HTML, CSS and other things in my public relations visual communication class. I also had the opportunity to put them into practice with our final project and this blog. It was definitely one of the more practical courses I took as an undergrad. (Thanks Professor Tappan!)

I can’t afford the Adobe Creative Suite right now, so the following free design sites are my lifesavers. They make designing attractive blog graphics easy peasy.

Learning

Nothing.

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Me in my freshman dorm room at UF

I’ve learned so much in school and from life in general in the past four years, so I’m taking a break from learning anything. I’ll have plenty on my plate come August with the start of law school, so relaxing is the name of the game right now.

Trying

To control my breathing during timed 2-mile runs.

I’ve never been a runner, so trying to control my breathing while maintaining a one-mile pace in the range of an 8:00 to 8:30 minutes is difficult.

I can’t say why I’m suddenly running 6 miles per week just yet, but I promise I’ll share more details soon. I’m SUPER excited to share the news. It’s been difficult keeping it a semi-secret for the past 2.5 months!

P.S. Does anyone have tips on how to up my pace and control my breathing more naturally while running?

Playing

New music. Specifically . . . 

Supermodel by Foster the People

This album by Foster the People 
 
Nirvana Harry Fraud Remix by Sam Smith

. . . and this song by Sam Smith

These artists are ahead of the game with music right now, in my opinion. I give it two months before everyone is obsessing over them.

P.S. P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. Ask for a Spotify Gift Card $30 (affiliate link!) for your b-day or a holiday. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Finishing


My undergraduate career. 

UF College of Journalism and Communications Ambassadors 

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Public Relations May 3rd!

Reading


A few books. Specifically . . . 

One L by Scott Turow


One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School.

Is it bad that I already understand how 1L’s feel because of my LSAT class? So much self doubt when your score doesn’t increase. . .  


On a brighter note, I promise to reveal why I chose UF Law over law schools in the D.C. area soon. It’s related to the semi-secret I talked about with regards to why I’m suddenly a runner.

I’m also reading . . .

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey (How Artists Work)
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work about how the minds of artists. If you like Malcolm Gladwell’s books, you’ll like this one too. 

 

Remembering

My high school years.

I can’t believe it’s been four years! My brother graduated earlier this month. I feel old but look younger than the baby bro, haha.

Wearing

Frat tanks and Nike Pro Core Compression Shorts.
 

Frat Tanks and Nike Pro Shorts

It’s summer peeps. Time to dress like a bum.  

#sorrynotsorry

Cooking


A LOT!

Basil Chicken Meatloaf and Roasted Veggies


My brother and I both eat like horses, and I’m doing the majority of the grocery shopping and cooking.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Protein Bites on Hungry Gator Gal

Follow me on Instagram if you want to see more of my daily eats.

Pina Colada Smoothie on Hungry Gator Gal

Get ready for some new recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Working 

As a nanny.

Lake George, NY


I’ll be starting my job as a nanny for my two younger cousins June 30th just outside of Poughkeepsie, New York. I’ll be there until the beginning of August.

We’re spending time in Lake George and might be headed to the Hamptons. I’ve never been to the Hamptons, so I’m PUMPED!


Traveling


Possibly to NYC and D.C.

I’m hoping I can work in a few weekend trips to NYC and Washington, D.C. via train while I’m up North. I have friends in both cities this summer and would love to visit this sandwich shop in NYC for the first time and buy cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake again.

Georgetown Cupcake (DC Cupcakes)


Foodie problems.

Wanting 


Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter

 Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter

I bought a different brand at Whole Foods because we ran out of the supply that was supposed to get me through to next week when I’m in Gainesville for my brother’s freshman orientation. 

Unfortunately, I have ZERO self control with nut butter and already devoured every last bit. Now I’m stuck with a jarful of sunflower seed butter that’s sub-par. 

Haaaalp me survive until Wednesday.

Related HGG Posts:


Treats and Healthier Eats

Plant Fusion Protein Powder on Hungry Gator Gal

Food and Fitness Finds for the New Year

Caffeine, Sweets and Snacks

Inspired Yoga + Run Jacksonville Beach Giveaway! (A Muscle Milk Light Zooma Women’s Race Series Event)

Inspired Yoga + Run Jacksonville Beach Giveaway! (A Muscle Milk Light Zooma Women’s Race Series Event)

Hello from Gainesville, Florida! This Gator Gal is back in the Swamp for some food and fitness action during her senior year!

I’m looking forward to trying new workouts and group fitness classes, including yoga sessions. I’ll tell you more about my overall plans and goals later this week. For now, I’ve got an awesome giveaway to tell you about.

Given the recent addition of fitness content to HGG, I am excited to announce the following opportunity to win one free registration entry for Inspired Yoga + Run in Jacksonville Beach, a Muscle Milk Light Zooma Women’s Race Series event.

In other words, registration costs $50, but one lucky HGG reader will participate in the event for free!

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Photo from the Muscle Milk Light Zooma Women’s Race Series website

Inspired Yoga + Run will take place at 7:30 a.m. September 7 in Jacksonville Beach. According to the event website, participants will have the opportunity to “feel the ocean breeze during an all-levels 50-minute yoga flow session followed by an inspiring 3-mile beach run.”

Following the seaside practice session and run, participants can enjoy healthy snacks with friends and receive a t-shirt to commemorate the experience.

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Photo from the Muscle Milk Light Zooma Women’s Race Series website

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Photo from the Muscle Milk Light Zooma Women’s Race Series website

I fell in love with the group practice of yoga after trying one Vinyasa class in May at the University of Florida. Practicing has quickly become my favorite form of stretching and recovery after completing rigorous strength training workouts. As for running, I’ve never been a huge fan. However, interval walking and running treadmill workouts have become my choice for cardio as of late.

Unfortunately, I cannot attend this event due to a prior commitment in Tampa. However, I know one lucky HGG readers will enjoy the fresh air, food and fun on the beach!

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Photo from the Muscle Milk Light Zooma Women’s Race Series website

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post that tells me why you want to attend this event. Also include your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you are the winner.

You must be 18 years of age or older and a United States resident to enter this sweepstakes. Also, please leave only one comment. Duplicate comments will be deleted and will disqualify you from winning the prize.

Please add your comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. Monday, August 26. I will choose an entry using a random number generator following the deadline. I will email the winner and announce his or her name in a new post on the blog Wednesday, August 28. The winner must respond to my email by Friday, August 30. Otherwise, a new winner will be selected.

Visit the event website, the Inspired Yoga + Run website, and the Inspired Yoga + Run Facebook page for more information about the Jacksonville beach event and other events being held across the United States.

Good luck! I’m already jealous of the winner who will enjoy this event without me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Note: I am not receiving compensation for writing about this event and hosting the giveaway. Transportation to and from the event is not included in this giveaway.

Of Possible Interest:

6 Yoga Tips for Beginners – Active

The Yoga-Running Connection – Run to the Finish

Feel the ocean breeze during an all-levels 50-minute outdoor yoga flow session followed by an inspiring 3-mile beach run. – See more at: http://zoomarun.com/2013/07/inspired-yoga-run-jacksonville-beach/#sthash.mSjWXzil.dpuf
Feel the ocean breeze during an all-levels 50-minute outdoor yoga flow session followed by an inspiring 3-mile beach run. – See more at: http://zoomarun.com/2013/07/inspired-yoga-run-jacksonville-beach/#sthash.mSjWXzil.dpu
“Surprise” Sugar Cookies and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

“Surprise” Sugar Cookies and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Words cannot describe these cookies. . .

“Surprise” Sugar Cookies

and these muffins. . .  

Whole-Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

but I’ll do my best since you can’t exactly jump through the screen to devour one of each goodie in, oh I don’t know, less than two seconds.
As I mentioned in Wednesday’s post, I baked these treats for the UF Journalism and Communications Ambassadors Blogging Workshop Monday. I co-taught the workshop with Kelsey Jenkins, a fellow JCA member and author of Professionally Female.
We had a lot of fun sharing our personal experiences, tips and TMI moments with the blogging newbies. For instance, I shared the pain food bloggers feel when a meal becomes cold as you try to capture the perfect picture with just the right lighting, angle, etc.
My comments generated a lot of laughs, but I’m pretty sure every attendee now thinks I’m slightly insane, which is probably true. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Anyway, given the picture of the cookies, you probably figured out the “surprise” ingredient – Golden Oreos. After drooling over these pictures of chocolate chip cookies stuffed with Oreos, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I put my own spin on the treat.
In fact, I spotted this new-to-me cookie while browsing the aisles at Target Sunday.
Birthday cake cream filling + Golden Oreo = genius!
Although I adore chocolate, my new apartment mates hate it. Two of the girls love vanilla, which I learned last week when they indulged in vanilla birthday cakes.
The vanilla obesession and Golden Birthday Cake Oreos served as inspiration for the “surprise” cookie recipe. I followed these steps to make the dough and added a few tablespoons of multicolored nonpareils to the batter.

After making the dough, I flattened a tablespoon-sized portion for the bottom of the cookie.

I added a second layer to the top.

Then, I covered the puppies and put them in a greased muffin tin, which helps the cookies retain a round shape.

Here’s a look from the inside . . . 
Just. sinful.
Being a creme lover, I definitely want to use Double Stuf Oreos next time. Requests for these cookies at future JCA events are already rolling in, so I don’t think “next time” is too far away.
I’ve also been dying to make a second batch of Jessica’s muffins for myself. I love Oreos and sugar cookies, but the peanut butter-chocolate combination steals my heart every time, especially when the recipe is secretly healthy.
P.S. Using high-quality, natural peanut butter is the key to making these muffins moist, dense bombs of flavor. I used Trader Joe’s Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter, which contains only peanuts and salt and costs about $2.79 per 16-ounce jar (a.k.a. inexpensive and delicious).
I hope you enjoyed reading about my baking extravaganza. Consider making one or both recipes this weekend for people you love to feed! ๐Ÿ™‚

Of Possible Interest:

Hundreds of Oreo Recipes courtesy of Nabisco
162 Oreo Recipes courtesy of Suzie White’s Pinterest Board
Top 12 Favorite Oreo Cookie Recipes by Picky Palate