A Day in the Life {Including How I’m Eating During Marathon Training}

August 28th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Someone asked me on Facebook yesterday to do a ‘day in the life post.’ I’m always fascinated with other people’s day-to-day lives. I love it when my favorite bloggers to something like this so I thought I’d share what a typical Tuesday for me looks like. I also wanted to show what I’m eating now that I’m marathon training again. I’ve fallen into the habit of usually just showing off the healthiest meals of the day I eat (or lots of nachos) on my social media accounts. I called out other bloggers for doing that in my ‘are most bloggers liars?‘ post so I felt I needed to show a more genuine reflection of my eating habits.

5:15 a.m. Wake up, eat a plain gluten free waffle and do trigger point before I leave the house to go run.

6 a.m. Running! Tuesdays are speed work days during the Hanson method (usually 6-8 miles of warm-up/cool down and interval work.) It’s also the 6th straight day of running so I’m usually running on tired legs but I do pretty well with the workout since I know tomorrow is rest day!

7:30 a.m. Return home. Eat a GF bagel (love Udi’s!) with chive & onion cream cheese + a veggie Italian sausage. I’m obsessed with this breakfast and have had it for weeks now. If I’ve done a hard run that day I’ll also drink a glass of Vega recovery. I eat breakfast while checking my emails, responding to comments on the blog, and reading blogs/news. Since I’m now teaching 120+ students at two schools between those emails and my personal/blog emails this usually takes me a while!

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8:30 a.m. Do dishes and clean the house. I like to sweep, clean the counter tops, and the bathroom once a day usually. It doesn’t take me very long and I love coming home to a clean house!

9:00 a.m. Shower, blow dry my hair while reviewing my lecture notes for the day, and make a shakeology to drink on the drive to class!

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10:00 a.m. Drive to campus, take selfies at red lights to send to boyfriend, fight for parking, and hang out in the Adjunct office until classes start.


11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. Educate the youth of America. I have a 15 minute break between these two classes and will usually stuff a protein bar in my face during that time. I give the exact same lecture back-to-back so the second time I teach it I stand in front of the room fighting off major deja-vu the whole time.

2:30 – 6 p.m. After class I’m usually starving. Since I leave the house at 10 I don’t want to eat lunch that early, so I just snack then and during the class break, and usually again when I get home. This week it was an entire box of Special K cracker chips. After I eat again I’ll work on blog/freelance work. Sometimes I’ll work from one of my school offices or sometimes I’ll go home to work. I try to write at least one blog post a day (I love having several ready and scheduled to be published for the week ahead!) I usually have at least one freelance piece to work on, and if not I have a never-ending blog ‘to do’ list I can always work on.

6 p.m. Dinner! I try to stop working by 6 at the latest. When I first started blogging I found I was constantly working since there was always something I could be doing. This was not benefiting my mental health or stress levels! I get email notifications on my phone so if something urgent/exciting comes through I’ll respond right away, but for the most part I try to wrap things up by 6. Dinner’s lately have been all over the place. I haven’t been food prepping since I’m constantly driving back and forth to Alabama on the weekends now. Last week I had these delicious chili omelettes every night with some sort of veggie on the side.

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7: p.m. – 9 p.m. Relax! I’ve been on a 7th Heaven kick so I’ll usually put that on while I play computer games on the couch. I’m always hungry again around 8 or so and lately I’ve been eating spoonfuls of tahini out of the jar. Other go-to night snacks for me are popcorn, arctic zero or granola bars.

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9 p.m. Bed! I try to get to bed anytime between 9-9:30 and always bring a snack with me – is that weird? I’m obsessed with slicing up a Fuji apple and drowning it in cinnamon. I love munching on it as I watch Sabrina or Full House before I fall asleep.

Throughout the day add in lots of texts to Travis, harassment of my cat, and the occasional 20-30 minute afternoon nap (I blame the Hashimotos!) Overall, I’m eating an average of 2,000-2,500 calories a day now (running 40-50 miles a week and I weigh 115-120.) I’m never hungry, and I’ve definitely been eating a bit carb heavy lately. I’m going to work on food prepping meals that have veggies built into them (like this veggie packed pasta or cauliflower & rice curry.)

So – that’s my life now. I can’t lie … I am a bit stressed adjusting to teaching 5 classes again from the two I taught this summer. Of the 5 classes I’m teaching 4 are different courses, 1 I’ve never taught before, and 1 is using a new textbook this year. I spend about 20-25 hours a week on school related work, and the same amount of time on blogging/writing. Add in 10-15 hours of training and 5 hours of driving (round trip) on most weekends to see Travis and I’m exhausted! Happy, but exhausted. Having money will be VERY nice this term. I’ve already been able to pay off my credit card that skyrocketed again last week after a $500 trip to Pepboys and I’m hoping to save a ton of money over the next few months so that’s keeping me motivated to work hard and hustle!

How much time a day do you give yourself to relax or pursue non-work activities?

Do you feel like there are not enough hours in the day? What would you like to spend more time doing that you can’t?


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30 Responses

  • SuzLyfe says:

    I do a lot of my blog work at the office, and I sometimes wonder when I would do it if I didn’t have the extra time there. PS those chili omelets always look amazing.

  • Tina Muir says:

    I like it :) I love the selfies part haha! I think it is good you take a snack to bed. They say you should not go to bed on an empty stomach, and you are taking good snacks, so I see no harm :) Sounds to me like you have things pretty under control. I try to turn my computer off my 8 each evening so I can relax and switch off my mind….doesnt work that well though, I still have trouble sleeping haha

    • Erica House says:

      I really need to start putting the phone down late at night as well. Such a bad habit! I started snacking in bed when I started taking my Hashimotos medicine. I have to take it on an empty stomach and can’t eat for an hour later. Usually I’ll wake up naturally between 3-4 a.m. and take it, but if I sleep straight through and don’t take it until I wake up I can’t eat before I run. I’m usually not starving but on the off chance I am I can eat something late at night to tide me over!

  • Jessica says:

    I can relate to the classroom deja-vu. I give the same 55 minute lesson 4 times a day and by my last hour, I feel like I’m going insane!

  • Carla says:

    I do get me a lot of time watching full house :-) BUT HERE? ID LONG FOR MORE BRAVO TV if I could snag more hours in a day.

  • Lately I feel like everything I do is somehow related to my blog or marathon training or starting my coaching business. At some point I’ll need to pull back and do something just to relax and enjoy! I love your day in the life – it’s always fun to find out how people spend their time!

  • OOOOO chili omelettes… I like this idea! :)

    • Erica House says:

      My only problem is I buy a can of chili to last 3-4 omelettes and I end up going through it in two days it’s SO good to eat cold out of the fridge.

  • what computer games do you play?

    • Erica House says:

      Hidden Object games for 12 year olds lol. Just free version via Dell Games. I’m so addicted! Started in grad school for stress relief.

  • Lauren says:

    Great post! Glad to see I’m not the only one who is super busy, or needs to eat all day! I also like how you eat bagels, popcorn, and sometimes boxes of crackers too. I’ve been trying to cut back, but marathon training only has me craving every carb in sight!

    • Erica House says:

      I definitely eat at least every 3-4 hours! The only thing I ever really crave is carbs so that’s what I’m most often reaching for. I’m trying to get better about eating more veggies but they just don’t taste nearly as good!

  • I love Sabrina! And this was a fun day in your life post! This is weird, but blog related things tend to be my relaxing time. I just really enjoy it! haha

  • Busy busy! I work In an office and try to stay later rather than leaving and bringing work home with me during busy times. So every evening eating dinner with my husband , going for a walk or watching a show is my downtime!

    I’m also running about 40 miles a week now and I eat about the same – 2000-2500 calories a day id guess, although I don’t often count !

    • Erica House says:

      I can’t wait until it cools down here enough to start going on after dinner walks again. I really miss that time to relax and be outside!

  • Coco says:

    I just bought a house that my fiance and I are fixing up, and our wedding is in a month…and we both work full-time in pretty busy jobs. I have been so burnt out lately!!! Our 10-day Hawaii honeymoon is coming up, and I vowed to leave my work laptop at home which is going to be SO HARD–my fiance gets mad because I check it at night compulsively. It’s something I am trying to work on.

  • Heather says:

    Hey Erica. You’re such a hard worker. I really admire how driven you are to succeed at work you love! I should take lessons from you. Thanks for doing this blog. It’s still my favourite!

    • Erica House says:

      Thank you! No matter how busy I get I will always keep this blog around :) May have to post a little less, but this is my outlet now and actually helps WITH stress (most of the time!)

  • Jenny says:

    I’m tired reading that! :) if I had more time I would spend it pursuing freelance opportunities and doing more work on my blog.

  • Not a whole lot of extra time for me with 2 little kids…but I manage to carve out an hour or so per day to myself. I’ve recently started 5:30am Pure Barre classes, which are great! It’s so nice to start the day with an hour focused solely on me.

  • I love day in the life posts!

  • Kelsey says:

    Day in the life posts are the best! I’m adjusting to a new schedule since I got a job! It’s 9-5 Monday thru Thursday and 9-3 on Fridays, so I’m still trying to build a new routine. I’m hoping my evenings will be less Netflix and more reading/blogging/relaxing.