Bluebuds X Giveaway Winner, Baby Party and Go Karts!

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway to win a pair of Jaybird Bluebuds X Wireless headphones! There were over 160 entries and the winner is……

Ruth C

Congrats! I hope you love them as much as I do.

Now, weekend recap. On Friday morning Dixie and I did a 5 mile progression run. Well, Dixie did the first 3 miles with me, but she prefers the opposite of progression runs so I put her back in the house for my last two miles.

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Mile splits: 9:02, 9:00, 8:47, 8:35, 8:01. I’m really getting into this whole morning running thing. Thanks to everyone who convinced me that it’s not so bad!

Friday was a very special day – my nephew Graham turned ONE! I feel like he was just born yesterday… I can’t believe it’s already been a year. Here is our first picture together right after he was born:

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I really just can’t believe that picture was taken a year ago, but I love seeing his personality develop and watching him discover and grow. He had so much fun at his party on Saturday and he looooooved all of his presents and his cake. If you want to see him eating his cake you have to watch the video on my instagram …. he’s about to fall asleep stuffing icing in his mouth and it’s the cutest thing ever.

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After Graham’s party I had a surprise for Thomas. We went to the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville to race go karts! Thomas had been wanting to go to this place for a while and we were passing it on the way home from the party so I decided to take him for a race.

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These go karts are serious… they go up to 55 mph and the course is really windy and intense (in my opinion). I was a little nervous, but after watching a few races before us I felt better about it and got more excited.

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It was SO much fun. I ended up getting really into it and my competitive spirit definitely came out. The guys were a little too fast for me, but I beat all of the girls in my race, which is what really matters. Thomas ended up doing two races. One was enough for me, so I decided to cheer him on from the sidelines.

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We were exhausted after our fun filled Saturday, so we ended up falling asleep around 9:30, which worked out perfectly for my early long run Sunday morning.

The high on Sunday was in the 90s, so we decided to meet for our long run at 7:20 instead of our usual 8:00. It was about 65 degrees at the start and we were all “cold.” It’s insane how 65 degrees feels cold when you are used to 95 everyday! I ran with my dad and Kara, who I really need to get a picture with since we do a lot of weekend runs together!

At the lake where we run, our watches tend to go in and out and are never 100% accurate, so we all ended up with different numbers. The lake loop is exactly 7 miles. We went off the trail on a greenway path for about 2 miles and then turned around, so we should have ended up with 11 miles, but our watches were saying 10.5 and 10.7. Either way, it was close to 11! We ran somewhere around 8:5o-9:00 pace (my watch said 10.5 miles, 9 :00 pace, my dad’s said 10.7 miles, 8:50 pace). I’m a little bit ahead on my long run, so next week I want to try to make my weekday runs a little longer so I can add more overall mileage instead of pushing it all to the weekend.

Here’s my recap for week #4 of Richmond Marathon training:

Week 4: 7/27-8/2
Monday: 4 miles, 8:50 pace
Tuesday: 3 mile tempo run, 8:23 pace
Wednesday: 5 recovery miles, 9:00 pace
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 5 miles, 8:41 pace
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 11ish miles @ 8:55 pace
Total: 28 miles

Excited to break 30 next week! I don’t think that has happened in a VERY long time.

Do you have nieces or nephews?
Have you ever raced go karts?

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You’ll never believe what I’ve been doing & lessons from Dixie

I’ve been trying out this crazy new thing this week… morning runs. After getting a little bit overwhelmed last week and not finding enough time to get all of my miles in, I knew I had to sacrifice a little bit of sleep to make time for everything this week.

I’ll admit, it has been a challenge opening my eyes at 6 am. Once I manage to get them open it’s even more challenging to get out the door and run a few miles.

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On Monday we did 4 miles and Tuesday was a 3 mile tempo run. Dixie is LOVING these morning runs. There are no neighborhood distractions, it’s nice and cool (70s), and she’s worn out by the time we leave for work.

I’m really glad I made myself run in the mornings, because my afternoons have been pretty busy. On Monday we had our final meeting with our pastor before our wedding and didn’t get home until after 8:00, so running would have been pretty much out of the question. I got to spend a little bit of extra time snuggling with my parents’ new puppy too.

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On Tuesday I went to Aldi after work and spent about 45 minutes shopping before I got to the checkout and realized Thomas had my debit card. Aldi doesn’t take credit cards and they won’t let you give them the debit card number, so I ended up wasting all of that time and then had to go to a DIFFERENT grocery store. It’s not like I needed one or two things, like I got a FULL cart. I was not happy, but I would have been super stressed if I still had to fit a run in after all of that.

I’ve had a lot more time to cook (and eat before 9 pm) too, which Thomas and I both get to enjoy. I love to cook, but I do prefer quick and easy meals during the week when time is limited. Tuesday was chicken marsala with mashed potatoes and asparagus:

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I couldn’t handle three morning runs in a run, so on Wednesday I did 5 recovery miles on the treadmill after work, which means we had a pretty late dinner: baked teriyaki chicken, jasmine rice and fried zucchini.

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Hopefully morning running will become more of a regular activity for me, but I’m easing into it right now. I love how happy Dixie is when I grab her leash that early in the morning, so she gives me a little extra motivation. A dog can teach you a lot about running, actually. She is always excited and ready to go. She doesn’t stress about hydration or stretching (although she does do a few downward dogs whenever I put my shoes on). She doesn’t need to make a new playlist or watch a new TV show during her run to make it more fun, she just loves it for what it is. Next time you are contemplating whether to run or not, just ask yourself, what would Dixie do?

Don’t forget you have until Sunday to enter the Jaybird Bluebuds X giveaway!

What time do you go to bed and wake up?

How early do you usually have to get up for morning runs?

Has your pet taught you any life lessons lately?

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Jaybird Bluebuds X Bluetooth Headphones GIVEAWAY!

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I consider myself a pretty simple runner. I don’t spend excessive amounts of money on running clothes (except my shoes, of course) and I didn’t even own a GPS watch until about 2 months ago. HOWEVER, I think I have found something that has seriously changed my running game for the better. These Jaybird Bluebuds X wireless headphones.

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I absolutely must have music when I run. If I’m on the treadmill, I’m watching Netflix or Hulu. I just prefer to be distracted. I’ve always had issues with headphones that stay in my ears when I start to get super sweaty and I always tangle myself up in the cords.

I’ve read about bluetooth headphones on some other runner’s blogs and when we went on our family vacation this year, but uncle was sporting a pair of these Jaybird Bluebuds X wireless headphones. My dad seemed particularly interested, so me and my brothers got him a pair for father’s day. As soon as he opened the box I wanted a pair for myself, so I reached out to Jaybird and they graciously offered me a pair to review and another pair to giveaway to one of you fabulous people.

I’ve been using them for about 3 weeks now and (spoiler alert): THEY ARE AWESOME.  Thomas and I literally fight over who gets to wear them when we go to the gym together. He is really into weight lifting and mountain biking, and they are great for both of those activities too. No wires while lifting weights is a real game changer.

Anyway, let me briefly tell you why they are so great.

  1. They do exactly what they are supposed to do. Great sound, they don’t move at all and I can’t even tell I’m wearing them.
  2. They come with these neat little hooks that hold them in place. The hooks are flexible and comfortable, so it doesn’t feel like something is jabbing your ear. There are three different size earbud attachments and three different size hooks so you can use what works for you. Whenever I let Thomas borrow them he simply switches out the attachments to use what works for him.FullSizeRender-12_thumb.jpg
  3. They don’t fall out. I took this disgusting picture to show you how much I sweat when I run. Whenever I finish a run it literally looks like I just stepped out of a swimming pool. Sorry, that’s gross, but I’m trying to make a point: these headphones are tough – all that sweat and I still didn’t have to readjust them once. Get this – they actually have a Lifetime Warranty Against Sweat and Liquipel Sweat Repellent Nano Technology. Fancyyyyyyy!FullSizeRender (13)
  4. One full charge = 8 hours of use. You don’t have to worry about them cutting off in the middle of a marathon or a long run.

The list of features goes on and on. I honestly haven’t discovered anything I don’t like about them. They are just one of those things you don’t realize you need until you have them… It’s like going from a flip phone to an iPhone 6. There’s no going back to regular headphones now!

Jaybird provided the product for this review and has offered a second pair for a giveaway. To enter, use the form below and post a comment. Other entries (twitter, instagram) are optional to get you extra entries! Good luck, winner will be announced next Monday!

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Weekend Recap!

Ahhhhh Monday again. Why are the weekends flying by so fast? We have been super busy lately, so that might have something to do with it.

Friday

Big news… my parents got a PUPPY!! They have been searching for the perfect rescue for two years now since our sweet yellow lab Sally passed away, and they finally found this little angel. Her name is Greta and she is a 4 month old cocker spaniel mix, but she looks absolutely nothing like a cocker spaniel. Dixie loooooves her and so do we! We stopped at my parents house to play with the puppy for a little while after we got off work on Friday.

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After getting some quality puppy time in, we headed over to Greensboro because my mom had one of her paintings display at an art gallery there. Thomas and I and our friends Stephanie and Scott went to support her and check out all of the other great artwork there. She is so talented… I wish I had even an ounce of her artistic ability!

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We had so much fun doing something out of the ordinary. This was definitely Thomas’s first art gallery experience but he really enjoyed it!

Afterwards we grabbed some dinner at Crafted in Greensboro. I’m not going to lie, none of us were impressed by this restaurant. The food was bite sized, way overpriced, and didn’t taste very good, but we got good drinks and enjoyed each other’s company!

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I was still hungry after my 4 inch spring roll that I had for dinner, so we all decided froyo was necessary. I promise I didn’t just get a bowl of toppings and that there is actually frozen yogurt under there…

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Saturday

Saturday = long run day! I woke up around 8:00 (wayyyy too late) and drove to a place I like to run in Winston-Salem. There is nowhere to run long distances around my house unless you want to do 15 laps around my neighborhood, which can get pretty boring, so I drive a little ways to do my longer runs.

It was hot and I started too late, but I managed to get in 6.6 miles before I just had to stop for some water. I was really overheated and feeling kind of weak so I ate a gel and hydrated during my drive home. As soon as I got home I leashed Dixie up and we did 2.4 miles around the neighborhood to make it 9 miles even at somewhere around 9:15-9:20 pace. Thomas even joined us for our last lap after he finished his boxing workout.

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Saturday afternoon we headed up to the mountains for a couples shower that Thomas’s family was throwing for us. I seriously feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing people that want to celebrate our marriage with us. Thomas’s aunts did a great job putting together a fun “I do BBQ” for us! We even played the newlywed game with our parents and it was hilarious.

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The food was delicious and it was just so fun to be surrounded by so much love. We feel so lucky that we have two amazing families that are filled with really great people. Not to mention our friends who traveled to make the day even more special for us. We just have been feeling SO blessed lately.

After the shower we headed up to Blowing Rock with the puppies.

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Our friends Morgan and Sam just bought a house in Blowing Rock so we went to check it out and then went downtown for a few drinks.


Sunday

On Sunday we met Morgan and Sam for brunch and then took the puppies for a fun little hike. The total hike was about 3 miles, but they made quite a few swimming stops along the way.

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To conclude our weekend we had to get some ice cream, of course. Kilwin’s in Blowing Rock, NC has the BEST waffle cones and ice cream!

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Here is my running recap from last week. Not the best week, but I’m only 3 weeks into training and I’m ahead on my long run, so I’m not stressing about it!

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Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 6 miles @ 8:50 pace
Wednesday: Not my day
Thursday: 5 miles @ 8:55 pace
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 9 miles @ 9:15 pace
Sunday: Cross training hike!
Total: 20 miles

Tomorrow I will be giving away a pair of JayBird Bluebird X wireless headphones, so be sure to stop by!!

What is one fun thing you did this weekend??

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Stop trying to do too much

Wow, this has been a busy week. I really don’t even know where it went. I spent Monday recovering from my bachelorette party, which was my FIFTH day in a row not running. I was kind of freaking out just because I haven’t gone that long without running for months, but my body was so exhausted that I knew I needed to just recuperate. I decided to redeem myself on Tuesday with 6 miles on the treadmill after work (8:50 pace). I had only slept three hours the night before and was pretty exhausted, but I knew it would make me feel better if I just did it, so I did.

Then Wednesday happened. I had a walk through scheduled at my wedding venue after work, which was actually a big stress reliever because my wedding planner Hannah is super organized and has everything under control! However, I didn’t get home until almost 6:30. I was greeted by dirty dishes everywhere, laundry piled all over the place, bags that still hadn’t been unpacked since the weekend, a hungry fiance and a dog that was crying and begging for a run.

I was just so overwhelmed. This might seem like everyday stuff for most people, but I get really overwhelmed easily if there is just too much to do. Thomas is so helpful and helped me out with the laundry and dishes, but I still wanted to make him dinner. Yeah, we could have just ordered pizza and called it a night, but I enjoy making dinner and during the week we really do try to be somewhat healthy. By the time I even made it out of the kitchen into my room to get changed to run, it was 8:30. I was frustrated and stressing out and kept telling myself “you didn’t run for 5 days, you HAVE to run.” Dixie was jumping all over me as soon as I put my shoes on so I put her leash on her and walked out the door.

We got maybe 100 yards down the road and my feet just completely seized up. Foot cramps are very normal for me… I usually get them right after I finish running, but I can typically avoid them DURING a run if I remember to take my vitamins and drink a lot of water throughout the day. Well, I must have forgotten to do both of those things during the craziness that was Wednesday because I could barely walk after 30 seconds of running.

I stopped, took a deep breath, let Dixie pee, and then I went home.

Not everyday is your day. I wasn’t even going to write about this because I felt like I was just being a quitter and complainer, but then I realized that I want my blog to be about everything – the bad days AND the good ones. So many people only talk about the great things in their lives and leave out the not so pretty stuff. I’m guilty of this too. Mostly because I want my blog to be a positive place, but stuff like this happens to everyone, so I know a lot of you can relate.

When I got home (3 minutes after I had just left) I was visibly upset and Thomas just hugged me and said “stop trying to do so much.” I was trying to fit everything in and do everything to the best of my abilities and it’s just not possible.

This whole ordeal also got me thinking about morning running. I hate it and I just can’t do it, but I was thinking how nice it would have been to just have that run taken care of already so I could have focused on everything else I had to get done.  Something to consider….

On Thursday I was determined to redeem myself so I had planned on running outside right after work. Well, it was pouring down rain with thunder and lightning so I decided to go to the gym with Thomas instead. I did 5 miles at 8:55 pace and still had plenty of time to make one of our favorite dinners – burrito bowls!

I made salsa chicken in the crockpot that had been cooking all day. Then we just fixed cilantro rice (like Chipotle: jasmine rice, butter, salt, cilantro) and had a black beans/corn/diced tomato mixture, guacamole, refried beans, cheese and sour cream. We layer them up and it is delicious and SO filling.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend!! Thomas and I are headed up to the mountains for a couples shower that his family is throwing for us tomorrow and then we are going to spend Sunday hiking and fishing!

Do you have days when you try to do too much?

What is one fun thing you’re doing this weekend?

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Bachelorette Weekend in Savannah!

Let me just go ahead and tell you this post is 100% not about running. I took four days off so I could enjoy one of the most amazing weekends I’ve ever had with all of my closest girlfriends in Savannah, GA for my bachelorette party.

The weekend started on Thursday afternoon. We were all coming from different places, so I rode with Sarah, Dara and Stephanie (maid of honor and two of my bridesmaids). Thank goodness Sarah bought us a selfie stick!

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We arrived at our house around 7:00 and spent a good amount of time running around screaming because the house was SO BEAUTIFUL. Also we decided to test out the selfie stick in various areas throughout the house…

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We took a cab down to River St. to grab some drinks and dinner before the rest of the girls got there. When everyone was finally at the house we made some drinks, stayed up late catching up on life, played games, and laughed way too hard.

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On Saturday morning we headed over to B. Matthews for breakfast. They had the greatest bloody marys and mimosas! After breakfast we walked down to River Street again to see the sights and immediately got pulled into Wet Willies. They have tons of frozen slushie drinks to choose from. There was no way I could make a decision so I just told the bartender to make his favorite – orange dreamsicle. It was sooooo good and our drinks were so pretty!

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We spent the rest of the day walking around Savannah, stumbling in and out of bars and shops to refill our drinks and escape the heat. We were all sweaty messes… the humidity and heat in Savannah is no joke!

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We headed back to the house to chill out for a while and get ready for dinner at Treylor Park. We had to wait a while for our table but we didn’t care because we took over the beer garden and became best friends with the bartenders who really enjoyed giving us free drinks.

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The food here was DELICIOUS. They have a really unique menu and the atmosphere is awesome. If you’re ever in Savannah you should definitely check it out!

After dinner we all went out on the town for a super fun night exploring downtown Savannah. Sarah made these tattoos for us in case any of us got lost…

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All of the bars were so unique and the streets were crawling with people. We had a blast!

On Saturday we took a trip to Tybee Island for a beach day and then came back to the house to get ready for dinner at the Olde Pink House. This was probably my favorite place that we went. It is a very old, historic building and the food was delicious. When we were seated, the waiter let us know that Thomas had called and ordered two bottles of champagne for us. I thought that was so sweet!

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After dinner we headed back to the house for a girls night in. The girls threw me a lingerie shower and then we stayed up late talking. It was such a perfect ending to a perfect weekend!!

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As we get older it’s harder and harder to find time to get everyone you love together in one place. There were so many times this weekend where I just had to stop and look around and realize how lucky and blessed I am to have these girls in my life. Every single one of them took time out of their busy lives to come celebrate with me for a whole weekend and it just meant so, so, so much to me.

My maid of honor Sarah did an amazing job booking a great house, planning the weekend and putting all of the little details together that made me feel so special. I can’t wait to repay her when it’s her turn!! She made this little board that everyone signed with quotes and memories for the weekend. It’s definitely something I’ll cherish forever!

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Did you have a bachelorette party or have you been to one recently? Where to?

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Hills and Headphones

It’s Thursday and that means I’m leaving for my bachelorette party in Savannah in just a few hours!! I’m SO excited. I’m probably not going to be doing much running, so I made sure that I got one last run in last night.

I wanted to mix it up a little bit, so I decided to do some hill repeats. I did a 1 mile warm up and then ran up this bad boy 4 times. It doesn’t look very intimidating here, but right after that curve it shoots up again and gets really steep towards the top. It’s also a little over a quarter mile long.

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It hurt pretty bad. And I know you’re probably sick of hearing this but surprise, surprise… it was hot. I did pretty close to an all out effort and my legs felt like Jello afterwards, but in a good way. Afterwards I did a 1.5 mile cool down (4 miles total) and some lunges.

For the past two weeks I’ve been trying out my new Jaybird BlueBuds X wireless headphones. After I got my dad a pair for father’s day a lot of readers were asking questions about them. I reached out to Jaybird and they graciously offered me a pair to review on here. I’ll also be giving a pair away, so stayed tuned!

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They are pretty awesome. I want to use them a little while longer before doing a full review, but I will tell you that these nifty little hooks keep them super snug in your ears, even when it’s 90 degrees and you are sweating like crazy. That has always been my biggest issue with headphones – they slip right out as soon as I start sweating. I’ve done track workouts, long runs, and now hills with these and they haven’t budged. And there are no cords in the way, which is AMAZING.

That’s all for today. I’ll talk to you guys on Monday about all of the bachelorette shenanigans!

Do you use wireless headphones? What brand?

When you do hill repeats… how long are your hills?

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Fall Marathon Goal and Why I’m Not Worried About It

Well, training has officially started and I’m working on SLOWING DOWN. On my recovery runs that is. Everything I’ve read about training for a marathon gives this advice – keep your recovery runs very slow so that you can successfully pace your tempo runs. Even when I’m doing an easy run, I can’t help but push myself a little bit. On Monday I did 4 recovery miles after my long run Sunday and went to the treadmill so I could control my pace a little bit better. I did 4 mi @ 9:20 pace and my legs felt pretty good. On Tuesday I decided to run outside after work despite the fact that it was 90 degrees. Terrible decision. 5 mi @ 8:50/mi and for the first time in a long time I thought I might pass out. I was praying for a sprinkler but never came across one. When I got home I had a bad migraine and couldn’t stop sweating, so naturally I made some strawberry bananas margaritas to drink in bed while watching Netflix.

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Dixie wanted one too!

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Now let’s talk about goals. If there are two things that I know to be 100% true about myself they are that 1. I love to plan and 2. I like to be prepared. I like to know exactly what to expect when I’m going into most situations. Whenever I go out to eat, even if I’ve been to the restaurant a million times, I look up the menu online and think about what I’m going to get. I google EVERYTHING. You should have seen me when Thomas and I were trying to book our honeymoon resort. I was tripadvisor.com’s most frequent visitor. I know these things are pretty normal, but I take it to a new level. It’s kind of odd because I also consider myself to be a pretty laid back and spontaneous person, but when I take something seriously (food, honeymooning, marathon training, etc), I get anxiety if I don’t feel prepared.

As much as I love to plan and prepare, I’ve decided to take a different approach to this race. I do have a training plan and I’m going to follow it the best I can, but I want my first marathon to be a benchmark experience for future races. How can I know what to expect when I’ve never tried to do something like this before? I can listen to all of the advice in the world and read 500 running blogs, but that has nothing to do with my personal experience. So, for this race I’m going to just go with the flow, be flexible with my training, and see how it goes. I have goals in mind, but I’m not going to get all upset if I don’t meet them. If I lower my expectations for this race, I’ll come out if it with a MUCH better attitude than if I set an unattainable goal and fail miserably.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to train hard and push myself, but I’m not getting too crazy about my paces and times. There will be more marathons in the future where I can set goal times and training paces, etc etc.

If you read my conservative vs. aggressive training post a few weeks back, you might wonder why I chose this path instead of the aggressive one that I seemed to be leaning towards. Well, it was mostly your words of wisdom that you all offered, especially these ones:

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It was also a reality check. I’m getting married right in the middle of this training cycle. I’m also honeymooning, traveling, attending showers/bachelorette parties and I just don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, especially during the most memorable and amazing time of my life. I want to look back and say “that was the year I got married” instead of “that was the year I was miserable because I was pushing myself too hard getting ready for my first marathon.”

If you’re curious about what that goal is that I mentioned earlier, it’s a pretty standard goal among marathoners – break 4 hours. When I was being a planner and preparer after my first half marathon (before I decided to go with the more laid back approach), I became obsessed with race predictor calculators, punching in different race times for different distances to see what my goal marathon time should be (mentally exhausting). According to those calculators, I would finish a marathon right around 4:01 based on my first and only half marathon time (1:54:49). I think these calculators are a great tool to give you a good attainable race goal if you need help setting one, but I think they can also restrict you if you take them too seriously. Am I going to be crushed if I don’t meet this goal? Absolutely not. Am I going to be beyond thrilled if the clock says 3:xx:xx when I cross the finish line? YES. I’ll probably cry.

Do you look up the menu before you go out to eat, even if you’ve been there a million times?

What was your goal in your FIRST marathon? Did you meet it?

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Weekend Happenings and Richmond Marathon Training Week 1

Technically my 18 week training program for the Richmond marathon should start today, but I’m leaving for my bachelorette weekend in Savannah on Thursday and I’m not going to be doing much running while I’m there. That being said, I kind of made last week my first official week of training. I’ll get to the recap at the end of this post, but first let me tell you all about my oh so exciting weekend. I ate mac and cheese four times and went to bed at 9:30 on Saturday. BUT – THIS HAPPENED. Yes, that’s me, at 7:15 am, going to run.

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On Friday I had my final dress fitting and I did not want to take this dress off… I hate that I only get to wear it for one night. I want to live in it. I made my mom take it home with her so I didn’t accidentally put it on and walk around the house in it.

Later that night Thomas and I had a date night where I had a few Blue Moons, a bacon cheeseburger, and a side of mac and cheese (serving #1) because the dress fit and I was hungry. When we got home I watched a Frank Sinatra documentary and went to bed early. I’m a grandma and I’m totally fine with it. I don’t know if I’ve told you guys about my Frank Sinatra obsession yet, but I LOVE HIM.

On Saturday I woke up a little later than expected and spent about an hour drinking coffee and snuggling with this little baby.

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She was crying and staring at me and that can only mean one thing – she wants to run. It was already in the 80s at 9 a.m. so we stayed close to home. I let Dixie do the first 1.5 miles and then put her back inside and finished up with about 2 more miles. I ended up with 3.34 miles – this drove me crazy but I was too hot to make it 4.

That afternoon Thomas and I ran a bunch of errands which was exhausting, so we decided to eat froyo and pick up some tequila to make my favorite strawberry banana margaritas, mmmmm.

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Then there was more snuggling with the baby.

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I decided to make mac and cheese and fried chicken for dinner because I don’t ever crave healthy foods and it just sounded so good (mac and cheese serving #2). I always use this recipe and it’s the best – Ree Drummond knows what she’s doing. I was exhausted from all of the wedding planning/shopping and was in bed by 9:30.

On Sunday morning I was up at 6:15 and ready to run (THIS NEVER HAPPENS). I’m not a morning person, but I don’t have a choice for my long runs with the current weather here in NC. I met my dad and his running club at the lake and we did 1 loop, which is 7 miles. My dad agreed to do 2 more with me so I ended up with 9 total (8:42 pace). On our last mile, my dad yelled and scared me half to death when he thought he saw a snake. It has yet to be determined whether it was a stick or a snake, but neither one of us were going back to get a closer look. If it was a stick it was a REALLY snake-like shiny, black, long, squiggly stick.

Why do I always crave soda right after I run??? I could not resist this diet sierra mist that my parents had in their fridge (too many drinking selfies this weekend).

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When I got home I had leftover mac and cheese (serving #3) and then had some more for dinner (serving #4) with a veggie burger. Ridiculous. It’s a good thing I run…


Richmond Marathon Training – Week 1

Last week I read about Training Peaks on Kristina’s blog and decided to start using it to log my workouts for this training cycle. There is an app so I can log them right on my phone instead of typing them in my notes or scrolling through blog posts to try to figure out what I did all week.

Week 1 (7/6 – 7/12)
Monday – 6 miles after work @ 8:17 pace
Tuesday – 4 miles: .5 mile warm up, 6 x 400 @ 7:20-7:30 pace w 400 m jogging recovery in between, .5 mile cool down
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – 4 miles on the treadmill @ 8:50 pace
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 3.34 miles @ 8:41 pace
Sunday – 9 miles @ 8:42 pace
Total miles: 26.34 miles

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I was happy with my runs this week and the overall mileage for week 1 of a training program. This makes me feel a lot better about not running much this week and just enjoying my bachelorette party in Savannah.

Have you ever been to Savannah? Any must see attractions/restaurants/bars?

Do you love mac and cheese enough to eat it 4 times in one weekend?

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Lavender Margs, Lettuce Wraps, and Hot Chocolate

Interesting title, right? Read on…

Wednesday was a rest day and I met up with two of my best girlfriends for some delicious food and this heavenly lavender margarita at The Porch in Winston-Salem. Yes, I said lavender margarita. It was absolutely ridiculous that it was $8 and in a teeny tiny mason jar, but it was good.

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Now that we are getting older our “girls nights” are happening less and less often, especially since we all live in different towns. We got to the restaurant at 5:15 and all of a sudden we realized it was 8:30… we had a lot to talk about. It was so nice to not worry about running for a night and just be able to enjoy some quality time with some amazing friends.


Thursday I got home from work and took Dixie out for her daily walk. It’s entirely too hot to try to take her for a run, so we are sticking to shorter walks instead. As much as I want to run with her, I know it’s not safe for her to run in 95 degree heat, and we all know I’m not a morning runner. After our walk she laid on our bed right in front of the fan like the little princess she is. She loves a cool breeze in her hair after a workout. I love when her cute little spotted tongue is hanging out.

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I headed over to the gym for my run on the treadmill. I did 4 slooooow recovery miles at 8:50 pace while I got caught up on Orange is the New Black. My legs felt heavy and slow, but the scandalous happenings on Netflix successfully distracted me for 35 minutes.

Dinner was one of my favorite (super easy) recipes – Chicken Lettuce Wraps. I was really proud of myself for eating dinner by 8 pm tonight.

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Even though it’s been 95 degrees every day here, I still like to drink hot chocolate at night. It’s either hot chocolate or wine, and tonight I really wanted hot chocolate. How cute is this mug my aunt got me at my bridal shower?

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It is actually a set of two. The other one says “Advice for the groom” and the front is the same. Basically, I should make myself happy and then Thomas should make me happy and then we will live happily ever after Winking smile

Speaking of being happy…. HAPPY FRIDAY! I’m excited for my second dress fitting today and then a weekend full of absolutely no plans.

What time do you usually eat dinner? Do you eat in front of the TV like us or at the table like normal civilized people?

Anyone else drink hot chocolate in the summer?

Do you have a “no plan” weekend coming up?

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