Weekend Wrap-Up

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Fo’ real.

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was (overall) great, but definitely had some bumps.  Let’s backtrack to Friday–Brandon came home from his business trip, and I was so excited to see him!  Unfortunately, we were dog-sitting my cousin’s Border Collie mix, and she requires constant attention.

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As you can see, it was nearly impossible to get a photo with her sitting still because she is always moving.  Oh, you thought she was sleeping for a second?  Nope, guess what, the minute you move a muscle, she is all up in your business.  However, I was able to make Brandon a home-cooked meal Friday evening, which he was very grateful for.

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Salmon with Old Bay and roasted asparagus!  I thought this would be a good meal the night before my long run (and a meal I’ve eaten plenty of times before), but I woke up Saturday morning not feeling so hot.  I didn’t sleep well (the nut job dog whined all night), and my stomach was rumbling.  I planned on an 8 miler, but a little over 5 miles in, I had to stop and walk for a bit because I thought I was going to get sick.  I ran a little bit more so I could reach at least 7 miles (I’m stubborn), but I was discouraged to say the least.  My legs felt like a ton of bricks the entire time.

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I didn’t understand why.  I had a phenomenal run Thursday evening–3 miles in 27:00!  Shouldn’t my run Saturday have been a piece of cake?  I reminded myself these not-so-great runs make me mentally tougher and that I need to trust the process.

Saturday:  Saturday was a fun-filled day (minus the not-so-great run)!  We attended a couples bridal shower in the afternoon.  Brandon is in the wedding, and we couldn’t be more excited for their upcoming big day on 10/31.  It was so fun to see and catch up with old and new friends!

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Bride & Groom!

Brandon headed to his parents house after the wedding shower–I couldn’t go since I was watching the nut job dog.  I baked a pan of brownies for him to take to his family–Oreo brownies with a Reese’s cup topping.

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You guys, you must make these.  They are so easy.  And they will immediately gift you with lots of friends and high-fives.  All you do is use two boxes of brownie mix, pour one box of batter in a 13×9 pan, top with Oreos, then pour the other box of batter on top.  Then chop up some Reese cups (or whatever chocolate candy you want! Get wild!) and bake!  Please believe I saved one for myself.

Sunday:  We were up bright and early Sunday morning thanks to the crazy dog.  I allowed myself to sit outside on our porch with my protein oatmeal and enjoy some me time.  Afterwards, we leashed up the pups and took them on a walk.

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I ran errands, then headed to the salon to get my hair did!  As I was waiting and flipping through magazines, I stumbled upon this:

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I totally needed these apps this weekend!  If I check any/all of them out this week, I’ll let you know what I think!  As I as walking home from the salon (feeling like a rockstar with my new ‘do, obvi), I decided to channel my favorite Maya Angelou quote: If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.  I told myself, “Fine, you had a crappy run.  You’re watching the most hyper dog on the planet.  But, you have an amazing husband, wonderful friends, and your hair looks phenomenal.  Now, get home, pour yourself some champs, and treat yo’self.”

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And that’s how I ended my weekend!  I hope you all have a great Monday!

How do you recover from a crappy run?

Share your weekend highlights!

Friday Faves

Happy Fri-Yay!  I am so glad it’s Friday–Brandon comes home from Florida later today and I can’t wait!  The weather this weekend is supposed to be gorgeous again, so my 8 miler Saturday should (hopefully) be great.

Amen.

Amen.

1.  Savannah Rae’s Popcorn.  I went to Savannah earlier this month for a bachelorette, and Brandon told me I had to go to Savannah Rae’s.  They have every flavor of popcorn imaginable–like, I’m talkin Doritos flavors, Reese’s, Old Bay….everything you can imagine.  And they let you sample!  I came back with a bag of Oreo cheesecake popcorn and oh my heavens.  It took every ounce in me not to hold the bag over my mouth and just go to town on it.  If you ever travel to Savannah you have to check this place out!

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2.  Sunwarrior Protein.  I had been on the hunt for a protein powder that tasted great AND didn’t upset my stomach.  Enter, Sunwarrior protein!  I’ve tried whey protein and soy protein powders, but both have made my stomach feel wonky afterwards.  I decided to give brown rice protein a try, and I LOVE it.  It blends well, tastes great, and has 15g of protein to help those sexy muscles recover 😉

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3.  Little Bear Visiting.  In case you missed it, my BFF (AKA my Little Bear) and her husband are flying in from Dallas over Labor Day Weekend for a little impromptu visit and I am insanely excited.  This girl is my soulmate…and loves wine and champagne as much as I do.  I can’t wait to have some quality girl time and get into some mischief!  Bonus: our husbands are also close friends too!

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4.  Chobani Pumpkin Flip Yogurt.  Don’t worry, I’m sure I will devote an entire Friday Faves post just to pumpkin flavored items BUT I just tried this yogurt today and it. is. AWESOME.  You gotta get on this stuff.  I know all other BWG (Basic White Girls) are in love with this yogurt just as much as I am.

It has pie crust pieces!!

It has pie crust pieces!!

5.  Orange Is the New Black.  Ok, I know I’m late to hop on the OITNB train, but Brandon and I are obsessed.  We just finished the second season and I can’t wait to start the third.  I see some binge watching happening this weekend….

I feel ya P

I feel ya P

Have a great weekend!

Tell me your weekend plans!

What shows do you love to binge watch?

Things I wish I knew for My 1st Half Marathon

I completed my first half marathon, the St. Michael’s Running Festival, in May 2014.  I signed up for it because I wanted to say I ran 13.1 miles on my 30th birthday.

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After I crossed the finish line, I had several thoughts: One, when can I sign up for my next half marathon?  Two, I wish I had known more about training for my first half.  Hence the title of this blog post.  I wanted to share a few things I wish I had known when training for my first half–hopefully, this list will come in handy for others in training!

Every time.

Every time.

1.  Stretch & foam roll like a champ.  Become BFF with a foam roller.  It hurts so good, but it’s amazing recovery for those sore, tired muscles.

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I suffered from super tight calves when training for my first half, and didn’t invest in a foam roller until later on.  I now foam roll after every run, sometimes twice a day, focusing on my calves, hamstrings, and quads.  Read about the benefits of foam rolling here.

2.  Don’t make any drastic changes with footwear.  This was probably my dumbest move.  I started out with a neutral running shoe that had a 10mm drop, then decided to get a pair with a 3mm drop.  And not have any sort of break-in period.   That let to a nasty case of peroneal tendonitis, two weeks of no running, and lots of tears.  Never again.

3.  Practice training with fuel before & during your long runs.  This is crucial.  You have to practice during your training so that you know what works–never, ever try anything new on race day.  That’s just asking for a case of the bubble guts.  I’ve found that Picky Bars at least 30 mins beforehand and these chews during my runs work great.  I also love Gu gels during the fall/winter months.

Best flavor!

Best flavor!

4.  Don’t eat like an idiot the night before a long run.  If you do, you’re also asking for a case of the bubble guts.  Yes, I know those tacos & beer look delicious, but don’t do it (take it from me, I actually ate that the night before a run).

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Yes, carbs are great the night before a long run.  Well, carbs are great in general (hello cake!).  I found that sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and brown rice pasta worked well for me since they are gentle on my stomach.  But hey, if you can down a double cheeseburger and fries the night before your long run and not barf, then more power to you (I’m secretly jealous).

5.  Realize you WILL have some bad training runs.  And that’s okay.  It’s part of what makes you a stronger and more resilient runner.  I remember thinking every single run was supposed to be great, and if it wasn’t great, then that somehow meant I was failing.  My pace was supposed to improve every run right?  I would have a giant smile on my face every run right?  Ummm, wrong.  I’ve learned to appreciate the not-so-great runs, because they make me mentally tougher.

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Share your favorite training tips!

Favorite pre-run fuel?

Weekend Wrap-Up

Where did the weekend go?!  It can’t be Monday already!

Nailed It.

Nailed It.

Today is orientation day for our new 6th-8th graders, and I’m excited to meet them!  I’m sure they will quickly realize what an amazing and cool school psychologist I am.  This weekend was filled with great weather, food (too much of it), and blisters (boooo).

Saturday:  I woke up to weather in the upper 60’s with low humidity.  I’ll take it!  I got up a little before 6, got my gear ready, and prayed to the running gods that I wouldn’t upchuck the ginormous piece of Founding Farmers carrot cake I ate for dinner the night before.

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I thought scarfing this piece of cake down my pie hole (or cake hole?) was a great idea before my Saturday morning run.  This carrot cake was the best cake I’ve ever had.  Like ever.  I mean come on, carrot cake with cream cheese icing>anything healthy.

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Fact.

Fact.

Thankfully, I woke up Saturday morning feeling fine (I didn’t need any pre-run fuel thanks to the cake!), and had a great 7 mile run on the Mt. Vernon trail!

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The downside after my run was that I developed a nasty blister on the side of my right foot.  I don’t know what the deal is with this one area, but it’s been a pain (literally) for the last few months. I don’t feel it when I run, but man do I feel it after.  I was hoping to get a 5k run in Sunday to practice running on tired legs, but that clearly wasn’t happening.  I’m hoping it heals soon and doesn’t affect my running this week.

Saturday evening, Brandon and I went to a family cookout.  I baked brownies with an Oreo crust, topped with chopped Reese mini peanut butter cups.

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Ohhhhhh Mylanta, these brownies were amaze-balls.  Clearly I was all about the sweets this weekend.  I eat clean Monday-Friday (minus the carrot cake incident, don’t judge me), so I’m not about to deprive myself.  It’s all about balance right?  There were a few brownies left over (I cut a piece in half and saved that for myself), so I took them in to work today to tempt others.

Sunday:  Brandon flew out to Florida early for a work trip, and I was up shortly after he left since I have a hard time falling back asleep once I’m up.  The weather Sunday morning was perfect for sitting outside, so that’s what I did.

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Ingredients for a perfect Sunday morning: coffee, newspaper, and protein oatmeal.  Notice the good sized dollop of Justin’s vanilla almond butter on that bad boy.

The rest of my Sunday was spent running errands, snuggling with Rusty, and watching trashy TV!  Gotta get it in before Brandon gets home!

Did you have a long run this weekend?

What’s the craziest thing you’ve eaten the night before a run?

Friday Faves

Happy Friday!  I’m working a half day today, and can’t wait to get home early, sprawl out on my sofa, and RELAX!  I thought it would be fun to start a weekly ‘Friday Faves’ post to share things I am currently loving!

1.  I am loving this brow pen and gel!  I wear make-up daily (except weekends), but was always clueless about eyebrow products.  Honestly, the idea of them always scared me.  If someone said they used eyebrow pencil, I immediately pictured scary, thin, drawn-on eyebrows.

Not cute.

Not cute.

Thankfully, the Anastasia products provide a really nice, natural look for your brows.  The pencil helps fill it any sparse areas, and the gel sets everything in place.  Love!

2.  I resisted Lululemon for as long as I could.  I thought they were over-rated.  Well, turns out I was wrong (which doesn’t happen often–just ask my husband!).  I love the Run Times short!  I know the Speed shorts get a lot of hype, but I prefer a slightly longer running short.  These never, ever ride up, and the wide waist band is beyond comfy.

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3.  Brandon and I had the opportunity this summer to travel to Montana for a week with my parents and hike in Glacier National Park.  I’ve never been out West before, and I fell in love with the state as soon as we got off the plane.  The cool, crisp mornings and evenings, no humidity during the day, and the amazing views were to die for.  I said we needed to move there, but he reminded me that it’s not always summer there year round.  Phooey.

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4.  If you’re looking for crack in a jar (other than cookie butter), then pick yourself up some Justin’s vanilla almond butter.  I freaking love this stuff.  I love it in oatmeal–and who are we kidding, I love it straight out of the jar too.  Justin’s products are great because they have all natural ingredients and are low in sugar.

5.  Within the last month or so, I’ve started drinking a shot of tart cherry juice in the morning after my runs.  I’m not sure if it’s all in my head, but I’ve noticed a decrease in muscle soreness since drinking it.  I used to suffer from tight calves and hamstrings, but I haven’t really noticed any tightness recently.  You can read out the benefits of tart cherry juice here. Plus, drinking out of a shot glass every morning makes me feel like a bad ass.

Shots, shots, shots!

Shots, shots, shots!

Tell me about your weekend plans!

Favorite nut butter?