Friday Faves: Favorite Workout Jamz

Hello & happy Friday!  I hope you all had a great week.  I’m still resting my foot, wearing my Nike’s most of the day while walking around, and biking/strength training.  I’m happy to report I took a Pure Barre class Thursday morning and the instructor was easily able to adapt the exercises for me–I just couldn’t do anything on my tip toes, but it was still just as hard with my feet flat on the ground.  I’m so glad she was able to make it work for me so I didn’t have to miss out on classes for a few weeks!  I also got some cute new workout gear for Pure Barre–I won the sports bra during a Pure Barre Instagram sale and bought the tank top the other day.

I’m also super pumped because I fly to South Beach tomorrow afternoon!!  I’m visiting my parents for a week, and my Little Bear is flying out Monday-Thursday to see me!  We’re going to have so much fun getting some sun and sipping cocktails.  I probably won’t do any blogging next week so I can just focus on spending time with everyone, but make sure you follow me on the Insta to see pics of my vaycay!

I thought it’d be fun to do a Friday Faves post on my favorite latest workout jamz (do you like how I added a ‘z’ on the end to make it super cool?).  I love a mix of hip hop/trap music with some throwback songs too!

1. 2 Chainz ‘Watch Out.’  I love me some 2 Chainz.  I listen to this song all the time, especially when strength training–I feel like it makes me have a little more swag when I’m getting my lift on!  I also love to sing the lyrics to Brandon, just to remind him I’m hardcore.  Also, the music video is pretty hilarious (do people watch music videos anymore or am I the only one?).


2. Meghan Trainor ‘You Too.’  I mentioned this song before in a previous Friday Faves post, but it’s easily still one of my favorite songs to workout to.  The beat makes it great for either strength training or cardio, and makes you feel a little sassy too!

3. Desiigner ‘Panda.’  I’m not gonna lie, I felt pretty cool when some of my seventh graders started rapping this in class and I wanted to jump in because I knew the lyrics. This is another song I love when strength training.  #swag  Also the meme going around of the song cracks me up.  Listen to it and you’ll get it.


4. Macklemore ‘Can’t Hold Us.’  This is probably my favorite song on my half marathon playlist.  It just gets me so pumped–I love the beat and the lyrics.  I’m pretty sure when I do my long runs I sing it out loud, which is a great look.  I doubt anyone notices (sike).

5. 50 Cent ‘P.I.M.P.’  I used to listen to Fiddy all the time back in college and his songs are still great to listen to while I’m working out. Or while I’m getting ready in the mornings and dancing around.

I also love listening to some old school Britney and Christina, and Blackstreet!  No diggity, no doubt. 

I hope you all have a great weekend!  

Favorite new/old school workout songs?

Did I earn some cool points saying jamz instead of jams?

Foot Pain+Friday Faves

Hi & happy Friday!  Can I just say how much I love having Friday’s off during the summer? Being able to sit and enjoy my coffee while watching the Today show makes my heart happy.  There’s something about having that extra time to myself that makes a huge difference in my mood and day.  Maybe I can use that reasoning to explain to my boss why I should be able to come into work like an hour later once school starts again!  Like, listen boss, do you want me to be crabby when I walk in, or bubbly and refreshed because I enjoyed my coffee while watching Matt Lauer?

Not everything is roses here on the bubblyrunner front though–I have an appointment this afternoon with a sports podiatrist to take a look at my right foot.  It had been feeling better and I’ve been easing into my runs.  However, over the last few days, I’ve been feeling a pain/dull ache on the top of my foot near my second toe.  I have this gut wrenching feeling it’s a stress fracture because of where I feel the discomfort, so to say I’m nervous for my appointment is an understatement.  BUT, I told myself if it is a stress fracture, at least I’m not in the middle of training for a half so I won’t have to miss anything major.  Send good vibes my way today!!!!

Even though I’m nervous about my foot and not running, my love for Pure Barre is still going strong!


Don’t be fooled by that squishy little red ball and the lighter weights.  Pure Barre is hard.  But I’m loving the way it challenges my body, especially my core and tush!

Let’s hop into a few things I’m currently loving!

1. Summertime Reading.  One of the things I love best about my summer schedule is I have more time to read.  During the school year, I’m more often than not burned out at the end of the day and don’t have the mental energy to read for fun.  This is the opposite come summer, and I love reading various books on my Kindle and catching up on all the good books I’ve been hearing about!

2. Travel!  I have some pretty fun trips lined up and am pumped!  I leave next weekend for South Beach to visit my parents (isn’t it hilarious they live in Party Central?!) which is awesome on it’s own BUT my Little Bear is flying out to spend a few days with me!  I can’t wait to lounge on the beach and have cocktails and girl time.  Then in August I’m headed to Charleston for a weekend for my friend’s bachelorette party!  I haven’t been to Charleston in ages but looooove it.  Also, you know I will be hardcore stalking the cast of Southern Charm while I’m there.

3. Trader Joe’s Mango Coconut Chia Pudding.  My love for TJ’s runs deep.  Last weekend I picked up some of their mango coconut chia pudding cups to try and I’m in love.  I love all things mango and coconut, and I love pudding so obviously it was a hit.  Sometimes I want a little something sweet in the evenings, and these cups have only 8g of sugar! Win.

I’ll keep everyone posted on what the doc says about my foot!  I’m supposed to run a beer mile relay race with my Oiselle teammates Saturday evening and I’m so hoping I can do it.  It’ll be the first time I’ll get to rock my singlet, so fingers crossed!

Have a great weekend!

What’s on your weekend agenda?

Anyone ever had a stress fracture? Do you know it as soon as you felt it? 

Best book you’ve read so far this summer?

Friday Faves+Some Thoughts

I can’t believe today completes my last full week of work with the kids!  I’m excited for my summer work schedule to start (I have Fridays off!), but I’m really really going to miss my 8th graders.  We had a great bunch of kids and while I’m happy they’re moving on to bigger and better things, I’m going to miss seeing their faces in the morning.

Before I jump into things I’m diggin,’ I wanted to share some thoughts I’d been having ever since the Orlando shootings.


I read the craziest article in the Washington Post the other day and it infuriated me.  I cannot for the life of me imagine someone praising this massacre and saying the only tragedy is that more were not killed.  Let me be clear: I totally understand and respect the fact that not everyone has the same opinions I have when it comes to sexual orientation, religion and politics; however, what I can’t understand is someone who supports killing others based on their sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political beliefs, etc.  I may not always understand people who are the opposite end of the political spectrum as I am, but I would never in a million years say that because we have different beliefs that those people should be killed.

The shootings in Orlando hit close to home for me because I have close friends and family who are gay.  I love and support them and can’t imagine what life must be like living in fear of people possibly attacking you because of your sexual orientation or gender identity. Or any reason you’re different from someone else, for that matter. It terrifies me to the core that this could’ve happened to someone I love and know.  It’s also difficult because I work with middle schoolers, some of which question their own orientation and identity, and I can’t imagine the message they receive when something like this happens or when they hear about some idiot saying people like them should die.  I keep hoping at some point we will live in a place where we practice what we preach to our students: that it’s okay to be ‘different’ and love knows no boundaries.

Rant over!  Now onto the fun stuff–some things I’m loving!

1. Curate Bars.  I picked up a box of these bars when I was at Target Monday (which is not what I went to Target for, but do you ever actually leave Target with only the items on your list??) and I love them.  They’re a great afternoon snack when my sweet tooth craving hits and have 7g of protein so they help keep me satiated.  I want to try the dark chocolate hazelnut bars too!

2. Mom time!  Fun fact: my parents are in D.C.!  They drove up from Florida Monday evening and I’m so excited to spend time with them.  Wednesday evening, my mom and I went to a red wine class at a local wine store in Eastern Market and it was so fun!  What better way to mother/daughter bond than with some wine and cheese?

3. Rusty Pup.  By know you should know of my love for our lab/basset mix, Rusty.  He is the sweetest pup in all the land and the best snuggler.  Rusty is such a great companion, especially when Brandon is traveling.  Also, I love singing to him–please tell me I’m not the only crazy dog mom who does this!

4. Self Magazine Article.  I read this article the other day and I love love love it.  I talked before about why Brandon and I likely will not have children and this article from Self just summed up exactly how I feel about it.  I love how the writer states that although she and her husband love to travel and sometimes sleep late on weekends, those are certainly not the reasons why they’re happy although many couples with children may think that. Marriage is work just as much as being a parent is work; it’s just about choosing what is right for you as a couple.  Great read!

I hope you all have an awesome weekend!  My mom and I are planning to peruse Eastern Market on Saturday and I’m going to see my dad Sunday for Father’s Day–should be fun!

What’s on your weekend agenda?!

Pet owners–do you sing or do anything crazy with your pets??


Friday Faves+What’s On My Running Agenda

Happy Friday!  I can’t believe the school year is almost over.  The last day for students is 6/20 and staff the following day, then I’ll have off for ten days before going back in July for a bit.  I’m really looking forward to this weekend–I’m going to a winery in Virginia Saturday for a friends’ birthday, then using my last day of personal leave Monday so I’ll have a nice long weekend 🙂

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I’ve been slowly easing back into running and am so happy about it.  I ran a mile on the treadmill Wednesday morning, but it was so nice Thursday morning (in the 50’s and no humidity!) I decided to run outdoors and did 2 easy miles.  I’m planning on running 3 Saturday, continuing to build back up to my base while being conscientious of my foot.

Obviously since I’m running again, the first thing on my mind (other than food) is signing up for a race!  Just for fun to get back out there, nothing serious.  I’m doing a beer mile relay race July 9th with my Oiselle teammates which should be a blast!  I also have my eye on two 10K’s–the Clarendon Day 10K in September and the MCM 10K in October.  Anyone ever run these before or want to be my running buddy for one or both?!  We can celebrate with mimosas after and talk about how awesome we are!

Ok now on to share a few things I’m currently loving!

1. Clarisonic Mia 2.  I finally bit the bullet and purchased one of these face brushes after eyeing them for like a year.  I’ve only used it twice so far (both morning and night) and am in love.  My face just feels so much smoother, and the radiance brush head and cleanser really brighten and even out my skin tone.  Totally worth it!  Pretty sure Brandon mistook me for a super model this morning when he saw my dewy face.


2. Saucony Triumph ISO 2’s.  I mentioned treating myself to a pair of these shoes for my birthday last month, but I hadn’t been able to really test them out until recently due to my foot issues.  Verdict: LOVE!  Seriously.  I love love love them.  I’ve typically had good luck with Saucony shoes in the past, and I love these even more than the Ride 7’s.  They feel so light on my feet even though they are super cushioned, and I love the 8mm drop.  The wide toe box is awesome, and they overall just feel springy and responsive on my feet.  They’re pricey, but I had $20 worth of reward points and a gift card, so they only ended up costing me like $60!


3. Baking!  I’m usually not a huge baker–I’d rather cook than bake, but sometimes it’s fun to get your Betty Crocker on in the kitchen.  We’re having a work party today, and I decided to whip up my Aunt’s rum cake recipe because hello, food and alcohol combined=win.   

4. This Trader Joe’s Article!  You all know I love me some TJ’s!  I got an email from Self magazine yesterday with an article about someone who spent $40 at TJ’s and ate heathy for a week.  Fascinating!  This would be perfect for me when Brandon is away for work and I need to come up with dinner ideas!

I hope you guys have a great weekend!  I know I’m going to enjoy my winery Saturday 🙂

What’s on your weekend agenda?

Would you rather cook or bake?

Biggest splurge worthy beauty item you’ve ever bought?

Getting Out of a Funk+Friday Faves

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. these past two weeks–I didn’t have a stellar half marathon (it was my 2nd slowest actually), and I was in a bit of a funk because my foot is still having some issues.  I needed to take some time off to get myself together, and I honestly wasn’t in the mood to blog at all after my race.  I’m sure I’ll recap it in more detail later, but I do want to share some of the positive highlights!  Trying to remember the positives definitely helps put things into perspective for me.

  • My momma is the loudest cheerleader in all the land.  I wish I could’ve recorded her as I was running up to my Grammy’s house–I heard her before I saw her, and hearing her cheer was the push I needed to keep going, because I was definitely tempted to just quit when I got to the house and call it a day.
  • I’m a B.A. for running 13.1 miles in a downpour.  Even though my race didn’t go the way I wanted, I’m a total warrior for running a half marathon in what felt like was a freaking monsoon.  I was completely and totally soaked by the end of the race, but I finished it and didn’t quit.
  • I nailed my nutrition/hydration.  My stomach wasn’t upset at all during the race, which was awesome!  I’m glad I learned ahead of time that almond butter doesn’t sit well in my stomach pre-race, and my slice of cinnamon raisin bread with jelly and a banana was the perfect amount of food.
  • I loved having a coach.  Specifically, Laura!  I loved the individualized attention and feedback I got working with a coach, and just having someone to check in and see how I was doing made me feel great.  She was able to adapt my training plan when my foot was bothering me, and her words of encouragement both before and after the race were much appreciated.

As I mentioned above, I was definitely in a funk after this race.   Not only was it a blow mentally that it was my second slowest time, but my foot just wasn’t, and still isn’t, completely right.  It’s definitely feeling better each day, but I have a PT appointment tomorrow morning to try and figure out exactly what’s going on how to fix it.  I’m almost positive it’s not a stress fracture (I can hop on one foot), but either tendonitis/cuboid syndrome.  The discomfort is on the outer edge of my foot, and when I press down on the top of my foot it’s tender above my fourth toe.  Anyone ever experienced this?!  Help me!!!

On a positive note, let’s hop into some things I’m currently loving and are helping me get out of my funk!

1. Strength Training!  Since taking time off after my race and not running, I’ve been able to focus more on strength training, which I love.  I did incorporate some strength training into my training schedule, but I’m loving that it’s the star of my workouts right now and not on the back burner.

2. Meghan Trainor ‘Me Too.’  Please tell me you’ve heard this song.  It is my JAM.  Homegirl sings the best song to dance with your girlfriends to!  Every time I hear it I get pumped up and it puts me in a great mood.


3. Eating Dessert.  Confession: I love me some sweets, especially chocolate.  When I’m training for a race I definitely cut back on the sweets/booze (well, as much as I can without going nuts) and am more conscious about how I’m fueling my body (although I do overall eat pretty healthy).  Now that I’m not training, I’ve definitely enjoyed having dessert and cocktails while dining out.  S’mores skillets, sticky toffee pudding, and bread pudding–yes please!

4. Not Having a Schedule.  This is actually funny for me, because I usually like having a routine.  But after my race, I’m enjoying doing whatever workout I feel like doing on that particular day.  If I feel like just taking Rusty for a long walk with coffee in hand, I do it and don’t sweat it.  I’m also looking forward to trying out some new classes at my gym!

I hope you all enjoy your Friday and weekend!  I’m looking forward to some al fresco dining and enjoying the sunshine 🙂

What’s on your weekend agenda?

How do you get out of a running funk?

What do you miss most when you’re training for a race?