Bad News Bears+Oiselle Fun!

Welp, if you follow me on the ‘gram, you already know I didn’t get the news I wanted at the podiatrist Friday.  Although nothing showed up on the X-Ray, the doc said the clinical signs all point to a stress reaction/fracture. So what does that mean?  It means 3-5 weeks of no running, elliptical or Pure Barre (major sad face), but I can bike or swim.  After leaving the podiatrist I went home and did a lot of this:


I’m allowed to mope and indulge a little bit!  

My Saturday was pretty lazy and unproductive–ok actually super lazy.  Brandon and I went out with friends Friday night and had a little too much fun, so we spent the majority of the day napping on the sofa.  

Saturday evening, I headed over to the Navy Yard area to cheer on my Oiselle girls at the Pacers beer mile race!  I had originally signed up for this but obviously couldn’t do it with my wonky foot so I had to sit out.  I’m not gonna lie, I was really bummed but it was still fun to meet everyone.  Look at my girls flyin by!


Our team came in second place!  A relay is totally the way to go for a beer mile–I cannot imagine chugging four beers on my own and running a mile.  

We also took a pic with Lewis Kent, the national beer mile champ!


We totally geeked out when he mentioned Kate Grace winning the 800m at the Olympic trials.  Oh btw, this dude chugged his beers in like 5 seconds and ran like a 5:15/mile.  Insane!! 

I also got my medal even though I didn’t participate. 


How fun is it?!  It’s a bottle opener!

I spent the rest of my Saturday evening watching Bloodline and eating these delicious treats (from TJ’s, obvi).


Has anyone else been watching Bloodline?  I’m like halfway through and it’s getting insane!

Sunday morning Brandon and I slept in until like 8:30, then hit the gym.  Here’s my life for the next few weeks:


I’m glad I can still exercise, but the stationary bike has always been my least fave.  I wish I could elliptical, but oh well.

I also took Rusty pup on a little walk since it was so nice out.  Look at this goober.


It’s impossible to get a pic of him looking at the camera.  He always looks away–such a little sassafras!

I refueled afterwards with my fave Sunday combo.


Chocolate protein oatmeal!  Our favorite local coffee shop was closed so we had to settle for Starbies, so soy latte for me.  

We also treated ourselves to a little al fresco dining at our favorite Mexican spot.


Sangria and carne asada for me!


After dinner, I met up with some of my Oiselle girls for drinks!  I was supposed to go to Courtney’s Pure Barre class but canceled after I found out about my stress fracture.  Good thing booze cures all ailments!!  I had so much fun meeting and chit chatting with everyone.


FYI don’t ever ask me to take a selfie.  I suck at them.  My long arms fool everyone into thinking I’m a master, but heads up I’m not.

I spent the remainder of my Sunday evening resting my foot, eating chocolate and watching TV. Perfect way to end the week!

Have a great Monday!

Share your weekend highlights!

Have you ever survived a stress fracture?  Worst running injury you’ve had?

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!

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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?

Fourth Of July Weekend Fun!

Hi & happy Fourth of July!!  


FYI that’s not how I feel, but I love Dodgeball and found the meme funny.

I’m loving this whole long weekend thing.  I don’t know what it is, but I definitely love having Monday’s off versus Friday’s.  

I had a great weekend filled with running, hanging out with friends, and napping!  And cocktails.  I slept in Saturday morning until 7:15ish, filled up my handheld with Nuun, and headed out on a 5 mile run around Capitol Hill.  I’m so glad I brought my handheld with me this time since it was already pretty warm out.  I chased the shade and sprinklers during my run, and I’m pretty sure people thought I was cray when they saw me just standing there in the grass getting sprayed.  You gotta do what you gotta do during a hot run!  I covered 5 miles just shy of 50:00.


Nothing better than cold fruit after a hot run!


Brandon and I decided to check out a place by us, Bayou Bakery, for breakfast.  We’ve been for drinks and dinner but never breakfast.  As soon as I saw southern style biscuits on the menu I said “We gotta go!”  I opted for yogurt with fruit and granola and a biscuit with jelly.


Because balance.  

Saturday afternoon, we headed over to our friends house a few blocks away for a cookout.  The weather was perfect–dry and warm, but not too hot and a light breeze.  My friend Brigid hooked us up with homemade grapefruit crushes!!


So fresh.  I need to get the ingredients so I can make them on my own.  She just squeezed one whole grapefruit in each glass, then I think a heathy shot of vodka, a little orange liqueur, and a splash of sparkling grapefruit water.  They’re so refreshing and not sweet, and super dangerous!

I prepped a salad to contribute for our cookout.


I threw together butter lettuce, red onion, fennel, dried cranberries, feta, avocado, and cashews.  I was able to hang out with their cute baby girl while enjoying the sunshine.


Isn’t she so stinkin cute?!  

We enjoyed cheeseburgers, chicken sausage, salad and corn while sitting outside watching baseball.

Sunday was cloudy all day, which meant a lazy day for us!  Don’t get me wrong, I love being productive but I also love days where you just lay on the sofa and nap all day.  Oh, we did watch a total throwback movie that was on TV–Kindergarten Cop!


We were cracking up so hard.  I forgot how hilarious that movie is!

Later that afternoon, we headed out to Maryland to have dinner with friends at a restaurant on the water.  It was so fun hanging out with everyone while enjoying some delicious food.  We also hung out for a bit afterwards at our friends’ house.


We didn’t get home until 2:00 am! Too late for this granny!  Hope you all had an awesome weekend, and happy Fourth of July!

Share your weekend highlights!

How are you celebrating the Fourth?

Friday Faves+I May Have A New Addiction

Hooray for Friday and Fourth of July weekend!!!  Brandon has a half day at work today and we’re both off Monday, so I’m super excited for a long weekend.  We’re hoping to hang out with some friends and get out of the city for a bit, since DC can get a little cray on the Fourth (as I’m sure you can imagine).  

Let’s hop into some things I’m loving!

1. Overnight Oats.  You guys know I love me some protein oatmeal; however, hot oatmeal is not my jam when it’s 80 degrees out.  Enter: overnight oats!  I love this breakfast, especially in the summer.  Coming back from a hot run to a cold, already prepped breakfast is amazing.  

2. Deb’s Cooking.  I know I’ve shared my love for my momma’s cooking on the blog before, but they just left to go back to Florida yesterday morning (sad face), so I feel compelled to share again what a fabulous cook she is.  It was so nice coming home from work (before summer break started) and not having to worry about making dinner, because Deb already had a fabulous menu planned.  I was super spoiled this time since she made one of my favorite things, soft shell crabs, not once but twice for me! Yum yum.


Just looked at those fried pans of deliciousness!

3. Reuniting with Friends!  Brandon and I went to a Nats baseball game Tuesday evening with a pretty awesome group of people.  I met some pretty amazing ladies during my friend Marisa’s bachelorette last summer in Savannah, and I got to see their beautiful faces again!  One of the girls lives overseas, so it was especially fun to see her.


Oh also–the place we pregamed at beforehand had half bottles of wine!  And mini champagne cans!! I was super happy, as you can imagine.  No Bud Light for me thanks (barf).

4. Summer Cooking. One of the many nice things about my summer schedule is that since I’m usually home earlier and have Friday’s off, I’m able to cook some nice dinners for Brandon and I.  Normally I’m scrambling once I get home when school is in session and rely on my Crockpot or easy dinners, but I like being able to cook nice meals.  Tuesday, I made roasted salmon and asparagus, alongside quinoa with cherries, feta, red onion, parsley and scallions.


So good!  I keep reminding Brandon that if I worked less I’d have more time to make him delicious meals 🙂

5.  The Perfect Avocado.  I just realized 99.9% of this post so far is food related and I ain’t mad about it.  But earlier this week, I sliced open an avocado and it was glorious.


Look how perfectly ripe it is!!  This never happens for me, and I was way too excited about it.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets giddy over a perfect avocado.

Now moving on to my new addiction!  You guys know I’ve been easing back into my runs, and running will always be my #1 love when it comes to fitness.  But, Wednesday morning I tried a Pure Barre platform class with Courtney (who is a Pure Barre fanatic), and I think I’m hooked.  It was hard, but I loved the energy.  And it focuses on toning your core/glutes/legs which is perfect for runners!  There’s a studio four blocks from my house, and I’m already signed up for a Tuesday morning class next week.  I can’t wait to see the long term benefits!

And there you have it!  Hope you guys have a great weekend!

What are your Fourth of July plans?

Any other Pure Barre addicts out there?! Have you noticed the long-term benefits?

Favorite summer breakfast?

I’m Addicted to Wineries

Hi guys!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I know I sure did.  Mine was filled with running, winery fun with friends and the hubs, and grilling out!

Even though it was pretty warm and humid when I woke up Saturday morning, I still opted to take my run outdoors rather than being stuck inside the gym.  I aimed for 5 miles but cut it short at 4.5.


In hindsight, I should’ve brought my handheld with me.  Live and learn!  I’m happy my runs are beginning to feel easier and that my pace is slowly but surely getting back to where it was before my race.  After my run, I hydrated with tropical Nuun.


I love how fizzy that stuff is!  I refueled with a protein smoothie while sitting on our front porch.


With my favorite sidekick of course.


I love sitting outside in the mornings with the paper, a cup of coffee, and my Rusty pup.  Summer vacation is the best!

Saturday afternoon, Brandon, Rusty and I headed to Stone Tower Winery in Virginia with some friends!  Yes I’m aware I was just at a winery a few weekends ago, but what can I say?  I love wine.  Brandon and I were pleasantly surprised by the wines–they were really tasty and pretty reasonably priced.

We bought a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc to share with friends, along with some snacks we brought.  I contributed some Manchego cheese, bourbon fig jam, watermelon, hummus, and crackers.  We had ourselves a nice little feast!


Such a fun time.  Brandon and I would definitely come back to Stone Tower! I think Rusty was tuckered out from all the belly rubs and attention he got at the winery.


Brandon and I enjoyed sleeping in a bit Sunday morning, then headed to the gym.  I had a nice and sweaty 40 minute elliptical session followed by some core work.

After the gym, we hit up Lot 38 for some iced dirty chai lattes, and I enjoyed mine alongside some chocolate protein oatmeal.  Al fresco, obvi.


Oatmeal is just one of those breakfast foods I will never tire of.  

After breakfast, Brandon and I decided Rusty was due for a bath.  We actually only give him a bath like twice a year, but he was feelin a little greasy and his eau de dog scent was a little too strong if you get my drift.  We soaped him up and hosed him off in the backyard.  He was thrilled. 

There aren’t a whole lot of things Rusty dislikes, but baths are one of them, along with walking on top of sewer grates, rain, and the mailman.  Brandon and I always crack up when we’re finished bathing him and he immediately licks himself for like fifteen minutes.  

The rest of our Sunday was spent running errands and grilling out!  I love grilling in the summer time.  Brandon picked up filets at Costco and I prepped a salad and fresh corn.


No better way to end a fun filled weekend!  I hope you all have a great Monday–I’m getting my hair done this afternoon and am super excited, it’s been long overdue!

Share your weekend highlights!

How long does it take you to feel like you’ve gotten your groove back after a running break?

Favorite summer dishes/foods to grill?