Saturday, April 19, 2014

Two Weeks Out

Hey Guys!!

So my first half-marathon is in two week! I was going to run one last month but I got really sick and had to skip it. I'm feeling much better about this one anyways since the weather has been cooperating more and I've been able to get in a couple digit runs. I have been busy studying so my mileage was pretty low this week but I did go out for 7 miles this morning. 

It's kind of funny how easy the 7 felt today. After 12 last weekend, todays run went by really quickly and was relatively uneventful. I was super happy to hold a pace of 9:45 too! I do try to slow down on my long runs so I've been trying to find a happy medium. 

In even better news I wore my Brooks today and had zero pain!! Hopefully the foot pain a few weeks ago was just a fluke :) I know it's silly but since I've been running in Brooks for 14ish years I feel like I need to stay loyal.

Like my headband says, I will totally run for chocolate. The Easter Bunny better bring me a chocolate bunny tomorrow!!! 

When I got home from my run, my boyfriend had breakfast waiting for me (cuz he's the best)...

I've talked about these croissants before, they are definitely our favorite. Mostly because of the copious amounts of mozzarella and goat cheese we put on them. Whatevs I ran 7 miles this morning so it's okay, right? :)

After running I studied pretty much all day. I did take a break for ice cream with Brett and Stormy though. Brett asked to go for a walk to and I will NEVER turn that down :)

Hope y'all are having as good of a Saturday as Stormy!!

What's your favorite ice cream flavor?

Did you run today?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Favorite Friday

Hey Guys!

Here are five of my favorite things this week:

1. Machine Gun Kelly - not only is he one of my favorite rappers but he is now one of my favorite concerts, Lace Up!

2. Study parties - studying is never fun but when you have people you can study with it makes it a hell of a lot better. Especially when you call them "parties" and then you stay in the coffee shop until last call. I'm really cool guys. 

3. Two for one in this picture!! Stormy and snow are two of my favorite things!! Yes we've gotten a ton of snow this year, no I'm not completely sick of it. I choose to live in Michigan for a reason.

4. Two for one again! Parasailing was SOO much fun and my boyfriend Brett. He's always supportive of me and we have a lot of fun together. I can definitely be a pain during the weeks before one of my exams and he handles it very well :) 

5. Salted Caramel Coffee Syrup!! This stuff is soooo good. 

Any fun weekend plans out there?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

10 Reasons Going to a Concert is a Workout

Hey Guys!!

If you know me in real life, you know that I LOVE going to concerts. I love the energy, the music and the fun! I'm also convinced it's a workout. (Alternative title: how to feel less guilty about not working out and going to a concert instead)

Excuse the poor lighting and glowing faces. We were at a concert y'all

Here are 10 reasons why a concert is basically a group fitness class:

1. You're on your feet for hours! Last night doors opened at 7pm and the concert didn't end until after 11pm, with no break to sit down. 

2. I got around 8,000 steps at the concert last night, that's equivalent to walking 4 miles. 

3. They give you instructions just like group fitness ie "Put your hands in the air".

4. On that note, holding your arms up in the air for 4 hours can be rather tiring.

5. When there's a mosh-pit you have to shove or be shoved. Staying on your feet and pushing others out of the way is no joke!

6. There's usually a lot of jumping involved. You try jumping for hours on end, not so easy is it?

7. You need to make sure you stay hydrated, I've fainted at numerous shows because I didn't drink enough (or any) water. 

8. If you dance to every song, it's really just a very long Zumba class. 

9. The opening acts (or warm-ups) are (usually) never as good as the main event. 

10. You end up leaving covered in sweat (and beer, maybe even some tears).

On a quick concert related note if you have any interest in seeing Machine Gun Kelly do it!! He had a broken foot and he still put on an amazing show. I love the saying "Never trust a band that wouldn't bleed for you" and boy did he bleed for EST last night. My friend Caitlin hadn't listened to him before but came for the fun of it and even she seemed to have a good time. (Don't quote me on that because I was a bit busy having the time of my life.)

Note this post was not sponsored by MGK in any way, I wish I was that cool.

What's your favorite concert of all time?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Liebster Award

Hey Guys!!PictureI was super excited to receive the blogger Liebster Award from Rosi @ PerfectlyFITT I always think it's fun to see these floating out here was truthfully was shocked somebody passed it in my direction! Thanks a bunch Rosi!!

Liebster Award Facts:The Liebster Award is an online award for bloggers, given by bloggers. It's a great way to find new blogs to follow as well as promote blogs you enjoy reading. The general rules are:
  • Thank the blogger who presented the award and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 10 questions the blogger asked of you.
  • Nominate 10 different bloggers.
  • Ask 10 different questions to the nominees.
  • Notify nominees that they are nominated.

On that Note, here's my questions:1. Rain or snow?Definitely snow!! I can walk out in snow without an umbrella but not rain haha. 

2. Where did you go on your last vacation and what were you there doing?Nebraska, for a wedding. I don't think I would make it a regular vacation spot though. I typically prefer vacation places with palm trees and ocean views!

3. What inspires your posts?My day to day life!

4. Tell me all about your BFF in two sentences. :)She's totally hilarious but at the same time it's not hard for us to talk about important things either. I know she's there for me whenever I need her and that she'll be able to make me laugh no matter what!

5. Workout alone or with a buddy?Both!! Sometimes I like running alone to clear my head but Zumba, weights, tennis etc are all more fun with a buddy!

6. What's your greatest physical challenge accomplishment?Most recently I set a 10K PR by shaving 4 minutes off!

7. What is your favorite meal?Anything with copious amounts of cheese :) lately I've been really into making my own pizza. It's so much easier than most people think and a great way to get rid of extra veggies in your fridge!

8. What time do you typically get up in the morning?During the week around 5:30 if I'm running. Otherwise around 7 (even on weekends I don't know how to sleep in!)

9. What is your favorite fashion accessory?Sunglasses because 99% of the time I'm too lazy to put on makeup. 

10. What is your favorite color?Pink!!

Some of the blogs I selected I just started following recently, within the past month or so and some I've been following for a long time. Truthfully I just picked the blogs that I try to read on a regular basis! Here are my 10 Blogger Nominees:

Stephanie @ CatLadyRuns
Megan @ TheSkinny-Life
Kelsey @ TheGoGirlBlog
Hollie @ FueledByLOLZ
LauraMae @ScoopOfGlitter
Monica @ RunEatRepeat
Vanessa @ GlitterGirlRuns

And these are my questions for you:1. Would you rather workout in the heat or the cold?2. Do you exercise in the morning or at night?3. Why did you decide to start blogging?4. Who's your favorite celebrity?5. Where do you live and what's something you love about it?6. Do you have any pets?7. What's your favorite thing to cook?8. How do you stay motivated?9. Favorite vacation destination?10. Link to your favorite blog post that you've written!

I hope everyone has enjoyed and continues to enjoy this fun award! :)  

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Cost of Running

Hey Guys!!

In theory running should be a cheap sport. After all you really only need workout clothes and tennis shoes right? But then you start running and a weird pain acts up so you decide to bite the bullet and buy running shoes. They're around $100 but that's better than having to go to the doctor every few weeks right? As you keep running chafing becomes a problems so your old worn-out clothes aren't going to work anymore and you invest in some new ones. Still not terribly expensive. But then everybody else on race day is wearing a Garmin so maybe you need to buy one of those too...

Plus you hear that you can recover so much faster if you wear compression socks after long runs (which can run $50 when they're not on sale!!)

Plus you can't stop at one pair! 

As you can see it's really easy for running to get expensive. For that reason I've been trying to prioritize my races. If a race is $30 or less I will usually sign up for it but when they're more than that I have to choose wisely. I've had a lot of fun doing fun runs in the past like the Beach Dash and the Color Run:

 However, when somebody asked me if I would do the color run again this year I had to say no. It was a good, fun way to get back into running but for $50 I can't justify it every year. I have fun running on my own, I don't need to pay $50 for that! Plus, there's a lot of fun runs around me that are free! I started thinking about it and here's what I think is reasonable to pay per race:

5k: $25
 (if it's for a good cause or something special I may go up to $30)
10k: $45
Half-Marathon: ?? 

I haven't done a half yet and would rather run a few at different price points to see if the more expensive ones are worth it. I also plan on doing some in bigger cities and I understand they can be more expensive. 

How much do you think is reasonable to pay for races?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Long Run Saturday

Hey Guys!!

It's absolutely beautiful here today! I decided to go on a 12 mile run this morning. My half-marathon is 3 weeks away so I figured 12 today, 8-10 next week, and 4-6 the week after that for a nice taper schedule. 12 miles is the longest I've ever ran so I was interested to see how it would go.

 I loaded up with two GUs and a brave heart and hit the trail. The first 6 miles went by relatively quickly and easily. I allowed myself to walk when I took my first GU and one other time for a water break. 

This was at the halfway point. That smile was going to fade soon haha. I started on my way back and I could feel myself getting more and more tired. I kept plowing through with the occasional walk break but my stomach started giving me trouble. GU doesn't usually bother my stomach but today it seemed to.

Around mile 8 I realized I needed to find a bathroom ASAP. I was about a half a mile away from the zoo so I ran/walked to a pavilion there. The first one did not have a bathroom and at the second one all of the doors upstairs were locked. Then I saw this little staircase (it was a two story pavillion) and just my luck there was a bathroom at the bottom! I've never been so happy to find a bathroom in my entire life!

After that my run was relatively uneventful. I'm not going to lie and say it was all rainbows and sunshine. It got hard at points and I didn't run the entire thing but it wasn't terrible. I had a goal of a 10:30 pace but on my last long run, a 10 miler I kept a 10:55 pace so I wasn't going to be upset as long as my pace was under 11 minutes. With a little luck and tons of friendly people on the trail encouraging me (most importantly the thug that told me to "Keep goin' YO!"), I hit a 10:32 pace. I'll take that any day of the week!!

It was also super nice to be out there in such nice weather! I wore capris and a t-shirt, what?? 

I did it!!! Post run picture, not looking too shabby for running 12 miles haha. I got home and my boyfriend brought me sushi cuz he's the best! 

Did you run today?

Do you have any races coming up?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Favorite Four Friday

Hey Guys!!

I always think it's fun reading about peoples favorite things since it usually inspires me to try a new food and I love eating.

 Here are some of my favorite things!

Run! Don't walk to your nearest Trader Joes and buy some of these!! Everything I love in one truffle, chocolate, peanut butter and salted caramel. I'm running low so I'm going to have to make a TD trip soon!

I picked up this pasta yesterday.... It's shaped like crab rangoon and filled with cheese. I couldn't love it more, the pasta tastes homemade and really fresh too. Pretty much obsessed. I ate it with spaghetti sauce and garlic chicken sausage, fricken YUM!

I've still been digging my iced coffee. I swear it's how I get my butt out of bed at 5:30 to go for a run!

My sisters!! Yesterday or today (it's a heated debate on Facebook) was/is National Siblings Day. I love my sisters so much and even though we've had our fights at the end of the day I don't know what I would do without them. Who else would pose with garden scissors with me??

What are some of your favorite things?