Friday Favorites #2

Another week of wonderfully happy things occurred again and I’m here to share them with you!

#1. If you haven’t seen this video yet then you’re seriously missing out.  Before you hit play get a tissue ready because this kid is a rockstar.  Wanna be a better person?  Follow his example……


#2. Girls on the Run!  I signed up for this race before I even knew anything about it, except that it fell on a weekend I(and my little running buddy) had free.  After I read Mar on the Run’s race recap though I did a little research on the group.  I was absolutely blown away with what I found out!  It’s a non-profit organization that, and I quote:

“We believe that every girl
can embrace who she is,
can define who she wants to be,
can rise to any challenge,
can change the world.
Can.

I’m even more excited because I found a chapter in Lexington!  I’ve already emailed the head of the chapter and am excited to get more involved in this amazingly inspired program!  Every girl should have confidence in herself and feel beautiful and I can’t wait to be a part of an organization that teaches these very things!

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#3. Runner’s World Streaking Challenge.   This isn’t what it sounds like, it’s about a running streak, not Actual streaking in your birthday suit lol.  I saw this first on Twitter(you can learn a lot of awesome stuff from some awesome people on social media!)  Basically the challenge is to run at least 1 mile every day from Memorial Day until July 4th(that’s 39 days for those who aren’t looking at a calendar).  Totally doable yea?  Then join on in!  Luckily I read about this on Memorial Day so started right away, but don’t worry if you didn’t, start today!

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#4. Look what I finally got in the mail!!  This was the cover of the Boston magazine after the Marathon Bombing and it sold out so fast they made it into a poster.  All proceeds from the poster sales went to One Fund Boston!  You can still purchase the poster if you want one of your own, just visit the Boston Magazines website here.

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#5. Finally I’ve got another fun (and hilarious) podcast for y’all!  If anyone is trying to lose weight, or just enjoys humor in your fitness journey then you need to check out Awesome Starts Now (from Dorksplosion.com)!  Three comedians all going through their own fitness journeys their own ways, sharing funny stories, tips/tricks, and missteps along the way.  They have me literally laughing out loud on my longer runs to the point that passer-bys give me weird looks….oh well!

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So there ya have it, my favorites from this past week!  What made you smile this week?

Kels=)

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities.  Seize common occasions and make them great”

-Orison Swett Marden

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Happy Memorial Day

I know, I know I’m way behind on this weekend update but I choose to spend it with my Guy and friends instead of writing…I’m sorry.  Let me first start out by thanking all those who have served our Country.  I know I owe my freedom and life to the brave men and women who give theirs.  I can never express the gratitude that y’all deserve!

On a completely unrelated note……Holy cold front New England!

Can you tell I'm a TN fan? :)

Can you tell I’m a TN fan? 🙂

It was such a FREEZIN couple of days up here in Massachusetts!  It rained on and off for 2 whole days and hovered somewhere in the 60’s with a biting wind.  A good rainy day is always welcome in my life though, I’m a huge book nerd and love snugglin up on the couch and delving into another world.  I’m currently reading a book called May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy.  Oh man it’s a good one, takes place during the Civil War from the perspective of 2 slaves, an Irish Yankee soldier, and an upperclass society lady from New York.  Very interesting how their stories all unfold….but I digress

Sunday I decided to grit my teeth, wrap myself in 4 layers (I know I’m a baby when it comes to the cold), and headed out for a 4.5 mile run.  By the time I got home my fingers couldn’t function properly, like I could feel them but couldn’t make them do what I wanted lol.

They would actually fire their muskets into the air!!

They would actually fire their muskets into the air!!

Monday turned out to be a gorgeous day though, and after a short run in the morning dodging parade-goers, I decided to just stop and watch Memorial Day parade!  I truly believe  now that no one has American pride like New England does! Living in the city definitely has it’s advantages, I walked right out my apartment and BOOM parade!

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Every time they stopped they fanned out and crouched down, I managed to snap this pic

We finished up the day with a cookout with friends.  It’s not memorial day without a hotdog!  I also made some peanut butter oatmeal cookies.  Look how patriotic they are!

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AMERICA!!

Hopefully your weekend was as awesome as mine turned out to be.  Do you have any Memorial Day traditions?

Kels=)

“Every Artist was first an Amateur”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

How Many Strikes Before I’m Out?

Yesterday morning followed Murphy’s Law almost to a T, you know the one that says if it can go wrong it will?  So it probably wasn’t the best idea to try and get my 10k for the Running Bloggers Virtual Race done…..

Strike #1: It rained off and on the entire run.  In all fairness the weatherman did “say” it was supposed to rain but since when is he ever right?  Seriously I think that’s the only job you can be consistently wrong at and not get fired….Well jokes on me b/c Mr. Weatherman was right and it rained.  But what was I gonna do, not run?  Not likely.

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Yes I know it’s backwards lol

Strike #2: Because of the on-again/off-again rain I didn’t want to chance running with my phone and it getting ruined(hence the lack of photos for y’all sorry).  So I ran with only my watch, remember that watch stuck on my half marathon time? Yea that one, thank goodness I’d already mapped out my course!  So I had nothing to rely on but my body to know what my pace was.

Strike #3:  I went against the cardinal rule of racing and new gear and decided to wear new shorts for my run today.  Now normally that’d be fine, but since is was rainy and overly humid I had some chafing problems.  I’m in my healthy weight range but I can’t lie, I’ve never had no toothpick legs and girl got some junk in the trunk.  Good for my body image, bad for running long distances in the rain….Youch

Strike #4: I kid you not I’m pretty sure I saw a Honey Badger mid-run, and not the football player from LSU (though that would have been pretty cool too).  An actual wild honey badger, or so I thought at the time.  It ran right across my path scaring me half to death, then of course I had to investigate to make sure I wasn’t losing my mind (admittedly not my best idea)  One google search later,and I’ve narrowed it down to either a river otter or a mink (native to New England, who knew?)  I’ll put my money of River Otter though, it was huge and looked like this running!

River otter running on the icy Yellowstone River

Strike #5:  I mapped out my course on a dirt trail, and all the rain had turned it to mush (sorry shoes!)  I had to navigate around some puddles and fallen branches, but was eventually taken down by a mud-slush(it’s a thing) and landed right on my afore-mentioned “trunk”.  (another argument for a big booty, softer landing).  Thank goodness this happened with less then a mile left or I really might have just given in to fate and tried again another day.

Despite having everything seemingly go wrong for me, I managed to finish my 10k in a (relatively) respectable time for me.  Have you ever had  a run that just didn’t seem meant to be?  What’s the worst thing to ever happen to you mid-run/race?

Happy Trails!

Kels=)

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there”

-Will Rogers

Motivation

I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute favorite parts of a run in the Spring/Summer is the ride home with my windows down.  The Sun is shining, the wind cools me off from the previous miles I juts ran, Life is good 🙂  I guess that’s not technically part of the run, but any little thing to get you excited right?  I take my victories small and often lol.  In other news I got my 5k done for the Running Bloggers Virtual Race today.  I’ve got my 10k planned for this Saturday then I will finally officially report my times!

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Everyone needs a little extra motivation sometimes.  I talk to my clients all the time about finding that one thing (or two) that reminds them exactly why they’re doing what they’re doing.  Whether that be a big trip coming up, an old pair of jeans to fit into, or a PR in a race.  Whatever it may be, find it and use it to your advantage.  I’ve got my Half Marathon PR still in my watch from a few weeks ago and any time I don’t quite feel like getting that run done all I have to do is look at that time.  I instantly want to get to training so I can beat it!  I also have all my racing medals hanging up in my bedroom (I show off to myself sometimes lol) which also helps give me that extra boost to hit the pavement.

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I’ve had people put screen savers on their computers, phones, sticky notes to the mirror, alert reminders, etc.  I don’t care what your motivation is, but once you find it, make sure it’s somewhere/something you can see EVERY day!  It can only work to inspire you if you keep it in the front of your mind.

What’s your motivation to train hard?  Do you have a big summer goal you’re working towards?

Kels=)

“Bad habits are easier to abandon today then tomorrow”

-Yiddish Proverb

Weekend Wrap-up

Before I start with the real post, I just have to inform you that my microwave (which I got at Goodwill for 2 dollars and works like a dream) was made in 1990!  It’s almost as old as I AM!!  That fun fact provided my Guy and I with a good 20min of incredulous laughter Sat night haha.

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But time to get serious, my Saturday run was a rough one.  After getting up at 4:45am every weekday morning the last thing I wanna do come the weekend is get out of my comfy bed 😦  Don’t ask me how, but somehow I did get my big booty out of that comfy bed and to the park to get in a 4mile run.  (insert inner celebration dance!)

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I’m so glad I did too, I always feel ready to face anything after banging out a good run!  Plus there was a Paws for a Cause walk going on so the park was over-run by the cutest pooches!  My inner-child wanted to stop and play with all the puppies, but I managed to overcome that impulse to finish my miles.  But seriously, how cute are these signs for the walk?

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Saturday also brought me some heartbreak in the wake of such happiness and puppy overload…..I didn’t notice I tossed my racing shirt from the Blackstone Valley half in the dryer (in the industrial size laundromat dryer mind you) and ended up melting off some fo the letters….It was a very sad moment 😦  Lesson learned I suppose, at least I’ll know what it used to look like right.

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Sad face 😦

Sunday, after I had a light weights workout and a bowl of hot Peanut Butter oatmeal, I headed off to the outlets with my Guy to snap up a new pair of kicks!  I was so sad to not “love” a single pair!  Not a single one 😦  I’ve been gravitating towards Under Armour lately but with such a small selection in these outlets they didn’t have much.  So on to Nike where they have waaay too many choices and a billion people to battle for breathing space.  I did find a pair there that I liked but not enough to throw down the cash, and left empty-handed.

So no new shoes for me yet, but this week I’ll be on the hunt at all the sporting good stores in town.  There are a few running specialty stores around so I’ll check them out too.  Any suggestions for me are more then welcome, I’m the first to admit you probably know more about this stuff then me 🙂

Kels=)

“To become the master at any skill, it takes the total effort of your heart, mind, and soul working together”

-Maurice Young

Friday Favorites

I’ve seen quite a few bloggers do a weekly check-in, monday goals, wednesday workout friday favorites, etc.  I guess it was only a matter of time before I joined in the fun right?  So here are 5 of my favorite things from this past week, enjoy!

1. I got an email from the Blackstone Half Marathon I ran in saying they had photos of me and would I like to buy them?  Duh, my answer was no, at 8 bucks a pop it wasn’t gonna happen.  But I have no shame and totally bootlegged the photos from the site for your viewing pleasure 🙂  I coulda sworn I smiled at the camera dude but there was no such evidence in their archives lol.

Can you tell I was hurting?

Can you tell I was hurting?

2. I am currently obsessed with overnight oats.  Like I’ve eaten them twice a day for the entire week….This is one bandwagon you do Not want to miss out on.  It’s so thick and creamy, I just can’t get enough!!  I blogged about it over at Southern Blonde Out of Humidity, it’s so versatile you can make it any flavor you want and stir in almost any mix-in!  This stuff is dangerous, but super low cal 🙂

Peanut Butter Banana Mmmm :)

Peanut Butter Banana Mmmm 🙂

3. This next one will show you just how serious the obsession I have with food, because the other thing I’ve eaten every day is this delicious cranberry chicken salad.  I put a raspberry vinaigrette dressing on it and toss on a few unsalted sunflower seeds and green peas and call it a meal.  Yumm-O!  Can’t nobody tell me salads aren’t good, because this photo alone makes me want to eat another one…..seriously I told you, I love food 🙂

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4. Remember how I got a smartphone after my Half marathon?  Yea well I’m attached to the thing now, but not playing time-wasting games(ok maybe a few) but using it to boost my productivity!  Seriously this App Lift is the best way to keep up with your daily habits.  For example, I set a goal to do a longer plank, so one of my “habits” in Lift is plank-a-day.  Every time I complete that habit I can check-in, and it tracks how many days you do it/how often, etc.  It also connects you with other people doing the same habit to encourage you!  it really is awesome, I’m always looking at it to make sure I get everything done that day.

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5. Last but not least, I’ve been listening to podcasts as I run/walk outside this past week and my current favorite is from Run5kaDay.  He has such great coaching advice and insight I find it fascinating.  Check it out at his website or in itunes, he does a wonderful job of encouraging you to keep running and inspires me to get better.

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So that’s it for this friday, just a few things that made me happy this week. I don’t promise that this will be an every week thing, I do however promise that finding the little things in life that bring out your smile make life so much sweeter.  If you’re always focusing on the good there’s no room for the icky-no-fun bad.  So smile on Lovely’s and tell me something that made you happy this week

Kels=)

“Good habits are worth being fanatical about”

-John Irving

Good News/Bad News

I’ve got good news and bad news for y’all today.  Since they say everything goes down better with a spoon full of sugar let’s start with the good.

I ran successfully for the first time(relatively pain-free) today since my half marathon as well as for weeks!!!  It may have only been 2.5miles but it felt good.  Of course that’s good in the sense that I did it, not good as in it wasn’t hard, because I could definitely tell that my stamina has gone way down from the 6-7 miles I used to be able to do no problem.  Whatever, I’ll take my victories as they come 🙂

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More good news, the weather up here in New England finally seems to have decided to stay warm(ish).  I started my run with long sleeves on but ended it with just a tank.  I seriously can’t get enough of the outdoors when the Sun is shining and the birds are singing.  It really does clear my head and make life better the more I’m out there.

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Now for the bad news, it’s time to put my running shoes out to pasture 😦  They’ve served me well since last summer but they’ve finally reached their max mileage.  A moment of silence for the pair of kicks that got me through Ragnar and my first Half……..

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Thank you.  Now time to party, because honestly what girl doesn’t get excited for a new pair of shoes!! Whoop whoop!

So there ya have it, I can run again but not without some consequence so elliptical and cross-training will still be employed for the majority of my days.  I will, however, throw in a few run days here and there so try and keep a base mileage.  I do want to run another Half after all 🙂  On to the shoe store!

Kels=)