Hump Day Laughter

First things first, hopefully you’re all getting as excited about my new link-up as I am. I’d prefer it not be an utter failure with 4 links (if I’m lucky) so I’m hoping y’all will do me a solid and spread the word and link-up with me (pretty pretty please 🙂 )

Ok, now for some fun. It is Hump Day after all. Anyone else out there a Vine-lover? Am I the only adult that loses brain cells watchin this stuff?….ok, well I’m about to make a believer out of all of y’all. I think this represents my life pretty well….#SingleGirlStatus (be sure to click the sound on)

Hahahahahahhahaha Excuse me while I continue looping this…….

Whew, laughter has subsided enough for me to go on, all y’all with me?

Today I have a few confessions……..

-I haven’t run since my Half Marathon a few weeks ago. I’ve thought about it and even put my shoes on this past saturday but ended up hiking and zero running was achieved. My only motivation to log some double digit miles is so I can eat an entire pizza myself….is that bad?

-Speaking of races, I just realized I hadn’t updated my Races page until I wrote this post….oops. You’ll notice my 2014 schedule has been pretty sparse thus far and I don’t really have an explanation for you on that one except I’m broke and can’t afford entry fees, sigh.

-The statement that blondes have more fun isn’t true. I have been the epitome of “all work no play” these past few weeks. Between finals, large end-of-semester projects, internships to organize, and moving plans, I’ve been pretty busy. Oh and also the whole work for money thing has been getting in the way lately. (that kinda made me sound like a Lady of the Night…I’m not just so we’re clear…)

-I got way too excited to design the new button for my link-up. So in that sense this blonde has still been having fun lol

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-I’m kinda worried this linkup will be a complete failure and I’ll have to retire from blogland in disgrace….you’ll help me out won’t you? Membership to the Secret Blogger Club is free….I’m also not above begging…if you’re friendship can be bought then I’ll buy it, just saying….

-I have 39 drafts (make that 41) sitting in my posts section. I can’t even pretend to be cool and organized b/c they’re all unfinished drafts…so yea there’s that. Maybe one of these days I’ll get my blogger act together.

-Speaking of which, it’s Cinco de Mayo on Monday which I only realized when someone asked if that was the theme of the link-up…..Um, Nope, I didn’t even know it was a holiday…I’m very out of touch with reality sometimes. Someone also had to remind me Mother’s Day is coming up (sorry Mom). For a girl who owns at least 4 calendar’s, I’m really bad with dates….

-Oh and remember that whole “I didn’t run so I don’t get pizza thing” from above?….I ordered the pizza anyway, oops….

Have anything to confess?

Plan on joining me in my link-up?

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Linking up with Kat for Confessions and Liz for Hump Day!

 

Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon Recap

Well I’m alive so that’s good news!! I’m so happy to announce that I survived the Run the Bluegrass Half at Keeneland 😀 That alone is Marvelous in and of itself! And though I realize I’m not as ridiculously good looking as this guy, I think this snapshot turned out pretty epic.

Run the Bluegrass Recap

Actually this was probably by far the most miserable race of my life so therefore my proudest race! There may or may not have been tears shed when I saw the finish line…….just saying.  It alternated between raining, spitting, and straight up pouring the entire 13.1 miles. Needless to say by the end I was soaked to the bone and didn’t warm up until after a 45min hot shower, 2 hot meals, cuddling with my sister and watching movies for a few hours, and hittin the hay by 9pm. A pretty productive day I’d say 😉

Let me back up to the beginning though. Thankfully I took the course tour the day before so snapped some pics for y’all. It really is a beautiful course, but you wouldn’t have known it running Saturday 😦 Alas, I didn’t even see some of the beautiful barns from squinting against the rain. And of course no baby horses for me to coo at.

Keeneland Run the Bluegrass half marathon

Like I said pretty right? Moving on…..It was also the biggest race I had ever run in with actual corrals and waves of runners. I know that’s kinda sad for a someone who has been racing for years but hey, smaller races are not only cheaper but allow me to occasionally win my age-group. I was of course in one of the later waves (unlike Ms. KelsieLou who woulda been at the front had she been here) but there were still at least 2000 ppl behind me (4500-ish total running!!!) I’m thinking this one is perfect for Mar to come visit me for next year, thoughts? (don’t worry girl I’m still lookin)

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Still dry and happy at this point…aka the starting line

It was basically shoulder to shoulder the entire course which was nice. I even made a few friends along the way! Of course they were all from out of state so I guess that won’t really translate to my whole “no runner friends” dilemma. Oh well, maybe this summer up in Boston I’ll be brave enough to join a run club (just don’t hold your breathe).

Now I did finish in my goal time and considering the brutal hills this course claims I was kinda surprised. It that bad? I mean I’m pretty much my own biggest fan (I’m awesome and I know it, whatever) and even I didn’t think I could finish in 2:30. But I did and there was nothing sweeter then gettin this bad boy placed around my neck 😀

Half Marathon Finishers Medal

I look brunette, that’s how you know I was soaked haha

But let me break it down for you. I finished in 1885th place with 666 runners behind me plus the 397 people that didn’t even run. (yes I’m counting them as behind me). Placing 91st in my age category. If I was a year older though, bumping me to the next age division, I would have placed 29th…and yes I counted. Bring it on 25, I’m ready for ya lol.

Anyway, afterwards was spent shivering for approximately the next 8hrs. That cold set down deep in my bones and didn’t wanna let it’s icy grip go. Not one to let this hinder me, I rewarded my empty tummy with a giant burger, fries, and later a DQ blizzard (probably not the best choice when you’re freezing, but I like to live my life on the edge 🙂 )

The following morning I also indulged in a Sunday brunch with my family. As you can see below I was still famished. Table manners weren’t exactly high on my to-do list……Can we just agree that the best part of running is the eating afterwards part. No? Just me? Ok….

Giant Omelette Recovery Meal

I just realized this post has the most pictures of me then ever before. I normally have pictures of other stuff so sorry for bombarding you with my face, jeez lol.

Anyone else race this weekend? Or ever had a rainy miserable race?

Also don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter and give my little Facebook page a like if you haven’t already:) Thanks in advance!!

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Run the Bluegrass Race Expo

As you’re reading this I’ll be running in the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon through the beautiful horse country of Lexington, KY! Also can we have a moment of silence for my TN Volunteers, who fought valiantly but lost to Michigan last night 😦

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Now can we celebrate the fact that Kentucky won last night ?!?!?! Whoo Wildcats!

Ok, down to business. I hit up the race expo Friday afternoon to pick up my race packet as well as take a bus tour of the course.

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First of all, I started with a pre-pre race meal of Tom&Chee. Aka grilled cheese from the Heavens Mmmmm…..I am that girl that will go to a normal restaurant and order the grilled cheese. It’s the simple things in life right.

Tom & Chee Grilled Cheese

Second of all, if you ever have the opportunity to take a tour of the course you’re gonna run, DO IT!! Seriously do it! Everyone has been telling me about the tortorous hills that makes up most of this race and I’ve been slightly freaking out on the inside. BUT after the bus tour I realized that those ppl that have been telling me horror stories probably haven’t grown up running in TN and KY most of their life and aren’t used to the terrain. Or I’m just a dummy. Either way, I feel so much better about the course.

Also after the tour they gave out bourbon balls. Who can be nervous after getting free chocolate? Not this girl 😀

Kentucky Bourbon Balls

Honestly I’m not much of an expo girl. I never buy anything and I’d rather just skip the whole thing. That being said the volunteers and race vendors were wonderful and it was never super crowded either. There’s about 4500 runners in this race so I was really worried it’d be shoulder to shoulder but that wasn’t the case at all. I mainly just walked through to get my race stuff so I don’t have much else of an opinion on the expo.

The shirts are beautiful and I got a glimpse of the medals which are true to advertising. Literally the most beautiful medal I will own afterwards. (though shout-out to the Bourbon Chase for having really cool medals too. Must be a KY thing?)

So hopefully I’ll have good news to report come Monday morning with my race recap. As long as I didn’t collapse in a ditch from exhaustion or get so soaked full of water I burst, I’ll count it as a success 🙂 #backofthepack for the win!

Anyone else racing this weekend?

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A Valentine to Running

Who had a dream about running (and winning) a marathon last night? THIS GIRL! haha…I also consequently didn’t turn my Garmin on an there was a maze at once point, but still. Best. Dream. EVER  😀

So 5 mils conquered on the treadmill yesterday. This weekend I’m hittin double digits with 10!! (hopefully NOT on the hamster wheel) I also am one of the workers at the Heart, Glove, & Sole 5k here in Lexington. It’s put on by my office so I’ve been doing a lot of the leg work that goes into a race. It’s been weird/fun being on the other side of a race and I certainly have a newfound appreciation of race officials and organizers.

In keeping with my Valentine’s theme this week, I thought how appropriate it’d be to write a valentine to the one thing I love most in this world. Bloggingfoodsigned copies of my Lauren Conrad books…RUNNING! And b/c I’m such a giver, feel free to give this valentine to your own running shoes so they know just how you feel 🙂

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Dear Running,

Roses are red and violets are blue,

I’ve got bad knees so I know the importance of a good shoe.

Also that outside is always better then the gym.

You fill me full of joy right to the brim!

Whether I win or lose,

Or bring up the caboose,

Race day is my personal nirvana.

You’re always there to see me through

All the happy times, as well as the sad and blue.

I love you Running despite this bad knee,

Also I have no friends so please don’t ever leave me….

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day everyone. If you cold write a valentine to something you love what would it be?

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The Trail that Can’t be Concord

Got my first trail race under my belt! I ran in The Trail that Can’t be Concord 6.8 mile trail race in Knoxville, TN this weekend and boy was it a doozy.  (And by doozy  mean extremely fun and rewarding and I can’t wait to do another one!).

sick shirt right?

sick shirt right?

The morning had beautiful, perfect running weather, slightly overcast but still warm enough to wear short sleeves.  I also ran in gloves to keep my little fingers warm, plus my banging running scarf which I made myself, courtesy of Caroline from I Heart Running via Sami from Go Go Mountain Girl (both amazing women, you should go say hi)

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Reppin my Bourbon Chase team 🙂

Remember this was a prediction race so no phones, watches, or timing devices of any kind. I gave my predicted time of 68min thinking I’d off by a few seconds either way……Yea, I finished in 84min…..I also ended up running closer to 9miles b/c I took 2 wrong turns haha.  For the most part the race officials did a great job of marking the trail splits but obviously not well enough for me b/c I did one loop twice (not supposed to) and had to backtrack after a split b/c I saw 7 runners turn the other way and get ahead of me…..

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See all those squiggly lines? Can you understand why I took a wrong turn now? lol

All that aside, I had so much fun and it felt way more of an intimate and friendly race.  The trail was very narrow so any passing that needed to take place forced the front person to fully stop and let the faster person go ahead.  Of course this led to many conversations while you looked for a safe place to “pull-over” lol.  I ran alongside one lady mostly the whole way and as we hit a giant 1/2mile hill at the end we commiserated together.  I just love runners 🙂

So I made it out of the woods alive and my Mother and I stopped off for a celebratory hot chocolate afterwards at Dunk’s of course.  I know I have an obsession but I just can’t help it, it makes me feel like a real New Englander still.

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Then I spent the rest of the day bundled on the couch with my sister watching One Tree Hill re-runs.  Oh and a Qudoba chicken salad for dinner…great day 🙂

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Have you ever run in a trail race?  What was your experience, I wanna know!

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

-Neale Donald Walsch

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Race Recap….Sort of

I’m alive and survived back to back 200mile relays I swear!!

I got back into town just in time to go to work so not much writing is being down as you can see.  These next three weeks are going to be a big crunch at school and work so I apologize in advance if my posts get a bit sparse.  I will have up my Ragnar recap in the next couple of days as well as my Foodie PenPal post so lots of fun stuff for y’all to read!

I’ll leave you with a sneak peek from my weekend, brace yourselves….

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Coolest race squad ever?….just maybe 😀

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

-Orison Swett Marden

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Bourbon Chase Pt 2

As promised I have compiled a photo montage of all the beautiful scenes from the Bourbon Chase this past weekend.  Seriously Kentucky is gorgeous and you should feel jealous after viewing these.  If you haven’t already read it, you can check out my race recap here.

Day 1:

We started out at Maker’s Mark which to be honest was the only alcohol name I recognized.  One of my teammates new a guy so we got a private tour of the place which was super cool!

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They also had bourbon balls, which I may or may not have had like 3 or 4 haha

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They also had a green and purple drink.

Our first runner took off and we jumped in the van and were treated to this view.

Our third runner(van 2) on the course!

Our third runner on the course!

I was in van 2 and we started running around 5pm so had some nice sunset runs then the rest (including me) had night runs.

Cemetery stop.....more beautiful then creepy with the lighting of the moon

Cemetery stop…..more beautiful then creepy with the lighting of the moon

My first run was at night so I got to wear this super fashionable race vest and headlamp 🙂  The headlamp is one i’ve had for awhile and it pivots to point at the ground and besides a little bit of slipping down every now and then (I’m convinced I have a weird shaped head) you hardly notice it.

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Day 2:

The beginning of my second run started at night but then I was lucky enough to get the sunrise with a few miles left to go.  I ended at Four Roses distillery right along the river.

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I had 4 bourbon balls and 2 cups of hot chocolate here lol

Then the rain started……

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And it kept going until almost 3pm or so.  I didn’t run until 5:30 so got lucky on that one.  Somewhere along the way when my van stopped for food, I lucked out and caught the tail end of the TN football game, which the WON!!  WHOO GO VOLS!  Lucky weekend indeed 🙂

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Here’s one side of our van…we rode in style in the Bourbon Suburban

Finally my last run started to the finish line and the Sun decided to come out and say hello.  I like to think it wanted to congratulate me on a job well done 😀

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Happy for the Sun, but completely blind for about 2miles lol

Now it’s on to Ragnar!!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

-Mark Twain

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