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Weekending Like A Boss

Weekending Like A Boss

You know how sometimes you feel like your life is ending? Like when your phone smashes on a hard marble floor? Not only that, but you’re also trying to network with people at a work event and your whole body warms over and you feel like you’re going to puke after eating something that REALLY didn’t agree with you? Yes, I had quite the week. Luckily, the Genius Bar at the Apple store saved my life (I might have hugged them profusely) and I will forever stay away from gamble salads that have a bunch of god knows what in them. I’ve come to find out that I’ve developed quite a few food allergies over the years. Needless to say, I was THRILLED by the time Friday rolled around. Let the weekend begin!!

Not only that, but Chicagoland was teased with a little bit of summer weather. This girl even got a sunburn one morning!! But let’s back up, last weekend was my daddio’s birthday and in true runner’s fashion, I just ran to my parents’ house to 1. get my run in and 2. wish him a happy birthday asap. Sorry for the sweaty, smelly greeting Dad haha at least your other daughter isn’t a crazy runner. :p

 

Also, I got him a Fitbit Charge 2 and I have to say, I’m a bit jealous. I have a Garmin I only wear when I run, but I think it would be pretty nifty to see how many steps I’m getting in and connect with my other Fitbitters (because I’m competitive like that). Because of family health scares, I felt like not only would this fit the bill for his interest in techy stuff, it’ll really help guide him  and motivate him to move around more since he works mostly from home now. I love him a whole heck of a lot.

Half marathon training has officially started as well which is another reason why I wanted to test myself and pack on the miles that weekend. On average, my mileage has been somewhat on the low side (5-6 miles per run). Time to ramp it up! The race is mid-late May so the weather should cooperate for the most part when it comes to training. It’s just a matter of being good with cross training and stretching properly so I don’t injure my hamstring tendon again (knock on every solid surface). I tend to run based on how I feel which doesn’t always coincide with my training schedule…that’s when I get in trouble. Going too hard too much is just a recipe for disaster.

My survival guide to half marathon training includes:

  • Training in the morning on the weekends (hell if I’m going to get a long run in past noon).
  • Keeping race day in mind. (No one likes this day to come and feeling completely unprepared).
  • Staying focused on my race day goals. I would like to beat last year’s time, so that means no slacking and keeping my nutrition in check!
  • Taking care of my body. This means avoiding that extra vodka drink and empty calories that will just slow me down the following morning.
  • There’s no time for excuses. Really, everyone has at least 1 hour in the day to get some training in so make it count and get it done.
  • Maintain a realistic schedule. If I know I have a long work day ahead, I’ll get my workout in before then because God knows my head won’t be in the game post-multiple meetings later.
  • Train smart. Again, this goes back to me stretching properly, incorporating more crosstraining during the week and building more muscle and flexibility to avoid injury.

And really on weekends like this one, I’m more than happy to slap on those running shoes and go out for a long run. It’s a great way to reset the body too after indulging a little too much during the week. So many birthday celebrations, so much good food. Not to mention, my playlist was ON POINT. Has anyone else jammed out to the new Chainsmokers album? So much YASSSSS.

I also made sure to get a good, leisurely walk in with the hubs. Basically, I took advantage of this damn good weather every chance I got. Give me sun. Give me fresh air to just inhale all day long.

Training aside, I got some quality big sis time in this weekend. We did some major damage shopping and caught up on the latest with each other. Why Free People? Why must you have all the cute things? I picked this tunic up because…obviously.

 

Not only that, but I got my puppy fix in. How can you have a bad day with this silly face staring back at you? #cutenessoverload

 

 

I would totally be fine with having another day off with this weather. Lazy Sundays just can’t be a thing when you haven’t seen amazing weather like this in MONTHS. It’s instant happy. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Cheers!

Just Do It.

Just Do It.

No, I’m not talking about Nike. So many times, we talk and talk and talk about what we’re going to do, what we want to do, yet we stay in the same place. Because well…we’re either lazy or just complacent. For me, other things just get in the way of my goals and I lose sight of my priorities. HELLO this needs to stop. After my annual review at work (which went amazingly well) it really turns on that light of self-reflection. What do I really want? What am I really working toward? Where do I want to be in five years personally and professionally? Do I really want to binge on Netflix and drink that fourth glass of wine? All important questions. It might also have to do with the fact that I’m approaching 30. (Inhale….exhale….).

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So far, 2017 is going pretty well. (Knock on every piece of wood). We’re only a few months in, but I’ve had quite a few accomplishments:

  • I made the conscious decision to not register for as many races this year. Not because I don’t love running anymore (let’s not get crazy) but really, it’s insane how much I’ve spent on race registrations. Even more importantly, I wanted to stop training so much. I want to get up and say “hey yeah let’s run 4 miles today” or “hmmm I really want to run 8 today since it’s so damn nice out.” Abiding by a training schedule is just really damn annoying sometimes. It’s about time I start running for me again and not for a T-shirt and bling. Did I just say that? Don’t tell anyone…
  • I’ve been getting great feedback from the big bosses at work. My job continues to challenge me and push my limits and that’s what really makes me thrive. I love it there and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Sometimes I feel like I might have a mental break because of everything I’m working on, but…whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right? Haha.
  • Cutting carbs. Yes, this is an accomplishment. I’ve been avoiding bread, rice, pasta like the plague. Does this mean I don’t want to constantly go to my local bakery and stuff a giant loaf of french bread in my face? Absolutely not. And celebrating birthdays make it especially difficult. Can I get a high-five for only taking a bite out of this red velvet cupcake and not devouring the whole thing?

  • I’ve been more aware of my needs over my wants. This has to do with a lot including everything from my diet to avoiding overspending on things. And HOLLLLAAAA for finishing paying off medical bills from before you had awesome health insurance! #adultingproblems.
  • It’s a work in progress, but I’ve downsized my closet. Of course the hubs doesn’t notice since he’s always only had just a sliver of our huge walk-in closet….BUT there’s progress. I’ve reinstated rules like if I haven’t worn something in over a year, it gets donated or if I bring in a new piece of clothing, that means something else needs to move on out! The struggle is real. I feel like a hoarder when it comes to clothes. Someone please help. I have more sports bras than Serena Williams.

This weekend was prime outdoorsy weather though. This girl is ready for SPRING. Bring it!! On Saturday I went to my favorite boxing class and Sunday morning was spent running around the neighborhood and racking up those miles. It felt amaze-balls. However, what did not feel so amaze-balls was how it went from coldgear weather to tank weather by the time I ended my run. #runnerproblems.

Other exciting things that happened include me needing new glasses because…well when you get old, you slowly go blind. I of course took a million years picking out the perfect frames. I knew that I wanted to go bold and yet that didn’t seem to trim down the selection by too much. One of the receptionists there was a huge help and I walked away with some new frames whenever I want to opt out of wearing contacts.  I ended up with these Coach frames:

Now that we’ve established that I should never quit my day job and become a model, let’s move on to some goals. I’ve started to write up some ideas for what might be a series of short stories or a book. I’ve gotten the little push/motivation I need to start and I’m excited. I’ve also decided that whenever I wonder if I’m ready for kids, I should remind myself how I feel going to Costco on a weekend. How’s that for a lane change? But really, Costco turns into a zoo come Saturday/Sunday afternoon. Can’t I just get my army-sized pack of apples and chicken in peace?

Now that I’ve meal prepped for the week, and caught up on some much-needed reading, I’m set to start this week! I’ve been reading The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do. I’m pretty excited to dive even deeper into this book. A review will come soon enough!

As for Sunday night…well…this is as productive as it got.

 

Cheers to a new week!

2016: The Year of Letting Go

2016: The Year of Letting Go

So as 2016 has officially started, I’ve decided to announce that this year will be the year to let go. You know, like Elsa said. Let it gooooo….let it goooo….But really. I’ve learned that holding onto things can be toxic for your mind and body. Letting go of the guilt, stress, pain or anger you have about a person or situation will only hurt YOU. I can’t tell you how many things I haven’t done simply because I was the one holding myself back. It’s easy to blame other people or make excuses, but this year I’m going to work toward not holding onto any negative experiences or people and to only feel those good vibes.

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This year, I’m letting ALL of that negativity shit go and let these upcoming goals HAPPEN. I’m really excited for this new start. So let’s see what kind of goals we have for this year!

First I decided that I have a goal to run 1,000 miles in 2016 because well you know…I’m one of THOSE runners who just can’t get enough. And you know there’s awesome swag. Got to have that swag. The 2016 Gold Challenge is great for all of you other runners out there who really want to amp up the miles this year! They also have another 100 Days of Miles challenge going. If you’re interested in signing up for this challenge with me, you can join here!

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Speaking of running…I do believe I mentioned not running another marathon this year…yeah well haha that didn’t last long. Training and running my first marathon last year was one of the hardest things I’ve done mentally and physically. I can’t wait to put my mind and body to the test AGAIN when I officially start training around June. If any other Midwest runners want to snag an awesome deal for a marathon, the PNC Milwaukee Running Festival Series is the way to go! You can register here. There’s also a 5k, 10k and half marathon distance options along with the full marathon. This is the second time this running series is going on and it’s getting some great reviews! Annnnd it’s a Boston Qualifier race soooo for all of you superhuman runners…take note.

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With having the first marathon under my belt, I have a better idea of things I should and shouldn’t do throughout training and on race day. This marathon will definitely be smaller than Chicago so it’ll be easier to prevent myself from starting out too fast. My #1 problem which caused me to hit my wall at mile 20 and injured my IT band big time. Ouch.

Although my IT band has been a whiny little bitch lately, I’ve been stretching it out and foam rolling like woah so it’ll be back to normal well before marathon training starts….and before my other half marathons I registered for this year. Bahaha. #Lifeofarunner. I started off the new year right and packed on some miles in my new InkNBurn tights and my amazeballs wireless earbuds. I have no idea how I lived without them for so long. I can’t wait until it heats up just a tiny bit…these morning runs are brutal…but will I ever give in to running on the dreadmill??? NEVAAAA!!!

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Once the new year hit, I also took advantage of getting some new workout gear. It’s my favorite time of year really since I can stock up on new running gear for a STEAL because of the infamous weight loss resolutions everyone seems to have. I swear by Old Navy’s active wear. Their running tights, tops and sports bras are amazing quality and the prices are A LOT easier on the eyes and the bank than Nike or UA gear. If you need some new gear, I highly suggest you check out those sales! You know…before I buy it all up.

One of hardest challenges for a runner is facing an injury. I’ve had some IT band issues lately and because another marathon is on my calendar I can’t fuck up allowing myself to heal properly. I’ve even set my alarm to get up and do stretches targeting that area and have sworn off running *GASP* for the week and sub it out for cross training to strengthen these damn hips! Lesson learned once again, don’t skip out on stretches or cross training between long distance runs, biotch!  Although dealing with an injury totally blows, I’m hoping it’s short lived and I have an amazing support group to get me through it. Not only being part of the RunJunkEes® Run Club but being honored as an ambassador for the group has been amazing. Check us out if you want to join in on the fun here! It’s a great place to get motivated and connect with other runners from all over!

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Aside from my fitness and running goals, I’m also playing around with ideas for my first book. It’s a goal of mine that I’ve had ever since college. It’s time to at least start working on making it a reality. I mean…if Kim Kardashian can have a fucking book of selfies published…that means I can get published too right?…Either way, these goals are so big for me it’s scary.

Cheers!

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