Where does time go?!

I feel like a broken record saying this, but I’m going to try my very best to keep up with my blog! 😛 In my defense though my summer so far has been crazy busy. Here are some highlights:

I had a weekend getaway in New York visiting my sister for her birthday. We explored both Manhattan and Brooklyn, and ate so much delicious food. I seriously don’t think I’ll ever eat that good of a chocolate croissant or muffin or taco or omelet or….. Seriously the food was amazing. We even ate at this amazing vegan tapas styled restaurant. I had vegetables cooked in a way I had never even thought about!

A couple weeks ago I started training for my half marathon in September. One hot and humid morning my too small socks caused gross blisters on my heels. And I’m talking gross, the kind when you remove your sock skin comes off. I played around with methods of getting it to heal and it wasn’t until I used a liquid band aid and regular band aid combo was it able to heal. I still have scab weirdness on my heals but at least they’re not open grossness!

Only two days after I got those gross blisters I ran a 5k. It was my goal to PR. I felt great during my run despite my heels, and just kept pushing it. People of all ages were passing me, and I thought oh well, I know I’m doing a good time for me I’m not going to worry about anyone else. When I finished my run I PR’d with an average of an 8:41 min mile!! I know for some runners that’s “easy” talk but for me that’s awesome! Just 4 years ago when I started running I had a hard time running ONE mile at a 16 min pace. I was unbelievably shocked to find out I placed 3rd in my age group! I was only 2 minutes shy from being 2nd, but I try not to think about that too much… 😉

A few days later I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my toe. It had been 16 days of pain at that point actually, I had just been ignoring it. I first noticed it my last day in New York. My toe was crazy swollen, and painfully ached. I blamed it on walking about 7 miles every day in sandals, and figured it would go away. Since icing, elevating, 1-2 day rests, and an inflammation reducer pain killer didn’t help, I decided to go to an orthopedic sports medicine doctor. The result? A stress fracture. I was given a post-op shoe and told to use it for the next 3 weeks and hopefully by then I can start running again, but in the mean time be “creative” with my workouts. Cycling, rowing, and lifting are all ok, but bending my toes/foot and putting weight on it is not okay. It was frustrating news since I had just started my half marathon training, but I guess I’d rather get better early on then have to stop in the middle of training and not even get a chance to run it. I’ve had a week off of running at this point and I can say the pain has gone away and the majority of the swelling has gone too. I have been biking, rowing, and lifting mainly at OrangeTheory but some of the biking has been with my family or my friend who I have been training with. I ended up designing a new training plan, which I’ll share with you all later (#goals)!

A few days after the depressing news I got my hair done at my favorite salon (hello summer blonde hair), ate an amazing dinner for our 6 year wedding anniversary and went with David, the kids, and friends to the beach to celebrate our actual anniversary day!

If I’m not at work, taking care of the kids, or exercising I’ve been catching up on laundry, cleaning the house, painting the house, gardening, and a hopefully a soon finished fun yard project (again I’ll share with you later, #goals)!

My husband has about 50 more pages of his dissertation to write and I feel a bit bummed for him. I know it’s a lot of stress on him, and he’s trying to be an involved husband and Dad, but that is difficult to do when there’s a deadline. We keep telling ourselves, “graduation May 5, 2018”!

Now that I’ve talked your ear off, enjoy your weekend!



Sore is the New Black

When I was stretching post-half last Sunday I also felt how sore my chest, biceps and triceps were from my Thursday OrangeTheory workout! My husband laughed at me when I mentioned it. He said, “You just ran a half marathon and you’re complaining about your arms!?” It’s funny because you’d expect me to be moaning and groaning about my legs, and sure they did feel a bit sore and tight (especially on Monday), but yes it’s true my upper body was still sore from my workout a few days prior.

When I first started lifting weights my arms could only handle 5-8 pounds (max) and now I can easily lift over 10 pounds! Sure may not sound like much but for someone who used to be the elliptical-only-girl that’s a big difference! 5 pounds used to be a challenge and now 15 pounds is the challenge just over a matter of a mere few months. The thing is I haven’t allowed my arms to “get used to” the weights. Once the weight feels easy to me I bump it up. Trust me I’m not buff looking (yet) but I can tell that I’m much stronger. One way I know I’m getting stronger is that basically every day I feel sore. Could be annoying for some feeling those tender muscles, but I know they are sore because they are repairing themselves and building more muscle.

Sore today, strong tomorrow.

And how I personally feel, “Sore is the new black.”

Right now my arms, back, glutes, hamstrings, and quads are all sore. But I can see my body getting tighter, fitter, and an improvement in my running endurance and speed.

Work for that soreness and see those big improvements 🙂

Are you feeling sore today?

13 Reasons, 13 Miles

A couple months ago I decided that for my second half marathon I wanted to dedicate each mile to someone or something who has really moved me. I’m hoping that it’ll help me get through the tough miles and push harder and faster throughout all of them.

So here are my 13 miles:

1.  Boston (To the survivors, those who passed away, those whose lives will be forever impacted, for doctors/nurses/paramedics/etc. who were involved in saving lives, for the police field that acted quickly and tiresomely to keep people safe, to those who revisited painful memories during the trials to provide witness, and to those who do not loose hope and are Boston Strong)

2. Michelle (A friend and runner who a week ago injured her ankle and had to bow out of this run with me, and for her casual way about running… how have you run so many half marathons!?!!)

3. Ella Joy (A sweet girl who used to attend my art and story time programs who is currently battling very aggressive cancer. This is for her, her family and that God heals quickly)

4. Jonah (Knowing him since high school I’ve seen him go through so much, and also he has for me. Almost 4 years ago he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and given a 6% 5 year survival rate. This August will be 4 years, and in September he is starting a Social Work Masters program. I couldn’t be more happy that he has defeated the odds, and found a calling that speaks to him)

5. Mandee (I’ve been charmed for almost 10 years by Mandee’s quirky humor and up for anythingness. Mandee is a true and good friend who would drop anything if you were ever in need ❤ )

6. This past year/new friends (This has certainly been a transitional year for me, and I want to dedicate this time to reflect on it)

7. David’s family (It’s so big they could fill up a FULL marathon so I’m going to squish them all into mile 7-heehee)

8. My parents (Obviously if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here!)

9. Mary (My sister who I’m so proud of, gets me, and no matter what is there for me)

10. Leo (My little goofball who is one cuddly teddy bear and I am so grateful to have him in my life)

11. Zooey (My little angel girl who I love so dearly and always is making me laugh)

12. David (The love of my life, my husband, my sweetheart. We have so many precious memories together)

13 (.1). God (Through my last and probably toughest mile I want to be thanking God for giving me a body so strong and capable of doing something I used to think was never imaginable)


If you do know me, and didn’t make it onto my list don’t pout, you’ll probably be on an upcoming race list 😉

Wish me luck and love you all! ❤

A Day in the Life

Tuesdays tend to be my most hectic day, and so I thought it’d be fun to share the craziness with you. Feel free to view it as the easy life or the woah how is she still awake by 9 pm! 😉

3 am-Zooey wakes up asking for food (she’s 4, typically never does this, and my lovely husband gave her a snack)

5:30 am-Zooey wants me to wake up with her, and I somehow manage to get her to fall back asleep for one more hour

6:30 am-We’re up, a real slow go for me while Zooey wonders how I’m not possibly more awake

6:30-6:45 am-basic morning necessities

6:45-7:30 am-Make Zooey’s breakfast, chat and hang

7:30-8:45 am-Wake up Leo (who is almost 2), make Leo’s breakfast, get Zooey changed for dance class, get Leo changed for the day and give him medicated eye drops (and I thought giving him antibiotics by the mouth was bad), get myself changed and presentable for the day

8:45-9 am-Head to Zooey’s dance class

9-9:45 am-Walk around the park district and park with Leo while Zooey takes her class and chat with other moms

9:45-10 am-Go back home

10-11:55 am-Dancing always makes Zooey hungry so breakfast #2 for her (and of course Leo follows suit) and finally breakfast for me (Larabar, an orange and coffee), dishes, pick up the house a little, and play with the kiddos

11:55-12:15 pm-Drop Zooey off at preschool

12:15-12:30 pm-Head to the grocery store with Leo

12:30-1 pm-Shop for the week and the real emergency… diaper wipes (how did we run out!?)

1-1:10 pm-Head home

1:10-1:30 pm-Give Leo food and put him down for a nap

1:30-1:35 pm-Change for a treadmill run

1:35-2:10 pm-Run 4 miles on the treadmill

2:10-2:30 pm-Shower and get dressed for work

2:30-2:45 pm-Wake up Leo from his nap and head to pick up Zooey from preschool

2:45-3 pm- Go back home

3-3:30 pm-Give the kids snacks, eye drops for Leo, lunch for me (black bean soup with bread), and prep my dinner

3:30-3:35 pm-David (my husband gets home) we say our hellos and kiss goodbye

3:35-4 pm-Head into work (I work in the youth services department at a public library)

4-5 pm-Work at my desk

5-6 pm-Work at the public desk

6-7pm-Set up for my program

7-7:45 pm-Family Storytime program and clean up

7:45-8 pm-My 15 min dinner break (steamed vegetables with a veggie burger)

8-9:15 pm-Work at the public desk

9:15-9:30 pm-Head home

9:30-10 pm-Catch up with David while sharing some FroYo and enjoying a small glass of white wine

10-11 pm-Checking facebook and instagram and finally winding down

11 pm-Finally asleep to wake up at 5:30 am to help Zooey start her day and get ready for work (in by 8:45 am)


So there you have it. That is my typical Tuesday, and it tends to be a fun yet exhausting one. My other days aren’t necessarily this jam packed and I get to have more hang time with the kiddos, cleaning the house, laundry, dishes, longer workout, etc. So maybe someday in the future I’ll share one of those days with you too!



Half Marathon Outfit Ideas


At the finish line

As I mentioned in my previous post about my first half marathon, I found that I hadn’t brought all the clothes I needed for my run. The main reason is that the day before the race the weather changed. So instead running with a feel of the 50s, I’d be running with a feel of the 30s. Two main things I was missing: a jacket and pants. I had brought capri’s instead and a thin long sleeve tech shirt. When I would be starting my run it’d be in the teens to 20s. So yes I needed to fix that situation. Luckily I had packed knee high compression socks so with the capri’s I had faux “pants.” I also was able to buy a jacket at the expo the night before, so I was set.

In case you are planning for a half, my big recommendation especially if you are traveling for your half, bring more than you need (just in case).

But if you’re curious here was my half marathon running outfit (and no i’m not getting paid to say any of this-HA!):

After about mile 1 or so I “stored” my gloves in my sleeves. About mile 4 or so I wrapped my fleece headband around my wrist. When I saw my husband at mile 6 cheering me on, I gave him my jacket and gloves, but put back on my headband. That became the perfect combination for the rest of the run.

Hopefully that helps you with your plans!



Book Review: The Runners Brain

51jn4r28l1l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Over the years I’ve grown to be a big fan of Runner’s World, and the book, “The Runner’s Brain: How to Think Smarter to Run Better” by Dr. Jeff brown with Liz Neporent is all the more reason I love them. Published in 2015, “The Runner’s Brain” is current and feels fresh. There have been quite a few books that I’ve read recently on the topic of running that I felt were painfully dull and even at times degrading to female runners which is not an issue here at all. The book is broken down into 5 parts: Running and Your Brain, Brain Strategies, Training and Racing, Challenges, and Resources for Runners.

“The Runner’s Brain” is filled with positivity and humor while tackling challenges for beginner and long-time runners. I highly recommend it for a quick runners refresh.


Weekly Run Review

The past two weeks have flown by and I believe that I owe you TWO run reviews! I think it’s one of those situations where no news is good news, and I have no news… Well, I guess the news is that I’ve been rocking my runs! My shorter runs have been pain free and great, and my long runs well despite being long and leaving me a sweaty mess have been outstanding!

Here are a few things I have learned though and may end up being tips for you:

  • It is getting lighter later and darker earlier so it is important to invest in reflective gear and/or lights, and know rules of running outdoors when it is dark. I have a reflective pouch for carrying my items and also a blinking light to clip on to my waist, shirt, or even sleeve cuff. This may seem odd but MANY runners including guru runner Hal Higdon suggest running facing traffic, that way you can see who is coming and can hop out of the way if need be. Another tip is always be on the lookout for drivers and be cautious! Just because you can see them doesn’t mean they have noticed you.
  • On long runs especially when it’s hot out, it’s important to stay hydrated. Either have water with you or plan your route knowing what water options are around. I have literally planned my long runs around knowing where my public drinking fountains are, and also I have started taking starburst with for not only a little bit of extra energy but also to help pseudo-quench any thirst I have between water stops. (Pausing for water is also a great way to stretch out you body especially since it’s gotten warmed up and the muscles are ready to stretch out,
    also I had one starburst on my 9 mile run)
  • Wearing a heart rate monitor especially on the long runs I found helpful. I realized that at times when I would’ve thought, “I’m tired,” when I saw my heart rate zone in the “walking the dog around

    Almost Half Crazy!

    the park” zone I realized that I’m good and I can actually push myself even more! Once I started pushing myself and monitoring my zone I got in a more exciting consistent pace which I believe took up my pace a notch. Woohoo!

  • Lastly, this may seem like a no brainer but showering helps period, washing your gear helps maintain it longer, and replacing gear even when you feel that you just bought it-well if it needs to be replaced, just replace it.

Happy Trails! XO