Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Seen On My Run

For the month of August, Tuesdays On The Run topics are freebies so I decided to pull an old one for today and share several of my favorite images from my running journey throughout the years! These are all taken from my perspective and were seen somewhere along my run!

Seen On My Run

Perhaps one of my favorite routes to run in my hometown is along River Road. The gorgeous views at sunrise never fail and are incredibly stunning!

Seen On My Run

Ever "stop and smell the roses" while out for a run? I do! When a gorgeous flower catches my eye, I have to stop and admire it, especially if it's one I've never seen before!

Seen On My Run





What about wildlife? I couldn't find a picture of the gator my running buddy Heather and I spotted one morning, so this peaceful egret during sunrise will have to do!
Edited to add: Nope, I found the gator! I knew if I looked hard enough, he would turn up! 

Seen On My Run




Our downtown area has a really nice path for running and I don't utilize it enough! I definitely need to run here more often!

Seen On My Run



It's no running post of mine without a little runDisney thrown in there! This was taken in 2015 from Castaway Cay at the start of the Princess Castaway Challenge!

Seen On My Run

Another favorite running route of mine is down by the lake. I also love running here during early mornings as the sunrise is almost always breathtaking!


Seen On My Run





A field of these wildflowers signals that spring has arrived! A lovely site after a crazy winter!

Seen On My Run

Last but not least, remember Maddie and her horse friend I mentioned in yesterday's post? Well, here they are! Madalynn is always excited to see her buddy!

What's the your favorite/the best thing you've ever seen while out for a run?

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Ten.

Is October here yet? Y'all. This heat and humidity is about to do me in, especially this past Saturday with an afternoon heat index of 106 degrees.

So last week, I set out for a 10 mile run and couldn't make it. At 6 miles I threw in the towel and decided that 10 miles in August was for the birds. That thinking didn't last long because this past Saturday, my brain got the best of me and I once again decided to try for a 10 mile run.



The sun was just peeping over the horizon when I began my run. It was already 80 degrees with a high humidity rate and I knew as soon as the sun became visible, it would get hotter and hotter by the minute. 

Originally, I was going to meet up with my running group in town, but a few last minute change in plans left me running from my house. I've only run a distance like this from my house one time in the past and I did not like it one bit. 

My options were to run a 2 mile loop 5 times and have water every 2 miles, or run a 4 mile loop a couple of times plus a few and carry a bottle of water with me. I didn't like either option, so I compromised. In the end, one 4 mile loop won out where I carried a bottle of water with me and three 2 mile loops where I passed water every 2 miles at my my mailbox. The. Struggle. Was. Real. (Yes, I should invest in some kind of water holder but I honestly haven't needed it up until this point. I also do own a water belt but I kind of don't like it...)

Anyway, I decided to change a few things up for this run vs my last week long run fail. I drank plenty of water the day before (80 plus ounces) and had a decent lunch and dinner on Friday. I also ate a different protein bar that morning before heading out the door.

The run went fairly well up until mile 5 when I realized I forgot KT tape for my right knee (how?!) and my left hamstring wanted to act crazy. I considered quitting at mile 6 but didn't give it too much of a thought. I talked myself into stopping at mile 8 if I HAD to and by the time I reached mile 8, I decided that I was almost to mile 10 so why not.

 

If this run proved anything, it's the fact that no one should be running double digit miles in the south in the summer. Honestly, it was a miserable run but definitely one I'm glad to say I accomplished.

I know it was a slow one, but I didn't even care. Finishing the entire distance was more important than speed this time. Speed will come in the fall when it no longer feels like a sauna outside and I can breathe once again!


Although Madalynn wasn't with me for this run, I did take a second to say hi to her horse friend! They made buds several years ago and love to see each other. It's rather cute!


I look like I'm about to pass out (because I felt like it), but I was so glad to be DONE!


The best part of the whole thing was returning home to see Brayden dressed in the onesie I bought him at Rock n Roll New Orleans this year! It says, "I want to RUN like you when I grow up!" Isn't that adorable?! My husband is thoughtful like that! :)

I topped off the weekend by wearing compression socks to help with recovery and a glorious 2 hour nap on Sunday afternoon!

How's the weather in your neck of the woods? Did you run this weekend? 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dopey Training Week 9

It's only been a few months of Dopey training and I'm getting anxious over here. I'm ready for cooler weather to come through because as the weeks to WDW Marathon Weekend increase, so do the long run miles for Dopey training!

Fitness Friday

Currently Training For:
  • Dopey Challenge 2018 - Walt Disney World
  • Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon 2018 - New Orleans, LA
Saturday - 6 mile run (was planning on 10, had to shorten the run)
Sunday -
Rest Day
Monday - 3 mile run
Tuesday - Squats/Lunges/PT
Wednesday - 4 mile run
Thursday - Walk with Brayden/Rest Day
Friday - Cross Training

 As I mentioned last week, I had every intention of setting out for a 10 mile run on Saturday.
 

Well, several factors got in the way - I woke up late, I ran out of time, my heart wanted to act crazy, and my legs were exhausted. The last mile turned into a run/walk which totally messed up my pace.


The good news is, I opened up a new box of Mizuno Wave Inspires and my hamstring didn't bother me not one bit!


Oh yes, and breakfast. Breakfast was delicious!


On Monday, I took Jason and Brayden along for 3 miles! We made our way around the neighborhood and had a great time! I'm not sure what Brayden was doing there....haha!


It really turned into a beautiful evening!


By the end of it all, both shoes were off and he was trying to remove his socks as well! Silly kid!


Wednesday afternoon left me with spare time before church, so we set out for 4 miles. We both wore our new shoes, too! :)

During my lunch break on Thursday, I decided to walk to a local deli for lunch. About halfway there, I decided to check the heat index and hello....


CRAZY! Hello October...remember us? Please hurry!


Lunch was totally worth it, though...and it left me singing the theme song to New Girl! "Who's that girl? It's Jess!"

If that song is stuck in your head now too, you're welcome! :)


Turkey on Rye with Ham and Potato Soup! Delicious!

This weekend, I'm going for another long run and I'm not going to jinx myself again by saying the mileage so we will see how it goes!

Have a fabulous one!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PopSugar Must Have August 2017

We are midway through August and that means it's almost time to celebrate! Why? Well, August is special for a couple of reasons...not only my birthday but also PopSugar Must Have's birthday! That's right! PopSugar Must Have Turns FIVE years old this month!


So, how are we celebrating this month? Take a look below!


This month's box was filled with lots of fun birthday goodies and the color scheme was in a pink fashion! So cute!


#1 First Aid Beauty - 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask
This 10 minute mask will leave your face feeling clean and refreshed, perfect for a pre-birthday party pampering session!
Suggested Retail: $38.00


#2 Dogeared Friendship Bracelet with Small Open Heart
Who doesn't love an adorable friendship bracelet? This one reminds me of a grown-up version of a BFF bracelet from childhood! It's dainty, adorable, and would make a great gift for a special friend!
Suggested Retail: $34.00

Bonus Item: Shoptiques.com $25 gift card!


#3 Fringe Studio Free Spirit Journal (sponsored by Jeep)
Rose gold, pink polka dots, and gold edging are components that make up this chic journal by Fringe Studio. This item is also sponsored by Jeep and includes the link to a special sweepstakes for anyone to enter. Go check it out! 
Suggested Retail: $16.00


#4 Meri Meri Gold Glitter Candles
Is it possible for candles to get any cuter? I don't think so! How adorable are these gold glitter candles from Meri Meri?! Love them!
Suggested Retail: $7.50


#5 Goodie Girl Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Gluten and peanut free and so very yummy...these cookies are baked just the way I like them (with a little crunch)! I'll definitely be making a purchase of these soon!
Suggested Retail: $2.95



#6 Cheers Lacquered Tray
Personally, this is my favorite item from this box! This tray is perfect for a party or celebration and can even be used as a catch all! Love it!
Suggested Retail: $28.00


As an added part of the celebration fun, PopSugar Must Have is hosting several giveaways this month! Current subscribers as well as those who sign up this month are eligible to win!

Not yet a subscriber? No worries! Use code PARTY (expires 8/31) at checkout for $10 off your first Must Have Box!

The giveaways are as follows: 
  • Week 1: Pehr Designs
  • Week 2: First Aid Beauty  
  • Week 3: Kendra Scott  
  • Week 4: Tarte cosmetics  
  • Week 5 (8/31): 5 Grand Prize winners - Cambridge Satchel Co + 1 year Must Have 
Sign up before the end of August to be included in this awesome giveaway!

Happy Birthday, PopSugar Must Have! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you!

Disclaimer: I received this PopSugar Must Have Box for purpose of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekend Recap - Smoothies & Relaxation & Dessert!

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine went pretty well and although it was busy, I definitely made time to enjoy the down time too!

It all began on Friday afternoon after work - I stopped by my new favorite smoothie shop and tried a new (to me) smoothie, the PB&A.



Although the ingredients of this smoothie sounded odd (zucchini and beets..among others of course), it was AMAZING!

Lucky for me, the smoothie place was right next door to the spa where my massage was to take place!


I had a gift card left over for Christmas and with my recent hamstring issues, I decided to use it.


This massage therapist was new to me and I'm pretty sure I'll request her when I return. She did an excellent job and I felt great afterwards!



After the massage, I stopped by Jason's sister's house to pick up Brayden. Jason's parent's watch him on Fridays for us and they also had Jason's sister's kids, so I got to see everyone!



These two crack me up. Brayden thinks is cousin is absolutely hilarious and when they play, he just laughs and laughs!  I'm so glad he will have the opportunity to grow up with cousins his age!


On Saturday morning, I set out for a 10 mile run but only made 6 miles - I'll tell you all about it on Friday's weekly recap!

Saturday also included a birthday party for Jason's dad as well as a get together with friends!


One of them mentioned that we hadn't eaten Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake in a while, so I made it after returning home from the party.



Doesn't that look delicious?! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce and there you go!


My friends also mentioned that we hadn't had a Darrell's poboy in a while and they were right. Y'all. These poboys are AMAZING. If you ever come to Southwest Louisiana, message me and I'll tell you the good places to eat!


 My crew! :)

Sunday rolled around and so did another fun day!

One of our "things" is that we take a picture of Brayden every day to send to my parents (I've been doing this since his birth and when I went back to work, my dad asked me to continue it).

So, I set him up against the wall on Sunday and this is what I got....


I promise I didn't pose him or anything - this reminded me of a little model pose! He cracks me up!


A little peek-a-boo and I got a smile! :)


After church on Sunday, I visited with my friend Heather, then Jason, Brayden, and I had dinner and we went for a little swim! We are LOVING our little Amazon pool! We've had it since the 4th of July weekend and have enjoyed it a bunch! It's also nice because Brayden is getting acclimated to the water and he's enjoying it too!

Well, that's my weekend in a nutshell! How was yours? Hope you had a great one!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dopey Challenge Training Week 8

It's Friday!! I am so looking forward to another fun weekend with family and friends! We are celebrating my father-in-law's birthday this weekend as well as hanging out with friends and recreating Disney's Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake! (It's delicious!)


Fitness Friday

Currently Training For:
  • Dopey Challenge 2018 - Walt Disney World
  • Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon 2018 - New Orleans, LA
Saturday - 6 mile run
Sunday -
Rest Day
Monday - 3 mile run
Tuesday - Squats/Lunges/PT
Wednesday - Rest Day
Thursday - 4 mile run
Friday - Cross Training

Although the daily rain showers this week tried to stop each.and.every workout, I didn't let it!


On Saturday, I went for a 6 mile run around town. My little running group set up coolers around town and those were SO very helpful!


I seriously heart these guys!


I felt really good after 6 miles and debated on running more, but the logical side of my head told me I needed to stick to the plan and not get crazy. That's the hardest part of marathon training for me - I want to be fully ready like tomorrow. It definitely doesn't work that way!


On Monday, I set out (solo) in between rain showers for a 3 mile run. I listened to some of my podcast favorites the entire time and I laughed so much, I forgot how far I was into my run. You know when something is so good that you zone out during your run? Yeah, that was Tuesday's run for me!


Thursday evening's run was with Brayden and we decided to go for 4 miles again! As soon as we finished, a downpour came through, so the only picture I have is of this rainbow!


Now, if it would only quit raining! I hear it's supposed to continue daily through the next week, too.


On Tuesday, I completed my PT routine although I'm wondering if I should add another set an additional day during the week. Also today, I'm going to do some cross training after I get off of work.

Speaking of after work, I have a 50 minute massage scheduled today and I am so excited! There's a few gift cards still sitting on the kitchen shelf that needed to be used, so today is the day!

Tomorrow, I have 10 miles on schedule for my long run! Crossing my fingers all goes well! :)

Have a great weekend! What are your weekend plans?

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