January Recap

I’ve decided that for 2016, I’m going to get back into doing monthly recaps. I think they really helped to keep me on track, and it’s nice to check in to see where I am once in awhile. Even if I am a few days into February already.

 

Miles this month: 94.5

Miles this year: 94.5

Favorite workout: Hill repeats on the treadmill

Toughest workout: First attempt at 15-16 miles

Races run: 0

Cross training: Abs + Lifting

 

Books read: See Me by Nicholas Sparks (37% Complete)

Places traveled: 0

 

January started out as a strong month. I was ready for a new year, and determined to start running on the right foot. I had a decent base going in thanks to some late races in 2015. Things were looking to be a 100+ mile month, until I was sidelined on the 24th. I didn’t quite reach my goal of at least 100 miles, but I typically don’t reach more than 50 miles in January, so this was a huge improvement.

I did a lot of running on the treadmill, and I can’t help but think that my hill repeats were my favorite workout. I felt strong during and after the workout, when I easily could have passed on doing any hill work at all. My toughest workout was my first attempt at a longer run. Everything went against me running that day and I only ended up with 3.5 miles. Mentally, I need to stress less about the workout and just let it happen.

I didn’t run any races, but I kept up with my ab work and lifting. I’m hoping to stick with it and see how it helps my training this year.

As for my goals of traveling more and reading more, well, I didn’t travel anywhere, but I am working on my first book of the year. It was a bit hard to get into in the beginning, but I’m hoping I can knock out the rest of it during an upcoming trip. Then on to the next book.

The month didn’t end too well, but it could have been a lot worse. At least we weren’t covered in snow and dealing with single digit temperatures all month, like last year. I’m hoping I can bounce back from injury next month and build my mileage up again. No races are on the schedule, but I do have a trip to look forward to!

How was your January? Suggestions on books to read?

 

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Honeymoon in St. Martin

A very delayed post, but our honeymoon recap is finally here!

We chose to go to Sint Maarten/St. Martin for our honeymoon. Located about 190 miles East of Puerto Rico, and just South of Anguilla, this beautiful island is both French and Dutch. We flew out on Monday, which gave us Sunday to relax and pack before a week away.

Monday

We flew from Cleveland to Miami, Miami to Sint Maarten, arriving around 2:00pm. Once we landed, we grabbed our bags, took a taxi to the resort, and headed to the pool.

Flying over Malo Beach

Flying over Maho Beach

We didn’t stay at the pool too long because Tropical Depression Danny (formerly hurricane) brought in some rain. Because we were both quite exhausted from a 3am wake up call, we kept the first night low key and checked out SkipJack’s for dinner. The food was great and after spying some giant lobsters, we knew we’d be back later in the week.

First night in paradise

First night in paradise

On the way back, we stopped at the Casino outside of the resort, but didn’t spend too much time there. It was fairly empty, but I guess that’s what you get for a Monday night.

Tuesday

Tuesday was our first full day on the island and what better way to kick off the honeymoon than spend the day on the beach! We started at Bon Appetit for breakfast, then headed down to Simpson Bay.

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The beach was basically empty, but we scored two chairs and an umbrella anywhere we wanted for just $5.00, so it was a win. It was amazing to sit back with views of crystal clear water, a good book in hand and tropical drinks at a moments notice. We spent all morning on the beach, took a break for lunch at The Greenhouse, then ended the afternoon with a little Stand Up Paddle board action on the bay. The water was a little rough, and the wind was definitely stronger than we thought. We kept getting pushed out toward the ocean, and it was more of a workout than expected.

Yes, please!

Yes, please!

 

After the beach, we went back to the pool, then got ready for dinner. This time we tried The Stone, which was located on the water. I tried escargot for the first time (not my favorite) and had some delicious shrimp cooked to perfection on stone!

Next up we ventured back towards the resort, but not before stopping at The Red Piano. It wasn’t quite like the piano bar in Columbus I’ve visited, but the longer we were there, the better it got. Or maybe it was the help of a few glasses of wine…

Wednesday

We were supposed to head out on a boat trip on Wednesday, but because of the rough waters and wind ahead of Tropical Storm Erika, our trip was canceled. Instead of stressing about it, we decided to rent a car and head over to the French side of the island. We made our way up along the East side of the island and started at the famous Orient Bay Beach. We walked our way down looking for the perfect spot to sit, including passing by the famous nude beach. We finally settled on Kakao and started the morning with some Bloody Mary’s and beautiful views.

Orient Bay Beach

Orient Bay Beach

The water was beautiful, but it was also starting to collect seaweed on the beach from the storm. We didn’t grab any chairs, but we stayed long enough to enjoy the sun and some amazing shrimp and mussels!

Can I have this everyday?

Can I have this everyday?

Next as we continued our tour of the French side, we decided to stop at the Loterie Farm. I reviewed the website before our trip and hoped it would be as good as I imagined…it was. It was absolutely beautiful and so relaxing. Loterie Farm is tucked in the side of the mountain and offers swimming, lounging, zip lining and private parties. We took some day beds in the l’eaulonge section and soaked up as much sun as we could get. We enjoyed the swimming in the main pool as well as smaller jacuzzi’s further up the hill. And of course we couldn’t pass on some snacks, so we ordered the smoked fish platter which included swordfish, tuna and marlin. Amazing!

Can I move here?

Can I move here?

 

And the view from the top

And the view from the top

After a light sprinkle, Loterie Farm decided to close to prepare for Erika, so we packed up and headed to our next stop of the French side…Pic du Paradis! Standing at 1,391 feet, Pic du Paradis is the highest point on the island. The drive to the top was a little sketchy and very steep, but the views from the top were beautiful.

Top of the island!

Top of the island!

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After a short stop, we headed back down and around the island to Simpson Bay. Tropical Storm Erika was due to hit the next day, so the entire island was starting to shut down. Because of this, we stopped at the supermarket, grabbed some essentials and made our way back home. But before we got back to the resort, we stopped at L’Isola and I got to enjoy some seafood linguine and tiramisu!

Almost as good as the Seafood Diablo from Thyme2 ;)

Almost as good as the Seafood Diablo from Thyme2 😉

On the walk back to the room, we stopped at the casino (it was just next door anyway) and spent some time on the roulette table. We both ended up winning, which seems to be a trend for me everywhere except for the Cleveland casino.

Thursday

I woke up Thursday with the expectation that it would be raining and miserable out. Fortunately this was not the case and it was actually partly sunny. I turned on the tv (for the first time all week) to check the status of the storm. Sadly, coverage of the storm hitting Dominica was all over the Weather Channel, and I couldn’t help but be a little concerned we’d have the same.

Due to the storm, everything was shut down. That included schools, businesses, restaurants, stores, basically everything. The wind was relatively weak still, so we decided to venture out and headed down to the beach. The waves were starting to pick up, the current was getting stronger, and spots of dark clouds would roll in and out. When the waves became a bit too much we headed over to the pool.

Hunting for a storm

Hunting for a storm

When you can't swim well...you don't test the waters

When you can’t swim well…you don’t test the waters

After a while, we started to get hungry and luckily found a place open with food. Unfortunately, it was the worst experience we had on the entire island. It was a little restaurant just down from The Stone ( the name I can’t find yet). The line was a bit long, but understandable considering the elements. We ended up waiting about 45 minutes in line just to take our order, only to find out that half of the menu was unavailable. Hoping the wait wouldn’t be too long for our food, shrimp and mahi mahi, we stood around with everyone else.

Another 40 minutes later, we finally got our food. It wasn’t the best, but it was fresh and we lucked out that somewhere was open. We were disappointed with our experience, and hoped the day would turn around.

We spent the rest of the day in the room watching the storm from the balcony and checking updates on TV. We stayed in for dinner and I cooked my specialty, pasta for dinner. Domestic wife over here 😉

Watching the storm come in.

Watching the storm come in – afternoon.

Storm watching a few hours later.

Storm watching a few hours later.

Friday

On Friday we tried our shot with the boat tour again. Post storm, we had rain overnight, but no damage other than some palm tree branches down. We made our way to the boat shop and secured two spots on the catamaran trip to Prickly Pear Island & Anguilla. They let us know we may not be able to reach Prickly Pear Island due to unknown conditions of the water and that snorkeling would not be happening. We decided to continue regardless.

Onward!

Onward!

We started on our way out and moved to the front of the boat quickly. It was quite cloudy, a bit windy and we didn’t have too rough of waves. Even though the sun wasn’t out, the views were still beautiful and it felt great to have the ocean air surround us. Luckily the water was calm enough to make it to Prickly Pear and we were even able to snorkel.

Welcome to Prickly Pear Island!

Welcome to Prickly Pear Island!

I panicked a bit when I first got into the water, and struggled with the whole breathing into a tube idea. The only other time I had snorkeled was in Bermuda about 10 years ago, so this was not something I really had any experience with.

Darren led the way and we swam over some reefs watching fish swim in and out of the coral. The views underwater were beautiful and I wish I had an underwater camera. We were given 45 minutes to snorkel and it was just about all the time I was interested in. Snorkeling is a bit out of my comfort zone, but it was a great experience. Even better were the views of Prickly Pear Island. The sand was white, the water was teal, and it was absolutely the most beautiful view of the entire trip.

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Up next on the boat tour was Anguilla. As we made our way back, I began to notice my skin felt a little warm. I’d been careful all week to wear SPF 80+ to avoid the harsh sun, but forgot to put it on due to the cloud coverage. Rookie mistake. My face, arms, legs, and chest were real burnt, but I didn’t let it stop me from having a good time.

Once we reached Anguilla, we docked the boat and could either swim or take the life raft over. Darren chose to swim and I took the boat. We had a great meal at a little restaurant in Sandy Ground Bay. We didn’t get to explore the island, but we did get to enjoy the water for a bit and even played a game of corn hole.

Anguilla

Anguilla

Back on the boat, I hid myself from the sun for a bit before joining everyone on the front of the boat. The views back were just as beautiful and I felt so lucky to be able to enjoy this wonderful trip so far.

Blushing or sunburn?

Blushing or sunburn?

 

Approaching St. Martin

Approaching St. Martin

Once we made it back to Sint Maarten, we cleaned up, changed and got ready for our lobster dinner. We made it back over to SkipJack’s and ordered ourselves some oysters and a 6lb Caribbean lobster. Our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs and we struggled to eat the entire meal. Still, we knew it was an experience we needed to try and what better time than on your honeymoon?

Just Darren and two lobsters....ha...ha...

Just Darren and two lobsters….ha…ha…

Saturday

Saturday was our last full day on the island. We started the morning back at Bon Appetit and I had an amazing chocolate croissant, seriously the best thing I had all trip. Next we drove over to the famous Maho Beach. Do yourself a favor and look for videos on YouTube.

Incoming planes fly over Maho Beach just feet above bystanders on the ground. There used to be a beach, but it has since been covered in giant rocks. It was such a neat experience to watch the planes go over, each time wondering how close they’d get to the ground.

Amazing and terrifying.

Amazing and terrifying.

Next we drove to Phillipsburg to check out the capital and what we expected to be a busy city. Surprisingly, it was very empty, almost a ghost town, which is apparently normal when it is low season, or when cruise ships aren’t docked. But I have to say, it was nice to have lots of room and not worry about other tourists.

Philipsburg boardwalk

Philipsburg boardwalk

We walked around, checked out a few shops and eventually made our way to the Guavaberry Emporium! Throughout our trip we had tried RumPunch, Best Friend, and Guavaberry Colada, all drinks that had guavaberry rum in them. We tried a few different flavors of the rum and since it’s not available in the US, we decided to stock up on a few bottles. It was surprisingly good, and much better than the last time I had rum in college.

Yum!

Yum!

We stopped for lunch on the boardwalk before we headed out and had a light lunch of calamari and some more mahi mahi. We made a plan for the rest of the day and tried to figure out what else we wanted to see before we left. We decided to head back to the Loterie Farm, but it was closed for an event. So we drove around Marigot for a bit, then down to Mullet Bay Beach.

We ended up staying there until about 6:30 or so, just long enough to catch the last sunset in paradise. We stopped at 3 Amigos for dinner and had some great shrimp tacos before heading back to the resort.

Final sunset, what a view!

Final sunset, what a view!

Sunday

Our flight wasn’t until 3:30pm so we tried to cram in as much as we could before we left. We packed our car and drove around to the West end of the French side to see if we missed anything we wanted to see earlier in the week. After a while, we decided we’d seen everything we wanted and headed to the airport.

We were told it takes 3 hours to get through checking in and security. When we got there the airport was empty, so we checked our bags and got a cab over to Maho beach. We sat around for about an hour and a half, watching planes come in and out, and absorbing the last moments of vacation.

Final guavaberry rum punch of the trip!

Final guavaberry rum punch of the trip!

Our tip to Saint Maarten was absolutely amazing. The island was beautiful and everything was more than I could have imagined. If you ever get the chance to take a trip down there, I highly recommend it. It was hard to leave, but we can wait to visit again in a couple years!

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2016 Goals

I may be a few days behind, but I wanted to take time and think about what I truly wanted to accomplish in 2016. 2015 was a wonderful year. There were a few bumps along the way, but overall, it was filled with so much love and happiness. It will be hard to beat last year, but here’s to trying!

 

Running Goals:

  • Run 24:30 in the 5k
  • Run 1:55 in the half marathon
  • Run 4:30 in the marathon
  • Volunteer for more races
  • Race a new distance
  • Run at least 6 half marathons
  • Run 1000 miles

 

Home Goals:

  • Expand and keep up on our garden
  • Finish the spare bedroom
  • Redo our kitchen
  • Make some big furniture purchases

 

Personal Goals:

  • Try 8 new recipes
  • Travel somewhere new
  • Read at least 10 books
  • Lift twice a week
  • Do ab work three times a week
  • Save more money
  • Advance my career
  • Be ready for the week every Sunday (laundry, lunches, etc.)
  • Be Happy!

 

Some goals are a bit lofty, and some I think shouldn’t be too hard to do. My biggest goal this year is to better myself, whether that means as a runner, personally or as an employer, we’ll just have to see. It’s going to be a good year, I can feel it!

 

What are your goals or resolutions for 2016?

2015 in Review

What a year! It’s hard to believe that 2015 is over. It seemed to go on forever, I actually forgot many things that happened throughout the year, but it also seemed to fly by so quickly! This year was filled with many ups and downs, but when it’s all said and done, I couldn’t have asked for a better year, filled with so much love! It will certainly be a year I won’t forget, but I’m most definitely looking forward to 2016!

January

  • MCRR Ladies Night Out
  • MCRR Banquet
  • Work trip to Toronto, ON, Canada
MCRR

MCRR

Toronto

Toronto

March

  • Strongsville Super Saturday 5k
  • Claire’s 18th birthday
  • Pudge’s emergency stomach surgery
Birthday girl!

Birthday girl!

Poor little guy

Poor little guy

April

  • My 27th birthday
  • Canton Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon

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Just part of the race swag

Just part of the race swag

May

  • Darren’s 30th birthday in Vegas
  • Yard overhaul
  • Medina Half Marathon
Birthday boy

Birthday boy

From bad to better

From bad to better

Medina Half

Medina Half

June

  • Claire graduated high school
All grown up!

All grown up!

July

  • Twin Sizzler 5k
  • Bridal Shower
Tech tee and trouble

Tech tee and trouble

So much love!

So much love!

August

  • Bachelorette Party in Watkins Glen, New York
  • Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
  • Our Wedding!!
  • Honeymoon in Saint Martin
Watkins Glen, New York

Watkins Glen, New York

Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal Dinner

Pure love

Pure love

Paradise

Paradise

All around beauty

All around beauty

September

  • Mom’s surprise 60th birthday
  • Claire moved to Seattle
  • Volunteered at North Coast 24 Hour Endurance Race
  • Race with Grace 5k
  • Harvest 5k
  • Work trip to Bethesda, Maryland
Birthday girl

Birthday girl!

Race with Grace

Race with Grace

Bethesda, Maryland

Bethesda, Maryland

October

  • Garth Brooks Concert
  • Medina SPCA 5k
Best concert ever!

Best concert ever!

Post race with some speedy MCRR ladies.

Post race with some speedy MCRR ladies.

November

  • Second Sole Made in America Half Marathon
  • Thanksgiving in Seattle
  • Seattle Half Marathon
Made in America Half

Made in America Half

Hello Seattle!

Hello Seattle!

Seattle Half

Seattle Half

December

  • MCRR Holiday Run
  • Tekfor Holiday Party
  • Frosty 5 Miler
  • Christmas with Family & Friends
Holiday Run

Holiday Run

Frosty 5 Mile

Frosty 5 Mile

Christmas with our boys

Christmas with our boys

 

It was a crazy, busy year, mostly filled with planning for the wedding. Running took a back seat, but in the end, it turned out ok. I was still able to run some races, do some traveling and spent time with family and friends. I didn’t meet too many of the goals I set out for myself this year, but there’s always next year!

Goodbye 2015, I’m ready for 2016!

2014 in Review

It’s the last day of 2014 and I’m a little sad to see this year go. It was a fantastic year that went by too quickly, and so many great things happened. Let’s take a look back to see what happened this year.

  • I ran 22 races: eight 5ks, one 5miler, two 10ks, two 15ks, two 10 milers, six half marathons, and one marathon
  • I traveled: Chicago, Vegas, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto, St. Louis, San Francisco, Napa, Corning
  • I PR’d in the 5k, 15k, 10 miler, half marathon and marathon
  • I started trail racing more consistently
  • I hit my highest mileage month of 112 miles
  • I became a member of the Oiselle Flock
  • We got engaged!
  • I ran my second marathon and PR’d by 21 minutes!
  • We welcomed our nephew Vincent into the family

And here’s a look back at the goals I set for  2014.

Running:

  • Break 2:00 in the half marathon-Cleveland Half, 1:58!
  • Break 24:30 in the 5k- Nope, but I did get a post college 5k PR!
  • Raise $1,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation-Far from this goal, but I did raise $300
  • Volunteer for a race– Helped with Medina Half Marathon prep
  • PR in all distances– Just about, PR in post college 5k, 15k, 10 miler, half marathon, and marathon!
  • Run at least 6 half marathons– 6 on the dot!
  • Run 600 miles– 872 miles!

Personal:

  • Try at least 15 new recipes- not even close
  • Plan a vacation for somewhere new-San Francisco and Napa!
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight-done!
  • Read at least 10 books – Just 3
  • Donate 1/4 of my clothes– Box is ready to be donated
  • Try something completely out of my element– I finally started lifting
  • Bike at least 20 miles a month- major fail
  • Get back into yoga– most of the year, ready to begin again on January 5th!

Blogging:

  • Own my own domain – done
  • Blog at least 3 times a week– most of the year, yes
  • Update the blog layout – yep!
  • Use a blog calendar– yep, and it helped a ton!
What a year!

What a year!

Did you accomplish your goals in 2014? What was your favorite thing from 2014?

Wedding Wednesday

I always looked forward to the day I could write up my Wedding Wednesday posts, and now it’s finally here. And while my blog is mostly about running, planning a wedding will be a huge part of my life over the next year, and will take the place of some races and workouts. I promise not to bore you too much, and if you don’t have interest, you can pass over these posts. But once a month I’ll post an update and if you’ve been in my shoes, maybe you can help me learn to relax….

How We Met

Let’s start from the beginning. In August of 2009, I attended the MBA open house at Baldwin Wallace University (then College). We had about 10 minutes before the presentation began, and so I mingled with two youngest people there, one of them being Darren. We ended up sitting next to each other, spoke briefly, and as the open house ended, we went our separate ways.

Fast forward to January of 2010. I was enrolled in BW, and attended an evening where we could pick up our schedules and books. Not recognizing anyone, I was relieved when I saw the familiar face of Darren. We spoke momentarily and found out we had the same two classes together. At this point, I knew there was something different about him, and I was looking forward to getting to know him over the next semester.

Over the next couple of weeks we got to know each other a little better as we worked in groups in our two classes. Right before our spring break I sent a text to Darren, asking if he’d like to get drinks. He responded, “How about dinner?” We went to a Japanese steak house, and after 5 hours of taking, eating and drinking, I knew he was the one.

And so over the past 4.5 years, we finished out grad school, took numerous vacations, moved in together, bought a house, and have built our relationship to where it is now.

How He Proposed

Last month we took our 6 day trip to San Francisco and Napa. Our first day in Napa was incredible, as we had a tour guide drive us to four different wineries, supply lunch and tell us facts about the area that was so new to us. Throughout the trip, I had taken more than 300 pictures, so naturally I spent a lot of time at each winery wanting my picture taken, or taking pictures of the vineyards.

As we made our way to our third winery of the day, I instantly loved the choice of wines they offered. With a variety of whites, it was easily my favorite of the day, and the vineyard itself had so many neat sculptures that it was hard not to enjoy the views. Apparently I took too much time, and as Darren was planning on proposing, we were rushed to the bus to move onto our fourth and last winery of the day.

Throughout the entire trip, I couldn’t help but think that there were so many spots that would have been perfect for a proposal. By this point, I was a few drinks in, and it was suddenly the last thing on my mind. We came across the final winery, and it was a quaint little building with absolutely beautiful cabinetry. I spent a good 10 minutes discussing the color of the cabinets and finishes, planning out a kitchen remodel while Darren was planning his next move. After a few tasting of some excellent Chardonnay (my least favorite white), Darren suggested we take pictures outside.

We made our way outside and the tour guide took a view pictures of us in front of the vineyard. I was done with pictures, but Darren asked that he take one more. As he was taking the final picture, Darren pulled away and got down on one knee. From this moment, my mind still doesn’t remember every detail, but I know I said “Are you serious” about 20 times. I was in complete shock, and disbelief that it was finally my time to become engaged.

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So here we are, 10 months from getting married…and I can’t wait!

2014 First Half Goals

We’re halfway through 2014 and it’s time to check up on my goals for this year.

Running:

  • Break 2:00 in the half marathon…..Cleveland Half, 1:58!
  • Break 24:30 in the 5k…getting closer
  • Raise $1,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation….$300 so far
  • Volunteer for a race…Did some volunteer work for Medina Half, but haven’t done day of race volunteer work yet
  • PR in all distances…PR in 5k, 15k, 10 Miler, Half Marathon-check! Still missing 10k and marathon
  • Run at least 6 half marathons….4 done!
  • Run 600 miles…currently sitting at 435

Personal:

  • Try at least 15 new recipes…I think I’m at 2 or 3 so far, lots of work to do
  • Plan a vacation for somewhere new
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weigh…yes!
  • Read at least 10 books…2 for 10
  • Donate 1/4 of my clothes…the box is ready and full!
  • Try something completely out of my element
  • Bike at least 20 miles a month
  • Get back into yoga….done!

Blogging:

  • Own my own domain….masherruns.com
  • Blog at least 3 times a week….almost every single week
  • Update the blog layout….updated when I bought the domain
  • Use a blog calendar…working wonders planning things ahead

Still some work to do to meet all my goals, but I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far. I’m excited to see how many I can cross off in the next 6 months!

 

What goals have you accomplished this year? What goal do you want to accomplish before 2015?

June Rewind

Here we are, half way through 2014, and the month of June is gone. I plan on doing a first half of 2014 recap, but I wanted to make sure I touched on June first, as it was a big month of running for me. Here’s the number for June!

Miles run: 106

Races run: 3 (Park 2 Park Half Marathon, Flirt with Dirt Trail 10k, Columbia Station Half Marathon)

Miles biked: 0

Favorite Workout: 6/10 – Track Tuesday-Mile Repeats

Books read: The Runner’s High

June was the month of running. I spent 18 of 30 days hitting the roads/trails/paths and it couldn’t have gone better! I hit my first 30 mile week and after a long time of training, I finally hit my 100 mile month! I never thought it would happen, but I feel stronger than ever and know that my hard work is paying off!

I also managed to run three races this month, two half marathons and a trail 10k. I worked on pacing, and hit my goal time perfectly in Park 2 Park. But I also struggled through some heat at Columbia Station. I even had a chance to break in my new trail shoes at the Flirt with Dirt 10k, and fell in love with trail running.

My favorite workout this month was some mile repeats on the track. After some surprisingly quick mile repeats the week before, I wasn’t sure I could do it again. But, I was able to hit three mile repeats all under a 7:45 pace. I haven’t been able to run consecutive 7 minute miles since college and it felt great to see my speed coming back!

My downfalls came with catching up on my book, and getting miles on my bike. Hopefully I can get both of those done in July.

Besides for running, we managed to make it to the Tim McGraw concert and had a blast (even on a Sunday night). I was also able to take advantage of Ladies Night on the Square, one of the town events that is featured once a month during the summer. With very few tied up weekends, I’m hoping to explore our city more and take advantage of all those long summer nights.

So there we have it. June was mostly running, with a little bit of local fun thrown in. July will be full of running (not surprising) and celebrating my second favorite holiday! I’m hoping to get a few races in, and stay above the 100 mile mileage mark for a second month!

 

What was your favorite thing from June? What plans do you have for July?

Friday Faves

It’s hard to believe that another month is almost over. Time to take a look at this months favorite things!

AllTrails – I found this website when I started looking for local trails, then I discovered the app for my phone. You can search by location, or specific needs like biking or dog friendly. I’ve found a ton of new trails I can’t wait to explore, and now I have no excuse for not having enough trail runs this summer!

Hart of Dixie – This has been my latest Netflix addiction, even though it’s a few years old. I went through season one and two in an embarrassingly quick amount of time, and liked it better than I thought. I’m still waiting on season three to be uploaded, but once it does, I’ll be unreachable for a few days.

Oiselle Stride Shorts – I used to wear spandex in HS and college, but after I graduated, I didn’t feel I was in shape enough for them. I finally bit the bullet and purchased the Stride Shorts and fell in love! They fit perfectly, hide sweat and they have a built in pocket. These are my new go to shorts for track days.

stride short with zip pocket

Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps – Jelly Belly has done it again. I discovered the recovery crisps last year, but had trouble finding them in stores. Now that I’m able to find them closer, I can’t help but buy a few bags at a time. These are perfect for post run hunger, especially when I have to drive home from a race. Plus they’re not heavy on the stomach, and gluten free/peanut free for those who follow a certain diet. Chocolate is by far the favorite flavor, in my opinion.

Nuun of the Month – Watermelon is the perfect summer flavor. It’s fun, refreshing and has a bunch of flavor. This was a limited flavor last year, but looks to back for the long haul. Right now all orders from Nuun ship for free through Sunday, June 29th. Be sure to stock up now!

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What are your favorite things? What’s your summer drink of choice?

365 Project – May Photos

Another month has gone by and I managed to get some great photos this month. I tried to pull away from my normal favorites of sunsets and country scenes, but sometimes you just can’t help yourself. Here’s a look at my favorites from May, but if you’d like to see them all, you can check them out here.

Free book exchange along my running path. 89/365

Free book exchange along my running path. 89/365

A stormy night ahead. 89/365

A stormy night ahead. 89/365

Post run relaxation. 101/365

Post run relaxation. 101/365

An evening run full of straight lines and curves. 107/365

An evening run full of straight lines and curves. 107/365

Painting and wine create beautiful things! 112/365

Painting and wine create beautiful things! 112/365

A run with the sunrise. 116/365

A run with the sunrise. 116/365

What are your favorite photos from May? If you could photograph just one topic for a month, what would it be?