I came, I Saw, I conquered….The Portland Marathon Part 2

Where did we leave off? Oh yes, at the start line! So Maggie lined up with the 4 Hour group and I stayed with her there knowing that I would fall back to the 4:10 or 4:20 group. It was nice and brisk in the morning so we both wore throw away long sleeves. We hugged and wished each other good luck, and just like that we were off!

the view 2So what made this race less successful than I hoped? First of all, I had a lot of work stress the week before the race. I couldn’t sleep and I had dropped 3 pounds in the matter of one week. I arrived in Portland feeling weak and stressed. I was determined to focus on having fun and running this race then I would let my mind go back to other issues at hand as soon as it was over. I had to change my travel plans at the last minute and fly to California from Portland the day after my race, but more on that in another post. I have some exciting changes coming soon!

the viewSecondly, this course was MUCH hillier than I expected. Lots of uphill and lots of downhill which is actually worse when you have little control over your muscles at mile 22. With all the changes in elevation I started to get a blister at mile 4. Yeah something little at mile 4 can turn into something huge by mile 26 and it did. I stopped at mile 5 to rub it down with Nivea chapstick, which helped some but this continued to bother me every step of the rest of the race. Despite the less than flat course the views were amazing. All photo credit in this post goes to Maggie. I didn’t take any pictures during the race.

maggieI was feeling great other than my pesky blister, and I was killing it in the first half. I was running with the 4:10 pace group and I was just certain that I would hit that time. Something happened at mile 14 and I hit a major wall like I have never done before. My energy dropped almost instantly and I spent the rest of the race trying to refuel. I had started my gummies at mile 4. I was alternating the power drinks with water. I was doing everything right, but I got to a point where I could not stand the thought of eating another gummy. Maggie was smart and took a snickers to eat at mile 15 and she said it was a lifesaver. There was a giant hill at mile 16 leading up to this bridge that the extra fuel would have come in handy for. One of the major things I have to work on in training and racing is fueling.

the bridgeMy blister became a very painful problem at mile 20 so the last 6 miles were ran in complete pain in my left foot. These last 6 miles were ultimately what cost me my 4:20 marathon. I slowed down significantly during this time and even walked a brief time at miles 23, less than a quarter mile. Despite this race not being what I hoped it would be, I ran freaking 26.2 miles and I did it faster than last time on a much harder course, so I have nothing to be ashamed of even if it didn’t feel as good as last year!

After I crossed the finish line I drank 2 cartons of chocolate milk, and hit the candy table for a handful of baby butterfingers. I also ate a bag of chips. Random assortment I know. Maggie and I made our way back to the hotel where she ordered a burger and fries from room service. I got a order of fries to hold me over while I ordered another gluten free pizza. It was that good the night before I had to have another.  Because of the race it took them an hour and half to get it to me. Thank goodness for the fries in the meantime.

It took me a lot longer to get back to normal than Maggie and she headed out to explore without me. Once I felt like a human again and the food I ate had kicked in, I got ready and met up with her to explore a new neighborhood.

cute neighborhoodDonuts are completely acceptable after 26.2. Too bad they didn’t have gluten free!

donutsWe walked around and did a little shopping before meeting up with a friend of hers for a few beers. I left the young kids to play without me, while I headed back to the hotel via Uber to get packed up and ready for an early flight.

Cheers, SS

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I Came, I Saw, I Conquered….The Portland Marathon Part 1

I can’t believe the Portland Marathon is already behind me. You put so much of yourself into training and it is all over in the blink of an eye….okay a 4.5 hour blink but you get the idea. The good news is, I beat my time from my last and 1st Marathon by exactly 7 minutes. I finished in 4:33:44 while my time last year was 4:40:44.

post raceThe bad news is, A. I didn’t hit my goal of 4:20 that I had been training for and B. This race hurt!

I am so thankful I had a good race for my first marathon because if this had been my first I don’t think I would ever do another. I text Steve after I finished and told him if I tried to sign up for a marathon next year to slap me! Of course, by the time I got home I was already thinking about next year and how I can get better. I can’t end on a bad race. This picture was taken as soon as I crossed the finish and collected my medal. By my slightly hunched over position I think you can see the pain!

post race painSo can we back up and talk about the events before the race and Portland for a minute? I had never been to Portland, but just as I suspected I fell in love. Mainly with all food choices that catered to Gluten Free and Vegan varieties. If you remember I can’t eat Gluten or Eggs, but this place was my haven. Maggie got to Portland a few hours before me but when I arrived at 5pm we got checked in to our hotel at the Marriott Waterfront and headed out to dinner. We checked out the Portland Grille first,  a rooftop restaurant with amazing views. We ordered wine and some sashimi apps but weren’t feeling the heavy dinner menu so we ended up at Clyde Common for some tapas type eats! Yes 2 glasses of wine on Friday before a Marathon on Sunday wasn’t the best decision I ever made, but you have to live a little too!

first night wineSteve has never been to Portland either and he had text me to request that I send pictures….but not of my food! So naturally this was the first picture I sent him. 100% gluten free menu and cold pressed juice. Maggie had met up with her cousin for lunch so I went solo to this little gem that was inside a yoga studio. Prasad Cafe is amazing if you are ever in the area.

lunchWe did a lot of shopping on Saturday before we hit up the race expo to grab our bibs. I can’t explain the euphoria I was in when I was standing on a 4 corner block with Whole Foods, Madewell, and Lululemon on 3 of the 4 corners. After walking around quite a bit we headed back to the hotel to rest our legs.

compressionNeither one of us could really nap so we headed out for a 2 mile shake out run. I felt great on the run but Maggie wasn’t feeling great. Guess who ran a sub 4 hour marathon? MAGGIE I am so proud of her 3:59:11 finish for her very first marathon. Granted she does a half ironman and Triathlons like it’s her job but she has respect for the distance of 26.2 and she killed it folks!

After our run we headed down to the river to take some pictures. Maggie hopped up here with ease but this 31 year old almost pulled something trying to get up here. Not sure what I was thinking the day before a marathon. Just get me down!

outtakeThe parks and scenery around Portland were amazing and I couldn’t get over how the camera just did not do it justice.

portland park

sceneryDinner time was a breeze the night before the race. I found a gluten free pizza place that even delivered. I asked if their crust had egg whites in it…nope it’s vegan! Perfect! This is the best gluten free pizza I have had to date, and I actually looked at the receipt a couple times just to make sure it said gluten free.

pizzaWe were in bed by 9pm. Maggie was smart and brought us some bedtime tea to help us sleep and it did the job!

bedtime teaRace morning came bright and early. We got our breakfast and coffee down and headed to the start. The temps were in high 40’s to low 50’s for the start of the race. Perfectly brisk!

pre raceMaggie and I were both in Coral D, which was nice because we were able to stay together until the start. I knew she would be taking off without me, but it was comforting knowing she was up there not far ahead.

Stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow since this turned out longer than I planned. But first…

Who is Maggie? I try not to exploit my friends here on the ol’ blog, but let me tell you how awesome this lady is. I am trying to get her to start her own blog, so feel free to tell her so as well in the comments. She is a coworker turned friend. She moved from New York to Arkansas for work and I am so glad she did. She inspires me daily with her free spirit and passion for all things running, cycling, and swimming. She is 27 and is living life to the fullest and inspiring others along the way! She was the best travel buddy I could have asked for especially since we were sharing a room. I am 31 and I don’t share my space well at this age. She told me right away that she didn’t have any “things” when it came to the hotel room so if I had “things” to just let her know. I got to pick my side of the room.

Her Side: again I am jealous of her free spirt!

her side

My Side: The struggle is real!

my sideShe was our navigator of the city for the weekend, and I took full advantage. I should note she had never been to Portland either but girl is resourceful and made friends we didn’t even know we had!

maggie 1Maggie played volleyball in college and is well versed in motivating the team! Her motto “look like crap, feel like crap, play like crap” We laugh because we both work for a makeup company so a little mascara and lipstick for a marathon seems fitting. She goes by MaggieSytlz on Instagram so look her up and tell her the world needs to hear her voice!

pumped up

Cheers, SS

Time for Sunday Funday and I think a bike ride might be in order for today along with a trip to Target!

Stay tuned for more on the actual 26.2 miles tomorrow!

Have you had a bad race before even though you may have PR’d?

Have you been to Portland? What was your favorite part?

I’m still here!

OH Hi! I took a long break and enjoyed life for about 3 weeks without stopping to tell you about it. I’m sorry! Just when I thought no one missed me, one of my favorite friends on the gram told me she missed my blog! Thanks Ashley, and even if you are the only one….well this is for you!

I didn’t do it on purpose I promise, but this is literally the first time I have been home for the weekend in the last 3 weeks.

tolleLots has happened in the meantime, so brace yourself for multiple post this week to get caught up. In between the last time we talked and now, I completed my 20 mile training run, ran a half marathon race in Little Rock, joined a brand new Fitness Club, and signed up for some exciting races for next year that I am anxious to tell you about. Lastly, I am officially in the taper zone and counting down the next 7 days 23 hours and 31 minutes until I run the Portland Marathon next weekend! This week is all about eating all the iron and sweet potatoes I can get my hands on.

Where do I even start. Let’s start with Nashville. Steve and I made the 8 hour road trip to Nashville for the long Labor Day weekend, and as usual had an amazing time. If you follow me on Instagram then this is going to be old news! I will say that for the first time ever I actually focused on the fun tracker more than the mile tracker than ever before when I have traveled. My foot had been hurting before we left so this break was exactly what it needed. I did sweat at least 2 of the 4 days but only 1 day was running and only 3 miles!

First stop in Nashville (literally) was this little Burger place we saw on the TV show Diners Drive-Ins and Dives called Gabby’s Burgers. Such a hole in the wall type place but they had Gluten Free buns! I can’t tell you the last time I have had a burger until this one and now I have had like 3 since…I met my quota for like 2 years.

gabbysNext stop after checking into our hotel was our favorite music spot and boy was it crowded!

tootsiesBirds eye view is always better. This is me getting into a vacation state of mind! It normally takes a good 24 hours to fully let loose.

Nashville state of mindWe found this coffee spot  called Crema last time we were in Nashville and I couldn’t wait to go back!

cremaWe got to hit up our favorite rooftop sushi place. Neither of us wanted to pick out the rolls so we did the Sushi tour which was the chef’s recommendations. It was good, but next time I’ll pick my own thank you!

viragoIf you can’t tell already the weekend was all about music, eating, sleeping, and repeating. I loved this cute little place called Butchertown Hall that I found on Instagram.

butchertown hallAnd so did everyone else because it was busy, but these tacos were worth the wait…not to mention the bloody mary! Plus I got the last one because they told the girl at the table next to us (you can see her pink jeans to the left) that they were out of bloody mary mix. WHAT?!?!? Who does that on a Sunday? They do make their own so I guess someone didn’t plan properly!

tacosAnd just like that, it was time to come home and DETOX, and get ready for my 20 MILER! Stay tuned to hear all about that weekend and the surprise that Steve had for me at the end! (no it was not a wedding ring- let’s not start those rumors)!

Cheers, SS

Happy Saturday! I am off to run 8 miles…. the longest I will run until the Portland Marathon next weekend! Eeek!

What have you been up to? Tell me everything, tell me something! I miss you guys! 

Home for a While…..

I had a great trip to New York this week, but I am glad to be home for a while. This was a quick one. I left Wednesday around noon and got to New York at 5:30. It was storming when I woke up on Wednesday so I was worried that I would have a LONG travel day especially since I wasn’t flying direct and had to stop over in Atlanta. Since it was pouring rain I headed to gym to get in a  good sweat before I would be sitting on a plane all day! My girl Kristin over at Peptalks and Ponytails got me this super rad shirt from The Hungry Runner Girl and it is so soft, ya’ll!

hungry tankOnce I made it to Atlanta on time and  saw that my flight out of there was going to be on time, I got online and purchased a ticket for 1 to see the broadway play Wicked at 7PM. Boy am I glad I did. I had to rush to the hotel when I got in and hop into a cab and rush over with no time to eat dinner, so dinner was a power bar and almond butter packet in the cab!

The show was 2.5 hours long and I enjoyed ever single second including my adult sippy cup of wine!

wickedThursday morning I headed to an offsite training facility that I have never been too so I got a super early start at the gym so I would have plenty of time to grab Starbucks and find my way! Good thing I did because I did get lost and have to jump in a cab to get there, but at least I was prepared for the next day! #directionallychallenged

in trainingAfter work Thursday evening I went straight to see William at O&M Salon to get my hair done. I have been seeing William in New York for a little over a year now, and I don’t know what I will ever do without him! So I did decide to go with the long bob, and spoiler alert…. I LOVE it! It isn’t too short but so much thicker and healthier looking and really easy to style. William never disappoints.

After getting my hair done I hopped in a  cab and headed to Primo135 in the West Village to meet an old friend that just happened to be in town on business too. I hadn’t seen him in nearly 4 years so we had lots of catching up to do over some amazing wine! By the end of the night it was raining so I hopped in a cab and headed back to my Marriott home to catch some z’s before the last day of class.

I was so tired traveling home on Friday afternoon after a nonstop few days in the city. I got lucky and got to sit in a premium seat on the first leg. The guy next to me decided he wanted to get real cozy. People amaze me sometimes!

on the planeI made it home at nearly 11PM, and even though I was so tired I had to take a shower to wash off the airport! I woke up a little later than usual on Saturday, but I was so happy to wake up to my own coffee!

coffeeAfter breakfast and coffee, I got busy on my 10 miler which went pretty well, but I felt so weak after. It took everything I had left.

Steve had a 50 mile bike race on Saturday so no fish tacos for me! #inserttears. So I ate a Gluten Free pizza at home and then took an extra long nap. I needed lots of rest before I could make it out with girls that evening for a concert! Hank Williams Jr. wouldn’t be my first musical choice but it sounded like a fun girls night and it was!

hank jrIt may not be my first choice but the crowd was huge, so apparently he has quite the following here in the South. I should have known!

concertI slept in until 8AM this morning which is a world record. I normally wake up at 5:30 or at the latest 6 on Sunday’s because my body is so accustomed to waking at that time! And honestly, I have no plans of productivity today other than laundry and meal prep for the week. I plan to take a steam shower and as many naps as possible. It has been raining all morning so I don’t feel guilty about this plan one bit! I need a fresh start this week!

Cheers, SS

How was your week? 

Sunday plans?

This Plus That Equals 17

So about that 17 miles I was suppose to run yesterday…..yeah that didn’t happen. We are under a heat advisory here in Arkansas with actual temps nearing 100 and the “feels like” even higher. I knew as soon as I took the first few steps yesterday at 6:30AM that 17 was not probable. About 3 miles in I had already decided to adjust accordingly and do 5 out and 5 back for 10 miles instead. 17 was a goal I had set for myself not taking into account how the whether would be right now. When I got back I stopped off at the gym to run another 2 miles on the treadmill for a total of 12 miles for Saturday.

I am traveling to New York on Monday morning for work so there won’t be any time to get in a run so I ran the other 5 miles today on my usual rest day for a total weekend mileage of 17. Hey at least I got there….even if it took me 2 days and a treadmill!

garminI will be MIA this week, and unfortunately maybe even longer, because I come home for a few days only to go back to New York the following week! Wish me luck people! In the meantime…my bags are all packed and I am waiting for dinner to be ready so I can eat and go to bed with the street lights. 3:30AM wake up call!

I must keep this short and sweet and show you my week in 1 million pictures worth 1 billion words!

Spin class again this week….

spinFinally painted that other end table… all house projects are finally complete!

paintingI plan to wear these all day er’day …

shoesLoving my all black decision for the next 300 miles….

asicsSadie got some new jewels….

sadieThis past work week was a stressful one. Dinner at the office, getting home past my bedtime, and getting to work at 6:30AM…..this made it better! Thanks mom for the bubble bath! It truly did make it better!

bubble bathThis picture my Mom sent me of my Dad and Ollie made it better too….I raised my fur baby like a human baby I think! Sorry Dad….

OllieFriday night finally came, and it was as glorious as I imagined….

friday nightAfter my super sweaty miles on yesterday I met up with my friend Carolyn for fish tacos and these…..

bloody maryAfter my 5 miles this morning I hit the pool up at 9AM and stayed a little over an hour until all the kiddos arrived!

poolI hope you all have a wonderful week!

Cheers, -SS

Tell me something interesting about your week?!? 

15 Miles & Drab to Fab House Projects

Happy Sunday lovelies! Marathon training is in full swing and I have officially started the countdown. 63 days 16 hours and 14 minutes. With that being said, the miles are in full swing as well. Yesterday I had 15 on the agenda…the longest I have ran since the Savannah Marathon back in November. Next weekend I have 17 and I am not even mentally ready to start thinking about that yet so lets just talk about 15. okay? Okay!

I set my alarm for 4:45am on Saturday, which is my normal weekly wake up call so it wasn’t too terrible. I wanted to get these miles underway as early as possible so that I could beat the heat. I find myself spending an inadequate amount of time staring at my coffee maker while it makes me the good stuff. For breakfast I had gluten free toast and almond butter topped with banana.

coffee earlyI drove about 10 minutes away to catch my favorite running trail and off I went, with water, Honey Stinger gummies, my tunes, and some cash for water refills in tow. I had a massage on Friday and my therapist confirmed what I already know, but my left leg is pretty tight from hip to foot, and I felt it on my run until I got warmed up. I had to stop and stretch a few times in the beginning to get things loosened up. Me and my foam roller are going to spend a lot of quality time together this week I know that!

I was looking forward to good music and time with all the thoughts up in my head. Work is really busy right now and I am traveling back to back weeks in August, so 2.5 hours of just running was just what I needed. I stopped at the farmers market around mile 10 to refill my water. I started my honey stingers at miles 6.5 and then every 2.5 miles after until the end. Those things are like little rocket fuel I tell you! The HILL is in this run which has been challenging but good training!

garminWhen I got home I immediately scarfed down a protein bar and a glass of chocolate milk then hopped in the steam shower. Steve was out for his run when I got home, so I waited for him to get back and shower then we headed for our usual Saturday fish tacos. After that we got grocery shopping out of the way (mine and Steve’s least favorite task) then we headed to the Home Depot to grab a few things. Steve said “don’t worry I got it all” so I just took pictures! ha!

home depotI am not 100% sure what he is doing with all this. Boy stuff in the garage I think, but I can show what our crazy friday night looked like. We painted this old mirror of mine and I am telling you, this $5 can of spray paint turned this thing from drab to fab.


mirror beforeand after….fab

mirror fresh paintAnd then final product on the wall…

mirror finalOkay, back to Saturday. My friend Kate came over to see the house meanwhile Steve was working in the garage hanging his collection of license plates. I will show you that another time! Kate left and I got ready for dinner. I was so excited to carry my new clutch that I told you about last week. When I first opened the box I couldn’t decide if I loved the clutch but then when I put it with the right outfit it was love!

clutchDinner was at Table Mesa, yes the same place we ate last weekend, but we just love it, and although I get the exact same thing every time Steve gets something different. Last night he tried the surfer’s burrito and declared it is now his favorite menu item! We always sit at the bar so we kinda feel like regulars there! Okay we are regulars. I waited tables for 8 years and I always loved my “regulars”.

I digress, so despite the fact that I woke up at 4:45 in the morning I was still going strong after dinner. Maybe it was the 2 glasses of wine. When we got home we cranked the tunes up as loud as they would go on the patio and hopped in the hot tub. I have been dying to get in the hot tub since it was in storage for a whole year while we lived in the apartment but Steve hasn’t been feeling it so last night when he said “I grabbed you a towel” I did a happy dance and ran outside!

15 miles, house projects completed, visiting with a good friend, dinner, wine , good tunes, and a dip in the hot tub = a busy but absolutely perfect Saturday!

Cheers, SS

How was your Saturday? 

What is your perfect Saturday?

To Lob or Not to Lob? That is the Question!

No idea what I am talking about? That’s okay, I just learned what a lob is myself! It is the latest hair trend…the Long Bob. And I am considering getting one for myself so I was hoping to get some thoughts from you! I love having long hair because it is so easy to just throw up and go if needed although I do wear my hair down 95% of the time unless I am at home or running. I had short hair growing up and didn’t grow my hair out until college and at that point when I finally got long hair I swore I would never cut it off again! So here lies the compromise….aka the LOB. Not too short but not too long.

I get so frustrated with my hair during these hot humid months. I spend like 10 minutes detangling it after a run each morning and although braiding it helps it doesn’t completely fix the issue!

tangled ponySo here are my inspiration pics that I found on Pinterest. I have an appointment to see my William for a cut/color while I am in New York in late august, so I have time to think about it!

The side view… a little longer in the front

Lob 1Basically the same but different color hair…. I guess I am drawn to this style.

Lob 2And who doesn’t use LC as inspiration from time to time! If she got the Lob so can I right?

Lob 4And from what I can tell there are still lots of ways to style the lob?

Lob 3So what do you think? To Lob or not to Lob? Steve doesn’t really like short hair so I haven’t told him about my plan yet. All I know is that anytime I mention cutting my hair he tells me not to!  I figure the Lob is a an easy compromise and better to just ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission right? And in the great words of my Dad…”it’s just hair babe” Which was not what I wanted here while crying hysterically after accidentally dying my hair jet black in high school. Dad drove me 2 hours the next day to get it fixed at a good salon and let me miss school. Needless to say I never touched box hair color ever again which is ironic since now I work for the leading hair color company and sell it every day! I just didn’t know what I was doing and my Mother warned me…I didn’t listen! This was one of those hard life lessons when you learn your mother really is always right!

flaresCheers, -SS

Tell me the truth….to Lob to keep it long?

The last 2 weeks….in pictures!

Long time no talk! I am like the worst blogger ever lately and I apologize for that! I struggle with loving to blog vs. living so I have things to blog about.

Mom and I headed to Kansas City for the weekend last week while Steve was in New York for boys weekend. This was our 3rd annual girls shopping trip to KC and we had a great time. Last year I forgot my running shoes but this time my Mom made sure I put them in my bag….I must be grumpy when I don’t run! The first night we had sushi and this was the only picture I took from the whole trip. It’s nice to disconnect sometimes and just BE.

sushiI have been really enjoying the early morning sunrise, and it makes getting out of bed to run before anyone else is awake totally worth it.

landscapeI got my tire on my bike replaced after the blowout I had a couple weeks ago. Riding my bike in the early morning is the best form of therapy!

road bikeI learned that just because you assemble your breakfast in a mason jar doesn’t mean you should eat it out of the same jar. Adding almond butter and trying stir this with a normal spoon at work got quite messy but it still tasted yummy!

breakfast jarI got the sweetest surprise in the mail from my dear friend Kristin over at Peptalks & Ponytails. She is so thoughtful! She sent me purple potatoes after I raved about some she had made on her blog, plus she sent me the softest ever tank, plus she sent the best ever coffee mug that literally just makes my coffee taste better when I drink out of it! #truestory

the best surpriseAnd to make things even better she came to see me yesterday after I finished my long run! She lives a few hours away but was in town so she took time out of their busy day so I could see their sweet faces and hold her littles! Okay her 2 year old didn’t really let me hold him per say but he was okay with my holding his sister! #compromise

Speaking of my long run, I had 13 on the agenda for Saturday, so you know I had to make it 13.1 because well I am weird like that! Breakfast started really early with Gluten Free Toast, Almond Butter, &  Banana. And coffee of course!

long run breakfastI started running at 6:30AM trying to beat the heat. I was really lucky and managed to beat the beaming sun until about the last 3 miles. Next weekend I have 15 so I am going to have to go even earlier if I want to beat the mid 90 degree temps we are experiencing. Not to mention the 90%+ humidity!

garminAs usual thinking about this smoothie got me through the last few miles!

smoothieSteve and I have been enjoying cooking on the grill lately! He made these beautiful sirloin steak kabobs for me this week, after my subtle blatant hints of how he never cooks dinner! It’s hard to tell from the picture but I added the purple potatoes P&P sent me after boiling them to soften a little first!

kabobsIn the name of fashion, I have to show you the clutch I bought from Jcrew. I haven’t received it yet but this Jcrew photo will do it more justice that I will. I am sure I will look just like this when I carry it though! #dreambig

jcrew clutchAnd lastly, in slow progress house news we are almost settled minus things being hung on the walls! Steve promised he will do that today so we will see. I have some plants being delivered to the house today  that I am super excited about. More on that later! I am loving these book ends that I got from West Elm after my Mom and I saw them in Kansas City, I ended up ordering them when I got home on sale!

bookendsCheers, SS

Have a wonderful Sunday! Mid 90’s here today so we will likely be spending most of the day indoors. I tried to talk Steve into taking me to play golf but he can’t handle the heat!! I would probably die too but my ambition is stronger than my ability sometimes!

What are you up to this weekend?

What is the temperature where you are?

Getting Settled in The New House

Ya’ll we are all moved in and I couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out with the house! There will always be little things that we wish we had done….like put an outlet here or there, but everything is perfect. We worked so hard for 3 days straight last weekend and got almost everything unpacked. The office and the loft are still in disarray but I am off work today and tomorrow so I plan to tackle those two rooms. Oh and nothing has been hung on the walls so Steve still has to do that. Hoping he will do it tomorrow since he is also off work tomorrow! We are so excited to be moved in for the Fourth of July weekend and we are ready to GRILL ALL THE FOOD after not being able to grill for basically a year in the apartment. I will be sharing more pictures once I get things really settled but don’t worry my closet (the most important room) was the first room to be tackled. My Mom and Dad came to help us move on Saturday and Mom and I spent a few hours in here!

closetMy second favorite place in the house is my bath tub. I have spent every evening in here!

bath tubWe got the sweetest surprise from our new neighbor when we moved in. I have never had this happen so it was so special to me! She baked the yummiest muffins for us and left her cell number on the card in case we need anything. I wasn’t able to eat them but I didn’t tell her that! #glutenfreeproblems but Steve assured me they were the softest most delicious he had ever had! I believe him because he already ate them all.


And since this blog isn’t about house building, let’s talk about SWEAT!! Since Steve and I lived in this neighborhood before we moved to the apartment while our house was being built, I am familiar with the running route. I am in a different location and happen to be up a really steep hill (hello forced hill work) so I am still figuring out my exact 4 and 5 mile loops but I am getting there. On Monday, my coach had me do a 6.5 mile tempo run and I overshot my route and ended up running 7.2 miles because I didn’t have time to walk the difference home, but I’ll never complain about more miles!

I am really excited to be back to my favorite bike route and decided to head out for a 45 minute ride Wednesday morning for my cross train day. Oh how I missed my morning bike therapy!


 I have still been using the gym in our neighborhood even though we didn’t live here because we were still paying dues! BUT now it is literally a long stones throw from my house so it is super convenient. Today I headed to the gym for my hill repeats, because coach likes for me to do them on the treadmill.

Today’s workout: 
15 minutes easy running
56 minutes on 3% incline 9:20-10:05 pace- 2 minute walking recovery between each set
10 minutes easy running

I also spent 15 minutes on weights after I got done since I didn’t do any arm work this week! Holy Moly do the hill repeats bring the the burn! Now I need to EAT ALL THE FOOD today!

hill repeats

In blogging news, my laptop screen decided to go out on me during the move. I know it couldn’t have been from the move because I had delivered it neatly myself to the new house. WHOMP! It had to be mailed off to Apple and that bill is going to come it at a whopping $400 that I would rather not spend on something like that, but what are you going to do.  Things in life could be way worse! I tell myself how lucky I am every day so this little setback is not all that bad! In the meantime I hooked my PC up at the kitchen table because well the office is still filled with boxes and I can’t work in that environment! ha! Breakfast was chia pudding I prepped on Sunday plus coffee of course!


This post turned out way longer than planned. I guess I talk a lot after having my coffee! Oops!

Cheers, -SS

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First Day of Summer, Packing, & Contouring

Well runner friends it is officially summer and Arkansas summer’s are HOT and HUMID, which is the worst conditions a runner could ask for. My body is starting to acclimate a little to the humidity and when I run super early during the week things aren’t too bad, but on Saturday when I sleep in just a little and don’t run until 7AM it is already sun blazing hot. The  thing I love about summer running is the fact that you can wear way less clothes….tanks and shorts all the way please. However, now putting on sunscreen is an extra step I can’t forget because being out in the sun for a couple hours without it is a bad idea! Am I right?

Yesterday’s 10 miler was a little on the slow side. I had to stop at the gas station to refill my water bottles, but overall it felt great! And good thing I love to sweat because summer running will certainly bring on the sweat. I almost need a towel on me to keep the sweat from dripping down my face….if anyone has a recommended solution for this let me know.

GarminAnd for the last 2 miles I was dreaming up my smoothie. And when I say dreaming, I mean trying to recall what all ingredients I had on hand. Turned out to be Half a Banana + 1/2 cup Frozen Blueberries + handful of spinach + 1 tablespoon Hemp Protein Powder + 1/2 Cup Almond Milk + a few ice cubes. YUM!

smoothieSunday Funday here at our apartment is all about packing!!! We move into our new house in 6 days and now my least favorite part just has to happen! Well I do at least have a special treat today and that would be a 90 minute massage. It was suppose to be yesterday but my masseuse was not feeling well so we rescheduled. Steve thinks I planned it on packing day but I swear I didn’t!

So speaking of the house they still have a few things to finish this week and it seems as if all the little stuff will take forever….like staining the patio! BUT the outdoor fireplace went up super quick!

outdoor fireplaceAnd now that one of the most important things has been installed I think we can pretty much move in…..that would be the Refrigerator!

Fridge is inThis is my current inspiration for the pantry!

pantryAnd just to make sure we cover off on all the random topics…..contouring! Anyone else implementing this into their makeup routine?

contouringEverytime I go to buy the Kat Von D Contour palette it is sold out…..so when they had them in stock this week I snatched it up right away! I tried it for the first time last night. I still needs lots of practice. I am not sure if I looked fabulous or like I had lines of dirt on my face! hahah! It’s truly a thin line!

contour pallette

Well it’s off to pack now that Steve is awake. He has me on a strict regimen today! It’s go time folks!

Cheers, -SS

Anyone else try contouring their makeup yet? Tips Please??

Tips for making packing suck less?