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?

Somewhat Silent Sunday

I am home for a few days before heading back to New York for work again this week. I had a great trip this week and I am actually looking forward to next week too. I am attending a training, and those always get me excited. #nerdalert Plus this trip I am getting my hair done so that is always fun. This past week I traveled with several coworkers (one of which is an amazing foodie) and we had some delicious food. My upcoming trip this week I am flying solo so I am sure my evening meals will not be nearly as exciting.

I always wonder what I was thinking when I book 6AM flights on a Monday, and then I remember it is because it is the only direct flight option. Being at the airport by 5AM means a 3:30AM wake up call that makes me do things like leave my car window down in the airport parking lot for the whole week. Don’t ask people, I have no idea. I hope it didn’t rain. Coffee and the latest edition of Runner’s World that I have been saving to read on this flight helped me wake up!

runners worldTravel day is always the longest day, because we go straight to the office when we get there at 10AM. It was restaurant week in New York and we ate a place called Butter. I had the Grouper, and by looking at this pic I don’t think I even have to tell you how amazing it was.

butter nycI was ready to hop on the treadmill Tuesday morning after not being able to get in a work out on Monday. My home sweet Marriott home treadmill was waiting for me.

treadmillFast forward through another long day at work and dinner Tuesday night was at Gato, one of Bobby Flay’s restaurants. We didn’t see him, unfortunately. I had the Mushroom and Kale Paella which was amazing but somehow did not get a picture of that, but I did get a picture of my salad which was also amazing!

GatoThe weather in New York was amazing and compared to home it was quite the breath of fresh air. We walked quite a ways after dinner to this cute little bar for Chocolate Martini’s! I don’t typically drink stuff like this, but it was the perfect after dinner treat!

choc martiniHalf of our group left the next day so the 3 of us that were left ate dinner the next night at a cute little Mexican restaurant called Gabriella’s, where we sat outside for hours in the amazing weather.

I left New York on Thursday afternoon and was home in time to enjoy a glass of wine in my favorite spot. There really is no place like home! However, the spiders tried to take over my spot while I was gone so I had to reclaim my territory. I told Steve he has to sit out here so they don’t get cozy again this week!

home sweet homeIt was a pleasant surprise to come home to much cooler temps and less humidity. After being on the treadmill all week,  I couldn’t wait to get outside and run on Friday morning. 5 miles never felt so good!

Yesterday was my long run, and I had 18 on the agenda. As you recall from last week my 17 didn’t go so well, so I was lacking confidence to say the least. I am happy to say that it was an amazing run, with amazing weather. It felt almost like a fall morning when I stepped outside at 67 degrees. I got started at 6:30am. I had to stop at the Farmer’s Market for a water refill and then again at the gas station for a gatorade which  I never drink while running, but I was craving it so badly. It was like rocket fuel and I was running faster in the last 2 miles than than I had ran all day. This was one of those runs, where I can truly say “ I left nothing out there”

garminAfter Steve got home from his bike ride we headed out for out usual Saturday Fish Tacos which I have stopped photographing since we eat them every single Saturday. After lunch we went grocery shopping and when we got home we both were tired so Steve took a nap inside while I napped outside.

resting my legsWhen I woke up I was raring to get out of the house so we took a drive about 30 minutes North across the state line to stock up on wine! It’s cheaper there, and so are the taxes so we do a stock up trip every so often! I love having a a fully stocked wine bar.

saturdayDinner was Mexican food and a Skinny Margarita.  I came home wanting to get in the hot tub and listen to music and look at the stars but steve was not feeling it, so I hot tubbed ( is that a verb) by myself with a glass of wine. If you haven’t done any star gazing lately, I highly recommend. It’s good for the soul!

I have no plans for Sunday, so the possibilities are endless! Happy Sunday Funday everyone!

Cheers, -SS

How was your run/workouts this weekend?

Any recommendations for restaurants and/or roof top bars for my trip to New York this week?

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?!? 

The Weekly Grind of Marathon Training

As I move closer to the Marathon, I really had to sit down and build out my schedule for the duration of my training. As you probably know, I have been working with a running coach. I have really learned a lot in terms of tempo and hill work, and although I really enjoyed the experience and challenge, I decided not to continue training with him. Mainly because of money. It came down to him or my house keeper so you see how that turned out. I don’t have the time needed to really work one on one with him so paying him to tell me how many miles to run seemed less important after I learned how to properly do tempo and hill work. Another big reason is that he enters my plan week to week. I am such a planner when it comes to running and I really wanted to know the exact date my 20 mile training run will be. I also need to be able to plan around work and personal travel.

So I built my own plan loosely based on a Hal Higdon plan and the learnings I have taken from my coach. I am running anywhere from 35-40 miles per week. 5 days of running, 1 day of cross training, 1 rest day, and fitting in yoga and foam rolling as much as humanly possible.  Here are a few scene’s from last week’s training.

Monday is normally my highest mileage for during the week with 7 or 8 miles that include 4 miles of tempo. I have to get up a little earlier on Monday, but man are the sunrises totally worth it. Sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy….and take  pic of course! If I am the earlybird, this is the definitely my worm!

running viewsTuesday is my shortest distance of the week at 4 miles. My coach had me start strength training on these days, so after running outside I am using what I have at home in my yoga loft to get some toning and strength work in.

pumpWednesday is my cross train day. I have been riding outside a lot on my road bike this day, but this past week I started my day with some early morning yoga. I did a 35 minute flow I found on You Tube. Wednesday night, I was so stoked to try a new spin studio called FreeRide that just opened a few months ago. The 5:45pm class has been full every time I go to sign up so a coworker told me the key is signing up a week in advance, and that was the trick. This class was SO fun! It is a dark black light room with mirrors, and everything is choreographed to the beat of the music. You are basically dancing on a bike and the 50 minutes flew by. We also used 2-3 pound weights for a few songs and oh the burn!

spinThursday is Hill Repeat day.  I do these on the treadmill at our gym. Last week’s workout was as follows:

15 minutes easy running warm up
Main Set
312 minute on 3% include with 2 minute walk recovery in between
10 minute easy running cool down
 

Friday, is just good ole easy running, which right now has been 5 miles. When I got home I did a 10 minute arm circuit I found on You Tube.

10 minute armsSaturday is my long run and I already told you all about 15 miles last week, now for 17 this week!

Sunday is RECOVERY and eat ALL the food day, because I am always starving the day after my long run!

Cheers, -SS

What is your favorite work out day and what type of exercise is it?

 

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.

before….drab

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?

Run Long, Go Big, & Go Home

Hi Hi! It’s Sunday! My favorite day to stop in and write to my little corner of the inter webs! Thank goodness for weekends. So far my weekend has been great, and as I type while sipping coffee early on this morning, I am dreaming of all the things I can do today. I tend to make lofty goals in the morning while drinking coffee and by 10AM I realize how crazy my plan was and end up getting like 1 of 793 things on my list done!

sunday morningBacking up to Friday…..Friday afternoon started the weekend for me and I headed to my monthly massage appointment. My massage therapist has been training to do massages with her feet. She had bars installed on the ceiling and all. I know it sounds crazy but I gave it a try on Friday and wow! She was right, she is able to get a lot deeper into the muscle. It was especially helpful on my glutes and hamstrings that never get that kind of deep massage. After my massage I headed home for our usual Friday night pizza night!

pizza I woke up early as usual on Saturday, and I drove to my favorite running path and got my 10 miles promptly underway. Unfortunately, because of all the rain we have been getting my trail had been closed at about mile 3.5  so I was forced to re-route and make a few repeat loops around the dark park. This week’s 10 miler went better than last week but it was still tough. I normally don’t carry fuel with me on anything under 13 miles but I need reevaluate that in this hot weather because I have been completely running out of gas on mile 8 the last 2 weekends.

After my run, Steve and I went for our usual Fish Tacos then made a trip to Sam’s Club to get some groceries for the week and snacks for a party we were attending last night! I got some really great cheeses, gluten free crackers, low salt blue corn chips, and a giant tub of hummus for the party! I also had time to fit in a quick pedicure before heading out to the lake to our friends house!

We had so much fun last night.  There were 8 in attendance and the food was as good as the company! We enjoyed sitting out on the boat dock, noshing on the snacks I brought, and lots of girl talk! The boys did their own thing while we did ours! Then our party planner of the evening organized the best meal I have had in a very long time. Steak, mushrooms, asparagus, yukon potatoes, caesar salad, and compound butters to make the potatoes and steak even more decadently delicious! We were celebrating a wonderful accomplishment of our friend and let’s just say the party planner pulled out all the stops including the Dom Perignon! This is the only picture I have from the evening. I put my phone away in my bag and didn’t take it out all night. I really enjoyed being PRESENT!

domSteve and I had scheduled a car service to pick us up at the end of the night and although we were having so much fun we didn’t want to leave, I am thankful that I got out before creating a hangover for myself today! #lifegoals

In house news, I am still not ready to give my virtual house tour yet. We still have a few things to do decorating wise, but things are coming together! Sometimes all it takes is a giant rug to pull things together!

rugsI was so excited to come home to my custom jewelry drawers on my doorstep on Friday! I found a company online called the October Company, and I was able to provide my drawer dimensions and pick out the layout, color, and material for these drawers. They fit like a glove and I love them more than one should love a box made of felt!

jewelry drawers 1And that’s a wrap! Off to make Sunday dreams come true!

Cheers, -SS

Last time you had a great night with a group of friends? I love any reason to celebrate!

How did your run go this weekend? Better than last weekend!

Life Goals for Sunday? To accomplish as many things on my over achiever  “made with coffee” list as possible.

Scenes from the 4th of July + 10 Miles

I hope everyone had an amazing day celebrating our great country’s Birthday! This is one of my very favorite holiday’s and Steve and I were so excited that we were able to move in just in time to grill out and enjoy the 4th with our new neighbors.

First, before I show you scenes from the weekend, I am having my coffee and breakfast in my new favorite spot on our patio this morning….we already have some new friends (aka squirrels) who are not afraid to come right up on the porch. I suppose we have invaded their home by building our home! Hopefully we can all share!

Sunday MorningI woke up early on the 4th to get my miles underway! I had 10 on the agenda from coach. I knew the 4th would be a day of indulgence (aka ALL the BBQ + ALL the wine) so I was happy to be starting off with a good sweat session. It was SO hot yesterday and I waited a little too late to get started. I was busy editing pictures (more on that in a minute) and by the time I left the house the sun was in full glory! I haven’t mapped my route out well enough just yet and I didn’t plan a stop for more water and my water belt didn’t last me the entire time. I ended up having to incorporate 2 x 400 meter walking recoveries during the last 2 miles to get me to the end.  10 miles actually turned into 9.5 of those running and .5 walking.

After I got home I spent about 15 minutes in the steam shower (100% the best part of the new house) then quickly got ready so Steve and I could head out to have our usual Saturday Fish Tacos.

convertibleWhen we got home Steve got right to work getting our giant pork butt on the green egg! Here is the final product….

Pork ButtWhile Steve worked on his piece of art I worked on mine! I am so excited to finally have my vision come to life. These shelves were built entirely for this vision and it took them about 3 times to get it right. 1 of which was them tearing it all down and starting completely over, but they finally got it perfectly right! These are all 8 x 10 black and white photos that I have taken from travels and various other places. Steve cut the boards the pictures are on and then we spray glued them all on. I still have a few holes to fill in at the top but I am so happy with how it turned out. The great part of doing it this way instead of buying frames for all the pictures (aside from saving a bajillion dollars on frames) is that I can easily change out the pictures. P.S for the record the “vision” was not for there to be a giant TV in the middle of my wall but this is the office and Steve really wanted one so I had to compromise. The other wall is all covered with a built in desk and book cases.

the wall 2Just when Steve thought he was about to get a break these giant rugs arrived on our doorstep. Not to mention that mirror that is still awaiting to be hung!

rugs 2Unfortunately they are still there because Steve convinced me he didn’t need to work on the 4th of July since he helped with my picture project. I agreed and we spent the day watching Soccer while our pork smoked on the grill  all day and filled the air with wonderful aromas!

SteveIf you are seeing a theme throughout the house…..Steve likes TV’s so he basically wanted to put one in every room including outside on the patio! I for one am more excited about lighting a real fire in this fireplace come fall! Bring me firewood Dad!! Pretty Please!

I have to say it was nice to enjoy the outdoors while also getting to watch soccer and a little food network for good measure!

outdoor tvSteve was skeptical when I ordered these Yeti Rambler cups on amazon that are suppose to keep your beverage icy cold for hours. My friend told me about them after she took them on a trip to Mexico. We tried them out yesterday and Steve is now a believer!!!

yeti ramblerAfter we enjoyed our BBQ Pork and some fresh guacamole I contributed to the meal, we filled our Yeti’s and headed over to our neighbor’s house to enjoy some fireworks while getting to know people around the neighborhood. Our new neighbor also happens to be our builder so he kinda has to be our friend since we spent the last year talking every single day!

And just like that all the fireworks were shot our Yeti’s were empty and it was time to head home! It was a GREAT first 4th of July in our new home. I am already starting to dread that tomorrow is back to reality/work day! BUT I am reminding myself to be present! It’s not even 8AM yet, Steve is still sleeping,  my coffee is still be sipped, and Sunday Sunday hasn’t even really started yet. SO let’s all be PRESENT and just enjoy the day without worrying about tomorrow or the next day! Deal?!? Deal!!!!

Cheers, -SS

How did you spend your 4th of July? Any traditions you do every year? Ours is smoking the pork butt

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.

muffins

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!

bike

 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!

computer

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

Cheers, -SS

What are your Fouth of July Plans? Grilling and Fireworks here!

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?

Endings Bring New Beginnings

Happy Sunday lovelies! I have so much to tell you, it isn’t even fair to do it all in one post but I am going to anyway because I can’t wait!

First of all, lets get the bad news out of the way.  My beloved gym Define Fitness closed it’s doors this week.

define fitnessI have been working out with my friend Jill (the owner) for 2.5 years now, and while her gym has only been open for almost 2 years….I can’t believe it is closing. I work out here twice a week and I have grown to love my fitness family here. Long story short, there were issues with a leak which led to lawyers which ultimately led to Jill making the decision to leave this building BUT for now she is teaching in satellite locations (one of which is at our clubhouse).  So Wednesday I had my last sweaty workout here at DFS. I got to class early so I ran about 1.3 miles before class started.

polarI still need to figure out how I am going to replace my morning class and I think it will be with my old trainer Bruce at the club house in our neighborhood for his HIIT Warrior class…the only downside it starts at 5:05 AM! whoa! Jill is offering a 6:30-7am class so I might be able to make that work too and just go early so I can get in more than 30 minutes.

rainy run

So anyway, on to the BIG news! I signed up for the Portland Marathon on October 4th, and I couldn’t be more excited. I really wanted this to be my first marathon last year but it didn’t work out with our schedule! Well this year wasn’t looking good for Steve’s work schedule so my friend Maggie and I are doing it together!!! She is an amazing athlete and her jam is the tri. She completed her first half ironman this year and killed it. This will be her first Marathon. Our room is booked and there is no turning back now!

portland marathon

So that leads me to the next BIG news for the day, I kinda signed up with a professional coach and racing team called Triple Threat Racing.  I met with my new coach Shawn on Friday afternoon to talk about my goals for the Portland Marathon. I joined the team right in time to run with the group Saturday morning for a test mile! Basically he see’s how fast I can run a mile and he will then base my workouts on my test mile. Then he will continue to adjust my plan  as I go along. He post my workouts for me every week on Sunday to TrainingPeaks.com. Maggie my new marathon buddy (we also work together) has been training with Shawn for a year or so now and talked me into making the plunge. His resume is quite impressive including winning yes winning the recent Bentonville Half Marathon I ran in March.

So this test mile thing. I have lots of room to improve but I ran my test mile in 7 minutes 15 seconds yesterday. Our workout started at the local high school track where we did about a mile and half warm up followed by some stride exercises, a few short sprints with walk recovery, then THE MILE! The word test made it sound so negative and I was so nervous about it I kept waking up the night before thinking about it. Turns out everyone in the group hates the test mile and they have done it plenty of times. After we got the test mile out of the way we ran almost 3 miles on the cross country course which is all grass with mixed terrain. I have never done any kind of trail running so this was  new experience for me. Coach likes it to gain balance. Maggie and I ran and chatted the entire time and it made the miles and rough terrain barely noticeable. Normally we would have ran further but Maggie had to head to the airport, so I ran a couple more miles on my own when I got home to make for 7 total miles for the day!

I am so excited to challenge myself in a new way and get closer to my goal of a 4 hour Marathon in October! Let the work begin!

Sorry for the novel, if you are still with me I owe you a prize!

Cheers, -SS

Have you ever trained with a coach?

Any readers out there running the Portland Marathon this year? Or any Marathon for that matter!