Weekend ReCUP (in pics)

Happy Sunday!

I’m sorry, where did the weekend go? It just flew right on by.

I had a great weekend, but a very quick one.

The Boy and I are sitting here watching Mad Max sweep the Oscars, so what better time then now to share my weekend reCUP in pics. Let’s get to it…


Burrito Friday?! Don’t mind if I do!


40 degrees! That beach run sure is going to be chilly.


A race I couldn’t pass up! I’m sure you understand.


I jump for cupcakes!

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About to toe the start line with my adorable running-sidekick.

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Celebrating an awesome run with a sweet treat.

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Black bean guacamole burger. It’s what’s for dinner!


A sunrise run puts life in perspective. Picture doesn’t even do it justice!

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When your running buddy has double your miles (I had 10 [well actually 11.3 because I can’t count]; Don had 20!), you give them something to run for.

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Oscar watch party makes for some perfect weekend recovery time. It took me about five minutes to realize I forgot my towel buffer. Ouch!

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Question of the day

What was the high and low of your weekend?

Ultimate marathon playlist and Route 66 marathon recap 2.0

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has been having a great (and safe) Black Friday!

I want to share with you all my killer marathon playlist. It totally worked its magic on me, and I hope it can do the same for you. But first…

I didn’t finish telling you about my Route 66 marathon weekend.

After I finished (the marathon), I had about a mile walk back to the hotel. Longest mile of my life! 😉 Luckily, my family was there and we just took our time. Granted, they really had no choice.

On our walk back, that’s where I noticed it… Pinkitzel Cupcakes! It was like a beacon from up above! What better way to celebrate?!


We finally made it to the hotel, and then got cleaned up for dinner.

Andolini’s Pizzeria was on my must-try list, and thankfully they were much less busy than the previous night. They were giving FREE garlic knots to marathon participants! The Opulent Mac & Cheese was to die for!


And the pizza was well worth the wait!


The next morning I had an early flight, and could not have been more thrilled when boarding finished and I looked around and the entire plane was maybe half full. I had an entire three-seat row to sprawl out on. And I did!


Before I knew it, I was back home and back to reality. 😉

A great weekend makes for some great memories!

As I mentioned in my last post, my marathon playlist was spot on and kept me pumped and kept me going! I hope it can do the same for you.

So here we have my Ultimate Marathon Playlist.


  1. Timber- Pitbull
  2. Shake It Off- Taylor Swift
  3. Honey, I’m Good- Andy Grammer
  4. Sweet Nothing- Calvin Harris
  5. Boom Boom Pow- Black Eyed Peas
  6. That’s My Kind of Night- Luke Bryan
  7. I Wanna Dance with Somebody- Whitney Houston
  8. Footloose- Kenny Loggins
  9. Trinity- Paper Tongues
  10. Party Up- DMX
  11. Praise- Sevendust
  12. Pumped Up Kicks- Foster the People
  13. Bang Bang- Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
  14. Summertime Sadness- Lana Del Rey
  15. Uma Thurman- Fall Out Boy
  16. The Unknown- Athlete
  17. Thrift Shop- Macklemore
  18. How Deep Is Your Love- Calvin Harris, Disciples
  19. Fly High- The DNC
  20. Sail- AWOLNATION
  21. Skip the Charades- Cold War Kids
  22. The Fire Down Below- Bob Seger
  23. My Body- Young the Giant
  24. Geronimo- Sheppard
  25. Blank Space- Taylor Swift
  26. Push It- Salt-n-Pepa
  27. Uptown Funk- Mark Ronson
  28. Talking Body- Tove Lo
  29. After Midnight- Travie McCoy
  30. Intergalactic- Beastie Boys
  31. Rocketeer- Far East Movement
  32. Call It What You Want- Foster the People
  33. Better Days- Goo Goo Dolls
  34. Whore- In This Moment
  35. Eye of the Tiger- Survivor
  36. I Love It- Icona Pop
  37. Last Nite- The Strokes
  38. Young and Beautiful- Lana Del Rey
  39. Blank Space/Style- Louisa Wendorff
  40. The Way You Make Me Feel- Michael Jackson
  41. Fireball- Pitbull
  42. Angel’s Son- Sevendust
  43. Helena Beat- Foster The People
  44. I Think Bad Thoughts- Danko Jones
  45. Like a Star- Britt Nicole
  46. Viva la Vida- Coldplay
  47. Baby Hold On- Eddie Money
  48. Faster- Matt Nathanson
  49. Crazy- Aerosmith
  50. Set the World On Fire- Britt Nicole
  51. It’s Your Life- Francesca Battistelli
  52. Bootylicious- Destiny’s Child
  53. Fancy- Iggy Azalea
  54. Stronger- Kanye West
  55. Underdog- Kasabian
  56. Dark Horse- Katy Perry
  57. 18 And Life- Skid Row
  58. Broken- Lifehouse
  59. Heart-Shaped Glasses- Marilyn Manson
  60. Sugar- Maroon 5
  61. Night Changes- One Direction
  62. Try a Little Tenderness- Otis Redding
  63. Licking Creme- Sevendust
  64. Rollin- Limp Bizkit
  65. Wildest Dreams- Taylor Swift
  66. Hold On- Wilson Phillips
  67. Kathleen- Catfish and the Bottlemen
  68. Let It Go- Idina Menzel
  69. Suddenly I See- KT Tunstall
  70. Till I Collapse- Eminem
  71. Fight Song- Rachel Platten
  72. Style- Taylor Swift
  73. Titanium- David Guetta
  74. Stereo Love- Edward Maya, Vika Jigulina
  75. Turn Down For What- DJ Snake, Lil Jon
  76. Jesus, Take the Wheel- Carrie Underwood
  77. Ex’s & Oh’s- Elle King
  78. Dog Days Are Over- Florence + The Machine
  79. Reach Out I’ll Be There- Four Tops
  80. Empire State of Mind- JAY Z
  81. Break Down Here- Julie Roberts
  82. Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke
  83. Let It Rock- Kevin Rudolf
  84. Running On Empty- Jackson Browne
  85. Brave- Sara Bareilles
  86. Happy- Pharrell Williams
  87. Burn- Ellie Goulding
  88. I Choose You- Sara Bareilles
  89. Remedy- Seether
  90. Shut Up and Dance- WALK THE MOON

Have a great weekend!

Question of the day

What songs do you think are missing from my ultimate playlist?

Weekend ReCUP!

Happy Sunday!

My weekend was jam-packed and very exhausting, but I had a great time and enjoyed every moment of it. I hope you had a great weekend as well!

Let’s get to the ReCUP…



There were cupcakes at the office! I restrained myself and only had one. 😉

After work, I was off to Kat and Juan’s wedding rehearsal. We rehearsed for the ceremony and then did some light setup for the reception. Afterwards, we headed to Vallarta’s for dinner. I order a vegetarian plate of a burrito and chalupa. Very yummy!

When I finally made it home for the day, I logged on to Facebook where I first learned of the horrific events that unfolded earlier in the day in Paris. My heart aches for all those affected.


I woke up bright and early to go run. And I enjoyed every moment of my 8-miler. My last long run before the big day! It was perfect- the weather was amazing, I felt strong, and content, and am pretty sure I smiled throughout all 8 miles. This really gave me an extra confidence boost for Route 66.

The training group was out on Bayshore for our long runs; I ran solo but was joined by Coach Kirsten for the last 2-3 miles. It was so nice getting to chat with her!

I love crushing my daily activity goal before I even eat breakfast!

After my run, I had to rush home to get ready. For those of you that do not know, my daddy is using up his GI Bill and has been working on his business degree for the last year, and…was recently extended an invite to join a National Honor Society fraternity. He was inducted this week, along with about 10 others from his school. There was a nice ceremony, and they even had a cake! 🙂

Since I was rushing after my run, I didn’t get a chance to eat much, so lunch couldn’t come soon enough. We went to Red Robin where I ordered a whiskey river BBQ burger. Typically I don’t mind Red Robin, but the quality was definitely lacking with this. The burger was okay and the fries felt way under-cooked.

And then it was wedding time…

Kat and Juan had a beautiful ceremony under the setting sun. They even asked me to recite a reading from Everything is Illuminated.

And then we danced! The reception was so much fun and the food was great! Earlier in the day I had a shoe emergency and had to rush out to find a pair of red shoes. I was having the toughest time until I went to Payless. They had these for $25, and…for having absolutely no time to break them in, they held up very well. They were very comfy- even with all my bad dancing. (Oh, and since we were outside for the most part, I picked up some Solemates to minimize the sinking into the grass. They also worked quite well!)


I was hoping for more time to relax today, but I had a pretty productive today, so no complaints here.

I worked on my mile dedications list. Almost done! 🙂

Then the Boy and I ran a few errands before heading to the gym. I got a jump start on packing, since I won’t have much time during the week to do so.

I also decided on my Route 66 Bloggers Forum outfit. Here are a couple of the contenders that didn’t make the cut…

Check out this race-day weather! Has anyone seen my mittens? 😉

Question of the day

What was the high and low of your weekend?