Running MAYhem Recap

Throughout the month of May, I had a ton of fun participating in Fit2Run’s Running MAYhem social media photo contest, so much so, that I thought I’d recap all the fun and excitement here.

Day 1- Sunrise: Not quite a sunrise run, but still just as beautiful. 12 miles logged, now let’s get this lazy Sunday started.


Day 2- Music Monday: After a Monday that just would not quit, it’s time to LET IT GO! Running and yoga fix all things!


Day 3- Teacher Appreciation Day: She may not be a teacher, but she’s the smartest woman in my life, a great role model, and she taught me everything I know. In fact, she’s the reason why I run. Love my mom- my first and foremost teacher!


Day 4- May The Fourth Be With You: May the Fourth be with you! Happy #starwars day!


Day 5- Cinco de Mayo: Instead of crushing tequila shots, I crushed 400m repeats! Happy Cinco De Mayo! 6 x 400m repeats with a 2:00 rest in between. The wind was definitely a force to be reckoned with. And yet… Boom! 🙌🏻


Day 6- RUNFIE: #flashbackfriday to that time I #runfie‘d with @bartyasso!


Day 7- Cheers National Homebrew Day: CHEERS to a great@girlsontheruninternational 5k! We had a blast manning the finish line food station. Woot! Woot! Congrats to all the girls who have worked so hard the last ten weeks.


Day 8- Mother’s Day: On this Mother’s Day and #runningMAYhem day 8, I sit here and reflect on my biggest cheerleader, my mom. The greatest mom a girl could ask for. A mom so great, she (along with dad) flew in the morning of my second (full) marathon, rented a car, drove 45 minutes, and made it just in time to snap this photo seconds before I crossed the finish line. Happy Mother’s Day mom! I love you!


Day 9- Medal Monday: Happy Medal Monday!


Day 10- Double Trouble: You know you’re in for double the fun- or double the trouble- when you have to pull out both…


Day 11- Favorite Post Run Meal: Favorite post run meal…? Why… Waffle House, of course! Yum!


Day 12- Jump: Throwback Thursday to that time I JUMPED for cupcakes! Oh wait, that’s most days…


Day 13- Spooky Friday: Flashback Friday to that time (yesterday) I ran up a mountain. Whoa! Talk about spooky…


Day 14- Running besties: I am so beyond grateful for my running besties! In the short time I have known them, we have become family. Thank you @fit2run_tampa for giving me so much more than I could have ever hoped for!


Day 15- Hanging out: Runners that run together, hangout together. Love my running buddies on and off the track/pavement!


Day 16- Motivation Monday: “We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” -Marilyn Monroe. Definitely helps to put in perspective my#trainingforultra goal. 

Day 17- Like a rare flower: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” 🌸 Training has its moments- the good, the bad, and certainly the ugly. 🌸 But, when you have the support and strength of family and friends rooting for you, it makes life that much sweeter. 🌸


Day 18- Spring Cleaning: Spring cleaning? Nah, just some reminiscing! These shoes have brought me some good miles and some great memories. They all tell a story! That story may be that I’m a @brooksrunninggirl… 😜 And, of course, I can’t forget to welcome @newtonrunning to the bunch!


Day 19- Favorite running gear: It’s #runningMAYhemday 19, and today’s theme is “favorite running gear”. As a modern-day runner, I have a lot of gear. But, the “gear” I am most thankful for, my most favorite “gear” are my own two feet. Everyday that I am able to be out there running, I am grateful that I am afforded the privilege to be able to do so. I try to find the joy in every run and not take it for granted because I know there are so many out there that can’t. And for that, thank you Feet, my most favorite running gear! 🙌🏻

Day 20- Fitness food Friday: New Food Friday post up on the blog! What are you eating today?


Day 21- Adventuring: Talk about an adventure! I had an absolute incredible 14 mile solo long run this morning and could not help get lost in all of the beauty that surrounded me.

Day 22- Sunday Funday: Who’s excited for#sundayfunday?! I think Smokey is!

Day 23- Mental Mantra: When the going gets tough, you can often hear me repeating my mantra, YOU GOT THIS! No matter what you have going on, just remember that you are strong, and YOU got this!

Day 24- Furry friends: It’s Furry Friends#runningMAYhem day!! Whoop! Whoop! I’ve got two wild and crazy nieces and my Smokester, the one I never thought would become the “quiet” one. They don’t accompany me running, but they sure do make life sweeter. 💛🐾

Day 25- Hump Day 5k: I missed my hump day 5k, but for good reason. I’d like to send a big happy hump day birthday shoutout to my favorite redhead! 🎉 Happy birthday Bubba! 🎉

Day 26- Thirsty Thursday: On this #thirstythursdayI am grateful for my early birthday present- THE @yeti 30oz Rambler! 😍 My boyfriend rocks! Thanks for keeping me hydrated!


Day 27- Fave running outfit: A good running outfit (i.e. a favorite running outfit) is one in which you feel good. When you feel good- and look good- the running just comes easier.#flashbackfriday to @gasparillatbr 2016 with my girl @milesplitmandy. Thanks to@fit2run_tampa @cepcompression@brooksrunning @nathansportsinc and@garminfitness for helping me look and feel my best!

Day 28- Running friends: Running friends make the best friends!


Day 29- Run inspired: I’m a distance runner! Just a little RUNspiration for your Sunday night.


Day 30- Red, white, & blue: I jump for joy and am proud to wear the red, white, and blue.



Day 31- Sunset: I run for many reasons- I do it for those that can’t, I do it for it brings balance to my life, I do it because I find joy in it, I do it for there’s always a sense of the unknown. If I didn’t have this unshakable love for running, I’d miss out on all the beauty life has to offer. Take for instance, a sunset run after a hectic day. 💛

Happy running!


New kind of smoothie fail and happy things equal happy thoughts

Happy Monday to you!

This morning really should have been a clue as to how the rest of my day was going to play out…

Note to self: If you are running late for work do NOT make a smoothie. Just skip it! You will most likely be too rushed to make sure it is fully blended and when you go to take a sip it will NOT be tasty.

And, for that I have no smoothie to share with you today. Sadness!

I mentioned this past weekend that we were in the process of migrating from Gmail to Outlook at work. Today was D-day. And it was crazy. And busy. And hectic. Put it this way…I am in no way, shape, or form a morning person and at 11:30 I still had not had my coffee. 😉

I figure what better way to end a crazy day than to share some of the current things making my heart happy…

Things that make my heart happy

Family– I love my family! My work family, my immediate family, my extended family, and my not-related-by-blood family. I came home today to the absolute sweetest (handwritten!) letter from the Boy’s sister, Meag, expressing her sympathy for Hayman’s passing. She works in the veterinary sciences, so she was the first one I turned to when we made the decision to put him down; she’ s been so supportive with everything. And, some random family photos for you…

Just some of my family. (Clockwise from top left) Boo and I circa 2011; super fancy Thanksgiving dinner 2013; Bubba, Boo, and I circa 98/99; mom's side of the family 2011 (note: this is not everyone).
Just some of my family. (Clockwise from top left) Boo and I circa 2011; super fancy Thanksgiving dinner 2013; Bubba, Boo, and I circa 98/99; mom’s side of the family 2011 (note: this is not everyone).

Costco Produce– I love the selection, quality, and prices! Seriously, how delicious does this look…?!


Goldens of Instagram– ADORABLE fluffy golden puppies. The Boy and I could spend all day scrolling through these pics (and often times do). Check it out! You won’t be sorry. #goldensofinstagram

True Lemon– The little packets are so convenient. I drink a lot of water, but every so often it can become boring and I’ll want to liven it up with a little lemon. I sprinkle a little True Lemon and a little Stevia in a large bottle of water and enjoy; I don’t use all of either packet. In fact, each little packet will last me about 3-4 fillings of a 32-ounce bottle.

Taylor Swift Style– OMG! This song! It may just be my favorite Taylor jam!

Netflix– I love watching TV but can’t handle the suspense of cliffhangers. Watching regular TV programming is just too much; I can’t wait a week to see what’s gonna happen next, or…even worse…a whole season for the show’s return. 😉 Netflix is amazing for the crazy weirdos like me. I totally burned through 10 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy in…5 months. Please don’t tell anyone that!

Foam Rolling– Okay. Okay. You caught me! I do not love foam rolling, but I am trying to.

Question of the day

What’s making your heart happy these days?

Happy Day and a New Smoothie For You

Good morning and Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday was a great day, but it was one of those busy days that really just drags. I don’t care for that too much but…there are far worse things that could happen, so no complaints here. 🙂

...with wine
…with wine

I had intended to try out a new smoothie for breakfast yesterday, but someone didn’t wake up with enough time to warrant that. My delicious new smoothie worked out perfectly for dinner though. Hah!

Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie

What you’ll need

  • 1 1/2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6-8 frozen whole strawberries
  • 1 scoop chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1 small handful walnut pieces
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 serving strawberry flavored greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Blend all ingredients and enjoy!
Looks yummy, huh?
Looks yummy, huh?

I truly don’t feel I make enough smoothies with chocolate protein- I need to fix that! Hmm…

I enjoyed my smoothie-for-dinner smoothie while researching for a new consulting project I was approached with- more on that later. 😉

Now here’s a thought I must ponder out loud…

Is Facebook dead? My coworker recently told me that her kids don’t use Facebook because “Facebook is for old people”, and Instagram is where the kids are. And, just yesterday I participated in an awesome Instagram-based webinar presented by Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society in which she mentioned she has practically removed herself from both Facebook and Twitter. I believe that each of the social media channels has its’ own formula to master, and that each caters to a different demographic, but I’m not ready to discount Facebook. Are you?

Question of the day

  • Which social media channels do you subscribe to?
  • Which is your favorite?