That was just the best call ever

Good morning and happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone has been having a great week so far!

My parents and I are flying to Illinois on Friday for a long weekend and my cousin’s wedding. I’m getting very excited to see everyone, but I feel like Friday is going to creep up on me quicker than I can prepare.

I managed to pack up most of my things last night, which definitely helped to relieve some of the travel-time stress.

I don’t think I mentioned in my Tulsa recap that after that trip- with a backpack and heavy tote bag- I decided to invest in a nice rolling (spinner) carry-on.

I will bend over backwards to avoid checking any luggage, so I’m hoping to make my new carry-on my new best friend.

After getting all my travel necessities in order, it was time to eat. I have been craving greens so much lately! I made sure to pick up my favorite salad staples at Costco the other night, so for dinner I whipped up this beauty. Oh, it was so yummy!

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This salad included:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Green onions
  • Red onions
  • Clementine
  • Apple
  • Raisins
  • Pink salt
  • Chia seeds
  • Walnuts
  • And a little raspberry vinaigrette dressing

I’m going to attempt the Fit2Run Fun Run tonight, and will hope for the best, but certainly won’t force it.

Mostly because I received the best call the other day…

Kayla, a coworker and friend, called me to tell me that she has been running consistently and after reading my Route 66 recap has decided to train for her first-ever half marathon- Gasparilla in February.

She actually said that I have inspired her. If that doesn’t make it all worth it, I don’t know what will.

I could not be more proud of her for taking this first leap, and will be right there with her every step of the way.

Speaking of proud…

BIG shoutout to my dad for just satisfying all requirements for his Bachelor’s degree. So so so proud!

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Question of the day

Who inspired you to sign up for your first race?

Weekend ReCup: the lazy and late edition

Good morning and happy Tuesday!

And…Happy December!!

Happy December

Can you believe it? We made it to the 12th month! I’m sorry, where did 2015 go?

After Thanksgiving I got sooo lazy this weekend. I also found my post-marathon blues, but more on that later.

We have a ReCUP to get to…

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Thanksgiving Thursday/Friday

My parents were out of town all last week. They flew in to Oklahoma the day of Route 66 and made it to Tulsa just in time to see me finish, and had plans to spend the week with my sister (stationed in OK City) and grandpa (who lives just outside OK City).

What all this meant, was that the Boy and I would have to fend for ourselves if we wanted Thanksgiving dinner. GASP!!

I’m sure you guys are well aware by all of the recipes I post here, that I have tremendous kitchen skills. I make a mean bowl of cereal, what can I say?! 😉

Needless to say, the idea of having to cook a dinner that usually takes my mom hours to prepare had me a little on edge. But! I love Thanksgiving! I couldn’t go without my favorite holiday. I decided to adult-up and make some deliciousness.

Well…the Boy, being the smartie he is, decided it would make more sense for him to cook, and to just leave the corn-casserole-making/sangria-drinking to me (and Smokey).

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And that is just what we did! We started zero fires, and got into zero arguments. I call that a successful first Thanksgiving.

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The majority of our Black Friday was spent lounging around and spending way too much time surfing the web. We did hit up the gym for day two of my Runner’s World Run Streak, and leg day.

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Am I the only one that loves leg day? I would do legs everyday if I could!

I was hoping to get in two miles on the treadmill, but could only manage one. I was so uncomfortable and my legs just felt so heavy and sluggish. It was not a pretty mile.

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After the gym we headed over to Crispers for a late lunch…

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And Movie Stop and Kohl’s for some quick browsing. It was late afternoon by time we got out there, so the crowds had pretty much died down.

Saturday

My parents were supposed to get in late Friday night, but due to some unfortunate weather/”technical difficulties” they were forced to stay the night in Houston, and catch the first flight of the day back to Tampa.

They made it home though, and that’s all that matters!

The Boy and I hit up the gym for Runner’s World Run Streak day three (attempt) and chest and triceps day. I settled into this pace a little better, and didn’t feel as uncomfortable as the day prior, but still not fully recovered.

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We had a wild and crazy Saturday night with pizza delivery and Pixar’s Inside Out. 

Such a cute movie! But definitely had more of a made-for-adults vibe than I was expecting. It wasn’t “naughty” or anything; I could just see the themes/storyline going over the heads of children.

Sunday

I had big plans for Sunday. I was going to get my oil changed, and work on some blog-projects, and catch up on some reading, and all this stuff that sounded so good on paper. And then…laziness!

I had zero energy! I’m not being hard on myself though, I was out of town last weekend; I’ll be out of town again this coming weekend. And this is a very stressful time for me at work. If I wanna be lazy, I’m gonna be lazy. 😉

The Boy and I ordered a couple of the new Amazon Fire Tablets.

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They were on sale for 35 bucks and are the perfect size for ebooks and movie-watching on the go. They were delivered on Sunday, so I spent some time getting mine setup and figuring out how to use a non-Apple product.

A little later in the day, we went to the gym for back and biceps. I attempted Runner’s World Run Streak day four, and ended up throwing in walk intervals. I made it a full mile, but then as I was stepping off the treadmill my knee got a little cranky with me.

My knee was not liking the deadlifts I tried immediately after, so I gave up on that and just did some stretching.

In that moment, I realized I have to give up my Runner’s World Run Streak; it’s just not worth it. I want to start training again next week, and need to allow my body enough time to recover from Route 66. It would really suck if I pushed it too hard and injured myself, for what…a silly run streak.

On that note, I have been spending a lot of time with my new foam roller. I think I’m going to nickname this thing “The Beast” because that’s how intense it is.

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I’m also proud to announce I have signed up for my first ever half marathon race! I went about things a little backwards (with two fulls already in the bag), but I’m super excited for Gasparilla 2016.

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Questions of the day

What was the high and low of your weekend?

Any other crazies out there that did a full before doing a half?

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?!

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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!

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And the pizza was well worth the wait!

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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!

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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.

Enjoy!

  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?