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Monday, December 29, 2014

It's all about the cross training (and food)

I took a little time off to relax, enjoy the Christmas holiday with my family, and eat lots of food. Including plenty of sugar cookies.

With frosting. Lots and lots of frosting.

And sprinkles. I may have a small obsession with sprinkles.

For breakfast on Christmas Eve (and again Christmas morning) we had chocolate chip coffee cake. It is a family favorite. And tradition. We are big on tradition.

Another tradition that just kind of happened is In-n-Out for Christmas Eve dinner. After having it during the day on Christmas Eve while doing last minute shopping the past several years, it just felt right.

Now that the important food items are out of the way, I want to tell you about a shoe I have been loving lately.

The Asics GEL-Fit Sana is a fitness shoe that has been great for all my cross training.

Here's a little more, straight from the source:

The GEL-Fit Sana™ features a Flexible Fit system with flexible support bands from heel to forefoot, to provide adaptable support in designated areas. Designed with a stretchable mesh upper and MONO-SOCK® upper construction, it gives a sock-like fit and feel that makes for a secured comfortable wear. A smooth inner lining and lightweight, low-profile midsole gives this GEL-Fit Sana™ a barefoot-like sensation and an overall customized fit. Weight: 5.6 oz.

The GEL-Fit Sana come in six awesome colors!! It is hard to choose just one pair because the combinations are all so great.

I was provided a pair of Asics GEL-Fit Sana to review. All opinions are my own.









Friday, December 19, 2014

The Official 2014 I Have Run Gift Idea List

I promised you some good gift ideas. And I believe these qualify as more than good.

For your favorite person, you can't go wrong with the Fanny Funny Farting Coin Drop Bank.

I actually think Scott would take this over the zebra print shower cap I have: Ice Cream Cone Shower Cap!


And because it is so appropriate for this time of year, why not get that naughty person on your list some Lump of Coal Soap?

From what I hear, everyone loves bacon. And the smell of bacon...heaven. With this Bacon Air Freshener, you can have heaven wherever you want.

Seriously, what runner wouldn't appreciate a pair of Emergency Underpants?!?


Tell me your shower wouldn't look better with this Nose Gel Dispenser hanging in it. Go ahead. Tell me.

And for the truly discerning person on your list this year, be sure you stick some Fancy Pickle flavored candy canes in their stocking.

Now for some gifts that I think any runner would love.

If your favorite runner doesn't already have a GPS watch, this one would make any runner smile:

The Garmin 620 has all the bells and whistles!!

My favorite way to fuel:

Salted caramel GU is my favorite, but there are so many flavors of GU, there's sure to be something your runner would love!

Speaking of favorites, these are my favorite arm warmers. I have them in two colors and love everything about them.


What is on your wishlist this year, running or otherwise?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The secret about treats baked with love

It's been a while since I've had a post primarily about food. So it's time.
I went to a wedding over the weekend. There were roasted pigs displayed on the head table and served with dinner. You will notice there is no roasted pork on my plate. Seeing it still in pig form before they served it was a little too much for me.


After the wedding we made a quick stop at Trader Joe's because I have been craving their mini chocolate peanut butter cups ever since I finished off the ones Janae gave me for my birthday. We left with a few more things than just (four containers of) the peanut butter cups.

Ever since Thanksgiving, I've been saying I would make our own little Thanksgiving dinner so we could enjoy the leftovers that we missed out on because we went to my aunt's house. Sunday I finally got my cooking groove on and cooked a turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean cassarole and sweet potatoes. For dessert we had pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. We have all been enjoying the leftovers the past few days!! I still haven't figure out why some of these foods make an appearance only once a year when they are so very yummy.
After Megan dropped these off the other night, I learned that treats baked with love have half the calories so I didn't feel too guilty polishing off every cookie on the plate (minutes the two bites I shared with my girls). For the record, they tasted like minty chocolatey heaven and I could feel the love in every bite.


And no post is complete this time of year without something Christmas related. Last night we took the girls on a Christmas light scavenger hunt. It was a lot of fun. It was surprising that some of the things we thought would be easy to find weren't and some that we thought would be hard were everywhere. I have this version of the scavenger hunt pinned on my Holidays Pinterest Board if you need something fun to get you in the Christmas spirit in the next week! Because Christmas Eve is ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!


As far as running goes, my calf is feeling almost back to normal. The hubs massaged it last night and it didn't hurt at all during my run today. I am still loving running however far and slow I want. But I'm also looking forward to starting marathon training next month, pushing myself more, setting goals and working toward an end goal!

Be sure to come back on Friday for some fun running gift ideas and some even more fun ideas that have nothing whatsoever to do with running.




Monday, December 15, 2014

Laugh. Cry. It's all here.

I am somewhat emotionally stunted when it comes to everyday life. I cry maybe once a year over upsetting things in my life. Instead I just keep it all in and let things build up. And sometimes I get angry instead of sad when sadness is the appropriate emotion for a given situation. Ask my husband. He'll back me up on this confession.

However, when something moves me, as in touches my spirit, my soul, I get weepy. This kind of emotional overload overtook me twice while on the elliptical today (because it is Grace's turn to be home sick). One of the times was when I watched this:


Now that I've made you cry, here are a few funny things to make you smile:

It made me laugh. Out loud.
Critical information indeed. Maybe I'll start taking more baths now. I'm more of a shower kind of girl. But add food and that might change.

I should hang this on my mirror. And I should also resist the temptation to send it to certain other people I know on a regular basis.




And because, believe it or not, this started out as a running blog and I am still running on a regular basis, I figure I'll throw in a little about running.

Saturday I ran with Megan. I really like Megan. And the miles we run together really fly by. We ran eight miles together and then I ran the five miles home from our meeting point (where Scott and the girls dropped me off because they are awesome like that). I felt really good the entire run. In fact, it was one of my best longer runs in quite a while. I felt strong and nothing hurt.

Then Sunday morning when I got out of bed, I almost had to sit back down because my right calf hurt so much. It was sore all day. I stretched and rubbed it throughout the day, and it loosened up a bit. This morning it was feeling even better, so I did the elliptical for 35 minutes and then did a short 25 minutes on the treadmill. It is still sore but didn't hurt at all while I was running.

I have no idea what caused it to hurt. Has this ever happened to any of you?

I'll be babying it and really paying attention to how it feels this week because marathon training starts next month, and staying injury free is my #1 goal!!



Friday, December 12, 2014

We like winners around here!

The winner of The Prima Princessa's The Nutcracker DVD is:

Marathon Mom

Please email your mailing info to If you didn't win, you can get a copy of the DVD here!!

And because it's the Christmas season and my favorite time of the year, I wanted to share this video/song that I really love:

Happy Friday!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Family, faith...and Buddy the elf.

Family: This time of year, I tend to think a lot about what is really important. Not just as far as Christmas goes, but in my life in general.

It is so easy to get caught up in the things going on around us, especially with Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest making us feel like we don't measure up when it comes to fitness or travel or crafting or whatever it is. But those things really don't matter. They don't define us.

Family matters. Faith matters.

When I die, it won't matter how many miles I ran every week or whether I was "famous" on Instagram or if my Facebook feed revealed regular check-ins at exotic places or if I regularly busted out perfect replicas of the things on my Pinterest boards.

What will matter is the legacy I leave as a mother, wife, daughter. If my girls are strong, kind women who have faith in things that are real, that will matter. If my husband knows I loved him and put him and my girls before everything else, that will matter. If my parents are proud of the person I became, that will matter.


Running: Last year I posted this on Instagram. It makes me happy that many people have borrowed it because it is true for them too.

As I trudge away on the elliptical this morning, I can tell you it is still true. Running IS my favorite!


Life: Since we're on the subject, this is completely appropriate and awesome:





Friday, December 5, 2014

These are a few of my favorite things...

Favorite Thing #1: If you've been stopping by my blog for very long, you may know where my blog title comes from. If not, this might give you a clue...

Yesterday tickets went on sale for longtime fan club members, which of course applies to the hubs and I, so clearly tickets were purchased.

Favorite Thing #2: I'm loving this album, which was a surprise from the hubs. I was so confused when I got in the car one day and heard Michael Buble singing Baby It's Cold Outside  with someone but I just couldn't put a finger on the female voice or figure out what CD I was listening to until I noticed he strategically placed the CD case on the console.

Favorite Thing #3: Yesterday was National Cookie Day! The hubs came home with these to celebrate the day properly. Did you celebrate?

Favorite Thing #4:The elliptical in itself is not one of my favorite things, but one of my favorite things about it is that I can read while ellipticizing. Princess Grace and I are both reading The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series). It's like our own little two-person book club. I got all but the last three chapters read while on the elliptical yesterday morning!

Favorite Thing #5:My girls have been adding to the fun of the holiday season with a little ballet in the form of a new Nutcracker Ballet DVD! You can find out a little more about it in this video:

You can win your own copy of Prima Princessa's The Nutcracker! All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment telling me why you would love your very own copy of Prima Princessa's The Nutcracker.

Winner will be announced Friday, December 12. You can also purchase the DVD and the other two in the series HERE.

I was provided a copy of Prima Princessa's The Nutcracker to review. All opinions are my own.

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