Happy 2014!

I have a lot of optimism about 2014.  Maybe that’s because of how amazing 2013 has been.




The stand out moment obviously being marrying my best friend in September.

I have SO much to be thankful for when I look back on 2013 . . . and I hope to spend some time today reflecting on that and remember how blessed and amazing of a year this has truly been.

While taking that moment, I want to thank you all so much for accepting me and jumping into this journey with me.  Starting this blog was something I have wanted to do for years, and I am so thankful that I finally started it when I did.

I am excited about a lot of things in 2014 (hello HONEYMOON IN FEBRUARY), but something I specifically looking forward to is where this little blog-o-mine will take me in the next year.   As I’m learning about this whole blog-world that I love so much, I am finding new and improved ways of doing things (hello new obsession with instagram).  I hope you all stick around for the ride in 2014, wherever we may go 🙂


Cheers to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!


New Years Eve!

Good last morning of 2013 morning.



I started the morning off with a quick run that took some SERIOUS self-talk to begin.

Workout of the Day: 4 miles easy



  • 1 mile warm up (6.3)
  • Kept 6.3 pace through out, but with one minute at 8.0 every 5 minutes.

This was a bit of a drag of a run, but I couldn’t end 2013 without a run, could I?  Speaking of running. . .

2013 Running Goal

I mentioned a little while back that one of my very few goals for 2013 were to hit 1000 miles in 2013.  When I looked at my progress in late October, I thought I had NO chance.  I was still a ways out and was lacking motivation.  Then Pile On The Miles  happened and I not only found motivation, I was having some of my highest mileage weeks ever.

Now here I am in the last week of December and I just had a 32.5 mile week.  According to daily mile, I am ending 2013 at 1,019 miles.  And I couldn’t be more proud of myself.  I set to back-to-back half marathon PR’s, and found a new passion for running through tough races, injuries, and cold days.

I can’t wait to see what 2014 beings me 🙂

Question of the morning:  Did you meet your goals for 2013

Don’t Listen To Me I’m Predictable and Gross Story

I say don’t listen to me. . . because I lie.

What is my problem?  This morning I was all set for a rest day.  But by the time I got home,  all I wanted to do was get a quick run in.

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In all fairness to myself — I had new shorts that Zach got me for Christmas that I wanted to try out.  They’re New Balance, and they are the lightest things I have ever worn in my life.  Zach thinks they may be a BIT too big, but I think they are comfy.  Totally approve.  And sorry Lululemon — these don’t chafe so I may be wearing these more often.

Workout of the Day: 4 miles

  • 1 mile between 6.4-6.5 warm up
  • 4 400’s @ 8.0-8.2 (with cool down 400 in between)
  • 1 mile cool down

Easy, peasy and I felt great during AND after.


Shocking — basically a repeat of last nights salad, with chicken and toast on the side tonight.



I am nothing if not predictable tonight, huh?

Gross Story

So — I want to share a quick story with you all because almost 10 hours later I STILL feel like I have bugs crawling all over me.

For breakfast this morning I ran to Whole Foods to get some oatmeal (also predictable, oatmeal for breakfast).  I topped it with bananas and strawberries this morning, along with dried fruit.  I was pretty stoked about this breakfast, but unfortunately things got crazy quickly at work and I wasn’t able to eat it right away.

Around 10 AM I was finally ready to eat my grub, so I took it to the microwave to heat up.   I was chatting with a coworker and when I went to open up my oatmeal container, GNATS CAME FLYING OUT!

I seriously almost pooped myself.  Not only was I disgusting and didn’t feel like eating after that, I have seriously felt like I had bugs crawling over me all day.  Come to find out, there had been some food left in my office over vacation, which is the likely source of the gnats.

I’m still grossed out…

Quesiton of the night:  Share your gross tale.

I also had ants come out of a tootsie pop.  That I was currently eating.