Radio Silence

My apologies for the radio silence over the past couple of days.    You know how much I you all but there have been some things going on for me and my family the past couple of days that I needed to focus on.  Both for me and those around me.

Do me a favor and give all those you love around you a big hug for me, OK?  If they think it’s weird you can tell them I told you to do it. . .


With that said, there have been a couple of runs over the past few days

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  • A 60 minute very easy pyramid run because easy was all my  legs could do but my brain needed to move
  • And an attempt at speed work for 4 miles that once again, my legs weren’t all about but at least I got to 4.

Some changes made to the ol’ blog!


And some good eats

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The husband made me get out of the house for a few and took me to one of our absolutely favorite spots here in Denver, Stella’s  in the Highlands.  Some good comforting Italian food, fresh air, and great company was exactly what I needed to end what otherwise could have been a pretty tough day.

  • Focaccia bread / Malbec
  • Zuchinni fries (best thing I’ve ever had in my life)
  • 32nd salad with creamy basil dressing

Zach and I both agreed it was the best night we’ve ever had at Stella’s.  Exactly what the doctor ordered.

Happy Thanksgiving Week and Workout Plan

Happy Thanksgiving Monday everyone 🙂

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Zach and I are headed to North Carolina to spend the holiday with his family tomorrow afternoon and I could not be more excited! Just 1.5 days to get through and we’re on our way to good eats, family and fun!

This Morning

I swear my alarm changed itself last night.  Seriously.  Before I went to bed, I set it to 6 AM so that I would have plenty of time to snooze for a few before getting up for a run.

Welp, my alarm went off and I didn’t even look at it, assuming it was 6 AM. I let it snooze for a few minutes, and realized my alarm was set for 613?!  How random is that?

I ended up getting out of bed around 628 and hurrying myself to the gym.  I managed to squeeze in 4 miles before work which was fine-by-me.

Workout of the Day:  4 speed miles on the treadmill

Looked like this:

  • 1 mile warm up (930 pace)
  • 6 X 400’s at 8.0-8.3 pace with 400 recovery in between
  • Total of 4 miles.



I’ve got some SPEEDY in laws (I know I’ve chatted about this before) — like elite runner brothers, BQ father in law, speedy sister in law, etc etc, so I am fully expected to get my butt handed to me at some point this weekend.

I have thought about how I want to plan out this weekend, and when it comes down to it, I don’t want to.

This weekend is the first holiday that all of the Jara clan has been together like this.   All the kids, their spouses, etc.  It’s something I want to enjoy…and let’s face it, they’re all health freaks, so we’ll fit stuff in :).  Here is my “plan/goals”

Workout Plan Of the Week:

  • Monday: 4 speed miles on the treadmill/ strength
  • Tuesday: 4 recovery miles
  • Wednesday-Saturday: ENJOY FAMILY,  3 runs of any distance, 1-2 yoga classes with MIL.
  • Sunday: Run in Denver

Question of the Morning:  How are you switching up your routine for Thanksgiving?  Are you working out MORE, Less, the same?

What’s Making Me Smile (in photos)

First thing:  I brought leftovers of my  Zucchini Bread into work this morning, and it was gone before 10 AM :).

I love baking, hello I have the sweet tooth of a horse.  But I secretly love the “pat on the back” feeling I get when I watch people enjoying what I make.  Maybe I should open a bakery…wonder what Zach would think of that? 🙂

Living in the Moment and Enjoying It.

We’re in the thick of the wedding countdown: multiple appointments each week, deadlines, vendors asking for numbers, etc.  While it is crazy and hectic, I’ve been trying to live in the moment and soak it all in.  I only have 26 days left before I get married, and I want to soak up and really remember all of the excitement and anticipation I have.

And with that, some snap shots from those moments-in-between with the family and beautiful Denver… they’ve been making me smile and hopefully one or two of them make you smile a bit, too :).









Ahh…I smile just looking at them 🙂  How can you not love them? Maybe I should make it a weekly thing to do a little photo dump of the pictures that make me smile but maybe don’t make it up here.  What do you think?

TONIGHT is my hair and make up trial, so I’m not sure while time I’ll get back.  You know you’ll get an update when I do get back though 🙂

Question of the day:  What’s been making you smile lately??