Fall Fashion Wish List from the…non-Fashionista

Guess what time of year it is?!

Back to school shopping time!! AKA An excuse to shop ;) 

Thee are some things I’ve been eyeing. All for a college budget and all practical (because quite frankly if it’s not practical there’s no point). 

1. A pair of fall booties. 

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(Found here: Mossimo Supply Co. Strappy Boot)

I want these for a few reasons…the first being my love for all things boots. The second being that I was looking for a pair that looked dressier than my go-to lace-up boots or tall riding boots I wear with leggings and sweaters. I wanted a pair I could wear with nice slacks or a skirt. 

2. A large cross body bag. 

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(Found Here: The Sak Iris Leather Utility Tote)

I have had my L. L. Bean backpack since the beginning of 8th grade. That means that this year will officially be my 9th year carrying it around. It’s been quite the trooper and I don’t think I could destroy it if I tried…BUT my style has changed (a tad) since I was 13 years old (I hope). This is the perfect size for a laptop and a planner and I LOVE lots of pockets.

3. A gym-to-class pullover  

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(This one is Fabletics

When I’m at school I usually have classes, personal training clients, and my own workouts to worry about all in the span of a few hours, so I like to have a comfortable + cute pullover to wear when I don’t have time to change into a whole new outfit (and I want to be clear in saying I don’t ever WANT to change out of my comfortable gym leggings) 

4. Athletic Socks

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These are on here because I SWEAR all washing machines I have ever come into contact with eat my socks. It’s especially bad at home with 5 other people in the house. So these are on every shopping list I have for every season….seriously. 

And that’s pretty much it….because quite frankly I don’t need anything else and I wouldn’t know what I wanted if I did!! Happy shopping! 

The Wonderful World of Disney (in random pics)

So we just got back from our weeklong vacation to Disney World and it was super fun and exhausting! These are my iPhone pictures (aka not the awesome shots my mom took on her camera but some random snapshots instead) 

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On our first day Blair got a makeover to become a princess….

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she definitely fit the bill. 

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This is some 3-D glasses action from Toy Story Mania

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…plus Mom and Dad.

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We went on a pretty sweet safari. Bailey wanted a picture with a giraffe,

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….and Blair wanted one with the elephants!

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We saw the Lion King shows…(one of my favorite parts).

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I guess you could say we ate pretty well….

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plus I HAD to get an ice cream with Mickey ears at least once. 

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We rode the teacups (a necessity in Bailey’s eyes)

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…..and got some sick hats. 

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We got to see Eeyoer’s gloomy place (he’s one of my favorite characters) 

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….and all in all it was pretty much an amazing vacation!!

On a side note….I didn’t get to do any “workouts” while I was there. (the quotations are because the whole week felt like one big workout!) — but that’s for my next post ;) 

 

 

Last Week’s Workouts

This was supposed to be posted yesterday but I let the day get away. I still haven’t gotten back in my blog habit but I’m working on it. 

Monday: Strength Workout which consisted of:

  • 3×5 Back Squats w/ my first set @ 140, set 2 @ 150, and set 3 @ 160 (That was exciting)
  • 3×8 Shoulder Press + Push-up superset (a superset is 2 exercises completed back to back w/ no rest until both moves are done) 
  • 3×8 Bicep Curl + Tricep Dip Superset
  • 1 minute plank 

Tuesday: 3 mile tempo run at 9 minute pace – I was really proud of myself for getting through this workout

Wednesday: I was going to try to make it to a Bodypump class but it ended up being a rest day instead! 

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(Random workout selfie to break up the monotony of this post…take note that my water bottle matches my shorts)

Thursday: I do group training on Thursday evenings. The workout was:

  • 40 bodyweight squats
  • 30 bodyweight lunges (15 each side)
  • 20 calf raises
  • 30 second wall sit
  • 100 jumping jacks
  • 30 second wall sit (again)
  • 15 burpees
  • 1 minute plank
  • 400m run 

You completed all exercises as fast as you could. We did it twice. 

THE REAL KICKER of this workout was our plank contest at the beginning. The winner got a free tub of protein powder so everyone was in it to win it. I was neck and neck with another woman in the class but ended up falling (with force) at 4 minutes 45 seconds. Though I was bummed about losing, (which was great since I used my anger through my workout) I was really proud of myself for holding a plank that long, I didn’t think I could!

Friday: I couldn’t move from the Thursday plank challenge…it hurt to laugh

Saturday: I thought it was a grand idea to bike the 5 miles to the gym. Then I completed a quick strength workout that is super similar to the one from Monday.

Sunday: 2 mile run

Even though there were 2 rest days in there, it was still a really tough week of workouts, especially since I was sore until Monday from that plank! 

And lastly, here’s Max reminding you to stay classy

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I Workout.

Since I’ve been MIA lately, I thought I would do a little update on my workouts.

After the half marathon in March I stopped doing cardio all together (aka aerobic exercise) and completely focused on lifting weights. While this was good for a few weeks, I took way too much time after my half to start any kind of running again.

Going into June, I decided it was officially time for me to find a BALANCE. (I promise I’m working on what that word means)

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So I bought some inspiration, in the form of shoes that are literally highlighter yellow AND WERE ON SALE.

I made a list of weekly goals (in my head…a lot of things go into my head).

On any given week:

  • Strength train twice
  • BODYPUMP once
  • Run  three times

That’s just a blueprint, sometimes I do them more or less. I don’t put too much pressure on myself to do any specific one on any specific day, I just go with how I feel after grossly overanalyzing it in my head;)

This week so far has been a tough strength workout on Monday followed by a tempo run yesterday and maybe BODYPUMP (MAYBE) today.

And before you get bored, can we all agree I need these?

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And with a natural waist…as all pants of any kind should be:)

 

Resurrection of….Whatever This Is.

Remember that time you guys got wayyyy too much information about my life on a fairly regular basis? Welcome back.
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You should be jumping for joy.
If you’re reading this, it means you probably love me (or hate me) more than I deserve. So thanks:)

Here’s what you missed (and by that I mean here’s what I got busy with and never told you about).

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I turned 21!

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I conquered this game.

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I celebrated a whole year of this guy dealing with my crazy unpredictable self.

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I’m home for the summer with the family. I also have an internship!

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Brooke graduated high school!

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Blair and I mastered the hair towel twist.

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I got the girlies addicted to guacamole.

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I got new shoes! (The only shoe addiction I have is with athletic shoes)

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Max is still chillin.

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I’ve been a huge fashion inspiration for the entire family.

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I spent $10 for a martini. It wasn’t even that good.

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This guy and his family visited for the fourth of july.

If you’re still with me (bless you) then you’re caught up! Congratulations and stay tuned:) 

Shamrock Half Marathon Recap (and a prayer)

Well guys, I did it. I ran 13.1 miles for the second time, and I can honestly say it was exponentially more painful this time around (but so so worth it). 

We left for Virginia Beach Saturday morning and went to the expo. I’ve never been to such a huge expo and I was in runner heaven. Free smoothie sample? SURE! Free GU sample? Don’t mind if I do! 

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(fun fact of the day: Lindsay and I were actually wearing the same shirt/leggings on accident when we drove down but she decided to change so we didn’t look weird) 

I got to meet the LIVESTRONG Team at the expo and they were all so nice! It got me really excited for the race! After a big dinner at the infamous Captain George’s (if you’re in my family you get why that’s big deal) we headed back to the hotel to chill. 

I laid out my ribbons for each of the people I was running for: Image

I made them into bushels to wear during the race. Image

This was my point of peace for the day. The afternoon had been a lot of panicking/calming myself down. Putting the names together to wear finally gave me a minute to reflect on the real reason I was running, for these amazing people. 

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Even though it was a shamrock race, I decided to rep the yellow and black:) 

We woke up around 4:45 to get ready. I can’t say I was really sleeping though. It’s like the night before christmas. I made oatmeal (if you’ve been following my blog you know oatmeal before a race is necessary for me) in a to-go coffee cup and made myself eat it. Even though I wasn’t even remotely hungry I knew my body needed it. 

I wish I had taken a few pictures before the race but to be honest I was completely wired and a nervous wreck! Lindsay and I were twins again since we both got the exact same throwaway sweatshirt at Wal-Mart (Throwaway sweatshirt definition: a cheap sweatshirt one buys before a race knowing they are going to throw it off right before or right after the start of the race and never see it again). A great thing about the shamrock half marathon was that they donated all of the clothes they found after the race to local homeless shelters! 

Heres a random picture to break up the words! 

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Finally I was off. The start was super smooth. Some races are hard at the beginning because you are constantly weaving in and out of people, but I didn’t feel squished once! 

I started out feeling pretty good, but I knew I needed to hold back. My first 5 miles were at 9:22 pace. I decided after that point that I needed to slow it down a little bit so that I could finish strong so I (tried to) held back. 

At mile 6 they gave us a GU packet (Definition of GU packet: concentrated sugar/electrolyte gel that is easy to consume during a race). The thing about GU is that you need water with it. Well the water cup I got didn’t have enough water in it (half a sip). You need water with the GU because your stomach can get overwhelmed with all of the sugar you are putting in it. Sure enough at mile 7 my stomach started to cramp and the next water station was 2 miles away,  I managed to keep my pace for a little while longer. 

By mile 10 I was  hurting but according to my watch I was at 1:35. This put me on pace to finish around 2:05 so I was pretty stoked. I decided to try and push to the end. 

Mile 11 kicked my butt. I got nauseas and my stomach was still cramped. I decided to walk through the next water station and start back up again. I knew I could push to the end but those last two miles were long ones. 

When I got to the boardwalk I started looking for my Dad. I could see the finish line and I knew he would be close. 

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I saw him before he saw me and started waving my arms wildly. As soon as he saw me he started running to the finish line with me on the spectator side! He was yelling “Go Blake Go,” and waving his arms. I don’t think he realizes how much I was struggling and how much I needed that push to the end. I’m so glad he was there for me. Crossing the finish line was such a blur. By the time I realized I was finished I was a bucket of emotions. I got my medal and started tearing up (lame? probably) It was  a mixture of relief, pain, joy, pride, and happiness. 

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Here I am right after I finished, tears in my eyes and medal around my neck! My time was 2:08:58, 6 minutes faster than my first half marathon! I am thrilled! Especially since the last few miles were such a battle. 

Lindsay finished her (VERY FIRST) race in 2:26!! I’m so glad we got to do this together. 

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And an “eat whatever I want to eat” lunch: (cheeseburger w/ bacon + pulled pork without the bun and sweet potato fries)Image

 

One last thing: 

A young woman by the name of Cameron Gallagher passed away yesterday after finishing her half marathon. I hope you will all join me in sending prayers to her family and friends during this awful time. I know that runners are a tight knit community of support and love, and I hope that her family knows that we are all thinking and praying for them. 

I (WE) Did It!!

I have officially reached my fundraising goal for the Anthem Half Marathon in Virginia Beach this Sunday! I have raised $1030 for this amazing cause. 

I am so so excited!

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I truly wish I could give each and every one of you a big hug! When I started this journey I didn’t know if it was going to be possible to reach my fundraising goal. You all have been so supportive and it seems every time my motivation dips a little, I have a new donation and another reason to get my butt out the door. 

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This picture is after one of the runs I just wasn’t feeling. I had a test that morning and I just wanted to take a nap. After (slowly) getting ready I just sucked it up and got started. I did 3 miles in 26:25, not far off of my 5k pace! It turned out to be a great run and I honestly can’t say I would have even gone if it wasn’t for all of the incredible people I am running for. 

I don’t know what this weekend is going to bring but I know that no matter how fast I run on Sunday morning, I will finish for so many amazing people that you have shared with me. I am so grateful to all of you for giving me an amazing reason to run not only with my legs, but with my heart. :) 

P.S. You can sign up to follow my run through this link:  http://www.shamrockmarathon.com/race-info/runner-tracking/

You can search my first and last name or my bib number: 9237!