Try all the socks

Ok, so I didn’t try all the socks, but I did try a few new ones!

Awhile back I wrote this post about trying out some new socks, so I thought I’d let you know what I thought of them! Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with these companies and all thoughts are my own.

Injinji Run Lightweight No Show Xtralife Socks

 

Omg, I love these things!  Its a little weird getting used to toe socks, but they are totally worth every penny!  I love the rise around the ankle, not too short.  No blisters on the ball of my foot after my last half marathon, which is a HUGE improvement.  My pinkie toe on my right foot is a bit wonky sometimes (I broke it in 2012) and the toenail cuts into the next toe.  This was a totally non issue with toe socks.  These get a HUGE thumbs up.

Injinji Sport Original Weight Micro Coolmax Socks

I only wore these once, so I don’t have a lot to say about them yet. The concept of the toe socks is the same, so great there.  Not as big of a fan of the cut around the ankle, but they are fine. Color is just ok.

 

Feetures! Elite Ultra Light No Show Tab Sock

I want to like these socks, I really do.  I love the color, I love the cut around the ankle, I love the material…but I don’t love them.  I ordered the correct size for my feet (I’m not even close to the next size) and they feel big.  The “seamless” toe doesn’t mean that there aren’t seams, and the relocation of the seams ended up causing me blisters, probably because the sock is too big.  I LOVE the cut around the ankle though.  These socks have ended up becoming just normal workout socks and not running socks.

I really like the brand and many things about Feetures, but this doesn’t seem to be the right sock or right size.  If you are a fan of Feetures, I’d love to hear your advice on which ones work for you.

Have you ever tried any of these socks?  

Sick Pity Party: Party of One

I’m sick and feel like having a pity party for myself.  Granted I’m not super sick, just mostly allergy and sinus kind of sick.  But it sucks not being able to breath through your nose.  I had to run a total of  1050 meters last night during my workout…. it was way harder than it should have been!

I think the change in the weather is just kicking my butt!

I have the Wicked 10k this weekend and I want to do it (Halloween themed!) I’m going to rest up like crazy these next few days, and push through. No way I’m going to miss the opportunity to dress up and run with a bunch of other crazies in a costume!

I wish this were true!

Are you a big baby like me when you are sick? Have you ever gotten sick the week of a race?

Weekly Update – 10/13

Looking back at last week’s full week of rest after my half marathon, I can tell my body desperately needed it.  I felt so good after that.  Sometimes you just need more than a rest day here and there.

As far as workouts this week, it was a pretty relaxed one, which is totally ok.

Monday

Thanks to Columbus Day, I had the day off to catch up on bills, blogging, and just life in general.  Oh, and my DVR and all my shows :)

Tuesday

First day back to working out with Danny after my half.  We spent a lot of time talking about the half: what worked, what didn’t.  I noted that my core felt stronger, I had no shin pain, and my recovery seemed to be faster.  We started to talk about the gameplan for my next half on 11/23.

Workout: I don’t recall the specific exercises we did, but they were mostly corrective exercises with focus on breathing during specific parts of the movement.

Wednesday

Vinyasa yoga with Jaye. Getting back to yoga felt REALLY good.  I ended up a little sore the next day, but nothing crazy.  I really missed the stress relief and the mindfulness of the class.

Thursday

Danny night. Yay for outside workouts in the gorgeous weather!

First Round (3x):

1. 12 (or 15 when I forget to count) KB press in lunge position (each side)

2. Bear crawls, forward and backwards for 25 yds total

Second Round (2x):

1. 10 Paloff presses (each side)

I’d like to point out that I was pretty sore the next day.  Guess that’s what happens when you have time off :)

Friday

Rest day! Did some wedding stuff with our venue :) Afterwards, we went to the Broken Egg Bistro for dinner with Michael’s parents.  I had the best food ever!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu!

Saturday

Danny was away.  I should have gotten a workout in, but I got a bunch of stuff done around the house that I’ve been neglecting. That’s kind of a workout, right?  I also got a lot of wedding stuff done. My brother and his fiance were in town, so I finally got to see them for the first time since their engagement.  Michael wasn’t feeling too good, so we had a pretty relaxed day.

Sunday

Church in the morning, then Michael, David (his brother) and I headed down to Elizabeth City to see their parents.  Michael’s dad has a twin brother and he and his wife were in town visiting.  It was great to see them again; I haven’t seen them since our trip to Florida in March.

How was your week of workouts?  Did you do anything fun this weekend?

October Vacation + Engagement Pictures

After Crawlin Crab on Sunday, I was so ready for a relaxing week off! My stress levels have been pretty high recently, and this vacation couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

Monday

I dragged my butt out of bed for my mani/pedi appointment.  Once I arrived at the salon, I was surprised to find out that the salon had been repossessed by the bank! I really needed my nails done before our engagement shots on Tuesday.  I had my haircut at 11:30, and thankfully she has a nail person that was able to do my nails on such short notice!  Mom and I even got a chance to go out to lunch together.  It was a great recuperation day after the half.

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Pretty nails!

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My feet actually look pretty for once!

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New haircut :)

 

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Lunch at JoJacks with my momma!

Tuesday

Michael and I got up on Tuesday morning to head off to vacation.

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Yes I used a filter. No shame in my game.

Our first stop was in Richmond to get my ring cleaned and shop for wedding bands at TIFFANY’S!

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Aren’t we so cute?!

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Like a kid in a candy shop!

We then headed up to Orange to check into our hotel and get ourselves ready for our engagement pictures.  We had our pictures taken at Carter Mountain Orchard by the fabulous Katelyn James Photography.  You can check out the rest of our pictures here.  Despite some rain that forced us to find a secondary location, it was a fantastic time!

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Wednesday

On Wednesday, we got up and drove into Charlottesville,VA. We went to a few wineries and did some shopping.  It was a great day :)

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Country traffic jam.

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Horton Vineyards

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Horton Vineyards

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Trump Winery

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Trump Winery

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Trump Winery

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Jefferson Vineyards

 

Thursday

Thursday was a more relaxed day.  We had breakfast and then sat outside at the hotel and did some reading and relaxing.  Later in the afternoon we headed toward Culpepper and went to two Greek vineyards. We had been to Mediterranean cellars before, but Molon Lave was a last minute decision and we LOVED it.  We even bought a bottle of wine and came back to the hotel and sat out to watch the sunset.

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View from the back porch of the hotel

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Our sunset picnic with Vidal Blanc from Molon Lave!

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Look at this cutie!

 

Friday

On Friday, we headed to Stuarts Draft to visit my stepsister and her husband.  We went to Barren Ridge for our last wine tasting of the trip.

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Rob, Cristina, Michael and me at Barren Ridge

Later that night, we went into Staunton to have dinner with some of Michael’s friends.

Saturday

This was our last day, we got up pretty early to head home, since we had a work picnic that afternoon.  The weather got a little rough once we got there, so we didn’t stay long, but it was a fun time.

Sunday

Had church in the morning on Sunday, then got a lot done around the house and just caught up after being gone on vacation.  I had dinner with my Dad, stepmom and stepsister, and my future brother in law even came with me.  It was a great week and a nice relaxing weekend to wrap up the week.

 

Do you like going to wineries? How was your weekend?

Crawlin Crab Weekend

The day(s) of reckoning was finally here!  I knew I hadn’t trained well for this weekend but knew I could do it.  I participated in the Shell Yeah Challenge, which consisted of doing the 5k on Saturday, and the half marathon on Sunday.  For completing the two races, you get all the benefits of each race and you get a special challenge medal.

Crawlin Crab 5k

Got up at 5:45am and got on the road at 6:30am. It was only about a 20 minute drive, and the 5k didn’t start until 8am.  It was humid already in the am, but not too hot.  I hung out with my friend Allyson from high school and a few people from our gym.

I was meeting up with an acquaintance of mine named Heather.  I met her a few years ago when Extreme Home Makeover came to my area.  She and her friend and friend’s daughter were going to do the 5k.  I didn’t know they didn’t actually register until we lined up in our corral.  I was very upset that they were going to bandit the race, but I figured as long as they didn’t take a medal, it was fine.

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Race Bandits! GRRRRR.

Since Heather and I were doing the half on Sunday, we decided to walk.  My official time for the 5k was 50.24….clearly we walked slow.

I was very upset when they took medals at the end of the race.  UGH.  After they left, Allyson and I went in to get a beer and food and celebrate.  They had an awesome craft beer festival and soup from Baker’s Crust (yum!)

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My awesome friend Allyson!

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Beer! Check out that bling too :)

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Allyson’s adult sippy cup!

 

Crawlin Crab Half Marathon

Got up at 5:30am, and got on the road around 6:20am.  The start of the half was 8am too.  It was pretty cold when I got up, only 44 degrees, but I knew it was going to warm up to the 60s.  I had a hard time committing to a race day outfit because I couldn’t decide between short sleeves and a tank.  Opted for short sleeves.  Got myself together and went inside to kill time with Allyson.

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Me and Heather!

Heather showed up, we checked our dry bags and got in our corral.  I was in corral 5, and we only started 8 minutes after the official start, which was awesome.  I lost Heather in the first quarter mile.

Since I knew I hadn’t trained well, I was aware that I was going to have to walk some.  However, I felt pretty good, so I set little goals for myself.  Run to a 5k.  Then run to the 5 mile mark.  Then run to the 10k mark.  At the 10k mark, I decided to walk until I hit 7 miles.  I also had a Gatorade chew.

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Views from the race. The weather was amazing!

I started run/walk intervals of a half mile.  At 8.5 miles, I started feeling really lightheaded and weak.  I had another Gatorade chew and half of my Clif bar.  I started taking more Gatorade at the water stops.  9 miles is where it fell apart.  I resigned myself to walking because I just felt so weak.  Nothing seemed to help.  The only thing that kept me going was the promise of finishing in about an hour (walking).  I made a friend at 11.5 miles and stayed with her till the end.  We ran in the last half mile together.

I finished at 3:14:36.  I finished about 20 minutes faster at Shamrock….but I also really intensely trained for that.  I was a little frustrated with my time, but learned a valuable lesson.  I went out too fast and wasn’t fueled properly.  But most importantly, I didn’t train well.  Training is SO CRUCIAL.

But, despite my frustrations, I’m proud of myself for taking on the challenge and finishing!

Michael met me at the finish line and we went in for beer and soup. Never has food tasted so good.

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I don’t know how I managed to look this happy, I was exhausted!

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All the race bling! That Challenge medal is HUGE!

 

After we had our fill, we got on the road. He followed me back home so I could get my shower.  He let me be lazy on the couch while he picked up lunch and some Starbucks.  I have an awesome fiance :)

Did any of you race this weekend? Anyone do the Crawlin Crab?

Weekly Update – 9/29

This was a light week in preparation of Crawlin Crab!

Monday

Monday AM: Forgot to set my alarm.  Again.

Monday PM: Yoga with Jaye.  Class was all over the place. I have trouble with her cues because they aren’t clear and I have to constantly look up at her to see if I’m doing the correct movement.

Tuesday

I worked from home since I had some work done on the house today.  My stress levels really diminished by not being physically at work.  If this is something that legitimately helps my stress and anxiety levels, I may see if I can work from home maybe a half day each week.

Danny cancelled, which is actually ok with me since its the week of Crawlin Crab.  No need to push it.

Wednesday

Wednesday AM: I’m about ready to give up on morning workouts.

Wednesday PM: Yoga was good. Pretty challenging class.

Thursday

Danny.  We took it really light, just worked on some mobility stuff.  We didn’t want to do any heavy work before Crawlin Crab!

Friday

Actually planned not to have a morning workout, so nothing to beat myself up about missing!

I only worked a half day, then went to the expo and picked up my race packet!

Saturday – Sunday

Crawlin Crab! That’s for another post….

Anniversary Weekend

Sunday, September 21st, was the 1 year anniversary of my first date with Michael! And in true romantic fashion, he planned a weekend away for us. He did tell me we were going away, but wouldn’t tell me where we were going.

We left after work on Friday, got Chipotle for dinner and got on the road. He had given me a few hints throughout the week that led me to knowing we were going to the Eastern Shore…then that Friday morning he told me where we were going. We ended up at Cape Charles, a small beach town just over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge onto the Eastern Shore.

Although I’ve been up and down the Eastern Shore my whole life, I’ve never been to Cape Charles.  We stayed at a quaint little bed and breakfast facing the Chesapeake Bay.

We got up on Saturday morning, had breakfast then decided to take a drive around the town.  After exploring via vehicle for a while, we parked the car back at the B&B and took off on foot.  We went to a few little quaint shops then had lunch at a coffeehouse.  After walking around for little while, we got some ice cream :)

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Breakfast time!

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A sweet older couple took this picture of us :)

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How cute!

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I’m a cheeseball.

 

We decided to go to a cute little seafood restaurant called The Shanty.  We had to wait for awhile, but the food was good! We got some wonderful pictures of the sunset while we were waiting.

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We got up Sunday morning, had breakfast and then got on the road.  Sunday was spent being lazy at home and just enjoying each other’s company.  What a wonderful weekend :)

 

Do you like surprise trips? Have you ever been to a bed and breakfast?