Weekly Update – 2/22/16 – Minor Mishap!

This week was gearing up to be a great week, then I had a little accident at work that threw a little wrench in my plans. Only time will tell if this will end up affecting Shamrock or not…


Got to the gym early enough to get in 1.5 miles before yoga.  Class was surprisingly full, in fact the entire gym was pretty crowded.  Class was good.  Jaye has started cuing differently, which is actually helping me.  She’s reminding us more and more what muscles should be engaged in poses, which has been wonderful.  Sometimes I’m focused on looking like I’m doing the pose right (and sometimes letting the wrong muscles carry the burden), instead of engaging the right muscles.


Got in 3.4 miles on the treadmill. Nothing too interesting!


We had some really bad storms on Wednesday that caused us to have to take shelter at work (tornado warning) and that produced some tornados.  I decided I’d rather be at home than the gym if a tornado hit, so I stayed home for my workout.

I got 2 miles in on the treadmill before a 30 minute yoga session.  I tried out a new app called “Down Dog” that allows you to chose the difficulty level of the practice, the length, and what kind of music you want.  The instructor’s voice is very soothing and I felt like I was actually in class! Great alternative for when I can’t make it to class.


Thursday was a very bad day.  I had a fall at work.  Super long story short, too much air freshener was sprayed in the bathroom, the floor was slick and I slid and landed really hard on my left knee.  This resulted in me having to be wheeled out of work on a wheelchair and then going to Patient First for x-rays.

Good news: Nothing broken.  If you heard how my knee hit the marble floor, you’d think otherwise.

Bad news: I have a super bruised and swollen knee.  I’m on “light duty” for 5 days (ends Wednesday) starting after the day of my injury, so no working out till then (assuming I feel good enough to work out then).

Light duty means that I have to elevate 20 minutes out of each hour, no standing more than 30 minutes an hour, and no climbing ladders.

While its easy to disobey doctor’s orders and do what I want if/when I feel up to it, I really have to listen because this is being filed through workman’s comp.



Went back to work and had to endure the questions about what happened and if I was ok.  Then I had to do all the paperwork for workman’s comp.

I encouraged Michael to still go out of town on his trip with his friend Shaun, so I spent Friday night watching Netflix and elevating my knee.


Slept in on Saturday, then got up and did a few chores before following doctor’s orders and elevating my knee.  Then I disobeyed doctor’s orders just a little and went out for lunch with my stepsisters, stepdad and mom.  While I sat most of the time, I didn’t elevate my knee like I should have. Afterward, we went to visit my step-grandparents (which allowed me to sit around and do what I’m supposed to 🙂 )


Who could resist this cutie?


Saturday night – when Michael got back from his trip, we went to Red Robin for dinner and had a nice time.


On Sunday, we went to church, then came back and did our normal Sunday chores.  It was such a nice day, and I wanted so badly to get out and exercise, but doctor’s orders…

Have you ever hurt yourself by falling like I did? How did you keep from going stir crazy when you aren’t allowed to work out?


February Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #15)

I say this every time: I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!  I actually managed to take semi real pictures this time! You should be proud!

Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

Item Number 1 – Bay to Baubles Maebry Multi-Strand Necklace  ($34)


I had asked my stylist for a rose gold necklace (but not yellow gold – not a fan).  She admitted that she couldn’t find rose gold for me, but tried an antique gold necklace.  The shape was nice, I liked it…but didn’t like the color!

Verdict: Return

Item Number 2 – Papermoon Dillin V Neck Knit Top ($48)


This shirt looked really cheap.  It was one of those shirts you could get at Target for $8…but yet it was here in my box for $48.  It was also very unflattering and showed every curve and bump!

Verdict: Return

Item Number 3 – Brixon Ivy Willard Lace Overlay Blouse ($54)


I liked this shirt a lot when I saw in in my box.  The color was great and detail was lovely.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the solid black back (instead of being blue like the rest of the shirt), but since I figured I’d be wearing it under a blazer, it would be ok.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 4 – 41Hawthorn McQue Solid Lace Sleeve Blouse ($48)


I really liked this top when I pulled it out of the box.  The color was great and the lace sleeves were a nice detail.  However, it was much too tight in the bust, and too short.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 – Bobeau Shawnly Printed Knit Top ($58)


This item was ok out of the box.  It felt really casual – and I had asked for work tops.  But I decided to give it a try.  It fit fine, it just didn’t feel like something I would wear.

Verdict: Return

Overall Impression

I would say this box was just ok.  There were two tops I loved, but only one fit.  The other two tops were a complete miss.  She did make a valiant attempt with the necklace…it just simply fell short. Generally speaking, I really do like my stylist and most everything she sends me! This box was just a little “off.”

I think I need to be more specific in what I pin on my pinterest board.  I think I’m not giving her enough “pinspiration.”


If you are interested in getting your very own Stitch Fix box, click here.

*Note: This post is not sponsored.  I love Stitch Fix and purchase it with my own money and desire to share my love of it with you all fine people!  If you do chose to use the above link to sign up, I do receive credit toward my next purchase! (So click away!!!) If you sign up for Stitch Fix, you will also get a referral link for you to share with friends and loved ones!*

Race Recap – For the Cure 5k 2016


This was my second race with Road Rage Events.  I’m really enjoying running at Mt. Trashmore.  This one was called “For the Cure” and was to benefit breast cancer research. My grandmother died of breast cancer, so doing this race felt like a good way to honor her memory.

Packet Pickup and Expo

Kim and I did packet pickup on race day.  We got there about an hour before the race.  Packet pickup was a little disorganized, but we got our bibs and headed back to the car to relax a bit before the race started.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was going to be a nice day, warming up to around 70.  It was supposed to be just around 50 when we finished, so I didn’t want to dress like it was too warm!  I opted for some capris and a long sleeved shirt over  a short sleeved shirt.  That way I could peel off the extra layer if I got warm.  I did push my sleeves up at a point in the race, but it wasn’t too bad.


After packet pickup, Kim and I sat in the car for a bit, but headed out early to see the kid’s fun run.  There was this one cute little kid who refused to run and despite encouragement from his dad and the crowd, slowly walked his way to the finish line.

It was then time for the 5k to start. We placed ourselves toward the back (there were no corrals) and we seemed to place ourselves appropriately.

Race Time

Kim wanted to mostly walk during this race, but she did want to beat her time from the Freezerburn 5k, so we decided we were going to run a bit.  I let her set the pace and decide when we would run.  We made goals like, “lets run to that bench down there,” or “lets run until the bend in the course.”  We often ran to pass people.  The first mile flew by, and before we knew it we were at the halfway point.

Mile 2 was pretty easy too.  We came upon a gentlemen and his trainer…and he was struggling.  We ran with him for a bit to encourage him, then passed him.  I was really proud of how hard Kim was working.  Running is not easy for her, but she kept pushing through.  She suggested times to run, ran further than our goals, and rocked it.

We ran in to the finish line and finished in 47:24, which was a big improvement on Freezerburn for her!

This was not a race that I was racing… I was just treating it as a workout.  Ya know, a workout with a tshirt and a medal at the end!

After Party

They had a table with water, powerade and some pretzels and granola.  We climbed up Mt. Trashmore after the race, then came back down to hang out a bit more before they started cleaning up.


Have you ever run with someone and helped them stay encouraged during a run?




Weekly Update – 2/15/16

Sorry no pictures this week – it was a rather uneventful week. I did manage to get some good workouts in. I did a surprise 5k (aka, unplanned) and it was nice to get out in the nicer weather we had.  I used the 5k as a race-out (thanks for the term, Amy!) and just used it as a workout.


Since we had the day off on Monday, I spent almost the entire day on the couch, just watching TV and chilling.  I did manage to get some laundry and cleaning done.  So I decided to hit up the gym early and get in some mileage before yoga.

I ended up doing 3.3 miles on the treadmill – the last mile or so with my friend Kim!  Yoga was a little bit tougher….I don’t normally workout before class, but it was good.


Tuesday was a rough day at work.  I try not to talk about it much, but it’s been tough lately.  One of my co-workers is leaving my department…we’ve worked together for 6 years, so it come as a bit of shock.  Its a great opportunity for him, and I’m beyond happy for him, but all the change is starting to get to me.  If you are a praying person – would you mind praying for peace?  I need a bit of peace to get me though the tough times!

Went to the gym and only got 2.2 miles in on the treadmill.  In the craziness at work, I forgot my afternoon snack and was feeling super weak during my workout.


Jumped on the treadmill before yoga and got a quick 1.1 miles in.  Yoga was good – we had a TON of new people in class, so I could tell that Jaye modified it to be just a bit slower and easier.  It was a nice practice.


Got in 3.3 miles on the treadmill.  Nothing too exciting.  My friend Kim did talk me into doing a 5k over the weekend though, so I signed up for that!


Rest day! I realized I hadn’t had a rest day since the previous Friday…and that’s a long time.  It was needed!  We spent the night catching up on TV shows and generally being lazy.


Saturday morning I woke up and felt like I was dying.  EVERYTHING hurt.  I had to wake up for a few minutes before I could take inventory about what was wrong.  I had clearly had heartburn overnight, I felt like my belly was upset, I had cramps, and my upper back was incredibly sore from sleeping funny.

This was all NOT good, because I had signed up for a 5k that morning, and Kim was coming to pick me up in an hour.  Luckily, after some motrin, food and a lot of water, I felt back to normal.

More about the 5k later, but afterward, I came home, showered, then was lazy pretty much the rest of the day until we went to hang out with my mom and stepdad.


We had church responsibilities on Sunday morning, then we came home to do chores, grocery shopping and food prep.  Nice, chill Sunday.

How was your week? Have you ever woken up feeling terrible, then felt fine after an hour?


Weekly Update – 2/8/16

This was a pretty good week of workouts, if I do say so myself.  I tried my hardest not to let the cold trick me into not wanting to get up off the couch.  For me, this is the hardest part of winter to be motivated!


Yoga night!  I jumped on the treadmill before class started and got in a quick .75 miles.  Jaye did a little more of a restorative class, which was nice, but I was ready for a harder class! I did take advantage of the slower pace and made sure I was very intentional in my movement and activating all my muscles in each pose.


I think the husband is sick of going to the gym with me.  I have this habit of socializing before I actually make it to my workout, and so he’s done and waiting on me to finish.  Oops!  5k done on the treadmill.


I was able to get to the gym a bit early, and I was able to get 1.5 miles in on the treadmill before yoga.  I felt pretty strong in class and really focused on trying to hold the poses, even when my muscles were yelling at me.  I did tweak my knee at some point….just transitioning back to Down Dog, nothing crazy, but it was pretty angry at me the rest of the night and the next day.


I was not feeling the gym on Thursday.  I wanted to skip so bad, but I knew I’d be skipping on Friday, so I went.  Did 2.5 miles and took it easy.


Rest day! We got a little bit of snow, so it was nice to stay home and curl up with a movie.


Got up and got 3 miles in on the treadmill at home before doing some housework. Michael and I went out for our Valentine’s dinner on Saturday night and it was lovely! Michael gave me some beautiful diamond earrings 🙂


On Sunday, we went to church, then got some Jersey Mike’s afterward for lunch.  We went to the gym and I got in a good, long foam roll session before doing 2 miles on the treadmill.  We went to see “How to be Single” at the movies, which turned out to be much better than I expected.  Afterward, we splurged and went to Coldstone.

How was your week? Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?

Music to get ya movin’!


Its been awhile since I’ve gotten a huge overhaul to my running playlist – I’m long overdue.  But I’ve got a few tried and true songs that get me moving, that I thought I’d share with you guys!  These are in no particular order:

  1. “Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
  2. “Titanium” by Sia
  3. “Encore” by Eminem
  4. “The Future Freaks Me Out” by Motion City Soundtrack
  5. “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit
  6. “Magic” by B.o.B
  7. “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake
  8. “Confident” by Demi Lovato
  9. “That Power” by will.i.am feat Justin Bieber
  10. “WTF (Where They From)” by Missy Elliot
  11. “Let the Groove Get In” by Justin Timberlake
  12. “My Chick Bad” by Ludacris
  13. “Tambourine” by Eve
  14. “Work It” by Missy Elliot
  15. “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root
  16. “Nine in the Afternoon” by Panic at the Disco
  17. “Cheerleader” cover by Pentatonix
  18. “Till I Collapse” by Eminem
  19. “Bezerk” by Eminem
  20. “Teeth” by Lady Gaga
  21. “Bodies” by Drowning Pool
  22. “Break Free” by Ariana Grande feat Zedd
  23. “Won’t Back Down” by Eminem feat Pink
  24. “Walls” by Emery
  25. “Jump” by Kris Kross

As you can tell, my music tastes are a little bit all over the place….I even listen to a lot more variety than that.  My workout music tends to be in the Top 40 range.

What do you listen to when you workout? Or do you prefer to go sans music?

Race Recap: Game Day 5k 2016

Its been a long time since I’ve done a Flat Out Events race.  They primarily do races up on the peninsula, so I often forget about them!  I’ve wanted to try the Game Day 5k for a few years, but this is the first time I pulled the trigger on it!


Packet Pickup and Expo

Like last week, this was another smaller race (probably around 800 people), I opted for packet pickup on the day of the race.  Despite packet pickup being a little disorganized, I was able to get my race packet fairly quickly.  Michael and I had a lot of time to chill in the car and wait for the race to start.

I was really disappointed in the shirts for this race.  When they have unisex shirts, I get a medium, and when they have gender specific, I usually get a women’s large.  These were unisex shirts, and the medium was SO small.  Might as well have been a small.  I don’t think I’ll be wearing that shirt…

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was in the 20s when I woke up, with the high only supposed to be around 40 for the day.  It was also pretty overcast, so I knew it would be a cold one.  I literally wore the same layers I did last week (long pants, tank, long sleeved shirt, and headband), but this week, I added a vest and my gloves.

While it was 37 degrees, I was so underdressed.  I froze the entire time! You would have thought it was in the 20s still!


After packet pickup, Michael and I sat around in the car.  It was a little too cold to just hang around outside.  The 10k was starting at 9, and the 5k started at 9:15.  I headed out there a few minutes before 9 to see the 10kers start, and to get a bathroom break in.

There were signs for corrals, but nothing super organized.  Like always, people were lined up improperly, so there were walkers in front of runners, etc.

Race Time

I started less than 20 seconds behind the gun.  I was able to pass a lot of the walkers with ease, and since the race was fewer than 400 people, it spread out pretty quick.  I ran the first half mile, then alternated run/walk every quarter mile.  That strategy seems to work pretty well for me.  I know a lot of people do time intervals, but I prefer distance intervals.

I hit mile marker one pretty quickly – I was surprised how fast I came upon it.  I think I ran/walked the first mile in just over 13 minutes.  Getting to mile two seemed to take a bit longer.  The 1okers joined back in with the 5kers just before our 2 mile mark, and at their 5 mile mark. Unfortunately, it was a little unmatched.  The 5kers were run/walking, and we were joining in with 10kers who were running.

I took my gloves off for a few minutes, because I felt like my hands were getting warm, but promptly put them back on!

The water break was at the 2 mile mark, then it was just over a mile to go.  This mile seemed to fly by, and before I knew it, I was around the other side of the block from the finish line.  I could tell my Garmin was a bit ahead (I ended up running 3.16 miles), but I decided to go for it at the end.

I crossed the finish line in 43:51.  I felt like I worked a lot harder than that time, but oh well.

After Party

I was freezing at the finish.  I got my medal, my water and snacks, caught my breath for a few minutes, and decided it was time to go. They were having the afterparty at a nearby restaurant, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

Have you done a superbowl race? What was the coldest race you’ve ever done?




Weekly Update – 2/1/16

I felt pretty good about my workouts this week.  I’m starting to feel more core tighten up (thanks yoga) and I feel like I’m starting to lose a bit of weight.  While my ultimate goal is to be healthy, I do need to lose some weight, so I’m happy to see that its starting to come off.


Yoga with Jaye.  I felt pretty strong in my flows, and I feel like I’ve been better about being more aware of my breath.  However, my balance was severely off last night and I struggled a lot with that.

I’ve been practicing yoga for about 2 years now, and its still amazing to me how much I learn each class.


I was so unmotivated to go to the gym on Tuesday.  Work has been a bit difficult recently and its been quite draining.  We went anyway.  I got a 5k in on the treadmill.

Michael ran his best time yet for a 5k – around 42 minutes.  He’s going to do so well on his first 5k in April.  He keeps telling me he wants a good first PR.  🙂  I told him anything will be a PR, but he’s determined and I love it!


I jumped on the treadmill and got a quick .75 miles in before yoga.  It was a small class, which I prefer.  Jaye was experimenting with a new warmup…not really a fan, but hey, its yoga, so I went with the flow.  Haha – get it, go with the flow? Flow yoga? Anyone?

Ok that wasn’t that funny.


Even though Michael was ready for a rest day, I wasn’t.  Got in a 5k on the treadmill at the gym.


Hit up the gym after work for 2.3 miles.  It was my 5th day straight without a rest day, so I didn’t feel the need to push it.


Saturday was a complete bum day.  Well, not complete.  Got a lot of laundry and housework done. It was nice to have a day at home to watch HGTV and catch up on stuff around the house.


Sunday was the Game Day 5k.  Recap to come.  I will say it is the COLDEST race I’ve ever done.  I stayed cold for the rest of the day. We did put a deposit down on a lot to potentially build a house later this year! That’s exciting 🙂 Afterward, we went to my dad’s house to watch the SuperBowl.

How was your week?  Did you race this weekend?


Spring Race Schedule

When its 70 degrees in the beginning of February, you start dreaming about your spring race schedule!  While I’ve had some of these on the schedule for awhile (here’s looking at you Shamrock), unless you take a peek at my Race Schedule page, you’d never know what I’ve got up my sleeve!

Here’s what I’ve got coming up:

February 7, 2016 – Game Day 5k (Newport News, VA)

March 19, 2016 – Shamrock 8k (Virginia Beach, VA)

March 20, 2016 – Shamrock Half Marathon (Virginia Beach, VA)

April 2, 2016 – April Fools 7k (Atlantic City, NJ)

April 16, 2016 – ODU Big Blue 5k (Norfolk, VA)

The Game Day 5k this week is something that I’ve wanted to check out the past few years and never got around to  it.  I’m excited about it, as its in a city I love and has pretty awesome swag.

You may remember that I deferred my Dolphin Challenge for Shamrock until this year. I don’t feel particularly ready for it this year, but I’m not injured like I was last year.  I’ve decided to employ a walk/run strategy.  I’ll be walking the 8k with some of my co-workers (my work sponsors the 8k), and walk/run the half.

Just yesterday, I added the April Fools 7k to my schedule.  Hollie has said nothing but good things about the race, so I decided to give it a try.  My husband likes to go up to Atlantic City to go to the casinos every once and awhile, so I thought it could be a good trip for us.  I also am a sucker for less traditional race distances, since I always stick with 5ks, etc.  Interestingly enough, this is my first race out of the state where I live!

The ODU Big Blue 5k will be my husband’s first race, and my first time doing this particular race.  I’m excited about it!

I may add one or two more before summer, but we’ll see!

How is your spring schedule shaping up?  Do you ever travel for races? 


Race Recap: Freezerburn 5k 2016

This was my first race with a new race series and my first race at Mt. Trashmore.  The race was put on by Road Rage Events and I loved it!  I also really enjoyed a new race course.

Packet Pickup and Expo

Since it was such a small race (several hundred people), I opted for packet pickup on the day of the race.  Packet pickup was pretty well organized and I was able to get my packet pretty quickly.  Michael and I had a lot of time to chill in the car and wait for the race to start.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was supposed to warm up to the 50s later in the day, but it was in the 20s when I woke up.  It was going to be nice and sunny, but since I’ve never run at Mt. Trashmore, I didn’t know how the wind would be.  I opted for long leggings, a tank top, long sleeved shirt, gloves and headband.

I ended up not wearing the gloves, but did wear the headband the whole time, which surprised me.


After packet pickup, Michael and I sat around in the car.  It was a little too cold to just hang around outside.

I went out about 20 minutes before the race to hit the bathroom and see if I could find my friend Kim.  I was able to find her and hang out with her.  Since I’d been feeling under the weather, I planned to mostly walk this race, which made her happy cause then I’d stick with her.  We were also joined by another friend of hers (who’s name escapes me!) and her 2 kids.

We placed ourselves toward the back (there were no corrals) and we seemed to place ourselves appropriately.

Race Time

We walked almost the entire race. That was probably a good thing, because it was cold out and difficult for me to breathe, even when walking.  We chatted pretty much the entire race, which was really nice.  I don’t typically enjoy running or walking with other people, but it was really nice.  Helped pass the time.  Before I knew it, we were at the turnaround point for a water break.  The back half of the race flew by.  I knew I’d get under 50 minutes if I ran in the last little bit, so I jogged in the last quarter mile or so.  I finished in 49:38.

This was clearly not a race for me.  I barely ran.  Sometimes I think it is totally ok to just do a 5k for fun and walk if you want!

The course was really nice.  A good portion of it is spent around a man-made lake, and of course, you can see Mt. Trashmore pretty much the entire time.  The race course wasn’t closed off, so sometimes you saw people just out for a walk in the morning with their pets.  I’m not normally a fan of open race courses, but it wasn’t bad. Maybe because I was doing this race for fun.

After Party

Since this was a very small race, I didn’t expect a large after party.  They had a table with water, powerade and some pretzels and granola.  Despite the lack of a fancy after party, people hung around for quite a bit.

The medal was great – they do a summer race with the Heat Miser on the medal!


Do you enjoy trying new race series? Do you enjoy small races?