Jul 28, 2014

Since You've Been Gone

Ok more like "since I've been gone" but I like song lyrics more. 

Today I thought I would list some things that have been going on since I took my little unintentional blog hiatus. Lists=the lazy girl blog post

#Firstofall, I chopped my hair. I say chopped because to me anything more than a tiny trim is a chop. I love the beach wave, messy curled hair that everyone is sporting but I knew that just wasn't going to be possible with my longer hair. I don't know why but when my hair is longer, curls just don't work. They won't hold or they end up looking like wet perm. Or they look flat and stuck to my head. None of those things are cute. So I chopped. And I'm actually itching to take about another inch off of it. 
That's preworkout hair vs post workout hair. I'm starting to master the curling wand. But I can't say I totally understand what makes it better than just a curling iron used the right way for beach waves/curls. I'm a newbie though. 

Next up, I may have mentioned here that I got pretty busy a few months back when my work partner was on maternity leave. I had to learn a whole lot of her job. I would say probably 70% of what she did. The silver lining to that was I just had to know it all for 6 weeks, right? Wrong! After being back a week, she took a job within our parent company but with a different business unit. Now I'm still doing my job and that extra % of her job. It's been a little stressful, but I'm making it. I see a light at the end of the tunnel by way of shoving off my old work on someone else. Winning! That has been part of the reason why I haven't felt like typing or being anywhere near a computer after working hours. 

In other news, I became a Sweat Pink Ambassador while I was away. If you aren't already following, drop what you are doing and go follow @fitapproach on instagram. (oh and add me while you're there too)
Other than that, our summer has been winding down. Brooklyn competed in the softball World Series a week and a half ago. That doesn't mean that softball is over for long though. Tryouts are in just another week. She is also starting middle school in about two weeks. Which means I will be attending a sports parent meeting and middle school orientation this week. Add volleyball camp to that list and we have a lot going on. I feel like our summer has been pretty busy but I'm sure it's nothing compared to how busy we are going to be going forward. I am pretty excited about what the future holds though. 

Now fill me in. What is something new with you that maybe you haven't shared to all of social media yet??

Jul 25, 2014

Race Recap: Stars & Stripes 5k

Let me dust off this old blog, and see if I remember how to do this. 

I have got to be better about writing my recaps. Too much time has passed since my Stars and Stripes 5k and I know I don't remember it exactly as I did the week following. 

I will start by saying that the M-town Race Series is easily my favorite race series. Ok, so maybe it's the only race series I've completed. Minor detail. It really has all the fun summer races in it. I felt like after each race I said, "That one was my favorite!" Stars and Stripes was no different. 

This was my first race that I would have Brooklyn & Jeremy there to cheer me on. Thanks to my friend Lora for bringing B. This made it possible for me to get there in time and not have to backtrack. Another awesome friend picked up my race packet so that gave us a little time to hang out, find our other friends, and take pictures of course. 
Sidenote: How cute are my friends?! I love dressing up for themes or holidays, so this race was great for that. So many awesome red, white and blue race clothes. 

On to the running portion...we had really great weather. I mean, it's July in the South...it is usually a million degrees+ outside. It was comfortable. Everyone seemed pretty chilled out at the start too. I was worried with there being so many people that it would be hard to get off to a good start. People spaced out a little and took their time getting up to the start. I was fairly close to the front, but I noted that the timer was at 2 minutes by the time I crossed the line. 

The course was mostly flat (or maybe I've forgotten rolling hills) and shady for the first half. I found someone a little faster than me and chased her for almost two miles. Then she apparently got a burst of energy that I was lacking, and she left me in the dust. My Nike+ said I was running slower than my PR pace, but I'm starting to learn Nike+ can be a little liar. My legs were getting tired on the last half mile but I was trying my best to keep running. I remember feeling like I was running through molasses or running so slowly I felt like I was actually going backwards at times. I got a little burst when I rounded the last turn. I gave it all I had because I knew my loves were waiting somewhere along the finish line. I happened to look up and see the clock said 35 minutes....which meant 33 running minutes for me. I was ecstatic! That may be slow to some. That may be fast, but for me that meant a PR. Official time- 33:39. My goal is a sub30 5k and I'm trying to do it by the end of the year. 

To celebrate my PR, I got a new tank and new running top after the race. So much for my "no new workout clothes" ban I put on myself. I also got a tank for Brooklyn and a running tech shirt for Jeremy. I got those with the stipulation they had to start running with me. Ask me how many times they have run with me since....if you guessed 0, you'd be right. 

After the race, we ate typical 4th of July food (hamburgers, hot dogs) along with typical post race foods (bananas, oranges) and hung out around the fountain. Once it got dark, it was time for some fireworks. 
This is apparently how you take pictures of fireworks these days. She missed half the show trying to take the right selfie #tweens

And being the hypocrite I am, then we took a selfie, eh um, I mean an usie? I don't know. And yes, I was so cold in July I had to get my race shirt out and put it on. And I was still cold! 

First M-town Race Series is over, but I think this is going to be a yearly tradition. I loved all these races even the Gibson which was my worst. I definitely recommend anyone in the area to sign up for all or at least one of these series races.