Friday Favorites v.89

Happy Friday from rainy Kentucky! It’s basically supposed to rain for the next EIGHT days…so figuring out my running plans is going to be an adventure.

Ryan and I don’t have any big plans for the weekend and I am so pumped about it. We’re going to hang out around the house, maybe watch some movies and talk about some long-term plans for our house, cars, etc. We feel so adult!

But before the weekend can begin let’s get through this week’s Friday Favorites!

1.Valentine’s Day! Even though Ryan and I don’t celebrate with cards or flowers, it’s still fun to stop and recognize a day all about love. We did sneak away for a quick lunch together (which never happens!) I also bought some candy for my class, but that was more to encourage them during their midterm review game than for the holiday 😉

2. This story of a heroic dog who died protecting his owner will break your heart.

3. I mentioned this on the blog earlier in the week, but this beet and ginger bean and been my latest obsession. I’ve been eating it on wraps, sandwiches and as a dip. It’s so good and has such an interesting flavor!
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4. The Thoughts of Dog Twitter account. I’ve been following it for a while, but I don’t think I have ever mentioned it on here before.

5. How much do you love running? Take this quiz from Run Rock N Roll and find out! I got kind of obsessed.

6. I had some pretty good runs this week! I’m hoping this sets me up for a great long run on Saturday — 14 miles! My longest EVER EVER.
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7. Yesterday’s weather was PERFECT. It was almost 70 with a nice breeze — definitely a nice change from the snow, ice and freezing temps.

8. Surprisingly, I haven’t taken any pictures of Murphy this week. We did have his yearly vet exam yesterday and everything was good! So that makes this dog momma happy.

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Trying to pop in more often with random tidbits from life. So here it goes!

Saw this on Facebook the other day – so many good things to keep in mind!

Freaking crushed my seven-mile run on Tuesday night and I’m pumped to hop on the treadmill tonight when I get off work – hopefully in shorts!

Forever & always thinking about food. Debating on making these cookies tonight.
Quick & Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Be back tomorrow with Friday Favorites!

ProCompression socks review

This post is NOT sponsored. This is just a product that I enjoy that I want to share with you all!

I’m a pretty easy customer. Give me a product that looks good, feels good and works for me and I’m sold. After seeing ProCompression socks all over Instagram and finding a coupon code on Facebook, I decided to buy some and see what they were all about.

So when I found a discount to get FIVE pairs for the price of two you best believe I ran to my computer to buy some.
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From the ProCompression website: Everyone can benefit from stepping into PRO Compression products—because increased circulation is always a good thing. Whatever you do—from standing all day on the job to hoofing across 18 holes, from flying frequently for business to competing in triathlons—our socks and sleeves will help you perform at your peak and feel your very best.

I’ve worn these socks for several runs now, both outside and on the treadmill, and I love them! They don’t slide down, they don’t pinch under the knee and no blisters on my feet. They seem to help with soreness during my run and recovery afterward!

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ProCompression products are also made in the USA — another win!
*This Valentine’s pattern might be favorite out of all of them!*
**Legs up the wall is my favorite post-run pose.**

If you are thinking of trying a pair out, be sure to check their social media channels for a discount code!

Have you ever tried compression socks/sleeves? What were your thoughts?

Valentine’s Day and a Liebster Award

Happy Valentine’s Day, readers! While Ryan and I don’t usually celebrate, we do use it as an excuse to go out to dinner!

I’m also buying candy for college class tonight, but mainly because it will be on sale and they have their midterm review this week.

Anyways, Michelle over at ryn4me nominated me for Liebster award. These things are so fun, so I thought I would participate.
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I’m supposed to tell you 10 random facts and then answer 10 questions. So let’s do this.

Here are my 10 questions from Michelle:

  1. What is the last book that you read? A Simplified Life by Emily Ley.
  2. Desert or mountains? MOUNTAINS.
  3. As a child, what was your favorite cartoon character? Scooby-Doo!
  4. What is the last spontaneous thing you did? Register for a marathon (LOL)
  5. Is Valentines Day a “corporate invented holiday” or a “great day to express your love”? Both?
  6. Would you say you’re more like your mother or more like your father? (or neither!) Dad…for sure.
  7. What is the longest road trip you’ve ever been on? Washington D.C.?
  8. If you opened a restaurant/cafe, what type of food would you serve? TACOS.
  9. What’s an adjective people commonly use to describe you? Loud. oops.
  10. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Austraila!

The award is the Liebster Award which is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. It’s given by bloggers to other bloggers and it’s been going on for several years now.

To the gals I nominated…here are your 10 questions!
1. Sweet or sour candy?
2. What’s your favorite TV show?
3. Do you have a favorite workout? Link it in the comments and let me know!
4. Who would you want for your celebrity parents?
5. Three favorite movies?
6. Cake or pie?
7. Who is your favorite athlete?
8. What’s your favorite holiday?
9. Favorite Olympic sport? (winter and summer!)
10. What’s your favorite post that you’ve written? (Link, please!)

So, nominees, you are to:
• Link to this blog post in your Liebster Award blog post
• Answer the questions given to you above
• Create more questions for your nominees to answer

I nominate Marathoning for Life, Deutscher Wanderwolf and Jupiter Running Girl!

Can’t wait to read your responses!

Messy Monday

Ever have those days where you feel like your entire life is a mess?

Welcome to my Monday. (yesterday)

Some changes in my career were causing some stress (good and bad?) and yesterday was the tip of the iceberg. Thankfully, things can only get better from here, but yesterday involved lots of tears.

Lunch was messy and delicious. I tried this new beet and ginger bean dip from Kroger and OH MY GOSH it is so good. Admittedly, it is a taste I am not used to, but it added such a zing to my lunchtime sandwich!

Also. This color is to die for. *insert heart eyes emoji*

Even though yesterday was a rest day I knew I needed to run. So after work, I hopped on my treadmill with no expectations, no watch and no stats on my screen.

It was just what I needed to end a long day.
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So here we are, almost halfway through Tuesday. I’m changing some things up in my training plan and I am going to try and run seven miles after work tonight and only run four tomorrow morning before work. (I know back-to-back runs aren’t great for your legs, but I have to fit them in when I can)

How is your week going so far?

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 6

The theme of this week was flexibility. Long hours at work and sickness made training difficult this week. So lets recap!

Here’s a look at week three of my training — 10.5 miles total.
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I didn’t plan my wake-up call early enough and had to cut my run short in order to get ready for work. At least I know better for this week!

Even though I was sick on Saturday, my run wasn’t terrible. I knocked out 3 miles in 33 minutes, so while it’s nowhere near my best, for being sick and taking a few days off, I was happy. I also got to test out my new ProCompression socks. Full review coming later this week!

So while this week was pretty crappy running-wise, this week can only be better, right?!

12 more weeks of training!

How was your week in running? 

Getting excited for RnR Nashville

Happy Sunday! Popping in real fast just say I am getting even more excited for my marathon. Over the weekend Run Rock N Roll sent out an email with the medals for RnR Nashville.

They are so pretty! I can’t wait to earn that bad boy in just 12 short weeks!

Check back tomorrow for a recap of week six of my marathon training.

Friday Favorites v.88

Anyone else have those weeks that are just so mentally draining? This week was one of them for me. Stress from work and not great runs had me a little bummed, but I’m trying to stay positive and take it a day at a time.

So let’s talk positive! Let me know a favorite thing, story, or memory from this week.

1. Julie’s most-used kitchen items post from Thursday. I have some of the items, but now I’m looking into the soap-dispensing brush.

2. I found a great discount code on ProCompression’s Facebook page and got FIVE pairs of their compression socks for only $100. I can’t wait for them to arrive! Fingers crossed they come in by tomorrow afternoon so I can wear them after my 13-mile run. 
3. Did you see my post from earlier this week about the Run Rock N Roll improvements? So many great, new changes are coming to the race series and I am so excited to run RnR Nashville in April!

4. It was Spotlight week in my intro to media writing class!

5. The Doritos commercial from Sunday’s SuperBowl. Which commercial was your favorite this year? I feel like they were all pretty mild and not super interesting.

6. 5 Instagram-worthy dessert bars.

7. I’m pretty I’ve mentioned this in a Friday Favorites post before, but tomato basil soup from Great Harvest is my absolute FAV in the winter time. I could drink it (yes, I drink my soup) every day.

8. Murphy loves to sunbathe.

I am so over winter

I woke up to ice yesterday morning. Like the trees, my sidewalk, the ROADS were covered in slick, slick ice. It was not fun. Considering I almost fell on my butt during the 10-second walk from my house to garage, I was not a happy camper for my 5 a.m. run.

But I got it done! Kind of. Honestly, I was supposed to run six miles and I only made it to 4.5. I felt bad that I didn’t finish all my miles, but I had to get to work and I knew I was going to have to leave early to deal with all the ice on the roads.

Wednesdays are long and hard for me, but I don’t feel like I can move my long through-the-week run to any other day. Does anyone else feel like it’s difficult to fit in their long runs through the week? Marathon training is no joke. 

Thanks for listening, friends. The countdown to spring is on!

5 Instagram-worthy dessert bars

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know I don’t like to cook, but I do like to bake.

I also have a huge sweet tooth.

That’s why today’s post is all about easy and tasty dessert bars! I’ve linked five of my favorite dessert bar recipes below. Have one I should try? Let me know in the comments!
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Maple butter blondie. These look so good! Since it’s winter, I think you can get away with this maple-flavored treat.

10-minute magical chocolate almond butter superfood seed bars from Half Baked Harvest. Not only are they made with great ingredients, but they taste wonderful too! Mine didn’t turn out as pretty as the picture (and I used regular chocolate chips instead of vegan) but they were a hit! Check out her page, she has lots of great recipes (and photos and videos!).

Gooey chocolate-chip sandwich bars. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ARE MY FAVORITE. I could seriously eat them every day.

No-bake biscoff marshmallow chocolate bars. These are so easy to make and come together in less than five minutes!

Funfetti gooey bars from Crazy for Crust. These would be so great for a birthday party.

All of these recipes are basically fool-proof and create Instagram-worthy bars every time. Share your finished product with me! @mileswithmeghann