Saying goodbye to my granddaddy

On Thursday, I lost my granddaddy.

It’s been a hard few days, but sharing my life and memories with so many family members and friends helped brig me comfort.

Thanks to everyone who said a prayer for during this difficult time for my family. It was very much appreciated.

I got to meet so many people who were touched by grandfather throughout their lives. It meant so much to me knowing that others loved him like I did.

Also — going through old family photos for the video at the funeral was so therapeutic and fun. Look at my granddaddy during his college years! So handsome.

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Being overweight and shedding my shirt — #SportsBraSquad

It’s hotter than Satan’s armpit in Kentucky right now. And not only is it hot, it is HUMID. The combination of the two leaves me hot and sticky walking from my front door to my car.

So yesterday morning in the middle of my run, I decided to shed my shirt. I’m 20 pounds over where I want to be and parts of my body jiggle.

But it was HOT and HUMID even at 8 a.m. Halfway through my run, I realized how soaked my tank top was and how it was weighing me down. I thought to myself, “screw what the neighbors I have to get this top off now!”

Thankfully Murphy loves me no matter how much jiggle I have or how insecure I am about my body. He also loves to lick my sweat (so gross!) so he was happy to see me after my run.

The heat is even getting to him. After our walk so he could “do his business,” he plopped down about a block away from the house. and looked at me like, “please carry me home.”

I hope you all are having a great Thursday and are staying cool!

July Pinspiration — running and good food

Welcome to July — isn’t that crazy?! July is randomly one of my favorites months and I love celebrating Independence Day, the last few lazy weeks of summer (before my side job as an adjunct professor starts back up) and all the fresh fruits and veggies from our friend’s garden + farmers market.

I also am in the minority when I say I LOVE to run in the heat. I swear I am faster in the summer. While there is not a local Independence Day race in my hometown, I am planning on rocking my red, white and blue tomorrow on my run!

This month I am pinning all the patriotic things, running gear and easy summer recipes.

What are y’all pinning?! If you aren’t already, follow along on Pinterest here!

Looking for the perfect #4thOfJulyRunningGear?! #TeamSparkle has you covered! From #Patriotic runs to #4thOfJuly race costumes, Sparkle Athletic has the running essentials for you! Fourth of July Running CostumeFourth of July running

Make this summer-perfect berry cheesecake without turning on your oven. #ItMustBeThePhilly
The Ghost 9 | Women's Running Shoes from Brooks Running   Named Best Buy in the Runner’s World 2016 Fall Shoe Guide. With a new plush interior and refined mesh upper, the latest women's Ghost 9 running shoes delivers the same smooth ride and balanced feel you love, but with a more seamless fit so it feels lighter than ever before.Brooks Ghost

These red, white and blue healthy pops would be perfect for July 4th weekend or really anytime this summer.  They are easy (just five ingredients) and can be made in your blender and then poured into popsicle molds.  Of course they are dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free.  I also kept them naturally sweetened and refined-sugar free plus they are full of plant-based protein and fruit.  Both kids and adults love this creamy, sweet and nutritious treat. #4thofJuly #IndependenceDay2017

Does running ever get any easier?

I mean for real. I ran a freaking marathon and some days running 3 miles is a struggle.

Anyone else feel like this at times? It’s honestly a little defeating and sometimes makes me question if I am a “real runner.”

I keep trying to get faster and so far I haven’t had much luck. I keep trying to pick up the pace on my “easy” runs and incorporate strides at the end of most of my runs — but I’m still stuck in the high 10s/low 11s for my pace. I remember workouts from high school XC but nothing seems to translate into my fitness now. It sucks.
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I guess I just want to know that I’m not alone. In this crazy world of social media (which at times can be an awesome thing) it’s not easy to not get caught in this trap that everyone is fast and has perfectly matching running clothes (that don’t ride up or chafe, etc, etc) and runs 6-10 miles every day.

Okay. Rant over. Happy Saturday, friends!

Have goals? Work harder.

Every single time I feel like throwing in the towel on running, or writing, or whatever it is I’m working on at the time, you know what I do?

WORK HARDER. (Okay, maybe have a pity-party for like five minutes, but then I suck it up and get to work).

Right now I’m stalled in losing weight. I’m working out and eating healthier, but I’m stuck. So I take a step back, evaluate what I’m doing (right AND wrong) and make a game plan. It’s frustrating and a little defeating.
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I have GOALS and if I want to reach them I’m going to have to work hard. DUH. My biggest goal is to lose 20 pounds. With the holidays, marathon training and general snacking it somehow kept up on me — and I don’t like it.

So for me, right now, working harder means
– eating more fruits and veggies and not binging on snacks at work|
– throwing in some speed work during my runs. GET THOSE LEGS MOVIN’
– making a plan. I stuck with marathon training because I had a plan. I need that structure to be successful.
– sticking with 80 Day Obsession. Thankfully I have some coworkers doing the program too, so I have a support group.

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” — Dwayne Johnson

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What is something you need/want to work harder on?

Summer tips for running with your dog

Happy Tuesday! I got the day off from work today so I am using it to knock out a ton of errands and some blog stuff. Isn’t that always the case — the days you have are the days you more than most?

Anyways. This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while. If you’ve been reading my blog for any time now you know I am obsessed with my dog, Murphy.

Since we’ve moved to town, it is so much easier to take him for runs/walks. Since he is a very active dog, I try to do at least one run with him a day. He loves it, it gets me outside and it (usually) wears him out. A win for everyone!

Since it’s a billion degrees in Kentucky with a ton of humidity I thought I would share some of the simple tips I’ve learned along the way.

– Always warm up and cool down (this goes for you and your dog!)
– Just like when you started running, you will need to build up your dog’s endurance.
– Run with extra water or near water fountains.
– USE A HARNESS
– Give your pup grace for the first half mile or so. Murphy loves to pee on every mailbox, sniff all the things and is easily distracted until he finds his groove.

And just a few other things to remember: 
Sidewalks and roads can HOT (duh) but remember to protect your pooch’s feet! Some dog booties or socks can be great in the summer, but can also be used year-round in all kinds of different weather conditions.

Listen to your pup’s body language. Some days Murphy is just not feeling it and we give up after a few minutes. Some days I don’t want to run either, I get it dude.

Anyone else have some tips on running with pets? Murphy will usually fall into my pace, but sometimes he is running on all cylinders and I can barely keep up. We need to work on that…

Adventures at Lake Norman – part two

I spent all of last week with lake hair and smelling like sunscreen and bug spray. Even though we were at Lake Norman for a work retreat (so I was still taking calls, answering emails and putting out fires) we were also working on ourselves and our personal lives.

The lake is such a calming presence, it’s a great place to really reflect and reset.

I also got the chance to work on my tan and daydream of owning a home on the lake.

On Tuesday night we took a quick break from the lake to stay at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro before we had a full day learning and activities at High Point University. We got to hear Nido Qubein speak, take a tour of the new biomechanics lab and learn how to make ourselves better employees, coworkers and people.

(Also. The cheesecake at the Grandover was ah-mazing!

HPU is basically like the Disney World colleges. It was so pretty, well-designed and modern. I loved getting to take a short break to walk around campus and take it all in. Plus since I wasn’t getting in my daily run this walk was a great way to get my steps in. (this also means I didn’t make it to the end of my #rwrunstreak goal)

For supper Wednesday night we had a guitarist play and sing while we ate, tried to solve the world’s problems and enjoyed each other’s company. I could seriously live on the lake year-round. It was all so calming.

Thursday was the last day everyone was together and some of the crew had to leave Friday morning. We enjoyed a two-hour hike at Lake Norman State Park, a hot yoga sesh, some more time on the lake and a dinner cruise (which had more cheesecake!)

The last two days were spent caring for our crew, sending them home with full heart and full bellies and breaking down the houses so we could head home ourselves. A coworker and I drove our boss’s car + all the dry goods 9.5 hours back to Owensboro while the others flew home that morning.

It was a great week and I am so thankful to work for such a great company and with such awesome people.

Now it’s back to the office, a normal workout routine and healthy lunches. Happy Monday!

Adventures at Lake Norman – part one

On Saturday, after a day of flying, driving, grocery shopping and unpacking we finally got to enjoy Lake Norman and the awesome house we rented before hitting the hay.

This view is gorgeous!

I am so thankful for a job that allows me to travel and learn so much while doing so.

Also — look at these awesome bunkbeds — it reminds me of sleepaway camp.

On Sunday, we had free time before some more of our team arrived so I got to try kayaking! It was so much fun and easier than I thought it would be. I’m hoping to try paddleboarding later this week.

I haven’t had any time to run, but I’ve eaten some really great and healthy meals. I’ll be sure to check back in a few days.

*I’ll be posting regularly to Instagram (@mileswithmeghann)