Wishing I was going to RnR San Diego next weekend…

For those of you running RnR San Diego next weekend … I AM SO JEALOUS. What a great opportunity to meet and run with some of the best in our sport!

For those who haven’t registered, there is still time! Registration closes Sunday night.

Friday
1 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Des Linden at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Booth
2 p.m. – Featured athletes, race officials and government representatives will take part in a public press conference inside the Expo
3 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Meb Keflezighi at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Booth

Saturday
7 a.m. – Synchrony Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K presented by Brooks with appearances by both athletes
1 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Des Linden at the Brooks Merchandise Area

Sunday – RACE DAY
6:15 a.m. – Meb Kelflezighi will start with the 1:30 half marathoners
6:15 a.m. – Des Linden will start with the 2:00 half marathoners

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Favorite Owensboro Eats

Y’all. I love to eat. So it was so much fun eating my way through my hometown for this post. While I’m partial to OBKY, I really do think we have some of the best food in the country (lookin’ at you BBQ).

Old Hickory Bar-B-Q (& Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn and Ole South Bar-B-Q)
Owensboro is known for its barbecue. Like anytime someone important comes to visit our town, they go to Moonlite. BBQ is a big deal here and I love it. We even have a BBQ festival (and 5k!) in May to celebrate all of the BBQ goodness. I could eat BBQ all year round, but since it is finally starting to get cooler, I have been craving burgoo. Such a staple in Kentucky!

The Famous Bistro
Y’all. While Owensboro is known for comfort food and barbecue, The Famous Bistro has some pretty great Greek-inspired dishes. Their gyros are the best and I love their cozy dining room or the option to eat on the sidewalk patio. They also have Greek favorites like spanakopita and moussakas. It’s one of my favorite downtown Owensboro restaurants and when the weather is warm, I love to go there and eat lunch outside.

Great Harvest Bread Co.
So while this isn’t a local place, I always think it is. It’s locally-owned, but part of a franchise. They have the best salads, soups, loaves of bread and treats. My best friend and I eat breakfast there every Friday and I love all of their free bread samples. The banana chocolate chip will always be one of my favorites.
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Honorable Mentions
Colby’s Fine Food & Spirits — I love their sweet potato fries.* I really want to try The Lure Seafood and Grille — it’s a cute little place tucked inside one of our downtown hotels. Since my husband is allergic to fish, that eliminates this place for date night, but I am needing to round up my girls and visit!

* We have entirely way too many fast food and pizza places in our town.

Hit me up if you ever come to western Kentucky! I have so many great recommendations for places to eat, stay and visit.

26

It’s my birthday! I’m officially 26 years old — and it feels great!

I did so many awesome things during year 25 and I can’t wait to see what the next trip around the sun brings.

I took a chance on everything I knew and changed jobs, became a Rock N Blogger and grew this little blog (and my Instagram!) I sold the house my grandfather built and the land that has been in my family for 70+ years, I flew for the first time and visited so many amazing cities (like STL, Miami, Naples and more!), ran my first marathon and made so many amazing memories with my husband and pup. I am blessed.

My amazing co-workers showered me with love and food today and the whole family tried a new restaurant for supper.

Today was such a good day. I’m excited to see what this year brings.

Trying something new — Beachbody On Demand

Hi friends! I thought today would be a good day to check in and let you know what I have been up to lately.

It has been so liberating to run without a training plan. I’ve been running varying distances from 2-6 miles, fast to slow and alone or with Murphy. I also added Beachbody to the mix for something fun, new and challenging.
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I follow a few Beachbody coaches on IG, but for the most part, I’m not interested in “drinking the koolaide.” The on-demand program seems like a good way to have access to lots of different workout videos and that’s what I’m using it for! For now, Ryan and I just signed up for the free 14-day trial to see if we like it. I’ll check back when it’s all said and done and let you know if we buy a year membership.

We already had a few weights, a weighted ball and some resistance bands, but thankfully we don’t really need much more than that! Most of the workouts are body-weight based and they are killer! The few workouts we’ve done have left us sweaty, sore and wanting more.img_1964

Top 5 tips for waking up early

I didn’t become a morning runner overnight (<– puns. haha)

It took a little bit of work. While I am normally a morning person, during marathon training I would sometimes wake up at 4:30 a.m. in order to get my run in.Waking up early

My best tips for waking up early are:

1. Start waking up just a little bit earlier every day. Wake up 10 minutes earlier, then 15, then 20, etc until you’ve reached your goal!
2. GO TO BED EARLY.
3. Act like the snooze button doesn’t exist. When you hear the alarm, take a deep breath, get out of bed and get the day started!
4. Drink a glass of water as soon as you get out bed. It’ll help wake up you and stay hydrated.
5. If you’re absolutely miserable, maybe waking up early isn’t the best idea for the current season of your life.

“The time just before dawn contains the most energy of all hours of the day. This has helped me become an early riser and an early doer…. When I wake to see that it’s light out already, I feel the world has started without me.” –Terri Guillemets

Finding my post-marathon legs, spring time and house update

Ready to catch up on allthethings?!

I feel like my life is a whirlwind right now. I swear I barely have time to catch my breath from day-to-day! So let’s play catch up:

It was Spring for like three whole days in Kentucky and now we are officially in summer-mode. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s glorious (and sometimes terrible?! haha) Everything is blooming, my allergies are the worst and I am sweaty, nasty mess after each and every run.

Speaking of running, I am finally finding my post-marathon legs. I took a little bit off from running after my race and now I’m finally getting back into a daily routine of hitting the roads and pounding out a few miles. I’m hoping to get in a 5 or 6 mile run this weekend, so fingers crossed!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this in my stories from earlier in the week. Running tan line is coming along nicely.

Also! The most exciting thing from this week was closing on our old house and signing all the papers for construction to start on our new house! I am so so so excited for our new house. The 90-ish days it takes to build cannot go by fast enough.

Whew! That was a lot for one post. Tell me one exciting thing from your week!

Track ladder workout

In high school, one of my favorite track workouts was the ladder. We would run:

100m (basically an all-out sprint)
200m
400m
800m (half-mile)
1600m (mile)
800m
400m
200m
100m

Throughout the workout, I varied my break time to be anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute.

So since I’m not training for anything specific right now, this is the exact workout I did yesterday! It’s so fun and honestly goes by so fast. Ladders are a great way to mix things up and they really get your legs moving — which is great if want to work on speed!

I warmed up by talking Murphy for a walk around the neighborhood and then did some strides down the street.
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Since we’re in the process of moving, my beloved (and sometimes dreaded) treadmill is in storage. So I’m doing this workout down the streets in my parent’s subdivision. Each street is .25 miles so it’s pretty easy to gauge how far I’m running. I really wish I had a track to run, but this will do for now.

It’s so fun to run freely without a training plan. I think for now I’m going to take a few weeks to do random workouts and runs of varying distances before starting a new training plan. I might be flirting with the idea of a fall half marathon?! 😉

A quick life update

So. Hi guys! Long time, no talk?

Life has been BUSY since I finished my marathon a little over a week ago. We were supposed to close on our house on Friday, but some paperwork got delayed so hopefully we will wrap everything up in the next few days. Since Ryan was off all weekend (and that basically never happens) we + our families helped up move everything out of the house and into storage.

HOLY MOLY I AM SO SORE. Moving is no joke. In the almost four years we’ve been married, this will be our fourth move. I swear, every time we get rid of stuff, but then when we move it seems like we have so much. Ugh. Oh well, hopefully when our new house gets finished we will be settled for a while.

As far as running goes, I ran once last week. ONCE. Oops. While I think my body (and honestly, my mind) needed the break, I am ready to get back on the roads. Hopefully this week I can run outside a few times!

I’m also wanting to try some boutique-style classes now that I’m not in training, but we don’t have a lot of options in my hometown, so we’ll see what happens.

And lastly, to end this random post I thought I would share my new favorite summer drink. I randomly picked this up at Kroger over the weekend and it so good and refreshing!

I’ll be back later this week with some running posts and maybe even a summer running style guide? Have a great week, friends!

I ran a marathon…now what?

So it’s been five days since RnR Nashville and I am still riding my runner’s high. I did my first run since the race last night and it wasn’t terrible.

But now that I’ve accomplished such a big dream, now what?

For now, I want to work on speed at short distances. I’m not sure if that means trying to break my high school PR in the 5k or trying to break 2 in the half.

But I love running. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I’m done and I love how I can always get better — there is always a new goal to strive for.

Will I run another marathon?

Never say never. While for the longest time I thought I might be one and done with the marathon, now I’m having seconds thoughts. What could I do on a flat course with more training? Could I break 5? Could I come back next year and crush those hills?

While for now, I don’t see another 26.2 in the books, I’m not completely ruling it out. Honestly, marathons take a lot of time to train for (duh), are exhausting emotionally, physically and mentally and they are usually pretty pricey (not including travel, hotel, etc). I don’t have a lot of big races (or long distance races) near me, so deciding to run a marathon requires a lot of thought and planning.

Whatever comes next, I’m excited about the journey!