My goal for August

Tomorrow starts my favorite month of the year! September is the start of fall, cooler weather, football season and mine and Ryan’s anniversaries! Our dating and wedding anniversaries are one day a part, so we have lots to celebrate this month. (Fun fact: We got married 364 days after we first started dating. So we literally came full circle in a year.)

Anyways, as I’ve mentioned on the blog before, earlier this year I was so hot and cold with running. I had passion and then I lost it. I found some mojo, but not enough to keep me training for a fall half marathon. So when I got my new Simplified Planner, I made a note on August 31 that I wanted to run 30 miles in August. (For some reason I thought there was only 30 days in August? Even though I clearly wrote my goal on 8/31. Insert face palm emoji.)
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Anyways. I did it! While I didn’t run a mile every day (not that that was ever the plan) I did reach my goal. It felt good to set a goal and stick to it. I’m now planning for 45 miles in September.

I’m trying to give myself more grace. Not excuses to not get stuff done, my room to breathe when things aren’t perfect.

Here’s to another great month!

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Sick Day

I never missed a day of school from kindergarten until I went off to college. In fact, my senior year of high school there were only two kids in the entire district who had accomplished that feat.

Now, here I am at home with my first official sick day. I don’t like it. I hate missing work, I feel like it looks bad on me (maybe because I’m a young female and I feel like I constantly have to prove myself?) and I hate feeling awful and sleeping the day away.
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So while running is probably not in the cards for me tonight, I am hoping to do a yoga video to feel somewhat better and hopefully stretch things out and get some endorphins going.

Until then, I plan on laying on the couch and cuddling Murphy all day.
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Happy Tuesday!

5 Easy BBQ Recipes

With summer winding down, I thought now would be the perfect time to post some easy bbq recipes. For me, one of the best parts of summer is getting to grill out. Since KY is known for our barbecue, I thought I would share some of my favorites with you all.

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BBQ Shrimp Skewers. <– Perfect for your favorite bbq sauce!
Spicy BBQ Chicken Thighs.
Shredded Grilled Tilapia Tacos.
Neely’s Wet BBQ Ribs. STL-style ribs.

And last, but certainly not least, a recipe from my hometown. Owensboro Barbecued Mutton.

So grab your friends and family, a couple beers and a lot of food and fire up the grill. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer. I know I will!

Friday Favorites v.64

For some reason this week, Friday Favorites is mainly about food! Not that I am complaining, at least most of its healthy!

So lets get this party started….

1. This is such a neat little post on perspective. I also love when my home is “party-ready.” It makes me feel proud of the space my little family shares with others.

2. I am in love with these bowls from Aldi! Sadly our Aldi is being renovated for the next month, so until then I am day dreaming of this lunchtime deliciousness.

3. This 45 minute treadmill interval workout is a killer! Give it a try. You’ll definitely work up a sweat.

4. I have been on a huge sandwich/wrap kick lately and Anne’s post from last Friday made my mouth water at my desk! Not only are her pictures gorgeous, but all of her ideas are great! Can’t wait to mix up my lunches this week.

5. Since Aldi is closed, I am having to get all my groceries at Kroger. I picked up this bread since I was looking for something healthier than regular bread and I think I found a winner! *Kroger Clicklist is still going strong as well.*

6. I taught my first college class Wednesday night and it was a success. I am so proud of myself for advancing in my career and branching out to try new things. Here’s a fun semester of teaching AND learning.

7. It is sorta/kinda starting to feel like fall. The early mornings are when I notice it the most. No more humidity before 8 a.m.! I love it. I can’t wait for the upcoming months!

8. Earlier this week I bought Murphy a bandana from PetSmart that said Fantasy Football Legend. It’s so cute! Since we are about to start Fantasy Football season (my husband and I are very competitive) I thought this would be perfect for Murph.
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45 minute interval treadmill workout

While I know many of you dread the treadmill, I’m here to encourage you to give this treadmill workout a try!

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This workout keeps things fresh pyramid intervals. To me, the change of pace helps keeps me motivated and push my limits — plus it keeps things from getting boring! This 45-minute plan is the perfect cardio workout to help incorporate intervals into your gym routine.

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Eclipse and Monday recap

Since I work in the media, yesterday was all about the eclipse. We’ve been covering it daily for the last two weeks and then today was all hands on deck with people running social media accounts, photographers and reporters on site in Hopkinsville (Eclipsetown) and people locally to get reactions of the event. It was a fun-filled day and a neat thing to experience.

While I didn’t get any pictures of the actual eclipse (I didn’t want to risk frying my phone) I did get some pretty funny pictures of Murphy in eclipse glasses.


He of course tried to eat them since he loves to chew on toys. So the glasses didn’t last very long.

After work I hurried home to hop on the treadmill and get in a couple of miles and some pushups + abs before I started dinner. Mondays are usually taco night in the Richardson household, so when I saw this on Facebook, I knew I had to share it. This is my life.

Did you get to view the eclipse? What were your thoughts? We were in 97% totality, so it got pretty dark. It was eerie and awesome all at the same time. We serve an awesome God.

I hope you all had a great Monday!

The Great American Solar Eclipse

If you’re in the U.S. then the day of the eclipse has finally arrived! That’s all I’ve been hearing about for weeks, and to be honest, I’ll be happy when today is over. Yes, it’s neat to be pretty close to a total coverage area for the eclipse, but I hear about the eclipse from the moment I wake up until I go to bed. We’ve been writing stories about it for the last 10 days at work and it’s all over the news.
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For those who don’t know about the solar eclipse, here are a few helpful links:
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The paper I work for did a specialow.ly/Umuy30evEjx all about the eclipse.

NASA will stream 360-degree video of the eclipse, and you can watch it live on Facebook.

If you’re viewing the eclipse today, be sure to be safe and enjoy this wonder of nature.
The eclipse returns in spring of 2024.

Be back tomorrow with my weekend running, workouts and eats!

Friday Favorites v.63

The heat and humidity is back and brutal. After a couple weeks of nice weather, I am dreading the heat and humidity that is only going to get worse from here.

On the agenda for this weekend — house and yard work on Saturday and Holiday World on Sunday! It’ll probably be our last time heading up to Holiday World for the summer, so we are planning to stay from open to close! I am so excited.

1. I’m just going to leave this here as a little reminder.
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2. I’ve been reading Daily Garnish for almost seven years. I read this post not too long after it was originally published, but for some reason, when I was searching through her blog earlier this week, it popped up again and I am SO glad it did.

3. I hit my highest milage week this summer. Yay for longer runs and treadmill miles that help keep me sane.
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4. Totally random, but for work earlier this week, I got to tour a 3.8 million dollar house! It was so crazy and so pretty — six bedrooms and six bathrooms. I would not even know what to do with that much space!

5. If you’ve read this blog some time, you know my guilty pleasure show is DCC: Making the Team. This week was finals which includes the solo rounds! It’s one of my favorite aspects of the tryout and I love seeing the dancers perform something unique to them.

6. With all the talk about the solar eclipse that is happening on Monday, NASA is streaming a 360-degree video of the event. How neat!

7. Still loving Kroger Clicklist. Forever and always.

8. Another week, another new toy.
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The Real Neat Blog Awards

A big thank you to Liberty for nominating me for The Real Neat Blog Award. Be sure to check out her blog, Life in Liberty.

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I know these blog questionnaires can be silly, but what the heck. I love learning about you all and it was fun to answer some random questions.

1. What’s your most memorable moment so far this year?
There’ve been several! Our annual trip to STL, getting my teaching job, paying off my car and so many more. I love doing life with Ryan and Murphy.

2. Is there anything you wish you could have learnt earlier?
Get rid of the friends who don’t care about you. I rather have a small circle of friends that have my back, then a bunch of fake friends.

3. If you had a chance to live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Ireland!

4. What motivates you?
My drive to be better, my husband, my future family.

5. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for body positivity, but if you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I don’t know if this really counts, but I really really wish I knew how to do hair. I know how to use a straightener and a wand, but that’s about it. I wish I could braid my hair, curl it with a straightner, etc.

6. What’s your biggest fear?
I have always had this fear since I was a little kid (I probably started watching Law & Order and CSI wayyy too early) but I am always afraid of someone breaking into my home at night. I triple check all my locks before going to bed.

7. What would your perfect day look like?
I wake up and run around the park before the sun is shining and too hot. Coming home to breakfast, then spending the day with Ryan and Murphy. Hiking, swimming, grilling out, playing board games with family and friends. Just being present with those I love most.

The rules are as followed: Put the award logo on your blog, thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs, answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you, nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs, let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc). Then simply, ask your nominees 7 questions.

My nominees are: Tammi, Jenna and Constance.

My questions for you all:
1. Since you all are all runners — what is your favorite race distance?
2. Favorite song on the radio right now?
3. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
4. Do you read the newspaper?
5. Favorite social media app?
6. Wine or beer?
7. Favorite way to workout (besides running)

I loved answering your questions, Liberty.
Nominees, I look forward to reading your answers soon!

I’ve found my running bug

For the last few months, I’ve gone back and forth from hating running to daydreaming of a half marathon. I tried to do some strength training. I watched yoga videos. But nothing stuck.

Well…I’m back! I’ve found my running bug again. Last week was my highest mileage week in a while and I’ve kept the momentum going.

I’ve been hitting the treadmill every day after work, I’ve been lifting, doing squats and eating healthier.

WHO AM I?

And I know this isn’t rocket science, but I feel 10 times better. The endorphins from working out after work give me a second wind to power through the night (whether it be work, cleaning, chasing Murphy around).

I’ve been eating more greens and less chips and I feel less bloated. I’ve lost three pounds this week. And while I don’t want to judge myself based on a number on a scale, it is nice to sometimes see numerical results.

I know this was a lot of rambling, but I just want you all to know that we all goes through the phases. Sometimes I’m on my game and sometimes I’m not. That’s life.

I try to remember that “this too shall pass” and that life is about balance.

Now I’m going to power through the day, run 3 miles after work and spend the night curled up on the couch eating ice cream with my two favorite boys.

Balance, y’all.