TCSNYC Marathon

What. A. Race.
TCS New York City Marathon

I teared up when Shalane crossed the finish line. This was her race and her moment to shine and I so glad everything fell into place for her! She get to end her career the way she wanted to, and I think that was such a cool thing.

She was the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon.

I am inspired by women like Shalane, Kelly and Stephanie. Not only are they badass runners, but they are advocates for a clean sport, mothers, boss ladies, and so much more.

While my eyes were glued to my phone for the women’s race, I did care about the men’s race solely for one runner — Meb Keflezighi. This was his 26th and final marathon. It’s been so fun to watch his career and this was still a great race for him. He finished 11th, but you could tell how much pride he had for this sport.

So while I watched and cheered for all the runners in the marathon Sunday morning, that night when we got home from Tennessee I hopped on my treadmill with no music and thought about why I run.

Nothing is more inspiring than watching someone run a marathon. Hopefully one day I can do the same.

LINKS
Check out some of these stories from around the web on yesterday’s race.

The race that no one could take away from Shalane Flanagan.
This U.S. woman took 26 minutes off her PR to place 5th at the New York City Marathon.
In Meb’s final marathon, exhaustion and emotion.

Just search #TCSNYCMarathon on Twitter. Your heart may explode.

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Friday Favorites v. 74

I cannot believe we are already at the first weekend in November. I feel like the end of the year is flying by and I still have so much left to do!

Just a reminder, Sunday at 2 a.m. is when Daylight Saving Time occurs! We get to “fall back” an hour, but this also means it’ll be dark when I get off work. Boo. 

Anyways. 

Happy Friday! Enjoy some of my favorites from this week. Let me know one of your favorite things from the week in the comments below!

1. The New York City Marathon is Sunday and I can’t wait to watch it. So many great American runners, including Meb Keflezighi. It’ll be his last competitive marathon and I am so ready to watch him race one last time. This article previewing his race is great. Give it a read if you have time. ‘My story is the American Dream’: Meb Keflezighi’s Indelible mark on U.S. distance running.

2. If you missed any of my Halloween posts from this week, check them out here, here and here <– includes a workout! Lots of costumes, candy and even a workout!

3. Pb&js have a made a comeback in my life and it is the best.

4. With Daylight Saving Time happening this weekend, here is a great resource for the best new running headlamps. Stay safe, friends!

5. This technically hasn’t happened yet, but we are heading to Tennessee for the weeeknd!

6. There is no just in 13.1.

7. I should not have read this post right before lunch, because by the end of it my mouth was watering and my stomach was growling! Like Julie, I LOVE Aldi, so I can’t wait to give this recipe for hearty vegetable bolognese a try.

8. Just a random picture of Murphy on my phone. 😂

Running Check-In

Hiiii! I know it’s been a hot minute since I actually discusses how my running was going, so I thought I would fill you in.

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For a while, the treadmill and I were having a moment. I didn’t want to see it, think about it and I definitely didn’t want to run on it. Actually, I think that was my relationship with running for a while.
But now, I am back! Isn’t it weird how we can have such a hot and cold relationship with something we love? I think since the temps have dropped and fall is officially here I am more into running. It’s not miserable, my endurance is still there and only getting better and I’ve pulled out my pretty running tights.

I’ve done a few trail runs and a couple runs around my parent’s subdivision, but for the most part I am running on our treadmill. It’s convenient and Murphy can play in the garage while I run. (It’s basically dark when I get off work now, so running outside, alone in the dark is a no-go.)

I’ve been running about 4-5 days a week 2-4 miles at a time. I’m staying right below a 10 minute/mile pace and for now, I’m happy with that. I’ve been incorporating speed workouts at least once a week and still lifting some weights + doing some abs.

Like I mentioned in my Friday Favorites post two weeks ago, I’m planning on running a 5 miler the weekend before Thanksgiving and I’m looking forward to racing again! I haven’t done a 5 mile race in a looong time, so I don’t really have time expectations, just out there, finish and have fun.

How often do you run on a treadmill? Which season do you use it the most? Have any tips for not hating it all winter?

Post-Halloween treadmill and weights workout

Anyone else eat way too much Halloween candy last night? I may or may not had opened a bag of Reese’s pumpkins and ate them while watching This Is Us. Oops.

So, if you feel blah today because of too much sugar and sweets last night, I have a fast but hard workout for you to do today! It combines running and some bodyweight movements — the best of both worlds!

5 minute warmup — a good mix of walking and running.

30 seconds ALL OUT SPRINT.
30 seconds recovery.
Repeat x5.

***You should be running so fast that maintaining that speed for longer than your chosen interval time feels impossible.

Squats: 3 sets of 10; at the end of each set, hold the pose for 10 seconds.
Lunges: 3 sets of 5 on each leg; hold the pose for 10 seconds at the end of each set.

5 minute cool-down — a good mix of running and walking.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, friends!

While I am not dressed up at work today (I always have to look presentable and ready to go) many of my co-workers are! It’s fun to see their different costumes. So far I’ve seen a Hawaiian tourist, Ursula, Fran Drescher and Darth Vadar. I can’t wait to see more costumes are more people trickle in throughout the day.

Even though I am not dressed up, I do get to participate in our Halloween potluck. We decorated our little work space to the max and it looks great! So on theme and spooky. We have a Jell-O brain, Halloween trail mix, rice krispy monsters, pretzel fingers and more! Homer Simpson even decided to join in on the fun. 

Also, if you need a last minute Halloween-themed dessert, check out Wish to Dish’s Chocolate Spider’s Webs. They look so tasty!

I hope you all have a great Tuesday. I’ll be back tomorrow with a treadmill and weights workout! So eat that Halloween candy today and burn it off tomorrow 🙂

Halloweekend!

Halloweekend has come and gone. Our party was a blast and everyone had so much fun. I love bringing all of my different friend groups together for a night of drinking, dancing, food and games.

My best friend and I have been celebrating Halloween together for 11 years now. That’s crazy! I’m so thankful we are in the same town again.

The hosts 🙂 Batman and a baseball player!
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We had everything from sports figures, to witches, to a nun and so much more at our party. I only snapped a few pictures, but the night was so busy and so much fun. I’m so thankful for our group of friends.

On Sunday morning, we cleaned up the remains of the party, went out to lunch and then to party #2 for the weekend. Our wonderful hosts planned a scavenger hunt, games and made the best chili I’ve eaten in a while. I laughed so hard and had a great times with old and some new friends.

Now it’s back to work for the week. We’re having a Halloween potluck tomorrow, so here’s to brainstorming spooky food ideas 😉

Saturday mornings in the country

Hi friends! I’m checking in today just to share with you all the craziness that is my life.

Today was a pretty slow morning for me. Until pigs invaded my front yard.

I literally had been awake for many half an hour when Murphy starts freaking out and barking like crazy. I figured it was another raccoon in the road (that happens a lot out here) but when he didn’t stop, I decided to check it out.

This is what I found.

A hog and a little piggy in my front yard. I figured they belonged to my neighbor down the road who raises pigs. I gave him a call, but no answer. So I’m now I’m left wondering what to do with the pigs in my yard.

I tried to round them up and get them headed back in the direction, but no luck. They wandered down the road, into my neighbor’s yard and then back to mine.

This time they got stuck in a corner and couldn’t figure out how to get out of there. I call all the farmers I know around me and they are busy or didn’t answer.

Once I again, I got them to back out of the corner and head toward their house (well what I think is there home).

And it was only 9 a.m. Cheers!

It’s never a dull day in the Richardson household. Happy Saturday!

Friday Favorites v.73

I took a day off from work today to get everything prepared for our Halloween party, so things are a little random over here today. A trip to the grocery, lots of cleaning and some last minute decorating. I’m hoping to get everything done today so I can relax all day tomorrow! Check back in Monday for a full recap of the weekend’s events.

But keeping with my normal schedule on the blog, here is this week’s Friday Favorites!

1. Our Halloween party!!! <– Yes it requires three exclamation marks because I have been looking forward to this for weeks. I can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes, eat lots of great food and spend time chatting and playing games with friends.

2. How National Geographic grew its Snapchat audience by 3M in 3 months. This is a super interesting read! I love learning how other companies handle their marketing and social media and this is a good example of something that works. 

3. THIS! Some days I feel like I need to put this sign on my back. So. Many. Interruptions. 
4. The winning cornbread recipe from PBFingers. I love cornbread with chili and I can’t wait to try out this recipe in the next week or two!

5. Hustle for that muscle.
I saw this quote on Instagram earlier this week and I love it. It motivated me, so I’m hoping it will do the same for you.

6. THIS VIEW. Give me all the praise hands. I love living in the country. Plus this sunset was pretty amazing — look at these colors!

7. Shelter starts sorting dogs into Hogwarts houses to help them get adopted.

8. Instastory filters and stickers make everything better. Love this crazy pup and our wonderful life.