Snow, snow, snow

Happy Tuesday from snowy Kentucky!

It started snowing Friday afternoon and has basically been snowing off and on since then! We have about six inches at the most, but in under-prepared western Kentucky, everything has basically been shut down since the first flake.

Here is a picture of our backyard before Murphy and I decided to go play.

Even though we got to leave work early on Friday, Monday was business as normal (at least for us in the newspaper business). The schools are still out and lots of business have limited hours, so it’s been an interesting week trying to contact people for stories and shooting photos.

This also means ALL of my runs are on the treadmill until further notice. Not only are the streets still covered in snow, but none of the parks or trails have even been touched.

At least someone can run in the snow — Murphy has been loving it. He also has been staying with my parent’s through the week since I can’t home for lunch like normal. This was him on Saturday checking out the snow at my parent’s house.

I hope you all are staying warm (and safe!) this week!

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Knee pain and hunger

Hello, hello! Sorry to disappear yesterday, but it was a long and busy and I had no time to blog.

My day started at 5:30 a.m. with five treadmill miles and some stretching + foam rolling. Then work work work from 7:30ish to 5ish and then I had to dart to campus for my first class of the spring semester! This is my second semester teaching an intro to media writing class at a local college and I love it. By the time I got home after 9 p.m., I was exhausted.

I’ve had a little bit of soreness in my left knee since Saturday’s 8-miler, so I’ve brought out the old knee brace for some extra support. Here’s to hoping the pain subsides! Anyone know some good knee strengthening exercises?

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This morning was three easy miles followed by a banana and almond butter sandwich.

Also. This could just be my mind playing tricks on me, but should I be noticeably more hungry in only week two of marathon training? I’m trying to really watch my nutrition (what I eat + how much I eat) but I feel so hungry around 10 a.m. every day. I’ve been keeping some KIND bars and nut butter & honey balls in my desk, but I get tired of eating those all the time.

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Today I will be trying to get as much work done as possible just in case I get stuck at home tomorrow due to some bad weather coming our way (freezing rain AND snow). Happy Thursday!

Top posts from 2017

2017 has been a weird but good year for this blog. There were times when my heart just wasn’t it into blog anymore, but I came back week after week because I wanted to connect with readers who loved running as much as I did.

Even though this a blog about running, my most viewed post in 2017 was about Murphy. I’m glad you all seem to love Murphy as I do.

Here’s a roundup of the top 5 posts on the blog this year:

1. How Murphy has improved my life.
2. Fitness favorites.
3. Good reads from around the web.
4. Easy egg frittata muffins.
5. Rock N Blog.

Here’s to 2018! I can’t wait to see what it brings. Thanks for following me on this crazy journey of life and running (and coming soon — marathon training!)

Mid-week thoughts

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Y’all. IT IS COLD. I know you all up north probably think this Kentucky weather is child’s play, (0-20 degrees) but I am not cut out for this. I need sunny and 75.

To make matters worse, my poor husband is sick again. I just want to stay home all day and make him feel better. Thank goodness we have another long weekend ahead. I see lots of movies + time under the blankets on the couch.
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Building a stronger base in preparation for my first marathon is going pretty great. I’m getting in more miles in than I have months, while still taking a slow and controlled approach. Once the new year gets here, things really start ramping up!

Core, hip and glute workout routine. These areas are so important for runners and more often than not, we ignore them! I’ve been trying to do some type of strengthing exercise after every run. Follow me on Pinterest for more workout ideas (@mileswithmeghann)

Price increase ahead! The new year is almost here and it’s time to get your friends to join you (and me!) at the start line for the 2018 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon (or half marathon). Have them register by this Sunday to save up to $20 and get the biggest bang for their buck!
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30 minute homemade pizza

Every single Thursday night is pizza night in the Richardson household. This is one my favorite traditions Ryan and I started soon after we got married and it’s one I hope stays around forever. We both love pizza and whether it’s carried out from a national chain store (we love Pizza Hut!), made from scratch, or a baked frozen pizza, it makes for a simple, but delicious meal that I don’t have to think about.

So today I’m sharing a basic recipe for homemade pizza. Enjoy!

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My approach on running through the holidays

Do you know how much more motivated I am to run now that I have a race on my calendar? While I know the “honeymoon” phase will (probably) wear off, right now I am happily jumping on the treadmill and cranking out the miles.

But with Christmas quickly approaching, I know I won’t be running every day — and that’s okay! My in-laws are coming to Kentucky for almost a full week and I am so excited for all the holiday events we have planned (looking at Christmas lights, watching Christmas movies, etc)

I am taking a relaxed approach to running through the Christmas season. While my health is a priority, so is my family. So I encourage you all to not stress about missing a run or eating an extra slice of Christmas dessert in the next few weeks.

I am so thankful I get to run and that I have enough food on my table to have second helpings. Just remember others aren’t so lucky.

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Saturday snacks

Hi friends! Popping in real fast to tell you if you are looking for a quick and healthy snack, these Bear Naked peanut butter and honey granola bites are BOMB. They are so good.

I’m not a cook, so while I know lots of people make their own energy bites, I rather just buy mine. Got these today for the first and I’m hooked!

My review of the Fitbit Blaze

This post is NOT sponsored. Just my opinions on a product I enjoy.

So if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’ve been debating for months between the Apple Watch and the Fitbit Blaze.

Well on Black Friday Kohl’s was having a sweet sale on the Fitbit Blaze, so I bit the bullet and bought one! My driving force behind buying this watch vs. the Apple Watch was the price range. I snagged the Fitbit Blaze for $150 and even an older model Apple Watch will run you about $250. The newer Apple Watches cost about $400! That’s crazy.
So far, I have been very impressed with the Blaze. It was easy to setup, easy to use and I like that I can see the screen (versus the smaller screen on the other Fitbit activity trackers). It tracks everything I need and it gives reminders throughout the day if I need to move more.

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I can also read text messages and take phone calls from the watch. It’s nice to be able to see if someone texts me, but I didn’t purchase the watch for that feature, it’s just an added bonus!

If you’ve been thinking about an activity tracker or have been debating between the Blaz and the Apple Watch, I highly recommend the Fitbit Blaze!

Friday Favorites v.78

This week kicked my butt. Work was hard, my workouts were hard, meal planning didn’t go great and overall it was exhausting. Even though I am wiped, I feel like I am plowing through the thick of things and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (24 days til Christmas!)

But, let’s talk about the good and fun things from this week with my usual Friday Favorites post!

1. I hit my daily goal of 10,000 steps four times this week! Even though I try to run almost every day after work, I sit so much at my desk job during the day that I don’t always hit 10,000 steps a day. I love job, but I do wish I could move around more at least have a stand-up desk. My Fitbit Blaze has been great and reminding me to move more every house. Even the small steps add up!

2. Gift guide for the monogram addict.

3. These Nature’s Bakery fig bars are the best! They are dairy-free, made with no bad ingredients and only have 10 grams of sugar (which is still kind of a lot, but way less than others bars I’ve tried) I got them at Kroger and they have been a great mid-day snack.

4. I taught my last class earlier this week and I am so proud of myself for making it through the semester. I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to improve and teach again next semester. Go Panthers!

5. I snagged this cup at TJ Maxx on Black Friday and it’s perfect for me! I work at a newspaper and teach a media writing class. So if you have any newspaper-lovers in your life, grab this cup. It’d make a great stocking stuffer!

6. I finally got my hands on Grace Not Perfection AND A Simplified Life, both by Emily Ley. I’ve about 3/4 of the way through GNP and I can’t wait to finish it this weekend.

7. I roasted sweet potatoes for the first time earlier this week and HOLY YUM they are a new favorite.

8. Murphy loves our Christmas tree! It’s so cute to see him play with the ornaments and lay in his bed and look at the lights. Now I just need to put presents under the tree!