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

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Running gifts for your Valentine

Runners are usually pretty easy to buy for — some new gear, an entry to a race or even a massage makes us happy. But for Valentine’s Day, I decided to compile a list of some unique, fun and simple gift ideas.

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• Sparkle Athletic running skirt. I want this in so many colors, but red or pink would be perfect for any Valentine-themed races.
• Chocolate-covered strawberries, because duh, who doesn’t want those?!
• A gift card to get a massage. You can even buy two and make it a date night!
Running fleece wide neck sweatshirt.
• Running jewelry.
Run all the miles, eat all the doughnuts shirt. A great gift for food lovers!
• Also from Sarah Marie Design Studio, heart breaker hill tee.
• Red or pink compression socks.
• A gift card to get a pedicure. I’ve talked about this before, but runner’s need to care for their feet. Our toenails can take a beating during all those long runs.

While gifts are great, just remember to love on your loved ones. Chances are, one-on-one time is best gift you can give them 🙂

Christmas 2017

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you all had a great Christmas weekend with friends and family and lots of good food. It was a busy weekend for us, but one filled with lots of love.

Ryan’s parents came to town late Thursday, so while we worked on Friday – they shopped. Friday night included steaks at Texas Roadhouse.

Since Ryan had to work for a little bit on Saturday, it gave me some time to do some last minute cleaning and shopping. Once everyone was together we went to the theater and saw Jumanji. (Ryan’s parents had never seen the original, which was crazy to me!)

Trying to get a family picture with Murphy is not the easiest thing to do. 

Christmas Eve is when the fun really started. We had everyone under one roof (my parents and brother + Ryan’s parents) and the first of many homecooked Christmas meals.

Ryan’s dad also got us Bean Boozled. It was hilarious and disgusting.

On Christmas, Ryan and I woke up and eased into our morning. His grandparents and uncle came up from Tennessee for the day, so they met us for presents before heading to my parent’s house where we were hosting Christmas lunch.

We had a great spread (which I forgot to take a picture of) and spent hours telling stories and chatting about life.

All in all, it was a great Christmas. I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life.

How was your Christmas?!

Did you host or travel? This was our first married Christmas not traveling and it was SO nice.

What was your favorite gift? Ryan got me a super cute necklace that I can’t wait to wear every day.

Merry, Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Kentucky!

Thank you for your readership, kind words, and kindness over the last year. Thank you for allowing me to share my life with you all! It means a lot.

I hope you are able to spend time with those you love most today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun holiday weekend recap 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Merry Christmas weekend! I’m working for a few hours today and then it’s off for three days to enjoy the holiday, family time and lots of good food.

But first! Here are this week’s Friday Favorites.

1. Ryan’s parents are in town! I am so excited to spend time with both of our families this Christmas! I hope you all get the chance to spend some quality time with those you love this weekend!

2. ‘Harry Potter’ workout clothes exist & being a muggle has never felt so stylish.

3. Candy canes for supper because #Christmas.
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4. All of the Christmas cards we received in the mail over the last week or so! I love getting snail mail and I really enjoy getting Christmas cards from friends and family.

5. Why do a half marathon? Here are 6 reasons to run.

6. Only the best candy ever. My mom has the mini cups and the Christmas trees at her house. Every time I go over there, I sneak a few. 

7. The ElfYourself videos. Every year I just think they are the funniest thing. Makes your own here.

8. This poor pup had to go to the vet on Monday because he chased a squirrel and hurt his paw. Literally, every day is an adventure. He was so cute and extra snuggly this week since he wasn’t feeling the best.
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Christmas and family time

HAPPY THURSDAY, YALL. I have been counting down all week. Ryan’s parents are coming in this afternoon and will be in Kentucky with us until Tuesday. I am so excited to spend some quality time with both mine and Ryan’s family.

I got in a quick 3 miles this morning because after work we are meeting Ryan’s parents at a local pizza place for supper. We plan on walking around downtown and looking at all the Christmas lights after we eat. I’m so excited! I love holiday events.
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Thankfully my parent’s and Ryan’s family get along great so we will be spending lots of time together. Technically Ryan and I are hosting Christmas lunch — but at my parent’s house since they have more room.
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Anyways, if there is some radio silence on the blog for the next few days, it’s just because I am spending some much-needed quality time with family. I hope you all are able to do the same!

I’ll still have my usual Friday Favorites post up tomorrow, but other than that, I might not check in on the blog until Tuesday.

Follow along on Instagram (@mileswithmeghann) to keep up with holiday weekend + runs.

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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