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!

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My first plane ride + Miami

I can check another thing off my bucket list — on Tuesday morning I took my first flight!

We have a work event in Miami this week, so on Tuesday morning, we drove to Nashville to board a flight to Fort Lauderdale. I wasn’t really nervous about flying, but I also wasn’t 100% sure what to expect. Thankfully I made it with no sickness and only a little ear pain/pressure. Win!

My awesome coworkers let me have a window seat and it was amazing watching the plane climb through the air. It was so cool to be above the clouds.

Miami and South Beach (where we are staying) have such a fun vibe. The sun and the ocean air just makes me so happy. I also love how much fresh fruit there is here! This was my lunch from yesterday and I could eat this every day for the rest of my life. 

Our whole team has been working 16 hour days, so there hasn’t been much time for sight-seeing or relaxing. I also haven’t run since Monday, but I think my body is welcoming the break.

I’m hoping to check back in before my Friday Favorites post, but things are a little crazy. Follow me @mileswithmeghann on Instagram for more real-time updates.

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I know I say this every week — but this is such a busy season of my life. We officially listed our house on Monday and in 36 hours we had two offers! I’m also wrapping up week three at my new job, so it has been busy, busy, busy.

But let’s talk favorites —

1. I got to run outside not once, but TWICE this week! I swear the miles go by so much faster when I’m not on the treadmill.

2. Sarah’s post of her recap to becoming the third-place finisher at the Snowshoe National Championships is crazy and inspiring!

3. Carrie Underwood – The Champion ft. Ludacris. SUCH a good song and a great video. You’ll catch a glimpse of Shalane Flanagan’s win in NY.

4. I snagged these black canvas Coach loafers at TJ Maxx a couple weeks ago and they have been my go-to shoe for work. So cute and comfortable!
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5. Is it weird to put cheese sticks and crackers on here as a favorite?! I’ve been bringing them to work every day as part of my lunch. Aldi has a great selection of cheese sticks (cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella, etc) so it’s been fun switching up my choices.

6. Become an RnR Vegas Insider! Sign up to become a #StripAtNight insider and receive exclusive access to register before the general public. #RockNBlog (follow me on Instagram @mileswithmeghann for all things Run Rock N Roll. you might even get a sweet discount code)

7. MARCH MADNESS, BABY!

8. How I feel about it being cold again after it was 60 yesterday.

Life lately – home edition

I mentioned earlier in the week that my husband and I were getting ready to sell our home and eventually (after living with my parents for a bit) build a new one.

In order for us to build, we have to sell first. So we’ve basically spent every night at the hardware store or deep cleaning and repairing things around the house.

Also. All of this is in the middle of me starting a new job and training for a marathon. Life comes at you fast, right?!

I can literally feel the dark circles under my eyes.

Fingers crossed everything goes well at the bank, with selling our home and with building our new one! I am so excited for everything to come together!

Did you buy or build your home?! Let me know your thoughts!

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 🙂

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!

Friday afternoon ramblings

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Work is over and I have time to kill before our office Christmas (bowling) party. I have so many random things I want to tell you all, so here they are in one sporadic post!

Eminem released his new album today and y’all…Revival is pretty dang good. While I’m not in love with all the songs (like I am with Recovery), they are some pretty solid tracks on this album. Give it a listen if you’re a Slim Shady fan. I’m positive you’ll add some of these songs to your workout playlist.

Reminder to self: no matter of a pinch I’m in, do NOT eat Taco Bell. Ugh. I’ve felt gross all day.

I posted a fun #fridayintroductions on Instagram (@mileswithmeghann) go check it out! I use lots of emojis and tell you random things about myself.

These Santa hat Rice Krispie treats are so cute and would be perfect for an upcoming holiday party. I saw this on Facebook and immediately saved the link for next week.
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I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll be back here Monday morning. Catch me on Instagram if you want more miles with Meghann 😉

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I love love love Christmas decorations. With less than two weeks until Christmas, my house, the community — everywhere I go is filled with holiday cheer! It makes my heart so full.

I’ve had a countdown going since Dec. 1 and almost all of our presents are wrapped and the under the tree. I’ve mailed Christmas cards and our stockings (monogrammed, of course) are hanging on our living room wall. Now I’m just waiting for the afternoon of the 22nd to be off from work and to have five days filled with food, presents and family time.

I secretly wish I could keep our tree up all year long. Sitting by a lit tree at night with a cup of hot chocolate in hand has to be one of the best things about the holiday. A lit tree just feels so magical! (A picture from earlier this month — now we have wrapped presents under the tree!)
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The only thing I haven’t done this year is watch some of my favorite Christmas movies. I’m determined to watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Elf.

Colored lights or white lights?
What are your favorite Christmas movies?

Nashville Weekend

Happy MONDAY! I am so excited to think about this being the last full week of work before Thanksgiving! I don’t teach next Wednesday night and I am off on Thanksgiving and Black Friday so I am looking forward to eating lots of good food, spending time with family and friends, shopping and napping.
But before I delve any more into what’s to come, I want to recap my weekend in Nashville. Ryan and I decided to get some Christmas shopping done early (for ourselves and others) and Ryan was needing to update his wardrobe some before the holidays and super cold weather, so we decided to make an adventure and travel to Nashville!
We only shopped at Opry Mills Mall, but when they have everything you need, why go anywhere else?
We snagged a lot of great deals and even got Christmas shopping done for a few people.

I snagged these pink Nike’s and I LOVE them. We also got some new clothes for work, (we both have to dress business casual/business professional), some shoes and some camping materials.

Before we headed home (my feet were killing me!) we grabbed some fresh-baked cookies and cranked up Spotify to prepare for the insane traffic.

After the two-hour drive home, we stopped at Applebee’s and shared several small appetizers plates, picked up Murphy and headed home to watch Sunday Night Football.

All in all, it was a great weekend and ready productive!

What was a highlight of your weekend?

Long runs, relaxation and party prep

This weekend was about long runs, relaxation and prepping for our Halloween party on Saturday. It was such a great weekend, I had a hard time getting out of bed this morning.

BUT! I only work four days this week and then it’s Halloween party time! We are throwing a party Saturday night and attending one Sunday afternoon.

I got in a little under 5 miles on Saturday (which is long for me right now!) and on Sunday I did an awesome P90x video.

I took a nap on Sunday, watched lots of football, attended a baby shower for a friend from high school and watched the season premiere of The Walking Dead.

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Any TWD fans out there? What did you think of last night’s episode?!

As far as party prep goes, we bought a ton of food, extra tables, fake spiders, 200+ feet of cobwebs and more! I love any and all holidays and decorating is part of the fun! I’m still deciding between two costumes and Ryan is joining the fun and bought a superhero shirt to wear! (I’ll that that over not dressing up at all)

And that was my weekend. Uneventful for most, but perfect for me.

I’ll leave you with this hilarious picture of Murphy with a feather on his nose. Enjoy.