Friday Favorites v.46

Happy happy Friday, friends! I am only working a half day today because our new bedroom furniture is getting delivered! I am so excited for our new king sized bed! Now there will be more than enough my, Ryan and Murphy (if you’re new here, that’s our sweet pup!)

But before the fun begins, let’s go over some of my favorites from the week.

1. I tried a sample of these coconut energy balls earlier this week when I went to our local juice bar and oh my gosh they are delicious! I’m really thinking about ordering some to keep in my desk at work.

2. Speaking of our local juice bar, on Wednesday I was feeling super sluggish and tired, so I decided to stop into Wheatgrass Juice Bar and get one of their cold-pressed juices. I ordered Turn Up The Beet and it hit the spot! It had beet, apple, carrot, cucumber and ginger and it was delicious. You could really taste the ginger — it had a little kick to it.

3. In case you missed my post on Tuesday about some of the highlights from Monday’s Boston Marathon, this post sums it up pretty well too.

4. While this is a lot more than I would spend on a top, this Draper James top is adorable! So if you have some extra cash to spend – this would be a great buy for this spring and summer!

5. Add these beauties to my running shoe collection, please.
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6. I won free lunch for me + my coworkers on Thursday from Penn Station. It was a nice surprise treat to end my work week.


7. I have been loving my foam roller this week after getting in some pretty good tempo runs and speed workouts. While I don’t think this one needs replacing any time soon, I am thinking about looking into a more aggressive roller (maybe something like this one?)

8. Look at this cutie hanging out in his crate. 😍😍😍

Friday Favorites v.45

Happy Friday! I know many of you probably have the day off, but journalists never get holidays, so I’m at work waiting for the weekend begin! Like many of you, I have lots of family time planned for this weekend, especially with Easter being on Sunday. While I always get to see my family since they live so close, Ryan’s parents are coming in for the weekend, so it’ll be nice to have everyone in one place!

Before the weekend begins (at least for me!) let’s go over some of my favorites from this week.

1. Brooks Greenlight Capris for $20! What a deal. Guys, I love these capris and totally plan on buying some more. They have other colors on sale too, but they are around $25ish.
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2. I’ve mentioned on here before that Anne at Fannetastic Food is one of my favorite healthy living/running bloggers. Earlier this week she shared a post called Mix & Match Grain Salad Bowl Recipes and it totally inspired some of my lunches for the week.

3. Grapefruit Mojito recipe from Somethin’ Southern. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to give it a try this weekend!

4. I feel like I am finally getting faster! I killed all of my workouts this week and even my pace on casual runs has been a little faster than normal. Since I’m thinking about getting back into training for a half, this is super exciting! Maybe a sub-2 is possible this year?!
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5. I celebrated my two year work anniversary on Thursday! I’m so happy to be back in my hometown and working at a job that I love with people who are pretty great.

6. I follow @Disney on Twitter and earlier this week they tweeted this cute picture. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies of all time and this quote instantly made my smile. Plus I love all of the flowers.
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7. Olympian Desiree Linden looks to end 32-year U.S. drought at Boston Marathon.

8. Just in case you missed all of the adorbale-ness that is Murph-dog. Check out my post from last weekend when Murphy and I had a mini photoshoot in the backyard.

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Friday Favorites v. 43

What a work-filled week this has been! While some of pull-my-hair-out crazy, this week was really inspiring. Sometimes I get lost in my work and feel like I’m on autopilot, but this week was different. This week I was fired up and passionate about what I do. I am thankful to be in a career I love at such a young age.

Before I get into my work day, I want to share with you all some of my favorite things from this week.
Friday Favorites are some my favorite posts (ha! get it? favorite…) Take a look back at all my FF posts here.

I hope you all have a fun-filled weekend no matter where you are!

1. These hot pink compression socks are everything. While I am not willing to drop $50 on them right now, they are definitely on my radar (hopefully a sale will happen soon?!)
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2. The prettiest cheese board I’ve ever seen! It all looks delicious.

3. Some inspiration.

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4. We are officially less than two months until my birthday and our annual trip to STL!

5. Run all the miles, eat all the doughnuts.

6. Friday night. Wine night. Featuring Murphy. 🐶🍷

7. This Strawberry Cheesecake recipe I shared on the blog earlier this week.

8. We are loving these warmer days and all the daylight we are getting in the afternoons. img_1145

NordicTrack Commercial 1750

This post is NOT sponsored by NordicTrack. I just really love this product and want to share it with you all.

Short version: I LOVE MY TREADMILL. Uphill, downhill, easy to use.
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Longer version: For Christmas I got a NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill. My husband and I had been researching treadmills for a while and we knew we wanted a NordicTrack. They seemed to have the best motors, easy to use and most of the reviews we read were pretty positive.

Even though it probably wasn’t the best idea, Ryan put the entire thing together BY HIMSELF. So it can be done solo.

It’s simple and easy to use and has a large touchscreen which I like. Sometimes it doesn’t react the first time I swipe or touch it, but other than it works great. I like that I can the screens to see a track view of my running, an info screen of calories, distance, pace, etc and an elevation and speed screen.

Performance Specs:
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If you have anymore questions about this specific treadmill, let me know! We got it for a great deal during Black Friday, but two weeks into using it and I already think it is worth every penny.

I love getting to run at home and anytime I want. Here’s to 2017 and my running goals!

Friday Favorites v. 32

Well today is cold and rainy, but I am determined to make the best of it because it’s FRIDAY! I have nothing planned for this weekend and I am so excited.

1. MY TREADMILL IS SET UP. We (mainly Ryan) have moved this bad boy three times now trying to find a place where it will fit, not shake the floor and where we won’t hit our heads on the ceiling. While I wanted it in the house, the garage seemed to be the best fit. My first run on it is tonight!
2. I LOVE The Office and Dwight is one of the best characters. So here you go, 31 Dwight Schrute quotes to live your life by.

3. Ponds Nourishing Moisturizer. This is a tip from my mom. She loves this stuff. It’s super thick and creamy but unlike a lot of lotions doesn’t leave a slimy residue and smells so clean!

4. I’m not usually one to get into a political debate, but there was A LOT of news this week with Obama’s Farewell Speech, Biden getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Michelle Obama being on Jimmy Fallon (plus all the bad news with Trump). While I may not have agreed with everything Obama did while in office, I will say I think he (and Michelle!) was a great influence on our country and the younger generations. I hope their kindness was shown to the world and I hope others pray for this transition in America.

6. Go-Dry Fitted Mesh-Trim Leggings for Women from Old Navy. I don’t have these in the “pant” version, but I have the crops. Plus the color is gorgeous. I love Old Navy’s workout line and can’t wait to get my hands on these. They are on sale for $28 right now!
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7. These tassel earrings deserve all the heart eyes.

8. This pup could sleep anywhere.img_0058-1

 

I GOT A TREADMILL!

While I had a pretty boring weekend overall, there is one thing that happened that’s worth sharing.

I GOT A TREADMILL!

Friday night after my work Christmas party, Ryan and I stopped by my parent’s house to pick up Murphy and for me to get big Christmas gift from Ryan.

I had some sneaking suspicions that it might be a treadmill and I WAS RIGHT. I am so happy that I can now run whenever I want (in the morning, at night, two a days!)

Here is the model I have:
https://www.nordictrack.com/treadmills/commercial-1750-treadmill

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We plan on getting it set up later this week. I’ll be sure to pop back in a couple weeks with a full review. I’m hoping all is well. Happy Monday, guys!

Friday Favorites v. 27

NOT a favorite, but it is freaking cold in Kentucky. I woke up this morning and BAM it’s like the temperature dropped 20 degrees overnight. The only good thing is now I can wear all my cute super cold weather gear.

This is also where having a treadmill (or even a gym membership) would come in handy.

In other news, tonight is the office Christmas party! I’m excited for some free bowling, chicken wings and karaoke. But before I head off to a night of fun, lets get through today with some Friday Favorites.

1. Still loving This Is Us. Tears every time I watch it. I can’t wait until the show returns in January!

2. Basically me.
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3. NEED this shirt.
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4. All of my dessert goals. Right here.

5. For any history buffs out there, I found this article Wednesday on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

6. Brooks LSD Thermal Jacket. This is definitely on my wish list this year. It’s also $60 off right now and comes with a pair of socks when you purchase!
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7. Favorite Cocktail Recipes for Wedding Signature Drinks.


8. This is what happens when Murphy thinks he is going to get a bath – he runs and “hides” on the bed. (Please excuse the mess of old blankets, it got cold this week)

Friday Favorites v. 26

Ryan started his new job today! After a lot of prayer and patience, we felt like this move was best for our family and future and I so excited and proud.

The only bad thing for right now is I don’t his schedule past today, so I’m hoping he has this weekend off so we can spend some time together.

But before the weekend begins, let’s talk Friday Favorites. Don’t forget! Let me know some of your favorites from this week in the comments below.

1. New clothes. With Black Friday deals extending past the weekend, I scored some cute tops this week at some super low prices. I realized Thursday morning when I was getting dressed that my closest seems to have a growing theme. I guess it’s a good thing red is my favorite color.

2. I saw this on Pinterest earlier this week, and thought it was too cute not to share.
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3. Dog Loves Santa Toy So Much, Her Humans Took Her To See The Real Thing.

4. Buying presents for others. GUYS. My Christmas shopping is DONE. All of it. I am so pumped that I got a head start on it this year so I’m not running around like a crazy person at the last minute. If you still need something for any of your runner friends, check out my gift guide for ideas that are all under $100!

5. BLOGS. I read a lot of blogs, y’all. Some of my favorite running blogs I have been reading for 6+ years (looking at you, Meals and Miles & Daily Garnish). As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve started to read more lifestyle blogs. Here are some my fave blogs from lifestyle to running and everything in between, check them out! Whit Speaks, Somethin’ Southern, Em For MarvelousHungry Runner Girl, RUnladylike, Katelyn James Blog <– Love her series on her and husband building a new house, and http://bahorichabode.com/

Who are some of your favorite bloggers? Let me know! I’m always open to reading new things.

6.  Serena Williams SLAMMING inequality and gender discrimination in this open letter.

7. Anne from FANNEtastic Food launched this tank earlier this week. So cute!

8. Murphy has to be touching me or Ryan if we are in the same room with him. While it’s annoying sometimes, I know my time with him is not unlimited. So I’ll take all the puppy cuddles I can right now. 

Gift Guide for Runners

Also, all gifts shown are under $100! Can’t get much better than that.

Brooks Pacesetter Tab Sock – Comes in all kinds of fun designs for different holidays and they are only $17! Perfect socking stuffer.

Women’s Meadowbrook Raschel Full Zip from The North Face. This looks so cozy! I think it would work well as a running jacket for those super cold mornings or to wear when running errands.


Lux Raglan Long Sleeve – I have the short sleeve version of this top and I love it. It’s so soft and buttery, but holds up great during a workout.

I’m hungry because I run, I run because I’m hungry shirt.

Nike headbands – These don’t slip and look super cute.

Brooks PureCandence 5 – I am about to rotate these shoes out, but I loved them. I thought they were great for the road or trails. AND right now they are $30 off (which makes them $90!)

Running On The Wall medal and bib holder – I have a medal holder and bib holder similar to these. It’s from the same company, mine just had a different quote and mine are both red. Ryan gave it to me the first Christmas we were dating and it is one of my most cherished gifts.

Have any other gift ideas for runner that you think I’ve missed? Let me know! Happy Tuesday, friends 🙂

This post is not sponsored. It’s just a roundup of some of my favorites that I think you will love too!