Holiday gift guide for the runner in your life

Struggling to find gifts for the runner in your life? This gift guide has you covered with gift ideas ranging from $ – $$$.

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Books — 26 Marathons: What I Learned About Faith, Identity, Running, and Life from My Marathon Career by Meb Keflezghi, Stronger by Kara Goucher or a number of other running books. 
Oiselle mug — I mean someone can never have too many coffee mugs, right?!
Trigger point foam roller — hurts so good.
Winc wine subscription — Uhm, yes please. Different wines hand-picked and delivered to your doorstep? Sign me up too.
Run stickers
House shoes — These from LL Bean have been on my wish list for weeks!
Yeti — coffee mugs, bottles, coolers, etc. You can’t go wrong. 

What did I forget? Leave your favorite gifts as/for a runner in the comments below!

Adventuring in the cold and what to wear on those cold runs

Anyone else already over this cold weather?! I know it is so easy to stay inside during the winter months, but getting out in the sunshine (even in the winter) is SO important!

Not only am I trying to avoid the treadmill, but I am trying to take Murphy out in the cold so we can both burn some energy. The fresh air is good for both of us!

What to wear when running in the cold:

  • 30 degrees: 2 tops, 1 bottom. Long-sleeve base layer and a vest keep your core warm. Tights or shorts, depending on your preference.
  • 10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms? A windbreaker over a base layer, and two pairs of tights or wind pants over the tights.
  • 0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops and a jacket.
  • Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, gloves, something to cover your face.
  • Minus 20 degrees: Hop on the treadmill.

Soaking up these outside runs

Yesterday it was in the 60s – today it’s in the 20s. I am so glad I had the chance to run outside yesterday before this nasty and cold weather moved in (I feel for the parents who are out with kids trick-or-treating in this weather).


These fancy flora rogas from Oiselle are so fun! 

Between working three jobs and a somewhat demanding travel schedule for work, outside runs have been few and far between lately. Taking time for yourself IS NOT SELFISH (something I’m still learning). Getting outside in the fresh air is good for my soul and my mind. I’m going to be bummed when the weather forces me inside on the treadmill. Until then, I’m sneaking outside every chance I get.

Low light and self-timers ^^ #DoItForTheGram

How is the weather where you are? Some of my friends are seeing SNOW already — uhm, no thank you. I will take my crazy Kentucky weather over snow in October. Next week it should feel like fall again 🙂

2019 Owensboro Bridge Run

Coming ‘atcha today with a race recap! (I know, I know – there has been radio silence on the blog lately. But at least I’m checking in with something good!)

On Saturday, my husband, his dad and I ran the Owensboro Bridge Run 5k! It was the first race both of the guys and they actually enjoyed themselves!

My father-in-law has been training for a while and he ROCKED IT. He finished in 37:51 for his first 5k race and I am SO proud. Ryan finished a few minutes behind his and dad and my heart could have burst seeing him cross the finish. While I have been running for years, it’s never been his thing. I try not to push it on him too much, but I was so hyped to have him out on the course with me.

Caught this guy at the finish line while I was waiting on Ricky and Ryan. So inspiring!

I finished in 31:39 and I’m pretty happy with that time! It was faster than the 5k I ran in May and with life being so crazy lately, I’m proud of the fight I had during the race.
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Everyone got a finishers medal and they were super cute and simple. (That’s the bridge we ran across in the background!)

I also surprised myself and ended up placing third in my age group! I was so pumped. I placed 3rd out of 10 runners in the F 25-29 group and the 4th place female was only 5 seconds behind me. So I’m glad I booked it at the finish.

The race was a part of the Owensboro Air Show weekend. On Friday night we went to a static air show at our local airport and the demonstrations we saw were amazing. The sunset only made it better. On Saturday we sat in the sun for way too long watching the actual air show event. One of the coolest events in Owensboro.

My heart is so full from such a fun weekend with family. I am so thankful to live in the town I grew up in and that I get to share it with some of my favorite people.

Happy Global Running Day

Happy #GlobalRunningDay! Here I am after my first marathon! (#RnRNashville) One of my proudest running accomplishments and something I never thought would happen.

Running teaches me more about myself with every mile. I’ve been running for more than 10 years and I can say it’s honestly changed my life. #runhappy 💕

Getting in shape is hard

I saw this on Twitter from Steve Magness (@stevemagness) at it really hit home.

I thought I would share and maybe it will help you too.

“Getting in shape is hard. And expectations can kill the motivation to do so.

It’s easy to compare yourself to some prior fitter you, but all that does is set you up for disappointment & frustration. Be kind to yourself. Try to get a little bit better from where you are right now.”

Making an effort to get Murphy outside more

Like most dogs, Murphy has a ton of energy! While he gets 3-4 daily walks, I began to feel like that wasn’t enough and since it warmed I have been making more of an effort to get us both outside and being as active as possible.

He is good for about 2-3 miles of running and sometimes more! He loves being outside and exploring all of our local trails. Sometimes when no one is around, my brother and I will each pick an end of the trail and have Murphy sprint back and forth. He loves it so much (he’s so speedy!) and it’s great way for him to get some energy out.

While it’s not always the most convenient (he stops to pee on everything), I’ve been making more of an effort to take Murphy outside with me as much as possible. I hate leaving him behind and he is always SO HYPED to go outside. Plus I know the fresh air is good for both of us!

Even when a run sucks at least I get to spend time outside

Today’s run wasn’t the best — but I got outside and did something. It felt great to knock out some miles before 7 a.m.! And honestly, who cares if I didn’t run as fast as I wanted? I’m not training for anything right now, life is crazy and the fact that I got out the door with my running shoes on is an accomplishment in itself.

So if you got outside today — be proud!

Scenes from today’s run:

Owensboro’s International Bar-B-Q Festival 5k and food recap

On Saturday, I ran my first race of 2019! Every year my hometown has an International Bar-B-q Festival and it’s two days of food, live music, mutton eating contests and so much fun! This is my second time running the 5k race (my first was back in 2010!) and it was so much fun to be around the local running community. So many people come out for the race and the energy was off the charts (even on a chilly Saturday morning!)

The course is super simple and just makes a big loop through downtown Owensboro. While there is basically no crowd support, there are so many runners that you are never alone.

I’m actually pretty happy with my time. Lately, I’ve been running around 11-11:30 pace but I knew being around people and being outside would be a little faster. The first quarter mile was a lot of weaving in and out of the crowds and I had to walk once for 15-20 seconds to adjust my ponytail.

After the race, I came home to finish up some work and shower before heading back down to the festival with my brother to get some lunch. We had lots of samples, but finally decided on a mutton sandwich, lemonade shakeup and some fried cookie dough (so rich, but so good!)

The only crazy thing my brother wanted to try was the deep fried cookie dough. We have all of these insane fried festival food booths every year and I never give in (mainly because most of it sounds disgusting) but decided what the heck and we split the dish. Best choice ever! It was so good! 10/10 will get next year.

Does your town have any crazy festivals/celebrations?! I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

I just want to spend all my time outside

Does anyone else feel that way after a long winter? I love having so much daylight when I get home from work and I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible outside. I’ve been reading, planting flowers, running and taking Murphy for 400 walks a day.

What’s your favorite way to spend time outside?

Look at this fun sidewalk chalk art on my run yesterday! I looped back around to snap a picture and I’m happy I did. So fun.

I also tried a new-to-me flavor of Nuun and it was pretty good! It’s been getting up in the 80s and I’m trying to increase my distance and speed on my runs, so I figured an extra boost wouldn’t hurt anything.

By now yall know I am obsessed with Murphy. But for real, isn’t he the cutest?! This is actually a live picture on my iPhone and it’s so cute because he starts off with my mouth closed and once he sees me with the phone he smiles. MY HEART. SO PRECIOUS.