Friday Favorites v. 62

FRIDAY FRIDAY, gotta get down on Friday. I am so happy for the weekend. Since we traveled and Ryan worked last weekend, I feel like we haven’t spent any time together lately. I am super pumped for date night tomorrow and being lazy together on Sunday.

Before I get into the work day, I want to share some of my favorites from this week with you all.

1. Just a few of the crazy moments from #London2017 Track & Field World Championships. I’ve been following a long on Twitter and even more craziness (like an unfair DQ) have happened since this orignal article was posted.

2. I love these spirit tassel earrings from Draper James. Now I’m just torn on whether to get UK Blue for basketball season or Crimson for Alabama football?! Maybe I’ll just get them both?!

3. On Wednesday I woke up super early for no good reason, so I decided to take advantage of the extra time and headed to Panera for some breakfast and blogging. I got a post up and several posts drafted and had a delicious everything bagel + cream cheese, a water and a latte.

I love having some time in the mornings to myself to accomplish some things before the work day begins.
4. Wednesday was also the first day of school around here, and while I am not in school anymore, I still love the hustle and bustle and excitement that comes with a new school year.

* I am actually teaching a mass communications at a local college one night a week for the fall semester, so I am excited to be back in the classroom.

5. I saw these super cute tumblers on Emily Ley’s Instastories and screenshot it for future reference. I wish they had a KY design, but Ashley Brooke Designs has lots of other cute ones to choose from!
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6. Tuesday I hit the trails at a local park for some trail running and it was awesome + therapeutic. The best kind of running.

7. I have been trying to have more of a grateful, open heart lately and I really think it has helped my mindset.

8. Murphy got another hedgehog toy since he demolished his last one, and for some reason he is a lot more gentle with Larry (every toy has a name). I’m a total #dogmom and I love it.
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Tuesdays are for trail running

Yesterday afternoon I called my brother to see if he wanted to hit the trails with me after work and go for a run. I hadn’t been trail running in forever and I did not want to run on the treadmill. He happily agreed and even brought my parents along so they could watch Murphy.
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We ran about three miles total while weaving in and out of the trails and changing from hills to flatland to asphalt. Nature is the perfect therapy for me and I’ve started to realize the older I get, the more I need to take for myself and recharge with something I love (being outside, hiking, running)
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While I know I can’t make it to the trails every day, I think I am going to try and make it a priority to get out there at least once a week, especially while the weather is still nice. I can’t wait for fall to run through all the leaves and pretty colors!

Happy hump day! Let’s finish strong and get to the weekend.

Friday Favorites v.56

It’s Friday! & Alllllmost a three day weekend. At least for me, I get the weekend, back to work on Monday and then I’m off on Tuesday for Independence Day!

My plans for the weekend include hitting some yard sales with my mom, mowing the yard (it never ends.) and hanging out with my husband and pup. A nice mix of fun, work and relaxation.
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What are your weekend plans?

Before the weekend begins, let’s start today off with my usual Friday Favorites post.

1. YES. Such a good post on how to become the eater you want to be.
“I don’t eat to live. My life is about SO MUCH MORE than eating healthy food. Food does not have one purpose and one purpose only. It’s so much more than functional and medicinal. When I think of food as medicine, I think of it helping to heal. And it does! Apples and kale and lentils are the physical aspect of that. The fiber and phytonutrients help prevent and delay disease. But salted chocolate chip cookies with my best friend and pizza with my boyfriend feeds my soul and satisfies me in a way that kale simply cannot.”

2. Blueberry smoothies. On Tuesday, I woke up late and feeling terrible, so I decided to make a healthy smoothie with lots of nutrients to kick my butt in gear. Also, this cute cup doesn’t hurt anything.

3. A great story out of my alma mater. Go Racers!

4. I went rock climbing on Thursday. I can wait to write the recap post. It was so much fun!

5. Going through old family pictures with my mom. These are some gems. 

6. I’ve been looking for a new doormat and these custom ones from Etsy are so cute. Plus, if I can include Murphy — I’m all about it.

7. Such a neat story from Trail Runner Magazine about believing in yourself and perseverance. Good job, Cat!

Also. Has any of you all ever completed a trail race before? Definitely a bucket list item for me.

8. Pup kisses are the best. 😘

Running with Murphy

Hi Internet friends! I’m checking in later than normal today, but I have a very informative post about running in the summer heat with your dog.

One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is run with Murphy. Whether we are at the park or just running around my parent’s neighborhood, getting some sunshine and some miles in always makes us both feel better.

(The first quarter mile is always interesting. Peeing on everything and sniffing ALL THE THINGS.)
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After the first .25 we’re good to go!

Every time I get out Murphy’s harness, he goes crazy because he knows it’s time to run. It’s the cutest thing ever. (Can’t you tell I’m a pet parent?! haha)

The great thing about running with Murphy is he makes running fun again. Whether it’s just a couple times around the block or 3 miles at the park, he is so happy to be outside and running.

It makes me want to be more present in my runs and enjoy each and every step.

Plus, post-run naps with Murph are pretty great too.
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But with summer in full effect, I wanted to talk about the importance of not over doing it when running with your favorite furry friend.
I always let Murphy dictate the pace, which is never a problem because is definitely faster than me and has more energy.
Some other do’s and don’ts to keep with mind when running with your furry friend.
Do: Check with your vet to make sure everything is okay with your pup health-wise and to make sure they are fit to run. Remember, just like humans, not all dogs are meant to run for miles and miles.
Don’t: Start them too young.
Do: Remember to bring water for them too! Think about how thirsty you get on a run, our pups are even more thirsty!
Don’t: Forget to check for ticks after your run. Even if you’re not hitting the trails, giving your pup a quick look-over will be beneficial.
Do: Have a poop plan. I think this one speaks for its self.
Do: Take walk and run breaks if needed. There is no shame in walking.

Happy running!

Global Running Day

Happy Global Running Day!
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For those who have not read it before, here is my running journey — the good, the bad and the sweaty.

What better way to celebrate a day of running than with ALL the things running related.

Favorite socks.
Favorite shoes.
Favorite shorts.

WHAT IS GLOBAL RUNNING DAY?

Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 7, 2017. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.

At globalrunningday.org you can create you own free, personalized bib or create a badge to post on social media to show your support and pledge to run on GRD.
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Today, I plan on running three miles when I get off work. No watch, no worries, just me and the streets.

But today, I will be a little more thankful for the tough times, the pain in my legs and all the sweat and pain I will endure to finish. Running has given me so much and I hope to keep running for many many years.

If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate global running day, I suggest getting outside and going for a run! (duh.) No technology, just you and your thoughts and your feet on the pavement.

OTHER IDEAS:
Join the Oiselle Relay Around the World.
Ways to celebrate global running day.
Take that post-run selfie and post in on social media. Who knows, maybe your post will inspire someone else to run.
The Strava Mile.

Whether it’s one mile or 10 miles, on the treadmill or on the trail — happy running!
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#RWRunStreak

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So I’m sure many of you have heard of run streak before, but those who haven’t, it’s basically where you commit to running at least one mile every day for X amount of days.

The current run streak being promoted by Runner’s World started on Monday. Here is a list of FAQs if you’re interested in learning more. (This post is NOT sponsored by RW, I just really like what they are promoting and hope you will join me in streaking!)

From RW: “The run streak is designed to keep you running through the summer, and to bridge the gap between spring races and training for the fall. It can be difficult this time of the year to keep your running on track—but it’s much easier if you have a goal.”

Post your successes online (or even comment on this post!) and use the hashtag #RWRunStreak. I love looking at other people’s accomplishments — it pushes me toward my own goals.

They also have this neat shirt for sale if you want to display that you’re a streaker 😉
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The idea is to run one mile every day from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July.That’s 37 consecutive days of running.

I’m two days in, but so far so good! Murphy and I ran on Monday and yesterday was a quick 9:48 mile on the treadmill.

I love the idea of the streak because it keeps me accountable and it makes me run every day.

So even if you missed the last two days, get out there and start running. It’s never too late to start a run streak.

Run happy, friends!

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20 minute treadmill workout

Short on time but still want to get a good workout in? Try this 20 minute treadmill workout!

I promise it will make you break a sweat and get your heart rate up. So get ready to burn some calories!

Remember, done is better than perfect. I don’t think I have ever regretted a workout. So even a quick workout like this one will be beneficial to you. Enjoy!
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Newbie half marathon and marathon training plans

I remember signing up for my first half marathon in college. I thought I had officially lost my mind. The most I had ever run was 7ish miles and running 6 more just seemed insane.

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But I signed up in December for an April race.
After that I was hooked.
Now, my plan is to eventually run a marathon. You know…”one of these days…”

But even with no race plans for the immediate future, I have been trying to keep in somewhat distance shape. (ha. always a work in progress) Thankfully I have a treadmill at home and I can bust out 3-4 miles runs through the week and I always try to do a long run on Saturdays.

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Maybe some of you all are getting ready to commit to a distance race like a half or full marathon. I’ve linked some of my favorite distance race resources below. Enjoy!

Half Marathon and Marathon Resources

Marathon Rookie
The Dos and Don’ts Of Running Your First Marathon <– this is hilarious.

Reminder for today

One of my favorite quotes is a great reminder for today.

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Fresh air is a wonderful thing, my friends. I love to go hiking and really wish I had the chance to do it more. I plan to get out this weekend and hike and explore wherever my heart desires. I long for the trails and the dirt and the stillness of it all.