Sunday Funday

Good morning, all. How was the weekend? Hopefully it as great!

I was too busy livin’ life yesterday to either a) post or b) take photos- which needs to be addressed immediately. Sometimes I forget I’m supposed to be blogging about more than just funny memes.

Not really. I just got lazy.

But no more! I promise I’ll be much better with my photos from here on out. I should probably consider investing in a camera, since I’ll probably need one for Fitbloggin in June anyway. Maybe for my birthday?

Anyway, time for a quick Sunday update!

I missed my long run this weekend, so I’m feeling a little disappointed. I was supposed to run 6 miles yesterday- but how could I run 6 miles with so much else to do!

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Yesterday, after trying to meet with our Pastor, Shane took me to see the suit he likes for the wedding. He looked so handsome in it- it was definitely a moment for me. With time seeming to go so, so fast (my birthday is 2 weeks from today, which is mind blowing) I know it’s going to feel like no time at all until the big day is finally here!

After suit viewing, Shane and I made our way over to a sport’s bar in town called Deano’s to watch the number 2 ranked Wichita State Shockers take on Indiana State for the MVC tournament title. While I thought there were a couple close calls (sort of), the Shox still pulled it out and became MVC champs for the first time since the 8o’s Talk about a comeback story. I can’t wait to watch them heading into the NCAA tournament this year!

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Last night, after the excitement of the game, I decided on a longer walk outside rather than doing my cross training in the gym. It was a whopping 58 degrees and sunny here yesterday, so it was pretty much perfect. (I should have taken photos, it was so gorgeous!)

I’ll remember to snap some today when I’m out there- it’s supposed to be a high of 75 today (!!!!) Shorts and long sleeves is my favorite weather.

In other news, last night Shane and I finally made it to the movies…but not to see the Lego Movie. No, no no… we saw the new 300 movie instead. In 3d.

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Not that I’m complaining- I wanted to see it, too. However, I will say I liked the original much better. The plot on this one was a little weak (Weaker than the first. Yes.) And I found I didn’t care nearly as much about what happened to the Athenians than I did about the Spartans.

But ya know, to each their own Greek city state.

Even with all of the visuals, which mostly were great but which almost started to feel video-game like at parts?- there was too much weird/unnecessary other stuff that I found distracting. Like really graphic sex scenes for no strategic reason. With crazy women.

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She’s pretty much nuts.

Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

Anyhooo, it’s Monday! And it’s supposed to be warm and beautiful! I can’t help but be in a great mood when spring is so, so close. I intend to get every drop of sunshine and warmth out of today that I can- maybe I’ll even run my 6 miles outside today?

Have an amazing Monday everyone!

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The Truth Hurts

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I know you guys are sick of seeing green smoothie photos.

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(or maybe not? I guess I’ve only posted a couple other ones.)

But frankly,  these babies are just about the only exciting thing I’ve done this week.

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Go figure.

Workouts this week have actually been pretty on point- I did 20 minutes on the stationary bike on Monday, and then Rachel came over and we did 40 minutes of Tae Bo (old schooool). Tuesday I ran 1 mile at tempo speed, then did 35 minutes steady state on the ARC trainer. Yesterday, I did a full body resistance workout and ran 4 miles (score- never gets old). This afternoon was another cross training day, so I did 30 minutes high resistance on the elliptical and then did 10 minutes of 30 second sprint/30 second recover at 8mph and 4mph respectively.

Tomorrow, I have another 4 mile run and some ab work on the agenda.

I’ve also been doing pretty spot on with my eating this week, as well. This may or may not directly correlate with the things I’ve chosen to give up for Lent this year.

Shall we recap?

-Sugar

-Alcohol

-Soda

-“processed” food (it sounded great when I started)

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Actually, I do always observe Lent…and it’s traditional for the “Lenten Fast” to be observed by giving up sweets, pastries, ect. (which is why you’re supposed to go out and eat pancakes on Fat Tuesday. No. I didn’t make that up. I remember reading it.)

But still, the truth hurts sometimes.

A lot.

 

On a happier note, tomorrow-  Shane and I have an appointment with our new apartment to pick a move in date (wooooo) and figure out how long a lease we want to sign. Saturday, we have a date with some furniture store sales and Sunday we have a meeting with our visiting Pastor for our wedding Pastor Joe. I’ll tell you guys something…there are some real adult things happening in these parts.

We also have plans to go see The Lego Movie tomorrow night. (LEGO BATMAN)

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So there’s that.

Seriously. 5th times charm, right?

I have a little work to finish up, some delicious tea to make and a whole lotta Grey’s Anatomy to watch (did anyone catch last week’s episode? WHAAAAAT?) so that’ll about do it for me tonight.

Have a fantastic, fantastic Thursday evening!

Blame It On The Weather

Well, another weekend has passed…and we still haven’t gone to see the Lego Movie yet.

Total bummer.

I blame the weather- it dumped a mix of sleet and snow on us over the course of Saturday night/Sunday and it was down right disgusting out there for a while. Luckily, it isn’t nearly as bad today, so I’m looking forward to hitting the gym later this afternoon after I finish up my work.

That isn’t to say that the gross weather kept me away from the gym yesterday, though!

My dad and I went together yesterday afternoon, even in the midst of the winter mess.

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If you can’t tell, we both had a great workout! (Oh hey, FILA shoes! I love those laces.)

I also had a great workout- I managed to run 5 miles yesterday, as per my training program instructed. WOOP! It’s been years since I’ve run 5 miles.

Years.

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It took me roughly 50 minutes to run those 5 miles- so yeah, that’s about 10 minutes per mile…oooof. If anyone else out there is doing the math, that would be put me at roughly 2 hours and 11 minutes for a half marathon.

Double oooof.

I’m gonna have to pick up the pace, guys. Even if all I do is run my “virtual half”, that’s still a wicked long time. 😦 Oh well, at least I’m working on it!

Other highlights from this weekend include Wichita State finishing the regular season at a PERFECT 31-0! Super exciting stuff right there!

Shane and I also never made it out furniture shopping, so I’m hoping maybe I can convince him to go with me this weekend while it’s nice outside. Fingers crossed! What with him getting set to move into the apartment next month (what?) we’ll need something to sit on at least!

In other news, I’m obsessed with Pharrell’s song from Despicable Me 2.

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“Because I’ happpppppppyyyy!”

I rocked out to it through nearly half of my run yesterday- even thought towards the end I wasn’t feeling “happy” so much as “achy”.

It is awesome. I was bummed he didn’t win for best original song last night at the Oscar’s, but I loved Frozen too, so I can’t complain.

I also made the most delicious Spinach smoothie after my run yesterday!

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Check out that amazing green color. And, don’t be fooled- it was so good.

In the smoothie:

-1 huge hand full spinach

-1/4 cup water

-1/4 cup OJ

-1/2 granny smith apple

-1 slice lemon (juiced)

-3 chunks frozen pineapple (could also use 1/2 banana, but I prefer the tropical tang of pineapple)

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I put the water and OJ in first, just to make sure everything gets moving. This is delicious, tart and full of good for you fruits and greens! A total winner in my book. I’m probably going to make one again today- I just don’t know if I’ll wait for post workout, or if I’ll make it for lunch instead!

Also, on a total side note, is anyone else out there still watching The Walking Dead like I am? I feel like there might be a romance brewing…and I LOVE IT! I know most people might think its weird or creepy or just sort of gross, but I love Daryl and want nothing more than for him to find love. If it’s a circumstance of the zombie apocalypse, so be it.

Alright folks, that’s about it for me today. I have a little work to finish up, a green smoothie to make, and a back/shoulders workout to get to before hitting the Stairmaster for a little cross training action. I realized last night that as of today- we’re a little less than 12 weeks out from the Big Day! (Exactly 87 days—-eeeee!) It’s time for me to really buckle down and get stuff done- so you’ll likely be seeing lots of green smoothies, running updates, egg white scrambles, chicken and fresh veggie recipes on here for the next little bit!

Have a fantastic Monday 🙂

 

An Exciting Development

TGIF!

This week flew by because we were so, so busy- but I’m super excited it’s the weekend, none the less!

Like I mentioned yesterday, we had our annual work Christmas party last night.

It was a huge success, a lot of fun, and everything just looked gorgeous!

There was some incredible food.

A fully stocked bar.

And loads of very happy people in attendance! It was a great night, for sure.

Needless to say, I’m feeling very sleepy today. Not to mention my feet are killing me- I wore such cute shoes yesterday (black suede pumps, about 5 inch heels) but MAN did they ever do a number on my tootsies.

Yow.

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In other news, I was extremely excited to find this waiting for me when I got home last night.

I was especially excited when I saw that it was their New Years issue! WOO!

Can you guess which “Resolution” I was the most interested in?

(Hint- it’s one of these…)

Well, if you guess “Run Your First Half Marathon”- then you guessed right!

Running has always been something that I’ve longed to be good at. After a couple failed race attempts earlier in the year, I vowed never to sign up for another race again…until I had solidly trained and knew without a doubt that I could do it.

So, I’m working backwards a little bit. I’m going to train for the half marathon…and then sign up for it.

Tricky, huh?

I’ve wanted to tell people that I was running a half for sure this spring, but I held back on this exciting little development until I knew for sure I had the guts to follow through with it!

As far as which race I’ll be running, I’m going to sign up for the Prairie Fire Spring Half Marathon that will be happening here on May 4th.

I’m feeling especially excited about it because after I run it (which I will!) I can say that I ran a half marathon before I got married!

I have no idea why this is important or exciting to me- but it is.

Go figure.

(Fun fact– my little cousin, Chad- who really isn’t so little anymore as he’s a freshman in college- ran the Fall Prairie Fire half marathon and won his age group. Talk about impressive.)

So, in preparation for my race, I’ve downloaded a new app to help me with my training.

Yes, I know it says it’s a 10k training app.

That’s because I have a good 5-7 weeks before I actually need to start the training for the half. That being said, I feel like I should at least be able to run 5-6 miles without stopping before attempting to run 13.1

Just a thought.

Snazzy, right? This thing is great. I plan on trying it out on Sunday- I’ll be sure and let you guys know how it goes!