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Diva Dash 5K

Hey there! How has you Saturday been? Mine has been filled with running and pink tutus!

This morning started off with a run on my own of 12.6 miles before I headed off to the Diva Dash to finish up my mileage for the day!

My long run went super quick this morning since I was anticipating the Diva Dash with my girlfriends! All 3 of us , Heather, myself, and Rikki, assembled in downtown Springfield this morning for the race start at 9 am. Luckily, the rain yesterday cleaned away most of the salt and snow on the roads. We took off running with all the other divas and had a smooth and fun race! It was a little cold waiting to take off though. 🙂


We warmed up pretty quick. And by pretty quick, I mean I was maybe warm by 1.75 miles in. 30 degrees felt colder than normal today!

Rikki was rockin’ it. I guess that’s what teaching for 10 years does for your endurance. 🙂

We took it nice and easy and finished in around 30 minutes. I was thankful for an easy pace after my morning miles. I fought black ice most of my solo run, so my legs and hips were spent.

We got giant medals as we crossed the finish line where they had lots of snacks and goodies too.

Yay for adding to my medal collection! And by collection, I mean the 1 other medal I had from the Glow Run 5K. Mac was pretty enthused with my new medal too.

This afternoon consisted of taking my Christmas decorations down and napping. Yes, I’m late with the decorations coming down. But I’ve been busy. Ha!

Anyways, have a great night everyone! See you all later!


Getting Nervous!

Happy Thursday! It’s been a pretty ‘blah’ day here in SGF. The sun isn’t shining. There is dirty snow covering almost everything. And it’s not quite the weekend yet. Meh. But I’m trying to stay optimistic. I got in a nice run this morning despite the weather, and I will hopefully have a full Jazzercise class tonight. That is, if everyone decides to come out of hibernation. 🙂

My run yesterday morning and this morning were pretty similar in that the snow slowed me down a little bit, but at this point, I’m just happy that I can get out and run at all. This winter has been a harsh one, and lucky for me, I’m training for my first long-distance races in it! I did get some new running shoes though, and they are fantastic in the snow/ice so far.

photo(134)They have a nice, wide toe bed for stability, and a lot of traction on the bottom for not being trail running shoes. I’ve worn them on the snow a couple times since Christmas, and they have been great. And now I have 2 pairs of shoes I love so I can alternate between them instead of just running my Brooks into the ground (literally)!

This morning went I got back from my run and checked off my mileage for the day on my training plan, I got really nervous! I’m only 16 days away from my first half marathon, and I think my mind is just now finally realizing this. I’ve been training for so long (it seems) that it’s hard to comprehend that my race is finally here!

Before I know it, I’m going to be right back there in Forest Park in STL on a Saturday morning getting ready while Nick tries to calm me down.

20131228-180616.jpgIf I’m nervous now, I can only imagine how I’ll be on race day! I may not have the fastest time ever, but I know I will be able to finish strong after months of training. I can’t wait!

And on a lighter running note, my Diva Dash 5K has been rescheduled for this Saturday!

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 2.19.50 PMThis will be a nice, easy run with my girlfriends. And I can’t wait to debut my rockin’ tutu. The weather is supposed to be much nicer this time around, so there shouldn’t be anything standing between me and this fun race!

The only draw back is that I am technically supposed to be running 16-17 miles this weekend. So I’m deciding how to divide up my time and my miles on Saturday and Sunday. At the moment, I’m not really sure what I’m going to do. With the snowy sidewalks, I need to get my running done early in the mornings to not fight so much traffic. Or I can hope that one of the local trails are cleared off. OR I can split up my miles between Saturday and Sunday and have an extended long run. We’ll just see how things work out. 🙂

Tomorrow’s forecast is gloomy and rainy, so I think I’ll finally return to the gym in the morning. I haven’t been since before Christmas, and I’m actually missing it! (Not something I thought could ever happen!) I’m also hoping that tomorrow I can con Nick into picking up my packet for me for the Diva Dash. Pickup only goes until 6 pm and I teach Jazzercise until 7 p.m. Maybe if I make him a nice dinner, he’ll be willing to go brave the crowd of divas for me? Let’s hope. 🙂

Have a great Thursday, and I’ll see you later!

Email Excitement

Happy Friday!

This week has gone by in a flash! And this morning came far too quickly as I wanted to get in a little workout before my day began extra early. This meant being at the gym right at 5 and being home by 6 to make it into work an hour early. But I was a champ and made it into work by 7 so I can get to Katie & Jesse’s wedding rehearsal by 5:15 tonight lookin’ all glam and stuff.


Since my workout needed to be quick, I wanted to keep it super focused and movin’ along. So I started with 15 minutes on the treadmill. I only made it to 1.25 miles…I was dragging my feet for sure, but it got my body warm and I was sweating! I then completed a quick circuit of chest presses, lat pull downs, seated dips, rows, and bicep curls. I need my arms to look good in my bridesmaid dress this weekend! I finished off the workout with 20 minutes on the Elliptical before rushing home.


Breakfast was another batch of Butterscotch Overnight Oats like yesterday, but I actually took time to prepare them last night.

photo(110)They got SUPER thick when I let the mix sit for 8 hours overnight, so I added 1/4 cup more almond milk this morning to soften it all up. I figured this would happen with the pudding mix being involved – so be warned. You’ll need some extra milk fo sho!

I also had a Greek yogurt on the side for extra protein to last me through the morning.

Emails, Emails, Emails!

This morning has been an awesome morning for EMAILS! You know all the annoying emails you get sent to your personal address daily? They usually come from stores you’ve shopped at, websites you’ve visited, etc. I typically spend about 5 minutes each morning clearing all the crap out of my inbox. But this morning my inbox was full of exciting things that I actually wanted to read!

First off, I got this email about the Diva Dash 5K coming to Springfield!

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.09.41 AMI went a little overboard and immediately forwarded this to all my girlfriends and my entire Jazzercise instructor database. Yes, I’m signing up. Yes, I’m dragging all my gal pals along. And yes, we will be wearing tutus on December 7th!

My second exciting email came in the form of something that is forbidden to me…

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.09.03 AMAndy’s Frozen Custard.

Pumpkin Pie Concretes are back as of TODAY!! Holy smokes, I am thrilled about this one! Since I’m super lactose intolerant when it comes to ice cream goodies, I never let myself indulge in the sweet stuff. Lactaid pills can’t touch a big bowl of ice cream in my stomach, so I just have to go without. But this is one ice cream item that I absolutely cannot go without each year. As soon as the wedding is over (and my fitted bridesmaid dress is put away in the closet!), Nick and I will be making an Andy’s run asap. Yes, I’ll get a stomach ache and hate myself for a day or 2. But the Pumpkin Pie Concrete is completely worth it.

My third exciting email actually nailed down what I will be doing for my birthday this year: going to see White Christmas the musical!

whitechristmas_02I’m so stinking excited for this! The broadway show is coming Juanita K. Hammons Hall on MSU’s campus November 1-2. My birthday is November 1, and I love this musical! So plans will be easy peasy this year! Tickets go on sale Oct. 4, so I’m hoping to get Nick and my mom and dad to tag along for the evening. Can’t wait!

I thought the email excitement was over until I just receive one more about 1/2 price massages at my normal massage place here in Springfield, which I absolutely love but have been avoiding due to money. PEACE thru Massage is hosting the deal through 417 Magazine – $22 for an hour long massage! So if you’re in Springfield and are looking for a great massage, check it out! I will be purchasing mine asap. 🙂

Whew, I’m worn out and it’s barely noon. I’ll be leaving work early today to get home and fancied up before the wedding rehearsal! My girlfriend Katie has been glowing every time I’ve seen her lately, so I can’t wait to see her and her groom tonight. We are doing a ceremony run through at the park before heading to a different venue for the meal, which is where Nick will be meeting me. Should be a fun night!

Enjoy your Friday and send good thoughts our way…the forecast is looking gloomy for the weekend, and this outdoor wedding needs some good weather!

See you all later!