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Dark Morning & Marathon Prep

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope your day is going well. It’s rather cloudy and dreary here in Springfield. I would have much preferred to stay in bed today than come to my office. Oh the joys of adulthood. 🙂

I woke up this morning thinking it would be raining so I would go to the gym instead of run outside. It wasn’t raining but the wind was blowing around 25 mph, so I decided the gym it would be! Side note – if you are a runner, you know how annoying it can be to run on a windy day. Running against a strong wind is one of my biggest pet peeves.

As I pulled out of garage to head to the gym, I noticed something was odd outside. It was oddly…. Dark. Like super dark. All of the street lights were off! What the heck?! It was creepy! So moral of the story – go with your gut feeling. Since I decided to go to the gym instead of run outside, I saved myself from having to run solo on some very dark streets! Now tomorrow morning they better have those babies back on for me, or the city will be getting a very angry call from me!

Marathon Prep

As of today, I’m 10 days out from the Go! STL marathon. I’m getting excited! And also nervous. But it’s a good thing. My nervous energy helps me get lots of prep work done! Last night I cleaned, did laundry, made dinner, and even had some couch time afterwards! It was glorious and gave me some down time to send some emails. My Jazzercise ladies are awesome to help me out with my classes when I go out of town. I just have to remember to ask them first! So I’m a little more stress free today as I got all my classes for next weekend taken care of. Whew!

Now I just have to worry about packing, getting mine and Mac’s haircut next week, traveling, carbo-loading, and the weather on race day! I’m thankful my Jazzer team makes things easier on me when I already have a lot on my mind. 🙂

I’m ready to go make some more awesome memories like this one! Haha I love how optimistic I was at the beginning of the Little Rock Marathon. I feel like I learned a lot at the race that will help me get through this upcoming one.

1. Don’t panic. And just keep running. No matter what.
2. If something bad does happen, find a buddy. And stick with them until mile 25.2 when you can try to gun it to the end. 🙂
3. You’re going to be emotional, and that’s okay. The stress of 26.2 miles makes it acceptable to cry multiple times on race day.
4. Remember to have fun! It’s actually possible to enjoy yourself during a good portion of a full marathon.
5. And once again, DO NOT PANIC. Everything will be okay. But you must use your heart, mind, and legs to get yourself back to the finish line, your family, and your car. 🙂

I need to print this list and commit it to memory in case everything doesn’t run super smooth on race day. Something else I learned? Don’t drink too much coffee pre-race. And use the porta potties at the start line at least 2x before lining up. No more peeing at mile 2 for this girl!!

Well it’s going to be another busy night. I’m teaching 2 classes to help out an instructor that is traveling for work this week. Then I just have to make it through work tomorrow and 1 more class tomorrow night before Saturday is here! And my momma is coming to see me and do some shopping! It’s going to be a good weekend. I’m also going to squeeze in one last long run of 10 miles to help ease my mind before the week of tapering and carbo loading begins!

Have a great evening!>


Chelsea’s Jazzercise Baby Shower

Hey there! Hope your Monday is going swell. Mine’s been flyin’ by, and I’m ready for a night of relaxation!

So yesterday I promised a recap of what else I did with my Valentine’s weekend. And it just so happens that I attended a fabulous baby shower for a fellow Jazzercise instructor!

Chelsea’s Shower Class

IMG_3317So, when you are a Jazzercise instructor, you don’t get the typcial ‘shower’ for special occasions like weddings or babies. You get the Jazzer treatment and of course, this centers around a fun, themed Jazzercise class!

IMG_3303Here’s Chelsea. Ain’t she cute with that little preggo belly? We celebrated her gender reveal with a Jazzercise Plus, 90 minute, class on Saturday morning. And it’s a BOY! Woot!! So Baby Boy Taylor is on the way this summer. We danced to lots of baby-themed songs to celebrate the expecting momma.

IMG_3305 IMG_3293I sure hope that I can still rock the stage when I have kids one day. Most instructors dance all the way through their pregnancies, so I won’t throw in the towel until my doctor says I have to! Chelsea rocked through the class with ease with the help of a few other instructors.

IMG_3291 IMG_3297I came as a student to class because I wasn’t sure how my morning run would leave me feeling. Sometimes I can feel great after a run, and sometimes I feel like I need to vomit for about an hour. Luckily my Saturday morning run left me feeling good! I was sore, but good. 🙂

IMG_3322So after this run, I ate a quick Greek yogurt and bagel in the car on the way over to the center. I was afraid my stomach would be upset, but everything settled fine, and I made it through the class without too much pain!

I was mostly looking forward to the treats though. 🙂  What baby shower would be complete without cupcakes and goodies?!

IMG_3308 IMG_3310Yum! All this sugar was definitely what my body was craving after that 90-minute class. I had a cupcake right away and a pretzel. Oh and a mustache shaped rice krispy treat!

IMG_3319Ha! All in celebration of the little boy that is on the way. It was a great class, and I’m so glad that I made it in time to participate as a student. It’s always refreshing to be in Jazzercise classes as a student. Makes me really appreciate the other instructors and how hard they all work!

IMG_3316And congrats to Miss Chelsea and her hubby on their baby boy. She’s 20 weeks along, so we have 20 more to wait to see this little bundle! (And P.S. Dede we missed you terribly!)

Well have a great night everyone. I’m off to enjoy an evening at home with my boys. I’ll see you tomorrow!

Craving Donuts

Hey there! Hope you’re having a wonderful & relaxing Sunday! We’ve had a great weekend despite the sun refusing to shine. I’ve spent most of my time running, teaching Jazzercise, eating, and napping – some of my favorite things!

Yesterday started bright and early with my second (and final!) 20-miler before the Little Rock marathon. The sidewalks were non-existent and the roads were still pretty icy and slick, so it was a bit of a stressful run. The winter has made me really dislike running on the roads with cranky drivers everywhere. I cannot wait for spring and clear sidewalks and trails!

This run went a lot better than last week’s 20 mile run, and that makes me hopeful that my endurance is improving and my body is ready for the 26.2. I had to take a potty break at mile 11 and this was my only real stop. I’m hoping this pit stop was brought on by the mid-teen temps and that I won’t have to be using any porta potties along the race course!

After this run, a bagel with jelly for a snack, and a hot shower, I had to meet the Jazzercise ladies for a meeting at London Calling. A lunch meeting here after one of my long runs was probably one of the best ideas ever!

We all placed our orders before we sat down for our business meeting on the double decker bus. I ordered the traditional pasty because it was dairy-free. But I was happy to find that it was delicious and decadent!!

It was buttery and stuffed full of beef, potatoes, and onions. Yum!!

I ate this pasty in about 2 minutes flat and dipped my leftover ‘crimp’ in some grape jelly. My post-run belly was SO happy! And I even took one home for Nick after our meeting because I’m the sweetest girlfriend ever. He loved it too. 😉

And now for Donuts!!

I don’t know what it is, but I have been craving donuts ever since last night. After dinner I wanted a donut so bad, but the roads were getting icy and we didn’t want to spend anymore time out before heading home. I had an apple to satisfy my sweet tooth, but it didn’t work too well. I went to bed still thinking about donuts and even woke up this morning still craving donuts!!

On a side note, donuts are awesome but really aren’t my favorite sweet treat. I would rather have a giant cupcake or a hot chocolate chip cookie. So when I was craving them still this morning, I knew it was one of those cravings I would have to satisfy ASAP!

Hurts Donuts was the only donut shop open this afternoon, so Nick and I headed downtown to try out Springfield’s newest donut shop.

I had this fluffy streusel donut because it was hot when we got there. 🙂 I’m a sucker for hot donuts! And Nick had the plain glazed donut. I also got a special Reese’s peanut butter cup donut to bring home for later.

Both of them were amazing and disappeared in 30 seconds flat!

Yum yum yum!! Mac was sad that mommy brought home a chocolate donut that he couldn’t have.

He was so cute that I’ll have to remember to being him a bite of a plain glazed donut next time!

Hurts was a really cute little shop with a great variety of donuts. They had one covered in Oreos and another covered in Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. This place might convert me into a donut-loving fool! No they aren’t healthy, but a donut a month won’t hurt anything. 🙂 If you’re in downtown Springfield soon, you should stop by for dessert. They are open 24 hours!

Tonight we are just relaxing and finishing up some things around the house. I have some of my famous chili in the Crockpot that we’ll be digging into soon. I can’t wait! Have a good night and I will see you all tomorrow!!