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Out with the Old

Happy hump day! These week is absolutely crawling on by, but the weather is beautiful so I can’t be too crabby about it. 🙂

This week I’ve been getting back in my normal flow of life post-marathon. Last week, I could not get with it. My post race stupor has worn off, and I’m feeling like my normal self again! I’m only 1 1/2 weeks out from the Little Rock race, so I’m rather impressed with myself! I’ve gone running several times since then (and I don’t hate it!), my soreness has disappeared, and I no longer want to cry when I talk about the race!

I actually really struggled with my emotions for about the first 3 days post-marathon. I was upset about the cruddy weather, the ‘cancellation’ incident, and the fact that these factors didn’t allow me to do my absolute best. I dreaded the ‘how did your race go?!’ questions from my friends. It was okay and great and fun! except…..for all the drama. Haha but it’s all okay now. And I know in a year from now I won’t remember how horrible the weather was or how much I panicked when I was told the race was cancelled at mile 23. I’ll only remember the feeling of elation when I crossed that finish line and got my giant medal!

So since I’m back in my groove, I decided to finally let my old training schedule go and put up my new spring schedule I made earlier this week.

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Goodbye old friend. It feels like the end of an era since I’ve been using this plan since October. But I threw it away, and I must say that it does feel good to have a nice, clean, and shorter schedule up on my fridge currently!

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And while we are here, let’s look at baby Thomas one more time. I went to visit this little guy over the weekend, and I can’t get enough! He’s so cute. And that cozy blue sleeper? Auntie Christine bought that for him. 🙂 fits like a charm! His momma is doing a great job at sending me pics since they live about an hour away from Springfield. Fingers crossed that they will come visit soon!

As for my next race, I’m getting very excited for the Shamrox 15K this weekend!!

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It’s going to be a super fun event as long as the weather will cooperate! We could potentially get rain, but after Little Rock, a little rain at a 15K race won’t slow me down in the least. 🙂 Nick is being a doll and picking up my packet for me on Friday night since the location is close to his office. Then we will head downtown on Saturday morning at 8 am dressed in our St. Patty’s day finest. I invested in a good pair of shamrock knee high socks for the event. But more on those later…. Aka I haven’t tried them on and taken photos yet! Hope they fit!

Nick isn’t running (he has kinda sworn off the sport since our Thanksgiving morning 5K) but I’m hoping he’ll come be my wingman and cheerleader. Going to races alone is so depressing! I don’t know what I would’ve done without him at my last races. He definitely takes care of me!!

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He took this selfie in Little Rock. I bet he is now regretting that decision. But I think he’s cute!

I hope you all have a great evening! This girl is gonna be relaxing and catching up on some laundry. Fun times!

Baking Goodies & Deer Hunting

Happy Thursday morning! I hope your Hump Day was a good one. I didn’t have time to check in because….um….I was busy? Not really I was completely lazy and just wanted to bake things and lay on the couch after my work day. Hopefully you were lucky enough to catch some lazy time too.

Yesterday started with a 6 mile run in 19 degree temps! It was COLD to say the least. I stayed mostly cozy in my cold weather gear. My bottom half was cold again though. I’m thinking an outer layer is going to have to go over my cozy running tights. They aren’t so ‘cozy’ when it’s below 30 degrees and dark outside. But like I’ve said before, this whole running thing is a learning process. And I’ve figured out that my quads and buns need a little extra warmth! 🙂

Deer Hunting?

This weekend starts the deer hunting season where hunters can use guns. It’s been bow season for a while, but I guess gun season is where it’s at?? I know nothing about hunting…if you can’t already tell. And Nick is going deer hunting this weekend with some of his old buddies. Needless to say, I’m a little less than thrilled about the whole event.

I have nothing against hunting really. I grew up in a rural, farming community where just about everyone (except my family) went hunting for each season. But the thought of Nick bringing home an entire deer is overwhelming. We don’t have a big freezer to store the meat after it’s processed, and I don’t particularly like the taste of venison. I think it is rather ‘gamey’ and blahh. For his sake though, I hope he gets a big buck that he can be proud of!

Since Nick will be gone all weekend (Friday afternoon – Sunday evening), I thought it was my duty as a loving girlfriend to bake him some goodies to take along on his hunting trip!….Truthfully, I just love any excuse to bake. So last night I made some blueberry muffins….

image(11)From a box though. Don’t get too excited, people.

image(10)Box or no box, they were still delicious, and we each ate one fresh out of the oven.

I wanted to make something else for him, but I also wanted it to be quick and easy since I was feeling lazy. I came across an awesome recipe for Cheerio peanut butter treats on Pinterest!

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Cheerio Peanut Butter Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup crunchy or creamy peanut butter (I used crunchy)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 5 cups Cheerios

Combine the sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir often and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla and peanut butter. Stir until smooth. Immediately mix in the cheerios 1 cup at a time. It will be thick and hard to stir! Spread this mixture into a greased 13 x 9 pan.

image(12)Let cool and cut into into bars just like rice krispy treats!

photo(51)Tiny dogs anywhere nearby will be watching…and waiting. But since there’s no chocolate, Mac did get a small taste.

Nick and I both loved ’em! They are chewy and bursting with peanut buttery goodness. Plus they took no time at all to throw together since no baking is involved. I think I’ve found my new easy go-to sweet treat to take to any food-related get together. Two pans of these babies would feed a crowd for sure!

The rest of my day will consist of work followed by teaching two Jazzercise classes. The 5:40 pm teacher needed to trade classes. So I will be there tonight instead of tomorrow. Yay for having my Friday evening open! This created a quick change in my half-marathon training schedule. Today will be my cross-training day, and tomorrow I will get in a short run before work (hopefully).

And since I have tomorrow night wide open (no Nick + no Jazzercise), some Christmas decorations might start going up around the house! Yes, it’s early. But my calendar is getting busier everyday, so Christmas may come early for my sanity’s sake. Plus the music is already playing all over the radio, so that makes my decorating a little more legit, right? I’m going to think so.

Have a great day everyone! I’ll see you all tomorrow!

Happy 24th Birthday to Me!

I’m backkkkkk! Happy Sunday! I’ve had a busy few days and am thankful that today has been a little more calm and lazy.

My 24th birthday was a busy and fun one! I took the day off work, and my mom came into Springfield to spend the day with me shopping and running errands. I absolutely LOVE shopping with my mom, so it’s always a treat when we get to go out and spend the day together.

I woke up early to get in a quick 4 mile run before she got here around 8 AM on Friday, and we went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Yes, you might think I’m crazy for going there on my bday, but I love their breakfast food so much! After my run I was hungry so I had some turkey bacon, biscuits with gravy. and scrambled eggs. I ate every last bite and wasn’t the least bit guilty. Birthday = the calories don’t matter!

After breakfast we headed off to go shopping at Target and the Battlefield Mall. We spent wayyyy too much time going through all the Halloween clearance aisles at Target. Mac got a good gift out of it though.

photo(99)A Mega rawhide bone! This thing was way too big for him, but I couldn’t help but get it since it was half off!

photo(98)He loves it and drags it all over the house. It’s the cutest thing ever basically.

For lunch we popped into the Ruby Tuesday that is in the mall to save on time. The petite sirloin was calling my name.

photo(100)It was delicious, and I ate every bite of this meal too!

After shopping, we headed back to my house where some very beautiful flowers were waiting for me…

photo(96)photo(97)Nick did a wonderful job! I love red roses, and these babies are making my kitchen smell amazing. So pretty!

My mom headed home after we divided up all our goodies from shopping, and I waited for Nick to arrive home from work. We had dinner reservations at a local restaurant called Fire & Ice.

We headed over to dinner around 7 PM. They had a nice little booth reserved for us when we arrived. Our meal began with some spinach and artichoke dip…

photo(95)That was absolutely COVERED in white cheese. So needless to say, Nick ate most of this stuff on his own. Luckily I wasn’t starving since I had so much throughout the day.

Then for our main dishes, I had a grilled chicken and gnocchi ratatouille dish. The chicken, veggies, and sauce were delicious.

photo(94)The gnocchi though was a little squishy, and I wasn’t a fan at all. I ate a few bites, but left most of those little potato dumplings in my plate. Nick liked his meal better than I did thankfully!

photo(93)He had the bacon wrapped beef medallions with mashed potatoes and carrots. All of it was perfect, and he ate every last bite. 🙂

For dessert we shared a small creme brulee that was to die for!

photo(92)It was heavenly, and I think we each could’ve eaten our own! Luckily I had cookie cake waiting for me at home though.

By the time dinner was over, it was 9 PM and I was ready to head home after my busy day. Shopping and eating takes a lot out of a girl! Plus I knew we had a busy day planned for Saturday, so the earlier the bedtime, the better. We had tickets to go see White Christmas the musical on Saturday afternoon! But more on that later.

It was a great little birthday. I’m so thankful for my wonderful family and boyfriend that helped to make it special.

But that’s all for now. I’ll recap the rest of my birthday weekend later. For now, I’m trying to catch up on all my typical weekend stuff. Hope you’re having a great Sunday!