Friday, March 14, 2014

Five Things Friday


It's spring break in our neck of the woods so I took Wednesday, Thursday, and today off of work! Let me tell you, it was much, much MUCH needed!

Five Things Making Me Happy:

1. Getting to spend time with my fiancé! Sounds crazy but our schedules (well, mine) is so incredibly hectic so it's been nice to get a few days just to relax with P! I love it! We went to the bank, looked at a house (that we LOVED!), went shopping, out to dinner... you know, all of the things "normal" couples do. ;) Probably won't get to do this kind of stuff again until the semester is over in May. Crazy, I know.

2. GIRLS WEEKEND! I alluded to it a bit yesterday but.. I'm so incredibly excited for a weekend with my best friends! My two best friends and I haven't all been together since Christmas! And then my old college roommate will be joining us and I haven't seen her in over a year! I feel so thankful to have met such wonderful people in college. No matter how far we are from each other, we always try and make time to see each other every few months. Who knows, next time might be my bachelorette party..... ;) I'm super excited about that!

3. Finding a wedding photographer! This has been stressing me out for quite some time but after doing lots of research, I finally found an awesome photographer who luckily still by some miracle had October 4th open! Although I haven't met her in person yet, her pictures do all of the talking. I'm obsessed... which I suppose is a good thing, right? ;)

4. New Asics Gel Nimbus 16's coming out SOON! I have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket just for a new pair of Asics and I've been waiting for this announcement since Christmas! I'm a die hard Asics girl and the Nimbus 16's are my jam. This will be my fourth pair! I've heard great things about Brooks but..... unless they discontinue my Nimbus', I'm sticking with Asics. :) With racing season coming up (I'm missing out on two GREAT ones this weekend), they can't get here soon enough!

5. Nike Support! Seriously--they are THE best and I don't say this lightly. I've had a few issues with my Fuel band this week because of the time change/my battery dying and they have been incredible. On Monday, I forgot to charge my Fuel band for the week and it died on me during my morning walk and I ended up missing out on around 1200 fuel points. I just figured I'd lost those points but after simply writing a tweet  (not even tagging Nike), they swooped in to help me out. :)

And not only that, after my epic 8 mile run on Tuesday in which I logged well over 7,000 fuel points, my phone didn't record them and it caused me to lose my 345 day streak!! :( After calling support, they had it fixed within minutes and even informed me that I only had 19 days left on my warranty. They are AWESOME! (And for the record, over a year later I still absolutely love my fuel band and am in the best shape of my life... just in case you were wondering... ;))

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thinking Out Loud

Linking up today with Running with Spoons today for Thinking Out Loud Thursday! :)

1. Being a grown up is hard. Like, really hard. Making big decisions suck. P & I went and started the process of looking for/buying a house and I can already tell it's going to be a struggle. Luckily, we both have a house in mind that we like (which is an accomplishment in itself, trust me). Granted, it's a long shot that we'll actually get it but either way, it's a start. Does anyone have any home buying advice? We could seriously use some.

One of my favorite parts of the house... so cozy!

2. Speaking of living situations, a new couple moved above us in our apartment complex and they have a kid. Now, before I get yelled at, I love kids and cannot WAIT to have one of my own one day. But let me tell you--this girl must have some energy because from 9am-10pm all we hear is her running back and forth across their apartment. (Maybe I just need to start thinking about this whenever I get frustrated with point #1 of this post) All I can think about is June. And we'll be OUT (hopefully!).

3. Tuesday I decided to be adventurous and meet up with a running group (which happened to be all men?) the next town over and... it was awesome in the "I'm a crazy runner" kind of way. I'll put it this way--I'm glad I didn't know what I was getting myself into before we started. I knew we were going for 6-8 miles but what was failed to mention is that half of those miles were up a mountain. Seriously. But I have to be honest, when we got to the top and I had beat a majority of the other guys, I felt like a certified badass. And when we were done? The runner's high was incredible. There's nothing quite like being a runner.

8:27 pace--I'll take it! 

4. Figuring out life plans sucks almost as bad as buying a house. I know WHAT I want to do but figuring out how to get there is becoming a struggle. More than anything I want to become a dietitian. I've never wanted anything more in my life. The problem? I can't move. P & I are pretty much stuck where we are for a few years (which is the middle of nowhere more or less). I found a few online programs that could POTENTIALLY work out but I'm still in the research process. I can't even begin to explain how ready I am to LEARN again. I'm ready to get back in school! I'm trying to be patient and I know that whatever is meant to be, will be, but..... it's definitely hard.

5. IT'S ALMOST GIRLS WEEKEND! Hello, much needed break from the real world! I'm so excited to meet up with my best friends in Richmond tomorrow! It's been a stressful semester and I'm so looking forward to getting out of town and just being.. young again. Sometimes growing up I get so caught up in making decisions and working and getting into a routine that I forget I'm only 27! Although there's no way I could keep up with "college Sarah", I'm allowed to kick up my heels and have fun every now and then, ya know?! So here's to being youthful and *gasp* crazy this weekend (but not too crazy :)).

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Five Things Friday

Life has been insane and work has been crazy and thus, I've been a terrible blogger. I promise once summer hits, I'll actually post content instead of a bunch of link-ups every week. ;) Any motivation to do "real" writing has been lost this semester but come May, hopefully I can really get my blog up and running.

Until then, here's another Five Things Friday. :)

Favorite Things...

1. COLORADO! Oh. My. Gosh. Can we talk about how amazing Colorado was? I think I mentioned it a few times on the blog but I traveled to Colorado Springs for a fitness conference and if I wasn't sure fitness/wellness was the right path for me to take before, I sure as heck know that it is now. I was in heaven. I was soaking up information left and right and could have listened to the presenters talk for hours (well, I guess I did). Not to mention we did 10 kick ass workouts in two days. Yep, heaven.

2. The Broadmoor Resort. Uhh, there are no words. This is where we stayed throughout the duration of the conference and I was going to add it in with my Colorado post but.... this one deserved one of it's own. I can't even begin to describe how awesome this hotel was. First of all, they had chocolate waiting for us in the airport with the shuttle so to me, that's already a win-win situation. But beyond that, I've never stayed any place as luxurious and amazing as the Broadmoor and let's be honest, I'll probably never stay anywhere like it again, haha. I mean, hello, there was a chandelier IN OUR ROOM. Turn down service every night, AMAZING gym/spa, great food (albeit expensive!), and you can't beat the view...

3. My workouts this week! They have been some of the best I've had in a long time. I'll be honest, I've worked my BUTT off this winter in the gym and I can tell a huge, HUGE difference in my endurance and strength in comparison to this time last year. Beyond the 10 workouts I did over the weekend (crazy, I know) after a couple much needed rest days, I had an awesome crossfit workout (I'm getting strong!) and have logged right around 18 miles over the last 3 days. Next week I plan on working in some tabata type workouts and trying out T25 (my mom rocks!). As we all know, I'm a HUGE believer in Insanity so I'm looking forward to trying out T25 for those days I don't quite have an hour to dedicate to working out. :)

4. Spaghetti Squash!!!! I'm so obsessed! We made buffalo chicken spaghetti squash a few weeks ago and Tuesday we tried out an awesome recipe from Skinny Taste. It's so good and healthy and EASY! I've already planned my next Spaghetti Squash dish and can't wait to try it out. :)

5.  Quest Nutrition Bars. I jumped on the Quest bandwagon last fall and have been riding shotgun ever since. They are incredible! And totally DON'T taste like a protein bar (which I generally HATE!). My favorite flavor is Double Chocolate Chunk with Cookies & Cream and Cookie Dough in a close tie for second. They are a little pricey but so totally worth it. I'm so possessive over my Quest bars that P asked if he could try one the other day and I was going to make him pay for it or buy me a new one to replace it with...... whoops. ;) They were doing a promotion of Facebook the other day and I scored two free bars and was STOKED! Seriously--if you're looking for a new protein bar, check them out.

Have a great weekend! I'm off to Louisville for a family thing! :)


Friday, February 21, 2014

How/Why I Started Running

First of all, any linkup dedicated to running, I'm totally up for. I usually do my favorite things about the week on Friday but... let's be honest, running is one of my favorite things period so of course I'm going to participate in this awesome new link-up. :)

How and Why You Started Running in 250 words or less

So, I’ll be honest. I originally started running because I HAD to. Believe it or not, my first two years in college, I played collegiate softball so our summer workouts revolved a LOT around running… and I HATED it at first! Running a mile was a STRUGGLE! In fact, I hated it so much that my mom paid a girl I went to high school with to go running with me a couple of times a week (she was a state cross country champ so in essence, she was my running coach). Looking back, it’s funny how my hatred towards running has now turned into a complete and total love/obsession! I think more than anything now, running is my form of competing since I no longer play competitive sports.

That’s the reason I started running—but the reason I decided to stick with it? Well, that’s because of one run in particular. It was the summer after I graduated high school and a good friend/classmate of mine had just recently passed away from a car accident. I was devastated like everyone else and decided to lace up my shoes and take them for a spin. It was on this run that I realized how much I needed running not only for my health, but for my SOUL. It helped me work through my emotions and really put me at peace with everything that had happened. And I’ve been hooked ever since. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I'm the Kind of Girl...

I saw this link-up and had to join in. Love it!

I'm the kind of girl who...

...Loves the satisfaction of a good, sweaty, hardcore, badass workout. The more challenging, the better. I'm in pretty good shape so when a workout knocks me on my ass, I know it's a good one. 

...Doesn't own a single pair of high heels. No shame. You'll mostly find me in running shoes, cross trainers, and TOMS. (speaking of which, I just bought a new pair today! Anyone else score during the Zulilly online sale?) completely and totally addicted to chocolate. Pretzel M&M's are my fav! 

...loves watching sports! I'm a huge fan of the Louisville Cardinals. :) obsessed with watching documentaries on Netflix. My favorites are Spirit of the Marathon and How to Die in Oregon

...doesn't understand the meaning of the word relax. The thought of spending a day on the couch doing absolutely nothing makes me cringe. 

...doesn't know how to cook. Good thing P knows what he's doing. 

...'s idea of a perfect Saturday morning is getting a long run & WOD in before 10am. No explanation needed. :)

...never wore a ring until she got engaged. Weird?

...hates talking on the phone. So. Awkward.

...carries her heart on her sleeve. Sometimes I care too much. But I'm not so sure that's such a bad thing. 

What kind of girl are you?!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Five Things Friday: Valentine Edition

Happy Valentine's Day!
It's been a long and crazy snow filled week but I do have a few updates! :)

Five Favorite Things:

1. TWO SNOW DAYS! We had almost a foot of snow fall Wednesday night into Thursday! Definitely one of the biggest snows we've had in some time. We're also supposed to get another 3-6 inches tonight but I'm crossing my fingers it stays away because I've got a ski trip for work that's about 2 1/2 hours away and we're taking a bus. Come on Mother Nature, just hold off a couple more days. :)

2. I got an Apple TV! It was a late birthday/early Valentine's day gift and I'm kind of obsessed! I'm such an Apple nerd.

3. Speaking of Valentine's Day, P & I had to celebrate early because he has to work tonight. So, last night we trekked out in the snow, got our supplies and came home and had a nice night in. We made buffalo chicken spaghetti squash (delicious!), watched Runner, Runner and just enjoyed each other's company. Where he's on his night shift rotation for 6 weeks, nights together are hard to come by lately. It was pretty close to perfect if I do say so myself.

4. The Olympics! I'm not much for the Winter Olympics but when looking for motivation on the treadmill, watching athletes give it their all for their country is a pretty darn good one.

5. Last weekend!! For my birthday, P, two of our close married friends, and I headed to the Great Smokey Mountains for a weekend away. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. I've been so incredibly busy at work and stressed and having a weekend to do nothing but relax at my mom and dad's cabin was so needed! We explored, shopped til we dropped, and just hung out and enjoyed not having any major responsibilities. We're already planning our return trip if that says anything. :)

Five Workouts:

Lots of GREAT workouts lately--I've been hitting 6,000 fuel points left & right!

1. Lots of treadmill work! I generally hate the treadmill but this winter it's been my jam! I've rocked out some decent runs this winter and although I'm ready to get back outside, I can't say that I've HATED it which is a good thing. I've also had a lot of people ask me advice for how to make it through a long run on a treadmill without clawing my eyes out and the best answer I can give is to find a really good tv show! I typically watch Ellen when I run and she gets me through! I've also started playing this game where I cover up the dashboard on the treadmill and just run until I hit a certain time on the clock and that helps. It's definitely more of a mind game than anything!

2. Crossfit, duh! I haven't been able to make it as much in the last two weeks because of work but the WODS I have been to have been insane! In the best way possible. Especially this one after running 6 miles on the treadmill. :) Needless to say, my legs were jelly when I was done.

It was actually about 6.3 miles--I accidentally hit the automatic stop button at the beginning. :(

3. Wallyball! My co-worker and I put together an Intramural wallyball team and have been having loads of fun! Although our season is over now, it's been a great workout.

4. Walking around downtown Gatlinburg. Okay, I'm pretty sure Saturday we walked at least 5 miles up, down, and around. It was a great workout. Sometimes I forget that you don't have to go "hardcore" to get a good burn.

5. Hopefully skiing tomorrow! I'm not a great skier but it's always a great workout and I'm generally sore the next day. I'm definitely looking forward to it!

Five Favorite Pins

(Click on the pic for the link!)

1. This quote. I had a rough day at work on Monday and needed this.

2. This made me LOL because it's so TRUE!

3. These pre-workout protein balls are awesome and so easy to make! I've made them twice now. I've been using PB2 because that's all I have on hand but it seems to work just as well (except they don't quite get ball-like, haha). 

4. This. Is. Perfect.

5. And in honor of Valentine's Day. :)

I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day & weekend! Make sure to eat a piece of chocolate....... or 10!


Friday, February 7, 2014

Five Things Friday: Birthday Edition

Missed two Friday's in a  row but I'm back this week with a very special Birthday edition of Five Things Friday. Okay, maybe not THAT special, but it is my birthday! I'm turning 27 and although it pains me to even say that number out loud, I feel better than I ever have and could totally kick my college's self's ass. ;)

Five Favorites

1. Low fat chocolate PB2 banana bread. I'm obsessed! I base mine off of this recipe (been using it for years!) but use splenda instead of sugar and add chocolate PB2 (I'm so addicted it's not even funny). When I get REALLY crazy, I add chocolate chips. Basically it's delicious and not that bad for you. Definitely a win in my book.

2. I signed up for Tough Mudder!!!!! I've been debating forever and I finally bit the bullet. I'm so stoked! Orange headband here I come!

3. New opportunities. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for good news in the next few months!

4. Traveling! I've been out of town for the last two weekends and will be out of town for the next two upcoming weekends. Basically I forgot what my apartment looks like. Two weekends ago I traveled to DC for a sorority conference (go Phi Sig!), last weekend I traveled to Indy for a Pacers game, this weekend I'm traveling to Pigeon Forge, TN for my birthday weekend, and next weekend I'm going skiing. Minus this weekend, they've all/will all be for work. Have I mentioned my job is pretty awesome?

5. Spending over $600 in groceries. It was pretty spectacular. And again, for work. If you don't know what $600 worth of groceries look like, here you go.

I normally add more of my favorites but lets be honest... it's called the Birthday edition for a reason. I've got some celebratin' to do! I'm packing up and heading out--I hope everyone has a great weekend!