Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Twin Cities 10 Mile Run Recap



A long time overdue, I know. But late is better than never right?! ;)

On Sunday October 9th, I took part in the Twin Cities in Motion | Medtronic Marathon Weekend by running the 10 mile run. If you missed it, I started training for my half marathon back in June and signed up for this one in July. Check out my half marathon recap here!

Now back to the 10 mile run! Although I am not a huge fan of races on Sunday, I was really excited for this race the whole week before. Since I knew that I had already ran my half marathon, I had a good feeling about this race! I ran with two other friends, Rachel and Kelli. It was a balmy 38* so I knew that I had to choose my outfit carefully. I picked up a headband from Target and this bright yellow long sleeve in my photos below. I know you shouldn't wear anything new on race day...oops! The race started at 7am in Minneapolis so I knew that I had to be there pretty early to make sure I was on time. Bill and I were up around 5:00am so I ate an english muffin with some honey and peanut butter. So. good. I made it there around 6:10am and felt like I had a good amount of time to spare. I hit the porta potties and grabbed some coffee. I didn't actually drink the coffee, I just wanted it to keep my hands warm :) This race was a lot better organized than my half marathon. There was music playing and everyone seemed to be in a good mood, despite the utter coldness.




We all met up and were able to take some "before" pictures. There were three corrals and we all lined up in the last one. We started a little bit late but I think that is because corral one happened on time and then they gave them time to get out running. We ended up taking off around 7:20am.


The picture above is us walking up to the starting line. We had to walk down a street and then turn the corner to actually get to the starting line. There was music playing and everyone seemed to be really excited to start. Rachel and I started together but after about mile 3 she took off at a faster pace. At about this time is when I tore my headband off due to being so hot. Then at about mile 5, Kelli caught up with me and we ran together until about mile 8. Our husbands/ fiance were around mile 6/7 so it was nice to see them! Then they headed to the finish line. After that I had to walk a little bit due to some stomach issues. I always think Powerade is a good idea mid race but it never is. Make a mental note this time Ashley! My goal was to run the race in under 2 hours, and I did it!


The ending of the race was downhill and I booked it. Although I think I thought the finish line was a little closer because by the time that I actually hit the finish line, I was gassed! At the finish line they gave us these aluminum blankets and had different food/drink options. I grabbed a water, mini salted nut roll, chips, little chocolate milk and some chicken broth. I didn't think the broth would actually be appetizing but it turned out to be exactly what I needed. The only thing that we didn't really like at the end was that you had to go quite a ways around the event to actually get out. I get that they want an area for runners only to kinda cool off and get themselves back together, but when you just wanna get out of there it got a little frustrating.



The metals were really cool for this race. The silver part of it is actually quite heavy and has a space on the back if you wanted to get it engraved. After getting home, I relaxed on the couch and didn't do much. My race days are definitely lazy days!

All in all I really liked this race but I will say that I don't think that I will ever do it again. I also said kinda the same thing for my half marathon but I know I won't do that one again. I think this girl is sticking to shorter distances from now on!

So what now?
I have actually been running a little bit but have shifted my focus back to weight lifting. During my training, I could see that I was losing some fat on my upper body but gaining muscle in my legs (which led to no change in the scale). While I enjoy that, I want to work on getting my strength back. I will still keep running but not to the extent that I was before. 30-45 minutes is good for me. I am also enrolled in the Katy Hearn Fall Challenge right now. It is mostly weight lifting and she provides you with the workouts to do. If you haven't heard of her, you should check her out here. She has made some amazing progress, is a great coach and is just real and down to earth. Not to mention she is B.E.A.UTIFUL!

Well that is all for now! See you soon!


Any races you are looking forward to or have ran recently that you enjoyed? 


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekend in Review | Rugs and Weddings

Geeze, Monday crept up fast!

In honor of Monday, we will do a little weekend in review!



Friday:

I ended up going into work for a little big to catch up on some paperwork. I really didn't want to but if I went in on Friday that meant that Monday wouldn't be so crazy. After work, I headed to a nearby dog park with Mya to meet up with one of my favorites Amy. After that, I ran some errands which included picking up another rug.


Ta-da! This is the second rug that we have gotten for our living room and we like this one a whole lot better. It just makes the room feel more open and spacious. I will be posting an update soon for our living room (since now I feel like it has all come together).

Saturday:

got a quick workout in and then headed to Spicer, MN for a friend's wedding. Our wedding season is officially over! The one thing that I forgot to do was get a picture with Bill. Come on Ashley. Gah I still can't believe that we didn't get one picture :(





It was a very beautiful wedding and we had a lot of fun!

Sunday:

What a lazy day! Bill and I drove home and watched some football. Dinner was some sloppy joes with salad and mini tator tots.

Perfect way to end the weekend.

Now today is our 1 year wedding anniversary and 7 year dating. I can't believe we have been married for a year already! Here are a couple of my favorite pictures from our big day.






We don't have any plans for tonight really but we do have plans to go out for a nice dinner this weekend. I also got some amazing flowers delivered to my work:


He's a keeper, let me tell you!

Hope you had an awesome weekend!


Linking up with Erin and Katie!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday





Welcome back! And nice to see you again Thursday! I am more excited than most for Thursdays since I don't work on Fridays :)

Time for another link up with Linking up with these wonderful ladies for today's post, Amanda and Annie.

1. With the 10 mile run last weekend and my preparation for it (laying around relaxing), I ended up not switching over my blog. Hopefully this weekend, I just sit down and DO IT even though we have plans to head up to Fargo for the NDSU football game.

2. If I haven't mentioned it before, both and Bill and I are NDSU alumni. Him 2011 and me 2012.



We have also won the National Championship the last 5 years in a row....#NBD The last couple of years we had Carson Wentz on our team. If you don't know who he is, he is the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and has made a name for himself already being a rookie. We also beat Iowa State this year and we beat Kansas State last year, even though we are not in their division (way to go boys!).

ANYWAY, this weekend is a big rival game in Fargo. SDSU vs NDSU. These games are always huge and a lot of people travel to attend these games. The tailgating is also something that Fargo and the Bison are known for. Everyone enjoys themselves and has a good time. We don't plan on going to the game (since the games are always sold out) but will definitely be watching it from one of our favorite sports bars!


3. I feel like I haven't even been home this week since my work sent me to a training in Rochester, MN. It was put on by the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and they had some pretty good sessions. Its always nice to get out of the office and kinda take a break without having to take your own time off. So I was in the office on Monday, left Tuesday for the conference and returned from the conference Wednesday night. Then today is my Friday, so it is a short and sweet week.

4. We book our trip to Mexico! Although we spent a little more than we were expecting, we are pretty excited to be counting down the days to this place!




It is called the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun. We are going with one other couple (as of right now) and we are heading there at the end of January for a week. I already have a countdown on my phone and have been browsing Victoria's Secret for some swimwear. Side note: they are getting rid of their swim line so if you didn't know, now you do! Get over there for some great deals! I never used to like their swim wear and the way they fit until I found one last year for our honeymoon. It made me feel incredible. I may or may not be staking out the same one in another color for next year :)

5. With Mexico coming up, that gives me some more motivation to kick my ass in the gym. As you know I have been running but I can honestly say that I miss lifting. Bill asked me why yesterday and I really couldn't answer it. It probably is because I feel it more the next day or I can see the numbers going up from my last lift. I'm guessing it is a mix of both. I just feel more empowered by lifting weights than by running. And I think that's okay.

That is it for now. See you next time!


Have any fun trips planned this winter?

What do you like better, lifting or running?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday


1. After much thought, I will be transferring my blog this weekend to a self hosted site with my own domain :) (fingers crossed everything goes well)! So stay tuned for possibly some changes -- all good of course!

2. I mentioned it back on this post but this weekend is the Twin Cities in Action - Medtronic TC 10 Mile Run. I can't believe it is already here! I feel like just yesterday we were signing up to be in the lottery. I talked more about it in the post mentioned about but I am running with two other girls. I have a feeling that they will be faster than me but that is okay. We will be running from Minneapolis to St. Paul and the route looks like it will have some great views. I am really excited to run the race but the only thing is that I haven't been running as much as I was for my Half Marathon. The girl that I ran the Half Marathon with is one of the other girls I am running this race with and she said that she is in the same boat. Hopefully it goes well. Make sure to check back next week for a review of it!



3. We FINALLY got a couch. You guys. We have been waiting since July. I talked about the couch that we ordered (and wanted) in this post. Long story short, we ended up cancelling that order (after going to their corporate office after not having a couch for over 15 weeks) and went with a different couch and company.


We have since updated the rug (and still may change it) but we are really liking it! The night that we went to look for a new couch, we ended up leaving the store that night with this one. It also came with all of the pillows. :) After getting it home we realized that it actually matched our current curtains as well (unintentional score!). Also Mya's bed also fits in well with the gray. Up next is to find some end tables that go with everything. That might actually take longer than getting a couch....lets hope not.

4. We are starting to plan our annual trip to Mexico and I am getting pretty excited about it. I honestly love going and doing NOTHING. I love it even more when there is no wifi and we can all spend some quality time together. Right now there are about 4 of us planning to go and we are planning on getting together this weekend to tackle the details. SO EXCITE!

4. I'll round out today's post with some animal photos from my phone that I have either taken or saved recently!









These two just melt my heart! 


Linking up with these wonderful ladies for today's post, Amanda and Annie.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Weekend in Review | Taking a Step Back

Welcome back! I haven't done a Weekend in Review post in a while so I thought I would go ahead and do one this fine Monday.




With nothing on the books for this last weekend, we took advantage of it. Normally I don't work on Friday's but we had employee appreciation event so I decided to finagle my schedule to make it fit. I was out of there by 11:30am and headed to the gym. That night, we didn't do much but eat some dinner and watch Captain America:Civil War. I really liked the movie although it was quite long. It made me laugh at quite a few points in the movie.

Saturday morning, I headed to they gym to get in a good run and a little lifting. Since my half marathon I haven't been running much. Even with running less, I got in a good 4 miles :) After that, I hit up the grocery store for weekly supplies and headed home. After a while, we headed to South Minneapolis to see Bill's sister and husband and their new puppy Wally.




He is a maltipoo and seriously so adorable. He is only 8-9 weeks old and weighs about 1 pound. We didn't even get to see our dog this little! We ended up sitting outside for a bit and he ran around for some time. After going back into the house, he crashed and wanted nothing to do with us. Puppies need their sleep! After some dinner, we headed home and decided to head out to a local bar. It was pretty fun and after a couple of drinks, we headed back home.

Sunday was a pretty chill day. We went to the dog park for a little bit to let Mya run around and drain some energy.



Then around 4 pm, both Bill and I were starving. We have a coupon book that featured a good Mexican place so we decided to check it out. Well we got there and realized we had been there before but just didn't pay attention to the actual name of it! It was good food and we will definitely be back! After that, we headed to DSW to get Bill some new birthday shoes. Earlier this year, Mya chewed up Bill's favorite shoes so for his (golden) birthday I told him I would buy him a new pair. He ended up going with the same shoe, just a different color. He also ended up getting another version of the shoe in more of a khaki style. I told him they would be perfect for Mexico and he was sold! Then an early bed time to catch up on some sleep lost on Saturday night.

Taking a step back

Why this title? Because everyone needs the reminder to take a step back and reevaluate everything once and a while. 2 summers ago were really hard for us. I am not going to go into details because #privacy but just know that it was hard. And ya know what, I never really dealt with the things that were going on. I know that I just haven't been myself or felt like me but I could never really pin point why. I thought maybe getting back to the gym would help, it didn't. I though getting married would help, but it didn't. Maybe getting a dog would help, but it didn't. I found myself so frustrated with everything. I'm always tired and can never seem to just get out of a slump. Maybe a couple of days here and there but not for a long period of time. If you have ever felt like this, you are not alone. I have talked with people and have found that there are more people out there dealing with something similar that you realize. It is absolutely okay with taking a step back to figure everything out. Especially if a lot of time has passed and you just can't seem to get it together. So here's to taking a step back, getting it together and figuring my ish out.


Bye for now!

Linking up with Erin and Katie!