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Goals for 2011

1 Jan

Like I said before…I am not much of a “resolution” maker. If there is something I want to do or to have, I start working toward it right away. Why wait for the new year when you can go ahead and start working toward achieving your goals? :) However, I do have a few goals I’d like to accomplish in 2011. There are a lot of things I think about as the days go by, so I don’t have every goal for this new year already decided!

1. Travel to Europe, hopefully for the summer – This has been weighing on my mind for a while now, and well, there’s no time like the present! It would make much better sense to travel throughout Europe while I’m still in law school and still have a “summer break” and won’t have a job tying me down. Plus, at 21 (almost 22!) I feel like I’m at a perfect age to do this…old enough, mature enough, yet young enough to have lots of fun and not hold back from anything! :)

2. Run a Marathon…already accepted to ING NYC 2011 – I think this is the year I want to train for a marathon, but I also think that might depend on my travel plans! If I’m in Europe for the summer, I don’t think training for NYC will be very feasible…unless I find a running partner while I’m there ;)

3. Train for a sub-1:50 Half Marathon – I have confidence in myself that I can do this…as long as I train the way I should! I ran my last half in 1:55, and I have been running consistently faster since then, so I don’t think this goal will be too difficult to achieve :)

4. Put together cute outfits from my closet and stop shopping all the time! – A few weeks ago, I was feeling inspired, and put together some really cute outfits from clothes that I already own. I just need to get better at doing this regularly instead of being in constant “shopping mode” (i.e. always browsing online or at the mall and not restraining from buying!)

5. Get back to twice-weekly strength training – I had been doing really good with this…until I started law school. haha. My time got to be so limited that in addition to my daily running, I only had time to strength train once a week. My schedule for the Spring semester gives me a little more time in the day, so I hope to get back to 2x a week strength workouts!

6. Hot Yoga once a week – This might be a tough one to find the time for with my school schedule, but I had been doing 1x week Hot Yoga last Spring and it was GREAT. Such a good complement to running 35+ miles a week!

7. Write more often – I love blogging, but I found that I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to it this past semester. When I started posting much more frequently in December, I really enjoyed the creative outlet that it provided! Eventually, my goal is to write a novel…just need to find that place to begin!

8. Take more pictures – I LOVE photography. When I’m feeling inspired, I can take some really “artsy” pictures! One, I would like to buy a better quality camera (especially if I do travel this summer!), and two, I would like to learn more about the art surrounding photography.

9. Go out more – Hey, you only live once…may as well have as much fun as possible! This is something I always struggle with…balancing school and a social life, especially since I’ve been in law school. But the truth is, if I used my time more wisely throughout the day, I could get everything done and still have time for some more fun!

10. Read more – And I don’t mean textbooks! I feel like all of my time is consumed reading for classes, but if I could just put down the textbooks to read a book for pure enjoyment once a week, that would be good enough for me!

What are your “goals” for the new year? Do you like to make resolutions and can you keep them?

-xoxo

 

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6. An Eventful Weekend…In Pictures

6 Dec

At ChristmasTown in Busch Gardens

Pretty Christmas Trees

Gorgeous Tree at Busch Gardens

Chick-Fil-A Cows getting ready to run the ChristmasTown Dash!

After the ChristmasTown Dash…with a new PR! ;)

Fireworks at Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination

It SNOWED! Topped off the Christmas-filled weekend perfectly :)

-xoxo

2. Gifts for Runners

2 Dec

What kind of gifts are suitable for the runner in your life? Well, there are a LOT of interesting gadgets that runners will like. I should know…I’m a runner, and usually my Christmas list is filled with items that I can use for running. Many of these items are things that I’ve read reviews of on other blogs, and everything I’ve used has been an excellent investment! Here ya go:

iFitness Lycra Mini Sport Belt $19.95

I LOVE my iFitness belt (I have it in Hot Pink) because it really does stretch to hold a phone, gels, iPod, etc. It also stays in place really well while running. I got mine last Christmas and have loved it ever since!

Garmin Forerunner 405 (Right now it is $196 on Walmart.com)

This is one that I actually read about MANY times on others’ blogs. There are several types of Garmin Forerunners that are a range of prices, but this particular one is not as “clunky” and it just looks more aesthetically pleasing, if you will. I actually bought mine on Amazon.com recently for $182; however, the last time I checked it had gone back up to $229. I would recommend shopping around before you buy this, because you can definitely find a good deal!

Tavo Gloves for iPod & iPhone $29.95

These were on my Christmas list last year as well. In the middle of winter, its too cold to run without gloves, but if you’re using an iPod, it is impossible to get the sensor in the wheel or screen of an iPod to work with regular gloves. Before receiving these Tavo gloves, I had been taking cheap $2 gloves from Walmart and cutting off the tip of a glove finger in order to operate my iPod while running. These are a lifesaver, and they’re EXTREMELY warm! They’re also relatively difficult to find online, but I’ve linked to a site that has one size of them.

Nike + iPod Sport Kit $29

This was my primary method of measuring my mileage, time, and pace before I bought the Garmin. Many people say that it is not as accurate as a Garmin; however, I ran a half-marathon using Nike + to keep tabs on my pace, and I finished in the exact amount of time that I estimated. So, bottom line, it was accurate to the minute for me…maybe not down to the very second, but within the minute is pretty good for something that costs only $30! If you don’t have Nike running shoes that are “Nike + compatible”, you can always buy a clip to put the sensor on any running shoe!

JVC Gumy Headphone for iPod/MP3 $10 at Walmart

I don’t know about you, but it seems like the headphones I got with my iPod DON’T last very long! As a runner, replacing headphones can become quite frequent, especially since they tend to get wet from sweat and running in the rain! Instead of going back to the Apple Store and spending $20ish on new headphones, I go to Walmart or Target and buy cheaper ones like these JVC ones. I like these because you can match them to the color of your iPod! I love my purple iPod & matching purple headphones :) This makes an excellent stocking stuffer that any runner (who uses an MP3 player) will appreciate!

A few other suggestions for stocking stuffers:

1. Jelly Belly Sport Beans – Good for those who do “longer” runs and need electrolytes/carbs during their run!

2. Clif Shots/Blocks – Similar to the Sport Beans, it provides carbs/electrolytes during a run

3. Running socks are always a good option, too. Try Underarmour or Nike…I’ve always had good luck with both brands!

-xoxo

 

Life As I Know It

2 Nov

Here’s a few pictures to show what’s been going on lately : )

Went to the mountains to pick apples and tour wineries…perfect Fall day :)

Spent the day visiting historic places and hiking near the river on Fall break :)

Went to a Ke$ha, 3OH!3, and hellogoodbye concert…Um, that was interesting. 3OH!3 is the bomb…and Ke$ha sure does have some flamboyant followers…that’s all I’m gonna say about that.

My best friend got married…and I was in her wedding :) The entire wedding weekend was amazing and the ceremony & reception were so gorgeous!

I ran the Wicked 10k in Virginia Beach…and PR’d :) 49:57! I’ll take it ;)

Anything exciting going on in your life?!

-xoxo

Things I Love About Fall…

29 Sep
  • The leaves as they change from green to all shades of orange, yellow, and red…
  • Nonfat Pumpkin Spice Lattes…I get the sense that PSLs are everyone’s favorite thing about Fall ;)
  • FOOTBALL…need I say more?!
  • Cool weather…which I’m currently still waiting for!
  • Pumpkins and other Fall decor
  • Going to the mountains to pick apples at my favorite orchard: Check it out!
  • Fall fashion…in LOVE with sweaters and boots and cute jackets and scarves. Ah.
  • The smell of peanuts being picked
  • Peanut Fest…if you don’t know what this is, you’re missing out ;)
  • Fall is also the unofficial start of race season for all of us runners out there! I am so excited…kicking it off with a Halloween 10k at the Oceanfront. Maybe I’ll actually dress up this time?!
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving…pretty much my favorite holiday…minus Christmas, of course :)
  • …And what’s Thanksgiving without: The MACY’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Truly, the best part about Fall is that I get to spend lots of quality time with family & friends and stay busy busy busy…until after Christmas, pretty much. If there’s one thing I thrive on, its being BUSY. haha. And as I just learned a few days ago when I was writing on my calendar, I have absolutely NO free weekends between now and after New Years! Crazy…but I like it! I hope everyone is finding their Fall to be very eventful…even though I’m sure we’re ALL busy, try to stop and take it all in…enjoy the moment ;)

-xoxo

“…Too Busy Being Fabulous”

2 Sep

So I’m sitting here in Starbucks…which has become my second home these days. My first home being law school…haha. And thirdly(?) would be my actual home. Yep, the school year has kicked into full gear, and I’m surprisingly calm about it all. I feel like I have gotten into a pretty good routine already, even after just (almost) two weeks of classes. I had a few thoughts cross my mind last week that maybe, just maybe I was getting in too deep…but then I realized all of that was just nerves, and I made myself look at this as a positive thing and realized that this is what I’ve always wanted to do! And you know what, I find myself enjoying sitting in class and LEARNING…yeah, who woulda thought?! haha…I have pretty much always found classes to be boring since high school and through college, but now, I enjoy the opportunity to learn. I think its because this is what I have dreamed of doing for a very long time, and can I just say, it feels really good to be accomplishing big goals that I’ve set for myself!

I told myself that I was not going to back off any of my workout time, and so far, I’ve kept my word. No one messes with “workin’ on my fitness”…haha ;) I am still teaching Spin a few times a week…makin’ that money…or very little money…haha. I’ve had to switch up my workout schedule quite a bit, and I find myself reading cases while running on the treadmill often, but hey, it goes by a lot quicker! I can’t wait for it to get cooler outside though, because running out on the backroads in the Fall is my favorite! Unfortunately for me, I haven’t been running enough long runs in prep for the NYC Marathon…so yeah, I don’t know where I stand with that right now. I want to run it, but I also want to train properly. If I can squeeze in a long run before this weekend is over, I think I could still pull it off. I guess I’ll see how that goes…ha. Seems as though the weekends are busy lately! I think I’m pretty much booked through the Fall…but if you know me, you know I thrive off of being busy! ;)

-xoxo

What’s New

28 Jun

Wow its been a month since I’ve written on the blog! I’ve had quite a busy summer and blogging fell by the wayside…obviously. haha. A LOT has happened over the past month, so I’ll try to catch ya’ll up!

When I left off in May, I was bummed because I was getting ready to start working at my job for the 3rd straight summer and wouldn’t get to enjoy Memorial Weekend at the beach. However, right before the weekend, I quit my job there and took another lifeguarding job that paid more $$$ and is way more flexible! I went to the beach with the boy and his family and we met up with friends all weekend. It was so much fun and I realized I had been missing out the past few years when I had to work over the holiday weekend!

The following weekend, my parents had a graduation party for my graduation from college. My dad made homemade BBQ (he’s the best cook!) and we had a pig-picking…plus lots and lots of beer and shots (Peppermint Patties anyone?!), cornhole, Quarters (I still suck at that game…haha) and the company of family and friends. I got lots of $$$ and my parents gave me a Virginia Tech rocking chair from Cracker Barrel…don’t you love those famous chairs when you visit the ‘Barrel on a road trip?!

The week right after my grad party weekend, my mom and I went and stayed at the beach with my aunt and cousins and family friends. It was a girls week in a super-nice cottage in Corolla, NC…so much fun. There was lots of beach/pool/hot tub time, shopping, talking, movies, and in my case, running. I love running on the beach…wish I could do that every day!

The very next weekend after my grad party, my boyfriend’s sister got married! The countdown has been on since summer began and it was definitely a PARTY! The Rehearsal Dinner was so fun, and made everyone even more excited for the big day. I went to the church early with the wedding party and helped in any way I could before the wedding started. It was fun watching everyone get ready and have pictures taken! I will admit, it just added to my wedding envy…I’m counting down the days…haha. I already have so many ideas and I can’t wait to put them to use! And of course, no wedding is complete without an awesome reception afterwards…this one was no exception! The night started off great when the wedding party had to dance in to “Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night” and everyone had to do their own unique dance move. The groom showcased his famous “sprinkler” move…um, no one can do that quite like he can. haha. It really was a fun night, and I only had a ever-so-slight hangover the next day…ha.

In the meantime, while all of these fun things were going on, I had been working at the pool most days and getting a good tan! I also have been training at the gym to become a fitness instructor, so we had classes several days a week to attend. On Father’s Day weekend, I worked on Saturday and on Sunday, we just cooked out and played in the pool all day. I also got in an 8-miler on the treadmill….can’t do that too often…so boring! I’ve been running 40+ mile weeks, but pretty much on a treadmill either at home or at the gym, because its been extremely HOT here (100 degrees?!). Last week, I bought The Shred and No More Trouble Zones…I’ve heard really good things about them, so I figured why not? I’ve gotten my parents to do The Shred with me, which I’m really excited about! They really want to start working out, but have had a difficult time getting motivated…so this is really great for them! Plus 20 minutes of doing The Shred isn’t impossible, so its a good place to start. They’ve done it every single day with me, and I’m so proud of their dedication to it…well, that, and knowing our beach vacation is in a month is a really good motivator!!!

There is still so much to look forward to this summer (concerts, parties, beach, etc!) so I’m going to try and and enjoy it as best as I can :) I’m not really looking forward to going back to school so soon (especially starting law school…yikes!) but I know the next three years will fly by, so I’m not going to let it stress me out :) Well I hope everyone has had a fabulous summer so far, and hopefully it won’t be another month before I update this blog again! ;)

-xoxo