Friday, December 30, 2016

New running gear for Christmas!


How was your Christmas?

Did you get all the running gear, nutrition, race entries you wanted???

I must've been good this year cause I got everything I could want and more!

From my BRF I got a light up running belt and hair ties!

From my Mother in law I got a hat and gloves as well as new tights and a top!
She also threw in a headlamp and water bottle....she gets me.

All of it at once!! 
Last but not least my wonderful, awesome, lovely husband got me a Garmin Forerunner 25! I have only run with it twice so I'm still getting the hang of it but, I LOVE it!!
He got me the purple and black! It matches all my new running gear!
I had so much fun giving gifts this year too and just spending time with ALL 11 of my nieces and nephews! It was crazy and busy and loud and the most wonderful day ever. I love my family.

I love that she has her hand on his back, they're BFF
I hope you all had a great Christmas and that you were able to spend time with your loved ones!

Happy New Year! Only 2 sleeps till 2017!

Time to think of some goals and resolutions!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

My BRF and Early Christmas

I can't believe that Christmas is tomorrow!!
I'm ready though, are you? The only thing left for me is some wrapping and I think I will bake some cookies today.

This week I got to run twice with Hattie who is my BRF (best running friend)

We did 3 miles together on Tuesday night and we did 5 miles yesterday!

 Our 5 miles started fast but we were going all downhill, so when we turned around it was all up! Fun....

We went on a new road we haven't run and ended up going along a pretty little creek. This may be my new favorite, even with all the uphill.

Eric gave me a gift early so that we could watch it together! The Secret Life of Pets was so so so funny! I loved all the characters but my favorite is Snowball the bunny or Gidget the dog. Seriously, go watch it.

I just thought these lights were so pretty when I saw them out running on Tuesday. Very classy!

Do you have a BRF?

An early Christmas gifts?

Do you like white Christmas lights or rainbow ones?


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Winter Running and a Project!

So it has been cold here in Pennsylvania which means running has required a lot of layers and being careful with ice!!

This is my favorite time of year so I don't really mind layering up and slowing my pace. There is just something about Christmas coming and fresh snow that makes me happy!


I picked up some cold running gear at old navy and I have gone on a few snowy runs with my friend Hattie. We both wore multiple layers and headlamps, we've sported reflective gear and we have adjusted our pace due to the challenge of trudging through snow!

my winter running outfit, not pictured-hat, gloves, headlamp
If you are going out there this time of year please, please, please be careful! Watch out for ice! Dress warm enough and don't forget to stay hydrated! Believe me you are still sweating and losing electrolytes!

This weekend I decided to tackle a project that I started last year but was too nervous to move forward on. Painting my kitchen. It seemed so daunting due to all the edging and trim work. I also had to paint over wallpaper, something I've never done.
This house was my husbands grandparent and then parents house so there was a bit of nostalgia 
This wallpaper was nice to have to remember Eric's grandparents but it was a little bit busy and outdated for me. I wanted to have one room in the house that I had complete creative control on. (I did save a small square of this wallpaper to put a frame around so we could still remember it)
Finished! light grey with cream trim!
I love the new color! It seems so clean to me! It took 2 full days and a whole roll of painter's tape but, I LOVE it!

Also, I got an email with the photo Eric and I took for our church's pictorial directory. I think it turned out pretty great ;)
It's our first picture together for our church directory!! I think we look pretty cute together.

How do you prepare to run in the snow?

Ever painted your kitchen? What color?

Do you have a favorite photo with your spouse?


Thursday, December 8, 2016

A day of Christmas shopping!

Yesterday I got done with about 90% of my Christmas shopping in one day!



But before I went out and shopped till I dropped I decided to get in a few miles on my treadmill. I don't know about you but when I am running inside I get super hot so I wear as cool of clothes as possible. Also, since no one will see me I wear whatever I throw on. It's a very freeing feeling! As I got ready to get started I realized I was wearing a Jagermeister T Shirt, I have never even tried the stuff. My old roommate won it at an open house type thing and the shirt is comfy but I've already worn holes in it and the front has a deer eating a spider. Not my typical choice but it worked great for running!
I got showered and headed out to shop. I went to
Bath and Body Works
BAM books and games
I also shopped amazon for a few things
I grabbed an Iced coffee at McDonald's about halfway through the day and decided that I deserved some wine in the evening for doing so much shopping and oh I had to work in the evening!

After work I gave this a try!
Pretty good, especially happy with the calorie count
I feel so relieved to have so much of the holiday shopping done! I have a few more items to get but I'm not too worried about getting it all done.
I'm most excited about having my shopping for Eric all done :) I think he's going to love his gift.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Are you done with your holiday shopping?

Ever tried Skinny Girl Wine?


Monday, December 5, 2016

No running this week & getting in the Christmas Spirit

I only ran once this past week. ONCE. Yikes! I had a really intense head cold filled with congestion, coughing, sinus headaches, and fatigue.

I tried to stay semi-active by doing a run/walk on my treadmill but I couldn't breathe and had to call it quits. I looked into running/working out while sick and found that many people do NOT recommend it because it exhausts your body, which is already weak and trying its best to fight off whatever you are suffering from. So, I drank a lot of water and tried to get as much sleep as possible and now I'm feeling pretty good, just a slight stuffy nose! So, hopefully I will get to run today!! YAY

On another note, this weekend Eric and I spent some fun quality time with his family!

It was my nephew's 4th birthday and he didn't want cake, he wanted sugar cookies so my mother-in-law made the cutest cookie decorating station!

So Fun!
They even made a few cookies for their Uncle Eekie(Eric) who was napping at the time!
Once we all got sugared up we all headed out to a Christmas tree farm to pick out our trees!

It was so much fun with all the kids to pile on a wagon and run around in all the trees till we found the perfect one!

We decided on a Canaan Fir
We got it all wrapped up, paid for, and loaded into the truck then headed home to decorate!
The best part!!

It's not the biggest tree but it is a pretty one!
We have a variety of sentimental and store bought ornaments
Isn't it pretty!?!?!?!

I love this time of year, I love all the holiday festivities!

What Kind of tree did you get? Real or artificial?
-ours is a canaan fir
What's your favorite Christmas movie?
-mine is White Christmas
Favorite Christmas song?
-Last Christmas by Wham!