Worcester Runs Boston: My first exhibit

A few months ago a friend of mine contacted me and asked if I had any interest in participating in an exhibit called Worcester Runs Boston that one of her photographer friends was kicking off for local runners who have run the Boston Marathon. I really didn’t know what it entailed, but in a knee jerk reaction, I said I was in.

Over the following weeks, I talked with Jeff, the photographer multiple times about the project, provided him with some information about my Boston Marathon experience and then on a rainy Saturday afternoon, I found myself in a photography studio doing a photo shoot for this exhibit.

Well, the exhibit was unveiled at a popular local cafe that also has a great gallery space in late May and I went with my boys to check it out. I was really nervous for some reason, probably because my picture and story were up on the walls in a space that gets a ton of traffic for everyone to see. However, I was really pleased with the final result and actually received quite a few sweet messages from local friends that were in the cafe and saw my picture and read my story.

It was kind of hard to capture the whole exhibit as it spanned a pretty long section of the gallery but I think Jeff did a great job.  Here are some shots I took.

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Here is a little bit more about the Worcester Runs Boston project:

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Here is the group shot that was featured in the exhibit:

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And then my personal photo and story

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This was a really fun project to be a part of.  The exhibit was hugely successful and I hope that my story was able to bring more awareness to the MMRF and all the great work that they do.  An added bonus is that Jeff sent us all our professional shots from the photo shoot to keep. Here are just a few from the shoot.

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The exhibit just ended after being up for over a month.  We were able to go back down to the gallery and get our framed photo right off the wall to take home, which was really cool.  We are currently redesigning our house, so I don’t know where I am going to hang my picture, so it’s sitting on a chair in our house right now, but you better believe it will be on a wall for years to come (right next to my bib and medal!!)

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I hope you all have a great weekend…see you in a few days!

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Question of the day

Have you ever participated in an exhibit like this? Been to one?

Lily Trotters: Fitness + Fashion rolled into one {Product Review}

 ***Disclaimer: I was provided a free pair of Lily Trotters to review, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.***

 

Hey friends, I am super excited to be sharing this review with you today! A few months back my awesome friend Salt reviewed these amazingly adorable compression socks and I was green with envy.  I mean, these compression socks are seriously CUTE!  They are fitness + fashion rolled into one.  Then, a few weeks ago, Susan from Lily Trotters reached out to me asking if I would be interested in reviewing a pair of their compression socks.  Um…YEAH!!

A few days later I received these gorgeous socks in the mail!

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I absolutely love the colors, but also the little details like the pink frill at the top.  Lily Trotters really does a phenomenal job of mixing fashion with fitness.  I mean, who says you can’t look cute and fashionable while working out?

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Other than being seriously awesome looking, Lily Trotters are much easier to get on than my CW-X, ProCompression, or any other brand of compression socks/sleeves that I own and wear.  I’m not saying I will not continue to wear my other brands, as I have amassed quite the stash of compression socks over the years, but for the sake of this review, you will not break a nail (like I have done on SO many occasions with my other compression socks) or break a sweating putting them on.  What you will get is a great amount of support, just enough compression to feel like they are working but not making your legs feel strangled with pressure.

I tested these twice before writing my review and both times my experience was the same.  I did a 7 and an 8 mile run in them and both times my calves felt great during and after the run.  And who doesn’t like to look down as they are running and smile when they see their fun gear? It automatically gives you a little emotional boost–am I right?

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They also washed really well with no pilling, shrinking or loss of compression afterwards.  What’s even better is that they are multi-functional. You can also wear these beauties under pants when you aren’t piling on the miles, and these won’t have my co-workers laughing at me and referring to me as that “crazy runner” who wears weird socks post runs at work.  It’s a win/win right?

So, do you want to get your hands on a pair of these beautiful compression socks?  Lily Trotters are currently in development, but you can go visit lilytrotters.com to register for updates on their Kickstarter launch and to take advantage of their “Early Bird” discounts!

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Question of the day

Have you seen/heard of Lily Trotters?  Thoughts? Do you wear compression socks/sleeves? What brands are your favorites?

Friday randomness with a Q&A

Hey friends–3 posts in one week…while at a conference??? I am quite proud of myself.  This is going to be another light, fun post mainly because I am wicked (that is such a MA thing to say) short on time!  So, you all know I love my friend Hailey and she tagged me in this fun questionnaire on her blog, so with my love of questionnaires, you know I am joining in!  So it’s time for some Friday randomness with a Q&A. Let’s get down to business…

What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?

I was a red head until about 5 or 6 years old and then my hair turned a dark auburn with lots of red highlights, but not that beautiful, vibrant red anymore :(  I am still pissed that happened, I really wish my hair was still red!

Have you ever met someone famous?

Yeah, I have met a few famous people- and spoken to a ton of them (that’s another story)…but my favorite was Blake Shelton back before he was famous.  He opened up for a show I was going to see and stopped by a local pub that we were eating at to do a “warm up” set before the show. He was super nice and I will never forget that night.  This was pre-super famous Blake, when he had long hair.  He was still REALLY handsome (and tall!)

What is something you hope will never come back in style?

MC Hammer pants-no explanation needed.

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What is one thing on your travel must-see bucket list.

I hate being restricted to just one place, I have a whole list of places…but, I will say an African Safari during the Great Migration.  A MUST see for me!

Who would you want to play in a movie of your life?

I think we may have established this on Wednesday’s post, Anna Kendrick. LOVE HER!

Who is your favorite Disney Princess?

Is Ariel a “true” Disney Princess? Regardless she would be my pick….I guess I just realized she was a red head…am I biased towards red heads? Maybe.

What would you sing at karaoke night?

No one wants to hear me sing, but if I HAD to sing something…it would likely be something funny like Baby Got Back.  Why? I know every single word and it’s hysterical…why else?

Who would you want to be stranded on a dessert island with?

My boys.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Again, I can only pick one?  Dishonesty among a whole host of other things.

What clothing item/accessory/shoes do you have way too many of in your closet?

I don’t think I have too much of anything in my closet…Robyn would disagree. He’d say I have WAY too many clothes, shoes and bags.  But who asked him, right? 😉

 

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Question of the day

Now it’s your turn, answer one (or more) of the questions above!

5 Dinner Party Guests

Hey friends…I hope you are all doing well. I have to keep this short as I am in a week long sales and marketing convention and I have about 20 minutes of unscheduled time in my day today but I wanted to pop in and say hi and ask you guys a random question.  First let me back up and explain.

On my walk from the hotel to my meetings this morning I was thinking…if I was hosting a dinner party and could have 5 famous, living celebrities as my party guests, who would I choose?  I have really random thoughts throughout my day…I know this, just go with it.

5 Dinner Party GuestsThis took me about 5 seconds to rattle off people in my head.  My list would be:

  1. Anna Kendrick (she is my BFF in another life)
  2. Jimmy Fallon
  3. John Stewart
  4. Amy Poehler
  5. Jim Krasinski

I am fairly certain this would be the most entertaining dinner ever!  All of these people are hysterical, seem super down to earth and have made me laugh until I cry on multiple occasions.  They all have similar humor to my own, are quick witted and just seem really awesome.  Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by people like that?

My people would change if we added qualifiers like, just 5 famous people (vs. celebrities), 5 authors, 5 people who have made history, etc, but I was specifically thinking celebrities this morning.

So there you go, some mindless fun to have on this Wednesday morning…now I want to hear from you!

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Question of the day

Who are your 5 Dinner Party Guests?

Ashton’s first race

Hey friends, I hope you had a great weekend!   I am really excited to tell you all about Ashton’s first race yesterday. There is a local race near us called the Worcester Firefighers 6k that started back in 2000 after 6 firefighters lost their lives battling a fire at the Worcester Cold Storage.  Since it’s inception, this race has been a huge local draw.  They also offer a Youth 1k race (0.62 miles) and I thought this was the perfect first race for Ashton.  Not only would he get to race, but the money goes to a great cause, a win/win for me!

Yesterday morning we left the house at 10 am to drive to Institute Park in Worcester where we picked up his bib and shirt.  It was a super quick process and everyone was really sweet.  His first bib number was #792

2015-06-14 10.23.59He fueled for the race with a tootsie pop! Just kidding, he has chocolate chip pancakes that he and Robyn made earlier in the morning! :)  This race has a lot of fun features like a DJ, clowns, face painting, a moon bounce, a silent sports auction and a free BBQ in the park for everyone after the race.  

Since we had about a half hour to kill before the race, Ashton requested some time in the moon bounce so he got nice and sweaty before we even started the race! It was getting HOT (in was about 90 degrees when we started the race) so I was pumping him full of water to make sure he was hydrated and I got him all sun-screened up as well.

We spent some time watching the firetrucks raise the flag over the finish line, which was really amazing to see!

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Then, the MC called all the youth runners to the starting line and we made our way over there. I had to snap a few pics of him on the starting line.

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The MC for the race was awesome, she was getting the kids to sing and dance while we waited for the horn to go off.  Once it did, we were off!

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I love that the race has free pics, I love that it captured Ashton’s excitement as we started the race.  He wanted to hold my hand the whole time…who am I to argue with that??

He started off really strong but towards the turn around area, he was losing steam and saying how hot he was.  We stopped and I was carrying water for him just in case which I was glad I did.  He took quite a bit of water and then said he wanted to walk.  We walked for a little bit and then he asked me to carry him.  I didn’t want his first race experience to be a bad one, and it was SUPER hot out, so I grabbed him and started walking.   Then of course he said, “Mama, run with me!”  So, that is what I did…up a hill, with a  32 lb toddler on my hip. And…this is the picture of us crossing the finish line.

unnamedThe whole race was over in a matter of 4:35, but it’s a memory I will never forget.  We just ran our first of what I hope is many races together!

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Ashton said he had a lot of fun and asked if we would do it again….music to my ears!  I think we will wait until the Fall though, since running in this heat is not ideal.  After the race, none of us we up to sit out in the blazing sun to have a BBQ, so I grabbed Ashton a little ice cream cup and we headed back to the car to cool off and head home.

All in all, this was a really special race and I am just so happy to be able to share something I love so much with my boy.

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Question of the day

For the parents–have you raced with your kids?

For non-parents–do you remember your first race?

I’m back with the drink you must make this Summer {Brazilian Limeade}

Hey guys, I know I have been MIA…I’m sorry.  You all know work has been consuming my life and I just haven’t had a chance at night or in the mornings to type up posts.  However, I am back with the drink you must make this summer, which is going to totally make up for my absence!

So, for those of you who have been reading for a while, you know that I lived abroad in Brazil. When I was there, there was a drink I would often have that was my absolute favorite, Brazilian limeade.  It was sweet, tangy, refreshing and just made me happy.  However, until just a few weeks ago, I hadn’t had it since I came back to the States in 2001.  I posted a few weeks ago that my boys and I went to an asparagus festival.  Yeah, I know asparagus and Brazil don’t necessarily make sense in the same sentence, but I am getting to the point.

There was a vendor there selling smoothies, sandwiches, etc.  I saw Brazilian limeade as one of their specialty drinks and immediately my interest was piqued.  I got in a ridiculously long line to first ask what was in their limeade before I shelled over $4.00 for an impostor drink that would leave me dissapointed. The woman told me it was fresh limes, sugar, water and the magic ingredient..sweetened condensed milk!!  SCORE! I knew this was the real deal and immediately ordered and paid for my drink. The first sip was like a little slice of heaven and immediately took me back to my days in the hot summer sun of Brazil, sipping on my limeade trying to stay cool.  Isn’t it crazy how a certain flavor, scent, song can take you back to a certain time or plan and you can remember it so vividly??  I was so excited to finally be tasting this again that I told Robyn I had to make it at home.

So…I did.  This is the drink you must make this Summer!  There are 4 ingredients, it is SUPER simple.  Here is what I did loosely and it came out great and you can tweak it based on your personal tastes!

Brazilian Limeade

4 limes

6 cups water

1 cup sugar

6 Tbsp. sweetened condensed milk (I used fat-free because it is what we had on hand)

  1. First, mix your cold water and sugar well and pop it in the fridge while you prep the rest of the mix.  You can also do this ahead of time if you are going to want to drink/serve it immediately.
  2. Next, wash your lime well as you will be using the whole lime.  The cut the ends off and then cut each lime into eighths.2015-06-07 13.35.26
  3. Then, place 1/2 of the limes and 1/2 of the sugar water in your blender. Place the lid on your blender and pulse 5 times.2015-06-07 13.42.44
  4. Take the blended mixture and pour through a fine mesh strainer.  Make sure you pour over the pitcher you are going to use to serve it in for less clean up. Once you have pressed the limes to ensure you have all the liquid in the pitcher, you can throw out the pulp.
  5. Repeat step 4 with the remaining sugar water and limes.
  6. Lastly, add sweetened condensed milk (you may want to play with the amounts based on your personal tastes)  Stir it well and serve this delicious goodness over ice immediately.2015-06-07 13.58.25
  7. You can thank me later! :)

Just a note, once you add the condensed milk, this will not stay fresh for long, so if you make a big batch and don’t think it will all be consumed within a few hours, you can make the lime mixture and keep it in the fridge for a few days and just add the condensed milk by the glass as you want to drink it. I did that this week and it was delicious and I was able to prolong my drink happiness all week!

Enjoy and have an awesome weekend!

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Question of the day

What’s been going on with you all since I have been away?  Highs? Lows? Have you ever had Brazilian Limeade?

My Favorites

Happy Wednesday my friends!!  I hope you week is going well.  Things here have been trucking along quite nicely and in the spirit of keeping things fun and light (and celebrating a consistent posting schedule this week!) let’s do one of my favorite things…a little blog questionnaire.

While reading this month’s issue of Health Magazine there was an interview with Tracy Anderson, a very well-known fitness trainer that trains celebs like Gwenyth Paltrow. I thought this would be fun to play along with!

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Here are my favorites…

Song that amps me up to workout: This is really hard, sometimes what gets me going is something slow and smooth like Sam Smith (especially on longer runs) or sometimes it’s more “popish” like Carly Rae Jepsen.  Sometimes it’s something more alternative like The Killers.  One song that I always love and makes me happy is Bruce Springsteen’s Glory Days.  It was one of our warm up songs when I was playing soccer in college and it always got me focused and ready to play.

Way to eat eggs: Is there a bad way to eat eggs (other than raw I suppose?)  I LOVE eggs and most of the time, I top mine with fresh salsa or ketchup.

Podcast: I LOVED the Serial podcast, I can’t wait for Season 2.  Currently, I listen to a lot of TedTalks, mainly on the commute to and from work.  (I don’t know of a lot of podcasts–if there are any you LOVE..please let me know in the comments and I will check them out!)

Kind of date: At this point in our lives, date nights don’t happen all that much so the bar is set pretty low.  As long as I have time to talk to Robyn and do something fun, I am happy.  Dinner, drinks and a movie are always great…bonus points for eating outdoors and going to the drive in!

App: Instagram

Item in my closet: My running shoes (duh!) :)

Gifts to give and receive: I love to give and receive experience types of gifts…a night out painting, wine tasting, cupcake tours…you get the idea.  Anything that gets me/us out and about trying new things/places are my favorites because you always remember those experiences, but may not necessarily remember a shirt, pair or shoes, etc.

Pizza topping: Fresh basil and mozzarella.

That’s it friends, some of my favorites!  Now, I want to hear from you!  Oh, and don’t forget to have a GREAT day!

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Question of the day

Share an answer or two to the above questions–I love learning new stuff about YOU!

 

Weekly Wrap Up

Hey friends, how are you doing? How was your week?  The weekend?  It was really busy here with lots of fun activities.  I really liked the Weekly Wrap up in pictures last week so we are going to do it again!  So let’s take a look at how the week unfolded!

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Monday: I did an upper body lifting circuit and then ended with some box jumps and step ups.  Then I proclaimed my new-found love of…..One Direction!  Eek! While listening to Pandora over the past few weeks, I kept “liking” their songs when they came on, so I decided to give them a try to I have to say, their stuff is catchy. I have been listening to them a lot in the office.

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After work I picked Ashton up from daycare and he was complaining that his feet hurt him. We had been talking over the weekend about getting Ashton some new sneakers, so I took him to pick out a pair. We went to 3 different stores before he picked a pair he liked.  A cool looking pair of Spiderman New Balances.  He went up a whole shoe size–growth spurt??  He is modeling them for my mom you!

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He wouldn’t take the shoes off, so I brought the box up and paid for them and he walked out with his new shoes. He said no less than a dozen times how much he loved his new shoes #momforthewin

Since he was so patient in all the stores, we finished our mall trip with a ride to space in his favorite spaceship!

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Tuesday: In the morning I did a 4 mile run. I felt like I was running in quick sand, it wasn’t pretty but I got it done with an average pace of 8:45.  I was surprised my pace was in the 8’s since I felt like I struggled every single step of the way.  After my run, I was rushing around. It was a HUGE day at work, we had a FDA Advisory Committee meeting. I ran down and got a Starbucks and joined my colleagues in our auditorium for a full day of sitting and watching. We were all anxious, but it turned out fantastic!

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Wednesday: I had a heavy leg day in the gym.  I have been pushing my squat weight lately, I was in a comfort zone of doing the same thing every week but I warmed up with 100 lbs on the bar and it was, dare I say, comfortable!?! Next time I’m going to increase it a bit and see how it goes! I also noticed I was the most colorful person in the gym that day! I kind of loved it!

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Thursday:   I wanted to run outside but it was barely 50 degree and raining and I was being a baby, so I did 2 mile hill HIIT on the treadmill, 10% incline with a 9.0/4.0 speed, I wanted to die, the last few rounds felt like they weren’t going to end..but of course, they did.  Afterwards I did some glute work and called it a day.

I went to my beloved Starbucks in the afternoon and I was happy that I FINALLY remembered to bring my own cup!  I have a few of these at home for both hot and cold drinks but always forget to bring them to work. I love drinking out of my own cups–yeah, I’m a little weird, we have already established this! :)

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After work, it was gorgeous out so I took the monster to the park.  He was very daring and was playing with the bigger boys on the monkey bars. He was having a blast!

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When we got home, I had a package waiting for me…new Jamberry wraps!!  If you follow me on IG, you know I love my wraps!!  I already have way too many, but I couldn’t help myself, especially since Robyn just bought me a gift card for our anniversary!2015-05-14 17.55.44

Friday:  Friday was an insane day. I was off of work but I have a million things I had to do but I started the day by lifting upper body, back and glutes. I was spent after my workout but the day was just getting started. I won’t bore with you all the details, but after my running around, I picked Ash up from daycare and brought him to soccer.  Robyn met me there and I had to run to my evening plans…

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My sister-in-law was graduating with her Master’s Degree so I had her ceremony to attend, She also graduated at the top of her class, so I was SO SO proud of her.  Not only does she work full-time, but she is raising 3 teenage kids (and 2 VERY high maintenance dogs!)   I sat with my two nieces during the ceremony and despite it being ridiculously long, we made it through.  Afterwards we all went out for a very late dinner. I didn’t get home until after 10 p.m. and then went right to bed.

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Saturday: Saturday morning brought swim lessons for Ashton and an impromptu trip to an Asparagus Festival. I would by lying if I said I was initially excited to go to this since it wasn’t really super close to our house, but it ended up being pretty awesome. There were a ton of vendors with lots of food (with and without asparagus.) I had an asparagus pesto grilled cheese on sourdough bread that was INCREDIBLE!

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We got home kind of late so Ashton only had a short nap, so I didn’t really have time to run, so decided I would use Saturday as my rest day and run on Sunday instead.

Sunday: Ashton and I slept in until almost 9 am, it was GLORIOUS.  We must have been exhausted. I woke up feeling really refreshed.  Robyn made us pancakes for breakfast and we headed out to the Brimfield Fair.  If you haven’t heard of it before, it is the largest outdoor antique show in New England, with over 5000 dealers from all over the country.  These shows happen 3 times a year for a week each. Vendors set up in 21 fields each approximately 3 to 5 acres. It’s pretty awesome and has EVERYTHING you could possibly think of/want. I grew up going each year with my family so I loved being able to go with my boys.  However, I wish we would have went on Saturday when it was cloudy and cool. It was SUPER hot out (over 90 degrees) and the sun beating down on you for a few hours, no matter how much you hydrate is never fun.  We brought Ashton’s stroller with sun cover to protect him but it was a lot. We left earlier than we wanted to because of the weather and stopped in at a local shop for lunch.  The boys were really hungry and tired and were getting antsy waiting for our sandwiches.

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We finally got our food and headed home.  Ash went down for a nap and I got in a run. Another run where I struggled with every stride. I felt pretty dehydrated and bad and ended up cutting my run short when Ashton started crying out for us 1/2 way during his nap which never happens.

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He was complaining his stomach hurt. After about 20 mins, he was lying back down and Robyn was rubbing his stomach and he puked all over the place :(  Thankfully, that seemed to help him. After a quick shower, some fluids and some cuddle time on the tv watching Frozen, he was good as new. We think it may have been the heat, but he rallied.  We went grocery shopping and then played outside until dinner time.

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We ate dinner on the deck and wrapped up the weekend by watching An Idiot Abroad.  Have you seen it? Thoughts?  Robyn and I only watched the first episode that took place in China, but we had a ridiculous amount of laughs. I didn’t realize this wasn’t a spoof kind of show, the main character is not acting at all, which kind of terrifies me.

So, there you have it my friends, the Weekly Wrap Up ! I hope you all had a great weekend, and that have a great week ahead of you and I will see you on Wednesday!

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Question of the day

How was your week/weekend?

Thoughts while at the gym

Hey friends…happy Hump Day!  Two posts in one week?? Yeah it’s been a while since that has happened!!  So, this is a random post but I was in the gym this morning doing some heavy bar squats, listening to Pandora and for some reason my mind started to wander.  This rarely happens when I work out, I am usually focused on what I am doing. I don’t see the people around me, I don’t notice what the guy (or girl) next to me is doing, I don’t think about work or what the day is going to bring, I just get in my zone, listen to my music loud and execute my plan. It’s not the greatest habit, especially when I am outside running when it’s early and dark out, but it’s the only time I have in my day where I don’t have to think, and I take advantage of that. But, for some reason today was different.  I wasn’t laser focused and I actually noticed what was going on around me and an inner monologue started with a flurry of questions/observations occurred like:

  • Why did that guy wipe down the bench before he used it but not after he left a sweat version of himself behind after he was done–is gym etiquette not a thing anymore?
  • Can that guy please stop making those sounds while doing jumping jacks?
  • A few minutes later…yeah, I just squatted more weight than jumping jack guy–booyah!
  • Is throwing weights around like that really necessary? At a work gym?
  • Wow, she has really good running form and is barely sweating! I don’t even look that good before my workout!
  • Geez- that guy just did like 30 hanging pull ups in a row, he’s a beast!
  • Seeing a VP working out and sweating next to you is kind of weird…especially when I will be seeing him in meetings later–oh shit, we just made eye contact, I have to smile and say “hi”
  • I don’t know how I feel about men were Lululemon
  • I kinda love my new shoes! They make me happy!
  • Why is he looking at me doing box jumps?  I must look ridiculous!
  • Are they playing “I can dream about you” over the gym speakers?  Yes, yes, they are!  Must be an 80’s station–I approve!
  • That guy is soaking wet…why is he wearing a heavy long sleeve shirt?  It’s hot as hell in here!

And my last thought while at the gym occurred as I was walking into the showers…

Holy crap, my outfit is seriously bright today– I’m was the brightest one in the gym in a sea of all black!wed am workout

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Question of the day

Do you zone out when you work out or notice everything around you?

 

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up (in pictures)

Hey friends, how are you doing? How was the weekend?  I know I have been MIA lately, I really tried to get something posted last week but every night after I put Ashton to bed and got a bit more work done, I just didn’t have it in me and my days were filled with back to back meetings and there just wasn’t any time.  We all have those times though, right?  I hope I get a reprieve soon, we will see. :)  Since I didn’t get to check in with you last week…here’s a peek into how the week went with the Weekly Wrap Up but we are going to shake things up and do it in a picture version.

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Monday: I lifted upper body and then came home and played ball for an hour before dinner with this little ham!

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Tuesday: It was our 10 year anniversary…day started with a sweet treat waiting for me in my car!

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I didn’t eat it until later in the day  :)  I got in a great 4 miler in the morning with my new favorite compression socks.

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And we celebrated our anniversary with a new game called Stone Age–it was fun–yeah, we are dorks…we own it!

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Wednesday: A day of heavy legs in the gym…followed by me realizing post shower that I packed two different shoes for the day (thankfully a co-worker had an extra pair I borrowed!!)IMG_4972And then Ashton was making funny faces in the back while blowing his fart machine (yes, this is a real thing, his aunt bought it for him–it’s disgusting and funny at the same time) #boymama

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After Ashton was in bed, I did some work and my nails!

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Thursday: Another great morning run along the Boston Harbor.

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Followed by a great mail delivery–my first pair of Skoras!

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Friday: I worked from home and did a heavy lifting day before having to pick Ashton up early from daycare.  Then we had soccer…

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Then we went out for pizza and then ice cream!

Saturday: Swim, an appointment with a financial planner and a run all before 2 p.m.

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The we played outside for the rest of the afternoon and rode the 4 wheeler!

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And Ashton continued his fresh camera face post bath while modeling my flip flops.
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Sunday: Mother’s Day started out with cuddling on the couch with my favorite little man!

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And of course, the tongue pic–he is so fresh!

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Robyn made us breakfast and we ate on the deck–it was gorgeous out and Ashton made me the sweetest gift.

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We hung out for a bit, Robyn brought me to Starbucks (this is HUGE, he loathes SB!) and then we went to Trader Joes.  Then after naptime, we went hiking.

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We had a blast, but it was pretty hot and we were all sweaty…but we went for ice cream and forgot how how we were.

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So, there you have it folks, the Weekly Wrap Up (in pictures)! I hope you all had a great weekend, celebrating the Moms in your life (or yourself!!) and that have a great week ahead of you and I will (hopefully) see you on Wednesday!

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Question of the day

How was your week/weekend? What did you do for Mother’s Day?