An Introduction to Minimalism

A good friend of mine ( a blogger at has the amazing gift of being able to talk me into doing a lot of things that would normally be outside of my “comfort zone”.  So far on that list are: starting an art journal, duck pin bowling, and baking a cake (my attempt to complete the simple task, as her assistant, of flouring a pan had both of us laughing until we cried).  When she asked me if I was still going with her to “The Minimalists” thing in Baltimore, I said “Of course!”  I vaguely remembered making the plans several months before.  From what I remembered, I had no idea what she was talking about when she first explained this event to me and didn’t understand at all what I was signing up for, but I agreed to go because I love spending time with this friend (There is never a dull moment with her!).  🙂  So Wednesday night we ended up standing in “The Ivy Bookstore” in North Baltimore with my friend listening to Josh and Ryan, on their “Everything that Remains” book tour, speak about minimalism.

Josh and Ryan from "The Minimalists"

Josh and Ryan from “The Minimalists”

This wasn’t my first time hearing about minimalism; my friend has been talking to me about her ideas on it and how she has been “decluttering” her life, removing all of the material things that do not serve a purpose or bring her joy.  I’ve known her for years, and have noticed since she starting practicing this new philosophy in her life how much happier and how much more at peace with things she has seemed.

I loved listening to Josh and Ryan speak, and it has opened my mind even more to the idea of becoming more of a minimalist.  They told their stories; of how they both were worked high paying corporate jobs and surrounded themselves with material things that they thought defined them.  At some point they both left their corporate jobs to live more meaningful lives. They now focus their time on writing and teaching others about minimalism; their blog has 5 million viewers a year! They explained that there are no set rules on being a minimalist and that there is nothing wrong with working a 9-5 job (After all, grown ups do have to pay the bills).  The basic idea is to remove the things from your life that don’t matter to make room for the things that do.  Here are a few of my favorite Josh and Ryan advice/quotes:

  • Minimalism is not about deprivation.  Consumption isn’t the problem, compulsive consumption is the problem.
  • (On simplifying your own life) Ask your self does this thing add value to my life?  Does it serve a purpose or does it bring me joy?
  • Temporarily remove things from your life to see if they are really necessary.
  • Don’t act on impulse, take time to consider before making a purchase.
  • Don’t sacrifice your values for a paycheck.
  • (On sentimental items) Memories do not reside in things, they reside in us.
  • When you sale and donate items, someone else can get value out of those items.
  • Focus on the things that matter in your life.  For them they listed 5 things; Health, Relationships, Cultivating a passion, growth, and contribution.
  • (On being around positive and supportive people) You can’t change the people who are around you, but you can change who the people who are around you.
  • Love people and use things because the opposite never works.

If you get the chance to read their books (or blog) or to see them on tour (They have 50 cities left to visit), I highly recommend it.  They are two positive individuals with enlightening ideas to share with others.  I have been making some changes in my life, to focus less on material possessions and to have more free time to spend on the things that matter in my life.  It definitely isn’t something that happens overnight, it is a process.  I believe that removing personal attachments to things can empower me to live a more purposeful and happy life.


Memorial Day Weekend and My Weekly Run Down

Happy Memorial day everyone!  I hope you all are enjoying your holiday weekend as much as I am, and that everyone remembers what we are celebrating.  Today we are honoring the men and women of the armed forces who sacrificed their lives for their country.  Danny and I drove by the Maryland Veteran’s cemetery on Saturday where people were visiting to place flowers on their loved one’s graves.  It was an incredibly reverent and humbling experience.  I can’t even imagine how many lives were changed by their sacrifice and for it I will always be grateful.




So what have I been up to this weekend?  I took Danny to the doctor after work on Friday because he has had a cold for almost 2 weeks! I started to notice a little tickle in the back of my throat and a teeny cough Saturday morning.  By Sunday I was knocked flat on my butt, and slept the day/night away.  I usually never get sick, but this has been a bad year for me.  I blame the crazy Maryland weather for my weakened immune system and Danny’s frequent work trips for transforming him to a walking incubator for a broad collection of regionally dispersed super germs.  I did manage to have some fun before, during, and after contracting the “Snotty Dirty Southern Whooping Cough”.  Totally a real thing…just check out WebMD! 😉

  • I got some great workouts in! Including a track work-out,  a run through the park, a sweaty yoga session, and even a little cross training with my TRX straps!

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  •  Attended a long time friend’s beautiful outdoor wedding!  I’ve known Carrie* since tech school in 2003; then we both ended up assigned to the same squadron after training.  On Saturday she married one of the coolest chicks I’ve ever met, Laura*.  They go together like peanut butter and jelly! And it made me so happy seeing society is slowly coming around; Gay Marriage is actually now legal in the state of Maryland!  Woot Woot! 🙂
With Danny at the Wedding.

With Danny at the Wedding.

  • Became Addicted to “The Game of Thrones”.  When laid up in bed sick on Saturday I watched three back to back episodes with Danny.  I’ve heard people talking about it at work, but I usually have a difficult time holding still and watch very little T.V.  But Game of Thrones is seriously awesome!  I am kicking myself for being such a “non-conformist” and not watching this show sooner!!
Yeah, this is so me! Lol

Yeah, this is so me! Lol

The Weekly Run-Down:

  • Monday-Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday- 6 miles @ Lake Elkhorn with Danny (55:54, 9:19 AP)
  • Thursday- 3 miles treadmill (25:30, 8:30 AP)
  • Friday-Track; 2.1 mile warm-up (7:44 AP), 8×400 Repeats [1:22, 1:22, 1:24, 1:32, 1:29, 1:32, 1:27, 1:31], 2.1 mile cool-down (8:08 AP)
  • Saturday- 7.25 mile Park Run (59:55, 8:16 AP)
  • Sunday- Game of Thrones Mini-Marathon! 😉 (O.K., I guess that doesn’t count? Haha)

Weekly Miles: 22.45

Total 2014 Miles: 634.08

What did you do this weekend?  Anything exciting?! 🙂




Athena, embrace your inner goddess!

Weight can be a touchy subject.  Like a lot of women, I struggled with body image as a teenager and through most of my 20s.  It didn’t seem to matter how thin I got, I felt just as dissatisfied with my body whether I was a size 14 or a size 2.  I was an obsessive about counting calories, working out, and weighing myself daily.  Society tells women that small=feminine, and despite being 5’9 I still was fixated on an arbitrary (and impossible) weight that I thought I needed to be.  I was never over weight; just a tall, “corn fed”, German girl, battling with my weight as it yo-yoed up and down.  At 30, I went through a series of difficult, life altering events, and was struggling with major depression.  It felt like I hit rock bottom, and I lost my motivation to do all of the active things that I used to enjoy.  My weight quickly climbed to 170 lbs, the highest it had ever been (With the exception of when I was pregnant with my daughter).

Me, at a curvier 170 lbs.

Me, at a curvier 170 lbs.

With the encouragement of some very good friends, including my now boyfriend, I decided to start running again.  I had a rough start, with plantar faciaiitis developing in my left foot.  I followed a training plan to rebuild a 20 mile per week base, and every mile I ran those first few months was slow and painful.  I was so focused on trying to get back into shape that I stopped weighing myself and stopped counting calories.  I was focused on eating healthy foods to fuel my work-outs, and was excited to feel my body getting stronger.

One night, I met up with some of my running friends for a dinner/happy hour after work.  We were enjoying greasy bar food and beers.  The woman sitting across from me (that I just met); a beautiful, slender, blonde triathlete who was happily devouring a plate of loaded french fries loudly jokes, “I’ve decided to just be fat and lazy this winter, if I gain a ton of weight I can always race Athena class!”  I know she didn’t mean anything by it, but the comment stung, because I knew I all ready met the weight standard for an “Athena” class runner; but I certainly was neither fat nor lazy.

After thinking about it for a while (like I do with most things) I came to the following conclusions:

  1. Her comment was not directed at me, and her intent was to make a joke….however foot in mouth it may have came out.
  2. I was happy and proud of myself, and the progress I was making with my running.
  3. Another person’s words should not change how I felt about myself.
  4. Athena was a bad bitch!  Seriously, the Goddess of wisdom, courage, strength, and war….doesn’t get any badder than that!
  5. I was going to embrace my “inner goddess” and be proud to be labeled an Athena.



It took a conscious effort to shift to that mental state (embracing my inner goddess) at first, but at some point I began to actually believe it. (I guess it’s true when they say, “Fake it until you make it”)  Not that I was an actual goddess (Psshh….that would be silly! 😉 ), but that my body was strong, healthy, and beautiful just the way it was.  I didn’t care anymore that skinny jeans were not my friend….This Athena’s thick legs were able to carry me 26 point freaking 2 miles!

The crazy thing is, I finally learned to accept my body when I was at my heaviest.  I didn’t even notice when I did start to lose weight; it came off very slowly.  I had thrown out my scale, but found a warehouse pallet jack at work to weigh myself on after I noticed my clothes were getting baggier and people started asking me if I had lost weight.  I was surprised when I realized, 6 months since I had last weighed myself, that I lost 15 lbs.  Over the next year and a half, I lost 15 more.  Between my weight loss, and the weight being increased to 165 lbs for the “Athena” class; I am no longer technically an Athena.  However, I still try to embrace my inner goddess, since being an Athena played such a critical part in me learning to love my body.  I even had the the owl she is often depicted with in paintings tattooed onto my right rib cage, to help remind me to keep my focus on keeping my body strong and healthy while I run, regardless of what I weigh!

My Athena Tattoo

My Athena Tattoo


How has running helped improve your body image?  Do you have any running related tattoos that inspire you?



Weekly Training Recap and Random Thoughts

Overall I was satisfied with my running this week.  I met my mileage goal with five solid runs; including speed work, hill work, and a focused long run.  The beginning of the week was hot and humid, but after the long, bitter cold winter, this Spring weather has been delightful!! My legs are finally adjusting and getting stronger from more running outside and less running on my dreadmill….ok treadmill! I really shouldn’t complain…I ❤ my treadmill and it’s been a god send for me maintaining a consistent training schedule and my endurance when the weather is blah!  I just really ❤ being outside in nature even more! And it is showing in my run times! 🙂


Oh….and I had a theme song this week! I blasted Big Daddy Kane’s “I get the job done” before every run to get myself pumped!  And no, I’m not totally naive, I’m aware he isn’t talking about running….but I applied his…uh….work ethic? to my runs this week! Haha

This weeks run down, Me “Getting the job done” 😉 :

  • Monday-Rest
  • Tuesday-Track work-out; 1.57 mile warm-up, 8×400 [Splits:1:21,  1:31,  1:18,  1:33,  1:27, 1:27, 1:32, 1:20], 1.56 cool-down
  • Wednesday-Rest
  • Thursday- 5 miles/Tempo Run (41:40, 8:20 AP) 
  • Friday- 6.5 miles hills (1:05:51, 10:08 AP, 772 foot elevation gain=Sloooooow running!)
  • Saturday- 5 miles trail run with my BFF/Love 🙂 (47:55, 9:35 AP)
  • Sunday- 15 miles 70/30 (LSD/Race Pace) on B&A Trail (2:01:39, 8:06 AP)

Total Weekly Miles: 37.8 miles

Total 2014 Miles: 611.63

After my 15 miler...always such a good feeling finishing off another training week!

After my 15 miler…always such a good feeling finishing off another training week!

Lots of running this week equaled lots of random thoughts.  That is one of the things I like most about running; I get to spend time day dreaming and recharging, which is a great stress release!

This weeks top random thoughts….

  • Peanut butter, carbs, and bananas are my favorite “performance” foods.  I’ve been doing some combination of carbs with peanut butter and bananas for pre-workout meals/snacks and it seems to give me the most energy with the least tummy troubles.  During today’s long run (after a delicious PB&J sandwich and banana), the “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” song popped into my head….who remembers this??? Haha
  • Letting go of hurt can feel like a 1000 pounds being lifted off of your shoulders.  I let someone close to me know my feelings were hurt by something they did, which turned out to be totally unintentional.  I had been thinking, rethinking, and over analyzing the situation for weeks, and was finally able to let it go after our conversation.  And it was such a relief! My over all out look was better and I EVEN ran better this week! 🙂


  • Being girly just isn’t my thing.  I don’t wear make-up or heels, and tell fart jokes with the guys….and I am totally O.K. with that! I’ve always been a tomboy (I’m sure growing up with 3 brothers has something to do with that!) But I do wish I could be less awkward when it comes to having “emotional” conversations with my girlfriends!
Can tomboys like pink? Haha

Can tomboys like pink? Haha

  • I love the new necklace my mother gave me for mother’s day!  She entered me into a “Mom who runs with heart” Mother’s day give away, at a local store in Utah; Scott James Sport Jewelry, and I won! It’s a beautiful necklace, but what it represents to me is even more beautiful! I read my mom’s entry, such a proud Mama, and it’s awesome having the people I love support me in doing something I love!



How was your training week? Want to share some of your random thoughts?





Warrior Dash Recap-It was muddy fun!

This year I ran my 3rd Warrior Dash with a group of friends, the same group of super fun people I ran with last year! Our fearless leader and creative director, Pat, came up with a great idea for our costumes! We all dressed up as convicts and were “Team Prison Break”.  (And I thought Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be IMPOSSIBLE to beat!)  I met my friend Christina at her apartment early Saturday morning and we tried on our black and white striped dresses (We wore running shorts underneath, In case you were wondering! 😉 ) and did some “functional testing”.  We were cracking ourselves up doing squats, hurdling over chairs, and low crawling in her living room.  We realized some alterations were needed, and took on the role of impromptu “fashion designers”….a cut here, a snip there….Voila!  Perfection!

We gathered up our gear and headed over to Pat’s house to meet the rest of the team for a waffle breakfast and car pool.  Pat’s teenage daughter and some of her friends decided to join us crazy old people this year, after hearing how much fun we had at the last Warrior Dash. 🙂 It took us a LITTLE longer than expected to get on the road….we had to perfect costumes, then do cute poses for our pre-race pictures! It’s all about priorities people! 😉

There was this one….

"Team Prison Break" before getting dirty!

“Team Prison Break” before getting dirty!

And this Pre-race pyramid was TOTALLY necessary!



After goofing off all morning we FINALLY made it to the race!  It costs $10.00 to park and then you end up walking about 1/4 mile to the registration tents.  They have waves running all day, so seeing the other runners walk back up the hill covered in mud got me hyped to run!  Registration and bag drop off are well organized and went quickly.  THANKFULLY! Since we barely made it in time for our wave! Haha  And there were also plenty of port-a-potties for last minute pit stops before your wave.  There was one major change for this years race, the Warrior Dash is no longer timed.  My competitive side was slightly disappointed but after running the race I decided it was actually a positive.  Runners were much safer and there was more of a “team work” mentality to the run this year compared to previous years.  Everyone was helping each other over obstacles and making sure people who fell down along the course were OK.

We lined up for our wave in the starting coral, and did a “1, 2, 3….PRISON BREAK!” cheer as we ran across the starting line.  It was pretty much impossible to run the first mile with the crowd of people trying to make it up some steep and VERY muddy hills.  There were a lot of people slipping and sliding, falling over, helping each other up, and laughing.  There were 12 obstacles along the course, that were challenging but nothing too insane.  My favorite obstacle was the “Mud Mounds”….there was some rain earlier in the day so the hills were super slippery and the trenches in between the mounds were filled with water.  Our costumes attracted a lot of attention; runners and volunteers along the course were calling out things like, “You better run faster if you’re going to get away from the Warden!”  Haha…So clever and cute that I overlooked the fact that they were calling us slow! (No man left behind!!! ;-)) And it’s always fun when other people are getting a kick out of your costumes!

Other runners navigating the "Mud Mounds"

Other runners navigating the “Mud Mounds”

I like any race where it’s acceptable to get this dirty! It honestly makes me feel like a big kid!  I had the biggest grin on my face, splashing through the mud and climbing over things the ENTIRE race! I even had one of the other runners nickname me “Smiley”! Haha This race is more about having fun and camaraderie than getting your fastest time.  (Now that the race isn’t timed, that isn’t even an issue!)  Our group started together, but ended up divided into two teams, “The 25 and Under Escapees” and “The 30+ Escapees”.  The 30+ group crossed the finish line together, a low crawl through THICK mud!

At the finish line!

At the finish line!

Posing for Free Honest Tea!

Posing for Free Honest Tea!

With Christina in the "Facebook Photo Booth"

With Christina in the “Facebook Photo Booth”

I was free of responsible parental responsibilities for this dash, so we enjoyed some of the finish line festivities.  The finish line party for this race is definitely a PAR-TAY!! The D.J. was playing awesome music and “Shock Top” had a very legit bar set up.  We got our free beers (Not a huge fan of the citrus blended into the beer, but hey…. it was free!) and danced covered in mud long enough to satisfy my “Woodstock” fantasy!  You can donate your muddy shoes at the end of the race, so we tie wrapped our shoes together and added them to the muddy shoe mountain before walking back up the hill for our “showers”.  BTW…The people who volunteer to clean these shoes are Saints!



So about the “showers”….this is one thing Warrior Dash almost failed on this year!  The hoses that they had set up for runners to clean off with were broken!  Yikes! We just happened to be lucky enough to get there at the same time as a water truck, an improvise, pulled up.  We literally got hosed off with ice cold water out of a fire hose! It wasn’t the MOST pleasant thing….I was all ready shivering BEFORE my “shower”, but I have to admit…it was a LOT of fun! 🙂

Hit the showers!!

Hit the showers!!

Overall, the 2014 Warrior Dash was a great event.  There were lots of fun people and an awesome atmosphere. It is definitely more of a party than an actual race, but if you go into it with that expectation you won’t be disappointed!

Have you ran a Warrior Dash or another mud run?  I’d love to hear about it! Did you have lots of muddy fun?



Another Week of Training

Last week’s training went much better than the week before! I got 5 runs done including running the Warrior Dash with friends, all though one of those runs ended up shorter than planned due to being wiped out after a late night in the office.   This was my 3rd time running the Warrior Dash, and it was fun as always! I’ll be posting a race review later this week! 🙂

Muddy friends, after a successful "Prison Break" ;-)

Muddy friends, after a successful “Prison Break” 😉


The quick run down:

  • Monday-Rest
  • Tuesday-5 miles (Speed work with 1 mile repeats)
  • Wednesday-Rest
  • Thursday-6.15 miles (Outdoors)
  • Friday- 3 miles (Treadmill)
  • Saturday- 3.1 miles (Warrior Dash 5K)
  • Sunday- 10 miles (LSD at Lake Elkhorn)

Total Weekly Miles: 27.25

Total 2014 Miles: 573.83


Not a perfect training week, but I’m getting there! I am having to learn to be patient and realistic with myself, and work has been especially hectic this month.  I’m both excited and nervous about my upcoming NFC trail marathon.  It is not a goal race for me, so I plan on just taking it easy and enjoying the scenery.  I’ve done a couple of short trail runs and am quickly learning that trail running is a totally different beast! While I can’t run ANY where near my normal pace, I love the challenge, the focus it requires, and the feeling of adventure.  We’ll see how NFC goes…I’m expecting I may get hooked! (I do have an addictive running personality after all 😉 )

Just a quick and dirty post today, but I’ll finish off with a little Monday Motivation! (I have a feeling this is going to be a great week of training!)



Being mom strong!

Happy mothers day to all of the wonderful mamas out there! I hope you all had a great day with your little “mini mes” with a some pampering and relaxation included! 😉  All holidays are days of reflection for me and today I have been feeling especially sentimental while reflecting on motherhood; both the amazing woman who raised me (and my 4 siblings) and the incredible, sassy little woman I am raising; who totally changed my life with her entrance into this world almost 9 years ago. 

My mother is one of the most sweet, caring, accepting people I have ever met.  I remember times as a child that I though she was totally crazy but looking back and realizing that everything I deal with as a mother is 1/5 of what she dealt with….she was as sane as a person could have possibly been; and she definitely always put (and still puts) her children first in her life!


Isnt she a babe?!?! 🙂 My mom taught me a lot in life, and she is the first person I call still when I need advice. Here are the 10 greatest lessons I learned from my mother:

1. Always put family first.  Family is important and they are the people who will stand by you through anything in life.  My mother loves her family and always makes spending time with us her number 1 priority!


2. Live your life for yourself and nobody else.  She’s always told us to “live an authentic life”; live in a way that makes you happy and don’t worry about pleasing others.  Pleasing everyone us impossible and nothing will lead to more regrets than not being true to yourself.

3. Don’t take yourself too seriously and never be afraid to be silly! My mom loves to be silly and constantly “embarassed” us until we learned to lighten up and enjoy ourselves.  Again, not being worried about impressing


4. You don’t always have to be the center of attention. With 5 kids, we all took turns being ” in the spot light” and we’re expected to support each other.  If we were ever acting jealous and spiteful because one of the other 5 did something special and deserving of attention,  our attitudes were quickly checked and we were simply reminded, “not everything is about you “.

5. Always be kind to others; don’t exclude, don’t tease, don’t condescend; treat everyone with the same love, compassion, acceptance, and patience.  She taught us that everyone is dealing with their own personal struggles in their lives and doing the best they can; we should never judge and should take the time to understand others.  She also told us that any choices another person made, if it did not directly effect us, was none of our business and nothing to make fun of. 


6. Love is what defines a family. There is no such thing as a “normal family” or “one size fits all”. Families come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations.   Blended families don’t have to be awkward or full of conflict.  Learning to love and get along with each other is what’s important.


(The picture in the middle shows just my immediate blended family; siblings with their spouses/significant others and children. Obviously some of us are photo shopped in, my mom is photo shop queen! Lol)

7. Be adventurous! My mother was a military brat raising a gaggle of military brats.  She was used to traveling the world and always enjoyed finding new and exciting things for us to do. We rarely watched tv, we were too busy exploring! My family still gets together often to do fun, out of the box activities together.


8. Be comfortable in your own skin and have your own interest.  My step dad likes to spend his free time working on engines  and racing speed boats; and my mom loves to do genealogy and watch football. Obviously my parents spend a lot of time together (that’s usually what married people do)…but they also like to have “me time” where they each can focus on their own interest and maintain their own separate identities.  

9. Be happy for others and be proud of their accomplishments; and tell them so! She has attended every important event in all of her children’s lives; school and boot camp graduations, weddings, baby showers….my mother has always been there.  And she’s always encouraged the rest of the family to be there as well to show their support whenever possible!

10. Being a mom is happiness!  While going through pictures of my mother and really observing them from a different perspective (being a mother now too)…I noticed something.   My mother is glowing with pure happiness and overflowing pride in every picture she is in with one of her children. 


It brought tears to my eyes looking at her pictures, and wondering why I never noticed it before.  Not that I haven’t always known that my mother loves me, and the rest of my brothers and sisters. It was just a realization on a different level of consciousness, with more true empathy and understanding than I ever had before; how wondeful my mother is and how much she has given and sacrificed for her children.  I love you with 100% of my heart mom! Happy mothers day!

What is the most significant thing you have learned from your mother I’m your life?  For those who have children,  how has having children changed your perception of your mother?  Do you appreciate her more now?

One last happy mothers day and good night to you!



My (mostly) Non-Scatterbrained Tuesday and (Belated) Goals for May

When my alarm clock went off this morning at 4:45, I was so tempted to snooze the morning away! I envy people who can just spring out of bed, all bright eyed, bushy tailed, and chipper…yeah, that will NEVER be me!  Waking up before 6 will always feel so unnatural and makes my eyes burn!    But no excuses today, after last weeks slight deviation from my planned training I was determined to get my run in.  I dragged myself out of bed, laced up my running shoes, and made my way to the gym.  With my treadmill being less than 20 steps from my bed, there is really NO excuse for me to skip my daily runs.  Today I focused on speed work with a 1 mile easy warm-up, 3 x 1 Mile Repeats (3 minutes rest in between), then a 1 mile easy cool down with 10 push-ups after each mile I ran.  It was such a great feeling of accomplishment, and definitely set a positive tone for the rest of the day.  I was able to put away a load of laundry and had coffee in hand before 6:15.  It’s been months since I’ve gotten a run in before work, and it was a great reminder for me why early morning work-outs are the way to go!


I’d like to say the rest of my morning went smoothly, however I proved to myself once again that I am incapable of having every aspect of my life together at any given time.  I was still so out of it when taking my shower that I forgot to shave one arm-pit!  Then again, I guess I could look at that in a more optimistic glass is half full kind of way, I REMEMBERED to shave one of my arm-pits! Haha  I may have never noticed, except I then decided to wear a tank top to work today!  I’m soooo hot! 😉 On top of that, while I remembered to feed my kid (this is always a good thing) a healthy breakfast; pancakes and a small cheese omelet….I kind of forgot to eat something myself! My noisy, grumbling stomach reminded me later in the morning, so I grabbed a Cliff bar from the office snack fund between meetings.  On the bright side, I did have a rather productive and successful day at work (Even with a hairy pit!), got my car cleaned out while Ilana was in gymnastics, and even cooked us a real dinner (pasta with turkey meatballs and veggies).  She’s all tucked in for the night, and I’m enjoying quiet “Mommy Reflection” time now.  All and all, I am calling today a success and it was just the motivational jump start I needed!

Me at work today! ROCK STAR!!! ;-)

Me at work today! ROCK STAR!!! 😉


I know it’s all ready a week into May, but after a mood boosting morning work out and pretty decent day, I want to set some goals for myself for the rest of the month.  Hey, it’s better late than never, right? 😉

1. Keep up the 5 am work-outs before work.  The reality is, I never know what is going to come up during the day and it makes finding that “me time” to run difficult.  I need to lay off the snooze button, and stick to my schedule!

Suck it up buttercup! ;-)

Suck it up buttercup! 😉

2. Do push-ups and 15 minutes of ab work three times a week.  I am the WORST about cross training, but I realized this morning how much my upper body strength has suffered from me totally blowing it off.   I want to set a small and achievable goal, so this month I’ll focus on the bare minimum but aim for consistency.


3. Do one yoga work-out a week.  The flexibility is important, but even more important than that is the centering effect Yoga has on me.  I’ve been feeling a bit all over the place and stressed by a lot of (typical) day to day things lately and need to get back in touch with my Inner Hippie!

That's pretty much the only pose I know! ;-)

That’s pretty much the only pose I know! 😉

4. Keep up on housework.  Spend at least 20 minutes every night straightening up.  It’s a lot easier to stay on track with my work-outs when I’m not always digging through piles of clothes looking for a sports bra or a pair of socks!

This is what my bed USUALLY looks like!

This is what my bed USUALLY looks like!

5. Dedicate 10 minutes at the end of each day to reflect on everything positive in my life/gratitude; to maintain an optimistic outlook.



Do you do better with morning workouts?  What are some goals you are currently focusing on?

Love, Peace, and Hair Grease!








A week derailed, ready to get back on track!

For whatever reason, I just couldn’t find my training “MoJo” this week! Maybe it was the INSANE rain, the extra hours at work, the moody blues…who knows, my focus was totally derailed and I just wasn’t feeling the whole “exercise” thing.  This ended up being my lowest mileage week this year, but I am happy I at least managed to squeeze in a few runs this week and a little bit of ab work.  This pretty much sums up how I felt this week:

Oh, you mean I should actually run while wearing my running shoes? ;-)

Oh, you mean I should actually run while wearing my running shoes? 😉



Not that I’m beating myself up (too much), we all have weeks like this, and I know it means I’ll train that much harder this week!

Weekly “Run Down”:

  • Tuesday- Run 5 miles (Tempo Run) on treadmill + 15 Minute Ab Ripper X work-out
  • Friday-Run 6 miles (Easy) on treadmill
  • Sunday-Run 8.26 miles (Hills) outside in Frederick

Total Weekly Miles: 19.26

Total 2014 Miles:  546.58


Soooo what did I do with the time I normally would have spent running? Not all of it was unproductive, I actually enjoyed being a slacker this week!

1. Made up hours and work and caught up on projects.  This one is lame, which is why I’m getting it out of the way first! Haha

Yeah, sometimes it's like this!

Yeah, sometimes it’s like this!

2. Waited out the flash floods on Wednesday while enjoying dinner and a couple of beers at Ram’s Head with a co-worker.  I ordered the Mediterranean Quinoa with grilled chicken and Copperhead Ale! It was a refreshing and DELICIOUS pairing! ( Not that I’m a sophisticated foodie!)

Quinoa is packed with protein and good for you! (Maybe not as healthy with beer! Lol)

Quinoa is packed with protein and good for you! (Maybe not as healthy with beer! Lol)

3. Took lots and lots of Looooong, lazy naps! I rarely go out on a “school night” for good reason, it TOTALLY wipes me out! 😉


4. Volunteered for “Field Day” at my daughter’s school.  It was awesome getting to see her in the middle of the school day, especially since she’s still at the age that seeing me in the middle of the school day is “cool”.  I got assigned to the “Hoppity Hop” station.  In case you’re like me, and are wondering what the heck a hoppity hop is, here ya go….

Pretty much the most adorable thing ever watching kids grades K-2 racing on these! :-)

Pretty much the most adorable thing ever watching kids grades K-2 racing on these! 🙂

5. Figured since I was slacking off on my work-outs, I might as well blow my diet too! Sound logic right? All or nothing baby! 😉 I did Fro-Yo with Lana after field day (Mine was a full POUND with toppings!), then ate pizza, cheese burgers, and S’mores over the rest of the weekend.  No point in feeling bad about it now! It was ALL delicious (and DETOX for me next week!)…

eat all the food

6. Enjoyed good company and good wine around a bon-fire! Spent Saturday night visiting with friends and enjoyed some of their home made wine with S’mores while sitting around the fire.  Ilana had a great time too, driving a go-cart around the yard with our friends son.  They were covered from head to toe with dirt and mud! (As kids SHOULD be!!)  If you haven’t figured it out by now….Friends+Wine+Fire=My PERFECT evening! 🙂

My version of heaven!

My version of heaven!

Do you ever have total “fall off the running band wagon” weeks like this? Do you feel guilty or enjoy it?  What do you do to get yourself back on track?