Week in Review – September 22, 2017

And…I’m back in the groove! I managed to get back on my regular blogging schedule this week, and Steve and I got back into our healthy eating kick. It’s been great!

Workouts

Dopey Challenge training week #16 is almost complete. And, let me tell you, it’s been tough. My body has definitely taken a toll from traveling three weekends in a row, and I feel like I’m starting to get sick. But, I still managed to complete all of my runs thus far!

  • Friday: 7-mile run around the neighborhood
  • Saturday: Rest day! But, I did a lot of walking throughout the city of Pittsburgh.
  • Sunday: Rest day!
  • Monday: 3-mile run on the treadmill at the gym and some arm exercises
  • Tuesday: 5 miles around the neighborhood and some leg exercises
  • Wednesday: 3 miles around the neighborhood and some arm exercises
  • Thursday: 20 minutes on the exercise bike and some leg exercises

I have a 4-mile run this morning and then a 14-mile training run tomorrow morning. I plan to wake up rather early to complete this training run since it’s been so hot here. Fall, where are you?!

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Experiences

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Stephen’s family had a birthday party for him on Sunday. There was LOTS of yummy food and, of course, PLENTY of Milly time!

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Also, our little buddy had a grooming appointment on Wednesday night, and he looks so handsome! The groomer ALWAYS sends him home with a seasonal handkerchief, and I just can’t handle it!

Books:

🙂 I’m just going to leave a smiley face here….if you follow my blog at all, you’ll know what that means….

Food:

I’ve basically been living off of Emergen-C this week because I’ve been battling a cold. Let’s hope I can keep it at bay!

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BUT, last week, Steve and I went to Bonefish Grill for dinner, and I had this incredible pineapple martini. Not only was it delicious, but it was also SO PRETTY!

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

Steve and I will be going out for a “date night” tonight at Brewvino, a local pizza restaurant, because I have to carbload for my long run tomorrow. The food is delicious, and we haven’t been there in a very long time. Needless to say, we are very excited.

Also, Steve and I will be visiting my grandparents (both sets) on Sunday. We live about 2 hours away from them, so I’m very excited when we can make the time to go and see them.

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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WDW Marathon Weekend: Medals Revealed!

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Photos courtesy of RunDisney’s Instagram page

YOU GUYS, OH MY GOSH?!?!?! Today, RunDisney revealed the 25th anniversary WDW Marathon Weekend medals, and THEY ARE GORGEOUS! I’ve never been so in love with a set of RunDisney medals, and I’m so excited to make all of them mine. 🙂 Seriously though, how great are these?!

I know that this is a short post, but I’ll be back soon with updates on all things Dopey Challenge. Stay tuned, and, in the mean time, stare at these beauties some more!

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Another Half Marathon?!

Yep…you read that right…I signed up for yet another half marathon. What?!

This time, I’ll be competing in the Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon on Oct. 22. Yes, I’m still in the midst of training for my very first Dopey Challenge in January 2018, but I really wanted to find a way to break up some of my longer training runs in the middle of the cycle.

A few weeks back, I was searching for half marathons that occurred on the same days as my long runs this fall/winter. The only one that fit this requirement in my area was the Blue-Gray Half Marathon. And, I actually did this race in 2014 – which was a bonus!

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This race occurs on the same day as my 16-mile training run in late October. My plan for the day is simple: run 2.9 miles at home and then head to Gettysburg for the race and take it EASY. No PRs and no competing for prizes. I honestly am going to treat this race like a RunDisney race, using an easy pace and truly taking it all in. Fall in Pennsylvania is absolutely beautiful, and this race takes you on a scenic wooded tour of the town of Gettysburg and the historic Gettysburg Battlefield, so I don’t want to miss out!

While I’m not setting any goals, I’m still going to treat this as a serious training run, with the proper fueling, water and intervals. I don’t want to mess with a good thing!

I am VERY excited for this race! I had such a great time back in 2014, and it looks like the race coordinator has made a ton of updates since then, including more race time on the battlefield and a post-race beer garden. How cool is that?!

If any of you are planning on running this race, let’s chat! I’d love to meet you 🙂

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Week in Review – September 15, 2017

Yikes, guys…I honestly have no idea where this week went. My boss was off all week, so I have been busy at work, and Steve and I have had appointments almost every day after work. Good news is that we got everything done…bad news is that I didn’t get to blog at all. I’m sorry about that!

But, because it’s Friday, let’s get this recap started!

Workouts

Dopey Challenge training week #15 is complete! Because I will be traveling for yet another Pitt football game this weekend, I was forced to get my training runs done earlier again! See what I changed below:

  • Friday: 13 miles around the neighborhood
  • Saturday: Rest day! But, I did a lot of walking in State College!
  • Sunday: I took another rest day here, and I really needed it!
  • Monday: 3-mile run on the treadmill at the gym
  • Tuesday: 5 miles around the neighborhood
  • Wednesday: 3 miles around the neighborhood
  • Thursday: 20 minutes on the exercise bike at the gym and some leg exercises

So that I don’t have to wake up at 2 a.m. tomorrow morning, I decided to do my 7-mile run this morning. It went pretty well, even though it was super humid! I plan on taking a rest day tomorrow and doing either 30 minutes of walking or elliptical work at the gym at our hotel in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

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Experiences

We had yet another weekend of Pitt football last weekend – this time in State College. Although Pitt lost, I definitely had so much fun with our friends, family, and fellow Pitt students!

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I also had a fantastic 13-miler last weekend, so I think that deserves to be one of my top experiences for the week! Check out my photos below 🙂

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Look at that fun water stop!

Books:

You guys, I totally forgot to bring my book home last weekend, and I was super busy with work this week, so I’m still working on it. I will finish it on the way to Pittsburgh though!

Food:

On the way to State College, we stopped at Brothers Pizza in Centre Hall, and OH MY GOSH was the food delicious. Please just look at my crab ravioli 🙂

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Also, I forgot to mention this last week, but Steve made the most delicious dinner before my 13-miler last Friday! We had chicken caesar wraps and homemade sweet potato fries. YUM!

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I have the best hubby for sure!

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

Steve and I will be heading to Pittsburgh this weekend for our last Pitt game for at least a month. Although I love seeing my friends and watching my team play, these last three weeks have been exhausting! I should be back to my normal blogging schedule next week!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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Week in Review – September 8, 2017

Happy Friday!

Let’s get this recap started!

Workouts

Dopey Challenge training week #14 is complete! Because I will be traveling for the Penn State vs. Pitt football game this weekend, I got my training runs done earlier!

  • Friday: 30 minutes on the elliptical at the gym and some leg exercises
  • Saturday: Rest day! But, I did a lot of walking throughout the city of Pittsburgh.
  • Sunday: 3-mile run on the treadmill at the gym (we were still in Pittsburgh, so this was the gym in our friends’ apartment)
  • Monday: 5-mile run on the treadmill at the gym (we were still in Pittsburgh)
  • Tuesday: 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym (at home) and some arm and ab exercises
  • Wednesday: 20 minutes on the elliptical at the gym and some leg exercises
  • Thursday: 3 miles around the neighborhood and some arm and ab exercises

Again, because we have plans this weekend, I will be completing my 13-mile training run this morning. I had to work late one day earlier this week, so I don’t need to be at work until 10:30 today. Plenty of time to run! It’s been a busy first week of “official training,” but I’m getting all of my runs complete AND I’m feeling great!

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Experiences

As I mentioned before, we went to Pittsburgh last weekend to show off our alma mater to my baby sister. She loved it, and we had a great time with our friends. It’s hard living so far away from some of our closest friends. But, because we are season ticket holders, we will see them a few times this fall – yay!

 

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Books:

You guys, I’m almost done with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! I should finish it this weekend! FOR REAL THIS TIME!

Food:

We had TONS of food in Pittsburgh last weekend…enough said.

Mad Mex and Nat-U-Roll, anyone?

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

Steve and I will be heading to his cabin this weekend (which is roughly 20 minutes away from State College). We will be going to the Pitt vs. Penn State game tomorrow, and we are both very excited for the rivalry to continue! H2P!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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August Goals Recap and September Goals

Hi, friends! How can it possibly already be September?

At the beginning of each month, I like to sit down and reflect on the previous month and make a list of goals to achieve during the new month. August was a great month, and I really got a lot accomplished!

I had a lot of fantastic experiences, and my training was on point!

Now that it’s the beginning of September, I wanted to recap my progress on my August goals. So…how did I do?

  • Lose 4 pounds. Yikes. I didn’t quite achieve this goal. I did, however lose two pounds, so I can’t be too mad at myself! I’m assuming this has something to do with my training. I’ve been doing some strength training, so that may be helping me to add muscle (and not necessarily lose weight).
  • Continue training for Dopey. Check! I’m so proud of myself for how well I’ve been doing here. I’m motivated and I WILL NOT quit!
  • Start my Dopey Challenge costumes. Check! I made a lot of purchases for my costumes in August. I only have to buy a red visor, blue Sparkle Athletic skirt, two tank tops (blue and white), and some fabric paint. The rest is DONE!
  • Start my last few home projects. While we didn’t start our painting project (it was honestly too hot to leave the windows open), we still do hope to finish it by the end of September. We did, however, hang our new lights in the dining room and kitchen – so that’s a start!
  • Finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. And…another blogger fail….I still didn’t finish this book yet. My coworkers and I have started to do puzzles during our lunch breaks, so I haven’t really been reading a lot over the last few weeks. I only have about 50 pages left, so I plan to finish it this weekend on the way to our cabin (more on that later).

So, overall, I accomplished 3/5 goals…not too shabby…but not perfect!

Now that September is underway and I’ve evaluated my August goals, I’ve come up with a list of 5 goals that I’d like to achieve before the beginning of October.

My 2017 September goals are:

  1. Lose two pounds. I’m lowering my expectations for September – I’m only hoping to lose two pounds. I think I’ve been stressing myself out too much with this, and I don’t want to lose focus on training in the process.
  2. Continue training for Dopey. I just started my official training this week (with the Hal Higdon plan), so I’m determined to keep going!
  3. Continue working on my Dopey Challenge costumes. I’d like to at least make a few more purchases (if not finish them) by the end of the month, which I think is very doable.
  4. Start painting the house. Steve and I are hoping to start the painting process in a few weeks. We have to paint almost the entire house, so we know that this will take a while…likely more than a month.
  5. Finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This is definitely going to happen this month! Mark my words!

So, there you have it: my goals for the month of September. I’m looking forward to recapping and reflecting on these goals next month! See you then!

What are your goals for September?

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Week in Review – September 1, 2017

Happy Friday, friends!

I apologize for being absent this week – I’ve been crazy busy with work, appointments, and house work! But, I plan to be back next week with an August goals post and more, so stay tuned.

But, for now, let’s get this recap started!

Workouts

And, with that, Dopey Challenge Training week #13 is complete. I officially start Hal Higdon’s training plan next week, but I’ll have to modify the first official week due to some weekend obligations. It’s football season, and my husband and I are Pitt season ticket holders. So, duty calls!

  • Friday: 35 minutes of walking on the treadmill at the gym and some leg exercises
  • Saturday: 12 miles on the treadmill at the gym – my new belt malfunctioned and I was forced to do my run on the treadmill because I didn’t have a back-up plan for fluids -___- That’ll teach me!
  • Sunday: 5-mile walk with Thad and Steve at the local dog park
  • Monday: 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill at the gym and some leg exercises
  • Tuesday: 3 miles around the neighborhood and some arm and ab exercises
  • Wednesday: 4 miles around the neighborhood
  • Thursday: 3 miles around the neighborhood and some arm and ab exercises

I plan to do 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill at the gym today, and then I will be taking a rest day tomorrow, as part of the modified training for next week. I’ll then be doing 3 miles on Sunday, 5 on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, cross training on Wednesday, 3 miles on Thursday, and then I’ll be doing my 13-miler on Friday (since we will be away all of next weekend for the Pitt vs. Penn State football game). It’ll be a busy first week of “official training,” but I’m excited for the challenge!

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Experiences

As I mentioned before, I had a few appointments this week. This included a trip to the dentist to get a cavity filled….my least favorite place in the entire world. It went well, but I still found myself wanting to “bum it out” on the couch afterwards. So that’s what I did 🙂 And, I had Mr. Thaddeus and When Harry Met Sally to keep me company.

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Books:

I’m still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and I’m almost done! I’m giving myself until my recap post for my August goals to complete this book.

Food:

We bought a veggie spiralizer this past weekend, so we tried it out this week. Steve made DELICIOUS shrimp scampi with zucchini noodles. You guys, it was AMAZING!

 

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Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

Steve and I are taking my sister out to visit our alma mater (University of Pittsburgh) this weekend. We will be going to the football game on Saturday and exploring all the city has to offer for the rest of the weekend. I am so excited!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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Week in Review – August 25, 2017

Happy Friday!

Let’s get this weekly recap started!

Workouts

Just one cross training day and a 12-mile run stand in my way of finishing Dopey Challenge Training Week #12. And, I’m only two weeks away from officially starting Hal Higdon’s training plan! You guys, this is going so fast!

  • Friday: 20 minutes of walking on the treadmill at the gym and some leg exercises
  • Saturday: 5 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Sunday: Rest day!
  • Monday: 20 minutes of walking on the treadmill at the gym and some leg exercises
  • Tuesday: 3 miles around the neighborhood and some arm and ab exercises
  • Wednesday: 4 miles around the neighborhood
  • Thursday: 3 miles around the neighborhood and some arm and ab exercises

I plan to do 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill at the gym today, and then I have a 12-mile training run tomorrow morning. For the first time in a long time, it’s not going to rain on a training run day! I’m celebrating by heading back to my old neighborhood to complete this run. I miss my old running route like crazy, so I’m excited to be able to go back.

Favorites:

Experiences

My favorite experience of the week was visiting the PA Renaissance Faire. You can catch my recap of the faire here, but, it was incredibly fun!

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Another one of my favorite experiences would have to be getting my hair chopped. Guys, I got 4 inches off, and I feel like a new person! I haven’t had my hair this short since I cut it for Pantene Beautiful Lengths in high school. It’s definitely different – I know this because my husband actually noticed when I came home, which never happens – but I LOVE it!

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Please excuse the retainers 🙂

Books:

I’m still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I read a pretty big chunk this week!

Food:

Steve and I dined at Bonefish Grill for the first time, and it was DELICIOUS! We split the bang bang shrimp, a scallop special, and a Caesar salad. We also had these fun drinks!

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Needless to say, we will DEFINITELY be back!

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

Steve and I will be getting pizza tonight to help me carb up for tomorrow’s run, so that will be yummy. I plan to relax most of the weekend after the run, but Steve and I do want to go mini golfing and get some shaved ice at some point this weekend.

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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5 Reasons To Visit the PA Renaissance Faire

Yesterday, Steve, Maddie (my sister), and I visited the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Lancaster, Pa. And, let me tell you, it was SO FUN! Steve had not been there since our 6th grade field trip, and Maddie and I had not been there since 2008. So, it’s safe to say that we didn’t really remember much of the faire going into it. We had heard great things from our friends, so we all wanted to check it out, and yesterday was the perfect day to that. We had clear blue skies, not-too-hot temperatures, and the faire was not that crowded, surprisingly.

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Because we had so much fun at the faire yesterday, I wanted to take some time today to recap our experiences and to give my top 5 reasons for visiting the faire.

  • Food. You all knew that this would be at the top of my list. Anytime I’m in theme parks, fairs, carnivals, etc., I need to get food. And, the PA Ren Faire food did NOT disappoint! We had a plethora of delicious items, including turkey legs; pickle on a stick; fudge-dipped frozen banana; fudge-dipped cheesecake; fudge-dipped strawberries; chocolate milkshake; and a cheeseburger and French fries. Now, I did not eat all of that, but Steve and Maddie thought that everything was awesome as well!

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So good!

  • Close proximity. Another great thing about the PA Ren Faire is its close proximity to other major area attractions, like Dutch Wonderland, the towns of Lancaster and Lititz, Hersheypark, and so much more!
  • Characters. Perhaps one of my favorite things about the PA Ren Faire is people watching. So many people dress up in their best renaissance garb and walk around “in character” with the other Ren Faire employees. It is so cool!

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  • Entertainment. The entertainment at the PA Ren Faire is superb. There are jousting shows, mud pit shows, random comedy acts on the streets, a walk-through dungeon, a maze, and several shows at the Globe Theatre. Our favorite, though, was the jousting. It shows pure athleticism, comedy, and skill. We loved it!
  • Shops. And, finally, one of my favorite things about the PA Ren Faire was all of the little shops around the faire grounds. There are so many cool shops dedicated to bath and body products, costumes, incense, pipes, jewelry, wall art, and more! I stumbled upon the Emerald City jewelry store and purchased this beautiful ring. BACK STORY: Steve bought me a tree of life necklace in NYC a few years ago, so now it is one of my favorite symbols. This ring totally adds to my tree of life collection 🙂

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If you ever have the chance to visit the PA Renaissance Faire, I highly recommend that you do it – and do it all out. Try all of the food and drinks, stop in every shop, and watch every show that you’re able to. You won’t regret it!

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Week in Review – August 18, 2017

Happy Friday!

Let’s get this weekly recap started!

Workouts

Dopey Challenge Training Week #11 is one day away from being complete. Some of you may be wondering…did I skip a week? Nope! I just recounted my schedule earlier this week and realized that I had actually started one week earlier than I thought. Oops! At least I was further ahead than I thought!

  • Friday: 20 minutes on the elliptical at the gym and some leg exercises
  • Saturday: 11 miles on the treadmill at the gym – Netflix saved me here!
  • Sunday: Rest day! My legs needed it this week!
  • Monday: 20 minutes on the elliptical and some leg exercises
  • Tuesday: 3 miles around the neighborhood and some arm and ab exercises
  • Wednesday: 4 miles on the treadmill
  • Thursday: 3 miles around the neighborhood and some arm and ab exercises

I plan to do 30 minutes on the elliptical and some leg exercises at the gym today, and then I have a 5-mile maintenance run tomorrow morning. It looks like it may be another rainy Saturday, so I’ll be heading to the gym again….more time to catch up on my Netflix shows!

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Experiences

My favorite experience of the week has to be going to Hollywood Casino to see Hollywood Nights, a Bob Seger tribute band. Because my parents were both born in 1968, I grew up listening to 70s and 80s music, so this band was right up my alley. They were VERY good and very entertaining to watch!

Another one of my favorite experiences would have to be my 11-mile run, oddly enough. I felt so good during this entire run, even though it was on the treadmill. I downloaded a few episodes of The Crown and really focused on my form. I finished with a 9:20/mile pace, but I didn’t feel winded. It was a GREAT run.

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Books:

Yes, I’m still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – I’m getting through it!

Food:

We really didn’t have anything outside of the norm in terms of food this week. But, I will share that Steve and I have started a weight loss percentage challenge. Each week, we weigh in and compare weight loss percentages. In August, the loser has to do the dishes….EVERY DAY. Last week, I was the loser, and, let me tell you, I’ve never been more motivated to stay on track in my life. I HATE doing dishes. It’s on this week 🙂

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

Steve and I have a family party tonight, and then we plan to take it easy tomorrow. On Sunday, we may be going to the PA Renaissance Faire, and I am so excited! We haven’t been to the PA Ren Faire since middle school, so it will definitely be an adventure for both of us.

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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