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Luck o’ the Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

First, this:


The cutest little Irish woman. At just barely 5 feet, this shirt is more than appropriate. 

Seriously, how cute is my mom? I think she is the cutest thing in this world! She was going to a 50’s Themed party at church- but also incorporated her Irish heritage into her outfit.




Love her.

So, I ran yesterday.  12 miles total.  

It was actually really nice. I decided to just go slow and circled around my neighborhood so that I could cut it short if I didn’t feel well.  In a weird way, I think running actually helped my sinus infection. The air was really cool and crisp, and I felt like I could breathe for the first time since Wednesday! Midway through my run it started to snow.  I love running in the snow- so beautiful!  It snowed all day long; by the afternoon, my view out my back window looked like this:


A winter wonderland- on March 16th!

I completed my run just before it started to really snow hard- thank God.  I finished 12 {hilly} miles in 1:55:34.  Definitely not my fastest times, but I wanted to make sure that I went easy and didn’t push myself.  I would say that the first 11.5 miles were really great and strong.  The last .5 mile was a beast. I wanted to stop. I hated it.  But, I pushed through. I was NOT going to quit on the last half mile. What is it with the last part of a run? I know it is all mental….

After, I showered and then refueled with eggs, ham, strawberries, and toast.


Protein & carbs = perfect after a long run.

The breakfast ham that I had was only 50 calories for 2 pieces. Score.

I had a serious date with my couch for the rest of the afternoon.  My mom, who is a fairytale, surprised me with a hot pretzel from the Philly Soft Pretzel factory in the afternoon.  She is the best.  For dinner, Brian made bruschetta chicken, green beans, garlic toast, and sweet potato “pods”.


Aren’t those sweet potato “pods” so cute?  We just found them in the freezer section and they are seriously delicious. 

Beeker and I had a major movie fail last night.  We decided to rent a movie online- “Taken 2”.  I was super excited and got all ready on the couch with a blanket, cup of hot chocolate, and my hunny.  After we paid, we realized that the movie was going to take 5 hours (!!) to download.  Yes, we have the internet speed of 2006.  Womp womp.  So, we had to settle by watching a cheesy movie on TV- “Licensed to Wed”. Definitely different from what I had prepared to see in “Taken 2.”  Now it’s downloaded, but we only have 24 hours to watch it. Boo!

Oh well, it was a great night nonetheless. 

We are celebrating St. Patricks Day today with church, a parade (that our niece Haley is marching in), and dinner at my sister’s house.  Of course, the best part will be our family’s annual tradition of going to McDonalds for SHAMROCK SHAKES! 

YESSSSS. So lucky.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck o’ the Irish be with you! 🙂


Perfect running weather

Talk about change! After writing yesterday about the awful weather, I woke up this morning to a weather fairytale.  Warm, sunny, 60 degrees.  Running perfection.

When I got home from work yesterday, I was greeted by Holly Dolly and Broc Man.  It was so fun to come home to these sweet faces.


I love the way that Holly is affectionately holding Broc’s face.




These kids make me so happy.

I had to quick change and get ready for a dinner that we were going to with our friends from church.  We had a great time and even met some new people.

ImageIt was a great night!

This morning I woke up hungry, excited about the weather, and ready to run!  I had a big bowl of oatmeal with pumpkin, banana, pear, and blackberries mixed in.

ImageAfter I ate and lounged around, I headed to the park for my 11 miles.  The park was crowded, filled with people running, biking, and kids running around.  I loved running past people and seeing how happy they were.  The first couple of weekends of beautiful weather after a long, cold winter bring out the joy in everyone. Love it.

I practiced with gels during this run and took a gel at miles 5.5, 7, and 9.  It worked well, but I really need to figure out how to carry water with me because I was thirsty in a big way! Overall, it was a strong, beautiful run.  If I could order weather for a run, today would be exactly what I would want!

When I got home, I had a veggie scramble mixed with eggs and deli turkey and a side of greek yogurt.  


Refueling like a Pro!

I am looking forward to enjoying the afternoon and continuing to enjoy this beautiful weather 🙂

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