Being Judged and Over it :)

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Blogging…so many different ways to look at it.  I have always been one that has stepped away from it due to the pressures of peers and local society.  Not wanting to have the truths judged harshly by others I would … Continue reading

The Busy Life and a question

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This week has been incredibly busy.  We had a baseball game Monday night!  They won 22-3 and Diggs played awesome!  As well as the whole team I should say, they really have a great time out on the field.  Hopefully … Continue reading

My Racing Bucket List

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I haven’t been writing much for the last week since Diggs (my 12 year old) decided to expose my household to pink eye.  So instead of opening up my laptop and writing I was disinfecting everything in my home.  🙂 … Continue reading

Racecation: Georgia Day 2

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Friday started off with the infamous hotel breakfast of waffles and cereal!  I tried to stomach some of their coffee but honestly it was horrible!!!  After everyone had their stomachs full and bodies clean we headed out for a day … Continue reading

Racecation: Georgia Day 1

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This morning we headed out dark and early…this meant waking everyone up at 3:30am to start our long drive across the country to Georgia!!  Kevin and I took turns and each drove about half way, for a total of around … Continue reading

Run easy, paint a picture and Wantable!!!!

The treadmill and I are still at odds.  I am very sure I want the roads to stay clear so I can run outside more often and not have to worry about the traffic out where I live.  On Friday and Saturday the roads near me where still mostly covered with a snow/slush/icy mix that I just didn’t trust to run on.  I know that I would have been able to physically run on it no problem, but trusting drivers is a whole different story.  I know that people drive too fast and don’t pay enough attention.  With there not being room to get over due to the snow I prefer just to wait it out.
Friday was 4 easy miles and by easy I mean slow, very slow!  It was probably the hardest run of the week, trying to get my body to go at a slower pace is never easy.  I know I need to do this but it is still hard!!  So when it was time for my long run Saturday my legs were happy to pick up the pace!!!     
Over the weekend I tried something I have never done.  I attended a wine and canvas.  A friend of mine was supposed to go and couldn’t make it, so she offered her ticket to me and I thought heck….why not!  I found out that I am not an artist…but that is OK!!!

My little lady loved it and now has it hanging on her wall!  HA!  Jenni’s looked much better than mine!
The weekend also had a little treat in store for me!  As you know I run and runners need new running attire!  I discovered Wantable last week and just HAD to try it out.  Well, Saturday my first shipment arrived and I am in LOVE with this service!!!  It is very comparable to StitchFix but for fitness apparel!!!!  They have different types of items you can choose from (make-up, accessories, intimates and fitness apparel) and I picked what they call the Fitness Edit.  I filled out some information in regards to sizing, colors I like, styles I prefer and what I really am looking for.  A stylist then chose 5 items for me and they were delivered Saturday!!  So now let me fill you in on what I thought!
They do a great job packaging everything so it is like you received a personal gift!  Inside is your 5 items, a return label for anything you don’t like/want/need and a description of each item. 
I was sent 2 tanks, a hoodie, sports bra and a pair of capris.
I am no model but wanted you to see how well everything fit!!
The capris are by Body Language and they are a perfect fit!  I mean perfect!  I have never put on a pair of capris and liked them this much…it was weird though when I first saw them I wasn’t a fan.  It wasn’t until I put them on that I loved them.  The bra is by Climawear and it is great!  It has adjustable straps so the fit is perfect!  Both tanks are great too, the black/white is by Climawear and the Red by NUX.  They are both soft, the black/white has a built in bra while the red does not.  The hoodie is by Rebecca Michaels and so soft it is crazy.
However, no matter how soft they all are and how perfect they got the fit, I am not keeping them all.  I am returning the hoodie.  It is just not me.  I like the feel and it fits great it just isn’t something I am going to wear for any purpose at all. 
With Wantable you can send back anything you don’t want to keep at no cost to you.  If you keep all 5 you receive 30% off, if you keep 3-4, 20% off.  Being the hoodie is the only item I am returning I feel good about the investment and am super excited to get my next shipment!!!!!  Oh, I also forgot to mention, I am loving trying new brands.  Sometimes I get so stuck on what I like I forget other brands have really good stuff too!!!
I am not affiliated with Wantable…I just really liked this shipment!!!!
Have you ever done a Wine and Canvas?
Did you know about Wantable? 

Organized Chaos and My Love!

Last night was very uneventful!  I didn’t run or workout at all.  Since the Huff is Saturday I don’t want to risk being tired or sore.  I will run later today just to shake out my muscles before the big race tomorrow!  We are going to have so much fun!  D and I are heading down tonight and Kari will meet us there in the morning!  We will have to stop and get some bagels on the way there so we can have our usually prerace breakfast!  Plus, Kari and I decided D can anchor our relay so he gets to cross the finish line (he is stoked) so he will be waiting quite awhile for us to run the first 21.6 miles!  <–sounds like so much when put that way…glad I am only running 10.8!!

Now on to the odds and ends that don’t flow together very well but I just feel like posting these things so here you go!!

I love bruschetta and if you know me you know that!  It is one of my absolute favorite things in the whole wide world.  The mixture of tomato, shallot, basil, and other items with a nice little toasty piece of bread makes my taste buds so so so happy!!  If you can’t tell by the last couple sentences I made some last night, and it was perfect! 

Yummmmmmmmmm!
The hubs wanted food from a local place and so we ordered and when he got back he had this.
Yes a full, taped shut to-go box?!?!?!
It was supposed to be a taco salad I believe but really?  The thing weighed 5 lbs and the tomatoes were not quite ripe!  I don’t know what they were thinking but I am really thinking salad 101 is needed!  
So, I usually avoid the whole fashion conversation because well I am a mom and I don’t really have time to go shopping.  But, I found Stitch Fix.  I am telling you it is AWESOME!  They tailored a shipment to the specs that I gave them and they pretty much nailed it!  They send 5 items each month (or a schedule that you are ok with) and then you get to decided whether or not you keep them.  You don’t have to keep any if you don’t want to!!  So yes, you have a stylist, clothes sent directly to you and then you get to choose if you want them!!!  My world just got a whole lot easier!  So if you are a woman seriously try it!  You will NOT regret this decision.  No this is Not a sponsored post.  I am being very real here!!  And I forgot to take pics of me trying the stuff on so I will do that soon!
I didn’t forget however to take some selfies with my favorite little lady!  She makes me so happy it hurts! 
Kisses!!!
Her being silly!
And now laughing from being silly!
Have you ever ran a relay?
Any race plans for this weekend?
Do you have any local joints that need salad 101 also?

InstaNatural

I love my skin but sometimes as a runner it isn’t the easiest thing to manage!!  I want it to look vibrant and youthful but the sweat and constant washing take it’s toll. 

InstaNatural has been a huge help in keeping my skin looking good!  As of late I have been using a couple different products of theirs.  After I was and tone my face in the morning, I have been applying Age-Defying Retinol Serum

This stuff is amazing!!  It goes on smooth and I can put my make-up on in just a matter of seconds after application!  It has a dropper and for me I start with about 5 drops and use a couple more if I haven’t covered my whole face.  This does contain 2.5 retinol so if applying to wear during the day you will want to apply sunscreen as some skin can become sensitive.   
It smells great and has been giving my skin a better glow!  I have only been using it for a short time and can already tell the difference.
Like I said I have been using a couple of their products, the second one is Rosehip Oil.  Seriously this stuff is great too!  I have the most unhealthy nails and cuticles ever!  I am constantly picking at them and making them even worse.
I should just call it everything oil!
Rosehip Oil can be used for a multitude of things and nails are one of them!!  I have used it on my face as a moisturizer at night, my nails, and I am trying it on a couple of scars I have!
InstaNatural uses 100% pure Rosehip Oil that is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids.  These help it be an effective moisturizer all around.  This is perfect for this time of year, I know the colder weather really does keep my skin dryer than normal and harder to keep healthy.
Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post via InstaNatural and Brandbacker.  As always all thoughts and opinions on these products are my own.      

Perfect run and GracedByGrit

Last night I went for my first run since the 1st of the month and boy did it feel goooooooooooood!  I put on my newest running gear (back to that in a moment) and headed out into the most beautiful fall evening!!!!!  Just shy of 50°, sun going down, slight breeze and D as my company!
We made sure to wear some safety lights as running at dusk, in the country, down cornfield lined roads, during hunting season and fast moving traffic can always keep you on your toes.  We were now well lit and ready to run!!! 
Side note:  I have several different types of lights.  During this time of evening I always choose lights like these.  In the community I live in we have plenty of Amish that wear this type so drivers are more aware of them and what they are for.  If it is completely dark I have a completely different light system I use. 
I decided I just wanted to try out a couple of miles and see how that felt.  I have only done minimal running in the last 3 weeks and knew I just wanted to go by the feel of it all.
We started off and a nice easy pace, we chatted and joked about random things, I felt good!  Half mile in, no pain in my foot but my chest felt a little tight from being sick.  We hit the mile turn around and I knew I was good!!  No pain other than the post illness stuff which was expected!!!!!!  We turn around and headed back to the house, I loved it! 
I can’t explain how good it feels to know I can run pain free!!!  Now I have to just build up the fitness I have lost over the last couple of weeks but I am really thinking its not going to be that bad.  Just be able to run makes it worth every minute!!

When we got back to the house I looked at my Garmin and was pretty shocked with the pace we had kept.  Of course it was easy peasy for my speedy kid but I really thought we were moving slower than we were!!  <–hope that's a good sign!
Now, back to my new outfit!!  Tonight I wore an outfit made by GraceByGrit a growing line of workout wear made for women by women!  Their apparel is amazing!  Seriously!  I am always skeptical when it comes to new to me brands but this one did not disappoint. 
GracedByGrit knows what they are doing!!  For this run I wore a Seamless Nice Lines Tank and the Land and Sea Booty short.
Yes, those are socks! 
The tank is super cute and soft as soft can be…OMGracious I am NOT I mean NOT joking!  I have a lot of different brands of tops.  I am kind of a top junkie if you will and this is by far the softest top I have.  This tank also stays in place.  It didn’t ride up at all while I was running like some tighter fitting tanks do.  And the back is so cute!  I know I will be adding more of these to my running wardrobe!!! 
The short was awesome too!!!  The fit was great!  They have a small pocket on the right front and a larger one in the rear of them.  Both are completely hidden and hold plenty.  While we ran I had my iphone in the back pocket and it didn’t shift at all.  The shorts stayed in place and I even ran some strides trying to get them to move around with no success!  The shorts are made with a good level of compression so my booty looked great in them.  I felt confident in these which can be hard for me in a short.  They are also water compatible so I will be able to wear them while I ski, wake board or just hang at the beach but they are quick dry so I can go straight from Land to Sea!  <—hence the name!
If you haven’t checked out GracedByGrit, you should!  Also if you want to purchase something….you should really at least try one item.  You can get 10% off by using the discount code GBGXOPRO161 at checkout. 
Please note: I am affiliated with GracedByGrit, and although they sent me these items to try, all opinions are my own. 
What kind of safety lights do you use? 

Do you have runs you consider perfect?
Do you have any brands you just love?