Running is Fun.

Happy Tuesday you guys! Sorry I didn’t check in yesterday with a recap of my fabulous half; I was so tired! Friday and Saturday were spent hanging out and eating – see below! 🙂

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A beautiful day with the pup and my man and his friends after a morning swim! I bought a kickboard and a pull buoy and wow, my shoulders were absolutely feeling that upper body work out! I can’t believe I used to swim like this all the time! I used to be super strong, apparently.

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Commence – non traditional carb loading! Not all of this was ours, but the sushi chef saw me taking pictures and invited me to capture all of his sushi artwork! 🙂

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He also gave us a ton of free sushi! I can’t believe that one year ago I HATED sushi and now, it’s like, a super craving.

Sunday morning was a bright and early wake up call at 5 am and my sweet boyfriend was up with me! I briefly warmed up with some jumping jacks.

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I was hoping for a PR in this race but I didn’t achieve that, by about a minute! I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t beat my previous time but in comparison, this course had a 1,500 foot elevation gain and the race where I PR’ed had like, 400. I’m okay with a one minute gain in time!

And you know what else? Aside from the sprint at the very end (because DUH) knocking the wind out of me, I felt phenomenal. It wasn’t super easy, of course, but I felt strong. I finally feel like running isn’t as challenging as it used to be. Exactly one year ago I ran my first ever half and I had to walk almost the entire second half. This year, I did indeed walk a few times, but I have improved significantly. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll get a sub 2, like the beautiful Sara did! WOO HOO! She PR’ed AND did the highly sought after sub 2 time! I was so happy for her!

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The rolling hills were actually kind of fun, and I wish I was better prepared for them! Next time, Allstate, next time! I ended up at 2:07:50 which is an average of 9:45. Also, my Garmin somehow got paused during the race which was a bummer because I kinda love looking through my splits. 😦

To all of you fabulous people who left sweet comments on my IG, thank you! I was all smiles after looking at all the support.

It’s back to the grind this week! I have a long run scheduled on Friday morning and then I’m off to VEGAS BABY on Saturday morning!! Good thing I’m not a gambler… 🙂

Also, life long goal will be achieved: RUN ALONG THE STRIP! YES! And also, all weekend, think about NATALIE running her first marathon!

How was your weekend?

Did you race or go for a great run or workout?

How much did you hate/enjoy my sushi pictures? Haha! Don’t hate me, Chelsea!

-Meghan

Happy, Active and, what, NATURE?!

What. A. Weekend.

I started Friday night off with a 2100 yard swim while the other crEATure got her muscle workout on in the weights area. And then there was this afterward:

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My love for salmon knows no end – basil pesto butter atop a perfect filet of that delicious fish.

Saturday was a ridiculous day of activity for me – way out of the ordinary but WAY fun. I got up at the ass crack of dawn to meet a friend for a 20 mile bike ride. I don’t know about any of you – but fall is definitely in the air, right? Well, it was 57 degrees on this bike ride. My hands and feet were NUMB when I finished. Omg. The sun wasn’t even up when we started!

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And then I ran a solid 10 miles. It was VERY hard – I’ve never tried to do one after the other and I don’t know how you guys do triathlons! I think that as the temperatures cool, so does my pace. I felt great out there and had I not biked first, I feel like I could have gone a bit longer.

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And after incessant rolling and stretching, I cleaned up and straight up took a two hour nap. That’s probably not healthy. Oh well.

I made my way to Goodwill to do some fall/winter work shopping with my fellow crEATure when I got my lazy self out of bed! Out of all these clothes, we managed to only spend less than $40 each! Score. Goodwill = the best.

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And the evening ended with a lovely dinner with my favorite folks over my favorite food!

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Sunday ended up being a gorgeous day so the wonderful man friend and I went on a hike! It ended up being 5 miles round trip and it was absolutely beautiful. I should note that once you get to the top, there’s a beautiful house on top with gorgeous scenery and views rightfully named House o’ Dreams. Photo dump ahead:

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Hiking munchies essentials right there! And that takes me to my next rant – we had pistachios, almonds, grapes and sparkling flavored water, yum. But, the grapes we had? Well we tried two kinds this weekend….

Exhibit A: Witch Fingers

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Exhibit B: Cotton Candy

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Very odd, grape industry, very odd. Both varieties were delicious, but strange. 🙂

And this about sums up my incredible weekend! Any questions, my beautiful people?

Are you a tri-athlete? How is the transition from biking to running for you?

Salmon – yay or nay? If nay, what’s you protein of choice?

Have you had these new grape varieties yet? If you have extra grocery money, try them.. But at $3.99/lb I will not buy them again. I’ll stick the usual suspects at $1.99/lb. 🙂

-Meghan

A Winner + The Cruise

First things first – sorry it took so long to get going with posting this! Life has been a whirlwind lately!

Before I make you envious of all our wonderful cruise vacation pictures, I just wanted to give a shout out to my Pro Compression giveaway WINNER…..

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The beautiful Erin @ Sugar Magnolia is the lucky lady – even with her despicably rude comment (that I totally loved and made me giggle way too much….!). So, my love, I have your address because I already stalk you but I shall email you with the details! I think you’ll find them to be the perfect partner while you’re training for the Color Run! 🙂

Thank you to EVERYONE who commented – I loved reading everything you guys had to say. Pro Compression marathon socks are my BFFL and so are all of you.

Now, to the cruise that took me out of blog land for so very long…. I’ll keep it real with you guys – I do have over 750 pictures among the three of us who went – excessive is an understatement. Stop reading if you’re not into pictures of beautiful places and people. I have photo dumped before, but this is some serious stuff… Yikes.

We worked out every single day. Don’t be jealous.

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We drank everyday. Again, don’t be jealous.

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^^ That’s real life… Photo is courtesy of Mollie (mad props for that one – it’s my favorite!).

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We danced a lot.

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^^ Ha!! 🙂

We also spent just a little bit of time at the beach… in the Bahamas!

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And we ate a lot of food and otherwise classed up the cruise with our classy behavior, per our usual shenanigans.

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So, in sum, we had an amazingly beautiful time in the Bahamas, on the boat, and in each other’s company. It was truly a fantastically memorable vacation that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. Carnival, in spite of it’s bad rap sheet, was an incredible experience and I will absolutely return with high expectations after this FUN trip!

Cruising seems to be an inexpensive way to travel around while simultaneously being involved in any activity you want – plus, I mean, let’s be real – the unlimited food is one of the best selling points!

I’m happy to be back to reality, though I would easily return to the Bahamas if I absolutely had to.

What is your favorite vacation?

Do you like to workout on vacation?

Have you been on a cruise before?

-Meghan

How to Enjoy a Weekend…

…after a very long and stressful work week!

First, have dinner with someone you care about a lot – friends, family, a boyfriend, a husband, a wife – whatever you desire. I chose my boyfriend:

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Make sure that dinner is one you fully enjoy and that you help pick out.

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Then, on Saturday morning, choose a cardio activity to relieve some stress. I chose a 10 miler per my half marathon training plan.

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It also helps if you have on cute new running clothes, like all errry’thang Lulu Lemon! 🙂

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Next, take a nap to celebrate the great long run. Upon awakening, primp up for a cute and adorable housewarming party with all your favorite people. Enjoy all the treats, don’t hold back – especially with a spread like this:

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Funfetti blondie brownies:

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Beautiful people:

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Friends who photo bomb:

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Best friends and their respective boyfriends:

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Swing on a weird-o swing set:

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And end your weekend with a day at the spa getting your nails and toes did:

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Along with a delicious dinner because one piece of salmon this weekend wasn’t enough:

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So, if you had a long work week and you want to shake it off, follow these simple steps to feel better. 🙂 It certainly helped me out!

Another thing that kicked off my weekend of happiness + stress relief – finding out about Pro Compression’s sale for this month. Nothing relieves me after a long run the way my marathon socks do… I think we can all agree. So, they’re the most wonderful people and are happily throwing a sale to celebrate the month of July. Here are the details if you want anything from them for a deep discount!!

Everything is going to be 40% OFF until August 4, 2013 when you enter JULY at checkout. Yes, EVERYTHING.

ALL COMPRESSION EVERYTHING.

So, if you’re anything like me and are neurotic about recovery, you should take full advantage. I will be getting more marathon socks because I’m now an addict.

Besides, doesn’t everyone wear compression socks to a housewarming party along with flip flops? I do, I do! Please love me still. I promise everyone at the party loved me in spite of my Halloween outfit.

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How was your weekend?

Would you rather eat salmon, steak, or chicken?

I know a lot of you out there are all about Pro Compression – tell me how you heard about it! I first heard about it through blog land… and I’ll never look back. 🙂

-Meghan