It’s Marathon Week!!

Welp! This Saturday is it! My third marathon! I can’t wait!!! This week will be filled with nerves, excitement and mental preparation! I’ll be hydrating like crazy all week long and remaining on my best behavior! 🙂 WOO! CAN.NOT.WAIT! << I mostly can’t wait because I don’t love running in this heat that’s rapidly approaching and as soon as the marathon is over, I won’t need to run outside if I don’t want to! 🙂

So backing up a bit… This weekend was filled with lots of food and lots of activities, per the usual. Saturday morning at 5:30 am, I met up with a friend for a 10 mile run. It was POURING but we did it anyway! We saw tons of deer along the trail which was totally adorable.

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This is one of my favorite places to run because it’s full of rolling hills and is so majestic.

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Right after I finished that, I met up with Mollz and some others with my man for a 5K in downtown.

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The reward at the end was a free beer! Yep! WOOOOO!

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And by then, I was starved, so naturally, I loaded up!

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After resting up and running errands, my boyfriend and I went out to celebrate a special occasion and we absolutely indulged in an awesome dinner!

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Yesterday was spent with more indulgences – a la Easter style! There were delicious treats everywhere and this girl didn’t hold back #yolo

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What do you do to prepare during race week?

Will you run in the rain?

What’s your favorite post race meal?

Belligerence + Shenanigans + Love + Fun

All those things and more were included in my past few days of life. I didn’t get a chance to check in until this morning over here on this bloggy thingy because my life has been a whirlwind of LOVE.

On the fourth of July I ran a 10K (the biggest one in the nation) and it was so cool to watch some of the fastest people in the world finish around 28 minutes. INSANE. They don’t even look like they’re running. It was more like skimming the ground.

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Very patriotic and the large crowds were a ton of fun.

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That was followed by a lot of indulgence and some homemade pancakes from my roomie/bestie/co-bloggie! They are Paleo pancakes and they are the bomb.com. Yeah, that phrase was necessary.

BREAKFAST!!!

This weekend kicked off my 25th birthday, so there were TONS of surprises that everyone in my life participated in scheming. 🙂 I am so incredibly lucky and I have some of the best friends/best boyfriend in the world.

I started it off with a 25 mile bike ride for my 25 years of life. Though it was raining, it was so peaceful and relaxing to just be out on some beautiful trails.

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And when I got home later that night, Rebekah planned a huge surprise – SHE FLEW IN LESLEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! And Leslee’s boyfriend came too!!!! I won’t lie, I started to cry. It was cute. Or pathetic. Whichever viewpoint you’d like to take is fine with me.

I have a ton of fabulous photos from the obviously amazing weekend I shared with my friends so here is a photo dump with minimized chatter because words won’t come close to describing how truly wonderful and magical my birthday weekend was.

THE GANG!

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LESLEEE N MEGHANNNN

MOLLLLLZ N HER MAN

COLLAAAAA N HER MANNN

Initially, when planning my birthday, I wanted to run a 5K. Of course, with my luck, there were none this past weekend. So what did my friends do? They planned one FOR ME. Still a little worked up over the thoughtfulness of everyone. Good grief. Anyway, it was officially the Senator Sprint 5K, in honor of, duh, THE SENATOR! The lovely fan-glamorous SARA THE BEAUTIFUL at Fit.Fun.Femme joined as well – and the ‘sponsors’ were all the bloggers that were present, including my bestie – the FABULOUS MOLLIE HANNAH! 🙂

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5K GANG 

The Senator was truly honored to have a 5K named after him and solidified that excitement throughout the race. 🙂

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Loving all the sweat. Truly indicative of that Georgia heat! And heyyyyy Leslee’s tongue! 🙂

And this just makes me LOL every time.

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After a lot of cleaning up and some collecting of ourselves, we went out for another night full of surprises – dinner with allllllll my wonderful friends + salsa dancing lessons + club time. Amazing.

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Dinner

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All I wanted for my birthday was fish n chips! WIN!

And, of course, red velvet cake that Rebekah brought me!! So wonderful.

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and we danced

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LESLEEEE N MEEEE

HAHA

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And Sunday was a sad day of goodbyes – but it was absolutely the most AMAZING birthday I have ever had. It was so fabulous to feel the love from everyone and I couldn’t believe how truly wonderful my bloggy besty and her man were! They were so gracious and it was everything I could have wanted it to be! This weekend was so hard to let go of as it was literally the best weekend of my entire life.

None of it would have been possible without each and every single one of my friends and my boyfriend and thinking about this weekend and everyone’s contributions only solidifies my undying love for the ones I care about in my life. The thoughtfulness, the planning, the attending – everything was just so much more than I could have dreamed. I’m forever grateful for everyone in my life. 🙂

I know I’m super behind, but how was your weekend?

What’s your favorite birthday memory? Do you like surprises? I don’t, normally, but this was the best surprise weekend ever. I mean, flying in a friend and my own 5K? And dinners out? And dancing? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

What’s your favorite cake? Red Velvet! FTW!

-Meghan

Running Again!

And it felt so good! 🙂 Since I worked out nice and early on Friday morning at my conference, I thought it was necessary to treat myself that evening with some decadent fro yo!

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That’s right Donna and Tom, that’s right.

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How could I not with these flavors available? All bizarre and random, but all SO good.

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Yes, well earned.

Saturday morning, I ran a 5K with my man and his friends. I was hoping to PR with this race but coming out of the gate way too quickly ended that goal. Plus, it was hillier than I could have imagined! I can’t catch a break with these 5K courses lately and the darn hills they have! Ugh, can’t I just run a flat 5K, PR, and be on my merry way? No, of course. not. T’was fun, nonetheless, and the race sign up guaranteed a beer as soon as we crossed the finish line. That was what sold us on the event.

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We all sweat like crazy.

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Cheers to a totally hard earned beer and a great way to kick off the weekend.

Afterward, my boyfriend and I went to his family’s house to celebrate Father’s Day. There was so much good food and I never pass on that kind of occasion. Plus, I can’t remember the last time I’ve had corn on the cob, it totally takes me back to childhood summer days. It was SO good and I need to not be so lazy and make it for myself.

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Salmon, veggies and a salad were also devoured. 🙂

Yesterday, I awoke with an urge to run. I felt so great during the 5K and I wanted to continue that feeling. My legs were incredibly tight, however, from the run and it wasn’t one of my best runs. In fact, around the third mile, two dogs ran up and started chasing The Senator and me! It scared me, and it actually stopped traffic because the two dogs ran across a pretty busy street to chase us. They were sweet and harmless, but when I have loud music pumping me up to power me through a final mile, two dogs jumping around behind me are sure to startle me. If my heart rate hadn’t been up before, that did the trick!

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It was incredibly hot and I thought I was going to pass out when I got home. That’s likely not a good sign, right? An ice pack was immediately applied to my neck.

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Then we got to celebrate at my parent’s house yesterday! And I thought that my dog was spoiled until I saw this sight.

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My parent’s dog eats at the dinner table too, y’all. Mom – I know you absolutely love this! 🙂 And there was no skimping in the dessert world, either. My mama is an amazing baker and she makes these with three ingredients: eggs, sugar and peanut butter. Plus, a mini Reeses Cup on top, naturally.

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I did say at the beginning that I was going to treat myself, right?

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Carrot cake a la Costco.

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Ice cream cake a la Baskin n Robbins.

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And, finally, white chocolate, raspberry and chocolate cake a la Costco.

If you didn’t want dessert before you started reading, I know you do now. My sincerest apologies. I can’t keep healthy all the time, right?

Did you race this weekend? How’d it go?

What’s your favorite dessert?

What’s one food item that takes you back to your childhood? Give me popsicles on a porch and I’m six years old all over again.

-Meghan