Just Good. All of the Good.

Ahh this week has been so great. I probably can’t even cover all of the greatness but it has just been wonderful.

1. I worked out in the AM on both Tuesday and Wednesday and both times kicked my days off in the best way possible. 🙂 I just wish it were easier to crawl out of bed at 5 am though… But, who doesn’t want to bike 27 miles before 7 am?

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Cycle is such a great class that makes me sweat like crazy!! 🙂

2. Earlier this week, I spent a gorgeous evening at one of the most stunning spots in Atlanta – the botanical gardens. They have their holiday lights up and some of my friends and I double-dated it up to enjoy the wonders of these lights.

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I’m nowhere near any sort of good picture taker so these pictures do NOT do this place justice. Leslee, you know how amazing this place is…. Imagine it covered in LIGHTS! ALL OF THE LIGHTS!!

3. Ah, and to make this week even more awesome, Rebekah and I discovered these amazing pieces of candy and spent last night eating a lot of them and watching a movie to kick off the holiday season.

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If you’re wondering if the M&M’s are good….

DUH.

AMAZING.

FANTASTIC.

and

ADDICTIVE.

So buy them. 🙂

4. We are down to 1 week til Thanksgiving and 1 week + 1 day until vacation in Seattle. Oh, and as if that isn’t good enough, be jealous. I get to meet up with an awesomeeeee blogger girl!

What’s awesome for you this week?

Do you ever take cycling class? What do you think?

What’s your favorite M&M’s flavor?? 🙂 I can’t choose….. But these special flavors are pretty fantastic.

-Meghan

They’re NEWWWWW!

The day of all the days… FRIDAY!

I’m super pumped today because I have some fun things planned for the weekend – pumpkin carving, a massage, and a date night! I can’t wait. 🙂

My plan for this weekend’s long run is roughly 13 miles (though knowing me, I’ll go that extra .1 to say it was a half marathon) and I’m especially excited because I got a new pair of shoes!

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I got these a few weeks ago knowing my old Adidas Boosts were almost done for – and after this past weekend’s 18 miler, I knew it was time to retire them. My knees started killing me (and that’s not a typical ailment of mine unless my shoes are done for). May they rest in peace – they carried me through my first marathon back in March and I know this second pair will get me through my next. Yipee.

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They are literally the exact same shoe but in a different color. I’m thrilled! And last night’s run was proof that I needed a new pair! Granted, it was just four miles and not 18, but still, everything started feeling back to normal. Also I took a rest day yesterday. By rest day, I mean I worked (sat in a desk chair all day), napped and watched TV. So yeah, a rest day it was.

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And as I discussed on my IG picture last night, new shoes = faster pace. Every time I have a new pair I run fast. Funny how that works, right? 🙂 It was also frigid for the first time in a while this year so I whipped out my trusty ear/head/whatever band. Cute. I need to buy more of things like this.

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Last night’s lovely and much needed run was followed by a trip to the store to purchase pumpkins for tonight’s carving but I was totally sidetracked by these:

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You’re darn right I bought them. They.Are.So.Good.

Do you think you go faster with a new pair of running shoes?

What is your favorite cold running gear?

What brand of shoes do you run with? Isn’t it amazing how many different kinds are out there? It’s like there’s a shoe for EVERYONE! 🙂 And Sarah, I don’t know how you work surrounded in all of the wonderfulness that is NEW RUNNING SHOES!! I’d have no paycheck. 🙂 But I see that yours goes to races! 🙂 I don’t blame you!!

-Meghan

P.S. Have a fabulous weekend. It’s an order from this girl.

Don’t Ever Do That To Me Again.

What the heck. You guys can’t just take over a week off from blogging and not tell me about it. Seriously, un-cool.

(Source.)

Ok, ok, I apologize, it was me, not you! 🙂

I mean, does anyone remember who I am at this point? If not, totally okay. I would forget me too.

Before I delve into a few snapshots from the past week and a half, I have to make a few shout outs:

LINDSEY a SUPER congratulations on running your first marathon! I can imagine how troubling everything was for you and after reading your recap – I know you pushed through and I know you did a phenomenal job. I’m so happy for you for doing it!

NATALIE another SUPER congratulations on running your first marathon! I know you’ve worked SOOOOO stinking hard at it and it 100% paid off – your time was amazing and you sound like you’re doing just fine. Any chance you’ll run another any time soon? Haha! 🙂

ERIN your spaghetti squash bake is on the menu for tonight. I saw it while I was in Vegas last week and I had to wipe the drool from my workspace in front of my coworkers. They’re aware of my slob like behavior so this was no shock to them.

I’ve gotten in two long runs since we last saw each other, one was 16 miles before I went out of town and yesterday it was 18 miles. Pretty awesome. My marathon is quickly approaching and I am quickly getting prepared. Woo hoo.

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I went to Las Vegas. Don’t get too excited for me – it was for work and was therefore treated as such. I didn’t get much time to gamble or have fun, or even workout. 😦

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The Bellagio is such a nice hotel and they have such beautiful decorations. And fountains, of course.

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But it wasn’t until Kristina  mentioned on IG that I should stop by and see this… The world’s largest chocolate fountain! That is when this hotel became my favorite ever.

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Amazing. My reaction to this further solidified my boss’s belief that I am a candy-a-holic. No shame.

I’m still trying to play a bit of catch up – traveling for work is insane, I don’t know how you do it so much, Sara! Though, I suppose – Maui is Maui. 🙂

I missed a lot of working out and ate a lot of crap food, and I can certainly feel it! I’m looking forward to getting back to my routine this week! Bring on the monotony, people!

Have you been to Las Vegas?

What’s been going on for you?

Did you miss me or are you completely over me?

-Meghan

My Charleston + The RUN.

Hi Everyone! I know I’m late in saying so, but I hope you guys all enjoyed Labor Day weekend! I sure did! First though, congratulations to my beautiful fellow Seattle-ite and wonderful vegan with benefits friend over at Blissful Britt, you have won the Tasty Bite giveaway! 🙂 🙂 I can’t find a contact email address, so hit me up at megbek@fitnesscreatures.com so I can get your foodies to you! I checked, they have vegan options! 🙂

As my fellow crEATure mentioned, we escaped to Charleston this weekend. I can’t even begin to tell you how all how absolutely amazing my time there was. I fell in love with the city for numerous reasons which I will conveniently list out for you.

1. The candy stores. They are everywhere. Priorities folks – there’s a reason this is #1 in my recap. And the candy stores are perfectly accompanied with an equal ratio of ice cream/gelato/froyo shops. It’s literally the perfect place in the whole wide world.

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I got a big old bag the first night and it lasted me the entire weekend!

2. The scenery. I can’t describe how absolutely beautiful the city is and I got the chance to do my long run through it bright and early on Saturday morning – before the sun was up and before the local shops were open. I had such an out of body experience along the water and I felt so emotionally empowered and capable of accomplishing anything. This run was my third favorite run in my entire life time and I can happily smile about every part of this run, even the fact that I was way too hungover Oops.

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Serenity is the best and that’s exactly what I got. Roughly four miles of my run were on this path along the water. It was truly breathtaking and I even saw a dolphin. Could a long run get any better?

Some other beautiful shots from my run:

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I couldn’t get over how unrealistic those trees looked.. Nature is so picturesque.

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  If there is a better way to explore a city, I don’t want to know what it is. This was perfection and I had the best runner’s high ever. #runningWINS

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3. The fun places to just hang back and relax at night – the options are limitless in this city! And, they are all seemingly quaint and entertaining.

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Me and mah man!

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Rebekah and Isaac were the pool champs of the night!

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Those were our friends that came with us and we all stayed together. The rooftop bar scene in Charleston is amazing! 🙂

4. The water! And the water activities! We went to Folly Beach both days.

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I even paddle boarded!

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It was as equally challenging as it was fun and I am craving the next opportunity I get to do it!

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Hanging with the crEATure!

5. The food! 🙂 All of it was good, but as thorough as my co blogger was with pictures of food, I was a slacker. Though, this buffet merited pictures… It doesn’t look like much but it was perfect. That crepe looking thing on the right was the only thing I got seconds of… Stellar.

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Poached eggs are typically too runny for me but these were just right! I do like some good #yolkporn but the white parts must be fully cooked or I freak.

So there it was, whoooooomp, there it was. 🙂 Charleston is amazing and I cannot wait to return (also, why have I never been there before?! It’s so close… Sheesh, Meghan). But really, there are wonderful beaches AND a legitimate night scene (not a fist pumping club, jumping kind either, but the good, grown up kind…. I’ve never been anywhere like it before and I’m grateful I got to go this weekend!

What was your favorite part of this past weekend?

Where’s your favorite place to travel and why?

Candy – I can’t live without it. Can you? I don’t play favorites, I love it all.

-Meghan