Archive | August, 2011

Links I’m lovin’ today

31 Aug

I’ve done a little shopping lately (and some gift receivin’ from my mom) so I thought I would share the goods.

First we have an epic fail.  I bought these Puma flats thinking they would be a. great for dog walking and b. great for the upcoming road trip.  Totally wrong, within 10 minutes I had blisters on BOTH feet.  I’ll be heading to Nordstrom ASAP to beg them to take these torture devices back.  Its such a shame because I was kinda in love with them.

Hopefully these won’t be as epic a fail as their friends.  I haven’t been able to wear them yet due to my gnarly blisters, so fingers crossed.  Yay for glitter!

I made the scary venture to H&M tax free weekend and picked up a couple things.

I would like to sport it like this…
a night out
I was apparently in the mood for lace that day.

And my mama brought me these gems.

Things that are awesome:
-Fall TV Premiere Schedule
OPI’s Muppets Collection:  I am so excited about this collection.  Glitter.  ‘Nuff said.  Odds I’ll have Rainbow Connection on my nails New Year’s Eve?  Pretty good.
Austin City Limits:  I had my first ACL experience last year and loved it.  Round 2, bring it on!
Barbie and Ken’s Wedding Album:  somebody spent A LOT of time on this, and it is absolutely fabulous.
-Trailer Trash:  The Lisa Frank Biopic

5 miles!

30 Aug

I dreaded my run all day yesterday.  All day.

It would be an understatement to say that I was totally off my eating game on Sunday (a hamburger for lunch and dinner, wtf?!) so I just knew this run wouldn’t be fun.

My 4 mile ‘long’ run was on the schedule so I headed to the gym straight from the office and hopped on my least favorite treadmill – its right on the end where everybody has to walk through. After 2 minutes of walking I pumped it up to my usual 10:41 pace.

This run was so good, instead of 4 miles I did 5. Making my longest run since the rock n roll half.  Party on.

I tried listening to my Kindle for the first time in the two years I’ve had it and I loved it.  Once I got past the the text to audio guy sounding drunk and vaguely foreign all was right with the world.  I absolutely recommend if you’re like me and too cheap to buy audio books.

Target Tuesday: Countdown to Missoni

30 Aug

You know what today is, right?

Two weeks from today the Missoni for Target collection will be in stores.  I don’ t know about you but I am totally counting down the hours.  Here are some of my favorite things from the look books.

All photos from Fashionista.

90s Party

29 Aug

Remember these?

My friend JR and I had a  joint birthday party this weekend… with a 90s theme.  It.  Was.  Fabulous.

I took approximately 8 photos, half of which were of the floor.  Sadness.  I am currently patiently awaiting my friends to upload pictures so I can steal all of them.  There were slap bracelets, velvet Doc Martens, denim vests and Simpsons t-shirts.  Appearrances were made by Lara Croft, Blossom, a 1999 Sonic Carhop and of course me, as Garth from Wayne’s world.

My DC roomie and I rooftopping it up downtown.

Anywhozzle, let’s discuss my workouts.

Last Week:
Sunday: 
Off, birthday recovery
Monday:  Run (3.5 miles)
Tuesday:  Boot Camp 2 mi run + 10 minute stairmaster sesh
Wednesday:  Run (3 mi)
Thursday:  Boot Camp
Friday:  Boot Camp Off
Saturday:  Off Training Sesh

Not too shabby, I seem to be terrible at making it to boot camp more than once a week.  Given the ridic temperatures outside, I’m kind of okay with that.

ThisWeek:
Sunday: 
Run  Off, oops
Monday:  Run
Tuesday:  Boot Camp
Wednesday:  Run
Thursday:  Boot Camp
Friday: Off (Road Trip!)
Saturday:  Run or Off

I’m kind of bummed I didn’t fit in my ‘long’ (read:  4 miles)  run for the week yesterday, but I did my last volunteer shift (major sadness!) for Junior League annnnd had lots of play time with my mom.  So I guess its all good.

If you’re into theme parties, what’s your most favorite theme?

Book Club Friday: Kara Goucher’s Running for women

26 Aug

Its Book Club Friday!

Today I am covering Kara Goucher’s Running for Women:  From First Steps to Marathons

Kara Goucher is the World Championship bronze medalist for the 10K and a top U.S. marathoner. A member of the Nike Oregon Project, improving standards for distance running, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, professional runner Adam Goucher and son Colt.

Kara Goucher is crazy, madly, head-over-heels in love with running, and she wants to help you feel that love, too. Whether you’re just getting started or already a seasoned runner, this is the book that will take you to the next level. Kara Goucher’s Running for Women contains her expertise, tips, and tricks targeted specifically at female runners to help you become a better, happier, healthier, and more fulfilled runner. She’ll teach you how to:

• GET STARTED WITH THE RIGHT GEAR
• BUILD A SUCCESSFUL SUPPORT TEAM
• FIND THE RIGHT TRAINING PROGRAM FOR YOU
• OVERCOME PSYCHOLOGICAL SETBACKS
• BALANCE RUNNING WITH FAMILY AND WORK
• AND MUCH MORE

Designed to fit your busy lifestyle, Kara Goucher’s Running for Women is packed with quick tips, pearls of running wisdom, and sample training schedules and nutrition plans, as well as sections dedicated to running during and after pregnancy, managing the special challenges of the female athlete’s body, and maintaining a balance between sporting and family life. Kara Goucher’s Running for Women is the ultimate guide for women who want to train for the gold or simply discover their personal best.

My Thoughts:
I read an overwhelming number of positive reviews for this book but was hesitant because I often don’t do well with this sort of non-fiction.  It turns out I wish I wouldn’t have hesitated, I loved this book.  Its fitting for both novice (Me!) and experienced runners.

The book covers sample meal plans, training plans (5k, 10k, and both half and full marathon), tips from Kara’s own team, and personal tidbits from Kara herself.  My favorite bits were the “Dear Karas“, motivational quotes and Kara’s “It Works for Me” sections.

Each chapter begins with Kara sharing a personal experience.  For example, in the Staying Injury Free chapter, Kara details her battle with injuries during her college career.  Then the chapter goes into tips and tricks on avoiding injuries, and how to deal while  injured, including ART (active release techniques), which Lesley blogged about this week.

Goucher almost makes it feel as if you are having a conversation, like you just called her up to ask her some questions about running.  One of the most helpful tips for me was to make 25% of your runs ‘quality, meaning hills and speed.  For whatever reason, I find hill training and speed work to be a lot less intimidating when I remind myself its only 25% of my training.  The other 75% is easy.  Or something.

If you run or are interested in getting started, go get this book!  Now!

One of my favorite lines
In the end, just remember:  One foot in front of the other and repeat.

Year of the Road Trip

25 Aug

I love to travel.  Not even so much travel, I just love to go.

2011 has been a year of super fun trips for me.  Weddings, randoms, and namely road trips.  Friends and I drove from Oklahoma City to Memphis in May for the Beale Street Music Festival.  Then in July I did a one way road trip to Las Vegas that was a blast.

What’s next?  Well lots of trips, but one is slightly more ridiculous.

Labor Day weekend, I’m doing this.

Seattle, baby!

My friend’s husband is in the Army and was just stationed outside of Seattle.  We were all at brunch on my birthday discussing her move, talking about moving trucks, etc, when our other friend piped up that she would drive up there with her if needed.  I’m not one to be left out of anything, so the next thing I know I’m on board, too.

Those of us returning to Texas booked our flights back to Dallas yesterday, have no real plan in store for our trip yet, but we are all pumped!

We will go through Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and then finally Washington.  Crazy!  I’ve never been to Utah or Idaho, so I’m stoked to see two new states.

This will be the first of five weekends in a row out of town.  I’m exhausted just thinking about it, but I’m excited for Fall to get here!

Search-Term-A-Palooza

24 Aug

Lately I’ve seen several people posting on all the awesome search terms that led folks to their blog, so I thought I would share some of my current faves.

picture of who ate all the cake

Yeah… that’s pretty much always me.

gets awkward when he leavesUm, for me its awkward most of the time.  Including when he leaves?  Who is he by the way?

pretty booty GreeceI have no clue, y’all.

am i team edward, yes, do i share his concerns for turning bella no

(Source)

Personally, I am 100% Team Jacob, however Tom Haverford is Team Edward.

ryan lochte in tears

Who would ever want to see him sad??

slept fully clothed shoesThe beast sleeps fully clothed with all her race medals on.
I’m assuming this has something to do with me sleeping in my workout clothes the night before an early morning gym session.  I may sleep in work out clothes most nights so I don’t have to change before talking Stella on her long morning walk.  Are you judging me?  I think you’re judging me.

blue bell ice cream tie dye koozie

Say what?  I supposed I enjoy all of those things, though preferably not together.