WEDDING IS IN 8 DAYS

My wedding is in 8 days. AHHH. Since I still have a lot to do, I probably won’t be blogging too much for the next week.  However, I’m almost always on social media so make sure to add me there!

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Instagram – I’ve been posting to Instagram everyday as part of #100happydays.  It’s actually pretty fun.  You just post a photo every day of something that’s making you happy.

 

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Twitter – Yes, I have the new Twitter profile!  I think Twitter is rolling it out to users in phases, so if you use Twitter keep checking.  But anyway… I post to Twitter A LOT.  So if you’re looking for any wedding updates or any updates at all, you can probably find them on Twitter.

Talk to you all soon!

RUN OR DYE 5K RECAP

Before I start this post, I just wanted to wish everyone good luck who is running the Boston Marathon today.  Kick butt out there! 

Ok back to this post.

I bet when you came over to my blog today the last thing you thought you’d read was a race recap!  I know it’s been FOREVER since I ran an actual race, at lease one that I took somewhat seriously.  The last race I ran was the Drenched 5K in August, and even that race I barely ran. 

How did I randomly decide to run a race again?  Well, a few months ago, my sister-in-law mentioned that she and her husband were planning on running the Run or Dye 5K at Citizens Bank Park in Philly.  (If you’re not familiar, Citizens Bank Park is where the Philadelphia Phillies play.)  Bryan and I were definitely interested so we signed up as well.  Time seriously flew by, because before we knew it the day was finally here.  I thought I would train for this run, but I honestly ended up not running at all these past few months.  I just didn’t really want to run, because I’ve been doing more yoga and weight training these days.  However, I knew I wanted to do the 5K to possibly spark my interest in running again.

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My alarm went off at 5:30AM on Saturday morning and since I wore the majority of my race clothes to bed, I was ready to go fairly quickly. We left the house around 6:15AM and drove over to Bryan’s sister’s house. We all got into Bryan’s car and soon enough we were off to the city. 

When we arrived, I was shocked to see the number of people at the race.  Since we didn’t pick up our registration packet on Friday, we had to wait in this long line.  Luckily, the weather was gorgeous and the line moved quickly.

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Eventually, we made our way over to our wave.  It took us about 15 minutes or so for our wave to finally cross the starting line and get moving. 

At first, most of the people I saw were walking, as it happens in most “fun runs.”  We ran as a group for the first half mile, but then I knew I would be miserable unless I ran ahead.  Trust me, I am not fast by any means and I haven’t run a mile in months.  But I HATE running in a group.  I like walking whenever I want without feeling bad about slowing the group down.  So, I sprinted a bit and from there I was on my own. 

The first mile was the worst.  As with most races in Philly, the course is flat and I hate that.  I’m one of the few runners that actually enjoys hills.  I like working hard to get over a hill and then coasting on the way down.  When the course is flat, I get bored and everything seems monotonous.  However, by mile two I was in the groove of things a bit and occupied myself by watching the other runners.  There was this one little girl who ran with her brother and father.  She was hilarious.  She had so much energy that she not only ran the race, but she was jumping over the short orange safety cones too!

I didn’t run the entire time.  I ran, I sprinted, and I stopped to walk a few times.  But as I said in many posts before… it doesn’t matter how fast you run – you’re still a “runner.” 

I had no hopes in actually running this race for real, which is why I didn’t time myself.  However, looking back on it I kind of wish I had.  Bryan, his sister, and his brother-in-law finished in 36 minutes and I finished probably 4-5 minutes prior, so I’m assuming my time was somewhere around 31 minutes.

It definitely wasn’t my fasted nor the easiest 5K, but given that I haven’t done ANY miles in a very long time, I was proud of myself. 

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TALK TO ME

  • What’s the last race that you’ve run?
  • How often do you race?
  • Have you done the Run or Dye 5K?  Thoughts?

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Wahoo Friday!  Bryan and I are doing a 5K this weekend, which should be hilarious because we haven’t run in SO long.  I’m pretty positive I’m just going to try to get through the finish line in one piece.  It’s a color run type of deal, so I’m sure there won’t be too many people worried about their finishing time.

Anyway, it’s Friday and you know what that means… Friday Favorites!  Enjoy.

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The weather was perfect on Monday, so we had dinner out on our patio.  I made a new pasta dish (penne, broccoli, green beans, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and bread crumbs).  It was actually really good.  I also wish I could say that I drank that can of Lionshead, but unfortunately it went bad and I had to throw it out.

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I made time this week to do a Reflexion Yoga video before work.  They have a new video called “Morning Quickie” and it’s a 15 minute video that’s perfect for a busy morning.  I loved doing yoga with the sun coming up.  Mornings are my favorite time of the day.  (Oh, and late at night when I get to lay in bed). 

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This shouldn’t be a favorite, because it’s more of an annoyance.  But anyway, Bryan got a Starbucks freebie in his email so he forwarded it along to me.  It was a free subscription to The New York Times app.  Unfortunately however, the free subscription only allows you to read 10 articles a month!  Like WHAT?!  Who reads 10 news articles a month?  I read probably 10 articles in 10 minutes.  I have an addiction to reading the news.  If you’re wondering, my favorite sites are Today.com and CNN.com.  At least I typically know what’s going on in the world!

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Does anyone else get super paranoid when waiting outside of 7 Elevens?  Maybe I’m just crazy, but 7 Elevens freak me out.  As I mentioned above, I read too much news.  Bad things happen at 7 Elevens.  But anyway, Bryan and I drove over to 7 Eleven last night to pick up milk and…

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SLURPEES!  I’ve been craving one for a few days now and last night was the perfect opportunity to get one.  I got the “Blue Kind,” because you know it’s normal to classify drinks based on their color and not their flavor Smile.  Yum yum yum. 

Well that’s it folks.

 

TALK TO ME

  • What are your Friday Favorites?
  • What’s the last fun run you’ve done?
  • Any fun plans for this weekend?

THE WEDDING COUNTDOWN

I keep finding it so hard to believe that my wedding is in 16 days.  Yep, SIXTEEN DAYS!  It seems so crazy, because we had such a long engagement and I felt like this day would never get here.  But the day is arriving very quickly.  There are some things that I still need to get done.

  • Purchase flower girls and ring bearer gifts
  • Purchase picture frames
  • Purchase something to hold cards/gifts
  • Create and print signature drink sign
  • Pick up table arrangement sign at Staples
  • Get table # cards laminated at Staples
  • Get photos printed at Target
  • Receive place cards in the mail and put meal sticker on each
  • Put place cards in order for caterer
  • Finish writing my vows

I’m sure that I’m forgetting some things, but right now those are the items that I’m focusing on. If you’ve ever been married, you know that for whatever reason the to-do list just gets longer instead of shorter.  I’m hoping to get a bunch of these items done today after work. 

The blog hasn’t been a top priority the past few weeks, because I’ve been so focused on getting things done for the wedding.  I promise that once the wedding is over, you will have my undying attention.  I actually plan to spend some time on the weekends writing up posts again.  Before wedding crunch time, I used to go to Barnes and Noble and write.  But since I have no free time anymore, that can’t happen. 

I am however making time this morning to get a quick Reflexion Yoga workout in.  There’s a new video up on the page that is titled “Morning Quickie” with Lindsay and it’s only 14 minutes long!  Don’t forget that if you’re interested in Reflexion Yoga, I have a 30% coupon if you visit here.

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Have a great Wednesday everyone!

 

TALK TO ME

  • If you’re a blogger, when do you get most of your writing done?
  • How often do you post?
  • Where do you pull inspiration from for your posts?
  • Non-bloggers: What’s your favorite thing about the springtime?

BACHELORETTE WEEKEND (PART 3)

Happy Monday, readers!  If you missed my other two parts of my bachelorette weekend recap, be sure to check them out.

Bachelorette Weekend (Part 1)
Bachelorette Weekend (Part 2)

After getting dinner, we came back to the hotel to relax for a while.  Some of us took a nap and others just stayed up and chatted in the hotel room.  I was running on adrenaline so, I was one of those who stayed up. 

We all started getting ready to go out around 8PM.  I wore this flashy sequin dress from Forever 21.  I hadn’t gone into a Forever 21 store since college, but I felt it was appropriate for the occasion.  I also wore some bachelorette accessories that my bridesmaids purchased for me, which included a black rhinestone sash, beads, tiara, and a light-up shot glass necklace.  I was set.

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We hopped into a cab and took a drive over to our destination for the night, Power Plant Live.  I had never seen a place like this before, even though apparently there’s a place in Philly that’s very similar.  It’s a group of bars and restaurants that are in a pavilion.  It’s really insane, because there’s so many drunk people in one confined area.

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The first bar we went to was Luckies.  It was definitely a strange crowd.  However, when we got there, they definitely appreciated bachelorette parties, because we got pulled right up to the bar the minute we walked into the place.  The bartender made us like rainbow shot, which was super cool.  When he poured the shots from the shaker, the alcohol changed colors.

After we took that shot, we hung out at Luckies for an hour I guess, but it really wasn’t all that great.  So after we left Luckies, we walked over to PBR.  Again, apparently there is a PBR in Philly, but I don’t get out much so it was all new to me.  PBR is a country bar and the name actually stands for Professional Bull Riders.  Yes, they had a mechanical bull there, but no I didn’t get on because I had a dress on.  If I go to the one in Philly anytime soon, I’m definitely trying it out.  It looked so fun.

So anyway, we had a blast at PBR!  The music was great (all country for the most part), the crown was fun and we had a LOT to drink.  I liked this bar because everyone there was just happy and ready to dance, and we didn’t have weird groups of guys hitting on us. 

We stayed at PBR until they closed around 2AM.  I unfortunately don’t have any photos from actually being out at the bars so you’ll just have to take my word for it that it was a blast! 

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Thank you to my bridesmaids for a great weekend!

 

TALK TO ME

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • What are your goals for this week? Any big projects coming up?
  • How often do you go out to bars?
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