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October 2015

An Impromptu 5k and Halloween Food

Happy Friday! We made it! Anyone else feel like this was a really long week? Maybe it’s because I’m SO excited for Halloween?!

Today, I spent the day prepping for our first Halloween in our new house with a bajillion (totally legit) Trick-or-Treaters. Seriously, I was told to have like 15 bags of candy. I hope I don’t run out!

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We’re going to setup a Trick-or-Treat tailgate in the front yard, complete with decorations, drinks, and of course candy! Word on the neighborhood street is that everyone sets up outside like this, so we’re going all out. I got the good candy to hand out, but hid it so I’m not tempted. But I know where it is so that’s not working…. ? Just gotta make it ’til tomorrow!

I’m also planning a full Halloween spread of yummy and spooky treats for all of us to snack on. My parents and in laws will be joining us, so it’s a party!

Going to make a spooky cake, kind of inspired by this one.

I always make a baked brie for Thanksgiving, but I’m bumping it up for all hallows eve and am dressing it up for the occasion, inspiration here.

These ideas really gross me out, but so fitting for a creepy themed night!

My madre is whipping up her amazing muffuletta sandwiches, but with a sneaky twist!

I’m still looking for a spooky cocktail, but am going to make candy corn jello shots! We have an old family jello shot recipe passed down for generations…

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We’re also picking up tacos from our local taco stand, because tacos.

Thank you Pinterest for the best inspiration out there! What are your Halloween plans??

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Last night I ran an impromptu Halloween 5k right in my backyard with oh so many hills! I found out super last minute that there was a small 5k about a minute away in my small town, so I had to go out and do it! Costumes were optional, but I’m not a fan of running in full costume, so I donned my fave witches muscle tank and a cute themed bandana for the evening.

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The race was super small, but had a gorgeous course through orange groves and like a zillion hills. Another super accurate measurement! ? I haven’t done much hill training yet, so these steep inclines were welcome. It slowed my time down a bit, but I really pushed through and raced this 5k.

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Sometimes last minute races are the best, since you can’t overthink it and there’s less pressure.

What are your weekend plans? Any parties out there? What are you dressing up as?! I can’t wait to share photos with you all after tomorrow! 🙂

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Cutest beanie baby ever!!

Share with me, I love to know! ?

 

Pumpkin Spice Cereal Bars

Who’s getting sick of pumpkin spice?! Not this girl! I was in a fall baking mood this week, but also am in dire need of cleaning up my diet, so I wanted to make treats that wouldn’t ruin the progress I’ve made this week. I picked up a box of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin O’s during my TJs haul last week and knew I wouldn’t eat the entire box of cereal on my own. Brian doesn’t do much pumpkin and I’m not a big cereal lover, so pumpkin cereal bars were born.

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These bars are no bake, easy, and fun to make festive for fall. You can shape the bars before they cool into cutie little pumpkins or use cookie cutters to cut out seasonal shapes. I didn’t feel that creative so I threw in some Halloween sprinkles and let them set in the fridge to harden. I’ve made rice crispie bars before, so I kind of loosely based this recipe on past experiences and threw everything together.

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Ingredients:

3 cups cereal (I used the Pumpkin O’s)

1 package of marshmallows

1 Tbsp coconut oil

Sprinkles

The How To:

Melt the coconut oil in the bottom of a sauce pan. Add in marshmallows and stir to melt. While the marshmallows cook down, measure the cereal in a separate bowl.

Once the marshmallows are completely melted, pour over the cereal and stir to combine. It’s gonna get really sticky really fast, so you may want to use your hands!

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Once the cereal is evenly coated with the marshmallows, place cereal mixture in a pan and chill in the fridge til set. I tossed some festive sprinkles in there before placing them in the fridge. Everything is better with sprinkles!

Super fun and easy. And Brian never even knew there was pumpkin involved. If you want more pumpkin spice, use 1 tsps of cinnamon and add it when you pour in the marshmallows.

TJ’s Pumpkin O’s are vegan, whole grain, and relatively low cal, so I feel pretty okay snacking on one for a quick sweet treat. The marshmallows make them non-vegan, but they are a tasty Halloween treat that has no tricks! ?

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Marathon Training Recap Week 14

Oh no! This was the FIRST week in 14 weeks where I forgot to post this before the end of a Monday. ? Anyways, Week 14 was a good week and pretty uneventful….

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I started the week with a 3 mile run Tuesday evening. I have been running most of my runs in the mornings, so I felt the challenge of running at the end of the day. I don’t think I was hydrated properly or ate enough before the run, it just felt awkward. Back to am runs for me!

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Wednesday, I did a strength training workout in our new little home gym and it was awesome! My husband loves weight lifting, so he took me through a quick 20 minute circuit that involved a lot of arms and squats. I was so sore the next day, but felt great. I can’t wait to utilize our little gym more!

Thursday, I hit a local trail with the pup, a new neighbor, and a pumpkin spice latte, for a nice brisk 2 mile walk. It was pretty warm, so I really worked up a sweat!

Friday we attended a company picnic with Brian’s family. My first time to a some Florida springs!

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I only ran once but I was gearing up for a big half marathon that upcoming Sunday, so I wanted to be prepared for it. The race went well and I had fun, so I’ll share that in week 15!

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Did everyone have a good Monday? Any races out there?

Halloween Workout Gear

If you have some festive fall workout plans like me, then you’re probably already busy planning your costumes and outfits! I have a few Halloween fitness related events, including a couple races, and I’ve been brainstorming ideas for what I should wear. I’m not a big costume fan when it comes to running (I’m a less is more kinda gal), but I’m all about an outfit to match the theme. Checkout my picks below for some ideas for festive gear, perfect for all your Halloween plans! ?

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#tbt to last year’s Halloween

Btw, all these picks are way under $100, with the exception of the Nike shoes!

 

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  1. I have a pair of similar skeleton leggings that are my go to’s for running Halloween races. They are so fun and an inexpensive way to spread some spooky Halloween vibes!

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2. This Moving Comfort sports Bra is so cute layered under a muscle tank (see #5 or 7!) or on it’s own. I swear by Moving Comfort bras and this one may just be the next one I purchase!

3. I love these Halloween long socks and all the fun patterns they come in.  These are perfect for an am race that starts off chilly, but you want to wear shorts (Florida I’m talkin’ to you!)

4. These super cute Minnie Mouse ears are adorable for a race. Since I’m in Disney’s backyard, Minnie costumes are always encouraged.

5. I just purchased this PSL Tank (Similar here) from Zulily. Though it’s not available now, they often restock items throughout the season. If you can’t wait, check out the link to the similar one for all the PSL fans out there, including me. Insert basic status here?

6. Sweaty Bands are a FAVORITE of mine for running and all around looking cute. They seriously do not slip it’s like dark magic….perfection for Halloween.

7. VS Pink muscle tanks ares an absolute fave of mine. I love the cut and fit of the shirts and all the funny phrases and colors to pick from. When I saw the Halloween edition tanks like the Basic Witches and I’m here for the Boos, I knew it’d have to snatch one up. I went with the Boos one, because I have last year’s Witches tank and I plan to wear them every day until Halloween.

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8. Last but not least, who doesn’t want a cute pair of new gym shoes? These Nikes are cute for all your upcoming workouts and will be cute past Halloween.

 

Are you running any Halloween races this year? Share below! I have a 10k the morning of Halloween! ?

 

Marathon Training Recap Week 13

Lucky # Week 13 has come and gone and it was a busy week! I think I actually managed to fit in the right amount of runs this week…for maybe the first time since I started training?? ?

We’ve been lucky enough to be enjoying some gorgeous ‘fall’ weather here in Florida. There’s been little,  humidity, a little bit of wind, and cooler temps which makes running here a breeze (see what I did there??)

Week 13 started with a nice 3 mile run with my girl to Starbucks and a 2 mile walk back home while we sipped our coffees. Had a great morning run and loved strolling around town with pumpkin spice lattes and catching up with a friend.

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We found this cute ‘pumpkin patch’ and just had to snap a pic. This is what pumpkin patches are like in Florida! ?

Tuesday I took a rest day and enjoyed an AMAZING 80 minute massage at this fabulous day spa. It’s at the top of my list for gift ideas! My marathon training muscles were happy campers after my hot stone massage and the glass of champs at the end wasn’t too bad either! The spa is also conveniently located next to the new Trader Joes in town that I have yet to go to. I went ham in TJs and bough every pumpkin thing they had, tons of special meats like their pesto chicken, fancy cheeses, like 6 different freezer flatbreads, 2 Buck Chuck of course, and everything I could get my hands on ’til the next time I get to go. I busted out one of those pizzas for dinner last week….

Wednesday I woke up early for a 3 miler on Wednesday. I found this little guy on my run through my neighborhood and SWEAR every time I run in here, I find people’s loose animals. Then I quickly take a photo and post it to our community FB page. And everyone’s like oh yeah, that’s Jake he just roams around NBD. So lesson learned I need to stop being the crazy save the animal lady in my neighborhood.

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For dinner Wednesday I broke out a ham, Gruyere, and caramelized onion French tartine for dinner and man was it tasty! I love easy freezer dinners and this flatbread did not disappoint. I enjoyed my slices with raw broccoli, carrots, and celery with some yogurt buffalo ranch dip. Yum.

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Thursday morning I was up before the sun for a birthday run with a friend! We ran 3 miles and had a great time. Running with friends > running alone x 100. She treated me to a pumpkin cream cheese muffin (we shared!) and I got a freebie coffee of my choice thanks to the Starbs app. Great way to start the birthday! Later in the evening we were joined by my parents and drove down to southwest Florida for Italian with friends and then to catch the Key West Express to Key West! A full Key West recap is coming this week!!

Saturday in the Keys I went for a 3 mile run that was awesome! I ran along Duval St. to the souther-most point of the USA. I can check that off my bucket list! There was actually a half marathon and 5k Sunday morning that I tried to join, but online registration was closed and I overslept the next morning anyways. Next time!

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Overall, my times have been coming down and I’ve been getting faster. I think this has a lot to do with the change in weather,  but I’ve been feeling stronger. This is such a relief since the first 10 weeks of marathon training were a bit discouraging. I have a half marathon this weekend and am feeling good! That’s all for week 13! Week 14 is gonna be a good one, I can feel it!

What locations are on your running bucket list?

Marathon Training Recap Week 12

Twelve weeks down….how many to go ’til January!??

Week 12 was pretty uneventful …so this post is pretty short and sweet!

I started the week with Pink on Parade. Yeah, I totally counted that as a run for the week.

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Then Tuesday ran 3 miles, give or take. I was on mile 2 when I reached 30 minutes and found some dogs on the run. I tried going after them, but they ran away from me. NO, I did not chase them, I tried calling them towards me, but they weren’t having it. I hope they are okay!! ? They ran into another neighborhood and seemed like they were right at home. I haven’t seen them since…

Thursday afternoon, I joined my parents for a little Food and Wine fun at Epcot! It was a gorgeous day to be spent outside walking around…I did get my 10,000 steps in that day, so it’s not a lost cause!

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And that’s where my week of fitness ended. ? I intended for a few more runs, but I made a lot of excuses that week. I needed to do an 8 miler over the weekend and somehow that got pushed aside for birthday plans. We did celebrate Brian’s birthday on the boat…so it was worth it!

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All of the DELICIOUS food on the boat! That’s white trash in the container…stuff is addicting!

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Me and Daddio!

Does that even happen in marathon training where you just don’t do anything? Is it really detrimental to training? Hope not!! ? Though I have a lot planned this week (Vacation! My Birthday! Cake!!), I plan to stick with my plan better and get some quality runs in!

Have a great week, everyone!

Race Recap: Pink on Parade

October is my favorite month for numerous reasons: it’s my birthday month (and my hubby’s), fall is upon us, Food and Wine is in full swing at Epcot, there’s Halloween, good fall races, and it’s breast cancer awareness month. Every October I always try to get involved with a breast cancer awareness race or event and this year I choose Pink on Parade.

My mom was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer in early 2010 and is a survivor, so we try to get involved with charities and events to help spread awareness. Ladies (and gents) it is SO important to check yoself out. This is my reminder for the buddy check system! Just do it. Early detection saves lives.

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The Pink on Parade 5k was one of the best 5k events I have ever participated in. Ever. And I’ve done probably close to fifty 5k races!

While making our way to the starting line, the race began with pink fireworks and fog, a la Disney races! We are in a Disney built community ya know..

My sore legs were in need of a nice shake out walk, so I chose to walk with my mom, dad, Brian, and Macy while my friends ran in the 5k. This was Macy’s first 5k!

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Just after the 1 mile marker, they had a water station setup with waters for the humans and bowls for the pups! They were also handing out pink bandanas for the dogs and pink lemonade popsicles for the participants. We lucked out with a cool morning, but we were starting to work up a sweat, so the ice pops were the most delicious, refreshing treat! If I were running, I probably wouldn’t have grabbed one, so I was thankful to enjoy it while walking.

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There was such incredible support on the course: from marching bands and cheerleaders to the race volunteers, there was someone the entire way offering support and encouragement. Often the best part of races are the crowds who are there to support! It’s always really nice to say thank you to those who are out there showing their support! ?

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After one more ‘nutrition’ stop where they handed out candy, we were one our way to the finish line!

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From the course, to the snacks, and support, Pink on Parade was a great race for an even better cause. ? I’m already looking forward to next year’s event and to wearing lots of pink all month long.

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Will you be participating in any breast cancer awareness events this month? Don’t forget to check yourself!

Marathon Training Recap Week 11

Holy cow, 11 weeks of marathon training have passed? My milage is slowly creeping up into the double digit territory and while that made me feel terrified all last week, I’m starting to get an eensy bit excited.

So how did week 11 go?

Well I started week 11 without getting in my long run. I was down for 7 miles at the end of week 10 and skipped it Saturday, postponed it till Sunday, then pushed it again till Monday. I started out early in the morning, made it to 4 miles and decided to stop at home for a nutrition stop. Before going back out for 3 more, I said NAH, I’m good. I decided it was probably better to prep for my 14 miler over the upcoming weekend, then to fit in two longish runs in the same week. Sometimes that’s what happens during marathon training. And that’s okay.

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Tuesday I went for a neighborhood bike ride for a little cross training, then ran for 36 minutes, per my plan on Thursday. Friday I took it nice and easy and did a little carb loading for Saturday’s 14 miles. I found this oatmeal at Target and had it for breakfast Friday morning. I’m not usually an oatmeal person, but I felt like I needed some good carbs for the next day.

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I ended my day with the most delicious burger one could possibly ever have. You know those good burgers where you have sauce all over your face, dripping down your arms, and on the table? Yeah, it was one of those and now my mouth is watering for one pronto. We get them at a little hole in the wall taco stand. Yep, that’s right…. Burger from a taco stand.

I was absolutely terrified all day Friday thinking about what the next morning had in store for me. Since my last half marathon went just so well (<—sarcasm), I was dreading running more than that distance.

Well Saturday morning’s 4am wakeup call rolled around and I surprisingly jumped out of bed ready to go. I was planning on meeting some ladies in a Moms Run This Town group, but wanted to get a head out there early to squeeze in a few more miles before. I fit one mile in before meeting up with one of my close girlfriends who had 8 miles to do. We chatted the entire time and before I knew it, I’d hit 9 miles! Only 5 more to go?! I can do that, no problem!

I was shocked I was getting through the run and was actually having fun. I said goodbye to my friend, grabbed some Swedish fish for some nutrition and set out for the remaining 5 miles. Along the way, I saw other runners from the group and we’d join each other for a mile or so and before I knew it I had reached the 13.1 mile mark. LESS than one mile?! I was so excited and couldn’t believe how I had accomplished running that distance. All of a sudden my watch clicked to 14 miles and I was DONE. I still can’t believe I ran 14 miles.

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It definitely was a challenge, but I surprised myself and accomplished my longest run so far! I came home enjoyed some biscuits and chicken tenders, which is solely getting me through training, and then took a nice nap. Saturday evening we watch the Gators game…more like I slept through it, but would periodically wake up and cheer when they’d score.

Sunday, I walked the Pink on Parade 5k in Celebration with my parents and hunny. We met up with some of my work friends and enjoyed the beautiful weather and a walk to support breast cancer awareness. More on the race recap later!

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Saturday’s run has really helped boost my marathon training confidence! Do you ever surprise yourself with an accomplishment when you’ve had your doubts?

 

Halloween Running Scavenger Hunt

Boo to you ? We are officially in the final countdown to Halloween…yeah, we’re still 30 days away, but we are fully embracing all things spooky, creepy, and Halloweenie in this house!

Slowly but surely my neighbors have been putting up more and more decorations in their front yards. I haven’t seen any lights yet, but the month is still young. We’re hanging ours tomorrow!

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I run throughout my neighborhood a few times a week and it bores me nearly to tears. I love getting together with friends to run in different areas to switch up the scenery, but with all our busy schedules, we do not always have the pleasure. So when I need to fit in the miles and don’t have any plans with run buddies, I run my neighborhood.

To keep myself entertained for a quick spin around the neighborhood, I put together a little scavenger hunt of Halloween decorations. Not only does this scavenger hunt help pass the time, but can help stretch out extra mileage. Missed the giant floating pumpkin?  Circle the neighborhood again to find it!

This is my first season of holidays in a new neighborhood, so I absolutely love seeing how my neighbors creatively get into the spirit and the scavenger hunt helps me see everything on display. Read on below for the Halloween Run Scavenger Hunt…

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Download the PDF Here: Halloween

Reuse this scavenger hunt list with your running buddies in new neighborhoods and communities! One of my favorite places to run outside of my neighborhood has crazy Halloween displays and I always try to run there around the holidays. This is a fun way to get out and explore a new area, or find a new favorite running spot! Snap some fun selfies and share with me on Twitter and use #HalloweenHunt so I can see! ?????