Thursday, September 24, 2015

Marathon Training - It's Still Happening

So the funny thing about all of this running is that I spend so much time thinking about blog posts and things I'd love to share. However, as y'all have picked up on...this has been the longest blogging break I think I've ever taken. These days I do actually do a lot of blogging, just not here. This summer was a big one, bigger than anticipated and there's quite a bit of catch up I have to do but have decided to start here.

So many running pics to catch up on to, lots of gorgeous sunrises!
Marathon training has started to feel like planning a wedding all over again. "How's marathon training going?" is starting to come as frequently from everyone in my life just as "How's the wedding planning going?" once infiltrated my life. I so appreciate all of the support, but just as with wedding planning I don't feel like I'm where I should be with marathon training and it certainly makes me anxious. It also lights a fire under my butt to keep moving so that's a good thing.

This past week I finally got into double digits and while I made it through I didn't feel as strong as I wish I did at this point. So far the farthest I've run in life is 13.1 for my half-marathon, and when I trained for that race 10 miles was the farthest that I got. That 10 mile run was 15 minutes faster than what I did this past weekend, but I just have to remember that it's the same distance.

Ice baths for the win
At this point I think I'm going to get to 15 miles before the actual race and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. That is 11.2 miles less than a marathon. That's a lot. An extra 3.1 on top of the 10 miles I had gotten to with half-marathon training felt so much longer than I had anticipated so I can only imagine how another 11.2 miles will be.

I've been doing a lot of Googling of "how to train a marathon without really training"and "how many miles do you really need to run before a marathon". I know that I can do this, but I definitely know that it's going to be tough. Like, really tough.

Love/hate relationship with this guy right here #hurtsogood
Obviously my mind has now shifted to prepping the ultimate playlist for that day because something is going to have to keep me going. 5.5 hours is a long playlist to make so comment with some upbeat or fun throwback songs you think I should include.

More updates to come on life in general and the rest of training - I've missed y'all!

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Final [for now] Move

We have officially moved into our house. Ours. Surreal.

And a definite after-move Monday it is. Seems like the only clothes I brought to the house were pajamas, socks, bathing suits, and then just a few things from the far back of my closet. One of which I had to wear today. Fluffy hair since my straightener is still at the old house and a necklace found in my gym bag that luckily matched the one dress I had to wear.

I didn't think we'd never buy a house, but I really didn't think we'd be able to do it this soon. Does this mean I'm an adult? Shockingly this entire process was so much easier and quicker than I thought, but I don't want to jinx myself for the next time it happens. A bit later I have some quick tips to share on prepping for the house hunt.

But we'll still miss this house, it is the place that has really been home in Richmond. Where we've finally felt settled, where we've found great neighbors, where we planned our wedding, and brought our sweet Georgia kitty home. 

This was where I came home after running my first half-marathon, and the neighborhood where a majority of my training runs took place. It's where I actually kinda sorta started to like running hills, just a teensy bit. 

It's where we could walk to the cute old school pharmacy for breakfast and hear Friday night football games in the fall at the high school just down the street. 

first glimpse of the new house
Since I moved out of my parent's house for college in 2005 I have moved 15 times. In a decade. Maybe that's why I'm always so tired?

I moved into my residence hall freshman year, then back to my parent's for the summer. Back into an on campus apartment sophomore year, then to an off campus apartment with my friend Whitney that summer. Then back to campus I went for junior year in the sorority suite, and in May 2008 to my first big girl apartment. After graduation I headed to Raleigh for a month where I moved back in with Whitney and another sorority sister.

The next year could be counted as one continuous move. Left Raleigh to head to Woodstock, VA for the summer before heading off to travel the US for the year in my first job. Then moved back in with my parents for the summer before grad school. Went down to Columbia for school and into the only place I'd ever life by myself (and I urge everyone to do it at least once in life) that was full of pink and green girly goodness.

That summer I moved most of my belongings into storage and headed out to Texas for an internship and then back to Columbia where I moved into a friend's apartment for two weeks before I could then move into my new place. After grad school we made the move to Richmond, where we are now, and into an apartment together before finding a rental house where we've been for the past two years. The only place I've consistently lived in since 2005 for more than 12 months.


Well anyways, we made it yet again with lots of caffeine and so much incredible help from my parents. Without my dad we would have no blinds, bathroom fixtures or curtains. Really need to get him to start teaching Mr. Young...

A house tour to come as we get settled, stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I can't stop drooling over this week's What I'm Loving Wednesday round up. Like, I might seriously just want to live inside of this picture collage once I saw them all together. Lately I have tried to be a bit more picky about what I choose to pin while I'm browsing but just saw too many things I loved this week. I need to do a major overhaul of my boards sometime soon, I just keep creating new ones so that I can actually find things.

But in other news, can you believe that it's June? That means this year is almost halfway over. How is that even humanly possible?

Take a second to forget that it's already June (and that it's only Wednesday) and enjoy these fun finds!

1 // This incredible colorful bouquet by The Dainty Lion found on Wedding Chicks
How do you get all of those colors in there together so perfectly? Why can't I get married again? It it's perfectly loose but put together all the same time, and look at those fun succulents peeking out! My love for color just cannot be contained.

2 // This natural lemon counter cleaner from Style Within Reach.
First, I hate spending tons of money on cleaning products and always think about how I'm spraying chemicals all over surfaces that I'm preparing food. Why even ever bother to buy natural or organic foods if you have a kitchen dripping in chemicals? Haven't tried this yet but looking forward to making a batch when we move into the new house. Will report back.

3 // This DIY Gold Foil Brush Stroke Pillow from Design Love Fest.
Because I love pinning DIY projects and crafts that I'll never actually make but look really cool...

4 // This Gold Foil Calligraphy Invitation Suite by Margot Madison on Etsy.
Round two of why can't I get married again? My eye for design was immediately caught on this invitation suite and I just can't get enough. I love how it's so classic yet with fun modern twists and that perfectly loopy style of calligraphy. Be still my heart.

5 // This loosely travel themed nursery by Taylor Sterling on Glitter Guide.
No, there is no bun in the oven and won't be anytime soon. But it doesn't mean that I can't pin this on my "To File Away for Later" board. I love the calming and muted palette that has perfect pops of color. This is the second travel themed nursery I've seen and just can't get enough. I hope to someday surround my little ones in a place that grows their hopes and dreams and love the idea so much.


Happy Hump Day y'all, hope this brings a bit of inspiration to your day!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday Motivation

I so need to get back into this Monday habit. So let's start today, ok? With a busy week ahead and our first wedding for Dogwood Brides this weekend, I'm needing some extra inspiration. 

This little quote right here is reminding me to keep dreaming big and to keep pushing through. You can live whatever life you want, but you don't get it by sitting on your bottom watching Mad Men all night. Whoops... It's certainly important to understand the balance of giving yourself time to breathe and staying on top of work, and sometimes the balance weighs much heavier in one direction. 

I've already pushed through the hard part of finding something that is going to make life incredibly interesting and it's going to grow and morph in ways I couldn't have imagined. Life's going to be a little crazy as I continue to pour my energy and soul into DB but I don't think I'd have it any other way.

So what is it that you want to be doing? Do you know, are you still searching? You have to do something active to get there whether that be some individual soul searching or conversations with those who know you best. But please, don't just sit around wishing.

What are you going to do to get movin' on your something interesting this week?