5 Favorite Race Signs

HEY!! Yes, I’m still here.  Lots of big changes in the past few weeks.  But, I’m here!! This week was my first at my new job.  It’s awesome! It’s a whole different type of atmosphere then my previous job (thats a good thing), but that also means I’m busy 95% of the work day (also a VERY good thing! I hate being bored.) However, today is Friday and I found a free moment to jump on the Friday Five train! w00t!!

I’m linking up with the DC Trifecta, Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run!  with the awesome theme of “Five Favorite Race Signs”

I love to laugh, so seeing an especially funny sign while huffing and puffing is amazing!!!

  1. “Now that the race is over, can we have sex on friday nights?” – My first Marathon (Baltimore ’14) there was a guy holding a sign that said this around mile 23.  It was hysterical!! I was in a pretty decent amount of pain (stupid shoes) at this point in the run, so having something I could truly giggle at was so great!
  2. “Run Faster, I farted” I think the reason this sign was so silly is because a VERY young girl was carrying it.  She couldn’t have been much older than 3.  Her face every time someone laughed at the sign lit up. 🙂
  3. “No Time for Walken” (with a picture of Christopher Walken) – Clever, cute, and silly
  4. “Hurry Mom, Daddy didn’t feed us!” – This sign was at the Zooma Womens Half Marathon last May.  Perfect for the environment of all women! lol
  5. “Why do all the cute ones run away?” – I saw a sign saying this at the Baltimore Marathon this year.  Again, held by a really young kid.  Super adorable.

I hope you smile reading this silly signs! And have a great weekend!!! If anyone is running the Across the Bay 10k this weekend, I’ll see you there! BEAT THE BRIDGE!! 😉

  • Are you racing this weekend?
  • Have you ever held up a funny sign?
  • What is your favorite silly sign?
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5 people who motivate me! #FridayFive

It’s FRIDAY!!!! A super special Friday at that! 5 years ago today, I was sitting in a tiny little hospital in Weinheim, Germany and my water broke! Tomorrow I’ll have a 5 year old… *sigh* I feel old. what makes me feel young though, is knowing I can keep up with my little boy! 🙂

Today on the “Friday Five” were talking about who motivates us.  As per the usual, I’m linking-up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DCCynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run.  (The DC Trifecta)  So, lets get motivated!!

1.  My son. He’s my constant motivator, always pushing me forward.  He’ll watch me work out and when I start to slack off he says “You’re getting stronger!” or “You’re almost done!”  I don’t know if he realizes what he’s doing, but it’s very effective.  I know he’s watching, and at this point in his life, he’s like a sponge. He emulates. So, even when he watches quietly, or when he’s waiting at the finish line of one of my races, I know it’s important to finish strong.

2. My Father. In the past year, my father has become my race partner.  He motivates me to be stronger, and to run faster.   Running beside my Dad is one of the things I enjoy most about racing.  Again, he probably doesn’t know he’s doing anything, just having him run with me is a HUGE motivator!  Also, he consistently emails me about upcoming races and events, always keeping me on my toes ready to jump into any distance at any time.

3. Oiselle Volée. Running with this team of REMARKABLE women is amazing.  I’m not fast, so when I see my teammates pulling in Sub 18 5ks, I can’t help but feel a need to push myself.  Head up, wings out!

4. Emily. My I Run 4 buddy is always in the back of my mind when I’m running.  Emily and I are coming up on our one year Match-aversary and since we got matched, shes been with me through every run! When things get difficult I think to myself, “I need to do this, this is for Emily.”  I get the privilege of meeting Emily in a few weeks and I cannot wait!!

5. My BRF. I’ve made countless friends through running.  I’ve even had the chance to meet some of them at races! Seeing my “best running friends” is another kick in the ass to keep going!

Who motivates you? What/When is your next race? 

Freekeh Review! #sweatpink #freekehfoods

I was given the opportunity to try and to give away Freekeh for being a SweatPink ambassador! Never heard of Freekeh?  I hadn’t either, but I was eager to try!!  Thanks to Freekeh-Foods and FitApproach, I was able to do just that! I was given a rosemary packet and an original.  Because I knew I’d be mixing it with Chicken, I used the rosemary pouch.

I ended up making a DELICIOUS chicken-freekeh soup with shredded chicken, green onion, fresh garlic, freekeh, and assorted spices.  It was quite spot on actually.

But let me tell you more about Freekeh before I share more about the recipe!  What is Freekeh? Freekeh is a process which means “to rub” in Arabic. Freekeh was created by accident nearly 2,000 years ago when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their crop of young green wheat was set ablaze. Most folks would sulk over their misfortune, but the crafty villagers rubbed off the chaff, cooked it up and “Eureka!” Freekeh was created.

Freekeh is an ancient roasted grain that is a great improvement to rice or other grains. It has an awesome nutty, chewy texture. We offer it organically in 3 varieties: Original, Rosemary Sage and Tamari. What’s more, freekeh has up to 3 times the amount of fiber and protein as brown rice.  Freekeh is also naturally low in sodium and vegan! (it’s also delicious!)

I initially had no idea what to do with this grain sitting in from of me.  So, I looked for recipes on the trusty internet! I found an amazing one for soup and decided to make it my own a bit.  In the original recipe found here she used potatoes, chickpeas and carrots.  I wanted to make a bit of a simpler soup, so I nixed all three! Whenever I cook, I like simplicity.  If I try to go crazy, it ends up disastrous!

I used:

  • 2 pounds of shredded chicken
  • 4 cups chicken broth (made from hot water and bullion)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • Green onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup Rosemary Freekeh (2 servings)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Absolutely delicious!! The end product made for an excellent “homey” soup that took me back to when I was a little girl and my Yiayia used to make Greek chicken soup with Orzo.  The best part though, my picky 4 yr old approved!! That made this mama EXTREMELY pleased!!  Also, Freekeh has three times more protein then regular brown rice! According to the website, Freekeh is comparable to Quinoa in protein and fiber. Win Win! Check out these nutritional facts about the Rosemary Freekeh.

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I would definitely recommend Freekeh especially as fall approaches.  You don’t have to use it in soup to enjoy.  there are SO many exciting recipes available and I’m super excited to use the rest in a completely different way! 🙂

Have you ever tried Freekeh?  How do you make your chicken soup?

Five things I did this summer! #FridayFive

Yes, summer is coming to a close, however, if you’re anything like me, Autumn is more fun.  Autumn means better weather, hoodies, boots, and MARATHON SEASON!! Still, some people love Summer.  To each their own. 😉  I had a pretty eventful summer in regards to me as a whole.  Lots of BIG changes.

I’m linking up with my girls from the DC Trifecta, MarCourtney, and Cynthia for this summer edition of the Friday Five!

1. I BOUGHT A HOUSE!!! 

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Yes, I’m excited too! My fiance and I bought a house together. 🙂 The first one for the both of us. Over the last 2 months being a homeowner has been nothing short of amazing.  Yea, when stuff happens you can’t “call the landlord”, but it feels so awesome to come HOME to a place that is yours.  A house full of your stuff that is also full of love.

2. I got engaged! 

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If you hadn’t figured that out from “fiance” in the house comment.  My boyfriend of a little over two years proposed – at a race. How neat is that?  We were COVERED in mud, and he got down on one knee and asked me to be his “warrior” forever. SWOON.

3.  I got accepted into College!

yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds.  I already have a degree, but I can’t do much with it, soooooo I want to go back to school.  I was no only accepted, but offered Financial Aid for two epic schools in Maryland.  I’m stoked about being a college kid again.  Anyone else really like school???

4. I did some soul searching!

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My life wasn’t going the way I wanted it to.  So, I sat myself down and thought hard about what I needed to change, how I needed to change these things, and what I could do to “fix” my life.  I think having so many big things thrown at me at the same time made me second guess… well… everything.  It’s amazing what some reflection can do for someone! You’re probably muttering softly she thought? ok… awesome?  But really, it is.  Trust me.

5. Family!

I spent a LOT of time with my family… lunches, dinners, races.  My Dad even came and stayed with me for a few days! I love my family, so spending a good chunk of my summer with them was amazing and rewarding.  I was able to run with my Father, laugh hysterically with my sister, and spend time with my 2 favorite littles! (my son and my nephew)

What did YOU do this summer?  Anything exciting? 🙂

5 Ways To Tell That Your Significant Other Isn’t As Emotionally Invested As You

On POINT! I needed to read this today…

Thought Catalog

(500) Days Of Summer(500) Days Of Summer

1. They are never the first to apologize/reach out during an argument.

When you get into an argument with your special someone, the main concern for both parties involved should be reaching a compromise or resolution. If you’re with somebody who will allow days, or even weeks, to go by without any type of contact or attempt to reconcile, that’s a huge red flag. Either they are pissed off to the point where they genuinely need time to reconsider the relationship, or they simply don’t care enough to try and fix things. That speaks volumes.

2. They make you feel like an inconvenience.

If the person you are with is truly invested in the relationship, then he or she will make certain that you always feel valued. When you try making plans with your significant other and they get annoyed because they don’t feel like picking…

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2014 in Review #raceeverything #runchat

Looking back at 2014, I ran… a lot.  24 races!! (not including virtuals – over 30 if you include those!!) I had surgery, was sick very often, and had a pretty nasty injury to my left knee resulting in soft tissue damage.  HOWEVER, I still managed to knock out an impressive race resume.  Check this out…

Races of 2014

2/16/2014  Virginia is for Lovers 14K – I ran this race with my boyfriend in Virginia Beach.  This was my first ever race-cation! It was an excellent experience and I’m bummed J&A has decided not to do the race again!

4/5/2014 Brigance Brigade 5.7K – Weird distance right? Not really.  OJ Brigance’s number was 57…. get it? Yea.  Another race in the books with my BF, however this was through the beautiful streets of Baltimore, Hon!

4/12/2014 Sole of the City 10K – I ran this race 6 days after laparoscopic surgery in my abdomen.  Fun right? Yea… I guess. lol. My BF was beside me the entire time and helped me finish strong, even when I felt like I was going to pass out. I will run this again (as part of Charm City Run’s B3, and I will do better in 2015!!)

5/3/2014 Frederick Twilight 5K – Part 1 of the Nut Job Challenge.  Smooth and steady run with the BF (our second “race-cation”) Also, first time using EnergyBits! Goodness did I feel the difference!!

5/4/2014 Frederick Half Marathon – May the 4th be with you, and baby was it!! This was OUR (mine and Austins (bf)) First Half and we CRUSHED IT!!!  Earning two medals at the end was epic!! 🙂

5/10/2014 Warrior Dash, MD – OCR; Mud, rain, beer, and kisses?? Wait what?? Yep.  It was awesome.  Austin and I “re-met” at the Warrior Dash in 2013, so this was an extra special race for the two of us.  We killed it and had a blast as we decided to be St. Judes Warriors!! Can’t wait to do it all over again in 2015!! 🙂

5/31/2014 Zooma Half Marathon – My second half marathon in BEAUTIFUL Annapolis, MD.  I PR’d by 6 minutes!! 🙂 My beautiful son was waiting for me at the finish line which made me sprint through the finish with a full heart.  He even wore my medal around for a while. ❤

6/14/2014 Baltimore 10 Miler – GREAT race around my beautiful city!! Highlight of this race?? A young boy on the side yelled “Why y’all runnin’??” To which another racer yelled back instantly “ZOMBIES BRO… ZOMBIES!!!!!!” I almost peed myself laughing.  Austin ran this race with me also. This, along with the Frederick half were part one and two (out of three) of a challenge we were doing called the “King Crab”. 🙂

6/15/2014 GBMC Fathers Day 5K – The day I woke up the running animal in my Dad.  This was the first race (or many) that my Father and I ran together.  We stayed together the entire time and I couldn’t have been prouder when he crossed the finish line! 🙂

6/21/2014 Big Elk Trail Half Marathon – An XTERRA race, and holy smokes, it was difficult!! But sooooo worth it! I got a bit lost and ended up running 15.5 miles instead of 13.1, but… I qualified for the Half Fanatics and got my epic number #8403, so all the cursing, the stumbling over tree roots, the POURING rain, ALL WORTH IT!!! 🙂

6/22/2014 Baltimore Womens Classic 5K – Still one of my favorite races… EVER.  An all womens race, which means, BEAUTIFUL bling, amazing crowd support, and EPIC swag.  (bias?? nah… just grateful) Also, this particular race, I PR’d my 5K time… I’ve yet to beat it. So… 2015 BWC… I’m coming for you!!! 😉

7/12/14 Foam Fest, MD – OCR; foam, mud, sweat, and lots of laughs!! I “ran” this race with my sister and it was hilarious!! We were slipping and sliding everywhere.  It was definitely a great pick for Stephanie (sister) as her first race.  No time limit, and ALL fun. 🙂

7/13/2014 Miles that Matter 5K – LOVED the idea of this race because my maiden name is Miles 🙂 Another race with my epic Dad.  He was much better with pacing on this run.  You could tell he’d been training (I hadn’t!!) I was trying to keep up with him!! Proud daughter moment!!! YAY!

8/2/2014 Casey Cares 5K – How many people can say they’ve run onto the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards?? huh?? ME!!!!!! (and my dad, lol) This race was AWESOME!!! And my HUGE crush (before he left us and went to the Braves…. BLEH) Nick Markakis MC’d the race while his wife beasted it! (That woman has some serious wheels!!)

8/9/2014 Charles Street 12 – This race is tied as far as scenic races go with Zooma Annapolis.  I had no idea how beautiful parts of Charles Street were until I was barreling down it with a couple thousand of my closest friends!! HA! Seriously though, if you get a chance to do this race, you should! The majority of the race has a slight decline. It’s nice!!! One thing though… don’t move into a BRAND NEW APARTMENT the day before! *major body aches race day*

8/16/2014 River Valley Run 5k Trail Run – Now, this race did not go as planned.  I was supposed to run this race with my father.  He, however, had an emergency that sent him to the hospital the night before! (he’s ok) Luckily, I’d worked as a volunteer for packet pick up the day before and had both of our packets, and I have an amazing RUNNER boyfriend so he said “what the hell, I’ll run for him”. ❤ So, Austin was my Dad for the day.  Because I was dreadfully worried about my Dad, I was bound and determined to meet his goal time for the race.  Now, if you know anything about me, I’m not fast… I’ll run for 6 hours, but I’m not fast.  But dammit, if I didn’t make my dad’s goal that day!! 🙂

8/17/2014 Boordy Vineyard Trail 5K – HOT HOT HOT!!! Goodness I wasn’t expecting so much heat for a night race.  It was 6:30pm before the race started and the temperature was well above 80… Not normal for Baltimore.  I was DRENCHED, but I still managed to beat my time from the year prior, so I was happy!! And… free wine?? YES PLEASE!!

9/12-9/13 Ragnar Relay – 3 relay runs over the course of 34 hours with 11 people that became life long friends of mine!! My only regret… Going out to fast on my first leg.  THIS is where I got my knee injury/soft tissue damage.  Will I run another Ragnar? Oh yes…. Sign me up now!!

10/18/2014 Baltimore Marathon – The Big Kahuna!! My FIRST Marathon EVER!!! w00t!! (and part three of the “king crab”) I was originally signed up to run the half, but after a successful 23 mile training run, I upgraded (very) last minute. I’m SO glad I did!! This race was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life… AND (apart from having my son), the most rewarding.  I cried when I crossed the finish… sorry, not sorry.  Proud, in pain, in love, ALL OF IT!!!

10/25/2014 Thundering Hooves 5K – This race was extra special. Why? I ran it with my sister and my father.  My father left Stephanie and myself in the dust immediately at the start, which was ok… because HE PLACED!!! A little over 4 months of running and MY DAD PLACED 3RD IN HIS AGE GROUP!!! I couldn’t have been more proud!! 🙂

11/1/2014 Kids Peace 5K – Another epic race that ended in OPACY, with my Dad, except this time, it was chilly, and raining.  Highlights; people were in costumes and I passed the flash!!! (maybe I’m faster then I think!) My Dad kicked into high gear this race too and was able to break the 30 minute barrier for his 5K. 🙂

11/15/2014 Color Run, Baltimore – Alex’s first race!!! This race was amazing!! My whole family was there! My Dad, My sister, My AMAZING son, My boyfriend and my brother in law with my adorable nephew in the stroller. 🙂 Als even managed to run what I would added up to be a little over half of the mileage.  I love running with my family.  🙂

11/23/2014 Zoo Zoom 8K – My first experience “running” with a stroller.  UMPH! Hard as hell!! But toally worth it.  Alex was the life of the party!! He has random other races laughing, talking to him, and asking “when is his next race, we want to be there!” My Dad and I ran this race together (with Als) and it was awesome, all through the Maryland Zoo, which of course kept Alex engaged. 🙂

12/13/2014 Celtic Solstice 5 Miler – This was the 15th anniversary of this race, so the premium… LEGIT!!! Anyway, lol. This race was mine and my Dad’s last race of the year and it was an awesome one.  COLD though!! Woooooweeee! I loved the festive costumes and the bells I heard along the way. I also enjoyed the “wolves” they had along with the bagpipes to start the race!! Very exciting. 🙂  Also… 12.13.14 – HOW COOL IS THAT?!!!

So, that was my year… how did yours stack up?? Any PR’s? Any races you didn’t plan on doing?? 🙂 Have an AMAZING holiday and a FANTASTIC new year!!! As for 2015, BRING IT ON BABY!!!

@BioSkin Sale!! – #ambassador #runchat #compression #sweatpink

Ladies and gents!!! Remember those amazing compression sleeves I’m ALWAYS talking about?! BioSkin is having a Fall sale right now on them and EVERYTHING else!! Just use click the image below, use code FALL2 and you’ll get 15% off!!  This is huge!! If you don’t remember, the sleeves and the Ten-7 saved my legs during the Charles Street 12… read herefall-in-love4

However, you have to act quickly.  This sale is a short one!! It’s only good today (9/23) through Thursday (9/25)! So, if you’re interested, head over there!! 🙂  Have a great Tuesday! ❤

Now wait a minute? A blogging award?!! (I nominate – @LonerganTara & @AliceannaBalt… GO!)

Ladies and Gents!!  First off, Happy Tuesday!!  I hope your Monday didn’t suck yesterday, as unfortunately, they… being Mondays… sometimes do.  Also, I hope you grab Tuesday and make it your… well, I hope you make Tuesday great! (lol).  Now!!  Guess what!!  My little blog has been given an “Inspiring Blog award”.  🙂 I can’t even tell you how cool that is to me as a new blogger!!  This award however, comes with some rules… weird right?  An award with rules?  That doesn’t quite sounds right… buuuuuut ok! Here we go!! 

Marsden (RL) over at http://runninglonely.com/ was gracious enough to nominate ME for this award!! His blog is hilarious.  You should check it out!  Seriously, I don’t promote unless I like the “product”, and I laugh constantly at his posts. 🙂  (rule #1 complete!)

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The next rule is to tell you 7… yes, SEVEN things about myself… Which I feel like I do on a pretty regular basis with the Friday Five… but I’ll try my darnedest to rifle through the filing cabinet in my brain and find 7 NEW things you don’t know about me.  Check back in a few… this could take a second… *hour glass*

1. The reason my younger sister and I are so close (if you’ve read ANYTHING on my blog this will make sense)… I pretty much raised her.  Now… please don’t get the wrong impression.  My parents are both alive and well (well enough).  However, My mother worked a ridiculous job which caused her to NEVER be around.  My father, he’s a saint.  But we were two young girls.  It’s difficult enough to raise one daughter, but two?! Goodness… Anywho… I, being the older sister, stepped in (without really knowing I was doing so until years later when Stephanie – the sister, brought it to my attention) and took care of her.  I potty trained her, I taught her to read, I taught her to ride a bike… even as she and I grew older, I was the one who went with her to pick her wedding gown, and went to all the fittings.  When we have problems, we call each other… not our parents. 

2. Keeping it in the family, My father is my other best friend.  Yea yea, all daughters have the daddy’s little girl complex right?  No. This is different.  My father and I could talk about nonsense, sipping expensive German wine for 12 hours… and have no idea how much time had gone past.  We’ve run races together, talking the entire time.  My Sister and my father are my two best friends.  (weird? eh… I actually think it’s pretty amazing.  They can’t leave me when we have a fight!! HA!!! STUCK!!! lol) My father and I have actually taken vacations together… Just him and me.  You know why? WE GET ALONG! lol. It’s remarkable! lol. Ok… next.

3. I’m never happy. Now please let me elaborate as that statement alone isn’t true.  I’m never happy in a sense that I always want to improve.  I currently HATE my job… However, I’m not in a position financially where I can leave.  I currently am in the middle/end of a divorce (most of you already know this) from the man I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with.  Things changed, and although I’m happy that I’m moving forward in my life, I’m heart broken to leave behind a 10 year relationship.  (At my age, that’s a long time…) I’m not happy with my current race times (lame right), but sticking with what I said earlier… I always want to improve.  So, when I “fail” which is how my brain processes a non PR race time, I feel like poop. Damn Greek guilt. OK!! Next!!!

4. Apparently a lot of you didn’t know I was Greek!! My mother is Greek and my father is a German/Welsh mix (lol, sounds like a puppy). I’ve been told I “act and look” Greek.  However, after spending 2 years in Germany, I’ve become more aware of German customs.  Either way, I’m a 100% awesome. 🙂

5. I’ve traveled to Germany, Scotland, Luxembourg, France, England, Belgium, Canada, and I’ve been to 27 different states.  I’ve also lived ALL over! (MD-NY-VA-SC-KS) and of course Germany! I’ve moved 16 times, so my move coming up (making #17) in 4 days should be a piece of cake… especially because it’s 7 miles from my current dwelling! 🙂 

6. I have a slight obsession with Walt Disney World… which is why I get very sad when these Disney races come up and I see the prices.  I have to tell myself “it’s because of the place, Stace”… but it still hurts my soul!! lol. I’ve been to WDW 17 times since I Was born.  Although the last time was in 2008. I’m WAY overdue for a trip.  Now that I have a little man who’s almost 4… I think I need to start saving!!! *stupid happy grin*

7. And finally, I’m an open book.  Again with the randomness.. I apologize.  You can ask me anything.  I will be as honest and forthcoming as I possibly can.  Also, you can come to me with anything.  ANYTHING.  A soldier that was in my ex husbands unit just lost his life to suicide recently, (like last week).  He left behind a wife and two kids. when things like that happen, I always wonder, “Did he have anyone to talk to? Was he afraid to talk to someone? Do anyone reach out to him?”  As a PROUD runner with RWB, (a former soldier, and a former army wife) veterans and warriors of ANY kind are especially dear to my heart.  If ANYONE needs to talk about anything… I don’t care if I know you or not, talk to me.  Words can make or break a situation. ❤

The final rule is that I had to nominate 15 (ha!!) bloggers for this award… I took after my Boy RL and said “nope!”  I do read blogs, I do… really.  However, I don’t feel like I can nominate a blog that I don’t spend a consistent amount of time reading.  So, even though I’m not giving you 15 (which I think is a bit absurd anyway), I have two extremely deserving blogs that you should give a look.

Kathy (@AliceannaBalt) has a ridiculously inspiring blog at Dietary Musings. She Blogs about recipes, self image, home repair, and her BEAUTIFUL daughter.  She is a fierce and amazing woman. Definitely worth checking out her stuff!!!

Tara (@LonerganTara) has an AMAZING blog at The long and winding road… Her posts have on more than one occasion brought me to tears.  If you or anyone you know is going through infertility, PLEASE… no seriously, PLEASE read her blog.  She is a true inspiration.  She and her firefighter husband are wonderful and beautiful people, and the posts she writes make me smile, laugh, and cry.  

It helped me picking these two ladies because I went to high school with them both.  I know them both pretty well and I LOVE their writing style. 

@AliceannaBalt and @LonerganTara — It’s your turn!!! ❤

#fridayfive {fitness snapshots!} – linking up with @yousignedup @eatprayrunDC & @marmaone1

Due to the fact that this week I’ve been incredibly inactive, I’m not going to go the “shots of how I was active this week” road; rather I’m going to share some momentous fitness occasions with you. 😊 As always, I’m linking up with the DC trifecta…

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So… Here we go!!!

1. My first race… EVER –

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Yep, it was a Color Run, and it was fun! I can’t really say it was a 5k (anyone having run a color run knows these races are closer to 2.8 miles…) but boy was I proud afterwards! Messy… But proud.

2. My first half marathon –

20140711-170950-61790378.jpg Yea, I thought I was a bad ass and figured, why not run a 5k the night before you tackle your first half?! lol, I’m not a bad ass. However, I finished. One year (almost to the day) from my first race EVER, I ran a half marathon!! (Holy crap!!) Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be able to run that far, or for that long!!

3. Rec volleyball (BSSC) –

20140711-171257-61977397.jpg You’re probably thinking… Tec? Momentous?? Why?? I’ll tell you why… This team (who I have no played with for three seasons) was the first organized sports team I was on since HS. I loved the camaraderie, the sense of satisfaction when we won, and the friendships built during pre (or post) game happy hours. Yea, I’m drinking the koolaid BSSC… 😊

4. The first time I ran with my Dad –

20140711-171722-62242176.jpg My Dad is my hero… So to be able to run a 5k with him was one of the best (fitness) experiences of my life. To make it more special, the 5k we ran together was on Fathers Day. 😊 I’m happy to announce… I didn’t scare him off!! We’re running our second 5k together on Sunday!! 😊

5. When my son told me he wanted to run, “just like you Mommy!” –

20140711-172014-62414121.jpg I’ve talked about Als a few times, so you know how much this monkey means to me. For him to tell me (at 3) that he wants to run just like me… Yea, I just about cried. We were at the NCR Trail that morning when he said it, and then he took off!! He ran 2 miles… And this mama couldn’t have been prouder! Yes, I had to carry him back to the car (almost a mile), but it was more than worth it! 😊

I hope you enjoyed my “snapshot” Friday Five!! And as always, have a happy and healthy weekend!! ❤️