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Well, it’s been more than a minute, so I figured today was a good day to pop in and share some randoms with ya.

Happy Friday!  I’m taking a half day today and am thrilled.  I’m taking it because I have a few errands and stuff around the house to get done, but that’s OK, still means no work!

Running

My half marathon is 65 days away.  Doesn’t sound SO bad now that I’m typing it out.

Running has been going OK.  I’m trying to do all the OTF treadmill workouts as runs, versus before when I’d do power-walking.  So far that’s going well.  I’ve gone on a couple of runs outside as well and they’ve been OK.

On Saturday I ran 5 miles outside and felt good.  I ran with my other half and while he struggled, I felt great!  It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that good.  Fingers crossed that this weekend I won’t crash and burn.  I’m planning for 6 tomorrow.

While training hasn’t been stellar, my bare bones plan is to add one mile per week, which would have me at 10 by the end of May, which is fine with me.  It’s also getting lighter earlier, which means that early AM runs will be more doable during the week.

Running Fashion

I used to be extremely structured in what I wore to run.  I had to wear pants with a drawstring waist and a pocket, I had two sports bras that were OK, and of course a buff/neck warmer.

Somehow I’ve become a bit more flexible and have done a bunch of runs in pants without drawstrings.  Hooray!  Who wants to celebrate? 😉  Same goes for sports bras.  Pretty much any of the ones I own are fine.

Now though, I’m going away from headbands and more towards hats.  I also wear hats to OTF because I feel like with a hat I’m tougher (don’t laugh).  I can just put my head down and get sh*t done.

Hats are expensive though. I refuse to pay +$20 for a hat.  Thankfully TJ Maxx/Marshalls are great places for that sort of thing.  Of course it’s totally lucky since the inventory turns so quickly.

So when I saw a cute hat that didn’t look stupid on me (many do, I have  BIG head) and it was only $6.99 I snagged that thing up.

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Note that that is not me.  🙂  So it has a cute pattern, reflective detail, and like I said, doesn’t look horrible.  The tag said “Running Hat”.  When I got home and removed the tag, I saw the tag that indicated the brand…Limited Too.  Ha!  While I could be wrong, I’m pretty sure this is a kid’s brand.  Not sure what kid has a head this big, but whatevs.  I like the hat and will proudly wear my Limited Too hat.

Have you ever bought a random brand?  I had a non pregnant friend who fell in love with and bought a pregnancy shirt.

Other Cool Stuff

A dear friend of mine was on Good Morning America a week or so ago!!!

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That’s Amy!  After dealing with some crazy medical issues for years, she ended up writing a book about dealing with chronic conditions and advocating for your health and yourself.  I highly recommend her book.  Link to buy on Amazon.

It was amazing to see someone I knew, who had been through so much, on TV talking with Robin Roberts!  I was in tears with pride.

Cookies

Ending on a sweet note.  I’ve been baking a fair amount.  The other half takes my baked goods with him to work where people supposedly go nuts for them.

While I’ve made more complicated items, what everyone seems to go nuts for are my cookies.

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These aren’t truly “my ” cookies as they’re based off the Nestle Tollhouse recipe.  That said, I do tweak that recipe a bit.  I also play around with the “toppings”.

The photo above is chocolate chip, butterscotch chip, Heath bar, and cocoa sea salt.

What I’ve started doing it putting a mixture of sea salt and cocoa powder on top of all my cookies before baking them.  I love the salty/sweet combination and apparently lots of others do too!

What I do struggle with is that the cookies always fall.  They come out of the oven all puffy and pretty and then they collapse.  Don’t get me wrong, they still taste amazing, but they’re not perfect.  Any suggestions?

With that, please have a most wonderful weekend!!!!  Talk soon! ❤

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Friday Loves

Hi there!  Happy Friday!

It’s been a loooong week (at least it felt long) and I’m glad it’s finally Friday.  That said, I feel like I look forward to the weekend all week which makes it feel that much shorter and leaves me feeling that much sadder on Monday.

Last night I got pissed off by an email that a coworker wrote.  Rest assured I called him out on it, but it left a bad taste with me.  I also caught the news before bed and the Syria stuff messed with me a little.  My irritable/frustrated feelings clearly carried over to this morning where I was a bit ornery at Orangtheory.  Typically a workout makes everything better but for some reason that didn’t happen this morning.

I came home (still irritable), fed Minnie, and then took her out for a walk.  During our walk I became somewhat normal again.  It was about 6:45a and the sun was just coming up through the trees.  I love nature and love the beauty in nature so at that point I told myself to just let everything go and have a good day.  Stay positive and be happy.

So here I am.  Keeping with the positive spins, here are a few things that have made me happy over the past week.

Today’s Walk

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This is the photo that reminded me to stop and let everything go.  It’s just not worth it.  Beauty is all around us and once you stop and let yourself look, you’ll see it.

Sweet Treats

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Hey there!  🙂  Last Sunday I had a family event to go to.  I wanted to bring something but wasn’t sure what.  Normally I’d bake, but I didn’t have time.

A new donut place opened in the next town over Donut Crazy.  I’d been following them on instagram so I knew how amazing their donuts looked.  So Sunday morning my sister and I headed over and grabbed half a dozen to take with us.

I’m not sure I’ve ever brought a dessert that got people this excited.

Flavors above are crumb cake, french toast, cookie monster, strawberry glazed, maple bacon, and cannoli.  YUM!!!

I’m not a huge donut person but they are definitely tasty.  I think the joy in this one was more in everyone else’s reaction than mine.

Flowers

Maybe it’s almost not winter.  Maybe.

This is our first “spring” in the house and so I was very happy to see daffodils growing in the back yard.  And while I don’t have any photos of them, I do have a photo of the hyacinth that my sister brought me last week.  It’s doing a great job of making the house smell like spring.

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On a related topic, I snapped this photo the other day while I was getting my hair colored.  I LOVED these plant holders (is that what they’re called).

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I loved them even more when I learned that they are tomato cages flipped upside down, legs cut off, and then spray painted.  So cool!

Hats

While I will forever be loyal to my Bondi Bands for workouts and spin, I’ve started wearing hats for my own workouts.  I think that it’s less harsh on my fragile hairline (although that could be in my head).  But now I want all the fun hats and it just seems like active hats are not fun.  If you have any hat suggestions for someone with a big head, let me know 🙂

Sleep (sort-of)

So i’m thankful for sleep, although my sleep isn’t the greatest.  I used to be an amazing sleeper and somewhere within the last 4-5 years that went out the window.  I still sleep OK but I wake up a bunch.  The flip side is that since i’m not sleeping as soundly, it’s much easier to get up at 5am.

In an attempt to boost my sleep I grabbed some melatonin from Whole Foods.  I grabbed the 3mg.  I would only take it a couple of nights a week, but I felt like I was sleeping better.

Wednesday morning on my way to work (I had gone to OTF early) I was literally struggling to keep my eyes open.  It was bad.  I turned up the music, started singing and did all I could to stay fully awake.  I even considered pulling into a rest stop for a nap.

Thursday morning the same thing happened.  Hmmm.  Why???  Well, I realized that both nights before I had taken melatonin.

So I hopped online last night to see what the recommended dosage of melatonin was.  While the information varies, I ended up clicking on a link to Dr. Oz (not my favorite, but somewhat reputable) and he clearly stated to take 1mg.  So I was taking 3 times what he’d recommend.  Perhaps that was why I was struggling so much.

So last night I took no melatonin and also had coffee before work (I usually have it at work).  I’m happy to report that my eyes remained open for my entire drive.  It could be a coincidence but I think I’m on to something!  🙂

So there are my thoughts in a nutshell.

Tell me…

Do you take melatonin or anything to help with sleep?  What?  How much?

Any hat recommendations?

Is it spring yet?

Have a most wonderful Friday!!