Workout motivation of a different nature

I’ve posted on workout motivation before… But this is a whole different kind of motivation. In order to eat these tasty treats, I feel the need to workout first.

Today, I was lazy enough to skip the gym all together and just search delish food blogs, instead.

Please vote in the poll for one of these recipes and I’ll make the winner this month! That especially means my friends that read this blog!


Oreo Cheesecake Cake from Erin’s Food Files

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes c/o Food Snots

Strawberry Shortcake Sushi created by Take a Megabite

Pizza Bites from Annie’s Eats


Banana Bread Scones w/ Brown Sugar Glaze via The Kitchn

Hot Corn Dip created by Gina Marie’s Kitchen

Chicken, Bacon, and Cream Cheese Taquitos from Mommy I’m Hungry


marathon training: lessons learned

2nd marathon (Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon) – done and done!

I finished my 2nd marathon this past saturday and it, like my first, was a success (in my book)! This time I was nervous, but not like I was for my first. I was most nervous about it not being as great as my first experience – my first (and only until now) went much smoother than I had expected.

Again, I wasn’t running for a time but simply to finish. And finish I did.

I finished in 4:21 and my previous marathon time was 4:53. That’s a good 1/2 hour difference. I wasn’t trying for time @ either of these but obviously I have gotten faster throughout the past 1.5 years of training for time for half-marathons.

While I am no expert on running (by any means), you can see some of my chronicled training in these posts:

Now, something else you can do is look at these pictures from my run:

two goofs who like to run (it was their first time!)


the team minus 1




The first picture is the result of learning lesson #1. Here’s the list of some things I learned this go-round:

1. Remember your defensive running rule, in a new light. People may push or elbow you in the first mile to get ahead and then you will have to use discarded clothing to sop up blood until you reach a first aid tent miles away.

2. It’s okay not to run the week before. I read a lot of things about how much to run the week before, and I basically just didn’t run and I ended up doing fine.

3. You don’t need coffee to fuel you (it’s delish and normally I drink it, but not this time!).

4. Gels are good. I don’t train with them and I don’t really like them but I used them during the race (not recommended to try something new during race time) and I think they gave me added energy.

5. Nike Free+ shoes are great but around mile 21 your feet will wish you had a bit more padding in your kicks.

6. There’s nothing better than having friends around pre and post race, whether or not you stick with them the whole run.

7. High-fiving every kid on the side reaching for one makes you find little bits of joy in the pain.

8. You’re doing it, no matter how slow you go, so be proud.

9. Thank the police who are blocking cars from hitting you; practice gratitude, again even in the pain.

10. Eat lots of pizza the night after you run. It never tastes better.



Friday Favorites

Posts this week:

Three cookie recipes I made yesterday:
Have a good weekend! What some final four (go OSU!) and eat some good food! Check out these things I liked this week:

Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cake from Six Sisters’ Stuff

This fantastic sofa and decor from the portfolio of Lucyina Moodie

Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches created by the Chef in Training

I love this reminder from Muffin Top-Less

Be yourself! 

I love my job, but if I could get paychecks without working I totally would.

There’s a website that has some funny pictures on it, and sometimes they put up funny facebook comments. This one had me laughing so much! Haha I don’t know why I thought it was so funny!

age shmage

Please just allow me a quick rant, and then I’ll move on. Okay? Thank you.


Two days in a row older men and women have commented on my age and it’s affect on my ability to work out hard. Now, this is true – the younger you are the easier it is to work out. I’m sure of it.


BUT, just because I am young is no reason I work out hard. It’s all about what you can do, right? You can be old and while not able to run as far, lift as much, do as many reps – whatever – as I can, you do what is the maximum effort for yourself.

I have one spin instructor who stresses that, and for that I am so thankful. Do what is 90% of your own max effort – not what the person is doing next to you.


I work my tail off. I work out hard and I sweat a lot. I push myself and try to do the best I can.

Stop telling me the reason is only because I am young. Seriously. Today in my spin class there was a substitute teacher who kept praising me for doing so well, yada yada. Then she and a man in the class began discussing the reason I was doing so well was because I was 20 years younger than them. Uh, no. The reason I was sweating and huffing and puffing was because I was kicking my own tail. I’ve seen people my age in there who don’t work as hard. It’s not age, it’s effort.

Don’t compare your workout to someone else’s. Please. Do your best. Push yourself because you can’t push the person next to you. 

That’s all I’ll say.


But, since we are speaking of age, happy 27th birthday to one of my big bro’s, Daniel!

Friday Favorites

You know what my most favorite thing about today is? It’s Friday! As R. Kelly would say, “the freakin’ weekend, baby ’bout to have me some fun!”

A recap of this weeks posts:

Now on to some favorites from the week! Enjoy! Happy weekend to YOU!

my view at the store on V Day

Hibachi and my valentines! (photo cred: Michelle)

These cuties were celebrating Vday with icecream... the group of us above in 50 years (photo cred: Michelle)

favorite album this week


this Nike shirt! Cute, cute, cute!

I'm ready for some baseball


Links I liked:

an ode to coffee [in pictures]

[all images found on pinterest]


Come to Me, and rest in My loving Presence. You know that this day will bring difficulties, and you are trying to think your way through those trials. As you anticipate what is ahead of you, you forget that I am with you – now and always. Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you were meant to go through them only when they actually occur. Do not multiply your suffering in this way! Instead, come to Me, and relax in My Peace. I will strengthen you and prepare you for this day, transforming your fear into confident trust.”


I definitely needed that this morning. I had woken up on and off last night worried about the events of today.



Trusting is not my strong suit. I’m a planner and with the 109384457 things going on right now, I am struggling not to try and plan out each day and the next (and the next, and the next…). I haven’t succeeded in doing this, yet I still try.


I am learning. I am learning to say, “Thank you God for the path you’ve already set before me” and then to let it go and just walk that path. Am I good at this? No, but I am learning.