When a Training Run Becomes a Race

Howdy! I’m linking up this week over at  Mississippi Piddlin and HoHo Runs as well as at Run Megan Run to catch up on this past week.

With only one “real” week of school left, the end-of-year mania is stirring up: benchmarks, awards, field day, OH MY. I finally nailed down some wedding-related details this week, including the last big task of booking our tent and rentals. Now it’s on to smaller details like welcome bags, table numbers, and favors (which Mr. Groom and I are “crafting” together). The tent was unnecessarily stressing me out because a.) I didn’t really want one and b.) I didn’t realize how RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE they are. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of the tent, because our venue has some really beautiful, very old oak trees and I didn’t want to hide them. However, the estate’s house isn’t large enough to hold all of our guests, and my mom was adamant that we get a tent in case we have record-setting rain like we did this past October. Yay! Obviously she won that debate and here I am with a slightly messed-up budget. It’s only money, right? 🙂

Anyway, on to the running part of this week. It was actually a race week for me, but I didn’t have a goal in mind for this one. The forecast all week predicted rain, and having just run my big half three weeks ago, I was just looking to finish this one.

Monday | Rest

Thank goodness there was no workout on the schedule for today. Lady somehow ran into the retaining wall outside last Sunday while she and Molly were wrestling and scraped up her side pretty badly. We cleaned her up the best we could, but when I got home from work on Monday afternoon, she had had a blowout in her crate. It was EVERYWHERE. So after the lovely experience of cleaning up doggy doo from her bed, blankets, and Kong, and scrubbing her crate, and cleaning the surrounding carpet, I took her to the vet to see what was going on. I’m happy to say that her parasite tests were negative and she is healing up nicely now! Thankfully, she didn’t need stitches, but by the time I got home, I was exhausted. Thank goodness for rest days!

Tuesday | 3 Mile Progressive Run

It rained on Tuesday, so I took my workout to the treadmill. I definitely got bored, even with some higher inclines thrown in, but it wasn’t too bad. Pretty uneventful, though. After I finished, I did strength training on my legs/lower body for about 30 minutes or so, which I didn’t keep track of. Maybe I should start doing that…

3.00 miles; 10:36/10:08/9:18 

Wednesday | Speedwork

I won’t lie. I bribed myself with pizza to get through this workout. Judge me if you want. I hit the track around 6 on Wednesday to tackle some fartleks. After warming up for one mile, I alternated 2 minutes of faster running with 2 minutes of easier running for 3.5 miles, then had a .5 mile cooldown. I peaked in mile 3, but managed to keep all of my surges between about a 7:30-8:30 pace. I followed this victory by bringing my sweaty, probably smelly self to pizza and trivia with Jeff (I am a font of useless knowledge. It’s my forte). Life is all about balance, y’all. 🙂

5.01 miles; 46:45; 9:20 pace

Thursday | 3 miles easy

I skipped this run. Teeheehee. My school celebrated its 80th Anniversary with a snazzy gala, so I ended up sticking around until it ended at 7:00. By the time I got home, I was pooped, and combined with the tough workout from Wednesday, I was not feeling a run.

Friday | Cross

I had planned to skip cross-training today because I knew I had a race coming the next day, and while I wasn’t planning on actually racing, I still wanted to have fresh legs so I could at least finish comfortably. Looks like this logic worked!

Saturday | Aiken Triple Crown 10-Miler

And here we are… The race I didn’t plan on racing. When I first registered for this one, it was mostly driven by the fact that it was part of Aiken’s newly created Triple Crown Race Series (which included a 5k and Half Marathon). The actual Triple Crown race was once held annually, but this year was its first running in several years. The forecast did not look optimistic for the morning of the race, but when I woke up, the skies looked fairly clear. I hate running without music and was less than excited at the prospect of running 10 miles listening to myself breathe. 🙂 I took a chance and bought my phone, and there was no rain! It poured all night on Friday, though, which was perfect because about two miles of this bad boy were on the dirt horse roads that are common in Aiken. We kicked off at 7:30 AM with me in the middle of the pack. I started out at a decently comfortable pace, but couldn’t keep from pushing myself. I felt strong throughout this whole race, despite not doing much of a taper (if at all) or having a strategy. Maybe that’s what helped me–just getting out there and running, and not worrying about when I’d take my GU, or whether to walk the water stops. I just ran it. Looking at my splits definitely makes me smile, because I was able to keep up a great pace throughout and had a really strong finish.

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I crossed the finish line and waited for other runners to finish and got some pictures with my Sole Sisters. 🙂

Then the awards started, and I was very surprised when…

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This happened! I’m lucky to be able to run in a small town, because I know I could never place in a larger race. But I’ll take it!

My official chip time was 1:31:40, but I also clocked my fastest 10K yet, according to my Garmin, with a time of 55:59. Hopefully I can beat that at the Peachtree this summer!

10 miles; 1:31:40; 9:07 pace

Total Weekly Miles: 18

All in all, not a big week in the mileage category, but a great week for speedwork and racing. Here’s to the last week of school — next week is all about field day and our farewell to first grade celebrations!

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Weekly Wrap No.5


Hello, friends! I’m linking up over at Mississippi Piddlin and HoHo Runs to recap week one of PEACHTREE training! It’s crazy to think that the 4th is only 8 weeks out, but here we are already!

I am LOOSELY following Nike+ Running’s Intermediate 10K coach program. I say loosely because I’m awkwardly in between the intermediate and advanced plans, mileage-wise. I didn’t want to jump into the advanced one and burn out, so I decided to try the intermediate one and really focus on speed work this summer.

May 9-14

Monday | No plan?!

Monday was the day before my plan officially started, and conveniently Aiken’s monthly Sole Sisters meeting! I was so happy to finally be able to meet up after joining the Facebook group a couple months ago. We got in almost 4 easy miles alternating running and walking. It was the perfect way to jump back into running after Run United. After we finished, we headed to Maria’s, a local Mexican restaurant. Cheers!

3.66 miles; 45:52; 12:32 pace 

Tuesday | Rest

You guessed it! Tuesday was consumed with yard jobs and more wedding planning. I lead an exciting life, my friends.

Wednesday | Speed Work


On the agenda for today was my first speedy day (and, coincidentally, the first day of training). I headed to one of Aiken’s running tracks and did a one-mile warm-up followed by 2.5 miles of fartleks and a .5 of easy running. Despite the INSANE HEAT (although this is nothing compared to how it will be in a few weeks), I was really pleased with my pace. I alternated two minutes harder with two minutes easier. My harder paces hovered between about 7:50-8:30, with my final one averaging around 7:20. Score! It was tough but gratifying to see some good pick-ups, especially towards the end.

4.00 miles; 38:02; 9:30 pace

Thursday | 3 miles easy

After a minor wedding-planning-fueled meltdown, I headed to the track for some easy miles. I was truly running off the crazy. There is nothing that some sweat and take-out sushi can’t fix.

3.12 miles; 30:31; 9:52 pace

Friday | Cross

After work Friday, Jeff and I hustled over to the gym and I hopped on the indoor bike. That was victory number one. Historically I have skipped my cross days, then felt guilty, and then continued to skip. Resolution #1 this training cycle: speedwork. Resolution #2: cross train (including STRENGTH). I meant to snap a picture of my stats when I finished my bike ride, but we were trying to hurry to head down to an Augusta Green Jackets game, so I immediately grabbed some water and fit in about 10 minutes of core work.



Still a win! It was great to get in something besides running for the first time in a long time.

10.00 mile bike ride; core work

Saturday | 3 miles

I was wanting to do something a little different than road running, so I took my run to Hitchcock Woods around 10:00 on Saturday morning.


I’m sure I’ve mentioned the woods on here before, but I’ll say it again. They are AWESOME. With 70 miles of trails spread amongst 2,100 acres, it’s paradise for hikers, equestrians, and the occasionally nutty trail runner. I probably saw around a dozen people out riding in the FABULOUS weather. While the trails are nicely shaded, they are mostly soft sand, so running in there is tough. Luckily the views and friendly faces make the going easier. My favorite thing about the woods is that I have never felt unsafe in there and they are extremely clean. I love that they’re smack in the middle of downtown Aiken, but you feel like you’re miles from everything. I still have a ton of trails left to explore in there!


I ended up stretching my run to 5 easy miles to make my time on the trails worth it, which was smart, since later that night we went to The Big Mo, a delightfully retro and quaint drive-in about 30 minutes away. And, of course, you can’t go to the drive-in without….


FUNNEL CAKE! That bad boy only cost me $2.50 and I don’t want to know how many calories. Seriously, though, for $8.00, you get to see a double-feature of current movies (we saw Captain America: Civil War and Jungle Book) and you can bring blankets and not get weird looks from strangers! It’s a win-win.

5.00 miles; 1:00:11; 12:02 pace <— forgot to pause watch when yielding to horsies. Oops!

All around, it was a pretty great week running-wise. This week I’m sticking-ish to my plan but will be participating in Aiken’s Triple Crown Road Race (a 10-miler). I say participating and not racing because I do not plan on killing myself trying to be fast (fast for me, at least) on what I’m assuming will be a hot and humid morning. Instead, this will just be an extra-fun training run that happens to include bling at the end. Yay!

On another note… today marks ONE MORE MONDAY in the school year and only 12 days left with my munchkins. I will miss those sweet faces, but SAYONARA, FIVE AM WAKE-UPS! Or, more accurately, five-AM work wake-ups… But I’m not thinking about that right now. 🙂

Total mileage for the week – 20 miles


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Weekly Workout Recap No. 4

Hello, Friends! It’s time for another weekly recap hosted by Run Megan Run. Click on over to join in the fun! (<— I should quit my day job to become a poet.)


April 17-23

Sunday | 6 miles easy

After the AG5K trail race on Saturday, I was looking to take it easy with six miles through downtown Aiken. Jeff and I parked at the library, which I really need to get a picture of because it’s this beautiful brick mansion turned book haven. Is there anything more wonderful than that? Possibly, and that would be running through downtown Aiken. Think: flat, wide roads with medians lined with “winter colony cottages” (AKA mansions). It’s the best, and it made me even more excited for the Run United half this weekend! We didn’t end up making it out until about 2:30, so it was pretty hot out. Jeff went for a couple of miles (he’ll be doing the Run United 5k this Saturday) and I kept on going. We ended up meeting at The Pizza Joint after I was finished. It’s funny because when he texted me to say he would meet me at the restaurant, I wasn’t bothered at all. Then I realized: dang, my fiance expects me to go ON FOOT to meet him for food. This would have made me semi-irate a year ago, but the first thought to cross my mind was: sweet! I won’t be pressured to cut my run short!”. I’m basically a butterfly that has undergone metamorphosis. 😉

6.30 miles; 1:00; 9:37 pace 

Monday | Rest or 3 miles easy

Knowing that the rest of the week was going to be incredibly hectic, I hurried home right after work to fit in 3 miles before we had a meeting with our wedding coordinator. It was HOT, since I left at about 3:45, but after a cold shower, it was off to the Church — we’re six months out from the big day!

3.00 miles; 26:54; 8:58 pace

Tuesday | 5 miles

Looking to avoid the peak heat of Monday’s run, I held off until after dinner to run through the neighborhood. Perfection!

5.14 miles; 48:44; 9:29 pace

Wednesday | 3 miles

I had a feeling that I was going to be too distracted on Wednesday to run, and I was right! I had the First Year Teacher of the Year banquet after school, and needless to say, running was pretty much the last thing I wanted to do after my family left to head back to Hilton Head. This was the first run day (aside from optional rest/run Mondays) that I skipped during this training cycle, so I don’t feel bad…at all. 🙂

Thursday | 5 miles

Once again, I had something going on Thursday night, so I headed out at about 3:45 to get my miles in. However, it was a lot cooler out than the forecast predicted, and it was nice to stretch out after taking off on Wednesday. I seem to subconsciously run faster when I know I need to be somewhere later!

5.00 miles; 45:19; 9:04 pace

Friday | Rest

Fridays are for groceries, chores, and date nights. 🙂 Jeff and I went downtown to a couple of restaurants for Aiken’s Earth Day festivities.

Saturday | 10 miles

I overslept Saturday, and by the time I was ready to run, it was HOT. I wanted to be able to enjoy my last long run before the race, and it was also the day of our neighborhood yard sale, which I didn’t want to miss. I instead set out in the afternoon (what is up with me and the peak of heat lately?!) for five miles that I told myself I’d do at an easy pace, and make up the long run in the morning While I wasn’t totally knocked out after, I definitely was fast. I may have the fact that I had plans for that night to thank. Either way, my pacing last week has got me pumped for this Saturday!

5.00 miles; 45:28; 9:05 pace


I’m feeling very optimistic about Saturday. With 84.2 miles finished at the time of this post, this has been my highest mileage month ever, and I will finally crack 100 miles on Saturday! Woohoo! I splurged on a new *sparkly* running outfit, and that combined with how flat this course will be makes me confident that I can beat my goal of 2:10 (hopefully by a lot!). I don’t think I’ll be doing any more halfs this year due to the heat and wedding planning stress, so this is going to be my time to meet my goal for 2016. All the details will be on here this weekend! 🙂

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Weekly Workout Recap No. 3 and Amazing Grace 5K Recap


Hello, Friends! It’s time for another weekly recap hosted by Run Megan Run. Click on over to join in the fun! (<— I should quit my day job to become a poet.)

April 11-16

Monday | Rest or 3 Miles Easy

Monday was the first day back at school from Spring Break, and I was feeling about as exhausted as I expected after work. Jeff also left Monday morning to go to California for work for the week, so I was just feeling super unmotivated. I worked a bit on the house/yard for my Aunt’s visit the next day and contemplated life on the couch, because I’m a teacher and it’s April.

Tuesday | 5 miles

My Aunt came down Tuesday after work for a quick visit, so I headed out around dinnertime for my run around the neighborhood. I had to cut this one short, though, because we had a thunderstorm in the forecast and it looked seriously threatening about halfway through. I brought my phone with me and didn’t want it to get soaked, so I booked it home. I guess that’s one way to pick up the pace! This was my fastest 5k yet. Too bad it wasn’t in a race!

3.12 miles; 27.27; 8:50 pace (!!!) 

Wednesday | 3 miles–speedwork

Since I was short on Tuesday’s miles, I decided to get 5 in on Wednesday after our faculty meeting. Again, I was really pleased with my pace. I’m not sure if it had something to do with it being testing season at school, or if I was just bored with Jeff being gone, but it’s like everything clicked this week.

5.01 miles; 45:26; 9:04 pace

Thursday and Friday | Rest

I spent these two days catching up on paperwork for school, wedding planning, and getting chores done so I wouldn’t have to worry about them over the weekend. I may have been taking advantage of “tapering” for the trail 5K I ran on Saturday, but oh well. It seems to have worked in my favor. 🙂

Saturday | Amazing Grace 5K Trail Race

I decided to run this race because it’s part of a new three-part race series in Aiken (next will be the Run United Half and Triple Crown 10-Miler). Runners who participate in all three will receive a special prize, which I hear is supposed to be a really nice shirt. We’ll see. 🙂 This was the first race I went to by myself, as Jeff didn’t get home until Saturday night. I hadn’t run this trail before, but it was so beautiful! I got some quick pictures on my phone before and after, but they won’t download to my computer for some reason. 😦 Anyway, it wasn’t a huge race, but it was very well put together. I really enjoyed the trails and it helped that the organizers spray painted all of the protruding roots bright orange. 😉 I wanted to really push myself this race since I rested two days beforehand. It worked! I forgot to turn off my watch (again), so I’m showing a total distance of 3.14 miles in 29:02. It wasn’t close to my goal 5k for this year of 27:00, but the fact that it was on a trail makes me completely fine with this. I actually ended up taking first in females 20-29! My new runner friend Missy (who is a total beast) also took first in her division.


I’m not sure how I did overall–the results haven’t been posted yet. However, this is definitely a race I’ll plan to do again next year.

I’m officially two weeks out from my next half and I’m feeling really optimistic about my 2:10 goal (my goal for the year, actually). I ordered a new outfit for it last night online, which we all know is almost a guarantee of a PR. Right? I have no hopes of placing in this race, as last year’s runners were absolutely amazing. There is something comforting about knowing I don’t have a chance at competing against the other runners, because it will allow me to focus completely on bettering myself. I’m so excited! Hopefully, I will fit in 100 miles this month for the first time EVER. I’m up to 58.1 as of today, which is a pretty big thing for me, especially balanced with work and wedding planning (and, of course, my fur babies).

Here’s to another week of running in this BEAUTIFUL spring weather!

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Weekly Workout Recap No. 3

Another week, another recap! This one is coming later than usual thanks to a post-spring-break fog that I am having some serious difficulties shaking off. However, last week was a great one for training! Head on over to Run Megan Run to join in the fun!


April 3-10

Sunday | Cross

Instead of getting in my cross training last Sunday, I opted to do my long run thanks to some nasty rain on Saturday, which you can read about here if you’re that nosy. 😉

Monday | Rest or 3 Miles Easy

I was visiting my mom last week, so I chose to rest on Monday– a rest day well spent, because we were able to find her dress for my wedding! We also found my bridal shoes and went out on a lunch date. It was so great to spend some mother-daughter time together before I headed back home the next day!

Tuesday | 5 mile run

I arrived back in Aiken around lunchtime, and after getting the house cleaned up from Jeff’s brief bachelor stint, I headed out for some miles around the neighborhood. I took it pretty slow, but I did sneak in an extra lap around the block. I’d call it a success!

5.5 miles; 54:48; 9:58 pace

Wednesday | 3 mile fartlek

Heh… Fartlek (I spend too much time with six-year-olds). This week’s speed day was one song easy, one song harder. Of course, I listened to Pandora’s Rap Strength Training Radio, which makes me feel like I’m basically a rapper/Olympian/tabloid regular. It was fast. It was fun. Also, I feel like Taylor Swift and I could be running buddies.

3.01 miles (because that .01 matters); 27:23; 9:06 pace

Thursday | 5 mile run

Nothing like rushing to go out for some Masters people-watching to make you run faster!

5.00 miles; 47:00; 9:24 pace

Friday | Rest

This rest day was dedicated to our first Braves game of the season. Oh — and my first-ever “sausage sundae.” This is an actual thing you can order at Turner Field.

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In case you’re wondering, the sundae contains a sausage cut in half lengthwise, pulled pork, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and a cherry tomato. Also, yes, you will hate yourself yet love America while eating this creation.

Saturday | 12 mile long run

We headed to Peachtree City on Saturday afternoon to run on the 9,569,070 miles of golf cart paths (maybe not quite, but close). It was so nice to run on pavement without having to dodge oncoming cars, with the exception of a couple of rogue teenagers basking in the freedom of going 30 miles an hour in the open air.

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My plan was to stick close to Lake Peachtree since I read it is about 4 miles around, but I couldn’t figure out how to get all the way around, so I tried my best to do an out-and-back. I still got lost. Oops. The trail was shady, though, which helped temper the constant hills I encountered once I veered away from the lake. I was about to stop at mile 10, but then I remembered that lovely sausage concoction, and decided I like longevity too much.

12 miles; 2:05:22; 10:27 (<—obviously sausage sundaes are not ideal run fuel… oops)

I’d have liked to be faster on the long run, but I’m just telling myself that pigging out over break, getting slightly lost, and dealing with hills the entire time had an effect on my times. At least, I’m hoping that’s true, because my next half is only a few weeks away! Thankfully, this one is in Aiken and I’m thinking it’s going to be very flat, especially compared to Atlanta and Augusta.

Despite the slowness, my knee/IT band have been feeling awesome this week. Hooray! I was getting extremely frustrated with feeling pain after a few miles, but stretching/yoga/foam rolling seems to be helping a ton. Hopefully it continues!

And there it is! 25.51 miles last week. April is shaping up with some nice miles. I’m thinking this will be my highest-mileage month yet! So long as I don’t completely give up on all things running or have a spontaneous injury, I think I might crack 100 miles for the first time EVER. Ah!

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Weekly Workout Recap No. 2

March 27-April 2(3?)


Happy Sunday! Click on over to Run Megan Run to join in the fun! I’m logging my weekly workouts to stay extra accountable with training and connect with other runners across the country!

Sunday | Cross

Jeff and I headed to 11:15 Mass on Easter, then worked on the yard for a while until it started to rain. We ended up having corned beef and cabbage (belated, due to working late on St. Patty’s) and watching Black Mass, which I have been wanting to see FOREVER. So, unless if stretching and yard work counts as cross, I’d call this a rest day. 🙂

Monday | 3 miles easy or rest

Again, opted to rest to play with our new lawn mower. Because we’re adults and these things are fun.

Tuesday | 5 mile run 

Making up for Sunday and Monday, I got in a little more than 5 miles around the neighborhood in some seriously fabulous weather. Taking two days of rest seemed to have a lovely impact on my pace, too! I was about 22 seconds faster on the second half.

5.3 miles; 50:03; 9:27/mile

Wednesday | 3 mile progressive run 

How much time has to pass between workouts to count as a two-a-day? For example… is five minutes enough? Just kidding, but I did end up heading out twice on Wednesday. I rocked out my 3 miles with splits at 9:08, 9:00, and 8:31. Then, Jeff’s new running watch arrived in the mail, so I headed out with him at an easy pace to try it out. Basically I felt like I should be in the Olympics by the time I got home.

Just kidding. Kind of.

3.01 miles; 26:51; 8:56 pace | 1.5 miles; 15:32; 10:17 pace

Thursday | 5 miles

I won’t lie, I was not feeling a run at all on Thursday. It was spring break eve (Can you tell I’m a teacher?), I had tons of laundry and packing to do, and Jeff and I were planning on a date night before I headed out of town to my mom’s. However, I knew I’d feel guilty skipping another day so I forced myself out of the house to fit in my miles.

5.0 miles; 49:14; 9:51 pace

Friday | Rest

Saturday | 10 miles

The weather was awful Friday and Saturday. I drove through rain the entire way down to my Mom’s in Hilton Head and it didn’t look much better on Saturday morning, so I decided to push my run back to Sunday. We went to 5:00 Mass and feasted on Greek food afterwards. I still wanted to fit in some miles, though, so clearly not thinking, I headed out about 10 minutes after getting home from dinner to avoid running in the dark. Oops. Never run on a stuffed stomach, my friends. It’s not cute. (PS-> I still ended up running in the dark).  I did, however, get to watch a beautiful sunset while I was busy crawling along, trying not to puke.

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Sunday | Cross

Yay for a gorgeous day! I didn’t see a single cloud the entire day and there was basically no humidity. My Mom, John, and I headed to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge so I could get my run in somewhere scenic. We walked together for a little bit before I ran off (~LOL runner humor~).
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I will say that this was

  1. the prettiest run I have ever been on
  2. the flattest run I’ve ever had
  3. my first trail run
  4. TRAIL RUNS ARE HARD. Even if they are flat.

Hopping over giant oak roots and avoiding rocks and sticks while also keeping an eye out for gators (they’re plentiful down here!) definitely slowed me down, but this was one of the most enjoyable runs I’ve had.

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I did have to make a potty break in the woods which was a first for me. It was lovely. I read online that this place is crawling with gators so I was terrified the entire time of getting pulled into the marsh bottom-first while innocently taking a pit stop. #trailrunningproblems. I also got a horrible knee cramp (is that a thing?) at around mile 7 and had to stop to stretch, but by mile 8 I was feeling ducky again and was able to pick up the pace a little bit. Overall, it was an excellent long run day and made me a lot more excited for my trail race (5k) in a couple weeks!

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If you are ever in the Hilton Head area and looking for a place to run, walk, or bike, I would highly recommend Pinckney Island. I took this picture at Bull Point, about 2.5 miles from the parking lot. The whole island was incredibly clean and the trails were well-maintained without feeling commercialized. I wanted to do a 7.5 mile out-and-back to a beach on one end of the island, but parts of the trail were closed, so I ended up exploring a bunch of shorter trails, both gravel and grass. There were a good number of people out and about, but I was mostly alone to think and take it all in. I definitely will be returning here in the future!

I’m not sure if I should count my 10 in my miles from last week, but I still plan on sticking to 12 next Saturday, so I’ll just go ahead and add them in for a grand total of 26.8 miles this week! Here is to making progress one week at a time.

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Five for Friday

I can’t believe it’s already Friday. Talk about a fast week! After having Monday and Tuesday off, Wednesday was an early release day for the kiddos (full day for the grown-ups). The past two days flew by, and now it’s time for a little linky party fun! You can join in over at Doodle Bugs Teaching.



Getting Flowers

When I got home from work last Friday, I found dinner and flowers waiting for me… for no reason. And we all know that is one of the best feelings. 🙂 Good work, Jeff! We capped off the night with a deliciously indulgent candy binge (I literally ate an entire Cookies n’ Cream bar…King Sized… and a bag of gummy worms. But it’s okay, because I run. Or something).




Do I really need to say more? We’ve already been over the fact that coffee is a daily staple for me, without which I probably would be an absolute dragon lady. But this. THIS. IS. PERFECTION. Please don’t remind me of the giant list of unpronounceable ingredients. I’m taking one for the team, here.


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Fire Safety Week!

Our fire safety week fun was cut short this week, but we were still able to squeeze in a few read-alouds, craftivities, videos, and even a guest speaker! A parent of one of the first graders is a fire fighter, and he came in this morning to show us his cool uniform and answer our questions. Probably the best moment was when he asked the children what they can do when their smoke alarm goes off. Winning answer? “You can smack it.” Good idea. We did some shared writing (above) and their ideas were precious. When I sent up three kiddos to give him our letter, he asked them to read it. One of them said she couldn’t. #proudteachermoment #nexttimewewillrehearse


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Skinny Pumpkin Muffins!

Okay, so the skinny part may be a stretch. But these DO only require two ingredients, so the prep-work involved is skinny! Yeah. Mix a box of spice cake mix with some canned pumpkin. SO DELICIOUS. And surprisingly filling, although I will probably still consume 5 a day until they are gone.



Getting Hitched

I realized this week that 2016 is a leap-year. I realized this when October 8 fell on a Thursday and I have a minor meltdown thinking I scheduled our wedding for 2:00 on a Friday instead of 2:00 on a Saturday. So, as of today, we have 365 days until my name changes and I confuse all of the children. Yay!

And there you have it! Plans for this weekend include my Church’s annual Chocolate Festival (!!!) and a visit from my Mom. Happy Friday!

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