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Weekend Recap: Bethlehem, Bart, and Besties

Get ready for some honesty, y’all. I ran out of time today and I don’t actually have a real post ready for you in regards to the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival. Runner’s World has graciously allowed me to tag along to their events twice now (full disclosure: they sponsored my involvement in the races) and I don’t want to forget anything important. Instead of recapping the races tonight, I’m just going with one of my favorite types of posts: sentence per picture. I’m getting a little too used to writing these, aren’t I?


What “Team Wombat” lacked in scavenger hunt skills, we more than made up for in enthusiasm and general awesomeness.

team wombat rw half


I was more than excited to receive this new yoga gear, but man was it embarrassing trying to “gracefully” use it all.

yoga essentials


They fed us the best food this weekend, and I really don’t know how I’ll cope with having to cook my own mediocre food again.



A very important lesson was learned this weekend: cheap beer does not make you better at blackjack or faster during races.

sands casino


There is clearly no better way to prepare for a race than to pull a Taylor and just “Shake It Off”  at the start.

10k dance break


I love, love, love meeting new people and these were some pretty awesome ones.

runner's world rw half ambassadors


  Golden is now known for three equally important things: running a 2:45 marathon at age 12, founding Altra, and throwing sick gang signs.


No big deal, just an altercation with an elderly woman who happened to have an abnormal amount of road rage.

runner problems

I had trouble adding multiple layers to my ensemble and apparently that lady can’t really relate.


It’s not a Runner’s World race without forcing Bart Yasso to take multiple pictures with you.

bart yasso

No worries, y’all. I will post an actual recap soon. In the meantime, just know that I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to head to Bethlehem this weekend. I always come back from trips like this feeling a mix of appreciation and inspiration. Now let’s just see if I use that motivation as momentum to actually do something else soon. I said after the last Hat Trick that I might run a marathon, but maybe this time I’ll actually do it. ;)

Question: If you run races, what was the best one you ran all year? I’m looking to form a little game plan for next year and I’d love some input!

Fitness Meets Fashion: Target® C9 Collection

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

Today’s post is one of my favorites of the week for two reasons: I got to go shopping at Target® and I got to pose awkwardly in the clothes I found before writing it. I never need an excuse to shop at my favorite store, but embarrassing myself is icing on the cake. Luckily for me, the clothes steal the show so you don’t notice my insanity quite as much.
target c9 collection

During my little fitness shopping spree, I chose the C9 by Champion® Paisley Legging and Cowl Neck Layered Tank. I’d be lying if I said it was an easy decision. I mean, I wanted to try so many different outfits on. Is this not the typical Target® problem or what? So much good stuff, y’all.

Ultimately, I decided to go with a combination I didn’t have much of: printed leggings and a bright tank top. I really, really love the pieces I ended up with. They even inspired this emo-style selfie, so you know it’s real love.

target c9

I told Ryne this was my “bae caught me slippin” look but he didn’t get it. He’s getting old. Anyway, back to the clothes.

C9 by Champion® Paisley Legging: While the look of these leggings initially caught my eye, the fabric’s feel and fit is what ultimately won me over. They are extremely comfortable yet tight enough to stay put during even the toughest of workouts. I run in these and they are perfect. Not to thick and not too thin. Plus, hello, they’re paisley.

C9 by Champion® Cowl Neck Layered Tank: I cheated a little on this one and chose a tank that I already owned, just in a different color. Why? Because it’s amazing. The built in bra is actually thick and supportive, which is usually not the case with these types of tanks. The top layer is flowy but very flattering. Definitely a keeper.

target c9

One of the best parts about my new outfit is that it’s perfect for fall evening runs. Right now it’s not quite cool enough to bring out the winter running gear, but the slightly cooler temps mean that my legs are loving a little covering. When it does finally get chilly, all I’ll need to do is grab a jacket on the way out the door.

night run

And with skies like that, I hope I’ll be outside more often than not. What about where you live? Have you busted out the cold-weather gear yet? We’re in this weird “60 degrees one day, 90 degrees the next” phase which means it’ll be 30 degrees before you know it. ;)

Thursday Thoughts: Traveling Edition

1. This morning I chugged a juice and pretended that one vitamin-packed beverage would keep me safe from airport germs. PS: this juice from Whole Foods is delicious, but only if you like beets. Luckily for me, I’ve been obsessed with them my entire life. I was a weird kid.
2. In other healthy eating news, I grabbed a salad once I got to CLT. It was pretty good, but I am not a huge fan of light dressings. Give me full-fat bleu cheese or give me death! Not literally, but you get what I’m saying. The only saving grace was that my taste buds must be off because this light dressing somehow tasted like pizza. Pizza-flavored salad? Now there’s a million dollar idea.
3. Working with children must keep your imagination strong, because I definitely pretended I was boarding my private jet today. I graciously allowed to let other passengers on board, though. I’m such a generous celebrity.
4. I’m so happy to be in Pennsylvania right now, but I have to say that I am a really crappy last-minute packer. I somehow forgot toothpaste, all of my credit cards, and probably about a billion other things. Here’s to hoping I have money in my bank account, y’all!
5. I have a giveaway scheduled for tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that. I’ll give you a tiny glimpse and you can try to guess what it is. (What was that kids’ gameshow that used to do that with pieces of a picture revealed a little at a time? Anyone know what I’m talking about? Probably not.)

Hope y’all are having a great week and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Weekend Recap: Quick Trip to Hilton Head

Another Monday is in the books, y’all. Work today was pretty uneventful, which is a really good thing when you’re surrounded by four-year-old children all day. No complaints here. I guess I should just get straight to recapping the weekend. We spent Friday and Saturday night at the beach and the weather was absolutely perfect. It felt like summer again! In my usual lazy fashion, I’m going to keep this little recap short and sweet. Two sentences per picture should do the trick.


This will be my permanent view when I strike it rich, retire after penny-pinching my entire life, or marry Oprah. I’m banking on the third option.

beach view


I sent Ryne out for breakfast and he came back with every carb on the island. This is how I know he loves me.

carbs on carbs on carbs


Only one of us is happy to be covered in sand. Hint: it’s not me.



This picture is proof that I know how to apply sunscreen. The only things I see are shorts and a hat.



Public displays of affection are proof that he’s not always embarrassed of me. Right?

my boy


Fall, meet summer. I don’t know which one of you I love more.

blue moon beach


If you ever go to Hilton Head, eat at Skullcreek Boathouse. And order all of this.

skullcreek boathouse


After dinner beach walks are pretty perfect. Especially when your child poses like a boss.



I am jealous of their photo, because ours isn’t as cute. I like my shirt, though.



Ten miles on Sunday morning before riding in the car for a few hours. Because I hate my legs.



The best gas station choice I’ve ever made. Cinnamon on everything, y’all.

chex muddy buddy snickerdoodle


I wish I took more time for vacation recaps but this will have to suffice for now. Long story short, if you go to HHI: eat at Skullcreek Boathouse and Market Street Cafe, rent a condo instead of booking a hotel room, and take advantage of the miles and miles of shade on the Pathway.

Question: What was the highlight of your weekend? Mine was spending time with my family… and listening to my toddler try to say beach. It never gets old. Does that make me immature?

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