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Running Workout + Mizuno Wave Rider 18

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.

Remember how I thought about working out out last night? Well, I didn’t. We made popcorn and watched a movie instead. Tonight I ended up walking by my new shoes and they totally guilted me into running. I still wanted to incorporate the strength training that I skipped, so I mixed ‘em up a bit. I’ve done variations of the following workout in the past, and it definitely breaks up the miles and makes the time fly by.

the running workout

Let’s get back to the star of the workout: the shoes. I was recently sent a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18s and I’ve truly enjoyed breaking ‘em in. I’ve worn them to run up a mountain, clean the entire house, and complete a bodyweight circuit. It’s fair to say that they are a great multipurpose, neutral running shoe. Plus, they are freaking easy on the ol’ eyes. That never hurts.

mizuno waverider 18

The 18s are an update on the 17s (did you all just say “duh”?), and I think they nailed it this time. I actually really liked the 17s at the time, but the 18s are definitely an improvement. They’ve gotten even more flexible and comfortable, which is really inspiring me to get back into longer distances sooner rather than later. They also look sleeker and more fashionable, in my opinion. I know that shouldn’t mean much, but I wear my running shoes around while running errands. I want them to look nice. I also pose in them a lot, because a run obviously didn’t happen if you don’t have photographic evidence. I’m only half joking.

mizuno waverider 18 review

If you headed over here for some more specific shoe-speak, you’re in luck. I totally know how to compile facts into one mean bulleted list.

The Wave Rider 18 shoe:

  • comes in three color options in both men and women’s
  • weighs 7.8 ounces in women’s and 9.2 ounces in men’s
  • is built to have an ideal heel fit and secure midfoot embrace
  • has been upgraded to include the most innovative technology
  • is pretty daggum sweet, y’all

Okay, fine. So I’m no shoe expert. I just know what works for me and what doesn’t. The Wave Rider 18 running shoes are keepers. That’s all I need to know.

Question: Do you ever break up your runs with other types of workouts? If so, what’s your go-to combination?

Tuesday Tangents Because I Couldn’t Wait for Thursday Thoughts

This week seems to be going a little slower than usual. I’m clearly still a kid and having trouble waiting patiently for Halloween. I just want to dress up and eat candy, y’all. Is that such a crime? Anyway, I don’t have a real post planned for today. Rambling instead of coming up with an actual idea sounds like way more fun.

1. My friend Heather posted a BuzzFeed article on my Facebook and said I was in it. I immediately got the nervous sweats because 99 percent of the time they don’t paint the most flattering picture of people. I was sure I was getting made fun of, because I basically make it way too easy to do so. Luckily they just posted this staged picture instead. Crisis averted. I feel like I owe them a Christmas gift or something now, because there are millions of awful pictures of me to be found. That’s my internet win of the day.

armpocket giveaway

2. Remember when I said I was going to buy some Diane von Furstenburg wedges on ThredUP? Well, I bought a jacket instead. I’m mildly obsessed with it and want to wear it every day. Of course the weather has been in the upper 80s all week just to spite me. Knowing my luck, it will jump straight to big, puffy jacket temperatures next. C’mon, Mother Nature. Hook me up.

dvf jacket

3. Maddux painted this pumpkin at school the other day, with some apparent help with the stem. I think he pretty much #NailedIt.

pumpkin painting

4. He also rocks at putting shorts on all by himself. If I hear “no, me do” one more time, I’m going to lose it. I find it hilarious that he doesn’t see his weaknesses and just assumes he’s great at everything. I’m almost jealous of that kind of blind self-esteem, you know?


5. Yesterday we celebrated some awesome news with some awesomely sugared-up drinks. I’ll share the details soon, I promise. Until then, let’s just all laugh at the fact that I wasn’t the one who made these girly concoctions.


Now I’m going to sit here and decide if I want to work out or not. It’s been ages since I’ve lifted a weight, so I feel like I’m due for a trip into the gym. Eh. We’ll see how that goes. Hope y’all have a great night!

Weekend Recap: Boone, North Carolina

This Monday has actually been a pretty good one. No complaints here. We painted leaves in class and then I made a cheesy fall bulletin board. Pretty solid start to the week, if I say so myself.

bulletin board

This weekend, though, was a mix of awful and awesome. We headed to Boone, NC right after work on Friday. Maddux had a meltdown in the car on the way, but we didn’t think too much of it. By the time we got ready for bed, we could tell something was up. He ended up having a fever of 102 degrees. We gave him some Motrin, let him sleep with us, and wished for the best. We woke up the next morning and he was perfectly fine. Apparently mountain air is the cure for everything. I hate that he felt so terrible but I’m stoked it lasted less than 24 hours. Silver lining, folks.

Now that you’re all filled in on stuff you don’t care about, let’s talk about more stuff you don’t care about. As usual, I’m going to do this weekend recap “two sentences per picture” style.


We had a decent view, I guess. I know I said I love the beach, but this is pretty close to perfect.

mountain view


We let our toddler pick anything he wanted in the entire general store, and he only spent 10 dollars and got one piece of candy. Not my kid.



I always have to find my “vacation buffalo shrimp”. This amazingness was found at Canyons in Blowing Rock.

canyons blowing rock, nc


I wish I had ordered three times that number of shrimp, because my toddler and husband stole 80 percent of them. I’m planning my revenge as we speak.



I decided I wanted a serene photo of us looking down from the mountain top. He decided to have a panic attack because I wouldn’t let him walk down to the bottom.

boone, nc


Running down a mountain is hard work. Running back up a mountain is much, much worse.

boone, nc


I’m too embarrassed to admit how long it took to get a semi-decent picture. Toddlers just don’t care about your plans to hang a canvas on the wall.

family portrait


You know what everyone cares about? S’mores.



That’s about it. We didn’t push it too much considering we were 90% sure everyone in the house was going to come down with a fever and grouchiness. It was a nice, relaxing weekend and it was exactly what we needed before the madness of Halloween. ;)

Question: If someone allowed you to go nuts in a the candy section of the general store, what would you grab? They had all the old school stuff, but they also had white chocolate Reese’s. DILEMMA, y’all.

Friday Favorites + Eating Clean with Urban Remedy

It’s FRIDAY, y’all! Get excited. I typed this post up on a four hour ride to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. I swear I’m torn between the beach and the country. I don’t really need to worry about that, because I don’t have the money to move to either of them. One day, y’all. One day. Anyway, the end of the week means a new round of Friday Favorites. Let’s just get right to it.


Urban Remedy

For the past three days, I’ve been experimenting with cleaning up my eats. I will be the first to admit that I rely heavily on sugar, caffeine, cheese, and bread. They are typically present in every single meal I eat. It was getting out of hand. Urban Remedy recently reached out and asked if I would like to try out some of their products. A total juice cleanse is something I wasn’t interested in, but I really liked the look of the Beauty Kit. I decided to give it a try, but I was legitimately 100% nervous to cut out all of my addictions at once. Thankfully, I was distracted by the delicious food they sent me. (PS: one set of juices missed the picture. Whoops.)

urban remedy beauty kit review

My favorite thing, by far, was the raw vegan chocolate mousse. There are no words, y’all. Overall, I’m really glad I decided to try this out. It was three days of clean eating, and I truly feel like my palate was “reset” afterwards. I supplemented the plan with some grapes and apples and they tasted so much sweeter than usual. I definitely feel better in general and I’m just going to pretend that eating veggies for 72 hours made me more beautiful. ;)

The only downside was cutting out caffeine. I swear I couldn’t have spelled my name yesterday for a million bucks. I was out of it, but it just goes to show how dependent I had become. I still plan to eat sweets and drink coffee, but I want to do it on a much smaller scale than I had been doing lately. I know for sure that making these changes would have been harder for me if I hadn’t found a quick “plan” to follow. If I had been left to my own devices, I would have been chugging lattes and burying my face in a carton of ice cream the first night. Three cheers for some structure up on my life! If you have any other questions about the Urban Remedy Beauty Kit, just let me know. I’m more than willing to share even more details if you want them.

Runner’s World Cookbook

To continue the clean eating theme, I’d like to send a huge shout out to the Runner’s World Cookbook contributors. Those people know their food. I finally snagged a copy of the cookbook on Friday and I’ve already bookmarked about thirty things I need to eat immediately.

runner's world cookbook

I was able to try a few things over the weekend, but my favorite was the Mushroom Tacos al Pastor. I don’t even like mushrooms. They were just that good. I also heard rave reviews about the homemade energy bars, but I was too busy eating corn bread and butter. I plan on making the bars soon, though! I think they would be the perfect grab-and-go breakfasts for Maddux and me. I’m sure I’ll share they details once I try them out.


Fall Traveling

We have been out of town for the past three or four weekends. Normally I’d be pretty exhausted, but right now it’s a good change of scenery. Fall hasn’t quite reached my neighborhood, so I’ve gotten my crunchy leaf fix elsewhere. As much as I love the spring and summer, there is something about fall colors that can’t be beat.


In other news, I think I’m officially an old lady. Who else waxes poetic about the seasonal changes? I need to get a life, and it needs to happen soon.


Continuous Learning

When it comes to all my hobbies and passions, there is so much more to learn and so many more ways to grow. This weekend I was able to listen to people who are a heck of a lot smarter than me and I am so much better off because of it.

First up was a quick breathing lesson from Budd Coates, the author of Running on Air. He’s one of the best running coaches on the planet, so I decided I should probably pay close attention.

budd coates

I don’t notice my breathing pattern all that much when I run. I mean, I’m just usually happy that I am breathing at all. Budd taught us how to monitor our breathing in order to get the most of each run and to ultimately become better runners. I read his book on the flight home and my mind basically exploded. I would explain the process to you, but I’m sure I’d butcher it completely. Read the book, y’all.

Then came a form lesson from Golden Harper, another total authority on running. He only, like, invented his own shoes and stuff. No big deal. Seriously, though, if you haven’t tried on a pair of Altras, you’re missing out.

golden harper

He basically taught me that I know absolutely nothing about running properly. I’m now working on having a proud chest, short strides, tucked back elbows, and soft knees. No injuries for this gal. Seriously, though, I know I just run for fun but I loved learning more about the sport. Maybe one day I won’t have horrendous race photos when I learn how to actually run. Wishful thinking?

Well, I better go. We have Toy Story on the TV and nachos on the way to the house. It’s getting pretty serious over here. Have a great night!

Question: What have you been learning or trying recently? I think it’s hilarious that I’m so interested in things (running well and eating clean)

I’m so terrible at right now. Gotta love it.

Runner’s World Half Race Recaps

I struggled with how to begin these recaps, because there was honestly no racing going on. There was a lot of dancing. There was a lot of laughing. There was a lot of running. There just wasn’t a whole lot of speed.  I’m clearly only speaking for myself. Oh, and for everyone who was kind enough to party on the course with me.

10k dance break

Let’s back it up a bit, though. The Runner’s World Half & Festival is a weekend-long event. There are shake out runs, multiple races, speakers and seminars, delicious dinners, and a whole lot of amazing people to meet.

runner's world rw half ambassadors

I was fortunate enough to attend with the blogger group (full disclosure: they sponsored my involvement in the races), and I left with more memories than I did speedy miles under my belt. I signed up for the Hat Trick, and I had plans to really nail it this time. When I attempted the Hat Trick at Heartbreak Hill, I took it easy. I was bound and determined to actually race something this time. Well, life happened. I’d bore you with the list of excuses, but to sum it up: there was fun stuff to do and I did that stuff instead of training. It is what it is. This is why I run similar half marathon and 5k paces. Apparently it takes work to run fast. Luckily for me, I just enjoy running for the sake of running. Most of the time.


The most awesome part of the races was having three bestfriendsforlife to run with throughout the weekend. I met Dani and Matt in June, but Doug got thrown into the mix to round out our special little racing foursome. We share an affinity for awkward dancing, dumb jokes, and bad karaoke. The four of us ended up hitting the town of Bethlehem hard. I’ve never stayed out so late and had so much fun the night before a race. Much less before multiple races. We’ve obviously got this whole running thing down.


So, about those race recaps. I would be faking it if I sat here and posted the elevation changes, my splits, and “how I felt” throughout each race. I’m learning that I’m not that runner right now and that it’s totally okay. Having fun isn’t a crime, am I right? I will share a few photos and thoughts for each one, though, because I like to hear myself talk. I guess in this case, it’s see myself talk. You get the point.



I really liked the 5k course and I got to see some beautiful fall colors and run on some crunchy leaves. Besides the ability to run faster, what more could a girl want?


The four of us danced our way through Bethlehem and finished in 30:28, which happens to be my current post-gambling PR. I’ll take it. We had about an hour break between the two races, so we checked out the expo, chugged water, and laughed about the miles we just ran.



The 10k was really similar to the 5k just, you know, longer. In case you were wondering, I think all the fun we had the night before really hit me around mile four. I probably said “Just leave me here to die!” and “I’m going to puke!” about 3,000 times. I’m a blast to run with, y’all. We finished in 1:01, and I was very happy to finally cross that finish line.

runner's world 10k

I have never devoured a bagel faster than I did after that race, and I now know that I’m not 21 and invincible anymore. Going to have to remember that in the future.



The third and final race was the following day. We went to bed at a decent hour before the half, so at least I went into it knowing I wouldn’t want to die. That was a plus. The half was pretty freaking hilly for the 7 or 8 miles, so if I were doing a real race recap I would probably share that piece of information with you. Once again, we took it easy and laughed our way through the entire 13.1 miles. My abs ached afterwards and it certainly wasn’t from sprinting.

runner's world half

There were dance breaks, porta potty stops, outfit changes, candies from strangers, and statue kisses. All normal and expected things, of course.


We finished in 2:10, which means we ran at almost exactly the same pace as the previous day’s races. Consistency counts for something, right? Honestly, I would probably be embarrassed of my times if it weren’t for the memories I got to walk away with. Is that supremely cheesy? Yes. But it’s also the absolute truth.

If you’re looking for actual recaps, these people might have more intelligent things to say: Aliah from The Get Fit Diva, Matt from No Meat Athlete, Katie from Ms Fit Runner, Kristen from Fit Bottomed Girls, Doug from Rock Creek Runner, Sarah from Picky Runner, Dani from Weight Off My Shoulders, Ali from Ali on the Run, Katie from Runs for Cookies, Jamie from From Couch To Ironwoman, Beth from Shut Up And Run, Lauren from The Foodie Runner, Charlene from FAB Running, and Dick from Better Cheaper Slower.

In addition to thanking Runner’s World for inviting me, I want to send a huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported the runners during each race. I was blown away by the amount of crowd support there was on each course. It’s crazy how there was such a small-town feel yet there were people cheering us on at almost every turn. Bethlehem, you rock. Hope to see you again sometime!

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