Friday Favorites: Birthday Edition

I know. My birthday was almost a week ago. I should probably move on with my life like any other self-respecting adult. I swear I will after I fill y’all in on a few of my favorites from my “birthday week”. Wait. Am I too old for an entire week? Nah…

Favorite Meal


Travinia is probably one of the only chain restaurants that I actually love. Like love, love. Everything they have is perfect. My birthday dinner consisted of wine, bread with dipping oil, antipasto, crab cakes with spinach orzo, and scallops with artichoke-pesto risotto. And those are just the appetizers they offer. I need to be there right now.

Runner Up: Chick Fil-A waffle fries. I’m totally serious, but I do need Chick Fil-A sauce to dip them in. So, make sure you order extra if we ever go there together.

Favorite Drink

pine ridge

The Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier is one of my all-time favorite wines. I love white blends in general, but man, this one is good. Bonus points is that it’s totally affordable. Also, can you tell I’m not a connoisseur? I legitimately don’t know how to describe a wine except for just saying “Yep. Pass me another glass.”

Runner Up: Everything else. What? Drinks are delicious and make life better. We all know it’s true.

Favorite Gift


My new camera is definitely my new favorite thing. It’s like a tiny little DSLR. Well, I mean, technically that’s exactly what it is. I got the Sony Nex-5T in white and I think it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Now I just need some lenses. I guess I’ll be waiting until April of next year for those.

Runner Up: Lightweight Kettlebells, for the win. I got two small, colorful ones from TJ Maxx, but I wish they had these adjustable kettlebells there. So cute. I just referred to kettlebells as cute. Who am I?


Favorite Shoes


I wore these Aerosoles Brightora Leather T-Strap Wedge Sandals out for my birthday and I am now convinced they are the most comfortable wedges ever. They are definitely simple-looking, but they are so ridiculously padded that I want to wear them for the rest of my life.

Runner Up: These Carlos by Carlos Santana Kaila Wedge Sandals were also thrown into the birthday week rotation, but they are cuter than they are comfortable. Still easy to wear, but nothing like my grandma-like Aerosoles.


Favorite Workout

birthday workout

I will never tire of dorky themed circuits. This one is quick, effective, and requires no equipment. Obviously, it doesn’t have to be your birthday to complete it, so let me know if you try it out!

Runner Up: Chasing Maddux around the house. That kid is getting fast. It’s a problem.

Well, I better go. If I’m going to get my run in today, it needs to happen right this second. So, obviously, I’ll be reporting back tomorrow that it didn’t. ;) Just kidding. I’m going to try.

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Not Even A Week

Well, I’m not even a week into my half marathon training plan, and I’ve already switched it up. I was supposed to run four miles tonight, but I took a class instead. I’ll run tomorrow on what was supposed to be a cross-training day. Hopefully. I am the worst.

Back to that class. Tonight I went to Barre. Y’all, I have missed that class so much. No one missed me and my uncoordinated poses, though. I need a quick lesson in all things eloquence if I’m going to keep attending. You’d think I’d get the hang of it, but I swear I never do.


Tomorrow I’ll run and hopefully continue getting my life back on track. I still have plans to actually schedule a NASM test date for June, but I’m trying to pick a good time. You can definitely wait longer to choose a date, but I think having it set in stone will motivate me to read more than a paragraph of information at a time.

PS: If you’re also studying to become a CPT through NASM, please check out this legit study guide Kim made. It’s so perfect and organized, it makes me want to marry it. Actually, for anything smart and informative, head to that blog. I’m serious. Go now.

Anyway, I better go shower since I’ve yet to do that all day today. Yep. Today was a dry shampoo and headband kind of day. Days like this make me thankful those two things were invented. Did I look good? Nope. But did I at least look like I tried a little bit? Maybe. Close enough for me.


My appearance is similar to everything else I do in life: mediocre at best. Just kidding. I actually try a lot of the time, okay? I swear.

See y’all later! I have a fun birthday-themed favorites post tomorrow. Fun for me anyway. Not so sure how entertaining it will be to everyone else. Have a great night!

About That Hat Trick Thing

Yesterday I mentioned I was stressed out about getting behind on, well, everything. One of those things was training for an upcoming race festival complete with a half, 10k, and 5k. I’ve decided to switch gears and not race any of them at all. I know what you’re thinking. “Presley, you’ve never actually raced in your life.” You got me there, folks. Just kidding. My idea of racing is just running somewhat faster than usual. Since, you know, I’m not actually fast or anything.

So now I’m totally just going to run all three for fun now for several reasons: 1.) I haven’t been running lately, 2.) I don’t have a ton of spare time in the upcoming weeks, and 3.) I’m really nervous for three daggum races in one weekend. There, I said it.

Here’s the new plan, which I based off of the awesome SmartCoach plans from Runner’s World:

half marathon training plan

Oh, yeah. Low-mileage for the win. To a lot of runners, this is like 8 weeks off from running. To me, this is exactly what I’m capable of right now. Gotta just do what you can, right?

For the cross-training, I’m hoping to do a lot of Shockwave, TRX, yoga, and spinning. Even though I loathe that last one, I know it’s good for me. Tempo runs are something I always have trouble with, so I threw them in there to force me to try for once. Speed can be anything from mile repeats to HIIT. Whatever I’m feeling that day. Pretty simple stuff, right? And, yes, I included two rest days because I’m all about being honest with myself…

I didn’t proof-read any of that chart or this post, so please yell at me when you find a glaring grammatical error. I deserve it.

Seriously Slacking

Y’all. I cannot get back into a groove to save my life. Last week was Spring Break, so I guess can’t break the “it’s almost summer!” haze I’ve been in. I’m behind on studying, training, cleaning, planning, blogging, responding, emailing, and like twenty other important work and life related gerunds. I totally bit off more than I can chew for this time of year. I may have forgotten that I like to slack off when the weather gets nice.


At least I’ve been doing okay in the workout department. By “okay”, I mean some have actually happened. Last night I even went to TRX for the first time in forever, which was painfully obvious when I was basically in tears after the warm up.

Oh, and I’ve also done a phenomenal job of teaching my son all the important facial expressions in life. Clearly my priorities aren’t completely skewed.


So, yeah. It’s about time to buckle down. I’m starting to think I need to choose one area of my life and get it back together. Just not the cleaning. Yuck. Maybe I’ll call NASM and actually set a test date. If that doesn’t snap me back to reality, nothing will.

Question: How do you regain focus? Full-steam ahead or one thing at a time? I tried to dive in head first this week and it has totally blown up in my face. I accomplished nothing and I’m more stressed than ever. Love it.

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