April Ultimate Coffee Date

Happy April Fool’s Day! Today I’m linking up with Deborah and Coco for another Ultimate Coffee Date Linkup!

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that I’ve been struggling to run lately. I mentioned earlier this week that my husband (who has been running Every. Single. Day. for more than 20 years) has a stress fracture and is unable to run. I know what you’re thinking, he’s the one injured, you can still run. Yeah, it sounds easier than it is. Every time I go run, I can tell it’s like putting salt in his wounds. It’s really hard! He had a conference out of town last week and I ran every day that he was gone, but then fell off again once he returned. I even took my girls along for my cool down mile. I think maybe I’ll take this opportunity to change it up a bit and do some dance cardio or barre-type workout. I know that won’t make him jealous! 

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that my “coffee” this morning is actually in the form of a protein drink. I recently had the opportunity to try a product from Drink Click that is coffee + protein and it is DELICIOUS! If I heat it up, it is just like a latte, but packed with 24 grams of protein! I read an article recently about weight loss/weight maintenance that suggested beginning your day with a breakfast of 30 grams of protein, so I decided to give it a try. I have to tell you that I love it! I honestly do not get hungry before lunch and all I have is the protein drink (mixed with 12 oz of milk).  If you are interested, check it out here (this is an affiliate link). Stay on the lookout for a giveaway too!

It’s even frothy like a latte!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell complain to you about our recent tax experience. Not only did we get hit hard with a high balance due (tax guy says to blame it on some of the inheritance stuff from my Father-In-Law’s death last year), but we also got a letter this week from the IRS regarding additional monies owed for 2015 taxes. Way to punch me in the stomach while I was already down. I hate taxes. Okay, venting session over.

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If we were having coffee...I’d tell you that I can’t wait for nice weather (consistently nice weather, anyway). I can’t wait until summer activities — going to the river, swimming in the sandpit, camping, maybe a real vacation of some sort… Oh, I can’t wait!

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that I better sign off, I have a lot to get done today on this rare, free Saturday afternoon. I’d tell you that I promise to meet you here next month and that I’ll have so much to tell you!

Until Next Time,
Meg

 

 

 

Think Out Loud? Yes, Please!

Think Out Loud LinkupGet ready for the randomness!

  • Last week I linked up with the TOL group, but had a glitch in my post. So hopefully this week will go better.
  • I like nice things and top brands, who doesn’t?! But I also am extremely frugal prudent economical when it comes to spending my hard earned dollars. I’m not afraid to admit I LOVE consignment shops — brick and mortar consignment is my preference, but I can online shop with the best of them. Some of my greatest purchases have been from small town consignment shops. I have a pair of Stuart Weitzman heels that I paid less than $20 for and a mint condition Kate Spade tote that I bought for under $100. These products are 100% genuine and purchased in tiny towns that the shop owner just didn’t know what they had. I almost felt guilty for paying so little! I also should confess that I have a notion to go to garage sales. I once purchased a pair of suede TOMS wedges (never been worn!) for $2!

Do the right shoes make your workday better? They do mine! @stuart_weitzman #loveshoes

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  • I really want to get my CPT through NASM. I’ve never even said this phrase out loud, so this is a big step for me. I’m hesitant because of a) the cost (see #2 above about being cheap) and b) what do I want to do once I have it? I think that I’d continue to do what I’m doing (working full time in a career outside of fitness) but that I’d work to build an online platform that has some credibility behind it. Anyway, step one is to say it out loud and now I have!SparklyRunnerGirl
  • I’m giving up on training for the half marathon that I was planning on running on May 7. First, I had Plantar Fasciitis and took 2 weeks off. Then, I struggled to get my mileage back up. Finally, I registered for this race because my husband registered as well. He now has a stress fracture and can’t run. I know it will be like putting salt in a wound if I run it and he has to watch from the sidelines. I feel a little like a quitter, but I’m going to bow out now and train for something that my heart is in.

That’s about all the randomness that I have for today. If you’ve gotten to this far, thanks for sticking with me! I’m linking up with Amanda at Running With Spoons, so head over there and comment away!

Until Next Time,
Meg

Three Running Wishes for Tuesdays on the Run

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I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight….

Oh what would I wish for if given three running wishes?!

  1. For it to be easy: I know, I know. There is nothing wrong with having to work hard and I know that running isn’t supposed to be easy. However, here is my reasoning: if it were easy, I would be less likely to dread my run, I would probably do more running, faster running, and be a better overall runner. (Yes, that was just one wish)
  2. To be feared fast: My husband is an elite runner and people at races always know his name and his records, etc. Just once, I’d like people to say that about me, “oh, Megan’s here, I don’t have a shot at winning now.” (this one might end up on the Runfessions post; it’s a little embarrassing!)
  3. To be a running coach: I wish I was a running coach and could do it as my career. I love helping people achieve their fitness goals. I’ve looked into certifications, but just haven’t put the time and money into moving that forward. Maybe writing it down for the world to see will help…

What would you wish for if you had three running wishes?

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Until Next Time,
Meg

 

First Ultimate Coffee Date of 2017

Happy New Year! Thanks to Coco and Deborah for hosting this awesome monthly link-up! Let’s get started!

If we were having coffee…I would show off my brand new coffee mug! I love mugs and have to restrain myself from buying a new one whenever I come across a cute one. This time, though, I went for it. I mean, this one was made for me. My birthday is in January and I’m kind of a sucker for anything related to my zodiac sign. This super cute mug says on the rim, “Aquarius is the sign of visionaries, unconventionality and intellectual independence.” I. Love. It. Happy early birthday to me!

If we were having coffee….I would tell you that SweatPink, one of the ambassador groups I’m involved in, is doing a year-long campaign, titled #IAmEmpowered I’m not sure if it really needs an explanation — the hashtag phrase itself is so powerful. We can all use a daily reminder of what makes us feel empowered. I’m excited to be a part of it! 

If we were having coffee…you’d ask me about any New Year’s Resolutions that I might have made. I’d tell you that I’m still deciding whether or not to put them on paper. Each NYE, my family and I have our own mini bash that includes making a time capsule. Part of the capsule is filling out a goal sheet. This year I left it pretty general (you know the drill: be more organized, keep a cleaner house, drink more water, etc). If I put one resolution down on paper (or here on the blog) it is: Be more consistent

This is from our NYE Family Bash!

Well, I’m to the bottom of my (super cute) mug of coffee, so I better let you go. I hope we can meet up again soon!

I’d love to hear about your thoughts on resolutions!

Until Next Time,
Meg

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Fall Running and The Ultimate Coffee Date Link-Up

the-ultimate-coffee-date2-1-600x600Hello, friends! I’m actually ahead of the game this month (even though the first Saturday of the month happened to fall on the first day of the month!) Super happy to be joining the Ultimate Coffee Date Link-up hosted by Coco at Running with Perseverance and Deborah at Confessions of A Mother Runner. Please stop by their blogs and thank them for hosting!

If we were having coffee….you’d ask me what is new? Since it has ben FOR.EVER. since we last chatted, I’d have a lot to tell you. I’ve been in my position for a year now and things are going well. I’m happy and content and really really busy! I’d also tell you that I’m still writing freelance for FashionWeek.com and love it. It doesn’t pay much at all, so I’m not in it for the money. It is just fun to keep up on the fashion and beauty scene and write super quick articles. Plus, my hope is that it will get my foot in the door for more opportunities. You can check out my stories here.

If we were having coffee….you’d want to know about my running. I’d tell you that this fall has been tough (actually, summer was tough too). My mileage is way down, but I’m still getting out there. Lately it’s been super dark in the mornings and I’m such a chicken! Twice now I’ve encountered a skunk. The first time I didn’t see it until I was almost on top of it. The good news is, that I scared it as much as it scared me, so we both jumped, one of us screamed, and we ran away from each other. This morning I saw him, but luckily I was about 10 yards from him and managed to run across the highway before getting too close.

If we were having coffee….You would likely ask about my kids. They are growing So. Fast. I cannot get over it. I already have a 7th grader?! What?! How did that happen? It’s been pretty fun for the most part. I’m enjoying junior high sports but not junior high drama. I’m sure it will end….

Great to catch up with you! Can’t wait until next month when we can sit down again over coffee and chat.

Tell me about any tips you have for running in the dark or any funny stories about encounters you’ve had on a dark run.

**Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my two giveaways going on right now: Enter to win 50 customized holiday cards from Basic Invite and sign up with Audible for a free 30-day trial!

Until Next Time,
Meg

Think Out Loud Thursday

Thinking-Out-Loud2Happy Thursday everyone! I’m stopping by to participate in the Thursdays are For Thinking Out Loud link-up hosted by Amanda!

My favorite part about this link-up is that it can be totally random thoughts and I’ve clearly proven over the last several months that I’m not capable of creating an organized blog post at this time in my life. So….here we go!

1. The Great Taper

I have been training for a Half Marathon since February and This. Is. My. Favorite. Week. I am finally to the taper! Some of you know that a full marathon is NOT on my list of things that I want to do before I die and I think the primary reasons for that is the training. I feel like the half marathon training takes up So. Much. Time. as it is that I cannot imagine training for a full. Don’t get me wrong, I commend all those that take on the commitment and I’m inspired by your will, I just don’t have a desire to do it.

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Ahhh, a week of easy mileage!

2. The Half

While we’re on the subject, I have to tell you how nervous I am for the race this Sunday. If you’ve kept up, you know that I suffer from long run anxiety (read my post here) and so I get a queasy feeling in my stomach every time I think about the run. I should also mention that the weather forecast isn’t helping with my anxiety. It is forecast to be raining, windy, and cold at the start. Oh, the joys of running!

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This was the day that I was “lucky” enough to run in both the rain and the wind. I guess I should be thankful for helping me be prepared!

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My girls look cuter than I do in the rain!

3. This crazy thing we call life

As you can tell from my sporadic postings in the last 6 months or so, my life has gotten a little crazy and I’m still trying to find balance. I had a career opportunity open up in late October that I couldn’t pass up, so I’m back to full time work in economic development plus marketing director. When I get home from work the last thing that I want to do is spend more time at the computer and more time away from my kids and husband to write a blog post. In time, I will get a better handle on my time and utilize scheduling tools more effectively, but for now….I’ll participate in things like Think Out Loud Thursday because it allows me flexibility on topics and organization.

4. Vacation anyone

It seems fitting that I follow up #3 with the topic of vacation! In spite of super crazy schedules, we are trying to schedule in some much needed family vacation time. We are hoping to combine it with a trip to see my mother-in-law, who moved to Washington last year. I’m pretty excited to see Seattle, Portland, maybe even the Redwood Forest!

That wraps up my random thoughts for today! I’d love to hear from you!

What are your recommendations for running a half marathon in the wind and rain?

Do you have any vacation plans this summer?

Until Next Time,
Meg

 

Think Out Loud

Welcome to Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud! Thank you to Amanda for hosting this fun weekly link-up!

Hooray for a community full of awesome running trails! I recently had to travel for work and I could hardly wait for my morning run because of the great trail system located Just. Outside. my Hotel.  

I miss running trails. Have I whined about mentioned that lately? We used to live across the street from the start of a wonderful running trail. I love everything about our new location except for the lack of any running trails within 20 miles (sad face).

Speaking of hotel stays. I just got this new set of resistance bands to review, so I threw them in my suitcase for the occasion and was pleasantly surprised at how different they were from all my other bands. These are from TKO and they look like this:

 

They have adjustable tension and are supposed to help you focus on abs and core muscles. I used them for some arm and ab exercises and gave my legs a break after my run. *I did receive this product complimentary in exchange for my honest review. However, the above link is not an affiliated link. 

If you have never experienced spring in the midwest, I have to tell you — it is a crazy time of year. A typical week includes two different seasons. For example, Tuesday (the day that I ran on the awesome trail) it was 77 degrees with no wind. Wednesday, I had to leave work at 3:30 and drive in a raging blizzard and whiteout conditions (in fact, my kids were released from school at noon due to the winter weather). It is SO crazy and confusing.

Last weekend it was absolutely beautiful and we spent the day at my parents’ ranch. This fella says “hey, have a nice weekend.”

Until Next Time,
Meg

 

Good to be Back: The Ultimate Coffee Date

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Good afternoon friends! It has been SO long since I last participated in the Ultimate Coffee Date Link-up hosted by Coco at Running with Perseverance, Deborah at Confessions of A Mother Runner and Lynda at Fitness Mom Wine Country. So much has changed in my life since the last time we “talked” over coffee! Let’s catch us!

If we were having coffee…we would leave off where we last spoke and you’d ask me whether or not I found a job. I’d tell you that I did, in fact, find a job. I’d remind you how last time I said that I believed that everything happened for a reason and I still do firmly believe that, maybe even more so. Remember how I was sad to leave my last employer, how I had the Best. Boss. Ever.? Well, that amazing boss happened to leave his post in my previous town and happened to move to a town near my new town. Are you following? There came a position open that we both applied for. He, of course, has vastly more experience than I, but we both received interviews and both were named finalists. Then, the most amazing thing happened….they hired both of us! So, here I am working in a job very similar to my last role for the EXACT same boss! Now, if that doesn’t affirm that things happen for a reason– that you should trust the path, then I don’t know what does!

If we were having coffee…you would ask me how I like living in my new town. I’d tell you that it is amazing! We actually live about 2 miles outside of town on a small acreage and it is everything that I’ve ever wanted. I grew up in a rural setting — actually 40 miles north of a rural setting — on a ranch in the middle of nowhere! We didn’t have neighbors for miles and the nearest town was 40 miles away. Oh, and I should mention that the town had just a few more than 200 population. So this, 2 miles from town and 20 miles from a larger community with shopping, medical services, jobs, and eateries, is perfect.

If we were having coffee…you would want to hear about my running. I’d tell you that I started off strong when I first started my new job back in November. I’d admit to you that I missed being able to get my kids ready for school and then go run without having a work schedule dictating the length of the run/shower/get ready process. I’d say that my mileage fell off a bit towards the end of November and then completely off in December. I’m getting back into it and did a 7.5 miler today. I didn’t set any records, but I finished it with a good attitude. I’ve registered for a half marathon in May to keep me motivated.

If we were having coffee… I might also reveal to you that my blogging and ambassadorships have taken a hit since I started my new job. I worked very hard to build up my social media following, try and blog regularly, post product reviews, etc. and I’ve been waning a bit lately. Actually, I was waning for the last 3 months. I’ve gotten a renewed sense of motivation recently and I plan to keep it! So that means that you can expect to see me here next month for another cup of coffee.

Until Next Time,
Meg

Do you struggle with motivation? What keeps you going or what gets you going again?

Hooray for Thinking Out Loud Thursday

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Today I am linking up with Running With Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday. Thank you Amanda for hosting this super fun link-up!

Friends! It has been a long time and I have much to tell you and, in sticking with the theme — it will be random!

You're HiredI have a job — yay me! As most of you know, due to a relocation this summer, I have been without a full time job. Currently, I have been a freelance writer for the website Fashion Week and that has been a lot of fun and different than anything I have done before. In addition to that, I had explored several possibilities and finally landed a really great opportunity in a field that I am truly passionate about – Economic/Community Development and Marketing/Communications. I am thrilled and I start Monday!

clockDaylight Savings Time – I’m sure you are all aware that Daylight Savings Time ends on Saturday/Sunday. For some of us, this is viewed as a life-saver and for others, it messes up their sleep patterns and they are grumpy for the next 30 days. I, for one, love to fall back, to have an extra hour of sleep, for the sun to be nearly up when I go for a run. I am especially excited this year because it will be just in time for me to start my new job and new routine!

If you recall, I set a goal for myself this year to run 1000 miles by the end of 2015. If you don’t recall, you can check out my goals here. Right now, I am at 750 miles and the goal is within reach, but still quite far away. I got behind this summer with the move, logging only 73 miles in May and June. I am paying for those months now and the outlook is bleak. With my job starting next week, I am a little worried. Stay tuned on whether or not I can get those last 250 miles in the next two months!

My final random thought for today is to shamelessly talk about a new product that I LOVE!

I received two Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks from Influenster a month ago and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! They are from the Rouge Pur Couture collection. The colors that I received are No. 19 Fuchsia and No. 9 Rose Pink. See my LinkedIn pic at left for a visual on the Rose Pink. Another fun fact, I wore it to my job interview! The fuchsia is super fun and I’ve been wearing it everywhere! See below:

The packaging is also super cool. It’s in the YSL iconic gold tubes — beautiful!

 

So that’s it! Those are my random thoughts of the day. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to visit the other blogs in the link-up!

Until Next Time,
Meg

October Coffee Date Link-up

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Thank you to CocoDeborah and Lynda for hosting this monthly link-up!

Good morning friends! It has been awhile since I have sat down for a cup of coffee with you all and I have missed it!

If we were having coffee…I would tell you that I am getting a little anxious to run a half marathon next week. I’d tell you that my husband and I decided on a whim about 4 weeks ago to go ahead and sign up and that I’m just not sure 4 weeks was enough for me to train.You would ask me how my long runs have been and I’d say that my pace has been a little slower than I’d like, but I managed to get a 12 miler in last week without incident and in under 9 minutes per mile on average. I’d be afraid to tell you that my goal is to run 8:30 pace or better and finish around 1:50. Stay tuned!

 

If we were having coffee….You would ask me about my employment situation. I’d cringe a little as I told you that I have not yet secured a full time job. But then I’d tell you that I have a BIG interview coming up next week and that I am pretty nervous, but very excited. In the meantime, I’ve done some freelance writing work for a website called Fashion Week and it has been kind of fun. A lot of work for not much pay, but fun nonetheless.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I’m not ready for cold weather. I’d also complain about the dark mornings because I do not like to run in the dark. I have been lucky these past couple of months to be able to hold off on my run until after I get the kids on the bus in the morning. This allows me to run in the daylight, which I am grateful for. I did break out my fall/winter running tote this morning just to look over my gear from last season. It was kind of fun since I got a couple of new items last year.

Brrrr! It’s getting chillier and darker in the mornings!

If we were having coffee…. I would ask you what is new with you? I’d ask you if you have any new gear for the colder weather? I’d ask you for tips for running in the dark. Do you have a headlamp?

Thanks for joining me this morning.

Until Next Time,
Meg