Operation Give Back 5k {Race Recap}

On Saturday, May 16th I ran my second Operation Give Back Wounded Warriors 5K on campus at UCF. Just one year ago at this race, I met up with the East Orlando Moms RUN This Town group for the first time. I overheard Kayla mention she had a six month old, so I introduced myself and we got to chatting. It turns out our boys were only days apart and we used to live in the same neighborhood only a couple streets down from each other. Since then, Kayla and I have ran four half marathons together and several other races. We were both looking forward to this race as it was our run-iversary.

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On our way to the starting line, we met up with Beata. We all were chatting about how we wanted to run a sub 30 minute race. I had ran my first sub 30 at the Lady Track Shack 5K, but the other two were going for their first. I wanted to beat my previous 5K PR.

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The course was a little different than last year where we got to run through campus. This year was an out and back on the outskirts of campus, but it was perfectly fine. One good thing about an out and back course is that you pretty much see everyone who is running the race, so we got to cheer on some other mamas running both the 5K and the 10K.

We started out right on track and even had to make ourselves slow down a little bit to pace ourselves. Our splits were as follows:

Mile 1 – 9:35.5
Mile 2 – 9:08.4
Mile 3 – 8:53.2
Mile 4 – 0:43.7

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Total time: 28:20.8 Overall pace: 9:09 minutes/mile

I’m so proud of these girls. Each of us set a 5K PR and by a long shot too!

Overall, this race is wonderful. It is for a great cause and it is very well put together. If Kenley didn’t have a soccer game that morning, I would have brought the whole family. There are a lot of family friendly events after the races and there is also a kids race. This will definitely be a yearly race for me.

my [long] weekend in photos

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friday night soccer.

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cuties having fun on the sidelines.

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we may or may not have brought our beverage sleeve to the game.

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saturday morning we headed to the good neighbors farmer’s market in oviedo. it’s a farmer’s market that is actually on a farm, so we got to see the most adorable baby piglets ever.

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kenley held an adorable baby goat.

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we also held baby bunnies and saw a lot of very large animals too. crosby had a great time. this is the face he makes whenever he hears an airplane.

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in the afternoon, we headed down to the jenkinson’s to swim and cook out!

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sunday morning, heather and i headed out for five miles bright and early. we followed it up with our first piyo class today. i’m definitely going to be feeling it tomorrow.

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we opted for an indoor activity on sunday, so we headed to the science center!

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there are a couple new fish tanks there and they were awesome.

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afterwards, we had dinner at shake shack and stocked up on wine from trader joe’s before heading home.

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today, we are thankful for those who have served our country.

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we had a stellar long weekend. how was yours?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Head over and check out what these ladies are loving:

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura // Aileen // Jessica

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Taylor does it again. Her latest music video has an all-star cast and it’s pretty much amazing.

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My current favorite oil blend is the “wake up” blend. It is perfect for the afternoon when I could really go for a coffee to help make it through the rest of the day.

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12 drops of orange
12 drops of peppermint
2/3 full of grape seed oil

This combo is also amazing in the diffuser. Try it!

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New Study Reveals Kids Actually Benefit From Having Working Moms

Boom.

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Your turn! What are you loving this week?

Have a great long weekend!

my weekend in photos

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saturday morning i got up and headed to campus for the operation give back wounded warriors 5k. this was my second year running this race and it did not disappoint. i’ll share more about it this week.

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soon after, we headed to the fields for kenley’s soccer game!

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greg had to work on saturday, so i decided to meet a friend at sea world with the kids. of course we had to see the dolphin show!

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it was hot, so we tried to do all of the indoor attractions. checking out the fish!

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crosby had class at mygym bright and early this morning, then kenley joined for open gym.

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after a family trip to the ymca, we had a little bit of downtime to play upstairs.
the boy wanted a puzzle, and he sure got one.

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kenley had her last race of the healthy kids running series tonight. she got second place!

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she had such a great time.

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she earned her second medal! she’s come a long way since her very first race last fall.

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we had a fun, crazy busy weekend and it didn’t seem like we stopped moving.
after the next couple of weekends, we’re planning to slow down for the rest of the summer.

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Don’t forget to hop on over to see what these ladies are loving too!

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura // Aileen // and welcome Jessica!

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The MLB went pink on Sunday for Mother’s Day and the Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer program. I love this!

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I absolutely love this Baseball American Flag Tee from Gymboree. Depending on what size, it comes in both grey and white. Unfortunately they were out of Crosby’s size (both in store and online), but I ordered him a 3T for next summer. This baseball-loving family couldn’t pass it up!

Baseball American Flag Tee

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A while ago I ordered a DevaCurl gift set. It was a really good deal on the products I already use and there was a gift with purchase… I couldn’t pass it up to begin with, but it also included the DevaCurl Microfiber Towel. I had read good things about it and I definitely wanted to try it. I used it off and on until recently. For the past week or so I have been using it every day and I have seen such a difference in my hair! It is far less frizzy than it is when I wrap it up in a normal towel and it just feels more healthy. I am seriously in love.

Devacurl Microfiber Towel

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I love the smell of coconut, so as soon as I saw this Yes to Coconut body wash at Target I had to have it. Oh my goodness, it smells absolutely delicious. Now that I’ve looked for it online, it’s apparent a Target exclusive, so the next time you’re there, pick it up. It definitely makes me want to try the other Yes to Coconut products out there.

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Your turn! What are you loving this week?

Weekend in Indiana – Part III

Sunday morning we packed up our bags and got back in the car. Our first stop was to see grandma on our way to lunch.

We hit up McAlister’s for lunch again… can you tell I’m sad that we don’t have these in Florida?

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I am so happy that we got to see Aaron and Misha and meet Miss Eloise while we were in Indiana. They came in from Seattle, so it was nice that we were able to plan our trips together since we really couldn’t live much farther away from each other.

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After shopping just a little bit, we headed back to the airport to venture home.

Thank you Southwest Air for the free drink on Mother’s Day and thank you Daniel Tiger for allowing me to enjoy said drink in peace for ten minutes.

It was a jam-packed weekend, but it was so great to see so many people. Thank you to everyone who squeezed us into your weekend and celebrated Mother’s Day with me. To everyone we didn’t get to see this time, we’ll catch you next time for sure!

Weekend in Indiana – Part II

Greg and I rolled out of bed (way too early) on Saturday morning and picked up (what we learned to be) the best donuts in the world. AMISH DONUTS! Their cinnamon donuts is known as the “Amish crack” and apparently the Amish know this. It’s seriously amazing.

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Afterwards we headed up to my brother’s house for a little family cookout.

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We had a great time celebrating Mother’s Day a day early with the whole family.