my thanksgiving weekend in photos

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greg had to work on wednesday night, so we visited him after i picked the kids up from their camp day at school.

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we enjoyed the very last little bit of cool weather.

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i swore i wouldn’t get on the ferris wheel again, but they dragged me up for another go around. it actually wasn’t as bad as the first time and you can’t beat the view of the christmas lights.

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thanksgiving morning started with a four mile run with about 18 other mamas and our friend richard. it was a great way to start the day and the weekend.

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we hosted grammy for thanksgiving. it was a great meal with a delicious apple pie. we ate too much and watched a lot of football.

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crosby didn’t have any thanksgiving dinner and woke up friday morning feeling yucky. it turns out that he had strep throat and unfortunately our doctor didn’t offer any black friday specials. bummer. we ended up at the target pharmacy and i was pleasantly surprised that target wasn’t crazy at 9am on black friday. he started feeling much better by friday evening.

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after some errands on saturday morning, we headed over to port canaveral for the race expo. we hit up the florida brewing company and the kids got to play games while we tried some beers.

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we stayed the night in port canaveral on saturday night for my race this morning. the kids had fun staying at the hotel and getting out of the house.

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i ran the space coast half marathon this morning and had an amazing race, but i have been feeling it the rest of the day. i will post a recap and more pictures this week.

we had a great thanksgiving day and especially loved hearing all of the things that the kids are thankful for. we loved having grammy visit and we had a great time over on the coast. it’s back to reality tomorrow.

how was your long weekend?

my weekend in photos

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daddy had to work on friday night, so we met up with him for pizza and had a great time at opening night of light up ucf.

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it looks amazing! the holiday season is here!

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my main squeeze.

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saturday morning run with the ladies.

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we headed out to long & scott’s farm on saturday for a fun day of fall activities.

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silly boys!

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greg had so much fun navigating in the corn maze.

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playing on the playground!

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finally, a picture of the mamas!

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enjoying the corn out in the country.

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plaid on plaid on plaid for church on sunday.

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took the cars out for a spin to the park this afternoon.

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we had such a fun and busy weekend. the weather was absolutely amazing. we started decking the halls today too. we’re looking forward to a short, holiday week!

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! There is so much to love right now, the holidays are right around the corner and we’ve been having some amazing fall weather this week.

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I have shared my love for ALDI a few times, but here is yet another reason to give ALDI a try:

ALDI to go Full Organic, Bans Pesticides and Rivals Whole Foods as the Healthiest Grocery Store

I promise, you won’t be disappointed. I am so excited about the changes coming to the store and I will definitely be expanding my grocery list when shopping there.

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Metallica’s new ablum was released this week, as well as their rendition of Enter Sandman with classroom instruments on Jimmy Fallon. I love these!

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The Joe Biden memes are everything this week. If you need a good laugh, please go check them out. There are so many articles going viral right now about the memes and here is one about the man behind the memes.

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Heather invited me to be her guest at Wine Women & Shoes last night benefiting the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. It was such a fun night towards such a great cause.

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In case you missed it, I shared this week that I will be running the Chicago Marathon next October with Team RMHC. It feels way too real now that I have actually announced it to the world. I’m so nervous already.

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Run Chicago with #TeamRMHC

On October 8th, 2017, I will be running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I am so excited to run Chicago with the Ronald McDonald House Charities team. As a member of Team RMHC, we will be training, fundraising and ultimately running 26.2 miles to help keep families close.

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If you feel so inclined, you can make a donation through my Team RMHC personal page. There is no gift too small, $25 can provide dinner for a family, $80 can give a family a room for a night.  A donation, of any amount, will not only help me achieve my goal, but will help children stay close to their families when they need it most!

You can learn more about Team RMHC here and Ronald McDonald House Charities here.

I am so excited and incredibly nervous to start my journey to 26.2!

my {long} weekend in photos

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three mile run on veterans day to kick off a busy day!

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shopping and lunch on park ave. before it was time to run a lot of errands in the afternoon.

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lots of lego time this weekend on the new lego table.

on saturday morning, we headed down to give kids the world to meet up with the cambridge crew since they were in town for charlotte’s wish trip. we are so thankful that we got to see them and catch up, even if it was just for a few hours. the kids had such a great time seeing each other. give kids the world is absolutely amazing. we had so much fun and here are a lot of pics from our visit. 

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afternoon fun at the park.

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after meeting up with some friends for dinner, we ended up running into kayla and isaac! so happy to see them.

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i got up early for a ten mile run on sunday. it turned out to be a great run with all sub-10 minute miles. it was hard, but i was so happy with our overall pace.

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melissa was in town this weekend! it was so great to see her!

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we found a new park to visit today.

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it was so much fun!

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we had such a busy weekend, but i am thankful we had an extra day in there. we ended up seeing a lot of friends and getting so much done. 

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday and Happy Veterans Day!

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I mentioned that we saw Trolls last weekend and it was so good! I was happy to hear so much great music in the movie. We’ve been listening to the soundtrack all week and we all love it! An added bonus is that you can listen to it for free if you have Amazon Prime or Spotify.

Trolls (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Target released their Black Friday deals this week! I was able to pick up a couple of gifts for super cheap yesterday during the preview sale. I have never been a big Black Friday shopper, so these early deals are right up my alley. Keep them coming!

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I have to admit that I did put on Christmas music this week and once I saw the new Starbucks red cups, I got even more excited for the holiday season.

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College basketball is back! Hallelujah!

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Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon {Race Recap}

My first half marathon of the race season was on Saturday, October 30th. It was my first time running the Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon, so it was a great way to end a very busy month of October for us.

The race started in Port Orange which is just over an hour away from east Orlando. The race wasn’t scheduled to start until 7:00am which meant my alarm was set for 4:00am. I carpooled over with some other running mamas from the area and we arrived around 6:15am, which was enough time to go to the potty, stretch, take some selfies, and head to the start line.

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Leading up to the race, I didn’t do a whole lot of mental preparation which is normal for me. I know I’ve logged the miles so I typically just go out there and run.  However, I was preparing for a hot and humid day, which was a bummer considering we had amazing weather the weekend before. I got the normal pre-race jitters, but nothing crazy, mostly because I had never been to the area so I wasn’t familiar with where the race started and ended. Thankfully, I was with a lot of other mamas who had ran the race before.

The race started and we were off. We planned to walk through the water stops to get water at every stop since it was so hot. I also brought a water bottle with Cocogo in case I needed something more than water. Our first three miles were solid — 9:54; 9:59; 10:10 — but once I saw mile 4 was 10:28, I was annoyed. Based on my own reaction, I knew today could be a good race day, so I kicked it into gear.

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Miles 5 through 9 were between 9:44 and 10:05 and I was feeling pretty good. The course took us down the Ponce Inlet until we were forced to turn around and run back up. We made a loop around the lighthouse around mile 6 or 7, which was pretty anticlimactic at the time, but looking back it was pretty cool. I should have brushed up on the history of the lighthouse before running the race and I may have appreciated it more.

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Around mile 10, I started to slow down a little bit. The sun was blazing down on my back and there was very little shade coming back up the inlet. It was hot and my feet hurt. I could tell my walks through the water stops were getting a little bit longer. Miles 10 and 11 were 10:17 and 10:32 and I just couldn’t help it. It’s always around this time that I start to think about my projected finish time. I knew it could be a personal record (PR) for me, but I couldn’t help to think about what was coming for me at mile 12… the bridge. I started to get anxious and short of breath (even more than I already was) so I forced myself to not think about it.

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After making my way back up the inlet, I turned the corner from the flat road and there it was…the bridge. I slowed down on the way up the bridge and even walked a little bit. I forced myself to not look at my watch. I knew if I started to think about my finish time then I would start to get anxious again and all I really cared about at that point was making it over the bridge, and then to the finish.

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Miles 12 and 13 were 10:31 and 10:25 and I was able to pick it up for the last .1 miles of the race. Thankfully, I saw Jaime who had already finished, she yelled at me that the finish was just around the corner so I busted it. I came in with a finish time of 2:13.19 which was my fastest half marathon yet.

I went back out to watch Heather and a few other moms finish before I made my way over to ring the PR bell and get my much-deserved beer(s).

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Despite the weather, it was a really good race and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome, especially considering the steep bridge at the end which slowed me way down. I wasn’t expecting a PR for this race, but I am happy with the progress I’ve been making and now looking forward to breaking it again next month at Space Coast where I know there are no bridges!

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Now, on to the next race and a new pair of shoes!