Workout Recap 5/24-30

Another week of travel with some intense workouts too. ¬†I was feeling under the weather this week…let’s review shall we ūüôā

Tuesday: ¬†You guys…NEW SHOES!!! ¬†This is the only reason I’m looking forward to today’s run, to test them out. ¬†Ill do a review when I have more runs in them but they are the Brooks Glycerin 14 (brand new version FTW!!!) ¬†Today’s workout was kinda hard to keep straight so I wrote it down before hand. ¬†15 minute warm up then 3x2min pick ups at 8:13 pace with 20 seconds rest between each (jump off treadmill) then 60 second rest then repeat that over again. ¬†The one more set this time 4 repeats instead of 3 everything else the same then 10 minutes cool down. ¬†That’s a lot to keep straight right?! ¬†So I didn’t get the last set of 4 because my legs were giving out (stupid cold). ¬†Ended with 40 minutes for an average pace of 10. ¬†Boy was I sweating bullets yall! ¬†15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.

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Wednesday:  Recovery run today.  4 miles at 11:00 average pace.  Felt pretty good, got pretty hot in that gym but overall a pretty boring uneventful run.  Those are always good right?!  15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.

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Thursday: ¬†There is no way to sugar coat it…today I was EXHAUSTED. ¬†Long weeks of being “on” all the time, to traveling to feeling sick my body is just dog tired. ¬†Which stinks because today was another hard workout. ¬†Below you can see the exact workout but I’ve only done this once before and crashed and burned. ¬†This time I struggled and considered quitting more than once. ¬†The first set I only got through 8 minutes had to jump off the treadmill a few times but the second set I did the 10 minutes (with a few jump offs) and I was literally pouring sweat. ¬†I need to bring a portable fan with me the lack of air flow is ridiculous. ¬†Overall…meh. ¬†Finished with 50 minutes and 4.75 miles. ¬†I CANNOT WAIT for rest day tomorrow.

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Friday:  Rest day and a day off from work which means its the best kind of rest day!  Spent plenty of time cuddling the puppies because they make everything better.  15 minutes stretching / foam rolling that night.
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Saturday: ¬†My cold made its way to my lungs with a gross cough. I decided it would probably be best to get rid of the cough before running. I wasn’t too upset I was still wiped from the week before and spent more quality time with the pups.
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Sunday: extra rest day again. I did take the dogs for a walk but not much more than that. Feeling better hopefully by Tuesday I’ll be back to my old self ready to go.

Monday: Rest day again. Almost at 100% and ready for my Hill workout tomorrow yay! ūüôā

CHIME IN!!!  Do you like speed work on the treadmill?  Have any crash and burn workouts lately?  How is summer treating you?

Disney’s International Flower and Garden Festival Recap

I don’t have any inspiring things to say running wise lately, so instead of garbage posts I thought I would put together a recap of the flower and garden festival instead! ¬†Sounds more fun than random words right? ¬†Yeah I thought so too! *****This is a pretty long posts with quite a few pictures…YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED*****

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Ever year Epcot at Walt Disney World plays host to the International Flower and Garden Festival.  This festival showcases some truly amazing topiaries as well as educational areas to learn more about plants, butterflies and horticulture.  Since the addition of the food booths a passport has been introduced (very similar to the one given out during Food and Wine).  This passport lists all the topiaries, educational areas, food kiosk and the food/drinks they offer and places for unique stamps.  Of course I grabbed on and got to stamping!

I haven’t been to the festival in a few years but I always enjoy it when I’m there. ¬†In recent years Disney has expanded the festival to include a few food booths reminiscent of Food and Wine Festival but on a much smaller scale. ¬†I think this was a fantastic idea, now guests will spend more time (ie money) in Epcot during the festival than before. ¬†I mean, beautiful topiaries are great and all but they don’t really draw people to spend the bucks! ¬†Side note—see that flower shaped gift card on my wrist…that is a Disney re-loadable gift card that is great to use for festivals so you don’t have to keep reaching into your wallet to pay. ¬†Extra bonus on this gift card…its SCRATCH AND SNIFF. ¬†Yeah, I’m not even joking, it smelled like oranges. ¬†Pretty neat right?!

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I spent the whole day in Epcot, and for the sake of research, took pictures of every topiary and ate at every booth (ok, all but 3, my stomach can only consume so much). ¬†In classic Epcot style, I’m going to take you around the world and share each topiary found there and what food, if any. ¬† Let’s start off with the entrance to Epcot. ¬†Normally the most grand of the features, this year features Daisy and her farm stand. ¬†I love that Daisy is getting some attention, she really is the forgotten 6th member of the Fab 5!

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On the other side of the median before you pass the ball is Donald with Huey, Dewey, and Louie getting ready to till Daisy’s garden. ¬†I love these ducks, they are so cute and all lined up in a nice neat row. ¬†Insert ducks in a row pun here ūüôā

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Moving into Epcot there are many ways you can go.  To the left into Future World, to the right into The Land, or down the center towards World Showcase.  I went to the left towards future world!  A new to me topiary was Buzz Lightyear where he is ready to blast off like so many guests at Mission Space.  How fitting right.

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Moving down towards test track you will come to cactus country where residents Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater are ready to greet you.  While you are there check out some really unique cacti and find some tips on how to landscape with them.

Walking back towards the center of the park you will find Phenieas and Ferb waiting by the start of their adventure.  You may not know this but in Epcot you can go on a scavenger hunt with Phenieas and Ferb around Epcot.  I have never done it but I see kids (and their parents) searching all over Epcot and it looks like a lot of fun.

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In the middle walkway between The Land an Future World there is a median section with another two sided topiary. ¬†Both of these topiaries are presented by the National Parks Foundation and Disney’s Conservation Fund so they have an outdoor theme. ¬†On the side facing the Epcot ball is Chip and Dale at a picnic, complete with giant sandwich. ¬†So cute!

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On the opposite side is Mickey in his park ranger finest. ¬†This makes for a great photo op with the ball in the background. ¬†Lit up at night it looks pretty impressive as well, I didn’t stop to catch a picture at night though so you will have to use your imagination.

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Walking down towards the start of World Showcase you will find Minnie and Pluto welcoming you on your next world adventure.  How cute is Pluto with that Sunflower collar!

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Now you have a choice to either go left or right and depending on the day I will make a different choice. ¬†For the sake of the post I’m going to go towards the left and Mexico. ¬†When I did the actual festival I was all over the place so no clear order but I usually like to start in Canada and work my way around. ¬†The festival passport book has you start towards Mexico so that’s what we are going to do. ¬†First up is a food kiosk “La Isla Fresca”. ¬†Remember I said I didn’t eat at all the booths…well this was one of them. ¬†Nothing here looked good to me and I don’t like spicy food so I took a picture and kept moving.

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Moving on to Jardin de Fiesta. ¬†I wasn’t ready for food when I came by this kiosk but on this hot Florida day a nice margarita was just the ticket! ¬†I got the rose margarita and it was delicious. ¬†Perfect mix of flavors and even better it was on the rocks. ¬†I am NOT a fan of the frozen margaritas so this was just right. ¬†The portion size wasn’t bad either.

Moving towards Norway I came across the first topiary of World Showcase featuring Anna and Elsa. ¬†Now I’m not a fan of Frozen and honestly these topiaries were the least impressive of the bunch, but they sure did draw a crowd. ¬†Oh Frozen when will your popularity ware off….sorry…tangent…ok I’m re-focused ūüôā

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Moving on to China where there is food and topiaries! ¬†I have seen the food from Lotus House all over instagram and knew which menu item I had to try…the Beijing-style candied strawberries. ¬†From the photos I’ve seen they look like they are covered in a wet glaze but nope these are hard candy shells and oh man are they yummy! ¬†The strawberries are delicious and the sesame seeds on the outside really add a nice toasted flavor. ¬†The topiary in China is very unique created by water plants in the shape of a dragon it makes for another great photo op.

Take your strawberries and head on down to the outpost…or as some people call it “Africa”. ¬†Here you can see the Lion King topiaries. ¬†I love the Lion King so this is one of my favorites and I’m glad they keep bringing it back.

Right next door is Germany ¬†and another spot for food/drink and topiaries. ¬†I didn’t stop for food at the Bauernmarkt because again nothing sounded good and I’m not a beer drinker. ¬†The topiary here hasn’t changed in I don’t know how long but its still cute. ¬†Snow White and her seven dwarfs.

After Germany head over to Italy where they have some many drinks to choose from it might make your head spin. ¬†Similar to Food and Wine festival the food here leaves much to be desired but today I tried the Rossini from the Primavera Kitchen. ¬†Drink in hand head over to check out Lady and the Tramp. ¬†I love how they do Lady’s ears, so interesting and creative!

By now you are getting pretty full and possibly tipsy but keep going you have made it half way through! ¬†Woody marks the entrance to The Smokehouse and another great photo op with the kiosk in the back ground. ¬†America is the middle of the World Showcase and has arguably the best food at The Smokehouse. ¬†For once I had a hard time narrowing down the food I wanted to try and ended on the brisket burnt ends hash with white cheddar fondue and pickled jalapenos. ¬†I have to say these aren’t burnt ends…like at all…these are pieces of brisket. ¬†Tasted wonderful but not traditional burnt ends.

Now you are officially full right?! ¬†Well get yourself a seat in the American Theater, watch the uber talented Voices of Liberty perform then take a nap…I mean enjoy the American History show in the theater after the performance. ¬†Feel better? ¬†Ok lets keep moving we have more countries to visit! ¬†Next is Japan and this is actually a great place to burn a few extra calories by walking through the various stores in the back of the pavilion. ¬†When you feel you can stomach (see what I did there…stomach) some more food head over to the Hanami kiosk. ¬†Another favorite of instagram is the frushi and now I can see why. ¬†Its refreshing, light and flavorful. ¬†This is one of the few items I would get again if I had more time. ¬†No topiaries here just food. ¬†There is a bonsai display but those you can actually see year round.

The last skip kiosk for me is Taste of Marrakesh. ¬†I’m sorry but I am just not a fan at all of Moroccan food. ¬†I don’t enjoy curry in any form and the spices are unpleasing to the nose. ¬†I have heard great things about the food though and if you like middle eastern food definitely give this a try. ¬†No topiaries here but you can meet Aladdin and Jasmine in the back of the pavilion along with some pretty cool stores.

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In between Morocco and France is a pretty decent size empty space. ¬†Rumor is this space is for a potential future country but it has been vacant since the beginning for World Showcase so take that with a grain of salt. ¬†In this space is the Florida Fresh kiosk offering some tasty Florida wines and local cuisine. ¬†I still had my drink from France (remember I went in the wrong order) so I ordered the Shrimp and Grits. ¬†I was pretty excited about this dish but sadly it was too spicy for me and I didn’t finish it all. ¬†The flavor and texture of the grits were well done, the shrimp cooked very well and the corn relish a nice touch. ¬†The flavors complimented each other nicely¬†but I don’t dig spicy sadly. ¬†Its time like these where having a husband who will eat pretty much anything comes in handy, I hate being wasteful.

Moving right along to a strong contender against America for the best food kiosk is Fleur de Lys in France. ¬†The instagram favorite here is the macaron but I was more interested in trying the duck and a drink. ¬†Your shocked I know, how could I pass up a macaron!? ¬†I had plans to try ice cream at the new place on the Boardwalk sand didn’t want to enter a sugar coma. ¬†The food…I had the Cassoulet au Confit de Canard (pulled duck with beans) and the La Vie en Rose Frozen slush. ¬†The duck was meh and sad looking I was pretty disappointed but the slush and size of said slush more than made up for it. ¬†Like the rose margarita this was light, cool and delicious. ¬†It felt like a bigger portion size than the margarita and the price was bigger as well. ¬†Make sure and add this delicious seasonal slush to your list. ¬†In addition to the food kiosk there are 2 different topiary displays. ¬†The first being Belle, Beast, Cogsworth and Lumiere. ¬†These are in the middle of the France pavilion before the ice cream shop. ¬†Off to the side is Cinderella and Prince Charming complete with the clock at the stroke of midnight. ¬†I was sad to see Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip were not back this year, instead their former space was empty (right by the bridge leading to France). ¬†Sad day people!

Over the bridge and to England and almost the end of our journey. ¬†England actually had quite a bit going on. ¬†First there was a tea garden tour where you could tour the small garden and learn about the different plants that go into Twinings teas. ¬†I did not take the tour because I’m not that interested in tea. ¬†Across from Rose and Crown you will see Captain Hook angrily fighting with the crocodile. ¬†This topiary also comes back year after year but this year the first time I walked through I actually missed Peter Pan! ¬†He is hiding on top of one of the shops and can be easily missed (I mean I missed it!). ¬†Keep walking through England and you will come to a new kiosk the Cider House. ¬†There were some really interested food options here but I was saving room in my stomach and went with the cider flight instead. ¬†This was a sample of the Pear, Black Cherry and Blueberry ciders. ¬†I wasn’t that impressed and thought the flavors were pretty weak to other ciders I’ve had in the past. ¬†I was actually wishing I would have gotten the scone but se la vie. ¬†At the end of England you will find Winnie the Pooh and Friends in topiary form. ¬†So cute to see the 100 Acre Woods friends.

On the way over to Canada see if anyone is performing on the stage. ¬†I’m sure your feet could use a little break and these quick performances are typically very good. ¬†A new act has replaced a crowd favorite Off Kilter and I haven’t heard the new band yet but I’m sure they at least decent. ¬†No food kiosk in Canada but you can stop and see Bambi and Friends by the DVC pavilion. ¬†Awww Bambi!

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Before you head towards The Land, the last kiosk and a few more topiaries stop by Pineapple Promenade and get the violet lemondae.  Its the desk drink I had all festival and actually got it twice.  I wanted to try the sparkling pineapple wine but the violet lemonade was too good to pass up.

In the above picture you can see the food dish I got from Urban Farm Eats.  Our last food kiosk and the best food I had all around the world.  The pork was cooked perfectly and paired with mushrooms and carrots was heavy but not enough to feel gross.  This kiosk also had a very cute set-up in a space that often remains empty.  Good job Disney on making great use of this space.

On the way up the lane back towards the front of the park you will walk past Music Garden Melodies.  There are a few musical themed topiaries here but the main attraction is a play area of children.  Sadly Im not a child and there are signs posted so adults dont play here but I did get to enjoy the topiaries.

Follow the path and let it lead up to the Butterflies on the Go habitat.  Enter the tent and be surrounded by butterflies.  It was pretty neat to see them all flying around.   When you exit the kiosk and walk back to the middle area (by where the Ranger Chip and Dale topiaries are) you will see butterfly topiaries and a great photo op for the color that is Epcot at Flower and Garden Festival.

One last set of topiaries to see and that is the Fantasia themed ones.  Located in a strange section inbetween the walkway from The Land to World Showcase you will find Sorcerer Mickey, Hyacinth Hippo, Ballerina Ostriches and the dancing mushrooms.  I love those little dancing mushrooms they are so cute.

That’s it, you’ve seen everything there is to see! ¬†A few extra notes—each Joffery’s Coffee and Tea cart had their own specialty drink just for the festival. ¬†That’s way too many drinks for me so I didn’t get any but they had some interesting concoctions this year. ¬†The quick service location at Sunshine Seasons also had 2 limited time menu offerings but neither sounded good to me so I passed on those as well. ¬†Since this wasn’t a festival kiosk I didn’t feel bad about it, we’ve eaten here before. ¬†At almost every country there are some specially marked floral exhibits and vignettes available during the festival. ¬†They weren’t anything spectacular so I didn’t take note of them but they are all listed in the passport. Last but not least and certainly the most colorful is the flowers that line the lake in-between the Epcot ball and World Showcase. ¬†There are a few different spots to take great photos but the best ones in my opinion are ones with the monorail. ¬†Don’t you just love all the colors?

Alright, you have made it to the end congratulations! ¬†I wish I had a extra cool special surprise for you but I’m not that fancy. ¬†Thanks for sticking with me and I hope you enjoyed it.

CHIME IN!!!  Ever been to Flower and Garden Festival?  Do you like middle eastern food?  Which was your favorite topiary?

Jungle Skipper Canteen Review (Foodie Friday #38)

Hello and welcome to another food review! ¬†I recently went to Orlando for a work trip and got to spend a little time at Walt Disney World. ¬†I love when work brings me to the happiest place on earth. ¬†As some of you may know a new table service restaurant opened in December at the Magic Kingdom called the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd Skipper Canteen. ¬†Currently this restaurant is only accepting same day reservations so make sure and secure your reservation early in the morning. ¬†You really don’t want to miss out!

Ambiance: ¬†The themeing here is on point. ¬†From the moment you walk under the sign to the moment you leave you are in the operating headquarters of the Jungle Cruise. ¬†On the second floor of the restaurant there are several offices and occasionally you can hear shouting from the manager’s office (the hostess skipper will warn you about this) which is kinda fun. ¬†There are artifacts all throughout the restaurant with some off-shot dining rooms with extra special themeing. ¬†I could see one where you walked through a bookcase to enter but alas I was seated in the main hall.

Service: ¬†Like I said before the themeing is on point. ¬†The hostess skipper who takes you to the table is full of jokes and points out the highlights of the restaurant (I wont spoil this one for you) and in Jungle Cruise fashion, full of cheesy jokes. ¬†Next up is the server who again, has some fantastically corny jokes. ¬†If you come to the Skipper Canteen expect to have fun and play along with your skipper…I mean that’s why you came in the first place right! ¬†I didn’t go on the Jungle Cruise this trip but I felt like I did just from eating here. ¬†The food came out quickly and was hot. ¬†My only complaint is my server had quite a few tables and did not refill my water the whole time I was there. ¬†The bussers (I think they were bussers anyway) didn’t refill drinks either they just brought out food. ¬†The restaurant is still pretty new so hopefully they will work this out.

Eats:  Its food time (no alcohol is served here which I think is a total missed opportunity)!  I was prepared for a review this time and took a few pictures of the menu, which I asked, is not changing anytime soon.  There may be some seasonality changes but for the most part will remain the same for the foreseeable future.

I had about all the sugary drinks I could handle for one day so I stuck with water…river water to be exact (inset Zika jokes here). ¬†My skipper recommended the falafel to start but they were spicy so I decided to start with the S.E.A Shu Mai (mixed meat dumplings). ¬†I love dumplings and have heard other food bloggers say how good they were. ¬†Before the appetizer came out there was bread service.

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An African style bread served with an African honey, the name of which I cant remember he said it so fast.  I liked that this was a different take on the bread service but the bread loaf itself but pretty rock hard and a little stale.  The honey did have a different flavor but I think its just regular mass-produced honey with some spices added to it.  Appetizer time!

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There were 5 dumplings in a steam pot served with a side of soy sauce. ¬†The dumplings were very tender and cooked to perfection. ¬†The sesame seeds were a nice touch and the dumplings were slightly spicy which I was not expecting. ¬†I didn’t eat them all because that was too many for an appetizer for 1 (but a great size for sharing, no complaints about the serving size) but I would recommend them. ¬†I love dumplings and try them at almost every restaurant that has them on the menu. ¬†Now for the main event…I mean course. ¬†Skipper recommended the sustainable fish that is locally sourced from Vero Beach and is served within 24 hours of being caught. ¬†Count me in, plus that’s what I wanted to try anyway! ¬†Don’t worry its not piranha ūüôā

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Big pieces of fish, cooked perfectly and would have been fork tender but I had to cut through the skin. ¬†For those of you who don’t know, because I didn’t, you actually eat the skin because it adds an extra layer of flavor to the fish. ¬†I just recently found that out and have to say as weird as it seems the skin does add extra saltyness if not flavor. ¬†Weirds me out though. ¬†The fish was on the firmer side with a salty, slightly lemon flavor. ¬†I can definitely tell this was fresh. ¬†Having my fair share of bad fish this one definitely ranks on the top of fresh/tasty scale. ¬†I wish there were more veggies that were not carrots but on the whole this dish was pretty filling for fish. ¬†I would definitely order this again. ¬†Needless to say there were no survivors on my plate. ¬†I will say this dish was not as hot as I would have liked, it was almost room temp. ¬†Not sure if that’s just personal preference or perhaps the food runner was behind in bringing out orders, or maybe the food was made all at the same time and it was sitting under the food lamp until I was done with my appetizer. ¬†I’m not sure but I would have liked the dish to be a little warmer. ¬†Now for the real reason I didn’t finish all the dumplings…because I wanted to try dessert! ¬†There were a few unique desserts to choose from but ultimately I decided to go with the Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote.

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So pretty! ¬†The coconut cake was a little grainy in consistency so those coconut haters out there probably wont like this. ¬†The flavor was not overpowering and overall refreshing. ¬†I liked all the pineapple pieces and those which chocolate chip looking things were actually vanilla meringue! ¬†That was a nice texture surprise. ¬†All of the flavors paired very well together and I actually liked the meringue over the cream but more for a texture standpoint. ¬†My only comment is purely looks…such a small dessert should really be on a smaller plate. ¬†When the plate is too big it makes the dessert look sad. ¬†The dessert itself though I really enjoyed, it was light and fresh and didn’t make me feel like I was going to explode after eating it. ¬†Another recommend from me!

Overall: ¬†For a freshman restaurant this does very well. ¬†The menu is interesting and the food is cook expertly. ¬†What people will come here for though is the skippers. ¬†They are entertaining almost like having a dinner show without the high price point. ¬†I already know the menu will evolve and I say that mainly because the menu isn’t as extensive as I know many table service restaurants to be. ¬†I think this was done to gauge the success of certain items as well as the popularity of the location itself. ¬†While I wont come here on every visit like some restaurants I know and love the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen will make its way into the rotation.

CHIME IN!!!  Do you go to restaurants when they first open?  What is your take on African inspired food?  Have you been to the Skipper Canteen?

Almond Butter, Getting the Groove Back and NYC(TOL #36)

Hello and Good Morning from San Antonio!  Another day in the hill country and another time for a thought dump!  Thank you to Amanda for hosting, check out the full post here. .

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  1. ¬†During the sugar detox I got hooked on to Barney Butter Smooth Bare Almond Butter. ¬†The consistency is very similar to peanut butter and still tastes really good. ¬†I started eating it with a banana pre-long run and a green apple for a snack at work. ¬†I love finding new things to try! ¬†Now only if it wasn’t so expensive!

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2. ¬†I’m going to New York City in June for a week and need your suggestions!!!! ¬†I’ve been a few times and have hit all the highlights now I need to know what unique things to do/eat!! ¬†Shout it out in the comments please and thank you ūüôā

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3. ¬†I some exciting new coming up in about a month that I cannot wait to share. ¬†Stay tuned for something magical. ¬†I hate vague things like this too but I want to share but cant just yet. ¬†Spoiler alert—its not a cookbook ¬†ūüėÄ

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4. ¬†Since taking my little break from running I actually feel a lot better. ¬†My legs are cooperating, I don’t dread getting up and the workouts, for the most part, are going well. ¬†I’m also giving myself a little more slack when it comes to running, I still feel guilty if I miss a workout but I don’t kill myself to try and make it up. ¬†Progress!

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5. ¬†My trip calendar for this year is really filling up! ¬†Originally we were just doing a trip in January, September and November…we have since added 3 trips and its not even May! ¬†I love traveling but gotta stick with a budget too. ¬†I’m not made of money!!

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6. ¬†I’ve been reading a new book “Secondhand Souls” and it reminded me how much I love Christopher Moore. ¬†If you have never read any of his books I recommend you start with either Dirty Job or Serpent of Venice. ¬†Both of those books had me ROLLING they were so funny. ¬†Lamb is my personal favorite but it is slightly blasphemous so it might not be for everyone.

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7.  I signed Joe and me up for a French language class starting next month!  It was an ordeal to say the least but its close to the house on Saturday and not an arm and a leg in cost.  Im pretty excited because the class ends about a week before we leave for Paris.  Who has two thumbs and is getting super excited for Paris?!?!?!?!  THIS GIRL!!!!!  #sorrynotsorry

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CHIME IN!!! ¬†What’s on your mind today? ¬†Got any exciting new you want to share? ¬†NYC recommendations…and GO!

 

Workout Recap 5/17-23

I have back to back travels right now so me and the treadmill are becoming fast friends whether I like it or not. ¬†Fortunately I am home over the weekend so I don’t have to do the long run on the treadmill…that’s the WORST don’t let anyone fool you into thinking 2 hours on a treadmill is fun because its lies. ¬†Switching to a happy gear…and let’s review the week ūüôā

Tuesday: ¬†Rest day today! ¬†My schedule is a little messed up from changing my weekend runs around but I don’t mind. ¬†Instead I spent my time after work at the new and improved Disney Springs!¬† It may have rained on me but a little rain never stopped me!¬† Bonus I did 10 push-ups today!

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Wednesday:¬† Today was hill workout day!¬† Yay!¬† Insert sarcasm here ūüėõ¬† It was 11:05 pace with a 1% incline then 2 minutes at 5% incline and 2 minute rest.¬† I got all 6 in today at the pace set in the workout.¬† That’s a first for hills for me usually I have to either slow down or not do all of them.¬† While the breathing was rough on the last 2 it went much better than I expected!¬† 10 minutes stretching after no foam rolling though ūüė¶¬† Tonight I went to the Polynesian for dinner than Trader Sam’s for a quick drink.¬† Such a cute place ūüôā

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Thursday:  Recovery run this morning 3 miles at 10:41 pace.  Nothing special to report no issues legs felt fine breathing was ok an overall boring recovery run, which is the way it should be!  No stretching or foam rolling today I had to get to Disney then I was stuck at the airport with weather delays boo!  I did get in some quick Disney time today though, naturally!

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Friday: ¬†Rest day and back home again home again.¬† I did a whole bunch of nothing including no stretching.¬† My back has actually been bothering me so I’m giving it a little break before my run tomorrow.

Saturday:¬† Well today didnt go as planned at all.¬† Goal was 6.5 miles with an average pace of 11:06.¬† I did 3.9 miles with an average pace of 11:04…why so much shorter you ask?¬† Oh you know just all the walking at Disney and almost total lack of stretching finally caught up with my.¬† My legs were so heavy today it was stupid.¬† The longer I ran the worse it got (and I even had to do 4×30 second very fast pick ups) so I decided to turn around and come back home.¬† Probably a good decision dont need any shin splints or anything like that.¬† 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.

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Sunday:¬† Recovery run today 40 minutes with heartrate in zone 1…well it was way to hot for zone 1 I ended with 3.37 miles with an average pace of 11:52.¬† My coach said to slow down the pace if the heartrate was getting too high but then said not to worry about the heartrate so much…so I guess next time Ill just run by feel and not worry so much about the heartrate.¬† Ugh summer!¬† Puppies hate it just as much as I do.

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Monday:  Rest day!  Much needed because a sickness came over me yesterday and hit me like a truck.  Its not getting worse but I still feel crappy.  I have a really hard run tomorrow so hopefully I will have it in me to get it done.  10 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.  My body feels like its being stabbed with little pins so maybe this will help.

CHIME IN!!!  Do you still run with your dogs in the summer?  How did your workouts go this week?  Whats new with you?

WIWW #42

Hello from San Antonio. ¬†Seems like I’m traveling a lot lately right? ¬†Well that’s because I have been and I have a stupid cold to prove it. ¬†Its getting hot in Texas so its all about the tank tops right now. ¬†I did bring a cardigan to go over the top but I’ve been feeling feverish so I’m not using it.

Luckily the people I’m meeting with are pretty casual so its fine. ¬†When I go to New York this will not fly one bit ūüôā ¬†Also…confession time…I needed a more loose fitting top this week. ¬†All the travel food and lack of veggies has caught up with me and I’m not feeling my skinniest if you follow me.

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Top:  Express

Jeans:  Express

Earrings:  Kendra Scott

Shoes: ¬†Tieks…sorry I keep posting these but Im really not kidding when I say they are the only shoe I travel in now. ¬†I only wish I had more colors ūüėČ

CHIME IN!!!  Are tanks in your business casual wardrobe?  What do you think of skinny jeans?  How are you feeling this week?

Would You Rather…Running Edition

Back to back travels this week means my brain is a little full and not the best at coming up with original content. ¬†Instead¬†I got a great idea from a few fellow bloggers (HungryRunnerGirl, rUnLadyLike, This Runner’s Recipes¬†and The Dancing Runner) to do a little survey. ¬†Prepare yourself!

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Would you rather run a flat race in the heat or a hilly race in the cold?  Hilly race in the cold every time.  I actually did run a flat race in the heat and it was by far my worst 10k time ever.  Never ever ever again.  I mean it was so hot they had firemen at 4 places on the course with firehouses spraying people down.  Yeah it was hot.  Ill take the hilly cold k?  Thanks!

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Would you rather choose a race because of the convenience (location, price, travel) or the swag? ¬†Swag, pretty much every time. ¬†I love some good swag, especially a medal. ¬†That will be what sways my decision to do one race over another. ¬†I hate to admit but I’m basic like that.

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Would you rather do 100 squats or 100 push-ups? ¬†Push-ups! ¬†I think push-ups engage more muscles so at least Ill get a better workout for all that effort. ¬†Plus who doesn’t love some toned¬†arms!

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Would you rather have to run for the next 6 months without a GPS watch or without your music? ¬†Hands down without a watch. ¬†I live and breathe music there is no way I could function that long without it. ¬†My watch, meh, I can live without it, I don’t want to but I can.

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Would you rather have the first half of your run be uphill or the second half of your run be uphill? ¬†First half uphill and make up the time on the second half. ¬†I don’t think my energy would hold up if the second half was uphill. ¬†I’m looking at you Plano Balloon Festival Half!

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Would you rather run your next 5 miler without shoes or without a sports bra? ¬†¬†Hmmmm, well since I don’t have a flat chest I will go without shoes. ¬†It wouldn’t be a pretty 5 miler but at least the girls will be secure!

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Would you rather explore a new area that you have never been to before for your next run or stick to your normal¬†favorite running loop? ¬†I love running in new areas but only when I’ve scoped them out before hand to be safe. ¬†So I guess my answer is a new area…as long as its not murder-y haha.

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Would you rather never have to stretch again after a run or never have to do core work again in order to stay injury free? ¬†No core work ever again! ¬†I hate core work because I’m so terrible at it but I do enjoy stretching. ¬†Its relaxing albeit time consuming but core work always feels like a chore and always makes me feel like a weak baby.

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Would you rather run with a blister on your foot or run with a side cramp? ¬†Blister, I can ignore a blister for a pretty long time but those side cramps are no joke. ¬†I mean, this nasty blister was with for me 13 miles, but a side cramp for that long…oh HELL no!

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Would you rather get a brand new pair of running shoes for free or get a brand new running outfit for free?  Shoes please!!!  Outfits I can get on the cheap but running shoes are always so dang expensive.  Anyone want to offer me some free running shoes?!?!

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Would you rather do a huge race with spectators all along the course or do a small race without all of the extra stress of a big race?  I like big races, I know not everyone does but I enjoy the crowds and usually the better level or organization.  Yes its annoying to run through all those people (*cough*Disney*cough*) but the races overall to me are better and the crowds absolutely help propel me on.

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Would you rather run alone or run with a group for every run of an entire training cycle?  As much as I enjoy my running group I think I would get sick of them everyday so I would run alone for a whole training cycle.

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Would you rather have a post race beer or post race dessert? ¬†Dessert mainly because I don’t drink beer and the 1 time I had alcohol post race it did not sit well AT ALL. ¬†So dessert because that can never be a bad thing ūüôā ¬†The best race for that so far has been Wine and Dine Half but I’m sure there are other races with some great post race food.

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CHIME IN!!! ¬†What are some of your “would you rather’s”? ¬†Favorite race? ¬†RunDisney, love it or hate it?

Classic Margarita (Foodie Friday #37)

A few weeks ago I had a group of friends over for a belated Cinco de Mayo celebration and game night.  What is a cinco de mayo celebration without some margaritas!!!  I actually decided to make these super last minute, originally I wanted to do Sangria.  Our group has done Sangria before so I opted to do something different for us.  Let me just say, I made a about 3/4 of a gallon and between the 7 of us that were drinking it was all gone by the end of the night!  Fiesta ole!!

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The below recipe will get you a little less than a 1/2 gallon but you can easily double as I did, or pair down as well.  Fair warning, this is strong stuff so make sure and serve over ice to dilute.

Classic Margarita

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Servings: 7             Prep Time: 20 min           Chill Time: 1 hour             Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 3c Silver (or Blanco) Tequila (don’t use a crappy brand, those hangovers are no joke)
  • 1 1/2c¬†Orange Liqueur
  • 1 1/2c Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice (about 20 regular limes)
  • 1/2 recipe simple syrup (see below)
  • 5 limes for garnish (sliced into wedges)
  • Kosher salt for garnish

FOR THE SIMPLE SYRUP:

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar

Instructions

Either the night before or a few hours before you need it, prepare the simple syrup:  In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together water and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature

To make the margarita:  Combine tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup in a pitcher and chill until ready to serve.

To serve the margarita: ¬†Pour enough salt into a shallow dish to dip glasses into. ¬†Take a lime wedge and cut a small slit in the middle. ¬†Glide the lime wedge around the entire top of the glass. ¬†Dip the glass into the salt and swirl a little to cover the glass. ¬†Add ice (DO NOT scoop ice with a glass, use a plastic or styrofoam cup so you don’t break glass into the ice) and pour margarita into glass. ¬†Place lime wedge on the rim of the glass and enjoy! ¬†Squeeze in additional lime juice from the wedge if desired.

Now its a fiesta ūüėÄ

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CHIME IN!!!  Ever made fresh margaritas?  Tequila, yay or nay?  Whats your favorite mexican food?

How to Plan a Trip (TOL #35)

Its no secret I love to travel. ¬†Right now I’m on a 3 week back to back travel spree…for work but who cares. ¬†I have the wanderlust bug and I’m lucky to have a job that lets more indulge it. ¬†I truly enjoy the whole trip planning process and am not happy unless I’m gearing up for my next vacation.

Today I’m sharing my tips on planning a trip thinking out loud style. ¬†Thank you Amanda for hosting, check out the full post here.

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  • Decide where you want to go. ¬†Silly for a first point I know but trust me, you want to have a general idea of where you want to go.

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  • Research the best time to go. ¬†When I say best I don’t mean peak season. ¬†We went to Italy in January and while it was cold and not as lush with floral as the spring/summer we got to stay in some amazing accommodations for less than 1/2 of the cost during peak season. ¬†The crowds at major attractions were minimal or non-existent and we didn’t have a difficult time getting a table at all the places we wanted to eat. ¬†I’m not saying don’t go during the best times of the year (hello Oktoberfest I’m looking at you) but there are some cities where it may not matter so much and could save you money at the same time.

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  • Figure out how you are going to get there. ¬†Does it make more sense to drive or fly? ¬†What is the difference in cost? ¬†When we travel to Disney the flights are stupid expensive so we drive, but when we went to Carolina we used points for my flight and Joe’s was covered through the company. ¬†About the same distance to drive as it would have been for Disney but different costs.

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  • If you are flying will you need a rental car or can you walk/public transport everything? ¬†Some cities have fantastic public transportation (New York, London, Rome, Amsterdam to name a few) and others do not (Houston, Atlanta, Orlando). ¬†Make sure you are able to get around without spending a fortune on cabs and such. ¬†San Francisco is a great example of good public transportation but you can also supplement that with bike rentals! ¬†Another fun way to get around the city when available.

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  • What do you want to do when you are there? ¬†I bet there is a reason you chose to go to said city, so what are 3 things you for sure have to do while you are there. ¬†Pick a few MUST DO things and loosely plan your day around that. ¬†I 1000% believe in getting “lost” in a city and finding awesome random things but there is a reason you chose to go there, make sure you do what you came to do (Pineapple fountain in Charleston, check, Big Ben in London check, Pasta in Bologna check).

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  • My favorite part…figure out where you are going to stay. ¬†I use Booking.com for all my travel, have never stayed at a chain hotel (internationally) and have loved every hotel. ¬†You can also find bed and breakfast places, apartments, hostels, even a castle (my uncle stayed in one in Scotland!) but I do prefer the more traditional hotel route. ¬†I try and find a place to stay close to public transportation, near food/shopping and at a price point I’m happy with. ¬†I do book my hotel at the same time I book my flight but check back often to see if the price changed. ¬†Almost all websites will adjust the price if you find a lower one somewhere else. ¬†Nowadays there really is not much if any advantage to booking direct…but that’s a whole ‘nother topic for a whole ‘nother day ūüôā

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  • Have an idea of where you want to eat. ¬†Have a few places bookmarked but also allow room for flexibility. ¬†For my travels I always look places to eat up on yelp. ¬†I want to find trendy/funky places to eat and that’s not always easy when you are walking by. ¬†For me food is a major part of travel so I do my research and plan my day around where I’m going to eat. ¬†Now I know not everyone is like this but having a few places bookmarked will help when you are ready to eat and don’t see anything nearby that you like. ¬†Nothing is worse than being starving at 7pm and have no idea where you are going to eat and settling for some crappy chain restaurant (sorry, #truth).

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  • You hear all the time things like “travel like a local” and that’s a pretty vague term. ¬†How I interpret this is by going to city websites/facebook pages and finding local events/festivals/shows to attend. ¬†When I was in Savannah I walked around a local farmer’s market, when in Bologna we found another local market, in San Francisco I went to a food truck festival. ¬†Its great to see the tourist destinations but going to local activities adds some extra flavor to your trip and can often times be some of your best memories.

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  • Ask around for recommendations. ¬†When I plan pretty much any trip I ask my friend/family/co-workers/strangers if they have been to said place and what they recommend. ¬†When talking to the agent at the United Club 1 day before our trip to Italy she gave us some great recommendations some of which we took and really enjoyed. ¬†You never know where or from whom you will find your next great adventure!

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  • Above all, get ready to have fun! ¬†Make some memories and enjoy yourself! ¬†Things always come up and plans don’t always happen 100% like you want (which is why having a lose plan instead of a minute by minute works best) but as long as you have a marvelous time that’s what counts!!!

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CHIME IN!!!  What are your travel planning tips?  Where are you going next?  Do you like a structured trip or fly by the seat of your pants?

WIWW #41

Good morning from gloomy Orlando! ¬†I seem to have brought the rain from Texas with me and its been dreary the past few nights. ¬†Don’t worry that hasn’t put a damper on my adventure spirit I have made sure to hit up all the new sights the past few nights.

Today I’m assisting with a presentation (which is the reason I’m here) and everyone in the group agreed to be casual but still looking nice. ¬†Traveling makes this a smidge difficult but luckily this jacket doesn’t easily wrinkle and the pants are jeans which we all know are impervious to wrinkles. ¬†Wish me luck today!

Jacket:  Ann Taylor Loft

Top:  New York and Co

Jeans:  Express

Shoes:  Tieks

Earrings: Kendra Scott

Necklace: Kendra Scott

CHIME IN!!!  Do you rock the white jeans?  How do you dress for big presentations?  Did the rain come your way as well?