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Friday, December 5, 2014

I'm back!!

I honestly don't even know what happened the last month/6 weeks.  I went on the last minute trip to AZ, family was in town for the holidays, work got crazy, K had class.  It was just nuts.  I'm tired just thinking about it.  I won't bother catching you up on every detail of my life, but I will give you a bunch of outfit's I wore in the last month.  Regardless of forgetting to post, I did remember to take some outfit pictures!  So I can atleast make this post worth reading!
Don't worry- I was in AZ for this picture.  I'm not the crazy wearing flipflops in this weather in Chicago!
And I'll leave you with some fun pictures from the last month!
The resort my sister got married at last year! Gorgeous!
View from my Brother's apartment downtown Phoenix!
My Brother's apartment - yes, he has a ping pong table in his apartment!

Oh yeah - and my Christmas decoration went up before Thanksgiving!  This is my mini tree!

I will be trying to make posting a more regular thing, but I just can't make any promises!  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
This weekend we have a cookie exchange, holiday party, and birthday party at Second City on Sunday! Now if only the sun would come out in Chicago! Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fashion Fridays

Another Fashion Friday a few days late. I had some trouble getting my photos to upload. Hope you all had a great week!





Stay tuned for a workout summary and weekend recap!  Hope you had a great weekend!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekend Recap

I hate to admit this, but I think I went the entire weekend barely talking to anyone other than K.  It was super uneventful, which sometimes you need once in a while.

Friday night I headed straight to the nail place.  I had yet to get a pedicure since I ran the marathon so I think I just felt I deserved one. Since it was Halloween it was pretty dead at the nail salon so I didn't have to wait at all which is always such a relief.  I think if I would have had to wait one bit I would have just walked right out and gone home.  I walked straight there from work and man was the weather nasty.  It was sleeting at one point horizonally straight into my face.  I think since I have been working to work that has been my worst commute yet and it is just a glimpse of what is to come! After getting my nails done I attempted to come home and relax since K went out to watch the bulls game with friends I had the place to myself.  My headache quickly turned into a migraine and by 7:30 I was in bed lights out.  Not the most idea way to spend my Friday night, but I'm sure I needed the rest, because I slept 12 hours that night!

Pink fingers with a french on my toes!
I would love to say I woke up Saturday morning feeling heavenly, but that just wasn't the case.  Yes, my migraine was gone, but it was almost like I had a hangover from my head hurting so bad. We laid around the apartment until we finally mustered up the energy to venture out for brunch.  Our favorite place since we moved to the West Loop has been Wishbone.  The service there is not always the best, but the food is good and it is walking distance from our apartment.

Saturday was spent working out, finishing errarnds, and laying around.  We tried to go see Gone Girl, but by the time we got there (20 minutes before the showing) it was sold out!  It was such a bummer.   We debated going to a later showing, but we finally got our TV fixed - it has been broken for almost 3 weeks and the repair man came on Saturday and was actually able to fix it!  It was nothing short of a mircle, because at one point the TV was literally smoking. So we had a new found appreciation for our TV and thought we would just find a scary movie to watch on Demand. 

Bumming around on Saturday! Off to the movies! .. Or so I thought!
Sunday was almost identical to Saturday.  I think the only time I left our apartment building was to make a return to Gap.  Although I have to say it was a pretty productive Sunday and ended the weekend with this gourmet meal! 

Pulled pork, Sweet potato, Avocado, Green beans

Next weekend is shaping up to be similar to this past weekend, which I am definitely OK with.  It is nice to have these slow weekends before you know the holidays are coming and things will get crazy!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Workout Update

I am pretty happy with my workouts this week.  I think I am finally getting into a routine!  I started this new cleanse this week and changed my workouts so I am hoping to see some improvements soon!

Sunday- Arms and Sprints.  We got home from Minnesota early enough to get a few things done so I fit in a workout.  I did 10 minutes of cardio (alternating walking incline and sprints) and then 10 minutes of arm/ab exercises.  I repeated that 3 times for a total of an hour and finished it off with some good stretching.  My arms were sore for a few days after this one.

Monday- Legs and sprints.  Similar to my Sunday workout. I mixed it a lot of lunges, squats, wall sits and ab exercises.  I am really enjoying doing things other than running and am amazed at how sore this is making me.

Our small apartment gym in the basement of our building.
Tuesday- Walking on an incline and yoga.  Both my upper body and lower body were sore after my last two workouts, but I knew I wanted to get a sweat in. My IT bands have been overly tight lately so I have been trying to stretch as much as possible.

Wednesday- Upper body and cardio. I pretty much did the exact same workout that I did on Sunday.  I am really starting to love doing less cardio and more weights.

Thursday- Legs and cardio.  Again - same workout at Monday. I did to do something to keep track of the results I have been getting from lifting rather than running. Maybe I need to take pictures of my huge biceps and see how much they change in the next month :)

Friday- Rest day

Saturday- Same arm workout which I am really liking.  I have really limited weights in our small apartment gym so I have only so many exercise I am think of. I have been scanning pinterest like mad trying to come with new exercises!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fashion Friday

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween!  I think this is the first year I am not dressing up for Halloween and I couldn't be more excited about it!  This week started off at 75 degrees and ended at 35 degrees.  That's Chicago weather for you!

It was a high of 75 degrees! I wanted to take advantage of being able to wear a skirt without tights for the last time!

Ignore my crazy socks - they were changed as soon as I got to work!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

November Goals

I kind of skipped the month of October in terms of setting goals.  I figured finished my marathon was an accomplishment enough - I really just wanted to get through that.  The month just few by anyways and I'm not sure where the rest of the month went, but I have been putting a lot of thought into my November goals.  A lot of them will be continued from my September goals, but now that I am not running like a maniac I feel like I will be able to make them more of a priority.  I also want to be better about keeping myself accountable and actually keep track of whether I am achieving these goals.  So I am going to try keep better track - check lists - spreadsheets - whatever it takes to not miss a day.

I actually started the Advocare 24 day challenge on October 27 which has really helped reset my diet after basically eating anything in sight while training for the marathon. So a few goals of mine this month will be following that plan in more detail.  I haven't decided whether I will post my results in any way from the challenge, but I will probably at least do a review of what I thought of it.  I have done the 10 day cleanse before so this will be even more of a challenge to stick to it for much longer.

#1 FLEXIBILITY - This is such a long term goal of mine, but I am really going to try this month to keep myself accountable.  Running those long distances for the marathon really tightened my legs and it is now to the point where it is a constant distraction and something will even wake me up at night.  I would love to shoot for at least 10 minutes a day of stretching.  I think I am even going to print out a calendar just to check off whether I have stretching yet.

#2 STRENGTH - I am so ready to do something other than running. This month I am going to make lifting more of a priority than cardio.  I am just hoping to tone up and make working out fun again. I am going to try to do two days of upper body and two days of lower body per week. I am also going to keep track of this on a calendar - the same way that I used to track my running.  So stay tuned during my weekly workout recaps to keep my accountable!

#3 BLOGGING - I admit - this blog needs work.  More pictures. More creative blog posts.  And everything in between.  I want to keep my staples of fashion fridays, workout recaps and weekend recaps, but I would love to add some more creative posts.  November will be the month for that. So I am open to suggestions!  What do you want to read more about?!  Food? Life happenings?  More specific workouts?

#4 SOCIAL - Be better about connecting with old friends.  I have been so busy with life and work.  We always seem to be going somewhere on the weekends and my weeks have been crazy with work lately.  It is so easy to get caught up with my routine.  I want to make more of an effort to connect and even if it is just through text message.

#5 DIET - I think this one if a given since I have doing this 24 day Advocare challenge. I will update more on this later so I won't get into as much detail, but I am really making an effort to clean up my diet and eliminate a lot of things.

Wish me luck! I'm hoping for a great November!

Oh and Happy Halloween tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Weekend Recap

This was quite the weekend. We headed to Minnesota for a wedding and to catch up with family.  We flew out Thursday night straight from work.  I packed super last minute hoping not to forget anything. K drove to the airport from work and I caught the train. We got in around 9:00 in Minneapolis and my family picked us up from the airport.  We caught up with them and tried to get to bed early.

Friday the ladies went shopping while the boys went to lunch.  It's always fun to go shopping with my mom and grandma.  We tried to add some color to my Fashion Fridays, but I have to admit, most of what we got was black :)  We went straight from the mall to the church for the wedding we had planned Friday night.  The wedding and reception were gorgeous.  We had a blast dancing the night away and catching up with old friends.  I have to admit that I was a bad blogger and didn't take any pictures this weekend. I know I know..

Saturday was spent relaxing at my grandmas and then running around downtime Minneapolis.  We met up with more friends that happened to be in town, for dinner on Saturday night.  It is always fun when you find yourself in the same city as friends even without planning it!! This weekend we ate and drank well and got to catch up with so many of my friends from Iowa. I realized we have been to Minneapolis more this year than we have been back to Iowa!  We always seem to find an excuse to get up there and visit everyone!

We don't have much planned for this coming weekend so it will be nice to lay low and catch up on things! I am not big on Halloween so we don't have anything planned and I'm pretty sure we won't even dress up - at least I'm hoping not!  I would love to go see Gone Girl since it has been on my list for a while and I have heard great things.

Hope you're having a great week!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Workout Update

So I have to admit - one more week of not taking fitness seriously.  I think I am still recouping from the marathon.  It was a crazy busy week at work and then we went out of town on Thursday night which made it a very short week.

Sunday - I did my first workout since the marathon.  I actually decided to do some sprints on the treadmill.  I'm sure they weren't super speedy, but it felt good to get my legs moving again. I also did an upper body circuit that I mixed in with the sprints.  Definitely got my heard pumping and felt good to get a good sweat going.  My arms and abs actually ended up being pretty sore for the next few days.  It was nice to be sore in a different way than from a long run.

Monday - Morning workout with some lower body mixed in to some sprints again.  I did some lunges, squats, wall sits, and abs in a circuit style with sprints.  I also tried to do some stretching at the end of my workout too. My week started out much stronger than it ended.

I was at work late Monday and there early on Tuesday which meant no time for a workout.  I also had commitments Tuesday and Wednesday night and ended up packing last minute Thursday morning. I thought about bringing my workout clothes to Minnesota with us, but was already crunched for room in my suitcase.  I wasn't sure if I would even make it a priority while I was there.  I knew I would regret it; the weather ended up being perfect and I was up early so I could have got a quick run in.  I learned my lesson: never travel without running shoes.

I am hoping to start a new workout plan to keep me accountable soon so hopefully this post will be more exciting next week!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fashion Friday - 2 days late

Well this past week has been a hectic one!  My Fashion Friday is a few days late, because we left out of town on Thursday night. I just couldn't seem to get ahead this week, but don't worry, plenty of posts to come in the next few days!

So here is my Fashion Friday..

It was move day at work so I had to wear my work polo and tennis shoes.




We had a wedding on Friday and I actually wore the same outfit I wore to dinner the weekend before! The dress just seems very fall.
Hope you all had a great weekend! Expect a few posts coming in the next few days!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Recap

Another great weekend in the books.  It definitely finally feels like fall and I was finally not too sore anymore.

Friday night we usually go straight to pajamas and order in but there is a new restaurant that we have been wanting to try so we decided to venter out and check it out.  It is called Parlor Pizza Bar and has a huge outdoor patio which will be really cool in the summer, but it is already too cold here in Chicago to sit outside.  There was a 25 minute wait when we got there but they said we could sit right away if we wanted to sit at the pizza bar which we were ok with so we sat right down.  Our seats actually ended up being really cool, because we could watch them make all of the pizzas. The inside of the restaurant was really cool and we had great service which I love.

We shared the Brussels sprout appetizer and a Sgt. Pepper pizza.  Both were very good - the pizza was a little greasy for my liking.  I don't think we would order from there to pick up but the atmosphere was very cool so I could see us going back with a group. 

Saturday morning we laid around and continued our Wonder Years obsession for a while before deciding we needed to get outside. We made our way to the new shopping area in the south loop - Nordstrom rack, tj maxx, world market.  The parking was a huge pain but it was nice to get out and do a little shopping. We didn't end up buying much, but we really weren't looking for anything in particular.  K found some nice ties at Nordstrom rack and I stocking up on some tights for the winter.
When we got back we headed to Mariano's for lunch - I love their food bar for lunch. We ran a few more errands and then spend the rest of the night relaxing before our night out.

Saturday night we had plans to meet my old coworkers for dinner. One of them is moving to DC, which makes me so sad! We had an 830 reservation at tortious club and met before for drinks. We ended up sitting at our dinner table until 1am catching up! It was so good to catch up with them - I definitely miss working with them everyday. I am going to have to plan a trip to DC next year once they are all settled!

Love this dress from Gap - I have it in two colors!
Sunday started slowly as we were feeling the effects of the night before.  We eventually got the energy to work out and grocery shop. The rest of the day was spend getting ready for the week. I swear these weekend just keep going faster and faster!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Running Update Turned Workout Update

It has officially been one week since the Chicago marathon. I usually have been doing a running update, but since I didn't run or workout once this week there is not much to update on.  I took the last week completely off - I honestly don't think I could have worked out even if I wanted to - I was so sore!

I have been thinking about what I am going to do now that my long running is over. I do think I am going to do a 10K or half marathon training plan soon, but I think for these next couple weeks I am going to just make up my own workouts.  I really want to do more HIIT cardio workouts and want to tone up with some weights as well.  So I am going to see how I stick to workouts when I dont exactly have a strict game plan.

I signed up to be an Advocare distributor so that I can get the discount on their products. I think I am going to do their 24 day challenge.  I haven't decided if I am going to do it this month or next, but I am hoping that will jump start my fitness and clean eating.

I'll keep you posted on what I think of my new training plans! Have a good week! It is a short one for us since we are off to Minnesota Thursday night for a wedding!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fashion Friday

Happy Saturday! I am a day late on my fashion Friday - but better late than never. Our TV broke so we have been using my computer to watch Netflix which means no blogging for me!  This was a crazy week between recovering from the marathon, we had some new people start on our team this week at work, and half of our office is moving to a new building at work as well. I was a bit overwhelmed to say the least.  I have to admit I am pretty excited for this week to be over and finally be able to walk normal again!


No picture - I was a complete bum!




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chicago Marathon 2014

I have to admit I am pretty relieved that the marathon is over, although I would be much more relieved if I would so completely sore.  It's Tuesday and still every muscle in body still aches.  I thought this time around I would be less sore, which I was, but it still amazes me how every little muscle gets so over worked and is exhausted.

Picture frame from K's parents for the marathon!

To cut straight to the chase - the marathon went well.  I finished in under 4 hours which was my ultimate goal of doing.  My time was 3:53 - so I really can't complain. And the weather was absolutely perfect.  I mean it really could not have been better even if I picked it from a line up.  It was sunny all morning and a high of 60 degrees.  To some that may have been a little warm, but to me it was perfect.

Ready to go on marathon morning!

I got to the start line around 7AM, and my corral wasn't set to start until around 8:00.  K dropped me off and he really couldn't get very close to the start line, because of all the traffic so I walked about a mile to the start line. My corral was pretty empty still when I got there so I would able to get pretty close to the start.  I talked to a few people who were standing next to me at the start and they are seemed to be from other states which really made me appreciate being able to run in my hometown. The announcer were great and told us a bunch of fun facts about the marathon while we were waiting.

1.5 million spectators
47,000 runners
28 unique Chicago neighborhoods
1 of 6 of the world marathons

Sign that K's mom made me for the race!
It was very cool and definitely got me pumped up to run.  I really didn't want to go out too fast since that is what I did in Nashville and you would think I would have learned my lesson.  I was shooting to stay around 9 minute miles for at least for first have and then see how I feel. Well that definitely wasn't the case.  My corral (wave 2, corral F) started right at 8:00.  The first half miles going under wacker and there were a lot of men stopping to pee on the side of the street - FYI to anyone running this race in the future, watch out for the pee'rs. The next couple miles were completely lined with spectators which was such an adrenaline rush and made me go too fast.  Here are my first few miles splits according to my Nike Plus app --

8:43, 7:34, 8:03, 7:59, 8:00, 8:10, 8:00, 7:59, 8:07, 8:19, 8:15, 7:55, 7:42, 7:44

Nike plus app
Nike plus app
As you can see I clearly didn't follow my gave plan of sticking to around 9 minute miles.  And I just knew that it was going to come back and bite me.  Around mile 15-17 I started to feel it.  Everything started to hurt.  I started thinking maybe I'm not meant for the these long run, maybe I should stick to half marathons.  Half marathons seem to end right when the pain really starts. But I just kept trucking :) I knew I really had a change of being under 4 hours.  I just had to keep my pace below around 9:30 which I was able to do and the spectators and volunteers were AWESOME.  I don't think I saw a single running take a water or gatorade and not say thank you.  After a grabbed water a few times I would pause to stretch and drink and every time a volunteer would come ask me if I was ok.  They were all sooo helpful and really made me love this city even more.

Marathon Medal
Marathon steps according to my Jawbone
The last half mile of the race was completely lined with EMT's every few steps and after I crossed the finish line they had tons of EMT's so if you paused or stopped at all you were quickly whisked off to the medical tents. As expected the finish lines had tons of great goodies.  No spectators were allowed in Grant park so when I walked out of grant park there was a huge group of people waiting for their runners and they were all clapping and applauding.  It was a really cool race to be a part of and I am so glad that I signed up to do it and checked the box.  I can't say that I will be signing up again next year, it just seemed to be so hard on my body and the soreness lasts for days. But I would absolutely recommend the marathon to any marathon runner.

Flowers from my Sister and Nic for the marathon!