7/23/14

Running updates, an organized runner, the Fossil Sasha bag

Oh my, it has been a week since I posted. This summer is just flying by and I am finding myself so busy. And we still haven't done our two mini-vacations yet! I had mentioned a while back that I was working on home organization (re-organization) and more painting projects (kitchen island). They are honestly consuming quite a bit of time. Between kiddo out of school, spending more time in the nice outdoor weather, and my organizational projects, I am not online as much. I'm sure many of us SAHM runners are in the same zone. Fortunately, my running has been going well and I have been able to keep to my marathon schedule this summer.


Running updates


I thought I needed to update my readers again on how my running has been going since I changed my method. It's currently going so well! I've posted about this before and I am truly amazed at the difference in my running. My runs are all better, stronger, and more productive. I make almost every run count. Adding extra rest days into my running weeks has made such a huge and noticeable difference - for me - and I think I will always set up my running weeks in this format. With a kiddo out of school, the less run days per week fits that method and I've had a stress-free running schedule all summer since I don't have to find as many child care options. Of course, I could run on the treadmill, but I just don't want to. Long story short, I am back in love with running and enjoy every run!

Still wearing my race hats :)

Long run days and feeling good

A typical run week has lately looked like this:

Week day runs: 5 miles = mile 1 warmup, miles 2-3 steady to tempo, miles 4-5 marathon pace
Longer runs: 8 +/-  miles = mile 1 warmup, miles 2-7+ marathon pace

Before, I would have run more 3 mile runs on week days and needing more of those run days to make up the mileage. Now, I get more miles done in one day, yet still meet the correct weekly mileage goals on my plan, and I have extra rest days. My body is responding so well to the rest. Never underestimate the power of rest and recovery!


An organized runner


I always see joke memes and such on social media related to how we runners have a messy household because all our time is spent running. It is very true! My house isn't actually messy, but for the past several years where I have been becoming a dedicated runner for life, many household projects and organizational needs have been neglected. I think this is fairly common for most of us; we just run out of time to get household tasks done as well.



To be honest, I have a structured and need-for-routine personality. When I was younger, a few classmates would poke fun at my "OCD", as one often liked to call those of us who lean more on the organized personality spectrum. During my elementary years, I loved having my school folders and notebooks tidy and organized, pens just so, etc. My bedroom was never too messy or in disarray. That extended into college years and I had a hard time if I had a roommate who was a complete slob (and oddly enough, those were often my roommates!). I used to think there was something wrong with me since folks like me are often called "OCD" and "anal retentive" (the other lingo of the time). Seriously, I was just made to feel that something was wrong with liking to be organized.

As I got older and began working in the technology career field, I learned that in fact, no, nothing is wrong at all with being organized. In fact, it is highly important once one becomes an adult and enters into the world of work! I'm also pleased to see that the world of organizational products and ideas has really flourished! From Martha Stewart really spearheading a lot of the movement in the United States, to the Europeans giving the world IKEA, and one of my local favorites, the Container Store and Staples, just to name a few, organization has really taken off in a good way.

I've also discovered several organizational Youtube vloggers that have been helping me come up with new ideas. In particular, Alejandra of Home Organization with Alejandra.tv is great with updated organizational concepts and fresh ideas!



Since I've been neglecting areas of my house with running consuming most of my spare time, I'm now trying to get back into my organizational projects and many of my to-do lists. I'm also realizing these aren't going to be overnight projects, but rather months of work. I need to compartmentalize and take it all one room/project at a time. Here is an example of what is on my to-do list:


  • Master closet remodel to utilize space better and contain sweater/cardigan storage better
  • Kitchen island build and kitchen cabinet refresh/reorganize
  • Create my craft/home office space back upstairs rather than keep downstairs in main living area
  • Reorganize formal living/dining space and change furniture layout


The Fossil Sasha bag


I had a birthday not too long ago (after age 40 they aren't exciting to mention) and I knew I wanted to either treat myself to some new jewelry or a new purse. When it comes to style, I will spend decent money on a good purse, a good shoe (and obviously good running shoes!), and good jewelry. Shirts and bottoms, usually from Target or so :)  I hemmed and hawed a bit on a purse decision and stumbled upon the Fossil "Sasha" during a big Macy's sale. I have been looking for a warm brown larger crossbody for the Fall season for a long time and this one actually matched to what I've been looking for! I've been trying to find one similar via Coach, but Fossil fit my needs better. I do like the Kate Spade Cobble Hill Curtis and had that come in a warmer brown, I may have gone that route, but I'm happy with this bag. I think it will be a good August-November bag. The Kate Spade Cobble Hill Curtis bag in black may go on my Christmas wish list if it is still available ;)


The Fossil Sasha bag


Happy running everyone!


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Christina

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7/13/14

Running race hats, new makeup, detoxing after the holiday

Hello! I'm wrapping up my week with a quiet Sunday morning, a cup of coffee, and a nice rest day. I ran all of my planned miles for the week, had a sports chiro and massage therapy appointment, and did a little shopping, Our daughter is back from Grandma's and we've since had a few swimming pool days as well. All in all, a nice summer time week! We have two trips coming up in a couple weeks so things will get busy soon. I'm trying not to look too far ahead on my running training plan (that usually freaks me out), but I do know I'll have to juggle a few runs when we go on our trips. I'll cross that path as it arrives :)

Running race hats


I've been wearing my running race hats lately during this summer. Since I've let my hair grow longer, it ponytails nicely and the hats have been useful in keeping the sun off of my face a bit. I used to never wear hats much because I always felt they overheated my head, but I seem ok with them now. I have so many hats from goodie race bags! I chose my Air Force Marathon series hat this weekend for inspiration. Plus, that half marathon is my next planned race. I also ordered a new pair of Saucony Cortana 3s and they arrived. I like all 3 colors they made for this model! (white, blue, and bright orange)

Wearing my race hats for inspiration

New makeup


One of my upcoming trips is an important family wedding out in Washington DC. Since I'm part of the immediate family and will be in professional photos, I realized I needed to get some new makeup in order. I usually don't wear too much makeup on a day-to-day basis, but lately I've been experimenting more with new-to-me products. You know how you get in a makeup rut and wear the same thing for years? Then all of a sudden you realize you got older and your skin changes and you need different things? One new item I picked up this weekend, with the help of the makeup ladies in Macy's, is the Urban Decay Flushed Bronzer and Blush. I had originally gone in with the notion of a different product based on my online research, but this one was clearly the better choice for me. With my coloring and summer skin, it really set well on my face and I liked that you actually get two products in one (nicer for the pocketbook). The company is cruelty-free as well so that made me happy. I wish Clinique would get there ...




Detoxing after the Fourth holiday


We've also been detoxing from last weekend's holiday eating! My goal this week was to make sure we all had plenty of healthy greens :)

Detoxing after the holiday



Happy running everyone!



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Christina

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7/8/14

Running without obsessing, purposeful blog posts, home projects

Hello! The holiday is over and we're back to a regular week with rainy and humid weather. I'm actually a little glad to be back into somewhat of a routine. Well, with school not in session, routine isn't what we technically have, but we have a quiet week with some of our regular activities - running (in between rains), tennis, and Taekwondo. I finished up week 2 of this marathon training plan and am feeling good. Of course, it's just the beginning ;)

Running without obsessing


One thing I'm really noticing is a major mental shift for me as a runner. I had another "Runnerversary" on July 1st, and I was kind of ambivalent to it. A year or two ago, it was a milestone! Now, running is so much a part of my regular life that it isn't as earth-shattering. Does that make sense? And I like that it is part of my regular life. It's just something I need to do, like brush my teeth, cook dinner, run 8 or so miles, just a part of my normal now. In fact, I don't even frantically log all my mileage now right away. I just look at my plan, run what needs to be run, and then maybe once a week update my logs. If something starts hurting, I stop running for a while. I rest more between runs, yet seem to make my weekly mileage goals without a problem. Running has just become simple for me now and I don't feel the need to obsess. That's a good thing :)

Wearing my race series inspiration hat during the Full Marathon training!

Wearing my inspiration race series hat during full marathon training


Purposeful blog posts


I've been only posting on here twice a week lately, but that is mostly because I do have a kiddo out of school, we have warm weather, and we are just busy. I've also been tackling so many home projects while the weather works in my favor. I know the Google traffic SEO experts would frown, but honestly, daily or every other day blogging becomes kind of repetitive. I feel that I rather wait until I have something more interesting to post about than to continuously post the same thing over and over like "I ran, then I ran again, then I ate oatmeal, then I ran". I'm feeling the need to post less frequently during the week, but to post more purposeful posts when I do post.

Date time with hubby at our favorite Korean restaurant after our long run day on Saturday!

Lunch date at our favorite Korean restaurant


Home projects


Since I finished up an old furniture repurpose paint job last month, I've got a new BIG project going on. We're going to build our own kitchen island! Our kitchen is fairly large if we get rid of the dining table we have stuffed in it and actually use the dining room in our house for dining. We need more workspace in the kitchen! Oh my ... it is exciting yet overwhelming, but I know we can tackle it. We're going to build the base ourselves (since I'm a 'self-made painting expert by now' and hubby is a 'crafty fellow when he wants to be'); however, we'll have the countertop professionally done. We're going to put in a kitchen-grade wood counter for the island and we're using stock cabinets from Home Depot for the base because quite frankly, I've done a full professional kitchen remodel before in a previous house and I have no intention to ever spend that ridiculous amount of money again. The plan is for the island to look something like this in a similar size, but in a creamy off-white and without the legs:

 Free standing kitchen island




















Happy running everyone! 



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Christina

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7/4/14

Fourth of July, great runs, jewelry box, nail polish

Hello readers! I'm waking up to the wonderful sun and chirping birds this morning on this Fourth of July. Our baby girl is spending a couple days with out-of-town Grandma (this is something new we are doing now that she is older) and I have a quiet house. Hubby is still asleep as I write this post :)  Since our daughter is gone for a couple days, we're having a "staycation" and trying to tackle a lot of things we don't get to easily do when she's here. Lots of errand running for home projects, a good meal at our favorite Korean restaurant, and a lot of sleeping in and relaxing! Of course, we're both getting some great runs in too!


Great runs


Yesterday was perfect runner's weather and I was able to get 5 gorgeous miles in. I was feeling so good, I thought about going longer, but remembered ... I am on a marathon training plan and need to stick to it. No need to go off course and trigger an injury.

Glorious 5 mile run I rain and cooler temps

I'm making sure to always do my yoga stretching after every run. I often add my planks and bridges in during this time now as well.

Yoga stretching time after my run


Jewelry Box


I have a stash of birthday money and I've been taking my time trying to decide how to spend it. I did a Container Store (my new favorite store!) shopping trip yesterday and finally found the most perfect jewelry box system! I've been wanting a new jewelry box for years now and can never find what I like. They had it ... and they have a sale currently for 20% off as well. I bought two pieces in the larger size in the "mink" color. I'm thinking I may go get a third piece before the sale is over.



Nail polish


I also ordered myself a Zoya nail polish color to try. I had never tried this brand before, but it is one of the brands with even less of the harmful chemicals. It is "5 free" of harmful chemicals rather than "3 free" like other brands. This is very appealing to me! I am in love!!! It glides on so smoothly and I only needed one coat on my toes, although I usually do two coats regardless. I'm pretty sure I'm a Zoya convert now :)

My new favorite nail polish brand


Fourth of July


Since it is Fourth of July, I'll have to pamper my Schnoodle a bit. She is so terrified of fireworks, poor dear.

Schnoodle in her favorite spot

Kitty doesn't seem too phased by the fireworks, but he'll be kept inside just to be sure he is ok.

Kitty in his favorite spot



Happy Fourth of July to all of my readers! And for those in other countries, enjoy your weekend! 



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Christina

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6/30/14

Summer running, furniture painting, new candle scent

June has become a very busy month, but I am not complaining. Sometimes it is good to be busy. I feel the need to tackle so many house projects, to-do list items, and other tasks during these warm months. When the weather cools and winter sets in, I find it is much harder to do any of those things and instead better to bundle up and stay warm. Since it is warm, I'm determined to get things DONE. Sandwiched in is my marathon training and I completed my first week as planned with no problems. Yay! I'm really loving the Saucony Cortana 3 shoes and have gone over the 100 mile mark by now. I'll probably pick up a new pair soon to add into my rotation. All of my runs have been in pretty high heat and humidity lately, yet finally not too hard. Heat acclimation accomplished! This is the first year I've not complained about the heat and summer running.

Long runs during the summer

I'm still sticking to my change in running strategy for now, but I do know I'll be adding another run day sooner or later into my schedule, which is fine. I am just honestly thrilled and amazed at how well my runs are right now. What I'm seeing is that my body does need more time in between runs to rebuild and grow. I'm sure it is partially due to getting older, but also just my own body's physiology. Running is such a rewarding sport, yet also a bit of a "science experiment".

Furniture painting


On my to-do list this month was to re-finish and paint an old and dingy piece of furniture we had sitting in our basement collecting cobwebs. You know how you inherit or acquire old furniture and don't know what to do with it to incorporate it into your house (or if you even want to keep it?). I needed some extra storage, but didn't want to spend any money on furniture. Well ... I remembered we had this old thing in our basement! It took me 3 weeks and the finished piece came out quite well. I've painted and refinished furniture before so by now, I kind of have my tips and methods down. I'm using it to store dining serving pieces, freeing up some much needed space in my kitchen cabinets!

Finished painting this old piece of furniture

The paint used in this piece is specifically for furniture painting and by Rust-oleum - the American Accents line. I stripped and stained the wood areas that were still in good shape using an antique walnut stain.

New candle scent


Since I'm on the topic of home-based things ... I've been enjoying the Bath and Body Works Watermelon Lemonade candle. It's a perfect summer time scent! Candles make me nervous since we have a kitty, but I have one spot that is safe and in an area he doesn't get into.




Do you have any huge house projects this summer? Do you have a cat and use candles?



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Christina

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6/24/14

Fall Marathon training begins, hair highlights, Vera Bradley clutches

This week I'm kicking off ... officially kicking off ... my Fall marathon training season. It sort of feels a little odd right now to be in a training season since it's been in the 90 degree temperatures, but I am at the 4 month mark to start off the marathon training. I've been looking back at the last month of running when I began changing how I run. I've been having straight out awesome runs! I'm really hoping to continue this method during this training cycle so we will see how I continue, but right now, I'm just thrilled with how the changes I've been making have been working so well.


Kicking off another marathon training season


Hair highlights


Something else I've changed up recently is my hair. I quit doing all-over box hair color! I'm not all that gray, I just have sprinkled grays here and there, so there was no reason I needed to be doing a full color. I was just doing box colors because it was quick and easy, but I want to let my hair get more to its natural state. I've been going in to my hairdresser now to get highlights just to blend the straggler grays and not subject myself to full color. I LOVE IT! It does cost more, but I get 10 weeks out of it before I feel I need a touch-up, compared to the 6-8 weeks I got out of box color. Plus, EWG suggests avoiding dark hair colors if possible.

Fresh highlights


Vera Bradley clutches


Speaking of style, I've been updating my purse collection and needs this year. I tend to be a "bulk shopper" and when I need new things, like purses, I spend several months acquiring a new collection, and then I don't purchase those type of items for several years. I've picked up a few new Coach bags and have also been adding some Vera Bradley clutches to my collection. I don't use clutches too often and the Vera Bradley ones are just perfect and at a great price point. I also ordered the TSA friendly 3-1-1 bag shown below. I have been needing a TSA ready bag like this for a while now. (Patterns shown are the black microfiber, Tutti Frutti, and Olivia Pink.)

A Vera Bradley haul


I just used the black microfiber Vera Bradley clutch to go see Book of Mormon with hubby last Friday :)

Book of Mormon



Have you started off a Fall marathon training cycle yet? What new "style" purchases have you done lately?



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Christina

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6/19/14

Heat acclimation and kid summer activities

Is it summer yet? It really feels like it here! We usually go from cold to hot very quickly without much time in the comfortable running weather. The humidity has set in and we had our first day in the 90s this week. The runs are hard right now, mostly due to the heat and humidity, and they are reminding me that focusing on speed work right now isn't wise. When it gets this hot, my main goal becomes just finishing the miles. I feel my body is almost done with heat acclimation, usually taking about 3 weeks or so. My last run was 5 miles in the 90s with something like 100% humidity. I've been pretty occupied with kid summer activities, working on entire house re-organization, and also keeping up with my own running. I start a full marathon training cycle soon and am feeling really good this time during base building.

I'm not complaining about the heat, however! We're finally at pool time with friends :)

Pool time!

We're also busy with Tennis lessons all summer long.

Tennis time!

And we're still going strong with Taekwondo. My daughter has been doing Taekwondo for two years now and really enjoys it.

Time for Taekwondo

Kitty is the only one who rests around here ;)

Kitty found a new resting spot


What activities are your kids doing this summer? Or are you taking this summer off as a relaxation time? I tend to keep my child busy during the summers because she is fairly high energy and does not like sitting in front of the TV for hours on end. I know, how lucky are we, we never have to worry about her becoming a couch potato! She likes having things to do and enjoys fitness/sports activities.


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Christina

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