Saturday, July 29, 2017


The hubs and I have had our eyes out for a scooter for me for a while. Ray drives a Honda Shadow Phantom and as much as I love being on the back, there's no way I would feel comfortable driving it. However, a scooter is perfect! So, we found a 2008 Genuine Buddy 150 with 900 miles on her. Her owner lives 2 hours away but met us an hour away and we got her!

Ray was sweet enough to drive her home in the 100+ degree weather! Also, she tops out at 70mph so I followed him in the car as he drove about 55-60mph. Bless him!

I took my motorcycle permit test on Friday and score, I passed! 3 things I was unaware of though: I would also have to take a renewal test for my class C license; even though it's only a permit, I would have to take my picture; I would also have to retake the vision test.

Thank goodness I looked over the laws and regulations and I only missed 1 on the renewal test! Of course I didn't have a lick of makeup on and my hair was still wet for my picture. LOL, at least my eyebrows looked awesome (microblading)!

Good news though, they removed my corrective lenses on my license because I forgot my glasses and I barely passed the vision test!!

She is pretty stinking cute! My papa and dad had a baby truck named Betsy, so it's only fitting to carry on the tradition, so I introduce you to Betsy.

Now for my driving test 😅 I'm planning on driving to the DMV when they are closed and practicing on their course. I basically have to drive zig zag through cones and then a circle without my tires leaving the inside of the circle and then back through both parts of the course. Fun stuff!!

Today will be a hilly run, grocery shopping, pool time, and hopefully some scooter riding!

What's your Saturday plans?
Ever ride a motorcyle or scooter? Love it? Hate it?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WIAW and Tangents

Waaa my summer is starting to wind down! Boo! I'm still not 100% sure on what I will be teaching this year, but I do know that I will at least be teaching sophomores. I may also have 9s and 11s but I'm waiting to hear back from my assistant principal, fun stuff! 2 1/2 weeks until I am back to work.

That means taking the girl back to school shopping. Eek.

JK, she did great (and I did too!)

We are working on taking each of the kids on a date and she chose a Japanese restaurant and school shopping. Lunch was delish. We should have shared the bento box, it was huge!

I've really been trying to get in a lot of fruits and veggies which have made my plates quite pretty.

The kids and I started watching The Kindness Diaries on Netflix. It feels a bit staged but I like the overall concept. Any good recommendations on documentaries for both kids and adults?

The next one I plan to watch is Living on One Dollar on Amazon Prime.

I have about 3 1/2 weeks of base building for marathon training. I'm hanging out at about 30-35 miles a week right now. We added in 3 days of hills last week and then some heat training this week (running later to acclimate before xc season begins). The hubs and I are running a 1/2 in 2 1/2 weeks that is insanely hilly and hot. My one specific goal is to not walk any hills. This was the hubs' first race 3 years ago so he should definitely be able to hit a course PR!

From 3 years ago. Notice the iced knees, his knees are doing so much better!!

Are you currently training for anything?
What's your favorite fruit/veggie?
Do you like documentaries? What is your fav?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Catching Up!

No excuses. I am exhausted and traveling semi-cross country in a Suburban with 3 littles is tough business!

Life: I have less than a month before going back to work! If you don't know, I teach high school English and coach xc. The hubs teaches math at the same school and will be coaching alongside me this year. I'm still somewhat in denial and I'm trying not to think about work yet! We got back from our trip Sunday night and of course the only traffic we hit was in Cali!

Unpacking and laundry for days!

Then on Tuesday, the hubs and I headed down to LA to get my touch up for my eyebrows (Casey Loza @ Spa Carmen is amazing!!!) So we decided to hit a 4Dx movie (Planet of the Apes) and go to Universal Studios. It was such a nice, peaceful time after nearly 4500 miles in the car with our kids ;) And then I missed the kids. How does that even work?!

This was Jurassic Park and I have never been so wet on a ride!

The hotel (Hilton Universal) gave us a map for a running route and we ran through a movie shoot (pretty cool!).

Running: We definitely kept up with running while on vacay because we're about 5 weeks away from marathon training. I am averaging between 30-40 miles a week right now and plan to peak around 70 miles in November.

Moving on: Now is the time that I planned on really trying to clean up my diet in preparation for marathon training. My stomach pretty much goes crazy when I run when I have had too much fat, sugar, or gluten. So I've decided that I'm not counting calories, macros, or weighing myself. I am basing how I eat on how I feel. I know what bothers my stomach and what works for me, so that's truly what I am focusing on :)

Happy Thursday!!

How often do you weigh yourself?
Are you running a fall half/marathon?
What is your favorite time of year for running?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Surviving the Heat & Humidity

For those of you who run in the more humid states, bless you. I typically do not. Heat ✅. I live in a valley that consistently hits triple digits during the summer months, but we have very little humidity. However, TX has both and that's where I've been running the last few weeks. So, a few things I've been using that help are:
1. Glide. I use this stuff everywhere ;)

2. I'm loving my Oiselle Long Roga shorts. They are long enough that my thighs don't chafe, they have pockets, and they can withstand the crazy amount of moisture in the air.

3. A Oiselle visor. I like how well it forms around my head but doesn't squeeze my head if that makes sense ;)

4. Sunscree is a must. I use Cerave with 50spf.

5. I've also been using a small handheld water bottle and Nuun. The hubs isn't a fan of Nuun because it's a little bubbly, but I like it and I can definitely feel an energy boost after drinking it :) He uses Mio with electrolytes and that works well for him.
6. #sportsbrasquad. For real. I haven't ran with a shirt for almost 2 full weeks and not only is it cooler, it's liberating, and I have less laundry to do 😂😂.

Have any tips for summer running?
What's the weather like where you are?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Waco Vacay in Pics

Lots of visiting, game playing, water park going, eating, and running going on here.

Date night with the besties while my oldest watched 7 kiddos! Bless her.

She really is my mini-me. In all my glory and my sass. Again, bless her.

4th of July with my favorites

If you're ever in Waco try their iced vanilla latte.

Running in humidity is um lovely.

And TX bugs are vicious!

Notice the mosquito bite on my stomach :( And the immense moisture. Whew!

We've had some amazing sights and sunrises!

Where was your last vacation to?
Where has been your favorite vacation?
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Back to the Grind and My Week in Running

Ah, to be back on solid ground feels sooo good! We drove 4 hours from the ship to Waco and finished 5 (1 more to go) loads of laundry.

It's back to the grind for the most part today.

Running for the week:
Sun: 9 miles @ 80 min
Mon: 5 @ 45 min
Tues: 6 @ 50 min
Wed: 5 @ 43:30 min
Thurs: 6 @ 50 min
Fri: 4 @ 34:40 min
Sat: 1 mi @ 7:45 (to keep the streak!) Day 1️⃣0️⃣5️⃣!

All of these miles except Sat were ran on the treadmill on the ship.

Trip highlights: Monday we hung out on the beach, snorkeled, kayaked, paddle boarded, and played on blow up trampolines and slides in Cozumel.

Tuesday we rode ATVs, tubed in a cave, and ziplined in Belize.

Wednesday we held sloths, played with monkeys, and snorkeled in Mahogany Bay, Honduras.

Everyone, including animals love Ray. The monkeys fought over who would go in his shirt. Ha.

And now for more laundry and eating like normal people again!

Have you ever touched or held an exotic animal?
What's your favorite vacation?
Where haven't you gone, but want to?