Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The What I Wore Wednesday where I finally used a tripod

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I love this day, and I love that it's cool in Florida for all the kids to get to experience a fun and fully costumed evening of trick or treating. 

So I mentioned that I bought a tripod. And then I kept mentioning it as it sat in the box. Eventually it got shoved into a closet when people were coming over, and as the saying goes, out of sight out of mind. But then the temperatures in Florida started getting fall-ish, and I started pulling things out of the closet I didn't think I'd see until December. Boots? Blazers with booties? It was time. The tripod had to come out!

And that it did. When I got home from work Monday and Tuesday, I found places to take pictures, and I started snapping. They turned out well, and I finally got to experience the internal fear that I've heard real style bloggers talk about, 'what if someone sees me?'. Luckily, neither time was I "caught", but I really feel like I would have chased down a car to explain what I was doing if it had happened. I'm sure it would look weird to happen upon.

So without further ado, here are two fall inspired Florida outfits. And don't mind the hair. I clearly didn't do it and threw it up with a headband both days. Getting this level of quality was a huge step up. Maybe the hair will be my November goal.
Outfit 1: tshirt & corduroys (modern straight leg) from LOFT, cardigan, boots, necklace
Outfit 2: shirt (old LOFT), corduroys (boot cut) from LOFT, blazer, booties, earrings

So now that I've stepped up to the plate, I need to come up with all those poses the style bloggers use. I tried a few when I was doing these, and I kind of felt silly. Why am I looking at the ground?!

I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday. If you or anyone you know lives in an area affected by Hurricane Sandy, I hope you are safe and able to soon return to your normal lives. 

Linkup here for Go for the Goal with your October and November goals tomorrow!

What's the piece that you were/are most excited to pull out of the closet for the fall season?

I'm linking up for What I Wore Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Saturday's Beauty Splurge in vlog form

I'm apparently quite unskilled at the art of vlogging. It has taken me forever to figure out how to create this, condense it, and get it to post. I'm not even sure it's going to work right this time. 
I stopped by Ulta on a whim with a 20% off coupon on Saturday. It was in the same shopping center as the costume store where I went to pick up my tiara and cape for my running costume. I definitely didn't even originally plan on stopping in, but as I had taken the coupon with me, I decided to make a stop and pick up a new item or two.

As you can see in the vlog, I did some serious damage. Luckily it was well under $100, and I did so well with my budget this month, so I am just enjoying the items. Everything I got can be purchased at drugstores, Ulta, or online. Here is the list of items I picked up in case you don't have time to watch the video or are at work and can't turn it on:
Organix Moroccan Shampoo and Conditioner, CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara, Maybelline EyeStudio Master drama cream pencil eyeliner, Yes to Cucumbers Facewipes, Naked 2 Palette, Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter, Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

I'll do further reviews on all of these items once I've had them for a bit. If you have any opinions on those items, leave them in the comments below. I've used all of them since purchasing on Saturday, and there are a few that I'm already really excited about.

Have any beauty products I must try? Anything that would be a fun buy for my next coupon?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend in Review

This weekend FLEW by. The last few weekends have been rather low key and consisted of little else than an activity or two, but this one was jam packed. 
Friday night Tim and I went to dinner, and though we were originally going to go to this awesome burger place called Burger 21, the parking for the Oktoberfest nearby was insane, so we changed options. We ended up getting Mexican, and it actually suited my fancy even more. I opted for the large beer, and when it came it was only just short of me actually being able to get into it and drink it.
I definitely didn't finish the whole thing, even with a little help. We got ice cream afterwards, and I definitely did finish that. I decided that I could start carboloading two nights before my Sunday half marathon.

I have become such an old lady with bedtimes though. I went to bed fairly early every night this weekend, and I still don't feel like I've gotten that much rest. 

Saturday morning I didn't have a run, and I slept in until a glorious 10:15 before going to the costume shop to finish my costume. I dangerously carried my Ulta 20% off coupon with me, and on a last minute whim decided to stop by. I did some damage. I actually vlogged about it, but I can't for the life of me get the video to upload, so I'll save that one for tomorrow. I got so much awesome stuff, and I've already really liked what I've used so far.

Saturday afternoon we went to the USF game and tailgated before the 7:00 PM start. How USF was able to turn a 23-3 lead at the half to a loss overall is beyond me. We stayed most of the game, but when we slowly saw Syracuse creeping up, we decided to be bad fans and left. I had a race at 7 the next morning that was an hour away!
Another relatively early bedtime prepared me to get up at 4:15 to meet Genna at 5:20 to head down to south Pinellas county for our half marathon. The Halloween Halfathon was put on by the Florida Road Races organization, and it was really well done. I was impressed.

There was a very on time start at 7:05, and the course was scenic and beautiful the whole way. The head wind on the way back was atrocious, and I saw many runners surrender to their desire to walk. It really was resistance training. I was putting forth my highest effort of the whole race and was going 15-20 seconds slower per mile than the rest of the race. It's good practice, I guess. It was a costumed race, and while I intended to be the evil queen, I realized that my costume looked very homemade when I put it on. No one would have guessed what I was. So I went with the princess look instead.
I was within a minute of a PR on the half, so I was proud of that with all the wind. And then I picked up and finished the 14 miles I had on schedule for the weekend. 

After spending the afternoon doing something for work, I ate pretty much everything that didn't eat me and fell asleep on the couch around 7:30. It was a great weekend, but it makes me crave next weekend even more. I want to sit around (awake) and do nothing.

How was your weekend? What did you do for Halloween?

Linking up with Molly, Leeann, and Hayley

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Marathon Training Week 7 + Weekly Workout Recap

This week was a huge step up in mileage. I wrapped up the week with 32 miles, which I think it a personal high for a week. I also ran my longest run ever, which felt pretty sweet.
I didn't mean to do 7 on Tuesday, but only four of them were running. The other three were walking to find something that I had dropped while running. But all in all, it took me to 32.
Tuesday: Ran 4 miles at 9:04 pace. 
It didn't feel good. My shirt was so tight and it was still hot out, but I powered through and got it done.

Wednesday: Ran 7 miles at 9:12 pace.
This one was a good run, but it was a big mental hurdle for me. I've never run further than 6 miles on a weekday, and even that I've only done a time or two. The fact that it got dark while I was running made me realize how long the run was. 

Friday: Ran 4 miles on the treadmill at 9:33 pace. 
With a half marathon on Sunday I didn't want to do any crazy pace, and it wasn't slated for tempo or speed. I took this one easy and loved it. It flew by

Sunday: Ran 14 miles, including the Halloween Halfathon, which I'll recap in a later post.
I ran a half marathon that ended up measuring 13.24 and then dropped my stuff off at my car and finished to hit 14 for the day. That's a personal distance record, and I'm thrilled.
Next week's plan:
Some thoughts:

This week really kicked me over from half marathon training, which I've done a lot of, to marathon training. And I'm tired. That 7 mile run on Wednesday wiped me out (that's why I didn't blog on Thursday). The 14 that I did this morning was hard after not resting, and I'm realizing that marathon training really is a huge time commitment. I even missed a cross training session this week, but I'm definitely not going to be tacking anything else on this afternoon. I'm wiped out. 

This week has really made me respect the marathon distance a lot more. 26.2 miles is a long way, and it's not that I didn't think it was before; I just didn't really ever mentally wrap my head around it. I've gotten kind of used to running 13.1. This was my fifth half today, and while it's still long, it's a distance I've become somewhat familiar with. I know how I'm going to be feeling at 4, 8, and 11 miles, and I know what I'm going to want to do. It was today around 8 or 9 miles when I was wishing for the finish line that I realized in the marathon I will have 17 or 18 miles left at that point. I've never even run 17 miles. 

I guess this training plan is meant to get you up to the point where you're running near the distance, but I just can't imagine actually racing 26.2 miles. I got over two mental hurdles this week with hitting 7 miles on a weekday and then breaking my personal distance record, but it still doesn't make me feel more prepared to toe the line for 26.2. I still have 10 weeks of training left, so I'm aware that I'll feel more prepared in months to come, but for now, I'm nervous. I feel like these little mountains I've hurdled this week are simply foothills to the real mountain I'll be facing on January 13th. I guess until then I just have to trust the training.

Linkup your weekly workouts below to play along with me, Kat, and Genna.

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's {finally} Friday!

I've been linking up with {av} for a long time for Friday's Fancies, so even though I'm incredibly tired, I just knew I had to create an outfit to celebrate her 100th linkup! What a great idea for a linkup she had 100 Fridays ago, and how much fun it is now to still be able to linkup.

The theme this week was to create an outfit to celebrate 100! And because I think of gold as being a celebratory color, I needed to go with classic black and fancy gold.
dress//shoes//clutch//earrings & bracelet
I didn't know if wearing a lace dress with lace inspired earrings and a cuff were too much, but I think it might be just enough. I'm newly in love with this JCrew bag, and Zara will always be a go to for me and unique but perfect shoes. 

So congratulations to you Alison on a wonderful 100! And here's to your Marine Corps Marathon this weekend! Best of luck, and I can't wait to hear about it!

Dear this week, you went by quickly, but I am so tired. You were full. Dear Thanksgiving, could you come quickly? I need a longer break than two days. Dear blog, sorry I skipped two days this week. I fell asleep trying to blog. Dear 7 mile Wednesday night run, I've officially decided that runs over 5 miles on weekdays fit into a new category in my running life; I just haven't decided where. You required a new kind of mental focus.
Dear friends who came for my Stella & Dot party, thank you so much! It was so much fun. I was a little nervous about having it, but I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves. And thanks for shopping through my party so I earned rewards! Dear Claire, you won the Stella & Dot giveaway! Congratulations!! Dear Tim, I can't wait to go on our date tonight. It's been too long since just the two of us have gone to dinner. I'm glad you got to go eat oysters and stone crab with your friends while I had my party. I love you! Dear 13.1, I can't wait to be reunited with you this weekend! Here's hoping the weather is perfect.  Dear Tori, Lydia, Genna, and anyone else I haven't mentioning running NYC next weekend, I am insanely jealous and incredibly excited for you! I can't wait to live vicariously through you! Dear camera, I had fun playing with you during the jewelry party tonight. Here are a few of the pictures.
 I wish I had pulled my camera out earlier. These were the only girls left when I got it out!
And Alex, the stylist that hosted the giveaway and my party! Thanks for all the free jewels.

And some questions for you!
What was the highlight of your week?
What are you looking forward to this weekend?
Should I buy the leopard scarf I'm wearing above or the orange and pink one with the elephants in the second picture above?

Have an amazing weekend!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A matter of perspective {believe I am}

Tuesday's 4 miler was fine in pace, but it felt terrible (much like last week's Tuesday run...will it be a Tuesday thing). I blame my shirt and the temperature, but I'm not really one to make excuses (or is that what I just did). The lululemon shirt I bought Sunday fit just fine in the store and is plenty baggy, but that sports bra band was so tight I was having trouble breathing. I'm trying to stretch it now, but I'm not sure it'll be a go to shirt for a bit. 

It was also terrible because I lost something and ended up retracing three miles of my steps after running four to find what I was looking for. And I didn't find it, of course. Overall, that just added fuel to the afternoon fire. Oh well. Some days are better than others! And I guess if I look at it positively, it did give me 7 total miles today, and walking three was probably good for me anyways. 

And in the mail Monday I got something I'd been waiting on for a little bit! I ordered a Believe I Am Journal after seeing it on Once Upon a (L)ime. I was really excited when I saw in on her blog, because I love having neat notebooks and calendars and to do lists, and though I love DailyMile, I wanted a creative place to keep track of my runs, workouts, and goals. I'm excited to be able to use it for my marathon training cycle. I know it'll be something I look back on for inspiration in the future.

Here are a few pictures of my favorite pages.
The cover (which is made of wood...and I love)
The workout tracker pages
Check-in pages
Places for goals, which I'm such a huge fan of. 

Olympian Lauren Fleshman is one of the creators of the journal, and she somehow managed to make it to semi-finals of the 5k at the Olympic Trials after not running for months and months because of an injury, so I'll do what she's doing.

I know that visually outlining everything in a journal will be great for me, and the added journaling pages will allow me to track how my moods, energy, and perspective changes as the marathon training cycle picks up. I'm entering into a higher mileage week this week, and from here it's only up. I know there will be ups and downs, and I want to keep them recorded to save.

And although it sounds like it (I think), I definitely bought this on my own and didn't contact the company or get contacted by anyone to post about it. I wanted to share this with you because I know a lot of us blogger enjoy writing things down in the old fashioned way. I though maybe you'd be interested in keeping your thoughts in a journal like this as well.

I'm just hoping my entry for today will be a little happier and more positive than the one for Tuesday. 7 miles tempo is on tap for after work. Yikes. 7 will be the longest I've ever run on a weekday. Welcome to marathon training, I guess...

Do you keep track of your workouts/runs/WODs? Where? Do you just record what you're doing or how you feel about it as well?

If you're on DailyMile, add me! That site gives me so much motivation!
And my $50 Stella & Dot giveaway will end at midnight tonight!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Another weekend gone by...

Every Friday at 3:45 as I'm leaving school, I think about how much I need the weekend to be here. I also revel in that moment. There's nothing that feels quite as wonderful as the end of the day on a Friday. I thought weekends were great when I was in college, but I really had no idea. 

This weekend was somewhat eventful, and it was nice to spend more time with Tim than we usually get together on a weekend.
Friday after school and detention duty, Tim and I met up with some friends at Skipper's Smokehouse. I though it was pretty cool that Man V. Food had named it "best sandwich". I didn't have that sandwich, but their other foods were tasty, albeit heavy and not intended for the healthy eater. I also though it bizarre that they serve everything in and on styrofoam with plastic silverware. I guess they don't want to do dishes, but it seems so wasteful. Oh well, it was a fun night.

Saturday was my long run, and an amazing one it was. I already recapped it on my weekend workout recap. The rest of Saturday I watched football, Tim got off work a little early, and we were able to enjoy a Saturday night hanging out.

Tim had the day off work Saturday, so we went to an early breakfast at First Watch before using the day to watch NFL and get stuff done. I returned my undecided lululemon top and bought the one above. I like it a lot, even though the back isn't as cute. The silverescent material is so light and wonderful. Even though lululemon is expensive, the clothes hold up well and I don't have any complains. Plus they back their products. Do you buy from lululemon? 

What is your favorite workout clothing brand? 
What was your favorite thing you did this weekend?

Have a wonderful Monday! 

Linking up with Leeann and Molly

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Marathon Training Week 6 + Weekly Workout Linkup + Pretty Muddy Giveaway

Week 6 of Disney Marathon training is in the books! And a great week it was!
(This is my DailyMile chart.)
I'm still missing my Sunday workout, but I haven't done it yet and haven't decided what I'm doing, so I'm not going to put something in there. I ran 21.2 miles this week, so it was a step down week. Next week it s huge step up with 31 miles. I think it may even be my highest mileage.

Here's how the workouts broke down:
Tuesday's run was yucky, even though the pace was good.

Wednesday was awesome, but I already wrote about those 6 at MGP.

Thursday's run didn't happen, because I had a zillion comments to write, so I moved it to Friday.

Friday was the first time I've ever run before work, and my body was so confused. It wasn't ready to run, and it couldn't figure out why it was up and running on the treadmill before a long day at work. It was fine, but it wasn't optimal.

Saturday was amazing in every sense.
Although I was originally planning on running them around 9:45, I just felt fantastic. The weather was beautiful, I was in the zone, and this pace just felt good. It made me wish I had started out a little faster, but it wasn't my plan. 

I ran on the Upper Tampa Bay Trail, which this an 11 mile paved trail a few miles from my house that has cold water every few miles. There were a lot of people out yesterday, and it added motivation. I love seeing runners and bikers training for their respective races. It makes me wish we all wore tops stating what our next races are.
I've still got to figure out today's workout. I'll probably go ride the bike later to mix it up a little. I'm thinking about ordering the BodyPump DVDs since I've been denied at my gym now. We'll see. It makes cross training so confusing now. What do you do for cross training during marathon or half marathon training?

Week seven isa big week. I'm a little nervous heading into it...
13.1 of those 14 miles will come from my costumed Halloween Halfathon! That I'm excited about. I will post about my goals and expectations on that later in the week.

Oh, and enter below to win an entry to Pretty Muddy Tampa November 10th (or use code littlegirlinthebigworld for a $10 discount)!
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Linkup your weekly workouts whenever you post your recap this week!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fall is running season in Florida!

I wanted to share a few races in the Tampa Bay area that I'm participating in and have partnered with to share information and/or discounts with my readers. They are all very different and will interest a variety of people, runners and non-runners alike.
Florida Halloween Halfathon & 5k 
What: A Half Marathon and a 5k
When: October 28th 
Start Time: Halfathon at 7:05; 5k at 7:23 (not a typo)
Location: Ft. De Soto Park (it would be a great option for Bradenton, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg Runners)
Who is it meant for: Runners, walkers, people who want a Halloween race with costumes
If you're looking for a training run or want to sign up for a Halloween 5k, this one is perfect! It will be a fun run, and costumes are encouraged! I shared my costume yesterday, and I'm putting the final touches on making it work this week. I would love to meetup with anyone running it, because I know the pictures will be fabulous! 

If you're not thinking of running this Halloween race, which one are you doing? Do you dress up for races?

What: A 5k mud run
When: November 10th
Start Time: Waves throughout the day; I'm doing 8:30
Location: Dade City, FL
Who is it meant for: Any female of any athletic ability. It isn't timed, you have the option to walk around obstacles, and walking and running are both allowed. It's perfect for a first mud run (like me) or people who have a lot of mud run experience.
Discount Code: littlegirlinthebigworld
I'm excited for this because it looks like a good beginner mud run. I've never had any desire to do one of these because I'm very clumsy; I saw myself slipping and breaking something. With this one and the lack of a clock, I know I'll be able to run it for fun. I know a bunch of other girls doing the 8:30 wave, and I'd love to see you there! I'm going to be hosting a giveaway on my blog for a free entry, but for now you can get $10 off if you use the discount code littlegirlinthebigworld.
There is also a Pretty Muddy Miami the following weekend!

What: a half marathon and 5k
When: November 18th
Start Time: 7:00 AM for half and 7:15 for 5k
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Who is it meant for: Women! You can run, walk, or do both for either race.
Discount code: LGITBWBLOG

I am so excited about this race! The course is similar to the Rock N Roll St. Pete where I ran my sub 2:00 half in February, and the weather has been cooler this year than last. I was signed up for this race last year and got hurt and had to no show the race. It was really disappointing. I've heard it's an absolutely amazing race, and I know so many people who have done it. I can't wait to finally get to do this one!

It's coming up soon, but there are so many reasons to sign up for this one if you haven't yet: flat course, personalized race bibs (if you register by 10/26), designer goody bags (you know I love swag), and an awesome medal. This is a really big race with an expo. There's something about races with expos that get me really excited. Besides the option to shop, it gets me motivated and inspired. The pickup is the day before at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Renaissance Vinoy. 
You can also get a discount on this race registration by using the discount code LGITBWBLOG!

What: A Half Marathon
When: December 9th 
Start Time: 7:35
Location: Madeira Beach
Who is it meant for: runners and walkers
I'll share more about this race as it gets closer, but it's part of the Florida Road Races series, and I'm excited to be a part of it. I'll be using it as a training run for the marathon, but there's nothing more motivating than running with others for a training run! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Costume Prep + Letters!

I'm so excited about this Friday's Fancies, because I've been thinking about my Halloween costume for a long time. I don't know what our party plans are, but I'm running the Halloween Halfathon in St. Pete and can't wait to dress up. They have prizes for costumes and everyone dresses up! There's a 5k too! 
If you're nearby come run with me! Genna will be there dressed up too.
Is it sad I've put more time into my running costume than an actual costume? Oh well. I'm also going run the Disney marathon in this (I think...that might change come marathon nerves).

Because I already had a purple sparkle skirt and the blue Nike shorts, I wanted something that I didn't have to spend too much on. And of course, being that it's purple, this works perfectly. I'm going to be the evil queen from snow white. As far as carrying an apple, we'll see, but I'm fairly certain I'll probably don the makeup too, since this will be a training run for me. I don't know if I'll actually wear the hat, but I do need to get on making a cape, because that I definitely will wear.
Hopefully all of this thought will win me a prize. I'm of course excited too about being all purpled out.

Now for an actual costume, maybe I'll pull something out of the closet? We'll see...I'll have to check out your ideas.

And for some letters.
This cute image came from this blog.
Dear Tim, sorry dinner has been lame-o this week. This whole working + marathon training + a not that hungry stomach after running doesn't add up to someone that cooks or even picks up a big dinner. Hopefully that'll change. Dear comments, why did I procrastinate on writing you like I do every time I know you're coming? One day I'll learn to write you over time. I only have a few left, but you seem to take forever! Dear Ulta, thanks for sending me a 20% off coupon. And by thanks I mean, why?! I was doing so well with my budget, but how can I let a 20% off Ulta go to waste? Dear football pool, could you maybe be a little better this week? Last week was just embarrassing. Dear Marathon Goal Pace run, Apparently I need to be doing more of you. Yay? Dear Friday, you came quickly again this week! I can get used to this. Thanks for a weekend. I'm ready. Dear man at Starbucks, you finally figured out my name isn't Erin when I gave you my CC yesterday morning. It has only taken you 3 months to make the change. It made me laugh. Dear readers, I'll be replying to all your comments and visiting your blogs this weekend! I cannot tell you how much you make me smile. This whole procrastinating on comments thing is kind of the worst. 

And I hope your weekend really does rain down with a little bit of fabulousness!Photobucket

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