Friday, March 20, 2015

Top Five Friday #4 - Spring Favorites

Happy Friday to everyone!  As I keep saying, this week was insane and I am so happy that it's over.  I have three more performances of the musical, then I can finally take a rest.  Playing this much makes me miss college when I played in the marching band at Penn State!  I will be happy to relax after work, though, and not have to rush to practice.



As usual, I'm linking up with CynthiaCourtney and Mar on their Friday Five Linkup as well as ClareKate and Heather! The topic for today was Spring, which was very vague.  I decided to talk about my five favorite things about springtime!

colorado run

1. Trail running.  I mentioned this a bit in my Pittsburgh Running Routes post, but I absolutely love trail running.  I grew up running at Riverview Park, and ran cross country in middle and high school, so I feel really comfortable on trails.  I love how you never know what to expect, the hills are always rolling, and the scenery is beautiful (the above picture is from a trip to Colorado. Can't get scenery like that running on roads!).  Spring is the perfect time to hit the trails!

2. Run Commuting.  To go along with that, I love being able to run home from work.  I live about five miles from my work, and can run along the Eliza Furnace trail.  It's a great, flat, pedestrian/bike trail that takes you to the Southside or Schenley Park.  I love it!  To go along with that, I bought this bookbag last year and it's great for running (It was only $27 when I bought it, but now it's over $70! Similar here , here, and here for cheaper).  It's comfortable, lightweight, and holds a surprising amount.

3.  Spring Makeup.  Once it warms up, my makeup routine becomes a lot simpler and brighter!  I love to wear tinted moisturizers (a few of my favorites are Cargo and Smashbox) and colored liner (plums and navy blues are my favorite!).  Bright nails are also a lot of fun and look nice and happy after months of wearing dark, moody colors.  I'm currently in love with my Jamberry wraps, and I got a lot of fun designs for spring!

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4. TOMS are my absolute favorite shoes.  They're so comfortable and look really cute!  I wore these on a long trip to Europe and walked miles a day and never had any problems.  I still buy them every year or so, and love breaking them out in the spring and summer!  They're so easy to slip on and run out, and come in a ton of styles and patterns.  I like the more neutral ones (navy and black) but might try for a pattern some time, in fact I'm loving the one pictured above!

5. Seasonal food and drinks.  As much as I love warm, hearty food of the winter, it starts to weigh me down and make me feel tired all the time.  Spring reminds me of eating fresh fruit and vegetables, and nice light meals.  I also love special spring beverages from bars and restaurants- from yummy sangria to spring seasonal drafts!

Songs

I decided to switch it up this week and share my favorite spring-time songs!  These make me think of warm weather, sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine, or cruising around with the windows down!

Grazing in the Grass- Boney James and Rick Braun
This is such a catchy and easy-going song.  Every time I listen to it with Dan, we always want to learn how to play it (he plays the trumpet).  It's one of my favorite songs ever!

Sugar- Maroon Five
Does anyone else think all of Maroon Five's songs kind of sound the same?  I like their most recent song..it's nice and catchy and easy to listen to.

Baba O'Riley- The Who
I fell in love with the Who in marching band, because we played a lot of their songs.  This is my favorite by them!

Runaway Baby- Bruno Mars
Such a fun, fast-tempo song.  I love everything on this album, but this might be my favorite!

Groove Is In The Heart- Deee-Lite
Whenever I hear this song, I think of Barney and Robin dancing at a wedding in How I Met Your Mother.  This came out right after I was born, but I still love it today!

Workouts

Monday - 3.25 mile run on the trails at Frick park
Tuesday - 6AM Group Power class (yes, that happened)
Wednesday - 5x400 repeats.  Total of 4.5 miles.  Splits were 1:43, 1:41, 1:40, 1:38, 1:36.  Felt great!
Thursday - C25K run with Dan. 5 min run/3 min walk, 8 min run/3 min walk, 5 min run 
Friday - 6AM Spin class

I hope you all had a great week!! Tell me some highlights and some fun things you have planned for the weekend!

24 comments:

  1. That's great that you can run to work. I have never run trails, mostly because I am afraid I would twist an ankle. Oh wait, I have done that on streets! I am volunteering today and tomorrow at our local race expo (Quintiles Marathon) and running 10 miles on Sunday with my friend who is running her first marathon!

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    1. If I take a break from trails and then try to run on them, my ankles kill me for a few days! It's definitely hard work. I think it helps toughen up my ankles and feet though..they're super strong!

      Have fun volunteering! I've never worked a race expo but I bet it's hard work and also a lot of fun :) Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Happy Spring! I've been wanting to try run commuting too. I live less than four miles from my office, so it's doable. I think I'm going to try it this spring! Oh, and I want to try trail running too!

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    1. You should definitely try it! It's really amazing, and you save so much time since you would have spent that time commuting anyway! Plus, you save on gas and parking :)

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  3. I totally agree with you about being over winter food, and ready for fresh veggies--and grilling weather! :) Also: bring on the salads! Happy Spring!!

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    1. I wish I had a grill! Grilled food is the best. Happy Spring to you too, Jenny! :)

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  4. I have never bought a pair of Toms but I hear they are so comfy. I need a go to pair of flats.-L

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    1. You should definitely get them! They have a really soft insole and base, so they're not flimsy like most flats. I wear them with everything- from shorts to jeans to dresses! They're the best (and not too expensive compared to other shoes)

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  5. I love my Toms! I really need a new pair though! Please come Link up with me! http://creativehouseblog.com/favorite-friday-link-up-180-amazon-gift-card-giveaway/

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    1. You got it! Thanks for the invite. I'm loving your blog!!

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  6. I love toms too. Also, just read your trail post and i am so jealous! It looks beautiful!

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    1. Thanks! I'm hoping to do a post dedicated to trail running since it's so near and dear to my heart. I'm glad you liked it!

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  7. This summer I am hoping to figure out how to run commute to work. My husband and I moved this winter and now I live in an area where it should be possible.

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    1. It's the best thing ever! That could be a possible post I could write about. It's hard to get started, but once you're comfortable with it it's great! Hope you get to try it out :)

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  8. I can't wait to break out my toms :) I might need a new pair this spring...

    I also love jamberry. it stays on my toes longer than any pedicure!

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    1. I think I might need to buy a new pair too. I wear them so much so the sole gets worn down! Maybe I'll get a new pair for my trip to Europe next month :)

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  9. I need more trail running in my life! The picture looks amazing! I totally wish that I lived close enough to my job to run commute. Hopefully someday! Happy Spring!

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    1. Trail running is the best! It makes me so happy and is a great work out :)

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  10. i work from home so can't run commute but i do regularly run to take care of my errands!

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    1. That would be a very short run lol! That's great that you run to errands. If I work from home, sometimes I'll run during lunchtime to a business district that's about 2 miles away. The only bad thing is that its two miles downhill...which means I have to run uphill to get home!

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  11. I wish I could run to work (I can walk), but I would get too sweaty. I really like Cargo as well.

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    1. You can try running home instead of running to work! That's what I mostly do :)

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  12. That is awesome that you can run home from work!

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