Monday, November 27, 2017

One City Marathon Training : 2

Happy Holidays!  This week was definitely a challenge, since I left on Wednesday to visit family for Thanksgiving.  I managed to get in my runs (even if they felt sluggish and harder than last week).  I know I'll have weeks like that, so I'm proud of myself for prioritizing my training and not skipping!

Here's a look at my training this week:

linking up with SteffHolly and Tricia!


Spin at CycleBar / 1 hour
I went to a class at a local spin studio with Class Pass and loved it!  I had such a great full-body workout and had a blast.  One thing that's great about this studio is that stats are emailed after the class so you know exactly how well you did.  I ended up getting 7th place in the class I took (out of about 20 people) so I was pretty happy with that!


3 miles / 9:48 pace
This was my first morning run with all of the Christmas lights on downtown!  It was so pretty and I had a great, easy run by the river.


5 miles / 9:04 pace
Workout today was 1 mile warmup, 3 at marathon race pace, 1 mile cool down.  My race pace goal is 8:57, and I really had to reel myself in.  Every time I looked down at my watch I was way too fast, but it felt so great and easy (not a bad problem to have this early on, eh?).  Splits ended up being 8:44, 8:45, 8:43.  At least I was consistent I guess!


4.3 miles / 9:18 pace
Happy Thanksgiving :)  We drove out to Bradford to visit with Dan's family on Wednesday afternoon, and went for a run on Pitt Bradford's campus.  There's a nice trail that runs along a little creek, so I did 1 mile with Dan then 3.3 alone.  When I finished up, Dan had Tim Hortons (my favorite coffee) waiting for me.  No better start to a holiday!


Rest Day!  No running, but we took the dogs for a long walk since it was such a beautiful day.


12 miles / 9:32 pace
We left Bradford in the morning, and ended up getting home around 12:00.  I still had to get my run in, so I headed out as soon as we got home.  I knew I couldn't go running on Sunday, so it was either suck it up or skip my long run on week 2.  I got it done, but it didn't feel very good.  Four days of not eating well made me feel so sluggish and sick- but a bad run is better than no run.


Rest Day!

How was your week?
Did you go anywhere for Thanksgiving?
Did you #OptOutside or do Black Friday shopping?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My Experience with Class Pass

Hi everyone!  Have you heard of Class Pass before?  To put it simply, it's a membership program that lets you try out boutique fitness classes all over your city for one monthly price.  It's a great way to try out fun new classes without any commitment or hefty prices that are usually associated with these specialized workouts.  (In fact, just out of curiosity I looked up how much individual classes that I tried this month would be if I didn't have Class Pass, and I ended up saving $62!!)

Class Pass has been around for a while in big cities, and this year they came to Pittsburgh!  I immediately jumped on their website and got a "medium" plan, which is 5 classes per month for $30 (this price varies per city).  There's also a small plan which is 3 classes for $20, or 10 classes for $60.  Once you use up all of your classes, you can purchase individual classes!

I wanted to try out a wide range of classes, so I went to 5 different studios around the city and took 5 different styles of workouts.  It was fun to try some crazy classes, and I'm already excited to keep going and try more and more!  For each class that I took, I'll share some info on the class, along with my ratings for the studio, intensity of the class, how sore I was the next day (aka how good the workout really was), how fun the class was, and overall thoughts.

Class : Dailey Fusion
Workout Type : Barre
Price (without Class Pass) : $19

Class Description : A faster paced one hour class that fuses the alignment focused elements of barre with the intensity of interval to give you a full body strength and stretching experience with intermittent blasts of cardiovascular fun.  A challenging workout that will guide you towards enhancing your practice at a more intense pace.

Ratings :
Studio- 9/10 - great location with lots of parking.  showers and lockers available, but only one workout area.
Intensity- 7/10 - definitely got a good sweat going, but I was never out of breath.  lots of small movements that would give a burn though!
Soreness- 10/10 - probably the most sore that I've ever been after a workout.  I felt it for days after.
Fun Factor- 7/10 - class went by pretty quickly, but I definitely felt like I was working out the whole time.
Overall- 33/40- I loved this class!  Barre is one of those workouts that I've always wanted to try, but have been intimidated about going.  Everyone that worked at this studio was so welcoming and friendly, especially the owner Joanna!  She actually offered to host a blogger meet up (which you can read about here!) and is all-around an amazing instructor.

Class : embodiYoga
Workout Type : Yoga
Price (without Class Pass) : $21

Class Description : EmbodiYoga is an intimate yogic inquiry of the many layers of our form and of the many pathways available for the development of our awareness.  Shedding new light on the inner workings of yoga, EmbodiYoga offers an engaged exploration of the transformative and creative potential of Hatha yoga by opening ever deeper layers of consciousness in every cell, tissue, and system of the body.

Ratings :
Studio- 9/10 - kind of hard to find (I drove past it twice!) but plenty of parking.  studio itself is small (2 rooms and a lobby) but it smelled AMAZING and there were Christmas lights set up instead of regular lights to make it very calming.
Intensity- 1/10 - very relaxing, almost meditative flow.  it felt so great but wasn't intense at all.
Soreness- 1/10 - next day I didn't even feel like I had any workout at all.  great for a rest day.
Fun Factor- 4/10 - not really a fun class,  but so relaxing.
Overall- 15/40 - This is one of the most interesting classes that I've ever tried.  It felt so great just to do really slow, easy poses and to focus on meditating rather than building up a sweat.  I'm not sure if I would rush back to this class, but it would be perfect for a week where I'm feeling overwhelmed and need to relax.

Studio : Meraki Studio
Class : Bounce Moves
Workout Type : Trampoline Fitness
Price (without Class Pass) : $20

Class Description : This class offers a high adrenaline, low impact and fun workout all while bouncing and dancing to your favorite songs.  You will be challenging your mind and body.  Bounce Moves incorporates trampoline cardio and dance to strategically work the body while balancing and strengthening your core throughout.  The sequences and choreography are created to engage your mind and challenge your body.

Ratings :
Studio- 7/10 - parking can be hard to find since it's in the strip district, but it's attached to a parking garage with good rates.  only one room, but it was really well-supplied (water, towels, toiletries, etc).
Intensity- 7/10 - the trampolines helped make the class not seem as hard since there's no impact, but I found myself getting out of breath without even realizing how hard I was working.
Soreness- 5/10 - I didn't expect to be sore the next day since the class didn't really seem to tire me out, but I did have some sore legs.
Fun Factor- 10/10 - SO MUCH FUN.  there was choreography to follow, but my body just wouldn't cooperate and I ended up basically bouncing and flailing around for the entire hour.  I felt like a little kid and couldn't stop smiling though!
Overall- 29/40 - I've always wanted to try out a trampoline class, and this one didn't disappoint.  It was such a fun and different workout and I loved it!  This is the exact reason why I wanted to try out Class Pass- to try crazy classes that I would normally never go to.

Class : BodyPump
Workout Type : Strength Training
Price (without Class Pass) : $8

Class Description : BodyPump is a barbell workout for anyone looking to get lean, toned and fit- fast.  Using light to moderate weights with tons of repetition, BODYPUMP gives you a total body workout.  Instructors will coach you through the scientifically proven moves ad techniques pumping out encouragement, motivation and great music- helping you achieve much more than on your own.

Ratings :
Studio- 4/10 - very remote (seriously felt kind of spooky going down a deserted, dead-end street at night!) with lots of parking.  big gym without much personality and seemed kind of generic.
Intensity- 7/10 - depending on the weight you use, this class can be as easy or intense as you want.  there are so many reps and every muscle group is worked in the hour, so it's definitely a challenging class.
Soreness- 8/10 - I can definitely tell where I'm weakest after this class (triceps and biceps, chest, shoulders..pretty much all of my upper body).  I could barely lift anything afterwards.
Fun Factor- 6/10 - the hour goes by pretty quickly, but it feels like a workout since you're just lifting weights the entire time.
Overall- 25/40 - It's kind of funny how different this class felt compared to the other classes that I took- I'm definitely getting spoiled.  This was a good class, but it just felt generic and the gym wasn't as nice as the other studios.  You definitely get what you pay for, since a drop-in for classes at this gym are only $8, while classes at the other places can cost up to $30!

Studio : CycleBar
Class : Mashup Monday
Workout Type : Spinning
Price (without Class Pass) : $24

Class Description : Mashup Monday's are a staple of the weekly CycleBar experience.  CycleStars build their playlist to combine songs from 2 artists and "Mash Up" the song choices and drills.

Ratings :
Studio- 10/10 - this is a brand new studio that opened up in a recently renovated strip mall in the North Hills, and it felt so hip and fresh.  you sign in for class using an iPad, get complimentary spin shoes in cubbies under the iPad, then drop off all your stuff in a locker.  first time visitors get a waterbottle, chapstick, hand sanitizer, and coupon for a free spin.  the rest of the studio is so nice, and the actual spin space feels like a night club with ambient lighting and amazing sound system, and class ends with the instructors handing you a cold towel (NO better feeling in the world!)
Intensity- 10/10 - even during the warmup I was feeling it! we did a 50 minute spin with hills, sprints, climbs, and an arm circuit.  we also got to "race" against our other classmates which made it a bit more fun and intense.
Soreness- 7/10 - I was definitely sore on my run the next day, but it wasn't too bad.
Fun Factor- 10/10 - a review on Yelp described this as a nightclub with stationary bikes, and that's exactly how I would describe this.  so much fun from beginning to end.
Overall-37/40 - I was really excited to try out this studio, since it's so close to my house.  It's really convenient, so I was hoping that I would love it!  Plus, it was my first time at a boutique spin studio.  I am SO in love with this studio and can not wait to go back.  They have fun themed rides all the time and have a brunch class on Sundays, which ends with a mimosa.  COME ON!!!

As you can probably tell, I really like Class Pass.  This month, I got to try out some new classes, and got in some great workouts!   I also used this as a way of socializing- instead of meeting up with a friend to get a drink or get dinner, I'll ask them to take a class with me.  It's a lot cheaper and healthier that way, plus we both get to try a new workout or explore a new area of the city.  I think the price is reasonable for what you get (especially in Pittsburgh- other cities are kind of crazy!), and I like the fact that you can change your package size or skip a month whenever you're traveling!

Another thing that I love is their app.  It's so easy to filter by location, class time, class type, amenities...the possibilities are endless!  Plus- you can add your friends and see what classes they're taking ;)  After your class you can leave feedback, and read what other people say about the class before going.  It's a great, easy-to-use app!

If you're interested in trying out Class Pass too, you can use my referral code to get $30 off a package!  And if you're a Pittsburgher- let's hit up a class together!  FYI-  I'm not affiliated with Class Pass or being sponsored by them (I wish!!), so these are all my honest opinions!

Have you ever tried Class Pass?
What's your favorite type of workout?
What's a workout you've always wanted to try?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

One City Marathon Training : 1

And we're back!  I absolutely love training for races, so I'm excited to kick off a new training cycle (ps- if you want to hear more about the race I'm doing next and why I picked it, read this post!).  This was a great week, filled with some new cross training and fantastic workouts.  Even with some less-than-ideal weather, I was able to fit in all of my runs!  I know I'm not the only person that feels like a rockstar when I'm outside running in a downpour or on a snowy blowy day.  That counts as double mileage, right?

As always, here's a look at my week in training!  I liked my graphic so much from Buffalo Creek, so I decided to keep it for this cycle as well!  Maybe it's good luck, since I got a big PR!

linking up with Steff, Holly and Tricia!


Body Pump / 1 hour
This was my fourth ClassPass class for the month!  I'm working on a full post about all the classes that I tried and what I thought, but this one was a great workout.  It's really similar to what I used to do at my old gym in Squirrel Hill- high rep, low weight strength class.  The time flew by and I could tell I had a full body workout.


4.5 miles / 9:27
First run of my marathon training plan!  I set out for an easy run and wanted to do between 3 and 4 miles.  I felt great and the weather was perfect that I accidentally went an extra half mile.


4.5 miles / 9:13 pace
In my plan, I have marathon pace runs as well as tempo pace runs.  Sometimes these workouts aren't really "tempo" because the pace isn't sustained for a long period of time, and that's exactly what this workout was.  The goal was to do 2 x mile at the tempo pace (which, according to my plan is between 7:50 and 8:15).  I did this workout in the morning and felt great from the beginning!  I had to keep slowing myself down and ended up with splits of 7:50 and 7:46.  A little fast, but the workout was so short that I couldn't help myself.  #sorrynotsorry


Barre / 1 hour
A few weeks ago, I went to a class at The Dailey Method and ended up talking to the owner about my blog.  She was so excited about it and asked if I wanted to host a local blogger meetup, which I immediately agreed to!  I reached out to some of my local blogging friends and some other girls that I follow on Instagram but haven't met in real life, and ended getting a great group to agree to come. The class was really challenging, but it was so great to meet everyone in person.  Good workout and good friends..what's better than that?


Rest Day!
Much needed!


4 miles / 8:56 pace
This was definitely one of those grit-it-out and get-it-done type of runs.  All day long it was pouring down rain (not like a nice little shower, but full on downpour).  It was also pretty chilly out, but I knew I had to get this run in!  I ended up running pretty quickly (probably just because I was freezing and soaking wet), so overall this was a good run.


10 miles / 9:14 pace
This run was crazy!  I started out later in the day, after I met up with some friends at brunch, and it started to snow as soon as I got to the park.  Once I started running, the snow turned to hail and the wind kicked up, so I just switched my watch display so I didn't see my pace, and ran by effort.  I felt really great the whole run!  My plan calls for a 5 minute "strong finish", which is just picking up the pace at the end of the run.  I ended up running the last mile a little faster than my marathon race goal (8:46!!), and it felt great!  I was shocked when I saw my overall pace, and felt like I could have kept running more miles.  Great way to kick off my training!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Top Five Friday : Busy Bee

Happy Friday!  This was such a crazy week and I feel like I've been on the go every day!  I'm definitely hoping to catch up on some sleep this weekend, but also have a few fun plans, including an early Thanksgiving dinner, brunch with friends, a Penn State game, and my first long run of marathon training!

I hope you all have a great weekend and I'll talk to you on Monday!

linking up with ErikaHeather, and Friday Five 


Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
Kelly Clarkson just came out with her newest album and it's so amazing.  She has (in my opinion) one of the best voices out there, and I love the new style she's evolved into lately.  Love So Soft is the first single to come out and I can't stop listening to it.  I just listened to an interview Kelly did on Anna Faris's podcast, and now I'm even more in love with her.  She seems so cool and down to earth, even though she's incredibly talented.  Love her!


I enjoyed season one of this podcast, but I have to say that season two is just knocking it out of the park.  On this show, Jonathan Goldstein bring in people that have wanted to confront a person about something that happened in the past and help them do just that.  The episodes have all been fantastic (and the most recent one about a guy confronting a driver that nearly killed him was really inspiring and eye opening), and Jonathan is such an amazing podcast host.  He's funny, a good story teller, good at interviewing people, and the editing is fantastic.  Even the ads are hilarious! 


Foam Roller

This week, I started marathon training, and earlier this month I started adding cross training to my routine.  What that means is that I feel sore a lot of the time, and I know it's just going to keep getting worse as training progresses.  So, after my runs and in the evening I've started to foam roll, and it's been helping a ton!  I can pretty much immediately tell a difference in my muscle tightness, and feel so much better the next morning.  I just use a basic foam roller at my gym, then use one with nubs when I'm at home.


Great British Bake Off
I was so excited to log into Netflix earlier this week and find a new season of one of my favorite shows was available!  If you haven't watched GBBO you're missing out.  Each week, the bakers face three different challenges, all around one central theme (like cakes, breads, cookies, etc.).  The things that they make are amazing, but what I like even more are the different personalities.  I'm not sure if all British people are so charming and sweet as the people that are picked for the show, but it's making me want to drop by ASAP.


Pittsburgh Winery
I know what you're all thinking- Pittsburgh (and north-eastern) wines are disgusting.  They're all super sweet, low quality, and don't match up to other regions around the world.  Ok, maybe you're not thinking that, but I sure did when I heard of this place.  I quickly changed my mind once I tried their wines, and the reason why they're so good is because the grapes are actually grown in California, but turned into wine in Pittsburgh.  I quickly decided to join the wine club (which gives you free tastings every time you come, discounted bottles as well as a few special releases every 6 months, and invitations to special wine club events).  On Wednesday, I made it to my first wine club event, where the winery was celebrating their 5 year birthday!  There was amazing food, new release tastings, and a chance to make our very own red wine blend.  It was such a fun night and the wine was GREAT.

Favorite kind of wine?
What are your plans this weekend?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Travel Tips from Dan!

I have a very special guest today on the blog- my husband Dan! This year he started a new job where he gets to travel a ton (and we're talking cool places like San Diego, Charleston, HAWAII...). He's already picked up some great habits on staying healthy while he's out and wanted to share them with all of you! Even if you don't travel for your job, I know this is a busy time of year with visiting family and friends, so I hope you can all learn something new. Feel free to leave your own tips or hacks in the comments- Dan wants to hear them all! Enjoy :)

Hi everyone!

Sorry, it’s been awhile since my last guest post. Unfortunately I haven’t done too much running this year, but I do have some healthy travel tips to share since I started traveling a little more for work. I am by no means an expert, but I wanted to share with you some things I’ve learned and especially invite you to share with me some tips of your own! Some of my advice is health-based and some is finance-based. While being as healthy as you can be, it’s important to save money too, because we want you to be able to afford more trips for many years to come!

My pointers are based on flying to a destination, staying at a hotel for several days to a couple weeks, and being able to pack a lunch box most days. So if your travel consists of driving to a weekend culinary destination where you’ll be walking all day, then feel free to tailor these tips to your individual situation and hopefully they’ll still be useful to you.

In the Airport

  • Do yoga and back exercises the night before your flight. It doesn’t take long to start feeling stiff sitting on that plane. The longer the flight, the worse your body will be aching. Do yourself a favor and exercise a little bit the day before.
  • Stay hydrated. Bring an empty water bottle with you to the airport. Once you’re through security, you can fill up your water bottle at a water fountain or a water bottle filling station. Don’t pay $3 for a 16oz bottle in the terminal. It’s expensive and wastes plastic.
  • DO NOT buy food in the terminals or on the plane. Instead, bring your own snacks, protein bars, crackers, etc. with you. The fast food at the airport is even more overpriced than your local spot, and doesn’t taste any better. It’s also not as nutritious as the snacks you already know and love.
  • Piggy backing off of the last tip, make sure you bring enough snacks for your layover too. Traveling is exhausting and you’ll definitely be hungry after your first flight or two. I’m glad I had these snacks with me for my layover in Charlotte. The water bottle was a reused bottle I brought from home. So, I spent about $2 total on my layover munchies instead of $10-$20 at one of the fast food joints or restaurants in the terminal.
  • If you’re physically able (and especially if you’re not in a rush), always opt for taking the regular stairs instead of escalators or moving walkways. Get those limbs moving and the blood pumping. You’ll be plenty stationary once you’re on the plane.
  • STAY AWAY from Starbucks! I know you love it, I know it’s addicting, I know it’s everywhere… but it’s just simply not worth it. Drink coffee at home before you leave or get free coffee during your flight’s drink service.

On the Plane

  • Speaking of drinks on the plane, opt for water, juice, or coffee instead of soda (pop/coke depending on where you’re from). We all know by now the negatives of soda. Sure it’s refreshing, but you shouldn’t compromise your health just because you’re up in the air.
  • Once again, pack your own snacks.  Not only is this cheaper than buying the pre-packaged boxes on the plane, but you can also have something nutritious and filling.
  • If your flight is longer than 2 hours (or any length if you have an aisle seat), I highly recommend standing up, stretching, or even walking around a little bit. You’ll probably end up doing this anyway to head to the restroom, but make sure you get some quality stretches in too. If you’re in the middle or by the window, I know it’s a pain to ask your seatmates to move just so that you can do some toe touches in the aisle. If you don’t stretch on the plane, make sure you stretch when you land.

At the destination

  • If you can, try to prepare your lunches and dinners most days instead of eating out. This is definitely easier if you scope out your hotel ahead of time and make sure they have a full size fridge and a stovetop. If you’re staying at an air bnb, then of course they have a stove, so GET SOME GROCERIES!
  • BONUS TIP: On my most recent work trip, my 3 coworkers and I ate out on the hotel grill pretty much every night, using food we got from the local grocery store and fish market. This is a pretty cheap and healthy way to eat local food while still socializing and hanging out. It was just as much fun as eating at a restaurant, but for a fraction of the price, plus we usually had leftovers for lunch. Definitely consider this when traveling with a group.
  • Now despite what I just said, I actually do recommended eating out every 3 nights for longer trips. The reason for this is to maintain sanity and to keep your trip new and exciting. Believe me, I understand that eating your own prepared foods gets old after a while, especially on vacation. Following this rule of thumb will help you stay motivated and not burn out, and also end up saving money.
  • When you do eat out at a restaurant, opt for chicken, fish, or vegetarian dishes instead of red meat. For their traditional hamburger recipes, most places will substitute chicken or veggie patties.  On my recent trip, I had a draft beer and veggie pizza at a brewery while watching the World Series. If you’re going to indulge, this is the way to do it- not grabbing fast food every day!
  • Going back to the grocery store, there’s plenty of healthier choices to be made. Choose almond milk instead of regular milk, choose orange juice with added nutrients, and choose bread that’s full of nutrients instead of plain white or wheat.
  • To stay hydrated throughout the trip, I have a specific system down. On the first day when I go grocery shopping, I buy a medium sized Gatorade bottle and a couple of gallons of the cheapest water the store offers. I drink the Gatorade on the first day and keep refilling the empty bottle with the gallon containers of water as needed. This gives me all of my clean drinking water needs for less than $3.
  • Go on walks (or runs!) to explore the city you're visiting.  You see so much more and get in lots of steps when you walk places instead of driving.  Some of my favorite moments of my trips have been going on long walks and discovering cool places that I would have missed.

Question for you all:

We all know that organic food stores have more attractive looking produce. I have read that these places are actually more wasteful and less sustainable since they just throw out a ton of fruits and veggies just because they don’t look as nice. What are your thoughts/opinions on this subject? Thanks!

That’s all I have for now. Happy travels!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Here We Go Again!

Well everyone, I decided that I'm going to train for another marathon this winter.  The saying is that third time's a charm and I'm hoping that's the case!  Either that or I've actually gone crazy and in a few months I'll be back here crying that my body is not made for marathons.  Only one way to find out!

If you've followed me the last two years, you would have seen the ups and downs of my marathon training.  I was training for the Gettysburg Marathon both years, and failed miserably both times.  Let's take a quick trip down memory lane...

First time (in 2016), I decided it was a good idea to train for a marathon while I was house hunting, changing jobs, and planning my wedding.  I decided to DNS the marathon and was happy with my decision.

slightly better than running a marathon

Fast forward to the next year (2017) and training was going great!  I was killing all of my runs and feeling strong....then I got injured.  Took some time off to rehab my shoulder, and still decided to do the marathon to redeem myself.  Ended up getting a DNF at the halfway point because my shoulder felt like it was going to fall off!

pitiful wave and surrounded by nothing but fields

So- I feel like I have to get one good marathon in before I can put this to rest.  It's also one of my 30x30 goals, so I have to do it in the next 3 years!  This time around, I feel like I have a great base built up from my half marathon PR, and I'm ready to get training.

I decided to branch out and not do the Gettysburg Marathon.  There were a few things that I didn't like about the race for myself (it has great reviews though, so these are all just personal preference)- the roads were all open to traffic, there were no pace groups, scenery wasn't great, and it was small.  I know I don't want to do a huge marathon, but I did want a closed course and pace groups, and preferably somewhere pretty by the water.  While I was thinking all of this over and trying to decide what to do, I saw Sokphal posting about the Newport News Marathon.  I told Dan about it, and he said "I'll be in Newport News that week for work too!"  If that's not a sign that I should do this race, then I don't know what to tell you!

*I saw the siiiign*...and I signed up for a marathon

The race is March 4, which means that I'll be training in the winter, but *fingers crossed* the race will have good weather!  There are great reviews for the race, including "fast course", "amazing crowd support", "fantastic PR-friendly course".  If I'm not selling the race enough, allow me to say mention the post-race festival, which features "Complimentary runner meal from 6 different food trucks and 2 beers or wine".  I'M IN!!!
Training starts this week, and I'll be sharing my weekly training logs again.  I'm also going to talk about what plan I'm following, and how I'm incorporating cross training!  I can't wait to get started and put all of my marathon demos to rest.  Let's go!

Who else is going to train with me!?
What goal do you keep failing at but won't give up?
Am I crazy?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Top Five Friday : Only Four

Congratulations everyone- we made it to Friday!  This was such a busy, busy week so I'm looking forward to the weekend.  I have a fun weekend ahead, and I'm also hoping to do some deep cleaning as well.  I feel like I haven't been keeping up with things at home lately, so I'm going to try to change that right away.

Here are some favorites from the week, and I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  Good luck to any of you running the New York City Marathon or any other races this week, I can't wait to see Meb run his final professional race!

linking up with ErikaHeather, and Friday Five 


Lindsey Stirling - Warmer in Winter
It's November, which means it's officially socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music.  Still too early?  Oh well!  I'm excited about new music coming out, and have been enjoying Lindsey Stirling's new Christmas album.  She always does such cool versions of classic songs, and adds in some original ones as well.  On this CD she also included a lot of guest singers in her songs, which makes it a bit more fun and commercial as well!


Personal Best
One of my favorite podcasts is back with a whole new look and name!  The Runner's World Podcast has been renamed to Personal Best with a new host, but is still full of great stories about running and interviews with inspiring and interesting athletes.  Their first episode back features Bart Yasso, aka the "Mayor of Running", and I'm waiting for my next long run to dive in.


Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me demo this product a few days ago!  In the past, I always used chia seeds or flax meal to replace eggs in dishes, but decided to try this out instead.  It basically replicates the texture of eggs in baked goods, but doesn't add a weird flavor (or graininess) that I always noticed in the others.  It's really easy to use, and I find that it works really well in baked goods (I tried in both sweet and savory).  If you're trying to use less eggs in your baking, give this a try!


The Good Place
In general, Dan and I don't like watching the same shows at all.  He likes stuff like Stranger Things (too scary for me) and Rick and Morty (too weird) while I'm into reality shows.  Somehow, we both started to watch The Good Place together and both like it a lot!  It's a light-hearted show that keeps you guessing and has a strange sense of humor.  Plus, Kristen Bell just makes both of us happy!  We're just finishing up the first season now and I can't wait to see what happens!

Favorite Christmas album?
What is your favorite kind of TV show?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

What's New With You? Linkup #22

Happy November everyone!  It's finally starting to cool down here and it pretty much came out of nowhere!  Last week it was in the 70s and now all of a sudden it's in the 30s.  Next year, can we please gradually change temperatures (I'm told that this is called "fall")?  That would be great.

October was kind of a weird month.  Dan had to travel for work, and I was busy working on getting a new app released at my work (which finally went out- yay!), while working as a relationship manager on a new campaign, translating our current app to Spanish, and doing my daily responsibilities.  I feel like I was really busy and the month passed by quickly, but when I think back it seems like I didn't do much of anything.  Anyone else have those kinds of months?

It's time again to recap the month and see what's new!  I would love to hear what you got up to in October as well, so make sure you join the monthly linkup with Kristen and me by linking up below!

Now let's see what's new with me!

Goals and Resolutions

Do Something Crafty. I (almost) finished my cross stitch project- just a few finishing touches to add!  This was my first time doing a big project without a kit, and it was a lot of fun.  Dan was traveling for work a lot this month, so I passed by the time by working on this.  I'm not sure what I'll do with it since I was just using some scrap cloth that I had left over and you can already see the fraying edges, but now I want to work on another project.  I have something in mind but have to buy more cloth!  (ps- I got the pattern from this Etsy shop!  There are so many cool patterns you can buy!)

Stay Active.  The highlight of my month was running the Buffalo Creek Half Marathon with Jessie, and both of us getting big PR's!  The race was absolutely perfect and I'm really proud of us, especially since we trained so hard for the past 10 weeks.  I have another race coming up this weekend- my first relay at the Pittsburgh 10 Miler- then I'm getting ready to train for a spring race.  More to come on that!

In other news- Pittsburgh recently got Class Pass.  If you haven't heard of it- you pay one monthly fee, but can go to any studio or gym in the Class Pass system.  That means that instead of having to pay individual memberships or going to the same place all the time, you can mix it up and pay one flat rate!  I decided to try out their medium plan (which is 5 classes in the month for $30) and went to my first class last night at The Dailey Method.  It was my first barre class and I am SO SORE!  I'll share more about my overall thoughts at the end of the month, but so far I'm loving it! (ps- you can use my referral link to save $30!  I'm not being paid or sponsored by Class Pass...I wish...and I bought my membership myself!)

Drink Beer!  This was definitely a good beer drinking month. I tried out Full Pint in Lawrenceville, East End in the Strip, and also took trips back to some of my favorites (Shu Brew and Grist House).  At Grist House, I stayed to watch the Penn State/Michigan game since the owners are huge PSU fans, and it was so much fun!  I'm planning on going back for the game this weekend and I can't wait!

I got a new pair of running shoes!  A few weeks ago, Fleet Feet Pittsburgh contacted me and asked if I was interested in trying out their new shoe fitting program in exchange for a new pair of shoes.  I could not say yes fast enough!  This was also my first time at the store, and it was SO nice and packed full of all of the runner essentials.  The process was so quick and easy- Emily from Fleet Feet watched me walk without socks or shoes to see if I over or under-pronated, asked about my mileage and injury history, then scanned my feet using their new Fit ID 3D Scanner.  It just took a few seconds, and got measurements and a 3D model of my feet, so that Emily could find shoes that were perfect for my feet.  I also got an email of my scan so I can use it in the future!

I tried on about 6 different shoes and ended up with the Asics DynaFlyte 2.  I love how lightweight and comfortable they are, and can't wait to keep trying them out!

On my way out, Emily gave me a few New Balance items as well that are perfect for winter running.  They came just in time because it's been FREEZING lately!  The tights have such a cool pattern on them and are really comfortable (which you can see above), the hoodie is really warm but breathable at the same time and has fold-over cuff/mitten (below, with my pony tail through the convenient hole in the hood!), and the t-shirt is the perfect top to throw on and head out on a run!  I haven't tried New Balance clothes in the past, but these were all such great quality and fit well so I know I'll change that in the future.

That's all I've got for today- let me know what's new by linking up below!