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24 Hours in Indy (and Monumental Marathon Recap)

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What a whirlwind this weekend was!  Even though I was only in Indianapolis for 24 hours, it seemed like days, and I had a really great trip.  Nothing really went as I planned it (most notably the race), but I had such a fun time and I'll be recapping everything today.


Dan and I drove up to Indy on Friday morning.  It was a pretty easy 6 hour drive, and as soon as we got in and checked in to the hotel (we stayed at the Hyatt Place downtown, which I highly recommend), we headed to the City Market for some food.  There was a vegan restaurant called Three Carrots, so we got sandwiches- mine was a seitan BLT that hit the spot, while Dan got a pulled BBQ wrap.  We also stopped by the tap room for some local beers!


After stopping by the Convention Center to pick up my packet and meet up with Jess to make plans for the morning, we stopped by the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which was across the street from our hotel, to see how much tickets were for that night's Pacers game!  Neither Dan …

Favorite Travel Products

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I remember the first time that I traveled on my own- I was so nervous about forgetting something.  I didn't even know what I needed!  Now that I've gone on a few international and domestic trips, I pretty much have the necessities nailed down.  A major piece of advice that I always tell myself is that as long as I have anything that can't be easily replaced with me, like a passport, wallet, cell phone- I can just repurchase anything I'm forgetting in the place that I'm visiting.  Remembering that really helped calm my nerves!


Besides the necessities, there are a few things that I've acquired in the past few years that help make travel easier, and even help with packing!  Since most of these items are travel-specific, I even keep them in my luggage all the time so that I never have to worry about packing them.  Keep reading for my favorite products, and make sure you let me know what I'm missing in the comments!

Battery Pack Is there any feeling more frustra…

November Goals

Happy November everyone!  The temperature has suddenly dropped, the days are getting shorter, and I'm switching my summer clothes out for my warmer gear.  Winter is coming!

In honor of a new month and my renewed interest in blogging, I'm going to be sharing some goals for the month.  It's going to be very busy with a trip to Indianapolis for a race and our international trip of the year, so hopefully these will help me keep on track for November!

Finish two races I'm signed up for two November races- my favorite Pittsburgh 10 Miler (which is tomorrow from the day I'm writing this, but already passed by the time I post it), and the Indy Monumental Marathon.  I don't really have any goals for the races other than finishing them- training got a bit derailed after my amazing 20 mile run during the Towpath Half Marathon.  I've been having some issues with my left leg, so instead of a time goal I just want to enjoy my races and get that finish medal.
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2 Days in Hakone

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Hi everyone!  I'm still in the midst of recapping last year's trip to Japan, and today we're visiting Hakone!  I normally wouldn't bother recapping a trip this late after we went, but this truly was my favorite one I've ever been on, and each city was completely unique and unbelievable.  So- even though it might the anniversary of the trip by the time I talk about everything, I WILL finish this series!  (To recap, you can also read my posts about the basics, Tokyo, and Nikko).


Like I mentioned, this post will cover Hakone.  After visiting the big city of Tokyo, it was great to get off the beaten path and relax a bit in this resort town.  Known for the amazing onsen (hot springs) and views of Mt. Fuji, this is the place to visit!  We were here for two great days, filled with lots of sight seeing and relaxing.  If you're visiting Tokyo, this is perfect for a day trip (just take the Shinkasen to Odawara and catch a taxi or train to town). Here's what we did!


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Back Again! And a Catchup

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Hi everyone!  It's been quite a while and a busy few months!  The end of the year shows no sign of slowing down either- I'm definitely going to end this decade with a BANG with a few trips and races coming up!

To catch up, here's a look back at a few highlights from each of the past 7 months that I've been missing-


AprilSan Diego Dan had to go to San Diego for work, and luckily the timing worked out that my mom and I were able to take a trip over and visit!  We had a blast and were super busy on our long weekend, doing everything from hiking at Torrey Pines, walking around La Jolla, visiting Cabrillo National Monument, going to a San Diego Padres game, and visiting every cidery/brewery/winery in the area.  The Padres stadium was so beautiful and definitely one of my favorites that I've visited (now up to 15!).


Capital City Half Marathon I made a trip to Columbus with my favorite running girls to run the Capital City Half!  I was signed up for that race at least, but…

Training Lately and Florida Recap

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Hi everyone!  I've been a bit quiet for the past few weeks and haven't posted workout recaps, and that's because Dan and I took a quick trip down to Florida!  We were there for 10 days and visited Miami and the Tampa area and crossed off two more stadiums.  Here's a quick recap of the trip, along with some workouts I managed to squeeze in!


4 mile run in Brickell
We stayed in Brickell, which was a GREAT location.  There were a lot of restaurants and beautiful places to run, and anytime we drove somewhere we were going against the crazy Miami traffic.  For my speed work, I ran to Brickell Key, which is a flat, mile long triangle island.  It has beautiful views of the skyline and even has some water fountains!  Plan was to do 1 mile warm up and cool down, then 1 mile at 8:30, 1 mile of 8:10, rest 3 minutes and repeat.  After the first round  (hitting the paces perfectly) I was completely wiped and my legs felt like lead, so I just ran back to my hotel until I hit 4 miles.