Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Wish List

It's that time of year again where all of the fun things come out and lists are made! So let's just jump right to it, shall we?

-Commemorative Print for half marathon running. I'd LOVE one for Portland and Savannah!

-'My Blood Type is Starbucks' shirt. Brilliant, really!

-This beauty. Because you can never have enough coffee mugs and this one just speaks to my soul.

-Coordinates bangle/necklace. I've been wanting a coordinates bangle/necklace for quite some time now and would love to have the coordinates of where we got married!

-Half Marathon medal hanger. I'm proud to say that my medals are now too heavy for my current hanger. I NEED a new one. Woo! And this one is so perfect.

What is on your list wish list this year? Share!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Another RNR in the books!

I had such high hopes for this race since it was my third Savannah race and fourth RNR. From the moment we got to the Expo, everything was smooth sailing. Lines were short and there wasn't a crowd at all. We didn't wait in traffic either but I did see a lot of other runners complaining about the wait going over the bridge to the island. My first Savannah RNR we waited a good hour to get over the bridge so I do believe they waited quite some time during rush hour.

After picking up our bibs, we decided to go to our favorite pub Six Pence to get our carb on. I should have known right away what the rest of the weekend would hold as soon as the waitress started with her attitude. We ordered an app and then left. We went across the street to Mellow Mushroom and that in itself in a whole other blog post. (insert shocked emoji face).

Once we were checked into the hotel, we found out that there was a family of hippos staying above us. Whether they were wearing bricks on their feet or walking like cave men I have no idea but I was sure they were going to fall through at any moment. We went to bed fairly early so we could be up at 3:45a for race day. Let me just say that all week I had been nervous so sleeping was not happening that night. I woke up at 1:30am ready to go. We left the hotel and made our way to the convention center with no traffic and a front parking spot. The ferry had no line and we walked right on.

We hung out eating our bananas and drinking our water. We had gotten a few notices about the "heat advisory" so we were trying to prepare ourselves for what was to come.

The weather is usually in the 50s-60s and never any humidity so it was a big surprising when we saw 70s-80s all week for the weekend. I went in knowing it was going to be warmer than usual and more humid but I'm a Florida girl, humidity is nothing new to my lungs. For the first time I was truly thankful for that because during the race people were dropping like flies. The first four to five miles were great. We had a good pace going and I was pretty comfortable. I know I always hit a wall around 6-7 and have to talk myself through it. I did a lot of talking in my head and convincing myself the heat was fine the last few miles. Around 7 was the first time we were diverted by officials. They cut off an entire mile. By this time we're walking because it's getting hotter and I'm looking for water. The citizens of Savannah were really a God send because once water stations were running out of water, they would bring out their own water supply, garden hoses, and buckets of ice. I really, really hope they know how grateful the runners were for them because I'm not sure how many other runners would have dropped or worse if they didn't pull together for us. It was mile 11 that we were diverted again and by this time I was feeling the pain and I needed water desperately. I found some ice in a bucket and threw it in my mouth. Probably not the best idea but I was desperate, y'all. I remember saying, "If I had known I wouldn't see water again until we crossed the finish line I would have grabbed more of that ice". The lack of water was truly surprising and mind boggling to me especially after Rock and Roll had released several statements saying they were prepared for the "heat". In the beginning, we really didn't think it was that hot but once we were getting closer to the finish line, I was definitely feeling it.

We made up the mileage that we lost later on but I'm still upset we were diverted twice. I completely understand why the decision was made to cut it short but as a runner it was still hard to swallow. I've never seen so many runners drop or in medic tents during a race. I saw more stretchers and ambulances than I can count. I can't tell you how many runners I saw laying in the grass off to the side during the last miles. We passed one runner who was passed out with his legs in the air (held by another runner). The last mile before crossing the finish line we heard screaming from runners behind us trying to get the medics attention that someone had passed out in the road and needed attention. Sadly, we lost a runner during the race and then a second passed away at home the day after. The entire race experience this year was just bizarre.

While I'm not happy about the water shortage or the fact the marathon was cut short, I am grateful that J and I both crossed the finish line and made it home safely. I think the people at Rock and Roll and in Savannah handled this unusual situation very well. They made the right call to cut it short. As always, the scenery was beautiful and the spectators were AMAZING! I always have a blast in Savannah while running through the neighborhoods. These people have such an awesome spirit!

We're all registered for next years race already so I hope they take a lot away from this year's experience. And I hope they have more water because girlfriend does not want to drink dirty ice water again. *shudders*

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Oh wow. Just wow. I had no idea that the last time I blogged was July. Now that I'm done at Southeastern and won't start at the University of Florida until the Spring, I have a lot more free time to blog! I miss it.

Still married, still have three kids, no kids on the way, living in the same house but buying a bigger house in the Spring, and closer to my law degree. That pretty much sums things up! Living wild over here I tell you.

I took a break from blogging because it started to not be worth it anymore. I was attacked (a sad attempt actually) by another "blogger", I prefer the term "Foodie Troll", about me posting the series of what led to the adoption and afterwards. No one sided with her and for that I'm grateful but at the time I had just had enough of the crap. So I took a blogging break. I stayed pretty active on IG so I'm sure some of you have kept up that way!

Thanks for sticking by thus far. It's crazy what a difference a few months makes. Blogging itself has changed a lot and it's almost unrecognizable. Here's to learning the new things! ha.

I can't wait to catch up and share new crazies and ideas here.

What big news or event do you have going on?! Share! 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Let's Paddle with Advil®PM

Two weeks ago, I took my best friend kayaking for the first time. While it was such a great time, I really overdid it. I'm talking I think it's possibly that I am really 80 years old instead of 28. Every bone in my body was hurting. I really missed my husband's muscles that day! Typically we go together and he does all of the work. You know, he has the macho "I want to do it all for you" mentality. Hey, go ahead! I won't stop him. But while I could do everything that I did for the Bestie, I ended up pulling my back. 

that would be my husband...lounging..in his kayak on a separate trip. lol

By the time I got home that afternoon, I could barely walk. I hit the shower and that night I took some Advil® PM, which relieved my pain, and it helped me sleep through the night. When I woke up in the morning, I was so well rested and felt brand new. It was as if I didn't just overwork myself the day before. 

Since taking Advil® PM (when needed), I've noticed a huge difference in the quality of sleep and lack of pain. It's hard to find something that really, truly works and Advil® PM has delivered on every level.

The best part is that it let's me remain active and I don't have to worry about losing sleep due to pain or pain that keeps me from doing the things that I love, like kayaking. 

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Staying Active with Advil® PM

Staying active is one of the most important things to me. Whether it be running or kayaking with my husband, we are always doing something. For a couple of years now we have wanted to register for our first half marathon TOGETHER. We've done them separately so we wanted to do one together as a couple for once. This morning I finally bit the bullet and registered us both for another Rock & Roll Half Marathon!

Remember when I ran my first half marathon? It was by far one of my favorite experiences and memories. I remember running down the streets of Savannah and was so proud when I PR'd my 5k and then again when I kept going the last mile not wanting to stop. I also remember the tremendous amount of pain I was in when it hit me that I had received my medal and met up with the group I was with afterwards. That pain was excruciating, kept me awake that night and made me beyond grumpy. Now as I look back to that moment, I really wish I had discovered Advil® PM,. Fast forward to 2015 and I'm constantly on the go with a full time job, full time school, and a full time mom. Headaches and body aches run rampant for this mama. I have so much going on all at once sometimes that I can't seem to stay asleep at night because either a headache keeps me awake for hours or some other part of my body, like my elbows.

I can't tell you how many nights I've slept for maybe only 3 hours due to aches. And if you're a mom then you know how important it is for everyone's sanity and safety that you get more than 3 hours of sleep. If only Advil® PM came out a lot earlier, I could have saved myself a lot of sleepless nights.

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