I am…

Do you ever sometimes just stop and think about your life and where you are today? And all the events that led to where you are? And how if any one of them were different, you could be in a totally different place than you are right now. 

I had one of these moments last night. Yes, at 11 PM and I could not fall asleep for the life of me. So I thought it would make a great post this chilly, April morning. (Ummm, spring, where did you go?)

I am a daughter. To two of the most supportive parents a girl could ask for. We don’t get along all the time, we butt heads more than we should, but I would be no where without them supporting me in every decision I choose to make. My mom is my go to for most of my concerns now-a-days; it didn’t always be that way, but when you grow up you tend to gravitate back to who was there in the beginning. And I still remember in college when I debated quitting the soccer team because I didn’t get along with the coach, I got an email from my dad expressing how proud he is of me no matter what decision I make. I wish I had kept that email. 

I am a sister. To the two people I looked up to most growing up, being the youngest. As we’ve grown older, our bond has become tighter and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. Being 7 years apart from my sister is awkward when you’re younger, but now I hardly notice the difference. My brother paved the way for me in high school so that when I entered, I was immediately known as “Little (enter last name here)”. I am thankful I have them to turn to no matter what. 

I am an aunt. To two of the most incredible, loving, intelligent, amazing little boys in the world. And I am blessed to have another nephew or niece on the way. My world definitely changed when C-dog came in to the world. And it only became brighter when S came along three years later. I can only imagine the love I’m going to feel for number three in October.

I am a student. And I will have a clinical doctorate degree in a little over a year. It’s incredible the emotion this program has drawn from me. It’s pushed me to my limits, caused me to break, shown me what I am capable of, and proved to myself and other that when you put your mind to something, you can succeed. 

I am an athlete. Whether I am still apart of a team or not, I will always consider myself an athlete. From first putting on a pair of cleats at the age of 5, to officially hanging them up competitively at the age of 22; I will always be an athlete. It’s in my blood, it’s in my heart, it will always be my passion. 

I am a friend. And I think I’m a pretty good one at that. My friends all live far away from me. My closest friends live about 40 minutes away from me. With some of my farthest friends being up to a five hour drive. I’m thankful that I’ve remained so close with three of my best girl friends from high school; never forget where you came from. And I would also be absolutely no where without my college friends and teammates. They are my family.

I am a runner. I don’t consider myself to be a competitive hard core runner. But I run. And next week will be my third half marathon. Running has kept my going in my toughest times. I am thankful that I am able to run, and it is something that I will never take advantage of. 

I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in love. And I believe in it to the fullest. I don’t think any relationship should be a mediocre one. It should be full of passion and respect and trust and love and communication. If it’s not, its not worth it. And you should respect yourself enough to walk away and let love find you. I’ve had a hard time with this lately, but I respect myself too much to settle for anything less than what I deserve. And you’re damn right I believe this: I deserve the world. 

I am needy. I enjoy attention, a lot. And when I get attention, I latch on to it and want more of it. In relationships, I’ve found that I appreciate the other person more when they make more of an effort. I don’t like initiating interaction, but I also feel the need to know everything that is going on. I wouldn’t consider myself high maintenance, I just know what I want and deserve. 

I am determined. To accomplish what I was put on this Earth to do. Because I know He has a plan for me, I just haven’t figured out that plan just yet. But I have faith that things will work out how they are supposed to.

I am a little OCD. I need order. I need schedules. I need to know what is happening when. I have trouble when I don’t know what’s going on or what the plans are. I get serious anxiety when I don’t have a plan or I have to “wing it”. I’m working on it.

Just because I may not show you or express all of my thoughts and feelings doesn't mean I don't have any. It only means you are not special enough for me to show you.

There are so many other things I could put up on here. But class is about to start. So I have to pay attention now. This is a super random post but thought it was a good topic for today. Happy Hump Day people! It’s my Friday – thanks to attending a private Catholic school, we get an Easter break. I may or may not pop back in this week!

Tuesday Tunes – Playlist Edition

Before starting today’s post I want to take a second to remember the horrific tragedy that occurred a year ago today at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Today, and every day, we as runners remember that day as to when the running community came together, running towards danger to help out a fellow runner/family member/crowd member. Thank you to the first responders, the strangers helping strangers, and the law enforcement community for tracking down the culprit. 

Hey friends! How is everyone’s day going? I am just waiting to get through tomorrow, then I have a mini break! Unfortunately it’s going to be filled with catching up on work and studying, but a 5 day weekend is better than a 2 day weekend any time. So I thought that I would do something a little different today with Tuesday Tunes. Usually I just share a song or two that I’m loving lately, but since my race is coming up I thought I would share my half marathon playlist! I am still in the process of adding and dropping some songs since it’s still a week and a half away, but overall these are the songs that have been keeping me going on these long runs.

Pitbull – Wild Wild Love

Tiesto – Red Lights

Dan + Shay – Show You Off

Luke Bryan – Play it Again

Timeflies – All the Way

Krewella – Live for the Night

Travis Porter – Bring it Back (Spring Break ’11 reminder and makes me want to dance)

Nikki Williams – Glowing

Timeflies – Fall

Timeflies – Swoon

Justin Timberlake – Take Back the Night

Ellie Goulding – Burn

Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World

Martin Garrix – Animals

Sammy Adams – All Night Longer

SoMo – Ride

Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight

Ellie Goulding – Goodness Gracious Remix

Aloe Blacc – The Man

MKTO – Classic

Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart

Timeflies – Worth It

Cash Cash – Take Me Home

Lil Jon – Turn Down For What

Major Lazer – Original Don

Macklemore – Can’t Hold Us

Avicii – I Could Be The One

All of Me – John Legend (Tiesto Remix)

5 Seconds of Summer – She’s So Perfect

I still need at least 7 more songs or 5 long ones because I definitely do not run as fast as this playlist would be up, haha. So if you have any suggestions, please please please share! Tell me what songs keep you going on long runs or on days that you just don’t want to work out. As you can see, I like a wide variety of music. Some of these songs are ones that I just really like, not necessarily pump worthy but definitely keep me going.

Happy Tuesday and Happy Tax Day!

Pocket Full of Sunshine

Hellloooo readers! (The few of you that actually read this that is..)

I don’t know how the weather is where you are but it was AMAZING here this weekend. Friday night was a little rainy and overcast at night, but gorgeous during the day. Saturday and Sunday had highs in the 70s to 80 degrees! Ahhh I love it. So let’s jump in to my recap of the weekend.

Friday

After class I headed straight home to eat something and get ready for our lax games. That took up the rest of the night and I was in bed by 8:45. It wasn’t a pretty game; we played a very good team and it was pouring off and on throughout the varsity game. And I was a wreck, for other reasons. So I was more than happy to get home and pass out hard.

Saturday

Saturday started with a 7am wake up call. I ate what I plan to eat on race day, waited about 45 minutes to an hour, then took off on my last long run before the half-12 miles! I have never tapered before. I don’t know why, but whatever plans I followed the last two races I trained for didn’t call for a taper week. They also only called for 11 miles as the longest run. So I decided to give this a shot. I’m a little nervous just because it’s new to me but it seems to work for others so I figured it won’t hurt too much.

I ran my normal long route backwards which was I think a better decision – less up hill battles. I had my sports beans with me and ate one every 2 miles about which seems to work best. Miles 5-7 were run around a large park that has numerous soccer fields, baseball fields, etc. Luckily, they also have bathrooms and water fountains so I was ecstatic when I figured out I could jog past them and grab a quick drink. It was my first time running to the park and through it and it was beautiful. Of course, I failed to snap any pictures – blogging fail. Our head coach held a practice this morning so I kept an eye on the time during my run to see if I would be able to run by while they were all still there. At mile 10 I made it to my high school and stopped in to grab some water from the girls and stretch.

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They were amazed at my 10 miles and baffled that I still was going to run more. Things like that make me smile and make me amazed that I can push my body this hard. After about 5-10 minutes, I trekked home for the last 2 miles. It was overall a great run and I kept a steady pace throughout. Unfortunately, I forgot to pause my running app when I stopped so my mile 11 was at a 19 minute mile pace – fail again. So my overall pace was totally thrown off. But I was maintaining about a 10:20-10:30 the previous 10.

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The rest of the day was spent napping, relaxing, and recovering. Until after dinner when I headed out with classmates!

Two guys in my class decided to celebrate their birthdays together at a bar in DC. They got drink deals for us all when we mentioned their name at the door, pretty sweet deal! It turned out to be a great night; so much dancing and laughing and lots of drinking. At one point, one of the guy’s friends bought about 4 rounds of fireball shots for about 15 people and I ended up being one of those people – every.single.time. I’m not one to turn down a free shot, but that may not have been the best decision ever to take all of those, haha. I actually felt great Sunday morning considering how much I drank. I had such an awesome time though being with my classmates. It’s hard for me to make it out with them sometimes because of how far away I live but it never fails to be a great time.

Sunday

Once I made it back home, I knew I needed to be super productive. Finals are creeping up on me and I have a few assignments I need to finish before that. So this week I need to knock out a lot of that busy work and tighten up before sh*t hits the fan and I’m super stressed out with finals.

So I did laundry, cleaned my room and got started on some work! I didn’t get nearly as much done as I was hoping because I was so exhausted, but I at least started on some things. I went out to try and find a new pair of running shorts but failed. Since my first half, I always treat myself to a new pair of Nike tempo shorts before the race. I am on the hunt for a pair now but am cheap so I want to find them on sale. It’s proving difficult so I may just need to bite the bullet and get some full price! Check out these Nike tanks I spotted – I love these tanks with sayings on them!

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Sunday ended with dinner at my brother and his girlfriend’s new apartment! I got to sit at the kids table with this little man since there weren’t enough seats at the table. His older, too-cool-to-say-cheese brother was too busy on his iPad to smile for the camera.

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They invited us all over for fajitas and it was a great little get together. I ate way too many brownies for dessert while we played a few rounds of Scattegories. I had a very hilarious, very inappropriate response that I was pretty darn proud of – but none of my family was as amused as I was. Letter O – Thing you can do in less than 5 minutes. I’ll let you all fill in the blanks. Hahaha.

Overall it was a great weekend! A great mix of fun, relaxation, and working out. Have a happy Monday y’all!

Lets Be a Tourist

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day out and I am so happy that I made it out to DC. I had never been down to the Cherry Blossoms when they were in bloom because I am an awful local. So when I saw that it was going to be a beautiful day (about 75 degrees) and I had the day off, I wanted to take full advantage. I contacted my classmate who is training for the Nike Half and she was more than game to take the metro down to the Tidal Basin.

I don’t really have much else to share today so I’m just going to dump my photos on you.

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On top of the Jefferson Memorial steps!

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FDR Memorial

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It was a gorgeous day and we ended up doing just about 5 miles! That was way more than I was anticipating but it was a great run! It was super slow because there were people everywhere and I kept stopping to take pictures and be a tourist :)

Yesterday was also National Sibling Day so I put together this little montage of my sibs.

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Thankful to be the baby in the family with these two supporting me and looking over me. Definitely blessed beyond belief.

Last night we had a tough lax game against one of our biggest rivals. Varsity lost by 1 so that’s always a rough way to go down. Tonight we have another game against a very good team so it should be interesting.

Tomorrow I’m planning on a 12 mile run – my last long run before I begin to taper. My half is officially 15 days away! I’m definitely starting to get a little nervous but I know I will do just fine. I’ve been hydrating and plan on bringing food with me tonight because last week I hadn’t eaten a full dinner the night before and my run was a huge struggle. Fingers crossed for a solid last long run!

Have a good weekend everyone!

Thinking Out Loud

It’s Thursday which means we are almost to Friday!

This week was a funny one for me. Wednesday we didn’t have any classes because it was research presentation day – of course during the time that I would be at practice so I ended up not going. Then today is normally a clinic day but I finished my last clinic a few weeks ago. Two days off mid-week? Yes please. And next week we only have class until Wednesday because then we have Easter break Thursday-Monday. Perks of going to a private Catholic school.

So you know what Thursday means around here – linking up with the lovely Amanda over at Running with Spoons with Thinking Out Loud! If you’re not sure what that is, it’s basically just a chance to get all your thoughts out to the blogging world with no rhyme or reason: my kind of blogging if you ask me! Head on over to see what others are thinking about!

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1. You guys, I think spring is finallllyyyyyyyy here to stay!

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I don’t want to jinx it. But the weather has been in the 60′s for the last few days and is supposed to stay around there for the near future. And the flowers are blooming in my front yard. Please stay.

2. The one down side of spring: my allergies are ALREADY going cray cray. I’ve been non-stop sneezy and keep getting massive headaches in the mid morning hours. Ugh – you win some and lose some, and I will take warmer weather + sneezing over below freezing temps any day.

3. My brother moved out (Woo!) so now I get my bathroom back to myself. Anyone who has ever shared a bathroom with a brother understands where I’m coming from when I say this: I can’t wait for my bathroom to be clean for longer than 2 days. I did a serious scrub down this past weekend: Read: so much bleach. And I am in the process of tossing a coat of paint on the walls to match my new fun shower curtain that I found on the clearance rack for $8!

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4. Guess who lost his first tooth?!

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This little dude! He wiggled it loose during story time at school and waited until the teacher was done with the book before he told her because he didn’t want to interrupt. What a polite little man, haha. He is getting so big and he amazes me every day with something new. Proud auntie right here.

5. I hit the weights yesterday for the first time in over a month! It felt so good to get back in there and lift. I did a lot of stability work on the Bosu ball (Love that thing!) and did some deadlifts, squats, and lunges. I’m still a little wary lifting upper body because my shoulder isn’t 100% so I typically avoid it. I stick to planks and lower body stuff.

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Check out that leg definition! Strong is the new skinny. :)

6. Our first home game, our warm-up CD the girls made wasn’t approved yet so we had no music. Yesterday was the first day that we had the music. It was awful. Don’t get me wrong – I love me some country music. But not to warm-up to before a game! Five of the first seven songs were country. So yesterday I spent a few hours putting together a warm-up mix of my own. Hopefully the AD can listen to it and approve it before our game today – I can’t suffer through that CD twice today.

7. As you’re reading this I am actually probably in DC!

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Being the awful local that I am, I don’t think I have ever been down to see the Cherry Blossoms when they are in bloom. Today is supposed to be 75 degrees so I am headed down to the Tidal Basin with a classmate to go for a jog! I am pumped!

8. I feel like I had so many other great random thoughts and rants during the week that I wanted to include here – but of course I can’t think of them now. I’m going to have to start writing this post earlier in the week!

Tell me your random thoughts today! Do you have a very tourist-y thing in your area that you have never actually done? I think the Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the biggest tourist-y things in DC and it’s funny to me that I’ve never actually been when I’ve lived less than an hour away my entire life.

Tuesday Tunes

So even though yesterday was super rainy and gloomy, the warmer weather we have been having lately is making me so excited for this summer, country concerts and blasting country with the windows down. There’s something about warmer weather that makes me radiate back to country music. I definitely go through phases throughout the year where I will predominantly listen to certain genres of music.

So going with how I’ve been feeling lately and with the major country music download sesh I went through yesterday, let’s give you two of my favorite country jams I’ve been loving lately.

Starting things off strong with Luke Bryan’s new single Play it Again. I love it! Reminds me of tailgating at country concerts and having the best time. I used to go to at least 2 a year when I was in high school/early college over the summers. But lately I’ve only been a few. Definitely will need to change that this year! I saw Zac Brown last year in North Carolina and saw Luke Bryan with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line last year too.

 

 

This next song is a new-to-me group. I know of their one song, 19 You and Me, because it’s on the radio. Dan + Shay is my current new obsession. Thanks to Spotify I’ve been nonstop listening to their album. This is one of my favorites that I’ve heard so far.

 

 

So what do you think? Give me some songs that you’re loving lately! Happy Tuesday :)