Monday, August 15, 2011

Meet. Repeat.

One thing that I have realized as I am am getting into this half-marathon training is that I can really excel by setting small goals for myself. Small goals are what help us acheive the big ones (that whopping 13.1 miles)!
For instance, I ran a route today thru the city that I couldn't run strongly a few months ago. My goal was to not stop. Regulate my pace, and not stop. It was a small goal, but it felt good to acheive it. Think about that for yourself. Where can you set a small (realistic) goal? The more you do this, the less frustrated and disappointed you will be when you try to acheive those larger goals. Meet the goal. Make another goal and repeat!

Tomorrow morning i'm taking my Vo2 Max test bright and early at 6:00am. I'm anxious about it! I'll post results (if i'm not ashamed of them)

Vo2 Max Test

Next goal: Finish those darn gym sprints in 6 seconds!

This is so true. (and I wish I had a bod like hers!!)

-Off to take a shower, drink some tea and live amongst these boxes...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Do More of What Makes You Happy.

1, 2 & 3: Starbucks on Saturday morning. It was more packed than usual!
4: Took a trip to the mall after the gym on Saturday morning. Stumbled upon some beyond awesome glasses at Urban Outfitters.
5 & 6: Charlotte Roller Girls. Went to the roller derby. It was...interesting. Those girls are intense.
7: They threw out free tall boy koozies. We didn't catch one. My husband wanted one so bad that I ended up paying a little boy for the one he caught. Seriuosly?? The things we do for the people we love....

Friday, August 12, 2011

Weekend Bliss

I haven't had a whole lot of time to blog this week so what better time than a Friday night??
I did it! I started my half-marathon training program! Next week I take a  VO2 max test. It's a test that is administered to measure the maximum volume of oxygen you consume while exercising at your maximum capacity. Technically this test is the ultimate indicator of your cardiovascular fitness. I'm anxious to see where the results come out.

Tonight Russell and I went to dinner at The King's Kitchen. It's a non-profit restaurant that I've been wanting to go to for a while now. All their proceeds go back into the community of Charlotte helping to feed those in need. Pretty cool. And the food was...well not healthy (AT ALL), but delicious!

I am SO excited about tomorrow!! It will consist of  my weekly ritual of going to Athletic Conditioning at the DOWD and then hitting up Starbucks on East Blvd. after that to get in my caffeine. I love sitting in that Starbucks on Saturday mornings watching all the people that come in and out. There are so many different people from all walks of life. Young, old, single, families, business professionals, friends catching's definitely one of my Saturday highlights.

Starbucks on East Blvd. Best one in Charlotte!

Don't think that I'm not going to get in my weekly pampering. I'm getting a facial tomorrow afternoon! Excited about this, of course :)

Tomorrow night we're going to see the Charlotte Roller Girls roller derby! Some friends of ours convinced us that it's going to be a good time so I'll definitely be blogging about that on Sunday!

Have a great rest of the weekend everyone!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Donald | Rich Wedding

This past weekend my best friend, Alisha got married! I was so happy to be a part of her big day and I am so happy for her and Zac! The wedding was just beautiful; everything that she dreamed of. I am so mad at myself for not capturing more of the weekend, but here are a few shots of what I did get.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Just Me and the Sharks Tonight

Tonight Russell is out having dinner and a few drinks with a friend so I get ME time! Don't get me wrong I love my husband...but at times, alone time can be a glorious thing.

 I'm planning on starting a half-marathon training program mid-August (in preparation for the Thunder Road Half-Marathon in November)...the requirement is to be able to run a MINIMUM of 4 miles. So..I've been trying to get comfortable (I think I need to slow my pace down) within those 4 miles and not so fatigued by the end. I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to run 13.1 miles by the end of this..but I'm sure going to try and give it my all! Wish me luck.

Pictures from the Thunder Road Marathon/Half-Marathon/5K in Charlotte, NC 

So, back to tonight...I'm home alone and it's SHARK week! I just sat down to relax-I've got the tube on the Sharks and I'm daydreaming about our amazing new home that we'll hopefully be in very very soon! We're planning on closing before August 19th! I've been consuming myself with thoughts of how I'm going to decorate. I have a lot of ideas and I'm DYING to get in there and start already!!

I think I'm going to do this to the little nook we have in the hallway upstairs. So cozy!

Love the fullness of this mantel. 

So inviting!

And we're one step closer to getting a little baby like this one!!!!