Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekending: So many adventures

Hello! I'm happily weekending with B Loved Boston and Champagne & the Suburbs (haven't checked out their blogs? you are missing out!). 

This weekend was filled with lots of fun, food, and running. It started on Thursday evening. This was my last week at work, so I went out with drinks with several of the interns from my summer internship. Did I ever mention that I was the only female intern this summer? I was. Thus, I felt compelled to order a serious cocktail while out with the guys. 

This beauty had jack daniels, ginger ale, honey syrup, and bitters. It was yummy and way too strong. 

Friday was a bittersweet last day - I had such a wonderful summer! AR and I stayed in and started the weekend with a trip to Whole Foods (always). We made an amazing dinner at home with fish, swiss chard, brown butter almond sauce, and steamed cauliflower. 

I slept in on Saturday and then headed to the gym for a 7 mile pace run. AR and I are working on negative splits, so my legs were pretty done at the end. I met up with a friend for a bit, and then took a girls trip to SEPHORA!

Can. Not. talk about how much I love Sephora. We were in there for like 2 hours (I was late for dinner with AR - oops). I tried these new goodies:

1. Urban Decay make-up setting spray. I have seen this several times on Jaclyn Hill's you-tube channel (love her!), so I wanted to give it a shot. I tried in on Friday night and loved the way it made my makeup look.
Urban Decay - All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray 
2. ExfoliKate: I've loved this product for a while now. I ran out of it about 6 months ago and I'm not sure why I took so long to replace it. It does amazing things for my skin. You can get a small bottle of it at the Sephora check out counter for $20 and it will last for a few months.
Kate Somerville - ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
3. Jose Maron light argon oil: I got a sample of this product and tried it last night. It really absorbed quickly and left my face feeling amazingly smooth this morning. So far, loving it. 
Josie Maran - 100 percent Pure Argan Oil

Friday night was an even that had been on my calendar for a month! AR purchased tickets for us  to see Gone with the Wind at the Fox Theater. This theater is where the film originally premiered and the movie was celebrating its 75th anniversary. I was so excited!

The movie was wonderful. AR had secured ideal seats. We snacked on popcorn and m&ms while enjoying the film, which is very long. Poor AR wasn't aware that he had signed up for that long of a film! We didn't leave until almost midnight, after almost 5 hours at the theater.

Sunday. You know the drill: long run
14 miles to be exact. 14 very hot, very sunny miles. Glad that is done. 

The evening ended with frozen yogurt. My local organic frozen yogurt shop has a new flavor: ALMOND BUTTER FROZEN YOGURT!!! AR thought it was too strong, but I thought it was perfect. 

What is your favorite frozen yogurt flavor? 
Have you seen Gone with the Wind? Did you make it through in one sitting? 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Marathon Training: Week 8

Things really got intense this week in my marathon training! The farther into my training plan I get, the higher the mileage. I'll be honest, my legs are shot.

If you are just checking in, I am chronicling my journey to the Chicago Marathon. You can find my whole training plan here - this is my third marathon and I am really stepping up the training this time around!

Monday - rest. I often cross train on Mondays, but today was just a rest day. I walked about 2 miles, and that was perfect.
Tuesday - 4 mile run. AR and I ran before work and it was gorgeous weather.
Wednesday - 7 5 mile run. This was supposed to be a 7 mile run, but I got out of the house late. I did this on the treadmill. I walked 2 miles later, but I technically didn't get all of the miles :(
Thursday - 4 mile run outside. Nothing special.
Friday - rest. Long walk to the park during lunch.

Saturday - 7 mile pace run. I walked to the gym and jogged for a half of a mile on the treadmill. I started with 2 miles at a 9:05. I then did 2 miles at a 8:50, shifting to a 8:40 pace for the remained of the run. AR and I walked home from the gym.
Sunday - 14 miles. It was hot and humid, but we did it! I may have taken a potty break inside Starbucks around mile 8 (oops), but other than that, things were good.  I snacked on a couple energy jelly beans on the run around mile 10, which helped with energy. I didn't eat much on Saturday, which absolutely influenced my running. I could tell I was under fed and tired, but I still managed!

Next week the only change is my Sunday long run, which shifts from 14 to 15. No biggie - I got this :)

On a side note, I seriously need to get some new running shoes. August is going to be horrific and my shoes on are on their way out! Ill be checking out the Saucony website shortly.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Law School: Looking forward to the second year

This is my last week at my amazing summer internship. I have so enjoyed my 10 weeks in my office and cannot believe it is over already.

What I really can't seem to believe is that I am about to start 2L year. For those who aren't familiar with law school, we call ourselves 1Ls, 2Ls, or 3Ls, depending on the year.

1L year was pretty rough. For those of you who read my blog regularly, I'm sure you saw the bags grow under my eyes with each passing week. Transitioning from teaching first grade to attending law school was awkward. Going home each night to 200+ pages of reading was exhausting. Knowing my entire grade depended on only one exams was terrifying. I learned a lot about my own study habits and made some good changes between semesters. It was a transition, but I am better for it.

A beautifully labeled Civil Procedure outline I made.

My Property law flashcards. My friend Kate and I bought every large note card we could find and used them ALL. We eventually ran out and switched to smaller one. Sad. 

I am so excited to start the next year. I feel like I know how to approach the classes better now. I feel more confident in my abilities and more excited about the materials I am studying.

Interviews for next summer's internships start in August (thinking about law school? Remember that both your 1L summer and 2L summer internships are decided on your first year's grades. And most people get offers post-graduation from their 2L summer internship. That means everything rides on 1L year. No pressure.). I have a great selection of firms lined up and I am so excited. I am obsessed with learning everything about the firms, their partners, their clients, everything. Interviewing is so much fun, but also worrisome. I am so happy to have options and a great support system.

1L year is suppose to be more challenging than the other years. Once you learn how to study the law, it becomes easier. Many people become less worried about grades after the first year too. I don't think that is likely for me, I am too competitive ;) I do hope I am able to enjoy other things and not be so totally enveloped in classes the entire year.

For now, I am trying to focus textbooks and class schedules so I don't become too stressed. I have a couple weeks off before classes start, thankfully. I need to stock up on sleep for the upcoming year! I hope this next year includes a little more fun and relaxation than the previous one. Grades are wonderful, but relationships are essential. I want to invest in both this time around.

Here's to another year!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Marathon Training: Wk 7

Hello and Happy weekend lovelies!

I'm sharing my training week with everyone - can you believe I am at Week 7? The fun never ends (Actually, it did end, last weekend at mile 7).

This week was a lighter week. My plan goes Build - BUILD - Pull back; this week was the pull back and I was ever thankful. The second BUILD weeks are getting hard, so this weekend felt much lighter.

M - cross rest. My legs hurt really bad, so I skipped barre3 for a rest day.

T - 3 miles outside before work. About a 8:50 pace. 

W - 5 miles on the treadmill at a 9 minute pace

Th - 3 miles outside. No idea what the pace was because my Garmin was taking forever to find its satellite and I ran without it. In true runner fashion, I know the 1, 1.5, 2, and 3 mile marks from every direction of my home.

F - rest, but LOTS of walking. I walked home from work, to a museum, to dinner, and back home for a total of 4 miles.

S - 6 mile pace run. I did a half mile warm up, 5 miles starting at 8:50 and moving to 8:20, and a half mile cool down. This was hard because I was feeling lazy, but Sex and the City was on at the gym, so I was happy :)

S - 9 miles. This was under a 10 mile pace the whole way and my legs felt so much stronger than the week before! AR's legs were hurting, but he did his pace run much faster on Saturday.

No Barre3 this week - I went out on Thursday night instead of going to my usual class. Sometimes my legs need a break! Not looking forward to this weeks runs:
Monday - cross
Tuesday - 4
Wednesday - 7
Thursday - 4
Friday - rest
Saturday - 7 pace
Sunday - 14


How was your long run? 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Confessions

Good morning! Linking up with Ms. Leslie today for some Friday Confessions. Enjoy!

I confess that I ate cereal for breakfast like 3 times this week. Remember my awesome breakfast meals? Yeah. I got lazy and sick of anything warm in the mornings. I come back from my runs too over heated, so it’s just cereal or yogurt.

I confess that I canceled Barre class and went to a vegan restaurant with my friend Luci last night. We were supposed to go to class at 5:45 and do dinner afterwards, but we decided dinner was enough. I ran yesterday morning, so at least I got a workout in. I had a veggie and quinoa stir-fry with thai peanut sauce and tempeh. Yum.

I confess that I watched Real Housewives of New York on Tuesday night because I have no good summer shows. I wish Revenge and Nashville would come back… RHNY just isn’t comparable. I can only watch middle ages women scream and drink wine do much.

I confess that I read three articles on aloe vera juice this morning before work. Anyone take this? Should I be taking it? I read that it is the most amazing healthy and beauty product on earth and can cure things like cancer and ulcers. I also read that it kills rats because it increases toxin levels in the body. I don’t have ulcers and I am not a rat, so the information didn’t help me much. Thoughts?

I confess that am finally going to the Atlanta High Museum tonight. I’ve lived in ATL for one year and haven’t done many museums, so tonight we are going. I am not a big modern art fan… but we will see!

I confess that I am going to the mall tomorrow for a second time to find new black high heels. Mine have officially had it. Last weekend I went and they only had one box of the pair I wanted. When I opened the box, it had one size 7 shoe and one size 7.5 L Let’s hope I can find two of the same size this weekend. (should that be this hard? I don't think so.)

Weekend plans: Museum and dinner tonight, 6 mile pace run on Saturday, brewery tour with some coworkers on Saturday night, 9 mile run on Sunday, and then my last week of my summer internship!!

Have an amazing weekend!