I’m sorry…

Hello friends! Happy Friday!

Ugh, I am so sorry my hosting site has been having a lot of server issues, which have lead to my blog being down for most of the week.  I will be looking into switching blog hosts when my contract is up for renewal.  It’s a darn shame too because I have a giveaway going, and I have some exciting news about being a guest writer for News Channel 9 for a few weeks.

It is actually very ironic that my blog has been down each time I do a giveaway (2 now).  Well, I am going to extend my current giveaway until Valentine’s Day, Tuesday February 14 @ noon.

I wrote my first post on the News 9 website, about How to stay motivated while training for a half marathon.  Check it out!

Wednesday night my hubby and I made homemade pizza.


He rolled out the dough and I put on the toppings.

Our pizza had, mushrooms, roasted garlic chicken sausage, and mini tomatoes, it was glorious.  We had just enough left over for both of us to be able to take it into work for lunch.


Yesterday I came home to this awesome package, thank you Cliff company for sending me these, I cannot wait to try them all out!

And then proceeded to make a well rounded dinner, consisting of chicken,


and butternut squash risotto (OMG, so good).

I love Trader Joe’s. Now I have to figure out what we are going to have for dinner tonight…hmm… Check back tomorrow for the pictures I promised from Anya’s 21st birthday.. :)

I hope everyone has a great Friday!!!

I leave you with more pictures of our doggy, this is how we typically spend our weeknights.

Ella thinks she is a person….


Any super fantastic plans for the upcoming weekend?- we are going to the third annual Ballston Mall Bar Crawl, yup! And we are running the Love the Run you’re with 5k on Sunday!

Exciting News!!

Hello friends! Sorry I have been having some hosting issues, but hopefully those problems have been resolved.

Remember last week when I mentioned I was being considered to write about my training for the Rock & Roll half marathon?! Welllllll

I was chosen! WOOT!!!! I will be guest blogging for WUSA9.com at least once a week!  I am so unbelievably excited and honored to be doing this, and I thank my charity coordinator Dorothy for forwarding my blog information along.

Hopefully my posts will help motivate others who are currently training for their very first half marathon to continue on with their training.  This is also great motivation for me as well.  It has been getting harder and harder for me to get up in the mornings and run, mainly because our new bed is so darn comfortable

and I am getting sick of running on the treadmill, but I will get back on the dreadmill during the week and continue my training.

I have a 5k race this Sunday, my very first official 5k, and I plan on running 5-6 miles on Saturday morning if the weather is nice.  I have been horrible at keeping up with Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer, I just can’t seem to dedicate that much time in the gym right now, so I think that after my half marathon I will start the trainer from Day 1.


I haven’t been featuring a lot of my food on here, mostly because I have been very lazy and haven’t wanted to cook, but I had the most amazing salad from Whole Foods yesterday and I wanted to share

I hope everyone has a great day!


Don’t forget to enter my Fit Approach Giveaway, because they are awesome!

I just LOVE pink, Giveaway!!

Hello friends!  Sorry for those of you who tried to access my blog yesterday and this morning, it was down, but now we are back up.  Check out my post from yesterday if you didn’t get the chance :).

Last night we celebrated my sister-in-law’s 21stbirthday :)  Pictures to come later, I promise.

As most of you know by now, I ran 7 miles this past weekend, (and took my first ice bath, BEST IDEA EVER)…

Don’t be jealous, I know I look awesome.  I completed 7 miles faster than I ran my very first 10k back in October!  Now that is something to be proud of. Well in honor of the longest distance I have ever run in my whole life, Fit Approach, a super cool awesome company, has sent me some new things and you all know how much I love pink.  The tank top is suuuuuuuuper soft and comfy, and the shoelaces… well they are pink, enough said :)

After my back stops hurting, I plan on taking these out for a nice 4.5 mile run, crossing my fingers it will be either this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

Alyse from Fit Approach, would like to send one lucky lady a tank top and a set of pink shoelaces to call their own! Thanks Alyse!!!

To enter, please leave a separate comment for each:


  1. Leave me a comment and let me know how you sweatpink.


  1. Like my page on facebook
  2. Like FitApproach on facebook
  3. Follow me on Twitter
  4. Follow Fit Approach on Twitter

I will be randomly selecting a winner on Tuesday Feb 14 @ noon (extended time), but if you can’t wait that long to get your hands on these puppies, check out their website and order one for yourself! (FYI: they run small, similar to American Apparel sizes, I got a medium.

Good Luck!

New Bed :)

Hello friends!

Whew what a weekend!  I started off my weekend Saturday morning with my long run.. But that is a story for tomorrows post, mainly because I am working wish a super cool company to bring you guys a super cool giveaway :).

After my run, I played around with some of my photos and put together another print.

Joy :) I love it. I just included it in my etsy shop.  Throughout the week and this coming weekend I hope to put up a few more options, I had planned on doing it this weekend but we were super busy.  And the reason why we were so busy is because we finally decided to get a new bed!  We have been wanting a king sized bed for.. hmm I donno about 4 years now, and we finally pulled the trigger.

Ella was very concerned when we started moving the old bed out of our room and into the guest room

but eventually she came around and wanted to help out

I don’t actually have a picture of the final product in either room because we are missing some key elements, mainly comforters that actually fit the bed, ha.  So I plan on going to Target today to see what they have to offer.  I should have some pretty decent pictures by the end of the week (hopefully).

After we put our frame together, with the help of Erik’s mom (thanks so much!), we got our stuff together and headed over to his parents house to watch the super bowl and eat food!  The following recipes were suggestions from Gretchen from Honey, I shrunk the Gretchen. One of the biggest hits of the night were these bad boys, Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites

they were so amazing, we didn’t make the blue cheese yogurt dip, because I hate blue cheese, haha, but I am sure it would have been good.  The other big hit A Lighter Mexican Layer Dip

Top it all off with a good beer,

great family, and seeing the look at Tom Brady’s face when they LOST, it was a wonderful end to a great weekend.

How was your weekend?  Did you watch the game?

Check back tomorrow for an update on my long run Saturday and an AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!


Hello friends!

Happy Friday!!!! I am having a hard time walking today, and it is all due to my Day 32- Legs workout my hubby and I did last night.


Not really sure why I decided to go really hard and up all my weights, but I did.  And actually to be honest I am not as sore as I thought I would be, which is awesome because that means I am getting stronger!  I love it.  Before my hubs met me at the gym after work, I ran my fastest 2 miles to date, 17:59.  I know that doesn’t sound incredibly fast to you marathon runners out there, but it is my PR :)

Yesterday for lunch there was some delicious sandwich action

I used the leftover ham from our Snowshoe trip, and the awesome focaccia bread that David brought us form his bakery….. SO freaking good.

I could eat this sandwich everyday, and yes I had two of them. Judge if you want, it was worth it :)

Tomorrow is D-Day, well for me anyway, 7 miles, furthest distance everrrr.

Nervous? No not me… yes. I am. Sorry I look so scary in that picture, it was the best one I could find of me looking terrified/scared? I am a strange person. In preparation for my 7 mile run tomorrow, I will be doing a lot of this tonight

while watching this


Yup, I am pretty stoked about it :)  I read the book last year, and cannot wait to see if the movie lives up to the book :)

I hope everyone has a great Friday!  Tomorrow Lauren and I are also planning on going on a pretty sweet nature walk, hope this weather stays around for.ever. (Sandlot reference).


Big plans for the weekend?- nature walk, doggy park, and watching the commercials on Sunday (I LOATHE both teams playing in the super bowl).


Natural Illusion

Hello friends!

I will return tomorrow with my usual, workout/running banter, but I had to share this with all of you!

Here it is, my newest project:


I am in sooo love with it.  You can go to my new Etsy shop and order one for yourself :)  This one is ours, but I will be going out today and getting more frames.

Also, I will can make custom words, if you so desire; for example, your name, your last name, child’s name, other words, etc. You can shoot me an email at myrunningthoughts(at)gmail(dot)com.  I will be playing around with my etsy shop so that you can see all of the letter choices.  I am super excited about this project, I hope you all like it as much as I do :).

My etsy shop is still a work in progress, but I wanted to get this one up there so people can order them if they want in time for Valentines Day.  Hopefully by the end of this coming weekend, I will have the shop finalized.

Let me know what you think!

Have a great Thursday!


Feelin’ Like a Winner

Hello friends!

Oh man, next time I sleep in someone please remind me how amazing I feel after I get up and workout early in the morning!  Today I feel like a winner, and I feel like my coffee tastes better today, I know totally random, but it’s true.

I think my good mood today has a lot to do with my morning workout.  Despite the fact that I now hate running on the dreadmill, I completed my 4 miles in 38:20, not too shabby for a treadmill workout.  And as much as I would have liked to run outside later this afternoon, in 70 degree weather, I knew it would be nearly impossible for me to fit in 4 miles after work. Hopefully as the days get longer I will be able to run outside, either before or after work.  I get giddy just thinking about nice warm weather and longer days, please hurry up spring, I would like to put out my spring wreath already.


I am also back on track with Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer, I completed Day 30- Chest/Abs today.  I had to cut out some of the push-ups because of my shoulder, but I am happy with what I could do.  You can follow my 1/2 marathon training on my training page :)

Speaking of training…. I got an email yesterday about a pretty exciting opportunity to blog about my 1/2 marathon training.  The committee choosing the blogs for this project will begin their selection process at the end of this week, so keep your fingers crossed that my little blog is chosen!!!!!  I would be honored to be a part of this project!  I will tell you more about it at a later date, hopefully along with some good news.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Oh yea almost forgot, check back tomorrow for my latest Natural Illusions (you like the name for my new side business?) Frame. I will also be opening my Etsy store sometime this week too!  So many exciting things :)


Does working out change your mood?

Gleekin’ it up

Hello friends!

How was everyone’s Monday!? Has anyone else been looking forward to tonight Fox line up?


Yup, I cannot wait and have been anxiously anticipating this episode for weeks! I will most definetly be sporting my O.M.Glee shirt tonight.

that is after I go to the gym and run my 4 miles.  I had my doctor’s appointment this morning, so I slept in instead of going to the gym, that and I haven’t been feeling too well the past few days.  But I am hoping my excitement about Glee will propel me through the day and my run tonight.

I wish I had good news from my doctor about going snowboarding this weekend.. but I don’t… She told me those types of activities are better left until at least 6 months post-op, I just got to 4 months.  So there go my dreams of having some late snowboarding fun, until next year.  Sorry snowboard, you will have to wait another season to play…

I had a nice discussion with my doctor, which has helped me decide what to do regarding a lawyer/lawsuit.  Hopefully it will turn out for the best.

I asked her if I would ever get my full range of motion back, and she said no, she said she never wants me to because I will always have hardware (wire) in my shoulder that needs to be protected basically.  The wire in my shoulder is more rigid than my ligament, and because the ligament has been forever compromised the wire has been put into place to hold my shoulder in place.  It’s not as bad as it sounds, a year from now I will be able to do whatever I want, well mostly, I won’t be able to stretch my left arm as far back as I was once able to.  I also need to modify my lifting, at least until the anchors in my shoulder dissolve, which will be one year from now.  I cannot lift, or do any sort of pull down move with my arms at 90 degrees/in line with my upper body


I will need to modify it so that my elbows are at around a 45 degree angle away from my upper body.  Basically I just need to listen to my body and be in tune with the cues I get from my shoulder, if it feels like I am pulling the joint then I need to back off.  Obviously I will live, but to know that I will never have full range of motion again is frustrating.

I have obviously found other things that I love to do, example my photo project, and I think that is important when you are dealing with an injury.  I could sit around and mope while everyone else goes out and has a good time, but I just don’t want to.  The healing process is hard enough, I don’t need to sit around feeling sorry for myself, so I won’t.  You can find me outside with my camera taking pictures :)

I hope everyone has a great day!


What do you do when you are recovering from an injury?

Glee? Yay or nay?

Wonderful Weekend :)

Hello friends!

I am totally exhausted from this weekend!  We don’t usually go out two nights in a row anymore because well, it’s pretty expensive and I hate going out in the winter when its cold (call me lame I don’t care).  But the weather was really nice this weekend so we ventured out, if you read my post on Saturday, you know the story about Friday night, it was hilarious. Okay so it might be funnier to Erik, Richie, Alaina and I, but still :)

We spent most of Saturday morning cleaning the house/cars and doing laundry, but at around noon I decided I really needed to go out and do my long run for the week.  So I laced up my kicks

and headed out for my 6 mile run.  Once again I doubted myself, but at mile 4 when I was getting close to our house, Erik and Ella joined me, and that was the boost I needed to propel me to the finish!

Honestly, I was so proud of myself for doing it, 6 whole miles, I know that doesn’t sound like a lot to all of you runners, but to me other than my 10k back in October, that is the furthest I have run ever.  This coming weekend, 7 miles!

After our run, we met up with Patti, Ramsey, Luke and Allie at a restaurant I have been dying to try out.

I absolutely love the 90 min IPA, so I knew I had to go and try out some of the other beers they have.  I obviously got a 90 min as my first beverage of the night, then ventured on to try a new one, it had a good name ;)

It was good, BUT the lady failed to mention that the 12oz bottle cost $14!?!?! WHAT, I was pissed, it wasn’t THAT good, no beer is that good. But we are planning on going up to the actual brewery in Delaware soon :)  After dinner we headed to Arlington for a few drinks, met up with Richie, Alaina, Kristy and Katie, and had a really great time.  Our friend Kristy had been drinking for a few hours, and when we met up with her at Witlows she tried to haggle with the bartender for a few free drinks… well that didn’t go over to well for her.  She didn’t get her free drink, but she still had fun.  The bartender did however, make the four of us, Erik, Richie, Alaina and I a free shot. So thanks Kristy :)

Sunny morning Erik made some amazing breakfast sandwiches before we headed out to hang out with my family.  We ran a few errands, one of which included getting frames for my new photo project (I still need a good name for it), for now it’s called Letters in Nature.

Afterwards, we went to Tysons corner to try out an Indian Buffet that my mom recommended and ate entirely waaaaaaaaaay too much, which is why we decided to have this for dinner.

A giant cup of Froyo from Josie’s :) So I ate a lot, no big deal, it was a great end to a fantastic weekend!

What did you do this weekend??

Do you guys go prefer to go out or stay in?- most of the time we like to stay in and have friends over,  drinks at bars are way too expensive!


Is this thing supposed to be blinking?

Hello friends!

I know this is a rare Saturday morning post for me, but I am waiting for my Garmin to charge so I can go out for my 6 mile run.  In the meantime, I will explain the title of my post.

Last night we went out to dinner with Richie and Alaina.  We met up with them in Shirlington, at a place called Guapos.  This place was PACKED, and we had about a 40 minute wait, which always means an hour to an hour and a half.  45 minutes and half a giant margarita later,

Alaina turns to Richie and says, “Is this thing supposed to be blinking?”


Now let me explain what she meant, there is usually one single red light that blinks on these pagers to show that it is in fact working, well the one we had didn’t have a single blinking light.  So Richie went up to the desk to ask them about it…. well.. we were expecting him to simply ask where we were on the list of people. Instead he asks them the very same question Alaina asked him..”Is this thing supposed to be blinking?”  The lady just looked at him and said, “Uh yea when there is a table ready for you.”  hahaha.

Obviously she was not on the same page as Richie, he was talking about the single blinky light.. duh lady.

Anyway, he came back and told us the story and we could not stop laughing, it was and will be our newest joke :)  Love ya Richie!

Have a great Saturday everyone!!

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