#FridayFive Happy 4th!! Five Things I LOVE About the Fourth of July in Brevard

Linking up with Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar for the #FridayFive today. Swing by the other blogs and check out all the fun! LOVE Friday’s yall! This post is suuuuper short because I’m short on time but I wanted to play along so here you go!IMG_16055 Things I LOVE about the Fourth of July in Brevard!


  1. Firecracker run! There’s a 5/10k option. It’s always a hot but fun event.
  2. Family time and cookouts. Burgers. mmm.
  3. Being able to run in freedom and safety. Thank you to ALL who serve our country. We are all truly blessed to run free.
  4. Our little town’s festival with music, food (um, can you say ChubBurger from Oscar Blues?!), dancing, and vendors.Image result for 4th of july festival brevard nc
  5. Our little firework show ūüôā We might be a small town but it’s home. And it’s where I feel safe.


What’s special about your fourth?! Who’s racing?
Happy Weekend y’all!
blessed and beautiful running!



#FridayFive 5 Exciting Things About Running


Sup y’all, it’s Friday!! So pumped for the Friday Five link-up hosted by¬†Courtney,¬†Cynthia, and¬†Mar. Check out their rules and future topics¬†HERE! The BEST way to connect with new bloggers.¬†Let’s just dive right in shall we? I won’t monopolize your Friday morning with too much rambling. Promise. ūüėČ

5 Exciting Things About Running Currently

1.) Okay, so y’all know I’m all registered for marathon number 5 now, right?! Thanks to my sweet husband who gave me his credit card and let me pull the trigger. Mr. P also registered for the half. He was this close to breaking 2:00! Savannah, we are coming back for redemption full force baby!! This right here is exciting enough to qualify for all five exciting things about running…but wait, there’s more…

2.) Pluuuuuus my BRF is signed up too! ¬†Annnnnnnnd another local rock star runner has come back to town from her awesome running, burro¬†racing adventures (yes, it’s a real thing. Check it out HERE!) in Colorado and is running Savannah too! Both A and L and smokin’ fast and strong runners and I’m beyond excited and privileged to run with them!!

Colorado you are on my bucket list!! Maybe not with the burro though… Source

3.) Annnnnnd many of our Transylvania county runners are registered! ¬†I had a great time at our Greenville race so I’m thrilled about the group going!

From our Green Valley Race in SC!

4.) I ran on national running day. Of course. But on that day I also met with a new client who used to run 10 miles a day and wants to get back into running more again. A woman after my own heart…being able to encourage and train has probably been the most exciting thing lately.. It truly fills my soul with joy.

5.) I’m finally, finalizing my marathon training plan and even typing it up all pretty! wheeeeeee!

I can not wait to test my mind, body, and soul again. Test me Lord.

How was your week? What’s exciting¬†about running for you lately?!¬†Have you heard of burro racing? Do you race with friends?
Blessed and beautiful running!



Friday Five: 5 Bloggers Who Will Inspire Your Socks Off

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This week I’m linking up with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia for the #FridayFive! For their rules and list of future topics click HERE.

This post is soshort and unspectacular that I’m almost embarrassed to share it. Oh well. Its Friday. I’m a full-time working mother runner on my lunch break. Y’all will still love me…right?!

This week I’ve chosen five bloggers that I read on a daily basis and who inspire me as a runner, blogger, and overall happy human being.

  1. Jen at Jen Chooses Joy is one of my top favs for a happy place!
  2. Melanie at Runner Girl in a Rocking World always upbeat and racing and running!
  3. Jess at Blonde Ponytail personal trainer and mom. Nuff said! She rocks!
  4. Heather at Relentless Forward Commotion – I like her authenticity and rockstar attitude.
  5. Nicole at The Girl Who Ran Everywhere – she’s fast. one day…

Oooomeeegeeersh there are so many others I enjoy as well….So for other blogs I enjoy click HERE!

Who are some of you fav bloggers? Any fun weekend plans? I think I’m ready for a trail run!! Have you ever posted a blog post so short you were almost too embarrassed to share?!

blessed and beautiful running!


Friday Five! 5 Things I Do Race Day


woooo! #crazywife


 Hello friends, it’s Friday and I’m blogging via iPhone in Nashville!! Can I get a woot woot?! I’ve be training relentlessly for 16 weeks for THIS weekend. I started posting #QuickFitTip Fridays, but I was just too excited about the Friday Five link-up hosted by CourtneyCynthia, and Mar this week cause it’s about RACE day which happens to be tomorrow for me. Complete with rain, hills, 50,000 tangets, hills, and thunderstorm warnings in the forecast. And I chose this race to try and BQ?! Awesome. Bring it. 


I’m pretty sure running in a rain storm qualifies as total hard core runner. right? ;-D



Anyway y’all should def check out the Friday Five rules and future topics HERE! The BEST way to meet new fabulous bloggers and join in on the fun weekly convo. 

Today’s topic:

5 Things I always do the morning of Race Day:

1.) Drink a good cup (and a half) of hot, strong, black coffee and wait for the manic to happen. I love my coffee every morning. I need it…I mean c’mon. You all know what you have to do before you start off running..heaven help if there’s no coffee. Or this guy resembles my face: 

i better get my magic juice..

2.) I eat a cinnamon raisin bagel, drink NUUN, and pee about 10,000x. 

3.) A long hot shower to wake up. 

4.) Pray. I usually do this as I’m getting ready but also have a special pre-race prayer for all those I love. 

5.) Short jog, dynamic warm-up, and run my heart out!! 

So that’s my basic, boring runner routine. ūüôā

**You still have time to WIN a tube of NUUN by guessing my marathon time HERE!!**

~What do you do race morning? Any unique rituals?!~

blessed and beautiful running. 

5 Spring Favs, OOFOS Recovery Footwear, + a Miracle

Spriiiiiiiing! Yes! It’s here! And our weather has been shaping up nicely. I think the winter weather is behind us. This is how I feel about it: RUN. Running in the spring is like a breathe of fresh freedom air. We work hard all winter to enjoy the fruits of our labor.¬†

Soooooo… I know it’s Saturday Sunday….but y’all probably know how I operate by now… So here’s Friday’s post plus today funzies.¬†

I’m always excited about the Friday Five link-up hosted by¬†Courtney,¬†Cynthia, and¬†Mar. I just have a hard time apparently posting on Friday… Check out their rules and future topics¬†HERE! The BEST way to meet new fabulous bloggers and give you a blog prompt should you find yourself at a write’s block.¬†

Today’s¬†Friday’s topic is one we have all been anxiously waiting for, Spring!! Good-bye snow, hello pollen!¬†

Spring is no doubt a beautiful time of year with flowers blooming and gardens flourishing…however all this can really aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms in turn making breathing while running a bit more difficult. Remember, your body needs roughly two weeks of running outdoors to acclimate to any new climate¬†changes. So give yourself the time your body needs. For additional tips and reading check out PopSugar’s article HERE¬†and Active tips HERE.

Aside from that bit, here are five things I look forward to in spring, especially this spring! 

1.) The kid’s birthday! He will be the big 10! Time flies…

ahhhh. my pride and joy. What a face!!

2.) my husband and I celebrate our first hiking date in May! It will be two years. ‚̧

3.) Hiking! Waterfalls! Trail running! Picnics! Basically just being outdoors.

4.) Races! Brevard Rotary hosts a White Squirrel 5/10k and kid’s fun run.¬†Come visit us in May. ¬†You will not regret visiting Brevard!

This year we all know I have the Rock n’Roll Country Music Marathon benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Nashville marathon lined up in April! From the St. Jude’s website:

  • Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food ‚ÄĒ because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
  • Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from people like you, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most ‚Äď saving kids regardless of their financial situation. (That means your donation, no matter what the size, will help!)
  • St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90% by 2020.

I’m hoping and training hard for a solid Boston Qualifying time. I need to run a 3:35:00. I feel like I’ve been putting in all the work I can. But it’s still a daunting and scary task..The closer we get to race day the more I question myself. Can I really pull off an 8:12 min/mile for 26.2 miles??

runner’s mecca…aiming for a BQ so I can run Boston next year!

5.) Last but not least, new beginnings. Easter. Spring is a time of new chances. Fresh starts after a long cold winter.

Winter is always hard for me…but 11 weeks into marathon training feels harder. I’m so grateful for all the positive bloggers who remind me to press on. Like Jen over at Jen Choses Joy posted about no grit, no pearl. Seriously, go read her post here. Her humor and optimism will keep you motivated. Thanks Jen!

Except we are over half way there! You got this!

Okay so for the fun part of today’s post: OOFOS! Have you heard of this¬†recovery shoe footwear? My hubby and I went downtown for a little shoe shopping. I originally went in for a new pair of Mizunos but found these:


We found them here Sports Spot in Brevard. The owners are super cool and they hands down beat anyone in price!

¬†I definitely felt the “oo” after my 22 miler even if I looked like ew.

Salty, sweaty, and done.

I only have one more monster run left in this training cycle!! woohoo!

I plan on a more thorough review on the shoe next week aiming for a Tips and Tricks on rest and recovery post for Tuesday.

One last positive note: This past Saturday I was playing around with the idea of not running long. I just didn’t feel like it. I was exhausted. But as I strapped up and went on I kept thinking about my IRun4 buddy…I prayed for him and his family. He’s been in the hospital since December. So I prayed if there was any was that my running 20 miles would get him out of the hospital and home I would run it. So I ran it. I realize in no logical way my act of physically running could rescue him but if I knew it could, then I would run it in a heartbeat. So I pushed through and just kept running.

And you know what?

That very same day he was sent HOME!!! It was a miracle in my eyes. If you don’t run for #IRun4 I strongly suggest you sign up. Your life will be forever changed.

What’s your favorite thing about Spring?
Do you have any Spring races lined up?
Is it hard for you not to second guess your training?
Do you shop local?

Blessed and beautiful running.