Doing it for me

Happy Wednesday everyone! I am coming off a high of a great race last weekend and then this morning seeing two different Instagram posts that just got me fired up. Fired up in a good way. Last weekend my husband and I both ran the Sunshine Run 10K here in Austin. Last year, I only ran the 5K. I had never run a 10K race but have run 2 half marathon's between last year's Sunshine Run and this year's.

I am ALWAYS a little anxious for races; some more than others. I can be snappy to B with "Hurry up and park. Get your stuff and let's get to the start line!" I don't mean it at all. It's all the adrenaline, and he knows it. I mean, I cried before my first half because I was legit scared and because I couldn't believe that it was actually happening. I've said it once, & I'll say it again...the man is a saint for putting up with me.

I am the first to admit that I am not fast. I am not out to be first, second or third. [Side note: Yes, I would love to get there someday maybe, but right now, it's about me.] I am out to race against myself. To be better than what I ran in the race before. Every race gets better and better. This past race, I had under a 10 minute mile the entire time. This is huge for me. I am usually always pretty comfortable around 9:30-10 minute miles. But to be under it the entire time, and having to walk up a steep hill partially, I was STOKED. This was a PR for me. I am not sure that some people understand fully what that means.

I run because I love the adrenaline I get on race days even if I can be crab before the start gun goes off. I run because I love breakfast tacos a little too much. But first and foremost, I run to be better than the runner me before. 

Second thing I am fired up about this morning....race pictures. One of my most favorite runner Instagrams is "MilePosts." She always is so upbeat, so encouraging, and so REAL.Go follow her if you aren't already. She posted this morning comparing 2 pictures from 2 different races. Her post was to show the difference in her legs - one picture with cellulite and one picture with toned legs. A lot of us get so caught up in posting the "perfect" picture because that's what social media has turned into these days. I am definitely victim to this. It is my wish to encourage EVERYONE who's out there getting after it. Post your pictures no matter what race you did, how you placed, or how gross/sweaty you may feel. YOU. EARNED. IT.

I always get so excited when I see someone out there. You can tell they're uncomfortable. You can tell that it hurts them. You can tell that they'd just rather not be out there. I always get a huge smile on my face and make sure they know they are doing a great job. I passed runners this weekend who I was just SO excited for. "GET AFTER IT GIRL!" "You are a doing a great job!" "Keep it up!" Let me tell you, it goes a long way. When you want to quit and someone is there noticing how hard you're trying, the encouragement goes for miles. No pun intended.

So if you are thinking about starting to run or maybe you are running, but you aren't ready to take the next step and sign up for a race, do it! I know it's hard. I know it's scary. I know you might feel like you are the only one out there just busting your a** to get a mile in, but I am PUMPED for you. I will be your biggest cheerleader. If you are in Austin, I would love to run with you. I would love to race with you. I would love to encourage you.

I am not a professional runner by any means. I am just excited for you to get out there and try your best...at whatever it may be. Be a better you than the day before. We all start somewhere.


Five On Friday -- BFFs Wedding Recap!

Happy Friday. And Happy CINCO DE MAYO!!!! I will be finding myself some tacos and a margarita tonight. This was a short week for me, but it has still been dragging.

Last weekend was spent in Charleston for one of my BFFs weddings...and I think our entire group has all been recovering ever since. We always have so much fun together and when the group is ALL together, it's just insane. We hadn't all been together in one place since my wedding, I think. This is pretty much a picture dump but I hope you enjoy it.

{1} My friend's wedding was on Sunday. We actually got into town that Friday and really jumped into the festivities. We stopped by and saw my Grandmomma and took her out to lunch and then headed over to our friends' house where we were staying. All of us back together is just pure joy. Lots of laughing, drinking, and catching up.

{2} Saturday was rehearsal and rehearsal brunch at Tavern and Table on Shem Creek. It was wonderful. I can't explain to y'all what smelling that salt water and pluff mud does for my soul. It was so good to be back at home! That night the rest of us hit downtown for dinner and drinks on King Street, Stars & Republic to be exact.

{3} Wedding day came and our bride was a beautiful as ever. We had so much fun getting ready and having hair and make up done. I HIGHLY recommend Charleston Lash and Beauty. They were awesome ladies!!

{4} I gave my matron of honor speech and was SO nervous. It was very personal to both the bride and groom. I don't ever do 'generic.' It was my first speech ever and my friends said I did a great job. It was a blur to me!!

{5} Monday came so quick and both B and I were DEAD. We were up early to drive to the airport and return the rental and head back to Austin.

The weekend was so wonderful and we miss our friends dearly. I may or may not have bawled at the very end of the wedding and told my friends, "Please don't go home yet. I miss you too much." Heavy pours of wine and good times with our best friends will get me every time. They are all family to me.

I've got a 10K this Sunday with Brian so I'm hoping I can rally for that. This almost 30 year old lady just can't quite recover like she used to! Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!!


Instagram/Weekend Round Up!

I started this post yesterday, but Monday just totally kicked my butt. So here we are Tuesday! Seriously, weekends are just too short. Regardless, this week will be flying since it is a short week for us. We fly to CHARLESTON (my hometown for those of you who don't know) on Friday BRIGHT & EARLY for one of my best friend's weddings!

I thought I'd share briefly with y'all weekend outfits. It got a bit chilly & windy this past weekend in Austin. We were supposed to have friends in town this weekend, but unfortunately they couldn't make it last minute.We were bummed!!

Friday night we did a little date night and tried out El Burro over off S. Lamar. I wouldn't recommend it. We walked over to The Alamo Drafthouse bar call The Highball. It was neat and we definitely want to come back and watch a movie there. They have dinner & cocktails & reallyyyyy nice chairs from what I hear. I was dying to wear some of my purchases from Loft.

I feel like I could have gone down a size in the shorts. Lately, I feel like Loft is running a bit large on me (but hey that isn't a bad thing right?!). These shorts a ridiculously comfortable & they are nice and cool for the hot summer that's ahead. You could dress these up even more or dress them down. It's your choice. Very versatile. And the top, get 'em y'all. They just go with everything. I picked up another in the color "Light Prairie Blue."

Since Saturday was Earth Day, I wanted to get out and walk Town Lake with Gopher. We grabbed coffees on the way. It was a little misty and windy, but it lightened up and we had a nice time walking and talking. Usually every time we are at Town Lake, we are out running. It was really nice to spend time that way. We ended up doing 4 miles round trip and Gopher was TIRED. He is normally the kind of dog who stands up the ENTIRE car ride. On the way home, he laid down. HA! He is technically a "senior," but he is still pretty spry.

Saturday was spent at two new breweries, Live Oak Brewing & Friends and Allies. Live Oak was beautiful because it was surrounded by, you guessed it, Live Oaks. It's right near the airport and really pretty. They have the industrial string lights through the oaks with lots of picnic tables. It would be so nice to go at night when it wasn't so blustery. Only thing here...no dogs allowed. Sorry guys!

I recently bought this sweater from Loft. I was thinking to myself, Haley, you're in Texas. You aren't going to be wearing this anytime soon. Well guess what!? Saturday proved worthy of this summer sweater. It is soft and not itchy at all. The stitch in it is large so it gives you that beachy feel. 

Friends and Allies was our last stop and it was pretty cool. They were having their grand opening. It was PACKED. And if you want to bring your dog...this is the place. Dogs were EVERYWHERE. I was in heaven.

I am thinking about doing a haul on some recent items I've purchased from Sephora & Ulta. Stay tuned for that later this week.


Weekend Recap: Easter 2017

Happy Monday y'all! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. Ours started early with Good Friday off. Actually, we hit up Grassy Thursday at a local brewery called St. Elmo. Y'all it was so fun! They had several guys and a girl playing bluegrass. I felt right at home. We are definitely going back! It won't take much to get Brian to go.

I really wanted to "sleep in" on Friday, but I got my butt up for a 6:15 workout on the east side of town with a new trainer starting at CG. Who knew I liked track workouts?! I grabbed a coffee at one my favorite shops afterwards. B ended up having to work a half day but turned out okay.

We had a late seafood lunch at Clark's. My husband grew up Catholic and is for the most part still practicing so during Lent, it's always seafood on Fridays. I ain't complaining. It's funny because I grew up in the Baptist church and some of the Catholic ways are just mind blowing to me. At the start of Lent, B went to Ash Wednesday during his lunch...the priest put it so eloquently... "If it's got feet, ya can't eat." So now I always joke that.

Clark's is probably hands down one of my absolute favorites in Austin. From the food to the ambiance, it's just fantastic. It will put a hole in your pocket but when you are far away from the beach, and you're FROM the beach, it's worth it.

Saturday I had a hair appointment...just for a trim since we have one of my best friend's weddings coming up in 2 short weeks. Everyone will be reunited and I am so excited!! I stopped by the mall after and picked up a couple things. I got this sweater from Loft (They are having 50% off right now and free shipping with code CYBER.) and my first (gasp) items from Lululemon: here & here. {Disregard that dirty mirror and pile of laundry needing to be folded...real life folks.}

That afternoon we had a crawfish boil with our neighbors... T H I R T Y pounds, y'all! It was CRAZY! Oh and don't forget, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn too. Needless to say, we are having crawfish/shrimp etoufee for dinner tonight. Stay tuned!

Sunday we went to church and of course it was packed. We actually had to sit outside the sanctuary in the little room before you walk in. It was insane. Great service & lunch at Opa! afterwards. We were super low key the rest of the afternoon which was wonderful.

And back to it today, I have GOT to kick my butt in gear. The Easter candy y'all! It is the devil. It really is my favorite of all the seasons...I just love everything in pastel wrappers or shaped like eggs. So. dang. cute. I'll leave you with this cute picture of our pup.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

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