September 19, 2014

bits & pieces of lately


















































This week was supposed to be a recovery week after a long weekend of RTB, it turned into more of a busy but fun week! I have signed up to take my board exam again which feels pretty good to get out of the way. The fall temperatures this week have been welcomed as well, puffy vests & riding boots for the win!

I also fulfilled two dreams of mine...

First, I got to meet Luke Bryan! Yep, I'm a country girl...but I also love pretty much any kind of music. One of my good friends was able to score us meet and greet passes before the concert so I was able to meet him and Lee Brice!!! I was pretty much speechless.

Second, I fed a GIRAFFE! I went to the Rochester fair with a friend and they had a giraffe you could feed!! I felt terrible for the animals that they had in cages there, I feel like they don't deserve or belong at the fair, but I still fed the poor guy. Giraffes are my all time favorite animal, I could spend hours at the zoo just looking at them, but to feed one! So. Cool.

Yesterday we went to a local farm and picked a small bag of apples. It is such a nice feeling to be able to go to a family run farm, when we lived in MA last year, the farms all felt so big business and the amount of people that were there last year was just insane. We plan to go a few more times so we didn't pick to much. It was perfect weather and almost no one there since it was a middle of a Thursday!

This weekend I am working, but looking forward to Sunday when I can relax and watch some football!

September 18, 2014

Reach the Beach 2014

200 miles 
24 hours
Cannon mountain to Hampton beach.

This was my first time doing reach the beach, a 12 or 6 team relay race from Cannon Mountain to Hampton beach. I was on a team of 12, 6 in each van. My dad was in my van which made running this event even more special! 

We left Dover, NH around 4am Friday morning after loading the van up. We had a start time of 7:45 from Cannon. Our van was van 2 which meant we went up to Cannon to see van 1 off, they ran the first 6 legs and then we booked it to Attitash where we tried to get some shut eye and food while we waited. Our first runner took off from Attitash around noon and our van ran the next 6 legs. 

My first leg was a pretty tough run, it seemed to be strait up hill the entire time and it even ended on a random grassy hill! My following two legs were wonderful and more just rolling hills. We had a really good group of people in our van which makes everything go a little better when you are spending more than 24 hours in a tight space with someone. We ran through the night which was a pretty fun experience, but also exhausting. Thankfully the adrenalin of the race and other people kept me going. 

We ended up crossing the finish line Saturday afternoon around 31 hours and an average team pace of 9 minute miles. I am already looking forward to next year! 

September 16, 2014

Tuesday's Top 3

I thought it would be fun to start a new series on tuesday called top 3. The categories will vary, and each category will have my favorite top 3!
Top 3 blogs (current favorites): 

Elise Joy...so creative & the most adorable little one.  

Where My Heart Resides...inspiring & encouraging.

Elizabeth Ivie...she has such a way with words. 

Top 3 Fall TV Shows:

Parenthood...it will make you cry and it will make you laugh.

Parks and Recreation...It will just make you laugh until the point of crying. 

The Newsroom...A really awesome concept and a dream come true for anyone wishing they were a news reporter. 

Top 3 Fall Essentials:

Puffer Vest...I have a navy one, but am definitely eyeing another one this year.

Riding Boots...all day everyday.

Plaid button up...how cozy does this look?