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Five on a Friday!

It’s Friday! Yippie! Today I’m linking up with some lovely ladies for Friday Five! I have done it in a long while, so today seemed like the perfect day to join in.

1. I ran 7 miles this morning!

Longest distance since February and it felt pretty great! I went into my run with a clear head and positive attitude which really helped me push through the mileage. I had a conversation with some of the runners I’m training this week about what a positive attitude can do for a run. It’s so easy to get discouraged during training, especially in the Houston heat and humidity which still has yet to subside.

I believe that running distance is 75% mental. You have to be in a good place in your mind in order to keep going. Find a place to run that you enjoy the scenery; have an awesome playlist that you want to listen to. It’s all about finding something about your run that get’s you excited and makes you look forward to those long run days.

This morning I ran along the Houston Buffalo Bayou music free. It was nice to just have quiet time with myself to think about whatever popped into my mind. I had to stop twice for a minute to bring my heart rate down a bit, but other than that the run was smooth. Since having Chloe, my average heart rate is still elevated, so I’m trying to keep an eye on it when it spikes.

If you ever have any running questions, training questions or just need some extra motivation, please reach out to me! I love helping and talking to other runners.

2. Chloe has slept from about 9:00pm to 3:30-4:30am every night this week!

Quick mommy brag. I’m so proud of this girl and I appreciate the sleep. Like I said earlier this week, work is kicking my booty, so longer stretches of uninterrupted sleep is amazing. And here is a funny Chloe picture from this morning just because she makes the funniest faces when she wakes up and is so happy.

3. I’m currently obsessed with these foods. 

Amy’s is an easy, healthy lunch for me to heat up when I get home from work. I’m usually starving and Chloe is always starving, so I can make it fast after I feed that precious girl.
Bakery on Main Granola is just delicious. I know that granola can be loaded with calories and sugar, but it’s great in moderation and this stuff just tastes delicious.
Biscoff spread. It’s just amazing. I like it on toast, in my oatmeal, on rice cakes, pretty much most places that I would eat peanut butter. Again, not the best for you, but life is all a balancing act. Eat delicious, less than nutritious things in moderation and you’ll be so much happier.
Quest Bars are an easy way for me to get protein in the mornings at work. I can throw one into my lunch box and eat it after my morning clients. There is some controversy on whether these are truly considered “healthy” for you. In my own opinion, they’re a great way to get protein with less carbs. As a breastfeeding mother, I need protein for Chloe and this is an easy way for me to get it on a busy day at work!


Amy’s Light & Lean Spaghetti Italiano
Bakery on Main Nutty Cranberry Maple
Biscoff Crunch Cookie Spread
Quest Bars

4. Having a baby makes you reconnect with so many people.

It’s amazing! I have reconnected with friends from high school and college that are in similar places in life. Now being a mom also makes doing things a bit harder, so I haven’t met up with a lot of them yet, but it’s in our future for sure. It’s so special to have people to share this experience with other people who have little ones or are pregnant. You have someone ask questions, have playdates and just talk to/vent/etc.

5. I hope the Aggies BTHO Alabama tomorrow!

{That’s “Beat the hell outta” for you non-Aggies out there wondering what the heck I’m talking about.} Football season is the best time of year, especially since it encompasses all the holidays too! We’re heading off to College Station after lunchtime, and I can’t wait to see our family and then tailgate and watch the Ags!

Here are some tailgating pictures from our game exactly a year ago. It’s too bad that it’s not cool enough to wear boots…or even pant/leggings yet! That just goes to show how hot October has been this year.

Happy Friday y’all! Have a wonderful, safe weekend and I’ll be back next week!

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