Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My longest run so far!

I'm sorry that I have been missing lately.  I have just felt so overwhelmed with life that I had to take a break.  But I'm here NOW!! I promise I'm back to twice a week updates and motivation!

As a lot of you know I have a half marathon coming up in just a few short weeks.  I have been training really hard.  This is not my first half but I decided to take the advice of a few runner friends of mine and do a couple really long runs to not only get the miles on my legs but to really challenge myself.  As I had told you before I struggle with my mental strength in running more than anything so this was a good way for me to show myself that I AM strong and capable of so much more than I give myself credit!

When I long run I don't worry about time just distance.  I'm just out there to put miles on my legs.  I try to keep my pace some where around 30 secs to a min slower than my race pace but really just keep myself moving forward.  I don't listen to music either which I know is strange but running is my time to really talk to God and look around and notice things I normally wouldn't. We live in a suburb but in just a few short miles I can be out in the middle of the country.  There are always new houses and views! 

I have a typical long run route but as my miles keep going up I have really struggled with how to get the miles I need. On this particular run I was supposed to run 15 miles.  My normal route sets up well for about 10 but anything over that I have to repeat part of the run or run around our neighborhood which I find really boring. So my wonderful husband (who grew up in this area) checked out a map and showed me a pretty easy route that would get me pretty close to 15!  It was really nice to have a new route and see new things.  One of the things I saw was this cemetery that had a tank in it.  I'm assuming there were some military buried there but I didn't stop to read the sign.  Just a quick stop to grab a picture! 

I always love to take a runfie (a running selfie) when I get back that explains how I felt either during the run or directly after.  I think this picture explains exactly how I felt after this run.  The run itself felt pretty good too.  But this "OH MY GOSH YEAH!" face sums up how I felt! So I ran 15 miles in 2:55:54 total.  My average pace was 11:43 which isn't too bad for a run that long.  I am pretty happy with how my training has gone this year.  I struggled a bit at the end of this run.  Something about 14 miles I got really upset and frustrated feeling like I was still so far from home and was just struggling.  But as soon as I crossed the major road that leads me home I got a second wind or something and finished strong.  

 With only a few weeks until my first half of the year I am feeling really good.  I'm kind of nervous as I'm going for a PR (personal record) but I have done the work. I have pushed myself, I have eaten healthy, & drank more water. I am into my tapering weeks and I'm nervously excited to be breaking in new shoes (more on that to come) and getting ready to get that PR!

Love, Lacey

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014

It's that time again where I tell you what I got in my Ipsy Glam Bag!  If you don't know what Ipsy is, it's a monthly subscription service.  You pay $10 a month and you receive 4-5 sample or full size products and a great little makeup bag. If you are interested click here!

This month the products came in this cute orange polka dot pencil style bag. It is really cute and I think would be great for a highschooler to take personal items to school! 

The first thing I pulled out is this sample size of the Forever Blush from Coastal Scents. I have used eye shadows from coastal scents so I had high hopes for this blush duo.  As you can see one is more of a bronzer or a contour color called Fresh and the other is a nice bright rosey pink called Elegant.  The sample is a bit small so it makes it a little hard to get the product out but when you do . . . WOW!  The pigmentation on these is amazing!  A little goes a LONG way! The full size of these are a great price at $7.95!  Here is the link to Coastal Scents Forever Blush if you are interested! 

Next up is a sample of the new Urban Decay mascara called Perversion. I'm not bothered by high end mascara.  I have never really used it or spent the money on it. I tried this and I must say I REALLY like it!  I'm not sure I could see spending $22 on mascara but it is a good formula!  It is a VERY VERY VERY black mascara that makes your lashes look thick and dark.  I do like it and will probably use all of the sample but I don't see myself buying the full size. But here is the link in case you want to! 

Here is the sample size of Extra-gentle dry shampoo with oat milk by Klorane. I had never heard of this brand but I do love a good dry shampoo to give my hair some body and texture.  I have tried this several times and I can't say it's anything amazing but it does its job.  It also smells nice which is a bonus.  The full size is $19.50 and you could buy it here if you want! 

Next is a black silk mini kajal kohl-liner from Lord & Berry.  This is a tiny little pencil! The color is a nice dark black and as with most coal liners it smudges out easily.  If you are looking to do a smokey look this would be great.  But if you are looking for a stay all day black liner this is not the one! Their website is down at the time I'm writing this so I can't give you a price but the here is the link when it gets back up and running!

And last is an every day nothing special to write home about lip balm!  This is the Jersey Shore Sun MONGONGO nutrient dense anti-aging lip conditioner.  I have the flavor Mandarin Green Orange Ginger.  I'm not sure what all the means but for me it's just ok.  This is the one I would keep as a back up or throw it in the travel bag. The smell is nice and it goes on smoothly but it's not anything I'm going to rush to buy!  If you want to try it here is the link!

Disclaimer:  I buy the Ipsy bag with my own money and all opinions are my own.  If you subscribe to Ipsy using my link I will get points to earn more make up but I am not financially compensated. Also the links for the products are simply to the websites I do not get anything from you clicking on or buying from these sites! 

Love, Lacey

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Product Review! Rubbermaid Shaker Bottle

I was recently chosen by Bzzagent.com to review a a new shaker bottle by Rubbermaid. Bzzagent.com sent me this shaker bottle for free but the opinions are definitely my own!  First I have to say I am a little late writing this review (Ok I've been a little MIA lately in general!) but it's because I wanted to really give this shaker bottle all the challenges & use it in all the ways that I thought I might use it.  So here goes with my review! (I feel so professional!)

Here is the new shaker bottle.  From what I can tell it currently comes in two colors.  This is the pink & purple color.  They also have a grey & green color. The bottle itself is 20 oz or 600 ml and retails for around $10.

A few things I LOVE about this bottle.  First it is ALL dishwasher safe!  So after I make my shake I simply rinse it out and then throw everything in the dishwasher.  I can't handle hand washing anything. I'm a busy mom that doesn't have time for that!  Second the lid is a HUGE plus.  On regular shaker bottles the lid snaps closed and I always worry that it's not closed and that my shake is going to be all over the kitchen or van.  The lid on this bottle screws closed like on a pop bottle.  I was SO happy to see this feature.  I don't have to worry that the lid is secretly open and I'm about the drench myself with shake.  Third I love the "ball" that mixes the ingredients together. 

Look at that mixer ball!  It is a completely plastic star shaped paddle ball.  It is super easy to rinse and mixes everything perfectly!  I wanted to make sure I REALLY gave it the test so here are some things I mixed without any issues!

I mixed up 2 different protein powders with water.  Absolutely no issues with lumps or not getting mixed or the powder getting stuck in the ball.  It mixed perfectly!

I also mixed protein powder, yogurt, and water.  NO ISSUES!!  Absolutely no lumps or issues with things getting stuck!  It was a great smoothie style option!

And last but not least I wanted to use it as a water bottle.  I take water with me everywhere and I like to bring a reusable bottle so I can just fill it up anywhere I go. And this worked amazing!  I even gave it to the kids to test out.  Because you know anything that is mine is really theirs too! Could they open the screw top lid? They answer was a resounding YES!! Did they have any issues drinking out of it? Absolutely NOT!  They loved it! Mr. D even asked if he could get one for himself!  I might actually look into that because I just love this bottle so much!

I would highly recommend this bottle if you are looking for a good high quality shaker bottle. It would be worth it in my opinion just to use for water.  I love it that much!!

And the most exciting thing?!  I have coupons to give away!!!!!  I have 6 coupons for $1.50 off the bottle to give away!  So leave a comment below telling me if you have every used a shaker and what would you use this shaker to mix! I will draw 6 names at random and send you the coupon!!

Love, Lacey

Monday, August 11, 2014

Running Recap 8/04 - 8/09

Hello!!  Good Morning!  I'm currently writing this at 7 am. Yes that is early for me. We have been sleeping in like crazy this summer but it's all coming to an end on Wednesday. I got up at my normal "school" time and woke up the boys.  Neither were very excited.  But I thought I would give you my run recap for this week!

I forgot to take a picture from my run on Monday. But I did find this inspirational picture from a girl I follow on instagram.  "amandajaks"  If you don't follow her, go do it, and tell her I sent you!  And if you don't follow me on instagram go find me!  It's LoveLacey365 . On Monday I ran my usual Monday miles with Kellie.  4 miles in 46:35 which is not too bad.  We don't really push too hard on Mondays we really just get out and enjoy. 

 Next up I did some speed work on Thursday. I decided to do a nice 4 mile progressive run. So I got on the treadmill and went for it.  I was pretty happy with this run other than it was HOT and the treadmill drains me mentally.  But it's all good training for my longer runs!

Anyone else drip sweat while they are on the treadmill? This is from my elbow?!  I'm not sure how but I sweat like a dude when I run on the mill.  Oh well.  That's just more strength (and another glass of wine) for me.

Saturday was to be a nice long run. It was supposed to be 11 miles so I fueled up with this AMAZING salad.  I couldn't get out until about 2 pm so I wanted to make sure I got a good breakfast & lunch. 

We had rented a couple movies Friday night and they needed to go back so I literally ran them back.  The store is only about half a mile or so from our house so it was just adding to my long run.  After this is where my run went downhill FAST!!  I went on my normal route but there was a really strong headwind.  At one point I was pushing as hard as I could and was only running a 11:30/12 min mile?!  That got really old really quickly and started to break me mentally.  Between the wind and the extremely hot sun I started to fade fast! At mile 3 (just a little over) I had to sit down under a little tree.  The one bad thing about my usual running route is that it is full sun. There are really no trees unless you go into some one's yard (which I may have done!). 

I stopped at around mile 5 to grab some water from Mr. J's grandparents. I was really spent by this point but I was at my turn around point (to head towards home) and I wasn't going to give up.  Well bless Mr. J's grandmother (who is English and just about the sweetest little thing ever!!) she called my father-in-law and told him that she thought he should go pick me up. He found me at mile 7.17 sitting down in some shade. He didn't really ask if I needed a ride, he basically told me to get in.  And he took me home while he told me all about his recent surgery. 

At first I was really upset that I had quit. I am not one to quit.  I usually would have run myself to death before I would quit. But after I got home and took a shower I realized that stopping my run was probably the best idea.  I'm pretty sure I would have had heat stroke if I would have continued. I was already having troubles moving, and when I got home my head started pounding.  I took a cool shower, got some food, and took a nap! I felt better physically after my nap but I'll be honest, I was still really mad that I quit.  I felt like I got a DNF (did not finish). It still bums me out to be honest. But I have to put my health first. I won't finish any run if I'm injured or recovering from heat stroke. Well I feel great now and am ready to tackle this weeks runs!!  

Hope you all had a great week!!

Love, Lacey

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Running Recap 7/28 - 8/2

HELLO and Happy Saturday!  Can you believe it's already August! I'm not sure how that happened but  my boys start school in 11 days?! Where has the time gone?  I'm happy to report that even with taking last week off I still managed to log 65.93 miles for the month of July! Not the 100 I hoped for but I KNOW I will hit that goal this month! So let's talk about how my week went!

First up were my usual Monday miles with Kellie. I wasn't sure about the temperature so I decided to go with my very loud black and white capris and a pink tank top that I don't wear often.  The only problem? My headband didn't match! Oh the problems of a stunner (stylish runner). 

Kellie and I got out and crushed 4 nice paced miles. It felt really good!  This is my "I crushed it" face!

Here is my running partner on Wednesday (and by running I mean he napped while I pounded away on the treadmill!) begging me to let him on the bed. Mr. J was working late and I was laying down watching tv after my run. How could I say NO?! 

 Some fartlek style speed work on the treadmill. A nice duckface selfie to begin my run.  And I ended my run in the dark. It was kind of fun turning off all the lights and just running by the glow of the treadmill screen.

Thursday Mr. J came home early from work, so I got to run outside! It felt so good. Especially when it started raining and I got a few sprinkles on me. Unfortunately it waiting until after I got home to REALLY downpour but the few sprinkles felt nice. This was another nice paced 4 miles! The best part was as I was heading out of our subdivision a guy yelled at me "It's going to rain you'd better head back home!". I just laughed.  If only he knew me! 

And last but not least was my long run for this week. I had a rough day yesterday with a migraine and not eating or drinking very well but I was determined not to let that set me back in my training. This is my I'm awake but not ready to move face! I really need to buy a few other headbands! LOL

Here are some of the chickens I was telling you about a few weeks ago.  They weren't out the first time I passed their house but on my way back they were ALL out! I think there were 2 roosters that were crowing at me and maybe 8 hens clucking around. They were so pretty! I wish I could have stopped and taken more pictures. They were not just the regular white chickens or the red ones. They were black and white and some were speckled. They looked so happy running in the bean field and around their yard. I love chickens!

And that's me DONE for the week! I had a rough go of my run this morning. Between the migraine and the lack of food and water yesterday, it was a tough morning. My stomach hurt off and on making me very nauseous a few times. My hip hurt at one point, my one calf, and an ab muscle. I was a hot mess but I got in my 10 miles and did it with a time that I'm pretty happy about!

So that gives me a total of  22.41 for the week! It only goes up from here!

Love, Lacey

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lake Erie Love - Part 2 - 7/30/14

Welcome to part 2 of our family vacation!  If you missed it, go read part 1 NOW!  We are half way through our super fun week! Today we get to take a boat, a bus, and go underground!

We got up Wednesday morning and the weather was BEAUTIFUL!!  So we decided to take the ferry and head over to South Bass Island or as you may know it, Put-in-Bay! Although Mr. S doesn't look thrilled I promise he was excited!
There are my loves on the boat!  It was all the kids' first boat ride! I couldn't believe I'd never taken them before but here they are so excited to head to the island! We decided to take Miller's Ferry this time and it was a great ride for a great deal!  I would definitely recommend it! The staff was friendly and helpful.  The man announcing the ferry at one point said "If you don't know if you're going to Middle Bass Island, You aren't going to Middle Bass Island."  Mr. J and I laughed at that the rest of the day. 

Once we got to the island we needed to get downtown where all the shops and restaurants were. The cheapest and most fun for the kids was the "Downtown Bus" driven by the craziest "Captain Buck".  This was just an old school bus that takes you into town for cheap! But this was Miss V's first time on a bus and she was very excited. The boys ride the bus to school each day so riding this bus was no big deal, other than they leave the door open. But Miss V was so excited to ride her first bus! 

We went to visit the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial while on the island.  It's a memorial to the men who died in the battle of Lake Erie in 1813 during the war of 1812. It was really beautiful memorial. We decided not to go the top but I have heard that the view is amazing! 

Next up was a great treat for the whole family! We did a combination cave & winery tour.  The kids really wanted to see the cave and I really wanted to do a wine tasting.  Best of both worlds! The Heineman winery & crystal cave was a great deal for our family!  First up the crystal cave!

Sorry to this tour guide but this picture makes me laugh. Apparently the crystal cave isn't actually a cave at all, it's the world's largest geode.  A basic geode looks like a rock but when you crack it open it's full of crystals.  This one was found when miners were looking for water for the winery. The walls and ceiling were covered in these beautiful white crystals. They even told us that the Smithsonian had come and taken a large piece of it. She also pointed to one specific crystal and said it weighed around 120 pounds! It was really neat to see.

Next we went through the winery and how they made wine. I love doing wine tours. I think it's interesting how the different wineries make their wine and how they do the blends. This was a great tour and the lady had a lot of great information for us! 

LOVE this picture of all the wines (minus the random guy's hand). 

Next up, and conveniently right across the street, was Perry's cave.  This was an actual cave that we were somewhere around 50+ feet underground.  This was a really neat cave. There is a lot of history and interesting stories about this cave. 

Perry's cave even has an underground river.  The water is crystal clear despite what this picture looks like.  They said there was even an underground opening in this river that divers swam through to see if they could find an opening into lake Erie. Our tour guide was hilarious and had us laughing all the way through!  Well worth the money! 

Lastly on the island I wanted to visit the other winery (I couldn't show favorites!). The Putt-in-Bay winery is just outside of downtown on the GORGEOUS Doller House Estate.  I didn't have time to do the full tour but it sounded so interesting so I guess we will have to go back.  Not only did they offer wine tasting but they also had grape juice for the kids.  So we bought them a bottle of juice and went to sit outside on the beautiful ground while I had my wine tasting. 

Catawba white grape juice! Delicious! 

There is my flight of wine for my tasting.  They had so many places to sit and things to do. They really made this a great place to get a bottle of wine and relax for the afternoon.  We didn't have time for that either but we did sit for about 20 minutes and really relax and just enjoy our time as a family. Mr. S even had me rate each of the wines that I was tasting.  He is too funny! 

Pretending to stomp grapes the old fashion way! 

We were definitely sad to leave the island. I want to go back and explore some more. I think Mr. J and I might have to go alone for a weekend get away.  This would be a really fun couples trip!  I feel like we only saw a small part of the island. There was a nature preserve I wanted to see and so much more. We will definitely be back South Bass Island!  

Question of the day!
Have you ever been to Put-in-Bay? What was your favorite part?

Love, Lacey

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lake Erie Love - Part 1 - 7/28/14

This past week Mr. J and I took the kids to Lake Erie for a little Clark W. Grisworld family vacation!  If you are the only person on the planet who still hasn't seen "National Lampoon's Vacation" GO DO IT!!  It is rated R so may not be good for your littles but for a date night it's definitely worth it.  It's too funny! 

I started our road trip just like every good road trip should start . . . With COFFEE!!!! We stopped at a Starbucks because that was what was close and it tasted amazing!  I LOVE my coffee if you don't know!

We spent the entire day Tuesday at the beach.  My uncle has one of those canopies that you can put up to shelter yourself. So we put that up and literally only left the beach to each lunch.  It was the perfect day! The weather was hot but not too hot and the water was cold but not too cold!  Even Spider-man helped us build some sand castles. So much fun and we all got some sun and enjoyed the time together. 

On Wednesday it was looking a little rainy and dark so we decided to check out the visitor's center to see what they would recommend for a rainy day and the rest of our trip.  What an AWESOME place!  If you are ever in Port Clinton, OH go to the visitor's center!  It is really neat inside, lots of things to see and do, and the girls that work there had SOOOOO much information.  And coupons!  They gave us SO many coupons! Also if you go look for the fairy door!  She gives out special treats to the kids!  The kids had to get a picture with Wylie the Walleye! 

Something the visitors center recommended for a rainy day was the Liberty Aviation Museum. My mom wanted to go and I thought the kids might like it, so off we went! The museum was really neat! It had a lot of World War II things. A lot about Henry Ford and his contribution to aviation (which I didn't know!).  They also talked a lot about the aviation system that ran between the islands to get supplies to the residents. 

 Here are just a few pictures from inside the hanger part of the museum.  The HUGE bomber "Georgie's Girl" was amazing! We were all amazed by the painting and the names. We also had fun trying to find all 13 guns located all over the plane.

 This plane was so cute too! I was amazed that they had full sized airplanes in the hanger for us to walk around and check out!

There we are posing in front of Georgie's Gal. We had a great first half of the week! And if you are wondering where all the pictures of food are . . . well I would have bored you to death! We ate at home every day!  Lots of hot dogs, deli meat, and burgers. This trip was more about sight seeing and spending time together. 

Question of the day!
Have you ever been to Lake Erie?! Where did you go? What did you do?!

Love, Lacey