Fitblogger Race Recap

October 31, 2011

First - HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Second - So, today I went to check out my friend Carols feature post on fitblogger  (congrats carol!) and I was so surprised/excited to see my face on the homepage as well!

look there is carol... and me 2 pictures below her on fitblogger!


I had heard about fitblogger.ca from Carol and have been reading it for the last few weeks. I decided to submit my Frogtown Trail Challenge race recap and it was accepted (see it on fitblogger here)! The Frogtown race was what got me into running and I am pumped about having the opportunity to share my experience with others. I am looking forward contributing more to fitblogger in the future!

Also, stay tuned for another post soon about my Halloween weekend which involved an axe, horrible bocce ball playing (my dad would be ashamed at how bad), dry ice, pumpkin goodies (did you expect anything else from me?), and multiple couple costumes!

Here is a sneak peek (I know you were dying for one)!!




Bday Surprise (insert catchy blog post title here)

October 29, 2011

As editor-in-chief (I use that term very loosely) of most of YellowWishbone's posts, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself: the husband. I'm the dude that has to live with this growing blog-monster all hyped up on Rockstar, baked goods, and House Hunters International. This guy got signed up to run a 4.5 mile trail run and a 5k because it sounded "fun." I'm all about athletics, but let's be honest, I haven't run more than a mile in over 5 years and I'm a washed up has-been that just coaches these days - although I still refuse to give up ANY points to my high school wrestlers.

Anyway, I digress. Why am I rambling like an idiot and posting to this site, you ask? Well I decided I should probably recognize my wife's birthday. (Thank you for your applause.) It's next Saturday, and we will actually be standing at the altar watching 2 of our best friends get married. While Traci is stoked about the wedding being on her birthday, I know she really likes attention, so I decided I would dedicate another day out of the year to her 25th birthday. While this is 4 days short of her normal birthday celebration period, I figured she would still be excited.

I try to surprise her with stuff, but I haven't done that in a while. The last thing I did was the week of our wedding (4/24/10), and it wasn't executed very well...just ask her sister. After I edited (really just spell-checked) her last post, I came up with a great idea to go undercover and post to YellowWishbone. She is having to read through this post to get to the end and get her present. I thought about challenging her to a Wii deathmatch or a beer shotgun contest, but she has important things to do today so I will just make her read quickly.

Well if I'm going through this hassle, I'm at least going to get some major points. So she gets breakfast in bed. And since it's 2am I am just hoping she doesn't get a wild hair and goes for a run in the morning or my plan is busted like Lindsay Lohan. So I went clepto on some of her old post pictures, and I will use them here since I am clearly not going to be snapping philotos in the morning because then I would have to upload them and her food would get cold. Who should be forced on their birthday to eat lukewarm eggs in bed? That's just rude. So here's what's on the menu for the morning:

this is what the eggs will look like when i crack them
and this is how delish they will look when i am finished with them
not that turkey bacon crap - real bacon
perhaps i will make them a tad crispier than this - food poisoning is not a good bday present


cream cheese danish - this looked easier than biscuits or muffins
best OJ no chall
she loves lilies, and i believe this is a yellow lily but don't feel like Googling right now to confirm
Ok so at this point everything is good to go, I'm about to go to bed, and then the camera decides to make me look like an idiot. After wanting to throw the camera through the wall (hey, now I would know what to get her for Christmas), I finally went into the bedroom and made Traci fix it. I don't know, something with light and zoom made it stop working. I think it was just maybe PMSing. At this point I'm thinking she knows what's up because I told her the closet was off limits and that she was not allowed to go in the room and take the picture for me.

By now I know Traci is about to pull her hair out because she can't stand not knowing what her present is, so now you have to go get it TraTra. Here is a picture hint:


It's that little label you love in the corner!

Traci is too busy putting the boots on right now, so I figured I would be courteous enough to show you what they look like.

I am a horrible camera man

I picked these bad boys up from Dillard's a couple days ago. I recently decided I wanted to buy her a pair of shoes for her birthday. I have only bought her one pair before, but they were sweet and she liked them too. I went in looking for some heels, pumps, mary janes, or wedges (impressive diction, I know). I realize I don't know that much about chick shoes, but I love them. I think they are sexy as all get out, and I love me some sick shoes. After realizing that it was Fall and there were more boots out than sexy stilettos, I settled for boots. Bobby at Dillard's helped me decide between the ones I got, and a pair of Coach boots that he said he didn't like as much:

the coach ones i saw were brown
I expect you to reply and tell me which ones are better.

I think this was a good idea, but I don't know who is really getting punk'd in this situation: Traci for me posting to her blog or me. Traci is peaced out in the bed, resting up for Oktoberween in Helen tomorrow (I'm sure she will blog about this) while it's 2:25am and I am writing a blog post. Omg I'm officially a blogger. Oh well I just joined Twitter this week too. I don't think I have a real problem until I start checking TMZ.

Happy 25th Birthday, Sugarbritches! I know you would've rather me cut my hair or not shaved a mustache this morning for our Helen trip, but you love me anyway!!!

Go Dawgs,
Steven

Manly Bacony Meatloaf

October 26, 2011

Growing up I thought my mom made the best meatloaf. Granted - it was probably the only meatloaf I ever ate, but I loved it nonetheless. As I've gotten older and started cooking for someone other than myself, I tried to find ways to adapt old recipes into something new that Steven will like too.

This manly, bacony (turkey) meatloaf is just that. A mix of what my mom used to make but with a twist. The bacon meatloaf is super easy (my cooking mantra) and is great because I already had most of these ingredients on hand.

Ingredients:
Bacon (or turkey bacon)
Ground turkey (or beef)
Bread crumbs
2 eggs
3 garlic cloves
1/4 of an onion
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Black pepper
A pinch of allspice


First, chop a quarter of an onion.



Mince the 3 cloves of garlic and add it to the onions.



Shred the parmesan cheese and add to the mixture.



Throw the ground turkey in and add two eggs.




a thought for your tuesday...

October 25, 2011

I found this image on fb and it definitely made me pause and think about life. (I am not sure what the original source is, but enjoy!)





We gave 'em hell! - Oakland Cemetery Run Like Hell 2011

October 24, 2011

Over the last few weeks, really since the Frogtown Trail Challenge, I have stepped up my running game. As I previously mentioned, running was never something I thought I could do. I didn't think I could ever be like those people running through Piedmont Park with ease or like the people at my gym on the treadmill for 30 minutes at a time. I have come to find out that I can do both of those things!

how I used to feel about running (source)

The week after the Frogtown race I logged 7 total miles (which doesn't seem like much, but to me that was huge), and this week I ran 8 miles. I ran my 3 miles Saturday by completing Oakland Cemetery's "Run Like Hell 5k" with Steven and my friend Carol.

Steven and I signed up for this 5k before we came off our high from the trail run, and soon after I convinced Carol to sign up too. (This was the perfect opportunity to run my first 5k and also visit this historic cemetery that I had been wanting to go to! I know... I'm weird, I want to go to a cemetery.)

Oakland Cemetery

This race was so much fun! Steven and I woke up at 7 and headed down to the cemetery around 7:30. (The race started at 9 and we only live 20 minutes away, but Steven is super paranoid about being late. I also wanted make sure we got a good parking spot and had plenty of time in case there was some sort of freak accident this Saturday morning.)


ready to go!

Once Steven and I got there we walked to "Lion Square" where you could pick up your registration packet. (We had picked up our shirts and race numbers a few days prior, but needed to grab safety pins to attach our bibs.) I took this opportunity to lug my huge camera around and take some pictures. (Visiting Oakland Cemetery is on my list of 25-by-25, so I definitely wanted to document our time there before the race began.)






After taking some pictures and walking around to keep warm, Steven and I went back to the car to attach our numbers and I shed some clothing layers. I was afraid I would get hot in long sleeves, but it was freezing even with the sun out! I ended up grabbing a cardigan that was in my car to throw on over my shirt (I seriously own a million sweaters and they are everywhere. Steven says my collection would put any grandma's cardigan collection to shame). This was the perfect solution because I could still keep warm, but I didn't have to worry about covering up my race number or moving it if I took off my outerwear. At this point Carol had arrived and we were off to meet her!

after we met up with Carol (thanks for the pic!)

Steven and I met Carol back at Lion Square which was right by the starting line. We all had so much fun people-watching for about 15 minutes until the race started. One of the best parts of this race was that there was also a costume contest and people went all out! I saw a Georgia fire ant, a crab, a cardboard box medieval solider (seriously one of the coolest costumes ever!), a teletubby, and a zombie "Toddler's and Tiara's" contestant, just to name a few. I loved everyones creativity and think we are definitely dressing up next year!

people watching
best costume ever! (carols pic)

At 8:50 the three of us headed to the starting area where we stood around like cattle until it was time to go. The beginning of this race was tough because there were so many people jammed into such a narrow stretch of the cemetery. Everyone was running into one another and it was hard to get past that walk/run/trot phase at the beginning of a race. Steven basically took off running in a small gutter space and Carol and I followed suit.



Carol and I quickly got into a groove running at an 11-minute/mile pace. There was one killer hill on this route that I was happy to take a small break and walk up, but otherwise we ran pretty much the whole time. Around the 2-mile marker I could see Steven up ahead, and I broke away from Carol and tried to catch him. I eventually got to him, and we played cat and mouse passing each other every 20 seconds or so. Steven and I both got punked as we were coming up to the starting line. We both thought that it was the finish so we ran hard only to realize people were still running after they crossed the sign (and there was no timer or people cheering on the finishers). After this I was almost spent but pushed myself to continue running, telling myself that finish line was around each turn. I ran about another 1/2 mile with the encouragement of the volunteers fueling me and came up the last hill in the cemetery to the finish line! (It was at this point that I definitely started to realize how mental running can be.)

My goal for this race was to finish under 40 minutes. As someone who is not a confident outdoor runner I would have been happy to finish around 38 minutes, especially with the hills and all the people. Imagine my surprise as I crossed the finish line at 32:40!

after the race!

32:40!!! That is quicker than I have been running on the treadmill at the gym! I was so excited, and exhausted, that I walked right past the woman handing out the timing cards. I had a small panic attack when I realized this because there were no timing chips for the race. It was probably 2 minutes before I realized that I didn't have a card like everyone else around me and quickly ran back to get one. I was assured that this would not mess with my time, just my overall standing. :(

Even with the card mixup I was still so excited about my time when I found Steven and Carol. They both did awesome too! Steven ended up finishing 35 seconds after me and Carol finished about a minute after that (killing her last PR!!!).

after we all crossed the finish line! (carols pic)

I don't know if I can say enough how great this race was. Once again, there were great volunteers and all the racers were enthusiastic and encouraging. There is zero chance that we will not sign up for this again next year!

Steven and me after we finished!

In addition to having a fun Saturday morning, and crossing an Oakland Cemetery visit off my 25-by-25, I am so excited about the confidence in running that this race has given me. The more I run, the more I am starting to feel like a "runner" and believe that I can complete races and keep going further and further distances.

Stay tuned for more running news and a link to Carol's race pictures! Also, I am already eyeing a 10k in December! :)







Happy Friday

October 21, 2011

Hope you have a wonderful fall friday and enjoy your weekend!



(ps - don't judge my health choices... it's friday.. one donut on friday doesn't count, or so i tell myself!)

xo, Traci

Boden Clothing Favorites

Somehow I got signed up for the Boden USA mailing list a few months ago. I don't get their emails, just the catalog, and I love everything in it! (Apparently Boden is a London based company, but now sells their clothes online in the US, etc.)

After looking through a few of their catalogs, and online, I am totally into their clothes and accessories. They are made in great bright fall colors and are a little on the conservative side, which makes a lot of their pieces perfect for work as well as fun. :)

Unfortunately, their clothes are out of my price range so I will have to settle for online window shopping. I found a few of my favorites and thought I would share!


1. Rosette Coat - $205
2. Chic Merino Cardigan - $138
3. Fabric Circles Necklace - $48
4. Vintage Bead Necklace - $58




5. Embellished Collar Top - $114
6. Silk Spot Top -  $138
7. Roma Trouser - $78
8. Notre Dame Skirt - $118


9. Scalloped Dress - $174
10. Jersey Circle Dress - $118

Any of these pieces would be perfect for a holiday party with colleagues or Thanksgiving dinner with family. Also, I hear that these items are well made and therefore could become a staple item that you could have for a long time! I cant wait to buy something for myself!... probably at the next sale! :)


What I got in my October 2011 Birchbox...

October 20, 2011

I was so excited to come home on Friday to my second Birchbox in my mailbox. (If you haven't heard of Birchbox check out my previous post here.)

October 2011 Birchbox

This Birchbox came with a nice note, like my first one, introducing me to the products inside.



When I opened my box I found 5 beauty products!

birchbox, oct 2011


Binc Mascara - I love this mascara! I wore it to a wedding on Saturday and really like the way it makes my eyelashes look and feel. The mascara doesn't get clumpy, doesn't smudge on your fingers (i have a weird habit of pulling at my eyelashes when I have mascara on) and most importantly doesn't come off when you cry at a wedding ceremony! The craziest part about this mascara is that it comes off all at once with a little water and pressure. (That's right, not more mascara smear down your face after you wash it! I will admit though - it freaked me out the first time I did this. I thought all my eyelashes were falling out. :p ) This is definitely a product I would buy full size when my trial size is gone.

binc mascara


Pangea Organics Facial Scrub - I was very excited to get another Pangea Organics product (read about my first one here) and even more thrilled when I realized this was a different scent. This Egyptian Geranium with Adzuki Bean and Cranberry facial scrub is awesome. It leaves my face feeling super clean and refreshed. Also, this travel size is perfect for my gym bag and a quick rinse before a workout!

 egyptian Geranium with Adzuki Bean and Cranberry Facial Scrub


Redken Shine Glistening Mist - So far I am impressed with this gloss spray. It does a good job of smoothing hair and giving it a little extra shine. I have only used it once, but will continue to try it out until I have a final verdict. One thing I will say about this glistening mist - make sure you don't spray it too close to your head or directly on your roots. It can unfortunately leave hair looking a little greasy otherwise.

glistening Spray


Befine Lip Exfoliator - This is sort of like the Pangea facial scrub, in that is an exfoliator, but this is for your lips! I was so pumped when I saw this! A lip exfoliator, really?! I don't really have dry lips but I appreciate how soft this makes my lips feel after I use it... I think Steven likes it too. ;)

befine lip exfoliator


Tea Forte Tea Mints for Fitness - These one calorie, sugar free mints are delicious! They are apparently made with all natural ingredients and are supposed to boost antioxidants and immunity. I can't say for sure that either of those claims are true, but I can say that they are tasty and the perfect thing to pop in my mouth before being in close quarters with someone.

minteas - matcha chai

I have to say my second month of Birchbox did not disappoint. I am very pleased with everything I got and think they are all products I will use and even re-order some after I run out. Now I'm looking forward to getting next months box!

 If you want to check out Birchbox you can sign up here!



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