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Alright, Happy Wednesday!! How are ya? Now, I’m going to let y’all in on a little secret…I’m obsessed with owls (well, decor-wise)! Honestly, I don’t know what this obsession is all about! It has something to do with their look. I guess their strength, poise, and posture intrigues me.

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Okay, check out these cool facts about owls:

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1.} Not all owls hoot, and owls can make a wide range of other sounds, such as screeches, whistles, barks and hisses. During the nesting season, owl calls can often be heard up to a mile away.

2.} A group of owls is called a parliament, wisdom or study. Baby owls are called owlets.

3.} Owls have been found in the fossil record up to 58 million years ago. The largest recorded owl fossil, Orinmegalonyx oteroi, stood about three feet tall.

4.} The biggest modern threats to owls are habitat loss, pesticides that poison the birds and their food supplies and human persecution because of negative superstitions.

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5.} There are many interesting facts about owls but this fact is really weird and strange. Most of the owl species are cannibals. Bigger owls feed on smaller owls. Mostly they hunt down the owls of other smaller species. Smaller Barred Owls are usually hunted by Great Horned Owls. The Barred owls in turn feed on other smaller owl species. Barred owls are the major cause in the decline of Screech Owl populations. Also there are some avian species which also hunt them down.

{Note: Totally did NOT know this before today!! I’m sad now…those poor little owls…watch out precious owlets!}

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OTHER THINGS I’M LOVIN’ ON THIS BEAUTIFUL WEDNESDAY:

#1- I seriously LOVE Steve Carell and I can’t wait to watch Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Note: I’m a huge fan of The Office! 

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#2- This quiz!!! I’m the winner of The Hunger Games!! Watch out y’all!!

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#3- Aaaand this quiz!!! Apparently I’m a sensible snacker! I’ve been snackin’ the heck out of Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks lately! They’re USDA Organic and SO good! A wise choice, too! Get it, wise, like an owl? Hehe! I’m so dorky!

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#4- The fact that Prince is going to be a Whoopee cushion for Halloween this year!! Haha! Yep, we’re totally going to win Best Duo this year, um, just like we did last year!! Let’s bring home the bacon Prince (kinda literally because he won lots of fab, yummy treats last year). Ohhhh wait…you’re probably wondering what I’M going to be???? Huh? Huh? Well, I’m going to be THE dumb blonde that falls for the lame whoopee cushion trick!! Hehe!! Ya get it? The Halloween pics are going to be epic this year…me, the dumb blonde (which isn’t too far of a stretch) sitting on Prince (a.k.a. the whoopee cushion)!! Eeek!! I’m practicing my surprise face already!

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WHAT ARE YOU LOVIN’ LATELY??? XOXO!!

-Kristin

I’M JUST SO THANKFUL

HAPPY MONDAY!!! SUPER WEEKEND, ANYONE? DEFINITELY HOPE SO! YOU GUYS DESERVE IT ALL!! XOXO!!

TAKE A STROLL WITH ME, WILL YA??!! JUST A LEISURELY MONDAY STROLL! NOTHING TOO INTENSE! FEEL FREE TO STOP & TAKE BREAKS WHEN YOU NEED!

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ALTHOUGH I’M A BIT NERVOUS ABOUT CRAWLIN’ CRAB HALF,

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I’M ALSO INCREDIBLY THANKFUL THAT I HAVE THE WILL, POWER, & ENDURANCE TO RUN IT!

ALTHOUGH I DIDN’T LIKE HAVING A PERSONAL FACEBOOK PAGE,

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I’M INCREDIBLY THANKFUL FOR MY NEW STAMPED WITH A HEART PAGE! LOVE THE SUPPORT!

ALTHOUGH MY MORNING RUNS ARE STILL A BIT HUMID,

I’M SUPER THANKFUL THAT I SWEAT PINK!

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Lovin’ the shirt & headband!!

ALTHOUGH MY LAYERED HAIR CAN DRIVE ME UP THE WALL SOMETIMES,

I’M BEYOND THANKFUL FOR MY NEW MOMENTUM HEADBAND!

ALTHOUGH MY SUMMER RACES DIDN’T HAPPEN MUCH,

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I’M SO THANKFUL FOR NEW, EXCITING FALL RACES!

ALTHOUGH CLEANING IS NOT MY FAVE THING TO DO,

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I’M FABULOUSLY THANKFUL FOR MY CLEAN HOUSE!

ALTHOUGH I’VE MISSED THE WALKING DEAD THESE PAST MONTHS,

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I’M VERY THANKFUL IT’S COMING BACK IN 2 WEEKS!

ALTHOUGH I EAT HEALTHY,

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I’M TRULY THANKFUL FOR PEANUT BUTTER M&MS!

ALTHOUGH SWIMMING HAS SUFFERED SINCE HALF TRAINING,

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I’M THANKFUL THAT I STILL FEEL DEEPLY CONNECTED TO IT!

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR THIS SPECTACULAR MONDAY??!!! XOXO!!

-Kristin

 

SLOW MOTION TERROR + NEW SHOES!!!

Happy Friday LBP (i.e. Lovely Blog People)! Well, Welcome to Friday and welcome to my crazy thoughts! Most of you guys should be used to them by now, but if not, stay tuned because you might just get your fill. Just maybe! Alright, so what inspired this post today? Let’s see, was it the fact that I feel I have a buzzy, not busy, bee living inside my left ear, named Tinnitus? Hmm…maybe; although, I retract my previous statement (it’s my blog, I can do that):

The buzzy bee named Tinnitus is busy…yep, he (or she) is very busy driving me crazy! After my 8 miler this morning, I felt like I had an entire orchestra playing inside my head. Ugh, I’m too young to have a ringing in my ear, right? Come on, at least tell me THAT and make me feel (just a little) better. Maybe, just maybe, if we all wish the noise away at the same time, you know, playing off the Peter Pan Happy Thoughts vibe, maybe it will be gone! Ha, take a page from my book (go ahead, rip it out if you like) aaaand don’t get tinnitus. It’s semi-confusing, as in sometimes I’m not sure if my head is ringing OR if I really have an annoying bug trapped inside my head! Eeek!!

WHAT’S NEW? I guess I could tell you that I bought new running shoes yesterday! Um, what?! Yep, this girl is no longer a Mizuno girl! BIG NEWS HERE PEOPLE, BIG NEWS, LIKE BREAKING NEWS!! I am NOW a Brooks Ravenna 5 girl!! It only took me 3+ years to change brands, SO I guess I’m not good with change, maybe? Well, I’m not, BUT this change was a good change and a pretty cool change (I know, if I say change one more time…) because they’re fabulously cutie pie shoes!! What’s “fabulously cutie pie shoes,” well, it’s when pink and purple mix together and form this brilliant running shoe:

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Another silly (and so NOT cool) thing that happened to me yesterday waaas having to run on a treadmill (at my local running store). Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, well that’s plenty cool (running on a treadmill) because I do it all the time (I meaning you), but, okay, let me finish! I got an entire foot analysis thingy done (hence, having to run on the treadmill) and found out that I’m very high arched (which I knew), but interestingly enough, I also found out that I overpronate (just a bit)! Runners with flat feet usually overpronate which is why I’m so very special!! Yaaay!! I love being unique!! I guess it’s kinda unusual to find a high arched runner gal that turns her ankles in once she lands! Who knew?

Continuing on with my running store story (wow, that’s a total tongue twister), here we goooo!! Yep, my last thought for the day (thank goodness, right?) is:

Now, I’m not going to elaborate on this much, but just remember the next time you go into a running store, to wear supportive pants. I found myself on a treadmill and in an extremely uncomfortable position (kinda literally, too because I never run on a treadmill) when I was asked to run on their treadmill (well, duh) with my… uh, thin; although, very cute and trendy leggings on. I can tell ya this much, they weren’t made for runnin’! My butt had a mind of her own! She was seriously being sexier than I’d ever seen her, sayin’ hi to every passersby! You see, I didn’t wear my usual spankin’ fabulous, supportive, and you know, appropriate running shorts/pants aaand hehe, I could tell by my husbands silence and smile (once I got off the treadmill) that he was 2 seconds away from singing JT’s Bringing Sexy Back! The dim silence of the store when I had to get on the treadmill for um, the third time (tryin’ out different shoes), was enough to make me cringe. I guess one thing you can say for sure is I now know how it feels to be in a Baywatch, slow motion action shot. HELLO!! Never again! IDK, I guess I didn’t think I’d be running while buying new running shoes…Hey, I never said I wasn’t ditsy!

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EVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS?? HAPPY FRIDAY!! HAVE A FABTASTIC WEEKEND!! XOXO!!

-Kristin

 

IT’S AN AHHH-MAZING DAY!!

I canNOT believe it’s already Wednesday, can YOU? Man, just think, about 10 more days until Crawlin’ Crab Half!! AHHHHH!!!! (Insert sound effects) Well, Hello Ms. Nerves, did you have a nice vacation?? Haven’t felt ya for a while!! No offense, but haven’t missed ya!! Eeeek!!

Alright, SO today I thought I’d share my running story with y’all! This was my second post ever on Stamped with a Heart (I think), so most of you guys haven’t read it! Enjoy!! (Note: BTW, my right foot feels much better! In fact, I ran 11 miles yesterday!! Woohoo!!)

GET SOME PERSPECTIVE: MY RUNNING STORY:

If you dislike running or another form of exercise, GIVE IT A TRY! Get over the dramatics of it all and get some PERSPECTIVE!

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“Do I HAVE to run?”

“Yes!”

“NOOOOO!!!”

Okay, so many years back, this short, dramatic dialogue was between me and my swim coach. Just thinking about running made me sweat (and that was before the workout began). Imagine what happened when I actually ran! NOT PRETTY, but that wasn’t to say that I had terrible running form because honestly, I didn’t. I ran quite well in fact. I was smooth and efficient, practical in my pacing, and very willing to commit to the distance (despite hating it the entire time). I had lots of speed, too, and in the eighth grade, held the mile record for my middle school.

IMPRESSED?

Well, I wasn’t! No amount of running success made me like it ANY better and no sum of compliments made me willing to race around a track over and OVER again either.

Random people would say, “You need to get THAT GIRL on a track team!”

My mom would respond, “Well, I really don’t think Kristin enjoys running that much.”

And I would counter, “THANK YOU MOMMY!” (Of course with a huge smile on my face)

WHERE AM I GOING WITH THIS (I’m glad you asked)?

What I’m TRYING to explain is that my first experiences with running were intense; therefore, I adopted the idea (at a very young age) that running was TORTURE: I didn’t run because I wanted to, I ran because I HAD to. Growing up as a swimmer, gymnast, and dancer, running was a means to staying in shape, something that my coaches made me do EVEN during the off season (usually during summer on VERY hot days). This did not sit well with me, so the more I was forced to run, the more I hated it.

I remember running around and around… AND around and around my gymnastic gym’s pebbly parking lot in a hundred degree weather thinking WHAT A WASTE OF TIME it was to be running in circles versus running across a fun, bouncy floor into a round-off, back handspring, layout. I mean REALLY! What could be better than bouncing WHILE running? That just makes running worthwhile! Okay, so it’s NOT quite as fun as running on a trampoline, but still it’s way (WAY) more interesting than running on hard, little rocks. OUCH!

Another NOT so fond memory of running is thinking about all the aches and pains I had: Trust me; switch leaping across a hard dance floor, then running three miles on rigid, uneven pavement is definitely NOT something you want to try. It hurts, plus, is very bad on your knees (yet another reason running was not my number one). There were many moments while growing up I wondered whether my knees would make it and let me just say, to my dismay, I found out the hard way in college.

So as I grew up and into a young college going lady, I saw lots of students running around campus. These images of non student-athletes running on their own free will made me question, “WHY???!!!” I didn’t understand what it was about running that made it SO appealing to people. I came to the conclusion that they MUST be running (on their own free will nonetheless) because of its calorie burning benefits, you know, so that they COULD eat that huge piece of good old dining hall pizza. RIGHT?

Well, not necessarily… Some of my friends begged to differ, so I decided to give running another chance, you know, the college try. The same day that my friends scorned me, THEN informed me about the benefits of running (and NOT for its pizza eating rights), I decided to go for a run: I threw on my chic running clothes, wrapped a dark, blue watch around my wrist, double knotted my neon yellow shoe laces, then raced out the door. I ran four miles UP and DOWN the long, hilly road I lived on, but to my dismay was uncomfortable the ENTIRE time: I was tensed and groggy, uninspired and unwilling to commit to any more miles.

A few months later during dance practice, having danced in a few college shows already, my right knee cap popped out and rotated all the way to the right. Frantic with the uncertainty of WHY, I blamed the entire thing on running. I was angry and mad and NEVER willing to run again (well, so I thought). The fact of the matter was that running did not do that to my knee, well not entirely; it was a culmination of swimming breaststroke, pounding the floor in gymnastics and dance, and also from over stretching.

Time past and YOGA set in: My first year out of college I taught High School; the stresses of the year weakened my mind. I was overwhelmed and in dire need of a mental tune up, so I began practicing yoga. Yoga re-centered my soul and gave me the incentive to open my heart to running for the first time: After my knee recovered I decided to give running another chance. I applied the yogic principles to my daily life and to my runs: the breathing, the calmness, the meditation; my life FINALLY began to fall in rhythm with my breath.

No longer was running something that uncomfortably got me from Point A to Point B; it became something magical, like watching fireworks explode for the VERY first time. My new found connection with nature (thanks to yoga) was a truly endearing experience; the sway of the trees, the sounds of the animals, the little drops of rain that fell inspired each and every run. Not to mention FINALLY my body relaxed, my breathe smoothed, and my eyes opened to my surroundings. Truthfully, perspective is EVERYTHING! Without it we are merely scrambling creatures indulging in our own demise.

GET SOME PERSPECTIVE!

You see, when I analyzed myself from the inside out (for a change), I realized my mind was poisoning my body: My hatred for running never matured; therefore, my body kept rejecting the miles. When you allow negativity to infiltrate your mind, there is NO way to cross the finish line (at least not with a good attitude). Each step nags a little bit more than the one prior to and before you know it, you’re either injured (because you’re tensed) or quitting (because you hate it). This is NOT the best way to live; trust me, I KNOW!

I AM NOT SAYING THIS:

I am NOT telling you that opening your mind equates to ultimate pleasure; I doubt you will enjoy each and every activity you try, even if you approach them with the best attitude.

I AM SAYING THIS:

I AM telling you that with the right mindset, exercising can be soothing. Staying fit is all about perspective: Open your heart, listen to your body, and enjoy the movement.

Currently, I am training to run under a twenty minute 5k. Without PERSPECTIVE I NEVER would have fully understood my talent as a runner. Now with my new found ability, I’m living life and LOVING my runs!

xoxo,

Kristin

WHATCHA THINK?? LIKE IT?? HAVE A FAB THURSDAY!!! 

A NO-GO 15…

HAPPY MONDAY Y’ALL!! So today I’m going to talk about what’s making me SAD!

When I say, “What’s making me SAD,” I’m really NOT all that sad, maybe just a little bit bummed.

BY THE WAY, HOPE EVERYONE HAD A TERRIFIC WEEKEND!! Despite what you’re probably thinking now, I really did have a great weekend!! Don’t look at me like that!! I DID!! Hehe!!

Okay, so WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE MAKING THIS GIRL SAD (or a bit bummed)????

Well, I DIDN’T RUN MY 15 MILES!! NOOOO!! BAD GIRL!! No fear, though, I have a good reason, I PROMISE! Alright, SO not sure if ya know, but, I have a freakin’ awesome running/swimming coach. He’s a professional triathlete! Anyways, back to my original point…the no-go 15 miler!

This was part of the email I sent my coach yesterday:

About 2 weeks ago I bought a new model of my current running shoe (because the older shoes were a half size too small) and the cut around the ankle is higher than the previous model. This has been causing a very uncomfortable rub on my right lateral malleolus of my fibula bone.

This morning, I went out for my 15 mile run and the pain from the rub was too much to deal with so I stopped at half a mile and walked back. When I got home, I tried on the older version and compared the height of the ankle cut and there is a notable difference. I’m going this afternoon to 3 sports in Richmond to get a new pair of shoes. 

And then, I sent him this…
Hey!! Okay, so I put on my old running shoes (the shoes that were a half size too small) and went out to the battlefields thinking I could get the 15 miles in, but at mile 5 decided to stop because didn’t want to risk losing another toenail. 
Aaaand…the last email I sent him:

I decided instead of going with a completely different brand shoe (type of shoe), I’d order the same model that I had been using just a half size bigger. The problem arose because Point 2 Running (which I love by the way) only carried the newest released model of the Mizuno Sayonaras, which I’ve been wearing for 3 years now. I didn’t want to get fitted with a different shoe and have another problem arise. My new shoes will be here by Tuesday and I’m fine to run in the older ones (that don’t hurt my ankle) for my 5 miles tomorrow!

Yes, I have 2 purple toenails and a bruised malleolus ALL on my right foot!! Eeek!! Oh well, my half-marathon is in 13 days!! No time to sweat it now!!

POINT IN CASE: THE RIGHT SHOE IS EVERYTHING, ESPECIALLY WITH HIGHER MILEAGE RUNNING!!

It’s amazing how any little change in the model, like a higher cut, can make or break a run! Oh well, no biggie!! Because Crawlin’ Crab Half is in 13 days (OMG!!!), he’s moving me right along into my next week of training (minus the 15 miler). Bye-bye 15 miles, see ya next training cycle (hopefully…if my foot cooperates).

I’ll leave you with a Happy Weekend picture!!

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ANY SHOE PROBLEMS?? ANY FABULOUS WORKOUTS?? XOXO!!

-Kristin

I SWEAT PINK PART 2

HAPPY FRIDAY!! I hope everyone had the perfect week! If not, so sorry!! I wish you the very best weekend!!

Let’s recap!!!

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn 

I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.

Despite the fact that my Wednesday started with disheartening news, I made sure to end it with a running detox (and yes, I actually ran in the evening). I had a bunch of hill repeats to do Wednesday. I ran them strong, but honestly, nothing felt quite as amazing as my 2 mile warm-down (especially the last mile). I decided to just go with it: No looking at my watch. No holding back. No pushing too hard. No worry. No care. Freedom.

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I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.

I’m happy to announce that I started a Stamped With A Heart Facebook page!! Check it out if you wanna!!

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I’m also trying this Osmo Nutrition product and liking it!!

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I’m loving this, too:

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I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. 

Sometimes, all you can do is pick yourself up and move forward, well, in my case, run forward. My run today paralleled life:

The ups and downs of the hilly course…

The strength of pushing forward…

The twists and turns…

The miracle is NOT that I ran 10 miles, but that I had the courage to start.

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Distance
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Summary 1:17:40.0 10.00 7:48
1 8:11.4 1.00 8:11
2 7:51.5 1.00 7:52
3 7:36.5 1.00 7:37
4 7:37.4 1.00 7:37
5 7:51.0 1.00 7:51
6 7:59.2 1.00 7:59
7 7:24.2 1.00 7:24
8 7:46.2 1.00 7:46
9 7:41.2 1.00 7:41
10 7:39.2 1.00 7:39
11 :01.9 0.00 6:47

 

HOW WAS YOUR WEEK? XOXO!!

-Kristin

I SWEAT PINK PART 1

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn 

LET’S BREAK THIS QUOTE DOWN, SHALL WE?? (Note: Part 2 coming tomorrow and Happy Thursday!! Have a fab Friday!!)

I believe in pink.

I’m officially a Sweat Pink ambassador!! Woohoo, right? I mean, right? This is seriously exciting news!! I’m thrilled to be a brand new SPA!! I already ordered my pretty, pink shoelaces, my fabulous Sweat Pink tank, aaand all!! It’s going to be a funtastic ride!!

I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.

Hehe!! I think this one is pretty self-explanatory!! Is this picture adorable or what?

I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.

Okay, so although this might not look like a whole lot…well, it’s not, but it is. Yep, I’m being shady on a Thursday!! Ha! It’s just two pieces of paper taped together, but the meaning behind it is so much more! My husband sent this to me today via text message and it made me smile. It’s definitely the little things in life that make the difference!

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