Friday Five

Five Thoughts I’ve Had This Week:

I’ve begun creating my racing schedule for the fall.  I can find a 5k, 10k or half marathon every weekend but I still lack an ultimate goal race.
Do I want to race more 5ks?
Train for a half marathon?
Train for a late Fall or Winter Marathon?  A Marathon next week?

Your guess is as good as mine because I truly don’t know what I want to train for.  

I’ve been all over the place with life.  Recently I’ve gone through a lot of changes that leaves my schedule about as predictable as playing Russian Roulette. I don’t foresee my schedule changing until at least October and honestly that is fine by me.  I would rather spend time in the outside world versus glued behind my computer screen, iPhone or other technology device.  It’s not you social media, it’s me…

The heat and humidity this week has been awful.  This weather has also been unpredictable.  If we dealt with 90+ degrees every day, running would be fine. Sadly we have dealt with temperatures between 70-95 this summer.  Oh well, I can’t decide if I prefer the summer heat or the winter snow.  When in doubt, treadmill it out…

I bought this dress last month from lululemon.  I hope the color plum comes into style because I’m obsessed.   On a foodie note, I’m also obsessed with local plums from the Farmers Market.

me plum kayano lululemon dress

Is it already the end of August?  We blinked and the summer flew by.  I hope we have a fall season since we never had a Spring.  (Here in NJ we went from Winter to Summer in about 1 day).

From my neighborhood last Fall. Bring on the foliage.

From my neighborhood last Fall. Bring on the foliage.

Five Posts that I loved:

Esther Erb on Coffee 
Being Late is Unacceptable
How the Sir Walter Mile Provides Glimpse of Growth for Track
Choosing the Right Running Shoe (This is so important.  Running shoes aren’t designed to hurt you but it’s important to find the correct ones for you)
A letter from Shante Little (This is one of the most eye opening posts I’ve read in a while.)

Five Posts from LOLZ:
Favorite Summer Products
Five Lessons I’ve Learned from Running
How to Save Money on Road Races
Racing my Way to Fitness
Some Runs are Just Awful


I don’t have five videos but I thought this was really interesting and cool.

Questions for you:
How was your week?
What is your favorite color?

I think mine be plum right now.



Life Updates

It is hard to believe we are through another week of the summer.  It’s strange to think how fast this summer is going.  A month ago, schools were getting out.  In another month, they’ll be starting again.

This week was unique for me.  My work schedule is beginning to change and I enjoyed a lot of unscheduled and unplanned fun.

Fridays have become a collage of random thoughts on LOLZ blog.  Some weeks I post articles, some weeks I post life updates and some weeks I don’t post…Hashtag so random.

Random Week Activities: 

I went to the track!  I’ve done a few track workouts before but not in a VEERRRRRRYYYYYY long time (think 3+ years).  I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun I had.

I went back to brunette.  Some people pull off blonde hair color well but I’m not one of them.  I don’t regret dying my hair but I don’t see myself ever going back to blonde.

I wanted to wait at least a month before getting it redone because it was such a chemical bomb to my hair…

This is the only blonde hair selfie that I'm not mortified at my rash decision.

This is the only blonde hair selfie that I’m not mortified at my rash decision.


me brown hair

Two days later and I’m already much happier.

I finally finished my DIY project of repainting my small night stand.  It’s my first DIY project and I think it turned out well.

From brown to white

From brown to white

diy night stand

and the final is a pale blue

Interesting Articles of the Week:

3 Ways to Run Easy   Great article by Tina!  I think it’s so important to do your easy runs….easy.  Who knew?

10 Habits of Insanely Passionate Runners I don’t know if I agree about the cross training.  I will say the cartoons are the best!

If You Run, You are a Runner Great post from Lauren about all different types of runners.

I also really liked this from Runner’s World: 

runners world

From LOLZ:

Nike Vomero Review
Some Runs Are Awful
The Year of the Quarter Life Crisis

Questions for you:
How was your week?
Do you have any weekend plans?

Life, Articles and Packages Growing Out of Pots

It’s Friday!  This week has gone by so slowly and I’m excited to relax into this weekend.

The other day I received a package from Amazon.  I guess my mailman decided that putting my package on the potted plant was appropriate.  I guess Amazon could be so developed that packages now grow out of the ground too…

amazon package

On Monday my sister in law and family stopped into work.  They all needed new running shoes and I was lucky to have a little assistant to help me.


Other then that I’ve been cleaning all week on my off time.  My house has been in desperate need of a serious deep cleaning.  I’m proud that I’m finally getting on top of that.

I also have decided to spend some free time painting furniture.  I figured we were going to get rid of it anyways, so if it doesn’t turn out well I haven’t lost too much.

diy painting


Six Ways to Tame Your Social Media Addiction A great read for anyone.  In this day and age it’s very hard to get away from social media.

How Laura Dug Herself Out of a Running Rut  It’s no secret Laura is one of my best friends but this is a powerful post.   She talks about how hiring a coach and finding herself in running saved her emotionally and physically.

The Difference Between Overtraining and Pushing Hard Great article and a must read by any runner.

Evan Jagar’s Steeplechase Shows Why Track is Worth Following

Songs of the Week:
Lean On Major Lazer
Come Clean Hilary Duff (oldie but goodie)
Hey Mama David Guetta Featuring Nicki Minaj
Where are you now?  Skillrex and Diblo featuring Justin Beiber (I know!!)
Good for You Selena Gomez

So anyways that is my week in a brief summary.  A bunch of life updates, a few articles and music on my playlist.

Questions for you:

What are you adding to your playlist?

What are your plans this weekend?



Power Outage, Reads and Music

This week I had a lot planned that didn’t happen.  The week from hell…o is finally over (maybe because I still don’t have power).  I had a lot to do on Tuesday and Wednesday that quickly went on the back burner when we get a huge storm in New Jersey and Philadelphia.  There was a tornado that touched down and my power was knocked out.

There are two types of weather patterns I am absolutely terrified of:

1. Tornados
2. Thunderstorms

The storm knocked out my power.  The same evening I got a migraine so I just called it a night and went to bed.  So on Tuesday I had one of the most miserable days of the year.  You have to have the good days to have the bad days right?

Hard at blogging work at a local coffee shop...whatever hard at blogging work means

Hard at blogging work at a local coffee shop…whatever hard at blogging work means (via instagram)

Since I’m not cleaning in the dark and 90 degree house, I spent time reading in local coffee shops.  I did find a few articles for the week.  They said the power would come back on Wednesday at 5am, then Thursday at 4pm and now the latest is today at 12pm.  I’ll post a bunch of dancing emojis when it does.

Five Articles I am enjoying:

15 Life Hacks I agree with all of them except making your goals private.  I actually think it might be a good idea to share your goals!

21 Signs You are a Grandma Trapped in a twenty something’s body 

Glute Med Exercises (My bum butt earlier in the year was caused by a weak glute meade)

Tiny Tweaks To get a Good Nights Sleep (I’ve been utilizing this a lot and found my sleep patterns becoming more consistent).

Janae’s Reflection on Injury (I thought this was a really interesting post.  We often think that our running injuries are because we are injury prone.  In reality, I think it’s because we train poorly…not that I’m always one to talk).

5 Recent Articles From LOLZ:

My Brother’s Graduation Part 1 and 2

Products of the Summer

So You Want to Start a Blog? 

Comparison: The Thief of Joy

Five Songs I’m Running too


iggy work

Who doesn’t need a photo of Iggy?

Change Your Life-Iggy

Bad Blood-Taylor Swift

taylor swift

Or Taylor Swift?

Anaconda-Nicki Minaj

Hey Mama-David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj

So anyways, it’s time to put this week to rest and move on.  Hopefully next week will be a little bit more enjoyable!

Questions for you:

Has your power ever gone out? 

How are you spending this weekend? 


Catching Up and a Few Articles

If your week has gone anything like mine, it’s been SAS.  Slow as…well you get it.  This weekend went from boring to exciting in the matter of one day.  The previous week was spent catching up on life, work and everything in between.  I was lucky to hang out with my coworker and go to a new Mediterranean restaurant on Tuesday evening.  The restaurant, Zaffron in downtown Haddonfield is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone in Haddonfield (and their primarily location in Center City Philadelphia).

Then on Wednesday I was able to meet Liz (my fellow 5k runner) for coffee at a local coffee shop.  We ended up chatting for about 2 hours.  It was so nice to talk and not be running.

liz and i

13 Struggles Only People with a Resting Bitch Face Understand (this is me…me forever…)
18 people That should not be allowed in the gym  (This is good for some LOLZ)

This is the gym.

This is me…in the gym.

Sleep Hygiene  (Sleep is such an important and critical aspect of recovery!)

Naps in hammocks...probably not that sanitary

Naps in hammocks…probably not that sanitary

Myths about running shoes (Hint they aren’t designed to injure you)
Muscles to Train for 5ks 

9 Things to do Before 9am
40 Things We Ned to Stop Worrying About (So true…I can relate to 99.9% of this!)

Posts from LOLZ:

The Comparison Trap 
Scott Coffee 8k Recap (32:44)
Woodbury 5k Recap (19:40)
How to Run and Keep all of Your Toe Nails

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Questions for you:

What are you up to this weekend?  Is anyone racing? 

What articles are you enjoying this week? 

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