Friday Five – Brands I LOVE!

Happy Friday!  Work has been insane this week!  I’ve also been planning an event for my local HR organization which is tomorrow (Friday), so the last two weeks of planning have been crazy…it was seriously more stressful than my wedding.

Anyways…it will all be over after tomorrow.  Although I’m not to happy about being on my feet all day the day before a race.  Sole of the City is on Saturday!!

After missing a week or two, I found the time to put together my Friday Five – Brands I LOVE!!!  These things are all over the map because I love and use lots of things…

1. Target Brand ANYTHING! – Merona?  Yes please.  Up & Up?  Yes please.  Market Pantry?  Archer Farms?  Delicious!  Most of my running and gym clothes are from the C9 by Champion line and Charlotte is typically clothed in some manner of Circo or Cherokee from Target.  Their stuff is cute and inexpensive.  And for those of you interested, the Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target hits stores on Sunday.  Charlotte & I might be spotted wearing matching rompers this summer…just sayin’


2. Crocs Flip Flops – I’m not a fan of the huge Crocs clogs, but their flip flops are nice.  I live in flip flops in the summer and they are supportive and comfy.  I cannot wear the $1 Old Navy flip flops anymore (and definitely wouldn’t now that I try to take extra good care of my feet).  I don’t wear any other flip flops now.

CrocFlops3. Asics Running Shoes – I haven’t used many brands of shoes since I started running, but I know that I like these and they are good for my form.  I started out in Brooks – the Adrenaline and then the Ghost.  I had bought a pair of Asics Cumulus online because the color was cute (Turquoise & Electric Melon).  Later last summer when I had my bad knee problem the PT told me to never run in the Ghosts.  So I stuck with the Cumulus.  I bought a pair of Saucony Triumphs on clearance last fall that have been okay – I’m afraid to run too much in them because I’m so nervous about messing up my knee again, so I only use them for short runs.  In researching other Asics shoes, I came across the Nimbus, basically the Cumulus with more cushion.  So I added the Nimbus to my shoe wardrobe a few months ago when I was ready to retire my Cumulus’s.

4. Dunkin Donuts Coffee – If I’m going to get coffee in the morning, it’s from Dunkin Donuts.  Nothing wrong with Starbucks, but it is so darn expensive!!!  I’m not a coffee connoisseur, so if there is something extra special about the Starbucks beans, I don’t know what it is.  Dunkin always has the best flavors too.  They have their ice cream flavors out now, Cookie Dough, Butter Pecan, and Rocky Road.  Yum – can’t wait to stop in on my way to my event tomorrow morning (at 5AM).


5.  Benefit Better than BB Cream – I like the idea of BB creams because it’s a light product that has SPF, it’s moisturizing, and it’s just one product.  I’ve tried a few different BB creams and finally found Benefit’s.  It’s a liquid to powder so my face doesn’t feel greasy after I put it on.  It’s got SPF 35 and good coverage so I feel “made up” without a ton of makeup on.  A little goes a long way so it lasts for a while.


Thanks again to the DC Trifecta for once again hosting a fun link up!

 Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia

Friday Five

Starbucks or Dunkin?  What is your favorite thing to buy at Target?  Any other supportive flip flops out there I could try out?


TGIFriday Five!

I’ve never been so happy to see a Friday in a long time.  First, it’s so freakin’ cold outside.  I don’t even want to leave my bed.  Second, I’ve had a busy week at work which involved a out of town stay Tuesday night and two very long days on Wednesday and Thursday.  That can only mean a lot of catch up today.  Next week is going to be a lot of the same – except it will be in Cleveland, which is much much colder.  I fly out Monday, long days on Tuesday & Wednesday, and fly home Thursday.

It’s Friday again and that means another link up with the DC Trifecta, Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia.

Friday Five

 Today’s Friday Five is Races to Run in 2015.  I’ve got 9 on my calendar for this year already (I’m an early registerer).  So I’m going to focus on 5 races that will be new to me this year.

1. Rock n Roll DC 5K

I was so excited to win an entry into the Rock n Roll DC race.  I could have actually picked any distance for free.  Marathon?  Nope…not for me.  Half Marathon?  Nope…not enough time to train.  5K?  That sounds juuuusssst right.  I’ve been wanting to do a Rock N Roll race since I started running last year, so I’m excited to get a taste of it next month.  Plus, I even get a medal!


2. Sole of the City 10K

This is the second race of the Charm City Run B3 Challenge.  I wanted to do this last year because the premium was bananas.  Not actually bananas, just really awesome.  But alas, I wasn’t quite there yet.  This year I am totally there!  The course is a nice run through downtown Baltimore, and relatively flat, so I’m hoping for a 10K PR.



3.  Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon

I’ve been talking about this one for a while and will continue doing so since it is my main training focus this spring.  It’s my hometown half marathon.  They have a 5K and a kids race the night before the half.  Last year, the 5K was my first timed race and I did the Kids Fun Run with Charlotte.  Frederick has a really cute downtown and I’m really excited to run through the city I grew up in.



4.  Charles Street 12

This is affectionately called the Chuck 12 and this year will be it’s 3rd year.  It’s the 3rd race in the B3 Challenge and at the end I collect both my Chuck12 Medal and a B3 Medal.  It starts north of the city in Towson and the race course takes you down Charles Street all the way down to the harbor.  While there are a few hills in the beginning, the elevation drops for the majority of the course as you head downtown.  It will be an interesting and beautiful course to run.


5.  The Christmas Story Run

I haven’t registered for this yet, but if I can make it work this year, I will.  This race takes place in early December in Cleveland (the only strike against it!)  It’s a 5K & 10K race that starts in Public Square, runs to the Christmas Story House and Museum and back (if you do the 10K) the 5Kers get a shuttle back to Public Square.  People apparently dress up like pink bunnies, Red Ryder, the robbers from Ralphie’s dream, wear coonskin hats like Scott Farkus.  All runners get a fun medal too.  They have a virtual option, so I may try to get a group together and do it here in MD.

Christmas Story Run


So those are my five.  I’m looking forward to all of them and God willing, they will all be awesome races with great recaps to share.  I’m looking forward to a warmer weekend and a little bit of snow to play in tomorrow.  Stay warm out there friends!


So what are your five?  Are you looking forward to any one race this year?  Are you doing any race just for fun?