Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Day 2 at the Zoo!

Ella had us all up bright & early on Saturday... she must have been really excited about the zoo. I tried to explain that we didn't have to be up at 5 a.m. because it didn't open until 10 a.m. - but she wasn't listening, so I just gave up. It was quite the production getting all of us showered, dressed, and out the door in our small hotel room. We were on our way by 8:30 though and our first stop was Starbucks. This is going to sound ridiculous, but I was so excited that they had Trenta sized iced tea. The largest we have in Rochester is Venti & I was in serious need of caffeine.

We headed towards the metro & finangled the stroller down the escalator. I really don't know how city moms do it. Eric & I were exhausted dealing with the stroller & escalators & elevators all day long. It makes you really appreciate your car's trunk after you've dealt with that for a weekend!

Once we made it to the zoo, Ella decided to take a nap! So, we strolled through the less exciting exhibits while she snoozed. When she woke up after what seemed like an eternity - we went to see Pandas & Elephants on the Asian Trail.

To be honest, she wasn't all that impressed. It wasn't until we got to the bird house (which I almost skipped because I don't really like birds all that much) that she got into it. She was FASCINATED by the flamingos! Like, we stood there for 15 minutes while she was entranced by them.

We finally left the flamingos & headed for the gorilla exhibit, where we met one of Eric's college roommates! Brian lives in Frederick, MD - so he drove in to meet us and see Ella. Brian & I were very close when they lived together, so I was very excited to see him. He brought his girlfriend with him as well and she was a pleasure!

After the gorillas & the octopi we decided to leave the zoo and grab beers lunch. We chose a neighborhood restaurant & the food was mediocre. But, they had the draft on tv's outside & I got to relax in the warm weather with friends.

Our original plan was to go back to our hotel after the zoo, but we got distracted by the race setup that had suddenly appeared once we got off the metro. The tents were going up & we started wandering around. That took us towards the mall & the monuments - so we just kept going. That was a mistake for me - I really should've taken a break and switched my shoes, but lesson learned.

one of the tents set up on Pennsylvania Ave.

Ella slept through the monuments & I got some sun while strolling through them. I'd never seen the World War II monument and was absolutely blown away by it. If you haven't been to see it, you really should. It is beautiful. There were also veterans from Honor Flight visiting, which just made it an even more moving experience.

Our final stop of the day was Capital City Brewing Co. This was Eric's one request for the trip & he says that the beer was fabulous. I personally was a huge fan of the warm pretzels that they served instead of bread. They were delish & I did some serious carb loading! Since it was the night before the race, I had grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. It was very delicious & even though it sounds bland it wasn't. Ella thought it looked good too and decided to try brocolli :)

After dinner, we headed back to the hotel & I laid out all of my race gear. Then I coaxed Eric into walking to Starbucks with me so that I could get an iced tea & bagel for the morning since they weren't going to be open at 5 a.m. Once we got back from there, I passed Ella off to my parents & hit the hay.
Monday, April 29, 2013

Our Drive In & The Expo

Disclaimer: I'm breaking this post into 3 parts because it would be an extremely long post if I tried to cram it all into one!

On Friday morning we left our house at 5:30 - a choice that Eric was less than thrilled about. It let us keep Ella asleep for about 2 1/2 hours though, and then we stopped for breakfast at McDonald's. I was not the one who picked this stop, but Eric hates Dunkin' Donuts bagels & he was the driver, so I got overruled. I had the pleasure of changing Ella in the strangest bathroom I've ever been in, and then we continued on our way. At this point, I hopped into the backseat to keep the peanut happy and we were able to pound out another 3 hours, which brought us to Arundel Mills in Maryland.

I am sad to report that I did not get to do any shopping. We were simply there to meet up with my parents and leave our car so that we could ride the rest of the way in with my parents. Ella gets ridiculously excited when she sees my dad, so from this point on she pretty much wanted nothing to do with Eric & I... it was all about Grandpa.  

Once everything was loaded into the van, we grabbed some lunch at Panera. I was far happier with this dining choice, and had a panini with soup that tasted like Filet Mingon because I was so hungry! Eric had a Fuji Apple Salad, that I have to admit looked delicious. I simply could not pass up brocolli cheddar soup though...

Our drive into Washington went pretty smoothly. We were able to make it to our hotel by 2 p.m. which was ahead of schedule. I have to tell you though, we were unpleasantly surprised by our hotel room. We had booked an executive suite & it was small. I would hate to see what a normal room looks like, because we never would've made it through the weekend. Apparently small rooms are the norm in D.C. though, and our room was nice, so I'd recommend the Capital Hilton to anyone that asked me.

After we dropped off our bags and Eric the diva had a shower, it was time to head to the expo! We took the metro to Foggy Bottom & then walked about half a mile into Georgetown. I had never been to Georgetown before & I LOVED it. It reminded me of a street in NYC, but cleaner. There were tons of shops & restaurants. It'd be the perfect place to spend a Saturday parusing.

As we rounded the corner to the expo, I saw the wall of names for the race! My whole family was searching for mine, and I finally found it. (Eric had a serious blonde moment here, and was looking for "Brianne Bliss" instead of my married name - aka his name.)

We headed down to packet pickup next, and it ran seemlessly. I was in & out within 3 minutes. The expo wasn't overly crowded & was located right on the harbor. It was a gorgeous day, so you couldn't help but linger awhile. They were sampling Nuun (which I fell in love with!) and also giving away freebies from Paul Mitchell & Bare Minerals. We were able to make signs & grab tons of Luna Bars too. Now this is my first expo, but I'm pretty sure it's different than normal. Mainly because they weren't selling merchandise at the expo & it was only sponsors that were there. It was all Nike focussed and from what I've read, if you go to other races they have a variety of companies featured. But since it was the Nike Women's Half Marathon, I went in expecting this.

After the expo, we spent some time by the harbor relaxing so Ella could have a bottle. Like I said, it was a beautiful day & the sunshine felt heavenly.

After about 30 mintues of "sunbathing" we walked to the Nike Georgetown Store so that I could get a race t-shirt. I had carefully budgeted to get a new zip up pullover, but when I went to pay for it, my mom bought it for me! She's so sweet :)

After we were finished with our expo activities, we decided to explore Georgetown. We stopped into Kate Spade & Coach, before we stumbled upon Lululemon. My mother (a shop-a-holic with the bank account to support her habits) had never been there before, but immediately fell in love with all of the mint hoodies & yoga jackets. She ended up buying one, while I simply drooled over everything in sight.

Eventually we tired of shopping & decided to eat. We found a BBQ joint called Old Glory & decided to stop there. I had a baked potato the size of a football piled high with pulled pork. It was SO good! I hate corn bread, but Eric wanted me to let you all know that they also have mini cornbread muffins that you can dip in honey butter. He ate about 10 of them, so I take it they're delicious.

By this point, we were all on the brink of exhaustion so we boarded the metro back to DC & tucked ourselves into bed in preparation for a funfilled day at the zoo on Saturday! Be sure to stop by tomorrow & read all about it!
Sunday, April 28, 2013

I Did It!

I finished the race in 2:14:10! I'll be back with a full weekend recap tomorrow but until then...

Friday, April 26, 2013

En Route to DC - Phone Dump

Happy Friday Everyone! The Bliss family has been on the road since 5 a.m. & were almost to the outlet mall where we're meeting my parents. (My mom & I may try to sneak in a JCrew stop bc everything is 50% off this weekend!) Since I'm horrible at blogging from my phone, I'm simply leaving you with a pile of adorable photos from the past week!

Thursday, April 25, 2013


I have been betrayed by my own daughter...

You look at this face & think, "Oh my, how could someone so sweet & so small betray anyone?" Well, she did & as I write this, it still stings.

Ella & I are thick as theives. We do everything together. I get her up, get her dressed, and take her to daycare. I pick her up, take her home, and play with her for hours. When I take a trip, Ella takes a trip. The only time that I leave her is when I am at work or when I am at the gym. That means Eric has her to himself on average for an hour per day.

The odds were in my favor. She spends the majority of her time with her mommy. Her first word should be mama. Nope... Ella's first word was "Bwa." My child has decided to call me by my first name. For weeks, when she needs me she has been yelling "BWA" across the room. I blame Eric for this, I've been asking him to call me mommy in front of her, but it weirds him out & he won't do it. Thus, my daughter calls me what she hears everyone else call me, Bri.

I was ok with this, I figured with a little coaching her second word would be mama. Nope. Her second word was "Da". Now, I obviously want my daughter to love her father, but I just want her to love me a little bit more. Am I jealous that she can say "Da" and not "Ma" - you better believe I am. That's why I will keep coaching her & hopefully I'll have a video of it soon! Oh, and after this weekend's race... I'll be taking her with me on my runs too - just to make sure he isn't sabotaging me.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday - Black & White

In general, I am a sucker for neutrals. But when you really get down to it, I'm basically obsessed with black & white. I wear it at least once a week, but rarely post it because I feel like it's boring. Lately I've had a change of heart though. Rachel Zoe has no qualms about her love for neutrals, so why should I? I'm changing my perspective from boring to chic. I encourage you to do the same, embrace the black & white. Be chic!

 dress from Forever 21, cardigan from J.Crew
I wore this outfit to school last week when it was 75 degrees outside. I was so comfortable. I don't know what it is about a maxi dress, but it makes me feel so relaxed and at ease. It was perfect for a long day of state testing. Rule of thumb: If you need to be comfy, but don't want to look like a slob kabob, put on a maxi dress.

cardigan - Ann Taylor // jeans - J.Crew Factory // tank & flip flops - Old Navy
This is the outfit that I am wearing today. I started off with grey bermudas on, but decided that it was too dreary. So, I changed into white jeans. (I really wish these jeans were skinnies, but when they were  a steal from J.Crew Factory so I don't complain.) I know that most people add a pop of color when they feel that an outfit looks bland, but you can really do the same thing with white. A pop of white is crisp and adds a frehsness to your outfit not always achieved by other neutrals.

And just to prove that I'm not the only person in love with black & white, here are a few of my favorites from Pinterest.


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It's the Final Countdown

I really hope you read this & immediately started singing the techno notes that follow... I know I was, and who doesn't need a little song to perk them up on a Tuesday morning? This girl certainly does!

This is my final week of half marathon training! I am simultaneously excited and overwhelmed. I have to pack, which means laundry. I have to keep training, which means I have to carve out gym time. I have to eat healthier than normal, which meant grocery shopping. Oh, and remember how we bought a house? Yeah, we had a home inspection last night & have an appointment with the bank tonight. WE. ARE. CRAZY. BUSY. When I get overwhelmed, I make lists. Here are the top 5 items on my to-do list for half-marathon week...

1 - Make It To The Gym Everyday
I'm tapering down my workouts this week, but I still need to get in my sweat sessions for mental well being. I'm mainly focusing on cross training & weight lifting for my arms. I was able to get in 30 minutes on the elliptical with 15 minutes of toning yesterday. Today I'm aiming for 45 minutes on the elliptical. I'm going to run 3 miles on Wednesday, then head back to the elliptical on Thursday. I'll rest on Friday as I drive down to DC!

2 - Get All House Affairs Settled
This probably isn't going to happen, but we'll do our best. We had our home inspection last night & we're now in the process of negotiating a credit. Plus, I'm sure we'll have "homework" from the bank tonight as well. I'm just going to keep plugging through it, then look at this weekend as a vacation from it.

3 - Eat Healthy
This is going to be hard for me, because I usually eat the worst when I'm stressed. I'm increasing my fruit/veggie intake and staying away from fried food. I'm also chugging water like it's my job... like gallons of it every day.

4 - Sleep
I do not want to be sleepy going into this, so I'm making 8 hours per night a priority. Luckily, Eric & Ella are supporting me on this one and have agreed to let me sleep. (Not kidding, Ella didn't wake up once last night! Miracle!)

5 - Plan Out Our Route
Parking in DC is crazy expensive. Our hotel wanted us to pay $40 per night, per car. Not happening! Luckily, my mom has some connections and we're able to safely leave our car in Baltimore for free. It's going to mean more planning though, because we now have to coordinate our arrival in Baltimore with my parents so that we can hitch a ride into DC with them.

And of course, there's the Ella factor. She's recently decided that she hates her carseat and I know that we're going to have to make plenty of pitstops for her. We might end up leaving at 3 a.m. to accomodate her...

This was only a 3 hour ride & she was ticked!

Does anyone have any advice for traveling with a 9 month old? I'm looking for all the help I can get!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Weekend Update - We Bought a House!

In case you didn't figure it out from the title of this post, I have big news to share. On Thursday night, Eric & I put an offer in on a house! We waited on pins & needles all day Friday, and they accepted our offer at about 2 p.m. So, we started off our weekend on an extremely high note!

After work, we drove to my parents' house in the country to visit my family & share the news. We had pizza & wings at my grandma's place while everyone passed around my iPad to check out our new house!

Ella is really excited about our new house & her flip flops!

On Saturday morning, I bundled up and headed to my high school track. It was 29 degrees & I was NOT happy about it... but since I was only a week out from my race, I had to suck it up.

Aren't you jealous of my sweet hat?

Because it was so cold out, I decided that it would be best to get it over with as fast as possible. I ended up running my fastest ever mile (as recorded on Nike+) and finishing all three in 25:36.

The rest of Saturday was spent warming up & lounging around my parents house. That meant a soak in the jetted tub, a nap on the comfiest couch ever, and chicken finger salads courtesy of my mama.

Around 4 p.m. we had to get ready because we were taking my grandpa out to dinner for his birthday. We went to a local Italian restaraunt, Sorges, which I've been going to since I was a kid. I hadn't been in a few years though, and I was blown away by the remodel they did. The food was delicious as always and my grandpa had a great time.

Sunday morning, Eric & I woke up and headed right back to Rochester. We left Ella with my mom & sister so we could get ready for the day at our own house (so much easier than out of a suitcase). We spent the drive back talking about our upcoming yard sale, our plans for the new house, and lawnmowers. It was really relaxing.... until we got home and our furance was off! The house was freezing & we both had to shower. Luckily, the hot water from the shower warmed up the bathroom and I was able to get ready without frostbite.

Once my mom & Britt arrived, we headed to Sam's Club where Eric insisted on looking at Dyson vacuums, lawnmowers, patio furniture, and beer. All things that we will need, but cannot afford at this point in time. Once we dragged him out of there, we met my dad at McGregor's for lunch, where I ate way too much food.

Our final stop of the day was to show my parents our house! I was so nervous the whole time that they were there. My parents' approval is important to me & if they hated it, I would have backed out of the deal. Luckily, they loved it & agreed that it was the perfect house for us!

When we got home, the heat was back on (YAY), but I had to go to the gym (ugh). My gym closes at 5 on Sundays (so annoying) so I had to haul ass to make it there in time to run. I walked in the door at 4:05, ran 3 miles, did a quick lift session on my arms, and was out the door at 4:55. It was an awful experience though, because I kept burping up my lunch the whole time. It's a miracle that I didn't hurl on the treadmill. I didn't want to skimp though... 7 days out is not the time to get lazy.

Feeling triumphant after pulling through a really crappy run... 

Today I'm linking up with Lisette & Sami!
Friday, April 19, 2013

Meet My Little

Awhile ago, I decided to sign up for the Bigs & Littles Blogging Network.

At that time, I was looking for guidance & support in growing my blog. I had maybe 20 followers max. It was in betwen assignments though, so I did my own thing and started making friends. People like Lisette, Nadeine, and Laura have been invaluable supports as I've started this journey. Over the past two months, my blog has started to grow. My followers have quadrupled & my page views have tripled. It's exciting, but I still consider myself a "baby" blog. Maybe you could call me a toddler... but that's stretching it. So when I got an e-mail from Mallory, I was surprised. She had paired me as a Big! I was totally expecting to be a Little, but I am so excited to be working with someone who is going through the same things that I went through just a few months ago. Even more exciting, we live in the same city & I fully intend to force her to be my new best friend! Without further adieu...

Meet Katie!

Be sure to stop by her blog & say hi!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How to Score Deals... Courtesy of a Self Professed Shopaholic

I make it no secret on this blog that I love to shop. It is rare that I come across someone who loves it just as much as I do, and who spends just as much time online shopping as me. I've never met a person who outshops me... until I came across Lindsey. She is a rockstar shopper and has taught me a few tips for scroing a sweet deal. Since I like you guys, and she likes me, she's agreed to share her wisdom with us today!

Hey guys! I’m Lindsey and the handsome devil to my right ismy fiancĂ©, B. I started my little blog, Follow the Ruels, right after B and I got engaged, over Memorial Day weekend last year. It originally started as a way for me todocument my wedding planning journey as well as some of my other hobbies. Like shopping. 

It is no secret that this girl (me) loves to shop. Of course, this is a trait that I inherited from my mother. The one thing she always taught me never to buy anything unless it is on sale. I mean, just about everything goes on sale eventually!

Over the years I have developed a few tricks and found a few tools to help me find the best deals, and Bri has asked if I would share some of those with you guys!

My Hukkster Page
Lately, I have been utilizing two new websites, Hukkster and Shelf that will actually track your favorite items and let you know when the price drops. If you want to know more about them, you can read my post about them here

Another website that everyone needs to check before they buy anything online is Retail Me Not. Do you ever want to buy something online and wonder if there is some sort of deal that you are not aware of? I never make any online purchases before checking Retail Me Not to see if I can at least get free shipping.

If you do most of your shopping at a particular store, for me its Gap or Loft, it might make sense to sign up for their emails. I know they can be kind of annoying, but you will be the first to know when they are having a sale. If, like me, seeing those emails everyday might actually make you spend more money, then set up a filter in your inbox that automatically moves those emails into their own folder. That way, when you are in the mood to shop, you can check your folder to see if there is any deal going on.

One other thing I keep in mind when I am shopping is what time of the season is it. Most retailers release new items every 6 to 8 weeks. Before a new season or release they will probably have a promotion to clear inventory. Also there are times throughout the year where you can get the best deals. Think after Christmas, tax season (everyone has a refund check), back to school, and of course Black Friday.

Cardigan Empire

I also found this awesome chart that lists a schedule of markdowns to some favorite stores over on Cardigan Empire.

Last trick to finding a good deal is to check out your local discount stores and don't be afraid to do a little digging. My favorites are TJ Maxx and Marshall's. If you happen to live in Phoenix or visit Phoenix, you need to visit Last Chance. Trust me. At stores like this you will be able to find some nice, sometimes designer clothes, at a great price!

Happy shopping!!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What I'm Wearing Wednesday - Keep It Simple!

The weather has been a yo-yo in Rochester lately. One day is 75 & sunny, the next it's 45 & raining. But, it's April & that means I am breaking out my summer shoes. At times that means walking in flip flops in the rain, but I'll gladly tough that out to achieve the blissful feeling of being almost barefoot.

Ella totally takes after me & hates shoes too!
My outfits over the past week have been pretty simple. I've been wearing a lot of basic tees & keeping it low key with my accessories. That's just the kind of mood I've been in, I go through phases. I think we all do.

On Saturday, we went to Eric's hometown to wish a fond farewell to a good friend. He has literally packed his life into a Pod and shipped it to San Diego! He doesn't have a job or a place to live. He's just going for it. Crazy, yes. Awesome, yes. Would I ever do it? Hell no. This was not a fancy shindig, so I kept it simple with green skinnies, flats, and a white tee. I dressed it up with  my favorite necklace from Lia Sophia.

We partied hard on Saturday night, and getting ready to go househunting on Sunday was a chore. I really wanted to stay in sweatpants & a hoodie, but Eric was convinced that people wouldn't take us seriously and made me get dressed. I did the best I could to look like a grownup, which meant that I tucked my shirt in & put on a belt. I even abandoned my skinnies in favor of trouser jeans. You can't see them in the picture, but I'm wearing wedges too! (According to my husband, adults don't wear flip flops in 50 degree weather.)

jeans from Gap // top  from J.Crew Factory
belt from J.Crew // wedges by Madden Girl
I also carried my new bag from Francesca's! It's real leather and I am so in love with it. I find a way to carry it every day! I love that it has the short handles & a long strap. Between Ella's toys and business cards, I had a TON of stuff crammed in there by the time we were done

And yesterday I decided to get preppy & rock my Sperry's with berry bermudas. It was 65 degrees outside, and I was feeling down. I knew shorts were the solution to my problem. I paired the bermudas with my gold belt (always adds spice to an outfit) and my white henley. Again, it's a simple but effective outfit. The Sperrys add a preppy touch to it too, which I always love!

Sorry thsi picture is so craptastic - as I said, it was raining & the lighting was terrible in our house!
Sperrys // Henley from Gap // Belt from J.Crew // Bermudas from J.Crew  
Side note on those bermudas - they're VERY loose on me. Two summers ago, I remember asking myself if they were too tight to leave the house in. I've had a baby since then. Start running, it will change your life!

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I'm A Little Angry Today...

I'm going to admit, I'm feeling a lot of emotions today, but the one that keeps bubbling to the top is anger... not just because of Boston, there is a lot of other stuff going on right now. I need to let this out, so pardon me while I cleanse my emotions.

On Friday, I lost a co-worker. Out of repect for his family, I will not go into detaisl. However, coming to school was extremely difficult yesterday. A building of 1,000 students & staff were mourning the loss of a beloved teacher. The loss was senseless & could have been prevented. I'm angry that an amazing teacher is no longer with us.

Yesterday, I was tracking some of my favorite runners as they conquered the Boston Marathon. I had just checked to see if Katherine had finished yet, when a CNN alert popped up on my phone. My heart sank. All of the training and preparation that go into qualifying for Boston. A year ago, I never would have understtod that. Today, I understand that the people crossing that finish line had put years of training into that race... only to have it spoiled by hatred. I'm agry that someone would dull the sparkle of another's accomplishment.

As I worried about those I knew running, I also started stressing about my own upcoming race. It is being held in Washington D.C. The finish line is less than a mile from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. I'm praying that Nike is going to tighten security and that I will be safe. I'm angry that paranoia is distracting me from training and could dull the sparkle of my own big day.

Today, I woke up and drove to school to administer the New York State ELA Test. As a special education teacher, I have to sit and watch my students struggle through a test that is unfair to them. Many of my students read at a 3rd grade level, yet the passages they'll be reading are written for high school students. I'm angry that I'm helpless in this scenario. I have to do what the state tells me to;nothing less, nothing more.

Last night, I ran to ease my stress. I ran because I can. I ran because I will not let my anger defeat me. I will continue to train, just as I will continue to teach. I will continue to fight to make this world a better place... as we all should.
Monday, April 15, 2013

A Hunting We Will Go...

House hunting that is! (I don't do camo & guns... not my style.)

one of our guilty pleasure shows... yes, we know it's fake. we don't care.

On Sunday, Eric & I headed out to open houses in search of our first home. I have loved living in our rental, but it's time to move on and pay our own mortgage instead of someone else's. We're grown ups now & Ella is going to be on the move soon so she'll need an outdoor space to play in. (Can you say swing set!!)

We're looking for a 3 bedroom house, preferably with 2 baths. We need a yard that is fenced, or easily could be fenced. It also has to be in the school district that I teach in. Other than that, we're pretty open minded.

One thing that House Hunters has taught us is to look past the cosmetics of a house. Wall paper & shag carpet don't phase me. A leaky roof & shaky foundation - that is a no go. My parents have built a house and renovated another. I'm pretty knowledable about what can easily be fixed and what is going to break the bank. For example, I'm not willing to redo a kitchen or bathroom - we can't afford that type of reno on top of a mortgage.

Overall, our first day of house hunting was successful. We have a strategy in place & we're keeping an open mind. I'm hoping that we aren't one of those couples that looks at over 300 houses, but who knows...

Today I'm linking up with Lisette & Sami!

Favorite Things Giveaway - Kendra Scott Color Bar!

*up to $70

Today I'm joining Lindsey and Jaime for the very first Favorite Things Giveaway! We, along with 4 other awesome bloggers, are giving away your choice of jewelry from the Kendra Scott Color Bar, worth up to $70.

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If you are interested in co-hosting next month's giveaway, you can get more information here!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

2 Weeks To Go

I just woke up in a panic as I realized that two weeks from now I'll be in DC running my first half marathon! Three weeks to go was an eye opener, but two weeks is panic inducing.

I spent last night with good friends that just finished their first races in March. As we chatted about training, they reassured me that I will do fine. My goal is to finish under 2:30 but they both think I'll finish under 2:15. Let's hope they're right because that would be amazing!

Speaking of training, I did a 7 mile training run on Friday night. 7 miles doesn't bother me anymore, but this the first long run that I've been able to do outside. I did my first 4 miles with Charlie & kept having to stop for him, so I couldn't gauge my pace as accurately as I'd have liked. Once I dropped him off though, I stayed steady at 9:30 & my overall pace for the run was 9:39. Not too bad, but let me tell you that I am feeling that run this morning! There is such a difference in running outside versus running on a treadmill! I definitely need to be running outside as much as possible over these last two weeks & it looks like the weather might even cooperate. It's time to focus and power through these last two weeks! I'm ready!

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