This is it

Months of prep and it’s here…race day! I’m a bundle of nerves and excitement right now secretly hoping I’ve made the right decision as far as clothes thanks to this cold front that decided to come through.

Packet pickup yesterday was pretty cool. I feel like this was the perfect race for me given the location – Nathan Benderson Park, which is quickly becoming a world renowned location for rowing. I feel like high school Jackie and adult Jackie are crossing paths. My final mile I will literally be running on the racecourse with the help of a floating mile long platform! Here’s hoping my legs don’t give out and I end up in the water 😂

I’ll post and update once I’ve recovered from the race!

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How is it November already?!

I mean really, how did that happen?! This has been my first week back after taking time off from running. So far my compression socks have been helping sooo much! I’m very happy with them and need to start buying more for sure. With the cooler weather finally hitting SWFL running outside has actually been tolerable. I was able to run sprints last night outside and not feel like I was going to die 😂 

Hope everyone had a happy Halloween and has recovered from their candy comas!

I’m a horrible blogger…

I know it’s been a long time since I posted an update. So a cliff note update is in order:

  • I’ve had some great and not so great runs (close to a 7 miler 🙌🏻) and some not so great ones (I’m looking at you sprints 🙄)
  • Still love my new shoes
  • Still loving my Aaptiv training program 
  • I’m hating the fact that out of nowhere I’ve developed shin splints. I thought two days rest and my new compression socks would get me back on my feet. The pain this morning told me ‘not so much’
  • Having to take more time off scares the 💩 out of me
  • We’ve had two visits from the tooth fairy for my munchkin
  • It still very much feels like summer here and I desperately miss Fall
  • I can’t believe I’m starting to map out Christmas gifts for the kiddos 🙈

Post Irma Update

It’s been a crazy couple weeks here in SWFL. The first week watching and waiting to see what Hurricane Irma was all about and where she would end up. We hunkered down with family through the worst of it. In the midst of Irma though we developed a wicked case of food poisoning 🤢 It has run its course through EVERYONE with some of us enjoying a second round. Happy to say we have had power for several days. Waiting for schools to open back up on Monday as so many were utilized as shelters. We were very lucky compared to my friends and coworkers who live in counties south of us. 

Now things are slowly returning to normal: still lots of empty shelfs at the grocery stores as so many had to toss everything due to extended power loss and it’s hit or miss finding gas stations with gas for sale. I’m just happy that we all made it and still have roofs over our heads ❤️

I need a vacation…

Hope everyone had a fantabulous weekend! I definitely enjoyed my 3 day weekend 😀

Started the weekend off Friday wondering just how effective my interval training has been with increasing my endurance. My co-workers were talking about all doing a 5K ina few months and it got me thinking….dangerous right?! I decided I would see how well I could run a 5K. In less than 36mins apparently 🙌🏻 Last mile was rough but I’m super proud of myself for not giving up. 


The rest of the weekend was spent with family enjoying super yummy food I don’t normally eat. Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, homemade white gravy….so worth every bite! Since my guy and I both had Monday off we decided to head to our favorite spot and do a little night fishing. Only caught a catfish, but the views didn’t disappoint!


Happy Fri-Yay!

“At Garden Elementary, we grow character.”
This morning I got to start my day at the Character Breakfast Celebration where my munchkin received an award for being a shining example of gratitude. Ugh. My heart could burst with how proud I am of her and how proud she was to be recognized by her classmates and teacher for this! 

Let’s finish the week strong and make it a great weekend! Weather isn’t going to be that great in this neck of the woods but we desperately need the rain here in SWFL. We have a MASSIVE wildfire burning a few miles down I-75 from us that has been burning since last Saturday that has burned almost 4000 acres. Across the state right now there are I think close to 15 wildfires going. This time of year down here can be rough so I’m grateful for a rainy weekend and hope it puts an end to our fires for a bit. 

Sunday Adventure 

A couple days ago my daughter said she wanted to go on a nature walk so I did some digging and found an environmental park less than 10mins away. Sunday after an awesome breakfast we headed out for our nature walk and let me tell you, Florida did not disappoint! 

I love that within 20mins we have access to beautiful spots like this as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the country! We are lucky lucky ducks getting to call SWFL home 😀