Favorite Beaches

Hi Everyone!  Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Five.  I’m linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!, and Mar from Mar on the Run!.  Today we’re talking favorites!  Since it’s summer, I thought I would change things up a bit and talk about my five favorite beaches and the resorts that were on them!  If you follow me, you probably already know how much I like to travel.  If not, that’s okay because I’m going to give you a peek into my favorite vacations.  more “Favorite Beaches”

A Perfect Weekend Getaway

Good Afternoon!  I had the best weekend getaway!  It was such a busy and fun weekend and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!  This weekend flew by way too fast!  I love weekends like this just as much as I love weekends where I get to stay around the house!   But, I especially love a weekend getaway.  more “A Perfect Weekend Getaway”

Mother’s Day Weekend Recap

Hi All!  I just had the best weekend!  We were go, go, go the whole time!  And I loved it!  We spent the weekend with family and ate a lot of great food.  I didn’t take a lot of pictures because I wanted to just enjoy my time with everyone instead of having to try and get pictures.  Here’s what we did. more “Mother’s Day Weekend Recap”

Weekly Recap and Marathon Training

Hey Everyone!  I have been MIA the last few days (unless you follow me on snapchat:  runandlivehappy) because we have been out of town.  I have done so much this last week, that I am going to have to break it up into a couple of posts.  I also want to update you on my week 11 marathon training, even though there’s not much to report.  Oops!    more “Weekly Recap and Marathon Training”

A Very Busy Weekend

Hi Everyone!  How was your weekend?  Good, I hope!  I had a weekend full of basketball!  It is playoffs, so Jeremy has lots of games, and they are all over the state.  But, we only have two more weeks and then it’s over.  Even though we were at basketball games the majority of the weekend, I did find time to get in a long run, visit some friends, and do a Be Fit workout video. more “A Very Busy Weekend”

The Beach is Calling

 

Now that the weather is cold, it makes me wish for a vacation.  Actually, I wish that I could move to a beach in the Caribbean and soak up the sun every day from now on.  I am not a cold weather person at all!  more “The Beach is Calling”

Shop Till You Drop!

Yesterday, we shopped until we dropped!  For Christmas, Jeremy and I got a lot of gift cards and money! So, yesterday we went to Norman to go spend it all!  I got up really early and was going to run before we left, but it was 28 degrees and there was ice on the ground so I didn’t.  Instead, I made lists of all of the places I wanted to go, and things I wanted to buy.  I definitely got a workout from walking around all day.

When we got to Norman, we stopped at Sooner Mall to go to Old Navy. 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (13)

My nana gave me a gift card for there and I was super excited about using it.  But, I went at the wrong time.  They were in the “in between” stage and there was not much on the racks or shelves.  Everything was on sale and they were trying to get rid of all of it.  I found 2 sweaters that I liked, but they did not have my size in either of them.  I was so disappointed, but at least I still have a gift card for when they do get their new stuff out. 

I have figured something out about Old Navy.  Tell me if you have noticed this too.  If I shop in the store and find something that I like, I can order it online for a lot cheaper.  Unless it is a really good deal in the store, I will take pictures of everything that I like and then go online and order it.  I think I save a ton of money that way!  They are always having big sales online.  Since they didn’t have my size in the sweaters I liked, we decided that we would go to the Old Navy in Oklahoma City later to see if they had them. (They were on sale for $10!)

When we left Old Navy, we walked across to Sun and Ski Sports to search for some new Toms.  I tried to find some before Christmas, but the store didn’t have my size.  Lucky for me, they had a sale for buy one get one half! 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (14)

And, they had my size in black and navy!  So, I got two new pairs.  The girl checking me out was teasing me because I wear kids sizes in Toms.  She went on and on about how much cheaper they are, and I agree.  The only down side is that unless I like hearts and flowers, there really aren’t a lot of kids designs that I can wear.  But, I was really happy to get these since mine were worn out!

File Dec 30, 6 41 37 PM

We decided we didn’t want to walk around the mall, so we left and headed to the other Old Navy.  It was about the same as the one in Norman.  The only difference was that it looked completely ransacked!  There was hardly anything hanging, it was all thrown on the tables, so you had to dig.  I had to do some searching, but I found one of the sweaters I wanted in my size! 

When we left there it was around noon and I was starving!  I had skipped breakfast because I wasn’t hungry and I figured we would eat an early lunch.  We went to Chick-Fil-A.  I got the chicken nuggets meal and thanks to Heather at Polyglot Jot’s recommendation, I tried the chick-fil-a sauce.  It was really good!  I think I like it better than the honey mustard now.  Jeremy tried it too and he really liked it!  I’m hooked now! 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (11)

We left there and headed to Moore to return some things to Gordman’s.  Since we didn’t have the receipt, we had to exchange them.  We got some new pillows, a new toy for Jake, and Jeremy got a couple of new shirts.  I also got a new silicone spatula. 

File Dec 30, 6 42 22 PM

Then we headed over to Hobby Lobby so I could find something to hang my medals on.  Right now I just have them laying on top of my dresser, but I really want to hang them up.  I found a rack ( I think it’s a towel rack) that will work for now.  I am eventually going to order one.  I want a metal one that says “always earned, never given”.  I’ll post a picture when I get them hung up!  I was bummed that we missed all of the Christmas stuff.  It was 66% off, but it was all picked over and there wasn’t hardly any left.  That’s okay though because we really didn’t need anything. 

When we came out of there, we walked next door to a Fan Outfitters store.  Jeremy bought us both a new OU t-shirt to wear while we watch the game tomorrow!  Mine’s the black one!

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (8)

After leaving there, we went down the road to Dick’s Sporting Goods. 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (15)

Jeremy loves to shop this time of year because they have all of the camo and hunting stuff on sale. 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (16)

We He spent about an hour in there looking at all their hunting stuff.   I spent about an hour in there looking at running socks and shoes and clothes and they had this board with upcoming races. 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (17)

I think the Frozen Nose series sounds fun.  I will have to see how it could fit into my training schedule and also what we will be doing on those days.  (The race is 2 hours away from me)  We left there empty handed because everything he found, he thought we could find at Academy and he had gift cards there. 

We headed back to Norman and stopped at Ulta.  They were having their big sale on jumbo shampoos and conditioners.  I have desperately been searching for a new shampoo and conditioner since mine changed it’s formula.   I found Jeremy’s on sale for $12.99! 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (10)

I bought this kind for me, and I will do a post once I figure out if I like it or not. 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (9)

When I was in line to check out, I found this in one of the bins by the cash register. 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (7)

I didn’t pay attention to the box.  The bin said under eye concealer.  I got up extremely early yesterday morning and I had HUGE bags under my eyes.  And, ironically, while I was up so early I watched an infomercial about It cosmetics.  So I was thinking “Sweet! This will cover up the bags!”  I threw it in with my stuff and headed out the door.  Once I got in the car, and used it, I realized that it wasn’t concealer, it’s foundation.  I tried it this morning, and I don’t know what I think about it.  It seems really thick, but it didn’t seem to cover very well.  I’ll try it again tomorrow and see what I think.  (On that subject, my mom sells Mary Kay, so that is all I have ever worn.  I wouldn’t know how to go into a store and pick out makeup! My mom has always given me what I need.)

 When we left Ulta, we headed to Academy.  This is what Jeremy was waiting for all day!  He drove me around and followed me through all the stores I wanted to go in, so I could repay the favor!  By the time we got there my feet and legs were hurting from walking around in my Uggs all day, but I sucked it up and was a good wife.  (Very minimal complaining!)  Jeremy had some gift cards to spend, so I was thinking we would be in there around an hour.  If you follow me on Snap Chat, you got see how long we were in there, and how bored I was!  

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (20)

We spent almost 3 and a half hours in Academy!! We started with all of the compression stuff.  Jeremy needed new stuff to wear when he referees.  I had bought him a shirt for Christmas, but it didn’t fit.  So, he had to try on several different tops and bottoms.  Then, we moved on to camo.  They had all of their camo on sale, so we went through all of it and he tried on a ton of it.  He ended up getting 2 sets of pants, shirts, and coats.  (Which he needed, his is faded and old!) 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (21)

Then we looked at all of the deer stands that were on sale, and compared all of them.  He ended up getting 2 of those. 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (18)

Then, we went to the shoe department in search of some new socks.  He ended up trying on tons of shoes, and he even broke a display because he was trying to stretch the cord down so he could try on that shoe!  Oops! 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (2)

I did get a new foam roller, a running tank, and some new running shorts that were on sale for $5! 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (19)

We literally closed the place down!  All of the employees were standing at the front door when we checked out, and several of them gladly helped us load the car! 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (3)

With the car completely full of new things, we were done shopping since we couldn’t fit any more bags in there!  We were both hungry, so we went through our choices.  Neither of us wanted Mexican or Italian.  So we settled on Outback. 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (4)

We haven’t eaten there since March!  Jeremy ordered a Bloomin’ Onion and we didn’t even eat half of it.  

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (5)

It was good, but it was just way too much fried food.  I really wanted a cheese burger.  I rarely eat those, and that sounded so good.  But I’m trying to clean up my diet after the holiday’s so I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich. 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (12)

It was not so great.  The menu said it had avocados on it, but it came with guacamole that tasted like lime.  I scraped it off and ate just the chicken and few fries.  Jeremy shared his side salad with me.  He ordered a huge pork chop, baked potato, and side salad.  He said it was really good!  It must have been because he ate all of it! 

Shop Till You Drop New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (6)

When we finished dinner, we headed home.  It was such a fun day!  I didn’t really get much stuff, or many clothes.  But, I still have my Old Navy gift card.  I’ll make up for it soon! 

Are you getting back into a healthy routine, or do you wait until the new year? 

College Game Day – OU vs OSU

I had an awesome weekend!!  Jeremy and I got to go to College Game Day at Oklahoma State University!  They were playing (my team) OU. 

Jeremy’s aunt and uncle have season tickets at OSU, and since they were in New York with our cousin, they gave us their tickets!  I have never been to a bedlam game at OSU before.  I went a couple of times in college and just hung out at Eskimo Joes, but I had never watched the game in the stadium.  So, we were really excited when the tickets came in the mail!

college game day new blog post run and live happy (3)

We spent Friday night getting all of our cold weather gear out because the game was at 7:00 pm and the temperature was supposed to be 31 degrees and raining or snowing.  We wanted to make sure we were warm so we could enjoy the game! 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (13)

Saturday morning we got up really early and left because it was raining hard and the news said that the roads were icy.  So, we were going to drive slow. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (12)

And, we were making a little bit of a detour because I really needed new running shoes.  I buy my shoes at Red Coyote Running in Edmond, and that is about an hour and 45 minutes away from my house, so I don’t have many chances to get up there.  I would have just ordered my shoes, but since I’ve been having so much pain in my leg and foot, I wanted to be fitted again to make sure I was in the right shoe.  I also wanted to talk to them about insoles. 

When we left, it was pouring down rain, but we didn’t have any ice.  The farther away from home we got, the more ice we started seeing on the sides of the roads and the trees.  Once we got to Edmond, there ice covering everything!  We even saw a power line down across the middle of a road. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (10)

We got to Red Coyote around 10:30, and we were lucky because there wasn’t anyone else in there!  I got to spend the whole time talking to the saleswoman, with her attention all on me.  The last time I went to buy shoes, they were so busy, that I had to wait for 45 minutes to even have someone help me, and then she was helping me and three others at the same time.  So, this was nice to actually be able to explain to her exactly what kind of pain I have been having, so she could fit me in the best shoe and insoles. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (15)

She was so helpful and attentive, I got the best service!  I tried on four different pairs of shoes, and two different insoles.  The first pair were Nikes, and as soon as I stood up, the insoles hurt my foot so badly that I immediately had to take them off.  So, she put a different one in there, and it was so comfortable that I couldn’t even tell it was there.  I ran on the treadmill with the Nikes.  They were really lightweight, but I just didn’t feel like I had a lot of support.  Next I tried some New Balance shoes and I really liked them.  They felt really light, and almost bouncy when I landed.  They were comfortable too.  Then, I tried on some Saucony’s.  I did not like these at all.  As soon as I started running, I got sharp pains in my foot.  Finally, I tried on some Brooks.  These are my absolute favorite brand of running shoes.  They are all I have ever worn, so I know they will be good.  Of course as soon as I put them on, I loved the way they felt.  They are so supportive and comfortable, that I don’t even feel them.  Hopefully that makes sense.  I knew I loved these, but I wanted to make sure.  So I put on one Brooks and one New Balance and ran.  I could tell a huge difference!  The New Balance shoe felt light in my hand, but when I had it on with the Brooks, I felt like I was lifting a weight every time I picked my foot up. 

So, of course I went with the Brooks.  I got the Ravenna 7.  And, I got some new insoles.  I am itching to try them out, but yesterday it was still raining and gross, so today or tomorrow I may go over to my moms and try them on her treadmill.  I get really excited about new running shoes!  That is the best!  But, what’s even better than that is when your husband offers to buy them for you!  He was a little shocked at the price though! 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (16)

When we left Red Coyote, we stopped by the new Cabelas in Oklahoma City. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (6)

Everything was covered in ice there. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (18)

The store was really nice.  It was packed with people, and they had so much merchandise crammed in there that it was hard to get around.  They had all of their Christmas stuff out, and a beautiful tree up.   I am definitely in the Christmas mood!  (Now if I can just get my shopping done!)

college game day new blog post run and live happy (7)

Jeremy found something that he wanted for Christmas, and I found a toy that I wanted to get Jake. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (9)

I loved looking at all the animals!  I can’t even begin to imagine what a taxidermist made doing all of these!

college game day new blog post run and live happy (4)

We walked around looking at everything for a little bit before getting back on the road.  I like Cabelas, but you can find the same things at Academy for much less!    

We left there and headed to Stillwater for GAME DAY!! It rained and sleeted on us the entire day, but right before the game it stopped! 

Heading to College Game Day
Heading to College Game Day

We got to Stillwater around 2, and ran to Academy because Jeremy didn’t think I was going to be warm enough.   He bought me some new insulated coveralls to wear over all of my layers of clothes. 

We stopped at a McDonald’s so Jeremy could run in and put on all of his layers of clothes, and I just got dressed in the car.  Then, we went to find parking.  All of the lots we drove by said $40 or $50 for parking.  We got lucky because we saw this couple standing outside of their apartment complex with signs that said $30.  We pulled in, and they moved their car and gave us their hanging permit tag.  We were only a block away from Eskimo Joe’s and from the stadium! 

We headed down to Eskimo Joe’s to try and get something to eat before the game.  It was so much fun seeing all of the people tailgating up and down both sides of the road. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (8)

It was all OSU fans, but I wore my OU colors proudly!!  We were just about to walk in Eskimo Joe’s when we heard the Boomer Sooner song being blasted down the street.  We went to the curb to look, and there was a Range Rover with huge speakers driving down the road playing the OU’s fight song!  It was hilarious!  I’m surprised no one threw anything at that guy. 

We went in to Eskimo Joes, but it was standing room only, so we knew we would not be able to get a table.  Everyone was already camped out to watch the game in there. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (19)

So, we headed across the street to The Garage.  It is a burger joint, and it is really good.  We ate at the one in Norman and loved it!  There was a line out the door, but it seemed to be moving pretty quickly, so we waited. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (21)

While we were in line, we got to talking to the three people in front of us.  We waited in line with these people for about 30 minutes and then once we ordered, they asked if we wanted to sit with them.  Of course we said yes, and we had a lot of fun talking to them.  The restaurant was full, but it looked like it was mainly people hanging out at the bar.  We were able to get a table as soon as we ordered.  

college game day new blog post run and live happy (22)

Our food came out pretty quickly, and it was so good!  I forgot to take a picture of the whole burger, but you get to see what I didn’t eat! 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (23)

I ordered just a plain cheeseburger.  They had a game day menu, and all they had were burgers.  Their regular menu is huge, and has all kinds of things to choose from.  They even have turkey burgers and bison burgers.  I don’t eat a lot of burgers, so when I’m going to splurge and eat one, I want it to be good.  This one did not disappoint, it was awesome!  The meat was fresh and flavored just right.  The bun was good, but it wasn’t what we all thought they normally had.  We decided it must have been a game day bun.  The fries were hand cut, and were good.  They didn’t have a lot of seasoning on them though.  One of the guys ordered the garlic parmesan fries and he said they were really good.  We hung out with them for a couple of hours before heading back to the car to put on the rest of our clothes for the game.  When we got back to the car, it was not raining anymore, but it was cold. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (11)

I put on a base layer top and bottom, then my cold weather gear running tights and top, then my jeans and a OU hoodie.  Over that, I wore my new insulated coveralls.  Then I put on my insulated camo hunting coat, and over that I wore a Columbia coat.  Then I put on 3 pairs of socks and my insulated hunting boots.  I also had on two toboggans, a scarf, and ski gloves.  I felt like a giant ball, and could hardly move, but I was warm! 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (26)

We walked over to the stadium and had to wait in line for about 5 minutes to get in. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (27)

They wanted us to take our hats off and unzip our coats.  I asked him which coat.  LOL  Then, we ran into these guys on our way to our seats.  I had to have a picture!  (I look like I have chipmunk cheeks because of the hat and scarf!) 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (28)

The stadium is really nice!  I hadn’t been there since I was in high school.  

college game day new blog post run and live happy (30)

We went in and found our seats, and they were awesome!  We were on the 35 yard line, 14 rows up, and on the aisle. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (39)

We could see everything clearly!  We had great seats!  We got to our seats about 45 minutes before kickoff. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (33)

There was a little bit of a wind break inside the stadium, so it didn’t seem as cold.  I really enjoyed all of the pregame activities.  It was senior night, so they recognized all of the seniors and their parents.  Then they brought out Bullet (the horse).  

college game day new blog post run and live happy (36)

The way they introduced the players was exciting!  There was so much smoke, and we could watch them leaving their locker room on the big screen, and then they all came running out on the field.  It was cool!  

college game day new blog post run and live happy (38)

The stadium filled up, and the game began!  I was surrounded by OSU fans, my own husband even wore an orange hat!  (His was a hunting hat, but it was still orange!)  There were very few OU fans around me. 

Surrounded by orange
Surrounded by orange

Some of the OSU fans gave me a hard time, but in the end, they were telling me congratulations!  I tried not to celebrate too much since I was still outnumbered!  Actually, everyone around us was really nice and friendly. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (32)

We stood up the entire game, and I think it helped me stay warm.  The halftime show was great!  The bands were both really good.  OU’s band played Maroon 5 songs, and OSU’s band played Back to the Future songs.  Both bands had a twirler.  I was really impressed with both of them.  I don’t know how they held on to those batons in the cold.

college game day new blog post run and live happy (5) 

Then, after the bands were done, they brought out a little boy and his mom on the field.  They told him he won a prize from Pistol Pete and he got to take his picture with him.  Then, they brought out his dad who had just returned from Afghanistan to surprise him.  He was so excited.  He ran to him and just clung to him!  I’m glad we got to be there to see that.  Everyone in the stadium was standing and cheering for them!  It was such a moving experience. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (37)

After half time, I finally started getting cold.  Jeremy covered with me a blanket, and then only my feet were cold. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (41)

Sometime during the second half, something began to fall.  I thought it was snow at first, but then it just became a heavy mist.  Our outer layer of clothes was soaked by the time the game was over. 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (2)

We stayed until the very end.  We had so much fun at the game!  The stadium was loud and the crowd was very energetic!  And, my team won!!  Go OU!!  I can’t wait to go again! 

college game day new blog post run and live happy (1)

When the game was over, we headed back to the car.  We took off all of our wet clothes and threw them in the trunk and headed home.  It rained on us most of the way home.  We got lucky since the rain stopped for the game!  We got home around 1:30, and went straight to bed.  We slept until noon on Sunday! 

It was still raining on Sunday, so I stayed in and did some work on the computer.  I also did some online Christmas shopping.  I am having a hard time finding gifts for my family, because no one will tell me what they want! But, I did get a few bought!

Pile on the MIles Final Check in Run and Live Happy

I had such a good weekend, and I was not ready for it to be over!  

What did you do this weekend?