Thank you for all of your amazing comments earlier today. You guys are the best.
8.6 miles of treadmilling this morning. After 4.5 miles I switched to my favorite treadmill (once the person that was on it got off) to finish up the last 4.1 miles. I am very strange about my treadmills and which ones are my favorite.
For the final two minutes I set the treadmill at my marathon goal pace to get a sub 3…. Ummmm I’ve got a lot of work to do in 2015 but I am stoked to do it.
Squaw bread (a la Costco), almond butter, jam and apple slices. Absolutely amazing.
A super exciting conversation… One of my best friends ever got engaged! As you can tell by my super awkward face, I am beyond excited for her.
Never been to the park during the month of December in Utah. This weather.
Brooke was very amused by all of my tricks on the bar. I spent many hours in elementary working on these tricks and I am just happy to say that all of the hard work is still paying off.
Did I tell you the blanket story?
Brooke has a deep obsession with this blanket that my mom gave her. Last week I lost it. Couldn’t find it anywhere. Brooke was devastated. The next day I was walking towards my car and someone had placed it on the railing by my apartment… I had checked in that area a million times earlier on in the day.
It was a blanket miracle. She has barely let it out of her sight ever since the incident.
A few weeks ago my mom sent me a pick-me-up email (if you are having a bad day just let her know because she knows exactly how to make people feel better). She included this little part which still makes me smile:
Any salon that gives you treats like this to eat while getting your hair done is a good salon. I am going dark again!
I loved this little scene of my 12 year old nephew and my sister the other night.
Exactly Monica. Her instagram is my favorite.
Do you have a favorite treadmill at your gym? Any weirdos like me?
What are you up to tonight? What’s for dinner? Any good shows on tonight?
What is your favorite instagram account to follow? I am always looking for awesome ones to follow!
I DO have a favorite treadmill, it’s at my apartment complex, where there’s only 3 to begin with. Sorry, neighbor.
Congrats to your newly engaged friend… I recognize her from previous posts. Such an exciting time for her.
Brunettes do it better.
Sarah @ KS Runner
I completely understand what you mean about a favorite treadmill. I always get a little irritated when I go in and my favorite treadmill (or elliptical) is taken. I will switch mid-run to get on it too!
We are having weird weather in KS too. I’m expecting a snow storm in May now.
I love Monica’s instagram! I am always sending her stuff to my best friend because everything applies to us! I also get a kick out of Mindy Kaling’s instagram, probably because I’m obsessed with the Mindy Project.
You should frame the pic of your nephew and sister, that’s so sweet!
I wish I had access to a treadmill at a gym – would make running on really cold days actually happen for me! Perhaps soon!! But when I did have a membership, I had a few fave’s
Follow me! @rebeccaruns – I swear I’m cool….. i also like runstylerun, armorynyc and runnerspace!
When I used to run more, I totally had a favorite treadmill, so I get that!
Haha. the pancakes & waffles insta made me LOL! Congrats to your newly engaged friend!
Michele @ paleorunningmomma
Crazy blanket story! I know how important those blankies and other comfort objects/toys can be. Worst feeling ever when one is lost!
Dinner will be taco salads with ground bison. Haven’t done it before with bison so should be interesting :)
Amanda @ Slimplify Life
I love you, but it is Tuesday..;)
Pancakes + Waffles = Panaffles…this needs to happen.
The Hungry Runner Girl
BAHAHAHA thank you for catching that. I need more sleep. Okay, a panaffle needs to be on my plate asap!
Natalie @ Never Serious Blog
Aw, thank goodness for the blanket miracle!
I like to follow funny pet Instagrams, I can’t remember what they are called, but the teacup pig account and also man bun monday are some of my faves!
I’ll be going for a short taper run, then wrapping presents and addressing Christmas cards tonight probably while watching T-Swift on the VS fashion show!
BrosBeingBasic – thank you Candice and unspirational. I still feel bad about that one.
I am fine if there are only pancakes or waffles, but toppings? That is a whole other story. I have to eat at least 3 pancakes so I can cover my bases – one maple, one pb, and one with fruit and whipped cream. I just don’t ever want to regret my choice if I had to choose one, ya know?
My favorite treadmill is on the first row- second from the left. Second favorite is the last one on the right. They are both under fans and it makes a huge difference. SO much so that one morning I was so excited to see my favorite one was open that I got on it without realizing the person before me left it running and I flew off the *$#! thing.
I loved your post this morning. Reading it makes me happy. Every time you talk about him it makes me happy. I love you and you deserve someone who treats you like the amazing person you are.
I have class until late into the the night :(.
I don’t have favorite treadmill, because I only have the one but it works great!
Yes, I have a favorite treadmill and luckily, it’s almost always free when I get there! Funny how we get so attached to our treadmills :)
I love following celeb instagram accounts… Especially if they post real-life stuff (and not just ‘ads’ to watch their TV show). The entire cast of Modern Family = two thumbs up.
Tonight we’re going to dress up like Santa and Mrs. Clause and go take pictures around town so we can do a “Santa Spotted” FB series for my in-laws business! Ha! Then I’ll go for a run at the gym (hopefully on my favorite treadmill…) and then dinner, which is french onion soup that’s been simmering away all day in the crockpot. YUM!
Kate @ SoCal Runner Gal
I have a favorite treadmill too and even though there are approximately 32 treadmills at my gym (I made that up) I get really bummed when “mine” is taken.
YAY for a blankie miracle!!! :) My sister is in her 30s and still has the blankie my grandma made her. I was concerned for awhile but I’ve let it go…
Kimberly @ Keeping Up With Kimberly
Thank goodness you found the blanket! I still have my favorite blanket from when I was a little kid. It’s safely packed away in a box of memories.
Tonight I’ll be running a few miles on my treadmill (which happens to be my favorite!). After that I’ll grab a big bowl of peppermint ice cream and a stack of chocolate graham crackers to enjoy while I watch the Victoria Secret fashion show with my girlfriends!
I was just writing about running indoors versus outdoors. I’m glad you got a nice run in. I agree with you about the sub 3 hour goal right now. Everything seems daunting to think about! When I was running the 7 min pace race the other day I was like…gosh that 3 hour marathon is a ways off hahaha.
I don’t have a favorite treadmill, but I do have a general area I prefer, and that is in the back. Another knit-picky thing with me is I do not like people flanking me. There must be at least one empty treadmill each side of me! Oh, how quirky I am!
Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes
I have a favorite spin bike so I completely understand your obsession with a particular treadmill!
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
Theres a couple treadmills in this building that have some fancy screen that shows nature and wildlife trails like you are actually running them. It was the first time I had seen them and they are pretty cool. I do prefer watching movies though. There are like 4 in a row and then one all by itself in a corner which I prefer since I like nooks and not running next to people :)
Kristina @ Blog About Running
You KNOW what show is on tonight: THE MINDY PROJECT! :) I think it is the Christmas special so don’t miss it! Watching is the most important thing on my to-do list for today! haha
I do have a favorite treadmill and if someone is on it I get unreasonably upset!
Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine
I don’t like running on treadmills, but yes I have a favorite one! (Or one I hate the least).
I am making spaghetti squash with ground turkey, spinach, and tomato sauce. Nothing too exciting but should be pretty good!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
I don’t have a favorite treadmill, but I do have a favorite Stairclimber. No fail, there’s always a guy using it to stretch on first thing when the gym opens. It drives me crazy when I have to use one not on the end because he’s using it to stretch. It’s so strange to me what people use the gym equipment for.
meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
One time my son thought he lost one of his pound puppies (Clam) and he was so upset that he told me we couldn’t even talk about it lol. He was three. Thankfulyly Clam reappeared a few weeks later. Under the bed. Ha
I only run on ones DIRECTLY in front of the tv (even if a tv is attached) because I’m super clumsy and can only look ahead or wipe out. My mom is SO glad she paid for ballet lessons… graceful is my name, oh.
Tonight — hopefully a little cross training and catching up on TV — I think Mysteries of Laura is on, I love Debra Messing!
Brenda @ Don't Lose The Trail
I’m headed into SF tonight for tacos with my best friend then a little going away get together!
Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola
The salon where I go gives you wine when you’re getting your hair done. It’s awesome!
I’m getting Mexican tonight :)
Sally @ sweat out the small stuff
I only run on treadmills that are in the back row so nobody can see me run. Lol.
I’m watching the Voice tonight.
So happy the blanket appeared! What a Christmas miracle!
Tonight’s TV lineup…NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, and CHICAGO FIRE!!!! : ).
The rest of the will be spent with the child doing his homework and hopefully getting our tree decorated.
Dinner…the kiddo will be having his usual chicken nuggets + mac & cheese; I will be going the route of turkey burger + avocado slices…and either mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes (cannot decided)!!)…or roasted potatoes…..
I am particular about treadmills at the gym. Usually the one the farthest away but where I can still see a TV. NOT looking forward to January when the gym is super busy for about a month!
glad Brooke got her blanket back!
when my brother was a baby, my mom gave him a new/clean dish rag as a “stuffed animal/blanket” so that she could continuously replace it to avoid the meltdowns that my sister and I both had when we lost our special animal/blanket
Linda @ TheFitty
Could you do a post specifically on brooke? Her memes, her words, her actions and thoughts? Gina has one called Livi-isms, and they’re just so darn cute I can’t handle it!
Back when I used to run at the gm I did have a favorite treadmill. It was the only one there that could go faster than 6 MPH without dying! So bad..!
At this point my hatred for treadmills runs so deep that I prefer running outside, in yak tracks in the middle of a good old Maine Nor’ Easter.
Which is exactly how I spent my late afternoon (“snow” day so I got off work early!)
I totally did tricks on the bar too! We would have been the best of friends :) it’s still my favorite trick to pull out for kiddos.
Staci @ Hoosier Running Mom
My son used to have a blanket he would go anywhere without!! Then one day he was over it, just like that!!!! My salon doesn’t feed me and I am going to file a complaint!!! If I have to look crazy while being colored I should get a snack!!!!!
Yay for engagements!!!!!!
You’re going to kill Boston! I am from the North East and traveled a lot in Utah/Colorado/New Mexio last summer. I was in the middle of marathon training so I did a ton of running out there and the elevation just about KILLED me… But when I came home and ran at sea level again I was a machine! You’re going to be so much faster over here with all that mountain running you’ve been doing!
Alyssa @ See This Girl Run
I have my favorite two machines mostly because of their location to my favorite TVs. I can watch Charmed and 3 different news channels at the same time! It’s the only way I watch the news haha I was devastated yesterday when I went and that whole section was full.
I have my ward Christmas party tonight. Should be great! and yummy. Red Iguana is catering!
Amy @ They May Be Light
What a sweet photo of your nephew and sister! I love your hair dark, I’m excited to see it!
I love the blanket miracle! What a sweet tender mercy!
After one of my marathons my Henry told me “Wow Mom! You run even faster than the gingerbread man!” Totally made my day!
I use the treadmill so rarely that I don’t have a favorite. I do try to position myself with a good view a tv.
Tonight’s dinner: Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole…so good!!! I’ll definitely be posting the recipe on my blog!
TV: I’ll be watching Sons of Anarchy tonight!
IG accounts: redheadontherun_1, blonde_bun_runner, runemz, runeatrepeat, and of course you should follow me: jenchoosesjoy
Caroline @ The Little Things Blog
idk what I’ll be watching- I have a migraine so I might just watch a hallmark Christmas movie so I can sort of space out. That pic of your nephew and sister is so cute!
Dana @ Running on Coffee
Aw, I’m so glad you found her blanket! I’m 20, but I have a blanket that I’m pretty attached to so I feel her pain haha. Monica’s instagram post is spot on, I need to forward that to my boyfriend ;) My dad made enchiladas for dinner, and I’m watching Rudolph right now!
Kris @ Canadian Girl Runs.
Haha I totally have a favourite treadmill. On the weekend my mom went to the gym with me and I told her that someone was using MY treadmill and she said that was super weird… glad to know I’m not the only one ;)
I made cinnamon whole wheat buttermilk pancakes for breakfast today and tonight I’m visiting blogs. : )
Robyn @ Robyn's Living Life
I love waffles! Blueberry is key.
I totally get Brooke’s obseasilnbwith her blanket. Rock on sista.
I feel fortunate that my favorite treadmill is in my home workout room!!!
I noticed you had your treadmill at 1.5 for the incline – that is what I usually set mine too for a normal run.
I feel fortunate that my favorite treadmill is in my home workout room!!!
I noticed you had your treadmill at 1.5 for the incline – that is what I usually set mine to for a normal run.
I definitely have a favorite treadmill! There are five treadmills at my gym and I love running on the on in the middle; or the third one. I was a brave girl tonight and went for a 4.5 mile run in the rain. I am definitely a fair weather runner. I had chicken fajitas for dinner tonight, one of my favorite meals. I watched Office Space tonight, it is a great movie! One of my favorite Instagram accounts that I have recently started following is: twobadbodies. They are two ladies who workout in matching workout gear and post videos, food, or inspirational messages. They were also featured in Zelle. I find their deviation to fitness to be very inspiring!
I meant to say dedication to fitness, not deviation.
I love Monica…love Brooke and her blankie too
I love Amara!!!!
Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner
I really like Monica’s account. It just cracks me up. It’s like she knows what makes me laugh lol.
I just moved recently, so haven’t decided on favorites at my new gym yet…..but I am narrowing it down!
You MUST start following @cutieandthebeast on Instagram. Really.
You will want to get Brooke a dog in the worst way after you see the cuteness of those BFFs.
Becky @ Ok, so here's the plan
I definitely used to have favorite pieces of gym equipment when I belonged to a gym. Now I just have my treadmill at home.
I’m lounging, watching Big Bang Theory and icing my ankle. It’s not behaving itself.
Monica is one of the funniest instagram accounts I’ve followed so far. She cracks me up!
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
When I used to run at the gym I definitely had a favorite treadmill. I would also move partway through a workout if it opened up!
Monica has such a funny Instagram! I also like @bevcooks because she has such cute twin toddlers with such clever captions!
Hey! I’m looking for a sub-3 next year as well! We should compare notes.
We have a row of pink treadmills at the gym so I obviously must run on a pink one every time! The Instagram “betches” always posts funny things!! Have a great night!
Molly @ Motherhood and Marathons
I have a favorite treadmill at the gym, too! If I can’t get it, I watch it obsessively until its free and then pounce ;)
I got my hair done tonight, came home and put the kiddo to bed, ate dinner with the hubs and then ran 5 miles on the ‘mill (at home, not on my fave at the gym)!
There are only 3 treadmills in the gym at my apartment and only one of them has its own TV and it is way more high tech than the other two! I get made if there’s some old lady walking on it… there are lots of old ladies in my apartment building.
For dinner we had Taco Tuesday! Yummm. I used Trader Joe’s corn + wheat tortillas, and cooked the chicken in TJ’s double roasted salsa – SO GOOD! Also if you haven’t had TJ’s ice cream – IT IS AMAZING! Seriously this stuff is like Fenton’s status. I want to try all the flavors. They have pecan pie flavor right now.
Speaking of TJ’s… you should follow @traderjoeslist instagram account! Runners I like: @speedymama, @ahappypace, @runninghood, @comeback_runner
Hilary @ Embrace the Neon
I totally understand about having a favorite treadmill! I get weirdly possessive about mine – when it’s taken, I’m irrationally angry at the person who is on it.
Rachel Runs Music City
I do have a favorite treadmill! It’s the one that is very stable, doesn’t make noise, and isn’t broken. I have been known to put my water bottle there in the morning so I can use it at night. The gym people think it’s funny, but I’m serious about it!
I’m trying a new recipe for dinner tonight, Cola Chicken. My husband loves Coke, so I’m hoping this is a winner.
I love to follow @instarunners. I love the variety that they post and it’s always motivating and interesting.
My 5 year old daughter has a favorite blanket (and has for years) – we were so worried about her losing it that we actually decided to buy a ‘backup’ – but since it had been purchased from somewhere like TJ Maxx, we had to hunt online and ended up having one sent from ENGLAND. We never needed the backup, and by now her blanket is so ragged that there wouldn’t be any fooling her if we had to make a stealthy replacement! The things we do for our kids. :)
I definitely have a favorite treadmill. It’s in the “overflow” cardio room (no TV’s. I hate TV’s when I’m running!) has an operational fan, and is directly in front of the mirror so if I want to quit early I have to look myself in the eye to do it.
My daughter didn’t have a special blanket but I definitely did! One of our oft-repeated family stories involves forgetting to bring my blanket to a candlelight church service and my having a major meltdown because of it. My siblings love telling that story!
Jane @ 50statecanuck
I totally had my favorite treadmill at the gym, but then I saved my pennies (ok, more like A LOT of dollars) and bought myself a treadmill for home…so it is not only my favorite, but I always have dibs! :)
I just need to refer back to a post of yours where you showed the mint chocolate M&Ms and I had said that I hadn’t seen them in Canada but let me tell you, that was one of my “to-do’s” while in Texas racing this past weekend…I found them and I ate them…and I am in LOVE!!
That blanket story is AWESOME!!
I was glad my kids were “fickle”. Only one had their special “lovey” — and that bond wasn’t developed until she was about 4 or 5, so she took the misplaced item a bit more in stride. One of my kids had their friend over for a sleepover. They were about 9 or 10 at the time. The girl had her favorite blanket from since she was born. I was actually stressed that something was going to happen to it. So much pressure! :)
Glad that Blanket (what does Brooke call it?) was found!
Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out
Uhm yes, there is definitely a hierarchy of treadmills in my mind haha!
I hope your hair turned out fabulous! I’m glad Brooke’s blanket is back!
Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse
I totally have a favorite treadmill at the gym, and I try to get it whenever I can! However, I am super weird about throwing off my run, so most of the time I will just stay on the treadmill that I am on. I’m excited to see your hair, and you are right, this December weather is crazy!!
Yep. I definitely have a favorite treadmill. Today, I had to squeeze next to a lady that obviously did not want some right beside her. I wanted to say, “Don’t give me stink eye! This treadmill is my favorite!”, but I kept quiet and ran on.
So fun! Excited to see the unveiling of your new hair!!!
Angela @ HonestlyAngela
I am crazy indecisive – Glad to know I’m not alone.
My favorite treadmill at the gym is the one that has the best view of the TV that plays talk shows. I like watching Ellen when I run, and I don’t like having to hold my head at an awkward angle to do it!
i’m obsessed with Monica’s IG and spend half my morning tagging friends on her posts! just had a text convo w/ a girlfriend last night and again this morning about how we need to step up our IG game b/c people like her exist and are the most hilarious. her post “i have mixed drinks about feelings” — i cannnnnnot. love it.
Can you have your mom email me every single day? Seriously, lately I need major pick me ups daily.