Saturday, November 2, 2013

My First Real College Football Saturday of the Year!

One of my favorite things about fall is college football. Growing up I didn't care, at all. Heck I don't even think I realized that college football was anything significant. That all changed when I went to the University of Miami. Going to a big football school wasn't something I even thought about when picking a school, but I can't imagine what it would have been like to have gone to a school where athletics weren't so central and exciting!

Miss these two...Throwing up the U at our last game Senior year <3
So far this year, I haven't been able to watch much college football because my Saturdays have been busy with various activities. Don't fret, I made sure to at least watch the Hurricanes every week. 

But this morning, I woke up nice and early and immediately turned on college Gameday on ESPN. They were live from Tallahassee (aka Talla-nasty in the eyes of a cane) for the Canes vs. Noles game this evening. This is by far the biggest game of the year for both teams and although we are big underdogs, it's still to be an emotional and exciting game!

I planned to do a nice long run this morning, at least as long as my hip would let me. But I got out there and my heart and body wasn't in it, so I came back instead of pushing my leg through what would have been a waste of a run. I also realized I haven't had a rest day in 2 weeks...oops! At the time of composition, I still have not run today, but I'm starting to feel more motivated, so we shall see. *Editor's note - I ended up running, but only 7 miles. By the time I went it was 70+ degrees (much warmer than I'm used to) and the pancakes weren't sitting well.*

Not running meant making a yummy breakfast to satisfy my rumbling tummy. I turned to google and found a recipe for Whole Wheat Vanilla Protein Pancakes that looked worthy of trying. I ended up modifying the recipe slightly as I was cooking them, adding cinnamon and adding baking powder (as I realized the original recipe didn't call for any!) Overall they came out really well considering they are healthy and not sugar and fat laden. I will post the recipe later today! 

The rest of the day will be dedicated to watching college football. As I write this, BC just upset Virginia Tech. I can tell this is going to be an exciting day in college football! I might take myself out for a long run in a little bit (or only 7 miles...blah!), or I'll just be lazy and watch football until the Canes game this evening! I also want to make something yummy for dinner as I watch the game. If I come up with something blog worthy, you can be sure I'll share it tomorrow. 

Happy Saturday! I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

Any other college football fans out there?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Five (Things I'm Grateful For) on Friday

November is here!

It's the month of giving thanks for the many amazing things in our lives (although we shouldn't need a specific month to be thankful and grateful). Cori at Olive to Run has created a 28 day Count Your Blessings challenge, during which you write down one thing that you are grateful for. I have never done anything like this before. I admittedly am one who reflects too much on the negative and not enough on the positive. So it's definitely time for a change!

I am going to link up with Darci and use my Five on Friday post to jump start the count your blessings challenge and talk about 5 things that I am grateful for this week!

1) Nature's Beauty. This week I have been able to run almost every day, thanks to my hip finally starting to heal! As a result, I have been able to watch the sunrise almost every morning! It's so much more enjoyable to enjoy the sunrise while out running than having to view it through the windows of the gym. Being outside in the cool, crisp fall morning air is so calming. Being outside in the middle of one of mother natures lesser appreciated miracles is a great way to start off the day and just one more reason why I love running so much!

Sunrise during Thursday morning's run

2) Starbucks Holiday Drinks and Cups. I know this one is kind of lame, but the best part of my day is my Starbucks latte. When I walked in to my local SBucks today, I noticed everyone was holding the red holiday cups and the chalkboards were advertising the holiday drinks! I marched right up, asked the barista if this was real life and ordered my first nonfat, no whip gingerbread latte of the season. There is nothing more comforting than a holiday latte in a holiday cup.

3) My Kitty! - I am realizing that this is the first appearance that Sasquatch is making on my blog, what is wrong with me! This guy is the best friend any girl could ask for. He is always there for me, as long as I give him his wet food, dry food and treats. Over the last few weeks, he has been attached to my side (or my legs). I personally think that it has nothing to do with the cooler temperatures (and his wanting to suck body heat) and that he has kitty esp and knows how difficult the last few weeks have been. Denial? I think not!

Chilling with his momma
(or making my legs go to sleep, boy is 20 pounds)
4) My super thoughtful Momma

Momma and Me before my first Marathon!
 Earlier this week she sent me this adorable Halloween flower arrangement.

Yes, that puppy is 100% made out of flowers and no, it's not a stuffed animal. She really knows how to cheer me up, I mean after all she is my mom! And I am also secretly grateful that she sent me something I couldn't devour in 39 seconds (aka a huge box of Halloween candy- thanks for looking out mom!)

5) This Sweet Man

He sends me the sweetest texts sometimes :)

Happy Friday and I hope you all have a great weekend!

What are you grateful for this week?