Top Ten Thursday #2

Happy Thursday!  How ecstatic are you that the holidays are here?  I love this time of year.  Don’t get me wrong I miss my extra hours of sunlight for running outside and I don’t enjoy the extra time I’m forced to spend on the treadmill.  But I love the colder weather and the leaves turning AND the holidays!  Are you sick of pumpkin yet?  Nope?  Me either!  I don’t think I could get sick of it.

Here’s my top ten fav’s of the week!

1.  The count down is on!  6 work days until vacation and I have a whole week off and then it’s Turkey Day!!

2.  My Orly Fowl Play nail polish!  For some reason I tend to be on a purple streak lately.  But I’m not necessarily a “purple” girl…  I also tend to be leaning towards darker polish.  I think after a while you get tired of pinks or neutrals.

3. IHOP’s cinnastack pancakes from last weekend were absolutely delicious.  I think I could eat them every day but I’d have to up my mileage…

4.  Oatmeal with apple or strawberries & sunflower seed butter!  I swear I could eat oatmeal every day and not get sick of it!

10837624996_59caf20068_b5.  Big Bang Theory.  Sheldon always makes me laugh.  I swear I could watch reruns all day long.  I’m loving the new episodes though!!

6.  My sister.  Did I already say how proud I am of her? 🙂

7.  My Samsung S4 camera!  I found myself using the camera on my phone more than my actual camera this weekend.  The pictures always come out so good.  But what does that say about my current camera?  That may be an idea for Santa.

8.  BIC bands.  I have long hair that has a mind of it’s own.  Especially when I run.  These are the only things that will keep my hair in place.  The best thing: each month they donate some from the sale of each band to a different charity!  The sparkle ones are my favorite.  I like to be a little blinged out when I run. 🙂

9.  Christmas in the stores already!?  I was in Wal-mart last week and it hit me how much it finally feels like the holidays.  They had Christmas music playing, food and decorations every where.  I know it’s crazy they have it out so early and I feel like it takes some away from Thanksgiving.  But I do love me some Christmas.  I’m one of those crazy people who could listen to Christmas music everyday starting November 1st!

10.  These beautiful fall leaves.  Although they’re almost all fallen off now.  I love running in the fall!

umstead2What are some of your favorite things this week? 

Anything you’re looking forward to?


Top Ten Thursday – numero uno!

I decided to create a weekly post of my top ten things of the week.  I realize doing this in kinda the middle of the week could cause some issues since the week wouldn’t be over yet, but we’ll see how it goes 🙂

1.  My Uggs!  This is one reason why I’m happy cold weather is here.  I get to wear “slippers” around all day long.   I can’t wait to get another pair!

2.  Maybelline Color Show Lavender Lustre nail polish.  I usually change my polish every week.  I feel like no polish is just plain boring.

3. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Granola.  I could eat the whole box.  Well pretty much anything pumpkin!

4. My new running shoes – Saucony Progrid Guide 6.  My first time trying the 6’s.  I love LOVE getting new running shoes!  Who doesn’t?10725180806_f869891f8b_b 10725091195_30d2c1bbdf_b

5. Single Serving Power Cookie from Powercakes. These things seem to be the best pre-run breakfast for my long runs.  They are packed with so much energy!  I added a scoop of protein powder, little bit of water, and used raisins instead.  Top it with some nut butter and it’s sooo good.  It’s even better with some pumpkin butter on top of that!

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6. My Samsung Galaxy Tablet to get me through those longer treadmill runs.  I don’t think I would I make it without my tablet and Bluetooth headphones.  Music can only get you but so far!  I just zone out and I’m good for a while.  Right now I’m working on Season 4 of Ugly Betty!


7.  Lunch with a great friend!  What’s better than food and girl time?

8. Zumba!  I can’t get enough of my Thursday night Athletic Zumba class!

9.  My Nathan Hydration pack!  I wear this on anything 13 miles or longer.  I love it!  It’s so much easier to drink than using a fuel belt!  Another plus is it doesn’t chaff like my lovely fuel belt.

10691866455_530f83f6d0_b10. My new Runner’s World Cookbook!  So excited about this one!  I just got it so I haven’t made any of the recipes in it but I can’t wait to start.  I could stare at the pages for hours….  Did I mention I like food?

What are some of your favorites right now?

Do you have the Runner’s World Cookbook?  Have you made anything from it?