New Apps, Cross Country, Oiselle + More!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a Friday Favorites post. I have a lot of favs right now so I’ll jump right in.


Instagram Favorites |

[one] I recently made the switch from Android to iPhone and I’m loving all the new apps that are now available to me. I’ve been playing around a little on Instagram lately. Fitsnap is one of my favorites! [two] I was recently featured on the Another Mother Runner website in Sarah and Dimity’s Follow That Mother series. Read more —> here. [three] I’m running in the early morning still and lately that means I’m seeing some pretty spectacular sunrises. [four] It always amazes me when I can run a pace for 7 miles (or more) when sometimes that exact same pace is impossible for 3 miles. [five] I’ve had a few treadmill miles lately and they’ve been tough. I’m slowly getting used to it again because I’m guessing I’ll be on it a lot over the winter.

Follow me on Instagram —-> here.

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday |

I stumbled upon this oldie but goodie recently from my high school cross country days. This particular photo was taken during a state championship and I believe I placed dead last. My injury on my leg was killing me and the only reason I didn’t drop out was because our little team of 5 needed everyone to cross the finish line in order to place as a team. Little did I know that one of my other teammates dropped out of the race earlier! I’m glad I finished though. I specifically remember people clapping for me at the finish line and besides being completely embarrassed, I was proud that I finished.

Interesting Reads

Meatless Monday: Risotto Primavera by Annmarie at The Fit Foodie Mama

Balancing your Running Goals by Bryanna at Wholesomely Fit

Train Your Brain to Run Your Best by Jesica at Runladylike

Guest Post: Strength Training by Ariana over on Matters of Course

FlipBelt Made Me a Better Mom by Allie on Vita Train for Life

Favorite Running Gear

Oiselle Roga |


Hands down, my favorite running shorts are the Oiselle Rogas. (affiliate link) Until buying these I was wearing inexpensive shorts that were for the most part purchased at Target. I had no idea how nice a pair of shorts that actually fit well could be. Ever since I purchased these it’s been hard to pull out my old shorts and when I do I’m constantly tugging on them. I don’t think the old ones will last much longer in my rotation!

I also purchased the Winona Tank and I’m a big fan of that as well. The fabric is so soft that I almost feel like it shouldn’t be a workout shirt!

Currently Reading

Marathon training is the perfect time to listen to an audio book. I’m currently making my way through The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I only listen to it while I’m running so it’s a great motivator to get me out the door. I had heard that it was a really good book but I didn’t know anything about it before I started listening. Needless to say, I’m hooked.


Currently Reading |


Favorite Quotes

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C. S. Lewis 





I’m running the Chicago Marathon with Team RMHC!

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  1. Norine says:

    I found your blog from AMR’s Follow This Mother! series – Good luck with Chicago. I’ve run that twice and it is such a fun race.

    I commented because I see that you are listening to The Goldfinch – I started listening to it too, but then I just had to buy the book because I found myself sitting in my car in my garage much longer than I needed to! I love that book – I did not have the discipline that you have to only listen to it while running :/

    Good luck!

    • Hi Norine, thanks for stopping by!

      I listened to the book for my entire long run on Saturday…2.5 hours! The miles just flew by. I figured that I would have to switch to music at some point but I didn’t.

      I’m thinking about buying the book too because I’m running early in the morning during the week and I don’t like to wear ear phones in the dark. I can’t listen in my car because I usually have a kid (or 3) with me.

  2. jill conyers says:

    I need to try the Oiselle shorts. They look like a great length aka not too short! A friend just recommended Goldfinch.

    Have a great weekend!

    Thanks for linking up with Fitness Friday! I appreciate you joining and your support :)

    • The Oiselle shorts are so nice. I bought the shorter version (they also come in long) but when I tried both on these fit best.

      Thanks for hosting Fitness Friday. I haven’t been participating as much lately because sometimes it’s hard to follow through and visit some other blogs. I only link up now when I know I can make time to comment on other posts.

  3. Fawn says:

    I’ve heard of the Goldfinch before! I may have to read it soon.
    I’ve never tried listening to an audio book while running. Maybe it’ll help me not to over think things. 😉

    • I absolutely love to listen to a book while running. My last book was The Night Circus and that was great too. You should try it and if you don’t have an Audible account already do a google search for a free trial. You can get a free book that way to try it out.

  4. Amy @ Life to the Full says:

    Those running shorts are so cute! Love the C.S. Lewis quote, too!