In Her Shoes

Tackling my bucket list, one half marathon at a time.


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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

One word is getting me through this week: Football.

Yes everyone, get excited. College football starts on Saturday (technically Thursday). If you know me, you know almost nothing gets me more giddy than college football. To me… it’s fireworks, the 4th of July, Christmas, chocolate and all wonderful things rolled up in one fantastic bundle. And right now, there is nothing to complain about. Iowa currently has a perfect season (that won’t last long), the weather isn’t frigid yet, and the leaves still have yet to fall. OMG I’m so happy.

I’m kicking off the season by going to the Badger football game on Saturday. No, it’s not an Iowa game, but I’ll settle. Camp Randall isn’t too shabby on a Saturday morning. But you can bet I’ll be repping black and gold somehow.

How else am I celebrating football season? By joining my first fantasy league this year! Yesterday was draft day and it was so much fun. Why have I never done this before?

Fantasy Football Draft

Apparently my team is very “injury prone”, but I don’t cuuuurrr because I have Aaron Rodgers! And Gronk! The only thing that broke my heart? The chick before me in league snagged Eric Decker. Playing dirty I see. My team name? Gronk If You Love the Packers.

Gronk if you love the Packers

This weekend was just full of good things. I FINALLY broke out of my running funk. I ran 14 miles with my friends Ryan and Krista Saturday morning and it felt oh, so good. I didn’t love the first 3 miles, but what else is new? I cruised through the rest of the miles with ease and I ended with optimistic thoughts and a mood that skyrocketed. But that’s now in the past and I have a whole other dreadful week ahead of me. I have 15 on the schedule this Saturday…before the Badger game.

Of course, I can’t end a blog post without a picture of my adorable niece. Yesterday I took Mila’s 2-month pics and this little cutie just gets me every time. I’m obsessed!

Mila Moo at 2 Months

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Hold the Phone. Megan Gets Serious.

I mentioned last week that my favorite things to talk about are traveling, photography, cheesy quotes, sports, running and music. And I decided to blog about this every Friday. The name of this tradition is still to be determined. But here we go.

Travel: I’m off to Clearwater Beach in 6 days for Gretchen’s bachelorette party with a few of my best friends on the planet. I’ve been planning this shindig for months and I’m so excited that it’s finally here! I just hope Gretchen still loves me after this trip 😉

Which brings me to photography. A lovely picture of Clearwater Beach. Clearwater Beach

Cheesy Quotes: I have an endless list of fabulous quotes so it’s is always difficult to pick just ONE. Beautiful Things

So why did I choose this quote? I’ll get serious for a minute because Megan + Seriousness is rare.

I’ve had a difficult last few months. Not difficult in a sense that I have a drug addiction, lost a loved one or had a Kevin Ware injury. Just more difficult that usual. Let me start by saying I’m an incredibly happy and optimistic person. Anyone who knows me would agree. But the last few months I’ve been confused about life, what I’m doing with it and where I’m going. It just constantly seems like a piece of the puzzle is missing and I’m trying to fill it with temporary fun.

But apparently this is what growing up is. This is what your 20s is about. It’s the time of your life where you find out who you truly are. Or so I’ve been told. I thought that was what college was for? Ugh, those 4 years just didn’t prepare me for life at all.

Well this is what I’ve learned about your 20s: it doesn’t turn out the way you’ve always pictured it. You go to work, have what seems like 30 minutes to yourself, sleep, repeat. You’re not making millions and you get hangovers that last 3x as long as they did at age 21. BUT …

Were the mountains made of rainbow sherbet and the clouds cotton candy until you became an adult? Absolutely not. Life’s been posing questions forever, we just had parents, teachers, adults to give us the right answer or guidance, and now it’s your call.

I am beginning to agree with the above. I do believe I’m finding out who I am. Slowly but surely, the clouds are fading and every once in awhile I get sight of what’s really important. And I’m learning how to be my own person. I’ve always been easy-going and I go with the flow. And more often than not, I put other’s thoughts, feelings, desires ahead of mine. I know that’s necessary from time to time but maybe not as often as I do. I’m happy to say that I’m finally “growing balls.” I’m learning to say “no” and speak my mind. I am happy to say that I’ve changed in the last year and I like the person I’m becoming.

So back to my chosen quote. I’ve come to one more huge realization: I am an incredibly fortunate person. I have a great family, amazing friends, good health and have the opportunity to travel and see/do things others cannot. I encourage you to take a step back for a moment and think of how lucky YOU are. It’s quite refreshing.

–End Serious Tangent–

Sports: During basketball season, I’m a diehard Badger. But the second the season is over, my heart and soul belong to the Hawkeyes. Well, that time of year has come. And it feels good to be back where I belong. Back with the big boys

Running: I got new kicks! I’m pumped because I get to nix the purple shoes (I’m not a fan of purple). But like you’re supposed to, I went with comfort over style. Here are the schnazzy new thangs:

Please forgive the cheesy picture.

Please forgive the cheesy picture.

Random Question: I found this website on Pinterest where you can (apparently) buy North Face at a crazy discount. I’m nervous to try it but I’m curious! Does anyone know if it’s legit?

Music: Do you remember The Boxer Rebellion? Man, I haven’t listened to their music in so long and came across them in a movie last weekend. Ah, what a wonderful, long-lost band. Enjoy. Happy weekend, friends.


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Randomness is Lovely and Fun

I have a whole lot of randomness flowing through my brain and I need to get it out on paper screen.

This got me thinking. Things I love most are traveling, photography, cheesy quotes, sports, running and music. My blogger friend Dom does this thing called “Sounds, Suds and Cinema” every once in a while because he loves music, beer and movies. So I’m stealing this brilliant idea and will test it out with my interests. I just need a fun way to say it…something that has a nice ring to it. Any ideas? I’ll mull that one over. Until then…

Photography: I selected this photo mostly because I constantly crave Denver.Craving Denver

Another photo/quote: Saw this on Pinterest the other day. Maybe my new phone cover?

Carpe the HELL out of this Diem

Sports: I absolutely LOVE Aaron Craft. His only flaw? He’s a buckeye.

Travel: As a bucket list freak, I found this “30 Things Travelers Must See and Do Before They’re 30.” I loved it and thought I’d share.

Quote: My parents live in Arizona during the winter. My pops comes home on Sunday and I cannot wait. 3 more weeks till the Madre is back! For some reason, this winter without them has been harder than the past. Love Your Parents

Running: This week my roommate came to me for running advice. She is not a runner and never has been. She asked where to get running shoes because she wants to be able to run 5 miles nonstop before a wedding in July. You can’t even imagine how happy this made me. So we put together a couch to 5k program for her. After she’s able to do a 5k, we’ll up it to an 8k. I’m so proud of Whittney and can’t wait to watch her progress. Of course…I will keep you all updated as well. Her program starts Sunday!

Music: Last but definitely not least…I leave you with a lovely tune. Happy Easter, friends.


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The Last Time I’ll Complain About Marshall Henderson

Meet Marshall Henderson.

“I’ve always had a target on my back because of my talent.”

No.

You have a target on your back because of how you portray yourself on the court.

Now let me start by stating that I like to keep my blog appropriate and tasteful. But there is nothing tasteful about Marshall Henderson. So I’m going to say it. He’s a douche.

Yes, I am bitter that he and Ole Miss beat Wisconsin in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament last Friday. But regardless, this guy is a jerk.

Evidence #1:

Evidence #2:

Evidence #3 (most recently when they lost to La Salle)

 

Matt Brown said it perfectly with this statement: 

“He’s either an embarrassment to the sport of basketball, an overrated guard who shoots too much and plays lousy defense, and a self-centered showboat who needs to take his game and his life more seriously.”

I have now wasted too much time of my life writing about Marshall Henderson. Good riddance.

I feel a lot of negative energy protruding through this blog post, so I’m going to end with a positive that’s fitting for today.

I support Gay Marriage

Peace and love, peeps.


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You Can Find Me In St. Louie

T-minus 7 hours until I hit the road to St. Louis! And t-minus 45 hours until I run the worst half marathon of my career. Well actually, I take that back. Nothing could be worse than the Madison Half in May 2010.

But really, time-wise…I have very low expectations for this race. I ran once this week and did three very short runs last week. The longest run I did was 11 miles, which I did about 3 weeks ago. My foot is still nagging me but I plan on loading up on Ibuprofen and calling it a day.

I’m running this half with my friends Beth, Ross and Katherine. We may or may not be doing a brewery tour on Saturday (race is Sunday) so this could get interesting. Plus if Iowa beats Penn State tomorrow night, there’s no way this girl isn’t celebrating in some fashion.

BUT on the fun-scale, this half will be great! I plan on running with my phone to snap pics and the 4 of us are going to run together…not going for time. I originally planned on running a sub-2 but I have other halves for that.

I’m so excited for this view!

Our post-race plans? We’re going to the Packers/Rams game! I just hope the Pack plays like they did last Sunday.

Well, here goes nothin’. Have a great weekend all and GO HAWKS.

Enjoy the beat. You’ll want to play it on r.e.p.e.a.t.


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Homecoming: A Wonderful Way to Feel Like You’re in College Again + the Realization That YOU’RE OLD

I’m going to start off by saying I’ve been a horrible blogger lately. Just horrible. Life is consuming me.

First off: Ladies, click this link right now. It will be the cutest thing you see all day. Gents, you should probably click it too.

Second: I have to even out a cute link with a hilarious one. I saw this last night and tears were streaming down my face from laughing so hard. I think I’m amused because it reminds me of myself as a kid. I seriously did this. I put the blame 100% on my sister because she never wanted to play with me.

 

Third: My recap of Homecoming weekend in Iowa through pictures. (For those of you who don’t know, I’m a University of Iowa grad).

I don’t think I ever fail to smile at the point of my drive. I love going back to Iowa.

Only about half of our college crew was able to make it back for Homecoming, but this 5 still managed to do a great deal of damage in IC.

Being typical females. Snappin’ pics left and right. I never turn down a great photo-op.

Sign #216849 that I’m growing up: the bar I used to work at in college is no longer. RIP Vitos. You done me good.

Kinnick Stadium: the best thing in Iowa City.

Oh hey, what do you know…Iowa won. Floyd is finally back in the hands of the rightful owners. (Iowa: 31, Minnesota: 13)

Sunday afternoon, there was a “Celebrity Basketball Game” where former Iowa athletes played in a basketball game at Carver. One of our friends was playing, so we went to watch. My friend Kristin and I had to get up in front of the crowd and play this embarrassing game. Never again.

My last shot before leaving town. I love this place.

2 things Homecoming Taught Me:

  1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of my children will go to the University of Iowa. If they don’t, I’ll disown all of them.
  2. I am growing up. And getting old. The bars are nothing like they used to be. Or else I just have higher standards now. But they are disgusting…there was a cockroach on the bathroom floor at Summit. It’s always fun to go back, but it’s definitely a different environment from when I was in college.

Running update: Welp, I took a week off running. After the most stressful work week to date, events every day after work, and Iowa Homecoming last weekend, I just didn’t have the time or energy to run. But I’m back at it this week. I even woke up at 5:30 yesterday to get 5 miles in before work! I love those days. I set my alarm to do it again this morning. Did it happen? Nope.

I have two and a half weeks until the St. Louis Half. I’m still going for a sub-2 hour half, but if I won’t be surprised if I don’t do it. I haven’t been nearly as dedicated to my training as I should. Oh well… we’ll see how Oct 21st goes.

This weekend I’m off to Minneapolis to visit friends and watch the Twin Cities Marathon. My best friend’s boyfriend is running and I plan on taking my SLR to snap some sweet shots. I’m so excited for this weekend, which has made this week possibly the longest week ever.

I leave you with a beat I’ve been playing on repeat. Enjoy.


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Whose Stupid Idea Was It To Cancel The Office?

Now that I’m back in my running groove, I actually look forward to my runs instead of dreading them. I went for a 10-miler Saturday morning with a few friends and it couldn’t have gone better. I was a tad nervous because I hadn’t run over 5 miles since my marathon in June (whoops).

We met at Brittingham Boathouse at 7:30am and hit the road. I forgot how much distance you cover in those longer runs. I feel like we ran all over tarnation (yes, I just pulled a Carol and said tarnation–Carol is my mother).

I also forgot how peaceful it is to run so early in the morning. The views are great, the other runners are friendly and the weather is perfect.

My favorite view of Madison: the road along John Nolen Dr. I’ve taken this pic one hundred times and it never gets old.

We turned to the Memorial Terrace, which could be my 3rd favorite place in Madison, right behind the Capital Square.

Sailboats outside the Memorial Terrace

We finished our run a little after 9am. Most people are just starting their day and I already had 10 miles under my belt. Ah, what a feeling.

I finished my Saturday, spending it with Badger Nation. There were definitely better things to do (like spend the day tailgating with REAL football fans… Hawkeyes), but that would do. The game was…entertaining to say in the least. I’ll leave it at that.

Camp Randal vs Utah State

Onto more important issues:

Parks and Rec starts Thursday, so I have been frequenting this site lately.

I saw a promo for the final season of The Office tonight. True story: I almost started to cry. I’ve been searching for the 30-second clip, but I can’t find it. But it goes something like this. And yes, I DID cry to that video. I’m a sap. Not afraid to deny it. But really…Office fans, if you haven’t already seen this clip, watch it. Just hilarious. How can this show end? Talk about depressing.

Enjoy today’s beat: