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I'm In Miami (Beach)

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Key West Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!


I made it into Miami this morning, and I'm so happy to be near the ocean this weekend! I'm currently in South Beach - which is where my best friend lives - and I'll be heading down to Key West tomorrow with my college roommate for the Key West Half Marathon!

I Hate Weddings


I've been toying with this post for the past month, but since it's the first day of the new year, I figured I'd better get cracking on it. There's no time like the present, right?

First, I should say that I don't actually hate weddings. Hate is a very strong word, best reserved for things like hatred itself and lima beans. I'm not a fan of weddings. I've had to attend so many throughout my life. Public displays of affection, crying, and general girliness are just not my jam. And that's cool. Different strokes for different folks, right?

That's not to say that I didn't enjoy any of the weddings I've attended over the years. Of course I did! Seeing my siblings and best friend get married were very special moments, and I was so honored that they wanted to share them with me. We should all feel honored when people close to us want us to join them in celebrating joyous occasions, right?

Now, because this is a new year, I should probably clarify: This is not a whining and complaining post. I'm starting out this year happy and ready to take on any challenges thrown my way. I just thought I would go through some caveats while I bury the lede. That's a writer's prerogative, right?

Naughty or Nice with Three Wishes


I received products from Three Wishes in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts contained in this post are alllll mine.

I love this time of year, and I'm not shy about it! I love wearing festive outfits for holiday parties, Christmas shopping, or just jamming out to holiday music in my room; I love how everyone seems to be in a better mood than any other time of the year; I get caught staring at all of the lights on homes and around town; and of course I love all of the treats!

I received two treats from Three Wishes this week to check out and review for all of you. One was nice, but the other was definitely naughty. Now, let me tell you a little bit about Three Wishes.

Big, big warning here: You should not visit 3wishes.com from your work computer! That would be frowned upon at most jobs, I imagine. Three Wishes specializes in lingerie and costumes, but they also carry shoes, makeup, and accessories. So, as tempted as you may be to click that link at work (that is, if you're reading this at work), think about what your boss would think if they caught you checking out lingerie while on the clock. Got it? Good!

Fit Food Review: FlapJacked Protein Pancakes and Mighty Muffins + A Giveaway


A few months back, I attended the WOW Summit in National Harbor. I got exposed to many healthy brands during the summit, and I was so happy to have a new bag of healthy vitamins, probiotics, treats, and food to take home with me to add to my healthy eating arsenal.

One brand that I got to try at the summit was FlapJacked. I had seen their Mighty Muffins in Vitamin Shoppe, but I'd never actually given them a try. I first tried their Maple Pumpkin Mighty Muffin at the summit, and I fell in love! I really struggle in the mornings, and anything that would allow me to get a quick, healthy breakfast that I could eat while I'm running around in the morning is a plus for me. Just a quarter cup of water in the Mighty Muffin cup, a quick stir, and less than a minute in the microwave, and I can start shoveling yummy goodness into my big mouth. Oh, and I can consume 20g of protein in the process! Schwing! So, when the folks at FlapJacked contacted me about trying out their line of products, I jumped at the opportunity!

Race Recap: 2016 Annapolis Running Classic Half Marathon



I absolutely love the Annapolis Running Classic. It is my favorite race every year, and I was happy to be a member of the Nap Run Classic A-Team for my second year in a row!

Everything about the race went great for me this year, without question. The weather was perfect, I didn't have to run it alone, I could do packet pickup pretty close to my house (even though I almost forgot!) and I could sleep in a little bit more this year since my boyfriend and I decided to get an Airbnb place nearby.

Me after picking up my packet, in all of my
Annapolis Running Classic swag. Nerd alert!
My boyfriend, on the other hand, forgot to select our local running store as a packet pickup location, so we had to drive up to Annapolis the night before the race once again. At that point, we figured we might as well get an Airbnb, since it was so annoying last year dealing with traffic in the morning (not because of the race, but because they were randomly doing construction on the highway the morning of the race, and it backed up the highway pretty badly and was only allowing one lane to pass. LAME!). We also had to deal with rush hour traffic getting to Annapolis after dealing with Friday rush hour traffic after work. I don't know why Fridays are always so bad here on the Beltway, but I guess it's just part of living in the DC Area. #kanyeshrug

Beauty Time Out: NeoCell Biotin Bursts Review + GIVEAWAY


A couple of months ago, I attended the WOW Summit, and got to try out a ton of healthy products. One of those products was a package of Biotin Bursts from NeoCell.

For the past year, I have been pretty good about taking biotin. My skin, hair, and nails have definitely appreciated it! I'm always looking for easy way to take biotin. That's why I was so pumped to try out the Biotin Bursts. These little bursts are yummy and easy to just chew and go, which means I can keep extras in my purse to take with me in case I forget to take one before I leave home (read: no need to grab a glass of water like you might if you had to take a capsule!).

Travel Tuesday: Key West Half Marathon


Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Key West Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

A few days after running my last half marathon of the year, it seems appropriate that I start planning out my half marathons for next year, right?

I am so excited, you guys! It looks like I'm kicking off my 2017 race calendar in Key West, Florida! That's right! I'm running the 2017 Key West Half Marathon! I will definitely be looking forward to some fun in the sun while we're in the dead of winter here in Maryland. Even more exciting: I'll be running the race with one of my favorite people! I'm planning to fly down to West Palm Beach, meet up with my roommate/teammate from college, drive down to South Beach to meet up with my best friend, and then all three of us head down to Key West! My college roommate/teammate, Jade, will be running the race with me, if I can convince her to run the half! She's never run a half marathon before, or anything longer than a 5k, but I'm trying to talk her into tacking on more miles each week. She actually runs more in a week than I do!

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