Thursday, March 19, 2015

Workout Wednesday: First Hike of 2015

Hello, hello, lovely reader!

I'm not sure about you, but I have been enjoying the warmer (than last month - well, minus my trip to Rio :-) weather! I love being outdoors, and today did not disappoint!

If you are a regular Flecks of Lex reader, you know that I usually rest on Wednesdays. This week was a bit different, as I didn't actually get to play in my volleyball game last night due to work obligations. Being a grown up stinks. Whomp whomp. :-(

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Entered My First Race Lottery...

...and I got in! My first race this year will be the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. I will be running this race with about 15,000 other runners, and it will be the longest distance I will have ever run. I am so excited!

I've been super behind in posting this exciting news because, quite frankly, I've been slacking off quite a bit with the blog the last few months. I'm working on it, though!

I'm super excited that I'm starting out 2015 by identifying myself as a runner, despite the fact that I haven't actually run (outside of volleyball) at all this year. Whoops... I actually intended to go running while I was in Rio for my birthday/Carnival, but the 100°F weather really didn't inspire me to run my little heart out. I walked a lot, though. Doesn't that count for something?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Paz e Amor do Brasil

Greetings, friends! I am writing from sunny Brazil today and finally feel a bit recovered from all of the Carnival celebrations.

I have been mulling over a number of post ideas over the last week, but clearly have implemented 0. I have a 6-hour layover here in Sao Paulo, and have basically been wandering around the airport aimlessly, trying to keep my mind off of this crazy long delay. I should finally arrive back in the States by 6 a.m. tomorrow, and I hear that quite a bit of snow will be greeting me!

I can't wait to share my travel adventure stories with you all! For now, you'll just have to wonder what the heck I was doing with a Frida Kahlo impersonator. :-) If you're feeling extra interested, you can check out my Instagram page. I've been sharing more pictures than usual!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DD Perks Anniversary and Birthday Treat

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin' Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Well, well, well, friends... This is my first post from my vacation! I am currently charging my phone at Miami International Airport while I await the final leg of my trip -- Miami to Rio de Janeiro! I am finally feeling relaxed about this birthday/Carnival vacation, despite the fact that I don't speak Portugese. I am crazy tired, which is great because I am getting ready to embark on a 10-hour flight! I have my compression socks ready to go, and I am already fantasizing about the coffee I'm going to drink when I land. Which brings me to the subject of this post: DD Perks from Dunkin' Donuts.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Beauty Time Out: Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant

As I've mentioned on this blog before, I have super sensitive skin. Like, freakishly sensitive. It's actually getting kind of ridiculous. How sensitive, you ask? (TMI ALERT!!) Well, I have to rotate two completely different deodorants because my armpits will rebel and break out into a rash if I use the same deodorant for a week straight. See. It's freaky!

When my amazing friend Kelly was in town, she recommended that I try an aluminum-free deodorant. I've been seeing all-natural deodorants in drug stores for years, but I've always been skeptical. I assumed it would make you smell like you had been wrasslin' bears all day, and then you decided to roll around in mud to cool off. Look, I acknowledge that that is an absolutely ridiculous thought, but it is what it is. I don't know why, but I've always associated all-natural deodorant with extra strong body odor. I'm not the only one, right...?

Monday, February 2, 2015

It's Been a Long Time; I Shouldn't Have Left You!

Hello lovely readers! It has been an incredibly long time since I last posted, I know. I KNOW! I'm sorry! :-(

Things have been super crazy over here in Lexland. I've finally hit my stride at my new job, and I'm preparing for my trip to Brazil next week for my 30th birthday/Carnival. That's right, y'all! I'm going to Rio! I went up to NYC twice last month to visit friends and ring in the new year, and I've just been going, and going, and going...

I've wanted to post a number of times, and made so many excuses instead. I've been wicked exhausted and have been sick quite a bit over the last several weeks -- mostly tied to being exhausted and not taking care of myself. I had to prioritize all of the crazy things going on over here, and sadly, the blog was not at the top of the list. But never fear! I'm back! And I'm super excited to see what 2015 will bring! Thank you for continuing to read Flecks of Lex. The best is yet to come!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Live Blogging My Tournament (Sorta)

I came up with idea to live blog my tournament, and it ain't even live. Well, I guess it's sort of live? Anyway, I'm going to attempt to live blog my tournament today.

We're playing at this place in the Baltimore area called The Volleyball House. It has 6 volleyball courts that are used for tournaments, leagues, practices, and even baton twirling! I actually play here on Sundays and Mondays in leagues, and my USAV team has held practices here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Football Field Speed Workout

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to join my parents for some speed training and conditioning at my little brother's high school in D.C. I know that sounds weird, but I am not using any metaphors, people. This is real life!

There is a nice football field at the school that is basically empty on Sunday mornings. This field would serve as the perfect location for sprints and lots of sweating.

Fortunately, the ground was dry, because there is no fun in running on a slippery surface! The temperature was great for running sprints outdoors in the late fall, and there wasn't much wind to add more difficulty to the workout.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Step Up Your Coffee Game with DD Perks

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Want to know a secret that's not really a secret? I am a major coffee lover. Like, I have a coffee maker 5 feet from my bed, coffee lover. I'm not ashamed, though. Coffee gets me going in the morning, and really helps give me that extra boost when I have a long day with a late-night community meeting tacked on at the end. Thank you, coffee!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Workout Wednesday: My Neck! My Back! My Neck and My Back!

Happy Hump Day, y'all! I'm linking up with the lovely ladies in the WOW Linkup, per usual, so be sure to check them out if you get a few extra minutes!

I'm just going to dive right in with this Workout Wednesday post, because it's getting late, and my zen is starting to wear off. (Is that a thing?)

As you know, I usually take Wednesdays off, but I recently decided to turn my rest day into a yoga day, because stretching is super important, and yoga is so good for that!


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