Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Half marathon training update

These shoes have run their last miles. I'm aching and cracking all over. I have some old shoes that should still have miles left. I did yoga last night to try and stretch out the pain. I'm aching from head to toe and the half is on Sunday. I got this. I know my training has been good. I'll cross the finish line victoriously! 

In other news, I enjoyed a free shot of espresso because the cashier felt sorry for me ordering only one shot. And I've created my own hashtag for Instagram and twitter: #esthernorinedesigns. Ultimately, I'd like to post at least a photo every day and bring some creativity to this online home. I'm starting today. 

Chomps and Kirby love the new home!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Make a difference Monday

I've always said that I volunteer for completely selfish reasons. It's a form of stress relief for me. I went to a leadership retreat for the youth group leaders and being a consistent part of the students lives is a big problem because leaders come and go so quickly. 

I've been playing the piano for Wednesday night worship for nearly a year. That's my little part of giving back. I'm starting to feel guilty for not doing more. My friend said I should get to know the students and be friends with them. After I play, I always go to the adult service and hang out with my friends. So am I doing a disservice by not getting to know the students? I will need to pray about it. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Half marathon training

Today, I ran 6 miles. Its time to taper. The race is next Sunday and we have been working on our costumes. The race has a super hero theme. I love running in my pink tutu and I found some lightening bolts to lace into our shoes. We will have capes and will look cute!

Found this gem from missmel on Instagram. She's an inspiring runner and is currently training for a whole marathon. 

I did color my hair and its a bit darker than usual.

I feel like I'm ready for the race. I've stuck to my training and will have no problem reaching the finish line. I'm excited for next week!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Half marathon training update

But first, I went to the fair....

And I ate a giant turkey leg.

Today's run was 11 miles and it was tough! I powered though until the finish. I know there was lots of running and some walking but my average ended up at 13 minute miles. I'm super pleased with that..

I found a nice sunrise while I was running. I had to walk to take the photo though. I don't think running and taking photos is a good combination. I enjoyed water and Swedish fish for my fuel during the run.  I've tried the gu and I'm not sold on it yet.

After the epic run, I treated myself to a chocolate, salted Carmel banana smoothie with whip cream. It was heavenly!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hi 5 for Friday

Hi 5 for Friday! Somebody at Tucker's knows how to use chalk. 

1 - There's a new donut shop in town called Hurts.
2 - I got to eat Greek food at Hummus for lunch.

They had a good lunch special.
3 - Epic worship was great and I think everyone enjoyed the service.

4 - Last nights run was shortened to less than 2 miles but Wednesday mornings run was 5 miles with a speedy 12 minute mile pace! I'll be busting out 3 miles this morning.

Tucker burger after the pack pint run.

5 - More donuts. I promise I didn't eat them all but I thought about it.

I'm linking up with The Lauren Elizabeth blog, a super cute fashion and interior design blog.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Half marathon training and Chapel Creek Winery grape stomping

The day started at Lake Hefner with a 10 mile run around the lake. The sun was rising behind me when I arrived. We ran intervals of 10 minutes with 5 minute walks until mile 9. We decided walking was I order until the finish. 

After the epic run, we went to church. Later that day we went to Chapel Creek Winery in El Reno for a grape stomping festival. There was live music, good weather, and wine. All the grapes are grown in Oklahoma. The weather may not be grape friendly but the farmers make do.

Selfie action

Running buddies drinking wine!

Souvenir glass with wine.

Grapes are cute!

I washed my feet off before stomping on the grapes.

I had lots of fun relaxing with a glass of wine with friends. Sometimes I do events strictly so I can blog about it and sometimes I forget to post about it. Today was a success on many fronts. Tomorrow, I'll run 4 miles on the treadmill. Half marathon is coming up in a month!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Perk Place and Sauced

Today's run was rained out. I got up and out the door to meet my runhers friends, some of whom actually did run. I ate breakfast instead. We've rescheduled our run for tomorrow which will be dry and not hot.

I opted for a small skinny mocha and the sausage breakfast burrito.

The burrito was fantastic but one of my friends ordered a scone which was hard as a rock. The staff was friendly and accommodating. They offered towels to my soaked friends. True story, the coach said I made the right choice not to run. Haha!

Last night, I moved some more frames and then had dinner at Sauced. The pizza was good and they had live music for the first Friday art walk. It's going to be a great neighborhood to live in and I can't wait to get settled in!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New home

We have come to a point where we will be staying in Oklahoma City for the foreseeable future. Its time to settle down in a good neighborhood. You can come to expect posts about this area of OKC and it's an upcoming part of town. But first, the inside of our beautiful home.

I've got to get new pictures after we've settled in. All this furniture belonged to the seller. We will be moving in about a week and I can't wait to get settled!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Half marathon training update and stitch fix

Its September and I forgot to register for the Route 66 half marathon. This means I'll be paying an extra $10. The price for procrastination makes running races expensive. I will need to plan better. I have been running with a buddy and its been great. She's pushing me to go faster. We are comfortably in the 13 minute miles. Today, we did hills and that had me huffing and puffing. We did 5 miles today and 9 miles on Saturday. My feet were a bit sore after Saturdays run but I haven't been achy, which has me pleased.

Recently, I've eaten out and have the photos to prove it.

Fridays lunch was a bento box full of yumminess.

Thursday night, I ordered the fries and the shake at Tucker's. I don't plan on doing that again. The fries weren't that great and I am trying to not gain weight. The shake is a good idea as long as I remember to not drink the entire shake.

I was very pleased with my first stitch fix box. I ordered it because I am no fashion blogger but I want to be fashionable. Since I'm not ready to spend hours catching trends, the stitch fix seems to be the perfect solution. I was not compensated for the stitch fix and I'm looking forward to my next box in October.

I had some misses but there was a big hit in the box.

I absolutely adore this top and I can't wait to wear it on Wednesday. If you don't follow me on Instagram @esthernorine you definitely should. I've been getting back into it and I prefer to post pictures of beer.