Bay Life, Brooks, WEW

Born in the USA

Hello friends! Happy Sunday! I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap. This weekly wrap is going to be outlined and illustrated by a random assortment of phone pics from the week that did not previously make it to the blog, but that will help us catch up on what’s been going on.

We’ve been spending our evenings watching all. the. sports. It’s awesome! The Olympic Trials, Wimbledon and now the Tour de France. So many sports, so little time.


Brooks enjoys sitting on me cuddling with us on the couch in the evenings. I saw this quote and absolutely loved it! Yes, yes and yes!

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Our treadmill died a few weeks ago, which was a major bummer, but we actually got really lucky because the issue was only some rust on the console that was causing it not to start. P.S. You know you live in lower AL when your treadmill that is inside gets rusty from the humidity in the air. We got the treadmill in September 2011 and it had a 5 year electronics warranty (so we were within 2 months of that running out). They sent us a new console and she is back up and running!

I see plenty more workouts in our future.


In the meantime, I decided to join the local YMCA. We’ve had a membership in the past, but usually ended up not using it very much. I enjoyed working out at the gym with my mom the last few times that I was at home and so I decided that I might enjoy that on a more regular basis. I have already used it a couple of times this week. I did the elliptical and I actually enjoyed it. I never thought I would say that about any non-running gym machine ever.

They also have several classes that I want to try out. I used to get frustrated because the classes that I wanted to go to were always not early enough for me to go and get to work on time or they started too early after work for me to make it, but now I have more flexibility to actually make it to several of the classes. I’ve also been using the aerobics room to do abs and to stretch. I’m turning over a new leaf. Maybe I’m just thinking about turning the leaf over at this point, but still … I stretched twice this week.


I know that you are impressed with my photog skillz. Basically I was torn between, I should take a picture of this for the blog and not wanting to be “that girl” who takes a picture of everything she does. It’s a struggle I tell ya.

Rebecca and I are always trying to figure out exactly how all of the runners on Instagram get these crazy awesome pictures of themselves running all the time. It’s baffling really. Social media really magnifies the comparison trap. It’s hard not to compare yourself to other people or even to yourself at a different life stage. This seems to be a topic that Rebecca and I keep coming back to over and over again in our conversations. I saw this quote this week and I thought it was an excellent reminder.


Don’t compare yourself to anyone else or to your old self. Do something each day that makes you a better version of your current self and roll with it. You are who you are right now and if you don’t like who you are … get to work on that. One day at a time.


In other news, I got my new racing kit this week! I recently found out that I was selected to be a RADrabbit ambassador. All Rabbit apparel is made right here in the USA and is made by runners for runners. The RAD in RADrabbit stands for Runners and Dreamers and their slogan is “born to run free.” I’m so excited to be a part of their very first team!


I wore my outfit at the 5K I ran yesterday and it was great. I didn’t have any issues with any of it. Super comfortable and functional. I can’t wait to try out some of the other pieces.

I am totally a hat person and I am really digging my rabbit hat. I think I’ve worn it every day since I’ve gotten it, which also means that my hair has likely been dirty at some point every day and I needed to cover it up. Case in point. Post 5K car ride home.


I am doing my long run tomorrow and so this morning I technically could’ve slept in. I am so used to waking up before 5 a.m. that I was wide awake by 5:30 a.m. with no hopes of falling back asleep. Brooks was pretty pleased. He got to go out and play before 6 a.m. He usually has to wait on us to get home from running to get his first play session of the day in.

After I was up, I decided to take my book down to the bay with my coffee and read some. I finished up Emily Giffin’s new book First Comes Love this morning. I read the entire thing in two days! I just couldn’t put it down. I knew that was going to happen though. I get really emotionally invested in a book whenever I actually decide to read one. A holiday weekend seemed like a good time to pick it up, since I have plenty of free time to get lost in the pages.


There was a nice breeze and it felt so nice out. I enjoyed some peaceful time outside without any distractions.

I have two more pictures to share and then I’ll be done.

First is this peach lacy halter top tank that I found, perfect for layering. I had never seen anything like it and it’s perfect for tops that are too loose or that you just want to add a different look to. I found it at Adrenaline and thought it was very clever. I’m sure it’s something that teenagers are into (and probably have been into for a while) and that a 30-year-old shouldn’t be wearing, but oh well. I’m a late adopter and since I’m not comparing myself to anyone else, I’m gonna wear my peach tank proudly. Ha.


Second is this Moving Comfort delicate laundry bag that solves a major laundry issue. We put all of our socks in it during the week and then when we do laundry, we don’t have any mysteriously disappearing socks anymore. It’s genius! I got this at Running Wild, but I don’t know if they still have them or not. You can find similar ones on Amazon.


Kind of a random assortment of stuff today. Tis life! I hope you are enjoying you and having a safe, fun weekend!

What are you doing tomorrow?

15 thoughts on “Born in the USA”

  1. Funny you mention the social media comparison thing. These streaks and challenges that fly around put pressure on me to try and do everything. I guess it’s that need to belong. I decided a couple of weeks ago to JUST DO ME. It’s so much easier! I’ve never heard of RADRabbit. Congrats on being an ambassador. It’s nice to know it’s made in the USA. I have a Y membership and never use it (except when I had to run in their pool). I should! Thanks for linking Sam!


    1. I’ve never been a streaker myself. I run a lot of miles, but if I need a day off, I take a day off. I’ve never done pool running before, but it has always been intriguing to me. I’d like to try it (under non-injured conditions), just as a form of cross training πŸ™‚


  2. It looks like you had a really great week with lots of fun stuff going on. I too wonder about those awesome instagram shots of runners and pictures and things. For me, it is hard enough to run much less figure out how to look cute doing it and take a picture. I have my own workouts to worry about and I find that if I pay more attention to those than others, I’m a more successful runner.

    A lot of the streaks and challenges get to me, sometimes I think people in one of my run clubs actually look down on those of us who take days off which is really sad. I’ve been running for 6 years consistently and I know what is best for my body. I’ve gone from a 33 minute 5K to a 21 and it’s because I take the occasional day off, easy day, etc, but run consistently.

    Hooray for joining a gym and liking the elliptical! I hate that machine because it mimics running but reminds me I’m not running. I do like the arc trainers, though. Gym memberships are good when it’s so hot out! I love that Rabbit singlet, too :).


    1. Yes! I think streaks can be a tricky thing (which obviously you just learned). I run a lot of miles, but when I need a day off, I take a day off. I think that it is important to listen to your body. I can’t believe you have gone from 33 to 21 in the 5K. That’s awesome! Consistency is a huge component in that! I’ve been running consistently for about 6 years now too and have been gradually increasing my mileage each year as well. I’ve seen big improvements as well and I hope to keep improving πŸ™‚


      1. Haha, well 33 to 21 was over the course of 6 years, but still. I think your “streak” was different because the end goal was not to run every single day but that was just a product of how you’re reaching your time/performance goals.


  3. Great quotes about not comparing yourself to others. I am working on that as I would always do that.

    Yes, on those running photos! I guess people use self timers or have others take it for them?


  4. I totally feel you on the gym class times! Sometimes I want to change my work schedule so I can go to classes! And that laundry bag is genius! I need that!!


  5. Congrats on your ambassadorship! I’ll have to check out that brand as I hadn’t heard of it! Oh and the Instagram comparison trap…I fall into that too. You’re so right, we can only be our best selves!


  6. I love these quotes! I’ve done my share of challenges, or at least tried to do them. It’s so easy to fall into that comparison trap too. I also feel like I have to explain why I’m doing something or not, when in reality, I should adopt this is it. end of story. Thanks for link up with us!

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  7. Ahh yes! I wonder the same thing about the awesome running pictures on social media 😁 All we can do is be best version of ourselves and praise the God who made us! Sorry to hear about your treadmill and I’m glad a fix came quickly. Having a treadmill at home is such a lifesaver!


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