Lemon-Lime Infused Water

23 Oct

My girlfriend & I tried our hand at fruit infused water again this weekend. I have to say, I personally like this batch more than the first mixture we tried! I think we are finally getting our hand at this!

About a month back I made a strawberry / raspberry mix and, though it was good, it wasn’t ‘i’m obsessed with this’ good. (You can read about that experience HERE). This time around we made a lemon / lime mixture which I have so far enjoyed a lot better! We just made this pitcher a few days ago and as you can see, it’s almost gone!


I’m not sure if it’s the tart taste or maybe we put more fruit in this batch leading to more flavor, but I think I have hit a favorite here!

It’s a good alternative to sports drinks and caffeinated coffee & tea when I just want water with a bit of flavor. It’s been great to have these past couple of days as I have been studying from home for my two biology test coming up next week!


I may make this mix again before moving on to another flavor!

What’s your favorite fruit infused water recipe?

October is National Healthy Lung Month

19 Oct

It was brought to my attention that October is National Healthy Lung Month which is a great topic to research while training for my next race! Not only is it important to keep your body in shape to run, but your lungs are one of the most important aspects when it comes to running.

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When it comes to running, it’s common sense to train your mind and body for the race to come but what a lot of people don’t think about is training their lungs. It’s a fact that I have rarely thought about in the past, until I get out on the course and start to feel short of breath that is.

Here are ways to keep your lungs happy and healthy!

Use Correct Breathing Strategies 

Yes, there is a thing as breathing incorrectly… who knew, right? When running and training it’s important to breath with your mouth open to inhale and exhale enough air to fully get your lungs moving. It also helps in breathing patterns which are super important in training!

Cross Training Exercises

Running is only one exercise that uses a lot of oxygen, but as your cross train and do different exercises your lungs will work a little different each time. It’s important to give your lungs a rest from the long intense runs and try something more calming like pilates or yoga.


Stretching is incredibly crucial for your legs, arms, and back before and after workouts, but did you ever think how stretching can effect your lungs? By stretching the intercostal muscles that lie between the ribs, it helps your shoulders be more relaxed and aids in balancing breathing between your left and right lung!

Have you ever thought to stretch your lungs before and after exercising?

Raleigh Remix Challenge 2016

16 Oct

About a month ago Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh announced they will be doing a Remix Challenge in 2016! I’ve never done a weekend challenge before, but am pretty stoked about this one!


What’s a Weekend Challenge?

Doing one race in a weekend can be challenging enough but a weekend challenge has you doing two races in the same weekend! The last time I did something similar to this was in Myrtle Beach was back in 2007 when I ran a half marathon on Saturday and did a 10-mile bike race on Sunday… and got sick on Monday. This time is going to be different though! I believe hydration is key, healthy eating is important, and training will be imperative!

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What’s the Challenge for Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Weekend?

Saturday, April 9th, my parents, my girlfriend, & I will be partaking in the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh 5k and than Sunday, April 10th, my parents & I will continue on to finish the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh half marathon! Sounds a bit crazy, right? We have seven months to train and beast this challenge and I believe we will do it!

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Third Annual Year

I’m super stoked about this year because not only is this the third year they have put on the Rock ‘n Roll race in Raleigh but it’s also the third year that both my parents and I will be participating in it! That’s right, we’ve signed up for it every year so far! It’s so much easier when you live just 30 minutes from the race sight!! I can’t wait to add a 2016 photo to this collage!

2014 / 2015 race photos

2014 / 2015 race photos

Have you done a Weekend Race Challenge before? What’s your best advice?

International Festival

15 Oct

This weekend I went to the International Festival in the heart of Raleigh. My family used to go almost every year when us kids were younger, but as we grew older and moved away for college we stopped going as much. I was excited when my sister told me the festival would be going on while I was home over the weekend!

My sister, her boyfriend, my mom & I went on Saturday to visit the festival that I haven’t seen in a quite a few years. By the time we got there we were all a bit hungry so we started at the food tents. I love this festival because they bring vendors in that cook food from all over the country!


Each vendor tent represents a different country which has their menu on the wall next to them. I’m not going to lie, there were a lot of foods that I couldn’t pronouce which drove me away pretty quickly! Being a vegetarian I also by passed a lot of the vendors that had all meat items. We ended up buying from Venezuela which had a really good veggie arepas.

Veggie Arepas from Venezalea!

Veggie Arepas from Venezuela!

The arepa was a corn flour base breading with filling inside. Mine had black beans and cheese with added cilantro sauce on top. It was delicious and also very filling!


After we filled up on international food, my mom and I split from my sister and her boyfriend and headed towards the country tents that were selling various items. Before we got too far we found a ‘Before I die I want to…’ bored and took a minute to write down our hopes and dreams.

Mom's life goal, "Before I die I want to run a race in every state"

Mom’s life goal, “Before I die I want to run a race in every state”

My life goal, "Before I die I want to run a race on every continent"

My life goal, “Before I die I want to run a race on every continent”

One activity that my mom & I did almost every year when I was younger was we got henna tattoos. Henna is body art that is used in Africa, India, Pakistan, and other Middle East countries. It’s temporary and stays on for a week or two. This time around my mom got a lizard wrapped around her wrist and I got flowers on my forearm (in case I went into work this week and had to cover it up with a long sleeve shirt).


They are applied with a paste-like ink that sinks into your skin. After applied you let it dry for a while, until it gets crusty and hard on your skin, than you wash it off and it leaves the outline of your design on your skin. They both turned out beautiful! Here is a before and after photo of my design.

My Henna design, before and after washing off the ink!

My Henna design, before and after washing off the ink!

I’m so glad I was able to go this year & experience this amazing festival! It definetly brought back memories from when I was younger!

Do you have a local International Festival? Have you ever been?

Five Things Friday

9 Oct

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a decent Five Things Friday, so here goes!

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Fall Weather

I’m loving this fall weather that has decided to come our way! We are still getting our warm days here in mid-North Carolina but I’m excited for the fashion scarfs & boots that await me in the next few weeks! After the Hurricane came through our area last weekend, I think that brought more cooler weather than anything. I’ve noticed that early in the morning, when I leave for class, it’s real chilly. Just a few hours later when I get out of class I find I don’t need my hoodie or boots any more!

Hockey Season

I am a huge fan of Ice Hockey and I’m so excited that the Carolina Hurricanes officially started their season last night! It’s not a great start since they lost 2-1, but I’m still holding true to my Hurricanes! Can’t wait to hopefully make it to a few games this season!

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School Update

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve decided to go into a Medical Sonogram program…. which means more schooling. Before I can even get into the actual sonogram program, I have to finish my pre-reqs which is where I am now taking Biology followed by a few more classes next semester.

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When I graduated college with a degree in English & Journalism, I wasn’t really sure what all I could do with that and what would make me a decent income to live off of. Turns out my mind totally did a 180 about three years later and here I am back in school going in a totally different direction. I don’t mind it though. I feel like I am more focused this time around and thus am doing better in my studies!

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With A New Direction, Comes a New Job!

I finally found a job and was officially offered a position last week! I’ll be working as a Nursing Assistant at a local assisted living community. It’s not my ideal job but seeing as I am fresh out of my CNA certificate, as of June, and have barely any experience in the health field I decided to take this position and see what it brings. I figured it will be a great place to start as well as a good place to stick around until I am officially in a Sonogram program or have enough experience to move onto bigger and better places!

Fall TV Shows

With all these new things coming into my life, you can probably imagine it’s been a bit hectic around here. I finally got a chance to settle down a few nights ago and catch up on some new TV shows that I am beginning to fall in love with.

If you like suspense action shows you will quickly get hooked into Blindspot! I was hooked when a first saw the previews a few weeks back and the TV show definetly doesn’t disappoint!


Another new show that has quickly gotten my attention is Quantico! Another action-filled show that I’ve been keeping up with since episode one!


When I was younger I don’t think I watched a lot of these mystery, action packed shows unless I was sitting in the living room with my Mom while she watched CSI, but I’ve quickly fallen for these two shows! (And you will too Mom, so start watching them!)

What’s your favorite new Fall TV show?

The Triathlon That Wasn’t

7 Oct

On Friday I packed up my bag with all my tri gear, loaded my bike in the car, and was off to my parents house to get ready for the triathlon on Sunday! About 30 minutes before we arrived in Durham, my girlfriend turned to me as I was driving and says, “Looks like the triathlon is canceled….”

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Last week with the whether we had here from Hurricane Joaquin I knew it was a chance that our race on Sunday would be canceled but it’s not something that happens often, so I wasn’t really expecting it. I was a bit in shock that they canceled it when we hadn’t gotten TOO much rain, the wind and cold temperature was a different story though! One day it was toasty and the next we got a cold wave in which I pulled out scarves and my winter coats to stay warm on my daily walks.

On Saturday Mom & I drove to Fleet Feet to collect our race shirt that we were still able to get even though the race was off. That’s when it hit me that it was the 10 year anniversary of the Ramblin’ Rose Tri! I was so gutted that I was missing the 10th year this race as been on!


Within the past couple of months we were offered different pieces of attire depending on how early we signed up for the race. Mom & I signed up so early that we were able to get this Love 2 Tri shirt as well which I’m loving!


When I posted this race cancellation on Facebook, a friend of mine said her friend has had bad luck with this tri because a few years ago that stopped the whole race about half way through the morning because of the cautious weather coming in. I’m beginning to think I’m having bad luck with this tri as well. Four years ago, after I had signed up for the race, I broke my ankle and was on crutches so could not participate and this year it’s canceled.

The company can not reimburse up but the are giving us all a 50% discount code for any Ramblin’ Rose event in 2016. My mom & I will definitely be taking advantage of that and giving this race another chance!

Have you ever signed up for a race that got canceled?

First Attempt at Fruit Infused Water!

29 Sep

Over the weekend I made my first batch of fruit infused water! I wasn’t exactly sure what I was doing but I was excited to be trying something new! I never thought I’d like fruit flavor in my water, mainly because I never liked the slight lemon taste in my water glass at restaurants in the past. Just two weeks ago I tried lemon water while I was in Florida with my family & found it quite refreshing though. It’s odd to think that all these years I have pushed away that wee little lemon slice that hangs on the edge of my water glass every time we would go out…. and now, after trying it for the first time two weeks ago, I actually like it!

One day last week I spent the morning researching fruit infused water on Pinterest. I found a lot of good recipes that I’d like to try, but after awhile I realized something about fruit water. There is no real recipe to follow. Some sites had specific measurements while others said, “a few pieces of watermelon” or, “a handful of orange slices”. I decided to take this recipe into my own hands and just slice fruit and throw it in!

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My girlfriend & I decided to go for a strawberry / raspberry taste this go around. We didn’t really have a plan but just to slice strawberries and throw them in a pitcher of cold water along with a handful of raspberries.

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We waited a few hours to give it a try so that the fruit had time to give some of its flavor to the water. When we tried it though it was pretty good. I’ve heard that watermelon/mint & orange/lemon are real good recipes too so I can’t wait to try that next!

Have you ever made Fruit Infused Water before? What’s your favorite recipe?


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