Track Appreciation 101

Since I’ve gotten hit by the running bug, I’ve run a slew of road races.

First "race" in May 2009

First “race” in May 2009

I’ve done a litany of track workouts.

Be "1" with the track

Be “1” with the track

But, never a track race. I’m home for vacation and saw that my hometown’s local track club was hosting a summer series of track meets. To make sure I wasn’t going to be in over my head, I emailed the race director to make sure this wasn’t some series for sub-elite quasi professional runners and I would just be getting lapped the whole time.

Thankfully, being that this is Knoxville, TN and not Kenya, there was a huge range of paces. I ran the 2 mile and times in my event ranged from 11:59 to 20ish minutes. It was an extremely supportive environment with everyone cheering for everyone. People there ranged from ex-collegiate runners to recreational runners. It was a good entre into track.

I was a little apprehensive about how this whole track thing worked since the limit of my track knowledge is from going to the Trials last year and watching it on TV. Are you supposed to stick with the people who go out really fast? What if you trip on other people’s feet at the start? Will I feel like I am being chased?

Genes - my grandfather, who ran for Emory Track and Field back in the day -- cool pic, huh?

Genes – my grandfather, who ran for Emory Track and Field back in the day — cool pic, huh?

Fortunately, my questions were answered when people around started to ask “how fast are you taking this out.” I said 7 min pace, two girls said 6 min pace (thanks, but no thanks), and the next person said 8ish (and so on and so forth, very diverse range). So, I figured this was gonna be an “imma do me, you do you” race, which was fine by me. Life is really just about instagram opportunities these days, anyways, right?!

I had a little support crew on my side though. Anybody remember CGT from 5K fame?

My little running buddy, CGT.

My little running buddy, CGT.

CGT has become quite the trackster as of late, qualifying for the Junior Olympics in both the 1500 and 800 (PRs of 6:10 and 3:03, respectively). She just turned 11 two days ago.

CGT so graciously offered up coaching duties for the evening. In fact, she made me warm up, taught me drills (“this is what we do before track meets so you should too”) and showed me how I should do strides (ADORABLE!), and then also had me cool down. She asked to wear my watch so she could run across the infield and call my split each 200.

Callie (in white t shirt) giving me my split and Chase, her brother, cheering me on from the sand box, umm, long jump pit.

Callie (in white t shirt) giving me my split and Chase, her brother, cheering me on from the sand box, umm, long jump pit.

CGT’s coaching was superb (per her assessment, she got me “on the podium” as I was 3rd). She was sad that I lost my hip number as “I needed to keep it since it was my first track race” and made me take a picture of my watch with my time for posterity, naturally.

Here is said photo...

Here is said photo…

To answer any questions that most likely no one has:

– Track is really fun. You should do it if you have the opportunity.

– You do not feel like you are being chased the whole time.

– Getting lapped is not as bad as it seems (I got lapped by the winner, who ran it in 11:59).

– Find a posse if possible; I highly recommend cute 11 year olds

Callie and I

Callie and I

And, to give you a perspective of how far Callie and I go back (it would include her ultrasound pics, but I don’t have those)…

My sis, bro, and little cheerleader CGT

My sis, bro, and little cheerleader CGT. Back when Callie would cry when her mom left and we had to bargain with her (with cookies and such).

At a Taylor Swift concert...Ally and I helped them make those tie dyed t shirts.

At a Taylor Swift concert…Ally and I helped them make those tie dyed t shirts.

Me helping Callie to a 5K PR in May 2012

Me helping Callie to a 5K PR in May 2012

TELL ME: DID YOU RUN TRACK IN MIDDLE SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL? HAVE YOU DONE IT AS AN ADULT?

I can’t wait for my next race…

Until next time…

Old School Blogging

Gia tagged me to do this so I followed through….here goes!

A. Attached or Single?

Single

B. Best Friend?

My mom and sister

My sis and I

My sis and I

Jocelyn

Pre-race shakeout...

Pre-race shakeout…

C. Cake or Pie?

Cake (actually just the frosting)

D. Day of Choice?

The weekend day that I have off

E. Essential Item?

Coffee

F. Favorite Color?

Pink, orange, green, dove grey

G. Gummy Bears or Worms?

Bears, from Dylan’s Candy Bar preferably (they have the best gummy bears and good flavors – pineapple, mango, strawberry, etc)

H. Home Town?

Knoxville, TN

I. Favorite Indulgence?

Ice Cream

Ordering on seamless web

Mani/Pedis

SoulCycle

The RC (running coach, Steph Rothstein Bruce)

Steph and her groupies

Steph and her groupies

J. January or July?

This is tough because my birthday is in January, but I love July because its light out for so much longer and I feel like I can do so much in one day.

K. Kids?

Nope. But I have names and monograms picked out so I’m prepared.

If its not moving, monogram it.

If its not moving, monogram it.

L. Life Isn’t Complete Without?

Exercise!

M. Marriage Date?

See A.

N. Number of Brothers/Sisters?

Two – one sister and one brother

My entire family

My entire family

O. Oranges or Apples?

Apples!

P. Phobias?

None that I can think of…I don’t like snakes though so maybe that…

Q. Quotes

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

“The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself, often well beyond any latent ability you may have previously demonstrated. The mind is the athlete, the body is simply the means it uses to run faster or longer, jump higher, shoot straighter, kick better, swim harder, hit further, or box better.”

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R. Reasons to Smile?

My family, getting into a great residency, being able to run, watching Bravo and HGTV, happy hour at Juice Press, my babysitting “kids”…there are many reasons to smile I think!

I've babysat these two (now 11 and 5) since...birth...yikes!

I’ve babysat these two (now 11 and 5) since…birth…yikes!

S. Season of Choice?

I like each one as it comes.

T. Tag 5 People:

I’m going to pass here.

U. Unknown Fact About Me?

I’ve lived 4 states.

My two front teeth aren’t real. I knocked them out in a gymnastics accident when I was 11.

The only photo that exists of me with knocked out teeth and busted lip. I must have been too traumatized to brush my hair that day.

The only photo that exists of me with knocked out teeth and busted lip. I must have been too traumatized to brush my hair that day.

I had a permanent retainer in so about half of each tooth got knocked off. The real tooth remnants (found on the mat) were bonded back on to my remaining tooth half until I was about 18 years old (we had to wait for the nerve roots to shrink to do veneers). The bonded tooth half only popped off once, when my little brother (5 years old at the time) accidentally hit me in the chin in the 8th grade (poor thing cried because he thought he broke my tooth!). When I was a senior in high school, I got my long awaited veneers!

V. Vegetable?

Kale or edamame

W. Worst Habit?

Hmm…my friends might say I always “expect the worst, but hope for the best.” I’m very good at coming up with worst possible scenarios. Maybe it helps protect me from disappointment. 🙂

X. Xray or Ultrasound?

Ultrasound! The OB/GYN’s secret weapon (actually not so secret)…

Y. Your favorite food?

That’s tough — right now, it would be a toss up between Runner’s High Picky Bar vs Sushi vs Coconut Sorbet vs Lucky Seven Juice from Juice Press

Z. Zodiac Sign?

Aquarius

TELL ME: ANSWER ONE OF THE QUESTIONS. ANY ONE. FREE REIGN. 

Until next time…

Beauty Bargains

The following post is written by my sister, Allison.

 

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Its not hard to see which sister is better at applying make-up in the comparison photo...

Its not hard to see which sister is better at applying make-up in the comparison photo…

In her words, “make-up is my passion like running is yours.” Apparently, there’s a wide world of “make-up YouTube users” out there that review products or post demos. So, when she’s not hitting the books in pharmacy school, my younger sis has been acquiring a wealth of cosmetic knowledge. She’s always been the more artistic minded sister – I’m attributing it to her left-handedness (and my lack thereof to being right handed).

And, on top of having the know-how, Ally mostly uses drug store or Target bought products. She’s talented and economical. Double trouble!

So, here are it is:

“ALLY’S TOP 10 DRUGSTORE BEAUTY PRODUCTS”

FACE:

1. Revlon Photoready Concealer: Retail Price – $9.99

Why? This concealer is super creamy and allows me to cover the redness and acne marks that are on my face.

Where to use? I use this concealer under my eyes, around my nose and over acne scars or new pimples. If I am in a hurry, I also use this concealer as a foundation and just apply it all over my chin, T-zone, eyes, and nose.

Bonus info? I heard about this concealer from one of my favorite Youtube beauty gurus and blogger, Emily Noel, aka, BeautyBroadcast. If you are interested in makeup or want to see makeup tutorials, or reviews on new products, check her out!]

2.Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette: Retail Price – $10.49

Why? This palette contains three different colors of concealers, and one powder that can be used over the concealers. A complete concealer package!

Where?  I love to use this concealer over my pimples and mix many of the tones together to get the perfect match to cover my redness.

Bonus info? I also love to use the powder over my concealer that I put underneath my eyes, because it makes me look more awake!

3. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation: Retail Price – $9.99

Why? I did not wear foundation until very recently, because I thought that it made my face feel heavy and look cakey. I started to hear about this new foundation by Revlon, and had to give it a shot! Once I tried it, I fell in love with it and even like it better than my Clarins (VERY EXPENSIVE STUFF) foundation! It’s so lightweight and feels like you’ll feel like you aren’t wearing any product on your skin.

Where? This foundation is a light to medium coverage, and can be buildable to create a more full coverage. I use this product all over my face and apply it with a damp beauty blender or my E.L.F flat top powder brush.

 

Bonus info? This foundation also contains SPF 20, so I love the protection that it gives me from the sun! This foundation lasts me all day and I don’t ever have to reapply the foundation, just occasional touchups with powder over oily spots on my face.

4. Maybelline Dream Matte Powder: Retail Price – $7.99

Why? I am the type of person who cannot stand for my face to be oily. My T-zone tends to get very oily throughout the day, so I am always looking for a powder to get rid of that shiny look. I found this powder and decided to try it out one day, and love it!

Where? I apply this powder over my Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and it gives my skin a great finish.

Bonus info? Not only does this powder get rid of my shiny T-zone, it also has great lasting power! I apply it once in the morning, and never have to reapply or touch up my powder, unless I am going out that night and want to freshen up my makeup look. This powder also does not cake up over my foundation and creates a very natural looking finish on the skin.

5. E.L.F. Blushes: Retail Price – $3.00

Why? I cannot say enough about E.L.F blushes. E.L.F offers a variety of shades for every skin tone, and they are a great product!

Bonus info? I love all of the E.L.F line, and had to recently visit the store, while  in NYC, as our E.L.F products are sparse at my local Target at home. These blushes are very very inexpensive, so you do not have to feel guilty if you buy the whole collection.

More bonus info? E.L.F blushes have often been compared to the ever so popular NARS blushes. The NARS blush in the color “Orgasm,” is one of the most popular blush colors that Sephora sells. I believe that the E.L.F blush in Twinkle Pink or Candid Coral looks almost identical to the NARS blush. I love to mix up my blush everyday, and these blushes are the perfect way to play up your makeup look and cheeks.

6. N.Y.C. Sun to Sun Bronzing Powder: Retail Price – $4.99

Why and Bonus info? I have tried many high-end bronzers, including ones by Stila and Urban Decay, and I believe that this bronzer can give the high-end bronzers a run for their money. If someone asks me to recommend a drugstore bronzer, I always tell them this one. It is very inexpensive, and has two color options, a lighter golden shade and a darker bronze. You can use these shades individually, or you can mix the two together to give your cheeks a nice tan glow.

[Meggie’s note: I have this bronzer and I love it.]

I really should start paying more attention when she applies her make-up...

I really should start paying more attention when she applies her make-up…

EYES:

7. E.L.F. Eyelid Primer: Retail Price – $1.00

Why? This eyelid primer helps your eyeshadow stay on for long periods of time, without smudging. I always rave about this eyeshadow primer, and so one of my girlfriends decided to give it a try and could not believe how long her eyeshadow and eyeliner stayed on her eyes. It is a miracle product, and I use it everyday.

Bonus Info? This is the most amazing eyelid primer every invented. And, better yet, it is ONE DOLLAR. Yes, I repeat, ONE DOLLAR.

8. L’Oreal Voluminous Volume Building Mascara: Retail Price – $7.99

Why? This is my favorite drugstore mascara of all time. It makes my eyelashes so full and voluminous, it almost looks like I am wearing false eyelashes. This mascara is a very wet mascara and clings to your lashes enhancing the thickness, volume, and length. If I am in a hurry I just swipe some of this on my eyelashes and my eyes already look 100 times better.

Bonus Info? Drugstore mascara is just as good as high-end brands. John Stossel did an expose of sorts on the make-up industry when he was at ABC and often did a segment called “Give Me a Break!” He showed that many drugstore and high end brands are made in same factories. So, try it out!

I'm not a make-up guru, but I can "vogue" for you if you want...or not.

I’m not a make-up guru, but I can “vogue” for you if you want…[just maybe not very well].

LIPS:

9. Maybelline Babylips: Retail Price – $3.99

Why? My lips always seem to be dry, and every time I apply lipstick the color will stick to the dry skin and look gross. I found my solution with Maybelline BabyLips. This product is a chapstick and lip color all in one. I love them and always throw one in my purse on the way out of the house. Babylips comes in a variety of shades for every skin tone, and even have fun colors such as a hot pink, light red, and peachy coral.

Bonus info? Not only does this product come in great colors, they also smell fantastic and have SPF20 to protect your lips from the harsh sun!

10. Revlon Lip Butters: Retail Price – $5.99

Why? These lipsticks are the holy grail of all drugstore lipsticks. If I could buy the entire collection, I would in a second. These lip butters are super creamy and glide on the lips to create a glossy finish. They come in a variety of colors and can be put on the lips once for a light glossy look, or built up to create a bold color.

Bonus Info? I bought this lip product for both my mom and sister, and both love the product. [<–Meggie’s note: true story]

But, no one always wears make-up, even the make-up queen, herself!

But, no one always wears make-up, even the make-up queen, herself!

All 10 of these products together costs $65.42, which is probably about what 2-3 high end products at Sephora would cost you. Score!

Thanks, Ally, for giving insight into your make-up world! I’m going to go figure out what “build up” your foundation means now.

TELL ME: FAVORITE DRUGSTORE BEAUTY FINDS? USE ANYTHING ON THIS LIST?

Until next time..

Apartment Makeover

A huge thanks to my mom and sister for spending the past month scouring Target, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods for everything in this apartment!

This rug that my parents used in a prior house served as the inspiration:

I sadly didn't keep this backpack.

Sadly didn’t keep this backpack.

Here are the before pictures.

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Here are the after pictures:

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One trick I learned from my mom – the more furniture you put in a small space, the bigger it will look (to a point).

After 9 years in dorms, I’m more than elated to live in an adult space! [And, I did end up painting the walls myself!]

TELL ME: ABOUT YOUR FIRST APARTMENT/HOME…OR POST SOMETHING YOU WANT IN A DREAM HOME IN THE COMMENTS!

Thanks, again, Mom and Allison!

The decorating team...

The decorating team…

And, thanks to my entire family for supporting me through med school!

I love you, Mom and Dad!

I love you, Mom and Dad!

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Until next time…

For My Parents…

Graduation is impending and before my family arrives, I wanted to write something about them. There are many people to thank and, although its said by many, I really wouldn’t be a doctor without my parents.

My parents are an interesting breed. I like to think of them as “progressive traditionalists.” Both were raised in South Alabama and my moral compass and etiquette standards are in line with such upbringings (or at least I like to think so).  If we’re having “company,” you clean as if the Queen was arriving.  If you don’t receive a hand-written thank you note from me, you can assume that I am sick, injured, or dead. And, if said thank you note is written “incorrectly,” (meaning incorrect greeting to all recipients or not personal enough), I’ll probably have to write a new one.

However, my parents are very forward thinking and open minded. I like to think my parents told me to “lean in” before that was the cool thing to say or do. I was always encouraged to be able to take care of myself. I can hear my mom repeating, “You girls need to be able to take care of yourself without a man – you can’t rely on other people to support yourself!” It was never questioned that I wasn’t capable of anything I wanted to do, even when klutzy Meggie would trip down our stairs every day or make the toilet overflow and run down the walls the day before the house inspector came to close on our house (true story).

My parents are the most selfless people I know. Looking back, it seems like every waking moment of theirs was spent thinking about how to better our (the kids) lives. Meggie loves gymnastics and wants to learn her kip really badly? We’ll build a bar in the backyard! Allison wants to take acting classes? Sure! I can’t think of a moment that my parents didn’t go above and beyond to help me go above and beyond in what I wanted to achieve.

To this day, even at the age of 27, it seems my parents internal compass revolves around us children. Maybe that’s how all parents are, but I wanted to put it out into the universe how much I appreciate mine. At an age (27 years old) well considered “adulthood,” my mom is running around our hometown finding furniture and dishes for my new apartment and my dad drove me to one of my residency interviews this winter telling me “his favorite thing to do is spend time with his children.”

Growing up my parents would always tell me, “We are FOR you, not against you” whenever I would tell them they were being “so unfair.” While my family has surely pointed out my faults — my clumsiness, my naivete — my capabilities were never questioned. I thank my parents for first believing in me, which, in turn, helped me believe in myself. Because of my parents, I thought of myself as smart, strong, and able. There wasn’t nothing I couldn’t do if I worked hard.

All of these things are said about many parents, but I just wanted to speak of mine.

So, thanks, Mom and Dad. You’re the best. I love you.

[P.S. A Happy Happy Birthday to my best friend in the entire world, my sister, Allison! 25 years old. Don’t go have a quarter life crisis on me, Ally!]

[P.P.S. Little Harry you’re cool, too. I felt bad leaving you out of this.]