Summer Running

XCsummerPhoto credits to Coach Lev!

With summer drawing to a close, not only does that mean an onslaught of tests and homework and an utter lack of any kind of social life, but it also marks the start of the cross country season!

*cue fireworks and confetti*

Cross country is kind of unique in that, though the season may have officially started this past Monday, a lot of the conditioning and strength-training happened during the summer beforehand, which meant a lot of running these past couple of months. I could not have done it on my own without the help of some amazing teammates and coaches, but I thought I’d share with you some numbers and tips I learned along the way on how to make the most out of your summer training. 😀

265.3 miles logged from June 8-August 15

10 weeks of summer camp made all of the runs go by so much faster, and easier to accomplish. Knowing I had somewhere to be at a specific time, and having to get my rear in gear to get there, helped to make those runs happen. Having a plan to follow throughout those ten weeks also made the runs easier to plan, and much more enjoyable than just doing the same loop every day. 

5-6 runs a week might sound like a lot, but with the amazing group of girls I was privileged enough to run with combined with the different loops and routes we’d do made the time fly. 

4 lonely treadmill runs while on vacation in D.C. My parents weren’t comfortable with the thought of me running around a big city on my own, so I was confined to the row of treadmills in the fitness center of the hotel. 10/10 do not recommend. So. Boring. 

2 pairs of running shoes carried me throughout the summer. I’m a firm believer in my Asics, particularly in their Gel Cumulus line. Knock on wood and all, but I’ve yet to experience shin splints, knee pain, or any other injuries, so I’m going to chalk it up to good genes and great shoes. 😛

1 Garmin watch that tracked nearly every mile I ran. This watch (the Forerunner 10) is the perfect size, weight, level of complexity and durability. As you can see in one of the pictures above, it’s a pretty popular watch among my teammates. I’ve run with it in the rain and dropped it multiple times, and yet it still holds up. I love being able to see how far I’ve run and the pace, too. 10/10 do recommend this watch for your average runner. Perfect! 

1 glass of chocolate milk after almost every run. I read a while ago in Runner’s World that it’s the perfect recovery drink for right after your run (<30 minutes after), and I’ll stand by that! Who doesn’t love an excuse to have a glass of chocolate milk? 😉

1 incredible team that could not have been more encouraging and supportive and all around amazing throughout the summer, coaches and teammates alike, and one that will make for an even more extraordinary season. Go Scouts!

I’d love to hear about any running you’ve done these past couple of months, or what your team (cross country or not) did this summer to get ready for your season! Have a great Wednesday!

~ Grace


Comfy Kicks

comfykicks2comfykicks1// similar shoes here //

Let me start off by saying that I am all for cute shoes. A little obsessed, even. Fall is one of my favorite seasons because riding boots and suede booties go with literally everything, and they are freakin’ adorable. 

But they are not always the most comfortable shoes, no? And sometimes (especially for school) the wooden heels on those cute shoes make just a bit too much noise on the linoleum floors and then all of the sudden you sound like a teacher coming down the hall. Some days you just don’t want to deal with that. 

And that’s okay

That’s what comfy kicks are for! That’s what they’re all about. They’re the everyday, throw-on-as-you’re-running-out-the-door, all-around superstar of shoes. They’re casual but versatile, comfortable but still cute, because any kind of shoe with the word “sensible” in front of it will just not do. Last year I rocked a pair of navy Keds almost every single day until it snowed, and then I had to switch to boots, but that’s a different story. They were trashed by the time summer rolled around, so when we went shopping this past weekend, an updated everyday pair of sneakers was definitely on my list.

The Nike Frees in the picture above came from the Nike Outlet, so they were under $100, but I wasn’t able to find the exact pair online so I linked to a similar pair above. They’re soooooooo comfortable and practically slip on, plus I can totally see throwing them on with a pair of jeans and a fun tee when fall rolls around and calling it a day. I haven’t tried running in them yet, so you guys will have to tell me what you think! What are your favorite comfy kicks? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! 

Talk to y’all later! :)

– Grace



School Supplies Essentials

bagbook DSC_0397penplanner goldbagtote // notebooks // planner

As much as it breaks my heart to say so, summer is drawing to a close. 


And so, with the end of summer comes a whirlwind of shopping (which isn’t such a bad thing!). Clothes, shoes, bags (backpacks? Satchels? Who knows.), notebooks, binders, pens, highlighters, novels, textbooks, calculators, and any other random thing that could be necessary throughout the school year is purchased. It’s like stockpiling, you know? As if you’ll never, ever be able to visit another Target again. I mean, it’s the way we shop, right? Like I bought two backup packs of pencils, a backup pack of colored flares, more highlighters than I’ll ever use, an extra notebook, and an extra binder. Will I need all of that? Probably not. 

But you never know. 😉 

So I just thought I’d share with you all what exactly I bought, how I plan on organizing myself, and other tidbits worth sharing. 😀

First off is my bag. It’s a decent-sized, sturdy, reversible, vegan-leather (that’s an oxymoron, right?) tote I picked up from Nordstrom’s. It’s pretty inexpensive and holds everything–but not too much. Last year I was the epitome of a freshman with the massive backpack that clocked in at about 25 pounds. And I carried that around allllll day. So, in an effort to avoid that, I ditched the convenient but enabling backpack for this cuter tote that hopefully will help keep how much I carry around with me in check. 

Part of my problem last year was that I was pretty unorganized because I’d bought a bunch of notebooks and binders at the beginning of the year and had just hoped for the best. The notebooks were trashed by second semester, so I had to restock mid-year which was not fun. This year I got a bunch of these binder-notebook-hybrid things that are basically a five-subject notebook with plastic folder-dividers (which you can move around as needed) wrapped in a sturdy cloth binding. I got two of those, one for my morning classes and one for my afternoon classes, with a single-subject one for math. That way there’s no worry about a separate storage for papers and reading and note-taking. All in one!

I then have my planner, which is absolutely essential during the school year (I did a post on that here). I also have a teal-quilted pencil case with the same old black ballpoint pens, colored flares for color-coding my notes, highlighters, and plenty of mechanical pencils for all of those scantron tests. Oh, the wonder of a number two pencil. 😀 

The gold sparkly bag in the pictures above is kind of my miscellaneous bag, since the purse doesn’t have any pockets. In there I’m keeping a travel-sized hand lotion, a travel-sized bottle of one of my favorite perfumes (don’t worry, it’s plastic!), these little oil-blotting sheets that are absolute magic (and perfect for touchups during passing periods!), a travel-sized hand sanitizer (someone’s always sick), some post-it sized notecards on a key ring for studying and whatnot, some colored post-it strips for bookmarking pages in books, and some, y’know, other supplies, if you catch my drift. 

Minus the couple of textbooks and workbooks I’m waiting on, this is how I’m planning on organizing myself for this coming school year. I’d love to hear what your tried & true school supplies are–your plan of attack organization-wise, if you will. :) 

Talk to you later, guys! 😀

– Grace