“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” [Albert Camus]

Two words: pumpkin spice

… I just googled (don’t you love how that’s become a verb??) trying to find the nutritional information for pumpkin spice products at Dunkin’ Donuts, and was unsuccessful. I did, however – find these creative recipes using DD products, helping the pumpkin spice fan bring some zing to their own kitchen.

Pumpkin spice is autumn to me. Fall is on the brink. Granted, paying $2.33 for a medium coffee on a daily basis doesn’t necessarily go along with my bank account at the moment (almost $14 a week? No thanks), but one or two a week really can’t hurt.

It’s been a very productive week so far. I spent my day in the big apple yesterday, and am pleased to announce that I’m one step closer to being a. full-time employed and b. a big city gal! Yup, you read it right. Starting on the 13th, I’ll be spending my Mondays and Tuesdays (and Thursdays, from home) working for cafemom.com! Blogging, researching and brainstorming; I’m so so so excited to learn more about the business, get more clips and of course – business casual clothes and NYC in the fall.

After a minor egg white puff mishap (followed by 10 minutes cleaning the microwave) I headed toward the gym early this morning to do today’s workout:

Does anyone have suggestions on how to incorporate strength training into a half marathon running routine? I find that the worst thing is doing some lifts, waking up sore the next morning and then having to run four miles. What is your favorite thing about race season? And if you’ve never run a 5k, what do you think is the biggest obstacle holding you back?

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9 thoughts on ““Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” [Albert Camus]

  1. Hi girl, I absolutely love your blog! Your journey of losing 50 pounds is absolutely amazing and very inspirational.

    Regarding how to incooporate strength training, sometimes when I’m on the treadmill I punch my arms (alternating) with 3 pound weights (if you want to do it all at once). Or I do interval training, where I will run for 2 minutes intensely and then do 1 minute of strength training moves and then back to running 2 minutes!

    Hope that helps! =)

    • That’s an interesting concept, Lisa. Thanks for your kind words!! Since I’m focusing on running long distances, I’m mostly running the streets. I’m looking for ways to hit the gym three times a week simply to strength train, without feeling the pains the next day! That’s awesome that you found a routine that works for you – and you’re killing two birds with one stone!

  2. I just found your blog! Too cute :) I love the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks! I would try it from Dunkin but there aren’t any that close to me in Jacksonville :( bummer.

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