Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 Recap: My Year in Running {Awards Link-Up!}

Hey guys!

My friend Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder (Hey girl!!) had a great idea to do a post where all of the races that you've run in 2014 get "awards".  There were about 10 categories to choose from but I picked the ones most applicable to my year in racing!  

Check it out...

1.  Most Scenic Course - Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon Series Half Marathon


This is basically the only photo from during the race!  I wore my phone around my upper arm and couldn't strategically take it out - it would've screwed up my headphones and my music! (I'm an amateur....whatever! lol) But this course was very scenic and it was exciting and gorgeous - minus the 30 minutes of rain at the end! ;)  It ended at the beach which was the perfect finale!

2.  Most Challenging Course/Obstacles - Spartan Race Sprint, Citi Field, New York





This was my first (and only, thus far!) Spartan Race and like I said in my recap, it was the PERFECT introduction (course/length/obstacles/no mud!!) to OCRs!  I couldn't do the rope climb but you'd better believe I will be kicking that obstacle's ass on my next Spartan Race!!

3.  Most Unique Medal - Spartan Race Sprint, Citi Field, New York


Photos were "borrowed" from another blog...Thanks Jason!

If you're unfamiliar with Spartan Races, there are 3 levels - Sprint, Super & Beast...they increase in length & intensity!  With each race you get a circular medal AND a piece of a "pie"...finish all 3 levels of races in one year and you've completed your TRIFECTA! And the 3 race medals fit together to form 1 awesome Spartan pie!

4.  Favorite Race Shirt - Spartan Race Sprint, Citi Field, New York


It happens to be very soft cotton and fairly flattering (which never happens with a cotton t-shirt!) but it's more for what it signifies!  In big bold letters it says FINISHER on the back - pretty intense!  You can't buy that FINISHERS shirt....it must be earned!

5.  Favorite Overall Race - Miami Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race


It was fun & muddy, short (3 miles) and my hubby & I did it together!  The obstacles weren't as hard or challenging as the Spartan and it was just overall a great time!

6.  Best Course Support (aid stations, volunteers, people cheering you on, etc) - 5k Turkey Trot

It is a local race but boy do they have it organized! They've been doing it for over 30 years and it's through a very residential area. A lot of the people that live in the homes that we ran by came out to cheer on the runners! There were tons of police and they were so friendly and encouraging! There was a big water station at each mile marker with plenty of volunteers and water.  And after the race there was music, awards & plenty of drinks & after-race snacks. Recap here.

7.  Race You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing - Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon Series Half Marathon




This is pretty self explanatory! My FIRST half marathon! I mean, I really did it! I still can't believe it! Recap here!

Check out the other fab ladies involved in this SUPER fun link-up: 
Jeanette: Fit In Louisville (http://www.fitinlouisville.blogspot.com)
Amy: Running Escapades (http://runningescapades.com)
Melanie: Runner Girl in a Rocking World (http://runnergirlinarockingworld.com)
Erika: MCMMamaRuns (http://mcmmamaruns.com)
Krystal: The Runner Within (http://therunnerwithin.com)
Tamsyn: Fat Girl to Ironman (http://fatgirltoironman.co.uk)
Erin: Love for Running (http://loveforrunning.com)
Kelly: Miles to Go (http://miles-to-go.org)
Sarah: How My World Runs (http://howmyworldruns.com)
Sue: This Mama Runs for Cupcakes (http://thismamarunsforcupcakes.com)
Lara: Uptite Mamas (http://uptitemamas.com)
Kristin: Kristin's 5k (http://www.kristins5k.blogspot.com)
Montana: Pretty Lil Mudder (http://prettylilmudder.com)

Can't wait to see all of their races, pics & awards!! :)


So tell me - which of your 2014 races would win some of these "awards"??

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Monday, December 15, 2014

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me {"I'm like a Grandma" Edition!}

OMG it's officially mid-December!!! What the heck, people??? Where did 2014 go? 

No lie I was just getting used to it being 2014 and now it's changing again!?  This was definitely the fastest year ever!

So for this week's installment of #10Things I'm filling you in on 10 reasons (there are totally more! lol) why I'm like a grandma!!  Sad but true...



And I'm not talking 'a hip old granny who can hip hop, bee bop, dance til you drop & yo yo make a wicked cup of co-coa!" {<--- name that movie and we're officially new best friends!)

I'm talking the 'boring old lady' kind! Check it out!!

((And if you missed it check out my Holiday & School Daze Editions!))

1. For as long as I can remember I have kept a paper calendar.
***NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION ALERT*** I'm switching to a digital calendar for 2015! (more on that in a future post!) But for the last 12+ years I've kept a desk calendar! With lots of sticky notes & things highlighted (& color coded, obv!).  Want to try to make a date when we bump into each other in Target? Not gonna happen! Text me what dates are good for you & I'll get back to you once I get home and check the bible calendar!  Like an old lady, right?

2. I'm cool with getting into bed at 8pm!
And once I crawl in, even if I tell myself that it's only for a few minutes, I'm done!  It's like a force pinning me down that won't let me get back up...I'm toast!  I turn on the TV & I'll see you all later tomorrow!

3. I love Lifetime & Hallmark Channel movies!
Totally a grandma move - and I know because MY grandma & I discuss, in detail!, the movies that we watch!  How they're still coming out with new movies is beyond me....there are movies on at all hours of the day! It's crazy - but very entertaining!

4. Commercials, TV shows, songs, movies...they all make me cry!
That's all!

5. We eat dinner early...if we're home usually before 5!
By "we" I really mean the kids but even so, there have been times that they've eaten dinner in the 4's!  They're hungry...I'm tired...let's do it! #EarlyBirdSpecial

6. As social and extroverted as I am, I like being home.
In my pajamas, with socks, no makeup, glasses on, hair in a bun!

7. I can't sleep in.
Even when our kids sleep out or we're on vacation, we're always up early.  In my "adult" life I don't think I've ever slept past 8am.  The early bird gets the worm.....I guess! lol

8. I don't eat raw sushi.
California roll, Boston roll or Shrimp Tempura roll...super boring = super grandparent-like!

9. Until I started this blog I wasn't on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest!
And I really knew nothing about any of them! Thankfully after starting Peace, Love & Ice Cream and joining all of these social media networks I learned EVERYTHING that I ever wanted to know......and became a WAHM!!  I started doing Social Media Marketing work through a great boutique marketing firm & then even started my own SMM business with my OWN clients - and I love it!!

10. I've been dating my husband since I was 16!
That's pretty old school, right?  He was basically my only real boyfriend!  Imagine all those guys that missed out... ;)

So tell me.....Are you like grandma/pa???

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Race Plans for 2015! {"not written in stone" version}

With 2015 RAPIDLY approaching it's time to get my act together! 


There was so much anticipation for my half marathon....it helped keep me motivated and excited and on track - it really did help to have a goal to work towards! (novel concept, huh?)

So I wanted to make a 2015 Race Plan so I can have new goals to work towards and races to train for all year long next year!!

I give you my my tentative plans for 2015, thus far...

I haven't registered for anything yet....mostly because some of the races don't even have exact dates (which sucks!)!  So it's not written in stone...and I really haven't explored ALL of my options....but this is like a rough draft! ;)

February 2015 - Half Marathon (13.1 miles)

April 2015 - Super Spartan Race (approx 8 miles + obstacles)

May 2015 - Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race Mud Run (6 miles + obstacles)

October/November/December 2015 - Half Marathon (13.1 miles)

November 2015 - 5k Turkey Trot (3.1 miles)

I would be happy to do a couple of half marathons, a couple of obstacle course races & I would love to find some 10k races....they really don't have many of those in SoFL!

I want to keep it interesting and fun - and motivating for me!!

Stay tuned!

What races do YOU have planned for next year??

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Monday, December 8, 2014

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me! {{School Daze Edition}}

**New Series Alert**

Happy Monday everyone! This weekend was busy with a little some running, 2 birthday parties and a soccer game.  Now I'm ready for everything to settle down as we get back into the weekday swing! (which is usually as busy as the weekends but in a different way!)

So last week's 10 Things You Didn't Know About Me: Holiday Edition was such a hit I figured I'd continue on with this series.... Not sure how often I'll post them, but I'll try to be somewhat consistent! 

This week I bring you....


1. Math is my favorite subject!  I've spoken about this before but it's worth mentioning again! I took AP Calculus in high school & then took Calc 1, 2, 3, 4 and then Differential Equations (like Calc 5) in college!  It was always my favorite class to go to! <--- huge dork alert


2. Speaking of math, I was in the Math Honor Society in high school. (And the National Honor Society for that matter!)  We met once a month or so and competed as teams answering math questions....I'm typing that and LOLing!  Math competitions.....apparently I was a party animal! ;)

3. I got a full scholarship to college!  I got a 100% tuition paid for by the Florida Bright Futures program - awesome!!  The criteria to get either 75% or 100% tuition covered wasn't too too hard so a lot if not most of my friends were on one of those scholarships too.  At the time the state university wasn't terribly expensive but to get a "free ride" was pretty cool. Note: this did not include books, living, eating, playing, being clothed, etc, etc....THANKS Mom & Dad! :)

4. I was in a sorority!  I may have never learned the secret handshake or lived in the house...but I was a (paying!) sorority sister! We went to some really fun date functions, had a lot of bonding time and I met some amazing friends that I will have forever.


5. I majored in Chemical Engineering in college. Yea...I know....whaaaat?! Then after graduation I worked at a pharmaceutical company that develops and manufactures transdermal patches (think a smoking cessation or hormone replacement therapy patch)....

I got to travel to go to conferences, I worked in the R&D lab developing new formulations to deliver drugs via a patch (instead of a pill or injection)......and then I WAS ISSUED A PATENT!! Yep, I'm a co-author on a real, issued, genuine US patent!! Woo Hoo!!


6. I thought Physics was REALLY hard!  I took a lot of random, hard, complicated classes in college (see #5 above! lol), but the 2 Physics classes that I took my Freshman year were very confusing - and annoying - to me! Plus it was the first class of the day on a FRIDAY morning - not cool!


7. I finished a 5 year Bachelor of Science degree in 4 years.  I stayed every summer (the thought of leaving my husband boyfriend at the time killed me!).  So it was a win-win....we got to spend the summers together AND I took classes/credits to finish my degree in the "normal" 4 years!

8. I'm an obsessive note taker and highlight-er.  Even my scribbled notes for work or my workouts or my hand-written calendar are color-coded! #TrueStatement

9. My husband and I always went to the same school....since KINDERGARTEN!  We started dating at the beginning of 11th grade...but technically we've "known" each other much longer! :)

10. I've lost my mojo! Studying for (and passing!) my NASM personal trainer certification exam made me realize that I am way too anal, too old and too busy to be studying for anything now!  Props to all of you that go back to school.....I don't know how you do it!

Tell me, what is something that I probably don't know about you...school-related??
Have a great day!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

All I Want for Christmas....are PRACTICAL gifts!! {a mother's wish list}

Dear Santa,

In addition to the health & happiness of my family and friends, which is ALWAYS #1, this year I'm asking for practical gifts....things that I REALLY need!!  As a wife & now work-at-home mother I am busy - as we all are! 

Santa - Feel free to use your discretion and throw in a new watch or diamond earrings, duh, but this is my super practical wish list for this year!



  • An iron-er!
    • Yes people, some things need to be ironed - or so my mom always said!  I have such good intentions: I do laundry, I make a pile of the things that need to be ironed, I put it off for a load or 2....then the pile grows and grows and I end up with a super intimidating overflowing basket of clothes that are getting more and more wrinkled by the minute.  Then it becomes easier to just ignore it! lol
  • A chauffeur!
    • I am constantly in the car...driving to and from school, running errands, going to practices, going to dinner, there's always somewhere to be! Which means that I lose that time...but if I had someone driving FOR me - I could sit and either blog, work, peruse Facebook, ya know....important things like that! ;)
  • An extra hand...or 2 actually!
    • I constantly need an extra hand - and I know I'm not alone!! It would be SUPER helpful!!!
  • Calorie-free Reese's peanut butter cups.
    • They are my favorite sinful snack! Chocolate + peanut butter = heaven! But they are super high in calories and fat....and you can't stop at just one....because they are SO yum!
  • A night with Andy Cohen.  
    • NOT sexually! (hello, he's gay...and I'm married!) But he's adorable and funny and seems like he would be SO much fun! And I'd get the scoop on all of my favorite and not so favorite housewives! I {heart} BRAVO!
  • Worldwide wi-fi.
    • I know, this one can actually be done!  But it would be super convenient if I could have wi-fi anytime, anywhere - for free! :)
So I want to know.....what is something on your practical wish list??


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tips to Help You Avoid Weight Gain This Holiday Season!

So the Thanks-mas-ukkah holiday season is upon us!!

You know what I mean....the often dreaded time between Thanksgiving and New Years that plagues us all!  Did you know the average American gains 1-2 lbs over the holidays? And I'm not talking "water weight"!  I'm talking permanent poundage that tends to stick around long after the holidays are over!  


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Combine that with the miscellaneous weight that some people gain the rest of the year and the scale will be creeping up faster than you can scream "Weight Watchers Help Meeee"! Not cool!

Have no fear though - Sammy is here....with some tips that I think will help you stay in the right frame of mind, and therefore keep you on track, during the next month or so!



Tip #1: Don't let the hype of the holidays psych you out!

Did you gain that 1-2 lbs mentioned above just by reading this post?? I know, sometimes it feels like just thinking or hearing about these food-filled-family-fun-holiday gatherings makes me gain weight! But NEWS FLASH: that's not the case! ;)  

Just because the theme of these holidays is usually food-related doesn't mean you have to sit with a bag of red creme-filled Oreos just because you have them!

Tip #2: Keep active! Set a goal! Take a walk! DON'T use this month as a free pass off of fitness - because it's not!

That's all! :)

Tip #3: Try to stay on your usual schedule.  Easier said than done, I know! Especially when you're out of town, visiting family and/or off from work!

But you're more likely to get super lax, and cut yourself waaaay too much slack, when you have lots of free time and nothing planned! Keep your scheduled gym classes during the holidays (if they're still going on)....and if not, get together with some friends and plan to do a workout together! Even if you're off of work, plan out the day - with a written schedule planned out you'll be less likely to just skip something on your to-do list!

Tip #4: Don't expect to lose big! Especially if you're in weight-loss mode. The holidays can be a real downer if you started a "diet" (I hate that word but you get my drift) a month or so ago.  You're in 'full steam ahead' mode, losing weight, getting fit & feeling great, and then the holidays hit!  

If you happen to lose, pleasant surprise! If you maintain, no reason to be disappointed! And, if you're mostly on-track during the holidays, a slight gain will be water weight and gone before the end of January!  Done and done.

Don't PLAN to gain, plan to maintain! {you can quote me on that ;)}

Tip #5: Don't miss out on family fun because you're too worried about your waistline!  Just like 1 good meal doesn't make you fit/slim/skinny/toned, 1 bad meal doesn't make you gain 20 lbs and land back where you started 6 months earlier....unless you let it!  Stay in control! It's your body & your mouth - decide what YOU put in it! A piece of pie...OK! A salad with protein...OK!  Just stay in control!

What do you think about "holiday weight gain"? Is it ridiculous or justified??

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Monday, December 1, 2014

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me! {{Holiday Edition}}

It's DECEMBER!!!! So crazy, right?  


There is a lot that I want to organize/figure out/decide - personally, professionally & blogger-ally - before the new year begins so this month will be busy! (I know that sounds very inconspicuous and sketchy but obviously you'll be filled in on everything once I actually figure it all out! lol)

Since we're just coming off of Thanksgiving and we're already in full-on holiday season mode I wanted to do another Things You Didn't Know About Me post.....I love doing these and I hope you like reading them! :)

1. I don't like turkey! 


I would much rather eat chicken, which is what I chose to have for Thanksgiving dinner - we went out so it was perfect!  I like ground turkey breast, like I use in my go-to recipe (pics in that post have gone rogue...sorry!), but off the bone is just not my style.

2. We don't celebrate Christmas.  I know even I'm surprised while I type that!  I know what you're thinking...you have a Christmas Tree...what do you mean you don't celebrate Christmas?  
SPOILER ALERT: We're Jewish!! :)  


This year we have a 4 ft "Hanukkah Bush" - that looks a lot like a white Christmas tree with (mostly) blue ornaments!  We do have personalized stockings and Santa does bring the kids a little something under the tree and in their stockings at Christmas.....but it's all in good fun and in the holiday spirit.  We don't teach the kids about JC in-terms of the holiday and we just find it festive & fun, nothing more nothing less. That's all!

We (obviously!) also have a menorah and we light it during Hanukkah.  The kids know all about that holiday and why it's important that we celebrate it (and not just because they get 8 days of presents!!)

3. We drive around looking for Christmas lights almost every night.  It started over the weekend because some of our neighbors put up their lights so for the next 4 weeks or so it's on!  We drive through other neighborhoods also....it puts all 4 of us in such a great mood!!

4. I love the "chilly" weather we've been having on and off.  I would hardly call it winter, but whatever it is I'll take it.  It's been in the 50's overnight and into the early morning on a few days and it made for a gorgeous morning run!  I hope it continues because I'm sick of the temperature being into the 80's in December...it's ridic! (#sorrynotsorry)

5. I've been topping my morning coffee with Reddi Wip.  


OK, to be honest I didn't today but I've been doing it for the last week or so and for some reason it makes me feel like it's really the holidays... And it's delish!

6. We probably won't have any adult-only NYE plans until approx 2028....& I'm OK with that!  It's hard to find a sitter on NYE (most have a life, right?) so it's with-the-kids for the next few dozen years or so!  We're cool with it though because going out on NYE is totally overrated, and overpriced! :)

7. I set up shop in Starbucks at least 3x a week....and I've only had 1 red holiday cup so far this season!  


I find it hard to do my work at home - the TV always ends up on and then I'm folding laundry, making doctor appointments and emptying the dishwasher...ie: not doing work!  Since I don't need total silence I hang at Starbucks!  It's perfect.  And 2 out of 3 days I resist even getting something to drink - winning!

8. We want to put up Christmas lights, but see #2 above. So festive & fun but (I guess) we have to draw the line somewhere! #MyKidsAreSoConfused #WeLoveSanta ;)

9. I love when holidays fall on the weekends. Like Halloween this year (Friday afternoon/evening counts!)! Just makes it so much more fun! Too bad Christmas & NYE are weekdays this year - not cool!

10. All of the presents on my list are basically running-related! New running sneakers (got 2 pairs on Black Friday!), a fuel belt (ordering from Dick's today for #CyberMonday!) & some new QALO rings because you can never have too many, obv! (did you see the awesome new Outdoors collection? So fun!) Remember to use coupon code "sammy15" because everything is more attractive when it's on sale!



So like I said I have to organize my life (more details to follow) & I'm really considering another half marathon in early 2015 - late January/early February maybe.... Then there's the Spartan in (hopefully) March, April or May.  They haven't released some of the dates/locations yet....COME ON SPARTAN!!! MAMA HAS SOME PLANNING TO DO! :)

What's new with you guys???

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