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Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Randoms

Hey all!  It's FRIDAY!  Finally!  This week, aside from the warmer weather, was pretty blah.  I do, however, have 5 awesome things to share.  So here we go.


Ok, so George and I LOVED this Pottery Barn table for our breakfast nook.  It's dark, sturdy, has a removable leaf, and is pretty much perfect.  The only downside, it's discontinued.  George and I were able to swipe a floor sample for $600!  That's $1,000 off from the original price of $1,600.  There are some very superficial scratches that can be taken care of with some Old English.  I'm still so happy!


Our Mexico trip is getting closer, and I can't even tell you how much I need to see some sunshine.  I think that I'm most excited to run in some warm weather for a change.  My running has been seriously sucking lately, and I'm hoping that enjoying the beautiful weather will give me the boost I've needed.  I'm also super excited to drink some Dirty Bananas. (Pretty much a chocolate mudslide with a banana in it for those of you who haven't experienced this heavenly-ness)


Mark your calendars for March 3rd.  I know that Kylie and I would LOVE for you to join our monthly "Favorite Things" linkup.  For more information, check out my Favorite Things tab.  Be there or be square!


For those of you that haven't read [this] post, my great friend, Aly is over in Afghanistan.  Things are a little rough over there right now.  It's very cold and pretty blah.  She is working in a trauma unit in a fancy tent, so you can only imagine the terribly sad things she sees.  If you have some spare time, send her or her unit a some words of encouragement or perhaps some cookies. :) I know that it would really brighten her day.  If you are interested, email me at beautyandthegreekblog@gmail.com, and I will give you her address.


Amanda from The Lady Okie and Beka from Sunshine to the Square Inch are hosting a Runners Tell All linkup.  Yeah, I'm doing a linkup within a linkup.  It's linkup Inception.  The theme of this month is to tell how and why you got into running in 250 words or less.


Above is a picture of me in Hawaii in January of 2013.  George and I were at the top of the Volcano, and it was quite a walk to see the dried lava.  We decided that we would try to run it. (It was about a mile).  I got maybe half way there and had to stop and walk.  As I’m walking, huffing and puffing, I’m really mad. All I could think was, “You can’t even run a mile!  What the hell?!”  I decided during that trip that when I got home, I was going to make a good, solid effort to get into running.

I started out running on the treadmill, and it sucked.  Each time I tried to start running, I would start on the treadmill and quit a month later.  Lucky for me, in March and April, the weather started to slowly warm up.  I had some of my first 2, 3 and 4 miles runs with my dad.  This is where I started to develop a love for running.  I was meeting and exceeding my goals and having fun.  Every week, I’d run a little farther than I had the last week.

Eventually, I signed up for my first 5k in July 2013 (read about it here), and eventually, my first half marathon in September 2013 (read about it here).  Finally, in December 2013, I did a full marathon (read about it here).  I guess you could say I did the couch to marathon program in a year.

...So that's how I started running. 




That's all I have for today!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

21 comments :

  1. Eeeekkk...you leaving for Mexico means that I soon leave too!! Yay us!
    And I love love love that table, great choice!!

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  2. What a great deal on the table...those are always the best!! Mexico...so jealous of you!! It'll be amazing :) Hope you have a great weekend!

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  3. Mexicoooo....yes please! So exciting! xx

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  4. That table is gorgeous and what a great deal! Of course I would love to send Aly and her group something. Can't believe you went from not being able to run a mile to a half marathon!! You are amazing!!

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  5. I loveee that table! What an awesome deal! I'm so jealous that you're going to Mexico soon! Have a great weekend!

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  6. Excited to read the posts about running. I love to run! But...sadly, I'm out of habit after baby and breastfeeding. In a few months, I'm hoping to be back on the road!

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  7. That's an awesome deal you got on that table!! I've never had a dirty banana but they sound amazing!

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  8. Love that table and what a great price! I hope you have a blast in Mexico!!

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  9. Finding your blog through the link up and my sister Elise @ Cheers Yall recommended I take a look at your blog! My hubby to be, Spyros, is Greek + the name of your blog just makes me smile already!! Excited to start following along with you on GFC, doll!! Xx.

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  10. Visiting from the link up. Love the new table! What a find!

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  11. I love that table! What an awesome find!!

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  12. That Mexico trip sounds like fun! I'm craving sunshine too!

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  13. I love that table and what a score!! Amazing.

    Mexico sounds heavenly right now. We have snowbanks up to my shoulders here. I need some sun!!

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  14. Wow, I had no idea you've ran a marathon! That's really something to be proud of!

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  15. Very beautiful table girl. And $1,000 off? Incredible. Who cares about a few scratches, I'm sure you guys could get products to help with that right? I'm jealous of the Mexico trip, I bet that will be so much fun. I will definitely be back for the link up on March third. I love them! It's great to network with bloggers <3

    I hope you have a great weekend babe, xo!

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  16. Oh my gosh! I don't think I knew the volcano story. That is so interesting! And kind of awesome. I mean, I know the feeling of being like, "And... I am lame and can't run for 5 minutes without dying." Seriously, couch to marathon. Good grief. Now you just need a redemption marathon where you aren't sick!

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  17. so awesome! as an avid runner, I am super excited for these runner posts! also--SO jealous of that mexico trip!

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  18. Your story about starting to run is so neat! Good for you! :) Love that table you guys got! What a deal! Jealous of your Mexico trip! Have fun!

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  19. Couch to marathon program in a year is awesome! My husband and I are going to Hawaii in March and we are going to hike the volcanoes too. I'm so excited!

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  20. Great score on the table, that's awesome!

    I love reading your running stories!!

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  21. Love the story of how you started running :). Mexico I'm so jealous!!!!! I know you'll have a blast!

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