Honeymoon Part I

I don’t think I ever blogged about our honeymoon!!!  After our October 6, 2012 wedding, we flew to Hawaii the next day!  We stayed at Disney’s Aulani Resort in O’ahu.  It was hands down, the nicest resort I’ve ever stayed at!  It was absolutely beautiful and Disney perfect.  It was not crowded at all in October and they upgraded our room because it was our honeymoon.  It was absolutely amazing and here are some pictures :)  PS I miss my long hair…


So, I got sick this week.  I almost expected it from crashing after the wedding/honeymoon high.  Fever and cold this week, nothing too horrible but I tried to catch up on sleep.  I started feeling sick last Sunday when I had planned to do a 5 mile run, skipped it and I haven’t run for a week.  I’m okay with it. Maybe this week!

So a few months ago, I found this indoor triathlon that is near me this February.  The idea of an indoor triathlon was kinda interesting… 10 minute swim in a lap pool, 30 minutes on a stationary bike and 20 minutes on a treadmill.  I’ve been to spin classes and road my mountain bike before, so I’m not “scared” of a stationary bike, I’m just not used to biking very often.  The swimming is what is completely foreign to me… No, I wouldn’t drown in a pool, and I could swim a few laps with bad form while keeping my head above the water.  Swimming intimidates me.  That one piece?!? Students possibly seeing me at the high school pool? The goggles? The swim cap? My hair turning green from chlorine?!?!?!?! It’s scary to me.

So what did I do?


I bought this last week. (Along with swimmer shampoo, swim cap and goggles)  It is actually not that bad because of the skinny straps and the pink.  I decided a few months ago that I wanted Colby to teach me how to formally swim so I could attempt this February indoor triathlon.  It is totally crazy to me because it makes me so uncomfortable, but I kinda want a new challenge.  I love running, but it hasn’t been loving me for the past few months.  I’ve taken a break from it and started to really explore group classes like CXWORX, BodyFlow and BodyPump more seriously.  I’ve also been into yoga and working out at home.  I’m still running, but just not on a formal training plan like before.  I got sick of it.

So, this afternoon Colby is taking me to the high school pool for my first lesson.  I’m terrified.


Also, my hair is driving me crazy.

(from the honeymoon)

I always have long hair. Even when I was little, it was always long.  I cut it once to my collar bone my freshman year of college and hated it.  It was too thick and almost all one length.  I didn’t know what to do with it, so I let it grow back out.  That was before I had my fabulous hairdresser Rachel, and she is also a great friend from high school.  She’s amazing and I let her do whatever she wants to my hair.  Luckily, that isn’t ever anything crazy.  For the past year, I’ve been just doing slight trims and letting my hair get really long for the wedding.  I knew I wanted it up, and wanted her to have as much as possible to work with.  That isn’t hard, because I have really thick hair!

So anyways, the last time I saw her right before the wedding, she barely trimmed it and now it is thick and long and does nothing. I’ve been curling it everyday just to give it a little something, but it needs cut.  Also, my CHI (straightener that I use also to curl) is dying!!! I’m in a panic and hate to spend the $$$ for another but I’m going to have to do it soon.

Part of me wants to do something daring (for me) and I’ve been looking at these pictures a lot…

Love Carrie Underwoods hair. This wouldn’t be too crazy for me.

But I’m pretty obsessed with Julianne Hough’s new hair.

I LOVE it but I would hate to go that drastic right away. Oh well, I guess I will see how I am feeling Tuesday afternoon when I have my cut appointment! Speaking of Julianne Hough, she cut her hair for a new movie she is in – Safe Haven.  This is a Nicholas Sparks book that will be a movie in February.

 After watching the trailer and loving her hair, I decided to get the book on my iPad. I NEVER read Nicholas Sparks books because I think they are usually too “sappy” but this one is great! I started last night, and I am over half way through it.  It is more of a mystery-romance and I’m really liking it.

Safe Haven

Cherie Runs This Guest Post!



Hey Everyone! I’m Cherie and I blog at Cherie Runs This. I’m sure Holly & Colby are having a fabulous time on their honeymoon and I’m honored to be taking up a little space here blogging while she’s away!

A little about me: I’m a NASM Certified Personal Trainer who ended up becoming one after I was long into my journey of a 100lb weight loss. I’m down 85lbs and almost to my goal/maintenance level! I write about my journey, all things fitness—running especially, healthy eating, and sometimes a bit of randomness. You’ve got to have randomness sometimes. Haha, balance, you know?

So how do I know Holly? Well, coincidentally we went to the same university! But since it was a few years apart I never “met” her until our paths crossed in the blogging world! And if we’re both lucky enough to win the lottery {the race kind, not the Power Ball kind} we can meet for real at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon next April!

Ahh, yes, running. Even if we had not gone to the same school to share that in common, we’d definitely at least have running in common for sure. Just from being a regular reader of hers, you know that she loves it–hellooo, “Pink RUNNER Blog!” Now, whereas she’s pretty accomplished in the sport, I am still going through a lot of trial and error trying again!

I have one race under my belt, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon’s 5K. I just ran that this past May and immediately registered for my next races. {I swore I’d never sign up for a race, enjoy them or sign up for a second, to which Holly said, “Yeah, right.” She was correct.} Next up on the race itinerary are the Color Run 5K in October, the Battleship North Carolina Half Marathon in November, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May, and the Rock ‘n Roll Pittsburgh Half Marathon in August. Yup, I’ve caught the racing bug I’d say.

So with the next race only a couple of weeks away, there’s a small situation going on. My shoes. Shoes are highly important, y’all. Unless you’re a  barefoot runner, then disregard that. But for the rest of you who do wear shoes when you run, you feel me here. Holly has been persistently reminding me that it’s high time I get some new running shoes. And now that I have a brand spanking new {good} job, the time is here! And just in the nick of time, too. I need time to break them in because running a race in new shoes that I haven’t thoroughly tested out will be no bueno.

I’ve always been a stability shoe person, due to my overpronation, but today on my run, something wasn’t working. Midrun, I switched and put on some neutral trainers and it was like buttah. My IT Band wasn’t even aggravating me. I’m going to take this info, my wallet, and an open mind and head to my local Fleet Feet to do another assessment. I know they’ll give me the hook up! Nothing against sporting goods stores, but I HIGHLY recommend going to a specialty running shoe store to get fitted!

That’s enough babbling for me. I meant to write two paragraphs and it’s turned into a page! Thanks for stopping by…the Mrs. will be back soon to reclaim her blog.   :)

What are your favorite running shoes and why?


Aloha from Hawaii! We are staying at Disney’s new Aulani resort and it is amazing!! Here is my view right now as I post from my iPad…


I will write more later but here are a few pictures of our trip so far…





Sunrise yoga class this morning!

We are finally getting used to the time change! Below are some pictures of the wedding from our friends. The last one is from our photographer and I can’t wait to see the rest of his pictures!