What a week it’s been! From heading back to Crossfit and celebrating birthdays to spin instructor try outs, it’s been a wild week!
My weekend started with celebrating one of my favorite spin instructors and friends, Riley. Parties at our spin station are always a blast! However, Friday was my fifth day of working out without any breaks so my legs were definitely trashed.
My day started off with sleeping in. Although, I have to admit I was a ball of nerves. Earlier in the week, I found out that a spin studio in town was holding open auditions. After talking with my husband and a friend I decided to go for it!
I absolutely love spin class and I would truly enjoy sharing this experience with other people. All week, it’s been something that I had been looking forward to. I have never tried out for anything like this so I had no idea what to expect.
Arriving at the studio, I felt confident. I hadn’t actually taken a class at this studio but it’s the same as the one I attend on a weekly basis.
I may share more in another post but long story short, I didn’t make it to the training class. There was many phases to the audition and I didn’t make it to the last one. I wasn’t too bummed but it still doesn’t make rejection any easier. If it was my home studio, I probably would have been a mess. Moving forward, I’ll keep trying harder and hope to do better in my next audition!
My first rest day of the week! Although, my body had different ideas and I ended up waking up early. I was able to relax a bit before church and drink my tea in my favorite mug. It’s a keepsake from our wedding. My husband and I will be celebrating our three year anniversary next month!
I think my husband sensed I was still down because he agreed to take me to Lush after lunch. He’s terribly sweet y’all! After the auditions on Saturday, he spent the evening trying to cheer me up. He’s so great. While we were at Lush, he let me try out all the products while he stood in the corner playing on his phone. I couldn’t convince him to get some beard conditioner though, haha!
This week won’t be too bad as far as traveling for work. I’ve decided to do a trial month at the Crossfit gym so I’m excited to head back this week! The weather is getting nice and toasty around here so I guess summer is around the corner!
This weekend has seriously been such a blast! Our trip to Albuquerque was a much needed break and I’m glad we booked it. It was a bit last minute for a neurotic planner like me but we did it!
Jordan and I hadn’t been on an airplane together before this trip even thought we’ve been together for seven years! Luckily I’ve been to Albuquerque before for work so I knew my way around the airports. We flew out of Houston Thursday morning and left Albuquerque on Sunday.
We had an early flight and I was EXCITED. Having Jordan with me made me virtually stress free. Going through security was a breeze even though it was on the busier side. We arrived in New Mexico at 10am so we had some time to kill before heading to our hotel room. One thing I really wanted to do for this trip was to avoid any food we had at home. We wanted to eat what the locals eat! By the time we got our luggage and our rental car, we were ready for an early lunch. We found a local Southwest restaurant. Here’s where I learned that the “Mexican” food in New Mexico is NOTHING like what’s in Texas. It was different but DELICIOUS!
After lunch, we found a trolley tour around Albuquerque. It was super touristy but the weather was so nice and we had time to kill so we did it! New Mexico weather was nice and dry in the low 60s so the open trolley felt amazing. I’m really glad we did this tour because we ended up finding some spots we would visit later in the weekend. Not only did we learn about the area but there was so much history of the city that was shared. Our tour guide Mike was awesome. If you’re in town, I would definitely recommend ABQ Trolley Tours. He pointed out where many movies and shows were filmed around the city. I thought Jordan’s eyes were going to pop out when he found out that The Avengers was filmed just a few blocks from our hotel! They also offer a tour just for Breaking Bad filming locations since it was filmed and set in the city.
After our tour, we went to the hotel to take a break and relax a bit. Naps were a major part of our trip! During our tour, Mike told us about a summer music festival held at the Pueblo Cultural Center called Party on the Patio. For only $10 you can have unlimited tacos and pizza while listening to live music. We couldn’t resist! Here’s where I got my first taste of the green chili phenomenon of New Mexico. I had some on my pizza and it was SO GOOD. It was also a fun way to see the sunset on the Sandia Mountain and watch the mountains light up bright red when the sun shone on them. Our first day was a success!
One thing my body never got used to was sleeping in. Without fail, I would always wake up around 4:30 before the alarm would go off. You win some, you lose some! We definitely rolled around and watched some TV before going out for the day.
Our morning was spent at the ABQ Bio Park. Albuquerque’s zoo, aquarium, and botanical gardens are all close together and connected by train. We chose to start our day in the zoo and check out all the other parks of the park afterwards. Jordan loved the weather because even though it did get to the low 80s, there was a nice breeze and no humidity. I wore a long sleeve (dri-fit) all day and he was surprised that I didn’t complain once about being hot, haha! It’s all about layering when the weather is in the 50s in the morning.
There were so many baby animals at the zoo, I was obsessed! The twin chimps were so full of energy and jumping all over their enclosure. The baby orangutan was just as cute! They currently have three giraffes that are pregnant. After following April’s pregnancy, it was neat to see these in real life!
The Bio Park also had a Bug-arium. While I’m not the biggest fan of bugs (who is?), it was neat to see their Leaf Cutter Ants traveling throughout the building. If you’ve never seen those up close, it’s a really interesting sight!
By the afternoon, we were exhausted! After wandering all around the Bio Park, my fitbit left me know we had walked over 12,000 steps. We were off to the hotel room yet again for a nap!
Our evening was spent at the Sandia Resort and Casino. It was a beautiful resort that we got to walk around and get a beautiful view of the mountain. We tried our luck at the penny slots. Jordan really likes one type of slot machine so once he found it, he was set. We aren’t really the gambling type but it’s still fun to play the penny slots. We broke even for the night!
Yet another early wake up call thanks to my body! When we arrived, my husband was obsessed with the Sandia Mountains. They are absolutely beautiful and they just so happen to have a gift shop at the peak. Of course, my husband wanted to drive up there so off we went!
On our drive up the mountain, there were so many cyclists! I’ve heard so many awesome benefits about training in altitude but riding a bike up a mountain that step is not something I can just pick up and do. Those people are tough!
Once we reached the top, I definitely felt the different in the air. We hiked a bit and I was so winded that it was ridiculous. Two miles above sea level is hard for this girl! However, it was worth it for the view of the city below us. There were patches of snow that hadn’t melted so it was cool to see. Needless to say, it was quite a bit cooler at the peak than the city below.
After our adventure on the mountain, we were off to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. This stop was mostly for me since I recently became enthralled with The Manhattan Project and the creation of the Atomic Bomb. New Mexico played such a major role in our nation’s history and it was so cool to learn about it!
Another nap was taken before trying our luck again at the penny slots! It was such a pretty evening and I’m glad we got to see another sunset on the mountains.
We flew back home on Sunday and got ready for the week! Our trip was such a blast and we will definitely be back. It was great to learn so much about New Mexico and it’s rich cultural history.
Now Jordan and I are looking forward to our weekend getaway in June to the hill country for our anniversary!
It’s been exactly one week after my race and I’m already getting antsy. Will this feeling ever go away? I’m definitely addicted to running.
Before my race, I had been having some issues with my hip. Ultimately, I think it’s due to weakness in my muscles and IT Band tightness. I plan to spend another week without running and plenty of rehab to see how my hip is healing up. This isn’t stopping me from researching races and new training plans though! I’m super thankful that I’m working on the Tone It Up Bikini Series at the moment because it’s giving me a good mix of strength training and cardio (speed walking for me!) to keep me busy. Continue reading Couch Potato Weekend!→
Can everyone believe it’s already April? Luckily I didn’t fall for any April Fools tricks but there were some good ones I came across! Our weekend was spent running, shopping, cooking, and planning a trip to New Mexico!
Real talk, Friday was so rough. I’m still adjusting to my new role at work. It seems like I’m the only one who keeps her cool at work sometimes but that may be because guys can get so dramatic sometimes!
But for real, our date night was SO needed. We spoiled ourselves this week and had Red Robin. They redid the one we frequent and they updated their menu to include stacks of mini donuts! I just couldn’t pass it up.
We had crazy storms on Wednesday that flooded most parts of town. I really wanted to try to run the trails but I knew there was a chance they were muddy. We took a drive and it wasn’t too bad!
I ran about four miles before I stepped in a puddle that turned out to be ankle deep. Soon after I felt a blister start forming so I called it quits after five miles. Even though it was short, I honestly had a BLAST running the trails. Jumping in puddles and running along the trees made my heart so happy.
Jordan and I went to see Kong: Skull Island and did some shopping at Target. Obviously we went in for one thing and came out with ten more! I got some more clothes for work and we also bought Yahtzee. I had never played so it was fun spending the evening learning and kicking butt.
We did our Sunday morning walk and tried not to get swept away by the wind. There was a new storm system moving in but we didn’t get rained on. We also saw so many baby ducks!
Jordan and I started joking around about going on our first airplane trip together about a week ago. It turns out that we have enough free miles for a trip to New Mexico! We booked a weekend trip in May to spend time on the mountains. I went briefly for work but I think I will enjoy it much more with Jordan. Super excited for it!
I did a big meal prep on Sunday since I will be crazy busy this week. Even though I’m busy, I’m excited because I have so much to look forward to in the next couple of weeks!
Is there anything we should do while visiting Albuquerque?
This weekend was a blast! The Houston Rodeo lasts for two weeks with amazing concert performances each night. I was lucky enough to get some free tickets to see The Chainsmokers perform! Continue reading Rodeo Weekend!→