Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Favorites

HECK TO THE YES! WE MADE IT TO FRIDAY! I swear, some weeks it feels like this day will never get here... But now that it's here, I'm sure it'll fly by... Weird how that works, eh? Anywho, you know the drill, it's FRIDAY so it's time to share a few of my recent FAVORITES with some of my FAVE FOLKS in the InterWebs world - YOU! Let's do it, do it!

Handful Bras

Remember how I posted about the FLASH SALE going on right now?! {If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out my post from Wednesday HERE.} Well, it ends TONIGHT! You do NOT want to miss getting your hands on a Handful bra for only $20! And, just in case you aren't 100% sure about them and don't want to simply take my word for it, there is FREE shipping (on orders over $25) and FREE returns... so, what's the harm in giving them a try?!

The Runner's Guide to Walt Disney World

One of my friends, Megan, wrote this book and it is now in it's FIFTH edition (it is updated annually seeing as runDisney and the Disney Properties are always changing - and she wants you to be as up-to-date with all of your info as possible!). I have the first edition and think this resource is a MUST for anyone running at WDW. It has information on everything from registration to hotels and resorts to meal plans and restaurants to running or spectating the races.

For the first month of the 2017 edition launch, they are including some fun added bonuses to make your runDisney race experience even more magical!
  • runDisney Dos and Don'ts eBook 
  • The Best of runDisney: Walt Disney World eBook (2017 edition) 
  • runDisney Race Weekend Packing List 
These bonuses are FREE if you purchase the paperback version of Magical Miles: The Runner's Guide to Walt Disney World before November 1. Order your copy, then claim your bonuses!


I posted on Monday about my need to step up my hydration game. So many folks jumped on board to either step up their water consumption, make (or break) another habit, or just continue to encourage me along in my journey. I love how the folks around me always want to see me succeed - YOU ROCK MY SOCKS! PS If you don't want to be held accountable for something, don't put it out for the InterWebs to see... cause they will keep hounding you about it (in a good way)! {And just in case you haven't been following along on my Instagram Stories, so far - so good! Approximately 100 ounces a day since Monday! SCORE ONE FOR THE GOOD GUYS!}

Can we take a second and all talk about how AWESOMESAUCE these unicorn slippers are?! As some of you may know, I qualified for the Boston Marathon almost three weeks ago. Well, with their 'mascot' being a unicorn (and a BQ being ever elusive and magical like a unicorn) a sweet friend sent me a pair of these slips as a way to say CONGRATS! They are AMAZEBALLS and you should put them on your Christmas list right now!

That's it for this week, but I'd love to hear what you are loving lately!

How's your water consumption going?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Handful Bras FLASH SALE

Remember when I posted about becoming a Handful Bra ambassador a few weeks back?! And how I said that although I was SUPER STOKED for myself YOU should be pumped too?! Well, here's one of the reasons. I was able to chat with the lovely ladies of Handful to get a FLASH SALE for my friends, family, and followers (you all are THAT special to me).

So, here's the deets - Handful just added more products to their CLOSEOUT section of their site (meaning everything is already at a killer discount), but if you order between today and Friday evening you will save EVEN MORE!

PS I would appreciate no one counting the number of bras I have and telling the
hubby how much I've spent... seeing as I've never bought them for as cheap as they
are now being offered... #OurLittleSecret 

If you order NOW, you will be able to get your hands on these bras for $20, which is nearly 60% off the original price (and almost unheard of)! I promise you, once you give these bras a try you will see they are worth every penny (even when they aren't crazily marked down)! Also, I swear I am not trying to sound like an infomercial, but I just really don't want you to miss out on a deal as crazy amazing as this one!

Take about versatile! You can wear the straps on these bras THREE different ways! 

And, just in case you are new to these parts, believe me when I tell you, I will only share a product that I fully believe in and stand behind. Just take a look at my Instagram account to see Handful all over (because when it's summer in SoCal, you join the #SportsBraSquad and rock your Handful bra loud and proud with no shame of who sees it).

I cannot stress the urgency enough - this deal (or the inventory) will NOT last, so make sure to take advantage of it and stock up NOW! The size large bras have already completely sold out, so if you are an XS, S or M you better place your order ASAP or potentially risk missing out on this killer deal!


HOW TO SHOP: Use my ambassador link ( and scroll down to the "Adjustable Handful Bra - Closeout Fall '15" image. Click and get your shop on. When you add any of the items from this page into your cart, the discount should be automatically added. In case you have any issues at all, type "MCFLASH" in the coupon code area when you check out to get the lowest price possible ($20 plus FREE SHIPPING over $25!)! And, like I mentioned, this sale is only good through Friday, October 21st at 11:59pm PST so time is of the essence. STOP, DROP & SHOP!

PS If you want to order something other than the CLOSEOUT inventory, you can still score 10% off by using code "CARLEEMCDOT"! I'll try to offer a few more FLASH SALES for other products between now and the end of the year (such as the Spring 2016 sale items or the NEW Holiday 2016 items), but I wanted to get the biggest sale going first so if you haven't tried Handful before you could do it as cheaply as possible and see what everyone is RAVING about!

What's your go-to brand for sports bra?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Girl and Her Dog

I know, I know, the saying is normally "a boy and his dog", but we are in the 21st century, right?!

Anywho, I've had a couple people comment about how my Instagram Stories tend to focus on #WaltTheWienerDog so I thought I would address it.

First off, seeing as I work from home, the only person being I interact with on a regular basis throughout the work week is Walt... so, hence, you see a lot of him! I guess you can consider him my only co-worker... but he doesn't do much working (as you can clearly see on my stories... he tends to snooze or want to go outside and hunt lizards for the majority of his day).

Next, Walt is a bit cray-cray. He doesn't appreciate the paparazzi and won't sit still for a photo. With that said, the pictures I am able to snap tend to be out of focus or blurry. Yes, of course, my Instagram account is real life, but at the same time I don't want to post a ton of crappy quality pictures to it - so that's where Instagram Stories come in ;) I don't have to worry about cropping or filters or making sure the lighting is right - I just snap away and you get some raw Walt. [This is also one of the main reasons Walt doesn't have his 'own' account.]

Lastly, IT'S WALT THE WIENER DOG! I mean, how can you not love that little girthy guy?! Don't get me wrong, I love flipping through Instagram Stories and see where everyone is running or what everyone is eating, but who doesn't love a photo/ video of a dachshund?! I realize I may be a little bias and he might not actually be the cutest doggy in the whole world (although, that's what I call him), but he brings a smile to my face and I guess I thought that he'd do the same for you... And who can't use another smile in their day?!

I have decided to start doing a few more videos of myself on my Instagram Stories (mostly to get more comfortable with video as well as keeping me accountable with my hydration game), but don't you worry... Walt isn't going anywhere ;)


Do you even look at the Instagram Stories?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Let's Get Our Drink On!

Confession time... Since running the St. George Marathon, I have been TERRIBLE about hydrating. I don't really know why, but I went from having a reusable water bottle near me at all times to maybe drinking like 20 ounces a day.
And I legit think that is one of the reasons why my running has been so hard lately (sure, I am still trying to take it easy until I start ramping up my training in a couple weeks, but still, my body feels like I am back at square one).

With that said, things have GOT to change! 

I know that we are going into cooler months (HA, maybe where you live it is fall, but here it is still pretty much summer... I looked at the weather forecast and we are supposed to be back in the 90s by Wednesday) and hydrating tends to slip off our list of important things to do, but we cannot let this happen!

So, I am going to put out a challenge... Let's get our drink on! I actually went out and bought a new reusable water bottle this weekend (because if I spend money I am more likely to follow through on something) and am vowing for the next three weeks to drink, drink, DRINK! 

I was able to pick up a Nathan BigShot Hydration Bottle from a local TJ Maxx

Seeing as I am still trying to get comfortable with video, I thought I would use this as the perfect way to push myself out of my comfort zone and 'force' myself to give updates throughout the day on my Instagram Stories (if anyone even watches those). [In case you don't follow me, I can be found at @CarleeMcDot.]

Here's the deal, will you join me in stepping up your drinking game? Word on the street is that it takes 21 days to make (or break) a habit. Will you commit to drinking more water for the next three weeks? I figure the more people teaming together on this goal the stronger our chances are to conquer dehydration ;)

I know, I know, we always say "tomorrow", "the first of the month", "next week", etc... But today is as good of a day as any, so let's do this! Like they say, 'There are seven days of the week and someday isn't one of them.'

So, here goes, I'm challenging myself! October 17 - November 7. 
Will you join me? 

Details (for personal accountability): I'm going to shoot for three refills a day (which is approx. 100 ounces). I don't drink coffee or tea or pop (soda for all you West Coasters), so the majority of what I drink is water. If I go out to eat or to a friend's I will still be gulping down the H2O but it won't count against my consumption unless it comes out of my bottle.

PS I am still trying to figure out the logistics, but I would LOVE to do a GIVEAWAY for those of you who followed through (maybe it will just have to be on the honor system, I've gotta put a little more thought into this). 

PPS (or is it PSS?!)  If hydrating isn't your downfall but have another habit you'd like to make (or break) during this three week period, JOIN IN! There's no better day than TODAY!

What habit do you need to make or break?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Workout Recap - Week 42

Sunday, October 9th – 4 mile run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Monday, October 10th – Strength Training (abs, back, legs and arms), 4 progressive miles, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Tuesday, October 11th –  8 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Wednesday, October 12th – 16 mile bike ride

Thursday, October 13th –  5 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Friday, October 14th – 10 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Saturday, October 15th – Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled

I don't know what the issue is... If I didn't take enough rest after St. George or if maybe my body is just a little bit more beat up than I thought, but MAN! It legit feels like I am starting over from square one! Every workout has taken it out of me. The effort required for the pace does NOT seem to match up... Thankfully I have a couple more 'easy' weeks before I start ramping up training for the Phoenix Marathon, so hopefully I will find my groove sometime soon!

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Favorites

It's that time again... Time to share a list of my favorites... One of which is FRIDAY... So it only makes sense that this post goes up then, right?! Not to mention, I've got a thang for alliteration ;) But enough about the day of the week, let's get into the meat and potatoes the chips and salsa of this post, shall we?!

Halo Top Ice Cream

I've posted about this ice cream in the past, but this week they released TEN new flavors and I am super stoked! I haven't seen them in any of the stores near me (now that I've figured out which ones stock it), but I am on the look out! I think I am most excited about Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Black Cherry - but, let's be real, I wouldn't turn any of them down :)

Source: @HaloTopCreamery's Instagram Feed

Christmas Music

I know, I know, I've seen the memes... It isn't even Halloween... BUT I feel as though I have actually restrained myself a little bit this year because normally after my birthday (September 10th) I start rockin' around the Christmas tree... So the fact that we are mid-way through October shows some self-control on my part, right?! I mean, how can you have a bad day when you're singing 'Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer'?! It's sort of impossible if you ask me!



It started because we were having a heat wave and I didn't want to cook, as well as the fact that I wanted to get down to 'race weight' before St. George. I've been eating salads for lunch for probably the last 3 or 4 weeks now and I cannot get enough. I usually take a picture for my Instagram Stories (mostly as accountability to myself) but I've had some folks ask me about them so I thought I'd share. My normal 'recipe' - Spring Mix, carrots, kidney beans, corn, mushrooms, red onions, shredded cheese and honey mustard dressing. Some days I'll throw some 'chicken' on it (if I already have some in the fridge from a previous meal), but, for the most part, it is pretty standard day-after-day and I have yet to tire of it.

#RnRLV Tee

#WeRunSocial and Sparkle Athletic hit their collaboration tee out of the park again, this time for the #RnRLV weekend! If you will be running in Vegas next month, this shirt is a MUST! The ink is reflective and will FLASH when the cameras hit it! You will only be able to pick up this tee IN Vegas (so either you need to be in town or have a good buddy who will pick it up for you and ship it out of the goodness of their heart) from the Sparkle Athletic Booth at the Rock 'N' Roll Vegas Expo. Pre-order is only open until 10/18, so place your order TODAY! Both men's and women's tees available HERE. 


PS Don't you think it would go PERFECTLY with the new Sparkle Athletic REFLECTIVE skirt that was just released this week?! I mean, I think it is a match made in sparkly and shiny heaven!


Alright, I told you mine, now it's time for you to tell me yours!

What are you loving these days?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Random Ramblings

Life is pretty cray-cray these days. I feel like I have 93 tabs open in my brain and it's going 100 miles per minute. With that said, it has been hard for me to sit down and focus on getting a blog post up this week (if you can't tell, the only one up thus far has been one that I was provided to me by the ever so sweet Jeff Galloway). So, instead of pushing it off yet another day, why not just get some of the random ramblings put down on paper the Interwebs?!


I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on here yet, but for the past few months I have been working with Sparkle Athletic on their social media. I am currently helping out with their Pinterest, Twitter and getting their blog up and going. (So, if you wanna #HelpASistaOut, you could follow/ interact with those accounts if you don't already ;))


Anywho, we finally started pushing out some of the new blog posts I've been working on (the ladies have been working with a friend of mine to get their new website up and kickin', but the blog isn't exactly where they want it to be... keep that in mind as we work out some of the kinks... but the content is pretty killer if you ask me ;)). This week I had 3 posts go live, next week will be 5, but we are looking to average 2-3 a week when everything is up and going.

Well, let's just say, when you are working on blog posts for your job, it is hard to want to then work on blog posts for yourself... especially if you feel like you've got nothing new to say. Don't get me wrong, I've got some BIG THINGS coming down the line soon, but in the meantime I haven't had the energy to try and come up with something creative or witty for you all, my faithful and fantastic followers... For that, I apologize! You deserve consistency, and this week I have been anything but that.

But... I'm going to end this post on a positive note... And remind you that not only is tomorrow FRIDAY, but it is also National Dessert Day! So that's gotta count for somehting, right?! But, seriously, thanks for sticking with me (if anyone is actually still reading this)! I promise I will try to do better next week!


How will you celebrate National Dessert Day?