running on adrenaline, coffee, pizza and wine 





After changing in the car on our way to Chicago we finally arrived into one of my favorite cities! Met up with Tawny, Natalie’s BFF, who I hadn’t seen since the great days of Western Texas College. Tawny and her fun new Chicago friends waited for us at the restaurant until 10. We were ready for a little night out in our cute little outfits, but by the time we downed our Chicago deep dish pizza our old lazy butts were exhausted! Since we hadn’t calculated in the time difference we didn’t get to our hotel until 3am! And props to Natalie for booking the hotel! Super fancy! We drove up to the Notre Dame Campus and are staying at the varsity hotel or something. Full of Notre dame football memorabilia. Man I wish I had brought an alabama shirt. Can you imagine the tears that have been shed in this hotel? 😉 



This morning after a short 4 hours of rest we jumped up to head to our first show in Waterloo, Indiana. Cute tiny little town. We played our 2 shows and headed back to our fancy hotel. On our way back we saw Amish people again! I’m so interested in their lifestyle. Natalie thinks I act like I’m at the zoo, trying to take pictures while they plow their fields with horses strung in front of their buggies. I just can’t help it! It’s so strange to me that people live like that in this day and age. 



Of course we had to stop at a little touristy amish gift shop and get some dessert. After all we had just done 2 shows! We’d burned plenty of calories right? Still, since its national running day, I wanted to go for a run on the Notre Dame Campus. I dragged poor Natalie along in my crazy fitness obsession. We ran 2,5 miles on campus and were amazed! What a beautiful college! So well kept and they literally have everything! Even a running trail by the water! 



After our run we walked around on campus and decided to do some yoga.



We were so proud of our handstands! After a few pictures we met some Kenyans who were runners too! I’m sure they were about my level.. You know 8 minute miles? 😉 



Yeah we did get some strange looks in case you’re wondering. Do we care? No, at least we’re not crazy enough to spend 47000 per semester! OMG! Our wtc degrees will do just fine! 





But what a beautiful area this is! Everything so well kept. After eating our left over pizza and some much needed red wine we’re gonna jump into bed and get ready for some more crazy fun at the libraries tomorrow. So thankful I got to go on this little tour. Natalie really works so hard to get these shows going , and it’s good to see the  smiles on the little kids faces as she works her magic. 



 ROLL TIDE! 

My first official yoga class!



so before today I had only ever sorta taken half a yoga class. In highschool me and my friends went on a visitors pass and took a class. But because of our constant giggling we left half way through. 

In these last few weeks I’ve been wondering if I had been doing the poses right, or was I pushing to hard? I really don’t have a clue.. I looked around here in cullman if there was a place were yoga classes were given. To my surprise there was! “Santosha yoga,” is the name of the studio. I checked times this morning and there was a class at 9:30 that I could make. I quickly signed up, grabbed my May and headed out the door. I didn’t know what to expect. I came in and was greeted by the instructor, everyone waved hello and seemed friendly. 

I rolled out my mat and we sat down. We immediately started. I’m guessing it wasn’t 10 minutes into the class and my arms were already burning and I was working up a sweat. To my surprise I kept up with the class pretty good on most poses. My balance is something I’m proud of, but as for my flexibility I have a loooong way to go. We did this one pose where we spread out legs wide and had to fold our chest to the ground. Everyone was close to nose to the ground while I was still sitting straight up! That was as fat as I could go. 

We did another pose called bird in paradise, I was a little lost at first, but after watching I did a motivated version of it. So proud of myself! 

I was mostly surprised by the effect of the breathing aspect of it. Doing yoga at home I hadn’t really paid much attention to that. I’d watched a video here and there, but usually while watching tv and I would just kinda follow along with the poses but didn’t listen to the instructor in the video. 

I had seen child’s pose before, looking up new poses to do. But it looked boring to me, just laying my head on the ground with my knees tucked in. But today doing child’s pose and taking deep breaths I finally understood the sensation of feeling the energy going through your body. I could feel the breath opening up my ribs and could feel the nerves in my neck all the way down my spine. 

I recommend everyone that’s a new by to yoga like me, to take a class. It sure benefit me and helped me in continuing my practice