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Trader Joes Review // 10K PR

Trader Joes Review // 10K PR

    For the first the first time ever, I set foot in the infamous 'Trader Joes'. And it was everything I thought it would be...and more!! The first thing I noticed when arriving was how cute the bright red carts were (very reminiscent of Target, every girls favorite store!!). The parking lot was full, which seemed odd for a Monday morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. So, what was it that caught my eye when I first set foot in this magical place? COOKIE BUTTER!!! I haven't even tried it yet, but I just had to grab a jar; I've heard nothing but good things about it! The second thing I noticed was just how large of an alcohol section they had, like every kind of wine/spirit/etc. that you could imagine. And if it weren't for alcohol being banned in the dorms, I would have been all over that stuff; because senior year is seriously kicking my butt.

    From there, I just started throwing random stuff in the cart. Of course I had to be the typical white girl and go nuts over all the pumpkin pie/pumpkin spice flavored things. And as if I didn't have enough of a caffeine addiction, they had dark chocolate covered espresso beans!! Seriously???? These are the one thing that I got that I have actually tried, and they are amazing!! By now you're probably wondering if I actually picked out anything 'healthy' at Trader Joes. Well, I did! I decided to pick up a bottle of Kombucha, because everyone on Instagram is always drinking it. Kinda excited to try it, kind feel like I won't like it. Overall, I would give the store an 8.5 out of 10. I have for sure been in similar stores that I felt had a wider variety of snacks and stuff, but I feel like most people go there for actual groceries and produce, which I really didn't pay that much attention to. Would love to go back to check out the alcohol section and take some back home to have for the next time I hit up the drinking shed. Wait what? Caitlyn actually drinks? No way!!

    Yes, it's true. Side note: Full disclosure---I've never actually been 'drunk' probably because I'm too afraid of the crazy shit I would do/say. I have no filter the way it is when I'm sober, even buzzed I have a tendency to say some off the wall things.

    It wouldn't be a real blog post without a little running mixed in right?! OMG NEW OUTSIDE RUNNING 10K PR...WHAT?!?!?!?! Yeah you read that right, I actually pushed myself to my limits this morning. Everything came together perfectly this morning: it was cold but not to cold, there was virtually no wind, not a whole lot of traffic, no quicksand, no hitting the panic button, all smiles the whole 6.5 miles. I was so proud/surprised/impressed with my performance this morning. My form was literally perfect, even on all of the hills/downhills! And my pacing was on point as well. I held back slightly for the first few miles, so I could really kick things up a notch, and boy was I glad I did this when I was about 4.5 or so miles in. Things got interesting, and I am utterly shocked that I was able to hold things together and not hit the panic button. It was a freaking miracle.

    I should preface this by saying that I run the same route every time I am back in BP. Since I run when it's dark out and have a tendency to be slightly clumsy (and I really don't want to fall on my ass) this just makes things easier both mentally and physically. The only changes I make to my route are when I am headed towards home and wanting to add on a few extra miles. So, with that in mind, I guess I should go on with the story. I recently found out (completely by accident, in typical Caitlyn fashion) that Trevor's house is on my running route. For a normal person this probably wouldn't be a big deal. But, clearly I don't fit that description. So, my first though upon finding this out was "S%$@ that's just one more person who is gonna see me looking like a hot mess while I am running and occasionally driving the struggle bus, oh and quite possibly falling on my ass."

    Flash forward a week to today's run, and I think I may (aka absolutely was seen looking like a really, really hot mess, but thankfully not driving the struggle bus or falling flat on my face) have been seen as I was making my was towards mile number 5. And by hot mess I mean freezing my ass off, snot/sweat running everywhere, and definitely not looking athletic in any way, shape, or form. And of course I just happened to have a Shawn Mendes song blaring on my Ipod for all the world to hear. All of a sudden, I can hear a dog barking as I run past this guy's house. Then I look ahead and see his truck is running in the driveway. I really, probably should have been slamming the panic button at this point. But, I felt great (again as good as one can feel at this point of a long run) so I decided to just run a little faster and hope for the best. Side note: I was at no point worried that the dog was going to attack me, at all. I am usually the type of person who will wave at or say something like "Hi puppy" whenever I see a dog while running. That was not even an option, at this point I was much more concerned with being seen running to a Shawn Mendes song.

    So, I guess now's the time that I admit that I owe my 10K PR to Tucker and Trevor, and partly to my decent form and pacing. Weird. Never thought I'd be thanking a barking dog for pushing me to nail a PR, but here we are. And here I am trying to figure out how to end this post. Dogs are the best, running is hard (but so damn rewarding) and there is no better feeling than setting a new PR. Okay, the end. 👌🐶🏃🏆 

   
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