Hooray: Prince George is back! Will and Kate have slowly been getting back in the swing of public appearances (how does Kate look as good playing volleyball as she doesat an awards gala?), but George has been hiding out at Kensington Palace since the last round of #royalbabymania - no doubt prepping for his christening.
I love these official photos! The royal trio is too cute, and George's chubby cheeks and waving arms are adorable.
Very cool: four generations of monarchs.
One big happy family! (I read this on Twitter and am equally as curious - why did the Queen's handbag make it in the shot??)
Ah, taper time. After my 20 miler, I was beyond happy that the mileage was going down. But ... tapering is hard. I've never tapered for a running race, but I am all too familiar with a swim taper. ('twas the time of the season where I turned cranky, anxious and drove everyone crazy). The questions and doubts were endless: If you rest too much - are you losing endurance/strength? If you don't rest enough, will you be tire too quickly? What's the fine line between carbo-loading and carbo-over-loading?
This time, I'm hoping to sing a different tune on land! To help, I've been taking advice from some experts atRunner's World ...
It's Taper Time - Takeway: "Confidence should be the focus of the final week."
I can't even say how much I love the Rifle Paper Co. 2013 Lookbook. I can't get enough of the paper + petal combo! Anna Bond's illustration alone are stunning, and when you add the expertise of floral designer Amy Merrick, the result is gorgeous.
Really, really gorgeous.
And creative, original, etc. etc.
The roses page is a pretty kick in the pants, right?
It's officially taper time! I ran my twenty miles on Saturday (that last half mile nearly killed me) and am really looking forward to not-as-long runs for the last 2 weekends before the race.
Newest inspiration: a few fitness-friendly instagram accounts. I check instagram pretty much constantly during the day, and it's nice to see a little pick-me-ups pop up. (If anything, it makes me rethink the trip down to the candy bowl!)
The age group swimmer in me geeks out at anything having to do with Natalie Coughlin. She's adorable, crazy-fast (and has the Olympic medals to prove it), competed on "Chopped" and appeared in Runner's World. Natalie is a huge foodie, and *almost* makes me want to grow a garden.
Legs for days! The Nike Running account makes me want to hit the pavement (or trail or beach or whatever ...) no matter the weather. As someone whose running routes are pretty routine, I love seeing what cool races and locales the team is running.
Less than one month until my first (and maybe last ...) marathon! There is no time like the present to gather some serious motivation to help prepare myself for what's to come on race day. I'm reading this, eating these, listening to thisand trying to keep my eye on the prize.
First dose of motivation? A little man candy. Thanks for the support, Ry-guy!
I don't know what rock I was hiding under 3 years ago when Downton Abbey premiered, but it is safe to say I've shed my shell and am absolutely addicted to the series. The show is full of all of my favorite things: love stories, fancy clothes, British accents, and witty zingers.
The Sisters Crawley: [tv] proof you can have it all: beauty, brains and balls (of the Pamuk-chaffeur-journalist variety). Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) is this kind of icy perfection that you can't help but admire and fear. Love it.
But my favorite part of the series: the "will they / won't they" drama between Matthew (oh-my-gosh-so-cute) and Mary. Spoiler alert: they will ... how could Mary resist his boyish charm?!
More on Matthew Crawley: he's my new crush and major Downton eye candy. Matthew (played by Dan Stevens) is, in my humble opinion,the most handsome man on both sides of the Atlantic. (Swoon ...) Spoiler alert no. 2: I have no idea how I'll survive without seeing those baby blues on PBS next series. #stillcrying
During Matthew's lady-drama, he tweeted this:
"But whose face should I eat...???"
I mean ... !!!
In conclusion, the US debut of series 4 (on January 5th) cannot come soon enough!