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December 8, 2010

Ooops. I’ve been MIA again.

But I swear I have a good reason!

See…   Sunday, December 5th, was my 30th birthday!

And we were, once again, out of town this past weekend.  In fact, I didn’t even see a computer Friday through Monday because my wonderful, amazing, fantastic husband surprised me with an overnight trip to New York City at my family birthday party on Saturday.

Not only did he surprise me with an overnight trip to NYC but he also had tickets for us to see The Lion King on Broadway! (Which was amazing, by the way.  The costumes and sets and puppetry…  just incredible.)

We headed to the city on Sunday morning and stayed over into Monday. My mom and aunt joined us on our adventure.  We didn’t get home until late Monday night but it was so worth it!

What a way to ring in 30!

And we had to do some traditional NYC things, of course. Like eat hot corned beef sandwiches and cannoli.  Yum!

We went to see the tree at Rockefeller Center.

And we also went for a carriage ride in Central Park!



November 30, 2010
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I haven’t blogged in a week! It feels like it has been forever.  The husband and I headed “home” Wednesday night and after I logged off of my work computer that afternoon, I didn’t get back on a computer until yesterday.  I spent our entire visit home unplugged (except for helping my mom with some internet shopping) and it was actually pretty nice!  I had a very relaxing holiday and visit home and didn’t worry about what was happening online.

I am now working on getting caught up on the blogs that I read and some of you might notice some late comments appearing from me.  🙂

Anyway…  I know you’re all waiting in breathless anticipation to hear how the Turkey Trot went, right?

Waiting at the start (you can't see me in this picture, I'm mid-pack)

On Thanksgiving morning, I ran my second ever 5K race. It was 29 degrees Fahrenheit and snowing.

There I am (in the grey and white fleece jacket and black pants), waiting to get started.

I FINISHED IT IN 30:04! 30:04!

I know the clock says 30:03 but my official chip time was 30:04. (Oh and I got hot and took off my jacket and tied it around my waist, I am in the blue long-sleeve shirt.)

My goals were: 1) To have fun – check! 2) Finish faster than my first 5K (33:53) – check! 3) Finish at or under 30 minutes – While I was over by 4 seconds, I am going to say check for this one! 30:04 is damn close to a 30 min. 5K! (Particularly in those conditions!)

Just after I finished. Hahaha.

I finished my first mile in 9:25, which is the fastest I have ever run a mile! I hit the 2 mile mark at 19:02. My average pace was 9:42, which is so, so, so awesome for me!  Remember I usually struggle to even run a 10 min. mile?  To have an average pace under 10 min., I can’t even hardly believe it!

At first I was disappointed by missing my goal by 4 seconds but I am very proud of myself. I worked very hard and I ran well and I knocked almost 4 min. off my old time. I did fantastic.

My mother-in-law, step-father-in-law, grandma, grandpa, mom and the husband were all there to watch me. My grandpa missed seeing me come in to the finish (just didn’t recognize that it was me when I ran by). I feel sad for him. 😦 I saw him and thought he saw me. I should have waved. Poor grandpa.

My grandpa was really excited.

I hope all of my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

This morning I got up and did and hour of yoga before getting ready for work and it felt so good. I love yoga.  I’m sure I’m going to be doing more and more of it as the weather gets colder.  I am going to try to keep up with running as I can but I find running on the treadmill much more difficult since transitioning to outside and I just don’t have the gear needed for running outside when it’s very cold.

Better get back to the project currently on my needles!

Anticipating the Turkey (Trot)

November 22, 2010
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I am very much looking forward to “going home” for Thanksgiving! Currently the husband and I live about 3.5-4 hours from where I grew up (and where his mom, step-dad and brother and sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew now live).  We haven’t been back home since the husband’s birthday in July and I am missing my family and friends!  Just a few more days and we’ll be there!

I am looking forward to relaxing with our families, playing with our niece and nephew, visiting with friends we haven’t seen in a long time, seeing my grandparents, going to the local Christmas parade and eating lots of good food!

I’m also looking forward to the Turkey Trot 5K Thanksgiving morning!

On Saturday I did an quick 2.08 miles before we headed off to the farmers market.

Check out my splits.

Look at mile 2.  Oh yeah!  That’s right!  I ran a mile in under 10 minutes!  First time ever! I was pretty excited.  Heck, I’m still pretty excited.  I think I went home and did a dance.

Yesterday I did 3 miles at an 11 min./mile pace. I took it easy and didn’t try to push it too much.  I knew it was going to be my last run before the race and I just wanted to get some miles in.  It’s all hydrating and yoga from here on out.

Despite specifically trying to not over do it, my right knee started to hurt right after my run. I don’t really know why because I didn’t have any real pain during my run.  Unfortunately my knee still hurts today.  I am going to baby it today and ice it tonight and hope that it starts feeling better soon.  I don’t want a sore knee for the race!

Other than dealing with my knee pain, I think I am as ready as I am going to be for this race.  I need to wash my running clothes (picked up a long-sleeve moisture wicking shirt and fleece zip-up on Saturday) and get everything packed.  I think that’s really all that’s left.

My first goal for this race is to have a good time.  My second goal is to beat my current (and only) race time of 33:53.  And my third goal is to go for broke and try to finish under 30 minutes.

4 Miles!

November 14, 2010

This morning I was determined to get up and go for a run. I hadn’t done any form of exercise the 3 previous days because I felt like I was on the verge of getting sick and wanted to get as much rest as possible to avoid illness.  (Unfortunately I have been feeling like I am about to get sick for a week and a half.  I haven’t gotten sick, thankfully, but neither have I felt completely well.)

I was out the door around 9 a.m. and I was interested in checking distances on a loop that I had mapped out in my head.  The day was beautiful, nice and full of sunshine.  I started on the loop and I felt pretty good. Not as heavy and slow as I had been feeling lately.  I hit the end of mthe loop, checked RunKeeper and discovered that my loop was almost 2 miles exactly.  Nice!  I was hoping for a loop that was either 1 1/2 or 2 miles long.  Score!  Now I have some place to go run where I don’t have to constantly be checking RunKeeper for my distance.

I had already planned on running at least 3 miles, so I thought “What the heck?!  I am going to run 4 miles today!” and off I went on another loop.  This may not be a big deal to most people but the only time I have ever run 4 miles before was doing walk/run intervals on the treadmill before.  I have never run 4 miles straight.  I have never run more than 3.1 miles straight.  I have never run 4 miles outside.  Until today!  I got out there and I did it. I didn’t even think about quitting.  I did have to pause 3 times to tie my shoelaces and I did walk for a minute or so right after mile 2 so that I could take off my hoodie and tie it around my waist but other than that I was running.

Check it –

My average pace was 11 min./mile.  I’m not fast but I am okay with that!  11 min./mile may not impress some but I am happy with it.  I started out running a 12 min./mile pace so this is improvement.

Here are my splits:

I am really proud of those first 2 miles.  I would really like to get under a 10 min./mile pace.  I am really working on it.

I am proud that I ran 4 miles today.  I am proud that I was able to maintain a decent pace for all 4 miles.  I am proud of myself for sticking with it and working hard to improve my running ability.

In non-running news, recently I completed a commissions for a friend.  Earlier this year I made this top.

Modeled by yours truly!

Well, my friend liked the top and requested one for herself.  I was happy to oblige!  She also wanted a necklace to match said top, so I made her this as well:

Both items are on their way to their new home now.  Hopefully she loves them!

It’s a Wrap!

November 11, 2010

Yesterday’s noontime nosh was delish!

For lunch I made myself a wrap.  It started with a Flat Out Light Italian wrap and roasted red pepper hummus.  I then added a leaf of romaine lettuce, slices of green pepper and carrot, a local sharp cheddar cheese and a handful of spinach.  Topped it off with some salt and pepper and then wrapped it up.  Yum!

I enjoyed it with joni gold apple slices sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon and sugar.  🙂

Yesterday evening was also running group night.  I love running group night. 🙂  We did 3.2 miles.  I was not happy with my time but I was glad that I was able to run the entire distance without walking, to be honest.  Lately I have been feeling very heavy and slow in my running. I feel like I am just plodding along.  I’m not really sure why.  It may be because I haven’t been running as much lately but I have still been working out, so I wouldn’t think I would have lost that much stamina.  The air is also much cooler now and I think that might affect my breathing.

My goal for the Turkey Trot was to finish in under 30 minutes and I’m truthfully not sure how achievable that is right now when I feel like I am struggling with my running.  I’m worried about even being able to set a PR. I’ve adjusted my workout schedule to fit in more running days but it might be too little too late.  I didn’t realize I was going to hit this wall and probably should have upped my running days a long time ago but I was really enjoying my HIIT workouts and also the yoga.

I know there will always be other races but I am a little bummed that I may have to adjust my goals for the Turkey Trot.


What do you wear to run in cooler weather?  Any gear recommendations?  I think I need to get some sweat wicking pants and shirts.

Farmers Market Saturday

November 6, 2010

When I got up this morning  I felt awful.  Just sick and ugh.  I took some Dayquil and used a nasal spray and went back to sleep for a few hours.  I felt much better when I woke up.  Thank goodness!

So I went to the farmers market.

Check out my haul:

1 butternut squash
bag of spinach
green beans
4 bananas
1 carrot
2 small zucchini
joni gold apples
2 lb. ground chuck
1 lb. cajun sausage
3 heads of broccoli
2 sweet potatoes
1 mini shooefly pie
1 mini pumpkin roll
2 maple glazed pumpkin donuts
2 chocolate chip cookies
And I also got a hamburger that I ate while I was there

Cost ~ $41

And we have enough staples (pasta, rice, etc.) and meet in the freezer that we won’t need to go to the grocery store this week.  Actually when we’re able to hit the farmers market every Saturday we generally only go to the grocery store once a month-month and a half.  We prefer getting our food from the farmers market and we love the people there.

Welcome November

November 4, 2010

I have not made a blog post since last Tuesday.  Oh my goodness! The husband and I were so busy getting ready for the Halloween weekend that I just didn’t have time to work on any blogging!  I made the husband’s costume for the law school party on Friday night, so that took up some time in the evenings.  Check it out!

I don’t know if you can tell but I am a cop and the husband was a donut!  I wish his costume wasn’t so rumpled in this photos.  But I think you can see the total awesomeness of it!

Not only that but we had to get ready to go away overnight Saturday-Sunday because we were heading to visit our friends, Adam and Liz, for their Halloween PJ party!

To top it all off, we had to take one of our dogs, Gage, in to the vet to have a growth removed from his shoulder. We were worried but the biopsy came back stating that the growth was benign so he is A-okay!  We were relieved!

And then this week I have just been dragging.  I don’t know if I am fighting off a cold but I didn’t workout Monday or Tuesday.  (I meant to workout on Tuesday but neglected to set my alarm, so I didn’t get up early enough.  Whoops!)  And my dad is stopping by and staying with us tomorrow night (and again on Sunday) on his way to (and from) New York to visit my grandparents, so I have been working on cleaning and laundry in the evenings this week in order to host him properly.  The house is still no where near presentable but all of our blankets are clean and smell good  Haha.  Priorities.

Of course, last night was running group!  Thank goodness something got me up and moving! For some reason last night’s workout drained me.  This week and last week we have worked on hills.  Last night I warmed up and then did some light running while waiting for everyone to arrive.  I got in about a mile probably.  Then the running group coach sent me on my way to do a 0.8 mile loop with one smaller hill and one big hill.  I was to do the loop twice and aim for a negative split (which I did – booya!).  She also gave me her metronome to work with.  I struggle with using the metronome when I am concentrating on it.  I think I probably could have gone faster without it but I do understand the purpose of using it (to keep your turnover consistent).  After finishing that I walked for a bit to catch my breath, did a little jogging and then we went back to the small hill and ran it 3 times, the third time we ran it all out.  I came home, did some ab work, stretched and then became a big blob of goo.  I was exhausted! I burned 600 calories!

This morning I guess I was raring to go workout because I woke up before my alarm went off! I hopped out of bed at 5:30 and then did this killer workout.  I modified some of the moves.  I did modified push-ups for 40 of the push-ups, walking lunges instead of jump lunges and triceps dips on the table instead of .  I could have pushed myself to go a bit faster probably but I didn’t want to overdo it after last night’s workout.  I burned 380 calories this morning.

I need to get back to working in a bit more running with the Turkey Trot 5K on the horizon!