Maybe Mondays aren’t so bad…

When Mondays don’t include school, test or really doing anything they just aren’t so bad.  Scarlett and I went for a long walk and shopping, though we came back empty handed (maybe a good thing).  Then I did an awesome pinterest project that I can’t put up yet because it is for my best friend for Christmas.  I will put the pictures and the process up as soon as I give it to her though!

Then, since the weather changed to this…

rain

I got to run on the treadmill…AGAIN!!  Luckily this one was only four miles, but darn I want to get off of that thing!  Then I came home and did the 10-6 circuit from PBfingers blog again.  If you want to add a new element of difficulty, include a puppy chasing your feet during lunges, batting your hair doing push ups and pouncing on you doing burpees.  At first it was funny and cute but by the end I wanted to punt her, I didn’t because I love her way too much but next time she is definitely going in the crate while I work out.  Her participation and encouragement was not appreciated.

Praying I can head back outside for mile repeats tomorrow but we will have to see…Hope everyone had a great weekend and that your Monday’s were at least half as good as mine.

Football and Gingerbread Houses

It is officially the playoffs for fantasy football and I am in there!!  I am posted in my spot on the couch looking at four tvs with four different games about to be on them thanks to my crazy (but I love it) boyfriend.  If you couldn’t already tell, we LOVE football!

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Last night we went to a friends house to have dinner and a gingerbread making contest.  We had some wine (see pinterest in action below) and chatted for a while before getting down to business.

Frozen berries for ice cubes!

Frozen berries for ice cubes!

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We thought it was going to be mainly a girl driven affair, but once we got started the guys really took over the construction process.  Casey, who builds for a living, was throwing words like “caulk” and “fascia” into our home building process which was quite over my head!

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Clay and Lindsey's!

Clay and Lindsey’s!

Casey and Mine...we went for whimsy!

Casey and Mine…we went for whimsy!

Big Co and JK's masterpiece!

Big Co and JK’s masterpiece!

Our Christmas Village

Our Christmas Village

We had such a good time, I highly recommend doing this with your peeps.  Hope everyone has a great Sunday and I wish you all great fantasy luck!

Its the Holiday Season…

I am not doing my long run today!  I just woke up today and decided it wasn’t in the cards (or in the legs).  I realized last night that I haven’t had a single unscheduled moment since I finished finals and I was just going to have a relaxing, do what I want kind of day.  I knew if I headed out I was going to be fighting through each and every mile.  I have four weeks until the race and one last good long run left (22 miles) in two weeks.  Taking today off will rejuvenate me mentally for the next weeks of training which is really the most important thing.  My legs are ready, now its all in the head!

Yesterday, I finished making up my Christmas baskets for our friends here.

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They turned out so great, I was so excited.  Then I went and had lunch with my friend Lindsey who just found out she passed her Professional Engineering (PE) Exam.  We got the dogs together to play and they actually played for the first time.  Scarlett can’t keep up with Georgia even a little bit speed wise but they had a great time as did we.

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When I came home I went for my short run and I guess my lunch didn’t agree with my run because I thought I was going to throw up the whole run and then for about two hours after.  My stomach still isn’t completely settled.  I don’t know if it was the lunch or the terrible acts in Newtown, CT yesterday that have my stomach all jumbled.

We went and saw the lights in James Island County Park with Clay and Lindsey and Georgia last night…it was Scarlett’s first time!  She did great and I really think she liked it.

 

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Awesome Sand Sculpture

Awesome Sand Sculpture

Scarlett's big ears got in the way...still good!

Scarlett’s big ears got in the way…still good!

Riding home

Riding home

We had such a great night with great friends.  And for the rest of this day, until we go to JK and Big Co’s tonight for a gingerbread house making contest (pictures to come) this will be me…

Post Finals

Good luck to you all doing long runs today, with you in spirit…I’ll join you again Monday!

No words

I write from my couch watching the devastation in Newtown, CT.  I know that this is not necessarily the direction my blog usually takes but I feel so sick about what has occurred.   Each day I realize this world is a pretty scary place.

There is nothing to say except that I pray that the families can find some kind of peace through such an unimaginable situation.

Take a moment to pray for these people and appreciate all those you love in your life today of all days.

Best Laid Plans

I did all sorts of moving runs around so I could go to run group last night and then it was DISGUSTING.  They still ran, but I just wasn’t feeling it, so I took my rest day and just did my nine miler by myself today, on the treadmill, AGAIN due to terrible weather.  My absolute hate for the treadmill has returned after three longish runs in the past week on there.

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This was after my full day of baking!!  I do this one day a year while I am still in Charleston and then the truly HUGE, 12 hour fiasco of baking will happen next Thursday when I get home with my mom and grandma.

I watched Elf (my absolute favorite), The Holiday and some of Love Actually while I worked.

I made…

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and

and

and

with all of this...

with all of this…

I made these…

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So I would say that is a pretty successful day.  I only had half a cookie (one of the spiced ones, I had to see if my new creation was actually good).  I couldn’t believe myself, just being around all the goodies made me feel full, I even forgot to eat lunch which I promptly realized when I was about half way through my run.

I hope these recipes can give you a little holiday inspiration to do a little baking yourselves!  Don’t forget to keep those runs coming though so you can actually enjoy the fruits of your labor! 🙂

 

 

Ahhh

happy dog

So that is pretty much me right now!  I am done my finals, just completed my take home final to be turned in tomorrow and am officially on my first break since May!!  I’m going to read books, knit, bake (since I haven’t done that in what seems like forever now), clean my house and oh yeah…RUN!

I played major musical work outs this week so here is the new Tuesday-Thursday.

Today (Tuesday): 10 miles with 8 at MP (8:12); originally scheduled for thursday

Tomorrow: 9 miles easy (5 with lululemon group) originally schedule for today

Thursday: swim (originally wednesday)

I wanted to make sure I got my run at pace in and the group run is very variable in pace so I wanted to have my easy run fall on that day.  I am so excited to run with them again.  I haven’t be able to go since before Thanksgiving!!

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I went and ran on the treadmill again today so I could closely monitor my pace but I should have recognized last week as the fluke that it was.  It wasn’t a bad run, but I most certainly didn’t enjoy it like I did last week.  I just need to wake up and face the music…I’m am outside runner, thats all the is to it!  Wind, rain, snow (as much as they suck), they will always be superior to the treadmill for me!

P.S. woke up pretty sore from that PBfingers circuit I did yesterday…that thing is no joke and I didn’t even do it all the way!

Monday Blues

Combine a regular Monday with two final exams and the promise of more studying to next day and I’m pretty sure anyone would get the Monday Blues.

My first one was at 10 and it wasn’t terribly difficult so I was done by 10:30 and decided I could get my run in before my next exam at 2.  I needed some time to not think about school and if I just hung out at home waiting for the next exam I would have been miserable.  I stretch, went for a run and did PBfingers 10-6 circuit.  Check that blog out by the way, she is awesome and is actually where I got inspired to start.

PBfingers circuit

PBfingers circuit

I only did 10-8 because I was slightly pressed for time and didn’t want to be in a rush trying to shower and have lunch and have a little time to review for my next test.

By the time I got out of the shower, my first exam grades were available (talk about instant gratification) and it went great so I was newly motivated keep chugging.  The second one didn’t go quite as great, it was pretty hard but its over and done with now.

So the rest of the night I am studying for my last final and by 10 o’clock tomorrow the only thing that stands between me and my break will be finishing up my take home pharmacology final which I am more than half way done.  I am in the home stretch!!

A Runner’s Christmas List!

A good portion of these items I have now and use, but some of them are on my Christmas List too.  There is a wide price range in this list, so a little something for everyone.

Wright Sock

Wright Sock

I got my first pair of these when I was having blister issues and now I try to buy a new pair each time I do a major race.  They are pretty expensive (usually like $9 or so a pair) so I am trying to slowly acquire them.  They come in all sorts of colors, I got the hot pink ones for the Savannah Marathon!!  Love these, highly recommended.

Sweaty Band


Sweaty Bands

I got my first one of these for Savannah and I love it.  This one above is the one I have. Again, its something that is a little more expensive that I would usually buy for a headband ($12) but has been very durable.  It stays in place so well and holds back my fly aways!

Gu

Gu

Gu, or any other type of energy gel (distance runners are specific about what they use usually) are a staple.  A box of 24 usually runs you about $24 on amazon.  I usually use 2-3 a week while training and about 4 over the course of a marathon.  This really adds up.  Check with your runner about their flavor, I did chocolate for about two years and now I am running strong with Mandarin Orange but I stay consistent for a long while.

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Audible Gift Card

I have fallen in love with running to books on tape.  These things are expensive though.  With audible you can buy a membership, there are varying levels, and get so many free books (usually 1 or 2) a month.  This is a great gift for someone who enjoys the book for running or if someone does a lot of driving/traveling.

Nike Soft-Hands Hoodie

Nike Soft-Hands Hoodie

I tried this on at the Savannah expo and didn’t buy it but I ended up looking it up on Nike.com when I got home.  My good fortune found it on sale for $35.  I am actually wearing it right now.  It is great to lounge around in and awesome to run in.  Nike really thought this one out, thumb holes, flip covers for you fingers, a key pocket in the back, reflective pads, and a pony tail hole.  I love it so much, I asked Casey to get another one for me for Christmas.

Nike Fanatic Jacket

Nike Fanatic Jacket

This one is on my Christmas list.  It doesn’t get that cold in Charleston, but the wind can be a pain.  I think this is going to be a good outer layer where I can put an under armor base layer under and be pretty set even if it is really cold.  There are like 26 different colors out there so google it instead of just going to nike, all sorts of companies are selling it (REI, Finish Line, Dicks, etc).  Nike only has 2 colors available on their site for some reason.

Lululemon Gloves

Lululemon Brisk Run Gloves

This is another one on my list.  I have read mixed reviews about these.  I am not in need of the most warm gloves in the world living here in Charleston but I hate when my hands get cold.  Once winter really sets in, my hands are ALWAYS cold so gloves are a must.  I am currently running in my ski gloves which not only looks ridiculous but it is a little much and my hands start sweating out of control.

UA Compression Tights

Under Armour Cold Weather Compression Tights

Casey got me these for my birthday.  I have only worn them one time, when we were in PA and it snowed.  But that was enough to sell me for good.  My legs didn’t even have any idea it was 28 degrees and snowing.  If you live some where cold, I highly recommend these.  For $49, these are a deal and will be looooved by your runner.

Runners World Magazine

Runner’s World Magazine

This is fairly inexpensive but a gift that can be appreciated all year long.  I love this magazine from the gear tips, training advice and motivational stories.  Sometimes when I don’t feel like heading out, I can just read an article and get amped up.  Great stocking stuffer or secret santa gift.

Hope this list can help you shop for the runner in your life, or give you some ideas on goodies for yourself!!

I Get Scarlett for Christmas!!

Fairly average Sunday for me, sat around all day and watched football.  I did spend a good bit of time studying unfortunately, but it will all be over soon.  Three more days!!

Two days ago, my mom called me and told me she wanted me to bring the puppy home for Christmas.  I hadn’t thought this was going to be an option, so I hadn’t broached the topic with Casey yet.  We decided to bet on the Eagles game today.  I was pretty sure I was making a mistake since we hadn’t won a game in two months.  Even down to the very end, with :02 seconds to go we were down by 5 and by some grace of god we had a touchdown pass to win the game.  Now, with about 4 minutes left I started whining to Casey that even if I lost I wanted her which I felt bad about, but I would have respected the bet had I lost (even if it was accompanied by some whining, haha).

Scarlett just hanging out in her leaf pile!

Scarlett just hanging out in her leaf pile!

So I get to take this girl home with me in a little over a week…my brothers are through the roof.  My youngest brother Ben (a die hard Raven’s fan) rooted for the Eagles for this first time in his life today.

Casey concocted some awesome chili.  I threw some fat free mexican cheese and fat free sour cream in the mix and topped it with some corn bread.  Fairly healthy without the corn bread, but hey, there is a reason I ran 20 miles yesterday…

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This was a purely Casey production so I don’t have the recipe sadly.  When I asked him he laughed at me, he just pretty much starts throwing things in the crock pot and calls it a day.  But if it works, it works!

Hope everyone had a great Sunday, prayers appreciated for my two finals tomorrow!