Thinking Out Loud Thursday

We’re on the downside of hump day and making our way to the weekend.  Hello Thursday!  🙂  It’s time for another Thinking Out Loud Thursday hosted by Running With Spoons. Thinking-Out-Loud

So thoughts running through my mind this week…(get it, running?)

I spent the day yesterday looking at my goals and intentions for 2015 and I gave myself some grades on how well I am doing so far.  While my running and training are going well and I’ve given myself A’s for those categories, meeting my cooking goal is less than stellar.  I’m holding onto a D-.  Well, that sparked a fire under me to at least to plan out the next few dinners.  Luckily, we’re headed out to dinner Friday night so I’m saved from having too many nights to plan.

Speaking of Friday night dinner, we’re taking my sweet nieces out for their birthdays.  We have a trip planned the weekend of their birthday party and I hate to miss it.  So I’m so glad we get to take those two cuties to dinner and open presents after. I thought really hard on what to get them.  I love trying to find the perfect gift for them!  I think I did pretty good and I hope they are just as excited as I am about their gifts.

I mentioned a trip…we booked a last minute trip to NYC!  I am super excited to get out of town, but to also visit New York too.  It’s a double bonus!!  We haven’t been there since Nick and I went for our 10th wedding anniversary.  Our dating anniversary is the weekend we’re going.  We’ve been together for 22 years now!!  Do you celebrate your “dating” anniversary still too??  I kind of think it’s pretty awesome to tell people how long we’ve been together…I’m proud of it!

We haven’t planned anything definite to do while we are there.  H is a huge anime fan and we’ve researched a few places that sell figurines and other fun stuff!  It’ll be a real treat to visit those shops.  She’s also interested in heading to the art museums.  I wasn’t so sure if that’d be something she’d really like to do, but she was super excited to see some of the actual art work from the actual artists.  She loves Van Gogh so how can we not see his work in person?!

Once we come back from New York, it’s Tampa time.  I need to start thinking of what I need to pack for that trip and make sure I have everything I might need.  I’m still debating on wearing my water belt or not for the races.  Once I get a better idea of what the weather will be like, I might make a final decision.  As the trip gets closer and closer, I’m fearing the heat humidity more.  It just does me in.

So what’s on your mind?  What are you thinking about?

Happy Week!

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Ultimate Coffee Date

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat!  I might have a piece of my awesome friend’s cherry pie because it’s the holidays, why not?  You know you want a slice too??  Let’s catch up for this month’s Ultimate Coffee Date.cherrypie

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

that training for Tampa started this week and I am loving our plan!  It’s an amazing feeling to let go of wanting to “race” everything and I’ve enjoyed all of my runs since we made the decision to go “slow and low”.  We have all had awesome runs and feel so great!  It is exactly what my body needs me to do and it’s exactly what my head needs too.  I’m probably enjoying running more now than I have in a long time.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

we lost a friend this past week.  Our dear Mazda Tribute is not well.  She was a great car and she took us safely on many a trip but she’s seen her last one.  We’re trying to figure out what we want to buy and are a bit ugh! because we had no intention of having to purchase a car this year.  Goodbye days of no car payments.  They were sweet while they lasted.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

I have 2, yes 2! weeks until our holiday break.  I’m not sure who is more excited, me or the kiddos.  This year has flown by honestly and it’s hard to believe that when we come back, we’ll be in January already.  It’s been a good, but tough year at school and mentally, I’m ready for the break.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

I have half of the decorating done.  We have a naked tree still and I just can’t find the motivation to get it completed.  I’m hoping that today is the day and after a holiday themed run, I’ll be inspired.  No one wants to see a nekkid tree on Christmas morning.  I’ll also say this was the year that Hayden stopped believing or at least told us that, it may have been sooner.  So I feel a little disappointed that some of the magic is gone.  So that may be to blame for my lagging on getting the house decorated.  Our elf on the shelf, Jack, will be missed!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

On the opposite end, my sisters and I did so great with my mom’s Christmas gift this year, she is going to flip!

So what’s new with you?  What are you looking forward?  Any races?  The holidays?

Share them with me!

Happy Week!

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The Ultimate Coffee Date

I’m really excited to be taking part in my first virtual coffee date! My first cup is in hand and I can’t wait to share with you what’s going on.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have my 20 miler this morning and I’m a little nervous about it.  I’ve planned an awesome route and have friends to run it with me, but after a few iffy long runs training, I’m being realistic.  The weather is in our favor, so that is a huge plus!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I just splurged on the most amazing sweater.  I NEVER do that.  I’ll buy things here and there for under $20, but I had to have this sweater.  Not only will it look super cute with leggings and boots, but the best part, it has a thumbholes.  I can’t wait til it gets here. sweater

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Nick was in Colorado all week for work and Hayden and I were on our own.  I am so thankful for family who were a tremendous help to us this week.  Our schedules are all over the place, but my family was there to support us.  I don’t know what I would have done without them.  Hayden and I had a great week just doing mommy and daughter things too.  We went out to dinner nightly, shopped some and got her a haircut.  We even stopped for donuts too! 🙂

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my student teacher is awesome!  I am so happy to be working with a college student who is so eager to learn about teaching.  She’s already jumping in and helping me teach class and my students asked where she was this week when she had to miss a day.  A true sign that they like her too!  I’m excited to see her grow and become an amazing Spanish teacher.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m looking forward to pacing next weekend, my last time for the year.  It’s a local race so it’ll be an advantage to know the course having run it several times.  I hope that we have a good sized group with us!  It makes it that much more fun!

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So tell me what you’ve been up to?  How has your week been?

Happy Week!

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Blogs to Love!

One of the great plus sides of blogging is all the bloggers you come into contact with online through linkups, comments and Facebook groups.  I find reading blogs, especially ones that have personal stories and race recaps so entertaining to read.   I often search for race recaps before signing up for new races to get an idea of what to expect.  Runner bloggers have a real honestly when it comes to the good, the bad and the ugly of running and races.  I also have stumbled upon some great blogs about food, fitness and life.  Here are five of the many blogs that I follow and read regularly!

Here are this Friday’s Five Blogs to Love:

Mommy Run Fast

I first came across Laura’s awesome blog over a year ago when I saw something posted on Facebook about a virtual race series for the Fall (run 5 or 10 miles by the 5th of each month).  Since I was in the heat of marathon training at the time, I thought it was perfect to help keep me motivated for my weekly runs.   The upside of taking part in the series was seeing my progress each month!  With each run I logged, I was noticing a huge improvement in my 5 mile time.  Since the last series ended this past Spring, I still head over to her blog each week to link up with other bloggers on Monday with my weekly fitness and meal plan.

Jill Conyers

I found Jill’s blog through Laura’s.  Jill co-hosts with Laura on Mondays.  I instantly felt connected to her blog.  She totally speaks my language and I love the combination of running, fitness, food, life and goodies that she blogs about daily.  I think that being a runner is more than just logging miles and she celebrates and brings some insight into the crazy mind of a runner.  I find calmness in a lot of her posts too and she makes me think.  I find inspiration from her blog in ways to become a better me.

Sarah ‘n Spice

I’m not sure how I came across Sarah’s blog, but I’m so glad I did!  Just one look at any of her posts, you instantly want to cook what she’s posting about.  I love the clear directions, pictures, and posted recipes (in blog post and printable versions).  I’ve bookmarked several of her recipes and finally made one of her latest recipes, Tater Tot Hot Dish.  It didn’t come out nearly as pretty as hers, but I know it was equally tasty!  It was a big hit at our house!  When I search for recipes for the week, I make my way over to Sarah’s blog for inspiration.

MCM Mama Runs

A fellow Sweat Pink and Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador, I found Erika’s blog through our daily link love posts in our ambassador group.  I was instantly drawn to her race recaps, which are honest and helpful.  I just recently stumbled upon her post about a half marathon race series and I’m already researching information about it for next year!   I find a connection to her blog also since she’s from DC and we’ve spent so many years up there visiting Nick’s grandparents, I love reading about races in and around DC, MD and VA.  I’m also pretty jealous of her upcoming Ragnar Relay Race.  I can’t wait to read about her experiences!

Taking the Long Way Home

Thankfully Wendy commented one day on a blog post and I followed my way to her blog!  We’ve communicated through comments and both of us are training for a marathon and we’ve both struggled with the same things in our last marathon.  I love the honesty of her posts.  She’s willing to just put it all out there and I find a lot of inspiration from her.  It always seems that she’s posting what I’m thinking.  I’m excited to virtually cheer her on when she takes to her next starting line in a few weeks.  I’ll be rooting for her!

Please show some blog love to these wonderfully inspiring ladies’ blogs!

And check out other great bloggess’ who are hosting this week’s Friday Five:  Mar on the Run, You Signed Up For What?, and Eat, Pray, Run DC.   All their blogs are entertaining and great reads!

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Phew…what a year!

I have not blogged in a year! YIKES!  I saw my Indoor Insanity post from a year ago on the Timehop app and I realized that I really missed blogging.  I’m going to try to commit to posting once a week.  With summer coming, I may be able to keep up with that.  Fingers crossed.

So a lot has happened in the past year with life and running.  Most of it really happy and positive; there were also some life changing events too.

Here’s the running highlights:

  • Completed my 13 half marathons in ’13!  I was so excited to run 13 half marathons (many with friends).  It was an awesome opportunity to run several new races.   After the Indoor Insanity half marathon in June, I ran Lynchburg half (August), Asheville Half  (September), Danville, Baltimore, Greensboro (all three in October), the City of Oaks (November), and finished the year with Mistletoe (December).13 in 13 heart
  • Ran 2  marathons: Richmond (November 2013) and Wrightsville Beach (March 2014).  Richmond, although I ended up with a bum hip at mile 22, was awesome!  I ran with my friends, Cara and Daniel (both their first marathons!) and I had no expectations about anything.  I just wanted to be there for my friends.  I ended up with a PR even!  It was a great time.  Wrightsville, on the other hand, was awful.  Cara and I struggled from the get go.  I have sworn off beach marathons for eternity.  I’m currently 0-3 for good beach marathon experiences.  Not sure if it’s the flat courses, the humidity, the salt air, etc.  I’m only do half marathons at the beach, never a full.
  • My first 50 mile run at Crooked Road just a week after Richmond!  Over the course of the 24 hours, I ran 36 miles on Saturday and finished up Sunday morning with the other 14 miles.  I’m heading back to Crooked Road this year and I’m hoping to complete 60 miles.  We’ll see.
  • Still streaking!  At this point, I’ve run 403 days straight (at least a mile).  I’m trying to make it to 500 days now.  It’s become so much of my daily routine that unless I am really sick or become injured, I can’t see that I’ll stop any time soon.   I have several friends taking on the Runner’s World streaking challenge now!  I’m super excited for them.
  • My new love: PACING!  I’ve paced twice now, once at Myrtle Beach half (February 2014) and the other at the Greensboro Race 13.1 (May 2014).  I am addicted to it.  I have two more pacing halfs already lined up in September (Fayetteville and Raleigh, both Race 13.1) with Cara.  We are so excited!  Pacing has added a whole other dimension to my running.  I truly love it!

Life’s not just about running! We had some big family events too:

We have another addition to our family.  My sister, Julie,  had another baby, Isabel.  That makes a total of 5 granddaughters now on my side of the family.  GIRL POWER!

My superstar niece, Natalie, started kindergarten!

And some life changing ones too:

Of all the halfs I ran, Baltimore was my most memorable and it actually had nothing to do with the race itself.  We stayed with Nick’s grandparents in Annapolis, which is one of our favorite things to do!  We visit at least twice a year, once in the summer and once around Christmas.  This visit was special because we normally don’t visit in the fall.   It was nice to run the event, catch up with his grandparents and our close friends who live in Baltimore.  Little did we know then, that this visit would change our lives.  Nick’s sweet granddad got sick and passed away in November and his Maw Maw passed away just 6 weeks later.  We are forever talking about how everything happens for a reason and how thankful we were to be in Maryland to see them.  If it wasn’t for some silly idea I had to run 13 halfs in 2013, we wouldn’t have been in Maryland in October and we would still be saying “I wish we would have gone up there before…”

Running connects to life all the time, even if at first we don’t see it.

 

“In many ways, a race is analogous to life itself. Once it is over, it cannot be re-created. All that is left are impressions in the heart, and in the mind.”
-Chris Lear, in Running with the Buffaloes