Saturday, October 24, 2009

Ah, the weekend is here

I can actually admit that I had a good week at work. I trained a couple people on new job responsibilities, had some meetings, got taken off all my phone lines (woo hoo!) and got through many of those icky files on my desk. It was a good work week. Never thought I'd say that!

The weekend has started off pretty well. I went to the dentist this morning and am now good for the year, stopped by McDonalds for my coffee fix and made a quick trip to Publix for dinner fixins. Now the pot roast dinner is in the slow cooker, the coffee is half gone and I am ready to start the laundry before sitting down with a book for an hour or two. I plan on running 4 miles this evening and might even do some hula hooping. Other than that, no big plans for today. Tomorrow is going to be a shopping day since I desperately need some new work and exercise clothes and I've put it off long enough.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Another 3

Well, that nice, cool weather was refreshing but fleeting and it has nearly flown by the wayside. Today was a bit warmer-back in the mid-to-high 80s and I could feel it in my run this evening.

I was actually looking forward to running tonight. Whoa, when did that happen? Me, look forward to lacing up the shoes and hitting the pavement? Wow-it's got to be my dreams of the tiara medal pushing me forward. Although tonight was a wee bit warmer and much sweatier than my Sunday run, I pushed myself harder tonight and managed to finish my run about 2o seconds faster-yeah me! After the last two days of running 3 miles, I notice my 2nd mile is my slowest, like 10-15 seconds slower. I don't know if I relax more or what but I made it up for it by pushing through in the last mile and shaving off some time. Overall, it was a good run and I felt pretty good when I was done. I'm supposed to do another 3 miles tomorrow night and then 4 on Sat. per the HM training program I'm following.

I have you in my sights, my pretty little medal! Did I mention I put a pic of last year's medal on my phone for inspiration? Oh yeah. A little madness goes a long way.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Refreshing 3 miles

Today was simply glorious...and all it took for Sunday to be a glorious day was waking up to a temperature of 58 degrees. Love it, love it, love it!! Brian and I were up just after 7am, had breakfast, went grocery shopping and then did our respective chores: his-outside, mine-inside. I was all done with the house cleaning and most of the laundry by 1pm so I spent the next couple hours sitting outside in the glorious weather reading the fourth Harry Potter book (just can't put them down!) while Brian finished yard work and had his garage time. I then checked in on my beloved Vikings and watched them get lucky with another win against the Ravens. I'm glad they won, but it could have been so easily lost. Guess the football gods were in our favor today.

After much pondering, I finally got my running gear on, did some stretching and went out for my 5k run. The first mile was tough...some shin issues and my foot has been bothering me but I pushed through. It's funny-someone's shirt at the 10k last week said running is a mental state and we're all crazy! Well, I can definitely attest to the fact that it's a mental state cuz I really wanted to turn around or just walk but told myself to push through and, after the first mile, I was feeling really good and had no trouble finishing my 3 miles. Day 1 of HM training down and tomorrow is a rest day-for running anyway. We'll see if I get ambitious for something else.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I Want the Crown

Or is tiara more princess-appropriate?

Now that the Race for the Taste 10K has been successfully completed, I am debating on what my next race will be. I am thinking the new Wine and Dine Half Marathon (which has replaced the afore-mentioned 10K) is a definite choice, but it is nearly a whole year away. I know me-with that much time to "train," I will most likely slack off until a month or two before and then try and hurry up and add mileage. So, since my running high is still, well, high...I think I am going to go for the crown, er..tiara and I'm planning on doing the Princess Half Marathon in March 2010.

This race brings all my favorites: Disney princesses, pink clothes, a great benefit and a tiara medal. How can I go wrong?! But, before I race to sign up, I have to complete a mini-challenge: run 4 days a week for the next month and increase my mileage until I can run at least 7-8 miles at one time without wanting to throw a temper tantrum along the street. If I pass, I can sign up by November 15, if not, then no tiara for me.

So that is my running challenge for the next month. I am doing this because, although the 10K was lots of fun, it was a lot of hard work for this former sprinter to handle since me and distance running have it out for each other. I shall overcome!

Maybe if I wear my medal when running, I'll become more inspired. Hmmm....

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Crazy Sportsweek

Can I get a "hell yeah" for my wonderful Vikings? Last night's game against Green Bay was great. I'm not sure what was best-how good Favre was, Peterson's speed or Jared Allen's kick-ass quarterback sacks! I loved it all, although it did make for a late school night. Oh well, work sucks regardless if I'm tired or not.

Tonight continues the Minnesota sports saga with the battle between the Twins and Detroit Tigers. It's tied in the 11th inning and I hope my boys can win this baby. Fingers crossed!

As for me, I did not get my exercise in this evening but opted instead to watch these last few innings of the game and enjoy a few Coronas. Good times. I'll be good tomorrow :0)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lazy Sunday

Well, I didn't get around to doing too much today. I was up by 8am and caught up on some saved Law and Order episodes, finished reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and took a nap. I did manage to get some house cleaning and laundry done so I was a little bit productive :)

This evening I think I will start in on the next Harry Potter book and get ready for another work week. Yay. My focus for this week is going to be running. I want to get at least 3 good days of running in before we leave for Disney on Saturday. I'm annoyed with myself for not training better for this race but it's a week away now so I just have to suck it up and put in a good few runs this week, I guess. At least it's at Disney and I'm with friends so it will be a good time no matter what!

Alright, time to go prepare a Mexican feast and take the puglet for a walk before my lazy evening starts.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Randomness

  • I think I just ate a quarter block of sharp cheddar. It was scrumptious.
  • Sooo glad it's Friday!
  • I have a busy Saturday planned so that means I can relax tonight, right?
  • I finished the first Harry Potter book and jumped right into the second one. Lovin it!
  • Now, of course, I am going to have to get the movies.
  • Hmmm...what to do for dinner....
  • I need to put some major miles into my running this next week or I am screwed next Sunday.
  • Wilson is down 5 pounds-yay!
  • And he has wrecked 3 of my floaty toys this summer from running on them. I totally blame the pool guy.
  • I really want to go shopping!!!
  • I am obsessed with The Office, Criminal Minds and Law and Order: Criminal Intent
  • I have not lost one stinking pound in 5 months. THIS IS WAR!!
  • Alright kids, I'm out before someone's head starts spinning from reading this. Happy Friday everyone!