A little heavy on the food

Hello!  It’s been a bit, but that’s OK.  I’ve been busy, so it happens.

I hope you’re having a good week so far!  Personally, I’m spending too much time thinking about how badly I want to take some time off.  All things in good time.

So where to start?

Running

I did another group run for the Sono Half this past Saturday.  My other half was going to do it with me, but he had other stuff to get done and the 8a start time was too late for him.  It was a 7 miler.

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It wasn’t great (and neither is that photo), but I did it!  There was more walking than I’d like to admit, but at least I kept going.  I was last in the group, which I’m totally OK with.  I was lucky that the two people ahead of me were very nice and stopped to wait for me twice.  They are both training for the Chicago Marathon so the 7 miler was just a part of their total mileage.

It got me thinking about running at the back of the pack.  As I said, I don’t care if I’m the slowest or the fastest (hahaha!), but I think that a lot of people do care.  I had this whole thought in my head that the race organizers should try harder to get the slower people to the group runs.  In my mind, these are the people that won’t show up.  Thoughts?

Food (I’ll break this up into vegan and non)

Vegan

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This was a well intended meal, although only half of it came out as desired.  My plan was to do a mushroom soup and then something similar to a BLT but with tempeh or fake bacon.

I had tempeh at home, so I went that route.  I browned it a bit in some olive oil and then seasoned it with the Trader Joe’s Everything mix.  Good in theory, but all the seasoning fell off so it tasted pretty bad.  Oh well!

The mushroom soup was a success.  And again, another Vegangela recipe.  When you have luck with a site, why deviate?  Here’s the link.  I made a few minimal modifications, but nothing worth noting.  It was good!  The other half even liked it!

I also made vegan oatmeal raisin cookies (link here).  Her recipe is for chocolate walnut cookies, but I swapped out the chocolate and nuts for raisins.  I also added a bit of cinnamon.

While they tasted amazing, they looked pretty lousy.

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They are made with coconut oil, which is liquid at high temperatures.  They became incredibly flat and pretty much all joined together on the baking sheet.  So I ultimately said screw this, and just threw them in a container where they morphed into a sort of crumble.  Not a photogenic crumble, but a very delicious one.  These were gone in a couple of days.

I’ll play around with them to see if I can get them to look like cookies, but even if I can’t, they still taste good enough to stick with.

I feel like we’ve been trying every vegan product we can find.  Sunday we tried this.

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The verdict?  Not a fan.  It was odd.  I read the back of the package that it’s some sort of cheese substitute mixed with a fermented soy.  Just odd.  Not disgusting, just not great.

And last on the vegan front, I found the following two snacks that are both quite good (and unique).

Both good and all too easy to snack on.  Maybe i’m better off not having snacks handy. 🙂

Non-vegan

I’m trying, but sometimes it just doesn’t work.

After my run on Saturday I wanted nothing more than an egg Mcmuffin, so I had one and enjoyed every second!  So worth it! (still vegetarian, just not even close to vegan)

Last week I had dinner with some girlfriends and had a delicious jalapeno almond pesto pasta dish (probably had some dairy).  It was so good I told my other half I wanted him to recreate it.  So he went for it.  It wasn’t a match, but it was still SO good!

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That was on a fish day (we’re still eating seafood).  Too bad dinner  was served at 9:30p on a Sunday.  I’m old…and tired.

Lastly, some pizza eye candy.  Yum!

Neither of us ate this, but we heard it was amazing.
Fresh figs, speck, asiago and gorgonzola cheeses.

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Drool away!

Life/wedding/other stuff

  • I’ve mentioned it on here in passing, but I’ve been really tired.  Like really.  I wake up tired and am still having a hard time motivating to do anything.
  • I have a physical scheduled for next Monday and am planning a full blood workup, including B12, which I just read about.
  • I don’t want anything to be wrong, but I’d like a reason so I can fix it. 🙂
  • This Sunday I’m having an invitation stuffing party at my house…with my parents.  It’s gonna be a rager!  😉
  • Dress is in my possession, first fitting is 9/5, so soon.
  • I need a day off.  See, I came full circle.

Hope you’re having a great week!  Feel free to comment about anything mentioned above, I love comments!

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Skincare

Hi there!

I hope the title of this post doesn’t have you thinking you’re going to get all the answers to gorgeous skin.  Sorry.

I’m getting married in just over 4 months (which is crazy).  I’m also turning 38 at the end of next month (crazier!).

I think it’s a combination of the two, but i’ve been looking more closely at my skin and seem to be noticing every little issue.  I don’t think these issues just popped up, but for some reason now i’m really noticing them.

I definitely dealt with acne in my teenage years and then again in my mid to late 20s after a bout with mono sent my immune system to the sh*ts.  I’m pretty sure I could have won a “most frequent visitor” award at the dermatologists office.  I did topicals, antibiotics, acutane, you name it.  But I got past all that relatively scott-free.  Yes, I have some scarring, but it’s not horrible.

After focusing on my skin a bit too much (and thinking about wedding photos, argh!) I came to the realization that it was time to spend more money, time, and effort on my skin.

Easier said than done.

There are so many products out there that I literally had no idea where to start (still not sure that I do).  Rodan and Fields is all.over.the.freaking.internet, there are drugstore brands, department store brands, and natural products.  Overwhelming.

I did a little research but pretty quickly got annoyed and overwhelmed (both by the amount of information and the lack of good content.  Then I got a bit overwhelmed by the prices.

I know it’s my skin, I know it’s what everyone sees first, but I can not get myself to pay over $100 for any set of products.  I just can’t do it!

So here’s what I came up with (and how) and we’ll see what happens.  My plan is to take a picture before and then another in a month or so to see if there’s any difference.

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Micellar Water – This stuff is honestly being mentioned EVERYWHERE.  I like the fact that it doesn’t require water, which makes it fast and easy (and not drying).  I’ve been using this on my face for a few days now.

The other brand I decided to try is the Ordinary.

I read a few different reviews/comments about the Ordinary and what attracted me initially was the affordable price point.  My first order came out to roughly $40 and included 4 different products.

Since I’m totally a skin newbie, I grabbed the recommended regimen from their site and decided to give it a go.

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Apparently they’ve become super popular rather quickly, so they were experiencing fulfillment delays and I had no idea when I’d get my products.  So about a week after placing my order I was pretty excited to receive a shipping notification.

Looks like it will deliver today!  Hooray!

I’m really looking forward to seeing how this goes.

As a side note, I felt comfortable going with the site recommendation because my skin is pretty average and not sensitive. 🙂

For daily use I use a moisturizer with SPF (right now I have one by Trader Joe’s and another from New Zealand with manuka honey).

So tell me, do you have any product recommendations?  Anything for the chest area? (that’s my next spot to work on since I seem to have some creases, seriously, WTF??)

I’m also a sucker for masks, so I have a charcoal mask from Loreal as well as some random ones from a Trader Joes holiday pack.  And of course there’s always the Queen Helen Mint Julep mask (speaking of which, I’m out and need more).

I’d love to hear any and all skin related input/thoughts.

Thanks!!

A Little Bit Of Everything

I finally have pictures to post!  They’re random, but still photos.

It’s been a couple of weeks (I think).  I’ll try to recap.

Food

Last weekend the other half cooked a massive meat feast for him and a friend.  Too good not to share.

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Yesterday, at his request, I made blueberry lemon streusel bars, which are one of my favorite summertime desserts.

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Recipe here.  So good.

Looking to spice up your cooking?  Give some calabrese pepper paste a try.  He found this at our local italian grocery and has used it in just about everything.

I’m not creative so I wouldn’t know what to do with it, but if you are (and like heat), try it.  We like the one on the right better.

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Running

I did roughly put together a half marathon training plan, which will officially start in the next week or 2.  It’s 12 weeks long and since we have more time than that, we should be OK.

We went out for a slow 3ish miles on Saturday.  This is the first time I’ve ran outside since moving and so now it’s a question of finding new running routes.  This one was OK.  I ran with my other half and we took it very slow.  Picked up the pace a bit in the last mile and it felt good.

Looking forward to more outdoor runs in the near future.

Spinning

The gym I teach at just wrapped up a Cycling Across America program to try and boost interest and attendance in our cycling program.  It was really neat and it was great to see the members get excited about it.

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Here’s me looking scary happy after our last cycle across america class.

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This was a group photo (selfie) but i cropped the members out.  And yes, I am always that happy at spin.  Before, during, after.  Psychotic smile 🙂

Also in spinning, one of my classes is being cancelled.  I teach a Sunday morning and a Monday evening and the attendance on Monday has been struggling.  With the quarterly changes they decided to do away with Monday night.  I understand and know it has nothing to do with me.  The members are not happy, so I guess we’ll see what happens.

I don’t envy the role of making group exercise schedules at a gym.

Wedding

Not much to report here.  We did have a cake tasting and in doing so realized we like the style of a “naked cake”.  We’re not really doing this exactly, but I figured I’d share a photo of a photo anyway 🙂

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My favorite topic…

MINNIE!

Here are a couple of shots of minnie to wrap up the post.

Looking really excited.

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Happy with her donut.

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She never truly looks happy, eh?  It’s that sad Sarah McLauchlan face.

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So that’s more or less what’s been going on here.  I’ve been sticking with OTF two times a week, which has been great.  Body Beast has temporarily been put on hold while we focus on cardio/running.  I’d like to get back to at least some of it soon as I enjoyed the weight training challenge.

Have a wonderful week!!!

FriYAY!

Greetings from the other side!  The other side of what?  I’m not sure, it just came out.

As usual it’s been a while since I’ve posted.

I’ll do a quick recap and then look forward.  Game on.  No pictures of course but really, I know you love me for my words 🙂

Last week I was in Charlotte, NC from Sunday night until the following Saturday  morning for work.  It was OK.  The days were long and it was completely exhausting but that was to be expected.  We had a tradeshow on Wed/Thur and had to do set up Mon/Tues.  While I did make it to the gym Tuesday  morning, that was it.  The days were just too long and spent all day on your feet with less than ideal sustenance during the day.

That said, when I did make it to the gym at 5:45a on Tuesday, I somehow managed to run 3 miles.  Other than OTF, I have not been running.  But that morning, I got on the treadmill and my body said run, so I went for it.  I thought maybe 2 miles but decided to go for 3.  It was great!  I felt good and had a lovely city view as the sun rose, plus a virtual view of New Zealand on my treadmill.  I was psyched.

Of course everything gym wise went down hill from there.

Today is Friday, about a week later, and I finally made it back to OTF.  I taught on Monday night but due to weather, the rest of the week has been a bit of a waste.

OTF this morning was a mess for me.  I think I’ve been fighting a cold for months.  Thankfully I’m winning, but every now and then chest congestion gets a bit annoying.  This morning was sort of one of those days.  I had congestion that had dripped into my stomach, so when I went hard at OFT, it made me feel sick and twice I had to run to the bathroom.  It was just the congestion in an empty stomach, which I’ve dealt with before, but it’s still no fun.  And of course today was a hard/fun workout for which I had to dial it back.  Somehow I did manage to finish, feeling tired and dizzy.  But I’m better now. 🙂

That aside, game on next week as I need to start half marathon training.  The Fairfield Half is June 25th, so that leaves me 14 weeks.  I feel like I can make that work.

It will start slow because i’m training with my other half and it seems to take him longer to get back into the swing of things.  He wanted me to promise him that I wouldn’t leave him.  Sounds sweet and also makes me think that I’m fast (hardly!).

This weekend we are driving way too far for a cake tasting.  Fun/exciting but also kind of a pain.

Oh yes, the big news from before I went to Charlotte is that I got a dress!  I went into my appointment with little to no expectations and was SO pleasantly surprised!  It’s a strapless sweetheart fit and flare and I love it!  Hooray!

So that’s where I’m at.  Once I come up with a half plan I’ll share.

Have a most wonderful weekend!!!

My most unlikely post ever (but also very helpful)

Got to lure you in with those tricky headlines….right?  🙂

It has to do with cleaning!  Yikes!  Argh!  I really don’t care for cleaning, but sometimes it can not be avoided.  I will now tell you how to remove wax from your furniture.

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While working at a tradeshow a few weeks ago, my other half ordered this crazy humongous candle from FlashPoint Candle.  It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s gigantic!  The diameter is 15″ (it’s the Hamilton 17 wick in case anyone was curious).

It was lit in our living room.

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It was lit (obviously).  So I asked my sig other if he thought he could blow them all out in one breath.  Note that this was not meant as a challenge but just a question since it’s a lot of wicks.  Well he apparently took this as a challenge and blew them out with all his might.

In doing so, he managed to get wax everywhere.  Everywhere.  All over the upholstered ottoman it was sitting on and all over the couch just beyond it.  Lovely.  We’ve only had this furniture about 2 months.  Even better.

He freaked out a bit.  I assured him it would be OK (even though I wasn’t sure).  We did buy the insurance though, so worst comes to worst, we’d take advantage of that and get replacements.

I told him we definitely needed to let the way harden and then we’d go from there.  So last night after work I got started on my task.

I googled “how to remove wax from upholstery” and found this most helpful article.

A year or so ago we had a big wax spill on our hardwood floors and removing that was tough.  We needed to get it all off but without damaging/scraping the floors.  In that instance, dish soap and a hairdryer saved the day.

When it comes to wax, you need to get it out of the solid state for removal, so enter heat.

The article I linked to said to remove all excess wax and then place a paper towel over the spot.  Then place a paper bag over the paper towel and iron the spot.  Essentially the wax will melt and adhere to the texture of the paper towel.

He was skeptical but I figured it was worth a shot.  Guess what?  It worked!  The wax stuck to the paper towel and came off of the couch.

After that step, they instruct you to use a cleaning product to clean up any residual spots.  Lucky for us the wax wasn’t colored, so it wasn’t too bad.  We also had spot cleaner from the furniture store, so I used that.

While it’s not 100%, it’s pretty darn close.  We found a few more wax spots, so i’ll likely repeat the process, but I was blown away by how well this works.

I felt that it was my duty to share this wax removal tip with you (it can also be used on clothing).

You’re welcome 🙂

A picture-less update

I know.  Blog posts with no pictures suck.  I’m sorry.  I really am.  I will work on that in the future.  Promise.

So we’ve made it past the mid-point of January.  Holy cow!  I suppose it’s good and bad that time is flying, but mainly good because I can’t stand the cold.  I’m jonesing for the caribbean and I’ve only been back for about 3 weeks.

I had/have big plans for January and going forward in terms of my fitness and overall health.  While things got a bit delayed, I’ve got a plan now and am ready to run with it.

First up.  I weighed myself this morning.  Gag.

During the move I managed to lose the scale.  Odds are good it’s somewhere in the house, I just haven’t come across it yet.  I bought a new digital scale because I felt like I’d need those decimal points.

So after a not so healthy dinner last night, I stepped on the scale this morning.  I was right around where I thought I would be, so while I wasn’t shocked, I was still surprised to see that number in front of me.  I haven’t weighed that much in AGES!

So while I’m a bit put off by the number, I know getting it down is do-able (and necessary).  My rough goal is about 20 pounds and I’m thinking I will let myself look at wedding dresses if I can get to 10.

So it’s back to healthy eating (no sugar and greatly reduced carbs) and working out.

My tentative plan for working out (becauase if it’s not in writing it’s not real):
Monday – teach spin PM – this is also a flex day as I can do something additional or not
Tuesday – work out with my sig other (he’s a fan of Body Beast and intervals)
Wednesday – 5:30a OTF
Thursday – sig other
Friday – 5:30a OTF
Saturday – sig other
Sunday – teach spin AM (also a flex day)

Yes, I realize that means working out 7 days a week, but I also realize this will not work every week, but at least I have a plan in place.  It will surely suck at times but I think it’s what I need both physically and mentally.

So speaking of the mental stuff.  I’m frazzled.  Completely out of it and stressed.  Not good.  I think I’ve been feeling this way since the summer, which is way too long.  I kept thinking things would resolve themselves but something always comes up and they haven’t.

I do believe that working out does wonders for your mental well-being so it’s my expectation that committing this time and effort to myself will help me on that side too.  It has to!  🙂  No where but up!

That aside…

Not much is new here.  Last week I was in Germany for a few days (because everyone in the US hops over to Europe for a “quick trip”).  It was for work, so I wanted it to be quick.  I suppose I could have stayed longer if it was somewhere I wanted to be.  But it wasn’t.  It was gold, gray, rainy, and snowy in Frankfurt.

I left Tuesday night and was home Friday afternoon.  This weekend I checked out my first wedding venue, which was a little eye opening.  Honestly the whole process has been eye opening.  It’s expensive!  My sister came up to visit on Saturday and Saturday night we indulged in sushi as we always do.  It was so good!

I taught spin Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, so I am feeling like the fitness thing is really getting started.  Of course I come home Monday to an unhealthy dinner because my other half ran out of time to cook.  But it’s just a bump in the road.

So cheers to making the right decisions and having fun a long the way!  Cheers to not beating ourselves up over making decisions that might not be the best.

As a former boss once said, sh*t happens, wipe and move on.  🙂

Here we go 2017!

Happy 2017 to you!

I figured that 2017 would be a pretty uneventful and quiet year but it looks like that will definitely NOT be the case.  More on that later.

To finish up 2016 I headed to St. Thomas.  My happy place.  We were there for Christmas but back in time for New Year’s Eve.

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Island Time Pub
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Bushwacker – so good!
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Sapphire Beach (again)

It is such a beautiful and lovely island.  We stay at Sapphire Beach, on the East End and rent a condo.  We stay in the same complex each year but a different unit each time.  It’s lovely to be somewhere this gorgeous but feel like you are at home.

The town of Red Hook is right down the road and has a bunch of bars and restaurants as well as the ferries to St. John and other islands.

If you ever want to know about STT, feel free to contact me.  I could talk about it all day!

We were home for NYE and spent it with my other half’s family, which was lovely.  Lots of laughing (and dancing!).  I didn’t go to bed until 3am and definitely paid the price the next day.

So looking forward to 2017…

It will not be a quiet year because most likely I will be getting married in 2017!  Yes, you read correctly, we got engaged while we were away.  It’s nuts and i’m definitely still processing.

So if I needed any reason to really get back to being healthy and taking care of myself, this is as good as any.

Big plans for 2017.

I registered for the SONO Half on 10/14/17.  There is a slight chance that that could be wedding weekend in which case I’d defer (and register for another) but we’ll see.  My plan with running is to really start up again in April with an occasional outdoor run here and there until then.  I think I’m almost ready to really give it another go.

I’m getting back on the OTF train and hoping to get back to two classes a week.  I also told the sig other that we could work out together 2 times a week (he’s pushing for 3).  So on the fitness side, the plan is in place.

We’re also on day 1 of no sugar.  I know I need this.  Quite a few years ago, I had to go on a strict no sugar diet due to an overgrowth of yeast due to years on antibiotics.  It sucked but once I got past the challenge I actually felt better than I had in quite some time.  I’m really hoping I can return to that feeling since lately i’ve been feeling very sluggish, not motivated and overall blah.  Fingers crossed!  Drinking coffee without sugar this morning did not taste very good, but I will make myself like it!

So that’s what’s going on here.  I’m ready for it.

Now on the complete opposite side of what I just wrote about, I made banana pudding for New Year’s Eve.  My other half’s family is known for the banana pudding so when he asked me to make some, I felt a bit like I was being set up to fail.  I did some recipe digging and found this one.  Somehow, it got the stamp of approval from the family!  Thank goodness!  Give it a try, it’s quite easy!

And now i’m off to be productive.  Talk soon!!!

Year in Running – 2016

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I’m trying not to laugh at this title.  Technically I did run in 2016 but it was hardly a robust year of running.  That said, I figured it would be interesting to look back and summarize what I actually did this year.

In 2016 I ran a few races.  When 2015 ended I was in full on running mode.

I started 2016 by joining a half marathon training program at a local running store.  Overall that was a great thing for me and I really liked it.  I liked the accountability of a group and having someone else map out my runs.  What I didn’t like was that it wasn’t very convenient for me, so the Saturday 8a long runs had me up very early.  Plus, it was cold and as it does every year, chest congestion got the best of me.  But in hind sight, joining that group was a great thing and if I can find a more convenient group, I’ll do it again.

In March I ran the Savin Rock Half Marathon.  This was the race the training group was for, but since I bailed on it towards the end, I was not prepared.  My sister did this one with me and were it not for her, I probably would have skipped it.  The weather was around 32 degrees at the start.  Brrrr.  I did a lot of walking in this one.  I made the decision to walk all the hills and was glad I did, because they were TOUGH.  The end was rough, but I did finish.  The next day I hopped on a plane to China.  Yikes!

In April I ran the BAA 5K as part of the Boston Marathon.  That was cool.  Decent uneventful run.

In June I ran the NYRR Mini 10k in Central Park.  At this point I was running a bit and feeling OK about this race.  It was tough.  CP is HILLY, which I didn’t really realize.  It was also the largest race I’ve ever done, which was nuts!

Later in June I ran the Fairfield Half.  Again, somewhat under trained (big surprise!).  That said, I had clear goals for this race and met (and exceeded) them all.  None were related to time which was nice.  I actually enjoyed this race and would do it again.  But it was HOT!

I pretty much didn’t run at all after the Fairfield Half.  While in South Africa I ran almost 4 miles once, but that was pretty much all the running I did from July through November.

In November I ran the Fairfield Turkey Trot and did not enjoy it.  Once again, under trained, or under prepared because I didn’t even attempt to train.

And now it’s December and I haven’t run at all since November (except for small bursts during OTF).  Thankfully I do still teach two spin classes a week which has helped me somewhat maintain my cardiovascular fitness.  I’m also back in the OTF groove.

I’m going away for Christmas and just may try to get some running in, but we’ll see. Going into January/February is a tough time for me because I typically get a bad chest cold.  Hopefully it skips this year, but who knows.

Regardless, I’m hoping to get back to running in the milder temps.  I’m thinking maybe trying to get back outside in March and potentially on a treadmill sooner.

A friend of mine had a baby in October and we talked about the Fairfield Half being her goal race.  I’m up for that!

So we will see what happens in 2017.  Till then, happy holidays!!!!

December

I’ve been ignoring this little blog and just took a look at my stats and was very suprirsed to see that people are still reading.  Not many, but more than 1.  I figured I owe you folks something interesting to read.

Happy December!

Stuff has been BUSY!  Looks like I haven’t posted since around Halloween, so I’ll do my best to give an update.

November – Wow, so much happened in November!

Epic tailgate party at MetLife Stadium for One Bro Pizza Co.

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There were actually a lot more people in the photo but unfortunately they got bumped since Instagram likes a square photo.

That was 11/6.  8 days later we moved.

We bought a house!  So yeah, there’s been all the crap that goes along with that process.  Cleaning up the old place, packing, packing, and packing some more, more cleaning, and lots of keeping those fingers crossed.

Thankfully it all worked out and here we are.  Trying to get used to all the good and bad that goes along with owning a house (versus a condo).

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We moved in on Monday 11/14 and hosted our first overnight guests that weekend (yes, we’re crazy).  Friends came into town to see the Big Head Todd Blues Club, so we all hosted and we went and enjoyed some good music.

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It was a very cool intimate venue.  I used to see live music all the time and haven’t been in ages, so it was a welcome change.

The following week was thanksgiving and of course we were hosting!  Because why not?

But first, a 5 mile turkey trot in the AM.  My sis and I headed there around 7a for the 8:15a start.  Parking was nutty but we ended up getting a pretty good spot.  We hung out a bit and then went our separate ways (her to the front, me to the back).

Let me just tell you that at the end of August I ran almost 4 miles in South Africa.  That was the last time I’ve run.  Nice.  So these 5 miles were going to be interesting.

They ended up OK.  Slow, but OK.  I did have to stop and walk a little during the last mile, but who cares.  Thankfully during the run I had no pain.  Did I enjoy the run?  No, not really.  The course was OK but I just wasn’t feeling it.  All good.

Most of my photos are disgusting, but here’s the only one that is tolerable.

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So happy!  (not really)

So that ended and we headed home where the rest of the day had some interesting ups and downs but overall was lovely.  My legs were TIRED and the next day I felt a bit like I had been beat up.  Guess that’s what you get for zero training.  Oh well, I survived.

And now we are full on into the holiday season and the busyness that goes with it.  Trying to keep things in check but we’ll see how that goes.

The NYC Half Marathon entry came and went and I let it go.  That race is freaking expensive and I just didn’t want to spend that sort of money on a race.  I like the $60 price point.  This one is $145.  Yuck.  I keep thinking about signing up for another race thinking it will boost my motivation. Thing is, I’ve signed up for two in the past for just that reason and it didn’t work.  All I ended up doing was running a race under-trained.  So what good is that?  So i continue to wait for my epiphany.  We’ll see what happens.

So that’s what’s been going on here.  A lot and not much at the same time.  Interesting how that happens.

I’ll continue to pop in periodically or when I have something of value to say.

If i’m not back before, have a happy holiday season and new year!!!

No regrets

Makes me think of the commercial where some guy gets a tattoo that actually ends up saying NO REGERTS.  I want to say the tattooer is eating a snickers or something.

I digress…

Today was the SONO Half Marathon in my town.  I ran this race last year.  It was my first half marathon ever.

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I was well trained for it (almost 6 months of training) and for the most part enjoyed it.

This year I made the decision not to run it.  I wasn’t overly motivated (which has been my problem since finishing it last year) and I had minor personal issues with the race director and didn’t want to give him my money (I think I’ve written about that before).  I was confident in my decision.

Until this morning.

As of this morning I really regretted not signing up and running.  Of course the weather was beautiful, but I think what got me was that it’s such a local race and a few of my friends were running.

I do try not to regret any decisions that I make as they are mine and I have to own the consequences but in hind sight, I do wish that I had gotten down off my pedestal and signed up for the stinking race (and somehow found motivation).

The moral of the story is that I think I will run it next year.  Good moral?

And now I need to stop being lazy and unmotivated and start running.