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Oh what a week it was

Hey, it’s snowing again! Because apparently this winter is never going to end. I don’t mind it so much, I mean it’s February it’s supposed to snow, but I’m one of those weirdos who gets annoyed at unseasonable weather. So when it was in the 60s over the weekend, I was kind of annoyed (don’t shoot me)! I realize I haven’t posted since last Monday, but man on man was last week a week.

On Tuesday morning my friend Jen and I were sitting waiting to turn into work (we carpool) and we saw another co-worker get hit by a car while crossing the street. It was easily one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen, and Jen and I were out of my car and sprinting down the street so quickly that I barely remembered to pull up my emergency brake and hit my flashers. I didn’t realize I left my car running until about 20 minutes later. As the only witnesses to the accident we had to stay and give statements to the police, and need to be available for any follow-up. Amazingly the man who was hit only suffered a broken collar-bone, some broken ribs, and a cut on his forehead, but needless to say we were incredibly shaken up for the rest of the day, and happy hour drinks were a necessity on Tuesday night.

The rest of my week was much less exciting, thankfully, and pretty much revolved around watching all of the Olympics coverage possible. I kind of feel a little lost now without them… what am I supposed to stream at work, what do I watch when there is literally nothing else on TV except those damn Kardashian’s? Oh, binge watch House of Cards season 2… on it.

My long run on Saturday was a major fail. I was planning on something between 6-7  miles, and was initially excited about the warm weather and running in shorts and a t-shirt. However, it became quite clear after a mile in, that I was never ever going to make it six miles. My legs were dead, my HR was sky rocketing and I was not nearly recovered enough from the 4 miler I did on Friday evening, or the leg workout I did on Wednesday. Six became a slowwww four as I shuffled home, only to realize I’d locked myself out of my dumb house. Luckily it was warm enough that sitting on the sidewalk stretching in the sunshine, waiting for my roommate to get home was nice.

I had a friend up visiting on Saturday night, and the three of us (us plus the roommate) ventured into DC for another friends birthday party. It was good times, and I think all the curling I watched during the course of the Olympics definitely helped my shuffleboard skills. It’s all about the strategy ya see, now just throwing shit down the board, haha. Anyway, that was last week!

Workouts of the week

2/17: Elliptical + core work
2/18: 3 miles easy pace
2/19: Strength workout (Legs, biceps, triceps)
2/21: 4 miles; 1 @ 6.0 mph, 2 miles alternating 30 sec @ 6.8 30 @ 6.0, 1 mile from 6.8 down to 6.0
2/22: 4 miles @ 9:47 ish pace I think, didn’t upload that run to Garmin yet

Last night it was back to the gym for some cross training and core crap. Some of my friends/co-workers were finishing up their workout and asked if I would do the ab routine I do with them. I probably wouldn’t have done it had they not been there, so thanks guys for making me, even if you were complaining the ENTIRE time.

4 minute ab burner

4 minute ab burner

30 seconds standard plank, 30 seconds rocking back and forth, 1 minute side plank, 30 seconds of alternating hip dips (pictured), 1 minute opposite side plank, 30 seconds up/down planks (forearms to hands). I’m mostly yelling at Kathryn (purple shirt) to shut up and stop making us laugh because it’s not making things any easier.

Alright off to go get some lunch in the snow! Laterrrrrr.

…crickets…

Oh, hey. This is awkward. I really meant to tell you things were over instead of just disappearing for 7 months, but I  just needed some time for me. It wasn’t you, it was me, I swear. I’m back though, for now, so do you think we can be friends? Maybe with benefits?

So last I left you, it was June, and life is prettttttty much the same since then. I’ve mostly come back here, because I’m once again training for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in April, and I want a place to keep track of it all. I’m old, and I’ll forget if I don’t write it down. If any of you have a better memory than me, you’ll recall I ran it back in 2011 right after moving to Virginia. Let’s see if I can catch you up in bullet point form. The Cliffs Notes, if you will.

  • We got a dog. She’s the best, and also the worst, but mostly the best. About 2 months after Madison arrived in our lives, my littlest fur ball love went into kidney failure and couldn’t pull out of it. I was so, so, so thankful to have a furry puppy to cuddle (and cry) with. RIP Pumpkin face.
  • Summer and fall were a blur of bachelorette parties and weddings. Literally. I went to 4 weddings in a 5 week period of time. It was awesome, and exhausting.
  • Probably the most interesting thing in my life was when I almost lost my right leg back in October, not kidding. I took a routine fall during my social sports football game and wound up with a flesh-eating bacterial infection. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw some of the gross pictures I posted, and you probably yelled at me for them. I went through 3 rounds of antibiotics, was on crutches, and have a gnarly scar that takes up about half of my shin. I’d post some pictures, because now that I’ve gotten to keep my leg I find it fascinating, but a lot of you found it realllllly gross. So instead I’ll just link to some. You’ve been warned.
  • I took a couple trips to JMU, once in October for a football game and once two weeks ago for some basketball. That place never fails to make me happy, even when I’m hopped up on pain killers and hobbling around on crutches.

  • As previously mentioned, I’m signed up for a 10 mile race and in the beginning of training. So my legs are sore, a lot.
  • I play words with friends a lot. I might even win a game some day, but that only seems likely if I make a rule that we can only play dirty words or something. You would think someone with a journalism degree would be better at that damn game, but nope.

That’s really about it. Life is good, really good, and I’m happy. I’m going to try to attempt to keep this place less crazy, because well I’m less crazy (at the moment). I don’t know, we’ll see how this goes!

What’s new with you all?!

I probably already know, because I’m still creeping around reading blogs.

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

For some reason I wasn’t really looking forward to today’s race at all.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t feel like training for it, so I didn’t really, or that I was going all alone to a race for the first time, I don’t know what, but I never got nervous which is extremely odd for me.  For going into the race unexcited, not really trained as well as I should be, somewhat sick, and with a nagging hamstring (geez could more things have been wrong?) I am very happy with my performance at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler today.

 

Waiting on the Mall for the race to start and sun to come up

 

  • Mile 1: 9:02
  • Mile 2: 8:55
  • Mile 3:: 9:03  <— technically 12:03 because I was standing in line waiting to pee (which I’ve never had to do before) watching the minutes tick by
  • Mile 4: 8:46
  • Mile 5: 9:04
  • Mile 6: 8:57
  • Mile 7: 9:13
  • Mile 8: 8:53
  • Mile 9: 9:27
  • Mile 10: 9:18

I knew from the beginning the race was going to be a struggle.  The first two miles my toes were numb as was most of my body and everything felt like it was taking so much more energy than usual.  I tried to focus on the pretty sights going across the Memorial Bridge, and by Mile 3 was just falling into my stride when I was hit with the “hmm I think I have to pee” thoughts.  It was one of those things that would have been on my mind the whole race had I not stopped, so I just sucked it up.  Some people need to learn how to pee faster, just sayin.

Miles 4-6 were fine and dandy and I just took in the pretty sights of the water around me and blooming Cherry Blossom trees.  At the turn around on the course to head back towards the finish we were running into wind, which was not so fun, but whatevs.  All I could think about was finishing, meeting up with Dani and Adrienne and heading to brunch to drink mimosas.  When I saw the sign that said there were 1200 meters to go I tried to haul it in, but the final hill kind of made that impossible.  One of these days I’ll learn how to save some energy for the end of a race.

Yeah miles 9 and 10 were a little rough, especially the final hill before the finish line, that’s just mean.  I walked through all the water station which were ever other mile or so, because I mostly felt horrible the whole time haha.  Once I hit mile 7 I was just wishing it was over and trying to remember why I sign up for races.  The Cherry Blossom course is a beautiful one though, and there was lots to look at to distract me from how much my knee and legs were starting to hurt.  My IT band is actually verrrrrry cranky right now, which is in turn making me very cranky.  I’m actually really happy it’s almost summer, because I am definitely over racing for a while.  Although I did wear my medal proudly all day long.

 

Will run for BEER (or mimosas or any booze really)

Eh, sorry I’m not more uplifting in my race recap.  I’m just really happy the course was pretty, because honestly I may have bailed half way if it wasn’t.  That’s the kind of mood I was in.  Anyway, I hope everyone else who raced had a great day! At least we had nice weather!