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A Much Better Run

As predicted, after a couple good nights of sleep I had a much better run yesterday than on Monday and Wednesday.  Also a perk, it was 74 degrees and somewhat cloudy so I took my run to the streets.  I started out with no real distance goal in mind, I was thinking something between 4 and 5, but I also had the “something is better than nothing” mentality running through my head.  I finished my two-mile loop around my neighborhood, and was just getting in the groove of things so I moved on out to the bike path running a long the road.  All together I did 4 miles in what I think was my fastest outside pace for that distance ever.

  • Mile 1: 9:28 (tried to start slower than usual so I wouldn’t burn out)
  • Mile 2: 9:06 (big uphill part which also includes a large downhill)
  • Mile 3: 9:25 (got stopped at a red light and lost my stride for a minute)
  • Mile 4: 8:58! (so impressed by myself with this pace for the final mile)
  • Total: 37:02, 9:14 pace

There was also wind blowing in my face the whole time, which I would like to blame for the two slower miles, haha.  That run really boosted my confidence for Sundays 5k.  I think for a while I was just expecting my runs to feel easy, and I just had to remember that running isn’t easy but that I have the endurance to do it and push through the hard parts.  Oh speaking of Sunday, the forecast is 72 and rain because it prefers to rain during races I sign up for.  It poured the whole time during Broad Street when I ran it two years ago.  Oh well, hopefully it doesn’t rain too much.

For dinner I was craving one thing and one thing only, Chinese food.  I know when I get cravings like that trying to satisfy it with anything else is pointless so Chinese food it was.

steamed pork dumplings, chicken lo mein, veggie spring roll

these are my absolute favorite

my other favorite

Obviously not the healthiest meal, but I hadn’t had Chinese food for a while and it’s all about what you want in moderation right?  After dinner I sat on the couch waiting for the return of one of my favorite shows from last year, don’t laugh, Vampire Diaries.  I really love it and the two main vampires, Damon and Stephan, couldn’t possible be any hotter.  The bf makes fun of me for loving it so much, but I think it’s really good and this season looks awesomeee.

Tonight I have no plans and it looks like I’m going to have the house to myself, which typically means cheesy movies I’d be embarrassed to watch with anyone else.  One of the last times this happened I watched RENT, and danced around singing every song in my living room.  I’m resting the legs today and tomorrow to prepare for Sunday, so hopefully I’ll have some good luck!

What is everyone else up to this weekend?  Happy Friday!

Sleeping with the lights on

Hiya everyone.  Sorry I was MIA yesterday, but I was feeling very lazy, and my laptop was annoying me.  First things first, the answers to my True/False game.

  1. False, but it was very close, I totally did that arm and feet flailing thing
  2. Very, very True.  Personally I think I was awesome, the rest of the bowling alley might disagree
  3. True, the bf had just bought it, and dummy me knocked it over with my elbow sending DC everywhere
  4. False, again, that one is almost true.  But seriously who has a baby in a bowling alley at 10:30 at night?

Besides my sister, who obviously doesn’t count since she was there, Miss EE over at Eggplant Executrix wins!  Congrats!  Wish I could send you something fun, but I am not that cool.

Saturday for lunch, I used up the rest of my black bean burger patties, and made a delicious meal of roasted zucchini, black bean burgers, and sweet potato fries for Alex, Colleen, and myself.

They were both a little skeptical, especial Alex seeing as this “burger” was not real meat, but they both loved them.  We were trying to be healthy and save room for our feast of Chinese food that was coming for dinner.  When Alex and I first started dating, I took him to this restaurant called Duck Sauce during his first visit to suburbia.  It is one of my favorite local un-chain places, and it is BYOB which makes it cheaper.  Ever since that first time, that is the only place he wants to eat dinner when he visits.  We brought my sis along and ate enough food to feed a small country.

Chicken Lettuce wraps (way better than PF Chang's)

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Chicken Lo-Mein, Orange Beef, Vegetable Fried Rice

This last one is my plate.  The three of us shared everything, along with a big bottle of Pinot Noir, and had enough left to bring home as leftovers.  I think all the food made us tired, because we all crashed pretty soon after arriving home from dinner.

I had been begging Alex to watch the movie Paranormal Activity with me for awhile (I’m a huge chicken and would only watch it when he was visiting so I wouldn’t have to sleep alone) and last night we finally had enough time for it.  I think I spent the whole hour and twenty minutes curled up in a ball on the couch sweating.  It was terrifying.  I was so nervous every time night came and they would get ready to go to bed.  Alex was sitting between me and my sister, I’m pretty sure he had no room at all to move between the two of us practically sitting on top of him.  I really liked the movie though, I think it did a good job of scaring the crap out of you.  Unfortunately when it came time to sleep, every time I closed my eyes I pictured this:

That’s the girl main character being dragged out of her bed, and then down the hallway, or I saw this:

She just stands there staring at him for over two hours.  So creepy.  Needless to say, I spent the night pretty much plastered to Alex.  At one point he actually woke me up and asked me to move over.  Apparently he was very hot.  I declined.  I did wake up this morning drenched in sweat.  I was afraid to not be completely bundled in my comforter.  Why I put myself through this I’ll never know.  But I do love watching scary movies.

Do you guys watch scary movies even though they keep you up at night?

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Monday and first day of March.  Hooray for February being over.