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Marathon Monday!

Last year was the first year that I really gave the Boston Marathon much thought, as running and I had just recently decided to give our relationship another go, but as with any new relationship I devoted my whole attention to it.  I read articles on Runner’s World for weeks about who to watch, and what to expect, and going in to marathon Monday, I was rooting for Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher.  Seeing as I have a full-time job, I thought watching the actual marathon would be somewhat difficult, but luckily Universal Sports was streaming live coverage all morning.  I sat at my desk for the entire thing, amazed at how so many people could run 26.2 miles faster than I could probably run one.  It gives me chills just thinking about, and 2 weeks before my first road race, Boston was exactly the motivation I needed to keep training and pumped.  Now, I may not have a race in two weeks this year, but I am still just as excited for Boston, and hopefully I will be able to watch the coverage again.  Also, I’ll be rooting for my favorite cynical anti-blogger, The Angry Runner, and hoping she kicks ass.  Good luck to everyone out there running Boston today!

Ok, back to recapping my weekend activities.  Are you like me and completely lazy with your blog reading on weekends?  Here’s what you missed:

Sunday morning, the bf and I woke up and went to my favorite little breakfast/brunch place.  It sits right on the Delaware River, has beautiful views and absolutely amazing food.

Yup, that’s the Delaware, doesn’t it look small for a major river?  No one ever believes that New Jersey is in fact, that close.

This was the view from our table.  The hardest thing about going to a brunch place for me is making the decision between breakfast and lunch foods.  Typically I order a Turkey Club sandwich, but yesterday I was really digging the omelette’s and went with it.

My omelet had spinach, sautéed  onion and green pepper, bacon, and American cheese.  Served with home fries and wheat toast.  This thing was gigantic, I didn’t even get through half of it and brought most of it home, which made for a lovely Monday morning breakfast a few minutes ago ;).  The bf ordered everything on the menu.

Two blueberry pancakes, home fries, 2 pieces of bacon and sausage, scrambled eggs, and wheat toast.  He left 1 piece of sausage and the eggs, nice job babe, you make me proud :).  After our breakfast feast, the options were either go home and lay on the couch with our pants unbuttoned, or do something active to make use of the pounds of carbs we’d just consumed.  Being active won, so we headed over to the driving range and par 3 course.

Babe in action, he kicked my butt, but I was having an off day.  There’s some fun video that I may try to upload later.

I would actually really love lessons so I could become an actual golfer, and my own clubs, with perhaps a pink bag, or purple.  Not that I’ve given my clubs and bag more thought than actual golf or anything, no nothing like that…  I did manage to par the 17th hole, and I was very proud of myself!

After golf there was some typical Sunday errand running with stops at The Home Depot (my god that place is a mad house on Sundays!), Dick’s (because they’re right next door to each other and I have a problem), and Pets Mart to pick up some prizes for little Pumpkin face.  She always wants to come outside with me, so I picked up a harness and long tie out thing so she can run around outside when I’m out there.  She doesn’t actually like her prizes yet, but I’m sure they’ll grow on her.

The bf and I relaxed and watched Sherlock Holmes before I had to take him to the train station.  Great movie, I really liked it a lot, and I’m thinking staring at Jude Law for two hours might have something to do with that.  Irregardless of his beautiful face and accent, the movie was funny and entertaining and I will give it my recommendation.  Not like that really means much as I would also recommend Cross Roads, give Britney a chance!

The bf headed back to NY last night, he has a job this week, hooray babe make that money!  He will be back on Friday though, and the two of us will be venturing down to DC for the weekend.  Ok I have rambled on for far long enough this Monday morning.  I hope everyone has a great day!

Conquering Broad Street, again

Look what I did this morning!

Officially registered for the Blue Cross Broad Street 10 mile run!  Anyone want to run with me?  I have no running partner this year :(.  It is the first Sunday of May, which gives me what, 11 weeks to train.  That is exactly what I had last year, the difference being this year I have been running consistently since February 2009.  Well if you don’t count the past two weeks I had to take off to rest my IT band.  Stupid knee.  I’m so excited, I estimated my finish time at 1 hour 30 minutes, so fingers crossed.  Back to the gym tonight for me (finally)!.  I’m still not allowed to run, but I figure I can at least hop on the elliptical for a good 45 minutes and get some major stretching of my tighter than hell IT band in.

Yesterday was a very relaxing President’s Day off with the bf.  When we finally left the apartment to go find some lunch, I think at this point it was 2 pm and I was verrrrry hungry, we couldn’t decide where to go and wandered around for years.  Ok maybe not years, but it sure felt like it.  I think I was on the verge of passing out, and getting crankier by the minute.  Waiting until 2 in the afternoon to eat for the first time all day is not a good idea for me.

Alex finallllly decided on this new place that recently opened called Rockwell’s Express. It was a really cool place, you create custom burgers, salads, wraps, chicken burgers, chicken sandwiches with whatever you want on them.  For the burgers and chicken burgers, all of the ingredients are mixed in with the meat, and then the patty is made.  It was pretty cool and delicious.  I ended up ordering a grilled chicken sandwich on a whole wheat bun, but after seeing Alex’s burger kind of wished I had gone with one of those.

Alex’s favorite part was the giant selection of fountain sodas and sauces and condiments.  Apparently that’s what he wants for his house someday.  Good luck with that babe.

After lunch we just sort of wandered around and ended up in Union Square, where we spent 3,000 hours looking at one pair of shoes in Shoe Mania.  The most surprising thing about that?  The shoes were not for me, nope it was all the bf.  He did not end up buying said shoes (hooray, I was not a fan) but by then I was too tired and annoyed with the Union Square crowds to even try to go into Trader Joe’s (sad) so we just went home.  Well we made one last stop at a Game Stop where guess what we bought.  A new Xbox game!  Haha shocking right?  It’s ok, I approve of this one, it’s a snowboarding game and relatively easy for video game idiots like me to play.

I got home around 8:30 last night, after a very crowded train ride, and surprise surprise it was snowing.  Sigh, how many days until Memorial Day?  102?  Getting back into the swing of things today has not been easy, in fact I am still struggling.  Notice how it’s 11 am and I am just getting around to posting?  Well at least LOST is on tonight, and tomorrow is Wednesday already!

Enough is enough already!

Ok, seriously mother nature?  Seriously?

They just told us at work not to kill ourselves trying to get here tomorrow, which is nice of them, but then I don’t get paid.  Yup, I’m a stupid hourly employee who doesn’t get sick days or paid if the office is closed.  Well, at least February is almost half-way over.  I just wish I had someone to get snowed in with so I don’t die of boredom :(.

Alright anyway, randomly ended up at The Olive Garden for dinner.  It was lovely.  My cousin Drew is a Freshman at Rider, so they were in the area to see him and we all met up for dinner.  Umm, totally can’t take credit for these pictures because I forgot my camera, and the BB pics sucked.  Thanks olivegarden.com!

For an appetizer we ordered the Hot Artichoke and Spinach dip, and I had the Cheese Ravioli for my meal. I think there has maybe been one time that I went to Olive Garden and did not order the Cheese Ravioli, I am a creature of habit.  I still have four left for dinner tonight, yums.  Everyone else was going to the Rider vs. Niagara basketball game, but I was exhausted so I bailed and just went home to watch my Monday night line up.  How I Met Your Mother (who is she already?!), Accidentally on Purpose, and Life Unexpected.  Quality entertainment right there.

I have to brave the grocery store crowds AGAIN today to at least buy some food to have when we are snowed in tomorrow.  Thankfully I can avoid the liquor store since I ended up going to NYC on Friday night, and the bottle of wine I bought never got opened.  Looking like it’s going to be me and some OnDemand movies tomorrow, one in particular that I’m not allowed to tell the boyfriend I liked, if I do.

Time for the present picture of the day!

Only four more days until it’s revealed!  Mild forms of torture are greatly amusing to me.  Although, he did have his fun over the weekend by telling my that mine were hidden somewhere in the apartment not wrapped.  I was good though and did not snoop.

[knee update]
I stopped and cried on a street corner on Saturday night because trying to keep up with 3 boys all tall, hurrying in the cold, while in heels was way too painful to handle.  So yeah, it’s that good.