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Shenanigans… and some business

Did ya think I left you again? No such luck suckers, just had a busy weekend that didn’t technically wrap up until 5:30 last night when I finally returned to my house. Let’s get business out of the way before we talk fun.

On Friday I drug myself over to the gym for a light upper-body lifting session, and some abs because it’s important to have a strong core or something. I needed to be done my long run by 10 am on Saturday so I spent Friday evening with my boyfriend, Chris Hemsworth.

Look at this man, I can’t even, I mean no words

I picked up Rush from the good old Redbox and watch the whole movie twice. I watched the first 10 minutes more times than that, but that’s neither here nor there and if you’ve seen the movie you know why. I thought it was really good, and enjoyed it immensely.

Saturday I was out my door and on the bike path at 8:45 am, with 5 miles on the agenda. It was not an easy run, and I had a super achy right calf the entire time, but I finished in what I think should be about my long run pace.

5 miles

It was hot, I lost one of the long sleeves I was wearing with about 3 miles left and tied it around my waist. I also apparently kicked the shit out of myself, literally, as the inside of my right ankle was bleeding when I got home. This isn’t new, I used to do it during my high school track days. I swear I was constantly walking around with cuts from my spikes. Meh, the Twitterz tells me I need to do some glute work to correct the weakness and alignment issues. We’ll see.

takes talent to kick yourself

takes talent to kick yourself

The rest of the weekend was full of excessive drinking, and powering through hangovers. On Saturday afternoon, a giant group of my friends met up at Bull Run Winery for a 30th birthday celebration, and then I was on the road bright and early (ok it was 10:45) on Sunday headed to Harrisonburg. I had a JMU basketball game and Super Bowl party to get, fun fact I’ve now attended more JMU basketball games 6.5 years after graduating than I ever did in college.

So close to pulling off the win!

That little Instagram box up in the right corner has some more pictures from the weekend, FYI. All in all a good training week and a good life week. 11.5 miles logged running and some good cross training.

…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.

Grilled Cheese Day

I was lucky enough to attend a college that was known for its stellar on campus food.  The three years that I lived off campus I still used my 10 weekly punches (meals) and always ran out of dining dollars before the end of the year.  Even now I still think about how delicious the chicken, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and slice of cranberry bread from Cranberry Farms was.  Oh how I miss my daily turkey sandwich with cheese and honey mustard on a monster sized bagel, all warm and toasty.  Splurging a few extra dining dollars for a chicken cheesesteak and side of fries?  Not a problem.

There was one day in particular that I especially looked forward to lunching in the main buffet style dining hall, D-Hall, if you will.  I always made sure to have a friend scheduled to meet me for lunch on Thursday afternoons for grilled cheese day.  We’d line up outside the D-Hall doors, waiting impatiently for them to open for lunch, swipe our cards, rush inside to claim a table, throw our shit down on it, and then line up for the delicious melty cheese sandwiches.  I’m not even kidding when I say I would put three on my plate, on average, before moving over to grab a plate of fries to accompany them.  (My 26 year-old metabolism hates my 18, 19, and 20 year-old metabolism by the way.  Just as I’m sure my 36-year-old metabolism will hate my 26-year-old one).

JM I ❤ U

Grilled cheese day was the highlight of the week, especially once I hit Junior and Senior year and no longer had Friday classes, because grilled cheese day also marked the start of the weekend and my favorite night out.  Oh Highlawn, how I miss you and dancing my ass off with $1.50 dirty shirley’s.  What’s with the trip down memory lane you ask?  Well, last night’s happy hour reminded me of my favorite day in college.

After my workout, 30 minutes on the treadmill alternating between 2 minute sprints and 1 minute recovery, I met up with a few of my friends at Mister Days in Clarendon to take advantage of their Wednesday happy hour specials.  Sometimes you just can’t turn down $2 drafts and $2 food specials.  Upon arriving, I immediately placed my order for a Blue Moon (switched to Octoberfest after one) and grilled cheese sandwich.  While this grilled cheese was nothing compared to my favorite D-Hall variety, it still brought me back to my college days.  As did enjoying drinks with friends on a Wednesday night.

Did your college have great campus food or was it awful?  I seriously loved eating on campus, not to mention the Chick-fil-a we also had right next door to our dining hall.  The year we got a Starbucks on campus, I died a happy death.  I need to go back and visit… soon.