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Time with My Sis

This morning something happened that hadn’t in months.  The cold weather warning display came on in my car.  I heard the ping, looked at the dash, and sure enough there was the little snowflake encased in a triangle indicating that the temperature was at 37 degrees.  I think it is safe to say that fall is officially here, and here to stay.

Yesterday afternoon I got home from work, changed, and my sis and I headed on over to the gym.  She ellipticalled while I did my tempo workout on the treadmill next to her.  About 2.3 miles into my run a funny thing happened.  The fire alarm in the gym started to go off, and no one left.  People paused their workouts for a second, took their ear buds out of their ears, and looked around at each other, but no one did anything.  My sister and I looked at each other, and decided that since none of the actual gym employees were leaving, we were probably safe to continue our workouts.  The alarm continued to go off for a few more minutes before someone finally turned it off.  Guess we were all pretty intent on getting our workouts in, haha.

  • 1 mile warm-up 10 min/mile
  • 2 miles @ 9:05 pace
  • 1 mile cool-down 10 min/mile

I felt so much better than I did on Monday, and this run went really well.  Half-way through training and 5 weeks to go!  Honestly, when this half is over, I’m going to take a break from training and running 4-5 days a week before signing up for another race.  I am getting burnt out and I know I’ll be ready for a break.

After the gym, we ran into the liquor store to pick up some wine to have with dinner.  I was making Ravioli Lasagna, and nothing goes better with lasagna then red wine!  My sis had yet to experience the gloriousness that is pumpkin beer, so while I was cooking we each had one of these.

I used two different flavors of Buitoni ravioli and a jar of Classico vodka sauce.

I really like both flavors of this ravioli, they combined pretty well in the dish, and Col said it was her favorite version of Ravioli Lasagna so far.

Yummy.  This is so fast to throw together, then you just stick it in the oven for 40 minutes and wait.  While we waited, we broke open the red wine and settled on the couch for a night of ABC comedy.  The best part about watching these shows with my sister is that we both start snickering at the same time, which leads to full on laughing, and eventually me snorting.  As of right now, I’m thinking Better With You is my favorite new show of the fall season.  It’s so funny, and so relatable and true.  Plus I’ve loved Joanna Garcia since her Reba days.

Somehow today is already Thursday, for some reason this week really flew by.  I’m heading up to NYC tomorrow after work for the weekend, and running the Terry Fox 5k on Saturday morning with Alex.  No other real plans except for that, but I’m sure it will be fun.  Have a great day!

Sweaty Saturday

Good Morning! I hope everyone is having a great Saturday so far! I just got home from a very sweaty gym workout. I was planning on waking up early and running outside before it got too hot, but I overslept and by the time I woke up at 9 am it was already 92 degrees with 60% humidity. It was off to the gym for me. I did the exact same run as Thursday, 4 miles at a 9 min pace.

  • Mile 1: 9:13
  • Mile 2: 9:13
  • Mile 3: 9:05
  • Mile 4: 8:34
  • 12 miles total for the week

My legs were pretty tired for this run, although I’m thinking my two glasses of red wine and one vodka cocktail last night may have had something to do with that. Either way I finished, and felt pretty accomplished after. I’m still trying to decide what I want to do after I finish writing this. It’s a toss up between going to the pool and then to the mall, or just to the mall. I don’t really like sitting at the pool alone, and my sis is still sick, so we shall see.

Last night for dinner we went with quick and easy, and ordered some Italian take-out from a restaurant across the street. I went with my usual, the Ravioli Bellini: Cheese Ravioli served in a creamy pink sauce with spinach and topped with mozzarella cheese. I started with my side salad and a piece of the most amazing bread ever.





Soooooo good. This is one of my favorite meals ever. After dinner I indulged in the previously mentioned cocktails while watching Say Yes to the Dress and DC Cupcakes. Yup, it was a TLC kind of night. Oh and of course there was some Friday Night Lights in there as well. I am sooooooooooo jealous of Katie who was filming on the set as an extra yesterday! That would be like a dream come true to me! Don’t give away any secrets, but how was it?!?

Alright, I’m off to shower, make some lunch and decide what to do with myself. I hope everyone has an awesome day!

New Shirt Number 2

Yesterday I wore my second new shirt from the bf to the gym.  This one is a short sleeve Under Armour Heat Gear top, and I loved it.

The stripes are my favorite part.  Normally I’m not a fan of running in things with short sleeves because I feel like my arms are weighed down, but these didn’t bother me at all.  I also am not a fan of tight fitting shirts sometimes because they ride up, and cause some belly exposure, but this one stayed put.  The bf is two for two in workout tops so far.  Only one left to test.

I ran on the treadmill at the gym again, because even though the temperature was significantly cooler (like 79 degrees instead of 99) it was thunderstorming off and on all day and I didn’t want to risk it.

  • 4 miles
  • 37:30
  • 9:22ish pace

I walked for the first three minutes, so the pace was probably a little faster than that.  I know I ran mile 4 at about an 8:30 pace, all miles at a .5 incline.  Lately my Glee soundtracks were my running music of choice, but I’m getting somewhat tired of it (gasp the horror, I know!) so I rocked out to some Britney Spears during yesterdays run.  Her Circus album really is fantastic workout music, and my 4 miles were up in no time.  I’ll probably listen to that at the gym again today.

My sister was working last night and my mom took a late gym class, so I was on my own for dinner.  I took one boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut it in half, and covered it with mashed up Fiber One cereal and Cayenne Pepper.  Then I cooked it in my toaster oven, yup the oven is still broken, at 400 degrees for like 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.  I also made a Lean Cuisine Ravioli dinner to accompany my chicken.

Ravioli and Chicken Tenders

I knew the ravioli alone wasn’t enough food, and the addition of the chicken helped to keep me full.  After dinner I fully indulged my inner teen, and caught up on some ABC Family shows.  Make it or Break it and Pretty Little Liars.  Does anyone else watch Make it or Break it?  After all the bad things Lauren has done to all of them, how can they possibly think she is sincere about anything?  It blows my mind, really.  Pretty Little Liars I just watch and wonder how they do their hair most of the time.  I want to learn.

Anyway, TGIT people.  I’m off to Bethany Beach, DE tomorrow after work to celebrate my birthday.  One of my BFF’s has a house there, and then on Saturday we are spending the whole day at Seacrets.  If you’ve never been or heard of it, it’s pretty much the island of Jamaica set up in the Bay in Ocean City, MD.  It’s fantastic and I cannot wait.

Seacrets OCMD

Hopefully I’ll be lounging on one of those rafts all day long.  Enjoy your Thursday everyone, only one more day to get through before the weekend!  And only three more days until my birthday!