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Delayed

Well hello!  I’m currently still in my bed trying to convince myself to get out and get ready for work :).  My alarm went off this morning, I immediately called our emergency weather hotline, was excited to hear we were opening 2 hours late, and rolled over and went back to bed for an hour.  That means I should plan to get there around 10:30, so I’ve still got some time to relax.

I made it to the gym last night after work and got in a 4 mile run at an easy 9:30 pace, and then I made myself go grocery shopping.  It had been two weeks since I really went and stocked up on food, so I had a big job ahead of me.  In order to not go completely crazy and buy everything (which I tend to do when I shop after a workout) I wrote out my meal plans and only  bought things on my list.  I still spend a butt load of money, but at least I know exactly what I’m doing with everything I bought.

So I finally got around to making my training plan for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler yesterday, and I think it looks pretty good.  Here it is, what do you all think.

 

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Then after I made it, I realized that the Thursday and Saturday runs scheduled for March 10 and 12 might not  happen since I’ll be in Chicago on vacation with Darren.  Although maybe, because he’ll probably want to go to the gym also.  I guess we’ll see.  It’s pretty much the exact same plan I followed for the Philadelphia Half Marathon, just with shorter long runs on the weekend.  My last few runs I’d been having some sore shins and burning feet, so you know what that means.  Time for new shoes!  I found my favorite Aasic 2100 series sneakers at Running Warehouse for cheaper than in stores, and they arrived yesterday!

Alright, I actually do need to go get ready for work now.  My new cell phone is “On Truck for Delivery” so I’m hoping if I procrastinate enough it will get here before I leave and then I can mess with it at work all day ;).  Happy 1st day of February!

Lots of Snow Pictures

Well it certainly is a mess out there!  The roommates and I are all snowed in together celebrating our snow day today.  My work let us out around 2:30 yesterday to get a jump on the commute and beat the snowstorm home.  I’m so happy they did because I hear commutes were BRUTAL last night. like taking people 7 hours to get home from work brutal.  Luckily I pulled onto my street just as sheets of ice started to fall from the sky, and made it home safely.

The weather was crazy last night, we had ice, thunder and lightning, and then around 5 pm it finally changed over to heavy wet snow.

After a few rounds of drinks, we decided to venture out in the snow to play.  What do three somewhat drunk 25 year-olds do in the snow you ask, we build a snowman.

Then we lit the snowman’s eyes on fire, or we tried to anyway, they didn’t stay lit very well.  After that it was time to take our drinks on the road and wander  around the neighborhood streets investigating the snow.

It was around that time, as we came slipping and sliding down the street, that we saw our friend Emily’s car stuck at a 45 degree angle.  She was coming to spend the night at our place since she works in DC and lives in Maryland, you remember her she brought us all the cupcakes :), and her car got stuck as she was trying to park.  We dug out the snow from around her tires, and gave it a big shove to help her get out of the street.  We had a fun night playing in the snow and crossing our fingers for snow days today.

Today it’s so quiet and peaceful outside, it’s really nice.  It looks like there may have been some more sleet during the night, because the snow is very crunchy.  It also destroyed the tree in our front yard.

So many of the branches fell off during the storm last night, there’s a lot of cleaning up to do.  No matter the destruction though, the morning after a big snow is always so pretty.

Alright well I’m off to do nothing and enjoy this snow day.  Enjoy your day off if you have one also!

Crazy Cat Lady

It is a slushy disgusting mess out there this morning.  I woke up around 3 am to the sound of ice falling outside my window, and it’s still going.  Roommate Adrienne has off today because her school district is closed, but Dani and I had to drag ourselves out the door to work.  Here’s to hoping the 5-10 inches of snow expected to start falling this afternoon into tonight keeps us home tomorrow.

 

gross

Is it spring yet?

 

After taking into consideration everyone’s comments yesterday, I’ve decided to just kind of use the virtual training plan as a guide, but really make up my own.  I actually loved the one from Runners World that I followed for my half training, so I’ll probably base this one off of that.  In case anyone is curious, the virtual training program says to make today a recovery from yesterdays hill workout, or do some cross training.  So I guess it does get more specific in the daily emails.

Anyway, last night I knocked out 4 miles in about a 9:40 pace.  I say about because I’m not sure since the gd treadmill decided to randomly shut off 1.5 miles into my run.  No warning, no slowing down, just all of a sudden at a complete stop.  You can imagine how gracefully I handled that, yes, I stumbled and nearly fell.  Love it.  No idea if a workout will happen tonight because of the lovely weather, I’ll be sure to let you all know if it does.  Don’t worry.

In non running and weather related news, and the inspiration for this posts title, I’m going to talk about my cat.  I had to take Pumpkin to the vet on Saturday; I just moved down here and wanted to find a new one and develop a relationship with them.  It’s also been a few years since she’s been since my vet at home retired, woops :(.  Anyway, after the initial visit they gave her a clean bill of health, said all looked good, and they’d call with her blood test results.  Sunday morning I get a message from the vet, that the blood results came back and everything looks ok, but there are some things that we should investigate.  Three unanswered phone calls from me later, and one message asking them to call me back, I finally talked to the vet last night.

Apparently there are two levels that are higher than they like regarding kidney function, so I need to bring her back in for a urine test.  Fast forward to me immediately freaking the fuck (yes I said fuck on the internet) out, especially after they tell me how they get the urine.  BLAH!  So she goes back Thursday, and until then I will be imagining all worse case scenarios.  Pumpkin is my baby, I’ve had her since I was 19 years old, I thought it’d be fun to look at some pictures of when I first got her.  Sorry if you don’t agree, like I said, I’m a crazy cat lady.

Me and Pumpkin the day I got her

She always loved to cuddle

She even came to college and learned how to play things like asshole and beer pong

Yes, she is a midget cat, she still only weighs 7lbs 12 oz.  Anyway, wish her good luck at the vet on Thursday, and since I’m trying not to drink this week give me some other ways to keep from spazzing.  Thanks.  Oh yeah, I also made dinner for me and the roommates last night.  It was my favorite Parmesan Crusted Chicken Stuffed with Mozzarella and Asparagus with a Lemon Poppy Seed Sauce.