Friday, July 29, 2011

Random Friday Facts

Welcome to this week's installment of Random Friday Facts.  I'm not sure how far I'll get, because I'm honestly only thinking about leaving for vacation right now.

1. It is 1:42 pm and I'm not sure I've started working yet.

2. My legs are questioning the value of the tempo run I did last night.  Loudly.

3. I dry all my running clothes in the dryer, but none of my bras or nice tops.

4. Lays Dill Pickle chips are the best naughty snack ever.

5. I'm actually looking forward to tackling the Custis trail tomorrow for my long run.

6. We're have a 3 hour office cleaning this afternoon and I still don't think that is enough time to unearth my desk.

7. I hate filing paperwork.  Both the stack at my house and the stack on my desk are about a foot high.

8. I haven't had a land line telephone in at least 8 years.  Just my cell.

9. I'm going to Disney World tomorrow :)

10. My sister and I used to hate each other but now we really like each other. Time is funny like that.

11. I agree with Katie  about using DailyMile.

12. I exclaim to myself a lot at my desk.  And it is usually profane. I share an office space with 6 other people. Oops.

13. I signed up for a trail 1/2 without every running a trail before. And met someone last night telling me the course is the hardest one she's done. Dammit.

14. I cross the days off my calendar at work with a bright red Sharpie even though I'm not counting down to anything.

15. I save all the spare buttons that come with new clothes, but haven't the slightest clue how to sew one on.

16. There are always at least 4 different pairs of shoes under my desk at work.

17. I get the least amount of work done on Friday afternoons because it is so close to the weekend.  Unless I'm in a panic about meeting my manager to see how many priorities I've gotten done for the week.

18. I love being in a band but I hate having people I know hear me sing.

19. I'm going to FL tomorrow.  And I CAN'T WAIT!

Thursday, July 28, 2011


1. "Do the same things you have always done and get the same things you have always gotten."  With that in mind, I will be joining a workout tonight with CAR, something totally out of my comfort zone, in hopes of giving my running the shot in the arm it so desperately needs. Never mind the voices reminding me how slow I am and how I'll end up running the whole work out alone and I'll embarrass myself in front of runners that I look up to in the blogosphere.  I need to let that go, as best I can.  It isn't helping anyone. Up, and over.

2. Laundry.  Right now, it is like being in college again.  Since I now need quarters to do laundry, which I never have, it piles up.  A lot.  Once I finally do get quarters, I can only do about 3 loads before I'm out again.  Leaving 5 more loads judging me on the floor.  I don't actually mind the process of doing laundry, on the contrary I actually enjoy it.  While things wash or dry I block out that time to be productive somewhere else, like going for a short run or washing the endless pile of dirty dishes in the kitchen, so laundry real is a double whammy in terms of getting things done. The new problem with laundry is the putting away of the clean clothes.  By the time things are folded and ready, it is usually bedtime.  So I put the clean folded laundry on the floor next to the angry unwashed piles.  I swear during the night they intentionally intermingle. And then there's so many clothes on my floor that I can't get to the closet or dresser to put them away so...GAH. Laundry. I'm just sayin.

3. I love going to concerts and shows.  I hate buying tickets.  It isn't even just TicketBastard anymore, all these indie ticket companies are charging seven different kinds of fees on top of the ticket price.  A $25 show is suddenly $34.  What the hell? It really discourages me from going out and checking out new bands, or even going to bands I know and love.  I'm not made of money, yo. And I know those fees don't go towards the artist I'm trying to see, or even the venue I'm seeing the show at.  Service fee, processing fee, box office fee, your mom fee, etc.  I've had it!

Do you have a household chore that you either avoid like the plague or just cannot seem to keep up with? Are you sad that I am going to see Mickey Mouse without you?  Tell me one thing you'd want me to do/see/go at Disney on your behalf and I'll take a picture of myself doing it, just for you. Except the Small World Ride. I don't love you all that much.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

What I think about running with the CAR mafia tomorrow night:
FEAR. And a sense of impending shame. Bad slow runner, bad!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Triple Tangent Tuesday

1. I hit up the running store on my way home last night and got a nice little bag of goodies.  Mostly gels, but a few new flavors/kinds to try including Gu Roctane.  I also picked up some Nuun to try as well since it seems to be all the rage these days.  Lastly, a pair of Balega socks.  I cringe at spending $10 for one pair of socks but I've been told it will be worth it. Look for reviews of all these goodies after I give them a spin during my long run Saturday.
2. I leave for Florida on Saturday afternoon and I'm so excited!  Say what you will about Disney World but I love it.  I think I love it more now as an adult. There are more rides you can check out, amazing restaurants to eat at, etc. I just made an appointment at a spa at the Swan and Dolphin hotel for a mani-pedi, something else you don't enjoy as a kid. I'm meeting my whole family down there, and some close family friends as well. I'll only be there through Tuesday but I'll get 3 full days there and it might be just the break I need. The hotel we are staying at has a 1.4 mile jogging rail around it and I'll be bringing my gear to make use of it at least once. I think I'm so manic about the trip right now because the travel agent overnighted my paperwork to me and it just came to my office. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
3. I'm planning on running home from work tonight for the first time in a long time.  I need to make my weekly runs longer and since getting up early fails every time, my only option is to do this.  It looks to be about 6.5 miles from the office to where I parked my car this morning. I really want to make this a weekly thing but I need the weather to cooperate.  It is supposed to be 93 and I am not amused.  The route is not shady at all so I'll just have to deal. I have everything I need to get home: camelbak, body glide, a gel, a Garmin, and my keys.  Am I forgetting anything?
What is on your mind today? Any good workouts planned? Exciting weekend plans yet?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Weekend Recap/Motivation Monday

I was pretty MIA last week, my apologies.  As the week went on I just got more and more bogged down with work, school, and training.  My class is officially over!  I took the final exam on Thursday night and turned in my final project last night.  I wish I had taken pictures of the studying process on Wednesday night/Thursday morning because it was pretty entertaining.  Four girls, 2 appetizer sampler platters, and bottomless IHOP coffee until 1 am, then back to my place  for more studying until 3:30 am.  Up at 6:30 for work, yikes!   Thanks to the continued use of stimulants (prescribed and not abused, I swear) I was able to get through most of work and then head over to campus for one more hour of studying before the test. Once the evil hard tricky no good test was over, we all headed out for drinks nearby.  My reward was delicious craft beer and house-cut french fries tossed in ranch dressing. Yup, I went there.  Between the lack of sleep and the alcohol I started to crash pretty quickly, so I asked Joe to pick me up and take me back to his place.  I don't even remember if I showered before I passed out.  Probably not.  The next morning was NOT pretty, even though I got 8 hours of sleep.  I was working from home in the morning, thank goodness, and then headed out to Herndon for an afternoon band practice and 6:30 pm gig.
I made the mistake of not having any coffee and the result was not pretty.  By the time the gig rolled around I was face-down in the heat, propped up on a cooler we'd brought with us.  I rallied enough for the one set we had to play before the main act came on and then beat a path home.  By the time the gig was over and everything was broken down I had a massive headache (caffeine withdrawal).  I was home by 9 and in bed by 9:30, hoping against hope that I didn't sleep through my 5:00 am alarm.  The headache woke me  up again at 3:00 am so I stumbled to the bathroom, chowed some Excedrin and went back to bed.  Two hours later the alarm went off and the headache was gone. PHEW!  Time for 12 miles of humid awesomeness. It wasn't pretty but we got it done. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home, stunk up the whole joint, and restocked on some runners pantry items. And maybe that cake from the earlier post...anyways. Back home I ate breakfast and went back to bed.  I didn't have plans until much later in the evening, so there was no problem when I woke up at 4 pm.  It was awesome.  After a long overdue shower I headed to Joe's for the night.  I consumed an excessive amount of sushi and veggie tempura, then crashed on the couch and watched The Fourth Kind.  Out cold in bed by 11:30. WIN.
Sunday was actually productive, since my research project was due the following day. After a delish breakfast of French toast I headed back home and got down to business. Six hours l later I was done!  I walked the hard copy over to a classmate's house since she graciously agreed to pass it in for me tonight (I'll be stuck at work when the deadline passes), emailed a soft copy to my professor, and busted out the wine.  Honestly, it felt a bit anticlimatic.  I was done, but I still needed to wait for my grades. There was no one around to celebrate with.  It was too damn hot to do anything but sit like a lump on the couch and watch reruns of Big Bang Theory.  Despite eating an entire frozen pizza, cake, and 2 glasses of wine, I was still wide awake come midnight. I was not happy.  I reluctantly popped a sleep aid around 12:30 and finally passed out.  The alarm came pretty fast this morning and I could still feel the sleep aid in my system.  It was a very drowsy morning until I got a giant coffee at work.  So far the day has been spent prioritizing all the tasks that had fallen to the side while I was swamped with class.  My desk is a disaster of epic proportions.  I am a little sad that I won't be leaving work early today for class.  I really enjoyed the little group we had.  If this rain doesn't let up I'll be hitting the gym after work tonight.  Now that my schedule is back to normal I can focus more time and energy on my training.  15 miles last week?  Not nearly good enough.
Which brings us to Motivation Monday!  Tell me in the comments how you get your butt out the door on a Monday.  After a weekend of racing or training it can be one of the hardest days to get going. I thought the threat of wearing a bathing suit in 6 days (Florida here I come!) would do it but not so much.  I tried one on last night and then cried.  So no chance of instant results this week but that doesn't mean I can't start putting in the work for future bathing suit humiliations. Remember when I mentioned having a happy weight?  Yeah, not even close.  It probably has nothing to do with me buying entire cakes for myself.  Anyhoo, I'm ready to get my chub in motion, so pump me up!!!! Plans this weekend include tackling the mess of my apartment, running more, and packing for Florida.  I hope time flies until Saturday.  Off to catch up on my blogs!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sleepless Sunday

Despite being awash in the relief of finishing my final research project for class and basking in the AC in my apartment, I find myself wide awake.  I'd say that I've got a few things on my mind but that would be an understatement.  Enjoy a few random pics from my day. 
The cake I bought myself post-run on Saturday morning. It is really much smaller in real life. Sometimes you just need cake. Don't ask how much is left.  Just...don't.
My beloved chaise lounge, covered in the ingredients of my epic paper. Can't wait to unearth it and reclaim it for myself.
Me celebrating the final product with a glass of wine.  Twenty-odd pages later, I'm done.  :)

Hope you had a good weekend, filled with great runs and races.  Looking forward to reading all your recaps tomorrow.  Or tonight if this sleeplessness hangs on.

Mile Markers

"I wish women could be more like this in other areas of life.  I wish we could always support each other without comparing. I wish we could always allow others to be sad without trying to fix it. I wish we could always be happy for someone else without seeing the holes in our own lives.  I wish we could always share in another's gratitude for good fortune instead of poisoning it with our own regret. I wish we could always laugh together without our mirth coming at the expense of someone else. I wish we could always lift each other up without having to be on top.  I wish we could always applaud others' gifts without pining.  I wish we could always freely celebrate our own gifts without feeling the need to play small."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Whooha update

Just got an email from the company, feel free to use the code INSPIRE for 10% off your order! WOOT!

Whooha Gear tank review

I'd read a product review of Whooha Gear on someone else's blog and they'd included a coupon code for 10% off your order so I decided to go check them out. If you were that blogger, feel free to give yourself a shout out in the comments, I'm sorry I can't remember who you were. The first thing I noticed on the website  was how reasonably priced they were. Hooray!  After checking out the variety of merch available I settled on the Miles To Go Racer Back Tank Top. I loved the color and the quote underneath the graphic:

"The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep." - Robert Frost.

You definitely want to follow their size instructions listed below the item description.  I generally wear a small but bought this in a medium.  It was just the right size, still fitted to my frame but not tight.  I had originally planned to try the tank out earlier last week when it was 95 degrees out but because I saw that it was made from something like 98% cotton, I changed my mind. While the website does note that it is a cotton/spandex blend, it does not state the percentages which I think would be important if you're considering making this a regular tank to run in.  One of the most basic running attire rules is "thou shalt not wear cotton."

Anyways, I wore the tank on Friday for a short 3 mile run at work.  It was 76 and breezy, and the tank worked out well. I definitely need to cut the tag out of the neck, it was tickling me the whole time. The tank didn't ride up at all and had a nice length.  I'm really particular about the arm pit area, I hate anything that is cut in too close and might rub.  No such problem here, so two thumbs up!  The only other thing I noticed was that it was a little itchy while I ran.  This might be because I didn't wash it before I wore it, and a good washing might soften it up a bit more.  Or it just might be an itchy shirt, I'll find out on my next run.  Overall I'm happy that I bought it, the price alone made it worth it, I think it would be great for the gym or yoga, and I'll be working into my running gear rotation.

Got a new running product that you love/hate?  Tell me about it in the comments.  Coming soon, Amphipod handheld bottle review.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Where did it go???!!!!  I remember Friday, and then suddenly it is Monday and I'm back at work again. WTH. At any rate, here comes the recap! Friday night entailed a trip to Rite Aid and the grocery store, then home for the night. Ate half a frozen pizza for dinner (just because I wanted to and then pretended it was carboloading for the long run in the morning). Watched a little TV and in bed by nine.  Alarm goes off at 4:30, snoozed until 5 and then rolled out of bed.  Tried to ignore the anxiousness about the run I had in front of me.  Dressed, grabbed all my gear, including the iPod for the first time, and headed out.  The iPod lasted about 20 minutes before it became just one more thing to carry.  The headphones just wouldn't stay put and I was fed up with adjusting them in my ear every 5 seconds.  If anyone has suggestions for headphones that do not SUCK, I would love to know.   I did finish the full 14 miles.  So, hurray!  I felt every one of them, but I had company the whole time.  She was really sweet and kept asking how my hips were doing, did I need to stop and stretch, etc.  I know if it hadn't been for her I would have walked so much more and probably stopped to cry. The weather was actually beautiful and I didn't really notice the sun until the last couple miles.  If we had run much farther it would have started to get hot but I think it stayed in the 70's for the duration. I'm pretty sure getting my hips checked out is a good idea at this juncture, but it isn't going to happen before the next long run.  This week is just too ridiculous.  Work every day, class M W Th, band Tuesday, and a gig Friday night.

Once the run was over there was a quick stop at Dunkin Donuts to refuel and caffeinate, then home to shower, pack, and hit the library. No naps this weekend. I met up with a classmate, Claire, and we quickly got down to business.  Between the two of  us, this was our stack of reading.

She's tackling two research projects, one a client assessment of Bipolar Disorder and another on prison reentry.  I'm going a client assessment on Anorexia Nervosa.  We've both got 2 other essays and 2 tests this week as well, so there was much hair pulling and weeping to be had.  Actually, that was mostly me.  Claire was calm.  Maybe a little too calm.  We stayed until they kicked us out to close, but let us leave all our books out since we swore we'd be back the following day.  I headed home where I kept working until it was time to meet up with a friend to do the interview I needed for my assessment.  Two glasses of wine and a slice of chocolate mousse cake later I had all the relevant info I needed plus some QT with a dear friend.  Went home and straight to bed.

My legs were pretty achy for most of the day and bed was a great relief.  I didn't sleep very well but somehow manager to linger there until 1 pm, the exact time the library reopened.  My bag was still mostly packed from the day before so I threw clothes on and was out the door before 1:15.  Claire and I rocked the book stacks again until about 7 pm.  Headed home and continued to work.  I made some flash cards for the test today but I don't know when I'll get the chance to review them without blatantly doing so during work. I hadn't seen Joe since Wednesday so he swung by around 9:30 last night to pick me up.  One beer and an extremely overdue shower later, I was zonked out.  This morning came really fast and here I am at work, pondering how I am going to get it all done.  I guess the first step would be to STEP AWAY FROM THE BLOG.  

Before getting down to business for the day I did make one quick purchase online.

Just a little something extra for my runs.  I've been having serious hydration issues, especially in the heat, so I'm hoping that this little guy will take care of that.  I liked the curve of the bottle and the size.  I really dislike running with anything in my hand but I'm willing to try this out.  It is supposed to ship within 2-4 days so I might be able to try it out at work before taking it out for a long run.  Anyhoo, I'm going to be a good employee now and try to get something done without dissolving into a weepy mess about my test tonight. I can do this.  As mom my told me this week, I am doing OUTSTANDING juggling my schedule and I need to keep reminding myself of that.  Work, school, band, marathon training.  I OWN IT.

How was your weekend? Did you run or race? What is one thing you do to calm yourself down when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed?  I'm always looking for new healthy coping skills.  Leave it in the comments, kids!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Random Friday Facts

Here is your latest installment of random facts about me.  We're going to be besties at the rate we're going!

1.  Once I get to work in the morning it takes me a solid hour to wake up, settle in, and start working.  That hour  includes coffee, making breakfast, checking personal emails and blogs, and general nonworkness.

2.  I've owned my car for almost 6 years now and I still can't remember which side the fuel door is on.

3.  I've just been told to take over the social media and website functions for the band and haven't the slightest clue what to do.  Anyone know how to run and update a website? Eh...................

4.  I think I just told the company server to log off instead of quitting the program I was using on the server. Oops.

5. Grammar errors make me crazy.  There Their They're and Your You're have to be correct or I go nuts. However I still can't keep affect and effect straight.  Idiot.

6.  I love to eat mushrooms but only if they are cooked.  For some reason raw mushrooms = ew.

7.  I love the shoes I'm wearing today and wish they came in more colors.
8.  I did a load of laundry on Sunday night that had to be hung dry in the community laundry room.  It is still hanging there because I can't seem to get home this week before they lock the door at 10 pm.  Dammit.

9.  I get very specific food cravings.  Not just dessert in general, but cake.  Or brownies.  Or cookies. No substitutions allowed, it has to be what I want or nothing at all.  I am not above stopping at a bakery and getting a cake for myself to satisfy the craving.  Me, the cake, the couch, and a fork.  It happens.

10.  I'm running 14 miles tomorrow amidst other life demands that are making me a wee bit anxious. To try and head off a mid-run nervous breakdown I'm going to try running with the ipod for the first time. Suggestions for great distracting/mood enhancing songs would be appreciated.  So would company, if anyone is local (hint hint)!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Aw, shucks!

A big thank you to Rachelle over at Running For Trevor who tagged me and a few other lovely bloggers for this award!

In return for her kindness I'll be blogging 7 random things about me and then paying it forward by tagging some of my favorite bloggers! If you aren't following these chicas already, what are you waiting for???

Now for 7 random things about me.  

1.  I blame this completely on Dexter, but I cannot watch a man shave his face.  Not in movies, not in a tv commercial, not in real life.  It just freaks me out!  I can't stop thinking that at any moment they will cut their face.  I don't get squeamish about blood and guts (seen all the Saw movies) but for some reason face shaving just kills me.  And it is totally Dexter's fault. 

2.  When I was younger I did gymnastics for 10 years. And in high school I was co-captain of the cheerleading squad for a season.  Yeah, I know. While I can't do a back handspring now to save my life, I still retain a good bit of the flexibility which comes in handy as us runners tend to be a very tight lot. Regular yoga to maintain that doesn't hurt either. 

3.  If you know me at all in real life, I have the worst potty mouth.  I've tried to rein it in but it never lasts.  I'd like to think I keep the swearing to a minimum on here but I know the F bomb has slipped out a time or two.  My co-workers can attest to the frequent usage of that and other priceless inappropriate exclamations that echo from my cubicle on a daily basis.  Yes, my office is pretty darn laid back else I wouldn't be so lax with my language. 

4.  My dad has had the same job since college, working for the Social Security Administration.  30 plus years and counting.  If that doesn't scream commitment and dedication, nothing does.  And he still enjoys it.  I get bored in my jobs after about a year.  I'm so proud of his work ethic and I hope that once I find the right career that some of that awesomeness will rub off on me.  

5.  My eyes water at the weirdest times.  A friend of mine said she found it really endearing but I find it kind of annoying/embarrassing.  Not just when I'm upset, but if I'm experiencing a heightened emotion of any kind.  Just this week I finally got around to watching the most recent season finale of Mad Men and when I tried to talk about it with my co-coworker I was so keyed up that I got super teary and had to keep wiping my eyes. I have no idea why it happens but it does.  In fact, just recalling this incident at my desk is causing them to tear up again! WTH?

6.  I  used to be ambidextrous, or as much as a 6 year old can be.  Seriously, I could do everything with both hands. Writing, cutting with scissors, you name it. It was really cool. Cool, until my kindergarten teacher forced me to choose a hand.  God knows why.  I think it would be awesome today if I could do everything with both hands, especially since we live in a right-handed world and I settled on using my left.  Lefties rule, by the way.  

7.  I have an online shopping "problem."  I might have mentioned that during last week's random Friday facts.  Between having a few store credit cards (The Limited!!) and a strong belief in the healing power of retail therapy, I tend to blow money I don't have. There are still shopping boxes and bags at my desk from recent purchases.  I tend to have everything shipped to my office because they don't care, I'm never home to sign for something from FedEx/UPS, and getting presents during the workday is awesome.  This week it was a bathing suit from VS and a running tank from WhoohaGear, the latter I plan on doing a product review for soon. Hmm......I get paid tomorrow......hmm...

Okay, enough about me! All that I ask of my fellow award winners is that you post about it on your blog, give us all 7 random things we didn't know about you, and then pay it forward to 7 of your favorite bloggers.  A little love goes a long way!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tell me a story...

about your Garmin!  If I do well in my summer class I am thinking of rewarding myself with more debt and a shiny new running toy.  There are so many kinds available that my eyes tend to glaze over when I view them on their website.  I know a lot of bloggers and blog followers own a Garmin and I'd love to hear all about it.  Likes, dislikes, etc.  Would you buy the one you have again or get a different model? Can't wait to get all the details!

Monday, July 11, 2011


Free handouts at the metro station!


Reader Poll

Quick and dirty question!  Given my abnormally high amount of anxiety regarding my training lately I'm thinking about NOT checking the schedule to find out how long my long run is this week.  In theory, if I don't know the distance I can't freak out, right?  Huge upside. I can just focus on my shorter lunchtime runs. Now, this also means that I won't have had a chance to look at the route. Downside. I'll find out the distance when I show up Saturday morning and hope for the best in terms of not getting lost.  Yes, I do run with a group but I am also the slowest person in that group, so the rest of them are not always in visual contact, hence why I usually check out the route in advance.  I'm pretty sure it is either 10 miles or 14 miles.  I suppose I could just obsess about both but I am so buried with schoolwork right now that I don't think I have the emotional energy to spare.  So, thoughts?  Do I check the mileage or do I show up and be surprised?  What would you do?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Shopping Saturday

Me and my alarm clock have got to call a truce.  Or I need to be less of an idiot, one or the other.  It went off on time at 4:30 this morning but instead of hitting snooze I managed to turn it off.  I woke up again at 5:30, thank god, which is the time I should be heading out the door to meet up with my running group. I raced around the house, chowed down breakfast in the car, and somehow managed to make it to the meeting spot just before 6.  So, twelve miles.  Yeah......I did them.  And I had new company as well, which was beyond appreciated.  This little firecracker named Lien came up and introduced herself after the first few miles and told me she had just finished completing her 50 States. YEAH, she's a badass.  She stuck with me for most of the run, asking me questions about my training and giving tons of advice.  It helped keep my mind from what seemed like an impending meltdown.  I'd done 6 last Saturday and only 3 this week up until this morning, so I wasn't sure how I'd hold up. The only thing that has me concerned at this point is the amount of pain I was in by the end.  Something is definitely jacked up with my hips.  I'm guessing I just need to incorporate some strengthening exercises so for now I'm going to thumb through some back issues of Runners World and see what I find.  But I do have the number of a new physical therapist on waiting on speed dial in case it comes to that.
After the run I came home and got caffeinated.  It didn't seem like a nap was in the cards so I decided to shower and head back out the door.  I had an exchange to make at the mall and that little trip turned into some retail therapy.  Oops.  One hour and $xxx later, I've got 2 new bras, 2 pairs of shorts, and 4 new tops. That little haul includes a new outfit for my gig tonight.  Just didn't like what my choices were with what I already had.
I've got a couple hours to kill before I need to head to my gig, so I'm on the couch working my way through season 2 of Burn Notice.  After the gig I'll be hitting up a local wine bar for some snacks and drinks.  After that, who knows.  Honestly, as long as there is a bed in my near future, I don't care what I do.  My hips/glutes hurt, despite stretching and foam rolling, so I'm going to dose up on some anti-inflammatories and hope for the best.  I'll be on my feet for 3 hours tonight regardless of how I feel so keep your fingers crossed for me! I'm looking forward to the gig tonight, it's been over a month since the last one and we're debuting a few new songs tonight.  If you're local, please come out!  JV's at the intersection of 50 and Annadale Road in Falls Church, VA.  Hope you are all having a great Saturday!

Did you have a work out or a long run today?  What are the rest of your weekend plans?  Tell me all about it in the comments!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Random Friday Facts

1.  Yesterday I forget to wash the conditioner out of my hair and it was greasy/crunchy all day.

2.  I have a bad habit of using my office desk chair as a napkin.  I blame Abigail.

3.  I have a gig tomorrow night and am pretty sure I'm going to forget the words to at least one of our new songs.

4.  I set up airfare alerts from Kayak for awesome places I have no plans to actually travel to.

5.  Consuming an entire box of instant mashed potatoes is a perfectly acceptable dinner.

6.  I always wait until my credit card statement closes for the month before making a big purchase because it makes it seem like I'll get an extra month before I need to actually pay for it.

7.  I hate reading "shit lit" and I judge people that do. Yup, I'm a bitch.

8.  There is always at least one half-eaten chocolate bar in my desk at work at all times.

9.  I check out 4-5 books at a time from the library and never read them all before they're due back.

10.  I can't sleep with socks on.  Cannot.

11.  The space underneath my desk at work is full of various boxes from my online shopping "problem."

12.  The idea of running in the heat during this time of year literally brings me to tears.

13.  I secretly dream of selling off all my possessions and moving away to start a new life with a new identity.

14.  I don't try new things that I'm interested in solely because I know I won't immediately be awesome at it.

15.  I feel like I have another "gear" when I run that is actually pretty darn fast but I can't figure out how to tap into it and sustain it.

16.  I believe in, and have seen, ghosts.

17.  The person I text most is my mother. And it's awesome.

18.  Giving up regular use of Facebook has still not broken my habit of framing my inner thoughts as potential status updates.

19. I'm more inclined to just buy new underwear instead of actually doing a load of laundry.

20.  I just stuck a piece of tape on my face and I have no idea why.

Giveaway winner!

Drum roll, please!

Jen said...

Is it too late to enter? I love reading your blog and having my smiling face in one of your posts :0) If I were to win the giveaway I would a gift card to Amazon, because they have SO many running related items I could buy, clothes, new waterbottle, shoes, etc. As for something to read about, you know I eat total crap, so more posts about healthy meals would be perfect.

Congrats, Jen!  Imagine how many swedish fish you can buy with $25! :) 

I'd say shoot me your email and I'll mail you the gift card, but I know exactly where to find you! In fact, I am holding this prize hostage until we have dinner again. So there!

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Today is the last day to enter my giveaway!  Right now your odds are about 1 in 7 so there is no reason not to enter!  I'm not the only one rocking some awesome giveaways, so go check these chicks out too!

Julia is doing a YUMMY Gotein giveaway here!

Rachelle is doing a sweet giveaway to celebrate her runnerversary here!

Everyone's favorite SUAR is doing a huge Active Bands giveaway here!

Christy has a great bra giveaway going on here!

Megan has a Bic Bands giveaway going on here!

If I have missed anyone, feel free to add additional giveaways in the comments section, the more the merrier!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

THIS.  About pretty much everything today. And yes, this post is a total cop-out.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


I'm not counting this as one of the T's, so there! This is your daily reminder to enter my giveaway.  You've got  until Thursday July 7 to do so, and I'll announce the winner on Friday.  $25 to spend on your heart's desire is just one comment away :)

1.  I really hope that when I get home tonight the bathtub will no longer have 6 inches of standing water in it and the toilet will have stopped leaking all over the floor. Perfect timing since I just signed a new one-year lease on Saturday, right?  So far all my experiences with the maintenance staff through the condo association has been really great so my expectations are pretty high right now that all will be back to normal before bed.  I can deal with a leaky toilet, even if I do have to empty at least a gallon-sized bowl of water into the sink everything morning.  I cannot, however, continue to shower with standing water.  Ew.  It drains eventually, but as soon as the you turn the faucet on the tub fills up and it goes downhill from there.

2. Running.  I'm not sure I have the energy for a tangent on running.  And it would be the usual crap that I'm trying to avoid saying and thinking nowadays.  I went for my first "not so sick" run today and the Q word was in my head the whole time.  And not just for that run, for running in general. Seriously. This seemingly endless streak of suck is really testing my patience.  I need an injection of positive thinking, stat.  Where is Kara Goucher when you need her!?  I'm going to keep plugging away at it this week, assuming that each run will be a little better than the last.

3.  My new crazy schedule.  1 week down, 3 to go!  If they continue to go as fast as last week did, this whole thing will be over before I know it.  My second essay is due tomorrow and my first test is also tomorrow. Despite the general malaise of today, I think I've been managing pretty well.  I spent Sunday night and most of  Monday reading, writing, and studying.  I have band tonight right after work (auditioning new guitarists), so I needed to get as much done  yesterday as I could.  I'll be reviewing my notes tonight and tomorrow on the bus, and putting the final touches on my essay during my lunch break tomorrow.  I've got a few things planned for when this experience is all over, including a massage, a professional house cleaning (yay groupon) and a 4 day trip to Florida.  Until then, I'm living vicariously through this lazy little one:

Monday, July 4, 2011

Long weekends = long posts

Here I am!  I'm supposed to be studying and writing an essay but my brain is just not willing to focus yet.  Of course the more I put it off, the more anxious I get and the more anxious I get, the harder it is to sit down and work.  Before I dive into the rest of this post, let me remind you that you still have a few days to enter my awesome giveway!  It really is free money, $25 for whatever your heart desires!  Just comment on the giveaway post with how you'd spend the money and name something you'd like to see me blog about.  For those already entered, feel free to mention it on your own blog!  I'll get more entries (yay me) and for your kindness I'll let you have an additional entry. Just comment on the giveaway post when you mention the giveaway on your blog and POOF you're entered twice :)

While I try to figure out my next move today, here is a short recap of my weekend.  Friday nights are generally quiet.  After too much time apart, Jen and I met up for dinner and dessert at one of our favorite spots in Shirlington.  Dinner was delicious and the company was even better.  We had tons to catch up on and we're hoping to see each other again the following Friday.  A new fro-yo place opened up near the restaurant so a certain amount of recon was required.  We are hands-on kind of girls, so we dove right in.  I had cake batter yogurt with strawberries, chocolate chips, and oreos. Jen was slightly less heavy-handed with her portions (healthy weirdo) and had plain yogurt with assorted fruit.  Smile, Jen!

My worries about Saturday's long run were either correct or a self-fulfilling prophecy.  After not running for a week thanks to this cold (which is still hanging on) I was not able to complete the ten miles. I got to six and I was done.  Luckily it was right near the water station for our group and one of the volunteers graciously drove me back to our meet up spot after the run.  A few lessons learned from that experience include:

- you might not feel 100% but give 100% of what you have. I'd like to think I did that.
- when someone tells you that you are either really pale, or really flushed, listen to them. and stop running.
- be gentle with yourself. yes it is a setback but a minor one.  the more rest had, the sooner you'll be back to your normal routine. pushing it now is a recipe for disaster.

That last point is a hard one for me.  I wanted to run today as a break from all the school work I am trying to tackle but I still feel like crap. I have 12 miles planned for my long run later this week and I want to complete it.  I know how crucial this base building period is and I'm not confident in what I've accomplished thus far.  I feel like the only way I'll get through the 12 is if I am able to log a few shorter runs during the week to maintain fitness and remind my body of its job.  But with work, school, and the band, I don't know how I'll fit it in.  Help?!

After my run Saturday, Joe and I packed a bag and drove to Annapolis for a 24 hr getaway.  We both needed the time to clear our heads and relax, and the perfect first step was getting a massage.  We checked into the hotel, hung out in the room for an hour, and then headed to the spa.   A short walk from the hotel, it was super convenient.  Small but tranquil, we both had a very positive experience.  Next up was a quick change of clothes and then dinner.  The hotel was within walking distance of everything we wanted to do that weekend, so we got to stretch our happy muscles.  I can't recommend Joss Sushi enough, we really enjoyed our meal.  Small and cozy, the service was friendly and fast. It took me all of about 5 minutes to devour 16 pieces of avocado, asparagus, and shitake rolls and several steamed veggie dumplings. Washed down with an ice cold Sapporo, of course.  Ignore my hair, please and thank you.

Dessert was supposed to be at Annapolis' best cupcake joint but for some reason they closed at 5 pm.  On a Saturday.  On the busiest street in town.  WTF?  We settled for ice cream at another "best of" place, Joe with a modest serving of peanut butter oreo and me with the slightly unladylike serving of coffee oreo.  And yes, there were no survivors.  Fat and happy, much?
We rounded out the night with a trip to Crush Winehouse.  Joe tasted several different reds while I dove right into the Rieslings and made myself at home.  The atmosphere was cool, as was the decor.  Business was steady but not crazy and it never got loud.  They also serve food but since we were stuffed from dinner, we did not partake.  I saw most everything coming out of the kitchen from my seat at the bar and it did look delicious.  Our bartender for the night was incredibly knowledgeable and patient, letting us sample any number of wines before settling on a full glass.  Despite it being only 10 pm or so, I have to confess that we called it a night and hit the hay.  All that food and wine really did us in.

Sunday was just as enjoyable.  We came on the right weekend as Annapolis does a First Sunday Art Festival during the nicer months of the year.  The street we stayed on was the main location for the festival with tents and booths galore.  We checked out of the hotel and headed in that direction in search of brunch and souvenirs.  Brunch was an easy find once we saw the sign for $2.50 mimosas at Stan and Joe's.  Plates were completely cleaned, glasses emptied.  We wandered through all the booths before going back to Main Street and going into almost every shop in search of knickknacks and other goodies.  As luck would have it we happened to pass by the cupcake place again, this time open for business.  Again, no survivors.

A few presents, some sparklers, and a bouquet of flowers in hand, we decided to call it a day and headed to the car.  As much as we were enjoying ourselves, I had to get home to my schoolwork.  I did get about 3 hours of studying/note taking/reading in last night.  Today has yet to be as productive.  On other hand, lingering chores around the house are getting done.  Can you tell how badly I don't want to study? I'm actually cleaning.  Since this post has gone on forever and you probably stopped reading after the words GIVEAWAY no longer appeared, I'll wrap it up.  Time for a snack and some studying, SOB.  Fingers crossed that this cold finally gets the hell out of town, that I can run tomorrow, and that I nail this essay and test. 

Tell me all about your weekend and your 4th of July plans in the comments. I'll be cleaning and studying, with a brief sparkler break.  Lindy, I want to hear about that 5k today.  Did anyone else find a fun 4th race???