Dear Friday

February 1, 2013

I’ll see your frustrations and raise you a very deep long breath.  And a band-aid (don’t ask).

keep calm and breathe

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xo

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Aftermath

October 30, 2012

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Work was called off today, but I got a little stir crazy.  Instead of lacing up for the gym, I took advantage of my (beloved) rainboots to walk the 1.5 ish mile loop around the complex.

The walk provided some much needed fresh air and movement, and an unexpected chance to reflect clear my mind and reset.

Baltimore got a taste of mother nature yesterday when hurricane sandy came through.  Thankfully we were safe and with power for the duration.  Others weren’t so lucky.  Here and especially elsewhere.  It got me wondering, where do you go, if you have nowhere to evacuate to? Would I evacuate?  It’s amazing to me that in a matter of seconds, minutes and hours, lives change.  Houses burn down, trees fall, homes are washed away. 

But at the same time, there I was, crunching over fallen branches and leaves, enjoying the  powerful tranquility that comes with the aftermath.   I feel incredibly lucky and fortunate and grateful. 

By the end of my walk I felt far more relaxed with a quieted mind.  What started as a walk because I was annoyed, ended with a feeling of being ok.  Does that even make sense? Weird things happen when you walk outside I guess.

Stay safe, friends.  Thoughts and prayers to those who are dealing with more questions than answers today.

Xo

Written in defiance

May 25, 2012

This past week has been a week full of bad days, bad moods, excuses, laziness, and very.few.smiles.  All of which resulted in a mini-internal meltdown last night.  Its so easy to look back on a day of the week after the fact and think “oh, I guess maybe it really wasn’t that bad”, but it doesn’t help when you’re in the moment.  Things that do help?  Some honest self-reflection, a supportive husband, friends who are willing to talk you out of your “man face” rant (don’t ask) and a random pre-lunch tofu spring wrap date (thanks Lil!)   Without getting too far back into what has seemed like a never ending laundry list of “this is why I feel miserable lately” posts, last night was a great way to realize how important these workouts truly are for me, rekindle my love of fresh and healthy cooking and to relearn those mental connections of “what you eat affects how you feel” “how you feel is directly related to how you treat your body”.

And now, we are staring a 3 day Holiday weekend in the face.  I’m planning on a trip up north to a cabin in PA with our amazing friends.  There are plans for a hike, a trail ride on the bikes and being genuinely happy to be surrounded by such wonderful people.  So even though I may not be getting in my weekend long run (its all good, my 8 miler last weekend put me a week ahead distance wise), I’ll still be getting in lots of activity.  If that doesn’t sound like a great way to remember why I love being so active and in shape, I don’t know what does J  I’ll be the only Vegetarian there, so cooking should be a treat…but I’m determined to make it work and come back proud of having had an enjoyable but healthy holiday break!

Before we all head off, I thought a great way to end a not so fun week, would be to list a few things that make me happy, as a reminder that not everything has to be so negative! 🙂 Here we go:

  1.  Early AM workouts.  Love love LOVE the shaky muscle feeling after a good Body Pump session in the AM.  I feel like the instructors are my (unknownst to them) bffs.  Its hard work getting out of bed at 5, but its worth it.

 

Post workout, feelin good!
  1.  This book.  I picked this gem up at a book sale for like, a buck.  It has been such an enjoyable read.  I never knew much about Katharine Hepburn and have sadly yet to see any of her movies, but you better believe Philadelphia Story and The African Queen are now on the top of my list!  I’m currently obsessed!
  1. This summery pasta dish with beans, tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, a little olive oil and lemon juice.  So simple, but so so so good.

 

  1. Friday morning breakfasts. Enjoyed during those rare few moments of quiet at work.

    Coffee and a homemade Vegan Scone! YUM.

  1. And this guy. 1 of 2 from our dynamic furry duo. That’s his early morning face.

Your turn!  Dare ya to defy your bad mood, day or week and come up with somethings that make you smile.  Care to share?

With that, I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from my new obsession:

“Never complain, never explain”

~Katharine Hepburn

Happy Memorial Day weekend ya’ll!

xo

the final countdown!

April 27, 2012

A fun Friday post for you!

What’s happy and healthy without a little pampering with one of my best friends?? 🙂

Have a great weekend ya’ll 🙂 I plan on doing the same!!

Xo

Some news to share!

April 20, 2012

Holy what the wha!? Its Friday.

Annnnd I’m still at work.

It has been one of those weeks that has been looooooooooooooooooooooooong, but no less hectic for what felt like a ridiculous amount of time.  I swear, our last weekend was two weekends ago.

Since I have VERY little exciting to share about my day, I thought I’d share a piece of news with you that i’ve been holding out on for awhile.

When I first started running, I figured I’d stop at 3.1 miles and call it a success.  N.  A few weeks into my 5k training,  I signed up for an 8k.  Its funny to think of how nervous I was about running 5 miles!  I figured I’d call it quits after that.  ow, when I run in the morning I always think “i’ll just stop after the first 2 miles”  and then bang out the 5 mile training run.  A few weeks after finishing the 5k, I nervously hit send on my registration for a half marathon.  .These nerves made my 8k nerves look wimpy.  13.1 miles? No way no how would that EVER be possible, I thought I’d stop after 13.1 miles.

I’m not stopping.

Not by a long shot…

Shortly before I ran my first half marathon, I very very VERY nervously pressed the send button on my registration for the FULL Baltimore Marathon on October 13th.  So nervous in fact, that only a handful of people knew.  Until now.

Its very true that I’m nervous about the idea of running 26.2 miles.  But I was nervous about a 5k, I was nervous about an 8k and I was nervous about a half.  I’m nervous every time I go out for my long run on a weekend.  But somewhere in between slowly ticking off the miles and sticking to my training plans, I realized Iwould run 13.1 miles.  I can only believe that the same is true for a FULL marathon.   My official “marathon” training starts the last week of my Baltimore 10 miler training, so its a good overlap to me.

Is anyone else participating in the Baltimore Running Festival this year???

xo

ps – Happy Friday!

Happy Monday! For those of you who had today off, hope it was a well-deserved relaxing day and for those of us who didn’t, well, I hope it was productive and full of good moods 🙂

Guys, I am so stoked right now – I cannot get my weekend long run out of my mind.  Let me back up a few steps.  Saturday was a slight regression in the Katie vs. Cold grand battle royale.  I felt pretty miserable all day and we had a lot of errands to run.  My energy was down and I was sore (thanks to lifting, body combat –SO FUN- and 4.5 miles in the course of 24 hrs) and my cold was fighting back.  To top it off, I was made all the more miserable by that nagging thought in the back of my mind “you should get your run in today”.  I was scheduled for 7 miles last week, to top off a 16 mile week.  I finally reminded myself that rest days were important and that there were not one, but TWO days in a weekend.  I only had to start feeling guilty when Monday morning rolled around and I still hadn’t pounded the pavement.  So I gave in and stayed put once our errands were done (which ended up taking all day!!) and had some homemade pizza, read through one of my favorite blogs, which got me re-inspired and relaxed on the couch. Best. Decision. Ever.

I woke up early enough to fit in a pre-run snack and some coffee – and headed out for my 7 miler.  The first mile or so was a little rough, my legs were heavy and tired and took a bit to warm up, but as I’ve put more and more miles under my feet, I’m beginning to recognize when I start to warm up.  I usually hit my stride around mile 2-2.5.  My double loop is one of my favorite routes to date and before I knew it I was hitting the end.  I felt pretty darn ok, but starting to get a little tired from the hills, so I tacked on a short little extra bit through my apt complex before deciding I really had done enough.  Imagine my surprise when I got back in to check my distance – my 7 mile run, ended up being EIGHT MILES.  EIGHT guys.  That is 100%,without a doubt my best mileage tally and I felt SO good while doing it (and lets face it, afterwards – STILL riding those endorph highs).  I even maintained a respectable (for me) long-run pace.  I’m so amazed by runners who can maintain sub-9 minute paces, heck, sub 10- minute paces for longer distances.  Talk about motivation!

The best part about the run, is that 8 miles is a pretty solid better part of half of my 13.1 miler coming up at the end of March.  Until now, there was always SOME doubt in my mind.  13.1 miles is a long distance, especially for a newbie runner like me.  So much about it is daunting, the distance, the time, the “alone-ness” of a solo half marathon, but I have yet to stop crossing off those workouts off of my training schedule.  Yesterday’s run, was the first time since starting this training that I’ve looked back and thought “I can actually do this” and I’m already thinking ahead to what un-imaginable -to me- thing I can accomplish next.  Half-triath?  Full Marathon? Trainer cert?  So many possibilities that just one run can make feel so much more attainable.

First on that list?  Hitting up another gym class, solo.  If you know me at all, you know I hate doing things alone, especially for the first time.  But I am DETERMINED to work on building up my lifting regiment and have some killer arms (when my gym payment is due is also a good motivator to not waste that money!!).  This morning (6 AM!) I tested out the Body Pump class at our gym.  I went once before with my mom, but kept my weight low.  So this time I upp’d it (not a lot!) and am definitely feeling a little shaky.  I still can’t believe how effective light weights can be, but yikes!  I guess 800 reps in an hour will do that J.   Bonus points – taking the early morning class not only helps me feel so productive and good about myself BEFORE 7 AM, but it also gives me the evening at home to relax and not worry about fitting in my lifting with a big list of stuff to do! Monday’s workout?  Check.

So I apologize for the long post.  But revelations like this are just too overwhelming not to share.  And if you can take any motivation from my experiences, like I do from everyone else, I will be that much more thrilled.  So here’s to another week of training, sweat and motivation for the next set!

xo

 

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So yeah. This week happened. Yeeeesh. Was it one of those weeks for anyone else? A ton to do, but never TOO much to do, yet somehow I never quite felt like I got a hold of it all. And while usually I would have a weekend of recoop to look forward to after a long week, that won’t exactly be the case this go –round. Its fair though, my weekend at home is full of meetings and appointments that have to get done, so its not for naught!

Part of my jumbled feeling, I’m sure has to do with trying to get myself “on schedule” with my half marathon training. I am exhaustedly happy to say, that effort was successful! 5 days straight of 5:20 wake up calls and pre-dawn workouts are in the books. Last night’s lifting session was a bit of a struggle, but I compromised with myself and ran through a short series of upper body lifts and some sun salutations to finish out the night. It felt good to stretch – I really can’t wait to incorporate more yoga back into my routine, but for now, saving money is the name of the game! So I’ll stick to self-directed poses and take what I can from that 🙂 A 5 mile run is on the schedule for this weekend and I’m hoping to get it in either tomorrow or Sunday evening. Its supposed to be a little wintery outside at home this weekend, so it may be a nice change of scenery or…it may be cold and dangerously slippery. I’ve never actually ran in the snow/wintery mix, so I’m not sure how it would go. I have a sneaking suspicion I might like it though.

All the same, I thought I’d check out a few tips from runners world to keep in mind when I lace up this weekend. Seems like the most important thing, as usual, is to simply stay smart. If its icy and cars are all over the road. Live to fight run another day. If its nice and quiet out, but still slippery, run where its packed down to avoid any major ice. I may double up on the socks bit as my Adidas are extremely light weight. Last thing I need are cold wet blistery feet – yuck! So lets see – extra socks, some underarmour, a winter hat and gloves, and my new reflective belt (saweeeeet) are all getting tossed into the bag for the weekend.

How about you all? Anyone live where you have to run in the winter weather if you want to run outside? Any tips/suggestions/do’s and don’ts are 100% appreciated.

 

And because this post started out in my head as a grumble fest – I’d like to counteract that by ending with some positivity 🙂

1. Its Friday. And even though it’s a busy weekend ahead, it’s a weekend!

2. I kicked some major butt in the self-discipline dept this week and feel really proud of my workouts.

3. I managed to clean out a lot of the food in my fridge and freezer with a week of “leftovers” meals and save some money in the process.

4. I got a lot done this week at work and know I have good things to show at my meeting next week.

5. And last but not least….

Yup. Two insanely adorable and ok…maybe strange, children. 🙂  I am a cell phone photograph NINJA.

 

Happy weekending everyone!

xo