Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Week 8 Marathon Training

I'm currently on Week 8 of marathon training. Because I still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that in 2.5 months I'll be running 26.2 miles at one time, I'm choosing to take my training week by week. So far all my long runs have been a distance I've run before so I just keep reminding myself that if I did it once before, I can definitely do it again. When I have to do 16 miles in a few weeks that'll be a different story and I'll be looking for another way to get myself through it. I wanted to share how training is going so far for my own records and for those of who like reading about how someones training is going (I also just realized I missed Tracy and Alyssa Training for Tuesday linkup - blogger fail!)

I started training mid-July and ran 41 miles in the month. For August, I ran a total of 102 miles. This is the first summer since high school cross country (7 years ago) that I made myself run consistently in the summer. I hate the heat, the humidity, I get itchy when I sweat a lot - there's just not much about summer running that I like. But I keep telling myself it's just for a few more weeks and then I will be rewarded with fall running - the GREATEST season for running. We had a break from the humidity last week and it was glorious. I thought maybe fall would show up a bit early…but this week we're back to the humidity and 90+ degree days. Ugh. My marathon is in November though and temperatures are usually between 40 and 60 degrees - cue the person raising both hands in celebration emjoi (it's official title according to emojipedia). It will come!

As for the running part of marathon training, it's gone as well I'd like it to right now. For the first few weeks I wasn't sticking to my running days too well but I finally learned that if I plan my life around my runs instead of the other way around I actually get my runs done. The best way for me to do this is waking up and running before work. Sure when my alarm goes off I'm like:
But once I finish and I've just watch the sun come up and I get to come home and sit on the couch after work, I remember it's totally worth it. It gives me another excuse to go to bed early too - my favorite thing (cue grandma emoji). Funny story - this is a text I got from Peter last Friday night, "Will invited us over but I said you might go to bed early to run". My boyfriend knows me so well :) I went to bed at 8PM.

I got a camelbek this past weekend because the thought of being without water during a 14 to 20 mile run scared me. It's not easy to run faster to get somewhere with water when you're dehydrated. I ended up getting  a kids one - I thought mini just meant it was a small - but it fits well and doesn't bounce around. The only annoying part was hearing my water slosh around but I eventually tuned it out. It has 2 big pockets that I can stick my food, fuel, pepper spray and chapstick in. 

And that's about all the ramblings I can think of. Over the next 8 weeks I'll be running the "big" long runs..14, 16, 18, 20 so I'm hoping they go okay! My goal for the marathon is just to finish so I'm hoping to just finish these long runs. The famous 20 mile run will be the weekend after my birthday (it's on a Tuesday this year boo) but we all know that runners welcome having a big running milestone near their birthday - extra celebration!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

My Future Dog and I

Right now I have the best of both worlds. I have two family dogs that I can take care of or go see whenever I want. We got Henry when I was 12 and he is my childhood dog. We got Hunter when I was in college and he has brought all the fun of having a big lovable German Shepherd. I wish my mom's house was closer but luckily I'm not totally dog deprived. Since Sarah and Ryan have Zoey, I still get to see a dog daily. One thing I love is to do is dog sit Henry/Hunter or Zoey alone #obsesseddoglady. Usually because that means I have a house to myself and we do all my favorite things…relax, take naps, cuddle, go on walks, play outside and they make me laugh. The only money they all cost me is if I buy them toys too!

However, I can not WAIT to have a dog that is all mine. I want my own adventure buddy. One that knows I'm the momma, the care taker, that gets most excited to see me. To go running together, hiking through the mountains, cuddle on the couch, take a billion pictures of (again #obsesseddoglady4life). I follow my local animal shelter on Instagram and I've had to stop myself multiple times from getting in my car and adopting a dog! This weekend they had a #cleartheshelters event where the adoption fee was waived. All but one dog didn't get adopted, one!! Haskell, I hope your forever family comes soon!

I won't be getting a dog until I have a place of my own and it will hopefully allows pets. I'm so so looking forward to that season of life! :D

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cube Makeover Ideas

I get to spend 40+ hours of my week staring at two 22" monitors and surrounded by 3.5 gray "walls". I'm sure I'm not alone in this. For the most part I don't mind working in a cube but sometimes I want a door to close with a sign that says "trying to get shit done, come back when it's open". Well not word for word but you get the point. I've resorted to putting headphones in when I'm trying to focus on something but then that turns into someone sitting behind me for 5 minutes waiting for me to notice them…not awkward at all... 

Thanks to Pinterest and a few free hours this past weekend, I've finally decided to enhance the little space of mine. While obviously I can't do anything I want to it (like build a plastic door), I still want to add some touches here and there that will make me feel happy and more creative. 

Side story: I don't have any pictures of friends or family up but my desktop background was a picture of my niece and I. I use my computer to project powerpoints/documents for some meetings and boy are people judgey. Three different people asked me "that's not your baby right?!?!" One lady even added "Well I mean I knew you weren't married so I didn't think it was yours." Because apparently you can't be 25, not married and have a baby... During those short instances, I felt like I got an ounce of what my sister-in-law got when she had her son at a young age. I ended up changing my background because I was tired of getting those kinds of comments but then I decided to change it back. The picture makes me happy - my little smiley nugget niece! The next person that asks, I'm just going to say yes. I hope they feel embarrassed for asking in such a judgmental way and think twice about doing it again.

I thought I would share a few ideas I've gotten so far but I also wanted to get some input from any other cube dwellers! What have you done to enhance your space?!

+ Green plants to remind me the outside world still exists

+ Fun wallpaper to cheer up my gray walls

+ Cute but functional storage options

+ Pretty picture frames for quotes, travel photos, family/friends photos...

Hopefully if this comes out well, I can do some fun before and after pictures!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

5 Reasons Why Summer Running Is Ok

I'm currently on week 4 of marathon training and I'm already getting tired of feeling like I took a shower, didn't towel off and then went running. Humidity sucks! 

But everything is better with a positive attitude so the other morning while I was running and dripping buckets I decided to come up with this list.

1. Sunrise at 6AM. Most days I have to run before work or else I'll melt if I try to run in the afternoon so it's nice not to be running in the dark. I usually start around 5:30 so it's also nice to see the slow sunrise and it makes for pretty IG posts.

2. More people outside. One of my favorite things about running outside is just seeing other people outside doing fun things. The dad helping his daughter ride her bike. The couple walking hand in hand. The adorable lab puppy happy to be on a walk with its owner. With all the bad things you see on the news, I don't want to take for granted the people in my neighborhood that get to enjoy being outside safely and with their family and friends.

3. Nike Tempo Shorts. These are my absolute favorite running shorts. I only have 3 of them and I definitely need more. They come in such fun colors and I think they're super comfortable!

4. You look hardcore. I get quite red when I run in the heat so some people may be thinking I've run like 10 miles when I'm only mile 2. Or they think I'll pass at any second and feel bad for me...

5. Knowing fall running in next. Fall is the BEST time for running in my opinion. At least here in Virginia. The temps are perfect and there are colorful trees everywhere. 1.5 more months!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My Super Ordinary Awesome Weekend

The first weekend having Peter home was a great one! Mainly just because he was here. We didn't have any big plans, go on a fancy date or anything, we just did normal every day things and it was the best. I love that we can do stuff, big or small, and have a great time no matter what. It's fun because we get to do it together and this past year having to do a lot of things without him, it's made me appreciate things more. 

Friday night his family had a welcome back BBQ for him. We ate delicious food, played games outside and their neighbors came over for a bit. We had ice cream cones for dessert and we sat in the living room just talking and hanging out. No TV, no phones. It was so nice!

Saturday afternoon we went to the bookstore - one of our favorite places to wander around. I picked up a few books and one was Born To Run. The boss of my department is a big runner and suggested it to me. Since I'm in the middle of training, I like reading running books but I also know I need to finish it and get back to my literary ladies summer reading list! 

We went into a small town that has the best ice cream and had a pre-dinner snack. Later that evening we went to these soccer fields behind his house and played around for awhile. I couldn't have picked a better ending to a great day.

Sunday morning we watched the Chelsea vs Arsenal game while eating delicious bagels and drinking Starbucks  I wish every morning could start like that! Luckily only 4 more days until Premier League is back! After the game we went to Trader Joes so I could food shop and then he dropped me off at home. I went running and then got ready for work for the week. I'm hoping to take off a few days and have a stay-cation with him because I could really use a break from work. It's been a busy summer and I need a few days to recharge! 

And that was it. Nothing big but it was such a great weekend. I'm so so so happy to have him home and I love having more weekends with him to look forward to!!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Peter's Home!

Peter got home late last night (15 hour drive…) and I'm all like:

It's been a long 12 months but we made it! I can't wait to spend time together again, going on adventures and making memories. While Chicago was a fun place to visit, I'm really looking forward to all the fun things we're going to do here at home :)

This blog will hopefully see some more action now that I won't have an excuse to sit home and relax so much anymore :P 

Happy Happy Friday!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge - Check In

I know you've all been wondering how my reading has been going for the Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge so have no fear, you'll find out today! I crossed off the ones I've finished and wrote a small review.

1. A YA book (mandatory!) - The Boyfriend League by Rachel Hawthorne
As I mentioned before I already read this one but I still enjoyed it a second time! It's just one of those cute fun books to read and only took me about 3 days. It's basically about this girl that loves baseball and falls in love with a baseball player - what's not to love? Definitely a good beach read.

2. Non US-Author  (mandatory!) I Will Teach You How To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

3. A book that was recommended by a blogger (mandatory!) The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

4. A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more - Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

5. A book with a kickass female character - Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

6. A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

7. A book written by a comedian or celebrity – or even a memoir if neither of those are your jam.  - Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

8. A book with a one word title. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I just started this one over the weekend and I'm only about 20% of the way through. The main character is a bit whiny but she is a freshmen in college trying to figure herself out without her twin sister so I guess it's understandable so far. I hope she gains some self confidence soon.

9. A suspenseful book – a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge! Also Known As by Robin Benway
This was the second book I read and I enjoyed it most of it. At some parts I thought they were going to turn out really bad but then nothing actually happened. It's another easy fun read and there's wasn't really anything that scary about it but I don't enjoy scary so it was good enough for me. 

10. A book about Summer, with Summer in the title, or in any way related to Summer because this is a Summer challenge! - The Summer of Firsts and Lasts
Another one found on GoodReads.

Well 3 weeks in and 2.2 books finished..time to step up my game! 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

General Life Update

So last time we talked I said I would post more and then left you hanging for 9 days…gah I'm work in progress :) My excuse this time is that I was out of town for 4 days and I spent last Wednesday night doing last minute packing instead of typing up a blog post. I had to pack for 4 different occasions in one carry on suitcase so it took some time. Okay excuse over…on to the life update!

+ I went out of town for the 4th of July because one of my cousins got married in Vermont. I have 10 cousins on my mom's side but they all live in New England and we just don't see each other often. The last time was probably 9-10 years ago so it was a bit crazy to see them all more grown up. The wedding was on the bride's family's 100 year old farmhouse, had about 50 people and a taco bar so all in all it was a pretty good one. Though being at wedding surrounded by a bunch of couples is not ideal when you haven't seen your boyfriend in 2 months. Have I mentioned I can't wait to have Peter home next month?! :D
They had the ceremony on the porch
Their dog's wedding attire
+ On my way back from Vermont I made a pit stop in Boston to visit my uncle and aunt on my dad's side. I don't see them very much either but they always offer to let me stay with them if I wanted to visit Boston so I finally took them up on it! I flew from Vermont to Boston in this teeny tiny airplane and almost had a heart attack. There were 10 people total on it, including the pilot. I fly because it's efficient but I hate it. I don't enjoy anything about it and try to keep the thoughts of plummeting to the ground out of my head the whole time. I put my big girl pants on though and ended up surviving the 50 minute flight. 

I got in Sunday night just in time to watch the Women's World Cup final. What a game!!! All those goals in the beginning is exactly why my one rule of watching soccer is to never leave the TV during regular time. Anything can happen! I heard that President Obama invited the team to the White House so I'm hoping they come and I can go see them somehow!

On Monday my uncle took the day off from work so we could hang out. He lives near Heartbreak Hill so we went running down it then up it. After only 1.5 miles it was hard to get up it so I can only imagine doing it after 19 miles! We then went into the city, walked down Newbury Street, saw the Finish Line and I got a Boston Strong shirt from Marathon Sports. I was so giddy seeing all the Boston Marathon stuff. One day I will be going to watch it! 

That afternoon we did a Duck Tour and it was awesome! I love all the history Boston has and its architecture. That night we grilled out and made italian sausage pepper pizza - yum! I was on flight back home at 6AM Tuesday morning and went straight to work so I was pretty much in struggle city the whole day. After all that social interaction all weekend I came home and told Sarah and Ryan that I needed a few hours to myself haha. Introvert through and through.
With the John Kelley statue
THE finish line
View while on the Duck Tour
+ Speaking of the Boston Marathon…I signed up for a marathon last week! Unfortunately not Boston but one in Virginia in the fall. I've really wanted to do one but I've been super scared because it just seems like a lot but I decided that there's no time like the present! For all of you who have run a marathon before (Tracy, Deb, Meagan), send me all your helpful tips and tricks! And for all of you that haven't, send me all your positive vibes and well wishes - I'm going to desperately need them!! I start training next week eek!

Well a quick though long life update but it's at least a post! I promise I'll be back on Tuesday with another one :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Weekend Recap

As most of you may have noticed, my blogs posts have been sporadic, basically this entire year. It's for multiple reasons/excuses but two weeks ago I finally decide to give myself a little schedule. I love having something to follow. I decided my two blogging days would be Tuesday and Thursday. There's just no way you're getting 5 posts out of me per week. So two weeks ago, I blogged on Tuesday and Thursday but then by the time the next Tuesday rolled around, you got nothing. Thursday, nothing. I did muster up energy to write a post for Friday since I was super excited about my new reading challenge

I'm going to chalk up my lack of posts to that fact that I have too much free time. I know I know, first world problem but I think it's true. I don't have kids, my boyfriend is 700 miles away, I only have a few friends in the area and I don't really like having a ton of activities on my schedule (ISFJ personality type). For some reason I sometimes get super stressed out thinking I need to be here and do this then and spend time doing this, that I like having a wide open day to do whatever I want, whenever I want. During the work week that's limited to the afternoons too. Not that I just want to sit not the couch all day long but I don't plan events back to back. If I have things to do on Saturday, I'll leave Sunday open. Hopefully some of you can relate to this and not think I'm a totally loner :) Basically this long rant is about how I'm hoping to be blog twice a week and be more intentional with my time.

And now on to my weekend recap!

Friday night the USA women's soccer team played China in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. I parked myself right in front of the TV and didn't move for 90 minutes. I'm so bummed that there are only a few games left of the World Cup! At least the Gold Cup starts two days after it ends. #allthesoccer

Saturday morning Ryan and I went to Costco. Sarah always gives us a list and we do our best not to add too much to it but it's hard because who can really say no to 72 bagel bites? Our tradition is that we get Berry Smoothies after we finish too. I'm pretty sure they put crack in them and that's why I can never replicate their amazing flavor. Afterwards we stopped by Dick's Sporting Goods because they were having a clearance sale and I got cleats for $30! Too good to pass up. I also had to get a soccer ball and the US soccer shirt because I have World Cup fever. Again, #allthesoccer

Saturday afternoon I went to my co-worker/neighbor's house for her son's 3rd birthday party. He's the kid I babysit sometimes and she only about 15 people over. I'm now at that stage in life where I get invited to kid's birthday parties but I'm not old enough to have enough stuff to talk about with the other adults there so I end up just playing with the kids.  Playing with multiple is down right exhausting. I came home with one bruised foot (thanks for a giant toy plane being dropped on it) and took a nap at 6:30PM. Sarah and Ryan then had some friends over and we watched the England vs Canada game. We were supposed to go to a Polo match that night but it got rained out :(

Sunday morning Ryan and I went running. We got gatorade at Costco and it was pretty glorious to come home from a humid run to ice cold fruit punch gatorade. I spent the rest of the day reading and finished my first book for the literary ladies reading challenge! It was nice too because I didn't have to waste time figuring out what I should read next, I had a list of 9 to choose from!

This upcoming weekend I'll be at my cousin's wedding and taking 1.5 day trip to one of my favorite cities so a more exciting weekend recap coming your way next week! Happy Tuesday!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge

I read about this challenge on Tracy's blog on Tuesday and knew I wanted to join. You may recall on my 25 before 25 list I'm trying to read 25 books before my birthday and I'm currently at 5…I definitely need some motivation to get this done so this challenge has perfect timing. 

It took a few days to create my list but here it is! I must warn you that I prefer young adult, fun, lighthearted type books. I'm just not into reading all those books we had to read in high school or scary/suspenseful ones. My book tastes are similar to my favorite TV shows - Gilmore Girls and Friends. 

1. A YA book (mandatory!) - The Boyfriend League by Rachel Hawthorne
Confession: I've already read this book but Rachel Hawthorne was one of my favorite authors in high school and I wanted to read it again.

2. Non US-Author  (mandatory!) I Will Teach You How To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
I bought this book a couple months ago to help my budgeting and I only read 10 pages.

3. A book that was recommended by a blogger (mandatory!) The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
I saw Kristen post about her love for this book on Instagram so that counts as a recommendation right?

4. A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more - Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
As a young woman only 2 years into the working world I think this book will be beneficial to read.

5. A book with a kickass female character - Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
While I've seen the Anne Hathaway movie, I've never read the book.

6. A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I feel like I'll be able to relate to this so I hope it's good!

7. A book written by a comedian or celebrity – or even a memoir if neither of those are your jam.  - Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Erin will be excited that I'm finally listening to her and reading this book :)

8. A book with a one word title. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Found this on GoodReads.

9. A suspenseful book – a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge! Also Known As by Robin Benway
As mentioned above, these kinds of books aren't really for me so this one as close as I can get.

10. A book about Summer, with Summer in the title, or in any way related to Summer because this is a Summer challenge! - The Summer of Firsts and Lasts
Another one found on GoodReads.

Our first update is July 21st so hopefully I'll have at least 3 done by then! Off to a weekend of reading!