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Reality Check


So, it’s already the first full day of summer. Is it just me, or does it feel like we were just in the deepest part of winter? I didn’t too anything too exciting yesterday, just spent some time around the house, checked out a couple of audio books from the library, and went to the gym.

Audio books are my new love. My library has tons of them, all on CD, and they can then be downloaded into iTunes for later listening. Seeing as how I have dozens of knitting projects I’d like to complete this summer, yet still want to read new books, this is the marriage of two worlds. I can play the books on my computer or my iPod while I knit away. Multitasking at its finest.

Today’s workout wasn’t anything special. It was a cross-training day, since I ran Sunday, Monday, and will be running today, tomorrow, and Saturday. I did 30 minutes on the spin bike (my gym has two of these in the cardio room, how awesome) and a few sets of various types of crunches. Nothing too crazy, I just wanted to give my body a rest after Monday nights killer workout.

I also weighed myself on the gym scale before I left. I’m going to share what it said with all of you, to keep myself honest and accountable.


One hundred eighty seven pounds. That’s about 7 pounds higher than I was this time last year. To be honest, my effort and attitude about my weight loss the past 365 days has been, excuse my language, pretty half-assed. I did well for the first part of the summer, then cooler weather came and I started indulging too often in chips, candy, cookies, and other treats. Slowly, so slowly I didn’t realize it for a while, the weight started creeping back onto my body. I think a big part of why I didn’t notice the extra pounds was because I was wearing mostly sweats and gym clothes. Not working every day meant some days I stayed in my PJs til noon. Stretchy waistbands = no good for keeping weight in check.

Last nights dinner was pretty simple.


Tilapia filets


Roasted broccoli w/mozzarella, and roasted potatoes. Yum yum.



I also painted my nails yesterday. The color is “Indi-a Mood for Love” by OPI. It’s the perfect bright pink for summertime.


Be back later with some Wedding Wednesday!


National Running Day

Yesterday, June 1, was National Running Day . Until a week or two ago, I didn’t even know running had its own holiday – every day is running day for me!

Wednesday was also my first “real” day of summer break, with nothing planned except for work later in the afternoon. I woke up around 7am and made a glass of iced coffee (leftover from yesterday – yum) and toasted a mini bagel. I had grand plans of getting out early for my planned 4 mile run.

Side note: this week is the official beginning of marathon training for Chicago (on 10.9.10) and it doesn’t feel real yet. Once I get my training plan into a Google doc I’ll put up a link.

Anyway, I of course procrastinated and didn’t head out the door until about 10:30 and it was already pretty hot.


Before subjecting myself to 45 minutes in the hot sun.

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Then I did this.


And looked like this:


I’m glistening all over. It’s not a good look.

And somehow I look more sunburned before the run then after it. And yes, mom, I did wear sunblock. Even though it got into my eyes and stung like crazy at mile 2.5.

Anyone know of a goodbutnotcrazyexpensive (as I am poor) sunblock that won’t make me blind? I’ll love you forever.

After I got home and guzzled a big glass of ice water I rolled out my yoga mat and did a killer 20 minute abs workout that Bobbi posted yesterday. Ouch.

Lunch was totally random and delicious.


Baked potato ‘n’ salsa, fat free refried beans w/cheese


Broccoli slaw w/red wine vinegar and olive oil.

Later, after work, I munched on a protein bar – it was pretty good, but maybe a little too chocolaty?











I hit up the library and brought home a bunch of knitting books. I am desperate need of smallish/simple/easy to travel with patterns for all the traveling I will be doing this summer.

Oh, we also ate dinner. Turkey burgers, veggies, and mashed potatoes.




So far, it’s not really sinking in that it’s summer vacation. I’ve kept myself pretty busy (intentionally?) so the realization of a missing paycheck haven’t hit too hard. I’m playing the waiting game right now and it’s driving me nuts.

I’ve got a slew of things I want to write and blog about in the next few weeks, but sometimes putting things in writing is not as easy as it seems. Plus, I’m really good at procrastinating. I think I need to start turning off my wireless so I don’t spend my morning hours readying way too many blogs.

Ok, time to find some lunch before tackling my to-do list for the day. Have a great one!

Wine and ice cream

Long time no blog, huh?

Yesterday I ran my third half marathon and I’m working on my recap – hopefully it’ll be up by Tuesday. I’m still planning on posting my recaps of the Illinois half marathon from 4/30 and the Run for Rehab 5k on 5/7 as well.

Today was spent icing, stretching, and generally recovering my yesterdays race. I’m feeling pretty good, except for my knees and hips. I think this is due to the numbers of hills and the fact that I was running in soaking wet shoes for more than 2 hours.

Today Matt and I also had a special birthday dinner for yours truly. My day isn’t until Tuesday, but he has meetings to cover several nights this week so we celebrated a bit early.

On the menu was chicken tetrazzini, our “special occasion” food. Matt made this for me on one of our first anniversaries, and again last year for our anniversary. It doesn’t’ hurt that it’s pretty darn delicious.


I got started with some apply wine from Illinois Cellars. It was pretty good – reminded me a lot of a Riesling, it was sweet and dry and yummy.




Fresh from the oven. It was so good I went back for seconds, and there’s still about 2/3 of this left for tomorrow (and the next day, and the next day).

Thanks for dinner honey!


Matt also took care of dessert.


In ice cream form.


Birthday cake ice cream, to be exact. Perfect.

Now I need to get ready for work. It’s the last full week of school and I’m starting to get a little freaked out. I don’t yet have a teaching job for the fall, and no full-time summer job lined up either. I’m still waiting to hear back on a few a teaching applications so say some prayers and keep your fingers crossed!

Stay tuned for many race recaps in the next few days!

Big Chicken

I’m alive! I was out of town again for the weekend and had a wonderful and relaxing time. I spent lots of time with my family and left feeling very refreshed. I brought running clothes with me but ended up not running. Sometimes sleep is more important. Smile

I did get out for a short run this evening. I was going to leave from the gym but when I got there after work the parking lot was super crowded so I headed home instead. I caught up on some blog reading and Facebooking for a while and didn’t leave for my run until 7:00. it was still pretty sunny out though – thanks DST!

It was a beautiful run – the flowering trees are blooming and getting leaves. Spring has finally arrived here!

I set out with a goal of at least 30 minutes/3 miles. I got a really bad side cramp at mile 2 and took a little walk break until it went away.

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Here’s the splits from the Garmin:

Mile 1 10:20

Mile 2 10:58

Mile 3 10:28

Mile 0.1 1:05

Not too bad. My legs felt really fresh, since I haven’t run since Wednesday. I’ve still for a bit of a cold and congestion and I think that’s getting in my way as well. Overall, I was pretty happy with these 3 miles. I’m planning on doing about 5 on Wednesday and then 10 on Saturday. Let’s see if I can stick to my plan!

Tonight’s dinner was quick, easy, and delicious.


Vegetable stir-fry with chicken and brown rice. This whole dinner took about 10 minutes to make and left me plenty of leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch (and Wednesday’s too). Last week I cooked a few cups of rice that I’ve been throwing in my lunch salads. I heated up 3/4 cup in the bottom of the bowl, then topped it with a stir-fry mix I buy at Aldi. It’s a great mix of veggies and comes with a savory sauce to top it with. While the vegetables were cooking on the stove I grilled (on the George Foreman) a giant chicken breast – that thing was about 12 oz and gave me 3 servings for lunches. I ate 1/3 of it over the veggies and rice while catching up on more blogs – I didn’t bring my computer with me over the weekend  – and watching How I Met Your Mother. All in all, a pretty relaxing evening.

And because everyone loves pictures of Sterling, here’s one of him at about 6 months old. Why can’t they stay this cute forever?



Right now I’m working on a playlist for April 30th’s half marathon and want your input! Leave me your favorite running/motivating/pump you up song(s) in the comments!

Busy Bee


In case you missed it, I was Runner of the Week over at Run Court Run on Monday. Go check it out and tell me what you think!

I have been fighting off a cold the last few days, starting with the fever on Saturday afternoon and leaving me with no voice today. Lovely.

All the kids in my class thought it was hilarious (haha) and kept telling me to go to the hospital. There’s nothing I can do except drink lots of water, get rest, and go buy more cough drops, I guess.

I finally got out for a run with my new Garmin 305 today! It was sunny, warm(er), and my legs were definitely itching to get moving. I did work out yesterday, but I just did some easy cardio because I’m still not 100% myself yet.

This watch is so large I feel like it needs a name. Suggestions?


Anyhow, here’s today’s stats. I ran 2.36 miles in just under 24 minutes. And my average pace was 10:02 – about 30 seconds faster than most of my Nike+ runs. It also helped that my legs were nice and fresh.

My legs definitely could have handled more than 2.3 miles, but my cough and stuffy nose kept getting in the way. Boo.

After I got home I started on dinner. I. Was. Starving.

I whipped up this chicken recipe and paired it with some green beans. Yum.


I then ka-powed my to-do list by crossing off everything on it. Go me!

Tomorrow will be another busy one, but I kind of like being busier. Less time to loaf on the couch and waste time.


So, would you rather be busy like a bee or free as a bird?

It Sprung


Happy second day of spring! It was definitely in the air here today, with the temperature getting into the mid-70s. Too bad there’s a cold front moving in. (Fingers crossed it’s the last one!)


Sadly, these aren’t from around here. I took this on my trip to Austria in 2008.

Tonight’s dinner was awesome. I picked up some sweet Italian turkey sausage at the grocery store last week and grilled it tonight on George (Foreman, that is). I also diced up some potatoes that I then tossed with olive oil, pepper, sea salt, and oregano. They were roasted for 40 minutes at 375 degrees F. While those were cooking, I diced up some onions and bell peppers. I heated some oil in a pan, added a little minced garlic, then threw in the onions & peppers. I let them sauté a while, until they were soft and a little browned. It was so delicious, and I’m looking forward to leftovers tomorrow.


Before I came home to make dinner, though, I had a kick-butt workout. I ran 4.5 miles outside in the warm, early evening air. This was my toughest run in a while; my legs and my gait just felt off the whole time. I took a lot more walk breaks than usual, especially in the last mile and a half.

run 3 21 11

Possible reasons for the off run:  not stretching enough since my last run/before this run, not fueling enough before/during the run, and not bringing water with me (will I never learn?). I powered through, though, and came back in the gym for some weights.

I had a pretty productive evening, too. I stopped at the grocery store to get some more salad. I haven’t really mentioned it, but I’ve been on a total salad kick lately – I think I’ve had one every day for at least a week. I also did 2 loads of laundry, cooked dinner, planned out my day tomorrow, and washed all the dishes. Yay!

On the health front, my plantar fasciitis has been flaring up lately, with the increase in running and onset of flats and sandals. I have been stretching and massaging it as much as I can, but my right foot still feels pretty tight. Any suggestions?

Hmm..what else? Work has been going really well. I’m still subbing, but it’s a permanent position for the rest of the year. There haven’t been any music jobs posted for next year yet, but I am checking my resources nearly every day.

Ok, pretty quick & boring post today. I’ll try to be more exciting tomorrow!

Lazy Days


Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

I saw this posted on another blog and thought I’d share it with you. It’s a video of the Hot Chocolate 15k I did last month and it’s pretty neat. Sadly, I couldn’t find myself, but if you find me in there somewhere I’ll send you a prize!

Coffee before work yesterday. I love anything that comes in a holiday cup!



For moi?


Clif was sending these free (via twitter) a few weeks back and of course I asked for one.


Their new Clif Crunch in the Honey Oat flavor.


There’s actually 2 bars in here, and the nutritionals aren’t too bad  – 180 cals, 7g fat, 3g fiber, 4g protein. I have to say I’m a bit disappointed with the low protein count – I usually can count on Clif to up the content. But for only 5 Points Plus values, it’s not too bad as far as bars go.

Last nights dinner:


Salad w/feta, craisins, walnuts, oil & red wine vinegar


Leftover pork chop (w/BBQ sauce) and potato w/salsa.


Dessert: peppermint tea and choc chip cookies. Mmmm.


Matt and I had a pretty lazy night in – we popped some popcorn and watched the first half of White Christmas. We only saw half because we fell asleep in the middle. I was pretty tired after a long week.

Today has been pretty lazy so far as well. I did clean up and organize some of my yarn and knitting stuff. I had needles tossed everywhere and a few projects I unraveled because I knew I’d never finish them.

I’m very close to being finished with my holiday knitting. There’s one project that I can’t completely finish without a sewing machine, so I’ll have to wait until I’m at my mom’s house to finish it. I also realized that I better start knitting like a mad woman to use up my stash of yarn. It’s gotten a bit out of hand.

I’m hoping to write this weeks Weight Watchers post later today, so keep an eye out for it.

Until then, I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend so far!