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Life, a Half Marathon, and Restoring Sanity

2 Nov

Just about a year after I decided to run my first half, I signed up for my next half. This May: Boston’s Run to Remember.

I have the running bug. Not that you’d know it, since I’ve really only run one mile since Chicago. Really? Really. This is my life right now. Last week there was only one day I was home before 9:30pm. This week and the next two weeks will basically be the same. I’m realizing that the chances of me doing any running before my Turkey Trot are slim to none. Oh well, it’s totally possible to PR a 5k after not running for a month, right? Don’t look at me with that tone of voice.

Once I have some semblance of free time back, I need to craft a good plan to improve my half time. That includes creating a better base over the winter: indoor track workouts, muscle classes, and cross training galore. I have until the end of February to kick myself back in gear. I can do it.

You might be thinking “Okay, so you’re busy during the week… but surely you have free time on weekends!” You would be right if you weren’t totally wrong. And don’t call me Shirley. With Cabaret opening next week, we have rehearsals all week long (no days off until *maybe* 11/15). And this past weekend? Well… I was at a little rally down in DC.

Yes, it was amazing. Yes, we drove 8+ hours each way to see it. Yes, the city was absolutely MOBBED with people. Yes, we attempted to go to an Italian restaurant for dinner, only to remember that the next morning was the Marine Corps Marathon when we were told there was a 7 hour wait for a table.

My life is crazy and I kinda love it. If I can ever find more time to write a detailed post and photos, I’ll do so. Magic 8 Ball says “ask again later.” Dammit, 8 Ball I don’t have time to ask later.

Run on, folks.


Three Things Thursday: I’m So Busy Edition

18 Feb


If you missed my edit last night, YouBar got back to me on the coupon code! Just enter runkerarun in the coupon field to receive 5% off your purchase. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a YouBar Sample Box and gift certificate!


Tall Mom is giving away a craaaaaazy amount of items! GUs, RoadID, GoLite Bottle… dayum. Actually, forget I said this. I want to win. Don’t enter!*


My legs seem to be all better after Sunday’s cramping debacle. I have 8 miles scheduled for tomorrow and 12 on Saturday. You better believe I’ll be more primed and conditioned this time around. No cramping for me! I think I can, I think I can…

Work is supersuperbusy today, no more writing from me. Maybe I should finally eat lunch. It’s 1:40pm. Yes, lunch is a good idea.

Happy Thursday! It’s almost Friday!

*oh fine, enter.

I’m Famous! (not really)

27 Jan

I’ve been busy.

(via the Boston Globe)

They got a weird angle of my face.

We had a camera crew and reporters from WBZ there, too.

What this means for my running updates: well… there are none. I have not run this week aside from my long run. The awesomeness of today’s event totally makes up for that. Hopefully I’ll be able to pull a double tomorrow and do strength in the morning and a tempo at night.

Dinner Stuff

Despite the busy schedule, I managed to make an awesome dinner tonight: Cajun halibut with dill sauce.

Fish Ingredients:
halibut filets (however much you want)
olive oil
Cajun seasoning (I used Tony Cachere’s)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the filets in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with seasoning. Flip the filets and repeat. Bake for 10-15 minutes until easily flaked with a fork.

Sauce Ingredients:
2 tbsp light mayo
2 tbsp fresh dill
1 tsp lemon juice

This sauce really should have sour cream too. But I didn’t care. So it’s all unhealthy mayo (made with canola oil… does that make up for anything? No? Okay fine). Mix everything in a small bowl. Yep, you’re done.

Serve the tilapia with a little dollop of sauce on the side. The spicy cajun seasoning goes beautifully with the cool dill sauce.

I would show you a photo… but my dad and I ate it all pretty much once it came out of the oven. We’re little oinkers.

And now for something completely different

25 Jan

I have a life outside of running. WOAH. Someone mentioned in the comments a while back that I describe what I do at work. Sure thing!

My official title is Marketing and Accounts Coordinator. I recently got my awesome new business cards:

So what do I do here? A lot. One of the reasons why I’ve disappeared from my blog a bit more is because between the commute and my fairly busy days, not much time is left. And when I’m left with the choice between cooking a meal and blogging… well, you see what happens.

The marketing side of my job involves a lot of media work and event planning. I’m active on our company’s Twitter account and Facebook page, and I manage our internal and client newsletters. We have a public lounge space on Newbury St where I’m planning on holding lots of tech and art-related events. The accounts side is more administrative; handling our scheduling calendar, booking tech appointments, acting as project coordinator for some larger projects, etc. I wear many hats.

I’m incredibly fortunate to have this job, especially since I got it almost right out of college (just shy of 3 months after I graduated). I work for a wonderful company, and its already provided me with so many learning opportunities.

Here’s a little video I’m appearing in this week promoting one of our events (I come in at the 7:00 mark).

Running Stuff Here

My cold still rampages on. However, I was determined to do my long run this weekend. Here’s the stats:

Distance: 10 miles (!!! my first double-digit run!)
Time: 1:46:28
Splits: 10:34, 10:48, 11:39 (This mile was on a narrow, icy street where an old lady almost hit me with her car. Awesome.), 10:57, 10:36, 10:22, 10:11, 10:28, 10:33, 10:13

Aside from crazystreet where I almost got hit, I really loved my route. I felt pretty good for most of it, too- only two walk breaks for about 10-15 seconds each. The rest of the day was spent replenishing those burnt calories.

It wasn’t until about a half hour after my run that I was like “Woah, I just hit the double digits!” You’d think I would have thought of that during my run, but no. I found myself more sluggish when I thought of how much further I had to go, and was much more motivated when I thought of eating once done with my run. Hey, whatever works.

Happy Monday, everyone! And if winter is finally kicking your butt and you’re feeling under the weather, get better soon :)

Busy Busy Bee

14 Nov

Hi blogworld. I’ve missed you. I worked 30 hours over the last 3 days, standing for about 29 of those 30 hours. Then I had plans each night after work, leaving me scrapped for time. Egad. So I’m spending most of this gross, rainy Saturday on my couch. And believe me, I’m totally okay with it.

I hopped back on the treadmill Thursday night after taking a break Monday-Wednesday. My foot is still bruised, but feeling much better. 2.5 miles in 24 minutes. There’s a 3.5 miler scheduled for tomorrow and some cardio work today. I’ll do the cardio work… just not right now (I promise, I’ll do it!).

I missed reading all your posts this week, too. I opened up my reader this morning to 60+ new posts. Gah! Marlene at Mission to a(nother) Marathon linked to a post by RunToTheFinish called the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge. Here are the rules:

1 Point per mile (run/walk/snowshoe)
1 Point per 3 miles biked
1 Point per 30 minutes of weight lifting, Pilates, yoga, stretching or abs
1 Point per 15 minutes of another form of cardio (i.e. kick boxing, aerobics elliptical)
1 Per day where you reach a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and veggies

It kicks off Nov 23 and ends Jan 8, be sure to sign up!

Last night was great, I got to see a friend of mine that will be across the country for the next 6 months working at a ski resort. Yeahhhh tough life, right? We made an impromptu trip to Sonic at 1am, which never ends well. My body is totally hating on me for eating that food, but it was SO GOOD at the time.

In other non-running news, I begin my new job on Monday! I’m very excited to have a consistent daily schedule, I feel like it’ll be so much easier to plan out the rest of my week outside of work. Since I’m working on Newbury St, I’m going to see how possible it is to go out for a run during my lunch break. The Commonwealth Ave mall is like rightthere, and the Boston Gardens are a short distance away. I cannot tell you how excited I am for the warmer months, and being able to make that run/jog regularly. Okay I guess that turned into running news. But that’s what you’re here for, right? ;)

I’m going to start using my Mr Bento for my lunches at work. If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s this super adorable thermos container with four mini containers inside. There’s one for a main dish, one for soup, and two smaller ones for snacks and sides. It’s a perfect portioning device. There’s even an entire Flickr pool dedicated to the meals people make for their bentos. I don’t have the time or patience to actually arrange my food bento style, but it’s fun to look at.

Alright, I’m going to catch up with all of you in the ol’ feed reader. I’d better see some good reports in there!

EDIT- I just came across this in my feed, and um, I think I may be in love. Pasta with Butternut Parmesan Sauce. Brb, dreaming of this dish.