Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekly Workouts (6/15- 6/28)

I am contemplating stopping these 'weekly workout' posts, because I feel like no one care about them, and I record them for me anyways, so I don't need to put them on here. Thoughts? Let me know. I may still put up marathon training posts when I kick that into high gear, but I feel like these are much less interesting.

6/15- 6/21:

Monday: 3 mile HOT walk at work. OMG it is already ridiculous.

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:43 + abs

Wednesday: 5 miles @ 9:48 + weights

Thursday: 3.5 miles @ 9:24 (progressive run-> 9:39, 9:30, 9:15, 9:05(last half)) + abs

Friday: REST:)

Saturday: 9 miles @ 9:48 (with MTT) + weights

Sunday: 4 miles @ 9:40 + abs

Total: 25.5 miles

6/22- 6/28:

Monday: 3.5 miles @ 9:43

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:37 + weights

Wednesday: 5.2 miles @ 9:36 + abs

Thursday: 3.7 miles @ 9:48 + weights

Friday: REST:)!

Saturday: 10 miles @ 9:35 (with MTT) + abs

Sunday: 4.1 mile walk + weights

Total: 26.4 miles

How were your runs this week? How do you deal with the heat?! Have a great week!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Running is *not* hot & other random things

Each week during Saturday morning marathon, training a gentleman takes pictures of the 1,000 + runners. I don't know if this is supposed to be motivating or embarrassing, but this is what I look like at the end of a 9 mile, 80 degree and humid run:

I need to work on my posture!
I never think I look awesome while I run, but I really need to stand up straighter! I think as I get tired I start to slouch (and I have always blamed my scoliosis for hunching forward). On another note, I love my new running top that I got for my birthday! It is thin and doesn't feel super wet when I get sweaty:).

Also, I volunteered at Massey Cancer Center's Moonlight Magic event in early June and recently was sent a picture of me and my former coworker there! It was a fun night, and I loved visiting James River Cellars. So many awesome wineries in Central Virginia!

And, with all the summer driving (last Saturday I drove to and from D.C. within an afternoon), I think this is especially true. It seems the hotter it gets outside the more uncomfortable and impatient I am in my car...

Anyone else feel this way?
I am loving my four, 10-hour days at work, only because I get three day weekends! The days are LONG, but I try to incorporate walks and fun meetings to break up the days. Come Friday morning, though, I am more than ready to sleep in and not rush out the door at 5:30 AM. I also am feeling invigorated in certain areas of planning for next year, which is always good! The summer does help the heart grow fonder in education.

Finally- I have started watching "True Detective" (season 1) and "Girls" due to my friend's HBOGO account. Anyone else love like those shows? I don't love "True Detective," but I see the draw of it from how gritty and well-done it is. "Girls" is great and caters more to my TV mood at the moment- so many truthful experiences of young twentysomethings. I am almost at the end of season 2!

What are some random things from your week? Anyone reading anything good- I have been going through books really quickly and need ideas!

Monday, June 22, 2015


The months of summer travel are upon us!

As is obvious, I LOVE to travel, and I made sure that if I went to a 12-month position at work, travel would still be a very doable endeavor without the usual 10 weeks off that most high school counselors get. Thankfully, my planning and good attendance at work during the school year make this possible!

I may be blogging much less this summer, because big travel dates are approaching! 

First up next week is a trip to my favorite beach town of Duck (Outer Banks) for the long 4th of July weekend (I get Thursday the 2nd off work). I negotiated a price cut (perks of booking last minute) so we got a good deal for this place:

It is further south from the center of town than we normally stay but is still in our favorite area. My mom and I are pumped! 

Then July 15th, my mom and I are heading to Vancouver! We stay in the city for 3 days, then we are going to visit a friend of mine in Bellingham, Washington on our way to Seattle, where we board the Ruby Princess for our cruise to ALASKA!

Image result for ruby princess alaska

We are meeting some college friends of mine and their families for this 7-night cruise. Our itinerary is here if you are interested. We are so pumped- one of my favorite bloggers just went on this exact cruise and shared amazing pictures and stories- and we are loving looking at the excursions! After the cruise we will spend another night in Seattle before flying out on a red eye to VA. The whole trip is 12 days- should be so much fun!

After a short break (I guess I will need to work a little bit), we are headed back to Duck for a full week this time and are staying at our favorite house right in town (we have stayed here 3 times):

We will be at this house over both my parents' birthdays in August, so that is a fun way to celebrate!

The traveling isn't officially done then, but it slows down, as I have a friend's wedding in August in Charlottesville, so of course I will stay the night so I can relive my college ways :) Though I know I cannot party like it's 2005 anymore...

That will end it for the summer, but some fun fall trips are on their way, too. 

Obviously, I am excited! I will post pictures and fun happenings from the trips, but I think my posting amounts will definitely decrease:)

What are fun trips you are taking this summer? Places you recommend in Vancouver, Alaska or Seattle?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Coffee > Everything

Summer weekends seem to fly by, don't they?

This weekend I was able to catch up on life from the week and do some things that I have been wanting to for a while! The first of this was Friday Cheers on Brown's Island in downtown Richmond. This is a live concert series offered in May and June every year- and I haven't been to since high school! I think in high school it was the "cool" thing to do when you could drive-> downtown music is so hip!

My friend Nathalia and I along the river.

We got there early so it wasn't crowded. I love the views!

Chillin' and watchin' music

Gorgeous sunset that night- it was hot, though!

I like looking at the city buildings in the background with the island and canal in the forefront.

I stayed out until about 9 PM and had to get home to get to sleep for my early morning. Saturday morning I had marathon training team at 7 AM (no sleeping in even on weekends!). I am on team Merlot (there are a lot of sub teams due to the size), and they take weekly pictures. Here is my pre-first run picture (before the humidity hit).

I love hats in the summer because sunglasses give me weird tan lines and don't block the sweat!
After the hot run, I laid out for a bit, napped, and drove up to Maryland with my dad for a surprise retirement party for a family friend. We were there about 3 hours before coming back.

Sunday morning, I had a ridiculously hot run, and rewarded myself with iced coffee in a brewery glass. Because coffee > everything (as someone on my instagram feed so eloquently put it).

Then, I went to my summer job where I work the front desk about once a week at Willow Oaks County Club. I literally roll towels and read for 8 hours. It is not very exciting, but I do get a free meal and it is nice to have a little extra spending cash for the summer.

For some reason I was SO TIRED when I got off (a week of less than ideal sleep hits me hard), so I went home and laid on the couch for the rest of the night. I started Orange is the New Black season 3 on Friday, so I saw an episode of that, and caught the end of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-> such a good movie! I cried. I love the scenes in Santorini because I know exactly where they were filmed!

What did you do this weekend? Anyone watching OITNB? What do you think?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Weekly Workouts (6/1- 6/14)

It was pretty hot and humid during this two week stretch, so my pace dropped significantly. I really can only stand one long run a week, so thankfully marathon training team is taking care of that, but they are sweaty runs! Thank you, Virginia summers.

6/1- 6/7:

Monday: 35 minute elliptical

Tuesday: 5 miles @ 9:13 + abs

Wednesday: 3.5 miles @ 9:15 + arms/legs

Thursday: 5 miles @ 9:13 + abs (progressive run-> 9:42, 9:22, 9:07, 8:59, 8:56)

Friday: Rest like a boss!

Saturday: 6.15 miles with MTT @ 9:21 + weights

Sunday: 4 miles @ 9:30 + abs

Total: 23.65 miles -> this is my sweet spot! I feel great, am not ravenous all the time, and have tons of energy.

6/8- 6/14:

Monday: 45 minutes elliptical

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:35 (weights)

Wednesday: 3.1 miles @ 9:40 (abs)

Thursday: 5.2 miles @ 9:17-> group morning run! (weights)

Friday: Rest:)

Saturday: 8 miles with MTT @ 9:40 + abs

Sunday: 4 miles @ 9:43 + arms/legs

Total: 24 miles

How were your runs this week? How do you deal with the heat?!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Not the Best

I'm gonna be honest, 29 was not my best birthday.

I came home on Tuesday night to this- a broken AC unit and my condo at 81 degrees.

The delights of home ownership
I called Michael & Sons, a local company, and talked to a very nice technician who told me they would be out at my house between 12 and 4 pm on Wednesday. I prepared to sleep in the heat!

This bedside set-up reminded me of my dorm in college that didn't have AC...I don't know how I survived!
Of course I tossed and turned all night, so I woke up on my birthday exhausted. I planned on a long run, but I was not feeling it for numerous reasons, so I did a short run and went to work. My coworker brought me fruit and sunflower seed butter and another brought me cupcakes! All food is good food:)

Happiness on my desk
We had our 8th grade "graduation" ceremony, so work was fun, but I left early when I got a call from the HVAC technician. It turns out that it was my capacitor, which was a cheaper fix (couple hundred versus couple thousand). However, my compressor overheated while the capacitor was being fixed, so my AC had to be kept off all afternoon and we didn't know 100% if it was fixed.

I am not gonna lie, those few hours were not great. My mind kept going to "what will I do if I have to get a new AC unit? How will I pay for it? WHY DO PEOPLE OWN THINGS? Home ownership is a waste! I'm gonna sell my place and rent forever-> at least you can plan financially even if it is more expensive each month! Ahhh but I love my condo- what if my rental place has crazy neighbors?!" 

I went on a walk to clear my head but I only made it worse because my mind kept wandering. It's amazing how repairs can really set you financially back, especially if they pile up back to back! It's hard to always have enough...

I turned my AC back on right before I went to my stats class. I *thought* it was working, but wouldn't know for sure until I got back later in the night. So I had a thrilling stats class (I really love math but the class is boring and the professor goes pretty slow because a lot of people haven't had the material before) and then met friends for Thai food!

I had a big birthday dinner last year, so I wanted something smaller this year where I could talk to everyone. I met with three friends at a place in Carytown. Look at the sign I saw on my way to the restaurant! Haha.

Throwback to the 90's, and I appreciate it.
After a delicious dinner, we went to sweet frog for some fro yo goodness. 

We don't mess with Sweet Frog!

We ended our evening around 9 PM-> out late on a work night! And when I got home my AC was officially working! So the day ended well, but I could have done without the first parts of it:) I went to bed before 10 PM because I did a group run Thursday morning at 5:45 AM.

I honestly do not put a lot of pressure on myself to have "amazing" birthdays, because it can leave you feeling disappointed. I distinctly remember on my 16th birthday, crying after my parents had gone to bed because it wasn't as amazing as I thought it was supposed to be. It wasn't bad by any means, but just not that INCREDIBLE day that everyone expects. From then on I have taken a much more low-key approach to birthdays, and I like that better. I am happy to be turning a year older and celebrating, but don't like the expectations of the day. So even though this year was not my best, that is ok. It can always be worse. And, hey, I feel like it can only go up from here!

Anyone else have a particularly good or bad birthday experience? I had a surprise party on my 15th which was awesome (thanks to my amazing friend, Sarah!) and totally unexpected and my 21st was very fun, too!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

29 Awesome Things from my 29 Years

Hey! It's my birthday! Today I celebrate my last year as a 20-something. In honor of the beginning of the end (ha), here is what I am thankful for/proud of/liked the most/random facts from my 29 years (in no particular order). They have been pretty awesome.

  1. I graduated with my B.A. and M.Ed. and started my Ph.D.! I think I love school:)
  2. I lived in 9 different homes in 3 different cities (2 different states)
  3. I bought my first car
  4. I bought my first HOME!
  5. I worked 10 different jobs (2 of which are career related)
  6. I got 1 career promotion
  7. I went to Europe FIVE times (France/Italy, UK, Italy again, Spain and Greece)
  8. I explored parts of the U.S.A. and surrounding territories-> Puerto Rico, Bahamas, California, Nevada, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, D.C., Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Vermont, New Hampshire, Michigan...
  9. I attended 32 weddings (and was in 4 of them)!
  10. I opened a Roth IRA and 457 (b)
  11. I played soccer and swam for about 12 years each!
  12. I ran 4 half marathons 
  13. I ran 1 marathon
  14. I overcame an eating disorder
  15. I got 2 cats (only 1 lives with me!) 
  16. I was vegan, vegetarian...and then stuck with being a "lazy vegetarian":) I promise I can make up my mind.
  17. I went on a million dates (felt like it at least!)
  18. I joined a sorority (Alpha Chi Omega)
  19. I had a total of 43 housemates/roommates (not including family)
  20. I made the all-girls and mixed show choirs in my high school
  21. I was in a choir in college and an acapella group after college
  22. I was in 2 plays
  23. I had 2 solos
  24. I learned the importance of a good book
  25. I had my first celebrity crushes (Johnathan Taylor Thomas and Leonardo Dicaprio)
  26. I had 4 hamsters (Chip, Whiskers, Squeaky and Jack-> yup, from Titanic)
  27. I met a lot of awesome friends who make my life so amazing and teach me to be a better person (gonna get sappy here)
  28. I learned to let go of friends who weren't good for me and stand up for myself
  29. I chose to be happy:)

I am excited for 29!!!

What are some of your big life milestones/accomplishments? Anyone else with a June 10th birthday? We're pretty awesome:)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

National Running Day

It's National Running Day! I obviously had to start my day off with a cool, drizzly run. And in honor of this great day, I want to steer you over to this post to read about why I run.

Bathroom selfie action before I PR'ed a 10k in the cold March weather sporting my marathon finisher hat!

I have run A LOT this year! Check out my stats:

I bet you can tell the months I was marathon training, huh?

In case you can't read it, this year I have run 589 miles! That is crazy! I may be insane, but it honestly is all about getting into a rhythm and then it becomes easy. Running is a part of my life. A GREAT part:) And even if you don't run and you get no joy from this day, I hope you find some sort of physical activity that fuels your life.

Have a great Wednesday!

If you are a far did you run today to celebrate?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Time of Your Life

When graduation season approaches, especially since I work in a high school and currently am in graduate school, I always think back to my own graduations and life changes.

I remember always hearing people say that high school or college was the "time of your life." And I always worried that was the case; that those years from 14-22 were supposed to be the best and if they weren't, then life would be a long road downhill.

But I have to disagree.

I feel that since I finished my master's degree and got a full-time job, that these years have been the time of my life, and a time I will never get back. I live on my own, support myself, travel, run races, spend money and time on what I want, live by my own accord, and don't have anyone or thing to answer to but myself. These may be selfish times for sure- I am not married nor do I have any kids- but I am loving it.

I think back to all the uncertainty of high school and college for me- not knowing if I would be ok. Would I get a job? Would I like it? Where would I live? Would I be able to take care of myself? Would I get married? Did I want kids? Would I be happy?

Right now, at 28 (almost 29), I am living in a time of so much joy for myself and people around me- friends are getting new, exciting jobs and moving cool places, getting engaged and married, having babies and starting families, traveling the world, and going back to school and getting some bad a** degrees. It is not just me embarking on new paths- it is everyone. This is a special time of my life for sure, and I love to share in all this joy with people. 

I know this time won't last forever, but I have to wonder why people put so much pressure on young people to have the time of their life in high school or college. Sure, it is a fun time- you are spending time with friends (I do miss having friends around me all the time) with limited responsibilities, but I never felt it was entirely carefree. You do worry about things: loans, debt, jobs, classes, and how life will turn out, and you are still discovering what you want....I think that for most people now, college is not as carefree as it once was, and while that is fine, students and even adults still put a lot of pressure on those times to make them AMAZING. In reality, it is ok if they are not, and honestly, should they be? That is a long life of disappointment if your heyday was in the first 3rd of your life.

So I think it is important to make every moment in your life the "time of you life" or else what is the point in living? Sure there are ups and downs along the way, but I really think that this time is pretty great.

And to relay this view, I read Andie Mitchell's book "It Was Me All Along" (which you should read-> she also has a great blog), and found this quote particularly fitting to life and all the pressures we put on ourselves to be happy and perfect. That the ups and downs are what make us and are nothing to be ashamed of, but that owning them is what makes up who we are and life all the more sweeter.

Here's the truth I've come to know: fat or thin, it was me all along.

The thing is, it's easy to find the bad. I'm cynical at times. Pessimistic and realistic. I can, and do, look at situations in pros and cons. But what I've come to know as true, in the last twenty-eight years, is that I am everything I've ever been.

I will always know fat. And love who she is. And know that fat, in itself, is not a bad word. I'll own it and respect those twenty years. They were hard, but they were sweet, too. I grew up oin that body, in that time, in that big, beautiful mind.

I will always know thin. And love who she is. And know that even when she feels heavier mentally, she's freer now. She's effervescent. Small, but tough,

I will always know that the grass, though it seems emerald and glowing in that field on the other side, it isn’t. Flowers grow here; they grow over there. As weeds do, to. 

But both are wide and they’re open. And I can lie and cry in one and move and spin in the other. Just knowing this: they’re the same field. And they’re both mine.

What do you think about the "time of your life?"