Saturday, December 31, 2011

Here's to a New Year

Happy New Year!

A few days ago I decided to make an inspiration board, after being inspired by another blog. Since then I have been cutting pictures out of magazines like a mad woman.  In general, I looked for words / pictures / ideas that I wanted to accomplish / experience / change in 2012.

Here is the result:













I plan to hang it in front of my treadmill, so I can get a nice LONG look at it everyday. Hopefully it will be a daily reminder of what I should focus my energy on, instead of getting caught up in the little things that don't really matter.

The 13.1 (miles) is in the middle, because my primary goal for the new year is to run a half marathon.  I *almost* have those plans finalized.  Other ideas I included were family,  marriage, nutrition, health, and traveling.

I can't wait to see what exciting things the new year brings!  Stay tuned tomorrow for my New Year's resolution. :)

Today I ran 3 miles while reading Good In Bed  on my ipad. (I promise, the book isn't nearly as creepy as the cover makes it out to be).

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I have never read while running before, but I was getting to the end of the book and didn't want to stop reading to run.  It actually wasn't that difficult and I got so caught up in the story that I had run 30 minutes without even thinking about it.  Perfect.

Tomorrow is my rest day, which is wonderful timing because my mom's side of the family is coming over for Christmas.  My house is nowhere near ready.  Good thing I didn't cut out a picture of a sparkling clean kitchen for my inspiration board.  Hehehe.

Tonight we are headed to a friends house to ring in the new year.  I made cookies and cream cheesecake bars and crazy feta cheese dip, both from a new cooking blog I have been reading.  (The recipes are linked if you want to check them out).

I hope your NYE is happy (and safe).

Thought for the day:

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Bass Ackwards

I am absolutely loving this beautiful weather, 



but I am ready to go sledding. Bring on the snow!

Remember how my coffee maker was broken?  Well, my friend Chessa told me to run vinegar through it, which worked for exactly two days, and now it is broken again, except I can't even run anything through it anymore.  So, back to some oven mitt tea action.

Tomorrow I really am going to call them...

This morning I ran a short but effective interval workout that I found here.  

After the workout I decided to try something new.  A few days ago, one of my friends sent me the following message on Facebook:
I saw this on pinterest and it made me think about ur running blog.

Run backward to get fitter.

"Want to boost your running? Try running backwards! A recent study found women who did backward running three times a week for six weeks became aerobically fitter than those who stuck to running forwards. The south Africa researchers also found backwards running helps posture and co-ordination. They say running one lap of the athletics track backwards offers the fitness benefits of running six laps forwards. Just don't trip up!"

Good luck!!


How awesome is that?!?  Now Lord knows that if I went straight to running backwards I would last all of 5 seconds before falling off the treadmill.  So, for a "cool-down"  I walked backwards at 2.0 mph for 5 minutes. 

At first it felt really weird, but after a while I started to get the hang of it.  I can see how it would help to build different muscle groups.  Next week I hope to find a jogging / walking backwards treadmill workout.  

Who knows?  Maybe one day I will as good as this guy:


Over lunch I went to the DMV to get license plates for my new baby.  I only waited in line for an hour (because it is the last business day of the month and year) and then realized that I didn't have all the paperwork I needed, but with one quick detour I was back in the game with new plates in hand.  To reward myself for only spending one day at the DMV I went to Tara's to get an ice cream cone.  

It was AMAZING.

Tomorrow is going to be a little, short, slow kind of run and then a rest day to start off the New Year right!

Thought for the day:


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Change of Plans

Every morning Lily and I play a game.

I pretend like I am asleep and she nose nudges me awake, then I pet her for a little bit, then pretend like I am asleep again.  Eventually she gets impatient and paws me as if to say, "Hey, for real, I need to go outside."

Well, this morning she was in it to win it, because I got one nose nudge and then clawed...right on the eyeball.  I started screaming hysterically because I was sure she took my eyeball out.  Poor Dan, he must have thought I was dying.

Turns out, it was just a scratch.  BUT, she did peel my contact off.

Next time I am getting up as soon as she moves. :)

I was planning on going into work today, but since my vision was a little hazy, I decided to work from home. Again. So I didn't run this morning.  Again.

When lunch time rolled around I got dressed, all ready for some sprints on the treadmill. Then I looked outside and saw how beautiful it was.

So, on a whim I decided to go for a run outside.  I had every intention of making it a short run, but it was so beautiful outside, I just kept on going.  For 9 miles.

I really hadn't prepared for a long run, as far as hydrating, eating enough fuel, or wearing the proper clothes to prevent the "rubbage" that tends to happen after 5 miles, so my body is  regretting that decision, but it feels good to add an extra mile on my half marathon training.

Tonight a few of my high school friends are coming over to catch up.  Can't wait.

Thought for the day:


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Low-Blood-Sugar-Racheal

I've said before that working from home has its benefits.  But, today, not so much.

When I work from home I tend to procrastinate my run, thinking I can squeeze it in over lunch. Well, lunch came and went today, and still no run.

Also, when I work from home I don't plan out my meals and snacks like I do when I pack them for work, which today resulted in me having toast topped with goat cheese and everything pretzel crumbs for lunch.

Very tasty but not very energy efficient.  So when I got on the treadmill at 4:00 I only made it two miles when my alter-ego "Low-Blood-Sugar-Racheal" came out.  

My cousin told me the other day that she can "see it in my eyes" when I have low blood sugar.  Bahahaha.  

After that, the only choice I had was to get off the treadmill and get a "snack" which turned into a 20 minute raid of my pantry.  Oops.  

I gave the food baby a half hour to digest and ran another 2 miles while watching The Only Way is Essex.  

Tomorrow is some sprint action and Friday is 8 miles (for real this time).

Thought for the day (I should have read this yesterday):

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"Snap Back to Reality...

...Oh, there goes gravity"

...and a really full inbox after not checking my work email for TEN days!

It was good while it lasted. :)

I love how after Christmas there is usually a 4 day work week until New Year's (another 3 day weekend) in order to slowly ease yourself back into the swing of things.

I forgot to mention yesterday that when I got home from Colorado, Dan had fixed my treadmill!  Hallelujah!  A Christmas miracle!

But when that door closed, another door opened, and now my Keurig is broken, which may be more of a tragedy than the treadmill. I require caffeine in the morning.  It is flashing the error "de-scale." What does that mean?  I *might* have the time / patience to call them tonight.

This morning, in my hunt for caffeine, I popped a coffee cup with a tea bag and water in the microwave for 2 minutes and waited impatiently until it beeped.  Stupidly, I grabbed the cup as soon as I could and burnt my inside of my 3 middle fingers.  I forgot that 2 minutes in the microwave in my new house does not equal 2 minutes in my microwave at my old house (the last place I made tea without my Keurig).

Silly me.  Good thing I iced those suckers down fast...my fingers are my money makers.  A broken leg would be no big deal, but I have to type to do my job. :)

This morning I ran 5 miles while watching The Only Way is Essex which I had to Wikipedia, because after watching two episodes, I still couldn't figure out if it was a reality show, or a spoof on a reality show (like The Office or Modern Family).  I am a little slow at picking up British humor, but it gave me a good Jersey Shore-like-fix until next season.


From Wikipedia:
The Only Way Is Essex, (often abbreviated as TOWIE)[2][3] is a BAFTA winning British semi-reality ("dramality") show based in Essex,England. It shows "real people in modified situations, saying unscripted lines but in a structured way."[4]

Hmmm...who knew such a thing existed?  I may give it a few more chances, but drop it when my regular shows come back on.

Tomorrow will be another 5ish mile run, and then maybe sprints on Thursday.

I just sent Dan to pick up dinner from the new Mediterranean cafe in Martin City.  I am a little nervous because when the woman on the phone repeated our order back to me she pronounced "gyro" phonetically. Hopefully that isn't a sign of the authenticity of the food. :)

Thought for the day:

Monday, December 26, 2011

An Up-Chuck Christmas

I woke up early Christmas morning, but not to see what Santa brought.

Instead, I was praying to the porcelain Gods, along with the majority of my family.  It was a good thing we celebrated Christmas a on Friday or else most of us would have been opening our presents in bed.


I understand EXACTLY how Mickey feels.  :)

Being sick was only one of the excuses I have for not running.

On Friday I know that I said I was going to run 8 miles, but I was so busy trying to get last minute gifts together, that I only ran 3.5 miles.

On Saturday Santa came, then I went to the Chiefs game, and when I got home I didn't feel all that great.  So I didn't run at all.  SHAME.

On Sunday I spent most of the day in the bathroom or in bed.  So again, no running.

Today I have recovered, for the most part.  I ran 3 miles while watching New Girl.  I know that isn't anything spectacular, but it is better than the past few days.

Hopefully tomorrow, when the real world starts again and I go back to my normal routine, I will get over this running funk.

Here are some Christmas highlights:
 Santa brought Grandma and Grandpa a new stove.  It took all day and all the men to get it installed.
 Reindeer cheeseball
 Present room
 Dan's deviled eggs
 My "12 Days of Christmas" glass

 We got a Roomba from my cousins!  Now I will never have to vacuum again! :)  And just in case I do, my parents got us a Dyson.
Our stockings.

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and has a short week until New Year's!

Thought for the day:

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Yoga with Racheal

I took an official yoga class today at the hotel.  That cartoon pretty much sums up my experience. Hehehe.

No, in all seriousness, it was a very interesting and extremely challenging hour.  I have always thought that there was no way I could get an effective workout while sitting in one place and practicing on "balance" and "finding my center."  Boy was I wrong.  I spent most of the hour with muscles trembling and only had the energy to run one mile when I was done.

I don't think I am going to trade in my running shorts for yoga pants any time soon, but I do look forward to adding it on to my work out regimen.  Maybe I will try Bikram Yoga next...

After packing up my stuff I headed to the spa for my first ever official massage.  



OH MY GOODNESS.  That was the best hour of my life.  There were a few times I caught myself drooling.  That woman took all the soreness out of my body.  I can't wait to get Dan one the next time we go on vacation.

On an unrelated note, I just found out that our hotel has complimentary soft mall-like pretzels with either salt or cinnamon / sugar every afternoon.  On the day I am leaving.  Probably for the best...

We are heading to Denver now to catch our flight.  I had an AMAZING time, but I am excited to get back to Dan and my babies

Tomorrow is going to be a crazy day (Christmas at Grandma June's), but I am determined to squeeze in an 8 mile run.

Thought for the day:


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wish You Were Here...


Bahahaha!  I love cheesy old postcards.  All I can say is those girls must have had some serious wind burn.

Yesterday I advanced to the "green slopes" and by the end of the day I had skied all the way down the mountain.  I fell more than a few times, one of which I screamed a few choice words in front of young children.  Dang it.

Last night I had nightmares of skiing off the side of the mountain...and I thought it was pretty much a miracle that I had survived two days of skiing and one day of tubing without any serious injuries.  So, I decided to not jinx it and stayed off the mountain today.

Instead we had a lazy morning and played cards.  I ran 3 miles on the treadmill while watching a Christmas movie and the snow falling on the mountain out the window. So cheesy.  :)

Then we headed to the shops in Vail where we saw professional ice skaters (one from the US Olympic team),
 a polar bear made of snow,
 and an awesome covered bridge over a creek.

Loved it!

Tomorrow we are hoping to get a massage before heading back to Denver to catch a plane.

Thought for the day:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tubing with Racheal

Good morning,

Yesterday our muscles were so sore that we decided to take a break on skiing.  Instead, we decided to ride giant yellow tubes down the mountain.


You would think that tubing down a hill is much easier and safer than skiing down a hill.

For me?

Not so much.

My brother-in-law and I were racing, so we got a running start and went down the hill "super-man style."  But I didn't land on my tube all the way, which resulted in my body (sans tube) log rolling down the hill about 1/4 of the way.  Hahaha.  (For the record, I was beating him before I fell off.)


Despite the tumble, it was SUCH A BLAST and made me feel like a kid again.  It was also a nice rest from my oh-so-sore muscles.

On my last trip down, I thought to record it with my phone. Give it a few seconds to start, because I had to put my glove back on before I went down....

Because of the sore muscles, and some weird altitude sickness, I didn't run yesterday and I don't think I will run today.  BUT, I will be skiing, which come to find out, it GREAT exercise.  Hopefully tomorrow, with some stretching and Advil, I will be able to get back on the horse.

Thought for the day:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Skiing with Racheal

Heya,

We arrived in Vail safe and sound after a shuttle ride by Vladimier (Vlad for short) from Denver.  Perfect. :)

We chilled in the condo Saturday night and got settled in, which also meant lots of Kauffman play time.




So. Stinkin.  Cute.

Yesterday, I hopped out of bed, ran 2 miles on the treadmill at the gym,


did a Yoga DVD, and then got ready to go ski.


That is NOT the hill that I skied down.

My uncle signed us up for an entire day of ski lessons, which I desperately needed.  Surprisingly I survived the day on the Bunny Slopes with only two fairly graceful wipeouts.



Today I am super sore, but excited to hit the slopes again.

Have a wonderful week! :)

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