Don’t call it a come back..

I stumbled upon my blog last night while trolling my old instagram posts.  Ever done that?  It’s like a trip down memory lane.  It was brought to my attention that I haven’t posted anything in two years.  That stops today.  *celebratory dance*

Lets see… in the past two years;

I got married – yep! Took the plunge.  In May of 2017, on a rainy but perfect day, I married the man I’ve loved for the better part of my life.  Instead of going the traditional Greek Orthodox route (didn’t work out – we tried), we got married at Ripken Stadium, on home plate.  Our favors were peanuts and sunflower seeds, and the groomsman played baseball after the ceremony.  It was a pretty epic day.  Enjoy a *brief* snapshot below from our amazing photographer Lauren Mudrock. 🙂 19243288_10103576267817605_8211860964092132088_o.jpg1.jpg3.jpg4.jpg5.jpg56.jpg

I got a new job!  After two years of service at PinnacleCare, I resigned as a full time employee and accepted a position at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at the Wilmer Eye Institute.  I also accepted a part time, contracted, position at PinnacleCare as a researcher.  (Obviously I wasn’t ready to leave entirely)  Working at Johns Hopkins has been pretty excellent.  In the three months that I’ve been employed, I’ve seen 4 different world class specialists… that were less than a 5 minute walk from my office door.  Also, I just finished my first research report for PC for Orthopaedics.  Pretty awesome considering I hear about eyes all day.

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I got sick.  Let me preface this with saying, I’m ok, I’m not dying, but I’m not well either.  I mentioned previously that I’ve seen 4 specialists in the last 90 days.  So this is what I’m working with right now.  I started to lose my hair, my body ached like I had the flu,  my energy level went straight to the crapper, and I gained some weight (*gasp*) even though my eating habits and activity level hadn’t changed.  There were/are some other symptoms, but I wont bore you/gross you out with those. 😉  Long story short,  I have some type of autoimmune issue.  Plainly… my body is attacking itself, for one reason or another.  Fun right?  Eh, not really.  Now, It’s important for me to mention that I’m still a fully functional adult.  Apart from missing a few hours here and there to attend appointments, I’m ALWAYS at work, ALWAYS running around with my munchkin, and ALWAYS at school.  I refuse to let whatever is going on mess up my life.

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I (almost) finished school! I graduate (finally) from University of Maryland in May of 2018.  To say this is a long time coming is a bit of an understatement.  As most of you know, I moved to Germany in my early 20’s and then popped out a kid.  So, I obviously put school on hold for a bit.  I’m pretty pleased that I’ve been able to knock out school, work full time, and be a “super cool mom” (Als words, not mine) all while feeling like a steaming pile of hot garbage.

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And finally, I got to play nurse.  My husband, in his almighty wisdom, broke his hand.  I’m not sure if you remember, but my ex husband was injured, pretty severely, requiring surgery and a LONG rehabilitation process in 2007.  I believe this is what sparked my love for healthcare.  When my husband called me and told me he broke his hand, I jumped into nurse mode.  (Let me be clear, I’m NOT a nurse, nor do I claim to have more than minimal medical knowledge)  I love helping people, everyday, every instance.  When the person who needs my help is my husband, I get to channel my love for him into care.  (*shifty eyes* I’m not sure I worded that correctly, but you get my drift) Knowing that someone needed my help, even if for little things, made my everyday routine more worthwhile.  I’m one of those women who like to be needed.

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As this is usually a running related blog, and I’ve already bored you with my personal life (har har) let me fill you in on some neat running things going on in my life as well.

I got into BERLIN! I entered the Berlin Marathon lottery on a whim as I’d never done a lottery race before…. ever.  I waited patiently until the last week of November when I 100% expected to receive an email saying “Sorry!”  Yep, well… not quite what happened.  I opened the “CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’RE ALREADY A WINNER” email (which made me smile solely on the title) to find out that my number was drawn and I was invited to run Berlin in 2018.  [[ Brief history time – Germany holds my heart.  I lived in Germany for a few years and was blessed to be able to travel frequently while over there.  I saw parts of Germany that made me realize that my view on the world was entirely wrong.  There were so many other things that needed to be explored outside of the continental United States.  Also, the most important person in my life was born in Germany – my kiddo.  After moving back stateside in 2010, I realized just how much I loved and missed living in Germany and I vowed to go back as soon as I was able.  Getting accepted into the Berlin Marathon is my chance to finally get back to the country that fills my heart. ]]  Get ready for some Berlin training and packing and freaking out posts to come in the future.  (also, take note that the background photo on my blog is from an adorable town in Germany called Rothenburg ob der Tauber.)

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I finished my 6th full marathon at Marine Corps in October 2017.  Running with the Marines is something that brings me more joy then I can explain with words.  I’ve run MCM twice, and plan to run every year for the foreseeable future, be it through the 17.75k guaranteed entry, through charity, or through lottery.  I know many runners that refuse to run the same race twice, which I completely understand and respect, but I hold Marine Corps in a different category.  As an Army Veteran, I love the idea of any race built around the military.  The fact that Marines line the course at this race is amazing.  They are kind, encouraging, and pretty adorable (I didn’t see any that were over 20 years old this year).  To have the finisher medal put around my neck by a member of the armed forces is … well, it’s just epic.

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That’s about all I have for you today.  I’ve missed you – hopefully you’ve missed me enough to have read through this lengthy post. As per the usual, I’ll end with a few questions!

  • How have your last two years been??
  • Have you ever run a race in another country?
  • Do you have any “must do” races that you’ll run over and over again?

 

 

#FridayFive 5 things I love about @Nov_Proj_Balt!!! Linking up with @EatPrayRunDC, @Marmaone1 and @Yousignedup!!

First off, let me apologize the the late post… I usually bust these Friday Fives out first thing, but… I had an excellent excuse this morning.  I was with my tribe.  (say what??)   My tribe.  November Project Baltimore.  This Friday, the topic is “5 things I love about ____” So, naturally after my AMAZING work out this morning, it was a no brainer for me to chose NP as my “thing” that I love!! 

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As per the usual, I’m linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC!, Mar at Mar On The Run!, and Cynthia over at You signed up for what??  Also known as the DC Trifecta!! So, lets get this ball rolling!!!

1.  It’s free –  No, really.  A fitness experience that costs you LITERALLY nothing.  If you’re lucky enough to live by the locations, you don’t even pay for gas!! If you’re like me however, and you are driving from Towson to Fells point (on Wednesdays) or Patterson Park (on Fridays), THE PARKING IS FREE!!! So, seriously… IT’S FREE!!!!

2. It’s early – this is a HUGE plus for me.  I’m an early bird already… plus my hours at work at 6am-2:30pm… so the earlier the better.  But my hours are flexible (luckily) so I can make up time during the week and come in late on days when I kick ass with my tribe!! But… for all you 9-5ers, you get to NP at 6:30, you’re done by 7:10-7:15, that gives you enough time to get home, shower, AND get back to work before work!! (If I can do it, so can you…) Also!! On Wednesdays, NP Baltimore offers a 5:30 workout for the REAL early risers!! w00t!!

3. It’s motivating – I’m the kind of person who gets bored easily… not during a November project work out.   This morning for instance… THE HILLS WERE ALIVE IN PATTERSON PARK PEOPLE!!! WHOOO!!! No, really.  Hills are… well, not my favorite, so I tend to zone out a bit.  Leave it to my tribe to motivate the crap out of me!!  Patrick, who I just met today, (one of the co-leaders) was on his bike carrying music up and down the hills (yea… really!!) and as he passed me he yelled “NICE STACEY KEEP IT UP!!”  Bam!  Instant push to run faster.  I also met another tribe member for the first time today named Maurice (super cool dude).  He passed me a few times, and each time he cracked a joke!!  I went from huffing and puffing, to giggling and running faster!! It was AWESOME!  

4. All ages and all body types –  This kind of speaks for it self… There is no discrimination at the November Project.  It’s a beautiful thing.  I’m still extremely new to the tribe and I feel more love and acceptance from this group of people then I have from ANY other group I’ve worked out with.  This includes sports teams I’ve played on for years! You don’t see snickering, you don’t hear teasing… it’s a no bullshit environment.  Respect for everyone that #justshowedup.

5. ITS FUN!!!! – My sister thinks I’m nuts because I told her (and I quote) “I had SO MUCH FUN working out this morning!”  She gave me this “what are you smoking?!” kind of face… and then said “Well, you are in a MUCH better mood today then yesterday!!” I just smiled and said, “Thank the november project!”  No joke, I’ve never had such a good time WORKING OUT in my entire 29 years on this planet.  EVER.  Giggles, jokes, (so many) high fives, hugs, profanity (which means more giggling), and of course the fact that I’m bettering myself by working out… are just AMAZING!!!

Check out the November Project website to see if there is a tribe near you… seriously… #JustShowUp!!! ❤

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#FridayFive {simple pleasures} – Linking up with @Marmaone1, @yousignedup and @EatPrayRunDC

Hey there!! Again!! It’s a slow day at work so I’m able to do two blog posts in one day!! (w00t!!) Lucky huh? Seriously though, my new place doesn’t have internet, and my phone is at 90% data used… so it really is lucky that I can do this now, lol. Happy Dance for office internet!! 

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So, as I do every week, I’m linking up with the DC Trifecta, Mar from Mar on the run (who I’m TOTALLY jealous of right now… She’s in beautiful Cali at a wicked amazing fitness convention!! Living vicariously through you girl!!) Cynthia from You Signed Up For What? and last but not least, Courtney over at Eat Pray Run DC!  This week we get to pick our own topic for the Friday five and I’m choosing simple pleasures

1. A warm mug of green tea –  Yea… recently I’ve been coming home to my new place after working all day, running, showering, hanging with my little dude for a bit, and then plopping my tush on the couch with a nice warm mug of Ginger Green Tea.  It’s remarkable how that little cup of amazingness can make the worries and well… shit (for lack of a better work) from the day just kind of go away, even temporarily.  I have a keurig, so I use single serving K-cups to “brew” my tea.   I add one ice cube (yea i know… odd) and a little bit of honey.  Absolutely perfection.  

2. Hearing “how was work?” from a three year old – The past couple of days when I’ve gone to see my son, he’s (like it’s an everyday thing) asked me upon arrival (after my hug of course) “Mommy, how was work?!” The first day he asked me (tuesday of this week) I got a silly grin on my face because he’d never asked me before.  I replied like I would any other adult. (Alex’s father and I don’t speak to him like a child, which is why, I think, his vocabulary is far more advanced then many other kids his age). I said to him “It was just another ordinary day Als, but thank you for asking!! That was very nice of you!” He smiled, trotted away to play and I just sort of stood there, smiling.  

3. A warm towel after you shower – This is probably a simple pleasure for a lot of us… but it reminds me of being wrapped up in a blanket, more so than a towel!  Especially when you aren’t expecting one!! (Like, for instance, someone else was unloading the dryer and thought “hey, she might appreciate a nice warm towel!!”) You almost forget that you’re cold, wet, and naked… at least for a moment.  You’re warm, safe, snuggled up.  Nice right? 🙂

4. “I’m thinking of you” – Those four little words mean more to me then I can even tell you.  The past few years have been, well, trying.  (If you’ve read this blog before, you are familiar as to why…) Getting a text from a family member or a close friend with only those words has been enough to lift my sometimes broken spirits.  Just enough to know that for a moment, I was on someones mind.   For that moment, I wasn’t “alone”.  Again, nice right??? 

5. The smell of fire – Now, I don’t mean building about to collapse under the pressure of a blaze kind of fire… I mean, bonfires, someone starting up a grill, even someone burning old newspapers in the back of their yard.  I’m a bit of a pyro (have been since I was little) so the smell, the sounds, even the sights of (controlled) fire are amazing to me.  When I go on my evening runs and I smell fire, instinctively I start to smile.  I think “what could they be doing? are they making smores? are they starting a bonfire?” The smell consumes my nose and makes me happy.  

These are my simple pleasures… what are yours??? Hope you enjoyed my Friday Five!! Have a fantastic weekend!!!!! ❤

#Chuck12 race recap – sponsoredby @BioSkin!! @CharmCityRun #runbaltimore #runchat #sweatpink

The Charles Street 12 or  “Chuck12” (ya know, because we’re bros) is an amazing race that I was able to participate in this past Saturday.  I came into the race a bit unprepared and with a few injuries, but I did it!!  Also, and more importantly, this race I had the honor of being sponsored by BioSkin!! Looking at the race photos, I look like a poster child for BioSkin, lol. I’m rocking their amazing Calf Sleeves, and amazing new product they have out called the Ten-7, and a BioSkin t-shirt! 🙂 (More about that at the bottom of the post!!!)

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Charles Street is a historic road (like… really, it was laid out in 1730!) that runs through Baltimore.  It starts near where I live in Towson, and runs all the way into Baltimore City. (No, we didn’t run the ENTIRE length of the road… only 12 miles – yea, I giggled after I typed that.. only 12 miles.)  I was really excited to run this course because it’s a baby race!  Let me explain… it’s younger than my son.  This race is 2 years old, and I was pumped to be getting in on the action early in its “career”!!  Also, what excited me about the “Chuck12” was the elevation and course map.   I love my city.  Yea, we have some issues… but Baltimore is beautiful.  So, the idea of running passed monuments like the Baltimore Basilica, Loyola University, Towson University, The Walters Art Gallery, The Peabody institute, only to end at power plant? Yea… I was sold. (and yes, I did run past all of those places. All as beautiful as I remember. 🙂 I also got to run through Harbor place!! 🙂 Gorgeous!! Really.  So anyway, back to elevation… this was a bit misleading… the elevation chart posted on the website makes the course look like a piece of cake!! Look…

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                                      Chuck 12 Elevation Chart

Yea… No.  Well, at least not for me.  Like I mentioned, I was coming in a bit unprepared, and a bit injured.  However, I had a small army of compression, thanks to BioSkin, that (for real) saved me during this race.  The “bumps” as they’re lovingly called on the Charles St 12 website kicked my ass!!  No joke.  I was feeling a serious burn at mile 4.  Luckily because of my “army”, I kept trucking.  I inadvertently passed myself with a group of runner from Fleet feet Running.  They were keeping a decent clip that wasn’t making me feel like death, and wasn’t hurting my ankle too terribly… so I kept pace with them.  (I recognized the shirts they had on because my office is 3 miles from Fleet Feet’s Baltimore location.)  Around mile 8 I picked up some speed and lost them.  I started thinking to myself, “Ok, 1/3 to go, you’ve got this… just don’t stop”.  Yea, I tend to divide my races up mathematically to make me feel better about the distance I’ve “traveled” or the distance I have yet to travel. Weird, but effective.  (I never said I was normal, lol).  Little did I know there was a KILLER hill right ahead of me… *sigh*. Eh, Embrace the suck.  I trucked… slowly up the hill and on the way down noticed something… well… interestingly dressed people.  I thought “shit, did I run to hard? Am I going to pass out?? I’m seeing things!!” Then I remembered by supervisor talking about her oldest son going to an anime convention this weekend in the Harbor… *lightbulb* Otakon (sp?) HUGE sigh of relief that I wasn’t about to fall out in front of all these people!!  Best part?? This was the first time during the whole race where people were cheering!   It was actually a nice change from the IRATE drivers that we’d been dealing with throughout the rest of the race. Seriously though… these people were driving through the runners, almost hitting them, beeping at us, and yelling at the very polite Baltimore City Police officers that were trying to protect us.  What the actual f?  I’m sorry, but what part of a few thousand runner are you missing here bud?!! Eh well, Obviously I survived without getting pummeled by a ridiculous driver.  I saw the photographers on Harbor place and had to dodge a few tourists in order to not have them block the shot (Ludacris – “Move bitch”… yea… JUST LIKE THAT!)  Luckily, I had shades on… otherwise the eye rolls may have been offensive.  Once again though… you see A TON OF RUNNERS COMING AT YOU… at least to me, that would mean, GET OUT OF THE WAY!!! But then again… maybe that’s runner logic?  I don’t know.  Again, didn’t get taken out by a rouge tourist either!  Yay!! *small victories!!*  I ran past the World Trade Center in Baltimore and started to see other runners with medals.. “w00t!! my slow ass is almost done this thing!!” (yes I have an inner monologue while running)  Turned the corner towards Power plant and BAM!! There she was… THE FINISH ARCH!!! 🙂 Gorgeous as ever!! 🙂 I got my BANGING medal… 

Epic Bling!!

Epic Bling!!

And then searched for water… yea… that wasn’t really cool, but I found it eventually.  What WAS cool was the boxed lunch offered.  Little turkey sandwich, chips (which I gave to Alex) and a Green Apple… which I also gave to Alex… Eh… Mom problems. lol. At least I got the sandwich.  I didn’t partake in the beer because I knew I still had a TON of moving left to do that day, and alcohol + injury + dehydration + moving = NOT GOOD!!! So, I drank my water said good bye to my buddies, and peaced out!! 

This picture is from the Charm City Run IG page, and guess who is RIGHT behind me (in O’s orange) and I didn’t know until AFTER this picture was posted… SALT (Lauren)!! lol. Yay for me being oblivious! 🙂 Also, yay for Baltimore blogger pictures! 🙂

photo of the Towson/Lutherville/Cockeysville Charm City Run runners before the race!

photo of the Towson/Lutherville/Cockeysville Charm City Run runners before the race!

Pros –

  • Amazing Under Armour Premium
  • Epic Bling
  • Tasty post race food
  • Beautiful course
  • Very well prepared overall
  • (not like this was in anyone’s control) PERFECT WEATHER
  • live post race entertainment

Cons –

  • Crazy drivers trying to out run the cops
  • misleading elevation chart
  • hard to find water at the finish line
  • tourists blocking race photographers
  • (person preference) no banana/fruit at the finish line

Will I do this race again next year? You bet your ass I will!! Also, I wont miss out on the B3 series by an hour, so I’ll hopefully get the epic swag that a lot of my friends were able to partake in this year!! (B3 was a 5k, 10k, and this race “series”… you run all three, got an extra medal and an Under Armour backpack… I ran the 10K and this race… the 5K sold out an hour before I could sign up, so I couldn’t partake… soooo, NEXT YEAR!!!)  

Now, let me take a moment to tell you about my “Army“… The Ten-7 is what BioSkin sent me upon sponsorship.  This thing is amazing!!  I told Jake (my contact) that I was having some knee pain while biking, and when I planted my foot in certain ways.  This “Brace” took away ALL of the pain in my knee… for the whole 12 miles! (don’t believe me? Look at the videos on their website and hear from other people).  This thing is awesome because it’s a knee brace, but it doesn’t touch your knee… look… 

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                Ten-7

Pull it on, tighten, go! Of course, I’m also a HUGE fan of the calf sleeves from BioSkin.  Pretty much any race I run 10 miles or over, they’re on my legs.  I have SERIOUS shin splints, and these bad boys keep me able to run. I’m a firm believer in proof… So, I can jabber at you all day, but you can look at my race photos as proof.  ALL OF THEM, I’m wearing BioSkin calf sleeves. I’m telling you right now… I.will.not.run.long.distances.without.them.  Nope, sorry not sorry.  

not the best picture of me personally, but you can see the calf sleeves, and the ten-7.

not the best picture of ME personally, but you can see the calf sleeves, and the ten-7.

I hope you enjoyed reading both my race recap, and my product review!! As always, stay happy and healthy!! ❤

#Friday Five!! {Race Memories} Linking up with @EatPrayRunDC, @Marmaone1 and @Yousignedup!! #runchat #sweatpink #runbaltimore

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Good morning!!! It’s friday!! (w00t) This work week has been a CRAZY one, and I for one am thankful it’s finally at it’s end! So, it’s time for the Friday Five!!! As per the usual I’m linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC!,  Mar from Mar on the Run! and Cynthia at You Signed up for what?! (the DC Trifecta). This weeks’ theme is Race Memories to which I have MANY!! It was actually difficult for me to pick 5… I think this is the first time since starting the Friday five that I’ve had difficulty picking 5 things!! Crazy right?! So, lets get started!! 

 

1. Casey Cares 5k @ Oriole Park At Camden Yards – How many people can say, “I got to run on the same field as the Orioles?! As a wicked O’s fan, this was amazing!! Also, (fangirl moment… please pardon me) Nick Markakis and his wife were the race announcers.  I’m not only a fan of Nick because he’s adorable and humble, but he’s an AMAZING ball player.  He just recently got his 1500th hit (I think he’s at 1505 now), which puts him second of all time for Orioles outfielders, only behind Brady Anderson. (told you… fangirl). 🙂 So, yea EPIC experience!! 🙂

Me and Dad @ OPACY!!

Me and Dad @ OPACY!!

Running onto the field at Camden Yards

Running onto the field at Camden Yards

2. 5k Foam Fest – This race was the first race I’ve ever done with my sister!! The obstacles left a bit to be desired, but I was REALLY happy to FINALLY complete a race with Stephanie!! She was only 2 months postpartum and was AWESOME!! Seriously proud big sister moment!! It disappoints me that this company has gone out of business, but I’m REALLY happy Steph and I were able to participate in one of the races before they went under. Sister bonding while running, is something you really can’t describe. 🙂

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Steph’s on the right in white… looking like a Pro!!

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mandatory OCR smile 😉

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                          We did it!! 🙂

 

3. My 5K PR at the BWC 5K!! – This Race is my favorite race of all time, but I’ve already done a HUGE recap on it here… One of my fondest race day memories. 🙂

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4. Father’s Day 5K @ GBMC – This was the first race with my Daddy!! (First of many!) This was the day (little did I know…) That I created a monster (the best kind of monster).  My father and I have since done two more races, and have singed up for 4 more. 🙂  We have daily text conversations on his progress… and he calls me “coach” (*smile*).  I had no idea how much this awesome race would impact my father positively, but I’m SURE glad I asked him to join me in the race!! 🙂 

Dad's first 5K!!

             Dad’s first 5K!!

5. My first 1/2 marathon @ the Frederick Running Festival – No one forgets their first 1/2. No one… This was an amazing experience, and again… I’ve recapped this race also… here. 🙂 

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What are you’re favorite race memories?? Have you been to any of the races I’ve mentioned above??  Maybe I saw you and didn’t realize!! 🙂  And as always, have a happy and healthy Friday!! 🙂 

 

#FridayFive!! {Goals} Linking up with @EatPrayRunDC, @YouSignedUp, and @Marmaone1

Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! Goodness this week seemed long!! For anyone else?? No? Eh.. ok. Well at least it’s friday! Yay!!   This Friday the theme is Goals.  Should be fun!! As per the usual, I’m linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DCCynthia at You Signed up for what?! and Mar at Mar On The Run!! (The DC Trifecta!!) 

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So here we go!!! (tag along for the ride, wont ya?!)

1. To lose weight – Yea, that sounds a bit ridiculous. But before you judge, let me explain.  I haven’t been eating very well due to some unforeseen circumstances that were both under and out of my control.  I went to the doctor Wednesday for my arm (if you don’t know about that – I strained a ligament in a Masada Tactical class… pretty freaking amazing class, not awesome getting your ass handed to you on a platter when you’re not ready however) and of course, I got weighed… In the past four months I’ve gained almost 13 pounds.  THAT IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!  Soooo, I’m going to start thinking about my food choices better. The Whole30 thing was a complete bust… I was miserable and didn’t lose a pound. I praise people that it works for, HOWEVER it did NOT work for me.  Sooo NEXT PLEASE!  Also, I’m in love with meat, always have been, (my Father, the PhD, grew up on a farm, so fresh meat was ALWAYS on the table) so vegan/vegetarian  isn’t an option… sorry!!! So I’m thinking smaller portions?  Better quality? And MUCH MUCH MORE time working out. I’ve been mentally and physically exhausted.  However, it’s time to get my butt in gear!! 

2. Run a sub 2:30 half marathon – I’m close… not ridiculously, but I’m close.  I’m at 2:38:46 right now… and my next half is in October.  So I’m hoping with some speed work I can get this… Since the beginning of the year this has been my goal and I have yet to meet it.  The Baltimore Running Festival half marathon in October with be my 4th half this year… so, maybe 4th times the charm?? (please please please?!!!) Any speedy runners out there and I know there are a lot of you, I could use ANY advice on speed training.  I’m DEFINITELY a novice runner.  Yes, I run, and I run a lot… but I’m completely ignorant on how to improve.  Unfortunately I cannot afford a coach (which pisses me off), and some of the AMAZING training offered at me favorite local running store Charm City Run is more expensive then the actual run!! *sad face*. So any advice that I can do on my own that wont break the bank is EXTREMELY appreciated!! I really wanna kick this time in the pants!! lol. Thanks in advance!! (oh no… I just unintentionally rhymed… /facepalm)

3. Run a sub 30 5K – ALSO very close… I’m sitting at a 31:31 PR right now… and this is killing me. “If I hadn’t slowed down through the water stops would I have made it to 30??”  The course was perfect, the conditions were perfect, and my legs felt amazing… so I’m kicking myself in the ass for not making it under 30 that day… BUT the past is just that… the past.  SO like one of my favorite guys once said… 

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4. Triathlon – Yep I said the T word!!! I’ve already looked at (more than) a few and I’m more than interested.  The ONLY thing holding me back is money. (see a theme here?!) So, I’m setting a reasonable goal.  I want to complete a triathlon when I’m 30. (That’s next year in case you are new to the blog, lol). That way I can get a bike, get a suit (I’m not swimming in a freaking bikini for a Tri), and get a membership to MAC so I can train. (My job offers ridiculous discounts to the MAC… which is why I chose that as my club for training). 

5. STAY HAPPY!! –  With the recent weight gain, the lack of energy, its easy to get a bit blue.  But my final (and I think) most important goal is to STAY HAPPY!!! Keep smiling!! It’s a beautiful day every time you wake up on this side of the dirt (cliche or not, its true), so SMILE BEAUTIFUL!! 

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As always, have a happy and healthy weekend!! ❤

#FridayFive {Favorites Edition!!} Linked up with @yousignedup @EatprayrunDC and @marmaone1 – the #DCTrifecta!! – @CharmCityRun #runchat #sweatpink

Good Morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!!! Have it been a ridiculously long week for anyone else? No? Just me? *sigh* Well, regardless (or irregardless) I’m VERY happy it’s Friday and that it’s time for the infamous FRIDAY FIVE!!! I’m also excited about today’s theme because it’s generic. Sometimes I don’t like generic themes because I can’t think I ANYTHING to put down, HA!! But after the week I’ve had, my mind hasn’t really stopped moving!!! So here we go!!!

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As per the usual, I’m linking up with Mar @ Mar on the Run, Cynthia @ You signed up for what? and Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC.  These awesome DC ladies chose “Friday favorites for this weeks theme, so here are mine! (and no, there isn’t going to be a theme i.e. work out, fitness, family, it’s just favorite stuff… like I said rambling brain, leads to rambling writings!!)

1. Favorite drink (recently) – Now, I have two.. I hope this isn’t breaking the rules.  I have a non-alcoholic and an alcoholic.  I used to be a beer drinker. (no not like a 6-pack a day beer drinker, but whenever I would go out, that’s what I would order) Now that I’ve had some procedures done on my internal workings… I can’t really handle the hops in the beer the way I could pre-surgery. (weird right?!) Eh, no biggie. So, I’ve discovered that I LOVE a good old fashioned Cuba Libre (yes I’m being pretentious.. its a rum and coke with a lime wedge, served in a tall glass, over ice, lol).

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As far as non-alcoholic goes, I’m OBSESSED with my Nuun Energy Cherry Limeade tablets in plain ICE COLD water.  So refreshing after a workout, or just as a drink to sip on and keep my exhausted behind awake during work!! So, yea!! Drink up!! 🙂

2.  Favorite country song – (I told you I was going to be all over the place) I’ve recently fallen in love with the Scotty McCreery.  Yea, the american idol dude from a few years back?  That voice though!! Good grief!! Who could believe a smooth baritone sound could come out a tiny little 20 year old kid like that?! Well, he can sing to me ANY day. His song, “See You Tonight” gets me every time.  I’m singing along, dancing around, and smiling like a fool. It’s just cute!! Weirdest part… I’m not a country fan by nature… but this kid, I like. 

3. Favorite temperature to run in – When I left the house this morning at 0 dark thirty, I was a very disappointed.  It was dark, yes… but it was 65 degrees!! MY PERFECT RUNNING TEMPERATURE!!! *SOB* “why do I have to have a job and be a grown up and pay bills?!!”  But, alas… I am a grown up, with a child, so I’m sitting at my desk, waiting to start work (because my stupid program hasn’t come up yet… hence the blog post, lol).  But goodness was I upset.  I wanted to run so badly.  65 degrees, light breeze – perfection!! 

4. Favorite race distance – (maybe this did end up being more about fitness then I planned, eh well, no problem!!) I LOVE a good 10K!!! I’m not dead by the finish, but I am a bit tired. It gives me a chance to bust my tush without killing my legs like my half marathons. My favorite 10K so far was the Sole of the City 10K put on by my favorite running store Charm City Run.  It was amazing, even 6 days post op!! I can’t wait to do it again next year! Which leads me to my number 5…

5. Favorite running store – Charm City Run!! This place is amazing.  Helpful, knowledgeable, just an all around wonderful store.  I’ve been to a few other local stores for race pick up or an “oh crap, I need this!!” and I was closer to said store, and NOPE!!! Not again.  CCR is my home. Unless I’m in another state, NO other running store is getting my business.  The staff is remarkable, the prices are on par, they have training available for every level of experience (from 5k-marathon), and the gear is OUTSTANDING!!! 

I hope you enjoyed my Friday Five and that you have a WONDERFUL weekend!! As always, stay happy and healthy!!! ❤

“Why did you start running??” #runchat

A friend of mine asked me yesterday at my boyfriends football game, “Running is a relatively recent thing for you… what got you started?”  I paused for a second knowing exactly what I was going to say, but wondering how to phrase it.  “The Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013.”   He looked up from his beer at me and said “Really?? It affected you personally?”  I said, again, without though, “I think it affected anyone who has ever run, or anyone who has a family, or… well, everyone in some kind of way.  It just gave me the push I needed to start running.”  He smiled at me and said “That’s really incredible, you could start a charity with that kind of passion.”  He’s right… Unfortunately, you need money, to raise money… and that’s something I do not have.

It was pretty awesome thinking about the beginning of my running “career”.  I use that term loosely, as my 1 year run-iversary is coming up nest week.  (I’m still technically a noob).  I never thought I’d be able to run three miles, let alone run a half  (like I’ll be tackling in less then 3 weeks!!)  The first 6 months of my running, I was bound and determined to stick with it.  I signed myself up for 10 5Ks in. Yea… Not a big deal for active runners, but for me… it wasn’t easy.  However, it was AWESOME!!  The races, the memories, the swag (lol), all of it was amazing.   I also started dropping weight like nothing!  I was still holding on to a little unnecessary baby weight from my munchkin a few years prior.  I tackled an obstacle run (the warrior dash, two color runs, a trail run, the baltimore running festival 5K, and a bunch of other local 5K’s to benefit cancer research (pancreatic, and breast) a NICU 5K for the hospital I work for, the BWC which was just beautiful and the Run to Remember for 9/11 victims.  All fantastic and all memorable.  They all helped me to grow into the runner I am today.

My first run of 2014 was a 14k!! lol. Quite a jump right? It was a Virginia is for Lovers 14K that I ran with my bf and recent running partner… and we SMASHED it. 🙂  Longest race to date.  Also, furthest I (we’ve) driven… just to run! 🙂  Regardless, it was an amazing experience, especially considering shortly after the race, the company that put it together decided not to do the race next year :-(.  That being said, I’m grateful I was able to participate in such an awesome event this year.  It was a great way to start off 2014!!  We’ve also done the Brigance Brigade  5.7K in Baltimore and this past weekend ran our first 10K together (Sole Of the City) through Charm City Run.  That was a lot of fun!!  Definitely not my best performance unfortunately considering I had surgery on Monday… 5 days prior to the race… but I finished!! That was my personal goal… “Just Finish” and with a time a little over an hour, I think I did pretty well. 🙂  So, we’ll see what this upcoming half has in store for me!! I’m scared and nervous and ridiculously excited all at the same time… all things I would expect from someone who has never run a half before… lol.

Ok!!! As always, have a happy and healthy Monday!! It looks like it’s going to be gorgeous, so if you can get out there, GET OUT AND DO SOMETHING!!! 🙂 ❤

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