Thursday, June 30, 2011
I actually had something to say.
Sometimes even more than once a day.
It's really difficult to find the time.
Sometimes it made for very late nights, throwing off my sleep schedule.
It was fun!
Would I do it again?
Not right away.
But, I do hope to continue blogging regularly.
For now, I'm exhausted!
With a long weekend ahead of me.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Then, I don't know why, but I turned around to look at the sky behind me. The clouds looked to have such an amazing texture to them.
But pausing to take the pictures caused me to run late.
And need to walk faster than my shoes were prepared to take me.
They fought back by taking a bite out of my foot. I'll spare you a picture of that.
I slipped back into my flipflops but without much relief.
I hobbled my way to the nearest Walgreens to get some bandages for my owie.
I wasn't even hungry, but I couldn't resist
...the bag of animal crackers,
...the package of molasses cookies,
...the box of raisins.
And that's how beautiful clouds led to me skipping lunch and snacking. all. day. long at work.
I punished myself by doing a hill repeat workout tonight.
Nearly 3 miles.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Fortunately for us, the folks at Treasured Haven Farms have decided to stay on schedule. We only purchased an every other week package, and our first delivery was scheduled for today.
After work, we rode our bikes to our pick-up location to pick up this week's yumminess.
|Baby Leaf Lettuce Blend, Green Onions, fresh green Shallots (scallions), assorted Radishes|
|With a few cherry tomatoes and chopped walnuts, topped with a Mediterranean vinaigrette.|
And then it hit me....I DIDN'T POST ANYTHING HERE YESTERDAY!! I was frustrated with myself, considering I had been so good - making it 25 straight days blogging.
I did post a cookie recipe yesterday on my recipe blog, however, so I'm totally still going to count it. It should still count, right? Right? ☺
This will not count as today's post, since it is more like a make-up post.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I wanted to be sure not to miss the beginning, so I set my alarm for 5:30 am. I wanted to be on my bike by 6:30. Well, Sallie had other ideas. She wanted her breakfast at 5:00am, and told me so by nicely jumping. right. on. my. chest.
I fed her and crawled back into bed for just a few more minutes. I finally rolled out of bed shortly before 6am. Ate a quick breakfast. Consulted Google maps for my bike route. Got dressed. Woke Jeff up to say good-bye.
|And I'm off...|
It was a really nice way to start the morning! Getting there so early was perfect, too. It gave me lots of time to stretch and relax and prepare for the race.
At 7:55am, the horn blew and the skaters were off. I immediately regretted already putting my phone away in my pocket and missing out on an opportunity to take a picture. Oh well.
Then all the runners toed up to the start line. Well, I wasn't exactly right in front.
My goal was to take it slower in the beginning and not get too caught up in the excitement at the start. I wanted to pace myself, so I'd be able to increase my speed later on during the race.
For the most part, my plan worked!
Average pace for mile 1 - 9:53 min/mile
Shortly after the first mile, I picked up my pace a little and wished the guy running next to me good luck on the rest of the race. The distance between me and the other runners in front of me was lessening, and it felt great! I even ran through the water stop, taking only small sips from the cup they handed me (spilling most of it down the front of my shirt).
Average pace for mile 2 - 8:20 min/mile
The hills on the course hadn't been too bad up to this point. Unfortunately, just after picking up my pace again, I was faced with the first big hill of the race. It nearly took it out of me, but I was able to persist!
There was a group of fire fighters that ran the entire 5K in full uniform. They were behind me for most of the race, but after the first big hill two of them passed me by.
I thought, I can't lose to a someone running in full fire fighting garb! I mean I'm just wearing a tank top and shorts.
So, I pushed myself and passed one of them. The other had gained way too much distance on me. I was only able to stay ahead of the one I passed for a couple paces, actually.
It wasn't too long after this that I felt simply like I was going to vomit. I tried to keep pushing myself through it. I mostly continued to run through the second water stop, but I did pause for a moment to take a bigger, better swig.
The remainder of the race seemed to be uphill!
The worst was right before mile marker 3. It was a real doozy!! I had to walk a bit after getting to the top. Luckily the course turned to a slight decline. The end was near! I was feeling sick. Again. I tried to pick it up and push myself, but I just couldn't. I somehow did manage to maintain my pace. Sweet! :)
Average pace for mile 3 - 9:15 min/mile.
According to my GPS, I actually ran 3.3 miles.
After the race, I ate a banana and a piece of raisin bread. Enjoyed a couple cups of water. Waited for my friend to finish the 10K.
|All finishers were given a rose.|
Again, around Como Park, I got totally turned around and ended up needing to stop to consult my map a few times. All in all, I biked an extra 1.3 miles. Boooo!!
Despite the extra mileage, it was a great ride and good way to cool down after my race.
I was definitely excited when I got home and had to fill Jeff in on all the details. The runner's high didn't last too long before I curled up for a nice afternoon nap. Ahhh.
What a perfect day and great start to my summer race schedule!
UPDATE: The final results are in for this race. I'm so pleased with them, so I thought I should definitely update this post.
#83 out of 164 runners
#10 out of 31 in my division
Average pace: 9:45
Friday, June 24, 2011
Here's the rundown.
5:06am Roll out of bed. Feed the dog. Eat a couple homemade (just last night) cookies for fuel.
5:43am Warm-up. Run 2 miles (sub 10:00pace. whoo!). Cool-down.
6:30am Shower. Get ready for the day. Leave to catch shuttle.
7:10am Shuttle to downtown. Walk to work.
8:00am Work, work, work. Booooo.
9:47am Make everyone's day by sharing my delicious homemade cookies (peanut butter, oatmeal, choc chip. Yum!)
4:30pm Walk to shuttle. Shuttle home.
5:45pm Get ready for dinner!
7:15pm Dinner with friends. Whoo hoo!!!
6:00am Wake up.
6:30am Bike 9 miles to get to 5K in Roseville.
8:00am Run for the Roses 5K. Whoo hoo!!!
10:00am Probably rest and relax. I'll be honest. I'll probably take a nap.
3:00pm Head to Whole Foods and then to a park for a picnic with friends. Whoo hoo!!!
Sleep in as late as I feel like!
Possibly bake bread and/or a cake for my niece's birthday celebration on Sunday.
2:30pm Bike to my parent's house (weather permitting)
4:00pm Dinner/birthday fun. Whoo hoo!!!
I'm exhausted after just writing all that out.
But I'm also really excited!
Dinner tonight is with some rather new friends.
Tomorrow's picnic is with some college friends. We haven't gotten together in close to 1 1/2 years! Since then, one has had baby #2 and another is apparently "very pregnant" with baby #3. It should be lots of fun to see them all again.
What are your weekend plans?
Thursday, June 23, 2011
With temps in the 50s, I figured I'd wear jeans and a long-sleeve, button-up shirt to work. Yes, I could wear jeans every single day to work, if I chose. Since it was so cool, I threw on my rain jacket as well.
Perhaps I ought to have dressed more like this...
Courses: Challenging rolling hills courses in scenic Roseville.Yikes! Not only hills, but challenging hills? Why did I not notice that beforehand? Will receiving a t-shirt and rose really be worth it? OF COURSE! :)
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I love this little area of Minneapolis, and I wish I were able to spend more time down there. It had been pretty rainy all day yesterday, so the patio was very wet! Sitting outside would've been fun, but I prefer to stay warm and dry. The patio is pretty large with great views of the river and the Minneapolis skyline.
If you're into wine, they have a pretty incredible happy hour. $2 bottles of various house wines at 2pm, $3 bottles at 3pm, and $4 bottles at 4pm. After 5pm, their bottles go back to regular prices, which are still very great prices.
I didn't mean to get all political. This is supposed to be a restaurant review afterall, so this is just a warning to be careful what you order. :)
The service was pretty good - despite how busy it got and how large of a group we were. The bruschetta and pepperoni flatbeard were delicious appetizers and came out pretty quickly. Unfortunately, it did seem like our food took a. long. time to arrive.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
Ok, so back to the downpour this morning. It was coming down hard. And heavy.
Oh, and have I ever mentioned my absolute distaste for umbrellas? I've never found one to be particularly effective, and I usually end up getting pretty drenched. It's totally possible that this is
This was not the case this morning. I know it's only a 5 min walk, but a person could really get soaked in just that short amount of time. So, I decided to donn my rain jacket.
This is great news for me because 1) I can ball up my rain gear and carry it in my purse (which is what I did during my skyway walk to work. Otherwise, I'd have been super drenched with sweat. Ew.) and 2) I can go for a run when I get home. Only 45 days until my 1/2 marathon!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
It's finally, officially here!
I heart summer.
I love the heat and the sunshine.
The long summer nights.
The carefree, laid-back days.
I love every.single.thing.about summer!
Today, it rained off and on. All.day.long. Needless to say, I spent the entire solstice inside. Bummer.
Let's just hope it's not an indication of how the rest of the summer will go!
What did you do to ring in the summer?
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Bait store (family business)
Fast food restaurant order taker
Grocery store cashier
Resident Assistant at college
Office worker on campus
Appointment setter / telemarketer
Records specialist at a publishing company
Bookstore Manager at a theological seminary
Classified substitute (in MN, they're called paras...teacher's aides, etc)
Receptionist / Office assistant
Drive-by rep (with Jeff) for a foreclosure investment company
Documentation specialist at a milling company
Future career: high / middle school teacher
I don't think I missed anything. Feel free to ask me any questions about any of these jobs.
What kind of jobs have you had? Any that have been more memorable than the others?
Friday, June 17, 2011
|from the Ottertail County Website|
|from their website|
We first took a family vacation here the summer of 2008. We had so much fun that the next summer, we convinced even more of my family to come along. I've been a bad blogger and I can't seem to find any pictures online from 2009. Oops! We all made the trek up to Ely again last summer.
Big Lake is about 20 or so miles outside of Ely. I love it there because they have free access to kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats. They also have free day passes into the Boundary Waters for canoeing/kayaking or hiking. It is so gorgeous in northern MN!
Minneapolis Chain of Lakes
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I had a great day!
I'm thankful for frozen pizza! So fast. So easy. So tasty! Hitting just the right spot after my 17+ mile bike ride.
I'm thankful for google maps. Even though it sometimes creates the funkiest routes, it's still super helpful when navigating around on my bike.
That's it for now.
I'm off to finish enjoying my pizza and watch Megamind.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Yesterday, I decided on a half marathon to run. Today, I planned out my training schedule.
I'm super excited! It'll be my first half since 2003.
My first training run was only two miles, and boy, were my legs tired during the run! I definitely have my work cut out for me.
But I can do it, right?!
I've got a few other races I'm hoping to run as well. :)
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Today I am feeling fat...and that just ain't right the day after a weekend of kayaking, running, biking, and hiking!
I ate like crap today.
I'm 99% sure that's why I feel so icky now.
I can't wait for our CSA deliveries to begin. Fresh veggies just sound sooooo gooood right about now.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Well I'm back from my adventure weekend, and it was an hilarious blast. So much fun and laughter. :)
Naturally, when I went to download my photos, our computer flipped out!
Hopefully we'll get it up and running soon. In the meantime, I'm safe and had a fabulous time (read: I'm totally exhausted now).
More on Pedal & Paddle coming soon.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I first heard this song during an episdoe of Outsourced totally funny sitcom, if you haven't seen it. So sad it got cancelled. It is such a happy song. Makes me want to twirl and sing and dance.
Apparently, the video can't be embedded, so go here to listen and watch and dance and sing.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Hope you're all enjoying a beautiful Saturday! I'll be out kayaking 11 miles. I just hope I survive and the weather is clear. Warm would be terrific as well.
While I'm out enjoying the sunshine, here's a few brief movie reviews of flicks I've seen recently.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Today's will be just a quick post. I just finished my final, and I'm pretty much all packed for my weekend Pedal and Paddle. Laura should be here soon to pick me up. I'm so excited. And nervous.
Confession: I haven't gone on a bike ride at all this month!
Five quick favorites:
- Color - To wear - green/orange. To admire - vibrant red, orange, yellow
- Car - Toss between my first real car ('89 Dodge Daytona, red. Oh, how I loved that car) and my most recent car ('08 Scion xB, RLS 5, gold)
- Author from my teenage years - Mary Higgins Clark
- Flower - gladiolas or lily of the valleys
- Race I've run - Earth Day Half Marathon in St Cloud, MN 2002
Send me all kinds of well wishes as I kayak and bike around northern MN tomorrow and Sunday!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Ok, so the first 8 TT weren't numbered, but I thought it might be fun to start numbering them, so here we are to #9 (pathetic considering I started this over a year ago) and my first numbered post.
Today I am grateful for:
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I bought these shoes back in Oct or Nov.
|Super cute shoes from Marshalls|
|I know, I know. I should be working. |
Or studying for my final.
Now, they are T-I-G-H-T!
|Can you see the indentations? Ouch! :(|
Oh, and I'm so desparately in need of a pedi, that my pinkie toe started bleeding this afternoon.
|Ok, so maybe it wasn't completely spontaneous.|
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
|Summer Fields Bedding|
|Peita Flat Thong Sandal|
|Tiered Maxi Skirt|
|Halter Maxi Dress|
|Multi-Style Convertible Maxi Dress|
Stay cool about there!
Oh, and why not stop over at Fabulous but Evil to see what else is hot at Target this week.