Well now, it’s been quite some time, hasn’t it. Fortunately this happens to many people who venture into blogging. I do enjoy having this, however most of my blogging occurs while I am at work and when things get busy here and especially also busy outside of work, this no longer is on the front page of my agenda. So, not that anyone really reads this, but sorry to anyone who has checked in! I really need to try to post at least once in awhile rather than never.
So, 5 million and one days after my last post, I assure you much has gone on and I have had many days of happy and good things to note and be thankful for. :)
Here is a short list:
1. I ran my first half marathon in March WOOO. Leading up to and following I had foot troubles though (yay bunion causing tendon straining?), so my time wasn’t quite where I wanted it. However, my pace was right where I needed/wanted it to be for 8 miles until my foot started to hurt to much for me to not start walking some. Regardless, I’m so proud of the accomplishment and of myself for sticking to letting myself heal and getting back into running slowly so I didn’t hurt myself more.
2. I discovered Vibram Five Fingers and am in love. Read above for just why I went this way. Any running show was leaving me limping after even short mileage because of my bunion. So, instead of going over cushioned I decided to try even less with the thought that the individual toe space might actually do me good. You see, with the bunion being pushed in by the outter edge of most sneakers, it was pulling on tendions elsewhere in my foot and straining them severely. Sure enough I did a few miles (worked up to running slowly in them!) and I was alright. Then I tried a few more. And just the other day I did 10 miles and was fine. I had a few tight muscles that with extra stretching made it okay. The VFF’s allow my little toe to move as it needs so the rest of my foot is more at ease. And yes, the extra stretching routine has also done wonders and it is all part of what I’ve done to work myself back into running after hardly being able to walk on my foot for a couple weeks following the half. Diligence people! Success!
3. My sister got married! WOOHOO! It was a gorgeous day, with a gorgeous bride, and an amazing groom.
4. I’ve started brewing my own beer and love doing it!
5. I received an awesome promotion and raise at my job, which really helped when my roomie moved out and I stayed on in my apartment with just my pooch. This was really the best thing to happen. I have been wanting to live on my own for awhile and the roomie, which being a long time friend, wasn’t the best roomie in terms of common sense and realizing how your actions affect who lives around you. So yay to being on my own again and having my own space to decorate as I want and to have people over to as I want.
6. I bought a new car back in February, a Kia Optima, because my old car was having steering column issues repeatedly. After the 4th time I had enough. :) Love the new car with her fierce headlights! VROOM
7. The pooch o’ mine had cancer and beat it for now. That doesn’t sound like a ‘happy’ thing, but it is a blessing in that it could have been much more extensive. He had a tumor on his back that they were able to just slice out right now. The whole thing did cost upwards of $800 when it was done, but had there been things eternally or a larger lump it would have been much more pricey and verging on a range that I can not spend on a pet. I love my dog, but I can’t go into debt for him. The tumor did come back as the worse grade of tumor, meaning it has the most chance of returning and not just in the same location, but anywhere. For now he has been totally healthy and perhaps it will never return. I’m just thankful that he is okay right now. :)
8. Oh, hey, I have a new boyfriend. ;) Yeah, that old one went away back in Feb around when I last blogged. Actually it hadn’t been good for a little before that, but it isn’t worth dwelling on. The new guy totally is. He isn’t just a new guy, though. He was a friend I knew from over a year ago and we got back in touch. We always had a great connection and I hadn’t let it be more than friends in the past, which is why we lost touch when I started dating the last guy. J was a little hurt and stopped talking to me, which he has admitted was silly since I never gave any pretenses that there would be more, but made it clear I wanted to be friends. I was not being callous and it was so strange this time around when it started transitioning to more. How do you handle that with a friend you have such a connection to (think have the same thoughts, are the male/female versions of each other, say something the other is thinking without a clue that’s what they’re thinking.. etc.) and value so much knowing that if it goes wrong you lose that person in your life? That’s why I stalled it last time. BUt this time I wanted to go a different direction. I have a great time with him and still have a great time with him. Who knows where it will go, but I hope it goes far. 6 1/2 months in is not very long, but I am so glad we are here and that it is happening.
9. RAC round 2! Relay Around Columbus happened last year, but not how I wanted it. I was supposed to RUN It, but because of my foot, I couldn’t. I did go and serve as the team’s volunteer, though, and the whole thing was just awesome. Well, next year we are going to do it again as long as we find a team and I am planning on running it this time! Send your thoughts our way!
Anyway, that’s a start that hardly touches the whole year. It’s been a busy and productive one. I’ll try my best to blog a little more. It’s always fun to do!
First and foremost, I did NOT really shoplift. This girl remains on the up and up.
So, running partner needed to check out some Pandora charms for his madre, and of course I sacrificed my evening to head to the mall with him. It was a tough decision… I know. Of course our wanderings brought us right past Anne Taylor, which boasted a great red sign saying they had items up to 75% off. Sold! In we go. You know what I found? An adorable pencil skirt for… get this… $4.88. Under 5 bucks in Anne Taylor and it fits perfectly!? Unheard of! I’m so excited that I am already wearing it today, panty hose and all.
Side note. Who invented panty hose? I’d like to have a word with them.
ALSO, another big plus going on is that I finally decided to sell Mary Kay. I’m pretty excited about it because I’ve thought about it multiple times as a way to get some moolah in as well as to meet some new and hopefully fabulous people. Making new friends in your 20’s and beyond isn’t as easy as elementry school. There are rules and etiquette now, darn it. So, if you like MK and need any items, get at me. ;)
YAY! Have a wonderful Thursday! I am!
What great finds have you found lately?
Any exciting plans in your life?
“Let’s Live to Love and Love to Live…”
– Quiet Company
This is a great song by the way. Check it.
Live the quote every single day.
Let me just tell you, this race was not a walk in the park. You had obstacles. You had a course jam packed with zombies trying to steal your flags. You had to sprint up hills through hordes of chaser zombies. You were packed into small trails with little room to get somewhere to avoid zombies. You had to jump, dodge, dive, crawl, and do whatever it took to avoid them. It was the MOST fun run I have done to date. Why? Because it was challenging but you had so little time to think that you didn’t notice. Because you joined forces with complete stranges to maneuver through hordes together to lesson the chance of getting picked off. Mostly everyone was awesome and having a great time.
So, it starts off with everyone in a tent, lined up in their pace area. You trot out of the gates on a narrow path through the woods. Everyone is looking around, hesitant to break out too fast, not knowing what was ahead. Then you hear it as you round the corner. Screams from the people who started ahead of you. All you can see suddenly is two walls of hay bales at the top of an open field, but nothing beyond yet. As you reach the top of one, you see chaos ahead of you. An open area filled with at least 30 zombies, people running in EVERY direction trying to avoid losing flags, and trying to determine where to go. Every crazy zombie movie scene where a mass attack is going on pretty much summed up the feel of this field. You make it off the hay stacks and you just go. Don’t think. Just go.
The rest of the race you had to climb a rope wall, crawl through tubes, manauever a tight maze, sprint through 3 or 4 more fields of zombies, climb a wall, do over/unders, go through a pool of blood (red water), up and down an incredibly muddy slope , all wall dodging zombies. Seriously, this race was just the inaugural one, but this year they opened it up to several cities. If you have the chance to make one, do it. Atlanta is already sold out. I plan on doing the Pittsburgh race. Just go to www.runforyourlives.com
Yup, I’m talking about myself. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Never fear, I am alive and quite well. Just a bit busy.
October, for example I was out of town 3 different times! I’ll need to fill you guys in on one of the reasons for sure, and that was the Run For Your Lives Zombie obstacle course 5k that I did in MD. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you NEED to look that up. Next year they are doing several locations since this year’s inaugural run went so well. It was so much fun and I’m definitely doing it next year. Another reason was that my best friend got married down in New Orleans! Woo! Lastly, was work.
Hmm to recap, what else have I been up to? Pittsburgh Great Race 10k, starting a relationship with Mr. Running Partner I mentioned, family things, my sister got engaged = dress shopping/planning, went out of town for Thanksgiving, have been to some sports games, running and more running ( just did a Jingle Bell 5k), signed up for my first half marathon next year, decorated for the holidays, some ugly sweater parties, etc etc etc. Like I said, I really need to do some catch up posts on the more interesting happenings I’ve been partaking in. :)
Stay tuned. I’m going to try to start catching up soon.
Keep living. Keep loving. Keep laughing.
And if I don’t find the time before Christmas… MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We did another 5k this past weekend. It was the annual Steelers 5k, which isn’t too difficult of a route at all. There is one small-medium sized hill mixed in with mostly flat paths. The whole thing is on pavement except for maybe a short quarter mile section through a wooded area which cuts you back over to roadway. What is neat, though, is that you get to pass our baseball stadium and finally end in the football stadium, after running through one of the big doorways like a football player.
What was rough about the run on Sunday, was the humidity. Oh and running through the rib fest will trying to suck in air kind of made me want to vomit. It smelled delish both before and after the race, though. Despite that, we finished in 25:32. Had I not been light headed and had to slow my pace at a couple points I probably could have pushed it into the 24 min mark, but oh well! 25 is still awesome for me and my running partner only would have run maybe a minute or so faster, so I didn’t hold him back as much as the previous run that had the huge hill in it.
I have a picture, but it isn’t loaded, so you’ll have to just wait until another day for a picture update.
Oh, before I keep forgetting, my time put me 24th out of 224 in my class. WOOHOO! That’s kind of exciting! The partner’s class was a bit more competitive, but he still was in the top third of his class.
On a side note, the running partner is working out SUPER well, in more ways than just running. :) This girl is happy.
Have a WONDERFUL hump day!