Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Get up early tomorrow to rock out some speedwork, that is. Don't get me wrong...I know this is what I SHOULD do...it's supposed to be warm tomorrow. And humid. And 8 miles of speedworkin' fun is most certainly NOT fun when its hot and humid.
But doing 8 miles of speedworkin' fun when its NOT hot and humid means getting up early to do it outside (or at the gym, when its less crowded)...and I like my bed. It's comfy, warm, and always has at least one dog snuggled up against my legs and/or laying on my feet. Plus, I don't think my phone alarm is obnoxious enough, because I keep sleeping through it.
Tomorrow, however, I must get up and git 'er duuuuuuun. Especially since I inhaled three large pieces of deep dish pizza for dinner tonight. Mmmmm, pizza. So I will report back tomorrow and inform the blog world whether I actually got outta bed or not. If you're lucky, I may remember to tell you all what I thought of the compression socks and headband that came in the mail last week...hopefully the rest of my stuff comes soon, because me and patience do not go well together. Just ask my husband :P

Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to Meeeeeee...

...Ijustspent$125inAmazongiftcardsonrunningandhealthstuff, Happy Birthday to Me!

Yep, its official...I survived my 30th birthday with no major mishaps. Had a nice run with my running group (and saw a lovely squished frog on the road...no I didn't do the squishing), went to a local farmer's market and Whole Foods with J, then headed down to my cousin's wedding in Cinci. Had a good time at the wedding and visiting with my sister, her boyfriend, and their dog and cats beforehand, then drove back to Columbus. Where I was greeted with a beeeeeeyouteous quart of sugar free tangerine ice from Rita's in my freezer, courtesy of the wonderful Katie who was nice enough to come over to feed our dogs dinner and let them out for a bit while we were gone. Said quart of tangerine ice is approximately 60% gonzo now :$

My parents and sister were nice enough to gift me with, among other things, the aforementioned Amazon gift certificates. Since I can never let these things sit for long, I spent some quality time on Amazon today and ended up ordering...

-my very own copy of the Omnivore's Dilemma, which despite checking it out from the library twice and incurring hefty overdue fees both times because I can't remember to return things on time to save my life, I have not yet finished. So now I can take my time reading it (even more than I already have) and not worry about more overdue fees.

-CEP compression socks in white. I figure these will come in handy as I attempt to slowly lengthen my weekly long runs to 13+ miles. No, I'm not doing anything silly like training for a marathon...I just figure its time to run 13+ miles more regularly than the two times a year I run a half marathon.

-Body Glide. I've actuallly been lucky and haven't had many chafing issues but as it gets hotter and stickier I know this can potentially be a big issue. And a painful one.

-a new Sweaty Band. Because a girl can never have too many things that keep her hair out of her face...no matter what her husband says.

-a canister of Click Vanilla Latte protein powder...because its yummy.

-a shaker cup for making protein drinks with said protein powder.

-A box of Oskri coconut bars. I hear they're delicious and cracklike, and well I'll eat anything with coconut in it at least once. Okay, almost anything.

The protein powder is on backorder but I'll be stalking the mail for everything else over the next couple of weeks. Yaaaay stuff!

In other news, after a lovely reprieve from oppressive heat and humidity last week, its back with a vengeance. Last week's workouts looked like this:

Monday-lovely, breezy, not too hot 5 mile run. At noon. The fact that the weather was tolerable at that time of day shows how nice it really was.

Tuesday-day off, thanks to a sore right quad. Its the kind of pain that says "time for a new pair of running shoes!". Thankfully, my parents also got me a gift card to do just that for my birthday :)

Wednesday-5 miles of speedwork, in the early morning so it was extra nice out. 1 mile warm up/cool down, and 4x1200m at Lactate Threshold pace. Aka hauling ass.

Thursday-spin class at the gym. Love it.

Friday-impromptu rest day, because SOMEONE slept through her "time to get your ass out of bed and run" alarm.

Saturday- 11.5 muggy, warm miles of fun. You know its muggy when your hair is soaked in sweat after 4 miles. Ew.

Sunday-60 mins on the elliptical, to flush out the junk in my legs. They weren't happy at first but felt much better by the end.

I was planning on running this morning but got up later than I'd planned and it was freaking muggy and hot...so off to the gym I went for a couple of easy miles on the track and then spin class. I am currently resisting the urge to eat everything in my house.

So far, 30 ain't so bad...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I like big butts and I cannot lie

Good thing too, because I feel mine expanding by the minute. Damn you, birthday funfetti cupcakes (my coworker made them for me) sitting on the shelf above my desk. I already ate THREE of you, stop calling to me! Guess who's getting her run on before spin class tonight?

I have been stuffing my face this week and it feels great...though my jeans undoubtedly will not (good thing I wear scrub pants to work, right?). Dinner out Monday, four pieces of deep dish pizza deliciousness for dinner Tuesday, a mostly healthy dinner of fish and "fried" (meaning breaded and baked) artichokes last night but oh so delicious Chipotle for lunch, and so far three yummy funfetti cupcakes down the hatch today. And we haven't even gotten to dinner yet. Or hell, Friday. Thank you baby Jeebus for spin class, and hopefully getting up for an early morning run tomorrow. And 10ish miles of fun with my running group on Saturday. Nothing says "Happy 30th Birthday to meeeee!" like getting up at the crack of dawn to run 10 miles....right? FTR, despite all my sarcasm that is exactly how I'd like to start out the Dirty 30.

Now on the other hand, I am slightly whiny about having to drive to Cincinnati later that day for my cousin's wedding. Okay, more than slightly whiny. It's not an "OMGGGGGGG how dare she have her wedding on my speshul birfdayyyyy" whine, it's an "OMGGGGGG I don't wanna drive to Cinci on my bday, I wanna go out to dinner and let my friends get me drunk instead" whine. But said cousin made the trip from Atlanta to Columbus for my wedding almost three years ago (!!!) and we have no good reason NOT to go (and no, my birthday is not a good enough reason)...so we're going. And driving back that night instead of spending the $$$ for a hotel and dogsitter because we have FIVE FREAKING WEDDINGS TO GO TO BETWEEN THIS SATURDAY AND OCTOBER. Omfg. I thought we were done with the crazy wedding summers. But no. Bless the tiny infant Jeebus, J is a groomsman in one but we're off the wedding party hook for the rest...that one and another are in town, the other three are not, but we're probably not going to one and if I go to the October one it'll be with my coworkers (since its a girl we work with that's getting married). I had to be the party pooper and say that we are NOT staying in a hotel downtown after the wedding next month (cost+making dog arrangements is a huge PITA), but something tells me after the wedding in question J is going to be drunk and want to go home to his dogs (because that's how he was after the last wedding we went to. Unfortunately, we were in Dayton and had already checked into our room, so I told him no we were NOT driving home piss drunk at 1am and waste a perfectly good hotel room. Instead, he woke me up at 7am and we were in the car headed back to Cbus by 8am. Jerk.)
So that won't be an issue. But still...bachelor/ette parties, tux, wedding gifts, shower gifts, a new dress for moi (because I neeeeeeeeed one...that isn't too tight :$), and at least one cab ride home from downtown? I think I hear my wallet crying.

Back to the state of the size of my butt. Thankfully, I've been good about not slacking and either running or going to the gym almost every day...besides Tuesday, but I was having some funny groin/quad pain and decided it was in my best interests to take that day off. Luckily it was gone by the next morning, just in time for speedwork. Yay. So my butt is not quite as big as it could be, given all the CRAP I've been eating (did I mention the cookout over the weekend, at which our chef friend made the most amazing mac and cheese ever? Of which I ate my weight in? Omfg, a.maz.ing.) Bless you, exercise gods, for keeping my weight in check.

On that note...I think I hear the cupcakes calling to me again. Kidding!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Ah, summer...

...aka one of the few things that can drag me out of bed at 545am on a Saturday in order to get most of a run in before it gets too hot outside. 'Cause damn it's hot. We got a break for the last few days, with low humidity and temps in the 70's but today we're right back to 90 degrees and humid. Gotta love summer in Central Ohio....right?

Or something like that.

I've been trying to get up early to either run or go to the gym because of the heat...even the gym in the evening is hot and stuffy and sweaty. "Trying" is the operative word here, because as much as I like getting my workout out of the way, I like my nice snuggly bed even more :D I'm trying, though...working out in the morning does put me in a really good mood. Maybe its the hunger, since I also want to eat everything in sight for the rest of the day. Or maybe its endorphins. Either way, I need to get back into the routine of early workouts...comfy bed be damned.

Running for shits and giggles only is feeling really nice so far. I ran 10 miles this morning because that was what I felt like running when I woke up this morning, and it felt really good. Far better than last week's hung over, beer-sweating-from-pores run, at least. Aka "what happens when you try to keep up when drinking with your spouse's 25 year old coworkers"...which I apparently cannot do anymore. I made it through my run okay, but my stomach reacted unpleasantly to the big cup of Gatorade from concentrate+hose water that I drank after the run which kept me either on the couch or trying to puke in the bathroom until almost 5pm last Saturday. Lesson learned, I guess :p And that lesson made today's run feel even better. I could get used to this!

Other than last weekend's liver abuse, not a whole lot is new. I'm still happily on my mental training break and though the itch to run the Columbus 1/2 this fall is creeping in, I'm trying to keep it under control for now. I finally got my veggies in the ground (two heirloom tomato plants, two cherry tomato plants, a red pepper, a mild hot pepper, and two cucumber plants in the garden, plus basil, cilantro, lettuce, and strawberries in containers on our deck) so right now lets just hope we don't end up overrun with tomatoes like we did last summer. The dogs are staying out of trouble (with the help of Eddie getting Benadryl 2x/day to help with what appears to be a mild environmental allergy), J's working a lot and golfing not a lot but c'est la vie. My schedule is changing at work in a week, which means I go from Thursdays off to Mondays off. This also means that J and I will both have Mondays off, and will hopefully mean we'll get the family room painted and the deck stained sooner rather than later...but yeah. We'll see how that goes. J and I both tend to be fairly lacksadasical (sp?) about house/lawn projects, which drives my dad nuts but suits us both just fine right now.

Pictures to come of the garden and some other stuff...but for now, that's all I got :)