Last Day of a 3-Day Weekend

So today was great… a bonus day on the weekend, which, for as busy as this weekend was, was a nice treat.  The plan for today: brunch with Karen, then cleaning the house.  Squeezing in some workout time.  Oh, and that darn laundry.

Now, anyone who knows me knows I can avoid housecleaning like there’s no tomorrow.  Unless Hoarders is on, then I feel the need to scrub my house in bleach.  Or, oddly, if I have a big deadline, then I prefer to clean vs work on project.  Anyway, after brunch I stopped by a sporting goods store to see if they had the foam roller I wanted in stock.  Nope… oh well.  Then, home to grab the hubby to head to the Office Depot to get some stuff printed.  Perfect.  Aimless window shopping is the ideal way to avoid cleaning.  So, wondering around the store I found this:

Okay, so really, I am NOT girly, at all.  It kinda annoys my one friend who is girly enough for both of us.  Her name starts with a J, but, for now, we won’t sell her out.  However, shoes… shoes are my weakness.  I love shoes, of all styles, shapes, you name it.  As long as they are not pink or sparkly.  Now, had it just been me at the store, this would absolutely be sitting on my desk right now.  Alas, that silly husband thought I should not spend the money on it right now.  Hmm, right now?  Okay.  So, then I convince him to go to Target.  I can wander aimlessly there for hours… who needs to scrub a bathroom anyway.  And, I had already gotten in the core/glutes/hips workout this morning.  So…. wandering around Target I realized people will spend money on the silliest of things.  I understand some people like pink and are girly.  But, is there really a need for this?!:

Not to mention, it is $80.  Wow.  And J… if you would buy this… please don’t tell me.  I don’t want to know.

So, we left, and I convinced him to stop for coffee.  Yay, more cleaning avoidance.  But, I came home, started the laundry 🙁  and then, took the dogs out for a nice 2 mile jog.  🙂  They were very happy.  I didn’t even get overly annoyed at the lady that sighed heavily and drug her uncooperative dogs clear across the street at the sight of me with my dogs.  Hey, my dogs were beyond happy to be out running with me lady, you and your dogs were not a concern of theirs.  I know they are big, but really, they are gentle giants.

Well, the laundry is still going… I FINALLY got all the invites done, stuffed and stamped to send out for our belated wedding reception back East.  We were married in November here in Vegas at the JP and are going to celebrate with our families in April.  I worked out, took the dogs for a jog, and, may even squeeze in an upper body workout.  I have been extremely productive this weekend.

We did buy white board cleaner and new markers today.  So I can now turn my husband’s previous studio white board into my workout board (sorry about the shadow in the pic):

Tomorrow it’s back to work, then yoga with Kristin.  Wednesday, I am going to give 1010% and running 5-6 miles with no walk breaks.  I know I can do this physically, I just have to convince my mind that I can do it.  It’s the mental part I am struggling with.  So, please, send the motivation my way!  Then, a rest day.  Going for another 10 miles this weekend with new running friends.

Have a great evening!!

Weekend Recap

Well, it was  a great weekend so far, and thankfully, I have off tomorrow to do that not so fun stuff like cleaning and laundry.  Yesterday was date day with the hubby.  Our goal is to have two date days a month, more if we can.  So this weekend was active date.  I know he had a great time, but, am sure the idea of hiking wasn’t top on his list.  Since we had plans for dinner at night we ventured to Red Rock Canyon with the dogs, to get them out and moving.  To say they loved it is an understatement!!

Mia, so happy she’s smiling!

….and Brinx loving life.  We hiked them 2 1/2 miles through sand and rocks.  It was really a great time, and they were loved by everyone!  We even got them to sit still for a family photo!

Then, it was time for dinner… we went to Marinelli’s at the M.  I had amazing pumpkin squash ravioli in a brown butter sage sauce.  I have now harassed my brother into giving me a recipe to make this brown butter sauce.  (The brother is a chef)  Apparently, it’s not difficult, we will try it this week.

Today, I set out for a long run, hoping to do 8-10.  Overall I felt great on the run, my legs were strong, my breathing was good…. even with head winds I swear in EVERY direction I ran.  I ended up doing 10 miles, and between miles 8-9 I struggled, but got through it, and finished strong.  My goal for the next half was to run at an 11:30 pace (I’m a slower runner) for the first 10, and 11 min for the last 3.  So, today’s run, my pace was 11 min.  Guess I have to think this over…. maybe I can do a better pace.  I need to figure out in the next few weeks if I should stick with the plan, or try to do an 11 min and speed up to a 10:30…. decisions decisions.

I did realize in today’s run that running into the guard pole in front of target that is mid-thigh height, was not a smart thing to do.  BTW, I trip standing still.  How as a runner and yogi I still have no balance is beyond me, but, really, I have not.  As the yoga teacher says when we do tree pose, “for some, it’s a windy day”.  Anyway, I felt it instantly when I ran into the pole yesterday, and hoped it was better.  But that aggravating knot pain hung out the entire 10 miles.  Grr.

Based on conversations and recommendations, I am investing in a foam roller this week.  Have any of you used one?

My goal this week, is about 18 miles running, yoga 2x, and strength training 2-3 times.  Not too bad I guess.  My food goal, trying to be a pesce-vegetarian for the week.  I am pretty confident I can do this, but not sure how the no cheese thing will go…. maybe I should just give up beef, pork, etc… and stick with fish and on the rare occasion, chicken.  We’ll see how the week goes.  If anyone has any vegetarian or fish recipes, please send them my way!!

How I got here

How I got here…. Well, let’s just say the last few years have been life changing, to say the least.  On a visit back to Vegas to see my best friend, I met one of her current roommates (quick FYI, I lived in Vegas briefly and left) and well, he and I are now married.  I’ll spare you the details of the quirky love story.  Suffice it to say, after a summer of emails and phone calls, we drove cross country together.  Since we still liked each other afterwards, we became a couple and 10 months later, I was back in Vegas. 
So, I was back in Vegas, unemployed, but happy.  Oh, and about 65 lbs overweight and unhealthy to put it mildly.  Some friends and I, one local (Karen), one in PA (Jen) decided to try this Couch to 5k program and run a 5k.  I somehow survived the program and my first 5k, but slacked considerably after that race in October 2010.  Then, in January I saw photos of me at Christmas.  Wow.  I couldn’t believe that was me.  So… a new journey began.  I set out to lose weight and get healthy.  I started running again.  I researched all about running, ways to get better at it, programs to try, etc.  I joined a gym briefly (more on that later).  I revamped my eating completely.  It worked.  I dropped 50 lbs.  I BECAME a runner.  Seriously, I’m a runner.  I’ll admit, here and there I dabbled in it, never stuck with it, and sucked at it.  But this time, something changed…. I loved it.  Loved how I felt, loved to see myself get better.  I ran 15 races in 2011 between a 5k and 11k distance.  I ran my first ever half marathon this past January, the Tinkerbell Half Marathon, in 2:33.  I now live to run. This whole running thing is apparently contagious.  Jen started and is now a runner as did my friend Kristin.  They are great running partners!  Even though I only see Jen a few times a year….
So, that is how I got here.  The short version.  I am 37, I am a runner.  For a day job I am a health educator and manage a research grant.  It’s fun and inspirational to encourage people to get healthy!  I volunteer doing social media.  I have two awesome dogs who you will undoubtedly hear all about, Brinx (mastiff mix) and Mia (boxer/shepherd mix).  I also love yoga as much as I love running, for many of the same reasons.  My life is very full of love, laughter and inspiration.  I want to share that with you.
(Mia on the left, Brinx on the right… and the hubby in the back)
The end of 2011 was hectic, putting it nicely, but all for great reasons: I got married, one of my best friends (Jen) got married, I graduated with my masters, the holidays, you get my point.  But for the first time in my life amidst chaos, I stuck to something.  I still ran several times a week, increased my mileage each week and prepared to kick butt at my first half.  So, now that life appears to be calming down (I so just jinxed myself), I will drop the last 15ish lbs.  You will all have to hold me to it. 
I will be sharing my journey through life with all of you.  The running, the smiles, the silly things my dogs do, even the bumps in the road along the way.  I will be hoping to inspire and motivate you to take a step into the unknown, to care for and love yourself and to succeed in life.  To make it fun, I’ll even post a recipe of the week, so you can try new meals!  On that note, I love food, so feel free to share recipes!! 
So welcome to my insane life!