it’s friday

(Now that song is in your head. You’re welcome.)

I kept meaning to blog this week but ran out of steam/time everyday. My apologies. We’ve had a full week. I’m going to work my way backwards, if that’s okay with you.

Today I had an awesome run.

It was a 45 mi run: 5 blue, 35 green, 5 blue; plus some extra because I decided to run a loop rather than double back. I’m so unpredictable. I don’t even know what the heck I’m going to do until I get to a corner and have to turn left or right.

But anyway, I had a great run. I feel like running in the morning has been challenging for me, feeling empty if it was a fasting run or feeling heavy/tasting breakfast if I ate something first. Today all I had were 3 Clif Bar shot bloks and a few chugs of water. I didn’t realize it until now, but they have caffeine from green tea (I probably wouldn’t have chosen to use them had I realized it… thought it was just a bunch of sugar). They tasted good and I felt great on my run, probably due in part to them.

I did the 4.8ish mile loop in just under an hour and mostly in the green zone (i.e. slower pace). I’m wondering how tomorrow’s run will compare since it will be half green, half yellow.

I also learned some new things about the miCoach app today! If you love seeing a graph and breaking down your run, I think you should definitely give this app a try. Check out the additional notes (shown for my red zone, available for the others as well):

I ran all the way back up the steep hill, trying to maintain <12:00 mile, which naturally put me in the red zone for over 5 min. But I conquered that beast and still felt good.

Compared to last Friday’s run (slightly longer loop):

I also learned that miCoach keeps track of any songs you play (through your music player, not Pandora)! Brilliant! Not brilliant: Britney Spears feat. the Ying Yang Twins somehow always cycles through. Must remove from playlist.

I also added my new shoes to my list so they’re ready for me when I decide to take them out for a spin.

See that middle box? I made that up, I haven’t run 200 miles on a pair of shoes nicknamed BOOM. Just wanted to show you what your shoe boxes look like if you choose an Adidas brand (vs New Balance and Reebok that I have). Neat.

This week’s runs were pretty good. I think I got sprinkled on by various sprinklers at least thrice. It was nice. We leave one week from today for Panama and Guatemala for 16 days and I highly doubt I’ll be able to run there. So I’m kind of bummed and don’t want to loose any stamina I’ve built up. Just crossing my fingers that our hotel in Guatemala has a decent gym with a treadmill since, being the blonde chick that I am, I will not be running on the street alone in either country.

Yesterday I met my seester at some outlets and enjoyed a hot afternoon walking around shopping.

Wednesday was the Fourth and it was fun! We hung out with some friends, had too many watermelon cookies, ate delicious pasta for dinner, and watched some fireworks in our neighborhood. It was quite good!

Nothing happened Tuesday.

But on Monday I got to meet our new nephew, Mordecai!!!

He’s just a bundle of cuteness. So sweet and content.

Uncle Bribri is a natural.

Seriously. Does it get any cuter? He didn’t cry once.

We also hung out with Mordie’s older brother Malachi.

This little punkin head snuggled up to me while we were watching some educational cartoon that I can’t remember the name of and you probably wouldn’t know. He’s a keeper. 🙂

Since we’re leaving in a week, it’s time for me to start the annual gathering of all things mini or trial-size. New to this year’s lineup (thanks to various germaphobic friends and news segments): a small bottle of mattress cleaner.

Perhaps I’ll do an entire post on how to pack for an international soccer tour for those who don’t play soccer but have to go. No one’s blogged about that before, right?

a chill in the air

Today we woke up to autumn. (Well, technically, it was chilly when we got home late last night.) It is officially chilly outside. While I thought I was ready for the heat to subside, I realized this morning, I’m not entirely ready for fall to roll in. I’ve only been up for an hour or two and I already miss the sunshine. But the good news is that it’s supposed to be back up into the 80’s next week! 🙂 I believe that this weather was, in part, a birthday gift for my friend Ginna. Speaking of which, Ginna and her husband have gotten us hooked on How I Met Your Mother, aka HIMYM. They lent us a few seasons on DVD so we could hopefully catch up before the next one starts. In less than a week. I thought we had it covered, we’re experts at watching many seasons in a row of shows. But then I was told that there are 6 seasons! I don’t think it’s humanly possible. But I will say we have enjoyed getting to know the characters and, don’t judge me, Barney (not the purple dinosaur) is my favorite.

 

The other day Ginna’s husband mentioned how it feels like college, hanging out with friends in the dorms. I must admit, I love that. I have also loved hanging out with people that I have known for at least 10 years, if not more. Last night we had dinner at my freshman-year college roommate’s house with her and her husband. It was great. We told stories. Shared some laughs. I was invited to a 50 cent concert. I was told I have a ridiculous memory. (Side note: Sometimes I think I am a little bit of an idiot savant, minus the autism. Why can I remember things this way? I can picture things, exactly what rooms looked like, what clothes we were wearing, sometimes who said what… If only I could remember words and pages, I would’ve done a lot better in history class.) We had an amazing southern dinner with cheeseburgers, baked beans, fried okra, and sweet tea. And there came up a thunderstorm while we were eating on the screened in porch. LOVELY. (I realize that usually if something is lovely, the describer is mild-manneredly using that word. But I felt emphasism was needed.) (I just made up two words.)

 

Brian just said to me, “You have le problems.” 😉

 

I would also like to direct your attention to An American’s Guide to Canada. My friend Jill shared it with me yesterday and I had a good time reading through it. I’m such a keener. I still call the garbage disposal a garburator. And I will probably always say “hey” at the end of my sentences, when appropriate. But a winter hat, that which the Canucks call a toque, will always be a toboggan.

 

Can I also say how much I am loving the Pandora app on my iPhone? I leave it on the Mumford and Sons channel. Don’t judge me again, but I want to make a K.D. Lang channel to. That woman can sing. And also a Johnny Cash channel.

 

It’s time for work now. Suit up.

 

I don't like posts without pictures.

Video Updates

Here are some videos from our cross-country trip. 🙂

 

We had a good time in the national parks… in spite of how it may sound.

http://vimeo.com/28460452

 

We tried to give Lola a break from the car so whenever we stopped for lunch, we would let her run around. She’s so cute. 🙂

http://vimeo.com/28461334

 

Aaaaand then she fell asleep on me one night. 🙂

http://vimeo.com/28462208

WA, ID, MT

This has to be a quick one because we’re getting up early to hit up Glacier National Park, but I just wanted to say how cool I think it is that Mumford and Sons wrote this song for us.

Ok, they didn’t write it for us but it’s fun to pretend. 🙂 And in case you don’t have the patience/bandwidth to watch the video, here are the lyrics:

Headed down south to the land of the pines
And I’m thumbin’ my way into North Caroline
Starin’ up the road
Pray to God I see headlights

I made it down the coast in seventeen hours
Pickin’ me a bouquet of dogwood flowers
And I’m a-hopin’ for Raleigh
I can see my baby tonight

So rock me, mama, like a wagon wheel
Rock me, mama, any way you feel
Hey, mama rock me
Rock me, mama, like the wind and the rain
Rock me, mama, like a south-bound train
Hey, mama rock me

Runnin’ from the cold up in New England
I was born to be a fiddler in an old-time string band
My baby plays the guitar
I pick a banjo now

Oh, the North country winters keep a-gettin’ me now
Lost my money playin’ poker so I had to up and leave
But I ain’t a-turnin’ back
To livin’ that old life no more

So rock me, mama, like a wagon wheel
Rock me, mama, any way you feel
Hey, mama rock me
Rock me, mama, like the wind and the rain
Rock me, mama, like a south-bound train
Hey, mama rock me

Walkin’ to the south out of Roanoke
I caught a trucker out of Philly
Had a nice long toke
But he’s a-headed west from the Cumberland Gap
To Johnson City, Tennessee

And I got to get a move on before the sun
I hear my baby callin’ my name
And I know that she’s the only one
And if I die in Raleigh
At least I will die free

So rock me, mama, like a wagon wheel
Rock me, mama, any way you feel
Hey, mama rock me
Rock me, mama, like the wind and the rain
Rock me, mama, like a south-bound train
Hey, mama rock me