Archive | September, 2009

Fall is Taunting Me

30 Sep

When I walked outside to let the dogs out this morning, I was COLD! It was in invigorating. Great way to start the day. Unfortunately, I know it’s going to be hot again tomorrow. Fall is taunting and teasing me.

I had a delicious breakfast this morning:

Fiber One vanilla yogurt, a diced Fuji apple and a handful of multigrain cheerios. Carb-o-licious!

Can’t wait to run again tonight in this weather. I wish it were here to stay. A few more weeks and it will truly be fall. I cannot wait!


Pre-run Fuel

30 Sep

After work, I went to St Johns Towncenter to use my Sephora giftcard. I stopped by Yogaberry and got chocolate fat free yogurt with coconut and granola. It was delicious!

When I got home, I went for a 3.5 mile run. It was gorgeous outside! High 70s and not humid at all. Such a pleasant surprise. I decided to run down to the park and run the little trail there as part of my route. I’m glad I did. It wad a nice change of scenery.

After I got home from my run, I showered, ate a quick dinner and now I’m drinking a lovely glass of Chardonnay and eating some Lindts milk chocolate.

Overall, I’m really happy with my evening 🙂

Can’t Win ‘Em All

29 Sep

Wow! I didn’t realize how long it has been since I last updated. Being without constant access to the Internet makes it very challenging to maintain a blog. I promise to try harder in the future!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been doing a pretty good job training for the Thanksgiving Day half-marathon. I’ve gotten up to a 7-mile long run, and this weekend I’ll be tackling 8-miles. I attempted to run 7.5ish this past weekend, but it proved to be impossible. First off, as I was laying out my clothes the night before, I realized I forgot to pack a sports bra. Dun dun dun. I thought about it for a few minutes and decided to try to wear a regular bra with an Ace bandage to hold the girls in. Problem solved (or so I thought). Ladies, do not try this at home.

My second bump in the road happened when my alarm didn’t go off. Thankfully, I naturally woke up about 15 minutes after I was supposed to get up. Not that big of a deal. I ate my breakfast of toast with almond butter and drank my cup of coffee. An hour later, my hubby and I hit the pavement. Strike three: My goodness, was it MUGGY. Humid. Miserable. How on Earth is it THIS HOT at 8:30 am?! But, living in Florida, I’m used to that (or at least I should be). I should’ve just paid attention to the old “three strikes you’re out” rule and called it a day. But no, I decided to show some determination instead.

About a mile in, my ace bandage-sports bra substitute was already proving to be a bad idea. So I stopped at one of the bathrooms along the way (gotta love running along a golf course!), and re-wrapped myself to get better adjusted.  That worked for about a mile. Ugh.

Whatever. I can deal with being slightly uncomfortable. Or so I thought. I was doing a really good job staying steady around 12:00 minute miles too. Somewhere around 3.5 miles, I decided that I was going to Galloway-it when I hit 4 miles. It was just ridiculously hot and humid. My plan was to do 5:1 run/walk intervals for the remainder of the run. Sounds like a great plan, no? Well, it would’ve been a fantastic idea had my stomach not decided to ruin my plans. I got to 4.25 miles and that was it.

Yep, that’s right. This girl had a case of the runner’s trots. Could this run get ANY worse?

My husband started leading the way to the nearest bathroom, AKA the Clubhouse. Awesome. I get to walk into some hoity-toity yacht club soaking wet with sweat and lookin’ a hot mess. Needless to say, a few tears were shed as we walked the mile to the bathroom. I was beyond frustrated and every miserable aspect of my run was magnified, thus making it infinitely worse. Brandon couldn’t remember exactly where the bathroom was, so I had to walk into the pro shop and ask where the ladies’ room was. How embarrassing. Did I mention you could totally see through my sweat soaked shirt? Yeah.

Overall, with our walking, we covered a little over 6 miles that day. It’s not a total loss, but it was still a pretty craptastic, miserable experience.

I absolutely love having my Garmin Forerunner 305! It has revolutionized my running. It’s fantastic being able to see where I stand every step of the way. Although it wasn’t something I was initially going to use, the heart rate monitor is such an interesting tool! I really like being able to see that throughout my runs. Basically, Garmin tells me everything I ever wanted to know about my run: pace, distance, heart rate, calories burned, elevation, average speed, max speed, max heart rate, average heart rate, etc. It’s insane! I love love love it!

Outside of running, my life is pretty much in limbo. We’re still waiting for Brandon to be able to transfer with his job from Melbourne. Our lease on our apartment there runs out October 31, so I’ll be spending most of my weekends down there cleaning and packing to be out on time. In my boredom at work today, I made and Excel spreadsheet detailing all of the cleaning and packing that needs to be done in our apartment. I plan on giving Brandon a copy so he can actually be productive and helpful. Lord knows I can’t clean and pack an apartment from two hours away!

I sure hope he can transfer soon because if he can’t, we’re not sure what to do. He’s applied for hardship transfers based on us living two hours apart and having to incur double living expenses. Please Lord, let that come through! I miss my husband! Okay, I miss my dogs too!

Yesterday, I had the brilliant idea to wake up early this morning and get my run in before work. I laid out my workout clothes, set the coffee pot, and got in bed early. I woke up at 5:30 and completely talked myself out of it. I told myself that AM workouts are always awful and that it was entirely too dark outside to run by myself. Yeah, I’m a winner. Needless to say, that means I’ll be running 3.5 miles after work tonight. Lately it’s been better because it hasn’t been as miserable hot outside in the evenings. I’m really looking forward to fall-like weather and I hope it shows up soon. 80 degrees is so last summer. Come on, 60s and 70s!

Somewhat Better

13 Sep

Last night Bran and I spent the evening watching college football and eating Vegetarian Hamburger Helper. Sounds like a contradiction, right? Well, whenever we need a cheap, no-fuss meal, a box of Hamburger Helper and a bag of Morningstar Farms or Boca Soy crumbles is on our list. Last night was Cheesy Hashbrowns. It really wasn’t that good, but what can you do? And its a little high in sodium, so I’m a little bloated today. Yuck.

I was really nervous about the FSU game for, well, most of it. I couldn’t believe we were losing to Jacksonville State. But, I prayed to the football gods, and reminded them that I’ve been a very patient and devoted fan. Thankfully, prayers were heard and we pulled it together the last few minutes of the 4th quarter. It’s funny because growing up, I HATED football. Then somewhere in college, I decided I loved football. I think tailgating had something to do with it.

This morning, I woke up still feeling crummy. I’ve decided to scrap my long run this weekend in an effort to feel better. I still have plenty of time to train for this half marathon. So, I got up, took some more cold medicine and made myself a cup of my favorite oatmeal:

  • 1/4 c. oats
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 splenda/truvia
  • 1/4 c. water

Yum! My favorite!

Since I’ve been back in Melbourne, my doxie, Kayne, has been attached to my hip (or stomach, or shoulder, or whatever he can attach himself to).

He’s such a baby!

That’s all for now. I’ll be driving back to Jacksonville this afternoon. I may go hop on the treadmill for a short run. We’ll see.

Living On Green Tea

12 Sep

I woke up in the middle of the night last night and thought, “Oh shit”. My throat was so sore that it was painful to swallow. This can’t be happening. I’m in the midst of training. I don’t have time to get sick! My body says otherwise.

So I’m giving in today: drinking green tea, downing airborne, popping Tylenol, eating soup, and curling up with a book. I was planning on running 7 miles tonight, but I think I’ll push it off until tomorrow.

Til then, bottoms up!

I Caught A Fish!

9 Sep

I finally uploaded the photos from this past weekend, and I had a few I wanted to share.

First and foremost, on our boat trip Monday, I was the only one who caught a fish!

I know. It’s tiny. But I was pretty excited!

And here’s a few adorable shots of my dogs, Cosmo and Kayne:

Bitter Defeat

8 Sep
2006 FSU vs. Virginia, in front of the Bobby Bowden Statute at Doak Campbell Stadium

As a huge Florida State fan, I was excited beyond words that the season opener fell on my birthday. I bleed garnet and gold. Unfortunately, the game was against Miami. If there is one team I despise more than the Florida Gators, it’s Miami. Their fans are rude, and their team is just plain ghetto. They play dirty. Plus, I married a Gator… so I can’t hate them THAT much.

Watching the opening ceremonies of the game last night gave me chills. I remember how much I loved Tallahassee and FSU. One of my favorite things about my major (Advertising) was going to classes every day at Doak Campbell Stadium. I have such a sense of pride in my Alma Mater. I was completely overwhelmed with emotion when Renegade galloped onto the field and Osceola threw his fiery speer.

I managed to stay optimistic most of the game… until the 4th quarter. My change in attitude largely had to do with the Benedryl I’d taken to soothe my bug bites (Note: being bitten by a mosquito on your ear lobe is NOT fun). I tried my darndest to stay awake despite the solid efforts of my eyelids.

In short, last night’s game broke my little heart.It’s okay, Christian Ponder. I feel the same way.