Thursday, July 29, 2010
I have not really posted in awhile, I have been insanely busy, so busy that I feel like I'm missing the summer! It's been amazing though, I've spent time with friends both old and new, traveled, had the opportunity to be a second shooter for the first time, trained for my first Half Marathon which I will complete this Sunday, and topping it all off I'm getting over a summer cold that my body decided was just the thing to slow my over scheduled self down.
So here's a little filler post about what might be one of the greatest stores ever, Daiso in Seattle. It's basically a Dollar General Japanese style and it is fantastic! An absolute treasure trove of some of the weirdest "I must own this right now and have it in my life" items ever, including the mat pictured above, a deterrent I assume for cats on the counter. I am just enamored with the name and that picture of the poor little teary kitten, it's just so straightforward!
My mom got really annoyed with my husband and I because we could not stop laughing at the notebooks they had for sale with little sayings on the front, something definitely is lost in translation. If you are ever in Seattle you have to check this place out, you will not be sorry you did, and now I leave with this inspirational poem that graces the cover of my new idea notebook:
Welcome to the country of the fruit
What do you see in the fruit?
It is a train that carries your dream
I truly hope you all have a train of fruit of your own that carries your dreams! :)
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I'm back baby! After rest, lots of icing and some cross training I was able to get back into my training schedule and run the Bastille Day 5K as planned. They moved the location from Greektown to Lincoln Park and it was a great course along the lakefront with some wonderful cooling rain for good measure.
I always forget how much I love races until I'm at one, there is just such a feeling of excitement and anticipation, like, "Let's do this bitches, yeah!" This year I was able to drag a friend along for the ride and induct her into the wonderful world of racing, and she liked it, didn't end up hating me and cursing my name. Because it really is a great feeling, running in a group of like minded individuals and really pushing yourself to see what you can do. And there's bagels at the end. Nothing tastes better than those bagels at the end of a race, unless it's the beer! I went out intending to beat my time from last year and I was quite proud of myself -- I ran it in 27:41, knocking a full 1:11 seconds off last years time and I finished 812, which meant I was faster than 1,200 other people, which is pretty fricken cool :)
My half marathon is only 31/2 weeks away, but I'm ready, bring on the bagels!
.... And the Beer!
Friday, July 2, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I recently got back into running after being away from it for almost twelve years, partly because I started to have all sorts of issues with my feet and knees. When it comes to running, as much as I love it, I'm a mess! I have plantar fascitis, flat feet, bad knees, but I love running and so I'm sticking with it. I have been training for the Rock N Roll Half Marathon Aug 1st and am only 4 weeks out now and I'm starting to get worried. On my 7 mile long run (longest distance ever for me!) 12 days ago I ended feeling amazing, physically and mentally! After an hour though I couldn't walk and was laid up with immense pain the rest of the weekend. After a week of rest, icing, and ibuprofen I ran an easy three miler with my brother (Hi Joe!) and ended up with the pain again!
I feel like the goldilocks of running shoes -- I had too little support and then too much. I'm hoping my new shoes are just enough and will get me through the rest of this training and my goal of completing my first half marathon. No matter what though, even if I have to walk, I'm going to finish it. For the puppehs and kittehs!
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